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The kindness of strangers

April 10th, 2014 by Marianne McCann

An Easter Portrait

I feel like this entry is practically a fashion entry — though it’s not really my best “fashion” photo above — so I will indeed add a “style card” at the bottom. You can click it to see the photo at a larger size. While I am sporting a whole lot of attire from the April round of Collabor88 and other current events, this post is actually more about the kindness of one of the designers for same.

It is often difficult to find good clothing for a kid avatar. Most of the kid stores are building for the Toddleedoo mesh child avatar shape, while adult designers are using the standard sizes to rig their outfits. This can often mean some fairly sparse pickins’ for an old-school kid avatar like me. I’ll write more about this in the future, including stores like Intrigue Co. and FATEwear/FATEplay which do sometimes make clothes for avatars like me

It can often be a disappointing search, especially with events. You might see something previewed on a blog that looks positively adorable, only to try a demo and discover that even the XXS size has got ample… space… up front. I could go on about how XXS size clothing from many designers still display at least a C cup bust, but I’ll save the rant for another time.

I saw a very cute skirt and blouse combination from The Secret Store. I’ve bought quite a bit over time from this store during various treks to The Arcade. I think I still have an abundance of spare skates and casette players in my inventory while hunting for rare items.

So I had to try this new outfit from Collabor88. It was simply too cute. As you can guess, however, it had a chest.

Unlike many, this wasn’t a huge amount, and I did opt to wear a white version of the top during Collabor88 set up, I was somewhat disappointed it did not have a flatter chest. While talking to the owner of The Secret Store, Maylee Oh, on other issues, I mentioned the top.

Mere moments later, she passed me a top to try out. It fit perfectly. I was stunned by how quickly she presented this, and that she would even be willing to do so.Thanks to her, I have four great outfits that people are going to get really tired of seeing me in this spring and summer, because I will be wearing these until they’re threadbare.

If you happen to be a child avatar, or just someone who prefers a flatter look for whatever reason, stop by Collabor88 and pick up the Betsy Halter Tank. Maylee does not have the kid size in the box there, nor has she reshaped any but the tucked halter — both things I hope she’ll consider changing down the line — but she is willing to provide the flat version of the top by request.

This is only one of many amazing things in Collabor88 this month, BTW, including things that would be great for SL kids. The Clawtooth hair is wonderful (though “Chick Habit’s” ponytail is clearly made for a larger chest), the Schadenfreude flats are amazing, and both MishMish and Half-Deer have brought the cute to the table. Check it all out when you can, but I know the sims will be jam packed for days yet.

Thank you again, Maylee. It really means a lot to me when someone will go that extra mile.

P.S.: If anyone wants a “typical” kid-size shape for creation or testing purchases, I have this one up on Marketplace and at my store in Bay City and Livingtree.

 

1, 5, 10

June 23rd, 2013 by Marianne McCann

Mari-SL10B

Second Life™, as of today, has officially marked its tenth year since leaving beta. That is very much a milestone, and one I am glad to be a part of. I have been a sim coordinator for this year’s event, as well as a builder of many pieces of infrastructure, an exhibitor, and someone who has been called on to perform all sorts of necessary acts to get SL10B together and running. It has been an honor.

As a child avatar — perhaps one of the better known child avatars, at that — I find myself reflecting about child avatar involvement at these events. It has been a long and sometimes tulmutous history.

To the best of anyone’s knowledge, the first child avatar was created by Washu Zebrastripe sometime during Second Life’s beta. Then again, the option has long been there for shrinking one’s avatar down to 0 on the height slider and doing what one can to give your avatar a child-like appearance.

Child avatars at Second Life's first anniversary gala. Photo by Bacarra Rhodes.

Child avatars at Second Life’s first anniversary gala. Photo by Bacarra Rhodes.

At the Second Life First Year Anniversary Gala, in addition to a gala parade and time capsule event, Bacarra Rhodes organized the One Year Young festival. It was a one-day event on the 24th of June. Avatars were encouraged to be a kid for the day, and enjoy various carnival rides and refreshments. They even had contests for the best looking and wackiest kid avatar. Was all in great fun, and a product of what was, then, a very innocent and young world. What could possibly go wrong?

Fast forward five years. Second Life was booming. In the course of two years, they’d gained millions of account. Corporations were flocking to the virtual world as yet another means to sell their products.

Of course, with the greater visibility came greater scrutiny from a mainstream that was leery of the “wild west” ways of Second Life. One of the biggest scandals? Sexual ageplay. After Report Mainz uncovered a sexual ageplay and real-world child pornography ring operating in Second Life, Linden Lab clamped down on child avatars of all sorts. Many wished the lab went even further, barring child avatars altogether.

A year and change from the Report Mainz investigation came SL5B, the fifth anniversary. Linden Lab was gearing up for big change, with a fresh, new CEO incoming and high hopes to eventually take the company public. Second Life’s 5th birthday was seen as a big event to show a more professional side of Second Life, and help lure in some big names. But first, some clean up would need to happen. The Lindens involved with the event had to keep out the Goreans, the sexual content, and most of all — child avatars.

Meeting between Dusty Linden, Loki Eliot, and Marianne McCann in the lead up to SL5B

Meeting between Dusty Linden, Loki Eliot, and Marianne McCann in the lead up to SL5B

Loki Eliot and I were summoned to LindenWorld Lobby a few weeks before SL5B. We both had submitted applications to be a part of the event, as had a handful of other kids. We were eager to find out what part we may be playing in SL5B — and then Dusty Linden dropped a bombshell on us. Higher ups had decided that child avatars could not present at SL5B. We were “respectfully declined.”

Protests broke out. Resident volunteers resigned. People got angry. Kid avatars held their own event, Kids5B. Eventually the lab relented, first changing the stance to allow kid avatars, but barring any photos of child avatars in the same frame as adults, nor being pictured anywhere near a bed, no matter how innocent the photo. By the end of the event, even that had been softened — but the damage had been done.

Much changed after this, including that CEO. After a disastrous tenure that saw the launch of the much-maligned “Viewer 2.0,” Second Life went from wonderkind to has-been in the eyes of the media. A new CEO, Rod Humble, took the helm — and while SL is not what it was in the Golden Age of 2006-2008, its heart is still very much beating.

The SL10B history walk exhibit.

The SL10B history walk exhibit.

SL10B took place this year, and as I already said, I had no small part of it. I was one of two child avatars who served as sim coordinators. Though some happenstance, some of my work has ended up featured. So has the brilliant Behemoth build that Loki Eliot presented. There were eight builds that I know of that featured child avatar content, ranging all the way from the LAMP mesh child avatar project to an underwater presentation on mer-children. The kids of Escapades were interviewed at the SL10B auditorium. Gemini Enfield, one of the founders of Second Life Children, DJed at the lake stage. Kids were everywhere.

It’s been no small honor to be a part of the event, and to help make it possible. I could never have conceived that SL10B would be what is has been back in the days of being “respectfully declined” from SL5B, much like I doubt any of those early pioneers expected Second Life to even still be a thing ten years on.

Here’s to another successful decade, Second Life.

Inner Child Camp 2011

October 6th, 2011 by Marianne McCann

Inner Child Camp 2011

Inner Child Camp is back for 2011, and this year we’re honoring the Burning Man 2011 theme, “Rites of Passage” with one of our own, can you climb up to the top of our passage, and survive the trial by fire? Come and try – or just hang out and play!

All are welcome at Burn2 and at Inner Child Camp. While there, you are likely to meet the greatest cross-section of Second Lifers you’re likely to come across. This will be the fourth year of Inner Child Camp, though SL kids have been “on the playa” for many more years than that. Come celebrate!

So what’s Inner Child Camp, anyway?

Inner Child Camp is a virtual kids theme camp at Burn2. Sort of a virtual version of the first life Kidsville camp.

And Burn2 is?

Burn2 is a virtual extension of the Burning Man festival

Okay, and Burning Man is?

Burning Man is a festival that takes place in the Black Rock Desert in Nevada every August. Over the course of a week, a great city springs up in that desert, celebrating art, community, and fire. An annual burning of the man takes place, as does the burning of the temple. And at the end of the event, it all goes away, leaving no trace of its existence.

Anything I should know before I come?

SL kids are fully welcome at the event. Don’t feel you have to only stay at Inner Child Camp. Go explore!

While you are welcome to come however you are, many like to participate in the aesthetic that is Burning Man. This means coming dressed for the harsh weather of the Nevada desert in late Summer and/or early Autumn, as well as providing your own “artistic flair” to your own presentation. Here’s some shots of adults at the first life event that might inspire you!

With the above in mind, be aware that there can and will be some adults that will be running about in various states of undress. Non-sexual nudity is allowed on the virtual playa (though Second Life™ rules about child avatar nudity do still apply).

As part of Burn2 and Burning Man’s tradition of gifting, Inner Child Camp has a number of cool freebies you should check out. Feel free to at least grab a Inner Child Camp bracelet, modeled after the ones the first life kids wear on the playa.

Burn2 is not, itself, a role play area, but there are many elements of the first life event that one might consider “role playish.” The greeters at the front gate, the lamplighters who tend the lamps at night all (and party at the temple all night long), the Department of Mutant Vehicles, and the rangers all fulfill their virtual duties in ways similar to the real-world event staff and volunteers. So do us virtual kids, really.

The Rangers do watch out for trouble, but there more than just “desert cops” or “desert EMTs.” Best I can explain is they work at the event as a sort of “social lubricant.” They’re friendly and helpful, and all around good people.

Also, for a full on experience, come into the event through the entry gates in Burning Man-Deep Hole rather than just starting at an individual camp. It’s part of the experience to come in though the gates, ring the bell, maybe even make your first dust angel.

My little parts of SL8B

June 26th, 2011 by Marianne McCann

Now that I’ve discussed some general feelings, I want to introduce my own parts of SL8B

With the passing of BlueGin Yifu last year, the task of doing a birthday build representing the Bay City Alliance ended up in my lap. I wanted to do something that would serve both as a memorial to some of her ideals, while also fitting Bay City’s theme and attitude.

Bay City at SL8B

First and foremost, I wanted it to be a largely open space. BlueGin was very particular about this, pushing for an open air meeting space, and doing an open air build for SL7B. While it was important o reflect the urban nature of Bay city, I also wanted to have trees and fountains, both things that were highlights of her own spaces.

Carrying the Bay City, mid-century theme, as well as a metaphor of the SL birthday events being akin to a “World’s Fair,” I dug up images from the 1939 New York World’s Fair. For the main parts of my inspiration, I looked at the circular entranceway and tall uprights of the Gas Exhibits building, the rotunda atop the League of Nations building, and the color and spire of the Electrical Products building. The fountain was further inspired by numerous fountains at the 1939 and 1964 fairs.

I produced a simple machinima for the interior of the rotunda, focusing on what makes bay city so magical, and asked residents to offer both quotes and banners to decorate the building. There are also a few whimsical and hidden touches throughout, as well as a retractable dance floor on the second floor where we held a couple parties featuring Marx Dudek and Holocluck Henly’s DJ talents.

Overall, I’ve every pleased with the way the build came out. You can find it at SL8B Exhilarate, near the “entrance” to the birthday event.

Keeping with my roots in birthday builds, I also did work on the Second Life Children build. The concept and much of the execution was Pygar Bu’s, but I did provide textures, a notecard, some scripting help, and a few other odds and ends.

SLC at SL8B

A whimsical build featuring a giant, walk-in jello mold, it carries a lot of the themes of previous SLC builds, focusing on fun as well as stories related to why people play kids, and what they do while here. It can be found in SL8B Spellbound.

Both will be available through the 2nd of July.

So this is Christmas…

December 27th, 2010 by Marianne McCann

T’talk about Christmas this year, I need to go back to Christmas of 2007. Before that, I need to talk role play.

Many in SL who role play kids end up in families. They’re adopted by adult avatars, usually a romantically-involved couple, and serve as daughters or sons. the couple get to experience having children together, and the kids get to enjoy having parents to role play off of. It’s a mutually beneficial arrangement.

Unfortunately, for every happy SL family, there are hundreds of stories of broken homes. Sometimes the couple decides their children take too much of their “me time,” or the kids end up disliking the parents. More often than not, however, the parents break up.

In the Winter of 2007, things were rocky for my SL parents. They had a Second Life marriage and a first life long-distance relationship that was going through turbulent times. Jealously and anger was replacing trust and love. And it was Christmastime.

We tried to have a holiday. All the trimming were there, including a big, snowy-white christmas tree surrounded by a mound of presents. We decided that we needed all of us – my mommy, daddy, and us three kids – to be there for the tearing of virtual holiday wrap. We made plans. And then we waited. And waited.

By February, we had yet to have that time when we could do any of this, and by then it was all but incidental. My parents did not have much in the way of happy moments at that time, and it would be a day or so after Valentine’s that it was all truly over.

The gifts would be sitting under the tree for months more, eventually returned. We could not really bear to spend time down in the living room in the Summer of 08, looking at the tree, and gifts, from the Christmas that never came.

2008 I spent some of Christmas at Camp HardKnock, 2009 me and my sibs had a somewhat quiet one at home. This year, we decided to take Christmas back, and make it fun again.

So we had th’ big holiday thing at home at the home me an my siblings share. Once again, we had a tree with presents beneath it, but this Christmas they’d be gone before the end of Christmas day!

Christmas Presents

Me and my sister were bursting with excitement! We had to keep skipping and hopping and stuff, just waiting!

Excited kids

My friend who is a boy (but it not my boyfriend!), Johnny, and his Sister Valla came over. We had fun with Christmas crackers and paper crowns…

Valla and Johnny came over

Oh, and fun with pingpongers. They may have been “stocking stuffers,” but they sure were a blast!

Pingpongers!

Then it was gifty time. We all exchanged goodies! I had a gifty f’r Johnny (a knit cap and some cool bow ties)…

I got a gift for Johnny

…an he had one f’r me (it was some cool ice skates):

He had a gift for me, too

We then played and partied at home…

Playing at home

…and posed out front

Ornamental kids

We decided to share the joy, and went to the Hau Koda Infohub and caroled. People actually did enjoy it. One of them even gave us cookies.

Caroling at the infohub

After that we went skatin’. I got a chance t’break in the skates Johnny got me. Thankoo, Johnny!

Skatin'

All this made for a super fun Christmas in Second Life. We took it back, and it was fun again. Thanks also to Johnny and Valla for joining in on this special day. :-)

A Child’s Metropolis

October 15th, 2010 by Marianne McCann

Inner Child Camp 2010

This is the third year for Inner Child Camp on Second Life’s virtual Playa. It takes several nods from the first life Burning Man event and their KidsVille camp, while also attempting to be faithful to the theme.

Burning Man, and the virtual version called Burn2, chose the theme
Metropolis: The Life of Cities” for the 2010 event.

With this in mind, we chose to portray the theme from a child’s perspective, creating an imaginative view of the big city — but recasting it as the Biggest Darn Box Fort on the Playa! In silhouette, it could be the skyscrapers of a modern urban metropolis — but seen full on, it is all cardboard boxes and packing tubes, held in place to form a play space for and by the kids of the Second Life world.

Explore the nooks and crannies of our box fort metropolis for tons of fun surprises — and if you get lucky, you might even find a very special necklace hidden in there, too!

Events:
October 16th – EVENT OPENS at noon
October 16th – Transmogrify yourself!
October 17th – Random Blurtophones!
October 19th – DJ Evry at 2:00 p.m. SLT
October 20th – DJ Gemini at 2:00 p.m. SLT
October 22nd – The Mini Man burns at 8:00 p.m. SLT
October 23rd – watch the man burn from our camp!
October 30th – It’s all comin’ down, and Mari want BIG BOOM!

Watch for the return of the ball pit and the trampolines, and maybe even a mini thunderdome battle, too!

Fpr those in the kid community who may not know much about Burning Man — and I know there’s some — the real life event takes place in the Black Rock desert of Nevada. for one week, a city appears there. It’s a very free place, built on a lot of very utopian ideals and with a very progressive view of the world. People dance. the man – a giant wooden effigy – burns, and as soon as it appeared, the city on the Playa vanishes for another year. Okay, it’s hard to explain: just come experience it!

Come see us at Inner Child Camp. Think of it as a place away from home, where you can set off on your adventures in the Black Rock desert. Grab one of our bracelets (designed after the first life KidsVille bracelets), a shirt, some water — maybe even some face paint — and join this wild party in the virtual desert!

New cool stuff from Robin

September 23rd, 2010 by Marianne McCann

It’s not too uncommon for me to write posts promoting some of my own stuff, but I’m steppin’ back for a moment to help tell you about the stuff of a good friend of mine.

I knew Robin Sojourner a little bit before comin’ into SL, and know off her for a lot longer than that. I did not really got to know her well until I asked her, in the late Summer of 2006, for a skin. I’d seen what she’d done with adult skins, and really wanted a decent skin without the limitations others had way back then. Out of that she created a whole line of skins for child avatars, I’ve worked with her, and called her a friend, ever since.

Anyways, about a year or so ago, she had to focus on some first life stuff, and this cut heavily into her time for building stuff. Much of what she got out over the last year – until recently – was also not specifically for us kids. She worked on trees, on tea sets, on water coolers, and other really nice projects. – but for the last couple months, she’s been back into doin’ kid stuff, and doin’ it up nice.

Now SL is fickle. If you don’t put stuff out for a while, people don’t come by to see what you got. Makes perfect sense to me. But now that she’s back to makin some cool stuff, I want to make sure people know about it. So here’s some of the new stuff.

1. Ball caps
Robin's Ball Caps
These came out a bit before camp this summer. There’s a nice, sculpted ball cap that you can get with different deigns on it. It’s touchable for a change of colors. Pretty basic stuff, but still nice, I think.

2. Cutoffs
Beach Bunny
These also came out right around camp. I asked her to make some up because I find it hard to find pants that aren’t low-rise. Her regular jeans fit me great, and I wanted some cut offs. So she released several colors of cutoffs, in two separate lengths. I don’t have a shot of them, but they’re really good, I think.

I did’t have her vendor-y image, so here’s a shot of me with the shorter cutoffs on, an one of the ball caps besides.

3. Candy Jewelry
Candy Jewelry
Candy necklaces and bracelets. Sure, a lot of people have made them. But these are all custom sculpted, and scripted so you or a friend can eat the candy right off the string. Very cool stuff!

4. Chucks Sneakers
Glitterpop Chucks
Camo Chucks
Lately, Robin has been big on shoes. She did some flip flops, then quickly moved to these sneakers. While some of the sculpts in these are commercially available, and a lot of people have used them, she took them back to the drawing board, remapping some of the object files to get a better result. That’s why the textures don’t look stretched out.

Calico Kitty Chucks
She also did these adorable kitty ones that took the whole idea into new territory.

5. Mary Janes
Mary Janes
A couple weeks ago, as she worked on Chucks, I suggested to her that no one had any really good mary janes. Most appeared to be ballet flats modified with a strap. So she took on the challenging, creating these beautiful, very accurately modeled mary janes. Nothing from a kit here, and she put in a ton of little details to them. I’m way biased, of course, but I don’t think you’ll find mary janes this accurate anywhere else in Second Life.

She’s got more stuff comin, but that would be telling. If you are interested in any of the above, or any of her other stuff f’r SL kids, see it all at Kick The Can in Livingtree. Hope to see ya there.

P.S.: kid fashion bloggers. If you are interested in covering any of these goods, please drop me a line. Or jes do it, of course. :-)

Camping is in tents

July 29th, 2010 by Marianne McCann

Two weeks ago was Camp HardKnock, which was one of the best events I’ve been at in SL. after four years in Second Life, and attending every birthday, burn, winterfest, and other thing, that is not something I’m saying lightly.

Camp HardKnock, Summer 2010

For those not in the know, let me paint a piccie f’r ya. For about nine days, 100+ avatars (few are all logged in at once) share two second life regions. In that time, these avatars remain on site (barring the occasional sneak away). At the end of this week or so, the majority of those same avatars want the experience to not end. Most will be about when the next camp is announced, standing in line for the privilege of paying a stack of Lindens to come back.

What happens during those nine days that counts, though. The background is this. It’s a sleep-away camp, where all of the participants (child avatar campers and teen/adult avatar counselors) play a part. It a place for games, cabin wars, dances, parties, competitions, and just about anything else that can be brought to the party. There is nearly always something happening – and even if there’s a dead time, there are games and other past-times all over.

Funny Faces

It’s a time for some serious fun. You’ll hear laughter — both canned gestures and voice chat guffaws — all over the place. Everyone is always cracking jokes, being silly, and just having fun. The jaded cynicism I see so often across the Grid does not tend to seep into Camp HardKnock. It’s amazingly refreshing.

Pizza Party

The event brings together old vets – like me – with new kids. A majority of child avatars stick to the places they know, particularly their family homes and neighborhoods. Many of us are storeowners and builders, and spend a lot of time in our workshops. Some are alts that usually end up not getting a lot of time while other avatars hog the screen time. Here, we come together, form and strengthen our friendships, pick up tips and tricks (and a metric ton of gestures) from each other, and just… grow.

Few who go through Camp HardKnock leave the same as they were when they came. That might be the biggest thing about it. It’s something special, and not what you’ll find elsewhere on the grid.

At this camp, like all the others, I took a pile of piccies. You can see all of mine on Snapzilla. If you want to see a bit more, set aside about an hour and watch the “Designing Worlds” coverage. It’s about the most positive, honest coverage of anything involving kid avatars in Second Life that you’ll ever find. If anything, it is a shame there is such a stigma towards child avatars. People could learn a thing or two from events like this.

Not Gonna Leave Camp

Will I be at the next camp? Look for me near the front of the line again, ready to sign up for a bunk!

Unexpected Childhood

July 1st, 2010 by Marianne McCann

I’m awful late at getting this prepared. I was hoping to do it before the event, but time just got away from. Anyway, while there’s still a couple days left to see it, let me introduce you to “Unexpected Childhood,” my build at SL7B.

Unexpected Childhood

The theme of SL7B is “Unexpected Collaborations,” and while we did tie a lot of the work to that theme – s well as just empathizing the birthday aspect itself – we wanted to look at how unexpected our Second lives have been. Few come to SL thinking “I’m going to be a kid!” So we decided to call it “unexpected childhoods” and focus on how we can to be kids on the Grid.

I wanted to get away from the whole, political, “having to defend the existence of child avatars” stuff that had to be done a bit n the past. We exist. Some don’t like us. Others do. To me, the arguments are largely done since the last Terms of Service update. Rather the defense, I wanted to take the opportunity to educate and have fun.

We – myself and Pygar Bu, who did a lot of the heavy lifting – decided to build it out of oversized blocks to really make any avatar feel a bit smaller, and see the world a bit like how a child avatar sees it already. Also, we used items like blocks and tinker toys and legos to try to emphasize the creative aspects of both SL kids and Second Life.

The crane in the build, BTW, was a happy accident. I had originally put it up during the build to show that it was “under construction.” But we all liked it. We tried a tinkertoy crane or two, but they all ended up far primmier and not as effective. So it stuck. Besides, it was made by Arcadia Asylum, who was no stranger to SL children as it was.

The build has four distinct parts to it. First, on the back of the “Happy Birthday Second Life” blocks are different photos child avatars, and clicking their block gives you a notecard with their story and reasons for being a kid in SL. Myself and Sage Kostenbaum, who put together a similar display at Kids5B two years ago, decided that the best way to talk about our SL childhoods is to let our community speak.

Tunnel

Second is a tunnel through the large architectural blocks. It displays words and phrases that came to mind when we asked on the Second Life Children group for their description of what life as a kid in SL was all about. Some are funny, some are thought provoking.

Behind the build you’ll find the third section, which is resources. Weblinks to various kids blogs, a Second Childhood Network kiosk, and other good to help further the information about kids in SL. Finally, hidden towards the top of the tower, is the adult to kid transmogrifier – for those who want to explore their *own* unexpected childhood.

Also, you’ll find numerous “little people” throughout the build, each with a thought bubble, answering some of the more common questions about child avatars. They’ll even speak to you if you click the “voice dot” over their head.

I hope you get a chance to visit and check it out, and enjoy the rest of SL7B’s builds and stuff. It is up ’til the end of July 3rd.

Camp time again!

July 1st, 2010 by Marianne McCann

I’ve a couple other entries I wanna write about (stuff like SL7B, and Philip Linden, and the “restructuring” an stuff), but first iI wanna jes do this quick one.

Camp Line-up

Twice a year there is a week-long sleepaway camp called Camp HardKnock. It’s become one of the biggest deals in the SL year for child avatars. Imagine a real-life sleepaway camp and all the events you can have there. It’s a great role-playing opportunity and a heck of a log of fun.

Registration was today, with a start time of 6:30 p.m. SLT for those who were in camp before (specifically, those still in the group from the Winter camp), and 7:00 p.m. SLT for other folks. A spot in camp this time is L$1000 per person, which helps cover the cost of renting two full sims for the time needed for the event. Registration is capped at 100 people due to the limitations of Second Life regions.

At 4:30 p.m. SLT or so, the location for camp registration was announced. By 4:40 p.m. SLT, when I got there, 17 people were queuing.

And by 7:30 p.m. SLT, every spot — plus an additional 10 they decided to try to squeeze in — were gone.

That amazes me. I mean I was glad to also be in that line and get myself registered. I’ve been buzzin about f’r days now planning what to wear and what to take. Yet I can’t imagine any other such event in SL selling out so fast, and having such rabid fans that they’d sit there for a couple hours just waiting for the chance to participate.

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