Enclave Harbour started in Reaction Grid around march of 2010, then moved to a private host (SimHost) for two years, and then to Kitely on october 7th of 2012
it’s been a long project . . . the build has been fun but making mods to fit subQuark’s workbook has been challenging (like deleting the post-apocalyptic sim and replacing it with a space station which still needs to have its activities built). i won’t tweak and complete the builds until the workbook is nearly done. but, that has a ways to go . . .
Enclave Harbour has pretty much been a private thing – i’ve written gobs about it and have hundreds of pics on flickr and some vids on YouTube BUT that’s not the same as having it as an open world that others can visit
and that’s the jist of this blog post – making your work accessible to encourage others to try OpenSim
one thing that made Second Life so successful in 2006 was all the content that people could explore. there was something for everyone, from furry communities to sailing to gambling to a zillion fantastic builds
i saw builds in Second Life that inspired me and had me saying “i could do something like this” and, ultimately, that got me into Second Life
with Kitely, we have the gold plan for $35 a month which gives us 20 sims and unlimited time for me. Enclave Harbour is 16 sims so that leaves 4 sims that i can do with as i please
on october 25th of 2012 i started my Kitely freebie store and then on december 6th i started Hax Nuit. these are builds i did just for fun
later i added the Space Base and the Cool Ice Campus to Kitely. the Space Base is a freebie OAR that you can get at EnerHax.com along with the giant tree, Lux Center, and Haxor Outpost. the Cool Ice Campus is one of those projects that may never be complete and maybe i should just offer it as is (its purpose is as a conference and exhibit hall dealio) *reminds me of the cube office building – another halfway done project – if you build, you know what i mean* =D
back to encouraging others with your work!
you don’t even need to have a paid Kitely subscription to share your work – you can get a free sim. since that sim can have 100,000 prims, you can show off a lot of work!
the free plan comes with 2 hours a month which is ample if you build with Sim-on-a-Stick
it’s easy to think “who would want to look at my work” or “nobody gives a crud about what i make” but having your work available so that others can explore it as avatars helps build the OpenSim community
as an example of that, i went through my history page at Kitely and added up all the time that others (not me or subQuark) have spent exploring what i have. i don’t claim to be a building guru or creative ninja, i keep it simple and only use standard prims and simple textures, but the point of these numbers is to show that people are curious and will look at whatever is out there
so here it is, the total time that others (none of my time is included) have spent in my various Kitely worlds:
|freebie store||45 hours 42 minutes|
|Hax Nuit||42 hours 4 minutes|
|Cool Ice Campus||1 hour 57 minutes|
|Space Base||2 hours 19 minutes|
|Enclave Harbour*||7 hours 11 minutes|
|Total||99 hours 13 minutes|
nearly 100 hours of people visiting a one person’s 3D doodling! dang!
my builds aren’t anything phenomenal on their own (although i am very proud of Hax Nuit). but when you have many people with their work available for exploration, then we can have something phenomenal and exciting! =)
* – although Enclave Harbour is “closed”, some people have looked at it to offer critiques