Wee Woodstock

I made it to the Wee Woodstock festival in InWorldz! I attended a couple of live shows on the opening day and meant to come back for more but real life has a habit of getting in the way.

What I did get to see and experience was absolutely awesome.

One of the organisers, aminata Potez, said she had wanted to do something like that for a while. I’m glad she did and I hope there will be more events like it in the future!

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Here are more pics, by Teal Freenote https://www.flickr.com/photos/17684969@N03/

 

InWorldz Celebrates its 8th Birthday

If you haven’t already you should check out the festivities for InWorldz’ 8th birthday. That means daily live events, exhibitions, and a whole lot of fun.

To get started on your IW8 tour, go here http://places.inworldz.com/InWorldz%20Events%20Scenic%2021/130/129/21 to find out about current events and places of interest.

If you’re a bit of a hippie you’re in for a real treat: from April 6 through April 8, the tinies will host a “WeeWoodStock” festival. If you don’t have a tiny or dinkie avatar and you want to party like it’s 1969 you might consider getting one just for the event.

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Here’s your VW-bus to Wee Woodstock: http://places.inworldz.com/InWorldz%20Events%20A/118/117/22

I’m always drawn towards art and there are plenty of artists exhibiting their work at the InWorldz’ birthday bash.

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above: art by Lily Lightcloud

Rig Torok is exhibiting some of his amazing photos. You should also check out his blog here for beautiful photos from the birthday celebrations and events: http://rigsphotos.blogspot.ca/

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above: photo exhibit by rig torok

Ilianor Illios shows a piece called “Our Real Life in InWorldz”. I didn’t take pictures of it because it’s best experienced in person – it’s pretty awesome! http://places.inworldz.com/InWorldz%20Events%20Scenic%2024/251/141/22

One of my absolute favourite artists, quadrapop tree, exhibits some of her work, as well. I have never seen a work of hers that I didn’t either like a lot or outright loved.

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Another amazing artist is Thoth Jantzen who also exhibits at the birthday regions:

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Vertigo Cube by Thoth Jantzen. Thoth’s exhibit is amazing!

http://places.inworldz.com/InWorldz%20Events%20Scenic%2012/220/105/24

This post is just a tiny glimpse of all the lovely exhibits and places to discover and of course all the live events to attend.

I  have one complaint, though. Two of the regions left me a little confused. The regions exhibiting individual art works appeared to be completely empty.  I maxed out my draw distance, relogged, cleared my cache, all to make sure I wasn’t missing anything but nope – the region appeared to be lacking any kind of landscaping, decor, or structure. I understand that this may have been an attempt to avoid distracting from the art but an overall structure to the region would help to highlight the lovely works of art that are on display there.

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Nevertheless, you should absolutely not miss out on visiting. All exhibits will be up until the end of the month.

See you at Wee Woodstock ;D

 

 

 

InWorldz Marketplace is Live!

After many months of hard work by Wolf Hartnell, the InWorldz marketplace on InIW.net 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 LivingInWorldz.com 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!

InIW.net 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.

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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. { http://inworldz.com/dreamshare.php }
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). https://twitter.com/quadrapop
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

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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)

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Photos taken by quad, available from her gallery

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

The more ‘Adult’ side of InWorldz

Since starting this blog we have covered a variety of genres in our stories. We have visited Roleplay areas and spoken to people who are involved in various themed roleplay regions. We have done coverage of various events and  shared photos of some of our favourite places. We have highlighted places that cute little furry creatures can live as well as family themed ares for those who want to live out their dreams of having a virtual family.

Today I decided to show another side of InWorldz.

The Adult community in InWorldz is no secret. Since I first came here a few years ago I have always found the Adult community to be a welcoming, fun bunch. Attending parties on Chopper Gurbux’s Underworld region, with a group of often scantily clad and  sometimes naked folks has always been so much fun – and that is not the only place where I have found Adult themed fun.

!* BDSM HUB *!, Besnit (58, 193, 31) – Adult

 

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So my first stop was at the BDSM Hub in Besnit. The creative mind behind it is Sam Leader. Although made of stone, it did indeed have a very welcoming friendly feel to it.

Inside is a sitting area for Doms/Masters and their Subs/Slaves, to the left is a club, upstairs more sitting area and all about are erotic photographs – not ‘porn’ type images that some people automatically assume are part of BDSM.  (though outside in the market area, there are some rather invigorating animated .gif pictures one may purchase for their wall at home 😉 )

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Games upstairs – chess, parcheesj, blitzy, in general just a fun, casual place to hang out.

I traveled further through the castle and found  not only a school room  (good thing the teacher wasn’t there, they’d have noticed I was writing with my sonic screwdriver) but a library as well with some really useful information not only on the walls on the posters but in the notecard giving bookshelves as well.

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My next stop was over to the Adult Hub, being put together by Viking Spirit.

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This place is a work in progress, but already has a really great start, I’m excited to see how it turns out.

http://places.inworldz.com/Adult%20Hub/83/129/24

There are a few shops there already, meeting places, and a wide variety of builds that have the space to really offer all sorts of events. I will be checking back on it and will update any progress.

I wanted to find a recreational area , adult themed and had to look no further than Oztotl.

http://places.inworldz.com/Oztotl%20South/110/101/37

The man currently behind this project is Ivan Zadark. This area could pass as a non BDSM estate however hidden here and there are little reminders that kink is definitely welcome. Taken from the region description:

Oztotl is a place for adults of all types & persuasions to enjoy romantic, erotic, RLV, BDSM, D/s, fetish RP outdoors, at a nude beach, in caves, the woods, & themed skyboxes.

There is an expanse of beaches, and trees, sound of rushing water and waves, club and hang out and really a very beautiful  area . There are 8 sims that make up Oztotle and there are many areas to be enjoyed, whether as a couple or on your own.

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There are some very decent Residential Regions themed for adult in InWorldz also. Merlin Ambrosius has a number of sims, nicely landscaped and available to rent for very reasonable prices . Taken from the description:

Exile Residential Properties welcomes everyone and is a Gay owned and operated Clothing Optional Adult region. While nudity is allowed (actually encouraged), sexual harassment is a big No-no! We strive to have almost a commune feel and maintain a social atmosphere.

http://places.inworldz.com/Limbo/44/188/22


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And last but not least – I went to revisit Chopper’s region – Underworld. He is still the ‘boss-man’ of the best Burlesque Troop in town – the Peek-a-Boo gang. They put on fabulous shows on a regular basis. My favourite part of Underworld, besides the fact that he built every part of his town brick by brick is the Dive Bar. We have had some amazingly hilarious times there. Some of the best times I’ve had in InWorldz has definitely been in Underworld. Chopper DJ’s. tosses random parties, sometimes we pack that bar to overflowing.  There are  some rental apartments and quite a few rental shops as well. http://places.inworldz.com/Underworld/109/120/22

 

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There are a lot of options for those who prefer a strictly adult environment. From Gorean (not covered here, but definitely can be found) to Urban. From thrones to beach fronts.

InWorldz has space for everyone. Sometimes places seem empty – check out the event board on the region you’re visiting , join the group or better yet, contact the region owner and ask directly. Sometimes showing an interest can spark a great collaborative effect.

Open Collar is also alive and well in InWorldz, as are a number of fantastic BDSM specialized merchants with high quality furniture , toys, accessories and ‘props’. We’ve also had a few beautiful InWorldz Erotic Art shows. Yes there are Dinkies,  Tinies ,  family regions and churches but there are also bondage ranches, nude beaches, urban sims and more. Just look around 🙂 You are bound to find something just right for you.