Apr 112014
 
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Fantasy Faire 2014

Ok first of all a disclaimer, I’m not an organiser of Fantasy Faire 2014, so my information may be out of date! However as it stands, there are no opportunities left for sim sponsors, but there may well be opportunities for event sponsors.

The sim sponsors are :

Cerridwen’s Cauldron, Creators of Fantasy, Dwarfins, Fallen Gods Inc., Fuubutsu-Dou, The Looking Glass, NeoVictoria, Roawenwood and Solarium. The event sponsors are Curious Kitties, Dark Goddess Designs, Epic, .Luminary., L’Uomo and Spyralle.

View From Bridge

So what about creator spots? Well, back on March 15th Sonya Marmurek blogged : CREATOR APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN! In that post Sonya links to the actual creator/Event Sponsor application form, which is a most important document to read as it details the costs and rules for participation.

In an additional blog post on March 26th Sonya wrote :

we do still have some limited space for creators of fantasy and steampunk. Yes, steampunk! We have several steampunk sims this year, so don’t think it’s only about magic and fairies here!

At this point I tried to hit Sonya with a curse of agony, steampunk in fantasy land! Pah! … Oh wait, this isn’t new for Fantasy Faire at all … hmm I better cancel that curse of agony.

Nemofloor

 

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Apr 112014
 
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Fantasy Faire 2014

I am miles behind with my coverage of Fantasy Faire 2014, Sonya Murmarek and the team are way ahead of me! For those who are not familiar with Fantasy Faire in Second Life, I advise you to take your time to make yourself familiar with it. On a scale of 1 – 10, with 1 being pretty damn rubbish and 10 being awesome, Fantasy Faire rates as an 11! My favourite Second Life event by a country mile.

So in the next few posts I’ll start catching up with the news so far, hopefully I’m not out of date with the news, from what I can see there are still openings for merchants who want to participate.

The best place to start is with the official press release, which I’ll post below the cut.

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Mar 072014
 

The 10th Relay For Life fundraising effort in Second Life kicks off this weekend, even though it’s sort of the 11th, there was a fundraising effort in 2004 but it wasn’t an official Relay For Life event, that started in 2005.

The opening ceremony takes place tomorrow on Saturday 8th March but events start today. There’s a list of events here: http://relayforlifeofsecondlife.org/events-list/ That page gets updated regularly.

For those who don’t know, Relay For Life is a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society and has a long history of being involved in Second Life. There are many events and associated events throughout the year, some you may attend without even realising it’s a relay for life event. For example Fantasy Faire is part of the fundraising.

However this weekend sees the start of the main organisation and overall body for those fundraising efforts. Second Life users have over the years very generously donated Linden dollars which are then converted into real dollars for this cause.

The fundraising started in 2004, when a total of US$2,000 was raised since then a lot more money has been raised:

  • 2005 - US$5,000
  • 2006 - US$41,000
  • 2007 - US$118,500
  • 2008 - US$215,000
  • 2009 - US$274,000
  • 2010 - US$222,804
  • 2011 - US$375,000
  • 2012 - US$375,385
  • 2013 - US$393,000

According to my calculator that’s a total of US$2,021,689 raised by Second Life users.

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Dec 302013
 

The challenge with a review of the year is to try and make it worth reading. There’s a balance between including information and including too much information. This year’s review is largely based on Second Life and my own posts, so there’s plenty of information that I will be missing. For those who want a more in depth review, Inara Pey has been reviewing 2013 too.

For me personally it was a difficult year, Reed, Dee, Izzy and TJ Linden all gave me wonderful support, even when I myself was more than a tad grouchy with them but I do appreciate the efforts they made to accommodate me.

This post is not as long as it looks, if you skip the pictures, links and embedded videos it won’t take as long to read as you may think at first glance. I did consider breaking this down in to different posts, as I did last year. However at the end of the day it is what it is, so it looks like it’s epic in length but it’s really not. However to aid people I’ve decided to go back to HTML school and create a table of contents! Hurrah.

Contents

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Dec 042013
 

Alliez Mysterio has sadly passed away after a battle with breast cancer. Alliez, who ran a large number of private estates passed away two weeks ago. News of this was posted on SLUniverse by Polgara Llewellyn, who said:

It is with deep sadness that I announce the death of Alliez Mysterio, owner of dAlliez Estates, my friend and boss.

Alliez passed away 2 weeks ago from Breast Cancer and her estates are now going to be run by her real life daughter Sue Peregrine who, like Alliez, has been on SL for 10 years.

Anyone who knew Allie knew she was a fair person with lots of class and a great sense of humor. We invite those of you who knew her to celebrate her 10 years of life on SL this Saturday December 7, on her home sim, dAlliez. We will be celebrating her life all day long with some of her favorite musicians and her dAlliez family and friends.

We will have kiosks set up for donations to the American Cancer Society where you can donate Lindens in Alliez name to help others who are struck with this horrible disease.

Please join me and the dAlliez family in celebrating the life of this wonderful woman who loved SL so much.

For more information you can contact, Trader1 Whiplash, Nuala Maracas, Sue Peregrine, or myself in celebrating the SL life of Alliez.

If you knew Alliez you may want to pop along to celebrate her Second Life with friends and family.

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Apr 302013
 

Fantasy Faire is always a treat for everyone involved, but this year has been especially great. The artistry and pageantry has been mind blowing to behold, the people have been a joy and fun to be around, and the events have been great.

The Dwarfins team has been blown away by the generosity of the Dwarfins community members who have gone above & beyond in their donations to the cause of fighting cancer. We’ve been overjoyed to welcome many new members that the Faire brought to us, and have reveled in the community spirit brought to us by this great cause.” – Judy Chestnut Of Dwarfins.

All good things come to an end and I’ll pretty much wrap up my Fantasy Faire coverage with this post, although you should never say never as there may well be more news to post, but I’ll mostly wrap it up here. I apologise to those of you who read my blog and have no interest in this event, but I love this event, it’s an event that exemplifies oh so well some of the excellent use cases of Second Life and that most certainly should be highlighted.

One complaint regarding events like this, and that applies to the other fairs that take place during the year, is lag. Fantasy Faire this year wasn’t that bad, but there were some who experienced problems. The thing is, this is Fantasy Faire, if you take away the beautiful buildings, the weird and wonderful avatars and their scripted accessories, you take away some of the heart of the event.

Lumenaria Street

Although Fantasy Faire 2013 is officially over, there are still a couple of Fantasy Faire related events to run. There’s a short story competition in association with Prim Perfect: Weave a tale of fantastic landscapes for the Fantasy Faire / Prim Perfect Short Story Competition. Your story should be between one and three thousand words and the best entries will be published in the summer edition of Prim Perfect Magazine. One of the good things about blogging Fantasy Faire is that I’ve now discovered the excellent Calameo system Prim Perfect use for their magazine, that’s a really impressive platform.

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Apr 302013
 

Sunday night saw Fantasy Faire 2013 pretty much winding up with the one of  kind auction in The Valley Of IshNar. This is an event whereby creators offer unique items for auction to raise money for Relay For Life and the event proved very popular:

Valley Of IshNar 101 People

Sim performance during the auction was excellent, with auctioneer Cortez Brandriss proving to be an expert auctioneer, all that experience from doing auctions for Oceania Breedables certainly came in handy there, she was fantastic.

Cortez Brandriss

The auction saw the fundraising effort for Relay For Life cross the eight million Linden Dollars barrier for this year’s Fantasy Faire, I don’t yet know what the final total is.

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Apr 302013
 
An Image Should Be Here

The DragonSpire

 

Fantasy Faire 2013 may well be pretty much over, but I’ve still got a few posts on the event to post and I’ll start with an interview with Khyle Sion. Khyle is the person who built The Dragonspire sim and spent a lot of time working during the event, meaning I couldn’t catch up with him! At one point he told me he’d been awake for 36 hours! Khyle also displayed some wares from his store, Refined Wild at Fantasy Faire, naturally in The DragonSpire sim.

CL : How Many Years Have You Been Participating In Fantasy Faire for?

Khyle : This will be my 3rd year participating in the Relay for Life Fantasy Faire; however, this is my first year having built an entire sim for it.

CL : What have you enjoyed most about your participation in Fantasy Faire?

Khyle : I’m a professional artist in real life, as well as in Second Life. Unfortunately, due to illness and circumstances beyond my control, I currently do not have the ability to create many substantial works of art to participate in public shows. I’ve been showing in galleries for a long time — since I was 8 or 9 years old, in fact — up until after college. I deeply miss all of the interaction and hustle and bustle of putting together a show or installing a work of art for people to enjoy.

The Fantasy Faire has allowed me to create new sculptures and installations to be showcased and seen by a large-scale audience while also using the same work to help raise money for cancer. Whether it be a fountain like “Violet Rebirth”, an interactive work that requires audience participation, such as “Paper Boats in a Paper Sea” — or an entire sim, such as “DragonSpire” (which was built in multiple levels, with winding tunnels and secret spaces and even a secret pet to hatch!), I’ve taken great joy in discovering an outlet for me to return to my traditional, fine-art roots. I take the Faire as an opportunity to share something new and exciting with the world — to inspire, and touch the hearts of those who take the time to stop, take a breath, and really look around.

An Imagae Should Be Here

Spire And Map Layouts

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Apr 282013
 

Arcanum Main Store

Oh ho ho it’s magic, you know, never believe it’s not so. I’m back at The Arcanum but this time at the main store where if you have sound effects on you can hear the thunder and rain as you approach the impressive magical building. Inside you’ll see the ghostly piano and hear that someone or something is tinkling the ivories to help create a magical ambience.

The Arcanum is owned by the wizardly Mr Zachh Barkley who has been answering some of my questions regarding his participation as a creator at Fantasy Faire 2013, but as Fantasy Faire is unfortunately drawing to a close, I’ve retreated to his main store, which is a beautifully impressive photogenic setting, Marcus Inkpen has his hand in that too.

Arcanum Wizard Statue

I’ve been participating in Fantasy Faire since 2009.” Zachh casually tells me, wait a minute, this is the fifth Fantasy Faire, which means Zachh has been participating in all of them!

Arcanum Magic Orb

When I ask Zachh what he has enjoyed most about Fantasy Faire, he tells me: “The sense of community and coming together for a great cause.” This has been exemplifed by the fact that this year’s Fantasy Faire has been a record breaking affair with 6,870,027 Linden Dollars raised for Relay For Life by yesterday and it’s not quite finished yet. Over the years Fantasy Faire has raised close to USD$100,000 for Relay For Life.

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Apr 272013
 

Hair? Seriously Sonya, you want me to look at hair?” I asked Sonya Marmurek when Lupoaica appeared on my blog horizon.

What the bloody hell are you talking about? We didn’t ask you to look at hair, Dwarfins, magic, builds, no hair!

Sonya Marmurek

Ah, my bad, Lupoaica isn’t on my list of assignments, but I do have a bloggers pack from them, so tail between my legs I headed off to Ravenshard, a world of crazy themes.

Ravenshard

Meka Aeon is the creative force behind Lupoaica and hair is indeed their game, rigged mesh hair is amongst their newer items and they are exemplifying this at Fantasy Faire.

Lupoaica in Ravenshard

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