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Tamita Island .:. an Irukandji simulator by Xay Tomsen

Tamita Island ~ a virtual world sim in Second Life by Xay Tomsen

NOTE: This page is about Tamita Island in Second Life. The InWorldz version is here: Tamita Island in InWorldz.

Tamita Island map

Tamita Island is the capital of Tamita State and also the capital of Irukandji.

After a month or two learning the basics on Amelia Island, my first home in Second Life, I set out to build my own estate.

Tamita Island in Second Life was where Irukandji physically began. It was the very first sim I made.

For my first year in SL, Tamita Island consumed me completely, literally every waking hour as I honed my skills at construction, scripting, and fashion design.

The towering Tamita Mall build on Sunset Beach was my first major construction on the island in early 2007.

My first build on Tamita Island

In hindsight, though basic, it was quite impressive for the time with its slow spinning billboards on the roof and a boardwalk that led to rental houses on Barramundi Beach.

I added an outdoor dance club called Lava and forest walks across the island, and soon I had dozens of people flittering about the place and making new friendships.

Tamita Island soon took on a resort feel. I was happy with that and aptly named it the Chez Xay Tropical Island Resort.

The early days were great fun as I learned to manipulate textures and scripts, while meeting people from all around the world as they dropped in to check out my little sanctuary and to shop at the mall.

People began staying at the resort and soon it became too full to take any more. So I started selling land and the rest as they say, is history.

Personally though, I never set out to become a land baron. In fact, it was the last thing I wanted. I came into SL to explore a new medium, to build, to create. And on Tamita Island, I did.

During my time on Tamita, I created thousands and thousands of things, and sold them in massive numbers.

Throughout Tamita Island's history, it remained the centre of the Irukandji Continent, even when the Princes (the estate staff) moved to the Boyfriend Beach sim in the faraway Palace District.

Cawarral Mansion

A palace always featured on Tamita Island and there were fifteen variations over the three years of its online life.

Cawarral Mansion was the first and then the larger version Rockhampton House.

Both were designed in the colonial style to represent Irukandji's history of British occupation before it gained independence.

As better graphics arrived, the resolution improved dramatically rendering every pre-2008 build obsolete, even grass and trees.

Tamita Island and its palaces and landscapes - everything - were levelled and rebuilt to suit the new viewer resolution.

But that's all I'm going to say of Tamita Island for now. I could write a million words about this sim alone. It pops up many times on other pages on the site so I won't overdo it here, except to say that it remains truly special in my heart.

The name Tamita is taken from a place in my Khataria series of novels, called Tamita Shoals.

Below you will find some photographs of Tamita Island.

Irukandji Ministry of Heritage and Culture

Tamita Island and the surrounding bays and islands form modern-day Tamita State. This is the hereditary home of the Tamita tribe, a warrior tribe dating back 3000 years. Even in pre-colonial times, before the islands of Irukandji were consolidated into a single nation, the Tamita elders enforced their laws - through treaties and fear and respect - well beyond the influence of their islands. While little has yet been written directly about Tamita Island's long history, it features often in the legends and myths of other island tribes. You can read those stories in our library, Tales of Irukandji.

To explore more of the Irukandji continent, check out the main Islands of Irukandji page.

Andrew Thompson a.k.a. Xay Tomsen


Tamita Island Photo Gallery

Andi O on Sunset Beach
Andi O, Sunset Beach, Tamita Island
15 April 2007
Jai Noel at Sunset Beach, Tamita Island
Jai Noel at Sunset Beach, Tamita Island
18 April 2007
Barramundi Beach resort rentals
Barramundi Beach resort rentals
17 May 2007
Kep's house on Barramundi Beach
Kep's house on Barramundi Beach, Tamita Island
5 May 2007
Tamita Tower at Sunset Beach
Tamita Tower at Sunset Beach
15 April 2007
Me and Jai at Cawarral Mansion
Me and Jai at Cawarral Mansion, north Tamita Island
17 May 2007
Tamita Markets
Tamita Markets
17 May 2007
Leah at Sunrise Canals
Leah Hammer at Sunrise Canals
12 May 2007
Jai Noel posing for promo poster at Tamita Island
Jai Noel posing for promo poster at Tamita Island
19 June 2007
Promo poster for land sales at Tamita Island
Promo poster for land sales at Tamita Island
17 July 2007
Photo shoot for Slash sportswear on Tamita Island
Photo shoot for Slash sportswear on Tamita Island
19 December 2007
Jai at Sunrise Canal, Tamita Island
Jai Noel at Sunrise Canal, Tamita Island
19 April 2007
Irukandji Police HQ at Tamita Island
Irukandji Police HQ at Tamita Island
13 February 2008
Dawn over the Maskari River
Dawn over the Maskari River
17 March 2008
Oasis Lagoon at Tamita Island
Oasis Lagoon at Tamita Island
30 October 2008
Royal Irukandji Yacht Club
Royal Irukandji Yacht Club
30 October 2008
Prince of Irukandji, Cale Topaz at Tamita Island
Prince of Irukandji, Cale Topaz at Tamita Island
11 March 2009
Tamita Village and Maskari River
Tamita Village and Maskari River
15 March 2009
Sunrise Canals on the west of Tamita Island
Sunrise Canals on the west of Tamita Island
9 June 2009
Bicentennial Palace on Tamita Island
Bicentennial Palace on Tamita Island
19 July 2009
Princes of Irukandji, Damian & Cale Topaz
Princes of Irukandji, Damian & Cale Topaz
12 March 2009
Waterfall and rapids at Tamita Peak
Waterfall and rapids at Tamita Peak
19 July 2009
WW2 Cannons atop Tamita Peak
WW2 Cannons atop Tamita Peak
19 July 2009
Me in front of the waterfall rapids on Tamita Island
Me in front of the waterfall rapids on Tamita Island
27 July 2009

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