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Christmas with the Urchins in New Babbage, photographed by Miss Bookworm Heinrichs

Christmas with the Urchins in New Babbage, photographed by Miss Bookworm Heinrichs

The latest episode of Designing Worlds – our Christmas Special in New Babbage– is now on the web!

This year’s Christmas show takes a slightly different format. Well-known Babbage personalities – and Mr Merlin and Miss Widdershins, of course! – will be telling two Christmas stories about the Babbage urchins at Christmas time. One is How the Urchins Stole Christmas, and the second is a sequel to what is probably the best loved New Babbage show, The Miracle of the Bells – which of course, contains the dreaded Book That Must Not Be Named.

And of course, there’s Mr Biggins (as you’ve never seen him before)!

Christmas with the Urchins in New Babbage, photographed by Miss Bookworm Heinrichs

Christmas with the Urchins in New Babbage, photographed by Miss Bookworm Heinrichs

Then there’s a very special Christmas song (composed by MacKnight Culdesac) to finish the show – all about the Steam Santa’s somewhat dour companion, the Boiler Elf.

Christmas with the Urchins in New Babbage, photographed by Miss Bookworm Heinrichs

Christmas with the Urchins in New Babbage, photographed by Miss Bookworm Heinrichs

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Christmas with the Urchins in New Babbage, photographed by Miss Bookworm Heinrichs

Christmas with the Urchins in New Babbage, photographed by Miss Bookworm Heinrichs

Join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday 19th December, for the new episode of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams – for our special Christmas show from New Babbage.

And, of course, there will be Mr Biggins!

Christmas with the Urchins in New Babbage, photographed by Miss Bookworm Heinrichs

Christmas with the Urchins in New Babbage, photographed by Miss Bookworm Heinrichs

This year’s Christmas show takes a slightly different format. Well-known Babbage personalities – and Mr Merlin and Miss Widdershins, of course! – will be telling two Christmas stories about the Babbage urchins at Christmas time. You could say that one is How the Urchins Stole Christmas, and the second is a sequel to what is probably the best loved New Babbage show, The Miracle of the Bells – which of course, contains the dreaded Book That Must Not Be Named.

And then there’s a very special Christmas song (composed by MacKnight Culdesac) to finish the show – all about the Steam Santa’s somewhat dour companion, the Boiler Elf.

Christmas with the Urchins in New Babbage, photographed by Miss Bookworm Heinrichs

Christmas with the Urchins in New Babbage, photographed by Miss Bookworm Heinrichs

It all makes for a fittingly Christmassy end to our Designing Worlds season – so do join us to watch it at 2pm SLT.

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.

Christmas with the Urchins in New Babbage, photographed by Miss Bookworm Heinrichs

Christmas with the Urchins in New Babbage, photographed by Miss Bookworm Heinrichs

If you want to visit New Babbage yourself, there are various places to start. Late Victorian dress is recommended, but not essential.
The Canals in Babbage Square: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Babbage%20Square/183/35/108
The New City Hall: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Babbage%20Square/157/176/111
The R.F. Burton Library: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Babbage%20Canals/200/60/107
Brunel Hall (Hotel and Restaurant): http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Academy%20of%20Industry/51/134/107
Piermont Landing: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Wheatstone%20Waterways/70/19/139

Designing Worlds Christmas Ball

Designing Worlds Christmas Ball

In addition – you are invited to the Designing Worlds Christmas Ball – on Thursday 22nd April from 1 – 4pm. Elrik Merlin will be spinning the tunes, and there will be gifts from some of our favourite creators under the Christmas Tree!

 

 

 

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Winter in New Babbage -photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Winter in New Babbage -photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us at 2pm today, Monday 9th February for the new episode of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams, for a special Valentine episode that  show sees us returning to New Babbage in a show that we were originally intending for our Christmas special. But we had a change of heart when we realised that this is a very romantic tale …

It all begins with the annual delivery of presents for the urchins of New Babbage from The Primgraph magazine. Miss Widdershins delivers the presents while Mr Merlin decides to visit Mr Jon Weatherwax’s new Mayfair Theatre.

What could possibly go wrong?

It's surprising what you can discover beneath the streets of New Babbage ...

It’s surprising what you can discover beneath the streets of New Babbage …

It comes complete with, of course, the estimable Mr Jebediah Biggins (twin brother to Mr Obadiah Biggins, star of The Blackened Mirror) and the stalwart Assistant Maceholder, Mr Victor Mornington – and also features an appearance by those wonderful avatar horses, pulling the most beautiful troika from Ladies’ Pleasure, and driven by its creator, Miss H0ney Heart.

Many thanks to Mr Mavromichali Szondi, and to Miss Beq Janus for awesome design work beneath the streets.

Cast (in order of appearance):
Miss Saffia Widdershins … Herself
Mr Victor Mornington … Himself
Mr Elrik Merlin … Himself
Mr Jon Weatherwax … Himself
Aurora … Miss Garnet Psaltery
Mr Biggins … Himself
Troika driver … Miss H0ney Heart
Horses …. Dancer Ingelwood, Cherry Lastchance and Kalypso Whitesong

This is a New Babbage special for Valentine’s Day – so do 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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We take a trip to New Babbage – a rather chilly one too, if all the reports we’ve heard about the coal shortage are true!

What could possibly go wrong in New Babbage at Christmas?

What could possibly go wrong in New Babbage at Christmas?

Now, our trips to that industrial steampunk city have not been entirely without incident in the past – what with murders, dangerous dark mermaids, mendacious Santas and purloined diamonds … to say nothing of Elrik being mistaken for Sherlock Holmes, or that time we discovered the dark secrets under the lost Asylum …

But really, we’re visiting libraries this time! What could possibly go wrong?

Of course, we have failed to reckon with the Most Dangerous Book in New Babbage (kept under strict guard in a few Babbage libraries).

Uncle Tingly’s Christmas Tales for New Babbage Young ‘Uns, secure in its case

Uncle Tingly’s Christmas Tales for New Babbage Young ‘Uns, secure in its case

You’ll have to watch this special episode to unlock the true terror of Uncle Tingly’s Christmas Tales for New Babbage Young ‘Uns … if you dare.

Mr Biggins braves the Most Dangerous Book in New Babbage

Mr Biggins braves the Most Dangerous Book in New Babbage

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Fantasy Faire calendar cover: The Faerie Court - photograph by Ursula Floresby

Fantasy Faire calendar cover: The Faerie Court – photograph by Ursula Floresby

The Fantasy Faire Calendar for 2015 has been released in the real world!

You can now buy your own slice of Fantasy Faire to share with friends and relatives in the real world (and raise money at the same time for Relay for Life of Second Life).

Fantasy Faire calendar January: Hope’s Horizon - photograph by Justen Tyme

Fantasy Faire calendar January: Hope’s Horizon – photograph by Justen Tyme

The calendar is available on lulu.com at www.lulu.com/shop/elizabeth-tinsley/fantasy-faire-2015/calendar/product-21954745.html, and is priced at US$14.99 (UK£12.18 – you’ll have to check other currencies for yourselves!) and, with 3-5 days delivery, really makes the perfect Christmas gift for friends and family.

All profits from sales will go to Relay for Life of Second Life.

The calendar contains twelve beautiful images of fantastic kingdoms, mysterious temples and enchanted forests. It celebrates the Fantasy Faire 2014 with exquisite pictures capture the amazing creativity of the worlds designed for the Faire and keep both the beauty of place and purpose alive in our hearts for the coming year.

Fantasy Faire calendar August: Medhir Woods - photograph by Judith Lefevre

Fantasy Faire calendar August: Medhir Woods – photograph by Judith Lefevre

The pictures were chosen from those entered in the Fantasy Faire Calendar competition, submitted through the Flickr group.

The photographers are:

MONTHS
Cover: Faerie Court – Ursula Floresby
January – Hope’s Horizon – Justen Tyme
February – Asperatus – Alisaundra Andel
March – Palace of Tears – Wildstar Beaumont
April – Mourningvale Thicket – Caitlin Tobias
May – Fairelands Junction – Cayenne Republic
June – Heavenslough – Vylna Daviau
July – Wiggenstead Mooring – Gabrielle Swindlehurst
August – Medhir Woods – Judith Lefevre
September – Faerie Court – Tamarind Silverfall
October – Blackwater Glenn – CharuStar
November – Hope’s Horizon – Beq Janus
December – Sanctum – Pokute Burt

Fantasy Faire calendar October: Blackwater Glenn - photograph by CharuStar

Fantasy Faire calendar October: Blackwater Glenn – photograph by CharuStar

It will also be available inworld shortly on the Marketplace for L$500 – and I believe that there will be a special extra with that – but I will tell you about that when it’s released!

In the meantime, why not stock up on a special real world Christmas present for those you love – and maybe one for yourself too?

Fantasy Faire calendar February: Asperatus - photograph by Alisaundra Andel

Fantasy Faire calendar February: Asperatus – photograph by Alisaundra Andel

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New Babbage in the snow - photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

New Babbage in the snow – photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

In a change to our advertised show*, we invite you to join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday 8th December, for a seasonal episode of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams when we’ll be revisiting New Babbage in a new showing of the story of the Most Dangerous Book in New Babbage (kept under strict guard in a few Babbage libraries).

And, to make matters worse, there’s apparently a severe coal shortage in the steampunk city too!

Uncle Tingly’s Christmas Tales for New Babbage Young ‘Uns, secure in its case

Uncle Tingly’s Christmas Tales for New Babbage Young ‘Uns, secure in its case

So join us, at 2pm today, to unlock the true terror of Uncle Tingly’s Christmas Tales for New Babbage Young ‘Uns … if you dare.

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.

New Babbage in the snow - photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

New Babbage in the snow – photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

* And for those who were hoping to see our show on the Time Lords of New Gallifrey, don’t worry! It will be our opening show for 2015 (and there will also be a new New Babbage show next season too!)

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Now available on the web – our Christmas visit to Ballet Pixelle with extracts from their production of The Nut (based on The Nutcracker).

We talk to Inarra Saarinen, Artistic Director ofBallet Pixelle, Vivienne Darcy, Ballet Mistress and Company Coordinator and to members of the company as we learn about the challenges and triumphs of creating a virtual ballet company with dancers from all over the world – and then face the challenges of staging amazing ballets in a virtual world.

Ballet Pixelle - the Theatre

Ballet Pixelle – the Theatre

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