As a new player to second life, starting with nothing but my wits, i wanted to comment on how life had treated me in new babbage thus far. Particularly in relation to the issue of local freebies.
One thing that i would wish to say is that Babbage is a very good place for a newbie steampunk roleplayer to get to grips with the world and with getting their avatar “looking the part”. The amount of practical, useful and themed free items that i was able to pick up by exploring the city was very good and it encouraged me to have a good look around.
By the end of my first day in the game, i had an excellent starter package from the explorers group, which guided me to other steampunk areas and which gave me a nice set of goggles, a top hat and some other great geat as well as a nice title. I also had a smoke launching gun and a whole blimp, which from my experience of vehicles has a really well done script and looks fantastic. I also had some winter gear, two different Fez hats and a lantern, as well as some other bits and pieces i cant recall.
The position of a new player is to start with nothing, not even control of ones own skin and body. Any addition that lets you settle into a themed community is a godsend and Babbage offered far more than any other similarly themed area i have since browsed over.
Thus i would commend highly all of the people who have made this possible and encourage new shop owners to remember having a freebie section, however small, as those early few days make an incredible difference to a helpless newcomer and one day those newcomers may return to spend lindens in your shop.
So, good show all and well done.