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    SL21B is now officially open! Second Life is celebrating its 21st birthday with our biggest celebration ever -- this year we have 77 regions filled with parties, live music, deejay performances, special events, exhibits, gifts, and shopping!

    This year we've created a unique experience by connecting all adult regions into a 12-region mini-continent. This includes the adult exhibits, the fire stage, and the adult Shop & Hop regions, all seamlessly integrated for an immersive and cohesive adult-themed area.

    Head on over to the SL21B Welcome Area and start your exploration now!

    Join us today at 2pm PT to watch Patch Linden's opening speech with everyone live at the SL21B Aquatorium.

    Here’s the rundown of some highlights from this year’s celebration:

    SL21B Live Music Events & Performances
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    From June 21st to July 1st, go on an interstellar journey through sound and emotions with a variety of music events and spellbinding performances at the SL21B stages. The full schedule of events is available on our blog and the Birthday events calendar.

    SL21B Shop & Hop - 480 Merchants Across 24 Regions
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    This year’s Shop & Hop features 480 participating merchants across 24 regions offering deep discounts, deals, and exclusive gifts! A full list of participating merchants is available on the blog.

    SL21B Town Halls and Community Roundtable

    We have some special town halls and our second community roundtable that will take place at the SL21B Aquatorium in front of live audiences.

    Participants include: 
    Tuesday, June 25th at 1:30pm PT -  Product and Engineering Teams with Grumpity Linden, Kali Linden, Signal Linden, Sntax Linden, and Kyle Linden.
    Wednesday, June 26th at 1:30pm PT - Product Operations Team with Patch Linden, Keira Linden, Izzy Linden, and Derrick Linden
    Thursday, June 27th at 1:30pm PT - The Founder of Second Life Philip Linden interviewed by Brett Linden
    Friday, June 28th at 1:30pm PT - The Moles
    Monday, July 1st at 11:3am PT - Community Roundtable with Oberwolf Linden and Patch Linden

    Watch these town halls live with everyone at the SL21B Aquatorium

    SL21B Community Exhibitor Showcase

    At the heart of SL21B are 310 exhibits that showcase a wide range of creativity across the many diverse communities in Second Life. Expect the unexpected as you explore and discover how each exhibit offers its own interpretation of this year’s theme, “Elements.” 
    For a full list of all exhibits, see SL21B Exhibitor Showcase.

    SL21B Last Names
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    In addition to all of the exciting events, we're thrilled to unveil a special series of SL21B themed last names. Embrace the elements with our new Earth, Wind, Fire, and Air themed options!

    We will continue to make additional updates to the available last name pool, so if these options aren’t for you, stay tuned for future updates. You can also continue to suggest your favorite name on our suggestion form.

    For more information about the costs and how-tos involved in name changes, read the Changing your username FAQ. Click to change your name now!

    SL21B Gift Area
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    At SL21B, Exhibitors and Merchants are sharing in the festivities! You will find 480 gifts at the Shop & Hop stores and many of the Exhibitors have shared gifts in the Gift Area as well as their exhibits. Come celebrate Second Life's 21st birthday and pick up over 500 exclusive gifts!

    SL21B Gear in the Physical Merch Store
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    If you want to continue the party in the physical world, click over to our Second Life merch store on Redbubble and pick up some SL21B gear as keepsakes! 

    Full Event Calendar
    To keep on top of what is happening each day, visit the full Second Life Birthday Calendar!


    We are so excited to be celebrating with you - and look forward to more great Second Life Birthdays! 

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    "Heyas Fabs!

    Yep, we know you want it.  And guess what?  We’ve got it!  Behind the scenes, Porta and Beachy have been slaving away to get you all the information about SL21B:  Second Life’s 21st Birthday Bash!  If you haven’t seen it before, then prepare for some crazy info:  We’ve got locations, descriptions and photos of every gift at this MASSIVE shopping event (there are 24 regions to explore!) in our extremely detailed spreadsheet.   Plus, if you look along the bottom, you’ll see tabs that have the information sorted in different ways.   It’s quite amazing." 

    Read more on the blog

  3. Happy Wednesday!

    We’re writing to remind everyone that we’ll be holding our monthly Web User Group meeting today at 14:00 SLT in our usual meeting place, where we’ll be discussing our status with ongoing projects and our near future plans for our web properties. As always, we’ll leave plenty of time for Q&A from the community. This meeting is conducted using voice. We're happy for you to contribute in voice or in text, but you'll need to have your voice settings activated. We look forward to seeing you there.

    Keep up to date with all of our user group meetings on our wiki and public calendar.

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    Residents featured in this image:

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    Thank you for sharing your beautiful images with us! 🌸

    For a chance to have your image featured in our social campaigns, submit your work to the Official Second Life Flickr Group

  5. Second Life is getting some new, exciting features that will make the world look even better.

    Mirrors are arriving soon! While we love the realistic reflections PBR materials enable, mirrors take reflections to a whole new level.

    You can create a mirror using a method similar to reflection probes, but with a twist -- when a reflection probe is set to use the “Mirror” option, all surfaces near the probe will exhibit a real-time mirror reflection, including PBR and legacy materials.

    We chose this method to enable maximum flexibility.  For example, you can create a big wall of mirrors and have minimal performance impact regardless of how many mirrors are on that wall. As long as they’re aligned with the mirror reflection probe, they can all show a mirror reflection.

    To conserve performance, mirrors are subject to some limitations. The Viewer will show the effect of only one mirror reflection probe at a time -- the one closest to your camera. Mirrors are planar, so they won’t work very well on the body of a car, for example. Like so many good things in life, mirrors are best enjoyed in moderation.


    Applying PBR materials to terrain will be possible in the upcoming featurettes release. You will soon be able to apply most GLTF materials to terrain. Initially, PBR terrain will support normal maps and metallic-roughness maps. Emissive textures will not be visible on some machines and transparent materials are not fully supported. We expect PBR materials on terrain to vastly improve the beauty of SL -- because there’s a lot of terrain out there!

    PBR terrain uses triplanar mapping, a texture-mapping technique which is new to Second Life. On steep slopes you will notice far less texture-stretching. To conserve performance, triplanar mapping will be enabled only when the graphics quality setting is set to “High” or greater.

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    With the advances in GLTF PBR Materials and upcoming Terrain materials, we know it is time to increase the texture size limit to 2K (2048x2048 pixels). We are approaching this change  carefully, and are still weighing pricing options for images larger than the current max size. 2K textures will allow artists to add significantly more detail to their creations and do things like efficiently consolidate more UV surface area onto a single asset.

    Mirrors and PBR Terrain will be available on the Beta Grid (Aditi) to start with, on the following regions:

    • Rumpus Room 2048
    • Rumpus Room 2049
    • Rumpus Room 2050
    • Rumpus Room 2051

    Interested in trying out these new features? You can download the Viewer here. Never accessed the Beta Grid before? Here’s information on how to access the Second Life Beta Grid: https://lindenlab.freshdesk.com/support/solutions/articles/31000156725-accessing-aditi

    We can’t wait to see what fun and exciting new things residents create with these featurettes!

  6. The Concierge and Land User Group meeting is a monthly, public meeting for discussion and education on Second Life, useful to both Mainland Residents and Estate owners.

    Topics include any issues relating to Customer Relations/Support or concerning Land in general (mainland, islands, Linden Homes, estates, auctions, etc.).

    Join Wendi, Vix, and members of the Land team, on Wednesday at 12pm PT at Linden Estate Services.  All are welcome.


    Keep up to date with all of our user group meetings on our wiki and public calendar.

  7. Hi Everybody! 

    I would like to introduce a new member of the Linden Support team, Boxy 5000. 

    Boxy 5000 is a virtual assistant/support bot trainee. 

    But wait, wasn’t there already a chatbot who answered questions for premium users? Indeed there was! Boxy 3000 was the earlier model of the trainee chatbot. 

    We are learning from some design flaws and moving forward with a more advanced bot. Boxy 3000 has been re-invented and given an extra 2000! 

    But wait a second time! Won’t this bring about the machine apocalypse? Not just yet–Boxy 5000 is more advanced and learns as they go but Skynet is still a few upgrades away. 

    The upgraded bot will be a 24/7 support option for both premium and non-premium residents! (Previously only available for premium customers.)

    Boxy will have the ability to answer commonly asked questions, keep you up to date on current issues, help with ticket submission and in some cases handle a support request. 

    Boxy has uses for all residents, from early adopters to fresh new faces. 

    For new and more casual residents Boxy is available to help them find the support they need. 

    For our seasoned veterans Boxy can offer support options for some specific requests. Specifically, Boxy will be able to submit an abuse report on your behalf and in some cases help with the restart of a region!

    Boxy will continue to learn as we go. Boxy might not have all the answers currently, but we will continue to review questions posed and help the bot to better answer your support queries. 

    We realize that a chat bot is not a substitute for a customer support representative, and this bot is not meant to be. It is however meant to help when we are unavailable or may be experiencing higher call volumes. 

    For premium residents Boxy will only be the first point of contact before being passed to a support representative during office hours. Utilize Boxy to help better explain your issue once you are transferred to a support representative. Outside of office hours Boxy can help or create a ticket for when we are back in the office.

    The ability to get an answer to your question or to get your issue resolved without having to wait until our Support Lindens are available is Boxy’s primary directive.

    Anyone interested in saying hello to Boxy can access it by logging into our support portal. The Boxy 5000 chat widget should appear in the bottom right hand corner of your screen.  

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    Boxy 5000, it’s advanced… 

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