By Anna Wright
In case anyone needs a copy and paste text copy of the ad, here are the words:
Something’s moving outside! Wait, what was that noise? Did you hear it too? There’s something tapping at the window. Don’t you see it?! It’s not just my imagination...
The GCG Sun would like you to write and share the haunted tales of your regions on the grid. Surely, we must all have something lurking. Let us go hunting in the darkness.
Use your own region as the setting and create a picture or a few to go with your chilling short story. We will accept submissions from now until just before Halloween and publish them in the order received. You can email them to Anna Wright email@example.com
by Tigerkitti Eberdene
Home. What does that word mean?
According to Wikipedia, the meaning of home is complex, interpretational and unique. It is also subject to our aspirations, beliefs and historical experiences. Whatever it is, the meaning of home is a way of organizing and understanding the space within ourselves and the way the world is constructed around us.
The meaning of home has both a unique personal and public character. The personal quality of home provides a place to experience our inner being and also allows for the temporary detachment from our public character.
So, when we think of home, I am sure most of us feel that way about the GCG.
On Aug. 31st, we all got this message from Roddie: The GCG is backing up all 8 TB of our users contents.This is to ensure we have an extra backup of everyone's inventory for safe keeping. Sorry for any inconvenience.
I am not sure how others felt but I couldn't wait to be able to log back on with all my friends and family.
I went on SL, and found that I was extremely bored and dissatisfied. Although I have a huge friend list there, I felt more alone than I have since I joined GCG.
I love to build, but I am rather obsolete as a builder there, having never learned mesh yet. The upload costs alone are such a deterrent to even trying. For those who can do mesh, perhaps they spent some time on SL creating things they can port over to GCG.
SL used to be fun. I find the fun to be not there anymore. Lots of friends, who are so busy trying to work and earn money...for things they have no time to use because they are working so much.
GCG doesn't have the same feel to it. We all love to create, but we also take time to visit each other, chat, dance or whatever. We are like one big family to each other.
To me, that makes a home. A place where you feel welcome, and appreciated. Whether you are a builder, creator or you just hang out and bring your positive vibes to all, we are able to feel that sense of belonging.
When Roddie announced he had a sim on SL for us all to visit, I was there! And to my delight, so were many others. We laughed and talked, danced and spoke of missing our GCG home.
It became a "home away from home". As we spoke to others on SL who knew of the Cabin from way back, they indicated that they missed it, and also many seemed to develop an interest in the GCG.
There wasn't a Cabin there at the time. mainly just a nice dance area. Even so, it felt like home. Home is not a house. Home is not a piece of land, it is those who gather there in friendship and family. It is that feeling that I believe "home" really defines.
GCG is like a magnet for many. No matter where we are, that sense of home on our grid outshines anything else we find.
Roddie worked so very hard on this grid and welcomed us back with open arms. We are all grateful for this.
As the time we lost our connection to our home drew to a close, we felt the joy of signing on and seeing what we have all created. A home...for me, for you, for all
Thanks Roddie for all you do for us. And to one and all, Welcome Home!
You may be asking - Where are the best places to advertise at the Great Canadian Grid?
The first place I go to book an event is;
Roddie has set up a sim at Second Life called the Great Canadian Cabin, The Group is open to join for anyone and it’s one of the largest Canadian Groups there. Look us up on map search under Great Canadian Cabin. This is for when the grid goes down, a place we can all come and hang out until we get back online.
by Anna Wright
OpenSimWorld was created by Satyr Gator (AKA Satyr Aeon) as “a new hypergrid directory that lets you know which regions are active and how many people are visiting them.” That is how Satyr described it in one of the early posts made to promote it. It has evolved into so much more and had become a true staple of the hypergrid. This article has three purposes. The first goal is to spread the word to any readers who don’t know about OpenSim World. The second is to explain how to use it for travel. The third is to explain how to sign up for it with your region and get a beacon so you can participate fully in the extended community offered by this site.
OpenSimWorld is a web based tool that integrates with your in world viewer. The website that lists hypergrid regions you can visit this way is found here:
You can view the regions using different categories after you click on the button that says Regions. Once you select a region, there are a few ways you can hypergrid teleport.
You’ll see a section on the right sight with three little blue buttons you can click to teleport; Hop, V3HG, HG, Local Grid. I’ve never actually tried the V3HG one but the buttons, when clicked will communicate with your in world viewer to teleport you to the location. I’ve always used the HG and local grid buttons myself and found them to be great. Every now and then technology just wants to glitch so if for some reason that doesn’t work, you can just copy and paste the address in the box right under the word Hypergrid directly into a map search and teleport that way.
To get a package of tools to set up your own OpenSimWorld beacon on your region or land, you can go to the region hosted by OpenSimWorld on Metropolis Metaversum.
You can use the buttons on the OpenSimWorld site to get there via this page:
Or type the hypergrid address into a map search to teleport there:
The package is a big box of tools you’ll see right when you land on the region called OpenSimWorld Package 0.914. Right click and take a copy. The box will go into you’re my Suitcase folder. Satyr Aeon is Satyr Gator’s avatar name on Metro. The region itself is an interesting destination with some fun NPCS and an outer space distant planet landing feeling.
After you teleport home, you can rez and open the box with the OpenSimWorld Tools. Inside is a beacon as well as a HUD, which is another way you can travel and connect to the website. There is also a notecard with very clear instructions on how to use both items.
To activate and use a beacon to allow others to teleport to your region using the site and tools, you first need to register on the OpenSimWorld site and put your region info on it.
After you create an account to log in to OpenSimWorld, go to Regions. There will be a little green button up on the right that says + Add Your region. Click that and you will get to the page to start entering your region information here:
Once you’ve done that, you can edit your info and add pictures when you’re logged in and on the page for the region that is yours.
This is the best way to promote a region in the OpenSim in the modern era of the hypergrid. So if you would like to be social, show off your builds, get folks to come dance at your nightclubs or partake in your virtual role play group, this is the key.
GCG Sun Anonymous Undercover Reporter
A scandal is on the wind at the GCG Sun, three sheets to the wind to be exact. An inspection of the closed circuit camera footage from the day after the GCG Sun Anniversary bash revealed some shocking secrets of the GCG Sun. In particular Editor Anna Wright is under some scrutiny. Ms. Wright was cooperative in submitting to questioning claiming she had reasonable explanations for all of the footage that surfaced.
The first disturbing images were uncovered after an anonymous tip to Park’s Canada’s wildlife hotline. It would seem the leavings of the celebration attracted one lone grizzly bear, who has since been nicknamed Yogi. Yogi made some leavings of his own after overindulging on funnel cakes and beer. Ms. Wright shirked responsibility for the appearance of the bear; simply declaring she hadn’t invited him personally.
The security team decided to investigate further and found an interesting collection of video along with some physical evidence around Ms. Wright’s desk in the form of a vast array of gin bottles. She claims it was “planted” by a Mr. Reyn Softly. She couldn’t offer solid proof of this. It was just a “hunch”. There is apparently some unspoken conflict between them about the state of the office lavatory and she feels revenge may be a motivator.
Regardless of Mr. Softly’s motivations, other footage was noted to contain images of some sort of bootleg transaction between Ms. Wright and an unnamed gentleman, delivering to her private collection in her workplace. This is where the story gets truly fishy. Ms. Wright admits to the deliveries and claims she has enrolled in an online correspondence leisure study of the history and medicinal properties of gin through an Australian College and sought it out for her indigestion. She would neither expand on said details nor divulge the name of the delivery man but she did try to distract investigators with historical facts and quotes about the libation in question:
“The gin and tonic has saved more Englishman’s lives and minds than all the doctors in the Empire.” – Winston Churchill
“I exercise strong self control. I never drink anything stronger than gin before breakfast.” - W.C. Fields
“Red meat and gin….” – Julia Childs on the reason for her longevity.
That went on for some time and resolved none of the above. GCG Sun readers, I will keep digging, like I did through her refuse bin full of discarded limes. We undercover reporters have a mission to report the truth, even in our own ranks, before it affects the quality of the publication. Gin is, after all, said to be the drink of ruin.
by Tigerkitti Eberdene
How many of us has heard the question "what brought you to GCG?"
Well I have had that asked of me a few times. I am going to share with you my start in the Great Canadian Grid.
Long ago on a grid, far away there was a friend who had a cabin. Suddenly, the cabin was no more and I rarely saw or spoke to him.
Then one day in 2014, my friend returned to speak to me of his new venture. He had created an amazing grid.
Even better, he invited me to join and wished for me to recreate my veteran's memorials.
Excited with the idea of being able to create with so much space and prims was a dream come true for me.
My thoughts on building online has always been that if I can only keep and share ONE thing I have built, it would be my memorials. So, the journey began.
I decided to take a bit of a break to make myself fangs and adjust my avi of course. I felt rather naked!
My first build on that land turned into a village with my original memorial and a few others. It was well recieved but I dreamed of more.
I build the arena and well, I am still waiting on another friend to bring us hockey we can play, but I know some day, it will become a reality. The arena is there and waiting.
Over time I dreamed bigger, and in 2016, I decided to do an entire remake of the land. My dream was to recreate a Canadian military base, which mainly came in the form of the memories I garnered as an MSE-OP (driver) in the Canadian Forces.
I named the army unit that inhabits the base 222 Svc BN. (service battalion). CFB WMV stands for Canadian Forces Base Wilson's Memorial Village, named for my late father who was a WW2 veteran.
The land is on the ScottsDale Region of Honour Point, and it extends onto my other sim, ScotsDale-DragonMoor.
With determination and my imagination I formed everything from barracks to Beaver Hall. The obstacle course is waiting for scripters to make it so we can actually compete, as well as a rifle range.
The male and female barracks are complete down to the open showers to the barracks boxes at the foot of each bed.
Below the base is a fallout shelter. The main gate shows a man filling out enlistment papers. With the addition of another sim, I was able to make an "out in the field" training area.
There has been several people who have inspired me over the time. With everything from suggestions to gifting me some amazingly well made vehicles.
The transport section and supply reminds me much of my days in the military. Hanging out with the vehicles, and asking Supply techs for pencils. (To which the proper response they say is, "what did you do with the pencil I gave you LAST month!? Then, snapping one in half to give you.)
Inside Beaver Hall you will find a club of sorts with a bar and a lovely fireplace to cozy up to, as well as a couple of greedy games. In the same building you will find information in the form of booklets on many topics of interest, from how to enlist in the Canadian Forces, to information about PTSD, the Canadian Legion and Veteran's Affairs.
There is also a classroom, and a mess hall and kitchen encased within Beaver Hall. In the mess hall, breakfast is being served.
Up the hill from there, a military inspired church sits, welcoming all who wish to reflect or even just quietly sit.
The memorials down the path have grown to include others besides my original. An area to light candles is there if you wish to light one. (just touch the candle and write intentions into local chat) Also, an area to pose to lay a wreath.
Moving down the line you will see a wall that contains pictures of people on our amazing grid who have served in the military. Active, retired or even parents or grandparents pictures can be placed on this wall. I would love to see it get so full that I have to build the wall higher.
The Native memorial shows the 4 corners and touching the memorial will give you information on what it all means. I was honoured that my good friend Suta Northman came and gave it an official blessing when it was built. It is so very important to remember all who served our great land and sacrificed for our freedom.
Lastly down the line, there is a cemetary. Inside this sacred ground you will find headstones with names, pictures of Canadians who have served, and fought for our country. Some passed during peace time, some in conflict. ALL gave their word to protect our Queen and country.
The first row here is the most special to me, as each person in the front is someone I knew in real life. My late husband, father in law, commanding officer, a young man who I knew who was the first to be killed in Afghanistan.
These people embody the true meaning of what it is to be a soldier. To serve until they can no more.
I am proud to have served in the Canadian Military, and to be able to provide this land to be able to share with one and all.
I would hope that if you are new to our grid, you take some time to visit. If you have been here a while, perhaps take time to come visit again.
If anyone has suggestions I am always open to them. My wish is for this to be the best memorial for our soldiers online, and to have it be a place all are proud of.
Yours in service, Cpl Wilson-Beresford-JL.
Service Battalion, Canadian Armed Forces.
by Tigerkitti Eberdene
Come Celebrate on a hot summer night, the joy of the full swiing of harvest. Let's Dance the night away! Your hostess is Tigerkitti Eberdene. DJ:Darlin Sweetlover. Lughnasadh was the first in the trilogy of harvest festivals. It marked the beginning of the harvest season, and the decline of Summer into Winter. Traditionally called Lammas from the Saxon word Hlaf-mass, the Feast of Bread, festivities and rituals typically centered around the assurance of a bountiful harvest season and the celebration of the harvest cycle. A bountiful harvest ensured the safe passage of the tribe through the upcoming winter months.
1800 - 2100 Aug 26, 2017
by Kamira Sirnah
Sno was one of my first friends on the Great Canadian Grid. Shortly after, I met her now virtual husband Doug. My husband (RL and VL) and I were fortunate enough to meet both of them in RL at our home in Kingston. When they announced their plans to be married on the GCG, I really wanted to be involved.
I have a sim called Enchanted Isle. It was my first build. I had a mirrored dance floor in one of the ruins on the sim and thought it might make a pretty backdrop for the wedding. When Doug and Sno saw it, they agreed.
I said I would make some table and chairs and thought it would only take a few hours to get it ready. Well, was that naive!
I made tables and chairs for the perimeter, but Sno and Doug were inviting everyone so I thought I would add some extra rows of chairs. The chairs looked too plain so I added a mesh bow. The bow helped but it still lacked something. I took some pictures in RL and made a crystal vase for each table. The vases really helped, but of course they needed a burning candle inside. Luckily, I had one I had made previously. To make it more romantic, I added a heart emitter. You get the gist. I closed my computer for the night and went to bed.
If you build, you will understand if you start a project, it can interfere with RL sleeping, eating, shopping, doing laundry, walking the dog, and talking to your spouse. That night my brain would not sleep. I felt I needed to add just a “few” more touches. To save making this article as long to read as it did to finish the “few” touches, I will just list them.
The List: a carpet runner for the centre and under each row of chairs
columns ( made in blender) to go down the aisle and the outside stairs
a mesh rope to go between the columns
a vase with flowers for the top of each column
the altar needed a bible and candlesticks
falling apple blossoms
petals on the ground
a dove emitter for after the “I do”
a book for the officiant (Tig) to hold during the ceremony
the bridal bouquet
the boutonnieres ( I was in luck, my orchid was in bloom, I used the photo for a mesh flower)
some extra decorations for the cake
a piece of cake for guests to eat
tables and chairs for the reception (Sci Fi style of course)
a heart balloon emitter
monogrammed champagne glass to give a drink and congratulate the bride and groom
an eating animation – my first animation..it was pathetic, but it worked
thankfully Linda Kellie had wedding animation set..whew..thank you Linda
a garter for the groom to throw (I had a problem with this, when someone “JIM” put a script in it so the groom could throw it. We practiced with it and for three days later, I was still tracking down wedding garters that were multiplying like rabbits.)
Did I mention the venue had a mirrored floor?..soooo all the furnishings had to be done twice and put upside down to make the reflection convincing.
I made a wedding gift in blender. It was a place setting complete with cutlery and monogrammed design. (Thank you, Marianna for the beautiful monogram). The set consists of a bread plate, dinner plate, bowl, tureen and matching candlesticks. The cutlery is also monogrammed with a 3d monogram. It has a knife, fork, teaspoon, soup spoon, and my husband insisted I add a cake fork. (was easy for him to suggest) I took pity on Doug and made him a special set with Darth Vader on it.
While I was making preparations, my sim was crashing constantly. Every time I logged in, it was down, along with one other empty sim. I was getting very concerned. I contacted Roddie and told him I thought I should move all my sims around and put the Enchanted Isle on another sim that was more stable. As usual, he was messing around in the background and told me to just hang in there until the new servers were up and running. I decided, just in case disaster should befall us during the ceremony, I better have a backup. I made a copy of the wedding venue, and put it in a rezzer and built a platform for it. I have included some pictures. The one with the poppies is the “Whoops, we crashed” backup.
I am sure I have forgotten a few things. There were others involved in the wedding, Tig wrote a beautiful ceremony, made the wedding dress, provided the bridesmaid dresses and I know spent days perhaps weeks on her contributions.
Honey made lovely bridesmaid bouquets.
Roffello took amazing pictures, and made the wedding delightful with his humour and artistry.
DJ Darlin provided the perfect music both for the venue and the reception.
The bridesmaids and groomsmen did a wonderful job and helped make the wedding the success it was.
I would like to thank Sno and Doug for allowing me to be involved in all the preparations. I learned a few more tricks in blender and did my first animation in Qavimator. (I have so much more to learn!) I really enjoyed it. Even though it was a lot of work, it was a very rewarding experience. I must admit I did much more than Sno asked of me because it was so much fun and Sno is a very good friend.
It has been suggested I leave the venue up for others. I have decided to leave both the venue and the backup platform available for others to use (colours can be changed if necessary). I can remove chairs if someone just wants a dance or to hold an event. The venue would be free.
Please read this as a warning. If someone asks you to help with a wedding....well just read the list again! Winks... And I would say YES!
by Tigerkitti Eberdene
Weddings. They can evoke a lot of different emotions, both in real life and online as well.
On August 12th 2017, I was given the privilege of being the officiant for the wedding between Sno and Douglas McCleod.
The venue was amazing! Designed by Kamira Sirnah, I was in awe of the beautiful setting. Stone pillars, beautiful purple valances, even lovely floating flowers and a reflective floor. The work she put into the area for the occasion was exceptional to say the least.
Kamira also served as Sno's maid of honour, along with the other bridesmaids. These included Lynnestra Parker, Darlin Sweetlover, Kimmy Brandywine, and Nova Dream64. Their gowns of soft purple fit in perfectly with the brides choice of colours for the event, and they all looked so lovely.
The best man was Jackson Lombardia, who was there to support the lucky groom. The groomsmen looked dashing as they escorted the bridesmaids to their positions for the wedding. The groomsmen included Ray noob, Shawnesy Ettenmor, Kotu Saphire, Rex Espiento, and Maldurl Smith.
As everyone gathered together to bear witness to the blessed event, we all watched as Will Renfold proudly walked the beautiful bride down the asile to meet her future husband.
I myself wrote the ceremony and included some wise words, and a gift of a rose for them to remember this day. Also encouragement to plant roses wherever they live, and a reminder if they ever have times of hurt or doubt, to visit that area and remind themselves of this day, and the vows they chose to say to each other.
The vows that they wrote were beautiful, and touched the hearts of all in attendance. I am certain there were a few misty eyes in the crowd as they listened to them declare openly their love for one another.
Throughout the event, Roffellos Kisses was present to provide them with absolutely wonderful pictures of their happy day.
I was so very pleased when I was able to utter the words "by the power vested in me, I pronounce you man and wife, Douglas you may kiss your bride."
After a short gathering we moved on to the reception area.
This dance area was designed and built by Douglas himself and was a wonderful looking dance area, complete with a stocked bar, champagne as well as cake and other amenities.
As DJ, Darlin Sweetlover played very lovely tunes for us all to dance.
The feeling of the night was one of happiness and contentment in watching the newly wed couple dance and enjoy the time with thier friends and family.
I have done many weddings before on other grids, but I must say that this one will forever be remembered in my heart and mind.
The gathering of so many people to watch such long time friends unite in love and commitment was such a wonderful event.
To Sno and Douglas, I wish you love and happiness and a long life together. You are an amazing couple, who showed us all how much love can achieve. Blessings
And blessings to all who helped to make their day the most special one in their lives so far.