Dot Matrix wrote:
For example, what could be done is to have an unmetered main community world (2x2, 3x3 or 4x4), then have linked subsidiary, themed standalones, set up so that members of the community could go to them as and when they please.
The standalones might be metered or unmetered
My long term plans for Donnybrook Beach include something like this. The idea is that Donnybrook Beach is actually part of a chain of barrier islands just off the Maryland coast. Each of these islands has its own oceanfront resort - the resort sizes vary with the sizes of the island in question. (This mirrors reality. A large percentage of the Atlantic oceanfront resorts from New Jersey all the way down to at least the Carolinas are in fact located on barrier islands.) These barrier islands are typically connected to each other by a series of bridges and causeways.
Eventually I may develop some of the other islands. These islands would start out as metered worlds and I'd just pay the KC for anyone who visits them.
Right now all that exists are the bridges - although not really. The concept I've come up with is that certain waterways adjacent to Donnybrook Beach are very susceptible to heavy fog. The affected areas just happen to coincide with the locations of the bridges to the neighboring islands. So the "bridges" in world consist of small stretches of highway pavement that just run off the end of the world. I parked a truck on the outbound lane of each bridge - the truck is used to hide the fog generators that create the illusion of a fog bank headed out over the water. Of course the fog also covers the truck land the land immediately surrounding the bridge ramp. A "Fog Area" highway sign just before the fog bank begins completes the illusion.
Is it really foggy there 24/7? Of course not, that would be ridiculous! It just happens to be foggy whenever you
happen to visit Donnybrook Beach.
Of course any neighboring island worlds, when developed, would also have the fog bank bridge setup at their end of things. Once there actually are multiple island worlds, I might even try to put a teleport in the truck or Fog Area sign that would take the visitor to the neighboring island world. Such a neighboring world would of course have a similar fog bridge teleport back to Donnybrook Beach.
This fog bridge concept is not the only or best way to hide/represent bridges to neighboring island worlds, but I just threw it out here in the hope that it might stir up some ideas on how to link "adjacent" worlds without using the standard Teleport sign setup.