World Goth Fair 2014 Applications will open on April 1.
*begins dusting off the website*
World Goth Fair 2014 Applications will open on April 1.
*begins dusting off the website*
We actually knew about this yesterday, as we got verbal confirmation from SOPHIE at that time, but we were waiting on a screencap to release the news.
They have the money. This comes directly from them:
That’s WGF2013 done, folks. Thank you everyone, again. We’re more amazed than anyone. We will be opening apps for next year’s WGF on March 15, right here. We do not know at this time whether or not we’ll have a third sim, it depends on demand. We’ll let you know when we know.
But since I have your attention….
Our next event is a one night only event this Saturday. It’s time for Oopskate, and you can read about that (and it’s awesome orangeness) here. So please come join us this Saturday- it’s for a really, really good cause.
As promised, I’ve put the proceeds of WGF2013 in motion as of 9am EST.
Cruel Britannia contacted SOPHIE this morning. In the end, it was crucial that we have someone on the far side looking out for the money. Paypal never got back to me regarding my question about the potential jacking of MY account whilst trying to process this money, so I wanted to send it directly from the charity alt to SOPHIE without it hitting my account at all.
We did get confirmation from Stacey at the Sophie Lancaster Foundation, and she is looking out for it on the far side. She has promised to let us know and provide a receipt once it arrives. However, to show that it has in fact GONE to SOPHIE:
And now, the endless waiting game on Lindex, but it’s left our hands, and is on its way to SOPHIE.
Again, thank you everyone- as soon as we know it has arrived with them, we will tell you.
World Goth Fair 2013 has officially closed. Cursed is closed to the general public to facilitate cleanup, and Port Seraphine should be back to normal by Monday morning. Both sims are about to go under rebuild anyway so this is a convenient bit of timing.
I’ve been sitting here wondering what all to say. I genuinely thought we’d make about 300K lindens, and all go home til winter. I never expected the response we got, and thank you seems inadequate. Everyone pulled their weight on this one- the org team, the merchants, the bloggers, the Gothika staff, the bands, and the shoppers, and this mutually supportive system brought forth far more than any of us ever expected or dreamed.
Again, I can only say thank you to everyone. It seems inadequate, but it’s all I’ve got. (this might also be why I shouldn’t be the one writing blog posts, but whatever.)
The official total as of right now is:
That translates to:
2084 band shirts were sold, bringing in 83,360L (I mention this, because the bands want to know, and frankly so did we- I could see the transactions in real time because they went through my account but couldn’t get a total until we closed.)
That’s a lot of money, folks.
The next step is getting it OUT and to the charity. I need to figure out if it’s best to do what I did last year and run it through my account (I’ve now contacted paypal twice- they say they’re grateful for the heads up but aren’t giving me any info or assurances that they won’t jack my account for 30 days if I transfer almost 4k out of it in one shot) or I should try to send the money directly to the SOPHIE paypal account as a cashout through Lindex directly from the charity alt. I’ll have an answer on that on Monday, when I set the money in motion, and I will update everyone with screencaps, etc. so that they can be assured the money went exactly where it’s supposed to. Since it’s a weekend there’s not a lot I can do to sort this out, so the money will stay where it is until Monday morning.
Again, I can’t thank everyone enough for coming together like this. I’ve been approached about adding another sim next year. The answer is “maybe.”, depending on whether or not we think we can sell it out. If so, we already have a builder and an org team addition standing by to help with the workload.
And since I haven’t yet(and this is an amazing shot), I’m going to drop a photo taken by our own blogger coordinator and all around bunny, Sonya Marmurek, from the WGF Flickr pool.
Everyone who was involved with this event was amazing, no joke. Thank you all. I’ll update everyone at some point Monday.
Just a reminder- we’re open 12 hours longer to make up for the 12 we lost at the beginning. So we’ll be keeping things up til NOON SLT on June 1
We’re also closing in on 1,000,000L. Current total is 961,570. So get your goth ass down to WGF to toss in your last minute lindens into the pot!
Sorry folks, I wasn’t feeling very well yesterday.
The last weekend in May is both a 3 day weekend in both the US and the UK. It’s traditionally a “get out of town” weekend that marks the beginning of the summer, and SL traffic is usually very light. This year was no exception to that, though Saturday was heavier than I expected. We’d get small bursts of traffic in between some generally quiet times, which is to be fully expected as this year’s fair nears its closing.
(Reminding everyone we’re open for 12 extra hours, since we had to open 12 hours late…)
At this moment the charity account is sitting at $906,849L , which is a bit over $3400USD or 2257GBP. It’s easily 3 times as much as I had anticipated raising, that’s for sure, and again, I can only thank everyone who has participated so far in raising this much money.
I’ve not yet heard back from Paypal. If I don’t hear back from them tomorrow I’ll poke them again. I do know I can’t transfer this money out of SL until I hear back, as I don’t want the money held up in transit, and I definitely don’t want them jacking my paypal account as they do it. I will keep everyone posted.
By the way, if people are looking for others to trade band shirts with, there’s a trades thread already for that purpose at SLU. You can find it here: http://www.sluniverse.com/php/vb/fashion-shopping/83549-your-wgf-official-t-shirts.html.
So there’s about
36 72? hours left in this year’s WGF- there’s still time to grab whatever else it is you wanted to get, or to take photos on either sim. It’s quieted down a bit, so you should be able to shoot to your heart’s content without being interrupted too much.
Speaking of, this comes from the WGF Flickr Pool, from Aarya Phantomhive, who looks like she was playing on Port Seraphine. Great shot, Aarya!
I hope everyone had a terrific weekend (and stayed out of the sun, which honestly we didn’t get in NYC much, it was kind of cold and grey- lovely goth weather, though.) and pretty soon I should have a total for everyone.
So far, so good.
This morning, I contacted Linden Lab about upping my trading limits. It occurred to me that WGF has raised so much money this year I didn’t actually have a way of getting it all out in one shot. I didn’t expect a response right away, but to my surprise, when I awoke this evening, I found that the request to up the limits had been granted and it seems like now there will be no problem moving the money out of SL.
All that being said, I will make sure the Lab knows about the transfer in advance. I have not yet heard back from the folks at Paypal, though this is a holiday weekend in the US which might delay a response by a couple of days. Basically I asked them for their procedural guidelines as to how to move this amount directly to SOPHIE with the least amount of hassle (or a tripping of any automatic fraud protection, which would hold up the transfer by 30 days, and probably jack my paypal account in the process.) I did get an initial reply to the query, basically telling me to hang tight and wait for further instructions, so that’s what I’m doing.
I’ve started to slowly unpack some of the stuff I bought at WGF and I must say the quality of everything I’ve seen so far has been excellent. People went all out to make wonderful stuff and I couldn’t be more grateful.
In band news, several people have asked me about getting Panic Lift to sign on for next year’s WGF. I have a friend who is friends with one of the guys in Panic Lift, and I’ve sent them an email about it. Right now, they’re at Kinetik in Montreal, so I don’t expect to hear back until next week at the soonest. If you have a band you want us to contact for WGF 2014, please let me. Loki or Cruel Britannia know. All we can do is try. But you need to know this- the larger the band, the harder it is. NOT because we can’t get in touch with them. We can. Really. The problem is that larger bands who are on major labels do not *own* the merchandising rights to their logos and artwork outright. It’s shared with the record label, who own a substantial chunk of the merch rights. It becomes a giant legal nightmare to grant us a license, and it’s not something the band can do easily without going through a record label legal department. (This, by the way, is why we didn’t ask The Cure, in case anyone was wondering. It had nothing to do with not being able to reach them. We could have done that. We just knew there was no point in bothering.)
But speaking of bands, I’m going to feature this super sharp photo by Sileny Noel today, sporting her (desperately wanted) Cruxshadows shirt. (She squeed. She really did.)
Because goodness knows it’s come up so often lately.. Folks, if you have a licensed thing you want to sell at an event? Tell the org team you have a license. Show it to them. They’ll be relieved like you would not believe. Market it as licensed. Put that word out in giant huge blinging letters if you have to- but don’t keep it a secret. Licensed content deserves to be promoted, not hidden. Tell people (especially your org team). I promise you, the org team will be the first to announce it to anyone who will stand still long enough.
I had the first of many meetings today with Nephi about potential stuff for next year’s WGF today. Looks like more events, some guest DJs, live music and potentially some cool contests. If you have any suggestions? Let us know!
Oh and since you’re wondering, the charity account is currently sitting at $847.402L, which translates to $3177.70USD, or 2094.59GBP.
Because we opened 12 hours later than planned due to LL breaking the grid, we will be closing 12 hours later, at noon on June 1. I’d forgotten to mention that previously. So we still have until noon SL time to see how much we can all throw in for SOPHIE. Really though, this is far more than any of us ever expected, and we can’t say thank you enough. But thank you.