Jan 12

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Category: Places to Visit, Sims Worth Exploring, Space by Stone Culdesac

The sim Privateer Space is definitely one you will want to check out, if only to get the free space ship, and especially if you are a Star Wars fan. ;)

I noticed a post on New World Notes about it, he mentioned a post by Gwyneth Llewelyn in which she creates her own story around the sim, much like Aribella’s stories on this blog, it is worth a read. So, I’m going to leave the storytelling to them and just show some pics and some info. Here is a quote from Gwyn’s post:

“Gwyneth,” Commander Au said to me, twirling his moustache behind the floating desk at HQ. “We have, uh… an issue.”

I dropped the pad on my lap and looked up to him. His mischievous smile was getting on my nerves. Sighing, I scratched my head, and mumbled: “What issue?” Source: To Boldly Go To Where No Avatar Has Gone Before

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They have a challenge called The Kessel Run, which is supposed to be the longest straightaway distance in Second Life, from the notecard:

This is not a race, there is no start time and no prizes, it is a challenge

The object of this challenge is to deliver some imaginary important cargo from the southern most point of the main two linked SL continents to the northernmost point.


(1) must use a flying physics vehicle (any will do)
(2) must use the SAME vehicle with no mods to get to the finish point. you can re use as many copies as necessary, just not a different vehicle.
(3) must copy your crash locations (the notices you get in text when you kabloowy) to notepad, a notecard etc, then restart in the Sim listed. if there are no rez areas in the sim ?
you may go to the EAST or WEST nearest sims to try, NOT A NORTHERN SIM! North is the direction your goal is.

That’s it!
Note: if you fly between altitudes 800m and 900m you will both avoid builds and be low enough to prevent ejection from full parcel crossings :)

*The Kessel Run was an 18-parsec route used by smugglers to move glitterstim spice from Kessel to an area south of the Si’Klaata Cluster without getting caught by the Imperial ships that were guarding the movement of spice from Kessel’s mines. Worlds along the Kessel Run included Fwillsving, Randa, Rion, and possibly Zerm.

It took travelers in real space around The Maw leading them to an uninhabitable—but far easier to navigate—area of space called The Pit, which was an asteroid cluster encased in a nebula arm making sensors as well as pilots go virtually blind. Thus there was a high chance that pilots, weary from the long flight through real space, would crash into an asteroid.

Han Solo claimed that his Millennium Falcon “made the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs.” The parsec is a unit of distance, not time. Solo was not referring directly to his ship’s speed when he made this claim. Instead, he was referring to the shorter route he was able to travel by skirting the nearby Maw black hole cluster, thus making the run in under the standard distance. However, parsec relates to time in that a shorter distance equals a shorter time at the same speed. By moving closer to the black holes, Solo managed to cut the distance down to about 11.5 parsecs. The smuggler, BoShek, actually beat Solo’s record in his ship, Infinity, but without cargo to weigh him down.

A few months later, Han Solo beat both his own and BoShek’s records in a run he made with Luke Skywalker.

Privateer Space 3

Stone Culdesac: Yes, Ari; I was just coming to see your boss. Tell Jabba I have his money, at last.
Aribella Lafleur: It’s too late. You should have paid him at the first chance you had. Now Jabba’s put a price on your head so large, every bounty hunter in the galaxy will be looking for you. I’m lucky I found you first.
Stone Culdesac: Yeah, but this time I’ve *got* the money.

Privateer Space 4

Stone Culdesac: Well, you can forget your troubles with those Imperial slugs. I told you I’d outrun ‘em.
“crickets chirping”
Stone Culdesac: Don’t everyone thank me at once.

Privateer Space 5

There has to be a photon canon on this thing, this looks like a second life asteroids game.

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Privateer Space 10

I’ll have the New York strip and a beer.

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Privateer Space 12

Hmm, ignition switch, where’s the ignition switch…

Privateer Space 13

Stone Culdesac: Kid, I’ve flown from one side of this galaxy to the other, and I’ve seen a lot of strange stuff. But I’ve never seen anything to make me believe that there’s one all-powerful Force controlling everything. There’s no mystical energy field that controls MY destiny.

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3 Comments so far

  1. Corcosman Voom January 15th, 2008 8:36 pm

    “They have a challenge called The Kessel Run,”

    Just for the record, that should be “She has”.

    The Kessel Run Challenge, like the Privateer sim is the work of one woman, Aley Arai.

  2. Stone Culdesac January 16th, 2008 9:11 pm

    Well, SHE did a pretty good job on all of it. ;)

  3. The Grid Live » Privateer Space: Revisited February 12th, 2008 9:17 am

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