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Xiola Linden

Second Life’s 15th Birthday is coming! It’s an incredible thing to have 15 years of history to celebrate, with no end in sight, and we’re planning to commemorate this milestone event along with our Residents! Please stay tuned to this blog and our social media pages for more details as they arrive - there are some new things in store this year we can’t wait to roll out and tell you all about!

Read on for a just a few events we have brewing … we’re looking for your help!

Calling All Merchants - Inworld Shopping Event Submissions

We’re actively seeking Merchants who are willing to participate in an inworld Official SL15B Shopping event! Our inworld shopping events have been very successful and we hope to continue that tradition with a big SL15B. We are looking for quality Merchants across all categories to be a part of this exclusive event. If you think that this is something you’d like our brand to participate in, read on! Space is limited!

If you are a Merchant who is interested in being part of this event, please fill out this form no later than June 5th, 2018. The event itself will run from June 18th, through July 2nd, 2018.

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!

Music Fest Showcase Sign Ups

Don’t forget - Music Fest is returning this summer and you can sign up now to be part of our Showcase Auditions.

To sign up for an audition, please complete the submission form no later than May 18th, 2018. Sign ups will close at 12:01 AM (SLT) on May 19th, 2018. 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/or inworld to the designated contact.

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.

We’re excited about these events and can’t wait to share more with you soon!

Linden Lab

Here at Linden Lab, we’re deeply committed to ensuring the safety and security of our customers’ data. It’s why we began preparing for the May 25th implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) more than a year ago, and it’s why we want to alert you not only to some of the privacy enhancements we’ve made on our end, but also the ways the new law may impact you.

GDPR, in a nutshell.
Put simply, the GDPR puts in place new requirements for the collection, maintenance, and use of personal data for residents of the European Union (EU) and European Economic Area (EEA). It’s an important evolution in privacy practices, and one we’ve already started to account for: if you notice, our existing Privacy Policy already discloses the type of personal data we collect from you, how we use and limit any sharing of your data, and your rights to control our use of your personal data.

What you can expect.
In coming weeks, we’ll provide more information on how EU residents in Second Life can best exercise their rights under GDPR. In some cases, you may take actions through your account dashboard (to modify your personal data, for instance). In others, it may be necessary to file a support ticket and verify your identity (to better protect your privacy).

What you should know.
If you collect or process personal data of EU residents on a website associated with Second Life or Sansar, or create or make use of programs that retain information about Second Life or Sansar users or their computers, you may also have obligations under the GDPR. You should consult with your legal counsel for advice regarding your site(s) or program(s).

If you would like to learn more about the GDPR, here are some overviews:

If you believe that your service may be subject to GDPR requests, here is more information:

If you have additional questions about the GDPR, we found these references helpful:


 

Xiola Linden

Hello Residents!

We're excited to announce that we've opened up a new social media channel for Second Life. Since we're turning 15 this year - we decided that we're mature enough to be trusted with an Instagram account. Head on over, follow us, and we'll be sharing some fun things there. Check out our first post now!

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Brett Linden

Happy birthday, Second Life!

This year, there are plenty of reasons to celebrate including new features, reduced Mainland costs, a new "Linden Realms" update and several anniversary events (SL15B , MusicFest & more!).

The SL15B "crystal" theme this year aims to inspire our Residents to reflect on the past 15 years and peek into the future to explore the next 15 years of Second Life. To kick things off, we've rounded up some interesting statistics and facts about the past and present state of Second Life in this new infographic (click to enlarge):  

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So, what about the future? Last week, Linden Lab CEO Ebbe Altberg met with the community to discuss what's next for SL via two live Town Hall events. SL Residents were invited to submit their questions in a Town Hall forum thread and many community questions were answered directly over both hour-long events.

Did you miss either Town Hall event? If so, you can catch up and hear directly from Ebbe in the following video:

Not all submitted questions were answered in both Town Halls. That's why Linden Lab staffers continue to review and respond to many additional questions submitted in the Town Hall thread.  

Stay tuned for news on more opportunities to interact with Linden Lab executives, including breakout meetups and additional Town Hall events.

Xiola Linden

This June, Second Life turns 15 and we’re planning some fun ways to honor this long-standing community and invite some of the rest of the world to come check out what makes us so special! Stay tuned to this blog for more details about events to come and read on to find out about the first of many - our annual Music Fest - sponsored by Linden Lab.

In recent years we’ve taken the popular idea of music festivals and brought them into the virtual world - all the music, merriment, and good times without the sunburn. This year will mark the 4th annual Music Fest in celebration of Second Life - and we can’t wait to get grooving.

Since we started Music Fest in Second Life, we’ve held an audition showcase to highlight some of the musical talent in the Second Life community. Many of you have been performing for years in virtual venues all over the grid, and we’d love to have you come showcase your talent at the tryouts for this summer Music Fest. All genres are welcome! From bands to solo acts, rock and roll to electronica - 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 and submit the submission form no later than May 18, 2018. 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 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 Residents are welcome to participate in the auditions as audience members. Again, I can’t stress enough what a great time it is to see so many musicians perform and support one another! For those who are interested, the auditions location will be shared in a future blog post. Showcase dates and times are as follows:

  • Friday, June 1, 2018 12 PM - 2 PM (SLT)

  • Saturday. June 2, 2018 from 6 PM - 8 PM (SLT)
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We’ll share the location of the showcase closer to the date and will see you there!

Linden Lab

Second Life is turning 15 this summer...but why wait to celebrate? Last month, we wrote about 15 exciting new features and other things that we have on the roadmap for this year, including lower tier prices and double allotment on Mainland, and the return of Last Names - but there’s still more to come!

As part of our year-long 15th anniversary celebration, we’re making numerous appearances inworld to talk about Second Life and the Second Life roadmap directly with our communities! These  ongoing meetups and events will provide opportunities for you to interact with and ask questions to Linden Lab executives and staffers.

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To kick things off, Linden Lab CEO Ebbe Altberg will be holding two “Town Hall” chat sessions on April 20th at 9:30 a.m. (SLT/Pacific) and 1 p.m. (SLT/Pacific). Ebbe will be sharing his vision for Second Life in 2018 and beyond, as well as taking questions from the community. Got a question for Ebbe? Post it in the Community Forum thread “A Conversation with Linden Lab CEO Ebbe Altberg” in advance of next week’s meeting. Questions will be selected from submissions for as many as can be answered in the time frame. To join either meetup, head over to one of these Town Hall Regions in Second Life on April 20.

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In the coming months, we plan to hold additional conversations and meetups directly with many of our communities including Firestorm users/developers, Designing Worlds,  Bay City and more. 

Finally, don’t forget to mark your calendars for the official SL15B Community Celebration! This year’s event, held June 17-30, is going to be spectacular! We are hearing rumblings about a few new special events linked to this year’s celebrations, too.

Stay tuned for more specific dates and details. We’ll see you inworld soon!

Linden Lab

As many of you who play PaleoQuest and Linden Realms already know, Second Life has had a terrible rash of incidents lately involving comets falling from the sky. The obvious question from Residents has been, “What do I do if that happens to me? Will my home be burnt and decimated like Linden Realms?”

This is an unsettling prospect for obvious reasons and we hear your concerns.

 

While the risk of comet damage in Second Life is very low, this is a world where the only limit is your imagination. So if we can imagine a comet crashing to earth in Second Life, then it is theoretically possible.

In an effort to protect our Residents from such pandemonium, we are unveiling a new benefit exclusively for Premium Members. Should a comet fall from the sky and destroy your home in Second Life, we will cover the cost of your home and the items inside. It will be replaced by a home identical in every way to the home you had before. In fact, you may not even notice that your home was ever hit by a comet!

This new benefit is automatically included in your Premium Membership at no additional cost to you. This is just one more benefit in the long list of valuable perks that Premium Membership provides our Residents. And, if you upgrade today, you can go premium for 50% off the first month’s regular price!*

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April Fools! While we're joking about the comet insurance, we aren't kidding about the one-day-only premium promotion happening - so go premium today!

*TERMS & CONDITIONS FOR 50% DISCOUNT This offer begins on April 1, 2018 at 8AM Pacific Time (PT) and expires on April 2, 2018 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

Can you believe it? Second Life turns 15 this year!

To kick off our year-long birthday celebration, we’ve rounded up 15 exciting improvements and features that make Second Life better than ever in 2018 and beyond!

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  1. Lower Mainland costs - Did you hear the news? We’ve reduced Mainland costs by over 10 percent. This change is part of our continued commitment to move toward a healthier economy, with more balance between costs and fees associated with land ownership, Premium subscriptions, commissions and transaction fees. For more information and context on this and other pricing changes, see the section “Updates to Mainland Costs & Other Pricing Changes” below.
  2. Double Mainland tier - We also recently announced that Premium members get DOUBLE the Mainland allotment! That’s twice as much space to build, create and design your own home, business or experience in Second Life at no extra charge!
  3. More Value for Premium Members - In the coming months, we’ll be announcing new features for Premium subscribers — including brand-new advantages that will add more value for Merchants, Creators and Landowners. There’s never been a better time to upgrade to Premium!  
  4. Environment Enhancements (code name: EEP!) - Soon you’ll see a series of new customizations in the environment rendering system (also known as Windlight). Creators will have more control over the sky, water, lighting and atmosphere. You'll be able to adjust the number of real-world hours in the Second Life "day" to match that of a real world location; the cycle can be as short as the 4 hours it is now - or up to 7 real world days long. These changes will give more value, flexibility and marketability to land. Environment settings will also become tradable assets, so that they can be bought and sold in the Marketplace, creating another avenue for residents to profit from their creativity.
  5. More exclusive games and experiences - Last week, we unveiled “Linden Realms: The Wrath of Ruth” — a fiery update to a familiar classic that awards skilled players with unique prizes. There are more exclusive experiences on the way, including something special for our 15th anniversary celebration this summer.
  6. Themed Learning Islands - Getting connected to people who share your interests will be easier than ever with “Themed Learning Islands.” Soon newcomers may start their adventures in one of several themed areas, so their first experience in SL will be among Residents who share similar interests. This new initiative is in addition to our existing Community Gateway program which empowers independent communities to develop their own newcomer-friendly experiences.
  7. The return of Last Names - You’ve asked for it (a lot!), so we will provide a way to customize your last name in Second Life! More details will be available later this year.
  8. Gridwide Experiences - Currently, Creators can use the increased scripting capabilities of an Experience only in a region or parcel whose owner has explicitly enabled their Experience. One of the new Premium abilities will be an Experience that is enabled anywhere on the grid unless the landowner has blocked it.
  9. Auctions - We are updating our system for conducting Land Auctions. The new auction system will be integrated with Place Pages, providing much richer possibilities for describing the land for sale. Most importantly, Residents will be able to create an Auction to sell their land.
  10. Linden Homes improvements - We're bringing newer and better Linden Home designs this year.
  11. Marketplace updates - We've got a number of improvements to Marketplace in the works, too! We’re integrating many long-requested features that will help to reduce clutter and improve the functionality of listings as the Marketplace gets a facelift later this year.
  12. Improved performance -  We're working on a number of improvements to performance, from faster rendering in the viewer to reduce client lag, to changes in the simulator designed to allow more objects, scripts, and avatars.
  13. Animesh - Last year, we introduced Animesh in beta available to all Creator participants. This year, with diligent and invaluable input from the community, we plan to roll out this exciting new feature for everyone!
  14. Bakes on Mesh - Extends the Viewer and the Avatar Baking Service to allow wearable textures (such as skins, clothing and tattoos) to be applied directly onto mesh body parts as they are on system avatars. To do this, you'll 'wear' the textures as you would for the system avatar, and then edit the mesh body part to indicate the body part that should be used on each of the mesh faces; the corresponding system body part is then automatically hidden for you. This project also increases the supported resolution of wearable textures by 4 times (from 512 pixels square to 1024 pixels square).
  15. Migration to the Cloud - Finally, a huge effort is underway to move our Second Life infrastructure to the cloud. This update aims to enhance the quality and performance of Second Life for all Residents, but it will be of particular value for those who are far across the world from us. We look forward to exploring new products and more flexible pricing possibilities once this migration is complete.

 

UPDATES TO MAINLAND COSTS & OTHER PRICING CHANGES

 

Last year, we shared with you our plans for millions of dollars of new investments into Second Life and its communities to make our virtual world better than ever. Our recent investments are already paying off with numerous improvements including the introduction of a new 64-bit Viewer, Place Pages and a refresh of our starter avatars. We’ve also added more value to Premium subscriptions and a unique grid-wide hunt. We’re also continuing to hire new software and web engineers.

We’ve got big plans for this year, as you can glean from above, and we’re continuing to invest even more to ensure that the Second Life economy and community will be around for another 15 years and beyond.  A significant part of this effort is continuously re-evaluating the health of our business and the Second Life economy.  

Currently, Land costs can be quite high, and make up a lopsided portion of our Second Life revenues. To improve this imbalance, we plan to increase revenues in other ways so that we can lower land costs further. In order to avoid shocks to the in-world economy and to take care that we keep the business healthy, we plan to make these changes in a measured way, taking time to assess the impacts of each change as we go.

Last week, we announced that we have lowered the cost of Mainland by over 10 percent and doubled the Mainland tier allocation for Premium members. In the coming months some other fees may increase, including Marketplace commissions, Linden Dollar exchange fees, and cashout fees. In addition, we will soon announce new tiered Premium membership offerings that allow Residents to choose the membership level that provides the benefits most important to them.

We are committed to keeping Second Life a vibrant and growing community with a healthy economy well into the future. Stay tuned - this 15th year will see some of the biggest improvements to Second Life in many years so that you can continue to enjoy it for the next 15 years.

Best,

Ebbe Linden, CEO,  and the Second Life Team

 

Linden Lab

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Something is wrong, something is amiss! Can you uncover the cause of the mysterious catastrophe that is causing chaos in Linden Realms?

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In “Linden Realms: The Wrath of Ruth,” you'll need to navigate through smoke and debris to collect crystals and earn Linden Dollars. Along the way, you’ll have to dodge rock monsters, fireballs and other fiery obstacles to save Linden Realms.

 

So, how did this all happen? While the rest of the grid was busy catching magical Glytches, the evil Ruth used this distraction to her advantage. Using Magellan Linden’s coffin, Ruth altered the course of a comet to come crashing down on Linden Realms. Now the region burns with flames as hot as her wrath.

Can you put an end to Ruth’s madness?

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Linden Lab

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We’ve got some exciting news for both aspiring and existing Landowners who think the cost of land is too darn high in Second Life. Effective immediately, we’ve reduced Mainland costs by over 10 percent. 

But, wait...there’s more!

Premium members now also get DOUBLE the Mainland allotment! That’s twice as much space to build, create and design your own home, business or experience in Second Life at no extra charge! Premium subscribers now have 1,024m² included with their membership: you could keep your Linden Home and still have another 512m² left over, or use your entire 1024 allotment towards a parcel on the Mainland.  To learn more about specifics of this change, view our Pricing and Allotment Comparison chart.

We know that costs associated with land ownership can hinder some people from realizing their full creative vision in Second Life or even keep them from participating in Second Life as much as they’d like. In 2015, we decreased land setup fees by up to 40% and restored a 50% discount on set-up fees and ongoing maintenance fees for educators and nonprofits. In 2016, we offered a limited-time “buy-down” opportunity that rolled back maintenance fees on full islands and homesteads.

As Second Life begins to celebrate its fifteenth birthday, we hope that this latest price drop will be welcome news to those who aspire to explore their creativity in 2018 and beyond.

To learn more about Premium benefits, visit our Premium page.

 

Xiola Linden

For a limited time, get 50% off your first payment on a new monthly Premium Membership subscription.* Premium members get a L$1000 sign-up bonus, a weekly L$ stipend, your own home, priority access to full events inworld, exclusive gifts like the ones below, and many other benefits. Subscribers also have special access to Premium Sandboxes inworld, where you can build objects, unpack your purchased items, and meet other Premium members. Upgrade to Premium and start enjoying the benefits now!

Special Edition Premium Glytch Gifts Are Now Available

Premium members can stop by one of the Premium Gift kiosks to claim their gorgeous Love Bug Glytches. If you’re not yet Premium, take advantage of this 50% off discount to easily upgrade and grab your gifts immediately.
 

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*TERMS & CONDITIONS FOR 50% DISCOUNT
This offer begins on February 22, 2018 at 8AM Pacific Time (PT) and expires on March 5, 2018 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.

 

Xiola Linden

 

 

Love is in the air and Valentine’s Day is just a few days away! We have a box of treats lined up for you this holiday, and you can read on for all the details.

SHOP YOUR HEART OUT

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Our annual Valentine’s Day shopping event is back! Discounts on clothings, hair, accessories, decor, and more, plus gifts from many of your favourite Merchants and brands are available from now through February 26th. Drop by the Gilded and Golden shopping regions to collect your gifts and get some great deals. Many of our participating Merchants are also putting items in their Marketplace for sale, so be sure to visit them. Marketplace participants and links are available here. 

Shop Your Heart Out.

 

 

HUG & DUNK A LINDEN at THE ISLE OF VIEW


Love is a complicated creature — inspiring poetry, prose, songs, and art since the beginning of time. The Isle of View celebrates this complex feeling once again with the hub of all things Cupid and hearts - the Isle of View!

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

 
On February 14th from 10am-12pm 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 splash one into a cold tank of water? An opportunity like this comes around about once a year — so don’t miss out.

 

While you are at the Isle of View - you can hunt for some limited special Glytches. What’s a Glytch, you might ask? Part of a grid-wide experience that launched last September - Glytches are collectible little creatures that you can capture with tools that you can upgrade with gems. Get started (if you don’t already have a weapon and hud) at portal park, then bring your hunting spirit to the Isle of View to capture these adorably cute little rascals.  
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ALL NEW PREMIUM GIFT - LOVE BUG GLYTCHES

A gorgeous gift of Glytches awaits those with Premium memberships - Just drop by the Premium kiosks to claim to your Love Bugs!

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That is an overview of all things lined up this Valentine’s Day season - and if that’s not enough - you can always visit the Romance category in the Destination Guide for a treasure trove of places to celebrate~ 

P.S. Isle of View.

 

Linden Lab

As the end of 2017 draws closer, we wanted to take a moment to reflect on just a few of the major beats that made this another great one for Second Life. From technical improvements to new features, to community happenings, the virtual world’s 14th year was a busy and fun one!

Baby Got Backend Enhancements

We rolled out a number of upgrades to SL’s backend and build systems. This behind-the-scenes effort helps to improve stability and performance, and also is part of the future-proofing and prep work needed for the “Brave New World” project - i.e. moving SL to the cloud.

Tons of Fun Inworld

We launched our first-ever grid-wide game experience: Tyrah & the Curse of the Magical Glytches! Thousands have already enjoyed playing so far, and there’s even more to come.

This year also saw the introduction of a brand new group of starter avatars, and some awesome events inworld, including great shopping events like the one going on now, our annual Linden-vs-Resident snowball fight, the Halloween creepy-crawl, and some massive celebrations for SL14B - our 14th anniversary!

We hope you had as much fun in SL this year as we did. Next year is SL’s 15th birthday and we’re planning an absolute blow-out to celebrate. Stay tuned for more on that soon - we’re talking way more than one month’s worth of parties...

More Primo Premiums

In addition to regularly rolling out fresh gifts exclusively for subscribers, we added new benefits to Premium membership to make it even more, well, premium! We launched Premium Access to full regions, and extended the L$ transaction history for Premium subscribers up to 90 days.

We’re very pleased to share that as a result, we did see some growth in Premium account membership this year. Happy as we are, we think we can do even better, so look forward to new initiatives in 2018 aimed at making the benefits of going Premium even more valuable.

But Wait There’s More!

This year, we introduced a whole of new features and capabilities as well. For example, Animesh (which you can now test on Aditi using our Project Viewer) allows independent objects to use rigged mesh and animations, just like mesh avatars, and Residents have already used this feature in impressively creative ways.

We also rolled out more land features - Estate owners have more control over their land, we improved region capacity, and introduced Place Pages to help make your favourite SL places much more discoverable on the web.

Along those same lines, we brought back an improved version of the Community Gateway Program (and RegAPI), enabling communities to grow their ranks (and SL’s user-base) by registering and onboarding new users.

Last, but not least, we revamped our Support Portal and Community Forums to make it easier for Residents to get help when they need it and connect, discuss, and share with other users on the web.

Onward to 2018!

Not only does SL celebrate our 15th birthday next year, but we’re also working on some exciting new initiatives and enhancements we can’t wait to share with the community. As we announced earlier this year, we’re investing many millions in SL and 2018 is going to be a big one.

See you inworld!

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Linden Lab

The holiday hustle is in full effect - as we make mad dashes to finish up all of our holiday prep work and get ready for the influx of family, friends, and merriment - we also enjoy a little retail therapy!

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We’re happy to celebrate the season with an epic shopping extravaganza! Sixty of Second Life’s 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! From now through January 1st, 2018 - drop by our Shop & Hop event inworld and take advantage of these incredible steals.

Several of our Merchants have extended their sales to their Marketplace stores - so be sure to check there as well for some additional deals and steals!

Shop & Hop Participating Merchants:

!APHORISM! / !Rebel Hope Designs / .{PSYCHO:Byts}. / .TeaBunny. / [ JUSTICE ] / [ west end ] / /*KC|Couture* / *YS&YS* / #adored / ~Tableau Vivant~ / ADRIATIC line / alaskametro<3 / alme. / amara beauty / Apple May / AZ Emporium / bella moda / Blueberry / by Crash / Cae / Canimal / Cheeky Pea / ChiC buildings - surrounds - prefabs - decor props and poses / CONSTRUCT / Contraption / Dictatorshop / Dynamic Evolutions / e l i a v a h ~ / E.V.E / Envious / etham / eXxEsS Hair / Fancy Decor / Grimes Central Design (GCD MESH) / Heart Trees Flowers Plants / hello dave / Hucci / ISON / Lapointe Bastchild / Lemon Chilliz / Lune Bleue / MadPea / Maven Homes / Maxi Gossamer / MOCO HOMES Emporium / Musa / Nani / Never Totally Dead … / New CHEZ MOI Furnitures / NOX. & Third Eye. / PATRON / Petit Chat / Potomac Signature Homes / ROC / Sweet Thing / The Forge & EZ / The Mesh Shop / Vanity Hair / www.studio-skye.com / zed designz / Zibska

Merchants Participating on the Marketplace Shop & Hop:

!APHORISM! / !Rebel Hope Designs / .TeaBunny. / [ JUSTICE ] / *KC|Couture* / *YS &YS* - YourSkin & YourShape / #adored / ADRIATIC line / alaskametro<3 / alme. / amara beauty & Zoul Creations / AZ Emporium / Bella Moda / by Crash / Cae / Canimal / Cheeky Pea / CHEZ MOI FURNITURES / ChiC buildings / CONSTRUCT / Dictatorshop / Dynamic Evolution Industries / E.V.E / Envious / Grimes Central Design / Heart Trees Flowers Plants / Hello Dave / Hucci / ISON / Lemon Chilliz / Lune~Bleue / MadPea / Maven Homes / Maxi Gossamer / MOCO HOMES Emporium / Never Totally Dead… / Petit Chat / Potomac Signature Homes / ROC / Studio Skye / Sweet Thing. / The Mesh Shop / Vanity Hair / Zibska / [ west end ] / ::ZED:: Designz for Men

Brett Linden

As the holiday season draws closer, the creators of the Second Life community are already celebrating with fantastic festive events and several snow-filled sims that are only viewable through this holiday season. There are over 80 winter-themed attractions to visit in the Destination Guide -- so grab your mittens and get ready to explore these hot (or should we say “cold”) spots before the snow melts! 

One of the biggest highlights this season is our annual Holiday Shop & Hop event, held through Jan. 1. This exclusive event features special discounts and free giveaways from about 60 participating merchants!

There’s also the annual Snowball Fight, held TODAY (Dec. 15) from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Join us in the Snowball Fight Arena and prepare to get pummeled!

One of our favorites this season is The Dickens Project,  a tribute to the works of Charles Dickens presented by Seanchai Library. There are several live performances scheduled this month including readings of “A Christmas Carol” and Christmas caroling!

Looking for something a bit different? Check out the Winter’s Hollow fashion event, which brings together several top designers for a seasonal event with a bit of a darker edge. In addition to shopping, participants can look around the event grounds to seek out the lavender snowflakes to find special hunt prizes. SL blogger Astara Lovecraft recently toured the sim and filed this video report with highlights:

Another fan favorite this holiday season is The Forest’s Winter Wonderland. Jump on the trolley cart and explore this snowy sim -- or take a sneak peek in the video below.

...and, of course, there’s much more to explore! Here’s a few more spots that we added to the Destination Guide this week.

Got a spot that you’d like listed in the Destination Guide? Make sure to drop us a note at editor@lindenlab.com or submit your spot via web form. Also, 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 way for creators to share their unique destinations in Second Life — including 360-degree photos! Our featured Place Page this week is Sil’s Project Corner.

Linden Lab

Recently, the Linden Lab IP team sent a takedown request regarding a YouTube video created by the great Strawberry Singh. She and many others have pointed out that this seems like a mistake, and we agree. We have reversed that takedown request and have reached out directly to Strawberry, but would also like to take this opportunity to publicly apologize to her.

Strawberry, we feel fortunate to have you as a member of our Second Life community (and Sansar as well!), and we are grateful for the public support that your blog, YouTube channel, and other social media activity provides. We’re fans of your work, we are sorry for this misstep, and we hope you will continue sharing your awesome videos.

Below is some more info on what happened and why, and what we’re going to do differently in the future.

Like most businesses, we have policies in place around permissible use of Linden Lab trademarks. These are intended to legally protect our trademarks and brand, and to avoid confusion that can arise about what’s actually from an official source vs. a third party (to help with this, we have the “inSL” program). This policy has prohibited showing portions of the SL join flow, and that’s what triggered the recent takedown request. We’re revisiting that portion of our policy now.

The support of the SL community is incredibly valuable. Resident-created videos, blogs, and other social media not only enrich our existing community, but also help it to grow by showing off incredible SL content to the outside world, helping new users to get started, and more. While we still need policies in place to protect our trademarks, we will apply them as permissively as we can with the goal of encouraging and supporting our community.

Many years ago, the illustrious SL legal team made news by sending an “un-cease and desist” notice to a parody blog - rather than asking for a takedown, it offered encouragement to the creator. In that same spirit, we would like to offer our encouragement to Strawberry Singh and other Residents helping to evangelize the virtual world on YouTube and other social media. We appreciate your enthusiasm for SL, we are grateful for your support, and we ask you to please proceed and persist.

Linden Lab

Bundle Up and Go Premium

Premium subscribers enjoy special upgrades in Winter Wonderland as well as exclusive new gifts! To enjoy your upgrades, first stop by one of the Premium Kiosks to grab your bag of premium-only gifts and Premium Winter Wonderland Badge. This badge is the key to some very cool upgrades in Winter Wonderland - from high power snow-slinging weaponry to super fast thrill rides  - so don’t forget!  You are going to want that extra power come Friday, December 15th for the Linden and Resident Snowball Showdown from 11- 1 pm SLT.

 

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In addition to unlocking some super snowy powers with the Premium badge, right now you can grab this super cool Glytch Bus! What is a Glytch Bus? It's from the new game Tyrah and the Curse of the Magical Glytches. In the game, one of the ways magical creatures known as 'Glytches' escape from Residents attempting to capture them is by casting a spell. One of those spells causes a bus full of Glytches to appear and run the player over. Well, this winter, you can drive yourself and up to 6 of your friends across the grid in your very own Glytch Bus!

Glytch Bus Features:

  • Drivable
  • Seating for up to seven - that’s you and six friends!
  • Two versions:
    • one decorated for winter
    • one without winter decoration

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Not a Premium member yet? Well now is a great time to upgrade! For a limited time only, save 50% on your first quarter’s payment for a Premium Second Life Membership subscription.*  As a Premium member, you’ll enjoy rewards like preferred access to full regions and events, access to Premium Sandboxes, your own private inworld home, a L$1000 sign-up bonus, and weekly L$ rewards to spend on whatever you like. Exclusive gifts like the the one above are also part of what comes with going Premium.  You can read more about Premium benefits and upgrade your account here.

FREE WINTER GIFTS THAT WILL LIFT YOUR SPIRITS
Don’t forget that Winter Wonderland is full of vendors with free gifts for everyone! While you're there enjoying the - collect them all!

 

 

 

*TERMS & CONDITIONS FOR 50% DISCOUNT
This offer begins on December 14, 2017 at 8AM Pacific Time (PT) and expires on January 2, 2018 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 quarter’s bill and future quarters 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

We at Linden Lab believe that net neutrality is extremely important. Lifting the FCC’s Open Internet Rules would not only jeopardize the experience of Residents using Second Life, but can also negatively impact all aspects of our online lives.

Later this week, Congress will vote on this issue, and we encourage Second Life residents to join us in calling on our representatives to preserve net neutrality. 

To that end, we have joined the “Break the Internet” initiative, and if you visit SecondLife.com or login to Second Life today, you’ll notice a pop-up tool (snapshot below) that makes it easy to send a message in support of net neutrality. Of course, if you’d prefer not to use this, you can simply close the pop-up and login as usual, but we hope you’ll consider adding your voice to this important issue.

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Brett Linden

Winter festivals, snowball fights and holiday hunts are among the highlights of this week’s Destination Guide additions. The Winter Activities category continues to grow with over 70 snow-filled destinations to explore.

Don’t miss these new spots:

Got a spot that you’d like listed in the Destination Guide? Make sure to drop us a note at editor@lindenlab.com or submit your spot via web form. Also, 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 way for creators to share their unique destinations in Second Life — including 360-degree photos! Our featured Place Page this week is Moai Jinja + Beach.

Brett Linden

As December arrives, many Second Life creators are already showing off their holiday spirit with a flurry of new seasonal events and snowy experiences. There are now over 40 winter-themed attractions featured in the Destination Guide, so don’t forget to bundle up before you begin to explore!

Here are some of our favorite highlights this week:

Got a spot that you’d like listed in the Destination Guide? Make sure to drop us a note at editor@lindenlab.com or submit your spot via web form. Also, 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 way for creators to share their unique destinations in Second Life — including 360-degree photos! Our featured Place Page this week is The SL Planetarium Dome.

Xiola Linden

Cool fun is spreading its icy grip across the grid. Frozen tundras are packed and ready for winter sports, and glistening snow powder has settled quietly across many Regions. The growing spirit of the season and winter holiday shopping is around every corner. Take a break from checking off your list, and have some fun at Winter Wonderland - we double dog dare ya!

Settle in with a warm beverage and your favorite blanket, because we have a trove of twinkling winter treats to share.
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SAVE THE DATE - RESIDENT and LINDEN SNOWBALL SHOWDOWN!
Holidays have traditions - the gathering of families, the giving of gifts, the food and merriment, and - in our case - the Linden/Resident Snowball Showdown! This is your chance to arm yourself with some sweet snow-slinging artillery, take to the sparkling ice, and attack your friends, fellow Residents, and some Lindens with snowballs galore! But, you had better be prepared to get pummeled in return, because much of the joy of the holidays is giving - even if that means giving someone a snowball sandwich when they are least expecting it. Join us at the Snowball Fight Arena on Friday - December 15th from 11 am to 1 pm (SLT) and prepare to get pummeled!
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THE SNOW SHINES BRIGHT in the VILLAGE of LIGHTS
Holiday delights are some of the best, and your journey begins in the Village of Lights - a quaint little town with spectacular lights, that buzzes with the charm and warmth of the season! Click the red gift packages that you encounter here for some freebies and gifts to enjoy. Once an hour, the Village of Lights pulls out all the stops for a spectacular fireworks show you don’t want to miss and most certainly will want to share with a special someone.

SNOWBALL FIGHT ARENA
While the scheduled Linden and Resident Snowball Showdown isn’t happening until December 15th - the arena is fully loaded with snow, snowball arsenal and some ‘capture the flag’ type castles for you to get lots of practice and training in! Many an epic snowball showdown (and one pumpkin smash fight!) have graced these fair lands - and this year will prove to be among the most epic! Grab a few friends and family members, and make some memories!

WINTER SNOW TRACK
Attention thrill-seekers:this may be just the spot for you! Grab a snowboard and/or snowmobile from the nearby vendors and hit the icy slopes at high speeds! Swish and whoosh as you through the glinting snow tracks. Be sure to hold on tight as you race other Residents to the finish line. 

ICE SKATE ARENA
Glide with the grace of a swan across the frozen lake at the Ice Skate Arena - we’ll even provide the skates -  free from nearby vendors. This romantic spot is the perfect place to take your sweetheart for a spin before some hot cocoa and a snuggle at the ferris wheel.

FERRIS WHEEL
The Linden Department of Public Works did an incredible job on creating breath-taking views all over Winter Wonderland, and you will be hard-pressed to find one better than the romantic view gleaned from atop the Ferris Wheel.  Have your snapshot finger ready, and your special someone at your side because between the lights, sights, and delights of the fireworks show, you are sure to witness some magical moments you’ll want to preserve.

Stay tuned for more wintery fun to come - and watch this blog for info about our upcoming inworld holiday shopping event, and much more.

See you in the snow! (I promise that’s not a snowball bazooka I am hiding behind my back).


 

Brett Linden

The Destination Guide is a directory that features almost 2,000 places to explore in Second Life. That’s a lot of teleporting! With several new spots added weekly, we’ve now made it easier than ever to find the freshest entries with the debut of the Recently Added category. Here you’ll always find the most recent 20-30 spots added to the Guide.

This week’s new additions include several new Winter Attractions, including a real-life replica of Greenland and a few other snowy surprises. Still, not everyone wants to chill. For those who seek the heat, there’s a new beach and a huge surfing-themed music festival!

Got a spot that you’d like listed in the Destination Guide? Make sure to drop us a note at editor@lindenlab.com or submit your spot via web form. Also, 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 way for creators to share their unique destinations in Second Life — including 360-degree photos! Our featured Place Page this week is Orville Airport And Rez Zone.

Xiola Linden

The holiday season is nearly here - and that means cheerful greetings, warm mugs of cocoa, and the spirit of giving are upon us.

We’re winding up for a winter inworld shopping event - and we’re now looking for Merchants who would like to participate! For SL14B we held a similar shopping event that was a great success for both customer and Merchants alike - and we are hoping to do the same this winter.

This event, which runs from December 15th, 2017 through January 1st, 2018, is an opportunity to introduce new customers to  your brand. We are looking for merchants willing to offer a discount on some of their items (think Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals!) and possibly provide a little non-exclusive gift to holiday shoppers.

If this sounds like something you would be interested in, please fill out this form as soon as possible and no later than Monday, November 27th, 2017. The cut off will be at 12:01 am (SLT) on Tuesday the 28th.

We are excited to host this event and look forward to putting it together!

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Brett Linden

While the official start of winter isn’t until late December, the Second Life community isn’t wasting any time in celebrating the holiday season with snow-filled attractions and holiday events. The Winter Attractions category in the Destination Guide is already starting to fill up with festivities you won’t want to miss! New highlights include a Christmas Fair, the North Pole and a Winter Bazaar. Thanksgiving is right around the corner, too. The popular Jerky Turkey Hunt returns, as well as an all-new Autumn Fest.

Not quite ready to celebrate the season? There are plenty of other new places to discover including a Veteran’s Day event, an interactive Titanic exhibition, an elaborate ghost hunt and several new art experiences. Where will you explore first?

Got a spot that you’d like listed in the Destination Guide? Make sure to drop us a note at editor@lindenlab.com or submit your spot via web form. Also, 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 way for creators to share their unique destinations in Second Life — including 360-degree photos! Our featured Place Page this week is Sugar Mesh Clothes.

Linden Lab

Today, we’re happy to share a brand new benefit for Premium subscribers: longer L$ transaction history! Starting today, Premium subscribers will be able to see their L$ transactions going back 90 days (basic account holders will continue to see 32 days of transaction history).

There’s a ton of activity in Second Life’s L$ economy: every day, the Marketplace alone sees more than 20,000 unique buyers purchasing more than L$16,000,000 worth of goods from more than 15,000 unique sellers. That’s a whole lotta Lindens changing hands! And that’s not even including inworld transactions.

With all that activity, transaction history can be a handy reference for shoppers and merchants alike for bookkeeping, providing customer support, or just keeping track of your own purchases and L$ spending. To see your L$ transaction history, just log in to SecondLife.com and visit your Account page.

Longer transaction history is just the latest benefit that Premium subscribers enjoy. Other perks include weekly L$ stipends, priority entry to crowded regions, more group slots, exclusive gifts, a Linden home or tier allotment on the Mainland, and much more! Learn more and upgrade to Premium today at: http://secondlife.com/premium