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ExtravaDanza set for Imagine! Photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

ExtravaDanza set for Imagine! Photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

All images by Wildstar Beaumont

The latest episode of Designing Worlds – as we discover the world of Second Life dance spectaculars – is now on the web.

We visit the beautiful region of Extravadanza, currently set out for the wonderful ballet, Imagine!, performed by a ombination of the dance companies the Night Theater, Extravadanza and Elysium and we see extracts from Imagine! too.

ExtravaDanza set for Imagine! Photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

ExtravaDanza set for Imagine! Photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

We talk to Aelva, head of the Night Theater, who has brought together many of the best dancers and choreographers in Second Life to create awesome shows for events such as One Billion Rising and Fantasy Faire (with a packed region every day for the beautiful ballet Fantasme)about how dances are constructed in Second Life … we will even get a chance to try one for ourselves!

We also talk to Royal Flush, the choreographer, about how the whole dance experience is created, and to Amethyst Dovgal, a dancer new to the Night Theater who is working on her first dance for the company and who explains some of the things that it is necessary to learn to bring a dance from a concept in the head to a performance in Second Life!

ExtravaDanza set for Imagine! Photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

ExtravaDanza set for Imagine! Photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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All images by Wildstar Beaumont

DJ Stage at SL12B

DJ Stage at SL12B

The latest episode of Designing Worlds – as we pay the second of two visits to the Second Life 12th Birthday Community Celebration, recognising the 12th anniversary of the launch of Second Life – is now on the web.

In last week’s show we looked at the creations of residents; in this week’s show, we turn our attention to the wonderful public builds – the four great stages, the amazing Welcome Area – and the beautiful Dreamitarium.

Frog Stage at SL12B

Frog Stage at SL12B

We’ll be talking to the designers of all these areas – Anthony (adudenamed Anthony), Designer of the Dreamitarium; Walton F. Wainwright, Designer of the Welcome Area, Cube Republic, Designer of the Ixtlan Stage, Mikati Slade, Designer of the Cake Stage, Toady Nakamura and Flea Bussy, Designers of the Main Stage, and Kazuhiro Aridian, Designer of the DJ Stage.

Cake Stage at SL12B

Cake Stage at SL12B

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The latest episode of Designing Worlds – as we pay the first of two visits to the Second Life 12th Birthday Community Celebration, recognising the 12th anniversary of the launch of Second Life – is now on the web.

T his week Aisling Sinclair, standing in for Saffia this week, and Elrik Merlin talk to SL12B Event Co-lead Marianne McCann about her Bay City build and about the concept behind this year’s celebration; and to Jo Yardley, who brought a little of her 1920s Berlin project to SL12B.

Sl12B Community Celebration: Resident Builds

Sl12B Community Celebration: Resident Builds

Aisling and Elrik also visit some of the other resident builds – including the Designing Worlds installation that Aisling created! – and the show includes an extended slideshow of stunning images of the event by our wonderful photographer Wildstar Beaumont.

Sl12B Community Celebration: Resident Builds

Sl12B Community Celebration: Resident Builds

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The latest episode of Designing Worlds – as we explore a world where avatar customisation and breedable creations meet the world of Second Life sport, in the field of equestrianism – is now on the web.

We meet Honey Heart of ~Ladies’ Pleasure~ who tells us about avatar and breedable horses, and even more about what can be done in Second Life – taking a look at carriage rides (and races), dressage, show jumping and cross country – and we hear about horse racing too – with the aid of some of Honey’s horses: Cherry Lastchance, Dancer Inglewood, Emmalette Resident & Karin Lupindo.

Cross Country at ~Ladies' Pleasure~

Cross Country at ~Ladies’ Pleasure~

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The latest episode of Designing Worlds – when we’ll be learning all about the phenomenon of Second Life golf – is now on the web.

There are many sports in Second Life that residents can enjoy alone or with friends, and Second Life golf is one of them.  To play well requires a mixture of knowledge, skill … and perhaps a little luck as well.  There are a number of courses scattered around Second Life, some very realistic and some offering more unexpected hazards (volcanoes, panthers for example).  Saffia is a great fan – although Elrik had never played before this show. And so Saffia decided to show him why Second Life golf is such fun!

Getting set at Angel Manor golf course

Getting set at Angel Manor golf course

In the show we talk to CrowleyCorp, Designer of Crowley Corp Golf System (in other words, the clubs that we play with) and also owner of the Rolling Hills Golf Course who explains how the system works (and why it is so popular with golfers across Second Life). Then we visit LittleOneSusan Teardrop, Owner of Getting set at Angel Manor golf course, and she explains how she designs her course, incorporating elements of the the courses she has played – and ones she has loved.  Sinally, we meet up with Kaya Angel, Owner of Angel Manor Estate, which we visited on a recent show, and which has its own golf course.  Angel Manor’s six hole course is an excellent one for learning how to play golf (and for having a short game with friends) and Elrik finally gets a chance to try out what he has learned!

Emerald Crystal Golf Course

Emerald Crystal Golf Course

Golf Courses featured in the show:
Rolling Hills Golf Course
Emerald Crystal Golf Course
Angel Manor Golf Course

Some other courses to check out:
A Whisper of Silk Golf Course
AERO Golf Club
Haven Golf Resort
XL Underground Course (you play on the ground – but there’s a city overhead!)

Please note: we have not verified your personal safety on these last two courses – but we can’t wait to try them out!
Tombstone Arizona Golf Club (cowboy golf at its finest)
Al Raqis Golf Course (golf with a scifi twist)

 Please note: Most of these courses offer rental clubs. Some will require you to join a group in order to be able to rezz.

Unusual hazards at Rolling Hills Golf Course!

Unusual hazards at Rolling Hills Golf Course!

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From "Never Cry Dunsany"

From “Never Cry Dunsany”

The latest episode of Designing Worlds – a wholly new kind of episode where we combined readers and images to tell a fictional story – is now on the web.

Recently we travelled to New Babbage to look at the literary output associated with the famous steampunk city.  In this episode we focus on one of those stories – Never Cry Dunsany, by Emerson Lighthouse (and others) – told by a combination of New Babbagers, and Elrik and Saffia. It’s a scary tale … one that was hinted at in last week’s show!

The story was adapted especially for television by Emerson, with assistance from the cast and it is accompanied by photographs captured by cast members.  The sections of the story are read by Garnet Psaltery, Emerson Lighthouse, Bookworm Heinrichs, Victor Mornington, Saffia Widdershins, Elrik Merlin and Mavromichali Szondi.

From "Never Cry Dunsany" - the inner story

From “Never Cry Dunsany” – the inner story

For more information about stories and novels related to New Babbage, see below:

Joe Gatch
Phineas Frakture was an avatar in New Babbage before jumping off to his own adventures!
The Adventures of Phineas Frakture
The Adventures of Phineas Frakture: Steam Wars
Steam & Sorcery: a Transdimensional Adventure

Sheryl Nantus
This steampunk western was written by a little clockwork dragon at the CocoaJava Cafe in New Babbage. The book’s dedication page thanks the city of New Babbage.
Wild Cards and Iron Horses

Lori Alden Holuta
Books inspired by city of New Babbage while the author’s avatar resided there. The Brassbright concept came to life through a character bio that got well out of hand.
The Flight To Brassbright
The Steamkettle Kids Save The Day

P.S. Chambers
Captive Sky, Truant Heart is based on a New Babbage avatar named Sky. The publisher, Penny Gaff Publishing LLC, maintains a virtual publishing house in New Babbage.
Captive Sky, Truant Heart (Clockhaven Chronicles Book 1)
Day of the Dragons: The Girl in the Corner… (Clockhaven Chronicles Book 2)

New Babbage

New Babbage

Andrew McCurdy
Emerson Lighthouse, a New Babbage avatar, appears in the story. The publisher, Penny Gaff Publishing LLC, maintains a virtual publishing house in New Babbage.
A Drop of the Venom: Leviathan’s Bane (Clockhaven Chronicles Book 3)

Maxwell Grantly
Author’s avatar of a clockwork teddy bear features in one story, set in New Babbage.  Other stories are also set in the city.
Runs Like Clockwork

Various Authors with New Babbage Avatars
Tales of New Babbage: The Steampunk City Volumes 1 – 3

Collections of former Flash Fiction contests: Dialogues Volumes 1-5, free in the R.F. Burton Library in New Babbage. Look to the left just as you enter the library.

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The latest episode of Designing Worlds – when we learn about the surprising very real world literary output of the steampunk city of New Babbage– is now on the web.

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In the show, we talk to three of the people closely involved with the development of New Babbage’s Literary output. We learn about the inspiration for this – the determination that what had been created in New Babbage would live beyond Second Life through publications in the real world. And we hear about some of the writers who have been involved not only in the creation of the three Tales from New Babbage books, but in other literary endeavours too.

We discuss how roleplay can feed in to literature – and how it can hinder it! And we look at how the New Babbage website has become a centre for writing both individual and collaborative.

And we talk to Ceejay Writer who – under her real world name of Lori Alden Holuta – is writing and publishing a series of books – The Brassbright Chronicles – inspired by the city of New Babbage.

New Babbage

New Babbage

If you are interested in learning more about the literature of New Babbage discussed in this show, here is a reading list compelled by Ceejay:

Joe Gatch
Phineas Frakture was an avatar in New Babbage before jumping off to his own adventures!
The Adventures of Phineas Frakture
The Adventures of Phineas Frakture: Steam Wars
Steam & Sorcery: a Transdimensional Adventure

Sheryl Nantus
This steampunk western was written by a little clockwork dragon at the CocoaJava Cafe in New Babbage. The book’s dedication page thanks the city of New Babbage.
Wild Cards and Iron Horses

Lori Alden Holuta
Books inspired by city of New Babbage while the author’s avatar resided there. The Brassbright concept came to life through a character bio that got well out of hand.
The Flight To Brassbright
The Steamkettle Kids Save The Day

New Babbage

New Babbage

P.S. Chambers
Captive Sky, Truant Heart is based on a New Babbage avatar named Sky. The publisher, Penny Gaff Publishing LLC, maintains a virtual publishing house in New Babbage.
Captive Sky, Truant Heart (Clockhaven Chronicles Book 1)
Day of the Dragons: The Girl in the Corner… (Clockhaven Chronicles Book 2)

Andrew McCurdy
Emerson Lighthouse, a New Babbage avatar, appears in the story. The publisher, Penny Gaff Publishing LLC, maintains a virtual publishing house in New Babbage.
A Drop of the Venom: Leviathan’s Bane (Clockhaven Chronicles Book 3)

Maxwell Grantly
Author’s avatar of a clockwork teddy bear features in one story, set in New Babbage.  Other stories are also set in the city.
Runs Like Clockwork

New Babbage

New Babbage

Various Authors with New Babbage Avatars
Tales of New Babbage: The Steampunk City Volumes 1 – 3

Collections of former Flash Fiction contests: Dialogues Volumes 1-5, free in the R.F. Burton Library in New Babbage. Look to the left just as you enter the library.

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