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Halloween in Darkwood, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Halloween in Darkwood, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Have you seen our Designing Worlds exploration of Halloween sites on the grid?

Here it is … for your Halloween pleasure …

DW424 Hallowe’en 2020 from Richard Elen on Vimeo.

We kick off with a visit to Linden Lab’s Portal Park, from where you can join the special Linden Tour – with new extensions this year.

Then it’s on to Bellisseria, to visit a strange new region that’s appeared there – and to meet the inmates of the Millbank Asylum with our guide – Prudence Anton.

Halloween in Bellisseria, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Halloween in Bellisseria, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Our next port of call is an extraordinarily detailed experience inspired by the country song, “The Legend of Wooley Swamp” telling the eerie tale of Lucius Clay. We’re joined by the creators, Aleriah and Mathias Laurent, who help us explore the beautifully detailed swamp and its mysterious inhabitants – and they share a few secrets with us too!

Halloween in Rosehaven, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Halloween in Rosehaven, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Next we visit Haunted Hollow in the company of one of its creator, Honey Heart, which features skeletal horse-riding, Russian folk-tales, the odd Headless Horseman who may lob a pumpkin at you, readings under the Hallowe’en Tree and a rather whimsical tower that’s full of fairytale left-overs under the auspices of its skeleton crew.

The episode ends with a visit to Frightened Pink – a region that combines scariness with fund-raising to fight breast cancer.

Halloween in Rosehaven, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Halloween in Rosehaven, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Places we visit on the show:
Portal Park – Halloween entrance: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Portal%20Park%202/119/77/53
Millbank: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Millbank/173/71/23
“The Legend of Wooley Swamp”: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Fairytale/237/237/21
Haunted Hollow: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Island%20Of%20Joy/241/12/97
Frightened Pink: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Westone/116/147/2201

Plus, of course, there’s a slideshow of fabulous images of Hallowe’en across the Grid created by Wildstar Beaumont.

Halloween Portal Park, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Halloween Portal Park, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Wildstar visited the Linden Halloween Tour (accessed via the Portal Park) and explored beautifully decorated Halloween Homes in Bellisseria. In addition, he visited:

Rosehaven starting point: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Rosehaven%20Laudanum/64/164/23
Darkwood: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Enchanted%20Rock/22/13/22

Halloween in Darkwood, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Halloween in Darkwood, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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Halloween in Darkwood, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Halloween in Darkwood, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

In our new episode of Designing Worlds, we visit some of the scary regions you can visit around the Second Life Grid for Hallowe’en 2020.

Join us at 2pm today Monday 26th October for our special Hallowe’en edition when you can see the show on the Designing Worlds Vimeo channel at: https://vimeo.com/channels/dworlds. Or join us for our Watch Party in the Designing Worlds studios at 2pm SLT.

Halloween Portal Park, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Halloween Portal Park, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

We kick off with a visit to Linden Lab’s Portal Park, from where you can join the special Linden Tour – with new extensions this year.

Then it’s on to Bellisseria, to visit a strange new region that’s appeared there – and to meet the inmates of the Millbank Asylum with our guide – Prudence Anton.

Our next port of call is an extraordinarily detailed experience inspired by the country song, “The Legend of Wooley Swamp” telling the eerie tale of Lucius Clay. We’re joined by the creators, Aleriah and Mathias Laurent, who help us explore the beautifully detailed swamp and its mysterious inhabitants – and they share a few secrets with us too!

Halloween in Rosehaven, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Halloween in Rosehaven, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Next we visit Haunted Hollow in the company of one of its creator, Honey Heart, which features skeletal horse-riding, Russian folk-tales, the odd Headless Horseman who may lob a pumpkin at you, readings under the Hallowe’en Tree and a rather whimsical tower that’s full of fairytale left-overs under the auspices of its skeleton crew.

The episode ends with a visit to Frightened Pink – a region that combines scariness with fund-raising to fight breast cancer.

Halloween in Bellisseria, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Halloween in Bellisseria, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Plus, of course, there’s a slideshow of fabulous images of Hallowe’en across the Grid created by Wildstar Beaumont.

It all makes for a great scary show – so do tune in or join us at 2pm SLT at the Watch Party in Garden of Dreams!

Halloween Haunted Tour, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Halloween Haunted Tour, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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Places we visit on the show:
Portal Park – Halloween entrance: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Portal%20Park%202/119/77/53
Millbank: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Millbank/173/71/23
“The Legend of Wooley Swamp”: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Fairytale/237/237/21
Haunted Hollow: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Island%20Of%20Joy/241/12/97

Halloween in Darkwood, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Halloween in Darkwood, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

 

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Exploring the tunnels in New Babbage

Exploring the tunnels in New Babbage

This week we have a real treat from the Archives for you – a story that goes all the way back to 2009, and the very first of our Tales from New Babbage!

You can watch it on this blog, and you can also see the show on the Designing Worlds Vimeo Archive channel at: https://vimeo.com/371359132. And you can join the special Watch Party (at 2pm SLT) in our studio on Garden of Dreams.

We were in New Babbage to inspect some of the fascinating new engineering works deep beneath this most steampunk of cities and – as the people of Babbage say – What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

 

#062 Halloween in New Babbage – 27th October 2009 from Saffia Widdershins on Vimeo.

For we weren’t deterred by the fact that there are all sorts of strange legends and rumours about the oldest parts of the city … nor were we put off by the fact fact that this is, actually, our closest show to Halloween.

No, this would be a nice, calm, peaceful show.

Really.

Well, at all events, it will be a show unlike any other Designing Worlds, that we can promise you!

It’s based on a short story – The Trains Don’t Run Under Clockhaven by Aeolus Cleanslate (who appears as himself) – and it marks the first appearance of the redoubtable Mr Biggins (in his first persona; he’s had several). The story appears in the volume Tales Of New Babbage Volume One.

A strange story in New Babbage

A strange story in New Babbage

Full Cast:
Mr Aeolus Cleanslate
Miss Saffia Widdershins
Mr Elrik Merlin
Miss Ceejay Writer
and
Mr Biggins

With thanks to PJ Trenton

So do join us for an early Halloween show at 2pm today!

Discussion deep underground in New Babbage

Discussion deep underground in New Babbage

Next week we’ll be travelling around the grid to see some of the fabulous Halloween places that have been created by Second Life residents.

 

 

 

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All the Fun of the Fair, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

All the Fun of the Fair, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

This week on Monday October 12th, we look back to 2016 and a great Second Life funfair, covering three regions!

You can watch it on this blog, and you can also see the show on the Designing Worlds Vimeo Archive channel at: https://vimeo.com/171365599. And you can join the special Watch Party (at 2pm SLT) in our studio on Garden of Dreams.

DW309 – All The Fun Of The Fair from Richard Elen on Vimeo.

We were joined by the owners of the Park – Amy Tuppakaka and Ian Bleac – who showed us around and told us about how the Park developed. And we went on lots of rides. Lots and lots of amazing rides!

All the Fun of the Fair, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

All the Fun of the Fair, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

So watch on the web, or come and join us at 2pm for a show that promises to be a real treat for anyone in Second Life, young or old, who is looking for a fun way to spend an afternoon!

All the Fun of the Fair, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

All the Fun of the Fair, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Sadly, Ian and Amy’s Amusement is now closed – but there are still plenty out there on the web for you to find and enjoy! Just Search in Second Life on Amusement Park, and take your pick!

All the Fun of the Fair, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

All the Fun of the Fair, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

 

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Burn 2, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

This week on Monday October 5th, as – in preparation for the annual Burn 2 Festival in Second Life – we look back to 2016 and the amazing festival held then.

You can watch it on this blog, and you can also see the show on the Designing Worlds Vimeo Archive channel at: https://vimeo.com/190066583. And you can join the special Watch Party (at 2pm SLT) in our studio on Garden of Dreams.

DW321 – Burn2, 2016 from Richard Elen on Vimeo.

The annual Burn2 art festival in Second Life, which is an official representative event approved by the organisers of the annual Burning Man festival in the Nevada desert, following the same principles and with several of the same features and events, including stunning artworks and Man and Temple burns.

We visit some of the installations and follow the Lamplighters to the Burn as they celebrate the life of a valued participant, and we take a Leonardo da Vinci-inspired helicopter ride across the site – da Vinci is this year’s theme.

Burn 2, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

And we take a balloon trip around the site, seeing the famous Burning of the Man and the Burning of the Temple, and talk to Duna Gant and iSkye Silverweb, who were both centrally involved in Burn2 this year.

We also remember Ladyslipper Constantine, a dedicated Burner and a keen Lamplighter at Burn2 events, who died recently. Saffia filmed a special Celebration of her life and work as a volunteer for numerous organisations and events in Second Life; an extract from this is shown in the episode, but you can also watch the full Celebration at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mX3c8RVB0iI.

It all makes for a very special show – so do tune in or join our Watch Party (at 2pm SLT) in our studio on Garden of Dreams!

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This year’s Burn 2 will take place from 9th – 22nd October, and you can read more about it here: https://www.facebook.com/BURN2BURNERS/ or join the event at http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Burning%20Man-%20Deep%20Hole/170/28/24

Burn 2 Poster for 2020

 

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