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Weekend Events & a Ton of Words!

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Lots to do this weekend plus Props to the community – See below!!

Right then, this is gonna be LONG.

The 10th Anniversary celebration on Raglan Shire continues this weekend with Races across the Shire on Ground & in the air!

#RalanShire10Years

On Saturday at 10:30 am Racer X™ & crew are hosting a SCI-FI themed Epic Snail Race across all the sims of the Shire. Prizes, Slime & Snail Glory are there to be had!

On Sunday at 12pm Noon there is a very Special Sci-Fi themed Balloon Race entitled: The FULL OF HOT AIR BALLOON RACE™! that will also take place across all the Shire sims. entitled: The FULL OF HOT AIR BALLOON RACE™!

You still have time to grab a Space Balloon Kit & mod & decorate it to your specifications!

Prizes to the Winners as well as prizes for best decorated Balloon(s)!! Special thanks to Catten & Co. for putting this together!

After the Balloon Race at 2pm, join us at The Oxygen Bar™ for a special live musical performance by friend of the Shire & super talented musician and singer QUARTZZZ™!!

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I wanted to mention again that as a virtual world community, the fact that we’re celebrating 10 years is quite amazing. With no real support or recognition from Linden Lab or many across the grid who have no idea what we are and what we do, we have managed to consistently be the most dynamic community on the grid with events and activities consistently happening on a monthly, weekly & daily basis for 10 years!

I don’t think people realize the amount of effort (and money!)that is needed to keep it all going and while most take it for granted, to have this still firing on all cylinders at such a high level after 10 years deserves mention, in particular, many of the individuals who have been involved.

So, take a look at all these people & show them some love or for those  no longer around, appreciate their level of commitment when they were.

Mondays have been the place for The Tiny Poetry Slam & we have Copper, Jillan & Stereo to thank for always being there to bring & encourage people to share & appreciate fine Poetrification™! #WhamBamPoetrySlam

Tuesdays & Fridays have traditionally been the days to play our first game show, The Prim Charades™ Hosted by Kayak & special Guests on Tuesday Mornings & on Friday afternoons: Bloodsong & up until recently Awenbunny. First brought to the Shire by Sedona Sparrow & later recreated By Toady, Prim Charades has always been a fun gathering of madness, creativity & fun!

A few years back Bloodsong & Awen created and brought to The Shire the new game show: Triple Threat™ which is more manic madness & fun with prizes & silliness for all. They hosted it up until recently when Peaches took over. Triple Threat happens every Thursday. Blood & Awen have added so much over the years. Thank you! #WillowCreekOwnsYourSoul

Speaking of Peaches… She’s one of the original founders of the Shire & has brought many uniquely Raglan ideas & events to our community. The Time Warp animations, The Thriller Dance.. She & her husband Apollo created the very first Joust in all of Second Life & this past year with Catten & Maryams help, completely redid the Joust to bring it up into the 21st century. Peaches is also responsible for Raglan’s newest Game show Wanna Make A Deal™ which is absolutely brilliant & hosted on Saturdays when time avails. She also brought Game Night™ to the Shire last year on Wednesday nights!

Just about every day or night we are lucky to have the Cadre of DJ’s™ that spin grand music & afford the opportunity for folks to gather together for friendship & insanity.  Fullauto, Manfred, Revvie, Shandy, Alexis, Story, Shakespeare, Sky and others. These folks are the glue that helps keep everything flowing together. Thank you! #Tunage

Our Artwalk™ is something that’s always been a part of the community & has become the largest art exhibition in all of Second life routinely featuring well over 130+ artists each year spread out across the sims. Past organizers have included a small rabbit for the first two ArtWalks in year one, Jade Marsi in year three, Teal Freenote who elevated the Walk for the next five years & Karmagirl Avro who has organized the Walk the past 3 years and done so brilliantly. #ArtWalkIt’sInTents!

Along with a bevy of helpful friendly people assisting in every way possible, The Artwalk is without a doubt an amazing achievement.

Shady Fox – I don’t think I need to write anything here. We miss Shady. #WeLoveShadyFox

Etheria Parrott who is an inspiration and the very first resident of Raglan Shire. She has done so much for this community  with her creations, builds, animation & helpfulness. She has always been involved in a personal and community level. I could write a novel about this cat. Much love to Eth 🙂 #WeLoveDangercat

Panacea Pangaea – Another early denizen of the Shire community and like Etheria, an inspiration whose creativity, talent & helpfulness has brought so much to the Shire & it’s builds & overall look. She is the current curator of the Raglan Shire Art Gallery which brings 2 community artists to the Gallery every two months to showcase their work. She builds, she scripts, she PATCHES DANGERCAT UP EACH YEAR! 🙂 #CatMedicsRule

Catten Carter – Another early community member, showed up with Josephine in ’07 for our first Medieval festival & never left. Creator of so much as well. Integral to many of our events in so many ways. Seriously, there are so many things he’s been a part of. This weekend’s Balloon Race is an example of the many things Catten has created for the enjoyment of the Shire & its friends. #FerretsAreStrange

Sweecah! – She may be crazy but she’s also another brilliant creator & helpful member of the community involved in too much to mention. Swee heads up The Raglan Ranger Corp (after taking over for the late great Fox Obviate) and also creates amazing items, builds and events. She took over the Dragon Maze from the MIA Daveypup and the last three years of Mazes have been catastrophically fun & gonzo creative. She also took over the Annual Ride of Horrors & with help from the Cats re-invigorated the OSSMNESS that the Ride has become each year. #SnoopyIsWatchingYou

Nil McCallen – He took a dream & along with help from Swee & then The Cats™ (Eth, Pan, Pipa & more) was the lead architect in the rebirth and rebuild of the new Tree city on Raglan Shire. The hours involved in bringing this to fruition were staggering and it took well over a year. It is a work of art & the love and appreciation I have for this alone is beyond words. #Nil&TheCats

Dagmar Klar – She’s always been there, creating amazing builds for monthly events, pulling a rabbit out of the hat so to speak for Fashion Shows, Parties, you name it. In a pinch, Dag has created some of the most memorable party and event sets in record time as well as decorating for themes & whatever is needed at the time. Privileged to have spent time with her in real life. 🙂 #BewareDagzilla

I mentioned Teal Freenote earlier and while she hasn’t been around as of late due to other pursuits, we owe Teal a lot in regards to many things she helped with over the years. From Artwalk organizer, to Web Developer for this blog (now handled incompetently by yours truly), to the first Art Gallery Curator as well as being our very first Music director! Give a hand for Teal! #TIGER

Kage Stratten – I could go on but he created the Seminal Raglan Shire Crest. It is a thing of beauty, working upon original ideas and designs, this Crest is something that fundamentally represents what this community is. Among everything he has helped with in the past (which is quite a lot) The Crest is The Best! #TheCrestisTheBest

The BKODS™ are unto themselves, but their leaders, Jillan & Clover have always been a big part of the community, helping with so much, Organizing many events and helping with builds. Jill has held down the Annual Talent Show for years with much OSSM. As mentioned earlier she also co-hosts the Poetry Slam & both routinely decorate rooms in the Haunted house & Haunted house during Shocktober. They also contribute HEART. #GottaHaveHeart

Also Mentioned above is Karma, who is a virtual force of nature. Always there to help people. Organizing the Artwalk and helping with other activities whenever needed. She has helped organize the Sekret Santa with folks over the years & really picked up the slack when Liandras ( we miss you Liandras!) left due to health reasons years back. Karma like so many of you helps make what the Shire ultimately is, a community and a family. #WhenSquabbitsAttack

Druscilla Ferrarris – Personal Friend & The Raglan Shire Musical Director, responsible for bringing amazing live musical performers to the Shire on weekends. Who doesn’t love live Music! Also thanks to Dru for introducing the Shire to Keeba who currently tours the grid bringing musical joy to so many.. .when she isn’t living in a Walnut in the skies above Raglan. 🙂 Druscilla is currently working on this years Boffo lineup for #RaglanShireWOOTSTOCK 2017™

And of course we can’t mention folks without giving a special tribute to Caleb Kit, the Bear of Raglan™

Since I went down the Rabbit hole (rarely to be seen or heard from again) years ago, Caleb has stepped in and done EVERYTHING that normal folks would run away from while screaming . From Rentals to organizing, to fill in spots for whatever needs doing, DJ’ing, hosting etc. Caleb does the things that often go unrecognized but without a doubt enable all of what we do to continue AKA No Caleb, No Raglan Shire. #HugABearToday

Special shout-outs to:

Pyewacket who has been the de-facto Chronicler of the Shire by way of her excellent Machinima skills.

Chaffro who while not with us much these days, still takes the time to host the annual Talent Show ( 11 years straight!) & is the creator of the very first Raglan themed machinima!

Pipa – in the last few years Pipa has added special touches that may go under the radar but these things help add to the Shire making it all the more magical.

I’d like to Mention Awor Blabbermouth the Original beaver of Raglan who has long been absent but those first few years were so instrumental in helping create what Raglan has become. Awor helped create the original Sumo we used to host, he created the original Raglan Shire Squares™, he helped me build the Galaxy Space station, he scripted, built & did so much it’s beyond my ability to list. I miss him but I know he’s out in the real world doing amazing things with his family. #RememberTheBeaver

In addition there have been so many others who have helped with so much, Summer & JanosX & Trebek & our original Web Otter, Bo Fiddlesticks. 1Wuz, Tea. Akay & Stillpink, Osprey, Lani, Eleanora & Fox, Shadow, Jennylynn, Liandras.

There’s just sooooooo many to mention but if I haven’t mentioned you by name it’s not because I have forgotten or that I do not appreciate you because I do. #YouAreOSSM

All of you who have participated, who have shown your patronage, who have attended events, who have rented out land or shops or contributed financially in any respect, who have shown friendship and helpfulness, given a shoulder to cry on, put your best foot out there, who have mediated misunderstandings or shown others that there is a better path… all of you are what makes this community so special.

I have much gratitude and am in AWE of all you & what you have done. I don’t often get a chance to come in these days due to real life, (& the prognosis for spending more time in Raglan looks bleak over the next year) but please know that Raglan Shire is a special place to me because it represents what is possible when people come together and leave the status quo behind.

In any world, this is rare & unique!

Remember, there is always a need for fresh blood and new people to add their unique creativity to the Shire. You just need a few ideas, the ability to communicate and work well with others.. and lastly.. a bit of ZAZZ™

Much love to all. *wave*

-ZaynTill

@zayntill on twitter

 

SHOCKTOBER™…. It’s Crazy Crunchy!

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BOO!!

It’s Shocktober™! Time for all things spooky, scary, eerie and mysterious!

Kick off is scheduled for this weekend and there is much to see and do!

Will you survive the ghosts, zombies, clowns, and all things pumpkin spice?

Be sure & visit our main hang out, The All New Asylum™ on the tree city! A New attraction built by Pipa with room for everyone in need of a Psychotic BREAK from the rigors of the mundane!

Check yourself in for some ELECTRIFYING rehabilitation! The Jello is Free! (it’s not really jello muhahahaha)

This Years Ride of Horrors™ features a new layout, ride cars, Lots of Blood and an assortment of HORROR (hence the name) for you to experience as your sanity LEAKS away… courtesy of The Cats™

(We hear the ghost of Toffy Bean haunts the ride… )

Also there’s New Carnival amusement rides this year as built by a Mouse! (Mousie Hall!)  plus an assortment of Gatherings, Live Music, Gesture Hunts… Heck it’s all on the Poster!

It’s Frikkin SHOCKTOBER™!! The GREATEST.MONTH.EVER!

More to come!

#StayShocky

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Raglan Shire Welcome Center™ Update

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WELCOME CENTER INFO or ‘How I learned to Love Lettuce’
By Zayn Till – Three Time UFC Welterweight Champion.

With the advent of the new tree city, one of the important concepts in addition to presenting a magnificent build with many places of interest to see and explore was to bring our Prim/Li count wayyyyyyy down to a more manageable state. Proper build concepts, incredible imagination and the use of mesh helped to significantly accomplish just that and now The Tree City on Raglan Shire is something that I and many others are proud to call home. (my nephew and niece want to live there!)

For the Raglan Shire Welcome Center™, in addition to decreasing Prim/Li, we decided to take a different approach on presentation and practical functionality.

The Welcome center as I originally conceived it and as designed and implemented by folks (either long since gone from Second Life or rarely on anymore) was a place where people could get information about our community, either it’s history and current goals, rules (HA RULES) as well as links to our Raglan Shire merchant shops or community areas of interest be they public landmarks of places to see and visit or resident run areas on the various sims.

In addition we also wanted to have some STUFF! Free stuff that first time visitors could snag to help them in their exploration as newcomers to the Raglan Shire community and what being a Raglamuffin™ is all about. Over time it became a place often visited & laden with helpful information but also, a very prim intensive area as people with land rights put out more and more freebie items in single boxes.

The New Welcome Center will still offer information on our community, it’s history and unique non role play (BUT SILLY) culture that focuses on creativity, collaboration & friendship (powered by waffles).
It will still have some excellent items available for free for people, including just about every gesture I have ever created and a host of useful other ‘Thing-a-ma-bobs™’ that people can pick and choose from donated and provided by a host of lovely individuals.

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There are a few new differences on how we will be maintaining the Welcome Center.

One of our newer goals is to drive traffic to our merchants who keep shops on the city(and by doing so, help us pay for the ridiculously high tier that Linden Lab charges me each month).

We love our Artisans & Artisan merchants!

Just wanted to make that clear. 🙂

Many of our Merchant Folken™ offer their own excellent freebies, but it makes no sense to expect them to place all of these out at the Welcome Center and not at their own shops. So we want to offer information at the Welcome Center that people can easily view that will then encourage them to visit said shops where in addition to procuring any freebies, they can also view the complete inventories of our talented merchants and their wares (which they work very hard to create).

The other change is that in order to keep the prim count as low as possible I will not be allowing anyone to place items out at the Welcome Center on their own so that we can control the prim/Li count.

We will now be offering A vendor system that will house all freebie items at the Welcome Center™.

If you (either as a Merchant or non Merchant) have something you would like to have at the Welcome Center as a freebie, Please package up what it is you would like to offer as a FULL PERM item and state which perms you want it to have… OR send a Picture and landmark to your shop. You can also send a link to your marketplace listing.

Send all items,pictures, LM’s as described above to:
RaglanShireWelcome Resident

We appreciate you working with us as we continue to maintain the Raglan Shire Sim in the most efficient manner and we thank you for being kind enough to consider others and your desire to offer fun free items of interest as well as information!

Thank you!

Also a big thanks to our Welcome Center Director Mz. Peaches™ Latrell for managing the welcome center as well as the folks behind the scenes who help make our community as friendly and welcoming as possible.

Remember that Raglan Shire is a community that is open to anyone and everyone regardless of size, shape, real world status quo, beliefs, orientation etc. and as such when we say welcome, we mean it! 🙂

Thanks!

– Zayn

Raglan Shire Sim Rebuild Phase II

It’s Almost Upon Us!

A video that gives a quick look at where we’re at and the OSSM that is fast approaching! 8)

The Entire Sim redesign is being done for a variety of reasons, (look for further posts on just this point) But ultimately it comes down to what I asked folks at this past Junes Town Hall which is to join me in taking a leap of faith.

SL as it stands today is a slowly shrinking platform and for Raglan Shire to continue forward, we need to bring new people to the community, encourage existing community members to participate and to generally evolve.

I know change is hard but I really believe that what we’re working on is magical.

Remember too that this is only happening on the Raglan Shire Sim ONLY. No other sims are being redesigned currently. Depending on our survival (LOL), we may look at Heron Shire down the line but that’s it.

Lemme quickly go over the major take away points again for people who might still be uncertain. 

  1. All shops & most activities, games etc. will be in the TREES.. The Tree City is Huge and the central platform for the major events that is being worked on is VAST and larger then the space we use currently on the grounds. The new tree city has many things to explore and see. It dwarfs the current tree city design in size and creativity & the people who are creating all this are building everything to include weather systems, scaleability & custom options that can be implemented when needed.
  2. The Sillicube will be moving up into its own area in the trees as part of the new city.
  3. The Grounds below will be a vast beautiful forest. 

That being said, I think I’ve always been a person of my word and have always tried to do right by everyone sans drama. As always I offer straight up communication (Phone and Skype call preferable to text) for ANYONE who has real questions and who need direct answers.

Leap of faith folks, it’s how all of this got started or as I tell folks.. for every day of trust that I earn from you, give me another day.. and continue to do so.. one day at a time.

We will absolutely be providing more information, details, answers on everything regarding all things New Raglan Shire as it gets closer.

Also so everyone is aware, I am planning on giving all shop folken on Raglan a free month of rent during the few weeks when the new design will be put in place.

There was a great observation by one of our own which I responded to on FaceThing™, but thought I would include the response here as well.

Regarding Personalization™ of shops and moving to a more uniform overall aesthetic:

“Shop owners will be able to decorate their shops in the new city on both the interior and exterior. The shops themselves while sharing the overall feel of the entire city do come in various shapes sizes and designs including special little details & customization aspects built in for Shop folks.

AKA: They really aren’t the same and again, shop folken will be able to do with the spaces as they want including texturing on the inside and signage and decoratives on the outside. The overall uniform aesthetic on such a huge scale is stunning in virtual person and while the video does give you a glimpse at how large and city like everything will now feel, you really don’t get that until you actually are walking around which soon everyone will be able to do.

The sim as it stands has been the same for the last 8+ years and due to many shop owners feeling a disparity in whether shops are ground based or not, the overall rebuild is being done to fuel imagination, improve functionality and make it so that regardless of the type of shop you may have, everyone will be equally accessible and in a much more immersive environment then has been the case. I of course recognize that you can’t please everyone all the time so I will leave it to the shop folks once the city is unveiled and they have a chance to walk and see the city as to whether they wish to remain a patron of Raglan or not with no ill will if they choose the latter.”

*** But I really hope you will stay and help make the new city even more amazing because even with all the character it will have on launch, that character will be increased tenfold once all folken add their own take to their own spaces 🙂

Look for more info and thanks!

Zayn

#StayCrunchy