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Inside Cloud Party - looking at the islands

Inside Cloud Party – looking at the islands

Join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday 11th March, for our new episode of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams as we take a trip to a whole new environment – Cloud Party!

Designing Worlds has long looked outside Second Life to explore new virtual environments. But previously all such environments have been based on the Second Life infrastructure (you might say): Inworldz, Open Sim, Kitely, Reaction Grid, Science Grid and Heritage Key. But Cloud Party is very different, being accessed through a web browser and, initially, requiring a Facebook log in.

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Stormy Rustica in Cloud Party – photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Cloud Party uses the metaphor of islands floating in the sky, which can at times look like an album sleeve designed by Roger Dean. The menu systems uses the metaphor of a smart phone with various apps – a rather clever way of introducing users not used to virtual worlds to what can be a complex set of tools.

To help us explore Cloud Party, we’re joined by three creators from Cloud Party – Maxwell Graf, who is well known in Second life as the designer of Rustica, Ashasekayi Ra, who has been doing some interesting work on avatar customisation, and Phate Shepherd, who has been exploring some of the possibilities of scripting and game creation in Cloud Party.

Art work by Claudia222 Jewell in Cloud Party  - photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Art work by Claudia222 Jewell in Cloud Party – photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

We’ll be taking a look at a number of islands within Cloud Party, including the starting including,Phate’s fascinating Misfit Toys, Maxwell’s stormy forest … and an amazing art creation by the well known artist in virtual worlds – Claudia222 Jewell.

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 – 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!

A Home in Cloudy Party - photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

A Home in Cloud Party – photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

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