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This first show of our new season is one we’ve been looking forward to for quite some time.

We’re visiting the brand-new, just-opened regions of the Second Life Endowment for the Arts – the SLEA. It’s the new initiative by Linden Lab and Second Life residents to give artists a place to create, display, share, learn, and teach.

We have a good look round at some of the current installations, and talk to some of the movers and shakers behind the project, including SLEA Coordinator Tansee, SL Liaison Safar Fiertze, and artist Regi Yifu. We visit Viktor Savior’s fascinating presentations of Slavic history and folklore, and we talk Machinima with SLEA Media Curator Wizardoz Chrome; and we go under the sea to learn about Nellie the turtle and our relation to the oceans with Briony Writer and Jaz. There’s a stunning slideshow from Wildstar Beaumont, and much more.

Join us for the premiere on Monday February 8th at 2pm Pacific/22:00 GMT at our Watch Party in the Designing Worlds studios in the Garden of Dreams at 2pm SLT. Or see the show afterwards on the Designing Worlds Vimeo channel at: https://vimeo.com/channels/dworlds.

Learn more about the SLEA by checking out their blog at https://slendowmentforthearts.wordpress.com/

Designing Worlds episode DW428 is now on the web. In it, we take a look back at a few of the seasonal tales from the city-state of New Babbage that we’ve presented on Designing Worlds over the past few years.

We start with DW357 – Murder at the Muirsheen Dirkin! in suitably noir monochrome, followed by A Gift from Steam Santa, one of the stories presented in DW326 – Christmas Tales from New Babbage.

Then it’s DW293 – The Cats That Ate New Babbage, followed by a brand new slideshow by Wildstar Beaumont of New Babbage in 2020.

And finally we round off the show with DW183 – The Miracle of the Bells.

In the episode of Designing Worlds that premieres on Monday 28th December 2020 at 2pm Pacific Time – DW428 – we take a look back at a few of the seasonal tales from the city-state of New Babbage that we’ve presented on Designing Worlds over the past few years.

We start with DW357 – Murder at the Muirsheen Dirkin! in suitably noir monochrome, followed by A Gift from Steam Santa, one of the stories presented in DW326 – Christmas Tales from New Babbage.

Then it’s DW293 – The Cats That Ate New Babbage, followed by a brand new slideshow by Wildstar Beaumont of New Babbage in 2020.

And finally we round off the show with DW183 – The Miracle of the Bells.

Join us at 2pm today Monday 28th December  when you can see the show on the Designing Worlds Vimeo channel at: https://vimeo.com/channels/dworlds. Or join us for our Watch Party in the Designing Worlds studios in the Garden of Dreams at 2pm SLT.

We’ve recently discovered some “lost episodes” of Designing Worlds, including some Tales From New Babbage, so keep an eye open for them over the next while over on the Designing Worlds Archives channel on Vimeo.

In our Winter Places episode of Designing Worlds, DW247, Elrik and Saffia set out to explore some of the wonderful winter regions that you can find on the Second Life grid.

Watch the show above, or you can see it on the Designing Worlds Vimeo channel at: https://vimeo.com/channels/dworlds.

We talk to Kaya Angel of Angel Manor about the special winter landscapes he has created for his region, with a host of activities and events, and Saffia visits the special winter region created by Tymus Tenk and Truck Meredith of Calas Galadhon, which has a gorgeous pavilion, activities and events – and a whole fantasy wonderland in the sky!

We also travel around the grid to encounter The Land of Snowflakes, created by Xanthe Firehawk, a traditional Christmas environment; the very wintery and beautiful Distant Edge, landscaped by Bridget Twig and Remuera Seetan. We explore A Wizard’s Winter, where you can ride on broomsticks and explore a stunning beautiful village, and we explore a stunning four-region winter Mountain complex, created by Conte Alchemi – and even try to come back down again …

And Wildstar Beaumont has some beautiful images to share of the Christmas Expo, now sadly finished.

It’s a fabulous show, so do check it out!

Here are the places we visited – note that not all these locations may remain available after Christmas:
The Land of Snowflakes: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Haven%20Woods/59/211/2001
Distant Edge: https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Dreamworld%20Mermaid/158/71/22/
A Wizard’s Winter: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Coral%20Cape/25/50/28
Angel Manor: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Angel%20Manor/9/184/21
The Mountain: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Homewood/42/203/32
Callas Galadhon’s Winter Region: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sincere%20Estates/117/117/27

Distant Edge
Distant Edge

And don’t forget …
Linden Labs Winter Wonderland (which we visited on our last show): https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Winter Wonderland 5/113/7/30/
and
The Dickens Project, featured here on the Prom Perfect blog: https://primperfect.net/2020/12/14/explore-the-world-of-the-christmas-carol-with-the-dickens-project/

And you won’t want to miss it!

It’s over three hours of magical fun and celebrations …

The Raglan Shire carollers will serenade us!

The Raglan Shire carollers will serenade us!

1 – 2pm SLT: Toxic Darkmatter (live)
2 – 3pm SLT: DJ Elrik Merlin
3 – 3.15pm SLT: The Raglanshire Carollers
3.15 – 4.15pm SLT: DJ Briony Writer

Oscar the Tookie is ready to greet you!

Oscar the Tookie is ready to greet you!

And it’s all taking place in our gorgeous ballroom high above our Garden of Dreams studio. Come and join us there!

The ballroom awaits you!

The ballroom awaits you!

 

A Wizard's Winter

A Wizard’s Winter

In our new episode of Designing Worlds, Elrik and Saffia set out to explore some of the wonderful winter regions that you can find on the Second Life grid this winter! And we have news of the fabulous Designing Worlds Ball, too!

Join us at 2pm today Monday 14th December  when you can see the show on the Designing Worlds Vimeo channel at: https://vimeo.com/channels/dworlds. Or join us for our Watch Party in the Designing Worlds studios in the Garden of Dreams at 2pm SLT.

Angel Manor

Angel Manor

We talk to Kaya Angel of Angel Manor about the special winter landscapes he has created for his region, with a host of activities and events, and Saffia visits the special winter region created by Tymus Tenk and Truck Meredith of Calas Galadhon, which has a gorgeous pavilion, activities and events – and a whole fantasy wonderland in the sky!

Calas Galadhon Christmas

Calas Galadhon Christmas

We also travel around the grid to encounter The Land of Snowflakes, created by Xanthe Firehawk, a traditional Christmas environment; the very wintery and beautiful Distant Edge, landscaped by Bridget Twig and Remuera Seetan. We explore A Wizard’s Winter, where you can ride on broomsticks and explore a stunning beautiful village, and we explore a stunning four-region winter Mountain complex, created by Conte Alchemi – and even try to come back down again …

And Wildstar Beaumont has some beautiful images to share of the Christmas Expo, now sadly finished.

Christmas Expo 2020, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Christmas Expo 2020, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

It’s a fabulous show, so do tune in at 2pm, or join us in the Designing Worlds studio on Garden of Dreams!

Here are the places we visited:
The Land of Snowflakes:  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Haven%20Woods/59/211/2001
Distant Edgehttps://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Dreamworld%20Mermaid/158/71/22/
A Wizard’s Winterhttp://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Coral%20Cape/25/50/28
Angel Manor: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Angel%20Manor/9/184/21
The Mountain: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Homewood/42/203/32
Callas Galadhon’s Winter Region: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sincere%20Estates/117/117/27

Distant Edge

Distant Edge

And don’t forget …
Linden Labs Winter Wonderland (which we visited on our last show): https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Winter Wonderland 5/113/7/30/
and
The Dickens Project, featured here on the Prom Perfect blog: https://primperfect.net/2020/12/14/explore-the-world-of-the-christmas-carol-with-the-dickens-project/

 

Seraph City, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Seraph City, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join Designing Worlds at 2pmSLT Monday 7th December for this week’s show from the archives which goes right back to March 2014, when we we paid a final visit to the beautiful dieselpunk region of Seraph City.
#DW224 The Dieselpunk World of Seraph City – March 3rd 2014 from Saffia Widdershins on Vimeo. You can watch it on this blog, and you can also see the show on the Designing Worlds Vimeo Archive channel at: https://vimeo.com/382965949. And you can join the special Watch Party (at 2pm SLT, Monday 7th December) in our studio on Garden of Dreams.
Seraph City, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Seraph City, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

We tour some of the beautiful builds in the city – and also talk about how episodes of The Blackened Mirror were filmed there – and were the basis of some popular games during the first season of the show.
Seraph City, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Seraph City, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Sadly, a few days after we filmed here, the owner announced his intention of converting the sim into a private region. Already the name has been changed and many of the iconic buildings have gone (including the Hawkesmoor Apartment buildings which we visit). Obviously, we had no idea that this was going to happen when we filmed the show – and nor did the Estate Manager, Edward Pearse, who was our escort.
Seraph City, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Seraph City, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

At the time, we thought long and hard about broadcasting this, but decided to go ahead, even though the show was more an elegy to Seraph City than an invitation to become part of a community. Of course, six years later, we have a lot of elegies in our Archives!
Seraph City, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Seraph City, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Patch and Brett Linden, in conversation with Saffia and Elrik, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Patch and Brett Linden, in conversation with Saffia and Elrik, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

In our most recent episode of Designing Worlds, we sat down for a chat with Patch and Brett Linden, about recent happenings in and future plans for Second Life. And we covered a wide range of topics – with some interesting side trips!

DW426 – Lindens & Stilt Homes from Richard Elen on Vimeo.

Brett Linden is VP of Marketing for Linden Lab and Patch Linden is Vice President of Product Operations for Linden Lab. We had a wide ranging discussion that covered the Uplift to the Cloud, now largely completed, and – now that new land is once again an option – the forthcoming Linden Homes release of Stilt Homes.

Stilt Homes, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Stilt Homes, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

We also discussed the impact of the pandemic on Second Life and how the Lab has handled the significant influx of new and returning residents as the virtual environment has become increasingly important, including the availability of “turnkey” educational and conference environments that users can adapt and configure from a range of available designs.

The Town Hall - one of Linden Labs turnkey designs, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Town Hall – one of Linden Labs turnkey designs, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Wildstar Beaumont gaves us a look around Rosehaven in the autumn and finally, we looked ahead to winter treats the Linden have planned, with a visit to Winter Wonderland … and news of a planned snowfight. Linden Lab versus the Residents – bring it on!

Snowfight Arena In Winter Wonderland

Snowfight Arena In Winter Wonderland

 

Futuristic - one of Linden Labs turnkey designs, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Futuristic – one of Linden Labs turnkey designs, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

In our new episode of Designing Worlds, we sit down for a chat with Patch and Brett Linden, about recent happenings in and future plans for Second Life. And we cover a wide range of topics – with some interesting side trips!

Patch and Brett Linden, in conversation with Saffia and Elrik, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Patch and Brett Linden, in conversation with Saffia and Elrik, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us at 2pm today Monday 30th November  when you can see the show on the Designing Worlds Vimeo channel at: https://vimeo.com/channels/dworlds. Or join us for our Watch Party in the Designing Worlds studios in the Garden of Dreams at 2pm SLT.

Patch and Brett Linden, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Patch and Brett Linden, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

We talk to Brett Linden, VP of Marketing for Linden Lab and Patch Linden, Vice President of Product Operations for Linden Lab in a wide ranging discussion that covers the Uplift to the Cloud, now largely completed, and – now that new land is once again an option – the forthcoming Linden Homes release of Stilt Homes.

The Stilt Homes, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Stilt Homes, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

We also discuss the impact of the pandemic on Second Life and how the Lab has handled the significant influx of new and returning residents as the virtual environment has become increasingly important, including the availability of “turnkey” educational and conference environments that users can adapt and configure from a range of available designs.

Academic Campus 4 - one of Linden Labs turnkey designs, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Academic Campus 4 – one of Linden Labs turnkey designs, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Wildstar Beaumont gives us a look around Rosehaven in the autumn and finally, we look ahead to winter treats the Linden have planned, with a visit to Winter Wonderland … and news of a planned snowfight. Linden Lab versus the Residents – bring it on!

The Dino - one of Linden Labs turnkey designs, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Dino – one of Linden Labs turnkey designs, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

It’s a really interesting discussion – with peeks at parts of the grid you may not have seen – so do tune in or join us at 2pm SLT at the Watch Party in Garden of Dreams!

 

7Seas Fishing on Flotsam Beach

7Seas Fishing on Flotsam Beach

Join Designing Worlds at 2pmSLT Monday 23rd November for this week’s show from the archives which goes right back to 2008, when we were still MetaMakeover, and 7Seas Fishing was a new game that was taking the grid by storm!

#023 Seven Seas Fishing 25 November 2008 from Saffia Widdershins on Vimeo.

You can watch it on this blog, and you can also see the show on the Designing Worlds Vimeo Archive channel at: https://vimeo.com/371126573. And you can join the special Watch Party (at 2pm SLT, Monday 16th November) in our studio on Garden of Dreams.

Elrik interviews 7Seas fishers in 2008

Elrik interviews 7Seas fishers in 2008

It was a very special show, as we held a fishing contest, on the waterfront at the back of our old Meta Makeover studios on Northpoint! And it was special for another reason, as it marked the first appearance of Elrik Merlin as co-host on the show!

In the first part of the show, Saffia interviewed the devisers of the wonderful 7Seas Fishing, Jen and Seven Shikami.

And in the second half of the show, we had our own fishing contest – live on TV! You can see Elrik Merlin interviewing some of the contestants – as well as Crap Mariner, a very keen fisher, achieving Hall of Fame status.

7Seas Fishing on Flotsam Beach

7Seas Fishing on Flotsam Beach

Twelve years later, Designing Worlds and Seven Seas fishing are both still going strong. You can find out all about Designing Worlds here – and Seven Seas Fishing here: http://www.7seasfishing.com/ – or you can visit their headquarters at https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Flotsam%20Beach/29/108/21/ and try 7Seas Fishing for yourselves!

And for the FIRST time in TWELVE years, we will be giving away TEN unique MetaMakeover Blue Ragged Fish at the Watch Party for the show!

The MetaMakeover fish!

The MetaMakeover fish!