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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!

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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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Waterlilies by Elicio

Waterlilies by Elicio

Today’s jigsaw comes from my own garden.  Elicio Ember, the owner of Cerridwen’s Cauldron, recently gave me some beautiful and exotic waterlilies that he had created. Elicio has a background in both marine biology and graphic art – the amazing foliage and vegetation he creates is exotic, even alien – but always scientifically plausible.

These lilies are, as you’ll see when you do the jigsaw, stunningly detailed and beautiful. They’re also customisable in terms of their colour, and come in a variety of arrangements. But before you all rush over to buy some at the store at the Cauldron (which is an amazing visual and audible treat in itself) … let’s do a jigsaw.

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Waterlilies by Elicio

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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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Petite Village

Petite Village

Last year, at the amazing auction that concluded Fantasy Faire, I bought a really gorgeous petite village, created by Nya Alchemi, the owner of Fuubutsu-Dou & Kirei Shops. They are exquisite – and include cottages, a working windmill, a town hall and a wishing well.  Having gained a little more space on my home island, I have set them out on the shores of a small lake – and they look beautiful.

I have always liked the idea of small buildings that can be used as follies or visual tricks. On my old homestead of Oliveto, I have a miniature Tuscan village with a church, a fountain and tiny cypresses, deliberately placed on the skyline so people looking up would think it a full sized village.  I had it out on Cor Unum too although, without the perspective trick, it was never quite the same.

For the last year I’ve been pulling out individual buildings from this set and planning that one day, no matter what the prim cost, they would find a home. And now they have – and you can do a jigsaw!

And for those of you looking forward to Fantasy Faire … there seem to be some exciting plans in the works so … stay tuned!

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Petite Village

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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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Mikati Slade's installation, the Stage (by Victor Mornington) and landscaping (by Aisling Sinclair)

One Billion Rising

Today’s post shows Mikati Slade’s fun build at One Billion Rising, with the stage built by Victor1st Mornington. All around is the landscaping by Aisling Sinclair, which created a glorious background to the whole event.

Today is takedown day, although most installations are still in pleace. We’ll be having a take down party from 2pm – 5pm today (Sunday 16th February) so do come and join us at OBR Dance! (or Rise, Release or Justice!).

But before you come to the party – enjoy the jigsaw!

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Mikati Slade’s installation, the Stage (by Victor Mornington) and landscaping (by Aisling Sinclair)

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The {Lost} Garden Of Sundarya Lahari

The {Lost} Garden Of Sundarya Lahari

The {Lost} Garden Of Sundarya Lahari is a stunning new installation at LEA 13, one of their new round of art intsllations. I read about it on Quan Lavender’s blog, and went to see if it was really as spectacular as her images suggested.

It is.

The {Lost} Garden Of Sundarya Lahari

The {Lost} Garden Of Sundarya Lahari

Created by the artist Xineohp Guisse, there is a story behind it (and a book to collect too, filled with gorgeous images):

According to myths, the Ancients discovered a botanical species; a kind of reed that was capable of resonating a sound frequency when touched. The Ancients harvested these reeds and created a meditative and spiritual garden.

Quite by accident, the Ancients also discovered a symbiotic creature to the reeds; which they named the Pentapuss. The Pentapuss has the same form and biological structure as the reeds, and fed off the soundwaves made by the reeds. In doing so, their movements amongst the reeds nurtured the growth of the reeds to maturity.

The {Lost} Garden Of Sundarya Lahari: A Pentapuss among the reeds

The {Lost} Garden Of Sundarya Lahari: A Pentapuss among the reeds

The Ancients built BioPods and BioSpheres; to nurture these reeds and the young, juvenile pentapussies. They built contemplative Elemental pods at the Chamber of the Ancients, to observe these creatures and plants. They built a music chamber, where they can physically interact with the reeds……

In time, the garden grew to become a beautiful space – to contemplate and be as one with the beings that surrounds them.

Do go and visit but – in the meantime – here is a jigsaw.

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The {Lost} Garden Of Sundarya Lahari

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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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Quinn discovers a secret

Quinn discovers a secret

Well, we always knew that Miss Alleyn had secrets, didn’t we? But even Quinn is surprised when one is revealed in the final episode of this season of The Blackened Mirror!

Prisoners in the steampunk city of New Babbage, Harland Quinn, Alais Alleyn and Mr Biggins also face decisions that will shape their Quest – and their futures!

Watch Episode 2.6 – Decisions today to find out! The episode will be going live at 2pm Pacific time (SLT) and 10pm GMT.

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Quinn learns a secret

You can see the show on the web on the Treet.TV Blackened Mirror Channel, on The Blackened Mirror channel at Aview TV, on The Blackened Mirror YouTube Channel – and it will be shown on today’s Metaverse Week in Review!

But first do the jigsaw!

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In the Atelier - Candle Lit

In the Atelier – Candle Lit

I have been sharing pictures of Kayle Matzerath’s new Atelier Dream Scene for a few days, and today’s jigsaw is drawn from the same source, because I am still fascinated by the use he makes of materials.

Let’s take an example from one small corner – the one shown in the first picture.  The candle is burning, and it casts its light on the iron stove next to it, the iron pipe running above, the hanging on the ceiling and the floor. You will also notice changes in the light on the hanging as you more around the room – it’s very dynamic.

Blow out the candle – and the same scene is very different.

In the Atelier - Candle Unlit

In the Atelier – Candle Unlit

Now all the light is gone, not just from the candle, but from its reflections as well. There is still a little light on the curtain from the window, a faint effect of light from the room below. But all the reflected glow has likewise disappeared. I’m guessing that the whole thing is controlled by a script in the candle, but its beautifully done!

And here, for comparison, is the same shot with the Advanced Lighting Model turned off.  There’s still an effect of light and shade in, for example, the folds in the curtain but really, what a difference!

In the Atelier - without the Advanced Lighting Model

In the Atelier – without the Advanced Lighting Model

Anyway, enough of my being impressed by Kayle’s work and the new Advanced Lighting Model. Let’s do a jigsaw!

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Candle in the Atelier

Once again, the image has been lightened to work as a jigsaw.

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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).

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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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Hiding in New Babbage

Hiding in New Babbage

So what – or perhaps “who” has driven our heroes to hide out while looking for the missing Millie in New Babbage?

The answer may surprise you …

Watch Episode 2.5 – No More Angels today to find out! The episode will be going live at 2pm Pacific time (SLT) and 10pm GMT.

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Hiding in Babbage

You can see the show on the web on the Treet.TV Blackened Mirror Channel, on The Blackened Mirror channel at Aview TV, on The Blackened Mirror YouTube Channel.

But first do the jigsaw!

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Quinn and Alais face danger in New Babbage

Quinn and Alais face danger in New Babbage

Millie has been kidnapped by people from Babbage – Mr Biggins’ home city – and a place he is very reluctant to return to.

Quinn is determined to rescue his young friend – but what dangers lie ahead? What price is he asking his companions to pay?

Episode 2.5 – No More Angels – comes out on Sunday 2nd February at 2pm PST / 10pm GMT.

But in the mean-time – here’s a jigsaw!

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Facing Danger in New Babbage

And if you missed Episode 4, you can catch up now!

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