… I wish I’d thought of.
Every so often, when touring dimensions, I see a clever idea and wish I’d thought of it myself. The latest dimensions competition, Radical Botanical Gardens, was chokkas with good morphs. I’ve picked out a few morphs that made me want to steal the idea.
Morph 1: Sparklynn in her Avant-Garden Jewelry Box on Wolfsbane combined the new faecap and a longstem glowbulb with thistle, aqualeaf and silver spheres to make a heart. This morph really bought the jewelbox concept to life.
Morph 2: Coocia’s richly decorated dimension sang with oriental style. The whole dimension was embellished with detail and colour but what really caught my eye were the created drapes made from red wood discs, using brooms for tassels. (‘Tree in the Desert’ by Coocia@Typhiria)
Morph 3: It’s nice to see, in a botanical competition, plants used as decorative elements. Vyk’s pretty pendant light is made from desert decorations, white candlesticks and an assortment of plants. It’s an appropriate and rather whimsical chandelier for a horticulturalist. (‘The Horticulturalist’ by Vyk@Hailol)
Morph 4: Items that move, blink or make patterns are treasured in an otherwise static dimension. The multifaceted but not identical shapes of spinning white artifact pinata sharing the same space with the brevane cannonball, make a flashy waterfall base in Gangstaplushie’s ‘Geo Garden’ on Deepwood. (Did you catch Sparklynn’s flashing hedge where an autumn and spring hedge share the same space?)
Morph 5: Morphing people with personality and individuality is a seriously cool talent. Tinderal@Zaviel’s ‘Park Life’ is a seriously cool example of that talent. Using a new year’s firecracker to make a designer dress for a meeple (morphed people) is priceless. I do hope it comes with a flammable warning though.
Morph 6: I missed Midsummer last year and missed the flying bird NPCs, something I’ll have to work extra hard to make up for this midsummer. When I have birds of my own I’ll have to remember Wintercharm’s birdhouses. They look like a comfy home for any bird.
Morph 7: Arsury’s ‘Spring is Coming’ on Zaviel is not a simple morph but it is very clever. Situating her park on top of Plaza Aurientine to take advantage of pre-existing buildings was a good design choice, using glass tiles as ground to incorporate the city below was an inspired idea.
There was one simple morph I did think of for my own dimension … sandwiches! Just slap a few coloured triangles between limestone ones and arrange artfully on a plate for an instant lunch. Don’t know why it took me this long to think of it. (‘The Hanging Gardens of Radylon’ by Bumradish@Greybriar)
Morphing, while not a necessity, is an useful skill for building a dimension. It would be hard to make a dimension without some form of morphing. Morphs don’t have to be complex to wow us though, some very simple morphs add huge impact to what the tourist experiences. Let inspiration flow over you, think outside the box and see what simple morphs you can come up with for your next dimension.