So, some time ago I was looking for a new build as a rental home for my residential area and searching and searching I came across this darling little house called Wood’s House. There was an issue with it once purchased however – it wasn’t in the rezzer box. I contacted the creator, Curt Halberd and he right away fixed the problem. We chatted and he told me about a project he was working on Courtbleau – a sim build out. I went to see it and fell in love with the style and creativity of the region. Since then it has closed down but I pestered Curt for an interview and he kindly obliged.
Moonrise Azalee: I want to thank you for taking the time to do this interview with me 🙂
Curt Halberd: You’re welcome, and I feel honored.
Moonrise Azalee: So to start, how long have you been in InWorldz for?
Curt Halberd: In Inworldz, 19 months
Moonrise Azalee: And what brought you to InWorldz? How did you hear about it, or what made you decide to check it out?
Curt Halberd: Funny story actually. I originally come from Second Life, as most of us do. I had JUST rented a new private sim one morning. May 16, 2014 to be exact. I had been landless there for about 3 months and decided to get back into it. The gentleman renting the sim had a very good deal, a little less than I would pay the Labs for a sim. He said he got a bulk rate, so I paid him 9 months rent up front. Well, I totally terraform the sim, put in landscaping and a few builds as examples. And being a builder I also set up my vendors and a display area. All looked good. I left for the night and was going to come back the next evening and finish everything up.
The next evening, I logged in and got the “The region you are going to is down” message, and wound up in a hub
Moonrise Azalee: Oh oh…
Curt Halberd: I tried repeatedly to get to my sim, but nothing. Then found out from another person that also rented fron the same gentleman, that he had been banned from SL for nonpayment. So, I not only lost my sim, but 9 months of tier. I had heard about InWorldz, and decided to try it out. I never looked back.
Moonrise Azalee: That is one of the worst things I’ve heard! What a horrible experience
Curt Halberd: And I know paying 9 months tier sounded stupid, BUT the gentleman had been a very reputable land seller back in the old days, 2005 to 2007, and I had previous dealing with him and trusted him.
Moonrise Azalee: Well, so then you decided to step foot into a new grid, and came to InWorldz. What was your first impression when you arrived?
Curt Halberd: Honestly, not much. It looked like SL from 5 or 6 years previously, but I decided not to judge a book by it’s cover and went exploring what I saw as a blank canvas. You go exploring in Second Life, and all you saw were flashy billboards, horrid builds with prim flash all over, lag monsters at every teleport. It was bad. I had arrived in a vast, untamed wilderness here in InWorldz, and I liked it. And the quality of the builds here, overall were not bad, Now, don’t get me wrong – I did a bit of headshaking at some of the things I saw – But overall my impression was “I found home”
Moonrise azalee: What did you find most challenging about starting over in a new grid?
Curt Halberd: Oh. LOL. I had nothing. I mean NOTHING. I had a few Lindens left, so I cashed them out, and converted them to izzies. And went shopping for land.
Moonrise Azalee: Right off the bat? You came here and decided to buy land?
Curt Halberd: Oh yes. And I bought my first parcel on 5/17. My first day here.
Moonrise Azalee: What do you do in InWorldz now that you’ve settled in?
Curt Halberd: I dabble at building.
Moonrise Azalee: Do you care to elaborate?
Curt Halberd: Well, I do consider myself a builder. Most of my builds are somewhat prototypical of buildings and other structures from that place called Real Life.
Moonrise Azalee: Is there a specific time period or genre that you try to replicate?
Curt Halberd: Well, it started out as mid 1960’s to 70’s in the eastern US. That is until I had a very charming lady come to me, and ask if I could build a sim for her. Then it changed to the Louisiana Bayou from 1950 to 1960 or so. So my first sim buildout here was a fantasy recreation of a section of Bayou from the early 1960’s.
Moonrise Azalee: Was that Courtbleau?
Curt Halberd: Yes it was. And very soon they decided to expand to 2 sims, so I started all over and rebuilt it all.
And then they added a few more scenic sims around it, and I built all that too. And building out a scenic sim is tricky, considering only the owner can rez items there. So we came up with a solution. I gave her everything, she rezzed multiple copies and I moved it all around.
Moonrise Azalee: That sounds like it was a lot of work.
Curt Halberd: It was a lot of work, but also very satisfying at the same time. I had to build everything for those sims myself, from scratch. But they understood that it was going to take some time.
Curt Halberd: So I would jump into Blender for hours at a time and come inworld to check the fit of what I had built. And thats one of the most incredible things about Inworldz. The uploads. I couldn’t get over that texture and mesh uploads are free here. It allows for much more creativity.
Moonrise Azalee: How so?
Curt Halberd: At first I thought it would be bad, but actually it has enhanced the overall quality of the builds I do, and those I see other people doing. In SL if you upload something, and it’s not quite right, well too bad. You aren’t spending more money to fix it, so you live with it. Here on the other hand, you can optimize and perfect your creations. You can experiment. It’s the perfect virtual world for a builder.
Moonrise Azalee: I think that relates a bit to your previous mention at the ‘head shaking’ at some of the builds. For some people, InWorldz is the first grid that they were able to really try their hand at building without restriction.
Curt Halberd: Well, thats true. Hey, I remember some of my builds from back in 2004 when I first started in virtual worlds. They were junk -And if you notice my profile says I started in SL in 2005, thats true, but with Curt Halberd. I had another AV there in Nov 2004, but forgot its name.
Moonrise Azalee: Now that you have been in InWorldz for a while, what would you say are your favourite things about it? What is the most rewarding?
Curt Halberd: My favorite thing about Inworldz is the people. I would say that 99% of the people here are really honest and good people. Sure there are a few bad apples here and there, but overall I see the population of Inworldz as much more mature than SL. And with that maturity comes an overall sense of cohesion. This community works so much better. The people usually get along with each other, and very rarely will you have someone ban someone just because they say you did something to offend them. I always thought that was stupid anyway.
Moonrise Azalee: Do you have anything you are working on right now?
Curt Halberd: Actually right now I am working on a sim build out. And this time it’s for me. I recently purchased 3 sims across from IDI where I am locating my store and some other attractions
Moonrise Azalee: What is the theme or inspiration?
Curt Halberd: Well, I liked the Courtableau sims very much. And when they were taken down, I missed them. BUT, it really wasn’t me. I’m originally from Virginia, and I based this new build on the area south of Virginia Beach in the late 1970’s. I also took a few ideas from the middle Chesapeake Bay area too.
Moonrise Azalee: Your builds look so realistic, how do you obtain that realism?
Curt Halberd: I do all of my builds in Blender then do the textures in Photoshop. Every texture is custom done for each mesh. I don’t think I’ve purchased any textures in any virtual world since 2006.
Moonrise Azalee: You have a club on your region too, Backwoods? Is that a public venue?
Curt Halberd: Oh, absolutely. It’s here for everyone to enjoy. Backwoods was originally constructed for the Courtableau regions. With it gone, I contacted the previous owner, and got her blessing to reopen it. I kinda missed that dumpy old building
Moonrise Azalee: And are you also a DJ then? Or do you have others that come in and provide the entertainment?
Curt Halberd: I usually have others provide the entertainment. And I’m very lenient on what they do and play. It’s pretty much no rules for the DJ’s except use some common sense. For the rest of the patrons, its simple. No politics, no religion, and PLEASE don’t get up in front of the DJ’s and try to put on your own show. It’s very distracting for the DJ’s plus it’s just simply rude. On occasion I do DJ, when there is a need. And I do have to admit, I have an AWESOME collection of 1980’s classic rock.
Moonrise Azalee: Curt I’d like to thank you so much for taking the time to speak with me today, you do very amazing work and I’m glad you decided to make InWorldz your virtual home.
Curt Halberd: Thank you, and I do appreciate you taking time out of your busy schedule to interview me. It’s been a pleasure and an honor.
Come check it out! hop://inworldz.com:8002/Tune Shores/233/188/22
Main .:Domus:. store location (where he sells all his awesome stuff) is here:
There are three regions, two that are pretty much complete now, Tune Shores and Owens Heights.
And now.. for some pictures!