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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


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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

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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

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Seraphim, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Today, Monday 11th October, Designing Worlds explores Seraphim, the premier shopping resource in (and for) 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!

Seraphim began as the website SeraphimSL but has more recently acquired an inworld presence too.

Seraphim, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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.

Seraphim, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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 except to get around 18 million visits this year!

So do join us at 2pm for a very special show! Tune in from 2pm, or join us at 2pm SLT at the Watch Party in Garden of Dreams!

Seraphim, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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

Seraphim, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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ROMA, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont
ROMA, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us today, Monday 4th 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 December 2016, when we visited the fascinating state of ROMA – and get a taste of Roman life!

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!

ROMA, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont
ROMA, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

It makes for a fascinating show, so do do join us to watch it at 2pm SLT.

ROMA, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont
ROMA, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

If you want to visit ROMA for yourselves, we recommend starting at the Customs House, where you can pick up information and free gifts, including costumes! 

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Designing Worlds returns for its Autumn/Fall season with a great all-new show as we visit the beautiful and fascinating world of Centauria, home of the Ancient Order of Centaurs.

In this episode, we visit the lands of Centauria and learn about the Ancient Order of Centaurs, in company with the owner and creator of Centauria, and of the much-loved Jinx Centaurs: Julala Demina, and her assistant Lil Cinnamon.

We visit the regions that comprise Centauria, see many of the focal points , while Julala and Lil discuss the activities and traditions of the centaur community. We explore the three Houses and their locations within Centauria: Cloudbirth – home of the farmers and healers, Glenstorm – home of the warriors, and the mysterious Roonwit – home of the Mages.

We also have the opportunity of seeing the fantastic range of Centaurs from Jinx, ranging from the very large to the very tiniest!

We also see one of the events that are regularly held in Centauria the special induction ceremony for new centaurs (affectionately known as the “Wednesday Wiggle”), and learn of many more events and roleplay opportunities.

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You can read more about the Ancient Order of Centaurs on their pages on the Jinx website:
https://jinxsl.co.uk/the-ancient-order-of-centaurs/
And you can visit the regions (via he main landing point) here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Centauria/131/136/30

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