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Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Steve On Paisley Beebe Show

Last Sunday night, Little London’s Minister for Events Steve Rumsford appeared on the very popular “Tonight Live with Paisley Beebe” to talk about how an action plan created by the community in order to save the sim worked to keep the sim open.

Steve first arrived in Little London about 9 months ago after doing a search for “London”, which is his home town in RL. It was love at first sight for Steve and he began spending time in the sim, eventually joining the council and organizing events. He noticed that there was not a lot of activity in the sim, shops and apartments remained empty and there were not many avatars in the sim at any one time. However, Steve hadn’t realized how difficult the situation had become until one day when he and a group of friends logged on to find that the music, which had previously been on all the time, was not playing. They contacted sim owner and creator Katrina Pascale who said that she was going to have to close the sim down by the end of the month and that was why the music was off. When faced with this, a group of Little Londoners got together and approached Katrina to see if there was a way of avoiding this. A meeting was called and different ideas discussed, which resulted in an action plan to increase traffic to the sim.

Since then things seemed to have turned around in Little London. There are many fewer empty rental spaces and always people in the sim. Part of the credit can go to special events, such as the recent AC/DC concert (see Virtually London (lite), Sept. 28, 2010), as well as recurring events, including the Sci-Fi Night every Monday in the pub and contests in Steve’s club, Heavenly, on the weekends. These events not only bring first timers into the sim, but provide acitivities for sim regulars and residents, thereby building the community. There is also a role playing area to the sim that is popular, and recently being listed in the SL Destination Guide has increased traffic to Little London.

You can watch Steve’s appearance on “Tonight Live with Paisley Beebe” at http://treet.tv/shows/tonightlive/episodes/tlpb-26sep10.
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Hibiscus Hastings

2 comments:

Janey Bracken said...

I watched the show this morning, well done Steve on a brilliant interview and congratulations to you, Katrina and the team for making the sim a success!!

Janey :))

Great Article Hib!!

Anonymous said...

It's so nice to see that the effort they put into saving the sim has paid off. Best wishes to them for continued success!!!

-Drax