Mole Day 2017

 

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BAY CITY, SL (22nd January, 2017) – Bay City will once again come together to celebrate the hardy Moles of the Linden Department of Public Works on the 4th of February. The event will be held in the Bay City Fairgrounds in North Channel. As in past years, the invitation is open to all Second Life® members to join in the fun.

This will be the 7th such event, set aside to show appreciation for The Moles and their many contributions to Bay City and the rest of the Second Life™ Grid.

Normally held on the same day as Groundhog Day, this year’s event will be observed two days later, taking advantage of the weekend. The event will feature a performance by DJ GoSpeed of KONA Stream at 11:00 a.m., followed by a live performance by Oblee (Obleoinkment Wrigglesworth) beginning at noon.

“Moles” are members of The Linden Department of Public Works (LDPW). The LDPW is a program focused on improvements related to the experience of living on, or visiting the Linden Mainland. The LDPW is a team of Resident builders, scriptwriters, and others to create new content on Linden Lab’s behalf and to the benefit of all. These Residents all have Second Life accounts with the last name “Mole.”

Moles build the infrastructure of Second Life: the public roads and railways, items in our coastal waterways and protected lands, and even larger scale projects like the Linden Homes regions, premium content and experiences, and much more.

Bay City is a mainland community, developed by Linden Lab® and home to the Bay City Alliance. The Bay City Alliance was founded in 2008 to promote the Bay City regions of Second Life and provide a venue for Bay City Residents and other interested parties to socialize and network. It is now the largest group for Residents of Bay City.

For more information, or to participate in the event, please contact Marianne McCann.

Mole Day 2016

 

Mole Day 2016

BAY CITY, SL (24th January, 2016) – The mainland community of Bay City welcomes all Second Life® members to their annual “Mole Day” celebration on the 30th of January, 2016. The event will be held in the Bay City Fairgrounds in North Channel (SLurl).

Initially honored in 2010 by Residents of Bay City, Mole Day is set aside to show appreciation for The Moles and their many contributions to Bay City and the rest of the Second Life™ Grid.

Normally held on the same day as Groundhog Day, this year’s Mole Day will be observed three days early, taking advantage of the weekend. The event will feature a performance by Maximillion Kleen beginning at 11:00 a.m. SLT, following by a DJ set by GoSpeed Racer at noon.

“Moles” are members of The Linden Department of Public Works (LDPW). The LDPW is a program focused on improvements related to the experience of living on, or visiting the Linden Mainland. The LDPW is a team of Resident builders, scriptwriters, and others to create new content on Linden Lab’s behalf and to the benefit of all. These Residents all have Second Life accounts with the last name “Mole.”

Moles build the infrastructure of Second Life: the public roads and railways, items in our coastal waterways and protected lands, and even larger scale projects like the Linden Homes regions, premium content, and experiences, and much more.

Bay City is a mainland community, developed by Linden Lab® and home to the Bay City Alliance. The Bay City Alliance was founded in 2008 to promote the Bay City regions of Second Life and provide a venue for Bay City Residents and other interested parties to socialize and network. It is now the largest group for Residents of Bay City.

For more information, or to participate in the event, please contact Marianne McCann.

Your Vote Counts!

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The pool that replaces the Molexandria archaeological dig in Bay City – Barnstable (SLurl) is nearly complete. The LDPW’s Garden Mole has been working his paws to the bone to complete this generous contribution to Our Fair City. While chatting with him today I found out the name wasn’t yet carved in stone (so to speak) so we came up with the idea of a poll to let you, Dear Reader, put in your two $Lindens worth (though participation is really free). Vote soon because the poll closes .. erm .. soon.

Pretty good chance the most popular name will be chosen, but it needs to pass ToS and such. Poll closes at Midnight SLT on the 23rd so vote!

PaleoQuest: The Pictures

PaleoQuest. The Evil Dr Talpa (remember him from The Grid Hunt?) is once again trying to destroy The Grid and Magellan Linden is rallying the Residents to defeat this evil mastermind. Welcome to Second Life’s latest game and it’s a doozey.

Since you can play the PaleoQuest game once a week (for a big prize – you can play all you want for fun) I visited today just do take a few pictures after completing the run yesterday. Click to embiggen them or see them in my PaleoQuest Flickr album.

PaleoQuest portal

You start at a Portal Park (like this one) and walk through the archway. On your first visit, you will be asked to allow the game to control various parts of your experience such as attachments, teleports, etc. It’s safe, so go for it. Pro Tip: Every once in a while the portal will announce that it is serving different instances of the game (1, 2, …) so if you want to go with your friends, all of you should go through at once.

PaleoQuest landing

After that, you’ll land in the .. um .. landing area.

PaleoQuest barAs seen in an earlier post, you can visit a bar outside the main building. Look for crates around the bar for some really swell gifts. If you see me at PaleoQuest, there’s a good chance I’ll be here if I’m not playing.

PaleoQuest Magellan statue

Don’t hesitate to explore. The build is really lovely and you can even see a statue (or several) of Magellan.

PaleoQuest lobby

Go inside the main building to view tutorials, check out the fabulous prizes, and generally learn what to do in the game, then head up the stairs to start the quests.

PaleoQuest game start

Pick up a tram for a ride to the first quest. While you wait you could grab a lovely beverage from one of the several vendors on the platform. In a hurry? Use the teleport pad. There is one at each station to take you to the next station. It’s all one-way so you’ll have to do some hopping or riding to get back to the start.

PaleoQuest Quest 1 Pyramid

Quest 1: The Pyramid – You need to scale a mountain, walk a tightrope, grab a precious artifact, and avoid the pteranodon before you really get going on the mission goal, all without dying (too often). Like all the quests, you can collect blue or pink “collectibles” along the way, but if you are interrupted at any time (i.e., if you die) you lose your whole collection.

PaleoQuest Quest 2 Nessie

Quest 2: Nessie – More dinosaurs, including a very famous one, can be found at this challenge. No two trips around the path from start to finish will be the same, but if you persevere you’ll make it. Turn your computer volume up and listen for dinos and you’ll stand a better chance of surviing.

PaleoQuest Quest 3 Pirates

Quest 3: Pirates – Probably the hardest of all the quests. This one takes patience, keyboard skills (lots of precision jumping) and time. You’ll find a variety of things and critters trying to kill you, but if i can get through, you can, too.

PaleoQuest Quest 4 Satellite

Quest 4: Satellite – Despite seeing this satellite from the tram station I actually had to look hard for it. I was dizzy and tired from the previous quests. Don’t feel that you have to power through in one day like many of us have done. Take regular breaks to stand and stretch and get a beverage or two.

PaleoQuest Quest 5 DNA

Quest 5: DNA Sample – Possibly the easiest quest and quite fun. It’s probably the cotton swab (an important part of Mole lore, if you’ve been to the secret Mole lab in Bay City [SLurl]) that makes it fun.

PaleoQuest tram

Once you have the sample, it is time to head back for your prize so hop on the tram (or use the teleport pad) and return to the main building.

Marianne McCann with her new friend

This is Marianne McCann with an ultra-rare prize. You can run the five quests once a week then claim a random prize, either common, rare, or ultra-rare. Dinosaur avatars, rideable dinos, cute plushies, and more await you. Once you’ve done this, go back and collect the red and blue collectibles then turn them in for cash (20 blue ones = $L1 and 20 red ones = $L2; Youc an cash in up to 200 items per week).

Yes, there are bugs in the game and not just the spiders that will eat you, either. I watched a guy calmly sitting on the tram when out of the blue he got electrocuted as if he had touched one of the many fences on the property. And since the LDPW Moles are involved, you know there’s plenty of humor in the build.

Sounds like a fun but rewarding challenge. Remember Magellan’s call to “Save the Grid!” and play today.

PaleoQuest Opening Day

This group of pictures is from my Profile feed and in mostly no particular order. I can’t identify everyone in the images but you are welcome to tag them in the post Comments. Click to embiggen. Eventually they are in my PaleoQuest album on Flickr.

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Yes! Magellan! This was actually my first pic with the Great Explorer. I had to chase him then quickly frame a shot … any shot … before he escaped again. Before I could hit the Post button he as through the portal and on to PaleoQuest. Kennylex Luckless is next to Magellan Linden. Abnor Mole is in a T-Rex costume. Ancient Mole is behind Magellan with the cool hat. Everyone else is a Linden or Mole.

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Patch Linden, Magellan Linden, Me, and Kennylex Luckless.

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Marianne McCann joins me, Patch, and Magellan.

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PaleoQuest

Click to embiggen or see it on Flickr.

Click to embiggen or see it on Flickr.

What can I say about Linden Lab’s new PaleoQuest adventure that Inara Pey hasn’t (see here)? Probably not much, so I’m just going to relax after my harrowing adventure in this new land and post a couple pictures of me with a Torley Surprise at the bar. I’ll write more on another day, but completing the five quests here* is really exhausting. On top of that, I got to hang out with Magellan Linden. Yes, Magellan Linden!! And plenty of other Lindens and Moles from the LDPW who all did a fabulous job creating this new part of Our World.

Click to embiggen or see it on Flickr.

Click to embiggen or see it on Flickr. I’m wearing one of the several free t-shirts available at the bar.

*By “here” I mean go to the Portal Park (SLurl or SLurl) and look for the PaleoQuest portal.

Mainland Find

Drainaige in AstarteA huge part of Second Life is, at least to me, about exploring.  For years I let my fears keep me indoors. Then I found myself working as a 24/7 caregiver so getting out wasn’t much of an option. Visiting Second Life was my escape and thanks to quite a few talented Moles in the Linden Department of Public Works (LDPW) there has been plenty to see over the last eight plus years.

Like when I was walking down Route One yesterday, I spotted this little culvert (SLurl) and had to stop for a look. If I had been driving I might have missed it. Where the Moles could have simply put in a road and left well enough alone, they went the extra mile and added this little point of interest. Exploring isn’t just about going places. It is about finding new things. Thanks to the LDPW, there are many fun things to find.