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Designing Worlds’ meeting with Patch Linden and exploration of the fantastic builds created by the Linden Department of Public Works (otherwise known as the Moles) is now on the web!

We hoped we would meet some of the elusive Moles … but that was not to be.  However … some did sneak into the show so you can play the Chocolate Mole game as you watch this episode – every time you see a Mole – eat a chocolate!

The elusive Moles are creative residents of Second Life who – with special Mole surnamed avatars – work on Linden infrastructure, events and gifts.  Recently, a special island for the Moles has opened, known as the Meauxle Bureaux, which residents can visit.

Inside the Meauxle Bureaux, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Inside the Meauxle Bureaux, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

But the work of the Moles extends over (and under) the mainland, as well as projects around the Portal Park – like the Haunted House for Halloween, the Winterfair, the Linden Realms and the Cornfield.  They have worked in partnership with residents on major developments like Bay City and Nautilus.

We talk to Patch Linden about the work of the Moles, and about his own work at Linden Lab.  He talks about the future of Second Life (as its own entity – and in relation to the new platform Second Life are buildingg) and about plans for development within Second Life – including in the Welcome Areas.

Ahab's Haunt, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Ahab’s Haunt, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Some Mole-created links for this show:
Meauxle Bureaux – http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Meauxle%20Bureaux/157/123/29
Statue to the Heroic Mole in Bay City – http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Bay%20City%20-%20Falconmoon/81/56/25
Portal Park (gateway to many Linden experiences – and Mole Builds) – http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Portal%20Park%202/135/134/23
Ahab’s Haunt – http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Ahab%27s%20Haunt/128/128/0
Sea of Fables – http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Bohol/219/88/27
Linden Homes – Elderglen – http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Elderglen/128/128/29
Space Base, Mos Ainsley – http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Mos%20Ainsley/134/131/49
Pyri Peaks Funfair Dock – http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sandeulbaram/217/228/23

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Designing Worlds’ exploration of the phenomenal popularity of gacha events, machines and yard sales in Second Life is now on the web!



We talk to creators Sway Dench of Sway’s and Robin Sojourner of R(S)W about the experience of creating for gacha events – and also running gachas in their own stores, while Marianne McCann explains how gacha machines are set up for the big gacha event running at the moment, The Arcade.

Then we visit two of the gacha Yard Sales  – Gacha Grove to meet яєуηα Ήσℓίdąƴ  and the Epic Gacha Market to meet Jëẅël̈ Br̈öök̈s̈ and June Marais. Gacha Yard Sales are where people who have bought excess gacha items can re-sell them, sometimes at a large profit, one of the reasons for the continuing popularity of gachas.

From Matthew Anthony's Gacha Collection, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

From Matthew Anthony’s Gacha Collection, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Finally, we’ll be visit Matthew Anthony, a keen fan of gachas – and owner of the Gacha Haus, where he sells all of the goodies he get playing gachas around the grid. But it’s his displays of rare gachas that make a visit to his home (and his food court!) so exciting – and he not only shows off his gachas, but tells the fascinating stories behind many of them.

And as we explore all these aspects of the gacha phenomenon, we ask whether gachas can be considered as a form of gambing in Second Life, and asking those involved whether these events are helping or harming the virtual world economy.

From Matthew Anthony's Gacha Collection, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

From Matthew Anthony’s Gacha Collection, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Whether you love or loathe gachas, we think you’ll find this a very interesting show!

Links for this show:
Creator’s stores
Sway’s: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SwayLand/188/136/27R(S)W: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Livingtree/104/128/24/

Yard Sales
Gacha Grove: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Hawaiian%20Islands/201/78/2502
Epic Gacha Market: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Dixfield/131/129/3337
Gacha Haus: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Isere/19/37/1999


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The latest episode of Designing Worlds –  exploring some of the many organisations offering inworld training – is now on the web!

NB Ignore the spinning wheel and click the start button!

We are joined by Brace Coral of NCI (New Citizens Incorporated), Toady Nakamura, Flea Bussey and Leslea of Raglan U, and Sen Maximus of Builders’ Brewery. Together we discuss the nature of education in a virtual world, and also the challenges of teaching (largely with volunteers) in Second Life.

Then, while Elrik explores the classrooms of New Citizens Incorporated and Builders’ Brewery, Saffia takes a class at Raglan U with Toady Nakamura, ever dauntless, attempting to teach her to build …

Inworld Education - Builders Brewery, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Inworld Education – Builders Brewery, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

More Information:
New Citizens Incorporated

Raglan U

Builders Brewery

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The latest episode of Designing Worlds –  re-visiting the amazing event that was One Billion Rising in Second Life – is now on the web!

DW264 – One Billion Rising in SL 2015 from Richard Elen on Vimeo.

One Billion Rising was a Second Life event featuring a four-region stage where 200 people could dance together, surrounded by an area of art installations, an arena for poetry and dance productions, and informational exhibits. A variety of performers played over the 24-hour period and poetry and dance events were held at different times, enabling people all over the world to attend this virtual event no matter their timezone. The objective of the event was to raise awareness, not to raise funds; however, information about real-world organisations was be available in kiosks for those wishing to donate.

Audio installation by Lorin Tone on OBR Change

Audio installation by Lorin Tone on OBR Change – drumming was a theme of this year’s event

The day after, we took our cameras to explore the four regions and talk to some of the people behind the event including Victor Mornington, Samantha Ohrberg, Drew Slate, Garnet Psaltery, Taralyn Gravois, AvaJean Westland, Adele Ward and our own director, Aisling Sinclair, who created the landscaping and infrastructure.

It makes for a fascinating “Behind the Scenes show” for One Billion Rising in Second Life 2015!

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The latest episode of Designing Worlds –  tracing the history of virtual world jewellery making with Abraxxa Anatine of Earthstones – is now on the web!

Designing Worlds Episode 263 – The Ages of Second Life Jewellery from Richard Elen on Vimeo.

Abraxxa has been creating jewellery in Second Life for a very long time, and she takes us back to the days of prim torture as she demonstrates how jewellery was made before the advent of the sculptie (and why it was possible to crash a region with your ear-rings!). Then we look at the refinements possible with the development of sculptie prims, and finally to the amazing possibilities of mesh.


And along the way we discuss issues such as the use of bling (Second Life’s very own version of the Blink! tag), the pleasures and pitfalls of maintaining jewellery stores across virtual worlds (Abraxxa has a strong presence in Inworldz), the problems posed by the advent of mesh body parts, and the difficulties the use of display names has caused. In fact, some of the issues Abraxxa faces provide a fascinating microcosm of residents working with the changing face of virtual world economies, as we learn in a fascinating discussion with her.

Butterfly rings by Earthstones

Butterfly rings by Earthstones

Visit Earthstones at: maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/EarthBound/124/139/25

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The latest episode of Designing Worlds – part two of an exploration of the art and techniques of Second Life photography, featuring three leading Second Life photographers – is now on the web!

We talk to three different photographers about their work: Strawberry Singh, the well-kown fashion and portrait photographer, Honour McMillan, whose landscape pictures feature regularly on her popular blog, and Wildstar Beaumont, our team photographer who is also well known for event photos and seascapes.

In this show we talk to our three photographers about post processing techniques and also ways of sharing your photographs with a wide audience.

Ships and Boats Exhibit at the Tradewinds Yacht Club by Wildstar Beaumont

Ships and Boats Exhibit at the Tradewinds Yacht Club by Wildstar Beaumont

For more on our guests, see:
Strawberry Singh: http://strawberrysingh.com/
Honour McMillan: https://honourmcmillan.wordpress.com/
Wildstar Beaumont: https://www.flickr.com/photos/wildstar_b/

If you missed the first show (which has some awesome advice about taking great photographs and adjusting windlight settings) you can see it here or here.

The Forgotten City by Honour McMillan

The Forgotten City by Honour McMillan

Together these shows are a fascinating exploration of Second Life photography with some of the leading photographers in virtual worlds … and a valuable repository of tips and tricks for photographers and machinima makers!

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The latest episode of Designing Worlds – a special Valentine episode that  show sees us returning to New Babbage – is now on the web!

Designing Worlds Episode 261 – Biggins In Love from Richard Elen on Vimeo.

It all begins with the annual delivery of presents for the urchins of New Babbage from The Primgraph magazine. Miss Widdershins delivers the presents while Mr Merlin decides to visit Mr Jon Weatherwax’s new Mayfair Theatre.

What could possibly go wrong?

It comes complete with, of course, the estimable Mr Jebediah Biggins (twin brother to Mr Obadiah Biggins, star of The Blackened Mirror) and the stalwart Assistant Maceholder, Mr Victor Mornington – and also features an appearance by those wonderful avatar horses, pulling the most beautiful troika from Ladies’ Pleasure, and driven by its creator, Miss H0ney Heart.


Many thanks to Mr Mavromichali Szondi, and to Miss Beq Janus for awesome design work beneath the streets.

Cast (in order of appearance):
Miss Saffia Widdershins … Herself
Mr Victor Mornington … Himself
Mr Elrik Merlin … Himself
Mr Jon Weatherwax … Himself
Aurora … Miss Garnet Psaltery
Mr Biggins … Himself
Troika driver … Miss H0ney Heart
Horses …. Dancer Ingelwood, Cherry Lastchance and Kalypso Whitesong

This is a New Babbage special for Valentine’s Day – and we think you’ll find it a very poignant tale!

Troika Dashing through the New Babbage snow

Troika Dashing through the New Babbage snow

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