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I Remember: Looking to the Past, Looking to the Future

Fantasy Faire 2015 is just about to begin in just a bit over one day but before we look forward, let us take one last look into the past. I asked some creators, Faire organizers and Faire fans to answer some questions about what they remembered about past Fantasy Faires since it all began in 2009. I spoke to Zander Greene, Sonya Marmurek, AineMari Flanagan of MacMoragh and Muse, June Dion of Bare Rose, Skyler John of Mystic Sky, Piper Shan of Piper Shan Designs, Wildstar Beaumont – photographer extraordinaire, Selos Dae creator for [][]Trap[][], Theta Marseille from Mermaid Treasure, fantasy fan Anigma Eulenberg and even added a memory of my own.

Wildstar Beaumont, the unofficial Fantasy Faire photographer/historian since 2009 has kindly also supplied all photos.

What does the Faire mean to you?

“The Faire is how I honor my father who died of esophageal,stomach pancreatic and liver cancer, we got the diagnosis on July 3rd 1998 and he passed away on September 19th 1998. I am reminded of all the reasons why I remain a fixture in Second Life. Relay for Life and Fantasy Faire is where you see the true goodness in everyone that attends.” – AineMari Flanagan

“For my self, if I can help people. And one year ago, my father got cancer, (and is) fighting it now. So, it becomes more important to help.” – June Dion

“It’s quite inspiring to see people from all around the world come together and donate their time and energy to Relay for Life. I love exploring the sims that are designed for the event and seeing the creations that are set in the vendors for donation items. There are so many talented people involved in this event, its amazing what that group of individuals can do for a cause. I have been in SL now since 2007 and the Relay for Life Faire’s are something I look forward to year after year. We all relay for our own personal reason and I am proud to be apart of such a supportive group of people.” – Skyler John

What was your favorite Fantasy Faire sim ever?

“As so many others, I have too many favourites to list. How does one compare the glass lantern city of Titans Hollow to the serene Lotus Valley Dream, how does one rank the moments of watching the silent ships of Magnificat to the feel of hot sand in the air in Shifting Sands? How does one choose between the depths of The Tides and the heights of Hope’s Horizon? Fairelands are unique, each with their own flavor, each to be loved and lived in, but if I had to choose one, I would call them Saiygewoods, the changing forests that we have had in the Fairelands Junction for several years. I am a forest person and they fill me with soothing peace, wonder and love.” – Sonya Marmurek

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Fairylands Junction, 2013 photo by Wildstar Beaumont

“Every Faire has amazing sims especially Alia’s (Alia Baroque) works.” – June Dion

Sanctum, 2014 photo by Wildstar Beaumont

“Ah .. touchy question … As I said I love every single one of them, but I may try to single out a few Dark Mirage from 2011, The Tides from 2012, Lotus Valley Dream, Magnificat and Lumenaria from 2013 (2013 was AMAZING!), Palace of Tears and Medhir Woods in 2014.” – Wildstar Beaumont

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Dark Mirage, 2011 photo by Wildstar Beaumont

“One of my favorite memories was a sim called Magnificat. There were majestic fountains and sailing ships among ancient mausoleums. It was breathtaking.” – Anigma Eulenberg

Magnificat, 2013 photo by Wildstar Beaumont

“The year that most resonated with me was 2013, with the colorful floating lanterns sim I was fortunate enough to have landed a store in. Every year is an adventure of creative minds coming together in an event that constantly inspires and motivates me to do the best I can. Thanks to all who make this happen.” ([][]Trap[][] was on Titan’s Hollow that year.) – Selos Dae

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Titan’s Hollow, 2013 photo by Wildstar Beaumont

“My favorite sims have of course been all the underwater builds, especially the Sea of Mer in 2011. That was dream build and I enjoyed spending time photographing there.” – Theta Marseille

The Sea of Mer, 2011 photo by Wildstar Beaumont

The Tides – my breath was literally taken away when I first saw it – it was majestic, imaginative, crazily beautiful. I kept coming back to it like I was being lured just to stare and drink it all in. – Halfwraith Caerndow 

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The Tides, 2012 photo by Wildstar Beaumont

What is your favorite Faire memory?

“I wanted to share a favorite memory with you. There was a moment during a live music performance back in 2010 that I’ll never forget. Among those in attendance were two amazing dragon avatars. The stage was big, and they were sitting off to the side, enjoying the concert. After a few songs, the musician paused to talk about his reasons for supporting . It was personal for him, as it is for any of us. And you could feel from the things people were contributing to local chat that everyone there was moved by what he’d said. And I watched as those two great dragons rose to their impressive heights and then knelt before the musician. As visual metaphors go, that one was potent. It’s what I love best about the whole idea of a virtual Relay for Life. Where else can you see dragons bowing to troubadours? “ – Zander Greene 

The year I went up for auction, I figured no one really knew me, I wouldn’t make a whole lot for the Faire but I figured 10-20,000 Lindens would help at least a little. The support and love we got and the outpouring of generosity was amazing and the total just kept climbing up and up I think I started to cry about 50k in and didn’t stop for the next 1 and 1/2 hours. – AineMari Flanagan

“The Fantasy Faire Jail and Bail event! It was 2012 and I agreed to be tossed into a jail sell of the Shadow Claw sim, people had to come donate to set me free! It was a 5k cap to have my freedom back.  I also remember they had a live radio stream and the DJs were talking about me when it was my turn, I remember thinking that was so cool!” – Piper Shan

“Ah! So many. I am not sure which one I may single out, but probably it was to meet and friend Ember Farina and Zander Greene, who managed to grow this wonderful event.” – Wildstar Beaumont

What is your favourite memory of past Fantasy Faires?

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:

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 Faire Goes On…


I’m sitting on the quarterdeck of the Fairechylde as I write this, moored at the top of Hope’s Horizon with an amazing view out over the Fairelands. And it’s quiet, so I can really crank up my draw distance and see everything the Grid will let me see. It is a sight both wondrous and humbling, to see the scale of what I’ve had the enormous privilege of contributing to. By the time the Fairelands recede once more into the mists I think I’ll have spent about three weeks here, and I know there’s no way I’ll have seen it all.

And I think that’s a good thing.

Because there is so much, everyone’s Faire is unique. It’s your story: nobody else will have had quite the same Faire experience you did, or I did. Each of us carries a different part of the Faire away in our hearts. It is wrapped in our own love for this incredible place, kept safe so we can bring it back next year. For a lot of us, it’s a battery that recharges our enthusiasm and creativity. It’s a hope, too, in the better angels of our natures; a touchstone of what we can accomplish when we band together. The magic of the Fairelands is not made of prims or mesh or music, it is made of us.

All of us.

Without builders, there are no sims. Without merchants there are no stores, Without DJs there is no music. But without people there is no life here, and everyone is important. Every foot to tread the stones of Sanctum, every gasp at the Great Tree of The Faery Court or the sight of Hope’s Horizon, every smile in Wiggenstead Mooring, every silent tear in Junction… all of these – and so much more – are the breath and heartbeat of the Fairelands. A heartbeat that lasts throughout the year.

So do not mourn when the Fairelands slide away. They are not gone. We carry them with us and keep them safe for another year. As they return so do we, and life goes on. Hope goes on. The Faire goes on.

Fellow Fairelanders, I thank you all.

David Abbot
Coordinator, Fantasy Faire Radio
Writer and Coordinator, The Palace of Tears

The Hunt Goes On!


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!