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P U B L I S H E R S Libby Braydon

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FA S H I O N - E D I T O R Daija Arida

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Publisher Notes Page 16

What's Eating Second Life? Page 18

Wendigo Lake Page 22

Pretty Places: Bitacora Page 32

Eleventh Hour Page 38

Fusion Covergirls Page 46

Fashion Editor Notes 13


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.Shi Focus Page 58

Get That Style Page 62

Lina by Filthy Skins Page 68

Looks of the Month Shoe Trends Page 74

The Language of Love

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ometimes it is easy to believe that Second Life is full of ineloquence and bad taste, devoid of culture or philanthropy. Projects like Fusion remind me nothing is further from the truth. Our world is full of beauty, from stunning sims like Wendigo Lake & Bitacora, whose owners pay tier for others to freely use and enjoy, to the creators such as Winter Thorn who furnish our virtual lives with imaginative and beautifully crafted goods, to musicians & artists like Samm Qendra who share their talent for the joy of it. Fusion is all about bringing you the beauty in Second Life, in all its many forms. I hope you enjoy our magazine, it has been created with love for Second Life & all its beauty, its community & all its eccentricities.


I hope you see the difference, I hope you all see the amazing time, work and dedication the Fusion team have put into making this happen. Here's hoping you will enjoy this month’s edition as much as we have all enjoyed putting it together.

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ell what a long, strange, fun filled journey it has been to come to this point. What started as a idea, has become a reality. Many are probably feeling, Oh no! Another magazine? Really? Is that market not already saturated? My answer is nope. There is always room for one more unique, out of the norm, and fantastic publication.

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What’ s EATING Second Life? Bliss Windlow wonders if the naysayers have it right this time.

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imi Juneau, of Mimi’s Choice, recently posted a thought provoking comment on Facebook about Second Life dying. Her concern centred around the number of designers who are no longer willing to set up a shop and pay all the ensuing costs, when everyone seems perfectly happy to shop on Marketplace.

outfit on MP. Then make a picture of yourself to put on Flickr and Facebook, to show people how beautiful you are? Isn’t this pathetic?” I was sitting in my stupid little skybox at the time, making a picture of myself to put on Flickr. And yes, it was, and is, pathetic.

As she asked, “what is the point of SL” if In her public posting she stated, “ What’s we do not experience it? I found myself the fun of sitting behind your screen, wondering how we got to this point in your stupid little skybox, buying an of disconnect. I know, through many

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“I wanted to fit in, I tried to fit in. I volunteered, I asked to join. I was rejected. I was laughed at. People made it clear I was not wanted, I did not fit in, I did not belong. I gave up.” Open any social media today where SL people talk and you will not have to scroll far before you find people ridiculing someone for looking or thinking differently. If you express a differing opinion on a subject, you can count on the discussion deteriorating into, “You are a nobody,” “You are pond scum,” “Do you have any idea who I am?” or “this is what we should do to someone like you - (insert in here any disgusting childlike action that a group of prepubescent boys might come up with on a playground).” Even those that advocate love and sunshine in one post will often be the

worst offenders against someone further down the page. How many SL profiles are filled with dire threats should you attempt to speak to them? How many store owners ever speak to their customers or make them feel welcome? So yes, perhaps SL is dying, and perhaps there are now hundreds of people who are sitting in their skyboxes, shopping on Marketplace, instead of truly experiencing Second Life as it was intended. Mimi extended an invitation to join her at her store, I wonder if others will follow her example. I wonder how many will accept the offer. Second Life is our world. It can’t go on without us. Read Mimi’s full comments here: http://www.flickr. com/photos/mimijuneau/9300179940/

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of the interviews I have done, people have repeated a story to me. It goes something like this:


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t’s a small town, almost timeless and the people who live here are oddly satisfied with a place that seems so set in its ways. After only a few days I began to notice that something was odd, underneath the normality. I just can’t put my finger on it, at least not yet…

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Role-play is a consistent and intriguing part of Second Life to me, a relatively seasoned RL RPer. My first forays at Hillcrest (now Hedera) College were fun rather than massively intelligent and while I’ve since RP’d elsewhere the environment of Wendigo Lake is far more engaging and not just because it looks so stunning. The sim took Jon Vetinari about a month to build, with input from Taharqa on some wonderful interiors and Ulysses Cabaret providing amazing builds including the mansion/hotel centerpiece. Shady Falls was Jon’s old sim, a 1920s vintage beauty sadly closed; he thinks now that the RP was too niche and didn’t maintain itself after the initial interest. Wendigo Lake has a far more enduring RP structure, and a more accessible theme. Wendigo Lake is a paragraph role21

play environment – people need to be somewhat literate to take part, as they are essentially collaborating to write a live piece of fiction. Its role-play theme is loosely based around the World of Darkness (http://tinyurl.com/o2erb) with necessary amendments to fit SL. “There are supernatural beings among us, watching…” this is dark and adult RP, subtly supernatural. There will be an online character creation process that will “allow for creativity and choice without great imbalances of power”


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Jon goes on, after I mention a recent thread on SL role-playing on SLUniverse forums on which he had also posted “It’s great when people donate and help keep the sim afloat, but I never hope to make a profit and in those months when I actually have, I’ve put the money right back into the sim. I ask how a sim like this can be funded For me, it’s a community effort and a sustainably. Jon was pretty clear in his community reward, not a business.” response “This is a labour of love with many supporters. I’ve owned this sim This may seem oddly altruistic, but the for over a year and I intend to own it sim was built so that he and others a year from now” could RP in it. Unless, that is, there is some deeper, darker motive…. The RP itself will be accessible, and definitively un-cliquey, says Vetinari “Cliques are a huge issue anywhere. Feeling unable to break in is a real detriment to any role-play experience, as are sims where the good guys (or the bad guys) always win.”

Contact Jon Vetinari (effluvium) for details on Wendigo Lake.

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Click ‘URL’ in the menu to get your taxi to Wendigo Lake.


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Pretty Places PHOTOGRAPHY BY LIBBY FARLEIGH

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Rylan Carling interviews River Stromfield

iver Stromfield is the man behind the innovative furniture store, Eleventh Hour, and a selfproclaimed ‘lazy’ blogger. I had the pleasure of interviewing him, learning a bit more about this intriguing creator, and getting a sneak peek into some exciting future endeavors.

from inspiration, and that comes from anywhere; a pair of jeans, a shirt, a new hair, or a new furniture release from a store. Other times I go in with a plan, but I have found the best pics I take are those that happen from a brief moment of inspiration. Before I know it, a whole scene is set up and I am trying windlights.

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Ok…let’s get the basics out of the way, You opened up your own store this year, Eleventh Hour, great name btw, how how long have you been in SL? hard was it to come up with a name for Over 4 years now. the store? You’re a man of many talents; lazy lol…The name was the easiest part to be blogger, you’ve got a great Flickr, and honest. It was a name I had been thinking recently Eleventh Hour. In regards to about for a while for other reasons, so it your pictures, do you have something fit perfectly. in mind before you start or do you get dressed and think, “That’s hot, people I will refrain from digging to find out the “other reasons”...what did you find was need to see this?” It really just depends. Most of my pics are one of your greatest challenges?


Actually learning Maya, the program I use to make my mesh items. How long would you say it takes to really have a good grasp on it? lol…Longer than I have, it’s a learning process and not something that you ever really stop learning. I learned all I know basically in 2 weeks. Are there tutorials out there that are helpful? Yes, that is how I learned, from watching a bunch of tuts. Let’s talk furniture...What inspires your work? Hmmm, real life items, a picture, maybe just the theme if I’m in an event. Most of the time I open Maya with one idea and once I start building I scrap it and it becomes something I had not planned. Do you have a certain genre you cater to? A certain “look”? Mostly stark, woody and fresh items; things have kind of taken on a world of their own. 35

Do you have any future projects coming up that you’d like to give us a scoop on? Well, a few things. The mainstore will be moving to a different sim soon, with a very cool custom build in place. Also, by the end of the year, I will be opening Eleventh Hour Black...which will sell BDSM/Adult furniture and other similar items. What do you do in SL when you’re not building/customer servicing/styling/ shooting pics... in other words, what do you do for fun? Lol, that is my fun and usually all my time in SL. To be honest, I don’t have much time for anything else. The only other things I do in sl would be hang out with a few friends when I have a chance.


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How attached are you to the beard? Very, it’s never leaving…lol So, we could call it your signature piece? I get a lot of IMs about where it’s from. I guess, it has been called that before. Do you tell people where it’s from or do you try and keep that to yourself? I tell them the most common one and that’s it.

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Is there anything else you want our readers to know? Any secrets you want to divulge? :P River: lol…nah, I will keep the rest to myself. And, there you have it! Special thank you to River Stromfield for being my first

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Mainstore:http://maps.secondlife. com/secondlife/Serena%20 Balmoral/100/44/2851 P l u r k : h t t p : // w w w . p l u r k . c o m / EleventhHour Flickr:http://www.flickr.com/photos/ Is there anything in SL you’d like to try rivstrom/ next? Or will you be sticking mostly to B l o g : h t t p : //e l e v e n t h h o u r m e s h . wordpress.com/ home furnishings? Marketplace:https://marketplace. No not really, I think I will stick to that. secondlife.com/stores/81118 One more to wrap it up....Paper or plastic? Plastic


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Chaotic Monday met up with live performer Samm Qendra, What Next's Winter Thorn and blogger and photographer Strawberry Singh. PHOTOGRAPHY BY POLLY ELAN

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or our very first issue we wanted a cover that said it all with one glance. It had to be beautiful but more than that, it had to be relevant to the Second Life of 2013. Bringing together three gorgeous women, huge success stories in their relevant fields, was perfect to launch Fusion.


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trawberry Singh, one of the most recognized avatars in the Second Life world. She started in May of 2007, and slowly became the iconic blogger and photographer that she is today. Behind the gorgeous virtual persona, there is just a normal, everyday, real woman who describes herself as “dorky” and “just a bit crazy”. Ultra organized, she attributes this as her way to be able to do all the things she does. This is where her crazy comes in – she has, by her admission... five different schedules she uses to keep track of her activities in her first and second life. She even includes social media timings in her meticulous planning. Crazy? Like a fox. She admitted that up until a year ago she kept late nights and the 4am bedtimes, and has since managed to stop and realign herself with a healthier, more balanced way of Second Life. Upon mentioning her popular meme series, she is quick give credit to the person who inspired her, Tymmerie Thorne. She sees it as a way of interacting with other bloggers and infuses some fun into the community. The hilarious memes, the gorgeous photoshop work, it's all a part of her plan. Her plan of having no plan, and just doing second life as she sees it – as a hobby, relaxing and fun.

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little over three years ago, Samm Qendra was born into Second Life. Lured in by her gamer friend, he drew her in with the music scene. A juxtaposition of bubbly openness and enigmatic aloofness, she holds her real life location as a mystery, that has garnered much speculation. Despite being private concerning her real life, she approaches things openly and it's not hard to tell what she loves and values. Her passions, music, fashion, her friends and family being the most important in her life. She admits she would not be where she is today without the people who have supported her, in her first and Second Life, for that she is thankful. Since joining SL, she has stopped performing in her first life, but holds it as a goal to be able to perform in front of a large audience, and maybe one day release a CD. I asked her if she had a special routine to keep her voice sounding so lovely. She told me that not only does she warm up two hours before performing, but she avoids fried foods and chocolate. What?! No chocolate?! She laughed and admitted to being naughty and having chocolate on occasion. In her words... “I'm not that mad.�.

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’m soooo excited to go on a new adventure with the Fusion team. I’m so grateful to be bringing my continued obsession to fashion to this brand new venture of awesomeness that is Fusion Magazine.

In the section, I’d like to introduce to you guys the newness that is coming to you, as well as one of my original ideas that I’m bringing over from ICON that I came up with years and years ago (we won’t talk about how many), ‘Get That Style’. This spread is dedicated to real life fashion, replicated in Second Life. We also have, ‘One Item, Three Outfits’, where we will be incorporating one item and make 3 different outfits with it. It’s something to mix up your everyday look with new, fun and trendy looks. There are some many other goodies that you’ll have to just check out the section to see its greatness.

Feel free to contact me in world or via email at daijaarida@gmail.com

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I hope you guys enjoy all we are doing, and please give us some feedback letting us know how much you love it. I look forward to sharing my vision and addiction to fashion in the future, so please stay tuned!!


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Shirt: Basic Knot T-Shirt in Black from Tee*fy Pants: Suede Pants in Green from Overhigh Shoes: Live Boots in Black from [ e l i k a t i r a ] Necklace: Classic Literature Necklace from (Yummy) Clutch: Shay Spiked Clutch in Black from Pure Poison Bracelet: NOX Era in Gold Real Evil Industries


Romper: Silk Romper in Pink from Color.Me.H.O.F Shoes: Ankle Boots Boh Rivet in Nude from G&D Necklace: Babette in Ivory from Max Gossamer Clutch: My Little Leather Clutch in Cream from AUSHKA&CO 53


Tank: Basic Tucked Tank in Brown from Tee*fy Shorts: Cuffed Denim Shorts in Destroyed Wash from {mon tissu} Bracelets: Native Daydream from YUMMY Handbag: Scout boho bag in chocolate from ISON Shoes: Starwalk Platform in Dark Chestnut from Lethal Couture

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Skin: Anais in December from Glance Skins Hair: BOUFFANT in Almost Goth from [LeLutka] Lips: Matte 05 from Glance Skins Shirt: Couveture Drape Vest in White from .Shi Pants: Outre Leather Pants in Black from .Shi Shoes: Dare Horseshoe Sandals in Black from [Diktator]

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G E T THAT STYLE! Get That Style is an original idea that takes real life styled outfits, and then replicates them with Second Life fashion and style. 59


Sweater: Loose Knit Shirt from Redgrave Shirt: Denim Shirt from 2Byte Jeans: Rebellion Skinny Jeans from Ispachi Bowtie: Classic Bowtie from Adjunct Shoes: Rayvon Shoes from Entente

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Jeans: Denim in Lou Lou Original from {mon tissu} Shirt: Basics Racerback in Dark Red from erratic Jacket: Vanity Leather Jacket in Dirty White from erratic Hair: VERSAGE hair in Dark Blonde from [LeLutka] Shoes: Snare Ankleboots in Cedar from Celoe Handbag: Scout Boho Bag in Chocolate from ISON Skin: Katya in America from Glam Affair

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Styled, modeled, & photographed by Fabyana Levee

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Blog: http://13forsaken.blogspot.com.br/ Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/danniravinelli/

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Styled, modeled, & photographed by Danni Ravinelli

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Hair:SALOME in Almost Goth from [LeLutka] Skin:Anais in December from Glance Skins Sunglasses:Oversized

Sunglasses from Izzie’s Handbag:Kabuki Crocodile Tote in Onyx from ISON Shirt:A Symmetric Top in

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Sweater:Sahara Sweater from Tank:Just a Tank from Skirt:Jordan

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This fall Shoe Trend is all about the ankle, ankle boots and wedge booties. We hopped on the bandwagon with ISON, to show you some trendy looks to dress up your shoes.


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Bliss Windlow takes a humourous look at the snippets of conversation that pass between SL couples attempting to engage in some good, ol' fashioned SLexy time.

Everyone is talking, you have some time before your flight leaves and you find a quiet little corner. Time for a quicky with the love of your virtual life. Sadly, things don’t go exactly to plan and in the middle of your ardour, you speak a single line .... at the exact moment when suddenly everyone else is quiet, and your voice booms out across the waiting area, echoing in the silence. All heads turn in your direction. Consider some of those tender SL romantic sweet nothings we may have all uttered at one time or another...

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“ Hop on the pink b a l l ! ” “ I can’t f ind my p enis in m y inventory Can you . remembe r its nam e?” “ You are on the w rong ball, you're on my blue ball!” t u p o t t o g r o f I , c e s a r o f f f o p o h u o y n a ” . “C e t i c X y m on

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“ Just how big is the ‘Super Turbo

Grind-o-max penis’ anyway?” “ Umm …. your penis is attached to your lef t knee!”

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You know there are some things, when overheard, you can’t, and should not ever, try to explain . It is probably best to just not make eye contact and maybe start playing Angry Birds© or pretend you have Tourette’s. If it is bad enough, maybe both!

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hanging outside your pants.”

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