Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Hesperia of Templemore Presents Illuminati Masquerade Thursday 1st of August 5-8 pm SLT

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Want to hear some great live music?  Check this out.

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(I popped in to grab the SLurl for my blog and caught GraveyJones, Luis Lockjaw, and Long Pausch setting up)

I previously heard Luvsong and Gravy when Luvsong sang at the Trap Club which I posted here:  These guys can really sing. I stood around while they were finalizing things for this event, so had a chance to ask a few questions.  They said it would be cool if people came in masquerade style dress with masks, but they also want people to come in whatever they are comfortable with.  It sounded like they were planning a prize for best mask and some fun things too though.  The venue looks great and I'm looking forward to it. 

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Shoe Fair 2013

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            The 2013 Shoe Fair is upon us.  There is a big photo contest this year too.  Check it out.
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My Date with Flat Rodvik Linden

I went out on a little mini-vaca RL and came back to see Berry's Flat Rodvik Monday Meme. See here:

 This is right up my alley.  I have done the Flat Stanley in RL and actually sent out a whole laminated family of 4 in different directions 2 of which traveled the world, one stayed within the states and the 4th,  bless his paper heart, never returned home.  I have some cool photos and stories out of that little experiment.     If you are not familiar with the Flat Stanley story and didn't read Berry's blog, it's basically a kids book of a flat boy that easily travels around, since he is flat, and has adventures, and often school classes or individuals do something similar and send out a flat likeness/think paper doll, to go from friend to relative or just with someone as they travel and they take pics of this flat paper doll on their travels, often in front of historical landmarks, with groups of people, and doing fun things with their travel companions. 

rodvik_001 by Kara 2Berry's meme this week is to take her flat Rodvik Linden (free on SL Marketplace here: around and show him a good time in SL and blog about the experience.  I decided to make a date of it, since I don't have a SL boyfriend or travel companion really, and Rodvik seemed to be the perfect opportunity to blog about my "perfect date" in SL.  Berry took him out on the town, so why shouldn't I?  He is very agreeable and doesn't talk too much.  He went right along wherever I wanted him to go.  He didn't complain about anything at all. 
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I like to be a little active and play games etc.  I couldnt' find anyone playing SLictionay which is one of my fav SL games I bought on Marketplace and sometimes give as gifts (here: )
so, instead for our first stop I took him bowling. I enjoy a fun opening to an evening and it's great to see how competitive a person is.  We went over to Paradox Bowling: for a quick game.  I was a little disappointed he wasn't up for keeping score.  And while I'm great at carrying on a conversation for hours, he was a little quiet for me, and I didnt' get to know much about him at all, except that he could use a new outfit for his birthday or some occasion.  His rez day is Jan 11th, just for the record.   So my warm up activity maybe didn't suit him. 

We tried out some paintball in the cool explore in Stacatto, but again, Rodvik just could not run fast enough to suit me, maybe he just wanted some quality time with me, but he was hard to read :

I like to move along in SL so we teleported over to some live music over at The Roof. Noma was singing with Vincent playing and there were literally 81 avatars present plus Rod who didn't count. hehe. Ling always has a large crowd for live music Mondays and Wednesdays.  I really just wanted to dance, but again, Rodvik must be taken or gay, because no matter what I tried I just could not catch his eye.  He did loyally stand by me all night though.  The Roof here: by Kara 2

 I wanted to go out formal dancing but gave up on that though since Rod seemed pretty tired and wasn't moving too much other than when I moved.

Then I thought perhaps I'd take him out exploring a little.  I figured maybe he's not a talker and just wanted to relax. I heard the 13 Calas Galadhon sims are all closing August 1st, probably/hopefully reopening in early September,  but I heard they will be losing at least four permanently: Bay of Balfalas, Belegaer, Sea of Nurnen and Eryn Vorn.  So we went over there:  The music and scenery was so lovely  If you want more info. about the closure and issues you can read more about it here:

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Finally I took Rod home to show him my house, and I hoped for a cuddle in the hammock or something, but still he resisted, so I gave him a house tour. Not actually the best date ever after all.   I tried.
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And finally... something weird happened.  There is a tiny chance I did get him wet in the pool and fed him a snack after midnight.  I lost track of time. Sorry Berry. Time to sleep. Or maybe I already was dreaming.
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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education July 24-27

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Official web site here:  Visit here: 

Thursday July 25th schedule here:
VWBPE is up and running full swing with a schedule full of cool conferences. My good friends Sonicity Fitzroy, Belinda Barnes, and Lowe Runo will be presenting the following on Friday and Saturday.  I will be out of town busy this weekend so unfortunately will have to miss out.  Check out the link above for the full schedule or visit the two following presentations:

Sonic Immersion Part I: Hearing is Believing, Case Study: Sound Studies in Second life, Southern Illinois  Presentation Format:  Lecture Presenters: Phylis Johnson(RL)/Sonicity Fitzroy(SL) Belinda Barnes  here:                 
@ Second Life: Builder's Brewery Auditorium. Jul 26 @ 08:05 – 08:55 Best Practices Showcase history recreation immersive experiences

Method Teaching as Method Acting: What Would Angelina Jolie Do? Presenters: Phylis Johnson(RL)/Sonicity Fitzroy(SL) Lowe Runo, Belinda Barnes.  Jul 27 @ 15:30 – 16:20 Best Practices Showcase      Method Teaching as Method Acting: What Would Angelina Jolie Do? Presentation Format:  Lecture Presenters: Phylis Johnson(RL)/Sonicity Fitzroy(SL) Lowe Runo, Belinda Barnes You have your curriculum    

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Monday, July 22, 2013

Neo Victoria's 2013 Treasure Hunt July 15-31

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A friend passed me this hunt info. about the Neo Victoria hunt that runs now through July 31st.   I've always appreciate this fun Steampunk sim that has emphasis on role play and machinima.  They have frequent and regular events going on that you can find on a board see when you land. Be sure to check out the sim go for the hunt too.  Below is their press info.

"Hunt Name:
NeoVictoria’s 2013 Treasure Hunt
Hunt Date:
15 July to 31 July 2013

Love Steampunk?  Enjoy roleplaying?  Just like a good hunt?  We’ve staged multiple props, HUDs, costumes and other gifts throughout the out-of-character Visitor’s Center in NeoVictoria SIM.  Find the gears to collect them all!
The hunt begins at 12:01 AM on Monday, 15 July and concludes at 11:59 PM on Wednesday, 31 July 2013.* 

Teleport down to the VISITORS CENTER (be in the NeoVictoria SIM at its rezz-point and touch the sign that says Visitors Center for a teleporter).  We staged all of the giftie gears in the six round buildings that are part of the Visitor's Center. Leave the Visitor's Center and you are leaving the hunt.  No hints, just poke around the Visitor's Center and you'll find what you're looking for (and maybe more than you expected).

We’ll be presenting 24 gifts in total, adding new gifts over the course of the two weeks, so join our in-world subscriber list if you want an alert when a new one has gone live. [You’ll find a subscriber prim at rezz-point in NeoVictoria SIM.]

Our Visitor’s Center was redesigned this year to enhance the new user experience; it includes a comprehensive introduction and walk-through to acquaint people with the lush and comprehensive history of our community.  It offers players everything they need to get acquainted with, and immersed in, our unique steampunk storyworld.

*All times are UTC-08:00 Pacific Time (US & Canada), also known as SecondLife-time.
Organiser’s SL Name:
Asil Emor

Any Other Info
The NeoVictoria Project® with its live action simulation on the Second Life platform is a unique dark roleplay environment crafted with a Steampunk aesthetic. The goal of the project is to create a self-sustaining cycle where roleplay becomes filmed story. The NeoVictoria Project® exists in several places:
~ a public website at,
~ an invitation-only community portal (which chronicles the storyworld),
~ and the live action simulation on the Second Life® platform. NeoVictoria is listed in the Lab's Destination Guide under Steampunk in the Roleplay Communities section:
Type of Hunt:
Sim Hunt
SLUrl to starting location:  "

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Food Fair 2013, July 19-28

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The first annual SL Food Fair began 7-19-13 and runs through July 28th.  This is a fair dedicated to the love of food.  For their official blog and list of designers/participants see here:

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Above I'm wearing my new food fair watermelon and cupcake dress, watermelon in mouth, strawberry necklace, sitting in one of the floatys in the lake in the middle of the food fair, surrounded by the street shops and street vendors filled with all things food related from the fun novelty, to clothes, poses, home decor, food products, etc. all in all a fun explore.   I invited a friend who asked me why I'd want to visit this, to which I considered, "all the food and none of the calories?" And she added, "And none of the flavor".   I guess it's like a bit like a tease to her, BUT, the place and products are super super cute and really is a fun visit as you can see by the photos.  Be sure to check it out. 
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Saturday, July 20, 2013

Need A Date?

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The auction info. states:

"Nghtfall Relay for Life Date Auction ~ We have a flavor for you!!

Saturday, July 20, 2013 ~ We will get started around 7pm SLT but come out and spend the day! Great music and lots of items up for auction besides the hotties!!

Grab those wallets and purses Ladies and Gentlemen....this is just a peek of what's in store!!!

My good friend Kathy Nikolaidis is going to be one of the dates up for auction, so I know all the guys will want to attend this one to get a evening with the lovely, intelligent, sexy, Kathy.  She's so hot I might even big, o, wait, she's not quite my flavor, plus I can get a date with her any time, cause we buds!   But I'm sure she's a quality date for some guy out there so head on over around 7 SLT.  See ya there."

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Machinima World Sonic Lab Grand Opening Saturday July 20th

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Welcome to the OPEN HOUSE celebration for your first peek into this new sim.  Saturday July 20th 12pm Noon SLT at The Sonic Lab and Machinima World Virlantis (102,125,23) in Second Life.

The Southern Illinois University-University of Western Australia virtual worlds project at Virlantis, Second Life  is an educational themed experiment in the creation of sound and animation content, with its long-term goal being the development of machinima and online media that serves at-risk learning communities.

This multi-level experience is rich in immersive sights and sounds used as part of RL university education including lower Medieval Highlands, jungle, city soundscape, Sonic labs 1 &2, space station, and more, spanning years of sounds and music. It's not only a fantastic explore but a learning opportunity, so be sure to click everything.

We will also be celebrating the RL birthday of Sonicity Fitzroy, AKA Dr. Phylis Johnson, sim developer and curator with live music by AcousticEnergy Nitely and DJ CottonCandy Teardrop.  Please join us!  Dress in medival attire or come as you are!

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The full press release reads:
"Welcome to our OPEN HOUSE celebration for your first peek into our sim.

The Sonic Lab and Machinima World at Virlantis (Second Life)

The Southern Illinois University-University of Western Australia virtual worlds project at Virlantis, Second Life  is an educational themed experiment in the creation of sound and animation content, with its long-term goal being the development of machinima and online media that serves at-risk learning communities.

The immediate goal for this summer was to create an immersive environment - the Sonic Lab - for teaching sound online historically and culturally as art and practice.   For that purpose, a multi-layer sound lab was constructed to help students develop critical listening skills, by virtually tuning into the modern origins of music and learning to appreciate the sonic environment, now and then, that contributes to our daily soundscapes.  The virtual classroom experience leads students through time, place - and sound. The Sonic Lab connects students to the sounds of the past, present and future. They enter the virtual world via a medieval realm soaked with layered sounds ignited by one's presence and touch. Visitors acoustically engage into a soundscape rich with nature's lush greens and harbor sounds, and perhaps stop into the local tavern for a chat and music. Their travels take them to modern times, from Ragtime's Scott Joplin, to experimental masters Edgard Varèse and John Cage, to those they have influenced, Reich, Zappa, The Beatles, Hendrix, Ramones, Riot Grrrls, and New York's alternative scene. The sound installation was funded by a course development grant awarded by SIUC's Distance Education program for Summer 2013.  

Beginning August 2013, Southern Illinois University (in partnership with the University of Western Australia) launches phase two of its larger plan in the development of virtual media studies and production.  Machinima World is a three year experiment in the design of an open-ended, accessible and collaborative animation platform that focuses on outcome based learning for at-risk communities.  Part of the process involves assisting educators with some production basics: character and story/curriculum development, original sound composition, set construction, to motion capture animation that can be imported and exported between virtual platforms.   The idea is to help educators participate and lead in the virtual media making process and develop creative and relevant animation (and mixed reality) content targeting youth from communities that lack resources and skills.  Of course, whenever possible, the target audience will participate in content development and production.   Ultimately, educators (and students) would be encouraged to contribute machinima and other virtual media forms to an archival web site of shared content, techniques, and program reviews.  A pilot series will be created to demonstrate the process.   Themes addressed include social justice, collaboration, diversity representation in all its forms, and science/technology.
The goal is to open up the diversity of voices, from all locales, from South Chicago to South India to Western Australia, and so forth. Critical are representation of characters/voices pertaining to gender, ethnicity, disability, and socio-economic level.

To learn about this project, attend the VWBPE Conference session, Sonic Immersion Part I:  Hearing is Believing, Case Study:  Sound Studies in Second Life, Southern Illinois. Friday, July 26, 8:05-8:55 AM SLT, Builder's Brewery Auditorium.  Part II will be held at Virlantis during VWBPE's MOOC post-conference, with times to be announced soon.   Admission is free. 

Join us Saturday, July 20th, Noon to 2PM SLT for an Open House at Virlantis.
Visit the sim, spanning four levels and six regions, when we unearth the sonic mysteries of sound, as noise, music and art.

Contact Sonicity Fitzroy for more information,
Dr. Phylis Johnson (SL, Sonicity Fitzroy) is professor of sound and new media at Southern Illinois University, and author of two books on virtual media.  Her work can be found on   She would like to credit Belinda Barnes, Lowe Runo and Kara Trapdoor, as well as Jay Jay Jegathesan (Jayjay Zifanwe) of UWA for their support and assistance on this project.
Release Date:  July 18, 2013"

Explore Second Life

I've been out exploring again some and found the following to be very nice:

Visit here:  Q Isles Clover Mountain Borealis is a beautiful place with plenty of poses, dances, and romantic nooks great for relaxing, a date, or photos. 
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Clover Mountain by Kara Trapdoor

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Onigashima is a scenic area with little caves and areas for fun shopping including a lot for petites.

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Chouchou has been around for long time with a break for a while and is associated with music by the group of the same name.  I've been back visiting this watery land known for the many pics on the main ground Chouchou level by the piano next to the tree and later in the Memento mori cathedral, but either I'd forgotten or missed the sound squares the lead up the tower of Babel. Clicking the squares and objects project piano and voice sung notes and percussion sounds.   Other sections are Islmaey Garden in the sky, Chouchou's live music venue,  and the music store where you can buy Chouchou's music.  You can even get a free hud to view the sim in a different way.  This is a great explore and sound area and a must see.    

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Call for Entries - NSS in SL Lunar Robotics Building Challenge 2013-Huge Prizes!

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The press release states:
"Call for Entries - NSS in SL Lunar Robotics Building Challenge 2013.  Humankind first landed on the Moon on July 20, 1969, 20:17:40 UTC (1:17:40pm SL time.)  The National Space Society in Second Life will hold our annual commemoration of the First Moon Landing from 1pm to 7pm SL (Pacific) time on July 20 in the contest area at

Prizes will be awarded during the event at 6pm SL (Pacific) time.
Lunar Robotics - Build a piece of robotic equipment that would be useful in a moonbase to advance science, industry, or infrastructure in some innovative way.
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Prizes in Linden Dollars:
* L$ 10,000 First Prize - Sponsored by First Responder in SL / Confederated Response Force and by Archivopedia LLC
* L$ 7,500 Second Prize - Sponsored by the National Space Society in Second Life
* L$ 5,000 Third Prize - Sponsored by the Oregon L5 Society in Second Life
* 256 prim equivalent land impact maximum per entry.
* Maximum size 15m x 15m x 15m per entry.
* Scripting is not necessary, but will be considered favorably.
* Mesh and sculpted prims are allowed.
* Efficiency of land impact and script load will be considered favorably.
* All entries must be an original design and each prim be the creation of the participant.
* All entrants must provide a notecard describing the build.
* No weapons or mature themes allowed, and all builds must adhere to the Terms of Service of Second Life at
* We reserve the right to limit the number of entries based on space and sim resources available.
* We require at least one copy of the entry build which will become the property of NSS in SL: unlocked with copy, mod, no trans perms (extra consideration for full perms); full perm copies of all texture files used; and full perm scripts in order to judge suitability, algorithms and efficiency, and to enable customization for our own purposes.
* By entering you will be granting us non-commercial, non-exclusive rights in all of these.
* Decisions of the judges will be final.
To Enter:
* You must request admission to the "NSS Contestants" role in the National Space Society group from either Ariel Miranda or Banker Tomorrow.
* Once you are wearing the "NSS Contestant" group tag go to the contest area:
* Select a numbered building platform that is empty and rez a placeholder on it with your name as creator (a basic prim will do.)
You have until 5 PM SL (Pacific) time on July 20 to complete your build, keeping the above rules in mind.
Additional information on the National Space Society in Second Life:  
Please direct any questions or comments to Archivist Llewellyn or Ariel Miranda. (inquire about full perms if that is an issue)
Ad astra via Luna!"

Visit here:
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                                                                     (Archivist Llewellyn)

Archivist showed me the museum and said when people visit the build area they can get a free space suit to wear like the one on display here in the above picture from the museum.  When you touch the gloves of the suit it has recording from the mission.    There are also recordings from the actual sputnik if you touch it.  There is information that tells the story of Apollo 11 from planning to launch, to landing on the moon, to doing science experiments on the moon, planting the flag and talking to President Nixon, to landing in the water, to the NYC ticker tape parade.  She added that she's going to be at the Armstrong Museum in RL during the celebration weekend, giving a talk on Curiosity Rover and Mars exploration.

This is an informative and interesting area worthy of a visit and don't forget the contest and events Saturday!

Monday, July 15, 2013

Retropolitan Magazine's Final Print Issue July, 2013 in Second Life After an Impressive 5 Year Run

The final chapters have been written with the July issues of Retropolitan Magazine in Second Life.
Visit the Retropolitan office located across from the always impressive 1920's Berlin sim by Old World Prims, to see copies of all the magazines and obtain additional information here:

Official web site here:
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Retropolitan  2008-2013 - THE monthly place to find your Retro Style, beyond the usual worldview.,  founded by Phideaux Mayo
Follow online at
Fashion, Lifestyle, Menswear, Locales, More.
Featuring some of the best of SL from the 1920's, 30's , 40's thru the 70's.  
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Phideaux put together this impressive monthly magazine for 5 years featuring much of the best SL has to offer in all things retro and has had a wide readership with some very qualified journalists and photographers. Huge kudos to Phi! It is informative and entertaining and it's sad to see it come to an end for now, but it's understandable Phi may need a break from this ongoing commitment.  Phi is a busy person in SL and continues with her music career.  She can often be heard singing around the grid and regularly at Flashman's here:
You can check also check out Phi's singing at the Trax listening center and her booth is toward the ocean side entry, Trax is also a very cool to place to visit to hear all your favorite SL musicians in one place.  Visit here:
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One of my favorite features in the Retropolitan magazine is one I've blogged here before: "The Adventures of Bel and Soni: Unleashed Dreams, A Steampunk Tale of Untimely Significance".   My friend Sonicity Fitzroy who writes for Retropolitan Magazine in SL began writing a serial drama last February 2012 as an exclusive to Retropolitan with all rights reserved to Sonicity Fitzroy and Lowe Runo Productions.   Each month since then a new chapter has graced the pages of the magazine.  The two heroines are growing up much faster than is natural by crossing over into the as yet mysterious realm 13.  This creative and exciting story has fresh twists and turns each week with past steampunk, present, and futuristic aspects all woven in.  Soni is a RL published author taking her writing skills to a different level with this fiction chapter story.  Belinda provides many of the photos to compliment this great team effort between the SL partners.  In their closing chapter with their thanks to The Retropolitan magazine, they expressed plans to continue the story with a published book including some of the story that has graced the pages of Retropolitan and continuing with their conclusion around the end of this year. 
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The magazine carried regular advertisements, featured some great articles on various topics from retro hair in SL to impressive sims, stores, persons, and included humor, stories, and so much more.
Another interesting fact, at least to me, is that I can proudly say I guest wrote a few articles in the past for Retroopolitan.  It's sad to see it come to a close, but will be a great memory of a outstanding and well read and respected SL production.  Be sure to take the links and check it out of you have not had the opportunity yet.  The content will always be worthy of review.  Thank you Phideaux!

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education July 24-27

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VWBPE, a photo by Kara 2 on Flickr.

Visit their official web site here for all the details:

I always look forward to this event and again this year I have some friends presenting so adds the personal interest.   I'll add more info. about that later.  But for now, keep the date on the calendar, run over to their site if you are interested in being involved, and look forward to some fun and educational times at the upcoming VWBPE!

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Hair Fair 2013

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hair fair pose_002, a photo by Kara 2 on Flickr.

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The hair fair is July 13-28th!!! If you want the demos there is also a demo group to join and get them tomorrow to see what you like before you even head out shopping.  The event benefits Wigs for Kids.  Get your fair skin on and drop all the huds, AOs, and scripty things to keep lag down and have fun.  I know I will

Check out their site for info. here:

FATEWear Sale!

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fatewear, a photo by Kara 2 on Flickr.
(This is a widely distributed ad poster, that I did not take. I have no clue who to credit for this ad pic.)

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Explore Second Life

The Celestial Realm, The Trace, (nature, tons of amazing pose and photo spots) visit here:

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Three Moons Village, (wild colors, poses) visit here:

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Caprica, (relaxing, cuddles, nature, fantasy) visit here:

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Mysterious Wave, The Dark Swamp (strange and fun, updated) Visit here:

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Inspiration Point (nature, beauty, shopping) Visit here:

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Hades, seems it's maybe getting a makeover so right now there is cool kayaking for singles, couples, or tinys plus a beach bar and a bit castle type building.  The kayaks are awesome and the seals are totally adorable as you can hug and feed them etc. Visit here:

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