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Reply #30 on: July 01, 2018, 07:10:54 PM Colin's meeting notes - book 31

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[Continued in book 32]


   Vee: "now *very* good. banked my first paycheck from the new job on Friday, paid full sim tier Saturday."

Meeting timing for next week
   The new [Dr.] Who is being simulcast on BBC1 & BBCA next Sunday at 1:45 ET, aka 10:45 SLT, so next week's open meeting will convene at 10am, and RP class will be cancelled.

Gather planning
   Discussed the play that Liriel's writing about the landing on our island. Invited Vee to run some on-sim RP classes.

RP: What a Tangle
Plan A: Gather planning RP
    Starting Point: Runner Course, Tyl (212,38,25)
    Go over runner races again
    Talk about play
Plan B (time permitting):  Arriving at the landing at the top of the stairs near Weaver Hall.
    Start @: Kuma (8,148,9)
    Flits generate chaos in Weaver Hall: Flits cause havoc in Weaver Hall, going after shiny shuttles, threads, causing general chaos.


   Vee has landed a job. So the sims are secure again, just in time for the full-sim tier to be due.

Gather planning
   Discussed the runner race course... adding 'hazards' like livestock on the course, adding steeplechase gates. Discussed doing a (very amateur style) play about the founding of Gianfar.
RP - Gather Together to Plan a Gather
Starting point:
Runner Course, Tyl (212,38,25)
THEN Gather Planning Room (and other points, as needed) Kuma (8,112,77)

Plan A:    
        Plan for the gather (again)
            Race courses
            Second Landing Play
Plan B:
        Complain about planning for the gather (again)


   Aren't great, but HS tiers did get paid. Full tiers aren't due until after Vee should know if she has a job.

Gather planning
   Discussed how to run a long event with a very small staff; how to have us playing different parts in different scenes; how to manage runner and dragon races; maybe a Dolphin Day; and so forth. Should have an opening ceremony, as was done in Opening Gather.

   Devoted the RP-planning session and the RP time to Gather planning. Ardrhys and Una will be about a half hour late to today's RP session.


   Short term, remains good. Longer term, stay tuned.

Gather planning
   The dance floor in front of Harpers has been expanded, and many Gather stalls and the like have been erected. We're definitely asking the Hatchies to come raid; cookies and a chance to play with flamethrowers should do it. The Companions (from the "Firefly" TV series and the "Serenity" movie) are interested. We surely want to invite Isle of Wyrms. Could we set up tours of our sites, either a general tour or separate tours for each region? Vee will discuss inviting NCI folks; they might put up an info booth. And of course, Pandora... ikran/dragon races?  

   Gather Planning 1
Starting Point:  Runner's Rest
   Plan:  Meet at the Rest - then walk over to the gather area and then go into the Hold for a planning session. What would your character be wanting to do / how would they be contributing to a meeting held at the Hold, for planning a Gather?


   Short-term, Full-sim tiers were paid last week, and Vee paid up all our ads last night. The other 4 sims are covered this month.
   However, Vee's out of work again and can't guarantee the next full-sim tier, due 9/28, unless she picks up some freelance work this week, or gets an offer.

Sci-Fi Con
   Neither Jade nor Vee has heard a word from the Sci-Fi Alliance in ages, and Ari & Senet appear to be AWOL. So, regretfully, we're putting our plans for the con on hold, until we hear more - or don't.

   We're now one of the oldest continuously-open roleplay sims in SL. 10 years open (since Sep 6, 2008), and few sims survive their first year... that deserves celebrating! Let's make Gather preparations part of our rp in the weeks leading up to it. We should look for participation by other groups, especially Isle of Wyrms, our 'parent' group. When? Maybe a long Gather, ending on November 21 with Anne's memorial service.

Rule change tabled till next week

Building on Flit Island
   jAde (txep's new character, a weaver) would like to reside on the island, in one of the existing caves, with minimal furniture and weaving tools. Vee approved that.

Harper area in Weyr
   Vee's agreed that the Harpers can establish a few rooms in the Weyr. Some of us did a quick tour after the OOC meeting.  

   Gianfar Place
    Starting Point: The Weyr (Dining Cavern)
        Plan A: Now that the Harper quarters allocated by the Weyr have been refurbished,  general fall cleaning (haha) and Weyr maintenance required by all can commence.  Looking for repair needed for any damage, or wear/tear the Weyr suffered. Checking condition of tapestries, ramps, storage areas and dragon bathing areas.  
        Plan B: Investigate the general state of the Weyr:
            Look for signs of damage from activities of the dissenters, and the refugees from up north who stayed during the winter.
            Follow up on the old, rabble-rousing songs the Harpers encountered (disloyal songs).


   Short term, still good. All tiers for this month are covered.  

Gianfar 10th anniversary Gather
   It's just about time. Ideas? Pictures of the island in days gone by? Timeline of the major changes? Discussion to be continued... but next week's Labor Day weekend so might have to continue it again.

   "Flitting off to Class"
Starting Point:  Fisher Hall
   Qat gets confusing information from the dolphins of someone out in the water, an island, where is this person? Who are they? She reports what she keeps hearing. Those who are around talk about it, trying to figure it out. Leading up to a more developed story around Firelizard island.


   Finances are still good, HS tiers were paid on schedule, full & Rastaban tiers are covered. Vee will probably miss RP today, and next Saturday and Sunday will miss all but the OOC meeting.

   20180819 - Hazards on the Western Road
Starting Point: Thread Safe # 47
Shaula (24,247,23)
   Plan A: An Investigative Team (on runner-beasts, with no/few wagons) is in trouble. thread-fall imminent and their planned for (thread) safe is blocked!
     1)     The party was traveling to inspect the thread safes along the west coast of the isthmus.
     2)     The entrance is blocked.
   Plan B: There is a cache of contraband, inside.
   Any holders/crafters who want to participate, or any dragon/rider pairs who wish to come to the rescue, are more than welcome.


   Still good; tiers are covered through the end of the month.

   No one's posted replies to the proposed rule (on the Web site in Forum -> Prattle in the Peaks -> Membership -> Proposed new multi-PC rule). Will the rule pass by a vote of 3 to 0, in a group with over 200 members?

   Investigative Reporting:  rp scenario 12 Aug 2018
Starting Point: Thuban at the location of the collapsed safe, which is now Safe #300

>We meet at the "old" safe site which is now site 300
>Apprentices who were sent to other Safe sites have turned in reports
>We discuss what was found at each, namely that some were found to be tampered with.
How, how badly, evidence of by whom?, more investigation needed?, etc.

> Future plan:  This will lead us to ask the Weyr for assistance to do a couple site visits in a 7 day or so.  Does the damage of safes tie in to the Veekar story? How and what do we do about it?  


   Short-term are good. All tiers for the next month are covered. Medium-term, Vee's interviewing again. She'll be unavailable for most of this week.

New member
   Misty (mistymorningsw) just joined us. She's read all the books and will be exploring the island.

Some of the points brought up during the discussion: Alts are separate SL accounts and so are considered to be separate people within this rule. (We don't ask whether a new member is an alt of an existing one.) ... Two players, each with a rider and a dragon character, could be one another's partner (A could ride B at one time, B could ride A at another time); but one's rider couldn't ride one's dragon. ... NPC dragons may NOT fly Thread in RP. ... Watch the Forums for more discussion, and we'll continue this in the next meeting(s).

   Discussed how to have places for RP meetings and the like, vs. private places. It hasn't been clear what Weyr and Hold areas are available. (Del's 'office' now has lockable door curtains; that scripting could be used by anyone as a 'Keep Out' sign.) All admin weyrs - excepting the one marked 'SECRET BIOLAB, KEEP OUT!' - are available for RP, that's one of the conditions weyr admins agree to - IC weyrs that can be used for RP when not otherwise in use.
   20180805 - When is a Safe Safe?
Starting Point: Del’s Office in the Weyr (just off the ground level entrance to the dining cavern)

Plan A: Go over the initial reports of additional thread safe damage.
     Map out the damaged locations.
     Dispatch investigative teams.
     Talk over options/differences/similarities.

Plan B: Threadfall


   Vee: "The Full sim tiers got paid this morning, I just saw the notices."

New rules
   Vee wrote up the new rule Sunday but her Internet went down before she could post it; and she's been buried in RL all week. She planned to get it onto the website this afternoon.
   The first computer program - written by Countess Ada Lovelace for Babbage's Analytical Engine, in around 1843 - has been sold for $150,000.  It was an algorithm for the Engine to compute Bernoulli numbers.

   RP: 20180729 - The Words, Like Butter
Continuing the story line from the last two weeks, we'll have traveled to the Weyr on our way to the Hold, spreading the word about the vandalism to the shelter cave.

Starting Point: Weyr
     Plan A: Reporting to Weyr and Hold Representatives about Thread Safe # 298's apparent vandalism
          A)     Report to higher ups
          B)     Harper investigations/interrogations
     Plan B: Threadfall!


   Vee: "I still have a job - although the commute is still a killer - so we're still here. Upcoming full-sim tiers, due on the 28th, are covered."  Adboard payments are to be done today.

Rule changes
   Tabled till next week.  

Main & RP meeting times
   We decided to change the meeting schedule because we've been accomplishing little before Vee arrived. New schedule for Sunday:
10:00-10:45   RP Planning meeting (moved from Saturday in Harpers' Hall to Sunday in Hold Council Chamber)
10:45-11:30   OOC meeting
12:00-13:00   Vee's RP Basics class
14:00-16:00   RP

RP - continuing last week's episode:
   20180722 - The Trouble with Rubble
Starting Point:Thread Stop # 298 (http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Thuban/131/90/26)

Plan A:
          Further debris removal and shoring up of the Thread Stop to return it to usefulness.
Plan B:
          Investigation of the cause.
                    Discovery of an unexplained object.
                    Suspicion and Harper investigation.


   Vee: "I'm very happy to report that all the bills got paid, and the lower HS tier was very nice... Oh, and I got all our ads paid up last night. "

Rule change
   Vee "was thinking of something like this...
An avatar may have up to 3 main characters. One crafter/holder/lower caverns, one rider/candidate, and one dragon. If an avatar has both a crafter and one or both Weyr characters, the Weyr characters may not take part in Craft roleplay - this includes cross-crafting - except with admin approval. A dragon may not pair with the same avatar's rider. Dragons and riders are (still) required to be paired and to undergo training, of course. How does that sound?"
   [Dutch: per AVATAR, not per PERSON, then.]
   "Per LL rules, we don't try to find out who's an alt of whom. If you don't declare your alt to me, we don't know about it. But anyone who is idiot enough to both ride and fly during a Fall deserves all the crashes they'll get. So yes, per avatar. No playing more than 1 character *at the same time* on the same account."
   A long discussion followed, until Vee's ISP crashed her. Upon returning, she continued, "Before I was so rudely interrupted, I was going to say I'll post something on the website for discussion, later today. And if we all agree next week & online, and Wyn buys into it, we can change the rules. If not, we'll keep talking."

   RP: 20180714 - On the Road Again
Starting Point: Thread Stop # 298 (Thuban (131,90,26))

This builds off some of the discussions in last week's RP as well (so, continuity and all that). The beastherd being delivered also dates back to two weeks' ago RP, wherein there was a side discussion with the traders about bringing a herd north.

Plan A:
     Work party is repairing/expanding a Thread Safe Stop, to better serve the needs of Gianfar. As a trader train approaches with more workers, and a herd of beasts destined for the north, a Weyrling (or two) drop in to see what’s going on.
     This is an accidental disturbance.
     Chaos breaks loose, as the beasts stampede at the dragon’s approach.
     We have to gather up all the beasts, and the draybeasts.

Plan B:


   Vee: "All the tiers are paid up to date, and upcoming tiers are covered for the next month. It's so good to be able to say that.
   "I'm probably going to be unavailable midweek for the next few weeks, although I *should* respond to IMs. That's RL. But I should be free at weekends, still."

Weyr policies
   We're trying to reawaken the Weyr. Dutch posed a question: "Do we want to move towards a player being both dragon AND rider, in RP, as opposed to a pair (rider and dragon)? This would be a reaction to lower attendance. It seems to work, for Mish." Vee replied, " I've been thinking about that for a while... I'm ok with players playing both Rider and Dragon, without using alts, as long as they aren't their own dragonpair. I'm even open to allowing people to play Rider, Dragon and/or Craft/Hold, but there'd have to be a restriction, like the Rider can't play in scenes outside the Weyr other than Threadfall, or something. But I'd like to maintain the rule where every dragon applicant must have a rider, and vice versa, and I'd like to maintain Search and Impression, if possible."

   This is kinda planned to accommodate as many Weyr folk, holders AND crafters, as would like to participate.

20180708 - Where in the Weyr.....
   Starting Point: The Weyr - a conference room:  Shaula (88,208,47). This is the same room in which Theman had his 'trial'. It can be reached on foot from the Bowl, so it's easy to assume that visitors could get to it. It is 'above' the blacksmith who's working in the bowl. On the west (Kuma) side of the Bowl, to the right of the waterfall, is a disk of stone; a stair/ramp leads up from there to a ledge; the meeting room is just inside the entrance from that ledge.
   We were thinking about it as a logistics discussion among the Weyr.  Do they have the resources to cover more holds etc.? And recall, not only did Gianfar gain a 6th sim, in SL, but we also expanded/are working on expanding a cot hold, in RP (last week), so we also see this as timely.
   Vee: So, do we want to be Riders & lower caverns folk?
   Dutch: We would like to see not only riders and Weyrfolk, but also holders and crafters - the ornerier the better. Of course, each person can best decide who they want to be, and what position they wish to espouse.
   Vee: Hmm, interesting protocol point... Hold expansion is technically a Hold matter, but if the Weyr wanted to discuss it, then the meeting would be in the Weyr, because the Weyrleader outranks the Holder... but in the event of a dispute, the Conclave would have to be called to decide, and that's the Weyr, Hold and Craft leadership.

Plan A: Expansions of holds and halls - strategize on support for expanded coverage
     Weyr arguments:
          Those FOR and AGAINST hold / cot expansions
          Worries over dwindling resources/queen not rising/etc
     HOLD arguments:
          Worries on how the Weyr will protect Gianfar with limited/reduced resources

Plan B: Threadfall


    Vee: "Are suddenly good, I'm glad to say. All tiers are up to date, all ads paid up. All tiers for this month are covered. But please don't let that stop you paying rent or making donations."

   Our 6th Region is now up!
   Vee: "Today's the last day LL will sell Openspace sims to private owners. And they're dropping the tier on them to US$60 from tomorrow. So Wyn & I agreed to get one and fill in that hole south of Kuma. As we discussed last week. There's a few differences with Rastaban, because it's an OS... I can't deed the land to NoviPeaks. OS's aren't supposed to be used for anything except scenery and channels for light traffic, so they come with 1 parcel owned by the sim owner. So only Estate managers will have power in Rastaban, until I can script something. I did install a Greeter there, and the music stream setter (oh, and fixed the other Greeter systems), and put in the 1000m ceiling. [The fixes will] make sure [visitors] get the warnings, but I need to roll out the new Greeter code with the Experiences & height-related messaging soon. And add the ban/eject/return capability I'm testing on Tyl to Rastaban asap."

   Dutch: The current RP storyline "involves an EXPANSION of a cot-hold in the vast Gianfar interior (near the coast). Details as:

RP: 20180610/17/24/07-02 - This Old Hold
Starting Point: Tannercraft Cothold (NW Tyl) (Tyl (34,185,24))
Plan A:     Working to improve Seaview cot into a larger cot/minor hold
     ) A trader is falsely accused of cheating
     ) Opposition to founding a new (minor) hold/improving a cot?

Plan B:
     ) Spread rumors/lies/wild speculation (as always)
     ) Arguments AGAINST expanding the cot.

This 'stage' was set over the past few weeks (tannercraft cot) - please at least do a fly by - it's quite elaborate. Kudos to Una L for her hard work in rezzing and clicking and arguing with us all!"

   Vee: "Normal Hold service will resume next week, but today I have to help a cake fall down... (you're all invited, btw. 4pm, SL15B Magnificent (100,29,27).
   "I'd just like to thank Jade & Wyn for their work on our SLB exhibit. I was there yesterday, and we had a constant stream of visitors for the half-hour I was there, often bypassing other exhibits to look in ours. Also, Jade's Pandora Home Tree sim's exhibit (mostly built by Pat, I believe) was featured on the SLB home page."

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Reply #31 on: October 07, 2018, 06:38:35 PM Colin's meeting notes - book 32

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[Continued in book 33]


   All bills paid to date, but we'll probably miss the HS tier on the 15th. (Good time to feed the donation boxes!) However... Vee may have landed a job. And the company's already volunteered (without being asked) to give her a paycheck before she starts work!

Turnover Gather
   Vee: "Big pat on the back to all of us for a successful Turnover!" We used the craft hall, freshly decorated. Shanna and Liriel provided medieval/Renaissance dance animations. Members and guests had a good time.

3500 rebuilding
   Former Gather islands, at 3500 meters above Shaula, are being rebuilt as a bit of the Southern continent. The new members from the Companions group will have lived there 'forever.' Brittany: "We started laying in prims for hold and covered docks area. Feel free to wander, mind the sim crossings as I've not put in all the supports along the pier as yet. Feel free to IM me or my builder Mist (Melissah Mistwalker)."

   RP today is the initial integration work, for the Companions, joining Gianfar, and is designed to support their backstory.

"Barney Millcrafter, CSI"
Starting Point: Fisher's Hall - the (exterior) Wharf
Kuma (84,242,24)

    Plan A:
        Apprehension of several people, attempting to stow away on a ship, in a sneaky fashion.
            They were asking strange questions, alluding to possible smuggling operations.
            They appear suspicious.

    Plan B:
        Investigation, at Fisher's Hall


   For now, tier is covered through the 15th, maybe through end of month. And all our ads are paid up.

Southern as Companion home
   Our new Companions members needed a place where they could have been living, unnoticed, since before the Second Crossing. They have decided on an inland chunk of Southern near the old Honshu allotment or so. They're thinking of a cliff face Hold facing a lake. The sky islands at 3500m over the east end of the island are to be redeveloped into Southern for them. Anyone who has prims in '3500' should Take them right away, lest they be lost in the rebuilding. The mountains and old shops are scheduled for demo potentially even sometime today, so you might want to hurry.
   Melissa Mistwalker will be back, as maintenance lady of Gianfar.

RP time
   Our European members would like the time to be adjusted to be more "Euro friendly." We discussed either a move forward (½ or full hour) or shortening RP from 120 to 90 min (with possibility of continuing for 120). Dutch asked: "If people would - at their convenience over the next week or two - just send me a notecard with their thoughts on shortening RP, or moving it forward - I'll collate the info and report. Comment via NOTECARD, please - easier to gather data, that way." Vee is open to whatever works best, and can even shift class if necessary.
Altney Court
   We'll call the newly decorated floor of the Hold that unless someone comes up with a more popular name. That floor is two levels below the Conference Chamber, one below the bridge to the Dome.

Turnover Gather
   Dutch's friend Cysop has agreed to DJ for us this afternoon. So:
The Turnover Party
Starting Point: Altney Court, colloquially Downbelow (Kuma (37,129,65))
Starting Time: 14:00 SLT
    Plan A:
        Turnover Party
        Singing and Dancing
In and Out of Character - invite your friends


(Not an official meeting as Vee wasn't present.)

   Presumably unchanged except, one can hope, for the better since last week.

RP - Keeping to the idea of light RP during the holiday season.

RP:   Colin's Convenience
   (name taken from "Kim's Convenience," a TV show about a Korean family running a convenience store)

Starting Point: Kuma (57,129,90) (Lower level of the Hold (2 levels below council chamber) - "Altney Mall")

Plan A:
    Continue populating the lower level 'Altney Shopping Mall' in the Hold

Plan B:
    After-action review on the Great Gianfar Hunt


   Vee: "Tiers up to now are paid, all that's left for this year is the Full sims, due on the 28th. Money remains tight, but I have *two* final interviews, both of which *should* fall this week. So hopefully next week I'll be telling you I have a job and we'll be out of the woods, again."

   Sketched the idea of a semi-OOC party/dance in the Hold for Sun, Jan 6th.  

   Welcomed Sorana & Brittany to the RP Planning meetings. Discussed ways to have a backstory rationalizing a previously unknown group of people making contact with Gianfar.
   RP - "I'm hunting wherries....."
    Starting Point: Landing Point on KUMA http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Kuma/103/179/83
Plan A: Run thru the HUNT
Plan B: (tbd)


   Vee: "Just where they were last week, except I have one, possibly three, maybe four final interviews this week."

Turnover party
   To be scheduled when enough people are around.

RP: Hold for the Holidays
   Starting Point:   Runner Race Course
   Start Time:   2:30  (starting late due to overlap of other events)
   Plan: Evaluate the Runner's Course setup and see what to reconfigure/take/leave
[Gather market area is in the process of being cleaned out.]

The RP Plotters will consider this suggestion:   Given that so many groups are doing things on the weekends during December, we might look at light role-play for the remainder of the month.   That can give us time to enjoy those things and folks will be busier and busier anyway.


   Vee: "Big thanks to all of you who came out for the memorial last week. It meant a lot."
   Liriel: "It was a better memorial than usual. I loved it."
   Dutch: "Thank you for scheduling & organizing it, Vee."

   Vee: "Remain just where they were, meaning this month is covered. I'm talking to 5 or 6 (I lose track) different companies, and have second-stage interviews with some of them this week."

Responses to Threadfall
   Vee's written a script that we can use to appear & disappear covers on the outdoor stalls. She then rewrote it, so it became a pair of scripts. One to be triggered at fall start & end, one to do the work. So now it can be used to close shutters & disappear objects. Then she rewrote it again, added an optional delay... so, for example the Hold shutters should come down at the first alarm, but the Hold main doors should close much closer to the leading edge. Her plan is to release those scripts in the next few days, including instructions for anyone who wants to roll their own effects. Shutters & doors are just regular door scripts with an extra event, and the appear/disappear scripts are even simpler. She's future-proofed the 'alarm' script so she won't have to redo it everywhere when the next version of Thread rolls out. She may still want to replace it, but not for 6 months, and she'll add it to the updaters, like Dragonbreath.

Market stalls in the Hold
   Vee: "2 floors down from here is the original Hold main entrance. Wyn pointed out to me that we'd planned - and even started - to use that as a location for minor crafts. Makes sense that that's where the internal market would be. Wouldn't want those bubbly pies getting cold on the way from the bakers. It's a lot barer than when it was the main entrance, we took out most of the furniture when we moved that up a floor. But it might be where goods and traders first enter the Hold. Minor crafts - weaver, tanner, baker, any lesser indoor craft - Minor used to mean 'any craft without enough members to justify building a Hall' - could set up there."

   A Hold for everything and everything in a hold
Starting Point: Main Landing Site (Dome) Kuma (103,179,83)
Plan A: Explore the hold for places to move the gather market indoors
    explore interest in further sets/stages
    Inventory booths & owners (both IC and OOC)
    clean/partial clean of the gather square (during the week - OOC)
Plan B: Work on the Great Gianfar Hunt
Report on alliance with Whole Brain Health
   (Vee: As a reminder: going back to the start, Gianfar has a policy of sending notices supporting our players' businesses and charities, and cross-posting notices in allied groups - for us, that's usually Wyrms and PHT.)
   Liriel: "It started when Una asked me to ask WBH to come to the story circle last Sunday. I checked with one of their leaders to ask permission, and she suggested that we exchange permissions so that each group could post 'cross group posts' in the other group. I asked Vee and she said she was 'open to it.'  It turns out Tooyaa, the leader I spoke with, has read Anne's books and is enthusiastic about the idea. She'd even like to see Pern things happen on Inspiration Island, where WBH is - like the Companions performing here. So I guess the next thing is for Tooyaa and Vee to talk and find out how to set this up. I'm sure both groups don't give notice privileges to everyone. WBH is not a roleplay group, so they can have anything there, and do. So, for example, we could hold story circles there."


   Still good for another month.

This SL afternoon
   1:30pm SLT in the Weyr Bowl in Shaula: OOC memorial and keening for Anne
   2:00pm SLT in Fishercraft Hall in Kuma: Story circle, visitors welcome

Gather cleanup
   Discussed how much of the Gather area ought to be kept, how much ought to be preserved to be dropped into place for the next Gather. Discussed having slate roofs that would protect the outdoor stalls from Threadfall. Discussed having the people (statues) in the Gather area take cover (become invisible) during a Fall. Started to discuss having some stalls inside the Hold.


   Vee: "Finances continue ok, and I'm interviewing in <counts on fingers> 4 places. but it's Thanksgiving week in the US, so don't expect any major updates this week."  

   Congratulated ourselves that 5 or 6 people (especially Una, Ardrhys, Liriel, and Dutch) put together activities that drew guests from 5 other groups over a 10-day run. Dutch and Jade have Flickr pics of the Companions' performance. Dutch has the Callahan's PERN AND OTHER DRAGONS trivia on a notecard - just ask him if you want it. We're sending Notices of the play (2 pm SLT today; at Tyl (47,46,24)) to the Groups that have participated so far: Breakfast Club, Callahan's Crosstime Saloon, Companions' Guild, Isle of Wyrms, and Pandora Home Tree.  

   Discussed creating things for people to do during the week, possibly related to the weekend's RP. Ardrhys is creating a Hunt which introduces people to about two dozen places around the island.


   Vee: "Finances remain... stable. I'm interviewing, and my final invoices got paid, so we're good through December."

   The opening ceremony was held yesterday afternoon. Today opened with a Breakfast Club gathering on the Kuma dance floor. Big thanks to txep'ongokx (jAde) for setting up that event!
   The "Brave Gyoreth" play will be presented during our usual RP time (2pm SLT) today and next Sunday.
   Tuesday is open, so far. The race courses are available all the time - in Tyl for foot and runner races (with steeplechase jumps now) and high above for dragons.
   A story circle may be held at TBD place(s) on Wednesday the 13th with morning (time TBD) & evening (5:30pm SLT) sessions. Wednesday is designated Dolphin Day, so the circle may be held on a dock; dolphins tell good stories. (Hint to dolphin players!)
   The Companions Guild (from "Firefly") will be here to do a tea ceremony & dragon themed poetry and fan dance on Thursday the 14th at 6-7 pm SLT.
   The Callahan's Crosstime Saloon group will have a PERN (and other dragons) trivia contest on Friday night at 17:30 (5:30pm SLT), probably in one of the unused weyrs. Winning means writing questions and hosting the next week - so there's that down side.
   The Hatchie "raid" will occur on Saturday the 17th at 1pm SLT.
   We could hold a firelizard hatching; those are especially popular with IoW folks and new Gianfar members.  
   The last day of the Gather (with closing party and fireworks) is Tuesday the 20th.

Memorial service
   The annual memorial service for Anne McCaffrey will be held on Nov. 21 as usual.


   Vee is looking for a job again, preferably with a client that pays invoices on time. "I'm already interviewing, and tier is covered - as long as they do pay my outstanding invoices."

Gather planning
   We had visitors whom we'd invited, from the Companions' Guild ("Firefly" TV series and "Serenity" movie). They were quite impressed and are planning to hold a tea ceremony, probably in the Weyr Bowl, on Wednesday the 15th at 6pm SLT.

   Continued planning the play. Will be rehearsing today (Tyl, at the amphitheater in the southwest corner, 2-4pm SLT). We'd love to have an audience!


No "business" meeting, thanks to Grid-wide login issues.

RP plotters did manage to meet:
    "The Play’s The Thing™
    Starting Point: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Tyl/51/43/26
Plan A: Casting/Rehearsals for Simile’s play
    Overacting optional
        Cast of the Play:
            Captain (Dutch)
            Freeman  (Colin)
            Rider (Una)
            Gyoreth (Mish?)
            Dolphin (Ard)
            Narrator: Jade
    Critique of avatars/etc
    IC conversations, as child actors, etc (help with ideas)

    Plan B: More pre-Gather work
    Walk through of areas


   Vee: "...still good. Tier is set aside & covered for the next month. Paid all our ads last night. But please don't stop making donations or paying rent... Wink"

Rule change proposal
   In summary: the basic idea was that we could all have up to three main characters - one Holder or Crafter, one Rider, and one Dragon - without the need to create alts. (The idea behind having a rider _and_ a dragon was that people might pair up, sometimes one be the rider, sometimes the other.) [And those of us that already have the alts?] This is per account, though - because we can't have a no-undeclared-alts rule, it's unenforceable under TOS - so I suggest this applies per account.
   It was enthusiastically agreed that Ayla has PC status, "given how much character your firelizard has developed over the years". Vee will rewrite the rule so it's clearer, and add a rider so she can explicitly raise a non-human/dragon NPC to PC. Mish's canine would be another candidate.
   "The 'not playing 2 PCs at once' applies only to the same account. If Lady V wants to have a chat with Varth, she can - I can bring both inworld. But Varth couldn't chat with a (hypothetical) drudge character on the Thespian account with Varth."

   Vee: "Good news (I think), I started in on Thread yesterday, so I should be able to supply hatchie flamethrowers & a Fall-schedule-pause button next week - if I can keep it up."

Shoulder pet: mini dragon that flames
   Julianna: "Avalon's gift in the Fantasy Hunt is a really beautifully made golden shoulder dragon that roars and blows fire. AND set anyone who touches her ON FIRE. FREE. Avalon Island (212,156,26). You have to do a little "Mini Quest" but it's simple and entertaining. She comes with a HUD to change the color of the fire / turn the smoke on and off etc. That Hunt runs until the 28th."

Quarter HS available
   Liriel: "I'm thinking of leaving the quarter homestead I rent from Wyn, but I need to find another renter. I always offer to Gianfar first. The rent is the same as the tier, so that's as cheap as you can get it off the mainland. IM me if you're interested, or send a notecard if I'm offilne."

RP: This is like herding felines!

Starting Point:  the amphitheater on the west coast of Tyl - Tyl (51,43,26)

Plan A: Casting/Rehearsals for Simile’s play
    Overacting optional
        Cast of the Play:
            Captain (Dutch)
            Freeman  (Colin)
            Rider (Una)
            Goyreth (Mish?)
            Dolphin (Ard)
        Critique of avatars/etc
        IC conversations, as child actors, etc (help with ideas)

Plan B: Furtherance of plans/plots for the gather
    Advertising posters
    Anything else needed for the stalls?

Cast of Characters:
        Liriel (Simile @ 14:30))
        Shanna (Fisher)
        Theman (Beast)


   Finances are still good. Tiers should be covered for this month. HS's are due tomorrow, and as long as Vee's pay has cleared they'll be paid.

Gather planning
   Gather grounds look good, runner course awaits final check this afternoon, decided not to use the '3500' gather grounds, play's close to alpha test, PHT has moved their Sunday-morning meeting so as to not conflict with our opening.

RP: The Gathering Threads (at 14:00 SLT)

Starting Point:: Council room (http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Kuma/57/128/90)

Plan A: Gather Planning (semi IC/OOC)
    Runner course
    Check on the play and required resources. (run thru)
    Dragon course (working order?)
    Other gather areas (check)
    Tour routine routes
    Marketing administrivia (posters for events, timelines, etc)

Plan B: Jade's story - leaving the hall for Firelizard Island


   Vee: "Still good, I've been working almost 2 weeks so far and haven't switched jobs yet Smiley Second paycheck is due this week sometime. Just in time for HS tiers. Thuban tier was paid on time."

   The runner race course is looking better/readier for gather day, and we have a podium (& condiment) set out in an amphitheater for Vee's RP Basics class. She'll be moving that class here for both Sundays. Advanced classes will only happen if she gets lots of time and/or another willing teacher... neither seems likely. Liriel might be talked into teaching improvisational theater as applied to RP - such as building & maintaining a conversation.

RP team meeting
   Meeting's been running long & taking some time from the general meeting. We'll try starting at 9:30 instead of 10:00 SLT.

Rule changes
   Beginning to get ready to prepare to discuss this, maybe next week. The URL is http://www.novipeaks.com/public/index.php?topic=546.msg2308#msg2308

RP planning
   RP: 20181007 - Hold Abbey
   Starting Point: Arriving at the landing at the top of the stairs near Weaver Hall.
Kuma (8,148,90)
   Plan A: Gather planning team to meet in the hall, have a tour and a meal and plan for possible inclement weather gather, if needed as an alternative.
   Plan B (if flits are available): Flits cause havoc in Weaver Hall, going after shiny shuttles, threads, causing general chaos.  

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Daylight Saving Time
   Most of the U.S. (except Arizona and Hawaii) is now living an hour earlier, and will continue to do so for 8 months or so. "Standard" time now covers only about 4 months.
   Across "the pond," British Standard Time (BST) will give way to British Summer Time (BST) on March 31st.

   Vee: "Still stable, so far. I *think* we have the tiers on the 15th covered. And last night I paid up all our NCI ads for 3 weeks. WoRPG should already be covered for that time. Reason being, if my references check out, I'll be flying out for training at the end of this week (and if they don't check out, I need new friends! Wink )  I don't know the details yet, but I should be on the clock starting a week tomorrow. I'll be away 'a week', but don't know when the flight back will be. So if we can hang on a few more weeks, we can breathe again.. fire or air."

Reminder: RP (duration time) change -
                Effective 3 March
                90 min duration
                Start time remains 14:00 (2 PM) SLT

Liriel is giving up SL for Lent.
                As a team, and individually, we will miss her greatly over the next few weeks.
                We all also wish her well.
                Both Colin and Dutch have her eMail address, and can relay messages, if you wish to send any.

Callahan's event
   A St Patty’s Day party (It Isn’t Easy Being Green) on Friday at 5:30 PM SLT. All are welcome. There will be a costume contest (come as your favorite green, or even the love child of Kermit & Miss Piggy). Linden prizes. (Callahan's  landing Spot is Conch Republic (142,139,22)

Next week's meeting
   Vee: "If I can't make next week's meeting, I've asked Bit to take it. If she can't, either, we'll skip a week. I'll let you know later this week - or possibly at 9:55 next Sunday."

RP: 20190310 - Just click your heels together
Starting Point: Harper Hall
    Plan A: The Packing up
        We pack up Sorana and Bit for their (triumphant?) return to Bai Long
    Plan B: The Return®
        Sorana and Bit are returned to Bai Long (for store credit)
        One Dragon & Rider (two would be better), and both Southern ladies

        New players (without an active {registered} character) would be considered as extras, being the people who run for others, clean up, etc. Suggested NPC background roles include:
            Apprentices (working under an established in-world Master/Journeyman)
            Healer assistants (working under an established in-world Master/Journeyman)
            Weyrlings (working under an established in-world Dragon Rider)

Follow Up for next week:
    The Great Gianfarian Trade Delegation and Pajama Party®


   Vee: "Tiers are still up to date, although goodness knows how. <grins> We're here for another month. I renewed [almost all of] our ads yesterday."
   She's pursuing one job and just got an offer from a previous interview. "So, in a few weeks, one way or another, I should have an income and the sims will be almost as saved as the daylight."

Bit's cleanup work
   "I removed the 7seas fishing from the Fisher's Hall area and I also managed to shift the 7seas beacon object and the Novi Peaks gear vendor all the way down and over and up to the new Bai Long Covered Docks area.
   "There is a trick here I want to explain. If you have edit rights and the items are not locked.. you can shift other folks' objects across sim lines.. but they pretty much become unmovable again as soon as you put them down there.. at least they do for me. But what you can do, is shift your avatar and relog on the next sim! When you get back in, you can move those objects again. It's tedious as all get out but it can be done. So.. no more fishing on the land level RP zone. Next week.. I'll see if anything can be shifted about those bumper boats, but I don't think I actually have rights to move those so that might take a bit longer." (Vee added, "Might have to ask Soo about that.") "So.. please assist in removing OOC objects and such from the land level RP zone and let's get things corraled over in the Welcome Center or up on 3500 level."

RP start times
    Reminder: RP (duration time) change -
    Start time remains 14:00 (2 PM) SLT
        Effective 3 March
        90 min duration
    After Daylight Saving Times have finished confusing everyone, we'll probably consider moving the start time to 1:30.

Sci-Fi Con & SL16B
   Vee: "Sci-Fi Con just opened for registration. But it's not being run by the same people as before - now it's the Expo folk. Wyn & I have decided to pass on it this year.
   "And I got a notice through the SLB Performance group; seems the Lindens are taking back (at least some) control of the Birthday this year. What this means is anyone's guess, but my guess is, it's likely that application season will be late and short... and we're *definitely* putting in for a booth, when the time comes."  

 RP plan: There's No Place Like Home
    Starting Point: Harper's Hall - Kuma (128, 122, 21)
            LearnMaster Tristin's Office (2nd floor, opposite Ludo's office) (upstairs, 2 rights)
        Plan A (probably not, Sorana's out sick):
            Sorana and Bit start their journey home
            Plan for their departure, @ the end of RP
            Dragon ride, dragon fright, first trip they take tonight
        Plan B:
            We TALK about Sorana and Bit starting their journey home
        Plan C:
            If we have dragons/riders - they can 'search' for Honshu; as we probably won't, we can always have people - either riders TALKING about the search for Honshu, or non-riders reading reports on the search

        New players (without an active {registered} character) would be considered as extras, being the people who run for others, clean up, etc. Suggested NPC background roles include:
            Apprentices (working under an established in-world Master/Journeyman)
            Healer assistants (working under an established in-world Master/Journeyman)
            Weyrlings (working under an established in-world Dragon Rider)


Vee's on the road for a week
   Bit presided, as "Vee has some rl things going on this week and will be traveling... she's going to be on the road until about Fri and won't be in world much at all until she gets home."  

   Vee paid everything up last night, so in the clear for now.. keep those donations coming for the next deadline!

RP plan
   Weather was expected to keep several people away today, so we are going to do some nice low-key transitional RP that fills in our story line.
   Starting Point: Healers Hall.
Plan A: Sick room - packing and prep day, show and tell with foreign instruments/dance?
Plan B: We may hear from the Weyr about whether someone can visualize Southern coordinates.
   Starting at 2pm SLT as usual, potentially ending a little early today depending on how much fun we are having and how many folks end up showing up.
   Present goal is to get Sorana back to Bai Long Hold, to pick up the Lord Holder job that was left vacant by her parents' deaths. That could take a few more RP sessions.


   Vee: "Ads are covered, but I haven't paid them yet. And for now sim tiers are covered. More news as it becomes available."

'3500' status
   Bit: "Just this week, most activity has been non Gianfar oriented... we've been teaching classes up there with great attendance.. I've done several show rehearsals... we have a reprise of our Winter show on Sat the 23rd at Noon.. and I've been asked to host a ballet troupe performance on the same day at 2pm slt. I put out games on the terraces by the bath house up there as well.  Cards Against Humanity and Greedy are out up there.. En Guard and 7seas are in the docks area...
   "I do have a question: when we originally created that platform a few years ago, we did it because we were trying to get the OOC functions off of the land level as that was to be more immersive RP. Now.. what's left undone from that original venture, would be to pull up some of the OOC prims from the land level and allow the platform space to take it's place. Is that still what we are headed towards doing?" The OOC prims include the 7Seas fishing in the Fisher/Dolphin docks, the long-unused bumper boats by the Smithy, and some things in the Council Chamber. Vee and Bit will work on that.

RP classes
   Liriel hasn't gotten an 'improv acting' class together yet. We have at least one potential student for the Gianfar Newcomer classes.

RP times/duration
   Following up from last week:
 - Majority seem to embrace a reduction of RP time from 120 to 90 minutes. If we were really into a RP situation when the 90 minute mark occurred we could agree to carry on to a good stopping point.
 - Retain start time as 14:00 SLT (2 PM SLT).
 - Suggest starting a shorter (90) RP duration on Sunday, 3 March. This is to give people time to accept, adopt and plan for the change in duration.
   Is there any interest in re-opening a 2nd RP date/time? We keep mentioning that anyone who wants to play here is welcome to get some planned spontaneous RP going, especially at "European times." .
    Impromptu RP is always welcome.
    Perhaps we could set up a website page to help coordinate RP at other times (scheduling).
    Else, just post in group chat, if you want to RP and see who shows up.

RP plans for today
   RP: 20190217 - The Days of Our Hold

Starting Point: Healer Hall (recovery room)

    Plan A:
        Start discussions as to how to get the Companions to Southern
        How will the girls return to Bai Long?

    Plan B:
        Does Bit have a relapse at potentially being left behind?
        New players (without an active {registered} character) would be considered as extras, being the people who run for others, clean up, etc.  Suggested NPC background roles include:
            Apprentices (working under an established in-world Master/Journeyman)
            Healer assistants (working under an established in-world Master/Journeyman)
            Weyrlings  (working under an established in-world Dragon Rider)


(This wasn't a full meeting - Vee's PC was down, and chairing a meeting from a tablet was impractical. She handed the virtual gavel to Bit.)

   Holding, but Vee still has no job.

RP times
   Dutch: "There was some more lively discussion, but still no hard and fast decision made. We will continue to bring this up, and give others opportunities to weigh in with their preferences (via notecard, please). Any decision, once approved, should be communicated out well in advance of an actual start of any new schedule."

RP plan
   "Healer Kildare"
Starting Point:
    Healer Hall 'recovery room'
    Kuma (39,33,34)

Plan A:
    Bit is in the Healer Hall, being treated, examined, observed.
Plan B:
    Sorana, mistrustful of healers, insists on quick return to Bai Long.
    Healers disagree, want her to remain in the hall for recovery.
    Someone arrives with news ....

Group gifts
   Are on the Ming Wu patio (Kuma, 3500m level) ready to be taken; there are several more in the new fishing area up in the Covered Docks.

New Player classes
   Bit: "We are still working on organizing the New Player classes again. I think we are at the point of looking at what times we should offer them. I think we should put it and the time for RP discussion smack dab in the meeting agenda for next week and nail it down to something. But I'm likely not going to wait too much longer to set it up. This is the last call for input."
   Liriel is proposing a class on improvisational acting. That's much closer to how we do RP than to D&D-type RP. Maybe she can get a guest teacher from the folks who are RP'ing based on the first chapters of The Silmarilion.


   Vee: "The good news is, tiers are up to date and I renewed our ads last night." In other news, maybe Vee has a new job... stay tuned. And "I'm not going to be around much for the next week, maybe a bit longer. I *will* be here next Sunday, though, ISPs willing."  

New members
   Nakima and Ar (The Sailor), and the way we're growing we could have more applicants before I get this report published.

Founding member
   Suz (Soo Novi) attended the meeting.

   Bit: "This week, I've made some yukata as group gifts and put them out on the back porch of my Ming Wu Theater. There are 10 colors I'll cycle through, and 4 are currently in the Bai Long Covered Docks Fishing area. I finished setup up there, including adding in the other GPOP 7Seas custom and some games that are "smuggler fun". We still need to discuss OOC GPOP play areas up there at some point if anyone wants to give me input. Otherwise.. you know I'll just put something in from my imagination.. fair warning!  I'm likely to add Greedy to the cliff bath house too, cause I like to play it; and I have our Cards Against Humanity to place as well.
   The folks from the Southern continent will have developed a different class structure from Gianfar's. Vee: "So I'm going to make an executive decision. No matter how we handle them IC, OOC the craft admins will be the same. So, we might have a different player playing 'MasterWeaver' in each place, but the same OOC weaver craft admin will oversee both. Individual Crafts might RP 'merging', now or in the future." The Southern folks liked that idea.

Newcomer classes
   Bit and Moira had discussed resuming those classes. Volunteer teachers and students are more than welcome!

RP time planning
   Again, to be discussed next week. We did discuss whether to play this afternoon, despite that American-football game, and decided that finding Bit was more important.

   RP: 20190203 - The Day of the Finely Chopped Rodent

Starting Point: Harper Hall
    Plan A: Searching for Bit -
        Miner team in the tunnels with gangs of canines
        Dragon overflights

    Plan B:
        Finding a bit of Bit
        Taking her to a Healer for Ministrations (not Minestroné)        


   Vee: "I paid all last week's bills yesterday. Coming up this week - tomorrow - is our biggest expense, the full sims, followed by Rastaban. We think we have them covered, for now." Job interviews are continuing. "So, please keep donating and paying rent - technically, all rents are due today."

3500 rebuilding
   Brittany: "Today was a big day for visitors up there as the Firefly Companion's Guild held two events on the 3500 platform. Yesterday was our official start of term and we hold a fire lighting ceremony each time. The Hold and my Theater were both locations for ceremonies, so a lot of outside folks came and toured the build up there. We found a few folks who are interested in joining in the rp, so hopefully those will begin to show up and sign up! We've installed new teleporters continent wide that include all the public Gianfar locations both land and platform."
   Vee: "There was definitely some 'I didn't know there was a Pern sim in SL!' feedback."
   Brittany: "I've put the 7Seas fishing in over Thuban in the Bai Long Hold covered dock area. I will need to test that, so if anyone wants to go fish and tell me what they catch, would love that. There is room on the beach for an OOC dance location, as we had before the rebuild. I would welcome you all to that process and let me know what part of the beach you would like to use and what all you would like to return to the OOC equipment of the space. There is even a changing room near the beach and near the cliff face bath house Wink  If you find any holes or issues with the build, please let me or my building avatar Melissah Mistwalker know. There are rooms in the Hold for settlers and others from outside our Guild... but prim allotment is something folks will have to discuss with Vee directly. Please do go check out the build! I find it best to set draw to 800+ if you can manage it, and to fly a quick rezzing circuit around all the sims once to let your viewer rez it all in"

RP time survey
   Dutch: "Follow up on RP Time discussions: 4 responses - 3 for shortening from 2 hrs to 90 min with same 14:00 SLT start time, 1 for starting 30 min earlier - all (seemingly) with possibility to extend towards the full 2 hrs, if story warrants it. I would still like to see more responses (maybe even *I* should respond to myself) but it seems to be starting a clear trend towards a shorter (planned) RP time. If any more people would like to weigh in, just send me a NC with your vote - for either the same 2 hr window, a shorter window, or an earlier window, or some combination of the (however many options there are). Please, put comments on notecards and send to me. And also, please remember, we have members in Europe and associated environs, they like to sleep as well."

   RP: 20190127 - A Bit of LOST
Starting Point: Harper Hall Classroom - Kuma (208,106,40)
    Plan A:
        Bit was LOST in the tunnels behind the Rest (following up from last week)
        The rescue party is formed. Is Bit:
            Gnawed on by Tunnel Snakes?
            Run off to join the circus?
            Sleeping comfortably on a beach?
    [As Bit has a prior commitment this afternoon, we won't find her in the tunnels - so we'll give up and return to Harpers, and do Plan B.]

    Plan B:
        Further plans on sending a delegation to Honshu, to return Sorana and Bit


   Vee: "Good news, tiers are paid. Bad news, because Wyn & I used some credit, so technically all we did was kick some of the tier down the road... But we can use the same credit for the fulls and Rastaban, so we're here another month. [In longer-term news, jobs are still unsettled.] So please keep donating."  

   Bit: "The OOC platform has undergone quite the transformation! And it's not over yet! We've good bones down and are working on putting in some deco... we'll have to adjust for prim count after that. There are now palms on the beach, but the cliff face and the adjoining sims need finishing and there are a lack of support beams for sim crossings above the sea bed on all sims. Please do bear with us, it's a huuuuuuuge build and it's going to take some time to finish. Our 3 li sim sized mega prims exploded to 798 or so when we hollowed them to allow for the tunnels down into the Hold proper. so the beach got a little adjusting. Over Kuma, my theater is down.. more OOC event space that can be used and there will be shows that happen there. It's looking very pretty with large cherry trees on its little island. We need to see about adjusting teleports to accommodate travel up there again."

   We're continuing to welcome and settle the new folks.
   20190120 - Harper Hall, SVU
Starting Point: Across the river from Fisher Hall
    Plan A:
        Movement of the gang (runner back) towards Harper Hall for:
        Further Companion interrogations
    Plan B:
        Attempted escape & recapture
        Possibly one gets away, lost in the mines

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   "Still good, we're here for at least another month. Paid all our bills last night."

RP: "What the FARDLES?"
Starting Point: Council Chamber: Kuma (57,127,90)
    Plan A:
        Information is received back from both draconic and ground search - no sign of the missing tithe train
        Next steps?.
            Far Cry's holder has been summoned to report to Lady Varian (not arriving, as yet)
            Initial Dragon report: Some submerged wagons found on the north side of Big Island Lake.


   "HS tiers were paid on schedule, ads are up to date, we're still here for the next month."

Bit's news
   Thanks to all who turned out for her graduation party yesterday!

RP: "Gianfar Rescue 1"
Starting Point: Harper Hall Conference Room
    Plan A:
        Further trade negotiations
        Bad news arrives (from Plot B)
    Plan B (semi-NPC):
        GPoP dispatches a rescue team to help the overdue tithe train (which is NOT found)
        The advance scout from the train also disappears from the hold.


   "All tiers up to date, all bills paid or covered, we're here for another month."

   Bit  graduated her Companion training and is having a party: a 6 hour window for dancing and games!  Aug 3rd from 10 am - 4pm slt. Find the Notice, rez the invitation, touch the base for gifts and NC with all the details.

   Ariel is eager to build mesh dragons. Her friend Shaddowstarr has scripting experience. Drusella might be interested in becoming a rider.  

   How can apprentices advance when all our Masters have gone inactive? Vee has been the default Master and will keep approval of advancement requirements in her hands. But Seacraft needs to invent requirements, for Shanna, and Healers needs to dig out the requirements that John adapted from Harpers long ago, for Ris.
   And anyone who wants to be Master of an unMastered craft should talk with Vee. .

RP: "Oy VEY, what a trip!"
Starting Point: The HOLD
    Plan A:
        Tithe train
            Finally arriving late
            Problematic trip
    Plan B:
        Trade negotiations again
            Offers and Counteroffers.
            Exchange rates


RP: "All's fair in trade - as long as you do it my way"
Starting Point: Harper Hall
    Plan A:
        Discussion on missing/late tithe trains
    Plan B:
        Trade negotiations (Southern & Gianfar)


   "... are still good. HS sim tiers are due next week and are covered."

SL16B wrap-up
   Haven't had any applications since the event, which is no surprise.

   Decided to meet at the Weyr, encouraging folks to use alts today just for novelty. We'll see who shows up, and pick an RP thread accordingly.


   "... are still good. Tiers are up to date & covered for the next month, ads are a week in hand."

   ...runs till tomorrow afternoon, get one last look before it vanishes.

RP class cancelled today
   ...as the teacher will be busy elsewhere.

RP:  Ad hoc day
Starting Point: Runner's Rest
    Plan A: Ad hoc day
    Plan B: Ad hoc day
If you want to develop a secondary character/alt - this would be a good opportunity.
   We assume that most people will be back in action next weekend.


   Vee: "...remain good. Tiers for the next month are covered, renewed our ads last night. And I'm still being paid to work from home Wink"

   Vee: "Today's the last day of the music side of SLB, I'll be working on the 'Festival' stage until 10pm, and then on the 'Spinmasters' stage until midnight, when we shut down. That's after class, of course... The Birthday sims will be up another week.
   "So I won't make RP this week, and whether I do next week depends on my hotel's wifi."

RP: "SLBD16 Weekend 02"
Starting Point:Smithcraft Hall (http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Tyl/236/150/74)
    Plan A: Ad hoc RP & chat
    Plan B: Ad hoc Chat & RP
Dutch: "Hopefully next week we can pick up regular RP - if anyone has any storylines they would like to see, please IM me or any other member of the RP Team  (Liriel, Shanna, Una, Sorana, Bit, Colin, Ard)."


   Still good. All tiers & ads are up to date. Vee may miss the meeting on July 7.

   If you remove all scripted items, cut your draw distance as far as you can, cut max avatars 'way down, cut your own complexity and your max complexity ditto, and turn off advanced lighting, you may be able to get in. Using Firestorm's Contact Sets is supposed to help. Try riding pods, using page-down to slow them. Try turning off nametag display, or setting it to display only briefly.
   Don't be shocked at the fact that the Gianfar display is a diner - the event theme turns out to be 1950.

Vee's schedule
   She won't be in Gianfar today, or much this week. She'll be teaching her RP class at SLB today at 3pm. She may miss the meeting on July 7.

RP: "SL16BD Weekend"
Starting Point: Smithcraft Hall Tyl (236,150,74)
    Plan A: Ad hoc RP & chat
    Plan B: Ad hoc Chat & RP
In SLB during what would be our RP time if anyone showed up. you might want to attend Vee's RP class. She'll have the Auditorium stage to herself.


Leaders' status
   Vee is still racing to finish the Gianfar build for SL16B.
   Bit expects to be back around the start of July. Everything went really well with her hospital stay.

RP: Happy Sire's Day
Starting Point: The Runner's Rest
    Plan A: Ad hoc RP & chat
    Plan B: Ad hoc Chat & RP

We're still collecting ideas for things that folks might like to see happening in RP. If you come up with an idea for RP, do chat up Dutch, Colin, Shanna, Sorana, Jade or Bit and we will make it a topic in the RP planning meetings!


Finances, SL16B, 7th Sim  
   No info, Vee presumably busy with SLB and Bit recovering from successful surgery.

RP: "Why are the waves so BUMPY?"

Starting Point: Shipboard (Rastaban) (If we have more than five and Mish, move to Etamin). Anyone who shows up and doesn't have a character yet can be crew.

    Plan A: Sorana is returning to Gianfar aboard a ship Captained by Shanna (her first command, preparatory to being named ship master in her own right)

    Plan B: Thread fall @ Sea (Imagine, due to sim limitations)

Low RP attendance
   How can we get more roleplayers? Are we RP planners doing something wrong? Or not doing something right? Are there delays in getting the Bai Long characters approved? RFL was distracting, but has just ended; SL16B is coming soon. Is it just summer? No ideas were offered.


   Tiers are covered for this month, even without the reductions in the LL announcement. (But please don't stop paying rent!)

Linden price/limit changes
   Note that the changes have been changed - Basic members will still have a limit of 42 groups, no reduction, thanks to residents' protests.
   Vee: "Wyn & I get a small boost from the reduction in grandfathered tiers. Both Kuma and Shaula are grandfathered. Wyn's also going to be hit by the premium hike, but it's the first in 10 years and she'll take advantage of the chance to lock in the current rate for the next year. (I'm concierge, not premium; Wyn's concierge *and* premium.)
   Dutch: "They 'sold out' of the new style Linden homes within about 48 hours of announcing them (until they build more)."
   Vee: "Because they're on 1024m2 lots, not 512m2, and they're on mainland - or linked to it... But what sold out first, and caused a change in plans by LL, was the houseboats."
   Moira: "The second release of houseboats - 709 of them - sold out in 28 minutes."
   Vee: "They stopped building out Bellisseria - the new continent - for regular homes and added a whole new area to the east for more houseboats. Word is, the next tranche will be houseboats, too. Every houseboat comes with a dock, and it looks like - from a quick flyby I did the other day - most houseboat owners have at least one boat, which they can now use to sail to (a small part of) Sansara, or (much longer trip) most of Jeogeot. Kind of odd where they placed Belliseria, put just a few sims further east or west it could have linked up with Sansara's network of channels, but they placed it south of the Linden rental sims - the 6 sims reserved for major events. Which means they can't build a bridge from Sansara to Belliseria, and the Belliseria sailors can't take their boats to anywhere interesting in Sansara. Bet the seaplanes are having a field day, though."

Seventh sim
   Vee: "I believe Wyn intends to move the 'new' sim this week, but I don't think she's picked a name yet."

   Vee: "SL16B is going to be taking up my time and Wyn's - she'll be building, I'll be scripting and training. Lot of behind-the-scenes changes none of you need to worry about, unless you're a serial volunteer for SLB. And, to make things more interesting, I now expect to be travelling when SLB is on, in 3 weeks."

   Resuming "planned" RP in the now-standard time slot, 13:30-15:00 Sundays.
   Today's theme: Harper Hall: CSI
Starting Point: The Weyr
    Plan A: Healer supplies have gone missing. Harpers to investigate.
    Plan B: Watching for reports of delayed tithe trains... and for reports of things stolen from them, or from traders' trains... and if so, what was stolen


   Bit: "Vee is still employed and tier is paid, but keep those donations a rollin' in."

   Bit: "Gianfar might not have a booth at Sci-Fi con, but Bai Long Companion House does and there is a firelizard fair there." = SFC Scifi Stories (132,133,23)

Book club visit
   Liriel: "The tinies seemed to enjoy the visit, especially the flamethrowers. They particularly wanted to see the hatching sands."  

   No plans, this being the last weekend of the planned 'month off' plus a holiday weekend.


   "Still good, all bills up to date, and I haven't been fired yet, so we're safe for the next month at least."

7th Sim
   Waiting for Wyn to decide on the new name.

   "Quick note on SL16B, applications for everything except Performers (I think) are closed now, we're waiting to hear if we got a booth. SL16B sims are up and should be opening to the first non-Moles tomorrow. I happen to know my RP class will be Sun June 23rd at 3pm."

Vee's schedule
   "I may not be here next Sunday. Depends on flights, I'll be travelling next week (if all goes well) and returning at the weekend.  I'll have internet access while I'm away."

RP: "Are you reading that?"
   Starting Point: Kuma Landing Point (Welcome Center)
   The Raglan Shire Short Story Book Club is invited down to interact with us during RP Time today. They would like to be shown around - anyweyr.
   Otherwise, no set routine,
Welcome Center
Council room so we can tell them where we meet
Harper Hall
Mines for a craft
Weyrever we are at the time. - for flamers and threadfall
   IM Colin, Liriel or Ardhys if you come late


   Nothing new, which is good news.

   Liriel happened to overhear a book-club group discussing "The Girl Who Heard Dragons." Serendipity wins again! The folks were interested in seeing our bit of Pern. Because they're Tinies they'd be very OOC, and as we're not planning organized RP in May it seemed convenient to invite them to visit during RP time next Sunday. Several of us will be there to be hosts, guides, and enthusiasts; of course any GPoP member would be welcome. I hope we'll have at least one dragon.


   ...remain good, we'll be here for the next month, all tiers are covered. End of financial report.  

   There are no plans for planned RP in May, because of the planned absence of several of the players. But who knows what unplanned RP threads might appear?


   Vee: ".. still good, I still have a job Smiley All tiers through May are covered at present, and the fees for moving/renaming Wyn's spare sim. I need to go pay our ads after this meeting. But don't let that stop you paying rents or anything..."  

   Vee: "After my stint last year as a Stage Manager, I've been asked to be a Stage Coordinator this year. Which should be fun, except for anyone unlucky enough to be assigned to my team. Smiley I've also heard that the Moles will be running security directly. No news on our exhibit application yet." [The Moles are] "...LL's volunteer builders, aka the Department of Public Works. All have the surname 'Mole'. This is LL's first time running the whole Birthday in 7 years, and the Moles didn't exist back when M Linden tried to cancel it and the residents took over. So it's a learning experience." [Comment: "always thought it was done by magic and the exhibitors."] "As a long-time Exhibitor Assistant, I'm quite glad you thought that Wink One of the fun parts of volunteering for SLB is watching the whole thing come together and seeing how we hide all the problems and issues from the guests..."

RP: 20190428 - The ties which loosen those who are bound
    MAY will be an AD HOC RP month - no formal plans due to scheduled absences.
    Reminder, RP START time now @ 13:30, not 14:00 SLT.
    Starting Point: Runner's Rest
        Plan A: Ad hoc
        Plan B: Multiply hoc


   "... are good. We're here for the next few months, I hope. All tiers for the next month are covered."

SL16B plans
   "Just 2 things to note. My only news about this year's Birthday is coming through the Performance group - which runs the music stages - and they've had a number of changes; no more separate teams by stages, and the SLB DJ stages won't open until after the Lab-run SL Music Festival ends, a few days into the Birthday. And the second thing is our build - which is still in the 'Wyn's Imagination' stage. I think we've figured out a way to pull it off - *if* we can find a suitably low-LI 50's diner/drive-through that will fit in a 32x32 parcel. So please, keep your eyes peeled."

New land
   "Not east or west of the Fulls, Kuma & Shaula, because we want to reserve that row for future Fulls, for a longer Fall. But that's all. South or west of Rastaban may be limited by the map, there's another sim out that way and Wyn'd need the owner's permission to place a sim within 2 sims of another owner's sim. So if there's no consensus in 2 weeks time, Wyn and I (mostly Wyn) will pick a location and get the sim moved - and named. And announce how the terraforming 'competition' will work... your chance to literally shape a part of Gianfar Wink (Without having to buy a sim first!)"

RP: 20190414 - Forget To Name This
    Follow up from last time:
        Reminder, RP START time is now @ 13:30, not 14:00 SLT.

    Vee & Wyn announced a SEVENTH SIM!
        Where would we like it placed? (not E/W of Kuma/Shaula)
            North or East of Tyl?
            South or East of Thuban?

Starting Point: The Weyr Bowl

    Plan A:
        Renewed tales of minor things going wrong
        Slides and potholes on the roads
        Fouled irrigation canals

    Plan B:
        Tithe train is delayed, coming down from up north (west) way.
        Slowly increasing number of transients coming down into the main Hold Area (southern part of the island)


    New players (without an active {registered} character) would be considered as extras, being the people who run for others, clean up, etc. Suggested NPC background roles include:
        Apprentices (working under an established in-world Master/Journeyman)
        Healer assistants (working under an established in-world Master/Journeyman)
        Weyrlings (working under an established in-world Dragon Rider)


   Bit: "Vee has a job and we are paid up, but keep those sim donations coming please!"

Pern Day Party 'Till You Drop Marathon
   Bit: "Today we celebrate Pern Day commemorating Anne's birthday up by the Southern Cliffs Bath House.. so pack suits and beach wear and bring your friends.. it's OOC and there is no dress code but the sim's Maturity rating."

   Remember that next week, and continuing forever or until we change it, RP runs from 13:30-15:00 (1:30-3:00pm) SLT. We've been chatting about upcoming plot lines... the Return of Veekar is imminent.

Shortest meeting ever
   11:07 to 11:16

    Vee: "Applications are open - and we've applied! This year is 'sweet sixteen', and LL - who're taking charge of the Birthday again - have asked for a 50's theme. Therefore... " [see Group Notice]


   Vee: "I'm still employed, payday is this coming week, so, finances are good."

RP start times
   Dutch: "Four out of four people are good with moving the time earlier, split 50-50 as to 30 min or 60 min earlier."
   Vee: "And we are unanimous in that... Then let's move it half an hour earlier. If that works, we can see about moving it another half hour earlier. And we'll start this week, since we're doing Gather prep instead of RP so anyone arriving late will still be put to work."

RP now at 13:30 SLT
   NO RP Today - assist Bit in setting up for Pern Day in the "upstairs" Gather Grounds: Shaula (146,132,3531).

Next week: Pern Day
   Celebrating Anne’s birthday, 12:00-20:00, with four DJs


   Vee: "Are surprisingly good. Sim tiers are up to date, by a miracle or three. I paid up all our ads last night. And I've been employed for a week now! So, tiers are covered for the next month. We're still here." And she may now be around during the weeks.  

RP times
   Follow up from last week - reminder - send Dutch a notecard with your thoughts on changing the RP START time to 13:30 or 13:00 SLT - decision to be made @ next week’s meeting. Don't let that stop you RPing at other times!

Pern Day
   April 1st is also the day after our friends on the east side of the pond are hit with Daylight Saving Time. So we'll celebrate Pern Day on the 7th.
   It seems that we'll be able to get some DJ's for a party (we've already recruited a couple)... and our Pandoran friends... and possibly some Companions... and other dragon groups... a hatchie raid from Isle of Wyrms?... lasting 6 hours minimum, maybe noon to at least 6, maybe 8 SLT.
   We'll use the cliff-face baths in Bai Long; the view up there is great...and there's lots of room.

   Vee: "If you've been paying attention, you'll have seen the Lindens put out two notices (so far) on their blogs. So we have dates - but no timetable, yet, or any idea how this LL-run SLB will differ from the Resident-run ones. All I can say is, we're not going to miss it if I can help it. Wink"

RP for today: "A Bit of Bai Long"
Starting Point: The Weyr Bowl
   Bit is going in as Sorana's rep while Sorana settles in as Lady Holder. (And while Sorana's player deals with First Life.)
    Plan A: arrive back (at the weyr), and unload Bit, and then 'discuss' setting up a trade delegation, etc.
    Plan B: And that can always be interrupted by news of the latest disaster, etc.

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An unofficial meeting, as Vee was absent.

Place names
    Dutch hasn't received any suggestions for names for the former Bai Long Hold, nor for other builds up in the sky. Mailbox is still open, folks! Please send him whatever names you would like to see - at the very least, we'll add them to the 'Island Locations' sheet. We don't need to rename anything right away, might want to just assign names temporarily to fit RP themes, but it'd be nice to have "real" names to put into the teleporters. State maps would be a good place to look for strange but plausible names that we could adapt.

    We're dropping the thread that depended on Bit, so we again have no one to play evil Veekar, but the missing-tithe-train thread can be rescued. And we want to try to reawaken interest in Weyr RP so we'll be playing there today.
    "Weyr in the World"
    Starting Point: The Weyr (Storage Caverns) Shaula (137,228,34)
Plan A:
    The remnants of the tithe train finally make it to the Weyr from West Point Sea Hold.
Crafters report to the Dragon Riders what they think happened to the train, based on their investigations. (Chance for creative writing here!)
 - Why or how was it mis-routed?
 - What happened to the people?
 - What caused their illnesses?
 - Are the remaining goods in the train safe?
Plan B:
    Weyr visitors go a’ wandering about the Weyr - what’s behind that curtain? (Remember that closed curtains mark private areas; it might be OK to peek in but you shouldn't go in.)


   Tiers are covered. Vee's move is complete (except for unpacking). And she has job interviews coming up.  

Anne's memorial
   The 21st is a Thursday this year, the week before Thanksgiving. We'll try doing the event on both the Thursday and the following Saturday - the day itself and the day most people can make it. And one EU and one US time on each day.

   This was discussed in the RP committee. We can't keep calling the place Bai Long, since that RP is effectively dead. So what should we call it, and any suggestions on how to use it?
   It could be nice to set it up (some part of it) as a permanent hold, maybe name it. maybe we interact with those "folks".
   By sticking an Experience teleport in, we could re-use the tunnels as part of the hold, the Weyr, the mines, whatever.
    It seems like it would be good to keep some of it as a permanent hold. We used to talk about covert trips to Southern - usually by the riders - so would some island of Southern make sense? We can probably add an island or two on the other sims, too, if that helps.
   So, name suggestions - for islands and/or the 3500 hold - for next week.

A Weyr day
   Ludo had an idea to have a day of Weyr RP and talk about how we can get the Weyr moving again. Since each avatar can have a craft character, a Weyr rider, and a Weyr dragon, she thought we might make some Weyr characters and try them out. Our hope is to get former dragons and riders to come back, but to do that maybe some active characters need to be riders and dragons for a while. Spoke about using two avatars in a single RP - allowed - just not a single avatar switching between two NPCs.
   So, Weyr day next week. Don't have to play dragon or rider - Lower Caverns needs people, too. There might be eggs on the Hatching Sand... not only a conversation starter, might be good for the memorial, too. There could be a real hatching later on, if we get some pairs set up... but having them there next week might be a good start (and maybe lead some to think about becoming a pair?)

RP: "Halloween Hold, Redux"
Starting Point: Shaula (190,53,3433)  
    Plan A:
        One more opportunity for all to pass thru the Halloween Hold - this should give all a chance to experience the event, as last week SL had major logon issues. And some of us were in transit.
    Plan B:
        De-decorations, as needed in '3500' (OOC)


   Presumably OK, per Vee's statement last week.

SL service outage NOW and Tuesday
   Service outage now: as of 11:48 SLT, "During this time, some Second Life services may be unavailable including, but not limited to: logging in, and object rezzing. Please refrain from rezzing in-world, in addition to transacting in-world, on the Marketplace, or on the Lindex during this time." [Can't change outfits either.]
   Scheduled inventory maintenance    Tuesday - watch for notices.

   Celebrating the non-Pernese holiday this afternoon, see below.  

RP: ¡ Happy Halloween !
   Starting Point: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Shaula/190/53/3433
Plan A:
    Walk thru the GPoP Halloween Hold (find daylight)
Plan B:
    Once you find daylight, turn right and go up to the plaza, for Halloween mingling/socializing
    Semi IC/OOC


   Vee: "This should be a fairly quick meeting, so I'll dip straight into Finances, say we're still stable, all bills paid, here for another month. And announce that I won't be here next weekend. I'll be relocating, and apparently it's really difficult to be here and be driving a truck down the interstate at the same time...  I'll be back in place by Halloween, though."

Vee's schedule
   She's moving; won't be here next Sunday, and likely offline thru the following Wednesday.

Shanna's schedule
   She won't be here next Sunday.

Reviving the Weyr
   Ludo: "We now allow people to have a dragon and a rider in addition to a Hold or Craft character. So I thought if we really want to revive the Weyr maybe the regulars could make up dragon and rider characters and pair off with each other. For example, I might want to play a dragon more than I want to play a rider.  So I could find person A who wants to play a rider and is here often. Then I could also play a rider and impress to person B's dragon. So if A is here I'm a dragon, if B is here I'm a rider. Now some of the regulars might not want to play a dragon or a rider; they could make Weyr characters or find excuses to be in or near the Weyr. That's as far as we got. There's lots to discuss about that idea."
   Vee: "We might set a day in November - before the Memorial - to be a Weyr RP day, if enough people are interested."
   Ludo: "We'll need to talk about how to structure that."
   Vee: "Something to discuss next RP committee, while I'm away."
   Ludo: "Come to RP meeting, if you can. We can post the results of our discussion."  
   Vee: "And feel free to talk about it anytime <smiles>"

Starting Point: 3500 - @ Bai Long (caverns)
    Plan A: HALLOWEEN PREP activities
    Plan B: HALLOWEEN PREP activities
        Send Vee's 'Please Do' list, by end of RP
        All GPoP folks are invited to add spooky things, ideally somewhat medieval looking, to put in rooms in Bai Long. Every member of GPoP is invited to put some of their own stamp of decorations into the Bai Long caverns.
   Vee: "In case anyone's worried about land impact, Kuma has 3500 li free now, and Thread reserves 1000 of that. So, lots of room."
   Colin: "We're thinking of setting a starting point deep inside that Hold, so that folks can find their way out. It's not a maze, honest!"
   Vee: "If we want to put in links, point to point teleports where you walk into a door in one place and emerge somewhere else... we can do that, too."


   Vee: "Short term, still good. Tiers are being paid on time, ads too.
   " I'm also preparing to replace anything I deem critical that's owned by Bit or her alts. I keep holding off on the chance that I can talk to her and not have to worry about her coming through with orders to return everything she owns - and Mist owns a chunk of Gianfar. that ought to have been deeded to group, quite apart from Bai Long. Replacement costs of just items I deem essential will run to around L$4-5,000. Leaving out things like rugs or other decor. But we can afford it.
   "Longer term... my current contract is ending. Company is reducing its US IT projects and transitioning fulltime staff to replace the contractors, of whom I'm one. I'm planning to jump ship early, as i don't want to be entering the market next month, when companies stop hiring. Also, I made a nice pile of cash this contract, and I can afford it - and I'm already in interviews. I could apply for a permanent role, but that would mean moving to somewhere around Mississippi or Indiana, and not a major city... that's if they took me.  I'm also going to be relocating in about 9-10 days. Exact date & time TBD. Moving somewhere warmer. Anyway, I will be here for all foreseeable meetings, but I'll be missing for a few days after the next one. (Could do the move in a day, decided to be more relaxed about it and visit some old haunts en route.)"

   Colin: "Found references to wearing "clouts" for swimming... that'd be breechclouts/loincloths. No references to female swimwear in "Dragonriders of Pern". But Jaxom does *notice* Sharra as she helps him scrub Ruth. And near the end of "White Dragon" Robinton just tosses his clothes away and dives into the ocean."  
   Vee: "Ok, so maybe loincloths/clouts, with breast bands for women."

   RP planning group's working on something, maybe a mystery maze scenario. Stay tuned...

RP: "We work for our daily bread"
Starting Point: West Point Sea Hold Shaula (205,66,3504)
    Plan A:
        Continue on with the medical aspects of the tithe train being found
    Plan B:
        Recovery of the remnants of the tithe train @ West Point


   "Still good, but clouds on the horizon. I have a feeling contractors like me - remote workers - may be on the chopping block soon. But we're good for another couple of months at least. Also, I may be away next Sunday. Thinking of moving to another (warmer & cheaper) state - and if I do still have a job, that means I'll move over a weekend. (If I don't, weekdays are easier.)"

   Perhaps a tunnel search with creepy things and maybe a tunnel snake. More discussion next week.

RP: "Forget the frying pan - Out of the thread safe and into the thread"
Starting Point: West Point Sea Hold - Shaula (205,66,3504)
    Plan A:
        The long missing tithe train is FOUND!
    Plan B:
        All the people on the train are dead or ill from a mysterious illness.
        Naturally, we are totally un-equipped to handle that.

Dutch: "We've retconn'd a bit, (no pun intended) due to the southern issue. And, as always, should anyone have any storyline ideas they would like to pursue, please do not hesitate to bring it to the attention of the RP Team (myself, Colin, Shanna, Vee, etc)."


   Bit has left us, without a word, and taking l$13,000 of Ming Wu replacement parts with her. My guess is, she was ordered to do so, so I'm temporarily banning her & her alts from Gianfar while we figure out what prims she owns, and take steps to return or replace them. I can't risk her being ordered to return and do damage. Sorana's decided to leave us also, understandably - she's caught in the middle here. So this ends, for now, the Southern storylines, and freezes the Veekar storylines while we figure out how to rewrite them.

   Ad hoc, digesting the news and maybe figuring out what's left of our storyline.
    Starting Point: Runner's Rest - Kuma (209,90,23)
    Plan A: Ad hoc discussion


   "...still good. Bills are up to date. We're here for another month."

RP: "More ad hockity"
Location: Kuma, meeting room one floor below Council Chamber - Kuma (10, 111, 76).
Plan A: ad hoc conversation as most players will probably be absent.
Plan B: see Plan A.


Very short meeting today.

   "Remain good. All bills paid on time, all tiers are up to date, we're here for another month."

RP: "Do something, or not"
Starting point: Runners' Rest - Kuma (209,90,23)
Plan A: ad hoc chat, as many folks will be absent
Plan B: ditto


   Vee: "... remain good, all bills being paid on time, Novi is sitting on a nice reserve, all ads up to date."

   Dutch: "The RP Team put our heads together, and came up with about 5 different ideas for a Halloween RP. These will be developed over the next few weeks, etc. However, in the meantime - if anyone else has a good idea for a Halloween Special, please contact myself, Colin, Ludo, Bit or Sorana. This is YOUR Halloween, as much as it is ours."

RP: Just Deserts
Starting Point:: The HOLD's Main Dining Cavern (after a meal)
    Plan A:
        A report about the missing tithe train is received
        Far Cry's Holder to report on happenings in her Hold
    Plan B:
        Sorana continues to be a hard-ass about trade...


   Vee: "Still good. We're here for another month, full sim tiers were paid on time. And I paid all our ads last night."

Vee's schedule
   Have flight, will travel. I'll be offline most of tomorrow and on Wednesday evening.

   Vee: "We should start thinking if we want to do anything for Halloween... I'm likely to be around only intermittently on Sundays this month, and I know others are the same, and experience suggests we shouldn't leave planning until the actual month of an event."

RP: "No Hoc like an added hoc"
Starting Point: Runner's Rest
    Plan A: GPoP Pub Crawl (aka Ad Hoc)
    Plan B: Discuss events which have happened/try to make sense of them (aka Ad Hoc)
    What we KNOW:
        At the orchard (Napple Cot?)
            HNO3 tanks sabotaged.
            holder not present.
            suspect something is amiss.
            have sent for guards and smiths, from the hold to further investigate/guard the site.
            harvest left out on the open ground for wild beasts to eat.
        Did NOT do the Holder reaction to Far Cry’s silence.
        Lady Varian had recalled the holder from Far Cry (20190729), to report on why they didn't aid (or report on) the train.
            That still needs to be done.
            Second call for Far Cry holder went out 20190811
        (Colin) Idea: The train is missing because it never got to where we've looked. It arrived at a smallhold which had been taken over by (or defected to) Veekar... thus the beasts & wagons could be hidden... and all reports we've received could have been false.
        The Scout from the train has disappeared.
            The two guards set to guard him were found after several days.
            Guards were drugged/found in a storage cupboard.
            Did someone ‘renew' their drugs?
        There are NO ITEMS from the train which made it in. Nothing to be found.
        After fall @ GPoP Hold, HN03 tanks were empty/damaged/missing, damage to a pasture.
        Teela (played by Sorana) was the one stealing medical supplies.
            Is Teela is a spy?
            A saboteur?
            Or does she have some other ulterior motive?
        WHAT (REALLY) delayed tithe trains? Search reports received:
            One: Wagons found in Big Island lake - investigating
            Two: A FALSE FLAG Report (Train reported to be headed east from Far Cry to Neill’s Harbor or Sea Cry.)
            Three: Wagons in the lake are all OLD and worn out  (However, on investigation, they were all old, wrecked units, not modern strong wagons.) (old wagons, loaded with rocks, underwater a short time)
            Four: Roads in good condition/no sign of slides
            Five: Note from a minor hold (Far Cry? Other?) where the signature does NOT match known signatures. (Obvious false)
            Six: Shortages report from other holds
            Seven: Report on vanished apprentice and guards
            Eight: Downed fences near high paddock - herd-beasts loose
            Nine: Injuries on the search for the train (non-specific as to number and type)
            Ten: Shortages reports from the Weyr

Dutch's schedule
   He'll be on vacation on the 15th, 22nd, and maybe 29th. So let's all cogitate over the next week for Halloween ideas and circle back next week.


   "...still ok, here for another month, etc..."

Bai Long news
   Vee: "Bit and Sorana have left the Companion's Guild, so there's no more Companion association between our 3500 builds and the Guild. Discussions about why they left are *not* suitable topics for GPoP chat or meetings. Companion-related material has been removed from the build. Gianfar loses nothing, no backstory revisions."
   Sorana: "We are still there on Southern and we are still Bai Long and still Oriental themed."
   Vee: "Gianfar will be sponsoring Ming Wu, going forward. That's the theatre."
   Bit: "We'll be doing some more over there - and IC'ly, Ming Wu will end up our set for Southern Harper Hall. And Ming Wu needs performers! So if you like what you see.. please do poke me if you want to come play. We need everything.. front and back of the house."

RP: "Salient Points - Agenothree and A Holder Reacts"
Starting Point: The Orchard in Tyl (Tyl (61,52,24))
    Plan A: Investigate why the Agenothree tanks seems to be damaged/missing during a recent threadfall, causing damage.
    Plan B: Lady Varian (or her Minion) reacts as to why Far Cry's Holder STILL hasn't appeared for an interview
    Plan C: Wing It


   "still good, all tiers covered, HS tiers paid on time. Need to pay our ad bills today."

RP: "Fardles, again"
Starting Point: The HOLD Council Chamber http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Kuma/57/127/90
    Plan A: Sorana demanding more in return for trade, as trains seem to get lost in the north
    Plan B: Continued silence from Far Cry.
               No response to drum or flit messages,.
               Drugged guards are interviewed after recovery (reports or generic  - angry, but know very little)
               Further reaction/plans based on last week's reports
               Last week's reported injuries

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   Vee: "Still hanging on. All bills paid or covered. I didn't get either job I interviewed for. But, more jobs in the pipeline, although it'll be a week or two before I get to the final phase with any of them."

   Vee: "I did roll out a few changes last week, but the big change to Thread got delayed when it got interrupted by an interview and I didn't get back to it. Hopefully this week. Followed, possibly, by an update to Dragonflight - the straps scripts. Fall may go offline for a day or two in Kuma while I'm experimenting."

Cut/copy/paste & find/replace
   The inventor of cut/copy/paste and find/replace has died.

Pern Day
   April 1, Anne's birthday, falls on a Wednesday this year, so we'll celebrate in two parts: that day, and the following weekend. On the 1st we might have a party just for us. or a Threadfall.
   Vee: "At the weekend, though, I'd ideally like to be showing off new dragons and new Threadfall, and try to recruit. As well as having a big party, and getting Wyrms involved. Something much longer, that visitors could dip into."
   Dutch: "We could even look to extend the normal RP time, on the Sunday.... Maybe add a half hour or an hour to the FRONT of RP time? [How about] if we 'skip' the general meeting that week? just go from general meet time to end of RP time? that gives us 10:45 to 15:30, SLT. "
   Vee: "We can discuss it next week, I like that idea, if enough of us can be around in any given hour to make that work - I'm sure I can be."

RP: "Wake Me Up Before You Go KLAH"
    Starting Point: Thuban (208, 72, 23)
        Plan A:
            Harvesting KLAH Bark, to replenish severely depleted stores, after the winter. Bring a basket if you have one.


   Still holding on. Tiers are covered for the next few weeks. I just had 2 more 'final' interviews, keeping fingers crossed.

Dragon Rider Poster
   Shanna: "My alt knows Abathyr the owner of Cog & Fleur who sell Victorian and Fantasy clothes. She is a Pern fan and did intend her new costumes for that, but hadn't heard of Gianfar. She said she'd come and take a look. This [poster on the Council table is for sale for the traditional L$0] is a set that comes in different colors.  Sadly we have no customers for her, but I'll keep in touch." [She'll suggest doing a male costume.]
   Inworld store: Heart Song (190,84,39)
   Marketplace URL:   https://marketplace.secondlife.com/stores/139028/search?utf8=✓&search[category_id]=&search[maturity_level]=GMA&search[keywords]=
   zai: "coughed up to join the group cos the kimono mania prize is lovely"

   Vee: "Subject to RL, I hope to roll out a bunch of changes to Threadfall, starting tomorrow. Some of the changes will be updates to Dragonflight and maybe Dragonfire - not decided on that yet! - so dragons may have to get new saddles and new Dragonbreath; I thought now would be a good time since we don't have many active dragons. *But* if one of last week's interviews offers me a job this week, then one side-effect will likely be me dropping out of SL for 4 or 5 days."

RP: "The Hunt for Ard's Eggs"
    Dutch: "RP today, is a return to the hunt Ardhys created for us a while back....  if you do not get a chance to join us later today, this is an event anyone can do, at any time, on their own, or in groups... and, of course, thank you to Ardhys, for putting so much hard work into this hunt."
    Starting Point: Kuma Landing Point (the dome) (http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Kuma/103/179/83)
        Plan A: Follow Ard's excellent egg hunt, to reacquaint with things Gianfar.


   Vee: "[T]iers are covered for this month, I'm in final process with 2 companies - one could make a decision tomorrow, the other wants to interview me later this week."

Swim HUD
   For years we'd been wishing for something that'd let people swim anywhere (not just within range of a poseball), and Ludova found one. It works only in Linden waters - the water in the Shaula bathing cavern may be a prim. It's available for only L$1 at

RP: "WILL the 'reckless' ever become 'reckful'?"
    Starting Point:
        Weyr Dining Hall
        Shaula (121,227,41)
    Plan A:
            Nola enters carrying full trays. Ludova is missing.
            EXACTLY what Del feared.
            The hunt for Ludova, is on.
[Chronicler's note: 'reckful' is a real word and does mean the opposite of 'reckless'.]

Happy palindrome date!

   Vee: "Finances, no change except I had some good interviews last week and no-one's turned me down yet... however, a 'final' interview that was supposed to be scheduled this week has gone quiet on me. Other than that, I've been working on Thread scripting this week, and on dragonflight, and you should - hopefully - see the results this coming week."

RP: "How Do You Solve a Problem Like Ludova?"
    Starting Point: Weyr baths - http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Shaula/41/187/33
        Plan A:
            Why are there food plates, utensils & a Klah mug in the baths? We normally don't eat there.
            The continuing mysteries that are, Ludova.
            The continuing search for Ludova.
            Why does Nola defend Ludova so fiercely?


   Vee: "I have yet another final interview next week, and an initial interview tomorrow for a job that could finish the process & make a decision by Friday. In the meantime, I've tapped an income stream I'd forgotten about, all bills are up to date, and the sims should be safe for another month."

RP: "Domestic Un-bliss"
   Starting Point: the Weyr kitchen - Shaula (147, 232, 40)
   Plan A: Del confronts a drudge who is late for her shift serving at meals in the dining cavern.


   Vee: "it's going to be tight, this month. I think we have tier covered up to the fullsim tiers on the 28th. None of my 'final' interviews panned out; although one was kind enough to say it was very close, and would I be interested in coming aboard at a later date (translation: if the guy they picked doesn't work out). I'm now close to a final interview with 2 other companies, but suspect one won't work out."

   Vee: "Thanks, everyone who contributed to last week's Turnover party!"

RP: "We All Need a Bath"
Starting Point: The Weyr baths (the one clothing-optional public location in Gianfar) [Shaula (48, 197, 33)]
    Plan A:
        Candidate Orientation continues, with 'How to Wash a Dragon' lessons.


   Vee: "All bills paid so far.  I think my interview last week went well - but I've had no feedback yet...  two of the three interviews before Xmas have now said no, although one of them wants to talk to me about some opportunity in the near future. And I have more interviews this week."  

Turnover party
   We have a DJ, a dance floor, an obstacle race, a tug of war, and a "Race to the Hatching Sands" board game. We haven't invited the Hatchies because Vee was offline all last week. Please invite your friends!


   Vee: "All tiers paid so far. All ads are up to date. But cash is starting to get tight. However... Had 3 interviews before Xmas, and hadn't heard back from any of them before Friday. Which I'd assumed meant 'no', they were just being nice by not saying so before the season. However... got an email Friday from one of them to say they'll be making a decision this coming week. And I have a fourth 'final' interview on Tuesday."

   Dutch: "During RP time, next week (12 Jan) we have TURNOVER CELEBRATION. The Raglan Carollers are invited (Linn re-confirmed acceptance today). We have a DJ lined up. Location will be in the Weyr bowl. Later today, we'll be looking at cobbling together some sort of gaming/games for the big event. Oh, and INVITE YOUR FRIENDS!"
   Ludova: "If you can't make it to RP today and have ideas for Turnover please contact Dutch or Colin."

RP - "Work work work work, all in a day's work"
Starting Point: The Weyr Bowl
    Plan A:
        Labor hard on preparing for next sevenday's Turnover Celebration (IC/OOC)
    Plan B:
        Sweep and mop the dancefloor  (IC/OOC)

Last meeting in 2019.

   Vee: "Short term, tiers covered. Longer term, had 3 very good 'final' interviews last week. 2 of them, the hiring managers intimated it'd be unlikely that they wouldn't make an offer. But as of Friday, no feedback... just keeping fingers crossed. 4th 'final' interview will be scheduled for week of Jan 6th.  Not counting chickens, so I started interviews with 3 other companies this week, and 2 who'd expressed an interest & gone quiet suddenly popped up again. Also have a coding challenge to do from another."

   Planning for Turnover Celebration:
            To be held 2020-01-12 during RP time (13:30-15:00 SLT / 1½ Hours)
            Cisop Sixpence has agreed to DJ for us
            Music styles requested?
                Pernese music
                    Dutch uploaded some music to Google, as a guide for Cisop’s selection. Colin also has access to that folder (\Music\2020-01-12 GPoP Turnover Music\).
            Dance balls?
                Dutch created a ‘dance floor’ and placed some dance balls out on it, in the Weyr Bowl
        Location? The Weyr Bowl
            Additional activities (other than dancing)?
            Vee to invite Hatchies for a raid during Threadfall.
            Linn Darkwatch of the Raglan Tiny Carollers were invited - Linn acknowledged.
            Invite your friends!
            If anyone has any other ideas for the (90 min or thereabouts) Turnover party, please let us know. This is your party, as much as it is ours. Dutch can provide some word jumbles, or trivia questions. Maybe, for 'fun' games, we can set up a runner or dragon race or obstacle course, in/around the bowl (just temporary).

RP - "Ad Hoc due to holidays"
Starting Point: - Runner's Rest
    Ad Hoc RP, based on who shows up for what (or not)


    Vee: "Short-term, all tiers paid so far, and I just last night paid up all our ads for 3 weeks in advance.
    Medium term, the tiers for the full sims on the 28th should be covered, I'm glad to say...
    More importantly, long term. I'm going to be offline most of this week because of the long term. I have final interviews with 3 companies on 3 successive days, starting Tuesday, and, because there seems to be a plot making it harder to get back here than to leave, I'll be away pretty much until the next meeting. When, hopefully, I hope to report having more than one job offer...  So tomorrow I'll be packing, and last night I was hunting for hotels for this week - which is why I was up late, and why I decided to skip class this morning and just barely made it here.  Anyway, fingers crossed. With the festive season coming up, and the chance I'll be coming back here only to pack up and move back there, I decided to play safe and make sure we didn't need to worry about rent for a few weeks. Flights willing, I'll be here for the next meeting, which will probably be the last Gianfar meeting this year. Then, if I do have a job, I'll most likely have to move between Xmas & NY, so I'll be offline over the festive season for all the wrong reasons."

Turnover gather
   Dutch: "12th January, during RP time. We're still planning/plotting - but we have a DJ lined up, a venue (the Weyr bowl), and were hoping that YOU [Vee] could invite/inveigle the Hatchies to show up for a Threadfall. If anyone has any ideas/suggestions/requests, please bring it up to us, any time (although we DID reserve PLOT B for RP for Turnover Planning. Which brings up another point - INVITE YOUR FRIENDS :-)"
   Vee: "Oh, separate issue, would we like a performance from the Raglan Tiny Carollers this year?" Yes, we would! Dutch will IM Linn Darkwatch, as Vee's going to be away landing a new job (we hope!).

RP: "Watch POUT!"
Starting Point: The Weyr Dining Cavern - Shaula (112, 224, 41)
    Plan A:
        Weyr folk are showing new candidates around the Weyr, including Ludova, who so far has 'impressed' the Weyr with her opinions. This is a familiarization walk-through of the Weyr for new candidates, conducted by Weyrfolk, crafters and holdspeople. Good time for people to bring out that candidate character they were just sitting on.
    Plan B:
        Side conversation/planning for Turnover Celebration (OOC).


   Vee: "Short-term, I paid all our bills yesterday, and all tiers to date are paid. Medium-term is looking darker... I expect we'll be drawing down Novi's balances to cover full-sim tier this month. Donations welcome, don't be late with your rentals, please. Longer-term... The company I interviewed with before Thanksgiving turned me down last Monday. But I'm now at the final stage with 2 more companies, and close with a third! In fact, one company liked my application so much, they're skipping the technical stages and going straight to the onsite interview. (I think I may know someone there, which could explain it Smiley ) So I'm hopeful about landing a job in the next couple of weeks. But the chance of being paid before Xmas is looking remote."

   Vee: " I've not had much time inworld because of all the interviewing I've been doing. But I've been talking with Rish, and she's successfully made a plane script and the dragon animations work together, so adapting our dragonflight scripts - which are designed to work that way - should be cake. Err, easy. I think - not promising, mind - we could have new fully-Pernese mesh dragons by sometime in February... but that's partly up to the maker, who won't get to the skins until late January."

   Dutch: "I would like to propose 12th Jan as a date for Turnover *instead* of RP. That puts it out of the holiday season, and we can take a few weeks to plot & plan. Going OOC with a dash of klah, open party (invite friends) would give us potential to encourage (draft) civilians."
   Vee: " I'm going to say a ground-level location. I don't want to use 3500 for this, and a specially-built event location would make it less 'us'."

RP: "Calling all dragons!"
Starting Point: The Weyr Bowl
    Plan A (if we have enough dragons and riders):
        Dragon training exercise in Search And Rescue (SAR). Find the 'hidden' rider, somewhere on the sims.
    Plan B (depending on how fast the dragons & riders get through Plan A):
         A new Rider (candidate) coming from Hold stock and used to servants, is not adjusting to Weyr life and wants people to do things for him/her. This is causing stress with Hold/weyr/hall... complaints, etc.


   Vee: "...tiers paid and up to date, waiting on results of last week's final interview (Thanksgiving slowed that down, but I *think* it went well), more interviews in process."

RP: No Hoc Like an Ad Hoc
Starting Point: Tyl (67,74,23)
Plan A:
    Ad Hoc day - use the time to:
        Develop further plans for future RP


   Vee: "We're still here, ads will be paid today, tiers are covered. And I have interviews coming up. One final interview. Fingers crossed..."

   Vee: " First, an apology - I got sidetracked last Sunday, and didn't post the notice for the memorial (although I had it all prepared), which proved to be a good thing, as I couldn't make it either - way too much RL (interviews, phone calls)... nevertheless, a Memorial was held, late on Thursday night. The interviews have led to this week's interview schedule, so I can't complain too much. But I overdid it, got sick (through not enough sleep and not eating properly) and was offline most of yesterday as well. So I propose holding the Memorial today, in RP time - 1:30 SLT - in the Weyr Bowl."

RP class schedule
   Vee: "I've changed the RP class schedule. As of today, I'm teaching at 9am and... I've forgotten if I said 3pm or 4pm... 'later this afternoon'. 9am class got more students than I've seen in a regular class for a while, despite me being late with the notices. Only slightly ruined by the sim being restarted at 10..."

RP: 20191124 - Weyr o Where
Starting Point: The Where (wyer else)
    Plan A: A mysterious floating cube with a likeness painted on it, scares weyrlings - aka Anne's Memorial. (IC/OOC)
    Plan B: Consider island locations. (IC/OOC)
Island location names submitted so far:
            Arlin                              Beast's Burrow
            Broken Wheel Hold   For Crying Out Loud
            Frog Level              Glows Hollow
            Hold On Hold              Little Wallop
            Lizard Lick              Mountain Cove
            Nelson Hold              Reycalf Cliff
            Rocky Top              Toad Suck
            Trader's Gulch           Warm Springs
            Wherry Valley Hold   White Stone Hold
            Wild Runner Pass


   Vee: "Bills are paid and up to date, we're here for another month. And I have a final interview a week on Monday, with the company looking to start me almost immediately."

Anne's memorial
   Vee plans on putting notices in a number of groups. Times: noon & 7pm SLT this Thursday, 10am & 6pm this Saturday, in the Weyr bowl as usual.

RP class
   Vee would like to teach Beginning and Advanced classes, maybe at 9am and 3 or 4pm SLT, maybe one on Saturday or Sunday morning and one on Sunday afternoon; and maybe switching them - Basic then Advanced one week, other order the next week. And maybe getting the Admin class back on track.

Renaming Bai Long
   The names Rocky Top, Arlin, and Warm Springs have been suggested. We'll continue the discussion next week.  

   Dutch and Liriel: We need people willing to play the important Weyrpersons. I was hoping active roleplayers could fill in. We're going to try to plot more story lines IN and FOR the Weyr, in hopes of attracting Weyr players (old AND new). We need Weyr-oriented RP ideas. Any/all suggestions/recommendations are more than welcome; please fwd/contact either Dutch, Liriel, Colin, Shanna or Una.

   Starting Point: The Weyr (dining cavern and bowl)
    Plan A:
        Ground-based folk, picking up after last week's RP, after trying to find the source of infection affecting the tithe train's humans; determine if this is more invasive than at first glance.
        Discuss open issues, either investigate or close, as desired:
            Was there any outside agency affecting the Tithe Train?
            What are the facts about the wagons found, sunken near the shore of Big Island Lake?
            What happened to that Scout from the Train?
            Why did we first hear the train had headed EAST when it was actually found WEST?
            Why didn’t the Far Cry Holder report to Lady Varian, as was instructed?
            What happened to the Holders at Napple Cot? How did their Agenothree Tanks become damaged?
    Plan B:
          Dragon types (beasts & riders) doing dragon things: flying, flaming, practice, as needed

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   Assumed to be OK.

   Main areas were reported to be Lag City as usual. Exhibitors' areas are beautifully landscaped and, as of meeting time, were lag free. The GPoP Display is @: SL17B Stunning (74,19,22).

RP - "Varian And The Evil Usurper"
    Starting Point: (*SIMULATED* Far Cry Hold - Main hall) Kuma (45,182,64)
        Plan A:
            Meet at a more northerly hold on the island, to discuss Veekar’s proposal with holders and crafters.
            (Use alternate personae / Adara to lead moderator delegation.)


   Assumed to be OK.  

RP: 2020-06-14 - "Too many cooks"
    Starting Point: The Runner's Rest
        Plan A:
            Word comes down to our intrepid team of unrest in holds within in, and adjoining the area that Veekar is attempting to take over.
            Holders and Crafters are demanding answers.
        Plan B:
            Ludova delivers a follow up missive from Veekar, inquiring as to why there has been no response to her reasonable request, yet.

Next week we may try bringing out some of our alts to play holders from the northeast. That would give us a chance to take on different roles.


   Vee: "Bills paid. I have more interviews lined up, and I actually got some scripting done last week - not a lot, but some."

   Vee: "SL17B continues apace (although construction of the main areas seems to be a week behind schedule)."

RP - "Grumbles, and Ludovasong"
    Starting Point: Weyr Dining Hall (http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Shaula/121/227/41)
        Plan A:
            The Weyr and other reactions, to Veekar's proposal
        Plan B
            Ludova wants to get to the bottom of the Ludova Song
            Who perpetrated it?
            Who encouraged it?


   Vee: "The payment for Shaula went through, the payment for Kuma is stuck. There's some issue with Wyn's tier payment, but we think it's technical. "  

RP: "What do we do now?"
Starting point: Fishercraft Hall [Kuma (32,231,35) ]
        Plan A:
            Various Hold, Hall and Weyr Representatives gather to discuss expansion ideas for the island.
            What new cot holds, outlier halls and other social projects need to be engaged in?
                For example: Gabe may request to start his own Paddock, specializing in breeding runner-beasts, as his ‘journey-man project’.
                Both Far Cry (minor hold) and Neil’s Harbor (minor seahold) may wish to expand outlying cot holds into the same valley along the course of the East River (from Big island lake to the Sea).
            Which group gets precedence over the land and resources?
        Plan B
            Ludova wants to get to the bottom of the ‘How do we solve a problem like Ludova’ song, in the Weyr.
    ((These will be IN CHARACTER conversations/meetings, etc - since we had several weeks of OOC work))


   Vee: "Not much to talk about this week...  after our brief holiday, the full sim tiers are due later this week, and I think I have them covered. I'm interviewing in a lot of places, but no second interviews yet."

   Vee: "There was a delay in opening the SL17B regions, but as I haven't got around to picking up our parcel, that hasn't affected us. Our build isn't even started, but the basics should be done this week Wink I need to find time to work on some of the things I promised Wyn, probably Monday. The Birthday has a theme, 'road trips & vacations', but they also made it optional this year. So we're sort of half-doing it."

RP: "Prizes and a Surprise and Planning"
    Starting Point: Harper Hall (LARGE) Classroom {Kuma (200,105,40)}
    Dutch: "We NEED to give out the Linden prizes for best avatar creation. Please be prepared to wear your BEST avatar creation, from the previous few weeks of efforts/classes, for consideration. 1st = $L500, 2nd = $L300 & 3rd = $L200.
    "Then, various Hold, Hall and Weyr  Representatives gather to discuss expansion ideas for the island. What new cotholds, outlier halls and other social projects need to be engaged in?
    "For example: Gabe requests to start his own Paddock, specializing in breeding runner-beasts."

Editor's note
    BBC news reports that "Western Australia hit by 'once-in-a-decade' storm". Drought, fire, plague, and flood... our Aussie friends are getting hit far too hard!


   Vee: "I'm suddenly flooded with interviews so I'll only be around intermittently this week."

   Vee: "We got our SL17B exhibitor slot, I'm going to see if we can parlay it into a double-sized booth to get more room for dragons.  If any of you know any DJs or performers who could use some SLB exposure, have them apply today. SLB isn't short of artists, but changing the DJ slots to just 1 hour means there are more places."

RP - "Belated REZZDay Party"
Starting Point: Kuma (163,49,22) (Gather Square in front of Harper hall)
    Plan A: It was Vee & Dezy’s REZZDay, last week (Sunday).
        We will be having an OOC party to commemorate.
        Cisop Sixpence agreed to DJ for us
        Dancing, Music and such, to be had.
        Prize distribution for the avatars created during the recent Avatar classes.

Kirsten's Viewer
     KIRSTEN’S VIEWER is 'back'. This viewer was popular about a decade ago, for its stellar presentation of graphical content. This viewer is now BACK, and re-certified by Linden Lab as a TPV. This viewer supports Anaglyph 3D via red/green glasses.
    Vee: "It's missing a lot, like, there's no RLV, and a bunch of settings are hard to find or only in debug settings (if present at all) - this viewer really concentrates on the graphics. Which are *really* good. Kirsten is why we have shadows in SL, why LL put so much effort into Windlight. The viewer comes with a warning, though - it's in perpetual beta, so there's no 'release' version - there will always be bugs.
    Dutch: "The only issue I've seen yet, which may be a 'BUT' is that, when you zoom really close into something, it seems to go a little fuzzy. So I would not recommend it for face shaping, etc... but for photography? Yes!"
    Vee: "I had noticed that I can push my view out further in laggy places than I can with FS. And that region crossings are just as much of a problem..."
    Dutch: "Overall, SL just 'LOOKS' better in that, IMO."
    Vee: "Oh, and Kirsten seems to have built the new Environment code into it already (basically by constantly forking the SL main viewer's release branch). And yes, it really does... I'll have to try the 3D thing sometime."
    Dutch: "That's the recently announced EEP (or is that EEK?), right? (environment)"
    Vee: "The sun's in a different place in the sky when I switch viewers - a place that agrees with my night/day scripts... I need to spend some of my nonexistent free time getting the viewer set up and finding all the missing settings."

Notth Rental rebuilt
    Ludova has rebuilt the North Rental property, now that Cynianne's floating furniture has been Returned. Aside from needing a door it's ready for use in RP.


   Vee: "I don't have much to report; no major bills to pay until the end of the month, interviews this week, will probably miss our non-RP today."  

RP - "Juli's  MESH challenge (Part Trois)"
Starting Point: Harper Hall, Harper Quintet Meeting Room - http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Kuma/Kuma/160/123/40
    Plan A:
        FYI - Sunday RP is gonna be PART THREE of 'Juli's  MESH challenge' - she (& Una) will judge our mesh avatar work, and, maybe a 3rd bit of class/discussion from last week.
        Last Sunday, we continued our discussion on MESH, BAKED ON MESH and Avatars.
        This was ended with Part 1 of the challenge, which was to create a male avatar for a specific character.
        Today, we will create another avatar for a specific character - this one female, all the while continuing our conversations & learning.
        There WILL be Linden prizes, for best avatar application over the course of the challenges. ($L 1,000 for 1st, $L 500 for 2nd, & $L 300 for 3rd.)


   Vee: "The Lindens did better than agree to a stay - they gave us the month off. We have no tier payments until May 28th. And in the meantime, my state tax refund arrived. So Gianfar is once again solvent, and we will be here for the next month. Aside from that, and me essentially interviewing all week but mostly not getting anywhere, I have no other news."

RP: "Juli's  MESH challenge"
    Starting Point: Harper Hall, Harper Quintet Meeting Room [http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Kuma/160/123/40]
        Plan A:
            FYI - Sunday RP is gonna be 'Juli's MESH challenge' - she'll judge our mesh avatar work, and, maybe a 2nd bit of from last week.There MAY be a Linden prize, for best application. Oh, and to fill in numbers for the prize(s) for today - 500 for 1st  - 300 for 2nd - 200 for 3rd.
                In both Firestorm and the Linden Viewer, it is possible to EXPORT your avatar (slider) numbers, via the Developer menu | Avatar | Character Tests | Appearance to XML.This allows you to EXPORT your slider settings to an XML file.    
                XML files are not best read in Notepad, rather use WORDPAD, or IE to format them for half-way decent reading.
                In Firestorm (but NOT the LL Viewer), in EDIT SHAPE, you can IMPORT that XML file, to apply the same set of (slider) numbers, to new avatars. THEN, when you load up a new (mesh-ish) avatar, you can edit the shape and IMPORT that self-same XML file (for an identical avatar).


   Vee: "Friday, Wyn & I asked the Lindens for more time to pay for this month. I have some funds arriving that will easily take care of Gianfar, along with my essential fire & brimstone deliveries - but probably not before the middle of next month. We've been told this will probably be granted - but then one of Wyn's tiers came up a day early (it was due today but got processed Friday instead of Monday). The full sim tiers are due Tuesday, and are not covered - we might have made a partial payment if the HS tier hadn't hit. Hopefully LL will give us the extension we're asking for. In the meantime, one of the jobs I had a final interview with said No, the other is a week late in getting back to me, so not terribly hopeful. I do have more interviews coming up this week."  

FF & SL17B
   Vee: "Fantasy Faire has opened, and the revamped Sci-Fi Con is coming up. We're not in either, doesn't mean we can't visit. And I'm definitely back as a stage manager for SL17B. Still waiting to hear on the Greeters."

Avatar customization class
    Juli: "This is going to be a rather informal class. I'm just going to talk a little about Mesh bodies and Heads. Places to find good hair, tattoos, facial hair, etc. Oh and  AOs.   Basically a quick how-to for putting together a basic human body avatar from scratch."

RP - Juli's AVATAR Customization Class!
Starting Point: Harper Hall, Harper Quintet Meeting Room [Kuma (176, 125, 40)]
    Plan A:
        Juli's AVATAR Customization Class!
        ¡¡ YIPPEE !! ((Necessarily OOC))


   Vee: "Not much to add, except I'm waiting on the results of a couple of interviews. Last week was unusually productive. And all bills up to now are paid. I *think* I have upcoming bills covered, too." [Chronicler's note: Keep those donation jars and boxes busy, folks!]

   Vee: "SL17B applications for exhibitors, performers and volunteers are open. And I did submit one, but haven't heard anything back...they don't even confirm it's been received."

RP - "Ludova is still problematic"
    Starting Point: Weyr dining hall - Shaula (135, 226, 41)
        Plan A: :Ludova has been sequestered in Healer Hall with bronchitis leading to pneumonia. She has been pestering the healers for things to do and has learned a bit of healing. She has recovered and wants to hear that song Nola has told her about.* Nola arrives at a meal with a letter for Del, asking him to ask the candidates to sing the song again so Ludova can hide in the kitchen and hear it. * The song is "How do we solve a problem like Ludova" and it recounts everything she has done wrong while here.
        Plan B: (in case Ludova gets called away) At a meal, we discuss the upcoming hatching and wonder why the eggs are taking so long to hatch, and also discuss that Ludova is recovering and what effects that might have.


(There was no report last week as we had the Pern Day / Spring Gather instead of a meeting and RP time.)

   Vee: "Bills paid (so far), and, busy pursuing jobs, have no idea how much I'll be around this week."

RP: "Easter Day and also Yuri’s Night"
    Starting Point: Runner's Rest [Kuma (211, 93, 23)]
        Plan A:
            No plan/No organized RP (same deal as last year)
            However, we do WANT an unorganized session, in case anyone wants to come anyway to socialize, etc.
    (Yuri Gagarin was the first human to orbit the earth, on this date in 1961.)


   No report.

Linden news
   Ludova: "The Lindens have said that anyone who can't pay tier should contact support, who will arrange something. They also lowered the tier for educational and non-profit organizations."
   Shanna: "Concurrency is rising."
   Dutch: "Perhaps with LL abandoning Sansar, they can put some marketing muscle back into SL and reinvigorate the environment."
   For those who, like me, hadn't heard about this, Sansar has been sold. You can find more about that by browsing to https://community.secondlife.com/
and searching for "Sansar".

Period music
   Shanna: "Oh - our RL Harpers are posting music from home: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M71PfsgVWhk "
   Or, if you're paranoid about following URLs, search YouTube for "Opland - Freeman : Quality Quarantine Time : Four French Tunes"

Pern Day (Anne's birthday)
   Wednesday, place & time & activities uncertain, GPoP members only. Stay tuned to the GPoP station for more news if it happens!

Spring Gather
    Sun, 5 April (public event / all are welcome)
        10:45   Gather/Greeting
        11:00   Events
            Runner races        
            Tug o' War
            Obstacle course
            (other events, as requested)
        13:00    Music/DJ/Dancing (DJ Cisop - through to the end
        15:30   Das ende
 Invites will go out as group notices, suitably engraved.
   Colin: "We're sure that Vee will want to make non-Gianfar dragons welcome. Likewise Hatchies from Isle of Wyrms, our parent organization, whom we often invite to add confusion and cuteness to our major events."

RP: "More of nothing is still nothing"
    Starting Point: Harper Hall classroom (3rd floor) [Kuma (204, 118, 40)]

        Plan A: More gather and pre-gather planning


   Vee has "a bunch of interviews this week, the first new interviews in 2 weeks. All for remote or initially-remote work."  

Pern Day / Spring Gather
   Dutch: "We have a Gather in two weeks (open to all), and another (smaller one) in 1½ weeks, open just to GPoP. The smaller one is on the 1st (or thereabout), and the larger, open to all one is on Sunday the 5th. The 1st is a Wednesday, so timing will be crucial, for whomever can be here at whatever time is decided."
   Vee: "I've just been told, by a usually reliable source, that SL population figures are up - from a norm of 45k up to around 55k. Not the 60+ back when I joined, yet... but maybe we'll see a few old faces, and maybe even persuade a few to stay... if we do a good job with the Gather."

SFC & SLB news
   Sci-Fi Con is coming up but Vee decided not to enter it, as we don't have any builders.
   SL Birthday exhibitor applications opened Friday, and Vee has filed ours. "Exhibits do NOT have to be in theme this year, but as the theme is 'vacations and road trips', I think we'll manage. Parcels are being offered in 3 sizes, I'm trying to get us a medium-sized one, for the sake of the dragons - that's twice as large as a regular booth. SLB is June-July, so we have plenty of time to rope in builders."

RP: "Let's get together & do nothing"
    Starting Point: The plaza outside Harper's Hall
        Plan A:
            Check the TYL race course
            Set one up in Shaula
        Plan B:
            Social time, for the gang


   No report but the island's still here - except for the walls & floors of the "North Rental" home, which will have to be rebuilt.

Pern Day / Spring Gather planning
   Planning is still creeping along but we need input from Vee about what she'd like to do when on April 1. We`re assuming that that members-only event (on Anne`s birthday) will be held in Tyl and the April 5 event in either Shaula or Kuma.

AV Customization class/session/event?
   COMING SOON. Learn the ins and outs of MESH, BENTO and obtaining/finding stuff at either LOW or NO cost. We don't quite have a date/time for this yet, but we're working on it! The instructor we're hoping to line up, has lots of in-world experience with these (and finding stuff that's free or cheap).  

RP: Administrivia 101
   Starting Point: Gather Planning Chamber (behind the Hold Kitchens) - Kuma (15,113,77)
    Plan A: Start (IC) work, prepping for the Spring Gather


   Presumably OK.  

Pern Day events
   SCHEDULE OF EVENTS (times are all SLT)
    Wed, 1 April (private event/group only)
        ??:??   Start
        ??:??   Do something which Vee wants to be done
        ??:??   End
    Sun, 5 April (public event / all are welcome)
        10:45   Gather/Greeting
        11:00   Events
            Runner races        
            Tug o' War                (Dutch to 'run')
            Obstacle course     (Dutch to 'run')
            (other events, as requested)
        13:00   Music/DJ/Dancing (DJ Cisop) (Dutch to ask Cisop if she could extend ½ hr until 15:30, if needed)
        15:30   Das ende

RP: "Ris to the Rescue!"  (or just chat about upcoming events)
Starting Point: Runner’s Rest
    Plan A:
        Ris helping Sh'Lenda with an injured shoulder (NOT dislocated), after Threadfall.
        This is happening at the Rest, and is a direct follow on to last week’s RP.
        Can assume the shoulder's been bound, or is being bound up.
    Plan B: (alternate)
        Discuss the upcoming Pern Day/Spring Gather (In Character)


Happy March!

   Vee was absent, so no report.

Pern Day planning
   Currently thinking of a small party for Gianfar members only on 4/1, then an open event on 4/5. We might use Tyl for the 1st and Shaula or Kuma for the 5th.

RP: "KLAH-free Klatch"
Starting Point: The Runner's Rest
        Plan A:
            Late winter sitting around, soaking up heat and chatting about events.
            No Klah to drink, only ales and wines

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   Varth: "There was a delay in processing the deal, nothing to do with me or the other side - was sprung on us by a third party - but the deal completed late on Friday.  So the money's currently with my UK solicitors, who should be transferring it to my accounts in... hopefully, about 14 hours... And *hopefully* if the transfers don't get called in by the relevant financial authorities, the first payments for Gianfar will go through shortly afterwards.
   "In the meantime, Vee's & Wyn's accounts are fully 'on hold' again - we're not sure why - which will make making the payments just a bit harder. I'll have to actually phone Billing during business hours. They went 'on hold' just a few days after we got the Labs to lift the hold on Wyn's account, and the lift was supposed to last a couple of weeks, as we understood it.
   "Anyway, it'll take a few days to clear the balance, as the debit card connected to my forex account has a daily limit about half of what we need to clear (and some other bills to pay), but Vee & Wyn should be back later this week. At worst, everything should be done by Friday.
   "And, 2 weeks in, I still have a job Wink But haven't been paid yet, because my manager goofed in approving my first timesheet, which messed up my agency's accounting... That should get sorted out today, too - because, under California law, today's the day I have to be paid by. My agency's been panicking about that. Wink"

Varth/Vee's schedule
   Varth: " Oh - I may not be here next weekend. I *think* I will, but not sure yet. Varth or Vee (hopefully) will leave messages if that's the case. My not being here will be because things are going well, though. I'll explain more when I can. Smiley"

   To be discussed next week.  


RP - "The Rescuers, Down Under"
Starting Point:  Tyl (214,152,41)
   Plan A: Rescue mission, to the mines
   Bring the miners home.
   Apprehend those running this unsafe, and illegal mine.
   Also close down this unsafe mine/turn it over to Smithcraft/Minecraft administration.
   Dragon sweep of the area, before/after the actual rescue. Possible canine assistance inside the mines?


   Varth: "The deal is done and the money is on its way, after a last-minute panic. The tiers should be paid off this week, and I get my first paycheck from my new job this week, too. Vee should be back in her chair next Sunday.
   "In the meantime, LL asked if we can make a token payment, and restored Wyn's account access, which had been taken away when the tier hit a certain level - she pays more tier than me, 4 sims, no OS's - so I'm going to empty whatever's in Novi's account and convert our remaining L$ to US$. It's a drop in the ocean compared to the total bills, but it'll show willing and we can't use L$ until we can log in again on our main avis.  So if anyone has any spare L$... Wink Anyway, that's the financial report.
   "Oh, and paying off the tier will take a few days - just because the total is now larger than the maximum daily limit on my debit cards -, so even if the money arrives tomorrow, Vee & Wyn may not be back until midweek. But we will be back Smiley And thanks for those donations! Smiley"

Event plans:
   Memorial for Anne, Sat Nov 21
   Autumnal Gather, Sun Nov 22 with dancing and maybe other activities.

RP: "Here we plan, to save the day!"
Starting Point: Tickle Cove Pond, Cothold. Shaula (202,98,3451)
Plan A:
Conversations, (maybe taking place at Tickle Cove Pond) with a weyr representative, to rescue the miners, from the Howling Hills mine and the ministrations of Elstan, and to also close down this unsafe mine/turn it over to Smithcraft/Minecraft administration.


   Vee posted a Notice last week that the money she'd expected would be coming in soon, and that she had a job offer at last. If you've been holding your breath, you may be able to exhale (into your mask, of course) around the end of this week.

Cog & Fleur sale
   Dutch: the Cog & Fleur sidewalk sale (where they were selling gold, bronze and green dragons) is over now - if anyone wants to still buy them - you're gonna have to walk through the store looking (or hit the MP) ... good luck!

Planning for: Autumnal (Anne’s) Gather
        Planning for: Saturday 2020-11-21 - Anne McCaffrey Memorial (the day she died)
        Gather Proper - Sunday, 22 Nov during RP time
            Dancing & Music (Dutch to contact Cisop)
            MAYBE some games/courses
            UNA to start work on a poster, of some sort, to publicize this.

RP - "What’s mine is mine, what’s yours is mine"
    Starting Point: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Tyl/214/152/41
        Plan A:
            Investigate a mining operation which was reported, up near/in the Howling Hills.
            Discuss/plan for next steps.


Finances: Vee and Wyn are still among the missing; no word from them via Varth. No news is definitely no news, except that the island is still here.

RP: - "Tickle me once"
    Starting Point: Tickle Cove Pond, Cothold (Shaula (202,98,3451))
    Plan: Journey to Tickle Cove Pod Cot, to continue interviews there.

   Note that Gianfar's open for RP 24/7... there was a misunderstanding about that. Also, if you're registered in our Web page (www.novipeaks.com) you can read some 'fanfic' stories. Unfortunately, I think that only Vee can register people.


   No news is no news, beyond the understanding that Vee was expecting something in First Life to give her enough money to pay the back rent.

RP interest?
   The RP group would like to know why more people haven't come back to Gianfar since the RP has improved so much. We're doing multi-week story threads, making adjustments to the imagined geography of the northeastern part of the island, working out motives for the imagined opponents' behavior... almost writing a short story. It'd be more fun if we had more players.

RP - "A Mysterious Find in the East"
    Starting Point: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Shaula/163/14/3505
        Plan A:
            Travel to Eastridge Cot to interview there


   Vee's been suspended again, but something's brewing that could bring her some money. Wyn's account is now 'on hold' for some reason - she was supposed to get the same grace period, but now doesn't have access even to the dashboard.

   Ideas for restarting Weyr RP would be welcomed!  

RP: 2020-09-13 - Where there's a smith, there’s a way
    Starting Point: Smithcraft Hall: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Tyl/238/152/74
        Discussion with the smiths, as to this mysterious bluestone.


Finances: "Watch this space."

RP: Ad Hoc due to Labor Day
    Starting Point: The Runner’s Rest
        Plan A: The team gathers together to talk about the events of the past few sevendays.


   We're still here. So far LL's grace period is holding up. Vee's interviewing a lot but everything's moving slowly.

Labor Day
    Because next week will be a holi- keep 6 feet apart and be sure your masks are wearing masks -day, we'll skip a planned RP. We could gather in Runner's Rest and grumble about the state of everything.

RP - "The harper sleeps..."
    Starting Point: Shaula (151,72,3534)
        Plan A: The party is stopped by free folk, along their path, and taken to a cave, where we learn a lot.


   Vee was online yesterday.

RP - "What the Cot(hold)?"
    Starting Point: (LM's with each 'Plan'
      Plan A
        The delegation interviews people at Faux Cot:
        Kuma (238,221,24)
        ((Ludova to play a holder in that area))
      Plan B
        The delegation interviews people at Another Cot
        Shaula (202,98,3451)
        ((Ludova to play a holder in that area))
   Basically, the group will be spending time, interviewing around small holds/cots in the Veekar Aquisition Area (VAA) :-)
   And, as always - if anyone has any thoughts about what THEY would like to see in an RP, please let any of us know, and we can talk about including that (Group = Colin, Ludova, Una, Ardrhys, Dutch).
   Anyone can come to these planning meetings, we don't discriminate - the planning team meets in the council room, at 10:00 a.m. SLT on Sundays. All are welcome - this is RP for everyone's enjoyment.


Finances: Vee is back! Temporarily at least. Tiers still have to be paid and she may have the money by the new deadline. She's "anticipating getting suspended again before this is over." However, her services seem to be in demand in First Life, she's "been interviewing every day since Tuesday, and am through to the second round with 4 companies - one of them fitted in an extra interview and I'm at the 3rd round with them."

RP - "Out of the frying pan..."
    Starting Point: Far Cry Hold (Kuma (46,181,64))
        Plan A:
            The delegation from Gianfar arrives at Far Cry, to meet with, and directly negotiate with the delegation from Cloud Shadow.
   Ðutch: "and, just a reminder for any/all who care - pictures, if I take any, will be published via FLICKR (and organized into albums). https://www.flickr.com/photos/dutchman11756/albums ... (the FLICKR account is not exclusive, to GPoP, but if you don't mind looking at Callahan's or *shudder* RL pix, then I don't mind))"


   The sims are still here, Vee (and Wyn, according to latest news) are suspended till the overdue-tier issue is resolved.

Border House / Sea Breeze Cot
   The building on the northeast Kuma coast (once called North Rental) has been rebuilt. The doors are phantom and the water in the hot spring isn't, but it's usable for RP and the like.

RP - "Dang, this is a big island!"
    Starting Point: A small cot, along the way to Far Cry - Thuban (156,50,22)
        Plan A:
            Interim stop, along the way towards Far Cry , for negotiations, etc.
            Further planning, preparation and discussions on the upcoming negotiations with Veekar's representative. Basically, our intrepid negotiations team is overnighting at a small cot, along the way to Far Cry (the designated 'neutral spot' for these talks)


   Hoping that all's well.  


Real spaceships
   The meeting ended quickly when the SpaceX Crew Dragon splashdown was only 30 minutes away.

RP - "I Will See Clearly Then"
    Starting Point: The Harper Hall
        Plan A:
            An invitation has come down from Veekar, for Lady Varian (who refused it) and her to meet and talk about this situation.
            Adara and Zai will be detailed to represent Lady Varian in these talks instead. Harpers will accompany them.
            Ludova will represent Veekar (who will not deal with underlings)
            Try to settle the current impasse.
            This will be a preparatory session to that meeting.
            Master Simile to brief the designated negotiators on their duties.
        Plan B
            Further discussions and reports from the Northeast, concerning the situation there.


   The island's still here.

Gianfar maps
   The RP group's been working on maps by which to locate our imagined places. Stay tuned to this message stream for further information.

RP - "Don't raise the bridge, lower the river!"
   Starting Point: KUMA Council Chambers Kuma (57,128,90)
    Plan A:
        MAP Work (if map is not approved as yet)
    Plan B (optional/if map IS approved)
        Discussions on the situation out east, and further conjecture on Veekar's goals


[Editor's note: I try not to just copy/paste from chat log to meeting reports, but just to summarize. Bur some topics are so important that I do copy/paste. I do a little editing - sorting out interlaced conversations, occasionally fixing typos and capitalization.]

   Vee: "We're now several weeks behind on tier. Money set aside for the FS tiers had to be used for an emergency. Money that I'm owed hasn't been paid, and may not be for several more weeks. Wyn & I are talking to the Lindens. Now, by the end of next month (if all goes to plan), an entirely unrelated transaction will go through, and Gianfar will be safe for several months, minimum. SO we're just asking the Lindens for a 1-month deferral. Fingers crossed."
   Ludova: "The Lindens have said that during the pandemic they'll be lenient about things like this."
   Vee: "Keeping my fingers very crossed, as said transaction's going to make a few other changes for me, which will affect my time here - but I'll talk about that when I actually know what I'm talking about Wink
   "In other news, I'm still interviewing - a lot, there's been a sudden upsurge of interest in my skills this last week - but no final interviews (yet). The second shutdown, and companies discovering they don't actually need or like those offices, seems to be behind it."

The Gianfar map
   Vee: "I'm afraid a lot of work has been done that I'm about to bin... the maps on the end walls of the Council room show Gianfar's shape & mountain ranges (north) and place on Pern (south). The eastern half of the island map are the shape of the 6 sims we started with. You can see from the world map that Gianfar on (our version of) Pern is a lot larger than the sims make it seem - one of the many limitations of SL"
    Ludova: "So there's only a very little of Gianfar that's unexplored, the tail."
   Vee: "There's no rivers & lakes on the maps, that's only because Soo didn't draw any - doesn't mean there are none - and the coastline changed when the volcano blew & when the island was flooded."
   Dutch: "What is the SCALE of that map? how wide (in miles or km) is the island, east to west? Cause that (old) map makes it look only about 20 or so miles wide (in comparing with the sims, and the 'reported' 4 hour walking time, Hold to weyr)."
   Vee: "I think about a third of the island has never been rezzed in SL, though I saw it in Buck's Opensim servers once (interestingly, the Hold was in a different place, roughly where Harper Hall is now).  I don't think Soo left any maps with scales - I can ask her - but Gianfar's close to the size of either half of Far West, and bigger than Ista."
   Colin emerges from The Atlas of Pern to report that Ista's about 150 miles long and 50 miles wide.
   Vee: "Then we must be about 150 by... 125? Something like that. There are islands around us, mostly to the southeast iirc, that don't show on the island map and are just a pixellated blur on the world map."
     Ludova: "How long does it take to walk from hold to weyr?"
   Vee: "I've held that it takes about 4 hours to ride, longer by cart. That was based more on gut feeling than maps, though. Soo never said - well, she was Weyrwoman, took her a few seconds.
   "I know, I've just dropped a bomb on a lot of hard work, sorry ;( "
   Ludova: "So it seems to me that we need to figure out where all these places we've been RPing with are on Soo's map."
   Dutch: "Oh well, I guess I'll repatriate Victoria Island to Canada, then. We still have the 'places spreadsheet' in Google docs, and can use that as a starting point."
   Ludova: "I'll look for that. Vee, may I have the texture the council room map was made from?"
   Vee: "If i can find it, one sec... and if it's transferable - anything where we started with Anne's maps is a copyright issue... (and by 'we' I mean Soo, Nekome, & Wendy)."
   Ludova: "I just need the one of just the island, not the one superimposed on Anne's map."

RP - What the what?
    Starting Point: The HOLD Council Chamber http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Kuma/63/135/90
        Plan A:
            IC discussions on the map, and trying to figure out Veekar's goals.
        Plan B:(optional)
            IC/OOC discussions on maps, and Hold/Crafthall Banners


   Presumably OK for now at least.

Linden Lab sale
   One discussion of this event is in "New World Notes" at https://nwn.blogs.com/nwn/2020/07/linden-lab-second-life-acquired.html
And there are probably others. The best advice at the moment is from "Hitchhiker's Guide" - "Don't Panic".

   Dutch has found a tool to make heraldic banners. It doesn't have all the charges that are documented in the DLG, but we can rationalize our way out of that problem. And the Holds that we invent can "come complete with" their own heraldry. There are a few such banners set out, in the location we had stand-in for Far Cry Hold - Kuma (35,182,63).

Gianfar map
   Dutch, Una, and Ludova have been working on a MAP for Gianfar Island, based on Canada's Victoria Island (IRL about the size of the Island of Britain). An EARLY example is right now in the Council Chamber (Kuma (57,128,90)), if anyone wants to look at THAT (not yet finalized/approved, mind you)

RP - "What is this about Ambien?"
    Starting Point: A Trading Hall in Tyl (140, 7, 29)
        Plan A: Discussions on the search for Somnya (the missing Harper)


   Vee: "... should be sorted, although the next few weeks will be tight. I'm currently late on paying for Shaula, but the tier should go through today or tomorrow, and the following tiers should then be covered.
   "Jobs, still no good news, just no bad news either - no-one I'm interviewing with now has turned me down this week, no-one's taken it to the final stage yet either.
   "And that's all I have this week... I plan on running my class today, but NCI is closing one of its campuses and stripping another, so it may, in future, be at a new classroom I just authorised at NCIsland."

RP - "Where'd they go?"
    Starting Point: The Harper Hall Quintet Room  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Kuma/176/128/40
        Plan A:
                    One of the Harper Hall Agents in the north is missing.
                    Gathering in the Hall to discuss matters


   Vee: "I'm stage managing at the Auditorium at SL17B all day today, I won't  be  in sim. I was called in early to manage an extra act added to the schedule.
   "Anyway, not much  to report... all bills paid to date, Stage work has been very busy (and I've loved every minute - but it ends today <pouts>).
   "No movement on interviews.
   "Right now, finances are tight, but I'm working on that, so don't panic. Wink"

RP - "Big Fleas have Little Fleas"
    Starting Point: Smithcraft Hall http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Tyl/238/152/74
        Plan A:  Conversations surrounding the investigations into Veekar's goals.
            Talk out the various different, and conflicting rumors
                Black Water
                Mineral Wealth
                Hidden Geographic Feature (why the Howling Hills?)
                Something Else?

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    Assumed OK.

    Dutch: "I think a good start was had - Juli set up a Free Folk Camp as well as a start on a Runnerbeast Hall. See https://flic.kr/s/aHsmUqH5e1 for some pix .
    Also, Pending approval:
 - Remove grape stomping area [Nekome’s] {submitting idea(s) for replacement first}
 - Revitalize 3500 (de-geisha) {Vee planning, but putting off}
 - Remove two amphitheaters in Tyl (northern & eastern ones) {Vee to check /c Wyn, in event Wyn has other ideas / still needs to check}.
    Also Pending:
 - Cave at NW Tyl/NE Etamin [near tanner’s cot] {approved} Etamin (254,236,24).
    And, Ard had also mentioned about updating the HUNT, once land changes are complete. So that's a thing, there, amongst all the other things.
    And that's about it, for the landscraping report, except to say a big THANK YOU to all who worked and are continuing to work on the project, lifting that bale, toting that beam, plumbing that bob, etc."

    Dutch: "On another aspect - Juli's not feeling well today (and already begged off RP for this afternoon) - so I would encourage us all to send her a "Feel better soonest!" IM"

Islander Tales
    We continue /c Islander Tales....
Dutch: As of now, upcoming weeks are as:
21 Feb            Gabe (cancelled / now ad hoc)
28 Feb            Moira (histories)
7 Mar            Adara, Part II
14 Mar            Zai
21 Mar            Mish
28 Mar            Catt
4 Apr            Gabe (tentatively rescheduled from 2021-02-21)
11 Apr thru 9 May    Unscheduled/Open
    If anyone wants to get on the schedule for their character, please let us know, and we'll pencil you in.

RP - Ad Hoc
    Ad Hoc
Starting Point: Fisher’s Hall, Kuma (11,250,22)
Plan A:
Ad hoc conversations and such / Seven Seas / Feed Dolphins
Plan B:
 - Go thru the weyr stuff Moira found for us in the (deep) archives
 - Briefly go over what info is on the NOVIPEAKS site and how to get to it in less than 24hrs of trying.
 - Continue our discussion from last week on new players, and the mentoring process(es).


   Vee: "Still good, we're still here for at least the next month Smiley  And I still need to get our ads set up again..."

RP -  Islander Tales - Del’s Tale
    Starting Point:
        Plan A:
            Del’s Tale
        Plan B:
            Genesis of the character
        Plan C:
            Briefly go over what info is on the NOVIPEAKS site and how to get to it in less than 24hrs of trying.


   Vee: "...remain good. All tiers for this month are covered, outlook seems good"

Tyl renovation
   We continued discussing plans for removing most of the runner course, possibly having some natural jumps like hedges and ditches, as part of a Free Folk campground. We're speculating about what we might put in place of the vineyard. We'll likely want to remove the little mountain in the NW corner of Tyl - it was built for an RP session long ago and never used again.

 Islander Tales Schedule:
7 Feb)    Adara
14 Feb)    Del
21 Feb)    Gabe
28 Feb)    Moira (histories)
7 Mar)    <open>
14 Mar)    Zai
21 Mar)    <open>
28 Mar)    Catt
   Dutch: "We have been scheduling dates for alts/alt characters as well, and we can also use a date in case anyone wants to work up/develop a character (we can all help, if wanted). No need to all rush for dates :-) - anyone can contact any of us, at any time, to claim a date for themselves."

RP: Islander Tales - Adara’s Tale
    Starting Point: Runner’s Rest, http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Kuma/206/92/23
        Plan A:
            Adara’s Tale
        Plan B:
            Genesis of the character
        Plan C:
            Briefly go over what info is on the NOVIPEAKS site and how to get to it in less than 24hrs of trying.


   Vee: "...still good, final tier payments for this month were made on Thursday."

Moira's idea
   Moira: "With all the new people now, I thought it would be good to have a RP session where I taught the founding stories of Gianfar, and we took a field trip to see the shields now used for the welcome center dome and the Rift.   Best location would be the market stall area here at the Hold I think. Just a one session thing, setting could be seen as an informal market day with Harpers attending and deciding to tell a story, seeing a lot of new faces."

RP schedule - Islanders' Tales
   Dutch: "We're still doing Islander Tales - and have them penciled in through 21st Feb. We can pencil Moira in for the 28th of Feb (which also gives her plenty of prep time)."
   1/31 - Theman
   2/07 - Adara
   2/14 - Del
   2/21 - Gabe
   2/28 - Moira (Histories of the Island)

Terraforming & landscaping & construction
   With all the new sites we're inventing for RP, the RP plotters have been speculating about reusing some territory for cotholds and a Free Folk camp - with Vee's and Wyn's approval, of course. In Tyl, the "temporary" runner race course (and its two amphitheaters) can be removed; the vineyard could be replaced with something; the little pimple-shaped mountain at the NW tip of Tyl could be replaced with something. In Etamin, a dock could be added to Firelizard Island. In Thuban there's a usually-overlooked cot besides Moira's former cave. On the 3500 level, we could clean out the remaining geisha-related items and make other use of the cavern. All to be discussed in coming weeks.

RP:  Islander Tales - Theman’s Tale
Starting Point: Beastcraft Hall - Tyl (104,246,23)
Plan A:
    Theman’s Tale
Plan B:
    Genesis of the character
Plan C:
    Briefly go over what info is on the NOVIPEAKS site and how to get to it in less than 24hrs of trying (if possible).



Character stories
    We're continuing to invite folks to describe their histories. Theman (Dutch) is scheduled for next week, Del might do the next one. And for those who've gotten registered in www.NoviPeaks.com, the Forum / New Applicants / New Applicants Bio/Character Sheets section has a few dozen character sheets that might inspire you to come up with something for an Islander Tales session.

RP - Islander Tales - Rissaly’s Tale
    Starting Point:: Shaula (158, 61, 3433) but watch Notices in case that changes
        Plan A:
        Plan B:
            Genesis of the character (OOC).


    Vee: "... are OK, we're here for the next month Smiley"

   "Islander Tales - Una"
Starting Point: Weyr Harper Quarters - Shaula (124,237,57)
Plan A: Una’s Tale
Plan B:
Genesis of the character (OOC).


    Vee: "still good, tiers covered for the next month."

Formerly active players' stories
    Quippe: "Since we're planning to devote roleplay to reminiscing, and since there are so many of us that weren't here when some of our most important players were, I am hoping, perhaps foolishly, that even if they don't want to return to roleplay they might be willing to tell their stories."

    Dutch: "This week we're inaugurating a new idea - that which we call 'Islander Tales' - where each week we celebrate one member of the group - for backstories, etc. That said, this week's RP is as:
    Islander Tales - Colin
Starting Point: The Trader’s Station - Tyl (82,19,25)
Plan A: Colin’s Tale
Colin tells us about the free folk, how he became a Trader, and how the free folk came to distrust Riders.
Plan B:
Genesis of the character (OOC).

Tyl greeter system updates
    Vee: "Apologies in advance if anyone gets weird messages from the Tyl Greeter, I'm updating security code - Tyl's my test lab, since it gets a number of Russian furries regularly."


    Assumed OK.

Yesterday's outages
    The major problems that happened yesterday morning and evening were reported in a group chat to be caused by a fire in a Lab asset server. We'll presumably never know more than that, and remember that it's just a third-hand rumor..

New Google DOC URL: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ePkvOdqBteFIdtFPYNWT1CNol_gH2ZJMGbKs_yRcojA/edit
Section 01/Page 01
    This tracks all RP events since the beginning of... well, of when Dutch started tracking them.

RP - Ad Hoc, for Holidays (last one)
    Starting Point: Smithcraft Hall Office http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Tyl/237/163/84
        Plan A: Ad hoc, for the holidays
            Maybe discuss/tweak the PERN video prim ((Solanus Dracon vids))
            Maybe discuss some future RP plans/ideas.
            (We’ll actually have a PLAN, next week)


   Assumed to be OK.

Holiday Gather
   Tuesday 12/29, 2PM SLT & PST / 5PM EST / 10PM BST / 11PM CET
Location: Gather Plaza Kuma (163,49,22)
Dancing, chatting, etc.

   1:30-3:00pm SLT as usual, also in Gather Plaza
   Ad hoc, IC. How about telling stories about things that happened or could have happened on Gianfar? No pressure to participate, just listening is part of the storytelling experience.


   OK through the end of the year, at least.

Turnover party:
   We're still planning a (JUST GPoP) holiday party, for the 29th (a Tuesday) - probably at 14:00 SLT - which should be 22:00 BT and 23:00 CET.

RP: "Ad Hoc for the Holidays"
Starting Point: Far Cry Hold - Kuma (39,185,63)


   Vee: "All up to date, next tier will hit Tuesday and is covered. Haven't got round to restoring our ads yet, so L$ expenses are minimal. We're still good for the next month."

   Discussed EEP and Firestorm's latest release. Looks as if there's a lot of flexibility there for folks who like to get into such things. More discussion next week.
   Vee: "Incidentally... it's early days, but most of the problems ascribed to the new FS viewer seem to come from people not saving their settings first and restoring them after the upgrade. But, if you use graphics presets - check them. Some of mine lost their 'advanced lighting' checkmarks."

Plan for Turnover parties:
        Mid-Week event Target Date:    
        2020-12-29 (Tue)
        something after 2pm PST/5pm EST/10pM BST/11pm CET? - (or an hour earlier)
        Music feed can be swapped over to whatever is preferred.
        Gather plaza is still set up/decorated.
        No posters needed, this will be ‘just us’ - group notices will/should suffice.
        NOTHING on/at RP date/time

RP - "Ad Hoc, for Holidays"
Starting Point: Weyr Dining Caverns http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Shaula/121/227/41
    Plan A: Ad Hoc for the Holidays


Finances, still good. End of report.

   RP times between Christmas and New Year's will be "ad hoc" - drop in and talk or do things with whoever else happens to be here.
   Dʊtch: the GOOD NEWS is, the gather square is still set up from "Anne's Gather", last month - dances, etc. So any party, planned or ad hoc, is supportable.
   Current plan for Turnover parties:
Mid-Week event Target Date:    
2020-12-29 (Tue)
Something after 2pm PST/5pm EST/10pM BST/11pm CET? - (or an hour earlier).
   More discussion's possible at next Sunday's general meeting.

RP -" Let the complaints begin!"
Starting Point: The Weyr - Shaula (233,59,75)
Plan A: Conversations at the Weyr, concerning new issues which affect the island, hold and crafts.


   Good through the end of the year.

Memorial & Gather
   Dutch: thank you (again) to everyone who came to the Keen, and to the Gather - you are what 'makes this all worthwhile (and fun)'.  

RP - "What the SHARD’s NOW?"
Starting Point: The Runner’s Rest (Kuma, Runners' Rest)
   Plan A:
As our intrepid crew settle down for a well earned rest, word reaches them of a shocking nature, concerning their actions, while at Cloud Shadow.
   Plan B:
Introduction: A rumor of a strange (unknown) dragon flying near the outskirts of the island is reported.


   Vee: "...are very good, we're here through the New Year."

   Dutch: "I would like to THANK EVERYONE who came down, yesterday for the Anne Memorials at the weyr."
   Vee: "yes, thank you all. And now we can start thinking about what the 10th Memorial should look like... because we are going to be here for it."

RP - "Anne’s Gather"
Starting Point: Kuma (163,49,22)
Plan A: Music and dancing

   Vee: "When Jax & I last revised the rules, Gianfar had a lot more players. We're a lot smaller now. We've virtually shut down the Weyr. and the Crafts are a smaller part of the RP. Obviously, we want to expand again. Let's assume we do... how do we bring new players onboard? How do - or do - we manage Initiations, and apprenticeships? because we don't have a functioning Weyr to train dragons & riders, and most of the Crafts are unstaffed, which makes making Journeymen problematic. Except for Harpers, who are not a problem. But the other crafts... and the Weyr., especially. I'm wondering, if & when we have new dragons & riders, if we should just appoint them to the Weyr, and take care of Impressions later, and ignore clutching & eggs on the sands until the Weyr is large enough and fully staffed again. And the same with the other crafts. let some applicants join as journeymen & even masters, because we've no process to take them through the stages right now."
   Ludo: "I remember Isarma being named Master Harper that way. How would you handle dragon-rider pairings?"
   Vee: "Dragons & riders will still need to be a pair on starting, we'd just say they've always been here and are part of the fighting wings. if they want to Impress, well, we've often taken Impression to be 'out of time', so we wait until we have enough pairs and do it as a separate RP. Of course, none of this works unless & until we can bring in new players, which also means we need a workable dragon avi... but this is something we can think about now.  If anyone has any other ideas, we can discuss it next week."


   This meeting didn't happen, as far as most folks could tell. LL graced us with major failures in logins, group chat, teleporting, and landmarks. So if you're seeing this text, you're lucky.

   Presumably OK.

   Una made beautiful posters for the Memorial and the Autumn Gather. The Memorial will be held in the Weyr Bowl on Saturday, 11/21, at noon and 5pm SLT. The Gather will be held in the dance floor in front of Harper Hall on the next day during our standard RP time, 1:30-3:00pm SLT.

RP - "Gather ye now your laurels, but don't stop working"
    Starting Point: Dance/Gather Plaza outside Harper’s Hall
        Plan A:
            With a gather to set up for next week, our intrepid crew cannot sit on their laurels - they have to get busy.
            Gather decorations, etc, to be set out.
            Arguments over minor points.


   Apparently OK. Could always use more donations.

Memorial Service
   Presumably will go as usual, on November 21 (a Saturday this year), the day Anne died. The site will be the Weyr Bowl (in Shaula). There are traditionally  two occurrences of the event to accommodate American and European members. All dragons in SL will be welcome.

Autumn Gather
   Will be on the next day, starting during our habitual RP time of 1:30pm SLT. We're planning music and dancing on the Gather site in front of Harper Hall. Guests will be welcome. We also have a 'club mover' system (on LAN - thank you) which we're hoping you'll all enjoy (formation dances, etc).

RP - "To finally face your demon"
Starting Point: Entrance to Cloud Shadow - Kuma (10,79,90)
Plan A: The gang confronts Veekar, at Cloud Shadow Hold.


   Vee: "I have only one major piece of news, which is, Wyn is back, all Gianfar's tiers are up to date, all tiers for the next month are covered."

Memorial service
   Stay tuned.

Autumn Gather
   Dances are shaping up well.

Pern related videos
    Dutch: "I found some Pern related videos on YouTube, dropped them into a public playlist @ https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL7OI4f0N24TLiRVTRrXvyUpxVCmovInp -
(10 videos, between 9 min and 21 min, each)

RP - "I’m just totally fed up, now"
    Starting Point: Weyr Upper Dining Cavern - http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Shaula/141/228/50
        Plan A:
            Risally collapsed on her return. Is she okay? Will she be?
            What happens, as all the rescuers have to quarantine themselves. Will they get on each other’s nerves?
        Plan B:
            What is causing the dearth of wild beasts in the Howling Hills?
            Concerns surface that the beasts may be scared off, by a large feline, brought in from the south. This is an unconfirmed speculation - so far.
            Gabe and Theman will examine some of the Howling Hills beasts, if they can be found/captured. Sh’Lenda asked to help.


   Vee is back with us, Wyn is still missing, but Vee knows what's causing the problem.

   Stay tuned.

Autumn Gather
   txep (Jade) has a 'club dance' machine that we'll be trying out on the dance floor. It should be able to handle 25 dancers, so we may need to gather a huge mob (by Gianfar standards) to give it a real workout. We're also aiming to have some Renaissance music and maybe some Pernese music.

RP - "No job is finished until the paperwork is done"
 Starting Point: Weyr Dining Cavern (http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Shaula/121/227/41)
 Plan A:
 Regroup, and recharge, after the events of last week.
 Discuss the current state of affairs, and lay in plans for future efforts.
 Discuss plans for dealing with the apprehended overseers from the mine, and in treating the indentured miners and returning them to their home holds.
 How will we prevent future events, such as this?

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   Vee: " ... still good. All tiers paid, funded for at least another month. Still haven't reactivated our ads, though. I should probably do that."

   We won't be participating this year.

   Vee: "Put our application in. Should hear back at the end of next month. Asking for a double-size plot with water. Theme is 'Hidden Worlds', Wyn is very excited about doing a cave again Smiley So I think that's decided. If we get a double, we'll do dragon rides, and dolphin rides if there's water; if we get a single, it'll depend on primmage - but the idea is to show Pern's underground life, so it'll take up more prims than usual, especially if we use mannequins. We don't have the build rules yet, but the general SLB rules have been changed, so I'm expecting the build rules to change as well."

Pern Day
   Vee: "Next Sunday. We have a poster - thanks, Una! - we have a DJ - thanks, Dutch - and we have firelizards - thanks, Quippe/Ludo Smiley Now we need to advertise..."
   Dutch: "and invite our friends :-)"
   Vee: " I did ping Snow, no response yet so idk if the hatchies are coming. But I'll try to get a notice in IoW with the poster."

RP- Islander Tales - Catt’s Tale
Starting Point: Weyr Harper’s Quarters - Shaula (124,237,57)
    Plan A:
        Catt’s Tale
    Plan B:
        Genesis of the character
    Plan C:
        Briefly go over what info is on the NOVIPEAKS site and how to get to it in less than 24hrs of trying.
   Dutch: The NEXT couple of weeks:
     4 Apr    Anne’s Birthday (Gather/Party)
    11 Apr    RP Strategy Session
    18 Apr    Gabe's Tale (rescheduled)
    25 Apr    Ludo's Tale
   Dutch: "if anyone would like to schedule an Islander Tales week for their character, please let us know."
   Vee: "My rezday is May 10th. Perhaps we could schedule Lady V for Sunday May 9th."


   Assumed OK.

Gather planning
   The Gather, celebrating Anne McCaffrey's birthday, is getting organized. Her birthday was April 1 so the Gather will be Sunday, 4 April during RP time (normally 13:30 to 15:00/15:30 SLT) (sometimes till 16:00 if we get busy talking). Invite your friends and any passing dragons. Una's doing a great poster for the event!

Tyl changes
   The RP bunch is working on updates to Tyl. Gabe's runner breeding cothold is looking good and we're discussing changes to the vineyard area. Stay tuned!
   And by the way, the mostly-Russian mostly-furries who've been hanging out in Tyl and Etamin are behaving better - mostly just standing on the 1000m 'floor' and apparently talking, not leaving (many) Objects behind. I assigned myself to check on them every (almost every) morning, and Dezy's been following up on them too.

   The theme for SL's 18th birthday event is "Hidden Worlds." It seems a natural theme, for Gianfar.

SF Con
   The theme for the annual SF Con event is "Horror." Gianfar's not an obvious site for such things, but Vee and Wyn may come up with something.

RP planning
   Remember, you're welcome to come here any time and do your own Pernish RP. The place is deserted (except for those furries) Monday through Saturday.
   For today, we're continuing the Islander Tales theme with Mishalath's Tale.
     Starting Point: The Weyr Bowl (campfire area) Shaula (139,104,34)
          Plan A:
               Mish’s Tale
          Plan B:
               Genesis of the character
          Plan C:
               Briefly go over what info is on the NOVIPEAKS site and how to get to it in less than 24hrs of trying.


    Assumed OK.

Birthday Gather
    Date: April 4th, the first Sunday after Anne's 95th birthdate (also Easter Sunday and the last day of Passover).
    Place: the dance square in front of Harper Hall, Kuma (167, 60, 22).
    Activities: dancing, possibly a firelizard egg hunt and hatching, possibly an always-chaotic visit from Isle of Wyrms "hatchies" (who love cookies).

Islander Tales - Zai's Tale
    Date: today during RP time, 1:30pm SLT (Pacific Daylight Saving Time)
    Place: The Hold Dining Room, http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Kuma/32/140/76
    Activity: Zai will discuss her character history (mostly IC) and how she came to design such a character (OOC)


Time shift coming!
       The US will move to Daylight Savings Time NEXT WEEK. Clocks will be moved one hour ahead at 2am Sunday, so all action will happen one hour earlier as seen from outside. Unless you live in Hawaii or all of Arizona except the northeast corner, where standard time will continue. And if you live elsewhere... well, take several aspirin and a big cup of coffee, and consult https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daylight_saving_time

   Vee: "... still good, but we may be about to be hit with a tier increase for the non-grandfathered sims. Word reached me that a friend who's a major SL landowner has been warned about it, but it's not official yet. There'll be an announcement on the LL blog. Not clear if this is just an increase to cover LL's rising costs, or intended to allow for a reduction in premiums, or what.  I was told the number they're talking about is, quote, 'slightly over ten percent'. But I'm getting this third-hand; I just checked my SL Email, and I've had no official word yet. Unless it went to spam or something...
   "LL still aren't ready to resume selling regions or constructing more mainland; seems to be some issue with rolling out new regions in the uplifted world. [Moved from local servers to the Cloud. -ed] I *think* they'd like to have tier changes and new regions announced at the same time. Anyway, we can swallow a ten percent increase in the non-grandfathered sims, that's less than half our combined tier. But it occurs to me that they might also end grandfathered status at some point. There's no technical difference between grandfathered & regular sims any more. And not a lot of us left, since selling a grandfathered sim automatically makes it 'regular'. LL talked about ending grandfathered status 2 years back, before uplift was more than a daydream. Otoh, the fact that there's not many of us, and we tend to be the older 'historic' sims, might help protect us. ... Big landowners and corporations have contracts directly with LL. They pay less, an they pay well in advance. Works out all round. Anyway, nothing we can do about it except wait."

RP: Islander Tales - Adara’s Tale, Part 2
Starting Point: Runner’s Rest, Kuma (206,92,23)
Plan A:
Adara’s Tale (part II)
Plan B:
Genesis of the character
Plan C:
Briefly go over what info is on the NOVIPEAKS site and how to get to it in less than 24hrs of trying.
   Dutch: same Pern time, same Pern SLURL

Pern Day Gather
   Dutch: "We do have a DJ lined up. And we were talking about the location for a flit egg hunt, it was suggested we keep it in the vicinity of the dance square, for conversational sharing. We could set up Vee's scripted, complex flit egg hunt, but where?"
   Vee: "The egg hunt can range all over Gianfar - except for Rastaban, which isn't in the network at present, but doesn't have any land either."
    MoiraKathleen: "One question we didn't discuss was whether the egg hunt would occur prior to Gather, or during...  I think that would impact location choices."
   Vee: "Do we want people exploring the place and deciding they like it? Wink"
   Dutch: "Also, as we are going to be inviting guests - are there any limitations on WHO can participate/hatch a flit?"
   Vee: "The scripted egg hunt requires some work. Someone has to plant the eggs, and re-plant them - they only get found once, in the current game. We can always have a separate hunt around the Gather party. I don't think we've had a restriction in the past."
   Dutch: "A separate hunt, near the Gather square, may be more forgiving to guests (and we can always either take our guests on a tour, or encourage them to 'get lost in the sims'."
   Vee: "I like that idea. Smiley And for the hatching(s), you only need to find 1 egg.  Gianfar-wide hunt is about who can find the most."
   Quippe: "Perhaps an unscripted hunt, limited area, limited number of eggs."
   Vee: "Precisely Smiley"
   Dutch: "If we're doing a dance, and an egg hunt/hatching - we would probably not have enough time for a Hatchie Raid® or something like that (but invitations to them should (IMO) surely go out)."
   Quippe: "I could set that up so that it's convenient for the hatching. I sure hope I can find my hatching setup."
    Dutch: "And I think the lure of a flit (aka personal dragon) would be an interesting 'draw' for guests. And we can revisit over the next few weeks."
   Vee: "Just spoke with Snow at IoW, looks like we'll have hatchies for the gather. [cheers]"

Sci-Fi Con
   Vee: "I spoke to Ari last week, does look like she & Senet are back in charge. However, this would be the 13th convention, so they picked the theme 'horror'. That leaves an RP with non-scary dragons at a disadvantage. Still, I'll look into it. Thread may be horrific, but we can't make a booth, much less a sim, composed only of Thread.  Anyway, I'll look into the details and go look at their convention map. Don't even know the dates."


   Vee: "...remain good, all tiers paid on time, we're definitely here another month."

Pern Day
   Anne was born on April 1, so we celebrate that day each year. This year that'll be a Thursday so we'll plan something for RP time on April 4th.  That's Easter Sunday in First Life so we might have an egg hunt - firelizard eggs, of course. We could have a hunt, then bring the hunt eggs to the hatching to be hatched.

Tyl rebuilding plans
   Starts have been made/continued near the orchard, for a Free Folk camp, and by the start of the runner course, for a Runner Beast Hall.
Pending approval:
 - Remove grape stomping area [Nekome’s] {submitting idea(s) for replacement first}
 - Subsume into the millery area (below, near orchard)
 - Revitalize 3500 (de-geisha) {Vee planning, but putting off - call it Phase 2}
 - Remove two amphitheaters in Tyl (northern & eastern ones) {Vee to check /c Wyn, in event Wyn has other ideas / still needs to check}
 - Need Vee to remove Runner Course Start/Finish line
Current Plans:
Near orchard:
 - Remove the little cot near orchard for a new model.
 - Add a small river/creek & watermill (for grain grinding)
 - Cave at NW Tyl/NE Etamin [near tanner’s cot, Etamin (254,236,24)] {approved and done}
 - Mostly flatten out / revisit later
 - Add wheat fields, tilled grounds, etc
 - Add a rutted wagon track:
(Juli) A road running from the Runners Rest area through the tunnel and off towards the tannery would be nice. (Colin) And at the north, it could enter Tyl from where the north end of the race course used to be, and go past Beastcraft and Tannercraft. (Dutch) Maybe [well maintained] nearer the Hold, trailing off into dirt/ruts/mud?
 - Ard mentioned (last week) about updating the HUNT, once land changes are complete.

Islander Tales schedule
7 Mar        Adara, Part II
14 Mar        Zai
21 Mar        Mish
28 Mar        Catt  (can change, if needed for Anne’s Day)
4 Apr        Anne’s Birthday Gather (Also Easter Day)
11 Apr        Gabe (re-rescheduled)
Dutch: After the 11th of Apr, nothing is slated - if anyone wants to get 'in' on the excitement, please just let us know who and when.

RP - Islander Tales - Moira’s Histories of the Island
    Starting Point: The Hold Dining Room
        MoiraKathleen: So, we'll start at the Hold Dining Room for the RP session tomorrow.  At some point, probably near the end, we'll walk up to the Welcome Center to look at a couple of things from the history story.
    Plan A:
        Moira’s Tales (Histories of the Island)
    Plan B:
        Genesis of the character
    Plan C:
        Briefly go over what info is on the NOVIPEAKS site and how to get to it in less than 24hrs of trying.

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