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Moving Forward

I took a long break from blogging and my online community to concentrate on the final steps of dissertation defense. This weekend, I graduated with my Ph.D. I could not have accomplished this without all the help from the Builder’s Brewery, my advisors, my family, and my friends. People have asked me about what I will do next! There really is so much to do, and now, I’m in a very good position to do it all. I’ve listed bullet points here of my five-year plan, but this is in no particular order…

  • Present my work to the Builder’s Brewery community – once my thesis is released publically, I will present a lecture to the communities in Second Life to share the foundation for my learning theory, which I call Interactive Spatial Learning, or ISL.
  • Attend the Connected Learning conference in Boston in August, and the Association of Internet Researcher’s conference in October. I present parts of my thesis to these conferences.
  • Publish ISL in at least two journals.
  • Begin my work at Paragon Learning Research Group as both the CEO and the STEM Education Director. This work is a culmination of all that I’ve learned from the Builders Brewery in combination to attending to the needs of teachers here in my local district. Thanks to No Child Left Behind, many students no longer have solid foundation in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) because the focus was on literacy and mathematics. Unfortunately, STEM cannot be taught without context and “doing” of things. My goal is to create a digital support system to help with this work, and to help spread STEM education everywhere and to everyone.
  • Continue the direction of Virtuosity, but perhaps thinking of ways where I can make this blog useful. I’ve learned so much from listening to peoples’ stories. My goal now is to continue sharing those stories, with the hope that they are useful.
  • Continue my mission to change the world in positive ways by pushing the different ways we think about learning and education.

Thank you for those of you who have supported me. I would not be where I am, accomplishing this very large life goal, without your help. This was one of many large mountains that I need to cross. Hopefully, I hope you will join me on this journey!

Also, if I can be of any help to you, please contact me. I’ve learned by helping others, we also help ourselves, and the world shines just a little brighter through these partnerships.


Week 4 – Presentations, Proposals, and Conferences, Oh MY!

My apologies for not being able to keep up with my blog posts! With November 30th looming closer on the horizon, I feel like my work is funneling down, and I’ve had to quicken my pace just to keep up!

Last week was the first of many presentations that I am doing on the learning model derived from my dissertation study. As a hybrid between the folks at the University of Rochester’s Learning in the Digital Age (LiDA) community and a Zoom session with over 25 people from the Builder’s Brewery community in Second Life, it was an amazing collaborative experience! I walked away with many ideas as I continue to clarify my language, strengthen my arguments with evidence, and make modifications to my model. The exciting thing is that so far, it seems that I’m pretty much on target with what people are saying, and that my interpretations are in agreement with what people perceive. This is imperative for the qualitative work that I am doing!!!

This week, I’m completing the final edits to a manuscript (accepted for publication!) from my previous work with the Rochester Institute of Technology’s COMETs program. I’m also submitting two (of four intended) conference proposals about the findings from my dissertation. Additionally, I have one more full chapter to work on (yikes, it’s the big finale chapter!) before going back to do total revisions. So far, things look good, but it’s always going to be a scramble to get everything written in time!

Hopefully, I’ll be at a point where these updates come more often.

Hope you are having a wonderful week!

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Week 10 – Thesis Countdown

I turned in the first draft of Chapter 3 to a classmate of mine, as well as my advisor. Chapter 3 details the methods of my study. This week, I’ve focused on writing out a strategic plan for how I will complete my dissertation as well as accomplish some of my personal goals for the year. It seems that I’ve been investing a lot of time planning, as of late, and for good reason. When I think of the entire dissertation process (the writing of eight chapters), it’s very intimidating. The more I plan and write out the details of how I intend to finish, the calmer I feel. A friend told me once, that you cannot eat an entire whale at one sitting. Instead, we must consume it slowly, one little bite at a time. It take a bit of planning to figure out where to bite next!

By Monday, my next bite will be into Chapter 4, where I talk about my research site. I’m looking forward to writing this chapter, because it details the rich history of my site, its culture, and its people. I’m using documents collected from the site, the web, as well as personal accounts to construct my story. This will be my first attempt at answering my research question: What forms of learning emerge through the practices found at the Builder’s Brewery?

This week, I begin to tell the story about the Builder’s Brewery to the world. Believe me, this is not a story that you will want to miss!


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Photo credits: Sen Maximus


Calling all Second Life Artists

BAF Final PosterIt’s that time of year again when the Builders Brewery hosts their third annual Art Auction!

From May 21st-28th, the Brewery will hold a festival featuring artists from all over the grid.  The week-long festivities will feature Relay for Life teams, with a silent art auction as its centerpiece.

We are looking for artists that would like to donate art to the event.  If you are interested, please fill out the form here.

If you have any questions, you can contact Blue Myanamotu in-world, or send her an email at

Thank you, and see you at the Art Festival!


The Gacha Festival – Shopping Guide

The Gacha Festival is at the Builder’s Brewery starting April 9th.  The Festival will run through the 16th of April and we have lots of fabulous creators who have donated their wares to raise money for the American Cancer Society!  Some are exclusives!

Below you will find our shopping guide for the event, as well as information about our amazing creators and their stores!  We encourage you to check our their shops and stores.  They were so kind and giving to come together and help us support the America Cancer Society and Relay For Life!  Each image below has a link to either their marketplace or in-world store.

There is also a special Raffle for this event, presented by our team Captain Blue Myanamotu.  You can enter to win a custom-made set of awareness ribbons.  Check out the image below for more information.

Brewery Ribbon Raffle

So head on over to the Builder’s Brewery!  Here’s your Taxi:


Gacha Festival “Gotya” Vendor Tutorial and Tips

This tutorial is meant to help those participating in Gacha Festival at the Builder’s Brewery for Relay For Life.  Please feel free to contact Natalya Lore (freudianslipped Resident) in-world if you have any questions about the Festival.  She can also be reached via email,, if she is offline.

The Gacha Festival will have set up April 6th through the 8th and Natalya will send each creator a map, so they know where to rez their vendor.

One tip before we begin:

If you set up a RFL “Gotya” vendor and then take it back into your inventory, it will reset.  The items may still be in the vendor, but you will have to go through the setup process again.  It may be best to wait to set up your vendor until you are onsite at the Builder’s Brewery.

Part 1 – Loading the “Gotya” Vendor

  1. Rez the “Gotya” Vendor.

    It will put some instructions in local chat and it will look like the image below:combined gotya

  2. Next, load your items into the vendor.

    • Your gacha items should be either trans or trans/mod for “Next owner” permissions.
    • Your “Uncommon” or “Rare” items will need to have Uncommon or Rare in their name for the vendor to recognize them.  Capitalization should not affect it, as long as it’s spelled correctly.  Check out the example below.  I did not have an uncommon in my set, only a rare.
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    • If your set does not have a rare or uncommon (Meaning it is made up of all commons), you will still need to label one item uncommon.  Otherwise, the vendor will not allow you to complete setup.
  3. Next, you will need to put a Full Perm texture of your gacha key in the vendor.

    The vendor will not let you complete setup unless it has the texture and it must be full perm.  gotya4b

  4. Lastly, you can drag your key to the top square of the vendor, so that it displays the key.  It should look something like this:gotya 5

Once you’ve got all the items and the key on/in the vendor, you can move on to part 2.


Part 2 – Setting up the “Gotya” Vendor Online

  1. Now that you’ve got the vendor loaded, click on it and it should provide you with a message/link in local chat.gotya 6Click the link and it will take you to the vendor setup page.

  2. The setup page will look like this:gotya 7

  3. The first part you will need to set up is the “Team” option.

    Make sure to set it to the “Builder’s Brewery Relay (67)” when selecting a team.  Otherwise, all donations go into a general fund and our team will not get credit.  gotya 8

  4. Next, you can set up the “Vendor Options.”

    This allows you to edit what shows in the hovertext for the item.  You can check or uncheck any of the boxes and also select a color for the vendor’s hovertext.gotya 9

  5. Next, you can set your stats for Uncommon and Rare items.  

    The Rare percentage must be lower than then Uncommon percentage.  For example, you can set Uncommons to 11% and Rares to 10% and the vendor will allow you to continue setup.  If you set the Rares to 10% and Uncommons to 5%, it will ask you to fix it if you try to continue on.  Commons will be whatever percentage is left over, so if you have Uncommons at 25% and Rares at 10%, that will mean that Commons will be given out 65% of the time.

    • Note: If you have only commons, but have labeled one item uncommon so the vendor will allow you to set it up, you should leave the stats as is.  gotya 10
  6. After that, you will select a “Product Category” and fill out a Description for your items.

    The description can be brief, but it is required to complete setup.gotya 11

  7. After that, you will need to set the price of your item.

    Remember, most Gacha items sell for between 25-100L.  The Flower Crowns I’ve used in this example, I intend to set to 25L, since they are a smaller item and the colors vary a lot.  gotya 12

  8. Now for the last step of part 2, hit “Done.”

    This will complete the online setup.  If something has not been set or filled out, it will prompt you to go back and fix it.Gotya 13

If you’ve done it all correctly, you will get a page that looks like this:gotya 14

9. Click the Vendor in-world, and you will get a message asking if the vendor can access to your Linden Dollar Account.  The reason it asks this is because the funds are paid to your avatar, but then they are immediately taken out and put into the RFL account.

10. Click “Allow Access” and the vendor should be completely set up.  The hovertext will appear above bit and it is ready to be used.

allow access

And now your vendor should be ready to go for the festival!



Setting up your RFL Baton

The Relay For Life Baton is used to set up your Relayer page with RFL of Secondlife.  You will need to be officially on a team to setup your baton, which means the Captain must have you listed on the roster.  Blue has added most of our teammates to the roster, so you shouldn’t have to worry about that.  If you find that you are unable to setup the baton, please contact Blue or Natalya and they will make sure you on are on the roster.  

Before you go through this tutorial, please make sure you’ve set up your Convio Dashboard (The dashboard that enables you to do online donations) If you have not set it up, here is a great tutorial Blue made to walk you through it.


  1. To setup your baton/Relayer page, simply wear or rez your baton.  I decided to rez mine, rather than wear it, because my avatar kept moving her hands and it made it difficult to click on the baton.



Me with Baton in hand and one on the floor.

2. Next you will need to click the baton, it will bring a message/link into local chat.  It should look like the picture below, but with your SL username instead of mine:


3.  Click the link, and that will take you to your Relay page.

4. Your page should look something like this:

baton 7 personal info

Fill out the personal info listed above and select your privacy options.  You can make each detail so that only the team Captains/RFL committee can see it, if you wish.

5. Next is a section that says “My Convio Px Number:”

baton 6 convio

Like I mentioned at the beginning of this tutorial, please make sure you’ve set up your Convio Dashboard. You cannot link your Relayer Page to your Convio page, unless you have it set up.

6.  You will need to open up your Convio Fundraising Dashboard page.   Go to and login to your personal fundraising page. Once you have logged in, select “Personalize My Page” and that should bring you to the area you need to get your Convio Number.

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7. Once you are on your personal Convio page, you can look at the web address at the top of the page to find your Convio PX Number.  It will be a different number than the one pictured below, so please make sure you look carefully.  It will be whatever number comes after “personal&px=” in the web address.  Copy that number.

baton Confio number 2

8.  Once you have your Convio Px Number, return to your Relayer page and paste it into the box.  That will link your Convio Fundraising Dashboard donations to your Secondlife donations, on your SL of RFL totals page!

9.  Below the Convio number, there is a section to adjust how your Kiosks appear in Secondlife.  The awesome thing about going through this setup, is any basic kiosk you rez will be automatically set to you and the Builder’s Brewery team.  You may still have to set up special kiosks, but the basic ones should be good go go, once you complete this process.

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10.  Last but not least, fill in the “Why I Relay” section.  Please be aware, anything you put in this section is public.

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11. Once you’ve filled everything out and completed all the other steps, hit “SQUEE!” to save your Relayer Page details.  Viola!  You are now all connected to Relay For Life in Second Life!  And connected to your team!





Gacha 101 – The Gacha Crash Course

The Gacha Crash Couse

This course was taught at the Builder’s Brewery last week, but since I am unable to teach the class again, I decided to share it here.  This class was developed by me, Natalya Lore, with support and contributions from Garvie Garzo.  It covers the basics of what Gacha is, how it works and most of what you need to know to create your own Gacha sets.

The Gacha Crash Couse (1)

Gacha got its start in Japan.  It then spread into virtual and video games, including Secondlife.  Gacha vendors give prizes out randomly.  In the real world, this would be due to luck of the draw, in games like Secondlife, scripts are used to accomplish this.

The Gacha Crash Couse (2)

Gacha is usually transferable, which gives the consumer a chance to give or trade a Gacha item with a friend.  If you get a blue and they get a purple, you can trade so you both get what you want.  The social aspect and the game of chance are both things that make Gacha fun.


The Gacha Crash Couse (3)

Most sets have commons, uncommons and rares.  The consumer is most likely to get a “common” item,  they are less likely to get an “uncommon” item, and least likely to get a “rare” item.  There are usually a lot of commons, a few uncommons, and very few rares.

It’s also possible to do a Gacha with just commons or commons and rares.  It is really up to the creator how their set works and what it includes.

The Gacha Crash Couse (4)

Sets will usually have a theme and are not must made up of random objects.  It might be a furniture set that has a house as a rare, or a set of outfits in different colors.

The Gacha Crash Couse (5)

As I mentioned before, part of the fun of Gacha is being able to share it.  Therefore, most items have either mod/trans or transfer permissions.  You will almost never see a gacha item with copy permissions.

The Gacha Crash Couse (6)

It will depend on the script you use, the picture here shows how the Relay For Life “Gotya” vendors set up their statistics.  Each play causes the vendor to roll a die and send out a prize accordingly.  If the vendor is set to give out a “rare” 10% of the time and an “uncommon” 15% of the time, then it will give out “commons” 75% of the time.  10+15+75 = 100%.

The Gacha Crash Couse (7)

In the class, I gave the example that I played a Jackalope Gacha which cost 75L about 13 times, which totaled to 1000L.  If the creator had just sold the pieces for 250L each, I would have bought the ones I wanted and probably not have spent as much.

Also, if the vendor was priced at 250L, I would be a lot less likely to make more than one play on a machine, since it costs more and I am not all that likely to get what I want.

So stick to a lower price and expect that your customers will make more than one play to get the item they want.

The Gacha Crash Couse (8)

A lot of people sell the Gacha they do not want, in order to get some of the money they spent back.  People will also sell rares and uncommons at a marked up price, to make a profit.

Some people do not like this practice, but ultimately I think it helps everyone.  The creators have already been paid, and people who would rather look for a specific item have that chance.  They may not always find that item, and they still may have to go back and play the Gacha machine if they cannot find it.

The Gacha Crash Couse (9)

There are several Gacha events on the grid, so you can visit them and their websites to view their shopping guides.  Shopping guides provide all the Gacha keys for the event, so you can take a look at what kind of sets these creators sell, what their keys look like, and what kind of variety the event has.  I would recommend looking at the following websites


The Arcade – It is currently open until the end of March, so you can also find them in-world and take a look at their event.

The Epiphany – Not currently open, but you can view their shopping guides online.

The Fantasy Gacha Carnival – I don’t believe it’s open, but you can view the shopping guides at their website.

Seraphim Yard Sale List – A really good list of the different yard sale sites in Secondlife.  A great way to check out the aftermarket.


And those are the basics!  If you are interested in joining the Gacha Festival which benefits the American Cancer Society, please check out this post.

Paint Secondlife Purple

It’s that time of year again, time to gear up for the Relay for Life season in Secondlife.  Each year, Secondlife residents paint their virtual world shades of purple, to celebrate the beginning of the fundraising season.  I spent some time yesterday changing the colors on my deck, home and sand.  Here’s a picture of what it looked like when I was all finished.


Natalya’s home, Applewood, all purple-ified.

Paint SL Purple goes through March 6th.  There’s also the Lavender Affair on March 5th, from 12-2pm SLT to honor survivors of cancer and those that have been caregivers for those with cancer.  The Lavender Affair is a formal ball, so please consider that when picking out your attire.

Relay for Life’s huge kick off will be March 6-7th, so there’s also lots of partying to be done.  If you’d like to stay in touch with the events happening, you can join the Relay For Life Volunteers group in world, or join the Builder’s Brewery RFL team group.  As one of the co-captains for the Brewery’s team this year, my goal is to keep our team up-to-date on all the big events RFL has going.  It should be a very fun season!


Natalya goes purple from head to toe for Paint SL Purple. 

Gacha Carnival – A Call For Creators

The Builder’s Brewery Relay for Life team is calling for creators to join our Gacha Festival.  The Festival will run April 9-16th, and all proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society.

Gacha Festival Call To Create

They would like each creator to contribute a complete gacha set (set of clothing, hair in various shades, living room set, etc).  These items don’t have to be unique for the Gacha Festival, though they would love it if they were.  Each creator is welcome to sell the set at their store once the Festival is over.   They will be providing the gacha machines, they just need amazing creators to supply what’s in them and a Gacha Key!

The deadline for contributing a Gacha Set is April 4th 2016.  For more information you can check out the press kit here:

If you are interested in contributing, you can fill out the google form here:

Or you can send a notecard in Secondlife to Natalya Lore (freudianslipped Resident)(or email her at with the following information:

Your SL Name:

Store Name:

Gacha Theme: (for example, “Clothing: Alice in Wonderland Dresses”, or “Tattoos: Inspirational Poetry”)

Your mainstore SLURL, Marketplace Link, or blog you’d like used for promotion (if you have one, if not just leave blank):

The Builder’s Brewery Relay for Life team will be so grateful for your donation and they will do their best to promote your work!


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