Zeno McAuley

Standard

Once more it is my sad duty to inform the members of our community and the people of Second Life in general that one of our own has died.

Zeno McAuley joined The 1920s Berlin project in the early days and was one of my earliest and best friends.
He was involved in a million and one things and always willing to help out.

A charming and always friendly gent who made an impact on everyone he met.

A while ago he slowly became less active in Second Life but popped into Berlin now and then, usually with an alt, to hang out and enjoy the atmosphere of the sim he loved so much.

We knew his health wasn’t very good but had always hoped that the old Zeno would return again.

It was not meant to be.

If you knew Zeno, please inform as many of your shared friends of his passing.

We’re having a wake for Zeno at Der Keller, his old hangout in Berlin.
This will take place on the 15th of May at 2pm SLT.
A portrait will also be placed in our memorial garden in Tiergarten Park at a later time.

If you want to be there but are banned from Berlin or am not sure about visiting for one reason or another, please get in touch and your ban will be lifted for this gathering.

 

Our thoughts and prayers go to Zeno’s RL family and of course also his SL family and friends.

Auf wiedersehen Zeno.

Screenshot_1

 

 

Advertisements

May day riots coming to Berlin

Standard

During the first days of May we will be re-enacting an infamous riot that took place in RL Berlin 1929.

In this blog post you will find information about what is going to happen in our sim and the historical background to the real riots.

blutmai poster kpd may

The 1929 Berlin riots in our Sim

We will try and recreate the real 1929 riots as realistically as we can within the limited options SL offers us.
Our sim is not like the Wild West, we are not a combat sim, so please make sure you know the projects rules and understand them before you take part in the madness of May 1st, 2nd and 3rd.

On May 1st at around 2PM SLT German Communists and sympathizers will gather outside the KPD HQ in the narrow Mieze Gasse, a side street of Friedrichstrasse.
There are rumours that the mayor has given permission for the march, other people may have heard that there is no permission but that the police said they wouldn’t stop the people… but the truth is that the ban on large public gatherings in the open air is still in effect and the police has been ordered to use brute force to stop any groups gathering.
They have been reinforced by Army and even local Navy units.

The group will march to Friedrichstrasse towards Unter den Linden but when they reach the Volksbad, they will realise that the Police is not going to let them trough.
There they will be confronted by officers who have been ordered to make sure the groups of people will not reach the ‘good’ part of Berlin where all the nice houses and big shops are.

The protestors will be upset, stones and bottles will be thrown and then a shot sounds…
It is not sure who shoots first, but chaos will follow.

blutmai run

For three days events will be cancelled, police and protestors will play a cat and mouse game, houses can be searched, Berlin is a city of fear.

The police will block off part of the city, patrol, check people and will open fire at houses with red flags and people gathering.
Please be prepared to be hassled by them, even questioned.
If you don’t want to be part of this you may have to avoid the city or at least the working class district (west of Unter Den Linden).

Communists and other rioters will walk around with red flags and build their own barricades.
Shots will be fired, avatars may die.

For these 3 days Berlin will be in a state of emergency.

What to do

First you choose a side, do you want to be a protestor, part of the law enforcement side, a medic or simply a bystander.
Keep in mind that you can’t just pretend to be a soldier, nurse or police officer, you’ll have to sign up, invest in an uniform, weapon, etc.

On May 1st, 2nd and 3rd, everyone in Berlin should wear our wonderful custom combat HUD made by our very own Herr Kondor.
You will be able to get yours at Teleportplatz and the Amtshaus on Alexanderplatz on the day self.
Simply wear and give permission if need be.
Remember to turn off your AO for the hud to work properly.
No more being teleported home when you get shot, now you actually get wounded and have to crawl to the hospital or a nurse may have to come to you before you can get better!
If you get shot you’ll have trouble walking, and eventually won’t be able to do much moving at all.
It can take quite some time to heal and you’ll be out of the fight for a while.

Remember that if you choose to roleplay a brutal dramatic public death that it will be very difficult for your avatat to explain returning to Berlin after the riots.
Another good reason to make an alt, as they can die without confusing the community.

blutmai arrest

If you think that being a communist streetfighter, doctor, nurse, orderly, soldier or sailor does not match the role you generally play in our sim, it is perhaps a good idea to create an ‘alt’, a new avatar.
But please do remember that without rezzing permit, your alt may not be able to shoot.

Remember though that most common people  would not own guns, they would use whatever they could find to throw at the police and of course some would use knives.
There are some rather interesting weapons available on marketplace that use animations and can knock your opponent out, like the truncheon the police uses.
And those work even without rezzing permissions.

Another tip would be to look for wounded tattoo layers, bloody bandages or other things like that to make yourself look the part when things go wrong.
It adds to the realism and you can’t be sure you like the stuff you can get at our hospital, if there is anything at all.

Join the KPD group to communicate with the other revolutionaries.

We hope to see you here on May 1st as part of the communists, the police, the navy, the army, the medical staff or as a bystander.
Please remember that if you have not been to Berlin before, that we have a strict 1920s dress code.

blutmai officer

The REAL 1929 may riots of 1929

Demonstrations in the open air without special permission have been illegal since 1924 in Germany but this rarely caused any serious problems.
But by 1929 the political tension in Germany had heated up so much that trouble was brewing.
At the end of 1928 Adolf Hitler’s public speech ban was lifted and he had started agitating the situation in the country right away, causing even more street fighting and several deaths.
The Berlin Police President Karl Friedrich Zörgiebel then reinforced the ban on all public open air gatherings of a political nature in Berlin.
When in April 1929 the Communist Party (KPD) started calling workers to come to the May day rally, it was announced that this public gathering ban would also be valid on may the 1st.
The communists were furious and threatened to have their rally anyway.
The police started preparing for riots and street fighting, extra troops were called in. On April the 30th the KPD handed out leaflets claiming the political gathering ban had been lifted, but it was not.

There were also rumours going around the city that the police would look the other way and ignore the marchers, they would not.

On May 1st thousands of Berliners started gathering and went on their way to the center.
For them this May day was more important then usual.
At this time the newspapers were full of the trial around the murder of revolutionary leaders Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht in 1919 and it seemed that the murderers would be very mildly punished, people were angry.
They also wanted to celebrate their 10th anniversary of the Komintern.
To add to all this, the government of Germany was led by the Social Democratic Party, a left wing party.

Having a party with who the Communists shared several ideologies but also be their oldest and perhaps biggest opponent, tell the KPD they couldn’t march was like rubbing salt into a wound. And of course the Nazi’s were growing and becoming louder and more aggressive all the time, it sometimes seemed like they were not being stopped by anyone while the Communists were not allowed to do anything.
The communists were furious, the city was tense.

The City Council told people that they were permitted and celebrate May Day but only indoors.
Many people did just that, having huge gatherings in halls and public buildings.
But others did not receive that information or just felt they had to right to march outside.
blutmai police

When the police saw large groups of people marching trough Berlin with red flags and armbands, they took action.
They attacked people with batons, used water cannons and warning shots were fired.
The Social Democrats had followed the outdoor gathering ban and had had their may day meetings indoors but unfortunately they had to go outside to go there and to return home.
After his return home from such a meeting Max Gmeinhardt was shot when he didn’t close his window fast enough when the police ordered him to.
Other groups of innocent bystanders, civilians and Socialists simply going to or returning from permitted gatherings were set upon by the police.
With now also the social democrats, workers and poor people in general becoming furious, the conflict escalated rapidly.
In the afternoon barricades were erected to make it harder for Police cars to reach certain areas.
In the evening the police started using armoured vehicles with machine guns, only meant to be used when the police was fired upon.
Police start shooting at houses with red flags.

On May 2nd the KPD called people to go on strike as a reply to the police violence.
On May 2nd and may 3rd the police combed trough the working class areas, searched houses and arrested countless people.

In total 33 demonstrators, workers and bystanders had been killed by the police, most of those on just the first day and at least 80 were seriously injured. The Berlin police, under control of the supposedly pro-labour social democratic government, had fired a total of 11,000 rounds of live ammunition.
This incident, remembered in the German language as Blutmai (“Blood May”) deepened the split between the SPD and the Communist Party, which indirectly helped the German right wing parties and the eventual rise of the Nazi Party in the German parliament.

blutmai barricade

Bri Hasp

Standard

Dear Berliners,

It is my sad duty to inform you of the passing of one of our own.
After she vanished last January I’ve been trying to find out what happened and today I learned that our long term tenant and friend Bri Hasp unfortunately passed away in RL.

She lived in our close community for years, was a friend to many and part of the furniture.
She was a local in our neighbourhood and a regular in Der Keller, Berlin won’t be the same without her.
The community meant a lot to Bri, she had even given family members a tour of her city.

We’ve had contact with her RL family and learned that Bri had a wonderful and fulfilling life but had been suffering from a medical condition for a while
She died at home in the presence of loved ones on January 9th.

According to her family Bri lived life to the fullest.

We’ll organise an gathering in Tiergarten park, by the memorial garden to remember her and to put her portrait on the monument.
A date and time will be announced later.

Our thoughts and prayers go to her RL family but of course also her SL family and friends.

Supporter of Berlin bri hasp.jpg

Winterday in Berlin

Standard
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.
winter-in-berlin-poster copy.jpg

Fröhliche Weihnachten!

Standard

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!

cz1qsbbuaaahkuk-jpg-large

Primsmas for Supporters

Standard

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.

father-primsmas

Stricter opium laws in Germany.

Standard

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