Wednesday, January 28, 2015


West Egg!

"I lived at West Egg, the--well, the less fashionable of the two, though this is a most superficial tag to express the bizarre and not a little sinister contrast between them. My house was at the very tip of the egg, only fifty yards from the Sound, and squeezed between two huge places that rented for twelve or fifteen thousand a season. The one on my right was a colossal affair by any standard--it was a factual imitation of some Hôtel de Ville in Normandy, with a tower on one side, . . .
 ". . . It was Gatsby's mansion. Or rather, as I didn't know Mr. Gatsby it was a mansion inhabited by a gentleman of that name. My own house was an eye-sore, but it was a small eye-sore, and it had been overlooked, so I had a view of the water, a partial view of my neighbor's lawn, and the consoling proximity of millionaires--all for eighty dollars a month."

(Text from Chapter 1 of THE GREAT GATSBY. Nick introducing West Egg * Gatsby's house)

The Opening of West Egg is fast approaching!
Stay tuned for announcements, events, and more images as EXPLORE The Great Gatsby continues.

Thursday, January 22, 2015


East Egg in EXPLORE - containing information on Tacoma Little Theatre
"And so it happened that on a warm windy evening I drove over to East Egg to see two old friends whom I scarcely knew at all. Their house was even more elaborate than I expected, a cheerful red and white Georgian Colonial mansion overlooking the bay. The lawn started at the beach and ran toward the front door for a quarter of a mile, jumping over sun-dials and brick walks and burning gardens--finally when it reached the house drifting up the side in bright vines as though from the momentum of its run."                                    

(Text from Chapter 1 of THE GREAT GATSBY. Nick introducing his first visit to Tom & Daisy Buchanan's home in East Egg)

The eyes of Dr. T,J, Eckleburg over EXPLORE's Valley of Ashes
"...above the grey land and the spasms of bleak dust which drift endlessly over it, you perceive, after a moment, the eyes of Doctor T. J. Eckleburg. The eyes of Doctor T. J. Eckleburg are blue and gigantic--their retinas are one yard high. They look out of no face but, instead, from a pair of enormous yellow spectacles which pass over a nonexistent nose. Evidently some wild wag of an oculist set them there to fatten his practice in the borough of Queens, and then sank down himself into eternal blindness or forgot them and moved away. But his eyes, dimmed a little by many paintless days under sun and rain, brood on over the solemn dumping ground."

(Text from Chapter 2 of THE GREAT GATSBY introducing The Valley of Ashes)

Friday, January 16, 2015

WE'RE OPEN: Welcome!

The virtual construction is still underway, with more features and functions being added every day!

So you might find us still creating and scripting doors, adding links, working on the Welcome Center.  Say "howdee" and go ahead and explore.  Then come back again and explore some more.  EXPLORE The Great Gatsby construction will continue through the first week of February and will be open to the virtual public through February 22nd. We feature progress right here, so you can get updated and then come and check it out for yourself.

FRIDAY, January 16th at 7pm (Pacific) we will pause the hammers and saws for a lovely hour of literature (imagine that!?) as live voice programming begins with Part 1 of The Great Gatsby presented by Kayden Oconnell in Gallery Park.  it will be the first of an entire series of readings at EXPLORE which will include Fitzgerald's great American novel, as well as other stories from the author's canon.

The iconic sign in the Valley of Ashes
For opening weekend, these sessions will all take place in Gallery Park: cross the bridge from the Welcome Center, turn right in the Valley of Ashes and walk towards the bridge to East Egg and the Fitzgerald Gallery.  Gallery Park is just around the bend, to your right, once you clear the ash heaps.

Miss our first session?  No problem!  There are more coming.

Join us Saturday, January 17th at 9am (Pacific) for Winter Dreams, an F. Scott Fitzgerald short story.

Gallery Park, just East of the ash heaps
At Noon on Saturday, Caledonia will repeat of Part 1 of The Great Gatsby.

Come along and listen to Fitzgerald's marvelous words, and then explore the nearby Fitzgerald Gallery, with EVENTS tab for updated schedule information.  Times and voice talent subject to change, and hey!  we might even add some discussions and other events!  So stay tuned!
links to the author's works and biographical information on his life.  There's much, much more to come, so take a landmark and mark your calendar.  Check back to the
And accessible from the Seanchai Library homeworld in Kitely - from the main landing zone use the EXPLORE teleport gate.

OR IF YOU ARE NEW TO VIRTUAL WORLDS, check out the HOW TO FIND EXPLORE tab for some options of how to find your way to this little corner of the grid.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015


The Iconic sign rises over the "Valley of Ashes" section of EXPLORE

EXPLORE: The Great Gatsby will open officially at Noon on Thursday, January 15th (revised date).  We've been delving, researching, and construction is well underway.  Look forward to daily updates as all the things we have been collecting in piles (real & virtual) start manifesting for the big day.

Tacoma Little Theatre's production will open the next week on January 23rd, and by then we'll have presented a goodly portion of the novel live in voice.

We are pleased to announce that Kayden Oconnell will do the honors at the inaugural presentation, with many of the storytellers that Seanchai is known for following in subsequent sessions.

Here is the Preliminary Session Schedule (updated as of 1.12.15).  Please note that times and dates are subject to change, as are the voice performers.  we also may be adding some discussions and tours, so stay tuned!

Friday, January 16th at 7pm - The Great Gatsby, Part 1, with Kayden Oconnell
Saturday, January 17th at NoonThe Great Gatsby, Part 1 (repeat) with Caledonia Skytower

Monday, January 19th (MLK Day) at 1pm - The Great Gatsby, Part 2, with Corwyn Allen
TBA Monday, January 19th (MLK Day) at 8pm - Part 2 (repeat) with Caledonia Skytower

Saturday, January 24th at Noon The Great Gatsby, Part 3, with Shandon Loring

Saturday, January 31st at 3pm - Part 4 - TBA

Thursday, February 5th at 8pm - Conclusion with Caledonia Skytower
The Welcome Center mixes Seanchai styling with multiple uses
Sunday, February 8th at 11am - Conclusion (repeat)

Look for updates as New User Sessions on Saturday mornings will also be scheduled for people interested in The Great Gatsby, but new to moving about in virtual worlds.

There are also considerations on going for an in-world Q & A with folks from Tacoma Little Theatre about their production.  The fun is only just beginning!

“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.” 
― F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby