Well…we’re only days away from putting 2013 to bed, and looking forward to 2014.
And as usual we’ve seen changes in SL’s naturist community, with the arrival and departure of some sims, and the slow evolution of others. And when I say ‘slow’, that’s not meant to be criticism, but praise. I like the fact that some sims -and I’m thinking specifically about Eden Naturopolis here- undertake change in a slow, measured way. So they’ve added Shameless Beach, the Blue Lagoon and, in the run up to Christmas, a (temporary) ice rink. Just the right pace of change! It’s how it would more or less happen in RL, with the development of areas and the expansion of facilities. Shameless and Blue Lagoon do just that, and the ice rink would be something that some locations in RL, New York for example, and probably many Alpine towns, would set up as a focal point for their winter markets. So bravo, yet again, to Brenda and Elbag for their well thought out, and considered, approach to naturism.
The exciting thing about Eden is that there’s a sense of semi-autonomy in some of the locations dotted around the estate. Blue Lagoon and Teresa’s Naked Dreams are both examples, wonderful examples, of people being able to create something which stamps their own personalities on a build, while remaining true to Eden’s overall ethos.
Su Casa, where the SLN ‘office’ (yes…it’s a laptop at a table outside the lighthouse cafe) is located, remains a favourite for obvious reasons. It’s ‘home’, for a start, and it also has a superb, gentle feel to it, busy but not crowded. I spend ludicrous amounts of time doing SLN out of world, more than being in world, but when I do get some proper SL time, a wander around Su Casa is generally the first action of the day.
Lupe’s is another popular naturist location, and it’s easy to see why thanks to its beautiful, wooded build, and a sense that it’s a labour of love. There’s no sense of it having any commercial intent. It just exists for the enjoyment of others. When I first started in SL there were many sims like that, built just for the sheer hell of it, but the recession killed many of those kinds of builds off, with people belt-tightening in relation to where their disposable income went, so it’s beautiful to see Lupe’s just exist because it can in a glorious woodland setting.
In essence, it has been another vibrant year where SL naturism is involved, a slow evolution rather than revolution. Quietly changing sims, developing sims, people understanding what they’re doing with their sims and doing it brilliantly. There is a ‘hardcore’ of naturist sims now, achieving the sort of level we, SL’s naturists, demand and admire. We wish them all continuing success in 2014.
We hope you’ve enjoyed 2013’s naturism in SL. We hope you’re, like us, looking forward to more of the same in 2014.