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Official announcements with detailed information about activities in NeoVictoria or major changes in the project.

Invitation To A Bonfire Night Masquerade

PRESS RELEASE
 For Immediate Release
 3 November 2014

The NeoVictoria Project presents a Bonfire Night Masquerade.

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A Guide for Tourists and Townsfolk

An evening of non-stop roleplay, marking the NeoVictoria Project’s Second Guy Fawkes Celebration!

This Wednesday we have a very special event scheduled: our second ever Guy Fawkes Day celebration! To keep the event in-character (I/C), we’ve given the familiar tale a slight retelling, to better fit into the Neo-verse.

Time: Wednesday, 5 November 2014 from 6pm to 9pm, SL-time
Location: NeoLondon Town Hall [NeoVictoria SIM]
Event Type: in-character party (known, and unknown, characters welcome)
Organized By: Myomy Resident and Asil Karu
SLUrl: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/NeoVictoria/17/128/1004

Our in-character event promises to be great fun, with characters in masks and costumes, with an unveiling at Midnight (9 PM, SL-time) and fireworks!

If you’d like to dress your character like the Guy, the SL marketplace has some very affordable costumes on sale:

We’re inviting new players to this event and we’re hoping to get a large crowd of regulars together for some IC fun.

Here’s the link to the event posting in the SecondLife Community calendar

Here’s some in-character history for the event.

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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 Jade Kreations Role Play Tool Suite; 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.]

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.

About Our Storyworld:  in the Neo’Verse, the Sidhe (fae) never faded, but worked with … some would say ruled over …their human charges until the Sidhe Empire spanned the known universe.  So many races exist: faeries, demons and clockwerk constructs (powered by gears and magic), humans, vampires, werebeasts and celestials.  All held against the ravages of time by magic, intrigue and human ingenuity.

Planet NeoVictoria (where our characters play) is a small planet, nestled in the VICO III galaxy, its citizenry cling to the land and sky, for its vast oceans are home to forces that do not heed the crown. But some are loyal to the Sidhe queen who sits on her throne billions of light-years away. Alexandrina Victoria Tuatha Dé Danann, Queen of Earth, Empress of the Void: one tap of her tiny foot on the Stone of Scone sets the worlds to shake. It’s 2130 and Pax Britannica has held sway for more than three thousand years

Art for “Bonfire Night Masquerade”.

GuyFawkes Poster
Remember, Remember the 5th of November
Gunpowder, Treason and Plot
We see no reason,
why gunpowder treason
should ever be forgot

The NeoVictoria Project presents “Wild Hunt for a Bad Robot”

PRESS RELEASE
 For Immediate Release
 21 September 2014

The NeoVictoria Project presents “Wild Hunt for a Bad Robot”.

Five evenings of non-stop roleplay, marking the NeoVictoria Project’s fourth year in Second Life!

This series of roleplay events begin on Monday, 22 September 2014, with a call-to-arms that all NeoVictorians find, subdue and bring to justice mad Professor Timmon’s creation.  We conclude with a celebratory party on Friday, 26 September 2014.

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 Jade Kreations Role Play Tool Suite; 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.]

Bad Robot Wanted Poster
Have you seen this robot?

SCHEDULE FOR THE SIM-WIDE

Bad Robot: The Hunt Begins

Time: Monday, September 22, 2014 from 6pm to 9pm, SL-time
Location: Marketplace, NeoLondon [NeoVictoria SIM]
Organized By: Asil Karu
Event Description: The healer bring the townfolk together to hunt the robot down.

Bad Robot: Cerridwen and the Angry Motes

Time: Tuesday, September 23, 2014 from 6:30pm to 9pm
Location: Cerridwen’s Chamber, NeoLondon Cathedral [NeoVictoria SIM]
Organized By: Asil Karu
Event Description: Cerridwen has cast thousands of runes since her systems were infected; has she finally found a permanent solution to the mote infestation?

Bad Robot: The Scrambler

Time: Wednesday, September 24, 2014 from 6:30pm to 9pm
Location: The Cathedral of Air & Darkness [NeoVictoria SIM]
Organized By: Jhaesoph Foxdale
Event Description: Timmons has said his goodbyes to the robot he made, and has come up with a solution to neutralize its damaged intelligence.  Will the hunting party be able to deliver it before the robot’s borrowed motes create a disaster?

Bad Robot: The Hunt Concludes

Time: Thursday, September 25, 2014 from 6pm to 9pm
Location: Marketplace, NeoLondon [NeoVictoria SIM]
Organized By: Val Adler
Event Description: Armed with a way to subdue the robot, the NeoVictorians again take to the streets and sewers to hunt the creature down.

Bad Robot: A Celebratory Event

Time: Friday, September 26, 2014 from 6pm to 9pm
Location: Tavern [NeoVictoria SIM]
Organized By: Myomy
Event Description: The NeoLondon Times will sponsor a celebratory party when the robot is re-captured.

SLUrl: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/NeoVictoria/17/128/1004

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.

A bit about our storyworld:  in the Neo’Verse, the Sidhe (fae) never faded, but worked with … some would say ruled over …their human charges until the Sidhe Empire spanned the known universe.  So many races exist: faeries, demons and clockwerk constructs (powered by gears and magic), humans, vampires, werebeasts and celestials.  All held against the ravages of time by magic, intrigue and human ingenuity.

Planet NeoVictoria (where our characters play) is a small planet, nestled in the VICO III galaxy, its citizenry cling to the land and sky, for its vast oceans are home to forces that do not heed the crown. But some are loyal to the Sidhe queen who sits on her throne billions of light-years away. Alexandrina Victoria Tuatha Dé Danann, Queen of Earth, Empress of the Void: one tap of her tiny foot on the Stone of Scone sets the worlds to shake. It’s 2130 and Pax Britannica has held sway for more than three thousand years

Celestials you will find and other servants of the Light. But always, there is the balance. So gentle traveler, as you walk the streets of NeoLondon, be wary …for the sky is dark and the fair queen is far away.

Art for “Wild Hunt for a Bad Robot”.

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Wild Hunt for a Bad Robot
Five evenings of roleplay fun, beginning Monday, 22 September 2014
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Wild Hunt for a Bad Robot
Five evenings of roleplay fun, beginning Monday, 22 September 2014

Radio Riel & the NeoVictoria Project present “Talk Like a Pirate!”

PRESS RELEASE
 For Immediate Release
 12 September 2014

Radio Riel & the NeoVictoria Project present “Talk Like a Pirate!”

A celebration marking the NeoVictoria Project’s fourth year in Second Life!

This live radio event, broadcast on Radio Riel’s Steampunk channel, will celebrate “International Talk Like A Pirate Day”.  Mr. Edward Pearse to Disc Jockey.  There will be prizes for best in male and female costumes! Argh!!!

Date: 19 September 2014
Time: 6 pm to 9 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


International Talk Like A Pirate Day is Friday, 19 September 2014 and also marks the fourth 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 Riel will broadcast the event over their Steampunk channel with Mr. Edward Pearce as our disc jockey. The lucky he and she to win the “best in” will each receive Lindens, gift cards …and possibly, an airship!  Party starts at 6 PM, SL-time.  [The “Talk Like a Pirate” party is open to all adult Second Life residents and is not a formal roleplay event.]

About Radio Riel: An Internet-based public radio station supported by listeners and sponsors, Radio Riel 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.
Website: http://radioriel.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.


Art for “Talk Like a Pirate” Party, 2014

"Talk Like a Pirate!" on 19 September 2014 in the NeoVictoria SkyClub in Machinima SIM in SecondLife
Radio Riel & the NeoVictoria Project present “Talk Like a Pirate!” on 19 September 2014 in the NeoVictoria SkyClub in Machinima SIM in SecondLife
"Talk Like a Pirate!" on 19 September 2014 in the NeoVictoria SkyClub in Machinima SIM in SecondLife
Radio Riel & the NeoVictoria Project present “Talk Like a Pirate!” on 19 September 2014 in the NeoVictoria SkyClub in Machinima SIM in SecondLife
"Talk Like a Pirate!" on 19 September 2014 in the NeoVictoria SkyClub in Machinima SIM in SecondLife
Radio Riel & the NeoVictoria Project present “Talk Like a Pirate!” on 19 September 2014 in the NeoVictoria SkyClub in Machinima SIM in SecondLife

Meet Our Sponsors ~ The NeoVictoria Project

This is your first year sponsoring Fantasy Faire. What made you decide to become a sponsor?

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Asil Ares as “The Synthetic”
One of the major arcana in the Steampunk Tarot.

Asil Ares: Virtual worlds fascinate me and I find Second Life™ particularly compelling, because its content is created by its players …SL doesn’t have to be a creatively passive user experience.   But, the grid is vast and it can be difficult for people to find their niche.  Big well-run events, like Fantasy Faire or Burning Man or the Second Life™ Birthday Community Celebrations, are ways to bring like-minded people together and help them find connection.

What makes Fantasy Faire especially compelling is that it is fund-raising for a really important cause:  Relay for Life and the fight against cancer.  Every year I go to the Faire and every year, it just gets better.  Last year was one of the best SL events I’d ever seen;  I was determined to get involved.  The members of the NeoVictoria Roleplay Group agreed, so we decided to sponsor one of the steampunk fairylands.

How did you begin roleplaying in Second Life?  How did NeoVictoria come into existence?

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The NeoVictoria Project …a steampunk experiment in machinima and dark roleplay

There are all kinds of roleplay communities in SL, and yes …the ones that get most of the press are salacious.  However, the one that first caught my attention was created around a unique post-apocalyptic world replete with demons, angels, vampires and the occasional human. I’m writing about The City of Lost Angels, created by Suzanna Soyinka.

I stumbled upon this immersive storyworld and its addictive combat meter via an article on open sourcing; I loved playing RPGs in school, so decided to check it out.  It took about three months to totally reel me in!

"Kwekwe Turned"
“Kwekwe Turned”
A machinima by Asil Ares

It amazed me, how much time and energy the residents of these  communities invested in their characters and roleplays.  As is often the way, I found myself joining several clans (or factions) in different subscribing SIMs. I became very close with some of the players, including my dear roleplay “cousin” Kwekwe Karu, who wrote a wonderful short story about how our characters met. This backstory became the source material for my first serious machinima, “Kwekwe Turned”.

Mask'd Ball at the Castle
Mask’d Ball at the Castle

After that, it was only a matter of time before I learned I needed the technical control of a full SIM to shoot machinima the way I wanted to make it.  And then, the desire to expand that vision into a community began to take hold.  That’s how NeoVictoria, as a SL simulation, formed in my mind.  I’ve always loved Steampunk, so when I dreamed about creating a world, it was those kinds of images that came to me.  And I loved the possibility of a community whose roleplay isn’t lost once the scene is over.  The NeoVictoria Project™ is very much a mixing of those themes and desires.

What can we expect of NeoVictoria during the Faire?  Will you be roleplaying in Asperatus?  Are the visitors welcome to join in or is it more a performance?

The Revenge of Professor Timmons
Poster for “The Revenge of Professor Timmons”

Visitors can expect some nice gifts to be found in Mrs. Chickenstalker’s Apothecary and Dry Goods Emporium (that’s the name of our store on Asperatus).   And they can look forward to some exciting and engaging roleplay, which they are most welcome to join!

The story NeoVictoria will play at the Fantasy Faire is called “The Revenge of Professor Timmons.” In it, the professor has built a treacherous robot, which damages our town’s power center.  They  then make their escape to Asperatus.  We townsfolk chase after these miscreants, so there will be lots of excitement, fighting in the streets, and general mayhem going on. In the end, we will capture the bad guys, and there will be a great big celebration on Friday, 9 May  (with Gabrielle Riel of Radio Riel fame as our live DJ).  After which, we will return the evil doers to NeoVictoria to receive their just desserts.

For those interested in keeping abreast of developments, or who plan to join us in roleplay, we’ll be posting alerts and daily updates to  our page on the Fantasy Faire website.

What calls you to fantasy and steampunk? When was the first time you encountered the genres and realized you enjoyed them?

Asil Karu and Cabbage in Sidhe Park
Asil Karu and Cabbage in Sidhe Park

I fell in love with fantasy when I learned to read.  My grandmother had all the Andrew Lang fairy books and one of my earliest memories is turning the pages of those ancient books to wonder at the pictures.  As for Steampunk, I think I always was one, though I didn’t really understand it as a movement until I read Bruce Sterling‘s excellent essay, “The User’s Guide to Steampunk“.

Do you have a favorite Faire memory? What are you looking forward to most this year?

I don’t remember what year it was, I just remember it was the first place I saw the work of Elicio Ember and it both amazed and delighted me.  As a roleplayer, I’m most looking forward to “The Revenge of Professor Timmons“, but as a visitor, it’s The Faery Court that I plan to see as soon as the gates open.

Lord Coat Hungers
Lord Coat Hungers

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 with revenge on their minds are using illicit Strand-world technology to create a murderous clockwerk automaton.  After damaging the power-center of the NeoLondon Cathedral, they decamp to Planet Asperatus and the NeoVictorians follow to bring them to justice!

Your Invitation | Please join us, the NeoVictoria Roleplay Group, for this very special series of roleplay events.  Beginning on 1 May 2014 in NeoVictoria SIM, we’ll be bringing the story to the Fairylands on Monday, 5 May, when our intrepid band of roleplayers land in the sky-city of the Fairylands: Asperatus!  Roleplayers …look for the group tag “NeoVictoria@Asperatu” if you want to roleplay with us in the Fairylands and bookmark this webpage for daily updates as the story progresses.

About The NeoVictoria Project® | Avatars, steampunk, roleplay and machinima; that’s the NeoVictoria Project in a nut-shell.  A unique dark roleplay environment crafted with a Steampunk aesthetic, we welcome mature people searching for a supportive and collaborative community.  The goal of The NeoVictoria Project® is to create a virtuous circle where roleplay becomes filmed story.

In our unique storyworld, the Sidhe (fae) never faded, but worked with … some would say ruled over …their human charges until the Sidhe Empire spanned the known universe.  So many races exist:  faeries, demons and clockwerk constructs (powered by gears and magic), humans, vampires, werebeasts and celestials.  All held against the ravages of time by magic, intrigue and human ingenuity.  Intriqued?  Visit our public website for more!