…writing the wrapup post always feels like the ending to Saturday Night Live, where the guest host is in a rush to thank everyone and winds up forgetting half the people anyway as the credits are rolling.
On Saturday Night, Jairus Khan laughed that all goth clubs everywhere are the same- everyone always shows up late. It’s true. Everyone basically sauntered in 15 minutes after he started, but things picked up a lot when he finally remembered he had a microphone and said hi. It seemed like that was the moment the club got packed, and Jairus stayed on the decks for three hours. (!!) He seemed to have a good time, and I know people *definitely* enjoyed his being there and want him to come back, so maybe we can make it a WGF tradition (he’s welcome back at any other time, too, of course.) He also managed to get an Antigen Shift hoodie over his Ad.Ver.Sary t-shirt. He’s one of those rare people that picks up how SL works intuitively, (there’s like four of them, ever.) so getting around was no problem at all for him*.
(*This is the moment that Lee reads this and begins muttering about how two years later he winds up standing around without pants and a box on his hand.)
Sunday, the last full day of the event was pretty quiet, as last days usually are, but we actually started to have a strange, unexpected rush as the night wore on.
Last night there was a mad, last minute rush at the hoodie gachas. People were sending their alts down to make sure they got the hoodies before they disappeared. In truth, the hoodies disappeared from Cursed last, even though that was the machine that kept inexplicably giving out fatpacks in greater numbers. I still don’t know how many we sold yet, but definitely well over 1000 (we were at 1000 not long after the machines dropped.)
I locked the sims down at midnight, although merchants and bloggers flew through after that and grabbed stuff they missed while the crowds had been there during the run. Every time I thought I had a final total, I would refresh and see it had gone up yet again. After about six times I figured I’d just leave it alone until morning.
The charity rep contacted me mid-morning (his time) and I talked him through the cashout process. The total for WGF 2014 was 753516, or $2932USD or, if you like, 1750GBP.
I turned the money over to SOPHIE this morning:
I realize everyone just went “MexicolaWHAT?”. Sorry about that- not my doing. It’s the name they chose for themselves. But if you actually look them up in search, you’ll find this:
Just to set aside any concerns there. I have been assured that as soon as all the money hits their paypal account, they will send us a written confirmation I can post here to let everyone know that the charity itself got all the money.
And then I went to bed.
So, basically done and dusted for another year. Org is already talking about what needs to change for next year- what can be added, and what should be pulled. We’re already planning for next year, albeit exhaustedly.
Now, as the credits roll I want to thank all our merchants, who busted ass to bring all they could to the event, and for creating the wacky and supportive atmosphere in event chat that we all get to enjoy. Our bloggers for absolutely tirelessly putting out post after post, and being so fantastically creative with all they do for us. The bands (omg the bands) who continue to support us in all kinds of ways. We are always amazed and grateful. Thank you. All the shoppers who came down and got their goth on for two weeks, tossing money into vendors and tip jars. To Jessica Lyon and the Firestorm Team for their constant support. Finally to all my fellow org team members. Gang. when I tell you we work 20 hour days for 6 weeks, I mean it. We all do. And then we get up and do it again.
Our next *regularly* scheduled event is A Clockwork Spiral, in mid September. Applications for that will open August 1. HOWEVER, there may be an event before that- just a one shot. We’re working on it and will announce as soon as we know.
Keep it spooky, gang. We’ll be back soon.