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The event will be held from Sunday June 22nd – Sunday June 29th—seven days of amazing exhibits, music, conversation, debate, firework displays, games, puzzles, sports and everything else the wonderfully inventive communities of Second Life™ can pack into seven days and 11 sims.

Actually, even that won’t be the end of it, as the sims will be open for a further seven days for everyone to explore.

 

What’s our theme?

The theme this year takes inspiration from a quote by the British Prime Minister, Winston Churchill:

The empires of the future are the empires of the mind.

Last year’s theme was “Looking Forward, Looking Back,” but we focused mostly on looking back, and rightly so, as 10 years was an important milestone and a perfect opportunity to reflect back on where we came from.

This year it’s time to look forward; to imagine where we are headed.

When Winston Churchill said this in 1943, he could not have imagined a virtual world like Second Life, but now, more than seventy years later, his words have come true in this new world that we have created.

If there’s one thing that makes SL unique, it’s our community of users. Users from all corners of the globe come together under a single umbrella to build a community that comes from our minds and our imaginations. Everything we see, touch and use in Second Life is a product of our imaginations, our minds, and our community.

And this year, at the SL11B Community Celebration, we want to celebrate precisely that!

Get thinking. Get imagining. Get creative!

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How do I get involved?

Applications are now open for Performers, Volunteers and speakers and performers  in the Auditorium. We will need lots of volunteers to make this a success, so please consider whether you can give some time to helping out. We can promise you a lot of fun!

Applications for Exhibitors (i.e. people who want a plot to build on) will open on April 27th.

The closing date for Exhibitor, Performer and Auditorium applications is May 26th.

 

How do I find out more?

You can find out more by following this blog, and by following us on Facebook and Twitter.

We also have a Flickr page where you can paste your own images when the sims open. You make see some sneak images from the team before that so keep watching!

Main site: http://slcommunitycelebration.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/SLBCommunity
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SLBCommunityCelebration
Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/groups/slcommunitycelebration/pool/

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Our exploration of Greedy Greedy and other tabletop games created in Second Life by Karsten Rutledge of KR Engineering and Gaming SL is now on the grid!

Karsten Rutledge is 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. He has some terrific stories to tell about the evolution of tabletop in Second Life.

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!

Greedy Greedy!

Greedy Greedy!

 

 

 

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Johnny Cash' boyhood home, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Johnny 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 Beaumont

The 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 Famers Museum).

The Sourthern Tenant Farmers Museum, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The 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 Beaumont

The 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 Beaumont

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

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Designing Worlds’ visit to the beautiful Dreamscenes is now on the web.

In this latest episode, we explore the Dreamscenes. Kayle Matzerath of Garden of Dreams 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.

In the Atelier, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

In the Atelier, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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!

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

The Library - another Dreamscene created by Kayle Matzerath, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Library – another Dreamscene created by Kayle Matzerath, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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In the Atelier - Candle Lit

In the Atelier – Candle Lit

I have been sharing pictures of Kayle Matzerath’s new Atelier Dream Scene for a few days, and today’s jigsaw is drawn from the same source, because I am still fascinated by the use he makes of materials.

Let’s take an example from one small corner – the one shown in the first picture.  The candle is burning, and it casts its light on the iron stove next to it, the iron pipe running above, the hanging on the ceiling and the floor. You will also notice changes in the light on the hanging as you more around the room – it’s very dynamic.

Blow out the candle – and the same scene is very different.

In the Atelier - Candle Unlit

In the Atelier – Candle Unlit

Now all the light is gone, not just from the candle, but from its reflections as well. There is still a little light on the curtain from the window, a faint effect of light from the room below. But all the reflected glow has likewise disappeared. I’m guessing that the whole thing is controlled by a script in the candle, but its beautifully done!

And here, for comparison, is the same shot with the Advanced Lighting Model turned off.  There’s still an effect of light and shade in, for example, the folds in the curtain but really, what a difference!

In the Atelier - without the Advanced Lighting Model

In the Atelier – without the Advanced Lighting Model

Anyway, enough of my being impressed by Kayle’s work and the new Advanced Lighting Model. Let’s do a jigsaw!

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Candle in the Atelier

Once again, the image has been lightened to work as a jigsaw.

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In the Atelier

In the Atelier

As readers of this blog will know, I don’t usually write about new releases from designers.

But occasionally, something much-longed for comes from a designer, and one definitely wants to shout about it.

Kayle Matzerath’s Dream Scenes – those wonderful interchangeable skyboxes – are always stunning in creation and detail, but sio much work goes into each and every one that new releases are few and far between. I was extremely lucky to win a full set a couple of years back in a raffle to celebrate the Garden of Dreams birthday. Since then, I have added the Library – a really sumptuous place. I use various of the Scenes for different purposes – the Piano Bar has been an actors’ hang-out, we have Golden Prim meetings in the Library – and the Library has also figured in The Blackened Mirror. I have entertained clients in the Village Cafe and the Field and the Roman Baths are my ultimate private chill-out spots.

In the Atelier

In the Atelier

Now Kayle has released a new Dream Scene – The Atelier – and as soon as I saw it, I was humming Puccini. Because this really is that Paris garret where Marcello, Rudolo, Colline and Schaunard live and work. You can see Narcello’s easel and a work in progress, as well as the (sadly) unsold canvases piled against the wall. And there are books a-plenty for Rudolfo and Colline – dramas and philosophical works piled on almost every shelf and table. There’s no sign of Schaunard’s fiddle – he must have taken it with him – but surely the wind-up gramophone belongs to him.

In the Atelier

In the Atelier

But there are other forces at work here too. In a couple of places you’ll find pressure boilers – and there’s a very workman-like work bench. Could it be that our artistshave a practical bent? And a taste for steampunk? Certainly that artist’s lay model looks a little … rusty. And there’s a telescope too – is that used for spying on the cigarette girls leaving the factory (yes, I am mixing my operas) or is it used for stargazing? And … is that an airship to be glimpsed through the upper window?

I have a suspicion that it’s New Babbage out there …

If you’d like to see more than my pictures can show, there’s a video which I’m embedding here.

Many of the elements of the Dream Scene are also on sale individually, so you can add them to your existing home.  The Atelier uses the Advanced Lighting Model with normal and specular maps so to get the full effect you need the latest Second Life or Firestorm viewer.

The team at Garden of Dreams, to celebrate this new release, have also announced a competition with a really exciting prize:

They say:

We’ve never had a Dream Scene that was so detailed and while building it we had our own story in mind that might fit to the person who lives ..lived? there and what his life must have looked like. But instead of telling you our story, we want you to tell us yours. Who ever tells us the most funny or heartbreaking or whatever story of that atelier or its inhabitants is going to WIN a complete set of all 35 Dream Scenes available worth more than 60.000 L$. If the winner wants to, we will even publish it in our next notice.
You don’t even need to buy the scene, you can just use one of the Bubbles in the Garden of Dreams.
Don’t be afraid. Not a lot of people read that far into the notice and we might get only one story. Why shouldn’t it be yours? You got time until the 14th of February! Good Luck!

In the Atelier

In the Atelier

The whole scene is designed to Kayle’s usual high standards, but what makes this really exciting to me is that Kayle’s skill with mesh means that the whole Atelier has a land impact/prim count of just 156 – including all the furniture and furnishings – which come complete with a huge variety of animations; the bed alone has 113 (and no, I haven’t checked to see if dying piteously of consumption is one of those). If you want it as a single, standalone skybox, its footage is a modest 26 x 19, and it will cost you $2000, which is very cheap for worksmanship of this detail and quality.

So why not pop over to Garden of Dreams and take a look for yourselves? And definitely enter that competition!

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Prim Perfect Issue No.50 - December 2013: Cover

Prim Perfect Issue No.50 – December 2013: Cover

The new issue of Prim Perfect is here – and packed with season goodies for you to enjoy!

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, Jack Frost nipping at your nose… unless, of course, you’re holding a braai in South Africa or a barbie on the beach in Australia. Or glumly contemplating the rain in England…

But don’t worry! Because just a few clicks away in Second Life, you can enter the winter wonderland of your dreams, with snow piled thick and deep and blazing fires in welcoming homes – a time to sparkle at parties, making sure you’re as bright and dazzling as any Christmas tree ornament.

Prim Perfect Issue No.50 - December 2013: Inara Pey explores Calas Galadhon

Prim Perfect Issue No.50 – December 2013: Inara Pey explores Calas Galadhon

And so, for Christmas, our writers and photographers have set out across the grid to explore some of the most beautiful winter regions they could find – with Inara Pey exploring the Calas Galadhon Park Estate and Honour McMillan finding eleven special places for Christmas, while PJ Trenton (no fan of real life winter!) has produced the most gorgeous photo essay on the snowy sims of Second Life.

Prim Perfect Issue No.50 - December 2013: PJ Trenton's Wintry Photo Essay

Prim Perfect Issue No.50 – December 2013: PJ Trenton’s Wintry Photo Essay

We also have something very special for you: a clutch of Christmas stories by Prim Perfect writers Qwis Greenwood, Ceejay Writer, Honour McMillan, Eva Bellambi, Ethan Westland, and Jedburgh Dagger!

Prim Perfect Issue No.50 - December 2013: Honour McMillan finds 11 Places for Snow

Prim Perfect Issue No.50 – December 2013: Honour McMillan finds 11 Places for Snow

There’s information on stores with a strong seasonal element from Qwis Greenwood, and advice on having a safe Christmas from Heavenly Villa. Honour McMillan has a feature on our wonderful Designer of the Month, Jenne Dibou, and an account of how she decorated Jenne’s latest beautiful home – the Watermill House.

Prim Perfect Issue No.50 - December 2013: Woldstar Beaumont looks at the Christmas Expo

Prim Perfect Issue No.50 – December 2013: Wildstar Beaumont looks at the Christmas Expo

If you’re looking to do something more than simply explore over Christmas, Rosamoo Mendelsohn has a roundup of all the available hunts.

We have an account of the Relay for Life event in Inworldz, as well as of a very special Christmas charity – Eliza Wierwight’s campaign to sponsor elephants and support the Save the Elephant Foundation.

There’s exciting news from our TV shows Designing Worlds and Happy Hunting!, available on Treet TV.

Our team of talented photographers, led by PJ Trenton, Winona Wiefel, Wildstar Beaumont, and Honour McMillan, bring you some of the most artistic eye candy from across the metaverse.

So what can we say but… we wish you the compliments of the season – and the happiest of New Years!

Prim Perfect Issue No.50 - December 2013: Our writers have a wealth of seasonal stories to share!

Prim Perfect Issue No.50 – December 2013: Our writers have a wealth of seasonal stories to share!

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So how can I get Prim Perfect?
If you prefer to read the magazine online but not inworld, there are choices. Firstly, there’s the wonderful Calaméo system, which allows you to moves smoothly through the pages, giving you the feeling of reading a real magazine. You’ll find Issue 50 here – and please do leave a comment!

Prim Perfect Issue No.50 - December 2013:  Winona Wiefel explains how to build a fireplace!

Prim Perfect Issue No.50 – December 2013: Winona Wiefel explains how to build a fireplace!

But, if you like to download your magazines to read as you commute to work, or in the bath, or wherever, you can also download a pdf of the magazine from Calameo – or print it out!.

You can get the latest issue inworld – and copies of all our earlier issues too – at our head offices at Pointe LaRue Isle.  It has a great cafe to relax in while you’re reading the latest issue too!

We also have subscribe-o-matic kiosks throughout Second Life – so you can just click to subscribe. You’ll be sent a copy of the latest issue, and then you’ll receive your issues regularly!

Or you can have it delivered to you each month as an IntelliBook, by joining the Prim Perfect Readers group inworld. It costs nothing to join and, apart from delivering the magazine each month, we won’t overload you with chat or messages!

In addition to delivering the Intellibook version of the magazine, you’ll also get a link to the online Calaméo version of the magazine, so you’ll be able to access that too.

How to Join Prim Perfect Readers

  • Inworld, open Search.
  • Search Groups for Prim Perfect Readers.
  • Click to join

So … enjoy! And let us know what you think of our new edition!

Prim Perfect Issue No.50 - December 2013: PJ Trenton's Wintry Photo Essay

Prim Perfect Issue No.50 – December 2013: PJ Trenton’s Wintry Photo Essay

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Join us today at 12 noon for the Prim Perfect Talk with Froukje Hoorenbeeke of Dutchie, and Colleen Desmoulins and Nardya Rousselot of The Loft, and at 5pm with Sensuous Maximus of Builders’ Brewery in the beautiful Prim Perfect Pavilion, designed by Eliza Wierwight of Patron, on Christmas Expo Wonder.

At 12 noon pm, Saffia will be talking to the owners and designers of two of the leading and most admired home and furniture stores in Second Life - Froukje Hoorenbeeke of Dutchie, and Colleen Desmoulins and Nardya Rousselot of The Loft.

meet Dutchie and The Loft

Meet Dutchie and The Loft

At 5pm she will be talking to Sen (Sensuous) Maximus about the wonderful Builders’ Brewery, home to the most highly regarded range of building classes on the grid – ranging from simple primknowledge (my level, says Saffia) to increasingly advanced mesh.

Meet Sen

Meet Sen

And we also have a full schedule of our talks over the whole of the Christmas Expo.

Date Time Topic / Interviewee Store or Business
Thurs, 5th Dec 5pm Cain Maven and Kaerri Rae Maven Homes, Quantum Luxury Homes and Kaerri
Fri, 6th Dec 5pm Elle Kirshner Second Spaces
Sat, 7th Dec 3pm Draxtor Despres & Jo Yardley The Drax Files, The Drax Files Podcasts and 1920s Berlin
Sat, 7th Dec 5pm Cracked Mirror Cracked Mirror
Sun, 8th Dec 12 noon Auryn Beorn Black Tulip
Sun, 8th Dec 5pm Callie Cline KittyCatS! and caLLie cLine
Mon, 9th Dec 12 noon Froukje Hoorenbeeke and Colleen Desmoulins Dutchie and The Loft
Mon, 9th Dec 5pm Sensuous Maximus Builders’ Brewery
Tues, 10th Dec 12 noon Debs Regent SL London
Tues, 10th Dec 2pm Jimmy Branagh and Myrtil Igaly Urchins of Babbage
Wed, 11th Dec 2pm Events of Second Life: Cracked Mirror and Isla Gealach FaMeshed, Liaison Collaborative & The Neighborhood
Thurs, 12th Dec 2pm Events of Second Life: Mikel Monk and Nikki Mathieson The MENs Department, RFL and Home and Garden Expo
Thurs, 12th Dec 5pm DeAnn Dufaux Park Place
Fri, 13th Dec 12 noon Isla Gealach Cheeky Pea
Fri, 13th Dec 2pm Ladies of Mesh: Paige Raven, Charlotte Bartlett,
Cracked Mirror & more
Cozy Himes, Scarlet Creative, Cracked Mirror & more
Fri, 13th Dec 5pm Ladies of Mesh: TBA
Sar, 14th Dec 2pm Bad Boys of Mesh: Cain Maven, Loz Hyde, Maxwell Graf,
Agustkov, Roscko Cobalt
Maven Homes & Quantum Luxury Home, MESHWORX, Rustica,
Remarkable Oblivion, Seven Emporium

In addition – have you voted for the Avie Choice Awards? Prim Perfect, Designing Worlds and Happy Hunting have all been nominated – as well as events we have played a part in organising such as Second Life’s Tenth Birthday, One Billion Rising and the Home and Garden Expo … as well as many, many friends across Second Life.

So do go and vote for your favourites!

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Designing Worlds’ recent show with our visit to the world of dinosaurs is now on the web!

Join us as we explore a world given over to these amazing creatures and talking to their creator, Wanders Nowhere, who gives us a tour of the landscape and of the fantastic avatars he has created – including a new range in mesh.

A primeval landscape

A primeval landscape

But the construction of these creatures isn’t the only remarkable thing about them – as we discovered when we explored the potential of the fantastic HUD that drives them.

One of the dinosaurs of Fort Nowhere

One of the dinosaurs of Fort Nowhere

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A primeval landscape

A primeval landscape

Join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday 2nd December, for Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams as we set out to explore a primeval landscape and confront creatures from the far distant past.

Yes, today is our dinosaur show, and we will be exploring a world given over to these amazing creatures and talking to their creator, Wanders Nowhere, who gives us a tour of the landscape and of the fantastic avatars he has created – including a new range in mesh.

One of the dinosaurs of Fort Nowhere

One of the dinosaurs of Fort Nowhere

But the construction of these creatures isn’t the only remarkable thing about them – as we discovered when we explored the potential of the fantastic HUD that drives them.

So … do join us at 2pm as we visit Fort Nowhere and learn more about a very special corner of the Second Life grid. This is definitely one to share with the kids!

Another of the dinosaurs on Fort Nowhere

Another of the dinosaurs on Fort Nowhere

Or – if you can’t attend in person – tune in to the web at 2pm SLT on Monday for a special showing on Aview TV – 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!

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