Monday, July 17, 2023

Burn2 Conception And The BBB SL20B Party

By Gemma Cleanslate

Besides greeting and attending a few Lab Gabs and stage parties at the SL20B, I made it to several events occurring at the Arboretum. Burn 2 held an informational meeting at the Performance stage . Each lead of the various departments explained what the department did at all the events during the year.

They also brought in their own video of past events at Deep Hole where most of the events are held .They explained the 10 Principles of Burning Man of which Burn2 is a regional member. It was most interesting to the audience and offered invites to join in at events as volunteers or creators of the installations on the Playa at Deep Hole.

The next event will be held this coming weekend .It is called Conception and is held in space! Come over to get acquainted and see all the builds and join the parties .

To learn more about Burn2 go here .

The Belllisseria Bureau of Bureaucracy ,known as BBB , held the largest gathering that I can recall at their Space ship high over the regions of the SL20B . Both the opening party and the closing party were terrific! Above is a shot of the Back to Earth party on July 11 taken by Martina Voxel.

It was barely large enough to fit all that attended and was great fun. Frank Atisso offered tunes the certainly fit the occasion . I felt like we were on our way to Mars. Several Moles dropped in as they have been doing at many events during this past two weeks. One thing that I have enjoyed enjoyed while greeting was the variety of avatars that came in to visit and explore . I took some photos of the array that I encountered.

 Gemma Cleanslate

Friday, July 7, 2023

Greeting At The SL20B

By Gemma Cleanslate

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My SL life was interrupted by the SL20B since I am a greeter on the Regions and spend lots of time helping visitors and orienting them to the events and activities going on all over the 22 regions. I spend a lot of time at the Welcome centers in Awesome and Magnificent where most of the new visitors arrive for the first time. Here is located the vendor for both the Global and National sweepstakes which keeps people coming back daily to enter . The car which is the prize for the National sweeps is on display with Patch Linden replica standing by. Teleports to all the stages, important landing points and regions are  located here so it is a busy place. I have seen most of you here too!

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Several days I greeted as a dinkie and offered some help on the Hunt that was going on too. This year there were 5 prizes located at the main areas but the hints on the hud were hard ! Hints were talked about in the SL20B group chat and many completed it after a while. I made time to go do it and collected the prizes.

After a few days I was able to visit stages to greet there and offer information. My first trip took me to

the Mandala Stage where Tia Rungray(Tialer Mimulus) whose ethereal live music I first heard at last year was performing. His music is so enchanting and and is enhanced with reflections by Violet Boa.

The stage build is beautiful and held many performances and dj parties during the Music Fest and on into the week .

I was able to get to several of the lab Gabs where Strawberry Linden interviewed Patch Linden . He gave us information that Bixyl has been reporting on .

Other lab Gabs followed every day with more information on how the Lab works in different departments ending on Friday with a gathering of all the Moles who supply our infrastructure on the grid. They are busier than a colony of ants! All the talks are here is you missed them. Strawberry (above ) did a wonderful job asking resident ‘s questions for us.

I have a few more events to tell you about in another article.

Below are some photos from the regions that I visited during my tour.

Gemma Cleanslate

Monday, June 19, 2023

Scenes From The Relay Flood Party

By Bixyl Shuftan 

It's a Relay tradition that happens every year and has been called a number of things. It's been called the "Sink the Sims" party. It's been called the wrap-up party, although it shouldn't be confused with the official "Relay Wrap-Up" party in July to mark the official end of the season. Others call it the name yours truly prefers, the "Flood Party."
Rain and Flooding in the Forcast, "Sink The Sims" Wrap Up Party
Relay 2023 WRAP Party... Wednesday 06/14 @ 4pm SLT...
Join us on RFL Research as we "SINK THE SIMS" and wrap up another record breaking Relay Season... We will be handing out the Spirit of Relay Awards and the Gordy Klatt Award among others... 

So how did it start? In 2010, one of the sim managers decided on a whim to flood the place full of water. But someone saw it and told others in group chat, and it wasn't long before people were showing up in swimsuits and inner tubes. So next year, people were asking "where's the flood party?" It would take a few years, including one year in which the "flood" was just a few inches, but eventually the Relayers would get their annual flood party in which the water would rise past their waists and up to their shoulders, and often deeper. 

This year's Flood Party was on Wednesday June 14, scheduled to start at 4PM SL time. I went onto the track as my alt Rezzdarnnit. 

Checking the map, I noticed RFL Research, the sim the event was scheduled to take place was jam-packed with a hundred avatars. It looked like I'd be on the outside looking in this time.

I was going to walk/teleport over, then I ran into a surprise, the "Party Bus" which offered me a ride.

Inside, Silver Howler was DJing to other canines on the bus's small dance floor. 

We soon got to RFL Remission, the sim south of the one to be flooded. I could see a number of clouds, meaning people gathering at the sim boundary.

 But when we got there, and I got off the bus, I noticed our sim was starting to flood as well as the one to the north.

Panning ahead, I saw RFL Research was just starting to flood.

 Not everyone was rezzing, but it was still signs of a big party.

The water continued to rise.
Some people were putting out rafts and floaties, including some that resembled octopuses.

The party bus did a transformation, inflatable floaters people could stand on appearing.

Then came Rita Mariner, the captain of Team Sunbeamers, and her US Army DUKW. Aboard it were some of "Roos With A Dream." 

The water was starting to get a little deep.

With only a little room left on the amphibious truck, I hopped onto the party bus's inflatable.

 The water rose in quick spurts at times.

And it would take a moment for what could float to catch up.

I can't recall how many were in both sims combined, but with people going in and out, it may have approached 150.

This pizza float was almost good enough to eat.

Eventually, the numbers in RFL Research began to drop, so I headed over. By this time, the water was deeper than I was tall, so I floated over.

The water was just starting to drop once more, but some floaties didn't. 

While there, I checked out the water slide at one camp.

After a while, it was over. The water levels were back to normal, with the rafts and other floaties being the only evidence of the flood party. 
In group chat, there was a joke or two about people grumbling their campsite's sim wasn't flooded. There was also talk of some times at the edge of making another level having one last bash to bring them over the edge. This included a few small teams which were getting "Bronze Parties" so they would get to a level.
Once the Flood Party was winding down, some people would head on to scheduled events elsewhere. Others would check out the track for one last time before the Takedown, which was starting the very next morning, or light up the last few unlit lanterns.

Officially, it wasn't the end of the Relay. Team ACTS was due to have an equestrian event later in the month. And there was the Relay Wrap-Up in July. But for most, this would be the de-facto end of the Relay season. This included the Sunbeamers, who would pack away the kiosk at their main club.

It was a great 2023 Relay season.

Go Relay!

Bixyl Shuftan