Thursday, April 25, 2013

Fantasy Faire 2013: The Adventure Continues

Moving east from Crimson Fields, we come to that enormous tree-y thing you might have noticed in the snapshot of the tower.  This is Evensong Woods, where everything is built into, well, an enormous tree-y thing.  Like Tolkien's Elves in Lothlorien.  Sort of thing.  The sim sponsors are Roawenwood, a familiar name if you move in the circles I do.

If you walk in from Crimson Fields, you ascend via stairways from platform to platform, passing by those Gothic-Elvish shops (or, ideally, stopping in and buying something, but more of that anon.)

If you teleport in, the arrival point is up in the crown of the tree.  Not that it's easy to tell, with all the wintry foliage about.  (The one I felt sorry for was the shop selling skimpy silken outfits.  I think I saw them in the desert-themed sim last year... the wintry look of Evensong Woods does not encourage me to buy skimpy silk things.)
Anyway.  If you're walking, you go up, you get to the top, you climb down again... and then you get to go to the next sim, Titan's Hollow, and you find yourself climbing up again.

Titan's Hollow, sponsored by Cerridwen's Cauldron (who did the standout Nu Orme build last year, and whose products grace some corners of Caledon Burroughs as a consequence), is undoubtedly the most imaginative setting in this year's Faire.  The shops are all in giant hanging... lanterns, I guess... strung out among the trees, with a glass walkway linking them all together....  It is imaginative, and by night especially, it is truly beautiful.  One of those things that makes SL a Good Place To Be.
Here it is seen from the Evensong Woods side of the entrance.

I started hitting the snapshot button rather a lot at this sim... I've always had a bit of a thing for coloured lights at night, and this is, well, really something special.  I like it a lot.  I mean, OK, I went into some of the shops and bought stuff, but I could have wandered for a long time, just drinking in the view.

You can see what I mean, can't you?

Unfortunately, while I was drinking in the view, something in my computer - my client, my connection, my graphics driver - was not so much drinking as choking and spluttering.  It was as I advanced towards The Dragonspire, the next sim over, that I started having real problems with frame rates crashing and ominous moments of complete blackout.  More of this in our next.  (Will our glamourous blonde heroine survive?  Tune in next episode!  Same bat-time, same bat-channel! )

(Ahem.  I will stop doing that, at least.)

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