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The Golden Delta - Fantasy Faire 2016 - photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Golden Delta – Fantasy Faire 2016 – photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday 9th May, for the new episode of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams as we pay the first of two visits to Fantasy Faire (recorded before the Faire closed on May 1st).

We talked to Elizabeth Tinsley, the Faire organiser, about the Faire and how it works. And we meet region designers Jaimy Hancroft and Eowyn Swords, who created the amazing Dangarnon, Judi Newall, one of the organisers of the Lierary Festival – and the person responsible for the Guides that assisted people who made the Literary Tours to ten of the regions, OldeSoul Eldmar, the Chief of the Fairelands Pawlice, and AineMarie Flanagan, who talks about bringing a store to Fantasy Faire.

Fairelands Junction - Fantasy Faire 2016 - photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Fairelands Junction – Fantasy Faire 2016 – photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Ironically, we filmed this show in the quiet days before the Faire opened … so no-one was quite sure that it would be the fantastic success that it was, raising over L$7,710,000 (US$30,844) and producing some amazing stories – many of which you can read on the website.  In fact, the whole website is filled with the story of Fantasy Faire, and well worth a look!

Dangarnon, Fantasy Faire 2016 - photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Dangarnon, Fantasy Faire 2016 – photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

But before you do that – come and join us at 2pm for the opening episode of our 21st season – it’s one that you won’t want to miss!

Or – if you can’t attend in person – tune in to the web at 2pm SLT on Monday for a showing on SLartist or on Treet – or catch it later in the week on our shows page on the Treet.tv web site at http://treet.tv/shows/designingworlds, on the SLArtist.com channel, the Aview TV Designing Worlds channel – or on the Designing Worlds blog.

Fairelands Junction - Fantasy Faire 2016 - photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Blackmoor – Fantasy Faire 2016 – photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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The Theatre at the Home and Garden Expo

The Theatre at the Home and Garden Expo

The latest episode of Designing Worlds – where we pay the first of two visits to the Home and Garden Expo in Second Life– is now on the web.

Sadly, the Expo is now over, but show you some of the amazing things that were on display there, and which also took place during the Expo. And our brilliant photographer, Wildstar Beaumont, will show yet more!

The Theatre at the Home and Garden Expo

The Theatre at the Home and Garden Expo

In this first show we talked to the three organisers of the Expo, Reven Rosca, Kaerri Rae and Cain Maven about the backbones of the Expo. We also talked to SisterButta about the innovation of including art installations, and to Eku Zhong for Culprit about her display this year.

Prim Perfect at the Home and Garden Expo

Prim Perfect at the Home and Garden Expo

And we explore the Prim Perfect build created by Eliza Weirwight – and the beautiful lantern release ceremony that took place each day at 4pm.

The Lantern Release at the Home and Garden Expo

The Lantern Release at the Home and Garden Expo

 

 

 

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From

From “The Tollkeeper”

Join Designing Worlds at 2pm today, Monday 26th October at our studio in Garden of Dreams, for our Halloween Special as things go bump in New Babbage.

Well, not so much Bump! as Boom!

Now, explosions may not cause much panic in New Babbage, but when it causes two of New Babbage’s finest sandhogs (one of whom is the redoubtable Mr Jebediah Biggins) to disappear into the darkest recesses of the catacombs, a rescue mission is rapidly under way.

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From “The Tollkeeper”

But the catacombs are, of course, never the safest of places to go …

This is a special Tale of New Babbage, written by Mr Emerson Lighthouse and read by the New Babbagers themselves: Mr Emerson Lighthouse, Miss Bookworm Heinreichs, Miss Garnet Psaltery. Mr Mavromichaeli Szondi and, of course, Mr Biggins. Mr Elrik Merlin and Miss Saffia Widdershins also take part.

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From “The Tollkeeper”

It is promising to be a spooky show, so make sure you join us, at 2pm today!

Or – if you can’t attend in person – tune in to the web at 2pm SLT on Monday for a showing on SLartist or on Treet – or catch it later in the week on our shows page on the Treet.tv web site at http://treet.tv/shows/designingworlds, on the SLArtist.com channel, the Aview TV Designing Worlds channel – or on the Designing Worlds blog.

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This week’s show is a timely repeat of our conversation with some of the people from Linden Lab about server side baking and materials.

Join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday 30th September, for Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams, as we are joined by Oz, Brooke, Troy and Nyx Linden to discuss the issues of Server Side Baking and materials.

Nyx, Troy, Oz and Brooke Linden explain the changes coming

The changeover to server-side baking appears to have gone smoothly, and materials are now coming in on a variety of viewers. But what does it all mean for the Second Life user?

Server side baking is a whole new way of solving the problem of avatars (and system clothing) that fails to load properly, by moving this from the viewer side client to the server side. Nyx and Troy Linden talk about this and explaining what Second Life users should expect.

Katana, created by June Dion of Bare Rose, demonstrating materials

Then Oz and Brooke Linden explain about materials, normal and specular maps, what this is and what it means for our Second Life experience. And there are samples to see too – when Oz and Brooke took us to see the work in progress at Hippotopolis.  You can go there and check out developments for yourselves but if you want to see the items properly displayed, you’ll need to download the special Materials Viewer (it doesn’t overwrite the main Linden Lab viewer).

A simple cube takes on depth and texture under changing light

Materials mean a richer Second Life experience, and creators are very excited about the possibilities! But don’t take our word for it – come and watch the show at 2pm!

Or – if you can’t attend in person – tune in at 2pm SLT on Monday for the live show on http://treet.tv/live – or watch it on the web at Treet.tv web site at http://treet.tv/shows/designingworlds/episodes/project-materials.

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Now available on the web – our latest episode, as we explore the architectural beauties and the seamy underbelly of 1020s Berlin.

While Saffia browses the high class shops in Unter den Linden and muses on the wealth of art, architecture and cinema, Elrik explores the alleys and shabby apartments that show vividly what life was like for ordinary people in the Weimar Republic, and in a city that was open to experimentation and innovation like no other. And, hand in hand with that, went the famed decadence of Berlin’s clubs …

1920s Berlin - looking down Unter den Linden to the Brandenburg Gate

1920s Berlin – looking down Unter den Linden to the Brandenburg Gate – photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

It was a time of political upheaval too, and we catch glimpses of that – although the Nazis were still a comparatively small and disregarded faction, engaging in street fights with the Communists.  But this was a society dancing on the edge …

Jo Yardley, the creator of 1920s Berlin, talks about all this and more as she gives them a fascinating guided tour of the region with a soundtrack of authentic music of the era. It’s an amazing show – don’t miss it!

Berlin, the Alexanderplatz - photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Berlin, the Alexanderplatz – photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

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Thanks to the wonders of modern technology, we are now able to bring you the final show of our previous season, where we visited the fantastic worlds of Elicio Ember and Roscko Cobalt – just click on the play button below!

You can also see the show on the Treet TV web site .

This week, on Monday 17th September, we will be showing the first of our new series, featuring the builds of Relay For Life of Second Life 2012. There are some fantastic things to see and we’ve covered as much as we can in this new feature-length episode (see separate story for details).

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Happy Hunting!

Happy Hunting!

It’s the premiere episode with host Cinders Vale. The show for hunts and hunters in Second Life with guest Ivy Maverick and the Hunt News Desk with Frequency Picnic. And where in the world is MarkTwain White?

You’ll find your first clue to our fun competition (with a 2,000 Linden Prize) in the show itself – along with plenty of hunt news, a fascinating interview and some examples of fun things you can win.

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Want more information about the hunts mentioned on the show? Frequency Picnic has all the details!

And there’s a reminder of where you can see the MTW gnome AND a second clue to help you find our treasure here. How do you enter the competition? Just click here and tell us where in the world is MarkTwain White!

And make sure you don’t miss our next episode! We’re filming on Friday, 18th November at 3pm in our fabulous Garden of Dreams studio, where we’ll be announcing the very first winner of our competition. But remember – no spoilers!

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