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Official announcements.

The 2015 Fantasy Faire Calendar is now available in the real world on lulu.com!

The Fantasy Faire Calendar for 2015 has been released in the real world!

You can now buy your own slice of Fantasy Faire to share with friends and relatives in the real world (and raise money at the same time for Relay for Life of Second Life).

 

Fantasy Faire calendar January: Hope’s Horizon - photograph by Justen Tyme
Fantasy Faire calendar January: Hope’s Horizon – photograph by Justen Tyme


The calendar is available on lulu.com at www.lulu.com/shop/elizabeth-tinsley/fantasy-faire-2015/calendar/product-21954745.html
, and is priced at US$14.99 (UK£12.18 – you’ll have to check other currencies for yourselves!) and, with 3-5 days delivery, really makes the perfect Christmas gift for friends and family.

All profits from sales will go to Relay for Life of Second Life.

The calendar contains twelve beautiful images of fantastic kingdoms, mysterious temples and enchanted forests. It celebrates the Fantasy Faire 2014 with exquisite pictures capture the amazing creativity of the worlds designed for the Faire and keep both the beauty of place and purpose alive in our hearts for the coming year.

Fantasy Faire calendar August: Medhir Woods - photograph by Judith Lefevre
Fantasy Faire calendar August: Medhir Woods – photograph by Judith Lefevre

The pictures were chosen from those entered in the Fantasy Faire Calendar competition, submitted through the Flickr group.

The photographers are:

MONTHS
Cover: Faerie Court – Ursula Floresby
January – Hope’s Horizon – Justen Tyme
February – Asperatus – Alisaundra Andel
March – Palace of Tears – Wildstar Beaumont
April – Mourningvale Thicket – Caitlin Tobias
May – Fairelands Junction – Cayenne Republic
June – Heavenslough – Vylna Daviau
July – Wiggenstead Mooring – Gabrielle Swindlehurst
August – Medhir Woods – Judith Lefevre
September – Faerie Court – Tamarind Silverfall
October – Blackwater Glenn – CharuStar
November – Hope’s Horizon – Beq Janus
December – Sanctum – Pokute Burt

Fantasy Faire calendar October: Blackwater Glenn - photograph by CharuStar
Fantasy Faire calendar October: Blackwater Glenn – photograph by CharuStar

It will also be available inworld shortly on the Marketplace for L$500 – and there will be a special extra with that – but we will tell you about that when it’s released!

In the meantime, why not stock up on a special real world Christmas present for those you love – and maybe one for yourself too?

Fantasy Faire calendar February: Asperatus - photograph by Alisaundra Andel
Fantasy Faire calendar February: Asperatus – photograph by Alisaundra Andel

 

The very last chance to enter the Fantasy Faire Competitions!

Palace of Tears, designed by Rynn Verwood, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont
Palace of Tears, setting for the second stage of the Fantasy Faire Hunt, designed by Rynn Verwood, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

This year we have been running two contests – one for Photographs of the Faire, and a Story Story/Poetry competition too. Both these contests will close at midnight today (May 31st).

In the Photographic Competition, we are looking for the photographs that best capture the spirit of the sims – and the winners will be included in a calendar (with credits for the photographers) that will be created in real life using Cafe Presse and sold to raise money for Relay for Life. So this year, people really will be able to take the Faire home with them – and share it with their friends and family too!

You can find full details of the competition here (and note that the deadline was extended from May 11th – May 31st).

Fairelands Junction, designed by Saiyge Lotus and photographed by Wildstar Beaumont
Fairelands Junction, designed by Saiyge Lotus and photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

For the short story/poetry competition, the top entries will be published in the summer issue of Prim Perfect magazine, coming out in September 2014.

You story/poem can focus on one region – Sanctum, or Hopes Horizon or Heavenslough, for example – and ignore all the others. Or you might use the juxtaposition of two regions, or even draw on more of the Fairelands, as a whole vast realm, perhaps surrounding an inland sea. It’s up to you. And your story or poem can be sad or happy, wise or witty. It can make us laugh, cry, gasp, nod with agreement … or do all of these things by turns.

But we must have it by midnight today!

You can find full details of the competition here,

The Hunt Goes On!

POT_Poster

Although the Fairelands are fading back into the mists, there is one sim holding onto the grid for just a little bit longer: The Palace of Tears sim stays in existence, open and alive for a week still, all the way to May 18th.

This means that you can finish the second part of the hunt at your own leisure within the Palace. The hunt HUD vendors will sell HUDs that cover only this second part of the hunt, since the first part will become impossible to work on once the rest of the Fairelands are gone. Obviously the HUDs you purchased during the Faire will continue to work as well.

Come solve the puzzles, admire the art and enjoy the last Faireland of year 2014 for just a little bit longer!

Explore the beautiful world of Fantasy Faire with Designing Worlds

The Fairechild over Hopes Horizon, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont
The Fairechild over Hopes Horizon, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us today, Monday 12th May at 2pm at the Designing Worlds studio in Garden of Dreams for a viewing party of our second and final episode from Fantasy Faire 2014!

In last week’s episode we looked at the various events that were happening during the Faire.

Medhir Woods, designed by Rynn Verwood, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont
Medhir Woods, designed by Rynn Verwood, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

This week we look at the beautiful regions themselves … and talk to some of the designers: Marcus Inkpen (Blackwater Glen), Elicio Ember (The Faery Court), Jaimy Handcroft (Hope’s Horizon), Kayle Matzerath (Wiggenstead Mooring) and Beq Janus (Asperatus).

And we also see the magical Romance of the Faery Court ballet, devised by Amethyst Dovgal and Aisling Sinclair.

Join us at 2pm for an incredibly beautiful show!

Wiggenstead Mooring (designed bty Kayle Matzerath) with Asperatus (designed by Beq Janus) behind, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont
Wiggenstead Mooring (designed bty Kayle Matzerath) with Asperatus (designed by Beq Janus) behind, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Or – if you can’t attend in person – tune in to the web at 2pm SLT on Monday for a showing on Aview TV, 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 Aview TV Designing Worlds channel – or on the Designing Worlds blog – our very own version of the iPlayer!

The Fairelands will be open for a couple more days – if you haven’t visited yet, now is the time to take in all the breathtaking builds. And there’s another whole week to complete the amazing Hunt – and also time to enter the special photo contest and the short story/poetry competition.

Palace of Tears, designed by Rynn Verwood, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont
Palace of Tears, setting for the second stage of the Fantasy Faire Hunt, designed by Rynn Verwood, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

 

 

Live Auction and Closing Party

the Faery Court_006 by Wildstar BeaumontHave you ever wanted to own a piece of the Fairelands? Yes? How about a whole Faireland, one of the fleeting sims full of magic?

Now is your chance.

The traditional Live Auction takes place in the courtyard of The Palace of Tears today, Sunday 11th, 4-6 PM SLT.

Wiggenstead Mooring - I by Caitlin Tobias

The builds for the whole sims of The Faery Court, Hope’s Horizon, Mourningvale Thicket, Blackwater Glenn and Wiggenstead Mooring will be up for your bidding pleasure. That’s right, the whole builds as you see them in the Fairelands.

Mourningvale Thicket - II by Caitlin TobiasThere will also be parts of the Fairelands otherwise not sold completely, like the Stairway to Heaven and the store builds from Sanctum, the Fish Gates and the Memorial Garden from Heavenslough, the gazebo from Medhir Woods, the Shiva jail from Asperatus, the Wizard’s Tower from the Palace of Tears and the Phoenix Jail that was used to hold Jessica Lyon during her jail and bail.

Blackwater Glenn_007 by Wildstar BeaumontWe are also auctioning off The FaireChylde, the dragon-borne ship that has hosted all the parties and concerts during the Faire. (Feeding the dragon is at your own cost.)

After the Live Auction is over (around 6 PM), there’ll be one more night-long party in the Fairelands, right in the same place in the courtyard of The Palace of Tears. Come join us in the Closing Party as we say goodbye to the Fairelands of this year!

PS. Although there’s no scheduled entertainment tomorrow, we’re not force-closing the portals and the Fairelands welcome you in for as long as the magic that keeps them in here holds. (Aka until the Lab removes them sometime around Tuesday.)

The FaireChylde at Hope's Horizon by Wildstar Beaumont