Wednesday, January 25, 2012

What ever happened to... Numbakulla (Pot Healer Adventure)?

Almost a year ago, I featured Numbakulla, a great sim, and a really fun puzzle to solve (the Pot Healer Adventure), one of the oldest such games on sl. It was a tough one which I was able to finish thanks to the help of a friend (we were collaborating on the the clues). To my great sorrow, I have learned earlier this week that the sim was gone! As a prize for finishing the hunt, some of the build's items were given away. I took as much as I could... but the build and its amazing atmosphere is gone! What a shame!

Numbakulla


Numbakulla


Numbakulla


Numbakulla


Numbakulla


Numbakulla


Numbakulla

6 comments:

H. said...

Numbakulla was the only place in SL really worth a stay.
I use to spend lots of time there, even after having solved the puzzle (finally!). It was fun, poetic and definitely not boring.

Today I had a craving for Numbakulla's atmosphere and returned to SL for the first time in more than a year and a half.

No Numbakulla. The "ads" are there, curiously enough.
I even joined the group, hoping it would let me teleport there.
Nope.

I also noticed that there is music now EVERYWHERE! Even in the Botanical Gardens and such places, where I used to visit to find some peace.
And there seems to be no way of turning it off. (There is a general volume control, but I absolutely want to hear the ambient sounds - just not the blasted music.)
So, between that and the absence of beloved Numbakulla... SL is officially dead for me.

Thanks for writing about it.
It seems not many people even know about it.
Their loss.

S0phia Inkpen said...

Hi H.

Numbakulla was definitely a great sim, and I had great pleasure with the puzzle. Its buildings were unlike any others in sl, I agree, and its atmosphere and sense of being far away from the real world were really special.

Not many people knew about it, true. I just hope that you may find another place that would speak to you as much, should you return to sl. And then you would have to tell me about it!

S0phia

H. said...

Hello, S0phia -

I actually came back just to say that I did find a way to turn off the music. :)
(It didn't make sense that there would not be such an option, and of course there is - but it's too "well" hidden...).

So I visited SL - sans music :) - again today... I never went to SL to socialise - but still, I found it to be lonelier than ever.
When I visited the Botanical gardens, it was eerie and almost heart-breaking, in a way, to find myself in a place where I spent - virtually but no less really - so many evenings a few years ago, at the saddest and most awful time in my life.
Yes, virtual places definitely ARE very real places.
(But of course, who would know that better than yourself, considering that you write this very interesting blog? :-))

If you ever feel like it, perhaps you could show some of the items you got from Numbakulla, or write about them? I am sure every fan of the place would enjoy seeing them for one last time, even ut of place.
It's good to know they are in the hands of someone who cares about them.
(The only thing I got was the goodies that I grabbed upon completion of the puzzle. :)
But then, I don't even have use for them. Ad besides, the memories - and the snapshots - are more than enough.)

I hope to visit again soon.
You really do have a very nice place here.
The best of luck. :)

S0phia Inkpen said...

Hi H.,

I am glad you found a way to turn off the music, I only very rarely listen to music in sl, preferring silence or my own music.

When I finished the Numbakulla puzzle, and I found myself in that great cave, I took everything I could take from there.

Most of the pictures I took from Numbakulla are on Flickr now, on my stream, and as all pictures I put there, identified by the name of the sim, not by the name of the build. I found, like you, that those objects often looked out of place in any other builds, and they are mostly taking up 'space' in my inventory now.

Please visit SL again, explore it, who knows, you may find another place that will inspire you as much even if in a different way.

Thank you for the compliments, too. I strive to show sl as it is, without altering the pictures, as much as it is possible to show how a virtual world really is.

S0phia

P.S. Perhaps you should contact the owners of the Numbakulla group or the makers of the objects you have from there. That could inspire them to recreate a little Numbakulla somewhere, even if only on a small plot?

Kate Miranda said...

I really was bummed too to discover that the Pot Healer Adventure had vanished as I recommended it to someone else in SL. It was a great sim and game. Glad you figured out a way to control the sounds as no one should have to listen to anything that they don't want to. That being said what I do in SL is coordinate a live concert series and I do think it is worth a visit :-)

S0phia Inkpen said...

Well Kate, give me an lm in-world if you want, I'll have a look at the sim hosting the concert venue. I have never covered concerts but did a few of the sims that hosts them.

S0phia