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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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The latest episode of Designing Worlds – where we remember the life and work of Soliel Snook, a popular Second Life resident – is now on the web.

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Soliel was a longstanding resident of Caledon and the Steamlands in Second Life, well known for her love of music and her long term association with Radio Riel, as well as her love of plants and landscaping.  She opened her first Garden Centre – Snook’s Garden Centre, in Caledon – and quickly became a popular source for bouquets, bushes, hedges and flowers of all kinds. She appeared several times on MetaMakeover, the precursor to Designing Worlds.

Memorial Gardens to Soliel Snook, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Memorial Gardens to Soliel Snook, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

When Soliel died recently of cancer, her friends, led by Gabriel Riel with Otenth Paderborn, Loken Jewell, Rudolfo Woodget, Aoife Lorefield, Podruly Peccable, and Edwina Heron, created a very special island memorial that consists of a series of gardens or groves, one for each year of Soliel’s Second Life, from 2007 – 2015. In the show, we explore the gardens and talk about Soliel and our memories of her, and we are joined by one of her friends, Otenth Paderborn, who shares his memories of Soliel too.

Memorial Gardens to Soliel Snook, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Memorial Gardens to Soliel Snook, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Perhaps her favourite creation was Giverny, the region she created in tribute to Monet and his work. There’s a brief excerpt from our programme on Giverny and other shows which feature Soliel herself on today’s show.

The full programmes featuring Soliel are here:

Episode 4: Soliel Snook and Sofia Standish make over a castle
Episode 11: A Victorian makeover!
Episode 24: Winterising Second Life
Episode 39: Giverny (Soliel does not appear, but the region is her beloved Giverny)

Memorial Gardens to Soliel Snook, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Memorial Gardens to Soliel Snook, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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The latest episode of Designing Worlds – where we visit the sumptuous Angel Manor Estate in the company of its owner and creator, Kaya Angel. – is now on the web.

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The Estate consists of nine regions that contain public areas including the famous Rose Theatre, the Rose Art Gallery, a ballroom, an opera house, a library, and function rooms of many kinds including a fabulous Banqueting Hall. There are residential apartments and some private homes set in the beautiful gardens that surround the central buildings.

The design work is fabulous. The core buildings are reminiscent of a Hapsburg palace; the entrance to the main building reminded me of the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, and the magnificence extends to the rooms within.  The Art Gallery is fascinating; it seems closer to the much-missed Dresden Gallery than to most art galleries in Second Life – and proves unequivocally that there is a place for realism within a virtual world.

Angel Manor, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Angel Manor, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

We will be exploring some of the main function rooms with Kaya Angel and looking at the techniques and the underlying philosophy that has gone into their creation, looking at the beautiful private apartment belonging to a long term resident, Marcus Lefevre, and exploring the gardens, formal, informal and Japanese!

Angel Manor, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Angel Manor, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Visit Angel Manor Estates for yourself, or find out more!
Angel Manor Estates: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Angel%20Manor/19/185/21
Website: http://www.impl.org.uk

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The latest episode of Designing Worlds – where we pay the second of our visits to the fabulous Fantasy Faire – is now on the web.

 

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This week, we talk to Zander Greene and Gabrielle Riel who, with Elrik Merlin, were behind Fantasy Faire Radio (and Zander also played a major part in Faire organisation).

Fantasy Faire 2015: Aurora, designed by Beq Janus: photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Fantasy Faire 2015: Aurora, designed by Beq Janus: photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

We also talk to some of the people who were involved in the event: Garnet Psaltery, who was one of the organisers of the Literary Festival; Aelva, who organised the amazing Night Theatre shows (which packed the region every night of the Fire); Stevie Basevi and Belial Darwinian, who were behind the Sanctuary Roleplayers whose roleplay The Trial of Lut ran throughout the Faire, just one of three highly successful roleplays that invited visitors to watch and to interact.

Fantasy Faire 2015: Poseidon's Abyss, designed by Haveit Neox: photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Fantasy Faire 2015: Poseidon’s Abyss, designed by Haveit Neox: photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

And we talk to Corvi Ashdene. owner of The Dark Fae, about what is involved in bringing a store to the Faire.

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The latest episode of Designing Worlds – where we pay the first of two visits to the fabulous Fantasy Faire – is now on the web.

 

 

This beautiful and incredibly popular event – which to date has raised over L$7,911,835 (US$ 31,647) – ended on May 3rd, and you can find out more on the website at: fantasyfairesl.wordpress.com/

 

Fantasy Faire 2015: Spires of Andolys, designed Jaimy Hancroft and Eowyn Swords: photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Fantasy Faire 2015: Spires of Andolys, designed Jaimy Hancroft and Eowyn Swords: photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

 

We talk to Faire organiser, Elizabeth Tinsley; event sponsor and Literary Festival co-organiser, Judi Newall; Aisling Sinclair, the producer and director of the Hunt; and Jaimy Hancroft and Eowyn Swords, the designers of the awesome Spires of Andolys region (which sold for L$370,000 at the Live Auction at the end of Fantasy Faire!).

 

Fantasy Faire 2015: Ravenshold, designed Rynn Verwood: photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Fantasy Faire 2015: Ravenshold, designed Rynn Verwood: photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

 

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