All posts by Sonya Marmurek

Meet Our Sponsors: L’Uomo

Miro Collas

Miro Collas, the creator of L’Uomo – A Better Male Avatar is sponsoring the Faire again this year.  Miro shares with us his reasons to relay, how he started building in Second Life and also news on the latest L’Uomo products.

1) This is not your first time sponsoring Fantasy Faire. Do you have personal reasons to support RFL? Do you want to share those with us?

I think many of us have personal reasons, yes. I lost my mother, as well as a very close friend, to cancer. I don’t think much else needs to be said … I think many can relate through their own experiences. Anyway, I intend to be involved with RFL, through Fantasy Faire, again each year.

2) How did you begin building in Second Life? What inspires you to create?

I’ve had an odd journey in that respect. I started selling digital art. Needless to say, that didn’t do so well… art rarely does in SL. Then I moved to poses and some animations. Then I had an inspiration to do something with the then new glow feature, and called it Living Light. It went surprisingly well. ;-)

I don’t know where the inspiration comes from. I know I can’t make it happen – it just does. But I do try to do things that haven’t been done before, or at least to do them in different ways. Some things work very well, others flop badly. But that’s fine, even the disasters are part of the learning process.

3) What’s the latest news with L’Uomo, any new releases or projects you wish to share with us?

L’Uomo is a series of human male mesh avatars, from swimmer build, to more-than-real muscular. The latest products in the series, add a new feature: muscles that flex. There are two of these, so far, and the most recent is Scott:

scottflex1Naturally, pics don’t show the flex; I did a video for the first release.
(Yes, I am crap at making machinima!)

4) What calls you to fantasy? When was the first time you encountered the genre and realized you enjoyed it?

I’ve loved fantasy and sci fi since I was a child. I devoured Arthur C Clarke, Asimov, Ursula K. Le Guin, John Wyndham and more, whose names I am blanking right now. I love the ability to imagine worlds beyond the possible, populated with beings who fit and respond to that world in plausible ways – and that it the essence of good story telling, I think: not just the fantasy world itself, but how the characters respond to it.

In this is also what drew me, and keeps me, in SL: the ability to go beyond the possible, beyond the limits of real life. Many of the things I have made are not possible in RL, like many of my old silk designs: they would just fall off in RL. ;-)

5) What are you looking forward to most this year?

As always, seeing the many and varied forms of creative expression, from the sim builds, to the offerings of the many participating designers. While it is running, I visit the faire repeatedly, so I can see everything. Fantasy Faire is an amazing experience, to me, and always has been. Each year, I am blown away by what people create, how they use their imagination. :-)

Thank you, Miro, for taking the time to chat with us. We’re happy to have you with us again! scottflex3

Meet Our Sponsors: {Fae’d} Club

Kaelis Ember and Pan Arroway, the owners of {Fae’d} Club.

{Fae’d} Club is one of our generous event sponsors that make the Faire possible.  Kaelis Ember, the owner of the club, shares with us her reasons for running a club, her reasons to relay and her early-found love for fantasy.

This is your first year sponsoring Fantasy Faire. What made you decide to become a sponsor?

I have a few reasons – most importantly is it is for a very good cause – and one close to my heart. A lot of people in my life have been affected by cancer – My Aunts, my Father, my Grandmother – and at one time, a lover, and my current partner was also affected by cancer. So Relay For Life is an important cause for me, personally, and not just me, but my business partner, too.


What made you decide to start a club in Second Life? What inspires you to keep it going?

As for why I decided to start a club? Well, I’m a community builder at heart – and I find great joy in building social spaces. I love tunes, and I love a good party. But what really inspires me is making my club a safe space for all to come, have a good time, and rock out.

What makes {Fae’d} Club special? Tell us about its philosophy and activities.

What makes {Fae’d} special? A big part of who we are is making a safe space where anyone is welcome – It doesn’t matter if you’re a furry, fair folk, neko, or a human (or anything else!) – you’re welcome with us. We’re also an LGBT Safe Space, and this is *very* important to us. Plus, hey, the build is pretty ;) Come get lost in the forest with us!


What calls you to fantasy? When was the first time you encountered the genre and realized you enjoyed it?

I… must’ve been a young girl of all of about… 9? or younger. Probably younger. I’ve had my head in fantasy novels and sourcebooks since I was a little girl. I honestly can’t really remember a time I’ve not adored fantasy settings – but I am pretty picky about what I read. I just love the concept of swords and sorcery, orcs and elves, virtuous angels, and wicked demons. (and everything inbetween!) And fantasy settings are a focus for my creative side too – I occasionally get out blender and model a thing or two when I get the chance. Usually fantasy-inspired architecture.

Do you have a favourite Faire memory? What are you looking forward to most this year?

Discovering the Faire last year, with my friends. We all came to the Fairlands when it opened last year – and were gobsmacked at how amazing it was. We spent the entire Faire wandering around and checking out the sims, AND the people! We’d found a home amongst the Faire for that time, and it was amazing. I think a close second to that was meeting Khyle Sion at Dragonspire last year – and chatting with him about building in SL as a fellow 3d artist. Was very cool – and Khyle and I are good friends to this day because of those first few discussions.

Thank you for taking the time to chat with us, Kaelis, we are honoured to have you with us.


Faire Play

This year the Fairelands will be busier than ever with several roleplay groups having headquarters in the Fairelands with big plans and plots for the Faire duration.

We have the Asperatus sim sponsor NeoVictoria naturally in Asperatus, Rickety Weasels in Wiggenstead Mooring and the Pirates of the Trade Winds in Blackwater Glenn. All three groups will also be posting here about their roleplay and new plot twists and turns.

With additional roleplay communities such as Sanctuary RP Community sponsoring Fairelands Junction and Safe Waters Foundation sponsoring the event the visitor can expect to find roleplay all over the Fairelands, making it alive with characters, stories and life, just as it should be.

We have our beloved Fantasy Faire Radio in the air again to provide the perfect soundtrack for your visit and to inspire you to new adventures. You can soon tune in from the handy widget to the left!

This year there’ll also be a hunt as is traditional, but not just one hunt! No, this year we are going to have two! Read more here.

We also have the sim descriptions, lists of shops and lists of bloggers out, although there might still be changes. The Fairelands’ magic is sometimes chaotic: flamingos appear, breakfast trays fly, but coffee is always served well. Nothing is set in stone for the stones might be marshmallows the next day.

In addition to our roleplay group liaisons we’ve invited six writers from our bloggers to make posts to the site: Caitlin Tobias, Duchess Flux, Halfwraith Caerndow, Irina Strazytski, Wildstar Beaumont and Vylna Daviau. These posts will vary between roleplay and RFL with a healthy dose of event reporting.

There’s nine days to go before the portals open: time to get in character!

Meet Our Sponsors: Sanctuary RP Community

Stevie Basevi - The Princess Regent
Stevie Basevi – The Princess Regent

Sanctuary RP Community is the sponsor of Fairelands Junction this year, allowing us to provide all the Faire visitors easy access to the furthest corner of the Fairelands in a blink of an eye. Stevie Basevi, the owner of the Sanctuary sim and the Sanctuary RP Community shares with us the story of Sanctuary and her reasons to relay. 

This is your first year sponsoring Fantasy Faire. What made you decide to become a sponsor?

My friend, Asil Ares contacted me and told me about the Fantasy Faire, and that she had gotten involved with it. She sent me a link, which I read, and was very impressed that it was a Relay For Life event. A really big one! I wasn’t yet familiar with the Fantasy Faire, or I would have gotten involved long before this. We have a Relay For Life event weekend planned for May 2nd through the 4th, and so it just seemed like something I wanted to be involved in. I lost both my mother and grandmother to breast cancer and each year I try to get involved with fund raising in some way, in SL, with Relay For Life.


How did you begin roleplaying in Second Life? How did Sanctuary RP Community come to existence?

I first came to combat about six and a half years ago. I was married in SL to a very kind man who passed away in RL from lung cancer. I’d decided to leave SL at that time, but a friend dragged me to a combat/rp sim. I very badly needed something to focus my attention on, and this new world I stepped into made me feel like a kid on Christmas morning. Everything was new and shiny, and I got to focus my emotions and thoughts into a completely new character, so I became Stevie, the Tzimisce vampire. It was a difficult role for me but I needed the challenge and the distraction. I also spent time in Avilion, rping as a Fae and Mage.

Eventually I switched where I played, and found CCS, the Community Combat System. That seemed to be a better fit for me. Some friends and I bought a sim, but I wanted something different. We eventually went with a desert theme, as most were post apocalyptic. I’d owned three sims in the old combat system, so it was not difficult to get things set up in these new lands. I’d seen alot of rp sims by that time, so I knew what worked and what didn’t work so well. Eventually my friends stepped away and I ended up running Sanctuary alone. We became very active, teaching classes on CCS character races, how to role play, and lots of other things. And we grew like wild fire! We have events almost daily, and have become very successful. I think one of the things that sets us apart from other role play sims is the fact that we have a real community feel. Our four year anniversary was April 18th, and most of the people who live with us have been here since the beginning, and a good 90% of those who leave Sanctuary, eventually find their way back home.


What can we expect of Sanctuary RP Community during the Faire? Will you be roleplaying in the Fairelands? Are the visitors welcome to join in or is it more a performance?

I expect that many of our characters will be there role playing. I will be there myself, and yes, all who would like to join us will be more than welcome. We’ll have information about the sims, including our history, how Sanctuary came to be, and even information on our game system, CCS, for anyone who is interested. We may even have a few free souvenirs to give away!


What calls you to fantasy? When was the first time you encountered the genre and realized you enjoyed it?

What calls me to fantasy, hmmm. Well I suppose its the idea that I can step away from my real life and become anything I want to in here, feeding my overactive imagination. My brain tends to be on hyper think most of the time, and Im always trying to come up with ways that we can become better, wondering what I can offer my players that may be of use to them, and how to help our role play community grow stronger. Ive been rping now for a very long time, and usually have about 12 sims, most of which are fantasy rp sims. Not all are in Sanctuary, but Sanctuary is where my heart is, and my roots. It was the first sim I ever bought. I majored in Women’s Lit in college, so I love the written word. And the first time I encountered fantasy rp was that day I was dragged into that combat/rp sim and looked around with the wide eyes of a child, hardly able to believe the creatures and beings I was seeing, and saying to myself, “I didn’t know that people did that in here!”

Magnalia Dei – Appeasement to The Gods (Our New Years Blessing)

Do you have a favourite Faire memory? What are you looking forward to most this year?

No, I don’t have a favorite Faire memory yet, but I guarantee you that I”ll have one before this one ends!

Thank you for taking the time to chat with us, Stevie, and for sharing your world of fantasy!


The Mystery of the Mooring

Nya Alchemi has had to withdraw from the Faire because of health reasons. We wish all the best to her and hope she will soon recover.

This sad news affects one of the Fairelands that was to be coaxed to life under Nya’s hands: Wiggenstead Mooring. The Mooring is now in the state of transformation and super secret construction for purposes that will be revealed at the Faire.

The merchants that were assigned to Wiggenstead Mooring will be contacted by Elizabeth Tinsley for new spots in the Fairelands.

There are still opportunities to get involved with the Faire: if you are interested, please contact Elizabeth Tinsley directly.

Also, the blogger applications are still open and running.

19 days to the Fairelands!