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Dancing at Garden of Dreams

Dancing at Garden of Dreams

The latest episode of Designing Worlds – where we host one of our periodic episodes to look into the past at some of our previous shows – is now on the web!

You can see clips from our shows over the last year, some funny, some poignant, some informative and some, we think, very important in showing the potentials of virtual worlds. Aisling, Elrik, Saffia and Wildstar chose their individual favourites – and there were some that we all agreed had to be included!

And Wildstar has created a very special slideshow to accompany the show!

The recently redesigned Garden of Dreams

The recently redesigned Garden of Dreams

And we also took the opportunity of exploring the grounds of the recently redesigned Garden of Dreams, where, of course, our studio is located!

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The Spoonful of Sugar Festival, Autumn 2017. photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Spoonful of Sugar Festival, Autumn 2017. photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday 25th September, for the new episode of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams, where we will be visiting the amazing Spoonful of Sugar Festival in support of Doctors Without Borders / Médecins Sans Frontières.

The Spoonful of Sugar Festival, Autumn 2017. photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Spoonful of Sugar Festival, Autumn 2017. photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

We’ll be talking to Ever Courtois, founder and festival organiser, and to Kasslina Moonglow, the organiser for the Home and Garden Part of the event, as well as Teresa Matfield of T-Spot and Debil Skute of Dekute Decor who are two of the major sponsors of the event.

The Spoonful of Sugar Festival, Autumn 2017. photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Spoonful of Sugar Festival, Autumn 2017. photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Spoonful of Sugar Festival takes place on five regions – Spoonful of Sugar and the four SOS Shopping regions – you’ll find links to all the key locations here. There are over 150 stores, selling clothes, hair, jewellery – and a really great range of home and garden items. The event will continue until Octover 1st, so you still have plenty of time to come over and join in!

In addition, there’s a wide range of activities, and a full programme of events – you’ll find all the details on their website!

The Spoonful of Sugar Festival, Autumn 2017. photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Spoonful of Sugar Festival, Autumn 2017. photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international, independent, medical humanitarian organization that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural disasters and exclusion from healthcare. MSF offers assistance to people based on need, irrespective of race, religion, gender or political affiliation.

You can see more about their work here:

It all makes for an amazing start to our new season, so join us at 2pm SLT in the studio.

Or – if you can’t attend in person – tune in to the web at 2pm SLT on Monday for a showing on SLartist – or catch it later in the week on the SLArtist.com channel, the Aview TV Designing Worlds channel – or on the Designing Worlds blog.

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Relay for Life Weekend, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Relay for Life Weekend, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Designing Worlds is back for our autumn season – and we have some interesting shows lined up that will take us to a range of locations in Second Life … and to other virtual worlds as well!

Join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday 18th September, for the first episode of the new season of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams, where we will be looking back to the Relay for Life of Second Life Weekend held in July, looking at some of the stunning builds that were created there, and talking to just a few of the many, many people who were involved!

Relay for Life Weekend, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Relay for Life Weekend, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Relay for Life weekend is the pinnacle of the annual campaigning for Relay for Life of Second Life, with the track running around amazing builds created by the organising committee, and past the stunning campsites created by the individual teams. We’ll be sharing builds that are beautiful and builds that are informative … and builds that are a micture of both!

It all makes for an amazing start to our new season, so join us at 2pm SLT in the studio.

Relay for Life Weekend, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Relay for Life Weekend, 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 catch it later in the week on the SLArtist.com channel, the Aview TV Designing Worlds channel – or on the Designing Worlds blog.

You can read more about Relay for Second Life at: relayforlifeofsecondlife.org/

Relay for Life Weekend, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Relay for Life Weekend, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

If you are interested in other charity events in Second Life, take a look at our information about the Spoonful of Sugar Festival for Doctors Without Borders / Médecins Sans Frontières and about our own planned event for the Macmillan Coffee Morning: Cake Against Cancer! which we hold annually to raise funds for the UK charity Macmillan Cancer Support.

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FF2017 - The Hill, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

FF2017 – The Hill, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The latest episode of Designing Worlds – where we return to Fantasy Faire for the second of our promised visits – is now on the web!

In this episode, we talk to Zander Greene, one of the organisers of Fantasy Faire, one of the organisers of the Fantasy Faire LitFest: and to Faireland Designer Loki Violet; Judi Newall and Gwen Enchanted, three of the roleplayers from the dystopian Outbreak, store owner Aikea Rierko and JenzZa Misfit, who shows us a ballet specially created for the Faire.

FF2017 - Kakushi Pasu, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

FF2017 – Kakushi Pasu, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

And we’ll also explore more of the stunning regions!

FF2017 - Fallen Sands, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

FF2017 – Fallen Sands, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

 

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Fairelands Junction, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Fairelands Junction, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday 15th May, for the first episode of the new season Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams, where we will be paying the first of two visits to Fantasy Faire (the second will be in a few weeks’ time).

In this episode, we’ll be talking to Elizabeth Tinsley, the organiser of Fantasy Faire, and talking to Faireland Designer Beq Janus, Fantasy Quest organiser Aisling Sinclair, roleplay co-organiser Stevie Basevi, and Aelva, the organiser of the Dance and Particle Festival that’s also an important part of the Faire.

Anansi, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Anansi, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

And we’ll also be exploring some of the regions as well as talking to one person who was involved in region design (albeit on a small scale), the Quest, roleplay AND the Dance and Particle Festival (where he appeared in Much Ado About Nothing). Yes – the multi-talented Mavromichali Szondi – see if you can spot his various appearances!

It’s a fun and beautiful show – so join us at 2pm SLT in the studio.

Much Ado About Nothing, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Much Ado About Nothing, 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 catch it later in the week on the SLArtist.com channel, the Aview TV Designing Worlds channel – or on the Designing Worlds blog.

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The latest episode of Designing Worlds – a very special show, dedicated to Elicio Ember and a special event called Filling the Cauldron – is now on the web!

Elicio’s father has suffered a major stroke, and the family is struggling to meet medical costs associated with his treatment. Since then various groups of people have been putting together ideas, and we’re pleased to announce that we now have THREE ways in which people can and will be able to help Elicio and his family.

Today’s show is therefore a repeat of the show we made last year about Elicio and his work, and his wonderful region – Cerridwen’s Cauldron, a place well worth exploring and at that time newly updated! But we’ve given it a special introduction to explain the situation, and what YOU can do to help.

And full details are also printed at the bottom of this post.

So please join us for a beautful and very special show at 2pm SLT.

Or – if you can’t attend in person – tune in to the web at 2pm SLT on Monday for a showing on SLartist – or catch it later in the week 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

Filling the Cauldron

Filling the Cauldron is a week-long in-world event to be hosted at Holly Kai Park on the beautiful Blake Sea.

When

Saturday, April 1st through Sunday April 9th, inclusive.

What

  • Live music and DJ performances at the park’s main events venue
  • An art display inspired by Elicio’s work
  • A silent auction
  • A special Design a Garden contest with a very special prize
  • A photo contest with special prizes
  • A market area
  • Cerridwen’s Corner – a mini-store of Elicio’s creations, allowing you to buy his items and visit his main store.

Website and Information

The Filling the Cauldron website, dedicated to the event, is now up and running – please bookmark it! There will also be further updates through this blog, Prim Perfect and other blogs – so keep your eyes out for news!

Cerridwen's Cauldron, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Cerridwen’s Cauldron, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Help Wanted

Right now we’re looking for people to get involved, including:

  • Musicians, DJs and performers willing to give up one or two hours of their time to perform on stage and help raise money for Elicio. Please see the Filling the Cauldron Entertainment Applications page for more details
  • Artists wishing to participate in our Art Show
  • Artists and creators willing to donate to our Auction
  • Merchants wishing to be a part of our marketplace and gacha
  • Volunteers willing to help run the event during the week

So if you are interested in any of the above, please follow the links and sign-up. And if you’d like to attend, make sure you bookmark / follow Filling The Cauldron to keep up-to-date with all that is going on. Bloggers, we’ll have information on blogging the event available through the Filling the Cauldron blog very soon!

GoFundMe Campaign

Available now is a special GoFundMe campaign organised by Vecchio Barbosa (Felix Büchler in RL), which is raising money to help Elicio and his family through physical world donations.

The campaign has Elicio’s full support and endorsement, as he is unable to run a campaign himself from Mexico.

If you would like to donate to help Elicio RIGHT NOW, please visit the GoFundMe page. You can also reach it via a link on the Filling The Cauldron website.

Cerridwen's Cauldron, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Cerridwen’s Cauldron, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Ember’s Cauldron Shopping Event

Ember’s Cauldron is a shopping event which will run for a month between March 16th through April 16th. Organised by Lerochelle Destiny, it is a store-based event in which people visiting participating stores can purchase special items in the knowledge that 100% of proceeds from the sale are going to Elicio and his family.

We will be supporting Ember’s Cauldron via the Filling the Cauldron website, where you will soon be able to see a list of all participating stores complete with SLurls.

If you are a creator / store owner and would like to participate in Ember’s Cauldron, please visit their sign-up page. Please note than all enquiries on Ember’s Cauldron should be directed to Lerochelle Destiny.

 

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The latest episode of Designing Worlds – when we visiting the fascinating Second Life Museum of Nuclear Warfare – is now on the web!

You might expect it to be all about the weapons, but in fact it’s much broader than that, as we discovered through talking to the Director and Curator of the Museum, OtakuSenpai Button.

In this first show we explore the reasons why Otaku established the Museum before we take a look at the background to the Manhattan Project which led to the development of the first atomic bomb and – subsequently – to the two bombs that were dropped on Japan at Hiroshima and Nagasaki. We then look at the work of nuclear reactors, and learn something of the background to nuclear accidents such as Chernobyl and Three Mile Island.

Second Life Museum of Nuclear Warfare, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Second Life Museum of Nuclear Warfare, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

It’s a fascinating show – both in terms of the content Otaku has gathered, and also in terms of demonstrating how Second Life can be used for a learning experience.

This is the first episode of a two part show (the second will be shown later in the series) as we discover a part of the wealth of information and installations that the Museum hosts.

You can visit the Museum here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Xemia/69/221/22
You can read more about the Museum here: http://otaku-155.wixsite.com/slmnw
The Museum has a Facebook Page here: https://www.facebook.com/slnuclearwarfare/
There are a series of videos about the Museum here, created by Petlove Petshop and Lorin Tone: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Xemia/69/221/22

Second Life Museum of Nuclear Warfare, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Second Life Museum of Nuclear Warfare, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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