Spiral Out 2014.

It is gonna be a bumpy landing, by Glenawyn Seregon


There were so many firsts.

Last night, at midnight SL time, there were 24 people on Cursed.  On the very last night.  This is unheard of in event circles. It just doesn’t happen.  Normally by the time the event hits the last night, there’s maybe 3 or 4 stragglers rushing to get their last minute shopping done, but everyone has moved on to other events.

There were 24 people on Cursed at midnight last night.

At 6am, when I logged in to lock the sim down, there were 10.  I gave them a warning and a last 15 minutes before I rebooted the sim up.  10 people still there, when we closed.

I don’t have words for that.


This is also the first event we’ve ever had where I didn’t have to ban anyone. Thanks for that, too.  Usually I wind up throwing at least 3 or 4 people on the ban list per event. This time? Nothing. Awesome.

Every time we do an event, we wind up surprised by something. This time, there were nothing but surprises. Most of them were even good. (I won’t lie and say ALL of them were, but most of them.)   We cannot thank everyone enough.  All the merchants, all the shoppers, all the bloggers, all the random people who came by to take photos, and the Firestorm and Linden Lab teams for their incredible, incredible support during these last two weeks.  When I got the final total, I think Lokii needed to sit down.

Greta, by Roxi Firanelli

People have asked me how I pick our charities. I always tell them that I don’t.  That’s not entirely true- I always pick the Oopskate charity.  But for the big events I have never once chosen the charity.   This event is about Lokii.  A few years ago she got really sick, with kidney trouble and needed surgery. The NKF helped her, and every year she pays them back. As my tag says, “I just work here.”

Of course now I have to pester her to make her annual post here, but I’ll get to that in a minute.

The Night Troops 2, by Devin Vaughn

The total raised for the National Kidney Foundation at A Clockwork Spiral 2014 is 733,286L.

When you check the exchange on that (and I always do it at a limit sell of 248 since that’s what I use for myself) you get this:


$2853.32 USD.  That’s roughly 275% more than last year.  Think about that number.  We came close to tripling last year’s total and it’s because everyone came together to help support the NKF.  We don’t have words other than thank you so we’ll keep saying that instead.

As I’ve said MANY times now, due to the changes in Linden Lab’s cashout procedures, we have to turn over the money *in Lindens* to the charity’s representative inworld so they can cash it out. We cannot cash it out directly to the charity anymore. The NKF has their own account – NationalKidneyFoundation Resident, and we have written confirmation from the NKF that the account is legitimate and belongs to them.

Once we turn over the lindens to that account, *we no longer control it*.  Just so everyone understands that.  Our job is to make sure the NKF account inworld gets the money.

Which they have.

Thank you all so much again. Lokii will be along presently to babble for a bit.  As for me, I am working on our next (and newest) event, A Tattered Page* [*citation needed] which you can read about (and apply for if you like) here.


Signing off from the Spiral this year,


Departure, by Sonya Marmurek






The Spiral Opens.

A Clockwork Spiral 2014 Build, by Kostika Mistwalker


A bit of a bumpy start but we’re here.   ACS 2014 is now open.  The SLurl is http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Cursed/78/128/1001 and just as a refresher, here’s a map (click to make it bigger.)


2014 ACS Booth Map 3


There will no doubt be some last minute merchant scrambling for the next 24 hours or so, but rest assured, it will all get here, and ACS will remain open until 6am October 1.  In the meantime there’s PLENTY for everyone to come look at.

Tonight, the Lokapottamus tells me she will be doing a set at the Gothika Mobile Unit at 8pm SLT (spot F on the map, go down the stairs.) and in theory, I’ll be at the mobile unit at 10. Also, turn your music on- we’ve got event appropriate music on MOST of the sim.

Come help us support the NKF.  Welcome to the Spiral.


A Clockwork Spiral, by Nimil Blackflag

T minus about 18 hours.

The Time of Spiral Draws Near, by Sonya Marmurek


It’s almost time.  The merchants are frantically trying to load in, the bloggers are poking their heads in from time to time to see where we’re at, review copies are going out, and we’re generally just getting ready to open the Spiral at noon tomorrow.  Every time we do an event it doesn’t seem like it will ever be ready in time, and then amazingly, it all just comes together (more or less) in the last few moments.


So tomorrow at noon, we’ll once again get together to help raise money for the National Kidney FoundationOur flickr group is open for everyone to post their spiral photos, and our excellent blogging team is hard at work doing the magic they do to make it all look wonderful.

We’ll see everyone tomorrow.


The Spiral Turns. (aka, we’re open!)








A Clockwork Spiral 2013 is now open!  Come on up and get steamy.

A Clockwork Spiral event poster 2





Proceeds benefit the National Kidney Foundation.

Event SLurl: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Cursed/61/141/613 

(*bear in mind this is an adult sim, though this is not particularly an adult event.)

Sponsor List

Merchant List

We also have a music event on September 20:

Best in Steampunk at the Gothika Mobile Unit (can’t miss it, we’re dead center of the event) at 8pm. PST.  Lokii Violet is the DJ and Eden Malik is hosting. Prize is a box full of gift cards from participating stores.


We also have a flickr group, where you can find terrific photos like this one from Caitlin Tobias, a member of our ACS blogging team!

Boogieman_001, by Caitlin Tobias


A big, big thank you to the Firestorm team for helping us get the word out as well.  ❤

Our build was done by Lokii Violet, and our blogger coordinator is Sonya Marmurek.

The engines shut off after the 22d, so you’ve got til then to come up and join us!  🙂

All sponsor slots are GONE.

They were actually gone within an hour.

But yes, all sponsor slots for A Clockwork Spiral 2013 are gone.  Slightly over half the available merchant slots are gone.  I will be going through today’s apps and inviting the merchants to the inworld group. You will also get an email to the address you provided on your application.

For those people who sent me inworld messages with additional info – yes I got it, no worries. All good.  Merchant packs should be going out for the first round in the next 24 hours. If you get a merchant pack and DONT get an inworld group invite, tell me or Lokii.  It means SL ate it (it does this a lot) and we’ll resend.

If you were planning to apply, I’d suggest sooner rather than later. This is a smaller event than WGF and we will sell out faster.

More info as we have it.


Welcome to A Clockwork Spiral.

Hi Folks! Welcome to A Clockwork Spiral, from the usual suspects that bring you World Goth Fair and Gothmas by Gaslight.

This will actually be our fourth?(I think it’s our fourth…) Clockwork Spiral event to benefit the National Kidney Foundation, but this is the first time it’s going to be more than one night. This year it’s a 5 day event from September 18-22 2013, full of steam, diesel, and dark Victoriana.  Merchant applications are now open (blogger apps are coming, give us time) and can be found right here, along with an event FAQ.

Any questions that need to be answered right away should be sent inworld to Axi Kurmin or Lokii Violet. Please, no notecards- just send an IM.  We’ll get it as an offline.

Ready?  Go.