Author: Minethere

Terraforming 101


Firstly, I am not one to be negative about other people’s terraforming. As well, I generally do not toot-my-own-horn…however; from Customer reviews to seeing Terraforming in multiple Grids…I do think I am a pretty decent Terraformer.

So it occurred to me I might be of some help to some people in their desire to do their own terraforming. And since I have picked up a few tricks and tips along the way, I thought I might take some time to share some. If it helps some people, I will be happy–))

If I might insert a small disclaimer first please. Yes, I am a Business Woman. If I got some additional Business from this…I certainly would be fine with that, however, I think it more likely I will lose some potential business. Some of these hints will be very helpful.

I would first recommend either creating your own grid on your own computer or similar. You can also create RAWs in!home and upload or download them either way.

RAWs are the Terrain 832 kb file that is the depths and heights of the terraforming on your Sim/Region/World. The hills and mountains, the rivers and creeks, the ponds and lakes. Using your Estate Tools available in all grids, you can upload a RAW to your Sim and you can download them to your harddrive.

As well, you can add an Estate Manager and they can also do that for you. In some grids god-mode needs to be invoked in order for the EM to do their work. Ctrl alt v activates this using imprudence viewer. This setting does not persist through relogs.

There is a little-known OS code terra bug that causes some types of terraforming to not smooth. If you have done some terraforming you will see this in small patches of areas at random locations where you simply cannot smooth the area. This is due to a steep change in elevation, generally when the flatten terra tool is used and the area is not smoothed. It is unavoidable in those cases where steep changes are necessary but in most cases the proper use of smoothing and elevation changes can fix this.

I always recommend to new terraformers that they start out with the lowest settings on the terra tools slider bars until they get used to the gird results. In particular, the strength slider should be almost all the way to the left. It is very easy to make a big mess of your Sim or parcel by trying to go to fast using high strengths.

One thing to remember when uploading RAWs is that any prims on the Sim will not move. So, your fancy new home may end up inside that new mountain–)) But you can cam inside the mountain and edit it or pick it up…hehe. Or, of course, do the terra work prior to placing any ground prims.

There are terraforming software programs. I currently do not use any of them as I have gotten pretty fast doing them by hand, but the terra software does allow one to create RAWs off line, so they may be useful to some people. There is a lot of information on the net concerning terraforming…I personally think one can do overkill in some things and terraforming, tho easy for me [and my passion] is difficult to impossible for many people.

I would be happy to answer any further terra questions you may have.

Warm regards–minethere

Spring Breeze Region in Island Oasis

Myself and a largish group of my friends decided to check out Island Oasis Grid around 70 or so days ago. We have 4 regions currently with one being the full prims sim they offer [40k prims]. In that one we have built a Mall and added all sorts of fun things to the Region. It is very busy getting around 30-50 people a day coming by to visit.

Coming from another grid that does not have physics has been very fun for us. As well, with the business model of IO we are able to afford connecting Regions where we can live and invite our friends to enjoy. We have good friends around us, both old and new ones, and we are really enjoying the Grid.

Having a Mall and so many creators who are bringing in content daily, as well as hosting Live music [coming first to our Grand Opening on the 19th of October and continuing every month on the 1st Friday], and our Region DJ, Harry Boozehound [who does his sets every Friday 3-5 pm], keeps us very busy. Notices must be done, help to our friends is needed on the various issues having to do with our Mall and IO in general, building and expanding services and talking to tons of people takes a large amount of time and effort.

Fortunately, we have a really wonderful core group of people with whom we can depend on for helping with various tasks. Macaria Wind is the Owner of the Sims and has much experience building and in virtual worlds over many years. Megan Cline is an excellent Mall Manager, clothing designer, Club Owner and creator of many things. Myself, Minethere Always, has much experience in Marketing and multi-sim management, as well as I am responsible for overall terraforming of the sims. With this combination we are willing and very able to provide all the assistance needed to fully take care of most any matters within our Sims.

With the help of our friends, we have garnered much support for our various ventures and they all provide very good insight and a valuable brain trust of information and ideas. Providing a variety of content and additional fun and interesting things to do, we are continually striving to increase the enjoyment people have in visiting our Sims.

Our Grand Opening on the 19th will start at noon and go until 5 pm. We are also starting our Pumpkin Hunt that day which runs until November 1st. We have some fun rides supplied by Judy of Hobo Park fame, a very fun and wonderful Surprise Live Entertainer is going to sing to us, and content providers are busy setting up their shops and deciding upon their pumpkin freebie. We expect a fun time will be had by all who attend…and we do hope to see you all.

Warm regards–minethere