A bit of top gun!

Groups are a great thing when you are new to something.  I joined a group at the Hollywood airport, which is a group for pilots and people interested in aviation in Second Life. I posted in the group chat a message, stating that I would love to experience an air combat also referred to as “dogfight”. I have no idea why its called “DOG-fight”. I can assure you there are no dogs on this airport.  Anyway that’s how its called.

It did not take long and Brad did send me a message and TP. He offered me to fly with him in his F15 Jet. Two other friends of his were there too Fortnight and Emily. One of which played the “bad Russian” in  MIG and the other was there for rescue.

Rescue? I asked! Yeah rescue, because when you get shot down you are using a parachute do glide down on the grid. As most fighting happens over the sea, you also wear a life vest, which you inflate once you touch the sea. How funny is that!

Ok, up we went and I must say. It is amazing, despite of me spending more time in the water than in the air. Best experience is when you go into mouse view. It gives you the feel of actually sitting in a jet cockpit.

To fly these jets and engage in combat requires quite a bit of skills, it looks actually very difficult.  Everything happens very fast and you see yourself more than once upside down or other strange positions.

If you are interested in such experience, fly with somebody who has experience first. Then you might decide if this is for you or not.  I think every noob should try this at least once! It’s a cool action packed in-world game and certainly worth trying.



The flying Noob!

I went back to the airport I visited yesterday:Hollywood International Airport in Second Life, eager to actually fly a plane.  I even had a passenger with me: Reiner a good friend of mine.  Poor guy, if what happened later would have been for real, he would have died this afternoon – and me too!

The first challenge was to actually get a plane, but for that there was a simple solution: On the airport are several stores selling aircrafts. One of them actually offers free temporary demo-planes to try before you buy. Good idea this! I rezed one of those free demo planes and jumped on the pilot seat.

Now what?

I knew from a video tutorial some basic commands, which should get me up in the air. For example if you type S in chat, the engine starts and throttle you do with the page up/down keys. Flaps are controlled by arrow keys and so are directions. What else do you need to know? Boy was I wrong!

My first two attempts ended up in a disaster. We crashed twice over the sea. The reason being was me flying into the corner of a region. That is a no go, as the simulators get confused about where the plane actually is and makes it flying around in circles on the edge of 4 attached regions which eventually makes you crash.

So first lesson learned: Avoid region corners!

Third try. I got the plane on the runway, or what I believed to be the runway. I was just about to get it going when I received an IM from some kind of flight surveillance officer saying:

“Lady , this is NOT the runway”.

Oh yeah, suddenly I realized this big sign indicating that I should not take off here. It was the part reserved for LANDING aircrafts. Oh my god, how silly of me, I could have easily caused a crash with a landing plane.

So I tried to move my little aircraft to the runway. For some reason I got stuck and the damn thing would not move anymore. Hence I gave it more throttle, and a little more, and even more whilst I had flaps in take off position, as I thought that might help to get this thing moving forward.

What happened then could have easily earned me the nick name “Captain Kangaroo”, the plane jumped  up, down and up again and finally crashed  into a helicopter that was about to take off,  on what for some reason they call the taxi driveway (there are no taxies, I checked!) .

“Pleeeease”, was the reaction of the man in the tower. Actually he wasn’t in a tower, but I thought it to be a cute idea to believe he was, the immersion is better that way.

So the officer comes to the crime scene.

German speaking dressed in this very cool white uniform and wearing pilot style sunglasses, he looked like if he had just jumped out of the movie top gun – a virtual version of Tom Cruise as Maverick. I am sure you remember.

In fact I had all the time the soundtrack of that movie in my head.  Did I mention my imagination grows wings sometimes?  For a second the thought of the bathroom scene in top gun crossed my mind, and the background music in my head changed suddenly from “danger zone” to “take my breath awaaaaay”.

Caroline BEHAVE!

I explained that I am total noob at this, which calmed down the whole scenario a little. He even offered me classes. That was nice of him. First he showed us a shop on the airport that offers freebie aircrafts. Hurray, freebies, that sorted out the problem of not being able to afford those rather expensive aircrafts.

SLOWLY, was the word most used by my new teacher. Yes, I know, I am a bit hyperactive and impatient at times. This free plane came with a hud, which makes this stuff much easier. So, we jumped on the plane all three of us, me in the pilot seat, Reiner next to me and my new flying instructor in the back. Step by step he explained what I have got to do (”SLOWLY Caroline”)…and we took off smoothly – well ish.

It didn’t take me too long to crash this plane as well.

But at least I had a chance to make a pretty screenshot of my plane flying towards the sunset – it’s the featured image of this article. Maybe I should have paid attention to the instruments in the hud instead, because shortly after, we had a spectacular dive into the sea right between two ships.

Back at the airport, he suggested that I should start with a helicopter first to get a feel for this. They are easier to maneuver, he said. Said and done! Got myself a freebie helicopter and we took off again. Now that was much easier! Every step on the way he told me what do to, which speed is appropriate, what height to take and so on. We flew to another island, not too far away, with an airport on it. I even managed to land the helicopter without a spectacular accident.

I enquired about jets. He was laughing and said I would not stay a single minute in the air. Ha! He doesn’t know Carol. Give me a couple of months and I fight you in a F14 Tomcat. Yeah – you bet!

I wonder if there is a bathroom at the airport’s club & restaurant.


Ready for take off?

I got curious about flying in Second Life. At first  I thought: Where is the point? I mean all avatars are able to fly anyway, so why would one bother to buy or use an aircraft?

So I investigated the matter. I started a thread in the Second Life Forums to see what other people think about it and I searched on youtube.com for tutorials or sims that offer flight simulations. The one that really spark my interest was this one:

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bsv-KEpahro]

I also found some videos about air combat games in Second life, and all of a sudden I was hooked on the subject. I went to this airport called “Hollywood Airport” in Second life and was truly amazed. Imagine: There are 180 Regions where you can fly airplanes. The areas are attached to each other in a region or a continent called “Blake Sea” and the United Sailing Sims (USS).

Here is where:

In fact the Blake Sea connects the mainland continent to the controversial continent of Nautilus, a Linden owned continent which was intended for the yachting community.

Here is an interesting article about Blake Sea

I did visit the Hollywood International Airport, which serves as a gateway to the region. I never knew how much waste space there is available on the mainland. In fact I counted some 20 airports on a map in the airport information center. They also offer classes on flying and on…..ROLEPLAY!

Here we go again. I read role play and my imagination grows wings. I saw myself already sitting in a fighting jet, shooting down enemies and land at the base celebrated like a heroine.  Yeah , that I have to try!

But first things first:  I will join groups which cover the topics aviation, air combat and the likes and I need to find someone who shows me how that stuff works. I will become a Second Life pilot!

I am ready for take of.  I will keep you posted.



Caroline at the Dear Prudence Rock Club

It has been a long time since I actually login into Second Life with a brand new account. Things changed a lot I noticed. The good news was, that I don’t have to do all the stupid tasks again which were kind of mandatory years ago. Instead you land at a place called Destination Island.

What still remained the same is, that you start of with a very basic avatar. Call me vain, but I thought I  could not start my journey looking like one of those standard starting avis. So my first visit was to a place called Freebie Galaxy.  I grab lots of free stuff there: skins, shapes, cloth and hair and off I went to Help Island to go to the sandbox.

It was a disappointing exercise to try on all those different shapes and skins. One looked worse than the other and after a while I gave up and decided to use the standard Avatar called “female Student” for the time being. I just dressed a bit different as the cloth the avi comes with, are totally unacceptable.  I hope I will meet people on the way, who can advise me on better places to get free stuff.

Then I asked people on help Island for a recommendation of a noob friendly music club and got my first landmark from somebody. Immediately I TP-ed to the place and found myself in very busy rock club. I did not have much time to get into conversations at the time, but at least I got a starting point for this trip and made a screenshot to give you guys an idea of how I look like now.

So here I am, in a raunchy rock club, called DP or Dear Prudence Rock Club.

What you guys think? Should I rather quickly get a new look or is this ok for the time being?

Any comments, criticism and suggestions appreciated.

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