Who Will Be King, Queen and Chancellor of Fantasy Faire?

(I am sharing this post from the official Fantasy Faire blog, in hopes of getting the word out! )

In the run up to Fantasy Faire, we asked you to select your favourite characters from fantasy to be chosen as King, Queen and Chancellor of Fantasy Faire.

Well, the nominations are in – and your five top selections are ready to move forward to the vote. Let’s find out who they are!

Vote for the King!


As you’ll see, we have two characters from the Girl Genius universe – the Wulfenbachs, father and son. Will they split the vote and let another candidate in?

From Discworld we have the Vetinari, Patrician of Ankh-Morpork. All powerful and more than a little sinister, will he be the people’s choice?

Lord of the Rings supplies the Elvish candidate for King, Legolas, while our final candidate is Tyrion Lannister from A Song of Fire and Ice / A Game of Thrones. Tyrion is the sole representative of this fantasy element – but with Lannister gold to back him, no-one would rule him out!

Vote for the Queen!


The Queens represent a similar range of fantasy genres – but now we have fairy tales popularised by Disney – or is that the right term for the anti-heroine Maleficient?

From Girl Genius we again have two characters – Agatha Heterodyne and Queen Zantiabraxus. Will they split the steampunk vote?

From Lord of the Rings we have our second Elvish nominee – Galadriel. And last, but definitely not least, we have Granny Weatherwax, that source of common sense and magical skills (not to mention headology) from Lancre in the Discworld.

Vote for the Chancellor!


The Chancellors are drawn from a similarity variety. There’s the Genie from Aladdin (immortalised by the late, great Robin Williams in the Disney movie), and there’s Greebo, Nanny Ogg’s cat from theDiscworld (nursing a secret passion to be ginger).

Once more, there are two Girl Genius characters nominated: this time Krosp (our second cat nomination!) and Vonn Pinn – looking human but really a clank – that world’s robotic forms.

And finally, from the Lord of the Rings, we have the Ent, Treebeard.

Which will you vote for?

You can visit the vendors and place your vote in a special gallery under the waves at Poseidons Abyss.

OR you can pay via Convio.

Read more about how to vote here.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Virtual Galaxy

Seeing as how I’m on vacation this week, I thought I’d let Ceejay take a bit of a virtual jaunt in Second Life. So, she got out her Sub-Etha Sens-O-Matic device and hitched a lift on a passing spaceship. Eventually she was dropped off at Hastromil – The Big Bang Burger Bar, a rather spectacular place built by a very hoopy frood, Parker Bigboots.  She took along her camera, too.  Click any picture to embiggen it. Click it again and it will probably get frighteningly big.

First things first. She had to find a towel. Luckily, Parker had a Free Towel display hidden conveniently in the back of a very dark closet.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy has a few things to say on the subject of towels. A towel, it says, is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitch hiker can have. Partly it has great practical value — you can wrap it around you for warmth as you bound across the cold moons of Jaglan Beta; you can lie on it on the brilliant marble‐sanded beaches of Santraginus V, inhaling the heady sea vapours; you can sleep under it beneath the stars which shine so redly on the desert world of Kakrafoon; use it to sail a mini raft down the slow heavy river Moth; wet it for use in hand‐to‐hand‐combat; wrap it round your head to ward off noxious fumes or to avoid the gaze of the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal (a mindbogglingly stupid animal, it assumes that if you can’t see it, it can’t see you — daft as a bush, but very ravenous); you can wave your towel in emergencies as a distress signal, and of course dry yourself off with it if it still seems to be clean enough.

01 Free Towels
Don’t Panic! Here’s a towel!

She bumped into (literally) a rather friendly and floopy group of mattresses.

No one really knows what mattresses are meant to gain from their lives either. They are large, friendly, pocket-sprung creatures which live quiet private lives in the marshes of Squornshellous Zeta. Many of them get caught, slaughtered, dried out, shipped out and slept on. None of them seem to mind and all of them are called Zem.– Hitchhiker Wiki

02 Zem the Mattresses
Hello, Zem! Good to meet you too, Zem. And Zem, you’re looking marvelous.

Not far off, Deep Thought was busily running calculations. She thought to ask it a question, but decided against it. That didn’t go so well the first time around.

“For seven and a half million years, Deep Thought computed and calculated, and in the end announced that the answer was in fact 42- and so another, even bigger, computer had to be built to find out what the actual question was.” 

03 Deep Thought
A curious Ceejay approaches deep thought.

As the day rolled on, she started getting understandably hungry. What luck! The Big Bang Burger Bar was open for business!

05 Big Bang Burger Bar
The wall decor at the Big Bang Burger Bar is top rate.
06 Big Bang Burger Bar
Time Is An Illusion, Lunchtime, Doubly So. Waiting for a burger, a Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster, and the beginning of the universe.
07 Big Bang Burger Bar
Gazing out at the beginnings of the universe. And admiring the drapes.


08 Big Bang Burger Bar
“Something almost, but not quite entirely unlike tea”

Refreshed, invigorated, and possibly drunk, bowling seemed a good idea. Ironically, Ceejay’s top score was 42.

09 Cosmic Bowling
“You just come along with me and have a good time. The Galaxy’s a fun place. You’ll need to have this fish in your ear.”

Not knowing where to go next, Ceejay decided to pop into the Total Perspective Vortex to try to get her bearings, or maybe a sense of proportion, but probably not that. But there might be fairy cake for dessert.

“For when you are put into the Vortex you are given just one momentary glimpse of the entire unimaginable infinity of creation, and somewhere in it a tiny little marker, a microscopic dot on a microscopic dot, which says “You are here.”

10 Vortex
If life is going to exist in a Universe of this size, then the one thing it cannot afford to have is a sense of proportion…

“There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable.” 

11 Star Park
“Space,” it says, “is big. Really big. You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mindbogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it’s a long way down the road to the chemist’s, but that’s just peanuts to space, listen…”


Revisiting Oceania Planetary Park

Oceania Planetary Walk Poster

Kimika Ying first introduced us to her dream, brought alive in virtual reality, thusly:

“Space,” it says, “is big. Really big. You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mindbogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it’s a long way down the road to the chemist’s, but that’s just peanuts to space…” – Douglas Adams

In November and December of 2013, the Linden Endowment for the Arts* granted Kimika a sim on which to bring her vision to life.  Her walking tour of the solar system, set in a natural-feeling island park, created an opportunity for a fun and educational romp. I enjoyed the tour quite a number of times, mostly in the company of friends. While the exhibit is now gone, the good memories linger.

But perhaps you missed it – or just want to remember. Now, you can stretch out beneath the stars and enjoy a small sampling of Oceania Planetary Park, at the Mary Read-ing Room, adjacent to the Mary Read Stealing er I mean Lending Library (yes that is the library’s full name. As the grid’s only pirate library, I think the name suits.)

You’ll need to wear climbing shoes for your visit. The Oceania exhibit is on the topmost floor of the reading room, on purpose. You’ll be closer to the stars and planets that way. Follow the reading room’s stairs and ladders ever upwards. Your reward will be a cloud-soft sofa to sink into, where you can relax and enjoy your experience. I recommend setting your viewer to midnight and finding a comfortable pose on the couch or pouf.  Look around the wooden deck for a book. It contains all the original notes from the LEA exhibit, which were embedded in information posts along the trails.

The slide show exhibit is filled with photographs taken by Erehwon Yoshikawa. Poke the arrows under the photographs to move the picture slides forward or backward.

There’s a wee sparkly-thing perched on the railing. Feel free to take a copy of “Starry Starry Light” as a memento of your visit.

Oceania Planetary Park
Kimika’s project blog, including video tours, pictures,
and Kimika’s thoughts on the project.


Furnishing Credits

Sway’s [Cloud 9] Sofa with Star Pillows and Star Pouf

Book of Shadows (filled with exhibit note cards)
Arcana Antiques and Oddities

*The Linden Endowment for the Arts is an official Linden Community Partnership program whose purpose is to help new artists, cultivate art in SL, and foster creativity, innovation, and collaboration within the art community.

Armada Does Leftovers

Armada Does Leftovers

What’s the best part of Thanksgiving?  No, not the football. Cog no, not the football.

It’s the next day, and the day after that, and the day after that!  It’s all those LEFTOVERS!  This year, Armada’s Scoundrel Fleet has decided to skip all the hard work of cooking a Thanksgiving feast and will be jumping DIRECTLY to the leftovers.

If you’d like to enjoy leftovers with the Scoundrel Fleet, come on by after the big day, anytime from November 29th through December 1st. We’ll have plank tables out at the “To Hull and Back” bar at Fleet Headquarters, situated on scenic Scarlet Bay in the Blake Sea.

You might even find a plate of your OWN leftovers, iffin you aren’t in the habit of locking your windows at night.

ALSO!  Look for Kimika Ying’s magnificent trebuchet, free gifts, a walking treasure tour of the island and who knows what else!

*ALERT!!* Sunday at 10am slt, the Scoundrel Fleet will be picking the tables clean. If you want to fight them for the last drumstick, come on by.

November 29th through December 1st, 2013
To Hull and Back Bar, Scoundrel Fleet HQ, Scarlet Bay, Blake Sea
Come by anytime! Enjoy a snack, have some fun, get a gift!

Skull~n~Bones: The Pirate Hunt 3

I haven’t done a hunt in quite some time – I love them but they DO take up a lot of time!  But I’m making an exception for this one.  After all, I AM a member of the Armada Scoundrel Fleet, the deadliest, most stylish pirate gang on the grid. And I haven’t added anything to my dredd wardrobe in quite some time!

Skull N Bones: The Pirate Hunt 3


Things to know:

  • Start Point:  Port Kastle Rock
  • The hunt runs August 1st – 31st, so it’s well underway. Get at it!
  • Each hunt item will cost you one linden. The hunt promises to have a male and female, or unisex item, at each location.
  • Inworld Group: Kastle Electric Hunters
  • Kastle Rock Hunts Blog

Now then, my personal thoughts. Pirates come in all shapes and sizes, and from lots of different eras. This hunt includes all sorts of styles.  Only you know what sort of pirate YOU are, so be prepared to pick through your booty for what actually works for you, or do what I’m doing, take a trip through a photo prize preview before you get to plundering.

Enjoy yer loot and getting acquainted with lots of stores you possibly didn’t know about!