Jul 172015
 

American Cancer Society In SL

This weekend in Second Life is Relay For Life Weekend. Now if you’re wondering what Relay weekend is, it’s explained on the official Relay For Life in SL website : What is “Relay Weekend” in Second Life?

Relay For Life is the signature event of the American Cancer Society and has been active, and continually growing in Second Life for 11 years. In 2005, the first Relay For Life of Second Life (RFL of SL) was attended by a few hundred avatars and raised almost $5,000 US dollars for the American Cancer Society. Five years later, in 2010 the Relay For Life of Second Life raised over $220,000. The 1 MILLIONTH US dollar was raised in 2011 when more than 2000 volunteers raised over $375,000. In 2012 we passed the 1.5 million dollar mark. In 2014, we passed the 2 million US dollar mark and we are approaching the 2.5 million dollar mark quickly.

Relay Weekend is a fun-filled, overnight event that unites SL individuals throughout the world to celebrate survivors (anyone who has ever been diagnosed with cancer), remember loved ones and raise money for the fight against cancer.

For more information about RFL in SL please visit the American Cancer Society Region anytime, day or night, all year long.

A host of activities are planned for Saturday and Sunday, a full list of which you can find out about on the page I linked to above.

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May 042015
 

Spires Of Andolys

The Fairelands of Fantasy Faire 2015 will soon disappear as if by magic. All the events are over, the vendors have been packing up and we’ve all been going home. The event was of course part of the Relay For Life fundraising effort in Second Life, for the American Cancer Society. In terms of that fundraising effort Fantasy Faire 2015 has so far raised L$ 7,627,066, which amounts to a very impressive US$ 30,508. This is a record breaking effort so thank you to everyone who contributed to and promoted this fundraising.

Trapped!

The event overall saw a mixture of the weird and the wonderful. The old and the new. In terms of new events, both the literary festival and dance and particle shows have been hailed as a success and are likely to return for future Fantasy Faires if possible.

LitFest Audience

A number of traditional events also took place. Roleplaying, which is of course an important element of Fantasy in Second Life was well represented at The Faire as three groups played out storylines, as explained by The Sunday Daily Recap on the Fantasy Faire website :

The roleplay groups have also concluded their storylines: NeoVictorians have safely traveled home, the Trial of Lut challenged the Sanctuary RP Community with a surprise ending and yesterday The Rickety Weasels finally managed to save Poppetsborough after freeing the Paper Wizard and returning light to the beloved popup book world.

On top of that there were more traditional themes such as DJ’s, live acts, Jail and Bail and Auctions.

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May 032015
 

YoZakura

The end of Fantasy Faire 2015 is nigh. Bags are being packed, transport is being arranged and the sun is going to come down on the Fairelands for another year. This has been a charming event full of entertainment, art, roleplay, adventure and much more.

Second Life merchants have been displaying their fantastical wares to a grateful audience of fantasy enthusiasts. The Faire has exemplified that there is a market for these concepts.

Wildehaven Marsh

The King, Queen and Chancellor of Fantasy Faire were elected. The nominees were based on people’s favourite fictional characters and after a topsy turvy campaign that saw votes swing one way, or another, Sir Terry Pratchett’s characters fought off a strong Steampunk challenge to sweep the board :

  • King Of Fantasy Faire – Havelock Vetinari
  • Queen Of Fantasy Faire – Granny Weatherwax
  • Chancellor Of Fantasy Faire – Greebo The Cat.

The results were announced at a spectacular May Day ball on Friday.

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May 022015
 

Rynn Verwood Jailed

Shocking scenes unfolded at Fantasy Faire 2015 today when the honourable Rynn Verwood of Solarium was placed behind bars as part of the Jail and Bail event! Rynn who appeared to be in possession of some sort of mystical wand was guarded by Zander Greene as calls to make bail were made.

Sheriff Cassie Eldermar

Meanwhile Cassie Eldermar was ensuring that nobody stormed the platform to illegally release Rynn in the role of law enforcer and Sheriff. Cassie was assisted by other sheriffs, whilst other people engaged in dance.

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May 022015
 
A May Day Ball Should Be Here

May Day Ball

Fantasy Faire isn’t just about magic, shopping, jail and bail, literary festivals, competitions. No there’s more to it than that, there’s dancing too and tonight there’s a May Day Ball!

The ball takes place between 5pm – 7pm SLT and is described as :

A new Special Event at the Faire! Don your formal fantasy best and join us for this enchanted evening. DJ Gabrielle Riel hosts the festivities including the final voting for and announcment of King, Queen and Chancellor of Fantasy Faire 2015.

Being a Dwarfin, I’m not sure what they mean by formal best? I mean I’m a King, I have a crown, I’m always in my formal best, even when I’m trawling through taverns and drinking mead!

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Apr 292015
 

Vote For Your King & Queen

The current voting statistics for Fantasy Faire’s elections for your favourite fictional character to be King, Queen or Chancellor of this year’s Fantasy Faire are showing a definite Sir Terry Pratchett tinge, as characters from Sir Terry’s work are ahead in all three categories. When it comes to the King we see current scores of :

  • Havelock Vetinari – 3700
  • Baron Klaus Wulfenbach – 3152
  • Tyrion Lannister – 925
  • Gilgamesh Wulfenbach – 350
  • Legolas Greenleaf – 260

What we can tell from this is that Lannister Gold is currently no match for Lord Havelock Vetinari’s cunning, when it comes to votes, at least. However there’s still plenty to play for and remember that in this case, the rules of the election do not mean that one man, one vote, means Lord Vetinari being the man and having the vote.

When it comes to the Queen, there’s a witch ahead, but the lead is most definitely slender :

  • Granny Weatherwax – 4270
  • Queen Zantabraxus Of Skafander – 4200
  • Maleficent – 1196
  • Agatha Heterodyne – 500
  • Galadriel – 250

This one will definitely lead to a nail biting finish.

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Apr 282015
 

Garnet Psaltrey

Today at Fantasy Faire 2015 the literary festival has been concentrating on Pratchett Day. The day is dedicated to the late, great, Sir Terry Pratchett. When this post goes to press you will have missed :

Share your favourite Pratchett extract!
Moderated by Judi Newall
Bring your favourite quotes or longer extracts to share with other Pratchett friends – and join in our discussion. Free Fedora hats

However fear not, there’s more!

 

Pratchett Fans

If you read this just after I publish it, you will be able to attend (all times in SLT) :

12 noon – 1pm
Who is your favorite Terry Pratchett character?
Moderated by Judi Newall
Come and talk about your favourite Pratchett character – Vetinari or Granny Weatherwax? Samuel Vimes or Nanny Ogg? Susan or Death? Or do you love a character who appeared in just one novel? Free Fedora hats

However if you miss that, fear not, there’s even more!

 

Pratchett Day Audience

This afternoon in Second Life you can attend :

2pm – 3pm
What is your favourite Terry Pratchett novel?
Moderated by Judi Newall
A discussion for Terry Pratchett fans. Which is your favourite novel, and why? Come along and share your favourites! Free Fedora hats

Now even if you miss that, you’re not out of luck because there will be more Sir Terry Pratchett related events today and later in the week.

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Apr 272015
 
Champions Should Be Here

10 Champions

The Hunt at Fantasy Faire 2015 is known as The Lost Land and features a HUD driven two part adventure. The basic story comes from The Book Of Champions and tells the story of Princess Flora, whom The Bard Queen helped as a child by sending ten champions to protect and teach her.

However the Unweaver was undaunted by this and sent as his proxy, Ayaz Ata, the Winter King, to steal Princess Flora away from The Fairelands. This is where you come into things :

Your task, brave hunter, is to find the Champions. They are scattered throughout the Fairelands. Take what path you will, but find them all. Hear their memories of the Princess so that she might be restored to memory and returned to the Fairelands.

Just who are these Champions? Well the page I linked to does gives us some guidance : Ala, the Priestess, Duban, the Doctor, Britomart, the Warrior, Sun Wukong, the Rogue, Arduinna, the Ranger, Gassire, the Musician, Muromi, the Water Spirit, Perkūnas, the Poet of Strength, Razia, the Artist Archer, andBisclavret, the Animal spirit.

The page I linked to above, has bigographies on these champions which may well assist you in locating them within The Fairelands.

Now to get started with The Hunt you will need to purchase a HUD, they come in two formats, one is priced at L$250 and the other is priced at L$350. In terms of completing the hunt, there’s no difference, but the more expensive model comes with a costume that is in theme with the hunt. 100% of proceeds from the sale of these HUDs goes to Relay For Life.

Part 1 Of the hunt involves finding Orbs and and saving the ten champions. This involves hunting, touching, clicking and watching videos via the HUD. I’m not giving away any spoilers when I say that there are ten champions, ten orbs and ten shopping regions at Fantasy Faire.

Part 2 of the hunt involves visiting the cold snowy lands of Ravenshold, which is a special region just for the hunt.

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Apr 232015
 

Spires Of Andolys

The moment I’ve been waiting for … and some of you, has arrived. Fantasy Faire 2015 is open to all and sundry, including Halflings and Elves. This wasn’t my decision by the way, don’t blame me!

The Fairelands are awash with all manner of beings, to such an extent that some of the sims are full. However fear not, there are thirteen sims available, if you count Ravenshold, which will be hosting the second part of the hunt.

Xiola Linden has been in on the act, blogging about Fantasy Faire – to Benefit Relay for Life of Second Life. Xiola’s blog post is important because it contains some top tips, such as :

Start planning your adventure by visiting the full calendar of events, dust off your “bag of holding” for all of the great finds you will walk off with, and come shop for a great cause.

The offiical Fantasy Faire website also has a very good blog post about the opening of The Faire : Welcome To The Fairelands!

The portals to the Fairelands are now open, the camouflage enchantments dispelled, the whole continent of fantasy worlds awaits visitors to come and explore, enjoy and perhaps shapeshift into one of the Faire Folk.

This post is worth reading because it gives you some insight into the regions that make up The Fairelands.

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Apr 232015
 

American Cancer Society In SL

Fantasy Faire 2015 will open its doors to everyone within the next hour or so but as well as being a magnificent example of fantasy related themes, creations, storytelling, art, poetry and much more in Second Life, it’s also part of the Relay For Life In Second Life fundraising effort on behalf of The American Cancer Society.

Last year’s event raised 5,955,893 Linden Dollars, that’s 23,824 in US Dollars. So far this year, before the doors have even officially opened, the event has raised 1,643,825 Linden Dollars, that’s  6,575 US Dollars.

Fantasy Faire is of course far from being the only event in Second Life raising money for Relay For Life. The combined total for last year’s fundraising efforts reached a quite staggering $415,000, yes that’s US Dollars.

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