28 of 365 - OpenSimulator
This morning I was feeling adventurous so I fired up the Hippo Viewer, registered as a user on OSGrid and hopped on over. Just so you know, the process took about 2 minutes from start to finish.
When you arrive in Open Simulator you find yourself in an old school ruth avatar. Yeah. Not so pretty. There is a free avatar box which gets you the clothes I am wearing in the photo above. No prim hair, no shoes, no AO -- but it is a start. I messed with the sliders and made a version of my SL face. Then I went in search of hair and an AO. I am so used to the great hair we have in SL and the duck walk is just too much for me. Call me vain if you wish. Its ok.
Oh I should say that there were about 8 people at the welcome area. No one said hello to me but to be fair I did not speak either. I was busy reading the signs and experiencing the first 5 minutes. That is right, not the first hour. The first 5 minutes. If you are an experienced SL user it might take you all of 5 minutes to get yourself up and running in OS. That is if you are ok with system hair and a duck walk.
What I found really interesting is some of the signs, many of which reference the Linden Lab grid. It seems as if the expectation is everyone here is from Second Life. Odd, that.
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I did find a freebie shop right away. Score! They had a really important sign that I was happy to see right out front.
I started searching. Please let there be hair!? Just a walk? I am ok without a real AO but a walk? Come on... Well, no. Guns, clocks, tanks, fountains, lanterns, and of course a pink fairy castle. But no hair.
It is really nice to see familiar faces over on OS.
I continued my search for hair and an AO and found lots of interesting sims. People clearly are building, experimenting and working here. I will say I had a LOT of trouble with teleporting. Sometimes I was able to get where I wanted to be but more often than not I crashed on TP. It seems to me to be something the OS folks know is a problem and I am sure they will fix it in time.
I will absolutely go back to Open Simulator. It will be great fun to see how the grid grows over time. I will need to figure out how to get some good hair and an AO though. SL has spoiled me and turned me into a very vain avatar. I am ashamed. :)