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The latest episode of Designing Worlds – the second of our visits to Fantasy Faire (recorded before the Faire closed on May 1st) – is now on the web.

 

In this show, we talk to Zander Greene, one of the co-founders of the Faire and also now one of the people behind the fabulous Fantasy Faire Radio, Sweetgwendoline Bailey and Eldowyn Inshan, who designed Twilight Illusion – one of the fourteen amazing regions, Aelva, who organised (and participated in!) the amazing Festival of Dance and Particles, Aisling Sinclair, who produced this year’s much-loved Quest, and Stevie Basevi and other roleplayers who joined us from the mud of Echtra to tell us about roleplay at the Faire.

Sapphire Mirror Lake - Fantasy Faire 2016 - photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Sapphire Mirror Lake – Fantasy Faire 2016 – photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

And there is an extract from the wonderful production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which was presented at Fantasy Faire by the Faireland Players.

Ironically, we filmed this show in the quiet days before the Faire opened … so no-one was quite sure that it would be the fantastic success that it was, raising over L$7,714,000 (US$30,875) and producing some amazing stories – many of which you can read on the website.  In fact, the whole website is filled with the story of Fantasy Faire, and well worth a look!

Malfience - Fantasy Faire 2016 - photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Malfience – Fantasy Faire 2016 – photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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The latest episode of Designing Worlds – the first of two visits to Fantasy Faire (recorded before the Faire closed on May 1st) – is now on the web.

 

 

We talked to Elizabeth Tinsley, the Faire organiser, about the Faire and how it works. And we meet region designers Jaimy Hancroft and Eowyn Swords, who created the amazing Dangarnon, Judi Newall, one of the organisers of the Lierary Festival – and the person responsible for the Guides that assisted people who made the Literary Tours to ten of the regions, OldeSoul Eldmar, the Chief of the Fairelands Pawlice, and AineMarie Flanagan, who talks about bringing a store to Fantasy Faire.

 

The Golden Delta - Fantasy Faire 2016 - photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Golden Delta – Fantasy Faire 2016 – photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

 

Ironically, we filmed this show in the quiet days before the Faire opened … so no-one was quite sure that it would be the fantastic success that it was, raising over L$7,714,000 (US$30,857) and producing some amazing stories – many of which you can read on the website.  In fact, the whole website is filled with the story of Fantasy Faire, and well worth a look!

 

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Cerridwen's Cauldron, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Cerridwen’s Cauldron, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The latest episode of Designing Worlds – visiting the beautiful Cerridwen’s Cauldron, designed by Elicio Ember – is now on the web.

Cerridwen’s Cauldron holds a beautiful and fascinating store high in the sky, where you can purchase Elisio’s wonderful creations, but in this show, our focus is on the ground level.

Elicio’s creation of a landscape that showcases his products (and his skills!) was always beautful, but now, as a result of a two year project, the whole of the island has been redesigned.  We explore the different levels and admire his work with glass, with mesh and with materials.

Cerridwen's Cauldron, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Cerridwen’s Cauldron, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

There’s elements to explore above and below the waves, and reaching up into the sky too. And you’ll be able to see the Cauldron at Fantasy Faire this year too where – as the Otherworld region, it plays host to the Literary Festival!

Cerridwen's Cauldron, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Cerridwen’s Cauldron, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

 

 

 

 

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All photographs by Wildstar Beaumont

Home and Garden Expo

Home and Garden Expo

The latest episode of Designing Worlds – where we pay the second of two visits to the Home and Garden Expo in Second Life– is now on the web.

In this second show we explore some of the builds and talk to designers Kaerri Rae, Bee Cauldron Law and Garvie Garzo, while Reven Rosca of the free perm template store Meshopotamia takes us on a tour of the amazing stores selling various kinds of building aids that were located on Hope3.

Home and Garden Expo

Home and Garden Expo

And we take a quick peek at the Breedables region (Hope10), which helped to raise a wonderful total for Relay for Life. To date, the Home and Farden Expo has raised a staggering L$ 4,016,216, the equivalent of US$ 16,065.

Then we end the show with a last look at the beautiful lantern ceremony.

Home and Garden Expo

Home and Garden Expo

Sadly, the Expo is now over, but we hope to show you some of the amazing things that were on display there, and which also took place during the Expo. And our brilliant photographer, Wildstar Beaumont, will show yet more!

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The latest episode of Designing Worlds – where we visit the festival for One Billion Rising in Second Life, which took place on 14th February – is now on the web.

One Billion Rising in Second Life is a twenty-four hour one day event in support of the international event One Billion Rising, which aims to build awareness of the violence that women and girls across the globe are subjected to.  In Second Life, across four regions there were art installations and exhibitions,  poetry sessions, storytelling events,  live dance  performances, twenty four hours of music – and also information kiosks that shared information about organisations devoted to promoting justice for women across the globe, and stories of events that were happening around the world.

 

Filming the video for One Billion Rising

Filming the video for One Billion Rising

 

In the show, we look at some of the elements that went into the event – the amazing video that was shot ahead of the event, part of the particle display by Tansee that was given at the event, one of the dances that were performed in the beautiful Sunflower Theatre, and a full performance of a special play by Bhelanna Blaze, performed by the Cold Shot Ensemble – and, of course, the beautiful and thought provoking art installations that were located all around the perimeter of the event.

The Dance Theatre

The Dance Theatre

 

Find out more about One Billion Rising in Second Life:
Website: https://onebillionrisingsl.wordpress.com/
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/One-Billion-Rising/493344827375934
Second Life Group: One Billion Rising
Twitter Stream: https://twitter.com/OBRinSL
Flickr Group: http://www.flickr.com/groups/2169739@N23/
Main One Billion Rising for Justice page: http://www.onebillionrising.org/

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The latest episode of Designing Worlds – where we discover more about MadPea, the long established Second Life group behind some of the best and most memorable games in Second Life – is now on the web.

MadPea Logo

MadPea Logo

We talk to Kiana Writer, the founder of Mad Pea, and Kess Crystal, the marketing director (and even sneak a peek at a planning meeting – but no spoilers!).

And we learn about the remarkable results of the Celebrity Auction held last September in support of Feed a Smile / Live and Learn in Kenya, a nonprofit which supports children in Kenya to help them gain an education. They are currently building a new school, and the money raised at the MadPea auction paid for a classroom – which has already been built – and children started lessons in it this January! We share a film about this work.

And we also see some of the process that goes into creating a game almost entirely within Second Life, and look at this in relation to their upcoming game – The Interview. And we learn the secret of the dreaded pink prim!

Then we head off to explore the game of The Ghost Town, part of the Firestorm Community Gateway – which is open to all!

The Ghost Town, a game by MadPea at the Firestorm Community Gateway

The Ghost Town, a game by MadPea at the Firestorm Community Gateway

 

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The latest episode of Designing Worlds – when we meet three couples who are behind some of the best loved brands in Second Life – and who have taken their Second Life partnerships into real life – is now on the web.

 

 

Each of the three couples have crossed continents or oceans to be with each other in real life, and they’ve all been together since around 2007 – that’s getting on for ten years!

We talk to Shai Delacroix of Casa del Shai and Kris Lehmann of Botanical, to Lyyric Fei and Maxwell Graf of Ristica, and to Bastchild Lotus and Paul Lapointe of Lapointe and Bastchild. They share their stories with us – funny, moving and exciting by turns – and sometimes with touches of frustration with officialdom too!

It’s a show that reveals the real people behind the avatars, and it’s also a powerful demonstration of how our virtual world impacts on our lives away from the screen.

Romance at Rustica

Romance at Rustica

Casa del Shai: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Straylight/127/213/30
Botanicals: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Straylight/125/187/28
Rustica: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Rustica/128/128/2
Lapointe and Bastchild: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Evocative/176/125/79

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