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***2016 PEOPLE: VIDEO: OSHG: The Chronicles of Lisianthus: A Medi-Fantasy Roleplay Sim

The Chronicles of Lisianthus:
A Medi-Fantasy Roleplay Sim
"Founded in Kitely on March 21, 2016 by Nyza Stillwater, the "Chronicles of Lisianthus" is a medieval fantasy roleplay sim partially inspired by the fictional works of J. R. R. Tolkien, primarily, his Lord of the Rings series as well as standard roleplay games like Dungeons & Dragons."

Go there

  • HG address: 
  • grid.kitely.com:8002:Lisianthus
  • Put HG address in the Find bar ofthe world map. click Find, TP
  • In Kitely, use the Firestorm Hop
  • hop://grid.kitely.com:8002/Lisianthus/406/56/24
  • Kitely Page
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    The Chronicles of Lisianthus: A Medi-Fantasy Roleplay Region*

    by Nyza Stillwater » Thu Sep 29, 2016 10:53 am

    The "Chronicles of Lisianthus" is an up and coming medieval fantasy 2x2 VAR Region. Details are still rather sketchy, but let's just say it's built by roleplayers for roleplayers. People are welcome to stop on by to see the progress, though it will probably be two months before it's really ready for play. 


    [Ed. note:  The Kitely version is a "world" with an area equivalent to four of the old 256x256 meter sims we are accustomed to.  I have adjusted the language to express that.]

    Some unique features will be that we want to assist in promoting roleplay regions all across the metaverse and work on a sort of 'alliance' that is all inclusive of other medi-fantasy realms. There's not nearly enough roleplayers to fill a single region, and so we want to work with many other regions to promote intergrid roleplay.

    I've been roleplaying for over 20 years, and 3 of those years was in Second Life, so I know quite a bit of the various forms of drama that have come about in my time. I really like the openness of the metaverse and have been making more a home here since my inception in Jan 2016. Lisianthus started in the Great Canadian Grid, but the project soon outgrew the single sim I had there and I was impressed with Kitely's interface, cloud technology, and prices.

    The world itself encompasses all that you'd expect to find in medi-fantasy worlds, and certainly there's inspiration from The Lord of the Rings series. We will have a website with forums coming soon as well, and one thing we will really specialize with the forums is the fact that you don't even need to be a part of OpenSim to join us for roleplay. Many of us old-time roleplayers grew up around D&D, RP chat rooms, and forums. It's hard to get people together at specific times sometimes to roleplay. This is also a way we'd like to bridge different grids (closed-entry and open-entry, SL/IW, etc.) and give people inspiration to perhaps come on over to the Hypergrid metaverse.

    Further plans I have (which never cease to pile up, such is the effect of having a very active imagination and motivation) are to encourage more medieval fantasy merchants from IW and SL to venture over and sell their wares on the Kitely Market, thereby providing more for the rest of OpenSim.

    We're here to have fun, and to escape the standard fare and drama in SL which has really left a sour taste in the mouths of many roleplayers.  While we do support ALL grids, including Second Life, it's been very easy to feel at home in Kitely and so I hope that Lisianthus will be a place for people to enjoy some nice scenery and perhaps tell some stories through roleplay.

    Hopefully eventual updates will be posted here as my associates and I plug away at our imaginative world. More general information (far from complete) can be found on our website.   Again, feel free to visit our world as we develop it. Search for "Lisianthus" under your World Map and TP on in, or go to 
    Kitely Page.

    Everyone has a story to tell...

    Lisianthus was created with the wish to provide a backdrop for anyone interested in living out their fantasies, evolving plots and simply spinning tales for the enjoyment of the community and anyone interesting in medieval-fantasy.

    Humans, Elves, Daemons, Merfolk, Dragons, Dwarves, Faeriefolk, Hobbits... the possibility to explore and design characters, breathe life into them or introduce a new race into The Chronicles of Lisianthus community is our plan with the creation of the region and cross-grid roleplay will continue to be an active part of our virtual life.  (I also enjoy my role as a Maia in The River Lands Community on GCG).

    And for those less interested in medi-fantasy roleplay, the region aims to captivate the attention of HG-visitors and entice people to visit often to explore and discover new surprises hidden in every corner (and the sky!).

    I'd love to hear feedback from visitors too and hope to be online to greet as many visitors to Lisianthus as possible.

    News

    We recently were featured in the Oct 2016 issue of Visionz Magazine. Won't deny, I was pretty stoked about that. We recently put up our OpenSimWorld page. Still a lot of work to do!


    Seems like a good time for an update! Ebie and I have been working tirelessly on the sim and we've had wonderful support from many people in Kitely and outside in the OS world, and even in Second Life. To that end, what started as a relatively simple project on a 2x2 VAR Region has expanded far greater than I could have imagined. Many who know me in SL know that when I dream, I dream big. It's extremely easy for me to take on far more than I originally intended. That's part of the excitement of creating a world based off of a dream, isn't it?

    Our world has transitioned into basically a 6x6 region built atop a 2x2 region (pics are forthcoming, but we'd like to get more work done first). As they say, the sky's the limits. Well in our case, we've been using the sky to our advantage to create worlds within a world. We decided that one 2x2 ground platform could not provide us quite the imaginative world that was brewing in our heads. At the same time, we didn't want a 4x4 world because that would increase lag considerably. So instead, we have teleporters that transition people between worlds - yes, there's literally NINE platforms of 2x2 space, each with a part of Lisianthus, and what I would consider to be a world within a world. (I know we are going to hit our prim cap really soon, one thing SL taught me was to maximize prim efficiency though! I had a friend who was able to build a homestead RP sim with 3750 prims and it looked amazing, I thought for sure it must have been a 15,000 prim full region.)

    We've gone through a few redesigned, have added a load of new content thanks primarily to the talented work provided to us from the Kitely merchants. In many ways, we've barely gotten our feet wet. We do not expect to be ready by the start of the new year, but we're taking our time with this, and enjoying that time. We assure you that the results will be well worth it and we think in the end you will find one of the most beautiful and diverse worlds in Kitely, and in OpenSim (and that's a bold statement, there's a LOT of great creative worlds out there, I do not deny that in the least).

    Additionally, we're not just here to build our own sim, but we want to lead people to other worlds too. There's always been "sim loyalty" in SL, but people are more open to explore and to be a part of multiple communities in OS, I feel. While I'm certainly in this to try to create the best sim and to be rather popular at that, I don't want to be the only option out there. Even while Ebie and I build, there are many other groups and sims sprouting up. There have been many attempts in the past as well, evidence by scouting this forum and reading blogs and websites. That's why we have a HUB area in our Welcome Lobby that directs people to other "must see" medieval fantasy/historical RP sims or medieval fantasy/historical inspired worlds. At some point if I find the time, I would like to branch out and attempt to promote other genres of RP sims too with an all-inclusive website. We have even been cross-linking with a few other sims across OpenSim, including the River Lands in the Great Canadian Grid, and Neiferleaf by Roland Francis.

    I'm doing a lot of behind the scenes work as well trying to figure out the foundation by which the sim will rest on in terms of how things work in roleplay, and such. The goal really is to bridge worlds, and not necessarily just in-world, but out of world too. That's why I feel a balance of both is so critical. One of the beauties to me about OS is that we really have to take what we can get, whereas in a place like Second Life, there's content by the bucketful available, so people don't have to use quite as much 'imagination' to visually make their dreams or stories come to life. As an 'old school' roleplayer who grew up on using whatever I could find (like a cardboard box and some paper) to create that impenetrable fortress, it's a bit easier for me to look past the shinies of mesh bodies, and having incredible content available all over the place that simply overwhelms me. I can do this because I remember how things used to be and sometimes I long for those days again. I'm still in SL quite a bit in fact, and I do love all the new content coming out, but it comes down to simply not wanting to pay 300 USD for a sim, no matter how gorgeous and "better" SL is. I'm not an anti-SL person actually, but I simply cannot make the facet of creating a medieval fantasy sim come to life there with the prices offered, no matter how many prims are available and no matter how beautiful the content is.

    It affords me the time to strike up friendships and to support the many content creators we DO have in OpenSIm, many of the best in Kitely who believe in the Hypergrid as I do. Who despite the different destines of different grids we continue to embrace as one big family.

    So yeah, getting off topic a bit here, but much of the passion Elbe and I feel as we are creating this sim is providing a place, not just for us, or Kitely residents, but for EVERYONE to live out their dreams just as we have our own dreams that we are striving to build into reality. I'll have another update fairly soon, but I leave interested people with a map that really showcases how large our sim is becoming. I hope you will stop by and check it out as your own pace soon, again, pardon our dust, we're working hard! Time will tell what our efforts prove, but I'm just enjoying the experience that I otherwise would never have had in any other world and am so thankful I can fulfill it in Kitely, or at least try!

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    Why do I put this in OSHG?

    • OSHG is not about software.   It is about people.
    • The software comes in only because it will provide services people want.
    • That HG part is there to remind us that we need the Hypergrid to connect people.
    • Chronicles seems, superficially to be about content. 
    • But the understory is about people doing things together.
    • And that is also what OSHG is about.

    News and Notes

    The Hypergrid WIP Show

    • The Hypergrid WIP is a one hour "show & tell" of works in progress or recently completed. 
    • Everyone is invited.  Building, scripting, promotion, entertainment-- whatever you are working on.
    • Selby will be doing test video capture of presentations in voice.  These may be posted on YouTube.
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    • Presentations are in voice and text.  
    • For text presentations, best bring the text in a notecard and paste it into chat.  
    • Voice presentations may be captured in video.  
    • Stills and videos from the show may appear in this blog and elsewhere.

    Next WIP show

    • Next WIP show: Sun. March 26, Noon SLT 
    • Cookie II location (fourth Sunday of the month)
    • Cookie II location (fourth Sunday of the month)
    • HG address below: paste into the World Map next to Find. Click Find, TP
    • grid.kitely.com:8002:Cookie II 
    • in Kitely: paste into Nav (top) bar of Firestorm, Enter.
    • hop://grid.kitely.com:8002/Cookie II/68/369/22
    • Pandora Location: (second Sunday of the month)
    • Pandora allows presenters to run high threat OSSL functions.
    • world.narasnook.com:8900
    • Put the line above in your World Map next to Find.  Click FindTP
    • At Narasnook, use World Map to search for Pandora

            Previous Articles from the WIP show 

            HG links-- depending on your interests 

            Communities in the virtual worlds

            Radio in the virtual worlds

            Metaverse beginner help

                                  Schools in virtual worlds








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