Forum Activity for @Mansur Marawi

Mansur Marawi
@Mansur Marawi
13 Oct 2018 08:26:29AM
59 posts

Finding and Defeating Texture Lag?


Off Topic

Reviving an old thread here to say that, in addition to slowly working on optimizing textures, I have also been utilizing skyboxes and rezzers to help reduce lag.

So... mesh creators have a terrible tendency to load their objects with multiple 1024 textures. This has already been discussed. One of the things I've done is utilize a system of skyboxes and rezzers to get as many of those large-texture items as possible up and out of the user's viewing range. That way, the computer isn't trying to read all of those textures that should be off behind closed doors, behind walls, a hundred meters away, and generally not visible to the character, anyway. Also saves on prims.

Mansur Marawi
@Mansur Marawi
13 Oct 2018 07:54:04AM
59 posts

Court Roleplay in SL


General Discussion

No need to attend that, Tiamat. I've had to cancel it due to my rl computer problems.

I'm still very interested in pursuing cross-sim RP and helping to unite our various historical sims. It just looks like I may be a little limited in terms of what I'm actually capable of doing without crashing.

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Info here:

Just an fyi: I think I'm going to cancel the upcoming Kalahari state dinner. Until I can get my machine up and running, I'm just not able to do any graphics or crowd-intensive stuff. I crash half the time I try to come online.

This is why I need some helpful staff to pick up my slack sometimes, so if you want to volunteer, please do!

Also not sure I can continue to post calendars, as those files are on my old hard drive. RP classes, doctor's hours, and family/harem nights to continue as usual.

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Mansur Marawi
@Mansur Marawi
08 Oct 2018 05:35:34PM
59 posts

Canceled Due to Technical Difficulties: Oct. 17th: State Dinner & Fashion Show


Communty News & Events

Oct 13:

Just an fyi: I think I'm going to cancel the upcoming Kalahari state dinner. Until I can get my machine up and running, I'm just not able to do any graphics or crowd-intensive stuff. I crash half the time I try to come online.

This is why I need some helpful staff to pick up my slack sometimes, so if you want to volunteer, please do!

Also not sure I can continue to post calendars, as those files are on my old hard drive. RP classes, Doctor's Hours, and family/harem nights to continue as usual.

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Come one, come all!

Larl Valley welcomes the court of King Hassan ibn Trrrol of the independent kingdom of Kalahari. Festivities include:

  • a state dinner
  • 18th century fashion show
  • a desert expedition? (tentative)
  • build contest? (tentative; best/most authentic period dish?)

Events to begin at approximately 1 P.M. SLT. Food and lodging provided. Notecard SirCharlesMormont Resident with the size of your expected family and retinue.

OOC Note:

I'm still looking for volunteers to participate. Lots of ways to help! Donate prizes for the fashion show. Offer to dance, play music, or otherwise entertain. Compete in the fashion show. Be a dinner guest. Serve during the meal. 

Then, on the 19th, we're invited to visit Kalahari!


updated by @Mansur Marawi: 13 Oct 2018 07:51:23AM
Mansur Marawi
@Mansur Marawi
07 Oct 2018 06:13:25PM
59 posts

DC: Sailing the Duché is now Better than Ever


General Discussions

Oh, that sounds like so much fun!

Mansur Marawi
@Mansur Marawi
05 Oct 2018 05:08:03AM
59 posts

Court Roleplay in SL


General Discussion

You know, his drinking problem has actually been a delight to play. It has even driven plot at some points. Presently, someone in the valley is attempting to un-seat Mansur by means of exacerbating and bringing to light this problem. In the past, when he went about in disguise, his preferred beverage and a certain storage place were clues to his true identity. So the trait has been more useful than just a means by which to meet newbies!

That said, I -do- think I need to institute something similar at LV. My landing point is too far away from everyone else. The semi-scheduled Bath setup is a good solution to that!

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Anyway, onto the real reason I wanted to post: more cross-sim RP!

I wanted to tell everyone that we're planning some cross-sim RP with Kalahari on 10/17. We'll be doing a state dinner. Everyone is invited! Sim meeting Fri at 6pm SLT to discuss details. I'll post more as I know more.

Mansur Marawi
@Mansur Marawi
30 Sep 2018 06:15:20AM
59 posts

Court Roleplay in SL


General Discussion

I wanted to revive this old thread in order to congratulate Jacon on actually implementing some of these ideas and hosting a fabulous weekend in Bath. Way to get the ball rolling, Your Highness!

Mansur Marawi
@Mansur Marawi
30 Sep 2018 05:52:28AM
59 posts

End of Summer Vacation in Bath


Communty News & Events

The weekend in Bath was a rousing success. My hearty congratulations to HRH Jacon Cortes and the staff of the Francis Hotel, Pump Room, and Stables for a most delightful holiday. Lady Song and I expanded our acquaintance most pleasurably whilst relaxing in a charming foreign locale. We intend to continue improving and perfecting that growing intimacy with foreign friends by way of frequent visits.

While in Bath, I enjoyed several scenic carriage rides. I received a spa treatment from a princess. I partook in an excellent assortment of tobacco. I even learned a new card game! It was almost drudgery to return home to my palace and private baths. 

Mansur Marawi
@Mansur Marawi
30 Sep 2018 05:36:54AM
59 posts

Seismic Shift Warning


Communty News & Events

Looks great, Tatiana!

Mansur Marawi
@Mansur Marawi
23 Mar 2018 01:23:21PM
59 posts

18th Century Fashion Show Rescheduled: New Date TBD


Communty News & Events

The 18th century fashion show formerly slated for 3/24/18 will have to be rescheduled.

If anyone would like to help out in any capacity -- modeling an outfit, donating a prize, helping me choose a date or decorate a venue... do notecard SirCharlesMormont Resident.

My apologies. My RL has been hectic lately.

Mansur Marawi
@Mansur Marawi
26 Feb 2018 07:20:31AM
59 posts

Unity Empire System: review for those interested in crafting


G&S Roleplay

I know Unity isn't a G&S crafting system, but I thought this topic best suited to this area of the forum.

I am most impressed with the crafting systems at Antiquity and Pirate's Destiny. Not being a scripter, I was looking for a system that would allow for customization. G&S is just too specific to Gor and not well suited to my theme of 18th century Egypt. I wanted a system that I could use to craft Egyptian dishes with Egyptian ingredients. Well... I am happy to say that I found one - and that I love it!

I highly recommend Unity for other non-scripters who want to bring customizable crafting to their sims.

The Pros:

Once you get the hang of it, customizing the system really is as easy as editing a description line or a config card. You can easily create items, drop in scripts, and give your creations an immediate effect on the meter (Unity meter). The meter, however, is optional. That means that you can still craft and receive items even if you aren't wearing a meter. It is the best of both worlds in that regard. You can create whatever you can imagine. You can even drop scripts into any modifiable items that you own. If you want to use olives as a harvest-able item, for instance, then you can do so without having to build an olive tree from scratch. You can just drop the script into an existing olive tree! The creator, Warwick Falconer, is really nice and approachable. He's very hands-on. The rest of the Unity community is always reachable via chat, and they're usually very helpful and kind if I make a boo boo and need to ask them for help. Some of my scripter friends have even been able to innovate significantly. They've created 'camper'-like jobs that pay sim coins and scripted NPCs, like interactive animals and guards, that react to meter inputs!

The Cons:

As much as I do love the system, this wouldn't be much of a review if I didn't include a few cons. Firstly, I find the money system a little clumsy. It is handled through big pay chests that act as a bank. That's... not terribly convenient, as it requires the sim owner to physically place the chest. What about folks like me, who can't commit to regular pay days? What about folks from different time zones, who will never be on during 'pay day?' It's all too manual, with each player's name being put into a config notecard. That's why my friend made the paying jobs! Second, I don't like the fact that sim owners can hand out up-to-date meters, but that we cannot hand out up-to-date pouches. I understand that there was some issue of cheating. Unfortunately, I'd rather have cheating than leaving! I have to provide a landmark to the Unity sim if people want to get an updated meter. If you have to send a player off-sim to get something, it becomes very likely that the player will find it too complicated to bother or, worse, may leave entirely. Thirdly, the animals are static. Fortunately, my friend is working on a way around that!

I hope this review has shed some light. I'd like to encourage trade between realms. As soon as I figure out -what- you guys might like from Egypt and create some of those things, I'll be happy to get that going. In the meantime, I really encourage other historical sims to take a look at Unity as a crafting system option. I am loving it so far!

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