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Join us today, Monday 21st July at 2pm SLT at the Designing Worlds studio in Garden of Dreams for the second (and final) part of our discussion about Second Life’s continued viability and the ways in which Linden Lab might attract existing communities to their new platform.

The Discussion, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Discussion, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Our great panel of guests is present again – including Jessica Lyon, Project Manager of Firestorm, Jo Yardley, owner of 1920s Berlin, Maxwell Graf, owner of Rustica. JJ Drinkwater, Virtual and real life Librarian and Pathfinder Lester, Community Engagement specialist (and the ex-Pathfinder Linden).

We don’t talk about the technical possibilities of the new platform; instead we’ll be focus on what needs to be done to keep Second Life vibrant and alive … and, at the same time, what might persuade the residents of Second Life to make a commitment to a new environment – and some of the answers may be surprising!

Join us at 2pm for an important and fascinating show – make sure that you don’t miss it!

The Discussion, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Discussion, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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.

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Join us today, Monday 23rd June at 2pm SLT at the Designing Worlds studio in Garden of Dreams for a viewing party of our latest episode as we visited the town of Flotsam, encounter the Nautilus and Captain Nemo’s underwater observatory, contemplate a trip to the moon and a voyage to the centre of the earth – and undertake an amazing underwater journey – all courtesy of the fabulous, creative Aley!

The Freeport Township of Flotsam in Blake Diego photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Freeport Township of Flotsam in Blake Diego photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Aley has – under a variety of guises – been an amazing creator in Second Life for a great many years, and the Freeport Township of Flotsam is a brilliant example of her skill, her inventiveness and her sense of fun! It’s a floating town in Blake Diego, with strong overtones of Jules Verne – as we discovered when we visited Nemo’s Observatory. Saffia explores the Nautilus and Elrik takes a perilous journey to the centre of the earth!

Begin your Journey to the Centre of the Earth at The Freeport Township of Flotsam in Blake Diego photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Begin your Journey to the Centre of the Earth at The Freeport Township of Flotsam in Blake Diego photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

But there are other elements too which are wonderful to discover. Who can resist feeding the kraken (even if it takes a whale to satisfy his appetite), or dining at one of the restaurants – McSushi, perhaps, with its dragon arches, or The White Whale (which serves excellent seafood)? Each building holds stories and surprises – some enchanting, some alarming … what could have happened to the previous occupants of Stan’s Previously Owned Coffins?

The Freeport Township of Flotsam in Blake Diego photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Freeport Township of Flotsam in Blake Diego photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

As we discovered on last week’s show, Aley has also been busy decorating the waters of Blake’s Deep and we conclude by taking an underwater tour that leads us to a fantastic mer carnival (the tour continues without us – but we couldn’t resist stopping off here!).

Aley's Mer Arcade, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Aley’s Mer Arcade, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

All in all, this is a fantastic show – and most of the items we see are on the Marketplace at AleyMart – and all absolutely free.

You can see more of Aley’s works at the Second Life 11th Birthday Community Celebrations. One of these is in The Blackened Mirror exhibit. As part of an amazing demonstration of Rescene (you really must get over there and try it out!) we have re-created the mad scientist’s laboratory that appeared in Episode 1 of Season 2.

And there are two exhibits devoted to Aley’s work – the historical All Things Aley, SL11B Branch, which focuses on the history of her wonderful creations as Arcadia Asylum (2006 – 2008) when she was such a great part of founding the “hobo ethos” of producing high quality free content, as Aley Ariai (2008-2010) , as Lora Lemon, and most recently as Aley (2011 – present), in addition to presenting material on the Boardman themed community which was created back in the beta era of Second Life – and still exists today! And then there’s the Arcadia Asylum – Living Library & Freebie Center, a wonderful display by a group of like-minded individuals, working to preserve and catalogue the works of Aley in all her incarnations, and to make these items available to all for free.

Nemo's Obervatory at The Freeport Township of Flotsam in Blake Diego photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Nemo’s Obervatory at The Freeport Township of Flotsam in Blake Diego photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us at 2pm for a fun and spectacular show – make sure that you don’t miss it!

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.

The Freeport Township of Flotsam in Blake Diego photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Freeport Township of Flotsam in Blake Diego photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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Firestorm - symbol and classroom, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Firestorm – symbol and classroom, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us today, Monday 2nd June at 2pm SLT at the Designing Worlds studio in Garden of Dreams for a viewing party of our latest episode. This week, we’re not visiting a place so much as we’re looking at a phenomenon – the Firestorm Viewer.

We’ll be talking to Jessica Lyon, the overall Project Manager, Lette Ponnier, the English Support Lead. and Ed Merryman, Support Manager and teacher. And we’ll be tracing Firestorm from the early, rocky days of the Emerald browser through its rebrth as Phoenix to its present huge popularity as the most used viewer on the Second Life grid.

Firestorm training path, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Firestorm training path, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

And we’ll be looking at how the team develop the features that make it so popular – and above all its famous training and support – including their own training path for newcomers to Second Life. Does this offer a model for Linden Lab as they move forward?

Join us at 2pm for the story of Firestorm, a really fascinating 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.

Firestorm auditorium, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Firestorm auditorium, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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Second Life Retention Discussion, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Second Life Retention Discussion, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us today, Monday 19th May at 2pm at the Designing Worlds studio in Garden of Dreams for a viewing party of our latest episode as we discuss the problem of Second Life retention.

The problems for Second Life surrounding attracting and retaining new residents is an issue that has been much discussed on blogs recently – and we will be joined by some of the people who’ve been involved in that discussion – Carl Metropolitan Chancellor Emeritus at Caledon Oxbridge, Caledon Oxbridge Chancellor, 2009 to 2012; Executive Director of NCI/New Citizens Incorporated, 2005 to 2009, and Jo Yardley of 1920s Berlin and the Drax Radio Files, together with two people who are working on the production side of this at Linden Lab – Brooke Linden and DaveR Linden.

Second Life Retention Discussion, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Second Life Retention Discussion, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

We’ll be discussing three aspects of the retention problem – how Second Life is marketed, how the initial experience is managed and how to embed new residents so that they remain and become integrated. We’ll be sharing ideas – and learning more about developments at the Lab – including the introduction of the new avatars.

Join us at 2pm for a fascinating show – and it will be followed by a discussion where you will have the opportunity to share your views in a session that will be recorded for later viewing.

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!

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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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Stay tuned for news of a special edition of Designing Worlds at 2pm SLT today – with a viewing party followed by a discussion in our beautiful studios on Garden of Dreams.

Designing Worlds studio

Designing Worlds studio

The post-show discussion will be streamed live on Aview.TV.

More news about this show (including details of how to watch) will be released later today, so please keep an eye on this blog for details.

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I am an awful coward about new viewers.

Because I need to use Second Life for work, when I have a viewer that – basically – works for me, I tend to cling to it with a passion.

The Atelier - without the advanced lighting model

The Atelier – without the advanced lighting model (old Firestorm)

For a long time, this was Imprudence which was blessedly stable. I was never tempted by Emerald but, when it finally declined gracefully (although it has lately resurged), I moved over to Firestorm and quickly fell in love with its bells and whistles.  Nevertheless, I tend to be a bit conservative about updating – I will wait till friends have tested it and reported that it’s safe.

But I have been seduced. I bought Kayle Matzerath’s Atelier, which I raved about in a previous post, and even a quickly dive into the official Second Life viewer to take pics told me that I was missing out. I knew it used materials, normal maps and specular maps … but oh my. Oh …my.

The Atelier - WITH the advanced lighting model (Firestorm beta)

The Atelier – WITH the advanced lighting model (Firestorm beta)

The difference is stunning.

So this morning I drew a deep breath and downloaded the beta version of Firestorm. Yes, I had been seduced so far. And you can see the results here. Both pictures were taken from the same angle, using the same windlight. The only different is the Advanced Lighting model (and thus materials).

And in case you are wondering – I was turned off the official Second life viewer by Version 2 (like so many) and after that have only used it as a back-up. Nowadays, I find the chat system cumbersome – I prefer the flexibility of Firestorm.

Anyway – let’s do a jigsaw (note that for jigsaws to work, I have to lighten the image before making the jigsaw – I do that using curves in Photoshop).

Click to Mix and Solve

In the Atelier

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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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