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Xiola Linden

Second Life’s 14th Birthday is just around the corner, and - once again - we’re planning to help commemorate this milestone event along with our Residents! Please stay tuned to this blog and our social media pages for more details as they roll out.

Today, we’d like to kick things off by announcing sign ups for two exciting events that we are planning - the 3rd annual Second Life Music Fest, and an inworld shopping event to celebrate another fabulous year of Second Life!

Music Fest Showcase Sign Ups

For the last few years, we’ve enjoyed a weekend of live music in celebration of Second Life’s birthdays - and there is no better time for a music festival than summer! This year, once again we’re hoping to draw out all you music makers to come audition for the festival. All genres are welcome! From bands to solo acts, electronic to acoustic - we encourage anyone to sign up for consideration. The Second Life Music Fest is an opportunity to perform at one of the biggest celebrations in Second Life, and it’s a paid gig!

To sign up for an audition, please complete the submission form no later than May 22nd, 2017. Sign ups will close at 12:01 AM (SLT) on May 23rd, 2017. While we encourage everyone to sign up, it is not a commitment on your part and does not guarantee a spot at the auditions. We will review all submissions and extend audition invitations via email and inworld to the designated contact. Each invited act will have a short audition time (5 minutes max) to play and leave an impression on a panel of judges made up of Lindens and Residents. This panel will select acts to be invited to perform at the Second Life Music Fest. Upon completion of a half hour slot at the festival, the designated contact for each act will be eligible for payment (subject to Linden’s terms and conditions).

All Second Life Residents are welcome to participate in the auditions as audience members. It’s an opportunity to see a variety of acts showcase the best they have to offer. For those who are interested, the auditions location will be shared in a future blog post. Showcase dates and times are as follows:

  • Showcase: Friday, June 2, 2017 12 PM - 2 PM (SLT)

  • Showcase: Saturday. June 3, 2017 from 6 PM - 8 PM (SLT)

  • Music Fest Day 1: June 23, 2017 from 11 AM – 3 PM (SLT)

  • Music Fest Day 2: June 24, 2017 from 8 PM - 12 AM (SLT)

  • Music Fest Day 3: June 25, 2017 from 4 PM - 8 PM (SLT)

Inworld Shopping Event Submission

In addition to Music Fest, we are also planning a festive inworld shopping event and are actively looking for Merchants who are willing to participate! We had a very successful Valentine’s Day shopping event, and are making this one even bigger - with plans for three Regions of participating stores offering gifts and discounts on items. If you think that this is something you’d like our brand to participate in, read on!

If you are a Merchant who is interested in being part of this event, please fill out this form no later than May 15th, 2017. The event itself will run from June 5th, through June 26th, 2017.

It’s great to be celebrating 14 years of Second Life with our amazing community! We’re looking forward to doing so this year, as well as many more years to come!

 

Xiola Linden

There’s always a bevy of fairs and events to keep you teleporting on your virtual toes to see what’s on offer   but few capture the whimsy and wonder of imaginations like the Fantasy Faire. Stroll the stalls of merchandise and wares offered by merchants for the benefit of Relay for Life of Second Life. It is worth the visit for the view alone! These regions have been lovingly crafted by some very talented Second Life creators and are well worthy of taking many snapshots to share on our Official Second Life Flickr.

There’s also hunts, gachas, scenic retreats and much more to explore, and our Destination Guide editors have collected but a few of the finest below, for you to visit.

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.

Login and work your way through these latest destinations and events! We hope to see you at the Fairelands!

 

Linden Lab

There are lots of things in Second Life that send email, but as many of you have discovered, that email doesn't always get to the intended recipient. There are a lot of reasons for email from SL not being as reliable as we'd all like, and the Lab is working on fixing as many of those as we can, but some of them need your help.

One of the most important reasons mail doesn't get through is that many Second Life accounts have bad email addresses - when something in Second Life sends to one of those bad addresses, it generates errors. The number of those errors causes many network providers and spam detectors to block even perfectly good email if it comes from Second Life. To fix that, we need to cut down on the bad addresses, so…  over the next few months we will be converting all the sources of email in Second Life to not even try to send to an address that has not been verified.

To check whether or not your address is verified, go to your Account -> Change Email page; look next to your current address there. You should see a green checkmark and tag: √ Verified. If you do, you're all set and none of our changes will affect you negatively.  If you don't, there will be a button you should use to send yourself a verification email; when you get the email, click on the link in the message to verify your address.  Changing your email address will automatically send a verification email.

If your address is verified, you should not have any problems with our changes to sending behavior - hopefully, you'll begin to see more reliable messages.

Unverified:

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Xiola Linden

Remember the first time you teleported into a space in Second Life that put you in total awe? For me, it was Transylvania, long before I was a Linden. My friend, who had introduced me to Second Life, invited me to his little home after wandering like a newb nomad for days, it was one of the first times I’d met up with him inworld. I will never forget how enthusiastically he showed me his little coffin bed and walked me around the streets where people were openly role-playing and dressed to the pre-mesh nines in their gothic finest. The whole concept was overwhelming and extraordinary. My mind sparked with possibility and excitement. Shortly after our tour, my friend showed me a club, and for the next 11 years and counting, I’ve been amazed regularly by the places that pop up on the GRID.

Our Destination Guide is ripe with some of the best places to make new memories and experience new things and you may find another chapter to your adventure on the other end of that next teleport.

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.

Login and work your way through these latest destinations and events!

 

Xiola Linden

For a limited time, get 50% off your first payment on a new quarterly Premium Membership subscription.* Premium members receive a L$1000 sign-up bonus, a weekly L$ stipend to spend on whatever you want, your own home, and exclusive gifts like the charming tree house below. Subscribers also enjoy many other benefits, like exclusive access to Premium Sandboxes inworld, where you can create and meet other Premium members, and the new Premium Access feature we recently blogged about, that allows a certain number of Premium accounts to access an otherwise at capacity region.  

Upgrade to Premium and start enjoying the benefits now!

Enjoy Spring’s Beauty from Your Very Own Tree House

Talk about a view! This beautiful tree house gives you 360º views of the surrounding scenery. Perfect for secret meetings, a lazy swing in the afternoon sun, or just getting away from it all for a little while - the cozy interior is a great place to spend some time. There are seats in the branches, a nice fire inside, and the leaves can be changed to suit the season.  This gift is only available for Premium members for the duration of this promo.

Premium members can stop by one of the Premium Gift kiosks to claim their gifts. If you’re not yet Premium, take advantage of this 50% off sale to upgrade and grab your tree house right now.

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*TERMS & CONDITIONS FOR 50% DISCOUNT This offer begins on April 13, 2017 at 8AM Pacific Time (PT) and expires on April 24, 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 quarterly (every three months) 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$22.50 per three months). 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

Educators and instructors have been utilizing Second Life for many years to teach subjects like Chemistry, and the Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education Conference - which just concluded its 10th annual conference inworld - brings educators together to discuss their research and findings in virtual learning. This episode of the Drax Files takes a closer look at the application of education in Second Life though some of the work being done by Istanbul University professors Tuncer Can and Irfan Simsek

From teaching English, to training future teachers how to evaluate digital tools for learning and education,  Can and Simsek use Second Life to teach hundreds of students every day.  

With Second Life, “... you are creating some playful, engaging, and colourful environments” says Professor Can. Within these environments, students can safely and comfortably express themselves through their avatars. The comfort can help with openness and a focus on learning.  The virtual world also helps prepare onboarding students who plan to physically attend Istanbul University and acquaint them with campus life, other students, as well as Turkish culture.

To find out more about the unique learning opportunities provided in Second Life education courses - including the use of machinima to recreate history in relatable contexts -  watch the full episode here.

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 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
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 34 : Cheeky Pea
 

Xiola Linden

Our Destination Guide is filled to the basket brim with a bunch of spring and Easter-themed goodies and treats. Traditional Easter fairs and egg hunts are rampant across the grid each a colorful celebration of the season. If you’re not big on Easter, there’s still a treasure trove of art, activities, and events in Second Life for you to explore. Our community is as lively and diverse as hand-painted eggs!

Make sure your spot is on the list and drop us a note at editor@lindenlab.com or submit your spot via form.

Colorful pics can make excellent pics, so be sure to take plenty and share them on our official Second Life Flickr. We select “Pic of the Day” from that group as well as other materials like our Facebook cover and landing page images.

Hop on inworld we will see you there!

 

Linden Lab

Currently, when a region is full, access to the region is simply on a first come first served basis. This leads to a sort of distributed race to enter the full region; users repeatedly try to teleport or cross into the region and fail until someone leaves.  The next attempt made by anyone  succeeds, which makes the region full again. Even the region owner and estate managers must compete with other Residents to get into their own region if they find themselves outside of the region when it is full.

We are introducing some improvements to how region limits and region entry work:

  • The Region Owner or an Estate Manager can always enter, even when the region is full

    In effect, the region occupancy limit does not apply to the Region Owner or an Estate Manager for the purposes of entry. Having entered the region, the owner or manager does still increase the count in the region. For example, if there is a region that already has the maximum number of avatars in it, the Region Owner or an Estate Manager would be able to enter, but that would bring the number in the region to 1 over the limit, so 2 would need to leave before the next non owner/manager could enter.

  • The default limit on the number of avatars in each region type is increased

    • Full Regions by 10% (100 to 110)
    • Homesteads by 25% (20 to 25)
    • Open Spaces by 20% (10 to 12)

This new bonus capacity is, however, available for entry purposes only to Premium users - for Basic users the occupancy limits remain the same. For example, when a Full Region with a limit of 110 users has 105 users in it, Basic members will be unable to enter - they will see the region as full - but 5 more Premium users will still be able to enter.

  • The current (owner controlled) limit on each region will automatically be reserved for Premium entry by the same bonus %:
    • If the owner of a Full Region had reduced the default 100 avatar limit to 50, the same bonus percentage (+10%) is reserved for Premium entries, so 45 entries will be usable by Basic members, and 5 additional spaces will only be available to Premium members.

Once an avatar is in a region, whether they are Premium or not will not matter; they count the same as anyone else. It doesn't matter what the mix of Premium, Basic, or owner/managers in the region is: they all just each count as one occupant.

We will be rolling these features out slowly to regions in and around you.  

We’re excited to offer this new functionality, improving the experience of Land Owners and Premium Members in Second Life.  Login and keep your eyes open for another announcement once the rollout is complete!

Linden Lab


For a limited time, the Second Life community can explore a new experimental version of Social Island, which is a revised welcome area that we hope both new and returning Residents will enjoy.

Based on your feedback, we’ve been harvesting a new crop of ideas to grow a new-and-improved experience. The Second Life development team has planted the seeds for several new experimental features that you’ll only find in this new Social Island preview. This area will continue to grow in the future, but you can get a "sneak peek" now! Highlights include a challenging maize, and a revised region design that we think will yield more organic and natural social interactions.

We do want to emphasize that this is just a kernel of what’s to come, and that some features are still under construction, but we hope that you’ll check it out! 
 

Xiola Linden

Some say March comes in like a lion, and goes out like a lamb. As we head into April, there’s no denying the peaceful and tranquil sites across so many Second Life regions. While we kissed winter goodbye with our last official snowball fight a few weeks ago there is still plenty of fun to be had as spring rolls in all across the grid.

Our Destination Guide does a great job of rounding up the latest in activities, shopping, and good times to be had. Make sure your spot is on the list and drop us a note at editor@lindenlab.com  or submit your spot via form.

Don’t forget to take loads of pics and share them on our official Second Life Flickr. We select “Pic of the Day” from that group as well as other materials like our Facebook cover and landing page images.

Hop on inworld we will see you there!

Linden Lab

The VWBPE Conference is a community-driven event that focuses on education in immersive virtual worlds like Second Life. It’s organized by educators, for educators as an opportunity to showcase and share research and best practices in virtual learning environments.

The conference runs through April 1st, and a full schedule of events in available on the website.

Ebbe Altberg, CEO of Linden Lab, has participated in the VWBPE Conference since 2014, when he spoke at the Featured Keynote just a few weeks after joining Linden Lab. This year, Ebbe will be part of Above the Book: a Conversation about Education in Second Life with Kevin Feenan, founder of the Rockcliffe University Consortium. The discussion will take place on Wednesday the 29th of March, at 1 PM SLT. You can view a live stream during the talk via YouTube. Many of the discussions throughout the event will be recorded and made available on the VWBPE YouTube channel after April 5th, 2017.

Linden Lab

Place Pages are Linden-hosted web pages every SL location listed in Search, which landowners can customize and make their own. These pages make it easier to discover great places in SL and give Residents another way to promote their destinations.

We started a limited Beta program for this feature back in January 2017. This allowed us to respond with tweaks and polish to help get it to where it is today. This current offering is our “Unrestricted Access” release, which now allows all landowners to access their Place Pages and personalize them. Many of these pages will also soon be discoverable via popular search engines, such as Google. This means that more people than ever have the potential to learn about your Second Life place!

Moving forward, we’ll be continuing to improve Place Pages with more user-facing features, so stay tuned! For more information, visit the Place Pages Knowledge Base. A forum thread was also started for those wish to get even more history or would just like to leave us feedback.

Check out these example Place Pages:

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Time Portal

We hope you enjoy this new feature and look forward to see even more places to discover and explore!

Linden Lab

Back in December, we blogged about some adjustments to billing and trading limits on the LindeX® exchange. These adjustments put a cap on the trading volume for each Resident’s account at certain tiers, in an effort to prevent fraud and comply with applicable regulations.

As part of Linden Lab's continued risk management process, we are now introducing monthly Process Credit limits. We anticipate that few, if any, Residents will be negatively affected by these adjustments, and will persist in monitoring any impact these changes may cause.

You can review your existing limits on this page; your Process Credit limit will be listed there, as well as your Buy and Sell limits.  

You can request a tier limit review through our support system. Simply submit a ticket --> Billing --> LindeX Billing and Trading Limits Review Request (for basic accounts) or  Billing and L$ -> LindeX Tier Review ticket options (for premium accounts).

Xiola Linden

It is clearly Spring outside the office windows here at Linden Lab. Blue skies, crisp air and sunny sidewalks, and everyone seems to have a bounce in their step that indicates the shedding of winter memories and the excitement of a new season upon us.

While it can be Spring eternal  in virtual life — there’s no doubt that Residents love to do it up in full festive glory. Egg hunts and pretty pastels are around every corner, and the sweaters and coats of last week are replaced with tank tops and cardigans.

Our Destination Guide knows just where the latest adventures await in Second Life. So swap out those boots for an open-toe shoe and hit the grid with a bounce like you mean it!

If your Second Life creation is missing from the Destination Guide, drop us a note at editor@lindenlab.com  or submit your spot via form. 

Don’t forget to take loads of pics and share them on our official Second Life Flickr. We select “Pic of the Day” from that group.

Now — let’s jump down that rabbit hole and see what awaits!

 

Xiola Linden

 

What is is about wonderlands that sparks our sense of play and brightens our imaginations? We find ourselves willingly falling down the rabbit hole into a place like none other. Residents of Second Life explore and create wonderlands every day and the Destination Guide is the menagerie of some of the newest and most interesting events and places available on the grid.

If your Second Life creation is missing from the Destination Guide, drop us a note at editor@lindenlab.com  or submit your spot via form.

Don’t forget to take loads of pics and share them on our official Second Life Flickr. We select “Pic of the Day” from that group.

Now - let’s jump down that rabbit hole and see what awaits!

 

Xiola Linden

Spring Equinox is coming - even if the East Coast of the USA didn’t get the memo - and we can’t properly bid adieu to the chill of the Winter winds without another epic Snowball Fight!

That means it’s time for one last Snowdown Showdown - before the snow melts! Join us this Friday, March 17th from 9:00 to 10:00 AM SLT and 1:00 to 2:00 PM SLT - to enjoy the thrill of the chill and the fun of pummelling one another with tons of virtual snowballs!

Lindens and Residents run amok through the icy castle towers and tunnels, the sky pours snowballs, and the good times roll!

Mark the time and date in your calendars and don’t miss this last chance to enjoy the Snowball Fight Arena before the Winter Wonderland regions come down.
 

Xiola Linden

Hello Residents!

The new Community Platform is finally here! It has taken a bit longer than we anticipated, because we encountered some challenges during this transition that are unique for this community, which unfortunately required more time than we’d initially planned.

We want to thank the community for your patience while we ironed out some of the larger issues to get the new platform ready for prime time. We also want to thank you in advance for your continued patience as we continue with some of the polishing work that will come over the next few weeks.

Now, about that new platform …

We have a new Community Home Page. From here you can see the latest things happening across the community platform, and click through to your favorite areas. This brings more visibility to areas like the Knowledge Base and Blogs, instead of dropping you directly into the forums.

Speaking of the forums - one of the things that we were unfortunately unable to transfer to the new platform was background images on profile pics. If you were using a background image for your profile, you will need to upload a new profile pic. The good news is that uploading a profile image on the new platform is much simpler and more intuitive than before. Just select your profile from under your name, and you can upload an image from there.

We will continue to make improvements, but wanted to get the community platform out as soon as possible, so that the Knowledge Base was back online.

Here is a list of known issues, most of which we expect to fix in the coming days/weeks:

 

  • Some posts may have missing images. Where possible, we will be fixing and/or updating these.

  • Some posts may have been slightly reformatted or have a slightly different layout.

  • Previously used emotes may no longer work.

  • Some old Community URL redirects may be broken.

  • Some users have lost their account profile images and will need to reset them.

  • Second Life headers and footers are currently missing from community pages, and we are working to restore those.

  • The window title needs to be updated.

  • Clicking on a Help link from the viewer will load the page in mobile layout; this is not optimal, and we are working to correct that.

 

If you come across any bugs that are not listed above, we encourage you to let us know about them through our Jira system here. (NOTE: Please be sure to file with the System type “Website” and related Community sub-category.)
 

While there is still work to be done, we are very excited to unveil the new Community Platform to you.

 

Linden Lab

There are some exciting changes coming to the Second Life community platform! A fresh look and feel are just around the corner. In order to make this happen, and to ensure that everything remains intact when we make the changes live, we need to export existing community platform content, which - you can imagine - is a lot of data!

Exports require that the forums be put into “read-only” mode during the export process.  What that means for you is that during that time you’ll be able to read the forums, but not publish new posts until the export job is complete. Our hope is that by doing this we will avoid any gaps in the content as we import it into its new home.

The current timeline is as follows:

February 21st through February 27th -  The forums will go into read-only mode. Our hope is to have the new site live sooner than the 27th, but we want to be sure things go smoothly.

February 27th - The new platform goes live and the forums are taken out of read-only and full posting functionality is brought back online.

We will keep everyone up to date via the Blogs during this process - so please stay tuned.

We can’t wait to show you the new community platform and look forward to opening the doors very soon!

Here’s a sneak peek of the new layout. Please keep in mind that this is just a mockup with content and image placeholders - not the final look. You'll have to wait until we launch the new community platform to see that!

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Xiola Linden

Just because the hallmark of romantic holidays is over, doesn’t mean it’s time to completely abandon the concept of love. We need love in our lives, now more than ever and the Destination Guide has almost every shade of love you can imagine.

You can show love through shopping by dropping into the Madpea International Food Fair where 50% of proceeds will help build a kitchen at a school in Kenya through the Feed a Smile charity.

Explore the Dross Valentine Event on Saturday if you are looking to explore something a bit mysterious and unknown.

And finally, show love through supporting the creations and creators all over the grid some of the newest events and lovingly tended regions are highlighted below.

If your Second Life creation is missing from the Destination Guide, drop us a note at editor@lindenlab.com  or submit your spot via form.

See you inworld, Residents and don’t forget to take loads of pics and share them on our official Second Life Flickr.

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Madpea International Food Fair

The MadPea International Food Fair, held Feb. 18-March 4, aims to raise funds for the Feed a Smile charity that helps impoverished children in the Rhonda Slums of Nakuru, Kenya. The event will have exclusive items, gachas and everything in between with all designers giving 50% of their earnings to Feed a Smile.

Visit in Second Life

 

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The Forest Beyond

Visit a sim made out of watercolors and a world that lies beyond a picture, to roam and dream in. Here you'll find trees, fairies, butterflies, fireflies and other creatures.

Visit in Second Life

 

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Telephone Museum

Visit the Telephone Museum and learn the historical evolution of the telephone from its birth up to present day. Come and see the first ever phone that was created by Alexander Graham Bell, and 50 more telephone models of the past century. Play the memory and trivia phone games and try your luck with the Gacha Machine.

Visit in Second Life

 

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The Photo Game

How many words is a picture is worth? Come and view a small selection of photographs by Boudicca Amat and Ricco Saenz. Read what they have both written about each other's pictures - and then leave you comments, too!

Visit in Second Life

 

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The Haul by Haveit Neox

Hauling, on land and in the sea. Exploring limits and bypassing any respect for them, while stringing our catch into a growing story. More info at metalesmetaverse.wordpress.com/2017/02/10/the-haul-by-haveit-neox

Visit in Second Life

 

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LICK - The Lost World

Wear your swim suits and bring your scuba gear and exploreThe Lost World of Atlantis Sera Bellic style.

Visit in Second Life

 

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Amandia Flavour of Italy

Amandia is inspired by Le Marche, an Italian region rich in folklore, art, nature and hospitable people. In Amandia, you will find an old city with beautiful beaches and many other Italian surprises.

Visit in Second Life

 

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Dross Valentine Event

Fiesta de San Valentín en el sim de Dross! Evento de vacaciones celebrado el 18 de febrero de 7-9 p.m. (PST).

Visit in Second Life

 

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Through the Rabbit Hole

To celebrate spring, the growing popularity of "alternative facts" and the second anniversary of ShenaniganS, Blublaize has created an homage to the original alternative world. "Through the Rabbit Hole" doffs a cap to some of the most absurd characters from the literary world. Opens Feb. 18.

Visit in Second Life

 

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TWE12VE

TWE12VE is a monthly shopping event, that runs the 12th of the month at 12 noon (Pacific) through the end of the month. Each round is themed with a word. Visit the venue to see the list or go to the website evilbunnysl.com. February's theme is "passion."

Visit in Second Life

 

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The Hipster Fair 2017

Celebrate alternative culture at The Hipster Fair, held Feb. 17-March 3. Find different and unique items at this annual shopping event as you enjoy 15 days filled with gifts, exclusive items and gachas. More info at eventhuntforeverplanners.wordpress.com.

Visit in Second Life

 

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Enchantment

Hurry! It's almost midnight and your golden carriage will become a pumpkin! Join the fun for another magical round of Enchantment. This round's theme is Cinderella. With over 100 of SL's best designers all taking part, you're sure to find a special goodie for you and your loved ones. Event held through Feb. 28.

Visit in Second Life

 

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Mountain Retreat

Need a place for that romantic getaway? Need a spiritual retreat or a peaceful place to live the simple life? Explore this beautiful mountain retreat, located on an adult sim with plenty of sexy areas to discover!

Visit in Second Life
Xiola Linden

Roses are red
Violets are blue
Come hug and dunk some Lindens
At the Isle of View!

On February 14th from 10am-12pm and 2-4pm SLT, join us at the Isle of View for a chance to hug and dunk some Lindens. Bring your friends, bring your family, bring your one and only - when else are you going to get the chance to cozy up to a Linden or send one shrieking into the depths of a dunk tank? An opportunity like this comes around about once a year — so don’t miss out.

Love is a complicated creature — inspiring poetry, prose, songs, and art of all kinds since the beginning of time. Despite her many facets, love still trumps the alternative — and there is no better place to appreciate the beauty of amor than at the Isle of View.

Flowers, fireworks, forested walks, and fleeting moments gazing into the eyes of your loved one while taking a boat ride — it doesn’t get much more romantic than this. There’s also a kiosk to send virtual roses and candy hearts to your Second Life friends and sweethearts. Everyone appreciates a little acknowledgement that you’re thinking of them — so send someone special a valentine!

With music, festivities and love in the air — solo or soulmates — The Isle of View Second Life Mixer is sure to be fun for everyone.

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Dunk-A-Linden & Hug-A-Linden Event

Party with us at the Isle of View on February 14th from 10 a.m. to noon and 2 to 4 p.m. (Pacific). Meet your Valentine, enjoy music, and don’t miss the Dunk-a-Linden and Hug-a-Linden booths!

Visit in Second Life
Xiola Linden

When I was in school, Valentine’s Day meant hanging a construction paper mailbox off your desk for classmates to leave you a valentine usually with some kind of pun on the front. It was a nice little act of kindness that made us all feel good! Consider the Destination Guide our year ‘round valentine to you.

This blog highlights some of the newest additions to the guide an assortment of treats for every taste. From hunts to fairs and everything in-between you will discover something new that suits you.

There is still some time to shop our  inworld fair to remember at the Shop Your Heart Out Valentine’s Day event. You can find items from 50 merchants for up to 50% off! The perfect place to take your valentine for a little shopping.

There is also the robust Valentine's Day category if you’re wondering where to take your special someone.

If your Second Life creation is missing from the Destination Guide, drop us a note at editor@lindenlab.com  or submit your spot via form.

See you inworld, Residents and don’t forget to take loads of pics and share them on our official Second Life Flickr.

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Frogs by Cica Ghost

Land of frogs...

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Meraki Island

Meraki Island is nestled on shores and mountains with majestic rock formations, white sand beaches, and a mix of Mediterranean, Asian and Middle East styles that merge to create a heavenly ambiance perfect for a relaxing vacation.

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Alternative Facts Open Stream Hangout

Alternative Facts is an open stream indie/alternative hangout where everyone can join together to share a love of music and inclusiveness.

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Savage Garden Amusement Park

Savage Garden Amusement Park offers bumper cars, a roller coaster, bungee jumping, The Vortex, a water log ride, games and more.

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2017 Mardi Gras Town

The vibrant sounds of authentic New Orleans jazz will fill your ears the moment you land on the cobble stoned streets of Mardi Gras Town. A holiday venue with incredible colors, ambiance and a festive spirit. Mardi Gras Town is the destination to let the good times roll.

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The Stupid Cupid Hunt 5

It's time to stop cupid before he gets any more stupid! Find the arrows he's left laying around SL for amazing gifts from participating designers.Event ends Feb. 28th. More info evilbunnyhunt.blogspot.com.

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The Truth or Dare Affair 2

It's year two for the Truth or Dare Affair. A full month of love and lust that runs through the end of the month. Designers bring you their sexiest, sultry and sweet designs to help improve your love life! Visit the city market and check out all of the 10L gifts and gachas! More info at evilbunnysl.com.

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2017 Valentine Town

Valentine Town is a destination that is a visual panorama of all things that denote love and affection. From chocolate waterfalls to the sugary delight of giant gum balls, there is an endless feast for all the senses, with remarkable vistas and colors that bathe the visitor with affectionate delight. Incredible stores are featured with items for lovers and their beloved.

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Valentine's Day @ Snuggles

Looking for that perfect romantic gift? You will find all your Valentine's Day gifts for the special person in your life at Snuggles.

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Kultivate Spring 2017 Fashion Event

Kultivate Spring 2017 Fashion Event, held Feb. 11-26, features over 50 designers, two hunts, live music, shopping and more! It is all in support of Feed A Smile. For more info, visit kultivatemagazine.com/spring-fashion-event.

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Aphrodite Shop Valentines Market

Many designers have come together to celebrate Valentine's Day at the Aphrodite Shop Valentines Market. This is your one-stop shopping place for clothes, furniture, romantic gifts and so much more.

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Springtime In The Land Of Rainbows

Springtime has come to the Land of Rainbows! From Valentine's Day to Easter, celebrate the season with lots and lots of flowers, new life and more! Start in the Visitor Center to learn more about wildlife and preservation, then make your way down into the sim and enjoy springtime at its best! This open LGBT sim welcomes all.

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Linden Lab

As we blogged back in the Summer of 2014, gambling is strictly prohibited in Second Life and operating or participating in a game of chance that provides a Linden Dollar payout is a violation of our Terms of Service. However, games of skill are legally permitted in many jurisdictions, and since then we’ve seen that many Second Life users are interested in playing such games for Linden Dollars. We updated our gaming policy in Second Life at that time and opened applications for Skill Gaming.

Skill games that offer Linden Dollar payouts are allowed in Second Life, but each game, its creator, its operator, and the region on which it is operated must be approved by Linden Lab.

As of today, Skill Gaming Operator applications are being closed. Any pending applications submitted prior to the date of this blog post will be reviewed and processed normally.

Though applications for Operators are now closed, you can still apply as a Skill Gaming Creator with the application process available on the FAQ page.

The details of the Skill Gaming policy can be found here, and the Skill Gaming FAQ - including approved Operators and Creators - is available on our wiki.

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Someone once sang that what the world needs now is love and we couldn’t agree more! With the not-so-gentle rains of winter giving way to blossoming green and lush vegetation that devious little Cupid is starting to plot all things romance. In the spirit of Cupid, our very own Destination Guide editorial team has put together a Valentine’s Day category for you and your loved ones to explore.

They’ve also been busy reviewing the newest submissions and adding to the wealth of cool places you can visit all across the grid. We even have an inworld fair to remember at the Shop Your Heart Out Valentine’s Day event. You can find items from 50 merchants for up to 50% off!

If your Second Life creation is missing from the Destination Guide, drop us a note at editor@lindenlab.com  or submit your spot via form. Don’t forget to take loads of pics and share them on our official Second Life Flickr.

See you inworld, Residents! Watch out for that crazy Cupid’s arrow!

 

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Shop Your Heart Out!

We’ve joined up with nearly 50 Second Life merchants to bring you a fair to remember! Each merchant has their lovingly crafted wares out for 20-50% off - just for you! Stroll the charming streets of this delightful region-wide extravaganza, and shop for clothing, accessories, hair, and just about anything your heart desires - and get it for a limited low price! Runs February 1st through the 14th!

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Isle of View

Looking for something romantic? 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 more. So bring that special someone to the Isle of View and tell them how you really feel.

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Caderu 2017 Valentine

Celebrate Valentine's Day and seek-and-find unique prizes in this special hunt and shopping event, held through March 3. More info at asuma46kuma.wixsite.com/caderu

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Sinister Slaughters

Sinister Slaughters is a haunting adventure that takes you through an immersive and interactive game world where things are horribly wrong. As a psychic detective only you can solve a series of brutal murders through your visions and cunning. Do you have what it takes to relive the victims’ horrors and solve the crimes? Take a deep breath, steel your nerves - maddening mystery awaits you.

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Institut Namaste

This beautiful tropical island offers a variety of secluded spots to meet, chat, flirt and more. Ride a horse, take a swan boat to discover the shorelines, dance in the greenhouse, go swimming or discover Heaven’s Isles for even more romantic possibilities. Here you'll also find information in German and English about what tantra as a path of self-discovery and enlightenment truly means.

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The Jewell Theatre

The Jewell Theatre has its home in Samandiriel, and has been performing live theatre in Second Life since 2007, led by writer/director Fake Jewell. The theatre is on tour now! Visit for more information or to explore the theatre, walk of fame, museum and many other beautiful areas.

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Somewhere

Take a trip somewhere today! A whimsical collection of islands full of nooks to explore or sit awhile alone or with friends. Take a boat and fish the seas or play a game...or even take a picture. This highly-detailed beautiful sim to make your eyes smile as well as your heart.

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No Frontiers

"No Frontiers" is an LEA immersive installation where you can pilot spacecrafts among large halls displaying high resolution sci-fi fractal frames by artist Gem Preiz. The trip will lead you to planets and stars after flying among colorful creations, surreal alien worlds and futuristic space bases.

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Boardgame Beach

If you like social, friendly board games, then this is the place for you! With about 50 different games, you are sure to find something you will like.

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The Art Rocket

Take a rocket to travel in space and light into a universe of color. Betty Tureaud has created an interactive and playful 3D art installation that you can visit in Second Life. Don't forget to find the gift for you!

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Natural Falls

Natural Falls is located in an abandoned, flooded metropolis slowly decaying under a derelict, elevated railway. Explore this urban sprawl of neglected gardens, forsaken shops and deserted homes.

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Spring is just around the corner, and as the winter chill melts, our hearts warm to the love all around us. Cherub-faced babies and heart-shaped boxes of sweets might not be for everyone, but there is no denying the magic a little amore can bring into our lives.

Friends, loved ones, significant others, and family all appreciate giving and receiving a little Valentine’s Day sentiment from the important people in our lives - so why not treat yourself to a little shopping at the Shop Your Heart Out inworld event starting now through February 14th?

We’ve joined up with nearly 50 Second Life Merchants to bring you a fair to remember! Each Merchant has their lovingly crafted wares out for 20-50% off - just for you! Stroll the charming streets of this delightful region-wide extravaganza, and shop for clothing, accessories, hair, and just about anything your heart desires - and get it for a limited low price!

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Because the best part of love is giving, you’ll find a special gift, courtesy of Oblobeloinkment Wrigglesworth - or Oblee as he’s known inworld. Oblee is one of Second Life’s beloved live musicians, and owner and creator of Thunk!. He’s crafted a lovely musical instrument for each of you to pluck from the gifting vendor available at the Shop Your Heart Out event. Don’t miss out on this freebie - from us to you!

A big thank you to all of our participating Merchants! This event ends on February 14th, so don’t miss your chance and dive right into the fun!

 

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Shop Your Heart Out!

We’ve joined up with nearly 50 Second Life merchants to bring you a fair to remember! Each merchant has their lovingly crafted wares out for 20-50% off - just for you! Stroll the charming streets of this delightful region-wide extravaganza, and shop for clothing, accessories, hair, and just about anything your heart desires - and get it for a limited low price! Runs February 1st through the 14th!

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In his professional life, nnoiz Papp contributes sound and music to  to the longest running German animated series “Sendung mit der Maus” and their spin-off show “Die Sendung mit dem Elefanten, and has since 1984.

In Second Life, nnoiz Papp creates music that blends industrial elements - building and designing his own sets and interactive installations for people to engage with sound. From his impressive personal studio of  musical instruments, nnoiz brings the excitement and spontaneity of a live concert to a global audience of Residents wherever they login from. 

To find out more about his story you’re invited to attend a live show on Friday at noon SLT , and watch the full video below. If you are not fluent in German, you’ll need to be sure that subtitles are turned on for this video.

For more info on nnoiz go to http://www.nnoiz.com/

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 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
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 34 : Cheeky Pea
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 33: Luxembourg 1867