GWNews : Hello Sebastian Montpenier, you are owner of Romanum III. We are happy to meet you. Thanks to welcome us and take time to answer to our questions. First of all, since how long you have been in SL ?
Sebastian Montpenier : I have been in SL since June 2009.
GWNews : What kind of enjoyment do you find here ? What was your best experience(s) or memories ?
Sebastian : I was lucky to have met two great mentors immediately after Sebastian was “born”. They quickly assimilated me into operating clubs and managing land. We actually had the opportunity to meet for a weekend in RL and we had a blast. We are still friends today, though we are now working on separate, independent projects now. So, to answer the question, it is the friendship and teamwork making things “happen” in SL that really create the enjoyment and the memories.
GWNews : How did you launch your estate ? and what was your first purpose ?
Sebastian : I launched my first estate with my two mentor friends in a partnership, which was the location of our homes and our two clubs. I added a second rather quickly, but on my own risk for furter rental properties, as many of our club guests wanted to rent land and “play SL with us”… Business was running well, so I actually launched a third private SIM just for myself and my first SL partner at the time. At present, I remain very happily partnered to my second SL partner, who is incredibly supportive, helpful and crucial to my present activities in SL.
GWNews : How do you organize your time in SL ?
Sebastian : Since those first sims, a lot has changed and developed further. At the moment, I am operating 4 sims as Sebastian Montpenier. My time is organized helping residents, planning for events, building, managing staff and business partners, merchants and of course, a lot of time is spent building. SL is a very fast moving game –to keep interest in sims, I feel it is very important to constantly “recreate” spaces and keep sims alive with many activities. Changing builds and environmental feel regularly is important. Involving residents, business partners in staff in fun, unique opportunites to keep the experience fun and create a sense of community is key. A sim needs a “sim culture” to survive as a brand.
GWNews : How do you appreciate the GA ? What did the community bring to you ? and what did you bring to the GA ?
Sebastian : The GA has been very supportive as an organizational platform and communications base. Considering that I am adding another sim to the GA is proof enough of my satisfaction with the GA management team, GA performance and GA support I have enjoyed since moving my first sim to the GA. I have been trying, when my schedule allows it, to take part in discussion forums (for whatever my two cents is worth… lol) and have tried to assist and consult other sim owners in the GA if they ask for assistance.
GWNews : What are your projects for the future ?
Sebastian : As said, I am currently building an additional sim for Romanum, which will be moved there as Romanum IV when I am finished with the basic layout build of the sim and I have the new version of Club Romanum finished. I prefer to build a basic layout and terraform a sim before adding it to a sim constellation, keeping it closed to the public as it is being built. I may be a bit too pretentious in saying this, but I really really dislike “public construction sites”…though, yes, I do have to have some of them at times.
GWNews : What would you want to tell to GWNews readers ?
Sebastian : Enjoy the game and be careful with your self-respect and respecting others. There are real people behind every avatar with feelings, emotions, RL issues and expectations –be cautious about who you can trust.
GWNews : Thank you for your time. We wish you the best of success for your projects and enjoyment in SL !