Virtual Fences for Second Life

Installing TenBuckToo Fences for the Second Life Game

One of several variations of fence available at a very reasonable cost.

The following are installation instructions for TenBuckToo brand virtual 3d fences used in Second Life and other OpenSim virtual world games. This short set of picture slides shows how to install and adjust the fence sections to look excellent on both flat and varying terrain.

These and similar fences of various designs and colors are sold by “TenBuckToo” Second Life Marketplace. These are high quality 3d mesh models with Engineered LOD. Engineered LOD means they look good when viewed from a distance as well as close up, while still using a minimum amount of resources. For most fences each section uses less than 1 Land Impact unit, often much less.

Basic Installation:

The fence inventory contains Single End Fence Sections (SglEnd) that have a post on one end only, Double End Sections (DblEnd) with a post on both ends, a stand-alone End Post, and a Rail Extension. The Rail Extension is used for slope terrain changes as detailed in the second section below. All items are copyable so you can make as many copies as you need to make any length of fence.

Rez the fence by dragging it from your inventory to the ground. Although the image below shows a Double End section (posts on both sides) you may want to start with a Single End fence section.

Rez fence-railing section and adjust height of fence.
It’s easier to adjust the height and color first, then copy once the adjustments are made, copy the same fence-rail section over and over to make the fence. You will still need to adjust the “DblEnd” sections or posts at the ends to match, but at least you don’t need to adjust every section.

The default color setting on the TenBuckToo “black” fence-railings is actually a very dark gray (rgb 12,12,12) with the shininess (specular) value set to “low”. While not jet black, this slight amount of gray along with the shininess allows the contours and edges of the fence to show up better in-world. If you would prefer a more true black color just set the color to true black (0,0,0) and the shininess to none.

Want a different color? You can change the color of the fence to any color you desire using the color settings as shown in the image above. You can also add a texture if desired (the texture will align with the length of the posts, rails and pickets.) However, the color will change to whatever the original color was when viewed from a distance. The posts, caps, rails, and pickets are each a different face and each can be assigned a different color and/or texture by using the “select Face” setting.

Shift-copy and move copy into place.

Select the “Move” radio button, hold down the shift key and drag on the red arrows to make a copy of the fence section. Then slide the new section down tot he end of the existing one. The new section will be aligned with the existing one. This saves you some tedious alignment effort.

Add a double end section to terminate the fence.

At the end of the fence line add a double end section that has a post at both ends. The double end section creates less Land Impact that adding the End Post. However if you prefer, an end post is included so you can use it.
Create corners by aligning a new single post section with a corner post.

Corners are easy, just start a new fence run by aligning a new Single End section into the corner end post.

Link them! When your fence is done and you like how it looks, select all the sections, open the edit window, and click the “Link” button. This will link the all together and will also substantially reduce the Land Impact units used by the fence. Also it’s a good idea to check the “Locked” box under the object tab so nothing gets accidentally moved.

Adjusting for Terrain Transitions:

Step 1

Rezz the fence sections and move them into position.
Step 2.

Step 3

Step 4

Use the object edit box to find the rotation of the fence under the “Object” tab. Copy down the Rotation values for X, Y, & Z. Then open the edit box for the Rail Extension and enter the same values for it. This saves a lot of guessing and makes aligning the extension to the fence easy.
Step 5

Move the Rail Extension into place.

Step 6

Use the “Stretch” setting on the tilted fence section to shrink the height of it so that the rails align and look good. If this seems confusing just try it and you will see how it works to create a much cleaner and professional looking transition.

Step 7

Once the Rail Extension and tilted fence rail close you can zoom in to perfect the alignment. The Rail extension is sized to be just a hair smaller than the fence rail so they transition together smoother.

When finished the fence makes a nice attractive transition up or down the slope.