Draxtor Despres Meets The Dwarfins, A Fantasy-Inspired NPC Civilization Within Second Life
Draxtor Despres' documentary series about the real people behind some of Second Life's most creative avatars continues today with a newly minted episode about the creators of Dwarfins, Lord Of The Rings-style dwarves that function within their own little society. They're part of the lucrative "Breedables" industry in SL, where items are created and scripted with AI and genetic traits that players can refine for stronger and rarer variations through care and breeding.
So its builders building builders-- like a world-making matryoshka. Fantasy fans, breedable enthusiasts, and AI admirers, watch the full episode for yourselves after the jump.
Like many Second Life users, I've dabbled with the breedable bunnies, the cats, the meeroos... And lost interest pretty quickly with each. I bet if they'd been as intricate and social as Dwarfins seem to be, I would have fallen down the deep dark hole of breedable obsession. Maybe the idea of breeding and managing a herd of people is a bit unsettling, but maintaining a little village, or a dwarf fortress (without any of the awe and horror that term brings to mind for many gamers) of your own is a pretty charming and novel concept.
I've just got one important tip for you though: Remember to supervise your villagers well. You wouldn't want them to dig too deep.
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