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.
As I mentioned over the weekend, we have a technical problem on Sium. I filed a ticket about it on Saturday. We are waiting for a fix, and we *cannot* open the sim without it as we cannot control any of the parcel land controls. As soon as it is fixed, we will open GxG 2014 within 15 minutes. Please stand by- as soon as we can open, we will. we REALLY will.
Whoo boy. A whole bunch of stuff to update everyone on.
ok. First of all there’s this:
1. If you are a merchant in this year’s Gothmas by Gaslight, you need to have your booth at least partially set up by 8pm SLT tonight. I don’t care how much is done, but there needs to be some sign that you’re showing up in there (unless I talked to you previously about it.) If you aren’t, we are pulling your booth up. We are *not* going to wait for people to first show up tomorrow morning. We need to know who’s coming and who isn’t. You dont need to be done, but you need to have started. If we pull your booth, we will not accept you to another Cursed event until next year’s GxG. We aren’t playing around about this- it’s a giant pain in the ass when people stand us up. We don’t mind if people drop out. We mind when people don’t tell us that’s happened.
2. we have maps. I will post them here, and they will also be on the merchant page as well. Here’s the thing- they are subject to change. There’s a version number in the lower right corner. The website will always have the most recent maps, but I know these get passed around, so this way you can check to see if yours is accurate. That said, I EXPECT them to change rather drastically overnight. When in doubt, the thing to do is check the merchant list- it has direct teleport SLurls to all event booths.
3. We may, or may not be delayed in opening through no fault of our own. Right now LL has an asset server down, which is preventing people from doing their work in a timely manner. Further to that, I personally have a support ticket in to LL regarding a technical problem (their end, not our end) on Sium. Worst case is we push back a couple hours, but we will not know until LL gets its act together on both problems.
I will have more info as I have…well, more info. stay tuned gang- the snow hasn’t even started falling yet.
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.
Hi everyone! Here’s the timeline from now til opening.
Vendors, gachas and the new blogger system will be going out starting December 7. They will likely go out in two boxes – one on the 7th and one on the 8th. Both sims will be open for load in starting at some point on December 9th (and will be closed to the public.) All merchants will be expected to have some setup completed by the 14th for a walkthrough check. If you need to drop out of the event please tell us *as soon as you can*.
We will have trees available for merchants to put gifts under if they want to, as well. Everyone just hang tight. we’ll start getting stuff out to everyone starting tomorrow.
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.
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.”
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.