sings: Oh, give me a home…

“One of the most enjoyable periods of my virtual existence was when The Steamlands were thriving in Second Life. At one point, I had six offices, three pubs and five homes scattered about Winterfell, Caledon, New Babbage, Austral, New Toulouse and Steelhead. I was thinking of those days the other night when I rented a region on Craft World.”

Read it all on Journey To The Center Of The Metaverse…


My Virtual Blog

Man, I don’t even know where to begin.

Dankoville went online in September of 2013. It was a complete surprise to me that I could run my own virtual world on my PC. It was great, I was having a ball.

In October, the PC broke. It was in the middle of some very busy and difficult RL times. The laptop, a Mac, was pressed into service. But I couldn’t run Dankoville on it. Or Sim-on-a-Stick. Everything was put on hold. Getting the PC sorted was one of those, “after the holidays” things.

In late January, the new PC arrived. Dankoville was back and virtual life was good.

By April, I realized that I was going to have to figure out some other way to upgrade to OpenSim 0.8 because the system I was using to run 0.7.5, New World Studio, was apparently never going to be updated again.


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Danko’s Worlds

Yesterday I posted a new page here with links and info about the virtual worlds I made or host or live in, the places I’m connected with and that my writing is connected with. I called it Danko’s Worlds.

It seemed like a good idea at the time.

But with the Metaverse getting bigger every day and my own places and writing growing as well, one page about my worlds wasn’t enough. I had to start a whole new site!

Danko’s Worlds


My Blogging Journey

Strawberry Singh’s Meme this week is a follow up to one she did a year ago. I took part in that one, it was called the Why Do I Blog? Meme, so I thought I would take part in this one too.

The new one is called “My Blogging Journey” Meme and my answers appear on my virtual issues blog, Journey To the Center Of The Metaverse…


The Dreaming Tree

No longer am I alone in telling stories from Dankoville.

An unexpected and wonderful thing has happened on my grid. A friend, virtual world enthusiast and fellow writer whom I regularly talk writing with and have RP’d with, has created an avatar in my little world and started a whole new story. And therefore, become part of my story as well.

My friend is Jamie Wright, who among other things is the leader and host for a long-running and vibrant Harry Potter-inspired roleplay group on the Metropolis grid in the Augurey Peak regions.

Now Jamie has set up shop in Dankoville. Literally. She has brought her writing (and building) talent to town in the form of Audrey Moore, the new owner of The Dreaming Tree book store.

Audrey’s story starts here…

The Dreaming Tree: The Story of Audrey Moore


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OpenSim Blogger Meme: How Often Do You Use Second Life? And Why?

K. If you’re just joining us…

Over at OpenSim City, I posted in the forums, a list of questions aimed at getting OpenSim fans’ thoughts about Second Life.

Then, over at my virtual issues blog, Journey To The Center Of The Metaverse, I posted an article about that list of questions and, a la Strawberry Singh, put it in the form of a meme, this one for OpenSim bloggers.

Now, I’ve come over here to my personal blog and central portal to answer the questionaire myself.

Are you still with me? No? OK, then you’d better go here to get completely filled in. The rest of you need no introduction to what’s coming…

Do you have a grid you consider as your virtual home? Please name it.

k…this is where it’s clear I don’t really qualify to answer these questions…(see previous link if you don’t get it)

My virtual home has always been in Second Life. Since March of 2010, my main home has been Winterfell. However, I now have my own standalone mini-grid in OpenSim, so I suppose that could change in time.

Do you have a home in SL?


Do you own land in SL or do you rent a spot?

I own four small parcels in Winterfell, a private estate. I let my premium account expire at the end of August so I no longer hold any Mainland.

How often do you visit SL?


What types of activities do you go into SL for?

Everything…hanging out, socializing, role play, group projects, personal projects, exploring, attending events, etc.

What is the best thing about Second Life?

I like a lot of things about SL so it’s hard to single one out. I guess the size of the population is the best…because it means there are usually activities going on and friends inworld to chat with.

What is the worst thing about Second Life?

Hard to single just one out here too. LOL. But I’m going with Lag

What is it about your home or favorite grid that makes it much better than Second Life.

Okay, well since Second Life is my home grid, I can’t answer this. But if my new 17-region standalone Dankoville were to become my virtual home, I suppose the lack of lag and the quiet of it all with only a couple HyperJumpers coming in once in awhile would be its main selling points over SL. Also, the cost. I’d have to hit the lottery to afford 17 regions in SL. On OpenSim, it’s FREE!!!!!!!!!!!! FREAKIN’ FREE!!!!!!!!!! Sorry, I just can’t get over that. Ahem… /me gathers himself

What is it about your home or favorite grid that you wish was as good as that same element in Second Life? (in other words, what’s the thing about SL that you wish you had on your grid?)

For Dankoville, I wish I had vehicles like in SL. Modern cars and trucks as well as some vintage ones, scripted or not. I have only started looking in OpenSim for such vehicles but I already know they are hard to find. I have a few but need a lot more.

Do you hope Second Life goes out of business?

Absolutely not. I want SL to continue to be there for me to play in because it is still great fun. I also think a healthy Second Life is good for OpenSim and virtual worlds in general and a failing SL would actually be bad for the other worlds. And, by the way, I think a healthy OpenSim and healthy rival commercial grids are good for Second Life too.

Any additional comment you would like to make about Second Life from your vantage point as an OpenSim fan?

Just to say that, as I have said before, I don’t approach virtual worlds as Second Life VS. OpenSim. For me, it is Second Life AND OpenSim

And finally, let me just add, that I’d like to thank me for making this meme.

God job, Danko!


News of the Virtual World

I’m not sure I know why but I have started a page.

It’s called News of the Virtual World. The description says: news, commentary, features, tips.

I tried a couple years ago and thought it was cute and all but I didn’t really have a use for it at the time. I was working on my blogs on Monday and reading other virtual world blogs and sites and I bumped into a couple of pages and thought I’d give it another try.

I’d be interested in hearing from readers, do you regularly read or follow pages?