Into the Fourth Dimension

Bakura, the Fourth Dimension, February 2014Bakura, the Fourth Dimension

Caitlin Tobias is responsible for drawing me into the Fourth Dimension. No, she hasn’t got some inter-dimensional ship and offered to give me a ride – she visited the realm of Bakura, wherein sits the City of Salis D’aar, and New Alderaan, all of which is located in the Fourth Dimension region. As I’d recently paid a visit to the world of Onderon, a Star Wars role-play environment, I felt it appropriate I did the same with the Fourth Dimension, given it is also devoted to Star Wars RP.

There are four core elements to the region: the arrival point, with the mall area and introduction to the RP environment; Bakura, comprising the City of Salis D’aar and the city’s lower levels; and the icy wilderness of New Alderaan. Construction is still in progress, so forgive any dust you may find.

Bakura, the Fourth Dimension, February 2014Bakura, the Fourth Dimension

The time period for the region is set some 100 years after the recorded Star Wars canon; as such, players are asked to be as creative as possible in creating their characters while remaining true to the established Star Wars galaxy, but to not model their characters on any from the movies or novels (so no C3-PO or R2-D2 or Bobba Fett, etc). All are asked to read the rules prior to entering, and visitors are requested they wear the OOC tag, which is also provided on arrival.

The available space has been used very creatively. the City of Salis D’aar, for example, comprises a main piazza area (which makes good use of materials, so be sure to have Preferences > Graphics > Advanced Lighting Model active), surrounded by tall buildings. Some of these you can enter, others of which have teleport doors which will transfer you to one of a number of sets suspended beneath the main square, giving the city added depth. These include a council chamber, a cafeteria, apartments, what appears to be a resupply area, and so on. Windows, where found, add to the feeling of being in the same city by looking out over the same backdrop.

Bakura, the Fourth Dimension, February 2014New Alderaan, the Fourth Dimension

The lower levels of Bakura look to be the equivalent of Mos Eisley. There are bars, clubs, little apartments, warehouses and a lighting environment ideal for shady deals and nefarious role-play!

New Alderaan is altogether a colder, harsher place; think Hoth without the big guns. Here the snow falls and the wind hisses, and a number of buildings stand among the trees, including what might be some kind of medical centre.

Bakura, the Fourth Dimension, February 2014Bakura, the Fourth Dimension

all of the builds in the region are enclosed, with no use made of the terrain at all, which I found greatly added to the immersive feel to the place. If you’re into Star Wars RP, and haven’t done so already, then the Fourth Dimension may well be worth a visit. I certainly enjoyed by time exploring and wandering.

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9 thoughts on “Into the Fourth Dimension

  1. I see a bad thing in sl. or its this blog. to many regions are Adult. thats not good.

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    1. Adult private regions have been increasing as a percentage of the grid for a while now. That some choose to have their regions adult rated is not necessarily indicative that they’re engaged in overtly “adult” activities. It’s simply a means of allowing the broadest range of interactions, which can be particularly important in RP. In fact, while rated adult, some regions do actually request things like no public nudity, etc.

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    2. I concur with Inara; seeing a region rated as “Adult” does not mean its owner wants to run a strip club or a virtual brothel on it. It’s often a drama-avoiding tactic.

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      1. Indeed, for us it was to allow guests to have the broadest range of activities available to them, and to add that one (albeit easily passed) barrier to all and sundry who might be offended by activities most often referred to as “Adult”. This doesn’t mean we’re a red light district, by any means. The vast majority of activities people get involved in at the Basilique could easily be done inside a general rating (watching a play, enjoying a pier, rowing a boat, hiring a seadoo, relaxing in a hot springs, dancing in a bar). This (some might say unfortunately 😉 mirrors life in the non-virtual world – just because we can, doesn’t mean we always do.

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        1. I can’t help quoting Simon Darragh here (the Englishman who translated many of Nikos Kavvadias’ poems):

          Some readers may be pleased. or amused, to see that I have removed the ‘Adult Content Warning’ from the blog. You see, when I was first asked if I wanted this, I said ‘Yes’ because I imagined it would tell people this blog was for grown-up people who wanted to read something I hoped might interest them; people who would be unlikely to want to look, like schoolboys, at pictures of tits and bums. Later I realized that, as with so many words, ‘Adult’ is now used by the majority to mean what was once its opposite.

          Personally, I rated my own sim as “adult”. Even if I decide to open it to the public, an “adult” rating will help prevent those people who have made a hobby (or even profession) out of being “offended” from filing abusive and malicious abuse reports.

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  2. I, too, noticed an increase in Adult locations, but in this case..and I just checked to be sure and am standing there as I type this (because when Adult I always mention it specific on my blog) the Fourth Dimension is a Moderate sim.
    I also see I blindly copied over from the given notecard and mentioned it was mainland, which it does not seem to be, although SL is playing tricks on me and nothing seems to load, incl worldmap. So I will have to check that again tomorrow.

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    1. Yeah… I always place the rating in the blog travel pieces … and I could’ve sworn it said Adult for TFD. However, on going back and chcking this morning, ’tis indeed Moderate, so article updated.

      Whether the rating was reassigned, or I’m just going doolally is anyone’s guess (I’d opt for the latter, as that’s the direction life has been taking me since the middle of January!).

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