I’ve admired the region designs by Lokhe Angel Verlack (Jackson Verlack) ever since first encountering Pandora’s Box of Dreams, an evolving series of designs he created, intended to encourage visitors to relax, free their minds, and simply dream. Towards the end of 2015, I was invited by Lokhe’s partner, Miza, to preview their role-playing environment Château Village, which drew inspiration from the World of Darkness universe.
On September 16th, Lokhe and Miza will be opening their latest venture in Second Life called Pandora Resort, which they’ve been working on for the past few months. In their preparations for this, Miza kindly extended another invitation for Caitlyn and I to pay a visit in the run up to the doors opening – and I can honestly say that what we found completely blew us away, presenting visitors with one of the most exquisitely designed regions in Second Life. So much so, that I’ve hopped back daily ever since.
As the region won’t be open to everyone until mid-month, I’m not going to offer an in-depth look here, as that would pre-empt things too much. Instead, I’ll leave my more usual travelogue post for around the time the gates are opened for everyone, and use this article – with Miza’s and Lokhe’s permission – as something of a sneak peek of Pandora Resort, which I hope will whet appetites.
“We really wanted to create something different. Well mostly Lokhe! He really got a wide scope of ideas,” Miza said to me during one of my visits. “He really went out of his way this time to bring something unique.”
“Unique” is certainly a fitting adjective for Pandora Resort, as is “stunning”, the word which immediately entered my head as I first flycammed around the region. I can say without any exaggeration that over the years I’ve visited many regions in my Exploring Second Life series, and Pandora Resort offers one of the most impressive landscapes and use of ground space, both horizontally and vertically, I’ve ever witnessed. As your explorations take you from paved streets with boutique shops, public gardens and café seating, to rugged paths passing through clefts and alongside deep gorges, it is genuinely hard to believe everything is contained within the space of a single region.
Pordora Resort is, to use a final adjective, breathtaking. So do make a note in your diaries / calendars for the weekend of Friday, September 16th, and get yourself ready to take a trip and see for yourself? You will not be disappointed.