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Today, Sunday 29th January, we are delighted to have two fantastic two sessions of Meet the Designer, and then Meet the Community Talks in the Auditorium on SL11B Fascinate (on Stage 2).

Meet the Designers

Meet the Designers

First of all, at 2pm SLT on Stage 2, back by popular demand, the team of leading Second Life designers that is Mesh Creative. They will have hints, tips, information and ideas – not least about keeping Second Life going while eagerly anticipting the new grid.

Sadly, our 4pm Meet the Artist talk has had to be cancelled.

Meet the Community

Meet the Community

But at 5pm SLT on Stage 2, we will be talking to Elizabeth Tinsely of Fantasy Faire, who will be talking about the ways in which Fantasy Faire has grown from an idea into and event and now a community. Fantasy Faire is one of the most loved annual events of the Second Life calendar (rather like the Birthday) so come along and find out all about it!

How do I find out more about the SL11B Community Celebration?
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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Palace of Tears, designed by Rynn Verwood, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Palace of Tears, setting for the second stage of the Fantasy Faire Hunt, designed by Rynn Verwood, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

This year we have been running two contests – one for Photographs of the Faire, and a Story Story/Poetry competition too. Both these contests will close at midnight today (May 31st).

In the Photographic Competition, we are looking for the photographs that best capture the spirit of the 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!

You can find full details of the competition here (and note that the deadline was extended from May 11th – May 31st).

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

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

For the short story/poetry competition, the top entries will be published in the summer issue of Prim Perfect magazine, coming out in September 2014.

You story/poem can focus on one region – Sanctum, or Hopes Horizon or Heavenslough, for example – and ignore all the others. Or you might use the juxtaposition of two regions, or even draw on more of the Fairelands, as a whole vast realm, perhaps surrounding an inland sea. It’s up to you. And your story or poem can be sad or happy, wise or witty. It can make us laugh, cry, gasp, nod with agreement … or do all of these things by turns.

But we must have it by midnight today!

You can find full details of the competition here,

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

In this special show we look at some of the events that will be taking place over the course of the Faire.

We talk to Elizabeth Tinsley, the Faire organiser, about plans for the event (which opened on May 1st and is now in full progress), and to David Abbot about Fantasy Faire radio, and the fabulous Hunt. We also hear from Amethyst Dovgal about the ballet, and from Samantha Ohrberg about the exciting photo contest – where the winning pictures will be included in a real life calendar that will let people really take the Faire home!

Hopes Horizon

Hopes Horizon

Finally we talk to some of the groups of roleplayers who have added a wealth of interactive stories to this year’s Faire! We’ll be meeting the Pirates of Blackwater Glen, the Rickety Weasels of Wigginstead Mooring and the NeoVictorians of Asperatus.

The Faire is coming to an end, but there is still time to visit today, another whole week to complete the amazing Hunt – and also time to enter the special photo contest and the short story/poetry competition.

Wiggenstead Mooring. photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Wiggenstead Mooring. photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

And there will be another show about Fantasy Faire, looking at the fabulous builds, in next week’s episode of Designing Worlds.

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Have you been following the gruesome tale of the Mourngvale Murders?

Now, it seems, the truth will emerge!

Or will it?

It seems that is up to you!

SANCTUARY MURDER MYSTERY VOTE!!!!
Well, the suspects have been captured and now are brought to the scene of the crime. It’s between Belial Darwinian, the strange and mysterious figure BaronGillesDeRais, and Maleficent Diabolito!

The Suspects are being held in Mourningvale Thicket!

The Suspects are being held in Mourningvale Thicket!

Join us in Mourningvale Thicket from 12 noon to 2pm and use the clues that you learned this week (or gather them now) and vote using your Lindens as to who you think did the crime.

If you aren’t sure, you will be able to roleplay with (in other words, ask questions of) the three suspects before placing your vote.

The suspect that has the most linden donated goes to jail for the murder of these people (irrespective of whether they are guilty or not) and the real killer will be revealed after the event at 2pm!

Come and join in the (gruesome) fun in Mourningvale Thicket and test your deduction skills!

 

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At last year’s Fantasy Faire, the organisers joined with Prim Perfect to ask visitors to write a short story, inspired by one of the regions at Fantasy Faire. This story was unanimously declared the winner by the judges.

(Details of how to enter YOUR short story or poem this year appear at the end of the story).

Red Sail at Sunset

by Deoridhe Grimsdottir

Magnificat 2013, photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Magnificat 2013, photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Nicoletta stood at the edge of the canal, watching for the red sail.

The stone of the lion was icy against her gloved palm despite the languid summer day which had passed, and the breeze from the ocean also brought the scent of hay from the other side of the canal, where the final few figures in sackcloth and straw hats bound together long stalks in tight bundles. Through the narrow eyes of her mask, she could see the first figures in worked silk and velvet spilling out from spindly buildings into the streets, careening drunkenly around children on narrow ladders touching lamplights with a flame and sending a warm pink glow across the mosaic paths.

She shrank back against the lion, the pale gray and silver of her own gown and cloak blending in against the stone, slight enough against the massive guardian of the western canal entrance to pass unnoticed even when a crowd of revelers passed barely an arm’s length from her, chattering like magpies.

“Can you believe, exiled from Florence by the Medici…”

“…imprisoned for months, even tortured…”

“…think he’ll come here? Like even they did when exiled?”

“I heard he went to France. Twice.”

“…comes to Venice and he can never return…”

The crackling of paper started Nicoletta out of her eavesdropping, and she glanced down quickly, sealing wax already crumbling off of the worn surface of her letter and staining her fingers crimson. A few of the written words caught the fading light.

“…well but barred from our beloved home, from our Florence. I hope to find someplace quiet to recover… return to favor… Machiavelli.”

Nicoletta stood at the edge of the canal, hoping and fearing for the red sail to bring her Niccolò to her.

Short story in Prim Perfect Summer 2013

Short story in Prim Perfect Summer 2013

How to enter this year:
We are holding a short story and poetry contest for the best stories and poems written about the Fairelands of 2014. The top entries will be published in the summer issue of Prim Perfect magazine, coming out in September 2014.

You story can focus on one region – Sanctum, or Hopes Horizon or Heavenslough, for example – and ignore all the others. Or you might use the juxtaposition of two regions, or even draw on more of the Fairelands, as a whole vast realm, perhaps surrounding an inland sea. It’s up to you.

And your story or poem can be sad or happy, wise or witty. It can make us laugh, cry, gasp, nod with agreement … or do all of these things by turns.

While we don’t need long passages of description, the setting of the story should be clear. If it makes us ask, “Now – is this Medhir Woods or Asperatus?” it won’t be working for us.

Your story should be between five hundred and three thousand words in total, and your poem should be between ten and fifty lines. While we love the idea of longer works (wouldn’t it be amazing to read a fantasy novel set in the Fairelands?), for this competition we want something that stands alone and that can be read as a complete piece.

We also want something that is completely your own work and written for this competition. You will retain the copyright, but in submitting the story you give us permission to publish the story in electronic format in Prim Perfect and on websites and social media sites belonging to Prim Perfect and Fantasy Faire.

The deadline for submission is May 31.

Send your story in plain text or in .RTF or Word doc format to: fantasyfaireshortstory@gmail.com

We will acknowledge receipt (although it may take a little time).

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Hopes Horizon. photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Hopes Horizon. photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us today, Monday 5th May at 2pm at the Designing Worlds studio in Garden of Dreams for a viewing party of our new episode from Fantasy Faire 2014!

In this special show we look at some of the events that will be taking place over the course of the Faire.

We talk to Elizabeth Tinsley, the Faire organiser, about plans for the event (which opened on May 1st and is now in full progress), and to David Abbot about Fantasy Faire radio, and the fabulous Hunt. We’ll also be hearing from Amethyst Dovgal about the ballet (which you will see as part of next week’s Designing Worlds), and from Samantha Ohrberg about the exciting photo contest – where the winning pictures will be included in a real life calendar that will let people really take the Faire home!

The Faery Court. photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Faery Court, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Finally we’ll be talking to some of the groups of roleplayers who are adding a wealth of interactive stories to this year’s Faire! We’ll be meeting the Pirates of Blackwater Glen, the Rickety Weasels of Wigginstead Mooring and the NeoVictorians of Asperatus.

The story of the Rickety Weasels climaxes today after providing a very lively opening to Fantasy Faire roleplay, but the Asperatus tale will be just starting later today. The Pirates and another group – the dark murder mystery roleplay of Sanctuary in Mourningvale are ongoing!

Please note that this episode was filmed while the Fairelands were still under construction – and the builders very kindly allowed us a very early peep! The Fairelands have changed in appearance since this episode was recorded (and photographed).

Wiggenstead Mooring. photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Wiggenstead Mooring. photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us at 2pm for this very special exciting show!

Or – if you can’t attend in person – tune in to the web at 2pm SLT on Monday for a showing on Aview TV, on SLartist 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!

Sanctum. photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Sanctum. photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

 

 

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ricketyweaselsbeltaine

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.

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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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Image

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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