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Brett Linden

Sci-fi fans now have a new inworld hub for discovery of roleplaying hot spots in Second Life. The Sci-Fi Museum and Hub is a community-created, centralized starting point for all-things-sci-fi. It’s also one of our top picks for the week from the latest additions to the Second Life Destination Guide.

Another favorite is the latest art exhibition “Ghost” from Cica Ghost, the prolific 3D artist who is known for her frequent pop-up art installations in Second Life. Like a ghost, Cica’s creations tend to appear and disappear quickly so you’ll want to check it out fast before it vanishes.

This weekend, there are also numerous new limited-time events added to the Guide including a new carnival with plenty of rides, a fantasy fashion event, a vintage California-themed experience and a Lunar Festival.

Here’s all of this week’s highlights:

Don’t forget to share your Second Life pictures with our official Second Life Flickr  where we select our Pic of the Day features. Have you updated your Place Page yet? In addition to the Destination Guide, Place Pages are a new way for creators to share their unique destinations in Second Life including 360-degree photos! Our featured Place Page this week is Sakura Noel.

If you have a place of your own that you want to share with the rest of us, make sure to drop us a note at editor@lindenlab.com or submit your spot via web form.

Brett Linden

Feeling nostalgic? Step back in time and teleport to the 18th century for a historical fashion show at Larl Valley...or experience 60s and 70s Americana via the Time Portal. This week’s Destination Guide highlights also include not one but TWO different London-themed summer carnivals? Which will you visit? (Hint: Why not both?!).

There’s also a Goth-themed garage sale, a new interactive haunted attraction, a multi-spot art exhibition and several new photogenic spots you’ll want to explore. Did we mention the new fantasy/sci-fi roleplaying sim or post-apocalyptic city?

Teleport at your own risk.

Here’s this week’s highlights:

Don’t forget to share your Second Life pictures with our official Second Life Flickr  where we select our Pic of the Day features. Have you updated your Place Page yet? In addition to the Destination Guide, Place Pages are a new way for creators to share their unique destinations in Second Life including 360-degree photos! Our featured Place Page this week is Vista Animations.

If you have a place of your own that you want to share with the rest of us, make sure to drop us a note at editor@lindenlab.com or submit your spot via web form.

Linden Lab

You may have heard that over the past few years, in addition to continually improving Second Life (Bento anyone?), Linden Lab has also had a team developing a brand new platform that runs separately from SL.

That platform is called Sansar, and it’s designed to enable people to easily create, share, and ultimately sell their own social VR experiences, which can be used on PCs as well as with head-mounted displays (HMDs) like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. Though there are some conceptual similarities with SL, Sansar’s been built from the ground up with very different approaches in many areas, including scale, discovery, performance, design and ease of use, and the platform’s business model to name just a few. Sansar is very different from Second Life, and it’s not a sequel nor a replacement.

Over the past months, the Sansar team has run a limited “creator preview” program, and some of SL’s most talented creators have been among those invited to test the platform. They’ve created some amazing experiences - from immersive artworks to narrative experiences, educational spaces, games, fantasy words, sci-fi scenes, roleplaying environments, and much more. Today, Sansar’s creator beta opens to everyone, which means you can create your own experiences with Sansar, list virtual items for sale in the Store, and explore the creations others have published.

If that sounds interesting, you can sign up for free at Sansar.com right now. A few things to bear in mind:

  • You don’t have to have an HMD to use Sansar. You can create and explore in desktop mode - but the VR experience is highly recommended.

  • It’s free. Free to join, free to create your own experiences, free to explore.

  • It’s a beta. It’s a big step for the new platform, and it’s also just the beginning. Many Second Life Residents - especially those interested in VR - will love what they can do with Sansar today. But there are still many features and capabilities yet to be added. Just as SL has dramatically improved with new additions over time (remember the days before voice? before Windlight? before mesh?), there’s a lot the team is looking forward to quickly adding to Sansar.

  • Only you can use your SL name as your Sansar avatar ID. Sansar’s name system is different than SL’s. Everyone has a unique “avatar ID” (like a username) and an avatar name, which doesn’t need to be unique (like a display name). If you’re JohnDoe Resident in SL, no one else can use JohnDoe-Resident as their Sansar avatar ID. Stay tuned for info on how to claim your avatar ID; for now, if you try to use an SL name as a Sansar avatar ID you’ll get a ‘not available’ error.

Second Life Is Here to Stay!

We want to be very clear that the opening of Sansar’s beta does not at all change our love of and dedication to SL.

We are continuing to invest in Second Life, and the SL team (which is separate from the team developing Sansar) remains absolutely dedicated to Second Life and all of its Residents. We’re working hard on some new projects to make Second Life even better, and we won’t be stopping. As always, keep an eye on this blog for updates on exciting upcoming SL developments.

Linden Lab

As you may notice, to fulfill legal obligations, we have added a notification in some places when making purchases that clarifies which legal entity you are transacting with, depending on the country associated with your payment method.  Tilia Inc. and Tilia Branch UK Ltd are wholly-owned subsidiaries of Linden Research, Inc, and this does not affect how you contact or receive support.

We wanted to clarify this to hopefully help those who may have encountered this and were wondering why they saw some updated notifications.

 

 

Brett Linden

Looking for something to do in Second Life this summer? We’ve rounded up some of the best new events and destinations worth exploring, including a Hawaiian-flavored fashion fair, a Japanese summer shopping festival, several art installations and much more. Best of all, no sunscreen is required!

Here are this week’s highlights:

Don’t forget to share your Second Life pictures with our official Second Life Flickr  where we select our Pic of the Day features. Have you updated your Place Page yet? In addition to the Destination Guide, Place Pages are a new way for creators to share their unique destinations in Second Life including 360-degree photos! Our featured Place Page this week is AfRiCaRiBbEaN Africa Live.

If you have a place of your own that you want to share with the rest of us, make sure to drop us a note at editor@lindenlab.com or submit your spot via web form.

Brett Linden

This week’s Destination Guide highlights are all about the summer heat and good beats. While the summer sun continues to shine, there are several beach hot spots and lively music events that you’ll want to explore. Highlights include a two-week arts and music festival, a flashback music fest, a spicy new beach club and more.

If you’re looking to escape the heat and enjoy a William Shakespeare play or sip some ale in a historic tavern, you can time warp to London in the Tudor era.

Whatever your bag, there’s always something to keep you hot, cool, calm or crazy in Second Life.

Don’t forget to share your Second Life pictures with our official Second Life Flickr  where we select our Pic of the Day features. Have you updated your Place Page yet? In addition to the Destination Guide, Place Pages are a new way for creators to share their unique destinations in Second Life including 360-degree photos! Our featured Place Page this week is the Moya Chapel in the French Riviera.

If you have a place of your own that you want to share with the rest of us, make sure to drop us a note at editor@lindenlab.com or submit your spot via web form.

Xiola Linden

It’s mid-July — too early into the summer to give up on easy living and the thrill of a road trip. In Second Life you can enjoy both at a whim, but never quite like now. Inworld, the pool water is always the perfect temperature, the beach is always open, and the hot summer sales are always sizzling. It’s a beach-blanket blitz from dusk ‘til dawn, no matter what part of the world you’re in.

We’ve rounded up a few recommendation for you to check out in this edition of Highlights from the Destination Guide. Toss your fave floppy hat on and pack your newest swimsuit and pair of flip flops into the back of an old but reliable convertible, and let’s hit the road!

Don’t forget to share your Second Life pictures with our official Second Life Flickr  where we select our Pic of the Day features. Have you updated your Place Page yet? In addition to the Destination Guide, Place Pages are a new way for creators to share their unique destinations in Second Life including 360-degree photos! Our featured Place Page this week is the Twisted Cork Wine Bar.

If you have a place of your own that you want to share with the rest of us, make sure to drop us a note at editor@lindenlab.com or submit your spot via web form.

 

 

Linden Lab

For a limited time, get 50% off your first payment on a new monthly Premium Membership subscription.* In addition to long-standing perks like Premium Sandboxes, your own private home, a L$1000 sign-up bonus and a weekly L$ stipend to spend on whatever you want, Premium subscriptions have continued to get better and better! We’ve added more group slots so that you can stay up to date on all your favorite merchants, role-playing groups, clubs, and other Second Life activities. We increased the number of missed IMs that Premium members receive before they get capped, and just recently added the Premium Access feature - where Premium members get preferred access to crowded Regions and events.

Along with the above, Premium memberships include exclusive gifts and expanded live-chat customer support.

There’s so many reasons to become a Premium subscriber - so upgrade to Premium and start enjoying the benefits now!
 

*TERMS & CONDITIONS FOR 50% DISCOUNT This offer begins on July 13, 2017 at 8AM Pacific Time (PT) and expires on July 27, 2017 at 8AM PT. To qualify for this promotion, you must 1) have an existing Second Life ("SL") basic account or create a new account, and 2) select monthly (every one month) billing for your SL account. The fifty percent (50%) discount will be applied to your first month's bill and future months will be billed at the standard Premium Membership price (currently US$9.50 per one month). For new accounts or accounts not previously upgraded to Premium Membership, after initial login through the Second Life viewer following upgrade to Premium Membership and: 1) following your first full week, the L$300 weekly stipend will be deposited to your account every Tuesday for the duration of your Premium Membership; and 2) after your account has been active for forty-five (45) consecutive days, the L$ sign-up bonus will be deposited to your account.

Linden Lab

From time to time, we make changes to Second Life’s Terms of Service in order to improve the documents, update and/or clarify policies, and keep the Terms current. We’ve just published an update to the Terms, and the first time you login to SL on or after July 31, 2017, you’ll be asked to agree to these updated Terms.

Here’s what’s new in this update:

  • We’ve restructured the Terms of Service to contain terms and conditions that apply to all Linden Lab products, and we have separated out product-specific references (such as Linden Dollar and LindeX for SL) into product-specific policies. The new Second Life Terms and Conditions contains all the Second Life-specific references that were previously in the Terms of Service.

  • We have added references to our wholly-owned subsidiaries, Tilia Inc. and Tilia Branch UK Ltd., which will be handling payment services on our behalf under certain circumstances.

  • We made some minor text revisions to clarify that Linden Lab has discretion to undertake certain account actions.

  • We have updated the arbitration provision in accordance with applicable law.  

As always, you should read all policies fully before agreeing to them. If on or after July 31, you have any difficulties reviewing and agreeing to the new Terms when you login, please create a support case so the team can help you out.

Brett Linden

Looking to escape the summer heat? Chill out at one of the many new destinations we’ve rounded up for this week’s Second Life highlights, including an elaborate adventure hunt set in a Louisiana bayou, several fashion events, a new amusement park and many great spots to photograph.

Don’t miss your last chance to attend the ongoing Hair Fair, which concludes on July 16. You’ll also want to plan ahead for next week’s Relay For Life event, held July 15-16.

Here are some of our recommendations for the week:

TOP 10 DESTINATION GUIDE CATEGORIES

Have you ever wondered what the most popular general-rated Destination Guide categories are? We’ve pulled the data for the past three years of activity to identify which categories are most clicked. Here they are:

  1. Editors’ Picks

  2. Photogenic Spots

  3. Romance

  4. Premium Gifts

  5. Adventure & Fantasy

  6. Featured Events

  7. Roleplaying Communities

  8. Games

  9. Popular Places

  10. Beaches

Don’t forget to share your Second Life pictures with our official Second Life Flickr  where we select our Pic of the Day features. Have you updated your Place Page yet? In addition to the Destination Guide, Place Pages are a new way for creators to share their unique destinations in Second Life including 360-degree photos! Our featured Place Page this week is for Eternal Conflict: Angels & Demons RP.

If you have a place of your own that you want to share with the rest of us, make sure to drop us a note at editor@lindenlab.com or submit your spot via web form.

Linden Lab

Hello Residents!

Whether it's the significance of one's appearance or persona to fellow residents or how they impact the performance for all users, avatars have always played an important role in Second Life. Because of this, we are constantly trying to improve the quality, overall selection or choices and how performant these Linden curated avatars are. Every iteration we hope to be better and more efficient.

Today we’re excited to announce a set of 8 new starter avatars which are themed Renaissance, Mystic Heroes and Angels & Demons. In this release, for the first time ever, we’re offering Bento avatars!

Yes you heard it right, all but the Mystic Heroes in this offering will be Bento-equipped. Some of the avatars are ride-alongs, which mean they include horses as a Bento attachment, while others boast animated wings!

These avatars are available through the viewer in the "Choose my avatar" section. You can also view or choose them from your inventory and customize each to your liking. We hope you enjoy trying them out as much as we did creating them!

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Brett Linden

This week’s Second Life highlights include the return of one of the biggest events of the year! Hair Fair is back for the 12th year in a row — and you won’t want to miss the many exclusive styles offered by many of SL’s top designers in support of Wigs for Kids. After you are done shopping, you’ll want to check out one of the many other big events on tap including a new hunt from MadPea, a Relay for Life 4th of July event and much more.

Here are some of our recommendations for the week:

Share your Second Life pictures with our official Second Life Flickr  where we select our Pic of the Day features. Have you updated your Place Page yet? In addition to the Destination Guide, Place Pages are a new way for creators to share their unique destinations in Second Life including 360-degree photos! Our featured Place Page this week is for Arcadia Park.

If you have a place of your own that you want to share with the rest of us, make sure to drop us a note at editor@lindenlab.com or submit your spot via the web form.

Xiola Linden

On June 26, 2017, Linden Lab performed some upgrades on our billing system that resulted in an unanticipated issue. After we completed the maintenance to implement the intended upgrades, many attempted L$ purchases on the LindeX, in addition to Marketplace purchases, began failing to deliver L$ or items, respectively.

Thanks to Residents quickly contacting support and confirming our growing suspicions, we immediately disabled payment processing at 12:05PM PDT to prevent additional users from being impacted.

After some intensive troubleshooting that - despite our best efforts - took longer than we’d have liked, the base cause of these failed transactions was resolved as of 3:51PM PDT on the same day. However, we still have the task of refunding the thousands of failed transactions to the impacted users ahead of us. A large number of Lindens across several departments have been coming in early and staying late between Monday and today to fulfill that responsibility to our users. Your patience is greatly appreciated, and we hope to complete the work as quickly as possible.

We’ll post an update to this blog as soon as we have more information to pass along. Our support agents on the phone lines and live chat do not have any additional information to provide at this time. Support cases which have already been submitted will be answered once this situation has been resolved.

If you missed it, April recently shared a bit about the role of ‘Shrek Ears’ in the Linden culture here. You can believe that this week, Shrek ears are being worn. 

- The Second  Life Support Team
 

Xiola Linden

Have you ever wanted to know more about the “Lindens”? At the recent SL14B celebration, Prim Perfect owner and editor Saffia Widdershins hosted four community Q&A sessions featuring several employees from Linden Lab who work on Second Life. Each of these interviews reveals enlightening insights about the people behind Second Life, as well as their experiences and challenges running the Internet’s largest user-created virtual world. 
 
Take a look at the videos below to learn more:
 
Meet the Lindens: Engineering Director Oz Linden and Director of Product Grumpity Linden

Meet the Lindens: Lead Community Manager Xiola Linden

Meet the Lindens: VP of Operations and Platform Engineering Landon Linden

Meet the Lindens: Senior Director of Product Operations Patch Linden and Land Operations Supervisor Dee Linden

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Brett Linden

It’s summer time in Second Life! The new season officially arrives this week and Residents will find no shortage of hot getaways and cool events to explore inworld. One highlight you won’t want to miss is SL14B MusicFest, which starts today! This special event features three days of live music performances from some of the most talented musicians in Second Life. This week’s highlights also include the twelfth year of Second Pride and a unique hunt and event that is based on the Japanese “Star Festival” Tanabata.

Here are some of our favorite new events and spots in SL this week:

Of course, Second Life’s fourteenth birthday celebration (SL14B) also continues (and concludes) this week. If you haven’t checked out the many community-created exhibits for SL14B, then you’ll want to explore them soon before the disappear! Here are some of our favorites:

Don’t forget to share your SL14B and other Second Life pictures with our official Second Life Flickr  where we select our Pic of the Day features. Have you updated your Place Page yet? In addition to the Destination Guide, Place Pages are a new way for creators to share their unique destinations in Second Life including 360-degree photos! Our featured Place Page this week is for 18th Century Paris.

If you have a place of your own that you want to share with the rest of us, make sure to drop us a note at editor@lindenlab.com or submit your spot via web form.

Linden Lab

To celebrate, we put together a special (and somewhat mysterious) gift set. 

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We’re not entirely sure what a Sananok is, but the Moles assure us they are friendly creatures that tend to keep to themselves and need a good home. Each Sananok avatar comes with a mysterious egg, which is  in fact so mysterious, not even the Moles know what it will hatch into.

Sananok Avatar

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A wearable avatar that includes a shape and an alpha layer.


Mysterious Egg  (Rezzable or wearable)

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Things you can do with the egg:

  • Rez it out your parcel, make it feel at home.
  • Add it to your avatar to carry it around with you (perhaps for a night on the town?).
  • Have a tea party with it, it’s all good.

Keep an eye on your Egg as it will, from time to time, tell you things (like when it’s getting ready to hatch!).

Stop by the SL14B Birthday Regions and grab this gift from any of the gift kiosks available!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brett Linden

Second Life starts to celebrate its fourteenth birthday this weekend and you’re invited to the party! This year’s celebration has a Carnivalesque theme and features both official and community-created events, free gifts, and exhibitions. Everything opens this Sunday, but you can get a sneak peek at what to expect by visiting our SL14B directory in the Destination Guide. Don’t forget our ongoing SL14B Official Shopping Event, which features free gifts and exclusive items from many of Second Life’s top designers.

There are too many SL14B highlights to list here, but we’ve assembled a few spots that you’ll want to check out:

In addition to SL14B, there are several other new events and locations to explore. Here are some of our favorites added to the Destination Guide this week:

Share your SL14B and other Second Life pictures with our official Second Life Flickr  where we select our Pic of the Day features, and do not forget to update your Place Page! In addition to the Destination Guide, Place Pages are a new way for creators to share their unique destinations in Second Life including 360-degree photos! Our featured Place Page this week is for the Sweet Tea Couture SL14 Shopping Event.

If you have a place of your own that you want to share with the rest of us, make sure to drop us a note at editor@lindenlab.com or submit your spot via web form.

Xiola Linden

It has been just a little over a week since we launched the inworld shopping event to commemorate SL14B. We’ve gathered 60 Merchants, each providing a free gift as well as discounts on many of their top items. Be sure to take some time to drop in and take advantage of the incredible deals at hand. The shopping event spans three contiguous Regions, making it easy to cam shop or easily walk through. A little retail therapy may be just the thing you  need.

We have plenty more in store for celebrating our 14th anniversary - and will share more details on that below, but first - if you are planning an event in celebration of SL14B, be sure to send the deets to our editors over at the Destination Guide. We’ve got a category set up just for the occasion, and would love to get your event listed as soon as possible!

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Now, on With the Show!
We are going to rock the Grid with three days of music - from Italian Opera to full on Psychedelic Rock - and you won’t want to miss out on that. Our 3rd Annual Music Fest is coming, and so much cooler than Coachella - literally, you can blast the air conditioning or fans from the comfort of your computer! Details about lineup and location to come - but be sure to save the dates, get your tail feathers ready to shake, and find those ‘rock on’ bento gestures for the show!

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Ain’t No Party Like a Second Life Party

We will be hosting two costume parties inworld - Come as You Were, and a Masquerade Ball. We all come into this (virtual) world as total n00bs, and the Come as You Were party is a nod to those days of yore - whether it was yesterday or over a decade ago. Put your best Ruth forward, as there’s a costume contest and a L$5000 prize on the line! We’re also hosting a Masquerade/Masked Ball - where mystique and intrigue are sure to reign supreme! There is also a L$5000 prize for the best at the ball! Both parties will take place at the Cake Stage in the SL14B Community Celebration Regions - stay tuned for details once those locations go live! Those Regions will also be home to where you can pick up a special commemorative avatar and bonus gift from the Lab. 

  • Masquerade: June 19, 2017  from 11am - 1pm SLT

  • Come as You Were: June 21, from 6 - 8 pm SLT

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Second Life Community Celebrations

I have worked with many communities in my time, and I can tell you that none are quite as creative and unique as the Second Life community. This community never disappoints when it comes to putting together a bevy of good times inworld during the anniversary week. Watch their site for updates on what is happening this year for the SL14B Community Celebrations!

 

As part of those events, they will be interviewing some Lindens at the Meet the Lindens series. Those talks will take place on June 19 - 22nd at 2 PM. More details to come!

Linden Lab

Second Life’s virtual economy and the ability to process Linden dollar credits for real money on the LindeX exchange has long been a powerful and important aspect of the virtual world, and last year alone, users processed credits amounting to $60 million (USD) from the Second Life economy. The opportunity to turn virtual creativity into real profits creates a virtuous circle - it provides a financial incentive for creators to provide high quality goods and services, which add incredible richness to the virtual world for all to enjoy.
 
Underlying SL’s successful user-to-user L$ economy and the ability to buy and sell L$’s for real currency is a significant amount of ongoing work to ensure that everything remains compliant with applicable laws and regulations, while also preventing fraud and money laundering. 
 
Investing in improvements to these processes and the ongoing compliance work required comes at a cost to Linden Lab, and we will be making some LindeX fee adjustments in order to share a portion of those costs with Residents active in the SL economy.

The changes are as follows:

  • The fee for purchasing L$ on the LindeX will increase from $0.40 (USD) to $0.60 (USD) per transaction
  • The fee structure for process credit transactions (i.e. paying real money into PayPal or Skrill accounts) will remain as a 1.5% fee with a $3 (USD) minimum, but the maximum fee per transaction will increase from $15 (USD) to $25 (USD).

These fee adjustments will be effective as of June 19, 2017.

Xiola Linden

Did you know about the Official Second Life Flickr page? It is a great place to share images of your travels through the Grid, and we elect our Pic of Day from images submitted to that group. Keep it in mind as you explore these carefully curated spots from the Destination Guide editors there are plenty of photographic opportunities!

Log inworld and check these places out!

 

In addition to the Destination Guide, Place Pages are a new way for creators to share their unique destinations in Second Life including 360-degree photos! Check out our featured Place Page this week at Bands of Cypher, and update your Place Page today!

If you have a place of your own that you want to share with the rest of us, make sure to drop us a note at editor@lindenlab.com or submit your spot via web form.

 

Xiola Linden

 

Second Life hits its 14th Anniversary this summer. That’s worthy of celebration, and you do not have to wait until the actual Anniversary ( June 23rd, if you’re curious) to start enjoying the fun!

While we have a few things in the works for later this month, yesterday we launched a HUGE shopping event in honor of the occasion. Sixty Merchants with some of the most popular brands in Second Life have set up shop across three Regions  -  Golden, Gilded and Halcyon - each providing a FREE gift and some major discounts on their top-selling items!

 You’re going to want to find some time to make your way through each of these stores, as there really are some amazing things to find.

 Go, check it out now! Sales ends on June 26th!

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Participating Merchants

 .{PSYCHO:Byts}. / .TeaBunny. / [ west end ] / [Tia] / {CA} CALIGULA™ / *KC|Couture* / % anxiety / • Zuri Jewelry • / ^.^Ayashi^.^ / || Fashiowl Poses || / ~Tableau Vivant~ / 1313 Mockingbird Lane / 220ML / addams / Alice Project / alme. by ChloeElectra / Aphorism / Bella Moda / BigBully / Blueberry / BOYS TO THE BONE / by Crash / Cae / Candle and Cauldron / Canimal / Catwa / Chez Moi / ChiMia / CONSTRUCT / Deadwool / Deccan Arida / eve / eXxEsS Hair / FUSSY x FOXCITY / G&D The Italian Style / Gos / Heartsdale Jewellery / Hello Dave / Hucci / Ison / jacinda jaxxon / Lapointe and Bastchild / Lemon Chilliz / Lure / Lybra™ / Mina / Murray / Patron / RealEvil Industries / Rebel Hope / Refuge / Silvan Moon Designs / STRAY DOG / Sweet Tea Couture / Thalia Heckroth / The Cube Republic / Titans / titzuki/FAKEICON / WILD Makeup Studio / zed designz /

Xiola Linden

 

Long-time Resident Arduenn Schwartzman has developed quite the reputation as a prominent inventor, scripter and builder in Second Life. With a career that includes stints as a both a molecular biologist and assistant professor outside Second Life, Arduenn is perhaps best known inworld as creator of the air combat game WarBug.

“Second Life rekindled the possibility to be creative,” says Schwarzman. “Over the years, I’ve always been fond of flight simulators. I thought it would be awesome just to have an air combat game. Second Life is perfect for that.”

Arduenn’s enterprises in Second Life extend well beyond aviation. Over the past 10 years, he has also created over 400 items that can be found for sale at OMGWTFL$10. In addition to his inworld store located near the WarBug Headquarters in Second Life, many of his items can also be found on the Second Life Marketplace. Among his crazier creations are a scripted and animated fly swatter, a gun that shoots nachos, a tin-foil hat, and nine pieces of sculpted bacon. Of course, there’s also the Fart HUD 2.0 that is advertised as the “perfect Valentine’s Day gift.”

To find out more about Arduenn and his many adventures in Second Life, watch the latest episode of “The Drax Files” below.

 

Want to see more Second Life stories? Find previous episodes of The Drax Files: World Makers at Draxtor’s website, or at the links below and be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel where you can watch the entire series.

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 44: Istanbul University
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 43: nnoiz Papp
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 42: Death Row Designs

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 41: Vista Animations
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 40: Bernhard Dörries

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 39: Sergio Delacruz
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 38 : Eboni Khan
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 37 : Nonprofit Commons
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 36 : Sominel Edelman
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 35 : Project Bento

Xiola Linden

The season of swimsuits and flip flops is upon us! Even in Second Life, you are sure to see a few more barefeet and tanlines than usual. The last few fresh blossoms of spring have reached their peak, and the water has warmed to a perfect temperature for dipping or sipping umbrella drinks in the sand or poolside.

There are parades in the streets as festive crowds dance along the sidewalks and pinwheel their arms against the sun. There is no way to deny that summer has shone her sunny face, and the Destination Guide is prepped with a ton of sun activities to keep you entertained. Come join us for the Music Fest auditions today and tomorrow for a little live music!

Share your Second Life summer pics to our official Second Life Flickr  where we select our Pic of the Day features, and do not forget to update your Place Page! In addition to the Destination Guide, Place Pages are a new way for creators to share their unique destinations in Second Life including 360-degree photos! Check out our featured Place Page this week at The 1920s Berlin Project.

If you have a place of your own that you want to share with the rest of us, make sure to drop us a note at editor@lindenlab.com or submit your spot via web form.

Now, slather on some virtual sunscreen and meet me at the pool!

Linden Lab

 

We are thrilled to re-introduce the Community Gateway Program!  Previously, the Community Gateway program helped bring new users to Second Life, by enabling Second Life communities to attract, register, an on-board new Residents. The program was shelved in 2010 as resources were reprioritized, and now we're excited to reintroduce the Community Gateway program along with some improvements that will make it even more valuable to Second Life.  We recognize the benefit of having Resident supported tutorial areas and have been working with several communities while fine tuning the new program over the last year.  

This program allows Second Life Communities to:

  • Create a new user experience and attract Residents to your specific community

  • Assist those new Residents in beginning their journey into Second Life

  • Lend a guiding hand in the creation of their new avatar personas

  • Assist with increasing new user retention.  

This powerful new tool will allow you to register new users right from your own community website and add them automatically to your group, thus helping your community to grow!

All details about this program (including how to apply) may be found here.

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London City Community Gateway  

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Firestorm Community Gateway

Linden Lab

In recent server deploys, we rolled out valuable updates to land access in Second Life. These improvements made a change to allow estate owners and managers to always enter the regions that they administer, increased the population limits on regions, and granted premium members priority access to popular events.

But wait, there’s more …

Now, we are happy to announce another improved capability for estate managers. Estate managers may now enforce parcel access settings across their entire estate. They can choose to allow parcel owners to prohibit public access (creating a banline), or require that parcel owners permit public access so that most Residents experience the estate as a contiguous area.  

As an estate owner, if you want a welcome area that is accessible to all, you’ll no longer need to manually check your parcels for banlines on your estate! Just set it and forget it. You will be informed that this change may impact any existing parcel settings, and you can rollback to previous individual parcel settings. We’ll keep the previous parcel settings - for a limited amount of time - in the simstate to temporarily safeguard against accidental changes.

We’ve adjusted the access management UI to try to make the effect of each change more clear, and have additional UI improvements in the works!

You can read a great (and highly detailed) recap of these changes on Inara Pey’s Blog. Thanks, Inara!

Keep a light lit... we have more exciting land enhancements coming on the wind in the future.