2019 SL User Groups 11/1: Simulator User Group

Chesapeake Bay; Inara Pey, February 2019, on FlickrChesapeake Bayblog post

Server Deployments

Please refer to the server deployment thread for the latest news.

  • There was no deployments to the SLS (Main) channel on Tuesday, March 12th, leaving it on server maintenance package 19# Regions on the channel were, however, restarted.
  • On Wednesday March 13th, the RC regions should be updated as follows:
    • The BlueSteel and LeTigre RCs should receive a further EEP  update with server maintenance package 19#
    • The Magnum RC channel should remain on server maintenance package 19#, comprising internal fixes. Region on that channel should, however, be restarted.

SL Viewer

  • The Environmental Enhancement Project RC viewer updated to version on March 7th.
  • The Love Me Render RC viewer updated to version on March 6th.

These updates bring these viewers to parity with the release viewer. The rest of the SL viewer pipeline remains as follows:

  • Current Release version, formerly the BugSplat RC viewer February 13, promoted February 28 New.
  • Release channel cohorts (please see my notes on manually installing RC viewer versions if you wish to install any release candidate(s) yourself):
    • Estate Access Management (EAM) RC viewer, version, March 5.
  • Project viewers:
  • Linux Spur viewer, version, dated November 17, 2017 and promoted to release status 29 November – offered pending a Linux version of the Alex Ivy viewer code.
  • Obsolete platform viewer, version, May 8, 2015 – provided for users on Windows XP and OS X versions below 10.7.

Environment Enhancement Project Notes

The meeting suggested a few misconceptions / misunderstandings with the EEP project. While I plan to have an in-depth tutorial on the subject available shortly (with the very welcome assistance of Rider Linden), it’s worth making a few points here:

  • As is widely known, EEP makes in possible for region / estate holders and parcel holders to apply EEP settings to their land (subject to region / estate level permissions, in the case of parcels).
  • However what may not be more widely recognised is that EEP also allows environment settings to be directly applied to your own avatar. When this is done, the applied settings will override any in-world settings when seen in your own viewer. This means for example:
    • Aviators can apply an environment to themselves and experience that environment across multiple regions / parcels where they might otherwise encounter multiple environments affecting their viewer during their flights.
    • Photographers can easily apply their preferred settings when taking photos no matter where they are.
    • Once applied, setting will apply until either you re-log (local settings do not persist across sessions) or you set your viewer to use shared settings (i.e. those of regions/estates and parcels).
  • Further, there are some 15 LSL commands that can be used with EEP. The majority of these can be used without restriction; however two of them – llReplaceAGentEnvironment and llSetAgentEnvironment must be used in an experience.

The Question of Script Load III

At the last two SUG meetings (March 6th  and February 27th), there were reports that the percentage scripts run seems to be falling across Mainland without a noticeable increase in script count. If true, this would indicate something is going wrong. However, making an evaluation of possible causes is difficult, and there have been requests to make some of the script-related monitoring available at region / estate level more accessible. A feature request on this has now been raised – see BUG-226501.

Touring CandleWood in Second Life

Candlewood; Inara Pey, March 2019, on FlickrCandlewood – click any image for full size

We received two suggestions to visit CandleWood, a Full region making use of the 10K additional land capacity, almost simultaneously (thank you AJ and Miro!). Designed by Adalynne Romano (AdalynneReed), who also runs the region along with her partner, Doc Romano (Doc Battitude), this is a picturesque region with an About Land description that is certain to pique the interest.

Destination and community Sim. A whimsical journey of love and care with mystery, romance, and inspiration riddled everywhere.

CandleWood’s a treat for the eyes to see, come out and make your own story.

Candlewood; Inara Pey, March 2019, on FlickrCandleWood

The About Land description goes on the note there are rentals in the region – but these are not excessive enough to make public visits a chore. In fact, and in a manner akin to Puddlechurch which we dropped into recently (see Exploring Puddlechurch in Second Life), CandleWood has been designed as a place to visit, with the eight rental units, forming a natural part of the landscape and placed in such a way as to not interfere with general exploration.

“I designed it to be a destination sim but for people who would like to live here, that option is available too,” Adalynne informed me as we visited. “There are five town houses for rent and three regular parcels.”

Candlewood; Inara Pey, March 2019, on FlickrCandleWood

The five town houses are located in CandleWood’s little corner “town” on the south-west side of the region. Setting atop low cliffs rich a foliage and with their backs to the sea, the sit across a short paved road from an old railway station – this being the landing point for the region.

The layout of the street makes it clear that while it might once have been a busy place of commerce, it now experiences quieter times. The station itself is no longer active, with one of the aches glass roofs that may have once protected a platform from the elements has been converted into a covered seating area, nestled between station and the local tea house. The remaining platform also clearly isn’t in use any longer; the train parked within it is now more a feature for plants to grow against, and the single remaining track running down from the back of the station is now little more than a path pointing the way to explore the rest of the region.

Candlewood; Inara Pey, March 2019, on FlickrCandleWood

It is in wandering along the street, passing tea house and café, peeking into the folly-as-a-photo-studio at the end of the road, that a part of the backstory Ryanna Foxclaw has written for the setting, and which can be found in Adalynne’s Profile Picks come especially to mind.

Just off the mainland lies and isle hidden in a thin mist of forgotten time. A busy town once driven by the railway and exports brought in by the ship, now gives way to a quieter, simple life. The fresh air from the sea, the wind blowing in the trees, and if one listens carefully they may hear the forgotten train whistles melody.

– Ryanna Foxclaw describing Candlewood

Candlewood; Inara Pey, March 2019, on FlickrCandleWood

Perhaps the easiest route of exploration is via the old door at the back of the railway station (a second door is hidden behind the little tea house  and reached through the covered seating area. Going via the back of the station provides access to the old railway line that, as noted, offers a route of exploration. It also reveals just how extensive the town’s use of rail transport once was. Leading the way past old warehouses, it forks several times, often disappearing into what appear to be tunnels, offering a choice of possible exploration routes. Follow it far enough, and you’ll wind your way through the heart of the island to reach an old sliding, long overgrown and marked by a forgotten shipping container and a broken remains of a car, now used as a snuggle point

Note, however, this is only one possible route through the region, turn off the track in the little cluster of old commercial buildings, and you can follow the path around an aged warehouse looking out over the deck to the sea, and then along a shingle beach that skirts much of the region. This will take you to where a quaint little cottage sits to the south-east of the land. pen to the public, this can also be reached by follow a spur of the railway track close to the inland commercial units and passing through the short tunnel where it apparently ends. Two similar tunnels sit within the region, one in the north-east the other to the north-west – but take care with these as the former leads the way to two of the rental parcels in the region, and the latter marks the start of the Romano’s own home, so privacy should be respected.

Candlewood; Inara Pey, March 2019, on FlickrCandleWood

The remaining rental property stands a grand house atop a table of rock near the centre of the region, commanding views on every side, water cascading from a pool to feeding a further pool below. This, in turn, feeds two narrow and crooked fingers of water as they flow outward to the sea, dividing the land between them.

And that is really just a beginning of all that is to be found in CandleWood; a place that deserves time and care when visiting, as there is much more to discover, including the elven-like dance area, the many places to sit and relax, the signs of semi-abandonment, the impressive footbridge, and more, all of which sit neatly within the backstory mentioned above.

Candlewood; Inara Pey, March 2019, on FlickrCandleWood

Yes, the load placed on a viewer can make a visit a little heavy going if you have a lot of bells and whistles running, but don’t let this deter you. For photographers, the region is rich in opportunity, and Adalynne notes she and Doc run a weekly contest where they will pick one photo from those submitted to the CandleWood Flickr group for display at the landing point, and the photographer awarded with L$500. I also understand from Adalynne larger photo competitions might also be in the planning – so if you are interested, be sure to join the region’s group (which will also grant you rezzing rights – just be sure to pick things up after!).

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