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A picture from Wildstar Beaumont's Archive

A picture from Wildstar Beaumont’s Archive

The new episode of Designing Worlds, as we continue our celebration of ten years of the show – looking back to 2008 and 2009 (Part 2) – is now on the web!

DW359 – 10th Anniv Special #2 – 2009 from Richard Elen on Vimeo.

In today’s episode we’ll be helped by Marianne McCann, Second Life historian, who will share with us some of the features that arrived and frictions that enraged the residents of Second Life in those years, and by Wildstar Beaumont who has ransacked his photo archive for us!

And you’ll have a chance to see extracts from those early shows, including our very first visit to the Home and Garden Expo, a glimpse of the 2008 Relay for Life builds, our very first Babbage show … and much more!

Anatomica at Relay for Life 2009

Anatomica at Relay for Life 2009

And we end with one of the most moving regions we have ever visited … and it’s still there!

Places to visit featured on today’s show:
Most of these have gone, but you can still visit New Babbage (although you’d be wish NOT to explore any tunnels that run under Clockhaven)
1st World War Poetry Archive

The First World War Poetry Archive

The First World War Poetry Archive

 

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The room made over - from the first episode of Metamakeover

The room made over – from the first episode of Metamakeover

The first episode of the new season of Designing Worlds, as we begin our celebration of ten years of the show – right back to its beginnings as MetaMakeover, a show on SLCN – is now on the web!

DW358 – Designing Worlds 10th Anniversary Special #1 from Richard Elen on Vimeo.

In this episode we look back to the early years of 2008 to 2009, and we are helped by Marianne McCann, Second Life historian, who shares with us some of the features that arrived and frictions that enraged the residents of Second Life in those years, and by Wildstar Beaumont who has ransacked his photo archive for us!

Elrik learns about Seven Seas Fishing on his first show as co-host

Elrik learns about Seven Seas Fishing on his first show as co-host

And you have a chance to see extracts from the very first show, Mr Merlin’s first appearance as co-host, the story of the changeover from MetaMakeover to Designing Worlds … and much more!

This is the first in a two part show – the second part will be shown next week.

How it all began with MataMakeover

How it all began with MataMakeover

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Designing Worlds Special - Murder in the Muirsheen Durkin

Designing Worlds Special – Murder in the Muirsheen Durkin

The latest episode of Designing Worlds, as we become involved in solving a Murder in the Muirsheen Durkin (a special episode set in New Babbage) is now on the web!

And, usually, it’s available in two formats – colour and monochrome.

DW357 – Murder at the Muirsheen Durkin from Richard Elen on Vimeo.

We showed both to our initial audience back at the beginning of the year – and they were generally in favour of the special black and white edition … but there were some people who voted for the rich colour.

What do you think? Take a look – and share your views below the line!

THE PLOT

The Muisheen Durkin is, of course, the restuarant/bar in Brunel Hall, the large hotel thatis part of the business empire of Mr Victor Mornington, the Assistant Maceholder of New Babbage. So when his temporary Christmas barman, Mr Biggins, discovers a murder victim … then they are duty bound to hand over the prime suspect to Miss Bookworm Heinrichs, the head of the Militia.

But has Mr Mornington’s pet rabbit Thumper turned vorpal? Or is there another explanation? Can Miss Widdershins and Mr Merlin help to solve the mystery, or will they just complicate things further? Fortunately, there’s a formidable forensics expert they can turn to …

DW357A – Murder at the Muirsheen Durkin – special monochrome version from Richard Elen on Vimeo.

 

THE PLAYERS

Miss Bookworm Heinrichs, Head of the New Babbage Militia – Bookworm Heinrichs
Mr Victor Mornington, Assistant Maceholder of New Babbage – Victor1st Mornington
Mr Biggins -Logan Ellsmere
Mr Pecksniff – Lasairfion Silverstar
Miss Widdershins – Saffia Widdershins
Mr Merlin – Elrik Merlin
Mr Tim – Alpha Actor
Dr Avariel Falcon, Forensic Specialist – Avariel Falcon
Thumper – Himself

With thanks to Mavromichaeli Szondi and the Citizens of New Babbage

Written by Saffia Widdershins
Machinimatography & Editiing by Elrik Merlin & Saffia Widdershins
Produced by Saffia Widdershins
Directed by Aisling Sinclair

Title Music by Unique Tracks
Incidental Music by Audioblocks

MURDER AT THE MUIRSHEEN DIRKIN was a DESIGNING WORLDS production
Copyright MMXVII

And if you’re wondering where we are … we’re working on a very special season to celebrate our tenth anniversary! More news coming soon!

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Winter Wonderland, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Winter Wonderland, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The latest episode of Designing Worlds, where we explore some of the regions that are great places to visit to get you in the holiday mood, is now on the web!

First of all we take a trip to Groenland Kangamiut, better known to many of you as Greenland, created by Kaelyn Alecto. Then we move on to Banditoswald Citadel, a beautiful winter region created for the season by Andrej, which contains some great rides, skating lakes – and even dragon rides – as Elrik finds out! We should point out, however, that this region is flagged adult as there are some private romantic spots that people can discover.

Winter Citadel, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Winter Citadel, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Then we visit The Dickens Project on LEA 7 and talk to the two people behind it – Caledonia Skytower and Aoife Lorefield before we take a super tour of the whole region. Then finally we visit the Linden Winter Wonderland region (accessed through the Portal Park), and talk to Xiola Linden about some of the treats that the region offers (and we try out the snowball fight and the snowboarding course) – and other Linden plans for Christmas, especially Second Life’s annual Holiday Shop & Hop event. It’s a chance to fill your stockings and your shopping bags with clothing, hair, furniture, decor, and more. Event held Dec. 15 to Jan. 1.

Dickens Project, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Dickens Project, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

And we end with a little trailer for our New Year Special – which is going to be a tale of Murder in the Muirsheen Durkin, the popular restaurant in New Babbage … It will be shown on Monday January 1st 2018 at our usual time of 2pm SLT. Watch this space for more information!

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Groenland Kangamiut, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Groenland Kangamiut, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Learn More:
Groenland Kangamiut: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Pryde/45/132/24
Banditoswald Citadel (Adults Only): http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Patatina/147/99/29
The Dickens Project on LEA 7: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA7/118/148/21
Linden Lab’s Winter Wonderland (enter via Portal Park 1): http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Portal%20Park%201/178/120/53
Shop and Hop: http://secondlife.com/destination/holiday-shopping-event

 

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Garden of Dreams in Sansar

Garden of Dreams in Sansar

The latest episode of Designing Worlds, a very special show as we pay our first ever visit to the new Linden Lab platform – Sansar, is now on the web!

In this first (or two) episodes, we explore the studio that Kayle Matzerath has created for us in Garden of Worlds in Sansar. Then Saffia talks to Jenn, Lead Community Manager for Linden Lab on Sansar, who talks about the way that the grid is developing, and shows her own Experience, Starry Stars & Stuff (a work in progress), built with items already available on the Sansar marketplace.  And we also take a look at two more of the Sansar Experiences – the Diner, created by C3rb3rus and Stasis Interrupted Chapter 1 by Tyler Scarborough, which is a game (where Saffia, inevitably, dies).

Stasis Interrupted - Chapter 1 in Sansar

Stasis Interrupted – Chapter 1 in Sansar

Saffia says: “Sansar is fascinating, but still very clearly a creator beta with a long way to go yet. In some ways, it is awesome – the quality of the design, for example. In other ways, it’s primitive – there are no animations that let us sit down, for example, and although we could stand on Jenn’s carousel and be whirled around, we couldn’t ride the horses. Jenn’s facial expressions as she talked were as good as any I’ve seen in Second Life and needed no HUD to drive them. But I couldn’t capture my own lip movements as I filmed.”

You’ll also notice some other hic-cups in filming. For example, at one point you’ll see the very simple interface on the screen. That’s because Sansar doesn’t automatically set screen size to a filming friendly ratio (that’s on the Advanced menu in Second Life), so setting screen size up was a bit hit and miss. And the avatars are a little crude – although they are to some extent customisable and – in the next major Sansar update, scheduled for mid-December, fashion related elements will be introduced (and will be available for sale). You can see the details on Inara’s Pey’s blog here.

The Diner in Sansar

The Diner in Sansar

We’re planning to start covering Sansar on a regular process, so you’ll be able follow its development through our shows over the coming seasons.

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Learn More:
Main Sansar site:
https://www.sansar.com/
Garden of Dreams in Sansar: https://atlas.sansar.com/experiences/kaylematzerath/garden-of-dreams
The Diner: https://atlas.sansar.com/experiences/c3rb3rus/the-diner
Stasis Interrupted Chapter 1: https://atlas.sansar.com/experiences/tylerscarborough/stasis-interrupted-chapter-1
Starry Stars & Stuff: https://atlas.sansar.com/experiences/jennifer/starry-stars-stuff-wip

Views of Sansar, photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Views of Sansar, photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Blogs about Sansar:
Living in a Modem World by Inara Pey (Sansar section): https://modemworld.me/category/sansar/
Sansar Newsblog: https://sansarnewsblog.wordpress.com/

 

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Celebrating Thanksgiving

Celebrating Thanksgiving

The latest episode of Designing Worlds – when we meet up with some old friends for a special Thanksgiving show– is now on the web!

Saffia, Elrik and Aisling attend a beautiful Thanksgiving Dinner organised by Honey Heart and Aisling, and catch up with Honey herself, Kess Crystal and Victor Mornington.

Honey tells us about her new pasture pets, available at her store of ~Ladies Pleasure~ , while Kess has news of the new project from the Blogger and Vlogger Network – the BVuNiversity. And Victor Mornington (also known as the Assistant Maceholder of New Babbage) shares with us his other internet project – Vaping with Vic!

And we all talk about the aspects of Second Life that make us grateful this year … and what we are hoping for from Second Life.

Celebrating Thanksgiving

Celebrating Thanksgiving

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Learn More:
Blogger and Vlogger Network website – http://www.bvnsl.com/

BVuNiversity – http://www.bvnsl.com/bvuniversity/
Blogger and Vlogger Network in Second Life – http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Inspired%20Dreams/224/75/3002

Vaping with Vic – https://www.youtube.com/user/VapingVic

~Ladies’ Pleasure~ Blog – https://ladiespleasure.wordpress.com/
~Ladies’ Pleasure~ in Second Life – http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Cherry%20Island/40/77/31 (Please note – Adult region)

Celebrating Thanksgiving, photographed by Magnus

Celebrating Thanksgiving, photographed by Magnus

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The White Cliffs of Dover by Tahiti Rae

The White Cliffs of Dover by Tahiti Rae

The latest episode of Designing Worlds – when we explore some of the Artist in Residence regions of the Linden Endowment for the Arts (LEA) – is now on the web!

Artists in Residence at the LEA are holders of an LEA Land Grant. This is a six monthly program to distribute 20 regions (LEA10-LEA29) donated by Linden Lab. These regions are to be used to promote art and artistic endeavors in Second Life.

Full regions of virtual land are made available to in-world artists through an application process.  The AiR Land Grants are held for six months, and artists are free to use that time to create, amend, develop and display their work. Application cycles are announced through various LEA channels – and we’re in the middle of an application process right now!

Go to http://lea-sl.org/form/lea-air-land-grant-application-round-fourteen to find out more (and if you would like to apply yourself).

OUTRAGE!!! by Rage Darkstone

OUTRAGE!!! by Rage Darkstone

Artists may be experienced and well-known in Second Life, or they could be new and exploring Second Life’s potential. On the show you’ll meet both artists who have held AiR grants before – and artists for whom this is their first AiR grant. And there’s a fascinating range of installations to seem, from The White Cliffs of Dover to a steampunk psychological mystery, from angular prim installations to an exploration of a project to promote world peace, from an examination of the avatar experience and narratives, to a visualisation of the experience of real life exile.

You can see the regions here:

Artists in Residence whose work appears on the show include:
Tahiti Rae: The White Cliffs of Dover: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA14/121/82/3207
See also: website: https://ecalpemas.wixsite.com/dover

Rage Darkstone: The Mind of the Machine, Earth & OUTRAGE!!! http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA19/125/128/1001 (NB – the landing seems currently locked to OUTRAGE!!!)

It’s A Steamy Mystery at Terradale by Chic Aeon

It’s A Steamy Mystery at Terradale by Chic Aeon

Chic Aeon: A Steamy Mystery at Terradale: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA12/152/92/21
See also: website:  http://terradale.blogspot.com

Ilyra Chardin: Faces: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA23/128/129/23

WrenNoir Cerise: Baskinta: An Experiment in World Peace: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA11/227/39/40
See also: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Baskinta-An-Experiment-in-World-Peace-356766844753788/
Flicker: https://www.flickr.com/groups/4147385@N25/

Baskinta: An Experiment in World Peace by WrenNoir Cerise

Kicca Igaly & Nessuno Myoo: Exodus, a Trip for Life: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA24/120/125/23

A numbers of the photos shown in the slideshow come from The Plant, which was not open to the public at the time of filming, but now can be visited here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA21/129/128/3000

Other photos in the slide show come from various artists currently exhibitions at the LEA – we will leave you to explore and discover!

The Plant, by Eupalinos Ugajin and Friends

The Plant, by Eupalinos Ugajin and Friends

Learn More about the LEA:
LEA Website: http://lea-sl.org/
LEA Blog: http://lindenarts.blogspot.com/
LEA Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1708756609405987/

How to apply for an LEA AiR Grant: http://lea-sl.org/form/lea-air-land-grant-application-round-fourteen

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