Sunday, September 27, 2009

Interview with Zayn Till

Raglan Shire Magistrate: Zayn Till

"...a community based around tinies; a dynamic, creative, welcoming place that anyone could come and be a part of..."
I was very happy to see a post at New World Notes about Second Life's Great Undiscovered Personalities that mentioned Zayn Till - the person who originally brought Raglan Shire into existence, and who has nurtured and helped develop one of the most amazingly creative communities in Second Life. 

I wanted to interview him in response to the NWN post because he has had such a positive impact on so many lives, and helped artists and creators in the Raglan Shire community to build experiences and host events that have brought tears to eyes, become precious memories, and started life-changing friendships.

Me: What is the best thing about Raglan?

Zayn: I really love the community. I think it's the people who give raglan a lot of its personality. Raglan folks are so friendly, helpful, welcoming, and creative it makes for a really nice place to log into.

We're constantly doing different things all the time so there's a fun energy about the sims. There's always, art, games, group activities, classes, live music, gatherings of all types and wonderful themed extended events for people to enjoy. Everyone is encouraged to participate and add their ideas and be a part of it all. Plus it's not like it's in any way any type of official entity/business as nobody really takes any of it serious. It's a dedicated place with lots of silliness sprinkled in :)

Me: Why did you start Raglan Shire?

Zayn: Before the Raglan Shire community began, I had been running 5 or 6 private sims that I owned with the intent being to give people a safe place to rent land and realize their SL vision - whether it was a business or a virtual residence or wotnot. However during the time I was renting these sims out, I realized that there really wasn't anything for me to do other then play virtual apartment manager. There was no real creativity involved. I tried hard to do right by the tenants and thought I did a pretty good job but... it was a job and I wanted more silliness XD

At that point I was making the transition from normal biggie human Ken doll avatar to being a tiny bunny avatar. I love the tiny avatars... they're so cute and unassuming, everyone who sees em smiles, and I think they're a natural ice breaker. 15 years ago I was a tiny bunny avatar in the old worlds chat program so the first time I saw the Wynx tinies and saw the bunny av she makes, I was like OH HELL YEA! Wooot!

So by the time I was nearly completely transitioned to full time tiny, a friend of mine who knew Wynx and Nora from Extrovirtual mentioned to me that they were looking for a new home as the private sim they were on had some disruptive neighbors. We both thought it might super awesome to have Extrovirtual on one of my sims and then started talking to them about the idea of not just having them set up shop, but create a community based around tinies; a dynamic, creative, welcoming place that anyone could come and be a part of.

Raglan Shire had already been in existence but not for any other purpose then as a rental sim. We decided to use it for Extrovirtual and it was moved and connected to two other sims that would eventually become part of the Community Cluster. We built the tree city and mapped out the sim, contacted other tiny content creators about the grid, and in April of 2007 Raglan Shire was re-launched as a tiny themed community.

Since its inception its grown to become a 7 sim cluster with shops, residential areas, and lots and lots of public locales for people to explore and enjoy. we have a Sandbox for folks to build in which we call the SILICA CUBICLE and an enormous central area that we use on the Raglan Shire sim itself to stage our large monthly events - Medieval Festivals, Winterfests, Halloween months, Mardi Gras, Art walks, and everything and anything else we do or want to do.

Raglan is a place I always wanted in the real world but due to logistics could never actually realize. A place where people could interact, collaborate and be creative in a very friendly and encouraging environment.. I wouldn't mind living there myself :)

Me: What are your hopes for Raglan Shire in 2010?

Zayn: 2010? eeep, I can't even think past next week... ummm... I just hope that we can continue to do wot we've been doing and continue welcoming new folks as they visit and become part of our lil family. We love meeting new folks and having them add their personality to the tiny borg collective jhehe.

For more information about Raglan Shire visit Events are listed on the Raglan Calendar.

Interview by Misa Delight, September 2009 
In response to the NWN post Second Life Blogger Challenge: Help Me Profile These Great Undiscovered Personalities of Second Life!

Friday, September 25, 2009

Lucky Board and Midnight Mania

Witchy Broom & Mutley Latte hat

Just updated the Lucky Board with a free Witchy Broom, and the Midnight Mania with a Mutley Latte hat!

Witchy Broom that magics you around the Shire - has purkle sparkly magics coming out of the back, a purkle satin cushion and ribbons, and a magic book of spells you hold in your paws as you ride the broom (magic lets you read and drive at same time with no hazard!)

Otter! Mutley knit hat!

Visit Delight in SL

Store Redesign

New Delights at Delight, and a New Delight!

First the new store layout (which I have been wanting to do for a long time):

It feels so much roomier - the last store layout was getting really crowded. Plus, I'm not a fan of stores with more than one floor (I personally would rather just cam) and had been regretting adding the second level onto the last store's design.

And for the new items:

Two different types of dresses: Long, and Fluffy.
Four bright colors.
Each dress comes with optional buttons and sleeves.

Black witch dresses (a long version and a short version)
Witch hats with hair attached (hair is part of the hat) - optional spider web and spider!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Fuzznutz Rocks Medieval Fest 2009


The longest running all-tiny-band, Fuzznutz, played a fabulous set today as the opening band for Gina Stella. Founding members Awor Blabbermouth, Chaffro Schoonmaker, and Zayn Till were joined by new members Bo Fiddlesticks on keyboards and me, Misa Delight, as lead singer.

This was an incredible day! We had so much fun and the crowd was WILD!

Raglan was overloaded with people attending the show!

The crowd threw waffles on stage! What a sign of love!

Bo on keyboards

Awor on guitar

Misa - lead singer!

Chaff on guitar

Zayn on drums

More images from the show are on Misa's Flickr and Karma's Flickr.

Screen Test!

Andy Rembrandt thinks I'm Great, Just Great

Got a screen test by a famous artist today!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Tinies love to sit on stuff!

Why do tinies like to sit on things?

Rez something near a tiny and it's highly likely they will either riverdance on it or sit on it. Take a tiny to an art exhibit and yep... at least one will be sitting on an artwork.

Karma was riding one of the butterflys so Bartolo and I joined her. Those things are heartier than they look - 3 tinies on its back and it had no problem flying around.

How many tinies can sit on a life-sized Wafflegirl doll? Seven so far...

Karms, Zayn, and I were hunting down the elusive openloft that is a free in-world sculptie builder, when after the third or fourth tele we end up in a sim with some type of bubble alarm. The alarm goes off and bubbles are released. Well of course we all had to sit on a bubble and see how far up we could go!

Friday, September 11, 2009

New Dresses from Cat Masala!

Fine Medieval Finery

Don't let the name of this new dress from Cat Masala fool you - there is nothing shabby about it.

Misa on left wearing Tiny Shabby Princess Blue, and Cat Masala on the right in the Green version (lovely with the green cat eyes)

You can choose from 4 colors and each outfit includes a crown - or buy one of every color (I have them all now!) They are very reasonably priced at only L$175 each. These "Tiny Shabby Princess" outfits are currently at the Medieval tents in Raglan but Cat and Nero have a store in Raglan called Catpaws (slurl) if you want to see more of their fine wares.

Tiny shabby Princess Purkle
Tiny shabby Princess Green
Tiny shabby Princess Blue
Tiny shabby Princess Red

Magic Wand Summons Noms!

Fantastic Squabbit Magics

Karms just released a really cool wand that summons waffles! And cookies! And... 11 other things including a kitchen sink! It's a lot of fun and we ran around magicking stuff into existence =)

If you want to get a magic wand of your own you can find them at Karma's Store (slurl).

Haiku Speed Build!

50 minutes, 50 prims, 1 haiku

One of the SL events I love participating in is the Haiku Speed Build every Thursday at 6:00 PM SL in Afar (slurl) and once a month in Raglan (see event calendar for dates and times).

At the start of the event the host, Special Jewell, will post a haiku. The counter then begins ticking down and participants only have a maximum of 50 minutes and 50 prims to express the haiku in 3D. Any scripting or textures can be used, but all elements of the build must be created from scratch.

At the end of the 50 minutes participants and viewers walk around and look at the different interpretations of the haiku and then everyone votes for their top 3 favorites. This is all in good fun and honestly I am always surprised when I occasionally win, but being the dork that I am I love to take a picture of my build with a ribbon, or with me standing next to the ribbon.

Last night I had the honor of sharing 3rd place with my awesome friend Karma!

The Haiku

Dim the grey cow comes
mooing, mooing and mooing
out of the morning mist

My build at midnight

My build at midday

Karma's build - I love the look on the cow's face!

If you want to see more Haiku builds (by me and other tinies), visit my flickr =)

Monday, September 7, 2009

Second Time Teaching at Raglan University

New Class: Mystical Globe

Tonight I held my second Raglan University class - "Mystical Globe". There were lots of folks attending (*makes note to have more classes on holidays*), and I think it went really well. I have committed to hosting one class a month - which actually is a lot of work for me to put together so I'm a little nervous about this schedule!

Tonight's class used some pre-built scripts to make a mysterious swirling surface on the globe, subtle magical mist, and a random fortune whispered on click.

We also built the globe itself and put in a figure (Karma or Zayn) in the middle to tell the fortune.

Still thinking about what next month's class will be, but I do have some ideas already :)

Magic in Raglan

Karms and I were running around the Shire turning tinies into frogs. It was the only spell we knew. Since then Karms has learned more spells including one that summons waffles. Perfect for any tiny!

The "Tiny Mage Robe" is from Willow Creek Mill (

Zayn, Karms as frog, and Misa

Me in my awesome new mage outfit

Karms practicing some black magic - summoning skulls - before she learned how to summon tastier things

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Friday, September 4, 2009

Lucky Board and Midnight Mania Hats

New at Delight!

New free stuff at Delight! A blue Joan of Arc knit hat, and several "Misieval" medEBIL knit hats with a pic of Medieval Misa in Ankle Biter knight armor.
Older free items include the Mardi Gras and Wild West texture packs with full perm textures for use in your builds (you can sell or give away the things you make with these textures but do not sell or give away the textures themselves!)