So, on to the news!
I've been working in Second Life® a lot the last few weeks; getting things ready for the Winter Holidays.
My island Sim, Livingtree, is all frozen over now, and I just finished making an Ice Castle where you can stop and warm up after skating up and down the river.
The skating is great there! You have the whole river to skate on, with various interesting things along the way; traffic cones, a barrel jump, and the Ring O' Fire, to name a few. Then, at both ends of the river, there are ice floes. Jump from one to another to hear different musical notes, or phrases of songs.
There is more coming, too! But I won't say what, because I don't want to spoil the surprise.
When you're finished skating, come into one of the rest areas.
There's tea, served in one of my new, upgraded tea sets. (If you have an old one, and you are interested in having a new one, IM me in world.) The new ones have better Sculpts (especially the spoons) and there's a small change in the scripts that allows anyone in the Group to serve tea.
Or you can help yourself to one of the other delicious, virtual snacks and refreshments. I have new things planned there, as well.
The Ice Castle was an interesting project, especially the roof. From above, it looks like a snowflake.
To keep the number of prims in the roof down, I used an in-world tool that makes a sculpt out of a collection of prims. It let me turn the 150 prims that made the roof into only six! (But the sculpt did need to be tweaked slightly in Blender to reduce the size of the bounding box.) I'll be happy to explain more, if anyone is interested. Just let me know, in the comments.
In the meantime, if you are a resident of Second Life, stop by! We'd love to see you!