Thursday, December 17, 2009

2009 Saturnalia Schedule

Saturday 19th December

10am- Saturnalia Ritual & Tavern Celebration
Saturnalia begins with ritual to honour Saturn and Sol Invictus, followed by a party in the Tavern with dancing, music, and general merry-making. Saturnalia in ancient Rome was one of the most popular festivals of the year. It was marked by a license for mischief and high spirits (within limits) and reversal of social roles, in which slaves and masters switched places. So put on your pileus (freedmans cap), your most colourful clothes, and come party like a Patrician (Even if you're not)! Io Saturnalia!
Location: ROMA Plaza

12pm (Noon)- Saturnalia Skating & Snowball Fights
Lake Trasimenus has frozen over and that can mean only one thing - skating time has returned to ROMA! A beautiful ice forest has sprung up on the frozen water - where we will skate, enjoy hot chocolate (or maybe something a little stronger!), and toss snowballs at each other! We have a Skoopf skate vendor as well as free skates availible, and a free snowball thrower too! Just us for all the frosty frozen fun!
Location: Lake Trasimenus

2pm- Saturnalia Snowman Building Contest
Do you like playing in the snow? Do you like building snowmen? Then we have a contest for you! In order of the winter season, we are having a snowman building contest - limited only by your imagination! Some come build us a snowman, a snow angel, even a snow dog if you want! Winners will be chosen by a 3 judge panel, and will be rated in 3 categories: Creativity, Style, and Seasonality (how well your creation fits into the seasonal theme). Builders will have 1 hour to complete their creations, and prizes will be given for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place.
Location: ROMA Subura Park

Sunday 20th December

10am- Subura Domus Deco Walking Tour
A walking tour through Subura to see all the decorated homes - come join in walking in a winter wonderland! The residents os Subura have decorated their homes for the season, and some of them have entered into our Domus Deco contest! After the walking tour, the voting will take place at a festive gathering celebrating the grand opening of the Villa Romani - an educational recreation of a real roman villa. There will be dancing, drinks, good music, and much to explore!
Location: Subura Julian Plaza

12pm (Noon)- Saturn's Treasure Hunt
As Saturn is the god that presides over the Roman Treasury, we are holding a treasure hunt! The Great God Saturn has cast a number of pouches all over ROMA sim - and they are all full of gold (lindens)! The game is simple: find a pouch, click it, and you get to keep the cash! But each pouch contains a differing amount, and there are more smaller pouches than large ones. But if you're lucky, you may even find a pouch worth $L200! (There are only a handful of these hidden throughout the sim though, so you must keep your eyes peeled!) Once a pouch is claimed, it's gone - so hunt fast! How much gold can you collect in 1 hour? Join us and find out!
Location: ROMA Plaza

2pm- Saturnalia Scavenger Hunt
For those who like a bit of a challenge, we offer another hunt - a Scavenger Hunt! Seek through all the ROMA sims for 3 items in each sim - when you find it, take a snapshot and add it to your hunt notecard (this will cost you $L10 per upload). The first person to complete the full set of hunt targets will be judged the winner - and the prize is $L1000! You have up to 1 hour to complete the hunt (but you may have less if someone completes their list before you). Are you up to the challenge? Prove it!
Location: ROMA Plaza

4pm- Saturnalia Grand Feast
Io Saturnalia! Or Merry Xmas! Or Happy Hanukkah! Or whatever the season's holiday means for you! Our festival culminates in the Saturnalia Grand Feast, in a beautiful ice palace - in addition to the traditional feasting and dancing, we also have ice skating (for those who missed it the first time round), polar bathing (all you polar bears - bring your swimsuits!) and an ice carousel! It's also our last chance to get together before the holidays - so come wish your fellow ROMAns Happy Holidays!
Location: ROMA Transtiberim Campus Martius

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

ROMA Saturnalia Sleigh

Thanks to Alekso Minotaur, you can take a ride through the Transtiberim sim on a comfortable Saturnalia Sleigh. You can even invite some friends to ride along. Just be careful of the icy roads! If you hit too many rough spots, the structural integrity of the sleigh just may not hold!

You can find the Saturnalia Sleigh stall just outside Ostia in the ROMA Transtiberim sim.


Tuesday, December 15, 2009

ROMA in Winter Album

A new album has been posted on the ROMA Citizens Flikr page. It shows many images of the ROMA estate after the most recent snowfall, and decorated for the holidays. Find it at:

Monday, December 14, 2009

The ROMA Subura History Exhibit- Coming Soon!

The Subura has been in existence since March of 2007. It not only represents ROMA's first expansion, but also houses a vibrant and colorful community. We would like to commemorate the sim and its residents with a special exhibit in the Baths of Caracalla gallery and an illustrated book (both in SL and RL) sponsored by the ROMA Scribae group.

We are asking both current and former residents, as well as ROMA Citizens-at-large, to donate snapshots and images of the Subura. This can be of your own domus, a build you found interesting inside the Subura, or the illustration of a past event or activity inside the Subura. Historical images are particularly welcome, as this exhibit will aim to reconstruct the history of the sim. So even if you are no longer a resident, but still have some images of your build, we would love to include them in the exhibit.

If you would like to contribute, please see below. Contributions are due **31 January**. The exhibit will go live in January and last until the third anniversary of the Subura in March 2010.

1. If the snapshot is already in-world: Give it a descriptive title, make sure it is full permissions, and drop it directly on Torin Golding. You can also attach it to a notecard where you tell us about the photo or image and drop both on Torin.

2. If the snapshot is not already in-world, you don’t need to spend the L$10 to upload it. Just send it as an email attachment to Be sure to give it a descriptive title, or tell us about the photo or image in the email.

If you would like to write a few words about your Subura plot (present or past) to possibly include in the exhibit and/or book, write everything on a notecard and drop it on Torin Golding in-world. We anticipate displaying test in both the exhibit and the books.

All submissions become property of ROMA so that we may publish them in the exhibit books. All snapshots and narratives will retain their original photo and author credits (ie. everything will still list you as the photographer and/or author).

Once we get all of the submissions, we will assemble the exhibit and book for a January launch. In-game, the book will be abridged (due to in-world page restrictions) and given away for free to everyone as a souvenir for the duration of the exhibit. The RL paperback book will be published by a print-on-demand press and available on the web to anyone who would like to buy a RL copy. All proceeds from the RL book sale will go to ROMA estate upkeep.