Frank and I looked for a bridge across to Natoma but it looked as thought we were to get wet once more. Frank may be a good swimmer, but I was pushing my luck as far as his patience was concerned and he let me know as much as we trotted carefully into the water. Almost immediately we were caught by a strong current and were whisked off north towards the sim called Stillman.
Frank pulled us ashore near the south east corner and shook himself dry as I took in our surroundings. I had that feeling again, the feeling I had been here before. In front of me stood a marketplace called The Bazaar. It looked different now, but I had been here a long, long time ago in my newbie days!
The Bazaar is an old Linden supported project where residents could leave their goods so that others could take a copy – all for free. A wonderful resource when I was new to this world, it was good to see it had obviously (and recently) had a comprehensive makeover indicating it was still valued by the Lindens.
From here, Frank took me west and then north across some slender wooden bridges and into a small glade where two free multiplayer games had been built by Ezhar Fairlight for all to use.
A little further north and we found ourselves under the shadow of an enormous castle, Castle Blackmoor built by the very talented Juro Kothari in 2004, although I think it is a continually evolving build.
In fact, most of this sim is given over to displaying Juro’s wonderful pre-fab houses…
…with an amazing one-off dominating the northern shore. This is the long established home of Cyrus Apollo, builder & founder of the Green Lantern Corps (who used to have their original base in Stillman).
Behind Cyrus’ house loom, or rather blithely stomp, two spectacularly huge teddy bears (you can buy them as avs – that must make for an amazing sight in a welcome sim like Ahern :-D) on the spot where until the upgrade to 1.2 in December 03 stood Juro Kothari’s much loved Sun Tower (1).
Frank seemed rested and I had seen all that Stillman had to offer (2) so together we headed south towards Natoma and the beautiful tower that dominated the skyline.
To be continued…
Yours in Travel,
(1) Way back in the dim and distant past folks were taxed for many, many things in SL such as building and teleporting but also including light. Honest. I’m not making that bit up. Last time I heard a scheme that daft was on The Simpsons, and before that it was the English Parliament slapping a window tax on the poor old Scots. Well, I say daft, but light in SL is a resource like any other and that’s actually what used to be taxed pre-1.2. Read about it here. And here is the notes on the change to 1.2.
(2) Well, that is not entirely true. Go to the area around Castle Blackmoor and fly up – there is a ton of stuff floating about here. Literally. A Ton. I weighed it. All of it. Came to a ton. Go see for yourself. Why didn’t I take pics? Errr, my camera battery died. And I ran out of film. And I get nosebleeds if I go over 10 feet. And the sun was in eclipse. I was sick. Real sick. I died, damn you! I DIED! Now kindly leave me alone.