Uccie Poultry-Seale: What brought you to Second Life?
Raven Luna: I came into Second Life in August 2006 by way of The Sims Online. Never really a fan of first-person shooter games, I had tried ActiveWorlds back in 2001 or so and then The Sims Online in 2004. I love free-form environments where I'm not told to "go over there" or "perform this specific mission." I tend to wander about... so obviously I wasn't all that successful at The Sims Online. Ha.
I remember signing up for Second Life and going through Orientation Island, then Help Island - and then winding up at the Plum InfoHub. There were tons of people there, typing away in the air, some caging others - it was like the Wild West! So I took off to explore Sansara. I found the Ivory Tower of Primitives (my very first landmark and notecard) and then the Luna Oaks Mall (imagine - a mall named after my family!), and then Nova Albion. I met wonderful people there and called that my first home, parking myself on a prim couch in a friend's apartment.
UP-S: What brought you to Bay City?
RL: Well, even though I've always regarded the Sansara Continent my true home, I had to go wandering about. A friend had a private island and a group of us made it into a medieval village. I lived there for a few years, learning how to terraform, build, and script. Then off to other mainland continents and even the Blake Sea. I've always preferred to own land rather than rent, so I'd buy a parcel somewhere, build a house, sail and/or fly to and from it for a while, then put it up for sale and try something else.
Out of all the places to explore and enjoy, I think the most fun are established communities. People put so much time and effort in creating a theme and then becoming residents within that theme. I *always* wanted to live in Bay City. Like Nova Albion, a great majority of the landowners would build in theme. They didn't *have* to - they just did. I loved that. I wanted to be a part of that. My one obstacle was the very real cost of buying land there. So I would look at land for sale and wander through the city a LOT. Finally last year, I just did it - I bought my first parcel in Docklands and built a home. And was immediately greeted by four motorcycle riders on Route 66 as they passed by. That was awesome.
UP-S: Everyone in Bay City seems to have a job or favorite activity. What is yours in Our Fair City?
RL: Well, I'm a relatively new resident of Bay City, so I'm still getting settled in and exploring. As a matter of fact, after buying a place in Docklands, my significant other and I decided on a quiet residential neighborhood in Moloch, across from the park. I like to consider this place my retreat. My favorite activity here is exploring the Mole builds and the railroad. My home in Moloch is right next door to what seems to be a Mole experimental laboratory/warehouse of sorts. I'm still trying to figure that one out. There is so much to see here! I spend a lot of time just walking through the city, exploring shops, parks, and community centers.
UP-S: Do you spend much time outside Bay City?
RL: I currently work outside Bay City. I'm the Av-alumni Museum Director on the University of Washington islands and spend a fair amount of time there. During the weekends, I am an estate manager for HRE Realty over in Blake Passage, Balboa, and Honah Lee. Oh, and I primarily own and run several railroad stations, two railroad towns, and an airport on the Atoll Continent. Whew. I'm glad we have Hau Koda airport here. It makes the daily commute from Bay City to Hooktip Airfield much easier.
UP-S: What advice would you give to someone looking to move to Bay City?
RL: The first thing I'd tell someone is to just start at North Channel and walk Route 66 all the way west. It is so worth it to take a walking tour of the city to get the feel of the neighborhoods. And there are different vibes in each neighborhood - some have themes within themes. The ports, the railroads, the community centers - just explore. Pretty soon you will find out which neighborhood suits you.
UP-S: Bay City is not like typical Mainland, of course, but what do you think of the "wild frontier" outside Bay City?
RL: Ha ha - the wild frontier is just magnificent. Especially those lands in the Color Sims and the older parts of Sansara. I encourage everyone to hop on a flight or take a boat and travel around Sansara. We take our vacations in the snowlands and go skiing in Wengen. Lots of fun.
UP-S: Do you consider your Second Life persona a "character" or a representation of who you are in Real Life?
RL: My Second Life persona is absolutely me in the Physical World (we’re both educators and work at universities). Everything in and out of Second Life is Real Life for me, so whether you are meeting me on a physical university campus or on a campus here in Second Life - you're basically meeting... me. And people who have met me first in Second Life actually do call me Raven in the Physical World rather than my Physical World name. I love that.
UP-S: Do you have a philosophy for Second Life?
RL: Wow. Do I have a philosophy for Second Life... No one has ever asked that before... I think the most important thing to remember is that there is a real person behind every avatar you meet. Treating people in Second Life the same way you’d like to be treated in the face-to-face Physical World is paramount to keeping this place active, immersive, and enjoyable. Also, always keep an open mind, explore this world with enthusiasm and curiosity, and have fun!
UP-S: What ONE thing should anyone not looking in your Profile know about you?
RL: I LOVE giving tours. And at the very least, Landmarks. I’d probably make a pretty decent SL travel agent.
UP-S: Any last thoughts you'd like to add?
RL: I have to say, it’s a thrill to be interviewed by the Bay City Post. Thank you so much. It’s great to finally reside in Bay City and I hope to participate in more events very soon.
Do you know anyone this busy? Or maybe just anyone that is willing to be interviewed for The Bay City Post? Have them contact me, Uccello Poultry (Display Name varies) or the paper's editor, Kinnaird. If they have time fore 10 questions, they could be in The Post!