There’s no SL10BCC banner heading this post, as I’m writing as “me” rather than in any official or semi-official capacity.
With just 10 days to go, things are really shaping-up on the SL10BCC regions, and there are some really stunning builds coming together. For the last few days I’ve been peeking-in on the main stage sets, and have to say that if you found the stages from SL9B to be pretty special – then prepared to have your socks blown off )and possibly out the nearest window) this year.
The stages are amazing.
I actually wanted to bring you images of the main stage yesterday, but Whiskey Monday got some incredible shots, one of which was taken from a similar angle as one of mine, so I wanted to avoid seeming like I was trying to steal her thunder.
To appreciate the main stage, you really have to see it; covering two regions, it is simply awesome and offers so much to see an explore in its own right. I’ve post-processed the images here not so much to show off that I can, but because I want you to have some element of the same wonder and awe I experienced in exploring the stage, and so didn’t want to give too much away with colour snaps :).
The entire build resonates strongly for me. For a start, the name of the stage is A’stra, taken from the motto Ad Astra Per Aspera, through hardship to the stars, which is very close to the motto of the Royal Air Force in which my father served, Per Ardua Ad Astra (meaning roughly the same thing). Then there are the unmistakable primary motifs for the stage: a giant turtle with four elephants upon its back…
OK, so the discworld isn’t sitting upon the backs of the elephants, who are all busy with other tasks (two providing support for the main bridge leading to the stage, for example), but if you are in any way familiar with the works of Sir Terence David John “Terry” Pratchett, then it’s hard not to feel a smile crossing your lips on seeing A’stra.
Nor is it entirely inappropriate. This year does, after all, mark five years since Sir Terry visited Second Life in October 2008…
The echoes for me running still deeper, tho. The “back” part of the stage is fabulously landscaped with a wealth of detail – gardens, statues, pools of water with steps leading into them and fountains with cascades of ree-flowing water that – as I have elsewhere in SL – I was immediately put in mind of Sri Lanka, and specifically, the great palaces of Sigiriya. Not that the stage set in any way resembles Sigiriya – far from it in terms of physical appearance – but rather tha the combination of jungle paths, ancient ruins, pools and so on tended to cast my mind back to the times I spent visited the Lion Rock citadel.
Explore the stage regions careful – there is a lot to see above and – in places – below ground, and there is a story to tell in various sculptures which line one of the paths leading up to the stage.
The main stage is just one of the core elements of the forthcoming SL10BCC celebrations – the water and cake stages are both equally as amazing. Together with the builds and exhibits which are rising out of the ground right across the celebration regions, the promise to make the community-lead celebration of SL’s 10th anniversary truly magnificent.
SL10BCC Key Dates
- June 16 – Grand Opening
- June 23 – Official Birthday day and final day of performances
- June 29 – Sims close to the public
- July 1 – All builds to be dismantled – sims go offline
My apologies for the relative low resolution of the above images (1440×900-ish). Sadly, and as with the Fantasy Faire regions in April, the SL10BCC regions are already more than my Ge900GT can comfortably handle when taking snapshots with bells and whistles switched on in any of my preferred viewers.