Monday, August 9, 2010

SANDBOX CITY GOES ONLINE

The big news, of course, is the opening of my second city in Blue Mars, "Sandbox City".  The reason was we simply ran out of shop space in Tharsis.  You are allowed 500 shop shelves in an Outpost, and 250 were taken for my own use, and the rest by  other shop owners.  There isn't much there yet, mainly one street of shops, but more will be added over time, as well as to Tharsis.

Sandbox City (SBC for short) is intended to provide rental private islands.  This is due to the closing of the "Outpost" price plan in Blue Mars.  Since the minimum entry price is now $275 a month for a full city, I expect some people will want less expensive options.  I made SBC's map fairly large, to allow making islands with a good amount of land, but with a fairly low cost.  SBC went online Friday.  In addition, I submitted an update to Tharsis Estates.  Here are the changes for the latest versions:

=== SANDBOX CITY v.1 (06 Aug 2010) ===

* Terrain map set to 4096x4096m and water depth to 50m.  Main island is approx 900x900m, with future private islands to be added later.
* Basic terrain textures set up and first cut at layer painting
* Basic vegetation set up
* Clouds set up
* Dock and a few roads set up
* One block set up, containing 22 shop entities/250 shelves and one large mall building.

=== THARSIS ESTATES v.14 (09 Aug 2010) ===

* Updated textures and interiors at #5 & #6 Main Street.  Asytra and Ahmed are opening shops in those buildings, so welcome!
* Replaced beach sand terrain layer with better version, and did some minor layer painting.
* Updated boat docks with new models & tweaked boat material.
* Added beach furniture, surfboards, and towels to left of spawn point.  I hope to get a copy of Davy's boat script from Misty Hollow
  and get the boat and surfboards to do something besides look nice.
* Added Tiki Hut on the waterfront far to left of spawn point.  This is the start of a tiki house and furniture line to be used on the Sandbox City private islands.  Those islands will be pulled up from the ocean bottom as needed when people tell me what they want.

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