Chronometria Posted July 11, 2011 Share Posted July 11, 2011 Well, i am moving on from my Linden home at about the 65ish day of my existence in second life, so i thought i would look back at my experiences of owning one. Others are welcome to post here with their thoughts. Teething problems - The Two Storey Homes and prim counts. When i started second life, i didnt get a linden home right away. I was new to it all and was worrying about small things like opening boxes, where to get money and so on. I didnt upgrade to premium until i decided that second life was one worth "living". Even so, when i upgraded, i still didn't get one, as i was out exploring and meeting people. Only once i had settled a bit did i investigate the idea of getting some sort of land and, as i was entitled to one, i thought i would try it out.Linden homes are funny things. Back then i was lucky in that i had really worked hard to learn basic building, so i knew what a prim was and how some items have more prims than others. Since then i have helped a lot of friends and newbies to work out just why their 50 prim bed might be a problem in their 117 limited house. I didn't have that worry as i started late, but a lot of newcomers do and there is precious little explanation around as to how they should furnish their house, unless they dedicate some time to self education (there are some good blogs out there to read, but you must go find them).This raises a serious concern with many of the Linden Home designs. Some, especially the large modern glass ones, boast several spacious floors, which are, frankly, a nightmare for a newbie to furnish well. Even as a reasonable builder it can be costly and difficult to make such a home set up look good on the basic allowance. Commonly, when a newbie calls me out seeking help, i find myself sat in one of those problem homes. Seeking out the neighbours After a time i started to wonder who lived nearby, so i guess the second significant issue to raise it that of "community". Now, i`ve been to mainland and know that, quite often, it is fairly empty and disjointed. Linden homes, however, are in an even more desolate set up. Many stand empty, despite being owned and are not used at all. Some show the evidence of an attempt to furnish them that quickly went sour (see above) and just contain one or two overly primmy pieces of furniture. Others are creepy lovenests, with thrones and whipping posts in fact, walking around and peering into them can become quite a fascinating hobby, just to see what is in there.So i went out in search of green dots and the few people i did meet were friendly. Of course, being GMT timezone, i struggled even to meet the active ones. A feature for grouping people by their timezone would go a long way to building any sort of community with these homes.As i wondered about i found some random parks and strange little features that popped up every so often between the homes. There was nothing like that near mine, so i guess some linden homes are luckier in placement than others. Mainly, though, it was the same houses, with a few variations, for miles and miles. If you look at it too much, it's like something out of a horror film and it makes you crave company even more. I would say that these park type places need to be fewer in number and much more significant. As it was they were more by accident in their placement than by design. My overall thoughts. So, my linden home lasted me about about a month or so. It was a good place to practice furnishing and it was nice to have for a little while. As a "starter" i think it was ok, but really, a better system of just getting some mainland would probably be less resources and better for everyone. Maybe a "parcel ticket", a simple system where you can just go out and press a single button to get a 512 lot somewhere, maybe giving land owners some sort of one off bonus or perk instead of a normal auction payment. It seems a lot of fuss and effort for a disconnected, temporary system with limited appeal and functionality. It may even be better to put in a "furnishing tutorial" or some sort of offline sandbox house to practice in. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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