Phantom Rose Second Life Turns EIGHT YEARS Old!

Hello to all my Phantom Rose friends and family.

July marks the 8th birthday for Phantom Rose in Second Life(SL)!

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Back in 2006, I had most of a mainland sim named Gabara, and I called my area, Dragon Heart Province.  There was a huge cove and I built a medieval-ish area, with pretty castles that I rented out.  It stayed mostly filled and I made some great friends along the way.

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Cove, Dragons Heart Province

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Entrance to Jousting and Fencing area

But Mainland was always problematic… fugly neighbors, griefers, lack of control over your land, Linden owned roads and abandoned land, etc.  So I started thinking of owning a private sim.  In the summer of 2007, I decided to rent a sim and see how I liked it.  It was expensive, but since I was renting and had no up front costs (those huge set up fees that LL charged) I felt it was worth the experiment.  So that July I rented a sim and Phantom Rose was born.

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I wanted to give my renters privacy and I love water, so I came up with the idea to give each castle its own island complete with a private beach.  I wanted to make it easy for people to know what was open, so I designed a central landing point with a rental “board” that was oriented to the sim in north, south, east and west.  I put the rental boxes for the castles on each side correspondingly.

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Now when I started to design Phantom Rose, I wanted to do something different.  Since I have always been a big fan of 70’s gothic romance books, Anne Rice vampires and Phantom of the Opera… I came up with an idea of a gothic romance sim.  I knew I wanted an Opera House for the Phantom, but I also wanted the spooky factor, so I built the Graveyard first.  I found some cool scripted piranha fish, that actually will bite you and simulate blood in water… so cool.  They went into the Graveyard cove.  The Graveyard came out really well and has been visited by 100’s of people over the years and was voted in the top 10 gothic graveyards in SL, according to the slGoth Magazine. (great magazine, btw)

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I didn’t build the Opera House til last.  It was very intimidating build for me.  I was so afraid it would end up being lame or just not majestic enough.  But over the years, I have had many compliments and great positive feedback and although it is a simple build, I think it has its own granduer and beauty.  Many visitors never find the Phantom’s Lair that lies beneath the Opera House, which is such a shame, since its one of my most favorite spots!  It even has a moving wall.

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So after the launch of my new sim, I was gratified to have many new renters.  Around December 2007, I was offered an opportunity to buy a sim from an old friend who wanted to sell.  The price was right and I decided to jump for it.  This necessitated my rebuilding the entire Phantom Rose in a month and moving all my renters.  Yes, you heard me right.

So I developed a strategy where I got the raw file from my landlord and applied that to my new sim.  Then since I had built everything on the island, I copied each build and set it up on the new sim.  Quite an endeavor.  Then once Phantom Rose was totally recreated, I moved my renters.  It was a huge undertaking that I am proud to say went VERY smoothly.  And I didn’t lose any of my renters in the process.

Over the years, many things changed. I closed Dragons Heart and sold the mainland.  Phantom Rose evolved.  I took out some of the castles and moved my elopements to the sim to help pay for the enormous land fees in SL.  I added Pirate Island and the Mermaid Grotto, the Cathedral, the ski lifts to Skate Mountain, and many other things.  And I branched out to other V world grids, like Inworldz, where I built a new, different Phantom Rose. (see website, http://www.phantomrose.com).

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Mermaid Grotto

But the central hub of Phantom Rose, has always been the Opera House.  I am very proud that the Opera House has been a place of acceptance and creativity for many, many new artists for Eight Years… And it still stands after all this time!   My favorite time for the Opera House is Christmas!

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I have forged many great friendships thru the Opera House.  You all know who you are!  Smiles.  Eight years… they have flown by.  I celebrate my 10th SL Rez day this August!

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2 Day old Lannorra Aug 2005

I want to thank all of my supporters thru the years.  I hope you will all take time to stop by Phantom Rose for one of our birthday events or just to visit.  This next 3 to 4 months will be very busy for me.  I have a lot of RL going on.  So if you don’t see me around, don’t worry.  I am still watching over Phantom Rose and will be in and out.

Warmest Regards,

Lannorra

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Introducing Tressa Beaumont, Phantom Rose SL Event Manager!

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I am so happy and pleased to introduce you all to Phantom Rose’s new Event Manager, Tressa Beaumont.  Tressa has been in Second Life for over 7 years and has lots of experience.  Her sunny personality is a welcomed addition to the Phantom Rose family.

She has been hard at work this month, creating and hosting some GREAT events.  She kicked off Jan with an 80th Birthday celebration for Elvis, fittingly held at the Graveyard!

Last week she hosted a Mermaid and Pirate event with the music of the great Bob Marley!

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The event was held at the Mermaid Grotto, which is underwater below Pirate Island.

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There was a great turnout and the feedback was all positive.

This week Tressa has more fun planned for you:

8pm SLT – FRIDAY NIGHT IS PARTY NIGHT @ THE MERMAID GROTTO…

This Friday, our music will be from the fabulous Michael Buble!

We have a lovely Mermaid Carousel, A Whack a Pirate Game and try your luck on our Wild Whale Ride!  We have free Pirate Outfits or you can wear whatever takes your fancy!  Come as Merfolk or Landwalker, just make sure you get here!  Come Party with us again.  The usual giveaways will be there too.  Have a WHALE of a time (sorry – LOL – See you there).

Winter Wonderland Phantom Rose Second Life!

“It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!”

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Winter snow has fallen, and Phantom Rose @ Second Life is getting ready for the Holiday season!   We have some great events lined up.  We kicked off our Holiday events last night with a fun Skating party at Mountain Skate Park!

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One of the fun things about this park is the chair lifts you can take to get there.  You can grab a lift from the Main entrance of Phantom Rose

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or from Swan Lake, near the Christmas Tree

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Both are a great ride that gives you panoramic views of Phantom Rose in all her winter glory!

Tonight (6 pm slt) we will be having the first of our annual Trans Siberian Orchestra Christmas Music Lightshows!  If you have never attended, then you are missing out on a great show.  The show is held just outside the Opera House, on a floating blue glass platform that puts you IN the lightshow itself!

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Saturday brings a special treat!  Our new Opera House director, Tenshi Domenici, will be directing a special Christmas Ballet with Santa’s Toys to Christmas Music on the frozen Swan Lake!  Great music and beautiful Ballet; who could ask for more?  This event preceeds our Snow Flake Ball.  Dancing on the veranda of the Opera house!  The Ballet is 4-5 pm slt and the Ball immediately follows from 5-6 pm slt.

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Then on Sunday, Dec 7th at noon, we will be presenting the latest in our Phantom of the Opera – Interactive Preview.  We are working hard to get this show together and are pleased to give you some sneak peeks of the beautiful sets and audience participation!

Monday brings an encore of the Christmas Ballet, 5-6 pm slt. And Tuesday, we are so excited to have Live singer, Dilah Halorstar, singing at the Opera house from 2-3 pm slt.  Dilah is a long time favorite for our guests and has been singing at the Opera House for most of Phantom Rose’s 7 years.  Please join us for this fabulous entertainer!

Thursday, Dec 11th from 4-5 pm slt, we have a special treat!  DJ Drax will be hosting an Elvis Blue Hawaii Christmas at Pirate Island.  Don your aloha shirt and flip flops for a fun event of Elvis and Christmas!

Our Holiday season of events Finale will be an encore of the fabulous TSO Lightshow on Friday, Dec 12th, from 4-5 pm slt.

 I hope to see many of our Phantom Rose family and friends.  We are in our 8th year here at Phantom Rose!  We wish you all a joyous Holiday season and a wonderful New Year!

The Devil is in the Details – Dark Fantasy Hub @ Inworldz

Yikes!

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The Demon subgenre at the Dark Fantasy Genre Role Play Hub, is really impressive.  The main build is by Rathmeous Dagger of The Realm of Vondur at Inworldz.  Rath has made an incredibly evocative area to introduce new and experienced Role Players (RPers) to Demons.

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You can see the intricacies of Rath’s build.  I added some great sound and a fun interactive task.  I won’t ruin the suspense by telling you the task that must be performed.  I also had a lot of fun creating the Guide:

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Succubus Demon

She is one of Balpien Hammerer’s bots and deliciously evil.

Succubuss and Morvran the Raven helper

Here she is with Morvran, the Raven helper.

Follow her instructions and you will receive your Amulet of Safety!

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Fail and you may find yourself stuck in Hades for a long time…  MUAHAHAHAHA!

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Thanks again to Rath for his great builds.

My next blog post will be on the fabulous work Beck Howard contributed to the landscaping of Dark Fantasy!

The Inworldz Role Play Hub is scheduled to go live December 15th.

Be sure to keep watch for this exciting addition to the grid!

Dark Fantasy Hub @ Inworldz Progress Report

Agatha and Morvran at the Stone Circle

agatha3I was very pleased to finally figure out the scripting for my interactive aspect of the Witches/Druid area.  I spent hours trying to make things happen as I wanted them to.  After a lot of researching commands and swearing over missing semi-colons or brackets, typo’s on variable names…  FINALLY success!

The Coven

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I do not want to spoil the experience, so I will not tell you the Role play details, but I think they are very entertaining and certainly very atmospheric!

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Next on my list is the Vampire Mansion… what dangerous games shall we play?

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Muahahaha

Dark Fantasy Build Progress @ Inworldz

Snapshot _ InWorldz RP Hub (Dark Fantasy), InWorldz RP Hub West

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Wow its been a very busy week and lots of progress made!  Beck has been busy landscaping Dark Fantasy, and what a job she has done!  She took a barren hilltop with a mansion on it and turned it into a wonderfully creepy and atmospheric Vampire Mansion.

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The Mansion is a customization I made of one of the houses I built for my sim, Phantom Rose.  I added some mist around it; useful for both atmosphere and blocking anything that will take you out of the Role play.

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This snapshot gives a great look at how effective Beck’s landscaping was!  She is just a wiz at it.

I have started my interactive tasks and I must say, they are really coming out great.  I had a live test today of the Witch area and my testers were suitably impressed!  The bots that Balpien Hammerer made as a starter for InWorldz are just fantastic.  I love them.  Dark Fantasy will have mini quests in each of the sub genre areas.  They are not hard, but I hope they will be entertaining and help our new visitors get a taste of Role Play and what InWorldz has to offer.

Inworldz Dark Fantasy Role Play HUB Work Continues.

Dark Fantasy Role Play HUB

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Dark Fantasy Roleplay HUB

Having a great time collaborating on the Dark Fantasy HUB with Beck Howard and Rathmeous Dagger.  Dark Fantasy role play is made up of Vampires, Witches, Druids, Voodoo, Lycan, Drow and Demons!  We are building an interactive area to explore these role play options which will help visitors decide what kind of RP they want to do and then send them to the appropriate areas.  Dark Fantasy is just one of the broad Genres.

There are also Fantasy, Literary Fantasy, Urban, and Sci Fi.