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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!
Surfella’ 17 Music Festival
Drop in and chill out at Surfella ’17, a music festival by SurfWatch showcasing the fun SL surfing community, surf sims and surfing products. Discover more about SL surfing or grab a board and try it for yourself! Listen to some of SL’s finest live performers including Maximillion Kleene, Phemie Alcott & The Vinnie Show. Event held Nov. 19.
Visit in Second Life U L T R A Events
ULTRA Event is an incredible monthly event featuring about 50 top Second Life creators and designers with additional elite shopping boutiques. U L T R A™ Event is the essential one-stop luxury resource.
Visit in Second Life Tralala's Diner @ Pine Lake
Tralala's Diner @ Pine Lake is post-apocalyptic living at its finest. Explore this photogenic sim filled with rooftop slums and scavenged ruins. Strap yer boots on tight...you might be a'ight
Visit in Second Life Groenland Kangamiut
Welcome to Greenland, a peaceful place filled with colorful houses, fishing harbor, ice landscapes, frosted atmosphere and the sound of the bitter wind.
Visit in Second Life Santa's Workshop
Santa's Workshop is now open at Hot Cocoa until Christmas! Shop, sell, slip and slide your way through this winter wonderland featuring All the Little Things event.
Visit in Second Life The Forest - Winter Wonderland
Step into a magical wonderland this holiday season, and feel the cold air dance across your face. Warm yourself with a mug of hot cocoa, as the frosted air pinks your cheeks and nose. Step away from the ordinary and feel yourself transform within the festive environment.
Visit in Second Life Khargo Christmas Market
Khargo’s annual Christmas Market has returned with wintery landscaping items, festive home decor and furniture. Explore the icy canyon to find snowball fights, a skate park, snowmen and sleighs or browse through the store filled with Christmas cheer.
Visit in Second Life Sexy Sunava Beach
A naturist island with mountainous backdrop awaits you at Sexy Sunava Beach. Surrounded by crystal-clear water and shaded with rustling palms, grab a cocktail at the bar and stroll across the sandy path. Dance the night away! This adult beach offers beachfront bungalow and skybox accommodation, shopping, live music and much more. Designed exclusively for adults (18+).
Visit in Second Life The Town of Philomena
Visit smalltown America during the Progressive Years of 1910-1919 (English Edwardian). The Town of Philomena is a virtual living history and themed community with a focus on education, the arts and community.
Visit in Second Life Nomad's Tracks & Trails
Explore the serene and beautiful woods and meadows of Nomad's by horse or foot. This is also home to Victoria's Secret Hideaways, a quiet beach with relaxing music, surf waves and more.
Visit in Second Life African Modern Arts
Visit this museum dedicated to Modern African Art and the nearby Apartheid Museum.
Visit in Second Life Rockin' Robin Retro Club
Rockin' Robin Retro Club is a great place for retro music - everything from the 50s to 80s and nothing else!
Visit in Second Life Misthaven Point
Welcome to Misthaven. Well kept secrets are everywhere. Home of imagination, whimsy, decadence, eroticism and danger. Rentals available upon request.
Visit in Second Life Javiem Offworld Border Colony
Travel to this cozy sci-fi colony, located on another planet. This German and English-language spot is a safe place for runaways -- but also a good place to stay, work and live.
Visit in Second Life 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.
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.
Christmas Lane
The Christmas Spirit is here! Come join this amazing traditional Christmas Village, a place full of magic where you can skate on ice, take pictures with Santa, fly on a sleigh, dance with the elves, visit Santa's workshop or just walk around feeling the snow falling while you see the beautiful aurora borealis.
Visit in Second Life The Place Plaza Winter Bazaar
The Winter Bazaar is a festive, outdoor winter bazaar where family, friends, and vendors can have fun while making the most of the holiday spirit! Take a horse-drawn sleigh to explore the plaza or partake in ice skating, snowball fights, a hot air balloon ride and much more.
Visit in Second Life Christmas Fair
Christmas is already approaching! Want to feel like a kid waiting for miracles? Come to the Christmas Fair! A lot of romance, gifts, music, magic and hot cocoa are waiting for you.
Visit in Second Life The UNION Warehouse Clubs Winter Wonderland
The UNION Warehouse Clubs is all ready for winter. Ice skating, sledding, hot cocoa and beautiful cuddle areas await to keep you nice and toasty this holiday season.
Visit in Second Life Christmas Under One Star
Celebrate the holidays at Christmas Under One Star. Ride a sleigh through the tunnel of lights, build a snowman or ride the carousel in this winter wonderland.
Visit in Second Life Christmas at The North Pole
In a secret valley in the North Pole, Santa Claus and his elves are working hard. In the hidden village, letters are piling up at the post office. Santa takes his time reading, checking each list twice, making sure he writes down who's naughty or nice. Come visit this magical wintry spot in time for the magic of Christmas.
Visit in Second Life Jerky Turkey Hunt 7
That turkey, he's so jerky! Once again, he is running around SL and throwing feathers around, knocking stuff down, being loud and obnoxious. It's time to hunt him and bring it to a stop! Event ends Nov. 30.
Visit in Second Life Chedderbarrel Thanksgiving Autumn Fest
In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast that is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies. Come join in on one of the oldest of Colonists traditions, held through Nov. 26.
Visit in Second Life 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?
Second Life Veterans Tribute 2017
Welcome to the 11th annual 2017 SL Veteran’s Tribute.The tribute itself is non-political and serves one purpose -- to honor all those that have given willingly of their time to protect the lives we enjoy today.
Visit in Second Life National Diabetes Month
November is National Diabetes Month and there are several fun and informational events in Second Life that aim to help build awareness of diabetes-related diseases. For a listing of events, visit teamdiabetessl.org/national-diabetes-month.
Visit in Second Life Tree Of Life - Shopping & Sandbox 24h
Welcome to the "Tree Of Life"! Dive into a world full of magic and get in contact with our mother nature. Visit the 24 hour sandbox and meet outstanding creators, addicted to life and fantasy. Play some gacha or take a shopping tour.
Visit in Second Life A Night to Remember
Travel back in time and experience the wonder and tragedy of the world's most famous ocean liner, Titanic. This immersive exhibit tells the dramatic and poignant story of the ship, crew, and passengers who embarked on the voyage of a lifetime, only to be part of one of the greatest disasters in history.
Visit in Second Life Haunted New Toulouse II
Meet the ghosts of New Toulouse, Louisiana! Wearing your HUD, find all 20 ghosts and hear their stories, and then collect your rewards. Start by picking up your ghost hunter's kit at the Beacon Spiritualist Institute, 23 Nightingale Street. This Basin Street Irregulars event runs until December 5. More information at newtoulouse.org/rewards-offered-for-ghost-sightings.
Visit in Second Life Paris 1850s
Travel back to mid-XIXth-century France. Experience the Spring of Nations, which shaped modern Europe. Dress code is required.
Visit in Second Life The Plant
They were brought up believing technology could solve any problem facing humanity. The right glasses would restore the sight of the Blind Locomotive. Being a ... (fill) specialist you were invited at today's meeting at "The Plant".
Visit in Second Life Allegories
Soloarte hosts "Allegories," the latest exhibition by Giovanna Cerise. Learn more at giovannacerise.blogspot.com.
Visit in Second Life ToonTopia Dance Club
Visit ToonTopia dance club, which is the home of trance in Second Life.
Visit in Second Life Lappock Lighthouse
Built on a massive volcanic plug out in the Vernian Sea, Lappock Rock Lighthouse protects the shipping sea lanes against the treacherous Lappock Rocks. Open to visitors!
Visit in Second Life 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.
Brett Linden
Even in these uncertain times, Second Life still has the ability to bring people from different cultures and communities together. That’s because SL is filled with so many unique community-created social spaces that aim to educate, enlighten and empower. This week, the Destination Guide shines a spotlight on a few of the many multicultural museums and cultural exhibits that make our virtual melting pot so special.
Here’s a few of our favorites:
Virtual Black History Museum
The Virtual Black History Museum is an awareness project that takes a look at the timeline of events that led from the first group of slaves in what is now the United States through the brutality of Rodney King in 1992. There will also be scheduled discussions on the current events that the past has led to, as well as the impact of those who have contributed to the growth of the community.
Visit in Second Life Smithsonian Latino Museum
Explore the Smithsonian Latino Virtual Museum's world-class collections through video, audio and slide presentations.
Visit in Second Life LGBT History and Memorial Center
Come learn about people and places behind the fight for LGBT equality at this museum.
Visit in Second Life Holocaust Memorial Museum
"Witnessing History: Kristallnacht, the 1938 Pogroms" is an unforgettable virtual exhibit within the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.
Visit in Second Life November has arrived and many Second Life creators are already getting ready for the winter season with snow-filled spots that you won’t want to miss. The first holiday and seasonal spots are already popping up in the Destination Guide -- so keep an eye on our Winter Attractions category for several new icy hot spots in the coming weeks.
The Secret Garden
The Secret Garden event is a magical journey through enchanted gardens that change with the season. Ten magical butterflies inhabit the gardens and each hide beautiful, exclusive items. Pick up a HUD and get set to explore this lush paradise... prepare to be enchanted!
Visit in Second Life Christmas At Donner Square – Image Essentials
Donner Square is a half-sim recreation of a quite little town and neighborhood celebrating Christmas. Jump on the sleigh and go for a tour of the area. Explore and find the poses set out around the town. Have a skate on one of the ponds, or have a snowball fight with friends. The area is a photographers paradise with beautiful scenery throughout. There are also 10 stores with Christmas-themed items providing awesome gifts for those who feel like doing a little shopping while they wander through the area.
Visit in Second Life Holiday Happiness Event & Gacha
Celebrate the upcoming holidays at Kingswood Mall's Holiday Happiness Event & Gacha, held Nov. 2-30. Celebrate the cheerful times of the holiday at this special fashion event.
Visit in Second Life Of course, there’s plenty more to explore. Here are some more highlights from the Destination Guide that have been added in the past week:
The Boho Culture Fair 2017- 6th Eddition
Visit this annual Bohemian Fair event, which is filled with designs inspired by the Boho Chic style. Beyond fashion, this trend extends to decoration, music and a particular environment. You could imagine combinations of colors, embroideries, braids, fringes and a relaxed but sophisticated air. More Info at eventhuntforeverplanners.wordpress.com. Event open Oct. 28-Nov. 11.
Visit in Second Life London City Illuminations
Through November, you will love the spectacular program of entertainment and weekly shows set against the breathtaking backdrop of iconic London Landmarks as they are brought to life in this celebration of animated luminosity. For details see mainlandlondon.blogspot.co.uk
Visit in Second Life Land of Owls by Cica Ghost
Take a cart through the land of owls.
Visit in Second Life The Dreamers at Berg by Nordan Art
The Dreamers by Meilo Minotaur and CapCat Ragu is currently on exhibition at Berg by Nordan Art. This installation addresses refusal to accept violence and the desire to maintain beauty and tenderness. The region windlight is recommended for optimal experience. Free dreamer avatars are available at landing.
Visit in Second Life The Last Stop
The Last Stop is an urban role-playing environment set in current times. The town is located in the woodland area of Wyoming, called Florida. The residents are everything from doctors and lawyers to seedy underground drug runners. Where will you find yourself within the town? Will you fit in the working class or find yourself doing the dirty work of a stripper or drug cartel member?
Visit in Second Life Once Upon A Mine
There are rumors about a giant treasure of dwarven origin hidden under Dandelion Daydreams Factory. What ever your motivation is ... be it greed, be it adventurousness, you want to claim this treasure! Of course you do not seriously believe that you will encounter actual dwarves - do you? And once again the makers of the Dandelion Daydreams Factory ask you: Are you brave enough? Event opens Nov. 4.
Visit in Second Life Battle of the Titans
Experience a massive artistic build in Second Life by the renowned 3D artist, Rage Darkstone. Three, one-hundred-meter high Titans face off. You land on the platform from which you can witness the combat. Magical, multi-colored trees ring the landing platform. Massive birds circle the entire installation. Then, you teleport inside the head of one of the Titans or land and sit on different parts.
Visit in Second Life Malal's Autumn
Welcome to MALAL Autumn Land, where you can have fun or find a quiet place to reflect.
Visit in Second Life Gay Games
The Dirty Dock is a male gay club on the beach and hang-out with shops. If you are looking to be naughty. come over to the Dirty Dock and hang out. Don't miss the weekly Gay Games, held on Sundays.
Visit in Second Life Club RawR
Club RawR is a friendly club filled with good conversations and themed parties. Here you'll find multiple DJ's playing a mix of 80s, hip-hop, industrial, rave, rock and trance music.
Visit in Second Life Peebo's Beach
Relax at the beach. Train your body at the gym. Let the floor burn on the dancefloor. Let your worries go in the sauna...or play a game of beach volleyball.
Visit in Second Life 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 Trompe Loeil Mainstore.
Linden Lab

Our support site (support.secondlife.com) will be undergoing an overhaul next Tuesday afternoon, the 7th of November. 
We want to provide the community with some advanced notice that the site will be down for about a day while we upgrade our support portal.
What this means for Residents is that after 3pm (PT) on 11/07 you will be unable to submit, edit, or view your current support tickets. The downtime will be used to complete a migration of all the current support tickets to our new Customer Relationship Management tool. 
We currently plan to have the support system back up and running by 9am PT on 11/08. 
Once the initial upgrade and migration is completed we will re-open the support portal for all your support needs. Going forward, our support offering will be hosted by Freshdesk and all support tickets will be submitted through the new support site.
The initial migration will include all open support tickets and any which have been opened since the beginning of 2017. 
We will be moving the rest of the tickets, but it will take a bit of time to migrate everything over. We have over 1.2 million tickets to move and nearly 200,000 live chat records, so please bear with us.
It will take us some time to iron out all the details, but we are making sure that anything you need to access will be available. However, if you have a ticket from 2016 or earlier that you need to access before the end of the year, please collect that information before the change on 11/07.  
We hope the migration isn't a huge inconvenience to our community. Thank you for your patience as we migrate all tickets to the new Freshdesk platform.
Keep an eye on the status blog as we will be updating it with details as we move forward with the deploy and migration. 
Cheers, 
Second Life Support Team
Brett Linden
This week, the Second Life community celebrates Halloween with dozens of limited-time haunted attractions and events that you won’t want to miss. Ghosts, goblins and other spooky surprises lurk around every dark corner — so explore with your friends and get ready to get scared!

Join us on Halloween between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. (Pacific) for the Second Life Creepy Crawl, an event filled with music, contests, crazy costumes, tricks...and, yes, treats.  Wander with us as we roam from spot to spooky spot to explore the dark side of Second Life together then step into the arena and get smashed at our annual Pumpkin Fight event (held at noon).
Ready to start exploring? Here are some of the newest haunted hot spots (and a few non-Halloween destinations) that we’ve added to the Destination Guide this week:
Pumpkin Fight
Ready for a Pumpkin Fight? Step into the arena and get smashed at this official Halloween event, held Oct. 31 from noon- 1 p.m. (Pacific).
Visit in Second Life Transylvania's Undead Await You
The Transylvania family invites you to give into your dark side and join them as they celebrate Halloween with a week of Gothic-themed events. Explore the graveyard, family crypt, castle and other sights of SL's longest-running vampire and Lycan communities. Event held Oct. 27 through Nov. 2.
Visit in Second Life T H E W E L L : Ultimum
Can you return to the horror of The Well, uncovering the secrets in the surrounding woods without losing your sanity? The fourth and final chapter in The Well horror series places you where it all began sometime in the 1980s. To play, a pass will need purchasing.
Visit in Second Life New Babbage - 10 Year Anniversary
Ten years ago, a group of intrepid SL residents embarked on an idea for a full steampunk styled region within Second Life. Some of the people behind those avatars 10 years ago are no longer with us. Some moved on from Second Life, but the dream they had kept going. The 10th anniversary of the City State of New Babbage has arrived. Pop over for a visit!
Visit in Second Life Out of the Looking Glass/Into the Madness
Take an adventure into Wonderland! Works from artists around the world are weaved into a journey through childhood's fear and magic, tinged with the warped macabre that comes with growth. This six-stage venue has returned with great expansion for its third year. Brought by The Dirty Grind Independent Artist Community and Radio Grind. Enjoy live music on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.
Visit in Second Life Halloween Harrowing
Halloween Harrowing is a fun and gloomy little place to explore and have your photo taken. There are plenty of places to visit and pose including spots to sleep with the mummy and the zombie photo booth.
Visit in Second Life Asylum Horror Hunt
Club Escapist and Goddess of Chaos present The Asylum Horror Hunt, held through Nov. 1. Seek and find several prizes including gift cards from Goddess of Chaos and random raffle prizes.
Visit in Second Life The St John Haunted House
It's New Orleans 1917 and this once lavish house has fallen into disrepair. The family that once lived here suddenly vanished years ago and the neighbors won't dare enter the house or even speak of it. Your inquiries are met with strange looks and frightened eyes. Being not from around these parts, you are curious. Something has happened here. What are the clues? Why is everyone so afraid?
Visit in Second Life The Bloodcroft Hunt
Join this sim-wide hunt to collect a complete vampire slayer kit. Discover 11 items (wearable or rezzable on their own) and one final prize upon completion of your hunt. These 12 items are exclusive to The Bloodcroft Hunt and only available for the duration of this event. Collect them all or join the immortal...either way, the Bloodcrofts look forward to seeing you.
Visit in Second Life Hipville Halloween
Welcome to the 11th Annual Hipville Halloween. Double, double, toil and trouble. Fire burn and cauldron bubble! Come on over and get spooked in the Haunted Asylum, Twisted Carnival, Witches Garden, and more!. Don't miss the Brain and Beating Heart Hunt, which is filled with prizes for L$5-10. Put your costume on and have a little bit of fun!
Visit in Second Life Haunted Beach @ Bundy Reef
The once stunning shoreline of Bundy Reef has fallen under a horrific spell. A thick fog rolled in and a strange plague has infected the locals. Authorities are still trying to discover what happened. Photographers from all over the grid are traveling to Bundy to discover new photo opportunities. They are joined by MadPea Ghost Hunters, eager to solve the mystery. Take a walk on the Haunted Beach, discover hidden poses, hunt ghost, and trick or treat with Second Life's premiere Surf publication, SurfWatch Magazine.
Visit in Second Life Fear, She's the Mother of Violence
Mouth all dry, eyes bloodshot. Data stored in microdot. Kicking the cloud with my moccasin shoes. T.V. dinner, T.V. news. Fear. Fear. She's the mother of violence. Find your fear and defeat her in this limited-time exhibit from artist Livio Korobase.
Visit in Second Life Classic Rome in Time Portal
Step through the Time Portal in the laboratory and visit Ancient Rome! See gladiators fight at the Domus, enjoy a play at the amphitheater, make an offering to Minerva at the temple, discuss politics at the Senate, try some street food and then regret this while spending the rest of your visit at the public latrina!
Visit in Second Life Dementophilia at The Vordun
From the creative mind of artist Federico Sosa, "Dementophilia" brings together painting and sculpture in a cohesive way, utilizing and even taking over the gallery space. Take a journey down the absurd with mental images created in disbelief of reality. Whispers in the dark. Corners of the night. Sounds giving you goosebumps that keep you from sleeping. Nothing is real.
Visit in Second Life Dissected Soul
In "Dissected Soul" by Theda Tammas, bodies are fractured, contorted, ripped through with holes. A red thread connects many of them, and much of the thread bears loops of barbed wire. The centerpiece is a heart shattering into small pieces which fly into the air. Showing at Split Screen through December.
Visit in Second Life 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 Trompe Loeil.
Linden Lab
There’s no trick to these treats! Halloween in Second Life is a season like no other, and this year marks the 14th year that Residents are sure to take the celebrations and festivities to new heights. We want to join in the fun with a few goodies to share!
Half Off Quarterly Membership
Starting today, for a limited time you can save 50% on your first quarter’s payment for a Premium Second Life Membership subscription.*
 
In addition to long-standing perks like access to Premium Sandboxes, your own private home, a L$1000 sign-up bonus and a weekly L$ stipend to spend on whatever you want, Premium subscriptions have improved even more over time! Now, you also have preferred access to crowded Regions and events with the Premium Access feature, more group slots to stay connected with your interests, and increased capacity on missed messages from friends inworld. We are always adding more perks to Premium as well, with a few planned in the near future.
Along with the above, Premium memberships include exclusive gifts and expanded live-chat customer support.
This offer ends on November 2nd, 2017 - so find out more about upgrading to Premium today!
Exclusive & Limited Halloween Gifts Are Out Now!
Halloween isn’t just about dressing up and reveling in the spirit of all things spooky - there’s also that whole bag full of delicious treats your gather - so here are some stops you’re going to want to make to get your goodies.
Exclusively for Premium members - we have Mary O’net - a special edition, wearable Glytch avatar. Mary is the perfect combination of elegant and creepy - a delight to don and dance away in haunted halls and stages all across the Grid!   
Go Premium, then pick up your very own Mary O’net at the inworld Premium Gift Kiosks.

There’s also a bag bursting full of free treats for everyone! Just drop by Portal Park and see what’s in store for you inside the gift bag! There’s something for everyone inside - so be sure to drop by!

 


The Return of the Haunted Halloween Tour
Who says sequels never live up to the originals? The spine-chilling Haunted Tour is back again - and this third installment is scarier than ever! Some new additions to this house of horrors have been crafted for your enjoyment. Hop in a coffin and enjoy the wild wide through. By the way - if you have a fear of clowns, you may want to make sure you bring a friend!
Face your fears, grab your favorite squad of fiend-fighting friends - follow the Halloween path at Portal Park and step on through. A coffin ride through the abyss awaits - but be sure to bring your horror movie squad to ensure you survive!
 

Happy Halloween!
 
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Brett Linden
The Halloween season inworld is already in full force as dozens of new Haunted spots and seasonal events are already spooking up Second Life. There’s a dizzying amount of creativity to explore...if you dare!
Here are a few of this week’s new additions to the Destination Guide:
Trick Or Treat Lane
Get your costumes and treat bags ready. Trick or Treat Lane returns Oct 13 - Nov 3. At Halloween, we all love treats. So this event is meant to give a sweet treat (free gift) and a new exclusive design or a discount of at least one item to shoppers at every booth door they visit. Entertainment shall also pop-up throughout the event. More Info: darkpassionsevents.wixsite.com/secondlife
Visit in Second Life Season of the Witch: Inaugural Event
Season of the Witch is an autumn seasonal lifestyle event, influenced heavily by witchcraft, paganism, the occult and dark bohemia - mixed with a dash of 1970's glam rock and roll attitude. From October 14th until November 4th, bewitched patrons may visit the event and find original apparel, accessories, poses and decor! More info at witchseasonsl.wixsite.com/seasonofthewitch
Visit in Second Life The Dark Style Fair 5 - Day of the Dead
Flair For Events brings to you the 5th edition of the wildly popular annual event The Dark Style Fair - Day of the Dead edition! This annual celebration honors the spirits of the dead in Mexico and other Latin American countries on November 2. The Dark Style Fair brings you the very best in dark fashion and decor with everything from goth, magic and witchy along with bright neon, ghosts, skulls and Day of the Dead celebrations! Event open Oct. 14-Nov. 4.
Visit in Second Life The Mad Circus 3 Halloween & Gacha Fair
Step into the Mad Circus bizarre bazaar and explore your inner fears. Discover and explore this dark, twisted freak show galore filled with exclusives, L$10 specials and gachas!
Visit in Second Life The Cove Halloween Event
The Cove is a family-friendly fall and Halloween-themed land that welcomes all to explore, shop and just hang out and relax. Also, it is great for those fall photo ops! Explore the haunted house, yard sale, games and more! Grab your pumpkin and don't get lost in the maze! Open through October 31st.
Visit in Second Life Ghost Town Gacha and Shopping Event
The Ghost Town Gacha and Shopping Event features 40 merchants with more than 90 gachas. Stop by the Haunted Ghost town and take a look through the spooktacular Gachas and then check out the exclusives that merchants have to offer. Happy haunting! Event held through Oct. 31.
Visit in Second Life The Gacha Life
Live the Gacha Life! You'll find brand new bi-monthly gacha exclusives at this themed event. October's theme is "The Horror." View the gacha key gallery at evilbunnysl.com/the-gacha-life.html. Event held through Oct. 31st
Visit in Second Life Bay City's Halloween Hay Maze
The fairgrounds have gone spooky, with a hay bale maze full of creeps. Can you make it in and get some very special prizes -- or will you be dinner for a rather large family of spiders and other ghouly surprises? What's more, if you find the prizes, will you make it back out? Come try your luck in Bay City's Halloween Hay Maze!
Visit in Second Life Pacifique Halloween 2017
Welcome to Pacifique's 8th year of Halloween. Walk the spooky forest, but do not miss the volcano and scary tunnels. Stop for treats at two Haunted Houses, then take a walk through two cemeteries and to the Vampire Church. End the evening with a dance at Club Boo. Open until November 11, 2017.
Visit in Second Life Scare Me Silly 2017
Team Diabetes of Second Life kicks off its first event of the 2017 season with the return of Scare Me Silly! This event takes place October 13 to 31 and will feature shopping, two hunts, music, live performers, tribute bands, parties and more in a scary setting! For more info, visit teamdiabetessl.org
Visit in Second Life Mieville FloxWarts Halloween
Mieville's FloxWarts Halloween is a full sim of haunted fun. Celebrating 20 years of "the boy who lived"! Wander 100 shops plus enjoy entertainment, gachas, shopping, dancing, a pumpkin hunt with free gifts, and much more! Now through October 31st.
Visit in Second Life Halloween @ Night Gazing
"The earth opened its mouth and swallowed them and their households." It is Halloween at Night Gazing. Come take a wander through this spooky spot. Open 'til Nov. 5.
Visit in Second Life Invasion!
"Invasion!" open for another Halloween season! An amusement park ride based on alien invasion movies of the 50s. Flying saucers! Animated mutants! Giant robots! Part of SL's Top SL Haunted Places Tour & Hunt with free gift!
Visit in Second Life Grim Reapers MC presents Reaper Manor
Grim Reapers MC presents Reaper Manor, a haunted full sim area filled with spooks, scares, and amazing sights to amaze and frighten you. Hunt for several prizes, then explore the interactive haunted house that offers a prize for solving its mystery.
Visit in Second Life Rosewater Falls Haunted House
The first ever haunted experience by Tam Rose features a haunted house and corpse-filled swamp, as well as a hunt with a grand prize! Come explore - and remember, don't follow the lights!
Visit in Second Life Diavolo Spooky Spookplace
Love to be scared? Then this is the place to visit! Jumpscares, blood, and much more await you here. Bring friends and family with you, walk slowly, and turn sounds on! A frightening experience awaits you!
Visit in Second Life Carlton Haunted House
Are you brave enough to enter and encounter the frights that will come your way? Be warned this is not for the faint of heart! Generations of evil dwell the lands! If you make it through the house, you will find a door that will lead you to a second level filled with gruesome ghosts, zombies and more. If you make it through the second level, you will find yourself at yet another door that will lead you to the third and final level.
Visit in Second Life The Haunted Village
Experience an unbroken trip (lasting about half an hour) of pure adrenaline-heightened tension. Journey through dark rooms, a forest and garden...but beware of zombies!
Visit in Second Life Not everything new is Halloween-themed. Check out some of these new creations also added to the Destination Guide this week:
Bryn Oh's Lady Carmagnolle
Lady Carmagnolle is the first in a series of single scene poems by Bryn Oh. Watch the video at youtube.com/watch?v=vTRVfoi7zFw
Visit in Second Life New Cardiff
A homage to the iconic Millennium Centre and Water Tower in Cardiff, Wales, and part of Cardiff Bay. As well as being a cultural landmark, it is a familiar sight for those who watched British television science-fiction shows Doctor Who and Torchwood! New Cardiff offers a place to relax, socialize and find some hidden easter eggs!
Visit in Second Life Making Strides - Treasure the Chests
The 2017 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer in SL theme is "Treasure the Chests." Set in a tropical pirate town, here you'll wander the paths to learn more about breast cancer including prevention, treatment, research and more. Several events will be held throughout the month, as well as shopping. Learn more at makingstridessecondlife.org/about-making-strides. Event ends Oct. 31.
Visit in Second Life 1920s - 1940s New York in Time Portal
Step through the Time Portal in our mysterious laboratory and visit New York during the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s. The time machine has a virus, so the time zones have been a bit mixed up. Go shopping and find items from the golden age of style and when yer all dolled up, have a meal at Delmonico's, catch a show, get a drink at the speakeasy and dance the night away at the Cocoanut Grove and rent a room at the Ambassador hotel!
Visit in Second Life TJ's Mediamagic!
A peek inside the crazy mind of a Mediamagician...
Visit in Second Life The Underdog Event
The Underdog Event is a quarterly event created to discover new, lesser-known, and older original content creators learning a new trade. This is an event about creativity, skill, and artistry. Original content creators are chosen for their skill, not the popularity of their brand. Popular, well-known original content creators are sponsors showing support of creativity and diversity within SL.
Visit in Second Life WWII Central - Operation Market Garden
WWII Central is the ultimate World War II-based combat experience in Second Life. It's based on Operation Market Garden, NL 1944. Geared towards VICE weaponry and vehicles, it’s the only area that allows for direct access to over 40 combat regions for warship and aircraft combat, with WWII Central serving as the regions for both infantry and vehicular combat.
Visit in Second Life Is your haunted spot listed yet in the Destination Guide? 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. 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 Dutch Harbor, Bandit & Mesh Shop.
Brett Linden
Endless frights and haunted nights are everywhere in Second Life. Halloween has always been one of the most active holidays in the community and this year is no different. There are already dozens of new haunted highlights to explore in the Destination Guide...if you dare!
Here’s just a few that were added this week:
SL's Top Haunted Places and Hunt
Now in its 8th year, SL's Top Haunted Places and Hunt features many creative haunts and hunts you can visit and enjoy across the grid. You can also do some Halloween shopping at some of SL's best stores. There are over 70 listings so far. Get your list from the sign at each haunted spot and go in any order you like. New spots are added all month long so check back often. Event ends Oct. 31.
Visit in Second Life Octoberville
The mystical town of Octoberville has emerged from the mists and opens its roads to the citizens of Second Life. Visit the beautiful autumnal landscapes and uncover the dark secrets hiding beneath the small town charm. Complete the current rendition of SL's oldest scavenger hunt and finish various puzzles to solve the mystery of Octoberville. Come see before the town disappears on October 31.
Visit in Second Life Salem: Macabre Market & Gacha Gallows
Designed to evoke the tenor of the 1692 witch trials, Salem hits the grid just in time for Halloween with over 100 vendors and two ways to shop! Dive into Salem's Macabre Market and connect with artisans across the grid who are selling autumn and Halloween-themed goods. Or, if you dare, try your luck in the Gacha Gallows. Salem runs October 1 - 31 and promises to bewitch you!
Visit in Second Life 2017 Halloween Town
Halloween Town is a full sim of fall fun! Explore the haunted house, then shop for some of SL's best Halloween decor and costumes. Enter the pumpkin decorating contest for a piece of L$4000 in prize money.
Visit in Second Life Gotham Halloween Event for Team Fox
Frights and delights await you at the Gotham Halloween Event. Spooky attractions and carnival rides with surprises at every turn! Over 75 fashion and home/garden creators are offering exclusive designs and hunts, raffles and auctions. There are also live performers and DJs for your dancing delight. Team Fox to benefit the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research. Event ends October 31.
Visit in Second Life The House That Fear Built
Come visit this haunted house if you dare, it is bizarre, macabre, disturbing, grotesque…a freak show. Hidden doors and passages take you places you might not want to go, but go you will. WARNING: This is not your grandmas’ haunted house. If you’re looking for pumpkins and candy, then this is not the place to find it.
Visit in Second Life London City Halloween
Experience Halloween in London City. Join the spooky fun for a month of concerts and live music each weekend in October. Ride the Ghost Train, and enjoy the scariest exhibitions old London. More details at mainlandlondon.blogspot.co.uk
Visit in Second Life Haunted Corn Maze Trick & Treat Hunt
Botanica's 7th annual Interactive Haunted Corn Maze and Trick & Treat Hunt just keeps growing. Every year they add something new! There are 21 tricks for 21 Halloween-themed gifts and a grand prize for finishing the hunt. Explore the other Halloween attractions and shopping for an old-fashioned Halloween that's a little spooky with a whole lotta corn!
Visit in Second Life Dark Moon
With a haunting mix of alien beauty and terror, Calas Galadhon creators Tymus Tenk and Truck Meredith share a unique sci-fi approach to the Halloween season with another sim size build that takes you on a journey from an abandoned star freighter to the remnants of a dark and not-so-vacant alien colony beneath the moon's surface. Be sure to grab a shuttle to the mothership before you explore on foot.
Visit in Second Life Haunted Hallow
Explore this haunted hallow, if you dare! Highlights include a haunted house, witches den, cemetery and perhaps a hidden dungeon.
Visit in Second Life Hallows Eve Ride
Take a creepy boat ride through multiple tunnels of haunted and frightful scenes. You're in for a spook-tacular time! Free Halloween gifts available, as well.
Visit in Second Life Halloween at The House of Avro
Once the home to a warrior of old, this ancient castle still echoes its ghoulish past. Local villages tell stories of the long gone market reappearing on dark, misty nights with phantom stall holders selling their ghostly wares!
Visit in Second Life Halloween Horror Presented by Bad Katz
Experience Halloween surprises around every corner. Explore a haunted castle. Walk through an old cemetery. Take a boat ride in the swamp or lake. Weave your way through a corn maze. Dance with your date in a haunted ballroom. All this and full perm creators items to help you make your Halloween builds a bit spookier!
Visit in Second Life The Boo! Bunny Hunt 6
The Boo! Bunny Hunt, held through Oct. 31, is a fun Halloween hunt. Follow the trail of candy and you'll be led along a path of clues to hunt down your themed prizes! Learn more at evilbunnyhunt.blogspot.com.
Visit in Second Life Kikai Halloween Market
On two gloomy squares in an old European city you will find a haunted Halloween Market. As the clock strikes midnight, a dark shadowy figure traverses the square. Screeching bats soar over your head, as you make your way across the old cemetery. The grim reaper awaits. Would you dare to partake in the hunt for his skulls? If not, you can always find comfort in shopping at one of the 72 stalls.
Visit in Second Life Khargo Halloween Market
Welcome to Khargo Halloween Market. Create that scary atmosphere with creepy furniture and spooky landscaping items. Keeping SL spooky since 2009!
Visit in Second Life The Forest
The Forest is the third annual interactive live character haunt. Set to a story, guests will enter the forest at their own risk and be greeted by live characters scaring them all the way to the end. Warning: You will be scared!
Visit in Second Life The Haunted School of LOR
On a misty hilltop in the Land of Rainbows Park stands an old school. Abandoned. Rangers in the park warn hikers: don't go there! Somehow, though, not every hiker makes it back to the Visitor Center. Can you help find them? Use the teleporter at the landing (enable music and parcel Windlight and allow the experience) and see if you can make it out...alive! Open through October 31st
Visit in Second Life Sweet Tots: The Ship Of Screams
Sweet Tots presents its 7th Annual Halloween Hunt. There are 20 items you are looking for and over 300+ prizes. You must follow the storyline to know what you are looking for. Read Emily's Journal to find out what happened to all the people on the ship. Event ends Oct. 31.
Visit in Second Life Is your spooky spot listed yet in the Destination Guide? 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. 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 Ironwood Hills.
Linden Lab
****UPDATE 09-27-2017***
Note: this message was recently emailed to a list of Residents that mistakenly included some who are not actually at risk of being impacted by the change.    Our sincere apologies for those misdirected emails as well as for any concern and confusion that's resulted from it. We are taking steps to improve our process for such communications in the future to avoid errors like this and to ensure that we make it as easy as possible for Residents to identify and confirm legitimate communications from Linden Lab.   Due to some unexpected changes with our International Billing system, some Residents outside the United States with a Credit Card on file may have difficulty with their current payment method as of September 30, 2017.  
In order to avoid any service disruption, we encourage all Residents outside of the United States to please take a moment to log into your account and re-enter your existing Credit Card information. Doing so now will prevent any disruption in inworld and Marketplace purchases, as well as recurring monthly billing for Premium Accounts, Private Regions and monthly Mainland maintenance.  If you have difficulty with your payment method after September 30, 2017, updating your payment information will resolve the issue.
We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your patience as we continue to upgrade our billing systems in order to best service our Residents around the world.  If you have any questions regarding this notice, please visit https://support.secondlife.com to contact our Support teams.
Linden Lab
It has come to our attention that some Residents are sending messages - which may appear as popup windows in some viewers - informing other Residents that their accounts have been compromised and encouraging them to contact Support, using a phone number that is not associated with Linden Lab.
These messages are phishing attempts to gain access to your Second Life account. Neither Linden Lab, nor Second Life Customer Support, would attempt to contact you in this manner. You can always find Linden Lab’s official customer support contact methods within the following links:
https://support.secondlife.com/billing-support/
https://support.secondlife.com/contact-support/
As always, please be wary of suspicious messages and contact from other users. If you believe your account has been compromised, please contact us via support case at https://support.secondlife.com/
Linden Lab
 

Exactly 10 years ago today, award-winning media maker Draxtor Despres (a.k.a. Draxtor™) uploaded to YouTube one of his most-acclaimed pieces of virtual journalism:  “Virtual Guantánamo [in Second Life].” The video, which received mainstream media coverage and won an “Every Human Has Rights” Media Award, was conceived at the Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC) with a MacArthur Foundation grant in 2006. 

This early machinima production documented the making of the Gone Gitmo project (“Virtual Guantánamo”), a 3D replica of the infamous Guantánamo Bay Detention Center in Second Life. Inworld visitors to this virtual prison experience were subjected to an “abduction” simulation that included a dark plane ride and being thrown in a cage. Until its closure in 2013, this inworld project was also used for multiple mixed reality panel discussions including events affiliated with Seaton Hall Law School and the ACLU.

The project was a collaboration between VR pioneer Nonny de la Peña and former USC professor and artist Peggy Weil, both of whom created the project under the mentorship of former BAVC creative director Wendy Levy. Second Life was the ideal platform for the ambitious project, and it demonstrated how virtual worlds could be used as a storytelling medium for social justice issues. 
This month, Draxtor revisits his original reporting and meets again with the people behind this pioneering piece in immersive journalism that served as the precursor to the popular ethnographic series on virtual lives “The Drax Files.”

 
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 45: Arduenn Schwartzman
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 44: Istanbul University
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 43: nnoiz Papp
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 42: Death Row Designs
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 41: Vista Animations
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 40: Bernhard Dörries
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 39: Sergio Delacruz
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 38 : Eboni Khan
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 37 : Nonprofit Commons
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 36 : Sominel Edelman
 
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!

Pic by Kathy Nikolaidis
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
 
Linden Lab
As we recently announced, we’re making multi-million dollar investments in Second Life that will benefit Residents in the near and long term, while also ensuring that the virtual world’s bright future ahead is even more awesome than its 14+ year history has been. Exciting times!
Today, we want to update the Resident community on some of the initiatives funded by those investments, and also announce two fee changes that will enable us to invest in even more Second Life improvements in the future.
Updates to LindeX and Credit Processing Fees
Second Life’s vibrant Linden Dollar economy and the ability to process credits has a very real impact on the lives of many around the world. Residents have built extremely successful businesses in Second Life, charitable organizations have raised millions of dollars for important causes, and a great many creators earn enough L$’s to fund their hobbies and shopping habits.
Underlying SL’s user-to-user economy and the ability to buy and sell L$’s for real currency is a significant amount of ongoing work to ensure that everything remains compliant with applicable laws and regulations, while also preventing fraud and money laundering. This work comes at a cost, and we are adjusting related fees in order to help cover those costs and enable us to continue to invest in Second Life’s future. The changes are as follows:
Effective today, the fee for buying L$ on the LindeX will be $0.99 per transaction (previously it had been $0.60 per transaction). These changes impact only buys on the LindeX, and the fees associated with buying L$'s during SL Marketplace transactions remain unchanged. On January 3, 2018, the fee for processing credit transactions (i.e. paying real money into a PayPal or Skrill account) will be 2.5% per transaction, with a $3 (USD) minimum, and no maximum. This fee is currently 1.5% per transaction, with a $3 (USD) minimum and a $25 (USD) maximum. New & Upcoming Improvements to Second Life
We’re investing across a number of areas for SL, including new features, engineering support, customer support, billing systems and upgrades, and customer acquisition outreach. Some of these will be long-term initiatives, but here are a few updates on some of the improvements you can enjoy right now (or very soon!):
More fun, for everyone in SL. We introduced SL’s first grid-wide game Tyrah & the Curse of the Magical Glytches, giving all Residents a new experience to enjoy throughout SL. The game is designed to encourage a grid-wide level of participation and exploration, and already it’s been played by nearly 5,000 Residents. Very soon, we will enable Resident-owned locations to host portions of the game, and we will announce those details when ready.
New creative tools. We recently released Animesh in beta, enabling creators to use skeletal animations with non-avatar objects - like wild animals, pets, vehicles, and scenery objects. Coming soon is EEP!  (Environmental Enhancements Project), a series of extensions to Windlight that enable you to trade or sell your own environment settings. EEP will also allow Parcel-based environment settings and an extended day cycle too!
More value for Premiums subscribers. In the coming weeks, we’ll be rolling out a new perk for Premium subscribers (hint: it’s a feature that’ll be helpful for merchants and shoppers...).
More customers for your businesses. We’re making changes to help get new users active in the SL economy more quickly and easily. The sooner a new user has L$ in her wallet and understands how to use them, the sooner she can become a customer for every business owner in SL, and so we’re working to streamline user flows and update tutorials to make that happen.
New ways to stop the bad guys. Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for successful platforms to attract cheaters and bad actors. Some of these villains attempt to hurt Residents’ businesses by bypassing creator protections in SL, and we’re continually developing new tools and techniques to combat this. Recently, we closed an exploit that fraudulent gacha re-sellers had used. Our governance team can now catch them when they attempt the cheating method that we have already fixed. Many bad actors have already been banned from SL, and additional changes will soon make our team even more effective. Protecting your creations and your SL businesses is important to us!  
We continue to make progress in the massive upgrade to SL infrastructure and move to the cloud (we call this project Brave New World). This move will (among many other things), help make SL more performant for Residents around the world, and may also enable us to introduce new products and more flexible pricing in the future.
We continue on our mission of only sending email to verified addresses (more here). Missing IMs lately? To never miss an offline IM again, log in to your account on the web, click on “Account,” then “Change Email Settings,” and then simply click “Verify” next to your current address.
Much more to come!
Of course, we’re working on improvements to the SL Viewer, Simulator (servers), and Web properties all the time, and there’s more than we can fit into a single blog post.  As we forge ahead you can keep up with the latest developments with the release notes we post to the forums:
Viewer release notes
Web release notes
Simulator deploys
Xiola Linden
We’ve got some tricks and treats in our Halloween goodie bag this year and it’s sure to be a scream!
CREEPY CRAWL 2017

A-haunting we will go! It’s time for the 3rd annual Second Life Halloween Creepy Crawl! This year we will take our creep show on the road on actual Halloween day - Tuesday October 31st from 10 am to 2 pm ( SLT). Join us as we hop across the grid and celebrate with costume contest and nearly every stop along the way. You could win L$5,000 just for showing up in your best costume! Drop by each spot along the way and you could be a winner of a fantastic prize - but the fun is all in the party. Locations and times of the event are listed below and we’ll see you there! For costume contest rules - please read here.
TIME ( SLT)
Location
10-10:30am
All Hallows at Moochie
10:30-11:00am
Bay City's Halloween Hay Maze
11:00-11:30am
Dance Island
11:30-12:00pm
Scare Me Silly 2017
12:00-1:00pm
Pumpkin Smash Fight
1:00-1:30pm
Club End of Days
1:30-2:00pm
ShenaniganS Haunted House
Smashing Pumpkins!

In the middle of all the dancing and costume contest winning, we’ll make a stop at the old snowball fight arena  - where things have taken a twist for the twisted. Shooting pumpkins has never been more fun. That’s from noon to 1 pm (SLT) at the Pumpkin Fight Arena - but you can get some practice in before then!
In the spirit of the season, at each stop, you will have an opportunity to receive an incredible gift from DevilAii. This gorgeous witch hat pack is sure to add flare to all those Halloween parties you’re going to. Spot the kiosk, click, and receive your Witch Hat Pack!

So, what are you waiting for? Mark your calendars and get your costumes on point - then join us inworld on Tuesday at 10 am!
Trick or Treat!
Brett Linden
October continues to be a busy time in Second Life as several new seasonal events and Halloween-themed spots continue to pop up across the grid.
One of the biggest highlights this month is BURN2, which is an inworld extension of the popular Burning Man festival and community. The theme for this round is “Radical Ritual.”
Another highlight is the unusual art experience “Floating” by acclaimed artists Bryn Oh and Cica Ghost. This unexpected collaboration has an interesting backstory that you can read about on Bryn Oh’s blog.
October wouldn’t be complete without dozens of new haunted attractions -- and there is no shortage of new spooky spots debuting in the Destination Guide this month. The Haunted category now hosts over 100 unique spots, including MadPea’s Halloween Ghost Hunt and Pulse Games’ Birthright.

Before you explore, don’t forget to pick up your free trick-or-treat bag at Portal Park, too!
Here are some new spots we recommend:
Free Treat Bag
Free Treat Bag! Halloween is never complete without a treat bag. Get yours free at Portal Park and Social Island.
Visit in Second Life BURN2: Radical Ritual
Reinventing ritual in our post-post-modern world - disregarding assertions of belief and focus on the immediate experience of play. Play can free us to envision truths of which we have no proof or warrant, and breaks down the distinction that divides belief from make-believe. Whole-hearted, creative play induces self-surrender to experience that is beyond the scope of reasoned thought. Event held Oct. 21-29.
Visit in Second Life Floating by Bryn Oh and Cica Ghost
Floating in the sea. You and me. To the sky you flew. But I will wait for you.
Visit in Second Life MadPea's Halloween Ghost Hunt
Looking for a frightfully good time? Suit up in your ghost hunting gear for MadPea's Halloween Ghost Hunt. Hunt for ghosts across the grid and exchange your points for spooktacular prizes from MadPea and collaborating stores! The hunt runs through November 2nd. Visit MadPeaGames.com for more info.
Visit in Second Life Birthright
Pulse Games and Snatch City present a Second Life interactive horror experience set in the scary swamps and bayous of Louisiana. One of the most frightening and realistic fear experiences you will have in SL. Over 60 prizes to find, from 32 killer designers! You'll get what's coming to you... this Halloween. 
Visit in Second Life Haunted Halloween Tour
It's back and better than ever! Get on board the Haunted Halloween Tour for a frightening good time. Grab a friend and hold onto your seat!
Visit in Second Life The Lost Souls
It's time. Darkness falls, death surrounds and evil awaits. Explore a dark castle in a realm haunted by souls forever lost. Will you be the next lost soul?
Visit in Second Life Halloween Horror In The Park
A scream floats on the chill dank air, swirling to and fro with the thick fog that covers your feet as you approach the gate where a dilapidated house sits just beyond. Do you continue to the house, follow the path to the dark scary cave trail, try your luck in the fun-house or go on a hunt for Halloween goodies? There's so much to do here, so many screams to be had! Event ends Nov. 11.
Visit in Second Life Star's Harrowing Haunts
What spooky frights await you at Star's Harrowing Haunts?
Visit in Second Life The Haunted Street
The ghost town was out of place in the rolling hills of yellowing grass. The old road was barely discernible through the flora that had colonized it and so the dilapidated buildings that once fashioned a high-street had the feel of a movie set. But this was no million dollar venture. These were tear-downs that no-one had any incentive to demolish. This ghost town was more than "ghost" in name. When the sun-rays failed and moonlight was the only illumination for miles around, the phantoms and spectres rose from the ground or else stepped from the creaking walls.
Visit in Second Life Gator MC World Wide Psycho Hospital
Yes, you heard it correctly. The Gators MC Halloween Maze is back for the fifth year in a row and this time you'll get to see it in a totally new way! Born in the Psycho Hospital, you need to help your new friend escape the nightmares that torture the psychotic inhabitants.
Visit in Second Life Booh Hunt
Art Fashion and It's Gau present the Booh Hunt, held through Oct. 31. Seek and discover eight items in this Halloween-themed fashion hunt.
Visit in Second Life Panic of Pumpkin in Okinawa
Visit this Japanese-themed Halloween market and trick-or-treat hunt. Knock on the door and say "trick-or-treat" and have a happy Halloween!! Event ends Nov. 4. More info at ryukyusim.wixsite.com/pop2017
Visit in Second Life Whispers House
Visit a Halloween haunted manor that is perfect for your nightmares. Try your fortune in the room with the crying girl...if you are able to survive to the ghosts.
Visit in Second Life BBE Halloween Haunted Forest Charity Build-off
Come and check out this Haunted Forest Charity Build-off, with creations by nine teams and many Halloween scenes for you to enjoy! The winner will win a donation to their charity of their choice. Votes are L$5 each and you can vote as many times as you wish. Voting ends Oct. 31.
Visit in Second Life Haunted Circus
Visit this unique Haunted Circus with thriller rides and haunted grounds, graveyards and creatures of the night. Come if you dare to collect your trick-or-treat prizes. Be brave or go home. Highlights include live music, a Halloween costume contest and a grand prize giveaway. Find the 13 friendly ghosts and collect your prizes.
Visit in Second Life Xibalba Mayan Underworld Dia de Muertos
Instituto Español Second Life presents Day of the Dead 2017 - "Xibalba...Inframundo Maya," held through November 5th.
Visit in Second Life Southern Roots - Haunted Halloween
Come if you dare! Explore the horror and hauntings that are occurring at Southern Roots. See if you can survive along the many paths as you run from ghosts, zombies and killers lurking throughout. Happy Halloween!
Visit in Second Life Halloween at Aero Pines Park
The ghouls and zombies are roaming the trails, the hauntings have begun and the ghosts are creating their mischief. It must be Halloween at Aero Pines Park! Take part in the Halloween Prize Hunt, visit the terrifying haunted house, check out the haunted train depot, and enjoy the special Halloween rides. There's something for everyone at Aero Pines Park - even a haunted pirate ship! Sponsored by iMoogiRadio.com.
Visit in Second Life Bourgogne Medieval Festival
The picturesque old village in Coeur de Bourgogne is revisiting its past. You will find medieval/baroque merchants, madrigals, street performers, fortune tellers, archery, jousting, lots of costumes and a medieval ball! Dress up for the occasion and step back in time! Event held Oct. 20-22. More info at chateauneuf.net/pages/les-medievales-de-chateauneuf.html.
Visit in Second Life Is your spot (haunted or otherwise) listed yet in the Destination Guide? 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. 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 Hokmaph Store.
Linden Lab

These creepy creatures are NOT avatars, but Animesh!
Animesh is a new Second Life feature that will allow independent objects to use rigged mesh and animations, just as you see today with mesh avatars. This means that you can now have wild animals, pets, vehicles, scenery features and other objects that play animations!
Today Animesh is available as a beta project, and to get it to its final state, we need your help! Please try it out and give us your feedback in the Animesh Forum or in Jira . We’d love to hear from you what works and what might use some further improvements.
If you’d like to experiment with and help test Animesh, there are a few things that will help you get started. First, you’ll need the Project Viewer build.  We’ve also created a Wiki which outlines how you can begin playing with Animesh.
Once you’ve downloaded the Project Viewer, you’ll need to access and upload any test content to the Aditi Beta Test Grid. Once the Animesh beta is over, and we’ve finalized the project, uploads to the main Second Life grid will be enabled, and the real fun can begin!
We’re looking forward to seeing what you come up with using Animesh, and look forward to hearing your input about this exciting new soon-to-be feature.
Xiola Linden
 

Are you unafraid of things that go bump in the night? Love a screaming good time with fellow Residents, and dressing up in your Halloween best? Well, it is that time of year when once more - a-haunting we will go!

Once again, we’re going to monster mash-up our annual Creepy Crawl with some de-frightfully fun Costume Contests - but we need your venues to host our stops on the crawl. This year’s Creepy Crawl will happen on Halloween ( Tuesday, October 31st) from 10 am - 2 pm (PT).

If you’d like to host a stop along the Creepy Crawl, own a spot that will be decked out for the holiday, and don’t mind if a parade of Residents and Lindens come through, then you might be just what the witch doctor ordered. We’re looking for spots that will have music, are appropriate for general and moderate audiences, and can handle a crowd.
Here’s how to submit your venue for consideration:
Make sure your place is listed in the Destination Guide - here’s how to submit.
Hop over to this form and fill it out before October 15th - we’ll start selecting the venues after that!
Keep an eye out for an email and/or notecard after the 15th to let you know if your venue was selected.
We’re excited to visit as many Halloween spots a possible - and can’t wait to have some spook-tacular fun!

Pic by _miz_
Costume contest details and Creepy Crawl schedule will be posted soon - so keep an eye out!
 
Brett Linden
The haunting season is upon us! As October arrives, so too do the ghosts, goblins, and other creepy creatures of the night. All sorts of frightful delights can be found amidst the darkest corners and crevices of Second Life.
Explore multiple haunted houses, Halloween-themed events, and other spooky spots in our special Haunted category in the Destination Guide. Keep watching this space as you'll soon see even more haunted attractions pop up before they disappear like a ghost at the end of the month.
Here's some of this week's haunted highlights:
Halloweentown
Welcome to Halloweentown - a whole sim for fun and scares! Visit this small village filled with cute trick-or-treaters, decor items, gifts and gachas. Take the carriage tour and cross the river to see the scary area with a cemetery, haunted mansion and monsters that hide amidst the dark trees.
Visit in Second Life Deadman's Island
Deadman's Island is not for the squeamish or faint-hearted! Are you looking to visit somewhere dark, ominous and creepy? Deadman's Island will leave you feeling like someone is right behind you... watching... waiting...
Visit in Second Life Halloween Rock 'n' Shock 2017
Rebel Yell Concerts presents Halloween Rock 'n' Shock 2017. No one is safe! The whole land is haunted! This happy trick-or-treat village is just the beginning of the journey into your darkest nightmares! Here you'll also find awesome tribute concerts and rock parties. Event ends Nov. 2.
Visit in Second Life Grimly Fiendish
Grimly Fiendish features a haunted house with maze, hayride and more! Beware the zombies, ghosts, clowns, vampires and more!
Visit in Second Life ShenaniganS Haunted House
As the ghosts and ghouls prepare to celebrate the coming of another All Hallows Eve - ShenaniganS joins in the fun with yet another themed plot created by Blublaize and his partner Purr. Come and explore the haunted house or dance in the deserted cemetery - is it really deserted though? Open through November 5.
Visit in Second Life Halloween Terror
Not for the faint of heart! Visit Halloween Terror (open through Nov. 1) and be surrounded by the supernatural! There are many spooky surprises to be found here...
Visit in Second Life Halloween in Mountain Rose
Enjoy the Halloween bumper cars, witches broom ride, haunted house and the haunted maze. Find all 12 pumpkins and collect gifts. Halloween in Mountain Rose has lots of fun things to enjoy. Event held Oct. 6 through Nov. 2.
Visit in Second Life Spook-tacular Halloween Town
Welcome to the spookiest Halloween trail in SL. The Haunted Boat ride is first up. Once you reach the end, if you manage to survive the cave, then you arrive at the corn maze. Before beginning the maze, check out the small cave grotto. You may not get out again. There are traps and fun stuff along the trail and, of course, a haunted house.
Visit in Second Life A Story of Horrors
Welcome to A Story of Horrors! A land of eternal darkness, foggy forests, and haunted mazes. The Hay Maze and the main Haunted Maze are located on the road to your left...or take your chances through the haunted forest in front of you.There may or may not be a chainsaw-wielding homicidal maniac inhabiting the forest. Do you dare take your chances?
Visit in Second Life All Hallows at Moochie
Among the treacherous trees, the moldering mist, the rattling ruins and the wretched wailing winds, there are creepy corners and secluded shadows waiting for those who dare to venture into the darkness. Sable black, sable black, windy and weird, All Hallows at Moochie is a place to be feared.
Visit in Second Life Is your spooky spot listed yet in the Destination Guide? 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. 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 Skeleton House Halloween Store.
Linden Lab
***09-26-2017 UPDATE - We've confirmed that this issue has been resolved and you should no longer see the warning.***
Next time you update your Second Life Viewer on Windows there is a chance that you'll get a warning from Windows Defender SmartScreen that looks something like:

 

Assuming you got the installer by downloading from our web site or through an automatic viewer update, you can safely tell it to "Run anyway".
What's happening? When you launch something that's been download from the Net, Windows checks with Microsoft to see whether or not the thing you're launching is ok. When the answer is effectively "we're not sure," that warning is displayed.
Normally, we don't get these warnings because for many years we've been digitally signing the viewer and its installer and Microsoft has been recording the fact that things signed by us have been installed many times by many users. Unfortunately, what Microsoft uses to recognize that the application is from Linden Lab is the code signing key we used to generate the signatures. That key expired this week, and we had to get a new one. Until enough people install the application signed by that new key, it won't have a good enough "reputation" with Microsoft to avoid the warning.
So please help out your fellow Windows users (and us :-) ) and install those updates so that our new key develops the same well-trusted reputation the retired one had.
 
Brett Linden
This week’s Destination Guide highlights include a massive grid-wide game and several new spots you’ll want to snap and share with friends.
Save the grid from impending doom and win fabulous prizes in the new grid-wide game Tyrah and the Curse of the Magical Glytches. This ambitious adventure extends to multiple parcels across all of Second Life and many land owners can even get in on the action. It’s unlike anything ever seen before in SL.

Are you a photo buff? This week's Destination Guide highlights include new photogenic spots including a remote Russian weather station and a historic spot that takes you back in time to 18th century France . There's also a new exhibit that brings together seven acclaimed photographers -- each of whom explores their visual interpretation of one of the seven virtues.
There’s plenty to more to explore, too. Here are some highlights and new events to check out this week:
Tyrah and the Curse of the Magical Glytches
Save the grid from impending doom and win fabulous prizes. Capture Glytches, avoid Glytch spells, upgrade your weapons, play bonus levels, and avoid the treacherous perils to complete your Glytch collection!
Visit in Second Life Khodovarikha
Khodovarikha (in Russian: Ходовариха) is a weather station located on the freezing Barents Sea. Remote and desolate, with a permanent population of just one man, Slava. Witness his 'arctic limbo' in one of the loneliest places on earth.
Visit in Second Life ilargia
From the artist's description: "Eternal and sacred tree of life in space mythology."
Visit in Second Life Lilium
Seven photographers were invited to create a photo, each of them representing one of the seven virtues. The title of the exhibition was inspired by the homonymous song from the anime “Elfen Lied.” More info at daphnearts.com/lilium
Visit in Second Life The White Cliffs of Dover
A story of a place. A rich history. A memory of sorrow and hope. A conversation with yourself. The Cliffs and Town of Dover by Tahiti Rae takes place in a rich, immersive, and stunning setting with occasional time slips to the 1940s. Learn more at ecalpemas.wixsite.com/dover.
Visit in Second Life 18th Century France in Time Portal
Step through the Time Portal into a mysterious laboratory and visit a chateau just outside of Paris sometime in the 18th century. It appears that nobody is home. Have the servants not made the house ready yet or has the wealthy family just left? Are they maybe on the run for the revolution? Where are the servants, anyway? Who knows! But take this opportunity and have a good look around.
Visit in Second Life All Hallows at Moochie
Among the treacherous trees, the moldering mist, the rattling ruins and the wretched wailing winds, there are creepy corners and secluded shadows waiting for those who dare to venture into the darkness. Sable black, sable black, windy and weird, All Hallows at Moochie is a place to be feared.
Visit in Second Life Autumn in the Land of Rainbows
Autumn has come to the Land of Rainbows. This amazingly scenic sim shows all the colorful splendor of the fall season in Second Life. You start at the visitor center where you can learn about wildlife. Catch a Ranger tour or explore all the special features alone. Take a free umbrella, you will need it! The Farmers Market makes a return, new this year is the apple cider brewery. Come enjoy the fall!
Visit in Second Life The Pumpkin Patch at Fancy Decor
The third annual Pumpkin Patch at Fancy Decor offers a fun and cozy shopping experience. Take photos, or peruse the many shapes, sizes, and colors of pumpkins, hay, and other fall-themed goods!
Visit in Second Life Tennessee Whiskey Country Club
Tennessee Whiskey Country Club features classic, current and cutting-edge country music. The building is an old whiskey distillery located somewhere in the hills of Tennessee. There is a concert area where some of country music's greatest artists perform. Be sure to check out the bonfire area where everyone gathers on Saturday night. The venue is very comfortable, just like an old worn out pair of jeans and dusty old boots.
Visit in Second Life As always, 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 Biker Parties Bar and Railroad Station.
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.