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Stagnant Account Letter to All 3RG Citizens

Dear 3RD Rock Grid citizen,

As you may be aware, 3RD Rock Grid is going through a number of changes as we transition to a new ownership model. We hope all of these changes will contribute to making 3RG an even better place to call your virtual home.

One of the changes we have in mind is to transition away from our directly managing our currency, the Geode, otherwise known as the GO$. Most likely we will switch to the Podex Exchange (http://www.podex.info), which already supports a number of other grids, and provides the means of exchanging currency between those grids.

There are a number of reasons for this move, chief among them being legal changes being made in the US, Europe, and elsewhere that dramatically increase our liability, as well as the associated security issues.

As a part of this transition, we will ensure that all of our citizens’ account balances are converted in a way that is as orderly and convenient as possible. In preparation for this conversion, we will first deal with the balances remaining in stagnant accounts. For the purposes of this transition, we will define any account that has not been logged into or otherwise used in anyway in the last 18 months as being stagnant.

What does this mean for you?

First, if you regularly log in, and have a GO$ balance, you will continue to have that balance. Eventually that balance will be converted to the Podex. More information will be forthcoming as it becomes available. Meanwhile, you are free to request a cash-out if you like.

If your account is stagnant, and you have a GO$ balance, you will be given until 31st August 2015 to either reactivate the account (simply log in), or request a cash-out of that balance. That cash-out will be transferred to you via PayPal.

Any accounts remaining stagnant after that date will be considered abandoned, and all GO$ balances will reclaimed by 3RD Rock Grid, in keeping with our Terms of Service.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us via the support page, http://3rdrockgrid.com/new/support/.

Best regards, and keep on Rocking!

The 3RD Rock Grid Board

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3RD Rock Grid announces a ‘Mini ROBstock Event’ for September

3RD Rock Grid announces a ‘Mini ROBstock Event’ for September

Always known for its vibrant music scene, and charitable efforts, 3RD Rock Grid would like to announce a day of music and literature in an effort to raise some funds for grid charity ‘Doctors Without Borders’, ‘Médecins Sans Frontières’ (MSF).
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For the past eight years, 3RD Rock Grid has held ROBstock—a three day charitable event for MSF which has always proved to be successful and well supported by musicians and visitors. This year, with the first totally Hypergrid concert in March, the grid smashed through the $1000 dollar target on day two, and ended up increasing contributions to the doctors’ charity by a further 50%.

It’s an exciting time at 3RD Rock Grid. The grid owners—rather than make money for themselves—have given over the grid’s daily operation to an international group of volunteers, who are now in a position to be able to plough those efforts and funds back into the grid. This gives 3RD Rock Grid the opportunity to increase charitable work away from a purely commercial setting. Planning and work are under way to formalise this legally in the near future.

The community has always been 3RD Rock Grid’s greatest asset, and there are plans to give them a bigger say in how the grid is run with an emphasis on how virtual worlds can make a real difference in ‘real life’, not only with charitable works, but in promoting music, literature and education.

Times are changing, and with them people’s expectations of what the future holds. The people of 3RD Rock Grid want in their own small way to help make a difference in making the world a better place, using their virtual setting. The grid has an excellent relationship with many other grids, who have donated to events and have become firm friends and supporters. 3RD Rock Grid will be asking for their assistance again to make this event a success.

‘Mini ROBstock’ has been provisionally slated for Sunday, September 27th. Any musicians, poets, storytellers are welcome to contribute their time and tips to MSF, ‘Doctors Without Borders’. For more information about the event, contact the organiser, Zinnia Frenzy, in 3RD Rock Grid, via Skype as Zinnia.Frenzy, or by email at Zinniafrenzy@gmail.com.

To learn more about the charity MSF, please visit their website http://www.msf.org/.

3RD Rock Grid (http://3rdrockgrid.com/), one of the oldest OpenSimulator grids, has been a part of virtual reality since December 2008. Since that time, it has led the way in experimenting with the social aspects of the three dimensional Internet, focussing on education, culture, arts, entertainment, and charity.

Contact:
Tara Dockery, 3RD Rock Grid board member
3RD Rock Grid: Thoria Millgrove
tara@avataradox.com

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Community Gathering…………

Community Gathering ………………
We will now be starting ‘summer hours’ for our weekly Community Gathering. There will be NO meeting this saturday May 16 but will be one May 23, then every other Saturday until the fall hours kick back in. We hope everyone will still attend as we hope to plan upcoming ideas and events. Notices of times and locations will still be posted! See you then!

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Kered Owl

Real Name:Kered(backwards)

Lives in Newcastle, England. I have been active in virtual worlds since 2008 and a citizen of 3rg since 2011. I have a masters in computing and work as a lecturer for the Open University.

I will be helping with grid operations  KeredTheOwl@gmail.com

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Zinnia Frenzy

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Email: zinniafrenzy@gmail.com

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I have been involved in virtual worlds since 2008, making my home in 3RD Rock Grid in 2011.

A lover of live music, I have helped set up the vibrant music scene on 3RG. I have a particular interest in how virtual worlds can make an impact in real life issues, and I am a major supporter and organiser of the annual Music and Art’s centred charity event ‘No Borders ROBstock’.

In October 2015 I was very proud to be asked by the original owners to join the group of Volunteer Directors and help in a small way to create the ‘Not For Profit Foundation’ we are today. My role as Program Director is to assist the community in any way I can. You will find me online daily and always willing to help with any queries you may have.

A big fan of hypergrid, I have made friends and contacts on numerous grids, who are willing to share their expertise, and their comradeship. Helping to make 3RG a valued part of the wider metaverse and enjoying the diversity it has to offer. I also write for the metaverse’s own publication.’Visionz’ magazine published monthly.

Living in the North East of England and retired from a career in Health and Social Services, I have more time to spend in virtual life, bringing with me a variety of skills to 3RG.

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Thank you to all our AWESOME supporters!!!!

 

 

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On behalf of the ROBstock Team I would just like to thank everybody for making last weekend such a huge success. To every musician and artist who gave their time free and managed the technological issues we threw at them at times, making life just a bit more difficult. They shone – each and every one of them – and made the weekend so very special, that we smashed through the initial target for Médecins Sans Frontières, or Doctors Without Borders – MSF on day two. The people who came from all over the metaverse to support us,  were generous beyond all expectations and I have never felt so proud or humbled,  as how as a team of people from all grids, put aside everything to support us, in breaking the 2nd target we set on the last day. I know we had a great weekends entertainment ,it was reflected in such a generous response and each and every donation.


A thank you to the small team on 3RG for making this happen. The ‘Welcome Team’ for getting people to the event and missing all the fun. The technical team for keeping the grid stable and all those behind the scenes who managed this huge event. The bloggers and grids who supported us. Those that had no affiliation to 3 RG as a grid, who stepped in, and filled spaces that occurred when real life stepped in. 

A small rest, and planning will start again for ROBstock 9 . And dare I say it will bigger and more ambitious- but maybe in a different format. We as a community, feel that Virtual Worlds can make an impact in helping real life issues, and by putting aside who or where we come from in the metaverse , we can work together to make amazing things happen. A huge hug to you all , and for those who missed the event through illness and bereavement our thoughts are with you. 

 Zinnia for ROBstock 2015.

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WOOOHOO.. 3rg reaches 10,000 signup tonight, Sept 24

At approximately 9:34pm, tonight, Sept 24, 2014…. we have hit a huge milestone…10,000 signups!!!  Be proud 3rg!!  Setting the next goal of 50,000 hehe.

With our impending upgrade and move to hypergrid.. who knows it might come sooner than we think!  10000 user1

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Equinox Celebration Event

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Third Rock Grid would like to invite you to a celebration of the diversity of life on Earth, with a weekend of entertainment on, and including the 20th to the 22nd of September.

We are entering the phase of Equinox, where the seasons change as they have done since the planet came into existence. It’s an occasion that only happens x 2 a year on approximately the 20th of March and 22nd September. It’s when the Sun crosses the celestial equator from north to south. So in the North the days get shorter, as Autumn and Winter is on its way . While on the other side of the celestial equator, it heralds the beginning of Spring and longer days of Summer. It’s always been a reason for celebration since time began. So whichever side of the equator you are living on, join us is some fun events , top quality live music , and competitions to celebrate!

We have something for everyone this Celestial weekend and some big money prizes for some of our competitions… As well as our regular live musicians, we are adding more artists to entertain you, some you have heard before – some not . Starfleet is organizing a civilian mission which I am told involves ‘Klingons’.  Now I got into serious trouble with the Admiral last year when he discovered I broke a Federation Starship… but it was fun, and gives you an insight into roleplay on the grid.

For the more competitive we have a Speedbuild event, some Orca racing, as well as the famous 3RG Walkway Race ,Treasure Hunt and Grid Explorers Club all taking place in the Community Core. Just a tip off – we have a series of underground passages you may know nothing about. Laz is the only person who knows them all . Don’t worry we will TP you out if you get lost. Stay alert , somebody may still be down there from last year!

We have Art events.  Elvodar Lamilton is going to read us a short story during the ‘Literary Hour’. He’s not saying what yet, but I am told its probably science fiction and humorous. He does this in voice, but also has text on display for translation .  So don’t worry if you have English as a second language, or if you can’t hear well in voice.

So all in all we have a really interesting weekend on 3RG , packed with things to do, places to visit and explore … as well as some competitions and some Geodes looking for a home in your pocket. Or you can kick down a gear and listen to our top quality live musicians, visit some galleries and arts events.  If you have an idea for some entertainment, or are a singer who wants to take part give Sunny ,Tommy or me a shout. Things are filling fast but we can always find room for something new.

So get it in your diary …. 20th to 22nd September inclusive, and if you have anything to add let’s get it on the calendar. Let’s make it a fun weekend for everybody!

The place – http://3rdrockgrid.com/new/

and our events page

http://3rdrockgrid.com/new/event-calendar/

Hope to see you there.

Zinnia ( Bourne2 Rock) for the 3RG Entertainment Team.

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**Promotional Details!!**

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These promotional flyers were handed out at certain RL events. Each flyer had a ‘code’ to

mention to get a deal upon registering and logging into 3rd Rock Grid.

It’s as simple as contacting an admin with the ‘code phrase’  to claim a free 3600m

parcel or get your 15% off an entire sim.  For the small parcel, simple renew

each month to retain ownership.  For the sim, simply make the monthly

tier payment.

 

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Music Village

Village dedicated to our awesome artists!
Click here to visit the Music Village Website!

Music Village, dedicated to our artists where they can gather and chat. There are various items free, for them to use such as clothes, instruments etc. They may also claim a cabin to use to set up a fan club base!!  Located on Bazaar…………..