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When on the ‘Big Grid’ (Second Life for those who are not familiar with that term), I really enjoyed some of the Family Themed regions. In real life I am a mother, have been for many years, but I fell in love with Funsies Babies in Second Life, and after getting twins and adopting a toddler I wanted to have a more immersive experience and moved into a Family Themed region.
I can’t pretend to know why other people enjoy doing it. As a child I loved playing dolls, I enjoy games like Animal Crossing and Role Play type games where we get to play out ‘real’ sort of existence based on a character being developed. Farming games, Sims and other similar games. For me, having my ‘prim babies’ is not a lot different.
Now, back to InWorldz. Although I have a nice residential region that I rent out, it isn’t really aimed at Families. So, I did a bit of a wander like I do and found Kensington. There is Kensington, Kensington County, Kensington Village and Kensington Heights.
Four regions connected with a lovely Family Theme, right down to a park, bowling alley, shopping and huge parcels for a wonderful price.
As I wandered further I found a store called Baby Blossoms and was SO thrilled because inside was the preparation for…. Prim Babies! Interactive, growing babies.
I wandered some more and saw some lovely builds done by Curt Halberd, and Chic Aeon, and lovely family homes created by Londyn SoulStar who is also the visionary behind these Family Themed regions. I really love to meet creators and residents to find out more about the people who make up InWorldz so I contacted her and asked if she had some time for an interview and so we met up this past Wednesday.
Birch Wind: Londyn, I just want to thank you for taking the time to meet with me:
Londyn SoulStar: You’re very welcome. *smiles* Thank you for choosing to interview here
Birch Wind: Well, I spent quite a bit of time wandering through today, and really enjoyed it. Lovely ambiance, so truly I am happy to be here. I guess first of all, I would like to ask, how long have you been in InWorldz for?
Londyn SoulStar: 4 1/2 years, though to be honest, I feel like I’;ve been here much longer than that with all the wonderful people I’ve met and that
Birch Wind: Had you been in other virtual worlds before here?
Londyn SoulStar: Yes, I played in Second Life before coming to InWorldz.
Birch Wind: How did here you hear about InWorldz and what made you decide to come here?
Londyn SoulStar: A friend had told me of this place…and then brought me here. I actually came over as a fae and turned human…lol
Birch Wind: And what were your first impressions of InWorldz?
Londyn SoulStar: At first I didn’t think anyone else was here… But eventually I met people and made good friends and became close to several
Birch Wind: What did you find to be the most difficult adjustment, coming from a big grid like Second Life and establishing yourself here?
Londyn SoulStar: Having the material things here that I have in Second Life such as the fancy cars & houses and mesh we have there. Thankfully all of that is now finding it’s way over here.
Birch Wind nods, it really is and though I never thought of myself as a big shopper, I cant help but be thrilled with all the new things we have
Londyn SoulStar: Awww…I’m a tyical female and love, love, love to shop…lol
Birch Wind grins – well I do now, i think part of the reason i wanted to do this blog was because there are so many neat places in InWorldz that people don’t realize exist.Including some of the amazing creators.
Londyn SoulStar: very true.Sometimes it’s diffacult to know the exact place to put your advt. for people to find you/me
Birch Wind: Now that you have been here for a while, what is your favourite part of InWorldz?:
Londyn SoulStar: How serene and relaxing it is here, not to mention how nice people are here compared to other Virtual Worlds. People don’t seem to have their walls or guards up as high here.
Not to mention I think in all the time I’ve spent here, I’ve only dealt with one griefer. And thankfully they bored of it rather quickly.
Birch Wind: Now, I have poked about your estates before, as well as popped in to many of your shops. I have seen your lovely regions as well as your various residential builds and of course a new project you’ve been working on – babies. Would you mind talking a bit about these various projects? Maybe starting with your Kensington regions and the reason you created them?
Londyn SoulStar: I built the estate for family role playing. Though anyone can come and enjoy the estate of course. Many people like to have families in a virtual world as well as children. I want to make it all as realistic as possible here, so I plan to add on as people join us here. I love to role play as a family and figured others did/do also. And as more people join us here, the more I plan to add to the estate such as a school, hospital, etc. For now I have a working cinema as well as working bowling alley, table games, etc. and childrens’ park and adoption center.
Birch Wind: What was your inspiration for that?
Londyn SoulStar: My children in RL (real life) are now grown and out of the house. And I miss that. So I thought bringing it back with my virtual world here in InWorldz would help that “empty nest” syndrome. *smiles*
Londyn SoulStar: Everyone has their reason(s) for wanting to role play as a family. Whether as a parent or as a child. I just want to help bring that to life
Birch Wind: I want to talk about the adoption centre briefly – I took notecards and they explicitly mention that InWorldz Terms of Service must be kept this means that all children avatars must be over the age of 18 – I think people misunderstand the desire for families in virtual worlds. This is not about age play in a sexual manner at all, but is about, like you say, actual virtual families.
Londyn SoulStar: Exactly. I hope to rid of that concept and bring forth the actual reason for wanting to be a child avatar or in a family. InWorldz TOS must always be met and respected at all times.
Birch Wind: Why do you feel that people are finding virtual worlds a good place to have a family?
Londyn SoulStar: For many, RPing as a child or family RP is simply bringing back something they no longer have in real life. Or maybe have never had. It can be a type of therapy really.
Birch Wind: I admit that when I first heard of it, back in my ‘other grid’ days, I thought it was odd. Now I think it is an amazing way for so many people to find that additional depth to their virtual life. Many people are faced with infertility issues, or did not have a chance to have children in life and so enjoy prim babies or children avatars to help give that experience, and for many others, they choose to be a child to be carefree, to have fun, or perhaps have the sort of childhood experience they were unable to when they grew up.
Londyn SoulStar: Yes, and it’s an amazing way to have fun and interact. For others, it’s a version of playing with “dolls” and not be made fun of because we’re adults…lol
Birch Wind: Could you talk a bit about the babies that you are working on?
Londyn SoulStar: Oh! Yes! I’d love to! Pixel Pretty and I are working on artificial intelligent babies at the moment. We were hoping to have them released by now. But pesky real life got in the way for a bit, but we are back to working on them now and hope to have them ready very soon.
Birch Wind: Will they be interactive and such?
Londyn SoulStar: Yes, they’ll grow and interact according to age. And learn new things as they grow such as rolling over, crawling, walking, talking, etc…all according to age. they’ll also come with an extensive wardrobe which you’ll be able to add to in the future. Such as short outfits, jeans outfits, dresses, suits, PJ’s, head bands, hats, etc And we’ll be adding new outfits which will be sold separately in the near future and will even have kits so others can create clothing for them and sell them as an affiliate as well.
Birch Wind: in Second Life, I have a few prim babies. Three actually. And they of course are about 35 prims each – but land on that grid is so expensive – to have a home and yard and all the fun things for a family is a big prim commitment and there.
Londyn SoulStar: Aww, yes. I understand and agree.
Birch Wind: I always thought, ‘Oh my I wish InWorldz had babies also, as here we have so much more flexibility with prims and such.
Londyn SoulStar: I have prim babies there as well. And though our prim babies will be about 35 prims each as well, we are trying to be very prim savy when it come to making the furniture to interact with the babies. Therefore, most of the interacting furniture will be mesh to help save on prims
Birch Wind: If there is an interest, will you have maternity services, school and other things along those lines for those who decide to start a virtual family
Londyn SoulStar: Yes. I’d love to be able to add those items into the estate as well. I actually already have a school built and waiting and will work on a hospital next.
Birch Wind: Are there any other projects you are working on right now? You have some lovely home builds and other items as well.
Londyn SoulStar: I love building and doing graphics. It’s my favorite thing to do here besides role playing. I’m actually working on a few things. Building up the childrens’ line at Leap here on the estate as well as building new houses for residents to choose from. And I plan to add at least one interactive restaurant here on the estate.
Birch Wind: What shops do you have that carry your items?
Londyn SoulStar: I have Baby Blossoms Babies as well as Leap Furniture where I create for children & adults. It’s actually more for adults right now than children. But I’ll be working on the childrens’ stock very soon and getting it built up more. I do have an amazing storytime chair for the kids. You click on it and it gives you a choice of 10 different stores that it will either read in IM to you or in local for a group. it seats up to 5 people
Birch Wind: What are your goals or plans for the future here in InWorldz?
Londyn SoulStar: I hope to continue growing as well as building and creating what the people want. . I want to make people happy and give them a place to want to call home and enjoy being at. Not just a place to land when they log in
Birch Wind: It really has been a pleasure, to meet the woman behind this lovely area. I have always loved regions that felt like real communities. Real little towns and quite liked it here. I thank you so much for your time with me today Londyn
Londyn SoulStar: Thank you so much. I have thouroughly enjoyed meeting you as well. again, thank you very much. *smiles*
And, some landmarks for you all! These were taken using Firestorm Viewer:
The Bowling Alley – more than just bowling: hop://inworldz.com:8002/Kensington%20Village/58/197/25
.::Leap::. Mainstore – hop://inworldz.com:8002/Kensington/213/146/22
Baby Blossom Babies- hop://inworldz.com:8002/Kensington/80/167/22
City Hall – hop://inworldz.com:8002/Kensington/135/142/22
Little Lambs & Ivy Adoptions – hop://inworldz.com:8002/Kensington/147/32/25