Now, if a dear friend gets a new place, you go to visit, right? If a hawt dear friend gets a whole (open) sim, you surely drop by, no? So last night, I logged in on Dalien Talbot’s Ruth. Maybe it was the late hour, or maybe it was my looks there, but I felt that noobish. And TestA User and Dalien chatting away using a terminology that is ‘far over my head’ didn’t help to that either. But as exploring new things is fun, I had a blast anyway. And the noobish look even caused some feelings of nostalgia.
Until somebody else proves I’m not intitled to this one, I claim to be the first (really) female user on OpenSim. =d It seems Nadine Nozaki as well as Dandellion Kimban have beaten me to it. *sobs* And for those who want to skip the travel report and connect to OpenSim Ruth themselves, driving directions in human language at the bottom of this blogpost! ;)
Concerning the looks, the first thing I did was uploading a decent top texture. Rejeanne did not look that bad together with the red pants, but after a while I felt like I needed a more sexy pair of pants too. The standard skin for females is ok-ish, but I do think the guys (and girls/ruths) can use some more clothing and (hawt male) skins. So dear designers, if you have some old textures lying around, or freebie textures, please talk to the guys. That way if you ever go to opensim, at least you’ll have something decent to wear. As far my shape, Vint Falken is a self created shape, so I need to write down my slider values in Second Life, so I can adjust those next time I go to Ruth. I’ll also drop the people at Hybrids a note to ask if I may have my skin to export, if it’s for personal use on OpenSim only. (Update: Got a very non-positive reaction from Hybrids’ Philo Sion on that question.) Yes, there are other means to do that, but I prefer the legal, friendly way. ;)
I think I’ll be hanging out more on Ruth, especially if I want to test my clothing textures. The 3D preview programs I use at the moment let you only preview the textures on a standard sized avie. If I upload them to OpenSim - for the neat upload fee of -1L$ - I can test them on all different kind of sliders values in peace. (That is, if I ignore the guys and their terminology in main chat. ;))
The plywood in OpenSim is strange. It’s reddish and less plywoodish. *grins* It was shocking to notice how much confusion I felt when rezzing a new cube and seeing it appear, more red tinted and more classic looking then our modern, cheap looking plywood. It felt like a disturbance in routine.
As I already knew, terraforming is fun, although the project ‘write Vint’s name in the sand’ was quickly abandonned. I ended up with only a small mountain. Which was a good resting spot though.
It was neat to see how my avatar instantly decided to assume sitting pose on the mountain. I wonder if it would do the same in Second Life. As for as I recall, I always fall off mountains there.
As physics is not enabled on Ruth, I was unable to push someone. At all. You just walk through the person or the object. Strange thing, but it does make things look funny from time to time.
For instance, if two users rezz in exactly the same beginning spot, it seems like Ganesha just entered the open sim. :p
And last but not least, I was able to pose the familiar question: ‘does my butt look normal to you?’ They might not have prim shoes to end up in your ass (yet), but Dalien’s client took care of the necessary SLoddity to feel right at home.
If you want to try Ruth out for yourself, and test the OpenSim, Testa User to Testz User are available for your exploration pleasures. This is how you do it:
- If you have a shortcut to the Second Life client on your desktop, copy it and name it ‘Second Life OpenSim Ruth’. If not, create one.
- Right click it and look at it it’s properties. Normally under ‘Target’ it says: “C:\Program Files\SecondLife\SecondLife.exe” -set SystemLanguage en-us. Just add -loginuri http://ruth.petitbe.be:9000/ to the end of it, so you get “C:\Program Files\SecondLife\SecondLife.exe” -set SystemLanguage en-us -loginuri http://ruth.petitbe.be:9000/.
- Use that shortcut to open the Second Life client. You should automatically connect to Ruth. As user name you can choose from Testa User up to Testz User, and the pass for all is ‘test’.
If you see any Vint Falken running around, you can assume safely that’s me, so say ‘hi’. ;)
Zion - run by me (Dalien Talbot). Should be not too laggy (well, minus bugs, if they are there) - good server not doing much more than just opensim, and fast connectivity. At the moment no physics to keep it more stable. Loginuri: http://ruth.petitbe.be:9000/; usernames: “Testa User” through “Testz User”, password “test” .