May 092015
 

Sea Front

Basilique in Second Life is a quite stunning town, boasting bars, shops, a theatre and much more. This is also the home of Paradise Lost in Second Life.

The region has been brought to life by Harvey Crabsticks and Canary Beck.

Clock

One of the things I liked about my visit was the notecard, because that largely writes my blog post for me, for example, we are informed :

Named after the Basilica that dominates the region, Basilique is a small village on a lake nestled between the mountains of Northern Italy. Our most current information can be found at the website: http://thebasilique.wordpress.com

Event information can be found here:
https://thebasilique.wordpress.com/events/

History and Geography can be found here: https://thebasilique.wordpress.com/geography-history/

There are a number of places to visit here. However, first of all you may just want to take a stroll around.

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May 082015
 

Xiola Linden

Xiola Linden, Superstar, has posted on the official Second Life blog : Help Decide the Next Inworld Meetup Destination. These are meetups between The Lindens and residents and they are a lot of fun. Xiola states in the post :

It’s just about inworld meetup time, and since we’re in the habit of sharing some of our favorite spots from the Destination Guide, this weekend, we wanted to flip the script and find out from you what spot you think is one of the best to visit for our next inworld meetup.

I’ve been to a couple of meetups with The Lindens and they have both been at Meauxle Bureaux, home of the Second Life Moles.

Michael Linden Is Here!

However it seems as if The Lindens want to set sail to some new destinations, as Xiola explains in the blog post :

Share your recommendations in this forum thread – links to Destination Guide entry or SLURLS are best – and we’ll pick one to have our next inworld meetup.

The next meetup is planned for Thursday, May 14th at 1 PM SLT, so get your recommendations in soon!

As always, if you have a region or location that you would like to show off – be sure to share it, and we always love to see pics of your adventures on the Official Second Life Flickr page.

Whereas Xiola does not mention it in her post, I would imagine they are looking for a general rated location in order to be all inclusive. Although that’s just my thoughts, I could be wrong, it has happened before, April 12th 1984 to be precise.

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May 072015
 

Cerridwen's Cauldron

Cerridwen’s Cauldron is rather an odd sim in many ways. There are attractions here, such as :

  • Tower Of Dawn
  • Botanical Garden Display
  • Aquarium
  • Lost Halls

The latter gives a clue as to what makes this sim rather odd. The Lost Halls contain vendors, selling the wares in this wonderful region. The way the store blends so well with the setting is what makes this region a tad odd, for all the right reasons I should add, you don’t feel like you’re in a store, but you do appreciate the work of the creator and can find that work easily if you want to take some of it home with you.

Balloon

The land description describes the region as :

Fantasy plants, trees and flowers, avatars and buildings. Main Shop, Gallery and Landscaped Sim. Relaxing, exotic and beautifull. Non-disruptive RP, daters and photographers welcome. Home of the grid famous fantasy plants.

This is very true as this region of wonderfully exotic plant life in a fantastical setting is indeed ideal as a store, a roleplay area, ideal for daters and almost perfect for photographers.

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May 062015
 

Linden Lab have blogged regarding an issue with Facebook and SL Share : An Update on SLShare Service Issues. The post explains that Facebook have recently announced that they are depreciating an old Open Graph API. The implication with this change is that all apps running version 1.0, need to update to version 2.0.

Linden Lab are on the ball with this and have updated their SL Share app to version 2.0, but things aren’t complete on Facebook’s end, which may mean there are problems for a couple of week. The blog post states :

This means that when using SLShare (updating status, photo uploads, and check-ins from the Viewer) you may experience some temporary problems. Please be assured that we are aware of this and any issues you encounter should be resolved once the migration period is complete.

Thank you for your patience!

So the message is clear, there may be a bit of quirkiness for a couple of weeks when using SL Share with Facebook. Now I’ll be honest, I’ve never used SLShare, but for those who are wondering what it is, SLShare is a way of sharing your Second Life experiences on social media, such as Facebook, Flickr and Twitter and it looks rather straight forward.

The first thing to do is to ensure the toolbar buttons for SLShare are available, to do this go to me or avatar (depending upon with viewer you’re using) and then toolbar buttons :

SLShare4

Then the toolbar buttons show up and you can drag and drop these onto your toolbars in the viewer. Hopefully, if you squint you can see there are buttons for Facebook, Flickr and Twitter.

SLShare5

Note that my buttons for Facebook, Flickr and Twitter are dull, that’s because they are already on my toolbar.

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May 042015
 

Ship Ahoy

On the outside Britannia Village looks like a quaint British village. The river, the boat, the pub. However beneath the surface, and above the surface actually, there’s something else lurking.

Britannia Village is also gearing up for this week’s UK General Election, and there’s a distinct Vote Labour feeling to their political persuasion.

Discussing Politics

Whilst wandering around I discussed the forthcoming election with a protest Gnome. Holding a Vote Labour placard he told me to beware Tory supporters who may be lurking in the strangest of guises.

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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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