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All images of Centauria by Wildstar Beaumont

Today, Monday 27th September sees the return of Designing Worlds with a great all-new show as we visit the beautiful and fascinating world of Centauria, home of the Ancient Order of Centaurs.

From 2pm today you can see the show on the Designing Worlds Vimeo channel at: https://vimeo.com/channels/dworlds. Or you can join us for our Watch Party in the beautiful Designing Worlds studios in the Garden of Dreams!

In this episode, we visit the lands of Centauria and learn about the Ancient Order of Centaurs, in company with the owner and creator of Centauria, and of the much-loved Jinx Centaurs: Julala Demina, and her assistant Lil Cinnamon.

We visit the regions that comprise Centauria, see many of the focal points , while Julala and Lil discuss the activities and traditions of the centaur community. We explore the three Houses and their locations within Centauria: Cloudbirth – home of the farmers and healers, Glenstorm – home of the warriors, and the mysterious Roonwit – home of the Mages.

We also have the opportunity of seeing the fantastic range of Centaurs from Jinx, ranging from the very large to the very tiniest!

We also see one of the events that are regularly held in Centauria the special induction ceremony for new centaurs (affectionately known as the “Wednesday Wiggle”), and learn of many more events and roleplay opportunities.

This is a stunning area within Second Life, and one very well worth exploring, and it makes for a wonderful show – so make sure you don’t miss it! Tune in from 2pm, or join us at 2pm SLT at the Watch Party in Garden of Dreams!

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You can read more about the Ancient Order of Centaurs on their pages on the Jinx website:
https://jinxsl.co.uk/the-ancient-order-of-centaurs/

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Resident build at SL18B, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Today, Monday 26th July, in our second show covering the Second Life 18th Birthday Celebrations, Designing Worlds takes a look at some of the resident-created exhibits that were many and widely varied.

From 2pm today you can see the show on the Designing Worlds Vimeo channel at: https://vimeo.com/channels/dworlds. Or you can join us for our Watch Party in the beautiful Designing Worlds studios in the Garden of Dreams!

The Hidden World of the Designing Worlds studio, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Kicking off from Designing Worlds’ own booth, we talk to some of the creators and designers who produced such an amazing collection of builds. We visit two builds that members of the Designing Worlds team were closely involved with – the Fantasy Faire LitFest, and the Virtual Community Radio. Then we explore the sites created by the Bellisseria Bureau of Bureaucracy, the nonprofit Join Me Join Us!, the SLEA, and a number of others too!

Bellisseria Bureau of Bureaucracy, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Saffia takes a ride around the site in a podcar, and, with some wonderful photographs from Wildstar Beaumont too, we see some fantastic sights, testament to the ingenuity, creativity and imagination of Second Life residents.

Fantasy Faire LitFest site, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

It makes for a beautiful and fascinating show – so do tune in from 2pm, or join us at 2pm SLT at the Watch Party in Garden of Dreams!

Resident build at SL18B, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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Welcome Area, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

In this episode, Designing Worlds pays the first of two visits to the amazing regions regions that were created for Second Life’s Eighteenth Birthday Celebrations (better known as SL18B).

We take a look at the “Linden Builds” (which include builds both by the Moles and by leading SL resident designers commissioned by the Lab) which are represented by “public” areas such as the Auditorium, Main Stage, Tapestry of Time (which this year included a tribute to Linden Lab CEO Ebbe Linden who passed away recently), DJ Stage and the Welcome Area – and, as ever, they were spectacular.

Live Stage, created by Walton Wainwright, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

In addition we visit the Hop ‘n’ Shop shopping regions, We also take a look at the preview region showing off the latest forthcoming varieties of Linden Homes (the longed for fantasy homes), and revisit an extract from one of Saffia’s “Meet the Lindens” talks, where she discussed the new Linden Homes with Patch Linden.

Meet the Lindens with Patch Linden, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

NB: the Meet the Linden talks were filmed by Strawberry Singh, and can be seen on the Second Life YouTube channel at: https://www.youtube.com/user/Secondlife/search?query=Meet%20the%20Lindens

The new Fantasy Linden Homes, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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Overview of SL18B, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Today, Mon 19th July, Designing Worlds pays the first of two visits to the amazing regions regions that were created for Second Life’s Eighteenth Birthday Celebrations (better known as SL18B).

From 2pm today you can see the show on the Designing Worlds Vimeo channel at: https://vimeo.com/channels/dworlds. Or you can join us for our Watch Party in the beautiful Designing Worlds studios in the Garden of Dreams!

Welcome to SL18B, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Once upon a time the Birthday celebrations were organised by the Lindens; then responsibility passed to the community at large; and now, once again, the celebrations are managed by the Lindens. As a result, there are two kinds of builds at SL18B: “Linden Builds” and “Resident Builds”.

The Night Sky, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

In this episode we take a look at the former. By and large, the “Linden Builds” (which include builds both by the Moles and by leading SL resident designers commissioned by the Lab) are represented by “public” areas such as the Auditorium, Main Stage, Tapestry of Time (which this year included a tribute to Linden Lab CEO Ebbe Linden who passed away recently), DJ Stage and Welcome Area – and they were quite spectacular.

Tribute to Ebbe Linden in the Tapestry of Time, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

In addition we visit the Hop ‘n’ Shop shopping regions, We also take a look at the preview region showing off the latest forthcoming varieties of Linden Homes (the longed for fantasy homes), and revisit an extract from one of Saffia’s “Meet the Lindens” talks, where she discussed the new Linden Homes with Patch Linden.

The new fantasy style Linden Homes, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

NB: the Meet the Linden talks were filmed by Strawberry Singh, and can be seen on the Second Life YouTube channel at: https://www.youtube.com/user/Secondlife/search?query=Meet%20the%20Lindens

Meet the Lindens with Patch Linden, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

It makes for a beautiful and fascinating show – so do tune in from 2pm, or join us at 2pm SLT at the Watch Party in Garden of Dreams!

Main Stage, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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Araxes: the space station, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us today, Monday 12th July 2021 at 2pm SLT in our beautiful studio in Garden of Dreams as we journey back into the past for a show first shown in February 2013, when we as we visit the desert wastes of Araxes – and the space station high above.

You can watch it on this blog, and you can also see the show on the Designing Worlds Vimeo channel at: https://vimeo.com/381803307. And you can join the special Watch Party at 2pm SLT in our studio on Garden of Dreams.

Araxes was a series of role playing regions linked by a common theme and an interesting story – both of which we’ll ve covering the the show – and we’ll be confronting some of the dangers of the desert too.

Araxes, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

We talk to Reiko Soyinka, one of the estate managers of the region, and to Darren Green, who is the owner of one of the regions that make up Araxes, Splintered Rock, and the deviser of a rather interesting new media project.

You’ll have a chance to see Saffia in a whole new way … and – sadly – we also interfered with the Prim Directive, when we introduced the Araxeans to a whole new form of transport (designed by Darlingmonster Ember) .,..

Araxes: trying out a new form of transport

It makes for a fun and fascinating show – so do come and join us at 2pm, or catch it on the web!

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Araxes, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Sadly, the Araxes estate no longer appears to exist. I found a spacer bar on Gentilly that seemed to be related, but that was all: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gentilly/87/190/3052

Anyone who has information about continuing Araxes roleplay, please contact me or add information in the comments below!

Flying a craft designed by Darlingmonster Ember on Araxes

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In this episode, Designing Worlds pays the second of two visits to the beautiful campsites and design regions that were created for the Relay Weekend that was the culmination of the 2021 Relay for Life of Second Life.

We begin with an interview with Nuala Maracase, Relay for Life Co-Ordinator, who tells us all about the five days of Hope Fest in the run-up to the Relay Weekend, and we explore the regions that were created for this event. We also talk to Silver Howler, who created the Main Stage, and also the Pursuit for a Cure team site (which we saw on last week’s show when we interviewed Stingray Raymaker).

Then we talk to several people as we explore their campsites – Arizona Ballinger-Whiplash of Relay Rockers, and Melina Furehawk of Heroes Helping Heroes, as well as looking at the Designer Area created by Isabella and Jackson Trig, RFL Win, and – a campsite to delight Saffia’s heart – the mer campsite belonging to Sol Existence.

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If you missed Part 1 of this show, you can see it here:

You can learn more about Relay for Life of Second Life here.

All images of Relay for Life Weekend captured by Wildstar Beaumont.

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Today, Mon 28th June, Designing Worlds pays the second of two visits to the beautiful campsites and design regions that were created for the Relay Weekend that was the culmination of the 2021 Relay for Life of Second Life.

From 2pm today Monday 5th July you can see the show on the Designing Worlds Vimeo channel at: https://vimeo.com/channels/dworlds. Or you can join us for our Watch Party in the beautiful Designing Worlds studios in the Garden of Dreams!

We begin with an interview with Nuala Maracase, Relay for Life Co-Ordinator, who tells us all about the five days of Hope Fest in the run-up to the Relay Weekend, and we explore the regions that were created for this event. We also talk to Silver Howler, who created the Main Stage, and also the Pursuit for a Cure team site (which we saw on last week’s show when we interviewed Stingray Raymaker).

Then we talk to several people as we explore their campsites – Arizona Ballinger-Whiplash of Relay Rockers, and Melina Furehawk of Heroes Helping Heroes, as well as looking at the Designer Area created by Isabella and Jackson Trig, RFL Win, and – a campsite to delight Saffia’s heart – the mer campsite belonging to Sol Existence.

It makes for a beautiful and fascinating show – so do tune in from 2pm, or join us at 2pm SLT at the Watch Party in Garden of Dreams!

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If you missed Part 1 of this show, you can see it here:

You can learn more about Relay for Life of Second Life here.

All images of Relay for Life Weekend captured by Wildstar Beaumont.

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In the this episode of Designing Worlds, we paid the first of two visits to the beautiful campsites and design regions that were created for the Relay Weekend that was the culmination of the 2021 Relay for Life of Second Life.

We begin with an interview with Stingray Raymaker, Director of the American Cancer Society in Second Life, and the Ambassador to the American Cancer Society, the charity behind Relay for Life. At the Home and Garden Expo, earlier in the year, we talked about his hopes for the 2021 season – and now he tells us whether those hopes were fulfilled!

Then we talk to several teams as we explore their campsites – the One Life team,Grove Country Club Estates, and Dragon’s Nightfall, as well as the beautiful (and unexpectedly colorful) designer region created by Fiona Fei, as well as Latte Stark’s Bixley’s Turnkey Area (and she tells us what a Turnkey Area is!).

You can learn more about Relay for Life of Second Life here.

All images of Relay for Life Weekend captured by Wildstar Beaumont.

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Join us today, Monday 21st June 2021 at 2pm SLT in our beautiful studio in Garden of Dreams as we journey back into the past for a show first shown in February 2015, when we traced the history of virtual world jewellery making with Abraxxa Anatine of Earthstones.

You can watch it on this blog, and you can also see the show on the Designing Worlds Vimeo channel at: https://vimeo.com/119801178. And you can join the special Watch Party at 2pm SLT in our studio on Garden of Dreams.

Abraxxa has been creating jewellery in Second Life for a very long time, and in this show she takes us back to the days of prim torture as she demonstrates how jewellery was made before the advent of the sculptie (and why it was possible to crash a region with your ear-rings!). Then we look at the refinements possible with the development of sculptie prims, and finally to the amazing possibilities of mesh.

And along the way we discuss issues such as the use of bling (Second Life’s very own version of the Blink! tag), the pleasures and pitfalls of maintaining jewellery stores across virtual worlds (Abraxxa had a strong presence in Inworldz), the problems posed by the advent of mesh body parts, and the difficulties the use of display names has caused. In fact, some of the issues Abraxxa faces provide an interesting microcosm of residents working with the changing face of virtual world economies, as we learn in a fascinating discussion with her.

So join us, at 2pm today for a fascinating show!

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You can visit Earthstones at: maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/EarthBound/124/139/25

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East River Community, photographed by Honour McMillan
East River Community, photographed by Honour McMillan

Join us today, Monday 14th June 2021 at 2pm SLT in our beautiful studio in Garden of Dreams as we journey back into the past for a show first shown in October 2014, when we explored one of the oldest and largest of the mainland communities – the East River Community.

You can watch it on this blog, and you can also see the show on the Designing Worlds Vimeo channel at: https://vimeo.com/108461315. And you can join the special Watch Party at 2pm SLT in our studio on Garden of Dreams.

The East River community is located on the Sansara Continent, just to the North of the Sea of Fables, and it’s a remarkable place – and a remarkable achievement too.

East River Community, photographed by Honour McMillan
East River Community, photographed by Honour McMillan

Because what makes this community so fascinating is that it’s not – like many close communities – part of an island estate, privately owned and managed with a Covenant to make sure that there is consistency. No, this is a mainland community, created by residents coming together and protecting a tract of land that now covers nineteen sims, all brought together as the East River Community.

With the assistance of a longtime resident, Drewski Northman, we explore some of the residential and commercial areas, the art that forms an important part of the community, and some of the amazing transportation systems that link the community,

East River Community, photographed by Honour McMillan
East River Community, photographed by Honour McMillan

This is a fascinating show about an aspect of Second Life that many people remain unaware of – the rich potential of mainland living – don’t miss it!

You can visit the East River Community in Second Life here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Helvellyn/42/172/31

East River Community, photographed by Honour McMillan
East River Community, photographed by Honour McMillan

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