On this week’s Hidden Gems, we will explore the home sim of T1 Radio & Legends Rock Club. Legends Rock Club, created in 2005, is one of the oldest and first clubs of Second Life. T1 Radio & Legends Rock Club is owned and operated in Second Life by Trade1 Whiplash and Nuala Maracas.
Tribute City has four clubs, Amelia, Club Nation, Capital and xTreme Rock.
Capital is the main club that have followed owner Jessii2009 Warhol around for many years, it has changed location whenever she has and it’s staff has been virtually the same since its start. Capital is playing electronic music of all kinds, from the disco beats of the 80′s to today’s Top-10 hits. Capital runs daily events with contests, raffles and other goodies. Capital is located opposite the bridge from the Newcomer Centre/Church.
“Capital plays music from the to 40 charts and has a good team of hosts and dj’s and is a nice place to come and dance if you like you top tunes that are in the charts.” – Donna Redrose
Feel the rhythm feel the beat over at Irie Vibes on the third day of Spring. This Caribbean themed club is for Reggae lovers all over the world.
You don’t always have to be on the dance floor to enjoy the music, vibes has a beautiful beach for you to relax on .
What? Is going to beach in Spring not a thing? Well it is in the Caribbean!
The days of Spring is here, the snow has melted, the flowers are beginning to blossom and there is a warm breeze in the air. It’s time to put away your winter rags and go shopping for a new Spring Wardrobe. So where do we go to find it? Tribute City of course.
Tribute City is a sim filled with stores to find the perfect outfit to suit you. Did I forget to mention there are several clubs and events happening everyday? Well it does, so you can totally show off your new outfits while winning Lindens in their Contests Events. Continue reading
Last night I took another trip into the virtual world InWorldz, remembering that I didn’t actually get to see any locations a part from the newcomer friendly landing zone. I logged in with my Imprudence viewer, which I find using a lot easier than the default viewer and began my search for a good chill out location, I found two clubs that were empty and didn’t really have much to offer but then, I stumbled onto THE most trippy, weird yet really awesome place ever! It is an art sim called Area 54 and I was lucky enough to land when the owner of the place was there.
In Second Life there are a lot of talented and creative builders, I meet and work with some of them on daily basis, but this guy, he takes it to a whole new level. His name is Thoth Jantzen and at first glance his avatar looks like a weird mix between Hellraiser’s Pinhead if he were let loose in the Tron Universe.
There is simply no way to explain how creatively brilliant this place is without swearing. It is simply some place that has to be seen to believed.
It is powerful, so magnificent that it actually comes with a health warning! I am not lying, and I am not joking! You are warned against coming to the sim of your suffer from seizures or if you are epileptic due to the rapid flashing lights and the constant changing shapes and colours. So for those of you who can’t come to the sim, I’ll show you some awesome and crazy things that happen in this place, although I don’t really think my pictures can do this place any justice.
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and there is so much more.
By the way the music is awesome, it’s a mix between Trance, House, and Club music. It fits in with the psychedelic atmosphere because the way the sim itself reacts (the lights, the changing of the changes and everything else) depends on what kind of music is playing. You need the music. For example there is one song called ‘IBM’ by Rechenzentrum, it is basically the Hal9000 from the 2001: A Space Odyssey singing Daisy while its beginning to malfunction. It is creepy as hell and because of this the walls seem as if they are starting to malfunction as well.
However according to Thoth isn’t as complicated as I made it out to be, it plays what ever is on the video/media and since videos normally go with the music they are placed with it made sense.
Either way I still think this place is brilliant and worth getting an InWorldz account to check out!
On our second segment of this series, we will focus on the club business in Second Life. In case you missed the first part of our series on business owning in Second Life, you can view that story here.
If you are new to Second Life, it will not take you long to hear about clubs, events, or djing! Owning a club in Second Life can be fun and rewarding, but it also takes a great deal of time, planning, and organization.
Since owning a business in Second Life, mirrors business owning in real life somewhat, I am going to employ a real life business concept—the SWOT Analysis. No this is not MBA 101, but you should analyze your own capabilities before jumping into what can be a costly venture in Second life. I have streamlined the concept of SWOT into four categories. Please consider these five things, as they are the key to making or breaking your club in Second Life:
- Budget- Decide from the beginning, how much of your real life money you can put into a club. You will need money to pay for property for the club, as well as for events if you decide to hold contests, and for advertising the club. There is also the possibility of paying for special events, dj’s, or event hosts. You also have to budget for club equipment and the actual club building.
- Theme-Will your club have a theme? Is it going to be a rock, pop, top 40’s, country, etc type of club? You can also make your club appeal to a specific community in Second Life, such as goth, vampire, furry/neko, steampunk etc to name a few. What will the rating be? Adult, mature, or pg?
- Location-do you want your club located on the mainland or will you rent private estate land? Each type of property has it’s plusses and minuses.
- Staff-How will you find DJ’s and hosts? Do you have the time to host or dj yourself? Will you used managed DJ’s or will you simply send out in DJ groups?
- Time-Do you have the real life time to devote to the club? This is very important, particularly if you cannot find enough staff to keep your club going, you may end up hosting or DJing or at times doing both.
If, after considering the five things above and you still would want to own a club in Second Life, then keep reading! So let’s imagine you have a club set up, fully staffed, and you are ready to open for business. Before you throw open the doors, consider the following tips:
- Consistency-It’s important that you have a consistent schedule, not only for your staff, but for our VIP’s. People have routines in Second Life and if they know their favorite club is opened a certain time, they are more than likely to plan to go to your club. Try to narrow down days and times that work for your staff and your VIPs.
- Advertising and Promotion-this is important so people know you even have a club in the first place! Make sure your location parcel is listed in search, take out a classified ad, and put your club on your picks. Encourage your staff to do this as well. You should also strive to put events in the Second Life event’s listing daily. Of course promote your events in your group. Consider setting up a blog and tweeting events using the Secondlife tags.
- People-keep the drama out of your clubs, ensure that your club staff and the VIPs are happy! This means listening and paying attention to their wants and needs to ensure that your club can function without any real hassles.
Once you are ready to open and have considered everything on this list, the next steps is to keep your club fresh and a great place to be in, this means reevaluating things such as times, themes, genres, and even the location of the club. Of course paying attention to the trends of Second Life also helps. Remember owning a club can be challenging and a lot of work, but it can be as fun as you want it to be!
And so it begins, the first Torch RFL event. Jessii Warhol lends us Club Capital for a few hours of fun, music and good company… and donations.
RFL, for those who doesn’t know yet, is Relay For Life, a collection of organizations that comes together to collect donations for the American Cancer Society. By doing events and collecting small sums, RFL can donate massive amounts to the research about cancer.
This year, The Torch has a RFL team and will do events around one time per month, and first out is March Hare Madness at Club Capital.
What? March Hare Madness
When? 31/3-2012 10am-12pm SLT
Where? Club Capital
It’s the 1920s, things have changed. Women walk the streets displaying their new-found freedom. Those who survived the first world war are trying their best to forget it. Prohibition roams the streets and brings with it new waves of crime and injustice. Mobs and the Mafia clash trying their best to gain power over the streets. Speakeasies secretly open filled with moonshine, the only place to get a drink nowadays.
When I came to Chicago, it was bustling with noise, my dreams to be a singer within my grasp. The lights of the big city seems to be calling to me, teasing me, pulling me forward. My name in lights, that’s what I want. I saw it, the lights. “Empire Burlesque.” The first building I see, the sound of a crowd calls me to it. As I enter there is a glorious sight, men and women sitting down enjoying the show of 3 half naked women dancing, I could not help but turn away, blushing.
Another step into the world of Second Life roleplaying, takes us to the adult sim 1920′s Chicago, and adult it is with good reason. Replicating the roaring times of the 1920′s when the world was recovering from a terrible war, but was opening itself to a new decade of growth. What a growth it was! Our first stay in 1920′s Chicago was spent by attending a very sassy but lovely Burlesque show, that represents, quite nicely, a time where sexuality, though taboo but was beginning to be explored openly.
(Oh note this wasn’t our first visit…our first visit wasn’t very productive and our second was met by the end of a tommy gun which was very funny and this is our third visit.)
Something wicked this way comes in the form a fashion event, a celebration of everything that is dark in Second Life on this, the dark month of October. Venture into the graveyard, with your Linden bills held tight, or else one of the undead will reach out of hell and snatch it from you!
Spooky You is a celebration of dark and twisted fashion. The disturbed and tormented souls of 50 SL vendors gather around from October 15th to November 3rd to celebrate and they are extending an invitation to you! With hellish fun from trivia contests, to testing your luck with their UnLucky Chairs as well as Trick or Treat items that cost 1L$ – 10L$.
Dance your life away with the Grim Grinning Ghosts at their Halloween party on October 29th.
Your Hearse IS HERE!
A new club is out in Second Life, Club InFuZion owned by Fox Daviau and has been opened for 3 weeks. Now managed by Form Club FreQ Owner Starry Sparkle:
” Infuzion is a place where we all can get together, joke around, play games, and have good conversation. Also we are very welcoming, to not just nekos but everyone who walks into the club. A lot have asked if just nekos are allowed to work here, but I always let them know that ANYONE is allowed to work here with experience.
I also keep an open mind to the fact that everyone has to start some where, and If I have the time to train some one I will. For example Isabell Starfall is a host here, and has never worked before. She is now employee of the week this week. Because she has offered so much help, and always is on time, she proves she loves working with us, and joining us when she’s not working.”
– Starry Sparkle
Club InFuZion have an array of activities to make your entertained and coming back for more. From ‘Best in’ contests to trivia balls and sploders that go up 2k L$ (Lindens). They even provide private parties such as engagement parties to birthday parties and will provide the DJ and Decorations.
To check out Club InFuZion