Week 9

Posted: March 20, 2008 in Weekly Log

Week 9 Interactive Project

Mar 17 – Mar 23

After much deliberation, I have decided to have a go at filming for myself as was the original plan. I do like the work that WBT Advertising and Ina Centaur have done, but I wish to learn more about Machinima and would just prefer to do my own at this stage. I also felt like there would be a huge effort put into creating full scale productions when I only wanted to try it out. I do want it to look right but I don’t want to leave the direction in the hands of someone else.

With this in mind and considering the timescale I have left, I decided to fall back on plan B. Which, like all good plans involves believing that the right thing always turns up when you need it to. So I did a quick search in the SecondLife events calendar and found nothing of any use. I then did a basic (hopeful)‘Pirates’ search in the ‘All Categories’ section. This usually produces a whole bunch of Role Play areas which I don’t feel are appropriate and shops and ‘adult’ themed results. So I chose a shopping area and found a link to one place I hadn’t seen before. As it turned out, it was a very fruitful search. I (virtually) teleported to the area and had a (virtual) look around. I have kept a record of the conversations I had once I got there.

This is the point at which I had entered the Sim which I found via a link to in one of the pirate type markets on SecondLife. During the following conversation the ‘You’ comments are mine.

[14:28] jabberwock landmark giver owned by Angelina Snook gave you ‘jabberwock’ ( http://slurl.com/secondlife/Isle%20of%20Tao/34/57/24 ).

I noticed a pirate wench type avatar whilst I was having a look around the Sim. There are some nice buildings, some really good ships and a lot of attention to detail here. I also doesn’t look like it is used by the Goreans who Role Play on the lines of the Controversial books of Gor by John Norman. It’s not my kind of thing at all. So I decided to approach her about my project.

[14:41] You: hi

[14:41] kattails Teskat: ahoy

[14:41] You: i don’t suppose this is the place to ask for a bit of help?

[14:41] kattails Teskat: if i can

[14:41] kattails Teskat: what do you need

[14:42] You: I am doing a project as a multi-media student at Staffordshire Uni

[14:42] You: I need some friendly pirates for a bit of film footage for a game I am making for children at my local Special Learning Difficulties Centre, I want to make it fun for them as most of these children are 8-10 but using games aimed at 5 year olds.

[14:43] kattails Teskat: i will help if i can

[14:43] You: all i really need right now is to be able to be in the right place and right time to get some filmed pirate footage, maybe 5 mins or so of a battle

[14:43] You: and some walking the plank.

[14:43] You: it’s so i can pitch it to the people who make the games

[14:44] kattails Teskat: ok i can help with walking the plank

[14:44] You: but i cannot seem to get online when the rpg’s are going and i thought i should just ask around

[14:44] kattails Teskat: let me ask i f we can go on one of the ships

[14:45] You: thank you

As you can tell, some of the people on SecondLife are very friendly, and seem to like the idea of helping out but getting further than this can prove problematic, so I wasn’t holding my breath at this stage, but something about her made me think I could have found the place.

[14:45] kattails Teskat: you need to talk to antigua

[14:45] You: ok,

[14:45] kattails Teskat: she should be here

[14:45] You: thanks

[14:45] kattails Teskat: let me see we can find her

[14:45] kattails Teskat: come with me

[14:46] You: thanks

At this point I was pushing my avatar as fast as I could to keep up with Kattails through the Sim and I found myself admiring her very fast but sexy walk in an ‘I want one of those’ kind of way. I think I am spending too much time on SecondLife. We arrived at a Dock, complete with bar where we met Antigua Jewell.

[14:46] kattails Teskat: dam cocnuts

[14:46] You: lol

[14:47] kattails Teskat: oh she not here

[14:47] kattails Teskat: that me im her

[14:47] You: thanks

This was actually quicker than 2 minutes as time in world goes by faster than time in the real world. I forgot how quickly an avatar can be teleported about. We were joined by Captain Kurt at almost the same time.

[14:49] kattails Teskat: shellby this is antigua

[14:49] You: hi there

Jabberwock 1

[14:49] Antigua Jewell: Greetings Shelby

[14:49] kattails Teskat: she ‘s the one who can help you

[14:49] You: thank you kattails

[14:49] kattails Teskat: your welcome

I had previously made a note card with some information about me and my project so that it would be easier to explain to people about my project when I found the right people. You drag a note card over to a person’s avatar in world and they can chose to accept it.

[14:49] You: to save time, can i give you a note card, Antigua?

[14:49] Antigua Jewell: what can I do for you?

[14:50] Antigua Jewell: ok

[14:50] Antigua Jewell accepted your inventory offer.

[14:50] You: that kind of explains things better than i can IM 🙂

[14:51] Antigua Jewell: can u give one to the captain as well?

[14:51] You: hi

[14:51] You: np

[14:51] Kurt Jiagu: hello

[14:51] Kurt Jiagu: 🙂

[14:51] Kurt Jiagu accepted your inventory offer.

[14:51] kattails Teskat: i’ve got things to do i’ll be around

[14:51] You: thanks again

[14:51] kattails Teskat: np

[14:51] Antigua Jewell: you are from UK?

[14:51] Antigua Jewell: bye katt

[14:51] You: yes

[14:51] You: Stafford

[14:52] You: i’m a mature student at Staffs Uni

[14:53] Antigua Jewell: still reading 🙂

[14:53] You: np

[14:54] Kurt Jiagu: so basically you want to film a pirate battle?

[14:54] You: you really don’t have to answer me now, if you want to talk about it

[14:54] You: well yes. or at least parts of it

[14:55] You: and i need a few people walking the plank to use as a reward for getting a word right.

[14:55] Kurt Jiagu: well we could probaly do that too

[14:55] Antigua Jewell: 🙂

[14:55] Antigua Jewell: u gonna make me walk the plank Captain?

[14:55] Kurt Jiagu: aye

[14:56] You: lol

[14:56] Kurt Jiagu: and a few others

[14:56] Kurt Jiagu: 🙂

[14:56] Kurt Jiagu: mmmm

[14:56] Kurt Jiagu: are you sure our boats are what you want

[14:56] Kurt Jiagu: they are not the big ones we battle with

[14:57] You: they look fantastic, it doesnt have to be historically perfect for the ….

[14:57] You: hhmmm what’s the word, lol sorry

[14:57] You: facsimile

[14:57] Kurt Jiagu: well if i show you what we use

[14:57] Kurt Jiagu: then you can see

[14:57] You: ok thank you

[14:57] Antigua Jewell: 🙂

At this point Captain Kurt started pointing seaward and making sparks. The pointing is actually something that happens in world when you are trying to place an object.

[14:58] Kurt Jiagu: i cant rezz it here antigua

[14:58] Antigua Jewell: there is one there

[14:58] Kurt Jiagu: can you turn the build on

[14:58] Kurt Jiagu: please

[14:59] Antigua Jewell: it is on

[14:59] Kurt Jiagu: no its not

[14:59] Antigua Jewell: everything is ticked but edit

[15:00] Kurt Jiagu: ok

[15:00] Kurt Jiagu: my apologies

[15:00] Kurt Jiagu: 🙂

[15:00] Kurt Jiagu: coloff

[15:00] SPD Avenger – Raiding Sloop shouts: Turning OFF ship-ship collisions!!!

[15:00] Antigua Jewell: u can touch the boat Shelby

[15:00] Kurt Jiagu: raise

[15:01] Antigua Jewell: and click crew

[15:01] You: ah thanks 🙂

[15:01] SPD Avenger – Raiding Sloop whispers: Say ‘notecard’ for instructions or ‘raise’ to start sailing.

[15:01] Kurt Jiagu: raise

So I boarded the boat and accidentally set off a couple of cannons. Somewhere about here it seems worth mentioning that I am about the clumsiest person I know in real life, and I seem to have passed this trait onto my avatar.

[15:01] Port rear cannon whispers: loaded!

[15:01] Port front cannon whispers: loaded!

[15:01] Kurt Jiagu: if you click the cannons

[15:01] Kurt Jiagu: they will fire

[15:01] SPD Avenger – Raiding Sloop whispers: Say ‘notecard’ for instructions or ‘raise’ to start sailing.

[15:01] Kurt Jiagu: moor

[15:02] Antigua Jewell: dont shoot me

[15:02] You: i’m grinning lol

[15:02] Starboard rear cannon whispers: loaded!

Then I bumped Captain Kurt away from the helm, oops.

[15:02] You: sorry

[15:02] Kurt Jiagu: lol

[15:02] Antigua Jewell: 🙂

[15:02] You: that’s fantastic

[15:02] You: oops i am sooo sorry

[15:02] Kurt Jiagu: these are what we use

[15:03] You: it would be just the thing

[15:03] Kurt Jiagu: we could get a couple of these out here

[15:03] You: that’s really helpful

[15:03] Kurt Jiagu: and we have a plank on our ship

[15:03] You: timewise ;p

[15:04] You: would there be a time when i could just fit round you?

[15:04] You: and you wouldn’t mind?

[15:04] Kurt Jiagu: no

[15:04] Kurt Jiagu: as for time wise ………………….

[15:04] Antigua Jewell: im ok with that

[15:04] Kurt Jiagu: i`m in the UK too

[15:04] Antigua Jewell gave you Snapshot : pirate Island Of Jabberwock, Rivers Deep (27, 122, 2.

[15:05] Kurt Jiagu: #and Antigua is 4 hours behind us

[15:05] You: ty

[15:05] Antigua Jewell: let me friend u Shelby

This is in reference to the offering of friendship in SecondLife where you accept the offer from another user and you can then easily find each other again and check to see if they are on line and offer to teleport the other persons avatar to the area you are in.

[15:05] You: ah right

[15:05] You: ok

[15:05] Antigua Jewell is Online

[15:05] Antigua Jewell: ahoy Willow

At this point other pirates turned up, along with another ship and there was a mini battle with canons and flying avatars.

[15:05] Kurt Jiagu: but we here quite often #

[15:05] You: hey thanks for the pic

[15:05] Antigua Jewell: 🙂

[15:05] Willow Halfpint: ahoy

[15:05] Antigua Jewell: my pleasure

[15:05] Kurt Jiagu: maybe over the weekend might be best

[15:06] You: well i’ve got the filming stuff, so i just need to get on with it really

[15:06] Port front cannon whispers: loaded!

[15:06] Port rear cannon whispers: loaded!

[15:06] Port front cannon whispers: loaded!

[15:06] You: i still have to make the word game, lol and typically left myself behind on time

[15:06] Port rear cannon whispers: loaded!

[15:06] Willow Halfpint: were getting atacked here Kurt

[15:06] Antigua Jewell: well we are here

[15:06] Antigua Jewell: just let us no when

[15:06] Kurt Jiagu: so i see

[15:07] You: ok.7

[15:07] You: shall i get off?

[15:07] Port rear cannon whispers: loaded!

[15:07] Port front cannon whispers: loaded!

[15:07] Kurt Jiagu: he wont sink this though with that

[15:07] Kurt Jiagu: different systems

[15:07] Kurt Jiagu: lol

[15:07] Antigua Jewell: u need too!

[15:07] Antigua Jewell: be my guesst

At this point I fell off the boat and into the sea between boat and dock. This isn’t usually a problem as you just fly upwards and out of the sea. And because it’s virtual water you don’t even get wet. But to do it in front of people (even virtual ones) is just a bit sad and embarrassing. At least it would be for most people. I really want to ‘lol’ at my comment here which would be very appropriate in IM (Instant Message).

[15:08] You: lol sorry i keep doing that

[15:08] Willow Halfpint: OK lets get them

[15:08] You: can i watch?

[15:08] Antigua Jewell: your fine Shelby

[15:08] Kurt Jiagu: let me rezz another

[15:08] Antigua Jewell: sure…..you are welcome here

[15:08] Kurt Jiagu: off there a min willow

[15:09] You: thanks again

[15:09] You: this project means a lot to me really it’s good to find some friendly types on here

[15:09] Antigua Jewell: just tell us when so we can be prepares

[15:09] Antigua Jewell: 🙂

[15:10] You: ok

[15:10] Antigua Jewell: its not tooo mature here either

[15:10] You: well this weekend sound good, if you’re about

[15:10] Antigua Jewell: yes……we both should be

[15:10] You: i could do with a rough best time so’s i can get hubby to mind the girls though

[15:10] Antigua Jewell: ok

[15:11] Antigua Jewell: can Im me or the captain

[15:11] You: thank you is it more likely going to be in the evening or day time?

[15:11] You: wow!!!

At this point the largest ship I have seen moving in SecondLife, approached the dock and I had typed my appreciation before realising it.

[15:12] Antigua Jewell: hmmmmm thats a tricky question……..umm……let me ask the Captain

[15:12] You: i can pop on and of

[15:12] You: off lol

[15:12] Antigua Jewell: want to make sure that we both will be here and agree on time

[15:12] You: thanks again

[15:13] Antigua Jewell: im asking him right now

[15:14] Antigua Jewell: since he is on UK time too

[15:14] Antigua Jewell: LOL

[15:14] Antigua Jewell: he says anytime

[15:14] Antigua Jewell: grrrrr

[15:14] You: :p

[15:14] Antigua Jewell: men!

[15:14] You: lol i know

[15:14] You: well i can be on line all night from about 8pm

[15:15] Antigua Jewell: are we talking about Saturday or Sunday?

[15:15] You: or i can get my husband to take the girls out in the day

[15:15] You: oh either

[15:15] Antigua Jewell: let me ask him

[15:15] Antigua Jewell: im asking him

[15:16] Antigua Jewell: 8pm is 4pm for me

[15:16] You: well, i’m on late too and realise you are doing me the favour

[15:17] Antigua Jewell: im asking 8pm on saturday

[15:17] Antigua Jewell: ok…will that do?

[15:17] You: oh sorry

[15:17] You: that is fantastic

[15:17] Antigua Jewell: aye

[15:18] You: i really appreciate your time and help

[15:18] Antigua Jewell: no problem…its an honor!

[15:18] Antigua Jewell: what made u pick Jabberwock?

[15:18] You: aw bless you. i only hope it looks as good on screen as it does in my head

[15:18] Antigua Jewell: may I ask?

[15:19] You: it looks nice, and the poem is one of my childhood favourites

[15:19] You: ….

[15:19] You: which my dyslexic husband loves… hence the connection

[15:19] Antigua Jewell: ahhh I see…..

[15:20] Willow Halfpint shouts: dont you scratch my boat

[15:20] Antigua Jewell: I will im u if I have any questions

[15:20] Antigua Jewell: ok?

[15:20] You: i thought it might be nice to help the centre who helped him through his degree

[15:21] You: no problems at all. my email is on the note card too

[15:21] Antigua Jewell: its a very nice gesture

[15:21] Antigua Jewell: ok….I will probably have some questions

[15:21] You: it seemed like a small thing lol

[15:21] You: not a problem

[15:21] You: anything you want to know, just ask.

[15:22] Antigua Jewell: i guees we need to get some other pirates together

[15:22] You: aren’t you going off to fight?

[15:22] Willow Halfpint: ownage

[15:22] Antigua Jewell: and plan a battle

[15:22] You: if there’s anything i can help with please let me know

[15:22] Antigua Jewell: and we have a plank

[15:22] Antigua Jewell: is there anything else we need to do?

[15:23] You: nope not really

[15:24] Antigua Jewell: ok

[15:24] Antigua Jewell: sounds good

[15:24] You: thanks

[15:24] Antigua Jewell: sounds fun

[15:24] You: i’m hoping so. let me leave you to it and you can get on having some fun of your own

[15:25] Antigua Jewell: aye

[15:25] You: if it’s ok i’ll mooch around the shops a while

[15:25] Antigua Jewell: oh absolutely!

[15:25] You: hi kattails

[15:25] Antigua Jewell: explore

[15:25] You: thanks again., see you saturday 🙂

[15:25] Willow Halfpint shouts: get on here henry

[15:26] kattails Teskat: i think wandering crashed

[15:26] Antigua Jewell: aye

[15:26] You: will you thank Captain Kurt for me when he gets back ?

[15:26] Antigua Jewell: aye I will

[15:27] You: bye then lol

[15:27] Antigua Jewell: nice to see another Brit in here

[15:27] You: ty 🙂

[15:27] kattails Teskat: bye shelby nice to have met you

[15:27] You: ty kattails you too

[15:27] Antigua Jewell: we need the other ships

At this point I left them to the battle. I don’t really think I’m quite ready to give up huge chunks of my time to playing pirates online quite yet.





It was only after this that I realised I had forgotten to take screenshots of the area. I had gotten so caught up in the whole sailing ships and firing cannons game. so I decided to go back the following night to quickly take some shots. I was approached by another avatar, a member of some ‘Surf Dude’ group but all dressed up in a tux. He rambled nonsense at me about me having eyes and how he could see me with his special eyes, and then pushed my avatar off the jetty into the water. He seemed to find this funny. I on the other hand saw it as an opportunity to try out my new right hook animation. I only wish I had been set up to record it. It’s the funniest thing I’ve seen on SecondLife and I wasn’t trying to be amusing. I expected something to connect and thought I might be able to get a reaction from his avatar. Sadly, no. The only thing that happened was my avatar did some funny dance round and through his avatar. In the end, I gave up, apologised for practicing my punch on him and said goodbye, then (virtually) flew off. I suppose being virtually pushed of a virtual jetty into virtual water is not the worst thing that could happen to a person, or their avatar.




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