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 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 …
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.
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 …
Some beautiful pictures have been taken at the sim during the past week …
As the Flickr group for Furillen reaches a remarkable 8,800 pictures, here are the latest highlights …
The Flickr stream for La Digue du Braek has reached almost 1000 images, posted by well over 200 members. I especially like the mix of styles the sim seems to have attracted – the beach side draws some beautifully tranquil shots from visitors, while the industrial section of the sim brings out a more edgy approach. The contrast is especially clear in this latest batch of highlights from the past ten days …