Region Access Changes – Who Gets In?

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Earlier this week, I caught a blog post by Inara Pey about changes that Linden Lab will be rolling out for region access.

Basically, the number of avatars who can access a region has increased.  The amount of the increase depends on the type of region.  A full region will increase by 10%.  So if you have a full region (usually 100 avatar limit), that limit will now be 110 avatars.

There is a caveat, however. The extra 10% of avatars are limited to Premium members.  I happen to be a Premium member, so this is a nice perk.

It immediately made me wonder about access to events (shopping and dance events came to mind first).  If there is a full region dance event, for example, what does access then look like?  Normally, once the 100 avi limit is reached, everyone would get a ‘region full’ notice.

Now, however, it appears that if the limit is 100, it will work a bit differently.  100 avatars can still get in.  But the limit is actually now 110, with that extra reserved for Premium members.  So if you are not premium, once there are 100 avis on the sim, you’ll get the ‘region full’ notice.  But if you are a Premium member and there are only 100 people on the sim, you’ll be able to get in.

I can see how this would be frustrating to people who are not Premium members, but this is a nice perk for those of us who pay to be Premium members.

You can read more details about the changes in Inara Pey’s article linked below, as well as an article from Ciaran Laval here.

One other thing that I wondered about was regions where the limit has been lowered, as often happens with popular dance events.  According to Ciaran, if you have lowered the limit (say to 50 from 100 on a full region), then LL will automatically assign 10% of the limit to Premium members.  Which means that the limit for non-Premium members will be 45 avis, with the other 10% of the 50 avi limit (5 avis) assigned to Premium members only. Something to keep in mind if/when you are setting limits for your events.

Inara’s article link:  Lab announces improved region capacity and access in Second Life | Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

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Tranquil Rain at Sommergewitter

Sommergewitter is a beach sim, but with a bit of a twist – it’s always raining.

Though it sounds rather depressing, the sim is actually very tranquil and welcoming.

Beach ShelterYou can find all kinds of places to shelter from the rain, including this adorable dinghy.

The Lake HouseWandering around, I found the Lake House, complete with the tree growing up in the middle. (If you’ve never seen The Lake House, look it up when you’re in the mood for a tearjerker.)

Horse and BedPicking my way carefully through the rain, I discovered this beautiful horse hanging out near this comfortable-looking canopied bed.  I’m not sure the flimsy gauze would do much to keep out the rain, but it looks gorgeous. 🙂

Windmill

It stopped raining for a brief moment, and I stopped to take a short rest under this huge tree. The rocker and windmill both remind me of familiar sights where I grew up.  Such nostalgia!

Exotic Beauty at PeTOu

I saw photos of PeTOu on several other photographer’s blogs, and it was so gorgeous I just had to go check it out for myself.

I am so glad I did. The sim is absolutely stunning.

Japanese Sim PetouThe trees and mist give the sim an ethereal quality.  There are a lot of little areas tucked in everywhere, so make sure when you visit that you take the time to wander around.

Japanese BridgesEverything is so calm and serene and peaceful.  I discovered these gorgeous bridges, hidden from sight around a bend in the path.

Wooden Water PumpNext to a small hut, I found this beautiful bamboo water well.

Japanese DragonThere are a couple of dragons to be found around the sim, including this fabulous specimen. The serpentine scales are so rich and detailed, as is the face of the statue.

PeTOu pagodaThis pagoda on top of the hill was my favorite area of the sim. The building itself is amazingly well-done, and the sim windlight perfectly complements it. I love all how the purples and pinks blend together.

Greek Island Bliss at Meraki

I saw some fabulous pictures of Meraki by Loverdag, and I just had to go and see for myself.

Greece is on my bucket list of places to visit (it’s long been a fascination of mine), so having the chance to visit virtually was a no-brainer.

Meraki HouseThere are a couple of different areas to explore, starting with this little residential neighborhood. I wish I could shop from a little market stand like this!

Meraki PicnicI found this little picnic area in a park behind the houses.  So picturesque – who wouldn’t want to sit and eat here while they stared out at the gorgeous water?

Turkish Cafe MerakiAs I wandered on, I came across this fantastic cafe build.  I love the paintings on the exterior. Standing by the rails, letting the salt spray hit your face, smelling the delicious aromas emanating from the cafe – pure heaven.

Meraki HouseThis gem was perched on top of a hill – another open-air cafe/bar where you can just sit, relax, and enjoy. I love the curves on the tops of the side walls.

Meraki RuinJust beyond the open-air cafe, I found this abandoned ruin. The roses growing up over the door just add to the sense of decay, as do the various rusted pieces scattered about.

There was a ton more to explore and see – so head on over to Meraki and check it out for yourself.

C’est La Vie

After a particularly frustrating day with the Destination Guide (with lots of places listed that no longer exist), I decided to try another tack to find new sims to photograph.

This new method led me to La Vie – a gorgeous sandy island that makes me dream of swinging in a hammock, cool breezes blowing while I catch up on my reading with a mint julep handy.

La Vie BeachI would love to live somewhere like this, wouldn’t you?

Everywhere I wandered I found seating areas, all with absolutely gorgeous views of the water.

La Vie BeachI can hear the water, the waves lapping gently at the shore while I relax and meditate.

La Vie Porch

The house had plenty of inviting spaces as well, including these lovely chaise lounges set up out on the patio.

The landscaping on this sim was so well done I am still in awe looking back at the photos.  The windlight was gorgeous and lent the whole island a feeling of peace and tranquility.

La Vie BicyclePlus, I found this adorable bicycle – who wouldn’t want to pedal around the island in this little beauty?!

If you’re looking for somewhere to relax or for some peace and quiet, this sim is just the spot.

Looking for Somewhere

I’m always looking for Somewhere, and this time I found it!

Somewhere is collection of several islands, each with a whimsical decor theme.

Pirate Island SomewhereI dubbed this one ‘Pirate Island.’  It doesn’t look as if the pirates had a terrific time here, especially since they appear to have left without their ship. 😛

Circus Island SomewhereNearby is ‘Circus Island,’ which looks like a much more fun place than Pirate Island.  There are several old circus cars, some with animals in them.

This island had lots of little nooks and crannies to explore, though of course the unicorns captured my immediate attention.

UnicornsIf you can drag yourself away from the gorgeous unicorns, there is more to explore.

Carnival WagonI’m not a huge fan of puppet shows, but I admit this one looked intriguing.  Unfortunately, I must have arrived after the show was over, because no one was there.

Fairy Tale Island SomewhereThis is ‘Fairy Tale Island.’  It just seemed a fitting name, given the Rapunzel-like tower that is so prominent.

Pea's Mattresses

I didn’t find Rapunzel, but I did find the Princess’ pile of mattresses, complete with pea underneath. 😀

Somewhere was a fun place to explore with lots of hidden areas to find.  In fact, when I arrived, the Princess was napping, but I managed to snap a pic after she awoke.

Find Yourself at NorderNey

NorderNey is another sim that I kept meaning to visit – so I did and finally crossed it off my list!

I wasn’t sure what to expect – the area isn’t large, but the scenery is gorgeous.  I think some of the builds are actually resident’s homes, but they were so beautifully decorated that I couldn’t help sneaking some pictures with my zoom lens. 😛

Norderney Beach HouseI love this beach house – it’s so open and airy and exactly the kind of home I’d want if I lived on the beach.  My favorite part of the house is that the curtains were blowing in the breeze – it’s those little details that add to the feel of a build.

Beach DreamsThis little bench underneath the window would be one of my favorite spots.  Sitting in the warmth of the sun, a cool breeze blowing, while you listen to the waves crash – pure heaven.

Beach PatioOf course, one of the best parts of living on the beach is that you can spend a great deal of your time outside (something I don’t get to do enough here in the Midwest where I live). These shaggy seats and comfy pillows look so cozy, with snacks and lots of reading material nearby.

Woman on WallI think this was my favorite house on the sim. I don’t know if this house build comes with this photo already on the wall, but I thought it was a such a great idea – I love how she seems to be staring out the window at the waves.

Bistro Table with BirdThis little fellow was chirping away when I wandered by – I think he was enjoying the breakfast leftovers.

Interior Design ArtThis is such a fabulous vignette – I wish I had enough space in my RL home to have an area like this for all my art supplies.  I love the woven rug and the little space heater.

Front GardenI couldn’t resist the field of daisies in the front yard – and the little chicks wandering around were simply adorable.  The cute yellow scooter is so inviting – it was so hard to resist hopping on and going for a quick spin around the beach!

If you’re looking for a quiet spot to sit and relax, NorderNey is the ticket.