Fantasy Faire 2015 (RFL in Second Life)

All the fun of the Faire

Of course, there is a LOT of fun to be had, it’s an amazing effort put in by the creators, event organiser and performers. One thing that really strikes you if you spend a bit of the time there is the sense of community. As someone said to me, there is no ego here, just fun and love and respect. This is a side of SL that you see all too infrequently sometimes that it actually surprises you!

The creative folks who put together these gorgeous sim’s were as approachable as can be, here’s some of them together at a Q&A session they put together at one of my favourite spots, in Ichi-go Ichi-e.

Builders Q&A

A great opportunity to ask them what inspired their creations, technical questions or any mishaps that occurred when putting it all together. One of my favourite ones from that was when one of them, being almost at the end of the process somehow managed to give all the buildings a pink furry roof by mistake 🙂 See, they are human after all, that sounds like something I would do 😉

Apparently, it’s a bit of an annual tradition where one of the builders creates some slightly chaotic form of transport for going crashing through all of the sim’s in style. A little like a London Bus Tour but with more carnage. Last year was a kind of ‘Love Shack’ inspired by the B52’s song, on wheels. This year continued the theme with the Rock Lobster bus!

Rock Lobster Bus

I wasn’t entirely convinced that it wasn’t dangerous, but after being assured it was perfectly safe and the penguin driving it hadn’t been drinking (much) it was all aboard!

This all proved to completely and utterly correct, well, mostly, as we bumped our way through the various FF sim’s, only gently maiming innocent passers by, getting caught doing loop the loops at sim crossings, losing several passengers we still can’t find and trying to find our way out of ditches or holding our breath as we went underwater.

Thankfully, no lobsters were harmed on the tour.

The last event that I saw at the Faire was put together by ColeMarie who makes some great particle wear, check out her store here. This was set at the same location as the builders Q&A and involved an amazing particle display to gorgeous music playing out. It really was beautiful and emotional, which I think everyone who was there would agree with.

Here is a glimpse of what we saw (the pictures don’t really do it justice)

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The atmosphere during and after the show was incredible and the setting was beautiful.

At the time of blogging, Fantasy Faire has raised an incredible 7.8 million L$ or $31,600 which is an incredible amount for a small but dedicated group of people that brought together many thousands in a common cause.

The Faire may be over for another year but I met some wonderful people, who shared laughs, tears, wonder and inspiration together. Anyone who has ever read articles in the press about Second Life would never know the good it can be capable of when inspiring and remarkable people come together.

Is it time for Fantasy Faire 2016 yet please? 🙂

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