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You cannot have missed the news that Sansar has finally opened, though as Beta, for everyone to visit. I must say I have never been too excited and anxious about its coming, but of course I was curious.

And last night I finally had the time to download the viewer and hop into this new virtual world everyone is talking about!

Sansar - Teatime by Sway Dench

Teatime by Sway Dench

It is not one world, but more a (growing) collections of worlds called ‘experiences’. It would be unfair to compare it to Second Life, but I tend to do that anyway – as I am so used to navigating through SL and taking pictures without having to think about my keyboard and which keys to use. So in that respect I found Sansar not that easy.

The avatars look ..meh…but all that aside: the experiences I have visited so far are really awesome and very photogenic. Yes, I miss the camera controls and there is no option to change the environment settings (no windlight), but for now that’s fine. The graphics are amazing, no blurry textures, no rezzing for minutes, no disappearing mesh in the distance, it all looks flawless.

Sansar - Connections by Cica Ghost

Sansar – Connections by Cica Ghost

And quiet. I have not met or seen any other avatar, perhaps I was in the wrong places or it is simply not that busy yet. I did not mind, to be honest, it was nice to fiddle around in peace and quiet and finding out how to walk properly.  Sitting or other animations, I have not discovered them yet!

To my delight, yes, it made me smile!, I visited ‘Village of Breeze’ by Kayle Matzerath – a place I have such fond memories of, as it is the recreation of Breeze – Kayle’s sim from the Fantasy Faire 2016!

Sansar - Village of Breeze by Kayle Matzerath

Sansar – Village of Breeze by Kayle Matzerath

And here is Breeze from the Fantasy Faire 2016:

Fantasy Faire 2016 - Breeze - I - Blogpost

I am sure I will go back, to see what is going on and how experiences are getting better – for now it is a great place to take screenshots and have a different kind of experience, but I was happy to log back in to Second Life, it felt like coming home!

What other bloggers write about Sansar:
Inara Pey – Tips and Tricks
Huckleberry Hax – Sansar is here
Hamlet Au – Sansar, first impressions

Useful links:
Sansar official site
Sansar on Twitter
Sansar Flickr group

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Last night King Huckleberry Hax,  who has reigned the past month as Paper Crown King, passed on the crown to me. OMG. I am a Queen now!

The ceremony of the Passing of the Paper Crown was in a small setting, rather intimate and sweet. Well, OK. Huck showed up with music, wearing a (fullbright, flexy prim!) cloak and it took him quite a while to finally hand over the crown to me, including a speech with lots of  bigly and important words. It was a very special night!

Paper Crown Passing

Many thanks to Kate Bergdorf, Mich Michaboo and Huck, for trusting me with the Paper Crown for a month and welcoming me as the Queen!

The coming month, during my reign, all my images on my Flickr feed must include and show the Paper Crown, a very fun challenge! I hope you will enjoy my photos, I’ve posted two sofar, and recommend you take a look at Huck’s story  – as he did an amazing job!

and leave our planet charred

[Paper Crown] - Dreaming Of The Queen


Let’s start with keeping a long story short about my, almost 2 months, absence from Second Life, aka the ;TLDR version of why I have been gone for a while.

The 2 AM Loneliness

After the Fantasy Faire in SL, Real Life hit me hard. Starting with hurting my back at working-out – which took me a few weeks to recover. I could not sit, stand or walk, just lie down. Very painful and most inconvenient and I had to set priorities: the time per day I was able to sit I needed for RL work and not for playing around. After I recovered, it turned out that due to my back-issues I had developed Tendonitis in my hip. Because I didn’t recognize that, I thought I sprained a muscle or something, I went to see the doctor when it was too late to get a simple cure and the Tendonitis had gotten worse: it had turned into Bursitis.

The pain was no fun (I would rather have a root-canal treatment every day, to give an idea) and it meant I could not lie down, only sit (oh the irony of my complaints about not being able to sit when my back was hurting…).

Anyway, after some weeks on medication – with all the lovely side effects they warn you for –  and being very careful, I am now sort of recovered from all that crap.

Home

Meanwhile, while I was struggling with my back issues and then my hip and trying to keep going on with my business – my Dad’s cancer returned. He has had two surgeries the past 4 weeks and an additional chemo treatment last week. I’ve spent hours and hours in the hospital waiting room, trying to find a comfy way to sit/stand/whatever. But that was for the good cause. He is probably going to be fine, though we are still waiting for the final results, which we expect the coming weeks.

OK, that was not really short eh?

patio - I

So, now things are getting back to normal, I have logged back into Second Life. Slowly but surely.
It feels good to be back, but also weird. Lonely. Alone. I don’t know. I have tons of things to do – but for the past week I have been focussing on myself. I’ve replaced my Skyhome, been busy decorating it, got a new skin ánd new elf ears.

I’ve tried going to some clubs and explore a bit, but somehow I didn’t feel in place. Yet.

Back @Corruption

I will be soon. I will keep fiddling around in my new home for a while and such, and will get back to regular blogging in a few weeks. Also I will soon be fully back for SL Blogger Support.
For now, I take it easy.

Slow and careful.
But it is good to be back!

Incoming!


The end-party of the Fantasy Faire, a gathering of all Fairefolk and party-peeps from allover the grid, did not happen this year.
It was not held on The Rose – which finally came to bloom and was filled with roses – and certainly not in the pool.
Some 78+ or more people did not dance and there was no fun. Nope. Nothing. Happened.

And no, I did not film anything. Nada.


One of the most hilarious traditions on the Fantasy Faire is: the tour with the bus over the Fairelands.
Every year, skilled and certified bus-driver,  Alia Baroque welcomes all who dare…err…want,  to  his bus for a special tour around the Faire. A wonderful way to enjoy the scenery and have a look at all the amazing places from your comfortable seat in the vehicle.

Fantasy Faire 2017 - It's a tradition - A blogpost! - I

Last night the first tour was scheduled, how fitting: on #worldpenguinday and I was one of the lucky passengers to get a seat! We departed from The Rose and ̶t̶h̶e̶n̶ ̶c̶r̶a̶s̶h̶e̶d̶ ̶i̶n̶t̶o̶ ̶, arrived at Dawns Promise for a short break. After that refreshing pause we got to see the wonders of The Hills where Alia The Penguin t̶h̶r̶e̶w̶ ̶u̶s̶ ̶o̶u̶t̶ ̶o̶f̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶b̶u̶s̶ ̶m̶i̶d̶a̶i̶r̶, let us wander about a bit to have a good look. Amazing sim!

Fantasy Faire 2017 - It's a tradition - A blogpost! - II

Did you know Raven’s Perch looks absolutely delightful from a 90 degrees view? Recommended!

Unfortunately I was not able to sit out the entire tour d̶u̶e̶ ̶t̶o̶ ̶a̶i̶r̶ ̶s̶i̶c̶k̶n̶e̶s̶s̶ because of an important meeting and I had to jump off on Chaddul Ro.

If you have time, and see the bus passing by, hop on and do the tour, it is: A Sweet Ride!


The Fairelands Quest: The Bard Queen’s Song is now open!

Every landing point in the Fairelands has Quest HUDs available for purchase. There are two HUD-versions:

  • L250: Basic HUD (HUD & the shoulder companion)
  • L350: Deluxe HUD (HUD, the shoulder companion & custom outfit for both men and women)

The custom outfits are created and donated by Silvan Moon Designs, one of our Faire sponsors, and they look absolutely stunning!

The Quest offers you a dragon hoard sized pile of prizes, one per Faireland and then the end treasure from the Faireland creators!

Fantasy Faire 2017 - Morbus - A blogpost

Most importantly, it offers you a chance to be the Hero of the Fairelands and save the Bard Queen! Don’t delay, the days are fleeting and she needs your help! Hints and tips, if you need them are available!

Are you brave and fierce enough to wander around this grim and desolate place, doing the Fantasy Faire 2017 quest? I salute you, oh fearless Fairefolk….!

Useful link:
Help and hints

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Yes, that is right. I am going to tell something about a product! And only because I am very excited about it and think every Second Life Photographer will want to have it!

The Black Tulip Camera HUD.

I have never used a camera HUD in SL before, as I just fiddle along and accepted the occasional failed image or having to re-do a shot because I moved my camera and could not find that perfect angle back. You know; you spent some time and finally have the perfect picture and then you see you need to derender or rezz something, or your pet jumps on your keyboard and tataaa: gone is your perfect framed shot. Or worse: you crash.

The past days I have been using the Camera HUD from Black Tulip by Auryn Beorn when shooting pictures at the soon to be opened Fantasy Faire. I was so easy to use and helped me a lot in getting 15 sims photographed without losing time in manually repositioning my camera.

The HUD is really easy to use, it comes with a clear manual; but I was able to use it right away without having to read it first….so that means it is simple to operate!

How it works?

All you have to do is attach this nice vintage looking HUD (it can be clicked on the little hand to minimise it when not in use). Once you have set up your shot, and you are totally happy with it, click on the HUD (save) and a menu appears and you can save the camera position and give it a name – up to 60 positions available!

Camera HUD sofa - I

Now, if you need to do something else to change your scene, and you move your camera, or you crash/need to relog….no worry and no panic!
Just click on the HUD – restore – and in the menu choose the position you saved. Then simply click on ESC (the HUD tells you that) and voila: you will see your camera going back to how it was!

Camera HUD sofa - II

Perfect!

As I cannot show examples of pics of the Fantasy Faire yet, and I didn’t have a lot of time to make all kinds of images for this blogpost, I have created one to show you what I did.

I’ve saved a shot in the HUD from my sofa in my home and then went sitting on all the spots, taking pics of every position. When standing up and sitting, I’ve accidentally moved the view, but with the HUD it was easy to restore it.

Camera HUD sofa

After I had all the pics, I stacked them on top of each other in PicMonkey (as I do not have Photoshop) and erased bits and pieces to make it look like I am sitting there with 4 of my clones. Because all the shots were exactly the same, it was really simple to do – imaging this for photo’s when you change outfits or avatars for every shot to make it look like an actual group of people.

The HUD does not save windlights or avatar positions, it only stores the camera focus.

I believe there are many cases in which you can use this HUD, I for one..will never leave home without it anymore!

The Black Tulip Camera HUD is currently only available at the Pose Fair till 29th April and after that it will be in their mainstore and on MP.

PS: Yes, you see in the image that I have used a test version which was given to me by Auryn a few weeks ago, for testing only. She never asked or expected me to promote it in my blog or anywhere, but I do that because it is awesome :P