Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Kintyre and the Open Space Changes

We consider Kintyre to be entirely public land. It has always been available for the use of any member of the Independent State of Caledon on a first come first served basis. No one has ever lived on Kintyre. We have a sandbox that we provide for all the members of the Kintyre Clan and several of us build there on a regular basis, with others building or Beta testing off and on all the time. All water ways are open to everyone at all times.

The changes Linden Labs are making have provided all the Duchies with the challenge of how to continue whatever their paradigm is, or to change it to fit the new limits. As time has passed, others have announced their plans but we have remained quite on the subject till now. Des has been working will all the Duchies to try to make everyone as happy as possible. Last week we finally came up with a plan that will allow us to continue with as much of our original concept for Kintyre as we think is possible.

What happens next

Because of daily demands and traffic to NCI it is necessary for Nova Civis to be consolidated on a full sim, so the Duchy that was Nova Civis has become the full sim Oxbridge Village. NCI is taking the quarter sim that is closest to Oxbridge. Because Kintyre is part of the larger land mass that includes Oxbridge Village, Greystoke and Cymru, it has provided us with unique possibility that we hope is the solution to our AV and script limits. We are going to keep Kintyre as it is and in addition take the quarter sim that borders Kintyre. A bluff in Oxbridge Village will bring the land up to the level of the bluff the Keep sits on now. The Keep (our primary event space) will move to the bluff in Oxbridge Village. It will be oriented to face Kintyre and we will use landscaping to tie it to the main part of Kintyre. This will effectively remove AV and script limits for large parties and events. St Catans Chapel will remain on the Isle of Gigha, but of course weddings, handfastings, services ect. for the chapel will have to adhere to the new limits.

Also necessary to make this happen are the following changes:

I will move my Glengarry shop to the foot of the bluff in Oxbridge on our quarter sim parcel there. It will face into Oxbridge Village and we will use landscaping to separate it from the event space. Sir Ras and Lady Margulis will move their primary residence to Kintyre, probably on the bluff where the Keep sits now. The beautiful Dark Victorian party build has been removed, and the amazing Labyrinth will soon be gone as well. (we hope that when the dust settles there will be sufficient prims to allow the Labyrinth to return for special events or parties).

What this means to you

Kintyre will remain essentially public land. We will continue to offer Kintyre, at no cost, to members of Caledon for parties, events, weddings ect. The sandbox will remain open for group members to build. (at some point we may need to set a prim and or script budget for those of us that build there on a regular basis, we just have to see how all this works out after everything is moved). If you have any questions, please feel free to ask me or Sir Ras.

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