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Manage Experiences with a New Release Candidate Viewer

by Community Manager ‎12-17-2014 11:43 AM - edited ‎12-17-2014 11:47 AM

Experience Keys are a powerful feature that allows creators to build more seamless and immersive experiences in Second Life. Without this feature, you need to grant individual permissions to every single scripted object included in an inworld experience, and that can mean a lot of dialog boxes interrupting the fun! Experience Keys make it possible for creators to build experiences that ask your permission just once. In other words, you can opt-in to the entire experience, rather than having to grant individual permissions to every single scripted object included in it.

This powerful feature is currently available as a beta only to a limited number of creators, and there are already a handful of experiences leveraging this feature that you can now explore.

Today, a new Viewer Release Candidate makes it easy for you to manage all your experience permissions in one place. This new Viewer makes it easy to Block, Unblock, or Reset experiences. Additionally, an Events Tab logs the objects and scripts you encounter in an experience, so every action performed on your avatar will be saved or recorded. Have a problem with an experience? We’ve also integrated a new reporting feature to make it easy to flag bad experiences to our Support team for review. Search is also available in the new Viewer, so you can explore all of the growing number of available experiences that use this feature. A complete feature summary can be found in this Knowledge Base article.

We’re looking forward to making Experience Keys broadly available to creators early in the new year, so keep an eye on this blog for more! In the meantime, grab the RC Viewer and start enjoying more seamless and immersive experiences in Second Life today!

 

Recent Inventory Issues

by Community Manager on ‎12-16-2014 12:56 PM

Due to a recent internal error, some Residents may have noticed a few items were recently replaced within their inventories. We are working to reverse the process and hope to have the original items restored quickly. 

If you believe that your items were affected, please keep an eye on your inventory - you should see the original items restored soon.

In addition to restoring the original items as quickly as possible, we are also taking steps to resolve the issue that caused the error so that we can avoid repeating it in the future. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience.

Are you looking for some last-minute decorations, festive costumes, or winter fashions to refresh your wardrobe or perhaps a new places to explore? Whatever your wish, check out the Second Life Destination Guide for a bevy of new creations!

One of the first winter locations to go live every year, Winter Holiday Village is a place of consistent quality and wonderful spirit. Dash through snowy fields, twinkling forests and warm chalets, just watch out for the icicles!

Winter Holiday Village

Christmas time fun is here and Winter Holiday Village is open for it's 6th winter on the grid. Winter Holiday Village is chock full of wintertime goodness, fun and snow! Visit Polar Bear Pond, Penguin Park, slippery slopes, ice tunnels, arctic scenery, ice skating and so much more with surprises around every corner. Santa even makes personal appearances November 28th through December 24th.

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A wonderful place to find the perfect winter accessories, Christmas at Snuggles is lighthearted and enjoyable. If you’re looking for some last-minute gifts or themed decorations, you’d be hard pressed to find a better shopping zone.

Christmas at Snuggles

Across two sims, you're sure to find that perfect Christmas decoration. And once you've finished putting up those decorations, don't forget the Christmas cards and gifts, all found at snuggles. For a magical Christmas, visit Snuggles.

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Ever since the first person figured out that bent piece of wood got them down mountains faster, mankind has skied. Come enjoy this snowy pastime in a Second Life recreation of the south Austrian village of Semmering. The climb up is nothing compared to the rush of flying down. Just try not to hit any tourists, huh? 

Magic Mountain Semmering

In the South of lower Austria is the wonderful Semmering ski region with the Zauberberg ski area. Come enjoy skiing and other winter sports, as well a romantic dinners at the Seewirtshaus right by the lift station. The Semmering ski region is the hottest winter spot around, close enough for every day!

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This holiday season, take a moment to help those in need. The Children of the World Project is a charity event in support of War Child, which seeks to help children in war zones and places of conflict across the globe. Come help the people who need it most.

Children of the World Project

Help the world of children through music. Starting Friday, December 12th at noon and running through through Sunday, December 14, the Children of the World Project is a charity event in support of War Child. Come help children find futures, even in the midst of conflict.

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Few things are as fun as getting a group of friends together, rolling some dice and taking imaginary characters through amazing adventures. Remnants of Earth joins the grand tradition of stat-based RPG’s by offering a beautifully decrepit roleplay zone set in a place where Earth is a dismal backwater in a galactic civilization. 

Remnants of Earth

Remnants of Earth is a cyberpunk-fantasy role playing game, heavily based around classic pen and paper RPGs and with a focus on dice rolling, stats, MMO-like adventuring, and gathering. RoE takes place on Earth in the year 2130, after humanity has started to leave Earth behind to colonize the stars. Earth is now a crime riddled slumworld. This is it's story of the Remnants of Earth...

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Second Life wouldn’t be nearly as wonderful without all the amazing creations of residents like you, so make something awesome and share it with everyone. And if you’re looking for inspiration, look no further than the official Second Life Flickr page.

What’s the one thing Linden Lab could do that would have the biggest impact on further improving your Second Life experience?

Many Second Life users have thoughts on this - from different approaches for the way things are done today, to brand new features that could dramatically improve their experiences, to seemingly small things that could have a big impact. Today, we’re launching an easier way to share your ideas with us, a new “Feedback & Suggestions” page on SecondLife.com. You can also find this page by going to Help and finding New Feature Suggestions in the drop down.

Just sign-in with your Second Life account, select the topic or category that’s most appropriate, and describe your suggestion in the text box. Once you submit, you’ll see a confirmation page and receive an automated email as well. We won’t be able to reply individually to each suggestion, but every idea will be routed to the appropriate Lindens and each one will be reviewed and considered.

We’ll of course continue to be on the lookout for ideas as they continue to surface in social media, direct conversations, or via JIRA, but this new page should make it easier than ever for any Second Life Resident to share suggestions directly with us.





What do you do when winter rolls around? Shovel driveways and bundle up? Buy spare umbrellas and ponchos? Once you’ve taken care of those things, why not curl up with a nice cup of cocoa and see what’s going on in Second Life? The Second Life Destination Guide has tons of new and exciting places to wander through, play in or just plain enjoy. Take a look below and see!

With the cold, wet and general discomfort, winter is the perfect time of year to snuggle with a dog, cat or whatever your companion animal happens to be. For those of you lacking a virtual pet, take a trip to the 2014 Christmas Expo and Winter Breedables Fair. Best of all, all profits go to Relay for Life of Second Life, so help a stranger and gain a friend at the same time.

2014 Christmas Expo & Winter Breedables Fair

The 2014 Second Life Christmas Expo & Winter Breedables Fair offers 12 days of shopping, hunts, live performances, and winter fun! This returning eight-sim event is in support of Relay For Life of Second Life. For more information, be sure to visit https://slchristmasexpo.wordpress.com/.

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Frisland celebrates the changing seasons with a soothing and relaxed winterscape. Covering a huge area, enjoy a sparsely-developed, snowy landscape of hills, beaches and warm, rich colors. Minimalist and soothing, you owe yourself a visit to Frisland.

Frisland

Winter has made its silent arrival at Frisland. Snow falls on the trees, icicles hang from the rooftops, silence reigns. Come over and enjoy one of the most beautiful rural landscapes you can find in Second Life.

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Noel offers a well-balanced holiday sim with all the classic trappings: snowy mountains, gently falling flakes, pine trees covered in lights, flying reindeer and more. Set to region settings for an extra-soothing nighttime color palette.

Noel

Immerse yourself in the beauty, warmth and spirit of the holidays at Calas Galadhon Park's Noel. Take a sleigh tour though this magical winter wonderland, all the way to the the beautiful Christmas Pavilion. Relax with a cup of hot chocolate or brandy, chat with friends by the fire or listen to one of the scheduled live music events. Don't forget the flying reindeer ride!

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Slowly drifting through the long, chill dark, it doesn’t get much colder than Phoenix One Station. A stellar place for roleplay in a well crafted build, who says you need a hemispheres to have winter fun?

Phoenix One Station

Originally a deep space research station, Phoenix One remains as humanity's last outpost after the Earth's destruction. For the last hundred years, it's traveled the universe, seeking out surviving humans and forging new alliances with alien races.

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How do you like holiday mashups? A darker holiday, full of werewolves, zombies and gory scares can be found at Mystic Haunted Xmas Island, a haunted Halloween island covered with a snowy blanket of festive cheer. Happy Hallow-istmas! Or is it merry Christm-oween? 

Mystic Haunted Xmas Island

Winter has come to Mystic Haunted Xmas Island, will Santa be able to overcome the zombie apocalypse? Wishing you a Scary Christmas!

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The best part of Second Life has always been your creations, so show us something great and share it with the grid. Don’t forget to take a look at what your neighbors are doing on the official Second Life Flickr page.

Do you hear those sleigh bells ringing? That’s the sound of the season of giving approaching, and it’s arrived with the Christmas Expo & Winter Breedables Fair.

Returning for a 4th year - the expo kicks off today - December 4th- and runs through December 15th, 2014. Coordinated and sponsored by residents who wish to help fund a charitable organization with a festive event, this event intends to make the gift of giving memorable and fun.

This joyful happening helps raise funds for Relay for Life of Second Life - with 100% of registration fees, sponsorship feeds, kiosk donations, hunt, raffle, auction, and vendor donation items going to Relay for Life of Second Life - part of the American Cancer Society.

There will plenty of activities for you to participate in; from two tree lots filled with beautifully decorated trees from some of the best designers, auctions, live performances and DJs, to pictures with the man himself - Santa!

 

2014 Christmas Expo & Winter Breedables Fair

The 2014 Second Life Christmas Expo & Winter Breedables Fair offers 12 days of shopping, hunts, live performances, and winter fun! This returning eight-sim event is in support of Relay For Life of Second Life. For more information, be sure to visit https://slchristmasexpo.wordpress.com/.

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What are your plans for the weekend? Holiday recuperation for some parts of the world? General weekend fun and relaxation? Why not make some of what’s going on in the Second Life Destination Guide part of your plan? it’s an exciting place full of something for everyone - so take a look at a few of these something below!

How does your body language come across in Second Life? Flirty and playful, or more mysterious and brooding? !Bang offers a great selection of poses for just about every need. Boasting a freshly-remodeled store, maybe it’s time to find a new favorite silhouette.

!bang

!bang poses offers a high quality pose selection for couples and friends, as well as a wide variety of poses for models and photographers.

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Done Wiv’ a Twist is a seasonal garden that gets a fresh redesign with every change of the weather. If you’re looking for a soothing and well-designed place to wander through, Done Wiv’ a Twist is the place to visit.

Done Wiv' a Twist

Done Wiv a Twist is a photogenic place that changes every season. They welcome newcomers, photographers, bloggers, and people who just enjoy great scenery.

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Set in a futuristic build so smooth you can smell the burning chrome, Geeks n’ Nerds is a shopping event that celebrates anything and everything, well, geeky and nerdy. With over 100 designers showing off mesh creations, you’re sure to find something to make that nerd flag fly.

Geeks n' Nerds

Geeks n' Nerds is an annual fair that showcases some of the most popular things in the geek and nerd world. Some of the best original mesh designers are chosen to partake in this event, so there's guaranteed to be something for everyone. Geeks n' Nerds opens November 24th and runs until December 10th!

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What do you know about Queen Elizabeth and 16th century England? The House of Tudor is a recreation of the Oatlands Palace, just off the Thames river. Come here to learn about the history of this time of changes, or just enjoy the free period dress.

House of Tudor

In the dramatic background of the 16th century England, one woman holds the key to England’s most glorious empire: Elizabeth Tudor. The year is 1560. In a village north of the English county of Surrey lies Oatlands Palace. Overlooking the Thames River, Oatlands was built around the south western periphery of London by Henry VIII. Free period clothing is available for visitors at the main landing.

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The Fantasy Collective is a monthly shopping event with quite a few contributors. This intimate boutique is perfect for a quick peek and wander, whatever you’re looking for.

The Fantasy Collective

The Fantasy Collective is a premier monthly shopping event that opens every 20th at noon. Come enjoy this quaint boutique.

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Second Life wouldn’t be nearly as awesome without amazing user creations. So make something and share it on the Destination Guide! And don’t forget to take a look at what other’s are up to on the official Second Life Flickr page

The latest episode of the Drax Files: World Makers focuses on actress MadameThespain Underhill, who directs the virtual reality theater troupe - Avatar Repertory Theater in Second Life.

A.R.T has been performing live theatre in Second Life since 2008,  with a cast of actors from multiple generations that span several locations all over the world.

MadameThespian - a seasoned Chicago-based actor who also performs and directs for her local Shakespeare company - feels that the virtual theater affords opportunities to those who could otherwise “age out” of many roles in live theater.  "Second Life levels the playing field when we interact with each other," she says.

This leads to the unique combination of professional TV and stage actors working  with dedicated hobbyists and community theater buffs to perform drama, comedy, musical and improvisational theatre to the global audience of Second Life.

In addition to the creative possibilities that a digital universe such as Second Life holds, MadameThespian is enthusiastic about its social aspects as well.

"The value for older people is wonderful because of the ability to interact with other people from all over the world of other ages,” she says. “You are being judged by what you say - the pure essence of who you are!"

Be sure to watch for the latest shows and performances from the Avatar Repertory Theater who are performing scenes from some of Shakespeare’s plays tonight at 5 PM SLT/PT  - details are available on their Facebook page.

Want to see more personal Second Life stories? Find all the previous episodes at Draxtor’s Website or below:

 

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 1: Kriss Lehmann

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 2: Jo Yardley

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 3: Eshi Otawara

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 4: Fantasy Faire / RFL

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 5: Engrama

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 6: Abramelin Wolfe

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 7: Rod Humble

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 8: MadPea Games

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 9: Elie Spot

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 10: Robin Sojourner

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode11: Dwarfins

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 12: Ole Etzel

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 13: Creations for Parkinson's

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 14: Rose Borchovski

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 15: Scottius Polke

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 16: Feed a Smile

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 17: Zachh Barkley

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 18: Paradise Lost

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 19: Virtual Chemistry at Texas A&M

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 20: Flockers

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 21: Editorial Clarity

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 22: Virtual Health Adventures

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 23: Meshworx - Ioz Hyde

 

When’s the last time you visited the Second Life Destination Guide? There’s always something new and interesting happening in Second Life, so come take a look!

 

In case you haven’t heard, there’s less than a week to go in the 2014 Toys for Tots Breedable Expo. Stop by for fun pets and great performers on two whole sims of charitable fun. You can’t really go wrong when all proceeds go to a good cause.  

 

2014 Toys for Tots & Breedable Expo

The Toys for Tots & Breedable's Expo will be kicked off by Amaretto & KittyCats Breedables on Nov 15th through Nov 23rd. Hosting two sims full of fun, the event will feature some of Second Life’s top breedables, non-breedables, and the grid's finest live performers. All proceeds will be donated to Toys for Tots, visit www.sl-t4t.org for more info.

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Where do you go for electronica, looking for a new favorite place? Club Lucente boasts four well-designed stages, live DJs and a multitude of electronic genres.

 

Club Lucente

Club Lucente has been around since 2008, offering live DJ's, dancing, house, trance and more. With four wild stages, you can't go wrong at Club Lucente!

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2Lei is a week-long discussion community event chock full of ideas, art and more relating to the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Share perspectives, join discussion groups or just enjoy the beauty of 2Lei.

 

2Lei

2Lei brings people together once again to inaugurate a week of reflections, ideas, artistic and cultural stimuli over the common theme discussed at the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. This is the fifth consecutive year for 2Lei in Second Life, so join them for this year's theme: rebirth.

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A recurring seasonal shopping bonanza, the Thrift Shop’s Winter Edition is an enormous warehouse stuffed with games, gachas and collections from a huge variety of brands and creators. Looking for your new favorite brand? Look no further.

 

The Thrift Shop Winter Edition

The Thrift Shop is a quarterly sales event that runs for 22 days. The focus of this event is to bring a large variety of designers together in one spot to present samples of their work at great prices. This edition is a full-sim event with sales tables, new releases, and gacha machines. Visit www.depravednation.com to learn more.

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Chaos, Kosmos is a complex installation representing the understanding of an even more complex idea. Is it possible to understand the origin of the cosmos through the artist’s interpretation of chaos?

 

Chaos, Kosmos

Chaos, Kosmos is the newest creation from artist Giovanna Cerise. See the artist create aesthetic meaning from formless matter, cosmogony regulated by quantum mechanics, order from chaos. Set to sunset or midnight to best appreciate the nuanced setting. For more information, be sure to visit http://giovannacerise.blogspot.com/.

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A seasonally fun hunt coinciding with Depraved Nation’s fifth anniversary, the Dirty Turkey Hunt features over 100 free shops, stops and prizes.

The Dirty Turkey Hunt 5.0

The Dirty Turkey Hunt 5.0 runs from November 1st through the 30th, marking Depraved Events' fifth year on the grid! Over 100 stores are offering new, exclusive and free gifts to hunters who find the hidden hunt objects. Each store provides helpful hints and a full gallery will be listed on the website when the hunt opens. Make sure you join the Depraved Events group for helpful hints and chatter along the way.

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When was the last time you shared a creation with the rest of the grid? It’s surprisingly easy! And if you’re looking for new ideas, the official Second Life Flickr page is a wonderful starting point for ideas and inspiration.

Running short of fun ideas for the weekend? Check out what’s new at the Second Life Destination Guide. You’re sure to find something interesting to enjoy.

 

The Linden Department of Public Works are an amazing group of creators constantly working to make the grid a more vibrant, amazing place. Their home, Meauxle Bureaux, is an amazingly whimsical place where the LDPW hang their collective hat.

 

Meauxle Bureaux

Meauxle Bureaux is the home of the Linden Department of Public Works, a program focused on improvements related to the experience of living in and visiting the Linden Mainland. This intricate build was lovingly crafted by resident experts for all to enjoy, so come see the ultimate in shared creative spaces!

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A Second Life institution for more than five years, everyone should visit the freshly-remodeled Pixel Bean Coffeehouse. In addition to the enormous attention to detail, the wonderful design choices and incredibly realistic decor, it’s an almost perfectly relaxing place to spend an afternoon.

 

The Pixel Bean Coffeehouse

Established in 2009, this cafe has been a well known part of the Second Life community for many years. Come stop by a charming old island home transformed into a unique cafe and bar. A great sense of community, wonderful people, and casual conversation await you, as well as countless events involving music, poetry, discussion, art, and more. Anyone and everyone welcome!

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No matter what level of nerditude you embrace, the Freaks and Dorks Rock Club welcomes you with open arms. With a great staff, multiple rooms, and a huge dance floor, everyone will find something they enjoy here.

 

Freaks & Dorks Rock Club

Feeling a bit dorky or freaky? Freaks & Dorks Rock Club is a place for you! Join all sorts of outsiders as they come together to enjoy great music. They play anything under the genres rock, metal, alternative, indie and trip hop. Come to relax or get crazy, you won't constantly be bugged for tips!

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If you’re looking to add some magic (or just a little more oomph) to avatars or creations, be sure to visit M2D Magic Land. Few stores offer the interactive depth and variety of particle effects you’ll find here.

 

M2D Magic Land

M2D Magic Land is an interactive particle store. Visit the platforms to use huds and create beautiful scenes for photos, or just play around. One of the best store designs around, every particle can be rezzed and looked at. There's even a group-member party area and freebie store. Embrace creativity at M2D Magic Land!

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Lastly, do you seek the rush of combat? Separating the quick from the dead, the wolves from the jackals? The 2142nd Regiment’s looking for a few good recruits, if you think you’ve got what it takes.

 

2142nd Regiment

The 2142nd is a British-themed military group founded in February of 2007 that participates within the Second Life Military Community. SLMC is a collection of groups who use the Linden Lab Combat System or LLCS. Visit http://2142sl.info and join the 2142nd today. Weapons and uniform provided free of charge. Meet lots of new people and experience combat in Second Life like never before!

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Interested in how your fellow residents enjoy their grid-based adventures? Take a peek at the official Second Life Flickr Page. Have you created something cool you’d like to share? Share it with the grid and show it off on the Second Life Destination guide!