The other day I was sitting in SLBloggerati Group chat and Leia Cale of Leia’s Second Life blog got all excited about Fantasy Faire. One of her favourite events of the year, and I remembered seeing her equally excited in years previously. I thought about that for a moment, about how showing an event through the eyes of another is what we do with blogging, but what if a blogger showed you the event from the passion of another, not only encouraging me to see it with anticipation because of someone else’s joy, but also because it turns it into a shared experience.
We spend a lot of time solo in Second Life, and to be able to grab onto something and be able to say ” I saw that too’ or “I didn’t notice that I have to go back now” it is something that I myself as a blogger want to encourage. I like doing posts on events when I can, sharing information on the destination itself, the effort that went into it, and how groups of people come together with a joint purpose.
Fantasy Faire is an annual event, part of the Relay for Life chain running through the Second Life year. It started on the 18th of April and will finish on the 5th of May. All donations made via purchasing event items, donations made in kiosks go to Relay for Life, so far in the years they have run this event they have raised up to 290,000 USD that is an amazing achievement by everyone involved. You can find press release information on their website as well as totals, information on all participants and sim sponsors.
There are 16 sims this year and each sim is an exploratory wonderland. I asked Leia a few questions about her experience with the event.
Sasy Scarborough: You get so excited this time of the year, due to Fantasy Faire, what is it that most excites you about the event?
Leia Cale: seeing all the sims and the deisgners what they come with and the store owners what they create for the faire . and the Quest which is a lot of fun to do. All while supporting Relay for Life.
Sasy Scarborough: Were there any new discoveries for you this year in terms of stores ?
Leia Cale: Ab.Fab. I haven’t heard of them before and I blogged one of their skins for the faire this year.
Sasy Scarborough: What was your favourite build/sim of the event ?
Leia Cale: Its really hard to pick a favorite. so many awesome sim builds as usual again this year.
Sasy Scarborough: There really are. So if not a favourite was there one that made you go oh wow? for me it was the moving paintbrushes one
Leia Cale: Celestial Plains I think just utterly gorgeous.
Sasy Scarborough: what was your most unusual purchase this year, something you just had to have ? or even something you saw that you covet lol
Leia Cale: the Teegle unicorn pet. I have to go buy it before the faire is over .
I actually went back again after speaking to her and started my journey from the Celestial Plains build and she was right it was just beautiful.
I also spent a bit of time there the night before and met up with Kavar Cleanslate ( Kavars Flickr.) of Exile Hair. He and I had been chatting in IM about the event a few days ago, so he had already shopped. We spent some time in Fallen Gods, they are a sponsor of one of the sims and the build is epic, I felt like I was being mummified just standing there. He got one of their RFL items, and he is a Rock God! in every sense of the word now.
I also asked him a few questions about his experience with the event.
Sasy Scarborough: What made you want to visit Fantasy Faire?
Kavar Cleanslate: I try come every year, its a huge event with a lot of creators I have loved for ages. its very fun to see more and more of them using mesh/bento to really bring fantasy stuff to life, and who doesn’t like to shop haha, also its a rfl event which is always nice to support.
Sasy Scarborough: Do you enjoy dressing up for fun in Second Life ? or is most event shopping with work in mind ?
Kavar Cleanslate: both, though fantasy faire is pretty much just for fun, I just buy things I really like and maybe someday will use for pictures for fun. I have a sort of oddly huge collection of merman themed items from over the years for example hah
Sasy Scarborough: so are you giving us a teaser to expect more movement style hairstyles in the oceanic inspired future?
Kavar Cleanslate: I have always wanted to do a set of underwater hairs that just flow different ways so you never know 😀 hehe
Sasy Scarborough: what was your most surprising purchase at this event ?
Kavar Cleanslate: oh right let me see, my most surprising, well not this because I always buy stuff from fallen gods here cause I love his take on fantasy stuff , probably the Titans – the vulpie avatar I bought haha, its adorable and I hadn’t seen them before.
He then turned into the most adorable little wiggle floating avatar. He swayed side to side and did little flips and he is just adorable, how you can go from Rock God to that in seconds is what makes Second Life and events like Fantasy Faire definitely worth checking out.
I ended up with my own new to me store, in the form of Silvan Moon Designs and picked up this incredible Stanbury Gown. I am a sucker for a bustle skirt, I wish now that we had mesh more designers would mix a kind of steampunk/goth aesthetic and give me more bustles to wear.
The gown is just beautiful and I hacked it through the use of Slink Petite Augment. The dress was made for the Slink Physique Original body, but I kept on my Physique Hourglass body on and instead of alphaing out the breast area, I used the petites add on and made it fit perfectly as the alpha cuts would not have worked in the upper area not using the body it was intended for. So consider that next time something does not fit the way you wish it to.
The hat also came with and my Lana hair by Exile fit the hat and the mood incredibly well. The updo has a styling hud so that the back can also have a long extension piece, so you can be more half updo or full as shown.
I spent the next day visiting the 16 sims, and honestly each one has a charming story to tell in its build. There are so many spaces to explore and I suggest making the most of the days left and visiting as much as you can. taking as many pictures as you can, and letting anyone you know that likes to dress up that the event is on, because sometimes things slip past people, and we want to be sure everyone visits the event.
Thank you to Leia and Kavar for helping me see Fantasy Faire in a very special way
VR Studio 4.2 and HUD and Library for location shoots