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Archive for December 19th, 2016

Christmas with the Urchins in New Babbage, photographed by Miss Bookworm Heinrichs

Christmas with the Urchins in New Babbage, photographed by Miss Bookworm Heinrichs

Join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday 19th December, for the new episode of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams – for our special Christmas show from New Babbage.

And, of course, there will be Mr Biggins!

Christmas with the Urchins in New Babbage, photographed by Miss Bookworm Heinrichs

Christmas with the Urchins in New Babbage, photographed by Miss Bookworm Heinrichs

This year’s Christmas show takes a slightly different format. Well-known Babbage personalities – and Mr Merlin and Miss Widdershins, of course! – will be telling two Christmas stories about the Babbage urchins at Christmas time. You could say that one is How the Urchins Stole Christmas, and the second is a sequel to what is probably the best loved New Babbage show, The Miracle of the Bells – which of course, contains the dreaded Book That Must Not Be Named.

And then there’s a very special Christmas song (composed by MacKnight Culdesac) to finish the show – all about the Steam Santa’s somewhat dour companion, the Boiler Elf.

Christmas with the Urchins in New Babbage, photographed by Miss Bookworm Heinrichs

Christmas with the Urchins in New Babbage, photographed by Miss Bookworm Heinrichs

It all makes for a fittingly Christmassy end to our Designing Worlds season – so do join us to watch it at 2pm SLT.

Or – if you can’t attend in person – tune in to the web at 2pm SLT on Monday for a showing 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 SLArtist.com channel, the Aview TV Designing Worlds channel – or on the Designing Worlds blog.

Christmas with the Urchins in New Babbage, photographed by Miss Bookworm Heinrichs

Christmas with the Urchins in New Babbage, photographed by Miss Bookworm Heinrichs

If you want to visit New Babbage yourself, there are various places to start. Late Victorian dress is recommended, but not essential.
The Canals in Babbage Square: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Babbage%20Square/183/35/108
The New City Hall: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Babbage%20Square/157/176/111
The R.F. Burton Library: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Babbage%20Canals/200/60/107
Brunel Hall (Hotel and Restaurant): http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Academy%20of%20Industry/51/134/107
Piermont Landing: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Wheatstone%20Waterways/70/19/139

Designing Worlds Christmas Ball

Designing Worlds Christmas Ball

In addition – you are invited to the Designing Worlds Christmas Ball – on Thursday 22nd April from 1 – 4pm. Elrik Merlin will be spinning the tunes, and there will be gifts from some of our favourite creators under the Christmas Tree!

 

 

 

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ROMA, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

ROMA, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The latest episode of Designing Worlds – a visit to the fascinating state of ROMA – and a taste of Roman life – is now on the web!

With the help of Melanippe of Themiscyra and Gaius Tiberius Curio (added, behind the scenes by Maali Beck), we explore this three region combination of roleplaying, education, residential accommodation and fabulous events – including chariot racing in the Hippodrome. Elrik gets to try that for himself, while Saffia joins the aristocrats to cheer him on!

ROMA, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

ROMA, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Starting at the entry point of the Customs House, we explore how people are introduced to this world with the add of specially created characters, and find out about a game that helps people to begin exploring ROMA. From there we pass on to the market, and take a hair-raising ride across the estate to the port where we learn about the navy, the army, and various educational exhibitions, including a fascinating reconstruction of a house at different periods of its existence, for part of ROMA was created by the University of Durham as part of the online component of a real life archaeological dig in Northern England.

ROMA, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

ROMA, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

After all this, there’s time to explore the Roman tombs before we finish at the aforesaid Hippodrome for a spectacular chariot race!

 

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