Editors Note: This article is updated to reflect that LagNoMore is the only one of the two sims that is closing. Rustica will stay.
The story is old, in that we have heard it over and over. But this time, it really hit home for me, as I learned that one of my favorite home away from homes, brainchild creation of Maxwell Graf, died this weekend, simply because, once again,Linden Labs failed to protect the creator. For those of you that never saw it, I am so sorry. The original is gone forever. A loss shared by ALL SL residence whether they know it or not. NOW the main Rustica sim WILL STAY so you can still get Max’s great creations, but the area around it, the sim LagNoMore, which allowed you to explore his works is gone.
Below is footage of Rustica and Rune. Rune actually left before LAGNOMORE (the area which displayed everything outside the castle – houses, village, forest, landscaping stuff) and not as a result of this particular incident, but one has to wonder, if it too didn’t cease to exist as part of the trickle down effect of the continuous theft of content from its creator. For those who missed it, here are two of the last looks though there will be a couple of broadcasts on Treet TV, in the near future, of the actual last days.
I feel blessed to have Max and Lyrric and Max’s creations as part of my Second Life. Some of the best belly laughs I have had in SL were rolling across the floors of this castle, on the hillsides of this sim, or in the seaside amphitheater. Max and Lyrric frequently roamed the sim and would visit those who came to their place for a visit or to shop. Some of the best customer service I have ever received was from these two, and I am not limiting that to my second life experiences. I feel privileged to call these two friends.
So, today, I am reminded of a Snoopy quote:
Why can’t we get all the people together in the world that we really like and then just stay together? I guess that wouldn’t work. Someone would leave. Someone always leaves and then we have to say good-bye. I hate good-byes. I know what I need. I need more hellos.
Good bye, LagNoMore! You will be missed.
For the full story on this injustice visit http://rusticahomefurnishings.blogspot.com/. There are several articles there explaining the theft, but also showcasing the creations of this brilliant resident of SL. The two most telling articles are the one dated June 25, 2010 – Rustica: Deleting LagNmoor sim due to THEFT. Thanks for nothing, LL (http://slurl.com/secondlife/LagNmoor/123/144/28) and the one from the following day, Followup: LL drops the ball, again (http://rusticahomefurnishings.blogspot.com/2010/06/followup-ll-drops-ball-again.html). I wish I could say this is the exception but I fear that isn’t the case.