I have said before many times that there is so much to do and see in Second Life. The grid is large and the organic nature of evolution of landscapes makes Second Life an ever changing world one just can’t explore enough to keep up and see everything.
And then there are social groups and clubs from sailing to aviation and dancing. Also groups for families, fundraising events and more adult activities. There is so much to do. So many interesting people and activities.
Today I would like to share with you a social group in Second Life which has to be one of the friendliest and active groups I have experienced.
Drivers of Second Life is an active group with several team members who work together to provide a new weekly drive across parts of Second Life. Created by Christi Charron and Patty Croquet, a new scripted hud is provided free weekly which directs you to your destinations.
Drive activities involve driving road vehicles, watercraft and aircraft. While you are expected to have your own vehicles, you don’t have to spend much at all and even better, sometimes there are free vehicles given along the way for people who don’t have a vehicle and also a prize at the end of a drive. As example, I have collected cars, one or two trains, amphibious cars and a plane. Not to forget all terrain vehicles.
Some drives are just a single activity for the week. A recent drive was a story and adventure taking several weeks of driving with each drive a new hud. When I joined Drivers of Second Life a few months ago, they were in the midst of a secret mission. I don’t know much I missed out on but it was a lot of fun and I have met many people.
The most recent activity involved flying where we needed to land a plane of our choice to show we could progress to the next level. The first was a simple landing at Hollywood air mall. The second was flying a small plane to land on a short dirt strip. The third and final landing an emergency landing on a short length of narrow road which was heaps of fun.
One of the funnest activities group activities I have participated was a long weekend camp involving a drive to the camp site and setting up tent. Some of us went along in the first group, some in the second planned wave. Others like myself traveled over in my own time as I was sound asleep when they started. You know, silly timezones and all.
It was fascinating to see the different caravans, camper vans, winnebago’s and tents were set out across the campsite. We received a cosy caravan on reaching our camping destination which I loved. It also came in handy as I didn’t own one at all.
Camping activities included games, dancing to tunes played by a rocking DJ, an all terrain driving challenge with a vehicle provided that we could keep, a bull riding challenge and of course, you’re own fun. This has to be one of the best weekends I have spent in Second Life. I could have jumped into pixel land and lived it.
With approximately 150 to 250 people participating weekly, Drivers of Second Life is the most active group I have come across. Members are friendly and helpful.
While Christi Charron and Patti Croquet are the main two organisers, it takes a whole team of people to make this so successful including owners/builders in Second Life(ie: Aleksandr String and Robi Rossini) who participate and John Sheppard who has been awesome in helping with directing traffic. Some Second Life businesses sponsor as part of advertising which helps as a two way street such as Second Life Aviation’s ‘Music to Fly By(MtFB)’ radio with Luke Flywalker providing an online stream for us to listen to while participating.
Luke Flywalker from MtFB and myself
When Christi and Patty, both from Second Life Cheerleader Squad(SLCS) created and sent out the message that they were starting a driving group with a scripted hud, they were not expecting the quick and sudden turn out of people wanting to participate. A group which has only continued to expand and move forward.
If you’re looking for an active group full of the funnest people you’ll meet in Second Life, come join us. I’ll post a weblink below. And don’t worry if you missed a drive in the week of release. Join the group, collect your hud from group notices and take the drive on your own or get friends involved to join you. We’ve even rocketed into space to explore a space station. Each drive hud is left for people to use with a group notice sent so people know when each drive is being removed.
Exploring and adventuring with Drivers of Second Life is a wonderful way to find new places to explore or you might find a shop you want to come back to visit.
Come join us.
Drivers of Second Life profile – Weblink
My Flickr Driver of SL Album – LINK