Thursday, May 27, 2010

China Tang Empire

Written 27 May, 2010

China Tang Empire

Day before yesterday I got an IM from Valor Renilo. He told me he liked my blog and especially my sense of humor and told me about his sim, China Tang Empire.

So of course I took myself right over there.

What a nice place!

The sim owner, Valor Renilo, told me he sees it as a gateway between the East and the West. I think it's perfect for that.

The sim is classically Chinese, with a big temple and formal and informal gardens. I'll let the photos speak for themselves.

The sim is amply provided with offshore mountains and rocks, making for a nice vista.

The approach to the main temple is wide and handsome:

The spaces and textures are pleasing.

And the gardens are peaceful.

Valor had told me it was late for him (I'm almost certain he is in China), so I was surprised to find hsi avi still online. He was AFK, so either he forgot to log off or he did as I once did, stayed online just because he didn't want to log off while he slept. :)

I was using an unfamiliar keyboard, one with a small Alt key, and found to my surprise that one of Valor's smaller buildings was moveable. I discovered it when I, because I had my thumb on the wrong key, sank it two meters or so into the ground. I put it back and told Valor about it so he could fix it. Notice the movement arrows on the photo that follows!

China Tang is a brand new sim, just opened yesterday. It seemed complete in terms of prims, and the music stream was beautiful, but I wasn't hearing any environmental sounds. I gave Valor the full permission environmental rock that some folks in Second Life are selling, telling him he could place the rock inconspicuously here and there or pull out the scripts and sounds and put them in any prim for which he has permissions-- plants, for instance-- and save a few prims.

(I'll right about this great freebie soon).

I have only one criticism of China Tang, about which I've not yet told Valor. The grass he is using is on full bright and just overwhelms the gardens. See the photo.

We had the same problem on Whimsy. We set out a bunch of flowers and grass and didn't realize until we saw it at midnight that it was so bright.

I'm a little late to post this, so some events will be already past, but there are celebrations in progress for the sim opening. Here's Valor's notice:


Opening celebrations will go on from May 26 to May 29. There will be two music events on May 26 by MoShang Zhao (9-10AM SLT), jaynine Scarborough (1030-1130AM SLT) to mark the opening. On May 27 (12PM - 130PM SLT), there will be an acoustic rock performance by Mankind Tracer. On May 29 (Saturday), there will be four music events by Moshang Zhao, Young Zeid, Andreus Gustafson, and Quinton Diavolo.

This sim is created to be a doorway to a part of the Asian/Chinese culture. There are many people whom I have met in SL, who have yet to travel out of their towns.. and some cannot even make it out of their own homes. For those who cannot explore the world, who cannot see - aside from books and television, what lies beyond their backyards - SL is the perfect medium for them to embark on their exploratory conquest. It is my fervent wish for this sim to be just that.

The ground level of the sim is Tang dynasty compliant in terms of builds. As you enter the front gate, you will face the Tang palace. On your right lies the zen garden and a stone pagoda. On the left, another pagoda, which also houses a temple. You can find the plaza at the back of the main palace, strewn with taichi and kungfu balls. A love island awaits at the corner of the sim.

In addition, there are 3 levels of underground for one to explore. We have added various nooks and crannies for those willing to look and travel a little further.

I would be more than happy to show you around.

Thanks and regards,
Valor Renilo

*** Opening Week Music Performances ***
MAY 26 (Wed) 9AM SLT - 10AM SLT
MoShang Zhao

MAY 26 (Wed) 1030AM SLT - 1130AM SLT
jaynine Scarborough

MAY 27 (Thu) 12PM SLT - 130 PM SLT
Mankind Tracer

MAY 29 (Sat) 9PM SLT - 10PM SLT
MoShang Zhao

MAY 29 (Sat) 3PM SLT - 430PM SLT
Andreus Gustafson

MAY 29 (Sat) 5PM SLT - 6PM SLT
Young Zeid

MAY 29 (Sat) 7PM SLT - 830PM SLT
Quinton Diavolo


Chinese China said...

Yeah... the grass is way to bright...

Cheyenne Palisades said...

I read the China Tang sim is gone now (11/2/2010). Haven't verified that.