Burnal Equinox: Time Travel
May 20-22, 2022
Guidelines & Information
Artists and creative builders, come and participate in Burn2's Burnal Equinox event, themed "Time Travel"! After you sign up, you will be invited to the playa to choose your plot, and ponder what your visitors and fellow Burners when they visit your art or camp.
If you are a new artist just discovering the art of prim slinging, don't let "I don't know how to make anything" stop you from learning! We encourage participation and learning, sharing knowledge and guiding each other. Fellow creatives will be on hand to help you along and coach you. Novice builders can benefit from workshops hosted by volunteers in the spirit of the Gifting principle.
Established and new, up-and-coming artists alike are enthusiastically invited to bring their creations to the Deep Hole playa.
Each builder is part of and responsible to the community and fellow participants, to build in a manner that does not adversely affect others.
In addition to the Burnal Equinox theme on this page, PLEASE read and strive to practice the Ten Principles of Burning Man.
As with all Burn2 events, artists must agree to follow the Decommodification Principle, as required by the Burning Man organization: No tip jars, no group joiners, no in-chat promotion spam, no club advertising. We do encourage you to enhance your SL profile and direct people there for more information about you.
NOW, THE RULES
In this context, when we say "artist" we are referring to both artists and camp builders.
It is a fact of life that in any big community there will be some rules to help things run as safely, smoothly, and as fairly as possible for all in the community. For that reason we ask all artists to respect the following:
- Please keep all parts of your build inside your designated plot. For this event plots are trapezium shaped and ranging in size from 301sqm to 846sqm. Boundaries are clearly indicated with plot markers. Total height of the build cannot exceed the allotted height from the playa floor and location of your plot. As this layout consists of three concentric rings, the max height for the inner circle is 20m, middle circle is 30m, and outer circle is 40m. Underground building is not permitted.
- You can visit the Burn2 playa to see the layout. Plot availability is limited because the event is on one sim. Signups are first come, first served.
- Maximum Land Impact of your build is according to your plot sqm:
301sqm = 155 max LI
515sqm = 241 max LI;
661sqm = 300 max LI;
846sqm = 338 max LI..
Be considerate of your neighbours and the fact that we are only on one sim!
- Because we are not using cut parcels for this event and the entire region is on the same stream, plot radios or anything setting the audio stream will not be allowed. Regular sounds in objects may be used, but should have their distance limited so as not to be audible in neighboring plots. Please use the llSetSoundRadius() where applicable. For more information: http://wiki.secondlife.com/wiki/LlSetSoundRadius..
- NO commercial or promotional items, and no landmarks or slurls to off-playa locations.
- No items may be set for sale for greater than L$0 (zero lindens).
- Megaprims and prims larger than your plot size are not allowed.
- Mesh is allowed, but please use it wisely.
- No Temp-on-Rez objects.
- Objects that slightly overhang your plot boundary are fine, so long as the overhanging items do not prevent movement under them (make them phantom). They may not encroach on any neighbour's plot. Objects outside the plot boundaries ("MOOP", or "Matter out of Place") may be returned to you - but we will make every effort to first contact you and ask you to make adjustments if needed.
- Please keep texture sizes as low as possible (512x512 or its equivalent) and reuse textures when possible - this makes your build rez quicker and "pop" for visitors.
- Do not use any scripts that require interacting with the region server or external servers/databases, such as scanners, visitor logs, etc. Keep script times to .02ms or less, if possible.
- Minimize the use of lag inducing physical objects.
- Also to minimise lag - do not use sensors or collision scripts.
- No continual or repeating sounds that interfere with the music at the stages.
- Plots near the stage should plan on being sound free.
- Make objects phantom wherever you can. One exception would be an object that is meant to be walked on.
- Use glow sparingly. The effects of glow multiply in an area, so if few sources, strive for a maximum of 0.05, if a lot of glow sources, a total maximum of 0.02.
- Lighting should also be kept within the boundaries of your plot wherever possible. Keep the brightness and radius so that you accomplish this. If you need assistance, ask one of the event staff to help you.
- NO 11th HOUR BUILDING: Please understand, we are a community! Building alongside each other is a great way to get to know your fellow creatives and make friends! Build deadline is 11pm (23.00) SLT on Wednesday 18 May 2022. This gives us time to check all builds and have any needed changes or adjustments before we open on Friday the 20th of May.
- If you do not understand any item stated above, please ask! Not sure about something you want to do on your build? ASK! We love people to be better informed and feel better about what we do and why.
- **After the end of the event, we practice "Leave No Trace" and pack everything back up. This is the responsibility of the builder - do not leave it for us to return items. We like to ask artists to please leave builds in place through the week after the event closes, so visitors can enjoy the builds when things are quieter.
The "Leave No Trace" deadline for Burnal Equinox 2022 is SUNDAY the 29th of May, no later than 11 PM (23.00) SLT.** There will be a takedown/thank you party on the same day, from noon til midnight. You will have until 11 PM SLT to clear off your build. Join us at the party! Details announced closer to the date.
- If your creative vision does not quite fit in with all that is outlined, please call on placement lead Wisdom d'Avi to discuss ways that this may be achieved.
On Playa Aesthetics
Burn2 is a virtual continuation of Burning Man, an event that happens yearly in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert on an ancient, dry lake bed. This "playa", as it is called, is ringed by distant mountains and supports little or no animal, insect, or plant life. It is very windy, very dusty, very dry, and very inhospitable. Storms can appear suddenly and out of nowhere. EVERYTHING is trucked in or brought in from hundreds--or even thousands--of miles away. And, when the event is over, EVERYTHING is picked up, and the playa is returned to its natural state as if nothing ever happened. Not a single sequin or twist tie remains.
The following section of these guidelines help to respect playa aesthetics. We do this to aid in getting into the spirit of being in a desert setting as we have described.
What is the difference between rules and guidelines? The above rules are limitations to which everyone must adhere. The guidelines given below are not rules, but if everyone follows them, then it will help with the look and feel of our event. Remember our builders challenge! We ask you to consider the following as the environment within which to exercise your creativity:
- Not digging up the playa, creating mounds of playa, or otherwise harming it environmentally.
- All fires are on burn stands, burn barrels, or somehow contained to not leave burn scars.
- Builds are made of lightweight materials that can be trucked in. Sometimes, they may require many trucks and/or cargo containers, but everything is still trucked in.
- The Black Rock Desert gets magnificent dust storms, lasting hours, or even sometimes days. Build things that won’t get caught by a windstorm and blown away. Use rebar and rope and tie things down securely.
- Tents, shade, sail cloths, poles, scaffolding, porta potties, temp sheds, trailers, Quonset huts, geodesic domes, motorhomes, rental trucks (no logos - but you can parody the logos for humor), bikes, or other temporary structures come down quick and leave no trace.
- The Black Rock Desert is a hostile, barren environment that won’t support grass, lawns, forests, or gardens. Instead, use fake turf and potted trees, or other items that are designed to look manufactured, rather than lifelike. Given the magical setting we have created for this event, the use of magical items and fantasy plants is encouraged.
- If in doubt about anything, ask. Burn2 coordinators may also have textures, building ideas, and other resources available. They are here to help!
- Please request assistance in Burn2 Access group chat if you have any questions or need further information or clarification.
AND, A LAST NOTE: These guidelines and rules may be updated at any time, so please remember to check the website often, and any notices sent out to the Burn2 Access group.
All plots are trapezium shaped and ranging in size from 301sqm to 846sqm. Boundaries are clearly indicated with plot markers.
A plot area extends to the outside edge of your plot marker.
Maximum Land Impact of your build is according to your plot sqm:
301sqm = 155 max LI
515sqm = 241 max LI;
661sqm = 300 max LI;
846sqm = 338 max LI.
These limits are are also listed on each plot marker description field for easy reference.
To Get a Plot
- Plots are given first come first served, in the order in which submitted plot signups are received. Availability is limited, so sign up soon!
- Next, if you are not in the Burn2 Access group, you will see an invitation to join it, which will allow you to place your build on your plot.
- Please be considerate of neighbours. We ask that you not contain your build in a box, to avoid blocking views. If your build is large or imposing, consider finding a plot near a sim edge or corner.
SIGNING UP FOR A PLOT SIGNIFIES YOUR ACCEPTANCE AND COMMITMENT TO COMPLY WITH THE GUIDELINES WHEREVER POSSIBLE.
Build Deadline is 11pm (23.00) SLT on Wednesday, 18 May 2022. Plots are checked the following day and if there are any issues you will be called back to resolve them.
** We ask that you leave your builds in place after the event closes, through the following week. You're encouraged to try burning your build down on Sunday the 29th of May before the Leave No Trace deadline at 11 PM SLT. **
Leave No Trace Deadline is SUNDAY, 29 MAY 2022, 11 PM (23.00) SLT. ALL parts of your build must be cleared out. Please be considerate and clean up your build before the Leave No Trace deadline.
ALSO: Burn2 Event Leads, Rangers and designated staff reserve the right to suggest changes, remove or ask for the removal of any build, object, or scripted object that does not fit within the very liberal Ethos and Principles of Burning Man.
A Word to the Wise
Please pay careful attention to the permissions you set on your build parts, especially if they are no copy. Setting no copy objects to group share can result in the unfortunate experience of you losing those parts to someone who takes them if your permissions on those objects were set that way.
Placement Lead: Wisdom d'Avi
About the Theme
The theme for this year's Burnal Equinox is "Time Travel" and the description is quite pithy:
"I built a time machine tomorrow."
These few words mean limitless potential! This gives your creative minds so many directions to go, so many time periods, so many opportunities to create something fantastical - and on a virtual playa like ours, the possibilities are endless!
Arise, Burners! Come forth and CREATE with us!
BUT! Before you do, please tap on the button below and carefully read the builder guidelines.
Art Credit: Zoren Manray
Art Credit: Wisdom d'Avi