by Marianna Monentes-Softly
Thor Asgard is a lovely addition to our grid, he is always dropping by and saying hello. He came by today so I thought would learn more about him to share with all of you. When I asked Thor what brought him to the GCG he shared this with me,
"Originally, I had come from another grid, for a more active grid. Don't get me wrong the grid I was at is a busy grid, but when the groups/activities you are a part of, and the people you associate with no longer seem to come online anymore, it gets kinda boring after awhile just building and nothing else. One of the reasons I liked Osgrid was that you could setup your own region, but that meant you had to run your computer 24/7 and the cost wasn't worth it. I once considered renting land but at the cost they charged in Osgrid I reconsidered quickly.
Around this time I started traveling the hypergrid and I visited other grids, both open and closed. I had a brief stay in Inworldz, where I met the founders of the current version of the stargate program Spectre Draconia and Nick Balers. A short time later I was deeply pleased to find that they moved the network. Spectre is the creator of the Asgard avatar that I am normally seen wearing. I also met my friend Autumn and later co-owner of Meow, Purr, Hiss! Neko/Furry Clothing during my stay in IW... But we both chose to leave for other grids. She settled on Tanglegrid. While it was a nice grid it was still fairly new and rather quiet. Perfect for her but not for me; it was too much like the reason I started looking in the first place.
I kept looking then I discovered the Great Canadian Grid. It seems nice, it is active, and when I visited I found out it was also very friendly. It was then that I found the pricing for regions and spoke to Roddie about them. After finding that it was one set tier a month, no hidden charges or fees (as in Second Life, where the purchase price of the land is one price, and the tier for the land is another). I decided that I found a Grid worth spending RL money on.
My time renting a region was very enjoyable, but life happened and I had to downsize, so let my region go too. I may be down to just three of my shops now, but I have only one thing to say about the experience. Anyone who doesn't have a region and considered getting one, it is worth it!! Between how friendly, active, and reasonable GCG is, it has become my home grid. "
Asking what his plans are now at the grid he explained,
"Like most people I am constantly trying to better myself and my creations. Sometimes I start a project only to scrap it in the middle and go in a different direction. A good example of this is that I have several NPC Cat people living on the top floor of my main headquarters in DragonMoor. They were originally going to be a part of larger project I was working on, but lost interest and scrapped the idea. Other times I just randomly build stuff that pops into my mind and place it my shop. For example of the random builds I have both themed luminaries and custom made to order ones in my shop, I also have a memorials available for free. I thought that would be a nice touch for holidays and as a tribute for a loved one."
Thor is always working on something fantastic. For our wedding present Thor gave Reyn and me a beautiful lava lamp. He also helped Reyn with a blamgate. Most blamgates (teleport gate) are configured for inter-world jumping, to jump within the GCG, you need a local address: you can get a locally configured BlamGate at: hop://login.greatcanadiangrid.ca:8002/Ardice/189/133/28. It has notes in the contents to help you configure it. It looks like a pane of glass, can use them anywhere.
I asked what are his current projects?
"While I am always still trying to promote the stargate program, the gates and the transport rings are a little cranky here for some reason. So, I will keep tinkering with that. I am always working on something constantly, sometimes it ends up for sale in my shops. Others it either gets deleted or sits in my inventory for ages until I find a new use for it.
With my shops I always say you might not find what your looking for, but you will always find something interesting. Visit us at Feris Labs in Heavens Mall, Feris Labs Main HQ in DragonMoor, (thank you again Miss Tig) Ancient Designs Armories in Ardice (thank you again Ms Softly) and Phoenix Ascension, in Westeros."
Thor is always such pleasurable company, with neat ideas he is working on, he loves GCG and good friends, please say hello sometime.