Sunday, April 13, 2008

Openspace Sim renting FAQ

Hello this note is to explain Openspace sims.

Q. What are openspace™(Linden Lab) sims?

A full size simulator uses one processor on a computer, an open space sim runs in 1/4 of a processor's time, and gets 1/4 the normal number of primitives (prims). Like normal sims, Openspace sims are on the new Havok4 physics engine.

Q. How much do they cost?

A. Linden Lab will charge, with the new land store, 250 dollars to set up an open space sim, and 75 dollars a month for island fees. Everyone who rents openspace sims to other people pays these fees. There are a few older grandfathered openspace sims from previous generations, and these have 50 dollar island fees. When one becomes available, it can some times be rented for less. The market price for sims is around 350/75, or 99 with no fees.

Q. Who can order openspace sims?

A. Any one who owns a full sim may.

Q. Where can they be located?

A. Anywhere on the grid that the full sim owner has permission to place a sim. That means next to an existing sim they own, in an empty spot, or any place where they can get permission from the adjacent sim owners.

Q. What are the advantages and disadvantages over mainland?

A. Mainland is LL's cheapest product, but you have to live with neighbors, and there are usually fees to purchase. You can also buy as much or as little as you need, and mainland parcels are on full sims. This means that if you are fortunate to have mostly absent neighbors, you can get nearly the use of a full processor for scripts and avatars.

It usually does not work out this way, instead, most mainland sims sooner or later attract a camping farm that puts bots or idle avatars in place to create traffic, or gets a land owner that uses a large number of lag causing scripts. This is why many people go to estates, that is private islands.

With a private island, the island owner has powers to reduce lag, control building and set the rules. The advantage is that there is someone managing the sim, the disadvantage is that they have more or less complete control over the island, and can raise fees, return objects, and otherwise do what they want, and you have little to no recourse to LL.

An estate is no better than the estate manager.

Q. What are the advantages and disadvantages of an open space sim versus buying on a full sim?

A. The first advantage is space: an open space sim has the same area and volume as a regular sim: 256x256x1024. The second advantage is that you have no neighbors in the same sim. This means more privacy, more control, and more quiet. The disadvantage is that an openspace sim is still a 1/4 processor. It cannot handle the same loads as a full sim.

The other advantage is that as the renter of a full open space sim, you can have access to the estate management tools, which include being able to track scripts and control the environment. These tools are very useful.

So for privacy, personal control and no drama at an affordable price, an openspace sim is the best choice. For heavy commercial or intensive use, it is not.

Q. Why rent from one person over another?

A. An estate is no better than its manager. Large sim rentors often have sims available right now, however, they offer limited support. Small sim owners vary widely in quality, and offer a much broader range of support. Premium services command premium prices. Generally, if a deal seems too good to be true, it is.

Q. So what is the process?

A. Right now LL's new land store is due in a few days, the 17th to be exact. On that day island prices will drop for set up fees. To order an openspace sim, all you need to do is contact a sim owner and make arrangements. If you have a friend who you really trust, they may let you do it for the price of the sim and the tier.

To order a sim with us, just send email to You can reach me as Lillie Yifu in world

Q. How much does it cost?

A. For a basic sim, our price is either 325 set up and 79 a month, payable in USD or Linden, or 95 a month.

Q. That is pretty low.

A. We buy our sims with cash, not credit, and we don't spend a fortune on advertising.

Q. For that price what do I get?

A. A full openspace sim, hosted on a class 5 machine.

Q. Can I name the sim?

A. There is a 50USD fee for this.

Q. Can I terraform?

A. Yes. Right now open space sims allow you to change the height of the land by up to 100M. Right now they don't allow terrain files, but may in future, these would allow heights up to 512M.

Q. But 3750 prims, that isn't many….

A. Actually if you have seen our Yedo Bashi build, it is a full size tower, as tall as the Eiffel Tower in Paris. And it fits easily on an openspace sim. With Havok 4 and openspace, your imagination can soar to build castles, islands, ships and a myriad of as yet unimagined builds.

Q. Is that all there is to it?

A. No. There are a variety of premium services that you can access from the people you rent from. If you don't need help, then you don't need to pay for them. However, if you are reading this far in this note, then you probably do. Talk to Lillie Yifu about how renting presence in the Yedo cluster can save you time and money, for both residential and commercial needs.
Q. Like what?

Are you an expert builder, terrain designer, security expert? Then you don't need more from us, just order the sim. But probably you have questions, need help with scripts, don't have access to the latest security tools and so on. 22nd Century Yedo does. The price for this is very reasonable and can help make your Second Life better and more productive. After all, your time is worth something too.

Lillie Yifu

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