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Being a Roleplaying Sim Tourist: Mystara

Elf settlement.

Elf settlement.

So because Firestorm has released the (OH GOD YES) 64-bit beta for Macs and I no longer get texture errors every two seconds and crash less than half as often, I decided I’d go back to a RP sim I’d heard was gorgeous but which lags so much it pretty much used to crash me on arrival. I don’t think I’ve ever been able to walk around Mystara at more than 10 fps, but this trip was very different, thanks to the amazing 64-bit beta (which I cannot even crash unless i turn graphics to stupid, then use phototools to take the shadow resolution up to max, which will crash just about anything). 

So I dressed The Amazing Catwoman in something appropriately mediaevaloid (with a CLOAK!), popped on an OOC tag to avoid interaction with other humans driving avatars, and headed to Mystara.

Bridge over the River Something Or Other

Bridge over the River Something Or Other

There were a few people roleplaying in the Elf Settlement, and I didn’t want to appear to be eaves-dropping or just sort of hanging about waiting to be approached by the welcome wagon, so I didn’t spend too long there. It was like many “Elf” settlements in SL, largely comprised of whitish buildings with coloured glass windows and loads of water everywhere– there were little waterfalls throughout. I decided I’d head for the human settlement/walled town, which looked a little quieter. You had to cross this bridge to get there. You can see the Elf settlement on the left, and directly behind the Catwoman is a series of platforms and rope bridges connecting many treehouses together. This is the realm of the children of Mystara, who apparently have a shitload more fun than I did as a kid. 😉

Closer-in

Closer-in

Why do I like photographing The Amazing Catwoman so much? I can’t even remember why I created her: she was never a role playing character. I think what’s important about her to me is that she’s very ordinary looking. Gwyneth is a Sidhe Queen, so she has to be not just beautiful but stunningly beautiful and beyond the ken of mortals. The Amazing Catwoman is a brown headed girl with long pointy ears who dresses like a boy a lot of the time. And she has this amazing freckled skin from La Petit Morte, but that’s another story, and this isn’t a fashion blog (at least not at the moment!). 

Inside the human town.

Inside the human town.

Inside the human town were the usual things that you find inside roleplaying towns. Livery, pub, bookshop, various other little businesses, a few houses, and an overheard rp post that did not make me want to heave up my lunch! OK, so it was really thought-y and kept changing tense, but there was only one misspelled word. I count it as a win. 😉

Crawling the walls

Crawling the walls

I found a ladder that got me onto the town’s walls. Crawling seemed safer than walking; it was a narrow path and there were — well, I think they were dragons of some kind — overhead. I tried to explore a castle but the gates were locked. There were lots of little messages everywhere explaining what I was feeling and what sort of place I was entering or nearing, which I guess is important if you’re a huge role-play sim with a — well, I haven’t heard a lot of good things. But the sim is beautiful, and that’s why I went there. 

Why is there always a pirate-style ship?

Why is there always a pirate-style ship?

It doesn’t matter how mediaeval a roleplaying sim is, there is always an 18th century sailing ship docked somewhere. The Amazing Catwoman really enjoyed playing Captain. 🙂

 

 

A very beautiful water garden. It might have been the road to mer-land, but I'm not sure.

A very beautiful water garden. It might have been the road to mer-land, but I’m not sure.

A very beautiful water garden that might have been the road to mer-land (another thing rp sims always have these days), but I’m not sure. 

 

 

 

 

Way up at the top of a mountain, I found a settlement of tents.

Way up at the top of a mountain, I found a settlement of tents.

Way up at the top of a mountain, I found a settlement of tents, guarded by a Friendly Skull of Some Animal Or Other. 

 

 

 

 

 

I don't know why you'd want to live in a tent with this view.

I don’t know why you’d want to live in a tent with this view.

I don’t know why you’d want to live in a tent with this view — wouldn’t it make you feel angry or jealous or fill you with the need to inflict damage on people who live in prettier houses than you? I let The Amazing Catwoman ponder this thought (and also the fact that you only get 10 prims if you rent one of these tents) for a little while.

Then we visited a rickety bridge.

Then we visited a rickety bridge.

Then we visited a rickety bridge. The orb The Amazing Catwoman is holding is probably some kind of magical thingy to tell her where she should go next, but you never can be sure with her. I reckoned maybe we’d go back to the elf settlement to shoot some pictures, but there was still lively rp there, and I really didn’t want to bust in on anybody’s bank holiday fun, so we, um….

We played that balancing game she loves on the rickety bridge. Yeah; that's it.

We played that balancing game she loves on the rickety bridge. Yeah; that’s it.

We played that balancing game she likes on the rickety bridge. Yeah; that’s it. I want some big leaves like that for my garden. 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is a sunbeam on one of the platforms in the children's tree village area thingy.

Here is a sunbeam on one of the platforms in the childrens’ tree village area thingy.

Here is a sunbeam on one of the platforms in the children’s tree village thingy. 

I didn’t stay much longer, because real life had to happen, but I may go back to Mystara (now that I can!) and take more photographs. It really is a beautifully designed role-play space.

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