Fantasy Faire 2018: you can still complete the Quest

Ardessa: the Fantasy Faire 2018 Quest region by Éclair Martinek

Fantasy Faire 2018 has reached the final weekend of its extended run. Sadly, I’ve not been able to cover this year’s event as much as in the past: a hectic schedule and other elements in my physical world activities have combined to limit my SL availability.

While it is the final weekend, for those interested, there is still the opportunity to participate in the Fairelands Quest and obtain a cache of prizes – and a weekend is more than enough time to complete the tasks you’ll face.

As with previous years, The House of Garland asks adventurers to come to the assistance of the Fairelands and the Bard Queen in order to bring a stop of the Unweaver’s dark doings. And this time – as the time-honoured saying goes – it’s personal. Also in keeping with previous years, the Quest in a multi-part activity; however it doesn’t need to be completed all at once; you can take a break from things and tackle the adventures over a couple of day if you wish.

The first act of participating in the Quest is to obtain a Quest HUD, such a via the vendors at the Fairelands Junction. Two versions are available: the basic L$250 version and the L$350 version which includes a set of costumes for those who wish to get into character. Both also provide an introductory note card which provides enough information to get started.

When you have worn the HUD, and if you have not previously undertaken a Fairelands Quest, accept the Experience via the dialogue box that also appears on your screen. You’ll only have to do this once, and it is vital you do so; the Quest will not work if you don’t. If you’ve previously participated in a Fairelands Quest (and have not revoked the Quest permissions), you’ll be automatically accepted into The House of Garland adventure.

Ardessa: the Fantasy Faire 2018 Quest region by Éclair Martinek

Also to be found in the Quest package  is a note card that should get you started on your adventure. This will unfold in a series of steps:

  • Locate the Bard Queen herself – she is somewhere in Fairelands Junction, and will give you further information to help you get started.
  • Meet Cheer, the squire who will provide you with company and more. Cheer is an NPC included with your Quest HUD and should be worn with the HUD, but she’ll not become visible until you actually encounter her in Fairelands Junction.
  • Locate the Archetypes in the Fairelands. There is one Archetype per region, and the HUD will help you identify them. Note that Archetypes can only be found in public areas of the regions – they will not be instead any stores. They can also be sought in any order, and each will provide you with further assistance.
  • Travel to Ardessa, the Quest region. You should only do this once you have located all the archetypes. Once in Ardessa, seek the gates within the region in order to progress towards completing your adventure. Note that with one exception, the gates can be sought in any order; should you happen upon the exception before you have found all the other gates, it will simply tell you to seek those you have not found.
There Be Dragons! Ardessa, the Fantasy Faire Quest region

Unlike more recent previous Quest regions at the Fairelands, Ardessa is a verdant land, rich in flora and fauna, full of the colours of summer. Designed by Éclair Martinek, it offers a wooded and sometimes rugged landscape with many paths to follow and things to discover. As such, it is well worth taking the time to explore, whether or not you are engaged on the Fairelands Quest (if you simply chose to explore, the Quest won’t interfere with you).

So while there is still time, why not visit Ardessa, or get your teeth into the Fantasy Faire 2018 Quest? All proceeds from the sale of HUDs go you RFL of SL, and there’s a generous range of prizes to be claimed!

Star Trek beaming in to Sansar, May 22nd 2018

The Bridge of the USS Enterprise NCC-1701, will be warping into Sansar on May 22nd, 2018, as new social hangout in a partnership between Linden Lab and Roddenberry Entertainment Inc. Credit: Linden Lab, via Roddenberry Entertainment Inc.

Update: the podcast, as uploaded to YouTube, is now appended to the end of this article, with thanks to Wurfi!

It’s no secret that I enjoy and appreciate Star Trek – notably The Original Series, although I’m also partial to The Next Generation (the other incarnations never really resonated with me in the same way). In my late teens and twenties, I helped organise a number of Star Trek conventions in the UK, while in these pages, I’ve written about Loki Eliot’s freebie boxed starship combat game (2013), and in 2016, about Cathy Foil’s stunning, two regions long and avatar-sized USS Enterprise, NCC-1701.

So on May 4th (ironically, given its association with the Star Wars franchise), I was intrigued to see a pair of tweets from @SansarOfficial and Second Life’s own Wurfi:

The Star Trek Tweets

A little more digging revealed the Tweets relate to an interesting Tidbit discovered by Sansar user and creator Gindipple: a weekly live Mission Log podcast by Roddenberry Entertainment. The podcasts, offered as both pre-recorded and “live” events exploring all aspect of Star Trek, from The Original Series through to the current Paramount film series and CBS’s Star Trek Discovery TV series.

This particular podcast, broadcast on May 1st, 2018, featured none other than Sansar’s Jason Gholston, who heads-up Linden Lab’s Sansar Studios team. Starting the 3 minute mark of the video, which I’ve time-stamped the link above, Jason revealed that Sansar Studios and Roddenberry Entertainment will be introducing a new Star Trek Experience to Sansar on May 22nd, 2018.

“Captain’s Log stardate….” – the iconic Captain’s chair on the original TV series starship Enterprise. Credit: Linden Lab, via Roddenberry Entertainment Inc.

The new experience, referred to as a “VR chat room”, is a 3D reproduction of the bridge of the USS Enterprise, NCC-1701 (“no bloody A, B, C, or D”, and Montgomery Scott famously stated around Stardate 46125.3, in the Next Generation episode Relics), as seen after the original series had been picked-up following the initial two pilot episodes.

I admit to getting goosebumps when watching the brief video clip of the design, and it is evident that a huge amount of care has been poured into this project: everything it presents from Kirk’s centre seat, through the conn and helm stations, to the stations occupied by Spock and Uhura and – when he was on the bridge – Scotty is perfectly reproduced, right down to the changing data displays and blinking lights. While not present in the video, I’ve little doubt the finished article will be enhanced by spatial loops of all the bridge sounds, deepening the overall immersion of the experience.

A look at one of the forward stations on the upper ring of the bridge. Credit: Linden Lab, via Roddenberry Entertainment Inc.

The core rendering for the experience has been produced by OTOY, working in collaboration with Sansar Studios and Roddenberry Entertainment. OTOY is the creator of the OctaneRenderer, and their work is currently featured in the opening title sequence of HBO’s stunning TV series Westworld.

The experience won’t be used to host the Mission Logs podcasts, but will give people the opportunity to hop into Sansar and view them via the main view screen and socially hang out afterwards, and Jason indicates that show hosts Ken Ray and / or John Champion may will be jumping into the experience immediately following the weekly Mission Log Live podcast, which go out every Tuesday at 19:00 Pacific Time / 22:00 Eastern time, USA.

The exchange between Jason and Ken and John is worth listening to beyond the Star Trek / Sansar news as between them, they nicely cover the “why” of Sansar ahead of getting into details of the new hangout itself – and yes, Second Life gets a positive mention, albeit it passing.

This initial exchange also hints that the new hangout is but the first aspect of what appears to be an evolving relationship:

So, we’re kind-of dancing around the big question here, which is what are we going to do? And we’re going to reveal part of that tonight; there’s another part coming somewhere down the road, and that has to do, potentially, with Star Trek Las Vegas …

– John Champion, Mission Log Live 024, May 1st 2018

Star Trek Las Vegas appears to be a reference to the Star Trek convention taking place in Las Vegas at the start of August 2018, and organised by Creation Entertainment. So might the convention include a Sansar presence, together with an expanded Star Trek Experience?

That would certainly be intriguing; not just in terms of what might be presented, but also in terms of how it fits with Linden Lab’s stated goal for 2018 to grow Sansar’s audience (and visibility). As such, I’m certainly going to be trying to keep my ear to the ground on this subject, not only in visiting the new Star Trek bridge experience in Sansar on or just after May 22nd, but also in trying to get a clearer picture on what is being planned and how it fits with this broader idea of trying to expand Sansar’s visibility and audience.


Thanks to Wurfi’s work, I can now embed the podcast from YouTube, below – thanks, wurfi! To just directly to the Sansar coverage, click this link.

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With thanks to Wurfi and Gindipple.

This Weekend in Second Life Dance

Hi there. R. Crap Mariner, your conflicted and angsty dance correspondent.

I’ll be posting dance performance schedules, similar to Inara’s posts about Seanchai Library readings.

Things have quieted down a bit, but there’s still a lot of dance performance going on.

Let’s get started, here’s the events that I saw on the calendar as of press time.

(All times SLT)

Friday May 4

Dancing Desires - April 29 2018

3:00PM Crystal Edge Dance Club

Welcome to the Crystal Edge Dance Club, home of the Crystal Edge Dance Troupe.

Dancing at the Crystal Edge has been a long-standing tradition of talented and creative dancers. There is no better way to get to know people and make new friends.

Dancing is like dreaming with your feet, if you stumble make it part of the dance!

Dance with your heart and your feet will follow!

6:00PM Elysium Cabaret

Description:Elysium Cabaret – Welcome to the Weekend!

If it’s Friday, it’s Elysium Cabaret! Fancy some imagination? In The Empire Room at Copperhead Road, every Friday at 6pm SLT the dynamic performers of Elysium Cabaret take the stage to bring you a solid hour of entertainment!

Featuring elaborate sets and choreography sequenced to an eclectic genre of music, Elysium Cabaret offers something for everyone. Grab your friends and get their early because the sim fills. Come celebrate Friday! Welcome to the weekend!

10:00PM Guerilla Burlesque

It’s wild, wonderful and worth it! It’s Guerilla Burlesque Friday Revue!

The team from Guerilla Burlesque present originally crafted dance acts built and performed by some of the best dancers on the grid! We strive to bring you our very best and keep it fresh and fun every time! Thea Dee is our director this week and It’s going to be an exciting line up of great acts! The only thing missing is you, our special guest!

So make your plans, grab a few friends and make an evening of it! Join us this Friday night so you don’t miss a thing! Doors open at the Culzean Theatre at 9 pm for the 10 pm!

Saturday May 5

Debauche - April 29 2018

1:00PM Debauche

Debauche return to the beautiful theatre at VIlle De Couer after a long absence. Such a lovely place to perform with a lovely crowd to match it. Come join us for the thrills, the excitement, the naughtiness and the sheer class of Debauche. Dress smart casual please See you there 1pm Saturday 5th May.

3:00PM Burlesque Dolls

Join us at the Jefferson Opera House as we help celebrate 2 years of the Mysterium Masked Mansion.
Burlesque Dolls brings you classic burlesque from some of the most talented dancers on the grid. Sultry, tempting and glamorous as they take the stage, each bringing their own style and signatures with them as they entice you.

4:30PM RIPA After Dark Theatre Cabaret

River Island Performing Art presents: ‘AFTER DARK’ THEATRE CABARET *ADULT CONTENT WARNING* Full Nudity forms part of this production 18+ ONLY. * Produced by Red & Steve of The River Island Theatre, and Performed by the sexy men and women of The Hot Knights & The Boudoir Dance Troupes @ Les Âmes Sauvages, Cabaret Méchant We Present The Steamiest Cabaret Show In SL. Please arrive early, spaces are limited, entrance is free.

7:00PM Paramount Grand Theatre

Brush Strokes, Paramount Grand Theatre’s brand new show for May. Come join us for an evening of classy but sassy entertainment as we the Paramount Players dance for you, May 5th & 12th at 7pm slt.

Brush Strokes you ask? The Players’ new show is about art! Taking some of our favorite artist’s work and interpreting it into dance.

Sunday May 6

Winds of the Sahara - April 29 2018

10:00AM Muse Dance Company

Join the Muse Dance Company for this dance musical Chicago. A satire on corruption in the administration of criminal justice and the concept of the “celebrity criminal”. You don’t wanna miss this one!

1:00PM Debauche

Debauche come back for a second visit to the wonderful theatre at Bluemood. Its great to be invited back. A lovely place full of lovely people – really looking forward to seeing them all again, plus a few new faces, hopefully. Debauche – a little naughty, a lot sexy, always classy. Come find out!

5:00PM Ballet Pixelle

Ballet Pixelle® will open its production of “Avatara” on Sunday, April 15 at 5:00 pm SLT, Join us for this original composition of virtual dance! What if a real world dancer could dance in a virtual world? What movements would be the same or different? What kinds of different beings could she be? What would be the same? And how would that dancer be changed after her experience? Performances are Wednesdays at 5:00 pm and Sundays at 5:00 pm SLT throughout April in the Ballet Pixelle Theatre. Audience dancing at the after-show party every performance! Join us for an evening of delights. Chat with the performers and crew after the performance for autographs, photos, and a question & answer session.

5:00PM Winds of the Sahara

Each Sunday we have a shiny, new show at Winds of the Sahara. Our dances range from burlesque to performance art and you are sure to be amazed at all of the wonder that sets, costumes and music can create. We’ll put sparkles in your eyes and leave sequins on your shirt collars.

I assume there will be a few more shows this weekend.

I prefer to error on the side of caution, so if your event isn’t listed above, either get your notecard in sooner, or add your show to the comments.

Check with the Dance Queens event calendar for updates and additions to the weekend’s schedule, as well as the many events that happen during the week.

FULL DISCLOSURE: I perform with Guerilla Burlesque and Debauche.