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Calling all classic horror fans! Make sure you don’t miss the HP Lovecraft Festival!

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At the HP Lovecraft Festival

At the HP Lovecraft Festival

If you’re a fan of dark, classic Lovecraftian horror, you should really try to catch the amazing H.P. Lovecraft Festival, which runs through Monday.

This year the Festival is a tribute to the marvelous Lovecraft tale At the Mountains of Madness.

Gear up and board ship for a journey to the remote continent of Antarctica as you explore dark and terrifying mysteries. Regain sanity with carnival rides hunts and prizes. Merchants will also offer exotic goods along the way, while there is an onging programme of entertainment including, at 6pm today, the 3rd concert by Bad Ampitude!

The Festival is located in Valetova, and you can see more details about it here.

At the HP Lovecraft Festival

At the HP Lovecraft Festival


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News of the First Alliez Award & the 2014 Relay Rockers Thank You Party

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We have received the following press release from The Relay Rockers (one of the best known teams from Relay for Life of Second Life):

2014 Alliez Mysterio Award Invitation

2014 Alliez Mysterio Award Invitation

The Relay Rockers are planning to present an award in honor of their late co-founder Alliez Mysterio.

“To honor our friend and co-founder The Relay Rockers have established the Alliez Mysterio award. The award recognizes those people who have, like Alliez, made a lasting contribution to the world’s biggest virtual event, The Relay For Life of Second Life.”

Beginning this season the Rockers will present the Award to the Relayer(s) who they feel best exemplify Alliez’ dedication by their contribution to Relay.

The award is to be presented at the team’s Thank You party, Sunday August 24, 2014, with the party beginning at 3pm.

The award will be given to the person or persons who, in the opinion of the team’s award committee, have exhibited “Relentless Dedication” and have made an “Enduring Contribution” to the Relay For Life of Second Life. “

Alliez Mysterio came to Second Life in 2003. A pioneering virtual explorer Alliez saw the potential of the nascent private island sims and in 2005 her first sim, Rue d’Alliez opened. From that single island d’Alliez Estates spread over the grid, growing to more than 150 islands. She established a system of ownership and rentals that has provided a home to many residents of Second Life regardless of their virtual manifestations, lifestyles or interests. She made every effort to accommodate her tenants, was always there to address issues and was loved by all who came to know her.

In 2005 she joined with Trader Whiplash and Nuala Maracas and formed the team that became known as the Relay Rockers. From 2005 until breast cancer took her from us in 2013 Alliez was a steadfast supporter of both the Relay Rockers and Relay For Life of Second Life.

2014 Alliez Mysterio Award

2014 Alliez Mysterio Award

Alliez Mysterio left an indelible imprint on our virtual world and she is missed by one and all. This Award will honor both Alliez’s memory and the dedication of the awardees.

The Rockers, who celebrated ’10 Years Walking Strong’ this season finished with the highest possible fund raising level, Purple. They raised more than L$ 5 million through their signature events, Bid Me Bald and the Celebrate-Remember-Fight Back Top DJ Competition. They were also honoured during Relay weekend with the coveted “Returning Team Participation Award” as well as 1st place for The Inventive and Creative Fundraising Award and 2nd place for The Cancer Education Campsite Award.

The party, which will be held at Seasons dAlliez, will feature Gina Gracemount, a team supporter and Bid Me Bald ‘Victimteer’, performing live at 3pm and close with T1Radio’s Time Machine – the 60s, featuring Trader Whiplash. The 2014 Award Winner(s) will be announced at 4pm by Rockers Founding Captains Nuala Maracas & Trader Whiplash, 2014 Team Captain Ariel Stormcrow and Sue Peregrine, Alliez’s daughter and CEO of dAlliez Estates.”

Everyone is invited to attend and are asked to dress in semi-formal attire.


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Fantasies, Fashions and a new Happy Hunting HQ!

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Hunt Reporter Cinders Vale offers gifts from the Skull-n-Bones Hunt, the Fairy Tale Hunt and the Do the Dot Hunt with a new fashion show. You will see posters for the active grid wide hunts, those accepting applications and an announcement for the new home for Happy Hunting. You will find a link to our very own HQ in the sidebar on our website.

HH#70 still image


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Do you have news for the new Prim Perfect?

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We are re-launching the new Prim Perfect in September, with a whole new look, a new website and … the chance for you to share YOUR latest news!

You can take advantage of our FREE news service to share your latest news with us.

Just complete this simple form at the end of this post and and submit it. To include an image, send it to [email protected] clearly marked to associate with your news story!

The deadline for your news stories for our next edition (which will be launched at the Home and Garden Expo) is August 30th.

And over the next few weeks, we’ll be sharing trailers and teasers about our re-launch – so watch out for those!



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From Cupcakes to Aliens in the Dog Days of Summer

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Host Cinders Vale is featuring 3 hunts this week on Happy Hunting. You get to see gifts from the Dog Days of Summer Hunt and the Cupcakes Anonymous Hunt. Then she explores Starships and Aliens.

Be sure you don’t miss the poster slide shows for all the active grid wide hunts as well as those hunts accepting applications for the next few weeks.

HH #69 still


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Designing Worlds visits the Japanese regions to learn how they support new users – now on the web!

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The latest episode of Designing Worlds – where we visit the some of the fascinating Japanese regions on the grid to discover how they are tackling the question of the new user experience and Second Life retention – is now on the web.

After our last show on the topic of new user experience and retention (and the Prim Perfect build at the SL11B Community Celebration), it was suggested to us that we should take a look at what was happening in the Japanese regions to welcome and support new users. So, with the aid of a fantastic guide, Kengo, we visited various groups and individuals who have created a wide range of projects and groups to support new Japanese residents. And you can see the results on tonight’s show.

SL Utopia

SL Utopia

We visit a newcomer support group – SL Utopia and the Beginners’ Center located close by, the Yumix estate, which offers special support for newcomers, Melsapo – another newcomer center and group, and the Hotel Riverside, which offers special accommodation for free to newcomers. And we also take a look at something that draws together Japanese people in Second Life – television created for Japanese residents, which offers a very full range of programming (they even have a very popular show that explores Second Life regions – rather like Designing Worlds!).

Msapo - support for Japanese residents

Msapo – support for Japanese residents

And we would like to offer many thanks to those who have helped with the creation of this show – firstly Kengo, who arranged all the meetings with Japanese residents, and not only translated our questions into Japanese, but provided translations of all the responses. We would also like to thank the people who participated: Sayully Noel, Bucchus McDonnell, Tomoyo Newall, Halfapple Kidd, Yumix Writer, Eflora Loup, Kero Nishi, Okota Wingtips, Ayumi Hammerer and Clione Clary. And we would also like to extend our thanks to the many others who came to the different locations to offer support.

Hotel Riverside, free accommodation for new Japanese residents

Hotel Riverside, free accommodation for new Japanese residents

You can also see this show at slartist.com and aviewtv.com


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From Fruity to Sinister at Happy Hunting

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Happy Hunting’s own Cinders Vale covers 4 hunts this week. She goes from the Fruity Hunt to the Sinister Goth Sinners Hunt : Sloth with side trips to the Compilation Hunt and the Wild West Roundup.

HH #68


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Designing Worlds visits the Japanese regions to learn how they support new users

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Plenty to do for new users in the Yumix sims

Plenty to do for new users in the Yumix sims

Join us today, Monday 4th August at 2pm SLT at the Designing Worlds studio in Garden of Dreams as we re-visit the question of the new user experience and Second Life retention – but from a wholly new angle – because we are heading for Japanese regions!

SL Utopia

SL Utopia, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

After our last show on this topic (and the Prim Perfect build at the SL11B Community Celebration), it was suggested to us that we should take a look at what was happening in the Japanese regions to welcome and support new users. So, with the aid of a fantastic guide, Kengo, we visited various groups and individuals who have created a wide range of projects and groups to support new Japanese residents. And you can see the results on tonight’s show.

Beginner Center, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Beginner Center, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

We visit a newcomer support group – SL Utopia and the Beginners’ Center located close by, the Yumix estate, which offers special support for newcomers, Melsapo – another newcomer center and group, and the Hotel Riverside, which offers special accommodation for free to newcomers. And we also take a look at something that draws together Japanese people in Second Life – television created for Japanese residents, which offers a very full range of programming (they even have a very popular show that explores Second Life regions – rather like Designing Worlds!).

Msapo - support for Japanese residents

Msapo – support for Japanese residents

Many thanks to those who have helped with the creation of this show – firstly Kengo, who arranged all the meetings with Japanese residents, and not only translated our questions into Japanese, but provided translations of all the responses. We would also like to thank the people who participated: Sayully Noel, Bucchus McDonnell, Tomoyo Newall, Halfapple Kidd, Yumix Writer, Eflora Loup, Kero Nishi, Okota Wingtips, Ayumi Hammerer and Clione Clary. And we would also like to extend our thanks to the many others who came to the different locations to offer support.

Hotel Riverside, free accommodation for new Japanese residents

Hotel Riverside, free accommodation for new Japanese residents

This is, we think, not just a fascinating show, but an important one – make sure that you don’t miss it!

Or – if you can’t attend in person – tune in to the web at 2pm SLT on Monday for a showing on SLartist or on Treet – or catch it later in the week on our shows page on the Treet.tv web site at http://treet.tv/shows/designingworlds, on the SLArtist.com channel, the Aview TV Designing Worlds channel – or on the Designing Worlds blog.

SLTV headquarters - television for Japanese residents

SLTV headquarters – television for Japanese residents


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When clarification only muddies the waters …

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That is, of course, if something was intended as a clarification rather than further obfuscation.

I am talking about the new Terms of Service from Linden Lab, of course.

And really, I can say it no better than Inara who has an excellent post on the subject (this comes from one of her comments to the blogpost – but read the blogpost AND the comments if you are interested in learning why not just content creators but machinima makers, artists and writers are so concerned about the changes to the Terms of Service:

A clear, concise explanation of why the terminology used and why the form in which it is presented has been determined as being the most suitable and how it assists the Lab in the execution of their role as the service provider would help. Particularly as for the vast majority of SL’s existence, and allowing for the broader remit of this ToS compared to those pre-August 2013, a more qualified statement with respect to the provisioning of shared rights has in the past always been deemed appropriate by the Lab.

Or in other words – talk to us, dammit!

Not even necessarily with us – I can appreciate how difficult it could be to assemble a representative group of concerned residents for dialogue – every group will be self-selecting, and the loudest voices are not always the most concerned/affected. But what Inara asks for – a clear, concise explanation – would be of immeasurable benefit in helping residents to understand the thinking involved here.

You might also want to take a look at Vaki’s (Agenda Format) legal dissection of the relevant clauses here.


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Relay for Life Weekend starts today!

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RFL 2014 - Opening Ceremony, photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

RFL 2014 – Opening Ceremony, photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Today, at 10am, the fantastic weekend of events that marks the climax of the 2014 season starts.

Relay For Life is the signature event of the American Cancer Society and has been active, and continually growing, now in Second Life for 10 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.
  • In 2009 the Relay For Life of Second Life raised over $ 270,000. US dollars and was attended by thousands of avatars.
  • In 2011 the Relay For Life of Second Life raised over US$ 375,000 and ran right past the US$ 1,000,000 mark during the 2011 campaign!
  • In 2012 the Relay For Life of Second Life raised over US$ 375,000, taking the total raised since 2005 to over US$ 1,600,000 by the end of our 2012 fundraising season.
  • And in 2013, Relay for Life of Second Life, in a thrilling climax to the Relay weekend, crossed the 2,000,000 mark!

This year the plan is to raise US$ 401,000 – i.e. 401K. That figure represents a huge task – we started the weekend at 382,000.  The significance of the number is that 401 is the tax form that mark retirement in the United States – the plan is to RETIRE CANCER!

The American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life is a life-changing event that gives everyone in communities across the globe (and in Second Life) a chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, to remember loved ones lost, and to fight back against the disease.

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.

The RFL Telethon Studios, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The RFL Telethon Studios, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

And the TV channels of Second Life are coming together to produce a twenty-four telethon to cover this event, which you can watch on slartist.com.

  • The Telethon is covering the 24 hours of Relay. Live coverage is from 9am – 10pm (including the Luminaria ceremony at 9pm) on Saturday 19th, and from 6.00am till 11am on Sunday 20th, plus  on Saturday.
  • During that time, we’ll bring you news of the Relay from our studio – with information about all the events that are going on, together with trackside interviews with teams and sim designers.
  • And when we’re not live, we’ll be showing interviews with Chairs from the RFL Committee, classic clips from RFL history, and TV shows from Treet TV that have featured Relay for Life.

 

 

 


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