New Community Welcome Centre
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Written by Kira Tiponi Monday, 06 February 2012 10:46
Between Christmas and New year’s Eve, with the kind help from Thoria Milgrove and Astro Balut, the new welcome center was able to opens its doors in Our Town. This also meant a farewell to the old welcome center, a great build by Dartagnan Nakajima, affectionately known as the Globe. And a farewell to many of the great builds found in Our Town of 2011. Not necessarily a permanent farewell; all buildings and structures were photographed and carefully taken into the vaults of Community Bank, keeper of keys and grounds for the community.
The new welcome center is built on the remains of Freddy Thumbtip’s original fortress. As you all know, it was around 1362 BC that Freddy Thumbtip, the fearless leader of a large posse of bandits, first arrived in the swamps of what is now known as Our Town. Through the use of superior weapons, namely the stone club, Freddy quickly conquered the local population of Primitives and put them to work for him. His first project was of course to build a fortress from within he could safely rule his empire. Cunningly Freddy T. built his fortress right over the crossroads of the two main rivers in the area, alongside Lake Cometpuddle.
The new welcome center is designed to be very newcomer-friendly. New residents arrive on the landing deck, a few meters above the main deck containing free, complimentary aparel items from the community. On their way down the stairs they can pick up a translator gadget, kindly donated to the community by Kristen Mynx. On the main deck the new arrival can’t miss the starter kits and general grid info kit. And they will immediately see that the female free/gratis items are to the left, the male to the right. The starter kit for child avatars will be added soon. Jimbob Ross is working hard on that. And also on complimentary items suitable for child avatars in a separate section on the main deck.
Also clearly visible from the landing deck are the community info corner, the global shopping directory, and in the back, the group information section on the main deck. These will all be completed soon. Looking around even more, the new arrival will also see the restaurant from the landing deck, the MapRoom, the music and dance venue, and the Showcase displays donated by Astro Balut and showing places to visit in 3RG.
The MapRoom of the welcome center is certainly worth a visit. Although still being worked on, it will be a great source of information about events, places of interest and more all around community core and the grid as a whole. The map room shows all the regions of 3RG with little markers indicating places of interest (yellow), or upcoming events (orange, red when the event is running). Green markers on the community core map show the location of other avatars. Click the map, or the markers to get more information about them. Double click the map to tp to a location (community map only atm).
Right on top of the MapRoom, you will find the ‘Broken Disc’music venue, with the ‘Crap Tools’ bar, where we hope to offer you live and DJ-music right in the heart of community core.
Going down the stairs again from the office level, you arrive in the harbor. Inside the welcome center is a harbor from which we hope to run a real ferry service in the near future to other areas of community core and beyond.
And it doesn’t stop there. For your convenience, Francis Famine will run his Wall-Of-Snacks in the Harbor area, offerring anything from slices of pizza, hot-dogs, to healthy salad sandwiches. You will find Damion Ghoul’s magazine, newspaper and beverages kiosk in the harbor, and Helga Schwefel’s Sauna and Massage parlor. Did I mention the large indoor swimmingpool?