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New Gallifrey, photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

New Gallifrey, photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us at 2pm today, Monday 25th May for an episode of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams, when we’ll be showing a repeat of our show on one of the best known Dr Who/Timelord roleplay regions of New Gallifrey.

The word “adult” can mean many things – primary is, perhaps, behaving like grown ups. This sometimes seems to be forgotten when Adult is applied to ratings, in film, tv, or games, where Adult is sometimes treated as meaning “extreme sexual and violent content”. And this mis-conception is extended to Second Life regions too.

Well, no. In many cases, Adult means Adults (i.e. grown ups) making the decision that they may, occasionally, want to show a naked image. Or actually use swear words in chat. Or that they don’t actually want to have to worry about these things at all, and using the Adult definition means you don’t have to. You’ve created a place for grown ups.

And such a place is New Gallifrey (as Honour McMillan has pointed out in her article on this issue: http://bit.ly/1JR1T9I – which is well worth a read).

New Gallifrey, photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

New Gallifrey, photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

This region houses several timelords’ privates Tardises (Tardes, perhaps?) but also the Panopticon, the focal point for the adventures of the Timelords who, after the Time War, found themselves trapped in Second Life. Time travel adapts rather well to Second Life – but in this episode we’ll be concentrating on New Gallifrey itself. The old Panopticon, which we visited way back in 2008 was destroyed as part of a summerlong storyline. Now the new New Gallifrey has emerged, and it really is spectacular.

We are given a guided tour by Sen Pixie, former Lord President of the High Council of New Gallifrey, Kylie Todriya, who in the New Gallifrey multiverse is the Pythia of the Sisterhood of the Jade Dreamers, and also Chancellor of New Gallifrey, and Rowan Thursday, the High Seeress of New Gallifrey and also Sister Dreamweaver to the Pythia. They are also the primary builders of this magnificent edifice, and of the landscape that surrounds it.

Inside the Tardis of Coordinator Deimos, photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Inside the Tardis of Coordinator Deimos, photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Then we are given a tour of the darkly stylish Tardis belonging to David Abbot, aka Deimos, head of the Celestial Intervention Agency.

This is a show for everyone who loves good design, the potential for roleplay in Second Life and – of course – the universe of Dr Who! So join us, at 2pm today, to travel once more through time and space.

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 AviewTV Designing Worlds channel – or on the Designing Worlds blog.

New Gallifrey, photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

New Gallifrey, photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Visit New Gallifrey at:
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/New%20Gallifrey/186/146/47
(Please note that this is an ADULT region)
Learn more about the roleplay at: New Gallifrey Public Record: https://ngpublicrecord.wordpress.com/

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Angel Manor, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Angel Manor, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us at 2pm today, Monday 18th May for the new episode of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams, when we’ll be visiting the sumptuous Angel Manor Estate in the company of its owner and creator, Kaya Angel.

The Estate consists of nine regions that contain public areas including the famous Rose Theatre, the Rose Art Gallery, a ballroom, an opera house, a library, and function rooms of many kinds including a fabulous Banqueting Hall. There are residential apartments and some private homes set in the beautiful gardens that surround the central buildings.

Angel Manor, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Angel Manor, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The design work is fabulous. The core buildings are reminiscent of a Hapsburg palace; the entrance to the main building reminded me of the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, and the magnificence extends to the rooms within.  The Art Gallery is fascinating; it seems closer to the much-missed Dresden Gallery than to most art galleries in Second Life – and proves unequivocally that there is a place for realism within a virtual world.

Angel Manor, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Angel Manor, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

We will be exploring some of the main function rooms with Kaya Angel and looking at the techniques and the underlying philosophy that has gone into their creation, looking at the beautiful private apartment belonging to a long term resident, Marcus Lefevre, and exploring the gardens, formal, informal and Japanese!

This is a show packed with magnificent beauty – so so do join us, at 2pm today!

Angel Manor, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Angel Manor, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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.

Angel Manor Estates: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Angel%20Manor/19/185/21
Website: http://www.impl.org.uk

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Tansee makes some very special particles!

Tansee makes some very special particles!

Join us at 2pm today, Monday 27th April for the first show in the new season of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams, when we’ll be meeting the installation and particle artist Tansee and learning about her work.

We’ll be learning all about how particles can be created, and Tansee will be showing us work that she has created in collaborations with 2Lei, the Italian group that produces an annual series of installations for the Elimination of Violence Against Woman Day – and also appears at One Billion Rising in Second Life. And we’ll be looking a little more at the collaborative project that Tansee is part of currently on the Linden Endowment for the Arts regions – the Starfall Collaborative Group on LEA8.

Tansee makes some special particles!

Tansee’s art installation on LEA8

And Tansee will be giving us a sneak preview of the particle displays that she is working on for this year’s Fantasy Faire, currently in progress.  You can read more about Fantasy Faire here. By the time of this show, Tansee will have given her first performance, but she will be appearing again on Wednesday 29th April at 1pm SLT and on Saturday 2nd May at 3pm.

And you can get a taste of that show on tonights Designing Worlds – so so do join us, at 2pm today!

Preparing for Fantasy Faire!

Preparing for Fantasy Faire!

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.

Useful Links:
Starfall Collaborative Group on LEA8
2Lei in Second Life

Making particles!

Making particles!

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Join us at 2pm today, Monday 16th March for the new episode of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams, when we’ll be exploring the phenomenal popularity of gacha events, machines and yard sales in Second Life.

Sway's Gacha machines, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Sway’s Gacha machines, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

We’ll be talking to creators Sway Dench of Sway’s and Robin Sojourner of R(S)W about the experience of creating for gacha events – and also running gachas in their own stores, while Marianne McCann explains how gacha machines are set up for the big gacha event running at the moment, The Arcade.

Gachas at Robin Sojourner's R(S)W, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Gachas at Robin Sojourner’s R(S)W, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Then we visit two of the gacha Yard Sales  – Gacha Grove to meet яєуηα Ήσℓίdąƴ  and the Epic Gacha Market to meet Jëẅël̈ Br̈öök̈s̈ and June Marais. Gacha Yard Sales are where people who have bought excess gacha items can re-sell them, sometimes at a large profit, one of the reasons for the continuing popularity of gachas.

Epic Gacha Market, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Epic Gacha Market, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Finally, we’ll be visiting Matthew Anthony, a keen fan of gachas – and owner of the Gacha Haus, where he sells all of the goodies he get playing gachas around the grid. But it’s his displays of rare gachas that make a visit to his home (and his food court!) so exciting – and he not only shows off his gachas, but tells the fascinating stories behind many of them.

From Matthew Anthony's Gacha Collection, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

From Matthew Anthony’s Gacha Collection, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

And as we explore all these aspects of the gacha phenomenon, we ask whether gachas can be considered as a form of gambing in Second Life, and asking those involved whether these events are helping or harming the virtual world economy.

Whether you love or loathe gachas, we think you’ll find this a very interesting show, so do join us, at 2pm today!

Gacha Grove, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Gacha Grove, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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.

From Matthew Anthony's Gacha Collection, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

From Matthew Anthony’s Gacha Collection, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Links for this show:
Creator’s stores
Sway’s: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SwayLand/188/136/27R(S)W: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Livingtree/104/128/24/

Yard Sales
Gacha Grove: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Hawaiian%20Islands/201/78/2502
Epic Gacha Market: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Dixfield/131/129/3337
Gacha Haus: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Isere/19/37/1999

From Matthew Anthony's Gacha Collection, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

From Matthew Anthony’s Gacha Collection, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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Inworld Education - Builders Brewery, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Inworld Education – Builders Brewery, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us at 2pm today, Monday 9th March for the new episode of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams, when we’ll be exploring some of the many organisations offering inworld training in what is planned to be the first of several shows on this topic.

Today we’ll be joined by Brace Coral of NCI (New Citizens Incorporated), Toady Nakamura, Flea Bussey and Leslea of Raglan U, and Sen Maximus of Builders’ Brewery. Together we discuss the nature of education in a virtual world, and also the challenges of teaching (largely with volunteers) in Second Life.

Then, while Elrik explores the classrooms of New Citizens Incorporated and Builders’ Brewery, Saffia takes a class at Raglan U with Toady Nakamura, ever dauntless, attempting to teach her to build …

Inworld Education - Raglan U, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Inworld Education – Raglan U, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

It makes for a fascinating show 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.

Inworld Education - NCI Beach, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Inworld Education – NCI Beach, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

More Information:
New Citizens Incorporated
http://www.nci-sl.info/blog/
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Fishermans%20Cove/37/232/25

Raglan U
http://raglanshire.com/raglan-u/
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Raglan%20Shire/158/75/23

Builders Brewery
http://www.buildersbrewery.com/
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Builders%20Brewery/127/194/23

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Join us at 2pm today, Monday 23rd February for the new episode of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams, when we’ll be tracing the history of virtual world jewellery making with Abraxxa Anatine of Earthstones.

Butterfly rings by Earthstones

Butterfly rings by Earthstones

Abraxxa has been creating jewellery in Second Life for a very long time, and 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!). Theyn we look at the refinements possible with the development of sculptie prims, and finally to the amazing possibilities of mesh.

The Earthstones Gypsy set

The Earthstones Gypsy set

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 has 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 a fascinating 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!

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

The Earthstones store, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Earthstones store, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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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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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