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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.  










































Xiola Linden

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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Xiola Linden

 

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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!

Linden Lab

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.

  

 

 

Xiola Linden

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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Xiola Linden

This episode of the Drax Files is the very first of the series to use 360° for an immersive and innovative viewing experience! You can move around in the video to view the full 360 degrees of the space. If you’re new to 360 video scroll down to the end of this blog for instructions on how to get started it’s easy!

Now, back to the show! Vista Animations provides dances, AOs, and other types of avatar interactions for Second Life Residents to purchase. As CEO of Vista Animations/MoCap Barcelona, Vista Barnes owns and operates a motion capture studio in Spain, and employs a small team of three to help create realistic animations that add personality and customization to your avatar. Have two left feet but wish you could dance like Fred Astaire? You can with motion capture animations the level of freedom and expression is limitless!

Vista Animations is already delving deeply into the upcoming release of Bento developing cutting-edge beta products that Residents can already enjoy in beta form. For example, Bento-enabled hands allow expressive finger articulation that has not been possible before.

The process of motion capture isn’t simple, but it sure looks like a lot of fun! Get a sneak peek at what goes into creating an animation, and why it is such a labor of love for this tight-knit team by watching the

or pressing play in the embedded window below.

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 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

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 31:Tom Boellstorff



New to YouTube 360° videos? It's easy to get started!

On a desktop computer, just click the play button like you do other YouTube videos, then rotate your view by: (1) pressing the WASD keys on your keyboard, (2) dragging with the left mouse button, or (3) clicking the directional widget in the upper-left.  if video playback looks fuzzy, click the gear icon in the lower-right and set that to a higher resolution. 

On a mobile device, you'll need the YouTube app. On Android, you can even use Google Cardboard for more depth.

Make sure your web browser is up-to-date. Most modern browsers support 360-degree videos via the HTML5 standard. You can check for compatibility and learn more.

 

Xiola Linden

Hello, October -- you gorgeous beacon of the mysterious and magical! Our Residents are ready for you -- with a virtual cauldron full of haunted treats in the Destination Guide. And as for those tricks? We have got a few up our magician’s sleeve this year. The Creepy Crawl has clawed its way from the Graveyard of Halloweens Past, and there’s a special inworld shopping event a-brewing that should prove to be a thriller! Find out how you can participate as a host on the Creepy Crawl, or a participating Merchant in the Shop ‘Til You Drop Shopping Event at this blog.

We’ve prepared a sackful of some of the sweetest Halloween spots to hit the Grid this year. 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 .

Let’s get to haunting that Grid! See you on the other side!

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2016 Halloween Town

Halloween Town is full of shops for all of your Halloween needs from party food to costumes. Be sure to enter the haunted house where you will turn from spectator to participant as Halloween Town pays tribute to the greatest horror movies of all time.

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The Mad Circus Halloween & Gacha Fair

The Mad Circus is not your "typical" Halloween experience. The theme of the event is Halloween and includes everything dark and twisted. You'll find L$10 gifts at every store! There are over 100 gachas in the theater and all around the sim. Event open Oct. 8-31. More info at evilbunnysl.com.

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The Nightmare Event

The Nightmare Event is a yearly event for the month of October where creators get together to bring you the scariest Halloween walk through possible! The walk through is completed with obstacles, characters, and a hunt for prizes! And don't forget about the vendors where some of our favorite creators will be displaying new and awesome Halloween items!

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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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The Haunt of Herston Canyon

Set to a story, you'll hop on a boat that'll take you through a haunted canyon. Will you make it out alive? Live interactive characters will haunt you and look to kill. This haunted experience is open 24/7 with live characters interacting on daily scheduled times. Don't be afraid of the dark. Be afraid of what's in it. Opens Oct. 7.

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The Faery Crossing Black Marsh

The house on the rise has seen happier days, now its timbers strain as though to flee. In this waning time the veil between worlds thins as an aged, pocked, suppurating skin. Where it breaks, a corruption invades. Life becomes as dead, though not dead. This blight leeches into the ground too and infiltrates the halls of rest that lay below. Then what is truly dead…is no longer quite so.

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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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Fallen's Haunting

Fallen's Haunting is an interactive haunt that is perfect for everyone. Visit this old haunted mansion that is complete with a cemetery and dungeon and prepare to be frightened! You never know what lurks in the shadows. Grab a lantern at the landing point to help light your way. Due to inclement weather, the hunt and weekly events will be held indoors. Have a haunting good time!

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Krazy Kritter's Haunted Isle

Are you brave enough to explore Krazy Kritter's Haunted Isle? This entire sim, conceptualized and designed by Pierce Design Studios, features an abandoned campground, cemetery, haunted forest, freaky carnival and more! Highlights include Ghostly Lake (a programmed boat ride) and the Terror Coal Mine (a programmed coal car ride),

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Manson-Crowley Hall: Foggy Hill Island

Explore a centuries-old manor deep in the foreboding woods of Foggy Hill Island. Purported to be haunted, it is rumored to be inhabited by an evil presence and cursed by the restless, wandering spirits of those who mysteriously and violently lost their lives there.

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Haunted Halloween Horror

Nightmare Halloween Horror brings all your favorite characters together in one Halloween destination. Experience the ultimate fright night experience with rides,ghosts, zombies and more. Leave your nerves at the door and enjoy the experience.

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Neverland

With the beginning of its 7th year, Calas Galadhon creators Ty Tenk & Truck Meredith share their 2016 Halloween build Neverland. In the spirit of the season with the creator's unique mix of beauty and terror, this enchanting build provides many opportunities for haunting exploration and fun for every Peter Pan & Wendy. The magical boat tour with its overview of the build is a must!

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FoM Corn Maze Hunt

Fall of Man proudly presents the Corn Maze Hunt, held through Oct. 31 with lots of prizes from several great merchants! Come wander through the maze and find the hidden pumpkins. Several stores have hidden more than one, so make sure to find them all! On Oct. 29, there will be a Halloween party with music and prizes for costume contests!

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Xiola Linden

As we say goodbye to September, and greet the crisp breeze of October, it’s only natural that Residents have pumpkins, fall leaves, and things that go bump in the night on their minds. There’s been more Haunted and Halloween-themed dens submitted to the Destination Guide than you can shake a cinnamon stick at. Please submit your Halloween spots to our Destination Guide so that we all can find lots of haunts to visit over the next month!

In addition to the cornucopia of events, destinations and parties, we are brewing up some Samhain shenanigans here at the Lab, and we need your help! Take a look at this blog and join in the fun, if you can!

Don’t forget to share your photographic adventures to the official Second Life Flickr . Right now we’re looking for Halloween-themed images to use in a marketing campaign. Find out more about that here.

See you  inworld!

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Furillen

Furillen depicts an island off the north-east coast of Sweden containing abandoned industrial builds that were once part of a former limestone factory. Remote, bleak and beautiful, this is a Second Life photographers haven.

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Pandora Resort

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.

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WaterWorld

Skull Island has sunk beneath the sea and WaterWorld was born. Explore the depths of the sea and the islands above. A special Halloween level will be opened on October 8th!

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Evre

Time is everything or is it nothing at all? Experience Evre from Tahiti Rae and delve into the power of your mind, merging the paranormal and unexplained with new quantum physics. Evre step outside your dream...and walk right back into it? Maybe we exist everywhere, all the time. Travel through time and then out of it. Exhibit open through Dec. 31.

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Salem

Designed to evoke the tenor of the 1692 witch trials, Salem hits the grid just in time for Halloween with over 100 vendors and two ways to shop! Dive into Salem's Macabre Market and connect with artisans across the grid, selling autumn and Halloween-themed goods. Or if you dare, try your luck in the Gacha Gallows. Salem runs October 1 - 31 and promises to bewitch you!

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Holly Kai Park

A peaceful, photogenic park accessible from Blake Sea by boat (moorings provided!). Home of Art at the Park, Stories at the Park, Caitinara Bar and the Art Garden, The Pavilion and Storyteller's Circle. Come explore the trails, sit in secluded spots, see the art at the studios and on the hill. Take a kayak ride along the river.

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Surf Cove At Playa Perdida

The clear blue waters, pure white sands and tropical plants and bird life make Surf Cove a paradise for beach lovers. Ride the Maoli surf waves or wander the island to discover secret caves, a zip line and other fun activities before relaxing with loved ones under the stars in the beachside shacks.

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The Last Unicorn Experience

Experience the magic of The Last Unicorn as you join her quest to find the others of her kind. Hidden throughout the sim are secrets that only the magic HUD can help you find.

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Sound Effects in Virtual Worlds

This limited-time exhibition features a set of demonstrations of how sound effects can be used in virtual worlds. You will find soundscape environments, interactive music machines and a number of other audio demonstrations displayed by Lorin Tone, Meriadne Merlin, Nance Clowes and others.

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SL's Top Haunted Places Tour & Hunt

It is the seventh year for SL's Top Haunted Places Tour & Hunt! Take a tour of scary haunts all over SL. Everything is organized so that people can more easily find haunted places to explore. New haunts will be added all month long. Pick up a continuously-updated list from the sign at each location and go in whatever order you want!

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London City Halloween

Experience Halloween in London City. Join the spooky fun for a month of concerts and live music every weekend in October. Enjoy exhibitions from the scariest attractions in London. More details at mainlandlondon.blogspot.co.uk.

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The Pumpkin Patch at Fancy Decor

The Pumpkin Patch at Fancy Decor is a fun pop-up autumn destination full of pumpkins in every shape, size and color! Just like a real pumpkin patch, search for the perfect pumpkin to pick and take home!

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Hypnotic: Romantic Island

Hypnotic is a special place for love and romance with couples dances and secluded places to cuddle and kiss. Hidden throughout are special romantic animations. Can you find them? Bring your partner, lover or date...or come alone to meet someone with romance on their mind.

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Haunted Silent Peacock Hotel

Miss Penny Peacock recently inherited the Silent Peacock Hotel from the passing of her dear grandfather. But little did the will say anything about it being haunted! Upon your arrival, please be sure to get the folder from the greeter as it has an important welcome message and directions on how the hotel works.

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Corpsewood Haunted House

Want a good spook? Are you a screamer? Visit Corpsewood...where the chills never end. Experience a holoroom filled with ghostly surprises and travel sim-wide to find new horrors! Hunt in the main house for great prizes!

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Wild Zombie Lands - GCS Zombie Hunting

Wild Zombie Lands offer the finest in GCS Zombie Hunting. There are three main areas (The Beach, Prison and City) that offer a variety of toughness. New to zombie hunting? Visit the Noob Zone and learn how to hunt Zombies like a pro!

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Kinky Event

The Kinky Event evokes the fancy side of the erotic dimension of the human relationship with the fantasy. Awaken your passions monthly with amazing brands and provocative products such as decorations, poses, clothing, tattoos and accessories for people of all tastes and pleasures. This recurring event begin on the 25th of each month.

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We’ve got some tricks and treats in our Halloween goodie bag this year and it’s sure to be a scream!

 

SHOP ‘TIL YOU DROP

Halloween is just around the corner and we’re trying something new that will help Residents find their perfect costumes, and help Merchants reach new customers. If you’re a Merchant who specializes in costumes and other Halloween-themed items-, and would like to participate, please fill out this form for a chance to be considered for our upcoming shopping event running from October 21 - 31. Selected Merchants will be offered a booth to display and sell some of their items at a special discounted price to shoppers. This event is coming up fast, so please get your submissions in as soon as possible! Also keep a General-rated audience in mind, and understand that we may not be able to get back to everyone who applies - but hope that you will sign up for a chance to be part of this special event! Stay tuned for more details!



CREEPY CRAWL 2016

A-haunting we will go! Last year we took inworld meetups and Halloween shenanigans and mixed them together for a frightful mashup of mind-blowingly fun times. This year - we plan to do the same - but we need your help to make it happen.

Are you interested in hosting a stop along our Second Life Creepy Crawl? We’re looking for spots that will have music, are appropriate for general and moderate audiences, and don’t mind having a few Lindens and Residents dropping in all at once to dance and hang out for a bit.

The Creepy Crawl will be taking place on Halloween day - October 31st - more details to follow for those who just want to come along for the fun! But for those interested is potentially being a stop along the crawl - here’s what you should do.

  1. Make sure your place is listed in the Destination Guide - here’s how to submit.
  2. Hop over to this form and fill it out before October 21st - we’ll start selecting the venues after that!
  3. Keep an eye out for an email and/or notecard after the 21st to let you know if your venue was selected.

We’re excited to visit as many Halloween spots a possible - and can’t wait to have some spook-tacular fun!

 

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Xiola Linden

Goodbye summer and hello fall! The autumnal equinox just happened yesterday, and the season is upon us! We know it means much more than pumpkin spice and cute boots. Creativity really start to kick up in Second Life as we lean into coming holidays.

Our Destination Guide is starting to bubble over with incredible Halloween haunts and a ton of new non-seasonal neatness to be explored. We’ve made it super easy to stumble into somewhere spectacular — just click a destination below.

Please submit your spot for Destination Guide consideration, if it’s not there and you’d like it to be! While we are always keeping our eyes peeled for new events and spots, your suggestions are always appreciated.

Don’t forget to share your photographic adventures to the official Second Life Flickr . Right now we’re looking for Halloween-themed images to use in a marketing campaign. Find out more about that here.

See you  inworld!

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InspirationSL

Inspiration is back, and it is weird, kooky, bizarre and unconventional. This round won't be "Oh So Quiet"... get ready for Bjork, Queen of Crazy, Princess of Peculiar! What is it like to be "normal" these days? Meh, do we even know or care? Embrace your weird with poses, hair, fashion, skins and accessories all inspired by our wacky celeb!

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Eliza Wierwight's PATRON

Tour the evocative and sophisticated PATRON sim by multi-award-winning Eliza Wierwight. A full sim that incorporates retail, art and recreation with genuine dedication. Don't miss the Banyan House and more recently-released Patron House 2016. Shop for exquisite furnishings and decor, or stop and savour the art.

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Vecchi Amici

A photographer's paradise - Vecchi Amici is a charming picturesque estate nestled amongst rolling hills. Enjoy nature's wonderful sounds as you sit by the lake, visit the winery and orchard, or explore the estate's beautiful gardens.

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Romance in the Clouds

Anaconda's Romance in the Clouds is a beautiful, romantic venue to enjoy with your special someone. Enjoy slow ballads ripe with passion as you dance in your lover's arms. The Clouds is always open for your pleasure, There are deejays nightly in this atmosphere created specifically for the lover in you.

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Autumn in the Land of Rainbows

Fall has arrived in the Land of Rainbows! Land in the Visitor Center where you can learn about forests, wildlife and preservation then take a tour and enjoy the gorgeous colors of the trees in this splendidly-landscaped countryside sim. Click on items around the sim to learn more about them and keep an eye out for the diver's wildlife! If you are lucky, you may run into a Ranger for a guided tour!

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Angel's Haunted House

Dubbed the scariest haunted house in all of SL, Angel's Haunted House has been brought back by popular demand. Featuring live actors, music, scary story nights and more. There's a jump scare around every corner!

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Dark Sewers

Dare you venture down to the dark underground old sewers? Inside this dark and damp place are creatures of your worst nightmares!

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Slaughter Creek

Christopher William Crawley and his young bride Elizabeth arrived in Junee in 1876. 137 years later, they are still here. Slaughter Creek Manor, located on theMonte Cristo homestead, has a reputation as Australia's most haunted house. It has been explored by many Ghost Hunter teams from all around the world. Their conclusion confirms the existence of ghosts, What will you discover?

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MedievalFantasy Manor

Are you brave enough to visit the abandoned village built around a Victorian haunted manor? This spooky spot is surrounded by a beautifully landscaped cemetery that is adorned with all kind of tombstones and statues Don't forget to visit the MedievalFantasy store, which offers high-quality medieval and creepy original mesh, antique decor and fancy furniture.

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Deadman's Island Haunted Sim

Deadman's Island Haunted Sim is not for the squeamish or faint-hearted! Are you looking to visit somewhere dark, ominous and creepy? Deadman's Island will leave you feeling like someone is right behind you.... watching... waiting....

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Haunted Home of Frankenstein

Long ago, Dr. Victor Frankenstein created his dreams. Eventually, those dreams destroyed him. Here at the Home of Frankenstein, many spooks still haunt this land; wandering, restless, weary. Are you brave enough to take a boat ride or climb a lighthouse? Perhaps you would like to visit the orphanage or asylum? You can even visit the home of Dr. Frankenstein. All things are possible...if you are brave enough!

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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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ShenaniganS Spooky Halloween Cemetery

ShenaniganS takes its turn to celebrate Halloween in the traditional vein of Second Life by rezzing a haunted dungeon decorated by the fab Blublaize. Come and explore, be scared - brave the rats and spiders and take lots of pictures. Happy Halloween!! Open Sept. 24 through Nov. 5.

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Screaming Woods

Come and explore the Screaming Woods, if you dare...

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Oh the Horror Cart Sale & Hunt

Visit Camp Mineral Pond from Oct 1st to 31st,where horror movie baddies are holding their annual horror event. Browse 36 carts full of goods, including a creepy theme and L$10 item on every cart. Feel your heart leap as you seek hidden objects of terror that contain L$2 hunt gifts. If you don’t have Lindens to spend, not to worry as the ghastly menagerie has something for you…

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Skeleton House - Halloween Store

When the moon is full, little creatures scamper and lumber out of the old haunted house. Dancing through the halls, they cavort in the pale moonlight as they keep a watchful eye on the cemetery below. They say zombies and skeletons enjoy these moonlit nights

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Linden Lab

We're in the process of rolling out some important Viewer updates, with more to come in the near future - this note is to summarize those and to alert you to some changes in the supported Viewer platforms.

Embedded Browser Upgrade

We've recently updated the web browser technology in the Viewer to use the Chromium browser technology; this does a much much better job of supporting the latest web standards and media formats. With this change, we are removing the Quicktime plugin from the Windows Viewer; that plugin has been poorly supported for a long time and a persistent source of security problems. Quicktime support will be removed on the Mac version too in a later update so that both platforms will support media in the same way. It may be that some Quicktime media will work even without the plugin, but many more modern formats such as mp3 and mp4 will work more reliably. You can try this Viewer now by downloading the "Second Life VLC Viewer" from the Alternate Viewers page.

Extended Avatar Skeletons

You've probably heard about this as the "Bento" project. This Viewer correctly displays the new bones and attachment points we're adding, giving you lots of ways to make much more sophisticated and flexible avatars at a lower cost. For more information about “Bento” visit the wiki, check out our blog, and give it a try using the Release Candidate viewer.

64 bit Viewers

The current official Viewer is built to use only 32 memory addresses, which limits how much of your computer’s memory it can use at a time. We're updating our builds so that Windows users will be able to choose between a 64 bit (large memory) version or a 32 bit (backwards compatibility) version. The 64 bit version will be much better for most users; any computer bought in the last several years should be capable of running in 64 bit mode. In fact, if you're running a 32 bit version of Windows now, you should look into upgrading to a 64 bit version; our data shows that even just upgrading your OS should reduce the frequency of crashes.  Coming soon to a project viewer near you.

Platform Versions

In order to be able to continue making progress on these and other projects, we'll be making some changes to which Viewers and configurations we support; this week we will:

  • Discontinue support for Windows Vista
  • Discontinue support for Mac OS X versions less than 10.9

The Viewer may continue to work on those platforms for a while, but we won't be testing for it or attempting to fix any compatibility issues.

Coincidentally, Apple has just released OSX 10.12 (Sierra). We do have reports that installing this upgrade will clear your Second Life inventory cache. Normally, that should only cause some performance impact as the cache is reloaded, but in some cases at least in current viewers it causes your avatar to appear as a cloud (see BUG-37653). The workaround is to open your Inventory, find an outfit folder, and drag the outfit folder onto your avatar; after this, you can modify your appearance using any of the usual methods.

We'll also be making upgrades from any Viewer version older than 4.0.5 a required update. This will get you a lot of bug fixes, including many crashes, and will ensure that you're in a better position to upgrade in smaller steps to the great new features above.

Updated system requirements are available here.

Xiola Linden

I don’t know about you, but I am a 365 days of Halloween kind of person. I go home decor shopping when others go party decoration shopping, and if I deck a hall, it will most certainly be with boughs of spiderwebs and clouds of dry ice. I know that lots of us feel the same and wish stores would pack up those Winter Holiday decorations for a few more weeks and roll out more spook-tacular Halloween treats.

Now is the perfect time for us to pull out the stops and do it up in a BIG WAY. We’re looking for some of your great inworld, Halloween-themed images!

Share your pics, and your work could be featured in an upcoming email or banner campaign - with your avatar name credited of course!

Share your pic on our Official Flickr Page with the tag “SLHalloween2016” so that we can see all of your amazing work. You may submit as many as you like between now and October 5, 2016. Please include your avatar name in the image description so that we know who to credit!

We’ll showcase the chosen image(s) in an email to Residents, as well as in some banner campaigns. We’ll let the chosen image creators know via Flickr.

Tips for your submissions:

  • Make sure that your submissions are appropriate for all audiences.
  • Layout:

    • The main content of your image should be near the center and to the right of the image - similar to the images you’d see on the Second Life login page.
    • Horizontal images work best.
  • Show your avatar or avatars in a scene inworld - an image that tells a story is going to make an impression.
  • Keep your image free of additional text/logos.
  • Higher resolution images work best.
  • Check below for examples of images that we’ve used in the past.

If you need a little inspiration - catch the Halloween spirit by ghost-hunting some of the frightful haunts already submitted to the Destination Guide.




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Xiola Linden

Friday is one of the most popular days of the week. You have the entire weekend ahead of you a wide open canvas for plans, friends, hobbies and fun. In Second Life, that means grabbing your SL squad and enjoying some of your favorite spots. How about a little adventure with some new spots that you can discover together?

Our Destination Guide keeps a pretty incredible catalog of events, exhibits and more — a variety of different tastes, styles and environments to suit any mood. Each week we try to gather a few of these places to share with you here in the blog. All you have to do is click the links below and login to see what we’ve uncovered this week.

You can also submit your spot for Destination Guide consideration, if it’s not there and you’d like it to be.

What are you waiting for? We’ve got plenty to see inworld!

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LTD The Event

LTD The Event is a monthly home and garden event, featuring amazing home and garden designers across the grid. Runs from the 12th of each month to the first!

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Fluffy and Fierce Event

At the Fluffy and Fierve event, you will find your true nature. Between the paths of light and dark, your true calling will come. While on the prowl checking out the shops, grab the "hint givers" to locate your free prize at participating stores. Event held Sept. 16-20.

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White Tigers Islands Pirate Hunt

White Tigers Islands presents a large scavenger game-based adventure "Pirate Hunt," held Sept. 15 through Nov. 15. This hunt has the best booty of any SL pirate hunt with 50+ prizes.

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Spoonful of Sugar Festival

The Spoonful of Sugar Festival 2016 is dedicated to raising funds for the world-wide, non-profit group Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). More info at thesosfestival.com.

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Couture Fair 6 - Back to School

This sexy couture event is back for the sixth time with a special "back to school" edition! Come and join one of Second Life's most popular shopping experiences where exclusives and quality is a guarantee and fun is to be had! Event held Sept. 10-Oct. 1.

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U L T R A Events

U L T R A™ is a bi-monthly event featuring some of the best creators across the grid. Shop in this modern, one-of-a-kind build, rich with Palm Springs charm. The latest round of about 45 elite designers offers a truly unusual array of exclusive fashion, furnishings and all things from antique to contemporary. Event held Sept. 15-Oct. 15.

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Avilion Harvest Arts Festival

The Avilion Harvest Arts Festival will be held in Avilion Heart from Sept. 16-18 when it will close with a Literary Ball in the wonderful Avilion Ballroom. The weekend entertainment includes five plays, a poetry reading, ballet and dance drama, a back stage party, live singers, puppet theatre, fireworks and many other delights.

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The Pirate Maze of Templeton Cove

Explore this underwater maze by traversing across a bottomless pit, walking the plank, and finding the hidden openings between the pilings under the boardwalk. If you're smart enough to find the end of the maze, you'll win your share of The Pirate's Lost Treasure!

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Kingdom of Giliath

Small dragons of varying hues were dispatched throughout the lands bearing scrolls of invitation. With a flap of leathery wings and stretching of graceful necks, they crooned as their scrollcases were removed, flicking their tails and trilling for you to accept the invitation and visit us in a world like no other.

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Loch Haven

Come enjoy the forest, woods, meadows and wild seas at Loch Haven. This is a romantic and peaceful spot for a date or couples to explore, relax, dance, kiss and cuddle. Activities include fishing, horse trails, surfing, swimming and hiking.

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Moonlight Sonata

Moonlight Sonata is the friendliest little piano bar in all of SL for romantic pop music. Come dance with your date or meet someone new. The surroundings are warm and the people are friendly and fun. You'll find yourself laughing at the open chat as you become a part of the family. Formal wear, please, or cocktail dresses are always fine for the ladies.

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The Shire

Discover this picturesque Tolkien-inspired realm, built by Chocolate Aftermath. Highlights to explore include two caves, an artist gallery, a party area and several picturesque trails to wander.

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Harvest Moon Club and Beach

Harvest Moon is a romantic beach setting with a small club, photogenic areas, whale watching and even a wedding spot. It's a perfect place to bring your date, play games with friends, fish or just chill alone. During club hours you will find friendly, fun, international deejays of all genres.

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The Dark Rose

The Dark Rose is a mysterious, small space station with a cool color scheme.

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MeadowWorks

MeadowWorks is a purveyor of fine weeds, useless objects aka 'art' and some great gachas. This quality mesh store has an assortment of products like dancing animal sculptures, neon signs and undersea plants.

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Tortuga Bay Airport

Tortuga Bay is a community in SW Eden. Over time it has seen many changes and it is frequently visited by traders, smugglers and pirates. Since the war when the military built an airstrip, it is now a flourishing tourist destination.

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Arteo

Explore this sparse alien habitat that, in some lighting conditions, is reminscent of Mars. There are some neat nooks to explore and don't miss the moving cube art.

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KYMATIK

KYMATIK is an electronic music club with lots of layered animated elements.Attend a performance on the open stage or just explore and look at the oscillating lights.

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TWE12VE

A brand new monthly event in SL. TWE12VE runs the 12th of the month at 12 noon (Pacific) through the end of the month. Each round is themed with a word. Visit the venue to see the list or go to the website evilbunnysl.com. September's theme is "enchanting."

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Linden Lab

Out now is a feature that is sure to make browsing your outfits a breeze… Introducing, the Visual Outfit Browser out now as part of the default viewer!

In Second Life, personalizing your avatar and expressing yourself through outfits and accessories is an art in and of itself. Bloggers, fashionistas, role-players, and pretty much everyone else knows that finding the perfect thing to wear can be a timely challenge when searching for items in your inventory by name. Creating outfits is a great way to keep some of your best looks organized and within easy reach, but what if you have lots of similarly named outfits, or can't quite remember which look you put together? With the new Visual Outfit Browser (VOB) feature, you can take snapshots, upload images, or even use an existing image from your inventory to assign a thumbnail to your outfit folders. Images should be no larger than 256 x 256 - so keep that in mind when taking your pics.  It's a great way to browse your virtual closet and get inspired for your next wardrobe change.

For more details, check out our Knowledge Base article on this feature. Get the latest browser now, have fun, and we hope you enjoy this cool new feature!

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Linden Lab

We very happy to announce a major milestone for an exciting update to Second Life avatars…

 

You might remember the first introduction back in December 2015: we opened up Resident participation for Project Bento. Bento greatly extends the avatar skeleton, allowing the creation of many new kinds of exciting content. Today we are happy to announce the next phase in the development. The Bento Viewer is now a Release Candidate Viewer! This is the last stage before becoming the official release Viewer.

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If you are interested in avatar content creation, please give the new Viewer a try, and if you encounter problems, please let us know right away by filing a JIRA bug report. We believe the skeleton and sliders are in their final state, but the Release Candidate Viewer is intended to give us the opportunity to test with a much larger number of users to be sure we're ready to deploy throughout Second Life. It’s very important to hear about any remaining problems as soon as possible. You can also review the release notes for this Release Candidate.

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Thanks to everyone who has made Bento possible through your ongoing enthusiasm and feedback! With your help, Bento will soon be ready for integration to the main Second Life viewer, allowing all Residents to enjoy even more innovative avatars.

Xiola Linden

This time of year is an interesting blend of those who hold on to the last shimmering days of summer, and those who rush towards the rioting leaves of Fall a magical between time that celebrates two seasons simultaneously. The sights and sounds of a summer Renaissance Fair mingle with the scents of pumpkin spice and cinnamon nutmeg.

Second Life is full of the best of both worlds with a healthy variety of things to keep you celebrating September in all its seasonal mashup glory. Our Destination Guide editorial team has crafted a list of spots you are not going to want to miss.

You’re going to want to have your cameras handy to capture the best parts of your adventures. The official Second Life Flickr page is where we select images to feature on our social media channels as part of the Pic of the Day program. Maybe your pic will be selected!

You can also submit your spot for Destination Guide consideration, if it’s not there and you’d like it to be.

Grab a snack, and let’s get exploring!

 

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The 6th Annual Renaissance Hunt and Fair

Welcome to the 6th annual Renaissance Hunt and Faire which will take place September 1-30. There will be Renaissance, Medieval and Fantasy-themed gifts to find hidden all over the grid in 65 participating shops. At the Faire, you'll enjoy a mini-hunt, entertainment, food, drink, shopping, dancing, gachas and general good times, Renaissance style!

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Venta Silurum

Venta Silurum is a sim filled with adventure and photography with a full range of location types creatively put together, including cliff top ruins, farmland and wetlands. Come explore and create!

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Mining Mayhem!

Visit an old abandoned mine that's been long forgotten after being shut down and closed. There has been so many unexplained deaths over the years, so no one knows what still lurks there. There have been rumours of awful moans coming from deep inside. Dare to explore?

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The Curio Exhibition

The Curio is an 3D and 2D exhibition in Second Life, held Sept. 10-30 at the Serena Imagine Arts Center. Featuring a written story by Eleseren Brianna and in the spirit of an Victorian adventure, we introduce you to the Enkeli...

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Fantasy Gay Pride 2016

Celebrate all sexual orientations in this special event, held Sept. 16-25. Dance and enjoy several stage shows, live music, games and a sim-wide hunt. Strut the catwalk, share a poem, relax with friends or fly a rocket. Be part of the experience! Explore interactive environments from ancient Egypt and Greece through the present and into the future!

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Templeton Cove Block Party

Templeton Cove and Shangrla Radio invite you to attend its 10th Anniversary Celebration, held Sept. 12th to 16th. Events include live music, bumper boat races, a memorial work, "all-star rock fest", art stroll, free prizes and more!

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The Liaison Collaborative

The Liaison Collaborative is an innovative, intimate events company based entirely within Second Life. TLC opens to the public every 7th through the 30th. More info at liaisoncollaborative.com.

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Couture Fair 6 - Back to School

This sexy couture event is back for the sixth time with a special "back to school" edition! Come and join one of Second Life's most popular shopping experiences where exclusives and quality is a guarantee and fun is to be had! Event held Sept. 10-Oct. 1.

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Peacehaven - A New Beginning

Peacehaven - A New Beginning is a beautiful corner of Second Life created by Blu Blaize. Come and enjoy this wonderful beach, park and forest setting. Take fantastic photos. Dance or cuddle with that special someone. Enjoy the peace and serenity or explore to your hearts desire.

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Sea.Grass

Visit Abbey's latest creation: a collage of shops with rare and limited yard sale items set in a seaside setting. Wander the sim to find art scattered about (available to buy) and plenty of photo poses. Have fun and be happy as you watch the seasons change.

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Haunted

If you love to be scare, come to Haunted! There are two sims full of spooks and scares, including an apocalyptic city where zombies are king. There is a lot to do here if the zombies let you, so make sure you bring your friends...you may need them!

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Cape San Blas Beach

Cape San Blas Beach caters to ocean lovers, surfers, and anyone looking for a quiet, peaceful place to relax. Inspired by the small-town, coastal charms of Old World Florida, the landscaping and cottage-style homes are hand-picked to evoke simpler days of the past. Cape San Blas Beach is the preservation of virgin sand dunes, wild-life, and minimal human footprint, on the serene Gulf Coast.

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Tranquility Village

Visit this small Norse-themed village on an island below a mysterious mountain. Rumors abound of dark things dwelling deep within the mountain's cave.

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Xiola Linden

I mentioned once how walking along the piers here in San Francisco is a bit like walking around The Arcade Gacha event with a really great windlight, and now it’s time to take another stroll along the virtual piers at The Arcade. I’ve been saving up my Lindens and I hope you have, too. There are tons of amazingly cool items to collect from some of the most clever designers on the grid. Even if gachas are not your thing, be sure to drop by when things have calmed down to enjoy the beautiful build sites, sounds, and all!

Believe it or not, Halloween is already creeping its way into Second Life and there’s new haunted and horrific attractions to brave with your besties. You know what they say about horror movies never go into the basement alone!

Cica Ghost returns with another stunning build, that is sure to be the perfect photogenic spot to snap some screenshots. The official Second Life Flickr page is where we select images to feature on our social media channels as part of the Pic of the Day program. Maybe your pic will be selected!

Those are just a few of the new Destination Guide Highlights to hit in recent days but as always there are plenty more to explore that our editors have conveniently put together below.

You can also submit your spot for Destination Guide consideration, if it’s not there and you’d like it to be.

See you inworld!

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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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You.Gatcha Event

You.Gatcha © is an innovative monthly shopping event with fashions, poses, home and garden items and more. Learn more at yougatchaevent.wixsite.com/yougatchaevent. Opens Sept. 4.

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London City 7th Birthday

London City celebrates its 7th birthday in Second Life. Throughout September, you can enjoy live events and weekend concerts to celebrate. There's also a fun fair, vintage memorabilia hunt and themed collectables from London City's seven years in Second Life. Details at mainlandlondon.blogspot.co.uk.

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Library by Cica Ghost

''The only thing that you absolutely MUST know, is the location of the library.'' - Albert Einstein

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The Adventure Game Nexus

The Adventure Game Nexus provides portals out to the very best adventure games in Second Life. Games are vetted and hand picked to represent the highest quality games SL has to offer.

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The Fantasia Experience

Explore eight chapters as you quest and experience this neverending cinematic adventure.

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Halloween Town

Halloween Town is filled with spooky rides and attractions including haunted houses, a fun house and much more to explore!

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Viper's Haunted Halloween

Welcome to this spooky Halloween event on Viper's haunted Halloween sim. Take a tour and follow the bridge up to the haunted house. There is also a newly built asylum to explore. Have your way throughout the amazing maze before you are entering the misty cemetary.

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Afterhours District

Come and take a walk in a beautiful shopping district inspired by the 19th century with stunning Victorian buildings and glimpses of mysterious, dark and misty streets. This vintage atmosphere is characterized by refinement and magnificence. The Afterhours District is comprised of 40 shops including jewelry makers, design and furniture shops, fashion stores and one event building.

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Serene Heart Community

Serene Heart is an ecumenical community of monks and nuns, born to share prayers together. Prayer services are held daily at 11 a.m. (Pacific). For any requests, please contact the Abbot, father Emmanuel Francisco Xavier SJ.

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Loop Lounge

Music begins where language ends. Loop Lounge hosts real house music events every Wednesday.

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The Village & BarDeco

Visit this small village on the water where you can stroll beside the sea in a zen atmosphere and relax. Grab a drink and listen to the music of the best deejays in SL at BarDeco.

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S T I G M A T A

S T I G M A T A is home to Club Stigmata and a Russian vampire community.

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Linden Lab

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We're proud to introduce the all-new "Fantasy" starter avatars, covering a diverse range of "genre" styles including steampunk, vampires, sci-fi, post-apocalyptic… and beyond!

There are 10 fresh starter avatars available right now, and you can use them as a basis for further customization — explore the Second Life Marketplace and personalize to your liking. These new avatars have normal "system" bodies with mesh wearables, which makes it easy to change their hair, clothes, accessories, and more!

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A bit more history about our long-term starter avatar collections:

Back in May 2014, we introduced a round of mesh-body starter avatars to replace even older starter avatars (that you can still find in your inventory's Library > Clothing > Initial Outfits folder).

Then in November 2015, we superceded all of those with a new batch of “Classic” avatars using "system" bodies that are easier to customize, partially in response to Resident requests pointing out the inflexibility of the all-mesh bodies.

Over the years, we've continued to apply what we've learned about building techniques to our starter avatars, improving their aesthetics and optimizing them to load quickly. Our latest Fantasy starter avatars are vibrant examples of what we consider "balanced content" that is both performance-optimized and looks beautiful — they can save you time getting immersed in one of our many roleplaying communities without unnecessarily lagging yourself or others. We know that content creators want to create optimized content for their customers, and we encourage creators to study these new avatars as examples of balanced content.

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In our ongoing quest to help creators be aware of balanced content, we introduced the Avatar Rendering Complexity (ARC) project. And more recently, we rolled out "JellyDolls" — a visual feature to raise awareness of ARC and help you control the resources your Viewer spends rendering others' avatars. We practice what we preach, so our Fantasy avatars have been fine-tuned for low, efficient ARC scores. These are just a couple of the initiatives that help make your Second Life a more enjoyable experience.

Ready for your next adventure?

In the Second Life Viewer, go to Me menu > Choose an Avatar to see the Fantasy avatars. New users will also be able to select one of these avatars during the signup process. Try them today!

There was an internal video made to introduce these avatars to the company, and we loved it so much, we'd like to share it with you!

 

 

Xiola Linden

This episode of the Drax Files focuses on 88-year-old Bernhard Dörries. A successful German film director whose prolific career spans more than 50 years and 129 films, Bernhard continues to explore storytelling and creativity through Second Life.

In Second Life, Bernhard’s avatar is Bernhard McIntyre - a youthful representation of his creative intellect, as well as a vehicle to cope with the emotional and physical challenges of moving into an assisted living situation.

“My avatar is co-creator, equal partner in sharing feelings, co-owner of feelings and emotions,” he says.

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To find out more about this fascinating man - including his Second Life machinima and how he envisions a Film Festival in his honor - tune into this episode of the Drax Files

, or watch the video below.

https://youtu.be/igrVubodKwI&yt:cc=on

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 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
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 31:Tom Boellstorff
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 30: Maylee Oh