Thursday, September 24, 2015


A miniature Piccoli world on a terrace within Maze Gardens.

     I went shopping today after speaking with a friend who has a collection of interactive animated little figures. Hers were birds. Intrigued, I went to the shop and found the Piccoli2 line. I believe the makers are d-lab and Lizail. The selection of toys and fantasy-like trees kept me busy for a long time, and I returned home to ACC Alpha loaded down with new treasures for the sim. I replaced some of the older trees at MAZE GARDENS with the new colorful ones, and transformed a terrace into a miniature woods for the new Piccoli figures. Each figure has a home base that you rezz, and once done, the figures (called dolls) interact by travelling between the various bases. They water the plants, they sit on mushrooms, and due to their slow yet nearly constant motion, I made a new texture for the ground on one of the terraces in Maze Gardens: a patch of moss with little roads for the busy little inhabitants. The tree trunks of this area are chairs. Click to sit on them, and enjoy this curious little civilization as if you were Gulliver.

The Visitor Center is not wall to wall carpeted, but wall to wall watered.
Enjoy the Crossroads game on the wall. Fair warning: it is addictive. 

     A couple days earlier, I'd worked on the Visitor Center. It's across the Paper Tower Court from the newly remodeled spa. As if there weren't enough water up there, I decided to go even further with the water motif at the Visitor Center. I bought a pool. It wasn't modify, so I had to cover much of the decking with my own prims, and grind my teeth just a bit, for the pool (and the jacuzzi at the spa, for that matter) do not have copy/mod permissions. To accommodate this pool which was too large for the space, I thinned down the side walls of the building, and did some fancy positioning of the new aquatic feature. Unfortunately there was a camp fire by the pool, and a shower. Being no mod, I extended a sand dune to hide the fire that is not separable from the pool. A few flames still shoot up past the sand. You can impress your friends by your fire walking, or bring some veggies on a skewer to roast there. Inside the Visitor Center are posters with information about the sim, and a link to suggested music to listen to while walking around the city. By chance, the wide view from the Center onto Maze Gardens, now enjoys the scene of the Piccoli figures roaming around the middle terrace. While in the pool, click the dark brown areas of the deck, or the shower to get a blue menu. There are ample animations to enjoy using the pool, and cooling off your feet in case you did do some fire walking after all.