We are launching a new program this month that is all about improving the experience for residents living on or visiting the Linden mainland. We’re calling it the Linden Department of Public Works (LDPW), a project within which we will organise teams of resident builders, artists and scripters to create new linden content on our behalf.
We haven’t done much content creation over the last year, which makes us sad. It takes a lot of time and resource, and has been difficult to commit to with so many other areas to work on – so by using the skills and experience in the community, we think we can make a real difference.
So how will this work in practice? Well, we’re currently assembling our first team of ten resident builders. These are people that have been referred to us and (importantly) have time to commit to the project during the early stages. Later on we will look at how we can invite other builders to apply, but for now this gets us going quickly whilst we work out how best to run this.
We will provide the team with specific build projects and will oversee progress before taking ownership of the content once work is completed.
What will we work on? Good question; basically, we will consider anything and everything that we feel will make the mainland more attractive, fun, engaging and interesting for new or existing residents. Initially, we’re looking at extending the city area which is very popular, so that will involve some new built up areas to the west of Barcola (joined via bridges to preserve existing water views). We’ll also be looking at new park areas, Linden folly builds, beautifying existing Linden land, better gathering places and seeding new mainland with themed builds. Some of the content may find its way into the Library in your inventories.
In addition, there will be other work ongoing as part of this program that will include repairing terrain, and yes – finally completing the missing coastline on the southern continent.
As we go forward, we will post regularly to the blog to let everyone know what is being worked on and what plans we have. We’re pretty excited about this project, it’ll be very cool to see what a difference we can make over time with help from our own community. If you have ideas about what we should consider doing, keep your eyes open for some office hour sessions soon where you’ll be able to discuss them with the LDPW directly.