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Rocca Sorrentina - photographed by Wildstar Beaumont
Rocca Sorrentina – photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us today, Monday 15th November 2021 at 2pm SLT in our beautiful studio in Garden of Dreams as we journey way back into the past for an episode first shown in July 2016, when we visited the beautiful island of Rocca Sorrentina, an imagining of a late eighteenth century island in the Bay of Naples.

You can watch the episode on this blog, and you can also see it on the Designing Worlds Vimeo channel at https://vimeo.com/171900078 and you can join the special Watch Party at 2pm SLT in our studio on Garden of Dreams.

Rocca Sorrentina - photographed by Wildstar Beaumont
Rocca Sorrentina – photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

We are joined by two of the people behind Rocca Sorrentina (or Principal Magistrates as they are called) Aldo Stern and Sere Timeless. They take us on a journey of discovery as we learn about the rich culture that flourished in the Kingdom of Naples (much visited on the Grand Tour), and the history that lay behind it, reaching back to the lost cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum, destroyed by the volcanic eruption of Vesuvius.

Accademia di Rocca Sorrentina, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont
Accademia di Rocca Sorrentina, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

And we also learn about the culture and exhibitions staged by Rocca Sorrentina, as Elrik explores a fascinating exhibition on the history of the Tarot … and we learn of upcoming exhibitions too.

Join us at 2pm SLT to learn more of this fascinating community by tuning in or by coming to the Watch Party in Garden of Dreams!

Accademia di Rocca Sorrentina, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont
Accademia di Rocca Sorrentina, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

You can visit Rocca Sorrentino for yourselves at: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Rocca%20Sorrentina/85/162/2801

Rocca Sorrentina - photographed by Wildstar Beaumont
Rocca Sorrentina – photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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The end of the Great Wall of Second Life … the start of our trail

Join us today, Monday 15th November 2021 at 2pm SLT in our beautiful studio in Garden of Dreams as we journey way back into the past for an episode first shown in November 2011, when we explored Second Life Route 6, the High Mountain Road, and then took the ONSR Okemo Nakiska and Southern Railway train from Okemo Canyon to Wengen to explore the snowlands.

You can watch the episode on this blog, and you can also see it on the Designing Worlds Vimeo channel at https://vimeo.com/510918258 and you can join the special Watch Party at 2pm SLT in our studio on Garden of Dreams.

In this show we start by exploring Second Life Route 6, the High Mountain Road, in the company of Simple Wunderlich, as we ride from the end of the Great Wall of Second Life in Spini to Simple’s vertigo-inducing (and very lovely) Mountain Retreat in Plebeja – sadly no longer here.

On the Trail …

If you want to explore this region for yourselves and you need a horse to ride, there’s a horse rezzing station near the start of this route, created by Prokovy Neva.  And many thanks to Prok, who pointed me at this lovely trail in the first place!

Then we turn our attention to the railways and, in the Snowlands, take the train service from Okemo Canyon to Wengen on the ONSR Okemo Nakiska and Southern Railway. We find out a little about the railway and then, when we reach Wengen, we have a chance to explore the range of Winter sports created on public land by the Lindens. Wengen is very old now and – in some parts – badly broken – it can’t compare with the wonderful Winterland regions that the Moles create every year. But there is still a definite charm to the place.

Okemo Canyon – the start of our rail journey

All in all, there’s lots to see, and we think that many people may be surprised at what the mainland has to offer! So do come and join us at 2pm, or catch it on the web!

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You can still visit many of the places we see in this episode:
The end of the Great Wall of Second Life in Spini: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Spini/100/250/133
The horse rezzing station: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Athetis/134/71/103
Okemo Canyon Station: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Okemo%20Canyon/88/155/65
Wengen station (and Winter Sports): http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Wengen/72/203/92

Roads and rails in the snowlands

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Buckingham Palace in Antiquity, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont
Buckingham Palace in Antiquity, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us today, Monday 8th November 2021 at 2pm SLT in our beautiful studio in Garden of Dreams as we journey way back into the past for an episode first shown in October 2016, when we visited the historical region of Antiquity – and its very special recreation of Buckingham Palace, home of the British Royal Family in London.

You can watch the episode on this blog, and you can also see it on the Designing Worlds Vimeo channel at: https://vimeo.com/185644822. And you can join the special Watch Party at 2pm SLT in our studio on Garden of Dreams.

Buckingham Palace in Antiquity, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont
Buckingham Palace in Antiquity, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The regions that make up Antiquity are renowned for their historical role-playing – and for their recreations of historic buildings. We’re joined by Jacon Cortes de Bexar, Twelfth Night Egerton de Bexar, Tiamat Windstorm, Olavi von Hirvi, and Pamus Bing, co-owners of Antiquity. We begin by exploring Coyningham House and its grounds as we learn something about Antiquity and the role of history in the estate.

Then we cross a beautiful lake and take a carriage ride to the incomparable Buckingham Palace, which we explore with two of the creators – Jacon Cortes de Bexar and Twelfth Night Egerton de BexarNight.

Buckingham Palace in Antiquity, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont
Buckingham Palace in Antiquity, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

And just for force of contrast, we end by exploring a very different side of Antiquity as we visit a pirate den!

It’s a beautiful episode, especially requested by our viewers for a reshowing, that explores some wonderful historical creations, so do come and join us at 2pm, or catch it on the web!

Buckingham Palace in Antiquity, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont
Buckingham Palace in Antiquity, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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You can visit the Antiquity Regions, including many of the places shown in this episode!

Conyngham House: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Antiquity%20MarieGalante/179/229/2002

Buckingham Palace: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Antiquity%20Texas/158/113/2002

The George Inn: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Antiquity%20Texas/163/23/22

Texas State Capitol: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Antiquity%20Texas/156/126/22

There’s lots more to see too – and special tours to help you see it.

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Shekhawahti

Join us today, Monday 1st November 2021 at 2pm SLT in our beautiful studio in Garden of Dreams as we journey way back into the past for a show first shown in Match 2010, as we explored Shekhawahti, based  on the region of Shekhawati (the Garden of Shekha) in Rajasthan in India, where the designer – Veekay Navarathna – created a truly original area, and a fascinating glimpse into an aspect of Indian culture.

You can watch it on this blog, and you can also see the show on the Designing Worlds Vimeo channel at: https://vimeo.com/371506581. And you can join the special Watch Party at 2pm SLT in our studio on Garden of Dreams.

Shekhawati is sometimes known as “the open art gallery of Rajasthan” as it has the largest concentration of frescos in the world.  That is because the buildings of Shekhawati are decoreated with rich, beautful and complex frescos painted on their outer – as well as inner – walls.  This alone would make Shekhawati a stunning place to visit – but in addition, Veekay has brought together a collection of traditional and modern Indian art unparalleled in Second Life.

Shekhawahti

Because as well as the commercial and residential areas – and a beautiful ampitheatre, guarded by elephants! – Shekawahti is also home to a vast art gallery containing many examples of traditionald modern art, much of which can be purchased in world, and Veekay offers fascinating insights into the history of art in India, as well as Indian culture and customs.

It’s a beautiful show that explores an unusual culture in Second Life, so do come and join us at 2pm, or catch it on the web!

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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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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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Araxes: the space station, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us today, Monday 12th July 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 2013, when we as we visit the desert wastes of Araxes – and the space station high above.

You can watch it on this blog, and you can also see the show on the Designing Worlds Vimeo channel at: https://vimeo.com/381803307. And you can join the special Watch Party at 2pm SLT in our studio on Garden of Dreams.

Araxes was a series of role playing regions linked by a common theme and an interesting story – both of which we’ll ve covering the the show – and we’ll be confronting some of the dangers of the desert too.

Araxes, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

We talk to Reiko Soyinka, one of the estate managers of the region, and to Darren Green, who is the owner of one of the regions that make up Araxes, Splintered Rock, and the deviser of a rather interesting new media project.

You’ll have a chance to see Saffia in a whole new way … and – sadly – we also interfered with the Prim Directive, when we introduced the Araxeans to a whole new form of transport (designed by Darlingmonster Ember) .,..

Araxes: trying out a new form of transport

It makes for a fun and fascinating show – so do come and join us at 2pm, or catch it on the web!

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Araxes, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Sadly, the Araxes estate no longer appears to exist. I found a spacer bar on Gentilly that seemed to be related, but that was all: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gentilly/87/190/3052

Anyone who has information about continuing Araxes roleplay, please contact me or add information in the comments below!

Flying a craft designed by Darlingmonster Ember on Araxes

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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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