Today marks the 9th anniversary of The Raglan Shire community as we know it. As we enter year TEN, we do so with the new rebuilding of the Raglan Shire sim which is now underway. Above is the overhead map of the New Tree City layout that will soon be open to all to explore and enjoy. While There is no Big event or party planned for today while the build is being worked on, anyone can feel free to spontaneously create instant celebration fun if you’d like of course 🙂
Thanks to everyone who had made this community so much fun and given it longevity well beyond anything I ever thought it would have.
Just an opening communication for and to our Raglan Shire sim merchants as we begin the process of getting everyone comfortable and informed with the upcoming transition and migration from the old sim design to the new build.
Over the next days and weeks we will be working with you in a more involved manner to give you answers to your questions and get you onto the new build in person to see for yourself and get acclimated. All of this and more as we prep for the big change in 6 or 7 weeks.
A video that gives a quick look at where we’re at and the OSSM that is fast approaching! 8)
The Entire Sim redesign is being done for a variety of reasons, (look for further posts on just this point) But ultimately it comes down to what I asked folks at this past Junes Town Hall which is to join me in taking a leap of faith.
SL as it stands today is a slowly shrinking platform and for Raglan Shire to continue forward, we need to bring new people to the community, encourage existing community members to participate and to generally evolve.
I know change is hard but I really believe that what we’re working on is magical.
Remember too that this is only happening on the Raglan Shire Sim ONLY. No other sims are being redesigned currently. Depending on our survival (LOL), we may look at Heron Shire down the line but that’s it.
Lemme quickly go over the major take away points again for people who might still be uncertain.
All shops & most activities, games etc. will be in the TREES.. The Tree City is Huge and the central platform for the major events that is being worked on is VAST and larger then the space we use currently on the grounds. The new tree city has many things to explore and see. It dwarfs the current tree city design in size and creativity & the people who are creating all this are building everything to include weather systems, scaleability & custom options that can be implemented when needed.
The Sillicube will be moving up into its own area in the trees as part of the new city.
The Grounds below will be a vast beautiful forest.
That being said, I think I’ve always been a person of my word and have always tried to do right by everyone sans drama. As always I offer straight up communication (Phone and Skype call preferable to text) for ANYONE who has real questions and who need direct answers.
Leap of faith folks, it’s how all of this got started or as I tell folks.. for every day of trust that I earn from you, give me another day.. and continue to do so.. one day at a time.
We will absolutely be providing more information, details, answers on everything regarding all things New Raglan Shire as it gets closer.
Also so everyone is aware, I am planning on giving all shop folken on Raglan a free month of rent during the few weeks when the new design will be put in place.
There was a great observation by one of our own which I responded to on FaceThing™, but thought I would include the response here as well.
Regarding Personalization™ of shops and moving to a more uniform overall aesthetic:
“Shop owners will be able to decorate their shops in the new city on both the interior and exterior. The shops themselves while sharing the overall feel of the entire city do come in various shapes sizes and designs including special little details & customization aspects built in for Shop folks.
AKA: They really aren’t the same and again, shop folken will be able to do with the spaces as they want including texturing on the inside and signage and decoratives on the outside. The overall uniform aesthetic on such a huge scale is stunning in virtual person and while the video does give you a glimpse at how large and city like everything will now feel, you really don’t get that until you actually are walking around which soon everyone will be able to do.
The sim as it stands has been the same for the last 8+ years and due to many shop owners feeling a disparity in whether shops are ground based or not, the overall rebuild is being done to fuel imagination, improve functionality and make it so that regardless of the type of shop you may have, everyone will be equally accessible and in a much more immersive environment then has been the case. I of course recognize that you can’t please everyone all the time so I will leave it to the shop folks once the city is unveiled and they have a chance to walk and see the city as to whether they wish to remain a patron of Raglan or not with no ill will if they choose the latter.”
*** But I really hope you will stay and help make the new city even more amazing because even with all the character it will have on launch, that character will be increased tenfold once all folken add their own take to their own spaces 🙂
Today marks 8 years to the day since Raglan Shire first opened to the public. I just wanted to say thanks to everyone for joining along on the ride, participating, engaging, encouraging and generally having a fine time. Thanks & a heartfelt applause for you all 🙂
After going through all the denotations of denominations given freely from the kind & generous souls of The Shire during last years Medieval Festival in September as part of the annual raising of the FUNDS for our adopted & assorted Critter charities….
The final Tally is in & Thanks to all of YOU , we raised an even $100,000 L / $400 US.
It’s that time of year when the snow piles up on the Shire and happy folks flit about enjoying all the wintery, snowey STUFF that is ongoing for the next several weeks. Mount Waffle, the ski runs, the Ice Rink, the Winter Village, the Community Tree, the 12 days of Wootmas, Artisan created goodies and so much more! Join us this Wootmas season for live music and caroling, dancing and gift giving as we celebrate Winter… IN THE SNOW!!
*No snow was harmed in the making of this years Winterfest….srsly.