Below is a short summary of the latest Community Meeting, followed by its chat logs – which have been gently edited for formatting, to put questions and answers in bold for easy skimming, and to omit greetings and farewells and other such asides. Meetings are hosted by Estate owner NeoBokrug Elytis at 2:00 pm on the first Saturday of every month at The Potato Farm in The Wastelands, and the discussion is typically divided into three main topics: Estate, Game, and Roleplay & Events. Everyone is welcome to attend!
➳ Occupancy has held fairly stable, with a few new residents!
➳ Summer months often have a slump in participation and land ownership – but, this summer, people might be going out more and trying to “make up” for the past two years.
➳ A few RL emergencies kept Neo from being able to work on as many things as intended.
➳ The Great Fissure renovations are now complete! Though one small surprise may be yet to come.
➳ Work began on the inworld Land Store, beginning with the backend development.
➳ There have been a few issues reported with day cycles “stalling,” but Neo attended a meeting recently where Rider Linden said new EEP features and fixes are on the way.
➳ All other development has had to be put on hold to focus exclusively on Northgate: the starting area needs to be fleshed out and finished in the next few weeks.
➳ Volunteers are still welcome to join the Wastelands Public Works program to help with Northgate!
➳ The kill-counters have been taken out of the WL: Turkey Buzzards, now that the Joon Buzzard Hunt is complete.
➳ The last Great Fissure “surprise” will have some kind of interrelationship with the Game, but it’s still in the works.
➳ The Potion Quest may be reviewed to make sure the Fissure updates didn’t remove any locations – and may get some new locations in the new features.
➳ Neo is developing an idea for a Buzzard-related quest.
➳ There’s still a Wastelands Game API that would allow an object owner to see the health percentage, and possibly hunger, of a user who touches that object. It may be updated later to include Hydration.
➳ Traveling, the RL emergencies, and the approaching due-date for the starting area of Northgate have meant that Neo wasn’t able to prioritize much time to game development.
ROLEPLAY & EVENTS:
➳ The Joon Buzzard Hunt is complete! The winner with 46 kills is TheForgottenBoy, 2nd Place with 16 kills is Wasteland Drifter, and 3rd place with 14 kills is RockinAngel. Prizes have been distributed – and every hunter will also receive a token of Irk’s esteem!
➳ Discord notifications seem to be behaving a little better.
➳ A Google Calendar of events is in the testing phase.
➳ Rapa Tone may put together an event in The Wastelands in July.
➳ Reminder: The roleplay character template has been added to the Wiki – add yours today!
Weekly Event Summary:
(All Times SLT)
– Storytime with Wasteland Drifter – 2pm
– Gomi’s Garbo Cinematic Expulsion – 5pm
– Mutant Drum Circle – 6pm
– Film Night with Wasteland Drifter – 5pm
– HOSTILE BROADCAST – 7pm
– Unstructured Playtime w/ Dia – 5pm
– Booze & Blather [RP Event] – 6pm
– Sandling’s Evening Madness – 1pm
– Fight Night – 3pm
– Apo’s Audio Atrocities – 5pm
First Saturday: Community Meeting – 2pm
Second Saturday: Barrelhead Bazaar [RP Event] – 11am
Third Saturday: Wasted Raiders’ Raid – Noon
Fourth Saturday: Second Second Saturday Skull Ball – 2pm
Want to host an event? Let Neo know the event details by Wednesday night and he’ll add it to the weekly group announcements, Discord announcement, and Plurk feed!
If you want to keep in touch with other Wastelanders when you can’t be inworld, our Discord server is now public!
I. THE ESTATE
NeoBokrug Elytis: Good Afternoon everyone!
NeoBokrug Elytis: As per previous community meetings; we’ll be talking about the three main aspects of the estate — with time for questions and discussion between each major category. The major categories are Land & Estate, The Game, Roleplay & Events. We’ll be starting up with Land and Estate.
NeoBokrug Elytis: This past month occupancy has stayed same-ish, with a slight gain in new residents. But I don’t see any here right now. :)
Mutsy (mutsy.kaligawa): Verity is a feeessshhh :O
Candide LeMay: halfish
Mutsy (mutsy.kaligawa): Feeshling
Mutsy (mutsy.kaligawa): aww
NeoBokrug Elytis: I’ve been reading around that this summer is supposed to be very busy with folks getting “revenge” on being cooped up for 2+ years of pandemic. So I don’t anticipate as strong of growth as we usually get in the summer. May DID have a nice rebound though. We’ll take what I can get.
Mutsy (mutsy.kaligawa): ahh good!
NeoBokrug Elytis: And before I get too far along, this past June has some RL emergencies for me, and various places I needed to be. So my contributions have been less than normal.
Verity Goodnight: <3
Aposiopesis Fullstop comforts Neo.
Mutsy (mutsy.kaligawa): Awww :(
NeoBokrug Elytis: Nonetheless, we still got The Great Fissure all done. I have one minor thing to add as time allows.
Aposiopesis Fullstop: wooo!
NeoBokrug Elytis: I started work on the backend of things I need to make sure the proposed land store works… but…
Irk (shannonwilsonbell): It looks awesome in GF
Mutsy (mutsy.kaligawa) nods
NeoBokrug Elytis: I have had to switch gears hard and work on Northgate… I think I have a couple weeks and that’s it to get it “usable” or else. If the past years weren’t so garbage (for everyone), I think we’d be a lot further along.
NeoBokrug Elytis: So my main focus right now is Northgate, as much as I want to get that land store done. :(
NeoBokrug Elytis: I think that’s about it for land and estate stuff.
NeoBokrug Elytis: I am sure I an forgetting fun details. Like how I had 4000 prims rezzed, and couldn’t pick them up for a sub-project of the land store.
Aposiopesis Fullstop: Eek.
Candide LeMay: too heavy?
NeoBokrug Elytis: Haha yes.
Mutsy (mutsy.kaligawa): o_o
NeoBokrug Elytis: Region and client broke their spines trying to lift.
NeoBokrug Elytis: Any questions about estate things or land things?
Aposiopesis Fullstop: What all needs to be done on Northgate? Can you contact the WLPW members and ask for whatever you’re needing? It can be hard to work on things without an indefinite due date.
Aposiopesis Fullstop: Er, WITH an indefinite due date, or without a definite one. :P
NeoBokrug Elytis: I need to “open” up the RegApi, and probably task a graphical person with taking at least a snapshot of each starter avatar on a greenscreen background to crop that out.
NeoBokrug Elytis: I need to finish decorating several of the paths laid out.
NeoBokrug Elytis: It’s not going to be my initial vision of what I wanted to open with, but I have seen other Community Gateways and… yeah.
NeoBokrug Elytis: However, I can still keep working on it while we have the base of it done.
Aposiopesis Fullstop: Well, that’s good.
NeoBokrug Elytis: Let’s see.
NeoBokrug Elytis: Moving on to game stuff.
Mutsy (mutsy.kaligawa) gets her camera and scissors ready
II. THE GAME
NeoBokrug Elytis: I’ve pulled out the “counting” scripts from the buzzards. The funny thing about the JOON buzzard hunt is, I slapped it together real fast because 1) I put it off, and 2) last months emergency just began. So I didn’t test it.
Candide LeMay: rock camera scissors? that’s a new game
NeoBokrug Elytis: And I didn’t check existing data. And I made sloppy edits to last years scripts.
NeoBokrug Elytis: But, in the end it all worked out, and working out was the best I could ask for. :)
Drifter (wastelanddrifter): :)
Mutsy (mutsy.kaligawa): wooo!
NeoBokrug Elytis: I am going to probably make some time to purge that old data.
Aposiopesis Fullstop: WAHOO!
NeoBokrug Elytis: I have so much I want to do with the game, but I just don’t have time to work on it. I want to get that little great fissure thing done, so I’ll just have to pick an afternoon to work on it.
NeoBokrug Elytis: Also, with the updated Great Fissure — that opens up a ton of possibilities for new places in the Potion Quest.
Irk (shannonwilsonbell): Ooo…
Mutsy (mutsy.kaligawa): neat
Aposiopesis Fullstop: Ooh, it does…
NeoBokrug Elytis: I should probably check to make sure I didn’t accidentally delete anything for the current potion quest.
Aposiopesis Fullstop: Meep!
Mutsy (mutsy.kaligawa): O_o
Irk (shannonwilsonbell): I hope one day we can choose between the mushroom and poison quests
NeoBokrug Elytis: Sorry, having buzzard quest thoughts.
NeoBokrug Elytis adds it to the whiteboard
Aposiopesis Fullstop: Take notes! Take notes! :D
Mutsy (mutsy.kaligawa): hehe
Irk (shannonwilsonbell): Oh hell yeah!
NeoBokrug Elytis: Any questions about game stuff, or even land stuff?
Aposiopesis Fullstop: This is a bit-of-both stuff: Are there any JIRAs about weird issues with EEP not updating things? I was on Estate time but stuck seeing nighttime for like three hours last week.
Mutsy (mutsy.kaligawa): (brb)
Aposiopesis Fullstop: Not until I TP’d out and back did it reset – and it was, like, late morning in real Estate time by then.
NeoBokrug Elytis: I know Rider Linden has some fixes and feature request JIRAs that are being worked on and/or fixed.
Aposiopesis Fullstop: Good. I will vote / watch the pants offa them.
NeoBokrug Elytis: He told me last Tuesday they’re almost done.
Aposiopesis Fullstop: Ooh!
Candide LeMay: they will release them soon(TM)
NeoBokrug Elytis: I haven’t been able to attend many of the meetings this past month due to aforementioned reasons — but they have been pretty good about fixing things timely.
Aposiopesis Fullstop: Oh! I had a weird question.
NeoBokrug Elytis: oh?
Aposiopesis Fullstop: It’s been LITERAL YEARS, so I’m not even sure if it works for this current version of the HUD – but you mentioned an API earlier, so it reminded me. Didn’t there used to be an API thing for The Wastelands HUD?
Aposiopesis Fullstop: (And is there still?)
NeoBokrug Elytis: The API only allows the owner of an item that a user touches an item to get health%, possibly hunger too. However I think it would need an update for hydration
NeoBokrug Elytis: Specifically touches. It was for RP reasons.
Aposiopesis Fullstop: Ahhhhh, okay; I couldn’t remember what all it entailed.
NeoBokrug Elytis: Any other questions?
Aposiopesis Fullstop: Not so much. Just some crossed fingers that you get the time you need to work on all the things!
III. THE ROLEPLAY & EVENTS
NeoBokrug Elytis: Before an open floor for RP & Events discussion — It seems the discord notices are working. Mo one has complaints of not being notified.
NeoBokrug Elytis: *N
Sketchkat Blackflag: Yes :D it’s exactly how I remembered it this time xD lol
Aposiopesis Fullstop: What if you aren’t being notified of their complaints of not being notified!
Irk (shannonwilsonbell): I promise I will not make a month long Event ever again.
NeoBokrug Elytis: haha
Aposiopesis Fullstop: Hahaha!
NeoBokrug Elytis: No sweat Irk, we didn’t know it would be like that.
Candide LeMay: what happened?
NeoBokrug Elytis: His event was overriding all the other events.
NeoBokrug Elytis: I thikn in cases like that, an hour long “event” reminder once a week would suffice.
Verity Goodnight: I’m wondering if the notifs are working as expected but because I’m not looking at the screen when they notif, I don’t receive them into my eyeballs
Irk (shannonwilsonbell): yeah that’s the lesson, I’ll remember :)
Aposiopesis Fullstop: That Discord bot thing might still be a good idea.
Aposiopesis Fullstop: Oh, and I made a Google Calendar to test out, but… it is still very testing.
Irk (shannonwilsonbell): When was the last time you restarted your eyeballs?
Verity Goodnight: I just need to put a reminder either in my calendar or in my own server bot
Verity Goodnight: probably about 5 months ago :D
Sketchkat Blackflag: lol
Irk (shannonwilsonbell): hehe
Sketchkat Blackflag: for some reason it told me the meeting should have been at “11” but I guess it thought it was GMT time and not BST :3
NeoBokrug Elytis: The times for discord events, are your local times.
Sketchkat Blackflag: but still x3 it notified me
Sketchkat Blackflag: aye, it’s 10:30
Sketchkat Blackflag: so uh xD I thought I was going to be early
NeoBokrug Elytis: I think that’s about it then. I expected this meeting to be short because of June being a big clusterfuck for me. Now we just hang out and party until War Zone. Then we’ll see if we get enough participants to play.
NeoBokrug Elytis: Though, given the revenge summer, and the holidays, I suspect it will be hard.
Kyo (kyo.voxel): I totally thought I missed the whole thing lol
Irk (shannonwilsonbell): At least we have cheerleaders again.
Kyo (kyo.voxel): I mean I kinda did
Sketchkat Blackflag: gosh heckie
Candide LeMay: van der graafleaders
Kyo (kyo.voxel): lol
Aposiopesis Fullstop: I haven’t heard anything from Rapa yet about the potential festival she was thinking about doing in July here – but I’ll give her a gentle prod sometime soon!
Aposiopesis Fullstop: Ooh, but I just remembered about a potential half-day festival I’ve been thinking about for a while….
Kyo (kyo.voxel): oooh
NeoBokrug Elytis: Anyone have any fun summer meatspace plans?
Mayo von Schrott (myotis.draconia): getting drunk
Tristan Kuramoto: lol
Irk (shannonwilsonbell): I’m going to kill as many blackberries as possible.
Kyo (kyo.voxel): working on teaching myself more unity stuff and twitch streaming things mostly
Drifter (wastelanddrifter): Wirewheel is taking me out to dinner for my birthday
Aposiopesis Fullstop: (No promises or anything, but… I have SO been thinking about crafting a tiny Post-Apocalyptic Roller Disco event. :V )
Sketchkat Blackflag: ◔ω◔
Aposiopesis Fullstop: Aw, yay, Drifter!
Irk (shannonwilsonbell): Oh noce Apo!
Irk (shannonwilsonbell): i
Kyo (kyo.voxel): oooh
Aposiopesis Fullstop: Gonna make anything delicious of the blackberries, Irk? Or just savor their suffering?
Kyo (kyo.voxel): yeah I have the summer off from classes so I’m going to enjoy the free time :D
Irk (shannonwilsonbell): These aren’t the kind of blackberries that you eat. In fact, they eat you. And must be cleared.
Irk (shannonwilsonbell): If they ever develop intelligence we are all screwed.
Kyo (kyo.voxel): oooh carnivorous blackberries
Aposiopesis Fullstop: Rubus delenda est.
NeoBokrug Elytis: You need a flame thrower.
Verity Goodnight: or goats
Irk (shannonwilsonbell): I use a chainsaw, but goats are really the answer
NeoBokrug Elytis: Can you rent goats where you are?
Irk (shannonwilsonbell): Yes, I can rent goats.
Sketchkat Blackflag: \o/
Aposiopesis Fullstop: But then you don’t get the visceral satisfaction of chainsawing things to death.
Irk (shannonwilsonbell): There is much to consider, it’s true.
Irk (shannonwilsonbell): If I hold my head just right I think I can hear them scream. And sometimes that’s enough.
Aposiopesis Fullstop: Hahahaha!
Irk (shannonwilsonbell): But you have to shoot them in the brain. That’s the only thing they understand.
Drifter (wastelanddrifter): There was a Roald Dahl short story about something like that called “The Sound Machine”
Aposiopesis Fullstop: As long as you don’t have to double-tap every single drupe.
Irk (shannonwilsonbell): hahah
NeoBokrug Elytis: What’s renting goats cost?
NeoBokrug Elytis: Where’s Storm?
Verity Goodnight: £5 if you just want to invite them to your zoom meeting
Sketchkat Blackflag: x,D
Irk (shannonwilsonbell): hahaha
Irk (shannonwilsonbell): I haven’t researched it
Verity Goodnight: I think the magician ws more expensive
Verity Goodnight: but we got the magician instead
Verity Goodnight: (I had voted for goats)
Aposiopesis Fullstop: Hahaha!
Mutsy (mutsy.kaligawa) calls out to the Storm
Irk (shannonwilsonbell): I’ve seen herds of rented goats clearing pastures and they do a great job. All those tin can bushes are gone now.
Tristan Kuramoto: woo
Aposiopesis Fullstop: Haha!
Tristan Kuramoto: i was in another screen and heard the song lol
Aposiopesis Fullstop: Hahaha!
Aposiopesis Fullstop: Oh yeah, and Sandling said it wasn’t some terrible bad-news emergency or anything – just something else that needed to be done today. So don’t fret!
Aposiopesis Fullstop: Well. Not about Sandling. About everything else, go for it.
Drifter (wastelanddrifter): Commence fretting then
Irk (shannonwilsonbell): I’ve been on perma-fret for so long I don’t remember anything else.
Aposiopesis Fullstop gibbers accordingly.
Aposiopesis Fullstop: Last song! Well, until my ACTUAL set later, anyway…. >_>
NeoBokrug Elytis: After this I’ll be heading to The Great Fissure for War Zone. :)
Aposiopesis Fullstop: wooo!
Aposiopesis Fullstop: THE FISSURE WANTS BLOOD.
Irk (shannonwilsonbell): I’ll see you there, gotta do a thing first
Aposiopesis Fullstop: Colin’s character thinks so, anyway.
Aposiopesis Fullstop: And, hey, look at all the fancy things that have happened in the Fissure since he moved there!
NeoBokrug Elytis: haha
Aposiopesis Fullstop: CLEARLY, THE BLOOD SACRIFICES ARE WORKING.
Drifter (wastelanddrifter): Soothly
Sandling Honey: HAAAAI, This is most wonderful, being able to ATTEND an Evening Madness! :D
Aposiopesis Fullstop: Sandling! Hooray!
Aposiopesis Fullstop: Haha, the last song thereof, anyway!
Sandling Honey: WELL, IT COUNTS
Sandling Honey: haha
Aposiopesis Fullstop: :D
Kyo (kyo.voxel): hahaha
NeoBokrug Elytis: Sorry to burst your bubble sandling, this is a MIDDAY Madness.
Sandling Honey: Oh shi..
Aposiopesis Fullstop: Hahaha! Indeed. I have corrupted it.
Aposiopesis Fullstop: IT’S OVER!!
Sandling Honey: Honoustly, today a lot of bubbles got burst. I didn’t get Sushi either
NeoBokrug Elytis: Okay! To the fissure
Sandling Honey: just pizza
Aposiopesis Fullstop: Pizza IS good, though.
Sandling Honey: Place was closed
Aposiopesis Fullstop: TO THE FISSURE! :D
NeoBokrug Elytis: Can’t argue with pizza