There’s a party tomorrow night, remember?

Toymaker’s Laboratory, by Hephaesteon

Hey gang, I’m back with the update type goodness.

Just as a reminder to everyone – TOMORROW night (which would be Friday) at 8pm PST Lokii Violet will be DJing the big ACS event party.  A bunch of ACS stores are donating gift cards to make up an awesome prize box for best in Steam.   I would give you a list if I could, but everyone is giving the cards to her, so I have no idea who threw in other than MV and House of Rain, but Im sure that there’s a huge bunch of them in her hands by now.  Come on up to the Gothika Mobile Unit for 2 hours of whatever it is she’s going to do.  With the thing, and the stuff.

It seems that there’s a landmark link that’s going around that’s not correct.  Unless the last number in your landmark is 1001? It’s going to put you in the wrong place – probably in the vestibule wall at Gothika Prime. We *cant* force the landing point (and we dont want to, either) because it messes with people who live on the sim full time.  So if you found yourself downstairs? Go upstairs 1000 meters.

Chimera Graves of Black Arts informs me that she has NEW stuff in her booth as of last night . Well actually I know it’s there, I went down and bought it. So if you’re hunting for the new stuff put out DURING the event, stop at Black Arts on your travels.  I am told that there’s still more stuff coming from other people as well.  Merchants are REALLY having fun with this, putting out even more stuff as the event goes on, so be sure to check back with us!

Our bloggers are doing a fine job as usual, filling up our flickr pool and their own blogs with great images. If you’re looking for our Flickr group, you can find it here.

 

Mystery Plane, by Alisa Perne

We still have plenty of time left at this year’s event, so be sure to come on back up.  I’ll be at the Gothika Mobile Unit tonight from 10-midnight with some swing and big band stuff.  (I forgot to post yesterday about the 6th Anniversary of the Wednesday Night Darkwave but we were pretty busy anyway. Thanks to everyone who came up to hang with me.  I’ll keep bringing the goth on Wednesdays, as always.)

 

And now, for the update. As of 6pm tonight, we’ve raised 550,288L or $2141.25 for the National Kidney Foundation. Thank you all so much for your generosity. We have so much time left, we might even begin approaching WGF numbers on this one. Wow.

See you tomorrow, gang.

 

 

 

 

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One week down.

Timeless, by Duchess Flux

 

Well, ACS is sort of limited time, but this photo by Duchess Flux isn’t.  Lovely, isn’t it?

So we’re now a week into this year’s ACS, and people are still putting stuff in their booths to keep people coming back. I know Fission and Aftershok and Greymoon have put more stuff in recently (I think I’ve forgotten someone. If it was you, remind me.) Lyssa Sapeur of Greymoon was kind enough to make her donation outfit in black as well so all you goths? Now is the time. (yes I already got mine.)

We had a very, very busy weekend, particularly Sunday, where we had several truly enormous tip jar donations.  I don’t want to out the person who did it (but I can see the tip jar cash go through because it passes through my account on the way to the alt.) I just want to say thank you.

We are blown away by everyone’s enthusiasm and generosity, and we can only encourage people to keep coming back to see what’s new and to take more photos as well, as this year’s build has a lot of wonderful photo opportunities as our flickr group shows.

A number of people have stopped me to tell me how much this event means to them personally due to the charity.  As much as I’d like to take credit, the person to really credit with this is Lokii. The NKF is very important to her.  So if you’re one of those people and you see Pottamus, you might want to drop her a message.

I got an IM this morning asking me a very important question about how the money gets to the charity. I’ve got this information in the FAQ but at this stage that’s easy to miss, so I want to make sure I go over it again.

Linden Lab changed how cashouts were handled about a year ago.  You can no longer cash out to a paypal account you personally do not control.  This is a security measure, but the downside is that it kind of makes it a pain in the ass to do a large scale charity event.  It means that for large events, the way to do it is to have the charity itself create an inworld account of their own and *THEY* cash the money out directly to their own paypal account.

The National Kidney Foundation has its own SL account- NationalKidneyFoundation Resident.  We confirmed with the NKF that the account is legit and belongs to them. (you can read about this here).  We collect all the charity money on our designated alt for this event, and once the event is over we will hand over that amount in lindens to the NKF’s account. As always I will post screencaps of every step of the paper trail to assure everyone the money went to them and nowhere else (I always do this for every charity event we do.).  We collect it on our charity alt first because if we were to send the money to the NKF account without using an alt as a middleman we would have no way to know how much was actually raised, and no way to tell you what the total was. This is why our charity alt is used as a middleman- so we KNOW how much was raised for the event, and can pass that information along to you as we go along. However, and I am always careful to be clear about this, once the money is turned over to the NKF’s representative, we no longer control it. We cannot tell you how long it will take to cash it out. At that point, we too are at the mercy of the charity to tell us what’s going on.  But up until the cash is handed to them we will make sure everyone sees exactly where that money goes and how much it is.

If anyone has any questions about how this process works, please feel free to ask.

And speaking of money… At 6pm Pacific Time on Monday (the end of day 7) the total raised for the National Kidney Foundation was 465,737L, or $1812.26.  That’s thanks to all of you and we can only tell you how grateful we are that you are so willing to help us support the NKF.

Not Picking Daisies, by Sonya Marmurek

 

Sailing into a new frontier.

 

 

A Clockwork Spiral – Mod 5, by LadyLight Koolhoven

At some point around 3pm *yesterday* afternoon, A Clockwork Spiral 2014 surpassed the event total of ACS 2013.

In less than four days.  Basically in less than half the time of last year.  That’s an incredible thing and it’s because of all of you that it’s happened.  Thank you all so much- bloggers, merchants, shoppers, press, friends.  We could not do what we do without you and we’re all stunned at Org staring at the numbers. We are humbled and grateful for your support.

Several merchants have begun putting NEW things into their booths to keep people coming back.  I know we have at least one more booth that’s a last minute entry as well, so please do come back and visit them.  (I know for sure that Fallen Gods Inc., Dark Passions, and Greymoon have new stuff in their booths as of today- if you’re an ACS merchant who’s just put something else in, please tell me so I can let people know.)

Though the photo above isn’t from one of our official event bloggers, I think it’s a *fantastic* image.  I just love it.

We are now into our first weekend at ACS. Though Gothika is quiet tonight, Pie will be in the underground tomorrow at 8pm SL time.

Last year’s event total was 278,444L (about 1082 USD, IIRC.)

At the end of day five, A Clockwork Spiral 2014 has raised 328,377L or approximately $1277.38USD for the National Kidney Foundation.  Thank you all so much for all you’ve done so far- and please  keep doing it. 🙂

 

 

 

 

Dusting off the rust.

Rust in Peace II, by Caity Tobias

 

(Dear Caity, we love you, official or not.)

So day 3 is in the (rusted) can at ACS, and it was once again very busy.  I had a bunch of people stop to IM me as I sat parked on a bench.  Some had suggestions, some had questions. Some wanted to tell me how much fun they were having. It was all very nice. I try to sit where people can see me for a little while every day so folks can ask questions if they need to.  I just go downstairs when I’ve hit the limits of my introversion.  If you see me sitting around feel free to IM.  (if I dont answer immediately Im probably in another window, but I’ll see it eventually.)

So many people are coming to take photos. It’s really heartening. And I can tell you right now that we’re doing even better so far than last year- for that we can only thank all of you who have comes to join us, the merchants and the bloggers for working so hard to make such a great event.

We’ve gotten incredible press so far and we’re very grateful.

Though we keep the 1920s Radio Network on for most of the day during this event (unless there’s a live set at Gothika), we encourage people to turn the music on. It’s a delightful addition to the atmosphere. We are planning “the big party” for this event on  September 26, but several of the European folks came down this afternoon to enjoy Lee’s set at the Gothika Mobile Unit from 1-3pm. Good times had by all.

I’ve overheard people roleplaying on the streets of Cursed. It’s all very surreal. We’re so used to being the quiet island of gothic misfit toys, this is quite the change.

I couldn’t actually *decide* between these two photos of Caity’s, so Im putting them both in. So there.

Rust, by Caity Tobias

The skin that Caity is wearing was made by Alia Baroque of Fallen Gods Inc. and I’ve seen people strolling all over Cursed wearing both the mens and womens versions. Again, it’s very surreal, like a town overrun by living mechanical people. All the while I can hear Alia cackling. (I heard that, Alia.)

Everyone should know that after only 3 days we are VERY close to surpassing last year’s event total.  I took the day three total at 6pm SL time, but I can see what it is now, and I expect we will hit that number today.

So everyone please keep coming and visiting with us. We have a wonderful weekend coming up for people to run around our..strangely mechanical island.  I’ll just wear my Angels of Liberty tshirt under my diesel gear.

Also I want to once again thank our incredible blogging team, who is doing so much work to bring awesome images and posts to everyone. Since we seem to be talking about mechanical people today, here’s Skell Dagger:

 

Spare Parts and Copper Hearts, by Skell Dagger

Tonight at the Gothika Mobile Unit, Lokii Violet will be there live from 8-10PM Pacific Time, and Rydia Suicide will be immediately after her from 10pm-midnight.

 

The day three total is 230,954L or about $890USD (this was taken at 6pm SLT. It’s higher now.) raised for the National Kidney Foundation.

 

 

It’s a funny thing, about time….

 

 

Clockwork Spiral Outlaw, by Chic Aeon

So help me, one of these days Im going to do a series of blog posts somewhere called “Eventing Ain’t Easy.”  Expose the seedy under…no that’s not it.  Just to explain the regularly scheduled pitfalls of doing large events.

September is a difficult month. I don’t know why this is true or why it’s different, but it is.  I think people come back from the hot, languid days of summer itching to do ALL THE THINGS, forgetting how much time ALL THE THINGS take, and forgetting that entropy is kind of a bitch- it sneaks up on you and makes sure nothing quite goes the way you intend.

Always have a backup plan.

We are so fortunate in our event group to have a large number of wonderful, talented people who are able and happy to jump in to our events when things go wrong and people can’t make it for whatever reason.  And so it goes, that over the next few days there will be some map changes, as we shuffle things around. But it’s okay.  It’s what we do for each other to make sure that in the end, it all goes smoothly.

Just… no one look at org chat when I say that. 🙂

 

Steampowered Broomsticks, by Gia Nikai Juliesse

We had another hugely busy day today. For quite some time there were about 40 people on the sim.  I’ve just set it to restart since it had quieted down to single digits for 5 minutes. I can’t thank everyone enough for all the press coverage, the blog coverage, and the support from Jessica Lyon and Tonya Souther of the Firestorm team as well as Linden Lab themselves, who featured ACS today. We’re doing our very best to bring you 2 weeks of fun, good photography, music and shopping.

Speaking of music…

Today (Thursday) at the Gothika Mobile Unit:

Cruel Britannia will be in doing a goth set (or something very much like it) at 1pm Pacific Time. Nice and Euro friendly. Come down and say hi.  He’s nice and has an adorable accent. Really.

I will be back on the decks at 10pm Pacific time for a timewarp set, featuring big band, swing, and standards for 2 hours of Thematically Appropriate Things.

Our day two total (I took it at 6pm, so we’ve made plenty more for the National Kidney Foundation since then.) is 156202L or about $630USD.  In just two days.  Thank you so much again for your support, and please come down and spend time with us.

Before entropy figures out a way to intervene.

 

Now Open: Clockwork Spyral by Quan Lavender

Time to get to work.

Spiralling Further, by Sonya Marmurek

 

Holy cow, are you kidding? We’re mobbed.

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Ive had to restart the sim four times since yesterday.  THANK YOU all so much for rushing down here (even though it’s made everything a little slow…) Wow. Thank you.

So ACS opened last night, and we’ve been flooded ever since. Someone came by and saw me and asked “do you actually work here?” in response to my “I just work here.” tag. I told them I did and they told me they ran a memorial for folks impacted by kidney disease and wanted to come see. They were happy.

I’ve seen tip jar money go by (it goes through me on its way to the alt) and I’ve seen sales come in.  People are taking LOTS of photos and enjoying the music. We can’t thank everyone enough and hope that for the next two weeks you can come back to see that one thing y0u missed the first time- though it’s always one more thing.

 

Improbable Mourning, by Hephasteon

 

Our bloggers are hard at work too, and theyve already turned up the heat, putting out post after post of the good stuff.  I’m sure they’ll keep doing that. They always do.   So come on up.  Have a look.   We’re here for 2 weeks.

Our first day total for the National Kidney Foundation is: 110,911L.

 

We’ll see you tomorrow.

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.