First applications wave is now processed.

If you sent in an application to Futurewave before this post was published, it’s been processed. Please check the email address you signed up for booth size and fee confirmations.

We did not take everyone who applied.  The reasons why (in this batch) were twofold:

1. The store contains a large amount of fandom related merchandise. We have a no fandom rule in place in the rules for this event(it’s even in red letters in the rules). If your store sells a lot of fandom related stuff, it could be great stuff- but you’re just not the right store for this event.

2. The store simply doesn’t sell anything related to the theme(s), and nothing came in with the application explaining that.

Currently, we have 7 open slots remaining.  I’ll start getting a merchant list together tonight.


First round of application processing is happening today (January 9.)

Hi all. I’m processing the first round of applications today. As of right now I’ve done about half of what we have. I’ll do the rest after I’ve slept a little. I should be caught up by tonight.  We have a lot of new stores applying so they need to be checked out as we go.

We do have some slots (I want to say ~5 at the moment, but I haven’t checked all the stores who applied yet) left, so if you wanted to apply, now is a good time.



Applications update.

Hi all. I know a bunch of people are waiting on applications stuff. Im waiting on the standees to be delivered from Pie. (I really don’t want to have to do all this twice so it’s more efficient to just wait til I get them so I can do this in one shot.) However at this point we are *definitely* out of sponsor slots. If you apply as a sponsor we’ll add you to the wait list but those slots are LONG gone.

Pie has promised the standees and poster frames at some point today, so I should be up and running with acceptance emails and poster drops later today.

Futurewave 2015 Applications are open.

Happy New Year everyone!

Applications for Futurewave 2015 are now open.  Please read the FAQ FIRST, as some of the rules have changed from last year.

We will begin sending out the first wave of acceptances around January 7.  Once we sell out we will maintain a waiting list. Sponsor slots are few, and expected to go quickly.

Have at.  (the application link is in the FAQ. Read it first, people.)


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.)  ❤ 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.

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.


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.  ❤

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.


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.