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Higher Resources

Higher Resources

Once again, Honour McMillan put me on to this with her wonderful blog, Honour’s Post Menopausal View (of Second Life) in her post today, Finding an Old Friend on Second Life.

Remember how I said, a few days ago, that Alchemy Immortalis were giving up their beautiful park sims (and their bed and breakfasts to focus on their wonderful store (and patisserie … never forget the patisserie … )?  At the time I knew that the other sims had been sold – but now there’s news that one of them – now called Higher Resources – is still a park, and now owned by Higher Enoch – and it’s looking absolutely beautiful – with the sheep still firmly in place (and up to their usual mischief.

Do go and visit, a look at Honour’s lovely pics on her blog … but first, let’s do a jigsaw!

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Higher Resources

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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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Cerridwen's Cauldron - photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Cerridwen’s Cauldron – photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday 16th July, for the last show in the present season of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams as we visit two creators with a wonderful fantasy style.

Cerridwen's Cauldron: a new take on Nu Orne - photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Cerridwen’s Cauldron: a new take on Nu Orne – photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

We first came across the work of Elicio Ember at the Fantasy Faire earlier this year, when we explored his builds for two of the gorgeous regions there – The Ruins of Nu Orne and Siren’s Secret. Now we pay a visit to Cerridwen’s Cauldron where Elicio has his store … and a whole lot more!

Grand Haven - photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Grand Haven – photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

After that we visit someone else who designed for one of the big pre-RFL Fairs – but this time Fashion for Life: Roscko Cobalt, who built the stunning Dreamseeker Czaz region. We came across him at SL9B, and his beautiful build there tempted us into further exploration … We certainly weren’t disappointed to see his work … and we discovered not only a link with Elicio’s work, but also an interesting moderndesign too.

Grand Haven - photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Grand Haven – photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

We pride ourselves on quality eye-candy on Designing Worlds but even by our standards, this show will feature some exceptional creations – – so do come and join us 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 – 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!

Cerridwen's Cauldron - photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Cerridwen’s Cauldron – photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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Hamlet has looked at the recent figures coming out of the Lab showing a decline in the number of private islands and has once again called for radical changes that will have the missing millions flooding onto the grid.  Beyond saying that these changes must be radical, however, he is offering no real way forward – and personally, I remain unconvinced that the millions are out there, thirsting for a taste of Second Life that some radical change would give them – which could be accomplished without decimating the (declining) user base that is keeping Second Life afloat.

Al Andalus Alhambra Palace and Auditorium - a recent loss to the grid: Photograph by PJ Trenton

Al Andalus Alhambra Palace and Auditorium – a recent loss to the grid: Photograph by PJ Trenton

An alternative that many people are calling for is to cut tier.  But Tateru Nino has analysed why that would be largely impractical in a great article here – and Inara Pey, insightful as usual, has looked to the future and analysed why Linden Lab’s future revenue will be based not on Second Life, but on diversification into new products.

And I think she’s hit the nail on the head – no matter whose fingers are in the way.

It seems clear that Linden Lab have decided on a policy of revenue growth by diversification, and I imagine that for them the way forward is not only narrative games, but narrative games built for mobile devices (tablets and phones) that make use of user-generated content – possibly (and primarily) mesh-created.  The external creation of mesh products will allow porting into a new environment, but could be done through a marketplace rather than through inworld stores in the new application.  And that user content is already being eagerly created – by Second Life creators.

Could that developing mesh content be sold in Dio?

Dutchie's Mesh Kitchen, as seen at the Home and Garden Expo - will diversification allow for this sort of experience?

Dutchie’s Mesh Kitchen, as seen at the Home and Garden Expo – will diversification allow for this sort of experience?

So, for sake of argument, you could buy a house from Dutchie or Rustica to live in as your new “Dio” home as you follow your narrative but it would have to be purchased from the Marketplace.  And for all Second Life denizens enjoy the luxury of shopping inworld for their new homes, as buying over the internet increasingly becomes the first choice for real world purchases, so of course it is for apps and add-ons to apps.  Second Life’s re-creation of the shopping experience inworld is really rather old fashioned in that respect.

We are moving increasing to a world that breaks away from the big old desk-bound PC, the sort of power machine that is needed to run Second Life.  But many of the elements that people love about Second Life – the creativity, the involvement of many different creators offering a vast range of selectable content, the ability to form yourself and – perhaps more importantly – nest within the created world … these could be strong selling points for new Linden Lab products.

Maxwell Graf's new range of mesh furniture - for biggies and for petites: Photographed at the Fantasy Faire by Judith Lefevre

Maxwell Graf’s new range of mesh furniture – for biggies and for petites: Photographed at the Fantasy Faire by Judith Lefevre

And surely creators, offered the chance to get in on the ground with mesh products that they have already manufactured externally and sold in Second Life, would leap at the chance for increased revenue?

Second Life, in that scenario, continues its steady, gentle decline … but has validity for some while as a sandbox where creators can test out new products that will then be sold on the Marketplace for Dio and (perhaps) other applications.

The form Dio will take will be fascinating. To what extent will the application be game god driven, and to what extent user driven? Will it have the same pattern as Second Life (albeit with the balance slightly shifted in favour of narrative) where people can foillow narrative paths, play games – whether they be a hunt, a roleplay, a breedable game or a structured game created by a company like MadPea – and then go to a club to hang out with friends, or retire to their private homes for … ah … more private activities?

And will there still be a place for the extraordinary creativity that we see in art exhibitions like the Almost Flat Land created by Tyhrel Beck?  Or in the glorious user-driven events like Relay for Life, Burn 2 and, of course, the Second Life Birthdays?

Building at the Birthday

Building at the Birthday

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In this specially extended episode, we visit the 2012 Fantasy Faire, held in Second Life in aid of Relay For Life, and experience many of the awesome environments and exhibits spread across its nine regions.

The Tides - image by Judith Lefevre

The Tides – image by Judith Lefevre

We meet the organisers and a few of the sponsors, and the designers responsible for some of the most fantastical builds, objects and avatars you’ll see in Second Life. We also discover the biggest (and smallest) hits of the show and cover as much of the Faire as we can in this special 90-minute extended edition.

This is a really stunningly beautful show, and a tribute to the Faire and – we think you’ll agree – to our awesome camera people: Elrik Merlin, Beq Janus and Judith Lefevre – as well as Wildstar Beamont who supplied the still images.

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Nu Orne, created by Elicio Ember, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Nu Orne, created by Elicio Ember, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us today, Monday 7th Mayl at 2pm SLT in our beautiful studio in Garden of Dreams for a very special extended show, a Designing Worlds pays a visit to the Fantasy Faire!

Shifting Sands at the Fantasy Faire, designed by Kayle Matzerath, photographed by Judith Lefevre

Shifting Sands at the Fantasy Faire, designed by Kayle Matzerath, photographed by Judith Lefevre

Accompanied by Elizabeth Tinsley and Zander Green, the executive producers, we explore some of the fascinating aspects of the Fantasy Faire, and meet some of the people who created the lovely sims, or brought their exciting new fantasy products to share with visitors.

A petite in Meandervale, designed by Marcus Inkpen and Sharni Azalee

A petite in Meandervale, designed by Marcus Inkpen and Sharni Azalee

There’s also coverage of all the sims, a look at the phenomenon of the petites, an introduction to the amazing Booshies and an interview with the giantess!

A giantess in The Tides, designed by Allia Baroque

A giantess in The Tides, designed by Allia Baroque

It makes for a fascinating show – so do come and join us 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 – 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!

An elephant in Devil's Locket

An elephant in Devil’s Locket, designed by Lauren Thibaud and photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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Return to the Fantasy Faire

Return to the Fantasy Faire

We’re returning to the Fantasy Faire today – and for a very good reason! Tonight’s Designing Worlds’ show is all about the Fantasy Faire and – as the Faire was such an amazing event – it’s a bumper length edition.

Have fun doing the jigsaw – and make sure you don’t miss the show! Details will be appearing on the Prim Perfect blog shortly.

Return to the Fantasy Faire: A Petite in Meandervale

Return to the Fantasy Faire: A Petite in Meandervale

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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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Shifting Sands at Fantasy Faire 2012, designed by Kayle Matzerath and photographed by Judith Lefevre

Shifting Sands

Yes, the Fantasy Faire 2012 was meant to be over yesterday – but because of Thursday’s grid outrages, it’s been extended for one more day!  And to celebrate this, I asked which region people would like to see another jigsaw of. The vote was for Shifting Sands, the awesome desert region designed by Kayle Matzerath, so – we have a Shifting Sands jigsaw all for your delight.  Run and see it now before it goes away!

Tinies drumming in Jungle Bungle

Tinies drumming in Jungle Bungle

But there was another event at the Fantasy Faire which, sadly, I missed – and that was the Tiny Calypso drummers who set up ad hoc drumming parties in Jungle Bungle.  You might just be fortunate enough to catch one today … but if not, there’s a second jigsaw, from a photograph captured by Judi Newall (and it has a nice shaped round drum pattern too!).

On to the jigsaws:

Shifting Sands at Fantasy Faire 2012, designed by Kayle Matzerath and photographed by Judith Lefevre

Shifting Sands at Fantasy Faire 2012, designed by Kayle Matzerath and photographed by Judith Lefevre

And here are the drumming Tinies!

Calypso drumming tinies in Jungle Bungle, designed by Mayah Parx and photographed by Judi Newall - at Fantasy Faire 2012

Calypso drumming tinies in Jungle Bungle, designed by Mayah Parx and photographed by Judi Newall - at Fantasy Faire 2012

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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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