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  1. On 7/8/2021 at 10:42 PM, Nika Talaj said:

    Personally, I'm thinking end of (northern hemisphere) summer.  Remember, he mentioned a while ago a very aggressive schedule to introduce all remaining themes by the end of the year. 

    As for Halloween, I don't know how the Moles could top last Halloween in Millbank, but I'd love for them to try!  (pic courtesy @Abnor Mole)


    A very aggressive schedule? I don't like the sound of that.

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  2. I'm busy with holiday stuff right now, and wondering what's happening in-world.
    Are the stilt homes being released gradually, or has this stalled?
    It sounds like there are mailbox glitches, are these making things impossible, or are they just now and then?
    How easy is it to get a nice stilts location?
    Thanks in advance @hoppers. 

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  3. Happy New Stilt Homes Forum peeps!

    Not sure if I'll get the chance to grab one of these for a while but they look nice. I was worried that squeezing the extra plot in would impact on the feeling of space, or reduce the landscaping by too much, but I guess if you are going to do that then this is the theme to do it with. Open water / sand  looks more natural than bare grass.

    I hope to try these once the holiday rush is over, have fun!


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  4. 15 hours ago, Sylvia Tamalyn said:

    On a different note, I don't recall seeing mentioned yet this tidbit from Patch via Inara Pey's blog:



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    That's cool to know, thank you! The word 'Fachwerkhaus' comes up with a collection of houses on google which are half-timbered, and which definitely could be a design inspiration for the not-chalets.
    It may be a mischievious thought, but I wonder why the german moles didn't simply take photos of german houses, in Germany? 'Yes Boss, those theme park photos are lovely and very useful, we'll definitely look at those later.'
    Dutch influence seems credible too after visiting the build.
    The end result is fairly generic, which I guess gives people a chance to see these as they would like.

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  5. 13 hours ago, Nika Talaj said:

    In my case, I am not puzzled by the theme's architectural choices.  Not particularly because I am American, but because I have no expectation that a LH theme will be anything other than a simplified, "inspired-by" representation of any one style. (I was astounded by how well they did with the Vics).  I've never heard any Linden imply that understanding other cultures is a goal of the Linden Home program.  Patch's team is small, and rather than indulging in research to attain European verisimilitude, I wouldn't be surprised if the research were something more like:  "Hey!  It'd be nice to something with a European flavor.  People really like these alpine villages!  It wouldn't be HARD to do something like them!  Let's go have lunch in Helen and see what we can find."  The Chalets are a nod in the direction of European alpine styles, not a textbook.

    I have to admit that it is totally LOL to me that you would be frowny about a small American town deciding to invigorate itself by remaking itself into an alpine tourist town.    Here we have Leavenworth, Washington - it is unabashedly mock-Bavarian, and has the advantage of being set in a genuine alpine landscape with fabulous skiing.  People love to stay there in the winter, eat a little bratwurst, drink pilsner and Rhine wine, and feed carrots to the Clydesdales that pull them around the countryside in big open sleighs stocked, predictably, with hot chocolate.  Restaurant wait staff in dirndls and lederhosen.  Lots of Bernese Mountain dogs.  They know it's pastiche, they do it all with a wink, but it's fun. And it brings dollars into a region that would otherwise be, economically speaking, a little bleak.


    And as for the Idahoan mailbox-world, if such a thing happened, you can bet some guy in a garage in Twin Falls would get to work with his lathe to create a miniature golf course with that theme.  Idahoans might be so delighted at the attention from the UK that they would research the mailboxes in "Idaho-world" and hustle to install clones all over the place.

    @Raspberry Crystal, I really hope you get a "chalet" and make something that pleases you with it.  I would really welcome a little education on authentic styling within the strictures of these homes!



    I'm not frowning at people having fun! (except when they do it loudly and drunkenly right next to me :D)
    I must admit that places like Disneyworld are a turn off as well, but I can stare at an old building (or a tree) for ages.

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  6. 4 hours ago, Chloe Dolores said:

    Excuse my apparent takeover of this thread today but I just want to say don't give up the dream. Although no railway (shut up about the damn railway) my alt just landed the one place I thought I never would see but have always felt the best spot for me in the continent. So thank you person who gave up this, I have in fact stood by it many times hoping to live in it. THANK YOU! Second Life Maps | West End (no I won't be popping it back in and certainly won't be trying to flip it :)

    It isn't that long ago that you mentioned this spot, that's truly wonderful Chloe!

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  7. 20 minutes ago, Syo Emerald said:

    Maybe I have missed it, but what category should one chose to report objects that seem to violate the Belli rules? With Christmas season, lots of people seem to have forgotten that this isn't mainland.

    It's difficult to come up with a correct category, just do your best and make sure your links are correct so the team can find things.

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  8. 17 hours ago, Sylvia Tamalyn said:

    I think you misunderstand me. The entire premise of SL, from the start, was "Your World, Your Imagination". That has been the slogan, off and on, of the game for many years, and as far as I know, was meant for all residents, not just those with modeling skills sufficient to recreate RL here. It's why SL is full of wonderful, imaginative creatures such as fairies. Even Governor Linden goes around in a hamster avatar!

    My point is that insisting that things be precisely as they are in RL is contradictory to the vision that Philip Rosedale had for the world he was creating. I suppose people whose outlooks are a bit more rigid probably don't like the wild wild west of Mainland, either... but I do. 

    I am enjoying these new homes for what they are, not for what they are not. :) 

    I've always assumed that you must derender a lot of stuff, because you've mentioned it frequently before, especially as a solution to problems others may be having with neighbours. Maybe that assumption was incorrect and you really do embrace the chaos!
    I easily get overwhelmed with too much contradiction, low slung floating plywood platforms, glow in the dark trees, square patches of ground snow in an otherwise green neighbourhood.
    I theorise the reason that you are not finding the newly revealed theme puzzling, is because you share a culture with its creator, you understand the editing. 
    You will not be eating your breakfast wearing a frown and wondering who did the marketing exercise that made such a strong association between half-timbered buildings and Bavaria that it led to a theme park being built in Georgia USA (there are a lot of places in Europe with half timbered buildings..why Bavaria..and if Bavaria why not their more unique buildings?)
    To me it is a strange and arbitrary as someone making 'american mail-box world' in say, Coventry UK, completely modelled on some random spot in , say Idaho, and then if a mail box is seen in second life, the comments would be 'ooh it's just like Idaho'.
    Part of the fascination, and opportunity of second life is in seeing things, the world, people, through the lens of their creations or style choices, and in attempting to see the world through another's eyes.
    It seems we have more opportunities to understand the culture of the USA through this theme, than the culture of Bavaria. I could understand a Bavarian being a bit miffed at that. For myself, I will most likely learn something and alter my own world view to fit the new information. Patch himself remains a huge puzzle, he would maybe think the same if he ever thought of me, which I doubt :)

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  9. 7 hours ago, Cougar Sangria said:

    I finished a tour of the new Chalets a bit ago, and I like them.  To me they have a storybook vibe to them.  All four floorplans included in this reveal are workable.  The Edelweiss is my favorite so far.  It has just enough rooms.  Unlike Littleme I loved the entrance to the Alpenrose.  It would be my second choice.   All in all the Lindens and Moles have done another fabulous job.  Job well done!  Still holding out for a updated "Meadowbrook".  Pretty please?

    I like the Eidelweiss best too, because it is the model which looks most like the 1930s mock tudor houses which I remember from my childhood (in the uk)!

    What does the word *chalet* mean in American English? Is it just another word for house?
    I would think of a chalet style house like this below so the name is quite confusing. The new theme look like 'half timbered houses' to me (which even more confusingly literally describes the chalet below!)


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  10. 47 minutes ago, Loretta String said:

    My first impression was Tudor, and a bit later I came across a similar home in a Facebook group, which is dealing with old houses for sale in the USA. That home is being promoted  as a Tudor Style house  and the resemblance is  remarkable.


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    I think you have hit on an excellent strategy Loretta. See these homes as American mock tudor, I'm sure it is a closer fit stylewise than trying to bend them to become more European.
    The actual homes in SL are  pretty on the outside, but I really wish they had the stonework featured in your photo.

    The insides feel like a rehash of the log homes, and I'm not sure how easy it would be to get around those brown window frames for interior decor. In combination with the victorian doors they feel like a trend that was popular here in the UK in the eighties. I'd just need some light blocking austrian blinds and a faux coal gas fire to complete the look!

    The landscaping around the houses is generally pleasing, I'm loving the spring flowers. The windmill is nice, no idea if it feels german or not. On google I can see preserved versions of american ones which look similar so it doesn't need to interfere with the Amerimocktudor theme:)


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  11. Yeah, I've finally found an image of actual houses in actual Bavaria which have the timber framing!

    Once you split these up into smaller individual homes, flatten the roofs, simplify the colour scheme, take out 80% of the detail, and then for some reason add a Victorian door you do end up with something looking like the demo models.
    There's still no explanation as to why they have been called chalets though?

    It's not possible to avoid the issue that basing a theme on a pastiche is going to end up with weird results. Using original and authentic source material is a fundamental principle in design (usually).


    However, unlike some previous British commentators, I rather like 1930s Mock tudor houses, and this is definitely where my mind went when I first saw these models. This is an example of a house near where I lived as a child. They do need a bit of brick to make them look right though.
    It might be a tough task to design around those brown window surrounds, and if the neighbours have gone gone the full Disney there's a chance that nothing could be done to redeem the situation.

    Referring to what @Sylvia Tamalyn said earlier, 'Your World, Your Imagination'. Unfortunately that only holds if you have the modelling skills to create that, otherwise you are stuck with whatever you can find. It's a much harder task to make something which represents a culture lying outside the US, simply due to the demographics of the creators inworld.
    These homes, which  are 'european through an american lens' are an example of that.

    As for nitpicking comment, @LittleMe Jewell,  I'll put that down to lack of experience. Being an american in second life is like being right handed in the real world. You simply don't notice the aggravation because for you it doesn't exist. I'm not blaming you for that, just pointing it out.

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  12. Just now, Nika Talaj said:

    Here''s another pic from Helen (I'll stop now lol), which is in the mountains.   I really, REALLY hope there are some home sites in hills with streams.

    As for this European alpine town being in the US, there are more things in heaven and the US, @Raspberry Crystal, than are dreamt of in your philosophy :)  I know of 3 other Euro-clone alpine villages in the US, and I don't ski!  It's just a really lovely type of village to live in.



    It looks like a hybrid to me, Bavaria with a dollop of american hotdog sauce :)

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  13. 2 minutes ago, Milk Pixelmaid said:

    No. Helen is a little town in north Georgia that is touristy. It’s designed to be a tiny fake German town that tourists flock to. Think Disney land. Small scale and pretty. 

    They look American, that's why it's been so weird. It's an americanised version of Bavaria, which is fine, it's was just so abstract though! (to guess I mean)

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  14. SO THAT is why the teaser photo was so difficult to decipher, these homes are based on a town which is an American interpretation of Bavaria, and then on top of that they've been Bellissarily Second Lifed!!
    Hence the strange mountain cabin / victorian farmhouse mix of styles.

    All I needed was an explanation :)

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  15. 20 minutes ago, Leora Jacobus said:

    I put an alt on watchpost and go about my business in RL. Every full hour I look what she sees or doen't yet see.

    As long as we cannot even zoom into the stilt regions or fly over them we will certainly not find them available at the landpage.

    Also she has the Belli- Chat open which I scan every full hour for the word "Patch" or "release" ... I must keep to that full hour for otherwise I tend to checking every five minutes or so ;)

    PS: just now she got hollered at "... run for aborean ..." or so. Faraday has restarted so she fled home in terror.

    I may have gone the opposite way, I'm feeling a bit 'past it' now and disappeared back into opensim for a while to escape. Having landed that lovely Fourze houseboat gave me a dilemma, as I know how hard it will be to to get the prime stilt-home spots during actual release time, because of all the clickers out there competing. It really is nice to join in the rush but.... it may be easier and less stressful to get a great place later, and take advantage of an ultra-hopper letting go their excess catches.
    However we'll see how that logic holds out once the stampede begins!

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