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NeoVictoria in Asperatus

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The NeoVictoria Roleplay Group presents "The Revenge of Professor Timmons", a roleplay adventure produced exclusively for Fantasy Faire 2014. The Story | A renegade aristocrat and an evil scientist...
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NeoVictoria completed our roleplay cycle: eleven roleplays over eleven days with eleven machinimas!  The videos are all posted on our page on the Fantasy Faire 2014 website. 

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The NeoVictoria Roleplay Group presents “The Revenge of Professor Timmons“, a roleplay adventure produced exclusively for Fantasy Faire 2014.

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A Virtual Worlds Miscellany
A collection on virtual worlds, with emphasis on Second Life and the Open Simulator Worlds. Also, roleplay.
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Why this ScoopIt topic has gone dormant

Visiting the scoop.it domain via a tethered connection gives an HTTP ERROR 504

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I've gotten a couple of inquires from some of the people who subscribe to my ScoopIt feeds about where I was, so I'm doing this final post.

I mostly update my ScoopIt topics when I'm traveling, and that (for me) means using a laptop with internet served via a tethered smartphone.  Every since ScoopIt had that huge DoS attack which shut the service down, my T-Mobile tether has stopped serving ScoopIt domain pages.

The issue is with T-Mobile, but they are not dealing with it.  I tried to get ScoopIt to take action, but they have refused. Bottom-line is this platform is no longer one I can easily use, so I've stopped using it.

Thanks to everyone for reading and for the excellent commentary over the years.  Enjoy the interweaves!

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Insane Second Life Hysteria

Insane Second Life Hysteria | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it
I’ve started to run  into people that are DEMANDING I answer whether they can transfer every bit of their inventory to the new SL-like virtual world (VW) the Lab is building. If the answer is no th...
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There have been multitudes of posts on Linden Lab's announcement they are developing a new 3-D virtual world.  As every, Nalates does a thoughtful piece on the situation. 

 

Botgirl has some interesting ideas on how this new platform might develop (http://www.botgirl.com/2014/06/three-foundational-requirements-for.html), Ciaran Laval opines on why content migration would be a mistake  (http://sl.governormarley.com/?p=4052),and Bryn Oh gives insight as a artist who has been using the platform for years (http://brynoh.blogspot.com/2014/06/sky-falling.html).

 

Personally, I'm relieved to see the Lab developing a new product that echos the one financially successful thing they have in their portfolio: SecondLife.

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Versu Gets A Second Life » Ciaran Laval

Versu Gets A Second Life » Ciaran Laval | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it

Oh come on, someone was always going to use that headline!....


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Talla Adam's curator insight, June 11, 11:19 PM

Personally, I'm really glad Emily Short was able to get a deal from the Lab. It makes so much sense to give Versu another chance and not just leave it on the shelf to be forgotten. So much work had already gone into the product it was a shock to everyone that enjoys text adventures and interactive fiction when the new CEO at Linden Lab decided it wasn't a "compelling new experience" as he described the other products they wanted to concentrate on when making his decision.

In one sense I have to agree with Ebbe in that there was no way to integrate Versu into Second Life which would have been a fantastic tool for adding a story telling form of AI to animated bot's but, then again, SL doesn't have the advanced NPC functions that Opensim has so I guess there was no easy way to do it. So, while I'm glad for the new Little Story People team it would have been so much better in my view had the Lab kept Versu and got to grips with developing proper NPC's and Interactive Fiction tools for the many creative talent's in Second Life to work with.

Working in Opensim with NPC's and the advanced OSSL functions we are beginning to achieve things that suit interactive fiction story telling where the NPC characters can actually engage in conversation, respond with gestures and animations, and show like and dislike for each other, and even you the player. This demonstrates just how Versu might have worked in Second Life. In my view the Lab too often misses its best opportunities to improve their virtual world product in terms of a "compelling experience" and that is another reason I, personally, don't limit myself to Second Life alone any more.

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Linden Lab Is Proud to Sponsor The Drax Files | Second Life

We at Linden Lab love The Drax Files: World Makers  video series. Draxtor Despres consistently does a fantastic job presenting the stories ...

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This is great news for Draxtor Despres, who has been showcasing some of the people who make SecondLife such a creative space.  There are lots of blog posts about this, however, this link goes back to the SecondLife website. 

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Avatar Social Network | Virtual Worlds Community

Avatar Social Network | Virtual Worlds Community | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it
Avatar Social Network for Second Life and other virtual worlds. Post, blog, comment, share photos and videos. Virtual World community where your participation is rewarded. This page displays a blog entry.

Via David W. Deeds
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I took a peek. Users can earn Linden Dollars for interacting and participating in the website. There is no set list of rewards, as users' activity is judged on quality rather than quantity.

They have a YouTube promo up at http://youtu.be/M1Vm13sIUeI

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, June 1, 10:06 AM

Haven´t had time to check this out, but I will! 

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Creating the VR metaverse

Creating the VR metaverse | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it
On Tuesday May 20th, at the SVVR conference in Mountain View, California, Second Life’s own Draxtor Despres (Bernard Drax, RL) hosted a panel discussion / Q&A session entitled Creating the VR Metaverse.
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Ghosts of the Internet

Ghosts of the Internet | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it
It does not happen often that I have to leave Second Life and enter a different virtual world, in order to complete a blogpost on an art installation, but “Ghosts of the Internet” by Glyph Graves made me do it!
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Alexina's curator insight, May 23, 11:52 AM

I attended it also from the InWorldz side with my ghost in SL.

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Welcome to Utherverse: A Massive Online Game Where You Can Live Out ... - International Business Times UK

Welcome to Utherverse: A Massive Online Game Where You Can Live Out ... - International Business Times UK | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it
Welcome to Utherverse: A Massive Online Game Where You Can Live Out ...
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NeoVictoria in Asperatus

NeoVictoria in Asperatus | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it
The NeoVictoria Roleplay Group presents "The Revenge of Professor Timmons", a roleplay adventure produced exclusively for Fantasy Faire 2014. The Story | A renegade aristocrat and an evil scientist...
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Check out all our videos, produced over the eleven days of FantasyFaire2014!

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Asil's curator insight, May 14, 2:16 PM

NeoVictoria completed our roleplay cycle: eleven roleplays over eleven days with eleven machinimas!  The videos are all posted on our page on the Fantasy Faire 2014 website. 

Henrik Safegaard - Cloneartist's curator insight, May 15, 2:50 AM

The NeoVictoria Roleplay Group presents “The Revenge of Professor Timmons“, a roleplay adventure produced exclusively for Fantasy Faire 2014.

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Open Virtual Worlds: St Kilda | Digital Dirt Virtual Pasts

Open Virtual Worlds: St Kilda | Digital Dirt Virtual Pasts | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it
I've recently been working with the University of St Andrews as a research assistant on their Open Virtual Worlds project. Their research team have been developing an interactive virtual model of the village on Hirte for the ...
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Meet Our Sponsors: Sanctuary RP Community | Fantasy Faire 2014

Meet Our Sponsors: Sanctuary RP Community | Fantasy Faire 2014 | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it
My friend, Asil Ares contacted me and told me about the Fantasy Faire, and that she had gotten involved with it. She sent me a link, which I read, and was very impressed that it was a Relay For Life event.
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I was so pleased that Sanctuary stepped up to sponsor one of the Fantasy Faire SIMs.  If you're looking for a great combat SIM (they use the Community Combat System), check them out!

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Virtual Ability Announces: Virtual World Conference Supports ...

Virtual Ability Announces: Virtual World Conference Supports ... | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it
Virtual Ability, Inc. announces the third annual Mental Health Symposium to be held Saturday, April 26th, 7:00 am PDT/SLT to 5:00 pm PDT/SLT in Second Life®. The theme of this year's conference is “Quality of Life.
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Second Life Camera Offset

Second Life Camera Offset | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it
Advanced > Debug Settings > Camera Offset The Camera’s Too High! I just turned 5 VR years old a couple days ago.
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The NeoVictoria Project Public Website

The NeoVictoria Project Public Website | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it

Avatars, Steampunk, Roleplay & Machinima ...that's The NeoVictoria Project in a nutshell.  We've produced a new public webpage for the project that aggregates much of our web-presence.  Its using a tool called "Flavors" that makes aggregation easy.

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The NeoVictoria Project at SLB11

The NeoVictoria Project at SLB11 | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it
NeoVictoria is a unique dark-roleplay environment crafted with a Steampunk aesthetic; the goal is to create a self-sustaining cycle where roleplay becomes filmed story. Their exhibit was inspired by a Victorian toy called a zoetrope. The top of the tower has more information about the project, a machinima-movie and some gifts. Visit http://www.neovictoria.net to learn more.
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Asil's curator insight, June 26, 2:51 PM

NeoVictoria is doing the Second Life 11th Anniversary celebration.  Our parcel has a ride-able tour with gifts at the top of the tower. 

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E3: Is Virtual Reality The Next Revolution In Entertainment? - Hollywood Reporter

E3: Is Virtual Reality The Next Revolution In Entertainment? - Hollywood Reporter | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it
E3: Is Virtual Reality The Next Revolution In Entertainment?
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There's a steadily growing number of pros from Hollywood and the gaming community that believe virtual reality will be the next revolution in entertainment.

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NeoVictoria Weekly Dispatches 20140529 - YouTube

These are the dispatches after the Fantasy Faire role-plays earlier in May. All of this was RP'ed in NeoVictoria in SecondLife

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We're looking to start doing regular dispatches that track the roleplays.  This latest is by Studio Yue. 

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The Evolution of Virtual Worlds, Part Two. Social Virtual Reality.

The Evolution of Virtual Worlds, Part Two. Social Virtual Reality. | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it

This post delves into Social Virtual Reality, one of the three main growth areas of VW3.0.

Let’s start with a (very simple) definition: Social Virtual Reality is a virtual environment designed specifically for multi-user social interactions using virtual reality headsets.

In a literal sense, this is the ‘chat room’ concept that we all understand, only now actually allowing the user to be ‘in’ the room.

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Why Second Life?

Why Second Life? | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it
It allows for enjoyment and relaxation – you meet new and wonderful people – some will become your friends. With them, or alone you get to escape the real world from time to time. Also, there is room for business opportunities – it all depends on ...
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Body Snatchers: Second Life's New Mesh Avatars May Do More Harm Than Good to New Players

Body Snatchers: Second Life's New Mesh Avatars May Do More Harm Than Good to New Players | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it
Janine "Iris Ophelia" Hawkins' ongoing review of gaming and virtual world style Second Life's new fitted mesh starter avatars are here, and they're the talk of the community.
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The Surprisingly Unsurprising Reason Why Men Choose Female Avatars in World of Warcraft

The Surprisingly Unsurprising Reason Why Men Choose Female Avatars in World of Warcraft | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it
When men play female avatars in online games, they change the way they speak to conform to female stereotypes—but the way they move betrays their masquerade.
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Although the gender-switching men could partially talk the talk, they completely failed to walk the walk. The researchers found that all the men in their study moved around in a very different way than the women.

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The Evolution of Virtual Worlds, Part One.

The Evolution of Virtual Worlds, Part One. | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it
RT @TeragErshtan: The Evolution of Virtual Worlds, Part 1 http://t.co/vGb0CLWRsn #VirtualWorlds #SecondLife #VR http://t.co/tApkcRoEZP via…
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The Revenge of Professor Timmons: Scene 3

The Revenge of Professor Timmons: Scene 3 | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it
Date: 3 May 2014 Location: The NeoLondon Cathedral of Air and Darkness and the Castle of Lord Coat and Lady Zee [NeoVictoria SIM] Produced By: Myomy Ohmai Players: ValentineAdler Resident as Valent...
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Asil's curator insight, May 4, 9:07 PM

We are having an amazing time doing this series of roleplays for Fantasy Faire 2014.  Join us in Asperatus SIM tomorrow!

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Creepily Realistic Avatars Are Giving 'Second Life' a Second Life

Creepily Realistic Avatars Are Giving 'Second Life' a Second Life | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it
"It'll scare the hell out of you." (Creepily Realistic Avatars Are Giving 'Second Life' a Second Life http://t.co/K1u8VGHPUu #secondlife)
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Potentially, it could redefine our entire, analog concept of place and time. Rosedale thinks it’s going to be as big as the internet—society’s next big leap forward.

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Promo for "The Revenge of Professor Timmons"

The NeoVictoria Roleplay group presents: "The Revenge of Professor Timmons". This special series of roleplays are being produced exclusively for Fantasy Fair...
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Asil's curator insight, April 21, 8:37 PM

We were asked to do some roleplay for Fantasy Faire 2014 ....here's the promo for the series!

Henrik Safegaard - Cloneartist's curator insight, April 24, 1:40 AM

The NeoVictoria Roleplay group presents: "The Revenge of Professor Timmons". 
This special series of roleplays are being produced exclusively for Fantasy Faire 2014. Celebrating its sixth year, Fantasy Faire is the largest gathering of fantasy designers, enthusiasts, roleplayers and performers in the virtual worlds. 
Visit the FF2014 website for details:http://fantasyfairesl.wordpress.com/p...