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.






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 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

IMPORTANT (no really). We have to push opening back six hours.

Houston, we have a problem.  Actually we have 20 problems, all of which were handed to me by different people in the past 12 hours. In short, we will be opening at 6pm SLT rather than noon. I am VERY sorry- but given the extent of the issues and the number of people involved there’s very little choice on my part.


I apologize for the inconvenience.



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.


Load in, and other such trifles.

Cursed will be locked down for merchant load-in at midnight tonight. It will remain closed to all but relevant groups that need access to the sim until we open at NOON  on September 15.

In the meantime, though, we have a map.  It’s on its own page here for future reference.

But I’ll post it again anyway. Click on it to make it VERY large.

2014 ACS Booth Map

T-6 days.


Applications are closed.

ACS applications for this year are closed, and I’ve pulled the link.

In the end we have 53 applications here, and room for 40 slots *including* our stores and Gothika , so really, 36 in total.  Most people who didn’t get in on the first go will get waitlisted. We OFTEN need waitlist people, so no one panic.

Im plowing through apps now and starting to send stuff out.   Fair warning, Im in the middle of a RL project this week so if you need something send me an offline.



Applications update.

As of right now, we have 52 applicants for ACS, with 39 total slots available. We will close applications on August 10.  Of that number, about 15 are sponsor requests. We have space for between 7 and 10 sponsor slots.

Why haven’t we closed them yet if we have that many apps?

This is a curated event.  Not everyone who has applied is the right fit for it(I cut one of our own stores out of this event this year for that reason.)  Preference will be given to people who regularly work with the themes we’ve got going on here(because that makes sense.), and we are always looking for new stores that have never been with us before- because a common event complaint is that “it’s always the same stuff.” It’s a balance.

We’re trying to give everyone a chance to apply who wanted to, but keeping apps open til the 31st when we’ve already technically got a full house makes little sense.  We’re in a strange in-between place. We have more than a full sim, but less than 2 full sims worth, and I would much rather curate than have to manage a second sim we can’t fill this year. Experience has taught me that curating is better than unnecessarily expanding.

I’ve had several IM requests from people who want spots “held” for them.  I’m really sorry, but we can’t. We cannot and will not “hold places” for people.   It’s simply not fair to all the people who have applied.  At Gothmas by Gaslight we can usually do a hold, because the curation at GxG is much lighter (though it will be stronger this year than in past years- last year’s light curation hand was more frustration in the end than Im willing to repeat.)  But at this event we can’t-  If you’re not ready for this one it’s totally fine. We will be having another event (between ACS and GxG) this year that you can apply to if you like.

We will waitlist people who applied but didn’t get the spots they wanted. It is VERY RARE (very) that we don’t have to pull from the wait list.  Things happen, often at the last minute and we need to fill slots  in a hurry.

All the posters and standees are done. I’m just waiting for applications to close and then I can see what’s what.

Blogger apps will open August 15 as planned.