NoBorders festival 2020, March-28/29
Sunday 10th January was the 5th Anniversary of UF Starfleet Astraios Colony on 3rd Rock Grid.
To mark the occasion, a Ceremony was held on the Ceremony Square, Starfleet Astraios region, which in addition to members of Starfleet, was attended by members of the wider 3RG Community.
Those gathered at the Ceremony heard about the arrival of UF Starfleet on 3RG some 5 years ago and the difficulties faced at the time. Then how the Colony settled and managed to build a SpaceStation and establish a Starfleet Academy. Also how the Colony expanded from a single region on 3RG, to the number of linked regions Starfleet regions there are today. Not only did the Colony expanded in size here on 3RG, but its membership also grew and spawned two new Starfleet Colony’s on other Grids in recent years. Thus Starfleet continues to explore strange new worlds, and seeks out new life, and new civilizations ….boldly going where no-one has gone before !
The Ceremony was followed by a Dance with Jeremy Nightshade as the DJ in the Banquet Hall, Starfleet Astraios region, which had been specially decorated by Karl Quar, to celebrate the event, including a large Birthday cake.
In addition to holding ‘Star Trek’ style role-play Missions every Sunday for its members here on 3RG, Starfleet Astraios hosts ‘Starfleet Boogie’ every Tuesday from 12.00hrs (grid time) and ‘Raktajino Hour’ every Saturday from 8.00hrs to 9.00hrs (grid time) to which everyone is invited come along for music, dancing and friendly chat.
If you are interested in joining Starfleet or would like any further information about UF Starfleet Astraios here on 3RG, please contact either David7 Bravin or Genny7 Markus in-world or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
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
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).
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.
Tara Dockery, 3RD Rock Grid board member
3RD Rock Grid: Thoria Millgrove
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!
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.
ROBstock is coming to 3RG very soon 27th -29th March and for a very worthy charity ‘Doctors Without Borders’ .This woman here is missing 2 acts on Friday, so if anybody’s up for it- musicians poets ,storytellers get in touch with me . You don’t wan’t to hear me sing … I can clear a shopping mall just humming! So look at the website and give the grid a break …
Check here for vacancies and information.
Can’t come ,maybe not a member of 3RG and don’t have geodes, but want to make a donation? Well you won’t miss out . We are streaming live to Twitch TV and 3RG Radio all weekend.
This is where to go , and you can donate in any currency, a large amount or small. Its all going to the Doctors, plus we have geode tip jars and links to this page that we have spread about the grid. So come and have a good time in a real festival setting – no mud- from the comfort of your armchair. And the price of a ticket? Well its not £130 a day – but a donation to this amazing charity would be welcome. Target $1000 … lets smash it. https://www.justgiving.com/RobStock-2015
A big thanks to all the artists who have signed on to give their time .. and thanks to Zinnia Frenzy for getting them all to agree to share the talent and time for this great event.
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
Hope to see you there.
Zinnia ( Bourne2 Rock) for the 3RG Entertainment Team.
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