City of Canton opened originally in December of 2011. The environment began as a rural/urban role-play environment hosted on two regions. The environment garnered moderate success before closing in late January. Having re-opened in late March of 2012 and has grown from two regions to three including, Canton Township, Mega Star, and Pike Township.
Look and Feel (3 – Mediocre Quality):
The environment has switched gears since its last write-up on TRR with the addition of a much more hilly backdrop to the very rural town and a fall-like theme which focuses on darker, brown trees rather than the bright green we saw in late March when it re-opened. The towns are admittedly stark (with no pun intended being drawn from their, “Stark County”) with very little in the way of commercial buildings. For the most part the regions are the host to a multitude of custom-built residential units. The environment reminds me vaguely of the once-semi-open Brookings County.
The custom buildings in the regions have improved since my last passing by of the environment, but are still not without their faults. The exteriors generally look decent, but the interiors fail to provide anything but misaligned and clashing textures. The road textures look good, but remind me of other environments that made use of some of the same textures and as for the sidewalks, I have no huge complaints. Though, some areas have odd designs which don’t really match up with the rest of the environment.
The Role-play (3 – Mediocre Quality):
City of Canton currently lacks a sizeable player-base and it took a few visits to see much of anything happening in the city at all (hopefully with more exposure the city can gain a larger player-base). The role-play promoted in Canton is paragraph-based role-play, but for the most part it lacks genuine motivation and seems forced. The player-base seems more accustom to shorter, casual role-play than they do longer, detailed role-play. Not much more can be said about the role-play as for me personally, it was difficult to get a grasp from the little I saw (this speaks nothing of the quality of the environment, rather the amount of activity).
The Management (3 – Mediocre Quality):
City of Canton’s management have a history all across the urban role-play community, notably from the long-gone City of Richmond, City of Miami-Dade, and the short-lived but nevertheless present, City of Los Angeles. The latter two having owned and managed the environments themselves. Overtime, I’ve personally been able to note improvements in their management style, and ability to provide a worthwhile and fun role-play environment. While the management in the City of Canton are not the best I’ve seen before–they do work well together and have provided fun role-play environments, the most successful of which being Miami-Dade.
Online Presence (4 – OK Quality):
Something that most environments lack is a functional online presence and while City of Canton’s online presence is notably the same as the original template used for the City of Concord the website is functional and gets the point across. In addition to a static webpage with links to the DMV, fire department and sheriffs office the website also includes a forum. Unfortunately, the forum remains largely unused and inactive, with 34 total posts at the time of this review and only 25 members.
Overall (3.2 – Mediocre Quality):
Regions: Canton Township, Pike Township, Mega Star
Region Ratings: Adult
Roleplay Style: Casual Roleplay, Paragraph Roleplay, Turn-based Role-play
by Caitlin Phenomena
All logos and trademarks are the property of the respective trademark owners. ® and ™ denote registered trademarks in the United States and other countries. Second Life® and Linden Lab® are trademarks or registered trademarks of Linden Research, Inc. All rights reserved. No infringement is intended.