SL Fun

The Bay City Blues…

I missed Bay City’s 2nd Anniversary Parade. After all that planning I sodding well missed it. I didn’t mean to but the Gods that rule either/or/and (delete as appropriate) SL’s lag & my PC conspired to give me a whole weekend of crashe. Things would start out OK, but then everything would start t o g e t v e r y s l o w

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ARGH! In the end I couldn’t get back in so I buggered off to watch telly & brood. I did manage to take some shots before I exited the field stage left – here are a selection but there are lots more in the Bay City Flickr Group. Also check out there folks for their far better (and longer) experiences: Marianne, Osprey & Adric. And a big old TY to Mari & her Bay City/Nova Albion friends for arranging such a fun event!

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p.s. That Duck! is me!

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Nova Albion’s 6th Anniversary Parade

It’s that time of year again – paradin’ time! First is Nova Albion’s celebrations for its founding in March 2004 and this year the event was planned by the always energetic LisaHot Juran (who also arranged a stage & 3 hours of live music after the event!).
Nova Albion 6th Anniversary Parade

Nova Albion 6th Anniversary Parade Nova Albion 6th Anniversary Parade

Osprey wanted to recreate the history 1887 Attack of the Ducks and so lots of us dressed as ducks and took to the streets with budgies, orcs, sword-maidens, Babbage urchins, Bay City kids to name but a few!
Nova Albion 6th Anniversary Parade

Nova Albion 6th Anniversary Parade Nova Albion 6th Anniversary Parade

We all fought through fierce lag storms that blocked loads of folks out and even bent time itself so sims appeared to wink out of existence…
Nova Albion 6th Anniversary Parade

Nova Albion 6th Anniversary Parade Nova Albion 6th Anniversary Parade

By the time we reached the end, we could see Salazar had nearly rebuilt the famous arch laid low by a grid quake last year
Nova Albion 6th Anniversary Parade

Nova Albion 6th Anniversary Parade

Before the music kicked in (and I crashed out for an hour – bloody SL!) we had the street naming ceremony where the road outside Pituca Fairchang’s park & windmill was named after her late SL & RL partner, Garth. His passing is still felt by many residents and for me it was lovely to meet Pituca for the first time.
Nova Albion 6th Anniversary Parade

Nova Albion 6th Anniversary Parade

Next is the Bay City Parade and then maybe I can persuade the Steelhead Town Council to hold one, eh? 😉

p.s. Mark your diaries now – March 2011 for the 7th Nova Albion Anniversary Parade – come along and join in the fun!

Three Times The Fun!

Big time kudos to Holo, Mari and the others from Bay City for organising the first ever Tri-Cities parade (and to Osprey for her usual bang-up job on publicity) because the Halloween march through the cities and leap off Shermville bridge was a hoot! Everything happened on time and the party under the water afterwards was a blast!

Here I am (a zombie version of me) on my steampunk horse 🙂
Tri-Cities Halloween Parade - 1st Nov 09

The Nova Albion Parade off to meet the others on the bridge!
Tri-Cities Halloween Parade - 1st Nov 09

BAT!
Tri-Cities Halloween Parade - 1st Nov 09

The bat killed Lucy!
Tri-Cities Halloween Parade - 1st Nov 09

LisaHot plays a mean drum and fires a meaner cannon!
Tri-Cities Halloween Parade - 1st Nov 09

On the bridge a the sun came up…
Tri-Cities Halloween Parade - 1st Nov 09

Osprey looking teh sexeh!
Tri-Cities Halloween Parade - 1st Nov 09

Lucy needs a shave!
Tri-Cities Halloween Parade - 1st Nov 09

Kumi gets it oooonnnnnnn!
Tri-Cities Halloween Parade - 1st Nov 09

Holo leads the Bay City parade up the bridge…
Tri-Cities Halloween Parade - 1st Nov 09

Getting ready to jump…
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Heere we all goooooooooooo!
Tri-Cities Halloween Parade - 1st Nov 09

Party with da fishes!
Tri-Cities Halloween Parade - 1st Nov 09

Magellan Resurfaces!

I popped in-world to pick up a simple delivery and was immediately IMed by ever wonderful Marianne McCann who had the amazing news that her Magallen Detector Ring was going crazy… the great man was in-world!

[13:49:58] Marianne McCann: [13:49] Magellan Linden’s Status Item: Magellan is on the grid!

The Mag is back! I tweeted the news right away and asked the big guy for a signed photo for the Rodeo Explorer’s Base 😀

S’free Bier *hic* in Schteelhead *hic*

The good Burghers of my new home town Steelhead have been celebrating Autumn and October a lot of late, what with it being Autumn and October. Their recent act of public charity was to relax licensing laws and allow a 48 hour beer festival from Bravaria to visit town. I couldn’t make it, but Professor Antfarmoffski was passing though looking for Dr Mason’s flea cloning services. Upon hearing the Dr Mason had left never to return, he drowned his sorrows over at the Bierkeller and busted some pretty impresive moves!

Steelhead Oktoberfest Bierkeller

Postcard from Second Life.

Postcard from Second Life.

Postcard from Second Life.

Postcard from Second Life.

A huge thanks to Steelhead’s Burgers and people of the town for extending the festival into Euro-friendly hours – much appreciated, guys! 😀

Contest Time in Steelhead

Steelhead, my new home if I hadn’t mentioned it ;-), is great at running lots of really fun events. True they are mostly outside my timezone range but work is afoot in that direction. In the meantime they also run many great contests throughout the year and right now they are coming to the end of two bobby dazzlers!

The first is “Design A Steelhead Tartan” – I like the No.11 with the Steelhead fish woven in, but I’m a conservative at heart 😀
Steelhead Tartan Contest

The other is a County Fair livestock show with a difference…
Steelhead Animal Building Conteast

Steelhead Animal Building Contest

Steelhead Animal Building Contest

Steelhead Animal Building Contest

Steelhead Animal Building Contest

Steelhead Animal Building Contest

Steelhead Animal Building Contest

Steelhead Animal Building Contest

Steelhead Animal Building Contest

Steelhead Animal Building Contest

Steelhead Animal Building Contest

Steelhead Animal Building Contest

To visit the barn and see these amazing critters for yourself, just TP here and don’t leave without trying some of Steelhead finest wine…

Steelhead Fish Head Wine

Visiting Marianne McCann’s Shop

Remember I went to see Holocluck Henley’s gallery in Bay City? Well as I rarely get to Bay City (and when I do it’s as empty as everywhere else in SL – something I’m getting a tad sick off) I thought I’d pay a visit to Marianne McCann’s store as she’d just blogged about it and her construction site herself. I have to say I *loved* the building site – genius building! And if you in any way love the games of your childhood, you must go to her store and have a look round – she has everything you need to feed the child inside*!

Marianne McCann's Store in Bay City

Marianne McCann's Store in Bay City

Marianne McCann's Store in Bay City

Marianne McCann's Store in Bay City

Marianne McCann's Store in Bay City

Marianne McCann's Store in Bay City

* Not that I mean to imply you’ve eaten a child and it is hungry – that is just… yuk! You weirdo cannibal! 😀

Event RP – What is it and how is it done?

It struck me today (quite out of the blue – I wonder why our minds work like that, suddenly popping an idea or memory up when everything else about us in engaged in thoughts and activities totally unconnected) that I had missed off an important definition of roleplay in SL from my list. Doubly important when I realised that I actually don’t know how it works.

Event RP: Where people get together to take part in a pre-planned event that is in itself an act of semi-staged/semi-improvised RP (as opposed to people at an event deciding to undertake RP).

A good example of this would be the naval battles staged by Steelhead’s very own Master of the Waves, Hotspur O’Toole. Another good example, and one that has always stuck in my mind, is the Martian attack on Caledon in 2007 (one blog extract to illustrate what I mean here).

I can see the end result of the Martian attack in the plethora of Caledon and SL Steampunk blogs (around July 2007) to piece together how people fitted in to the RP, but what I am less clear on is how such an event was organised. Specifically I’d like to know:

1) How many people were ‘in’ on the gig? Was it just a few of the boss/management team or was it a large affair with many organisers?

2) How were people assigned roles? Was it just a free for all come-shoot-at-the-aliens affair, or did people have to report in and be assigned a task?

3) How did the mechanics work? Were the Martian craft scripted bots or were there people behind them? How did combat & damage to people & property work, if at all?

In short, if I (by “I”, I mean Steelhead as just “I” on my own couldn’t do it) wanted to stage a similar event – let’s say a Godzilla style attack on the city – how would we go about it?

If you have any ideas or tried & tested solutions, please be so kind as to drop them below 🙂

Hunting Goodies In The Avarian Expedition

NOTE: Due to a donkey brain (i.e. me!) using a January 2008 date to publish this post (written in Dec 08 for a Jan 09 release) no one has ever seen the words and picture below, so I’m re-publishing it now as this place & game really deserves all the publicity it gets!

Way back in November 08 I saw a report on New World Notes about a new game in town that grabbed my attention – a resource hunt in the amazing Avarian sims beneath the famous Grendel’s Children. Since the virtual demise of SL Games, it’s rare to see these reports and I try and follow them when they crop up even though I’m almost always disappointed. In this case I can say I was not 🙂

The basic idea is similar to The Wastelands (another area I’ve played in and enjoyed) in that you wander about, find things and then blend them to make other things (which can in tun make other things). In The Wastelands the goodies fell from the sky to be found on the road, but in The Avarian Expedition you have to sweat a little for your finds.

To start, you have to buy a pack from Grendle (for an amazingly cheap 35L$) that it contains two hand tools and two HUD (for each of the tools) that you attach. As you wander about the landscape the HUD changes colour to tell you if you are near a resource – when you are, you activate the tool and dig away like a scavenging fool until you find something. That something might be grass or a twig or another such bounty of the earth and it it these treasures you can combine to make other things. All in some of the most amazing surrounds SL has to offer 🙂

Here is a brief photo record of my first steps into this wonderful game…

First off, get the pack (and practice using it on the rock nearby):
Avarian Expedition

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Get your sorry behind down to the Avarian lands (you can TP, I like to fall…):
Avarian Expedition

Start looking (use the HUDs to guide you…):
Avarian Expedition

Avarian Expedition

Check all of the sims…
Avarian Expedition

And don’t be afraid to take your horse out for a stretch too…
Avarian Expedition

You never know how many new friends you’ll meet out a’hunting too 🙂
Avarian Expedition

So go… grab a kit and join the hunt – the weather is fine and we could all do with the exercise after Xmas 😉

SL Fun: Dunking Lindens

The recent performance of The Show Must Go On took place at the third annual Dreams Fair, an amazing event that gathers together health-based groups for a two-week fair celebration (you can read more here). One of the final events of the fair was an open Linden Dunking and it was great fun with the Lindens there being great sports. I know I moan about “The Lindens” but I’d just like to say a big thanks to them for taking part and giving me and my friends a great giggle 🙂
Dunking Blue Linden

p.s. You can read more about this night on Janey’s blog here.