Today’s picture is a group portrait taken on Monday by Jenn in her own experience, called Starry Stars & Stuff, where this week’s casual meetups are taking place. (I’m in the centre in the blue blazer, with my hands in a karate pose!) This picture was posted to the Sansar Official Flickr photo pool.
A House on the Hill is a brand-new experience by Theanine. It’s a rolling landscape dotted with houses and trees, with animated clouds passing through the sky.
The scene reminds me of a drawing in pastels. The many paths invite you to take a stroll and enjoy the sunny day as you explore!
Many of you in Sansar already know Maxwell Graf. He was one of the first few people invited into the then-closed beta test of Sansar, and I interviewed him about his experiences for the Sansar Newsblog. He’s been a constant and knowledgeable presence at countless in-world meetups. He has also created five memorable linked Sansar experiences, two of which were my Pick of the Day. We all owe him a debt of gratitude for pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in Sansar.
Well, Max is going through an unfortunate real-life crisis at the moment; he posted this message to Plurk not too long ago:
Today I heard about a special event, via Wagner James Au’s New World Notes blog, and I wanted to use the Sansar Newsblog to help spread the word. A group of Second Life content creators is banding together in a special fundraiser for Max:
You can support Max by attending the Going to the Max event, running from October 3rd-10th (more details forthcoming), or by going to his in-world store in Rustica in SL and buying some of his wonderful creations! Max also has a smaller selection of his creations up for sale on the Second Life Marketplace, if you’d prefer to do your shopping there rather than at his in-world store.
I must confess that I had such a belly-laugh reading the clever and witty titles on the spines of his books in his Ex Libris Modular Library Collection, that I bought the whole set to place in my Linden Lab home!
Seriously, he must have spent hours on the texturing for the book spines! Here’s a close-up look at just one row of the books in his SL-centric book collection:
Max is a great guy, and he doesn’t deserve to have this shit happen to him. Anything you can do to help him out in his time of crisis would be greatly appreciated, thank you!
I’ve already talked about how much I love Agustine’s horse carousel. Well, now Agustine has updated it with a keyframe animation, which means that it rotates much more smoothly than before! And, even better, it’s available for free in the Sansar Store for a limited time! Here’s the link to the Store listing for the updated item.
Today’s Scene of the Day is from The Mage’s Study, a beautifully detailed experience designed by Kilik Lekvoda.
FOXIS Island, created by Nobby, is clearly intended to be a gathering and social spot, with eight teleporters arranged around a central plaza to take you to various parts of the experience, like the beach, the pine forest or the mountaintop.
The interior of the German club, just off the main plaza, is warm and inviting. Too bad you can’t sit down yet, and have a beer!
Gindipple has created an experience called Bowling Alley, with a number of scripted objects. As you might expect by the name, there’s a bowling lane where you can play two ways:
- If you’re in a VR headset with hand controllers, you can simply pick up the bowling ball and throw it towards the pins.
- If you’re on the desktop, you can use text chat commands to “throw” the ball (see the image below).
There’s a few other games to play, such as a supersize tic-tac-toe game (you will need to have hand controllers to move the pieces):
Finally, there an interactive double fan that you can control using the number keys on your keyboard.
It’s an interesting demonstration of Sansar’s scripting abilities, which use the C# (C Sharp) programming language. Unfortunately, Gindipple tells me that most of the scripts he wrote broke after the latest Sansar update, so you might want to save a visit to this experience for a sometime later on.