Winterfell Ravens Reach Opening!

3/30/10  at 10:50 AM



In a few days a new Winterfell sim named Winterfell Ravens Reach will be installed east of Winterfell Eventide and north of Winterfell Illyria.

Raven's Reach will host a wonderful event of inauguration, welcoming all to this glorious new landscape! Classical music, subtly progressing into the more modern as well as a prize hunt shall be but part of the celebrations!

April 1st, 2010
6pm to 7pm SLT
http://slurl.com/secondlife/Winterfell%20Ravens%20Reach/14/156/24

Winterfell reaches new heights of its spectacular amenity and style, all are welcome and indeed invited to become part of this great community, and the broader "traditional" communities of Second Life.

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WINTERFELL RAVENS REACH
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Ravens Reach will be the first sim to experience the renaissance of Winterfell's theme and outlook. You'll see subtle changes starting in the north and working their way south, where the old heart of Winterfell reclaims its heritage.

Dark fantasy themes, ranging from Late Middle Ages (14th century) to Baroque (early 18th century) will be encouraged across Winterfell. This might sound strange to you, but because Winterfell is a land of dreams, style and "period" are able to merge and meld together. Most
important is the underlying narrative.

More telling than exact replicas of real world architecture, creativity and story telling rule the day.

- Want to play a sweet virginal spinster from 1750? SURE! Bury a few poisoned suitors in your basement.

- Want to play a retired Commodore from the Spanish Armada? OKAY! Crew your ship with Spanish lisping Zombies.

- Maybe a noble knight? Perfect! You must sacrifice a virgin monthly to keep that buff physique.

Create your own story and run with it ... Winterfell embraces and encourages all things dark and and a little dangerous.

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RAVENS REACH LORE
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A few nights ago I had a dream, a dream of a cliffy green mountain rising up from the seas of Winterfell. And when I woke up I felt the command to travel north in search of this mountain.

I traveled through each region, each neighborhood and rowing though the channels and streams of Winterfell.

The morning passed into afternoon and afternoon into night and night into dreams.

When woke again, the sounds of night birds singing all around me and the grass tickling my face and a soft whisper in my ear …

“I am here”

… and when I opened my eyes and looked up I saw that I was in Winterfell Eventide looking east over the ocean. Beneath the deep blue of the sea and the brilliant moon light reflecting off the surface, I saw the primal swirling urge for creation dancing in the waters.

My hand moving with its own will reached into the pocket of my traveling coat to draw out a coin. I looked down at it. A Winterfell Crown. I turned it over in my hand looking at the engraving and was reminded of the moment Winterfell was born. With a smile upon my lips
I threw the crown into the sea.

The entire world went silent, as if it was taking a deep breath. The exhale started as a rumble deep in the ground and bubbling up through the water and then a light was kindled deep in the blue depths. I could see it circling as it made its way to the surface and then suddenly with a great ripping sound broke free of the waves shooting up to the sky … a raven!

A raven, black and sleek and gloriously soaring up to the stars, reaching for its dreams.

Designing Worlds Returns to New Babbage to Explore Burlesque!

  at 9:47 AM
Join our special viewing party at Piermont Landing in Wheatstone Waterways today (Tuesday 30th March) at 2pm SLT for a very unusual episode of Designing Worlds!

Last October, the Designing Worlds teams visited New Babbage to explore the amazing new underground railway system .. but things went terribly wrong when they were party to the discovery of the cellars of a long-forgotten Asylum, and its dark secrets. Elrik and Saffia were lucky to escape with their lives that time – but, nothing daunted, they are returning to New Babbage to investigate the phenomenon of burlesque.

After all, what could possibly go wrong?



Well … you will see … as they find themselves caught up in a new Babbage adventure.

This week, the Designing Worlds viewing party is NOT in the studio, but will be hosted by Miss Breezy Carver at Piermont Landing in Wheatstone Waterways. The show starts at 2pm, but this is going to be an exciting episode, and we recommend you arrive early if you can.

Oiling Festival ~ SteamFitters 2nd Annual Gold Themed Ball~2010 New Babbage RFL Team Kickoff

3/27/10  at 1:31 PM
Piermont Landing Presents
New Babbage RFL 2010
Kick Off

The Second Annual
Steamfitters Gold Themed Ball

Saturday , March 27th
6pm to 9pm SLT

Music by The Amazing DJ Bats

Photo Contest- Portrait: Best Oiler
first Place 2000L
second Place 1000L
third Place 500L


The Steam...

Take the wrench and go on searching,
for the gears that turn the hands.
Deep in the complex machine,
is the wind of some lost land.
From dark dystopias of the future,
to antique civilizations of the past,
it's in this that time is measured,
and why it will not last.
When the cogs of the world stop turning,
what can we say we found?
For when there are no people,
the world will have no sound
by "Shade"





Please Come and Join All in New Babbage
as This Wonderful Community Turns It up and Celebrates
Oiling Festival
along with The Steamfitters Ball
New Babbage Style
for more info

Relay for Life Events in the Steamlands and Vintage Sims

3/26/10  at 3:49 AM

If you have a Relay for Life team based in the Steamlands or a Vintage region, we will be happy to post details of your events in the Primgraph blog. In fact, we will give you access to the blog so that you can post these events for yourselves.

And we will follow that with links from our magazine too.

Contact Saffia Widdershins for details and access.

RFL Caledon Team Events March 27-April 18 2010

3/23/10  at 7:53 PM
March 27, 2010
Please note that all times listed are PDT or the time in SL also known as SLT.


1pm - 3pm A Scottish Night for RFL hosted by Monty Streusel - DJ Soliel Snook
This event will be located in Caledon Downs.
The theme for this event is scottish and scottish clothes are preferred.
http://slurl.com/secondlife/Caledon%20Downs/170/235/418

April 3, 2010 at 12pm-3pm in Caledon Wellsian on the Begonia-Avalance Estate (up in the mountain range facing the north side of the sim near the border of Morgaine)
Pirates of the Caledonian...on Ice! Cap'n Fuschia Begonia and her Cabinboy Alfonso Avalanche sail back into Caledon waters for their fourth piratical shindig. But now the ship seems to be icebound!


April 10, 2010

TBA

April 17 & 18, 2010

Steam SkyCity's 3rd Annual Spring Egg Hunt. Join us in Steam SkyCity as her resident Misunderstood Geniuses and Mad Scientists attempt to take your sanity. Eggs containing Fabulous Prizes will be hidden throughout the Sim. The "Hints that Don't Help" will be provided again this year as well, which are always a fun read!

For any questions regarding Team Caledon RFL 2010 please contact one of the Team Captains in-world by notecard. Team Captains are Lucien Brentano and Fogwoman Gray. The Vendor Coordinator is Kitsuko Pelazzi. For RFL vendors and information in regarding setting up a vendor for Team Caledon contact Kitsuko in-world by notecard or email at kit.pelazzi@gmail.com

Announcing ... the Marketplace and Classifieds in The Primgraph!

3/22/10  at 1:38 PM
Following the splendid success of the Valentine personals in the last issue, we're initiating two new advertising sections in The Primgraph, specially geared toward new advertisers, smaller shops and individuals, & located in the pages towards the back of the magazine.

The first, our colourful Marketplace section, will be composed of display ads (you supply your own artwork) and will be available at three price points: Bronze, L$1750 (705 x 1580 pixels); Silver, L$2500 (1460 x 1580 pixels); and Gold, L$4000 (2220 x 1580 pixels), all at 300 dpi.

Our new Classifieds/Personals section will feature line ads (text only, boxed, or with a simple graphic). Ads up to 20 words are L$250; boxed ads are L$500; and boxed ads with graphic are L$1000.

Use our Classifieds to advertise your land, your business, your shop, your services, your opening, your event—at very affordable prices. Small businesses will now have a way to reach the constantly growing market of The Primgraph's thousands of readers - inworld and on the web.

Classified Categories:
Land & Rentals
Prefabs
Home Furnishings
Garden & Landscape
Vehicles & Transport
Clothes & Jewellery
Weapons & Gadgetry
Gifts
Arts & Culture
Events & Venues
Announcements
Lonely Hearts
Miscellaneous

Individuals can list products or rentals, send messages to pals or paramours, announce or celebrate their own or other's birthdays, rezdays, graduations, weddings or whatever special dates take their fancy. They can also leave clues or secret messages or look for that special someone!

To celebrate our first Classifieds publication, there will actually be a special treasure hunt, with clues hidden in this issue's Classified ads! Watch The Primgraph's aetheric weblog http://primgraph.blogspot.com/ for more details of that over the next two weeks!

If you want to place a Classified or Personal ad in The Primgraph, use this form: http://bit.ly/PrimgraphClassAds and then pay Elegia Underwood inworld. Please accompany payment with a notecard noting that you've paid & how much.

Also to book an ad in the Marketplace or request information, please contact Elegia inworld or by email at elegia.underwood@gmail.com.


Other advertising enquiries!
Want to learn more about advertising in The Primgraph? We can help you reach thousands of readers and viewers each month who could be looking for YOUR product or service. Contact me to get started!

Warm regards,

Saffia Widdershins
Editor in Chief
Prim Perfect Productions
saffia.widdershins@gmail.com

The Destruction of Steam SkyCity

3/16/10  at 11:56 PM
I'm sorry that it has taken me so long to write about Sunday night's attack on Steam SkyCity. The experience left me  a bit shell-shocked, and for a time I was simply unable to contemplate reliving my memories during the process of transcription. Also, as often happens during historical events, I was witness to only the small slice of things that occurred around me, and later found myself quite confused as to what had actually taken place. My appeal for information has been answered from several quarters, but it appears that I was not alone in this confusion, because everyone seems to have a different version of what happened.




There had been an attack on SSC earlier that day, but all seemed clear as I joined the Caledon Third Anniversary Celebration in the Aft Commons Ballroom. I looked for Governor Shang to pay my respects, and found him seated on a couch near the music stand. He was apparently busy with official business, because he uncharacteristacally failed to respond to my greeting. I decided not to interrupt him and went off to join the dancers.



As always, Magz Kamenov was spinning a fantastic selection of dance tunes. I was happily dancing and chatting with friends when suddenly there was a horribly loud BOOM, a flash of light, and the flying city shook itself like a wet dog. I heard the sound of planes overhead, and there were many other booms.



An announcement came over the loudspeakers: "Calling all catgirls. Report for duty at once." Magz vanished, doubtless off to join her squadron in the Caledon Catgirl Brigade. Being a total professional, she had cued up a stream of music before her hasty departure, and this continued playing throughout that long and terrifying night.

Much later, I learned that the initial attack was by the Hellcats, a rogue band of pirate catgirls. In a moment, I will tell you how I learned this. They had two objects - to capture the Governor and hold him for ransom, and to teach Mr. Volare a lesson, because they felt he had not shown them proper respect in previous dealings.  Being catgirls, they also had some plans for playing with the Gov a bit before releasing him. To be able to taunt the Catgirl Brigade and the Crimson Pirates was a lovely bonus.

Meanwhile, people were still dancing in the Aft Commons, while flames raged all around them. It had become a point of honor, to continue dancing and not let a mere pirate raid interrupt the Anniversary celebration. Some of us began to organize a bucket brigade and tried to fight the fires.





We were just beginning to make a bit of progress, when the entire ballroom vanished in a huge ball of white light. For an amazingly long time, all I could see was this ghastly whiteness. Then the floor dropped out from under me, and everything went black.







It is rare for me to die in SecondLife -- the last time was over a year ago, in a cave on the Island of Monserrat. I awoke, still falling, and at first I did not realize that I was dead. The falling stopped, and I was floating high above Steam SkyCity, watching helplessly as squadron after squadron of airships battled before me. I saw the Crimson Pirates in their speeders, and almost fancied I could hear them calling instructions to one another. Rachire Andel, Lucien Brentano, and Wrath Constantine were in the front row of their formation; Gerr Huntress, Tehanu Marenwolf, and Aevalle Galicia were in the back row. Behind them were the RCAF Cloudbuster and the CP's heavy gunship "Dionysus."





Far below, SSC was in flames. And all around, the biplanes and triplanes of the Hellcats and the CCB were locked in dogfights.








Then, suddenly, a voice as silky as a purring cat spoke in my ear: "Were you down there?"

"Yes," I said. "There was a huge white flash and..."

"I did that! I did the trick! I put 20 emplacements of max damage enabled c4 to the posts and walls so was one big blast. Killed me instantly, but it was worth it. Hellcats don't mess around!"

"You died?"
"Yes, just like you."
And that was when I realized that I was dead.






The battle continued all around us.  Night fell, and it grew dark. Two enormous dragons joined the fight, defending Steam SkyCity. One was a firedrake, glowing red against the sky, shooting flames into attacking aircraft. I saw more than one plane go spiraling down, flickering like a torch thrown to the wind. My companion was excited and kept talking, giving me a play by play description, her voice growing fainter and fainter until at last I realized she was gone.

I sat alone in the sky for a bit, watching the last of the battle. Then I let myself fall. I felt the sudden shock of hitting cold water, and my screen went black.

When I awoke, I was back in the Aft Commons Ballroom. We were surrounded by fires, but amazingly the music still played on and people were still dancing. I saw Miss Alana Steamweaver shooting arrows at the planes, trying to penetrate the cockpit turrets. Miss Anna Darwinian had a huge gun that SimplyAmy Iwish had made for her - she was shooting at the planes as they buzzed by, but anxious to explore the city and determine how badly her new store was damaged. Professor Woodget sat quietly writing - I found out later that he was making notes for a lecture entitled "How To Guard Against Pirate Attacks:  A Syncretic Approach."

Peering out the shattered window, Mr Whybrow and Miss Charisma discussed the dragons, who were still locked in battle far above us. My dragonsister, Elegia Underwood, soon joined them as they watched. She was in her human form, but I could feel her longing to be soaring high. She whispered, grinning toothily, "Go, Dragons!... Provided they are Caledonian Dragons, of course."

Panacea Luminos raced in to tell us that the flames were growing larger, and Miss Darlingmonster Ember called that bombs had just hit the rotors. At this news, Mr Volare looked pale, almost as if he had taken the hit himself.

Professor Woodget looked up from his writing. "The rotors? Aren't they what keep the city airborn?" He pondered this obvious fact for a moment, then returned to his lecture notes. Beside him, Jayleden Miles muttered something about going down with the ship.

Miss Ember shouted there were secondary explosions, that the power grids were going out. A purring voice spoke in my head: "Hellcats know how to light a candle. I'm surprised Volare didn't notice that Steam Grenade belt." My Hellcat friend, apparently, had returned to the battle.

Anyplace had to be better than standing in a sinking ballroom as the lights went out. I fought my way out of the room and through the flames, into a corridor the fires had not reached yet, and began searching for survivors. All around me there were flames, explosions, the crash of walls collapsing, and I could feel the ship begin to lurch from side to side as the rotors failed.


I always get lost in Steam SkyCity, even at the best of times, and for most of that night I had no idea of where I was or what might lie around the next corner. I saw the ruins of the Green Fairy Tavern and the Volare Warehouse. At one point I realized I was in Prop Spinners, but so dark and empty that at first I didn't recognize it. Once I turned a corner and there was Moonbeam's, totally undamaged, looking just as it always had. And always there were flames, and sirens, and booms away in the distance.



Finally, I climbed a flight of stairs and emerged onto the roof. There was a red triplane near me, sitting quietly, as though the pilot had simply parked it for a bit while she went downstairs to dance. The flames were coming closer, and I fought the lag to try and reach the next roof. The sky turned white again, then everything went black once more.


I don't think I will ever go back to Steam SkyCity. I spent the rest of that night in the arms of an old friend, who held me while I cried and tucked me in when I'd stopped shaking. Later people told me that the Hellcats had managed to capture the Governor, but the Catgirl Brigade had rescued him. Others told me complicated tales of pirate feuds and smugglers' rivalries. A mysterious person sent a lovely portrait of a catgirl in a flying suit, standing by the same red triplane I had seen on the roof. I'm told rebuilding is proceeding rapidly at SSC and soon it will rise like a phoenix from the ashes. I'm sure it will be amazing, but I don't think I'll be there.

Riven Homewood 



Photos by Riven Homewood, Gwynna Cleanslate, Anna Darwinian, Wrath Constantine, Denny Kozlov and others

Pirates Attack Steam Sky City

3/14/10  at 5:30 PM

This afternoon, an unprovoked attack took place upon Steam Sky City. Without warning, pirates swooped down and suddenly a number of fires appeared in various places throughout the floating metropolis.


 Fortunately, the turbines did not appear to be damaged, although several of the fires were in their vicinity.

Much of the damage appeared to be centered in the temporary residence wing and near the Green Fairy tavern. Thanks to the heroic efforts of Captain Rachire, Mr and Mrs Volare, and the RCAF, the fires were soon under control. The damage, while an outrage, appears to be minimal and should not affect tonight's anniversary festivities.

What could possibly go wrong in Steam Sky City?

  at 4:29 PM
Today Desmond Shang, Guvnah of Caledon, celebrates his fifth rezzday, much to the delight of all loyal citizens of Caledon - and we at The Primgraph wish to add our congratulations.

There is a celebration planned - and a notice has been received from Fogwoamn Gray:
In honor of our esteemed leader, the Benevolent Dictator of Caledon, you are invited to join us in Caledon Steam SkyCity on March 14th at 6pm to celebrate his 5th rezday.
Dress is Old School, older styles and system clothing/hair with Harry Potter glasses if you wish...
Magz will be spinning with her usual style, security is in place to ensure the safety of all attending.

It will be Perfectly Safe. Safe. Perfectly.

In view of this reassurance, we were slightly troubled, standing in the courtyard of The Primgraph Press, to see signs of unexpected fires breaking out on Steam Sky City earlier today ...

But no matter! We are looking forward to attending the party later today ...

Although rumour has reached us that Steam Sky City is under attack by ... pirates?

Renfold & Tremor’s Carnivale D’ Arcane

3/10/10  at 4:49 PM


Welcome Ladies, Greetings Gentlemen,
Hail Urchins, Children and Freaks

Thank you for attending...

=Renfold & Tremor’s=
=Carnivale D’ Arcane=
New Babbage

March 12, 13 & 14 1898

Friday, March 12th, 3pm: Performer Parade to Carnivale Grounds in New Babbage
4pm Grounds Open to One and All
Saturday, March 13th, 2pm: Big Show Begins
Saturday, March 13th, 4pm: Inner Freak contest Awards
Saturday, March 13th, 5pm: Big Show Again
Sunday, March 14th, 2pm: Finale Show


We present to you the following acts of daring agility, fearless chutzpah, devil-may-care folly and utter stupefaction!

Not Necessarily in Order shown, but close to it!

RINGMASTERS
Ceejay Writer
Wiggy Undertone

TOWER of TERROR (Part 1)
From 158 meters! Featuring our own amazing diminutive wonder:
Lilliputian Edenflower

MONOCYCLORIST & BLADE TOSSING JUGGLER
Featuring agility and dexterity...if not lunacy:
Trex Renfold

HOCUSPOCUS and BALANCE BALL ARTISTRY
Featuring our newest Carnie Exemplar:
Maribella Bronet with SPECIAL APPEARANCE by
Finley Twine - We Hope

TOWER of TERROR (Part 2)
From an amazing 206 meters in the clouds.
Featuring again:
Lilliputian Edenflower

PANTOMIME & VOODOO DOCTOR
Featuring the MAN OF FEW WORDS & EVEN LESS BRAINS:
Wells Ellerbee

INTERMISSION

Guests will enjoy: Freak House, Shooting Gallery, Dunking Tank, Nell's Cafe, Impalement Wheel, Giant Fried Turkey Legs - bigger than an Urchin, Kissing Booth, Manly Man Hammer Ring, Steam Powered (by Clown Fuel) Rusty Trusty Ferris Wheel, and more... Gentlemen may enjoy the Bold Lady, Kaegan Karsin, (with the creamiest skin in Second Life) dancing on a secluded stage...

EQUESTRIAN SWAN DIVE
Featuring the DREAM INDUCTIONIST:
Professor Heliotrope Lionheart

FLIGHTS of FEATHER
VOLUNTEER FROM AUDIENCE and featuring the voluptuous and tantalizing:
Ms. Romert Yoj

FLYING TRAPEZE ARTISTS
DIRECT FROM ZIGAZAG EGYPT Featuring the Dazzling Duo of Dubious Dealers:
Renfold & Tremor

TIGHTROPE WALKER & HERO of the HIGH WIRES
Featuring our own HANDSOME and DASHING:
Tinus Koskinen and
one event only special guest, The Lovely Ms. Calia Giha
LOVE ABOVE! An EXCLUSIVE Tightrope Love Story!

TOWER of TERROR (Final part)
From the moon (set to midnight for the full fire effects)
Lilliputian Edenflower

HUMAN PROJECTILES
Captain Trex Renfold and Joy Tremor

ROCKETS & ILLUMINATIONS
Captain Trex Renfold and Joy Tremor

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Special Thanks to these who help make your Carnivale possible:

Aeolus Cleanslate:
Jaw dropping original works of steamwork art posters and sample books to print. More than that, his shop houses a printing press that's akin to going on a field trip for scripters, builders, artists, layman etc. All will be awed.
Steamweaver Printery

Blackberry Harvey:
Unprecedented event and party music provisioner and all-around swell Bunneh

Ceejay Writer:
CocoaJava Café, and Truffles and Tribulations behind the cafe
CocoaJava Cafe

Prim Perfect Publications (which includes Prim Perfect and Primgraph Magazines, Designing Worlds TV show, Quest for the Golden Prim comic and God knows what else)
The Primgraph Press

Elleon Bergamasco:
Come shop, grab a fez and stay over! Or for that matter live here...
Mechanix Arms and Oddments Shop
Elegant boxed chocolates that can be carried in hand or table displayed. Verse to bestow your thoughts included. Custom orders and delivery with style and grace.
Bergamasco Bon Bons

Jeaniesing Trilling:
Unique animations, custom work above and beyond.
Jeaniesing's Things and Animations

Penelope Strathern:
A wholesome calm and sense of goodwill comes over you as you step into Nell's Cafe and Gallery. Pretty place, comfortable and yummy food. Best of all it is in Wheatstone!
Nell's Cafe and Gallery

Tinus Koskinen:
Victorian textures, original and exquisite in a shop named for his mother. How can you not like this guy? Impossible.
Lovelace Stock & Trade
Gallery - Tickles and Bites...let your imagination run with this one.
Tickles & Bites Gallery

Jimmy Branagh:
Our overseer, confidant, and devotee!

We Thank You.

Writing For The Primgraph

3/2/10  at 1:09 PM
Writing for the Primgraph

Sitting in my factory in the Academy of Industry in New Babbage, hard at work writing for the next issue of the Primgraph magazine. (http://primgraph.blogspot.com/). My floating steam writing desk hovers off the floor and was created by Vian Magic. My 'SteamBook Pro' was created by Trilobyte Zanzibar. My animated writing chair (which allows me to really type) is by Lexa Rivera. My custom Seraph uniform is by BlakOpal Designs. Immersed in the music of Steampunk Radio Riel, reasonably safe in New Babbage, what could possibly go wrong?

Writing for the Primgraph