Sunday, March 30, 2014

Power Boat Cruise - Flickr Pics

March 30, 2014 the Power Boats took a cruise to the new start line in Vipiteno.  Until I crashed I took pictures that I posted to my Flickr account.  Some of the pictures at the beginning of the set were taken before the cruise started with MarkTwain White and I were trying out the course.  Enjoy the pictures and feel free to comment and "like".

Link to the set is HERE.  

Nber Medici

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Tugby Results for March 23, 2014

The Tugby players played four games last Sunday, March 23rd.  It was great to see Lynn Parkin return to play, she has been missed.  Forrest had a perfect day, he was on the winning team in four of the four games.  Well done Forrest!

Cumulative results are below for the Spring Season.  Come and play with us next Sunday!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

New Practice Start Line for Powerboats

For some time now we have been trying to get help from Linden Lab to set up a practice start line out on the mainland where power boaters could practice without worrying about the often crowed conditions of the Blake Sea. Deirdre and Dev identified Vipiteno as a great place for such a startline. It is located in a quiet corner of the mainland and is ideal as a practice area.

I met with Michael Linden there today and we created the Vipiteno Start Line complete with SYC committee boat, 100m start line, and boat rezz area.  To rezz your boat you can TP to Vipiteno (220,230) to go to the committee boat you can TP to Vipiteno (77,111). Be sure to LM those two spots.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Tugby Results March 16, 2014

Sundays are always a busy day at Starboards Yacht Club, with Tugby, Sailboat races, and then the PowerBoat event.  Last Sunday was no exception, if you have not seen the description of the Great Powerboat Raft Up, you really need to take a look at the pictures HERE.

The day started with Tugby with seven players playing four games.  (It is so easy to referee now with the Tugby Hud that I was able play a couple of games.)  Cumulative results for the Spring season are below.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Huge Cruise and Raft-Up

More than 50 boats and 85 residents turned out for our Motorboat Cruise and Raft-Up today. The event was nothing short of overwhelming to those who attended. Over 50 boats departed Starboards Yacht Club and made their way through parts of the United Sailing Sims before rendezvousing in Blake Sea - Haggerty for an incredibly fun time lead by our DJ Benny the Boozehound.  SYC Powerboat Commodores Devyn Smythe an Deirdre Faults did a bang up job of playing harbormaster to the fleet. Half the fun was watching Dev trying to herd 50 boats into a circle. Take a look at the pictures, he did a grand job. It was an event for the ages. Here are some photos from ZZ Bottom and Sam Portocarrero. A video is in the works with George Clooney in the role of MarkTwain White.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Tugby Results: March 9th, 2014

I was pressed in to service to play a couple of games last Sunday and because of the Tugby Game Hud it was very easy to do both.  We welcome back Nez Darkfury who filled in for Forrest in order to finish a game.  It is always pleasant to see how willing the experienced players are to help new players learn the ropes.  Thank you SO much to all of you who help out.  One person who helps behind the scenes is Lynn Parkin.  She provides a text summary of each Sunday's game results which makes it MUCH easier for me to provide this little results column.  See you on Sunday!! 

OH... and Happy PI Day!  (March 14)

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Tugby Hud - Puck Rezzer and Game Controls

Yasmin gave me the following description of the functions of the Tugby Hud and I wanted to share it with all of you.  What a GREAT tool!
Please join me in thanking Yasmin!

"Some notes on the Tugby puck rezzer and game controls...

The main controller is in a prim under the center point of the Tugby field, controls are accessed by clicking on a small hud/button on your screen to get a dialog menu from the main controller. Feel free to modify the hud prim to make it larger or change the texture etc, you just need to be able to Touch it and be aware that it changes color when goals are scored.

The device recognizes one user as the Referee with all the control options, other users can touch their hud to get a dialog popup with current game scores. Any users with the Tugby Captains group active will have the option to take the Referee role, this will be announced in a shout but the game state will not be changed.

I shall describe the function of the buttons on the Referee menu...
    rez - silently and instantly rez a puck
    START! - shouts score & a countdown before rezzing puck
    derez - removes the puck

If you are just practicing then "rez" is the simplest option, but for match play then use START! The puck will self-destruct after 30 minutes, and old pucks destroyed before new ones are rezzed.

The second row of buttons are for resetting scores and game types
    zero - set both team scores to 0 and unset "Best of 3/5" modes
    2of3 - zero team scores and set win score 
    2of5 - zero team scores and set win score

And note that you can manually adjust the scores via the "[Score +/-]" button.

There are two toggle options
    Auto - this option means you trust the goal line detector script and will skip the Referee confirmation of goal
    Nudge - give the puck a small random initial velocity as it is rezzed, to mimic human variation in puck placement

That covers the main features, I'm adding minor tweaks & fixes as they occur to me - I just added a rez-to-goal timer, and a "Panic!" button for Players to alert Refs. 

Please feel free to try the thing for yourself and let me have any questions, feedback or suggestions and I'll try to make improvements. Whilst the main intent is to assist the Ref this is something for all Tugby players. If it is useful for Nber for the Sunday matches then its just as handy for running impromptu games to for practice and fun. Enjoy.... :-)


Tugby Results - Start of the Spring Season 2014

Last Sunday gave us the first real test of the Tugby Hud and it seems to work perfectly.  I am so excited about this, it makes the job of referee much easier.  Many thanks to Yasmin!

Below are the results for March 2.  Welcome to new player burt Artis.  We'd love to see you come back and play again.