Hell’s Crossing and the Walking Dead in Second Life

Hell's Crossing: Terminus - sanctuary, or ...?

Terminus at Hell’s Crossing: sanctuary, or …?

Back in June, friends Lυcy (LucyDiam0nd) and Max Butoh, famed for running [The Chamber]  and the always outstanding  Dathúil Gallery, both in the region of Floris, opened a new ventures; Hell’s Crossing, a free-form role-play environment (which you can read about here). At the time of the opening, it was a medieval role-play location; however, Lucy dropped me an IM to let me know things had been changed, and inviting Caitlyn and I to take a look.

As a role-play environment, Hell’s Crossing is intended to be updated from time-to-time, but in doing so, the core theme of crossing danger will always be present. And for this iteration, Max and Lucy has turned to what has become a modern classic: the comic book series turned hit TV show The Walking Dead, with “Terminus” added to the region’s name, reflecting a major location from the series.

I have to confess, I’ve neither read the comic books nor watched the TV series, so beyond apocalypse, zombies and survival, I’m in complete ignorance of things. However, a deep understanding of either the show or the comics isn’t required; which Hell’s Crossing includes various locations from the series – the titular Terminus, the railroad tack with sign promising sanctuary at Terminus, an old church, a barn, etc., the emphasis here is fun, not getting buried in the minutiae of the series.

Visitors arrive at one end of the region, where they’ll receive a note card with some background information. Where you go from there is up to you. There’s the railroad to follow, winding dirt track and also twisting trails through the dense woodland. The various locations scattered across the region may (or may not!) offer safety from the zombies, but if you’re in the open, you’re fair game for eating: and if you “die”, you’ll be teleported home.

If you intend to engage the zombies, you’ll need to be armed with a gun capable of causing damage*. If you want to simply explore, set CTRL-R, keep a sharp eye out for movement among the trees and be ready to scoot away. I’m actually not a big fan of shoot-’em-ups, but I admit, there is something addictive about Terminus at Hell’s Crossing. I found myself completely lost in running around and blasting zombies (which explode rather spectacularly, if bloodily, that I genuinely lost track of time.

Quite how much role-play will evolve is hard to judge. Certainly, the safe areas, Terminus in particular, offer scope for groups of people to come together in character or friends  / fans of the show to hop over in “informal” character and mix a little role-play with shooting the walkers.  However, I have the feeling the focus for most is going to be on splashing zombies.  With a points board on the wall just off to one side of the main warehouse in Terminus, there is a subtle encouragement to keep blasting away and engage in a little friendly competition.

For those who do fancy a little RP amidst the shooting, there are a couple of points to keep in mind: Hell’s Crossing: Terminus isn’t intended to be a metered combat environment, and use of weapons against other avatars is frowned upon: the emphasis is on walker shooting. The region is open to rezzing, so weapons should work without a group tag, and props can be rezzed for photo shoots, with auto-return set to 20-minutes. Just make sure you have a means to stop any attempts at zombie photobombing!

All told, Terminus at Hell’s Crossing is a lot of fun. I can say that honestly, as I’ve so far spent around 3 hours there in the last 24, blasting away at things. What was I saying about not liking shoot-’em-ups?!

Hell's Crossing: Terminus - all along the watchtower...

Terminus at Hell’s Crossing: all along the watchtower…

* In editing, I removed a comment noting that the region uses the default damage indicator, rather than any metered damage system specific to the walkers, which means you can be “killed” while still apparently 100% healthy. Weapons-wise, the system isn’t geared to any specific make of weapon. I tried five different systems, and all worked fine. YMMV.

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4 thoughts on “Hell’s Crossing and the Walking Dead in Second Life

  1. lucydiam0nd

    Thank you Inara!!! We were happy to see you running around and having fun blasting zombies all over! I’m sure there will be many more fun shoot outs to come!! Always love your write ups.. thanks again! 🙂

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  2. Kyllein MacKellerann

    You mention weapons capable of doing damage… What system? There are a lot of gun damage systems in Second Life and not all of them are cross-complementary. Found that one out the hard way: hit the Zombie six times and still got eaten. Which damage systems are enabled in this region and are there firearm vendors for those of us whose handweapons aren’t on the destruction list?

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    1. Inara Pey Post author

      I tried five different weapons by five different creators myself, and didn’t encounter any issues with any of them – and a couple go all the way back to my RP days in 2007. And My Bad – I actually cut the para which included mention that the region uses the SL default damage system rather than any metered system, without realising I’d lost those comments. Again, this isn’t entirely ideal (as I originally noted), but give the onus is more on fun and blasting than hord-core core combat, the only frustration it introduces is finding you’re dead while still apparently 100% healthy.

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