Notes from Mission Control- Over and Out.

Space and Time, by Alisa Perne

And so, this year’s great experiment draws to a close.  I’ve closed sim access and restarted it. Futurewave 2014 has now ended.

Hope, a Meme for Berry, by Caitlin Tobias

I’d like to gratefully thank everyone who came down to visit with us and spend the week in the future. We are humbled by your support; we truly did not expect it to be this much.  Thank you so much.

Also, to all the merchants who tossed in on a first year event, and busted ass to create great stuff for people to come buy. I know all too well how risky an event can be the first time out, and the org team genuinely appreciate your willingness to participate.  We didn’t know how it would work out any more than you did, so we appreciate your taking the risk of your time and effort for us.

Futurewave: Cytus, by Aarya Phantomhive

Thank to Sian Pearl for being a guest on the org team for this opening endeavor.  They worked extremely hard to get this event off the ground. Thank you very much for speaking to so many people on behalf of the event.

Welcome to the Future, by Xantheanne

Thanks to Sonya for always choosing great bloggers and to our OMGWTGBBQ outstanding blogging team.  We have a group of fantastic bloggers who come back to work with us again and again.  There’s just no way for us to highlight all the amazing photos in our flickr pool, so please go look at them yourself. They’re really wonderful.  I could not possibly be more proud of our bloggers.

Are We There Yet?, by Portia Capelo

Thanks to Lokii, without whom nothing else happens.  She took my hastily drawn concept sketch and made A Thing that worked out of it.  These events would not happen without her, because goodness knows I can’t build anything properly in SL.  That, and she did our posters/signs (which goodness knows I don’t want to do either.)  <3 Pottamus.

The Seat With the Clearest View, by Ely Hynes.

Thanks to Neph, because she’s at least half the reason I don’t snap somewhere in the middle.  Seriously.  Y’all have no idea how supportive she is.  She hides the extra length of fuse so I don’t run out.

Futurewave2, by Cindy Gedenspire

This event allowed people to create their own visions of the future, which spanned a wide range. The “no fandom” rule was a very good idea (and I encourage other event organizers to consider it.  It worked out better than expected.) We got to see people create a whole spectrum of futuristic visions, and then watched the bloggers rip them apart and remake them into something else yet again.  Patterns upon patterns.   I’m glad that we got a surprising amount of stuff suitable for nonhuman avatars.  I’m thrilled we got stuff for robots and androids and all manner of cyber people.  I am grateful we got cybergoths (because I need that stuff on Thursdays, you know.)  So many ideas, and an incredible amount of creative effort. It’s been great.

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The Portal, by Sonya Marmurek

We’re on to our next event for the year, so for now, the portal is closed.  World Goth Fair applications open April 1st.  It’s time to set the future aside, and get your goth on.

FutureWave2_, by Devin Vaughn

See you on the dark side, folks.

-AK

Notes from Mission Control – Day Six.

Surveillance, by GiaNikai

 

So we’re headed into our last weekend at this year’s Futurewave. We’ll be open until midnight Pacific time on Sunday, February 23.  Plenty of time left to come up and have a look around.

 

When we hit this part of the event, the org team is usually split between brainstorming future ideas, and already getting our heads going for the next event in the queue (which,by the way is World Goth Fair- applications open April 1.)  I think at this point we’re pretty firm on keeping the time frame for this one the same as it is now, and the time of year is fortunate, since we can’t really move it anywhere else (this was really the only time we *could* do it.)   But we’re tossing some ideas back and forth as to other stuff to see what might work.  Data analysis has begun (Neph and I will be at that for weeks.)

Mind of a Toy, by Jordy Zipdash

 

Because this event was thematically different from our usual, we got a lot of new people in our merchant group.  But for some there’s potential for crossover(like there was at this event, just in the other direction), and we really hope that those that do have that overlap will consider joining us for WGF.

Gothika is closed on Saturday (strange as it sounds, it’s never been a good SL club night, as people are generally busy doing weekend things in RL) but Pie will be on the decks at the Gothika Mobile Unit on Sunday night at 8 Pacific time.

 

 

 

Notes from Mission Control – Day 5.

Space Oddity1, by Isabelli Anatine

 

We’re now at the point in the event where there’s so many good photos in the Flickr photo pool I despair of ever having the time to showcase them all. Which is why you really should go look.

Thanks to Sonya for doing yesterday’s mission control report. I needed to be unconscious for a while.  <3

So we’re now halfway through the first Futurewave, zooming along in space.  Unsung has some new stuff in their booth. It’s right near the landing point.  He’s got some brand new armor in there that space adventurers will surely want to go and check out.   When I was last on the sim (around midnight SLT) there were 27 people there, so it’s still pretty busy, all things considered.

The data team (that’s Nephi and me, really) are already starting to eye the numbers and analyze info in order to refine things for future events. Or events in the future. Or whatever.  (See, this is why no one should let me blog, folks.  ) But ultimately, as I’ve said before – eventing ain’t easy. Sometimes you just don’t know what parts will come strong and which ones will need reinforcing until it happens.  It’s sort of a variant of “no battle plan survives contact with the enemy” only with more bleeping and fancy lighting.

Rockit-1, by Caitlin Tobias

 

What’s been very interesting to me, as someone who is a bit removed from sci-fi in SL and *completely* removed from roleplay anywhere, is how varied the folks are who not only are selling at the event, but are coming to check it out as well. I appreciate that we have stuff that appeals to nonhuman avatars (since goodness knows there are an awful lot of them, and in space, does it matter?) I love that there are robots and androids.  I think it’s cool that people have futuristic clothing, as well as space gear.  I love that we have furniture (omg have you seen that tree outside of Bauwerk? Go see the tree, it’s freaking awesome.)   Of course I love all the cybergoth stuff but that’s a given.  The point is there’s a very wide range.  That’s not easy to do, to be honest.  It’s harder than you think. You can really only go with the applications you have, and SL tends to skew very often toward clothing for human women,to the exclusion of others.  I’m not seeing that at this event, and I think that’s a real plus.

That said, we’re also seeing things we need to change, and that’s good too.  We’d be *really confused* if we didn’t see that, to be honest, as no event comes out of the box with no issues to be addressed.

One of the things we’d like to do, and this came up at GxG also, was create a group for shoppers and gacha traders.  Honestly, we’d really love to do it, especially in light of the people shouting across the sim looking for trades(ahem.). That one, though isn’t really something we can fix until Linden Lab fixes group options and creates better group tools, because we just don’t have the manpower to babysit a group like that (and frankly, we shouldn’t have to.) We’re told the Lab is working on better group tools and you can be sure that once they exist, we will create such a group, and people can trade their gacha prizes to their hearts’ content.

 

Where does this light come from?, by Ely Hynes

 

That said, we move on to a new day at Futurewave, one that has two sets at the Gothika Mobile Unit:

2-4pm PT: Cruel Britannia (Gothika After Hours)

10pm- midnight PT: Bronxelf (The Thursday Night Apocalypse)

see you upstairs… in the future.

-AK

Report from Mission Control – Day 4.

FutureWave 1, by Devin Vaughn

Team Bunny reporting in, rambling process is a go. I repeat, rambling process begins in three… two… one… !

We’re still firmly in the future, squeeing over shiny things, flying around in space with newly acquired jetpacks, exploring new characters with brand new cyber visors… or to nutshell all of that: having fun.

As I’m writing this there’s happiness occurring in the group chat: happiness about the theme, about the items, about how inspiring they have been, how much bloggers have enjoyed making looks and stories with them, how much the creators have enjoyed seeing these results. To me that is exactly how it should be: creators inspiring bloggers with their work, bloggers catching their interpretation in pictures and words and creators feeling happy about the result. It should flow in a cycle of imagination, inspiration and respect.

This also reminded me of one of those openly admitted blogger-biases I have. One of the secret ingredients in Bunny Point System. I love pictures that promise a story, showcase a character, catch a moment in an adventure, in life. I especially love it when the bloggers take that next step further and add their words to the picture, tell us what they imagined, who the character is, what is happening, conjure up a story: just a glimpse to the thoughts or a shortstory, doesn’t matter.

Futurewave has been a rain of those Bunny Points all around, I assure you. Don’t believe me? Just go look at our Flickr Pool. Prepare to have your jaw hit the floor.

Once you pick it up again by evening you can teleport back to Futurewave and enjoy the music and inspirational and absolutely completely sane company. (Honest.)

Future is worth celebrating!

Wednesday 2/19:
8-10pm SLT – Lokii Violet (Wednesday Night Spiral)
10pm-midnight – Bronxelf (The Wednesday Night Darkwave)

Report from Mission Control – Day 3.

Untitled, by Shadow Rothmanay

The work week dawned, like some kind of fantastic space simile , that if I were actually a writer (and I’m not) I could come up with.  Invent your favorite and insert it there.  It will doubtlessly be better than whatever I would invent.

Traffic is still steady and strong at Futurewave on day three, which is lovely.  I like short events, and I think that for a non-charity event one week is a perfect time frame for something like this.   Bloggers continue to add photo after photo to our flickr pool, and several folks have started taking up Sonya’s blogger challenge (which you’re all welcome to get in on, I might add.)  As always, I’ve received many compliments from the merchants on the efforts of Team Bunny.  The blogging crew kick ass for every event we do and this is no exception.

Last night also continued our usual schedule at the Gothika Mobile Unit, and from all accounts some hilarity was had during Lokii’s set.  I did my set straight after that, and we had a nice group of people in wacky outfits and avatars hanging out and chatting. Much bleepery.  So futurepop.

Today, we have Sian Pearl’s Futurewave Dance party at 12:30, and Tuesday Pie at 8pm.

Mission control, signing out.

-AK

Futurewave Dance Party

futurewave dance party

The chances of stuff like this coming to Gothika were a million to one, they said (ah-ah)… the chances of this stuff coming to Gothika were a million to one BUT STILL IT CAME.

Oh yes, sian’s first inworld DJ set comes to Futurewave as a celebration of all things futuristic in the future of the past when the past was the future only it’s… you get the idea. Expect retrotronic grooves, sci-fi pop, and theme tunes to cheesy old TV shows whose futures are already in the past.

That’s 12.30pm SLT tomorrow, Tuesday 18th Feb 2014. Which is still the Future. BUT FOR HOW LONG?*

*about 29 hours at the time of writing

Notes from Mission Control : Day Two.

Futurewave, by Duchess Flux

 

Day two was a bit more sane, thankfully, than day one.  I logged in briefly to find 46 people on sim, which is lovely, but not crowded enough to cause any real problems.  Spoke to several merchants about 13 hours after opening, and made sure all was well.  Now that the initial rush is over, the event largely is moving under its own steam, so the org team finally were able to do things like sleep.  And laundry.  And for me at least, finish knitting a hat.  So some semblance of normalcy began to come back.

This is actually my favorite part of an event. It’s when it’s mostly just doing its own thing, and becoming whatever it’s going to be on its own. I just sit back at mission control and analyze data.  Admittedly, I analyze a LOT of data, but it’s quiet work without a lot of social pressure.

Now the focus is on the merchants and the bloggers, with the occasional break for the musical portions of our show, as it were.  Sonya has put out a blogger challenge open to everyone who wants to join in. You don’t have to be one of our official bloggers to participate, and we invite anyone who wants to join to come and do it. I’m sure the results will be great, and we’re all looking forward to seeing them.

Last night, Gothika did its first set of the week.  Pie had forgotten (HOW, I am not entirely sure, because the poster was behind him for over a month…) we were going to be upstairs, so he had planned a goth set, that quickly morphed into something more electronic when he realized oops.  Event on.  But a bunch of us came upstairs to hang out and a good time was had by all.  I am sure he will bring along far more bleepery on Tuesday night.

Tonight though, the Freakkiteh herself Ms. Lokii Violet will be at the Gothika Mobile Unit at 8 , playing a mixure of stompy and bleepy things.  I have the decks right after her at 10, for my usual Monday night round of synthpop, futurepop, cybergoth, and dark electro.  Come on by and hang out.

Mission control, signing off til tomorrow.

-AK

Blogger Challenge: Flavor of Future

Enforcer, by ~Lainey~

What is your favourite flavor of future? Is it a post-apocalyptic struggle, a cybernetic perfection, robotic utopia, a space adventure, a retro return to our roots in new fashion, cyber gothic circuitry, an alien gathering… there are more assumed possibilities than I can list!

The challenge is simple: show us! If you have several favourites, pick one or show them all! We want to see your futuristic forms whether they are alien, android or human!

Leave a comment here with a link to your blog post or flickr pictures, so everyone can easily access and admire them. Remember also that there’s a flickr pool for all the things available in Futurewave.

You don’t have to be an official blogger or even a blogger at all to participate in the challenge: if you want to share your own favourite futuristic character with us, go right ahead!

 

Notes from Mission Control – day one.

Futurewave, by Alisa Perne

There’s a Chucklehead song by the name of Mission Control now stuck in my head. There goes Sunday.

We are,  as previously mentioned, open.  So about that…

The org team had no expectation of what actually happened. I know I always say this but it’s true. I advise people to keep their expectations modest and realistic, because to do otherwise invites disappointment later.  I figured we’d get busy, like eh, 35 people or so within the first hour and stay pleasantly busy all day.

What I did not expect was for the sim to cap out at 104 people within 20 minutes.  That? Yeah no I didn’t imagine that.  People were not only coming in waves, but were coming in hard- heavily scripted, and some even wearing combat meters and the like.   We have never in the history of the sim lowered the agent limit, until today.  It’s currently at 65, which seems to be the max it can handle with most people noodling around without much lag.  I do apologize for the lag that occurred within the first hour of opening- for our next event I shall lower the agent limit in advance. I know to do that now. Currently, conditions on Cursed are fine, but that first hour was a complete overload of all systems.

So, thank you all for that- seriously.

I can’t express our shock and gratitude enough to you all. We didn’t actually see this coming, and were overwhelmed by the response at opening.  We are so pleased you all want to come and check the event out. The merchants worked incredibly hard and our org team was entirely beyond exhausted by opening.  Thank you so much again, and if you got hit in that first hour, I do hope you’ll come visit throughout the week now that the initial rush is over (and I lowered the agent limit because that was nuts.)

That said, take off the combat meters or I’m sending you home. Just saying.  We aren’t used to seeing people land so heavily scripted on our little island of creepy misfit toys.  I would prefer not to install a script limit device, but for an event like this one it might be a necessity. I will reiterate, that I would really rather not, so use just a bit of common sense and some courtesy and we’ll all get along fine.  Also, for the more literal minded – I mean any script heavy thing- it’s just that the meters make offcalls to a central database. It’s sort of the “no networked vendor rule”, as applied to people.

So we have a week to go, and please  come and play with us.  Take photos. Look at stuff and things.  The support from everyone has been tremendous, and all of us at mission control are so happy you’re coming to join us.

Coming up this week we have several music related things.  Gothika is, ironically, the only thing on the merchant list(even though it’s not a store) that lives on Cursed full time, and has been open since 2008.  It’s usually buried in a cave underground, but for events we bring it upstairs to the Gothika Mobile Unit and run our weekly schedule there.  This week, in addition to that, guest org team member Sian Pearl will be doing a Future themed set.  They call it the Futurewave Dance Party, and you’re all welcome to come and join.  Danceball is overhead if you need it.

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Here’s this week’s schedule:

Sunday 2/16:  8-10pm SLT  – Pie Zipper (Sunday Night Pie.)

Monday 2/17 :  8-10pm SLT – Lokii Violet (Monday Night Spiral)
Monday 2/17: 10-midnight SLT – Bronxelf (The Monday Night Dark and Sticky)

Tuesday 2/18: 12:30-2:30 pm SLT – Sian Pearl (The Futurewave Dance Party)

Tuesday 2/18:  8-10pm SLT – Pie Zipper (Tuesday Night Pie)

Wednesday 2/19: 8-10pm SLT – Lokii Violet (Wednesday Night Spiral)

Wednesday 2/19: 10pm-midnight – Bronxelf (The Wednesday Night Darkwave)

Thursday 2/20: 2-4pm SLT -Cruel Britannia (Gothika After Hours)

Thursday 2/20: 10pm- midnight – Bronxelf (The Thursday Night Apocalypse)

Friday 2/21:  8-10pm – Lokii Violet (Friday Night Spiral)

Sunday 2/23:  8-10pm – Pie Zipper (Sunday Night Pie.)