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Builders Brewery - photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Builders Brewery – photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The final show of the current season (Season 24) of Designing Worlds – where we visit the special Second Life educational establishment that teaches you all about building (and much more) in Second Life – Builders Brewery – is now on the web!

We visit the Brewery with the owner Sensuous (Sen) Maximus who explains something of the history of the Brewery, and also the different elements on offer, including stores stocking materials for building, a sandbox and a terraforming area. We visit classrooms and Saffia actually attempts a class and discovers how to build a special summery creation!

Builders Brewery - photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Builders Brewery – photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

We also talk to Yen Verhoeven who is carrying out research for her Ph.D thesis on Virtual Learning: An Application of Constructivist Grounded Theory to Explore Emergent Learning in Second Life through studying what forms of learning emerge through the practices found at the Builder’s Brewery as part of her work towards developing a virtual theory of learning.

Builders Brewery - photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Builders Brewery – photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

More information about Builders Brewery can be found on their website here: http://www.buildersbrewery.com/
You’ll find the schedule of their classes here: http://www.buildersbrewery.com/calendar/index.php
And you can visit the Brewery itself here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Builders%20Brewery/128/193/23
More information about Yen Verhoeven’s research here: http://bit.ly/2gWQDTw
A YouTube video about Yen’s work here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCrHCWtu194

Builders Brewery - photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Builders Brewery – photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

As we said, this is the last show in the season, but don’t worry – we will be back with a whole new season in September!

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SL14B, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

SL14B, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The latest episode of Designing Worlds – where we visit some of the amazing builds and installations of Second Life’s 14th Birthday celebrations – is now on the web!

We explore some of the open public builds, including the Auditorium and Max’s Mystery Island and of course the amazing Russian fairytale Cake Stage, as well as the Welcome Area, where we speak to Darkstone Aeon and BB Woodford and the Left Stage (The Guardian), where we talk to Walton F. Wainwright.

SL14B: TJ's Magic and the Cake Stage, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

SL14B: TJ’s Magic and the Cake Stage, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

We also take a look at a small selection at the wealth of the individual installations, including iSkye Silverweb’s Hippie Carnivalesque and Loki Elit’s The Stuff Inside His Head, and we talk to Baron Jiminy and xJessicax Harvy about the Shakespeare Theatre; to Daark Gothly about the installation she created with Dream Wrexen as a Memorial to Ladyslipper Constantine; and to Thoth Jantzen about his installation TJ’s Media Magic.

SL14B: the Guardian (the Left Stage), photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

SL14B: the Guardian (the Left Stage), photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Sadly, we only have time to show a small sample of what was on display at SL14B, but fortunately Wildstar Beaumont was on hand with his trusty camera to show much, more more!

In addition, you can see the talks Saffia did with Lindens from the Lab at SL14B on the Second Life YouTube channel.

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FF2017 - The Hill, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

FF2017 – The Hill, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The latest episode of Designing Worlds – where we return to Fantasy Faire for the second of our promised visits – is now on the web!

In this episode, we talk to Zander Greene, one of the organisers of Fantasy Faire, one of the organisers of the Fantasy Faire LitFest: and to Faireland Designer Loki Violet; Judi Newall and Gwen Enchanted, three of the roleplayers from the dystopian Outbreak, store owner Aikea Rierko and JenzZa Misfit, who shows us a ballet specially created for the Faire.

FF2017 - Kakushi Pasu, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

FF2017 – Kakushi Pasu, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

And we’ll also explore more of the stunning regions!

FF2017 - Fallen Sands, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

FF2017 – Fallen Sands, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

 

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Idle Rogue. photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Idle Rogue. photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The latest episode of Designing Worlds – a visit to the beautiful and creative region of Idle Rogue home of the famous Guerilla Burlesque, the After Dark Club and so much more – is now on the web!

We are shown around some of the many venues that are contained on Idle Rogue (and Wildstar Beaumont was on hand to capture photographs of more), as we explore the region with the owner and moving force behind the community, Cherryblonde Scribe, and with other active members of the community – Sho Kyong, POL Arida and Arrehn Oberlander.

Idle Rogue. photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Idle Rogue. photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Sho Kyong shows us the gradual evolution of a dance, taking inspiration from one of POL’s songs. We explore how the sets, the choreography and the music are all combined to create the final performance. And we see how the Metaharper tools are used – designed by Arrehn Oberlander, this scripting system not only enables choreography in the conventional way but also – as Saffia discovers – allows people to try out dances for themselves.

And all this takes place in a stunningly lovely region with a strong community that really is a joy to explore.

Idle Rogue. photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Idle Rogue. photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

 

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Radio Riel, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Radio Riel, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The latest episode of Designing Worlds – a celebration of the 10th Birthday of Radio Riel – is now on the web!

Designing Worlds has always had connections with Radio Riel, most notably, of course, through Elrik Merlin who is a leading member of the Radio Riel team. Gabrielle Riel, the founder, takes us through the history of Radio Riel, while we also talk to DJs Diamanda Gustafson. Otenth Paderborn and Edward Pearse.

It’s a chance to learn what goes into running a busy and popular radio station, with seven different broadcast channels. And we also be show photos from some of the Radio Riel events over the years.

Radio RIel Fifth Anniversary, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Radio RIel Fifth Anniversary, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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Home and Garden Expo, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Home and Garden Expo, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The latest episode of Designing Worlds – as we pay the second of two visits to the Home and Garden Expo, held annually in support of Relay for Life – is now on the web!

In this episode, we explore the amazing Hunt that was created by the Meeroos and Be You (as well as talking to one of the organisers behind the Be You project); take a look at some of the displays and designers at the Expo, including the work of Alia Baroque, Garvie Garzo, Kaerri Rae and we reveal the identity behind the designer known as Akahata, the creator of the new store “also Known as”.

Home and Garden Expo, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Home and Garden Expo, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Then we talk to some of the people who make the tools that designers use in creating the wonderful things we love to buy and use: full perm mesh template creator Lyrical Bizarre, texture maker Gerard Tunwarm, popularly known as Uncle Gerry, soundscape creator Meriadne Merlin and scripter Torgon Woodget.

Finally we end, of course, with shots of the tradional daily lantern release.

Home and Garden Expo - Lanterns Release, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Home and Garden Expo – Lanterns Release, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

 

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Home and Garden Expo - Hope 2, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Home and Garden Expo – Hope 2, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The latest episode of Designing Worlds – as we pay the first of two visits to the Home and Garden Expo, held annually in support of Relay for Life – is now on the web!

We look at the Prim Perfect/Designing Worlds build, created for us by Eliza Wierwight; the special display created by the Moles of the Linden Department of Public Works; the amazing pirate ships created by Max Graf; the beautiful house created by SkyeRider Varriale; the work of a new designer at the Expo, Lilycraft; and finally we talk to Kaerri Rae, the main organiser of the Home and Garden part of the Expo, before taking a look at the special lantern release that happens every day of the Faire.

Home and Garden Expo - Hope 1, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Home and Garden Expo – Hope 1, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Make sure to visit the Home and Garden Expo for yourselves – it’s open till June 4th.

And although the Expo is now officially finished, the regions (and the shopping!) may still be there for a few days yet!

Hope 1 | Hope 2 | Hope 3

Hope 4 | Hope 5 | Hope 6

Hope 7 | Hope 8 | Hope 9

And make sure you catch our second show on the Home and Garden Expo, shown later today!

Home and Garden Expo, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Home and Garden Expo, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

 

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