Category Archives: 1920s Berlin Project

1920s Berlin celebrates its 9th anniversary!

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Yes it has been 9 years since the 1920s Berlin Project opened its doors to the public and amazingly, after all these years our community is as active, vibrant, exciting, fun and alive as always.
All the apartments are still rented and it is generally still very difficult to find a home!
We still pull in crowds at our events, even the daily one in that dark smokey pub with the cheap lukewarm beer from dirty glasses served by a grumpy Dutch barmaid!

In short, our time traveling community is still a success and doesn’t show any signs of slowing down.

As every year, we’re celebrating by organising a week of special events, starting with the annual dance at the foot of the Brandenburg Gate and ending with the Relaxed Rules day where we for 24 hours lift our strict rules and welcome everyone who doesn’t like having realistic avatars or wearing 1920s clothing.

Happy anniversary to all Berliners, Berlin’s friends and that poor Linden Lab server that must be crying every day keeping our busy, uber-laggy sim working.

Our anniversary schedule;

  • Wednesday 30th May 2pm
    Anniversary dance on Pariser Platz with Sonatta Morales & DJ Myron Byron
  • Thursday 31st May 2pm
    Special outdoor Happy Hour by the coffee cart on Unter den Linden with Morgan G Dowd and DJ Maegara Hesse
  • Friday 1st June 2pm
    Special Dinner with the newly unique 9th anniversary champagne followed by a dance in the Mirror Ballroom at the Adlon hosted by Morgan G Dowd and with LIVE music by Joaquin Gustav!
  • Saturday 2nd June 12pm
    Library reception & book discussion (Host Florian Blaisdale) 2pm Eldorado (hostess Sonatta Morales)
  • Sunday 3rd June 2pm
    Sailboat race & picnic at Wannsee (Hosts Florian Blaisdale & Amelie Marcoud)
  • Monday 4th June 2pm
    Opening Biergarten 3.30 Supporters & Long Term tenants only get-together at the secret clubroom
  • Tuesday 5th June
    Relaxed Rules Day

The schedule may change and events may be cancelled, altered or added to this list.
Keep an eye on posts in our Facebook group or inworld group for the latest news.

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More prims!

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I’ve just asked Linden Lab to raise the prim limit for our Berlin sim, that means we now have 10.000 (!) extra prims to play with!

Soon you’ll start seeing more things being rezzed everywhere, such as parked cars, litter, etc.
It will also help me avoid having a heart attack during huge busy events when we suddenly are down to 100 available prims!
Yes that has happened.

But some of these new fresh clean prims (they still smell of brand new plywood) can also be rented by the people of Berlin.

Tenants can already rent 50 prims extra on top of their allowance and supporters were able to rent 100-200 prims, but if you’re a supporter you can now rent AS MANY PRIMS AS YOU WANT!
And when I say as many prims as you want, I mean as many prims as you want as long as the supplies last.
I want to keep a healthy buffer of available prims for emergencies and big events so not all the 10.000 new prims will be available for rent.
So the renting of lots of extra prims is going to be allowed on a first come first serve basis.

You can use these extra prims to finally decorate your home the way you want or to build a private skybox high up in the air.

Extra prims for supporters cost 3 L$ per prim per week.

Just get in touch with me if you have any questions or if you want to rent extra prims.

To become a supporter, simply rent the empty portrait in the supporters gallery at the Amtshaus on Alexanderplatz.

 

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New amazing machinima about 1920s Berlin made by Amelie Marcoud

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Long term resident, active member of the 1920s Berlin community and talented machinima maker Amelie Marcoud has made a fantastic video about our sim.

You can see it here;

And if your French isn’t up to scratch, here are the song lyrics in English;

In the desert sands
On the seabord dunes
Even if you get lost
Look for the rose

In the jail toilets
Where we dream of forgiveness
Where a song dies down
Look for the rose

Under the bogs and nettle leaves
In the puddles of rain
On the forgotten graves
Look for the rose

Where the suburbs get sad
At the blinds’ and at the deaf s
Where night dreams of day
Look for the rose

And roaming all around
If you didn t find it
At least you’ll have dreamt of it
Look for the rose
Look for the rose

The rose…

The Supporters program upgrade!

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By paying L$5000 a month people can become a Supporter, helping the 1920s sim not just survive but also to thrive.
Thanks to their generosity I can justify spending even more time than I already do running the place but it also helps me invest in the future by continuously improving and updating the sim but also work on other new exciting projects like Time Portal and one day 1940s London.
It brings a bit of security to a very insecure and uncertain career.

To thank these Supporters membership of their club comes with several benefits, like increased land impact allowance, a portrait in the gallery but also access to some exclusive locations.

But I wanted to do more so I’ve decided to make make being a supporter even more rewarding!

For starters, I’m combining the 1920s Berlin Support program with the Time Traveller’s Society membership, a brand new initiative I’m creating for Time Portal.
It works exactly the same as the Berlin Supporters program, but you join both automatically.
So once you become an 1920s Berlin Project Supporter, you also become a member of the Time Traveller’s Society, that means you’ll get to enjoy the benefits of both clubs but without your fee going up.
You’ll still pay L$5000 a month, but get to enjoy double the benefits.

1920s Berlin Supporter benefits;

  • Portrait in the Amtshaus
  • 50 prims to use in Berlin or extra on top of on your tenant prim allowance
  • The option to rent 100 or 200 extra prims.
  • Exclusive access to the Long Term Tenants & Supporters Club Room
  • Exclusive use of the Hotel Adlon penthouse
  • No eviction for a week after being behind on rent in stead of 3 days.

Time Traveller’s Society benefits;

  • Portrait in the Time Machine Laboratory, once the to be build Time Traveller’s Club opens, the portrait will move there so everyone can see who the honoured members are.
  • 50 prims to use in Time Portal
    For instance to rez props for a photo-shoot, to decorate a home you rent there or maybe just to use for a little private skybox to work in.
  • The option to rent extra prims.
  • Exclusive access to special Society member only events, such as sneak preview of new Time Portal areas, a tour of a new exhibit, etc.

And once more, if you join one, you automatically become a member of both!
So you will get the benefits for both clubs regardless of which one you join.

Yes, you Berlin Supporter now have 50 prims to use in Time Portal (if you can’t rez yet, let me know!), a great excuse to rent a place or hotel room if you haven’t already.

To become an 1920s Berlin Supporter pay L$5000 to an available Supporters portrait at the Amtshaus on Alexanderplatz.

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Berlin goes camping!

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This Friday Berlin is holding a role-play camping event on one of our tiergarten parcels.

The event begins August 25 at 12PM SLT and will end on August 26 10AM SLT.

It is our hope that Berliners young and old will find time to visit the camp, have a drink, go for a swim, or sit around the campfire telling stories. Food, drink, tents, sleep pallets are all provided. Henry Payne has dragged a phonograph out to the woods so there will be music and perhaps dancing. Everyone is encouraged to dress down for this event, and wear what a person in 1929 would have worn for a trip into the woods. Hope to see you there.

You can find the clearing with the tents by clicking here.

The landmark will drop you at the start of a path through the woods that will lead you into camp. There are candles in place to light your way. The windlight setting for the parcel is called Raymond’s Night which provides a nice dark setting for camp.

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Our exhibit at Second Life’s 14th birthday community celebration

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This year’s theme for the SL14b Community Celebration is “Carnivalesque!”,

Looking at Berlin during the 1920s, it was not easy to find a connection between this city and the exotic theme.
Although the 1920s were a golden era for Berlin, for most people it was a harsh time, with extreme poverty, political instability, crime and in stead of living in brand new modern comfortable Bauhaus buildings most people lived in small dark apartments, such as the infamous ‘Mietskazernes’, rent barracks, the tenements.

But when doing my research I found several pictures and drawings (especially by the amazing Heinrich Zille) showing these same common working class people having dances, parties and even a circus in those typical Berlin ‘Hofs’, the courtyards that existed inbetween their tenements.

This inspired me for our SL14B exhibit.

I have created a typical Berlin “Hinterhof” as it could have looked in the 1920s.
A courtyard overlooked by lots of small apartments where big families lived.
The tenants are having their ‘Carnival’, the yard has been decorated, a biergarten has been set up in a corner, there is a little stage and the place is ready for a party, allowing our Berliner to forget their worries for a short moment.

Every day during the first week of SL14B, at 2pm SLT Berlin locals will gather here in the Hof and have a drink, dance and chat.
You’re welcome to join us.

The 1920s Berlin Project has been an vibrant community in Second Life for over 8 years and has allowed many thousands of people the opportunity to do not only try but share one of the most exiting adventures imaginable; Time Travel.

As a historical immersive roleplaying sim, people are given the chance to step back into the past to try and find out what life was like in this wonderful city before the Nazis took over.

If you want to come and visit us, click here;
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SL14B%20Wonderous/129/164/30

Keep in mind though, the sims won’t open to the public till the official opening at noon SLT on June the 18th.

Auf Wiedersehen!

Jo Yardley

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Relaxed Rules Day in Berlin

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On the 6th of June we are organising a so called ‘Relaxed Rules Day’.

As you of course know, Berlin has a dress code, we ask visitors to look realistic and authentic for the theme of our sim.
But once a year, as part of our anniversary celebrations, we decide to relax these rules to give new people a chance to explore our sim even if they don’t feel like dressing up or changing their avatar.

On Relaxed Rules Day we will NOT be asking people to dress in the 1920s style and we will be welcoming unrealistic looking avatars such as furries, tinies, etc.
The only rules we will be enforcing are that we will not accept public nudity or Nazi related behaviour and dress.
Of course anyone bothering or harassing people will also be send home.

This may be a good day to show Berlin to your friends who have not been here before and may feel a bit intimidated by our rules or roleplay.

For our tenants this is also a special day.
It can be a lot of fun to ‘let your hair down’ in this city and go a bit crazy.
We will allow flying on this day so you can see the city from a whole new angle, but you are will also not be locked up for doing things that are unrealistic or unauthentic.

Some of our tenants will also be opening up their houses to the public.
Look for the Open House sings.
Wherever you see one, you’re welcome to go inside and see how the people in our city live.

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