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Designing Worlds Special - Murder in the Muirsheen Durkin

Designing Worlds Special – Murder in the Muirsheen Durkin

Join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday 30th December, for a special episode of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams in Second Life, as we become involved in solving a Murder in the Muirsheen Durkin – a special episode set in New Babbage!

Or you can watch the show in the comfort of your own home at https://vimeo.com/248386254 (in colour) or https://vimeo.com/channels/dworlds/248387796 (in spooky black and white). It’s also available on SLArtist at: https://www.slartist.com/designing-worlds-dw357a-murder-at-the-muirsheen-durkin-special-monochrome-version_2a2ac867f.html.

The Muisheen Durkin is, of course, the restuarant/bar in Brunel Hall, the large hotel thatis part of the business empire of Mr Victor Mornington, the Assistant Maceholder of New Babbage. So when his temporary Christmas barman, Mr Biggins, discovers a murder victim … then they are duty bound to hand over the prime suspect to Miss Bookworm Heinrichs, the head of the Militia.

Investigating the Murder

Investigating the Murder

But has Mr Mornington’s pet rabbit Thumper turned vorpal? Or is there another explanation? Can Miss Widdershins and Mr Merlin help to solve the mystery, or will they just complicate things further?  Fortunately, there’s a formidable forensics expert they can turn to … an expert in her own field.

So do come and join us for our seasonal special at 2pm SLT.

This is a repeat of the show first shown on January 1st, 2018.

Calas Galadhon

Calas Galadhon

In this, our final new episode for 2019, we explore Winter Wonderlands around the grid with a special trip to the Christmas Expo for Relay for Life!

DW412 – SL Winter Places 2019 from Richard Elen on Vimeo.

We visit the Christmas Expo to see the stores and designs there, and take a sleigh ride with Trader Whiplash and Nuala Maracas to see the Lights of Hope – houses decorated for Christmas by the designers – and also tour the Linden Lights of Hope – which were houses decorated by the Lindens and the Moles (tinies – look out for the waffle mountain and syrup lake at 25.37).

Santa Town

Santa Town

We also visit some of the fabulous Winter Places on show in Second Life, including Russian fairytale-like Warm Angel and the recreation of the Austrian town of Gosau created by two real-life farmers who live in the area, and the Bells of Rhymney which mixes a Rivendell-like atmosphere with Baroque architecture.

Garden of Whimsey

Garden of Whimsey

And we include two extensive slideshows by Wildstar Beaumont which cover some locations we weren’t able to visit in person.

The Dickens Project

The Dickens Project

Places to visit:
Unfortunately the Christmas Expo is now closed. But you can visit the other locations visited on the show:

Warm Angel: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Wildflower%20Mountain/20/204/46
The Village of Gossau: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gosau%20Dachstein%20West/55/142/3
The Bells of Rhymney: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Hillview/145/128/44

Calas Galadhon

Calas Galadhon

Linden’s Winter Wonderland (access through the Portal Park: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Portal%20Park%201/177/120/53)The Dickens Project: https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/The%20Dickens%20Project/125/118/22
Callas Galadhon at Christmas: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sea%20Myst/184/211/2998

Cherishville

Cherishville

Christmas has overtaken the Designing Worlds elves, so there is no show today but next week, on December 30th at 2pm, there’ll be a special showing at our usual scheduled time of Murder at the Muirsheen Durkin, our special Christmas drama for 2017 – stay tuned for further information!

 

 

All photos by Wildstar Beaumont

Calas Galadhon

Calas Galadhon

In this, our final new episode for 2019, we explore Winter Wonderlands around the grid with a special trip to the Christmas Expo for Relay for Life!

From 2pm today, Monday 16th December, you can see the show on the Designing Worlds Vimeo channel at: https://vimeo.com/channels/dworlds and on the Designing Worlds channel at SLArtist at: https://www.slartist.com/browse-dw-videos-1-date.html. And you can join the special Watch Party (also at 2pm SLT) in our studio on Garden of Dreams.

Cherishville

Cherishville

We visit the Christmas Expo to see the stores and designs there, and take a sleigh ride with Trader Whiplash and Nuala Maracas to see the Lights of Hope – houses decorated for Christmas by the designers – and also tour the Linden Lights of Hope – which were houses decorated by the Lindens and the Moles (tinies – look out for the waffle mountain and syrup lake at 25.37).

Author's Point

Author’s Point

We also visit some of the fabulous Winter Places on show in Second Life, including Russian fairytale-like Warm Angel and the recreation of the Austrian town of Gosau created by two real-life farmers who live in the area, and the Bells of Rhymney which mixes a Rivendell-like atmosphere with Baroque architecture.

New Babbage

New Babbage

And we include two extensive slideshows by Wildstar Beaumont which cover some locations we weren’t able to visit in person.

It’s a very beautiful show, so do tune in or join us at 2pm SLT at the Watch Party in Garden of Dreams!

The Dickens Project

The Dickens Project

Places to visit:
Unfortunately the Christmas Expo is now closed. But you can visit the other locations visited on the show:

Warm Angel: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Wildflower%20Mountain/20/204/46
The Village of Gossau: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gosau%20Dachstein%20West/55/142/3
The Bells of Rhymney: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Hillview/145/128/44

Winter's Hollow

Winter’s Hollow

Linden’s Winter Wonderland (access through the Portal Park: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Portal%20Park%201/177/120/53)The Dickens Project: https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/The%20Dickens%20Project/125/118/22
Callas Galadhon at Christmas: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sea%20Myst/184/211/2998

Next week, there’ll be a special showing at our usual scheduled time of Murder at the Muirsheen Durkin, our special Christmas drama for 2017 – stay tuned for further information!

Santa Town

Santa Town

 

LDS Family History Centre

LDS Family History Centre

In this episode, Designing Worlds explores one of the most popular topics on the internet … at least it was in the early days. For behind sex and shopping in the internet stakes came … genealogy!

DW411 – SL Genealogy from Richard Elen on Vimeo.

Genealogy has been a major interest in Second Life since the very beginning of the platform, and we talk to some of the people who represent a number of the organisations active in the field in-world, from the Second Life Virtual Genealogical Society to the LDS – the Church of the Latter-Day Saints – who are deeply involved in providing free genealogical information in-world and out. And many of the people we talk to are actively involved in genealogy in both worlds too – including Sifriya Devin, Ellington Sweeney, Clarise Beaumont and Skyler Goode .

Discussing Genealogy

Discussing Genealogy

The episode introduces some of the resources and organisations in Second Life and gives you some starting points if you want to begin to find out about your family history.

Useful websites
Our guests’ websites:
Sifriya’s site: http://genealogyliteracy.com/
Kentucky Ancestors: https://history.ky.gov/for-genealogists/kentucky-ancestors-online/
The Organised Genealogist Facenook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/organizedgenealogist/
Clarise’s Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/DearMYRTLE
Clarise’s YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/DearMYRTLE
Ellington’s Business site: https://swangenealogy.net
Ellington’s blog, My Descendant’s Ancestors: https://mydescendantsancestors.com

Sifraya's Firepit

Sifraya’s Firepit

Second Life Genealogy Groups:
SL APG Group (Association of Professional Genealogists -Second Life Chapter): https://slapg.wordpress.com/
NGSQ Study Group: https://ngsqstudygroup.com/
SL Virtual Genealogical Society: https://slvirtualgenealogy.org

LDS Site for Family History: http://familysearch.org

Inworld links
Join inworld: Just Genealogy Group
Just Genealogy firepit: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Wollah/137/85/71
LDS Family History Center: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Adam%20ondi%20Ahman/180/41/26

LDS Family History Center

LDS Family History Center

Discussing Genealogy

Discussing Genealogy

In this episode we explore one of the most popular topics on the internet … at least it was in the early days. For behind sex and shopping in the internet stakes came … genealogy!

From 2pm today, Monday 9th December, you can see the show on the Designing Worlds Vimeo channel at: https://vimeo.com/channels/dworlds and on the Designing Worlds channel at SLArtist at: https://www.slartist.com/browse-dw-videos-1-date.html. And you can join the special Watch Party (also at 2pm SLT) in our studio on Garden of Dreams.

Genealogy has been a major interest in Second Life since the very beginning of the platform, and we talk to some of the people who represent a number of the organisations active in the field in-world, from the Second Life Virtual Genealogical Society to the LDS – the Church of the Latter-Day Saints – who are deeply involved in providing free genealogical information in-world and out. And many of the people we talk to are actively involved in genealogy in both worlds too.

The episode introduces some of the resources and organisations in Second Life and gives you some starting points if you want to begin to find out about your family history.

So do tune in or join us at 2pm SLT at the Watch Party in Garden of Dreams!

Sifraya's Firepit

Sifraya’s Firepit

Useful websites
Our guests’ websites:
Sifriya’s site: http://genealogyliteracy.com/
Kentucky Ancestors: https://history.ky.gov/for-genealogists/kentucky-ancestors-online/
The Organised Genealogist Facenook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/organizedgenealogist/
Clarise’s Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/DearMYRTLE
Clarise’s YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/DearMYRTLE
Ellington’s Business site: https://swangenealogy.net
Ellington’s blog, My Descendant’s Ancestors: https://mydescendantsancestors.com

Second Life Genealogy Groups:
SL APG Group (Association of Professional Genealogists -Second Life Chapter): https://slapg.wordpress.com/
NGSQ Study Group: https://ngsqstudygroup.com/
SL Virtual Genealogical Society: https://slvirtualgenealogy.org

LDS Family History Center

LDS Family History Center

LDS Site for Family History: http://familysearch.org

Inworld links
Join inworld: Just Genealogy Group
Just Genealogy firepit: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Wollah/137/85/71
LDS Family History Center: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Adam%20ondi%20Ahman/180/41/26

Designing Worlds Christmas Party 2019

Designing Worlds Christmas Party 2019

You are all invited to three and a half hours of fun and frolics at the Designing Worlds Christmas Party!

We open at 2pm SLT with a live music set from the wonderful Agatha – you can read more about here here – and listen to her wonderful voice!

Then the incomparable Mr Elrik Merlin takes to the airwaves to give us a very special set at 3pm!

At 4pm SLT, we’ll be joined by the delightful Raglanshire Carollers, who will be entertaining us with their unique Christmas carols.

And to round the party off, the awesome DJ Briony will be giving us a rousing Christmas set at 4.15pm.

Dress is formal, so put on your glad rags and come and join us for a wonderful experience in our very special ballroom on Garden of Dreams.

And many thanks to Kayle Matzerath and Kilik Lekvoda for allowing us to host the Party here!

Designing Worlds Archive graphic

Today we have very exciting news. Recently, Designing Worlds have created a separate Archive site on Vimeo to make available what we think will eventually be over 40 of our old shows, most of which have been unavailable on any channel for some years.

You’ll be able to see the channel at https://vimeo.com/channels/designingworldsarchive – and for our show tonight … well we are asking our viewers at home to choose which show they want to watch – you can choose your highlights, or have a good old binge on your favourite shows. And our regular Watch Party in the Designing Worlds studios on Garden of Dreams at 2pm SLT can choose which of those shows they would like to see again!

Alchemy Immortalis

Alchemy Immortalis

A Little Bit of History

Over the years, a great many things have changed or Designing Worlds. Well, WE’VE changed for one – originally for the first fourteen months of the show, we were MetaMakeover! Then, when our original producers and hosting channel SLCN became Treet TV, we became Designing Worlds. And our early shows appeared on the Treet TV channel, and were re-routed to our blogs using a service called Vopod – which eventually failed.

Treet.TV ceased production services in July 2011, with many of its shows closing. Designing Worlds and the Giant Snail Races both decided to go it alone. But Treet continued to host our new shows (and archive our old ones) until 2014, when shows were hosted by Aview.TV and then by SLArtist, where they continue to appear until now, and have also more recently on our main Vimeo channel.

Travelling the Second Life Railroads

Travelling the Second Life Railroads

But when the main Treet channel also closed, many of our old videos disappeared. They were stored on a remote server and, over the years, retrieving them became a hideously complex process for the erstwhile Treet team, who had moved on to new and demanding projects. Over the last few years, though, we have managed to retrieve some of our favourite and most popular shows.

Now these shows are available again as we launch our new channel – Designing Worlds Archive on Vimeo.

Designing Worlds Archive graphic

30 shows have already been uploaded to the channel – the process is a little slow as we can only upload 5gb each week. So more will be coming!

Today, we invite you, rather than watching a specific show, to dip into our archives and explore our old shows. Perhaps you’ll want to see how things looked back in the really early days when we went Seven Seas Fishing, the hot new game that was taking Second Life by storm, with a newcomer to the show called Elrik Merlin. Or maybe you’ll want to take a look at the remarkable re-creation of the Dresden Art Museum. Perhaps you’ll want to recall the time when Saffia, Elrik and Wildstar were besieged in a tower by a horde of pitchfork wielding Tinies, marvel at the beauties (and crazy sheep) of Alchemy Immortalis, fly with the Flying Tigers, or when we paid visits to other long-gone grids such as the Reaction Grid or Heritage Key. Or perhaps you’ll take a ride on the Second Life railroad.  All these lost shows are available once more and – over the coming weeks, more will be added regularly.

The first New Babbage show

The first New Babbage show

We even have the very first New Babbage show!

So enjoy the new channel – let us know what you think, and join our watch party at 2pm in Garden of Dreams to choose which show to start with …