Eclectica, located on the homestead region of The Place, is somewhere I’ve been meaning to visit since it opened earlier in 2015. Designed by Maddy (Nibby Riddler), it is disarmingly described as an “enchanting sim with an eclectic blend of forestry, fantasy, folklore, whimsy and magical exploration, with wonderful photo opportunities amongst the ruins, hidden caves, lovers spots and romantic meadows.”
And the truth is – it really is – and so much more. This is a region of scenic contrasts, from low-lying, meadows edged with water, to high rocky plateaus from which waterfalls cascade, this is a place demanding gentle exploration, by either following the footpaths leading away from the landing point, or by wandering where soever your feet wish to take you.
This is a place rich in natural colours, the trees and flowers suggestive of a long afternoon stretching its way lazily from spring to early autumn, and where surprises await around every corner. Romantics are catered for, with plenty of cuddle spots scattered around, some on the ground, others hanging from sturdy tree branches and others floating on the waters or under the tiled roofs of gazebos. often with Intan dance systems nearby.
Photographers are also catered for; there is much here to attract eye and snapshot floater, and under a wide selection of windlights, depending upon your location and where you’re looking. The paths, trees and fields offer lots of rural opportunities for pictures, while the wreck of an ancient man o’ war (or is it perhaps a pirate ship? Ah, let your imagine decide!) sitting off the coast, watched over from ruins on a high cliff offers plenty of opportunity for dramatic and mysterious shots. Meanwhile, the ruins offer a hint of fantasy in which to indulge, as does what appears to be an alchemist’s cottage sitting a short distance away.
This is also a place of delightful whimsy, with lots of little touches scattered throughout which cannot fail to bring a smile to the face when discovered. Even the orient touches the region in one corner, adding to the eclectic nature of The Place.
Not that everything is in any way a jumble. Such is the skill of the design, everything flows together naturally; so much so, that the overall effect of exploring Eclectia is one of journeying through neighbouring lands, rather than simply wandering a single region.
In fact, with so much to discover, coupled with the opportunity to take photographs, as well as the myriad of places to sit and unwind as the music plays, it’s easy to get lost within Electica – as I did, for an entire afternoon!
Maddy has done a superb job with what is her first region build. Electica has deservedly gained wide recognition across Second Life. With my own project beckoning me back, I hope that some of her creative eye has rubbed off on me, such is the captivating look and feel to the region. And if not, then I’ll just and to come back and sit under tree or on boat or couch and let the world take care of itself.