Friday, April 15, 2011

Reign O'er Me

Ye Dear Readers will know that I can't keep this blog away from Second Life trivia for very long. So I hope I'll be forgiven for offering a few quick updates since moving Lou's Clues to my own "home" parcel."

The Frivolous Corsairs finally win Buccaneer Bowl!

We Are The Champions!

Although it's almost month-old news now, at long last the Frivolous Corsairs walked away with a Buccaneer Bowl team trivia championship! The team last month was me, our erstwhile captain Rain Ninetails, with very able backup from Honey Potez and Billy2Times Krams. The title was a long-time coming: although the Corsairs have had a number of second-place finishes and are often pretty competitive, the top spot has eluded us since the Buccaneer Bowl got started way back in January 2009. Although I haven't been able to attend every game (and once, technically, was on a winning team as an honorary Triviator) the Corsairs have managed to field a team for nearly every Buccaneer Bowl, and it was great to finally come out on top!

And I suppose I just need to say this up-front: while it's nice to win, it absolutely isn't a requirement for me. What I find remarkable about the Buccaneer Bowl is that we're able to assemble so many people into the same place at the same time and conduct a rather complicated, two-hour event and have a bunch of fun while doing it. I know this is going to sound wrong, but I kind of think of the Buccaneer Bowl as a monthly party where many of my smartest and funniest friends turn up to be…well, funny and smart! Although I wouldn't wish it on my teammates, I could come in last place every month and still enjoy the Buccaneer Bowl games just as much. Although there are lots of fun events and things to go in Second Life, the Buccaneer Bowl has been one thing I always look forward to with kind of giddy anticipation.

TriviAid for Japan Relief

The Second Life trivia community is developing a bit of a tradition of trying to do events to benefit real-world causes and organizations. In November of 2009 folks pulled together to conduct a 24-hour Triviathon benefitting Relay for Life, and various hosts have put on games in support of various realworld causes. Although there's no lack of worthy causes in the world, the earthquake, tsunami, and ongoing nuclear crisis that have struck Japan have been on everyone's mind, so this month the Second Life trivia community put together TriviAid, a series of games over a nine-day span that encouraged users to support Japan relief. TriviAid dovetailed on a similar effort organized by the Phoenix Viewer project—which set up an account to pass donations along to Global Giving, although hosts were encouraged to support charities of their choice if they wanted. Honey Potez took the lead there, spearheading contributions to Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue and Support (JEARS), a group of three Japan-based no-kill animal rescue organizations—and Honey made it count by pledging to double all received contributions.

In a world where a Linden Dollar is worth less than half a penny, raising money even for a good cause can be difficult: many SL residents have no money at all, and many carry the equivalent of just a dollar or two—and then there are people like me whose only in-world money comes from what we can win or earn. Nonetheless, Honey's efforts to support animal rescue totalled US$200, total TriviAid donations came to $L39,784, or about US$330.

Yes, in the grand scheme, it may not seem like a tremendous amount of money, but bear in mind there's nothing about Second Life trivia that's a profit-making venture: as a group, we haven't done any significant work to monetize the activity because, frankly, that's not why we do it. If you want evidence that virtual worlds can offer significant support to real-world activities, check out Project FUR: they also worked to raise money for JEARS, and set out a whole sim filled with virtual goods being sold as a benefit. Last I checked, they had raised more than $6 million Linden dollars: that's over US$24,000.

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