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You can also find some of her creative work she made in real life.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

As many of you might know, it can be hard to find a world where you can be creative and at the same time make a bit of real or game money at the same time.
After There.com closed, I have been searching for a world where I can make nice stuff, sell it to people and at the same time make my money I world for rent and investments.
I have been to Kaneva, Frenzoo, NuVo, Twinity and Second Life. The only world that is offering me both: creativity and money was Second life.
I had good fun in other worlds too, but as a designer it’s nice to get some kind of reward I feel. After all you are adding some nice content to a world, which attracts customers. They buy money in world, rent houses and make the economy healthy.

At first I had a rough time in Second Life. The way of designing and building is pretty different than in other worlds. Once I learned how to do the basics it became a lot easier.
I am still learning how to do a lot of things, so there’s no reason to get bored, only a little frustrated at times ;).

I had 3 little shops that were offered to me by very good friends. I have done well and learned a lot in those shops. Second Life however is a huge world with thousands of designers and it’s pretty hard to get noticed as a new creator. There are a lot of ways to advertise and get yourself out there though, it just takes time and effort. Being a single creator, time to do all that  isn’t always easy to find.

Running a shop in Second Life is a bit like running a shop in real life. Advertising, joining events, investing, rent, trends… Managing all those at the same time can be a hassle, but it also keeps you busy with some interesting things and it’s good to have a few people around who can give you advice.

Thanks to all the people that helped me over the past 2 years and the company of good friends I managed to grow and make a good base to start a shop myself.
With my good friend Liquidlight Genesis and myself we started a shop.
Her shop is called “Demented Gems”, mine is called “FireBird Designs”, so we called the new shop “Demented FireBird”.

It was fun. We went shopping for store buildings, places where we could rent and put the shop, decorated. Liquidlight taught me a lot of stuff that I never even thought about.
We decorated and re-decorated and then re-decorated again. I had to make a new logo and re-package all my designs.
 
I have always been a bit reluctant about change, but this felt good. The right thing to do at the right time. On my own, I would never have started this journey, but with a great friend it’s actually quite fun! We inspire, push, praise and kick each other when needed. I think we are the best partners a shop can wish for J.

We opened on February 14th 2012. I am really proud we managed to get this far.

It wouldn’t have happened with all those people who have helped me over the years though. So thank you everyone who has been a part of my Second Life!


If you are in Second Life, come visit and have a look at our shop. I love to hear what you think of it.
See you in Demented FireBird! 


For people who are interested in reading more about the designs of Demented FireBird, have alook at our new blog: http://dementedfirebird.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, October 11, 2011


Congratulations There.com

A next step to the opening and further installation of There.com has been made. Michael Wilson (CEO of There.com) has decided to leave the hosting of the There forums to Thumdar.com.
You can read all about it on Michael Wilson's blog I am so There.

Thumdar.com is a website that started out as a download site for There.com, but grew out to be a large community and forum site in the past 7 years for more virtual worlds than just There.com.
Thus far it has been a voluntary effort of mainly Jay Yarbrough aka Thumdar and some of his friends. Money has been coming out of donations, advertising and the pockets of Jay.

There.com is now paying for a faster server to help with the increase of members.
There will be a direct link in There.com to the Thumdar forums, but Thumdar will still have complete autonomy.

Of course this is a good deal for both parties. Thumdar will attract more members, will become bigger and can maybe profit from that. He's still the boss of his own site and can run it according his own standards.

There.com won't have to pay people to maintain a forum, nor a server, but will still hear the voice of their members through Thumdar.

So, on the forum we all congratulated Thumdar. In this blog I would like to congratulate There.com with this awesome addition to their virtual world.
I hope you will benefit both from this arrangement.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

ThereIM is back!

Craziness in virtual land the past few days if you were a Therian a.k.a someone who played in the world There.com. For a while Michael Wilson (CEO of There.com) has been blogging about the opening of There2. Guinea Pigs (GP's) have been testing the ThereIM already for some time. They were invited to do so, but on 7 August 2011 they activated the self invite button on the site "www.there.com" and we could all invite ourselves in.

All Facebook groups were spammed massively, because everyone tried to get in at the same time.
There headquarters got a "nastygram" for spamming ;).
But slowly everyone is starting to get in.

I was unlucky to forget my password. Luckily there was an inbuilt feature where I could recapitalise my secret question and have a new password sent to my email address. Dalriada is reborn in ThereIM :D.

 It will take a while before we have all out possessions back again. We were promised that we get our TBuck, inventory and real estate back the way it was when There.com closed though. Of course there are some bits and buts and a lot of questions to be answered.

Some issues aren't really clear yet.
Very important things for me as a designer.
It isn't clear yet for instance if there will be a buyback program for ThereBucks.
It is said they are working on that and they will make a workaround for designers if they can't make a buyback program. If I can't make the monthly 10$ fee with the profit I make from my designs, for me it wouldn't be worth it.
I am also still in the dark about the auctions. Before There.com closed we had to pay a submission fee to put our designs in auctions. I do hope we don't have to do that again. I had over 700 items in there and hope I can just put them back up there without paying for it.


I had a frontier zone, where I ran a welcome centre. We were told we would get them back. The rent system is going to change into a time related rent system though. I am not sure if I want or can still run that centre.

As happy as I am that I can be back in ThereIM and catch up with lost buddies, I do hope a lot more will be clear by the time There.com opens again. It's nice to see everyone so enthusiastic and willing to help each other. I am also very happy that Michael Wilson decided to keep the ThereIM free of charge (for now). While we are waiting to get our stuff back, we're all just having some plain old noobish fun!

(Ok, I have to admit, my buddy EzeePosse had to have a bit of patience before we could take this shot, but we had a good laugh!)

Thursday, July 14, 2011

The New Thumdar!

Perfect timing I'd say. With the opening of There2 in sight Thumdar managed to update his site and gather us all again.
This time the Thumdar site won't be a community site for just Therians but:

When There.com closed, about a year ago, many Therians were lost. Thumdar was the place that held them together. A place to stay in contact with your friends, to keep updated on the news, to find new places to dwell...

There were already a lot of features on the old site, like a blog, photo uploads, music, forum and friends, but this expansion is bigger and better. All the old goodies stayed of course. Thumdar was at first a download site for There.com with patches, tools and tweaks. The fact that it had a community was known to a select group of people. Now the site has almost 10 000 members and growing.

The new Thumdar is a great place to network, advertise and blog about your favourite virtual world. If you have questions or issues in your world, you can ask them on the forum. Do you have a great story to tell, you can blog about it or make a video and upload it. There's even an option to make clubs and list events.

If you play in a virtual world, Thumdar is the site you have to add to your favourites.
Click here to go to the site, it's free to register.

The goal of Thumdar.com is to bring together people from all social virtual worlds into one community to interact, have fun, make friends, share knowledge and learn. Thumdar.com now supports the following social virtual worlds: Active Worlds, Blue Mars, Club Cooee, Free Realms, FriendsHangout, Frenzoo, Gojiyo, HiPiHi, IMVU, Kaneva, Moove, Myst Online: Uru Live, Nuvera, Onverse, OSgrid, Playstation Home, Real Life Plus, Second Life, Sims, SmallWorlds, Smeet, There.com, Twinity, V.I.E. Virtual Island of Entertainment, vSide and Worlds.com. As new social virtual worlds are created, we will be eager to support them as well.

Read more about worlds.com by thumdar.com
The goal of Thumdar.com is to bring together people from all social virtual worlds into one community to interact, have fun, make friends, share knowledge and learn. Thumdar.com now supports the following social virtual worlds: Active Worlds, Blue Mars, Club Cooee, Free Realms, FriendsHangout, Frenzoo, Gojiyo, HiPiHi, IMVU, Kaneva, Moove, Myst Online: Uru Live, Nuvera, Onverse, OSgrid, Playstation Home, Real Life Plus, Second Life, Sims, SmallWorlds, Smeet, There.com, Twinity, V.I.E. Virtual Island of Entertainment, vSide and Worlds.com. As new social virtual worlds are created, we will be eager to support them as well.


Read more about worlds.com by thumdar.com

The goal of Thumdar.com is to bring together people from all social virtual worlds into one community to interact, have fun, make friends, share knowledge and learn. Thumdar.com now supports the following social virtual worlds: Active Worlds, Blue Mars, Club Cooee, Free Realms, FriendsHangout, Frenzoo, Gojiyo, HiPiHi, IMVU, Kaneva, Moove, Myst Online: Uru Live, Nuvera, Onverse, OSgrid, Playstation Home, Real Life Plus, Second Life, Sims, SmallWorlds, Smeet, There.com, Twinity, V.I.E. Virtual Island of Entertainment, vSide and Worlds.com. As new social virtual worlds are created, we will be eager to support them as well.


Read more about worlds.com by thumdar.comThe goal of Thumdar.com is to bring together people from all social virtual worlds into one community to interact, have fun, make friends, share knowledge and learn. Thumdar.com now supports the following social virtual worlds: Active Worlds, Blue Mars, Club Cooee, Free Realms, FriendsHangout, Frenzoo, Gojiyo, HiPiHi, IMVU, Kaneva, Moove, Myst Online: Uru Live, Nuvera, Onverse, OSgrid, Playstation Home, Real Life Plus, Second Life, Sims, SmallWorlds, Smeet, There.com, Twinity, V.I.E. Virtual Island of Entertainment, vSide and Worlds.com. As new social virtual worlds are created, we will be eager to support them as well.

Read more about worlds.com by thumdar.com

Thursday, July 7, 2011

NuVerity!

Finally! It has been almost a year, but I am proud to present the first issue of NuVerity.
I wrote about it in October of last year in this blog. We had some troubles in world that are solved now. We can make clothes again and we have a magazine team, so NuVerity is a fact.
It was a very intense process this first time, but very nice to do.

This first issue is an introduction to the magazine and NuVera Online. It includes a large interview with the 2 owners Tim and Wyllo, a newbie section, a fashion report, a developer journal and several columns that will return every month.

We had a party in world to celebrate the kick off of the magazine.
Some of the pictures I posted at the bottom.
I hope you enjoy reading it, as much as we enjoyed making it!
More info about NuVera Online (NuVO) is to be found here.

Monday, April 25, 2011

There2

You heard about a possible re-opening of There.com?
If not, where have you been? It has been buzzing around in virtual land.
Michael Wilson the last CEO of There.com put up a survey on his blog to check what people would think about his plans to open  There2.

Now this has caused a lot of discussion. Many former Therians have found homes in new worlds and started a virtual life there. A lot of them were heartbroken about the loss of There for various reasons.
Will they return to There2? Even if they have to pay a monthly fee?

Some of them say they will return in the blimp of an eye. Others are still mad and don't trust Michael Wilson.
Many people are happy where they are now and feel they have more freedom in the world they have settled in.
Seeing the results of the survey, there are still a lot of people who'd like to pay $10 or more a month to have There.com back.

Personally I don't like to pay for a virtual world account. When I first started in There.com I paid a one time fee of $49,90 to start. I don't know about a monthly fee....
Of course Michael Wilson promised we would get our stuff back, which is great, especially for a designer like me. After all I had over 900 designs in auction. It would be great to see them out there again.
On the other hand, if I won't be able to make my Tbucks into real money like I used to, it won't be worth it for me. I want to be able to earn my monthly fee, so I don't have to add to it.

Then there is still a good chance this second try will fail too. Of course I am assuming that Michael and his team have learned from their mistakes in the past, but that is no guarantee they will succeed this time.
Investing in a virtual world is as good a guess and any.

So, you won't see me running around as the very first member of There2. I'll be investigating it all thoroughly before I decide to go back. I love to see people running around in my clothes in there again. I hope it will be one day. I'll keep you posted.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Dalriada is out!


After a week of protesting we finally received an answer in Kaneva. The staff decided not to proceed with the skin tone changes until they have answer to the way the light affects the skin. 

The skins will stay as they are and everyone returned to normal.
I re-opened my shop and started to make new designs again. Peace returned.

Until Kaneva decided to run a contest. Well, the contest ran already when the skin tone issue was taking place, but they were still trying to pick a winner.
Let me specify this a bit.

When you are new in Kaneva you get a default outfit that we call a newbie outfit. Those outfit aren't very appealing, so most people want to get new clothes as soon as possible. Other than that, most people don't want to be known as a newbie any more after a few days either.

So Kaneva puts up a designer contest and asks us to submit our best designs in order to give new members some nice outfits to choose from at the start.
What is in it for us?
- A credit price (credits is the local game money in Kaneva), but the amount is not specified. This is done because the height of the credit prize is set according to quality and quantity of the winning items, but "it will be worth it!"
- Exposure for our shop. When you right click an avatar in world you can see what that person is wearing and who made it. So people will see it and will be able to buy it too.

I thought this would be a nice chance for me to get my name and clothes out there. The credit prize would be a nice add-on, but since we didn't know how much it would be that was not the most important thing for me.

We didn't get a lot of time to make something, so I picked the designs I have in store that were successful anyway and made new tops with them to complete the outfit. 2 Of them were my most successful pants, already worn by a lot of new members because they were on rewards (the free money variant in Kaneva) and in the best selling lists.
All together I submitted 4 complete outfits, other designers submitted less or more.

We had to wait passed the deadline to hear who won and when we heard we only saw our names in a list, not the outfits that won. I asked to post the outfits that won, but as usual I was ignored.
A promise was made that a preview of the winning items would be posted soon and credit prizes would be handed out personally.
After a while they posted that the credit prizes were handed out, but I still didn't get anything. Also a preview was shown where I saw they picked one of my male outfits. By that time the skin tone issue started and we all became a bit side tracked........


Then last Friday I was looking at my sales, looked proudly at my best selling pants, clicked them and what do I see: Creator Kaneva!! 























Well when people click on someone wearing that item now, they won't see me as the designer. Yes they added a little line in the description saying: originally designed by Dalriada. No one reads that!
So I started a thread about it in the forums and another drama unfolded.

I found out Kaneva didn't take only one of my outfits and made them their creation. No they took 3 of my outfits, put their name on it and started selling them in the shop for a price I can never compete with. They didn't upload it themselves, but just took it off my submission list, together with all the comments, raves (Kaneva compliments), place in the sales list, submission date and catalogue picture. They did the same to the other designers, when a designer submitted 6 outfits, they took 5 of them.

As usual they did all this on a Friday so they had the excuse to hide behind the weekend and the forums could explode.
 
When we finally did get an answer, all we got was that the line in the contest thread about right clicking the item to see who the creator was, was a mistake. Oops, sorry for that.
Kaneva had no other choice then to take over our creations in order to implement them in the newbie program. What if a designer decided to delete their item?
They didn't think we would see that as stealing.

NO answer to why they took ALL of our creations instead of just the 14 they asked for.
NO answer to why they put the items in the shop to sell. (One reply was made by them that if we wanted them back in the shop WE could always re submit them).
NO answer to why we didn't get our credit prize (I didn't get any credits for my work yet so far).




I will spare you the discussions in the forums. The only thing I found out is that I have a lot of nice and smart friends and that there are a lot of weird and ego-tripping people out there too.
Even people who think they have to act as Kaneva's guard dog, because staff isn't able to communicate themselves.

While I am writing this I see a message in the forums:
 "We had a database issue with the forums today that caused a loss of some information (Meaning threads or post made by users"
I just wonder why the whole designer contest thread, that was started by staff and some other threads were affected by that too. They really think we believe that crap too.















After some careful thinking I decided to stop designing in Kaneva. It is not worth it for me.
People who have read this blog from the start know I have written about the drama the first time I started there. It's gone from bad to worse and the staff is just a bunch of amateurs who should really read the book "communication for dummies".

I will still go there to see friends, because I made friends there. I will make an occasional custom item for those same friends, for free ( I hope the people who accused me for being greedy read this).

If you were looking for a new world and considered Kaneva. I strongly recommend you to think twice about that. When you are a designer I have just one advice: RUN!!!!!

I will see all of you in other worlds.