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New Babbage

Join us at 2pm today, Monday 8th June for what might be an unexpected episode of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams, when we’ll be learning about the surprising very real world literary output of the steampunk city of New Babbage – a city based in Second Life.

This is a rather different show for us as usually we get caught up in dangerous adventures when we visit the city. But this time we are able 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.

New Babbage

New Babbage

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. Ceejay explains how the Brassbright concept came to life through a character bio that got well out of hand!

It makes for a fascinating show – and we may even catch a fleeting glimpse of Mr Biggins!  So do join us at 2pm SLT today.

New Babbage

New Babbage

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 AviewTV Designing Worlds channel – or on the Designing Worlds blog.

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

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

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.

New Babbage

New Babbage

 

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

Memorial Gardens to Soliel Snook, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Memorial Gardens to Soliel Snook, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us at 2pm today, Monday 1st June for a very special episode of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams, when we’ll be remembering the life and work of a popular Second Life resident – Soliel Snook.

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, one for each year of Soliel’s Second Life, from 2007 – 2015. 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.

Perhaps her favourite creation was Giverny, the region she created in tribute to Monet and his work. We’ll be looking at our programme on Giverny and other shows which feature Soliel herself on today’s show.

Memorial Gardens to Soliel Snook, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Memorial Gardens to Soliel Snook, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

We hope that you’ll be able to join us at 2pm.

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 AviewTV Designing Worlds channel – or on the Designing Worlds blog.

Memorial Gardens to Soliel Snook, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Memorial Gardens to Soliel Snook, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Soliel’s Gardens will be open until June 4th. You can visit here:
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sal%20Island/160/128/23

Memorial Gardens to Soliel Snook, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Memorial Gardens to Soliel Snook, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

 

New Gallifrey, photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

New Gallifrey, photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us at 2pm today, Monday 25th May for an episode of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams, when we’ll be showing a repeat of our show on one of the best known Dr Who/Timelord roleplay regions of New Gallifrey.

The word “adult” can mean many things – primary is, perhaps, behaving like grown ups. This sometimes seems to be forgotten when Adult is applied to ratings, in film, tv, or games, where Adult is sometimes treated as meaning “extreme sexual and violent content”. And this mis-conception is extended to Second Life regions too.

Well, no. In many cases, Adult means Adults (i.e. grown ups) making the decision that they may, occasionally, want to show a naked image. Or actually use swear words in chat. Or that they don’t actually want to have to worry about these things at all, and using the Adult definition means you don’t have to. You’ve created a place for grown ups.

And such a place is New Gallifrey (as Honour McMillan has pointed out in her article on this issue: http://bit.ly/1JR1T9I – which is well worth a read).

New Gallifrey, photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

New Gallifrey, photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

This region houses several timelords’ privates Tardises (Tardes, perhaps?) but also the Panopticon, the focal point for the adventures of the Timelords who, after the Time War, found themselves trapped in Second Life. Time travel adapts rather well to Second Life – but in this episode we’ll be concentrating on New Gallifrey itself. The old Panopticon, which we visited way back in 2008 was destroyed as part of a summerlong storyline. Now the new New Gallifrey has emerged, and it really is spectacular.

We are given a guided tour by Sen Pixie, former Lord President of the High Council of New Gallifrey, Kylie Todriya, who in the New Gallifrey multiverse is the Pythia of the Sisterhood of the Jade Dreamers, and also Chancellor of New Gallifrey, and Rowan Thursday, the High Seeress of New Gallifrey and also Sister Dreamweaver to the Pythia. They are also the primary builders of this magnificent edifice, and of the landscape that surrounds it.

Inside the Tardis of Coordinator Deimos, photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Inside the Tardis of Coordinator Deimos, photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Then we are given a tour of the darkly stylish Tardis belonging to David Abbot, aka Deimos, head of the Celestial Intervention Agency.

This is a show for everyone who loves good design, the potential for roleplay in Second Life and – of course – the universe of Dr Who! So join us, at 2pm today, to travel once more through time and space.

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 AviewTV Designing Worlds channel – or on the Designing Worlds blog.

New Gallifrey, photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

New Gallifrey, photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Visit New Gallifrey at:
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/New%20Gallifrey/186/146/47
(Please note that this is an ADULT region)
Learn more about the roleplay at: New Gallifrey Public Record: https://ngpublicrecord.wordpress.com/

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

Angel Manor, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Angel Manor, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us at 2pm today, Monday 18th May for the new episode of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams, when we’ll be visiting the sumptuous Angel Manor Estate in the company of its owner and creator, Kaya Angel.

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.

Angel Manor, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Angel Manor, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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!

This is a show packed with magnificent beauty – so so do join us, at 2pm today!

Angel Manor, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Angel Manor, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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.

Angel Manor Estates: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Angel%20Manor/19/185/21
Website: http://www.impl.org.uk

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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