Saturday, May 22, 2010

Bowler and Wiser

Buccaneer Bowl XVII!

This past weekend was a biggy for Second Life's trivia mavens: it marked the 17th monthly Buccaneer Bowl! The team trivia event was as always marvelously captained by Lillian Shippe, Thornton Writer, and Lette Ponnier, $10,000L was still up for grabs, and a tremendously fun time was had by all. The often-champion Triviators managed to pull off another well-earned victory (congrats!), but the Trumpton Trivials—who let's not forget won the very first Buccaneer Bowl—gave them a serious run for the title, keeping up with them right to the very end of the tournament. We also had a bunch of new faces at the Buccaneer Bowl this month, which is great! I'm thrilled the contest continues to attract new players, and a lot of the newly-formed teams do very well!

Of course, there's also a lot of switching around within the established teams to account for players' availability. I almost always play for the Frivolous Corsairs—I sat in with the Triviators once, tho (which was a hoot!) and combined forces with half the BFSCs one time for a pretty solid game. And this month we got to add another BFSC member to the Corsairs' roster of ΓΌ supercool top-notch guest stars: we had the always-stunning Shale Nightfire along for the ride! One odd result was that we were (by far)) the, um, least vertically extended team at the Bowl! Everyone's seen enough pictures of me by now to know I'm no lumbering gigantasaurus. But here's our Captain Rain Ninetails and, even more dainty, Shale!

Shale Nightfire and Rain Ninetails at the May 2010 Buccaneer Bowl

We did pretty good! We won one of the five rounds and managed a fifth place finish overall, and with only three players on the team the prize money went a little further! But for more important than the money—to me anyway—is how the Buccaneer Bowl has become such a solid foundation for the SL trivia commumity. It really is an open, fairly run event that welcome all comers. Sure the competition is tough, but there's a lot of money at stake! And what's fabulous about it is how everyone gets along, works together to make the event a success, and has a great time. It's a great example of how a virtual community can come together and create something…well, more than the sum of its pixels.

Lillian's Second Rez Day!

Speaking of someone who is more than the sum of her pixels: yesterday was the ever-wonderful Lillian Shippe's second rez day! Rez days are like birthdays in Second Life—they're the anniversary of when someone's account was created. Some people let rez days pass by quietly, and sometimes there's a big bash (and sometimes people get surprised)…but Lill's was going to happen with style. So we all put together as hip an avatar as we could—this is more of a challenge for me than most—and…worlds collided! Dancing was done! Kungfu fighting commenced! Avatar attachments were repositioned! And everyone had a blast!

Folks reading this blog probably only know Lill as one of the quartermasters of the Buccaneer Bowl. You know, the one who might be dressed up like a Kabuki mime, a pig-headed dwarf, a (ahem) girafified version of herself. (Did I promise I wouldn't bring that up again? I can't remember. Too late now!) But Lillian is also one of the people who has truly embraced what it means to, well, I guess live in a virtual world. No: I don't mean Lill spends 24 hours a day in Second Life and never interacts with anyone who isn't an avatar. Quite the contrary. But Lillian has more than embraced the transformative and creative potential of Second Life—she's thrown herself headlong into it. Impossible fashion, impossible beings, impossible settings running the gamut from sheer beauty to the grotesque to the I-can't-look/I-can't-look-away. Check out Lillian's Flickr stream for a sense of what she's up to lately…it's kind of hard to believe, but even harder to describe.

And the turnout was fab! An hour into the event Lill ordered everyone against a wall. We were expecting to be mowed down in a flurry of bullets, but instead she took our picture! Not everyone who made it to the party is in the shot—some had to leave early, and some arrived later—but it gives you an idea of how many people were there at any given moment. I think I got all the names right—more images are available from both Lill's and Mako's photostreams…including some kungfu action.

Lillian Shippe's Second Rez Day (click to enlarge!)

Back row: Thornton Writer, Lucinda Dollinger, Honey Potez, Juke Badger, Circe Falta, JoshuaStephen Schism, Mako Kungfu, Leroy Horten, eleanora Scribe, Jackal Ennui, Achariya Maktoum, Blue Revolution, Billy2Times Krams, Jewels Carminucci, Rach Borkotron, Cinna Xaris, and Cygnoir Blanc
Front row: someone short, Lette Ponnier, Allana Robbiani, Thurina Susa, Lillian Shippe, and Metro Voom

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