Twinkle, Twinkle Little….Snowflake? , by Taliferrue Cathaldus.
…and just like that, with a puff of snow and a bit of icy wind, it was all gone.
Gothmas by Gaslight is now closed for 2014. Thanks for everyone who participated, blogged and shopped! We’ll see you next December. In the meantime, our next event is A Tattered Page, which opens on January 7, and Futurewave, which has applications open until January 31.
The clock is winding down on this year’s Gothmas by Gaslight. There’s just one day left to take it all in before it all gets packed away for another year. The sims really are gorgeous, so if you haven’t gone up to take photos and get some shopping done, this is the last call. Because tomorrow, it all fades away.
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.
Today! (That’s December 23) from 4-6PM Pacific Time (SLT) Alisa Perne will be guest DJing at the Gothika Mobile Unit. She usually DJ’s over at Club Zero, but as happens she lives on Cursed full time(much to our collective delight), so she decided to come on back to the mobile unit to have some fun for a couple hours. Alisa’s a pretty terrific person and it’s going to be a ton of fun (and I probably should decorate her house for gothmas… um. oops. Yeah. I need to get to that…) but come on up and get some gloomy licks in before the madness begins tomorrow in earnest.
As usual, the flurry of updates to updates has been thick on the ground in the merchant group. Here’s what you missed if your notices capped out:
Vendors went out (and were updated. Because there’s always a permissions issue…) you need version 2.0. (or just ask me.)
Gachas went out after MUCH hassle. One of them has a small cosmetic issue (regular version 2.5. The one with email reports is fine.) If you want a fixed one, just IM me. The correct regular one is 3.0.
Blogger boxes – the correct box is v2. It went out yesterday. Since I’ve already typed this a zillion times I’ll do it once more- SL crashed in the middle of programming the first one, and it pushed about 25% of all the UUIDs to the wrong list. They were *there* but the script didn’t assign them correctly. Box v2 fixes this completely. Just use that one.
That said, there’s an unforseen consequence that was brought to our attention last night, regarding capped messages and inventory. Our scripter, (Nic Sadoul from Unrepentant) is aware of the problem and is trying to come up with a fix. My temporary workaround suggestion is to just do it the old school way- if you know you got a package but the inventory capped out, just ask the person who sent it to you to resend it. The blogger list is easy to check, and as soon as they see you’re on it, a redelivery to you should be a nonissue.
We do know about the problem. The issue is as usual not the script, but how poorly SL handles offline inventory deliveries. We’ll work it out.
About load in – we are waiting for Lokii to give the all-clear to close the sims for load in. As soon as I have it, so will you.
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.
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.
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.