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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!

MACHINIMA
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.

PHOTOGRAPHY
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.

SHORT STORIES AND POETRY
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.

BALLET
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.

ROLE PLAY
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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RFL Journey of Promise Logo

RFL Journey of Promise Logo

Relay for Life 2014 begins this weekend in Second Life – with a wealth of weekend events and entertainments – and everyone is invited!

On Saturday (March 8), T1 will start broadcasting live around 10:30am SLT as people gather for the official Kick-Off ceremony which will start at Noon SLT.  The Opening will be covered live on Aview.TV – where you can also join in the chat with other relayers!

You can also listen to the Opening on T1 Radio.

This year’s ceremony will be presented by the 2014 Steering Committee, Stingray Raymaker, Nikki Mathieson, Dawnbeam Dreamscape and Random Padar Darrow.  It will also include a survivor speaker NickiB27 and readings from this year’s Division Chairs, Gemstone Sunkiller (Internal Support), Sunshine Zhangsun (Events/Design), Serina Juran (PR, Outreach) and Dwen Dooley (Tech).

2014 RFL of SL Kick Off Invite 5017The ceremony will conclude with the traditional PARADE OF TEAMS and with that, the 2014 RFL of SL Journey will officially begin!

For the remainder of Saturday afternoon and until Midnight SLT, there will be on-going entertainment – DJs, Dancers, Live music!

Entertainment continues on Sunday (March 9), with the music starting early as a DJ opens the day at 4am SLT. At noon SLT, there will be 3 games of FAMILY FEUD incuding 3 teams and the Planning Committee.  At 3:30pm, Trader Whiplash will broadcast “Relay Rap” live from the kick-off sims and there will be a great show with exciting guests!

DJs and live music will continue on Sunday until 10pm SLT.

There are also four beautiful regions (RFL Kickoff 1, RFL Kickoff 2, RFL Kickoff 3, and RFL Kickoff 4) to explore and – of course – lots of wonderful purchases to be made at the Relay for Life vendors!

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Home and Garden Expo 2014

Home and Garden Expo 2014

It’s been announced that the Home and Garden Expo will be moving to September this year – the announcement appeared yesterday on the website:

Due to some unforeseeable circumstances and misunderstandings, the staff of the 7th Annual Second Life Home and Garden Expo deems it prudent to reschedule the event.

It’s very clear from the announcement that this decision was undertaken only with the utmost reluctance by Kat Alderson, the very hard-working organiser of the event, and it’s brave of her to have made such a radical decision, which won’t come without costs.

We had decided to be a Platinum Sponsor for this event (as we have been for the past five years), and we have confirmed our sponsorship of the September event.

The view from the Prim Perfect taverna at the Home and Garden Expo

The view from the Prim Perfect taverna at the Home and Garden Expo in 2013

I would be interested to hear what readers of this blog feel about this change. Speaking personally, I can see advantages and disadvantages.

1) The “Event Season” is very overcrowded. Starting (well, from my perspective) with One Billion Rising in February, we move to the Start-Up for Relay for Life, Fashion for Life, the Home Show, the Fantasy Faire, the Home and Garden Expo, the Breedables Fair, Halfway There Fair, Paint SL Purple, Second Life Birthday, Relay for Life Weekend and the Hair Fair – and that takes us to the end of July. That’s six months and twelve major events, some lasting ten days to two weeks.

Add in smaller Fairs and Expos, regular but popular events like the Gatcha and Collaborate (I can never remember the damn spelling) to say nothing of all the team events by which the 200+ RFL teams raise their contributions, and that’s a pretty over0crowded six months not just for attendees but for creators. And for most of those creatives, they are juggling keeping businesses going and balancing real lives as well (summer exams anyone?).

So moving a major event (a mega-event) to outside this crowded season on one level makes a lot of sense.

Robin Wood's lovely mesh quilt and stand - sold for Relay for Life

Robin Sojourner’s lovely mesh quilt and stand – sold for Relay for Life at the Expo in 2013

2) This is going to be problematic for a lot of creators. I know some had long term plans for the Home and Garden Expo (in one case, 18 months of planning a very major new release!).  The Home and Garden Expo has become seen as the place to launch new products. It’s not just the attendees – it’s also a great opportunity for creatives to meet each other, to share ideas, to discuss plans. And to say a quiet but very smug, “Ta Da!” as they raise the curtian on their latest gorgeous project.

How will a delay affect them?  To put back a planned release by four months could stack up to a lot of lost revenue. Or it could be a bonus – some extra time for tweaking.

For creatives looking to release sooner than September, an alternative might be something like the commercial Home Show.  But this may be too limited for some of the grander launches that would fit better with the Expo – unless the Home Show itself expanded.

The new Maven Home at the Home and Garden Expo

Cain Maven’s gorgeous Casa Anantine, released at the 2012 Home and Garden Expo

For the Home and Garden Expo is perhaps unique among the mega-events in that Home and Garden creators will often be working on large-scale projects that can take several months to complete. These may not be their only releases during this time, but they will probably be the most important.

It would certainly be a shame if the Home and Garden Expo lost its reputation as the annual event at which to launch major new projects. At all events, this might be the case this year but – if September becomes a new month for the Expo, the ever-flexible creatives will doubtless adapt – just look at the way they have survived myriad changes from the Lab.  But I suspect that the thing that is going to decide this is certainty. If September does become the new month for the Expo, then designers can factor that into their planning. If it becomes a moveable feast … less so.

The Linden Home pavilion on the Prim Perfect area at the Home and Garden Expo: Photo by PJ Trenton

The Linden Home pavilion on the Prim Perfect area at the Home and Garden Expo 2011: Photo by PJ Trenton

3) I think there could be inherent problems with siting an RFL event outside the conventional RFL season.

In the past, the theory has been that there is a five month RFL season stretching from mid-February to mid-July. Outside that, people have a chance to rest, relax and rebuild energies. Over the last few years, there has also been the Christmas Expo. By and large, that has attracted enthusiastic support. It filled a void left by Linden Lab’s decision not to continue with Winterfair, and it was the occasion for events that have become increasingly popular in themselves – such as the Avi Choice Awards and the Race for the Bells.

Is setting a second mega event outside the Relay for Life Season going to prove detrimental to the cause that RFL is supporting?

Cancer is an issue that touches all of us. Finding not just “a cure for cancer” but cures – and prevention – for the full spectrum of diseases that are given the name of cancer is one of the core issues of our time. Alleviating the suffering that cancer causes – both to people diagnosed with one of the diseases and the people who support, care for and love them – is a vitally important task.

Prim Perfect at the Home and Garden Expo 2010010

Prim Perfect at the Home and Garden Expo 2010010

But RFL is raising money for one nationally-based cancer charity (the American Cancer Society). It is not news that people have expressed concerns about the dominant role it plays in fundraising on the grid – although on the flipside it is a very positive demonstration of what virtual worlds can achieve. Let’s just say that the whole issue is not without controversy.

And, of course, there are other people fundraising too who might feel – well, a little squashed by the RFL juggernaut. There are, after all, other people fundraising for different causes -a huge number of causes. There are also other people fundraising for different cancer charities, such as the Boobiethon held every October. To take a personal example, Dousa Dragonash and I both organised events in support of the British cancer charity Macmillan Cancer Support last September – with our own virtual versions of the Macmillan Coffee Morning.

So will this further expansion of the RFL season be seen positively or negatively by the grid inhabitants? Or are they less interested in the cause than the event itself? Could you (for example) tell me without googling which charities are supported by the Hair Fair, Shoetopia and the Boobiethon? Does it, in the end, make little difference as long as some good cause is supported – or even if it’s a completely commercial event but with really good content and entertainment?

Prim Perfect Pavilion at the Expo

Prim Perfect Pavilion at the Expo 2008 – - our first appearance!

As for the Home and Garden Expo, Prim Perfect will certainly be there, and as a Platinum Sponsor. On the one hand, we will be grateful for a little more leeway in our support season as we move from OBR to Fantasy Faire to SL11B to Relay Weekend. On the other, we’ll be deep in production for The Blackened Mirror and staging our second Cake for Cancer event for Macmillan Cancer Support. We hope to stage our regular Talks with Designers at the Expo this year and to film the Expo for Designing Worlds too, as we usually do. And – fingers crossed – we’ll also be doing our daily lantern release at 4pm (which has come to be very special to many people). That’s a time to set aside all the commercial considerations and fuss, and spend a little time in peaceful thought and sharing, and we’d hate to give that up.

Watching the lanterns rise

Watching the lanterns rise on the Prim Perfect Stage at the 2012 Expo

So – how will the change affect you? Are you pleased, annoyed, or feel it really doesn’t matter? We’re interested in hearing in comments below!

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It sounds rather like a singer and her backing group, doesn’t it? But, in fact, today we have two fantastic talks in the Prim Perfect Pavilion.

At 12 noon SLT, Saffia will be talking with Isla about her store, Cheeky Pea about her beautiful store and her shopping region.

Meet Isla

Meet Isla

At 2pm SLT, Saffia will be talking to the Ladies of Mesh – Paige Raven of Cozy Homes, Cracked Mirror of Cracked Mirror & LaRoo, and Isla Gealach of Cheeky Pea & the Nest – and possibly some surprise guests as well!

Meet the Ladies of Mesh

Meet the Ladies of Mesh

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 3pm 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
Sat, 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
Sat, 14th Dec 5pm Creators of the Expo TBA

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.

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Join us today at 3pm for the Prim Perfect Talk with Mikel Monk of The Men’s Department, and Nikki Mathieson of Relay for Life, the Home and Garden Expo and, of course, the Christmas Expo in the beautiful Prim Perfect Pavilion, designed by Eliza Wierwight of Patron, on Christmas Expo Wonder, where we’ll be having a very special discussion about holding major events in a virtual world.

Meet the Organisers!

Meet the Organisers!

And then at 5pm, DeAnn Dufaux will be talking about her beautiful store Park Place, and also about her work as Educational Director at Builders’ Brewery.  This is a very exciting time to be learning new skills in Second Life, and the Brewery are helping many, many builders improve their knowledge of and skills with mesh! Come and hear DeAnn discuss this!

Meet DeAnn

Meet DeAnn

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 3pm 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
Sat, 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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Join us today at 3pm for the Prim Perfect Talk with Draxtor Despres and Jo Yardley, and at 5pm with Cracked Mirror, in the beautiful Prim Perfect Pavilion, designed by Eliza Wierwight of Patron, on Christmas Expo Wonder.

Draxtor and Jo

Draxtor and Jo

At 3pm pm, Saffia will be talking to Drax about his phenomenally successful series, The Drax Files. and to Jo about her famous recreation of1920s Berlin in Second Life, and to both of them about their new joint project, The Drax Files Podcasts.

Meet Cracked Mirror

Meet Cracked Mirror

At 5pm she will be talking to Cracked Mirror about her store and the famous FaMeshed event.

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
Tues, 10th Dec 5pm Pamela Galli La Galleria
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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Join us today at 5pm for the Prim Perfect Talk with Elle Kirshner of Second Spaces (blog and store) talking to Cinders Vale in the beautiful Prim Perfect Pavilion, designed by Eliza Wierwight of Patron, on Christmas Expo Wonder.

Elle talks at Prim Perfect

Elle talks at Prim Perfect

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
Tues, 10th Dec 5pm Pamela Galli La Galleria
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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At the Christmas Expo = photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

At the Christmas Expo = photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

The 2013 Christmas Expohas opened today, Thursday, December 5th and will end at 10am slt on Sunday, December 15t. Held in support of Relay for Life of Second Life and the American Cancer Society, this is the 3rd annual Expo and is, as usual, filled with good things – including a range of Prim Perfect talks.

Meet Cain and Kaerri

Meet Cain and Kaerri

Today’s talk is at 5pm with Cain Maven (of Maven Homes and Quantum Luxury Homes) and Kaerri Rae of Kaerri, in the beautiful Prim Perfect Pavilion, designed by Eliza Wierwight of Patron, on Christmas Expo Wonder.

A full schedule of the Prim Perfect Talks will be published shortly.

Inside the Prim Perfect Pavilion

Inside the Prim Perfect Pavilion

Spanning four Second Life regions, this year’s Expo is a Victorian Christmas Wonderland where  residents will be able to shop for that perfect Holiday gift from over 50 vendors, visit Santa and have pictures taken, and enjoy a “Naughty or Nice” gift! The beauty of the Expo build, the entertainment, and the peaceful, festive spirit will set the perfect tone for the holiday season.

Adjoined to the Expo this year is the Magic of Christmas Breedables Fair featuring the Breedables One-Of-A-Kind Auction for Relay!  This exciting event is always highly anticipated every year.

At the Christmas Expo - photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

At the Christmas Expo – photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

At the Xmas Expo, residents can attend one of the many events:

✻The Avi Choice Awards – The Avi Choice Awards ~ the annual awards presentation recognizing the people and talent behind SL’s amazing creations, completely chosen and voted on by SL residents.  For more information on The Avi Choice Awards and how to purchase tickets, visit the website at:  http://avichoiceawards.com/

✻Auction/Raffle – Many amazing items will be available for auction and raffle from some of SL’s best creators. 100% of the proceeds from the Expo’s auctions and raffles will go to Relay For Life of Second Life.

✻Race for the Bells Hunt!

At the Christmas Expo - photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

At the Christmas Expo – photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

✻Shopping – In addition to enjoying the many events, activities and features of the Christmas Expo, visitors can get a head start on their Christmas shopping at the more than 50 shops.

✻Live Music/DJ – Entertainment will feature many of SL’s top performers, live musicians, djs, and hosts throughtout the Expo. See the ‘entertainment schedule’ part of the website for dates and times.

*The Naughty or Nice Gift Exchange

and MORE!

At the Christmas Expo - photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

At the Christmas Expo – photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

For full information and all the latest updates, please visit the Christmas Expo website:

http://slchristmasexpo.wordpress.com/

http://slbreedables.wordpress.com/

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Complete our online form!

Complete our online form!

Following the success of our discussion / interview programmes at the Home and Garden Expos,  and the Birthdays and of course the Christmas Expos… well, you get the picture!  At the Christmas Expoo, running from December 5th – 15th, we are planning a further series of talks with designers and breedable creators.

These talks will take place in a very special pavilion designed for us by Eliza Wierwight of PATRON – who is taking time out from supporting elephants to create it! But we’ll be telling you more about that later!

We’re planning to host events at 2pm every day and 5pm.  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!

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Prim Perfect Issue 48 - September 2013 - cover

Prim Perfect Issue 48 – September 2013 – cover

Welcome to our special nonprofits issue of Prim Perfect magazine, where we take a look at just some of the amazing work that is being done by and for nonprofits around the grid.

This has been a great year for one particular nonprofit in Second Life – the American Cancer Society (which is the organisation behind Relay for Life). In this centenary year, a record amount (over US$390,000) was raised in the Relay Season. To celebrate this, PJ Trenton has produced a photo essay looking at Relays – and Relay events – past and present, while Beq Janus submits a report on this year’s Relay weekend.

Prim Perfect Issue 48 - September 2013 - Winter Nightfire

Prim Perfect Issue 48 – September 2013 – Winter Nightfire

Our Designer of the Month in this issue is Winter Nightfire – Ethan Westland talks to her about her work and also explores the beautiful Survivor and Caregivers’ Camp that she created at Relay for Life weekend.

And we have another interview, too, as Inara Prey talks to Rodvik Linden, the CEO of Linden Lab, the owners and developers of the Second Life platform.

Prim Perfect Issue 48 - September 2013 - Inara Prey talks to Rodvik Linden

Prim Perfect Issue 48 – September 2013 – Inara Prey talks to Rodvik Linden

But there’s much more on nonprofits – because there are many more in Second Life, exploring different areas of needs and concerns. Joonie Jatho speaks with Gentle Heron and learns all about the work of Virtual Ability, a nonprofit that reaches out from the virtual to the real world. And Judi Newall learns all about Nonprofit Commons, the regions set up by the organisation TechSoup that have brought a wealth of nonprofit endeavours to the grid.

Ceejay Writer explores the variety of nonprofits that are on the grid, while Qwis Greenwood takes a closer look at two of the smaller nonprofits. Eva Bellambi writes about her own experiences with raising money for breast cancer – and provides a useful checklist for people who want to become involved in fundraising. Honour McMillan explores spontaneous fundraising in Second Life, while I look at issues of awareness and the role of large scale fundraising like Relay for Life. Are other nonprofits missing out here?

Prim Perfect Issue 48 - September 2013 - Winner in the Fantasy Fauire Short Story Competition

Prim Perfect Issue 48 – September 2013 – Winner in the Fantasy Fauire Short Story Competition

We also have the winner of the Fantasy Faire Short Story competition, “Red Sail at Sunset” by Deoridhe Grimsdottir.

And there are some very timely thoughts on intellectual property rights from Cain Maven.

As a special preview, we are launching the Prim Perfect Coffee Morning for Macmillan Cancer Support. We’re asking for your support – and your best cake recipes! Read all about it on Page 14.

Cake Against Cancer! Join our Macmillan Coffee Morning

Cake Against Cancer! Join our Macmillan Coffee Morning

As always, there are details from our TV shows, Designing Worlds and Happy Hunting!, available on Treet TV.

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

All this with News From the Grid and more!

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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 48 here – and please do leave a comment!

Prim Perfect Issue 48 - September 2013 -  PJ Trenton's Photo Essay

Prim Perfect Issue 48 – September 2013 – PJ Trenton’s Photo Essay

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!

Prim Perfect Issue 48 - September 2013 -  Cain Maven on IPR

Prim Perfect Issue 48 – September 2013 – Cain Maven on IPR

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 48 - September 2013 -  Virtual Ability

Prim Perfect Issue 48 – September 2013 – Virtual Ability

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