Just another virtual world traveler… though quirkier than most!
Passion, I’ve got it in spades. When I become passionate about something, I’ve gotta write about it. It’s kind of a thing with me, ya know? My current passion is exploring the Opensim world of OSgrid and the warm, talented and damn smart people who inhabit it.
It all started with a Skype conversation with my friend Linda Kellie. Linda has known me in various worlds and avatars and has always been encouraging in my various endeavors. She speaks so highly of OSG and it’s people, that I just had to hop over and pay her a visit. That visit turned into her carving out a little parcel for me to play on (graciously without cost), and for the past week I have visited there nearly every day.
There are so many things that stood out for me on my visits, so I will try and list them all.
While your initial introduction and greeting at the OSG login area doesn’t rival the warmth of say Inworldz, with their wonderful mentor system, don’t let that deter you. There are usually people hanging out there and if you just strike up a conversation, most of them are more than happy to chit chat and offer guidance. I was fortunate enough to have Linda to introduce me to people, so if you are the shy sort and don’t fancy starting a conversation w/a stranger… go ahead and hit me up! I will be happy to chat and share what I’ve learned so far!
The first few days were spent meeting people and staring in awe at the builds, regions and communities that unlimited potential and unrestricted resources can inspire. In future blogs I will talk in depth about different regions you can visit and explore to see some of that homegrown creativity for yourself!
I was so inspired that I decided to try my hand at creating a home all by myself! I used textures and sculpts created by Linda Kellie ( you can get them here). It’s still a work in progress but it’s not turning out too bad!
I can hardly believe how kind and generous people are on OSGrid! Most people share their creations freely, contributing to the growth and beautification of the grid that way. Linda provides all of her creations, textures, OARs, sculpts, clothing, etc. full perm, no licensing restrictions, and absolutely free. I can also tell you that she is tickled pink when people show her how they have used her items in their builds. One gets the feeling that inspiring creativity is payment enough for her.
Another extremely generous lady I met was Mona Lawksley. Mona is the owner of White Pines Estates. She provides full regions, free of cost, to OSG residents who are unable to afford a region, or are not able to host their own regions on their computer. When I thanked her for the gracious gift of a region (until I learn how to hook up my own) she said “it’s my way of giving back to the grid.” And that just about sums up the philosophy of most people I’ve met.
I have a feeling I’m really going to enjoy the time I spend on OSgrid for a good long while. Stay tuned!