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The latest episode of Designing Worlds – where we find out all about an amazing Second Life tool called Rescene (developed by Logan Bauer of  Arctic Greenhouse) – is now on the web.

Logan originally developed ReScene as a result of a hunt game he created, but then he realised that it could be used for tours and games, and, perhaps above all, for film-making. We certainly agreed – Rescene played a crucial part in staging The Blackened Mirror.

Rescene at Arctic Greenhouse, photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Rescene at Arctic Greenhouse, photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

We’ll talk to Logan about how Rescene works, and then we look at Rescene in work, with the aid of Terra Volitant who was Rescene Director for The Blackened Mirror. There are samples of different projects – including a test run of a mermaid ballet that is a work in progress.

And there’s a very special treat for all Blackened Mirror fans as we preview a Director’s commentary of Episode 1 of Season 2, explaining how we made the show.

Interrogation in Season 2 Episode 1 of The Blackened Mirror

Interrogation in Season 2 Episode 1 of The Blackened Mirror

 

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The latest episode of Designing Worlds – wherein we sample some of Yavanna Llanfair’s amazing podcar tours … and discover some of the hidden beauties of the mainland – is now on the web.

Yavanna’s podcars will be familiar to those of you who’ve visited the Second Life Birthday events, and we’ve talked to her before about the tours she has created – but this time we tried out some of her mainland tours for ourselves, with Yavanna as our expert guide!

Yavanna is a keen proponent of the mainland and she shared with us some of the extraordinary creations you can see on her tours, and we learnt more about the work that not only residents have done, but also that Linden Lab has done – and continues to do – in making the mainland an unexpectedly fascinating – and often beautiful – place to visit. And to help you discover more, you’ll find maps at each starting location that will help you discover further tours to try.

Podcar Tours, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Podcar Tours, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

We actually try out three tours – and here are links for you to be able to take the tours for yourselves!  The first took us to Sansara Seas and Rivers, one of nine tours available from Yavanna’s podcar hub on the Sansara continent; the second was a fascinating tour on the little-visited teen grid (where the podcar turns into a ski lift – and then grows a ski to take us back down the mountain!); and finally we took a trip round the islands  of north western Maebaleia on the Southern Nautilus tour, one of two tours on the Maebaleia or Satori continent. And we also took a brief look at a fascinating railcar tour on the Heterocera continent – which would allow you to start exploring Second Life railways! But don’t just confine yourselves to the tours we took – there are many more fascinating areas to be discovered.

Podcar Tours, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Podcar Tours, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

 

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The latest episode of Designing Worlds – our visit to Rocky Valley HighSchool – is now on the web.

This show might be nostalgic for some, and an American icon for others – the world of High School – and you can visit Rocky Valley High School here.

In this show we step into the world of jocks and cheerleaders, nerds and plastics, as we visit an American High School. We see the classes, the social activities and the sports, and we learn some of the reasons why people enjoy re-living their teen years, hang-ups, hang-outs, heartaches and all! There are other roles you can play in the community, and we learn something about that too from our two hosts – Kate Watson, Admissions Administrator and Michele Sabetha, Captain of the Cheer Squad.

Rocky Valley High School, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Rocky Valley High School, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

And the community itself has a wider role to play. We first met the cheerleaders of Rocky Valley High School at Relay for Life when they had a campsite opposite the telethon studio and were doing enthusiastic cheers all weekend!

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The latest episode of Designing Worlds – our Halloween special, a trip to one of the moodiest and most sinister regions on the grid: the town of Innsmouth – is now on the web.

Innsmouth is a fascinating region – based on the horror stories of HP Lovecraft (whom many call the most influential horror writer of the 20th century), it has plenty of mysterious and hidden places to explore – all in the tradition of Lovecraft’s mysterious New England coastal towns. It was also, of course, an important location in Season 1 of The Blackened Mirror (as we shall learn).

View of Innsmouth, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

View of Innsmouth, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

But more recently, Innsmouth has been in danger of being lost. A campaign has begin to save this wonderful region by its supporters, led by Arik Metzger., who – together with Terra Volitant – joins us on the show.

 

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The latest episode of Designing Worlds – where we look back at some of the many, many highlights of recent seasons – is now on the web.

What have we chosen? We’ve chosen discussion shows, shows that are educational, shows that are beautiful and shows that are fun!

And yes … there’s a chance to see Mr Biggins too!

Chang High Trinity Sisters on Designing Worlds

Chang High Trinity Sisters on Designing Worlds

Are they some of your favourites? Do you agree with our choices? Watch this show and find out!

 

 

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The latest episode of Designing Worlds – where we explore the fascinating and diverse mainland community of East River – is now on the web.

The East River community is located on the Sansara Continent, just to the North of the Sea of Fables, and it’s a remarkable place – and a remarkable achievement too.

Because what makes this community so fascinating is that it’s not part of an island estate, privately owned and managed with a Covenant to make sure that there is consistency. This is a mainland community, created by residents coming together and protecting a tract of land that now covers nineteen sims, all brought together as the East River Community.

East River Community, photographed by Honour McMillan

East River Community, photographed by Honour McMillan

With the assistance of a longtime resident, Drewski Northman, we explore some of the residential and commercial areas, the art that forms an important part of the community, and aome of the amazing transportation systems that link the community.

East River Community, photographed by Honour McMillan

East River Community, photographed by Honour McMillan

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The latest episode of Designing Worlds – our very special 250th episode – is now on the web.

Set on the island of Matanzas (which we first visited in our THIRD episode way back in 2008), we talk to Ebbe Altberg (aka Ebbe Linden), the CEO of Linden Lab, about Second Life, and about plans for the future platform.

Ebbe with Saffia and Elrik on Matanzas, photograph by Honour McMillan

Ebbe with Saffia and Elrik on Matanzas, photograph by Honour McMillan

It’s a full and wide-ranging discussion, as we discuss the future of Second Life, problems that have arisen – especially failures of communication – and, of course, the new platform that is being developed by Linden Lab.

You can read a full transcript of the show, kindly compiled by Inara Prey, here. And after the show, Ebbe dropped into the Designing Worlds studio for a discussion and an open question and answer session – our thanks to him for coming in – the audience really appreciated it!

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