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In the this episode of Designing Worlds, we paid the first of two visits to the beautiful campsites and design regions that were created for the Relay Weekend that was the culmination of the 2021 Relay for Life of Second Life.

We begin with an interview with Stingray Raymaker, Director of the American Cancer Society in Second Life, and the Ambassador to the American Cancer Society, the charity behind Relay for Life. At the Home and Garden Expo, earlier in the year, we talked about his hopes for the 2021 season – and now he tells us whether those hopes were fulfilled!

Then we talk to several teams as we explore their campsites – the One Life team,Grove Country Club Estates, and Dragon’s Nightfall, as well as the beautiful (and unexpectedly colorful) designer region created by Fiona Fei, as well as Latte Stark’s Bixley’s Turnkey Area (and she tells us what a Turnkey Area is!).

You can learn more about Relay for Life of Second Life here.

All images of Relay for Life Weekend captured by Wildstar Beaumont.

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Today, Mon 28th June, Designing Worlds pays the first of two visits to the beautiful campsites and design regions that were created for the Relay Weekend that was the culmination of the 2021 Relay for Life of Second Life.

From 2pm today Monday 28th June 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!

We begin with an interview with Stingray Raymaker, Director of the American Cancer Society in Second Life, and the Ambassador to the American Cancer Society, the charity behind Relay for Life. At the Home and Garden Expo, earlier in the year, we talked about his hopes for the 2021 season – and now he tells us whether those hopes were fulfilled!

Then we talk to several teams as we explore their campsites – the One Life team,Grove Country Club Estates, and Dragon’s Nightfall, as well as the beautiful (and unexpectedly colorful) designer region created by Fiona Fei, as well as Latte Stark’s Bixley’s Turnkey Area (and she tells us what a Turnkey Area is!).

It makes for a beautiful and fascinating show – so do tune in from 2pm, or join us at 2pm SLT at the Watch Party in Garden of Dreams!

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You can learn more about Relay for Life of Second Life here.

All images of Relay for Life Weekend captured by Wildstar Beaumont.

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Join us today, Monday 21st June 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 February 2015, when we traced the history of virtual world jewellery making with Abraxxa Anatine of Earthstones.

You can watch it on this blog, and you can also see the show on the Designing Worlds Vimeo channel at: https://vimeo.com/119801178. And you can join the special Watch Party at 2pm SLT in our studio on Garden of Dreams.

Abraxxa has been creating jewellery in Second Life for a very long time, and in this show she takes us back to the days of prim torture as she demonstrates how jewellery was made before the advent of the sculptie (and why it was possible to crash a region with your ear-rings!). Then we look at the refinements possible with the development of sculptie prims, and finally to the amazing possibilities of mesh.

And along the way we discuss issues such as the use of bling (Second Life’s very own version of the Blink! tag), the pleasures and pitfalls of maintaining jewellery stores across virtual worlds (Abraxxa had a strong presence in Inworldz), the problems posed by the advent of mesh body parts, and the difficulties the use of display names has caused. In fact, some of the issues Abraxxa faces provide an interesting microcosm of residents working with the changing face of virtual world economies, as we learn in a fascinating discussion with her.

So join us, at 2pm today for a fascinating show!

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You can visit Earthstones at: maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/EarthBound/124/139/25

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East River Community, photographed by Honour McMillan
East River Community, photographed by Honour McMillan

Join us today, Monday 14th June 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 October 2014, when we explored one of the oldest and largest of the mainland communities – the East River Community.

You can watch it on this blog, and you can also see the show on the Designing Worlds Vimeo channel at: https://vimeo.com/108461315. And you can join the special Watch Party at 2pm SLT in our studio on Garden of Dreams.

The East River community is located on the Sansara Continent, just to the North of the Sea of Fables, and it’s a remarkable place – and a remarkable achievement too.

East River Community, photographed by Honour McMillan
East River Community, photographed by Honour McMillan

Because what makes this community so fascinating is that it’s not – like many close communities – part of an island estate, privately owned and managed with a Covenant to make sure that there is consistency. No, this is a mainland community, created by residents coming together and protecting a tract of land that now covers nineteen sims, all brought together as the East River Community.

With the assistance of a longtime resident, Drewski Northman, we explore some of the residential and commercial areas, the art that forms an important part of the community, and some of the amazing transportation systems that link the community,

East River Community, photographed by Honour McMillan
East River Community, photographed by Honour McMillan

This is a fascinating show about an aspect of Second Life that many people remain unaware of – the rich potential of mainland living – don’t miss it!

You can visit the East River Community in Second Life here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Helvellyn/42/172/31

East River Community, photographed by Honour McMillan
East River Community, photographed by Honour McMillan

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Like so many in Second Life, the Designing Worlds team were greatly saddened to learn this weekend of the passing of Ebbe Altberg, known on the Second Life grid as Ebbe Linden. Elrik and Saffia were fortunate enough to be able to interview Ebbe on a number of occasions, both with Designing Worlds, and with Saffia’s annual “Meet the Lindens” talks at the Second Life Birthdays.

Ebbe was a wonderful guest to talk to – and always willing to share ideas and plans for Second Life. In today’s Archive show, we look back to the very first interview we did with him, back in 2014. You can see it on this blog, or watch it directly on Vimeo at: https://vimeo.com/107624666. You can also join the Watch Party at 2pm SLT Monday June 7th in our studio on Garden of Dreams, where we are sure there will be lots of discussion about Ebbe and his contributions, in so many ways, to Second Life.

Ebbe arrived at the Lab in February 2014, at what was a low point in the Lab’s fortunes. From the heady early days when the Lab, residents and the grid had grown together, a widening division became perceived between the Lab and the residents. Lindens were no longer allowed to go on the grid and socialize with residents; residents increasingly felt that the Lab didn’t “get them” or their needs and desires (having said that – the Lab is such a multifarious place that it would be difficult for anyone to “get” everything!). There seemed to be an animosity of both sides that made many people very sad.

Ebbe came in – and was like a breath of fresh air. Suddenly, Lindens were back on the grid. The team was smaller as Sansar was developed – but the amount of content and new innovations grew amazingly. And best of all, the closed doors were opened – and residents were allowed to share in the ideas and plans for the future. The enthusiasm of the team working on the Second Life grid seemed power-charged, with the Bellisseria Homes, the development of material, the Bento project, animesh .. and much more. This all came to fruition on Ebbe’s watch – and a reason why, when the pandemic struck, Second Life was in such a healthy place to welcome back old friends and new.

He not only made changes to the infrastructure – he made changes to the culture of Second Life – and that in a time of darkness, when many despaired of the real world around us. Under Ebbe’s leadership, Second Life became a place of hope for a better world.

Interview with Ebbe, Elrik and Saffia, photograph by Honour Macmillan
Interview with Ebbe, Elrik and Saffia, photograph by Honour Macmillan

The interview we’re showing today was recorded in October 2014 for the 250th edition of Designing Worlds. We were hoping to have Ebbe back on the show for the 500th – and we are devastated that interview will now never happen.

In the words of Shakespeare (almost) …
Small time, but in that small most greatly lived
This star of Linden.

Come and join us for today’s Designing Worlds and see again our first interview with Ebbe Linden at our Watch Party in Garden of Dreams – or see it on the web.

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Hotel Chelsea in the New York District

Join us today, Monday 19th April at 2pm SLT in our beautiful studio in Garden of Dreams as we journey back into the past for a show first shown in November 2011, when we paid a visit to the Mainland, and explored – among other locations – the Hotel Chelsea and CBGBs.

You can watch it on this blog, and you can also see the show on the Designing Worlds Vimeo channel at: https://vimeo.com/513175829. And you can join the special Watch Party at 2pm SLT in our studio on Garden of Dreams.

This was our second trip to the Mainland of Second Life, and we visited some fascinating and beautiful locations, including the recreation of an historic piece of New York City, magnificent temples to ancient deities, and an art gallery that’s 3km tall.

Our guide on this journey was Nexus Burbclave, who had recently undertaken the Mainland Renaissance project to highlight some of the fascinating builds of the mainland.

The famous CBGBs

Nexus took us to the Hotel Chelsea in Lanestris, a loving recreation of the well-known new York location, where we met Mykal Skall, its creator who works with Enola Vaher, the manager, to bring this fascinating area to life, and we talked about the build and the district that surrounded it. And Elrik took a look at the famous music club – CBGBs.

Temple of Nautilus

Then we moved on to explore the beautiful Temple of Neptune in Nautilus and saw some of the gorgeous Linden designed buildings there on public land.

A highlight of the show is our visit to Solkide Auer’s amazing 300 metre tower at Italic Art, on the mainland slim of Slitheen – he was going to remove it, but he left it up a little longer so that viewers of Designing Worlds could see this amazing build for themselves.

Travelling through Solkide’s tower

And we finished with a resident build in Nautilus – Kothar by Valentine Easter – which we think may surprise you!

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The Seventh Valley, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Today Designing Worlds pays the second of two visits to the stunning Fantasy Faire that took place this year from April 22nd till May 12th (thanks to a special extension from Linden Lab).

From 2pm today Monday 24th May 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 at 2pm SLT today!

Ling Xiao Long, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

We begin with an interview with Elizabeth Tinsley, the Executive Director Team Captain for Fantasy Faire in the amazing setting of Ling Xiao Long, the region that hosted the Literary and Film Festivals. The Faire this year has raised the astounding total of L$23,794,648 (US$95,178) by the end of the event, and we talk to Elizabeth about how this was being achieved, among other matters.

Somniatoris Arx, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Then we take a look at some of the wonderful individual Fairelands that formed the environment of this year’s Fantasy Faire.

It makes for a gorgeous show, so do tune in from 2pm, or join us at 2pm SLT at the Watch Party in Garden of Dreams!

J’adoube, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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For more information about Fantasy Faire 2021, don’t miss the extensive web-site: https://fantasyfairesl.wordpress.com/

Vahalla, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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Tempest Bay, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

In the first episode in the new season of Designing Worlds, we paid the first of two visits to the amazing Fantasy Faire which took place this year from April 22nd till May 12th (thanks to a special extension from Linden Lab).

In this first show, we talk to Zander Greene, one of the founders and co-ordinators of Fantasy Faire, and learn something about how the Faire this year has raised the astounding total of L$23,794,648 (US$95,178) by the end of the event, and also about how the Faire is organised, with many people coming together to create this fantastic and much-loved event.

Isles of Tarrin, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Then we take a look at some of the wonderful Fairelands that formed the environment of this year’s Fantasy Faire – which was an especially draconic one – as we hoped we showed!

Khol Dracys , photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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For more information about Fantasy Faire 2021, don’t miss the extensive web-site: https://fantasyfairesl.wordpress.com/

Scrimshaw Warrens, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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Fairelands Junction, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont
Fairelands Junction, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Welcome to the first episode in the new season of Designing Worlds, as we pay the first of two visits to the amazing Fantasy Faire that took place this year from April 22nd till May 12th (thanks to a special extension from Linden Lab).

From 2pm today Monday 17th May 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 at 2pm SLT today!

Featherfall, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont
Featherfall, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

In this first show, we talk to Zander Greene, one of the founders and co-ordinators of Fantasy Faire, and learn something about how the Faire this year has raised the astounding total of L$23,794,648 (US$95,178) by the end of the event, and also about how the Faire is organised, with many people coming together to create this fantastic and much-loved event.

Ostara, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont
Ostara, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Then we take a look at some of the wonderful Fairelands that formed the environment of this year’s Fantasy Faire – which was an especially draconic one – as we hope to show!

It makes for a gorgeous show, so do tune in from 2pm, or join us at 2pm SLT at the Watch Party in Garden of Dreams!

A'Dracunus, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont
A’Dracunus, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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For more information about Fantasy Faire 2021, don’t miss the extensive web-site: https://fantasyfairesl.wordpress.com/

Peaville Goes Nuts, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont
Peaville Goes Nuts, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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The Looking Glass, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Looking Glass, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us today, Monday 19th April at 2pm SLT in our beautiful studio in Garden of Dreams as we journey back into the past for a show first shown in June 2016, when we visited the beautiful Looking Glass region, which at that time had been totally redesigned by Sharni Azalee and Marcus Inkpen.

DW307 – The Looking Glass Revisited from Richard Elen on Vimeo.

You can watch it on this blog, and you can also see the show on the Designing Worlds Vimeo channel at: https://vimeo.com/169056906. And you can join the special Watch Party at 2pm SLT in our studio on Garden of Dreams.

The Looking Glass, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Looking Glass, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Marcus and Sharni had done a complete redesign that has been two years in the planning, and several months in the execution and – as we discovered when Marcus showed us around – the end result is gorgeous, and has become a favourite place for many on the grid – including us; we filmed the 2019 Halloween Tale there.

The Looking Glass, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Looking Glass, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Sharni was unable to join us (she’s based in Australia and was soundly asleep when we filmed) but Marcus was able to share with us many of the beauties and the fun things that await visitors to The Looking Glass. It makes for an amazing eye-candy episode as he shows us the Art Gallery, the hidden upper streets, the towers, the bridge, the performance areas, the landscaping … and we certainly didn’t have time to cover everything!

The Looking Glass, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Looking Glass, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

It’s a show you won’t want to miss – so do come and join us for the Watch Party – or watch it on the web!

You can visit The Looking Glass on Horizon Dream here.  And make sure to look out for Sharni Azalee’s stunning region J’Adoube at this year’s Fantasy Faire, opening on Thursday 22nd April!

The Looking Glass, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Looking Glass, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

 

 

 

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