Halloween came around fast and all the spooky places sprung up for October and I had great fun blogging some of them.
Shortly before the *actual* date of Halloween arrived I was at a club called Ohana that I’d visited several times in the past and they mentioned Hosting vacancies,so I applied and was taken on after a trial set that went great.
Finally in December I decided I’d try to go along to the SL Book Club readings. I’d seen the Twitter activity about it weekly (who could miss Draxtors enthusiasm?)but never actually got around to attending. I went along two and a half hours early,just intending to have a look and take a Landmark.
I realised I’d unwittingly taken myself hostage,the place was already half full and if I’d left,getting back in wasn’t guarunteed. Fortunately I’d already done my whip around of Christmas advent calendar clicking that day!
Which pretty much brings this year of Second Life adventures to a close.
I’ve explored more places than I got around to blogging about, so I’ve lots of photos of places that deserve long posts of their own. Maybe I’ll write those next year if the locations are still there in the New Year.
For now I’ve simply made small galleries of some of the different places I didn’t feature on the blog, as well as some one-off snaps,in chronological order:
A storytelling evening at NeoVictoria (3rd January)
Furry Night at Kitty Kaboom (23rd January)
Bikini party at Kitty Kaboom,from PG angle. (13th February)
Hayo as a Tarn (18th May)
Sci-Fi Con 2020 (21st May)
Ash Falls (15th July)
Murder City (21st July)
SecondLife 17th Birthday explorations via train (24th July)
I missed the last incarnation of this place, since it doesn’t seem to stay for long, so I’m pleased I got to visit this time around. Hopefully it’ll still be there for you to visit when you read this.
To set the scene this is the land description:
A drift down memory lane, with an eldritch tone. Cyberpunk Streets, Cyber Punk City, Sci Fi, Bladerunner, Lovecraft
So you can expect lots of bright neon lights, dark alleyways and (non-drivable)flying cars.
The arrival point is an Underground (Subway) station.
exit through the ticket barriers up the escalator as you would a real station.
This takes you up into a waiting room
Now we get to the interesting part, exiting this area takes you out into a main street where you are bombarded with the expected neon and shopfronts.
You then come to what must be the proclaimed “crossroads”.
You may have noticed in the last picture in the previous gallery I passed a blue Christmas tree, this becomes relevant when you reach the crosroads.
There’s different coloured trees in different directions, this helps you keep your bearings, when at street level at least. I picked red and went that way.
Drune has lots of little nooks and crannies full of detail, as I walked I saw a sliding door open slightly and had a peek.
This one was a car repair place,not super interesting from my point of view, but illustrates the detail put into the place.
When I got to the end of the road there was a junction
I headed right towards the pink neon lighting a stairwell and wasn’t surprised what I found..a bar with a some rather evocative statues at the entrance and some fun solo dance furniture.
Heading through to the back I had a look down at the street below
Next I retraced my steps down to ground level and took the opposite alley that took me to a ground level bar with a somewhat classier feel.
I then took a nearby fire-escape style staircase which seemed to go on for ever, when I reached the top I look over the edge…it’s a long way down!
However up at the top is a whole nother way of seeing the city, via a maze of walkways.
When I reached the apparent end there seemed to fortunately be a lift back down
But when I took it down and followed the subsequent corridor..It led to a locked door!
I had no choice but to go back up and walk around the gangways. But as I said, it’s a bit of a maze and couldn’t find the stairs! I decided to abandon my pedestrian approach that I try to stick to when exploring and took the express route back to the ground, that you could only get away with in SL, jump over the railing. The fall seemed even further than it looked.
Back on the ground I’d landed in what at first glance was a sex venue of some kind, til I read the second line “Cosmetic Surgery”, not what you normally might associate red or pnk neon with, also not a roleplay avenue I’d want to pursue!
On the whole another great incarnation of the cityscape, worth visiting for sure, lots to be found with lots of attention to detail.