The layout aspect has to do with the recent release of OpenSim 0.8. I would like to upgrade but have had trouble configuring the software. I may be receiving some expert help soon. If we get it running, I plan to do some testing with variable regions. That may lead to changes to the World Map.
If I decide after testing, not to go with variable regions, there still may be changes to the World Map. I have been working on a few new regions in SoaS that I may upload to Dankoville regardless of the outcome of my tests with 0.8 and var regions.
As a writer, the purpose of the grid originally was as a setting for some of my stories. However, others became interested in Dankoville as a setting for story as well and we are at the early stages of building a roleplay community here. This is something that evolved unexpectedly and recently we've been taking steps to bring that altogether and actively seek others to join us. So a re-purposing of the grid is in order.
There are other changes too that are unrelated to the above - new buildings, new areas. I'll keep you posted here and elsewhere on our progress. In the meantime, we're open to visitors via the hypergrid. Please accept this invitation to visit Dankoville.