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It’s time again to take a look at all the new and exciting activities Second Life has to offer. From cool winter to steamy romance, spend the weekend exploring, dancing, and playing your way through the awesome experiences of the virtual world.

It’s here. It’s big, and it’s filled with powdery, frozen goodness. We’re proud to present Winter Wonderland, a four-region destination chock full of gifts and attractions. Explore cozy villages, rides, and more in this expansive shrine to winter fun. Premium users should also stop by the Premium Gift Kiosks for brand new, winter-themed gifts!

Winter Wonderland

Grab your snow gear and head on in to Linden Lab’s Winter Wonderland. For the past few months we’ve developed a four-region winter experience many different attractions. Wander through a cozy little snow village, a mesh race track for both snowmobiles and snowboards, rides, ice skating and even a killer snowball war zone. Get in there, choose your arsenal and conquer the castle with a furious fusillade of frigid, frozen fun!

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Every week, new submissions pour into the Destination Guide in a deluge of Resident-crafted activities, games, and locations. Here are some recent standouts we think you'll love exploring:

The Antiochia Scholarships Trust aims to help Middle-Eastern students without ready access to secondary education attend Canadian universities. Redemption Cathedral is their re-creation of the ancient city of Antiochia, complete with a variety of ancient architectural styles. Learn more about this great cause, visit Antiochia.

Redemption Cathedral, Antiochia

Antiochia is the Second Life campus of the Antiochia Scholarships Trust, a non-profit helping Middle East students attend Canadian universities. This destination re-creates Antiochia on the Orontes in 600 AD, combining Phoenician, Greek, Roman, and Byzantine architecture. The centerpiece is the Redemption Cathedral, modeled after the Hagia Sophia. Visit http://apa.antiochiatrust.org to learn more.

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It wouldn’t be Valentine’s Day in Second Life without fun seasonally appropriate hunts, and the Be My Valentine Hunt is no exception. This annual hunt takes place in the Botanica region, known for detailed gardens built with a quirky sense of humor. Do you have what it takes to win the aggressively cute prize? Find all the Valentine’s cards to see.

Be My Valentine Hunt

This Valentine's Day, make sure you visit Botanica's Be My Valentine Hunt. Come collect vintage Valentine cards hidden in scattered hearts throughout Botanica’s Botanical Gardens. Find all 15 hearts and win a cute lil' Luv Bug. Then take your friends out for a Valentine's spin on your favorite sim!

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Another wonderfully romantic spot - Valentine’s on Ice - is a region-wide event in the ever-popular Celebrities Hangout. Enjoy romantic scenery, live concerts, and great people, all under a dusting of rose petals and snow.

Valentine's on Ice

Celebrities Hangout presents Valentine's on Ice. Bring your special someone one and enjoy the many romantic spots. Plan a romantic dinner in one of their lakeside restaurants. Have fun with awesome concerts, paddle boats, snuggle-rose boats and the many winter activities. Come spend some quality time in this immersive and romantic winter experience.

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Aquarelle is a soothing island where everything is ever-so-slightly transparent. Wander through a place where ephemeral trees drive taproots into concrete-solid ponds, relax, or view paintings at the quaint gallery. After all the activities and hunts and active entertainment, it’s nice to be able to meander through something beautiful and minimalist.

Aquarelle

Aquarelle is a landscape of lightness, softness and transparency in the colors of a watercolor. It is as if a painter invited you to jump into a painting, to bring life to the scene. Visit the beauty of the place alone, with friends or a lover and explore what is visible and what is not. Enjoy the serenity!

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For the last few weeks, Residents from all manner of virtual places have been sharing their destination submissions and images for romantic spots. Keep it up! Share that love with a special destination or the perfect Flickr image. You can even submit inworld snapshots for a chance to be featured in upcoming email and banner campaigns. ‘Til next time, see you at Winter Wonderland.

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 26: Absinthe

by Community Manager ‎01-30-2015 09:10 AM - edited ‎01-30-2015 09:54 AM

The Drax Files: World Makers is back with another great human interest story from a Second Life user. This episode is all about the well-known virtual model Absinthe and the thriving fashion community inworld.  Absinthe opens the episode with a statement that many Second Life Residents can relate to:

“You’ll know what your avatar looks like when you find your soul avatar,” she says, “You’re like - that’s it. That’s me. That’s who I am.”

This episode looks into the way in which Absinthe and others identify with their avatars. Like many of us, Absinthe’s avatar represents a facet of her personality, but doesn’t necessarily bear a complete physical resemblance.

Offline, Absinthe works with patients who have HIV/AIDS and volunteers at Camp Hope as a clinical pharmacist; inworld she indulges her love for fashion through her modeling work and her FEROSH project. FEROSH is a visual arts digital publication that interprets current fashion trends in the context of Second Life.

To hear more of Absinthe’s story and find out more about her FEROSH project, watch the video embedded below or follow this link.

 

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
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 24: MadameThespian Underhill
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 25: Oblee

Get ready for some wintery inworld fun! Today, we're opening Winter Wonderland: four regions of icy, snowy greatness for everyone to enjoy. Pick up free gifts, have a snowball fight, go ice skating, race a snowmobile, and more!

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Premium subscribers enjoy special upgrades in Winter Wonderland as well as exclusive new gifts! It's a great time to upgrade to Premium - for a limited time only, you can get 50% off a quarterly subscription!

Read on for the details:

SNOWBALL FIGHTS, LIGHTS, and OTHER DELIGHTS

There’s no shortage of fun festivities to enjoy in this four-region frosty Winter Wonderland - a collection of scenic builds that were created for you and your friends to discover and enjoy. Here’s a breakdown of what you’ll find there.

VILLAGE OF LIGHTS
Pay a visit to this fantasy styled icy village and enjoy company, calm, and the wonderful winter feel! In the heart of the village you will find a variety of celebratory gifts await you. Be sure to stick around for the fireworks that light up the sky at the top of every hour!

SNOWBALL WARZONE
Atop the hill outside the village awaits a great cold wasteland where you and others will buckle down in the trenches of warfare: SNOWBALL FIGHTS! Claim the top of the towers for great vantage, or rule the castle walls with friends. Choose from two weapons, or if you are a Premium member, equip your Premium token for access to the ultimate snowball fight arsenal! You may even catch a Linden or two participating in the snowball shenanigans.

ICY RACE COURSE
Strap on your helmet, hold tight, and rev those engines! On the outskirts of the Village of Lights are free vendors where you can pick up a snowboard or a mighty snowmobile. Premium members can access upgraded vehicles by equipping their token. Hop aboard and race around the four-region wide race track full of bumps, hills, jumps, and more! Grab a friend and see who can best the turns and cross the lines first. Be sure to turn on Advanced Lighting to see the track nicely lit up as you cruise the snow!

SKATETOWN ARENA
In the heart of this region are two skate arenas for the enjoyment of everyone. Grab a pair of skates from the free vendor, strap them on, and give them a spin! Execute athletic jumps and twirls, and glide your way around the ring. In the front vendors here, Premium members will find an extra prize full of customization options to fit your style and avatar.

WINTER FERRIS WHEEL
What better way to see the region than to sit, relax, and rotate your way to the top of the view.  The ferris wheel will give you one of the best - and most romantic - views in the region.

 

FREE WINTER GIFTS THAT WILL LIFT YOUR SPIRITS

In addition to access to all the free fun mentioned above, Winder Wonderland is full of vendors with free gifts for everyone! While you're there, pick up:

 

  • Winter Cupcakes – Carb-load on cupcakes before going to battle in the snowball war, or racing around Winter Wonderland.
  • Ice Jewelry – Ice themed jewelry for a classic, shimmering touch.
  • Penguin Plushie – This adorable little plushie will be a keepsake your avatar will never want to put down!
  • Snowboard – Choose from five different variations, these snowboards will get you through any icy challenge and around any course in a flash.
  • Clunker Snowmobile – A beat down, but dang loyal and fast snowmobile that can race with the best.  
  • Snow globe – A nice little keepsake to remember the season, various versions of these little snow globes can be found at the vendors.
  • Snowman – Various colors are available for you to spruce up your inworld space with a little winter time chill.
  • Snow Pistol and Snow Rifle – Gift versions of the wintery weaponry found in the Snowball Warzone for you to take home and enjoy with friends wherever you like.
  • Winter Cookies: These tasty delicious treats will satisfy your avatar’s sweet tooth any day.
  • Winter Mugs: Enjoy various drinks to steam away that cold chill this winter.  You will find a few variations of these beautiful mugs.



EXCLUSIVE GIFTS for a Premium EDGE

In Winter Wonderland, Premium members get upgraded versions of many of the free gifts in the experience. Just pick up the Winter Wonderland Ribbon at one of the Premium Kiosks, and equip it before heading to Winter Wonderland.

 

There are also some new free gifts just for Premium members! Pick up a gift pack at one of the Premium Kiosks to collect:

  • Snow Globe Home: Hop right into the snow globe like you always wanted to as a child. Decorate this Tahoe dwelling to your liking, and park it on your favorite region!
  • Penguin Family: These adorable little creatures are looking for a home with you.
  • Snowmobile: A feature-packed snowmobile built for besting any race course.  Change colors and various options to suit your avatar. This snowmobile is built tough and fast, so enjoy the ride.
  • Snowboard: This speedy snowboard was designed to get you where you need to go. Choose from five different color options.
  • Bazooka: A powerful projectile - this Premium snowball launcher fires a giant snowball that can trap even the strongest foes. Something this powerful will definitely get you a leg up on the competition.
  • Customizable Ice Skates – Strap them on and give them a whirl, these customizable skates are feature packed and ready to rock. Choose from premades, or customize individual colors, choose your size, and find your favorite ice rink, or the one at Winter Wonderland and skate away.  

 

THE PERKS of GOING PREMIUM for HALF-PRICE  

For a limited time, quarterly Premium subscriptions are available at 50% savings.As a Premium member, you’ll enjoy rewards like exclusive gifts, access to special Premium Sandboxes, as well as Live Chat support. Plus, you’ll get your own inworld home, a L$1000 sign-up bonus, and weekly L$ rewards to spend on whatever you like. You can read more about Premium benefits and upgrade your account here.

 

*TERMS & CONDITIONS FOR 50% DISCOUNT
This limited-time discount offer is available only for purchases of memberships on the Quarterly billing plan. Discount will be applied to the first quarterly billing cycle only, and all future charges will be at the regular Premium price. To qualify, Second Life members must have an active Basic account or create a new Second Life account. Discount offer begins on Thursday the 29th of January 2015 at 8:00 am Pacific Standard Time (PST) and expires on Monday the 16th of February 2015 at 8:00 am Pacific Standard Time (PST).



 

The weekend is fast approaching, which means the Destination Guide has an assortment of great places to visit in Second Life. With only a few more weekends between now and Valentine’s Day, things are definitely sweetening up. Read on to see what’s new in this week’s Destination Guide Highlights!

To thrill the senses and warm the heart, the Isle of View has resurfaced with a splash. This romantic destination features swan-shaped gondolas, fireworks, sultry lighting and gorgeous forests. Bring a friend or romantic interest to ride the Swan boat ride at Isle of View!

 

Isle of View

Looking for something romantic this Valentine's Day? The Isle of View brings together everything the discerning romantic looks for in romantic festivities: boat rides, fireworks, kissing booths, forested walks, tasteful fountains, and free gifts. So bring that special someone to the Isle of View and tell them how you really feel.

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While many clubs seem to undergo re-designs, few have done it as well as Club Eleven Seven. This rock club features live DJ’s, hosts and a wide variety of rock genres. But the real star is the build. Crazy geometric designs, slick chrome and smooth lights? Why aren’t you there already?

Club Eleven Seven

Looking for something a little different? Find it at Club Eleven Seven! This amazing, unique club is home to some of the best DJ’s and hosts around. They’ve also got shops, including V-Twins, Edelfabrik, XTC, and Shades. Music covers most all rock genres from today’s top artists.

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Many role-players looking for new and unique adventures completely forget about the rich stories and power-hungry villains of yesterday. Lightbridge is a period roleplay set just before Henry VIII’s English Reformation. Enter a world of political intrigue and shifting alliances. Don’t doom yourself to repeat the same dragon-slayings and elf-parties of yore, create history at Lightbridge! 

Lightbridge

The year is 1529, on the cusp of the English Reformation under Henry VIII. Welcome to Pont de Lumière, a.k.a. Lightbridge. Lightbridge is a fictional city in English-controlled France near Calais during Tudor times. Peace is tenuous at best, and alliances shift rapidly. Turbulent times lie ahead, where do you stand? Lightbridge is a realistic historical medieval roleplay sim.

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Speaking of role-players, We Love Roleplay has just made a triumphant return. This monthly shopping fest caters to role-players of all types. Whether you need a shinier suit of chainmail, an even more-improbable sword, or the perfect period outfit, you’ll find it at We Love Roleplay. 

We Love Role-Play

We Love Role-Play is the original and largest monthly sales-event for role-players. Here, you can buy premium items of high quality at a very nice discount, meet like-minded role-players and find out about great new sims!

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For those of you who prefer your Second Lives to be less hack-and-slash and more dinner-and-a-show, dust off that sport coat (or little black dress) and pay a visit to Aphrodisiac Dinner Theater. At Aphrodisiac, live performers offer weekly shows while diners enjoy the finest in virtual cuisine served in a wonderful open-air theater. A little culture, a wonderful evening, and someone to enjoy it with - what more do you need? 

Aphrodisiac Dinner Theater

Aphrodisiac Dinner Theater brings weekly shows to residents to enjoy the performing arts over the finest cuisine. Experience exhilarating performances from talented and passionate performers who come to Aphrodisiac to entertain its guest.

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Last week, the call went out for romantic destination submissions and you sent in some wonderful spots. There’s still plenty of time to share a special destination or compose the perfect Flickr image. You can even submit in-world snapshots for a chance to be featured in upcoming email and banner campaigns. See you in-world!

No weekend’s complete without seeing what’s new in Second Life! So come see all the new things your fellow residents are working on in the Second Life Destination Guide.

Shadowplay: Tales of Urbanization of China offers a unique look at the conflict between tradition and modernization in contemporary China, told through the medium of a traditional shadow play. Enjoy this thought-provoking, five part experience, and decide for yourself the costs of modernization.

 

Shadow Play: Tales of Urbanization of China

Integrating virtual reality with an art form known as shadow play, installation Shadow Play: Tales of Urbanization of China tells a story about the changing landscapes of contemporary China. In four chapters, virtual installation sheds light upon real-life incidents and predicaments involving the cultural and environmental degradation. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/1KCEFE5.

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Are you looking for somewhat darker event this winter? The slGoth Timekiller Festival takes place in a land of decrepit cathedrals, large towers and dirty snow. This wonderfully grungy event features a whole host of live storytellers, concerts, content creators and interesting scenery. Who needs sunny pastels, anyway? 

Timekiller Festival

The slGoth Timekiller Festival is a gothic and dark alternative event. This festival features a whole host of content creators, daily concerts, movies, live storytelling and more. There're even free gifts from vendors and slGoth Magazine.

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The first of its kind, Shadow Inc. is an LGBT futuristic mix of fluorescent colors, tall buildings, neon lights, clubs and more. Few locations offer such a vibrant look at a possible future as Shadow Inc. This welcoming location is open to all. 

Shadow Inc.

Shadow Inc. LGBT Industrial Complex is the first of its kind. Come explore this futuristic landscaped city, with hangouts for newcomers and seasoned residents alike. They offer shops, two clubs, even residential rentals. They have an open-door policy and welcome one and all to take a stroll into the shadows...

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Do you thrill in shining spandex, elaborate entrances and larger-than-life stars? Does the thought of a perfectly executed piledriver leave you giddy? Catch a show at Apex Championship Wrestling. Offering weekly shows every Tuesday, Apex Championship Wrestling is the, well, apex of Second Life professional wrestling. 

Apex Championship Wrestling

Apex Championship Wrestling brings sports entertainment and professional wresting to the Second Life grid. Each and every Tuesday night at 5 p.m., visit the Apex Arena for wild professional wrestling.

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Looking for something a little more upbeat? Sick of all that soft, gentle music? Looking for a little more rock in your life? More of a hangout than a bar, the Rock Bar offers live DJ’s, concerts, games and more. Come on by for friendly people and good times.   

The Rock Bar

Dance on the bar, hang out or hookup to loud hard rock music playing on beautiful beaches. The Rock Bar features concerts, live DJs, hosts, games and more games. They play music from current new hard rock to the old classic rock hits. Come for the beauty, stay for the rocking good time!

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Winter is a wonderful time for romance. Snuggling around the fire with that special someone, mugs of hot chocolate in hand? There’s a reason Valentine’s Day’s in February. So with a little under a month remaining before Cupid shows his cherub cheeks, do you have your romantic plans ready? Valentine’s Day is always a celebration in Second Life, so post a picture with that special someone on the official Second Life Flickr page, or share a romantic destination with the entire virtual world. You may also want to submit your inworld snapshots for a chance to be featured in an upcoming email or banner campaign.

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and we’re looking for some great Second Life pictures from the community.

Let us know what Valentine’s Day means to you in Second Life, and your work could be featured in an upcoming email or banner campaign - with your name credited of course! Do you spend Valentine’s Day inworld with friends, your partner, or maybe even looking for someone to enjoy future holidays with?

Share your story in a picture and on our Official Flickr Page with the tag “SLVday2015” so that we can see all of your amazing works. You may submit as many as you like between now and February 2, 2015.

We’ll showcase the chosen image(s) in an email to Residents, as well as in some banner campaigns. We’ll let the chosen image creators know via Flickr and ask for an avatar name for the credits.

Tips for your submissions:

  • Make sure that your submissions are appropriate for all audiences.
  • Show your avatar or avatars in a scene inworld - an image that tells a story is going to make an impression.
  • Keep your image free of additional text/logos
  • Higher resolution images work best.

Good luck and have fun!

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As you may have seen, a company called Skrill recently announced that we’re working together to provide additional payment options for Second Life users. Our relationship with Skrill allows Linden Lab to offer Second Life Residents many more options for their payment activity (like buying L$ or paying account fees), including additional local currency options for Residents outside the US.

We first soft-launched the Skrill options for payments a few weeks ago, and we’ve seen positive results so far as those interested in alternative payment methods have successfully taken advantage of the new options. If you’d like to check it out, using Skrill’s options for Second Life payments is as easy as using a credit card. All you need to do is login at SecondLife.com, click “Billing Information” under “Account,” and then select “Add a Skrill Account” to begin using Skrill for your Second Life payments.

In the future, we hope to also enable credits to be processed (redemptions) to Second Life Residents’ Skrill accounts. Keep an eye on this blog for more info!

Highlights from the Second Life Destination Guide 1/9/2015

by Community Manager ‎01-09-2015 09:40 AM - edited ‎01-09-2015 09:41 AM

Whether you’re looking for an exciting weekend of adventure or a few soothing days of relaxation, the Second Life Destination Guide is the place to plan your itinerary. Whether you’re looking for urban cities, pastel islands, charity builds or green flamingo bushes, all sorts of cool spots are just a click away.

A labor of love with more than two years of behind-the-scenes work, the City of Harrison is one of the most realistic builds around. This urban roleplay zone features incredible levels of detail, from working elevators to suspiciously-familiar price tags in shop interiors. If you’re interested in urban roleplay, City of Harrison is the place to visit.

City of Harrison

Are you looking for an incredibly realistic, detailed urban environment? The City of Harrison is arguably the pinnacle of realistic Second Life cities. Descriptions don't do this labor of love justice, you need to see it for yourself.

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Timeless Memories is a soothing place of pastel whites and blues, soft lights and sparkling water. A wonderful spot for romance and photography, the creators even invite you to share your photos on their flickr page. Soothe your cares away at Timeless Memories.

Timeless Memories

Without timeless memories, what would you carry with throughout life? At Timeless Memories, time slows, stopping just long enough to catch your breath in this infinite land. Take a few photos, meet a kind soul or just relax in the moment. Be sure to post pictures at: http://bit.ly/1x0mJc3.

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Discovery, Mark II, is a rebuild of a popular Second Life theme park and a look at what the future might look like (or at least the future as imagined by people in the fifties). Equal parts nostalgia and fun, put on those shiny future clothes, so grab a bag of astronaut ice cream and get your ticket for retro-futuristic wonder at Discovery!

Discovery, Mark II

Explore the world of tomorrow. Featuring rides, shows and more, you owe yourself a trip to Discovery Mark II!

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An art build to help raise money for disaster victims, ArtFest 4 features a continually evolving set where artists change the landscape as they see fit. Equal parts whimsical and intriguing, this ever-changing landscape is one that rewards multiple visits.

ArtFest 4

Welcome to ArtFest 4! ArtFest brings together caring artists from all over the world, building and displaying their work to raise money for the less fortunate. Watch the building, view the ever-changing art and landscape, talk to the artists, and vote for your favourites. Enjoy the atmosphere, but return often.

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Chicago in the Roaring Twenties was a place where rivers of bootleg booze flowed through underground speakeasies, gangsters swaggered around in pinstripes, and flappers showed scandalous amounts of leg. Chicago Empire Burlesque Theater hearkens back to that time, offering weekly live burlesque shows in a fun period setting. So stick a carnation in your lapel, grab the reddest lipstick you can find and head on down to Chicago Empire. 

Chicago Empire Burlesque Theater

Chicago Empire Burlesque is possibly the best live show in Second Life. Come see 1920's-style burlesque every Saturday night at 7:30. They're a bit naughty, so come see a real show with wonderful sets, live music, and dancing beyond belief.

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Have you made something you’re interested in sharing? Send a submission to the Second Life Destination guide! While you’re at it, why not send a few pictures to the official Second Life Flickr page?

Once again, the real and virtual worlds celebrated the completion of another year. Fancy glowing balls were dropped, fireworks lit, noisemakers noised and loved ones kissed with all due celebration. Now that the all the New Year’s debris is cleaned up, come see what’s happening at the Second Life Destination Guide! Look below for a small selection of the many favorites from 2014.

 

Is your ideal world one of crazy technology, mohawks and neon lights? Does William Gibson make you want to strap electrodes to your head and hack a megacorp? Make your avatar show your love with a trip to Clockers. Clockers might be small, but this store has sci-fi and cyberpunk items of incredible detail.

 

Clockers

Welcome to Clockers. Clockers is a shop inspired by cyberpunk and the ongoing technological changes of the world. This small store has an amazing selection of incredibly high-quality items and accessories. Pay Clockers a visit, if you have the time, you're sure to enjoy it!

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When was the last time you dove beneath the waves? Turned a graceful pirouette in an underwater grotto? Raced manta rays through waving kelp forests? Mittandraland Mermaid Haven is an underwater paradise at the edge of a warm and sunny beach. Best part? You don’t even need a fin to enjoy it!

 

Mittandraland Mermaid Haven

Explore this Mermaid haven and natural park where anyone is welcome to swim around and enjoy the scenery and the many fascinating creatures that swim around freely. There's also a fishing game, rezzable water sport vehicles and other fun attractions.

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The gacha craze continues to get more and more popular, and few places embody the gacha craze like Gachatopia. Start with the thrill of a casino, add a little collecting urge/fun, then top things off with a 1950’s-inspired decor for a pretty good idea of what awaits visitors.

 

Gachatopia!

Gachatopia is the first region built exclusively for gacha. It has grown into the largest gacha community on the grid with year-round trading and events. This 1950's-styled location features original builds, shops and the Trailerpark Gacha Yardsale, running since 2012. Gachatopia is home to events like the Gacha Show, the Arcade Countdown and Tag! Gacha, a HUD-based gacha experience.

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Club Lucente is a huge and sprawling venue, perched on the water with four unique stages. A great place with DJ’s and all types of electronic music, get those lollipops ready and head over to Club Lucente!

 

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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Too often people seem to focus on the same tropical islands, dense forests and bright reefs. Rarely do we seek out all the other great little ecological wonders all around us. The Gulf of Lune is a highly-detailed and lovingly-crafted rendition of a salt marsh. Salt marshes might not sound fancy, but these important ecological niches are home to a huge variety of birds and a vital hatchery for fish. Not to mention all the cool little mini-islands and countless waterways.

Gulf of Lune

Second Life's climate spans the gamut from freezing wastelands to torrid sun, and the Gulf of Lune wet marsh is pleasantly nestled between those extremes. Escape to a simpler time, visit with the ducks and herons, and generally bliss out.

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All the greatest places in Second Life are user-created, so join the fun and make something amazing! If you’re running short of ideas, look for inspiration at the official Second Life Flickr page.

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 25: Oblee

by Community Manager ‎12-30-2014 09:48 AM - edited ‎12-30-2014 09:49 AM

The subject of the latest episode of the Drax Files: World Makers is the man behind the avatar known as “Oblee” and how he utilizes Second Life to express himself via live musical performances.

Despite residing in a remote space in Durango, Colorado, Oblee is able to perform in Second Life 2-3 times a week; reaching a global audience and often collaborating with other musicians from all over the world.

Oblee was able to take his virtual earnings from playing venues in Second Life to finance his debut album Wow Bob Wow. His fans and audience from Second Life were some of the first to run out and purchase his music once it was available.

Oblee finds new audiences by exploring regions where the residents may reside in other countries like Japan, and though they may not speak English they understand the universal language of music. “It’s not an alternative to life - it’s adding to the substance of your existence.” he says in the video below.

 

Oblee also states that “If you have an idea in virtual reality, what’s to stop you from taking it to real reality?”, and he’s successfully used Second Life as a platform for his musical expression and to explore new things with his own music - creatively pushing him to try new things and compose a variety of original music.

You can follow Oblee on Twitter to stay in the know on his performances inworld.

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
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 24: MadameThespian Underhill