Farewell, Ohiopehhla

Those who read this blog regularly (assuming people do!), can’t help but notice how proud I’ve been about my home – Ohiopehhla.

Yes, it’s a little egotistical talking about something one has largely made oneself, but the fact remains I am proud of the place, all those we’ve shared it with seem to have been equally happy.

But now it is all at an end. If this had come about through personal circumstances, then letting go would be somewhat easier. However, while we would have been content to continue on the island indefinitely, matters have been taken out of our hands.

Ohiopehhla is an OpenSpace sim. That means that from Jan 5th next year Linden Lab expects us to either a) continue to pay $75 USD a month and see the sim reduced to a 750-prim limit, zero scripts and a “10 avatar” limit, or b) have to pay an initial $95 a month to maintain the sim at the current prim count, but with as-yet unspecified script and use limits imposed upon it, with this amount rising to $125 USD from July 1st 2009.

Neither of these options is either practical or acceptable. I’m not going to rake over the whole OpenSpace sim argument;suffice it to say that Ohiopehhla is now to be abandoned.

Did we “abuse” the sim? In Kingdon’s and Jack Linden’s eyes, the answer is probably “yes”, despite the fact prim usage was kept to between 50-60% of the allowable maximum on an OpenSpace sim and – more importantly – I worked hard to manage scripts and keep the sim performance within the (vague) parameters set for it by using the (primitive) tools Linden Lab provide for managing estates.

We’ll no longer invest in land in SecondLife beyond renting. True, this still means Linden Lab gets tier from us (via our Estate Owner) – so Kingdon’s bottom line is protected and he’ll not lose any sleep. But for us it means creativity has now gone from SL – and we’re not alone in this; many feel that trying to create anything worthwhile in world is now wasted effort, as sooner or later Linden Lab will manage to find a way of knocking it down.

And that is perhaps the greatest tragedy of the entire OpenSpace fiasco.