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The latest episode of Designing Worlds – the first of two shows about 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.

 

 

The show is an exploration of what Mad Pea does – including a look at their fantastic Unia game (two years in the creation) with its haunting Dreamscenes, designed by some of Second Life’s best known artists. Later in the season we’re going to be coming back to explore just how they create their games!

We take a peek behind the curtain with Kiana Writer, the founder of Mad Pea, and Kess Crystal, the marketing director today … and it’s fascinating!

And Saffia dies spectacularly – several times!

Unia, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Unia, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Find out more about MadPea here: www.madpeagames.com/
Visit Peatonville at: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Neogene/128/214/23
Visit Unia here: maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/MadPea%20Base/215/90/22

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Giant Cats in New Babbage, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Giant Cats in New Babbage, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The latest episode of Designing Worlds – a seasonal tale of steampunk and KittyCatS  – is now on the web.

 

 

The citizens of New Babbage are preparing for Christmas and a special carol concert.  But mysterious monsters are lurking out there on the streets …

Can Saffia and Elrik come to the rescue – with the aid of Mr Biggins and various other old friends?

Giant Cats in New Babbage, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Giant Cats in New Babbage, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

With many thanks to Callie Cline, Dennis Lagan and KittyCatS for their help in making this programme.

Cast:
Miss Bookworm Heinrichs
Miss Garnet Psaltery
Miss Saffia Widdershins
Mr Jebediah Biggins
Mr Emerson Lighthouse
Mr Elrik Merlin
Master Timothy Sootworth
Mr Mavromichali Szondi

and the KittyCatS and citizens of New Babbage

 

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Image from ColeMarie's performance

Image from ColeMarie’s performance

The latest episode of Designing Worlds – a look at the career and particle magic of the well-known creator, muscian and machinima-maker, ColeMarie Soliel – is now on the web.

ColeMarie has had a fascinating career, both inworld and on the wider web, and she talks to us about this, as well as demonstrating some of her beautiful particle effects – and explaining why the development of particle scripting in Second Life made her enthusiastic to return and start creating again.

Cole demonstrates particles to Saffia and Elrik

Cole demonstrates particles to Saffia and Elrik

Then she treats us to a full musical performance with stunning particle effects.

Image from ColeMarie's performance

Image from ColeMarie’s performance

You can visit ColeMarie’s store at: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Horizon%20Dream/176/144/2004
See ColeMarie’s work on Aview: http://aviewtv.com/category/cole-marie-soleil
ColeMarie’s YouTube channel of Second Life related content: https://www.youtube.com/user/rockerfaerie
ColeMarie’s YouTube channel of her music: VideoCoMa – https://www.youtube.com/user/VideoCoMa/videos

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Firestorm Community Gateway, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Firestorm Community Gateway, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The latest episode of Designing Worlds – the fascinating new project from the Firestorm team, their Community Gateway – is now on the web.

Firestorm, makers of the hugely popular Firestorm viewer, were given the opportunity to create their own new user experience – and they have certainly done a fantastic job over five whole regions.

Firestorm Community Gateway, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Firestorm Community Gateway, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

We’re joined by Jessica Lyon, the head of Firestorm, and by two of the team working on the Gateway, Horseplay Yamauba and Flossy Andrew. Together we explore how the regions give basic instruction, and then encourage new residents to explore some of the pleasures of Second Life for themselves!

Firestorm Community Gateway, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Firestorm Community Gateway, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

There’s some fantastic creativity on display here and some interesting discussion about how best to introduce new users to Second Life!

Firestorm Community Gateway, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Firestorm Community Gateway, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

You can visit the new  Firestorm Community Gateway at:  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Firestorm%20Support/29/127/33

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At the Seanchai Library, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

At the Seanchai Library, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The latest episode of Designing Worlds – a visit to the Seanchai Library – a home for spoken word storytelling in Second Life – is now on the web.

Our guide, Caledonia Skytower, escorts us around a number of venues now available for spoken performances, including the special location planned for the Dickens event at Christmas.

At the Seanchai Library, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

At the Seanchai Library, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

We learn about regular popular events, and join the audience for an extract from Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes, read by Corwyn Allen, which forms part of the very popular Tea Time at Baker Street series, and a story read by Caledonia herself.

 

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Virtual Health Adventures. photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Virtual Health Adventures. photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The latest episode of Designing Worlds – a visit to Virtual Health Adventures, a fascinating academic project in Second Life  offering very practical help to a disadvantaged community, people who have undergone a real life amputation of at least one upper or lower limb – is now on the web.

 

 

The project is assessing the effectiveness of delivering healthcare through a virtual world environment by working with amputees  to explore ways of best helping them adjust to the changes in their lives, and working with prosthetic limbs.  The project in the real world and in Second Life is led by Dr Sandra Winkler at the Nova Southeastern University, and  is funded by an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality  Grant, in association with the Veterans Agency and Virtual Ability, a nonprofit based within Second Life.

Virtual Health Adventures. photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Virtual Health Adventures. photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Dr Winkler, together with Jim, who is one of the amputees who has been a client on the program, and Eme Capalini, who is the chief builder on the two Virtual Health Adventures islands, give us a guided tour of the islands, and an insight into how the project has worked.  The data is not yet final, but we discuss some of the anecdotal evidence that has emerged.

You can learn more about this project on their website, and on their new You Tube channel, or visit the main island here (the second island is private and used for research).

Virtual Health Adventures. photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Virtual Health Adventures. photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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Burn2 2015 - on the play, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Burn2 2015 – on the play, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The latest episode of Designing Worlds – a visit to the amazing Second Life art festival, Burn 2, the inworld realisation of the famous Burning Man Festival held annually in the Nevada desert. – is now on the web.

 

 

We take a look at this fascinating event, and talk to some of the artists involved: Mrs. Mia Wallace, who gives us a guided tour, Jennifer Steele, Kerryth Tarantal and Leondra Larsson. We also meet our old friend Toady Nakamura of Grendels, who this year created the temple, and she explains how it is a tribute to Lumiere Noir, the much loved creator of that superb building resource, the Tower of Prims, and who died unexpectedly earlier this year.

 

Burn2 2015 - the Temple, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Burn2 2015 – the Temple, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

 

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