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Fantasy Faire

Fantasy Faire

That’s the way all the best stories begin, isn’t it? And Fantasy Faire is no different.

So we could say that once upon a time, there were lands of many enchantments … the Fairelands. And in the Fairelands were regions of great and fascinating beauty, and many stores with wonderful wares to sell. There was music and laughter and a police that was small in stature but ferocious at upholding the law and at inflicting fines for infringements.

But there it all just begins, for Fantasy Faire has always been a place for stories … for taking the “Once Upon a Time” and then creating the story to follow … a story that every individual visitor to the Faire could write for themselves.

This year the Faire will be celebrating those stories in a variety of ways!

MACHINIMA
First of all, if you are a machinima artist and want to tell a story created at Fantasy Faire, there will be special access for FIVE machinima artists in the days leading up to the event when the sims will be quieter. We will be sharing more details of this soon.

PHOTOGRAPHY
Then there will be a PHOTO COMPETITION with very special prizes. We are 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.

SHORT STORIES AND POETRY
As we had last year, there will be a short story competition – and this year there will be a poetry competition. Let the Faire inspire you to tell tales or compose ballads … the winners will appear in edition of Prim Perfect magazine, with a wealth of illustrations.

BALLET
In advance of the opening of the Faire, a special ballet will be staged and recorded. You’ll be able to see this on the blog and elsewhere in the days leading up to the Faire.

ROLE PLAY
Perhaps the most exciting development is that a series of tales will be unfolding directly at the Faire itself, with three established roleplaying groups bringing their stories to the Faire. Each will tell a story over part of the Faire; there’ll be opportunities for Faire visitors to become involved, to watch key events in the stories, and to follow the progression of these tales through news bulletins on Fantasy Faire Radio, and through special pages in the Events section of the Fantasy Faire blog.

NeoVictoria in Asperatus
The NeoVictoria Roleplay Group presents “The Revenge of Professor Timmons”. A renegade aristocrat and an evil scientist with revenge on their minds are using illicit Strand-world technology to create a murderous clockwerk automaton. After damaging the power-center of the NeoLondon Cathedral, they decamp to Planet Asperatus and the NeoVictorians follow to bring them to justice! Beginning on 1 May in NeoVictoria SIM, they will be bringing the story to the Fairelands on Monday, 5 May when their intrepid band of roleplayers land in the sky-city of the Fairelands: Asperatus!

The Rickety Weasels
In Wiggenstead Mooring, between the lagoon and the tavern, 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.

Trade Winds Pirates
A group of desperate pirates have found themselves stranded in Blackwater Glenn, desperately seeking funds to repair their ship. What lengths will they go to to accomplish their goal? You’ll certainly find a warm welcome in their impromptu tavern – but will you also find your pocket lightened?

So come and join us at the Faire … we can’t promise that you’ll live happily ever after … but we will do our best to make sure that you find the most amazing stories to see, to join, to tell and to take home.

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This week Hunt Reporter and Host Cinders Vale goes exploring along the Nile River. She shows off gifts from The Great Pyramid Hunt and the Old Egypt Hunt. And she dresses the part.

The Hunt Buzz buzzes about the latest MadPeas/Dwarfins hunt event, The Lost Mine.

C&R #52Happy Hunting to all!

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Our exploration of Greedy Greedy and other tabletop games created in Second Life by Karsten Rutledge of KR Engineering and Gaming SL is now on the grid!

Karsten Rutledge is the creator of Greedy Greedy, probably the most popular board game in Second Life, with over 3000 games played every day.

Karsten talks to us not only about Greedy Greedy but about other tabletop games that he has created – some based on real world games, ancient and modern. He has some terrific stories to tell about the evolution of tabletop in Second Life.

And then we play a game of Greedy Greedy with some friends and teach Elrik how to play, as Karsten offers some special strategic tips for game play!

Greedy Greedy!

Greedy Greedy!

 

 

 

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In fact we get a little Greedy Greedy in today’s show as we explore the world of tabletop gaming in Second Life!

Greedy Greedy!

Greedy Greedy!

Join us today, Monday 14th April at 2pm at the Designing Worlds studio in Garden of Dreams for a special viewing party of today’s show as we visit KR Engineering to talk to Karsten Routledge, the creator of Greedy Greedy, probably the most popular board game in Second Life, with over 3000 games played every day.

Karsten talks to us not only about Greedy Greedy but about other tabletop games that he has created – some based on real world games, ancient and modern.

Some of the tabletop games available from KR Engineering

Some of the tabletop games available from KR Engineering

And then we play a game of Greedy Greedy with some friends and teach Elrik how to play, as Karsten offers some special strategic tips for game play!

Join us at 2pm for a end to our current season (and don’t worry – we will actually be back at the end of April).

The Lighthouses - one of the special game tables available from KR Engineering

The Lighthouses – one of the special game tables available from KR Engineering

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!

 

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Hunt Reporter and Host Cinders Vale festoons the Happy Hunting set with blooms on this week’s show, bringing gifts from sin original’s Spring Has Sprung 2 Hunt and the A Mazing Easter Egg Hunt at Botanica.

The Hunt Buzz reminds hunters to remember the smaller store and sim hunts that will keep popping up unexpectedly right up until the next holiday has passed.

You can catch all of the past Happy Hunting shows in our archives. The 50th Anniversary gift is still awaiting your touch at the Garden of Dreams studio.

Cinder & rosa 51

 

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International Tabletop Day

International Tabletop Day

Today, April 5th is International Tabletop Day – the day to dig out those old boards games (snakes and ladders, monopoly, clue/cluedo, risk – or whatever you love best) and settle down to a good game with friends. Or maybe you’d rather play cards, dice or dominoes … they’re all tabletop.

And, of course, you can play many of these in Second Life with friends from around the world too. So why not set up a game with friends today, or find a cafe with a Greedy Greedy table?

Let’s all enjoy tabletop gaming today!

And, to get you started, here’s a very traditional tabletop game that can be enjoyed by one mor more players – a jigsaw!

Click to Mix and Solve

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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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Join us for a special show.

Host Cinders Vale interviews Up4 Dawes about the annual Spring Fair and Umbrella Hunt on the Old Europe sim.
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Then in honor of this major anniversary the people who put Happy Hunting together every week chat about how the show got started over coffee and cake.#1Be sure to get your Anniversary Gift from Happy Hunting. Click on the picture for a ride to the studio where you will find the FREE vendor.

Let’s Go Hunting!!

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Happy Hunting’s intrepid Hunt Reporter and Host, Cinders Vale, brings you lots of full perm gifts from the latest Flood Easter/Passover FP SPring Mesh Hunt. She managed to sniff out a basket of strawberries in ice, as well, while working through the Strawberry Kube Hunt. Check out the show right here:

Hunt Buzzer, Rosamoo Mendelsohn, gives thanks for all the wonderous folks who make hunts fabulous. Check out her tips for ways to give thanks of your own.
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Hunt Reporter Cinders Vale takes us on a trip under the sea, as well as egg hunting.

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She shows off gifts from the Mysteries of the Sea Hunt and the Sweet Gift Egg Hunt.

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Be sure to pick up your ballot while out hunting or on The Hunties page at either Happy Hunting! or at HuntSL.com.

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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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