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Rocca Sorrentina - photographed by Wildstar Beaumont
Rocca Sorrentina – photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us today, Monday 15th November 2021 at 2pm SLT in our beautiful studio in Garden of Dreams as we journey way back into the past for an episode first shown in July 2016, when we visited the beautiful island of Rocca Sorrentina, an imagining of a late eighteenth century island in the Bay of Naples.

You can watch the episode on this blog, and you can also see it on the Designing Worlds Vimeo channel at https://vimeo.com/171900078 and you can join the special Watch Party at 2pm SLT in our studio on Garden of Dreams.

Rocca Sorrentina - photographed by Wildstar Beaumont
Rocca Sorrentina – photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

We are joined by two of the people behind Rocca Sorrentina (or Principal Magistrates as they are called) Aldo Stern and Sere Timeless. They take us on a journey of discovery as we learn about the rich culture that flourished in the Kingdom of Naples (much visited on the Grand Tour), and the history that lay behind it, reaching back to the lost cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum, destroyed by the volcanic eruption of Vesuvius.

Accademia di Rocca Sorrentina, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont
Accademia di Rocca Sorrentina, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

And we also learn about the culture and exhibitions staged by Rocca Sorrentina, as Elrik explores a fascinating exhibition on the history of the Tarot … and we learn of upcoming exhibitions too.

Join us at 2pm SLT to learn more of this fascinating community by tuning in or by coming to the Watch Party in Garden of Dreams!

Accademia di Rocca Sorrentina, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont
Accademia di Rocca Sorrentina, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

You can visit Rocca Sorrentino for yourselves at: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Rocca%20Sorrentina/85/162/2801

Rocca Sorrentina - photographed by Wildstar Beaumont
Rocca Sorrentina – photographed by Wildstar Beaumont
Premier Wrestling, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Designing Worlds explores the world of Premier Wrestling, part of the exciting sports communities in Second Life!

In this episode we visit the home of a very popular sport in Second Life – wrestling! – as we join the team at Premier Wrestling to see how it’s done. We check out the training sessions, the impressive arena, see some actual bouts and interview the movers and shakers at Premier: Vince Aftermath, Co-owner of Premier Wrestling; Trey Steele, Co-owner of Premier Wrestling; LG, Executive Director; Dany Thunder, Head Trainer; and Honey Potts, Wrestler, Trainer and Commentator.

Whether you are a wrestling fan or not, we believe that you’ll find this show a fascinating look at how communities come together and thrive in Second Life.

Premier Wrestling, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

One of the key elements for the Premier Wrestlers is the stories for all the people involved. Each wrestler has a carefully constructed back story. They may be the heroes or heroines, they may be the villains. But whichever role they choose, they will have fans and followers who can follow their stories through the wrestling bouts, through the televised bouts on YouTube, and, frequently, through social media.

And they get paid too!

Premier Wrestling, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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Visit Premier Wrestling in Second Life: https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Elston/104/176/23
And see their shows on You Tube: https://www.youtube.com/c/PremierWrestling
Visit the website: https://premier-wrestling.com/

Premier Wrestling, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Today, Monday 22nd November, Designing Worlds explores the world of Premier Wrestling, part of the exciting sports communities in Second Life!

From 2pm today you can see the show on the Designing Worlds Vimeo channel at: https://vimeo.com/channels/dworlds. Or you can join us for our Watch Party in the beautiful Designing Worlds studios in the Garden of Dreams!

Premier Wrestling, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

In this episode we visit the home of a very popular sport in Second Life – wrestling! – as we join the team at Premier Wrestling to see how it’s done. We check out the training sessions, the impressive arena, see some actual bouts and interview the movers and shakers at Premier: Vince Aftermath, Co-owner of Premier Wrestling; Trey Steele, Co-owner of Premier Wrestling; LG, Executive Director; Dany Thunder, Head Trainer; and Honey Potts, Wrestler, Trainer and Commentator.

Whether you are a wrestling fan or not, we believe that you’ll find this show a fascinating look at how communities come together and thrive in Second Life.

One of the key elements for the Premier Wrestlers is the stories for all the people involved. Each wrestler has a carefully constructed back story. They may be the heroes or heroines, they may be the villains. But whichever role they choose, they will have fans and followers who can follow their stories through the wrestling bouts, through the televised bouts on YouTube, and, frequently, through social media.

And they get paid too!

Join us at 2pm SLT to learn more of this fascinating community by tuning in or by coming to the Watch Party in Garden of Dreams!

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Visit Premier Wrestling in Second Life: https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Elston/104/176/23
And see their shows on You Tube: https://www.youtube.com/c/PremierWrestling
Visit the website: https://premier-wrestling.com/

The end of the Great Wall of Second Life … the start of our trail

Join us today, Monday 15th November 2021 at 2pm SLT in our beautiful studio in Garden of Dreams as we journey way back into the past for an episode first shown in November 2011, when we explored Second Life Route 6, the High Mountain Road, and then took the ONSR Okemo Nakiska and Southern Railway train from Okemo Canyon to Wengen to explore the snowlands.

You can watch the episode on this blog, and you can also see it on the Designing Worlds Vimeo channel at https://vimeo.com/510918258 and you can join the special Watch Party at 2pm SLT in our studio on Garden of Dreams.

In this show we start by exploring Second Life Route 6, the High Mountain Road, in the company of Simple Wunderlich, as we ride from the end of the Great Wall of Second Life in Spini to Simple’s vertigo-inducing (and very lovely) Mountain Retreat in Plebeja – sadly no longer here.

On the Trail …

If you want to explore this region for yourselves and you need a horse to ride, there’s a horse rezzing station near the start of this route, created by Prokovy Neva.  And many thanks to Prok, who pointed me at this lovely trail in the first place!

Then we turn our attention to the railways and, in the Snowlands, take the train service from Okemo Canyon to Wengen on the ONSR Okemo Nakiska and Southern Railway. We find out a little about the railway and then, when we reach Wengen, we have a chance to explore the range of Winter sports created on public land by the Lindens. Wengen is very old now and – in some parts – badly broken – it can’t compare with the wonderful Winterland regions that the Moles create every year. But there is still a definite charm to the place.

Okemo Canyon – the start of our rail journey

All in all, there’s lots to see, and we think that many people may be surprised at what the mainland has to offer! So do come and join us at 2pm, or catch it on the web!

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You can still visit many of the places we see in this episode:
The end of the Great Wall of Second Life in Spini: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Spini/100/250/133
The horse rezzing station: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Athetis/134/71/103
Okemo Canyon Station: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Okemo%20Canyon/88/155/65
Wengen station (and Winter Sports): http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Wengen/72/203/92

Roads and rails in the snowlands
Buckingham Palace in Antiquity, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont
Buckingham Palace in Antiquity, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us today, Monday 8th November 2021 at 2pm SLT in our beautiful studio in Garden of Dreams as we journey way back into the past for an episode first shown in October 2016, when we visited the historical region of Antiquity – and its very special recreation of Buckingham Palace, home of the British Royal Family in London.

You can watch the episode on this blog, and you can also see it on the Designing Worlds Vimeo channel at: https://vimeo.com/185644822. And you can join the special Watch Party at 2pm SLT in our studio on Garden of Dreams.

Buckingham Palace in Antiquity, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont
Buckingham Palace in Antiquity, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The regions that make up Antiquity are renowned for their historical role-playing – and for their recreations of historic buildings. We’re joined by Jacon Cortes de Bexar, Twelfth Night Egerton de Bexar, Tiamat Windstorm, Olavi von Hirvi, and Pamus Bing, co-owners of Antiquity. We begin by exploring Coyningham House and its grounds as we learn something about Antiquity and the role of history in the estate.

Then we cross a beautiful lake and take a carriage ride to the incomparable Buckingham Palace, which we explore with two of the creators – Jacon Cortes de Bexar and Twelfth Night Egerton de BexarNight.

Buckingham Palace in Antiquity, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont
Buckingham Palace in Antiquity, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

And just for force of contrast, we end by exploring a very different side of Antiquity as we visit a pirate den!

It’s a beautiful episode, especially requested by our viewers for a reshowing, that explores some wonderful historical creations, so do come and join us at 2pm, or catch it on the web!

Buckingham Palace in Antiquity, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont
Buckingham Palace in Antiquity, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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You can visit the Antiquity Regions, including many of the places shown in this episode!

Conyngham House: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Antiquity%20MarieGalante/179/229/2002

Buckingham Palace: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Antiquity%20Texas/158/113/2002

The George Inn: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Antiquity%20Texas/163/23/22

Texas State Capitol: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Antiquity%20Texas/156/126/22

There’s lots more to see too – and special tours to help you see it.

Shekhawahti

Join us today, Monday 1st November 2021 at 2pm SLT in our beautiful studio in Garden of Dreams as we journey way back into the past for a show first shown in Match 2010, as we explored Shekhawahti, based  on the region of Shekhawati (the Garden of Shekha) in Rajasthan in India, where the designer – Veekay Navarathna – created a truly original area, and a fascinating glimpse into an aspect of Indian culture.

You can watch it on this blog, and you can also see the show on the Designing Worlds Vimeo channel at: https://vimeo.com/371506581. And you can join the special Watch Party at 2pm SLT in our studio on Garden of Dreams.

Shekhawati is sometimes known as “the open art gallery of Rajasthan” as it has the largest concentration of frescos in the world.  That is because the buildings of Shekhawati are decoreated with rich, beautful and complex frescos painted on their outer – as well as inner – walls.  This alone would make Shekhawati a stunning place to visit – but in addition, Veekay has brought together a collection of traditional and modern Indian art unparalleled in Second Life.

Shekhawahti

Because as well as the commercial and residential areas – and a beautiful ampitheatre, guarded by elephants! – Shekawahti is also home to a vast art gallery containing many examples of traditionald modern art, much of which can be purchased in world, and Veekay offers fascinating insights into the history of art in India, as well as Indian culture and customs.

It’s a beautiful show that explores an unusual culture in Second Life, so do come and join us at 2pm, or catch it on the web!

All images by Wildstar Beaumont

Here at Designing Worlds, it’s a tradition to present a show that’s somewhat different at certain times of year, and Hallowe’en is one of those times.

Thus it is that we are pleased to give you our special Hallowe’en show for 2021: the presentation of a ghost story by Edwardian master of the genre, E F Benson (1867-1940): “How Fear Departed from the Long Gallery”.

The tale first appeared in 1912 in a collection called “The Room in the Tower, and Other Stories”.

Following a tradition arguably established by Charles Dickens with “A Christmas Carol”, many of Benson’s tales are set in the period between Christmas and New Year, at a time when Hallowe’en was not the major event it is now. However, it’s highly suitable for Hallowe’en as we are sure you’ll agree.

As we have often done previously, we present this tale as a reading with multiple voices. Each reader presents a short passage from a suitable location around the Second Life grid. The reading is illustrated with still images by our talented photographer, Wildstar Beaumont. The passages are read by Fakey Jewell of the Jewell Theatre, Saffia Widdershins, Mavromichali Szondi and Elrik Merlin.

We do hope you enjoy our special presentation for Hallowe’en 2021.

The photographs are by Wildstar Beaumont and the set of the Long Gallery was designed by Beryl Strifeclaw.

The following locations were used for the readers:
Elrik Merlin – The Library (A Dreamscene created by Kayle Matzerath – viewable in the Garden of Dreams store): maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Garden%20of%20Dreams/200/41/36

Saffia Widdershins – The Looking Glass: maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Horizon%20Dream/35/198/103

Fakey Jewell – The Ballroom (A Dreamscene created by Kayle Matzerath – viewable in the Garden of Dreams store): maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Garden%20of%20Dreams/200/41/36

Mavromichali Szondi – Jitters Court, Home of the Bigginses in Port Babbage: maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Port%20Babbage/135/232/110

Locations for How Fear Departed from the Long Gallery:
The Long Gallery itself was built on privately owned land.
The house used for Church Peveril is by Koshari Mahana. You can see it on the Marketplace here: marketplace.secondlife.com/p/The-Victorian-Estate-House/13652165
The Blue Lady was seen at Calas Galadhon Park: maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Calas%20Galadhon/137/233/23

You can read How Fear Departed from the Long Gallery here: en.wikisource.org/wiki/How_Fear_Departed_from_the_Long_Gallery
(and lots of others by EF Benson too – Saffia and Elrik recommend The Bus Conductor: en.wikisource.org/wiki/The_Bus-Conductor

All images by Wildstar Beaumont

Today, Monday 25th October 2021 sees our Halloween Special – a ghost story by that master of Edwardian chills, EF Benson.

Join us at 2pm SLT in our beautiful studio in Garden of Dreams for the Tale of How Fear Departed from the Long Gallery – or you can see the show on the Designing Worlds Vimeo channel at: https://vimeo.com/channels/dworlds.

Extract from the story …

CHURCH-PEVERIL is a house so beset and frequented by spectres, both visible and audible, that none of the family which it shelters under its acre and a half of green copper roofs takes psychical phenomena with any seriousness. For to the Peverils the appearance of a ghost is a matter of hardly greater significance than is the appearance of the post (mail) to those who live in more ordinary houses. It arrives, that is to say, practically every day, it knocks (or makes other noises), it is observed coming up the drive (or in other places) …
… the Peverils do not exactly treat their ghosts with contempt, since most of that delightful family never despised anybody except such people as avowedly did not care for hunting or shooting, or golf or skating. And as all of their ghosts are of their family, it seems reasonable to suppose that they all, even the poor Blue Lady, excelled at one time in field-sports.
… But there is one ghost at Church-Peveril at which the family never laugh, in which they feel no friendly and amused interest, and of which they only speak just as much as is necessary for the safety of their guests. More properly it should be described as two ghosts, for the “haunt” in question is that of two very young children, who were twins. These, not without reason, the family take very seriously indeed.

You’ll find this makes for a haunting experience – so do join us at 2pm SLT in our studio, or watch on the web.

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The photographs are by Wildstar Beaumont and the set of the Long Gallery was designed by Beryl Strifeclaw.

The following locations were used for the readers:
Elrik Merlin – The Library (A Dreamscene created by Kayle Matzerath – viewable in the Garden of Dreams store): http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Garden%20of%20Dreams/200/41/36
Saffia Widdershins – The Looking Glass: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Horizon%20Dream/35/198/103
Fakey Jewell – The Ballroom (A Dreamscene created by Kayle Matzerath – viewable in the Garden of Dreams store): http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Garden%20of%20Dreams/200/41/36
Mavromichali Szondi – Jitters Court, Home of the Bigginses in Port Babbage: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Port%20Babbage/135/232/110

Locations for How Fear Departed from the Long Gallery:
The Long Gallery itself was built on privately owned land.
The house used for Church Peveril is by Koshari Mahana. You can see it on the Marketplace here: https://marketplace.secondlife.com/p/The-Victorian-Estate-House/13652165
The Blue Lady was seen at Calas Galadhon Park: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Calas%20Galadhon/137/233/23

You can read How Fear Departed from the Long Gallery here: https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/How_Fear_Departed_from_the_Long_Gallery
(and lots of others by EF Benson too – Saffia and Elrik recommend The Bus Conductor: https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/The_Bus-Conductor


Part of Winter’s Inspiring Camp, photographed by Beq Janus

Join us today, Monday 18th October 2021 at 2pm SLT in our beautiful studio in Garden of Dreams as we journey back into the past for a show first shown in 2013, looking at the work of an artist celebrated for her artworks in Second Life but who created the most amazing installation for the Relay for Life Weekend that year.

Or you can watch it in our Archive collection on Vimeo – or here on our blog!

One of the highlights of the event was the wonderful Survivors and Caregivers’ Camp created by the artist Winter Nightfire. This took you on an allegorical journey from the bleakness of diagnosis, on a long and difficult journey, with places of beauty for reflection and hopes for the future (the ruined cancer hospital is inspiring and poignant, a very special place) – till the journey reached its apogee in a burst of colour, excitement and sheer fun with a huge funfair.

The journey begins … photographed by Beq Janus

It was a spectacular, beautiful and powerful build – and we will be exploring it in detail on this week’s show.

And we will also be talking to Winter about her art and her work for charity within Second Life – and the crossover of the Artathon at the Second Life Community events.

The ruins of the cancer hospital, reclaimed by nature, photographed by Beq Janus

It makes for another great show – so do come and watch it at 2pm!

Survivors and Caregivers celebrate with a funfair – photographed by Beq Janus

In this show, Designing Worlds explores Seraphim, the premier shopping resource in (and for) Second Life. Seraphim began as the website SeraphimSL but has more recently acquired an inworld presence too.

We’re joined by Kess Crystal and Delicate Flower, the owners of Seraphim, along with some of their colleagues, and get a thorough look around the region, including the extensive Outlet store, gardens, offices and much more. We also get a detailed look at the web site itself with its extensive coverage of events and sales, and gain some fascinating insights into the workings of a site that pulls in an average of 53,435 page views a day – the most popular SL-related non-Linden web site out there.

It all makes for a really interesting show that explores some of the possibilities Second Life offers for publicity and marketing on a scale that might surprise many people – they expect to get around 18 million visits this year!

You’ll find the Seraphim website here: https://www.seraphimsl.com/
And you can visit Seraphim inworld here: https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SeraphimSL/99/127/21