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Linden Lab

As we teased at the end of August, an all new grid-wide gaming experience has been in the works here at the Lab, and today we’re excited to announce that it’s opening! Tyrah and the Curse of the Magical Glytches is here for you to explore - read on for the details.

MAGELLAN IS DEAD!!! Dr Talpa has not been seen since his robot army was defeated and Tyrah escaped before he could turn her into a cyborg. The moles are in shock and mourning Magellan's passing. Who will protect the grid now that he is gone?? No one is sure…

Mischievous, magical creatures called Glytches are creating havoc upon the grid!

Where did the Glytches come from?  What does Tyrah have to do with it?  Curse?!  Learn all in this special background video!

It’s up to you, the Residents, to save the grid from these adorably rascally creatures.  As you catch them, you get to keep them!  Sometimes when you catch them, you are also given gems which you can use to upgrade your weapons, play a prize lottery, and even enter special bonus regions chock-full of more Glytches and gems.

To get started, go to the Portal Park and find the new portal to Tyrah and the Curse of the Magical Glytches.  Walk through that portal, watch the background story and tutorial videos if you haven’t already, pick up your starter kit from The Apothecary, and start hunting!

 

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The Glytches are all over the grid, in places like PaleoQuest, Linden Realms, Horizons, various InfoHubs and other locations.  They’re even on parcels owned by Residents!  Don’t worry, they won’t be on your own personal parcel unless you want them there. There’s information about how to apply to host Glytches on your parcels in the Official TCMG Wiki page.

 

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Getting Your Glych Collection Started

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Remember that mysterious Egg you picked up during Second Life’s 14th birthday celebrations?  Bring it with you! It’s finally ready to hatch! To hatch your egg, pick it up (wear it, just don’t sit on it, because...ew!) and take it to Hartyshire.  Find the hatchery located inside the Gift Shop, and click on the hatchery.

You must be wearing your egg in order to hatch it.

Your Mission ...

Now that the threat of the Glytches is real, will you rise up as a hero and capture as many as you can? Can Tyrah count on your help? Head over to Portal Park and start your Glytch-collecting adventure now!

 

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Brett Linden

It’s a mad, mad world...that’s why we’re crazy for the all-new MadPea City. The acclaimed MadPea Productions recently opened up elaborate new headquarters in Second Life and their new Region also houses offices for many established brands and creators including Love to Decorate, The Drax Files, Kultivate Magazine and Shiny Shabby.

In the mood for something more Medieval? The 7th Annual Renaissance Hunt & Faire is underway! This fantasy event is always fantastical and marvelously magical so bust out your best garb and let your imagination come to life!

There are plenty of other Second Life hot spots to explore in this week’s highlights, too. Check out some of our favorites below:

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 Egotherapy Club and Art Gallery.

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

Brett Linden

There’s something about September in Second Life. As summer comes to a close, the community is cranking up the creativity as several high-profile events and destinations debut. The Arcade quarterly fashion event is back and will surely getcha with great gachas from 100 of SL’s best designers and builders. Kultivate Magazine concludes its popular series of events this year with The Black & White Exhibition, which features over 40 artists showcasing their talents in black-and-white imagery. If you’re feeling festive, then there’s also the Fantasy Gay Pride event which features several impressive fantasy builds including a Baroque theater, steampunk area and a Medieval castle.

There are also some fantastic photogenic spots for snapshots and exploring, including Fairy Tale from the ever-prolific Cica Ghost and Night Gazing (which celebrates the beauty of dreaming).

Here’s this week’s highlights:

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 Savor Serenity.

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

Linden Lab

Dear Second Life Residents,

It’s been an exciting summer at Linden Lab. Second Life celebrated its 14th anniversary, and shortly thereafter we also opened Sansar’s creator beta to the world. In addition, we are thrilled to announce a set of investments into Second Life and its communities that will include enhancements to our engineering support, customer support, billing systems and upgrades, and customer acquisition outreach. In all, we’ve budgeted many millions (USD, not L$...) in the coming year to make SL even better, and we’ll keep everyone up to date on improvements as they roll out (or sooner).

This summer’s milestones have given us all another opportunity to reflect on just how strong the Second Life community is, what an incredible history SL has had so far, and what an amazing future lies ahead for the virtual world and its Residents.

For more than 14 years, you’ve created memorable experiences, diverse communities, close relationships, thriving economies, engaging art, exciting events, and amazing creations of all kinds. You’ve made the world, and we’re proud to provide the platform and tools that help you to do so. We at Linden continue to be impressed by what we witness from Residents every day, and we want you to know that we share that commitment to and love for Second Life.

Here are a few of the things you can look forward to soon:

  • We are hard at work upgrading all of the SL infrastructure and moving it to the cloud, which will bring a wealth of opportunities to Residents near and far, and allow us, among many other things, to make SL more performant for Residents across the world from us. It may also allow us to introduce new products with more flexible pricing.  

  • We’re working on several features to increase the value of Premium subscriptions. Most recently we gave Premium members priority access to near-full events, and shortly, we’ll be ready to unveil another bit of exciting news for subscribers.

  • We're building out a series of great extensions to Windlight (code name: EEP!), which will give value, flexibility, and new marketability to land, and will make Windlight settings tradeable assets.  

  • We have an extension to the animation system in the works (code name: Animesh) that will allow non-avatar objects to use more powerful and efficient skeletal animations the way avatars can today, and even more changes planned for creators and merchants later in the year.

  • We’ve also got new experiences and events coming. An exciting new grid-wide gaming experience is coming soon! The team can’t wait to share the details with you in just a few days. Also in the works for this fall is an updated Halloween Haunted Tour, with new spooktacular events to celebrate. Not to mention, we’re turning 15 next year - SL15B, baby! That’s an incredible milestone and we are looking forward to collaborating with you to produce an amazing celebration.

Long live Second Life and long live the creative process in the amazing worlds that you've trail-blazed! Thank you for filling SL with your creations and communities all of these past 14+ years, and here’s to many, many more together.

Best,

Ebbe Linden, CEO & the Second Life Team

 

 

 

Brett Linden

Live happily ever Thereafter in a post-apocalyptic (virtual) world alongside some of Second Life’s brightest musicians, deejays and designers. This limited-time Second Life theater, music and sales event is unlike anything we’ve ever witnessed inworld.

Second Life is all abuzz about PocketGacha this week. So, what’s PocketGacha? This HUD-based shopping experience lets you get your Gachas in a new, convenient way. Watch the video below to find out or just hop inworld to see for yourself.  

Other new highlights this week in the Destination Guide include a hipster fashion event for men, the conclusion of the Lovecraft Festival, and much more. Don’t miss this week’s hot spots:

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

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

Brett Linden

Oh, the horror! Everything is terrifically horrific in this week’s Destination Guide highlights. The 6th annual Lovecraft Festival is already underway and there’s a frightful new puzzle game from the acclaimed MadPea Productions that you won’t want to miss. Chic Aeon has crafted a steamy mystery game that challenges players to explore a creepy graveyard in search of a missing woman...or you can risk venturing further into the Unenchanted Forest

If you manage to return alive from any of these horror-filled hot spots, then there are plenty of peaceful places that you can also explore in Second Life. We recommend one of the many new fashion events or music clubs that can help you dance away those demons.

Here’s this week’s highlights:

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

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

Brett Linden

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

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

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

Here’s all of this week’s highlights:

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

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

Brett Linden

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

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

Teleport at your own risk.

Here’s this week’s highlights:

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

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

Linden Lab

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Second Life Is Here to Stay!

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

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

Linden Lab

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

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

 

 

Brett Linden

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

Here are this week’s highlights:

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

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

Brett Linden

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

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

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

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

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

Xiola Linden

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

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

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

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

 

 

Linden Lab

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

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

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

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

Linden Lab

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

Here’s what’s new in this update:

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

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

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

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

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

Brett Linden

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

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

Here are some of our recommendations for the week:

TOP 10 DESTINATION GUIDE CATEGORIES

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

  1. Editors’ Picks

  2. Photogenic Spots

  3. Romance

  4. Premium Gifts

  5. Adventure & Fantasy

  6. Featured Events

  7. Roleplaying Communities

  8. Games

  9. Popular Places

  10. Beaches

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

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

Linden Lab

Hello Residents!

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

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

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

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

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Brett Linden

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

Here are some of our recommendations for the week:

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

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

Xiola Linden

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

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

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

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

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

- The Second  Life Support Team
 

Xiola Linden

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

Meet the Lindens: Lead Community Manager Xiola Linden

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

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

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Brett Linden

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

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

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

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

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

Linden Lab

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

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

Sananok Avatar

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


Mysterious Egg  (Rezzable or wearable)

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Things you can do with the egg:

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brett Linden

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

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

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

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

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

Xiola Linden

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

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

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

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Ain’t No Party Like a Second Life Party

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

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

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

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Second Life Community Celebrations

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

 

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

Linden Lab

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

The changes are as follows:

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

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