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The 2014 Oiling Festival Feb 28 – April 6

As the last of the snow runs down the gutters and out into the canals, the factories are shutting down to clean out the grime and do the annual maintenance (and this year, recruit new workers too!)

It’s time for the Oiling Festival! Building opens Friday Feb. 28 and closes Saturday April 5th. Judging and walk around will be Sunday April 6th. If you choose to sponsor a category, you are responsible for judging and providing prizes.

This year there are lots of things that need replacing with more efficient mesh objects. Winning objects will not necessarily be chosen to be taken into city inventory, Tenk will be assessing objects on LOD, mesh density, and land impact before deciding what will actually be used by the city.

(That means you don’t have to be practical to score a winning entry!)

This year’s categories are……

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  1. Mr Tenk Mr Tenk February 28, 2014


    prizes: L$ 3000/2000/1000

    HBM’s are large, have moving parts, make noise, and fit on a 25×25 meter platform. Land impact 100. Build only on platforms provided. To claim a platfrom, start building something on it. Comment if more platforms are needed.

    Group 1: Port Babbage Waterfront.

    Group 2: Clockhaven Harbor.

    • Mr Tenk Mr Tenk March 3, 2014

      Garnet is sponsoring HBM’s. Phew,  that means i don’t have to judge it this year!

      • Garnet Psaltery Garnet Psaltery March 3, 2014

        It’s funny, I don’t even remember you staring at me …

  2. Mr Tenk Mr Tenk February 28, 2014


    prizes: L$ 3000/2000/1000

    40 land impact

    We used to have one of these out in Iron Bay, but it blew up one winter when the freeze cracked the cooling water pipes. One will earn a permanent place on the Iron Bay horizon. Objects should be able to be linked to an anchor prim so it can be pushed as far offshore as possible.

    Iron Bay. West of the rowboat is public land.


    • Mr Tenk Mr Tenk April 7, 2014

      Dee Wells was the only taker on this one, so she wins the entire purse!

  3. Mr Tenk Mr Tenk February 28, 2014


    prizes: L$ 2000/1500/1000

    Rail cars are non-scripted static objects that fit on the NBTA gage. They may carry interesting things or have interesting markings from which one may learn intersting things about the local economy. You might even be able to hide in them.

    15 land impact at most. how low can you go? NO SCULPTS.

    Babbage Palisade trail yard.

    • Mr Tenk Mr Tenk April 10, 2014

      First – Dee Wells, for the boxcar of Bonney Claus brand prothetic hands.

      Second – Nathaniel Lorefield. I did like the undercarrage on this one better.

      third prize split between the winners.

  4. Mr Tenk Mr Tenk February 28, 2014


    prizes: L$2500/2000/1500

    25 land impact

    Airships need a place to park, and frankly, the ones we have are showing their age. We wouldn’t want any accidents, would we? Build some new masts out in the Palisade green and hook them up to the ramparts or the elevated tracks. Or let them be free standing. You decide. Need one for Mureaux Park and one for the existing tower outside the city gate.

    Palisade Greenspace. Check for property lines.

    • Mr Tenk Mr Tenk April 10, 2014

      There were several starts on this one, but Myrtil was the only one that left hers up for judging, so she takes the entire purse. Lucky Myrtil!


      • Myrtil Igaly Myrtil Igaly April 10, 2014

        Thank you for the prize!

        I had a hard time keeping the mast at the prim limit. I did several versions which were all too high LI before having to strip it to the minimum, which is why it looks so bare…

  5. Mr Tenk Mr Tenk February 28, 2014


    prizes: L$2000/1500/1000

    3 land impact

    For a 2D category, i am  wondering what sort of entertainments we go to. Make a poster or playbill for a play, kino, sporting event, or other entertainment that would be featured at a venue in New Babbage. Enter as many times as you want.

    Tomanah Hall, back wall

    • Mr Tenk Mr Tenk April 7, 2014

      First – Jimmy Branagh for Les Gamins, a upbeat singing and dancing morality play about how absinthe corrupts our youth, presented by the Temprance League. Does this mean Mrs. Foehammer is back in town?

      Second – Wulfie Blitzen for Lady Kirby-Peckleton’s series of self defense classes. Ouch! Watch were you point that parosol!

      Third – Jon Chen for the exciting sequel coming soon to the Imperial – The Return of Doctor Chen Yao Han!

      Honorable Mention – Lawrence James for Melbourne Snodgrass and his Cabinet of Extraordinarily Odd, with classic engraved illustrations. Bring your smelling salts.


      • Jimmy Branagh Jimmy Branagh April 7, 2014

        Wow, and so many great entries!  Thanks all!

      • Jon Chen Jon Chen April 7, 2014

        Third place!!!  Thank you, all!!  I didn’t really expect *that* much after seeing the other excellent entries! :)  Neat!! :)

    • Bookworm Hienrichs Bookworm Hienrichs April 11, 2014

      ((What I would have done for this competition, if I had any idea of how to do graphic design. *sigh*

      FOR 3 DAYS ONLY!!!

      melodrama has played before Industrialists, Congressmen, and the Cream
      of American Society! Now, the Denver Thespian Players are proud to bring
      this production to the home city-state of the two women whose brave
      actions inspired this play:

      SHIVER! At the sight of an Entire Town held to the Whims of a Madman and his Unstoppable Army of Automatons!

      CRINGE! As two Unsuspecting Women are Trapped within the town!

      APPLAUD! As Our Heroes Escape their Prison and Struggle to set the Townsfolk Free!

      GASP! At the Thrilling Battle between the Townsfolk and the Automatons!

      THRILL! To the Climactic, Amazing Rooftop Battle between the Villain and the Heroine!

      CHEER the Heroes! REVILE the Villain!

      Bring your Children to this Wholesome Entertainment! Your Boys will
      Thrill at the Exciting Battles, but Also Learn how Right can Overcome
      Might! Your Girls will Swoon over the Romance between the Sheriff and
      the Heroine, but Also Learn of the Feats that Women are Capable of

      Thursday Evening, 7:00 PM
      Friday Afternoon, 4:00 PM, and Evening, 8:00 PM
      Saturday Afternoon, 3:00 PM, and Evening, 7:00 PM



      And on the side would have been a hand-written note: “Miss Hienrichs and Miss Lanfier bear no responsibility for this play.”))

  6. Mr Tenk Mr Tenk February 28, 2014


    sponsor: Tepic Harlequin

    prizes: L$2000/1500/1000

    15 land impact

    There are many dark episodes in our city’s past. Molotov cocktails are the drink of the hour if you cannot get past the barricades to get to your favorite pub. But the Moreau Riots could not have been the only time citizens rose up and barricaded the streets? Why there was… ummm…. er.. well, while I check my history books, why don’t you go barricade Greg Street? No technique restrictions. Tepic would be particularly happy if your barricade had special sits and moving parts.

    Greg Street. Link objects so land impact counts to the street, not the lots.



  7. Mr Tenk Mr Tenk February 28, 2014


    sponsor: Fr. Juris Pizzaro

    prizes: L$2000/1500/1000

    10 land impact.

    This is the storytelling category for this year.  Now Father Pizzaro, he’s been living here since before the Great Fire, but he’s not as sharp as he used to be. Still, he remembers a lot quite clearly from his younger days, as you would know if you’d ever had tea with him. How much history will we loose when his generation passes? We better make some monuments, quick!

    Most the existing monuments were created at a past Oiling Festival and have become sadly outdated for build techniques. They need to be replaced. Storytelling aspect will have an impact on judging.

    Wheatstone Festival Grounds

    • Kristos Sonnerstein Kristos Sonnerstein March 12, 2014

      ::pleads with his entry to kindly bring down it’s land impact enough to add the pedestal and tools:: Statue, why for you not cooperate?!

      • Kristos Sonnerstein Kristos Sonnerstein March 13, 2014

        That is a blessed relief! I’ve been struggling with it all morning since about 3 am to.. D: It’s almost 10 am. For some reason SL’s giving me issues with it. It had been at 11 impact, then I managed to squeeze it down to 10, but I hadn’t UV mapped it yet. Some how UV mapping it bumped it up to 22! I’m at my wits end, but it hasn’t bested me yet!

    • Mr Tenk Mr Tenk April 7, 2014

      First – Myrtil and Jimmy for the memorial to those lost in the air kraken fly-over of 1832, when a freak storm pushed them back into the city at low elevation. before that year, air kraken were strictly cryptozoology.

      Second – Satu Moreau for a monument to the spirit of the city.

      Only 2 entries, so the third prize purse was spilt between the winners.

      • Myrtil Igaly Myrtil Igaly April 7, 2014

        Thank you!!!

        The memorial was of course to those lost in that horrible air kraken invasion, but also to salute the Aether Corps of the time who managed to push them away in the end (after great losses…). Some might remember what the symbol on the bottom left of the monument’s base is.

        Too bad the invasion didn’t happen at the same time as the Great Fire, we’d have had roasted squids!

        Congratulations to Satu, I was really impressed by your statue and all its meshy and texture details. I am sure it will have a place somewhere in Babbage for everyone to go and admire when they want.

        • Jimmy Branagh Jimmy Branagh April 7, 2014

          What Myrtil said. :)  Thanks all:)

          Satu, I covet your statue!

          • Scald Sonnerstein Scald Sonnerstein April 11, 2014

            :) Thanks, guys. And I can send you a copy, Jimmy. Unfortunately I never got around to posting the pic of the damaged statue and her story, but I do have it if you want a copy of the damaged one too. Beryl’s found a place for the restored one outside of the hospital.

            • Myrtil Igaly Myrtil Igaly April 11, 2014

              Ooooh can I get a copy of both statues too please?

  8. Mr Tenk Mr Tenk March 1, 2014

    sponsor: Henry
    prizes: L$3000/2000/1000
    land imact: as low as possible.

    Remember those salt mines last summer? The sewers under babbage square were ripped out after city hall demolision. A mesh object was going to be made to provide a realistic intersection that long runs of prim tunnels could be connected too. The corridors provided are 4m and 8m wide, but the sewers themselves can be wider as long as they are centered on public access corridors. This is something that could be really cool, but the prim burden up to now has been more than the prim budget could allow. Babbage Square and Clockhaven have the best potential for underground roleplay, can it happen with mesh? You can make just the hubs or complete kits as proposals for city use. Note, not all of the underground is wet sewer. There are abandoned passageways and catacombs also.

    Builder’s Square

    • Loki Eliot Loki Eliot March 1, 2014

      what are we talking about, Sewer tunnel sections to hide the fact its crappy prim walls?

      • Avariel Falcon Avariel Falcon March 1, 2014

        The Clockhaven sewers could do with some love. As people have moved out more and more holes have appeared. I have filled some by pushing anchored prims off the power station plots, but really they need a rethink as there is a limit to what I can fix that way.

        • Cyan Rayna Cyan Rayna March 1, 2014

          And sadly I think a lot of areas are like that. Also I’m sure some would like the sewers extended and if there was a low prim generic mesh version it would be easier to do. Being circular though makes for hard meshing.

          • Garnet Psaltery Garnet Psaltery March 1, 2014

            Does it help if they’re square with a round hole?

          • Mr Tenk Mr Tenk March 1, 2014

            it has got to a state where the whole underground needs to be ripped out. need a more modular solution.

            • Cyan Rayna Cyan Rayna March 2, 2014

              Actually that was what I was thinking too. The it would be easier to not only make the in general but come up with interesting non-modular bits as well.

      • Mr Tenk Mr Tenk March 3, 2014

        the cabbits were going to make me a mesh hub that I could connect long runs of 2 prim arch + half square hollow tunnels, since we figured there was no way to do runs of that size in mesh for less. if you look underground on the south west corner of city hall block and the end of per dido street there might still be some prims I was messing around with one night.

        this is really me fishing for proposals. if you got a solution, I’d love to see it. please put actual upload impact in the description of objects so numbers can be more accurately crunched.

    • Mr Tenk Mr Tenk April 7, 2014

      Tepic was the only taker on this one, so he wins the entire purse!


      However, I am leaving this one open, as this is something we really really need, and I know there were some other people that were bogged down with other projects that wanted to have a go at it. there’s room for more than one proposal, as the stuff under clockhaven is much older than the stuff under babbage square!

      • Loki Eliot Loki Eliot April 7, 2014

        I could not grasp what exactly was needed. I mean if we are talkign abut under the town hall, where does the town hall end and the sewers start since the town hall is still being built.?

        • Mr Tenk Mr Tenk April 11, 2014

          What is really needed (for starters) is a hub, 4 way intersections and T’s, that long prim runs of tubes or arches can be hooked into that makes some sort of archetectural sense. i’ve never been satisfied with how the junctions looked. look under the streets around Perdido & Jefferson, where Loki and Holmes and Watson and the Kahruvel Steamworks are.

  9. Mr Tenk Mr Tenk March 3, 2014


    sponsor: Mrs. Reginald Thistle and the Ladies Beautification Committee.
    5 impact or less per item.
    If mesh, put the actual upload impact value in the description of the object.

    Oh, those women…. always hounding me at city hall about making the city look better. They want ornate railings, bollards, balusters and balustrades, park benches, grand entrance gates, portals, fountains… there is no end to the things they want me to spend the city revenue on! Well, fine. Build something that needs replacing or adding to make the streets and ways more… beautiful. This is a wildcard category. Enter early and often.

    Wheatstone Waterways Festival Grounds

    • Mr Tenk Mr Tenk April 11, 2014

      1st – The Queen of this year’s oiling festival, Myrtil Igaly, for the monogrammed iron railing! That girl can mesh!

      2nd – Dee Wells, for the stone arch face

      3rd – newcomer LoreWildwood, for the window. Use the low poly setting to get the impact lower! (we all made that mistake the first time, really).

  10. Mr Tenk Mr Tenk March 6, 2014


    sponsor: Baron Klaus Wulfenbach

    prizes: L$3000/2000/1000

    70 land impact, 100 absolute max.

    This is going to be the plum build of this years festival. The existing train station in Babbage Palisade is 52m long and 28m wide. It straddles 4 tracks. The original was built by Mayor Sprocket for RFL, it was rebuilt with SALT HUD megaprims for 55 prims by Doctor Obolensky shortly after the elections. It’s time has come. The west wall has an opening for a side street entrance. You will have to take measurements of the existing site here

    Build full scale. Platform  has runs of existing tracks and platforms.

    • Mr Tenk Mr Tenk April 11, 2014

      *opens the envelope from the Baron*

      1st – Jimmy Branagh

      2nd – Wulfie Blitzen

      3rd – Kimika Ying

      Honorable Mention – Nathaniel Lorefield

      Please leave the builds in place, i haven’t been able to look at them properly to assess which one will be placed. I am out of town for the weekend on necessary travel, so will make that decision on Wednesday.

  11. Mr Tenk Mr Tenk March 6, 2014


    sponsor: Capt. Ashiko Kuroe

    prizes: $L2000/1500/1000

    You know, guns. Capt Kuroe has requested new weapons for the militia. Weapons should be ready to wear, animations are a bonus.  Place weapon on center tables in Tomanah Hall and provide a giver with a  demo copy for people to try on. If your weapon has a land impact greater than 25, please put a photo of the weapon on the table instead of the object.

    Tomanah Hall, center tables.

    • Mr Tenk Mr Tenk April 7, 2014

      Tepic was the only taker on this one, with his stylish baton. He gets the entire purse.

  12. Mr Tenk Mr Tenk March 12, 2014


    sponsor: Rel Klaber

    prizes: L$2000/1500/1000

    land impact: up to 5

    Mesh items: put actual upload impact value in object description

    We’re on our second streetlamp, but they are sculpts and so it would be best to get some new ones. Looking for free standing and wall mounts. To be seriously considered for a replacement to the current lights, objects will have to have a land impact of 2.o or less for single headed lights, becuase they add up quickly. Mr. Mornington would be very happy if some more fru-fru multi-headed lampposts were aquired for the north end of town. The secret recipe glowy prim that everyone loves could possibly be transfered into a new light. Enter as many as you want.

    Inside Tomanah Hall, north wall.

    • Mr Tenk Mr Tenk April 11, 2014

      Please leave the builds in place, i haven’t been able to look at them
      properly to assess which one(s) will be placed. I am out of town for the
      weekend on necessary travel, so will make that decision on Wednesday.

    • Mr Tenk Mr Tenk April 14, 2014

      1st – Emerson Lighthouse for “John Farquhar  – The Great Fire of New Babbage”

      2nd – DarlingMonster Ember for “I Lift My Wrench”

      3rd – Miss Suzanne Super Sweet for “Fair Employment for All”

      HM – Jon Chen for “Tepic Harlequin Proletariat Hero”


      Mr. Lighthouse wins the exhibit space on the Docks, please contact Skusting Dagger to make the arrangements.

      • Jon Chen Jon Chen April 15, 2014

        After seeing the three entries above at the Piermont, I can only say — yes, very clearly.  I’d also like to add special regard for Miss Ember’s “I Lift My Wrench,” for illustrating a new, regional artistic category: New Babbage Utopian.  In a city of builders, whose deity is The Builder, and whose coda is, “…it is GOOD to BUILD,” I think Miss Ember’s portrait has caught something important, here.

        Mr Emerson’s portait — I can almost see the hammer and sickle…  brilliant composition.

        Miss Suz’s entry — yes! :)

        I certainly know how I got HM for a handbill: thanks, Tepic, for taking the time :)

        Thanks, all!

  13. Mr Tenk Mr Tenk March 27, 2014

    Oh bugger… i forgot i had an out-of-town art show this weekend. Guess I have to extend the festival an extra week.

    So with the exception of the portraits, which still have to be placed in time for the ball this Saturday night, all categories deadlines have been extended to April 5th.

  14. Mr Tenk Mr Tenk April 6, 2014

    It’s voting day! send your notecards into Tenk or whoever is the sponsor of the category is so I can pass out the ribbons later. Sponsors, please post or link in this thread for posterity’s sake.

  15. Loki Eliot Loki Eliot April 7, 2014

    Well done eveyone who took part. I love Oiling Festival!

  16. Buckminster Solo Buckminster Solo April 11, 2014

    Hated to sit out the Oiling Festival. Short on time and Blender skills and missing my go to Photoshop helper. Hopefully by this time next year I’ll be more mesh and script savvy and generally better equipped to dive in.

    • Mr Tenk Mr Tenk April 11, 2014

      i think a lot of folks are having a very busy real life this time around. it happens.

      • Cyan Rayna Cyan Rayna April 11, 2014

        Yes sadly school and work has had me very busy as of late as well, but at least school is helping me be more artistic. Learning Illustrator and Photoshop right now to make some interesting things.

        • Arconus Arkright Arconus Arkright April 12, 2014

          Careful! Photoshop makes you do evil things.


          To this day I still prefer Macromedia Freehand to Illustrator. A pox on house Adobe!

    • Kimika Ying Kimika Ying April 11, 2014

      I think that is true for many of us. My ability to create and texture mesh objects lags well behind what I can imagine.

    • Garnet Psaltery Garnet Psaltery April 12, 2014

      Wonderful images.  Thank you.

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