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Today, Thursday 26th January, we are delighted to have three keynote interviews with leading Second Life residents with two sessions of Meet the Designer and then Meet the Community Talks in the Auditorium on SL11B Fascinate (either Stage 1 or Stage 2).

Meet Jessica at 1pm!

Meet Jessica at 1pm!

First of all, on Stage 1 at 1pmSLT we have Jessica Lyon, the Project Manager of Firestorm. Jessica will be talking with Saffia Widdershins about the recent announcement by Ebbe Linden that Linden Lab are working on a new platoform, designed as a successor (but not a replacement) for Second Life. Jessica will be talking about the meeting where thios was first raised, about some of the misconceptions that have arisen, and about her vision for the future of Second Life.

She may also be sharing a few thoughts on ways in which the Lindens could avoid some of the problems they have faced in Second Life!

Meet Beq at 2pm!

Meet Beq at 2pm!

Secondly, at 2pmSLT, Beq Janus, the award winning designer who has created, among other things, a restruction of the famous Maison Horta, an award winning build at Relay for Life 2013, the steampunk fantasy of Asperatus for Fantasy Faire 2014 … and who is currently rebuilding the sewers of New Babbage in mesh (and tremendous detail) will be talking to Saffia Widdershins on Stage 2. We’ll also be talking about Beq’s work as a writer and photographer, and her work as a machinimist. It’s a chance to hear from an extraordinary talented creative.

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Finally, at 5pm, Saffia will be talking on Stage 2to Jo Yardley of 1920s Berlin, who will be talking about her re-creation of a real historical community, and the challenges – and triumphs – this has entailed – as well as her role on the Drax Radio Files, and her plans for the future. And I daresay we’ll also be talking about the topic of the hour – the announcement of the new platform!

How do I find out more?
You can find out more by following the official blog, and by following on Facebook and Twitter.

There is also 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!

Or you can get the Guide – on the web or inworld.

Main site: http://slcommunitycelebration.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/SLBCommunity
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SLBCommunityCelebration
Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/groups/sl11b/

 

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Jasmine’s Hollow & The Dirty Grind

Jasmine’s Hollow & The Dirty Grind

Today’s jigsaw is another from Honour McMillan’s wonderful blog, Honour’s Post-Menopausal View (of Second Life), This time it’s taken from a post about Jasmine’s Hollow & The Dirty Grind – which is definitely worth reading in full!  I spotted some buildings by Kayle Matzerath, but what particularly caught my eye in this post was the wonderful knitted tree created by Vitrail Illios – who spells his name with characters I don’t dare to reproduce!

Go over and take a look for yourselves … but first do the jigsaw!

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Jasmine’s Hollow & The Dirty Grind, photographed by Honour McMillan

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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's Head Offices in the Seychelles

Prim Perfect’s Head Offices in the Seychelles

Prim Perfect Head Offices have changed their address!

Previously we were located in the Irish Isles. Now we have, seemingly, moved south and east the the Seychelles!

In actual fact, we were located in the Irish Isles on Irish Aran Island.  Now the Irish Isles have shifted their locationto the fringes of the Blake Sea and – in celebration, have changed their name and identity the the Seychelles Isles.  And our new location is Pointe LaRue Isle.

We still have our beautiful offices, designed by Dijodi Dubratt and landscaped by Aisling Sinclair.  And we will be holding events here over the coming months, with talks by designers and other celebrations.  We hope to be taking part in some of the events organised in the Seychelles too,

The Seychelles Isles

The Seychelles Isles

Today in celebration of the launch of Seychelles Isles, they have been holding a day of celebration is planned to introduce the new Estate to Second Life participants.  Residents of the Estate are invited to have their friends and families join in this day of entertainment and fun in and around the Golden Gate Yacht Club SL at Seychelles Isles.

The Seychelles Isles

The Seychelles Isles

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Pandemonium entry point - photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Pandemonium entry point – photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday 28th October, for Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams, for a special spooky edition for Halloween when we visit P4NDOR4 Quintessa’s beautiful sim of Pandemonium.

P4NDOR4 has a unique design eye and colour palette as she creates her mysterious and evocative creations – ranging from buildings to pacels builds to some strunning sim builds – and we explore many of them on the show. And P4NDOR4 discusses some of the ideas and processes that lie behind her creations.

P4ndor$'s latest build at Pandemonium - photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

P4NDOR4’s latest build at Pandemonium – photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

And there is a very special treat for fans of The Blackened Mirror. P4NDOR4 has created some of the environments used in The Blackened Mirror – and we have two clips from the upcoming season to share with you – for the very first time!

It all makes for a stunning show about a very exciting show – so do come and watch it at 2pm!

Or – if you can’t attend in person – tune in at 2pm SLT on Monday for the live show on http://treet.tv/live – 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!

Pandemonium - photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Strange creatures at Pandemonium – photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

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Start the Birthday Dragon Hunt at Grendel's!

Start the Birthday Dragon Hunt at Grendel’s!

We featured Grendel’s recently on Designing Worlds, and on the show, Toady Nakamura, Flea Bussy and Cacia Escape told us something about their plans for a special dragon quest to celebrate Grendel’s 7th Birthday.

And now that Quest has started – and it’s an awesome one, packed with things to find – and special gifts along the way, as well as a bumper prize at the end.

Braving Dragons on the Quest!

Braving Dragons on the Quest!

You begin in the Cartographer’s Room, deep in the bowels of the main Grendel’s store. Here you will find books – one for each day – which tell the story and offer your initial clues.

Here is the opening message from the Cartographer:

Recently, Kobold Scouts came through and left bottles from their favorite types of cactus juice, and of course, Kobolds have a great sense of humor, so watch out, they have some unusual names for beverages!!  You are more likely to find a Fire bottle, near a fire or a flame, and so on as the days progress.  And the Kobolds may have used them as candle holders, water bottles, or dropped and broken some of them, so be on the lookout.

There are three kinds of bottles… Smashed, Misshapen and Complete.  Each day you will need Three Smashed, Two Misshapen and One Complete bottle to cash in for the prize tokens.

Each day, start here in my office, and touch the new item on my desk for the starting point of the quest, and perhaps, a hint or two.  Maybe.  Other hints will be offered along the way.

Pondering the Clues for the Quest

Pondering the Clues for the Quest

How to Play the Grendel’s Children 7th Birthday Game!
There are seven Elements, one for each year …
Fire
Acid
Ice
Shadow
Darkness
Lightning
Earth

Sevenish collecting days …
Sunday 09/22/13 at 000:01 a.m SLT  *game on*
Sunday: Fire
Monday: Acid
Tuesday: Ice
Wednesday: Shadow
Thursday: Darkness
Friday: Lightning
Saturday: Earth

Collecting days will be extended a day or two after end of week, especially for things like total Internet breakdowns, SL issues, major power outages, and such – as needed.

Every day, a new and powerful dragon. With secrets!

Every day, a new and powerful dragon. With secrets!

Redemption days:
The Kobolds will sail in soon with a ship laden with goodies.  Hang on to your tokens. The list of what you need is below.

Prizes:  Yes, of course !! Wonderful things !!

Process
Every day, visit the cartographer’s office on the lower level, across from Tutorials and just outside the Library.  Each day there will be a new object on the cartographer’s desk.  Touch that object, and it will tell you how to get started for that day.

Along the way, the cartographer’s notes will tell you a bit of history of Grendel’s Children and perhaps some of the secrets of the landscape.  Others you will find for yourself while you find a series of Vessels.

Collect Vessels
There are three types of Vessels you can collect, from the least value to the greatest they are named: Smashed #3 least value, Misshapens #2 middle value and Completes #1 most value of collectables.

Every day you need Three each Smashed, Two each Misshapens and One each Complete Vessel to trade with the Kobolds for Staff Prizes and the coveted “Pristine Vessel.”  A full set of “Pristine Vessels” will unlock the ultimate prize.

Locations
You may be sent off sim for certain items, suggested locations may be found in the kiosk near the entry.

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Funding a nest with Toady

Funding a nest with Toady

I have only to add that some of the things are very easy to find, while others are extremely hard – to the point of being downright evil! There are some fabulous landscapes and settings – as you would expect – and a lot to make you laugh as well – this is a very fun quest!

Oh, and make sure to wear your backpack! If you discover a next of eggs and stand very close, your backpack will give you a special gift – just one of the little surprises to discover on the Quest!

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Heightened Passions, photographed by Honour McMillan

Heightened Passions

Today’s jigsaw comes from Honour McMillan’s wonderful blog, Honour’s Post Menopausal View (of Second Life), in which she has today being visiting the LGBT-friendly region of Heightened Passion – and taking some wonderful puctures – including the one I’ve snaffled for this jigsaw.

Honour also takes the opportunity in her post – Passions in Second Life – to reflect on, unsurpisingly, her passions in Second Life – which include the new season of The Blackened Mirror – which people can join in with.

But first, let’s do a jigsaw!

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Heightened Passions, photographed by Honour McMillan

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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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In Belegaer

In Belegaer, looking over to the Bay of Balfalas

A message has gone out to the friends and followers of the beautiful park regions of the Calas Galadhon estate (which we have featured twice on the Designing Worlds show – here and here; it also made an appearance as the “country” location in the One Billion Rising video!).

Tymus Tenk, co-owner with Truck Meredith, writes:

It is with regret that because of new rl challenges for both Truck and I, it will be necessary that we close Calas Galadhon Park sims to the general public on Monday, August 1, for a period of time.  This unfortunately must include our live music program for that time as well.

To continue financially carrying the estate on our own, we will need to drop at least 4 of our 13 regions and possibly make another of the homesteads into an OpenSpace.  At this time we see that the sims that will be removed are Bay of Balfalas, the new water sims of Belegaer & Sea of Nurnen and regretfully, Eryn Vorn. Those of you who have come to know us over the past 4 ½ years, can imagine how difficult it has been to arrive at this decision.  Our sims are like our kids. Our creative work, our desire to share that with others and to help support Live Music in SL has always meant the most to us.

Eryn Vorn

Eryn Vorn

Truck and I have a hope and a desire to reopen Calas by the first part of September. We want to assure you that we will keep you informed at all times via group notice and the WWW.CALASGALADHON website.

It is very sad that some of the regions will be closed – although I have complete confidence in Ty and Truck to create something quite wonderfully beautiful on the nine regions that will remain. And I’m looking forward to seeing it in September!

Bay of Balfalas

Bay of Balfalas

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