Author Archives: Jo Yardley

About Jo Yardley

I run the 1920s Berlin Project in Second Life and record a podcast with Draxter Despres.

Winterday in Berlin

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1929 was the coldest winter since records began in Germany, and here in virtual 1920s Berlin we’ve been suffering trough lots of snow, ice and coal shortages.
But we’ve made it (well most of us anyway) and it won’t be long before everything starts to melt.
Soon our city will be dusty, smelly and hot again so before that happens, lets enjoy winter one more day.
Sunday 23rd of February will be our annual Winterday!
During this day we will celebrate the weather, snow will fall for the last time, we’ll skate and have fun on the ice but the next day, slowly, snow and ice will start melting and Berlin will prepare for spring.
At 2pm we’ll have Happy Hour on Ice.
Join us on the Spree for some hot drinks, music and of course our annual ice skating race!
500 L$ for the man, woman or child who goes around the spree the fastest!
At 3pm we all move to the Wannsee Winterfest!
With wonderful things to do and see and some fundraising to help pay for the beach.
We’re going to have a lots of fun and it will also be your last chance to make atmospheric winter themed pictures in Berlin for a long time.
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Fröhliche Weihnachten!

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Dear Berliners, I wish you all a merry Christmas and thanks to Linden Lab’s generousity I can give you a lovely gift.

During Primsmas I gave all tenants 5 extra prims to decorate their homes with.
Today I double and repeat that offer!

So on top of those 5 prims, EVERY tenant in Berlin gets another 10 prims  for free.
Just in time for Christmas decorations or to rez those much needed extra blankets on your bed.

You don’t have to do a thing, they will be manually added to each rental today.
If you think you haven’t received them yet by new year’s eve, let me know.

I am also renewing and increasing the option for tenants to rent more prims.
So if you’ve already rented all the prims you could and will use these extra 10 new prims up in a flash, you can still get EVEN more prims.

Pay attention, I mean achtung;

If you’re a regular tenant you can rent another 50 (!) prims for 4 L$ per prim per week.

If you’re a supporter you can rent another 100 (!) prims OR 200 (!) prims for 3 L$ per prim per week!

So, just to make everything clear to people who get brain hurt when numbers are involved;

  • Every tenant gets 10 prims on top of their limit
  • Every tenant can rent another 50 prims for 200 L$ a week.
  • Every supporter can rent another 100 prims for 300 L$ a week.
  • OR Every supporter can decide to rent another 200 prims for 600 L$ a week.

It does not matter if you’ve already used last months Primsmas offer!
This is a clean slate offer for everyone.

Want to make use of this offer and raise your land impact in Berlin?
Just send me a message inworld.

Fröhliche Weihnachten!

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Primsmas for Supporters

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When Father Primsmas handed out the extra prims I decided to be careful and see how many people in Berlin wanted to raise their limits.
After all Berlin has over 100 tenants and if I want to be generous for everyone, we’d soon run out of these new prims.
I just wanted to see how things would go.

After a few days it has become clear that most people are fine with the prims they have and even if more tenants want to take me up on the offer, we’d still have lots and lots of prims left, even though Berlin is not yet finished and I want to build lots of other stuff, we’re not reaching the bottom of the barrel just yet.

So I am now very happy to finally be able to send a Primsmas gift to those Berliners who are Supporters.

Supporters are Berliners who pay an extra L$5000 a month to support the project, in exchange for this they get a portrait at the Amtshall, access to an exclusive penthouse room at the Hotel Adlon, to a little cottage in Tiergarten and they also get 30 extra prims on top of their limit.

These supporters mean a lot to the city, they have provided me and the community with a financial buffer and some security.

But I’ve always felt I wanted to do more to show my gratitude to the Supporters of Berlin, 30 extra prims is of course nice, but thanks to Primsmas I can now raise this number.

From today onwards every Supporter in Berlin will receive 50 prims on top of their rental limit.
That is 20 prims extra to decorate and play with.

If you want to become a supporter, check out the Supporters Gallery in the Amtshaus on Alexanderplatz 1 and click the sign.

Already spent your free prims or the prim raise you added to your rent?
Hold on, there will be more prims related news in a few weeks.

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Stricter opium laws in Germany.

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From December the 10th onwards the laws on drugs in Germany will become a lot stricter.

The use of opium, cocaine and Arabic tobacco has gotten out of hand and situations similar to the infamous opium houses in the East are now familiar in our own big cities.

Although most opiates were already regulated and generally only availabe with a doctors prescription there is also a huge black market and the use of several drugs is very popular amongst almost all layers of the population.
This black market and the trading of legally obtained drugs or drugs obtained through fraud and deception has gone largely unobstructed for years.
This will now have to end.

It will become impossible to legally obtain the prohibited drugs without a doctors prescription for all the drugs mentioned below but those who do try to obtain drugs with fake prescriptions, by pretending to be ill, by stealing prescriptions, those who trade or sell the drugs they obtained via a valid prescription and those who use or sell them without medical necessity risk a harsh punishment, such as a hefty fine or even jail time.

The police will also start looking for opium dens and clubs and bars where drugs are often used in public, and close these down.

In short, you’ll only be allowed to obtain, own and use certain opiates with a personal prescription obtained from your doctor and bought from a certified chemist.

Now in detail the new law;

Opiumgesetzes vom 10. Dezember 1929
(RGBl. I S. 215) listet § 1 Abs. 1

Achtung!

From the 10th of december onwards it will be illegal to buy, sell, own or use the following products:

Rohopium
Opium
Morphine
Kokablätter (cacao leaves)
Rohkokain
Kokain (cocaine)
Ekgonin (Ecgonine)
Indischer Hanf (indian hemp)
Diacetylmorphins (Heroins)
Kokains und Ekgonins.

Some of these products may still be obtained at the Apotheke (pharmacy) trough a prescription from your doctor.

If you break the law you can be fined and even jailed.
Approximate fines and punishments;
-Being caught buying them can get you fined 150L$
-Selling these products can get you fined 500L$
-Owning one of the aboce substances can get you fined 250L$
-Being caught using, or having used them recently, can get you arrested for at least one night in the cell.

'Koks' Emil, selling drugs on the street, Berlin  1929

‘Koks’ Emil, selling drugs on the street, Berlin 1929

Merry Primsmas! Prims for everybody!

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Recently Linden Lab announced that they were going to raise the prim limits everywhere in Second Life.
Rumours quickly spread that this change would happen after Thanksgiving and this indeed turned out to be the case.

Today is Primsmas!

Every sim in SL will have more prims available and this means of course, that we in 1920s Berlin and Tiergarten park will suddenly have more to play with as well.

This will mean that I can make Berlin even prettier/dirtier by adding more details but also by being a little more relaxed about the land impact of the buildings I make.

To celebrate this wonderful holiday I am giving every address in Berlin 5 extra prims on top of what you’re renting, for free.
It doesn’t matter if you’re a long term supporter who lives in a fancy house or someone who only just moved into the city and who is living in a stinky attic room.
You now have 5 extra prims to decorate your home with!

Supporters are given 20 extra prims on top of the 30 prim bonus they already get.
Read more about the supporters bonus by clicking here.

On top of this I am also offering you the option to rent more prims.

Every tenant can now rent 25 prims extra for 100 L$ per week (which will be added to your rent) per address!

Every tenant who is also a supporter has the opportunity to rent 50 prims extra for 200 L$ per week!

Tiergarten tenants all get 20 extra prims for free and if they want they are able to rent another 100 prims extra for 300 L$ per week!

So enjoy your 5 extra prims and if you want to take advantage of the extra prims for renting offer, contact me inworld and I’ll take care of the paperwork.

I’m being a little careful with handing out prims and renting them out because  Berlin has a LOT of tenants and if everyone wants to raise their limit we’ll run out very soon.
And I also plan to spend a few on making the sim better and keep a few in reserve for special events.
But mostly I just want to see how things go first.
If everything goes well and we still have lots of prims left, I may repeat Primsmas.

P.S; Shopkeepers can always contact me about renting more prims, so nothing changes there, besides the 5 extra prims for free 😉

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Rain has come to Berlin

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Just before winter strikes, rain reached Berlin.
It goes on for days, making life miserable for many but also cleaning the dirty old city, preparing her for the white blanket of winter.

It will rain in our sim till Christmas eve and then it will start to snow.
Enjoy the autumn look of our city and the neighbouring Tiergarten park.
Setting it up has taken a LOT of time and work but I think it was worth the annual effort.

Come and enjoy this weather while you can, before the city turns white with snow.
Although it doesn’t make Berlin any less laggy, it does make it look amazing and brings with it some fantastic photo opportunities and gallons of atmosphere.

The rain consists of mesh blocks with weather textures on them, they may get in the way of things you want to click, such as doors.
Try getting as close to the door as possible, zoom in or if all that fails, right click in stead of left click.

If your computer finds it all a bit too much and SL slows down beyond what you find acceptable, turn down your draw distance.
And don’t worry, next month the weather system will be removed again.

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Rezzable cars for everybody!

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From now on any visitor who wants to explore 1920s Berlin in style can simply rez one of our 1920s cars for free and drive around!

You can find the rezz sign right outside Station Berlin Alexanderplatz.

Be careful, these cars are temporary rezzed, they will vanish again after about 30 seconds or when you get out.
So they are perfect for a tour around the sim or to get you to a location fast but you’ll have to walk the way back.

For tenants this changes a few things as well.
Due to work pressure and lack of resources, the Police has been forced to stop checking and providing people with driving licenses.
So for now you will no longer need one to be able to drive a car in Berlin.

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