March 20th, 2012 by Marianne McCann
So today, we who are premium accounts finally got to visit the Wilderness!
I’d kinda known about this for some time: I happened upon this block of six regions on the map, and was able to string together a few ideas about the space. I’m happy to report that I was mostly right about it! Anyway, here’s a few piccies from today, as I explored the area.
These were shot under the default Windlight settings for the estate, and using reflections, shadows, and so on. No depth of field, which may have been a good addition in some cases — but it tends to crash me. You can click these images to see them larger, by the way.
The landscaping is very dense and thick, much more than I’ve seen in most places. I really liked that! The whole thing was really quite beautifully put together. Kudos to the Linden Department of Public Works and their moles, and the Lindens staff members who also helped bring this to the Grid.
From what I gather, the initial build was largely completed some time ago, perhaps even before the first of the year. Then, when the pathfinding project heated up, this build became a bit of a test bed and showcase for the technology. So some of that does feel like it was a bit “layered on” here — but it works. There’s a number of watering holes and little places to socialize all over the area, a great deal of room to explore, and a few games and things that highlight pathfinding.
I do find myself wondering what, after the initial interest dies off a bit, will be the “goal” of this area, or how it fits into the lab’s plans. Maybe that’s a post for another time.
I gotta admit, I smiled when I saw a postcard wall, including a couple big signs of home. A Bay City Airport sign and a map of my local area on the Mainland! Let’s hear it for the tri-city area!
I was not too surprised to see a wreck on these shores, particularly after seeing so many watering holes. I could only assume that the Lab’s intrepid explorer, Magellan Linden was also involved with bringing this space to the grid in his usual style.
It wasn’t long before I spied this raft, owned by Magellan himself. I hope he did not run afoul of the hippos in the water near it, or some of the other nasties here. Pathfinding has brought a lot of wildlife to the area, from hippos to piranhas, rats to spiders. There’s other critters too, like a leopard you can play “fetch” with and an alligator you can wrestle. And snakes. Why does it always hafta be snakes?
And on that note… I gotta run. Literally!