All posts by Asil Ares

An avatar, making machinima; for now, in the virtual world of SecondLife.

Your Invitation to Trade Wars!

Trade Wars, Episode V:
The Portal Imp Guild Strikes Back

Our November and December roleplay event

Portal imps are essential to the function of the Sidhe Empire on account of being the only ones who can reliably navigate the portal network between the empire’s worlds.  Naturally, they’re a huge part of the transport industry.  As the story of this sim-wide opens, shipments just suddenly stop.   Any attempt to contact the Portal Imp Guild are met with endless transfers of department.  Even low-ranking guild members can’t get a straight answer at first.  But then word gets to them that there’s a strike going on, and most of those imps end up being part of the strike.

What has caused this state of affairs?  Some imps strike for the want of full citizenship.  Others say it is a coupe within the senior management of the guild itself.  Still others hint at a puppet-master in the shadows who is playing a longer game and the Portal Imps are simply their first gambit.  Conspiracy theories abound.

Whatever the truth, for the citizens of NeoLondon, this strike  means shortages of goods that begin as an inconvenience but soon escalate to life threatening.

We kick this sim-wide off on Saturday, 20 November 2021 at 4 PM, SL-time.  Meet in the marketplace.

Want to play an imp?

Grendel’s Children has a FREE portal imp avatar.  We’ve used it for years as the standard portal imp avatar.  Comes with wings and a tail and a free AO.

SLUrl: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Avaria%20Tor/119/38/324

Put yourself in fly-mode before you teleport in.  Once there, navigate to the location.  The vendor is on an upper level, turn the viewer’s beacon on and follow the arrow.

Join Us for Our 26th TownHall

Please join us for an out-of-character town hall. We’ll be discussing the state of the project.  We are doing two townhalls, the first for folks in the UK and EU, and the latter for the folks in the Americas.

Townhall 26a

17 Nov at 11 AM SL-Time
Skyclub Machinima Sim 

Townhall 26b

17 Nov 2021 at 3:30  PM SL-Time
Skyclub Machinima Sim 

If you have never been to NeoVictoria, or are looking for a way to get more involved, this is a perfect event for you.  Everyone is welcome.  Join us!

Your Invitation to Our Seventh Clockwerk Gala

The NeoVictoria Project Presents Our Seventh Clockwerk Gala

Join us at 3 PM, SL-time

An afternoon of roleplay, celebrating the Sidhe empire’s clockwerk warriors!

Dress your avatar in Steampunk-style, pick up an NRT HUD in the Visitor Center, and join us in the tavern for an afternoon of roleplay.  Excellent opportunity for new players!

Time: Thursday, 11 November 2021 from 3pm to 5pm, SL-time
Location: Victoria Inn & Tavern, NeoLondon [NeoVictoria SIM]
Event Type: in-character party (known, and unknown, characters welcome)
SLUrl: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/NeoVictoria/134/203/756

Background on the Clockwerk Balls

Often sponsored by local veteran associations, “Clockwerk Galas” are very popular affairs, serving as fund-raisers and recruitment.  The most amazing is held every Fall in Old London on Old Earth.  It runs a fortnight with the oldest houses vying to raise the most money with fantastical parties and auctions.  The “Royal Clockwerk Ball” closes the festivities; it’s held in Buckingham Slithen and all the Court attends.  Here the most valiant of the year’s warriors are awarded the Sidhe Cross.

The NeoLondoners are planning one evening of celebration, in the Victoria Inn and Tavern.   All clockwerks are welcome. All proceeds going to the local widows and orphans fund. [This is roleplay; no actual money is being raised.]

In the Sidhe Empire we find three kinds of mecha.

  • Augments (living creatures with clockwerk parts),
  • Automatons (clockwerk dolls housing conscious souls),
  • and Strand Constructs (golems of pure machine consciousness).

To learn more about how to play a clockwerk character in the Neo’Verse, read the excerpt on the Cyborg Concordance on this site and join in the fun!

About the Roleplay: In NeoVictoria, we do free-form dark roleplay.  Free-form means there is no script; scenes evolve out of real-time character interactions.  Dark roleplay means that characters often act in aggressive, predatory, criminal and/or plain uncomfortable ways.  We use a simple dice-based wearable HUD called the NeoVictoria Roleplay Tool ; avatars must wear this to see roleplay chat.  The item is free and available in the out-of-character skymall.

Players do not have to be a member of our group to roleplay here; we ask newcomers take a tour of the Visitor Center in NeoVictoria SIM to learn about the storyworld before joining in the roleplay.

[Observer tags are also available for players who want to visit the land level, but not roleplay.]

Continue reading Your Invitation to Our Seventh Clockwerk Gala

Radio Nightingale and the NeoVictoria Project present a 2021 Halloween Event!

PRESS RELEASE
 For Immediate Release
 29 October 2021

Radio Nightingale & the NeoVictoria Project present their 2021 Halloween Event

Join us in the skyclub for some OOC Halloween fun!

This live radio event, broadcast on Radio Nightingale’s Steampunk channel, will celebrate all things spooky and scary.   Gabrielle Riel Morningstar to Disc Jockey.   There will be prizes for best costumes!

Date: Sunday, 31 October 2021
Time: 6 PM to 8:30 PM, Pacific-time (Second Life-time)
Location: The NeoVictoria SkyClub in Second Life [Machinima SIM]
SLUrl: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Machinima/98/127/703


Halloween will be celebrated all around the world with costume parties, bonfires, divination, haunted attractions and trick-or-treating!  We’re having a costume party in the NeoVictoria Skyclub and it’s a steampunk theme.  Dress your avatar in scary Steampunk, Victorian, Mecha or Goth styles and join us in Machinima SIM .  The party is not a roleplay event and is open to all adult Second Life residents.  However, child avatars are not permitted.

Radio Nightingale will broadcast the event over their Steampunk channel and Gabrielle Riel Morningstar will disc jockey.

There will be contests for best costumes.  The lucky top-three winners of the popular votes will receive Lindens!  Party starts at 6 PM, SL-time.

Tap the image to go to its Flickr page, where you can see the 360-degree effect.

About Radio Nightingale:  Formerly known as Radio Riel, they are an internet-based public radio station supported by listeners and sponsors.  Radio Nightingale produces six audio streams providing a unique selection of music, spoken-word, drama and additional programming to inform, educate and entertain, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.
Stream: http://steampunk.radionightingale.org .  Contact for Radio Riel: Gabrielle Riel.

About The NeoVictoria Project: NeoVictoria is a unique dark roleplay platform that brings creative people together in a supportive and collaborative environment. The goal of The NeoVictoria Project is to create a virtuous circle where roleplay becomes filmed story.
Website: http://www.neovictoria.net.  Contact for NeoVictoria: Asil Ares.


Your Invitation to the NeoVictoria 2021 Photo Contest

For Immediate Release
Thursday, 7 October 2021

The NeoVictoria Project presents the 2021 Photo Contest

Calling all Second Life Photographers!

We are hosting a photo contest to celebrate the project’s eleven (11) years in Second Life!  The contest is about capturing the spirit of NeoVictoria’s roleplay.

Dates: 15 October to 15 November 2021

Location:  The NeoVictoria Estate in Second Life (that’s NeoVictoria and Machinima SIMs).

SLUrl: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Machinima/95/127/704

Prizes:

  • 1st Place – L$5000
  • 2nd Place – L$4000
  • 3rd Place – L$2000
  • 4rd Place through 12thPlace  – L$1000 per winner
Abigale Heron with her picture “The game of nothingness”.

The main criteria are the image is related to our storyworld and must be captured during the contest period on the land level of the Machinima SIM or the NeoVictoria SIM in Second Life.

To read the official rules, visit the NeoVictoria 2021 Photo Contest discussion in our Flickr group.

The first round of judging will be by the NeoVictoria community via the Internet. We’ll present the top 15 images in-world for a final vote to determine the twelve winners. In-world voting will be from 7 December to 20 December and will be located in the NeoVictoria SkyClub in Machinima SIM.

Winners will be celebrated in late December at a special party in the NeoLondon SkyClub, date and time to be determined based on the schedules of the winners.

About the Project

About The NeoVictoria Project: NeoVictoria is a unique dark roleplay platform that brings creative people together in a supportive and collaborative environment.  Built with a Steampunk aesthetic, the goal of The NeoVictoria Project is to create a virtuous circle where roleplay becomes filmed story.  Website: http://www.neovictoria.net.  Contact for NeoVictoria: Asil Ares.

Art for NeoVictoria 2021 Photo Contest

Take your shot, starting 15 October 2021!

Join Us for Our 25th TownHall

Please join us for an out-of-character town hall. We’ll be discussing the state of the project.  We are doing two townhalls, the first for folks in the UK and EU, and the latter for the folks in the Americas.

Townhall 25a

6 October at 11 AM SL-Time
Skyclub Machinima Sim 

Townhall 25b

6 October 2021 at 3:30  PM SL-Time
Skyclub Machinima Sim 

If you have never been to NeoVictoria, or are looking for a way to get more involved, this is a perfect event for you.  Everyone is welcome.  Join us!

The NeoVictoria Project Presents our Eleventh Year Anniversary Events!

PRESS RELEASE
 For Immediate Release
 20 September 2021

We are Eleven Years Old!

September 2021 marks the NeoVictoria Project’s tenth anniversary.  Over the years, we have transcribed more than two-thousand roleplays to our community website, produced almost one hundred machinimas, sponsored nine Fantasy Faires, and welcomed hundreds of players into our community.

For the next two months, we celebrate this success with a mixture of roleplay and out-of-character events.   Everyone is invited, and everyone is welcome.  Come and celebrate with us!

Play a victim or play to find a cure!

The NeoVictoria Project presents “The Nightmare

Ten days of non-stop roleplay! This series begins on Monday, 20 September 2021, when a deadly green fog makes its appearance in the sewers under the city. Everyone is invited to roleplay with us!

SCHEDULE FOR THE SIM-WIDE

Monday, 20 September: Beginnings

  • Start: 10 AM, SL-time
  • A green fog appears in certain spots in the NeoLondon sewers. Townfolk begin to feel its effects.
  • Location: The Sewers [NeoVictoria SIM]
  • SLUrl:  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/NeoVictoria/193/130/29 [OR from the final round of the tour, use the scripted teleport for the sewers.]

Tuesday, 21 September: The Fog

  • Start: Noon, SL-time
  • The fog, and the effect, begins to spread.
  • Location: Marketplace [NeoVictoria SIM]

Thursday, 23 September: Creeping Dread

  • Start: Noon, SL-Time
  • We now have a full flung pandemic, with characters in different stages of the disease. The healer gets caught up.
  • Location: Apothecary [NeoVictoria SIM]

Saturday, 25 September: Bodies Pile

  • Start: Noon, SL-Time
  • The town healer has found a way to stop the progression of the disease by putting the infected into stasis chambers. The main nave of the cathedral becomes the impromptu holding area.
  • Location: Cathedral of Air and Darkness [NeoVictoria SIM]

Monday, 27 September: Solutions

  • Start: 10 AM, SL-time
  • A possible cause it reveals and the search for Doctor Akai commences.
  • Location: Apothecary [NeoVictoria SIM]

Tuesday, 28 September: Breakthrough

  • Start: Noon, SL-time
  • The loci of the infection is revived. Doctor Akai and the mortician contrive a way to revive the townpeople in stasis.
  • Location: Marketplace [NeoVictoria SIM]

Thursday, 30 September: Wrap Up

  • Start: 3 PM, SL-time
  • The treatment is applied to the remaining infected and the fog fades from the sewers.
  • Location: Cathedral of Air and Darkness [NeoVictoria SIM]

In NeoVictoria, we do free-form roleplay.  This means there is no script; scenes evolve out of real-time character interactions.  Dark roleplay means characters may act in aggressive, predatory, criminal, and plain uncomfortable ways.

We use a simple dice-based wearable HUD called the NeoVictoria Roleplay Tool; avatars must wear this to see the roleplay chat.  The item is free and available in our Visitor Center and various locations on our out-of-character SkyMall.

Players don’t have to be a member of our group to roleplay here; we ask newcomers to take a tour of the Visitor Center in NeoVictoria SIM to learn about the storyworld before joining in the roleplay.  [Observer tags are also available for players who want to visit the land level, but not roleplay.]

NeoVictoria’s 2021 Photo Contest

We will use Flickr for submissions. Winners to be announced at a special party at the end of November.

  • Shoot on our land level.
  • Publish to Flickr.
  • Include your picture in the NeoVictoria Group and the SL Pic of the day Flickr groups.
  • One picture per avatar.
  • Runs 15 October to 15 November.
Spend a spooky night in the skyclub.

Halloween Extravaganza 12

NeoVictoria will have a Halloween Costume bash to celebrate one of our favorite holidays. Radio Nightingale will broadcast the event on both Radio Riel Main and Radio Nightingale Steampunk.

Dress your avatar in scary Steampunk, Victorian, Mecha, or Goth style and join us in Machinima SIM.   The party is not a formal roleplay event and is open to all adult Second Life residents; however, child avatars are not permitted.

  • Saturday, 31 October 2020
  • Time: 6 PM to 9 PM, SL-time (aka Pacific)
  • Gabrielle Riel to disc jockey.
  • MadMechaMessiah to host.
  • There will be prizes for best in male and female costumes!
  • Location: The Skyclub in Machinima Sim
    SLUrl: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Machinima

About the Featured Picture Image

Henry Fuseli’s “The Nightmare” was created in 1781 and became of the artist’s best known works.  He recreated it on several occasions.  It suggests what the sleeper feels, not what they see.  When planning this SIM-wide, this painting was one of our inspirations.

Radio Nightingale and the NeoVictoria Project present the 2021 “Talk Like a Pirate!” Event!

PRESS RELEASE
 For Immediate Release
 17 September 2021

Radio Nightingale & the NeoVictoria Project present 2021’s “Talk Like a Pirate!” Event!

The skyclub is ready for this year’s Talk Like a Pirate event!

A celebration marking the NeoVictoria Project’s Eleventh Year in Second Life!

This live radio event, broadcast on Radio Nightingales’ Steampunk channel, will celebrate “International Talk Like A Pirate Day”.   Gabrielle Riel Morningstar to Disc Jockey.  There will be prizes for best costumes! Argh!!!

Date:  Sunday, 19 September 2021
Time: 6 pm to 8 pm, Pacific-time (Second Life-time)
Location: The NeoVictoria SkyClub in Second Life [Machinima SIM]
SLUrl: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Machinima/98/127/703


This year, International Talk Like A Pirate Day is Sunday, 19 September 2021.  That date also marks the eleventh anniversary of the NeoVictoria Project in Second Life!  To celebrate we’re having a costume party in the NeoVictoria Skyclub and it’s a pirate theme.

  • Radio Nightingale will broadcast the event over their Steampunk channel with Gabrielle Riel Morningstar  as our disc jockey.
  • Our host is MadMechaMessiah.
  • The lucky winners of  our “best in” costume contests will receive Lindens!
  • The music starts at 6 PM, SL-time, with contest voting after 7 PM.

Our “Talk Like a Pirate” party is open to all adult Second Life residents and is not a formal roleplay event.

About Radio Nightingale:  Radio Nightingale (formerly known as Radio Riel) is an Internet-based public radio station supported by listeners and sponsors.  They produce six audio streams which provide a unique selection of music, spoken-word, drama and additional programming to inform, educate and entertain, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.
Contact: Gabrielle Riel.

About The NeoVictoria Project: NeoVictoria is a unique dark roleplay platform that brings creative people together in a supportive and collaborative environment. The goal of The NeoVictoria Project is to create a virtuous circle where roleplay becomes filmed story.
Contact: Asil Ares.


Art for “Talk Like a Pirate” Party, 2021

Talk Like a Pirate at the NeoVictoria Skyclub!

Skyplatforms in NeoVictoria SIM

We Have Many Levels

The simulations in Second Life reach almost 5,000 meters.  Since the SL viewer has a maximum draw distance of 512 meters, that gives makers the option to create skyplatforms.  Last year, the Lab added the ability to change the environmental settings at different elevations.  For the project,  that meant that we were able to create new planets at different elevations, or new locations to our characters’ homeworld of planet NeoVictoria.

Below are the current platforms and a little about each location.  All are 360-degree panorama (equirectangular) snapshots were taken using  SL Viewer 6.4.23.563579 – Second Life Project 360 Capture.

The pictures are currently hosted on the Flickr platform because it has the ability to support the 360-degree effect.  Click the photo to open a new tab that allows an interactive engagement.

The Visitor Center and Skymall

Here are the first places players visit when they teleport to the estate.  It’s out-of-character (OOC) and offers information on what folks need to begin roleplaying with us.

The Port City of NeoLondon [the landlevel]

This is the main roleplay area.  We have made a lot of additions to create the effect of a port city surrounded by rolling hills.  On this planet, the light is cast by the moon.  It is a twilight world.  The NeoVictoria SIM has free character rentals and the Machinima SIM has pay-for rentals.

NeoLondon Junkyard and Skyship Port

This is the shipyard, Skyport, and junkyard for NeoLondon.

NeoLondon Fairgrounds and Forest

A favorite place to celebrate the solstices, this location also has extensive forests, secret caves, and sacred trees.

Letwick, Planet NeoEdinburgh

Colonized by people from the highlands of Scotland on Old Earth, NeoEdinburgh is an ocean world with few large landmasses, but thousands of tiny islands.

Strand War Memorial, Planet Greenwell

This planet was almost completely destroyed at the end of the Strand War. This sector of the city has been left as it was at the end of the war and now acts as a museum and memorial to the struggle.