For some time now we have been selling a low prim island type to existing island owners called Openspaces (often called void sims by Residents).
This blog post is to announce some important changes to Openspaces..
What is an Openspace?
An Openspace is a type of private island intended for light use countryside or ocean. Unlike normal regions that effectively get a CPU to themselves on the server, there can be up to four Openspaces on a single CPU, sharing the resource (hence them being ‘light use’).
So what is changing?
Openspaces will no longer have to be purchased in sets of four at a time, as they have been so far. They can be bought singly, for a setup fee of USD$415 followed by a fee of USD$75 per month.
All other island services are therefore available for single Openspace regions, at the usual region rates, and Openspaces will no longer have to be placed together on the grid, they can be placed apart.
To purchase an Openspace region you will still need to own a normal island already, however you will not have to anchor your Openspace to that region, it can be placed wherever you would normally be able to place an island.
Finally, we are going to increase the prim count for Openspaces. They will become exactly a quarter of the normal 15000 prim limit for a region, so they will be set at 3750 (to date they have been limited to 1875 prims).
How does this affect existing owners of Openspaces?
The main changes will be that your monthly fee will rise very slightly from USD$73.75 each to USD$75. If you purchased your Openspaces at the lower rate of USD$48.75 each your fee will rise to USD$50.00
However your prim limit for each Openspace will double to the new level of 3750.
Prices for educators and non-profit organisations will remain unchanged.
Changes to current Openspace pricing will take place no sooner than March 31st, although it is likely that the increase in prim limits will happen before then. When this happens your Openspace region will be disabled briefly then come back up in a similar way to rolling restarts.
When does this take effect?
Openspaces ordered from this point on will be charged at the new rate, and will have the new prim limit on delivery.
If you purchased Openspaces from us in the last 60 days, and are unhappy at having had to buy a set of four, please contact the Concierge team who can arrange partial refunds in exchange for taking back those Openspaces that you do not require. This only applies for those that purchased their set of Openspaces on or after 7th January 2008.
How do you buy Openspaces?
Although the new Land Store that we are currently developing will allow Openspaces to be bought in the same way that normal regions are, the current Land Store does not support them. So until then you can order them by filing a concierge support ticket through the support portal that lists the region name, estate name plus the terrain and placement details.