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An Invitation to our First Anniversary Bash

Littlefield will be one year old in April! It has been a wonderful first year, and we would like to invite you to celebrate it with us!

All Littlefield residents are invited to participate in our Anniversary Expo which will be held from April 6-12. This is a chance for all Littlefield residents to get to know each other, and celebrate this wonderful community that has grown to 1,000 members in just one year. We would like you to create an exhibit to share something about yourself, your creations and/or your interests.

Any resident may contribute an exhibit for the event. Free space for exhibits is available, with parcels up to 80×80. Spaces are available now. Exhibits should be completed before April 6.

Exhibits can be just about anything. We hope everyone will contribute! Here are some possible ideas:

  • BUILDING NOT REQUIRED. You can create an exhibit using photos, images, or even text. I’ll be happy to provide a small open-air structure if you need a way to display photos or small objects and you’re not a builder. You can even just write notecards to put into something that can be clicked on to give information to a visitor.
  • COLLABORATE WITH A FRIEND. If you have an idea, but you think you aren’t a builder, why not collaborate with another resident who does build?
  • TELL PEOPLE ABOUT YOUR INTERESTS. What are you passionate about? Gardening? Fashion? Music? Use the exhibit to share your passions with us. Show and tell!
  • DISPLAY YOUR CREATIONS. Have you created interesting builds, or clothes? Are you good at landscaping, or interior decoration? Are you an artist, or musician? Make an exhibit with your creations, and let us celebrate your creativity with you.
  • TELL A STORY ABOUT YOU. Use photos and objects to tell the story of your life in the virtual world. Maybe it’s about your relationship, or your adventures (or misadventures), or your RP community. We ALL have a story. We want to know yours!
  • PROVIDE SOMETHING FUN FOR PEOPLE TO DO. It doesn’t have to be “about” anything. Some of the most popular expo exhibits are just fun activities that give people a smile.
  • PLAY WITH AN IDEA. Think about a broad theme, then create a “collage” that expresses your thoughts about it. Some possible themes: Friendship. Hope. Community. Renewal. What do these things mean to you?

Be creative! Let your imagination go! Remember, Littlefield is about people – about YOU. We want to celebrate the best of what Littlefield is, and what it can be. We want to celebrate you.

Here are more details:

LFG Anniversary Week is April 6-13. Please complete your exhibit before April 6 so that we can photograph it before the opening.

Parcels are available on a first-come, first-served basis. To claim a parcel, select any empty parcel, rez a prim on it, and notify one of the Littlefield Admins. We will then put the parcel in your name and you can start building.

Parcels are 80m x 80m with 2929 prims allowed. But you don’t have to use the whole thing. Don’t feel obligated to create a huge build just because there is all that land. It’s okay to create something small. If there is land left over, we’ll help you landscape it.

Parcels are located on the four regions: LFG Anniversary E, LFG Anniversary S, LFG Anniversary W, and LFG Anniversary N. You may claim any vacant parcel on any of these four regions.

Terraforming is allowed on your parcel +/- 3m only.

Please make sure that everything you place on your parcel is either your own original creation, or legally licensed for this grid. We will be taking photos and publicizing them all over the internet so it’s important to protect our grid by using only legal content. All exhibits will be inspected and unauthorized content will be removed.

Please be considerate of other exhibitors. Please don’t build things that would detract from or interfere with other residents’ builds.

If you have any questions, please ask Camryn Darkstone, Toy McBride, Dirk Mathers, Ashton Nobilis or Walter Balazic.

Let’s get all 24 exhibit spaces filled, and make this anniversary the best party yet!

Camryn Darkstone

LFGrid Management

 
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Posted by on March 21, 2014 in Announcements, Events, News

 

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Adventure Club Tour of Phoenix Rising

Hello again from the Adventure Club, we did our monthly tour of Phoenix Rising – Garden on the Rising Phoenix.

We had a brilliant turn out today of 12 adventurers, we met up, as usual, at the club tree house on Arcadia North.

The Adventure Club House Arcadia North Jan 4 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once we were all dressed and ready to go, we began our tour, we boarded the adventure club plane and parachuted down to the island, where we were met by Enigma Namaste, he would be our tour guide today.

Toy McBride & Enigma Namaste Rising Phoenix Region Jan 4 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you have not met Enigma please do, he is a very kind and thoughtful person, who has taken time and such care to create this wonderful island for all to share.

Throughout the island there are small arches to touch, and when you touch it, it speaks to you in local chat, this is what the initial greeting was.

Welcome to the Garden of the Rising Phoenix

At the entrance to the parks feel free to strike the gong to announce your arrival.

Throughout The Garden you will find the Self Tour Toriis or arches. When clicked each will read the tour details for that area in Local Chat. Click or touch it again to stop the reading of that tour card.

Ever wonder about the arches in Japanese architecture? A torii (鳥居?, literally~”bird abode,” is a traditional Japanese gate most commonly found at the entrance of or within a Shinto shrine, The torii symbolically marks the transition from the profane to the sacred

Each Mediation Area has a single focal point to guide the meditation. Focal Points may include visual, audio, motion or wisdom quotes. Many focal points of the Garden are designed to be enjoyed in mouse view or alt-click to cam in close in order to help keep distractions to a minimum.

The music of the Garden can be changed at any time by “touching” the gramophone located at the Beach Cuddle Gazebo in the southwest area of the Garden. Visitors can change the station from anywhere in the garden proper.

The Garden of the Rising Phoenix is built as a living, evolving place to relax, meditate or bring your friends to chat, explore or even to dance

It is my hope that you will enjoy The Garden of the Rising Phoenix often and bring your friends to explore.

Namaste _/\_
Enigma Namaste

As you wander about the island I advise you to enable music as it adds to the ambiance of the island, it was very much like the music you hear when getting a massage, I felt like I was being massaged throughout the whole tour.  The Island to me anyway is full of peace and relaxing energy, a fabulous place to go if you want to be alone with your thoughts or to meditate.

Unfortunately with so many people on the tour this time, I am unable to give a full exacting report of the island, I do know that I enjoyed it, as did my fellow club members, I will definitely return one day and wander around the island alone so I can fully absorbed all that is there.  So I will end this with Enigma’s own words about his garden.

Namaste _/\_ Welcome to the Garden of the Rising Phoenix.
It is my hope that you will find the Mediation Gardens to be a peaceful place to relax and bring your friends.

Below are pictures from our wonderful tour….thank you very much Enigma for your wonderful tour, you were a great host.

Aaack Aardvark & Ada Wong Phoenix Rising Jan 4 2014 Adv Club Aaack Aardvark Meditating Phoenix Rising Region Jan 4 2014 Adv Club atop Phoenix Rising Region Jan 4 2014 Adventure Club @ Garden of the Rising Phoenix Entrance Jan 4 Adventure Club exploring Phoenix Rising Region Jan 4 2014 Adventure Club Group Meditation Rising Phoenix Jan 4 2014 Adventure Club Phoenix Rising Region Jan 5 2014 Adventure Club Trekking on Rising Phoenix Region Jan 4 2014 End Tour at Phoenix Rising Region Jan 4 2014 Exploring Phoenix Rising Region Jan 4 2014 Exploring the Goddess Forest Phoenix Rising Region Jan 4 2014 Goddesses in the Forest Phoenix Rising Jan 4 2014 Group Tai Chi Phoenix Rising Region Jan 4 2014 Toy McBride meditating Phoenix Rising Region Jan 4 2014

 
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Posted by on January 6, 2014 in Events

 

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Littlefield Grid Community Meeting – 3 Jan 2014

The monthly grid meeting took place as usual on the First Friday of the month, January 3, 2014.

Walter presented our new Community Connect Project, to provide the resources that smaller virtual communities need, at nominal or no cost. Communities and groups with at least ten active members can apply for the Community Connect Project and receive a 50% discount on Littlefield Grid region rentals, paying just $10.00 per month per full region (30,000 prims), for a minimum of four regions. Alternatively, groups who prefer to run their regions on their own hardware can, if accepted into the program, connect their regions to Littlefield Grid at no charge; the usual $5.00 monthly fee will be waived as long as the group remains active and their regions remain available 24×7. The Community Connect Project allows groups to use the Littlefield Grid infrastructure, saving them the overhead of maintaining a set of asset, inventory and group servers and maintaining the robust portion of the Opensimulator environment. We know that running a grid can be a very difficult and trying experience. The Community Connect Project means that small communities need not struggle with underpowered hardware and spend all their time to keep the world running. They can just enjoy each other. We have the resources to support them. We are hoping to assist other communities and share our resources.

In the past few weeks, live music performances came to Littlefield Grid! To encourage attendance, we will have one or two per month. There will be a monthly event at Sound City, the new club in Littlefield East. We were also very fortunate to get Joaquin Gustav, the popular guitarist, to play for us every Second Sunday at 3pm grid time. His next performance will be Sunday, January 12.

Also in Littlefield East, the new roller rink will open soon with a special event.

The Littlefield Art Gallery opening will be January 16. Talk to Omen Crow for details.

The Adventure Club will have its usual meeting the day after the grid meeting. This month’s tour will be of Phoenix Rising, the garden meditation sim designed by Enigma Namaste.

This Sunday, Luminaria region opens with the Festival of Lights for Twelfth Night, January 5 at 2:00 p.m. This is a stunning new winter region that will be decorated for the event with a dazzling display of lights. Ice dancing and ice skating will also be available.

We are having scheduled hangouts several nights a week at 8:00 p.m. grid time. Check the calendar for the evening’s location.

We have our regular weekly dance at Speakeasy on Saturday nights at 8:00 p.m. with DJ Walter Balazic. In addition, Omen Crow DJ’s on Thursday nights at 8:00 p.m., and Elric DarkStorm is considering organizing a dance on Friday nights.

Toy McBride is going to create a photo board to display photos from events, helping to show visitors and newcomers who we are and what goes on here on Littlefield Grid. There was some discussion about the best place to display it.

In Opensimulator news, avatar physics will soon be available for us. In addition, there has been a rumor that there may soon be offline IM-to-email support.

The next grid meeting will be held on Friday, February 7 at 1:30 p.m. grid time.

 
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Posted by on January 4, 2014 in Announcements, News

 

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Festival of Lights on Twelfth Night

Make Christmas last all 12 days! Join us for the Festival of Lights on Twelfth Night, Sunday, January 5 at 2:00 p.m. grid time. We have prepared a special “silver white winter” experience sparkling with lights, candles, stars, and the traditional glowing Luminaria lining the pathways to light the way for the Wise Men like the Star of Bethlehem. Enjoy ice dancing and skating amidst the icy beauty!

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The sim will open shortly before the event. Put it on your calendar now!

 
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Posted by on January 2, 2014 in Events, News

 

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Joaquin Gustav Heats Up Littlefield Grid

On December 18, Littlefield Grid welcomed the amazing Argentine guitarist Joaquin Gustav for a live performance at the Music Pier on Coney Island South. It was a fabulous evening of music and dancing with a Latin flavor to warm up those cold December nights.

Joaquin Gustav Live at the Music Pier Littlefield Grid

Joaquin dazzled us all with his virtuoso guitar, his warm personality and entertaining mix of musical styles. One of the most popular performers in the virtual world, Joaquin is from Buenos Aires, Argentina, the birthplace of the Tango. We got to try out our new couples dance system with our fancy footwork.

Joaquin Gustav Live at the Music Pier Littlefield Grid

Of course in Argentina the December nights aren’t cold at all. It’s summer there, and Joaquin brought the heat to the Music Pier with a musical variety of jazz and pop songs in addition to Tango and Bossa nova. My personal favorite was Joaquin’s rendition of “Fragilidad” or “Fragile”, by Sting.

Joaquin Gustav Live at the Music Pier Littlefield Grid

This was the first event at the brand new Music Pier, which was decorated for Christmas with sparkly stars, Christmas trees and warm glowing lights. Joaquin’s guitar spun out several Christmas tunes in keeping with the season, but with his own sizzling Latin style.

Joaquin Gustav Live at the Music Pier Littlefield Grid

In keeping with the New Jersey Shore theme of the region, the Music Pier was built in tribute to the Ocean City Music Pier in Ocean City, New Jersey. The iconic auditorium has been a favorite for concerts at the beach since 1928. This was the grand opening of the virtual version. We are looking forward to many more romantic evenings there!

Music Pier in Littlefield Grid tribute to Ocean City Music Pier NJ

We are planning to have Joaquin come back for regular performances starting in 2014. Be sure to watch the Littlefield Grid Event Calendar for the next Tango Time!

 
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Posted by on December 19, 2013 in Events, News

 

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Adventure Clubs 1st tour…Christmas Region

Today we had our 1st tour as the newly created Adventure Club.  We met up at our shiny new club house..yes we have a club house 🙂  Once we arrived at the club house we were kitted out in our new Adventure Club outfits, thanks to Aaack, Ada & Amy hmmm 3 A’s well that’s a whole other story LOL.

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Yes smoking, drinking and laughter is allowed at the club house!!!  Everyone was looking fabulous in our club uniform…what was lacking was our booze hip flask..hopefully that will come soon, one needs booze when exploring new places.  Our explorers today were Dirk, Aaack, Ada, Amy, lilith, Bae & Camryn.

 

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Once we were all kitted out in our new gear we were ready to head of on our expedition to a place unknowm…The Christmas Region, what wild wonderful things would we find there?  What new trinkets would we bring back, and would we survive this expedition?

We boarded our plane for our destination, once over the island we parachuted to the ground and landed in this wondrous place which appeared to be a snow swept island.  Once we shed our parachute gear, we planted our flag to let those after us know that the Adventure Club had been there, we then gathered for our traditional group photo.

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We set out along pathway that led us to a strange creation, dressed in red with a white beard, what could this creature be?  We approached with caution, eyeing up the animal that appear to be guarding this creature, he seemed harmless enough, he beckoned us closes, we did so and we sat around him quietly (hmm ok maybe no so quiet) I managed to snap a picture before we had to quickly scurry away as he appeared to be getting angry with people sitting all over him. 

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We ran for our lives towards a clearing with bright lights, as we ran we the smell of food and wine wafted about the place, we came to a stop and there it was before our very eyes and wonderful setting, with tables, chairs and food, before I could say anything Ada pushed me out of the way and ran to the table to feast upon the delightful pickings.  As we watched Ada gorge upon the food we wandered about the place, some of the team danced atop the tables, some sipped wine from the crystal glasses…while others..not mentioning any names..Aaaack….sat upon the food!!!

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We filled our pockets with what we could from the table, Ada had now finished gorging herself, we spied a clearing in the distance we made our through the thick snow, we we discovered a ice lake with a huge tree decorated with lights and such.  Aaack climbed his way up this wondrous tree making it to the very top and sat upon it like an angel with wings spread wide!!! 

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We walked upon the ice treading carefully so as to not crack it, we spied upon the hill a castle, what treasures did this castle hold?  We made our way into the castle and discovered a family of little people, elves, that appeared to be creating items of some festive nature.

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We left the happy little creatures to continue their work and made our way through the snow covered forest, we then came upon a vehicle with animals tethered to it we climb on the vehicle then quite by sudden we were lifted into the air flying high above the island, from here we could see just how beautiful it was, a place full of snow, colour and wonder.

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After our ride was over, we landed safely on the ground again, from the sky i spied a area that look cosy and inviting, I gathered the team and we headed to this spot, here we found a warm fire, comfy chairs and hot cocoa, so there we sat and talked of our adventure.

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Posted by on December 8, 2013 in Events

 

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Diving Tour of Atlantis Region

Exploring grids can be fun, but what is even more fun is to explore in a group and that is exactly what we did Saturday 9th November on the new Atlantis region.  We all met up at Atlantis landing point where everyone was kitted out with their diving equipment..thanks to Ada Wong :). I created Atlantis diving region a couple of months ago, I had the best time creating this region, and thankfully I had found some great resources using Arcadia Asylum(Aley Arai) creations.  The region is mainly water apart from a small island where you can pick up diving equipment and some of the items from Arcadia.

In the picture below: Bubbles, Dirk, Camryn, Amy, Aaack & Toy(me)

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We set out on our tour of the underwater with great gusto, I have to say it was the best time, my belly at the end hurt from laughing so much.  We ended the tour sitting on the Kraken Monstor and their we took inspiration from Pathfinder Lester and his Adventure Group, so we decided to create a mini LFgrid group where we thought what a fabulous way to get together as a group once a month and tour regions on our own grid.  Thank you Pathfinder for the inspiration to do this 🙂

So we hope to do this the first Saturday (PST/grid time) of each month. The next adventure will be touring our Christmas region and exploring all the wonders there

So if you are in world please feel free to join us.  You can join our grid at www.lfgrid.com or hypergrid over fgrid.com:8002:Littlefield Welcome

Below is a photo gallery of our tour of Atlantis Region.

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Posted by on November 11, 2013 in Events

 

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Littlefield Grid Community Meeting – Nov 8th 2013

LFgrid Community Meeting Minutes

November 8th 2013

Hello everyone, for those of you who missed the meeting here is a brief run down of the meeting.

LFgrid now has an events calender page, see link below, here you will find upcoming events on the grid.

Be sure to bookmark this page so you can keep up to date with grid happenings, you can also access the page via www.lfgrid.com

Events Calender page: http://www.littlefieldgrid.com/lfeventcal.html

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November Events:

Atlantis Diving Expedition – Saturday 9th Nov 2pm grid time – Atlantis region

Speakeasy’s Saturday Night Dance Party – Speakeasy Region – every Saturday 8pm grid time

Working with Mesh – with Aaack Aardvark – OBA region – every Sunday 1 – 2 pm grid time & Friday 2 – 3pm grid time

Also starting Friday 15th Nov 8 – 10pm grid time – Veronica Weksler LIVE at Speakeasy – Speakeasy region

Dr. Who 50th Anniversary Dance Party – Saturday 23rd Nov – 8pm grid time – at DrWho region

Thanksgiving Dinner at Stonehaven Patio! – Thursday 28th Nov – 6am – 10am grid time – – Stonehaven region

So as you can see a lot going on for the month of November.

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From Omen Crow – (welcome to the grid) – Omen Crow is setting up part of his region as a art gallery,

“I have I think 16 plots set aside for artist to put up their work, between 250 to 500 prims each, then I will through a big event so artist and people can meet and talk an art opening, I hope to get enough participation to switch out artists every two months”
Please contact Omen for more information.

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Amy Storm is also working on her new store, she is hoping to have some men’s clothing out in the coming month- Thanks Amy for your hard work 🙂

Also Ada Wong is setting up a new skin & make up store, look out for more information about that.

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Classifieds & search – if you have a store or public sim please remember do make a classified for each of them so people can find you when they do a search in classifieds. “Show in search” has some bugs right now, and doing a classified in LFgrid is FREE.

How to do a classified – in about land type in keywords in land description – then whilst you are on the sim or in the store go to your profile then click on the “classified” tab then hit the little + symbol at the bottom and your plot will come up then click on publish. (these are instructions for Firestorm viewer, it may differ on other viewers).

To search classifieds click on the “search” button then click on the “classifieds” tab then you can search there for a word eg: mesh and anyplace that has mesh will show up, this is why keywords need to be entered in to about land description. If you have any questions please let me know 🙂

Don’t forget if you are having any issues on your region please log a ticket http://www.littlefieldgrid.com/osTicket/ you can also find this link on www.lfgrid.com.
The next LFgrid Community Meeting will be Friday December 6th 1.30 – 2.30pm grid time at Smithville region.

 
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Posted by on November 8, 2013 in Announcements

 

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Oktoberfest at Littlefield


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This is Camryn Darkstone reporting from old Munich, in Littlefield, where residents are filling a beer hall, celebrating Oktoberfest!

Toy McBride created a great setting, with plenty of beer, German food, pretzels and outfits for everyone.

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Music was provided by a German band… umm… no wait…

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…by our regular DJ Walter, appropriately attired for the occasion.

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As usual, residents got into the spirit of the occasion.

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Thanks to Toy McBride for the idea and for a fabulous and fun sim, and to everyone for coming and making it a great evening! The sim will be open for a few days, so feel free to find Munich on the map and drop in for a beer.

 
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Posted by on September 22, 2013 in News

 

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That Profile Guy – Interview with Ashton Nobilis….

I’ve not done one of these interviews in quite some time, but for a treat I have a special interview with one of LFgrid’s admin team, well calling him an admin seems too light of a term, in fact this person is the wheels that drives LFgrid everyday, without him the grid comes to a screaming end.  He, along with Walter Balazic work tirelessly every day to keep the grid running, he does this silently in the background so well that we never know what really is going on from to-day, which in turn is a good thing.

Today’s topic of this blog is Ashton Nobilis, or Ashy Pooh as I like to call him.  I discovered a lot about Ash as I did this interview that I didn’t know and a lot I already knew, and this just proved more to me what a wonderful caring person he is.  I hope you enjoy this interview as much as I enjoyed doing it.

Thank you Ash for taking the time to do this interview so we can learn more about you.

This is a typical picture of the Ash we all know and love 🙂

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Toy McBride: how long have you been in Virtual Worlds?

Ashton Nobilis: I’ve been in virtual worlds for quite a while. Back in the mid 1980s, I was fortunate to have an account at a local university where I had access to multiuser systems. Some of the students were running a text-based MUD (Multi User Dimension) and I became involved in that, so that’s almost 30 years.

Toy McBride: Wow that’s a long time, so you were 5 when you started in virtual worlds?
Ashton Nobilis: LOL… well, probably more like 14 or so

Toy McBride: I know you were in Secondlife for a time, what activities did you get up to on the grid? and what brought you into Secondlife?

Ashton Nobilis: Largely, I was interested in making things… scripting particularly. So, I would see these amazing things in world and then try to recreate them and make them better. Then, I started selling stuff. I also would go around and explore, of course, and met some amazingly brilliant people.
Ashton Nobilis: I had heard about the Second Life beta in 2003, but didn’t really give it much thought. I had been looking for engines for game development at that time, and SL kept coming up. Then I read a Wired magazine article about an avatar named Wylde Cunningham, who was a shared avatar created by a group home for people with extreme disabilities.
Ashton Nobilis: Once I saw the promise of virtual worlds technologies coming true within SL, I knew I had to be there, so I signed up in 2004. As an engineer, I feel that technology should always be used to make people’s’ lives better, and to give people the ability to walk, run, or do other things that we take for granted is an amazing thing.

Toy McBride: Do you still visit Secondlife? And what takes you back to Secondlife?

Ashton Nobilis: Certainly, although I bounce around there are a homeless bum largely. I am in SL at least a few times a week, and on Saturdays I help teach English as a Second Language. Again, it’s a case of using virtual worlds to help people and in the process I’ve met some wonderful folks

Toy McBride: That is indeed a very kind act Ash, you seem to be slightly removed from what would be considered the normal SL user.

Toy McBride: How do you think SL has changed from your first years there?

Ashton Nobilis: *laughs* Sure, most folks just want to go and shop or whatever, but that’s the beauty of virtual worlds… you can do and be whatever you want

Ashton Nobilis: Ahh, SL has changed quite dramatically from the “good old days”. Not just from a technological standpoint with added features such as mesh, but really from a people perspective too. It seemed that before Linden Lab went after raw population numbers in late 2007, it wasn’t uncommon to meet people in world that were scientists, researchers, and other academics. Some of those people are still there of course, but they’re nearly lost in a sea of users that have a “game” mindset… folks that are just there for shopping and whatnot.

Toy McBride: Very true Ash, so this begs the question why did you move to Opensim based grids?

Ashton Nobilis: I’ve always been the type to take apart all my toys and see what makes them tick. I have been involved in programming and development for years, and of course I started dissecting the SL client shortly after joining. I thought to myself then, “hey, wouldn’t it be cool to write your own client, or to run your own simulator?”
Then, in 2007 Cory Ondrejka pushed to open source the viewer code. For those that don’t know, Cory is the brilliant mind who cobbled SL together. Even before the code was open sourced, projects started springing up trying to find a way to talk to communicate with the SL servers, or to emulate their behavior. I’ve worked with server emulators before for MMORPGs, so it really appealed to me. Plus, the degree of freedom you get from running your own simulator is miles beyond what Linden could offer someone.

Toy McBride: So Opensim gave you more freedom to experiment with code, did you immediately go to OSgrid or did you try your own grid?

Ashton Nobilis: Initially, I did my own standalone regions. I was using them to debug items before bringing them in SL, although early builds of OpenSimulator were pretty rough. Not much later, it was discovered that these regions could be joined together with a hack. That’s what spawned OSgrid, and I joined it a short time later.

Toy McBride: Fabulous 🙂 Now I remember my first encounter with you on OSgrid, I recall reading your profile whilst you were visiting Littlefield Mall and I decided then to walk in the other direction lol which is kind of funny considering our relationship today. How exactly did you end up becoming apart of Littlefield in OSgrid and now LFgrid?

Ashton Nobilis: *laughs* Absolutely, and that still is a joke today! Well, I knew about Littlefield of course, and when I made Ashton in OSgrid, I was amazed at how much stuff was there and the quality of the builds. Also, I was impressed that although Littlefield was technically a BDSM community, in the main public areas it was not “in your face”. If you know what a triskele is, then you would recognize it for what was, but it was also a place here vanillas could come and shop and dance, without feeling like they were being forced into something. Of course, not forcing people into things is a basic tenant of SSC BDSM.

Ashton Nobilis: One day, I saw Walter post on the OSgrid forums, announcing the Littlefield Homes region. I went there to see the houses and saw Walter there. I IMed him to tell him how much I appreciated his and everyone else’s efforts… and that led to a two-hour conversation! It was as if two brothers that had been once separated were reunited, and the rest, they say, is history.

Toy McBride: LOL yes I remember him telling me about meeting this great guy, and I said “what you don’t mean that profile guy” which as you said is still today a running joke. And I have learned to not judge a person by their profiles anymore 🙂

Ashton Nobilis: LOL

Toy McBride: So this now leads to LFgrid, I know this was a mamouth task that was set for you to create a grid for us to move to, what was your reaction when discussing this with Walter? Did you really believe it doable? And does it surprise you, like me, the success we are experiencing right now on our grid?

Ashton Nobilis: Even before I had started administrating the Littlefield regions in OSgrid, I knew that there had been an LFgrid. After resolving some issues on our OSgrid regions, Walter approached me with the idea of redoing LFgrid. Certainly, I was honored with Walter’s degree of confidence and trust in me, and I enjoy a challenge, so I was very excited about the whole deal.

Ashton Nobilis: I knew it was doable as others have done it, but I also knew it was no trivial task. Of course, some ignorant people think that running a grid is as simple as double clicking an executable, which while technically true shows an immense lack of understanding of what is going on. Running a standalone with a few regions is quite a different thing entirely than running something of the scale of LFgrid, not even to mention OSgrid.

Ashton Nobilis: I have to say that I am pleasantly surprised at the level of success on some level, but the cocky bastard inside of me knew it would happen the whole time. 🙂

Toy McBride: LOL ah very Ash of you 🙂
Toy McBride: But hey you did the hard yards and you should be a cocky bastard 🙂
Ashton Nobilis: 😀

Toy McBride: What do you find enjoyable about having your own grid? And what have been some of the highlights on LFgrid so far? For me I personally love having the security of our grid, I know it will always be here.

Ashton Nobilis: It’s hard to believe, but I am a bit of a control freak. Shocking, I know. So the degree of having absolute and complete control over the systems involved is appealing to me. Plus, I enjoy creating an environment where so many people are out doing things – building, making , creating, and socializing. When someone comes to me and says, “I love it here”, that means so much to me.

Toy McBride: What you Ash a control freak never *grins
Ashton Nobilis: LOL

Ashton Nobilis: As for highlights, there have been several. Opening day was definitely one, to see a grid come to life months before my original estimate that I had made to Walter was amazing. And really, every day is a highlight knowing that we have a stable home for all of us. I love to see new people come into LFgrid, and particularly enjoy seeing communities forming.

Toy McBride: Now what are the challenges of running your own grid? Because I know sometimes life is not always rosy running a grid.

Ashton Nobilis: There are many, many challenges. Every day there is something that needs attention, and I fully knew and expected that because of my experience setting up other grids. What we do here is important to me, and my first priority is to ensure the safety and stability of the grid systems. Also, it can be difficult being inworld as 98% of the time that I am inworld, I am working or testing something. Of course I’ll get IMs inworld ranging from a friendly “hello” to “HELP!”. I’m the type of guy who won’t ignore IMs so it can make administration a bit more difficult.

Toy McBride: Very understandable Ash, with all this going on when you come in world do you still get to just hang out and have fun? I know we’ve missed you being around hanging out with us.

Ashton Nobilis: Oh sure, I do get inworld occasionally to just hang out. I don’t have much time for building or scripting, which I do miss, and my RL has been very busy as well which of course eats into my inworld “fun” time. I do manage to pop in for the Speakeasy dances, but oftentimes even then I am fielding issues from residents.

Toy McBride: Well we hope in time you get to spend more time just hanging and less work Ash.
Ashton Nobilis: Absolutely, and I think as the grid matures that is a real possibility 🙂

 Toy McBride: One final question Ash, how do you see LFgrid in 2 years time?

Ashton Nobilis: Honestly, I see us as being on of the top grids in the open metaverse with a large base of residents, with the best content, and lots of activities. We’re already the fastest growing grid in the open metaverse (to my knowledge), and I expect we will continue to surprise everyone. This is an off the cuff estimate, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see us with 5000 residents and concurrency of 200+ people at any given time. I’m very excited to see what the future holds

Toy McBride: Thank you so much Ash for taking the time out to give us more of an insight about you. And thank you for creating this world in which we live in.

Ashton Nobilis: Thank you Toy, it’s always a pleasure talking about my favorite subject… ME! LOL

Toy McBride: Indeed Ash LOL

Ashton Nobilis: It is both a wonderful challenge and an honor to help make all this possible. 🙂

 

 
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