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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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All the Fun of the Fair, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

All the Fun of the Fair, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

This week on Monday October 12th, we look back to 2016 and a great Second Life funfair, covering three regions!

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/171365599. And you can join the special Watch Party (at 2pm SLT) in our studio on Garden of Dreams.

DW309 – All The Fun Of The Fair from Richard Elen on Vimeo.

We were joined by the owners of the Park – Amy Tuppakaka and Ian Bleac – who showed us around and told us about how the Park developed. And we went on lots of rides. Lots and lots of amazing rides!

All the Fun of the Fair, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

All the Fun of the Fair, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

So watch on the web, or come and join us at 2pm for a show that promises to be a real treat for anyone in Second Life, young or old, who is looking for a fun way to spend an afternoon!

All the Fun of the Fair, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

All the Fun of the Fair, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Sadly, Ian and Amy’s Amusement is now closed – but there are still plenty out there on the web for you to find and enjoy! Just Search in Second Life on Amusement Park, and take your pick!

All the Fun of the Fair, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

All the Fun of the Fair, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

 

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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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Choosing your path through Inis Caiseal by Wildstar Beaumont

Choosing your path through Inis Caiseal by Wildstar Beaumont

This week on Monday September 28th, in a stunningly beautiful archive show, we look back to 2012 and exploring the lovely (and much missed) Alchemy Immortalis estate.

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/376727733. And you can join the special Watch Party (at 2pm SLT) in our studio on Garden of Dreams.

#DW156 Alchemy Immortalis – 12 March 2012 from Saffia Widdershins on Vimeo.

Based on rural Ireland (with a lovely French twist in one particularly delicious area!), the regions feature the green and open landscapes, the stone walls and the awesome seascapes that are a feature of Ireland. There are trails for walking or horse riding – and there’s also a series of wonderful roadster tours that one can take – as Elrik does – while Saffia explores a fascinating community project that Alchemy and Immortalis Cyannis, owners and designers of the region, are developing for their residents.

The patisserie!

The patisserie!

And Saffia also visits that … mmmm … patisserie!

We talk to Alchemy Cyannis about the beautiful regions she and Immortalis have created, their inspirations and their plans as we explore this unique and lovely region.

And then, of course, there are those sheep …

Mutton move along, by Wildstar Beaumont

Mutton move along, by Wildstar Beaumont

This is a beautiful look back to a really stunning Second Life estate – So don’t miss it!

Although the estate itself has long gone, sadly, you can still obtain some of the beautiful creations of Alchemy and Immortalis on the Marketplace at: Alchemy’s Attc: https://marketplace.secondlife.com/stores/37216
and: Alchemy Immortalis: https://marketplace.secondlife.com/stores/37272
and in their inworld store: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Seefeld/186/72/751

(Please note that most of the designs are old school, which means they can be prim heavy. Still beautiful, though!)

The bridge over the river by Wildstar Beaumont

The bridge over the river by Wildstar Beaumont

 

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Tansee and Particles, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Tansee and Particles, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Last week, Tansee joined the Designing Worlds’ show to tell us all about the launch of the new Second Life Linden Endowment for the Arts (SLEA). This week, for our archive show, we look back to Tansee’s particle installation at the old Linden Endowment for the Arts.

You can watch it on this blog, and you can also see the show on the Designing Worlds Vimeo channel at: https://vimeo.com/12549439. And you can join the special Watch Party (at 2pm SLT) in our studio on Garden of Dreams.

DW269 – Tansee’s Particles from Richard Elen on Vimeo.

We learned all about how particles can be created, and Tansee showed us work that she had 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 looked 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 very speial particles!

Tansee makes some very special particles!

And Tansee also gave us a sneak preview of the particle displays that she was working on for Fantasy Faire 2015, which were currently in progress when the episode was filmed.

It’s a beautiful show that explores fantastic possibilities in Second Life – so don’t miss it!

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Launch of the SLEA on Designing Worlds, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Launch of the SLEA on Designing Worlds, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

We started our new season with a look at the forthcoming launch of the new Second Life Endowment for the Arts (SLEA).

DW423 – Launch of the SLEA from Richard Elen on Vimeo.

The SLEA picks up where the Linden Endowment for the Arts left off, supporting and encouraging the arts in Second Life. We talk to Tansee and Hannington Xeltentat who originally developed the idea, and to Patch and Brett Linden who have been helping to realise the vision under the auspices of Linden Lab.

Launch of the SLEA on Designing Worlds, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Launch of the SLEA on Designing Worlds, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

This show looks at the structure of the new SLEA and how people can become involved, including how they can apply for grants.

And Patch and Brett also talk about some exciting new packages they are planning to support communities in Second Life!

Launch of the SLEA on Designing Worlds, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Launch of the SLEA on Designing Worlds, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

In addition, in film and pictures, we look back on the nine years of the original Linden Endowment for the Arts, which closed a year ago.

 

 

 

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Launch of the SLEA on Designing Worlds, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Launch of the SLEA on Designing Worlds, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Today, Monday 14th September, Designing Worlds is back for its new season – we look at the forthcoming launch of the new Second Life Endowment for the Arts (SLEA), which picks up where the Linden Endowment for the Arts left off, supporting and encouraging the arts in Second Life. We talk to Tansee and Hannington Xeltentat who originally developed the idea, and to Patch and Brett Linden who have been helping to realise the vision under the auspices of Linden Lab.

Join us at 2pm  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. We hope to have Tansee and Hannington join us to be on hand for a post show discussion with our live audience.

Launch of the SLEA on Designing Worlds, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Launch of the SLEA on Designing Worlds, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

This show looks at the structure of the new SLEA and how people can become involved, including how they can apply for grants.

And Patch and Brett also talk about some exciting new packages they are planning to support communities in Second Life!

In addition, in film and pictures, we look back on the nine years of the original Linden Endowment for the Arts, which closed a year ago.

Launch of the SLEA on Designing Worlds, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Launch of the SLEA on Designing Worlds, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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

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Resident Builds at SL17B, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Designing Worlds at SL17B, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Today, Monday 27th July, Designing Worlds is paying the second of two visits to the Second Life Seventeenth Birthday Community Celebration (SL17B) for the last show of the season. Two weeks ago, we looked at the Linden builds; in this show, we’ll be looking at resident builds – just a few, because there were so many wonderful ones!

Join us at 2pm  when you can see the show on the Designing Worlds Vimeo channel at: https://vimeo.com/channels/dworlds and on the Designing Worlds channel at SLArtist at: https://www.slartist.com/browse-dw-videos-1-date.html. Or join us for our Watch Party in the Designing Worlds studios at 2pm SLT.

And here is a little taster – a video shot and edited by Saffia that didn’t make it into the main show …

SL17B Dawn Kingdoms from Saffia Widdershins on Vimeo.

In the show, we look at the sites that we were involved with – Designing Worlds, One Billion Rising in Second Life, and two exhibits related to Fantasy Faire – the Fantasy Faire LitFest site (complete with Hugh the Troll) and the Fantasy Faire Radio site. And we talk to some of the creators of the exhibits, – the artists Fiona Fei and Ilyra Chardin, and our own Wildstar Beaumont who had a special gallery exhibit, which is really another of “our team sites”!

Resident Builds at SL17B, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Resident Builds at SL17B, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

We also talk to people who are involved in creating sites for communities – Victor Mornington with a site to introduce people to New Babbage, and Asia Connell with the same mission for Camp Italia. And we explore a number of other sites too, both with film and with a fantastic photographic slideshow from Wildstar Beaumont.

Resident Builds at SL17B, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Resident Builds at SL17B, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Sadly, the Birthday event is now over, but we hope the show will help you re-live it … or sigh over parts you missed! It makes for a beautiful and highly interesting show so do tune in or join us at 2pm SLT at the Watch Party in Garden of Dreams!

Resident Builds at SL17B, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Resident Builds at SL17B, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

 

 

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