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Meet Our Sponsors: Lorin’s Sound Effects Shack

Lorin Tone
Lorin Tone.

Lorin Tone, the owner and creator of Lorin’s Sound Effects Shack, shares with us how he found Second Life and decided to stay and also issues a surprising threat!

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

My SL Partner, Judi Newall forced me into it by contributing and entering my name. Which I appreciate. We’ve both contributed to past Fantasy Faire Festivals and others, and we’ll likely get sucked into this one. Which is always fun.

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

As a sound guy working for game developers, I always wondered how those guys made all the visuals. At a conference, I helped a presenter to demonstrate SL in around 2006. I figured it was worth a try. So I signed in, shopped for furniture and got sexually propositioned by 5 foot tall 400 pound naked troll. Of course, that cracked me up enough to stick around and learn more.

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

Bradbury, Clarke, Asimov, Ellison, Gaiman, Pratchett, Tom Waits and other people of questionable repute.

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

As with any SL Festival, the most enjoyable part for me is running into people I’ve met before, also meeting new people with similar interests. All in the interest of shopping around for fun stuff and supporting a worthy cause in the process! Do it, or I’ll kick this poor innocent bunny.

Thank you, Lorin, for taking the time to talk with us. Thank you for making certain all the shoppers will enjoy their time supporting RFL for surely no one will allow an innocent bunny to be kicked!

Meet Our Sponsors: The White Armory

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Bee Dumpling, the creator of The White Armory shares with us her reasons to join the Faire team of sponsors, her love for fantasy and a generous amount of sneak peeks into her Faire-wares!

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

I was so incredibly impressed with the professionalism and creativity that was displayed so wondrously in FF 2014. I was so honored to be a part of something so magnificent, that I knew when 2015’s registrations began, I would make it a priority to be a sponsor.

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

My RL/SL husband was the first to build weaponry for Medieval Role Play. I began quite humbly trying my hand at apparel design, specifically tunic sets for men because I saw a gap in the market even in 2008, when I started creating. I eventually started making women’s designs, and I have almost a thousand designs now. My inspiration comes from many sources. I am a Tolkien geek! So fantasy comes quite easily for me. But a few minutes in a cool Pinterest board, or a crazy dream…..you just never know! 😀

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

I have been using mesh now for about 3 years, but I want to incorporate some of the diminishing art of flexi gowns by combining the two for a -best of both worlds-effect. I love the movement that flexi’s give a design, but mesh is undeniable in its realism and easy wear. Here are some examples.

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Cinderella's Ball Gown Set-Innocence_Promo Art

Spellcaster Gown Set-Conjure-Promo Art

Dancing Anemone Gown Set-Foam_Promo Art

Princess Diedre Gown Set-Nature-TFC_Promo Art

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

Well, I kind of sort of answered that with revealing my Tolkien geekiness. I have read The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings trilogy since I was 12. The heroism, the noble acts, the unselfish deeds of old. Knights, Kings, Queens, Elves, Hobbits, Dwarves, magical lands, and characters….what’s not to love!!! ♥

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

To be honest, as soon as I arrived…I could not take enough in! Such fantastic renditions of fantasy in a 3D environment I could actually be immersed in! Hope’s Horizon, Sanctum, the Fairy Court….I could have lived there! 😀 This year, I am truly looking forward to that same feeling of greater purpose through creative immersion. The minds that make it all happen, and so seamlessly and professionally. Everyone involved- designers, sim creators, administration….. working cohesively to bring hope and find a cure.

Thank you, Bee, for taking the time to talk with us. Thank you for joining us in bringing the Fairelands back!

Meet Our Sponsors: AviewTV

LaPiscean Liberty
LaPiscean Liberty, CEO and Founder of AviewTV.

Secret Rage, the COO of AviewTV, shares with us her reasons to relay, describes how AviewTV works and provides glimpses of her art and her Faire-visits.

“As the CEO and founder of creating that which is AviewTV, LaPiscean Liberty really should have been the one to do this interview. However, since he likes doing interviews about as much as he likes shopping… and since he hired me as AviewTV’s COO (aka Girl Friday) quite some time ago, he used that fact to summarily laugh and toss the request for this interview upon MY virtual desk and said, “You handle the day to day operations… you speak for AviewTV… YOU handle it”. To which I replied “Well, OK- but don’t be surprised if I toss you under the bus for not answering these questions!! ” Sooooo… you get me instead.”

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Secret Rage, COO of AviewTV.

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

AviewTV has long been a huge supporter of original content creators in Second Life, which involves community driven programming and server side services not only to Second Life – but to other virtual worlds as well. When we were asked whether we could help promote Fantasy Faire by donating server space, we were glad to do it. Fantasy Faire is a wonderfully magical and creative yearly affair that draws the community out in large numbers for a good cause… so for us it’s actually a way of helping to contribute to its success in our small way.

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AviewTV is donating server space for our upcoming hunt. What will this mean for the hunters and how the hunt runs?

If history repeats itself, Fantasy Faire will be a veryyyy busy place! Having designated servers will help to insure quality control and bring a smoother flow to the hunt – so instead of worrying about the reliability of SL’s sometimes overwhelmed servers during the hunt, it should be able to operate much more easily which will hopefully make the hunt an even better success than it has been in the past!

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

Fantasy calls me in my dreams at night and always has! They are epic tales, too… full of lush imagery. Though I embrace many art forms, my start in real life was in painting and drawing. I never tried to “develop” a style- I just let what wanted to be on my page or canvas come out on its own… it has often been described as surrealism, atmospheric or fantasy. I still do “paintings” – but now it’s freehand with a regular mouse and using GIMP.

Winds of Change by Secret Rage
Winds of Change by Secret Rage
Dark Fae by Secret Rage
Dark Fae by Secret Rage

Secret, you are involved with a lot of things in Second Life, starting from AviewTV to LEA and more. How did this begin, what drew you to this form of self-expression and made you begin both participating and forming communities around them?

Sometimes when I think of the list of things that I do in Second Life it makes me wonder how I manage to get all of them done! I started out like everyone else does, I suppose… bumbling my way around a virtual world and being amazed every day. I was introduced fairly early on to building by a very patient mentor. All at once, I had wings! In my real life, I am also an artist…but now all of a sudden a completely new medium was put before me and I loved it so much that I embraced it wholeheartedly. One of the biggest reasons for my involvement in Second Life initially was the fact that I was a caretaker for my Mother in law and it was a way to have a social and creative life without leaving home.

Though I really could talk to you all day about art projects I have either finished or am currently building and/or filming… or the interesting things that happen while functioning as an LEA Committee advisor…I would like to instead speak a bit about what is my primary job on Second Life. I work as the Chief Operating Officer – or the face, if you will… of AviewTV.com. Any daily concerns or questions we receive are generally run by me first – as sort of a traffic director. If I can’t take care of it alone I enlist the aid of the other team members.

We have the largest collection of Machinima made in SL and are diligent in both preserving and promoting SL artists and filmmakers as well as those from other virtual world platforms. The films are promoted through Twitter and Facebook and other social media platforms and also through inworld art groups. As a part of my duties, each week I publish a list of films that have been submitted to AviewTV. The films come from all over the world and the great thing is that even though many of the machinimatographers featured are from countries other than the US, they still communicate quite well as film is overall a universal language.

I think that AviewTV is important to not only Second Life and its history, but to real life as well because the emergence of machinima has resulted in it now being considered as film in its own right. I work closely with Petlove Petshop and Emmo Wei who are super prolific machinima artists themselves – as well as being the professional and brilliant minds in charge of the Broadcasting Department for AviewTV and who also work to set up filming the projects we do as the AviewTV Stream Team. LaPiscean Liberty rounds out the team as CEO and handles the development and concept design both of AviewTV and its sister station, Slartist.com. Together we all form a very strong, dedicated and cohesive unit in AviewTV.

Petlove Petshop and Emmo Wei
Petlove Petshop and Emmo Wei

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

I have gone to FF every year it’s been held so far, usually in the company of friends. They were all unique experiences and every year has been amazing. Last year, I changed that up and attended mostly by myself and adored exploring Fantasy Faire and seeing the spectacular scenery and products created by some of the most talented of Second Life creators at my own pace and had fun playing around taking pictures of my avatar dressed in true FF fashion.

Secret Rage at Fantasy Faire
Secret Rage at Fantasy Faire
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Secret Rage at Fantasy Faire

This year, the cause that Fantasy Faire supports – Relay for Life – means more to me personally than in the previous years. I lost my Mother in law to advanced breast cancer on March 21. Though she had a clean bill of health for several years after her double mastectomy and chemotherapy, cancer was still lurking there and spread itself quickly and quietly to her lungs as well. It made me suddenly all too aware that we can’t become complacent in the fight against cancer – there is still too much we don’t know about it and far too many people still losing their loved ones.

Thank you, Secret, for taking the time to talk with us. Thank you for helping the Fairelands hunters to have a stabler experience and thank you for all you do for the Second Life community!

Meet Our Sponsors: Plastik

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Vae, Aikea Rieko – the Creator of Plastik.

Aikea Rieko, the creator of Plastik, shares with us her love for fantasy, her plans to contribute and participate in the Faire even more and reveals the Faire’s new low lag avatars!

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

I’ve always wanted to do it! I’ve always been wanting to get as involved as I possibly could, but this year I got the time and I got the funds to be able to do it the way I’ve always tried to do. I love raising money for RFL and I try to top my amount every year. I think that every year from now on, I’ll be a sponsor as well. Helping out and contributing is so rewarding.

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

I started in 2003/2004, and at the start, it was just a really amazing way to spend time, meet people, and try new building styles.

I was modding for games, doing user mods, I was big into making custom things for Elder Scrolls games and using builders in other games to further customize. It’s always been a passion of mine to create something unique! As for inspiration, I’ve been a Lovecraft and Giger fan all of my life, my entire family loves it and I think it was born into me. I love taking the dark and twisted and adding my own flair.

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

I’m doing the Low Lag avatars for the Faire this year, a Vampire skin and a Demon skin in Male and Female versions, which will be really amazing.

I’m also doing a very large, top secret charity item that I hope will raise a good chunk of money for the foundation!

This year I’ll be doing a small line of fantasy skins, some Elven jewelry, some Fantasy Horns, and tons more. I gear up for this event all year! there are at least 8 new releases coming out for FF this year.

Low Lag Avatar-Arahven

Low Lag Avatar-Mortulus

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

I’ve been a fantasy buff since I was a small child. Stories about dragons and knights were the only ones to ever really fully hold my attention, as well as dark lore and Gods and Goddess stories. Elves have been my favorite fantasy subject for as long as I could remember, reading the Tolkien books as a kid, and immersing myself in the world of art, elves and dragons, and all things mystical was the focus of my creative outlets. I can’t think of a time when I’ve not been an elf in SL!

I used to do only traditional art like painting and sculpting, and then when computers started to get more and more advanced, I added graphic design to my list. It’s really rewarding and really amazing to be able to do what Iove for a living.

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

All of my Faire memories are amazing, but I think that so far, getting everything done is always a great accomplishment. Last time I participated, I got everything done in three days with no breaks, no sleep! And the end result was really awesome, I really pushed myself to the limit. I was invited late so I didn’t have much time, but I was proud of myself for getting everything done.

I enjoy walking around the sims and talking to people, listening to their stories, and seeing the amazing turnout that the Faire always produces, as well. I’m really looking forward to helping the organizers out more this year and being more involved, doing Jail and Bail and all of the amazing events.

Thank you to the many fans and customers who keep my dream alive and kicking, and inspiring me every day to be better, to evolve, and to become more proficient at meeting my goals and helping in any way I can. Thanks to the wonderful Organizers and all of the amazing designers that make this truly awesome event happen every year. ❤

Thank you, Vae, for taking the time to talk with us. Thank you for your continuous presence in the Fairelands and your hand in providing fitting forms for the newcomer visitors!

Meet Our Sponsors: Dark Unicorns of Lovelace

Avariel Falcon at LEA29.
Avariel Falcon at LEA29.

Avariel Falcon, the resident apple hunter of the Fairelands, is sponsoring Fantasy Faire this year with her team the Dark Unicorns of Lovelace. She shares with us her long time involvement with the Fairelands, introduces her team and provides some hints on what might be happening in the Fairelands this year.

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

I am a long term supporter of Fantasy Faire. It’s well known among my friends that I vanish from my usual haunts for a week around the start of May as I camp out the Fairelands for the duration of the event. With each year that passes I tend to get a bit more involved with Fantasy Faire so this year I decided to go a bit further and become an event sponsor.

How did you become a unicorn?

There was a bit of an adventure involving a rogue portal, a deranged psychopathic dinosaur, a penguin and Antarctica… At least that is the in-character reason. Out of character it’s just what I am, so when it became possible to make a decent unicorn avatar in Second Life that is what I became in-world. Many thanks to the wonderful creators behind Water Horse and Breeders Choice who weave their meshly and sculpty magic and make it possible.

Tell us about your team, is it really all unicorns like the name suggests?

We are not all unicorns, in fact I am the only unicorn, although we are open for others to join if they wish.

The Dark Unicorns of Lovelace were named as such because of the role-play background of our sim. I am a member of the Lovelace Institute and leader of the Aquila III Expedition. The scientists, engineers and adventurers who joined the expedition started being informally referred to as the dark unicorns of Lovelace and it sort of stuck.

Aquila III was once a great research centre before the collapse of the old empire and the abandonment of the facility. Now the Dark Unicorns are exploring the old ruins, trying to discover technological wonders from the past and restore the outpost to its former glory to improve our understanding of the aether and make use of the old aetheric generators to broadcast power to the Steamlands.

Avariel Falcon the Unicorn.
Avariel Falcon the Unicorn.
Polenth Yue the Shroomy.
Polenth Yue the Shroomy.
Beryl Strifeclaw the Panther.
Beryl Strifeclaw the Panther.
Alazarin Mobius the Dragon.
Alazarin Mobius the Dragon.

What do you plan to do in the Fairelands this year? Are you involved in the roleplay events again? Tell us teasers! 

I am involved with the role-play again, once more I will be the somewhat befuddled Guardian of Air who will help guide the Rickety Weasels in their quest, this time to save a new magical land from a terrible fate! I will also get up to my usual photoblogging adventures on my Flickr feed as I have in previous years.

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

I grew up in a family that loves sci-fi and fantasy fiction, reading books by authors like David Eddings, Raymond E. Feist, J.R.R. Tolkien, Ursula K. Le Guin and many others. Following a Druidic path I grew to find that fantasy is not always quite as fictional as it may at first appear. There is a little magic in everything.

Do you have a favourite Faire memory?

I have no idea where to begin with this question, so much gets packed into the week long events that it’s a huge explosion of favourite moments and exciting adventures! From rampaging around the lands in Alia’s crazy Love Shack bus to meeting giants in mysterious landscapes, you never really know what Fantasy Faire will throw at you!

What are you looking forward to most this year?

Exploring! Fantasy Faire always has wonderful sim builds!
Meeting people! You always meet wonderful people at Fantasy Faire!
Events! Jail and bail to bands of tinies playing steel pans, always something interesting happening!
The Hunt! Noble quests and adventure!
The Unexpected! Every year there is a surprise or two!

Thank you, Avariel, for taking the time to share the wonders of the unicorn life with us. Thank you for being such a big part of the Faire spirit.

Avariel frolicking in the rain.
Avariel frolicking in the rain.

Fanci’s Deep Open Week

SWF Open WeekSafe Waters Foundation, one of our returning Faire-sponsors, is having an Open Week starting today. There’s a submarine tour that covers thirteen sims on its way that you can use to travel, click here to get to the beginning of the tour. If you become interested in becoming a mer, you can visit the Safe Waters Foundation Headquarters. If you’re already one, you might want to go shopping in Fanci’s Deep Mer Mall. Here’s the invitation in more detail from Grace Wrigglesworth, CEO and Founder of Safe Waters Foundation:

Tala! (That means hello in Mer Language).

The Safe Waters Foundation is having a lovely, week-long event, From April 5-11, 2015. We are seeking interest from parties, who like ourselves, want to save and preserve Second Life Waterways for all SL sea life and others with SL sea interests. So much of it is being housed over and taken away by other entities who do not see or understand the purpose or importance of Second Life Waterways. Therefore, it is up to us to awaken or renew this interest.

In the attempt to do so, we invite everyone to participate in our week-long event. We want people to see who we are, as well as where and how we live in SL. We believe that if we do this, that people will visit us often; or may even join us as part of our friendly-not-so-little-group. There are many Mermaids, Mermen, and other deep sea creatures who live and exist Under The Second-Life Seas, and we are hoping to expand on this, and to help save our Second Life world as we know it.

So join us for a day, a week, a year, or for the rest of your Second Life. Everyone is welcome. We have many officers and other members who can answer your questions or who can help you find the answers if they don’t have them right at the moment you are asking for them.

While this event is about us in some ways, it’s also about you as we provide you with your Second Life Underwater Entertainment. So come along for the ride, and for other things. But most of all enjoy! Below is listed a video for you to view at your leisure. 

http://treet.tv/shows/designingworlds/episodes/fancis-deep

Grace Wrigglesworth
CEO and Founder of Safe Waters Foundation

Meet Our Sponsors: Safe Waters Foundation

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The members and officers of Safe Waters Foundation welcome people to SWF at Fantasy Faire.

Safe Waters Foundation and all its aquatics sponsor the Faire this year. GraceSWF Wrigglesworth, the founder of SWF, tells us about the Foundation, how it works to reach out to all the mer-folk of Second Life and to show the way to the ocean to those who might become curious about the life in the waves. 

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

We wanted to be a support to the RFL fundraising effort and also let people know that the fantasy of being mermaid/merman is available in Second Life. Almost every mermaid or merman has been impacted by cancer and joining the fight seemed a good use of the funds we’ve raised. Sponsorship at Fantasy Faire seemed like a wonderful way to show support – Merfolk for RFL!

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Safe Waters Founder GraceSWF Wrigglesworth (right) and SWF officer Celtic Infinity (left).

How did you become a mer in Second Life? How did Safe Waters Foundation come to existence?

I’ll never forget the day I discovered my first SL mermaid. I’d seen a notecard that said I could be a mermaid in a roleplay, but could find no other information. One day (much to my surprise) I spotted a mermaid flying way up in the sky overhead (very rapidly). I rushed to follow her but it was hard still to move and she was fast! I almost lost her, but eventually she gave me some help. It was still a struggle to become a mermaid in this new virtual world but with some effort, I did it. The joy of swimming, exploring underwater worlds and dancing as a mermaid – oh gosh, it was joyful! I was hooked on mermaids and just kept discovering more and more as I went along.

Safe Waters Foundation (SWF) started out of my passionate desire to help new mermaids/mermen (I like to call them merms) in Second Life. I started with a little folder of notecards I’d update regularly and give out. Other people started joining the group, and we discovered the usefulness of group chat for finding other merms. We’ve got a mission, a charter, headquarters and a number of helpful programs now. It’s no longer “my group” – it really is “our group” – as so many have contributed their talents. So many people enjoy helping others become merm – and there are so many different ways to help. I think we do a good job of helping overall.

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The popular weekly meetings of SWF take place on Saturdays 10am SLT. Arrive early to avoid mer lag!

How does Safe Waters Foundation work? What can we expect of you during the Faire?

The goals of SWF are:
-To assist those considering a mer life.
-To increase awareness in the general public that there is a mer option.
-To make mer resources (events, projects, groups, retailers, sims, designers) visible and easily accessible.
-To assist, as possible, with the viability of mer resources so they may continue to be available to the community.

You can read more about at our website: http://www.goldmermaid.com/SWF/

There sometimes has been some confusion because of our name – our goal isn’t to make the waters safe for merms. We aren’t the United Nations for merms – seeking to intervene in conflicts and be the peacemakers. Quite the opposite – I’ve tried to steer us out of the “wars” that seem inevitably to come up – to let the parties involved solve it among themselves. I’ve lost friends over this distinction – but I just don’t have the desire or the energy to be the peacemaker of Second Life merms.

The other confusion is that some people think that SWF is a Real Life organization – doing environmental actions to make the waters safe and healthy. I wish I was able to raise it up to that, but until now – that is beyond the scope of our little organization.

A personal goal for SWF that I still maintain is a hope to make it more multi-national. Right now everything is in English. I’d like to translate the core support pieces and even have chapters that meet in times that make sense for different time zones. We have one support group meeting weekly that is well attended but very inconvenient if you are in Europe, Japan or Australia!

At Fantasy Faire this year I hope you will see more mermaids and mermen! And if you have any interest at all in trying out the mer option – I hope you will delight in the multiple resources that SWF makes readily available.

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SWF help desk and members. Note that SWF supports all aquatics – there’s a friendly sea monster in the center.

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

Second Life is all about fantasy. People can be whatever they want and do as they wish with very few limits. I like to say that SL allows people to explore their true self, to grow into themselves and lead a fantasy life the way a person would if God allowed us to set it all up. The fantasy options with SL are just where those fantasies look a lot different than the real life options. My inner self is a mermaid that loves the ocean and whales. My fantasy is very aquatic. 🙂

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Some of the SWF officers. Left to right: Serafin Galli, WriterofPoetry Oceanlane, GraceSWF Wrigglesworth and Celtic Infinity. Note that Writer is a merman – mermaids are rare but mermen are even more rare!

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

I think my favorite memory is swimming in a mer grotto that Corkie Houston had built in one of the sims – I don’t remember the year. Her freebies included a ride-able manta ray! So many people were delighted to discover me when I relaxed in Corkie’s grotto. I felt like a mermaid ambassador. I also remember rescuing a few friends from jail – all in the name of raising funds for RFL! I’m looking forward to getting a bigger global picture of the Faire this year as part of it.

Thank you, Grace, for taking the time to chat with us and to share the delight of the aquatic life with us!

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Some of the SWF officers dancing (merms love to dance). SyrenaViolet on right and Serafin Galli next to her.