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Revisiting Second Life

This year has been interesting with many changes in my life and online life. I played LOTRO for almost 2 years straight. Beginning of this year I stopped playing for many personal reasons. I went to Second Life to keep me entertained. I now have 4 avatars. All age verified. Each one for a different reason. Johnnyrs is my main and has the most money but stays clear of the adult stuff. The other 3 are free to have fun anywhere. All of my accounts are free and homeless at this time. This can change in the future if I can find something to make money from.

None of my accounts are there to lie or be very different from myself. All are aspects of my life that I like but don’t blend very well. That might not be clear but it feels comfortable to me. Each avatar has their own place and groups they like. One loves to dance at clubs with DJ’s. Johnnyrs plays zyngo and looks for games to make money. Another looks for fetish places to have fun. Then there’s the one who is usually found in an adult areas.

Two of my accounts can make money every day. Zyngo can bring in some good money daily if I’m lucky. Some people are making thousands of lindens a day. I don’t make that much. I am starting to use the profile picks camping system to make some money as well. Regular sim camping makes money too but the money is so small that I’d rather do something else now. Dance clubs, tipping and special contests are other ways I’m making money too. In the future I want to describe some of the different ways of making easy money in a future post.

Lot of money trees and other camping systems now check to see if you have credit info before paying. I found a few that will check to see if you have used that credit info to buy something yet or if you are a paying account before paying. I didn’t find any problems with this stuff. Age verification was easy for me. Soon SL will restrict access to adult areas using the age verification which could cause some problems with others. Right now it’s the owners job to restrict access.

The one thing I find different from LOTRO and SL is the community. For me at this time I like a community with very little drama and changes. LOTRO provided too much drama and changes that drove friendships to fall apart. I found some small issues ended up to be bigger then it should be. It also got boring after doing the same raid over and over again. In SL I am finding very little change and less drama with the groups I am hanging out with. Lot of support from groups for many issues which I needed. Something different to do when I want a change. I will go back to LOTRO one of these days but only when I’m ready. I resubscribed to runescape this month also for another form of entertainment. Lot of changes in that game which I’ll be posting about.

My Introduction and Second Life Experience

You can call me JohnnyRS because that is my name in Second Life. I’ve been a programmer ever since I touched my first computer, Sinclair ZX80. In the 90’s I checked up on some chat programs and some virtual reality places. Most of them were just too slow and confusing.

I’m not a big socializer so I tend to play games that I can play by myself or with my nephew. I’ve always wanted to find some place that had a mixture of chatting, games and creating stuff. When TD Goodliffe introduced Second Life to me I wasn’t that interested. I went there to listen to his radio show and that’s about it. I know I can get addicted to this sort of stuff very fast and didn’t want to affect my real life work. It’s been more than a month since I first signed up and figured I’ll try to figure out how to use it.

I found a group for newbies called “New Citizens Incorporated“, which has a lot of helpful information and free stuff to get. Saw some events from TeaZers, where they have classes for beginners to advanced users. All of this started me off and I wanted to start creating things, but first I want to give myself a makeover! This is where I got confused and found almost no help. I wanted to take a photo picture of myself and make a skin. I downloaded the face template provided from the second life website. Played around with stretching and smearing the photo onto the template. Looked good to me but when I went to upload the image, it was uploaded as a texture. My question is how can I actually make a skin? Looked everywhere for any tutorials and haven’t found an answer. So what I did was use the image I made and used it as a Head Tattoo. It doesn’t look like me at all. Well here is a picture of what I look like now. If anyone has the answer to this I’d be so happy.

My avatar in Second Life with tattoo image

I was looking for some events and found a showing of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”, one of my favorite movies to experience. I remembered going to a show with some friends in real life and I had lot of fun! So I made plans to attend this event on Saturday night. A friend was visiting me that day in real life so we both watched it and I took out some audience participation scripts I printed out many years ago so we can have some fun. For the first full movie I seen at second life I was very impressed. The movie was broken up into 3 parts. The movie was played inside a theatre so it really made it feel I was going to see the movie for real! In the middle of the theatre there were props to pick up. For the first two parts I moved the camera close so I can see it clearly on my screen. For the last part I watched what was happening with everyone else. People were throwing their props out and some stage performances were happening in the middle of the stage just like a real RHPS experience. I have to say I really enjoyed myself. Here is a snapshot I took of myself enjoying the movie.

RHPS in Second Life

I did find some other stuff to do in second life which were interesting. Found slots all over the place. Played with them for awhile but I think the most interesting thing were the small games. I tried Tringo out for awhile and found it a very addictive game. I need to check out more games and fun events to attent. I’ll post later about any interesting happenings. I am not ready to do any scripting yet. The only scripting I have done is at the beginner classes where they provide some scripts to try. I learned how to make a bouncing ball. found it interesting. Don’t know when I’ll have free time to try anything new. But I am liking the DJ’s at some of the dancing clubs. I might use that for background music when I am working.