by Marianna Monentes
Rik Sullivan's Space Outpost has so many fine details. When you arrive you are in the control room of an outpost waiting to be explored. I wanted to sit down at the controls, and set co-ordinates to a galaxy that has not been explored. Roleplay will come naturally here, for all you trekkies out there, this is home.
The inspiration for building the space outpost actually came from before Rik Sullivan built the GCG Role Play Hub. When he spoke to Special Magic about what should be included in the Role Play Hub, it became evident to him that there was much more to Role Play than knights, dragons and castles.
He explained, "Anna Wright had made an amazing Urban Role Play display on the old RP Hub and we thought that was amazing so we put our heads together and came up with some new ideas to build displays for themes such as Wild West, Horror, King Kong's Jungle, Castaway Island, and a Pirate Village. Along with that we thought 'Space Station' so I built the space station display for the RP Hub.
So, having had such a good time with building that, I decided I wanted to build a space outpost of my own and, voila!, a sim-sized space outpost appeared above my GCG lands. It was great fun shopping around the HG looking for SciFi and space-looking objects. It's amazing what's out there, and most all of it for FREE! I'm trying to think of other ideas and unique things to build for the fun of it. In the meantime I hope others discover the Space Outpost and all the other great, imaginative ideas that folks have built themes for all around the grid."
Next time you have few hours to kill, you really need to check out the Space Outpost
by Toaster Dementros
Our journey in virtual tribute bands began practically day one in GCG. We had a vision, knew what we wanted to accomplish but had no clue where to begin in this new, vast world we had stumbled upon. All we knew was, we wanted to blend tribute concerts in GCG with fundraising. With some background knowledge acquired from other grids, I started making anything and everything I could think of from an amplifier to drum cymbals to stage lights to dance floors to clothes to skins, and all points in between. While I was bashing my head against a wall finding textures I also found myself with the challenge of scripts. If I thought digging up textures was a challenge, nothing compared to scripting. Spending hour after hour failing more times than succeeding with scripts, we were lucky when Sofie joined us on GCG. Sofie has taken very quickly to scripting and she amazes us every day with something new.
While this was all going on, Sabrina stayed vigilant combing every nook and cranny of not only GCG, but any and every other grid possible. It was during one of these hunts she came across Blondie's shop. Right off the bat it was obvious this guy knows what he's doing. We messaged Blondie with a few questions not really expecting an answer as this is what we'd encountered with so many others in the past on other grids. About an hour after we sent a message, Blondie sent us a reply and we've been picking his brain ever since LOL!
Something very important I want you, dear reader to realize is all of this is an undertaking that never ends. Every time we premiere a new band, there have been countless hours spent on the project. New hair, new shapes, new clothes, new skins, new instruments, on and on it goes. We've got a great team where everyone has taken on specific tasks. They take on the challenge and when all these parts come together there is a finished product people have taken a real shining to.
If you haven't already, join our GCG group, Friends of The Independents and Like us on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/oakvilleindependents If you're on Twitter Follow us @independents96
We can't wait to throw more fundraisers and keep everyone rocking while earning our title of being, "GCG's Rock 'n' Roll Fundraisers".
I want to take this opportunity to sincerely Thank Blondie along with each and every other one of you that help us put on these fundraisers. On behalf of the team and myself, we want to Thank you, the reader for having made our fundraisers the huge success they have been. If it weren't for you we would have no one to perform to. Last but certainly not least, a very big Thank you to Roddie Macchi without whom we would not have this wonderful place we all call home. Let's not forget everything he does for us.
Come by the regions anytime and feel free to explore,
Oakville Independents Community Outreach Volunteer Group
"Pick up your copy of the Independents Quarterly Magazine February 20th"
by Marianna Monentes
Ava Verino's Elanorium, is magnificent. Tranquil beauty awaits you, beckoning you to explore the seven remarkable regions here. Nestled in with Rik Sullivan's numerous roleplay regions, this awe-inspiring build will mesmerize you. An impressive view of the castle can be seen at the Elanorium Landing open air pavilion, through waterfalls and tree lined forests. The architecture and layout of the region here is just phenomenal. Above the terraced sandy banks, lies a dance gazebo with spectacular views of the castle, and the soft sound of the babbling brook below. Clinging vines and ferns grace the waterfalls which encircle the stone gazebo and bench, softly lit by candles. This region exudes romance, you definitely "feel" the moment here.
I wanted to know what inspired Ava, so I asked her to share her thoughts,
"I was building and creating content in Second Life for about 9 years before I was introduced to GCG. My objective wasn't a business or an income from it, more creating beauty that I could share with other players. Creating an environment for fantasy and roleplay was always my main interest, sometimes myself jumping into a skin of a fantasy character and getting carried away by creating a storyline. It is my way of relaxation and a creative outlet. I often see it like painting on a blank canvas, letting the imagination take the lead.
Unfortunately my limited time online doesn't always allow me to spend as much time here, as I would wish, many projects take a lot of time to finalize, this is why besides my own creations I love utilizing items I can buy here or on Kitely market, which often saves me a lot of time and I don't mind rewarding good builders for their work with a few coins.. My lands are still in process of shaping character and becoming what I want it to be.
I have found home here in GCG, thanks to Rik Sullivan, a good friend who was my great inspiration along with Special Magic, the owner of Land of Eire, both of them have guided me with a friendly support, before I could spread my wings. I love the endless opportunities of creating here and the great spirit of the community and I want to take a moment and thank Roddie who makes it all possible."
by Marianna Monentes
When Roddie mentioned we need roller skates at his last gig, I immediately thought of Roller Derby and contacted Kamira Sirnah, as she is one of the best building creators I know. Within two days she had this almost completed, she said give her two more days. Look how amazing this will be. Thank you Tigerkitti for lending a hand with the parking lot and signage. Cookie passed Linda Kellie roller skates, so did Tig, plus what I already had in inventory so we are set with the skates, lol thank you! I want to find or create better animations for the skates we want to have a roller derby! Roddie said he would DJ sometime so that would be totally FUN! We will keep you posted on the opening! Thank you so very much ladies, but especially Kamira Sirnah, thank you.
by Tigerkitti Eberdene
Well I have been on quite the adventure!
I was fortunate to spend some time with Amaranthim Talon, and her partner Hairy Thor, being escorted back in time.
Amaranthim explained much of what I was seeing to me, with a passion for her work that shows through her words.
This land is absolutely amazing, and quite educational as well. The work has been done true to what history has told us about the Mayans. The research that has been done to ensure accuracy is without a doubt one of the most extensively researched builds I have encountered.
The name of this land is Tun Il Ha, which means Stone Place By The water in ancient Maya.
In Amara's own words, she describes how this place has come to be as this.
A long time ago in InWolrdz for one reason or another, I made a Mayan pyramid. It was unintentional I think- I was playing with shapes in Blender. I can't recall the name now but will look it up next time am there. I had purchased at some point this magnificent Aztec Ruin from a very talented creator in IW- I had a nice jungle scene there with critters from John Mahogany.
When I left IW, I missed that, and here in GCG we were so fortunate that we could afford all our wished for indulgences. So I imported my pyramid and it all grew from there.
I have now been studying the Mayan culture for about three or four years. I have amassed literature, attended lectures, joined groups- etc- I am attempting to create a virtual Mayan village that is as authentic as I can make it.
There is still a long way to go- I need to install the plumbing!! But this is a going concern sort of thing and so far, I am very proud of what I have managed to accomplish.
I have learned so much- both about the culture and the history of the people and as well garnered skills to be employed in virtual worlds.
For example, I have learned how to make PEOPLE - I started the people here with freebies then used Eloh skins to start but changed them into more racially appropriate Mayans - scaled to fit our virtual perceptions of course- I am not really 7 feet tall in RL either ;)
At many of the areas there, you can touch to receive note cards that explain in detail what is going on. I thought to put that information here, but in doing so, I believe you will miss out on actually seeing for yourself.
From agriculture, to how the Mayans lived day to day, it is all there. Temples with amazing art work are there to walk through and see. There is one amazing piece of real life art there that Amaranthim got special permission to display on her land. She has thought of it all!
When you walk through, you can see and hear the many types of animals roaming the land. As well, if you listen closely, even the ghosts of the past at the pyramid echo all around you.
The people who grace this land are dressed true to the past, and grace us with a true image of what the Mayan people were all about.
I urge everyone to go and visit this land! It is well worth the time, and truly is a work of art, and that is coming from the heart.
Amaranthim and Hairy, Your build is one that I am very pleased to have visited, and I am sure I will again. One trip may not be enough to truly see it all.
What are you waiting for? Head on over to go back in time and see for yourselves.
by Marianna Monentes
Alicia Mint has been working on a fundraiser event called Artists Point Of View which is an Art show featuring many textures and paintings which will be for sale. The proceeds are going to go to two RL (Real Life) organizations called Lean On Me, which gives shelter and foods to the homeless, and Freedom For Everyone which will be a learning center for the disabled. Freedom For Everyone can also be found in GCG too. This center will also be for special guests that are working on RL (Real Life) projects for the disabled. The fundraiser will be the first week of March, please look for group notices of the exact date. Alicia asks you to please join "Artists Point Of View art show" group, and asks for resident artists of GCG to submit art for the event.
Please IM Zed Kemp, Jen Glamor, or Alicia Mint for more information.
by Marianna Monentes
When you purchase regions at the Great Canadian Grid, you then have a choice to become a Region Owner member in the Region Owner group.
Once you purchase your region please ask Roddie to place you in the Region Owners Group.
Roddie has created a webpage https://www.greatcanadiangrid.ca/apps/member/login for Region Owners only, where you can go to grab the latest Region Owner Specials and Deals.
You will find it at the Great Canadian Grid webpage under the OUR COMMUNITY tab, scroll down to the bottom of the list, you will see Region Owner tab, please click that to login to the Region Owners page. Login email will be your Pay Pal email and a password you choose.
Here you will see the great offers Roddie provides the Region Owners, he has prim sales and specials on regions that you want to be sure to grab when they become available.
For all Members, we have the Members Login Page here
it is the last Tab over on the right of the Great Canadian Grid Webpage, this is where you will go for editing your profile, partnership requests, region restarts etc. This page is for Everyone of the Great Canadian Grid.
by Roddie Macchi
Rules of Our GCG Events Calendar:
I will need to lay down some ground rules for the Events Calendar now that more and more people are realizing how nice it is to DJ and have events here knowing their safe and legal with our Licenses that support Music/Media for GCG.
Also be sure to contact Roddie Macchi if anyone tries to tell you that you can't do something,
No one here has the right to tell anyone that they can't do something when it comes to the grids official GCG Calendar. Only the Owner of the grids official GCG Event Calendar can do that.
So here we go.....:)
1. DO NOT post events farther into the future as you cannot assume that those events will be a sure thing...in other words Only add an event you know for sure that week or the next two weeks that you know its actually going to take place...not a whole year.
2. The GCG Calendar is a first come first serve type Calendar, meaning if someone puts down an event and someone else is on the same time and date, thats ok, as anyone can post at any time and date as well...but try to look first and see what event is in what place and try to be considerate of others by not overlapping if you can.
3. Overlapping and Competition is acceptable and frankly Life in general lol. Meaning if someone has a huge event they want to do and its the same time as a small venue...sorry but thats competition.
4. Play Nice! We all want to show off our venues and all of us want to have fun...but remember that there are tons of other grids and people all over the metaverse that could be at other venues and thats ok!!...its all about enjoying yourself in the metaverse. If people don't show up because another event is on don't blame them...blame yourself for not having a better advertisement, or a better DJ, or better music genre or event...:P
Now...I have been DJing for over 13 yrs now from the game SIms ONline to THERE to SL to here..I have ran my own Radio Satation. So I am going to give you some of my secrets to success when running an Event.
Things to Remember when running an Event.....
1. Create a Group that people will want to join only for your venue or your event.
This way notices can be sent out so everyone sees it online or offline.
2. If your a DJ Create a group for your followers...this way no matter where you DJ, you can send out a notice to get them to come see you wherever you're at!
3. Play Great Music and get organized doing it! If you're a DJ don't just play music...if that's the case put on the radio lol...you need to engage as if you were there!...talk to your listeners, make them laugh, do crazy funny things for them to listen to...make yourself different and someone they will remember and want to see again.
4. Play a Genre people like...and keep it that same genre...in other words don't play Hard Rock and then half way through play Opera lol...buzz killer!!!
5. Grab yourself a paid stream that supports 198 Kbs and over 100 listeners...it may sound like overkill but being this much will gaurantee a great quality stream for everyone to hear you crystal clear.
6. ADVERTISE ADVERTISE...I can't emphasize this enough...No one will come if they don't know, and if you don't make it sound like its something they want to go to. Make a great ad and post it everywhere!...Our FB Group, Notices in world, On our Events Calendar, anywhere you can...this way people will see it.
7. Go above and beyond!!...think big!!...create yourself a website for yourself to show your talents or region off or your venue off...get creative and think outside the box as if you were a HUGE company advertising your time for others ;)
Remember one very important thing...people can tell the difference between someone trying to make money or someone whos actually REALLY enjoying playing for them.
Cheers! and Always Have Fun!!
by Marianna Monentes
Located at Carnelian Bay-Bridgemere on the beach! Look for a green Cabana! We have lots of styles and textures, beautiful mesh bikinis! New styles daily!
thank you Reyn Softly for the excellent logo :)
By Anna Wright
Photo source: Pixabay.com
The Great Canadian Grid has so many amazing regions and destinations within them. We’d like to be able to find them all, explore them and appreciate the time and effort that’s gone into their creation. Maybe you have a rented space to visit within a region that you want to share. That’s noteworthy as well. One of my favourite things about this grid and the OpenSim as a whole is the creativity. Let us walk around in those dynamic ideas and marvel. That is why we're here. For those who are more of a party person and here for the social and music scene, it’s something to do when there’s nothing happening events wise. Take yourself on a mini-vacation!
How do we get news of all these destinations out to the rest of the grid? You need to put a little bit of time into promoting your spaces. At the very least, make them searchable through the standard search options.
Some of this info is pretty basic, and likely you know it, but I’m going to point it all out anyway because these things, done in combination, are successful in getting the word out about regions and destinations. Seriously, do them all!
Here are the seven key ways to effectively promote your space in the Great Canadian Grid. I’m going to borrow an alt’s profile (that's nice and blank) and use my own region as an example in a few of the pictures.
1. Profile Picks
Start by creating a pick for your profile. Describe what your place’s purpose is. Is it based on somewhere in the real world or is it a fantasy? Do you host parties and DJ? Do you have shops or offer rentals? Is it a role play or just a pretty place to unwind and take a few deep breaths? Add a nice photo in the picture spot. Draw us into your world with you.
Yes, they work here! I would strongly suggest you create a classified ad as well with the same level of detail as the pick. You can even just copy from on to the other. Then it will come up in that tab too if someone only searches classifieds. You need to check off mature content even if you don’t host any to get the ad to publish and auto renew. You can place ads for free though.
3. Join GCG Grid Groups
When you first joined the Great Canadian Grid you might have seen the signs on the Welcome region suggesting you join some groups, our forum and some of our social media options. If anyone was helping your get oriented in GCG, they would have told you to join all those as well to get started. Beginning in a new grid can be overwhelming and it’s possible you didn’t get to all of them. Join them now by going to the GCG Welcome region and clicking those signs. If you join the Flyer group you can send notices about new spaces, changes to known spaces and events within them. You can choose to have notices on or off depending how active your other groups are in terms of concerns of getting IM capped from too many.
4. The GCG Forum and Social Media
You can post information about your spaces in GCG in the forum and on social media. I highly recommend joining the forum for many reasons, promotion being only one of them.
Some folks in here do Facebook and/or Google plus as well so those are both available to you:
5. Give Roddie Macchi Your Landmarks
We have a Landmark board at the GCG Welcome region. If you give Roddie the landmarks to your spaces, residents new and old can find you that way.
6. Email Roddie Macchi your region photos
You’ll notice a slide show of grid pictures on the login page in between specific event promotions. If you give Roddie a labeled picture of your region, preferably with the GCG logo in one corner of it, your photo can end up in the slide show.
Roddie has kindly provided us with a logo to share in the resolution he would like on the pictures:
The label should include the region name for easy map searching will help folks who happen upon it while they log in. You can email those photos to:
Your finished version should be set up something like this example:
7. OpenSimWorld Directory
The larger community within the OpenSim has a directory called OpenSimWorld which is extremely well used and helpful in attracting hypergriders to your spaces, as well as finding a few cool places to hypergrid to yourself.
With these seven easy steps, your virtual spaces you wish to share on GCG can be known and loved. It’s a little bit of careful set up, but well worth the time in the end. Happy travels folks!