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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/

 

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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

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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

 

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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!

 

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The Playa at Burn2, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Playa at Burn2, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

In our most recent episode of Designing Worlds, we visited Burn2 2020, the annual Second Life celebration and impromptu art festival that parallels the Burning Man festival usually held in the Black Rock Desert in Nevada every year.

DW425 – Burn2 2020 from Richard Elen on Vimeo.

Originally begun as “Burning Life” by Linden Lab, several of whom were “Burners” in real life, the community-run festival is now called Burn2 and is a fully authorised regional Burning Man event.

Exhibit at Burn2, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Exhibit at Burn2, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

This year Burn2 has been particularly important as the real-life Burning Man festival was cancelled due to Covid-19 and instead has been held virtually, with Burn2 being the most extensive and longest-established. As a result there has been a significant influx of real-life Burners into Burn2, often bringing unique art exhibits and general zaniness with them.

Exhibit at Burn2, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Exhibit at Burn2, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

In this feature-length episode we talk to organisers and exhibitors at this year’s Burn2, Supersuz, DJ Puddles, Fifi Oh, Holocluck Henley and Freia Guillaume.

We also visit some of the exhibits, and take a look at the philosophy behind the festival.

Lamplighters at the Man at Burn2, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Lamplighters at the Man at Burn2, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

In addition, Saffia sets out to take a balloon ride – but finds a much more exciting mount! And we catch the Lamplighters, the Burning of the Temple, and the Burning of the Man himself.

Exhibit at Burn2, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Exhibit at Burn2, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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The Playa at Burn2, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Playa at Burn2, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

In our new episode of Designing Worlds, we visit Burn2, the annual Second Life celebration and impromptu art festival that parallels the Burning Man festival usually held in the Black Rock Desert in Nevada every year.

Join us at 2pm today Monday 9th 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 at 2pm SLT.

Exhibit at Burn2, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Exhibit at Burn2, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Originally begun as “Burning Life” by Linden Lab, several of whom were “Burners” in real life, the community-run festival is now called Burn2 and is a fully authorised regional Burning Man event.

Exhibit at Burn2, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Exhibit at Burn2, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

This year Burn2 has been particularly important as the real-life Burning Man festival was cancelled due to Covid-19 and instead has been held virtually, with Burn2 being the most extensive and longest-established. As a result there has been a significant influx of real-life Burners into Burn2, often bringing unique art exhibits and general zaniness with them.

Theatre at Burn2, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Theatre at Burn2, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

In this feature-length episode we talk to organisers and exhibitors at this year’s Burn2, visit some of the exhibits, and take a look at the philosophy behind the festival.

Exhibit at Burn2, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Exhibit at Burn2, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

In addition, Saffia sets out to take a balloon ride – but finds a much more exciting mount! And we catch the Lamplighters, the Burning of the Temple, and the Burning of the Man himself.

Exhibit at Burn2, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Exhibit at Burn2, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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Halloween in Darkwood, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Halloween in Darkwood, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Have you seen our Designing Worlds exploration of Halloween sites on the grid?

Here it is … for your Halloween pleasure …

DW424 Hallowe’en 2020 from Richard Elen on Vimeo.

We kick off with a visit to Linden Lab’s Portal Park, from where you can join the special Linden Tour – with new extensions this year.

Then it’s on to Bellisseria, to visit a strange new region that’s appeared there – and to meet the inmates of the Millbank Asylum with our guide – Prudence Anton.

Halloween in Bellisseria, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Halloween in Bellisseria, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Our next port of call is an extraordinarily detailed experience inspired by the country song, “The Legend of Wooley Swamp” telling the eerie tale of Lucius Clay. We’re joined by the creators, Aleriah and Mathias Laurent, who help us explore the beautifully detailed swamp and its mysterious inhabitants – and they share a few secrets with us too!

Halloween in Rosehaven, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Halloween in Rosehaven, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Next we visit Haunted Hollow in the company of one of its creator, Honey Heart, which features skeletal horse-riding, Russian folk-tales, the odd Headless Horseman who may lob a pumpkin at you, readings under the Hallowe’en Tree and a rather whimsical tower that’s full of fairytale left-overs under the auspices of its skeleton crew.

The episode ends with a visit to Frightened Pink – a region that combines scariness with fund-raising to fight breast cancer.

Halloween in Rosehaven, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Halloween in Rosehaven, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Places we visit on the show:
Portal Park – Halloween entrance: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Portal%20Park%202/119/77/53
Millbank: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Millbank/173/71/23
“The Legend of Wooley Swamp”: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Fairytale/237/237/21
Haunted Hollow: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Island%20Of%20Joy/241/12/97
Frightened Pink: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Westone/116/147/2201

Plus, of course, there’s a slideshow of fabulous images of Hallowe’en across the Grid created by Wildstar Beaumont.

Halloween Portal Park, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Halloween Portal Park, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Wildstar visited the Linden Halloween Tour (accessed via the Portal Park) and explored beautifully decorated Halloween Homes in Bellisseria. In addition, he visited:

Rosehaven starting point: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Rosehaven%20Laudanum/64/164/23
Darkwood: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Enchanted%20Rock/22/13/22

Halloween in Darkwood, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Halloween in Darkwood, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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Halloween in Darkwood, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Halloween in Darkwood, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

In our new episode of Designing Worlds, we visit some of the scary regions you can visit around the Second Life Grid for Hallowe’en 2020.

Join us at 2pm today Monday 26th October for our special Hallowe’en edition 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 at 2pm SLT.

Halloween Portal Park, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Halloween Portal Park, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

We kick off with a visit to Linden Lab’s Portal Park, from where you can join the special Linden Tour – with new extensions this year.

Then it’s on to Bellisseria, to visit a strange new region that’s appeared there – and to meet the inmates of the Millbank Asylum with our guide – Prudence Anton.

Our next port of call is an extraordinarily detailed experience inspired by the country song, “The Legend of Wooley Swamp” telling the eerie tale of Lucius Clay. We’re joined by the creators, Aleriah and Mathias Laurent, who help us explore the beautifully detailed swamp and its mysterious inhabitants – and they share a few secrets with us too!

Halloween in Rosehaven, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Halloween in Rosehaven, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Next we visit Haunted Hollow in the company of one of its creator, Honey Heart, which features skeletal horse-riding, Russian folk-tales, the odd Headless Horseman who may lob a pumpkin at you, readings under the Hallowe’en Tree and a rather whimsical tower that’s full of fairytale left-overs under the auspices of its skeleton crew.

The episode ends with a visit to Frightened Pink – a region that combines scariness with fund-raising to fight breast cancer.

Halloween in Bellisseria, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Halloween in Bellisseria, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Plus, of course, there’s a slideshow of fabulous images of Hallowe’en across the Grid created by Wildstar Beaumont.

It all makes for a great scary show – so do tune in or join us at 2pm SLT at the Watch Party in Garden of Dreams!

Halloween Haunted Tour, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Halloween Haunted Tour, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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Places we visit on the show:
Portal Park – Halloween entrance: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Portal%20Park%202/119/77/53
Millbank: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Millbank/173/71/23
“The Legend of Wooley Swamp”: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Fairytale/237/237/21
Haunted Hollow: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Island%20Of%20Joy/241/12/97

Halloween in Darkwood, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Halloween in Darkwood, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

 

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Exploring the tunnels in New Babbage

Exploring the tunnels in New Babbage

This week we have a real treat from the Archives for you – a story that goes all the way back to 2009, and the very first of our Tales from New Babbage!

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/371359132. And you can join the special Watch Party (at 2pm SLT) in our studio on Garden of Dreams.

We were in New Babbage to inspect some of the fascinating new engineering works deep beneath this most steampunk of cities and – as the people of Babbage say – What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

 

#062 Halloween in New Babbage – 27th October 2009 from Saffia Widdershins on Vimeo.

For we weren’t deterred by the fact that there are all sorts of strange legends and rumours about the oldest parts of the city … nor were we put off by the fact fact that this is, actually, our closest show to Halloween.

No, this would be a nice, calm, peaceful show.

Really.

Well, at all events, it will be a show unlike any other Designing Worlds, that we can promise you!

It’s based on a short story – The Trains Don’t Run Under Clockhaven by Aeolus Cleanslate (who appears as himself) – and it marks the first appearance of the redoubtable Mr Biggins (in his first persona; he’s had several). The story appears in the volume Tales Of New Babbage Volume One.

A strange story in New Babbage

A strange story in New Babbage

Full Cast:
Mr Aeolus Cleanslate
Miss Saffia Widdershins
Mr Elrik Merlin
Miss Ceejay Writer
and
Mr Biggins

With thanks to PJ Trenton

So do join us for an early Halloween show at 2pm today!

Discussion deep underground in New Babbage

Discussion deep underground in New Babbage

Next week we’ll be travelling around the grid to see some of the fabulous Halloween places that have been created by Second Life residents.

 

 

 

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Burn 2, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

This week on Monday October 5th, as – in preparation for the annual Burn 2 Festival in Second Life – we look back to 2016 and the amazing festival held then.

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/190066583. And you can join the special Watch Party (at 2pm SLT) in our studio on Garden of Dreams.

DW321 – Burn2, 2016 from Richard Elen on Vimeo.

The annual Burn2 art festival in Second Life, which is an official representative event approved by the organisers of the annual Burning Man festival in the Nevada desert, following the same principles and with several of the same features and events, including stunning artworks and Man and Temple burns.

We visit some of the installations and follow the Lamplighters to the Burn as they celebrate the life of a valued participant, and we take a Leonardo da Vinci-inspired helicopter ride across the site – da Vinci is this year’s theme.

Burn 2, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

And we take a balloon trip around the site, seeing the famous Burning of the Man and the Burning of the Temple, and talk to Duna Gant and iSkye Silverweb, who were both centrally involved in Burn2 this year.

We also remember Ladyslipper Constantine, a dedicated Burner and a keen Lamplighter at Burn2 events, who died recently. Saffia filmed a special Celebration of her life and work as a volunteer for numerous organisations and events in Second Life; an extract from this is shown in the episode, but you can also watch the full Celebration at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mX3c8RVB0iI.

It all makes for a very special show – so do tune in or join our Watch Party (at 2pm SLT) in our studio on Garden of Dreams!

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This year’s Burn 2 will take place from 9th – 22nd October, and you can read more about it here: https://www.facebook.com/BURN2BURNERS/ or join the event at http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Burning%20Man-%20Deep%20Hole/170/28/24

Burn 2 Poster for 2020

 

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