NoBorders festival 2020, March-28/29
Join the expanding community of Satyr farmers by starting your own farm, or joining the Community Farm on Detta.
Here you can plant and grow your own crops, harvest them and feed your animals or make goods to sell for points. Raise chickens, cows, goats, rabbits and many other animals. Keep them fed and watered on the crops and fruit you grow, or they will die on you. Breed them and raise the babies and watch your farm expand. Have a go at making whisky, cognac, beer or pastries. Press your olives and grapes to make oil and wine.
It is time consuming watching over your critters and so a community farm for the residents has been set up to allow us all to take part.
Development is still going on as the scripts are being modified to suit peoples’ own preferences, and bugs being rectified by keen scripters who have taken to their hearts this fun game. To join the 3RG Farm contact Kered Owl or Zinnia Frenzy to be grouped. Or visit us at grid.3rdrockgrid.com:8002:Detta.
If you want to start your own farm, you can collect the latest SatyrFarm package on OpenSimWorld: hypergrid.org:8002:OpenSimWorld
Join the SATYR Farm-ers of Open Sim group on Google+ for tips and hints.
The group has a list of farms to visit, and you can keep fellow farmers on their toes by naming and shaming those who are letting their animals go hungry and get tips and hints on how to keep things in shape.
For the summer period the community meeting will be held 2 weekly.
The next meeting will be on July the 9th and every two weeks after that until September the 3rd after which we will revert to weekly meetings.
A little while ago I was standing in our Welcome Centre and thinking about the transitions that 3RG had gone through over the years. From a closed grid to a hypergrid, and from a commercial grid to a ‘Not for Profit’ Community Foundation . It wasn’t the same grid I landed on nearly five years ago .But then again, it was the same in spirit. 3RG has always been a homely , friendly grid with a personal welcome to every citizen we could manage to meet . Kered Owl and I had such a great welcome experience we bought a sim the same day. I was looking for a place that I felt valued and safe. It soon became clear these were people I wanted to be friends with . I didn’t want to just build in isolation I wanted to help the community. To try and retain that warm feeling I had on landing in a place I became very proud to call home.
I have always been drawn to ‘Welcome’, and over the years have served as a greeter with many others, especially our grid’s 6th sign up – Sunny Tomorrow. And although we felt that our latest centre was a good design , it was made for 3RD Rock Grid past. So while Sunny was off elsewhere fixing up a new mall area, I spent some time updating all of the information it contained. I stood back and felt quite pleased with myself. But that didn’t last long. I looked at it with a new persons eyes … it wasn’t quite right … it had to change.
So armed with my up to date information, I borrowed a spare sim and started to tear it apart. Around the same time I was working on that an amazing review came out saying how great our welcome centre was- but it was flawed as well. It wasn’t what you would expect for a hypergrid. Although all the nuts and bolts were there – it wasn’t quite enough. My suspicions were confirmed.
Before 3RG went hypergrid, I spent three months looking at greeting, and what kind of welcome you got on other worlds , and by far we were one of the best. But what about when we were not there ? How could you manage to find your way about and access all the information you needed for setting up home on a new grid. Oh I had lists and lists of what you needed . Notecards with landmarks to everything I thought was useful, even a list of information of things you needed to pick up. But then I realised people didn’t read anything… or why would we be bombarded with those ‘How do I’ questions.
I asked around the new people coming in, and hypergridders passing through , and the answer had been there all the time – less was more. A personal greeting is always nice, but unless you are a totally new person to a virtual world , what they in reality they wanted was a good starter avatar, directions to a sandpit and to head off and look for land or things to do. So all my lists and information sat in its folders unread and the questions kept coming.
Its always good to have somebody review what you have, its a wakeup call , and even harder to change something that had such a favourable review. But like it or not , the old 3RG was gone and we had to be fit for the new Foundation and a hypergrid.
It was already a low prim build but with some canny de-priming we lost 2000 more. Firstly the ‘doors’ to all the different areas were lost ,and a simple walk around circle was made. We added a hypergrid port, and gates to places of interest so people could find their way about easily.
Just after Christmas Day, when the grid was quiet we did a swap and put it online . It was as close to ready as could be and as people kept finding it ,and so we thought it best to go ahead. Now all we need to do is see how it performs. All the information you need is there in that welcome circle where you land. But it’s a new welcome fit for a hypergrid.
We all need to stand back now and again and look at what we are doing. And one of the most important things in my opinion is a good welcome centre. Its the heart of the grid. It shows who you are , what you are, and what you stand for. I hope this new ‘Welcome’ is an indication that 3RG is on the move into a new era. An era of Community participation with support from the voluntary Board of Directors and Community Volunteers . Our aim on 3RG is for a better world and that is part of our foundations guiding principles. To enhance human dignity in an international cultural, educational, and social exchange, modelled in an immersive virtual environment. An exchange based on equality, empathy, respect, and compassion, and through a process of sharing, participation, and cooperation.
Its a big challenge, but one we are embracing as we move forward into the future with our longstanding citizens and a new generation of 3RG users. People who just don’t want a bit of land and build . But people who we can do business with as we strive towards our goals. To share and assist the community in joint projects and support our grid charitable events. The real world may be in a bit of a mess at the moment but by looking ahead and sharing our philosophy who knows, maybe: just maybe we can make a small difference in our own way.
Zinnia Frenzy Program Director.
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
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…………..