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Hear Ye! Hear Ye! Medieval-Fest™ is Hear! (Ye!)

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The 11th Annual Medieval Festival is Here!

We’re still decorating but the Medieval spirit has already begun and the fan fares can be heard from all over the Shire as we celebrate the next Three weekends of Medieval (non Norman) Ossm!

This weekend we begin to roll out all the fun activities and we Officially kick it all off this Saturday at 1pm at the New Raglan Castle on the Tree city as we present:

The 11th Annual Grande Ball™! Wear your finest & finery as we’ll be celebrating the fest with classic Medieval (not Norman) music & dancing along with a fine selection of wines, ales & other elixers!

Sunday at 2pm, Harmony Hall Hosts The Medieval Banquet™ with much Mead & Feed, Song & Skits by performers to accent the merriment & revelry!

In the following weeks, look for The Amazing All New Dragon Maze™ which now has an additional combat element and will require more skill then ever before to come out as Champion!

The 11th annual Golden Bow Archery Tournament follows as well as Valiant & Determined BowMen & BowWomen put their skill  to the test as they try to keep their aim true while vying for the title of Grand Champion!

Then there’s The All New Raglan Shire Ultimate Stabby Stabby Championship™!

Tournament Style Action Packed Combat by Sword in The Arena of Sweat, Iron & Mayhem™!! Two Knights enter, One Knight emerges Victorious!

We end the Medieval Festival with the Mother of all Medieval festival Events… an event first created in Second Life right here on Raglan Shire as we proudly present:

The New & Improved Raglan Shire Joust!!™ – Original Creators Peaches & Apollo have combined their wizardry with Catten in redesigning the Entire Joust from the ground up, Mounts and all!

Do you have what it takes to ram a long sharp stabby pole of DEVASTATING DOOM™ through your opponent and remain unscathed ’till the bloody end and Hold aloft the Championship Trophy?

Prizes & Prize monies! Trophies & so much more for not just our winners but all competitors!

Look for details about all the happenings as they approach!

Also look for A new Castle Gesture Hunt™, Musical performances & Even the return of Madame Peaches™ – renowned for her uncanny Pawlm Readings!

Forsooth!

No 3.5 mm headphone jacks were removed or harmed in the making of this post

 #StayCrunchilyCourageous!

 

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

Artwalk 2016 Comes To A Close

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It Was Amazing & Hedge-Tastic!

This years Raglan Shire Artwalk was a glorious exhibition of art & creativity on so many levels. Sadly it comes to a close today but not before we send it off with a proper artistic & musical bang! Starting at 1pm SLT its live music from the amazing Keeba Tammas followed by the incomparable Ganjo Mokeev at 2pm!

Big round of applause for Karma, Panacea, Etheria, Kage and the whole crew behind the scenes who made what is possibly the biggest logistical nightmare in terms of organizing everything …appear so seamless to those enjoying the past 5 weeks. From coordinating with the artists, to hedge layout & design, to graphical elements, scripting, building, hosting & greeting,  all of it and so much more! Everyone involved deserves a rousing HOO-RAH & a nip of a fine vintage!

*raises glass*

To the Artists whom the entire ‘Walk is for and about: A Huge THANK YOU for participating and displaying your work, for putting yourselves out there, for sharing your creativity and for making all of us realize that Art is something (while often taken for granted) akin to chicken soup for the soul!

(along with actual chicken soup!)

*toasts the artists*

Break down begins tonight as we prep the new Tree city for the 2016 SUMMER OF WOOT™  look for details and once again:

Thank You Everyone!

*clink*

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ArtWalk 2016!

The 11th Annual Raglan Shire ArtWalk™ Begins this Sunday and this morning at 9am was the start time for all participating artists with paintings,drawings,photography etc. to begin placing their art about the city!
This is the biggest ArtWalk yet with 150 ppl participating (SO FAR.. Always more that join up around this time before and during the start). We are so excited to see all the art and especially excited for all the first time participants who are showing their work this year!
This Years Walk will last 5 weeks with additional tons of live musical performances, book & story readings ,performance art shows and much, much more! Big thanks to Karma Avro for organizing everything and to all the other fine folk working behind the scenes for all the much needed STUFF to make an event of this magnitude a reality!

Happy 9th Birthday Raglan Shire!

 


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Nine Years Old!

Today marks the 9th anniversary of The Raglan Shire community as we know it. As we enter year TEN, we do so with the new rebuilding of the Raglan Shire sim which is now underway. Above is the overhead map of the New Tree City layout that will soon be open to all to explore and enjoy. While There is no Big event or party planned for today while the build is being worked on, anyone can feel free to spontaneously create instant celebration fun if you’d like of course 🙂

Thanks to everyone who had made this community so much fun and given it longevity well beyond anything I ever thought it would have.

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Message for the Raglan Shire Sim Merchants!

Just an opening communication for and to our Raglan Shire sim merchants as we begin the process of getting everyone comfortable and informed with the upcoming transition and migration from the old sim design to the new build.
Over the next days and weeks we will be working with you in a more involved manner to give you answers to your questions and get you onto the new build in person to see for yourself and get acclimated. All of this and more as we prep for the big change in 6 or 7 weeks.
Thanks!

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