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    • #23193
      Mr Tenk
      Moderator

      Oiling Festival is our version of Spring Cleaning. A time when we shut down the factories for maintenance and fix what needs fixing. All residents of the Steamlands are invited to visit… and BUILD!

      Place entries by MIDNIGHT, JULY 10th, for judging on Sunday July 11th. (edited – ending on a holiday weekend was a bad idea). Sponsors are responsible for judging. Mr Tenk can forward a purse as needed.

      This year’s categories are:

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    • #23194
      Mr Tenk
      Moderator

      PHOTOGRAPHY (2D)

      sponsor – Vic Mornington & Brunel Hall

      prizes – 2000/1000/500 Linden cash

      In support of Mr Mornington’s Project to update our Destination Guide entrie(s), we will need some fresh photos of the city.

      To enter, pick up a frame in the back room of the exhibit hall and hang your entries on that wall, using that frame.

      http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Wheatstone%20Waterways/122/149/105

      Entries must be 1024 x 768 px format

      Image has to be a “wide” view of the city, think street view or airborne citywide view

      No photoshopping or text, image must be from “viewer only”

      Fancy environmental settings are permitted.

      Two entries per person.

      Winning entry will be used in the updated Destination Guide listing for New Babbage.

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    • #23195
      Mr Tenk
      Moderator

      MONUMENTS & MEMORIALS

      sponsor – Galactic Baroque & Baroquen Ethic Building Textures

      prizes – 3000/2000/1000/500

      Land Impact – no more than 25

      I can never have enough monuments. Some of the monuments around town still got sculpts in them. It is understood that entries may be added to Henry’s inventory and will need to be at least mod/trans (mod because anchor linking).

      Bonus if you provide a additional winterized version of your piece.

      Bonus if your piece provides a bit of historical insight to the city (that means make it up).

      Absolutely no sculptie prims.

      Rez in the back room of the Exhbit Hall (where the bar is)

      http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Wheatstone%20Waterways/111/167/105

       

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    • #23196
      Mr Tenk
      Moderator

      ADVERTISING (2D)

      sponsor – Fauve Aeon

      prizes – 3000/2000/1000/500

      land impact – 1

      When you look at old photographs of urban environs, there is advertising pasted on nearly every available surface. From hand painted signage fading into the bricks, to mass printed handbills covering a street pole, we don’t have enough of it.

      Rez your ads in the front room of the Exhibit Hall, south wall. I want to see that wall plastered.

      Load your prim with the texture so folks can have one to use in their builds. Remember that textures are USELESS if they are not full perms.

      No limit on entries per person.

      Bonus for ads that reference local/steamland products.

      http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Wheatstone%20Waterways/162/151/105

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    • #23198
      Mr Tenk
      Moderator

      HAND TOOLS

      sponsor – Silent Henry and the Public Works gang

      land impact – don’t be a dick

      prizes – 3000/2000/1000/500

      A Babbager can never have enough hand tools. We’ve had this category before, but looking at those now, they are prim-itive when compared to what can be done with current build techniques.

      Rez on benches in front room of the Exhibit Hall, north side, first alcove.

      Bonus if entries are wearable as attachments.

      http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Wheatstone%20Waterways/166/169/105

      • #23296
        Mr Tenk
        Moderator

        Beq Janus sweeps the category with a stunningly detailed set of hand tools that anyone would want on their bench. Because you do have a tool bench. Don’t you? DON’T YOU?

        The monkey wrench almost makes me wanto replace my vintage Ordinal Malaprop special I wear on my belt.  She takes the purse, and my own personal copy of the US Navy Training Manual Tools and Their Uses, which has my greasy bilge-stained younger fingerprints all over it.

         

    • #23199
      Mr Tenk
      Moderator

      GOODS, WARES, & COMESTIBLES

      sponsor – Jaz Beverly & The Beverly Shipping and Mercantile Company

      land impact – 10 max

      prizes – 3000/2000/1000/500 + free shipping from Beverly docks for a year

      This one is wide open. Local products, foodstuffs, souvenirs, if you could find it in a local store, that’s what we’re looking for here.

      Rez objects on the tables in the front room of the Exhibit Hall, north side, 2nd alcove.

      http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Wheatstone%20Waterways/154/170/105

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    • #23200
      Mr Tenk
      Moderator

      HONKIN’ BIG MACHINES

      sponsor – Aberdon Enigma

      land impact – 100

      prizes – 3000/2000/1000/500

      There’s something about watching giant machines go through their paces, ain’t there? Go build some. They should have moving parts and be LOUD.

      Inworld building is encouraged. Rez on the circular pads in Builders Square. Base must fit on pad. Will rez more pads in Stonehammer as needed.

      http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Academy%20of%20Industry/243/115/111

       

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      • #23282
        Mr Tenk
        Moderator

        No takers on the HBM’s this round, but Ms Oriana did use one of the platforms for a stealth garden. Now had there been a very loud machine somewhere in there, she would have taken the entire purse. But alas, there was only the gentle sound of a burbling fountain, so back to the treasury it goes.

        Oriana's stealth garden

    • #23202
      Mr Tenk
      Moderator

      CIVIC RITES & CEREMONIES

      sponsor – Br. Rafael Savas & City Archives

      prizes TBA

      This is the storytelling category, but if you want to build an artifact to go with your story, I’ll find a place to rez them. (I suppose the newer folks have never seen the Mace of Olaf, so I will find a space. Proably at City Hall. Stay tuned)

      Our city as,  we know it, is build on top of a much older city, which we know a lot less about. But relics remain in the bizarre and archaic ceremonies performed throughout the year, the civic offices that are little more than ceremonial, and.. ah..  other stuff.

      Those in the know suspect that the real reason Mr Tenk tolerates Mr Underby is just so he has someone to perform certain mayoral duties for him.

      Members of the City Watch have been particularly loud in advocating preservation of these archaic rites (especially if no one else cares), which, I suppose, is why they have persisted. (The City Watch is just like that, ya know? Those guys…)

      Post (early and often) what you know in this forum thread, clearly marked so we know it’s an entry.

      Recommended inspirations: Terry Pratchett’s Discworld,  Gormenghast by Mervyn Peake,

      • #23283
        Mr Tenk
        Moderator

        Ms Rusalka Writer takes the purse for this category with her great-grandfather’s recollection of the fires during the time of the great out-gassings, back when the Wheatstone district was still an undeveloped marshland. Scroll down this thread to see the story.

        Congratulations Ms W, and we will be revisiting this category again next year.

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    • #23203
      Mr Tenk
      Moderator

      bonus category

      NEW BLOOMAGE REDUX

      sponsor – Mrs. Reginald Trentwhistle & The New Babbage Ladies’ Civic Beautification Committee

      prizes – stick it to the Man, man! free land!

      Those busy-bodies and their beautification committee managed to get a gardening ordinance past city hall when Mr Tenk wasn’t looking. Until that order can be lawfully rescinded, you may turn any vacant lot into a park. Vacant lots are always deeded to Engineers group and may or may not have a salvage wagon near by.

      This is open to Engineers group only. Stay within lot prim allowance.

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      • #23242
        Harperlass
        Participant

        I would like to work on a design for the lot next to me which is open, but as a relatively new New Babbage citizen I don’t know if that would be acceptable? The post mentions that only Engineers may participate. How does one become part of the group?

         

        • #23246
          Mr Tenk
          Moderator

          Engineers is for land holders

          • #23247
            Harperlass
            Participant

            A faint blush creeps across Ms. Harper’s cheeks and she lowers her eyes, “Sadly, no, I merely rent accommodations in your fair town. Reduced in circumstances I am no longer able to maintain the obligations of Society, or entertain as is proper for my station. And yet, I am somehow not quite fit to enter among the worthies of the town either.

            “I have tried to show civic spirit. I have created a kitchen and a schoolroom for the poor urchins and given them succor during unfortunate misunderstandings with the Town watch. But they do not trust me either, though I extend my pittance to keep food on the table which disappears only when I make myself absent.

            “It is a sad pass. I shall have to consider some other place where I can be accepted more fully.

            “Thank you for your directness, Mr. Tenk.”

            Walks quietly away with such dignity as she can muster.

            • #23248
              Mr Tenk
              Moderator

              A clever soul might notice where the autoreturn hasn’t been turned on yet, like near where those old city hall buildings mysteriously returned. one of them even brought its old trees with it.

              (We keep a separate group for those holding land for admin reasons – which makes the place is easy to lock down during squatter season. it’s no fun to have to keep building off all the time like some estates do.)

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      • #23285
        Mr Tenk
        Moderator

        Several takers on the stealth gardening, but many were derezzed due to land transfers. Mr Mornington did manage to find the largest of the vacant lots and got busy, enlisting every urchin in town to haul fresh peat compost and a whole lotta greenery.

        I’m sure I haven’t found all of the gardens yet. Do I dare look in the sewers?

        Mornington's stealth garden

        • #23286
          Mr Tenk
          Moderator

        • #23295
          Mr Tenk
          Moderator

          Found another one by Sabet (who took very good advantage of the opportunity), very nicely done and even employed the salvage wagons in the design.

    • #23207
      Mr Tenk
      Moderator

      GIFTING

      sponsor: Fauve Aeon & The Yule Goat

      prizes: Boiler Elf Immunity at this year’s Steam Santa Ball

      Ms Aeon needs gifts made for her winter gifting calendar project. Send your gifties to Fauve.

      Gifting perms are tricky – it might be better to send full perm and have her change the perms when she loads them into the calendar.

      Then, so we can see how the project is progressing, place a faux gift box next to the straw yule goat in the back room of the Exhibit Hall, near the bar.

      http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Wheatstone%20Waterways/112/174/105

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      • #23287
        Mr Tenk
        Moderator

        The Yule Goat stands in the corner of the Exhibit Hall, the bricks at its feet clean and barren. Were any gifties sent to Ms Aeon for this year’s advent calendar?

        This does not bode well. Boiler Elf will know what you did (not) do. You will all be on the Naughty list.
        goat

    • #23209
      Mr Tenk
      Moderator

      CURRENCY (2D)

      sponsor: Junie Ginsburg & The Gangplank

      prizes: nerdy bragging rights + an undisclosed amount of Tenkers (Cardano wallet required)

      We know about the Imperial Quatloo that is still used to count wagers, the New Babbage Mark, Fobs, Sprockets, and the ten mark bill commonly call a tenker, right?

      This isn’t a joke – Tenkers are also a cryptocurrency on the Cardano blockchain. No, it wasn’t my idea, but it was minted this year by someone here in town. The powers that be in crypto world have asked for a logo, but one has designed it yet. Final designs should be submitted in png format and look good in circle format. It might need a motto while you’re at it.

      Sounds like another get quick rich scheme from those reprobates at the Gangplank to me, but there it is.

      Rez coins on the picnic table in the back room of the Exhibit Hall.

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      • #23291
        Mr Tenk
        Moderator

        No takers on this one, but I’m sure Ms Ginsburg would entertain your design offline, because you always get that great idea right after the deadline, right?

         

    • #23229
      Mr Tenk
      Moderator

      PROJECTS

      Projects are just that – things around town that need working on, best taken on by one person or a small crews so it gets done in time for the social high season in autumn. They are:

       

      MORE STREET NAMES

      Suggest names on this thread:

      OF2021 – More Street Names

       

      CITY WATCH HQ

      reply here:

      OF2021 – City Watch HQ

       

      VOOM ELECTRIC TRUST WINDMILL REPAIR

      reply here:

      OF2021 – Voom Electric Trust Windmill

       

      MONORAIL CAR

      reply here:

      OF2021 – Man the Monorail!

       

      ADDITIONAL PROJECTS – personal projects folks have claimed, listed here for accountability:

      Edward Pearse: refurbish the vault underneath City Hall.

      Vic Mornington: new Headframe for Fells mining operations, last one got knocked out by the blackworms.

      Beryl Strifeclaw: update Blackberry Memorial

      Mr Tenk: rebuild north edge of Clockhaven for sim transition

       

    • #23237
      Vic Mornington
      Participant

      MINING HEADFRAME

      sponsor: Vic Mornington

      land impact: 70 max

      prizes: 3500/2000/1000

       

      Headframe for Fells mining operations.

      I’m opening this one up to builders!

      Platforms are here… http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Blackberry%20Fields/189/156/94

      Rules.

      1: Must be under 70LI (each)

      2: Max footprint of 10m, max height of 20m

      3: Two must be built of the same “style”.  One should be a “clean” mining headframe, in other words it looks like it’s just been built.  The second one should be a wrecked headframe, parts missing etc.

      The “Clean” headframe will be used somewhere on the back of the region to make it look like mining is still going on.  The wrecked headframe will be placed at an angle on the slope leading down to the lake at the back, or maybe even in the lake with just the top sticking out.

      The winner will have both versions of their headframe used at the back of Blackberry Fields.

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      • #23281
        Mr Tenk
        Moderator

        No takers on the headframes.

        Must be a lumber shortage…

        Mornington, what did you do to our trading relations with the Steelhead timber barons this time? Platforms

    • #23259
      Rusalka Writer
      Participant

      Speaking to the Civic Rites & Ceremonies…

      I’m sure I don’t know the entire history of the City, but I seem to recall one annual event my Great-grandfather mentioned in his diaries. As I recall it came a few weeks after the breaking of the ice in Spring. After the water warmed, the land warmed– Perhaps it is the lack of open land in the city these days? It has fallen from common knowledge– I am speaking, of course, of the Great Out-Gassing. Apparently it was quite hazardous in the marshier parts of town. Fires erupting here and there– thrilling, but dangerous! Was the gas from natural decay, or from ancient industry of the old city? In any event, my Great-grandfather wrote fondly of dashing through empty lots with a wiener on a stick and the occasional marshmallow, looking for a spurt of flame. Most of the factories would get into the spirit of the thing and run flame from their smoke stacks– how lovely the city looked by firelight!

      Surely someone has noticed whether the phenomenon continues in the Fells? The empty lots? Great-grandfather loved it! Grandfather was on the volunteer fire brigade, so not so much, but the old man was wild for it. There were rumors, of course, that there may have been arson involved, as gasses rising from the ground in Spring would have no reason to catch fire on their own, but this sort of speculation is merely vulgar and not worthy of comment.

      Surely others of a stately age remember the Great Out-Gassing?

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