By Netera Landar
ALL YOU NEED TO DO is enter the welcome center to see a tiny dot on the map in the new mall. Ten to one, that would be CTM Underwood building the new mall. He’s a virtual firecracker when it comes to detail.
I touched base with CTM about recent Encore updates. He began by informing me about new private regions.
“They’re users purchasing land. We’ve had two 6×6’s, a 5×5, and we had a request for a regular standard region. Word is catching on that we have discounted pricing and other people are coming here because they like our entertainment. They like to interact with our folks, here,” he said.
Standing in mall 1 and near 2, CTM discussed advancements in the mall’s expansion. Mall 2 is nearly completed. The grand opening will soon be announced. In the meantime, check out the wonderful winter wonderland in mall 3.
“We’re working on getting the stores in place. I started building the bridge over to the welcome center. The stores by the welcome center will come down so you can walk right through,” he said awhile back and they are already in place.
The size of the larger builds will determine how many will be featured in the new merchant area. Content creators chosen for these larger stores must have a larger inventory.
A community center will also be established and decorated for the holidays. There’s talk of a skating rink before Christmas. There will be special events, like the grand opening of the new mall. Live music and DJs. Should there be high attendance, special events will continue to be scheduled.
“Our calendar is pretty full now and we have new people with their own regions. One of them has a jazz club he is going to be opening up so we will be adding that to our list, as well,” CTM said. “As you know, there is entertainment here seven days a week and it’s growing. When more people come onboard with their own region, I’m sure we’ll have events at the same time at their locations. That’s a good thing, because if you like country and I like rock ‘n roll, there’s two places to go.”
CTM said Encore’s owners and team is very open to who buys a region. They don’t care if they are furries, combat groups, kings and queens. Though, everyone needs to follow some basic rules: if you have an adult beach, post a sign and rating identifying it appropriately. There might be a group that enjoys medieval role play, but perhaps others aren’t interested in that.
“So you’ll have an opportunity to read what that sim is about and make your choice if you want to go there or not,” said CTM.
He added that the Encore’s staff is going to other grids, meeting with their personal contacts in regards to content designers, and inviting them to Encore. He said that he wants designers to know that they have their backs.
Encore has created a database of proven stolen items, CTM said. Other grid owners are starting to participate in the collection of information. There are a couple of designers that make clothing or avatars and it’s known they have been hacked. They are added to the database and automatically removed from everyone’s inventory. He said the database is growing and more grids are hoping on board.
“I can’t be land police and find everything that’s ever been hacked, but when it’s officially reported, then we can do something about it,” said CTM.
Other areas they are starting to develop:
–With next year being the 50th Anniversary of Woodstock, Encore hopes to hold a celebration. Having the original plans for the Woodstock event, they are building the set just as it looked back in the day. They have also bought the rights to be able to broadcast or stream the actual entertainment and are considering the decor. Some ideas have already been collected. Builders are also designing things.
There are a couple of other attractions they are working on:
—horseback riding – Rez a horse and ride to the mountains and down the paths.
—a lover’s paradise — is being worked on.
A number of suggestions have been made and are being considered. Encore doesn’t want to be like every other grid out there. Some are a little bit more unique. They prefer not building it from scratch, instead to find the creator, for him or her to come to Encore and place it after coming to an agreement.