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May

A Last Message from Ina Centaur in Second Life

   Posted by: Ina Centaur   in Admin

Dear mShakespeare and Primtings Patrons,

The Globe has been silent the year so far, as we figure out what to do on the new tier costs — if anything we can do. Primtings valiantly raised the needed amount to maintain its tier in time, but the 4-sim arts mecca infrastructure of sLiterary is in danger.

It seems there’s a limit to the funds an organization can raise in Second Life for a purely inworld cause. Pooling all efforts together, we were only able to fundraise the costs of two full sims — focusing the fundraising effort on Primtings, with member shareholder support on Shakespeare. Inevitably, the 4-Sim SL Globe Theatre will be losing two sims, and Second Life would be losing a rare historical theatre for live performance with large audience capacity. The timeline for deletion is uncertain, and it might happen any day now. But…

Myself and several others have made appeals to Linden Lab CEO Rod Humble on saving my account and these two sims, and thereby the 4-Sim SL Globe Theatre. It’s not yet clear what his decision is or how divine intervention might come to play. Perhaps, there’s still hope…

Currently, my account is locked out of Second Life. We are $3,245 behind in unpaid tier fees, and as many of you have already donated to save Primtings and Shakespeare, it is unlikely to raise the additional amount for the other two sims. I am unable to send this message to you directly from my avatar because of this. There is a chance that my avatar and virtual possessions might be deleted completely on June 3 or thereabouts. Shakespeare and Primtings tier have been paid 6 months in advance starting from February 23, but as my account would be unable to renew come next turn, that would be the end of everything.

Like Cirque du Soleil, in that other life, we started as homeless nomadic street performers — from absolutely nothing that somehow managed to accumulate land and a following and a brand, all without any external funding. It was a good run, but if only Second Life could be as limitless and far-reaching as real life. We’ve done all that we can in Second Life. It’s an end to an era that you’d be witnessing. The uncertainty lies in how it will turn out.

In the event that this is my last message to you, then it’s all up to you — the theatre and the spirit of creation lives through you — the precious few we’ve touched through circumstances unlikely in Real Life.

Thank you for sharing a dream that should otherwise never have lasted.

Best,
Ina Centaur

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9 comments so far

Denby Foden
 1 

Hi Ina, this is such sad news. is there any way you can keep going on OSGrid? There is much more flexibility and you could export your scripts from SL. If you need advice on Grid jumping, Stiofainx Rau may be able to help. Good luck, Denby X

May 29th, 2011 at 4:43 am
ANNIE AVONSIDE
 2 

I am so sorry to hear we will be losing Shakespeare from SL. I so wanted to bring along friends this year to enjoy your wonderful programme of events. I hope that something can be done to save it…

May 29th, 2011 at 6:43 am
Fleure Homewood
 3 

Please take a look at InWorldz…full sims with 42,000 prims are $75.00 USD to buy and $75 USD tier each month. Yes you would have to start over but builders are there making content as fast as they can. Texture uploads are free too. The new script engine just came online; the physics engine has yet to be competed.

May 29th, 2011 at 7:22 am
Jon Nielsen
 4 

I recommend checking out OpenSim and/or OpenSimulator. It’s not difficult to run a standalone sim or connect up to the Opensim grid from your own computer. Wish there was something I could do about the SL sims. Losing a account stinks.

May 29th, 2011 at 9:12 am
Jaymes Kjeller
 5 

This, to me, marks a very interesting change in Second Life’s mission. For all of their past accomplishments, it’s become a hollow mockery of what it once was. When I first joined, it was full of various places, and gave me hope that humans could make use of this new world.

Sadly, as years have dragged on, it’s been proven to me that humanity is getting lower and lower. All that most residents in the world seem to be interested in is sex, money and power, in no particular order.

This gave it the most important image it ever had, and LL is unlikely to return it, on the basis that it seems to me, sadly, that money is king.

I just hope it’s not truly the end. If it is, then the world in general is heading to a very final dark age. It will happen, mark my words.

May 29th, 2011 at 3:04 pm
Sayrah Parx
 6 

I think they changed it so your inventory doesn’t get deleted anymore, they just keep your account on hold until you pay.

May 29th, 2011 at 4:38 pm
A fan
 7 

The king’s a beggar, now the play is done:
All is well ended, if this suit be won,
That you express content; which we will pay,
With strife to please you, day exceeding day:
Ours be your patience then, and yours our parts;
Your gentle hands lend us, and take our hearts.

May 29th, 2011 at 4:44 pm
Madrone
 8 

You folks should consider an alternate grid that’s less for profit and more for people. You’ve got all the stuff. Just move and keep it alive:)

May 30th, 2011 at 11:46 am
 9 

This is definitely distressing. I do hope that something miraculous happens to keep this dream alive.

June 1st, 2011 at 3:50 am

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