All right – perhaps today’s jigsaw isn’t the most exciting of images – and I could have chosen one with islands floating in the sky. But I liked the colours and simplicity of this – and the way the owner has started to customise it.
This is an example of the free house (and the land it sits on) that you’ll get if you complete the tutorials that teach you the basics of how to use Cloud Party – movement, camera, navigation and simple building (well, more manipulation of objects). One you know all that, you can move around and customise your home. There’s free furniture to help in your inventory, and more can be bought in the marketplace – I bought a free plant pack and started planting bamboo around my home.
Like Gertrude Stein’s Cleveland, there isn’t a lot of there there yet, but in giving people the chance to nest and put down roots, I think Cloud Party have made a shrewd mood. Would Second Life have had a higher retention rate if they had made an initial investment in something like the Linden Homes? If, to get your initial free 512 (back in the day), instead of having to compete with land bots and insanely high land prices, they had simply handed people the keys and said, “Here’s your first home”? And what if they’d done that for all accounts, free and premium?
Cloud Party are already letting people replace the provided homes with ones of their own choice. Could it be a winner?
Catch up with your Prim Perfect jigsaws (showing images of Second Life and other virtual worlds).
If you’d like to submit a photo of your own to feature as a jigsaw, send it to the Prim Perfect Flickr Group. It should be sized 800w x 600h, or else it will need to be re-sized.