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The 2012 Oiling Festival

Welcome to the 4th Annual New Babbage Oiling Festival! We hope you will have time to visit and build!

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 9th. Building stops Saturday evening, March 24th, so we all have time to clean up for the Steamfitter’s Industrial Gold Themed Ball at Piermont Landing.

Judging and walk around to admire the results will take place on Sunday, March 25th.

Tomahna Hall has been rezzed across from the Radio Riel tower in New Babbage sim.

This years categories are:

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  1. Mr Tenk Mr Tenk March 9, 2012

    sponsor: The First Security Bank of New Babbage
    land impact: 0
    prizes: eternal glory.

    The Quatloo has been a topic of much discussion lately, as it is the coin of choice for which to make a wager. But did you know that the Quatloo is actually an archaic Imperial unit that is not in actually minted in the post-imperial New Babbage? Yes, its true, a quatloo is worth about… about….

    And there’s the problem. What is our currency called? The new? The old? What does it look like? Tell me a tall tale, it just might be true. The best elements presented will find thier way into an official wiki article in the Archives and become part of city lore.

    Competition will be held on a seperate thread in the BAR, link to be posted here.

    • Glaubrius Valeska Glaubrius Valeska March 9, 2012

      Wondering what the Quatloo basis is? Peat reserves? A bump up if it has a bog man in it?

        • Glaubrius Valeska Glaubrius Valeska March 9, 2012

          More obscure the factoid the higher the value the Quatloo? Like, I dunno, Captain Pike’s middle name?


          • Ceejay Writer Ceejay Writer March 9, 2012

            So this purseful of Tenkers I have is worthless?

            • Junie Ginsburg Junie Ginsburg March 9, 2012

              Whatever it’s worth it has to be more than this barrel full of Obolenskidonian notes.

  2. Mr Tenk Mr Tenk March 9, 2012

    sponsor: Piermont Landing
    land impact: 6
    prizes: L$1000/700/500

    This year’s portrait contest is HEROIC VALVE  TURNERS, which you can interpret any way you want. Mount your portrait in a fancy frame (that’s why I threw in a few more prims) and put it on one of the easels on the deck at Piermont Landing.

    • Mr Tenk Mr Tenk March 27, 2012

      1st – Junie Ginsburg

      2nd – Beq Janus & Judith Lefevre

      3rd – Arconus Arkright

      • Avariel Falcon Avariel Falcon March 27, 2012

        Congratulations! Yay!

        *dances and prances*

  3. Mr Tenk Mr Tenk March 9, 2012

    sponsor: Captain Lupindo and the Ahab’s Revenge Whale Oil Company
    land impact: 5
    prizes: L$1000/500/250

    What is an Oiling Festival without oil? Build an object related to whale oil. Whale oil, the natural resource that needs no expensive and polluting factory refining or processing. Exploit it while you can, or someone else will.

    Location: Ahab’s Revenge Whale Oil Company, on the wharf side, on Iron Bay in New Babbage.


    • Cadmus Lupindo Cadmus Lupindo March 9, 2012

      Please drop me a note card for your entry (entries)

    • Cadmus Lupindo Cadmus Lupindo March 26, 2012

      Whale Oil

      1st Place – Steadman Kondor – Oil of Omura (Whale oil beauty product) $1000

      2nd Place – Buckminster Solo – Jar of Oil of Whale (Whale oil beauty product) $500

      3rd Place – Edward Pearse – Barrel of Capn Cook Brand – Hard Tack $250

      • Buckminster Solo Buckminster Solo March 27, 2012

        That’s “Oil of Whalé”! The accent lets you charge more for it.

  4. Mr Tenk Mr Tenk March 9, 2012

    sponsor: The Rookswood Brewery & Bottling Company
    land impact: 25
    max dimesions: 10x10x10
    prizes: L$1000/750/500

    The brewery is based of a real one that used to reside in Baltimore MD. ( ). The statue that used to reside on it was one of King Gambrinus, the Patron Saint of Beer (as seen in further pictures in the link provided).

    The idea for Babbage is to create a statue that represents Babbage and Beer in the same sense King Gambrinus does. Many have suggested that we create a statue of Emperor Crumb, but I am not going to even limit it to him as long as it represents what is stated above.

    Winning entry will become a permanent fixture of the Brewery. Please build on bases provided at the Rookswood Brewery in Port Babbage.

    • Cyan Rayna Cyan Rayna March 9, 2012

      I have heard that this maybe too few prims/land impact so more than likely will increase it. I’m not sure of the limit but will discuss with the Clockwinder to see how many I can borrow from Port for this contest (as currently only have about 350 of my own to spare).

      • Mr Tenk Mr Tenk March 9, 2012

        Bumping this one up to 100 land impact.

    • Mr Tenk Mr Tenk March 27, 2012

      2 entries on this one. Arnold’s was missed by many, it was on the port side of the building. It gave Stormy nightmares. Here is the popular results, but it is up to Cyan to make his pick:

      1st- Jimmy Branagh’s  The Beermaster

      2nd – Arnold’s  Mr. Stein.

      • Cyan Rayna Cyan Rayna March 27, 2012

        That was going to be my picks too actually. And since there were only two entries the third place money will be split between them.

      • Mr. Arnold Mr. Arnold March 27, 2012

        Giving Stormy nightmares is the highest honor I could think of anyways.  I would have voted the same way honestly.  Jimmy’s deserved first.

    • Verlia Bilavio Verlia Bilavio March 28, 2012

      Awesome to see that you brought the brewery back!

      • Cyan Rayna Cyan Rayna March 28, 2012

        Thanks :3 It’s also great to actually expand it and fill it with machines too.

  5. Mr Tenk Mr Tenk March 9, 2012

    sponsor: Ahab’s Bane Tavern
    land impact: 8
    Prizes: 1000/500/250

    Building is thirsty work, standing up on that platform all night with your best bud, pushing that prim around in circles. And where better to slip in for a drink but Ahabs? Everyone will know you’ve been there by the lingering odor that will get in your clothes.

    Create a drink to help give Ahab’s that special atmospheric touch, be it related to whaling or a specialty drink. Limit 3 entries per person.

    Location: Ahab’s Bane Tavern, Iron Bay waterfront in New Babbage sim.

    • Cadmus Lupindo Cadmus Lupindo March 9, 2012

      Please drop me a note card for your entry (entries)

      You can place your drink on the bar or any table in the tavern.

    • Cadmus Lupindo Cadmus Lupindo March 26, 2012


      1st Place- Macknight Culdesac – Old Salt Rum $1000

      2nd Place – Steadman Kondor – Gruenhilder Beer – $500

      3rd Place – Skusting Dagger – Dicken’s Irish whiskey $250

  6. Mr Tenk Mr Tenk March 9, 2012

    sponsor: Mosseveno Tenk
    land impact: 5
    prizes: L$ 2000/1000/500

    hint: this is the easy one

    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.

    Place entries on the upper quaywall in front of The Porthead Tavern and Shops in Port Babbage.

    • Mr Tenk Mr Tenk March 27, 2012

      1st – Buckminster Solo blew the pants off the rest of the competition with the Soot Sticks. Nice job on a first time entry.

      2nd – Skusting Dagger for the leaky Vernian Deep Sardine crates. The cats liked it too.

      3rd – Nightshade Sixpence for the crate of gold bar


      • Buckminster Solo Buckminster Solo March 27, 2012

        Makes one humble and kinda proud. But I’m not replacing any pants.


  7. Mr Tenk Mr Tenk March 9, 2012

    sponsor: Consolate of Europa Wulfenbach
    land impact: 117
    Prizes: L$3000/2000/1000

    There is a serious lack of good live-aboard boats and airships that are appropriate to the Steamlands. Build a houseboat with a land impact of 117 or less. Your boat must fit inside a 16×32 or 12×32 berth. Build only in marked berths. Claim your spot by rezzing a prim. There are phantom guides under the water to help you find your perimeter.

    DO NOT MAKE YOUR VESSEL A DRIVEABLE VEHICLE, there have been numerous object return accidents around town with people driving high prim airships over private parcels.

    At the end of the festival. the berths with the vessels on them will be auctioned off for RFL. Two week of tier will go with the berths. It is entirely up to the builder on whether or not  the vessel will be transfered to the winners of the auctions.

    Location: Montriol Marina in Vernian Sea

    • Jimmy Branagh Jimmy Branagh March 28, 2012

      1st – Nightshade Sixpence

      2nd – Junie Ginsburg

      3rd – MacKnight Culdesac

  8. Mr Tenk Mr Tenk March 9, 2012

    sponsor: Mosseveno Tenk
    land impact: 1
    Limit: 5 per person
    Prize: 1000/750/500

    Want to know why there is not street signs? Because Mr. Tenk got tired of making them. Make a street sign, you can use any name (real or wishful) you like in your sample. There are still unnamed streets here and there, so wishful signs could be noticed by the powers that be.

    Mr. Tenk will pick one sample and award a contract to make new full perm street sign textures. If picked, you will receive a list of street names, 10,000 lindens, and be compensated for upload fees.

    Location: Tomahna Hall

    • Mr Tenk Mr Tenk March 27, 2012

      1st – Brandon Pappentas.

      2nd – Tepic Harlequin for the 1 prim sculpted frame and sign, but many did not care for the typography.

      3rd – Steadman Kondor (#6)


      Pearse must be jumping up and down with glee. I want Steadman to do the signs for Clockhaven and Brandon to do the rest. I will be getting a list of street names out to each, as soon as i find the file.

  9. Mr Tenk Mr Tenk March 9, 2012

    sponsor: The Church of the Builder
    land impact: 1
    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, which ended over 150 years ago, left an indelible mark on our culture. But what did the flag of the Old Empire look like? We know the primary colors were gold and red, but that is all anyone can remember. 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.

    Note: this category was offered last year, but the results were mixed. Since this is such a looming component in the created backstory that has been developing over the past 5 years, I decided to postpone it to give the finalists a second shot at it,  then one of them lost his harddrive. There was heavy use of the double-headed eagle in some of last years entries, which a lot of people did not like because the symbol is too closely associated with real world countries and empires. Let’s have another go at it, I’m sure someone is going to hit it this time.

    Location: Tomanha Hall

    • Mr Tenk Mr Tenk March 9, 2012

      Let’s make it 5 entries per person again.

      Last years results: #6 for 1st place,

      #9 and #13 tied for second.



    • Mr Tenk Mr Tenk March 27, 2012

      Those damn flags. Again, it is all over the place. I’m going to cull it down to the top 5 and ask the clergy to come in at 7pm tonight to hash it out. They should know more about this than I do.

    • Mr Tenk Mr Tenk March 28, 2012

      And after much deliberation by the brothers over jackal entrails while burning tallow candles rendered from black cats taken from the houses of convicted witches, we have a complicated winner

      1st – osric worbridge, the white one with the crown and sun. this will be the symbol of the old (or is it golden?) empire

      2nd – tanarian davies, the angel on the gold field. this will be the flag of the church.

      3rd – tanarian davies, the lions and the winged star. this will be the symbol of the last emperor and his family.

      honorable mention – edward pearse, the winged crown and shield.

      • Mr. Arnold Mr. Arnold March 28, 2012

        …Interesting methods, and very effective way of using each of the flags chosen.

  10. Mr Tenk Mr Tenk March 9, 2012

    sponsor: Jedburgh30 Dagger
    land impact: 2
    prizes: 2000/1000/500

    What do we buy at the newstand? What professional journals do Babbagers subscribe to? In short, what is sitting on our nightstands waiting to be read? Surely we have something better to peruse than the Canal Street Snitch!

    Create a cover for a book, magazine, newspaper, or other periodical. Display your 2D creation as a poster so it is easily seen. You may also rez a 3D version of the periodical nearby to show it as a realistic object (and set it for sale too so I can put it on my nightstand).

    Place entries on the wall in Tomanha Hall.

    • Jedburgh30 Dagger Jedburgh30 Dagger March 28, 2012

      The votes are in and what we have is a big honkin’ tie. So, I’m going to divide up the booty amongst the members of the tie.
      The winners are and in no particular order…

      Beq Janus – newspapers
      Emerson Lighthouse – Old Doc Emerson’s Almanac
      Steadman Kondor – Whirlesque
      Erica Fairywren – Card and Clackers Quarterly
      Jimmy Branagh – SOOT

  11. Mr Tenk Mr Tenk March 10, 2012

    sponsor: Scottie “Baron” Melnik
    land impact: 3 or less.
    prizes: 1000/500

    This one is for the sculptors. We need some very low prim pneumatic delivery system  terminals so people will use them. Anything that gives people an excuse to run pipes through the living room can’t be a bad thing.

    Location: New Babbage Pneumatic Delivery Central Station in Port Babbage

  12. Mr Tenk Mr Tenk March 10, 2012

    sponsor: The New Babbage Ladies’ Society For The Appreciation Of All That Is Proper
    land impact: 10 or less
    prizes: L$2000/1500/1000

    Because everyone deserves an elegant place to sit after a long day of admiring the Oiling Festival. Entries will be judged on appearance, animations, and script time.

    Location: Rutherford Park in Academy of Industry

    • Mr Tenk Mr Tenk March 27, 2012

      1st – Tepic Harlequin’s retractable park bench. Some of the judges missed seeing the lever if they happened to stop by while it was retracted. We wonder if it would be possible to retract the sitters with the bench.


      2nd – Nightshade Sixpence’s heated lounge chair.


      no third entry, both split the 3rd place money.

      • Tepic Harlequin Tepic Harlequin March 27, 2012

        Thank you Mr Tenk! Did have a go at moving the sitters, and there are a few more modifications which would be nice… if anyone with skill in making stuff move wants to do some colaborative work, i am more than willing!

  13. Mr Tenk Mr Tenk March 10, 2012

    sponsor: Coffin Makers and Joiners Co-Operative Society   
    land impact: 20
    prizes: 2000/1500/1000

    This is New Babbage. Do I really need to explain this one? Tools should be ready-to-wear.

    Place on center bench in Tomanha Hall.

    • Mr Tenk Mr Tenk March 27, 2012

      1st – Kimika Ying for Takahiro’s Superior Blow Torch.  A huge favorite.

      2nd- Nightshade Sixpence for the hand digger tool

      3rd – Steadman Kondor for the hand drill and levered cork remover

      Honorable Mention – Beq Janus for the victorian hand drill. It looks so real.

  14. Mr Tenk Mr Tenk March 10, 2012

    sponsor: Mosseveno Tenk
    land impact: 150
    prizes: L$2000/1500/1000

    During the North Fells sandbox week, elegant towers appeared in the lonely expanses north of the city. Build a tower. It should probably do something, but it doesn’t have to.

    Location: The Fells. Spread out and give others room

    • Mr Tenk Mr Tenk March 10, 2012

      bumping up to 150 land impact

      the first overnight shows a lot of activity on the Fells. Nightshade Sixpence’s 649 prim beauty is going to have to come down in the interest of fairness (there are only 3750 prims total in the North Fells), but do go enjoy it before it does.


    • Mr Tenk Mr Tenk March 27, 2012

      1st – Kaylee Faulkner’s brick house was the hands down favorite. There have been several requests to preserve it.

      2nd – Little M for the ray gun turret

      3rd – Loki Eliot for the evil clocktower

      Honorable Mention – Bob. Just stick some gears on it, why don’t you?


      • Little Mystery Little Mystery March 27, 2012

        oh my! Uh Wow! I wasn’t prepared for this umm *shuffles through her papers* “I will destr… no no thats not it, Bring all of your!….. no thats not it either, I like cheese!” *scurries off*

  15. Mr Tenk Mr Tenk March 14, 2012

    sponsor: The Pennyfarthing Boys
    land impact: 1
    limit: 5 per person
    Prizes: TBA

    Because there hasn’t been enough of it lately. Use fonts and colors credible to the era, no hippity hoppity. Profanity will be removed on sight.

    Leave your mark on the side of the Academy facing the Academy Yard or the walls around the Academy Yard. Don’t get caught.

    • Mr Tenk Mr Tenk March 27, 2012

      1st – Gadget’s protest of the pneumatic mail system cutting into his messenger earnings. He gets a bucket and scrub brush to go clean it off.

      2nd – Branden Pappentas

      3rd – Larry Steamweaver. I wonder if old man Steamweaver knows about this.

      • Gadget Starsider Gadget Starsider March 27, 2012

        *pouts and slopes off with the bucket muttering something about cleanliness and the devil*


        ((Thank you :) ))

  16. Mr Tenk Mr Tenk March 14, 2012

    sponsor: LillieJay Mills
    land impact: 20
    prizes: 2000/1500/1000/500/500.

    The Botanical Research Institute actively seeks new specimens for examination. The ideal plant/tree/flower/shrub will hold a place of honor in the Institute’s greenhouse provided that a modifiable, reproducable (no trans ok) copy be presented to LillieJay Mills, Research Director.
    Specimens may be left for assessment in the greenhouse in that little neighborhood in the north east of Academy up against the wall that really could use a name.

    • LillieJay Mills LillieJay Mills March 14, 2012

      Delicate specimens may be left in the greenhouse on a work table or the floor grate. Hardier, larger entries may be left outside if necessary; please notecard or IM me if your entry crosses property lines so I can check on the auto-return situation.

        • LillieJay Mills LillieJay Mills March 15, 2012

          Alas, that would most certainly exceed the land impact limit, sir.

          • Booger Sonnerstein Booger Sonnerstein March 16, 2012

            :p Just checked out of curiosity and if I were rezzed as prims, I’d be 30 prims, so yeah, 10 over. Hehehe, but you could always put a pot out and I could sit in it all day!

            • LillieJay Mills LillieJay Mills March 18, 2012

              Fortunately we’re located close to the garden bench competition. Plenty of seats available.

      • LillieJay Mills LillieJay Mills March 28, 2012

        Botanical Wonders:

        1st = Cornelius Fanshaw,  Electric Cauliflower

        2nd = Satu Moreau,  Punny Peony

        3rd = Stormy Stillwater,  The Kraken Aloe Vera Plant

        4th = three way tie:

                  Cornelius Fanshaw,  Wind Flower

                  Satu Moreau,  Wandering Fern

                  Cornelius Fanshaw,  Glowberry


        Thank you on behalf of the Institute! I look forward to examining these specimens.

  17. Mr Tenk Mr Tenk March 21, 2012

    sponsor: Mosseveno Tenk
    land impact 100
    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, have a land impact of no more than 100,  and must include operating instructions.  Entry limited to platforms available. One entry per person. Build only on city provided platform, rez prim on platform to claim. IM Mosseveno Tenk if you need more platforms.

    GROUP 1 – Academy of Industry, Builder’s Square. 3 platforms (FULL)

    GROUP 2 – Port Babbage waterfront. 4 platforms (FULL)

    GROUP 3 – Clockhaven Harbor. 3 platforms (FULL)

    • Mr Tenk Mr Tenk March 27, 2012

      1st – Cutea Benelli’s Shakespeare 2.0 Apparatus (Beta)

      2nd – Bob’s Improved Shouty Launcher

      3rd (tie) – Nathaniel Lorefields Noisenator

                         Verden Jervil’s Portable Drill



  18. Mr Tenk Mr Tenk March 27, 2012

    incidentally, there were 120 completed entries. you folks are amazing.

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