written by Tigerkitti Eberdene
Picture if you will, a quaint little seaside town. Lovely little shops, a beautiful harbour and view of the ocean. This place is named Cedar Point.
Walking down the streets you will see many inviting areas to wander through, or stop to get a bite to eat. Hmmm do I want sushi that is so very appealing at the Chinese Restaurant or will it be pizza? Oh, the choices to be had. Have any issues? There is a local police presence here as well. Just hope that you are not one with a picture on the wall in there!
Further down the road, I see a strange statue and I stop to read the writing below it.
Dorp the Dragon. Curious but very cute and endearing. A gift to Cedar Point by some business associates from China.
Speaking of cute and endearing, I must mention the creator of this wonderful town. Anna Wright. She is so very down to earth and takes so much pride in her accomplishments, although she hasn't got one boastful part to her.
As Anna walks with me. We wander the streets of Cedar Point and chat. She tells me of being in OpenSim for a long time after wandering from SL back in 2010. She was drawn to the open source culture, creativity community spirit of a lot of the builders, music and party lovers and role players here. She says to me, "I am Canadian, so when I heard there was a Canadian Grid I had to check it out.
The second I landed here it felt like a piece of home. I wanted to build, because that's always my main purpose. This is my creative outlet. I've run and helped run a few RPGs. I wanted to write something Canadian because that's just more rooted for me here and it was a compelling idea to write a little “closer to home”.
As we walk, I am impressed with the different areas I see. One place is a cute little bar called The Black Hole. Couples can sit and chat, dance or even do a little sly kissing in the bathroom. The decor calls to my mind a few small-town hangouts I have been to and enjoyed for the sheer fact of it being welcoming to all.
As Anna sits at the bar and chats to me about this spot she is happy to report how many people like the atmosphere, with Roddie even having a barstool claimed as for himself.
"I’m not always a super social person outside of role play communities in this virtual hobby and one thing I didn’t expect was to feel such a connection to the larger community here in GCG. It really is like a big family, and in fact, it’s the best kind of big family I’ve ever been in.
In describing what she likes the most about the GCG she emphatically says, "The people! The people are incredibly kind, supportive of one another and their community. Even if you just log on to build there’s some kind of witty banter going on in the big group chat that reminds you of why you’re here."
Anna thinks everyone’s presence is essential to make up the great feeling we have here on GCG. She is happy to help anyone with anything she can. She is modest about her contributions to GCG in thinking her offerings do not outshine anyone else who’s offering that and more all the time
To newcomers Anna says she would say "you are in for a wonderful virtual experience with great people. It’s well priced if you want to really settle in and rent space. The grid owner is fantastic and the setup is user friendly."
As with anything like this, she believes it will always be what you bring to it as well as what it offered. If you reach out in kindness you’ll make amazing lifelong friends and feel at home in GCG very quickly. It’s just that kind of place.
Looking into the future, say five years, Anna plans to still be here. She says of our Grid owner, "Roddie’s very committed to this as his home too. I keep joking with him that he needs to outlive me so GCG can be around for my whole life. He’s a little older than me so he better take care of himself." 😄
When I asked her about what she feels has been her contribution to GCG in her time here again, Anna answered quite modestly. "Um….ha ha. I guess builds maybe if it needs to be quantifiable. I’m not sure how to define accomplishments sometimes, particularly in this sense. I measure my life’s happiness more by people drawn into my life and in that sense I am beyond lucky because I have amazing folks who are dear to my heart and make this all worthwhile online and offline."
When I asked Anna how she would describe herself she laughed and said; "Oh…. geez. How do I not give a totally cheeky answer on that? Some would say I’m rather Muppet like……OK…. I think I’ll just say I’m friendly so get to know me and all will be revealed. Well maybe not all, but hopefully just the good stuff:)"
I myself must say that I am very impressed with Anna and what she has created here in GCG. A lovely place to roleplay, or just wander around to see. Her attention to details makes the experience all the better. From the perfectly placed sushi on the dishes, to the colourful row of houses scattered on the road the quaint tea house is on.
I would encourage everyone to pop on over to Cedar Point, whether to roleplay with Anna and her friends, or to just have a look at the wonderful place she has created.
It is definitely worth the trip. Anna welcomes all visitors to the land, and you can find places where there is information about the land, the roleplay and how it all came to fruition.
Anna, thank you for being such a bright ray of sunshine on our GCG.