Firestorm 5.0.7: tight and tidy

Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

On Tuesday, June 20th, the Firestorm team released Firestorm

This is something of a maintenance update than a major feature release, covering as it does the more recent updates from Linden Lab – the improved region and parcel access controls, updated Trash behaviour to try to help control risks of inventory loss, custom folders for uploads, the avatar complexity updates, and a host of smaller fixes and tweaks.

Most of these have been adopted directly from the Lab’s code, others  – such as the avatar complexity updates – have been folded-in to existing capabilities in Firestorm. There are also numerous updates and improvements from the Firestorm team as well.

In keeping with my usual approach to Firestorm releases, what follows is  not an in-depth review of everything new  / updated in version, but rather an overview, highlighting some of the more significant / interesting changes, updates and  fixes…

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My pregnancy roleplay in Second Life

People join Second Life for many reasons. Curiosity about something new to try, a will to meet new people and treat this virtual world like a very advanced 3D chatroom, an inability to meet people in real life because of various reasons (a disability, being shy, timezone differences etc.)… to be honest, if you’d take even a small slice of the SL community in a random way and asked each of the residents about their reason to join I bet, that you’d get at least twenty different answers.

I am jumping from region to region and pushing my nose into every possible place for immersion and roleplay. Yes, I try to live inside Second Life as an inflatable, balloonie wolf, trying to react like one would in all given situations – to the degree, that when other people swim in a lake, I just politely sit at the side and read a book or comic. Balloons can’t dive because of the water pushing them up to the surface, isn’t it? As a reporter and journalist person I keep a photo camera close to my belt and when something interesting happens I take a picture or ask people around what’s happening, trying to make notes.

I am also a female. While by default a SL avatar is just a bunch of textures, alpha layers and masks, and several 3D objects, called attachments, positioned relatively to the various points of the body, you can try and squeeze a bit more from it by roleplay augmentation devices. I’m not a fan of combat mechanics that much, so I’ve decided to try the “Mama Allpa” HUD thingy and some automatic body shape changer – it emulates a feminine monthly cycle pretty well. I’ve started to adjust to the readings and continuing such behaviour since then; When the text above the icon on screen is red, which means the painful and messy time for a girl, I’m roleplaying being irritated and ill-tempered. When white, which is the most of the month, I’m just my regular self, wiggling nose at everything. However, when pink colour shows up I’m appearing to be more clingy and purring at most of the males, for obvious reason, with shirts being too small and bosom too sensitive. You have the idea, I’m not going to go any deeper.

Long story short, during one of such periods I’ve actually gave myself in to the feeling and spent a night on an adventure, the effect of such action is easily predictable.

Immersion of the roleplay is always the most important for me, so I didn’t cheat and reset the HUD. Instead of that I’ve looked around for a clinic or hospital, where I could poke a doctor for check-up. That’s where fun starts, because finding a good one is as challenging, as fishing for a needle in a river. From what I’ve encountered so far, there are people who charge for their services and there are ones who volunteer – the fact, that you pay for service does not mean, that the quality of the appointment would be better, one doctor differs from the other one greatly as well.

Majority of them try to fit in thirty minutes from what I’ve noticed, and they do the usual blood – vitals – scale, sometimes asking what do I eat. These are, to be honest, not too interesting. Good, sure, but they look more like a craft-work, not a truly interactive meetings. Sit here, wait, please sit there, wait again, here is your vitamin, see you next time. Luckily, there is a group, however a small one, which do not care about time and are happy that they can roleplay midwives, too. One of them was so kind to offer me a lollipop with a flavour of helium. Thanks!

Is it worth to roleplay pregnancy in Second Life? Yes, with augmentation HUDs its more fun than it looks – only at the beginning you may be called fat. ~ Is it hard to find someone to help you with that theme? A partner person, a true one, for long-term – not just a one shot – is a rarity. A fine doctor, easy to find if you look long and deep enough. I won’t give any names here, explore by yourself!

Second Life Sci-Fi Convention 2017

The Sci-Fi Convention is present in the Second Life virtual world year after year, this time however its arrival is special – because it’s the tenth time when it does so. As usual, there are tons of unique booths filled with climatic goodies: Star Trek, Star Wars, robots, general science fiction and fantasy or even a bit of steampunk here and there. Large tentacles and monorail transportation system also have found their places. Originally a charity party at the beginning, nowadays its a full-blown ceremony for fans and people who are curious enough to take a look, taking place at six regions: Life (Forty Two), Earth (Halcyon), Fire (Blaze Inferna), Water (Ebb N Flow), Air (Zephyrus) and Equilibrium (Akasharon). Got lost? Try to poke anyone around and ask for directions and information, you may be surprised how helpful and gentle people visit the Con.

It’s not only that, however; Relay For Life cancer thingy also has made an appearance, as the adjacent region is American Cancer Society – it’s a good idea to support them if possible! If someone would like to have a brief pause from the futuristic themes, the memorial garden nearby is a nice place to visit. “Catt Gable created the original Memorial Garden for ACS Island and took great care to ensure those who lost someone special were able to offer a tribute in the world they inhabited in Second Life and out of it.  On August 19th, Catt lost her own battle with cancer so in her memory we have created a new Memorial Garden and aptly named it The Catt Gable Memorial Garden.  We are grateful to have known her and to have her as a part of ACS Island.”

The launch took place two days ago, at the 24th or March. Everything will be available for the next week, until 2nd of April. Even if you’re not that much interested in becoming a nerd I’d suggest to beam in to the Convention and admire the buildings and structures themselves, as they’re often masterpieces made just for this year, pleasant for eye and interesting to explore. Like the “Starfleet Renaissance” one, my personal favourite – I love water in the middle.

Here’s a small gallery of what I’ve found especially catching my eye. Please note however, that it’s a better idea to take a look yourself!

It’s worth to check out these as well:

Beaming into the 2017 Second Life Sci-Fi Convention