We visited three places last night; Ravage, D o X – Motel and Kekeland. All three destinations have in common that they are newer versions of older similar looking destinations by the same creators. The first one, Ravage, by the immensely talented CrankyGit (aka Rwah), is much as her previous places, utterly and beautifully gritty and decrepit. I most recently blogged about her place The GoodLife in June last year and returning now to see her new place I am just as impressed. There is just something about the way Rwah haphazardly seems to throw together grungy objects that makes the outcome seem effortless and real. It all makes sense to the visitor. The passion and, yes, the love, invested in creating this place is evident. Rwah notes that [b]uilding is the thing I love most about SL. Using the wonderful designs creators make and throw them together. I build organic. I don’t have a masterplan or any plan at all. At best I have a faint idea of the look and feel I wish to achieve. As soon as I find that one item that for me is the embodiment of that look and feel, the process to try and build a sim starts. And it never stops. So many ideas rattle around in my head that already I am tempted to blow this build up and start over with a complete new concept.
Our second stop is the D o X – Motel by new and intriguing sim creator Paradox Ivory. We had seen great images on Flickr of this place and wanted to visit a while ago. Arriving at the landing point, one stands in a small tunnel of sorts, looking straight at the small motel, two cars in front, and its raining. The neon motel sign hovers over this place, lending it a sense of old Americana, a great addition. The hotel is beautifully put together and its property extends to the back with docks and still water. I last blogged about D o X in December last year and it has obviously received a total makeover; this new place is different and just as great. Paradox notes about her new place that [n]estled somewhere in the Pacific North west DoX Motel is here to help abduct you from your regular everyday. Come and enjoy a nights stay while you explore the mystries that lay within this sleepy litte Hideaway.
Our last visit is Kekeland by the talented design duo Dandy Warhol (aka terry fotherington) and Belle des Champs (aka bridget genna). This beautiful place had been around for many years in SL, then closed and, to everyones relief it seemed, opened again a few months ago. Upon arrival one lands in front of an old, shabby garage. The garage sits on the side of a winding road that stretches through a small town. There is a town center with small homes and stores shaping around the street, part of which is also the popular hangout Bar Deco. There is a warm and at the same time very cool ambience here that is not easily achieved in SL. And wherever one turns, a great attention to detail. A photographers haven, no doubt.