Mapping the city

Here are some maps I made today. The first is at the city’s main landing point and gives an approximation of where everything is … above ground.

furillen city map borders centre

You’ll notice one or two changes from the information contained in my last post, as some buildings have been removed (e.g. The Stacks & Wayne Tower) to make way for some last minute but significant additions (e.g. Joker’s Funland, Gotham National Bank, Glucose Park, Bakery). We also moved the hotel.

Then there is the underground map. This has been drawn like a subway map, and besides seeing it at the landing point, you’ll find this map in various locations below ground.

tunnels with no you are here

We’ll be opening soon!

Furillen City Guide

As we approach the opening of Furillen City to visitors, I thought it might be interesting to make a list of things you’ll soon get to see.

joker_003 copy

The city basically consists of a grid of two major roads (Burton Boulevard & Sprang Way) running North-South on either side of the main subway station, These roads cross a main street – 1st Street – that runs East-West alongside the main square. This grid more or less divides the city into several distinctive zones – I’d call them quarters but there are rather more than four.

These zones are:

  • Civic Zone – Gotham Square, Gotham City Hall, Gotham Cathedral, Monarch Theatre, Natural History Museum, Steampunk Museum, The Daily Planet HQ
  • Mansion Zone – Wayne Mansion, Magic Shop, bookstore, Espresso Cafe, hotel, antiques store, Rabbit Hole, The Cat Mews, Robinson Park
  • Car Park Zone – apartments, Bring N Buy store, barber shop, crackhouse, pizza restaurant, gym
  • 1st Street Zone – 54 1st St. (the Harvey Dent Campaign HQ), Gotham Warehouse, subway station, beer garden, Kane Bridge
  • Industrial Zone – Trident Intercontinental Shipping, Chinatown, the Baker Enterprises Textile Factory
  • Entertainment Zone – Gotham Studios, Fun Haus amusement arcade, Ballz of Steele bowling alley, Finnigan’s pub, the Iceberg Lounge, Billiard Hall and Casino, boxing hall, skateboard park
  • Market Zone – the covered market, vinyl record store and cafe
  • Slum Zone – The Ready Player Stacks, Greasy Diner, basketball court, abandoned store
  • Court Zone – courthouse, Arkham Asylum

While we would have built further outwards if we could, one advantage of building in the sky is that is makes subterranean building very straightforward … so we added the following underground builds, many of which are interconnected:

  • The famous Batcave (underneath Wayne Mansion)
  • The city’s subway station (on the corner of 1st Street and Burton Boulevard)
  • An underground car park, leading to
  • A massive sewer system, which contains
  • a secret room,
  • Penguin’s lair
  • the huge sewer room, and
  • My Alibi, the city’s underground club.

I’ll have more to say about these places – and I’ll publish a map – as time goes on. But as you’ll already see from this list, the Gothamesque angle is quite consistent – although the Ready Player Stacks and one or two other places have nothing to do with Batman, we just like them and think that they fit.

The build continues – we have one or spaces left to decorate as well as others that need to be finished properly – but we are close to opening time now. There will be an event when we do so – so watch this space.

Coming soon …

gothamesque 01

This has been an epic build.

I’ve been putting together a sign post for the landing point at Furillen City today. Here’s how it looks …

waypoints

… and that, essentially, is why the “couple of days” I said it would take us to finish in my last post became a week.

And we’re still going.

But the end seems to be in sight now, so watch this space for an announcement in …

… well …

a couple of days.

Furillen City

furillen city

As previously announced, we’ve been busy in the sky above Furillen, and as I’m sure the eagle-eyed have spotted, there is a new cityscape at 3500m. This has taken around a week to build so far, and I would estimate that we’ll be opening this area in a couple of days. Thanks to everyone for leaving us in peace up there, and please continue doing so. As usual, the opening will be publicised through the inworld group.

So … what kind of city will this be?

Again, some of you may have noticed telltale signs … the Monarch Theatre … a tower with a giant “W” on … a billboard advertising “Wayne Enterprises” … a monumental Justice Hall … newspaper offices … a seedy bar … a rough-looking neighbourhood where a boy might so easily witness his parents being mugged and killed … a mansion … and a cave …

We’ve watched the movies and read the comics, but visually speaking, what you’ll find is no direct copy, so for obvious (and quite notorious) legal reasons, we’ll probably just stick with “Furillen City” as a name.

It’s been huge fun to build so far, and once it opens, I hope that you enjoy visiting the city as much as we’ve enjoyed piecing it together.

Farewell to Digue

As promised, La Digue du Braek closed last night without ceremony, and we’ll be clearing the sim later on today. The sim was built in about three days; it will take just a few hours to clear. Such is SL! But as I said in my last post, there are some aspects of the sim we liked a lot and they will reappear in the future.

Meanwhile, farewell to Digue!! Here is the latest batch of pictures, which I’m pleased to say is as strong and as varied as any I’ve posted on this blog. We are not closing the flickr group because there are bound to be more in people’s files, so this won’t be my last posting of postcards from Dunkirk …

Good girls

In waiting Close

Tower Cranes

#233

Untitled

Hot Summer

High Thigh

on my way

Remote Control @*La Digue du Braek

Cole

La digue du Braek

La Digue du Braek,

La Digue du Braek

Cultivating love

A bit of life in the middle of chaos

Commit no nuisance

It was sounding "Love song"

La Digue du Braek

Opera, sculpture and literature

We are not yet born, so let’s descend.

Parallel energy...

Lady stained red

I'll Make You Laugh Whether You Want to Or Not

*I'll keep gettin' up when I hit the ground...

Farewell at La Digue

Farewell

a gloomy morning

La Digue du Braek

plus ça change

plus-ca-change

Furillen moved into a new region this week, so if you haven’t done so already, reset your landmarks to here. The move was simply a question of giving ourselves more scope to expand, with more prims to exploit (20,000, rather than 5,000), and for events, a higher avatar limit (100, rather than 20). Having ‘relaunched’ Furillen in early January with a major new layout including the hotel, fishing huts and pergola on the hill, I resisted the temptation to make further changes now. So the sim was simply replicated, and for a few days I had a the slightly bizarre experience of teleporting between two sims that were exactly the same … so much so that at once stage I began putting things back at the old sim, mistaking it for the new one.

There are, of course, some very small changes, but you’d need to have quite an eye for detail to spot them. No doubt somebody will!

So … what next?

The first priority is to close La Digue du Braek. I won’t be writing sad epitaphs for the sim, and we won’t be holding a ‘goodbye Digue’ party, as SLers are sometimes wont to do. Digue started quietly and it will end quietly (and we’ll be stealing bits of it for Furillen). The Flickr pool speaks for itself : well over a thousand pictures from 241 members in less than three months.

I always wondered about how the two sims would interact, and it was fascinating to watch. For a while we thought that Digue was going to overtake Furillen and it would be the latter that we’d have to close … but Furillen has an incredibly dedicated following, and for whatever reason the sim appears to draw in a steady stream of visitors who stay at the sim for long periods of time, day in day out. So when it came to deciding which sim to let go while we ‘re-allocate’ resources, it was a no brainer.

Furillen has changed a lot during the seventeen months of its life. It appeared quietly, with no big announcements, and grew partly because of the incredibly strong Flickr group – great photography is still a major feature of the sim, and the flow of pictures has never dried up. Then there have been popular (and, in their scale, quite unusual) events – weekends devoted to Bowie, Radiohead, and Pink Floyd when the entire sim was transformed, and the recent Star Wars rebuilds we staged over the winter vacation.

An important truth about these events was that I like building and designing sims best of all, so any excuse to rip things up and rebuild is welcome. I don’t see the point of having a sim and just letting it stand, unchanged …

There were photo competitions, parties, and a bar – all great fun, but they involved more work than I can realistically do given my real life commitments. So, more recently, Furillen has settled into just being itself, and I must say that I like it best this way.

Having said this, we all like to tinker and the sim will doubtless see more changes in the coming months, and – quite possibly – more events. We will see …

So once the last rites have been read and Digue has been closed, we’ll be messing about in the sky above Furillen and coming up with something that will enhance the sim as an interesting space to hang around, explore and enjoy art, culture and the company of others.

And if it sounds as though I haven’t much of a clue about exactly what we’re doing up there, you’d be absolutely right …

 

Important announcement

We will be ringing the changes at Furillen during the coming week …

First: Furillen will be moving to another region. The sim has been located in the Love of Life region ever since it opened in October 2015, and I will miss the region name … but we’re planning some things that require a full sim, not a homestead, so from next weekend, you will find Furillen in Pandora Empire. The existing sim will stay open for as long as possible before the move, and there should be a gap only of a few hours before the ‘new’ Furillen opens. The sim itself will be more or less unchanged, although there will doubtless be a few tweaks.

Second: La Digue du Braek will close at the end of this week. The sim was great fun to build, and has been very popular. The Flickr pool has been fantastic, with some great images that I’ve featured regularly on this blog. But although the daily visitor numbers remain quite high, this is the right moment to move on. I loved many aspects of this build, and some of them may reappear in due course, because …

Third: we’ll be taking advantage of additional prims at the new region and building a space in the sky. Exactly what this will consist of, and when it will open, will be revealed in due course. I’ll keep Furillen open for visitors to enjoy while we build upstairs, so please leave us in peace to get on with this exciting new project.

The Furillen 9000

The Furillen Flickr pool now contains over nine thousand images. Given that we don’t accept every image sent to the group, the total could easily be much higher. It’s a remarkable testimony to a sim that, because of its emphasis on space and minimalism, remains completely open to interpretation and the imagination of photographers. So the images keep on coming, the variety is striking, and the quality remains high.

Here are some highlights from the latest batch, posted during the past ten days or so …

Basking in my solitude.

Come with me

#25

Clear like crystal

Furillen in blue

Isn't it ironic ... sometimes... :P

With Wiwi at the Desert

into the blue1

Iolanda

All my addictions

“Oh, my darling, it’s true. Beautiful things have dents and scratches too.”

Furillen_Untouched

Silent scream

For a ride around Furillen

(t+n)(t-n)

Måsen

I saw his jelly beans

so long

Visit To Furillen

The Expectation of a Good Time

= Cub Smit =

Nothing is concrete.

Blue Greenhouse

Defination of cool::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::Nekonuko

Nothing can be seen.

Chairs

Onyx Skye and the sea

Chairs (2)

Paradise is a clever lie

Saduri

No-one isn't alone.

~ εmo ~ *269 @Furillen

parking zone @ furillen :)

[ they say follow your heart; but if your heart is in a million pieces, which piece do you follow ? ]

Misty morning

Shots 5

The pool - Furillen

Shadows

Pool Side Two

Shadows' flow

Maybe because the chair was broken...

The Sky is Filled With Stars Invisible by Day

Lonely

Love dreamer

Classy man

Sunset

only once

The old friends

Empty Chair

...silence...

nameless

wandering_world444

blue aint my color

Skippy !!!

The Rising

stop all the clocks ...

Amona Savira

I am shocked and saddened indeed to learn that Amona Savira has died. She was a wonderful photographer who took some of the finest and most original images of this sim, which I post here as a tribute. I knew her only through these pictures, and the generous comments she always made on the work of others. May she rest in peace.

somewhere in the distance

as it is and will be

I'll be heading north

furillen rooftop

furillen the volumes

landscape Furillen

Star Wars Furillen

then to darkness

Drive-by shooting: pictures from Digue

While Furillen seems busier than ever lately, La Digue du Braek has been going through a quiet spell. It’s an interesting Second Life dynamic, though. These sims often have a similar daily visitor count, but while Furillen seems constantly busy, often with between 10 and 15 avatars there at any one time, you’ll usually find Digue with only a handful of visitors.

People come to Furillen and hang around, sometimes for hours. Why? My guess is that it’s simply because they see other people there. They land at Digue, and often move on because … they see few other people there. As ever in Second Life, numbers attract numbers, and even though we ostensibly come to places like Furillen and Digue simply to stand around on our own, even ‘AFK’, we seem to prefer it when others are also standing around – alone – in the same place.

I talked about this over a year ago. I have no idea whether I’m right or wrong, it’s just an impression.

All of which is a fairly irrelevant way of saying that those who do dwell at Digue take nice pictures, and there have been some great images posted in the group, which has reached nearly 1100 posts from 232 members. Here are my own personal favourites from the past week or so …

Bird's eye.

Mother of Mercy

Clandestino

Evening stranger

L'extérieur des clôtures

Beach Pilings at La Digue du Braek

In streams of light I clearly saw the dust you seldom see

Agressing the sky

wandering_world432

Industrial Ballet

La Digue du Braek_The docks

It's Not Worth Getting Wet

Industrial intrusion

Barflies In Hats

La Digue du Braek (SL)

La Digue ....

La Digue du Braek

La Digue du Braek

Night Rider

Nothing I do feels right...

La Dique du Braek

Windmills

My only one...

Mankind is busy manufacturing its way to extinction

@La Digue du Braek

@La Digue du Braek

@La Digue du Braek

La Digue du Braek

She is breathing

I know ...