horse riding

My kingdom for a… horse?

Well, out of all the new mechanics* Kaalus could have brought to the new Survivalcraft update I can honestly say I never expected version 1.21 to introduce horse riding! I mean, why? What for? I’m totally stumped… 0.o


* Breathing meter for swimming, boats for sea travel, farming crops for food, maps for exploring to name a few!

LOTRO: A horse, a horse, my kingdom for a bloody horse!

Way back in the mists of time I remember my old mate Janey persuading me to get a horse in SL. I was sceptical but ended up loving riding in-world and out of all my many vehicles I love Frank the Horse more than any other… cue wavey dissolve to some Burro & Frank ❤ shots…
Me & Frank in Bay City

Lost & Found: Steelhead is empty Lost & Found: Frank is uneasy about Darien's Lab

Riding Frank

So when I moved across to LOTRO and found out you could buy horses there too, I didn’t hesitate for a moment and bought a wee Bree pony to help carry me around. I had a mad moment and nearly called him Frank *sob I miss you Frank! sob* but plumped for Felan in the end (I made it up & fancy it means the swift, keening wind that rolls off the Iron Hills towards Dale). Since then he’s been a faithful, and rather beautiful mount and I’ve loved riding him o’er hill and dale – especially given how gorgeous the animations are 🙂

Riding 001

Riding 003

Riding 004

Bree 001

Riding in Bree-land 001

Riding in Bree-land 006

Riding from Bay City to Nova Albion

You know the stuff about visiting Holocluck Henly’s gallery and Marianne McCann’s shop in Bay City? Good, because there’s more. Pull up a chair, get a brew and read on.

You see, after visiting Marianne’s store I wandered about Bay city a little looking for signs of life. My SL experience is largely one of zero green dots in the sims I’m in and this visit was no different. Teleportation has a lot to answer for – very few people travel through sims to go places so you rarely meet strangers and have the chance to chat. I decided I would do something different and instead of just beaming out and back to Steelhead (I had left HBA Island by this point) I would mount up on my trusty steed Frank and trot all the way through the city to Nova Albion.

I saw some wonderful builds and interesting shops. The bridges worked and the tram passed me at least twice. But not once did I see another soul. Not once. Not until I got into the gutted* Sistana and found Mossant in her lovely coffee shop where we talked about how much the empty sim she now found herself was ticking her off. How her and LisaHot carry on and keep enthused is beyond me, but I’m glad they do – SL needs more community builders like them and Marianne. Anyhow, off my soapbox for a bit, here are the pics of my horse ride from city to city.

Bay City Tram

Bay City Bridge

First Mole in the moon

Sunny Mole's Planets

Lazy elf!

Chatting with Mossant :)


* When people had to pack up and go to Zindra, the ones who left their old, old lands of Nova Albion’s Sistana district felt so aggrieved that they put the lands up for sale at stupid prices ensuring no one could buy them and redevelop the community. Frankly this sort of dog-in-the-manger childish stupidity fucks me off royally and I just wish LL had the balls to take the land off them and give it out to folks who would rebuild the city suburbs instead of sulking all the way to the bank cashing in their earnings from making fake cocks and clits. Fuckers.

Bareback Burro

Janey has had a horse for ages and ages and has tried to persuade me for about as long to get one as well. I’m not sure why I never did, too busy mostly, but last week I finally got around to it and with Janey’s help I picked out a lovely big shirehorse – he’s massive but in SL I’m well over seven feet tall so I need a big fella to balance me out.

The celebrate, me, Janey and Naz all went riding in the vehicle testing sims south of Murray (Brilliant, Balance, etc.) and we had a blast! It took me a while to get used the movement and I missed the running speed for ages, but once I had it Frank (yes, he is called Frank – problem?) moved like a greased penguin!

Here we are on a peak in Balance…
Postcard from Second Life.

…and here Frank was rearing – what a beast!
Postcard from Second Life.

This one, taken in the waters off Murray, reminded me of the scene at the end of Planet of the Apes (the good one, not Tim Burton’s fuck up)
Postcard from Second Life.

Here is Janey’s post on the evening’s fun 🙂