You have been ejected..

Today I received one of those uncomfortable messages in my email:

“You have been ejected from..”

I always feel sad when I get one of these,though thankfully they’re rare. I can’t complain though, it was totally justified,if anything I’d have expected it sooner.

I did enjoy my time being part of the staff team at this particular inworld venue, but I hadn’t been able to put in the required time to stay on the staff.

It’s one of those cases where you think you can go back to it anytime, until the choice is taken out of your hands.

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SciFi Expo 2022 Applications are open

The Scifi Expo 2022 has applications open for Exhibitors(Merchants), Performers and Bloggers. 

The SciFi Expo will run from 14th October to 23rd October, 2022 fundraising for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer and The American Cancer Society.

The 2022 SciFi Expo: Voyage Through The Stars

Returning for a third year in a row, the SciFi Expo helps in bringing together scifi designers, roleplayers, performers, and supporters from all across the virtual world of Second LifeĀ®, to benefit Making Strides Against Breast Cancer and the American Cancer Society.

The journey continues! Voyage Through the Stars, on board of The Nexus, a mobile space station and one of the crowning jewels of the United Earth Council fleet, as it continues its journey of exploring the vast uncharted reaches of interstellar space.

You can read the full Press Release HERE for more information.

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Exhibitor & Event registrations close 10th October 6pm BST/10am SLT. Blogger resgistrations close on 1st October 6pm BST/10am SLT. 

(The SciFi Expo should not be confused with the ‘Sci-Fi Con’ event. Both events raise money for cancer research, but are organised by different groups of people.)

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Helix Closes (again)

This morning I woke up to find an announcement in the new Helix Discord server saying that it wasn’t closing…

I wanted to inform everyone the status of the sim and Helix overall. We want to thank everyone who enjoyed Helix and wanted to relive some of that. I want to say that we appreciate the support! With that being said, the sim itself is not going anywhere, however after evaluating the overall situation of the sim and other consideration, we are doing a sim revamp/retheme. As such, the sim will temporarily be restricted until we are finished.Renters have been refunded and are being given time to collect their items.

Thank you all and stay tuned.

Honestly I’m not surprised, considering the owner couldn’t be bothered to turn up on opening day.

Why I’m censoring the name I’m not entirely sure

Combined with the abruptness of the closure of Helix City, I knew this would come sooner or later. The fact he’s using past tense (enjoyed instead of enjoy) suggests rather strongly that whatever comes next won’t be anything like what we have now. Along with the fact we were all ejected from the land group:

[3:34] : You have been ejected from ‘|Helix|’

You wouldn’t do that for a remodel, unless you didn’t want or expect people to return after you’d finished. The message may say that the sim isn’t going anywhere,but whatever happens next this is still an end.

It is an end to roleplay stories that people have spent time and effort creating, perpetuating them during a location move and then adapting to a change of Lore (which wasn’t really needed and just made things confusing). To be rejected and abandoned overnight on a whim, is just..well I’ll let you draw your own conclusions.


Hooker Holdup

Inspired by an excerpt from The Blade Between by Sam J. Miller.

Transcribed from the reading by Draxtor, prior to the Second Life Book Club on 14th April 2021.

“In 20 years the railroad will arrive from New York City, heading north for Albany for Canada. Its path perfectly plotted to cut off Hudson’s North Bay crippling the city’s shipping trade, start it’s slow decline to irrelevance. 40 years after that, Hudson will have become the East Coast largest centre for prostitution. Diamond Street whorehouses so notorious they will have to change the name of the streets of Columbia after the governor personally census form of state troopers to bust up the brothels that local authorities have coddled and patronized and exploited for information for decades.”

So I thought it would be fun to put together a cliche prostitute look for that episode of the Book Club.

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Turns out the quote was one of the readings as well, you can hear it at timestamp: 33.38

Of course some location shots were a must, but wouldn’t be complete with an arresting officer too! Which is why it’s taken so long to get around to publishing this, I needed to find one that would let me go afterwards!