Happy Birthday Gachatopia!

A big Happy Birthday to all the Gachatopians out there! This year our friend Apple has made something super special for you all. Slap on your group tag and visit Gachatopia for your copy of the Gachatopia Safe! Its a fun reminder of all the spending and good times we have had over the years playing Second Life Gacha together. Also pictured is the Apple Fall fireplace which you can find at Fameshed. Big love to everyone and special thanks to Apple for making this birthday divine! ♥♥♥

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Change is in Our DNA


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Gachatopia is entering its third year and another sim evolution. Those of you who have been along for the whole ride so far may remember some of the things that have come and gone. We opened the first full sim dedicated to gacha with the first gacha museum, the first gacha auctions, the first gacha dance parties….you get the picture. Every year we took stock and we evolved the sim, taking away what was old and boring or just didn’t work anymore and replacing it with things like The Gacha Show and TAG! Gacha. Simply put, change is in Gachatopia’s DNA.

The new sim format is no exception. This year we are removing the resale rental aspect of Gachatopia entirely. We will no longer be offering rentals at Gachatopia for the general public. We will still have shopping however, as myself, Luke and our crew start to unload our massive gacha inventories to fill the Trailerpark. It will take some time to fill the tables and trailers but by September the shopping at Gachatopia will simply be…unparalleled when it comes to finding the obscure, the forgotten, the hard to find and as always, the best of what is new and current.

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Our new sim structure was largely driven by the need to have a changeable canvas for TAG! Gacha. This one of a kind Second Life gacha event features a new build every round and as a result happens a mere two times a year. It might surprise you to know that the October round has been in production for several months already. We are really passionate about the creative aspect of this event and what it brings to the grid with regard to new and unique content. The TAG! side of the sim will host the starting area for the event and change based on the events theme. There you will be able to see some of the things from builds past and with this new structure, we hope to be able to leave the event builds out longer for people to visit between rounds. Over all our vision for the next year is quality, verses quantity. Rich uniqueness for Second Life, that you can only find here in the Land of Gacha!

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Reputation

August is the start of a New Year for Gachatopia and everything that Luke and I have built. It is time to take a good look at what is working, what is boring us and what we want for the year to come. Gachatopia is not a business to us. We are not looking to be the best or out do anyone. We do not see Second Life like a game where we grind for reputation, and stats and traffic and members and linden. This sort of thing has had no bearing at all on our decisions and never will.

The Gachatopia chat group was built from nothing, one person at a time, by the reputation and recommendations of our members. The reputation of the group does not fall squarely on any one persons shoulders, on any one rule or one incident. It is two years worth of trading and selling, laughs and fall outs …it has a life of it’s own. There will be no one thing that breaks it, anymore than there is one thing that holds it together. Our reputation being good or bad all depends on who you ask. It is negative among people who dislike us and positive among people who do. It is really that simple.

I have had some fun today putting together a survey for those of you that are actually users of the group because your opinion is all that matters. It will give us something to look over and think about while we redo the sim and adjust things for the year to come. The survey will be open until August 1st. Take the Survey!

Sincerely,

The Templars

The Gacha Show – Season Three

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The Gacha Show returns for its third season this month. Hosted at Gachatopia, the Gacha Show is a one hour interview with a well known Second Life gacha creator. To learn more about the Gacha Show, including past show transcripts, a list of past show gifts and news about upcoming shows, visit the new dedicated website GachaShow.com 

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Time keeps crawling along. Here we are at another December. Last year Second Life gacha had us dressed as penguins in octopus hats slapping people with fish. We had a massive gift giving effort set up at Gachatopia called Santas Grotto that brought everyone together. This year we have something else for our beloved community of gacha junkies. We used Two Leaf’s new Mystery Gift giving server to hide an exclusive gift in Ebenezers house at Gachatopia. Click all around the house and if old Ebenezer is up to it, you’ll get something special made by Casa del Shai and Botanical. The gift will be out for the rest of the month. Happy Holidays to all!

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Holiday Market Opens!

The gacha elves have been hard at work packing up some incredible bargains for you. The Holiday Market at Gachatopia will be continuously replenished from now until the 30th! Our goal is “Leave No Table Empty and No Gacha Behind!” If you love to rummage the Holiday Market will not disappoint. Purple ribbons are 20L gifts, Blue ribbons are 40L gifts and Green ribbons are 80L gifts. Nothing over 100L! You can also use area search to see the sale in list form by searching (giftbox).

Our gacha elves are going to be coming around checking tables all week so one thing you can be sure of, the Gachatopia Holiday Market will never be the same sale twice! See you at the market!

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Holiday Market

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The holidays are almost here and Gachatopia has you covered! Join us November 22nd to November 30th for the largest gacha Holiday Market in Second Life! Over one thousand transferable gifts will be out packaged in a lovely gift box, ready to go. It’s easy to find an affordable gift by rummaging around the color coded boxes. All boxes have an image of the gacha set inside. Don’t like to cam around? No problem! Every box has (giftbox) in the name for easy area search. Come back often because these tables will be kept FULL, replenished as things sell! You never know what will get put in its place.

Join us November 22nd to November 30th for some fun in Second Life!

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Sim Makeover

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If you haven’t noticed by now, Gachatopia is an ever changing community and sim. While we say goodbye to sim features like the original Gacha Museum and Gacha Auctions, we make way for things like the Gacha Show and TAG! Gacha which reach out to the Second Life gacha community as a whole. The incredible success of TAG! Gacha this past October has opened up a lot of doors for future endeavors but first we felt it was time to change up the sim a bit. The reworking of the shops is something that’s been on the table for months. We were balancing between a custom build, which we had no time to complete, and a prefab, of which we could not decide on. Earlier in the summer this build from Thistle came on the market. The timing was wrong, but the build was right and we earmarked the upgrade for Novemeber.

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If you have ever been to NYC you might feel that vibe again walking the streets here now. The brownstones are perfectly suited for the neighborhood feel we had always hoped to achieve. The new shops made room for some new tenants too, like Madame Medusa’s Pawn Shop Boutique which has an interesting selection of gacha.

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You will find all the same shops here as well, like Thea’s Thrift Shop, now with an added Bargain Basement on the lower level. The brownstones enabled us to add a new Medium shop option of 150 prim. Shop owners now have the option to rent the Small shop below, the Medium shop above, or the whole brownstone as the Large shop option. Exploring the new shop build is an immersive experience that will more than likely result in a great gacha find along the way. See you there!

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TAG! You’re It

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After many months of keeping this project a big secret, it was a big relief to be able to reveal TAG! Gacha to everyone at the start of this month. And before we knew it – the event is nearly upon us and the Gacha Keys are coming in at a steady rate.

 

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Gachatopians spoke… and we listened. All our beloved events had a major flaw in common – and that was having a server capacity that was way below the demand of the consumers. (i.e: the dreaded message: TP cannot be completed because region is full) This is of course not the fault of the organisers but the limitation of the platform that is Second Life. In addition, lag for these crowded events was usually brutal. Again… related to the huge performance demands on a server that was heaving with avatars and lots of goodies to be bought.

For TAG! Gacha we tried to circumvent this problem by spreading the server load and what better way to do this than to bring customers back to the main stores of creators. From Booger’s giant nose to Olive’s giant um… Olive… From surreal landscapes to fantastical ones… From humble little rabbit holes to spectacular architectural achievements… when you are hopping from store to store and discovering new ones, you’ll be wondering why you never visited earlier.

Halloween is our favourite time of year and from what we can see, TAG! Gacha creators seem to think so too! The quality of products on offer is simply outstanding. We have new up and coming brands amongst established and beloved names.

Playing TAG! Gacha is easy. Visit HOW TO PLAY for more information.

Keep an eye on our TAG! Gacha Flickr feed where you can look at pictures specific to TAG! Gacha. If you have gacha photos to submit, please do so in our Gachatopia flickr group.

TAG! Gacha tip: If the region you are trying to get into is full, you can skip it on the HUD and visit it again later.

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We hope you will enjoy the event and good luck with the machines! Happy and safe trading everyone :)

Regards,

The Templars

 

Busking On Jam!

 

A great time was had by all! This is in no small part to Balaclava!! for once again creating an interactive gacha that was just plain fun to use. Here you see Gachatopians gathered at our newBalaclava!! display in the museum. The display features a huge version of the exclusive harmonica gifted to Gachatopia by Uriah when he was a guest on the Gacha Show last month. The rezzable instruments are there for anyone who would like to play them and bring along some wearables to complete your band. This display like most, will be up as long as it amuses us! You can catch these instruments at the Arcade but only for one more week! Don’t miss out!

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