By Bixyl Shuftan
Last weekend, Saturday April 13th and Sunday April 14th, offered a number of events for the Relay For Life. There were numerous music parties. But with the large number of teams, there were happenings of all kinds.
The paintball match took place in the "Hawk's Pride" MASH base in Seaside Treasures Estates. Paintball rifles were provided for free, with the request for a donation to the kiosk. After that, players touched the combat system post to get in the game, and one side was asked to chose red pellets and the other blue. Just for yucks, one side was sporting bunny suits. One picture was sent out in a group notice, with the caption, "Look out. They may be cute, but they're pretty good shots!"
There was quite a bit of joking around as well. There were a couple good-natured barbs of the tiny avatars "cheating" by being smaller targets, as well as chuckles that the rainbow-colored bunny outfits were making those who wore them a magnet for attention, and pellets. At the end, people wished each other well, and went on to other events.
being the subject of a fundraiser for a better computer when her funds were a bit short. Among the others there were Bain and Panza Finch, Gem Sunkiller, Avariel Falcon, and Madonna Daehile. Madonna, known for her trademark shiny latex outfits, wore a dress this time for the occasion.
Aryon had a few stories, among them a conversation between two doctors. One commented he was using the same drugs at the same doses as the other, but the other guy was getting a response rate more than twice his. The doc answered when talking to the patients about the drugs, he would use the first letter of each medication, H, O, P, E, "I'm giving them hope."
The following day on Sunday, the events continued. One was a Jail and Bail held by the "Relay Wizards for SpUnKy." Noted comedian Lauren Weyland, known for her weekly comedy show, was the voulenteer. Tossed into the slammer for failing to get laughs from a tough crowd, bail was set at 35,000 Lindens. The money was made in just 41 minutes, but the Lindens kept coming. The amount raised that day was over 36,000.
Other events included Team "Unmasking a Cure" holding a 24 hour music event with several DJs. RacerX Gullwing held a few tiny snail races with a Woodstock theme, and had "hippie" tiny snails up for sale for charity. Music Races for a Cure held an Art Fair and Auction.
It was an eventful weekend for the Relay. But there soon would be more to come. As of the posting of this article, the Fantasy Faire begins. So residents can head on over for some more Relay fun.
Saturday, April 20, 2013
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
By Bixyl Shuftan
On Sunday afternoon, April 8, 2013, the "Sundreamers" Relay For Life team hosted a cancer fundraising event at New Bastogne. The sim is one of three for the WW2 Combat RP, where residents fight one another in tanks and planes in addition to small arms on several teams on two sides: Allied and Axis. Visitors are limited only to a small shopping area until they have joined the roleplay group for all players. Rules of protocol normally restrict how the two sides can interact other than shooting at one another, but on special events they can freely mingle.
Relay for Life is the signature fundraising event of the American Cancer Society, and has been active in Second Life since 2006. Since then, RFL in SL has raised over US$1.6 million to help fight cancer! Join us today in New Bastogne at 4PM SLT (PDT) for today's Relay for Life Event! This is a multi-team event, so if you wish to participate, feel free to join in. We will have dunk Tanks, where you get knocked down using WWII AA guns, theme music, fly WWII aircraft. Vendors. Costumes. Come have fun!
Dropping in, I was greeted by one of the Luftwaffe sergeants, and the Sundreamer leader, Rita Mariner. The purple kani was wearing a US Army uniform with a general's helmet. Most of the German teams were grouped together and chatting, but some were talking to visitors along with a few Allied players. Some residents were exploring the area. The church got complements on it's appearance and design. All the while, music of the era played from an old time music station from Portsmouth Virginia.
German leader and RP administrator, Vickster Khun, was among those chatting with visitors, dressed in a dress instead of a uniform. Visitors were invited to take planes up, and at one point one of the Germans took up a Heinkel two-engine bomber to give them something to shoot at. There were also tanks set up on the end up the airfield as ground targets.
In was then Vixie's turn to sit on the dunk tank. And with that, the Sunweaver chat got more lively,"someone shoot that annoying vixen!." A few more Sundreamers came on to try to knock her in, and they were taking fewer shots than with Becky. Eventually, it was soon Rita's turn. And more residents came on to try to knock their landlord into the drink, who taunted, "No wonder the Germans lost, you can't hit anything." Just for fun, more weapons were brought in to knock her down, such as a small tank, and a Nebelwerfer infantry rocket launcher.
Sunnies: The Relay for Life Event yesterday was alot of fun. A lot of real estate was torn up as the gunners each took their turns blasting away at the victims on the Dunk Tank, until they hit them. Planes were buzzing around and bombing and strafing the targets. We are planning a second event, May 7th Tuesday, 4-6 pm slt. New Bastogne sim, WWII theme.
In the meantime, the Sundreamers and other teams continue to hold Relay events. And of course New Bastogne is always open to new players whom are team oriented and fight fairly.
For more Relay events, check their website at http://rflofsl.intuitwebsites.com/ .
Saturday, April 6, 2013
Holiday weekends offer plenty of activities in Second Life, and Easter is no exception. The Relay For Life provided much fun, but that wasn't all. There were egg hunts and festive places one could go to.
For egg hunts, I heard about a few. One took place in Areo Pines Park, their seventh annual Easter event: the "Eggapalooza."
It's EGGAPALOOZA! - Happy Easter from the Aero Pines Park Rangers! - The eBunny has hidden over 50 different gifts in eggs around the park. You're offered an Easter basket when you arrive! Find eggs in the landscaping and public areas. Its more fun and advantageous with friends! -- Start here: Aero Pines Park (8,3,23)
Porting over, I found a free basket, and an egg in an obvious location: a backyard grill. Going about the park's trails, I continued to find more of the eggs, from at the base and up trees, to crazy places such as in outhouses. The eggs themselves contained prizes, from outfits, to mermaid tails, and more. A nice little freebie hunt that took place in a nice realizing nature trail.
Second Life has a number of churches, and no doubt many held special Easter services. One I stopped at, St. Peter's Basilica in the Mediterraneo OC sim, didn't have a church group. In fact, it turned out to be set up as a location for weddings. But still, it was a well done structure.
Going inside, sunbeams shone through the windows onto the altars. There were also stairs up to the bell towers. No hint as to whether or not a hunchback made rounds here.
Then there was Easter Town in the Elizabeth Town sim. I had written about the place before, but went in for a quick look. The place was still the same cartoony and fun-looking place, looking like it did last year. No doubt people were continuing to go there for light hearted Easter fun.
Then there was the egg hunt in Hyde Park in the London area. Unlike Area Pines, they weren't offering a freebie hunt, but a game in which eggs gathered awarded points to participants.
Over the Easter weekend we will be dropping hundreds of eggs all over Hyde Park. Hunters will will get points simply by either clicking on the eggs they find or stepping on them. The leaderboard will show the top 10 egg hunters so far, and the top egg hunter at the end of the Easter weekend will receive [insert prize here]. Eggs won't be fiendishly hidden; They will be in plain sight but could be anywhere in the park. Some eggs may be in a group, some may be alone and some could even be in the lake! The leaderboard will always show the number of eggs remaining to be found in Hyde Park. If the egg count gets low then we will keep adding more until the end of the Easter weekend. See if you can keep us on our toes all weekend by finding all the eggs and forcing us add fresh batches! Happy Easter!
There were attractions around besides the egg hunt, such as freebies for newcomers to pick up and fun places to dance on. There was also a spider going around, chasing the avatar who was nearest. In my bunny avatar, I wondered a little if it was out to make me hossenfeffer. But I soon gave it the slip and resumed looking around.
A fun little weekend.
Some of the events will still be around for a few more days. So be sure to check them.
Thursday, April 4, 2013
By Bixyl Shuftan
On Easter weekend of March 30-31st, while many residents were busy with egg hunts, others spent their time at Relay For Life's first "Teams R Us" Weekend. In the temporary sims RFL TRU and RFL TRU 2, the Relay teams set up a number of camps with an overall Western theme. There were a number of activities and events for those passing by from shooting from fishing to bullring, and of course the Country Music Jam.
Another camp, possibly Team Live Wire, offered a shooting gallery. One could either take a gun from his/her inventory or get a copy of the provided box of guns. Once armed, one just had to press the start button and the targets would appear. In one pen, there was a mechanical bull. The object here was simple: get on and stay on as long as you could. But it was random as to how long you could stay. Sometimes it was a few seconds. Sometimes it was over half a minute. After several tries, I got on the scoreboard with forty seconds.
Yours truly took part in one race, and came out fourth out of five racers. The winner was Cathryn McMillian, with Safra Nitely second and Cinders Vale third. Safra had won another race I watched earlier.
The main event was the county music jam. At the center of the camps was a stage and dance floor. The floor had some line dance poseballs, and DJs and live singers would perform for the present crowd. Not all the tunes were country music. Dropping by once, I saw DJ Vic Morrington performing "Captain Morgan."
Here on her Flickr.
While Lomgren's team hasn't made Bronze status quite yet, the event did raise several thousand Lindens for them. The Giant Snail Relay team is up to 30,000 Lindens. Team Live Wire is over 57,000 L. The Second Life Cheerleading Squad hit Silver status with 110,000 L raised. The Cure Chasers are over 160,000 Lindens. The Relay Rockers have reached Gold rank with over 300,000 Lindens Raised. For the totals raised, Click Here.
Stay tuned for more Relay For Life events, including the Fantasy Faire later this month beginning April 20th.
Bottom image credit: IshtarAngel Micheline