Getting some :oxygen: in Second Life

:oxygen:, October 2019 – click any image for full size

:Oxygen: is the name of a new Full region that has opened its doors to the public and makes for a superb visit for Second Life explorers, with plenty of opportunity for fun and photography.

Designed by Justice Vought and SixDigital, the region offers an engaging mix of beaches, rugged hills and a small town awaiting exploration, while those looking for a little romance or quite times will also find things to do, be it sitting quietly or catching a film at the beach-side drive-in. Those who enjoy thrills might also find things to do as well.

:oxygen:, October 2019

We’ve been working on this sim for the last couple of months and it’s finally finished and open to the public.

You will find lots of spots for your photography, a train station and quaint street, a lodge with board games as well as pool and shuffle board, surfing, bumper boats, a harbour, a watermill and small gallery, and a drive-in movie theatre as well as tons of places to chill and hang out. There are also some hidden surprises so be sure to explore.

– SixDigital, introducing Oxygen

:oxygen:, October 2019

There is no set landing point for the region, so I’ve simply followed the suggestion offered by Shawn Shakespeare and selected the little town’s railway station platform (given a familiar number of 9 3/4!) as a starting point for explorations. From here, it is possible to walk west along the single street of the little town, passing cosy little houses and boutique shops while the grassy hills fall away northwards to a surf-fronted beach.

The beach runs south-to-north along one side of the region, offering numerous places to sit and the chance to go surfing. However, do keep in mind the houses that book-end it to the north and south are private – so please avoid trespassing into them. A path from the beach runs past he drive-in and behind the gardens behind the northern house to where a busy little waterfront wharf and piers are laid out.

:oxygen:, October 2019

Above this, and reached via sets of wooden stairs and platforms is The Mystic, the region’s public mountain lodge. This offers cosy places to sit and relax, play board games, enjoy views out over the region, or explore onwards and downwards into the rugged gorge separates the lodge from the little town.

This is where the gallery referred to in SixDigital’s description of the region can be found, nestled in a slightly careworn watermill and displaying some of SixDigital’s photography. Outside of the lodge are bull riding, bungee jumping and a zip-line for thrill seekers, while an open-air deck provides a home for live music events, the grass before it a nature dance floor.

:oxygen:, October 2019

Finished a full sound scape and surrounded by high peaks, :oxygen: is a picturesque setting deserving of photography. It is easy on the eye and on the viewer. The official opening for the region will take place on Sunday, October 27th, when DJ Apple Xevion will be spinning the records between 12:00 noon and 14:00 SLT, and a prize pool of L$10,000 is on offer in a Halloween costume contest – just go along dressed in your favourite Halloween outfit for a chance to win a prize!

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:oxygen: (Bora Lota, rated Moderate)

Jekyll and Hyde in Second Life

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde – Sunday, October 27th, 2019

Following the rebroadcast of a live radio adaptation of Mary Shelley’s classic Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus on Sunday, October 20th, Seanchai Library, in association with The Ravenheart Museum of Art, Culture, and Curious Things and Fantasy Faire Radio, will be presenting a special live performance of Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde on Sunday, October 27th, 2019.

Published in 1886, the novella is perhaps most famously known by the shorter title Jekyll and Hyde, although it has also been called The Strange Case of Jekyll Hyde, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. It came three years after his first major commercial success, Treasure Island, and was followed shortly afterwards by Kidnapped (also first published in 1886), which between them form the triumvirate of Stevenson’s most famous works, although in his career he wrote 13 novels (two in progress at the time of his premature death at the age of 44), and also published six major collections of short stories.

Robert Louis Stevenson in 1885, shortly before he wrote The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Jekyll and Hyde was a product of Stevenson’s long-standing fascination with the manner in which the human personality involves the interplay of “right” and “wrong”  (or “good” and “evil”, and what happens when this interplay becomes fractured within and individual. Whilst a work of fiction, the novella has nevertheless had a significant impact in defining personality traits, particularly with “Jekyll and Hyde” entering the vernacular in describing those who can exhibit extremes of personality – and may not even be cognisant of the abrupt swing from one to the other and back.

The novella itself had something of an extended gestation period.

In the 1870s, Stevenson became friends with French teacher Eugene Chantrelle, a seemingly pleasant member of the same Edinburgh circles in which Stevenson moved. Following Chantrelle’s arrest on suspicion of murdering his wife in 1878 (for which he was eventually hanged), Stevenson was present throughout the trial, during it which it was revealed the “upstanding” Chantrelle was, behind closed doors, a violent man – and was likely responsible for a series of murders in France and England – and possibly as many as six others in Edinburgh.

At the same time, Stevenson had written a play about another man with a double life in Edinburgh 100 years previously. William “Deacon” Brodie was, on the one hand, a respected Edinburgh craftsman well-regarded by the wealthy of the city- whom he would burgle by night in order to feed his secret gambling habit. That play, aided by a short story entitled Markheim, published in 1884, helped pave the way for the Jekyll and Hyde novella, with Chantrelle’s case acting as the core inspiration.

The story itself is said to come together very quickly, as related by both Stevenson’s wife, Fanny, and his step-son, Lloyd, and may have been spurred by a series of lucid dreams Stevenson suffered due to the drugs he was taking at the time to combat illness.

I don’t believe that there was ever such a literary feat before as the writing of Dr Jekyll. I remember the first reading as though it were yesterday. Louis came downstairs in a fever; read nearly half the book aloud; and then, while we were still gasping, he was away again, and busy writing. I doubt if the first draft took so long as three days.

– Samuel Lloyd Osbourne, Stevenson’s step-son

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde set

The 90-minute performance by Seanchai Library features a script adapted from the Stevenson’s work by Dav5id Abbot and Caledonia Skytower. It will take place at Wandervale, home of the creators of the Octoberville and Wicked Winter interactive experiences, and feature the voice talents of Abbot and Skytower, together with Corwyn Allen, Shandon Loring, Elrik Merlin, Kayden Oconnell, and Votarn “VT” Torvalar.

Residents are warmly invited to attend the performance in-world which will commence at 14:00 SLT on Sunday, October 27th, 2019. It will be broadcast on the region’s stream and also by Fantasy Faire radio at, or, and so can be listened to in-world from your own home or on the web.

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde on Fantasy Faire Radio is sponsored by The Ravenheart Museum of Art, Culture, and Curious Things, featuring one of the largest public collections of Alia’s Baroque’s Libertine Eggs by Alia Baroque, and hosting the exhibition A Conspiracy of Ravens (read here for more about both exhibitions).

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