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Aboyo Island .:. an Irukandji simulator by Xay Tomsen

Aboyo Island ~ a virtual world sim in InWorldz by Xay Tomsen

Aboyo Island map

Aboyo Island was a simulator in Central Irukandji on the InWorldz grid during 2014. It was a full residential sim, replacing the scenic sim, Mount Aboyo, which had occupied the same grid square for eighteen months prior.

Aboyo Island came about as Irukandji began to run short of saleable land, but a subsequent slump in grid user numbers eventually made the sim unnecessary.

During its time, Aboyo Island was quite well supported, with one land owner occupying about a third of the island facing Tiamo Reef, plus six other tenants with smaller parcels.

The island had two rivers flowing into it. The Aboyo River travelled from Irukandji Straits in the north, through the island to Aboyo Sea in the south. The Maskari River entered via Tiamo Reef in the west and joined the main Aboyo River channel.

Aboyo Island was taken offline at the end of 2014 as I grew frustrated with InWorldz, and subsequently started my own grid, The Reef virtual world.

Irukandji Ministry of Heritage and Culture

Historically, I have always wanted a long-term populated sim called Aboyo Island. The reason for this is that over the years, I have written about the Aboyan people in various historical tales of the Irukandji islands. Naturally, they needed a home, just as the Manatuans had Manatu Island, and the Pinjarrans had Pinjarra Island. I had also tried to achieve a home island for the Aboyans during Irukandji's first incarnation in Second Life some years earlier, with a sim called Grand Aboyo Island. Ironically that idea fell over due to low user numbers as well, right at the end of my time there (the GFC). I've yet to achieve creating a long term settled sim for the Aboyans, but this one at least came very close.

Aboyo Island Photo Gallery

Below you will find some photographs of Aboyo Island that I took during my travels around the islands. If you would like to explore more of the Irukandji continent, check out the main Islands of Irukandji page.

Andrew Thompson a.k.a. Xay Tomsen


A new parcel on Aboyo Island looking west to Tiamo Reef
A new parcel on Aboyo Island looking west to Tiamo Reef
6 August 2014
Southern beach and Aboyo River on Aboyo Island
Southern beach and Aboyo River on Aboyo Island
19 November 2014

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