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Neverending – The Christmas Story, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join Designing Worlds today, Monday 20th December, as we explore winter places around the grid, old friends and new discoveries – and some great Christmas events too!

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.

Joy Noel, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Saffia and Elrik explore some of the beautiful winter locations around the grid – and talk to some of the designers too: Dandy Warhlol, the landscape designer for Winterset Hollow and Sainte Rose Sur Mer, Julala Demina of Centauria and Angelus van Engelen of the Dutch Estate.

This show was filmed by Elrik and Bain Finch – and the photoshoot is by Wildstar Beaumont.

You won’t want to miss it so tune in or come to the Watch Party in Garden of Dreams!

Christmas Wishes, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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Note that these places and events should be open till the end of the year.

Places:
Linden Lab Winter Wonderland: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Winter%20Wonderland%202/176/10/21

Winterset Hollow: https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Pinewinds/87/127/37

Luane’s World – Le Monde Perdu: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Le%20Monde%20Perdu/199/136/34

The Grove Country Club’s Winter Parks: https://secondlife.com/destination/the-groves-winter-parks

Winter Wonderland at Chestnut Hills: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Chestnut%20Hills/103/220/2544

Calas Galadhon: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/MIDWINTER%202/222/2/40

 Dutch Estate: https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Earp/190/180/45

Winter Season at Mindful Cove: https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Mindful%20Cove/211/27/46/

The Dickens Project, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Events:
Winter Festival at the Centauria Community Regions: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Centauria/132/140/30

The Dickens Project: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/The%20Dickens%20Project/128/128/24

(Sadly, some events, such as the Second Life Christmas Expo finished too early to be included in this show).

Christmas Expo, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont


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Designing Worlds Christmas Ball (2016), photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

As we promised, here is a link to the second Babbage Tale we showed at our Watch Party in New Babbage … but first here is a special event for Designing Worlds fans ..

The Ball will be held in our special Designing Worlds Ballroom, created by Kayle Matzerath and available in his Garden of Dreams store. The Ball runs from 1PM till 4PM on Friday 16th December.There will be great music from DJ Elrik Merlin and DaveOSaurus, and a special appearance by the fabulous Raglan Shire Carollers – so don’t miss it!

The Raglan Shire Carollers, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

And here is the promised second Babbage Tale!

What could Possibly Go Wrong in Piermont Landing?

Piermont Landing in Wheatstone Waterways, New Babbage
Piermont Landing in Wheatstone Waterways, New Babbage, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Of course, in the past there have been problems when we visited New Babbage. There was that unpleasant business in the tunnels under the old Asylum. And, of course, there was that murder at the Burlesque – two murders, actually. And we shouldn’t forget our encounter with the Dark Mer in the waters off New Babbage. Or what happened when Elrik was mistaken for Sherlock Holmes. And, of course, most recently, how we were fortunately on hand to prevent the attempt to steal the New Babbage Christmas presents … admittedly it was a little unfortunate that we allowed the urchins to steal them instead …

But this time we are sure that nothing could possibly go wrong!

We’ll be visiting Mrs Breezy Carver Fabre as she prepares for one of her fabulous Balls in the gorgeous Piermont Landing. We’ll be exploring this great build and hearing some of the stories that lie behind it.

And, if we’re very lucky, perhaps we’ll be so fortunate as to see the fabulous Carver diamonds too!

Featuring Miss Breezy Carver, Edward Pearse, Mr Biggins and a mysterious nun. Plus, of course, that factory chimney!

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But this isn’t all!

On Sunday 18th December, we’re hosting the World Premiere of Episode 2 of Harland Quinn and the Omega Hax in the Designing Worlds studio. Watch this blog for more information!

And on Monday 19th December, we’ll have our final Designing Worlds show of the season, when we’ll be visiting a fabulous selection of winter places.

You won’t want to miss any of these!

Winterset Hollow, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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On the trail in New Babbage!
On the trail in New Babbage!

Tonight we have a Babbage seasonal special – with not one but TWO of our special Babbage stories!

Join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday 12th December for Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams in Second Life, or watch here on the web. We’ll be posting the first of these shows here on the blog today, and then the second on Friday 17th December, ahead of our annual Christmas Ball!

Miss Widdershins takes tea with Mr Mornington

In the first episode from early in 2012, Designing Worlds visits New Babbage – and what can possibly go wrong with that?

Well, quite a lot – as Saffia and Elrik discover when Mr Merlin takes tea with a certain Dr Jekyll …

The aftermath of tea with Dr Jekyll

But not to worry, for Miss Widdershins and Mr Mornington are on the trail with the aid of a trusty (if somewhat reluctant) Mr Biggins (nb this is believed to be Mr Jebediah Biggins as his brother Odadiah has got himself mixed up with some very strange types, as can be seen in the series The Blackened Mirror!)

But all is not quite what it appears …

It’s a Christmas special with the addition of Mr Biggins, Mr Victor1st Mornington (as themselves) and Mr Da5id Abbot as Dr Jekyll.  Plus some rather wonderful horses … Kalypso Whitesong, Betta Zapp. Dancer Inglewood and Chaerry Lastchance, trained by Miss H0neyheart Resident.

A Winter Journey to New Babbage!
A Winter Journey in New Babbage!

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Then, immediately afterwards, we’ll be showing What could Possibly Go Wrong in Piermont Landing? from early in 2012.

Piermont Landing in Wheatstone Waterways, New Babbage
Piermont Landing in Wheatstone Waterways, New Babbage

Of course, in the past there have been problems when we visited New Babbage. There was that unpleasant business in the tunnels under the old Asylum. And, of course, there was that murder at the Burlesque – two murders, actually. And we shouldn’t forget our encounter with the Dark Mer in the waters off New Babbage. Or what happened when Elrik was mistaken for Sherlock Holmes. And, of course, most recently, how we were fortunately on hand to prevent the attempt to steal the New Babbage Christmas presents … admittedly it was a little unfortunate that we allowed the urchins to steal them instead …

A View of New Babbage
A View of New Babbage

But this time we are sure that nothing could possibly go wrong!

We’ll be visiting Mrs Breezy Carver Fabre as she prepares for one of her fabulous Balls in the gorgeous Piermont Landing. We’ll be exploring this great build and hearing some of the stories that lie behind it.

And, if we’re very lucky, perhaps we’ll be so fortunate as to see the fabulous Carver diamonds too!

Featuring Miss Breezy Carver, Edward Pearse, Mr Biggins and a mysterious nun. Plus, of course, that factory chimney!

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We’ll be posting a link here on the web to this second show on Friday 16th December – ahead of the Designing Worlds Christmas Ball, and all fans of the show are invited!

Click for the inworld link here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Garden%20of%20Dreams/55/70/2511

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This December, Designing Worlds is planning three special seasonal episodes – looking back to the past, and also sharing some wonderful places you can visit this year. We’re starting all the way back in 2011, when Designing Worlds visited the small town of Pleasantville to see how they celebrate Christmas.

Join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday 5th December for Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams in Second Life, or watch here on the web.

Consisting of three regions, with an elementary school and downtown area, Pleasantville is devoted to the then increasingly popular activity of family roleplay, a still active community that is important for many people. Saffia and Elrik talked to some of the children, their parents and teachers, shared in their Christmas activities, and found out why family roleplay is such a special thing in many people’s Second Lives.

We were joined by some of the residents of the town, adults and children, including Mindy Metaluna, Pleasantville owner and principal of the Hardknock Elementary School, Maisie Netizen – teacher and home-owner, the designer ßαßу Åηgεℓ Åυɤα and three of Pleasantville’s younger generation who showed Elrik some of the sights: Caitlyn Bayn, Randee Rose Bayn and Pinkie Denimore Benelli. And there were many others who give us a wonderfully warm welcome to Pleasantville – even if the weather was decidedly frosty!

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Sadly, it seems that Pleasantville and Hardknock Elementary School are no longer on the grid – if other people know of any other good family roleplay communities, please let us know!

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All images by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday 28th November, for Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams or watch here on the web as we recall an amazing region from December 2013, created to demonstrate the potential and possibilities of sound in Second Life. And it’s a huge amount of fun too.

Usually one would go to the LEA (Linden Endowment for the Arts) sims to see the creations of Second Life’s best known (and sometimes newly discovered) artists. Many offered a high level of interactivity in their creations – some will offer sound as part of this.

But Of Sound Mind went further. It was an installation – more properly a series of installations – that referenced primarily sounds. It’s the creation of Lorin Tone and Friends (said friends including Glyph Graves, Madcow Cosmos, Inventor Alchemi, Mia Anais, Meriadne Merlin, P4ndor4 Quintessa, Marcus Parrott, Judi Newall, Chantal Harvey and Cube Republic). There was a wealth of different environments and sounds to explore – instruments to interact with … and, actually, some stunning things to see, ranging from a spooky cave to a giant musical castle in the air, from a Hindu temple with a wealth of musical instruments to an amazing total windsculpture by Glyph Graves.

We explore as many of these as we can fit into the show, talking to Lorin Tone and some of the creators such as Glyph Graves, emSynth, and Meriadne Merlin.

Sadly, Of Sound Mind (and the LEA too) have passed into Second Life history. But the LEA has been replaced by the excellent SLEA (Second Life Endowment for the Arts), which is always worth a visit to discover what is new and exciting in the virtual arts.

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All images of Castle Dracula and the Village by Wildstar Beaumont

In this episode, we visit the remarkable Castle Dracula, on which creator Wanders Nowhere – best known for his Prehistorica dinosaur experience – has been working for the past 14 years! Opened for the first time this Halloween, the Castle is to remain open all year.

From 2pm SLT today, Monday 21st November, 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!

Wanders has created the exquisitely-detailed Castle and surrounding environment, along with a detailed Experience – remaining remarkably close to Bram Stoker’s original book – in which you journey to a strange, silent village where you take a coach to Castle Dracula to search for a missing person. There are many scary tableaux on the way, along with the chance to meet the mysterious Count himself!

The year is 1897, and you have journeyed to Transylvania on the trail of your friend, Jonathan Harker, and at the invitation of Count Dracula himself. A dark tale is about to repeat itself…

The task involves finding Jonathan’s journal entries scattered throughout Dracula’s enormous castle – amid plentiful references to gothic horror in literature, film and games over the centuries – and trying to stay among the living…if you can.

“Count Dracula welcomes you to his House. Come freely, go safely, and leave some of the happiness you bring…”

This show avoids spoilers, but gives an introduction to the story complemented by a detailed interview with the creator, and extensive views of the Castle and environs.

Having seen this, you’ll definitely want to visit yourself! So … do join us at 2pm for the Watch Party in our studio …or watch on the Designing Worlds channel on the web!

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More investigations and explorations:
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Fort%20Nowhere/20/239/1401
https://www.facebook.com/CastleDraculaSL
https://livefromcastledracula.tumblr.com/post/698615388782641152/live-from-castle-draculaon-second-life

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To find out more about Wanders Nowhere’s other fantastic build, Prehistorica, you can see our show from December 2014 here:

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Trade Winds - photograph by Wildstar Beaumont
Trade Winds – photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday 14th November, for Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams or watch here on the web as we recall the time when we sailed the seas (and drank in the taverns) with the magnificent pirates of the Trade Winds.

In this show from March 2014, we talk to some of the pirates and boat-builders active in the Trade Winds, including Blithe Binder, Kirsten Blackheart, MizLucie Winterwolf, Karnac Binder, GM Nikolaidis, Evvva Viper, Amber Murfin, Flops, Paddy SaltyDog Goldsworthy and tessa Vespucciano, and are entertained by the fantastic Deelah Halostar.

We learn about the pirates, the Trade Winds, the history of pirates in the Caribbean, the wonderful craft they sail in – and we get to take part in a battle too!

Trade Winds - photograph by Wildstar Beaumont
Trade Winds – photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us at 2pm for a really exciting and colourful show! It’s one you won’t want to miss!

Sadly, the Trade Winds no longer exists as a destination, but there are other pirate destinations in Second Life, which you can find in search. Be aware that many are adult regions.

Trade Winds - photograph by Wildstar Beaumont
Trade Winds – photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

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Images by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday 7th November, for Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams or watch here on the web as we set out to explore a primeval landscape and confront creatures from the far distant past.

Yes, today is a revisit to our dinosaur show from December 2013, and we will be exploring a world given over to these amazing creatures and talking to their creator, Wanders Nowhere, who gives us a tour of the landscape and of the fantastic avatars he had created..

But the construction of these creatures wasn’t the only remarkable thing about them – as we discovered when we explored the potential of the fantastic HUD that drove them.

Another of the dinosaurs on Fort Nowhere
One of the dinosaurs on Fort Nowhere

So … do join us at 2pm as we visit Fort Nowhere and learn more about a very special corner of the Second Life grid.  This is definitely one to share with the kids!

And in a couple of weeks, Designing Worlds will be visiting Wanders’ latest amazing build – Dracula’s Castle!

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One of the dinosaurs of Fort Nowhere
One of the dinosaurs of Fort Nowhere

You can still visit Prehistorica ~ The Dawn Kingdoms
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Fort%20Nowhere/129/148/1323

There’s also a store where you can buy your own dinosaur, available as an avatar, a rideable, decor or pets. And there are dragons too!
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Fort%20Nowhere/122/106/1102

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This episode of Designing Worlds is our annual Hallowe’en Tale – and we have a great one for you this year – The Monkey’s Paw by WW Jacobs. In the story, three wishes are granted to the owner of The Monkey’s Paw, but the wishes come with an enormous price for interfering with fate.

William Wymark Jacobs (1863 – 1943) was an English author of short fiction and drama, with his best remembered story being “The Monkey’s Paw”. Jacobs was also known for comical tales about sailors, on ship and ashore but “The Monkey’s Paw”, published in 1902, is a classic tale of the macabre – a standout even when MR James and EF Benson were writing some of the best tales in the genre. The Edwardian period was a highpoint for this genre, and perhaps you won’t be surprised to learn that we therefore filmed this episodes in the streets, the homes and the factories of New Babbage.

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Readers:
Saffia Widdershins
Mavromichali Szondi
Fakey Jewell
Corwyn Allen

Locations used in the film:
HorrorAddicts.Net HQ, Babbage Square
Bookhaven, Wheatstone Waterways
MCM Tower, Babbage Canals
Bedrock, Wheatstone Waterways

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This episode of Designing Worlds is our annual Hallowe’en Tale – and we have a great one for you this year – The Monkey’s Paw by WW Jacobs. In the story, three wishes are granted to the owner of The Monkey’s Paw, but the wishes come with an enormous price for interfering with fate.

From 2pm SLT today, Monday 31st October, 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!

William Wymark Jacobs (1863 – 1943) was an English author of short fiction and drama, with his best remembered story being “The Monkey’s Paw”. Jacobs was also known for comical tales about sailors, on ship and ashore but “The Monkey’s Paw”, published in 1902, is a classic tale of the macabre – a standout even when MR James and EF Benson were writing some of the best tales in the genre. The Edwardian period was a highpoint for this genre, and perhaps you won’t be surprised to learn that we therefore filmed this episodes in the streets, the homes and the factories of New Babbage.

A little sidenote, for the literary minded – on 7 January 1914, in King’s Hall, Covent Garden, Jacobs was a member of the jury in the mock trial of John Jasper for the murder of Edwin Drood. At this all-star event G. K. Chesterton was Judge and George Bernard Shaw appeared as foreman of the jury.

So do come and join us for our Watch Party at 2pm today in the Garden of Dreams – or watch it on the web!

And remember – for many parts of the world, the clocks have gone back and so 2pm SLT will today be an hour earlier in your timezone!

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Readers:
Saffia Widdershins
Mavromichali Szondi
Fakey Jewell
Corwyn Allen

Locations used in the film:
HorrorAddicts.Net HQ, Babbage Square
Bookhaven, Wheatstone Waterways
MCM Tower, Babbage Canals
Bedrock, Wheatstone Waterways

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