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. http://places.inworldz.com/Cape%20Determination/181/28/21 (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.http://places.inworldz.com/Tune%20Shores/241/197/23

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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 .http://places.inworldz.com/The%20Mcalpines/79/124/1024 . 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 http://places.inworldz.com/Fisher%20Island/57/218/31 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)

http://places.inworldz.com/Blueberry%20Patch/88/186/28

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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.

http://places.inworldz.com/Accentz/168/108/1025

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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)

http://places.inworldz.com/Casiel%20Cove/215/64/24

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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 http://places.inworldz.com/Bella/175/38/1102

Suzy’s Stuff and Nonsense – super interactive furniture, kitchens, and InWorldz ONLY growing, interactive prim babies, with furniture for them also . http://places.inworldz.com/Steampunk%20Isle/103/33/31

Musing Moments Mall http://places.inworldz.com/Musing%20Moments/179/105/2484

and the Lanes http://places.inworldz.com/The%20Lanes/139/90/24

Landscaping

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 http://places.inworldz.com/Linked%20Hearts/31/24/709

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 -http://places.inworldz.com/Dreamwalker/216/213/22

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.

http://places.inworldz.com/Mimi%27s%20Choice/177/154/24

 

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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 http://places.inworldz.com/The%20Lanes/210/38/22 )

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 – http://places.inworldz.com/Gourbiland%20Old%20Village/115/250/22

Deluxe body Factory , Skins and Shapes- http://places.inworldz.com/Passim/144/130/32

Redgrave- http://places.inworldz.com/Mimi%27s%20Choice/129/128/37

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

Deviant Designs – http://places.inworldz.com/Casiel%20Cove/204/206/24

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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.

*cheers!*

~Moonrise

 

 

 

 

InWorldz Winterfest Part 2

I only saw this announcement when I logged in today and had to share it. Here’s the amazing website for the Winterfest, with information on all events as well as the auctions to benefit Toys for Tots. The website was created by InWorldz’ own Wolf Hartnell, scripter genius and excellent character.

So, check the InWorldz Winterfest website for all the latest events and come on over for some fun!

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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.

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Sendalonde Library stage for live story telling.

Creating Community through a Virtual World

Many people seek out community, and many do not. There are reasons that some people avoid community, and prefer to be on their own, individually. There is room for that in a virtual world setting – one can come in and completely do their own thing, however in this post I would like to look at those who seek community and why virtual worlds, and InWorldz specifically, is a great place to have your community.

Some people in the real world (although of course we are all REAL, regardless what form we are in) avoid groups of people, or the public. Leanna talked not long ago about being an introvert and how InWorldz can meet needs of those who are most comfortable doing it solitary. Some people are even very agoraphobic – I myself suffered from this for about a decade in my young adult years. Some people have disabilities that make getting together with a community difficult, and some are located far from the sorts of groups they would like to interact with.

In a virtual world, one need not worry about ‘what to wear’, everything fits right. The body and avatar are simply a canvas for the sort of personality one wants to share with others. In a virtual world, distance and transportation is not an issue and if one is uncomfy around strangers, they can simply log out or teleport away. It allows for people who have various levels of limitations to not only join common interest groups and meet others, but allows for  experiences that they may not get a chance to have  otherwise.

There are other grids where this can take place of course. Second life is a huge grid with many communities and opportunities but might be overwhelming for many (plus the prices for a permanent ‘home’ or other things can be a challenge for those on fixed incomes). Open Sim has many small grids, that are free, or close to free, but might be too small to have a large variety of interests to chose from, also some groups don’t migrate to Open Sim grids because some of the smaller grids have a tendency to close down without a lot of warning , or they simply don’t feel there are enough people there to warrant bringing their group over. This is where InWorldz shines. InWorldz has a much smaller population than Second Life, however it still has a larger over all population than most of the other grids.

Although quality is important, size does matter to an extent. A grid the size of InWorldz has a large merchant base, so if you want a good building for your virtual school, or desks, or various scripts, or themed clothing or media items etc, it is all there.  There are enough people in InWorldz to make for a variety of people, and interests and ideas from all over the world.

What kinds of communities do well in a virtual world like InWorldz? Well, you name it! Leanna and I have a group called Pagan Ways. It is (you guessed it) a Pagan community group that puts on various events and encourages other Pagans and their groups to share their own events or finds as well. It is not a teaching group, simply because there are as many Pagan Paths as there are people , and  too many ways of doing things to have a uniformed ‘how to’.However, a teaching group would do well here also.

 

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Mabon – a Harvest Celebration at Safe Paths Sanctuary

Imagine an organization that wants to be able to connect with students from across the globe and be set up in a virtual space with buildings, equipment and more. Students (adults) make an account as an avatar, come sit down and can hear a teacher speak while seeing slide show presentations or watching media together and discussing.

Religious organizations can have their church or group, and have land for a garden for meditation or a labyrinth for their avatars to walk. They can set up offices and meet with avatars to do virtual pastoral care for those who perhaps have no access to or are not comfortable with, the church closest to them.

There are even adult centres, where people get together to discuss various topics that surround various sexual lifestyles and interests or adult fantasy groups that live out their own virtual fun in their own safe space. (all activities conform to InWorldz Terms of Service – no worries 😉 )

In InWorldz a group can get a 2×2 – which is a square of 4 regions, and 48000 prims (each item placed in a region has a specific ‘prim count’ which is sort of an indicator for how much virtual ‘weight’ it puts on servers etc) for $85.00 US/month. To have similar in Second life would be at least almost $800.00 US/month, plus set up fees. Imagine if your real life group wants a virtual presence, you split costs with a few people in your organization and can be paying less than a cup of coffee a day each to have your own large land mass that you can customize to the needs of your community by either creating your own things or obtaining them from a wide variety of quality merchants. Optionally, a mainland region for 60/month or private isle for 75/month can be purchased.

Not only Churches, Adult Communities, Organizations and Educational Centres  can benefit from this, but RolePlay communities can have a blast creating a Fantasy world of wizards and elves, Urban lands with bikers and law enforcement officers, lands themed on movies and many other things.

Being part of a community can be very therapeutic. When I was suffering from  postpartum depression after my final child was born, feeling isolated due to an out of town move, unattractive, stuck mostly at home and exhausted was part of my daily mental state. Obviously I don’t recommend a virtual world over actual professional help, but for me, the ability to take some time when baby slept to log in to a world, and be a fairy, and to laugh and interact with people, without having to worry if I’d had a chance to shower that day or could find matching socks or SHOES for that matter was really nice. The interaction and experiences with my new ‘virtual friends’ were enough to help me out of the  slump and push me through, helping with self esteem and almost forgotten social skills so that I was able to once again get back to my ‘normal’ self.

Now, I am on the other side, someone who has helped to create a community, along with my friend Leanna that can serve those who don’t have the opportunity in their ‘real life’ to take part in the sorts of events we put on. And at the same time I belong to a few amazing  RolePlay communities, entertainment communities and more.

I can almost imagine those who are reading this, seeing my words , saying to themselves “people so involved in a virtual world, they probably lose all interest in real life!” Well, I of course have read about people who get so caught up in virtual worlds or video games that they cross boundaries and let their real lives flounder. Although that may be the case for a small number of people, it is not the normal outcome. Not at all.  I am sure many others are like me and simply see the virtual platform as a way of engaging with real people and further spreading their own interests and skills into the virtual sphere in order to share things they enjoy with others from all over. For me, it does not take away from my real life, it merely compliments it, and ultimately that is the aim of any pastime one takes part in.

Some people really crave community, and the virtual world platform is the perfect way to make that happen.

Thanks  for reading!

*Moon* 🌙