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In Wiggenstead Mooring, in a shipwreck hidden by the jungle, 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.

But, of course, there’s no danger in attending their Beltaine ceremony at 1pm today in Widdenstead Mooring.

No, no danger at all …

Find out more about the Rickety Weasels here.

You can now see the Designing Worlds Tribute to Dirk Talamasca on the web.

Dirk appeared on the show several times, as he did on several other shows where his wit and wisdom were always highly valued.

Remembering Dirk

Remembering Dirk

But he was someone who had many talents and skills, and we remember him as a key supporter of Second Life, as a mentor, as a businessman, as a supporter of art and design, and as a leader in many forms of social media. And we also remember him as a wit, as a gamer and – above all as a friend.

We are joined by Iota Ultsch, Bevan Whitfield, Jerry Martin, and CaSimone Aquitaine – although the show was also made possible by the work of Sanie (Insane Khaos) and Jessica Lyon.

The show was recorded on a beautiful region, Seduction Territory, created as a homage to Dirk by Iota Ultsch – do go and explore it; it should be open for several more days.

Remembering Dirk Talamasca

Remembering Dirk Talamasca – Photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

In the third of our videos, the MadMan urges exhibitors to apply for space at Second Life’s 11th Birthday Community Celebration!

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!

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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Far below the forward lookout point, suspended beneath the vast envelope of the mighty Asperatus, hangs the bridge, the nexus of all that happens in the airborne community that now carries its name. 

 A Thunderhead class vessel, that last known of its kind, the Asperatus was built to convey the cream of society; the engineers, the scientists and their entourages on research missions of scientific and mechanical discovery. When the dusting came, many of her class perished in their moorings, those in flight perished soon after as fuel diminished and inevitably brought them back to the ground. By pure chance of timing the Asperatus had been on a research flight testing the latest discoveries in the natural sciences that held great prospects for the future of manned flight; discoveries that would become ever more important as events unfolded. 

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The purple cloud formation filled sky now, golden lights arcing through the eye of the storm.

“Steady now, hold our course. The turbulence of the confluence is written as legend. Last time it came to us an entire flotilla of research balloons was lost and never seen again.”

“There ain’t a storm that the Asp can’t master, sir.”

“That may be so, Pilot Anderson, but…” The captain had no need to conclude his sentence as all those in the cabin looked out to the smaller factory vessels ranked alongside them, factories and warehouses that doubled as homes to their families. “Fleet Engineering. Report please.”

A distant voice leaked from the brass tube drowning in the howl of multi dimensional winds that curled about them.

“Everything is holding sir. We had a harvester break loose but the maintenance division were on it right away and it is securely chained back in place.” The captain nodded.

“Hold our course, Pilot, hold her steady. It’s about to get rougher.”

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The Fantasy Faire opened today at 9am SLT. In what has almost become a tradition of the Faire, the preceding day was blighted by systemic issues and the Faire teams of builders and merchants worked long hours to finish as best they could.

The opening hours are always turbulent. What would you expect when 11 worlds are torn from their own dimensions and slammed together in ours? But the turbulence is always secondary to the excited hoards that run from land to land seeking the new and shiny, or perhaps rusty. Don’t miss your opportunity to explore these amazing lands that will only be available to us for 10 short days.

 https://www.flickr.com/groups/fantasyfairesl/

http://fantasyfairesl.wordpress.com/

Fantasy Photo Contest

Fantasy Photo Contest

Fantasy Faire “Dream of a lifetime” Photography Contest Benefiting Relay for Life of Second Life

Fantasy Faire is 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.

Contest Date
Open from May 1st 2014 thru May 11th

Contest Rules

  • Photographs are to be taken at your choice of eleven individually themed Sims for this year’s Fantasy Faire (Read sim information notecard for more details)
  • Pictures must be posted in flickr group Fantasy Faire [Photography Contest]
  • Twelve photo entries will be allowed per person.
  • Photos may be edited with any photo software of your choosing.
  • Photos must be PG! We will immediately disqualify any nude or distasteful photo(s).
  • Reminder, no text on photos
  • Fantasy Faire & Relay for Life reserve the rights to use photograph submissions for event advertisement and publication
  • Deadline for submission of photos is May 11th, 2014, midnight SLT
  • Enjoy the Fantasy Faire Sims and have FUN!

Winners

  • Top 12 selected photographs will be published in “real life” Relay for Life Official Calendar
  • 1St Prize winner photo will be on the cover of the calendar.
  • Contest winners will be required to provide their winning photography with the following dimensions: minimum 1800 pixels high by 2300 pixels wide at 200dpi

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High up in the forward lookout pod, the on-duty ‘glasser strained his eyes against the glare of the incessant sun. Peering straight ahead, the young man squinted at the shapes forming on the horizon. Lifting his head for a moment, he blinked, rubbing his eyes, before placing an eye to the spyglass once more and to look again at the dark mass. “By the gears!” He cried, beckoning urgently to the older man, “quick Fred, I need yer to four eyes that storm, I don’t think it’s normal”. Frederick Lee, the most experienced lookout in the fleet, looked out across the cloudscape, hardly needing the glass now, as great purple clouds swirled ever larger, looming ever closer.

“Aye lad, that’s them all right. That’s the confluence storm, we’ve found it.” Turning to the brass speaking tube to his right, Lee sounded a klaxon to attract attention on the bridge far below them. The klaxon call was acknowledged with an anxious voice.

“What did you see?”

“Fairelands, Right ahead!”

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Asperatus – An airborne community living high above the clouds which hide their broken homeland far below, is just one of the treats in store for visitors to this year’s Fantasy Faire. The Faire which opens to the public tomorrow (1st May) and will run until the 11th promises to be every bit as fun, exciting and full of tinies, as previous years.

Always my favourite RFL event, perhaps my favourite event of any kind, the faire is a wonderful mixture of fantasy styles and themes. 2014 is different for this seasoned Faire reporter, having journalled, filmed  and photographed previous conjunctions of Fairelands, this year I have had the honour of bringing you a Faireland from within my own head, Asperatus.

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Asperatus/135/127/62

Come visit the faire and enjoy all the creations we have for you. Anything you could wish to buy in a fantasy related theme is available some where and there are many new treats to be found this year too.

 

 

Remembering Dirk Talamasca

Remembering Dirk Talamasca

Designing Worlds begins its new season with a special tribute to a very special man – Dirk Talamasca, who died recently.

Remembering Dirk

Remembering Dirk

Join us today, Monday 28th April at 2pm at the Designing Worlds studio in Garden of Dreams for a viewing party of this episode.

Dirk appeared on the show several times, as he did on several other shows where his wit and wisdom were always highly valued.

But he was someone who had many talents and skills, and we remember him as a key supporter of Second Life, as a mentor, as a businessman, as a supporter of art and design, and as a leader in many forms of social media. And we also remember him as a wit, as a gamer and – above all as a friend.

We are joined by Iota Ultsch, Bevan Whitfield, Jerry Martin, and CaSimone Aquitaine – although the show was also made possible by the work of Sanie (Insane Khaos) and Jessica Lyon.

Remembering Dirk Talamasca

Remembering Dirk Talamasca

The show was recorded on a beautiful region, Seduction Territory, created as a homage to Dirk by Iota Ultsch – do go and explore it; it should be open for several more days.

Join us at 2pm for this very special opening show in our new season.

Remembering Dirk Talamasca

Remembering Dirk Talamasca

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, on the Aview TV Designing Worlds channel – or on the Designing Worlds blog – our very own version of the iPlayer!

 

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