Should I stay or should I go haha

So funny. I just downgraded Issis account from premium status in Second Life and now sit down to post about it. Turn on the radio and it’s “Should I stay or Should I go” by The Clash playing.

My appearance with Issis at the Camelot auction last night was a bust. No joy in it. Bad timing, due to people in question feeling bad or absent and SL voice acting up. Kind of sucked.

I haven’t been Issis in a long time and it felt really odd. I wasn’t comfortable being her anymore.

Issis is an avatar created to represent my roleplay character from Myst Online game. When the game closed down for a few years, Issis was recreated in Second Life and joined the D’ni Refugees group. D’ni is the civilization in the Myst/Riven games for those who don’t know. The D’ni Refugees group is made up of people who found themselves needing a new home when the game closed for a time, and now just a place for Myst players to meet, enjoy one another’s company and get help in the mystonline game when needed.

ms isis was my main Myst Online character that Issis was created to represent. ms isis was an elder of Myss Terrie’s Bevin, a neighborhood dedicated to helping new travelers into the game and to providing a clash-free home to anyone needing a safe haven. We were a close family.

We tried to keep the family alive during the game close down. Myss Terrie even made a web based game continuing our story and she developed a massive collection of guides for new players to the game within it. We called this place Friends of the Fissure.

But she eventually lost heart in it. Partly my fault, since I had been like a partner to her. A close friend of mine in the bevin, Gandhar, died. It wasn’t the same for me after that. He was so dedicated to preparing for the game to reopen. What made it really sad is he died in November and the game reopened in the following February.

Every once in awhile I visit his memorial in the game at the pub.

His daughter sent me his in-game graphics. Sometimes I make items of them. I do think I’ll dedicate part of the art area in Inworldz on Dunvalos Reach to his Myst shots. I should reconnect with his daughter and send her a copy of M’nine, which sports the unfinished graphic he did for me on the book cover.

Elpis still thrives, her novels will continue, along with Sophrosyne and Thorne. After M’nine though, they’ve broken away from Friends of the Fissure, after the people in charge have deserted it and disappeared into another Age. Elpis and the rest of her crew work out of M’nine now, using the linking books Elpis found and squirreled away from the cavern on her own.

For now, Elpis is in Second Life. We have friends there that make it worth staying. For now. That could change any day. I hope certain individuals wise up and move to Inworldz. Other than for my friends, I’d really rather ditch Second Life.

Some of our Myst game family are still on Kitely sims…been debating about being there too.

Elpis downgrades from premium in about three weeks. I’d do it now, but afraid they’d keep the weekly stipends from me. I paid for it, making sure I get it first.

Funny…they ask to check boxes as to why I give up land and premium status. And give a comment box. Didn’t comment…didn’t figure there wasn’t enough character spaces allowed for all the reasons why.

Issis with my hubby's avatar, Noble

Issis with my hubby’s avatar, Noble… back when he used to actually come in game. Now he plays mostly Assassins Creed

 

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Deleting and downgrading accounts in second life

Deleting inventory, that is.

I won’t say I’m deleting avatars. I tried that once already. It’s still there…just “on hold.” Looks like I’d have to contact support if I ever want to reinstate it, which is comforting in the way that not just anyone can bring that avatar back.

But opens my eyes to what the numbers actually mean in the stats. If the accounts are left open instead of being deleted, there may not be as many players as one thinks.  Pretty sure most are like me – not contacting support to get everything totally removed by the data base. Or like a few of my family members who have avatars they haven’t signed into for a year or more.

I have two roleplaying paying accounts. Issis and Elpis. Some people don’t realize they’re ran by the same person. That’s something I’ve kept low for reasons of avoiding stalkers with Issis.

Doesn’t matter now. Issis roleplayed her way out of the myst group awhile ago. Elpis became an orphan. :-) Issis will be downgraded tomorrow night after the auction. Thinking the bush is going to pay Lance one last visit.

I’ve deleted 8000 items from her inventory so far.  Only a little under 20k to go. It was worse, but I did an inventory sweep last year once already.

Next month I knock Elpis’s account down to basic.

After that, I’m not sure. Elpis has connections I want to keep and she will continue to be my roleplay character for the novels.

But if the account change gives me any inventory issues, I do have two other basic account avvies I can use. I don’t use them much at all. More on stand by than nothing else. One was my ad avi but I have found that running a classified and getting my land into search is more effective than running ads. So I haven’t been using her.

So…why?

LL does not run a business I can trust.

One: their idea of upgrading is throwing everything they’d like to try into a bowl and then throwing that bowl against the wall to see what sticks. Results in grid performance mayhem where they can’t figure out the fixes for it all. When you’re there to run a business, you can only take so many disruptions before you get frustrated.

Two: They don’t talk to us. Over the years, I’ve seen them avoid us, hide Jiras, give us lines of bull, etc. etc. Over and over again.

Three: WTF with the TOS. They don’t learn. They f-d up big time last year and then f-up in pretending to fix what they screwed up in the first place. Okay, I get it LL, you believe we’re stupid and gullible. Sadly, there’s enough out there who are that will let them get away with it and stay in business.

And Four: I don’t know what to say. They’ve been making some major stupid moves lately with SL users.

I will admit that they are making a step towards talking to people. I see a Linden coming forward more lately to blog or meet with people. This is a good thing, just a little too late for me.

I still don’t trust them…that’s the number one problem.

When they “corrected” the TOS, not only did they not correct a dang thing but just played with the wording, they also made the same stupid mistake as before.

I had to accept the TOS in order to get in to my stuff!

Hello!!

First you announce the UPCOMING TOS changes when  person tries to sign in and then let them know they will have to accept the changes in order to sign in beyond that date. Give them time to pull their stuff and delete their account if they wish to.

This is one of the big things the lawyers brought to their attention last time. Obviously, they ignored it.  Along with the rest.

Now…Smmu and I are holding on to our breedables business, albeit with less overhead. Less land, less stands, and less critters.

But most of our time is Inworldz, and eventually that grid will be able to handle more breedables and we’ll ditch the SL ones.

Just…not…worth…it.

Except for our friends there…we love our breedables families and hope they expand to the Inworldz grid. And our Myst family of course, many of whom also hang out on other grids and in mystonline.com still.

Biobreeds Bulldogs are released tomorrow! Not my breed, but may pick up two shibas to run a pair of these for a bit.

Biobreeds Bulldogs are released tomorrow! Not my breed, but may pick up two shibas to run a pair of these for a bit.

 

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Second Life’s TOS changes: I call Baloney

Not a long post today…LL changed the TOS section creators were unhappy about last fall, and don’t think many of us are very impressed with their badly disguised effort at rewriting that section.

I pulled my creative business out of SL at the time of the previous copyright endangering TOS and moved it to Inworldz. 

Obviously, they’re not interested in me moving it back anytime soon.

For a good run down on it see this post.

 

 

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Pet Peddlers Predator Thoughts

Smmubert and I have gravitated towards raising more Pet Peddlers predators than the regular fish.

This may change for me.

I don’t want to hoarde animals anymore and I don’t have that much sales primspace available. So, the number of baggies I set out are down to a minimum.

When there’s too many, I have to birth the baggies, feed for 1 day, four days or until they give a baggy up.

Costwise, I’ve figured it out it’s best to let them give a baggy and then chum. If they’re ones I consider duds, then birthing and chumming at one or four days is the way to go, and it’s more cost effective to chum at four days.

And that worked well for me when I had a lot of land to work with. The fish may not be that many prims for the most part, but they do eat the prims up fast.

Additionally, this birthing to chum is a great thing if it’s the only breedable you’re working with. When it’s time to birth to chum, just pick up the ones you’re breeding to keep and they store without harm in inventory. No biggee.

For me, it doesn’t work. I’m a multi breedable breeder and now on limited prim space. I’d have to pick up the other animals to make room because of the set up. The other animals will go sick in inventory and cost me more in their area.

Right now I have to combine purposes. I have a selection of fish out and they’re set for sale while they grow for the purpose of chumming into food. I don’t have the room to have both the ones to raise for chum and my full breeders out at the same time.

So, since there’s no plans to let us chum baggies, this means I have to choose.

1 – Birth, raise to one baggy, chum. Let my breeders/starters out, breed for awhile. Take baggies and birth, raise to one baggy, chum. Repeat.
2 – Stop breeding predators all together so I don’t have to worry about buying food for them. Cost is a concern. 150 a month for a regular fish or little over 500 to buy predator food elsewhere.
3 – Breed whatever I can manage to feed, be it predator or regular, and just set out random vendors for baggies to save prim space. I’ve done that with my BB. Not sure if I breed enough PP to make this just as effective. I don’t like shopping this way so not sure if I want to sell this way either.

Will have to think this over. I’m a bit disappointed in the way we can’t chum baggies. In my not so experienced opinion, it would save on the data base and help make the rare fish more rare as time goes on.

I may be wrong.

Can’t even say whether I’m alone in this thought or not. At today’s fantastic gathering, I brought up the question and only one other spoke up, who seems against it. Too bad others didn’t chime in so we could know what the community would prefer as a whole.

A lot will depend on how I want my sales space organized after I’m done with the next four weeks of planned rounds. I’m considering all options involving lives, separate baggies, random givers, and boxed sets.

I haz much to think upon.

Pondering this may take awhile...

Pondering this may take awhile…

 

 

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Pet Peddler Breedables thoughts and SL on probation…

Yes, Second Life is “on probation” with me.

I let my mega RFL kittycat go for 15k. After paying up expenses for one month, I tossed the rest into starters and more RFL editions, plus just a few secondary market purchases.

I did think about using all the excess for secondary market purchases…the cheap kennels or boxes to turn in for credit. It was tempting…

While shopping around for the few needs I had I noticed a disturbing situation. Many sims were deserted or dead. I did price shopping and must have visited at least 40 sims. Only on four of them did I meet up with others.

Just a year or two ago, when I do rounds like this, I would meet up with many people. Often I’d have to fend off the unwanted invitations for pixel humping. I don’t miss that, but it was not a good sign.

Our Billydale parcel will stay filled with sales critters while I work through the fish to get baggies from and make into food. Looks to be about a month’s worth of growing food there. At that point, we’ll see how SL is doing. It’s possible that parcel will go and we’ll not breed so much. I already have my BB keepers at Camelot. Rest are ‘expendable’.

Keeping our kittycats garden. At least those I can toss into the cattery and do with less prim space if needed.

My RL person is a marketing person…social media makes up a lot of my client’s marketing plans, so this area is important to me.  In this area, I’ve been impressed with Pet Peddler’s efforts lately.

They’re paying attention to this area of reaching out to their customers. This breedable will see a lot of growth from it. I hope they can spend the time keeping it up.

This is my “starter breedable”. Because of how affordable their packs are, this is the breedable I’ll breed from starters. Plus, since I’m a budget buyer it may be the only way I possibly can get something new to keep up with my friends.

 

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Just a quick Biobreeds thought today…

The smurf blue or slate blue, as I prefer to call it now, Shiba has grown on me. No, I don’t like it still, but I’ve gotten used to the idea of it.

I do hope it stays out of my lines, but if I get one, I’m not keeping it. Depending on which parents it comes from, either goes to heaven or gets sold. Well, may depend on the parents. I did sort of give up on the Elpis only line breeding.

Sort of- kept a few for myself. They’re in storage for the time being though. The rest I gave to a friend who is dedicated to unbroken lines to work with.

But the Doge coat…that’s the way to do it. Looks a little bright, but not bad. Little concerned about how it will handle a few shades. May be a coat better suited to not get shades bred onto. I think I’d try working with the doge coat if I got one.

Smurf killer’s crate before he went into storage was a bit disappointing. One trait only, but the trait was the heaven eye.

Smmu and I mixed the Spring epic ponies with the Anniversary ones for this year. Been getting the floral and spring hairs with the chrome and dreams eyes from them. And the kaki brand.

I am thinking of switching the female out there. She’s not giving the coats I like. I did birth a dawnstar to sell from her, just because I wanted to see the floral hair on it.  Was surprised it looks good.

New Floral hair on Cherokee Dawnstar coat.

New Floral hair on Cherokee Dawnstar coat.

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Wow, I really could leave SL and be okay….

No, I’m not leaving. Just a realization as I go through another cutback inworld.

Smmu and I are so busy RL and don’t have time for SL so much. What little time I do get now will have to be spent mostly IW getting the business sim ready to open to public. Plus, my RL expenses have increased and I must cut my gaming expense.

My two premium avatars are going to become free ones. Already sold their lands.

Today, I let go one of the two large parcels I have left. For now, the Billydale one stays.

Smmu picked up her stuff for the time being, so I filled up the bits-n-bobs store area with my critters. Including the fish we’re birthing to raise for chum. They can sell or be food…either will benefit us.

Billydale will stay for as long as I need it for the fish play. When that’s done…we’ll see. Letting it go is a real possibility.

My Camelot prims are split among the critters I’ll keep breeding and the offspring I’m selling. Really don’t need more than that anymore.

Sakiya goes up for bid in tonight’s auction. Feels odd to let her go after having her for over a year. But if I’m letting the lands go it doesn’t make sense to have her, and I do have some sacks from her should things change later.

Thinking about arranging to let Charlie go to. Dang. When I took Sakiya away I swear he pouted. lol

While I’m not leaving Second Life, I have come to see the possibility of how my days in Second Life could be numbered. Can’t say if they are or not though…

Wanna Play?

Wanna Play?

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