The 1920s Berlin Project Celebrates Its 10th Anniversary in Second Life

One of the longest-running and most successful historical roleplay communities in Second Life is celebrating its tenth anniversary, starting today. Founder Jo Yardley (blog) and the many store owners and tenants in the 1920s Berlin sims gathered today at the Pariser Platz to drink champagne and dance!

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Jo Yardley (on stage) addresses the crowd

There’s a whole week of special events taking place (all times listed are SL Time/Pacific Time):

  • Thursday 30th May
    2pm Anniversary dance on Pariser Platz
    Performance by Sonatta Morales and DJ Myron Byron.
  • Friday 31st May
    2pm Special event at the Hotel Adlon

    Hosts Tequila Krovac, Herr Clarrington & Berlin Ladies Social Club
    With Flapperettes dance troupe performance!
  • Saturday 1st June
    Noon opening exhibit

    “Neue Sachlichkeit” art exhibit at the Bibliothek
    Host; Florian Blaisdale
    2pm Eldorado Cabaret
    Performance by Sonatta Morales and DJ Myron Byron.
  • Sunday 2nd June
    Noon opening Exhibit
    Retrospective of Adele’s work and the formal reopening of the Fotostudio
    Hostess Teruumi Simoneaux
  • 2pm Opening Biergarten
    Der Keller’s daily happy hour moves outside for the season.
  • Monday 3rd June 
    2pm Miss Berlin Pageant
    Hosts; Henry Payne & Teruumi Simoneaux
  • Tuesday 4th June 
    2pm Military parade & ceremony
    Commander; Ernst Osterham
    3pm Supporters & Long Term tenants dinner
    Special dinner at Restaurant Kranzler ONLY for supporters & long term tenants.
    Hostess Jo Yardley
  • Wednesday 5th June
    Noon; public parade
    Parade for and by Berliners, anyone can take part, but it has to be 1920s Berlin themed.
    Represent your workplace, your club, your sport your hobby, walk, use a vehicle, make a float, etc.
    We walk to Parisen Platz and when we arrive there we have a little celebration and then we start…
    Relaxed Rules day!
    After the official start we suspend our 1920s dresscode for 24 hours and everyone in SL is welcome to come explore our sim and join us in crazy going-ons.
    On this day we will also have Open House, which people can open their houses to anyone to visit.

Except for the final “relaxed rules” event, please note that a strict 1920s-era dress code is in effect for all attendees (there are free historical outfits for both male and female avatars at the entrance to the sim).

Here’s a wonderful video which really imparts the feeling of everyday life in the 1920s Berlin sims, created by Pepa Cometa:

The Historical Pfaffenthal 1867 Sims Move from Second Life to Sansar

Have you joined the Discord yet? More details here

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Image of Pfaffenthal 1867 taken from the Second Life Destination Guide

Blogger and irrepressible 1920s Berlin landlady Jo Yardley (whom I have written about on my blog before here and here) reports that the seven-sim virtual reconstruction of the historical quarter of central Luxembourg City, Pfaffenthal 1867, is moving from Second Life to Sansar:

Members in the group received this note:

Dear citizens,

The moment has finally arrived, for the 1867 project to move on to Sansar, where land is free, where we can have better graphics, VR headsets and real physical interactivity. Note that Sansar works very well on a normal PC, for desktop mode you do NOT need a gamer PC.

IMPORTANT! All the 1867 sims in Second Life will be shut down next Monday, on the 26th of November. Please pack all your stuff by then.

We will have a good-bye party, Saturday the 24th of November at 10 a.m. at Café Neuen.

Please join us in Sansar and be among the first to get a new house there! We have 4×4 km!

Now, this is notable because it is, as far as I am aware, the first (but probably not the last) such wholesale move of virtual land from Second Life directly to Sansar. I know that they’ve been working on the Sansar experience for quite a little while now. Obviously, they think they are ready to make the switch. However, there’s still very little Victorian-era period clothing in the Sansar Store.

But, as Hauptmann Weydert says in his group note to the members of the Pfaffenthal 1867 group in SL, they have a 4 kilometre-by-4 kilometre space in Sansar for free, which is certainly a lot cheaper than what they have been paying to maintain seven sims in Second Life! In fact, you can now have up to twenty 4 km-by-4 km experiences in Sansar for free.

Here is a lovely machinima created by the talented SL videographer Pepa Cometa which gives a real flavour of the Pfaffenthal sims:

Here is a SLURL to the Pfaffenthal 1867 sims in Second Life, and here is a Sansar Atlas link to the new Pfaffenthal 1867 experience in Sansar. I would strongly encourage you to visit and explore Pfaffenthal in Second Life before it shuts down next Monday (as the video shows, it’s a beautifully crafted and lovingly detailed virtual historical recreation). Be sure to dress in Victorian-era clothing or you’ll stand out like a sore thumb!  And, I would equally encourage you to check out their new digs in Sansar.

Draxtor Despres also profiled the Pfaffenthal 1867 sims in an episode of his Drax Files series of vignettes on Second Life creators:

Second Life Steals, Deals, and Freebies: 1950s Retro Outfit

Take a look at this 1950s inspired outfit I was able to put together for next to nothing!

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This avatar is wearing:

Mesh Head and Lipstick: Giselle Bento head by Altamura (no longer available for free; this was an Altamura gift from last Christmas at the eBENTO event, and you had to join the Altamura group for L$50 to get it)

Mesh Body: Jenny Bento body by Altamura (no longer available for free; this was a gift last Christmas from the Women Only Hunt)

Hair: Hair Ball by Vanity Hair (free from the SL 15th Anniversary Shopping Event)

Earrings: Dark Mouse Vintage 50’s pearl stud clip (old free gift; no longer available)

Dress and Flower: Rizzo Dress by Giulia Design (free from the freebie store at Ajuda SL Brasil)

Shoes: Dahlia Mary Janes by Poppy (free group gift; unfortunately, this store seems to have closed)

TOTAL COST OF THIS AVATAR: L$50 (Altamura group join fee)

Pictures were all taken at the 1950s and 1960s Time Portal zone by Jo Yardley.

Second Life Pick of the Day: Der Keller in 1920s Berlin

I don’t blog about Second Life very often, but today I am making an exception. Vanity Fair paid a visit to Der Keller, a seedy bar in the basement of a building located in the ever-popular 1920s Berlin Project sim (here’s their blog). Proprietress Frau Jo Yardley tends bar, as usual, serving drinks to whoever comes in the door. Radio Desmuke is playing 1920s music.

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Frau Jo Yardley

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As you can see, all of us are dressed in period 1920s costume (it’s required). Vanity is having a coffee instead of a beer:

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Vanity Fair in Der Keller

Vanity is wearing:

  • A beige floral casual day dress by Eloise Baker
  • Brown Betty ballet flats by FATEstep (not seen)
  • Meadow hair by Magika
  • Kimberly Catwa head and lipstick
  • Maitreya Lara body and nails
  • Daria skin by The Skinnery
  • and my favourite forest green Darcey eyes by Suicidal Unborn

I’ll leave you with a nostalgic machinima of the 1920s Berlin Project, by Pepa Cometa, set to a song by Marlene Dietrich, Ich hab’ noch einen Koffer in Berlin:

Auf wiedersehen!