At present I am very much convinced that doing the restart was the right thing to do. The sim not only looks remarkably unique, it's been full of players doing some fine rp, and some very interesting things are going on. People are setting up their rp businesses, including...yes...a laundry...run by Daisy and...you guessed it....me.
So, in a nutshell, much to my great embarrassment, I have found that it was simply too hard trying to have Dio not be a regular presence in the sim. Being Dio is just way too much goddam fun. She and Daisy have taken on some tents and begun taking in washing, as you can see here in the image above.
Nonetheless, I have been bringing in my other alts as well, trying to get some mileage out of them and developing their unique personalities. And they are already getting work too. Here is Malachi panning in the Whitewood creek. He's already done pretty well and made some alliances with other miners. By tonight he had created a sizable pile of "tailings" alongside the creek.
Incidentally Caed and Estwee have come up with a great panning activity--you buy the pan at the Bighorn store, go wade out into the creek, and then you can work the pan and hunt for "gold" that can exchanged for goods at the assay office. The one additional thing I did to enhance this activity (besides putting out some gear for ambiance) was to run a "rooftop crouch" pose while carrying out the panning activity. The anims worked beautifully together with the the avie actually squatting in the shallow water while working the pan, creating an overall very authentic representation of what it is like panning for gold in a stream.
I'm enjoying this all immensely.