The SL12B Time Capsule!

SL12B Time Capsule
“What Dreams May Come”

At each Second Life birthday event, we present items from Second Life time capsules past, and invite everyone to submit a potential time capsule to represent the current birthday. It is a wonderful tradition we’ve kept alive.

Residents are invited to try and create a capsule that represents a significant technical enhancement from that year (for example: SL4B’s capsule had flexible prims, SL5B’s used glow) or something inspired by the theme of that year’s event (SL6B’s capsule was a meteorite chunk for its space theme, SL8B’s was a modified version of the event logo, SL9B’s was a giant cake, etc.).

We’re inviting you to propose your ideas for this year’s time capsule. If you’re interested, here are the guidelines:

* The capsule should be (relatively) low in land impact. Some of the older ones reach up to 96 LI, and some years it gets difficult to display them all. This will only get worse as more and more capsules join the ranks every year, so please try to be thrifty.

* If you choose to make it look like a chest, box, or anything that would open in First Life, then please design it in such a was as it can actually open, and an interior that is just as detailed as the outside.

We can assist with scripting it to open or close.

If that’s absolutely impossible for some reason, we will need an open version AND a closed version. This allows us to keep up the illusion of “opening the capsule” at every year’s event.

For example: SL3B had a vault, SL5B an intelligent particle system, SL6B had an asteroid container that could open, SL7B was a portal with a vortex that could activate, SL9B was a cake that opened on top, etc.

Sometimes we may ask for modifications to the design to accommodate the look.

* Overall, be creative; this year’s theme is “What Dreams May Come” if you want to go theme-based.

* Size: Please do not go too big. The SL3B Vault is about six meters cubed, and you might consider that the absolute upper size limit. Nobody will be disqualified for going over it on one side or so, if the design warrants it. A tall spire won’t be rejected, a Death Star sized megasphere just might 🙂

* Some particle use is allowed, but please keep it manageable. For an example of a previous model: SL5B’s capsule has particles that float inside it, defined by the amount of items in its inventory.

* The capsule should be full permission. It is of course necessary for items to be added to the contents of the object, the most important part of the capsule. Also, as modifications may be needed.

* If you submit a capsule, it will not be automatically returned to you, so be sure to keep a personal copy, A return copy can always be arranged upon request, however.

* If you have any low land impact pedestals or display cases, please feel free to also submit them. For that matter, don’t be afraid to make a smaller capsule that stands on an independent pedestal (and yes, you may design the pedestal too; the SL5B and SL6B capsules did that very same thing)

* There are no guarantees that you’ll win. You may have the nicer design technically, but someone else’s might fit the theme better.

* To submit a design or to ask any related questions, please contact Will Webb, the official keeper of the capsule.

* Be creative.

* Last but not least, the previous capsules may be seen upon request, for those of you that need a bit of inspiration and guidance in choosing your design.

Best of luck!