Furillen-Hoth

And I thought we couldn’t top the Floyd week …

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The sim just had its biggest ever make-over for an event – over the weekend I started completely from scratch in order to replicate Hoth, the ice planet that features in one of the strongest movies of the entire franchise, The Empire Strikes Back. It’s Furillen’s way of celebrating this week’s release of Rogue One, which looks like being a classic. Instead of Furillen’s iconic buildings, its pier and distinctive tree-line, the sim is now a barren icy waste, as impressively massive AT-ATs bear down on the vastly outnumbered rebel base. Here is the scene from the movie …

Everything I have placed at the sim – the massive walkers, the ice cave where you land, the figures in the base and the flying ships in their hangars and high up in the sky – is relevant to this movie and the scene it depicts, the assault on Hoth. I have even been careful with the layout, using this map (flipped over, left to right) to decide where things should be …

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There is also a soundtrack to suit the new design – seven hours of music from the movies. It’s an evocative place, and even if you are not a Star Wars fan, do visit because the sense of space is typically Furillenesque.

There was an invasion of Star Wars-themed avatars the moment the sim re-opened on Sunday, with plenty of storm troopers, wookies, R2D2, C3PO and the rest, making a great scene. I will post more pictures from the sim later on this week, and visitors will surely make their own.

This one was hard work, although I enjoyed every minute, so I won’t be reverting the sim to its usual shape for a little while yet. But, as always, once the new design is gone, it will be gone forever … so catch it while you can.

Latest news and pictures

The new sim has been attracting around 350-400 visitors per day, and as the guestbook comments suggest, it is being well received. Please do sign the guestbook, your entries are really appreciated and will be published here. You will find the book in the warehouse, top floor bar, right here …

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It will come as no surprise when I say that some spectacular images are being made at the sim and posted on the flickr group. Here are some of the highlights …

La Digue du Braek I

extreme selfi  @La Digue du Braek   ( le selfi du matin n'arrête pas pèlerin )

What Christmas Hath Our Modern World Wrought?

Beyond

Reflections

La Digue du Braek 4

Rumour said SL 2.0 had been on its way...

Monochrome

La Digue du Break @ Muppets Island - 6

Ready to

pray

https://flic.kr/p/PTHJfJ

La Digue du Braek (161205)

La Digue du Braek - December 6th 2 mono

La Digue du Braek

Meccano

Ombres croisées

At The Dunes

Incidentally, just in case you were wondering, Furillen is still fairly busy, with around 100-150 visitors each day, many of whom see the sim as their Second Life home. I see plenty of people using both sims a lot, which is no surprise and very welcome. Donations are equally welcome, although not compulsory and – unlike some sims in Second Life – we do not charge a membership fee.

I find the contrasting styles of pictures that emerge from each sim really fascinating. These things evolve, of course, but while La Digue du Braek is drawing out some fantastically gritty images from the industrial side along with beautiful landscapes from the beach – and plenty depicting the tension between these aspects of the sim – the best pictures from Furillen still tend towards the kind of minimalism that has distinguished this group on flickr from the outset.

So … just to show that it won’t be outdone, here are some of my favourite pictures recently taken at Furillen …

Love Birds in the Grey @ Furillen

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* Just Sitting *

https://flic.kr/p/NjQdvJ

Bird On The Wire

Long shadows we cast ...

Army of Cups

La Digue du Braek

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Furillen has a new sister sim, La Digue du Braek, which can be visited here. In many ways the new sim echoes Furillen – the reference to a real location and the fascinating juxtaposition of natural beauty and heavy industry are common features. But I also hope that the new sim brings something of its own to the grid … we will see.

The sim has been busy with visitors since it opened a few days ago, and has already been reviewed by Kate Bergdorf, River Pearl, and Ziki Questi. There is also – of course – a flickr group, which can be found here.

I will be posting pictures from that group, along with some from Furillen, on an ad hoc basis. I stopped posting regular – daily – pictures simply because I kept falling behind, and because I don’t want to repeat that mistake, I won’t make any promises. But I’d like to keep this blog going as a source of information and discussion about the two sims, and as a way of conveying the wonderful work of Second Life’s many great photographers, and a website such as this seems like an ideal way of doing so.

Here is a taste of the some of the brilliant images of the sim so far …

Crane obsession

Just  hanging

Immensité

https://flic.kr/p/Nxn466

Stay Cool

Finally, just a word about Furillen. It hasn’t disappeared, and there are no plans to make it disappear. The sim still attracts around 150 visitors per day, and is much loved by many people. As long as donations keep coming in at a reasonable rate, I will keep it open.

Do check it out now for the Christmas tree!