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Our most recent episode is a feature-length visit to the very special area that was created to host the campsites, designer regions and more that made up the Relay for Life of Second Life weekend: 6–7 June 2020.

DW420 – Relay for Life of Second Life 2020 from Richard Elen on Vimeo.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Relay for Life of Second Life was one of the few Relay For Life events able to be held, thanks to it being held in a virtual world. And it was a fantastic success, raising Linden$: 76,317,509, which is the equivalent of USD: $305,270.00 – a really amazing sum!

The theme was Game On, Cancer! and it led to the creation of some spectacular designer regions and team campsites following the theme of different types of games and sports – as we learn in the show.

We talk to two of the core organisers of the event, Stingray Raymaker, Director of the American Cancer Society in Second Life, and the Ambassador to the American Cancer Society, the charity behind Relay for Life; and Nikki Mathieson, Executive Leadership Team for the American Cancer Society in Second Life.

We also talk to Mightbe Shelter, a member of one of the teams of SL motorcycle clubs who built daunting race tracks and other thrilling activities – and we experience a little of the moving Luminaria ceremony.

We also take a look at some of the regions involved in the Ten Days of Relay run-up to Relay Weekend itself, visit several of the designer regions and campsites, and view some stunning slideshows of the regions from our star photographer, Wildstar Beaumont.

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To learn more about Relay for Life of Second Life, visit their page at the American Cancer Society: https://secure.acsevents.org/site/STR?pg=entry&fr_id=97294
or visit their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/rflofsl/

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Have you visited the Designing Worlds site at SL17B? The regions are still open till July 12th!

Designing Worlds at SL17B!

Designing Worlds at SL17B!

You can read all about it here (and find out how to collect our special collectible postcards!)

One of the collectible Designing Worlds postcards at SL17B

One of the collectible Designing Worlds postcards at SL17B

A sample postcard message

A sample postcard message

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The Telethon Studio from Treet at RFL 2009

The Telethon Studio from Treet at RFL 2009

This last weekend saw the fantastic Relay for Life of Second Life weekend, the culmination of a wildly successful RFL season. We will be looking at that in more detail on the show in a few weeks … but this week, Monday 8th June at 2pm SLT, we are taking a look back to the builds of the Relay for Life weekend all the way back in 2009!

Unavailable on the web for a number of years, it recently found a home on our new Archive channel (which is full of goodies!).

#051 The Builds of Relay for Life: 21 July 2009 from Saffia Widdershins on Vimeo.

You can watch it on this blog, and you can also see the show on the Designing Worlds Archive Vimeo channel at: https://vimeo.com/371357132. And you can join the special Watch Party (at 2pm SLT) in our studio on Garden of Dreams.

The New Babbage Exposition at RFL 2009

The New Babbage Exposition at RFL 2009

And it was a classic year for great builds: from the New Babbage team we saw the exploration of Mars, and an imagining of an Exposition Universalle, based upon that of 1889 in Paris when the Eiffel Tower was first revealed; we visited the Elf Circle, the Wonders of the World region, and we finished at Anatomica, the most amazing region, 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!

Anatomica at RFL 2009

Anatomica at RFL 2009

It is a fascinating show – so do come and join us at 2pm at our studio on Garden of Dreams.

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Elemaria, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Elemaria, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

In this episode, we pay the second of our two visits to Fantasy Faire 2020 in aid of Relay for Life of Second Life.

DW418 – Fantasy Faire 2020 Part 2 from Richard Elen on Vimeo.

We talk to Aisling Sinclair, who is in charge of the famous and fabulous Fairelands Quest, and Fantasy Faire Co-Founder and Co-Captain Zander Greene about this year’s Faire, and what the running of an event like the Faire involves.

Lunafae, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Lunafae, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

And we take a look around the eighteen regions of the Faire – nine through excursions by Elrik Merlin and his camera, and the other nine through the beautiful photographic images captured by Wildstar Beaumont!

Mistakes Were Made, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Mistakes were Made! photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

By the time the Fairelands had faded into the mists, Fantasy Faire 2020 raised the astonishing (and record-breaking) sum of US$75,312!

Fairelands Junction, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Fairelands Junction, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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For more about Fantasy Faire, we would urge you to follow the wonderful Fantasy Faire website: https://fantasyfairesl.wordpress.com/

Zodiac, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Zodiac, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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Arcachon

Arcachon

This week on Monday 25th May at 2pm SLT, we are taking a look back to the beautiful and fascinating region of Arcachon, sadly long gone from the Second Life grid.

Unavailable on the web for a number of years, it recently found a home on our new Archive channel (which is full of goodies!).

You can watch it on this blog, and you can also see the show on the Designing Worlds Archive Vimeo channel at: https://vimeo.com/379594685. And you can join the special Watch Party (at 2pm SLT) in our studio on Garden of Dreams.

#DW188 Arcachon – 11th February 2013 from Saffia Widdershins on Vimeo.

Arcachon Atlantique, the beautiful Francophone region based on the Languedoc region of France, which had recently come close to closure, despite offering great activities and developing a brilliant immersive language learning programme.

We explored some of the beauties of the region with Claire Pascale, the owner of Arcachon and with Cybère Placebo, who had been working on developing language courses, as well as Karelia Kondor, a teacher of French in the UK, who had used the region of Arcachon in her teaching.

Arcachon

Arcachon

We explored the region, discussing the plans to use it as an immersive language resource, and also experiencing some of the activities it offered, from wine tasting, to a hot air balloon trip, to harvesting (and enjoying!) fresh oysters.

And we looked at the problems owners face in sustaining such a region.

Arcachon

Arcachon

Sadly, although publicity sustained Arcachon for several more months, some time after our visit it was forced to close.

It is a fascinating show – so do come and join us at 2pm at our studio on Garden of Dreams.

Arcachon

Arcachon

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Isle of Shadows, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Isle of Shadows, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

We closed out the last season with a look back at Fantasy Faire 2011, and we are opening this season with the first of two visits to this year’s Fantasy Faire!

 

DW417 – Fantasy Faire 2020 Part 1 from Richard Elen on Vimeo.

The twelfth annual event of its kind in Second Life, Fantasy Faire 2020 was the biggest yet – and by the end of the Faire in early May the event had raised over US$75,000 for Relay For Life and the American Cancer Society to support its international efforts to bring about a world without cancer.

Sirens' Lore, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Sirens’ Lore, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

We talk to organiser Elizabeth Tinsley and head of operations David Abbot, and we take flythroughs of nine of the eighteen regions created by Second Life’s most brilliant creators. captured by Elrik Merlin and his camera, and the other nine through the beautiful photographic images captured by Wildstar Beaumont!

Heliodor, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Heliodor, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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For more about Fantasy Faire, we would urge you to follow and explore the wonderful Fantasy Faire website: https://fantasyfairesl.wordpress.com/

Spirit of Kuruk, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Spirit of Kuruk, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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Fantasy Faire 2011, photographed by PJ Trenton

Fantasy Faire 2011, photographed by PJ Trenton

This week on Monday 13th April at 2pm SLT, as excitement grows for THIS year’s Fantasy Faire, we are taking a look back to our very first Fantasy Faire show, back in 2011!

Unavailable on the web for a number of years, it recently found a home on our new Archive channel (which is full of goodies!).

#122 Fantasy Faire – 4th April 2011 from Saffia Widdershins on Vimeo.

You can watch it on this blog, and you can also see the show on the Designing Worlds Archive Vimeo channel at: https://vimeo.com/373068686. And you can join the special Watch Party (also at 2pm SLT) in our studio on Garden of Dreams.

Fantasy Faire 2011, photographed by PJ Trenton

Fantasy Faire 2011, photographed by PJ Trenton

This is what we said in 2011:

“Today Designing Worlds will be visiting Fantasy Faire and sharing with you some of the amazing regions that make up the Faire! So prepare for fantastic elven woodlands, for lakes of chocolate, for delicately texture dark mysteries, for seas that lure mermaids, and for steampunk fantasies beyond your wildest dreams! And we’ll be learning all about the Faire and the entertainments that it is offering for visitors, as well as about how the hunt has achieved its wonderful, magical appearance – and about some of the designers who have worked so hard to make it happen.”

Fantasy Faire 2011, photographed by PJ Trenton

Fantasy Faire 2011, photographed by PJ Trenton

The annual Fantasy Faire was, in 2011, a 9-sim extravaganza celebration with a slant toward elves, fairies, dragons, mermaids plus many more role playing fans. The 10 day event featured some amazing and impressive builds to visit and was, as ever, part of the Relay For Life in SL campaign to benefit the American Cancer Society.

We don’t have time to show you all the regions – but you will be able to see some awesome photos, taken by the talented Mr PJ Trenton, of the Faire as a whole.

Fantasy Faire 2011, photographed by PJ Trenton

Fantasy Faire 2011, photographed by PJ Trenton

If you want to learn more about the amazing individual regions at the Faire in 2011, follow Beq Janus’s daily posts on the Prim Perfect blog!

After the show, Saffia was captured and placed in jail to raise funds for Relay for Life.  Despite valiant efforts by friendly dragons to free her, she was held fast until she posted bail of L$50,000!

Fantasy Faire 2011, photographed by PJ Trenton

Fantasy Faire 2011, photographed by PJ Trenton

There will be more news to come very soon about THIS year’s 18 region Fantasy Faire. In the mean-time, do take a look at the Fantasy Faire website at: https://fantasyfairesl.wordpress.com/

 

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Maven Hones, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Maven Hones, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

In this show, Designing Worlds visited Cain Maven, the designer behind Maven Homes and Quantum Luxury Homes – and enjoyed a good discussion with him too!

DW416 – Cain Maven from Richard Elen on Vimeo.

Cain’s Designs range from the vast (in the Quantum Luxury Homes range) to more modest styles in the Maven Homes range. We talked to him about his design concepts, and explored both types of homes. Can also allowed us a glimpse at the very first home he built – we think you’ll enjoy his caustic comments on his efforts back then!

Maven Hones, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Maven Hones, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

But his more recent homes range from classical builds to the ultra modern, built with style and class – there is a reason why both brands are so popular!

We also took the time for a longer discussion with Cain on issues such as the new Linden Homes and the sale of Sansar – does Cain see the Sansar project as a waste of time, or as a valuable learning experience (on many levels) for the Lab.

Maven Hones, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Maven Hones, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

 

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Hope and Garden Expo, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Hope and Garden Expo, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

You can now see both shows from the Second Life Home and Garden Expo on the web.

At a very difficult time for the world, the Home and Garden Expo raised more than 2,272, 300 Lindens for Relay for Life of Second Life (as of today). That’s approximately 8,900 US dollars.

DW415 – Home & Garden Expo 2020 II from Richard Elen on Vimeo.

In our second show,In the show, Saffia talks to Mike of Loggin’ Off Homes, one of the organisers of the Expo, and she and Elrik look around some of the amazing exhibits at the Expo, including talking to Cassie Eldamar of Little Big Designs.

Hope and Garden Expo, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Hope and Garden Expo, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

We take a look at the Home and Garden Expo Decorating Contest, which was then in full flow, and we talked to a couple of the decorators, Prokovy Neva of Ravenglass Rentals and Dee of Dictatorshop.

The Competition raised raised 159,288 Lindens – that’s US$615.93 in total!

And you can also still see our first show!

It’s available here:

DW414 – Home & Garden Expo 2020 I from Richard Elen on Vimeo.

In this show, we explore our beautiful Designing Worlds cafe at the Expo, created by undercoverlady.

Hope and Garden Expo, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Hope and Garden Expo, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

We talk to Kaerri, the main organiser of the Expo, about the work that goes into the event, and Maxwell Graf, an old friend who’s recently returned to Second Life with a stunning new build.

And we take a ride on the monorail to explore a special selection of Linden Homes. All this, and more – including a selection of Expo photos from the wonderful Wildstar Beaumont.

The Second Life Home and Garden Expo has now ended, but you can still read about it here … and be among the first to find out about next year’s event!

Hope and Garden Expo, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Hope and Garden Expo, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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All photos by Wildstar Beaumont

One Billion Rising in Second Life 2020

One Billion Rising in Second Life 2020

In the first episode of our new Season, we pay a visit to the fantastic event of One Billion Rising in Second Life 2020!

Note that this programme includes still images representing violence against women, which some viewers may find upsetting.

DW413 – One Billion Rising in Second Life 2020 from Richard Elen on Vimeo.

We talk to the organisers of the event (and Saffia was one of them!), Briony, Dawny Daviau, Stevie Basevi and AvaJean Westland.

One Billion Rising in Second Life 2020

One Billion Rising in Second Life 2020

Stevie tells us about the vital role of volunteers, while Dawny talks about dance – and we have clips of the various dance acts, and Briony tells us about the amazing music this year. Kess Crystal talks about the special photography installation “I Rise”, and we talk about the Poetry and Prose events organised by Adele Ward.

One Billion Rising in Second Life 2020

One Billion Rising in Second Life 2020

We discuss the art installations, and we take a look at these, as well as visit the amazing Heroes’ Pavilion with its contents created and curated by AvaJean.

One Billion Rising in Second Life 2020

One Billion Rising in Second Life 2020

And Dawny and Briony talk about the wonderful promotional video, which this year was filmed by Chantal Harvey – and which also has a very special remix version.

To find out more about One Billion Rising in Second Life, visit the website.

One Billion Rising in Second Life 2020

One Billion Rising in Second Life 2020

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Designing Worlds Special - Murder in the Muirsheen Durkin

Designing Worlds Special – Murder in the Muirsheen Durkin

Join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday 30th December, for a special episode of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams in Second Life, as we become involved in solving a Murder in the Muirsheen Durkin – a special episode set in New Babbage!

Or you can watch the show in the comfort of your own home at https://vimeo.com/248386254 (in colour) or https://vimeo.com/channels/dworlds/248387796 (in spooky black and white). It’s also available on SLArtist at: https://www.slartist.com/designing-worlds-dw357a-murder-at-the-muirsheen-durkin-special-monochrome-version_2a2ac867f.html.

The Muisheen Durkin is, of course, the restuarant/bar in Brunel Hall, the large hotel thatis part of the business empire of Mr Victor Mornington, the Assistant Maceholder of New Babbage. So when his temporary Christmas barman, Mr Biggins, discovers a murder victim … then they are duty bound to hand over the prime suspect to Miss Bookworm Heinrichs, the head of the Militia.

Investigating the Murder

Investigating the Murder

But has Mr Mornington’s pet rabbit Thumper turned vorpal? Or is there another explanation? Can Miss Widdershins and Mr Merlin help to solve the mystery, or will they just complicate things further?  Fortunately, there’s a formidable forensics expert they can turn to … an expert in her own field.

So do come and join us for our seasonal special at 2pm SLT.

This is a repeat of the show first shown on January 1st, 2018.

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