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Elf Clan's Relocation-Official Announcement
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ELF CLAN OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT OF GROUP RELOCATION 

Pt 1

Pt 2 click here

 

WE'RE ALIVE AND KICKING!  :D

Read the following for details.

Please be sure to register and join the Elf Clan group on DigiWorldz, Kitely and OSgrid.  Other grids where Elf Clan is located are listed further down on this page.

 

Greetings members!   

We expect you have been waiting to hear where Elf Clan has decided to locate our new home.  We are pleased to announce the Eldar have come to a unanimous decision in this matter.

First, we would like to thank you all very much for your patience.  We have spent over four weeks of many-hours-a-day intensive research to come to our decision. 

This has not been an easy decision to make... because we wished to arrive at a solution that would be beneficial to all of our members, not just some.  We have heard the phrase, "You can't please all the people all the time".  And yet that's what we have been working to accomplish.  As far as our group members go, we believe we have arrived at a solution that best achieves this goal.

Note:  None of the following is absolutely set in granite.  Our group is learning to become more flexible; these things may change as needs and new opportunities arrive.

 

THE FIRST DECISION

On July 27, 2018 the well-known Inworldz grid went off-line.  All customer inventory assets were lost.  At this point in time even restoration of lands as they existed is improbable.

There are many reasons this happened, but the primary reason entails one simple issue:   Inworldz was a "closed grid" and did not follow the standard business practice of maintaining an off-site mirror backup of vital information.  So when the servers were shut down by the hosting company... the entire asset data system was lost.  Because of copyright and intellectual property issues, even restoration of the lands themselves is under question (as of the writing of this article).

In light of these issues the first thing the Elf Clan Eldar considered was whether or not we wished to remain part of a "closed grid" system.  The answer was no.  Group position in this:  After our experience with Second Life ($50,000 group land investment) and Inworldz ($150,000 group land investment), we shall never again support nor invest in a closed grid.   There was no question among the Eldar in this matter.  We consider closed grids and entrusting our creations solely to another entity to be a very costly bad idea.

We wish to clarify that any Elf Clan member who wishes to remain part of a closed-grid is welcome to do so and still remain part of Elf Clan (even officially).  However we have arrived at another solution for the group in general.


THE NEW "HOME" OF ELF CLAN

It is the unanimous decision of the Elf Clan Eldar our new home shall be:

Everywhere.

By this concept:  We have decided to host our primary land ourselves... on our own server.  We have made this decision because it allows us maximum, 100% control over our historic creations, and 100% security in the handling of our home lands.  The downside:  it takes a bit of tech-work and time on our part (more on this later).

Elf Clan home lands are located at:  ElfClan region on OSgrid.

This is a 5x5 (25 region) VAR.  It is mostly ocean with three lands in the center:  ElvenGlen, ElvenSong and ElvenMyst.  (See pt 2 of this article for mor information on VARs.)

Note that these lands are very much under construction.  We've had to shut of scripting so nothing is interactive at this time.  But once we get the system fixed and balanced, hopefully everything will be online and operational.

While self-hosting / OSgrid is where we have decided to base our home lands... that is not necessarily the choice our members will make. 

In this regard, we have set up Elf Clan as a group on several grids. Elf Clan members may set up their homes on any of these grids and if you so desire, still be an official affiliate Elf Clan Land.  All that is necessary is to agree to abide by the Elf Clan Charter.  We will provide you with a beautiful banner to present at your entry area and you'll be ready to go.

Elf Clan affiliate grids and lands

  

GROUP ANNOUNCEMENTS

Elf Clan announcements at this time will be made from the DigiWorldz, Kitely and OpenSim grids (primarily DigiWorldz as it is an easy-to-post centralized location that supports Email notices).  We encourage all members to register at all grids if you wish to receive group announcements.  If you log in to OSgrid regularly you will receive group announcements, but that grid is not set up to send announcements via email.  (Please understand we're rather new to all this ourselves and these arrangements may change as time passes.)

 

WHY EVERYWHERE?

Our members are numerous and have a diversity of interests.   Some prefer total privacy, while others wish to host event areas.  Some are creators and wish to have lots of prims available, while others prefer wide-spread landscapes.

As the Eldar considered these matters we realized Elf Clan can adapt to all such needs.  It is unwise to put all our eggs in one basket. 

Elf Clan is a themed group, but we are not land-bound.  Some groups require centralization:  sailing groups, role-playing groups, continent-based groups.  With the dissolution of Inworldz, Elf Clan is no longer "land-locked".   Elf Clan is a concept... one that can exist throughout the virtual worlds.

The existence of the Hypergrid allows our members to create a home anywhere they wish... and attend events / visit friends regardless of location.  Our members can have avatars on multiple grids, even by the same name.  This reality of modern-day virtual worlds helped us realize that our group no longer needs to centralize.  Elf Clan lands can be anywhere.

By allowing and even encouraging our members to pick a grid of your own preference, we expand the concept of Elf Clan throughout the metaverse, spreading our creations and concept across the Hypergrid.  We can host events wherever we choose, socialize wherever we choose, travel wherever we choose.   We are no longer limited within closed-wall grids... nor shall we ever be again.

 

WHICH GRID SHOULD I CHOOSE?

We have created another web page which will help you to better understand the hypergrid and what is involved in choosing a grid host that will best suit your needs.  But as a quick-look guide, here is a short summary of grid strengths and themes.  Note that these are our observations.  We strongly encourage members to do  research of their own prior to choosing a grid-- a choice that may affect your virtual life for quite some time.  In alphabetical order of grids we have closely examined:

3rd Rock Grid.  An old and established grid with a good reputation.  Easy-to-purchase packages and regions that run approximately $1 per 1,000 prims, depending on the package.  Friendly tech support.  Strength:  an even balance of prims and land for your money.

DIGIWORLDZ.    A vesatile grid that caters to those who prefer a social environment (or total privacy if you choose). Strength:  Lots of land for your money.

KITELY.  Offers "worlds within the world", lands completely invisible to surrounding lands (or create a community if you choose).  Strength: lots of prims for your money. 

OSGRID.   This is the "central station" of OpenSim and the hypergrid.  There are several options for setting up on OSgrid, ranging from hosting your land yourself on a home computer, hosting your land on a purchased server, or renting a ready-to-go land from a land-server.  This is for "do-it-yourselfers"... those who perfer 100% control over your lands and don't mind sacrificing  advanced-tech bonuses to achieve that.  (Other pro-grids offer enhanced grid functions developed themselves that can be of advantage to members who want a ready-built package.)

 

There are other grids which we have not had time to properly examine.   Be aware that grids come and go.  Some have costs in addition to basic monthly fees.  Be sure to read the fine print... and the second part of this set of articles for additional information.

 

Welcome to the new age of Elf Clan.   Please visit this site's home page for contact information and to request inclusion in the list of  Elf Clan Lands.

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SPECIAL THANKS

We would like to extend special thanks to several people who have been of great help in our transition to the Hypergrid.   We could not have succeeded without you.  To avoid favoritism, we are listing these kind folks in order of contact:

Ilan Tochner of Kitely.   Ilan bent over backward to assist us in relocation, explained how both Kitely and the Hypergrid worked, and was professional and good-natured about it when we discovered (for specific technical reasons) that we needed to self-host our home regions.  Kitely's tech support and friendliness is outstanding.

Nox and Terry of DigiWorldz.  We could not have asked for a more friendly welcome.   Nox spent quite some time showing us around the grid, explaining how it works, and she and Terry answered  every question we could throw at them.  These very-helpful people have welcomed new members time and again.

KONI LANZIUS of ElvenWorld.  Koni hosted Elf Clan's home regions while we were getting back on our feet, made us aware of the benefits of the Hypergrid, and was instrumental in getting us the help we needed to self-host our own VAR with OSgrid.   For those of you who are not builders and wonder what you can do with freebies... visit Koni's home land of ElvenWorld on OSgrid.  It is made up almost entirely of freebies acquired from the hypergrid as well as creative donations from her friends.   ElvenWorld is quite amazing in scope.  We are pleased to announce that ElvenWorld signed up as the first affiliate Elf Clan Land beyond our home lands and bears our group banner at the entry point.

THE TECH.   Name withheld so he doesn't get swamped by requests... this kind, generous person was highly instrumental in helping us set up our own server system.   Elf Clan had a unique situation with special hurdles... and he stuck with us the entire time, over days of special problem solving. He never asked for anything in return other than friendship, and personifies the giving nature of the OpenSim environment.  You know who you are... and you are much appreciated.  Our special thanks.

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Please contact Wayfinder Wishbringer, Moontan Valeeva or Snoots Dwagon to add your region to our list.  To be an affiliate region one agrees to abide by the Elf Clan Charter (present on this website) and display the Elf Clan Banner at the primary landing point (and wherever else desired).

 

 

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