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Winter Wonderland, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Winter Wonderland, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The latest episode of Designing Worlds, where we explore some of the regions that are great places to visit to get you in the holiday mood, is now on the web!

First of all we take a trip to Groenland Kangamiut, better known to many of you as Greenland, created by Kaelyn Alecto. Then we move on to Banditoswald Citadel, a beautiful winter region created for the season by Andrej, which contains some great rides, skating lakes – and even dragon rides – as Elrik finds out! We should point out, however, that this region is flagged adult as there are some private romantic spots that people can discover.

Winter Citadel, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Winter Citadel, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Then we visit The Dickens Project on LEA 7 and talk to the two people behind it – Caledonia Skytower and Aoife Lorefield before we take a super tour of the whole region. Then finally we visit the Linden Winter Wonderland region (accessed through the Portal Park), and talk to Xiola Linden about some of the treats that the region offers (and we try out the snowball fight and the snowboarding course) – and other Linden plans for Christmas, especially Second Life’s annual Holiday Shop & Hop event. It’s a chance to fill your stockings and your shopping bags with clothing, hair, furniture, decor, and more. Event held Dec. 15 to Jan. 1.

Dickens Project, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Dickens Project, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

And we end with a little trailer for our New Year Special – which is going to be a tale of Murder in the Muirsheen Durkin, the popular restaurant in New Babbage … It will be shown on Monday January 1st 2018 at our usual time of 2pm SLT. Watch this space for more information!

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Groenland Kangamiut, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Groenland Kangamiut, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Learn More:
Groenland Kangamiut: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Pryde/45/132/24
Banditoswald Citadel (Adults Only): http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Patatina/147/99/29
The Dickens Project on LEA 7: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA7/118/148/21
Linden Lab’s Winter Wonderland (enter via Portal Park 1): http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Portal%20Park%201/178/120/53
Shop and Hop: http://secondlife.com/destination/holiday-shopping-event

 

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Winter Citadel, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Winter Citadel, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday 18th December, for the new episode of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams in Second Life, as we explore some of the regions that are great places to visit to get you in the holiday mood!

Groenland Kangamiut, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Groenland Kangamiut, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

First of all we take a trip to Groenland Kangamiut, better known to many of you as Greenland, created by Kaelyn Alecto. Then we move on to Banditoswald Citadel, a beautiful winter region created for the season by Andrej, which contains some great rides, skating lakes – and even dragon rides – as Elrik finds out! We should point out, however, that this region is flagged adult as there are some private romantic spots that people can discover.

Dickens Project, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Dickens Project, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Then we visit The Dickens Project on LEA 7 and talk to the two people behind it – Caledonia Skytower and Aoife Lorefield before we take a super tour of the whole region. Then finally we visit the Linden Winter Wonderland region (accessed through the Portal Park), and talk to Xiola Linden about some of the treats that the region offers (and we try out the snowball fight and the snowboarding course) – and other Linden plans for Christmas, especially Second Life’s annual Holiday Shop & Hop event. It’s a chance to fill your stockings and your shopping bags with clothing, hair, furniture, decor, and more. Event held Dec. 15 to Jan. 1.

Winter Wonderland, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Winter Wonderland, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

And that’s the end of this season – although we have a Designing Worlds session on Monday January 1st 2018 at our usual time of 2pm SLT. Watch this space for more information!

 

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Designing Worlds Christmas Ball 2017

Designing Worlds Christmas Ball 2017

 

The ballroom is decorated, Mr Merlin’s and Ktahdn Vesuvino’s dj rigs are in position, the Raglan Shire carollers are eyeing the mince pies, Oscar the Tookie is ready to greet you – all is prepared for the Designing Worlds’ Christmas Ball.

All that is missing is YOU! Come and join us – 2pm – 5pm SLT, Sunday December 17th 2017.

 

 

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Garden of Dreams in Sansar

Garden of Dreams in Sansar

The latest episode of Designing Worlds, a very special show as we pay a second visit to the new Linden Lab platform – Sansar, is now on the web!

In the first part of the show, we visit the Hall of Materials, a special resource for builders in Sansar, created the Linden Lab Sansar creative team, which aims to demsonstrate and explain how to set up Sansar’s many rendering and audio materials to achieve the desired artistic effects. Here we meet Jason Gholston who is heading up the Creative team at Linden Lab for Sansar. He talks to us about the development of Sansar and shows how different effects are being achieved – which necessitates Elrik taking a trip to Sansar Customs to explore various transportation devices!

Sansar Customs in Sansar, photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Sansar Customs in Sansar, photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Meanwhile Saffia visits one of the earliest Experiences, Zen Garden, and tries some of the interactions here.

Then we meet some of the creators already working in Sansar – Solas NaGealai, Ria, Loz Hyde and C3rb3rus. They discuss the challenges and pleasures of creating in Sansar – and we take a look at some of the amazing Experiences they have created (or are still in the process of creating).

Views of Sansar, photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Views of Sansar, photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

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Learn More:
Main Sansar site:
https://www.sansar.com/
Garden of Dreams in Sansar: https://atlas.sansar.com/experiences/kaylematzerath/garden-of-dreams
The Hall of Materials: https://atlas.sansar.com/experiences/sansar-studios/creator-academy-the-hall-of-materials
Sansar Customs: https://atlas.sansar.com/experiences/sansar-studios/sansar-customs
Picnic At Mr Darcy’s: https://atlas.sansar.com/experiences/solasnagealai/picnic-at-mr-darcy-s
The Grand Hall: https://atlas.sansar.com/experiences/lozhyde/the-grand-hall-gardens
The Grand Hall for VR headsets: https://atlas.sansar.com/experiences/lozhyde/the-grand-hall-for-vr-headsets
114 Harvest: https://atlas.sansar.com/experiences/draxtor/114-harvest
Darkwood Forest: https://atlas.sansar.com/experiences/c3rb3rus/darkwood-forest-wip

The Diner in Sansar

The Diner in Sansar

Blogs about Sansar:
Living in a Modem World by Inara Pey (Sansar section): https://modemworld.me/category/sansar/
Sansar Newsblog: https://sansarnewsblog.wordpress.com/

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Sansar Customs in Sansar, photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Sansar Customs in Sansar, photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday 11th December, for the new episode of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams in Second Life, for a very special show as we pay the second of our visits to the new Linden Lab platform – Sansar.

114 Harvest in Sansar, photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

114 Harvest in Sansar, photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

In the first part of the show, we visit the Hall of Materials, a special resource for builders in Sansar, created the Linden Lab Sansar creative team, which aims to demsonstrate and explain how to set up Sansar’s many rendering and audio materials to achieve the desired artistic effects. Here we meet Jason Gholston who is heading up the Creative team at Linden Lab for Sansar. He talks to us about the development of Sansar and shows how different effects are being achieved – which necessitates Elrik taking a trip to Sansar Customs to explore various transportation devices! Meanwhile Saffia visits one of theearliest Experiences, Zen Garden, and tries some of the interactions here.

Hall of Materials in Sansar, photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Hall of Materials in Sansar

Then we meet some of the creators already working in Sansar – Solas NaGealai, Ria, Loz Hyde and C3rb3rus. They discuss the challenges and pleasures of creating in Sansar – and we take a look at some of the amazing Experiences they have created (or are still in the process of creating).

So do come and join us for a fascinating show at 2pm SLT.

We’re planning to start covering Sansar on a regular process, so you’ll be able follow its development through our shows over the coming seasons.

Zen Garden in Sansar

Zen Garden in Sansar

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

Picnic at Mr Darcy's in Sansar, photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Picnic at Mr Darcy’s in Sansar, photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

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Learn More:
Main Sansar site:
https://www.sansar.com/
Garden of Dreams in Sansar: https://atlas.sansar.com/experiences/kaylematzerath/garden-of-dreams
The Hall of Materials: https://atlas.sansar.com/experiences/sansar-studios/creator-academy-the-hall-of-materials
Sansar Customs: https://atlas.sansar.com/experiences/sansar-studios/sansar-customs
Picnic At Mr Darcy’s: https://atlas.sansar.com/experiences/solasnagealai/picnic-at-mr-darcy-s
The Grand Hall: https://atlas.sansar.com/experiences/lozhyde/the-grand-hall-gardens
The Grand Hall for VR headsets: https://atlas.sansar.com/experiences/lozhyde/the-grand-hall-for-vr-headsets
114 Harvest: https://atlas.sansar.com/experiences/draxtor/114-harvest
Darkwood Forest: https://atlas.sansar.com/experiences/c3rb3rus/darkwood-forest-wip

Lagnmoor in Sansar, photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Lagnmoor in Sansar, photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Blogs about Sansar:
Living in a Modem World by Inara Pey (Sansar section): https://modemworld.me/category/sansar/
Sansar Newsblog: https://sansarnewsblog.wordpress.com/

 

 

 

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Garden of Dreams in Sansar

Garden of Dreams in Sansar

The latest episode of Designing Worlds, a very special show as we pay our first ever visit to the new Linden Lab platform – Sansar, is now on the web!

In this first (or two) episodes, we explore the studio that Kayle Matzerath has created for us in Garden of Worlds in Sansar. Then Saffia talks to Jenn, Lead Community Manager for Linden Lab on Sansar, who talks about the way that the grid is developing, and shows her own Experience, Starry Stars & Stuff (a work in progress), built with items already available on the Sansar marketplace.  And we also take a look at two more of the Sansar Experiences – the Diner, created by C3rb3rus and Stasis Interrupted Chapter 1 by Tyler Scarborough, which is a game (where Saffia, inevitably, dies).

Stasis Interrupted - Chapter 1 in Sansar

Stasis Interrupted – Chapter 1 in Sansar

Saffia says: “Sansar is fascinating, but still very clearly a creator beta with a long way to go yet. In some ways, it is awesome – the quality of the design, for example. In other ways, it’s primitive – there are no animations that let us sit down, for example, and although we could stand on Jenn’s carousel and be whirled around, we couldn’t ride the horses. Jenn’s facial expressions as she talked were as good as any I’ve seen in Second Life and needed no HUD to drive them. But I couldn’t capture my own lip movements as I filmed.”

You’ll also notice some other hic-cups in filming. For example, at one point you’ll see the very simple interface on the screen. That’s because Sansar doesn’t automatically set screen size to a filming friendly ratio (that’s on the Advanced menu in Second Life), so setting screen size up was a bit hit and miss. And the avatars are a little crude – although they are to some extent customisable and – in the next major Sansar update, scheduled for mid-December, fashion related elements will be introduced (and will be available for sale). You can see the details on Inara’s Pey’s blog here.

The Diner in Sansar

The Diner in Sansar

We’re planning to start covering Sansar on a regular process, so you’ll be able follow its development through our shows over the coming seasons.

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Learn More:
Main Sansar site:
https://www.sansar.com/
Garden of Dreams in Sansar: https://atlas.sansar.com/experiences/kaylematzerath/garden-of-dreams
The Diner: https://atlas.sansar.com/experiences/c3rb3rus/the-diner
Stasis Interrupted Chapter 1: https://atlas.sansar.com/experiences/tylerscarborough/stasis-interrupted-chapter-1
Starry Stars & Stuff: https://atlas.sansar.com/experiences/jennifer/starry-stars-stuff-wip

Views of Sansar, photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Views of Sansar, photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Blogs about Sansar:
Living in a Modem World by Inara Pey (Sansar section): https://modemworld.me/category/sansar/
Sansar Newsblog: https://sansarnewsblog.wordpress.com/

 

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Starry Stars and Stuff in Sansar

Starry Stars and Stuff in Sansar

Join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday 4th December, for the new episode of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams in Second Life, for a very special show as we pay our first ever visit to the new Linden Lab platform – Sansar.

Garden of Dreams in Sansar, photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Garden of Dreams in Sansar, photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

In this first (or two) episodes, we explore the studio that Kayle Matzerath has created for us in Garden of Worlds in Sansar. Then Saffia talks to Jenn, Lead Community Manager for Linden Lab on Sansar, who talks about the way that the grid is developing, and shows her own Experience, Starry Stars & Stuff (a work in progress), built with items already available on the Sansar marketplace.  And we also take a look at two more of the Sansar Experiences – the Diner, created by C3rb3rus and Stasis Interrupted Chapter 1 by Tyler Scarborough, which is a game (where Saffia, inevitably, dies).

The Diner in Sansar

The Diner in Sansar

Sansar is fascinating, but still very clearly a creator beta with a long way to go yet. In some ways, it is awesome – the quality of the design, for example. In other ways, it’s primitive – there are no animations that let us sit down, for example, and although we could stand on Jenn’s carousel and be whirled around, we couldn’t ride the horses. Jenn’s facial expressions as she talked were as good as any I’ve seen in Second Life and needed no HUD to drive them. But I couldn’t capture my own lip movements as I filmed.

Stasis Interrupted - Chapter 1 in Sansar

Stasis Interrupted – Chapter 1 in Sansar

You’ll also notice some other hic-cups in filming. For example, at one point you’ll see the very simple interface on the screen. That’s because Sansar doesn’t automatically set screen size to a filming friendly ratio (that’s on the Advanced menu in Second Life), so setting screen size up was a bit hit and miss. And the avatars are a little crude – although they are to some extent customisable and – in the next major Sansar update, scheduled for mid-December, fashion related elements will be introduced (and will be available for sale). You can see the details on Inara’s Pey’s blog here.

We’re planning to start covering Sansar on a regular process, so you’ll be able follow its development through our shows over the coming seasons.

Views of Sansar, photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Views of Sansar, photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

So do come and join us for a fascinating show 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 catch it later in the week on the SLArtist.com channel, the Aview TV Designing Worlds channel – or on the Designing Worlds blog.

Views of Sansar, photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Views of Sansar, photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

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Learn More:
Main Sansar site:
https://www.sansar.com/
Garden of Dreams in Sansar: https://atlas.sansar.com/experiences/kaylematzerath/garden-of-dreams
The Diner: https://atlas.sansar.com/experiences/c3rb3rus/the-diner
Stasis Interrupted Chapter 1: https://atlas.sansar.com/experiences/tylerscarborough/stasis-interrupted-chapter-1
Starry Stars & Stuff: https://atlas.sansar.com/experiences/jennifer/starry-stars-stuff-wip

Blogs about Sansar:
Living in a Modem World by Inara Pey (Sansar section): https://modemworld.me/category/sansar/
Sansar Newsblog: https://sansarnewsblog.wordpress.com/

Views of Sansar, photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Views of Sansar, photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

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