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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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The first show in the current season of Designing Worlds – where we meet  the installation and particle artist Tansee and learn about her work – is now on the web.

We learn all about how particles can be created, and Tansee shows us work that she has created in collaborations with 2Lei, the Italian group that produces an annual series of installations for the Elimination of Violence Against Woman Day – and also appears at One Billion Rising in Second Life. And we look a little more at the collaborative project that Tansee is part of currently on the Linden Endowment for the Arts regions – the Starfall Collaborative Group on LEA8.

Tansee makes some very speial particles!

Tansee makes some very speial particles!

And Tansee gives us a sneak preview of the particle displays that she is working on for this year’s Fantasy Faire, currently in progress.  You can read more about Fantasy Faire here.

 

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The final show in the current season of Designing Worlds – where we meet the film-maker and broadcaster Draxtor Despres – is now on the web.

 

 

Draxtor is now probably best known for his two series, the Drax Files podcasts and the series of the Drax Files Worldmakers – a series of brilliant short, energising films about some of the awesome creators in Second Life.

But Drax has been filming in and discussing Second Life and virtual worlds for a very long time. We take a look at some of his early films, and talk about his evolution as a film-maker – and about Second Life’s evolution too. And along the way we’ll be talking about Flufee on a Meshion, creating comedy in a virtual world, the importance of radio … and how Drax puts the Worldmaker videos together.

Draxtor Despres on Designing Worlds, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Draxtor Despres on Designing Worlds, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

 

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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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