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Yes, it’s the time of year when Saffia and Elrik set out for an innocent visit to New Babbage and discover … what could possibly go wrong. Yes, it’s our Christmas Special – and it’s on the web for you to enjoy!

DW389 – Designing Worlds Christmas Special 2018 from Richard Elen on Vimeo.

Miss Widdershins and Mr Merlin are visiting the steampunk city of New Babbage to learn all about the Urchins’ Christmas Ball, where Steam Santa will give presents to the Urchins, while the Boiler Elf adjudicates between those who have been good and bad.

Or at least, that is the plan …

But when Steam Santa disappears, Miss Widdershins and Mr Merlin find themselves caught up in a nefarious plot which they must resolve with the aid of Mr Mornington, the Assistant Maceholder of New Babbage, Miss Heinrichs, the Captain of the New Babbage Militia and, of course, the redoubtable (and hapless) Mr Biggins.

To say nothing of New Babbage’s leading forensic scientist, an expert in tracking and a crowd of urchins …

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Credits

The Players:
Miss Saffia Widdershins
Mr Elrik Merlin
Miss Bookworm Heinrichs
Mr Victor Mornington
Mr Jedediah Biggins
The Boiler Elf
Miss Avariel Falcon
Miss Beryl Strifeclaw
Steam Santa

And the Urchins:
Tepic Harlequin
Jimmy Branagh
Candance
Aoife Lorefield
Lisa Fargazer
Robert
Leon
Wisp
Taylor Muggins
KrystalKid Nightfire

Written by: Miss Bookworm Heinrichs and Miss Saffia Widdershins
Videography by Mr Elrik Merlin and Miss Saffia Widdershins
Edited by Mr Elrik Merlin
Title Music by Associated Production Music
Incidental Music by Audioblocks
Executive Producer: Miss Saffia Widdershins
Directed by Miss Aisling Sinclair

Special thanks to:
Mr Mosseveno Tenk, Mr Mavromichali Szondi, Miss Honey Heart, Mr Terra Volitant and His Grace the Duke of Argylle & Earl of Primbroke, Mr Edward Pearse
And the Citizens (and Urchins) of New Babbage

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This is the last episode in our current season. Designing Worlds will return in the New Year. Until then, we wish you all the Compliments of the Season!

Designing Worlds Christmas Card 2018

Designing Worlds Christmas Card 2018

 

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Soul2soul River, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Soul2soul River, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

In this episode, brought to you from a special studio constructed for us by Eliza Weirwight of Patron, we take a look at some outstanding winter locations in Second Life.

DW388 – SL Winter Places 2018 from Richard Elen on Vimeo.

We talk to Eliza herself and look at some of her special seasonal products at the Patron store; we talk to Kess Viiperi about her winter landscaping vlogging (as she demonstrates how to create a wonderful wintry landscape of your own – you can see her decorating video in full here); and we meet up with Tymus Tenk of Calas Galadhon and take a detailed tour of their winter regions. You’ll be amazed at the changes since our last show there, when we visited for Halloween!

StoryBrooke Garden, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

StoryBrooke Garden, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

We also look at Linden Lab’s own Winter Wonderland experience and elsewhere, and cover further winter-themed locations in a seasonally stunning slideshow from Wildstar Beaumont.

Christmas Expo, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Christmas Expo, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Visit some of the places on the show!
The Linden Winter Wonderland: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Winter%20Wonderland%202/157/7/21
Patron: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Patron/84/148/26
Winter’s Hollow, Auron: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Auron/19/239/23
Let It Snow! http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Authors%20Point/194/117/34
Hollyee, Starlight Shores: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Starlight%20Shores/77/154/25
Christmas at Calas Galadhon: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/ERIADOR/20/150/25

Isle of May, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Isle of May, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

And if you want more, we recommend this link! https://www.flickr.com/groups/3952574@N24/discuss/72157702345327061/

And don’t miss our Christmas Special – a visit to New Babbage for the Urchin’s Ball. It will be shown at 2pm SLT on Christmas Eve – and here’s the trailer!

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SLCS - the new stadium, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

SLCS – the new stadium, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Our visit to the Second Life Cheerleading Squad on Cheertopia to learn about how they have created a powerful, generous and fun community is now available online!

DW387 – Second Life Cheerleaders from Richard Elen on Vimeo.

Our guide is Brandi Darkwatch, who is a Senior Co-Captain of the Cheerleaders, and she tells us about the amazing Cheerleading community, their training sessions and their work for charities including Cake Against Cancer and, above all, for Relay for Life.

We learn about not just the main Cheerleading Squad, but also their younger cohort, the Comets (for teenagers) and the adorable youngest group – the Spitfires, who we’ll see perform.

SLCS - the Spitfire locker room at the new stadium, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

SLCS – the Spitfire locker room at the new stadium, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

We explore the current stadium, and see some routines performed in the new stadium. And Saffia undergoes some cheerleader training with the aid of experienced trainer Aɗɗιѕση Aηη Sαηɗ!

SLCS -the current stadium, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

SLCS -the current stadium, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Find out more about the SLCS!
Website: http://www.slcheerleadingsquad.com/
Main entrance: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Cheertopia/149/184/369
New stadium: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Cheertopia/120/129/1501

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The Majesterium, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Majesterium, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Our fascinating show visiting the stunningly beautiful Majesterium estate is now available online!

DW386 – Majesterium Riviera Estate from Richard Elen on Vimeo.

It’s the home of His Majesty Brick Masters, and we visited just over a year ago, but since then His Majesty has totally overhauled this and has had a fantastic new mansion built for him by the renowned Second Life architect Patch Thibaud – and the result is spectacular!

 

The Majesterium, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Majesterium, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Not only is the building is a fine example of virtual world architecture and design at its best, but the interiors form a beautiful synergy with the architecture, building to a holistic design triumph – which is also a beautiful home.

His Majesty welcomes visitors – you’ll find the gates of his Estate here – and at the pier, the gondola will be waiting to carry you across to the island, if you want to arrive in style (and who doesn’t?)

The Majesterium, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Majesterium, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Certain areas of the house are private. They are roped off and marked – please respect this.

And there’s something else not to be missed – hiding away in the sky above the house is an amazing funfair with a great many attractions!

The Majesterium, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Majesterium, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Once or twice a year, at various charity events, we auction Designing Worlds shows to raise money for the charity in question, and this year, His Majesty was one of the winners of the auction at Fantasy Faire – and this is his very special show. Two more will be coming next season.

The Majesterium, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Majesterium, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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Caledon Library Meeting Room, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Caledon Library Meeting Room, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Our fascinating show looking at the role of libraries in Caledon and in the wider world of Second Life is now on the web!

DW385 – Second Life Libraries on Vimeo.

In the show, we explore with Sir JJ Drinkwater some of the Caledon libraries, such as the Jack and Elaine Whitehorn Memorial Library and the HG Wells Memorial Library, as well as the Gertrude Jekyll Gardening Collection and the Steampunk Collection. We learn of the extensive renovation the Whitehorn is currently undergoing, and the reasons behind it.

Jack and Elaine Whitehorn Memorial Library (under refurbishment), Caledon Victoria City

Jack and Elaine Whitehorn Memorial Library (under refurbishment), Caledon Victoria City

We also hold a detailed discussion with a group of librarians and people interested in and supportive of the work of libraries from all over Second Life – including Sir JJ and Sere Timeless (Owner of the SL Regions of Rocca Sorrentina and the Bay of Naples), Valibrarian Gregg, Director of Community Virtual Library, Kghia Gherardi, Library Patron & Volunteer, and Beth Ghostraven, owner of the Book and Tankard Pub in Caledon Victoria and enthusiastic library supporter. Together they discuss the work of the libraries and how the concept of a library adapts itself to the possibilities and challenges of a virtual world.

Gertrude Jekyll Gardening Collection, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Gertrude Jekyll Gardening Collection, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

And our wonderful photographer, Wildstar Beaumont, gives us a glimpse of some of the many libraries available in Second Life.

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If you would like to visit the Libraries of Caledon, here is a list:
The Jack and Elaine Whitehorn Memorial Library, Caledon Victoria City

The Caledon Library Reading Room in Caledon VIctoria City

The Vannevar Bush Reading Garden, Caledon prime. Iinter-Library Loan Catapult, & a book of verses beneath a shady bough

The Marie Curie Memorial Branch Library: Science, Technolgy, Poetry, and the precursor literatures of the Steampunk genre

Marie Curie Library in Caledon Mayfair, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Marie Curie Library in Caledon Mayfair, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

HG Wells Memorial Branch Library, Caledon Wellsian. “The Art of Going” Real and Imaginary voyages

Tinyville Library, Tinyville, Caledon Tanglewood: 19th century Children’s literature and Literature of the Fantastic

Caledon Welcome Centre, sponsored by the Caledon Library

Steampunk and Airships Dirigible: Steampunk Reference collection, Proto-Steampunk FIction from the 19th c; 19th & early 20th c books on Airships

Caledon Steampunk Collection, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Caledon Steampunk Collection, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Gertrude Jekyll Gardening Collection

Caledon Library at Oxbridge: Caledon Materials, Oxbridge Materials, Public School Novels.

Caledon Library Meeting Room

The H. P. Blavatsky Spiritualism Collection, Caledon Speirling

What happens in Special Collections *stays* in Special Collections

The Caledon Library is a Branch of the Alexandrian Free Library and is supported by the House of Wu and the Caledon Library Benefactors group.

H. P. Blavatsky Spiritualism Collection, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

H. P. Blavatsky Spiritualism Collection, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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Other Second Life Libraries you might like to visit:
Community Virtual Library, Cookie
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Cookie/54/117/21
Website: https://communityvirtuallibrary.org/

Virtual Ability Libraries
On Healthinfo Island, there is the Consumer Health Library. This library has disability, mental health, senior health, medication, and addiction resources. Actually, the entire island is a library of information. There are eight exhibits that are updated monthly with relevant health information. They also have a Path of Support with information from over 100 health peer support groups in SL. The Research Pavilion hosts health research presentations and shares information on studies that are recruiting subjects. Healthinfo Island also houses a Health & Wellness Center, an Herb Garden, a Farmer’s Market and a quiet reading room. You can find it here:
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Healthinfo%20Island/128/128/24

In addition there is a library on Cape Serenity that features works by authors with disabilities. Next to the library is a lovely poetry garden. You can find it here:
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Cape%20Serenity/88/123/22

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Rosehaven Library, in Rosehaven Castle (formerly Winterfell)

Seanchai Library

Seanchai Library, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Seanchai Library, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

R.F. Burton Library, New Babbage

Accademia di Rocca Sorrentina

The Philomena Public Library

Accademia di Rocca Sorrentina, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Accademia di Rocca Sorrentina, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Nuba Archives
TV rec-room in the Gym – Nuba Archives

Trilby’s Moors Mausoleum Library

Chilbo Community Library

Chilbo Community Library, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Chilbo Community Library, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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The 1st World War Digital Poetry Archive at Frideswide, photographed by PJ Trenton

The 1st World War Digital Poetry Archive at Frideswide, photographed by PJ Trenton

November 11th marked the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that brought the First World War to an end. Signed at the eleven hour of the eleventh day, the Armistice silenced the guns that had killed so many over the four years of the War. On November 11th, 2018, Designing Worlds released a special short film to mark the occasion at 11.10am UK time.

DW384 – Designing Worlds: Remembrance from Richard Elen on Vimeo.

The film was shot on Frideswide, the home in Second Life of the 1st World War Digital Poetry Archive. The special exhibition simulates aspects of life in the trenches on the Western Front during the 1914-1918 war and presents work by the “War Poets” of the period. As visitors explore the simulation, they can listen to the voices of veterans recounting their experiences of the war, view original film footage and photographs from the time, and learn about life on the Western Front, encountering some of the most powerful poetry in English literature by seeing the original manuscripts, and turning the pages of the poets’ war diaries and letters.

The 1st World War Digital Poetry Archive at Frideswide, photographed by PJ Trenton

The 1st World War Digital Poetry Archive at Frideswide, photographed by PJ Trenton

You can still visit the Archive in Second Life here (for the training camp) or here (for the Western Front). You can obtain a hud at the training camp to help you navigate around the region. It’s a moving and powerful recreation of the horrors of the Western Front – and we would strongly recommend people visit it.

We also showed our original film about the region in Second Life, created in 2009 for the launch of the 1st World War Digital Poetry Archive.

DW064 – Designing Worlds: The Western Front (2009) from Richard Elen on Vimeo.

The song that concludes that episode, Only Remembered, together with the images, is also available as a separate short film. The song was recorded by leading British folk musicians Coope Boyes & Simpson providing the music in their unique and moving acapella style. The song – originally a Horatius Bonar / Ira Sankey hymn from the 19th century, arranged by John Tams – also appears in the play War Horse, adapted by Nick Stafford from the book by Michael Morpurgo.

DW064A – Only Remembered (from Designing Worlds episode 64, The Western Front) from Richard Elen on Vimeo.

Only Remembered (Bonar/Sankey/Tams Voice Publishing) is used by permission and is taken from the album “Private Peaceful – The Concert” (No Masters NMCD24, nomasters.co.uk) by Coope Boyes & Simpson (coopeboyesandsimpson.co.uk).

 

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Fireworks, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Fireworks, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

To celebrate the British November 5th being celebrated with bonfires, fireworks and the traditional burning of the guy, we have a special show all about fireworks, now on the web!

DW383 – Fireworks in Second Life from Richard Elen on Vimeo.

In Part 1, Saffia and Elrik look at the history behind the Gunpowder Plot – and find some modern resonances in a tale of religious fanaticism and repression, as well as a triumph for (partial) democracy.

Then, in Part 2, the intrepid Toady Nakamura, co-janitor of the wonderful Grendel’s endeavours to teach Saffia to make a firework. Brave toad!

If you’d like to make a firework of your own, you can collect the kit and instructions from the Designing Worlds Studio until Monday 12th November.

Fireworks at The Old Primgraph Press, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Fireworks at The Old Primgraph Press, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

And finally, in Part 3, we talk to the amazing Racer X Gullwing who shows us some of his amazing fireworks (in addition to telling us about the Giant Snail Races).

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You can visit Grendel’s at: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Avaria%20Tor/133/134/302
You can find out about Toady’s classes here on the Grendel’s website: https://grendelschildren.wordpress.com/author/toadynakamura/

You can visit the Giant Snails at: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gullwing%20Coast%20Racers/128/133/2386
You can watch Giant Snail Races on their YouTube channel at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIzUNyz8RHrBc–NIXwEAEg or on SLArtist: https://www.slartist.com/user/RacerXGullwing/

Fireworks, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Fireworks, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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