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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

 

ELF CLAN HOME:   ElvenSong at OSgrid.  ElvenSong is part of the 100-region Elf Clan continent which includes ElvenWorld, ElvenGlen, Dwagons Keep, the high-sky science fiction themed Replicant City, Pirate's Cove and vast sailing oceans. 

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 on our Affiliates 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.  Most land assets were lost (with a few exceptions that we managed to salvage-- fortunately which include the historic Elf Clan home regions).

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, restoration even of saved OAR files provided only very limited salvage, as the "filtering" process is expected to be severe.

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 servers.  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 and inventory.  This solution isn't for everyone, but it will help maintain our primary historic lands and landmark creations.

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

This is a 5x5 (25 region) VAR.  It is mostly ocean with lands in the center.  ElvenSong is at ground level with Replicant City in high sky, as it has been for the past 8 years.

We are joined in this by the already-existing ElvenWorld to our south, hosted by member Koni Lanzius.  Eldar Peter Lioncourt hosts ElvenGlen... a re-creation of our original home region.

(See pt 2 of this article for more information on VARs.)

(UPDATE September 2019:  These lands have been joined by Frankenstein... a humorous and eclectic colletion of stiched-together regions which are fully explorable.  This gives us a total of 100 total regions on the central Elf Clan Continents.)

 

THE NEW ELF CLAN

Our new home is quite functional and work as well as they worked on Inworldz (better, actually). We have far more space and lots of sailing room.  The fact that we now have a huge 100- region continent means we have more land and ocean space than in our entire history.  In addition we have Elf Clan members who have set up lands on other grids such as Kitely and DigiWorldz.

While self-hosting on OSgrid is where we have decided to base our home lands... that is not necessarily the choice all 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

Currently there are no group announcements, nor need of such.  If that changes we'll let everyone know on this website.  Events will be held by individuals on their grid of choice and announced there.  The format of our group has changed.  Instead of a centralized, land-locked group we are now spread throughout the Hypergrid in individual "mini-kingdoms".  We believe this a good thing, allowing greater diversity and freedom. 

 

WHY EVERYWHERE?

Our members are numerous and have varied 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 now adapt to all such needs.  After our experience with closed grids, it would be unwise to put all our eggs in one basket. 

Elf Clan is a themed group and we are no longer land-bound.  Some groups require centralization:  sailing groups, role-playing groups, active groups.   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 keeping the same name on several grids.  This reality of modern-day virtual worlds helped us realize that our group no longer needs to centralize.  Elf Clan lands can be anywhere and everywhere.

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 your 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 test grid" of OpenSim and the hypergrid.  There are several options for setting up on OSgrid, ranging from hosting your land yourself on your own server 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".

Strength: 100% control over your lands and if you self-serve, 100% inventory security and backup.

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 decided (for specific technical reasons) that we needed to self-host our home regions.  Kitely's tech support and friendliness is outstanding.  One of our Eldar chose to host her home on Kitely. 

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 on OSgrid.  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... and she in turn has set almost all of these to copyable by visitors.  It is perhaps the largest "freebie store" in the virtual universe, covering 25 regions end to end.  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, weeks and months 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 Snoots Dwagon at OSgrid to add your region/grid 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.  Minimal hassle, widely-recognized group.

 

 

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