Spennix acquires objects

Pictures of Spennix, for no really good reason!

My oldest WoW character and still my ‘main’, Spennix has been level 80 for quite awhile, and is now accumulating various of the hard-to-get things in the game. For instance, this cool motorcycle mount (which is -incredibly- expensive, like 50 times as much as mostly anything else in the game), and the special fishing hat she is wearing, that is a rare and random prize in the daily Dalaran fishing quests. (Not only does the hat look cool, but it contains an infinite number of special lures that improve your fishing.)

Spennix on her Mekgineer's Chopper

Next, she’s working on saving up for the materials to get the Mongoose enchant on her weapons. Also pricey, but nothing like the chopper!

You know they’re making things easier in WoW when Spennix, who has never been any good at PvP, has the 50,000 spare Honor Points required to buy a PvP mount:

Spennix on her new Black Battlestrider

But doesn’t it look neat? :)

(Click through to flickr for access to larger sizes of all of these pictures, suitable for framing.)

Oh, and in showing off some of Spennix’s gradual acquisitions, I shouldn’t forget the Crimson Felt Hat!

Spennix's Town Hat

This drops from one of the Stratholme bosses, and Spennix solo’d Strat a time or three while (rather belatedly) getting Exalted with the Argent Dawn in order to get the Argent Champion title.

This is now Spennix’s standard in-town hat. Completely inappropriate for her class combat-wise, but as everyone agrees, it is pimpin’! Which I gather is some modern slang for "elegant"…

(That enormous red thing on her left hand is the Hand of Nerub, which she personally sliced off of some icky boss in Naxxramas sometime back, and now uses as a weapon. Kinda gross, really. :) )

As well as the Mongoose enchant for her weapons, Spennix is also working on reputation with Netherwing (to get a cool riding dragon) and the Wymrest Accord (to get, um, a cool riding dragon) and the Kurenai (to get a cool riding ungulate).

Really, WoW is all about the vehicles… :)

A piece of SListory: Svarga returns!

(Gad, “SListory”, what a horrid word! But I couldn’t resist…)

V good and in-touch-with-things friend Michele saw on Bettina Tizzy’s Twitter or somewhere that the historic SL region of Svarga was back, and it is! She sent me a TP and we took the tour.

Svarga returns! (1/3)

It’s on waspback now; I remember it as being just a little abstract car back in 2006 or 2007 sometime. But anyway the tour is neat, and it talks about the history of the place some, and flies around and over all the lovely familiar stuff.

Svarga returns! (2/3)

I remember aeons ago exploring the place and playing the Elven Drums (which are also still there:

Svarga returns! (3/3)

just like before) and thinking that I really ought to sit and watch the artificial ecosystem for hours sometime, and build one of my own somewhere. And I still think I really ought to do that. :)

It’s extremely cool to have this piece of SL history back; among other things it’s a reminder that you can make gorgeous and evocative places without flexies or scuplties or even glow! ’cause none of those things was around back when Svarga was built.

According to the NWN article, it was brought back by the Lindens themselves “to provide a way for this high-quality experience to live on in the ever-changing world of Second Life”. And while I might have expected myself to be bothered by that, in my usual Lindens offa my lawn! way that is bothered by Lindenx picking winners and advantaging some Resis over others and all, I find that I’m not.

I will have to think about why, and figure out if it’s just because I really like Svarga, or if there’s something more rational about the role of the Lindens in doing this sort of thing. (The whole question of the proper role of the Lindens in the world is pretty interesting and fraught. I have some reasonably firm notions about the proper role of governments, but it’s not at all clear to me that the Lindens are rightly regarded as the government of SL in that sense.)

Much thinking to be done! But in the meantime, go take a ride on the wasp. :)

Serendipity and Route 7

The other day I was gazing idly at the map I have in the Park, and I read the little note next to the “Gaeta I” continent, about how Gaeta is planned as a group of five linked continents sharing variants of the name Gaeta, and realizing that I’d never explored anything at all to do with that note, I opened the map and typed “gaeta” into the region search box.

Regions and continents are of course different things, and while no obvious continents showed up in the results, there was a region called “Gaeta Reef”, which was good enough for me, so (flying first, since the region seemed entirely water and I was not in swimwear at the time) I teleported over.

The region was indeed a lovely glimmering expanse of ocean. I didn’t dive down to see if there were interesting reefs to explore, but instead flew until I found a rezzing area (I still don’t really understand why Linden Protected Land like Gaeta Reef doesn’t allow rezzing with like a one-minute timeout; probably there is some form of griefing that this would enable that I’m just not familiar with), rezzed the faithful Trudeau Twenty (sorry, Ari, I still prefer it to the gunboat), and sailed happily and aimlessly about for awhile, which I hadn’t done in all too long, eventually fetching up on shore near an interesting-looking road in the quaintly-named “Phasic Foo” region.

The road turned out to be Linden Route 7, along the southern coast of what is apparently the “Gaeta V” continent (at least according to the map in the Park). I got out a lovely motorbike that really deserves a posting or two of its own, and posed scenically at the official Road Ends point.

Road Ends

If you look at the map of that part of the coastline, it’s clear that there’s something that continues beyond that pile of rocks and “Road Ends” sign.

Turns out that it’s a pleasantly-disheveled boardwalk:

Beyond Road Ends

(If you look closely at that picture, or click through to flickr and look at the larger one, you can just see the pile of rocks and the sign in the distance.)

Continuing in that direction, there is a dangerous area:

Beyond Road Ends: Killer Sharks

and not far beyond it a somewhat more definitive end to Route 7:

Beyond Road Ends: the boardwalk ends

Although one could always rez a boat. Or an airplane. Or a gravsled…

(The motorcycle behind me isn’t mine; I walked this part. Oddly enough, this particular stretch of the Linden right-of-way is not only rez-enabled, but appears to have no autoreturn. So potentially an interesting place to examine for random litter now and then.)

Back on the motorbike, heading east-northeast on the officially-existing part of Route 7, I came to a noteworthy local attraction:

Blue Moon Burlesque

The Blue Moon Burlesque Club. A well-thought out build and premise; to quote from the group info of its Patron Group (which I have not yet found a slot for in my groups-list grrrr):

Once a splendid art deco seaside establishment – The Blue Moon Burlesque Theatre has slid into a state of disrepair and misuse. Frequented by drunks, jazz musicians and refugees from Hemingway and Greene novels – The Blue Moon is home to ‘good time girls’ who entertain the masses with sizzling Dance and Burlesque shows. This is a place of fantasy and slow rhythms, soft bluesy jazz and hot sultry nights…

And when I looked to the Moon it turned to gold.

A friendly and atmospheric and really quite respectable place; being on mature land the ladies are protected by common standards of decency, but (as I found out yesterday afternoon at one of their regular and well-attended shows) this does not prevent them from putting on diverting and aesthetically pleasing performances, to an appreciative audience.

(Oh, and look! They have a website.)

A bit beyond the Blue Moon are various commercial establishments, including a large and neatly-landscaped place that sells houses and so on. But (as usually happens when I start exploring) I got distracted by something else before I got much further, and flitted off elsewhere.

But I have a landmark! :) And I expect to wander aimlessly along Route 7 again in the not too distant future. (Mainland ftw!)