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The Celestial Plain, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Celestial Plain, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

In this, our 400th episode (!) of Designing Worlds, we paid our second of three visits to Fantasy Faire 2019.

DW400 – Fantasy Faire 2019 Part II from Richard Elen on Vimeo.

We spoke to the Faire organiser Zander Greene, who talked about the project the Faire was fund-raising for this year – the Kenyatta National Hospital Hope Lodge in Nairobi, Kenya – as well as discussing the Fantasy Faire Radio region, The Celestial Plain, and the many events that were staged there.

Bayounimba, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Bayounimba, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

We also visited Bayounimba and talked to Stevie Basevi, who headed the Roleplay activities at the Faire about the different groups that were involved along with related activities in the region.

Then finally, we talked to Aisling Sinclair, who organised the Quest – The Lair of Lantoris – for the Faire this year, and Thornfast, the region in which it took place.

Thornfast, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Thornfast, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

In addition we take flythroughs of several regions including The Shrine Tree by The Looking Glass.

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More information about the Faire: https://fantasyfairesl.wordpress.com/

The Shrine Tree, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Shrine Tree, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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The Light of Va'loth, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Light of Va’loth, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

In this episode of Designing Worlds we paid the first of three special visits to the stunning Fantasy Faire (held in April and May this year).

DW399 – Fantasy Faire 2019 Part I from Richard Elen on Vimeo.

In this episode we talk to one of the main organisers of the Faire, Elizabeth Tinsley, as well as creators and designers, some of the organisers of events within the Fire, and some of the people behind the scenes who together with vendors and sponsors make up one of the biggest fundraisers in the virtual world, this year raising over $68,000US for the American Cancer Society’s Hope Hostel in Kenya.

Tensor's Flying Market, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Tensor’s Flying Market, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

And, of course, there will be plenty of footage and photos of this years beautiful and stunning regions, filmed by Elrik Merlin, Saffia Widdershins and Beq Janus, and photographed by Wildstar Beaumont.

Trollhaugen, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Trollhaugen, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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Casa Miraflores

Casa Miraflores

In this episode of Designing Worlds we paid the second of our two visits to Second Life’s amazing Home and Garden Expo, which raises funds in aid of the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.

DW397-Home & Garden Expo 2019 II PR-HD 720p Production Xfer from Richard Elen on Vimeo.

In this show, we take the monorail to talk to Reven Rosca about the auction and other entertainment that took place at the Expo, we explore some of the designs on display and talk to undercoverlady, who designed our lovely Rainforest Cafe. We also take a look at the homes that were created for the Decorating Contest (and if you want to find out who the winners were, you can read all about them here: http://bit.ly/2YZksoj)

The auction

The auction

And once again, we conclude with a short visit to the beautiful Lantern Ceremony.

More information about the Second Life Home and Garden Expo
Website: https://slhomegardenexpo.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HomeAndGardenExpoSL/

The monorail

The monorail

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Second Life Home and Garden Expo, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Second Life Home and Garden Expo, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

In this episode of Designing Worlds we pay the first of two visit to Second Life’s amazing Home and Garden Expo, which raises funds in aid of the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.

DW396 – Home & Garden Expo 2019 I from Richard Elen on Vimeo.

We talk to one of the organisers, Kaerri Rae, and we’ll be seeing some fascinating stores, and meeting designers – and learning about the super-secret region that arrived for the opening!

Second Life Home and Garden Expo, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Second Life Home and Garden Expo, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

And of course we’ll also see our base at the Expo, the amazing Rainforest Cafe (designed by undercoverlady) on Hope 2.

Finally, we’ll witness the much-loved Lantern Ceremony.

Second Life Home and Garden Expo, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Second Life Home and Garden Expo, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

More information about the Second Life Home and Garden Expo

Second Life Home and Garden Expo, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Website: https://slhomegardenexpo.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HomeAndGardenExpoSL/

Second Life Home and Garden Expo, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Second Life Home and Garden Expo, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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Saffia and Sophia

Saffia and Sophia

In the latest episode of Designing Worlds we pay a visit to Carrie Tatsu and the amazing Zooby’s, home of animated virtual pets and, even more famously, virtual babies, to learn all about the release of her latest project – animesh babies!

DW395 – Zooby’s from Richard Elen on Vimeo.

We see how Carrie Tatsu has developed her business from her earliest prim dogs back in 2007 up to the stunning animesh babies that she is about to release. We learn all about what they can do; the ideas behind their creation; and how Carrie prizes above all the experiences they offer.

Pets at Zooby's, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Pets at Zooby’s, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

In addition to discovering more about her impressive new line of Animesh babies, we learn that Carrie is an accomplished businesswoman in Second Life. We hear the story of her business and gain many insights, including her views on Second Life and where virtual worlds are heading.

Saffia gets her own baby, and learns how to create a mini Saffia of her own. Be afraid … be very afraid …

Zooby's new animesh babies

Zooby’s new animesh babies

It’s a fascinating show looking at the evolution of a popular Second life business, and also at how new techniques can be integrated in exciting ways.

You can visit the Zooby’s pet store here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Zoobyland/128/130/21
Be warned – the animesh babies will not be on sale until towards the end of April. We predict lots of Easter babies this year on the grid!

 

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In the most recent Designing Worlds, we’re looking at a new development in Second Life – Animesh! It allows the animation of mesh objects that are separate from an avatar, but with many of the same characteristics.

DW393 – Animesh from Richard Elen on Vimeo.

In the show, we ask what Animesh actually is, and Vir Linden, from Linden Lab, gives us an in-depth interview with detailed information about the whole animesh project, and answers creators’ questions. In addition, meet a selection of animesh creators including Carrie Tatsu, Aki Shichiroji and scripter Medhue Simoni.

Vir Linden talks about animesh

Vir Linden talks about animesh

This is a really important (and exciting!) show –make sure you don’t miss it!

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Podcar Tours, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Podcar Tours, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

In this week’s Designing Worlds, we’re revisiting a popular show from the past, as we tour the Mainland by podcar to discover some hidden beauties.

The show is available on Vimeo at: https://vimeo.com/110869566 or SLArtist at: https://www.slartist.com/designing-worlds-dw-255-%e2%80%93-podcar-tours_0848d012c.html

Or watch it here!

You can also join the special Watch Party (at 2pm SLT on Monday 4th March) in our studio on Garden of Dreams.

Yavanna’s podcars will be familiar to those of you who’ve visited the Second Life Birthday events, and we’ve talked to her before about the tours she has created – but this time we’re going to be trying out some of her mainland tours for ourselves, with Yavanna as our expert guide!

Podcar Tours, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Podcar Tours, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

We actually try out three tours: the first taking us to Sansara Seas and Rivers, one of nine tours available from Yavanna’s podcar hub on the Sansara continent; a fascinating tour on the little-visited teen grid (where the podcar turns into a ski lift – and then grows a ski to take us back down the mountain!); and a trip round the islands of north western Maebaleia on the Southern Nautilus tour, one of two tours on the Maebaleia or Datori continent. And we also take a look at a fascinating railcar tour on the Heterocera continent!

Podcar Tours, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Podcar Tours, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Yavanna is a keen proponent of the mainland and she shares with us some of the extraordinary creations you can see on her tours, and learn more about the work that not only residents have done, but also that Linden Lab has done – and continues to do – in making the mainland an unexpectedly fascinating – and often beautiful – place to visit. And to help you discover more, you’ll find maps at each starting location that will help you discover further tours to try.

Join us today – for a show that will really open your eyes to the extraordinary Mainland!

Podcar Tours, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Podcar Tours, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The tours featured on the show can be found here:

Sansara: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Durango/159/186/117
The erstwhile Youth Grid: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Cascade/130/146/114
North Western Maebaleia on the Southern Nautilus tour: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Basilisk/9/158/22
Railcar tour on Heterocera: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Calleta/121/151/41

And here is a sneak preview of next week’s show on animesh …

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