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This episode of Designing Worlds is our annual Hallowe’en Tale – and we have a great one for you this year – The Monkey’s Paw by WW Jacobs. In the story, three wishes are granted to the owner of The Monkey’s Paw, but the wishes come with an enormous price for interfering with fate.

William Wymark Jacobs (1863 – 1943) was an English author of short fiction and drama, with his best remembered story being “The Monkey’s Paw”. Jacobs was also known for comical tales about sailors, on ship and ashore but “The Monkey’s Paw”, published in 1902, is a classic tale of the macabre – a standout even when MR James and EF Benson were writing some of the best tales in the genre. The Edwardian period was a highpoint for this genre, and perhaps you won’t be surprised to learn that we therefore filmed this episodes in the streets, the homes and the factories of New Babbage.

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Readers:
Saffia Widdershins
Mavromichali Szondi
Fakey Jewell
Corwyn Allen

Locations used in the film:
HorrorAddicts.Net HQ, Babbage Square
Bookhaven, Wheatstone Waterways
MCM Tower, Babbage Canals
Bedrock, Wheatstone Waterways

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Images by Wildstar Beaumont and Saffia Widdershins

This was our special episode of Designing Worlds for the 2022 visit to some of the stunning places created for Halloween in Second Life.

This year we are going for atmospheric designs (although, if you prefer your Halloween as gory as possible, we do pay a brief visit to the Halloween Haunted Tour, built by the Moles).

And we found three wonderfully atmospheric and haunted designs …

We start at Haunted Hollow, created by Honey Heart of Elite Equestrian, and Sillve, along with others from the Elite Equestrian. It’s a beautiful creation, rich with touches of the pagan and filled with amazing detail – just stop and examine every place you pass!

Next we take a trip to the beautiful Shadowfell, created by Tymus Tenk and Truck Meredith of Calas Galadhon. This year they have gone for spooky mystery (and a few jokes too!) to create an absolutely lovely environment. Take the boat tour for an initial exploration – and then explore on foot to see the hidden places, such as the caves.

Finally, we visit the wonderful post-apocalyptic vision of New Orleans, complete with zombies and other ghostly happenings -created by the region landscape designer, Kaiden Tray. Realistic details mingle with dark fantasy here – and are not to be missed.

And there’s location film from Bain Finch, and wonderful photography of other Halloween places from Wildstar Beaumont.

It all makes for a spookily stunning show – so do join us for our Watch Party in the beautiful Designing Worlds studios in the Garden of Dreams, or watch on the web!

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You can visit all of these locations, at least till the end of October!

Resident builds:
Haunted Hollow: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Chestnut%20Hills/141/155/2529
Shadowfell: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/MIST/7/80/24
New Orleans: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/KaidenTray%20Landscapes/211/202/31

Linden Halloween locations:
Halloween Haunted Tour (enter via the Portal): http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Portal%20Park%201/112/50/55
Halloween Shop and Hop (find information as to where stores are here: https://community.secondlife.com/blogs/entry/11782-your-guide-to-the-2022-halloween-shop-hop-including-early-access/
Haunted Bellisseria: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Millbank/218/29/23

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Poster designed by Miss Breezy Carver

This week we have a very special archive show.

The Designing Worlds Team was saddened to learn this week of the passing of Breezy Carver, for many years one of the leading lights of New Babbage. Breezy was a keen blogger, a stalwart supper of Relay for Life and, as the owner of Piermont Landing in Wheatstone Waterways, New Babbage, a leading hostess for wonderful Balls.

The Ballroom at Piermont Landing, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

As a tribute to Breezy, this week we shall be showing the episode in which she appeared – the Theft of the Carver Diamonds, featuring not only Breezy and Edward Pearse but, of course, the indomitable Mr Biggins!

You can watch the show here, or on Vimeo at: https://vimeo.com/510126220

Or you can join us at 2pm SLT today at our Watch Party in the beautiful Designing Worlds studios in the Garden of Dreams!

Breezy with Elrik and Saffia (from the show)

This is a great show, and includes a tour of Piedmont Landing by Breezy herself. Don’t miss it!

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You can still visit Piermont Landing at: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Wheatstone%20Waterways/73/73/107

Piermont Landing, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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Telethon for RFL 2009

This coming weekend sees the climax of Relay for Life of Second Life 2022 – which we will be covering later in the season. So it seems a good time to look back in this week’s show to a former Relay for Life – in 2009.

You can see the show on the Designing Worlds Vimeo channel at: https://vimeo.com/371357132. Or you can join us at 2pm for our Watch Party in the beautiful Designing Worlds studios in the Garden of Dreams!

Firstly we talked to Aeolus Cleanslate and looked at the wonderful New Babbage campsite, from one of the most inentive steampunk sims in the Second Life world – an imagining of an Exposition Universalle, based upon that of 1889 in Paris when the Eiffel Tower was first revealed.  Aeolus Cleanslate explained, how under the Team Captain Breezy Carver, the New Babbage team created this amazing display – and also created the special Mars sim that won the overall prize for best designed sim!

New Babbage Build at RFL 2009

Then we talked to KiVanyel Adria of the Elf Circle, who told us not only about the beautiful build that the Elf Circle had created, but also the full programme of events that the Elves had created to share their community with the wider world. And we spoke with Helena Kiama and Jessie Sinister who were two of the key builders on the beautiful Wonders build, re-creating four of the Wonders of the Ancient World (the ones that they chose were the Temple of Diana at Ephesus, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the Lighthouse of Alexandria and the Colossus of Rhodes).

Wonders of the World Build at RFL 2009

And finally we spoke with Zander Greene and Lauren Thibaud of the Friends Fight Cancer group who had created Anatomica, the most amazing sim, which combined information and a great interactive learning experience about the physiology of cells and cancer – with a fast and furious game where you got to dress in a red suit for surfing the bloodstream and blast cancer cells yourself!

And there was also a stunningly beautiful ballroom in the sky for those who ventured up to 1,500 feet!

Filmed at the 2009 Telethon location, the build designed by Dellybean North and landscaped by Anhayla Lycia.

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Find out more about this year’s Relay for Life of Second Life 2022 weekend at:

https://www.facebook.com/rflofsl/
Or
https://secure.acsevents.org/site/TR/RelayForLife/RFLCY22VirtualEvents?pg=entry&fr_id=101748

Telethon for RFL 2009

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Temasek, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Today is one of our Archive shows, falling between our two visits to Fantasy Faire. We will be looking back to November 2012, when we explored the island of Temasek with its owner, Veritas Raymaker.

Join us today, Monday 28th March 2022 at 2pm SLT in our beautiful studio in Garden of Dreams, or watch the show on the web, either here on the blog or on Vimeo at https://vimeo.com/611733367.

Temasek is inspired by the island of Singapore, and Veritas has brought something of the history, geography and ecology, and the culture of Singapore into the virtual world. Ranging from Mangrove swamps and a fishing village to a second world war fort (complete with an aerial attack!) to Concorde and modern builds … and not forgetting a look at traditional food on the way … this is a very rich and exciting environment to explore!

Temasek, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Elrik Merlin was on holiday when the show was shot, so Saffia is joined by Zander Greene as co-presenter as Veritas takes us on a journey around his island from the tunnels beneath to high in the sky!

All this makes for a fascinating show – so make sure that you don’t miss it! Do come and join us at 2pm!

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You can still visit Temasek at http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Temasek/237/100/24

Temasek, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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Gaalthyr, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

In this episode, Designing Worlds paid a first visit to Fantasy Faire, one of the mega events raising money for Relay for Life of Second Life.

Fantasy Faire closed last week, having raised this year L$25,834,863 ($103,339 USD) by the end of the Faire, its highest total ever.

Doriath, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

In the first of two shows dedicated to the Faire, we talk to Elizabeth Tinsley, her High Faireness, and then explore ten of the beautiful regions that made up the Fairelands this year, with the aid of Bain Finch, our camera person – and the other ten and some of the fabulous events that were such a feature of the Faire, captured by our photographer, Wildstar Beaumont.

The Clouded Mountain, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

It makes for a stunningly beautiful show – make sure you don’t miss it.

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The Faire is finished now, but you can read more about it here:
https://fantasyfairesl.wordpress.com/

The Chrysalis Gardens, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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All images by Wildstar Beaumont

In this episode, Designing Worlds paid a second visit to the Second Life Home and Garden Expo, an annual event we have supported since 2009.

In this show, we look at the very popular Decorating Contest, which Designing Worlds sponsored, where competitors had to decorate a home of their choice. We were joined by some of the designers (Liz Wilner, Aphra Hendrix, Mystic Blackbart and Melina Firehawk) who told us about their designs, and how they managed to great great homes with only 450 land impact!

Then with the aid of our terrific machinematographer Bain Finch,, we explore the sixteen homes.

The winners of the competition were:
Ist Prize: Devon Rayne (devondistrict) and Aşɧʆγŋ Ήєανєռlу Ńiɠhŧ ʀǟŷňɛ (Ashlyn Darkheart)
2nd Prize: Alisha Yardley and Torty (Squeeakers Resident)
3rd Prize: Liz Wilner

The Expo is finished now, but you can read more about it here: https://slhomeandgardenexpo.wordpress.com/

This was the last show in our spring season, but we will be back soon! In the mean-time, take a look at Fantasy Faire, an event that a number of the Designing Worlds team are involved with! See: https://fantasyfairesl.wordpress.com/

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East River Community, photographed by Honour McMillan
East River Community, photographed by Honour McMillan

Today is one of our Archive shows – and chosen for the saddest of reasons.

We’re looking back to October 2014, and a show we did on the East River Community. Then it was a thriving 19 region community. Now, sadly, parts are closed and most of the rest is abandoned. You can read more on Daniel Voyager’s blog: https://danielvoyager.wordpress.com/2022/03/08/east-river-community-in-second-life-reduces-in-size/

Join us today, Monday 28th February 2022 at 2pm SLT in our beautiful studio in Garden of Dreams, or watch the show on the web, either here on the blog or on Vimeo at https://vimeo.com/371353284.

The East River Community was one of the oldest and largest of the mainland communities. Located on the Sansara Continent, just to the North of the Sea of Fables, and it was a remarkable place – and a remarkable achievement too.

Because what made this community so fascinating is that it was not – like many close communities – part of an island estate, privately owned and managed with a Covenant to make sure that there was consistency. No, this was a mainland community, created by residents coming together and protecting a tract of land that eventually extended to nineteen regions, all brought together as the East River Community.

East River Community, photographed by Honour McMillan
East River Community, photographed by Honour McMillan

With the assistance of a longtime resident, Drewski Northman, we explored some of the residential and commercial areas, the art that formed an important part of the community, and some of the amazing transportation systems that linked the community,

This is a fascinating show about an aspect of Second Life that many people remain unaware of – the rich potential of mainland living – a role perhaps in part taken over by Bellisseria, which has a strong community and creative input, but perhaps not the diversity of the East River Community – maybe a topic for a future Designing Worlds show!

East River Community, photographed by Honour McMillan
East River Community, photographed by Honour McMillan

Anyway, do come and join us in our Studio for a trip down memory lane – or catch it on the web!

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Voting is now open in the Home and Garden Expo Decorating Contest, which Designing Worlds is sponsoring.

You can see the houses here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Hope%201/216/251/23

Come along and vote for the house – or houses – that you love! Just pay Lindens into the RFL kiosks outside each house – every Linden counts as a vote!

East River Community, photographed by Honour McMillan
East River Community, photographed by Honour McMillan

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Prim Perfect at the Home and Garden Expo in 2009

The Home and Garden Expo opened last Saturday – but in today’s Designing Worlds show, we’re going to be looking back to the very first show we filmed at the Expo – that was the second Home and Garden Expo in 2009.

Join us today, Monday 28th February 2022 at 2pm SLT in our beautiful studio in Garden of Dreams, or watch the show on the web, either here on the blog or on Vimeo at https://vimeo.com/371353284.

It’s a chance to see what Second Life looked like back in 2009, and compare the latest homes, furniture and garden products on sale then – with the way that Second Life Homes look today (to say nothing of the avatars!). In fact, this was the very first episode of Designing Worlds, the rebranding of MetaMakeover, as our partners SLCN changed over to being Treet TV.

The Expo on Palladium

The 2009 Expo was twice the size of the 2008 Expo consisting of four regions and 55 different participating stores. Our sister publication Prim Perfect had a pavilion at the show where they’showcased new designers as part of their Prim Perfect Pathfinders project – and you can read about the show in much more detail here: http://bit.ly/32lAidp (although we wouldn’t recommend you trying to teleport to any of the links!

The Expo on Iridium

But here ARE some links you can use – the current Second Life Home and Garden Expo opened on Saturday, and will be running until March 20th.

See more here: https://slhomeandgardenexpo.wordpress.com/ – and check out the Links to the various regions!

And don’t miss your chance to enter the this year’s Home Decorating Contest!

This year there are sixteen very different styles of homes on Hope Street on Home & Garden Expo – Hope1http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Hope%201/217/24/23. There are moderns, historic builds, rustic homes, and even some water-based homes (a houseboat and a pirate ship). There are three tiny homes in very different styles too!

House 14: Tour de Marlborough and dairy by Silex zapedzki of Never Totally Dead, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

These homes will be decorated by sixteen contestants who will have 350 prims (land impact) each to decorate the Home and the surrounding Garden area.

Each contestant can decorate in any style they wish that suits their house, but they MUST include at least three items purchased from RFL vendors at the Home and Garden Expo.

House 9: Houseboat Calypso by Christhiana of Needful Prims, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Timetable:

  1. Entries to be submitted by the end of March 4th
  2. Decorating to take place between noon on March 5th – the end of March 12th.
  3. Voting will run from March 13th – the end of March 19th. Votes will be placed by adding Lindens into the kiosk in front of each house.
  4. The result will be announced on March 20th.

To enter, fill in the form on the web: https://forms.gle/ttKRqNVSJG8Dm1F96 OR complete the notecard embedded in the easels around Hope Street, or in the signs for the individual houses and post it in one of the blue mailboxes by the end of Friday, March 4th.

Hope Street, with homes to be decorated


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Designing Worlds returns to one of our favourite locations – Calas Galadhon – to learn all about the FlyGearz dance troupe who are based there. And we couldn’t resist the opportunity to catch up with Tymus Tenk and Truck Meredith and learn all about their build of the New Santorini!

In this show we talk to Jenna Dirval and DaveOSaurus of FlyGearz, the dance troupe with a base on the Calas Galadhon estate. We take the opportunity of learning how the group was formed and the special immersive, interactive shows that they create. We take a trip to their steamship, the beautiful Alice, and we even have the opportunity of taking part in some of their performances!

Then we take the opportunity to relax with a bottle of wine and a chat with the owners of the Calas Galadhon estate, old friends of Designing Worlds, Truck Meredith and Tymus Tenk. They tell us all about the return of their creation of the Greek island of Santorini (located on Eriador), now complete with beautiful furnished homes, with fascinating back stories.

So we just had to round off with a special Greek dance with FlyGearz in celebration!

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You can visit the New Santorini here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/ERIADOR/129/129/23

Find out more about FlyGearz here: https://www.facebook.com/FlyGearzEntertainment/

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