So, today I have the pleasure of interviewing Contessa Lacombe. I have known OF her for quite some time, most prominently through her region Brigantia as well as through her Elemental Jewelry line, but had not ever really had a one on one chat with her. I was glad to finally have a chance to sit down and get to know Contessa a bit better. Amazing how I’ve been here for almost five years and still have so many people yet to meet!
Moonrise Azalee: Well, Contessa, I would like to thank you so much for taking the time to meet with me this evening!
Contessa Lacombe: I just feel honored!
Moonrise Azalee grins – It’s funny because I have known you for quite some time, but never really had a chance to sit and get to know you better, so I’m very glad to have the chance to do so now.
Contessa Lacombe: You know, we need to sit down and talk to more people, don’t we? There are lots of people I know, but I never really spend time with them. I need to change that!
Moonrise Azalee smiles – I agree! Which is one reason I really like doing these interviews. I love to find out more about the people who call InWorldz home. How long have you been in InWorldz for now?
Contessa Lacombe: I think that I first traveled here in about 2010, but I didn’t spend much time here at first. Then, a few years ago, maybe in about 2014 or 2015?, I decided to give it another go.
Moonrise Azalee: What made you decide to come visit again, and give it a second chance?
Contessa Lacombe smiles. I’m sure it’s a story you’ve heard before. I was in another big grid, it was just getting much too expensive, and so forth. I LOVE to build things, and I really wanted to have an entire sim again. Plus, I wanted to have more fun, not spend so much time working. I had been hearing good things about InWorldz, so I popped in, and I’ve been here since. I love it here.
Moonrise Azalee: That IS in fact a story that seems to be a bit of a common denominator for many. The stability of an established alternative grid as well as lower prices. And a bit more laid back than the ‘Big Grid’. Was there anything you found particularly challenging here?
Contessa Lacombe: Mostly the fact that there weren’t as many designers here to offer items like hair, skins and clothing. I kind of have an addiction to hair and shoes…it’s true. The search engine was a bit wonky at the time, so it was difficult to find things sometimes. But, you know what? You can do without a huge amount of hair and just have a few really good ones! And, you can learn how to make more things for yourself. It’s great fun! And, InWorldz has given me something more valuable than all of that! Community and friends.
Moonrise Azalee: I am a bit of a hair addict myself – and in fact found a new hair store I quite love – I’ll share the landmark of it. I think that is a challenge for many people who come from the big grid to here. Especially in the beginning, it was like being a pioneer! You mention community and friends, you have a lovely region here in Brigantia – do you want to talk a bit about it?
Contessa Lacombe: Oh yes, I do love my little home. Brigantia is medieval/fantasy in theme, and we like to do roleplay here, although it is very laid back. You might catch us in or out of character, especially when we dance! Brigantia is like a big layer cake. You can pop into the ground floor and think…where is that big castle I saw a photo of? Well, keep looking. There are portals and secret doors that lead to all sorts of places. Brigantia is very loosely based on Avalon, so it is a haven. We have a small group of permanent residents, as well as a close neighbor, Oldwyck. But we are joined to several sims via portals.
Moonrise Azalee: That’s wonderful – one thing that I always think of with Brigantia is your Fireside Chats. Can you share with our readers what that is about?
Contessa Lacombe: The Fireside Chat is on Tuesdays at 4pm IWT. It is our version of the bardic circle. We began by always telling stories and such, but now we may do that or we may just chat OOC. It’s great fun. We have a group of regulars, but everyone is invited. Now, on Fridays, we have P.I.E. *grins*
Moonrise Azalee: Now.. what is P.I.E ? Because its nearly dinner… and im hungry.. and im thinking ‘warm apple’
Contessa Lacombe: Oh, now, that’s a very secretive society. *grins* Princesses In Exile.
Moonrise Azalee: So DEFINITELY nothing to do with desserts. Well then! *grins* I know another thing you are well known for is your Elemental Jewelry. So you definitely are a busy woman! Are there other things you are working on that we might not know about?
Contessa Lacombe: As a matter of fact, yes. My friend, Pak, and I are have been building like crazy. We are going to open a new shop, Guild. It will be a hodge podge of all sorts of things people might need or want. Buildings, furniture, household goods, just all sorts of things. We plan to offer them at very reasonable prices. Our goal is not to make a big profit, but to just help people get established and find what they might need.
Moonrise Azalee: That sounds really wonderful Contessa. Will they be medieval themed?
Contessa Lacombe: Not entirely, although that is our first love. I know that there are many very talented people with fantastic shops – and yes, I still shop and purchase from other folks. I like to support fellow artisans.- but we are trying to have lots of different types of things
Moonrise Azalee: I think that’s a wonderful idea. Most certainly, with there being almost as many grids around as there are people who use them, it has caused a saturation which has resulted in more people in more grids – and that of course means some folks have left InWorldz to explore other grids , or even returned to the Big Grid. So I am always glad to be reminded that there are still so many projects going on. I love to see these new start ups, driven by the innovation of our really fantastic residents.
Contessa Lacombe: Yes. I want to promote IW as much as I can. I do visit the big grid occasionally. There are many wonderful things there to explore. But, there are also many wonderful things here, and I would like to see more exploration. There is a great opportunity coming up in July…the InWorldz Home & Garden Tour. This spot, The Halcyon Keep, will be part of the tour. I want to encourage people to participate, I know I will. It’s an opportunity to see places you never knew were here. I can’t wait! I am hoping that many people will continue to explore Brigantia after a small glance, and also our kindred sims of Oldwyck, Mysthaven, and Aerion.
Moonrise Azalee: I love wandering them myself, and have done so often. I still have a little home in Aerion as well 🙂 Speaking of places to discover – are there places on your region you would like to share in particular?
Contessa Lacombe: You need to see it all! *smiles* If you go to our Welcome Center, you can pick up a notecard with a self-guided tour. There is much to see, so you may need to make several visits. Also, there is a quest you can do! And prizes! The tour card will lead you all about the sim and through most of the portals. And if you don’t see what you are looking for, just give a yell. We love visitors. I especially love this spot we are in. But, there is a very warm, welcoming tavern on the ground floor, with the beginnings of the village. Then, the “forest”, with more village and cottage industries. There is a “dark tower realm” where a dark wizard is imprisoned……muahaha. Oh, an ice skating rink. And…there are ruins under the sea!
Moonrise Azalee: I do need to come visit more. You reminded me of so many of my favourite places here ❤ thank you SO much for letting me come visit today, I can’t wait to go explore and take some pictures to share with our readers.
Contessa Lacombe: Thank you so much for coming to visit. I do look forward to your blog posts and hope to see many more places mentioned that we can explore.
Moonrise Azalee: Absolutely. I love that even after so much time there is always more to share and discover!
Moonrise Azalee grins. Well feel free to hit me up if you ever want to share some more pics with me! in the meantime, I shall let you and the lovely Celeste (whom has arrived while we were wrapping up our chat) visit, while I go wander and take pictures! Take care!
Contessa Lacombe: I will! You may be sorry you said that! *grins*