Rolling restarts and Whitechapel echoes

Update August 5th, 2013: Wretched Hollow has reloacted to Rainbow Coast.

Rolling Restarts run every Tuesday and Wednesday (well, as a rule). For the uninitiated, and without delving into the deeper intricacies of what goes where and how, Tuesday sees updates to the Second Life Server (“Main”) channel, which accounts for about 70% of the regions on grid, and Wednesday sees the three “Release Candidate” channels (called BlueSteel, Magnum and LeTigre and which account for around 10% of the grid apiece) get their updates. For those wishing to know more on this, info on the various deployments can be found in my SL projects updates.

Wretched Hollow
Wretched Hollow

I mention rolling restarts, because they often mean that when logging-in to Second Life you don’t always get to go where you intended, be it home or anywhere else. At best you end up being diverted to a “location nearby” or to a “safe” hub (some of which seem, to paraphrase Douglas Adams, to have some strange new meaning of the word “safe” we’ve not been previously aware of), at worst you get a message pop-up during the log-in process stating the viewer has been “unable to connect to a simulator”.

Such was the case with me recently. I had planned an excursion to a specific region, but a rolling restart left me delving into the Destination Guide and opting for pot luck after I was left unable to connect to my desired destination.

Wretched Hollow
Wretched Hollow

So it was that I ended up at Wretched Hollow,  which describes itself thus:

A dark, whimsical sim inspired by the love of Gothic Romance and Neo-Victorian things. As one of Second Life’s best-kept secrets, Wretched Hollow is home to the Wretched Dollies store and has several places to explore, including a small town and a fishing inlet with dock.

The first part of the description was enough to have me teleporting over to check things out. What I found was very much a curious mix, possibly sliding more towards the Victorian than the Gothic, but certainly which touches of whimsy, be it with the 18th century ships anchored offshore, or the very much more recent oil drums providing a little warmth for those out on the streets of the township.

Wretched Hallow
Wretched Hallow

The region is roughly split into two parts: a more rural, open setting, with a couple of private residences (one of which appears to belong to region holder Star Fairymeadow) The other part of the region forms an urban setting which provides a home for Star’s Wretched Dollies brand, offering a range of products – clothing, doll accessories, furniture – with a Gothic  / Victorian leaning, as well as Star’s own textures and her range for Petites. For those into the club scene, the town also boasts an underground – literally – club featuring a broad mix of music (although Gothic Rock / Industrial / Darkwave, etc., seems to bt the primary theme).

I was drawn to the town because of its strong Victorian look and feel which, together with the default windlight setting and style of buildings, immediately put me in mind of the East End of London, and specifically the Whitechapel area and going out towards the old London docks of yesteryear. A newspaper billboard passed as I explored the streets heightened this feeling even more.

While Robert Downey Jr didn’t scuttle by me hurriedly swapping one disguise for another as he pursued clues to the mystery of the East End murders, I wouldn’t have been at all surprised had he done.

Wretched Hollow
Wretched Hollow

Like many store-front regions in SL, Wretched Hollow has been put together with a creative skill which is deserving of time spent exploring it, and which lends itself to a lot of playing around with windlight options. The town certainly offers an opportunity for the avid SL photographer to come up with some memorable images and possible vignettes (although just clearing matters of using the region for photography with Star ahead of time would obviously be for the best).

For my part, I enjoyed my little unexpected excursion to the streets of Old London; Wretched Hollow came as a very pleasant surprise in my meanderings and allowed my to focus on a subject and setting a little bit outside the norm for this blog.

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4 thoughts on “Rolling restarts and Whitechapel echoes

  1. I suspect the last-resort rex location may depend on your AVs search/access limits. If you can go to Adult-rated regions, you are likely to end up in an Adult-rated region, partly because the system doesn’t know just what your AV currently looks like, and they don’t want naked males with attachments littering the places the Under-18 residents will end up in.

    It’s not your safety they are worried about.

    The last time this happened to me I felt quite safe. Maybe being a bear, wearing a ghillie suit, and carrying a sniper rifle, was a factor. They maybe thought I was a forest.

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    1. Oh, where you’re redirected is linked to the Maturity rating set in the viewer; that’s a given :).

      It’s just that I find labelling the hubs as “safe” somewhat amusing, when frequently they can be anything but in terms of what you might find, language-wise and attitude-wise! Most of the time my response is to impersonate a rocket – get as high as possible as fast as possible and then TP away …

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      1. Maybe sometime we should have a Modemworld Readers Party, and people could see who we really are.

        Or maybe not.

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        1. Hmm… If I threw a party, would anyone come? :).

          I’m not opposed to a get-together (although it sort-of sounds like bordering on the ego side of things). Given I currently only have a Linden Home, perhaps we could go for one of those bizarre world records such as, “How many people can fit inside a Mini Cooper”, only in our case it would be, “How many people can you fit into a Linden Home”. Mind you, if more than a few did turn up, dancing might be restricted to waggling a finger or two. If you’ll pardon the expression … 😀

          Or, as you say, maybe not :).

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