Friday, October 30, 2015

There's a moon over the off-sim mountains tonight

With this moon and planet system you can add as many moons or planets to your place as you want. They are perfect as a backdrop for a romantic spot or to increase the immersion on sci-fi or fantasy builds. They are ideal for photo shoots, and can be used both at land level and on sky builds. You can get a demo here on the Marketplace or get a real one here. They will be discounted by 20% until Monday November 2.

The "3D moon" responds to windlight lighting as if it were 3 3D shape

The planets will be very far outside your sim boundaries, and are always behind any off-sim landscape that you may be using, like they would in reality. I'm pretty sure this is the only moon and planet system in Second Life that is able to place a moon or planet that far away!

The planet system uses materials. This means normal and specular maps will make them look like actual spheres instead of flat discs. The lighting of the planets will change with the position of your sun and moon (environment settings) like real planets would.

You should enable the Advanced Lighting Model in your viewer to see it. The textures are alpha masked (not partly transparent), and because of that do not cause alpha glitch problems, so that they do not falsely appear to be in front of trees or windows.

By menu you can:

  • Select any of 16 heavenly bodies (never thought I'd write about heavenly bodies here);
  • Select one of nine moon phases
  • Set its speed and direction of rotation around the sim, or make it stop moving;
  • Set its size, from huge to very small
  • Switch between natural lighting and full bright texture
  • Set glow intensity.

This version of the moon is especially suitable for daylight settings: it blends in with the sky.

Available moon phases

One system has three planets with rings (two sizes each, four prims land impact), the other has 15 moons and planets without rings (two prims land impact). All planets of our own solar system can be chosen (Mercury, Venus, Earth (2 choices) and our moon, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune and Uranus).

This item is made of mega prims with physics type set to None. This means it will not obstruct any sit animations and not cause any lag in combination with moving objects on your region, like horses and cars. Mega prims do go outside your region, and therefore owners of regions that are attached to yours with at least one full side have a problem with that. They will not influence other regions that only touch at the corners

This is the first of a series of decorative off-sim items.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Four new Solid Sky Landscapes

Four new Solid Sky Landscapes (see this blog post to learn more about this type of landscape and for an instruction video) are available in my store. Together with the previous six ones they are also available in a considerably discounted fatpack. You might use them to create additional levels in the air, perhaps even to rent out to others to earn back part of your tiers!

Solid Sky Landscapes are primarily meant for people who have a complete island region (full sim or homestead) at their disposal. The part that is within the region boundaries is solid mesh, so you can build and walk on it. The off-sim, surrounding part is made of matching sculpted mega prims. They are meant for use in the sky. Make sure to enable Advanced Lighting Model in your Graphics settings, especially animated water on all landscapes and sand ripples on the Sahara Oasis landscape will look a lot better that way.

This one is inspired by the Lijiang River near Guilin, in China. It's an incredible beautiful and unique landscape shaped by erosion of limestone (karst). Visit here.

This desert landscape has an on-sim oasis with animated, reflective water and carefully created normal maps (Advanced Lighting Model). The oasis just begs to be surrouded by palm trees and some bedouin tents or stone ruins, don't you think? Use one of the Sunset envrinoment settings (like "Desert Sunset") and be amazed! Visit here.

Finally put your own lander and flag on the Moon, or even create a roleplay base there! "Lunar Morning 7" is a perfect environment setting for it. Visit here.
This one comes in three baked textures (in one buy): this icy Winter version, a Spring version with green fields and snow on the moutain tops and a desert version with barren slopes and a meandering river in the valley. Visit here.

People that already have two or more of the earlier six landscapes can get in touch with me to get all remaining Solid Sky Landscapes for free. The fatpack will stay available in the future.