Last call before it all fades away….

Lost on the Last Day, by Taliferrue Cathaldus

Today is the last day of World Goth Fair 2015. It has been both easier and more difficult than previous years, depending on the topic being discussed. But if you want to take one last look around before it’s all gone, today is your last day to do it.

Of course I want to thank our merchants, our bloggers, the rest of the org team and all of the people who came up to shop, take photos and hang out. A huge thanks to our guest DJs and hosts on World Goth Day, the Gothika Staff, and to our super special guests, Razi Panic and Jairus Khan for coming to do live stuff with us.  Thank you so much, everyone.

So come on up and have one last look around. Our next event is the next round of A Tattered Page, which begins JULY 7 at the ATP Library.  Thank you all again, and we’ll see you freaks soon.

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TONIGHT- Jairus Khan DJ Set at 7pm PST

If you didn’t come to this last year, you *really* missed out on something special.  Jairus Khan(Ad.Ver.Sary, Antigen Shift and sometimes even iVardensphere…)  is BACK at World Goth Fair tonight at 7pm at the mobile unit.  Jairus is one of the sweetest, nicest people, and everyone had a blast last time he came to DJ for us. So spend your night at the mobile unit! We’ll see you at 6:45 (so Jairus doesn’t have to make the same joke about all goths being late again…)

 

jairus set

The Darkness has risen once more. Welcome to World Goth Fair.

WGF 2015 Sim, by Kostika

Once again, the darkness has either fallen or risen, depending on whichever metaphor you like best.  The creatures of the night have come out to celebrate, and the gates of Cursed are open.

Welcome to World Goth Fair 2015.

This opening has been both strangely organized and incredibly frantic.  It’s been a weird one.  But the stragglers are few, the booths are MANY, and we have once again come together to get our goth on for another year. Okay I realize I always have my goth on but still.

And we even have a map on time.

2015 WGF Booth Map Cursed v1

We have very few people who aren’t in. I am assured that Electica will be ready to go on the 17th, and that Aftershok will be in tonight  Many merchants (self included ) have staggered releases, so there’s stuff out now, and MORE stuff coming for World Goth Day (May 22.)

The landmark is here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Cursed/128/129/1000

Our music (when it’s not live from Gothika) is provided by Nightbreed Radio. Because where else would we go?

The cemetery gates are open, and we have released the bats.  Come on up.

WGF: Merchant info update.

Logos have been turned over to Lokii and she should be ready for merchants to begin loading in tomorrow night. Please expect decor and other random things to continue to be loaded in as we get closer to opening, but everyone should be able to begin to load in beginning tomorrow night AFTER I have given the all clear and locked down the sim.

Blogger review copy boxes will also go out tomorrow night, LATE. I lost *all* of last week due to being super sick and so Im trying to get three stores ready for the event on top of the admin load. I can’t start working on those until tomorrow night. I’ll work on the map after I finish the blogger box.  Expect the box to go out in a group notice. It’s the same box for all merchants, so no need to send them out one by one.

BUILDING questions- please ask Lokii Violet. I just work here, man. Loks is the one building all the things, with the help of Sohma Dix. No one wants me to build anything, I promise. I turned half of Cursed blue last year within 30 minutes of WGF opening.(I really did.)

BLOGGER questions – please ask Sonya Marmurek.  I don’t handle blogger stuff (other than making the box) at all. Like, seriously, at all.  All blogger stuff has to go to her.  I can deliver her a message, but I probably can’t answer whatever question it is you were about to ask me.

Anything else, yes- ask me. That’s why Im here. Either IM me, email me, poke into chat and say something.  Whatever. Just don’t send me notecards. They’re a pain in the ass.

5 days and counting.

Preliminary Merchant List Is Up.

Hi creepypeople!

The first iteration of this year’s merchant list is up. It is not final.

As a reminder, booth fees are due by midnight April 30.  We have a VERY deep waiting list this year, so if you blow this deadline there is an excellent chance your booth will be gone by morning. As of this writing there are 2 sponsors and 8 merchants not yet paid up.  I can assure you- we have the wait list to fill ALL of those slots, so if you want to keep yours, make sure you pay your booth fee to WorldGothDayOfficial Resident ONLY (not. me.) by April 30.

Very important information about WGF 2015.

Greetings, Creepypeople.

It’s almost time to open applications for this year’s World Goth Fair.  But before we do that, there are some very important changes that everyone needs to know about and understand.

Applications will open at some point on April 1 as usual.  But.

1. This year’s WGF will be one sim.(Cursed.)  That means we have a limited amount of space.  It means we will be forced to curate more strongly, and we expect the event to sell out VERY fast.

We are only using one sim because in essence we only have one we can use effectively. While we have appreciated Ely Hynes donating her sim for use in the past, she no longer frequents Second Life and has decided to give up her land (Sium). As of last Friday, Sium has been removed from the grid.

We aren’t using Port Seraphine. Not because we can’t, but because it’s problematic.  Using PS presents some inherent difficulties. Primarily, in that we cannot close it in the week before opening, because not everyone who has a mainstore on the sim (and there are many) are on the org team, and it is entirely unfair to suggest that we should block traffic to someone’s store for a week.  Without the ability to do this, we cannot control access, and we have learned the hard way that we really NEED to.  Since we do not have the ability to parcel land in three dimensions, there is no way to create a parcel 1000M up and simply restrict access to that, without having an impact on what’s going on at ground level.

Secondly, we have also learned that using non-adjacent sims cuts traffic to the one that isn’t Cursed(WGF prime). Although Port Seraphine is close (mapwise) there is no way to connect it to Cursed and still have it connect to WaterWorks as well without needing to rotate every last item at ground level on Cursed (the Lab will only MOVE sims, they will not rotate them.) Having done that once already I can promise you my willingness to do it a second time is zero, and the Lab charges you 150USD to move the sim in the first place.

So this year, it’s a one sim show. Seeing as how well ACS does with that very same setup, this will be fine.

2.  This will no longer be a charity event. I’ll explain.

While we have always been happy to support charity causes at Cursed Events, we’re going to have to stop, due to our continually being caught in the middle between Linden Lab and the charity.

Two years ago, Linden Lab changed their rules about cashouts. It used to be that you could send cashed out money to any paypal account you chose, and in fact that’s what we did. We sent money directly from the charity alt to SOPHIE. The only thing we asked of them was a confirmation (in the form of a screencap or an email or SOMETHING) that they had recieved it (even though we knew, because we’d get notified by the Lab) to prove that the money was received as intended. Due to the high level of charity fraud in SL over the years, creating this level of transparency was very important for us.

We have always had trouble getting the charity to understand this. Always.

Over the years we have had to essentially crawl up their proverbial ass to get so much as a screencap to show they got the money.  We have explained the necessity for this information over and over, and Lee (Cruel Britannia, who deals with them directly, as he is English and far more polite than myself) has had to contact them multiple times a day, every day for the better part of a week, just to get a screencap that quite literally takes less than five seconds to create.

However, once the rules changed, we could no longer do this. What now must happen is that the charity themselves has to have an inworld representative that can cash out the money to their account.  We had a *very, very* difficult time getting them to understand this last year, and in the end, though they did assign a very nice young man to do this, it was clear that there were problems. In fact, we didn’t even know they were going to do it at all until perhaps 48 hours before applications opened. It went that far down to the wire, while we attempted to scramble to find a plan B.

But at the end of last year, when the money was turned over, I stressed repeatedly and strongly to their representative that we NEEDED confirmation when that cash hit their paypal account. I could prove we *gave* them the money, but could not prove anything past that without their help. The fact that they chose not to name their inworld account after the charity was decidedly not helpful in this regard.

We never got that confirmation. At this point, no one at Org has any way to know, at all, if they ever really cashed all that money out or if it’s still sitting in Linden dollars in their charity account. We don’t know, and there is no way for us to check. All we know is we gave it to them. And that’s just not enough.

Given the amount of work this event (really all our events, but this one and ACS in particular) takes, and the toll in time, stress, and opportunity cost on everyone involved, I see precisely no reason why we should continue to collect money for charity when we cannot even get the simplest of confirmations that the money has gone to its intended purpose.

3.  Why not pick another charity?

Because the problems are essentially exactly the same. No matter what charity we choose, the Lab’s rules do not change. We would need to convince that charity to create an inworld account, and be willing to communicate effectively with us to prove the money got to its destination.  We might be able to do the former, but the latter has proven to be something we’re not willing to risk again.

4. What about RFL (as they already have this system in place)?

While we individually all support RFL events throughout the year, due to how RFL is organized and structured, we will not be turning any (any) Cursed Event into an RFL fundraiser. Also, they have plenty already.  I mean, seriously.

What does this mean?

Well, it means we won’t have charity vendors to deal with anymore.
It also means (and this is a double edged sword) that we won’t have to chase bands around anymore either (We’re not going to ask bands to give us rights when the proceeds aren’t going to charity.)

If anyone has any questions about this they’re welcome to ask and I will answer them as completely as I can. I can tell everyone that the vote on this at Org was unanimous, after the events of last year.

-AK