Organizing a big festival is always a huge headache, and you really have to take your hat off to anyone with the nerve to do it. They often end up making a significant financial contribution too, because the setting up of a temporary grid costs rl money.
For as little as three bucks you can get kudos and publicity, and brownie points with the higher power, so why not consider helping out? OK I may be lying about the higher power, let's call it the HG power.
There are lots of levels at which you can contribute, and each one brings a bigger slice of land, publicity and warm glowy feeling, although the last might just be the wine, so don't quote me on that.
Here are some stories from people who chose to go ahead and put their hand in their pocket for OpensimFest. How hard is it to sponsor? why did they want to do it? What do they hope to see at the event?
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Bridgemere is a relatively new grid, but Hairy and friends are all virtual veterans.
Hairy Thor: Like most folks, Secondlife was our common ground to cut our teeth. Opensim was and still is a viable alternative to Secondlife at a much lower cost. The ability to jump from grid to grid aids in creating a larger expanse to become emerged in other's creativity. It also allows for friends to stay connected, even though where they call home, can be an entirely different grid.
Lannorra Sion I feel very connected to the OS. This is my home and I love it and believe it should get more publicity. I want to support our OS community as much as I can. The theme really spoke to me as Phantom Rose has always been fantasy. Originally based on a nexus between Phantom of the Opera and Anne Rice’s Vampires, I have expanded that now that it is a full grid. I have many themes, which while grounded in reality have many fantasy aspects and of course I have a 5x5 Fantasy Medieval region opening soon, so that did not hurt. As for being a first time sponsor, I have been a bit anxious about the process. I readily will say this is my issue and not the Fest’s problem. I am a little OCD and l get anxious doing things for the first time when I do not know the process, but signing up was very easy.
Lannorra Sion: I greatly admire the work of Luna Lunaria. I also am so grateful to the early creators in the OS; Linda Kellie, Vbinnia Redek, Selea Core, Acadia Asylum, Lani Global from Lani Mall. They all created and gave to the community to help it grow. There are many more and I am sorry I do not have all their names at my fingertips, but I respect and thank you. I am trying in my own small way to give back with free creations for my visitors. I also want to give my thanks to the many merchants who sell items to the OS. While I could probably build anything I need… I do not want to! I love to shop on Kitely or at other grids. So thank you merchants!
Wildwood Bayou grid sashayed onto the hypergrid scene just a few years ago, but has quickly become one of the opensim's favorite venues for music and relaxing in a N'Awlins frame of mind.
I asked the group why they love Opensim, and Fitheach Eun relayed to me the group's answers.