The grid addresses at the end of the post, so you can go and take a look for yourself... they're all well worth a visit!
First up, Phaandoria. We landed in the shadow of a Linda Kellie creation, the Autumn Castle, a symbol in a way of the share-alike mentality this grid is famous for. Then we moved over to Nerdpol region, distinctly different in design... time for some fireworks!
Wizardoz Chrome: beautiful visual effect here !
Lucy Afarensis: yes
Arielle Delamerlibre: Phaandoria is a private Grid where friends with different knowledge of content Creation have their home. Phaandoria holds global Contacts, Communication, collective national and international events and activites. Phaandor Pertwee the Grid-Owner from Phaandoria Grid was born in Second Life 2006/07 *dont know exactly. The Name Pertwee was his SL Name automatic given from SL. The prename Phaandor is a phantasy Name referable to the Journalist „Fandor“ from the Film Fantomas.
Arielle Delamerlibre: And so Phaandoria was the name of the Empire from Phaandor Pertwee. Phaandor begun his virtual life as Tonio in Active Worlds which launched 1995. Some of you will know it. With Snowie Haiku, also member of AW and still living in Phaandoria was also during her earlier virtual life AW Member.
Phaandor Pertwee: Tonio, that was me?
Arielle Delamerlibre: Tonio and Snowie won the 2nd. Place of building Contest with their Steampunk House. *yay
Arielle Delamerlibre: after being a while in AW, they changed to OSGrid. Phaandor sat up 20 Regions there. Some Regions of Phaandoria are named similar til today. Because the massive Problems and downtime from OSGrid in 2014 he moved his Regions to Metropolis, where they lived for a while and Phaandor founded Metro Radio with Genie Fegte who has today his own Grid named Offworld.
Phaandor Pertwee: and then again the Radio stuff
Arielle Delamerlibre: Later the own Grid Phaandora was launched in January 2015.: Snowie Haiku, Cara Litissa, Spyro, Malon Wyngard and more known AW friends came together here again.
|Arielle explains the Grid|
After a while being in OpenSIM, Phaandor changed to Arriba SIM Software, a well known Fork from Freaky Tech. The base of the Fork is still the known Codebase of Opensim which is growing during the time to a friendly mass of biologic Spaghetti ;)
snowbody Cortes: Arriba !!!!
Thirza Ember: Forky Tech
snowbody Cortes: waiting for the Spoon Fork :)
Lucy Afarensis: Spork ?
Phaandor Pertwee: Phork
Arielle Delamerlibre: Techy Fork... But we trust in the Fork of „Arriba Sim“ to survive... Since some weeks we added another Software from Freaky Tech named „phpgridserver“ Phpgridserver solves many problems e.g the unwantedly gridwide interaction between robust and simulator. Because with phpgridserver we have no classic robust anymore. I think you will hear from Freaky in some special TechTalks and we are courious awaiting the future.
*** Phaandoria Hardware ***
Dedicated Root-Server Intel Core i7 with 32GB RAM, a Bandwidth of 1Gbit and unlimited traffic, well formed with Ubuntu 14.04 and mono 4.8.1 The 20 Regions are running today in 10 Simulators all with the newest Arriba SIM. (Party Regions have an own Simulator) Backup runs daily at a second similar Server.
*** General free mind of Phaandoria ***
We share the thinking of being moneyless in Opensim. We like a non commercial Opensim. Otherways we would stay in Second Life! All things we create is freeware.
Taarna Welles: Hear hear
Lucy Afarensis: Yay !
Arielle Delamerlibre: Of course we think people respect the creator and don‘t sell their items but if not, *pulls her shoulders to the ears* we cannot do anything against it and the only alternate is doing nothing or hold all in our own pockets. [ironic] What a fun [/ironic] so don‘t worry about it do what you like.
Arielle went on to tell us about some of the regions on Phaandoria, including the Fantasy-themed LostDreams by Snowie Haiku, the party region Caribbean Beach by Icelady Pearl, Wildbeach by 'the clothes washer' frank Yifu, Wunderland by John Waco and Sila, and last but not least Prinz von Halberstadt, well-known SL DJ who now has a region on Phaandoria called Openfriends II
Arielle Delamerlibre: DerPrinz has a long long virtal DJ history in Second Life and OpenSim. His live acts, Game Shows and Concerts are famous Events you should not miss.
Xirana Oximoxi: ok...I take note :)
PrinzVon Halberstadt: *turned red
Arielle Delamerlibre: now a picture you maybe seen sometimes more Because Phaandor is musician from the bottom of his heart Producer DJ with passion, Arielle and Phaandor decided to set up the Friday Party in Phaandorias Region „Der Krater“. I post Events at facebook in the group "OpensimVeranstaltungen" and google +
Sunbeam Magic: It's good to join Phaandor 's Soundcloud too :) lots of great songs you can listen to whenever you please!
Taarna Welles: Fantastic to hear so much history and information about Phaandor.
Arielle Delamerlibre: „Der Krater“ a well known and unique Vulcano Region, builded from the also well known and phantastic looking Spike Sol, who runs passionate and successful the Weltraumbahnhof and STOAII. The Phaandoria FridayParty runs weekly in „Der Krater“ until the last 1 and a half years. „Schnickschnack“ you can and you do. Ok she did and she could....remember the word Schnickschnack! It was til today a busy but phantastic time with good music, interesting people, fun and friends. And we will continue…
*** The Future of Phaandoria *** 05 Trinity ***
Arielle and Phaandor builded a new Party Location named Trinity. A Dream of a Real Life Club in Germany Hamburg, where Phaandor had a special experience in 1983.
|Phaandor Pertwee (center)|
Arielle Delamerlibre: you can return any time the Ideas are endless...We love our virtual life – feel free to share it Care about a friendly connection with other Grids to meet, greet, do good things and have fun.
George Equus: Very interesting to learn the back story of the grid!
Sunshine Szavanna: yes passion :))
Arielle Delamerlibre: thanks for being here
snowbody Cortes: the best presentation I attended ! applause !!!!!
Taarna Welles: <<<<<< APPLAUSE>>>>>>
Paristella Marisol: Schönen Abend an alle - und für die schöne Presentation Arielle
Wizardoz Chrome: Many thanks :) molte grazie :) and see you soon :)
Bink Draconia: tschüssi und danke für den tollen vortrag
Phaandor Pertwee: danke tschüsse Bink!
Thirza Ember: ok the second destination is a tiny grid on a home computer: you may want to go home before you jump; let's try not to crash it
Lucy Afarensis: o-o doesn't exist anymore ?
Sunbeam.Magic: awh and I was looking forward to a crash landing lol
Jade was waiting for us on Serenity.
Bink Draconia: hello jade
Thirza Ember: another notch on everyone's hypergrid belt
Sunbeam Magic: Love Jadeyland ! and Jade !
Lucy Afarensis: Hi Jade
Jade Serenity: welcome to my desk top computer LooL!
snowbody Cortes waving in between the keys :)
Thirza Ember: my main computer is offline this week so I'm on a steam-driven machine so apologies if I am a bit slow
Lucy Afarensis: You can run them on steam ?
Drang Po: you can access opensim from steam?
Sunbeam Magic: Steampunk Thirza Woooot hoo!
Thirza Ember shovelling coal into this thing, it's thirsty work
George Equus: Hi Jade. tp was fast and all rezed just fine :)
snowbody Cortes: she supposed to run 2 thirzas on that pc .. so it wrote her 10 or 20 OMG .. then it crashed ;)
arcanquest frank: hello :)
Jade Serenity: the notecard giver over here has story and LMs for you, there is Hope forest, and a place of whimsy and a floating dance island and a medieval town
Thirza Ember: I love the names here.... Serenity, hope... all positive vibes
Lucy Afarensis: There was a sim called Serenitie on sl or something like that I used to visit. any relation to that ?
Jade Serenity: no I lived in Winterfell in SL
Spike Sol: its a great region here
Sunbeam Magic: how big a var is this ?
Jade Serenity: 4x4, it is all on my desktop computer.
Bink Draconia: i grabbed the nc and i will explore this region another time. it looks really great and i am curious about all the places here .... but for today i have to say: good night everybody
Flidais Merlin: 'nite
Sunbeam Magic: Good night Bink!!! HUGS and sweet dreams
Jade Serenity: Has it rezzed?
Lucy Afarensis: Most of it
Thirza Ember: this is a nice comfy computer Jade is it windows?
Jade Serenity: I used to be windows but now it is Linux version 8.2
snowbody Cortes: Linux ! may I ask which distribution ?
George Equus: curious about the hardware specifications :)
snowbody Cortes: eheh George
George Equus: This works very well for me
Jade Serenity: hardware is AMD phenom hardware :P old
Thirza Ember: this steam powered laptop is not cooperating
Jade Serenity: awww :(
George Equus: My server hardware is 8 years old....
Drang Po: needs more water/
Lucy Afarensis: try gerbil power ?
snowbody.Cortes: Linux can renew an old hardware ;)
Jade Serenity: i am going to click my "Media" and head to the dance island
George Equus: Linux and me are not compatible :((
snowbody Cortes: no George ? aww
George Equus: run it on Windows 7 Pro, UNIX is too complicated stuff for me
Lucy Afarensis: Just had a windows server crash with ransom ware
snowbody Cortes: well that's true George but some distribution like Ubunto are very user-friendly
Drang Po: yes and I have setup step by step for ubuntu on our website :)
Jade Serenity: if you like "weather" there is a weather map in the beach house
George Equus: The forest is quite wonderful!
Jade Serenity: you should be hearing Jazz music here
Sunbeam Magic: I love to explore ;))
Lucy Afarensis: This really works well for a home computer, maybe you all could visit my home studio in michigan some time
snowbody Cortes: I love to explore as well
Thirza Ember: where in the world - the real world - are we, Jade?
Lucy Afarensis : maybe you all could visit my home studio in michigan some time
George Equus: Working very very well Jade!
Jade Serenity: Connecticut, US
George Equus: well CONNECTed... :)
Jade Serenity: i am thrilled you can here the jazz music
Thirza Ember: WHOOOOA Drang Po looks like James Bond ... or john Travolta? looking smoooooth
Drang Po: tryed this on with out looking at my self...
Jade Serenity: i thought it quite nice Drang :D
snowbody Cortes: "my name is .. James Drang ...."
Drang Po: Drang, James Drang
Thirza Ember: how long have you been in Virtual Jade, and were you always a builder/landscape maker?
Jade Serenity: oh I started on Zetaworld a complete newbie. I still cannot create...my friend helped me download and run opensim on my pc
George Equus: hmm,,, for not being creative this is pretty darn good
snowbody Cortes: I agree George
George Equus wonders if Jade is for hire...
Sunbeam Magic: Jade has quite the talent for placement of item s :))
Jade Serenity: awww you are very sweet, i have walked every square inch of this sim
Sunbeam Magic: probably a few time eh ?
Jade Serenity: like a painting... base colors... then grass, trees, clouds... sounds and scripts....
George Equus: seriously, one of the best regions I have seen, the short while I spent below. natural... sound scape... love it
Jade Serenity: and my computer I cannot see my sim very well, i cannot load shadows or distance
George Equus: I will definitely return to spend some time here
Thirza Ember: it's a beautiful environment and we haven't broken it!
Jade Serenity: still dancing to meditation music? ..... aw you guys are really sweet
Sunbeam Magic: Safarians dance to anything lol
Lucy Afarensis: or sit on it
Sunbeam Magic: Bartender, give that guy in the white suit a 'Martini, shaken not stirred'
Jade Serenity: 11 people.... two still at the home plate
Thirza Ember: we need more medieval clothing so we can do a medieval safari here... we can dress up as robin hood and his merry men
Jade Serenity: my town is a poor one- but I am setting up some castles to the south
Sunbeam Magic: I do believe a medieval fairy would still look about the same though rofl
Thirza Ember: Drang can be the Sheriff, I volunteer me and Sunbeam to be Wenches
Sunbeam Magic: I'd be a wench, they are like blondes of that century, they had more fun !
Jade Serenity: giggle, I have a couple wenches in the town at the pub
Thirza Ember: we could be girl plumbers, sunny... wenches with wrenches
Sunbeam Magic: we could fix everyone's pipes
Thirza Ember: George can get some medieval socks, Flidais has a name that already sounds medieval
Flidais Merlin: Yes Arthurian, called Taliesin in SL
Sunbeam Magic: Flidais (pronounced flee-ish) is a complex Celtic Goddess with many differing stories and aspects
Flidais Merlin: did you just make that up?
Sunbeam Magic: no I googled it ;))
Flidais Merlin: I took the names from the Gay Gavriel Kay books - the Fionavar Trilogy
Sunbeam Magic: I always wonder where folks get their names from
Tosha Tyran joined us at this point in the Safari. If you ever want to join the group but can't make it at the very beginning of our trip, just friend one of the Safari regulars, and ask them for a TP, they will be happy to bring you over to join us! Sunbeam Magic: TOSHA!!!!!!!! huggles
Jade Serenity: whats a tosha?
Sunbeam Magic: an extremely talented gal ;)) she is on Craft. She was in SL with Lumiere Noir who passed a way a few years ago now... he did the Ivory Towers
Flidais Merlin: yes
Sunbeam Magic: and a building tutorial system that is great
Jade Serenity: oh my where can i see that building thing?
Sunbeam Magic: Tosha keeps his towers up and alive and we celebrate his life still
Jade Serenity: unless it is Blender...
George Equus: strictly prims, learned a lot from him... just how to make the perfect stair... secret is the Control Box :))
Jade Serenity: oh dear I need stairs to a castle below
Thirza Ember: I hate to break it to you guys... but our time here is up, we're due at Bill's place...: hugs Jade and thank you for sharing this special place
George Equus: Thank you very much Jade
Tosha Tyran: this really is a beautiful place
Jade Serenity: this place is always running,: never off... thank you SO much for coming
Our final stop was on the action-packed OpenSIm Life Grid, run by Bill Blight who took time out of his day to be with us.
George Equus: Hi Bill
Lucy Afarensis: rezzed fast for me
Bill Blight: great, I like to hear that
Sunbeam Magic: wow Bill you got all dressed up for us he hee
Bill Blight: yeah actually put a shirt and shoes on .. I feel overdressed
Thirza Ember: Beers and cheers that sounds like fun
Bill Blight: yes we have it every tuesday and friday nights... Sunny was the inspiration for it... she has the morning Coffee and Chat, so I spun one on the other side of the clock... Sunbeam could very easily inspire both beers and cheers ... LOL
Sunbeam Magic: shuffles feet and looks down at toes
Thirza Ember: Bill, so what's the story of the grid?
Bill Blight: well, I am disabled/retired .. Been in virtual worlds since they existed , and was starting to get a little disappointed in the state of some of the community. So I formed this grid with the motto of "Social not Stuff" Want it to be a place to come and DO things with friends not just compare inventories ..
snowbody Cortes: great motto !
Bill Blight: So I started building this grid with destinations to DO things in mind, not just shop. Stuff is great, people are better ..
Thirza Ember: You're well known for your scripting prowess
Bill Blight: well if it flies or drives on water here, I did the scripts from the ground up, so I'm not too shabby, I run the bleeding edge of OS code here, the latest and sometimes not the greatest, but I script specifically for it... my scripts are not made to work anywhere, tuned for here. Some grids that are on older code, sometimes don't like to talk to me, for the most part things work ok better most of the time... something about how I build, You will not see cramped or crammed spaces on my builds. I build wide open. Love the big spaces. more room to cam and move the most cramped places on my builds here are the houses, and my bunker which is camouflaged up on the hill
Thirza Ember: thanks Drang for the TP, crashed again
Bill Blight: Welcome back Crash .. I mean Thirza
snowbody Cortes: eheh
Sunbeam Magic: can we see your soccer field ?
Thirza Ember: that is an amazing game
Bill Blight: there is a HG safari tp there to the stadium
Lucy Afarensis: that worked well
Bill Blight SCORES!! for, Team FIRE
Flidais Merlin SCORES!! for, Team WATER
snowbody Cortes: super Bill !
Bill Blight shouts: if your scooter gets out of wack, click it and hit the "UPRIGHT" button
snowbody Cortes: ahahah Lucy
Lucy Afarensis: oops sorry
Sunbeam Magic: kick ass fun !!
snowbody Cortes: :))
Flidais Merlin SCORES!! for, Team FIRE
Sunbeam Magic: win
snowbody Cortes: I hold him ! go for it !
Bill Blight: everybody having fun?
snowbody Cortes: yes Bill !
Lucy Afarensis: glad this is virtual
snowbody Cortes: a very good job Bill !
Sunbeam Magic: we got to get grid teams going ;))
Bill Blight: some chat lag but with this many people moving this fast not surprising
Sunbeam Magic: working great for me
snowbody Cortes: snow is dead
Bill Blight: click your board.. there ya go
snowbody Cortes: ty done ! I got it ! Sun as the ball ;)
Sunbeam Magic: hey i was gonna make a goal!!! WINNNNNNER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Flidais Merlin: that is a lot of fun
Bill Blight: It is fun and addictive
Sunbeam Magic: yeah I could play for hours
Flidais Merlin: yes and fast
Bill Blight: .9dev with ubODE physics
Sunbeam Magic: where next Bill ?
Bill Blight: jet ski track ..
Bill Blight: off to the track!
But it was already midnight here in Europe and better angels demanded a sensible bedtime... so we left our American cousins to the watersports, with a promise to return. 'Social not Stuff' is an excellent credo, one to live by.
Thanks to all the grid owners for sharing their worlds with us. Different parts of the world, different styles and themes, yet one thing links them all - generous creativity. Viva OpenSim!