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Welcome Area, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

In this episode, Designing Worlds pays the first of two visits to the amazing regions regions that were created for Second Life’s Eighteenth Birthday Celebrations (better known as SL18B).

We take a look at the “Linden Builds” (which include builds both by the Moles and by leading SL resident designers commissioned by the Lab) which are represented by “public” areas such as the Auditorium, Main Stage, Tapestry of Time (which this year included a tribute to Linden Lab CEO Ebbe Linden who passed away recently), DJ Stage and the Welcome Area – and, as ever, they were spectacular.

Live Stage, created by Walton Wainwright, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

In addition we visit the Hop ‘n’ Shop shopping regions, We also take a look at the preview region showing off the latest forthcoming varieties of Linden Homes (the longed for fantasy homes), and revisit an extract from one of Saffia’s “Meet the Lindens” talks, where she discussed the new Linden Homes with Patch Linden.

Meet the Lindens with Patch Linden, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

NB: the Meet the Linden talks were filmed by Strawberry Singh, and can be seen on the Second Life YouTube channel at: https://www.youtube.com/user/Secondlife/search?query=Meet%20the%20Lindens

The new Fantasy Linden Homes, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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Araxes: the space station, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us today, Monday 12th July 2021 at 2pm SLT in our beautiful studio in Garden of Dreams as we journey back into the past for a show first shown in February 2013, when we as we visit the desert wastes of Araxes – and the space station high above.

You can watch it on this blog, and you can also see the show on the Designing Worlds Vimeo channel at: https://vimeo.com/381803307. And you can join the special Watch Party at 2pm SLT in our studio on Garden of Dreams.

Araxes was a series of role playing regions linked by a common theme and an interesting story – both of which we’ll ve covering the the show – and we’ll be confronting some of the dangers of the desert too.

Araxes, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

We talk to Reiko Soyinka, one of the estate managers of the region, and to Darren Green, who is the owner of one of the regions that make up Araxes, Splintered Rock, and the deviser of a rather interesting new media project.

You’ll have a chance to see Saffia in a whole new way … and – sadly – we also interfered with the Prim Directive, when we introduced the Araxeans to a whole new form of transport (designed by Darlingmonster Ember) .,..

Araxes: trying out a new form of transport

It makes for a fun and fascinating show – so do come and join us at 2pm, or catch it on the web!

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Araxes, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Sadly, the Araxes estate no longer appears to exist. I found a spacer bar on Gentilly that seemed to be related, but that was all: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gentilly/87/190/3052

Anyone who has information about continuing Araxes roleplay, please contact me or add information in the comments below!

Flying a craft designed by Darlingmonster Ember on Araxes

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In this episode, Designing Worlds pays the second of two visits to the beautiful campsites and design regions that were created for the Relay Weekend that was the culmination of the 2021 Relay for Life of Second Life.

We begin with an interview with Nuala Maracase, Relay for Life Co-Ordinator, who tells us all about the five days of Hope Fest in the run-up to the Relay Weekend, and we explore the regions that were created for this event. We also talk to Silver Howler, who created the Main Stage, and also the Pursuit for a Cure team site (which we saw on last week’s show when we interviewed Stingray Raymaker).

Then we talk to several people as we explore their campsites – Arizona Ballinger-Whiplash of Relay Rockers, and Melina Furehawk of Heroes Helping Heroes, as well as looking at the Designer Area created by Isabella and Jackson Trig, RFL Win, and – a campsite to delight Saffia’s heart – the mer campsite belonging to Sol Existence.

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If you missed Part 1 of this show, you can see it here:

You can learn more about Relay for Life of Second Life here.

All images of Relay for Life Weekend captured by Wildstar Beaumont.

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In the this episode of Designing Worlds, we paid the first of two visits to the beautiful campsites and design regions that were created for the Relay Weekend that was the culmination of the 2021 Relay for Life of Second Life.

We begin with an interview with Stingray Raymaker, Director of the American Cancer Society in Second Life, and the Ambassador to the American Cancer Society, the charity behind Relay for Life. At the Home and Garden Expo, earlier in the year, we talked about his hopes for the 2021 season – and now he tells us whether those hopes were fulfilled!

Then we talk to several teams as we explore their campsites – the One Life team,Grove Country Club Estates, and Dragon’s Nightfall, as well as the beautiful (and unexpectedly colorful) designer region created by Fiona Fei, as well as Latte Stark’s Bixley’s Turnkey Area (and she tells us what a Turnkey Area is!).

You can learn more about Relay for Life of Second Life here.

All images of Relay for Life Weekend captured by Wildstar Beaumont.

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East River Community, photographed by Honour McMillan
East River Community, photographed by Honour McMillan

Join us today, Monday 14th June 2021 at 2pm SLT in our beautiful studio in Garden of Dreams as we journey back into the past for a show first shown in October 2014, when we explored one of the oldest and largest of the mainland communities – the East River Community.

You can watch it on this blog, and you can also see the show on the Designing Worlds Vimeo channel at: https://vimeo.com/108461315. And you can join the special Watch Party at 2pm SLT in our studio on Garden of Dreams.

The East River community is located on the Sansara Continent, just to the North of the Sea of Fables, and it’s a remarkable place – and a remarkable achievement too.

East River Community, photographed by Honour McMillan
East River Community, photographed by Honour McMillan

Because what makes this community so fascinating is that it’s not – like many close communities – part of an island estate, privately owned and managed with a Covenant to make sure that there is consistency. No, this is a mainland community, created by residents coming together and protecting a tract of land that now covers nineteen sims, all brought together as the East River Community.

With the assistance of a longtime resident, Drewski Northman, we explore some of the residential and commercial areas, the art that forms an important part of the community, and some of the amazing transportation systems that link the community,

East River Community, photographed by Honour McMillan
East River Community, photographed by Honour McMillan

This is a fascinating show about an aspect of Second Life that many people remain unaware of – the rich potential of mainland living – don’t miss it!

You can visit the East River Community in Second Life here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Helvellyn/42/172/31

East River Community, photographed by Honour McMillan
East River Community, photographed by Honour McMillan

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Hotel Chelsea in the New York District

Join us today, Monday 19th April at 2pm SLT in our beautiful studio in Garden of Dreams as we journey back into the past for a show first shown in November 2011, when we paid a visit to the Mainland, and explored – among other locations – the Hotel Chelsea and CBGBs.

You can watch it on this blog, and you can also see the show on the Designing Worlds Vimeo channel at: https://vimeo.com/513175829. And you can join the special Watch Party at 2pm SLT in our studio on Garden of Dreams.

This was our second trip to the Mainland of Second Life, and we visited some fascinating and beautiful locations, including the recreation of an historic piece of New York City, magnificent temples to ancient deities, and an art gallery that’s 3km tall.

Our guide on this journey was Nexus Burbclave, who had recently undertaken the Mainland Renaissance project to highlight some of the fascinating builds of the mainland.

The famous CBGBs

Nexus took us to the Hotel Chelsea in Lanestris, a loving recreation of the well-known new York location, where we met Mykal Skall, its creator who works with Enola Vaher, the manager, to bring this fascinating area to life, and we talked about the build and the district that surrounded it. And Elrik took a look at the famous music club – CBGBs.

Temple of Nautilus

Then we moved on to explore the beautiful Temple of Neptune in Nautilus and saw some of the gorgeous Linden designed buildings there on public land.

A highlight of the show is our visit to Solkide Auer’s amazing 300 metre tower at Italic Art, on the mainland slim of Slitheen – he was going to remove it, but he left it up a little longer so that viewers of Designing Worlds could see this amazing build for themselves.

Travelling through Solkide’s tower

And we finished with a resident build in Nautilus – Kothar by Valentine Easter – which we think may surprise you!

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Tempest Bay, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

In the first episode in the new season of Designing Worlds, we paid the first of two visits to the amazing Fantasy Faire which took place this year from April 22nd till May 12th (thanks to a special extension from Linden Lab).

In this first show, we talk to Zander Greene, one of the founders and co-ordinators of Fantasy Faire, and learn something about how the Faire this year has raised the astounding total of L$23,794,648 (US$95,178) by the end of the event, and also about how the Faire is organised, with many people coming together to create this fantastic and much-loved event.

Isles of Tarrin, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Then we take a look at some of the wonderful Fairelands that formed the environment of this year’s Fantasy Faire – which was an especially draconic one – as we hoped we showed!

Khol Dracys , photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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For more information about Fantasy Faire 2021, don’t miss the extensive web-site: https://fantasyfairesl.wordpress.com/

Scrimshaw Warrens, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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The Looking Glass, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Looking Glass, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us today, Monday 19th April at 2pm SLT in our beautiful studio in Garden of Dreams as we journey back into the past for a show first shown in June 2016, when we visited the beautiful Looking Glass region, which at that time had been totally redesigned by Sharni Azalee and Marcus Inkpen.

DW307 – The Looking Glass Revisited from Richard Elen on Vimeo.

You can watch it on this blog, and you can also see the show on the Designing Worlds Vimeo channel at: https://vimeo.com/169056906. And you can join the special Watch Party at 2pm SLT in our studio on Garden of Dreams.

The Looking Glass, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Looking Glass, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Marcus and Sharni had done a complete redesign that has been two years in the planning, and several months in the execution and – as we discovered when Marcus showed us around – the end result is gorgeous, and has become a favourite place for many on the grid – including us; we filmed the 2019 Halloween Tale there.

The Looking Glass, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Looking Glass, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Sharni was unable to join us (she’s based in Australia and was soundly asleep when we filmed) but Marcus was able to share with us many of the beauties and the fun things that await visitors to The Looking Glass. It makes for an amazing eye-candy episode as he shows us the Art Gallery, the hidden upper streets, the towers, the bridge, the performance areas, the landscaping … and we certainly didn’t have time to cover everything!

The Looking Glass, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Looking Glass, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

It’s a show you won’t want to miss – so do come and join us for the Watch Party – or watch it on the web!

You can visit The Looking Glass on Horizon Dream here.  And make sure to look out for Sharni Azalee’s stunning region J’Adoube at this year’s Fantasy Faire, opening on Thursday 22nd April!

The Looking Glass, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Looking Glass, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

 

 

 

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Avilion in 2012, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Avilion in 2012, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

You can watch it on this blog, and you can also see the show on the Designing Worlds Vimeo Archive channel at: https://vimeo.com/516465206. And you can join the special Watch Party (at 2pm SLT, Monday 25th February) in our studio on Garden of Dreams.

#DW152 Exploring Avilion Feb 13th 2012 from Saffia Widdershins on Vimeo.

Originally a special Designing Worlds for Valentine’s Day Eve, Saffia and Elrik visit the extensive regions of Avilion in Second Life, a complex of mediaeval-themed roleplay, residential and communal areas with an extremely strong sense of community.

Avilion in 2012, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Avilion in 2012, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The regions date back to 2006, and are home to the famous and extremely romantic Avilion Ballroom. Saffia and Elrik also explore combat areas, visit a gypsy encampment and elf circle, and discover the Avilion Library, where the history of the community is maintained.

And, of course, no visit to Avilion would be complete without a visit to the famous ballroom – something that our Prim Perfect readers voted to see included in their favourite Valentine locations.

Avilion in 2012, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Avilion in 2012, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Thankfully, unlike many other locations we have visited, Avilion is still with us – an estate of seven associated regions. You can visit the information point on Avilion here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Avilion/248/128/22

It makes for a fascinating and beautiful show – so do come and join us at 2pm or watch online!

Avilion in 2012, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Avilion in 2012, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

 

 

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Home and Garden Expo, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Home and Garden Expo, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

In the most recent episode of Designing Worlds, we paid a second visit to the Home and Garden Expo. The Expo ran from 27th February to 21st March, and was a fabulous event with amazing displays of homes and furnishings, gardens and landscaping, and a range of art displays.

DW432 – Home & Garden Expo 2021 – II from Richard Elen on Vimeo.

Watch the show above, or you can see it on the Designing Worlds Vimeo channel at: https://vimeo.com/529033647

In this show, we explore the beautiful Designing Worlds cafe, in a building created by Danny Bourne, and landscaped and decorated for us by undercoverlady, visit the fun location of Waffleville (created for tiny.dinkie/petite designers and shoppers) with Kaerri Rae, organiser of the Expo, and talk to Stingray Raymaker, Ambassador for the American Cancer Society in Second Life.

Home and Garden Expo, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Home and Garden Expo, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

And we also take a look at the Home Decorating Contest, talking to four of the contestants: Prokofy Neva, Terra Tepper, Madison Granger and Corvi Ashdene. Wildstar Beaumont has also supplied one of his wonderful slideshows of the decorated homes too! To find out the results … see this post!

Houses in the Decorating Contest at the Home and Garden Expo, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Houses in the Decorating Contest at the Home and Garden Expo, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Finally, we take part in the beautiful lantern ceremony, having looked at some of the Talks that Saffia hosted in the Theatre.

Home and Garden Expo, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Home and Garden Expo, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

 

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