The NeoVictoria Project Presents “A Dark Circus”

Welcome to the Dark Circus!

The circus folk of Monsieur Anansi’s tugboat airship prefer to keep their pasts hidden. Juggling fire, keeping secrets …balancing all they own on the frailest of wires. What will happen when a stranger disrupts their equilibrium?

“A Dark Circus” begins Noon (SL-time) on Thursday, 20 April 2017 on the NeoVictoria SIM in Second Life.

Visit this page for our complete performance schedule and join us in the roleplay!

A Dark Circus Poster
Poster for the NeoVictoria Roleplay Group’s Storycycle

 

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Meet Our Sponsors: Silvan Moon Designs

Bee Dumpling and SolasNaGealai, the creators and owners of Silvan Moon Designs.

Bee Dumpling and SolasNaGealai, the creators and owners of Silvan Moon Designs, share their reasons to sponsor the Faire, talk about their collaboration and creation process, offer sneak peeks to their Faire-wares and reveal their favourite Faire memories!

What made you decide to become a sponsor for the Faire?

Solas: As others, Cancer has touched my life and the ones I love in many ways. It’s an honor to play such a big role in Fantasy Faire and help towards the many dollars needed for treatment and research.

Bee: This will be my third year as a sponsor, but my first with Silvan Moon Designs. I look forward to this time each April and it is my most favorite event ever in Second Life. The love, compassion, and camaraderie is truly wonderful. Together, we will beat Cancer!

Solas, how did you begin building in Second Life? What inspires you to create?

Solas: At the age of 40 I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and forced to retire from a very stressful career as a fashion designer, a career I loved for over 20 years. Knowing I could not sit idle, in 2010 I started my Shop BlueMoon enterprise, to make this happen I taught myself the art of content design for 3D platforms in an outside program called Maya. Designing in SL I can combine my love of period costumes and fine art to make immersive fashion for others to use in virtual platforms.

Bee, how does the work and collaboration in Silvan Moon Designs work?

Bee: When Solas contacted me last year, I was in a bit of a rut. I have a Vegan/Organic Cosmetic brand in real life, and my time was getting much too limited for learning a 3D program. I am fluent in Photoshop, however, and creating virtual textiles comes very naturally to me. I jumped at the chance to partner with Solas, and we are kindred spirits in everything we design. Solas is a talented and creative mesh builder, and rigger. I am always amazed when we complete a design and see our combined efforts come to fruition!

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

Bee: We have some traditional as well as non-traditional medieval fantasy gowns for this year’s Faire, in some stunning pastels and beautifully detailed jewel tones!

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

Solas: I have loved fantasy from the age of 5 when I read the Disney book Cinderella. A bit disappointed that mice and birds couldn’t design ball gowns, I found a way at a young age to just do that. MY love for costumes has never stopped in RL. I was lucky to do many theatrical shows and now in SL, I can really do marvelous things in mesh that one can never do in RL.

Bee, do you tie stories or characters to your creations? Does the creation come first, to be named later, or does the concept, name, character come first, to be designed for?

Bee: Solas and I have our own Pinterest Mood Board that we are continuously adding inspiration to. We decide what we are going to do about a month in advance and then Solas dives right into the building and rigging of the mesh! When I get the mesh models, they are a blank slate for me. I have no idea how the final textures will look, I just start creating and applying. The final design determines the character. That is when I give the collection a name that suits the look and feel of the design. And, my husband in rl and sl, comes up with some great names too! HA!

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

Solas: I have been to all and love the amazing sim designs and how it brings a large fantasy community together in music, games and roleplay.

Bee: I think my favorite memories are of that short time before FF opens, when just the creators are on the sims, and being able to explore these amazing worlds as if you are in a secret story no one else has ever read. I love this time. It’s very special to me. I also LOVE the quest! Beautifully interactive and quite challenging! And, the auction. I am in awe of the incredible generosity and passion of the world builders, creators, and attendees that come together in this combined effort to eradicate this horrible disease from our world.

Thank you, Bee and Solas, for taking the time to talk with us! Thank you for sharing your creativity in the Fairelands!

Bee’s earlier interviews: 2016 & 2015.

Do You Dare to Enter San Mora?

Once the center of pharmaceutical greatness, San Mora is now a ruin of its former self. Quarantined at the outbreak of a deadly contagion of its own making, the population was left to survive the best they could. Without law and order the city descended into chaos. The fires have long since burned out, and the city is being reclaimed by a hostile Nature. But all that is silent is not necessarily empty. There are still those who roam among the ruins of San Mora.

San Mora by Jaimy Hancroft/Eowyn Swords/Morbid Deceit.

Beware the Trickster in Anansi

Because for every end there must be a beginning…

Once upon a time there were no Fairelands, no faires, a no stories to be told. It is said that the trickster god Anansi, stole the seeds of creativity from the sky gods, nurturing them into life, giving birth to the fairelands, casting them to the void winds as he flees the wrathful gods.

But such tales are for children aren’t they?

Roll up, roll up for the greatest, the oldest, the most magical show in the Fairelands.
Come one, come all, for the Legendary Flying Circus of Anansi has arrived in the Fairelands,
Monsieur Anansi’s famous tugboat airship has hauled its procession across time and aether to amaze and entertain you.
Come aboard, don’t be afraid now.
Come gawp at the exhilarating entertainers,
Come stare at our fearful freaks and be dazzled by our daredevils
Come aboard the greatest clown tug in existence.
Marvel at the wondrous worldlings suspended by threads, under the ever watchful eye of Anansi’s Mechanical mysteries.
Ask yourself, are they kidnapped worlds, magically ensnared in Anansi’s circus web?
Or is this in fact, the stuff of legends, the source of everything that is, has been, and ever will be “Faireland”, springing from the very seeds of the gods?

Anansi by Beq Janus and Liz Jarvinen.

Meet Our Sponsors: [ Aleutia ]

Catalina Staheli, the creator and owner of [ Aleutia ].
Catalina Staheli, the creator and owner of [ Aleutia ] has been a part of the Faire for many years as a blogger, DJ, member of the Pinterest Team, photographer of the Why Do You Relay project and now this year also as a store owner and a sponsor. She shares her reasons to Relay, her growth as a creator and provides sneak peeks to her Faire-wares!

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

This is my ninth year in Second Life and many of those years were spent exploring the fantasy and role play worlds. Though I didn’t hear about Fantasy Faire until about my sixth year in, once I knew, I wanted to absolutely be a part of it in any way I could. Three years ago, I started out as a blogger and Fantasy Faire literally was where I first began my career as an SL Blogger. Two years ago, I gave DJ’ing a try and had such a blast! Last year I came back as a DJ, Blogger, and now a part of the Pinterest team that helps put the catalog together. Every year Fantasy Faire has been a part of my life in one amazing capacity or another.

This year I began learning how to design in June and I knew early on I would absolutely love to take part as a designer for this year’s Fantasy Faire. I’ve been blessed to be given a chance to participate in the quarterly Enchantment rounds as a designer and also in The Secret Affair, so while my brand could be seen as mainly contemporary, we do delve into the realms of fantasy at least once a month.

You might be saying to yourself “Sure, sure, but just because you wanted to participate didn’t mean you had to go out and be a sponsor. There are plenty of levels and options.” And you’d absolutely be right!

However, this year I lost my dad to cancer, after a 3 year battle. He had been a big supporter of my learning to design, as well as all I have done over the past several years for Relay For Life and his advice last year had been to do what makes me happy. Combining my love of designing with the ability to give back seemed like the perfect way of honoring his memory and Fantasy Faire is without a doubt the best part of Relay For Life of Second Life for me.

When my dad was having surgery this past summer, they removed one of his kidneys in the hopes it would remove the most scarred and damaged areas from the radiation and he might have a chance of healing up better. While he lived right outside of Hattiesburg, MS, his doctor was 2 1/2 hours away, in New Orleans. During that surgery, I was looking at that long drive twice a day, just to get back to his house and get some sleep.

However, I remembered someone saying something during my involvement in RFL about a ‘Hope Lodge’ and with the right questions to ask, we found out there was a Hope Lodge, a place that families and patients could stay close to the hospital when they lived a long distance away….only 3 blocks from the hospital in New Orleans he was at. Every night a patient or family stays there, it costs the American Cancer Society around 100 dollars and all of that comes from the fundraising we do for Relay For Life. Our family never saw a bill and I was able to be there for him from early in the morning until far into the night every night before going the three blocks and falling exhausted into a warm, clean bed.

While 35,000L may seem like a lot, in reality it pays for 1 1/2 nights of someone’s stay at the Hope Lodge. Perhaps it might be the final amount needed to find the cure so no one else has to watch their loved one leave us. But in my rose-colored world, filled with my hopes and dreams, I’m imagining that donation is going to help another daughter have the same opportunity I had to be there with her father during his battle in the hospital.

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

Designing is a very new thrill for me! I began learning in May of last year and we’re just coming up on the 1 year anniversary of [ Aleutia ] this summer! I have been a blogger and a model for several years and the opportunity arose to learn from a wonderful designer and that led to all of this! What inspires me in designing is the opportunity to create, the process of learning and trying, taking what I imagine and bringing it to reality. It’s a wonderful adventure!

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

I’ve got an insane goal of nine brand new releases and we’ll see if I’m able to meet that goal, but here’s a sneak peek of what’s coming!

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

I’ve always been a huge fan of Fantasy, reading voraciously from a very young age. Authors like Mercedes Lackey, Raymond E. Feist, Terry Goodkind, Anne McCaffrey, Tamora Pierce, and so many more have inspired me to always push my own creativity and to believe that anything is possible! Work is what pulled me into Second Life almost ten years ago, but it wasn’t long before I discovered the role play worlds and I have enjoyed flitting through the realms within SL ever since!

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

I think my favorite Faire moment to date was last year, when I was working on the Pinterest team to get all of the exclusives up and into the catalog for everyone. And as I was flitting around on my cloud, we turned on the stream and played music and had fun, running from one sim to the next as the restarts chased us all over. And it was just a lot of fun because rather than be aggravated, we made the best of it and just had a giant party that traveled from sim to sim that night.

This year I’m excited to just wander the sims, exploring and enjoying myself. I look forward to seeing all of the amazing designs everyone has done and I am super excited to just get lost in the fantasy of the faire.

Thank you, Catalina, for taking the time to talk with us. Thank you for everything you bring to the Fairelands!

Words of power are coming to the Faire for our third Literary Festival (LitFest)!

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Over the ten days of the LitFest, there will be talks by authors, discussions, creative writing sessions and performances.

Our headline speaker this year is the very popular real word fantasy writer, Seanan McGuire, author of, among others, the October Daye series of modern fantasy.

This year we will again by emphasising creation, as a number of the leaders of creative writing groups in Second Life bring their regular events to the Faire, and welcome newcomers who want to join in with such events.

And there is our own special daily story and poetry writing challenge. Every day, we will be inviting you to put your Fantasy Faire experience into words. The Faire is brimming with stories: breathtaking builds and fantastical creations designed to touch your heart and soul. What stories do they inspire in you?

We will be repeating our very successful Fantasy Faire LitFest Tours, leaving daily from our home base to explore the Fantasy Faire Continent. We will be seeking the stories of the Fairelands – along with special secret places and details, and each day a Guide will lead a tour to one of the Fantasy regions. Explore … and open yourself up to what inspires you, what detail or overall impression sparks a poem, micro-fiction, or short story.

And you will be able to hear some of the stories and poems that people wrote last year, as we have turned this into special recordings that will be broadcast on Fantasy Faire Radio.

With only ten days, our Tours this year focuses on just ten of the regions, but we hope you’ll be inspired by other regions too, to share stories. And to lead that, we will have special explorations of the other regions too.

We are also planning to have some fascinating discussions with a number of different people, and we’ll have authors reading their works.

We also have talks from people involved in the stories that underlie two very different regions. and storytelling with some of the best known storytellers in Second Life.

We will have Open Mic sessions led by well known poets and writers, and sessions which open with reading but which invite the audience to contribute too.

And then there is a performance of a magical production of Much Ado About Nothing, by the Faireland Players.

Every year, we feature a special author for the LitFest, In our first year it was Terry Pratchett, last year (the 400th anniversary of his death), we celebrated William Shakespeare. This year on Wednesday April 25th, we shall be celebrating the great J.R.R.Tolkien.

For more details of Lit Fest events and speakers, see our full event page.

The Fairelands are almost open, a preview…..!

The Fairelands have returned to the grid, as they do every year…and oh my, have I been waiting for them! And not just me, no no…all of the Fairefolk past, present and future have been looking out for their home to return.

Opening the 20th of April, a world in a world will be there to explore. And if you thought last year, or the year before etc…that it could not get any better? Wrong, it is once again…better, more amazing, more awesome and exciting.

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How do I know? Well I sneaked in and took some secret pics with my hidden camera!

OK. No. That is not true. I am honoured to be one of the official FF Photographers again, and so I got early access to shoot pics and videos before the Fairefolk moved in.

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Respect and admiration for the sim builders, the creators, the organisation, the designers, the shopkeepers, the Fairefolk, the Bloggers, the Pawlice, the photographers, the artists, the visitors and everyone who works hard to make the Fantasy Faire a success, for that one big important goal: fundraising for Relay For Life.

Thank you all <3.

Follow this blog for updates on events, parties and news and…see you at the Faire!

 

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