Show Jumping at ~Ladies' Pleasure~Show Jumping at ~Ladies' Pleasure~

Join us at 2pm today, Monday 29th June for the new episode of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams, as we explore a world where avatar customisation and breedable creations meet the world of Second Life sport, in the field of equestrianism.

We meet Honey Heart of ~Ladies' Pleasure~ who tells us about avatar and breedable horses, and even more about what can be done in Second Life - taking a look at carriage rides (and races), dressage, show jumping and cross country - and we hear about horse racing too - with the aid of some of Honey's horses: Cherry Lastchance, Dancer Inglewood, Emmalette Resident & Karin Lupindo.

Dressage at ~Ladies' Pleasure~Dressage at ~Ladies' Pleasure~

This will be a fascinating show and - for many people - perhaps an introduction to a whole new experience 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.

You can find out more about things related to equestrianism at ~Ladies' Pleasure~ on Cherry Island.

Breedable horses at ~Ladies' Pleasure~Breedable horses at ~Ladies' Pleasure~

All photos by Wildstar Beaumont

Getting set at Angel Manor golf courseGetting set at Angel Manor golf course

Join us at 2pm today, Monday 22nd June for the new episode of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams, when we’ll be learning all about the phenomenon of Second Life golf!

There are many sports in Second Life that residents can enjoy alone or with friends, and Second Life is one of them. To play well requires a mixture of knowledge, skill ... and perhaps a little luck as well. There are a number of courses scattered around Second Life, some very realistic and some offering more unexpected hazards (volcanoes, panthers for example). Saffia is a great fan - although Elrik had never played before this show. And so Saffia decided to show him why Second Life golf is such fun!

Unusual hazards at Rolling Hills Golf Course!Unusual hazards at Rolling Hills Golf Course!

In the show we talk to CrowleyCorp, Designer of Crowley Corp Golf System (in other words, the clubs that we play with) and also owner of the Rolling Hills Golf Course who explains how the system works (and why it is so popular with golfers across Second Life). Then we visit LittleOneSusan Teardrop, Owner of Getting set at Angel Manor golf course, and she explains how she designs her course, incorporating elements of the the courses she has played - and ones she has loved. Sinally, we meet up with Kaya Angel, Owner of Angel Manor Estate, which we visited on a recent show, and which has its own golf course. Angel Manor's six hole course is an excellent one for learning how to play golf (and for having a short game with friends) and Elrik finally gets a chance to try out what he has learned!

Unusual hazards at Rolling Hills Golf Course!Unusual hazards at Rolling Hills Golf Course!

This will be a fun show so so 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.

Playing a round on the Angel Manor coursePlaying a round on the Angel Manor course

Golf Courses featured in the show:
Rolling Hills Golf Course
Emerald Crystal Golf Course
Angel Manor Golf Course

Some other courses to check out:
A Whisper of Silk Golf Course
AERO Golf Club
Haven Golf Resort
XL Underground Course (you play on the ground - but there's a city overhead!)

Please note: we have not verified your personal safety on these last two courses - but we can't wait to try them out!
Tombstone Arizona Golf Club (cowboy golf at its finest)
Al Raqis Golf Course (golf with a scifi twist)

Please note: Most of these courses offer rental clubs. Some will require you to join a group in order to be able to rezz.

 

 

 

New BabbageNew Babbage

Join us at 2pm today, Monday 8th June for what might be an unexpected episode of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams, when we’ll be learning about the surprising very real world literary output of the steampunk city of New Babbage - a city based in Second Life.

This is a rather different show for us as usually we get caught up in dangerous adventures when we visit the city. But this time we are able to three of the people closely involved with the development of New Babbage's Literary output. We learn about the inspiration for this - the determination that what had been created in New Babbage would live beyond Second Life through publications in the real world. And we hear about some of the writers who have been involved not only in the creation of the three Tales from New Babbage books, but in other literary endeavours too.

Designing Worlds explores the Literary World of New BabbageDesigning Worlds explores the Literary World of New Babbage

We discuss how roleplay can feed in to literature - and how it can hinder it! And we look at how the New Babbage website has become a centre for writing both individual and collaborative.

And we talk to Ceejay Writer who - under her real world name of Lori Alden Holuta - is writing and publishing a series of books - The Brassbright Chronicles - inspired by the city of New Babbage. Ceejay explains how the Brassbright concept came to life through a character bio that got well out of hand!

It makes for a fascinating show - and we may even catch a fleeting glimpse of Mr Biggins! So do join us at 2pm SLT today.

New BabbageNew Babbage

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.

If you are interested in learning more about the literature of New Babbage discussed in this show, here is a reading list compelled by Ceejay:

Joe Gatch
Phineas Frakture was an avatar in New Babbage before jumping off to his own adventures!
The Adventures of Phineas Frakture
The Adventures of Phineas Frakture: Steam Wars
Steam & Sorcery: a Transdimensional Adventure

Sheryl Nantus
This steampunk western was written by a little clockwork dragon at the CocoaJava Cafe in New Babbage. The book’s dedication page thanks the city of New Babbage.
Wild Cards and Iron Horses

Lori Alden Holuta
Books inspired by city of New Babbage while the author’s avatar resided there. The Brassbright concept came to life through a character bio that got well out of hand.
The Flight To Brassbright
The Steamkettle Kids Save The Day

P.S. Chambers
Captive Sky, Truant Heart is based on a New Babbage avatar named Sky. The publisher, Penny Gaff Publishing LLC, maintains a virtual publishing house in New Babbage.
Captive Sky, Truant Heart (Clockhaven Chronicles Book 1)
Day of the Dragons: The Girl in the Corner... (Clockhaven Chronicles Book 2)

Andrew McCurdy
Emerson Lighthouse, a New Babbage avatar, appears in the story. The publisher, Penny Gaff Publishing LLC, maintains a virtual publishing house in New Babbage.
A Drop of the Venom: Leviathan's Bane (Clockhaven Chronicles Book 3)

Maxwell Grantly
Author’s avatar of a clockwork teddy bear features in one story, set in New Babbage. Other stories are also set in the city.
Runs Like Clockwork

Various Authors with New Babbage Avatars
Tales of New Babbage: The Steampunk City Volumes 1 - 3

Collections of former Flash Fiction contests: Dialogues Volumes 1-5, free in the R.F. Burton Library in New Babbage. Look to the left just as you enter the library.

New BabbageNew Babbage

Memorial Gardens to Soliel Snook, photographed by Wildstar BeaumontMemorial Gardens to Soliel Snook, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us at 2pm today, Monday 1st June for a very special episode of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams, when we’ll be remembering the life and work of a popular Second Life resident - Soliel Snook.

Soliel was a longstanding resident of Caledon and the Steamlands in Second Life, well known for her love of music and her long term association with Radio Riel, as well as her love of plants and landscaping. She opened her first Garden Centre - Snook’s Garden Centre, in Caledon - and quickly became a popular source for bouquets, bushes, hedges and flowers of all kinds. She appeared several times on MetaMakeover, the precursor to Designing Worlds.

Memorial Gardens to Soliel Snook, photographed by Wildstar BeaumontMemorial Gardens to Soliel Snook, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

When Soliel died recently of cancer, her friends, led by Gabriel Riel with Otenth Paderborn, Loken Jewell, Rudolfo Woodget, Aoife Lorefield, Podruly Peccable, and Edwina Heron, created a very special island memorial that consists of a series of gardens, one for each year of Soliel's Second Life, from 2007 - 2015. We explore the gardens and talk about Soliel and our memories of her, and we are joined by one of her friends, Otenth Paderborn, who shares his memories of Soliel too.

Perhaps her favourite creation was Giverny, the region she created in tribute to Monet and his work. We'll be looking at our programme on Giverny and other shows which feature Soliel herself on today's show.

Memorial Gardens to Soliel Snook, photographed by Wildstar BeaumontMemorial Gardens to Soliel Snook, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

We hope that you'll be able to 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 AviewTV Designing Worlds channel – or on the Designing Worlds blog.

Memorial Gardens to Soliel Snook, photographed by Wildstar BeaumontMemorial Gardens to Soliel Snook, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Soliel's Gardens will be open until June 4th. You can visit here:
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sal%20Island/160/128/23

Memorial Gardens to Soliel Snook, photographed by Wildstar BeaumontMemorial Gardens to Soliel Snook, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

 

New Gallifrey, photograph by Wildstar BeaumontNew 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 BeaumontNew 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 BeaumontInside 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 BeaumontNew 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/

Angel Manor, photographed by Wildstar BeaumontAngel 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 BeaumontAngel 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 BeaumontAngel 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 BeaumontAngel 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

Fantasy Faire 2015: Odyssey, designed by Alia Baroque: photographed by Wildstar BeaumontFantasy Faire 2015: Odyssey, designed by Alia Baroque: photographed by Wildstar Beaumont
Join us at 2pm today, Monday 11th May for the new episode of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams, when we’ll be paying the second of our visits to the fabulous Fantasy Faire.

In last week's show we talked to organisers and developers of the Faire and its different aspects. This week, we'll be talking to Zander Greene and Gabrielle Riel who, with Elrik Merlin, were behind Fantasy Faire Radio (and Zander also played a major part in Faire organisation).

Fantasy Faire 2015: Poseidon's Abyss, designed by Haveit Neox: photographed by Wildstar BeaumontFantasy Faire 2015: Poseidon's Abyss, designed by Haveit Neox: photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

We'll be talking to some of the people who were involved in the event: Garnet Psaltery, who was one of the organisers of the Literary Festival; Aelva, who organised the amazing Night Theatre shows (which packed the region every night of the Fire); Stevie Basevi and Belial Darwinian, who were behind the Sanctuary Roleplayers whose roleplay The Trial of Lut ran throughout the Faire, just one of three highly successful roleplays that invited visitors to watch and to interact.

And we'll be talking to Corvi Ashdene. owner of The Dark Fae, about what is involved in bringing a store to the Faire.

Fantasy Faire 2015: YoZakura, designed by Nya Alchemy: photographed by Wildstar BeaumontFantasy Faire 2015: YoZakura, designed by Nya Alchemy: photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Once again, we have some outrageously beautiful things to show you – so 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.

Fantasy Faire 2015: Poppetsborogh, designed by Luna Barak, Alrunia Ahn and Kyra Reiter: photographed by Wildstar BeaumontFantasy Faire 2015: Poppetsborogh, designed by Luna Barak, Alrunia Ahn and Kyra Reiter: photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

 

 

Fantasy Faire 2015: Ichi-go Ichi-e, designed by Sharni Azalee: photographed by Wildstar BeaumontFantasy Faire 2015: Ichi-go Ichi-e, designed by Sharni Azalee: photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us at 2pm today, Monday 4th May for the new episode of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams, when we’ll be pating the first of two visits to the fabulous Fantasy Faire.

Fantasy Faire 2015: Vallacia, designed by Mayah Parx: photographed by Wildstar BeaumontFantasy Faire 2015: Vallacia, designed by Mayah Parx: photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

This beautiful and incredibly popular event - which to date has raised over L$7,600,000 ended yesterday - although you will still be able to visit the regions until at least Wednesday. You can find out more on the website at: fantasyfairesl.wordpress.com/

Fantasy Faire 2015: Fairelands Junction, designed by Saiyge Lotus: photographed by Wildstar BeaumontFantasy Faire 2015: Fairelands Junction, designed by Saiyge Lotus: photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

We'll be talking to Faire organiser, Elizabeth Tinsley; event sponsor and Literary Festival co-organiser, Judi Newall; Aisling Sinclair, the producer and director of the Hunt; and Jaimy Hancroft and Eowyn Swords, the designers of the awesome Spires of Andolys region (which sold for L$370,000 at the Live Auction at the end of Fantasy Faire!).

Fantasy Faire 2015: Spires of Andolys, designed Jaimy Hancroft and Eowyn Swords: photographed by Wildstar BeaumontFantasy Faire 2015: Spires of Andolys, designed Jaimy Hancroft and Eowyn Swords: photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

We have some outrageously beautiful things to show you – so 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.

Fantasy Faire 2015: Ravenshold, designed Rynn Verwood: photographed by Wildstar BeaumontFantasy Faire 2015: Ravenshold, designed Rynn Verwood: photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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's art installation on LEA8Tansee'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!

Draxtor Despres on Designing Worlds, photographed by Wildstar BeaumontDraxtor Despres on Designing Worlds, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us at 2pm today, Monday 30th March for the new episode of Designing Worlds (and the last in our current season) at our studio in Garden of Dreams, when we’ll be meeting meeting the film-maker and broadcaster Draxtor Despres.

Draxtor is now probably best known for his two series, the Drax Files podcasts and the series of the Drax Files Worldmakers - a series of brilliant short, energising films about some of the awesome creators in Second Life.

Draxtor Despres on Designing Worlds, photographed by Wildstar BeaumontDraxtor Despres on Designing Worlds, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

But Drax has been filming in and discussing Second Life and virtual worlds for a very long time. We take a look at some of his early films, and talk about his evolution as a film-maker - and about Second Life's evolution too. And along the way we'll be talking about Flufee on a Meshion, creating comedy in a virtual world, the importance of radio ... and how Drax puts the Worldmaker videos together.

This is a fascinating show, so do join us, at 2pm today!

Designing Worlds with Draxtor Despres, photographed by Wildstar BeaumontDesigning Worlds with Draxtor Despres, 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.

Useful Links
The Drax Files podcasts
The Drax Files Worldmakers
Flufee on a Meshion
Documenting Second Life (including some fascinating videos from as far back as 2007)