Settling in, in InWorldz

Yes, it’s been a number of years since I ‘settled in’ here. However there are still new people coming in every day and I wanted to give a ‘how to’ of some inexpensive and simple ways of de-noobing oneself and quickly getting settled into your new virtual world.

Admittedly it has been some time since I’ve done a huge shopping spree here, because I have so many things that I’ve acquired over the years that I get rather lazy. I ACTUALLY often wear the same outfit days in a row. hah! Of course, this is also because a lot of my time spent in InWorldz is in various roleplay environments, and for those I have preset folders that I can quickly ‘wear’ and switch from character to character  and sometimes the same scene continues over a few day period and there is simply no need to change. Also, my homes I have here are SO fully furnished with so much now , things I love and I just cant think of what I feel like swapping out for anything new.

So, I decided to go out shopping, and see what I could put together for very cheap.

Setting up a Home Base

First off is getting a home base. I know what you’re thinking – ‘Hold up! I need to fix up this starter avi into something decent!’ – yes, starter avis aren’t normally the best, but chosing where you are going to live can be a key part of deciding what kind of avatar you want to start with. Also of course, you then have a place to rez all your new amazing things, rather than using a sandbox. After all, this post is called ‘Settling in… ‘ not ‘Coming to visit and wanting to look awesome’ However if you are more interested in getting your avi all sorted first, scroll down because that is included also!

There are, of course, homes available on any of the premium regions for those who have premium accounts. The low monthly price of 5.95 US gets you a nice sized home on a 2048 sqm region with a total land capacity of 1406 prims (the homes on them are not able to be swapped out, and vary in prim count, but there  are stil 1100-1200 prims available after the house. If that isn’t quite to your liking , there are many cheap rent options. I rent out land and sell some parcels, but there are many more out there with better prices than I, that still have lots of prim counts. Charlesworth Estates,  Everluxe,  Exile, and a variety of parcel rentals as well as actually purchasing your own:
2×2 (4 regions) for 60.00 initial cost, then 85/month total with afterwards 48,000 prims

single private region with 45,000 prims – 75.00

mainland region with 30,000 prims – 40.00 (I myself have two of these and I LOVE it)

Also, many places offer free rent for new residents. I often have small cottages available for new residents for the first month free –  I don’t always have any available but feel free to contact me in world, and of course use the Classifieds in Search for other free rentals.

Finding your First Home

This week I went on a hunt to find cheap first homes to put on your first land (if your parcel or land doesn’t come with one) and I was pretty excited to see a nice selection of free homes. Some are a bit high in prims, BUT InWorldz has a very high prim count per parcel so really this is not an issue.

This is the first place I found, and I actually am going to use one of these homes I got from here for myself. (firestorm viewer) These homes are given for free by Lily Lightcloud, and are really great spacious places.

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Winter Blues Free Home

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Summer Dreams Free Home

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The Laurels Free Home

For the price of 350 iz, you can get the Woods House, which is a high quality, realistic mesh home with two rooms and only 16 prims. It comes with six different colours to choose from.

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Woods House – one of six homes, all six colours for 350 iz

If you’d like to spend more izzies for a larger home, there are some nicely done homes at Roots and Shoots/ACCENTZ . . There is a wide variety to choose from , in many genres

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Large Selection of Homes and Furnishings and Landscaping at Roots And Shoots/ACCENTZ

This is by NO means a complete list at all, but is just to give an idea of some places to start when you want to plop a home down on your shiny new land.

Furnishing your New Place

Here I have listed the first three that I went to visit when searching ‘mesh furniture’ in the viewer search tab. Again this list is nowhere near complete and is offered as a ‘getting started’ with places that are a bit of a ‘one stop’ shop – meaning, able to furnish your whole home without a bunch of other stops to make.

The first I went to today is Simple Reflections located at A nice variety of indoor and outdoor furnishings in mesh for a moderate price. At first look there might not seem to be  a lot there, but wander around and you are sure to find something awesome.

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Simple Reflections

My next stop was Offbeat. And although this may come off as biased because Leanna writes for this blog also, it’s BECAUSE of her skills that her and I became friends. Hers was the first furniture store I came across that contained the sort of items I had become accustomed to in the ‘other grid’. At the time her store was called Phoenix Creations and was done in sculpts and such because InWorldz back then wasn’t supporting mesh yet – as it was still quite new all over. Now her store has been rebranded as Offbeat and she has a very wide variety of household furniture and outdoor furnishings as well  at low prices. Her items are high quality mesh and it it still my first place to shop, as well as the landmark I hand out to newcomers.  There is even a portal in her store that will bring you to her older non mesh creations which are extremely low in price and still lovely.

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Offbeat inside, main area

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Offbeat outside with teleports to prefabs as well

Blueberry Patch has many different lovely things as well. Furniture, homes and outdoor things, barns and more. The prices are a bit higher than the other two mentioned, but it is still worth a look because you might just find that ONE thing you were looking for. (Besides the $/izzie conversion is pretty good at InWorldz in general)

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Accentz has a huge variety of well priced furniture, and considering it is also adjacent to the Homes featured in the above section, as well as a vast amount of landscaping to choose from (also Roots and Shoots) , it could really be a one stop shopping experience.

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Accentz Furniture and Homes

Finally, I am adding in a favourite of mine. Not only because the animations are super pleasing to the ‘adult’ side of us all but because the quality of furniture is very pleasing – Bad Kitty. You can find interactive (adult) furniture for every room of your home. (you can also find Rosie Lavochkin’s famous male and female genitalia and more)

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Some places that are also worth checking out to complete your home  (just use search in the viewer)

A Cottage Affair – furniture, homes and more

Suzy’s Stuff and Nonsense – super interactive furniture, kitchens, and InWorldz ONLY growing, interactive prim babies, with furniture for them also .

Musing Moments Mall

and the Lanes


Well, I’ve already mentioned Roots and Shoots, that’s a first stop for many. I’ve also mentioned Domus  – the origins of the Woods House, which also has some choice landscaping things (seasonal trees, pines grasses and more)Two other  personal favourites are 1) Garden Furniture by Tamara

I have pretty much landscaped all my regions only needing to use her things. They are very well priced and versatile. I would definitely call it my one-stop gardening shop. Waterfalls, caves, grasses, trees and much more.

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2) Teal’s Garden Shop -

This was the first landscaping place I found when I came to InWorldz a few years ago and the content and quality is still awesome. I love it.

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And finally…..

Getting YOU ready

Now that you have a place to live, and some ideas as to where to get stuff to make it feel like a home -OR you have skipped all that and just want to find out how to un-noobify for a reasonable price – it is time to share some avi suggestions.

First of all, InWorldz has a perfect all-in-one at Mimi’s Choice. Not only will you find a large selection of clothing from many creators and hair by  Mina and Emotions but you will also find Vista Animations right next door as well as Humanoid on site and Redgraves. Really you can’t go wrong using this as a first stop.



Out front of Mimi’s Choice wearing a new sweater dress I got from there. Skin is Renee-HotSkins, body Sapphira Mesh by Imagine, Hair is Damselfly.

If you would like a quick and inexpensive yet unique skin/shape and clothing on site, my first recommendation is Step inSide (there is a LM in Lany Jun’s profile for her store that is invalid, but this is the updated one )

You will find skins for 500, (she also has the appliers for Sapphira mesh body), as well as the shapes for 200, and a lovely variety of clothing. There are also eyes, lips and more.

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There is also :

HotSkins –

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and many, many more. Search is your friend.

As for hair, Damselfly was one of my favourites but seems to be gone now. The two others I use quite a bit are .:Emotions and Deviant Designs. There are also some hairs by Mina found at Mimi’s Choice. Lately I’ve bee sporting some cute red curls by Deviant Designs. There are many styles to choose from and great prices.

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Kitty hair – Deviant Designs . Skin Katelyn – Morrigan Bellic. Dress Entity – Lost Gem

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So, there you have it – some great places to start when getting settled in InWorldz. We have a plethora of talented creators and merchants here with so much available, it’s impossible to list them all, but I hope at the very least that the average person coming into InWorldz can glean some ideas from this article when starting out on their new virtual life here.







InWorldz Marketplace is Live!

After many months of hard work by Wolf Hartnell, the InWorldz marketplace on is finally live! Shopping has just become a lot easier.

I know there are many people out there who prefer shopping in-world – which is all good but for lazy people like me the new marketplace is a godsend.

Uploading your products is super easy – you just add your items to a kind of magic box, then list them on the marketplace. It supports multiple pictures and direct teleports. So you don’t even need an in-world store. All you need is a tiny piece of land for the box that holds your marketplace items. If you don’t own or rent land, there are many residents who have dedicated FREE parcels to placing marketplace boxes.

We at hope that the new marketplace will attract merchants who want to put their products out there but have no time or resources to maintain an in-world store.

One thing to keep in mind is that the new marketplace is a third party service and is not directly affiliated with InWorldz LLC. Wolf Hartnell created the site independently , along with other services for residents of InWorldz. He is a longstanding member of our community and has done way more than his share to improve the residents’ experience.

Thank you, Wolf, and happy shopping, everyone! main page


The Faces of Quadrapop Tree

The other day I talked to quadrapop Tree, an incredible artist and one of InWorldz’ busiest people. Quad always has a project going on and I’m honoured she took she time to talk to me for this blog.

I’ve met people in InWorldz who wondered whether quadrapop is a girl or a guy because sometimes she roams the grid as a male avatar, sometimes as a female avatar. Personally, I don’t care. To me she is one of the most talented artists I’ve had the pleasure to meet.

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The two faces of quadrapop.

Leanna Caerndow: You’ve been a huge part of the IW community, especially the art and the adult scenes – for 5 years and 8 months! What made you come to InWorldz?
quadrapop tree: In short LL 😉
Leanna Caerndow: Haha!
quadrapop tree: In 2010 I was looking for an alternative to SecondLife™ that would be a good fit for my art practice, a place where the grid gods were a bit more responsive to the residents, and where the security and technical situation was a bit better than OS Grid (which i had explored in 2008-9).
I checked out a lot of the alternative grids and settled on InWorldz – liked the attitude of the founders. Not looked back.
Leanna Caerndow: I’m glad you stayed 😀
You’re a person who does a lot for bringing people together – events and art fests. Was it challenging to get started with that here?
quadrapop tree: Initially, I came to InWorldz to simply build and make my own stuff – happy to share it if and when…However my reputation preceded me and in 2011 Jeri Rahja and I started talking about doing an art festival to showcase all the cool work being made by people in InWorldz.
I had been founding curator of the UWA Art Challenges in SecondLife™ and a lot of the visiting artists and many InWorldz residents knew of me from that challenge. So helping Jeri with organising and running the Dreamz & Visionz Art festivals was easy.


quad’s gallery on Railroad Valley in InWorldz

Leanna Caerndow: When you create, what inspires you?
quadrapop tree: Oooh many things. I have a real life art and design background – my influences there are far and wide as well as very local (my local country).
In virtual worlds I found a place to make what would be really difficult to in real life so in a way the very building tools and scripting functions are my inspiration here.
Leanna Caerndow: I forgot about scripting! I learnt a lot from you – you gave classes, too, on how to reduce lag and particles.
quadrapop tree: I like to play with the abilities we are given – prims, sculpties, light, transparency, glow, and recently the projected lights and bump/shiny effects that come with “materials”. Since i was 4 weeks old in SecondLife™ I have been helping others with what I know.
In 2008 I was a SecondLife™ mentor till they closed the programme. I helped real life friend Ember Farina to start and then did estate management for Fantasy Fair in SL from 2009 to 2013. I seem to be a born teacher and like sharing what knowledge I have with others
Leanna Caerndow: Wow, that’s amazing! And I agree with the born teacher statement – you are.
quadrapop tree: From all that estate management and lag reduction for Fantasy Fair I learned a LOT and so brought that with me to IW and share information that will hopefully help others see IW to the best of their system’s abilities.

I have to say a big Thank You to my real life partner CaptainCrunch who has taught me a lot about the technical side of [virtual worlds] over the years and without whom I’d not understand anywhere near as much about what creates or reduces lag in this environment.

Leanna Caerndow: There are a lot of myths floating around about what causes lag, so it’s definitely nice to have someone who can explain to people what really helps.

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Glowing Cycad with Lens Flare

Leanna Caerndow: I LOVE what you do with particles
quadrapop tree: That one is a really old piece. [Glowing Cycad]
Leanna Caerndow: I’ve seen it before, still love it.
quadrapop tree: From 2011 but has been one of my best selling ones since then.
Leanna Caerndow: It’s cheap O.o [100 I’z] Why so cheap? I asked Tiana [Genesis] the same question. I can hardly believe that someone sells their art for basically nothing.
quadrapop tree: I settled on a price point that anyone can afford. Well, when you can sell thousands of copies of the same item for no extra effort why charge so much that only a few people ever bother to buy it ?
Leanna Caerndow: That’s a good point.
quadrapop tree: I see InWorldz as a cheap art studio and gallery space. I spend less in InWorldz a month than I would for a week of studio space in real life.

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Random Shimmer

quadrapop tree: And I don’t have to give 20-50% of my earnings to a gallery. For that matter an InWorldz sim is about what it would cost to go out for dinner in a restaurant here so i see it as a good social option too 🙂

Leanna Caerndow: Where does the fascination with particles come from?
quadrapop tree: Oooh I think that might be from a visit (actually many visits) to Jopsy’s particle palace in Second Life ™ and where i picked up all the information.

quadrapop tree: Do you have advanced lighting active?  If so you can see the effects of materials on the floor here. Cam or move around and you will see rainbow effects on the floor.
Leanna Caerndow: I see them, it looks lovely. [in quad’s gallery on Railroad Valley]
quadrapop tree: I have a small demonstration set up down the ‘back’ of the sim which shows what people are missing who cannot see advanced lighting.
Leanna Caerndow nods, everything looks so much more realistic…and beautiful.


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Leanna Caerndow: You like to play with gender, right? I’ve seen you in a male avatar many times (a very attractive one >.>)
quadrapop tree grins, Yes, I have had a fluid avatar appearance since day one in Second Life ™.Though these days i am getting old and lazy and seem to end up female more often than not (Mak [her partner]may have something to do with that).

quadrapop tree: I rebranded QT Wearables as Atelier Adagio last year. Will be moving to a lifestyle branding of the jewellery (but that means a lot of work :P).
The Prefabs store will slowly fill… the display level is a mess atm, lol. Never moved a sim so slowly in my life but i don’t seem to mind in InWorldz 🙂
Leanna Caerndow: I love the trademark quad rainbow colours.
quadrapop tree: It is a bit of a trademark of mine. I’m an ex graphic designer and worked in advertising once upon a time.

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Jewellery Set made by quad

quadrapop tree: Skyrah [Rose] and Lexxy [Moore] came with me from Dolphin Bay [quad’s former region] and Thoth Jantzen joined us last month. He is an old artist friend of mine from SecondLife™ who was in InWorldz briefly a few years ago.
quadrapop tree: TPs to all the venues are available from he sim centre.
quadrapop tree: You can see how far I got with the sim build…Here ends civilisation…
And over here…advanced lighting and ability to see materials advised 🙂 Try a few different dark windlights and maybe turn on show transparent so you can see the  light sources.
Leanna Caerndow: Oh wow that’s gorgeous!
quadrapop tree: I gave a copy of the big disk to EC [Events Coordinator] for the birthday bash Materials display.

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Ooh Shiny!

Leanna Caerndow: It’s so soothing
quadrapop tree: Lots of people say that about my work.That or “who needs drugs”.
Leanna Caerndow: By the way, that’s something I love about your artwork. I haven’t seen a single one yet that I didn’t find soothing and gentle.
They invite to keep looking, almost meditative. This piece is definitely meditative to me.
quadrapop tree nods.  That’s the idea: Stop and actually look. I like messing with minds:)
The works are a “thing in and of themselves”. Like a piece of nature.


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Leanna Caerndow: So you made this with specular maps ad projection lighting?
 quadrapop tree: It would be cool if the lighting effects could be transferred to dreamshare. { }
Hmm I should put ALL the jewellery on it, lol. I suck at doing the marketing things.
Leanna Caerndow: Most artists do
quadrapop tree: Like a plumber with leaky pipes 😛 Hell, I should be good at it, having worked in the industry. But pfft, only if someone pays me, lol.

Leanna Caerndow: Yes, you do it for everybody else but yourself 😛

Leanna Caerndow: From art to adult: You were a big part of the adult community, you created the adult hub – what made you create it?
quadrapop tree: There was a lack of a central place new residents could go who were interested in the more mature aspects of virtual worlds. I was seeing a lot of people arrive in InWorldz and due to mentor restrictions the mentors were unable to answer their questions directly about adult activities or items. I hoped to be able to set up a HUB from which adult creators and adult item users could connect.
Lots of interest but when it came to the crunch of actually adding their info and/or items … not so much 🙂 Story of virtual worlds. Even the creators want some one else to do all the work for them.
Leanna Caerndow cringes. I had a spot there, though!
quadrapop tree: You did! And a few did but not as many as actually existed.
It was fun while it lasted 🙂 and I had help from a lot of really good people.
I still think hub sims for each of the main areas of interest with free advertising for all who want to come fill a info panel would be a GREAT idea.

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The Drepressionsphere

Leanna Caerndow: Do you have any big projects or plans that you’re working on?
quadrapop tree: Yes, I am working with Tiana Genesis and Moontan Valeeva on the Southern Charm Dreamz & Visionz Art festival.That will be taken care of in the next fortnight.
And I am also working on a commission for the winners of the Art Auction at Toys 4 Tots (which got delayed with the sim sale and move here). Also putting final touches to a reallife collage book I started at Christmas (search my twitter for #Dexfiles).
Leanna Caerndow: Oh wow, that’s a lot of work!

Quad then teleported me to her work platform above her sim to show me some of the things she is working on.

quadrapop tree: I build mock ups of ideas  I have for a real life house we would like to eventually build. We have a 2000sqm block in the hills above Perth and will one day rebuild.
So this is a VERY ROUGH volumes only model
THIS is one of the reasons I keep a sim. In a day I can have a walk through version of a building without the fine detail of a real architectural rendering but with more detail than I can manage with pencil and paper.

We got distracted and talked a bit off the record and I forgot to thank her for taking the time to answer my nosy questions.

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Prism Starfish – left: front. right: back side


Quad’s private spot on Railroad Valley

Fae Sky Court

Fae Sky Court – IN addition t her art and jewellery, quad also sells prefabs, like the one pictured above. Her prefabs are not all fantasy themed, she offers stores and even an entire mall but…I am naturally attracted to everything fantasy themed 😉

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Jewellery by quadrapop Tree (Atelier adagio)


Photos taken by quad, available from her gallery

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Photos by quad, also available from her gallery on Railroad Valley

InWorldz Winterfest 2015

The annual InWorldz Winterfest is in full swing, with a plethora of sims dedicated to the holidays. In addition to showcasing their talent, a lot of creators have set out kiosks with the proceeds benefiting Toys for Tots . There will also be live auctions which have been a lot of fun in the past. This year’s live auction are Saturday, December 12 from 2PM – 6PM PST and Sunday, December 20 from 1PM – 5PM PST. InWorldz creators will auction off unique, one-of-a-kind creations and as I said above, 100% of the proceeds will go to Toys for Tots.

Art patron Jeri Rahja has organised a silent auction on the Holiday Joy Art Fest sim. All proceeds go to Toys for Tots, as well.

I wandered through a few sims today and took some pictures of my favourites. There is even a whole sim dedicated to winter sports, with a huge ski jump you can swoosh down!

Use the teleport boards that are scattered throughout the locations to move around and don’t forget to swing by the gorgeous shopping centre where you can pick up last minute holiday goodies and gifts.

The Winterfest closes on December 20 with a grand ball and the big auction mentioned above.

Log in to InWorldz and start here.

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Central landing point for the InWorldz Winterfest 2015



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Russian fairy tale village.


Sendalonde Library stage for live story telling.

The Arrival of Winter

Much of InWorldz is experiencing Winter right now.

At first I wanted to write a post about all of the great Winter regions and various snowy themed areas. I quickly realized that I would just be writing for DAYS – there are SO many wonderful places.

So, I limited this writing to encompass the places I came across when looking for things I wanted for Yule and for Winterizing of my regions. There are MANY, many more places than those listed here.

These first few are from a seasonal store in Musing Moments. I came here during the Fall as well and they had a lovely assortment of Autumn items, I thought I would come back to take a gander at their Christmas items. There are a few different creators in this store.

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Lovely Winter living room set hop:// Moments/67/34/2495


There’s the tree I got, the green one – its really nice. Lots of well made decor. hop:// Moments/67/34/2495


Another living room set – this one in red with a very modern twist on a Christmas tree. hop:// Moments/67/34/2495

I then headed over to Pasha’s, because I heard she had Christmas items also. I had already got my tree but thought I’d check it out for a friend who needed a tree for his home. Pasha Theas has her stores on the Crystal Wind region.


A smaller version of the tree my neighbour bought. hop://


Beautiful and glowy 🙂 hop://


I quite liked this. In RL I actually thought of getting something similar. hop://

Then I went looking for some outside decor. Mainly some falling snow and some evergreens


These lovely little trees – very soft and green. hop://


I love this carousel . It now sits at Ocean View Park in Diamond Valley Purchase your own here: hop://


I ALMOST got this furnished Christmas log home but settled on the Carousel. hop://

Then I found myself at Cherokee Bravin’s Christmas Market where she helped me get the falling snow I was looking for. We had a nice chat, she was very friendly and helpful (and now I have falling snow 😀 )


Cherokee Sensations – Christmas Market hop://

I also wanted some nice mesh season changing trees. I found these at [AD] Mesh – good price and they snow if youd like, in a very natural way. I also got the Winter Firs.


hop:// Dive/42/216/769 These are the 5 stages of the All-Season Mesh Trees.


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After my shopping it was time to head back home and Winterize. Here are some final images from the coldification of my Region

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Winter arrives in Diamond Valley


View from near the church in Diamond Valley – layer of frost covering the ground.


Relaxing on the dock at Ocean View Park


Next week, I’ll be sharing some of the prefabs/homes I’ve come across. I think one of the reasons I love having regions in InWorldz is because it allows me the space to build my vision for the sort of community/village I’d like to live in on the Real Life grid. 🙂