Wednesday, May 4, 2011

My Favorite sport in SL: Giant Snail Races

I couldn't imagine anything about giant snail racing. I visited the usual racing track, where the weekly sunday race normally takes place 11 AM SLT- now saturday races for the slower snails are added at 9 AM SLT with dancing afterwards the race - and got myself a snail costume. Fitting it the first time, I nearly fainted, looking at me now a snail as big as a house. The following sunday I crashed into a special race - once a month the snail race travels to a themed space for the sunday race and snails as well can dres sup especially for that theme. That day I found myself at the cruiser SS Galaxy.  My Snail head was four decks higher than my snail foot and navigating through the cruiser was a quest. It was one of the most fun expeirences I ever made at SL, even if I totally sucked within the race. Mostly it's one hour too early for me at sundays, so I sob a bit each sunday the race starts without me. But I recommend to all of you to try and enjoy the fun of being a giant snail in a racing competition.

Racer X is the founder of that sport and I had an interview with him:

Nadja Revnik: When and how did you get the idea of giant snail races?
RacerX Gullwing: Oh, I saw an event comming up in a few days that was calling itself the giant avatar contest. So I went to work trying to make the biggest avatar I could and a one footed avatar seemed the best option. Anyway I lost. I was the only one that took it literally. It meant many avatars not huge ones.Nadja Revnik: Oh, hehe.
RacerX Gullwing: Then we were trying to help Montmartre raise cash. That's when they paid for traffic. Catfart my neeghbor thought I ought to do a snail race. So I started that up. The snails are still free, but now you can get a full perm version. You can go crazy modding.
Nadja Revnik: Lol.
RacerX Gullwing: That's the condenced version.
Nadja Revnik: And the usual race track is around one sim?
RacerX Gullwing: It was around Montmartre, but that's been renamed the Eternal now. But yes, we had it there and the sims next door to that for the first 5 years. We also did one on tuesday nights in Hawthorne.
Nadja Revnik: You do that for 5 years already?
RacerX Gullwing: When it was an Amy Webber build called chases manhattan. We're working on 7 now.
Nadja Revnik: Seventh year?
RacerX Gullwing: 6th birthday was last month.
Nadja Revnik: Wow. Great, thats a long time!
RacerX Gullwing: I think we're the longest running weekly event in SL.

Nadja Revnik: Wow! You still sell pimpable snails?
RacerX Gullwing: Totally get one at the track: the free one. There's only one script in the shell we don't let you mod.
Nadja Revnik: And how long does the avarage race take? Are it different tracks each sunday? I was just once at that ship by now.
RacerX Gullwing: Around 10 -15 minutes.
Nadja Revnik: And the track? Is modified or same?
RacerX Gullwing: No, basically the same track every week we use for the championship. But once a month we take the snails on a field trip to other sims for fun races.
Nadja Revnik: Ok, so the more races you take at the same route the better you might get.
RacerX Gullwing: The track is slowly evolving. Right now it's in the midst of a texture change. But that doesn't effect the track. The key to snail racing is practice.
Nadja Revnik: I guess so...I found out changing the cam perspective from time to time helps finding the way. Plus the knowledge where your real body is hidden.
RacerX Gullwing: If you can get your time down to 0.35 or so per lap you are doing super. 3 rounds = race. Time's around the track.Nadja Revnik:  Per lap?
/comment A lap is one round.
RacerX Gullwing: Yeah, that might be a little impossible, but that used to be what they were shooting for.
Nadja Revnik: So you are the head of the snail races and waelya is a trainer?
RacerX Gullwing: Yes, waeyla is my invaluable assitant to the bunny.
/comment Racer X usually wears a bunny costume.
RacerX Gullwing: She chases the newbies around, trying to make them try snail racing on the first or second day here and does a lot of the paperwork on the fly during the races and also corals them up ready for starting.
Nadja Revnik:: Ha, newbie chasing ;-) Well, it took me more than 3 years to fid out about giant snail races ;-)
RacerX Gullwing: We just finally got picked up by linden labs as a place to go see :
Nadja Revnik: Great! I got the hint from a sports reporter, when I started my research for the sports series at my blog.
RacerX Gullwing: Well, word of mouth was all we had for years and then treet showed up and we really picked up. Then the track had to look better.
/comment Treet TV is reporting on Giant Snail Races Weekly. 

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Nadja Revnik: I just can say, I personally think its great fun ;-)
RacerX Gullwing: You need a high speed conection and a good PC to race, but anyone can watch just go easy on the bling.
Nadja Revnik: Well, I enjoyed participating in the race on the ship.
RacerX Gullwing: That was crazy! We never had so many things go wrong on that, but still got enough of it filmed to make it a race. You can always catch the reruns at a day or 2 after the races.
Nadja Revnik: Yes, but participating is the real fun ;-)
RacerX Gullwing:  Yes, well, we've been getting a lot of visitors since the Lindens listed u,s so could be crazy busy soon there. We're up 5 times usual right now in traffic.
Nadja Revnik: Grats to that ;-)
RacerX Gullwing: I think it was a good interview!
Nadja Revnik: Thank you so much for your time.

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