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Air Kraken Festival Aug. 21-27

Please do not let the “start date” on the main page confuse you, the festival runs from August 21st through 27th, as the title indicates.

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Week-long Events:

Open Air Market: Shop carts along the Port Babbage docks will be filled with festival themed wares, food and games for festival goers to take and purchase.  Shop carts can be provided, though you can also use your own display if you wish (within logical prim reasoning).  First come first serve for spots, more space will be provided so all can participate. The first section of carts will be set out Friday, August 19th.  Prim limit of around 25 per market cart area.

Build Contest:  Contest theme is “Air Kraken Traps: Most Inventive Way to Capture an Air Kraken.”  Building platforms will be set out in the Academy of Industry Friday, August 19th, deadline for completion to be judged is Saturday, August 27th at Noon SLT and will be given on a first come, first serve basis.  Additional space will be created if necessary.  Please keep builds under 150 prims.  Top three placed builds will be given prizes.

Black Ink and Bold Tales:
At the core of each Air Kraken is a well of deepest blackest ink. Pick up your quill, dip into the source and pen your poem or tale of adventure.  All creative writings about these legendary beasts of the skies are welcome.  

No minimum word-count, but please, no longer than 1,500 words.  Submissions will be accepted the entire week of the Air Kraken Festival, either by notecard to Ceejay Writer, or email to After the festival, a panel of judges will choose the winners in these categories:   Truly Terrifying Tale (horror), You’re Kraken Me Up (humor), Surprise from the Skies (cleverest) and Misunderstood Monsters (Pro-Kraken viewpoints), as well as one overall winner, the Tantamount Tall Tentacle Tale. 

Plans are afoot to publish all entries in some form of anthology for everyone’s enjoyment afterwards. Submission of your entry shall indicate your agreement to this project.

“Look here! Look there! Look everywhere!”
Rumor has it there is a baby kraken that has lost his way in our fair city! Can you free this adorable little beast before he has our town for his feast? There’s a reward in it for you if you do, so join the hunt and follow all the clues! The scavenger hunt will work just like a regular Secondlife Hunt will, taking you through 8 locations within the wondrous world of New Babbage. If you follow the clues and riddles you will certainly find the baby Kraken, however releasing him is up to you. There is no time limit and it’s no race, but we hope you have fun and explore together!

Air Kraken Exhibit:  An exciting and intriguing natural history exhibit by Kimika Ying focusing on air kraken at the Exhibition Hall in New Babbage.

Other Activities:  
-Air Kraken Target Practice:  Located on the docks of Port Babbage.  Come safely test your shooting skills against the miniature-airship towed air kraken drones.

-Air Kraken Attacks:  Once you’ve sharpened your skills with target practice go up against the
big boys.  Located in Clockhaven (as well as unannounced attacks in
town).   ((Psst- Please contact Sky or Scottie Melnik if you would like to go shoot air kraken so we can arrange for the kraken to be present.))

-Kite Flying:  Grab a free themed kite and enjoy flying them around Port and town.

One Time Events:

Opening Party:  Casual and fun celebration of the opening of the festival.  6-8pm SLT Sunday, August 21st at Liberty Hall in the Academy of Industry.

Listening Parties:  There will be two listening parties on Tuesday, August 23rd featuring The Tales of New Babbage broadcast “Horror of the Heights” with the voice of Vic Mornington and hosted at the Brunel Hall Hotel’s bar, Muirsheen Durkin.  The broadcast can be also heard on Radio Riel Steampunk at the below times.

The first party for the European time zones will be at 12pm SLT.

The second party for the North American time zones will be at 7pm SLT.

Closing Party:  Saturday, August 27th at 7pm SLT on the roof of Portside Books in Port Babbage.  Dress in your best air pirate/air kraken fighting attire and come celebrate the close of the festival.  Dance, drink and be merry.

-Please contact Sky Melnik if you have any questions or ideas concerning the festival.



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  1. Caesar Osterham Caesar Osterham August 5, 2011

    Will there be air kraken calamari?

        • Bianca Namori Bianca Namori August 6, 2011

          Do I want to know what that really means? -braces herself-

          • Junie Ginsburg Junie Ginsburg August 6, 2011

            Squid on a stick!

            (Squids are cephalopods….something on a stick is a pop…)


            Junie word fail!




  2. Sky Melnik Sky Melnik August 27, 2011

    The Closing Party has been rescheduled to Sunday, August 28th at 7pm SLT, same place.

    Time extension for the Air Kraken Festival build contest: Originally the deadline was for noon Saturday. Due to the closing party being rescheduled, the deadline is now the end of Sunday.

    Enjoy the rest of the festival while you can, folks!

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