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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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You can now see the second of our two shows about Fantasy Faire on the web.

This week we looked at the beautiful regions themselves … and talked to some of the designers: Marcus Inkpen (Blackwater Glen), Elicio Ember (The Faery Court), Jaimy Handcroft (Hope’s Horizon), Kayle Matzerath (Wiggenstead Mooring) and Beq Janus (Asperatus).

Wiggenstead Mooring (designed bty Kayle Matzerath) with Asperatus (designed by Beq Janus) behind, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Wiggenstead Mooring (designed bty Kayle Matzerath) with Asperatus (designed by Beq Janus) behind, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

And we also saw the magical Romance of the Faery Court ballet, devised by Amethyst Dovgal and Aisling Sinclair.

Fairelands Junction, designed by Saiyge Lotus and photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Fairelands Junction, designed by Saiyge Lotus and photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

 

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Outside, an ear-splitting chorus of metal scraping across metal, the giant mechanisms of Asperatus strained, and twisted in their restraints, punctuated by the gunshot timpany of snapping cables sent writhing lethally through the storm as their tension was released. Inside, silence, not a soul daring to breath.

 

Without warning the howling winds ceased, the metallic screams diminished to rumbling moans as things settled back in to their new places. Outside the view transformed, a solid blanket of grey white cloud rolled placidly beneath them. The crew on the bridge stood mouths agape, outside people were emerging gingerly from their homes. gathering on the platforms and starting slowly, a ripple of elation swept through the population.

 

“Bring us to a halt, Pilot.” Commanded the captain, a note of relief evident in his voice.

“No need sir, we ain’t moving. Her engines are turning but it’s like she’s being held, sir.”

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“Then bring them to idle, but leave them turning.” With this he turned his large frame to the brass speaking tubes and looking out to the crowds beyond the window with a smile, he addressed his people.

“Ladies and Gentlemen, the legends tell us of the confluence, a coming together of disparate times and places, a conjoining, a uniting of wit and wisdom, against the scourge that plagues all our realms. None of us knew with any certainty whether this were a voyage of discovery or folly; the meticulous records of our learned ancestors told us where to come to, and when, but nobody knew whether we could make it through. As we stand here today, the journals will record us as we enter into history. Ladies and Gentlemen of Asperatus, I give you the Fairelands!” Outside, the crowds were growing as every man, woman and child emerged from the safety of their dwelling, blinking in the day light to see the new landscape. “Everyone of us now is a pioneer, there is no blueprint or plan for what comes next. But first things first, it seems we have happened upon a fine crop of cloud. Deploy the farm, let’s get harvesting!”

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Within minutes the colony of Asperatus expanded, spinning out on mighty mechanical arms as teams of riggers linked walkways amongst the factories. Out on the very edges, giant “cloud eaters”, the many bladed harveters were already chewing their way into the mountains of cloudmass. Atop the warehouses, giant envelopes unfurled and began to expand filling with the cloud clippings. The precious harvest of raw cloud sucked up into the giant cloud storage balloons ready to be used. Before long the familiar piston sounds struck up as the giant cloud rendering factories pulled the raw cloud from the stores and through a process not dissimilar to distillation produced Asperatus gold, the essential element that keeps clouds afloat; luftgas to some, light air to others, whatever you wish to call it, it matters little, but for the population of Asperatus, it was all that kept them alive. Image


Day 2 has arrived and the Fairelands are in full swing, there are reports of disturbances across the realms and the Tiny keepers of the peace, the Faireland Marshalls have been patrolling visibly. No doubt some poor Faire-goer will contravene a law and find themselves at the mercy of Faireland justice, (an oxymoron of the first order). It seems that the reverberations of the unweaver’s attempts to disrupt the faire are still tangible but keep a tight hold to your hat and plunge into the Fairelands to see what short-lived wonders are there to behold.

 

 

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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.

 

 

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