‘The Openspace is dead. Hail the Openspace. Errr.. and the Homestead!’
M Linden - the ‘Linden name’ of CEO Mark Kingdon - just published his long expected ‘Letter to the Second Life Residents’. The subject? Openspaces, of course!
The Openspace Exodus Scenario (Roadmap)
- You don’t own an Openspace: No need to worry. This will probably still affect you, but not much you can do about it.
- You currently own an Openspace:
- You can stick to your Openspace & current tier of US$75/month. But…
- Although your tier stays the same…
- 4 share on server
- Your prim limit will be downgraded from 3750 to 750 prims/openspace. (That’s -3000!)
- Maximum avatar capacity for an Openspace sim will be 10 avatars.
- Script Limits & CPU Ratios will be put in place. (TBD, to be decided)
- You can not make use of Events & Classifieds listings.
- Park, ocean, occasional sailing events, … allowed. Residential & commercial rental and habitation are NOT allowed.
- You will need to contact the concierge department.
- Openspace not sufficiant? You can - free of charge - upgrade to a Homestead. Deadline due to upgrade: January 5th. But…
- Your tier will increase to US$95/month for now. US$125/month starting July15th, 2009.
- x share one server (number not available at the time of publication)
- Your prim limit will stay at 3750 prims.
- Maximum Homestead avatar capacity: 20 avatars.
- Script Limits & CPU ratios will be put in place. (TBD)
- You may make use of Events & Classifieds.
- Homestead regions are for quiet residential or light commercial use. They are not intended for events, malls or other high-impact uses. Homesteads are approved for rental use within the region limitations set.
- Not sure if the current Openspaces automatically convert to Homesteads. Best check with concierge.
- Still not enough? You need mall (hey, let’s support the SLeconomy), Club (share the vibe) or just want to play safe as Script Limits & CPU Ratios are still TBD? Convert 4 (or less + USD) to ‘private regions’.
A conversion to 1 private region costs US$1000, each Openspace or Homestead is worth US$250. So if you have 4 you convert for free, if you have less, you add in US$. (We assume you can do basic maths! ;)
Of course, there could be other solutions which do not wear the Second Life or Linden Lab brand (feel free to help us keep this up to date!), but no guarantees about when they are ready for prime time.
The first resident reactions vary from "we go from 2 cent per prim to 10 cent per prim. and 10 avatars. and you can’t put a little hut on it", "It’s still crappy, although less crappy" to " I honestly think that some people owe LL more of an apology for not being a bit more "civil" about it." You really think so?! What came closest to a statement à la ‘we did something wrong in’ Mark Kingdon’s post, was this fragment: "We wanted to get this product to market quickly. Openspaces was wildly popular."
Summary: all those that purchased an Openspace/void with 3500 prims are now forced to either downgrade 3000 prims & functionality or take a US$20/month price increase for now. US$50/month even starting July 2009 (the original 66% increase). And this for a more limited functionality and a capped script & avatar count. No guarantees on tier prices - not limited in time - for those who convert 4 opensims to a ‘region’.
That, and I know at least someone who is going to say "See, told you so!" on this quotation from M. Linden:
"… because our land mass increased enormously this year. And, a good part of that increase was from Openspaces. However, the original plan was to expand land mass but expand load at a much lower rate. But, Openspaces — in many cases — have been overloaded with content, scripts and avatars so our very substantial stability gains have come even with the unplanned load increase."
What do you think will happen with the current 13,000 Openspaces on the Second Life Grid? And how will this effect the SL (virtual) land industry and SLeconomy? We know at least 6 ‘voids’ are being put to virtual - but hopefully painless - sleep. What about those remaining 12,994 Openspaces? Which percentage will remain ‘Void’ and how many will be converted to respectively Homesteads and Private regions? Will this have a positive effect on land prices and mainland occupancy? And so forth. We’ve heard M. talk, now share your opinions!
(Prefer a good laugh - or at least a grin - in the mean while? Then definitely read Miss Ordinal’s Citizens, rejoice! Not an avie of much words? Go and take Mr Hamlet Au’s Poll on the Adjusted policy.)
Some of the first resident reactions:
- Ordinal Malaprop - as mentioned above - writes Citzens, rejoice a parody or translation (depends on who’s reading it, I assume) of M. Linden’s ‘Letter to the Second Life Residents.’
- ‘A good move by Lindens’ says Nexues Fatale. He even calls the (re)new(ed) policy a ‘resolution to the openspace sim issue’. Codie already slapped him on Plurk. I would like to add ‘with a large trout’ to that.
- ‘When is a 67% price hike not a 67% price hike? When M Linden blogs! People are falling for this waffle. I’m staggered at how easily pleased people are.’ is how Ciaran Laval opens When M put’s wool over people’s eyes.
- Linden Lab Offers Even Worse Openspace Deal on Gigs Shrugged: ‘The price will still go up to $125 and now you’ll have all kinds of new technical limits.
- Still getting it wrong by Ravishal. Thoughts from a SL sailing use point of view.
- In M has spoken, Crap suggests to ponder M’s new suggestion for a while and then give feedback. He points out that sailing, aviation, .. groups are being the ones punished for other people’s abuse.
After some pondering: current Openspace owners get to choose between a 80% decrease in prims or a 66% increase in tier cost. Both options come with avatar limits & probably also script limits. Hmmm. Does not seem like this proposition is really that much better.