One of the often-heard complaints in Sansar is that there is no designated central meeting area. Sinespace has their Welcome Centre with greeters, AltspaceVR has their campfire where you can chat and toast marshmallows, and for a while High Fidelity used a Welcome Wagon concept, rotating between six different HiFi domains every two hours (I think they’ve replaced that with a single location now, though). Some people felt that having a common gathering spot would make it easier for avatars to meet each other.
Jenn, the Community Manager for Sansar, and Ebbe, Linden Lab’s CEO, both rightfully pointed out that there was nothing stopping any of us from creating such a space ourselves. And so David Hall has decided to create the Avalon Lounge, a comfortable, spacious lobby with helpful teleporters to other popular fantasy and sci-fi Sansar experiences.
It’s a large circular space on three levels. Flying cars arrive and depart from the uppermost level (these are actually teleporters to two of C3rb3rus’ experiences, 2077 and Darkwood Forest).
On the two lower levels, there are teleporters to other experiences located around the perimeter. Each has a sign indicating the destination.
And these are some wonderfully creative teleporter portals that David has made! Check out the video of them in action:
A nice touch is the addition of various objects around the lounge which remind you of other popular Sansar destinations, such as a statue I recognized from the Urban Art Experience, and arcade games from 2077. Thoughtful additions, and evidence of the care that David took in pulling all this together.
Vanity Fair is wearing an appropriate astronaut outfit created by the talented Nya Alchemi:
- the Atomic Age Space Suit (S$150)
- the Atomic Age Helmet (S$100)
- the Atomic Age Jet Pack and straps (S$100)
- and the Atomic Age Shooter (S$50)