Popcorn Makers Arrives at the Circus!
October 17, 2022
If you see a Poodle in the pasture chewing on something, don't worry. It's a puff of popcorn!
Finally, after weeks of anticipation, the popcorn makers have arrived and are being assembled. The first machine was put together right away and popcorn was popped for all.
"It was the most fun we've had since we got here! It's funny how something like popcorn can make everything better. We had movies going in different tents and popped around to each of them," Prissy the Poodle said while giggling. "And it's the good kind, too."
Popcorn isn't just for the future audiences, but also for the cast and crews, as well. "Sometimes we just need a little snack in the middle of the afternoon," Jamie from the Dancing Gypsies added.
"Now, we need to make sure we have enough kernels in stock," Flying Bungeez added with a bit of a laugh, but contemplating, nevertheless.
The Dancers Square
In Between Rehearsals, The Dancers Square Rally the Crew
October 3, 2022
The Dancers Square has the biggest troupe in the cast at JR's Lands Circus. Although their set is plain, their accessories are many. Dancing, twirling and fire throwing are a few of the experiences that the Dancers Square is innovating in their Metaversal performance.
"We're having a reception to get to know everyone. It's not like we have 12 people when we have 12 tents... each tent usually comes with cast and in some cases crew. And now, we're adding storage buildings for set materials. This is a big production," Daisy reports while planning the event with Tamel.
"We want to announce everyone, but with such a big troupe, we're thinking we'll announce the Dancers Square and features two performers each show," said the Announcer thoughtfully, joining the group watching rehearsal.
For a moment the group stopped to watch what looked like flying. "Are they...?" said Tamel. "Even though we've seen it each day, it still blows our minds to see what they can do."
The Flying Bungeez
Flying Bungeez Flies Like the Wind at JR's Lands Circus
September 23, 2022
Crew members report being able to hear the wind as the Flying Bungeez flies through the air. Circles, squares and triangles with seeming sparks of light are all that you can see once FB goes fastest. "Once slowing, it's like watching music flow around the Big Tent," reports Daisy while running by the set.
Flying Bungeez has been flying since a child and has an extensive stretching and strengthening routine each day. But, when FB isn't training, governance is what's top of mind.
"As a Circus, we have the tickets, the concessions, merchandise, speaking engagements and more... all of that needs to be shared among the tents. Some tents have multiple tenants, so there's that. It all has to be worked out," FB illustrates. "We need a way to submit what we want to do, request somewhat standardized rewards, vote on who gets a tent in the future and get the rewards to each of the accounts (and their sub-accounts) in an automated way. This is what is on my mind lately."
FB be will watching the Planets carefully to learn from their experiments and lessons.
The Lions Wilde
Lions Roam Wild When Not Performing
September 16, 2022
Don't expect to see the lions in cages at the JR's Lands Circus. "That was a thing of the past," says Leo, the largest of the Lions Wilde. "Circuses in the Metaverse are much better."
Each afternoon, the Lions Wilde can be seen roaming around the rocky coastlines and mountains around the Circus. With such strength, they can go on very long runs in a short amount of time.
"We love the Planets, as there is so much room to roam. It really gets us focused for rehearsals. We take it very seriously." Lioness reflects on their daily schedule. "Each morning we warm up and test out the tricks on the new stages and after our roam, we're ready to go for the evening shows."
About the new stages, built to the specifications of the Lions Wilde, they look nothing like the cages of the past. "We love the patterns and the movement. It's wild to be able to design everything we've ever imagined," said Traicee, who is the smallest of the Lions, but has integral in set design. "We think the visitors are going to really love it."
Daisy the Circus Dog
Everyone's Favorite: Daisy the Circus Dog
September 9, 2022
Daisy the Circus Dog has quickly become everyone's favorite member of the cast. Running from tent to tent, Daisy has brought smiles, in spite of long days, setting up the sets and rehearsing acts.
There has been somewhat of a kerfuffle over the tent numbers, as some people wanted tents reflecting their favorite numbers. However, tents have been assigned in the order arrived at the circus.
But, Daisy was there to bring banners and decor to each tent, cheering up the cast, which is quickly growing in size. "Creating a circus, especially a virtual circus, requires a lot of individuals coming together in groups to work together," said Daisy when we went out for a fetch. "Were able to evolve the good aspects of circus and experiment with community membership and leadership. This is a great venue for communities to come together to imagine and try out different ideas."
Several cast have encouraged Daisy to run for Planetary custodian. "I have a lot to do here at the moment," has been the responses to friends so far. Prowling around the interview, Tamel noted after, "hey, it wasn't a no." Sounds like Daisy would have Tamel's support.
The Announcer and the Strong Man Check In
September 2, 2022
"Step right up to the Greatest Show in the Metaverse (TM)!" The Announcer and the Strong Man have been practicing their acts.
For years, the Announcer has worked to attract people from near and far to circuses around the world. With the ban on wild animals in circuses, the Announcer has been worried about their future.
"Working in the Metaverse is the greatest thing to happen since I've been in show business. It's easier, more rewarding and smells better," said the Announcer as they and the Strong Man reflected on these new worlds.
Strong added, "no matter where we are, we can be here, and it takes some getting used to... but with these opportunities, and the freedom to do what we want, this is what we always wanted."
Although a traveling pair, Strong likes for the Announcer to get the attention. "If everyone listens to the Announcer, it's harder to miss the exciting things going on. It's like a secret map to the excitement at the Circus."
The Poodle Parade
The Poodles Parade to Fans Around the Circus
August 27, 2022
The love of poodles can be felt throughout the tent when they line up and parade around, rehearsing for the upcoming show.
"The poodles have never been so happy to be in a show. They have the highest regard for the cast and have been rehearsing to be on point from the first show," reports Portia Prentisse, the Poodle's Parade trainer.
Five poodles have already arrived for the show, but there are rumors that more may join the Parade.
Extra sardines have been stocked at the commissary, since the Poodles can't seem to get enough.
"Everyone has been so nice to us, we've never had so many sardines," said Princess, while talking to reporters and waving to fans, watching as the Poodles walked to the main tent to practice.
The Thump of the Dance Can Be Heard
August 20, 2022
The Dancing Gypsies are famous for their choreographed dangerous acts amid the dances passed down through their families from across the generations. Cast and crew have been enjoying hearing stories from the members about their travels, traditions and celebrations.
The troupe has been traveling for years, so all seem happy that the dancers will be at the Circus for awhile. A few remote shows are scheduled throughout the year, but for the most part, DG will be featured at JR's Circus.
Rehearsals have been taking place throughout the day. The schedule has been tight as new acts arrive and need to prepare for the big events. The sounds of music and dance can be heard throughout and around the big tent. Excitement is definitely in the air.
Circus NFT Collection
Circus NFT Collection Established
August 13, 2022
It turns out the Strong Man has talents related to blockchain games! Along with others interested in innovative technologies and more equitable rewards for engagement, they have formed the JR's Lands Circus Tech Team. As their first endeavor, they have established an NFT Collection on the WAX blockchain for circus-goers to play along with the rest of the crew.
How will circus-goers play along? The first opportunity, which began August 1, 2022 at midnight UTC, is using the AW community game platform available at https://play.alienworlds.io/. Miners who mine of one of JR's Lands at the Big Top... which means one of the first at the top of each hour, UTC time... are rewarded with a community NFT and one of JR's Lands Circus NFTs.
Each week, a new community and a new circus NFT will be offered as rewards to Big Top miners who are successful in being one of the first to mine and claim that hour. See the website at www.jrslands.com for the current number being rewarded each hour and if there are any bonus incentives.
The better your Internet, the closer to the exact top of the hour you get and selecting tools that give you the most opportunities to mine at the top of the hour are examples of efforts that give a player a better chance of gaining these rewards.
Also watch the website at www.jrslands.com for opportunities to use both community and circus NFTs for upgrade, game and goods rewards through blending, drops and additional gameplay.
Thank you to the Strong Man and the new Tech Team!
Circus Sign NFT
The Sign Has Arrived!
August 6, 2022
The sign has arrived! It's a big day and it feels like we are now official!
The Miner by the Sea who created it says he has some small versions available for those who want them. He is going to get us the information as to how miners who want a sign to celebrate the launch of JR's Lands can redeem their sign NFTs for one!
Coffee Has Arrived!
August 1, 2022
The Miners have arrived with coffee! The entire community at the Circus could not be more thrilled. Everyone has been working a little faster and with smiles on their faces now that coffee has arrived.
Miners officially started mining today on JR's Lands around the Circus, with the fastest each hour qualifying for bonuses of coffee and circus signs. Quite a few miners were ready to go before the start of mining at Midnight UTC and have continued arriving throughout the day.
With this many people around, we may have to open the concessions early. Lisa's Coffee Shop has setup handing out coffee, so we might just ask her to expand the offerings and the shop.
Rehearsals continue, but everyone takes some time off to enjoy this historic gathering, as well.
Circus Tickets NFT
Rehearsals are Underway
July 30, 2022
Members of the circus are getting settled in their tents, getting to know each other and building the beginnings of what will surely be a great community.
Speaking of communities, the communities are lining up to do drops each week. Billboards are being built at the Circus tent to commemorate each week's community!
Rehearsals are underway, without too much drama, no less. Safety is a priority, so we are hoping no accidents will occur. The most important part seems to be routine... where everyone walks, where they eat, and what they do when.
The tickets design has been confirmed and they are on their way!
Looking forward to sharing these extraordinary species of all types with the next evolution of circus fans who will appreciate and respect that everyone is different, special and talented in their own ways.
Tamel the Tiger NFT
Tamel Has Signed On! Tamel Has Signed On!
July 23, 2022
Tamel the Tiger has signed on to JR's Lands Circus! We could not be more excited. He seems really happy about the idea. He was at the location the other day, roaming around, sniffing out the corners. He's a little unsure about this NFT stuff, but sat for his picture, nevertheless. He totally gets the Metaverse... "I spend most of my day thinking about roams I've done... I essentially live in the Metaverse as it is."
Tamel, we could not be more excited that you're joining and look forward to your debut at JR's Lands Circus!
And, we are ordering your special snacks per your request!
We caught JR when he stopped by the site. "Can you believe it? Tamel the Tiger on JR's Lands! It's going to be a great show! We had the best day prowling around and we are very excited that Tamel chose to join and no less, co-produce our show.
Welcome Tamel the Tiger!
Circus Sign NFT
The Circus Tent is Being Delivered... And Then Built!
July 16, 2022
It's quite a time in crypto and to say it is a circus would be an understatement. Coincidentally (?) we are building a virtual circus tent. We've ordered the tent and various accessories... it takes a lot to build a tent! But, we think this will be a great gathering place for community members in the Metaverse.
There's an old Miner on Magor near the Sea who has found some wood and is shackling (is that a word?) a wooden sign together boasting the words "Circus" so we'll know where to go... as if the gigantic circus tent isn't enough!
Speaking of signs, the JR's Lands light sign (the red logo) is taking some real craftsmanship... getting it to float like that isn't easy. But, we do need to know where to go. Finding our way around the Metaverse isn't always easy. But, it's worth it, if we can gather with our friends and have a good time.
Now, about the cast... many have signed on, but I'll save that for another day.
First, we have to go setup the food tent for all of the people arriving to help. Looking forward to seeing you soon at the Circus. We could use a break during this crypto winter.