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The Forgotten Continent

East of the corsica continent and actually connected to corsica via a small ocean you find Gaeta 5. I call it the forgotten continent.

Why?

Maybe it’s just me. Maybe it’s because I never cared about Gaeta and did not even consider including it in my sailing around the world series. But then again, I have never met people who said things like: “Hey, I have a cool home on Gaeta 5”, or “have you seen that lovely destination on Gaeta 5?”

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Sailing around the World – Part 11 – Exploring Route 8

This is a rezz zone at route 8 on Satori. What am I doing here and what has it got to do with sailing, you might ask yourself. Ok, let me explain: We (Me and Leo that is) did set sail the other day and sailed the Western Coastal Waterways of the Satori continent in Southern direction .

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Speeding at 12 knots along the coast of Satori

We did so after some hot sex at home (see sex pics here), so we (especially him) were kinda relaxed when traveling and not thinking about sex all the time. Getting it out of the way, so to speak. Well that part kinda failed: He was still staring at my ass most of the time anyway.

The Satori Western Waterways end pretty abrupt. Just end of story, no way to proceed the journey by boat. It ends here:

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End of Western Waterways of Satori

One option I had (Leo had to go back to RL in-between) was using my seaplane yet again. However, I was stuck on the South-West of the continent and the Eastern Waterways are located North-East. This meant I would have to fly almost over the entire continent. Given my previous experiences flying over a continent makes this a mission impossible. To many banlines, security orbs, no entry parcels and not to mention all the rubbish in the sky.

Luckily I did discover right behind this property the rezz zone of route 8. Route 8 is an extensive road network on Satori. Some time ago I bought a bike. I have not used it much, as at the time I was on an old computer with not much processing speed and a so-so graphic card. Now I have much better coputing power: 12 GB RAM and an Nvidia Geforce 960.

Time to give it a go. Said and done, I rezzed the bike and off I went. After quite a ride over many miles the first challenge was to be overcome. The road was interrupted at this lake.

Route 8 on Satori
Route 8 on Satori

How bizarre! The only way to get to the other side where the road continues, was with a little sail boat. Free to get, free to rezz. It was a silly sailboat. Very basic really. But more important, it is quite a challenge to cross the lake. Again, banlines and no entry parcels. How stupid is that?

Crossing the Lake
Crossing the Lake

I made it eventually and rested at this small Japanese style square. Quite busy place actually.

Then I did ride almost the entire road network of route 8. Most of the landscape is pretty boring: shops, private parcels, a lot of abandoned land. However there are some highlights on the way which make up easily for the 90 percent of a dull experience.

Those are the few pretty sceneries on route 8 on Satori:

Finally reaching my destionation: A rez point on Danu Beach Northwest of Satori:

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Sailing around the World – Part 9 – Take me to Church

Setting sail again to go South. My next goal: The Satori continent south of Nautilus. From the marina where I last moored it was an easy sail along the western coast of Nautilus, until I reached a port called „The Gateway Marina“. A funny little port which connects the Western Nautilus waterway to a big sea within Nautilus.

From here on the only way forward is passing through this narrow gate, entering this huge mediterranean sea. The only problem: It is entirely surrounded by land. Hence there is no way to actually continue the journey by boat. Trapped in Nautilus so to speak. So I moored the boat in a small marina located North in this sea, right under (literally under) an airport.

The next day I went there again with Leo. Yet again we had no choice but flying over the land enclosing this sea. Out comes my seaplane and minutes later we took off on the sea. Flying over the sea was quite and easy going. Just when we overflew land, we got into turbulences again.

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Once again I crashed the plane.

We stranded on a beach of the South coast of this sea. We did see a bit further down something strange. This thing looked somewhat like a transparent dome. We decided to inspect this thing. Getting nearer we realized, there was a chapel under that dome.

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At the entrance we saw those signs offering different means of transport. One of which being a couple walk. That’s fun I thought, and of we went walking arm in arm towards the chapel. We walked like that into the chapel, going nearer towards what I assume is the altar.

I am not very familiar with these things as I am not christian, but suddenly I realized: Hey, I am standing with Leo in a church in front of that thing. This is were christian people get married. I am surprised I did not get stroke by a sudden lightning in this place.

Panic!

Suddenly Leo said: “Hey wait, this was all preplanned, you got me here to ask this all important question”. He laughed. “Don’t even think about it!” I warned him, “this is pure coincidence”. He smiled and remarked: “Well, hopefully one day…”

I don’t think so. Sorry Cathy!

Anyway was good fun to play that piano together. Then I had an Idea: “What you think, would it be very inappropriate to have sex in here? Its M rated. “ – “Very much so, Darling”, he answered, “imagine we get caught, this would get us a ban from this land at its best or even an abuse report to the Lindens at its worst.” Leo explained.

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“Why?” I asked innocently, “its rated mature and we are in a building, that would not be against the TOS of Second Life at all and the possibility of getting caught ads some more excitement to it”.

We didn’t do it. Yet. But I am seriously considering it. What do you think, should I go ahead and give it a try or is a no-go?

Please comment!

Sailing around the World – Part 8 – Reaching West Coast of Nautilus

As you know from part 7, I tried to fly over the the South coast of Corsica in order to find waters easier to sail. I tried several times but did not succeed to reach that airport close to sailable waters. Either I got kicked out from security orbs or crashed into skxboxes.

I tried one last time and decided, if it doesn’t work out this time, I will walk to the shores. Almost, I almost reached my target, but crashed yet again into some rubbish in the sky. At least I was wearing my parachute, so at least I had a fun glide down to the grid.

Down on the ground, I saw saw a typical mainland scenery. Several parcels being build with weird stuff on it, even with wall paper around parcels, banlines and nothing actually fits together:

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But I saw the sea! Not to far away I could see the shores of that ocean connecting Corisca to Nautilus again. At least that is what I thought it is. I also saw a bit further down a huge tree and something that looked like a garden. The closer I got to that parcel, the more curious I became. Finally I arrived on a huge parcel with beautiful gardens, waterfalls, caves, a superb beach on which one is even allowed to rez. Fantastic, here I can rez my boat and continue my journey.

But before I did so I strolled alone this place with Leo (who I Tped over) and took some pictures for you
Here the Taxi: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Dura/203/200/23

We decided to move on. I rezed the boat and off we went. It was then that I realized: Fuck, I didn’t make it to the ocean, there are tow regions between us and open waters. But we were lucky, we found a passage through those regions in our way. It was tricky to move the boat there as it was very narrow passage. I actually used the engine not the sails.

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Finally we reached the open waters of Nautilus, yeah! Setting sail and a strong East wind lead us with 9 kts average speed to the shores of Nautilus.

At a small yacht club on its Western coast I moored the boat. I actually felt as if I had traveled in time. This marina looked like Second Life in 2007. Those of you who have been in SL that year might remember those guys with a small penis syndrome. Those who compensated their lack of manhood with huge luxury motor yachts, pretending to be part of the rich and famous society.

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Those yachts do not actually move. They simply stand stand there in a marina and serve their respective owners as a home. Fine with me. Those guys hire escorts. I might actually make some money in this port.

By the way:

You can rez boats in the marina. I great place to discover the water ways of Nautilus.
Give it a try! Here the Taxi: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Oggy/132/33/22

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Sailing around the World – Part 6 – The Infohub in the Ocean

It has been some time since I continued writing about my trip around the world. I did actually continue the trip as such some time ago, but didn’t really have a chance to follow up on it on the blog.

What was that last I reported. Let me think. Yes, I have been on the South coast of Corsica with Toni my room mate. You remember? If not check it out. We did something really naughty back then: reaching Corsica.

After that I set sail taking course to the West (actually I had some passengers with me this time, members from Caroline’s Swinger Mansion). It was then that I learned there is yet another huge sailing area in Second Life: The Linden Ocean. This is the sea which connects the two continents Corsica and Nautilus. Between the two you find approximately 100 sail-able open water regions. So all of you sailors out there: If you get tired of the blake sea, try the Linden Ocean for a change.

It was good fun sailing on so many open waters. Then I discovered something really bizarre. I reached a small island somewhere in the middle of this big ocean. Checking the land profile quickly, I realized that it is Linden Lab owned land.

For those new to Second Life: The mainland of Second Life is operated and administrated by Linden Lab directly. They actually sold most mainland regions to Second Life residents. If you have a premium account you can buy land on the mainland from small parcels of just 512 m² up to entire regions of 65.000 m². Most of it is actually sold already, so the only way to obtain a nice parcel in a popular area, is actually buying it from another Second Life resident who then transfers ownership to you for a take over fee. The later can be quite high in some areas and you responsible to pay the tier to Linden Lab once the transfer is completed.

If you do so, you pay every month an amount what is called tier fee (in USD) for the hosting and you now own that parcel. You can resell it, rent it out to someone else or simply build stuff on it. Whatever you build on your mainland parcel must be compliant with the general rules for the mainland.

Some of the regions of the mainland however are still owned by Linden Lab. You can see that looking into the Land-info where it shows the owner of the parcel. Whenever you see an avatar called „Governor Linden“, it is Linden owned land.

I was curious of course about why would the Governor reserve an open water sim with a small island on it, in a less than populated area. Thought and done. I moored my yacht and off I went to discover the island.

Anchoring at the Infohub
Anchoring at the Infohub

 

You can not imagine my surprise when I realized:

It is an Info Hub!

Sign with broken Link!
Sign with broken Link!

Ok for those who don’t know what that is: Infohubs are areas where people can set their home landing spot (if you do not own land yourself) and (as the name suggests) you find Information about Second Life, such as tutorials or links to other sources.

Most of these Infohubs are fairly busy. The reason being is they are regions frequented by many new residents when they leave orientation island. They are starter points in Second Life and many new residents come back to them for having set their start location at an Infohub. In addition when you are logging into Second Life to the last location you have been and that region is not available for whatever reason, you automatically get redirected to the nearest Infohub.

The later can be rather embarrassing when your last location was your bedroom or a sex sim and you had sex before logging out but did not bother to put some cloth on before logging out. It does happen! You have been warned. Actually my regular readers know who probably would have fun flashing naked at an Infohub by accident.

Cathy, I dare you: Flash at a G rated Infohub!

Anyway, lets have a closer look at this Infohub in the middle of nowhere.

It is totally senseless in my not so humble opinion. This Infohub could have been a great location to introduce new residents to sailing or other water sports. Maybe with a social gathering point, even some free boats to try, tutorials about how to. Maybe even with some Linden coaches to answer questions or proactive help noobs with technicalities.

There was none of that.

Some buildings with nothing in them, a couple of signs with broken links, a boat which only serves as deco. Totally useless exercise. There was nothing to do, nothing to learn – no wonder the few noobs I spotted seemed rather lost. This island is yet another prove for the lack of imagination of the Lindens when it comes to content creation.

Useless deco ship
Useless deco ship

I actually asked some of the people I met there: “Why are you here, there is nothing to do and not many people around either”. One answered: “We land here as starting point because its quite. I personally do not want to check in at those busy Infohubs with all their drama and hundreds of silly noobs”.

Links to a youtube channel
Links to a youtube channel

Ok point taken. In another words: If you actually look for a dead place for check into Second Life ,to be away from it all, this is the perfect spot! The strangest thing of all was this: I noticed there is something in the water. I dived into it and saw this:

Zombies!

 

A number of abandoned avatars (at least 10) under water, all in “away mode”. I tried to speak to them, sent an IM, no reaction at all. This remained a mystery to me: Why do several Residents “park” their avatars here in the ocean? Anyone can shed some light on this?

Then please leave a comment!

I could not rez here either. Hence I sailed to the near coast of Corsica where I discovered a little airport, which b its very nature allows rezing. More on that in my next post from the story-line “sailing around the world”. From here I will continue my trip next time. Stay tuned!

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Getting You up to Date

Yes, I know! I have not written much recently. Shame on me. Not that I don’t want to, but I probably did not have enough inspiration recently and I do not want to write just to fill an empty page. However don’t worry, I will be back here soon. Today I just want to update you about what is happening in my Second Life:

Toni has a home now!

My regular readers will remember Toni. The guy I met about a year ago, when he was still this typical inexperienced noob. For those who don’t know that story, check it out here: Toni lessons in love.

Anyway, Toni is certainly no noob anymore, and he even decided to get a piece of land on a blake sea island called „Ibiza“. This is in the Northwest corner of the blake sea, clos to the Nautilus east coast. I think I got him hooked on sailing in Second Life too. He got himself this small but very pretty house you can see here.

I actually help him decorating it with some furniture I had in my inventory. It is stuff I got from an advertiser to evaluate it. He added me to the land group and I can actually use his home too. In fact Toni doesn’t mind guests at all. So if any of you guys and girls want to drop by, bring some drinks with you and say hello to Toni.

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Looks quite cosy doesn’t it?

I invited my friend Abi over too, and we did spend a couple of nice hours there. Actually, I haven’t seen him very often recently due to me being too busy with my sailing trip and the job at Magic Angels. I guess we will spend more time from now, especially as we are thinking about dating couples. Yes, we will explore the swinger scene in Second Life together. Stay tuned, this is going to be extremely hot and sexy!

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I have a new moor

A girl I recently met, rented me a place on her Island to moor my yacht. It is an Island being part of the „Loonah Lee Magic“ region in blake sea. The best thing about it is : I can use the entire island as well. Probably one of the nicest private islands I have ever seen in Second Life. However, this will be my temporary home, as Vendi will be moving in a couple of weeks to the South Coast of the Corsica continent where she will open a new marina. More on that in a later post!

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Magic Angels got a redesign

The Magic Dream Angels, is now the Magic Angels Club. But not only the name changed slightly. Mel did a great job in redesigning the club. We have now a stylish terrace righ on the sea front. The party area with a dance floor and the bar is now the main focus and meeting point. She got rid of the house on the cliff, which hardly anyone was using anyway. She kept the underwater dome however as well as the romantic beach island.

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If you want to see yourself or join us for some fun time here is the taxi:
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Divirian/92/97/48

Whats next?

I will continue my trip, where I last left it (South Coast of Corsica). So for those interested in mainland geography you will soon read about the coast of Corsica as well as the roads of that continent. I actually bought myself a motorbike for that purpose. Once we have seen enough of that part of the mainland, I will set sail again and continue the trip crossing the Linden ocean towards the straight of Nautilus.

Other stories will include „Crack Den“ role play, exploring Gor in Second Life and Abi and my attempt to actually date couples.

Of course, in-between I will occasionally check into Magic Angels and if something really hot comes my way at work, you will read about it here (if participants give me permission to do so).

Whats your favorite story?

Please leave in the comments, which storyline is your favorite, what do you want to read about here next? Creck Den, gor, my sailing trip, the swinger scene or the escort story? Or is there something totally different you wanted to know but didn’t dare to ask?

Tell me about it and I will explore it for you!

Sailing around the World – Part 5 – Reaching Corsica

Setting sail again and taking course for Corsica. This time I had Toni with me. You remember him? Its the guy I gave some lessons in love some time ago. Ever since we became friends and meet quite regularly. like here when we went diving and such. He was actually the one who introduced me to Chear and Mel at the Magic Dream Angels Club and I got him hooked on sailing in Sl too. In fact he has now a quite big yacht and a moor in blake sea

We actually were looking at some property, as he is thinking about establishing a home in Second Life, sort off, when I invited him to join my next „etappe“ on my trip around the world.

Raising anchor at Jackson’s parcel (where I last stranded, you remember) setting sail and taking course direction east towards open waters, beyond which are located part of the „Seychelles regions“. This however proved to become a difficult task because we had wind from east. Cruising time. Cruising is in fact the most difficult sailing exercise. It basically means going zick-zack trying to catch enough wind in the sails to move forward. Southeast, then Northeast and so on. Requires a lot of concentration, especially at the turn-arounds.

The Seychelles Regions

We managed. Arriving the Seychelles regions, we took course Northwest and the strong east wind gave as speed. The boat was leaning a lot to the left, especially when I did set the spinnaker sail. We reach almost 8 knots that way and left region after region behind us, passing numerous little very beautiful islands on the way.

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Until we were faced with yet another idiotic idea of another Second Life resident!

There is only one way to reach Corsica from the Seychelles. One passage only between the two continents, at least on this side of Nautilus. Exactly on the last sim/region of this waterway somebody did put up this wall, making it apparently impossible to pass towards the coast of Corsica. I live in Berlin, which makes me a person being allergic to stupid, unnecessary walls!

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However, I found a tiny little passage on the west side of that region. My boat did fit just about through there and Ahoi waters of Corsica. I had arrived at the Southern shores of the continent going westwards. That means I am not sailing around the continent as I had originally planed, but sailing between the continents Nautilus and Corsica.

On the Coast of Corsica

Corsica surprised me: There is a lot of nothing. The shore line consists mainly of green hills and some small bays and beaches in-between. At first I saw a couple of buildings (got stuck in banlines for a moment around a privat property), but the further you go West the more nothing there is. We passed several regions with hardly anything on there but the occasional set of trees or a little tiki hut.

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Also we saw several parcel classified as “abandoned land”. That means it has been sold to somebody who then stopped paying tier fees and just walked away from it. By the way: If you see abandoned land somewhere and you fancy this specific piece of property, you can contact Linden Lab support and ask for this land being put on the land auction system. This way you can sometimes buy land at a real bargain price.

The downside of it is: those parcels are usually rather remote in the middle of nowhere, which is probably the reason the original owner abandoned it. The advantage: no lag, no annoying neighbors (actually no neighbors at all) and a lot of privacy. If thats what you are looking for, the Southern coast of Corsica might be just what you were looking for.

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Finally we reached a parcel, which allows to rez objects. An ideal location to finish the etappe for today and rez the boat right here next time, when I continue my trip around the world.

Sex at the end of the world

There was actually a building on this particular parcel. We decided to go on land and have a look around. The region happens to be owned by somebody selling “breedables”, such as horses and little fantasy animals – a Second Life past time, which at one stage was quite popular. For this guy the location is just perfect. Breedables consume quit a lot of sim resources, which might annoy neighbors not being able to move of lag and scripts, but here in the middle of nowhere he has no issues with that.

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So we went to the house. Nobody there, no banlines, no security orb and the doors unlocked. “What for?” Toni remarked, “there is nobody around anyway”.

We entered rather different totally round house with those huge windows offering a view over the sea. In the upper part he had a beautifully lighted bedroom on some sort of a gallery , from which you can look down to the living area. Very pretty.

I jumped on the bed and said to Toni with tongue in cheek: “Hey, there is space enough for two, we should relax a bit after a hard day on the sea!”. “I know how this is going to end”, he replied. I laughed , took of my shirt and tossed it at him.

He joined me on the bed and said: “ I so want to fuck you !” . Said and done. We didn’t bother much with foreplay and such, teared off our cloth and he took me there and then passionate and fast. The fact that the owner could surprise us any given moment added some extra excitement to it.

 

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Afterwards we stayed a bit longer, talked, cuddled on the bed, watching the sun go down over Corsica indicating the way for me when I continue my trip around the world!

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To be continued…going west!

 

Sailing around the World – Part 2 – Zombie on Board!

Do you remember my post about “sailing the blake sea”? It was the first part of a planned trip around the entire mainland.  I have not followed up on the story as suit as I should have. That is because I was very busy at the club. Today I finally can give you a little update.

The last time, I arrived at an Island in the very North-West part of the Blake Sea called Ibiza. That is were I did set sail for Nautilus again. Nautilus is the closest Second Life continent to the Blake Sea. You will reach it sailing straight west wards from most parts of the western Blake Sea, as it is a rather large continent, famous for its water ways but unfortunately infamous for having the most ban-lines of all continents.

For those of you knew to Second Life, I should explain this stuff about continents a bit at this point. You know that Second Life is comprised by many different regions, also referred to as SIMS. We actually differentiate between two types of regions. For one there are the “private estates”. You have most likely visited many of them when you went to clubs or other social venues which are typically located on stand alone private estates. Those estates are owned by a Second Life resident and are usually not attached to other regions, unless the resident owns several regions. The only way to get to or leave a private estate is via teleporting.

The other type of region are the mainland regions. Those are of the same size, but form attached to each other the individual 9 continent of the so-called mainland. Just to give you an Idea about the size of one continent: Nautilus is formed of of 864 regions and together with its neighbor Satori and several subcontinents (such as the blake sea) we are talking about a super-continent with something in the region of 2.000 regions attached to each other forming a huge landmass.

See a map of Nautilus here:

Nautilus Continent in Second Life
Nautilus Continent in Second Life

More details about Nautilus on the Second Life Wiki
http://wiki.secondlife.com/wiki/Nautilus

Many noobs, if not all, do not realize for a long time, that such “mainland” actually does exist in Second Life and instead hop from one private estate to the next by teleporting, thinking this is how the entire Second Life grid is actually build. For those visiting the mainland for the first time it might be an overwhelming experience, simply it is something they did not expect.

I show you what the mainland is all about by trying to sail the entire mainland and take pictures of its special places and sometime breathtaking landscapes.

Back to the trip

I had passengers actually, when I headed west towards Nautilus. I met him when I just logged in elsewhere and he appeared right in front of me. The guy actually logged into Second Life the first time after years in absence. I found that quite funny that the first thing he sees after “sleeping” for a long time, is sexy me in my work outfit.

Zombie on board
Zombie on board

He was quite impressed how different Second Life looks today compared to when he got his avatar to sleep for more than a year. So I decided to take him with me on my sailing trip. I change to a more appropriate outfit and off we went via TP to my last sailing location in the Blake Sea.

Unfortunately he did not see much of it, as shortly after leaving the docks of Ibiza he apparently went AFK for some reason for the entire route. Felt like having a zombie on board.

Anyway, a short while after I reached the East coast of Nautilus. From where I started to the coast I only had to cross no more than 4 regions (nothing for Nautilus standards). The coast held a bit of a surprise for me. I knew the Southern Shores of Nautilus form before, as I used to have a region there which hosted an art gallery I used to have. That was before Caroline was born, in another Second Life so to speak.

But I never knew how popular sailing actually is in the is region. This part of its coast is full of privately owned parcels all with luxury houses and yachting moors for one or more boats. It looks everybody who owns a parcel here is into sailing or yachting.

Shores of Nautilus
Shores of Nautilus

I did set course North, heading towards the Corsica continent. I passed at least 15 to 20 regions. Every parcel sold and occupied , I must have passed thousands of boats and moors. Always a stead wind from behind I developed quite some speed there, especial in open waters. I can tell you it was great fun, despite of the zombie sitting on the boat staring at my ass all the time. I wondered if he would bit!

Finally I reached a region were rezing appeared to be allowed. I lowered sails and went engine on slow speed, slowly to the coast and realized: Its a public marina. There I moored and jumped on land to have a look around.

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To me huge surprise there was one moor actually available for rent. All other Moors were actually occupied. Other than this moor-parcel, there was a small parcel of land right next to it available for rent at the price of 3.500 LD per week, for only about 2.000 Square meters. A lot of money for such a small parcel. But hey, it has access to Blake Sea!

The price was incredibly low: just 100 LD per week including a 50 prim allowance. This is a bargain for the this part of the mainland. I did not have to think very long about this, I took the place for the next 10 weeks. Now I have a base for exploring Nautilus in depth before I will continue further North to the next continent called Corsica.

New Home on Nautilus East Coast
New Home on Nautilus East Coast

The nice thing about it is, that I have a permanent home location for my boat. Feels cool to have a boat as my home in Second Life. It has everything a small home would have as well, but I can move with it wherever and whenever I want. In addition all tenants of the marina can use free of charge their party club location in the sky and a sky airport. What else would you want as a base for 100 LD per week.

Cabin of my boat
Cabin of my boat

My Zombie woke up: “Sorry phone call, what happened?”

Sailing around the world – setting the stage

I finally bought myself a yacht. Its called the Looneta. I bought it for a specific purpose: It is my intention to actually sail around the entire mainland, a trip around the entire Second Life World so to speak. Not in one go of course. I will sail from one interesting port or location to the next, until coming back to Blake Sea which is my starting point. Which is in itself a challenge as every time I need to find a location which allows rezing, otherwise I can not continue the trip from the location I last logged out.

Yes, I financed this great yacht from the money I made with escorting and I even have about 5.000 L$ travel money left. A juicy back-story isn’t it? How lame is using a credit card compared to this?!

I am not sure if what I plan is actually possible to achieve. There are many possible obstacles, such as ban-lines for example. I don’t even know if there are sail-able regions or open waters around each and every continent of Second Life.

I will start the trip in the Blake Sea region, going West to the Nautilus continent and then sailing its coast line as far North as possible, hoping to find a port or region were I can rez my boat to be able to continue the trip from there.

I am asking myself whether or not I will be able to go around Corsica reaching Tomuli´s restaurant on its North coast, one of my favorite places in Second Life. Will I ever reach Bay City, Second Life´s nonofficial capital? For my readers this will actually be an excellent lesson in Second Life geography. I will try to get maps of the grid to show you the different locations I visit on this trip.

By the way, if anybody fancies to join me for a part of the route, simply leave a comment under this post, telling me a bit about yourself (interests and what you normally do in Second Life), indicating your online times and user name. I will take passengers with me, for sailing and exploring that is, not for sex. For the later I am looking forward to see you at the club 🙂

Note to clients & potential clients of Magic Dream Angels:

The fact that I am traveling around the grid will obviously result in me spending less time at the club. However, I will still be available for guests, both new and regulars. If you come for some sexy fun and you don´t see me at the club, simply look at the ad-board to see if I am online. In that case you can always send me a message to find out if I am available.

Home Sweet Linden Home!

Yesterday I woke up (logged in) at Paradise Sex Beach, simply because it was my last location. My original intention was to have some kind of steamy sex adventure on the beach. Especially that bar area caught my attention. I thought it could be a lot of fun, to turn a casual conversation on a beach bar into some sexy scene.

But things went slightly different. Nathan the Noob was online and we got into chat via IM. He has been out shopping for furniture for his new Linden Home!

Yes, he got himself a Linden Home!

What is a Linden Home you might ask? Basically it is a marketing strategy of the Lindens to get Noobs to sign up for premium membership in Second Life. The approach worked well on Nathan. He signed up for premium and claimed his free Linden Home. Yes free!

Whats the deal with Linden homes?

It’s actually quite simple. When you sign up for a Second Life premium membership, you are entitled to the use of 512 sm of land on a dedicated continent without additional fees. If you want more land, you pay what is called tier fees. The special deal with Linden Homes is, that you not only get the 512 square meters of land, but in addition a prebuild house which is rooted to Governor Linden land.

That means the prims of the house (about 70 prims) do not count to your usual 117 prims available on such a small piece of land. So in reality you end up having a home worth 187 prims. If you add to this the amount of landscaped public areas, trees and other stuff available, you really have for the price of the premium membership a parcel, that easily compares to a 1024 sm parcel on the mainland. If you take all the other benefits of being a premium member into the equation (such as 300 LD in cash every week) you end up owning a home for very little money compared to mainland markets or even the market on private estates.  A pretty good deal!

Whats the catch owning a Linden Home?

There are few substantial restrictions compared to owning on the mainland.

  • You can’t make modifications to the house and the land, it is as it is.
  • No commercial activities permitted
  • You cannot resell the land
  • Neighbors have the same house
  • Little to no privacy

What are the advantages of using a Linden Home?

  • 117 prims for furniture available
  • Free of charge (other than premium membership)
  • Great to practice your interior design skills
  • No horror designs on neighbor parcels
  • No advertising , no malls

I think Linden Homes is a great way to make your initial steps of owning land in Second Life. It’s a good deal and you don’t need advanced building skills to have a nice place to call your home in Second Life.

Eventually your standards will raise and you will move to a place where you can be more creative, or do business or whatever you have in mind. Remember its your world, your imagination. Linden Homes however are the Lindens World and the Lindens imagination.

Back to Nathans Linden Home

He unpacked the furniture he’s got and placed them in the house. My God this man will never win a price in interior design. The sofa combination is a pseudo Gorean style sofa and the bed rather modern style, all that in a wooden cabin on the Tahoe sims.

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Never mind. He is a very fast learner and I am sure he will progress in no time. In fact I have never seen a noon before who progressed that fast.

Did I mention I was in a certain mood?

I came from Paradise beach still in my new sexy bikini and I know quite well what impact that has on Nathan. So after a while sitting together on the new sofa and moving stuff around, I decided to take the initiative (he never does for whatever strange reason) and started to undress him and to emote how I start to caress his now naked body….

I show you in another Post how it all went. It was very hot actually!

Nathan and Caroline in a Linden Home in Second Life
Nathan and Caroline in a Linden Home in Second Life 

 

 

Nathans evolution strongly reminds me to this video

 

 

Here more information about Linden Homes:

Official Page for Linden Homes
http://secondlife.com/land/lindenhomes/

Tutorial about Linden Homes
http://community.secondlife.com/t5/English-Knowledge-Base/Linden-Homes/ta-p/700103

Discussion about Linden Homes
This is a very interesting discussion between Second Life residents about the impact of Linden Homes in the low end rental market in Second Life.
http://community.secondlife.com/t5/Land-and-Sea-General/Linden-Homes-to-Launch-February-17th/ba-p/653837

Blogpost by another resident about Linden Homes
http://caracali.blogspot.de/2011/05/home-sweet-linden-home-part-1-weeks-1.html

Linden Homes verus renting  – a discussion
http://www.sluniverse.com/php/vb/general-sl-discussion/80100-linden-home-vs-renting.html