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Trade Winds - photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Trade Winds – photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us today, Monday 24th March at 2pm at the Designing Worlds studio in Garden of Dreams for a special viewing party of today’s Designing Worlds show as we sail the seas (and drink in the taverns) with the magnificent pirates of the Trade Winds!

We talk to some of the pirates and boat-builders active in the Trade Winds, including Blithe Binder, Kirsten Blackheart, MizLucie Winterwolf, Karnac Binder, GM Nikolaidis, Evvva Viper, Amber Murfin, Flops, Paddy SaltyDog Goldsworthy and tessa Vespucciano, and are entertained by the fantastic Deelah Halostar. We learn about the pirates, the Trade Winds, the history of pirates in the Caribbean, the wonderful craft they sail in – and we get to take part in a battle too!

Trade Winds - photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Trade Winds – photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us at 2pm for a really exciting and colourful show! It’s one you won’t want to miss!

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!

Trade Winds - photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Trade Winds – photograph 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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The Atelier - the newst of Kayle Matzerath's Dreamscenes, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Atelier – the neewst of Kayle Matzerath’s Dreamscenes, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us today, Monday 17th March at 2pm at the Designing Worlds studio in Garden of Dreams for a special viewing party of today’s Designing Worlds show as we explore the beautiful Dreamscenes created by Kayle Matzerath.

The Asian Loft - tanother Dreamscene created by Kayle Matzerath, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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

Kayle 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 – a Thanksgiving Dinner featured the Piano Bar and Dining Room, and the gorgeous library was used in The Blackened Mirror.

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

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

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

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!

The Atelier - the newest Dreamscene created by Kayle Matzerath, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Atelier – the newest Dreamscene created by Kayle Matzerath, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us at 2pm as Kayle talks about his work and shows us some of his amazing creations. It’s a show you won’t want to miss!

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

The Roman Baths – another Dreamscene created by Kayle Matzerath, 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!

The Winter Cabin in the Woods - another Dreamscene created by Kayle Matzerath, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Winter Cabin in the Woods – another Dreamscene created by Kayle Matzerath, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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The latest edition of Happy Hunting! is now on the web.

Hunt Reporter Cinders Vale explores gifts from the Script My World Hunt and the Steam:the Hunt! IX on this week’s show.

merry go round of hats
Then Rosamoo Mendelsohn gives a March update about hunts accepting applications from merchants.

staff meeting

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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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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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Here is this week’s show, ready for you to watch. Don’t miss it!!

As you can see – this week’s show contains news of Steam: The Hunt – a very popular event on the Hunt calendar!

Rosa and Cinders

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In an exciting new development, Second Life will be going into the Clouds with OnLive’s new SL Go package. The news has been announced by Linden Lab today – and you’ll be able to find out more in our special Designing Worlds show at 2pm SLT today, where we talk to Nate Barsetti, Senior Manager, Customer Relations, OnLive, and also Danger Linden, aka Don Laabs, Senior Director of Product at Linden Lab. The show will be followed by a live discussion in our Garden of Dreams studio, which will be streamed live on Aview.TV.

SL Go on the Android

SL Go on the Android

SL Go is launching today in its open beta format, and offers the opportunity to access Second Life on tablets (although not yet on iPads).

But it’s much, much more than this – you will also be able to access SL Go through the OnLive micro-console to TVs, or just connect through the OnLive app to lower-end PCs and Macs.

The package will deliver not “Second Life lite”, but Second Life with the full range of bells and whistles graphics. SL Go will show the Advanced Lighting Model, complete with materials – something that has been difficult for people accessing Second Life on some laptops and older desktops.

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.

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

How does this work?
OnLive is a commercial company that specialises in cloud streaming games and desktop applications, proving that high-end visual computing experiences can be successfully delivered to almost any device. In simple term, when you access their SL Go service, you will then log in to your SL account (just as you would if using a third party browser), and their services will stream the video of Second Life to you, and respond to your SL commands to walk, move, fly, connect with people, using the Second Life viewer.

You might think that this extra layer might slow things down – but quite the reverse. Thanks to the powerful Onlive servers, Second Life loads at least as quickly if not faster, and when I tested it out on an android and on the TV, I found it amazingly lag free.

How is this paid for?
OnLive are a commercial company and, as such, generally charge a subscription fee for their services so that you can access their servers. With SL Go, they are doing something a little different – if you want to access SL Go, you will pay for it in terms of the minutes you use, similar to mobile phone usage, or perhaps to the business model established by Kitely, where you pay for the minutes you use on the Kitely grid.

Whether this model will be the one eventually adopted, or whether this might change to a monthly subscription in common with other OnLive services will, I suspect, depend on the success of this open Beta.

Getting started
You’ll be able to set up an account through OnLive. Their Support team for SL Go will be Second Life residents (which some might find novel!).

Find out more!
Designing Worlds will be broadcasting a special show at 2pm SLT today, where we’ll be talking 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.

Talking with Nate Barsetti about SL Go - phot by Wildstar Beaumont

Talking with Nate Barsetti about SL Go – phot by Wildstar Beaumont

You can join us to watch the show at our studios on Garden of Dreams, or watch live on Treet TV at http://treet.tv/live, or on Aview TV at http://aviewtv.com/live/. The post-show discussion will be streamed live on Aview TV.

OnLive Go
The addition of Second Life to Onlive’s platform is being seen by the industry as part of a larger overall strategy for the company. You can read more on that here: http://www.engadget.com/2014/03/05/onlive-cloudlift-onlive-go/

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Designing Worlds’ final visit to the wonderful dieselpunk Seraph City is now on the web!

This, sadly, really is the last chance to see the city as it closes on March 16th, and many of the iconic buildings have already closed.

We toured some of these beautiful buildings– and also talked about how episodes of The Blackened Mirror were filmed there – and were the basis of some popular games during the first season of the show.

The Streets of Seraph City - photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Streets of Seraph City – photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Zander Greene (in real life Scott Simpson) who plays Harland Quinn in the popular series said of the closure:

Worlds come and go. Occasionally they endure long enough and embody a meaning deep enough that they leave indelible marks on those who are fortunate enough to have known them. Seraph City is such a realm. To have been a part of its lore, if only briefly, is a great honor. And on behalf of Harland Quinn I must add this: “Thanks, Seraph. For a safe haven. For the closest thing I’ll ever have to a home.”

This is a show you won’t want to miss!

Seraph City - photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Seraph City – photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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Stay tuned for news of a special edition of Designing Worlds at 2pm SLT today – with a viewing party followed by a discussion in our beautiful studios on Garden of Dreams.

Designing Worlds studio

Designing Worlds studio

The post-show discussion will be streamed live on Aview.TV.

More news about this show (including details of how to watch) will be released later today, so please keep an eye on this blog for details.

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