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A Winter Journey to New Babbage!

A Winter Journey to New Babbage!

And what can possibly go wrong with that?

Well, quite a lot – as Saffia and Elrik discover when Mr Merlin takes tea with a certain Dr Jekyll …

But not to worry, for Miss Widdershins and Mr Mornington are on the trail with the aid of a trusty (if somewhat reluctant) Mr Biggins*.

But all is not quite what it appears …

The aftermath of tea with Dr Jekyll

The aftermath of tea with Dr Jekyll

Join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday 8th December, for Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams as we celebrate the festive season with a special holiday edition of the show set in New Babbage.

And amongst the cast are Mr Mornington, Mr Biggins, Dr Jekyll and sundry inhabitants of New Babbage – as well as the amazing horses and drivers from the Heart Stables (with thanks to Miss H0neyheart).

On the trail in New Babbage!

On the trail in New Babbage!

So … do join us at 2pm for a very special Christmas episode!

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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* This is believed to be Mr Jebediah Biggins as his brother Odadiah has got himself mixed up with some very strange types, currently to be seen in the series The Blackened Mirror!

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In the latest episode of The Quest for the Golden Prim, the questers are facing some unexpected (and unpleasant problems) …

Read the full episode here … and then take part in our special quiz with a prize for all lovers of Trollope!

 

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Wanted: Dr Ephemera Wirefly

Wanted: Dr Ephemera Wirefly

Join us today, Saturday 27th April, at a party at the Explorer’s Club (Oriental Branch) from 2pm – 5pm to celebrate the relaunch of the Quest for the Golden Prim.

And – as the party begins, we suspect that some – at least – of the Fugitives will be safely under lock and key!

Wanted: Professor Andrew McMinn

Wanted: Professor Andrew McMinn

We’re combining a party to celebrate the return of the steampunk/gaslamp fantasy webcomic, The Quest for the Golden Prim with a Jail and Bail event to raise funds for Relay for Life at the Fabulous Fantasy Faire.

Followers of the web comic may recall that the three academics were falsely accused of murder in Steelhead but were fortunately able to escape from jail – only to find Steelhead threatened by a massive volanic eruption.

Wanted: Miss Hortensia Primm

Wanted: Miss Hortensia Primm

Volume 1 ended with the majority of the Quest attempting to fly before the explosion … their fate left hanging in the balance … and their destinatuion somewhat hazy …

Now we will be serialising Volume 2 on our new website at www.goldenprim.com – and we are planning to release a new installment each week, accompanied by games and contests.

So do come and join us from 2pm – 5pm today, to celebrate the relaunch of the comic, to explore the amazing Explorers’ Club, and to donate some Lindens to a very good cause!

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The Fugitives!

The Fugitives!

More news has come in about the dangerous fugitives, rumoured to be hiding out in the Faireland – as was warned in a recent post on the Fantasy Faire blog. Now further news has come in from Steelhead, where their crimes were apparently committed.

The Marshal of Steelhead and his Deputies

The Marshal of Steelhead and his Deputies

Demetrius “Fuzzball” Ortega, Marshal of Steelhead City, has informed us that he and his deputies – the famed “nun gunnies” – were investigating an anonymous tip regarding a disturbance at the home of a Mr. Carruthers.

The Questers caught!

The Questers caught!

The Sisters and the Marshal arrived to find the……”Questers” in the house, standing over the dead body of Mr Carruthers.

They were taken in for questioning.

The arrest!

The arrest!

And that should have been that …

Except that a mysterious accomplice disguised themselves as one of the deputies, bringing the Marshal some tea.

The mysterious accomplice

The mysterious accomplice

The tea was drugged, and as the Marshal passed out, they made their escape – having previously drugged the Deputies too!

The Unfortunate Deputies

The Unfortunate Deputies

Now the Marshal says that he has received a variety of communications suggesting that these “Questers” are in the Fairelands!

The Marshal says: “If you see one of these Questers, alert the Fairelands officials. They have the facilities for holding all ne’er do wells. Above all, neither approach them yourselves, nor assist them in any way. It is quite evident that they are very dangerous criminals.”

But other people are trying to find the fugitives too …

Note on the Quest for the Golden Prim:
There are several mysterious characters visiting the Faire with the words “Quest for the Golden Prim” or more simply the cryptic “QGP” in their titler. If you speak to them, they’ll be happy to tell you more – and they’ll share their calling cards with you too. It’s said that they’re based at the Explorers’ Club on Lotus Valley Dream – where it is rumoured that this delightful establishment is harbouring secrets of its own (as well as the ONLY washroom in the whole of the Fairelands!).

The Explorers' Club (Oriental Branch)

The Explorers’ Club (Oriental Branch)

In fact, on Saturday 27th, there will be a party at the Explorer’s Club (Oriental Branch) from 2pm – 5pm to celebrate the relaunch of the Quest for the Golden Prim. And – as the party begins, we suspect that some – at least – of the Fugitives will be safely under lock and key!

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As you have doubtless gathered by now, we are re-booting the web comic The Quest for the Golden Prim at Fantasy Faire, and Petlove Petshop valiantly battled the weekend lag to create a short tour of our installation there – the Explorers’ Club (Oriental Branch).

Have you heard about the Quest for the Golden Prim?

The Quest for the Golden Prim is a web comic, captured in Second Life, that first ran in The Primgraph magazine.

The Quest for the Golden Prim

The Quest for the Golden Prim

It tells the story of a very mixed group of adventurers who are gathered together to discover what happened to a Lost Expedition that set out to discover the Golden Prim years before. You’ll find out more about these adventurers as you collect their trading cards … available from the portraits in the gallery at the Explorers’ Club (and one of the Foo Dogs at the entrance). Check back to see which portraits are on display – and you’ll be able to collect the full set!

Annabella Scott

Annabella Scott

Volume 1 was made up of nine episodes (or chapters). You can read all the episodes at Calameo.

Now we are relaunching The Quest for the Golden Prim, this time as a special web comic. From Saturday 27th April, you’ll be able read the comic at www.goldenprim.com on a weekly basis – and every episode will come with games, puzzles or online hunts that will give you a chance to win special Quest prizes!

Crottin de ChavignolPlease explore the Explorers’ Club at Fantasy Faire to learn more, to find trading cards for the characters and to find inworld copies of the first nine episodes in various places around the Club (where they’ve been left by forgetful adventurers).

There’s lots to see in the Club … including some secret rooms. But no fugitives from stern justice hiding out here – oh, goodness me, certainly not!

And you are invited to join us for our relaunch party on Saturday 27th April at 2pm – 5pm SLT.

Mordecai Watson

Mordecai Watson

(And by the way, the Explorers’ Club also has the only washroom in the Fairelands … there may be a queue.)

But there’s more than this … we are actually staging a special Quest adventure at the Faire – and you can be part of it!

Lola the beagle

Lola the beagle

As you walk around the Faire, you’ll see people wearing titkes that say “QGP” or “Quest for the Golden Prim”, and their character names. If you talk to them, they’ll give you information about the Quest, and about their characters … they should also give you their personal trading card (you can collect more trading cards by visiting the Explorers’ Club and collecting them from the pictures in the portrait gallery).

And keeping watching this blog, The Primgraph blog, and listening to Fantasy Faire Radio – because a story will be taking shape over the coming days …

Here’s the start …

“Dear Frankie

There is new information regarding our expedition. We would like to engage your services once again.

Please meet us, at the Explorers’ club, Lotus Valley Dream, Fairelands. We will be studying the scientific nature of the Fairelands phenomena and will be staying at the club for about a week from the 20th April.

Please come.

Sincerely

Professor McMinn, Dr Wirefly and Miss Primm”

 

Diary entry 21st April,  11am

I should probably have just burned the blasted card, but I’m somehow still somewhat intrigued by this whole group of haphazard adventurers and, needless to say, I could do with the work. So I kept the card, but moreover, I kept the appointment and now I find myself sat in the Explorers’ club. I arrived last night and so far there has been no sign of the three signatories. I’m not yet sure if I’m worried, it’s a bit too early, they are academics after all, and not renowned for their punctuality or reliability.  I think I’ll save the worrying until after lunch.

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The Seraph Club

The Seraph Club

There’s a special event to celebrate in Seraph City!

Seraph City's 3rd Birthday

Seraph City’s 3rd Birthday

Seraph City, the beautiful 1930s dieselpunk city that figured as a key location in The Blackened Mirror – is celebrating its third birthday today, Saturday 6th April, with a party at the Seraph Club from 6 – 9pm.

There have been some changes recently in the region – awesome new sim surrounds, and the region is acquiring more mesh builds.  There are also some available sites for renting, and plans to add some games – like the murder mystery in the offices of The Daily Prim (which will be updated shortly).

For today’s event, evening wear is preferred (1920s – 1930s style would be perfect), and, they say, “tea” will be available from the bar!

It should be a fun evening – hope to see you there!

The Streets of Seraph City

The Streets of Seraph City

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Now available on the web – our latest episode, as we visit the beautiful estate of the Coeurs, sometimes called the Duchy, a series of fourteen French baroque regions, each named after a specific region in France.

This is, however, not the highly formalised world of the Court, nor the seething poverty that led to the French Revolution, but a gentle and gracious style of rural living, with the bourgeoisie and the haut bourgeoisie living in beautiful surroundings with beautiful small towns and elegant homes, graced by the occasional chateau.

Exploring the Coeurs - photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Exploring the Coeurs – photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

We are joined on the show by two of the owners of the estate, His Grace the Duke and one of the two Duchesses of the Coeurs – but we have permission to introduce them by their less formal names, as Bedrich Panacek and SkyeRyder Varriale!

In their company, we explore museums, canals, courtyards and carriage rides – because the Duchy has one of the most elegant systems of transportation anywhere in Second Life, as residents can order carriages to come to their door and take them anywhere in the estate. Or – like Elrik – some might prefer to travel by boat and see the amazing locks, based of locks designed by Leonardo da Vinci.

Exploring the Coeurs - photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Exploring the Coeurs – photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

The majority of incidental music in this episode is by Kevin MacLeod.

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Now available on the web – our seasonal New Babbage show!

There’s a coal shortage in snow-covered New Babbage, as Saffia and Elrik pay one of their periodic visits to the steampunk city. But they’re just visiting some of the libraries there … what could possibly go wong?

An unexpected encounter in New Babbage

An unexpected encounter in New Babbage

Before long, Saffia and Elrik, aided by the Assistant Maceholder Victor Mornington and Librarian Bookworm Heinrichs – accompanied, of course, by a hapless Mr Biggins – are dragged into an adventure involving stolen books, seasonal curses and a highly dangerous book, fit to be mentioned in the same breath as the Necronomicon and the Book of Al Azarine …

Uncle Tingly's Christmas Tales for New Babbage Young 'Uns, secure in its case

Uncle Tingly’s Christmas Tales for New Babbage Young ‘Uns, secure in its case

Uncle Tingly book designed and created by Edward Pearse
Bells, Bookstand (and chains) designed and created by Beq Janus

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Join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday 10th December, for the new episode of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams when we’ll be taking a seasonal trip to New Babbage. A rather chilly one too, if all the reports we’ve heard about the coal shortage are true!

New Babbage in the Snow, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

New Babbage in the Snow, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Now, our trips to that industrial steampunk city have not been entirely without incident in the past – what with murders, dangerous dark mermaids, mendacious Santas and purloined diamonds … to say nothing of Elrik being mistaken for Sherlock Holmes, or that time we discovered the dark secrets under the lost Asylum …

But really, we’re visiting libraries this time! What could possibly go wrong?

Although we might wonder why it’s necessary to keep a certain children’s book chained up in a locked desk …

Uncle Tingly's Vfristmas Tales for New Babbage Young 'Uns, secure in its case

Uncle Tingly’s Christmas Tales for New Babbage Young ‘Uns, secure in its case

So join us, at 2pm today, to unlock the true terror of Uncle Tingly’s Christmas Tales for New Babbage Young ‘Uns … if you dare.

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!

Uncle Tingly book designed and created by Edward Pearse
Bookstand (and chains) designed and created by Beq Janus

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New Babbage in Winter

New Babbage in Winter

Today’s jigsaw is a wintery vista of the industrial steampunk city of New Babbage under a dark sky, captured by Wildstar Beaumont.  Too dark and cold for even the urchins to be abroad, New Babbage is shivering in the grip of a severe coal shortage.

Fortunately (fortunately?) Miss Widdershins and Mr Merlin are on the way …

That’s right, today is the broadcast of Designing Worlds’ Christmas trip to New Babbage … what could possibly go wrong?

Let’s do a jigsaw – full details of the show will be coming shortly.

Click to Mix and Solve

New Babbage in winter, 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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