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2011 Oiling Festival

The Oiling Festival is a steampunk answer to spring cleaning, when we halt the factories to clean out the grit and grime of the previous year and perform our annual maintenance. All good citizens and visiting steamlanders are encouraged to roll up their sleeves, show their national pride,  and participate! The original Oiling Festival was held in 2009 to add needed items to the city inventory and invite the greater steamlands to experience the Babbage way of life for a week. The drawbridges in Wheatstone Waterways, the city tartans,  naval jack, the Sea Gate, and the palettes of bricks that appear at every build site and the crates of goods on the piers are all artifacts of previous Oiling Festivals.

Festival opens at noon, Friday, March 18. Building stops at noon on Saturday, March 26 so we can all get cleaned up in time for the RFL kickoff at the Carnivale Ball at Piermont Landing, and begin judging.

Part of the fun of Oiling Festival week is watching the builders while they work and learning new tricks from each other. You are strongly encouraged to work in place if you are considering going for the large build contests.

This year’s categories are:

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  1. Mr Tenk Mr Tenk March 18, 2011

    sponsor: Father Pizzaro and the Church of the Builder
    prizes: L$ 2000/1000/500

    As we dig into our past, we learn more and more of the Old Empire. While Babbage was not the capitol city, the Imperial era left an indelible mark on our culture. But what did the flag of the Old Empire look like? What were the colors they wore? Design a flag that represents the Imperial Past, and hang it on the wall at Tomahna Hall. 1 prim. You may include a notecarder in your entry to describe your choices.

    Location: Tomanha Hall

    • Cadmus Lupindo Cadmus Lupindo March 18, 2011

      Is there a limit to the number of submissions from one person?

    • Mr Tenk Mr Tenk March 28, 2011

      1st – Verlia Bilavio (#6)
      2nd (tie) – Tanarian Davies (#13)  and Osric Worbridge (#9).
      The judges all commented that Mr. Worbridge’s entries would have done better if he had not used the eagle, which was too specific to existing european countries. It is requested that the 3 finalists go a second round.

  2. Mr Tenk Mr Tenk March 18, 2011

    sponsor: Aeolus Cleanslate
    prizes: L$ 3000/2000/1000

    There’s a certain sense of awe one gets when watching a monumental engine go through its paces – whether it’s the massive pistons of an ocean liner’s engine room or the elegant, massive power of a beam engine pumping water. So build one – it does’t matter what it does, but it should move, be noisy, and be huge. An HBM will fit on a 25×25 meter platform and be no more than 100 prims.  Entry limited to platforms available. One entry per person. Build only on city provided platform.

    Group 1: Builder’s Square, in front of the Academy.

    IM Mosseveno Tenk if the platforms are full to get a new location placed. 

    • Mr Tenk Mr Tenk March 27, 2011

      Group 2 : Port Babbage waterfront, 5 platforms.

      Group 3: Clockhaven harbor, 3 platforms.

    • Mr Tenk Mr Tenk March 28, 2011

      First Place – The Annoyanator by Cutea Benelli. A clear favorite!




      [img_assist|nid=2109|title=|desc=|link=popup|align=left|width=600|height=450]Second Place (tie)
      Nightshade Sixpence




      [img_assist|nid=2115|title=|desc=|link=popup|align=left|width=600|height=450]Second Place (tie) Kimika Ying’s Steam Crane


      Third Place: Rip Wirefly’s digerydoo thing



      In no particular order:

      Little Mystery






      Aeolus Cleanslate – Steamweaver Co. Espresso andIndustrial Solvent Dispenser





      DreddPirate Bob Streeter




      Grendel Footman


      Edward Pearse – Fax Machine


      Jonathan Spires


      Nathaniel Lorefield


  3. Mr Tenk Mr Tenk March 18, 2011

    sponsor: Breezy Carver & Piermont Landing
    prizes: L$ 2000/1000/500

    A good Babbager does not fear getting dirty. Take a picture of yourself doing your civic duty of machine maintenance. Place portraits on the curtains at Piermont Landing before 6pm on March 26 for judging at the Carnival Ball.

    Location: Piermont Landing

    • Brother Riddler Brother Riddler March 28, 2011

      Here’s mine, it was fun to make!


    • Mr Tenk Mr Tenk March 28, 2011

      1st – Kaylee Frye: This “RUN FOR YOUR LIFE” between the gears made the judges giggle, and shows off not only the comical aspects of being a good mechanic, but also how sometimes it really takes getting “into things” to do a good job.

      2nd – Palabra Puddlegum: What makes an oiler? Detail, complete attention to detail. Not only does she show a close interest in the machine she’s trying to oil, but she even added a rather nice frame the ties in the peice in color, and composition.

      3rd – Tepic Harlequin: Where would we be without the children of our future? And with the clumsy mess that Tepic has shown in his artwork, I think this is a GREAT example of the future of oilers everywhere in New Babbage. Worried yet?

      Honorable Mention – Brother Riddler: One judge noted that Malus’ heroic pose while his friend did all the work was a telling commentary about the inner workings of the Church. Others found this a nostalgic portrait of the crazy times you had with your best friend and *that car*.

    • Tesla Tripsa Tesla Tripsa March 19, 2011

      Submit your rant upon being ejected by notecard to Mr Tenk.  Be sure to include threats of telling all your friends to leave the group as well.

  4. Grendel Footman Grendel Footman March 19, 2011

    the tough part will be figuring out what to build that fits the ‘why have I been ejected’ category, the skeeball from last week category is easy


  5. Mr Tenk Mr Tenk March 27, 2011

    Judging will start at 1pm today, I have been tapping people and will tap more. post photos in this forum for posterity’s sake!

    and if anyone knows how to  make a machinima, those machines really deserve to be captured in motion.

  6. Jonathon Spires Jonathon Spires March 28, 2011

    For posterity:

    one of the Big Windmills


  7. Mr Tenk Mr Tenk March 28, 2011

    sponsor: New Babbage RFL
    prizes: L$ 1000/500/250

    Once again the RFL kiosks have been uncrated at the Port, and once again, we find may not modify them. Is that going to stop a Babbager from living up to the city building code? No! We’ll build around it!  You may use up to 15 prims. Judging will be strongly influenced by the amount of donations each kiosk receives.

    location: Academy of Industry back room.

    1st – Tesla Tripsa

    2nd – Queer Hermit

  8. Mr Tenk Mr Tenk March 28, 2011

    prizes: L$ 2000/1000/500

    What does the city of industry export? What do we import from the other Steamlands? Whatever it is, it should be stacked in crates and pallets along the waterfront and on the freight platforms. Make a crate or other object of export. Limit 5 prims per object. Limit 5 entries per person. Entries will be full perm and may be added to City inventory, and placed in the Engineer’s freebie object giver at the close of the festival.

    Location: Seal Berth


    1st – Satu Moreu for Coffee Beans imported from Cala Mondrago

    2nd – Brother Lapis for the educational and “realistic in a bizarro way” fruitcake.

    3rd – Cornelius Fanshaw for the Midnight Oil (burn sparingly). Also most wittiest entries.

    Honorable Mention: Nightshade Sixpence for the meteor. It might have placed higher if not for the particles.

  9. Mr Tenk Mr Tenk March 28, 2011

    sponsor: The Blue Angel All Night Wafflehouse in Seraph City
    prizes: L$ 2000/1000/500

    In the future, not too many decades from now, people will not go to plays at the theater, but instead stare at a wall showing a shadow of a play… how very strange! And stranger still, the plays will be about… us.
    Make a movie poster from the silver screen era (1920’s and 1930’s) as if you were to make a movie about plots, characters, or situations from our beloved steamlands. You do not have to make it about New Babbage, but you must make it about one of the steam nations of SL. Selected entries will be permanently displayed at the Blue Angel in Seraph City.

    Location: Tomanha Hall


    1st – Jimmy Brannagh – The Mad Doctor Strikes
    2nd – Edward Pearse – Seraph City
    3rd – Cutea Benelli – Grimopolis
    Honorable Mention – Edward Pearse – The Mark of Zorro
    Mayor’s Choice for Best Teaser – Verlia Bilavio – Never Get Off In Bump

  10. Mr Tenk Mr Tenk March 28, 2011

    sponsor: Aeolus Cleanslate and the New Babbage Gentleman’s Polo Club
    prizes: L$ 2000/1000/500

    It is spring, and nothing shakes off the funk of winter confinement like a brisk game of polo out on the northern fells. Build a steam polo pony. It must be rideable, able to push a 1 meter physical ball through a goal, and be less than 32 prims.

    Location: north of the wall in Academy of Industry sim

    1st – Verden Jervil
    2nd – Aeolus Cleanslate

  11. Mr Tenk Mr Tenk March 28, 2011

    Dark Carnival Rides

    1st – Tesla Tripsa. Over the top Gorgeous.
    2nd – Amadeus Hammerer. Simple yet effective optical illusion and most on target with the theme of the contest.
    3rd – Canolli Capalini. audacious. size matters.

    • Bookworm Hienrichs Bookworm Hienrichs March 29, 2011

      Did Miss Capalini do the Wurlitzer?

  12. Mr Tenk Mr Tenk March 28, 2011

    sponsor: Mosseveno Tenk
    prizes (large): L$3000/2000/500
    prizes (small): L$ 2000/1000/500

    Last week the Mayor was walking down Jefferson Street when several large birds fell out of the sky, dead at his feet. He looked up and saw they had just flown through the exhaust stacks of the Vernian Sea Cannery, and that got him thinking, thinking that maybe we should start considering other sources of power while we can still see to the other side of the street. Build a windmill – yes, it must have moving parts. Small, 30 prims or less, or large, up to 125 prims, or both. Selected windmills may be purchased by the mayor for city use  because he likes having interesting things to put on vacant lots.

    Location (Large) – old Mercuachrome Opera House lot

    Location (small) – Hilltop next to Mureaux Park

    results: Large

    1st – Kaylee Frye. Elegant mediterrainan design with interesting sculpts
    2nd – Nightshade Sixpence. The king of cogs strikes again!
    3rd – Jonathan Spires – unusual engineering
    Honorable Mention – Nathantiel Lorefield. His windmill grinds wiggyfish paste.

    results: Small

    1st- Cornelius Fanshaw – and special mention for lighting at night.
    2nd – Amadeus Hammerer
    3rd – Tepic Harlequin
    Honorable Mention – Nathaniel Lorefield


  13. Bookworm Hienrichs Bookworm Hienrichs March 29, 2011

    Did anyone get pictures of the windmills, imports/exports, RFL kiosks, and steam ponies?

  14. Mr Tenk Mr Tenk May 5, 2011

    can’t have a festival without the wrap viddie


    if that didn’t work, go here

      • Mr Tenk Mr Tenk May 7, 2011

        i wanted to document the large builds before they were returned, so had the gamma turned up on the lighting tab so you’d be able to see what was being looked to. first time with trying to do captures so was on a steep learning curve and the mouse and UI got into the frame a lot. happening to catch emperor crumb on a rare inworld appearance was perfect, you can see his log-out swirl going when i’m looking at him.

        iShowU is a good cheap capture program  for mac with high instant gratification index.  iMovie easily trims the clips down to Not Boring length.


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