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Womenstuff Hunt

Womenstuff Hunt

Join us for today’s Happy Hunting! in the treet.tv studios in Garden of Dreams at 3pm, Friday 30th November, to learn about the great hunts that are going on across the grid, to see an interview with Sequoia Nightfire and ElaraGloriana Scrabblebat of the amazing Peace on Earth Hunt and to get the latest news of The Blackened Mirror!

Rosamoo Mendelsohn of Hunt SL, our hunt reporter, will be on hand with all the latest hunt news, and some examples of the wonderful items she’s found – and this week, she will be focusing on one to keep you busy till the Christmas Hunts really get under way – The Womenstuff Hunt!

Peace on Earth Hunt

Peace on Earth Hunt

Cinders Vale, our host, will be talking to Sequoia Nightfire and ElaraGloriana Scrabblebat of the Peace on Earth Hunt, now in its fifth year! She’ll be hearing all about their plans for what is probably one of the best known hunts on the Second Life calendar.

And there’ll be chance to see again Episode 5 of The Blackened Mirror. There will be a special party this weekend – watch the website for details!

So join us at 3pm today in the studio for the broadcast. Bring along your hunter friends too. We will be glad to have you all join us for the show.

Can Harland Quinn settle back down to life in Seraph City?

Can Harland Quinn settle back down to life in Seraph City?

Please note that – due to technical difficulties – today’s show will NOT be streamed live by treet. It will be available on the Happy Hunting channel on treet.tv and on the Happy Hunting channel on You Tube.

And in other important news:

Happy Hunting! has been nominated for an Avi!

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We are all delighted to have been nominated – if you want to vote for us (and many other fantastic creatives in different areas) you will find all the details and voting forms here (we are in the Entertainment category).

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Water Reserve

Today’s jigsaw is another from the wonderful blog of our deputy editor, Honour MacMillan – Honour’s Post Menopausal (View of Second Life). This image is taken from a recent (and hilarious) post – “Ignoring My Testosterone-Challenged Real World Issues in Second Life“. The images are taken from Water Reserve – recently (and gorgeously) made ready for winter.

This sim was also recently visited by Inara Pey, writer of another wonderful blog – Living in a Modem World – which recently was chosen by New World Notes as its readers favourite blog. Honour’s was also honourably mentioned there too. So a sim chosen by both of both of them is well worth a jigsaw as a way opf saying “Congratulations!”, don’t you think?

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Water Reserve, photographed by Honour MacMillan

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Catch up with your Prim Perfect jigsaws (showing images of Second Life and other virtual worlds).

If you’d like to submit a photo of your own to feature as a jigsaw, send it to the Prim Perfect Flickr Group. It should be sized 800w x 600h, or else it will need to be re-sized.

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You can now see Designing Worlds’ visit to Temasek, the Second Life region inspired by Singapore, on the web!

Veritas Raymaker, owner and developer of Temasek, has brought something of the history, geography and ecology, and the culture of Singapore into the virtual world. Ranging from Mangrove swamps and a fishing village to a second world war fort (complete with an aerial attack!) to Concorde and modern builds … and not forgetting a look at traditional food on the way … this is a very rich and exciting environment to explore!

Temasek, photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Temasek, photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Elrik Merlin was on holiday when the show was shot, so Saffia is joined by Zander Greene as co-presenter as Veritas takes us on a journey around his island from the tunnels beneath to high in the sky!

And this is not the only fascinating build that Veritas is involved with – he also supports the First World War Digital Poetry Archive region, taking it over when the University of Oxford project was coming to an end – and, in the show, we remind ourselves of that iconic build too.

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Asian Inspiration

Asian Inspiration

You may have noticed that – at the end of all of our jigsaw posts – we invite you to add your pictures to our Flickr group, and say that we hope to use some of them here as jigsaws.  There are some very striking photos posted to the group – and today’s is one of those.

It’s by Emerald Beningborough (whose photos you can see here), and it’s a photograph of one of her styling projects for the new Inspirations book – the amazing source book for interior design that’s the brainchild of Pitsch Parx and edited by Persia Bravin.  This is the from the second part of the Second Volume – and the whole is the most amazing and visually ravishing treat. Do go and take a look. And also a discreet tissue top mop up the drool …

Let’s take a deep breath and do a jigsaw!

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Asian Inspiration Book Vol 2 by Emerald Beningborough

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Catch up with your Prim Perfect jigsaws (showing images of Second Life and other virtual worlds).

If you’d like to submit a photo of your own to feature as a jigsaw, send it to the Prim Perfect Flickr Group. It should be sized 800w x 600h, or else it will need to be re-sized.

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Prim Perfect at the Christmas Expo - designed and photographedby Eliza Wierwright

Prim Perfect at the Christmas Expo 2011 – designed and photographedby Eliza Wierwright

Following the success of our discussion / interview sessions at last year’s Christmas Expo – and at the Home and Garden Expo and SL9B, we are planning a further series at the 2012 Christmas Expo.

Eliza Wierwright is building us a pavilion in the tradition of the beautiful and very snug dacha that she created for us in 2011, straight out of an enchanting Russian fairytale, and we’ll be hosting as many sessions as possible!

Prim Perfect at the Christmas Expo - designed by Eliza Wierwright

Prim Perfect at the Christmas Expo 2011 – designed by Eliza Wierwright

We’re planning to host events at 3pm every day.  If you would really LOVE to give a presentation, but can’t make that time, contact us and we will see if we can fit you in.

We are happy to host talks, presentations, interviews, question and answer sessions.  It’s an opportunity for designers to share ideas, for people to meet their favourite creators, for communities to come together and talk about their culture and ideas.  We’re very open to hosting what YOU want to tell us about!

If you would like to be a part of our programme at the Expo, please complete this form with your topic and preferred dates and times. We will try to fit in as many people as we can!

Prim Perfect at the Christmas Expo - designed and photographedby Eliza Wierwright

Prim Perfect at the Christmas Expo 2011 – designed and photographed by Eliza Wierwright

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Temasek

Temasek

To accompany yesterday’s Designing Worlds programme (which is now available on treet.tv), we have for today’s jigsaw one of the beautiful photographs of Temasek by Wildstar Beaumont that were featured on the show.

Temasek is a representation of Singapore in the virtual world of Second Life, owned and conceived by Veritas Raymaker, to give people a taste of Singapore old and new – with elements of the history, culture, geography and economy of the island state. We had great fun – and learned a lot – exploring the island. We hope that you will too!

But before you view the programme … here’s a jigsaw to tackle!

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Temasek, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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Catch up with your Prim Perfect jigsaws (showing images of Second Life and other virtual worlds).

If you’d like to submit a photo of your own to feature as a jigsaw, send it to the Prim Perfect Flickr Group. It should be sized 800w x 600h, or else it will need to be re-sized.

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Temasek, photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Temasek, photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday 26th November, for the new episode of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams where we’ll be exploring the island of Temasek with its owner, Veritas Raymaker.

Temasek is inspired by the island of Singapore, and Veritas has brought something of the history, geography and ecology, and the culture of Singapore into the virtual world. Ranging from Mangrove swamps and a fishing village to a second world war fort (complete with an aerial attack!) to Concorde and modern builds … and not forgetting a look at traditional food on the way … this is a very rich and exciting environment to explore!

Temasek, photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Temasek, photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Elrik Merlin was on holiday when the show was shot, so Saffia is joined by Zander Greene as co-presenter as Veritas takes us on a journey around his island from the tunnels beneath to high in the sky!

All this makes for a fascinating show – so make sure that you don’t miss it! Do come and join us at 2pm!

Temasek, photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Temasek, photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Or – if you can’t attend in person – tune in at 2pm SLT on Monday for the live show on http://treet.tv/live – where you can now chat with other audience members and even some of the participants during the show – or catch it later in the week on our shows page on the Treet.tv web site at http://treet.tv/shows/designingworlds – our very own version of the iPlayer!

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Tatty Soup in Winter

Tatty Soup in Winter

Yes, here’s a very wintry jigsaw – only a few days after we featured a lovely autumnal one! Once again this is taken from Honour MacMillan’s blog – Honour’s Post Menopausal (View of Second Life). This image is taken from a recent post – “On Mainland & Fences & Rusty Toilets in Second Life” – where she explores some gorgeous wintry scenes in the Tatty Soup region – and discovered some cheerfully coloured bathroom furniture, pressed into plant-holding service!

Honour, as many of you will know, not only writes one of Second Life’s top blogs – she also writes for, and is deputy editor of, Prim Perfect magazine – and we’ll be featuring more of her photos as Prim Perfect jigsaws.

This jigsaw is almost monochrome but, we think, stunningly beautiful.  Enjoy!

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Winter in Tatty Soup, photograph by Honour MacMillan

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Catch up with your Prim Perfect jigsaws (showing images of Second Life and other virtual worlds).

If you’d like to submit a photo of your own to feature as a jigsaw, send it to the Prim Perfect Flickr Group. It should be sized 800w x 600h, or else it will need to be re-sized.

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A new region is opening adjacent to 1920s Berlin which will offer virtual vintage items as well as shops that will ship real life items to you bought in world. The area is called Vintage Retro Market Street, and its launch party is scheduled for Sunday, 25 November, at 1pmSLT.

Fortunate coincidences brought the area to life. Mila Edelman, owner of Old Time Prims, realized her store had outgrown its space. A full sim was tempting but more than she needed for herself. The roleplaying region of 1920s Berlin which Mila co-owns with Jo Yardley was having severe prim shortages. In order to hold an event, the owners had to empty their homes to have enough prims. Adding a region to 1920s Berlin allowed them to move the welcome center and free up prims for the roleplaying side. The vintage stores that made up the welcome center have moved into larger spaces and more stores have been added with the vintage theme.

Some stores at Vintage Retro Market Street, an in-progress photo taken by Mila Edelman

The list of stores for the region is impressive. Not all have moved in as of the writing of this post, but here is the list of expected tenants -

- Old Time Prims by Mila Edelman (mainstore)
- Weimar! by Jo Yardley
- Sonatta Morales by Sonatta Morales (mainstore)
- The Millinery Shoppe by Bubbles Roxan
- Swank Brothers by Doc Wrangler
- Garconne by Pola Solo
- Retropolitan Magazine by Phideaux Mayo, Echo Underwood and Nivelm Bing
- Earthstones by Abraxxa Anatine (highlighting her vintage jewelry)
- Curious Seamstress by Kembri Tomsen
- Eclectica Jewelry by Tiffy Vella
- Melu Deco by Melusina Parkin
- RADIO by Jo Yardley
- Golden Oriole by Oriolus Oliva
- Clarrington’s Tea House & Home Goods by Morganic Clarrington
- Oak Outdoor Outfits / Fogey Gentleman by Olrik Jacobus

Storefronts were constructed by Mila Edleman based on photographs of stores in Ireland, Northern Ireland, England, France, Germany, Austria, and more. She wanted each to look unique yet create a cohesive region.

The real life component of Vintage Retro is something rare yet exciting. Just a few stores are planned to start -

- Jolly Lolly by Poldira Basevi and her daughter, a candy store
- A Yet-Unnamed Store by Mila Edelman, featuring yarn crafting and vintage clothing from her real life collection
- RADIO by Jo Yardley, selling real-life recordings

If these are successful, Mila wishes to invite other crafters to sell their works there. So many Second Life residents have talents beyond virtual creations, and this is a promising outlet for them.

The streets of Vintage Retro flow seamlessly into the gateway for visitors to 1920s Berlin, a recreation of the city during this specific period of its history. There are luxurious hotels and grand avenues where people live a life of leisure. Not far away are dirty, narrow alleyways and crowded apartments where others struggle day to day. This is a roleplaying region, and visitors should check the welcome area for any rules of conduct and appearance for the region before boarding the train to the city.

The meeting hall, an in-progress photo taken by Mila Edelman

The launch party will be held in the region’s new meeting hall, inspired by the grand opera houses of Munich and Budapest. This will be the first of many parties for the hall. The space will be available to merchants for announcing new products and to residents for their own celebrations. With the detail put into the building, somebody should stage an actual opera performance there.

The finishing touches are still being applied as this post is being written. The in-progress photographs provided by Mila Edelman can only hint at the future appearance and potential of this region. For more information on Vintage Retro, follow their Twitter feed, Facebook page, or Flickr pool. Better yet, visit and see it in person!

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Quinn and Co face a mystery

Quinn and Co face a mystery

There’s more fun noir associated with the latest episode of The Blackened Mirror with more puzzles and games.

Remember those suspicious types who were after Quinn, Alais and Biggins in the Java Jive in Episode 2? Are they the same ones as the palookas who busted into to Quinn’s office (prior to Episode 5)? Our new game gives you the chance to find out – and win prizes too!

And there’s a special Bonus Prize too.

Incident Report logbook - what you are looking for in Second Life!

Incident Report logbook – what you are looking for in Second Life!

What It’s About

The police have had reports of a disturbance at the Java Jive, and they’re going to look into it.

As they travel across Seraph City, they interview witnesses, who give them information about the suspects – and also give them clues about the next location.

Unfortunately, through a bizarre carelessness, they manage to leave a copy of their reports behind in each location, where you can find and read them – either by exploring the locations in Second Life, or – on the web – by answering some questions

1) In Second Life

Objective
Find the police reports.

Each of the reports is in a special file/book hidden in five key locations. Your job is to travel around Seraph City, find the reports and bring them back to the police station.

Once you are there, if you can enter a codeword in the special chest, you’ll gain a reward dear to the heart of any good police officer. Each report you find will contain one letter in the password – when you reach the police station, just click on the chest and give the correct password (the letters you discovered, arranged to form a word) and you will get your reward.

And another reward is you get to read the reports – and find out more about the story!

Prize
A special treat for a good investigator!

Hunt Object
The black police report book (see illustration).

How to start
Well, as the start of the investigation is a fight in the Java Jive, that’s a good place to start your investigations (and find the first report)! And the first report will point you to a second location …

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On the Web

Objective
To find copies of the police reports about the investigation into the suspicious men at the Java Jive.

Prize
A special movie poster for The Blackened Mirror

What it’s about
This is a game that fills in some of the background to the story. What happened in Seraph City once Quinn had left so unexpectedly with Alais Alleyn and Mr Biggins? Now you can find out!

What you need to do
Start with these game instructions which finish with a question that – answered correctly – will lead you to the first police report – and interview with the owner of the Java Jive, Ceejay Writer.

From there, questions on classic American detective fiction will lead your further into the investigation and more witness statements.

Trouble at the Java Jive

Trouble at the Java Jive

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Bonus Prize

This time, when you discover one report (either inworld or on the web), we’ll be asking you a special bonus question to win your chance to appear in the cast and background stories of The Blackened Mirror!

Prize
If you win the draw of all the correct answers sent in by December 4th 2012, you could win a chance to become a character in The Blackened Mirror! Villain or hero/ine, you will get to choose!

What you need to do
Send your answer to the question to info@theblackenedmirror.com. All correct answers we receive by December 4thth 2012 will be entered in a special draw.

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