Tropicana was born out of an idea to create an adult community with the emphasis on freedom, regardless of their gender, age, sex, race, class, religion, ethnicity, ability, language, sexual orientation. It was never designed to compete with the LBSA Plaza or any other "Welcome" area and yet it rapidly rose up the ranks to hold second place in the OSW ratings for a period of time.
Thanks to the efforts of our team and all our regular community members that did, and still do support the project, we managed to create quite a community. Unfortunately, as with all things it is only a matter of time before the reality of the situation becomes clear. Opensim is primarily a builders haven. An alternative to Second Life, and a place for those creative spirits that want to build, it is unlikely to become a social centre with an interactive base of users in the way that other virtual worlds have managed to achieve.
Opensim has been around for a long time. It is still in an alpha development and his still not entered the beta phase. Claims that Opensim is growing rapidly and will overtake Second Life have been banded around for years. This is nothing more than a pipe dream. At Tropicana we have seen a large influx of migrants from Second Life. We provided ready to go avatars and immediate access to land and home rentals. We encouraged people to interact and get to know each other. We organised low cost region rentals for people that wanted to contribute to our growing community. Grid closures, avatar issues and asset server problems took their toll on new migrants who promptly decided this was not for them and who subsequently left.
All we asked in return is that people participate and interact with others. Join us at parties and use the Welcome area to land in when you first logon and get to know others within the growing community. Sadly, for the most part regions were snapped up because they were cheap rather than as a means of benefitting the community. Housing and land was taken purely because it was there on offer rather than for the benefit of the wider community. We grew too fast and created a lot of work for ourselves.
A new migrant to Opensim will initially be very enthusiastic. Everything is free! What a wonderful place to be. They will obtain land, set up home, explore and then look for a place to meet others. This is where the problem starts and the rot sets in. They very quickly realise that there is more land than there are people. Apart from the main LBSA Plaza in the OSgrid there is no focal point where people can meet others as you can in Second Life.
Almost every welcome centre on any grid is devoid of any life or interactive content. Within a short space of time the new migrants pack up and head back home to Second Life, disgruntled with Opensim and the fact that there is no one to talk to and few like minded people to interact with. This cycle continues to repeat itself year after year after year.
No one is to blame?. The answer is obvious. Create busy centres where people can meet when they join opensim. Social interaction and a sense of belonging will help with retention. However, this in itself is very difficult to achieve. People are fickle and expect everything to be laid on a plate for them. With minimum effort on their part they expect to land at busy Welcome areas and have people ready and waiting to entertain them. Sorry but it doesn't work like that. Unless people contribute and participate rather than demand and expect, the uninhabited lands of opensim with its half empty clubs and less than a dozen people at the busiest landing areas in opensim ( of which half will be AFK ), will never change.
We will continue to maintain Tropicana and extend our thanks to all those that have taken an active part in its development. We urge you to support your local communities and engage with others. For the grid owners who have the thankless task of providing all that they do for little incentive or reward we salute you. Your dedication to the Opensim project is truly amazing.
Radio Tropicana: http://stream.abyss-shoutcast.com:4400
Features: Docks, Party Boat, Photo Studio, Open houses, poolside, Welcome Area, Sailing, Clifftop bar, windsurfing and beaches.
Kubwa People who trust the childgate are stupid. Avatar size is no indicator for adult or child. You CANNOT detect childavatars by script. I won't recomment visiting this region when you dont want to risk being kicked out automatically because your avatar is not 6 meters tall. What if i wear a 4 meters ta...
FunnyFarm my av's 5'2 and got kicked by that child thing lmao, this means Salma Hayek is a 55 year old child!
Cataplexia Numbers✦ Congratulations on a beautiful grid! I visited a few regions during my visit and found it to be not only perfectly landscaped but i also did feel that sense of a more laid-back beachy lifestyle that I felt when i lived in Florida years ago. Kudos to your builders and decorators! Was also nice to see...