Life Goes On…

My last post was in April and I announced that my stores were all closing at Inworldz, as I had made the decision to pull up stakes there and let my multiple sims go.  There were a myriad of reasons why I was leaving.   Although, Inworldz was my focus for years, I had fully joined the metaverse and had land in many opensim grids.  I had often told my friends… “I do not want all my virtual eggs in one basket”.

Now as most of you know, Inworldz has closed down.  😦  It is very sad and although I had left, I still felt apart of the grid.  I gave a lot of my time to Inworldz.  I spent a year of my life volunteering my expertise to help make the Inworldz Roleplay Hub.  It was a wonderful project that so many people worked very hard on.  I also, volunteered for several Inwz birthday projects, most notably for the Magellan Sea Community.  I lived there and served on the board for a number of years.   It is a sad day that a grid with so much going on has closed.  But Life goes on…

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From the beginning of the opensim grids, I made it a point to try and support their progress.  I was an early resident of 3rd Rock Grid and the New World Grid (now known as the FrancoGrid, I beleive).  I wanted Second Life to have competition.  I had felt for a long time that they were too expensive and they did not care about their customers.

When Inworldz came on my radar in 2009, I joined them with an alt, as I did in many grids first.  Then in 2010, Lannorra joined and rented a sim.  Inworldz was rough back then but it kept improving.  By 2012, I decided to bring Phantom Rose there, in preperation for leaving Second Life.  I built some great stuff at Inworldz and I was very happy for long time.

But the opensims were still less expensive for land and what I loved to do more than anything was make new environments.   Exotic ports of call beckoned to me and I could not resist!

 

Great Canadian Grid

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I found the Great Canadian Grid when I did some hypergridding from Digiworldz.  I met some great people and their land prices were really really great.  I could not resist and decided to buy land and start a new Phantom Rose with a brand new theme.  All new builds or custom changes to existing builds.  This time Phantom Rose has gone subtly Steam Punk.  There are balloon elevators, steam elevators, a huge eiffle tower like central construct.  I let my imagination soar and I am very please how its turning out.  Although, I managed to finish most of the main sim (there are 4), and am officially open, I was never able to do a huge Grand Opening, as my RL just will not settle down!

Here are a few pictures.  Please come visit, as the pictures cannot really give you the true scope of the buildings!

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I cannot say enough about how fun The Great Canadian Grid is.  The people are so nice and welcoming.  The Grid owner, Roddie, is very responsive to his residents and gives a lot of value for your land fees.  They have an active social scene.  Not to be missed, Monday Night Party, where Roddie plays the tunes and the fun is garanteed!

During my time of building at GCG, they had an outage.  Roddie was doing some super maintenance and upgrade, so the grid was down for a couple weeks.  During this time, my interest was caught at 3rd Rock Grid again.

 

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They still had first sim pricing that was very inexpensive and I could not resist that temptation!  So I started a turn of the century Egyptian theme sim, and decided it would be a Phantom Rose Adventure sim.

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The Duke and Duchess of Phantom Rose went on an exotic adventure to the Pyramids.  I have had a lot of fun building that and decided towards the end of the build to do an interactive Mystery!  Well that has delayed the opening since my real life got very busy with my parents being ill.  So most of my virtual life has taken a back seat to that for over a year!

Here are some pictures:

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There are pyramids with archealogical digs (and NPC archealogists); a museum, the Rose Lotus Palace (the duke and duchess’ home while visiting), the Victoria Hotel, where many english visitors stay, the Souks (shops), bath house, the Midnight Oasis ballroom with dance machine and music 24/7, the docks, Hadji’s jazz bar, Camel rides and Balloon rides and coming soon the interactive mystery!

So I hope to finish the Mystery of the Missing Mummy soon.  It involves getting clues from various characters.  If you solve the mystery, the official Diplomat for the outer Cairo region, will give you a trophy and a prize!  I still have a bit of work to do so, check back with my blog for the Grand Opening, when I have finally finished.

 

Discovery Grid

Recently I also joined the Discovery Grid.  I am doing a dragon/pirate kind of theme.  I have an 8×8 variable region (OMG SOO BIG!) and plan on pirate boat battles and Dragons flying around.  I have not gotten very far… I do have a castle up for Drax and I, a huge Dragon cave, the start of a town…  Discovery has all their lands connected by oceans which is pretty cool.  It takes a long time to fly or boat anywhere but its very rewarding to see what people are doing from a boat.  My var is called Dragons Heart… feel free to boat or fly thru anytime.

 

DigiWorldz

Um, well, er… yeah, I got land there too.  LOL.  Yes, its a sickness.  They had an incredible deal that I could not pass up.  So I have land there and a future plan of maybe doing a Great Gatsby themed Phantom Rose… with bootleggers, flappers and all that Jazz!!

Realistically, I have no idea when I will find the time.  So for now, my land is a sandbox.  sigh… so many projects, so little time.

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Whew, so that is a long over due update for my followers.  My time is limited still, but I hope as the many things in my RL settle down, you will see me in one of my many worlds.  I love each and every grid that I build on.  To me, grids are like my kids… you love them all for different reasons and you can never choose between them…  And I hate hearing, Mom loves you best!  No, I love you all.  Smiles.

 

With Warmest Regards,

Lannorra

 

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New Ballet Debut at the Phantom Rose Opera House – Inworldz

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I am so pleased to announce the debut of our first Ballet at the Phantom Rose Opera House on Feb 28, 2016 at 1 pm PST.  Conceived and Directed by Tenshi Domenici, with stage and costuming in collaboration with Lannorra Sion, 50 Shades of Grey – The Ballet is an artistic performance of virtual ballet with chosen tracks from the writer and director.  Inspired by the best selling book and film.  An edgy new production, elegant, surprising… Don’t miss it!  IZurl:  http://places.inworldz.com/Phantom%20Rose/165/75/22

Take a look at our sneak peek video:

 

The Ballet will encore on March 27, 2016 at 1 pm PST at the Phantom Rose Opera House, Phantom Rose sim, Inworldz Grid.  See IZurl above.

More Changes – Phantom Rose SL

“There is a season, and a time to every purpose….

A time to build up, a time to break down

A time to dance, a time to mourn…”

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After over 8 years of continuous operation, it saddens me to announce that Phantom Rose in Second Life will be closing down in December.

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The Phantom Rose Opera House was one of the first of its kind that opened in Second Life, hosting many new artists both in Opera and other types of performances. My website, http://www.phantomrose.com has some videos and many photos.

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Due to the much greater cost of Second Life, I have finally “hit the wall” financially and I can no longer justify trying to pay such a large amount of money here, when at a more reasonable rate I have more prims, more land and more creative opportunities at Inworldz where I have also been set up since 2010. You may have seen some of my posts about it. Last year, I split my website into either SL or Inworldz on the splash page and my blog serves both grids.

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It’s sad to have to close Phantom Rose SL. For over 8 years it has been my home, my creative muse, a wellspring of numerous friendships and the place of so many great memories!

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I want to give all of us one last Christmas season at Phantom Rose SL. To that end, we will be doing a 12 days of Christmas event bonanza!   I hope many of you will take the time to come say goodbye to Phantom Rose SL!

I will be kicking off the celebration on Dec 1st with a fan favorite:   A Trans-Siberian Christmas music Lightshow! Check out our calendar on the website for all the events, concluding with a Snow Flake Ball at the Opera House on the 12th. I have also designed a commemorative Phantom Rose ornament that I will be giving out as a free goodbye gift to all our visitors. I will be closing Phantom Rose on 12/27/15.

It has been a joy to offer you my creative vision. And the many kind words of encouragement from so many of you, have meant so much to me!

Phantom Rose lives on at InWorldz – 5 sims of my creations and more immersive than ever. Stop by and see what I’ve been up to.

 

With Warmest Regards,

Lannorra Sion

Owner/Creator Phantom Rose

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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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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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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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

Haven’t Met You Yet? Phantom Rose SL Michael Buble Event

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If you didn’t make it to the Michael Buble event at the Mermaid Grotto on Phantom Rose last night, you really missed a great event!  Tressa Beaumont masterminded this fun night of great music.

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Tressa outdid herself with decorating the Grotto; giving that smooth, cool vibe to get everyone in the mood.

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Tressa is holding a weekly themed event at the Mermaid Grotto, Friday nights at 8pm SLT.  Please check our calendar at http://www.phantomrose.com.  If we Haven’t Met You Yet, we hope we will soon!

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!