Hot Bay City Nights in Second Life

Hot City Nights 2015 - the best in vintage and classic cars, 1940-1965
Hot City Nights 2015 – the best in vintage and classic cars, 1940-1965, and all in support of Child’s Play

Marianne McCann brings word of the 4th annual Hot Bay City Nights event which will take place at the Bay City Fairgrounds, North Channel, from Saturday, September 12th through until Sunday, September 20th 2015.

Celebrating Bay City’s mid-Twentieth Century theme, as well as the city’s extensive road network, Hot Bay City Nights focuses on top Second Life vintage and classic car makers, showcasing vehicles representing the era between 1940 and 1965.

First held in August 2012, the event was an instant success with Bay City residents and auto makers alike. This year, as with previous years, the week is aimed at raising funds to support Child’s Play, a charity providing toys and games for children in hospitals around the world. Alongside the auto show there will be various other activities taking place, including charity car washes and the crowning of Miss Bay City 2015 on Sunday, September 20th. So make sure you get along to Bay City during the week and join in the fun!

About Bay City

Bay City is a mainland community, developed by Linden Lab and home to the Bay City Alliance. The Bay City Alliance was founded in 2008 to promote the Bay City regions of Second Life™ and provide a venue for Bay City Residents and other interested parties to socialize and network. It is now the largest Bay city group, and home to most Residents of Bay City.

With thanks to Marianne McCann

Amidst the Mysts of Eyr in Second Life

Mysts of Eyr; Inara Pey, September 2015, on FlickrMysts of Eyr September 2015 (Flickr)

Cube Republic recently sent me a snapshot he’s taken at Mysts of Eyr with a suggestion I should perhaps hop over and take a look. As I always tend to enjoy recommendations, and given Cube and I share an eye for natural beauty, I added Mysts of Eyr to the top of my list of places to visit “next” – although a couple of things have kept me from getting there sooner.

The region was once the home of Mystara and is now under new management. However, the storyline within it offers those who enjoyed Mystara with something of a new volume of tales set within the same universe, while opening the doors to broader RP as well. The setting is now that of one of the many jungle islands of the Eyr archipelago, where survivors of Mystara’s vanishing are attempting to settle – albeit not always with the blessings or support of the locals and other parties with an interest in the island.

Mysts of Eyr; Inara Pey, September 2015, on FlickrMysts of Eyr September 2015 (Flickr)

The Mysts of Eyr web site notes of the new environment:

Our vision is to bring you an immersive, high quality roleplay environment in a unique new setting, within a familiar campaign – the Realm of Mystara universe. We believe that a roleplay sim built community first, crafted with heart and soul, and operating on fair principles provides the best platform for expression.  For former members of Mystara, it is our aim to provide you a home for your character and continuity of storyline. Mysts of Eyr was founded on that hope.

The core concept of Eyr is about stepping out of your comfort zone and embracing your wild side! You will find no quaint medieval villages or towering stone castles in Eyr: a vast jagged island with many hidden secrets not to be underestimated. In Mysts of Eyr, high fantasy meets dense, otherworldly jungle life — and unlike Mystara, a realm ruled by race kings and queens — Eyr is ruled by powerful faction leaders warring for territory.

Mysts of Eyr; Inara Pey, September 2015, on FlickrMysts of Eyr September 2015 (Flickr)

I cannot speak directly for the communities involved in Mysts of Eyr, mainly because I explored the region whilst most who are involved there were most likely either in bed or at work. But I can say this of the region itself – like Mystara before it, it is beautifully conceived and designed, and utterly captivating to the eye, the build brought together under the creative skills of Annie Ibanez.

The care and artistry invested in the design is evident from the moment you arrive in the aerial Welcome Area. Here you’ll find directions for getting started, either as a player or an observer (the latter being the recommended way to learn about Mysts of Eyr, even if you are keen to join the RP). There is also information on the admins, the mentors and the various groups and factions operating in the region, all with web links and information note cards. Thus the new arrival is presented with a thorough grounding in a very relaxed approach and eye-catching build.

Mysts of Eyr; Inara Pey, September 2015, on FlickrMysts of Eyr September 2015 (Flickr)

A teleport provides access to the role-play environs, and you can select one of several destinations. For my first visit, I opted for the tavern at Stormstead, the small village / town built by the survivors from Mystara. It proved to be a sound choice as the tavern’s owner, Alteripseity, was on hand to greet me. Not only is he a charming fellow (and someone well-versed in all manner of role-play!), he is also a mentor at Mysts of Eyr, and thus well-placed to help those newly arrived. His establishment is also a most charming hostelry, and I recommend casual visitors can do no better than seeking it as their starting-point for explorations; particularly as not all destinations in the teleport system are necessarily open to public use or on the ground.

There is no enforced dress code for visitors, but I would perhaps suggest a perusal of the Mysts of Eyr website and the various groups, factions and character types found there and an effort to find something that helps you blend a little more, even when wearing the Observer Tag, would likely be appreciated. My usual black pants, blouse and heels certainly looked out-of-place, although I compensated for this by using an animation to vanish underground and letting my flycam explore for me.

Mysts of Eyr; Inara Pey, September 2015, on FlickrMysts of Eyr September 2015 (Flickr)

The range of environments to be found here really is extraordinary. the exist above ground, below ground, under water and in the air – and so discovering them all is something unlikely to be achieved via a casual visit: immersion is required – and rightfully so, even the nature of the role-play here.  Such is the nature of the design that when exploring the ground level, it can feel as if Mysts of Eyr extends far beyond the limits of a 256×256 metre region, particulalr as one finds the cave and cavern entrances and starts underground explorations.

All told, this is a stunning region, one which offers role-players considerable depth and opportunity, and which is supported by a well conceived and constructed web site. I’m not much of a role-player myself, but Mysts of Eyr is certainly enticing and I thoroughly enjoyed my visit and have no hesitation in recommending it to those who are looking for a new role-play home.

My thinks to Cube again for the tip, and to  Alteripseity for his guidance.

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Stand Up 2 Cancer in Second Life this September

logo-2Saturday, September 12th marks the start of the 2015 Stand up 2 Cancer (SU2C) campaign in Second Life, and the venue schedules are shaping up nicely. I previewed this year’s campaign, at the end of August, so feel to treat this as a small update / teaser.

This year builds on the 2014 début event, which saw L$ 1.5 million raised over 4 days, and will see more than 150 performers, DJs and tribute bands perform at around 40 venues across Second Life in two weeks of music and fund-raising to assist the ground-breaking work of Stand Up 2 Cancer. Activities commence on Saturday, September 12th and run through until Sunday, September 27th, all brought together through the leadership of Still Braveheart, who pioneered the 2014 inaugural weekend.

Jasmine's Hollow; Inara Pey, June 2015, on Flickr The Dirty Grind over Jasmine’s Hollow  will host multiple events across the 2 weeks of SU2C fund-raising

As I noted last time around, the focus this year is not only on a much broader time span for fund-raising, but it is also looking to support far more of SU2C’s work by splitting donations between SU2C’s activities in Canada, the UK and the USA. In addition, people will be able to donate directly to SU2C’s work in through three countries by following the special donation links available at all participating venues if they’d prefer to pay direct, rather than via in-world L$ donations.

Obviously, with so many performers and venues participating, listing them in a blog like this is impossible – so do please keep a track of the SU2C in SL event schedule on Google, and via Stills’ own blog, which will have daily events, times and LMs to venues as things get under-way, as well as all the very latest news. However, to help whet appetites, here is a small sampling of what is to come (note schedules subject to possible last minute change).

Saturday, September 12th: BS’s Bring a Friend and Stay Awhile

KeivnMThomas Carpool
Manu Aurell
wolfie Moonshadow
12:00 noon
LaidBack Celt
Bandit Eddingham
Leannan Wolfgang
Erin & Satin
BS's Bring a Friend and Stay Awhile - kicking things off for SU2C 2015
BS’s Bring a Friend and Stay Awhile – kicking things off for SU2C 2015

Thursday, September 17th: Breakwaters New England Community

Bo Hayes
Premium Composer
Automatic Quandry
Manu Aurell
Travis Overrland
Glenn Bunjie
MrMulti Write
Ariangels Resident
Dilah Halostar
Breakwaters New England Community
Breakwaters New England Community

Monday, September 21st: RMS Titanic

Saxy and Romantic
MusicMan Appletor
RMS Titanic, another stately 2015 SU2C venue
RMS Titanic, another stately 2015 SU2C venue

So, do please keep an eye on Still’s blog for the full schedule of events, together with the Google calendar, and who knows – we might bump into one another at one of the venues! If so, do please say hello.

About Stand Up 2 Cancer

SU2C takes an innovative  approach to ending cancer by focusing on forming “dream teams” of doctors and researchers who are directly involved in leading-edge cancer research and treatment, and then undertaking aggressive research programmes. 100% of all donations made through SU2C goes directly into funding cancer research and treatment and paying for these teams; none is lost to “administrative costs” or put aside for CEO or executive salaries, etc.

Such is the success of this approach that as of 2014, and in the USA alone, SU2C has raised over $261 million in seven years. This money has all be used in directly supporting 141 clinical trials of possible cancer treatments, involving 750 scientists and 5,000 cancer patients, and which have spanned 112 US institutions.

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