In fact we get a little Greedy Greedy in today's show as we explore the world of tabletop gaming in Second Life!

Greedy Greedy!Greedy Greedy!

Join us today, Monday 14th April at 2pm at the Designing Worlds studio in Garden of Dreams for a special viewing party of today’s show as we visit KR Engineering to talk to Karsten Routledge, the creator of Greedy Greedy, probably the most popular board game in Second Life, with over 3000 games played every day.

Karsten talks to us not only about Greedy Greedy but about other tabletop games that he has created - some based on real world games, ancient and modern.

Some of the tabletop games available from KR EngineeringSome of the tabletop games available from KR Engineering

And then we play a game of Greedy Greedy with some friends and teach Elrik how to play, as Karsten offers some special strategic tips for game play!

Join us at 2pm for a end to our current season (and don't worry - we will actually be back at the end of April).

The Lighthouses - one of the special game tables available from KR EngineeringThe Lighthouses - one of the special game tables available from KR Engineering

Or – if you can’t attend in person – tune in to the web at 2pm SLT on Monday for a showing on Aview TV 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 – or on the Designing Worlds blog – our very own version of the iPlayer!

 

In fact we get a little Greedy Greedy in today's show as we explore the world of tabletop gaming in Second Life!

Greedy Greedy!Greedy Greedy!

Join us today, Monday 14th April at 2pm at the Designing Worlds studio in Garden of Dreams for a special viewing party of today’s show as we visit KR Engineering to talk to Karsten Routledge, the creator of Greedy Greedy, probably the most popular board game in Second Life, with over 3000 games played every week.

Karsten talks to us not only about Greedy Greedy but about other tabletop games that he has created - some based on real world games, ancient and modern.

Some of the tabletop games available from KR EngineeringSome of the tabletop games available from KR Engineering

And then we play a game of Greedy Greedy with some friends and teach Elrik how to play, as Karsten offers some special strategic tips for game play!

Join us at 2pm for a end to our current season (and don't worry - we will actually be back at the end of April).

The Lighthouses - one of the special game tables available from KR EngineeringThe Lighthouses - one of the special game tables available from KR Engineering

Or – if you can’t attend in person – tune in to the web at 2pm SLT on Monday for a showing on Aview TV 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 – or on the Designing Worlds blog – our very own version of the iPlayer!

 

The Linden Endowment for the Arts, photographed by Wildstar BeaumontThe Linden Endowment for the Arts, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us today, Monday 7th April at 2pm at the Designing Worlds studio in Garden of Dreams for a special viewing party of today’s show as we visit the Linden Endowment for the Arts to learn about the new volunteer program to help visitors, find out about the structure of the LEA - and visit a few art installations as well!

The Gateway at the Linden Endowment for the Arts, photographed by Wildstar BeaumontThe Gateway at the Linden Endowment for the Arts, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Firstly we meet up with Oberon Onmura, Artist and LEA Committee Member, Honour McMillan, LEA Committee Member and leader of the volunteer program, and JMB (Jo) Balogh, an LEA Volunteer. They tell us about the LEA, and the new program - and what being a volunteer really means! There's an explanation of how the regions work - and we learn about ambitious plans to expand the nature of Arts covered.

And then we visit three remarkable installations created by artists who are near the beginning of their five month residencies.

The Creature from the Black Lagoon at the Linden Endowment for the Arts, photographed by Wildstar BeaumontThe Creature from the Black Lagoon at the Linden Endowment for the Arts, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

At The Creature from the Black Lagoon, we talk to the artist Livio Korobase, with Slatan Dryke translating from the Italian for us.

Then we visit a work in progress - The Garden of Earthly Delights, inspired by the painting by Hieronymous Bosch, and created in Second Life by Tomm Pye. It's a great chance to see an evolving work - something that the artists at the LEA often choose to share.

The Garden of Earthly Delights at the Linden Endowment for the Arts, photographed by Wildstar BeaumontThe Garden of Earthly Delights at the Linden Endowment for the Arts, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

And finally we visit an installation that is evolving in a different way, in a series of chapters, as we look in on The {Lost} Garden Of Sundarya Lahari and talk to the artist Xineohp Guisse (who tells us how and why he got his remarkable name!).

The {Lost} Garden Of Sundarya Lahari at the Linden Endowment for the Arts, photographed by Wildstar BeaumontThe {Lost} Garden Of Sundarya Lahari at the Linden Endowment for the Arts, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us at 2pm for a fascinating - and beautiful - show.

Or – if you can’t attend in person – tune in to the web at 2pm SLT on Monday for a showing on Aview TV 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 – or on the Designing Worlds blog – our very own version of the iPlayer!

Johnny Cash's boyhood home, photographed by Wildstar BeaumontJohnny Cash's boyhood home, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us today, Monday 31st March at 2pm at the Designing Worlds studio in Garden of Dreams for a special viewing party of today’s Designing Worlds show as visit a fascinating project at the University of Arkansas region that recreates Johnny Cash's boyhood home, as part of a broader look at the effects of the Depression in the state, and some of the routes from the rural poverty that began there.

The Dyess Colony, photographed by Wildstar BeaumontThe Dyess Colony, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Painter Merriman, the well-known designer, has created many of the builds here, and he takes us through many of these as we explore a really fascinating social history project, learning not only about Johnny Cash's boyhood home, but also about the New Deal community of Dyess and the Southern Tenant Farmers Union (which now houses the Southern Tenant Farmers Museum).

The Southern Tenant Farmers Museum, photographed by Wildstar BeaumontThe Southern Tenant Farmers Museum, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

You can read more about it on Painter's own website.

But even better - you can join us at 2pm for a really fascinating show!

The cafe in the Dyess Colony, photographed by Wildstar BeaumontThe cafe in the Dyess Colony, 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 Aview TV 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 – or on the Designing Worlds blog – our very own version of the iPlayer!

Bedroom in Johnny Cash's boyhood home, photographed by Wildstar BeaumontBedroom in Johnny Cash's boyhood home, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Trade Winds - photograph by Wildstar BeaumontTrade Winds - photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us today, Monday 24th March at 2pm at the Designing Worlds studio in Garden of Dreams for a special viewing party of today’s Designing Worlds show as we sail the seas (and drink in the taverns) with the magnificent pirates of the Trade Winds!

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 BeaumontTrade 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!

Or – if you can’t attend in person – tune in to the web at 2pm SLT on Monday for a showing on Aview TV 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 – or on the Designing Worlds blog – our very own version of the iPlayer!

Trade Winds - photograph by Wildstar BeaumontTrade Winds - photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

The Atelier - the newest of Kayle Matzerath's Dreamscenes, photographed by Wildstar BeaumontThe Atelier - the newest of Kayle Matzerath's Dreamscenes, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us today, Monday 17th March at 2pm at the Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams for a special viewing party of today’s Designing Worlds show as we explore the beautiful Dreamscenes created by Kayle Matzerath.

The Asian Loft - another Dreamscene created by Kayle Matzerath, photographed by Wildstar BeaumontThe Asian Loft - another Dreamscene created by Kayle Matzerath, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Kayle has been creating his amazing Dreamscenes - a portable and expandable system of stunningly designed skyboxes - and landscapes for a number of years, and we have featured some of these as settings for shows - a Thanksgiving Dinner featured the Piano Bar and Dining Room, and the gorgeous library was used in The Blackened Mirror.

The Fest Theatre - another Dreamscene created by Kayle Matzerath, photographed by Wildstar BeaumontThe Fest Theatre - another Dreamscene created by Kayle Matzerath, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

We also look at Kayle's stunning work for Fantasy Faire.

His ability to move with the times and incorporate new ideas and developments in the platform has led to his latest creation (which I wrote about earlier in the year) the Atelier. And there's a special surprise to be glimpsed through the windows here for all steampunk fans!

The Atelier - the newest Dreamscene created by Kayle Matzerath, photographed by Wildstar BeaumontThe Atelier - the newest Dreamscene created by Kayle Matzerath, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us at 2pm as Kayle talks about his work and shows us some of his amazing creations. It's a show you won't want to miss!

The Roman Baths - another Dreamscene created by Kayle Matzerath, photographed by Wildstar BeaumontThe Roman Baths - another Dreamscene created by Kayle Matzerath, 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 Aview TV 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 – or on the Designing Worlds blog – our very own version of the iPlayer!

The Winter Cabin in the Woods - another Dreamscene created by Kayle Matzerath, photographed by Wildstar BeaumontThe Winter Cabin in the Woods - another Dreamscene created by Kayle Matzerath, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

In an exciting new development, Second Life will be going into the Clouds with OnLive’s new SL Go package. The news has been announced by Linden Lab today – and you’ll be able to find out more in our special Designing Worlds show at 2pm SLT today, where we talk to Nate Barsetti, Senior Manager, Customer Relations, OnLive, and also Danger Linden, aka Don Laabs, Senior Director of Product at Linden Lab. The show will be followed by a live discussion in our Garden of Dreams studio, which will be streamed live on Aview.TV.

SL Go on the AndroidSL Go on the Android

SL Go is launching today in its open beta format, and offers the opportunity to access Second Life on tablets (although not yet on iPads).

But it’s much, much more than this - you will also be able to access SL Go through the OnLive micro-console to TVs, or just connect through the OnLive app to lower-end PCs and Macs.

The package will deliver not “Second Life lite”, but Second Life with the full range of bells and whistles graphics. SL Go will show the Advanced Lighting Model, complete with materials - something that has been difficult for people accessing Second Life on some laptops and older desktops.

This is an OnLive initiative, developed in co-operation with Linden Lab, but not a Linden Lab product. When I spoke to Danger Linden, Head of Product at the Lab, he said he saw it as more analogous to Linden Lab working with a third party viewer.

Nate Barsetti and Danger Linden will be discussing SL Go on today's special Designing Worlds showNate Barsetti and Danger Linden will be discussing SL Go on today's special Designing Worlds show

Designing Worlds will be broadcasting a special show at 2pm SLT today, where we’ll be talking to Nate Barsetti, Senior Manager, Customer Relations, OnLive, and also Danger Linden, aka Don Laabs, Senior Director of Product at Linden Lab. We’ll also be showing how SL Go works in different formats.

You can join us to watch the show at our studios on Garden of Dreams, or watch live on Treet TV at http://treet.tv/live, or on Aview TV at http://aviewtv.com/live/. The post-show discussion will be streamed live on Aview TV.

Stay tuned for news of a special edition of Designing Worlds at 2pm SLT today - with a viewing party followed by a discussion in our beautiful studios on Garden of Dreams.

Designing Worlds studioDesigning Worlds studio

The post-show discussion will be streamed live on Aview.TV.

More news about this show (including details of how to watch) will be released later today, so please keep an eye on this blog for details.

Seraph City - photographed by Wildstar BeaumontSeraph City - photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us today, Monday 3rd March at 2pm at the Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams for a special viewing party of today’s Designing Worlds show as we pay a final visit to the beautiful dieselpunk region of Seraph City.

Sadly, a few days after we filmed here, the owner announced his intention of converting the sim into a private region. Already the name has been changed and many of the iconic buildings have gone (including the Hawkesmoor Apartment buildings which we visit). Obviously, we had no idea that this was going to happen when we filmed the show - and nor did the Estate Manager, Edward Pearse, who was our escort.

The Streets of Seraph City - photographed by Wildstar BeaumontThe Streets of Seraph City - photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

We thought long and hard about broadcasting this, but decided to go ahead, even though the show is now more an elegy to Seraph City than an invitation to become part of a community.

We tour some of the beautiful builds in the city - and also talk about how episodes of The Blackened Mirror were filmed there - and were the basis of some popular games during the first season of the show.

Inside the Hawkesmoor Apartments - photographed by Wildstar BeaumontInside the Hawkesmoor Apartments - photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

So … do join us at 2pm for a show that is definitely, sadly, a last chance to see.

Or – if you can’t attend in person – tune in to the web at 2pm SLT on Monday for a showing on Aview TV 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 – or on the Designing Worlds blog – our very own version of the iPlayer!

The Streets of Seraph City - photographed by Wildstar BeaumontThe Streets of Seraph City - photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

And don't miss a Designing Worlds Special that will be broadcast on Wednesday 5th at 2pm. More news of that will be appearing on our websites very shortly!

The Stage at One Billion RisingThe Stage at One Billion Rising

Join us today, Monday 24th February at 2pm at the Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams for a special viewing party of today's Designing Worlds show as we take a look at the One Billion Rising event, held on Friday 14th February.

We'll be talking to Victor Mornington, who created the fabulous stage, to Taralyn Gravois, who curated the fantastic art installations, to Samantha Ohrberg, who organised the amazing music programme, to JuJu Apollo Starr, the stage manager lead, and to Jilly Kidd, who organised the poetry sessions. And we'll be learning more about the individual art installations with artists Mikati Slade, Krystali Rabeni, Reuben Mayo, Finn Lanzius and Betty Tureaud.

Installation at One Billion Rising by Krystali RabelniInstallation at One Billion Rising by Krystali Rabelni

We'll also be seeing something more of the live event - both the musical side, and the poetry sessions as well.

So … do join us at 2pm for a very special episode!

Or – if you can’t attend in person – tune in to the web at 2pm SLT on Monday for a showing 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 – or on the Designing Worlds blog – our very own version of the iPlayer!