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Fantasy Faire

Fantasy Faire

That’s the way all the best stories begin, isn’t it? And Fantasy Faire is no different.

So we could say that once upon a time, there were lands of many enchantments … the Fairelands. And in the Fairelands were regions of great and fascinating beauty, and many stores with wonderful wares to sell. There was music and laughter and a police that was small in stature but ferocious at upholding the law and at inflicting fines for infringements.

But there it all just begins, for Fantasy Faire has always been a place for stories … for taking the “Once Upon a Time” and then creating the story to follow … a story that every individual visitor to the Faire could write for themselves.

This year the Faire will be celebrating those stories in a variety of ways!

First of all, if you are a machinima artist and want to tell a story created at Fantasy Faire, there will be special access for FIVE machinima artists in the days leading up to the event when the sims will be quieter. We will be sharing more details of this soon.

Then there will be a PHOTO COMPETITION with very special prizes. We are looking for the photographs that best capture the spirit of each of the eleven sims – and the winners will be included in a calendar (with credits for the photographers) that will be created in real life using Cafe Presse and sold to raise money for Relay for Life. So this year, people really will be able to take the Faire home with them – and share it with their friends and family too!

But … eleven sims … eleven months. What of the twelfth? That one will be the photograph that – in the opinions of the judges – best encapsulates the spirit of the Faire. Not only will it be the image for the twelfth month – it will also appear on the cover of the calendar.

As we had last year, there will be a short story competition – and this year there will be a poetry competition. Let the Faire inspire you to tell tales or compose ballads … the winners will appear in edition of Prim Perfect magazine, with a wealth of illustrations.

In advance of the opening of the Faire, a special ballet will be staged and recorded. You’ll be able to see this on the blog and elsewhere in the days leading up to the Faire.

Perhaps the most exciting development is that a series of tales will be unfolding directly at the Faire itself, with three established roleplaying groups bringing their stories to the Faire. Each will tell a story over part of the Faire; there’ll be opportunities for Faire visitors to become involved, to watch key events in the stories, and to follow the progression of these tales through news bulletins on Fantasy Faire Radio, and through special pages in the Events section of the Fantasy Faire blog.

NeoVictoria in Asperatus
The NeoVictoria Roleplay Group presents “The Revenge of Professor Timmons”. A renegade aristocrat and an evil scientist with revenge on their minds are using illicit Strand-world technology to create a murderous clockwerk automaton. After damaging the power-center of the NeoLondon Cathedral, they decamp to Planet Asperatus and the NeoVictorians follow to bring them to justice! Beginning on 1 May in NeoVictoria SIM, they will be bringing the story to the Fairelands on Monday, 5 May when their intrepid band of roleplayers land in the sky-city of the Fairelands: Asperatus!

The Rickety Weasels
In Wiggenstead Mooring, between the lagoon and the tavern, live a group of feral kids who call themselves “The Rickety Weasels”. They ferociously protect the four Guardians of the Elemental Stones, which keep the balance of the Fairelands.

Little do they know that, no far from there, the Shadows are growing stronger and greedier, and that their leader, The Dark Shadow, covets the Guardians of the Elemental Stones. For the Stones could give him Power, and into Darkness plunge the Fairelands forever.

Trade Winds Pirates
A group of desperate pirates have found themselves stranded in Blackwater Glenn, desperately seeking funds to repair their ship. What lengths will they go to to accomplish their goal? You’ll certainly find a warm welcome in their impromptu tavern – but will you also find your pocket lightened?

So come and join us at the Faire … we can’t promise that you’ll live happily ever after … but we will do our best to make sure that you find the most amazing stories to see, to join, to tell and to take home.

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SL11B logo

SL11B logo

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!

SL11B Logo

SL11B Logo

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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Mesh Creative & Prim Perfect Mesh Talks

Mesh Creative & Prim Perfect Mesh Talks

Join us at the new Prim Perfect Headquarters in Sund, Second Norway, for the latest of our popular talks, produced in association with Mesh Creative.

As you can see from the poster, we have a great line up of regular speakers and guests. These top designers will be talking about their work, showing examples and discussing problems that they have encountered. They’ll give advice, share ideas and insights into the creation process. There’ll be ample opportunity for you to ask questions too.

And there will be a chance to explore Prim Perfects beautiful new offices too …

So do come and join us at 12 noon on Saturday 19th April at the special studio above the Prim Perfect offices on Sund!

And take a look at the offices too!

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Virtual Ability, Inc. announces the third annual Mental Health Symposium to be held Saturday, April 26th, 7:00 am PDT/SLT to 5:00 pm PDT/SLT in Second Life®. The theme of this year’s conference is “Quality of Life.”

Virtual Ability Island

Virtual Ability Island

The World Health Organization defines quality of life as an individual’s “perception of their position in life in the context of the culture and value systems in which they live and in relation to their goals, standards and concerns.”

Quality of life is important to us all, but may be more difficult to attain for those with mental health issues. Overall quality of life is affected by psychological state, physical health, level of independence, social relationships, personal values and beliefs, and the relationship of all of these to the person’s environment.

Symposium presentations include (in alphabetical order):
•    Hillary Bogner, MD, University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine, will offer insights from her research on depression among older adults.
•    Colleen Crary, Executive Director of Fearless Nation, Inc., will share lessons from adversity for creating a vibrant life.
•    Dick Dillon, CEO of Innovaision, LLC, shares surprising information about why some recovering addicts become “weller than well.”
•    Teresa Goddard, Senior Consultant with the Job Accommodation Network, will inform us about attaining employment equality through accommodation and self-advocacy.
•    Dr. Christine Karper and Michelle Stone, members of the American Counseling Association’s Cyber Task Force, will talk about the role of counseling and virtual service delivery.
•    Dr. Jacquelyn Ford Morie, University of Southern California, will describe the use of virtual worlds as healing spaces for veterans.
•    Dr. Nicolas Rüsch, of the University of Ulm, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany, will explain the results of his research on well-being among persons at risk of psychosis, focusing particularly on shame and stigma.

Alice Krueger, president of Virtual Ability, Inc., stated: “I am pleased to see an increasing focus on quality of life in mental health care in recent years, since many persons with mental health diagnoses struggle with these issues. The Symposium’s international presenters are acknowledged experts in their fields. I will be interested to hear what they have to say on these important topics. Please join us on April 26 to learn more from a variety of exciting speakers!”

All sessions, done in voice and text simultaneously, will take place at The Sojourner Auditorium on Virtual Ability Island within Second Life®:


The full schedule of presentations is posted at http://www.virtualability.org/conferences/mh-symposium/mh-symposium-2014/.

The Sojourner Auditorium

The Sojourner Auditorium

About Virtual Ability, Inc.
Virtual Ability, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation based in Denver, Colorado, dedicated to enabling people with a wide range of disabilities by providing a supporting environment for them to enter and thrive in on-line virtual worlds like Second Life®.

For more information on Virtual Ability, Inc., including the benefits of virtual worlds for people with disabilities, please see http://www.VirtualAbility.org.

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Designing Worlds’ show about SL Go is now on the web!

This show comes in two parts. In the segment listed above (the regular Designing Worlds show), we talk 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.

Then you can see the live discussion that followed the main part of the show, where Nate answered questions from the audience about issues such as pricing, and how using SL Go would affect issues with lag at popular events such as Relay for Life or Burn 2.

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

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

It’s important to remember that 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. Watch the show – and the discussion – to find out more!

This show will be shown again at our regular time of 2pm on Monday 10th March, with a viewing party in our Garden of Dreams studio.

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Pallina60 Loon has produced a beautiful video about One Billion Rising for Justice in Second Life.

The first half features some of the stunning art installations, while the second half looks at people joining the event.

It’s a great tribute to the event – don’t miss it!


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Designing Worlds show about the wonderful One Billion Rising event is now on the web!

We talk 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 learn more about some of the individual art installations with artists Mikati Slade, Krystali Rabeni, Reuben Mayo, Finn Lanzius and Betty Tureaud.

The Stage at One Billion Rising

The Stage at One Billion Rising

We also something more of the live event – both the musical side, and the poetry sessions as well. It’s a great show – don’t miss it!

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The Stage at One Billion Rising

The 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 Rabelni

Installation 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 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!

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The auction for various Second Life personalities, going on for Feed a Smile, organised by the Mad Pea group is coming to a highly successful end at the Mad City.

Feed a Smile Auction

Feed a Smile Auction

What’s up for auction? Some people are offering their company – but many of whom are offering their skill sets (as Saffia and Logan Ellsmere – better known as Mr Biggins- are doing) to those fortunate to win them.  For example, you could have a portrait taken by Strawberry Singh, a pair of boots by Cutea Benelli, or work on a collaborative 2D artwork with Taralyn Gravois.

The aim is to raise L$1.2 million and at the time of writing, over 870,000 has been raised (as you can see from the picture). With luck the target should be met as the auction will end with a Live Auction event running all today!

The schedule is as follows:

7:00 AM Pre-event Party Live Entertainer: Sunshine Szavanna
8:00 AM SL Celebrity Auctioned: Milk Chan (kattington resident)
8:15 AM SL Celebrity Auctioned: Pooky Amsterdam
8:30 AM SL Celebrity Auctioned: Draxtor Despres
8:45 AM SL Celebrity Auctioned: Arduenn Schwartzman
9:00 AM SL Celebrity Auctioned: Abramelin Wolfe
9:15 AM SL Celebrity Auctioned: Aeonix Aeon (Will Burns)
9:30 AM Live Entertainer: Starrfish Ohmai
10:00 AM SL Celebrity Auctioned: Harter Fall

Auction Poster

Auction Poster

10:15 AM SL Celebrity Auctioned: Saffia Widdershins
11:30 AM Live Entertainer: Shannon Oherlihy
11:00 AM SL Celebrity Auctioned: Flufee McFluff
11:15 AM SL Celebrity Auctioned: Mr. Biggins (Logan Ellsmere)
11:30 AM Live Entertainer: KatRose Serendipity and Denny Mac
12:00 PM SL Celebrity Auctioned: Kiana Writer
12:30 PM Live Entertainer: Kess Crystal
1:00 PM SL Celebrity Auctioned: Kess Crystal
1:15 PM SL Celebrity Auctioned: Bryn Oh
1:30 PM Live Entertainer: Jean Munro
2:00 PM SL Celebrity Auctioned: Victor1st Mornington
2:15 PM SL Celebrity Auctioned: Betty Tureaud
2:30 PM Live Entertainer: Twostep Spiritweaver
3:00 PM SL Celebrity Auctioned: Sean (bluesean yiyuan)
3:15 PM SL Celebrity Auctioned: Noma Falta
3:30 PM Live Entertainer: Chandra Deed
4:00 PM SL Celebrity Auctioned: naxosloon
4:15 PM SL Celebrity Auctioned: Jaimy Hancroft
4:30 PM Live Entertainer: Marky Helstein
5:00 PM SL Celebrity Auctioned: TBA
5:15 PM SL Celebrity Auctioned: Kehl Razor
5:30 PM Live Entertainer: TerryLynn Melody
6:00 PM Live Entertainer: NeoMaximus Brandenburg
6:30 PM Live Entertainer: OneSummer Oh
7:00 PM Live Entertainer: Grace McDunnough

Feed a Smile
You can see more about the Live and Learn in Kenya International charity here (the charity behind Feed a Smile) – and there is a Drax Files show all about the charity here. You can also visit the Feed a Smile region in Second Life.

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Mikati Slade's installation, the Stage (by Victor Mornington) and landscaping (by Aisling Sinclair)

One Billion Rising

Today’s post shows Mikati Slade’s fun build at One Billion Rising, with the stage built by Victor1st Mornington. All around is the landscaping by Aisling Sinclair, which created a glorious background to the whole event.

Today is takedown day, although most installations are still in pleace. We’ll be having a take down party from 2pm – 5pm today (Sunday 16th February) so do come and join us at OBR Dance! (or Rise, Release or Justice!).

But before you come to the party – enjoy the jigsaw!

Click to Mix and Solve

Mikati Slade’s installation, the Stage (by Victor Mornington) and landscaping (by Aisling Sinclair)

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