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Linden Lab

The Second Life Team has been busy shipping lots of updates ( big, small, and medium) to the Residents of Second Life. These last few months alone, we’ve burned the midnight oil to get a ton of things showtime ready - and we thought the end of the year was a good time to recap just some of the highlights from Q4.

Raising the “Prim” Limits for Mainland and Private Regions

Raising the Land Impact allowance for Mainland and Private Regions allows you to do more with your virtual space! If you’re creating, building, or re-decorating, more Land Impact means more fun! We are excited to see the ways these new Land Impact increases are sparking creativity and ingenuity with Residents all over the Grid. The new option to upgrade to 30,000  Land Impact Limit has been extremely popular as well. We're happy to see so much interest - just in time for some seasonal decorating!

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Maintenance Maintenance Maintenance

The SL team has been, as always, plugging away on keeping the plates spinning.  Each Maintenance Viewer, Web, and Server release contains multiple fixes that include performance improvements, bugfixes, crash fixes, and tons of small feature work. Unglamorous on its own, this work is what  keeps Second Life humming along and this work is our most responsive branch - we often take small feature requests and get them out to Residents in a matter of weeks.

Horizons

Horizons - Residents are having a great time playing through the Horizons experience and carving out their own piece of the Horizons community as well! It’s sci-fi retro fun, and something we were delighted to launch publicly. If you want to scan current listings you can do so by visiting the auctions page. More parcels will be auctioned out soon!Horizons_Billboard_final2.png

360 Snapshots

360 snapshots is in Project Viewer stage. Dramatic new fully panoramic views of Second Life for social media, blogging, and whatever you can imagine are now possible!  We are looking forward to getting that out in the main Viewer soon.

 

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Bento - Extending the Avatar Skeleton

Well, by now you’ve heard the news.  It’s done!  By far the most significant change to the Second Life avatar in a long time, this is already empowering users to create fantastic new avatars, animations and accessories. Bento heads, hands, and much more to come from our super innovative creators. One of the most exciting parts is to see what the creator communities dream up for Bento! There’s a Knowledge Base article about the enhanced skeleton for those creators who want to find out more, and a quick search for “bento” on the Marketplace shows work is already being created that utilizes the new feature.

 

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 Community Gateways

We've resurrected and modernized our technology for enabling communities and educational institutions in Second Life to build their own account creation and user introduction gateways. A number of new gateways are ready to open, with more joining soon. Keep an eye on this blog for more information about the application process and the program - coming soon!

Website Update

A major update of the infrastructure for secondlife.com brings improvements in security and maintainability. This was a long labour of love and all of the teams who worked on it performed miracles of concentration and cooperation to get it done. It may not be a very visible change, but it was a huge undertaking and we are happy to have it implemented site wide.

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Creepy Crawl & Costume Contests

Halloween is a special time of the year in Second Life. It’s a graveyard smash to join in the fun with a get-together that travels around the Grid, sharing our costumes and good times with others. Add costumes and dancing to the mix to kick things up a notch and you have a full on party! We certainly loved seeing everyone in their Halloween best.creepycrawl pic by naria panthar.jpg

Shop til You Drop Inworld Shopping Event

We gathered some of the finest in spooky items from a variety of Merchants and had them set up shop for your one stop Halloween shopping. It really brought the spirit of Halloween to the misty little village.

Marketplace 12 Days of Savings Sale

This year, we once again joined forces with some of the top-selling Merchants on the Marketplace to bring you wonderful holiday deals - up to 70% off - in the 12 Days of Savings Sale.

Snowball Showdown

Residents and Lindens took to the Snowball Fight Arena once more for an epic battle of snow-flinging, ice-slinging action. There’s lots of sparing of wits, words, and especially winter snow! snowballfight pic by torley.jpg

Jolly Holiday Crawl

Before the aforementioned battle of snowballs, we all took a nice peaceful crawl across four beautifully decorated winter regions. Chatted, plotted our snowball strategies, and enjoyed one another's company while listening to holiday music. It’s always nice to gather with friends and have a good time.

Winter Wonderland

Your winter should include a trip to this amazingly whimsical and beautiful region put together especially for the holidays. True to its name, this is a spectacular spot to visit when you have some time to play in the snow, ride the Ferris Wheel, hit the hills on a sled, and get some snowball fighting in.Winter_Wonderland_002.png

 

We look forward to bringing you much more in the coming year - some of which is already well underway - and we’ll continue to share news with you on our blog as even more exciting things develop!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Xiola Linden

All the way from the far-reaching borders of Germany and the Netherlands, Draxtor Despres joins Death Row Design’s Jaimy Hancroft to chat about a little more than just the weather -- in this episode of the Drax Files.

Death Row Designs is a staple in Second Life  - providing a post-apocalyptic and dystopian spin on fashion, decor and architecture. Jaimy’s dark, grungy style has made her a favorite of many Residents over the 10 years that she’s been in Second Life, and now she is able to support herself with her brand.

With help from her sister Eowyn Swords - who does 3D modelling for Death Row Designs - Jaimy’s unique and creative work appears in a variety of events from the Arcade Gacha to many of the big shopping events inworld.

Another compelling aspect of Jaimy’s work in Second Life, is her commitment to Fantasy Faire to benefit Relay for Life of Second Life. To read more about her personal inspiration from her father, Mario, and how her culinary flare helped channel her creativity - watch the

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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 41: Vista Animations
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 40: Bernhard Dörries
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 39: Sergio Delacruz
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 38 : Eboni Khan
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 37 : Nonprofit Commons
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 36 : Sominel Edelman
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 35 : Project Bento
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 34 : Cheeky Pea
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 33: Luxembourg 1867
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 32: Jay Jay Zifanwe

 

Xiola Linden

The hard sparkle of snow has blanketed many a region in Second Life, and the spirit of the holidays reaches far and wide across the grid - which can only mean it’s time for some cool fun, hot deals, and the return of Winter Wonderland!

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Settle in with a warm beverage and your favorite blanket, because we have a trove of twinkling winter treats share.

GO PREMIUM FOR LESS

Year round, Premium Residents enjoy many perks, but in this season of giving, they also get special upgrades in Winter Wonderland and an exclusive new gift! To enjoy your upgrades, first stop by one of the Premium Kiosks to get your limited edition gift (more on that below) and Premium Winter Wonderland Badge. This badge is the key to some slick snowball arsenal  upgrades - so drop by to grab your badge as soon as you can.

If you’re not a Premium member yet, now happens to be a great time to upgrade - for a limited time only, save 50% on your first quarter’s payment for a Premium Second Life Membership subscription.*  As a Premium member, you’ll enjoy rewards like exclusive gifts, access to special Premium Sandboxes, a L$1000 sign-up bonus, more group slots, and weekly L$ rewards to spend on the things that make your time in Second Life most enjoyable. Land is better than ever for Premium members and also includes your own inworld home (which just got a 49% prim upgrade), and access to acquire Mainland Regions which were recently upgraded to higher Land Impact limits. You can read more about Premium benefits and upgrade your account here.

THE SNOW IS BRIGHT in the VILLAGE of LIGHTS

Winter Wonderland is once again alive with the sights and sounds of holiday delights and snowball fights! To get there, stop by one of the portal parks, follow the trail to the Winter Wonderland teleport portal, and tumble into an enchanted land of breathtaking beauty.

First you will land in the Village of Lights - a quaint little town with spectacular lights, bustling with holiday spirit. 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! It’s the kind of show you’ll want to show your friends.

The Village of Lights sits at the foot of a font of festivities that you’re going to want to see before the ice melts!

SNOWBALL ARENA

The site of many epic snowball throwdowns - the snowball fight arena is the perfect place to raise some hail with friends, strangers, and Lindens. Snowball-slinging weapons are available in the nearby kiosks, and Premium members can equip a Premium badge for access to the ultimate in snowball fight arsenal! I can’t stress enough that you will want to do a little recon on the arena layout, because coming soon there will be an inworld event that you won’t want to miss. Check here for the details!

WINTER SNOW TRACK

Thrill-seekers will want to grab a snowboard and/or snowmobile from the handy vendors and hit the ice slopes at full speed! Woosh through the glinting snow tracks and hold on tight as you race other Residents to the finish line. Premium members can access upgraded vehicles with their badge to unlock even speedier cruising through the four-region wide race track full of bumps, hills, and  jumps.

ICE SKATE ARENA

Not everyone is a dare devil - some of us like to hit the ice with the grace of a swan - and that is possible at the Ice Skate Arena. You bring the hot cocoa, we’ll bring the skates -  free from nearby vendors.  Once again, Premium members who wear their badge will find an extra prize full of customization options to fit your style and avatar. Take your sweetheart for a spin on the frozen lake and snuggle up to warm your toes after at the ferris wheel.

FERRIS WHEEL

A romantic view of the Winter Wonderland tundra is gleaned from atop the Ferris Wheel.  A breath-taking glimpse across the entire wonderland vista, under a shower of fireworks is possibly one of the best things to witness here. Have your snapshot finger ready, and your special someone at your side.

EXCLUSIVE GIFT for PREMIUM RESIDENTS

Ice Shack, baby! When you need to get away to do a little thinking and ponder the greater things in life, why not drop this cozy and rustic shack on a chunk of ice and do a little fishing? Premium members can pick up their Ice Shack at any of the Premium Kiosks, along with your Premium Badge to unlock all the cool, exclusive features that are available at Winter Wonderland.

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*TERMS & CONDITIONS FOR 50% DISCOUNT: This offer begins on December 15, 2016 at 8AM Pacific Time (PT) and expires on January 2, 2017 at 8AM PT. To qualify for this promotion, you must 1) have an existing Second Life ("SL") basic account or create a new account, and 2) select quarterly (every three months) billing for your SL account. The fifty percent (50%) discount will be applied to your first month’s bill and future months will be billed at the standard Premium Membership price. 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

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Check some names off your holiday gift list and get big savings with the 12 Days of Savings Sale happening now on the Marketplace!

We’ve joined up with some of Second Life’s top-selling merchants to bring you up to 70% OFF gifts for your Second Life friends, family, and loved ones, and to treat yourself!

Starting today through Sunday, December 25th, 2016, shop amazing deals on some of the most popular items available from these participating merchants:

 

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Shop for clothing, accessories, hair, interior decor, and much more before these deals disappear.

Get started and drop by the Marketplace now!

 

Xiola Linden

It’s beginning to look a lot like the holidays have taken over a good portion of the grid. Everywhere you look, there’s snow, lights, and so many wintery delights that all you can do is sip a peppermint latte and smile. And then join us for some thrillingly chilly fun festivities inworld on Monday the 19th, starting at 10 am SLT and ending in a snow-flinging frenzy where Lindens and Residents can frolic in an ice castle, pelting the hail out of each other at the Snowball Showdown!

Jolly Holiday Cheer to Celebrate the Year!

We'll be sharing a gift from Blueberry - but you can't open it just yet! Better make sure you're on the right list with the holiday higher-ups and stay tuned to this blog for when the gifts drop!

Put on your warmest wintery things and join us as we enjoy a little jolly running amok in a few of the prettiest regions to grace the fair realms of Second Life. From 10 am (SLT) to noon we will drop into the following destinations:

10:00 - 10:30 am (SLT)

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The Arctic Express

Hop on the train and relax with friends en route to the North Pole! You can also put on some skates, get some hot cocoa and enjoy the snow.

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10:30 - 11:00 am (SLT)

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Kate's Whirl

Wander the maze and unscramble the winter word. Walk the meditation labyrinth and enjoy the holiday tree forest. Meet your friends here for some fun ice skating or just chat and explore this winter wonderland.

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11:00 - 11:30 am (SLT)

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Winter Ice Christmas Festival 2016

Rebel Yell Concerts presents Winter Ice Christmas Festival 2016. Have fun with the many winter activities, including a sky-rail, skiing, sledding, skating and a Santa sleigh ride! Enjoy awesome tribute concerts, plan a romantic dinner in a Christmas restaurant and spend some quality time in this immersive winter experience.

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11:30 - 12:00 pm (SLT)

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Frisland

The old Frisland is gone for good but now there’s a new one -- a special winter location built by Frislanda Ferraris and Charlie Namiboo. Find a lot of Frisland items here, then take a seat and have a hot chocolate in a surrounding that’s completely new -- yet so familiar! Come over and enjoy a nice walk in the snow in this winter wonderland!

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Once we’re well into the eggnog and merriment - feeling peaceful and lovely - it’s time to throw down and get a little f-ice-ty!

Ice, Ice, Baby!

The Snowball Showdown returns - and you’re not going to want to miss your chance to partake in a frosty free-for-all at Winter Wonderland - location coming soon! Join us on Monday, December 19th between noon and 2:00 pm (SLT)

If you’re looking for the latest in snow-slinging arsenal, be sure to grab your free snow launching weaponry from the vendors around the arena. Premium members can unlock even more powerful artillery - more on that later this week!

Mark your calendars, assemble your dream team of friends, and meet us in the snow!

Linden Lab

Many Residents participate in the LindeX® exchange - trading L$ and contributing to the Second Life economy on a regular basis. As part of our commitment to prevent fraud and comply with applicable regulations, there are limitations in place that cap the trading volume for each Resident’s account at certain tiers.

We have recently reviewed and adjusted these tier limits to better accommodate the needs of Second Life Residents. For most, these changes will be beneficial, and you can review the details of your current trading limits by logging into your account and visiting your order history.

If you find that you need higher limits, you can request a tier limit review through our support system. Simply submit a ticket --> Billing --> LindeX Billing and Trading Limits Review Request (for basic accounts) or  Billing and L$ -> LindeX Tier Review ticket options (for premium accounts).

Happy trading!

Xiola Linden

Oh, cold weather outside can be frightful, but in Second Life, it can also be so delightful and if you’re looking for someplace to go SL snow, SL snow, SL snow!

Second Life Residents really know how to dress things up for the holidays. From soft, fluffy piles of freshly driven snow to galaxies of twinkling lights, you can’t deny the charming and talent-showcasing builds that reminds us of what is so magical about this time of year.

Cozy on up with a couple of friends, wrap up in that cute winter coat, and dive into drifts made by our Destination Guide trailblazers tidying up those snow banks so that you can simply enjoy the sights.

Please share your festive wintery pics to the official Second Life Flickr.

If you’ve built something great that isn’t in the Destination Guide, write us a note at editor@lindenlab.com  or please submit your spot via form. Cookies and milk are appreciated, but not necessary!

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SL Christmas Expo

Visit the 6th Annual SL Christmas Expo, held through December 12, in support of the Relay For Life of Second Life. This four-sim shopping extravaganza features exclusive limited edition collections, OOAK Breedables, holiday entertainment and more! Learn more at slchristmasexpo.wordpress.com.

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Mystic Yule

Mystic Yule is a full snow-filled sim filled with magical Christmas and Yule delights! Visit over 100 booths at this holiday event, held through Jan. 1. There's lots to see and do including entertainment, rides, gachas, shopping, ice skating, dancing and much more. There's a mini-hunt, as well! Each merchant will have a surprise box for you... if you can find them.

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3D Republic Christmas Market

The 3D Republic is hosting its 7th Annual Holiday Market! This year over 80 designers have come together to display their creations just for you. This popular event has everything you will need including winter decor, holiday creations, full perm items and so much more. Bring the family to the 7th Annual 3D Republic event for a day of shopping and fun. Don’t wait too long...it is only here until December 31st!

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2016 Winter Showcase & Winter Art Show

Team Diabetes of Second Life brings in winter and the holiday season with the 2016 Winter Showcase & Winter Art Show, held Dec. 8-19! This 10-day event has a combined 80 artists and merchants and will feature DJ's, live performers, two hunts, art, shopping and more! For more info, visit teamdiabetesofsecondlife.org/2016-winter-showcase.html

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LUNA Winter Fair 2016 for RFL

Held through Dec. 31, the LUNA Winter Fair features a hunt, live music and deejays, a fun ride, ice-skating, snowboarding and more! More info at lunafairgrounds.blogspot.dk.

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The Arctic Express

Hop on the train and relax with friends en route to the North Pole! You can also put on some skates, get some hot cocoa and enjoy the snow.

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Cowboy Christmas At The Flying U Ranch

The ranch is open and everyone is invited to celebrate this holiday season. Enjoy skiing, snowboarding, sledding and snow mobiles. Take a ride on the guided sleigh tour or skate in one of the animated ice skating routes. Visit Santa's animated village, the Island of Mizfit Toys or watch the Nutcracker soldiers guarding the Sugar Plum Fairy dancers.

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KittyCatS! Fantasy Winterland

Explore the KittyCatS Fantasy Winterland.and discover wonderful gifts daily from 24 of SL's most loved content creators! Stroll the fantasy glacier with igloos that each display creative festive scenes. Gifts available through Jan. 4. More info at KittyCatS.ws

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Get Scrooged: a Virtual Christmas Carol

Eight pivotal scenes from the Dickens tale have been recreated in a snowy winter setting to bring this classic Victorian literature alive as an immersive experience. The interactive journey begins with Scrooge's "Bah humbug!”, moves to his fateful visit from Marley's ghost, and then visitors can explore key scenes from Past, Present, and Future Christmases. Click on the characters to hear dialog!

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Pandora Resort - Winter Time

Pandora Resort is a unique experience for visitors. It's a place where SL residents can feel a touch of reality as well as wonder, blended into an experience and adventure throughout the resort. Pandora Resort is also a place with numerous locations that will simply amaze. The shift to winter welcomes snow, holiday spirit and a new lodge to reside within.

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Winter Drift

Winter Drift is a winter sim for all to explore. Activities include sledding, ice skating and dancing (with holiday music). There are many great opportunities for those creative minds who love photo taking, too.

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Merry Christmas

This snowy creation pays tribute to Christmas and Christmas Day, a religious and cultural holiday commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ that is celebrated among billions of people around the world.

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Botanica Christmas

Christmas has come to Botanica with lots to see and do. Visit the Grand Tree Hall, Santa's Toy Shop, Kringle's Cafe and explore the winter wonderlands.

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Southern Roots - Winter Holidays

Come enjoy a Southern-style winter adventure at Southern Roots! There is plenty for everyone to enjoy including sitting with Santa, kissing under the mistletoe, ice skating, sled rides, zip lines, movies and more! Bring all your friends and family to this fun-filled attraction. Merry Christmas!

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Pebbles in the Snow

Pebbles in the Snow is a magical winter playland full of surprises for your inner child. Bring your camera and skates. Wander the sim for changing themes and experience a sweet date for lovers.

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The North Pole's Snowy Village

The Snowy Village is a Christmas village extravaganza of events and activities including a gacha event with 15+ epic designers. There's also a hunt, Christmas gift tree, ice skating and more! Don't miss the scheduled visits from a live Santa!

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Fantasy Workshop

Explore the works of Italian artist Francesco Musante in this virtual art exhibit "From Real to Virtual" at Summers Wild. Hop aboard the toy train to begin...

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Tout est Allumé

Explore "Tout est Allumé," a full sim art exhbition at MetaLES by Tutsy Navarathna. More info at metalesmetaverse.wordpress.com/2016/11/05/tout-est-allume-by-tutsy-navarathna.

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The Plain of Jars

The Plain of Jars, a vast plain of hundreds upon hundred of massive stone urns and ewers, the makers long since lost to antiquity along with their purpose. Some recall the legend of the giant king's victory banquet. believe the jars to be the leftover alcohol vessels from that banquet. Others think of a more mundane purpose, to collect rain water for passing caravans. Discovery for yourself...

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LGBT History and Memorial Center

Come learn about the fight for LGBT equality; featuring a history walk with some of the important places in the fight for LGBT rights. Pay your respects at the memorials to those lost, including the Transgender Garden of Remembrance. Visit the museum of LGBT history which includes multi-media exhibits. There is also a resource center with links to real world help for members of the LGBT community.

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La Digue du Braek

Inspired by La Digue du Braek, a 7km long road near to Dunkerque, the sim is flanked by a beach on one side, and heavy industry on the other - a perfect tension between nature and machine. This is a beautifully evocative location, and a haven for Second Life photographers.

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TONAL

Explore the canyons of fantasy, film, and music through the TONAL region. A creative sim that brings together sight and sound to produce magical experiences for residents of Second Life.

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Storm Eye

Enjoy a beautiful and surreal experience in which the weather comes inside with you at StormEye. Created by Douglas Story & Desdemona Enfield, long time makers of award-winning immersive interactive installations, StormEye is not like anything else you'll see in Second Life. It's only open for the month of December, so don't delay!

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Linden Lab

Owning land in Second Life has never been more valuable, and now is a great time to get your own space or expand your current land holdings.

We’ve recently rolled out increased Land Impact for all regions, and last week, Full Private Regions went up from 15,000 to 20,000 prims - a 33% increase, at no additional charge!

Starting today, Full Private Region owners now have the option to upgrade to an even more impressive 30,000 prims! That’s an additional 50% more room for creating, decorating, designing your own store -  whatever you can dream up!

Upgrading to 30,000 prims costs $30 USD per Region and will incur an additional monthly maintenance fee*. For additional information about Private Region management and this Land Impact upgrade program, please visit our Knowledge Base.

To request an upgrade, please submit a case through the support portal on the Second Life website under the case type Land & Region > Land Impact Change Request.

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Above image from  Finn Lawksley via Second Life Official Flickr page.

* Upgrading a Full Region to 30,000 Land Impact costs $30 USD per region at the time of the upgrade and must be maintained for a minimum of one calendar month.When Land Impact is upgraded, Full Regions will be billed an additional $30 USD on monthly maintenance fees per region. Downgrading a Private Region back to 20,000 Land Impact will carry a fee of $30 USD per region at the time of downgrade. No pro-rating or discounting is permitted.

 

Linden Lab

Linden Lab is proud to announce that Project Bento is now part of the default Viewer! Bento is probably the single most extensive update to the avatar skeleton ever, and as a result of countless hours of testing, updating, reconfiguring, testing… you get the picture, we are now live!

Now everyone can enjoy the extra bones creators have taken advantage of to bring you true quadrupeds, winged avatars, fingers, facial expressions and more.

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Gif taken from Medhue Simoni’s video. Check out the full video

to see just how powerful this new feature is!

We’re working on launching an all new set of Best Practice docs just for Bento. It’ll include tutorials and write ups brought to you by the Residents that helped make Bento a reality. Stay tuned for updates in the coming year.

To learn more about Project Bento you can visit the Bento Knowledge Base article for details. As always, if you encounter any bugs or issues please let us know right away by filing a JIRA bug report. We hope you enjoy this feature and look forward to seeing all the great things Bento can do for Second Life avatars. Grab the latest default viewer download to start enjoying Bento today! 

 

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Above gif taken from Strawberry Singh’s YouTube video. Full video can be viewed here.

Xiola Linden

Hello December! With your whispers of winter and smatterings of snow, you delight with your tinsel and bright fairy lights! It seems that Second Life Residents have taken their cue from you, our icy muse. Gorgeous holiday decor is in full glory so now is a wonderful time to explore landscaped regions all over the grid.

The Destination Guide has kept its elves busy, plucking some of the cream of the crop to highlight this week. Now, I am not one to gossip, but you might want to get out there and practice your snowball launching arm. I may or may not have heard word that a certain snowy showdown is sure to show up on your radar, and you don’t want to get caught without good snow-pelting form. Just saying!

Don’t forget to share pics of all the magical beauty you encounter to the official Second Life Flickr.

We’re always looking for new events and places to add to the guide, so please submit your spot.

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The Arcade Gacha Events

The Arcade Gacha Events presents the ultimate GACHA experience! Guaranteed to delight shoppers, The Arcade offers unique transferable items from 100 of the grid's top designers. Discover that perfect gift to surprise and delight everyone on your list this year!

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Christmas Fair

Welcome to the Christmas Fair! As we approach the Christmas rush, this icy spot is filled with snowy dreams and plenty of good deeds!

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WinterHaven

WinterHaven is a beautiful sim set in a winter setting. Bundle up, grab your sweetheart and come explore! Curl up in front of the fire after skiing or sledding. Lots of beautiful spots to take photos.

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The North Pole Sleigh Ride Adventure!

Come celebrate the 6th year of this SL tradition filled with magical scenes and classic Christmas memories. Enjoy a delightful sleigh ride that commences in a pretty natural setting; winding its way down to the North Pole village passing delightful Christmas-themed scenes and ending on the doorstep of Santa's workshop. Stop in for some ice skating, a holiday meal and a visit with Santa.

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London City Christmas

Spend your holidays in London City where the most magical time of year comes to life. Visit Santa's Grotto, Winter Wonderland and Christmas Village, or just drop by for the free gifts and concerts every Saturday and Sunday through December. See the blog for details at mainlandlondon.blogspot.co.uk.

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Let it Light!

Winter is not just white, dark and cold. Come here and enjoy something more bold. Forget warm coats and the long night Let it light! Let it light! Let it light!

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The Frozen Fair 2016

Enjoy this winter shopping experience, located in a full sim filled with the best designers, gifts, discounts and Gacha exclusives. Event held Dec. 2-16.

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Winter Ice Christmas Festival 2016

Rebel Yell Concerts presents Winter Ice Christmas Festival 2016. Have fun with the many winter activities, including a sky-rail, skiing, sledding, skating and a Santa sleigh ride! Enjoy awesome tribute concerts, plan a romantic dinner in a Christmas restaurant and spend some quality time in this immersive winter experience.

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Let it Snow!

Oh the weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful. And since we've no place to go, let it snow, let it snow, let it snow

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New Babbage in Winter

Winters in New Babbage are notoriously cold and snowy, and this year is no different! Have a wander about the 11 region steampunk city and warm yourself by visiting the citys numerous pubs while exploring.

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London Village's Santa's Grotto

Come visit the London Santa Grotto! Meet Santa in the London snow. Find freebies in a cozy log cabin... right next to Big Ben!

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Nouvelles Aventures

Nouvelles Aventures is a true winter wonderland settled amidst the mountains.

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A Kaerri Merry Christmas

A Kaerri Merry Christmas is back for the 5th year with home and garden furnishings to make your winter home unique.

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Ten Thousand Lights, Maybe More

Live the spirit of Christmas, surrounded by awesome decorations! Blinking and glowing, flying and spinning, up to the stars and back.

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Akaesha's Advent Calendar

Are you naughty or nice? There are 24 days and 24 chances to get amazing gifts and a L$10,000 shopping spree at Akaesha Designs. Come join the Christmas festivities including hunts, gift card giveaways, gift giveaways, awesome shopping and more!

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Lost Unicorn

The dreamy Lost Unicorn forest sanctuary has changed to winter and is more beautiful than ever! Ice skate in the falling snow while gliding by flickering lighted trees, forest creatures, a gingerbread cottage, a Christmas sleigh, and so much more! A must see winterscape that's a delight to the eyes!

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Glamour Winter Wonderland

Come celebrate Christmas and winter - family style! This winter wonderland features skiing, snowmobiling, skating, a rollercoaster, decorations, freebies and more!

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Merry Elfmas

Pal Park presents "Merry Elfmas." This year, Santa has decided that he has had enough of the cold. He has gone someplace tropical and warm, while the elves were left here to keep everything going. Well, while Santa's away...the elves will play! Enjoy a free hunt, free Zooby raffle, ice skating, dancing, cuddling, Christmas tree farm, refreshments and more -- all while exploring the North Pole!

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Winter Flakes

Returning for its fourth season, Winter Flakes is back! Take a trip through the beautiful winter world of winter flakes. Take your photos here or just hang out. Maybe a wee visit to the skating pond?

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'Tis The Season - Winter at Moochie

A cold mist gathered to blanket the night, and the snowflakes began to cascade. Then, one by one each star illuminated this newly snow-dusted glade. The smell of hot chocolate wafts through the air, tempting you to press through the snow. Warming your hands on that mug of hot cocoa, you might just feel right at home. Winter has arrived at Moochie.

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Tannenbaum Holiday Market

A pop-up holiday market with over 100 vendors, Tannenbaum kicks off winter shopping in a big way. Explore Tannenbaum's Holiday Market and connect with artisans across the grid, selling festive and winter-themed goods! Or wander into the Christmas Tree Lot and peruse a fantastic selection of ornaments, lights, garland and other trims for your tree!

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Linden Lab

As we blogged back in the Summer of 2014, gambling is strictly prohibited in Second Life and operating or participating in a game of chance that provides a Linden Dollar payout is a violation of our Terms of Service.

However, games of skill are legally permitted in many jurisdictions, and we’ve seen that many Second Life users are interested in playing such games for Linden Dollars. We updated our gaming policy in Second Life at that time and opened applications for Skill Gaming. Skill Gaming applications will reopen on January 3, 2017, for those who wish to become authorized creators and/or operators of Skill Games in Second Life.

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

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

Applications for creators and operators will be available on the FAQ page beginning January 3, 2017.

Linden Lab

Earlier this month we made some exciting changes to Mainland Regions and Linden Homes. With some massive increases to Land Impact limits, Residents can now build, design, experiment, and create more than ever before.

As of today, we are extending this benefit to Private Estate Regions. Full Regions, Homesteads, and Openspace Regions on Private Estates will get a 33% increase in Land Impact allowance at no additional charge! Now everyone will have more prims to enjoy!

This chart shows the details of the changes:

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All Private Region owners in the main channel will notice these changes already, and RC channels will see the update early Wednesday.

Owning Land in Second Life has never been better, so now is the perfect time go Premium and claim your Mainland, or buy that Region you've been thinking about.

We’re excited to bring these changes and hope you enjoy the creative potential more prims brings to your Second Life!

But wait, there’s more …

If 20,000 prims still isn’t enough, starting sometime next week, Private Region owners will have the option to upgrade to a total of 30,000 Land Impact limit - more details coming soon!

Xiola Linden

For those of you who are knee deep in Thanksgiving leftovers, we’ve gathered a sample platter of some of the coolest new spots to hit Second Life. Treat yourself to a taste of some no-carb, fat, gluten, and lactose free, vegan delights, courtesy of the Destination Guide!

For the rest of you who aren’t suffering from a turkey coma, there’s still plenty to enjoy and explore. Tons of snow-packed wintery wonderlands await!

Don’t forget to share pics to the official Second Life Flickr. You are bound to come across something spectacular to share!

We’re always looking for new events and places to add to the guide, but If your piece of the grid isn’t there yet, please submit it!

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Snowy Islands

Snowy Islands is a winter place to walk and discover. Travel the paths within this discreet place especially made for lovers and rediscover the joys of winter with friends.

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Christmas with Snuggles

Snuggles celebrates Christmas and the winter season! Visit over the holidays for a huge selection of decorations and the perfect Christmas gifts.

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Aphrodite Winter Christmas Market

Come visit this winter, Thanksgiving and Christmas market, where you may find everything you may wish for your home or gifts for your loved ones this season!

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Gathering Mysts Winter Village

Celebrate the holidays at Gathering Mysts Winter Village. Winter fun activities include a scenic train ride, shopping, skiing, ice skating a reindeer sleigh tour and more! Don't miss Santa's toy house with all nine reindeer.

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Haunted Silent Peacock Hotel

Winter has arrived at the Haunted Silent Peacock Hotel. Miss Penny Peacock inherited the hotel from the passing of her grandfather. Fall has now past and winter is upon us. Yet still the ghosts remain. Explore and you may encounter live actors randomly throughout the day.

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Coming Home For Christmas

Seasons Greetings! It's that time of the year when we make our way home for Christmas. Drop by for a visit and enjoy the scenery.

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Welcome to Dachstein West

Surrounded by the Upper Austrian Alps and located at 1650 m, the idyllic mountain village Zwieselalm belongs to the municipality of Gosau. Whether summer or winter, this small village invites you to escape for hiking and relaxing. Enjoy the great outdoors of the mountains or visit the inn of the Miller family, which is open from sunrise to sunset.

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Let it Snow!

Oh the weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful. And since we've no place to go, let it snow, let it snow, let it snow

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Junktown

A post-apocalypse compound cut off from civilization after a nuclear fallout. There is much to explore. Hang-out in the container yard with friends while playing games or traversing the ropes. Listen to music at the open stage. Lots of photography opportunities and hidden places to discover.

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Breck's

Breck's is a sophisticated club with deejays that offer you blues, jazz and romance. Listen to the music and enjoy the romance near the waterfalls then play board games and have some laughter with your friends new and old. You can also shop LUXE Paris or sail the open waters.

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Baroque Dreams

Haveit Neox presents Baroque Dreams, his latest 3D artpiece that will make it's debut this month and will be the featured location for a special artistic fashion show, featuring the designs of Lyrical Bizarre. Event ends Nov 30.

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Hoshiyama

Hoshiyama is a Japanese Sengoku-era roleplay sim for adults that is set in the mysterious land of ancient Japan and hidden high in the mountains.

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Antiquity

Antiquity is a light RP estate set in the mid-1700s to the late Victorian era combining the elegance and sophistication of that time with the roughness of that past. It is home to beautiful architecture, including a noteworthy historical reproduction of 19th century Buckingham House (later Palace), themed historical areas, several historical royal courts…and pirates. Antiquity, a life like no other.

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Club Simple Paradise

One good thing about music: when it hits you, you feel no pain.

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Xiola Linden

While some of us have yet to throw away those rotting pumpkins and jack-o-lanterns on the porch, others have already set out festive holiday trees and decor to mark the coming of winter and the cheer and celebrations to come.

Imagine each space in Second Life as a virtual snow globe -- capturing a perfect moment or scene to admire. The Destination Guide organizes those vignettes in a way that makes them easy for you to find the perfect match. Why not take a look at some of these recent additions to the Destination Guide?

Find some especially incredible looking spots on your adventures? Don’t forget to share pics to the official Second Life Flickr .

We’re always actively seeking new events and places to add to the guide, but If your piece of the grid isn’t there yet, please submit it for us to consider.

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Horizons

Rescue the kidnapped Tyrah and earn rewards in Horizons, an all-new five-stage adventure game in Second Life. Journey across desert canyons and dangerous minefields before battling killer robots in a forest of exploding trees. Destroy the robotic swamp monster and arrive at the command center to complete your quest.

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Time Portal

Travel back in time to the 1920s through the 1960s and experience the different eras of the past, including themed shopping, entertainment and communities. Where will you travel first?

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International Disability Rights Affirmation Conf.

The theme of this year's International Disability Rights Affirmation Conference (IDRAC) is "We're part of the community." Learn how people with disabilities blog, exercise, use technology, and even suffer during disasters as active community members. For more information: blog.virtualability.org. Event held Nov. 18 from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. and Nov. 19 from 8 a.m.-1:30 (Pacific).

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Thanksgiving Raffle Dazzle at Akaesha Designs

Enjoy the Thanksgiving Raffle Dazzle at Akaesha's ReACT store, which is home of some of the best animated products. Shop all through November and earn entries towards the Thanksgiving Raffle. to win gift cards worth up to L$100,000, as well as prizes and more!

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Enchantment

It’s that time again…Enchantment Time! The theme is Hansel & Gretel and over 80 of SL's top designers have created items inspired by this magical tale.

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The Edge One Year Anniversary Events

This month the fashion division of Kultivate Magazine, The Edge, turns one! In honor of this occasion we have events planned all month long to celebrate The Edge, fashion, and of course art! More info at kultivatemagazine.com/celebrating-one-year-of-the-edge/

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Wild Cards: A Tarot Hunt

Madame Celestina can't tell you what's in the cards, because she's missing some of them! Wearing your HUD, follow the clues and find all 20 cards. When your HUD is completely filled, return to hunt HQ to collect your rewards. This Basin Street Irregulars event takes place in New Toulouse, an early 1900s-themed Louisiana community celebrating its 8th year in Second Life. Event ends Dec. 7.

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Gacha Good Presents Holidays, Holidays

Gacha Good Events presents Holidays, Holidays, Holidays. This monthly themed event includes everything you will need for your fall fashion and home decor or get some early Christmas shopping done for the one you love.

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Lichtbringer

The new show "Once Upon A Time - A Future Fairy Tale" is a story filled with love and hope...as well as spectacular lighting effects and innovations. With music from DJane Chilly, this experience will lead you through a story filled with light and emotions.

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LICK - Weeville

Welcome to WeeVille. A place to leave your woes behind. Come explore this fantasy sim, sit and visit with friends old and new. Take pics, have fun, just let your hair down.

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Fennet's Lost Kingdom of Petra

Come marvel at the splendor of Al Khazneh, the magnificent treasury, carved from the red rock cliffs. Aspiring senators and other orators can practice their craft on the podium facing Petra's amphitheater.

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London Enchanted Woodland

Enchanted Woodland comes alive in London. Ethereal beauty and creatures of myth abound as crisp fall morphs to magical winter. Join the London community for all the fun, special events and maybe even a laser show! This is a great locale for stunning seasonal photographs, so take your pics then join the photo contest and maybe win prizes and cash! More info at goo.gl/ubFcTg

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Amazon River

Travel the Amazon River across eight regions in Second Life!

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Gardens of Grace

Gardens of Grace is a romantic and peaceful sim with a ballroom in the clouds, a tranquil forest and memorial area.

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Sonora West

Travel to the forgotten town of Sonora, Arizona.

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Linden Lab

Somewhere across the oceans the computers begin to whirr, robots activate, and a sinister land is brought to life. And now, a vast new landscape has opened its doors to those who would dare to take on its creator: the ever menacing Dr. Talpa.

With another scheme in the works, Magellan asked Tyrah to infiltrate the mad scientist mole’s lair and discover just what evil technological abominations he was constructing. However - this being a LDPW experience backstory - it was not long before she was captured. She is now being held prisoner in Dr. Talpa’s command center.

The Mainland Gameplay Regions

The Horizons experience takes you through six regions starting out in the great advanced city itself.  Here, Residents are introduced to the challenges that await, so be sure to check out the videos outlining the great adventure. Your journey will take you from towering canyons to dark and deadly mines, all the way through forests and swamps,and finally, to the command center where Tyrah awaits her rescue.

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This 5 quest storyline takes you through various challenges laid out by the evil Dr. Talpa.  Everything from vicious splorches, killer robots, laser defense systems, the terrifying pet Fluffy, all the way to hidden traps, mazes, puzzles and more!  Residents will have to use the provided weapons to defeat menacing foes, while taking on other elements with their own wit.

But beware, saving Tyrah won’t be as simple as conquering these challenges.  The greatest adversary you face is the clock winding down to 0.  Can you save Tyrah in time? Will Dr Talpa finally succeed in ruling the grid? Will Magellan pay his bar tab? It’s all up to you!!!  

New Horizon’s Residential Regions

The Horizons experience itself is not the only exciting new release. Thirty-six, yes you read that right, 36 new regions surrounding the experience will be released for Residents!  These beautiful new regions, which abound with exciting features, are adorned with several styles of home brought to you by Linden Lab and the Moles.

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Owning a parcel on these lands comes with the ability to rez one of these houses via a special mailbox controller, an indoor control panel to customize the house, and a special resource pack containing handy items to decorate with. The regions feature waterways that flow through areas for easy travel with vehicles, which can be spawned at any of the rez zones found around the info hubs and community regions.  

Being a part of this grand new community is something we are very excited to offer Residents, and it’s an added bonus that you’ll be close to the experience itself!  Mark your calendars, Residential parcels will commence going to auction on Friday, November 18th!

New Info and Community Hubs

Alongside the residential areas and the experience, lay several community and info hubs.  The first of the two, the community hubs, are designed for Residents to use for their community groups, meetings, and events. These beautiful hubs feature a nice, serene environment to be social and enjoy alongside all your favorite fellow Residents.

The second of these two areas are the info hubs. These hubs feature land information, as well as an easy access portal that takes you directly to the mainland experience itself. There are also links to the wiki available which provide access to helpful knowledge regarding the housing system. A mailbox demo and building demos are set up to show you the controls featured in the new housing system. Residents will also find any update information here regarding the housing and mailbox system!

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So there you have it folks, the brand new Horizons experience in a nutshell.  But don’t expect us to tell you everything; every secret and bit of fun lays in wait for you to experience!  So grab your favorite pair of boots and begin the great journey!

 

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Horizons

Rescue the kidnapped Tyrah and earn rewards in Horizons, an all-new five-stage adventure game in Second Life. Journey across desert canyons and dangerous minefields before battling killer robots in a forest of exploding trees. Destroy the robotic swamp monster and arrive at the command center to complete your quest.

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Linden Lab

Last week we rolled out some exciting changes to Mainland Regions and Linden Homes -- major increases to Land Impact - and that means more prims to play with! There were some questions about what exactly that means.

One of the questions that came up frequently was how these changes would impact mainland use fees. The answer is: they do not! With these Mainland Region and Linden Home Land Impact increases, the only thing we are adjusting is Land Impact (the number of prims) available to those regions and homes.

Another question was if and when Private Estate Regions would see increases as well. The answer is YES -  and soon! We are currently keeping a close eye on performance on the Mainland Regions, and plan to roll out Land Impact increases to Private Estate Regions in the next few months.  Our intent is to increase all private regions to 20,000 for the full islands, 5,000 for homesteads and 1,000 for Openspace Regions at no additional charge to region owners. There will also be an option to upgrade to a total of 30,000 Land Impact for a nominal conversion fee and a monthly maintenance fee.  This should happen within the next couple of months.

This chart shows the details of the changes that have been made to Mainland Regions and Linden Homes, and changes that are coming to Private Estate Regions in the near future.

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Patch Linden spoke to Designing Worlds about the changes, which you can catch on our Official YouTube Channel

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You might be wondering, “ Fantastic! But, what will I do with all this leftover Land Impact allowance?” We have some suggestions. This increase is one of the ways that we're hoping to give content creators more room to create optimized, performant content.  You’ve probably seen content that’s taking one Level of Detail and applying it to the other layers, which results in a higher level of detail than is really available to lower level machines.  Maybe you saw it go from a blob to its intended shape - that's usually caused by not having all the different levels of detail, (or possibly having your Level Of Detail in your viewer on a lower setting).  We know that multiple levels of detail on an object costs additional Land Impact and we’re hoping to offset some of that with this increase. Of course, you’re free to do what you chose with these new limits!

We’re excited and pleased to be bringing you these changes.  Happy decorating!

 

 

Xiola Linden

Halloween festivities have come to an end, but one of the beautiful things about Second Life is that you can celebrate just about anything, anytime holidays or otherwise! You can drop into one stop and see that Winter holidays are already in full swing, or pop over to a lovely tropical beach and absorb some sunshine. You can hold a group meetup with people from all over, crossing time zones and physical space, or take a solo stroll through a fair or shopping event for some new things.

The Destination Guide does a great job of covering the all kinds of spots across a multitude of categories. You will always find someplace  new of interest to visit. Below are  but a few of the standouts some familiar and some new that you should definitely get inworld to visit.

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Mineral Ridge

Welcome to Mineral Ridge. Come experience true horror in a town once booming in the mining industry a now eerie place to visit. The fog has set in and night has fallen. Grab your flashlights and come explore the vast unknown because the biggest fear in life is the fear of not knowing what lurks around the corner or just a few feet down the street. Will you be able to make it out alive?

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London City Autumn Gala

Enjoy the sights and sounds of Autumn in London City. A month of spectacular music, live shows and rock and roll. If you're looking for something quieter enjoy the hot food, patio heating and the best entertainment to stay warm this fall. Details at mainlandlondon.blogspot.co.uk.

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SCALA Freakshow

FREAKSHOW – Carnivale is an immersive full-sim shopping experience set in an abandoned, desert town where a creepy freak show has set up shop. The two-week shopping event includes a six-hour block of entertainment, held Nov. 5, 2016 from noon to 6 p.m. (Pacific). Event ends Nov. 13.

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Sad November 3

Sad November is back for its 3rd edition! The cold, long nights are setting in and the down pours becoming more frequent, Sad November is the perfect opportunity to shop for something to match the somber, greying mood of outside. With plenty to choose from, you can brave the storm in style with Flair for Events! Opens Nov. 5 at 7 a.m. (Pacific).

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Leroy

The memory of a particular image is but regret for a particular moment.

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Geeks'n'Nerds 2016

Once a year, in a galaxy far, far away, the nerdiest and geekiest of designers get together to bring you Geeks'n'Nerds! Come check out this amazing venue, filled with top designers bringing forth their crazy, unique take on this fun and loved theme! Event ends Nov. 9.

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Laptop

Venture on the keyboard and hit the enter key and suddenly you are inside a region-wide laptop computer! Explore the working fan, CD drive, hard drive and more. Take a tour throughout the inner workings of a supersized laptop computer.

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Virtual Mental Health

Virtual Mental Health in Second Life offers free resources on mental health, relationships and wellness. Beginning in 2005, SL resident (RL licensed psychotherapist and educator) Avalon Birke and her team have worked to create an inworld space where individuals and groups can find genuine support.

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Fashion Island Prime

Fashion Island is a newcomer-friendly sim created in the style of a typical town in the Netherlands. Explore shops, a nightclub with live acts and events, an art gallery, a wedding area and more. There are also different kind of games to entertain and shops and houses to rent.

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Paramour

Paramour is a beautifully landscaped sim for your photography use! Come check out all the scenic areas. Included on the sim are many cabins and small houses, a lighthouse, a large pond and much more! Each season will bring new scenes and landscaping. Join the group to rez your own poses, too.

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Linden Lab

 

Get all the perks of going Premium for half the price - weekly stipends of L$300, a L$1000 sign-up bonus, the ability to join more groups, expanded Live Chat support, exclusive sandboxes, free gifts, and more!* Learn everything there is to know about Premium membership and upgrade your account here.

New Perk! Prim Limit Increase

Premium members are entitled to a Linden Home and can own parcels on the Mainland. Now, we're raising the limit on the number of prims you can use in those spaces. This means you will have more prims and creative flexibility to decorate and customize your own space.  Land impact (object) capacity on Mainland Regions will go from 15,000 to 22,500 - that’s a lot more building capacity!

In addition to this, we will further carry the prim limit increases to the private estate regions shortly.  Keep your eye on our blogs for more information!

This episode of Designing Worlds features Patch Linden - talking more in-depth about this new perk. You can watch it on our Official YouTube Channel

. Thanks to the Designing Worlds team for hosting the show!

New Premium Gift

There is a brand new exclusive gift available to Premium members only. Drop by one of the Premium Sandboxes to get your Alpha Robot Avatar. It shoots lasers and features customizable color textures.

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This pricing and the Alpha Robot Avatar are only available for a limited time - so hurry and take advantage before November 10, 2016!

*TERMS & CONDITIONS This offer begins on November 3, 2016 at 8AM Pacific Time (PT) and expires on November 10, 2016 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 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.  










































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Hello ghouls and boils have you braved the Haunted Halloween Tour  yet? It’s back this year with more frights and delights to enjoy. Just step through the door from Portal Park, hop in a coffin, and hold on for your dear life as you swoosh through madness, despair, and horror of unimaginable magnitude.

That is just one dish at the buffet of terror that invades the Destination Guide at this time of year. There is something for everyone’s tastes. If you’d rather frolic in crunchy leaves and pumpkin patches we’ve got that, too.

To get in the mood, you should stop by the Shop ‘til You Drop event and do a little shopping for the upcoming Creepy Crawl and Costume Contest!

Trick or treat? How about a little of both? Just dive into this list of creepy, kooky, mysterious and ooky spots and we’ll see you there! There also plenty more available in the Haunted category of the Destination Guide. 

 

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Shop Til You Drop

Don't get caught dead without a costume for those Halloween parties! Liven up the party with spooky steals and deals from Second Life Merchants at the first Shop 'til You Drop! This event runs from Oct 21 - Oct 31st, so hurry before these deals are dead!

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Fiesta De Halloween De Dross

Hosted by M0rtus and DJ Raykomaru will be your musical guides at this mysterious, dark, and wild event. Follow the ladder and ascend into a celebration Halloween with the creator of the infamous " El Aterrador Secreto de Second Life" YouTube video. This event runs from 7 - 11 pm (Pacific) on Saturday, October 29.

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Halloween Tour

Do you dare take a ride in the Haunted Halloween Tour? Strap in and prepare to experience haunts, ghouls, death, scares, and a descent into madness itself. It’s definitely not for the faint of heart!

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The Boho Culture 5th Aniversary

The Boho Culture Fair is an annual shopping event inspired by the Bohemian trend. More than 100 talented designers bring together a combination of colors, embroidery, braids, fringes and more for relaxed but sophisticated looks. More info at eventhuntforeverplanners.wordpress.com. Event held Oct. 21 through Nov. 4.

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Cupcake Corral Haunted Mine Walk

Take the teleport to the haunted mine! This scary walk takes a bit of time to get through...but will you make it to the end? Don't miss this Halloween attraction!

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Ride To Hell & Haunted House

Can you survive the ride to hell? Climb aboard the ferry, and make your way through the Land of Hades on this award-winning roller coaster brought to you by the Templeton family, WolfSong Creations, and Torgon's Development Service. Explore Templeton Cove's Haunted House and forest and enjoy shopping in the Halloween decorated outdoor mall.

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All Hallows Showcase Faire & Skull Hunt

Fifteen of Second Life's fantasy creators have come together to showcase their creations in one place. Everyone is invited to visit the dark castle at Old World Designs and hunt for skulls that contain wonderful free gifts.

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Carnevil of Carnage

All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream. What happens when our dreams become nightmares

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Trick or Treat Lane

Trick or Treat Lane is a shopping market created in the spirit of Halloween! At Halloween, we all love treats so this event is meant to give a sweet treat and a discount of at least one item to shoppers at every booth door they visit. Event held Oct. 18 through Nov. 1.

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Bukaroo County Presents The Haunted Hallows

The Haunted Hallows provides something for everyone, including shops, games, photo opportunities and so much more. Make sure to ride the exclusive ride, "The Cursed of the Damned Attraction." There are zombies and ghost and flying bats around every corner.

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LUNA Halloween Fair 2016

Visit the LUNA Halloween Fair 2016 (for RFL), held through Nov. 13 on LUNA FairGrounds. Event highlights include a hunt, live music. deejays and a fun ride! Learn more at lunafairgrounds.blogspot.dk.

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New Jericho

New Jericho is the city of the future and home to tens of thousands of inhabitants. As a massive structure meant to cater to all the needs of its population, New Jericho is the pinnacle of technological achievement and is the crown jewel of RTXC's self-contained industrial cities referred to as an "Arcology." However, something went terribly wrong and now its dwindling population struggles against a rising darkness.

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Kharma Asylum

You have stumbled upon what remains of Kharma Asylum. Once a flourishing refuge for those of weak physical and mental constitution. Now a horrifying house of unspeakable monstrosities and evil. Within you will find things, many that may not be for the weak of heart. Explore, and you will see the depths of damnation that this institution has sunk to. And maybe discover what evil is behind it.

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Everwinter

Welcome to Everwinter, a post apocalyptic theme park. Many years after a nuclear disaster, Everwinter sits frozen in time. Explore the aftermath, take in the sights and sounds,or maybe find a quiet spot in an abandoned building. Frequented by scavengers and those lucky enough to survive, only time will tell how long you'll last in Everwinter.

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Maverick Studios Haunted

Maverick Studios presents several Halloween-themed experiences including a haunted forest, the scientist's lab, haunted maze, games and more!

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SAMHAIN - Bullring House of Horrors

Samhain - Bullring House of Horrors Experience, sponsored by BRM Radio, summons individuals to a frightening and daring Halloween experience from October 23rd until November 13th. Boldly venture down the darkened path and experience the unknown...there is plenty lurking in the shadows. Bring a friend and explore the haunted land, testing your savviness in seven haunted experiences.

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Halloween The Great Zombie Escape

The wind whistles through the leaves above your head. The 'kaw' of a crow echoes in the still, dank air around you. You're lost in the chill night air but salvation is within sight. To your right is a house sitting atop a hill, perhaps its occupants can help you find your way out of this bleak, dismal place. You wouldn't want to be caught outdoors, on Halloween ... when monsters are about.

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Halloween Trail

It's the 10th Annual Halloween Trail at Aero Pines Park! Explore to find many interactive spooky activities for frolicky fun and photo moments. Bring your friends, family, group or a date!

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Rothiemurchus Forest

Enter the eerie haze that permeates the dark Rothiemurchus Forest at your own risk. You must find your way through, chased by bats, wolves and creatures that slither, while possibly stumbling upon mutilated bodies. Wander through the decrepit cemetery or the inescapable dungeon. Careful - don't careen into the depths of the hidden crypt, or the maze of tunnels. Who knows where the exits may lead.

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Day of the Dead (Dia de Muertos)

Celebrate Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead) in Second Life. This traditional event, held Nov. 1-2, features competitions, concerts and more!

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Day of the Dead Public Altar Exhibit

Join us as we celebrate Dia De Los Muertos! Explore altars created by Mexican American Folklore students at the University of Texas at El Paso, then stay to create your own. Learn about the cultural and historical aspects of the holiday through exploration of the Day of the Dead Placita, featuring interactive content from the Smithsonian Latino Center. Now through Nov 6.

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Spookzilla 2016

Spookzilla 2016, hosted by AlterEgo and held Oct. 26-31, features a Halloween hunt, live music, gifts, raffles and more. There are prizes for being in costume and hidden treats to be found from a variety of shops. Come trick-or-treat here...if you DARE!

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Woodbury Falls

Woodbury Falls is a photogenic horror sim where it is evident that something is wrong. The town lies through the maze of abandoned houses where windows have long shattered in the weakness of their structures and rotting boards, Weeds socialize across the cracking asphalt of every road, gathering and laughing at the lone pedestrian. Do you have what it takes to survive?

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Invasion!

Flying saucers! Animated mutants! Giant robots! "Invasion!" open for another Halloween season! This original amusement park ride is based on alien invasion movies of the 50s.

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Halloween Haunt at Fairy Tales Castle

Hunt for the magic pumpkins hidden around the island, and enjoy the adventure and fun-spirited Halloween Haunt. There is a lot to see including a few freebies here and there. Find each pumpkin and get your own copy for only $1L.

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Halloween at the Santorini International Club

Join Santorini International Club if you dare for a Halloween scare! There's a party daily in this special Halloween-themed edition of the popular dance club. Don't miss the final party on Oct. 31, which includes a contest to win L$1,000 for the best Halloween outfit.

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Out of the Looking Glass

Take an adventure with Alice and enjoy the art of this little girl's journey through childhood's fear and magic, Out of the Looking Glass|Into the Madness, will be once again joining The Dirty Grind for The 4th Annual Festival of Samhain.

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Darkness Prevails: Shattered Masquerade

Darkness Prevails: Shattered Masquerade is a wasteland survival supernatural roleplay sim that is loosely inspired by World of Darkness.This spot caters to like-minded players who love descriptive paragraph roleplaying and long-term stories. More at wod-darknessprevails.enjin.com.

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Trick or Treat 2016 Trail

Visit the Trick or Treat Trail and grab your free prizes at 24 prize stations while you explore tons of spooky areas. Beware the spider infestation! Explore an abandoned hospital or brave a special storm - there's much to discover here including a special mini-golf area built just for the event. Held through Nov 2.

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Haunt Jaunt

The Haunt Jaunt includes a haunted mansion, graveyard and home on the ground level, and a haunted disco where events are held. There is a haunted maze up in the sky and a family-friendly pumpkin patch complete with a puppy! It is a free venue where all donations are forwarded to organizations supporting people with disabilities in Second Life.

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This Halloween - Monday, October 31st from 10:00am SLT until 3:00pm SLT - you are most cordially invited to join us inworld for the 2016 Second Life Creepy Crawl!

Those who joined us for last year’s crawl know what it’s all about – but we’ve added a few twists this year, so everyone should read on for the details.

The Second Life Creepy Crawl is a bit like a good old fashioned pub crawl, but no cab fare or designated driver is needed as we roam from spooky spot to spooky spot for music, dancing, and celebrating in our finest of Halloween costumes! 

Costumes are strongly encouraged for this event - so come out and show off your best and you could win big! This year, at EVERY stop on our crawl, we will be giving away L$5,000 to one lucky winner whose costume catches our eye. That’s 10 stops, 10 winners, and a total of L$50,000 in prizes! Just keep in mind that this event is for General and Moderate audiences when perfecting your look. For full contest rules please visit the wiki. If you still need a costume or three - check out the Shop 'til You Drop event for your one stop Halloween party shopping.

Boudoir has graciously offered an exclusive treat that you can grab from one of the gift vendors at each stop – one gift per Resident.

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2016 CREEPY CRAWL SCHEDULE

 

10:00 am SLT to 10:30 am SLT

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Shop Til You Drop

Don't get caught dead without a costume for those Halloween parties! Liven up the party with spooky steals and deals from Second Life Merchants at the first Shop 'til You Drop! This event runs from Oct 21 - Oct 31st, so hurry before these deals are dead!

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10:30 am SLT to 11:00 am SLT

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Boudoir

This cavernous fashion boutique, with its luxurious purple and black decor, mainly specializes stylish clothing, hair, skin and shoes.

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11:00 am SLT to 11:30 am SLT

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Pumpkin Town 2016

Pumpkin Town is back! One of the most famous Halloween towns in Second Life, Pumpkin Town is where you can experience deejay sets, live performances, shows, horror movies, freebies, a hunt and more. More info at pumpkin-town.blogspot.be. Event held October 1st to October 31.

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11:30 am SLT to 12:00 pm SLT

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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.

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12:00 pm SLT to 12:30 pm SLT

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Bay City's Halloween Hay Maze

Bay City's fairgrounds have gone spooky, with a hay bale maze full of creeps. Can you make it through -- or will you be dinner for the ghouls and creeps? Come try your luck in Bay City's Halloween Hay Maze! It's a-MAZE-ing fun for all!

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12:30 pm SLT to 11:00 pm SLT

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Club End of Days

Enter the world of the dark angels, if you dare! Hidden in a dark corner of cyberspace is a secret club where vampires and other nocturnal creatures party the nights away. Join live DJ's as they play various music from old-school goth to the latest cyber goth genres. Welcome to Club End of Days.

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1:00 pm SLT to 1:30 pm SLT

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Vampyr Empire

Transylvania is Second Life's first gothic and vampire lifestyle community. With nightly DJs, art exhibits, discussions, shopping, and residences, it continues to thrive as Second Life's oldest community for those with a penchant for the dark.

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1:30 pm SLT to 2:00 pm SLT

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KOR

Listen and dance to house music and lose yourself to the groove.

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2:00 pm SLT to 2:30 pm SLT

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Ironwood Hills

Ironwood Hills is a post-apocalypse sim ravaged by time and nature. As sirens wail in the distance, derelict buildings give up ghosts of their past. You'll find an abandoned amusement park under a plume of stale popcorn. The threat of dangers and other darker things lurking around every bend in the path toward the corpse-filled caves. An eerily beautiful landscape that tries hard to hide its secrets.

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2:30 pm SLT to 3:00 pm SLT

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AEG Halloween Costume Party

Check out this Halloween holiday-themed sim, which features a haunted house, creepy graveyard and twists and surprises around every corner. There are also shops with super fancy dress up costumes, too. Explore the large club with live deejays around the clock to entertain you in a ghoulish fashion.

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Linden Lab

 

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If pictures are worth a thousand words, 360 degree images must be worth millions. That’s why we decided to develop a feature called 360 Snapshots that will make it easy to capture and share 360º images from Second Life. Check out some of these samples!

Available now as a Project Viewer, this is a new way to capture these amazing images all in a single click. At the moment, you will need to host these images on a web server to view or share. Instructions on where to get the Project Viewer and how to help and provide feedback are on the wiki.

This great new feature is not yet complete; there are known issues with the image quality and we have not yet added support for directly sharing images from the Viewer - never fear, we're working on all of that. We’re sharing and hoping all of you will check this Viewer out and report any issues you may encounter. We can’t wait to see your 360 showcase!

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Hello Residents!

Available now are three very exciting new features that we’ve been working on for the past several months and are thrilled to announce!

New Sandbox Regions

First up, we’re proud to introduce 5 new Premium Sandboxes! Like other Premium sandboxes, these are only available to Premium members. We have allocated 4 new regions for cross server code testing, perfect for those multi-region experiences; the Blue Steel, Magnum, LeTigre and Second Life Main regions are each Premium sandboxes arranged directly adjacent to each other in a square. Because one is in the main simulator channel and one is in each Release Candidate (RC) channel, when we roll new RC versions of the simulator it will be easy to test differences and potential issues with region crossings.

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The fifth new region is called: Sandbox Premium Weapons Testing which, as the name suggests, is dedicated to testing your SL munitions! In the past, weapons testing was done in general sandboxes where it was prone to overcrowding, griefing and instability. It was very difficult to get testing done. Now we’ve opened up more space for Premium members to test their combat gear in a less disruptive environment.

Portal Park 2.0

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Next up is a brand new design for our hugely popular portal system! Last year we introduced the Portal Park in our 2015 Halloween Promo, which served as a hub for people to gather and access new destinations. Available now is a dual hub and spoke section that spans 2 regions. Now you have quick access to twice as many of the new destinations on the grid! There are two roads,the Red and Yellow brick roads that will take you to their own main hubs. From there, the spokes or pathways extend out and will lead you to teleport gates to the new experiences. Be sure to visit and revisit these parks as the destinations can be both seasonal and/or hints for what’s to come ;)

LLSit

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Finally, do you need a diabolical trap for your dungeon? Or, to strap avatars into the seat of a rollercoaster for their own safety? Or, perhaps just some basic crowd control to minimize disruptions during a townhall or event? Introducing the LLSit feature. These new LSL functions allow creators to force avatars onto sit targets as part of an Experience. Scripts can move avatars into specific prims, shuffle them between seats, and prevent them from getting out of their chair before it is safe. It is now also possible to prevent Residents from sitting where you don’t want them by setting a simple parameter on the prim. Whichever way you use this new capability we are looking forward to seeing what you create!

Xiola Linden

With the Creepy Crawl less than two weeks away, it’s time to get serious about Halloween. We’ve been brewing up a wicked treat that’s easy on the eyes and on your Linden wallet. Starting today through October 31st - we’re hosting a shopping event that is sure to liven any dead man’s party! With frights and delights from some of Second Life’s best designers at deals that seem simply insane - this party central for all things Halloween - is your one stop shop ( ‘til you drop!)

Costumes, accessories, decor, and much more await you and your friends in this mysterious haunted village. I dare you to venture the cobblestone paths and see what our vendors have in store for you.

 

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Shop Til You Drop

Don't get caught dead without a costume for those Halloween parties! Liven up the party with spooky steals and deals from Second Life Merchants at the first Shop 'til You Drop! This event runs from Oct 21 - Oct 31st, so hurry before these deals are dead!

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You can also visit these merchants on the Marketplace to see what else they have available.

  

 

 

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If the Destination Guide were a bowl of Halloween candy, it would be full-sized handfuls of your favorite sweets. It’s packed with tons of fun-filled treats to check out with your Second Life family and friends.

Later this month, we’ll be kicking off the Shop Til You Drop and Creepy Crawl events but there’s no need to wait until then to get frightfully festive! Just reach into our bag of Haunted Halloween spots, and surprise yourself.

Scared of all that decision making? We’ve made it easy by shaking our sack of destinations and selecting some of the newest goodies to fall out of the bag. If your spot should be in the Destination Guide, please submit it for us to consider.

With everything decorated to the rafters, it’s perfect photo-taking time! Don’t forget to share your photographic adventures to the official Second Life Flickr .

Grab a flashlight and take a deep breath the merry mayhem is about to begin!

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BURN2: Da Vinci's Workshop

BURN2 "Da Vinci's Workshop," set for October 15-23, echoes the spirit of the High Renaissance with contraptions of wood, canvas and rope gyrating, undulating and vibrating to music around the dusty playa. The festival will be brought to a close after the Burns of Virtruvian Man and Temple.

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The Women of Science History Museum

The Women of Science History Museum is a monument to the often forgotten or misattributed accomplishments of women in the sciences. It's easy to forget that we would not be where we are today without them. It's about time they got the recognition they deserve!

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Mictlan: Aztec Underworld

Mictlan was the underworld of Aztec mythology. Most people who died went to Mictlan, although other possibilities existed. Mictlan, far to the north, consisted of nine distinct levels. The journey from the first level to the ninth was difficult and took four years. Learn more in this special Day of the Dead exhibit, held through Nov. 5.

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Halloween Tour

Do you dare take a ride in the Haunted Halloween Tour? Strap in and prepare to experience haunts, ghouls, death, scares, and a descent into madness itself. It’s definitely not for the faint of heart!

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The Boo! Bunny Hunt 5

That boo! bunny is a jokester! Dressed as a ghost, this bunny yells BOO! at everyone and steals their candy. Little does he know that he has left us a trail of shiny wrapped yummies to help hunt him down. The Boo! Bunny is a fun Halloween hunt, held through Oct. 31. Follow the trail of candy and you'll be led along a path of clues to hunt down your themed prizes!

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Scare Me Silly

It's time to get scared silly at the Scare Me Silly event, which supports Team Diabetes of Second Life, an official and authorized team of the American Diabetes Association! This event will feature shopping, a pumpkin hunt, live performances, tribute bands, tricks and treats! For more information, visit teamdiabetesofsecondlife.org/scare-me-silly-event.html

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The Fallen

The Fallen is a haunted village full of surprises, twists and turns. The residents sure are a friendly bunch - and may invite you to stay! Visit this great place to adventure and be sure to check out all the nooks and crannies!

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Edgar Allan Poe's House of Usher

Back for 2016 for its 10th season! Edgar Allan Poe's House of Usher will spook you into learning a little bit about Poe's work and life while searching for treasure chests filled with free prizes. Visit the Spooky Ride next door to feel Poe's impact on modern horror! Sponsored by Literature Alive!

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Halloween Storm

Halloween Storm is an eerie place where you don't know what's around the next corner. Enter the Asylum with its crazy occupants who may get you to stay awhile as a guest. Drop by the Haunted Mansion and find secret rooms and interact with items. Then pay your respects to the dead in The Storm Graveyard.

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Hunting Hollows

Wicked whisperings and sinister shrieks pierce the night among the darkly lit pathways of Hunting Hollows. A dreadful darkness lingers throughout, beckoning you to venture further into the woods. Dare you stray from the path? A forest of sinister secrets awaits the foolish and the brave...

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Frightmares! - Face your Fear

Face your worst nightmares at Frightmares! Explore the many terror-themed areas, including a ghost town, maze, boardwalk, toxic sewer, space station, and go kart nightmare. Each area is filled with things from your nightmares and fun that is sure to give you a fright!

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Trunk or Treat

Welcome to the third annual Trunk or Treat, a family-friendly fun Halloween and fall-themed event for all to enjoy. Designers will have all their favorite fall creations to browse and buy as well as free treats for all!

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Dragon Chambers

Join the celebration for this 4th Annual Halloween Masquerade Ball, held Oct. 27 at 6 p.m. (Pacifci). The night begins with a show designed specifically for the Arges County Sim, home of the infamous, Vlad the Impaler.

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Gacha Good Events present The MadHouse

Gacha Good Events presents The MadHouse, a monthly themed event. The MadHouse has all your needs for everything haunted and Halloween.

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