Hello to all my Phantom Rose friends and family.
July marks the 8th birthday for Phantom Rose in Second Life(SL)!
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.
Cove, Dragons Heart Province
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.
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.
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)
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.
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).
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!
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!
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.