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Raglan Shire Artwalk 2014, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Raglan Shire Artwalk 2014, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us today, Monday 26th May at 2pm SLT at the Designing Worlds studio in Garden of Dreams for a viewing party of our latest episode as we visit the amazing Art Walk in the heart of the tinies’ home of Raglan Shire.

There’s an amazing number of pieces on display, some by well-known artists … and others by artists at the starting of their careers. We explore the 2D and 3D art on display, spread over four different sims, in part from the back of the splendid hedgepillar (a cross between a caterpillar and topiary) created by Xavian Starsider, who joins us for part of the show.

Raglan Shire Artwalk 2014, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Raglan Shire Artwalk 2014, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Our hosts and tour guides for the show are Teal Freenote and Kaydge (Kage Stratten), who tells us not just about the art and the Art Walk, but also give us a fascinating insight into tiny culture.

And, of course, no event with tinies would be complete without a party, so the amazing tiny elephant that is Ganjo Mokeev plays us out with his band at the end of the show (which acquires an extra and possibly unexpected dinkie dancer!).

Raglan Shire Artwalk 2014, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Raglan Shire Artwalk 2014, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us at 2pm for a fun and fascinating show.

Or – if you can’t attend in person – tune in to the web at 2pm SLT on Monday for a showing on Aview TV, on SLartist or on Treet – or catch it later in the week on our shows page on the Treet.tv web site at http://treet.tv/shows/designingworlds, on the Aview TV Designing Worlds channel – or on the Designing Worlds blog.

Raglan Shire Artwalk 2014, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Raglan Shire Artwalk 2014, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

 

 

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You can now see the recent Designing Worlds show discussing issues related to Second Life retention on the web.

In this show, we are joined by some of the people who’ve been involved in the ongoing web discussion of this issue – Carl Metropolitan Chancellor Emeritus at Caledon Oxbridge, Caledon Oxbridge Chancellor, 2009 to 2012; Executive Director of NCI/New Citizens Incorporated, 2005 to 2009, and Jo Yardley of 1920s Berlin and the Drax Radio Files, together with two people who are working on the production side of this at Linden Lab – Brooke Linden and DaveR Linden.

Second Life Retention Discussion, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Second Life Retention Discussion, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

We discuss three aspects of the retention problem – how Second Life is marketed, how the initial experience is managed and how to embed new residents so that they remain and become integrated. We share ideas – and learning more about developments at the Lab – including the introduction of the new avatars.

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Second Life Retention Discussion, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Second Life Retention Discussion, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us today, Monday 19th May at 2pm at the Designing Worlds studio in Garden of Dreams for a viewing party of our latest episode as we discuss the problem of Second Life retention.

The problems for Second Life surrounding attracting and retaining new residents is an issue that has been much discussed on blogs recently – and we will be joined by some of the people who’ve been involved in that discussion – Carl Metropolitan Chancellor Emeritus at Caledon Oxbridge, Caledon Oxbridge Chancellor, 2009 to 2012; Executive Director of NCI/New Citizens Incorporated, 2005 to 2009, and Jo Yardley of 1920s Berlin and the Drax Radio Files, together with two people who are working on the production side of this at Linden Lab – Brooke Linden and DaveR Linden.

Second Life Retention Discussion, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Second Life Retention Discussion, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

We’ll be discussing three aspects of the retention problem – how Second Life is marketed, how the initial experience is managed and how to embed new residents so that they remain and become integrated. We’ll be sharing ideas – and learning more about developments at the Lab – including the introduction of the new avatars.

Join us at 2pm for a fascinating show – and it will be followed by a discussion where you will have the opportunity to share your views in a session that will be recorded for later viewing.

Or – if you can’t attend in person – tune in to the web at 2pm SLT on Monday for a showing on Aview TV, on SLartist or on Treet – or catch it later in the week on our shows page on the Treet.tv web site at http://treet.tv/shows/designingworlds, on the Aview TV Designing Worlds channel – or on the Designing Worlds blog – our very own version of the iPlayer!

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The deadline for applications to SL11B Community Celebration is rapidly approaching – and the MadMan is here to remind you to get your application in!

The MadMan from the future journeys back to the very beginning of Second Life to show us that we’re on the edge of the deadline for applications to perform on the stages, in the auditorium or to exhibit.

Watch the video – then go to the website and make sure that you apply – today!

Applications close on Tuesday 20th May at 12 noon SLT – don’t miss the deadline!

SL11B Logo

SL11B Logo

How do I find out more?

You can find out more by following the official blog, and by following on Facebook and Twitter.

There is also a Flickr page where you can paste your own images when the sims open. You make see some sneak images from the team before that so keep watching!

Main site: http://slcommunitycelebration.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/SLBCommunity
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SLBCommunityCelebration
Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/groups/slcommunitycelebration/pool/

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You can now see the second of our two shows about Fantasy Faire on the web.

This week we looked at the beautiful regions themselves … and talked to some of the designers: Marcus Inkpen (Blackwater Glen), Elicio Ember (The Faery Court), Jaimy Handcroft (Hope’s Horizon), Kayle Matzerath (Wiggenstead Mooring) and Beq Janus (Asperatus).

Wiggenstead Mooring (designed bty Kayle Matzerath) with Asperatus (designed by Beq Janus) behind, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Wiggenstead Mooring (designed bty Kayle Matzerath) with Asperatus (designed by Beq Janus) behind, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

And we also saw the magical Romance of the Faery Court ballet, devised by Amethyst Dovgal and Aisling Sinclair.

Fairelands Junction, designed by Saiyge Lotus and photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Fairelands Junction, designed by Saiyge Lotus and photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

 

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The Fairechild over Hopes Horizon, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Fairechild over Hopes Horizon, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us today, Monday 12th May at 2pm at the Designing Worlds studio in Garden of Dreams for a viewing party of our second and final episode from Fantasy Faire 2014!

In last week’s episode we looked at the various events that were happening during the Faire.

Medhir Woods, designed by Rynn Verwood, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Medhir Woods, designed by Rynn Verwood, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

This week we look at the beautiful regions themselves … and talk to some of the designers: Marcus Inkpen (Blackwater Glen), Elicio Ember (The Faery Court), Jaimy Handcroft (Hope’s Horizon), Kayle Matzerath (Wiggenstead Mooring) and Beq Janus (Asperatus).

And we also see the magical Romance of the Faery Court ballet, devised by Amethyst Dovgal and Aisling Sinclair.

Join us at 2pm for an incredibly beautiful show!

Wiggenstead Mooring (designed bty Kayle Matzerath) with Asperatus (designed by Beq Janus) behind, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Wiggenstead Mooring (designed bty Kayle Matzerath) with Asperatus (designed by Beq Janus) behind, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Or – if you can’t attend in person – tune in to the web at 2pm SLT on Monday for a showing on Aview TV, on SLartist or on Treet – or catch it later in the week on our shows page on the Treet.tv web site at http://treet.tv/shows/designingworlds, on the Aview TV Designing Worlds channel – or on the Designing Worlds blog – our very own version of the iPlayer!

The Fairelands will be open for a couple more days – if you haven’t visited yet, now is the time to take in all the breathtaking builds. And there’s another whole week to complete the amazing Hunt – and also time to enter the special photo contest and the short story/poetry competition.

Palace of Tears, designed by Rynn Verwood, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Palace of Tears, setting for the second stage of the Fantasy Faire Hunt, designed by Rynn Verwood, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

 

 

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You can now see the First of our two shows about Fantasy Faire on the web.

In this special show we look at some of the events that will be taking place over the course of the Faire.

We talk to Elizabeth Tinsley, the Faire organiser, about plans for the event (which opened on May 1st and is now in full progress), and to David Abbot about Fantasy Faire radio, and the fabulous Hunt. We also hear from Amethyst Dovgal about the ballet, and from Samantha Ohrberg about the exciting photo contest – where the winning pictures will be included in a real life calendar that will let people really take the Faire home!

Hopes Horizon

Hopes Horizon

Finally we talk to some of the groups of roleplayers who have added a wealth of interactive stories to this year’s Faire! We’ll be meeting the Pirates of Blackwater Glen, the Rickety Weasels of Wigginstead Mooring and the NeoVictorians of Asperatus.

The Faire is coming to an end, but there is still time to visit today, another whole week to complete the amazing Hunt – and also time to enter the special photo contest and the short story/poetry competition.

Wiggenstead Mooring. photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Wiggenstead Mooring. photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

And there will be another show about Fantasy Faire, looking at the fabulous builds, in next week’s episode of Designing Worlds.

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Hopes Horizon. photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Hopes Horizon. photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us today, Monday 5th May at 2pm at the Designing Worlds studio in Garden of Dreams for a viewing party of our new episode from Fantasy Faire 2014!

In this special show we look at some of the events that will be taking place over the course of the Faire.

We talk to Elizabeth Tinsley, the Faire organiser, about plans for the event (which opened on May 1st and is now in full progress), and to David Abbot about Fantasy Faire radio, and the fabulous Hunt. We’ll also be hearing from Amethyst Dovgal about the ballet (which you will see as part of next week’s Designing Worlds), and from Samantha Ohrberg about the exciting photo contest – where the winning pictures will be included in a real life calendar that will let people really take the Faire home!

The Faery Court. photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Faery Court, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Finally we’ll be talking to some of the groups of roleplayers who are adding a wealth of interactive stories to this year’s Faire! We’ll be meeting the Pirates of Blackwater Glen, the Rickety Weasels of Wigginstead Mooring and the NeoVictorians of Asperatus.

The story of the Rickety Weasels climaxes today after providing a very lively opening to Fantasy Faire roleplay, but the Asperatus tale will be just starting later today.  The Pirates and another group – the dark murder mystery roleplay of Sanctuary in Mourningvale are ongoing!

Please note that this episode was filmed while the Fairelands were still under construction – and the builders very kindly allowed us a very early peep! The Fairelands have changed in appearance since this episode was recorded (and photographed).

Wiggenstead Mooring. photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Wiggenstead Mooring. photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us at 2pm for this very special exciting show!

Or – if you can’t attend in person – tune in to the web at 2pm SLT on Monday for a showing on Aview TV, on SLartist or on Treet – or catch it later in the week on our shows page on the Treet.tv web site at http://treet.tv/shows/designingworlds, on the Aview TV Designing Worlds channel – or on the Designing Worlds blog – our very own version of the iPlayer!

Sanctum. photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Sanctum. photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

 

 

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Join us this Sunday May 4th at 12 noon – 3pm SLT at our new headquarters in Sund in Second Norway as we celebrate our seventh birthday with some very special news!

Prim Perfect Seventh Birthday Party

Prim Perfect Seventh Birthday Party

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You can now see the Designing Worlds Tribute to Dirk Talamasca on the web.

Dirk appeared on the show several times, as he did on several other shows where his wit and wisdom were always highly valued.

Remembering Dirk

Remembering Dirk

But he was someone who had many talents and skills, and we remember him as a key supporter of Second Life, as a mentor, as a businessman, as a supporter of art and design, and as a leader in many forms of social media. And we also remember him as a wit, as a gamer and – above all as a friend.

We are joined by Iota Ultsch, Bevan Whitfield, Jerry Martin, and CaSimone Aquitaine – although the show was also made possible by the work of Sanie (Insane Khaos) and Jessica Lyon.

The show was recorded on a beautiful region, Seduction Territory, created as a homage to Dirk by Iota Ultsch – do go and explore it; it should be open for several more days.

Remembering Dirk Talamasca

Remembering Dirk Talamasca – Photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

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