Many of you know this map — of the two primary Mainland continents, Sansara and Heterocera.
And you’re usually familiar with this physical map as well. (I recall this before Zindra was a part of the grid.)
But only real old-timers, about as old as Second Life, will remember this map:
This was the first physical map of Second Life, back when it was far easier to put together a map at all — only 16 regions. I have no proof that Da Boom is the first region, the one where Philip laid down his mighty Hand and said (WHAP!!!!)
Okay, I’ve been informed that I’m getting a little messianic here. Anyway, this is what it looked like way back when. And this map is just one in a substantial display of maps of the Grid, put up for display in a temporary exhibit of Grid cartography. I caught a plurk from Second Life headquarters, so to speak, mentioning this exhibit; it’s being held at the New Kadath Lighthouse Art Gallery, and is curated by Juliana Lethdetter from her personal collection.
The exhibit includes more historical maps, a very brief recital of the legend of Magellan Linden, the man responsible for the discovery of the Grid (it is said), and selections of maps from various groups scattered about Second Life. Very instructional, a fascinating tour (I didn’t know a thing about the Second Life Coast Guard, for instance), and well worth the visit.