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Learning Island, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Learning Island, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday 30th May, for the new episode of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams as we explore the new user experience created by Linden Lab.

We’re accompanied by Patch Linden and a large group of Moles (Second Life residents who work from the Linden Department of Public Works) and Lindens responsible for developing and testing areas of Second Life like this. They gave us special access to Learning Island – something that you would normally need to be a new resident to visit. We see the track that has been created for new residents to follow and discuss with Patch and the Moles how this has been developed.

Learning Island, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Learning Island, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Then we visit Social Island, created as part of the pathway for new residents. This is open to old as well as new residents, and we explore some of the elements on offer, such as a game to test camera skills, stores to buy items (with special currency earned by completing the games). And we discuss some of the problems that have arisen with previous iterations of the process, and how they might be avoided this time.

Social Island, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Social Island, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

It makes for an interesting show for anyone who cares about developing retention in Second Life – or who wants to see how the new user experience is developing, so come and join us at 2pm!

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.

Social Island, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Social Island, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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LEA3 - photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

LEA3 – photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday 23rd May, for the new episode of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams as we visit the Linden Endowment for the Arts.

The Linden Endowment for the Arts (known as the LEA) is a group of 29 regions, donated by Linden Lab to the residents for the promotion of the arts on the grid, and managed by residents. There are two groups of regions – the Core Regions, which consist of nine regions that are generally occupied for three months at a time (although people can occupy them for shorter periods or apply for extensions), and twenty AIR Regions (or Artist in Resident Regions) which are granted to residents for a six month period.

LEA23 - photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

LEA23 – photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Currently, applications are open for Round 11 of the AIR Land Grants (they close on May 3oth). That means that if you would like a full prim region on which you can build an installation, you can find out more and apply here.

So this week, Designing Worlds takes a trip to the LEA to see what sort of installations and events people have used their LEA land grants to create.

Firstly, we travel to the gateway region of LEA3 talk to one of the committee members behind the LEA, Secret Rage, who tells us some of the background to the LEA estate, including the difference between the Core regions (which are aimed at more community projects) and the AIR regions, which give individual artists or small groups of artists the chance to express themselves.

LEA9 - photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

LEA9 – photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Then we meet someone who is currently occupying a Core region – Caledonia Skytower of the Seanchai Library – who tells us how bringing this well-known library for the spoken word to the LEA has worked. You can find the Seanchai Library on LEA9 until the end of May – and they are hosting a fantastic number of events there.

After this, we explore four very different regions created by artists to show just some of the possibilities for creation that a six month tenure of an LEA AIR region offers. Firstly we look at Gravity is a Mistake on LEA21, created by Eupalinos Ugajin – and here we meet TheDove Rhode who tells us a little about being a mentor for artists who are awarded LEA AIR Grants.

LEA21 - photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

LEA21 – photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Then we travel to Serontonin Reuptake Inhibitor on LEA23, where Frankx Lefavre, the artist, tells us some of the inspiration for this beautiful and moving work. Following this we take a look at the fascinating Game of Second Life, based on John Conway’s algorithm and created in Second Life by , created by Tangle Giano on LEA18.

Next, and in strong contrast, we visit the fun and chaotic world of Funky Junk on LEA22, created by a group of artists – Carmsie Melodie, ElizabethWallington, Dusty Canning and Freewee Ling – an installation that reaches out from Second Life into social media – it is, for example, supported by a fascinating blog.

LEA22 - photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

LEA22 – photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

And finally we explore Light Thoughts on LEA20, created by Mario2 Helstein and Jo Williams – a stunning exhibition that draws together mesh and particles and light in a stunning combination.

All of this is really just a taste of what is possible at the LEA – if you want to see more for yourselves, head for the gateway on LEA3, choose one of the destination boards that looks interesting, jump over there and start to explore.

And don’t forget to apply for your own region too if you have the creative itch!

LEA20 - photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

LEA20 – photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

This all makes for a really stunning show so come and join us at 2pm – it’s one that you won’t want to miss!

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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Sapphire Mirror Lake - Fantasy Faire 2016 - photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Sapphire Mirror Lake – Fantasy Faire 2016 – photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday 16th May, for the new episode of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams as we pay our final visit to to Fantasy Faire (recorded before the Faire closed on May 1st).

Lucentia - Fantasy Faire 2016 - photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Lucentia – Fantasy Faire 2016 – photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

In this show, we talk to Zander Greene,one of the co-founders of the Faire and also now one of the people behind the fabulous Fantasy Faire Radio, Sweetgwendoline Bailey and Eldowyn Inshan, who designed Twilight Illusion – one of the fourteen amazing regions, Aelva, who organised (and participated in!) the amazing Festival of Dance and Particles, Aisling Sinclair, who produced this year’s much-loved Quest, and Stevie Basevi and other roleplayers who joined us from the mud of Echtra to tell us about roleplay at the Faire.

Ecthra - Fantasy Faire 2016 - photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Ecthra – Fantasy Faire 2016 – photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

And there will be an extract from the wonderful production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which was presented at Fantasy Faire by the Faireland Players.

Ironically, we filmed this show in the quiet days before the Faire opened … so no-one was quite sure that it would be the fantastic success that it was, raising over L$7,714,000 (US$30,875) and producing some amazing stories – many of which you can read on the website.  In fact, the whole website is filled with the story of Fantasy Faire, and well worth a look!

Malfience - Fantasy Faire 2016 - photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Malfience – Fantasy Faire 2016 – photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

But before you do that – come and join us at 2pm for the final show from Fantasy Faire 2016 – it’s one that you won’t want to miss!

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.

Twilight Illusion - Fantasy Faire 2016 - photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Twilight Illusion – Fantasy Faire 2016 – photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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Cerridwen's Cauldron, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Cerridwen’s Cauldron, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday 21st March, for the new episode of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams when we are visiting the beautiful Cerridwen’s Cauldron, designed by Elicio Ember.

Cerridwen’s Cauldron holds a beautiful and fascinating store high in the sky, where you can purchase Elisio’s wonderful creations, but in this show, our focus is on the ground level.

Cerridwen's Cauldron, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Cerridwen’s Cauldron, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Elicio’s creation of a landscape that showcases his products (and his skills!) was always beautful, but now, as a result of a two year project, the whole of the island has been redesigned.  We explore the different levels and admire his work with glass, with mesh and with materials.

There’s elements to explore above and below the waves, and reaching up into the sky too.

Cerridwen's Cauldron, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Cerridwen’s Cauldron, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

So do join us at 2pm today for superior eyecandy in an exceptionally beautiful show!

And then you really should visit the Cauldron for yourself!

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.

Cerridwen's Cauldron, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Cerridwen’s Cauldron, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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All photographs by Wildstar Beaumont

 

The Theatre at the Home and Garden Expo

The Theatre at the Home and Garden Expo

Join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday 7th March, for the new episode of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams when we will be paying the first of two visits to the Home and Garden Expo in Second Life.

Sadly, the Expo is now over, but we hope to show you some of the amazing things that were on display there, and which also took place during the Expo. And our brilliant photographer, Wildstar Beaumont, will show yet more!

Maven Homes at the Home and Garden Expo

Maven Homes at the Home and Garden Expo

In this first show we talk to the three organisers of the Expo, Reven Rosca, Kaerri Rae and Cain Maven about the backbones of the Expo. We also talk to SisterButta about the innovation of including art installations, and to Eku Zhong for Culprit about her display this year.

Culprit at the Home and Garden Expo

Culprit at the Home and Garden Expo

And we explore the Prim Perfect build created by Eliza Weirwight – and the beautiful lantern release ceremony that took place each day at 4pm.

Prim Perfect at the Home and Garden Expo

Prim Perfect at the Home and Garden Expo

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.

The Lantern Release at the Home and Garden Expo

The Lantern Release at the Home and Garden Expo

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The Ghost Town, a game by MadPea at the Firestorm Community Gateway

The Ghost Town, a game by MadPea at the Firestorm Community Gateway

Join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday 22nd February, for the new episode of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams when we will be discovering more about MadPea, the long established Second Life group behind some of the best and most memorable games in Second Life.

MadPea Logo

MadPea Logo

In our first show, we explored what Mad Pea does – including a look at their fantastic Unia game (two years in the creation).

Now we’re back to explore just how they create their games!

We talk to Kiana Writer, the founder of Mad Pea, and Kess Crystal, the marketing director (and even sneak a peek at a planning meeting – but no spoilers!). We see some of the process that goes into creating a game almost entirely within Second Life, and look at this in relation to their upcoming game – The Interview. And we learn the secret of the dreaded pink prim!

Then we head off to explore the game of The Ghost Town, part of the Firestorm Community Gateway – which is open to all!

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.

Find out more about MadPea here: www.madpeagames.com/
Visit Peatonville at: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Neogene/128/214/23
Visit Unia here: maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/MadPea%20Base/215/90/22
Visit The Ghost Town here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Firestorm%20HS2/166/223/22

 

The Ghost Town, a game by MadPea at the Firestorm Community Gateway

The Ghost Town, a game by MadPea at the Firestorm Community Gateway

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Romance at Rustica

Romance at Rustica

It’s Valentine’s Day – well, it was yesterday – and we’re inviting you to join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday 8th February, for the new episode of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams when we’ll be meeting three couples who are behind some of the best loved brands in Second Life – and who have taken their Second Life partnerships into real life.

Each of the three couples have crossed continents or oceans to be with each other in real life, and they’ve all been together since around 2007 – that’s getting on for ten years!

We talk to Shai Delacroix of Casa del Shai and Kris Lehmann of Botanical, to Lyyric Fei and Maxwell Graf of Ristica, and to Bastchild Lotus and Paul Lapointe of Lapointe and Bastchild. They share their stories with us – funny, moving and exciting by turns – and sometimes with touches of frustration with officialdom too!

It’s a show that reveals the real people behind the avatars, and it’s also a powerful demonstration of how our virtual world impacts on our lives away from the screen.

It makes for a fascinating show that you won’t want to miss!

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.

Casa del Shai: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Straylight/127/213/30
Botanicals: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Straylight/125/187/28Rustica: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Rustica/128/128/2
Lapointe and Bastchild: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Evocative/176/125/79

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