Thursday, April 30, 2015

Combat Roleplay Region in SL: The Walking Dead

Yes, Virginia. There IS a Walking Dead sim in SL. The latest re-creation of The Walking Dead features bits and pieces from each season of the show.

 
The Walking Dead sim at Village of Pandora uses the Grim Combat System.

SLurl:
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Village%20of%20Pandora/121/248/22

Friday, April 3, 2015

Thanks SL Go. You were fantastic!



Many thanks to OnLive and the kind folks at SL Go who were very generous with their time. You set a great standard in exceptional customer service.


I'm still reeling from the news about the near end of SL Go. The service lasts until April 30, 2015 and then it ends. 

When the last of my high-graphic SLGo photos are posted here, my blog will end activity. It will remain dormant until I can afford an upgrade. 

In the meantime, I'll be here and there in SL and on Twitter.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

My new Spad from Niki Wilder


For the first time over 4 years I was able to participate in a dogfight. Did I win? If by winning you mean NOT get shot down, then I won. I need lots of practice, and thanks to SLGo it's able to happen again.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Spijkers & Wingtips MD 500E Helicopter (aircraft machinima by Natascha Randt)



Spijkers & Wingtips MD 500E Helicopter

(SL aircraft machinima by Natascha Randt)

Percival Vega Gull (aircraft machinima by Natascha Randt)




Percival Vega Gull (SL aircraft machinima by Natascha Randt)

A short testflight with the Vega Gull in SL. Built by bunnys fride. The Percival Vega Gull is an absolute awesome elegant aeroplane of the 1930s, designed by Edgar Wikner Percival.

Machinima Test

This is little test machinima I created at Cornelius Fanshaw's Tarington Aerodrome. He redecorated his WW2 style RAF Tarington Field to resemble a Royal Flying Corp World War 1 era aerodrome complete with trenches between his parcel and Niki Wilder's place at Rundlelawn.

 I would have planned the shot much better, but I was just winging it as an experiment - just to see if it was possible. It's been a very long time since I last created a machinima and to be honest I forgot a lot of basics. Yay Google!

This is a single shot using 3D Space Navigator.

I used music from a YouTube approved download-able list (avoiding copyright trouble this time). The track is called "Vespers" by Topher Mohr and Alex Elena.

YouTube detected a little bumpiness on the video, so I approved some smoothing, which accounts for the dreamy wave images you see here and there.


Friday, February 27, 2015

SL Aviation

If you would like me to cover your SL Aviation Group, Airport, Role-play Sim, or feature yout new airplane build, please feel free to send me a notecard and I will get to it as soon as possible.

Thank you!













When Games Trigger Empathy

When we combat role-play in games and virtual worlds, we often forget the real-world real-life consequences of death and damage in war. Much of game RP is all about racking up a kill-score. This is why I'd love to start a WW2 RP region that was mission oriented and not kill oriented. 

 

In RL, war-fighting is all about accomplishing a mission and winning the war for your side as quickly as possible. But even when your objective is saving your home country and pushing back a terrible enemy, as in IL-2 Cliffs of Dover, empathy can creep into your mind. 

 

Even though your cause may be righteous, there may also be sadness and loss.

 

With that in mind, this is a very thoughtful YouTube video from a regular player of IL-2 Sturmovik: Cliffs of Dover...

  

From the description:


Published on Feb 4, 2015

This moment will stay with me for some time.

As I saw this helpless, straggling bomber spiral down towards earth, its fate doomed, I was struck by the horror I was watching. I could not stop thinking about those real men who would have been trapped inside, never to see their loved ones again.

Even in a flight sim, the resemblance to reality can make me quite emotional: the joy to successfully avenge the destruction the bomber brought upon innocent people, mixed with the agonizing thought of those ordinary men no different to me, being trapped alive in a burning cage, plunging down towards their inevitable death.

Caused by my actions.

IL-2 Sturmovik: Cliffs of Dover - Death of a bomber crew 

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Throwback Thursday # 6, the Science Fiction edition

In honor of the current Sci-FI Convention in SL, here are a few snapshots from past Sci-Fi scenes in SL...

(Star Trek RP photographs from July 2010)






NEXT...

(TimeForce 10 RP photographs from August through September 2010. 
The TF10 adversarial group TimeRaiders meddle with WW2 History)

 The TimeRaiders steal an atomic bomb and place it in the old TF 10 Time Tunnel
 The Ultimate Secret Weapon. A Nazi Time Machine.
 Zabrina supervises the delivery.
  OSS Major (and TF10 operative) KC Kenaan discovers the location
 of Dr Dreamscape's gift to the Nazis.
 KC needs all hands on deck for this one.
 TimeForce 10 HQ
 Dr Dreamscape inspects her gift to the Germans
 The Germans guard their new super weapon.

 



Wednesday, February 25, 2015

DOR photos from May 2014


Here are 2 Dogs On The Run photos from May 13, 2014. Of course, these were taken before I started using SLGo, so the photo quality is not as good as the more recent sets since the end of December.


I totally forgot about these!

I have a file called "SL Projects" and on a whim, was sorting and resorting photos and folders this morning.


As I remember, I popped over to DOR to check out some vendors and look around. There was a DOR Angels group practice and we all chatted for a while until RL dragged me back.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

RAF Tarington, RCAF HQ (WW2), an overview

Here is an overview of Cornelius Fanshaw's RAF Tarington Air Base located along the western edge of Jeogeot Gulf.

 These two snapshots were taken right after the move to Tarington from next door Rundledawn. Niki Wilder now owns the parcel at Rundledawn.

SLurl:
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Tarington/224/226/38

(Toscha Vayander, me, Barry Foehammer, and Niki Wilder)

(The Bomber sits in the middle of the new Tarington parcel)

Cornelius has been very busy (but of course he loves it!) putting RAF Tarington all together with bits and pieces I've seen since I've known him. Now he has enough space and prim for everything. And all in a great location (Jeogeot Gulf) where such things are appreciated. Traffic has skyrocketed!





(I love the line of trees, it divides the parcels without preventing cross traffic between Cornelius and Niki. Nice touch, Niki!)






This is now base of operations for our 401 Squadron RCAF (WW2) SL Group.

So this was the overview. In my next post about RAF Tarington, I'll show you some details, and (whispering)... reveal a few secrets.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Subs!...or...50 Shades of Gray Lady Down

I love subs! The underwater vessel kind... Not the BDSM kind. 50 Shades of Gray Lady Down?

I had some problems diving. For some reason the PageUp and PageDown Keys were not working for me, so these snapshots are just showing my first surface voyage. There WILL be more adventures on the way.







It's very difficult to find a military submarine that isn't a WW2 German U-Boat or Japanese sub. If anyone knows (or can build) an American or British submarine, please let me know.