After some heated discussion about events in Second Life, and various ways they can be implemented, an experiment was born. I find this rather apropos to A Tattered Page, where this experiment is to take place, since Victor Frankenstein was the perpetrator of one of the grandest and more horrifying experiments in literary history. My only hope is that the undead creature due to rise from the morass of sludge that is the Second Life Marketplace does not end with the creator being destroyed by the Creature that was given life in the beginning…
A Tattered Page, as you may have surmised (if you haven’t been reading about it already), is an event centered around the classic novel “Frankenstein – or The Modern Prometheus” by Mary Wollstoncraft Shelley. Doctor Frankenstein has inspired a lot of artists over the years, and he will be inspiring a whole set of Second Life creators in November for A Tattered Page.
But what of this experiment mentioned above?
Well, someone had the bright idea of incorporating the Second Life Marketplace into a Second Life event. It all started in a thread on SLUniverse.com in which someone was complaining that events are often too lagged for easy shopping. There are a myriad of reasons why, and I won’t go into them now. Suffice to say there are arguments on both sides; from creators (IT LIVES!!) to event organizers to shoppers on the grid to self=proclaimed “Fashionistas” (Oh how I hate that term).
The idea proposed, in spite of many people explaining with small words and diagrams how awful listing things on the ponderously slow and poorly designed back end of the Marketplace can be, is that when an event starts, those involved in the event will also list stuff on the Marketplace and provide links to each item to someone who will be linking those links to the event website for “ease of shopping”. Of course, my morbid curiosity piped up and said, “Okay, I’m game and will do it just to see what happens.”
I only hope I’m not going to end up chased down like an animal in the Arctic by the creature we’ve given life. Heck, I don’t even want to be the dude in tap shoes singing “Puttin’ on the Ritz” with this monster. We all know how these things turn out.
In any case, this is what’s going to happen:
There’s a purely voluntary movement for creators to list their stuff on the Marketplace, including the Event Exclusive item(s), and to send these links to one of the event coordinators so the items can be linked to the event website, where vendor pictures and store logos will be featured, along with the SLurl teleport link to each inworld store. Since I was the first to proclaim that I am game for this (Hi, Mouth, you kind of suck sometimes), I will be doing just that.
All the Victor suits and all of the Elizabeth dresses featured in this blog earlier are listed on the Marketplace and will go LIVE on November 5 when vendor ads and links are due.
If nothing else, I do get a jump on listing the stuff on the Marketplace, which I would have done after the event anyway. The gods know how much every merchant using the back end of that site detests it, and I’m no exception, but I do like to get the unpleasant bits out of the way.
So be sure to hit the A Tattered Page site for links to all the participating merchants. I will also post my Marketplace links here at that time.
Till then I leave you with this: If you’re blue and you don’t know where to go to why don’t you go where fashion sits, ARRRARRR RRARRR RARRRRR!”