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

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

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

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

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

Xiola Linden

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

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

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

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

 

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Shop Your Heart Out!

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

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Isle of View

Looking for something romantic? The Isle of View brings together everything the discerning romantic looks for in romantic festivities: boat rides, fireworks, kissing booths, forested walks, tasteful fountains and more. So bring that special someone to the Isle of View and tell them how you really feel.

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Caderu 2017 Valentine

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

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Sinister Slaughters

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

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Institut Namaste

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

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The Jewell Theatre

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

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Somewhere

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

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No Frontiers

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

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Boardgame Beach

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

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The Art Rocket

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

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Natural Falls

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

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Xiola Linden

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Shop Your Heart Out!

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

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Xiola Linden

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

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

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

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

Want to see more Second Life stories? Find previous episodes of The Drax Files: World Makers at Draxtor’s website, or at the links below and be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel where you can watch the entire series.

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 42: Death Row Designs
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 41: Vista Animations
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 40: Bernhard Dörries
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 39: Sergio Delacruz
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 38 : Eboni Khan
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 37 : Nonprofit Commons
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 36 : Sominel Edelman
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 35 : Project Bento
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 34 : Cheeky Pea
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 33: Luxembourg 1867

Xiola Linden

How much have you explored the Second Life Destination Guide? If you haven’t yet spent some time looking it over, there is no time like the present to get started. It’s a one-stop shop for nearly every kind of event you can dream of.

Our editorial team reviews tons of submissions, organizing them neatly into easy-to-navigate categories that make your life easier. Just take a look and you’ll find something new and exciting to explore.

In addition, we like to highlight just as few of the spots we stumble upon while looking through submissions and adding to the Guide. Below, you will find some place we think you might enjoy so check them out!

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

See you inworld, Residents!

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BURN2 Fire Moon

The first New Moon of 2017 will be on the 27th of January, which coincides with the Chinese New Year on the 28th, bringing in the Year of the Fire Rooster. And thus we arrive at the theme for the latest art event at BURN2 Fire Moon! Held Jan. 27-29.

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Emerald Caverns Love Tunnel Ride

Take a quiet boat ride through a fantasy inspired cavernous love tunnel ride. This romantic attraction is filled with glowing plants, flowers, and jeweled wonders.

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The Best Is Yet To Come

The Best Is Yet To Come from Gacha Good Events, held through Feb. 15, features over 100 gachas and a variety of merchants across the grid. Discover a variety of gifts and decor for Valentine's Day and shop 'til you drop!

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Love in London City

Celebrate the joy and passion of Love in London City. A month-long celebration of the heart with nightly events, weekly concerts and special attractions centered around Valentines Day. The event runs through February, visit mainlandlondon.blogspot.co.uk to learn more.

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The Mid-Winter Full Perm Fair

The Mid-Winter Full Perm Fair, held through February 13th, features the top full perm creators in SL. Participants are displaying and selling their latest and specially-reduced fair exclusives in all categories. Whether you are shopping for your store or just starting one, you will find a big selection of full perm creations waiting so that you can transform your creative ideas into your own saleable products.

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The Drakensberg Mountains

A Second Life creation of a range of mountains in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Visit a small mountain chapel, which is a free venue for weddings. Relax in the Zulu huts and listen to the sounds of nature or soft romantic music. Climb to the roof of the world and watch as the sunrise fires up the mountain dawn.

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[RAINS] Drift

Come wander, explore or hang out with friends at this photogenic spot designed by Soda Sullivan and Karma Avedon.

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Russian Universe

Visit Russian Universe, a social spot for Russian-speaking culture and community in Second Life. Don't miss the many international creative activities and events held here, including concerts, clubs, theaters, shops and more.

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Emerald Crystal Golf Course

Join SL golfers from around the globe at Emerald. Play and laugh with friends new and old as you immerse yourself in this realistic environment. The time-honored sport is re-created with traditional greens and landscaping. It's a great first date!

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Faith's Cafe

Faith's Music Cafe is where the music never stops. They play all sorts of music -- from classic rock to Top 40 hits.

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Hard Rock Garage

Live music is everywhere at this active biker venue, which features hard rock deejays, performances and more.

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Bouvier Jazz Ballroom

Enjoy some jazz music and live performers on this picturesque New Orleans-themed sim.

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Bavarian Rock N Blues

Bavarian Rock N Blues is home all forms of music, including rock, classic rock, blues, pop and more.

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Xiola Linden

When it’s cold and raining outside, it’s nice to curl up with a cup of hot tea and relax, but sometimes you can get a little case of cabin fever and long for a nice stroll through sun-dappled meadows or a crisp glide across an ice-skating rink to stretch those virtual muscles! That’s where Second Life and the Destination Guide can help!

There is no shortage of experiences to enjoy all over the grid, no matter what you’re in the mood for. Our editorial team keeps great track of some of the newest spots and pulls together this list for you so that you can spend more time inworld taking pics and sharing them on our official Second Life Flickr.

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

Now, grab a cup of tea and come inworld where it’s warm and cozy!

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The Hell´s Heaven 2.0

Welcome to Hell's Heaven 2.0! Stay awhile...let this world refresh your soul and melt your worries away. Enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of music and landscape and explore this flooded and cloudy world of changing scenery between canyon and swamp.

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Burning by Cica Ghost

Time is the fire in which we burn. - Dr. Soron

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Devin 1 & 2

Welcome to Devin, a photographic hotspot where you will find a forest, desert, beach and many chill places. Friends of nature and photographers will want to explore this evocative location.

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Big Data Goes to Bonestedt

Go inside and lose your data in this joint art exhibition from Moewe Winkler and ChapTer Kronfeld. Limit values ​​become a one-way street of communication in "Big Data," while "Bonestedt" is a fictitious place...difficult to find, often mirrored with and a strange nothingness behind.

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Ashemi

Ashemi is situated in the heart of a thriving city. It has areas of beauty but also spaces of urban decay and disregard. Bask in the glow of the city neons or spend time with friends in the enchanted garden area. Ashemi truly is a spectacular photogenic sim with more than its fair share of mystery and wonders.

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An Uncertain Destiny

Tired of endless snow and ice? How about rain .....endless rain Maybe solve a puzzle or two? Visit a prince or hang out in the gardener's cottage, find a tunnel, discover some stones. There's lush vegetation, and places to find for afternoon tea or a hot snack...and there's atmosphere - there's a LOT of atmosphere .

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Valentine on Ice

Rebel Yell Concerts presents "Valentine on Ice." Bring your special one and enjoy the many romantic spots here. Plan a dinner at one of the valentine-themed restaurants, rent a romantic cabin or meet your loved one at the cozy winery. Have fun with awesome Tribute Concerts then participate in one of many winter activities and tours.

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Existence in Balance

Jennifer May Carlucci is inspired by the creation of our Earth and the offering of our planet into the physical universe. "Existence in Balance" shows Earth being created and how we humans are part of this process.

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Earth Alliance Green Community

This limited-time build is a salute to the need for us to all live "green"' and utilize technology while protecting our heritage as protectors of our planet Earth.

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Sur La Mer

Come explore the sandy beaches of Sur La Mer. Ride the giant coaster that reaches out over the ocean or paddle a boat down the river and through the waterfalls. Surf, play, or just relax on these peaceful shores.

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Time Station Zenobia

The last of the ancient time stations built by a race of time travelers. Zenobia is one of the major hubs of roleplay for the time travel fans of the "Dr Who" series. Visit this region-sized station, and one of the biggest of its kind in Second Life.

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Berg by Nordan Art

Berg by Nordan Art is showing the installation Penumbra by Meilo Minotaur and CapCat Ragu, as well as the exhibit lacromioare by Huckleberry Hax through the end of March 2017. For optimal experience of Penumbra, use region WL London 2026 and turn up your sound. Gift avatars are available at landing.

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Luvsick Social Forest Hangout

Luvsick Social Forest Hangout is a place to gather and socialize with your friends (or friends of friends) in a beautiful forest atmosphere. There are games, a clubhouse, club area and social tent. This is a place you can go with no judgment and a great way to meet new friends.

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Xiola Linden

Love is in the air - Calling all Merchants! We’re putting together a little inworld shopping event around the theme of Valentine’s Day and we want you to submit your brand!

If you would like to be considered for this event - please fill out this form before Tuesday, January 17th. We will select participants from the submissions and get in touch with you with all of the details.

The event will run from February 1st through the 14th, and while we are not asking for an exclusive item, we are asking that your items be offered at a discount of at least 20% for the duration of the event.

If this sounds like something you’d be interested in - fill out the form and let us know!

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Photo by Ikki Kanto.

Xiola Linden

The Destination Guide is always full of great suggestions for you to visit, broken out into categories to make finding something to do or somewhere to visit super simple.

There’s art, music, clubs, hunts, shopping, romance, and more to be had across the grid and our editors have selected a handful of newer spots to put on your radar. Drop by and see what other Residents have been busy creating inworld, and share your pics on our official Second Life Flickr.

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

Now, let’s login and get to enjoying Second Life!

 

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One Caress

One Caress is a partially flooded landscape inspired by the eponymous Depeche mode song. The rainy, dark and cloudy.sim is designed especially for atmospheric and moody photography. A minor section (located on a platform up in the air) is dedicated to an equally rainy Japanese city landscape.

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Once Upon a Fairytale

With landscapes brought to life by creative designer Danii Lyric, every design at Cape Juniper is built with artistic creation in mind. Come explore the current installment "Once Upon a Fairytale," a whimsical fantasyland with scenery inspired by fairy and folk tales of our childhood.

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Know Your Poe Hunt

How well do you know your Poe? There are 12 different hunt items that each represent something from a work by Edgar Allen Poe hidden throughout Botanica Botanical Gardens. A fun and educational hunt with clues, wiki and web links to help brush up you Poe or introduce you to the master of the mystery and macabre.

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Music Through the Ages

From Chuck Berry to Metallica or from Dolly Parton to Miley Cyrus, this event showcases some of the best music that we all love. Visit the Music Hall of Fame with areas showcasing music as well as a tribute highlighting artist and groups with a special effort made to honor the legends that left us in 2016. Check out virtuallondons.com for more info.

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Second Life Museum of Nuclear Warfare

Welcome to the Second Life Museum of Nuclear Warfare. The goal is to educate the public about the history of the use of nuclear weapons in the larger context of the Cold War.

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Woodland County

Woodland County is a place for community roleplay for police, fire, health services, crime, justice, traffic authority and much more as the community grows. Woodland County also provides a place you can call home, start a business, make friends and many places to sit back and relax, chill and enjoy.

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Romance in the Stars

Romance in the Stars is a majestic and beautiful atmosphere with multiple genres of slow romantic tunes for your listening pleasure. Discover this paradise in the stars, perfect for creating those special moments or take a chance at meeting that special someone. Romance is always in the air and love is all around you at Romance in the Stars.

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Linden Lab

Place Pages are a new feature aimed at making the huge variety of awesome places in Second Life easier to find by creating web pages for each inworld location that opts to show in search.

Today, we’re starting a beta for this feature. All regions and parcels that have elected to Show In Search now have an automatically generated Place Page that’s visible on the web, you can check them out and share them today! Places rated General will be visible to anyone, and those rated Mature or Adult will be subject to the usual Maturity controls.

We’re beta testing additional capabilities that will make Place Pages even better. Invited testers will have access to an admin panel that allows them to add a custom welcome message, place description, tag line, image, and video support to their place pages. That’s not all -  we’re working on other features like an events calendar, advertising parcels that are for sale/for rent, and more. Of course, all of the region/parcel stats like size, maturity rating, etc. will be available front and center too. After the testing period, we plan to roll these features out to everyone - so stay tuned!

For now, our beta is focused around customizing these pages, and planned future improvements include making sure these pages are optimized for search engines to be sure your inworld places can be easily found by people searching for relevant terms. Keep up with the most recent developments by checking out our public forum post on it. Thanks and enjoy!

Xiola Linden

Happy New Year to all of our Residents across the globe and grid! It’s hard to believe that we already have a week of 2017 under our belts, but the holiday celebrations didn’t slow down all the fun and incredible spaces from hitting the Destination Guide.

It seems that Santa may have had a little too much fun over the holidays you can help find him in the interactive Search for Santa from MadPea Productions. For those of you who are done with the holidays, it’s already Spring in London City. Head over to shake the snow off your coat and smell the flowers!

Drop by to check out these highlights and share the photographic evidence of your travels on our official Second Life Flickr.

Is your Second Life creation missing from the Destination Guide? If so, write us a note at editor@lindenlab.com  or please submit your spot via form.

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Le Sixieme Sens

You are traveling in Tuscany, Italy and arrive on a plaza surrounded by old shops that give you a rustic feeling. Explore and discover a traditional market and vineyards, as well as a villa in this romantic, photogenic spot.

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OpeRaAnxiEty by JadeYu Fhang

Artist JadeYu Fhang invites you to explore the new full-sim art installation "OpeRaAnxiEty." More info at metalesmetaverse.wordpress.com/2016/12/28/operaanxiety-by-jadeyu-fhang

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U L T R A Events

U L T R A™ is a bi-monthly event featuring the best creators across the grid. The latest round of 45 elite designers offers a collection of exclusive fashion, home decor, skins and more. To optimize your shopping experience, there are boutiques from Kalback, Mina Hair, Come Soon Poses, Noir, Onyx, Dad Designs, Purple Poses, Letis Tattoo and Revoul.

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Binemust Winter Rock

Binemust is many things - choose any portal when you arrive to see the wonders - but to visit the icy rock, choose the portal to the platform. Here you will find snowy landscape and cosy interior with a twist. It's a great place to take photos.

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Masters Park Amusement Park

Come one, come all to Masters Park! SL's premier amusement park destination has returned -- bigger and better than ever! There are rides galore including games, Fish Hunt, coasters and more!

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Cedar Creek Township

Tucked within the mountains of Colorado sits the ever-bustling town of Cedar Creek, a family- and roleplay-friendly community in Second Life.

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Whiskey City

The clouds hang low over the city. The denizens move against the wind …the rain to get to their jobs …to their homes. The low life lurks in the shadows. One hurries down the street, trying not to glance down the alley. You hope what’s down there stays there … and doesn’t come out. Urban roleplay community with DCS combat. Part of the Smash sims

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Dixmix Gallery

Built by Megan Prumier and curated by Dixmix Source, Dixmix Gallery is a creative place dedicated to art, photography and music.

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Enchanted Ballroom

Walk down the enchanted pathway into the romantic Enchanted Ballroom. Set your environment to sunset and enjoy...

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Springtime in London City

After a harsh winter, the buds and blooms are back to life in London City. Enjoy a carefree visit to the spring gardens, bask in the sunshine and enjoy weekly concerts of a disco flavor at the outdoor amphitheater through January. More at mainlandlondon.blogspot.co.uk.

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The Yardsale Sponsored By Gacha Good

The Yardsale has a variety of items from creators across the grid including newer and retired gachas from past Arcade events. Come by and take a look and you will find everything from fashion to home decor. Happy shopping! Event ends Jan. 16.

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The Search for Santa

Christmas may be over, but the search for Santa continues! In this new holiday adventure from MadPea, use an ancient treasure map as your guide to follow the clues to find out the truth behind the legend. But watch out, sometimes the truth is stranger than fiction. Available until January 31st.

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Xiola Linden

The year 2016 may be coming to a close, but the Second Life community is still cranking up the creativity! In the final week of the year, some inspiring spaces have started to pop up that you won’t want to miss!

Fans of accomplished artists Bryn Oh and Theda Tammas will likely devour their latest works to debut in Second Life, while fashionistas everywhere will appreciate the latest round of designs and fashions to discover in the shopping event InspirationSL.

Check out these highlights and more in the Destination Guide. You can also show off your favorite new year pics in the official Second Life Flickr.

Is your Second Life creation missing from the Destination Guide? If so, write us a note at editor@lindenlab.com  or please submit your spot via form.

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Bryn Oh's The Hand

Bryn Oh's new artwork is the story of Flutter, a girl who has something precious in a suitcase and lives in a world of Sleepers. It is a continuation of Bryn Oh's many other award-winning narratives.

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The Cortege

Explore "The Cortege," a new art installation from Theda Tammas in Second Life. Located at the Blue Orange, this exhibition is inspired by "a procession where we vent our fears and sins," according to the artist. More info at bytheda.weebly.com.

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InspirationSL

InspirationSL is a unique, luxurious shopping event that is based on a different celebrity each round. With the slogan "Inspired by celebs. Made for SecondLife," participating designers take inspiration to offer you themed, exclusive designs that can be found nowhere else in SL.

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Eisa Colony and Nanite Systems

An American megacorporation has taken over an aging Soviet colony at the edge of the galaxy. What could possibly go wrong? Come explore the finer points of science fiction ethics in an imperfect alt-history utopia that adds a tropical blend to refresh the tired and weary cyberpunker's hard liquor, all built on the backs of tired colonists and their eager robotic successors. Your shuttle's waiting.

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Rixendale Funfair

Rixendale Funfair is full of rides and coasters for you and your friends to have a fun time in. Discover several spots to explore and enjoy including games like bowling, battle-tanks, paintball and many more.

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Shadow Island

Welcome to Shadow Island, where the impossible is reality. Venture around this Mystical realm, Mingle with Lycans, vampires, hybrids and humans. In this lost haven, you can get in touch with your elemental side, your dark side or your primal side. The choice is yours. This is a role-playing realm that teaches all aspects of Bloodlines in a safe environment.

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Xiola Linden

‘Tis the season! Second Life Residents across the grid are celebrating the holidays with snow-filled sims and winter creations that you won’t want to miss!

This week, we’ve rounded up over 15 seasonal spots -- each with a unique approach to celebrating the holiday. Explore everything from a steampunk winter adventure to a snowy Christmas tree farm in Second Life!

For even more winter delights, there are over 90 spots to explore in the Winter Attractions category in the Second Life Destination Guide. Make sure you check these out before the snow melts!

Don’t forget to share your holiday 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.

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Winter Wonderland

Enjoy an exciting snowy adventure in this winter attraction by Linden Lab. Enjoy some holiday gifts in the Village of Lights, or a nice skate around the rink with friends. Take a look over the regions on the top of our Winter Ferris Wheel or race around the track. Don't miss the snowball fight arena!

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The Fallen - A Steampunk Winter Adventure

The Fallen presents "A Steampunk Winter Adventure." Explore the twists and turns and check out the hidden gems in the town and in the forests. Fall in love with the Christmas town, Temple of the Goddess, frozen lake, the castle and forests. A Perfect juxtaposition of nature and steampunk civilization. This is a beautiful location and a dream for Second Life photographers.

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Winter's Hollow

Winter's Hollow is a dark winter-themed shopping market in Second Life, held through January 3. As the season changes to winter, many forget of the dark magic of this season. This event is to bring to light those of us that still like it spooky even in the happy holiday cheer of Christmas. All items (including exclusives) are 25% off.

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Home for the Holidays

Come home for the holidays with iMoogi Radio. It's a Winter Wonderland of fun with ice caves, sleigh rides, horseback riding trails, sledding, snow skiing and more! Visit the nice warm lodge for family fun, holiday parties, caroling and, of course, hot cocoa! The fun continues through February!

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North Pole at Alki

Santa's clan has gone high tech! Step through the portal to the North Pole at Alki and see the elves hard at work in the Industrial Toy Factory. Head to the Reindeer Stables, take a seat at the air control center and send Santa safely off into the snowy night. A full region of fun activities, warm hangouts and tasty treats specially made for you to explore and discover. Happy Holidays!

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Christmas at Buckingham Palace

Celebrate Christmas at Buckingham Palace with Prince Regent George IV. Wander the corridors of the palace dressed in Christmas splendor and enjoy the snow-tipped hills and ice ponds. Take a sleigh tour of Antiquity with a friend or a wintry stroll in the gardens. Warm yourself by the fires of the many splendid staterooms decked in holiday decor.

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Christmas Tree Farms at Lapara Towne

Introducing Lapara's newest annexation. Start at Clownski's Christmas tree farms, and explore the city in its full snow emergency. Now with more than three parks and a train that runs over 1 1/4 miles in each direction. Warm up in the hotel or find the Clownski's store and meet Santa Claus. Menorah Lighting starting December 24th.

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Christmas in Cantana

Welcome to this Christmas wonderland. Santa and his elves are working hard as the wooden soldiers stand guard. Come and ride the train, look around and go skating or dancing in the skating rink. Can you spot the white boomers?

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Island Dreams Seaside Lounge

Island Dreams Seaside Lounge is just part of the winter wonderland at the Yellowstone Falls sim. The Seaside Lounge is known for some of the best live music in Second Life, but also for the spectacular holiday decor.

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Torgon's Winter Fun Park

A park filled with snowy fun and fast rides, Torgon's Winter Fun Park brings out the kid in all of us. Just stroll in the snow, dance the night away, saw off your own Christmas tree, or jump on any of the rides around and just have a fantastic time. Still not enough? Grab some skates or even a snowmobile. And if you dare, grab a light and explore the underground cave...

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The Retreat

The Retreat is a calm and quiet place to relax and enjoy. The Chapel at the Retreat is just cozy enough to celebrate the holidays in...or to hold your winter wedding. There are also seasonal hunts and other events here that change monthly.

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Winter at Fogs End

A bitter winter has settled on the supernatural Victorian roleplay community known as Fogs End. Demons, undead, vampires, magic users, and werewolves walk among its citizens -- all under the ruse of the Masquerade. Take a walk down the crowded streets of the slums, peruse the businesses of town square, or explore the Butcher's Woods. What will you make of this city -- or what will it make of you?

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Winter Festival at Aero Pines Park

The 10th Annual Winter Festival at Aero Pines Park features three regions of snowy fun! Skate on the countryside frozen pond to holiday music or venture out to the hills for winter sports such as skiing, sledding, snowmobiles, horse sleighs and more! There's lots of great photo settings for you and your date, friends, family or group. Open through February 28. Happy Holidays!

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The Fantasy Collective

The Fantasy Collective is back and filled with some of the grid's best original mesh designers and new offerings for the season. There is something for everyone in any walk of life on the grid at this popular shopping event. More info at thefantasycollective.wordpress.com. Event held through Jan. 15.

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AEG Christmas Costume Fun Park

Strap on your skates and put on your skis! Here is a sim that is sure to please.Take your pic on a ride with St Nick! There's lots of fun Christmas and holiday activities for you and your family! Buy Christmas costumes from top designers and more at the AEG Christmas Costume Fun Park.

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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.

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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

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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!