Blogger Applications Are Open!

Countdown to Gothmas by Alisa Perne

It’s one month until Gothmas begins, let there be countdown! So without further ado: the blogger applications are open, please read the information carefully before applying.

Here’s a wonderful Gothmas description from Axi, just to get you all in the right mood:

“Gothmas is a darker, more beautiful holiday season.

It is the time of year when darkness fully takes hold, keeping daylight at bay as long as possible. The night air is cold and crystal, and the smell of cloves is in the air, though you aren’t sure if that’s someone’s cookies or the clove cigarettes you passed a moment ago.

Weather is unpredictable – snow dashes the ground in drifts, making the contrast between light and shadow ever more vast.

It is a time of velvet and lace, of jewels and silver. The time of fireplaces and mournful melodies to be shared amongst those that understand the beauty of the almost silent.”

Click here for the blogger info and application.

Of merchant packs, and signs.

I sent out about 65 merchant and sponsor packs last night.  However, last night was one of those nights where SL was being… well, SL.  Even though I set the permissions to copy/mod while they were rezzed (TWICE), they still reverted when picked up to inventory.  I sent out updates- but the sponsor signs are still no mod, so if you want a mod version, just ask me or Lokii and we’ll send you one directly.

 

We do still have some merchant slots open, but fewer than 10.  You can still apply. Please note that sponsor slots are not only long since sold out, there’s a waiting list 3x the number of slots we had. You can add yourself to it if you want to, but basically, there’s a long long line of people wanting a sponsor slot.

I should also mention we didn’t take everyone.  The biggest issues were: stores in violation of the rules, and very new or small stores with not enough inventory in them to feel comfortable letting them in this year.  As always if you want to know if or why (because I know that not every merchant pack is guaranteed to make it to its destination, SL being SL) just ask- I promise, I’ll tell you.  It might be you DID get in and your merchant pack got eaten.  It might be you didn’t and you can ask why.

I SHOULD have a merchant list up to date at some point today/tonight.  I’m working on it.

 

AK

Applications update and other things.

As of right now, Im holding about 56 applications. Not all of them will be accepted(read the rules, people, seriously…). We technically have room for 80 stores so if you meant to apply, please do so.

I won’t have the time to look at these in any detail until the latter half of the weekend, as we are busy at Cursed Events getting A Tattered Page open today (and I have plans for tomorrow.)  So no one freak out if you haven’t heard anything right away. I haven’t looked at them other than in a cursory fashion thus far. I do know that we (as always) got WAYYYYYYYY more sponsor requests than we have slots. Way more. We’ll make a waiting list like we do every year.

In other news, Jessica Lyon, the head of the Firestorm Team announced yesterday via their webpage that the group ban function (which is what we’re waiting on to create a group for shoppers and gacha traders) will likely not make it into the upcoming major Firestorm release update.  If so, we’re really sorry, but we won’t have a shoppers group available for GxG.  As soon as Firestorm can release it, we’ll do it, but not before.  We’re waiting just like you are.

If we hear anything else, we’ll let everyone know.

In the meantime, in theory, the first acceptances for GxG will be going out at the early part of the upcoming week. Again, we still have some room, so you’re welcome to apply if you wanted to.  But read the rules first. We’re not kidding about them.

 

-AK

 

 

And that’s a wrap.

Have You Ever Danced With The Devil In The Pale Moonlight, by GiaNikai

Happy New Year, everyone, and welcome to the future. 2014 is upon us, and the gaslights are now out.  Gothmas by Gaslight is closed for 2013.

When there’s no charity to report on, I’ll be honest, I don’t really know what to say in blog posts (I’m a terrible blogger anyway- why this job is left to me, I have no idea.) other than thank you over and over again.  Just like we do every year, we learned a lot from this round of GxG, and have some idea of what to change (and what to keep) next year.  As I’d said in previous posts, this event is unrecognizable from where it began (it actually began as a hunt in 2009.)  and every year it gets a little better.   Whatever rough patches are taken to another round of sandpapering for the next year. And so it goes.

The Ghost of Jacob Marley, by Devin Vaughn

I try to be transparent about stuff. I mean, this isn’t national security, it’s just an event. This year we learned that we need to add someone to the team to deal with store checkout before we roll.  The few problems we had this year (and they were very few- I could count them on one hand and have fingers left over) were due to our not having a dedicated person for that purpose.   The reason the existing team doesn’t do it is we have our hands full between the event itself and making merchandise for our stores (in total, we’ve got five stores to account for at this event, plus Gothika.) So, we’re going to have someone do that next year(I’m looking at you, Sian and Ely…).  Ounce of prevention, pound of cure… you know how it goes.

One of the things that went fantastically well this year though was our blogging team, led by the head Blogging Bunny Sonya Marmurek, kicked 27 shades of ass.  They really and truly went above and beyond, blogging tirelessly throughout the event, even in the last days.  Considering that the bloggers are real people too, with the same pressures and concerns as we all have during this busy time of year, the effort they put forth to get posts and photos out both on their own blogs and in our flickr pool is nothing short of tremendous.  The org team maintains a constant Skype chat(the plain truth is we do as little of the organizational process inworld as humanly possible), and we spent a lot of time throwing links around saying things like “OMG LOOK AT THIS!!”  We’re incredibly honored to have such dedicated and talented people who come back over and over again to blog our events. Thank you, thank you, thank you.  I can only imagine what amazing things we’re going to see for WGF.

Another thing  people consistently came to me about to tell me they loved was the build. All credit for that goes to Lokii.  Though normally I have some idea of how the build should look, conceptually(though I’m just a concept designer- I don’t build inworld – that’s Lokii too.  Believe me no one wants me to build anything inworld. RL, yes, SL, no.), for our events, this time around I genuinely had nothing at all to do with it.  Lokii did this one entirely on her own, as I was buried in work myself.  She built this one in record time (seriously, it might have taken four days total to do both sims, if that.) and over and over again people came to me to tell me how much they appreciated it. She’s the one to thank, folks. I didn’t do it. Also, <3 Pottamus.  It’s been almost five years and I’ve never fired her once. One of my better moves, that.

Solstice Symphony, by Duchess Flux

In the post before this one, there was a comment that amongst other things suggested we open the Cursed Events group and make it public. We’re really sorry- we can’t, and here’s the reasons why:  The group is used for several things, but the two that make it so we can’t open it as that it’s used for rez rights on Sium, and it’s where our merchants drop review copies for our blogging team.  It’s a working group, not a shoppers group – it’s just where we disseminate info to our merchants and bloggers.

That said, we do understand there’s a desire to have an open group for shoppers and gacha traders.  We’d love to do that this year, but it’s largely dependent on Linden Lab’s rollout of new group management tools.  Our org team are almost completely made up of very introverted people(please believe me when I say the hardest part of all our events for us is the social part.  It’s genuinely difficult.), who are buried under work as it is. We don’t have a dedicated set of people to moderate an inworld group right now, which is what’s really needed while the event is going on. The tools the Lab gives us all to moderate groups are mediocre at best, and we don’t expect a new group to be self-policing (they eventually *become* self-policing, but they don’t start that way.)  We truly hope that the Lab makes good on new group management tools in 2014, and if so, we’ll be happy to have an open group for shoppers and gacha traders for all our events as soon as they do. We’re aware this is something people want, and we’ll do our best to make it happen, hopefully by World Goth Fair 2014 in May.

Dolly Treats II by Alisa Perne

But before we get to WGF, we have something to do first.  We’ve added an event to the Cursed Events roster for 2014.  It’s a brand new event called Futurewave, and it will take place in mid-February.  Applications are already open for it (but please, please, please read the rules carefully- that event is NOT like this one.) and you can find it here.

Gothmas by Gaslight will return, opening December 15 2014, as we do. Thank you all again for the support from merchants, bloggers and shoppers alike. Let’s head into the Future. The digital revolution is now.

I leave GxG this year with this beautiful image from Cindy Gedenspire.  Thanks, Cindy.  <3

GxG2 Scene, by Cindy Gedenspire

-AK

…and on to New Year.

BitsyB – GXG – Jasmine’s Oasis Dress – Mahogany, by Tigist Sapphire

 

I had meant to post on Gothmas itself but it just didn’t happen that way.  Not that I was doing anything special, I just needed some sleep.  I now have a ton of emails and IMs to answer, and I find it kind of amusing- I am pretty sure I’m the only one on the Cursed Events team that doesn’t actually celebrate a holiday on the 25th IRL.  But I do hope that everyone that does celebrate had a wonderful time in whatever way is meaningful for them.

The week before Gothmas in SL is a strange time. The grid goes basically silent as people are so busy running around IRL that they have no time to do anything else. The pressure is palpable, and so the grid becomes akin to a ghost town. Which, on the upside makes it fantastic to take photos in, since no one is really around.  I do know that our blogging team didn’t take much, if any of a vacation themselves, as the posts and photos continue to pour into the flickr pool.

The Gothmas Reindeer, by Autumn Amaranth

I’m always so amazed and tickled by the photos the bloggers give us, and the posts they work so hard to create. I know that I personally hate blogging (really, I mean this.) and so I can deeply appreciate people who willingly and cheerfully do that which I can only muster grudging strength to accomplish.

As I’ve wandered around the event (and believe it or not I’ve only really seen 3/4 of one sim fully) I’ve been pleased with the demonstrations of creativity, and so far done a fair bit of shopping myself!  Now that Gothmas itself is over, and we’re headed toward the new year, the grid has started to re-awaken, as people slowly filter back in, stuffed on more food and overwhelmed with the whole “too many people” thing, looking for a quiet wander.

However, for those who are big fans of such data, I can say for sure that in the first week of this year’s event, we’ve outdone last year’s whole event.  Thank you so very much to everyone who helped make that feat possible.  We’ve had a huge, huge year at Cursed Events. Every event we did this year exceeded our expectations by leaps and bounds – this one included so far and really, we keep our expectations pretty mild for this event due to its timing.  The support everyone has given us this year has been tremendous and we cannot find enough ways to say thank you. All of us are continually amazed and humbled by the support our team has gotten from everyone, and we will continue to do… well whatever it is we did to cause this again next year (really, we have no idea what we did, we just mostly put our heads down and do our jobs.)

Gothmas, by Duchess Flux

 

But before we even get to 2014 (and remember, we will start the ball rolling toward Futurewave on New Year’s Day), we have one more week in 2013 – so come on up!  Look around, grab some gothy winter gear, because next year you’ll think “well I wish I’d bought that….” (I know I will, if I don’t grab it all NOW NOW NOW), and take some beautiful pictures.  It’s definitely more fun than fighting your way through a crowd of tourists in midtown.  Trust me on that one.

 

-AK