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Old 03-13-2010, 02:58 AM   #1
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Default Anyone heard about a change in management at Azure Islands?

This was posted over at SLU, as an odd off topic post in the Pathfinder Linden thread:

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But this brings up the question of Azure:

We’ve got some fairly big news for the residents of the Azure Islands, as of March 16th, the Azure Islands will be transferring from us, over to a new management team run by Metaverse Services Limited.

One hopes, for SL, this decision is closer to scenario 1) above! I know Adam & co are busy with OpenSim, but this still surprised me.
We have been renting from Azure for about three years, with the exception of a few months' gap a little over a year ago. We haven't heard anything about this, and we're a bit concerned because of the track record of new owners making big changes up to and including the eviction of current renters.

It may be nothing, but I'd like to know more and azureislands.com is silent on it.

Just wondered if anyone here had heard anything.

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This was posted over at SLU, as an odd off topic post in the Pathfinder Linden thread:



We have been renting from Azure for about three years, with the exception of a few months' gap a little over a year ago. We haven't heard anything about this, and we're a bit concerned because of the track record of new owners making big changes up to and including the eviction of current renters.

It may be nothing, but I'd like to know more and azureislands.com is silent on it.

Just wondered if anyone here had heard anything.

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I'm out of the loop - who is behind Metaverse Services Limited?

How did you find out about Azure selling to them?

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Oh, this is distressing news to me. We always had excellent customer service at both of the properties we've rented from Azure -- we were previously on a tropical island in Achernar, and after a break of several months (during which we were dealing with my hospitalization a year and a half or so ago) we moved to our present location in Incredible, which is a mountainous, rather New Zealandish sim which we both truly love.

[eta: and for years I have heard people talk about the pitfalls of renting from Anshe.]

I do not foresee this ending well for us, though I am willing to give Anshe's people the benefit of the doubt and see how it goes.

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Well that depends what is going to change. I would think that as a renter you would not necessarily notice any changes, especially if you pay through a rentbox (paypal might, for example, be not accepted by the new management).

At least they chose the decent way, where renters hardly are touched. Payed rent is not lost, and you keep your place, instead of the islands sold out from under your ass. However, me neither would be pleased with the management change...
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Hi Phoenix -

I'm out of the loop - who is behind Metaverse Services Limited?

How did you find out about Azure selling to them?

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Well, I wasn't sure who MSL was, but as you can see above, I'm none too pleased with the answer.

We first heard about it in the thread at SLU (yes, I still read there now and then) discussing the departure of Pathfnder Linden.

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Well that depends what is going to change. I would think that as a renter you would not necessarily notice any changes, especially if you pay through a rentbox (paypal might, for example, be not accepted by the new management).

At least they chose the decent way, where renters hardly are touched. Payed rent is not lost, and you keep your place, instead of the islands sold out from under your ass. However, me neither would be pleased with the management change...
I don't have the best relationship with Anshe. She once called me a "shit eating parasite" on the old forums. I'm definitely going to be moving.

I posted this at SLU, too, but I'm rather shocked that this is going down so hush-hush, with only one old Azure Islands land group getting notice about it. When you consider what Anshe/ACS and Adam/Azure have meant in the big picture of Second Life, land barony, history, etc. it's just really surprising to me that there isn't much more being made of this HUGE land exchange. It's just...really surprising.
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Well that depends what is going to change. I would think that as a renter you would not necessarily notice any changes,
I'm hoping that will be the case. The other thing I am concerned about is a rent increase, which is the other thing I have heard in the past from people whose homes became part of the Anshe Empire.

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I don't have the best relationship with Anshe. She once called me a "shit eating parasite" on the old forums. I'm definitely going to be moving.
/ me reads the above

OK, honey, I'll start packing our stuff.

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And I was happy there.

Meh. Time to move again.

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Most of you, that is.

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I posted this at SLU, too, but I'm rather shocked that this is going down so hush-hush, with only one old Azure Islands land group getting notice about it. When you consider what Anshe/ACS and Adam/Azure have meant in the big picture of Second Life, land barony, history, etc. it's just really surprising to me that there isn't much more being made of this HUGE land exchange. It's just...really surprising.
I agree, this is a very important development - would've been unthinkable two three years ago.
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I agree, this is a very important development - would've been unthinkable two three years ago.
Makes me wonder what Adam thinks LL is up to . . .
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I don't have the best relationship with Anshe. She once called me a "shit eating parasite" on the old forums. I'm definitely going to be moving.

I posted this at SLU, too, but I'm rather shocked that this is going down so hush-hush, with only one old Azure Islands land group getting notice about it. When you consider what Anshe/ACS and Adam/Azure have meant in the big picture of Second Life, land barony, history, etc. it's just really surprising to me that there isn't much more being made of this HUGE land exchange. It's just...really surprising.
Well that would make my decision a lot easier too... the parasite I could handle but shit eating... eeeewww.

On a serious note, I think that especially huge moves like this have to be done secretly, I did not see anything about it in congierge chat either. Then again I do not log in very much either Wishing you both much luck in your move, there are plenty trustworthy landlords. If you do need any advice just let me know. Beezle too, much luck of course!
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Yeah, if you rent at Azure check your tier box. Ours is showing we're past due, but we paid the full month on Feb. 26. I'm guessing it's just transfer-pains because they set up new boxes, but I'm not thrilled about losing half a month's tier when we're trying to sell the land atm.

ETA: and fuck, they have taken the sim off the grid.

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Makes me wonder what Adam thinks LL is up to . . .
Maybe they're just sick of herding cats.
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In regards to this land I was renting from Azure, Incredible (124,136,54), no thanks on the land exchange. There is a reason I never wanted to rent from Anshe Chung or her land group ever again. Memories are long in Second Life, and she is a shit eating parasite. Have fun with the crap that has become Azure Islands!
Message sent to Anshe Chung's land representative. They've decided to sell the island we were living on and offered three pieces of crap land in exchange. We're now permanent residents of the Darkmere plot we bought from Luc.
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Every time I have heard Anshe Chung's name in regard to land rental it has been a story of woe. It does not surprise me that they are doing this to the Azure clients.
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So, Lucifer, about that darkmere land >.>
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Makes me wonder what Adam thinks LL is up to . . .
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wasnt it "one shit eating parasite"
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One of my friends had a plot (around 14k sqm) for 2.5 years at Dreamland. This week he got the message they cannot fill up the island, so he has to relocate. Imagine, he has shops on there that gathered picks for 2.5 years. All search rankings for those shops will fall, this will cost him dearly. A reward for 2.5 years renting... and IM's or notecards are simply not replied.

So the question is, why buying a huge estate like Azure, if you are not even able to fill your own sims?
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Message sent to Anshe Chung's land representative. They've decided to sell the island we were living on and offered three pieces of crap land in exchange. We're now permanent residents of the Darkmere plot we bought from Luc.
Yeah. I had double-prim land with Azure. To hell with their lame substitute land.
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Honestly, with Anshe's known history of how she treats people, this is kind of a "fuck you" on the parts of Azure. :/
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Not surprised, at all. As far as Anshe goes I have my tale of woe as well. I purchased a lovely huge piece of land from Willow Zander in the Maui sim way way back. I'd been there maybe a month and Anshe swooped in and surrounded me with her kitsch Asian for sale signs everywhere and her trademark 'landscaping'. Constant harassment to sell of course ensued. I finally caved as she ruined the magic. I was so sorry for that, wish I'd held my ground.
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We had our land up for sale for what I felt was a reasonable amount, considering the beauty of the sim. (Incredible was well named; it reminded me of the more mountainous parts of New Zealand, rugged and green.)

Then we found out last night they were closing the sim, and were offered three different choices of land we could swap for, so we went to look. We still weren't interested in renting from Anshe, but we figured that we could accept the swap and then put that land up for sale.

Each of them was a flat piece of beach property, not unlike what we once had in Achernar, but in each case, at least one edge of the sim was a straight line cutoff butting up to an empty void. You know about Sarah Palin's "Bridge To Nowhere"? In at least one case there was a road to nowhere, jutting out to the sim's edge and abruptly stopping, as if there had once been an adjoining sim that had been picked up and taken God/dess knows where.

In two of the cases, there were massive -- and I mean HUGE -- unsightly houses owned by the neighbors, butting up against the adjacent property line. One of these had a description that was in Portugese, but appeared to describe a BDSM dungeon. Images filled my head of cries of "Si! Si! Bater-me mais!" filling the chat pane. No thank you.

As Sans said, we elected to cut our losses and abandoned the land, along with a succinctly worded message to ACS/Azure management.

Our plans are to hopefully expand our holdings in Darkmere to substantially more than the 1024 we now own. You are cordially invited to join us there, and keep Darkmere in the family, so to speak. Darkmerese and friends will always be welcome to visit, of course, and we hope to keep the same spirit of community alive as has been present for so long.

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In regards to this land I was renting from Azure, Incredible (124,136,54), no thanks on the land exchange. There is a reason I never wanted to rent from Anshe Chung or her land group ever again. Memories are long in Second Life, and she is a shit eating parasite. Have fun with the crap that has become Azure Islands!
Heh, I got AR'd (to LL?) for this.
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