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Gacha! A Firestorm Fund Raiser!

On January 29th, 2016, we ran a fund-raiser by selling custom Firestorm-branded jackets and were absolutely blown away by the community support. We’ve been covering our increasing overhead and operating costs with those funds ever since, but those funds are running low now.

We need to replace our our main server, which hosts our Jira, web site, wiki, code repository, etc as it is long past its prime, and we’ve had plenty of outages over the past year as a result. We also continue to provide the Kakadu codec to the Firestorm viewer to bring you superior rendering, but this comes at a hefty annual licensing cost. Finally, we use some of the funds to pay recurring (subsidized by LL) estate fees as well as commissions for the Firestorm Community Gateway, where we are doing amazing work in the area of new-user retention and new-user help.

To raise needed funds for Firestorm, we bring you…

Gacha Fund Raising!

For months now we’ve been collecting and categorizing hundreds of unusual and interesting gachas from around SL in hopes some of you may be interested in buying them. Prices are as varied as the selection!

Although we may sell out quickly, this will be an ongoing, long-term project. We hope folks will continue to donate gachas to us and will return to buy gachas in turn, so check back often!

The gacha sales location can be found in world here!
https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Firestorm%20Sandbox/30/193/2702.

There is also an option there to provide L$ donations OR you can still buy Firestorm jackets at our marketplace store!

For gacha donations please send them to Kio Feila in world.

All funds raised will be used directly and solely towards our operating costs and overhead. (Firestorm personnel are volunteers and receive no compensation.)

 

On behalf of myself, and the entire Firestorm Team…

THANK YOU for your support! We love you all!

Jessica Lyon
Project Manager
The Phoenix Firestorm Project, Inc.

  • I’ll stop by and check the offerings but I’m one of those who absolutely despise gatchas as a rule. Aside from not finding playing what amounts to a slot machine to get an item I want annoying (I wish LL would declare them gambling and ban them), they are always no-copy and often no mod. A very few gatcha sellers have a way to convert to copy/no trans, but not many and SL does still eat inventory if you mis-rez something on a mesh or get a no copy item returned. So I consider it mostly throwing money away. I may just send a direct donation.

    Crim

    August 22, 2018

  • I totally agree!

    cecelia Shinn

    August 23, 2018

  • There are no gacha machines at the event, Crim, so you don’t have to worry. You buy the specific item directly so you can get the item you want without throwing money away. I saw a wide variety of things available. It’s all for a great cause, anyway. The Firestorm team rocks!

    Daimon

    August 24, 2018

  • I think you’ve misunderstood. A gacha yard sale is not playing gacha. You are buying specific items…not paying to get a random item.

    Lee McKay

    August 24, 2018

  • I think you’re taking it too extreme Crim.

    Not all gatcha sellers do that.I don’t myself. I make it Copy,mod,no trans due to my stuff is specially made and i don’t want it spreading around with full perms and whatnot. I gotta make a living on SL even if it’s just one linden per item bought via my gatcha/claw machine.

    If you ban it, it’ll ruin the fun.My pony friends and all love paying it to get random objects,gestures,etc..so i think you’re over-reacting. Yes, a lot do, but not EVERYONE does it.

    Acting Flight

    August 29, 2018

  • i’ll donations all my gacha even rare or commoms , have too many , better than keep in my inventory

    Loiish

    August 23, 2018

  • A note to Crim and Cecelia…you get to choose what you want to buy at the firestorm venue. People have donated gacha items they don’t want and they are on display and for sale (remember to TAKE them when you pay for them 🙂

    Sugar Silverstar

    August 24, 2018

  • I posted this in the G+ group Opensim Virtual so we can help too. 🙂 Perhaps in the future you could have a fundraising product in the Kitely Market for us to buy. 🙂

    Brayla Sana

    August 25, 2018

  • I have sent a message and many of my gachas to Kio Feila, but I have no confirmation she received nor she contacted back. How can we make sure our donations are really going through?

    Nod

    August 26, 2018

  • I suggest that yall use amazon web services for your servers. It is a very cheap solution and very cost efficant

    For Website, Wiki, Jira, use a Amazon EC2 Instance
    For Code Repositories, use either Github or AWS Code Services
    For Domains, use Route 53
    And you can Use other things for support such as
    AWS Workmail, Aws Connect(for support centers), AWS WorkDocs

    Cody Cooper

    August 26, 2018

  • @Cody
    You have to be kidding right? Amazon is one of the most expensive there is out there. You wont get away with a cheap EC2 instance to run a large and busy Jira site – applications like Jira are VERY resource hungry. While AWS have pretty much everything you could ever want for cloud based sites and apps, and probably one of the best global networks there is, they are not cheap! Using AWS is cost prohibitive for many small organizations that are on a tight budget.

    Yay

    August 28, 2018

  • Is there some way to contribute without going to the site or getting the jacket? I already have the jacket from the 2016 fund raiser and I am frequently unable to actually get to the site, being involved with the RLV aspect of FireStorm. I would, however, still like to contribute to your continued operations.

    FauxyLauxy

    August 28, 2018

  • If only it wasn’t gacha but anything else. Like all the fundraisers that just let you straight out buy stuff. I’ll donate to the donation jar if there is one but I’m not loading my inventory up with a bunch of useless stuff any creators made.

    gwen

    August 29, 2018

  • Pay attention – it’s a Yard Sale, there will not be Gacha machines there.

    Dark Wolf

    September 3, 2018

  • Alas, I couldn’t locate the sim. The sURL provided said it was no longer there, and no searches came up with a location. I wandered around the Firestorm sims too, to no avail. I’m I missing something?

    amandalynrose

    August 29, 2018

  • Maybe you tried going there when the region was restarted during regular maintenance? The slurl works fine, the sale is located in the sandbox region, at 2700 altitude. Good luck on finding it!

    Anita

    September 2, 2018

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