ByStiina Diana Pine


VA is the oldest open school in SL. And during its times, like any place, it had up and down moments.

It doesn’t matter how old it is, but it matters how many people it made happy. And, based on the feedback, more positive than negative, I feel that we lean toward the more people happy side.

With sadness, still,

I have come to a moment where I have to step down from VA, ownership and management and together with that sadly, the school will close, as mutually agreed with Mr B.

There are some reasons for my decision. I will explain a few:

  1. This thought is not new to me (and to him either). It crept some time ago in my mind. Unfortunately VA is a lot of work and I have been doing VA for quite a few years before I learned how to swing a cane. There are nice people in VA and good souls. However, the endless flow of drama and bad people, slowly, slowly, has shaken everything and tired me more and more. In a world of freedom, some choose to be pricks.

Nevertheless, I do not regret it. I am happy for the people I made happy, and gave them a safe space for their mind.

  1. I lack top management help, besides Mr B – whose time is limited because of RL. Do not jump to blame him as he did more for this school than any legendary Romulus and Remus founders ever did. Plus, besides everything, he was a support for me.

Help, I had plenty, and thank you to all who helped, current and past members. But it’s not about that, as I said.

Hermi, a dear invisible friend, had this awesome plan to find a replacement / second VAB. That was, three years ago. Meanwhile…

  1. I need space to breathe and pursue my personal happiness. As Chisha insightfully noted, her headmistress gets smacked now, wow. It’s worth mentioning that her headmistress was pretty much stuck wielding the cane for years just because of VA, which also added to frustration and being tired. It’s called personal sacrifice. I am not sorry I did it, but it didn’t help.
  2. VA had an nice road. And I feel it’s also nice to close with our heads up, not in drama and misery.


We’re not closing because of some major bump, or traumatic event. Me and Mr B. didn’t have a fight. I didn’t have any unusual fight with someone.

I think there will be no other place like VA, but you have options. I recommend for you to join St E, if it fits your taste. It is the closest to us and their management is made from dedicated and nice people, plus they didn’t actually copied anyone.

Pippin will probably stay as my sim. I will open a new project, not the size of VA and not so public as VA. I will ask some of you if you want to get involved one way or another, very soon. The other two sims, won’t stay with VA.

VA School will close on 30th of June.

Until then, feel free to still come around and start to riot :).

Thank you all

Like at Oscars:

Special thanks for my whole VA time: the other Pi’ne (first name varies) as she gave and gives me enough happiness and love  to overcome emotional difficulty, Mr B. for being there, Sarah Graff for sparkling us to make VA more and keep it open.

Everyone else that was so special in the last years, you know who you are.

15 June Addition

Thank you all for your many wonderful messages. Wow! To know what my work meant for some of you, made me warm (and cry). I received 4 notes in 5 minutes even, couldn’t stop awwwing and sniffling from one, then reading the next. Thank you for helping my emotional meltdown feel justified.

I also wrote and I repeat here, in a huge irony, we’re closing with the lowest drama and nicest generation of people in ages.

Our new project won’t happen on Pippin. Pippin will go where closed Linden-owned SIMs go, to live happy with the other sims, play catch the prim and giggle at Linden employees vintage avatars. I have already rented another sim, so there’s no way back.

We have sent invitations for new place. If you didn’t received one, might not be anything against you, we might just be considering if you’d be fit in our community or still pondering about it. We are keeping it low on people (we already got more suggestions of people who should be in it than we want for a start) and low on management bearing.

I also self-demoted myself to student, in a symbolic gesture to exit the school (and close it) same way as I came to it.

About the author

Stiina Diana Pine administrator

Victoria Academy Headmistress