…and on to new year. (again.)

Gothmas – Berry Nymph, by Aarya Phantomhive

 

Only a few days left in 2014 (thank goodness -I personally will be more than happy to see the end of it.) But Gothmas by Gaslight is still humming along through January 3.    Now that the press for time in RL has started to ease up a bit, people are filtering back upstairs to enjoy the snow, music and shopping at GxG.  The submissions to our Flickr pool have been lovely, and we’ve all been enjoying the images that have come to us.

It’s been pretty low key as it generally is in December, though for some reason on Xmas eve the sim sort of fell over and scripts went wonky for several hours. Gremlins, I suppose.  But it seems to have righted itself and I see people wandering around in their winter finery each time I go upstairs. I still have to do my shopping rounds too!  Obviously, this is our last event of 2014, and we’d definitely like to thank all the people that come back (merchants, bloggers and shoppers) over and over to tell us to keep doing whatever it is we’ve managed to concoct.

Our next event is the January round of A Tattered Page , which is a combination of an event, a book club, and a mad scientist’s experiment all in the same package. That opens on January 7 (yeah we know, it’s not much time.) But just as importantly, applications for Futurewave will open on January 1st (probably in the evening.) Given what happened last year, we expect it to sell out *very, very fast*.

But we still have to get through the rest of this year before we can get to that. So come on up and enjoy the winter in the darkness.  The lights cast excellent shadows and the shopping is great.

 

Applications are closed.

Applications are now closed for this year’s Gothmas by Gaslight.  The merchant list is current, and accurate.

Merchants will be allowed to load in starting at some point on December 9 (my guess is later rather than earlier.)

Also this year we will be sending out optional gift vendors, for those merchants who want to offer gift service.  The vendors will allow the buyer to specify another account to deliver their item to.  These are not mandatory by any means.  The script was made custom for us by Nic Sadoul at Unrepentant.

Speaking of custom things made for us by the folks at Unrepentant, we also have a new blogger review copy system, so no one has to send their review copies through the group anymore.  Sonya is so excited about this she’s hopping around like…well a bunny, and I know she always does that but more than usual.  But she can explain all that once we get closer to go-time.

We’ve got 15 days til we open. Let’s roll.

 

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

 

 

It’s almost time.

It’s almost time.

The builds are 98% complete.  Anything else now is just details.    Merchant load in officially begins on December 10 and we open at NOON SLT on the 15th(why noon? Because midnight is a giant pain in the ass for everyone except me. So noon it is.) The Gothika Mobile Unit will be running its usual schedule during the event.

Our Cursed Events Build Kitteh is Lokii Violet.  I just add the details(and apparently, the snow), but she slings the heavy prims- all credit for this goes to her.

Cursed Events bloggers are welcome to come up at any time to take photos. If you want to be one of those people, go fill out the application– it’s open until the 10th, when we begin merchant load-in. Our flickr pool is here.

Remember, if you need to drop out of the event, please let us know. We do maintain a waiting list just for this purpose. But don’t just disappear without saying something.  It’s a lot easier to deal with these things when we know they’re happening.

Everyone else,  get ready- the dark is coming back.

-AK

Merchant Applications are closed.

I’ve just closed merchant applications for GxG 2013.  Thank you to everyone who applied. Currently we are sold out and we have 8 stores on our waiting list.  Blogger applications are open until December 10.

Stuff for merchants:

Lokii sent out sample booth shells for sizing, etc. in a group notice yesterday- so make sure you grab those if you haven’t done so already.

Vendors/Gachas will be sent out in group notice no later than the 9th.  Load in officially begins on the 10th (if we’re ready before then we’ll let people in before then.)

Please send Lokii Violet a 512×512 full perm store logo for your booth so she can assign booth spaces.  If you’ve been in our events before we *MIGHT* have your logo but we might not.  Best send to Lokii anyway.  Sponsor logs we obviously have, and I’ve updated the main page to put all of them up.  *points to the left*.

If you need to drop out of the event- that’s fine, but we need you to TELL SOMEONE. Do not just disappear into the ether.  We don’t mind when people drop out. We mind a lot (really, a lot) when people don’t tell us and we have to scramble to fill the space at the last minute when we’re trying to set up our own stores.   Any store not in the process of setup *and who has not talked to us about it* by noon on the 14th of December will lose their event slot. Not kidding, gang. We ain’t playing on this.  Please don’t make us chase you down for info.

Stuff for shoppers:

As soon as Lokii assigns booth spaces and finishes the Sium layout, we’ll post maps to both sims.  Please be patient, this is a fussy process.

Stuff for everyone:

Gothmas by Gaslight 2013 will open at NOON on December 15.  (Midnight openings are a pain in the ass.)

More info as I have it.

-AK

Update: Merchant things, sponsor things, event things.

What. Coming up with witty titles isn’t easy.  I’m not a writer, you know.

I got all the booth slots assigned on the merchant list.  If anyone needs their booth switched to the other sim they should probably say something.

I’m still waiting on two blurbs from sponsors, and several sponsors have to pay their sponsor fee.  All sponsor fees are due by November 30.  Anyone not paid up by then will lose their sponsor slot (not their booth slot, their sponsor slot) to the next person on the sponsor waiting list (and to be genuinely honest I’ll be disinclined to let that person sign on as a sponsor again- it’s a pain in the ass to have to keep shuffling things around when this happens.)

We’re still sold out, and currently we have 3 people on the waiting list.  Again, we OFTEN need waiting list folks so if you meant to apply, please do so. Especially during the holidays people can find themselves overwhelmed and needing to drop out of events on short notice.

Not actually about GxG at all, but about Cursed Events in general, I want to thank everyone for the enormous amount of support and votes of confidence we’ve gotten in the past several weeks.  Tangentially related, yesterday I had a conversation with the ever lovely Sian Pearl, owner of MetaTheodora about event organization (which in my mind is actually “Design Project Management”) which after an hour of lively chatter resulted in this:

In 2014 there will be a fourth event added to the Cursed Events schedule – a science fiction event called Futurewave that will take place beginning February 15 and go through February 23rd (at least that’s what it looks like right now.)  Details later, but apps will open on January 1,and blogger apps will open January 15.  More details as I have them but those are the basics.

But first we have to get through Gothmas.  🙂