by Tigerkitti Eberdene
OK so, you are a new member perhaps, or someone who is interested in learning how to build.
Where to start? This question can be a daunting one for someone who is new to it all.
Or perhaps you are someone who knows the basics, and wants to improve, or learn more.
Well, GCG has the place for you!
First place to learn to build would be the GCG Sandbox. On the sandbox there are tools to help you get started. You find these in the little stores. Dress and skirt prims for those inclined to try clothing. Sculpts of many different items worth checking out that you can implement into your builds.
On the sandbox you can build big, or small. This gives you a place with space to work.
Another great idea is to travel! Yes, travel around our grid and check out the many wonderful builds that people have made. See what their ideas are, and perhaps you may like a design, or look you see. Now, you don't want to copy anyone of course, but seeing how others set things up can be a great way to get ideas for your own place or designs.
Now, what if you need some help? Well the GCG Builders Club is the place!
Roddie and I co-own this group, and good news! We are here to help! Roddie himself will not be teaching, but may pop in to see how things are going and offer up suggestions.
I have created an area on my land that has been set up as a build area, and adjacent to it....the Learning Tree area.
This area is designed as a space where everyone can have a seat, and a teacher will be there holding the class, and showing you how to do different build ideas.
I will be teaching basics, and how to use textures as opposed to more and more prims to create a build that is both lovely, and functional.
We also have Douglas McCloud who has agreed to teach some of his skills. We will be looking for other teachers as well, who have skills in scripting or other things that we are not as good at.
So, if you are a builder and want to help, if you know how to manipulate prims and scripts, or have other skills you fell would be helpful we need you! The amount of time spent teaching will vary on how many teachers we get on board, and we will be looking at a once a week class for now. Even if you would like to just be a "guest teacher" and not full time that would be a great contribution for our project.
For those of you wanting to learn, I suggest you check out all the areas and send myself, or Douglas McCloud suggestions on just what you would like to learn how to do.
We will be setting up the class time and day soon. Watch for announcements!
OH and if you have not already done so, please join the GCG Builders Club. This is where the announcements will come from mainly.
Here is to a wonderful new venture, and the future builders we will help to become the best!
The Learning Tree LM: hop://login.greatcanadiangrid.ca:8002/ScottsDale/36/91/1092
The GCG Sandbox: hop://login.greatcanadiangrid.ca:8002/GCG%20Sandbox/49/133/22
by Marianna Monentes
How are these Gifs made for inworld? With a handy tool called Gif to SL Animated Texture Program. Found here https://www.outworldz.com/Secondlife/posts/gif/Create-Gif-in-Second-Life.htm
With this tool, you can take free Gifs found online or create your own gifs in Photoshop, convert with the tool, which places your gif on one page, which you insert into contents with a Gif script, found here https://www.outworldz.com/cgi/freescripts.plx?ID=67
As you can see these Gifs are great for advertising
So many ways you can use Gifs inworld. If you would like to make a Gif in photoshop these are basically the steps:
Once you create your gif you are then ready to take it to the Gif to SL Animated Texture Program.
There are also many free Gif websites that allow gifs to be used for personal or commercial just read the TOS prior to selling.
Roller Queen is a new skating apparel shop located inside Rockin' Roller rollerskating rink.
Here you will find mesh outfits in many styles and colors. Mix and match, hoodies, skirts, tops and shorts.
by Marianna Monentes
I first saw the picture that Sir Swaghorse posted at Facebook. What an amazing region, as you can see, Sir loving horses that he does, shaped the region like a horse. He has it laid out nicely with Cockaroo strip club in the main lodge, with great little tiny house out back. He has even imprisoned his favorite president , joking Sir, lol. He is a great supporter of human rights and dignities, his flags display American bred causes such as Black Lives Matter, and the Women's March. It is open and inviting here, a place for friends to gather and celebrate. I wanted to know more about how this was created so I asked Sir, here are his thoughts;
"What inspired the idea behind the horseland region is that horses just happen to be an awesome animal and after naming the region horseland some time ago I had made the decision that the region should change from what I had it looking like, to something that better fits the name.
The process of creating the region involves various applications which I use such as blender , L3DT and paint dot net."
Sir welcomes all to come see his region, just type Horseland in search of your map.
by Marianna Monentes
Images photographed by Chole Braven
Many come to the Great Canadian Grid, searching for that perfect Mer region where they can feel at home. Chole Braven has created a region for Mermaids and Mermen that will enchant you. Hidden rooms, tiny house, waterfalls, urchins, fishes, sea plants, seashells its all here for you to enjoy. She is very creative and wanted to share this story,
"Once upon a time, this is the start to any good fantasy. In this case, it started for me when I arrived in gridland. Now, I could be whatever I wanted, and I chose to be a mermaid. Of course, a mer needs an ocean. And after searching, could find very little that qualified as home As time went on, I acquired the skills to build my own fantasy mer areas. I specialized in fantasy gardens because they are a mers playground and mers luv to play.
While this is the fantasy part of the story, there is another side , a more serious side. Our oceans are being destroyed and when we trash our home, we endanger our rl world.
I wanted to bring people to a more playful side. But to be conscious that oceans are more than a huge amount of water . Inside are rare populations, fish and marine creatures, plants, things we as yet do not know. And yes, even Mers the legacy of Atlantis."
Chole invites you to come explore and swim with the fishes, anytime
Thank you everyone for coming out for the grand opening of the Rockin' Roller rollerskating rink!
We had several guests pop in to check it out! Not much footage on this video, I apologize it got lost in all the excitement. Next week, I will film again and get more footage of you guys, you were amazing!! Thank you Kamira Sirnah, this build brought so much joy to all of us, we love you.
These were our guests
Roddie Macchi Rockin' Roller DJ
We are excited to announce the Rockin' Roller rollerskating rink is now OPEN!! We will be having a Grand Opening tonight with a Disco Skate party at 4PM GCG time with DJ Roddie spinning 70's Disco tunes! Come by today and pick up your skates and AO at the skate rental, so that you can modify the colors to be whatever you like!! We made them with great neon laces and wheels, but you may want to modify to your own colors. You can also customize your AO to add more trix, it is full permissions. Tonight you may want to set your graphics settings to allow Advanced Lighting, then set light to night time, so everything is bright and glowing!! It is going to be a great time! We will see you there!!
Huge thank you for all who made this possible, Roddie Macchi, Kamira Sirnah, Tigerkitti Eberdene and RW, thank you!
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 yet 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."