Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Posts Tagged ‘Christmas’

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!

 

Read Full Post »

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.

Read Full Post »

Calas Galadhon

Calas Galadhon

In this, our final new episode for 2019, we explore Winter Wonderlands around the grid with a special trip to the Christmas Expo for Relay for Life!

DW412 – SL Winter Places 2019 from Richard Elen on Vimeo.

We visit the Christmas Expo to see the stores and designs there, and take a sleigh ride with Trader Whiplash and Nuala Maracas to see the Lights of Hope – houses decorated for Christmas by the designers – and also tour the Linden Lights of Hope – which were houses decorated by the Lindens and the Moles (tinies – look out for the waffle mountain and syrup lake at 25.37).

Santa Town

Santa Town

We also visit some of the fabulous Winter Places on show in Second Life, including Russian fairytale-like Warm Angel and the recreation of the Austrian town of Gosau created by two real-life farmers who live in the area, and the Bells of Rhymney which mixes a Rivendell-like atmosphere with Baroque architecture.

Garden of Whimsey

Garden of Whimsey

And we include two extensive slideshows by Wildstar Beaumont which cover some locations we weren’t able to visit in person.

The Dickens Project

The Dickens Project

Places to visit:
Unfortunately the Christmas Expo is now closed. But you can visit the other locations visited on the show:

Warm Angel: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Wildflower%20Mountain/20/204/46
The Village of Gossau: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gosau%20Dachstein%20West/55/142/3
The Bells of Rhymney: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Hillview/145/128/44

Calas Galadhon

Calas Galadhon

Linden’s Winter Wonderland (access through the Portal Park: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Portal%20Park%201/177/120/53)The Dickens Project: https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/The%20Dickens%20Project/125/118/22
Callas Galadhon at Christmas: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sea%20Myst/184/211/2998

Cherishville

Cherishville

Christmas has overtaken the Designing Worlds elves, so there is no show today but next week, on December 30th at 2pm, there’ll be a special showing at our usual scheduled time of Murder at the Muirsheen Durkin, our special Christmas drama for 2017 – stay tuned for further information!

 

 

Read Full Post »

All photos by Wildstar Beaumont

Calas Galadhon

Calas Galadhon

In this, our final new episode for 2019, we explore Winter Wonderlands around the grid with a special trip to the Christmas Expo for Relay for Life!

From 2pm today, Monday 16th December, you can see the show on the Designing Worlds Vimeo channel at: https://vimeo.com/channels/dworlds and on the Designing Worlds channel at SLArtist at: https://www.slartist.com/browse-dw-videos-1-date.html. And you can join the special Watch Party (also at 2pm SLT) in our studio on Garden of Dreams.

Cherishville

Cherishville

We visit the Christmas Expo to see the stores and designs there, and take a sleigh ride with Trader Whiplash and Nuala Maracas to see the Lights of Hope – houses decorated for Christmas by the designers – and also tour the Linden Lights of Hope – which were houses decorated by the Lindens and the Moles (tinies – look out for the waffle mountain and syrup lake at 25.37).

Author's Point

Author’s Point

We also visit some of the fabulous Winter Places on show in Second Life, including Russian fairytale-like Warm Angel and the recreation of the Austrian town of Gosau created by two real-life farmers who live in the area, and the Bells of Rhymney which mixes a Rivendell-like atmosphere with Baroque architecture.

New Babbage

New Babbage

And we include two extensive slideshows by Wildstar Beaumont which cover some locations we weren’t able to visit in person.

It’s a very beautiful show, so do tune in or join us at 2pm SLT at the Watch Party in Garden of Dreams!

The Dickens Project

The Dickens Project

Places to visit:
Unfortunately the Christmas Expo is now closed. But you can visit the other locations visited on the show:

Warm Angel: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Wildflower%20Mountain/20/204/46
The Village of Gossau: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gosau%20Dachstein%20West/55/142/3
The Bells of Rhymney: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Hillview/145/128/44

Winter's Hollow

Winter’s Hollow

Linden’s Winter Wonderland (access through the Portal Park: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Portal%20Park%201/177/120/53)The Dickens Project: https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/The%20Dickens%20Project/125/118/22
Callas Galadhon at Christmas: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sea%20Myst/184/211/2998

Next week, there’ll be a special showing at our usual scheduled time of Murder at the Muirsheen Durkin, our special Christmas drama for 2017 – stay tuned for further information!

Santa Town

Santa Town

 

Read Full Post »

Designing Worlds Christmas Party 2019

Designing Worlds Christmas Party 2019

You are all invited to three and a half hours of fun and frolics at the Designing Worlds Christmas Party!

We open at 2pm SLT with a live music set from the wonderful Agatha – you can read more about here here – and listen to her wonderful voice!

Then the incomparable Mr Elrik Merlin takes to the airwaves to give us a very special set at 3pm!

At 4pm SLT, we’ll be joined by the delightful Raglanshire Carollers, who will be entertaining us with their unique Christmas carols.

And to round the party off, the awesome DJ Briony will be giving us a rousing Christmas set at 4.15pm.

Dress is formal, so put on your glad rags and come and join us for a wonderful experience in our very special ballroom on Garden of Dreams.

And many thanks to Kayle Matzerath and Kilik Lekvoda for allowing us to host the Party here!

Read Full Post »

Yes, it’s the time of year when Saffia and Elrik set out for an innocent visit to New Babbage and discover … what could possibly go wrong. Yes, it’s our Christmas Special – and it’s on the web for you to enjoy!

DW389 – Designing Worlds Christmas Special 2018 from Richard Elen on Vimeo.

Miss Widdershins and Mr Merlin are visiting the steampunk city of New Babbage to learn all about the Urchins’ Christmas Ball, where Steam Santa will give presents to the Urchins, while the Boiler Elf adjudicates between those who have been good and bad.

Or at least, that is the plan …

But when Steam Santa disappears, Miss Widdershins and Mr Merlin find themselves caught up in a nefarious plot which they must resolve with the aid of Mr Mornington, the Assistant Maceholder of New Babbage, Miss Heinrichs, the Captain of the New Babbage Militia and, of course, the redoubtable (and hapless) Mr Biggins.

To say nothing of New Babbage’s leading forensic scientist, an expert in tracking and a crowd of urchins …

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Credits

The Players:
Miss Saffia Widdershins
Mr Elrik Merlin
Miss Bookworm Heinrichs
Mr Victor Mornington
Mr Jedediah Biggins
The Boiler Elf
Miss Avariel Falcon
Miss Beryl Strifeclaw
Steam Santa

And the Urchins:
Tepic Harlequin
Jimmy Branagh
Candance
Aoife Lorefield
Lisa Fargazer
Robert
Leon
Wisp
Taylor Muggins
KrystalKid Nightfire

Written by: Miss Bookworm Heinrichs and Miss Saffia Widdershins
Videography by Mr Elrik Merlin and Miss Saffia Widdershins
Edited by Mr Elrik Merlin
Title Music by Associated Production Music
Incidental Music by Audioblocks
Executive Producer: Miss Saffia Widdershins
Directed by Miss Aisling Sinclair

Special thanks to:
Mr Mosseveno Tenk, Mr Mavromichali Szondi, Miss Honey Heart, Mr Terra Volitant and His Grace the Duke of Argylle & Earl of Primbroke, Mr Edward Pearse
And the Citizens (and Urchins) of New Babbage

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

This is the last episode in our current season. Designing Worlds will return in the New Year. Until then, we wish you all the Compliments of the Season!

Designing Worlds Christmas Card 2018

Designing Worlds Christmas Card 2018

 

Read Full Post »

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

Read Full Post »

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!

 

 

 

Read Full Post »

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.

 

 

 

 

Read Full Post »

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

Read Full Post »

Older Posts »