Building in Second Life
Recently I purchased some land in Second Life, on the prestigious island of Caledon. Â For those that are not in Second Life, Caledon is a Victorian/Steampunk island (or group of islands), with a great community. Â Many are dedicated to education in all it's forms, so getting help is quite easy. Â I found a couple of homes that fit the part, and I'm looking forward to posting them.Â Of course, there is a slight problem: Â furniture. Â While I intend to use my new home as a learning center, people need a virtual place to rest their virtual behinds and relax. Â Well, I found many of the furniture pieces were pretty expensive (relatively). Â Why? Â Isn't it just scripted objects? Â I found the answer to that when I tried to build my own couch. Â <b>Building a Couch</b>The couch I knew was going to be difficult, but I wanted more furniture than what I found for sale. Â So, I thought I would build my own. I started with five prims (or primitives, the building blocks of objects in Second Life), and made them the padded areas. Â I then built a back and bottom using an additional 5 prims. Â These I textured as walnut (because I liked the color), using a wood grain finish. Â I then added 8 more prims for the feet. Â Once done, I linked them all together into one object by selecting them all and hitting CTRL-L, and added physics to it (so that it will stay on the ground).All in all it took me 3 hours to make, and the finished product looks like something that came from a High School woodworking project from a student that wasn't that keen on the project. Â But, it's my first attempt at building something, so I'm proud of it. Â Once the house is complete, I'll post a link to it. Â ^_^Â So, now I know why people charge so much for their furniture. Â Granted, once it's complete they never have to build it again, and can even make additional changes to it and create a whole new piece of furniture. Â But as it took me 4 hours to make something that amateur, I would almost hate to see how long it would take to make something more polished. Â But then, time will tell as I intend to keep up this project.