Meet Our Sponsors: MacMoragh an Gabha

Fenn MacMoragh, the creator and owner of MacMoragh an Gabha.

Fenn MacMoragh, the creator and owner of MacMoragh an Gabha, has been a long-time friend, fan and participant of the Faire, and decided to sponsor the return of the Fairelands this year. He shares with us how he found the Faire, how he started building and offers sneak peeks of his Faire-wares!

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

I have been trying to get more involved each year. Fantasy Faire is a great event for a great cause. RFL and fighting cancer is dear to me.

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

How did I begin, well I needed a pair of boots. I couldn’t find ones I liked. This was back in 2009 and you remember what is was like and for men very little. So I made boots and then said hell why not sell them. What inspires me, different things, it is easier to get inspired for weapons that is why I make so many of them. I generally try to make my weapons as closer to realistic rather than fantasy, but I can do fantasy weapons if someone wants. Clothing is different, men’s clothing it is either a need or desire for something. Ladies clothing is harder for inspiration.

What are you bringing to the Faire this year? Give us some sneak peeks or teasers!

Well I am bringing some matching clan outfits, a kilt set for the guys and a matching dress for the ladies. This year, there is a new system out for Spellfire and we can finally do modern and future weapons for folks.

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

Let’s see I have been RPing since the 90’s I started with text RP in IRC and tried some others, eventually found my way to SL and well… Fantasy is fun, fantasy is not real, but it relaxes. Building relaxes, I get into a groove building. I am not here to make a living, but to relax.

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

I think my favorite Faire memory was the second Fantasy Faire, I missed the first one, but the second one I found and was excited. I probably visited almost every day. Somehow Aine and I were asked or actually Aine was to sent out the hunt clues. I also was amazed at how much Alia’s skins went for that first Faire. Since then I have been involved in every Faire. This year and every year it’s the builds. I always request Alia’s sim because, hell I don’t know, I would like to say the best, but it is hard they are all great in their own way. There is too much to like about the Faire to pick one thing, I truly enjoy some of the spontaneous happenings.

Thank you for taking the time to chat with us, Fenn! Thank you for joining us in bringing the Fairelands back!

Meet Our Sponsors: Sanctuary RP Community

Stevie Basevi, the owner of the Sanctuary sim and the Sanctuary RP Community.

Stevie Basevi, the owner of the Sanctuary sim and the Sanctuary RP Community, returns to the Fairelands for the fourth year with ever-increasing involvement. This year Sanctuary RP Community sponsors Kakushi Pasu, the Faireland hosting our Literary Festival.  Stevie shares with us some sneak peeks of the upcoming Faire-roleplay and of the whole story-planning process.

This is the fourth year Sanctuary RP Community sponsors Fantasy Faire. What made you decide to return and do it again?

Hah! How could I not? I’m hopelessly hooked! Four years, huh? Time flies when you’re doing what you love, and the Fantasy Faire is something that I do love, and look forward to each year. I sponsor because the Faire is a Relay For Life event, which makes it important to me. I’m also thrilled to say that once again, I’m Fantasy Faire Roleplay Lead, which means assisting Saffia behind the scenes. I get to help each group who’s offered to roleplay at the Faire! Oh, and I get to shop too, lots of shopping, lol.

How does roleplaying in the Fairelands differ from roleplaying in Second Life otherwise?

For us, there’s not a lot of difference because at the Fantasy Faire all who walk by have an opportunity to join in and with free form roleplay such as ours, it’s much the same. At least that’s how we do it in our community. Fantasy Faire RP is generally more magically based, where in ‘regular’ SL, there’s more RP based on RL. And our sims are not surrounded by some of the best shopping in all of SL as it is in the Fairelands.

How early do you begin preparing for the storyline for the Faire? How does it work, making sure your community’s roleplay reaches a point where the roleplay at the Faire is a smooth continuation?

Truth be told, we start talking about the next year’s Fantasy Faire Roleplay as soon as the current one ends. This past year, we started our Roleplay meetings soon after last year’s ended. We gathered the groups earlier, and as a result, I believe we’re more organized and much less stressed.

Encounter with a Minotaur

What is your story like this year? 

Ooh this year we have something special for everyone once again! We will begin the story in Sanctuary on our 7th anniversary and tell the tale of the two cursed dancers in the tavern. We will tell their stories and explain how they became charmed.

At Fantasy Faire, we’ll continue the story by addressing the magical cult that enchanted the two girls, bringing history and dark magiks forward, progressing our history and possibly bringing a resolution to their predicament.

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The Gypsy Angel May

What are you looking forward to most this year in the Faire?

I think this year I’m really looking forward to some of the changes we’ve made with Roleplay, and also seeing those old friends that you see every so often but when you get back together it’s like it was only yesterday that you last spoke. Of course I’m also looking forward to seeing the amazing creativity of the sim designers, and the energy and excitement of the Faire!

Thank you for taking the time to chat with us, Stevie, and thank you for all that you and your community do to bring the Fairelands alive!

If you are interested in Stevie’s interviews from the previous years, they can be found here: 2016, 2015 and 2014.

The Fairelands Quest: The Bard Queen’s Song

The Fairelands Quest: The Tale of the Exiles 2016 – Picture by Wildstar Beaumont.

Every year the Fairelands arrive with a mystery to solve, a quest to challenge brave adventurers, and this year is no different! Last year might have lead you to face a dragon, but this year we (and Farion) have a much bigger problem in our hands.

FARION SUNBREEZE IS A PIXIE WITH A PROBLEM.

His boss has gone missing and he (and The Lads) have come to the conclusion that, while she’s been known to do this sort of thing before, something’s not right about this one. Were Farion a noodle seller from Kakushi Pasu this wouldn’t be a problem, but Farion (and The Lads) work for the Bard Queen – and an absent Bard Queen is bad news for the Fairelands.

So Farion (and, yes, The Lads) have come up with a plan: for Farion (and this is where The Lads backed off a bit) to follow the Bard Queen’s trail, see what she’s been up to and help out if she needs it. If she’s catching some her-time with a fruity beverage in Dawn’s Promise then all’s well, but if the Unweaver has something to do with it…

Well, let’s face it: Farion’s a pixie. Great of heart, but not so much with the sword-arm – even if he did grow up on the wrong side of town. He’s going to need some help. Someone brave, strong, true… and preferably unaware of Farion’s slightly questionable reputation before the Bard Queen hired him.

What Farion needs is a hero.

The Bard Queen’s Song takes you to Morbus, where the Unweaver’s twisted power has turned beauty into chaos and nature against itself. Search among the thorns, avoid the twisted denizens and then on into the Alchemist’s tower to –

What, you were expecting spoilers? For shame! These are the Fairelands, hero; enlightenment only comes to those willing to seek it.

Fantasy Faire Radio begins year-round service

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Fantasy Faire and Radio Riel are pleased to announce that their collaborative project Fantasy Faire Radio has become a year-round, full-time Internet radio service from Saturday, April 1, 2017.

Fantasy Faire and Radio Riel have worked together since 2014 to bring Fantasy Faire Radio to life every Spring as part of the annual celebration in the virtual world of Second Life that raises money for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.

This year, Fantasy Faire Radio by Radio Riel will continue broadcasting after the end of the Faire, becoming a full-time Internet radio service that will serve as a connection to the Faire community all year round. The service will be maintained via sponsorship: read more about becoming an FFR Sponsor.

Fantasy Faire Radio features a mix of Renaissance, New Age, Classical and Fantasy Soundtrack music. Listeners can tune in by opening http://fantasyfaire.radioriel.org in an Internet media player: the service will also be listed in the TuneIn.com curated internet radio directory.

Radio Riel was founded in Second Life on June 1, 2007 with the goal of providing a soundtrack of Classical and English Folk music to the Neo-Victorian and Steampunk communities. The station has since grown to six separate audio streams, each with its own style and genre of music and has thousands of listeners worldwide.

Celebrating its ninth year, Fantasy Faire is the largest gathering of fantasy designers, enthusiasts, roleplayers and performers in the virtual world. With DJ parties, auctions, hunts, a Literary Festival, dance and theater performances, fantasy art, roleplaying events, and the most diverse display of fantasy paraphernalia on the grid, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

From Thursday, April 20 to Sunday April 30 thousands of visitors will come to experience the magic of the Fairelands, joining a dynamic fantasy community to raise funds to support the American Cancer Society’s vision of a world without cancer. Relay For Life of Second Life has raised over $3.6 million USD over the past decade, with Fantasy Faire contributing almost $200,000 USD to that amount.

For more information about Radio Riel: http://radioriel.org

Contact: Gabrielle Riel (gabrielle.riel@gmail.com)

Fantasy Faire Radio is licensed via StreamLicensing.com

Blogger Applications Open!

It is less than a month to the return of the Fairelands. Their magic is growing stronger by the day, nourished by the spring sun and inspired imaginations of the world-builders.

This is always the time when we call out to the magic-makers of illustrating kind, the word-weavers, image-capturers, heralds of information.

Do you want to shape your visit, your experiences in the Fairelands into pictures and words to be shared with the rest of the world? Do you want to forward and spread the call, alert people of how fleeting the eleven days of magic are, tell them how much there is to see, feel, live?

Do you want to be one of Fantasy Faire’s official bloggers?

If so, please read the Blogger Information here. You will find the link to the Blogger Application in the end.

Vote for the King, Queen and Chancellor of Fantasy Faire 2017!

It’s now a month to go before the start of this year’s Fantasy Faire – so if you are looking for ways to fill the time, perhaps you can begin to think who you would like to nominate for the positions of King, Queen and Chancellor of Fantasy Faire!

The King, Queen and Chancellor of Fantasy Faire in 2016!
The King, Queen and Chancellor of Fantasy Faire in 2016!

Last Year’s King – The Goblin King – together with Queen October Daye and their esteemed Chancellor, The Last Unicorn, have laid down the insignia of their high office so we have …

The election of this year’s King, Queen and Chancellor of Fantasy Faire!

When it comes to Fantasy, we all have our favorite characters. Some may be good – Gandalf or Harry Potter, Belle or Menolly. Or maybe we love the dark side – Maleficent or Steerpike. Or maybe we enjoy the conflicted – Jamie Lannister or Mrs Coulter.

Whoever is your favorite, you have a chance to nominate them and perhaps see them crowned as King and Queen of Fantasy Faire at the fabulous Fantasy Faire Ball!

What do I do?
First of all, use the form below to nominate your favorite male and female characters.

THE NOMINATIONS WILL CLOSE AT 12 MIDNIGHT AT THE END OF SATURDAY 22nd APRIL.

We will choose the top five male and female characters, and there will be a final vote-off during the Faire itself.

Then the winners will be announced at the April Showers Costume Ball on April 30th.

So who will it be? Corwin or Aragorn? Arya Stark or Nanny Ogg? Tyrion or Frodo? The White Witch or Agatha Heterodyne?

Nominate your favorites today!

But what about your favorite non-human (or human type) characters? Don’t they get a chance too?

Of course they do! There’s an election for Chancellor – and this is for your favorite character who has no elements of human appearance. This means that Ariel (mermaid) and Mr Tumnus (faun) could be King and Queen, but Archimedes (the owl, not the scientist) would be nominated for Chancellor.

So will your Chancellor be Teremaire or Ratty (or Mole, Toad or Badger)? Will it be Reepicheep or Pegasus?

NB Characters should be chosen from works of fantasy which can be written or graphical texts or films, TV or radio shows. We want to be broadly inclusive of genres – thus fairytales, high fantasy, steampunk, urban fantasy, vampire sagas (and others) will all be classified as fantasy.

The King, Queen and Chancellor of Fantasy Faire in 2015!
The King, Queen and Chancellor of Fantasy Faire in 2015!

Please note – last year’s winners, The Goblin King, Queen October Daye and The Last Unicorn, and the winners from 2015, Lord Vetinari, Granny Weatherwax and Greebo the cat, all from the works of Terry Pratchett, are NOT eligible for election this year.

 

Can we make it a Thousand in time for Fantasy Faire?

We currently have just over 900 “Likes” on Facebook – can we lift that to 1,000 by the time the Faire starts?

We will have a lot of news to share with you about Fantasy Faire – and we know you like to get it quickly! So make sure that you are signed up with your social media networks so that we can point you to our latest stories about events, people and, well, stories!

You can like and follow us on Facebook  @FantasyFaireSL
You can follow us on Twitter @FantasyFaireSL

In addition, there’s our Plurk (a network very popular in Second Life) @FantasyFaireSL

and you’ll find us on Flickr (@FantasyFaireSL) and on Pinterest (@FantasyFaireSL)

You’ll probably have an idea of how to find and follow us now, for the latest news and pictures!

If you think there’s important social media streams we’re not available on, please let us know in the comments.

And please don’t keep this to yourselves. Fantasy Faire is for sharing – and so is social media. Tell your friends about us, and how they can use social media to find out more. Help us boost our social media presence by sharing our stories.

In March 2015, we had 301 “Likes” on our Facebook Page and by the time the Faire finished, we had more than doubled that to 650. Last year, that rose again to 880. Today it stands at 913.

Can we get to a Thousand “Likes” before the Faire starts? If you tell your friends now, I’m sure we can!

And if you hate Facebook, perhaps you’d like to encourage people to like us or follow us on your favourite form of social media instead!

 

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