by Tigerkitti Eberdene-Guest Writer
I had the pleasure of a chat with Wanderlust Bluebird the other day.
In chatting, I asked her about what she has done and experienced on The Great Canadian Grid.
Wanderlust felt a bit uninspired in SL, so she decided to explore some other virtual worlds.
She had met some really nice Canadians here, so decided to give GCG a try.
When she got here, she was amazed at how affordable land was. She wanted to create a sim that she could spread out and build a peaceful, natural space.
Loving the fact that everyone here is so kind, polite, and respectful to all added to her feelings of being safe here. She has not had to worry about being griefed, or harassed.
The fact that Roddie is everyone's friend, and is approachable makes a difference as well.
When I asked her about how her presence on the grid may affect others, this was her response. "I really hope so. My park is open to the public. People can set home here if they need to. I hope the park provides a peaceful place to gather and have fun. I am always adding my free, original, full perm items. In addition, I want this sim to be a showcase for beautiful content from creators throughout the grid. I only wish I had the time to put in place all my ideas.
About others who look into GCG, she would say, "Everyone is SO nice here! There are lots of freebies, shopping and lovely places to explore. There is a very active roleplay community and there is a wide variety of events. The people here work so well together and are very supportive. The low priced tier makes it possible to have a wide variety of sim experiences or business models, as the cost is less of a concern. GCG is a wonderful place to call home."
This year she plans to open up free housing for creative people, kind of like an artists retreat. It will offer housing, a sandbox area, a gallery and performance venues. She thinks a great way to keep a grid thriving is to attract creative people and give them a place to network, share ideas and tinker.
She would also like to set up an Arts Council, hold some events such as hunts, and fill her sim with exclusive original, full perm freebies, including mesh clothes for Ruth/Roth. She also would like to do performances such as The Nutcracker Suite or Swan Lake. I love the ballet!
GCG has given her the opportunity to create more. She thinks she wouldn't have learned Blender if she had stayed where I was. Free uploads make it possible to really experiment and be creative. She says she is kind of a nerd. Loving to learn, she is rather shy and quiet (until you get her started.) She loves music, nature and exploring
As a music major, she always had a creative side. She also loves puzzles and feels building in 3d is a similar.
She uses Blender (with a lot of add-ons) and Gimp, but she has just recently started creating with Avastar.
She hopes to make more avatar accessories soon.
She feels it would be fun to try out some mocap software (maybe someday when I win the lottery).
To potential builders, her advice is this: be patient. enjoy the learning process, ask questions. Above all don't be afraid to reach out.
If you are getting frustrated, walk away for a bit; The brain needs time to absorb information and find the answers.
Don't give up!
Thank you so much Wanderlust for sharing your thoughts and ideas, and your bit of sunshine with our wonderful grid.
by Marianna Monentes-Softly
Roddie Macchi (our Great Canadian Grid's Founder) has recently redesigned the Great Canadian Grid's (GCG) welcome region to be even more welcoming to newcomers to our grid. There are free-rent land areas (building lots) available to new avatars, 30 days or newer, as well as returning avatars, who never bought land, and need a place to stay.
Images by Reyn Softly
All the green area seen here on this image is the free-rent land; Please TP to this location to learn how you can rent your land.
Once you find your place in our world to settle, you may be wondering, what exactly is there to do at the Great Canadian Grid? We have everything here from parades to drive-ins, bowling alley, barn dances, boating, surfing, rollerskating, if you can imagine it, we probably have it. If we don't, we would love to help you imagine that dream.
Want to host your own event?
Many people don't realize that it is against the law to share, host or play copyrighted music for DJing, Hosting or having Events on any grid without a proper license. Be sure to look over any grids Terms Of Service page for Music Streaming Legalities.
Most grids do not hold any Music and/or Media Licenses allowing residents to stream copyrighted material, and those grids will not assume any liability for copyright infringement of any Music and/or Media streams on your behalf. If caught, especially making revenue, even with virtual currency, by using copyrighted media, you can be prosecuted by law in any Country.
Where's the fun in that? At The Great Canadian Grid ... we have you covered. We're more fun in many ways. Please check out our parties here at Video Lane
Want to be or you are a Merchant?
We invite you to set up your store at our grid; we have malls with free-rent stores for you. How are sales? Part of the Opensim lifestyle, our sales are variable (same as everywhere), but if you are willing to give great customer support and to be here for your patrons, the reward is a job well done as well as a productive place in the GCG community.
Do you love to build?
What does the Great Canadian Grid offer our creators? All uploads, images, sounds, animations, and mesh are free. We have no intentions of changing this freedom in the future as our GCG's goal is to allow our residents to do what they love to do, to create what they imagine and to have FUN!
More questions? Check Here you can find all your answers.
Getting set up is easy. Once you are set up, we know you will discover an intimate grid full of loving, talented people who are willing to share their time with you, to help inspire your dreams, to enhance and to build your virtual life.
by Marianna Monentes-Softly
Arabella Tarabotti came to the Great Canadian Grid, devastated by the loss of her home IWZ. I reached out and asked if she would like to be a part of our GCG Sun team, covering regions of the grid, hoping it would give her something tangible to hold onto, while she tries to land softly.
She has agreed to write and share articles about the regions around the grid, but her first article she would like to send a message out to all her friends.
"To all of you, I don't really know where to begin. We have all laughed and cried. We have danced and hugged. We have shared many things but on this terrible day, we shared who we are from a place we had not done with one another before. Some asked if there was an avi heaven. Well, I am still here. I was there with you and I am still here and I know all of you are where you are because you're reading this.
For two days I took photo's of as many as I could. I wanted to capture you as you are in a world we will never see again. I wanted you to know how loved you all are and that no one was alone that day or ever. My heart is still broken and it's still reaching with love and respect to all of you. Citizen's of InWorldz, my family. I love you all."
Welcome to the Great Canadian Grid Arabella, and to our team
by Tigerkitti Eberdene
Ok everyone the date and time for DragonMoor's first fishing contest has been set!
Saturday, August 11th
Fishing starts 3-5 p.m. GCG time.
Dance to follow 5-7
The fishing area is made and is OPEN!
Come and practice! You will need to grab your copy of the fishing pole. You may need to edit it to sit correctly on your avi.
To use the fishing pole, you need to left click and "touch" the pole to cast. Then, wait and watch chat for if you catch something or it gets your bait!
You will be able to fish anywhere from the beach sand.
Come learn how ahead of time so you are ready for the BIG contest!
The day of the contest, the contents of the server will be regular stuff, but on the contest day this will change to PRIZES!
This is going to be epic fun, and hopefully we will have a contest each season of the year.
Hope to see you there! Hugs.....Tig
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by Tigerkitti Eberdene
OK! I am going to hold an awesome fishing contest.
The catch is, I need prizes that will transfer to put in the server.
People will fish, but I only want them to be able to win ONE of each prize!
There will be fish in there too, but if they win a prize it will be something a GCG member made, or a cash prize.
I need to collect as many items as I can!
If you are willing to help, and participate in the event-AWESOME!
This will be a lot of fun.
I Will announce date soon as I am ready.
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;
by Roddie Macchi
Well today is a sad day in opensim and virtual worlds. InWorldz from what I have heard is closing. Now before I go on here, I really feel I need to say something straight up.
Most commercial grids work hard to get where they are...meaning the people behind the works. When you see a grid as well known as IW leave...no matter who you are...owner or resident...you feel a loss. Its like Batman and the Joker...or Superman and Lex Luthor...of course there's no good guy bad guy in grid owners lol...but you get the drift...we all do the same thing to each other as grid owners...compete. And if you want to sit and think that doesn't happen then your kidding yourself cause it does. Hell I had over 900 regions at one time and poof for some strange reason alot of them left to my tech guys grid digiworldz...meh...it happens....and there will be grids, new grids popping up yet again next yr...where they too will compete for customers.
I can probably bet even right now as I type this, other grids are flocking like vultures to get those residents so that they purchase regions on their grid so they make the money from their loss.
I think thats what I'm getting at...its sad...its sad to see IW have to go...yea we all competed with them as well but yet without lex luthor or the joker what good is the show.
Well, now that we are losing a huge part of the opensim competitive world....especially one who actually hit such heights...and such achievements that no other opensim grid ever did...I tip my hat to them as a grid owner for a job well done. 10 yrs of putting up with what they did. And 10 yrs of their countless hours of hard work for everyone. Today is a day not to be excited as a grid owner but to sit and reflect of the times and trials of knowing InWorldz as one of the most amazing opensim grids I ever knew.
You won't see me doing what most grid owners will do...and gain from your loss...I'll be here on my grid reflecting about all the good you did for so many of us...including me at one time :)
Thank you InWorldz for being a part of MY life in opensim.
You will be missed and thought of.
by Marianna Monentes - Softly
I woke to the news this morning of the Toronto shooting in Greektown, I pray for all of our Great Canadian gridders, that you are all safe from harm. These senseless shootings leave me numb, this one has me extremely worried, please let me know you are all okay.
"It's the street where families come. They were all out tonight walking, having their dinner ... it's just unbelievable in this neighborhood," they said. CNN
by Lynnestra Parker
I have always loved Pink Floyd, so when I heard there was a concert in GCG I just had to go. The way back machine launched us to the year 1977 for a rockin time. The concert which was hosted by The Independents, a non-profit organization in RL and virtual life, was a tribute to Pink Floyd as well as a benefit concert for The Kidney Foundation of Canada. Toaster, the mastermind behind The Independents concerts, explained they try to always use one show from beginning to end in hopes of giving the audience as authentic an experience to the band during that year's tour. This one was from The Alameda Coliseum in Oakland California on May 9, 1977. Each person changed their avatars to look as much like a band member as possible; even Sabrina, playing David Gilmour, donned a mustache and beard. Kotu, playing Nick Mason, joked around and talked with the crowd as they danced. Everyone was in good spirits and generous to The Kidney Foundation, when I left the total donations had reached 10,000 MC. I would say this concert was a total success financially as well as a puffing good time. ;)