Jun 192016
 

Medieval Faire1

The Second Annual Unmasking a Cure (UAC) Medieval Faire opened on June 17th and runs until June 26th. The event is a fundraiser for Relay For Life in Second Life and items will be on sale for that purpose with all proceeds from those sales going to Relay For Life.

Signs and Map

The faire is in the style of a renaissance faire and activities include jousting, en garde, sword play, magic, archery, and horse racing. There will also be entertainment with a dozen live performers and numerous DJ’s entertaining the medieval masses.

Looking For Directions

There are over 50 merchants participating at the faire too so if you want to kit out your avatar or just take a look at the wares available, this may be the faire for you.

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Apr 212016
 

Me at Tinker's Hollow

My bags were packed days ago, but after making an arduous journey I found the gates locked. Fluttering my eyelashes, offers of much mead or rather menacing frowns would not tempt the guardians at the gates to let me in early, but as of just over an hour ago the day finally arrived when Fantasy Faire 2016 in Second Life open!

Lucentia

Between today and May 1st a wonderful celebration of many things fantasy in the Second Life virtual world will be taking place and I’ll be there to capture moments, as time permits! Pesky thing time, I think the Sci-Fi community should help us out a bit.

The event is also for a good cause as it’s part of the Relay For Life fundraising effort within Second Life, which raises money for The American Cancer Society. Last year Fantasy Faire raised US$ 31,642 as part of that effort, this year, US$5,927 has already been raised as the gates open.

Dangamon

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Mar 302016
 

Image Should Be Here

One of the cool things about The Fantasy Faire team is that they provide all these banners for you to publish (but please keep the aspect ratio), which is nice. Anyway, more importantly, Fantasy Faire 2016 have published posts asking for applications from artists, writers, DJ’s and bloggers for this year’s event, but the clock is ticking on applications.

During Fantasy Faire they have, Fantasy Faire Radio and recently they asked for Songweavers to apply for this year’s event :

Do you want to join the Sound of the Fairelands, be one of the voices weaving songs together to conjure audible magic? This is your chance!

In the link you will find an application form with further details, important details they are too, so if you are interested in being a DJ, read the application form in full.

Wildehaven Marsh

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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 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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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 072015
 

Fantasy Faire 2015 in Second Life is just over a couple of weeks away now, but you don’t have to wait until Fantasy Faire opens to join in. A recent blog post on the official Fantasy Faire website informs us : Waiting For Fantasy Faire To Open? Here Are Five Things You Can Do Now!

A View Of Lumenaria

1) Make sure you are following the Fantasy Faire blog.

Well this is a pretty easy one, but it’s also an important one. There are a few ways to keep your eyes on blogs, you can bookmark the Fantasy Faire website. Then there’s the follow feature which is available on WordPress blogs which will email you details.

Then there’s the old fashioned way, note the URL : https://fantasyfairesl.wordpress.com/

Saffia Widdershins

2) Take the “Why I Relay” challenge

Fantasy Faire is part of the Relay For Life fundraising effort in Second Life and the purpose of the “Why I Relay” challenge is for people who want to share their reasons for supporting the Relay For Life event. This is a challenge that is open to anyone, you don’t need to be a blogger.

A way of sharing your reasons has been provided by Catalina Staheli, who is taking portraits of people for the challenge.

Jeff and Penny Keith

For more details read this blog post or take a look at Catalina’s Flickr Page.

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Mar 242015
 
Banner Should Be Here

Fantasy Faire 2015

If you want to blog about all the fun of Fantasy Faire 2015 then you can happily do so without being an official blogger. There is no requirement to be an official blogger, nobody will tell you off for blogging about Fantasy Faire, unless you’re an Elf or a Halfling, never trust Elves of Halflings. Ok even Elves and Halflings are welcome to blog about Fantasy Faire 2015!

However if you do want to be an official blogger, then applications are now open.

Dwarfins Wizard

Blogging Fantasy Faire can be a lot of fun, you get to meet interesting and magical people. Sometimes there’s mead involved, sometimes this can upset your blogging, you have to tread carefully.

Fantasy Faire encourages bloggers to take challenges, but does not force you to. That being said there are three optional challenges for bloggers :

Faire Folk – Create a character from the Fairelands. Pick one of the Faire sims as their home, make a look mostly from Faire items, make the character come alive. Take at least one picture of that character in the chosen home sim and blog away! The more roleplay-style bloggers are invited to write about the character as well, but even those to whom pictures speak more than words can let those pictures speak loud and clear! Sim exploration stories encouraged!

My New Shiny – Find a shop in the Fairelands you have never heard of before and blog something of theirs that you love. This is all about finding and showcasing the hidden talents, the newcomers, the surprises you can find when you explore the Fairelands thoroughly instead of just going through your already familiar favourites. If you know every single shop in the Faire, pick one that you think should be in the spotlight more.

Why I Relay – This challenge is for those who do have a personal reason to support Relay for Life events and who would like to share it. Obviously if you don’t have any personal tie to the charity or if you’d like to keep your reasons private, there is no need to do this. But those who would like to speak out for the charity, for RFL and for their reasons, they are invited to do so.

 

Please note that you are free to blog about these challenges even if you are not an official blogger, so don’t feel you have to apply to cover these themes.

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Mar 072015
 
An Imagae should be here

Fantasy Faire 2015 Poster

Inara Pey recently posted some interesting information regarding Fantasy Faire 2015 for creators : Fantasy Faire 2015 opens the doors for creator registrations. Inara’s post is fully of useful information.

Gwarda And The King

A blog post has also appeared on the official Fantasy Faire website and that contains useful information too :

The registrations for the creators wishing to take part in the Faire are happening right now. For more information, please contact Elizabeth Tinsley.

However what about the really juicy information, when will blogger applications be open? Well the official post tells us :

The applications for bloggers wishing to shapeshift and indulge in the possibilities of fantasy will open on March 23rd.

Wait wait wait, what do you mean, you don’t care about no stinking bloggers?

A View Of Lumenaria

Ok ok, the press release was in my previous blog post, but for those who don’t like information such as that, when will the event be taking place?

The portals will open on April 23rd, 2015 and close again on May 3rd, granting us eleven days of beauty, hope and a chance to relay that hope forward.

Hurrah!

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