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Linden Lab

Project Bento is one of the biggest changes to the Second Life avatar ever! More than 90 new bones have been added to accommodate features like subtle facial expressions, articulating fingers, smoothly-flapping wings, waving tails, and much more that was previously impossible or required complex workarounds.

If you’re a creator who’s testing out Project Bento, or one who’s eager to give it a try - now is the perfect time! We’re looking for creators to show off some of the possibilities of Project Bento for an upcoming episode of

. There are detailed instructions on how to get started and how to get to the beta grid (aditi) on our wiki page. (TIP:Testing on Aditi does not cost you upload fees!)

On January 19th at NOON SLT, there will be an open casting call for anyone who has built something with Bento to come show off their work. Selected creators may be filmed and/or interviewed to be featured in an upcoming episode of the Drax Files. You will need to login to Aditi in order to access the location (secondlife://Aditi/secondlife/Bento%20Island/128/128/23). The location will not be open until NOON SLT on January 10th Information about Aditi and how to access it is located on our wiki.

In addition to the open casting call, creators are encouraged to contact Draxtor Despres inworld with information about what they're making. Video, screenshots, descriptions - the more information the better, and the sooner you can share that - the better as well. Chosen creations and their creators will be contacted with information for a private filming on  January 20th, 2016, with Draxtor and Torley Linden.  

Machinimists are encouraged to come film during the open casting and get an early peek at the creative ways Project Bento is being utilised.

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A sneak peek at the set and props being built for the filming project. 
There are no awards - everyone is encouraged to come show their Project Bento creations.

Here are a few examples of what some creators have already accomplished with Project Bento that will inspire you to try out Project Bento and come show off your work!

 

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Linden Lab

Valentine’s Day is just on the horizon and will be here before you can get through a handful of heart candies! We’re looking for some great Second Life pictures from the community to feature in upcoming email and banner campaigns - with credit to the photographer - of course!

In a snapshot, let us know what Valentine’s Day means to you in Second Life.

Share your story in a picture and on our Official Flickr Page with the tag “SLVday2016” so that we can see all of your amazing works. You may submit as many as you like between now and January 29, 2016.

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 and ask for an avatar name for the credits.

Submission Requirements:

  • Images must be at least 2048x1207
  • Make sure that your submissions are appropriate for all audiences.
  • 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
  • Make sure your lighting is not too dark and that avatars can be seen well

As an example, here are last years selections:

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Good luck and have fun!

Xiola Linden

We’re only about a week into the new year, and there’s already so many great new events and spots to check out inworld. The Second Life Destination Guide is fast filling up with new places to explore, events to shop and wander, and tons of other great ways to spend a little of your time logged in.


Here’s a small sample of great destinations you should make sure to visit. Art, opera, scenery are just a log in away!

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Roots by Cica Ghost

The people have gone...the village remains, and time and nature now live here...

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Miyako Jima Exhibition

Explore this limited-time exhibition filled with Japanese-themed architecture and experiences. Visit the dojo or discover the Kimono Museum. Roleplay as a samurai, geisha or monk in one of the many relaxing and inspiring spots here.

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CyberPolis: The Oracle

Can you uncover the secrets of the urban planetary system CyberPolis? Discover an old oracle as you navigate a maze to solve a puzzle in this limited-time exhibition from Asmita Duranjaya.

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Royal Opera

Welcome to the Royal Opera of Second Life. It was formed to encourage, educate and support the best in classical arts including music, dance, art, opera and theater.

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Tether's End

Located in the forests of upstate New York, not far south from the Canadian border, the city began as a settlement founded in the mid-18th Century by a group of fae folk. It's purpose? A safe haven for supernatural beings who wished to remove themselves from the violence and war that plagued the human world.

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The Keys

In this picturesque photography region, you can wander and take in the harmonious views. Stop and rest in a furnished house full of character or get led astray by hidden areas filled with charm and attention to detail. All provided for photography -- both beginners and professionals are welcomed. Don't miss the free photo studio.

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Stranger Things Are Happening

Stranger Things Are Happening is an art installation filled with photo and machinima opportunities. Created by Krystali Rabeni, this sim invites you to ponder this strange land and take a minute to wonder if stranger things are happening all around us.

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Pomponne

Visit this quaint Japanese town and explore the train station, local shops, and shrine.

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Scenes @ MetaLES ..O.. Scene IV

Just one thing, remember, in all the scenes, she always was...alone.

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London City Early Spring

London City invites you to join them for an early spring time. If you are fed up with the cold weather, come and enjoy outdoor events and weekly concerts, bathed in balmy sunshine. More details at mainlandlondon.blogspot.co.uk

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Hollow Days @ Jasmine's Hollow

The 5th annual Hollow Days is here! Celebrate winter with love, peace, joy, and friendship in this acclaimed all-inclusive Adirondack Steampunk destination full of whimsy and magic.

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Heritage

Opening Jan. 7. Heritage is a two-part exhibition by creator Gem Preiz. It begins with "Vestiges," an evocation of these witnesses of Past. It is designed as a quest and is inspired by stories of fearless adventurers who explore archeological sites or forsaken strongholds to find there the treasures of disappeared civilisations.

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Le Bistro

Le Bistro is a newcomer-friendly meeting place for French speakers. Lieu de rencontres et de discussion francophone, face au Centre d'Accueil de France 3D. Respect de chacun et bonne humeur obligatoire !

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Lost Junction

On the corner of Never and Tomorrow, you'll find a tiny boutique full of knick knacks, paddy whacks and other assorted fancies including accessories and decor, statues and the occasional bit of jewelry.

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Nightfall Cities

Get on your hiking boots and put a camera around your neck so that you can explore one of the wildest locations in SL. Nightfall Cities: Into the Wilds is a picturesque sim full of personality and character. With a wintery theme, you'll want to bring thermal underwear!

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Silver Hawk

Explore the Silver Hawk community, where you'll find a Japanese gun shop. combat zone and other surprises both above and below the ground.

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As you explore the grid, share your inworld pics to the group pool at our Official Second Life Flickr.  Pic of the Day images are selected from there and featured on our blog and social media pages.

If your spot is missing from the Guide, drop us a line at the submission form.

Linden Lab

Last November - at the Linden Endowment for the Arts Theatre, Ebbe Linden sat down with members of the Lab Chat production team to answer questions from the Second Life Community forums, as well as a live audience of more than 180 Residents. This was the first Lab Chat  - a community-driven initiative with participation from Linden Lab

The next  Lab Chat will be Thursday, January 21st, at 10:30am SLT. Once again the guest will be Ebbe Linden, and the show will be taped at the Linden Endowment for the Arts Theatre. This is an opportunity for you to ask your questions during a live taping that will be recorded and archived for everyone to watch - not just those who can attend.

To submit your questions for the next Lab Chat, please add them to this forum thread before Friday January 15th, 2016. Residents from the Lab Chat production team will select questions to ask Ebbe from this forum thread and invite the authors to ask their question live at the inworld show. If there is time, additional questions from the audience will be taken.

As mentioned, if you are unable to attend the live show, a recording will be available shortly after the first Lab Chat wraps, so no one will miss out!

We’ll see you on January 21st, 2016 at 10:30am SLT. Don’t forget to add your questions to the forum thread and mark your calendars to join us!

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Xiola Linden

There’s a certain magic in the air this time of year and it’s all over the grid in Second Life! Winter, the holidays, the warmth of a roaring fire and twinkling lights all of it is a spectacular sight you won’t want to miss out on.

This edition of Second Life Destination Guide Highlights captures the joy of the season as celebrated by Residents from all over the world. There’s bound to be a festive celebration to suit your mood as you drop by these wintry destinations.

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ChristmasVille

Welcome to ChristmasVille! Bring all your friends and enjoy the festivities in this winter-themed village.

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Holiday Village

The stage is set and the decorations are up. Holiday Village has been transformed into a charming and warm winter venue. Come ride the ski lift to the peak of the North Pole mountain for some skiing and sledding. Take a tour through the town center, the North Pole and the village. Travel by flying sleigh, horse drawn carriage or stroll about to take it all in.

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Ben's Magical Christmas Festavu 2015

Ben's Magical Christmas Festavu is back for its sixth holiday season! This year's creation is almost entirely new. Visit Santa's Workshop and House, Scrooge's House and more. Be sure to ride the BennyRail Train around the Festavu to take in all the sights.

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Clownski's Department Store

Come visit Clownski's Department Store and Skyroom. For a limited engagement, Santa Claus is visiting in the main atrium of the store. Clownski's is a model department store inspired after smaller older elegant downtown stores. Attached to Lapara Town, you may explore the museums, and other shops...then ride the train through town!

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2015 Christmas Town

Christmas Town is a sim-sized town with shopping and entertainment -- all in the spirit of Christmas and New Years. An updated time travel ride will take you through an ice castle filled with tunnels and passages transporting you through the magic of Christmas.

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Winter in Old Lapara Towne

Visit Olde Lapara Towne, the original mainland tram city based on the early 20th century. Start at the bottom level in the winter wonderland, and then take the tram on its (mostly) express run up four levels to the grand terminal. Explore the town under a blizzard. Visit the hotel, drug store, museum, or Santa.

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Christmas In Vampire Island

Interested in something new? Christmas in Vampire Island offers an active role play community with the essence of combat, joined with characters such as a Vampire, Angel, Lycan or Human, all work together against clan enemies.

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Lucienne

The picturesque town of Lucienne is nestled among forest, snow-capped hills and rivers. Explore a friendly, detailed downtown and journey beyond for quiet moments in a hilltop mansion, proud lighthouse, rustic farm and more. Hidden throughout are sensual and romantic surprises for adventurous couples. On the far reaches of Lucienne are The Docks and The Factory for music and events.

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As you explore the grid, share your inworld pics to the group pool at our Official Second Life Flickr.  Pic of the Day images are selected from there and featured on our blog and social media pages.


If your spot isn’t in the Guide and you think it should be, drop us a line at the submission form.

Linden Lab

It’s hard to believe, but 2015 is wrapping up already! With the excitement over the recent Bento announcement still in the air, we’d like to end the year by highlighting just a few more of the many ways that Second Life got even better this year.

Tech & Feature Improvements
We just promoted the Valhalla (CEF) Viewer to release. This is a major step (so we bumped the version to 4.0.0) - In-Viewer web content is now coming to you via the latest version of the Chromium Embedded Framework API - it’s a lot like the latest version of the Google Chrome browser you might use on your desktop. This change allows Residents to add web media to their creations using the latest web standards including HTML5, CSS3 and WebGL. We’ve ditched the aging and unsupported Qt/Webkit framework and the myriad of previously unfixed problems it accumulated. While we encourage content creators to move to HTML5 for best performance and future compatibility, various older plugins are still supported.

We also spent quite a bit of effort to maintain and improve the infrastructure. There were 28 simulator releases, Inventory Robustness improvements, improvements to Group Chat, and a major update of the developer toolchain.

We launched Viewer Managed Marketplace this year and rolled out the timely demise of magic boxes. We released updates to improve the Mesh Importer and implemented a resident-contributed feature suggestion to improve and expand the Notifications UI. We added a control to set your Hover Height just right from another bit of feedback.

Of course there’s more to come in 2016, hopefully something for everyone. Just a few things we have in the pipeline are the new Marketplace Search (currently in Beta), HTTP project (soon merging with Voice fixes), the Quick Graphics & Rendering Complexity Viewer, and an update to the Oculus Rift Viewer as well!

 Better Looking Starter Avatars
This year we worked on and launched new makeovers to classic avatars. These great-looking new avatars address some compatibility issues as well as offer better-looking starter options for new Residents.

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New Premium Perks
We’re continuously looking for ways to improve the value of Premium Membership in Second Life. Just this year we introduced Experience tools, reduced the cost of monthly membership and stopped charging VAT, increased Group and IM limits, and added Live Chat and extended concierge hours.

Lower Land Set-Up Fees & Grandfathered Transfers
We now allow Grandfathered transfers and we’ve lowered setup fees for Land owners and we continue to look for ways to improve our land products while keeping the economy healthy!

Inworld Events & Community Fun
This last summer marked the 12th Birthday of Second Life, and our Residents put together an amazing community-driven event. As part of the celebrations, Linden Lab hosted the first Official Music Fest - inviting musicians who perform in Second Life to come out and showcase their live music and celebrate a dozen years of Second Life. Part of the fun of SL12B included the release of the awesome T-rex avatar - a hint at what was to come with the epic launch of PaleoQuest.

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There’s lots to talk about - and we were happy to join the Lab Chat production team in November for the first session of Lab Chat. Stay tuned for more details on the call for questions and date for the next edition - coming soon!

In the spirit of our inworld meetups like the Creepy Crawl and our Snowball Fight - we look forward to spending more time enjoying this amazing world with you in the new year!

Xiola Linden

This edition of Second Life Destination Guide Highlights is stuffed with lovely spots you’re not going to want to miss. Before the snow melts, and Frosty goes away until next year pull on your snowshoes, zip up that fabulous winter coat you just got, and fling that scarf over your shoulder as you head forth into the frosty wonderland that awaits you in Second Life! You may stumble upon a snowball fight or two so dress warm!

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Winter Wonderland

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

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The Winter Gacha Festival

The Winter Gacha Festival is a cozy winter wonderland of gacha fun! Here there are stores with amazing collections of completely original winter treats for you to indulge in...come in, explore, have fun!

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Fantasy Cream

Select medieval fantasy creators show off their most juicy, tasty, creamy, deeeeelicious and exclusive creations at Fantasy Cream. Event held Dec. 18 - Jan. 18. More at fantasycream.wordpress.com.

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Winter Ice Rock Fest 2015

Rebel Yell Concerts presents Winter Ice Rock Fest 2015. Have fun with the many winter activities, including a sky-rail, skiing, sledding, skating and a Santa sleigh ride! Enjoy awesome tribute concerts, plan a romantic dinner in the Christmas restaurant or just spend some quality time in this immersive winter experience.

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Seasonal Garden at Dee and Lan's

Explore the tranquil beauty of this seasonal garden, where visitors can come and take photos, dance on the bridge, and just hang out.

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Christmas on 34th Street

Christmas on 34th Street is a holiday event focused on gift giving. The atmosphere reflects a sleepy small town set in a black-and-white movie. All merchandise offered at the event is transferable (excluding 10L gifts under the trees) and wrapping stations are found throughout the sim. Every store offers an exclusive item! Event ends December 27.

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Loch Noble Winter

Winter has come to Loch Noble! This Scottish winter landscape features a small village to explore. Hang out, skate and enjoy the scenery in this contemporary, Dickens-esque atmosphere.

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My Magic Winter

Come be enchanted by My Magic Winter. Dance or cuddle with your loved one or simply soak in the hot springs. Grab your ice skates and dance on the ice! There's much to discover in this relaxing retreat. Start by sitting on the driftwood log...

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Skill Gaming Region: Wyld Deal Lounge

Trusted since 2009. Wyld Deal Lounge is one of SL's top notch skill gaming spots with daily contests and more.

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Skill Gaming Region: Gold Rush

The rush is on! Discover the best in skill gaming at Gold Rush, located in Sunset Island.

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As you explore the grid, share your inworld pics to the group pool at our Official Second Life Flickr.  Pic of the Day images are selected from there and featured on our blog and social media pages.

If your spot isn’t in the Guide and you think it should be, drop us a line at the submission form.

Xiola Linden

Come one - come all to the Snowball Arena for a friendly ice battle of epic proportions! We’re bringing back the Official Snowball Showdown - where you’re free to pelt your fellow Second Life Residents and Lindens with a bevy of sparkling snowballs!

If you missed last year’s battle - now’s your chance to get some snow slinging fun in an icy free-for-all at Winter Wonderland. Join us on Monday, December 21st between 10 AM SLT and noon SLT.

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

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

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Linden Lab

Ready to snuggle up with some cozy gifts and cool fun? Today we’re re-opening Winter Wonderland - four regions of frolicking snowy fun for everyone to enjoy! Drop in to get your free gifts, delight in the beautifully built Village of Lights, and raise some hail at any of the wintry wonders of holidays past and present!

GO PREMIUM FOR LESS
Premium subscribers enjoy special upgrades in Winter Wonderland as well as exclusive new gifts! To enjoy your upgrades, first stop by one of the Premium Kiosks to get your exclusive gifts and Premium Winter Wonderland Badge. This badge is the key to some very cool upgrades - so don’t forget!

Not a Premium member yet? Well now is a great time to upgrade to Premium - for a limited time only, save 50% on your first quarter’s payment for a Premium Second Life Membership subscription.*  As a Premium member, you’ll enjoy rewards like exclusive gifts, access to special Premium Sandboxes, your own inworld home, a L$1000 sign-up bonus, and weekly L$ rewards to spend on whatever you like. Now, Premium Membership also includes access to voice morphing. To access voice morphing, go to this island, and click the pack you want! Have fun and enhance your online personality with different voice effects. You can read more about Premium benefits and upgrade your account here.

THE SNOW GLOWS WHITE TONIGHT
Winter Wonderland is filled with lights, delights, and snowball fights! You’ll want to stop by one of the portal parks, follow the trail to the Winter Wonderland teleport, and prepare to be transported to a magical place.

Your journey begins in the Village of Lights - a whimsical icy village at the foot of all the other fun to be had in Winter Wonderland. In the heart of this sparkling village are giant gift boxes with some fun gifts for everyone! Once an hour, the village is blanketed in a spectacular fireworks show you don’t want to miss!

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From the Village of Lights - there are many festivities to choose from depending on your mood - but we’re sure you’re going to want to stop by all of them - more than once - before the ice melts!

SNOWBALL ARENA
The snowball fight arena has been updated since last year - so you’ll need to plan your winning strategy once more before taking on your friends, strangers, and even a few Lindens atop a hill just outside the village lights. Choose your weapons from the nearby kiosks, or if you’re a Premium member, equip your Premium token for access to the ultimate snowball fight arsenal! That’s been upgraded since last year, too! You’re going to want to level up your weaponry for an upcoming inworld event that you’ll read about here - on the Featured News blog - very soon!

WINTER SNOW TRACK
Are you a dare devil? Grab a snowboard and snowmobile from nearby vendors and hit the ice! Premium members can access upgraded vehicles by equipping their token. Hop aboard and race around the four-region wide race track full of bumps, hills, jumps, and more!

ICE SKATE ARENA
Not quite ready to whoosh through the snow at breakneck speed? We’ve got you covered at the Ice Skate Arena. Grab a pair of skates from the free vendor, strap them on, and give them a spin! In the front vendors here, Premium members will find an extra prize full of customization options to fit your style and avatar.

FERRIS WHEEL
The ferris wheel will give you one of the best - and most romantic - views in the region. There’s nothing quite as breath-taking as looking out over all that glistening snow as fireworks go off overhead. We highly recommend you take yourself - or a date- at least once for a whirl on the ferris wheel.

FREE WINTER GIFTS THAT WILL LIFT YOUR SPIRITS
In addition to access to all the free fun mentioned above, Winder Wonderland is full of vendors with free gifts for everyone! While you're there - collect them all! 

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EXCLUSIVE GIFTS for PREMIUM

In Winter Wonderland, Premium members get upgraded versions of many of the free gifts in the experience. Just remember to pick up the Winter Wonderland Badge at one of the Premium Kiosks, and equip it before heading to Winter Wonderland.

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*TERMS & CONDITIONS FOR 50% DISCOUNT
This offer begins on December 17, 2015 at 8AM Pacific Standard Time (PST) and expires on January 4, 2016 at 8AM PST. To qualify for this promotion, you must 1) have an existing Second Life (“SL”) basic account or create a new account, and 2) select quarterly (every three months) billing for your SL account. The fifty percent (50%) discount will be applied to your first quarter’s bill and future quarters will be billed at the standard Premium Membership price (currently US$22.50 per quarter). Any Linden Dollar (L$) sign-up bonus will be applied to new accounts or accounts not previously upgraded to Premium Membership after the account has been active for forty-five (45) consecutive days.

 

Linden Lab

We know how much work, value, personalization and emotional investment goes into a Second Life avatar, so we have always been careful when considering avatar changes. While we want to make improvements, we also want to maximize backward compatibility. Get ready for the biggest thing that’s happened to avatars in years …

Ever wish you could incorporate a tail, wings, or second set of arms into your avatar? How about having animations for facial expressions and finger movements? Yes, we know that there are some incredibly creative workarounds that give you some of these, but they can't leverage skeletal animation, so they have been very complex, often fragile, and very expensive in performance and resources both in your Viewer and the Simulator.

 

Introducing Project Bento

We are introducing extensions to the standard Second Life Avatar Skeleton that give you dozens of new bones to support both rigging and animation, and accompanying new attachment points! This extended skeleton, which is fully backward compatible with existing avatars, rigging and animation, gives creators the power to build more sophisticated avatars than ever before. The skeleton extensions include:

  • 11 extra limb bones for wings, additional arms, or extra legs.
  • 6 tail bones
  • 30 bones in the hands (all 10 fingers!)
  • 30 bones for facial expressions
  • 2 other new bones in the head for animating ears or antennae
  • 13 new attachment points associated with the new bones

We've developed all this in collaboration with many expert Resident content creators and with the developers of the most popular tools for creating avatars and animations, so there will quickly be versions of those tools you can use to help take advantage of these changes. You can view information about Project Bento in the Knowledge Base. To test Project Bento and provide feedback, please see Project Bento Testing on the Second Life Wiki. Demo content is available here.

We take care to balance improvements with backwards compatibility. This has contributed to a "deliberate" pace of important changes to what avatars support over the last few years:

    • April 2011 - Avatar Physics
    • July 2011 - Mesh
    • June 2012 - Server Side Appearance
    • February 2014 - Fitted Mesh
    • March 2015 - Hover Control
    • December 2015 - Bento

The avatar skeleton changes introduced by Project Bento are not yet final because we want your feedback, either in the Creation Forum or in JIRA. To experience the changes, you'll need to download the Project Viewer and upload any content using the new skeleton extensions to the Aditi Beta Test Grid (most regions on the Beta Test Grid will allow this; some may be in use for other testing and not yet have these updates). Once we have finalized the skeleton extensions, we will enable uploads using them to the main Second Life grid and the real fun can begin!

Xiola Linden

Have yourselves a very merry winter! Second Life creators have been decking the halls, flocking the trees, piling up the firewood, and spreading holiday magic all over the grid. This edition of Second Life Destination Guide Highlights really took to heart the spirit of the season.

Around the world the holidays are celebrated in so many different ways. In Second Life you can visit many diverse celebrations without the hassle of packing up your luggage. Join the Second Life Resident community inworld to wish happy holidays to all!

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2015 Christmas Expo

The 2015 Second Life Christmas Expo, held thru Dec. 14, features both holiday and non-holiday items from some of the best creators and designers in Second Life, spread across 8 sims! Don't miss the many special events for Relay for Life, including live performances, deejays, skating parties and much more. For more information, be sure to visit slchristmasexpo.wordpress.com.

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White Christmas

With the beauty and joy of the holidays in mind, Tymus Tenk and Truck Meredith, creators of Calas Galadhon Park, share the holidays with their new sim build "White Christmas." With sleigh and flying reindeer rides, a balloon to The North Pole, ice skating and the opportunity to relax by the fire or attend a live music performance at the Christmas Pavilion, there is plenty to put one in the holiday spirit!

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Furillen

Furillen is a depiction of 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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Garden of Whimsy Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland is a lush sparkly winter refuge for avatars and animals alike. Wander the starlit paths to discover wildlife, romantic cuddle spots or just to watch the stars. Cross the balloon bridge to find a charming winter village and courtyard skating rink. Santa's Village along the coast is bristling with activity and elves preparing for the big night! Winter Hunt 'til Dec 24th.

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Christmas at Old Europe Winter Village

Christmas at Old Europe is a traditional favorite for eight years. Join the festivities and enjoy ice skating, a reindeer ferris wheel and a group sleigh tour that supports up to eight people flying high over this festive region. There's also snowball fights and dancing in the village square. Don't miss the posted schedule of Christmas music and lightshows throughout the holidays.

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KittyCatS! & Friends Advent Calendar & WinterLand

KittyCats celebrates its fifth winter with wonderful gifts daily from 24 of SL's most loved content creators! Explore the KittyCatS Magical WinterLand where you can skate, ski, sled or stroll a lovely path aligned with gingerbread houses that display creative festive scenes.

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Gacha Good Candy Cane Lane

Gacha Good Candy Cane Lane is a Christmas, Winter and holiday event filled with over 100 gachas and merchant areas. Here you'll find lots of great collectibles, decorating, and gift ideas. This event runs Dec 12-31.

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Enchantment at Paris METRO Art Gallery

Enchantment is an installation by AmandaMagick, curated by Shiloh Emmons at Paris METRO Art Gallery. This event earmarks the opening of a new artist on the SL scene. Amanda's fantasy enactments and flair for capturing fantasy images in SL is sure to enchant you.

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Christmas at Buckingham Palace

Experience the elegance and warmth of a Regency Christmas! Travel back into time and stroll the halls of Buckingham Palace decorated in yuletide splendor. Enjoy a Christmas concert in the music room, sip warm tea by the fire in one of the many state rooms, ice skate on the pond out on the great lawn, or share a courtly dance in the blue ballroom.

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Mrs Santa’s Christmas Market

On two charming squares in an old European city you will find this festive Christmas fair. Take a ride in the horse sleigh or bind your skates with your lover to dance on the ice rink. Recover the child in yourself in the carousel or near the carol singers. Visit the manger, the little chapel or just enjoy the shopping in over 100 stores and stalls and get your presents in the Advent Calendar Hunt.

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Celestinas Winter Wonderland

Celebrate the holidays at Celestinas Winter Wonderland, a place to take photos, dance or just hang out.

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As you explore the grid, share your inworld pics to the group pool at our Official Second Life Flickr.  Pic of the Day images are selected from there and featured on our blog and social media pages.

If your spot isn’t in the Guide and you think it should be, drop us a line at the submission form.

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“It is possible to meet your soulmate in a virtual world. I know because I met mine there, and he’s right next to me on the sofa.”

This episode of the Drax Files shares the story of Isla Gealach and Ewan Mureaux - two Second Life Residents who discovered love and self-awareness through the creative process.

Isla - owner of Cheeky Pea - makes her living creating virtual decor and furniture for what she calls ‘environmental spaces’ - contributing to immersive experiences for Second Life Residents. Ewan does much of the scripting for Cheeky Pea. They met in Second Life and their online friendship grew into an offline relationship and partnership.

To find out more about their creative process and work/life balance, tune in to this episode of

 

Want to see more personal Second Life stories? Find all the previous episodes of The Drax Files: World Makers at Draxtor’s Website, at the links below, or subscribe to our YouTube channel:

 

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 1: Kriss Lehmann
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 2: Jo Yardley
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 3: Eshi Otawara
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 4: Fantasy Faire / RFL
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 5: Engrama

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 7: Rod Humble
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 8: MadPea Games
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 9: Elie Spot
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 10: Robin Sojourner
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 11: Dwarfins
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 12: Ole Etzel
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 13: Creations for Parkinson's
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 14: Rose Borchovski
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 15: Scottius Polke
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 16: Feed a Smile
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 17: Zachh Barkley
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 18: Paradise Lost
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 19: Virtual Chemistry at Texas A&M
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 20: Flockers
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 21: Editorial Clarity
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 22: Virtual Health Adventures
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 24: MadameThespian Underhill
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 25: Oblee
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 26: Absinthe
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 27: Nylon Pinkney
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 28: Whiskey Monday
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 29: Insilico
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 30: Maylee Oh
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 31:Tom Boellstorff
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 32: Jay Jay Zifanwe
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 33: Luxembourg 1867
Linden Lab

Marvelous Designer is an advanced tool for creating 3D mesh clothes, and for a limited time, Second Life creators can save 50% on an online training course from CG Elves that will teach you how to use this software.

Visit the CG Elves site through this link, opt in to the “Mastering Marvelous Designer: Beginners Course & Advanced Workshops,”  select any add-ons you may want, then use secondlife-special in the coupon code section of the checkout cart to receive your discount.

This offer is only good until December 30th, 2015 - so find out more about the training course and if it’s right for you by visiting the CG ELves website today!

Mastering Marvelous Designer Online Training Program

Xiola Linden

The Second Life Destination Guide is the place to go if you’re on the hunt for something to do. There’s no shortage of holiday-inspired spots, snow-driven regions, art, events, and fun activities to keep you and your friends busy for a long time! So throw on the kettle, slip on some toasty socks, and check out this grab bag of holiday treats from the Destination Guide editors.

 

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The Gathering by Bryn Oh

The Gathering is a new contemporary artwork by Bryn Oh. Learn more at brynoh.blogspot.ca or watch machinima at

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A Silent Night

I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night...

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Pal Park's A Christmas Carol

Travel back to 1800's London and become immersed in this homage to Dickens' classic tale "A Christmas Carol." Enjoy the warm fuzzy feelings of Christmas nostalgia, the wide-eyed innocence of Tiny Tim, and the festivities of the holidays while you walk through each scene.

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The North Pole Sleigh Ride Adventure!

Come celebrate the North Pole Sleigh Ride Adventure in its 5th year and experience a winter wonderland filled with magical scenes and classic Christmas memories.

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Botanica Follow the Star Advent Hunt

Wander Botanica’s Winter Wonderland for a holiday decorating ideas and join in the “Follow the Star” Advent Hunt from Dec. 1 through Dec. 24th. Twenty-four dated and numbered stars are packed with a variety of favorites (and different prizes from previous Botanica hunts) including holiday decorations and furniture, hidden in plain sight and waiting to be claimed on the right day.

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Wayward Market

The Wayward Market shopping experience gives you the opportunity to experience items from those you know and love, as well as, talented new creators! More info at waywardevents.com/wayward-market.

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Frisland Winter

Peace is above the country. The colder weather arrived, snow has fallen and everything seems to be asleep. Visit a crystalline white winter wonderland on Frisland!

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Skill Gaming Region: Excalibur Games

Discover riches beyond your wildest dreams at Excalibur Games, a skill gaming zone with a medieval twist.

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Skill Gaming Region: Phantasia Games

Escape into a world filled with skill gaming fun at Phantasia.

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Skill Gaming Region: Vivara

Come visit Vivara for a unique, resort style gaming experience. Featuring Greed Multi-player games, Spin2Pot, MooLoTo and No Devil. There is even a free-to-play area for those wanting to learn, or just play for fun! Explore the elegant gaming hall. Relax in one of the poolside cabanas, have a cocktail in the lounge or enjoy artwork by talented SL artists in the gallery. Welcome to Vivara!

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As you explore the grid, share your inworld pics to the group pool at our Official Second Life Flickr.  Pic of the Day images are selected from there and featured on our blog and social media pages.

If your spot isn’t in the Guide and you think it should be, drop us a line at the submission form.

See you inworld!

Xiola Linden

This volume of Second Life Destination Guide Highlights is a blend of shopping events and places to wander. Cozy up with your friends and family in Second Life because winter is coming!

Rainbows and snow await so we’ll keep this one short and sweet  login and drop by these events!

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It's A New Dawn

The dawn has come and the wine will run....and the song must be sung and the flowers are melting in the sun.

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Saint Pete City

It is a city of wonder, of noises and sweet delights, of treasures waiting to be found, of stories. Welcome to St. Pete City...

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Tannenbaum Holiday Market

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

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Brotherhood Winterland

Visit this amazing winter forest, where there are so many things to do! Here you'll find ice skating, sledge rides, playground camping, camp fires and more!

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ALUZ Island

Early winter has come to ALUZ Island, a peaceful quiet venue perfect for photos. Be sure to bring your skates. Explore with your love in the cozy winter nooks...you could even propose in the wee beach shack. Christmas will arrive soon.

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On the Boardwalk Gacha Fair

On the Boardwalk Gacha Fair has returned for another round! Frozen Fantasy is the theme, and there are over 60 gachas for you to try your luck! Plus rides, games, and snowball fights - there's a little something for everyone, but dress warmly!

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Cosmetic Fair - Rainbow Effect

Running until November 30, Cosmetic Fair is an event where you can buy cosmetics, skins, and accessories for your avatar! Tattoo layers, mouth appliers, and many head appliers are available. Come brighten up your avatar with this rainbow themed event!

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Fantasy Creators Yuletide Showcase

This showcase shines on the creativity, imagination and beauty of 20 of Second Life’s most excellent fantasy creators. Each creator was asked to pick their favorite items to feature. In addition, they are offering a free hunt item in the seasonal theme. Come join the fun and enjoy the live music and great gifts. Get your hohoho on with us.

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Candy Cane Lane

Candy Cane Lane has humble beginning that date back to 2004. What started as a few textures very quickly grew into something much more. The creator aspires to design a feeling of warm fuzzies as you wander the displays or skate on the large ice rink. There's even a cappuccino bar that offers warm drinks to the visitors.

Visit in Second Life

Be sure to share your inworld pics to the group pool at our Official Second Life Flickr Pic of the Day images are selected from there and featured on our blog and social media pages.

If your spot isn’t in the Guide and you think it should be, drop us a line at the submission form.

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We’re collaborating with some of the top-selling merchants on the Marketplace to bring you the 12 Days of Savings Sale. Shop great deals on some of the most popular items available.

Starting today through Monday, December 7th, 2015, shop a few of the top-selling brands and take advantage of major savings on select items. Looking to get some names checked off your gift list? Why not get a head start and save big in the process?

Participating Merchants include Abiss Interior, Blueberry, G I O M E N, GizzA Creations, Magika, Mandala Jewelry, Slink, Studio Skye, and Truth Hair. Stop by each during the sale to shop for clothing, accessories, hair, interior decor, and more before these deals are gone.

Get started and drop by the Marketplace now!

Xiola Linden

Last Thursday, more than 150 Second Life Residents gathered in the studio at the LEA Theatre as Saffia Widdershins and Jo Yardley sat down with Ebbe Linden. We asked Residents to submit their questions ahead of time via the forums, and the Lab Chat production team took to the task of selecting the questions that would be addressed during the show. Ebbe answered the questions on hand, and spent additional time diving into live questions from the audience.

If you were not able to attend, there are several ways in which you can catch up on what was discussed.

 

  • A podcast of the show is available at The Drax Files website.
  • Transcripts of the show are available here courtesy of Inara Pey.
  • Video of the program can be viewed on the
    as well as on the Lab Chat blog.

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Jo Yardley (left), Ebbe Linden (center - in one of the new standard avatars), and Saffia Widdershins (right) discuss Second Life and Project Sansar at the first session of Lab Chat. Photo taken by Torley Linden.

We want to thank the Lab Chat production team (Draxtor Despres, Gentle Heron, Marianne McCann, Elrik Merlin, Petlove Petshop, Inara Pey, Arduenn Schwartzmann, Aisling Sinclair, Devin Vaughan, Saffia Widdershins, and Jo Yardley) for all of their work to make  the first ever Lab Chat a great success!

Keep an eye on this blog for more information about future episodes of Lab Chat and the next call for questions in the forums.

Xiola Linden

Our Second Life Destination Guide editors have been getting their boots quite broken in while exploring the freshly-driven snow of wintery regions submitted to the Destination Guide. It’s a blast to see how the Second Life community stretches its creative muscle to do it up around the holidays and there has been no shortage of great spots coming in. We’re reminded of how incredible this community is as a sum of so many diverse and unique people. Keep up the amazing work!

Take some time over the next week or so to stop by some of these spots to really feel the spirit of Second Life’s amazing Residents.

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Eiffel Tower

Pay tribute to the victims of the recent attacks in Paris in this virtual replica of the city of light.

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The Ghost Town Of Bodie

Visit a reproduction of Bodie, a ghost town in California, USA, constructed by the Literature Alive! group.

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Wintertime Reflections

Celebrate the holidays at Wintertime Reflections, a winter wonderland filled with fun activities including ice skating and more.

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Arosa SL in Winter

Based upon a place in Switzerland, Arosa SL sits below the largest mountain chain in Second Life. Visit the Winter Market in the Arosa village square, and sip on a warm Swiss hot chocolate or glühwein. Pull on ice skates or skis, or borrow a free sled for snowy fun. Maybe you will find nice wildlife! Afterward enjoy some quiet time in the tavern or one of several romantic spots with alpine views.

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Christmas at the House of Avro

Explore this winter wonderland extravaganza, packed to the brim with Christmas! Take a ride on the trolley car or take your life in your hands and try the downhill ski run! if you're not so brave then there is ice skating and a wonderful Christmas carousel! For those that love to shop, there is the Christmas town and stores packed with beautiful Christmas decorations!

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Winter Wonderland at Two Moon Paradise

Two Moon Paradise is proud to present the 5th Annual Winter Wonderland. This beautiful venue features rides, skating, skiing and live events. Free gifts, skates and lots of hot chocolate are waiting for you. Celebrate the magic of winter!

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Wonchewcome Inn Resort

Welcome to Wonchewcome Inn & Resort. They'll take your bags once you've checked in so you can get outside and start enjoying yourself. Bundle up, though, it's cold outside and there is a definite chance for snow in the forecast! Oh! Please don't feed the bear!

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Winter at the Retreat

The snow is falling and the wind howling at The Retreat, a relaxing spot that has a plenty of places for pictures. Warm up inside or go ice skating and dancing with your friends and loved ones.

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Wayward Market

The Wayward Market shopping experience gives you the opportunity to experience items from those you know and love, as well as, talented new creators! More info at waywardevents.com/wayward-market.

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Enchantment

Enchantmentsl.com is a seasonal event that takes place four times a year. Each round is inspired by a different and unique fairytale! The best designers and creators in SL come together to celebrate the chosen fairytale and create something inspired. Shoppers can enjoy a beautiful environment filled with everything from clothing to accessories! Check out the hunt as well.

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Winter in London

Enjoy the winter season in London City. Activities include Ice skating, sleigh rides, outdoor street traders, hot roasted chestnuts on a brazier and open-air weekly concerts, bringing the festivities to life. For details see mainlandlondon.blogspot.co.uk.

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Winter Scenes 2015

Enjoy the many activities at Winter Scenes including ice skating, snowball fights, couples dancing, exploring and more. Relax in the lodge, play games, cuddle, ride horses, explore a winter maze and more.

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Aphrodite Winter & Christmas Market

The new Winter & Christmas Market has opened! Here you will find houses, furniture, holiday decorations, gifts, Christmas trees and everything you may need for your holiday celebrations in SL!

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Winter Festival on Creations Park

Have fun with your friends at Winter Festival on Creations Park. Ice skate over the entire frozen sim. Sled down the snowy mountain. Experience the finest winter amusement rides. Dance to live music. Fall in love in the Romantic Winter Forest. Get a head start on holiday shopping. Find all the free gifts in the Holiday Hunt. Best of all feel the joy at this special place built with love for you.

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Be sure to share your inworld pics to the group pool at our Official Second Life Flickr Pic of the Day images are selected from there and featured on our blog and social media pages.

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Linden Lab

As we blogged last week, we’ve joined with a Resident-led production team to participate in a new Q&A show called Lab Chat! Lindens will answer your questions in a 1 hour show that will be recorded with a live studio audience.

The first Lab Chat - with guest Ebbe Linden -  is this Thursday, November 19th, at the Linden Endowment for the Arts Theatre. The show starts at 10:30am SLT, and if you have trouble getting there at the link above - you can try here and here. Seating is limited - but if you are unable to attend, we’ll have a recording available soon - stay tuned!

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Linden Lab

We are pleased to announce two changes that make it less expensive to get your own Private Island in Second Life!

Price Drop for Land Set-up Fees

Effective immediately, all new Private Island set-up fees are up to 40% cheaper! Whether you’re looking to expand your estate or just getting started with your first Private Island, it’s a great time to buy.

Here are the new, reduced set-up fees:

  • Full Private Island  - previously $1000, now $600
  • Developed Full Private Island - previously $1029, now $629
  • Homestead Private Island - previously $375, now $225
  • Developed Homestead Private Island - previously $395, now $250
  • Openspace Private Island - previously $250, now $150

Qualified educational and nonprofit organizations will continue to receive a 50% discount off the applicable set-up fee (as well as 50% off ongoing maintenance fees). For more information about our discount program, please visit this page.

If you have paid a region set-up fee in the past 14 days, you will receive the difference in fees back as a credit (in US Dollars) to your account balance.

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Pic by Samuel Fallen.

Transferring Regions with Grandfathered Pricing

Previously, Private Islands with grandfathered pricing would lose that status and revert to the usual schedule of land maintenance fees when the regions were transferred to a new owner. Today, we are changing that policy to make it easier for these regions to remain on the grid if and when they are sold to new owners.

Effective immediately, both Grandfathered Full Private Island regions ($195/month) and Grandfathered Homestead Private Island regions ($95/month) may be transferred to new owners without losing the discounted pricing. However, the one-time fee for transferring grandfathered regions will be higher than the usual transfer fee, as follows:

  • Transfer of a Full Island, maintaining grandfathered pricing: $600/each
  • Transfer of a Homestead Island, maintaining grandfathered pricing: $300/each

The standard fee will still apply to all other region transfers, as well as if you choose to give up grandfathered pricing when transferring a previously grandfathered region.

 

Xiola Linden

Autumn has finally decided to fall upon us here in the Lab’s San Francisco offices. We didn’t think it would ever come - but took comfort in the fact that we could always visit gorgeous autumnal regions in Second Life. There is something magical and fantastic about that mix of Fall and Winter taking place all over the grid. Some of you are eager to dash into the winter holiday season - while others still cling to the lingering haunts of Halloween. I’m a little bit of both - to be honest! So, our Second Life Destination Guide editors must have been in the same mind when they curated this great list of spots you need to visit inworld!

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Gacha Good Events Bounty Of the Harvest

Gacha Good Events presents "Bounty Of The Harvest," a holiday event that celebrates the autumn and upcoming winter months with a variety of items that represent the fall month. There are 50 designers and over 100 Gachas to browse through.

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Rainbow Music Festival

Vote for your favorite deejays at the Rainbow Music Festival, beginning Nov. 13 at the Santorini Club.

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Disability Rights Affirmation Confererence

Virtual Ability's International Disability Rights Affirmation Conference (IDRAC 2015) offers speakers who discuss and celebrate successes, identify issues and re-affirm the rights of people with disabilities across the world. The event is held Friday and Saturday, November 13 and 14 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. (Pacific).

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Bellisimo Art Gallery

This gallery hosts beautiful artwork by talented Second Life artists. Don't miss the monthly exhibitions on rotation.

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Fractal Insanity

Fractal Insanity is an exhibition that features the fractal art and abstracts of Milly Sharple. The art in this gallery is rotated regularly as new work is added, keeping the venue interesting for new visitors as well as returning ones.

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BristolQuest

Explore this island of adventure, filled with lots of fun and prizes that await you. There are several missions where you can look for artifacts, pendants, vouchers worth Lindens, treasures and more.

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Aspen Fell - Endless

Discover the charms of Endless by Aspen, a calm monochromatic sim is open to the public for all to enjoy.

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Driftwood Valley Winter Wonderland 2015

Driftwood Valley Estates would like to invite you to explore the 2015 Winter Wonderland. The naked winter trees line the avenue.There is a freezing chill in the air that brings crispness to the leaves, bejeweled with frost, that crunch underfoot. Rosy cheeked, we stamp to keep warm, pulling woolen hats over our reddened ears and tightening scarves over our blue-tinged lips.

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Christmas Fair 2015

Get ready for Christmas at this special fair, held through the holidays in Second Life. In the town square, you'll find a lit Christmas tree and shops that sell a variety of souvenirs, gifts, decorations and more.

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Christmas Lane

Come visit this beautiful Christmas and winter sim where you can fly with Santa, skate on ice, visit a coffee shop, listen to Christmas carols, take pictures and find all you need for this holiday season!

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Let it Snow! A Winter Wonderland

This winter-themed sim is filled with the spirit of Christmas. Bring your friends to explore, dine and dance in the ballroom, ice-skate, sledge, cuddle, play in the snow, visit the coffee shop and take photographs. There's plenty to do and see and everyone is welcome!

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Telrunya - Winter Has Come...

Welcome to the wintery land of Telrunya, the perfect place to explore, relax, go ice skating and take wonderful pictures in this exquisite scenery. With a hint of magic, this place is truly a winter wonderland.

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Krampus - Your Christmas Nightmare

In a repeating vivid dream, you get told that your name is written in Krampus' book. It promises that you will suffer all kind of hell's agony before the year is over. Can you escape your fate and stop the repeating dream?

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Christmas at The North Pole

In a secret valley in the North Pole, Santa Claus and his elves are working hard. In the hidden village, letters are piling up at the post office. Santa takes his time reading, checking each list twice, making sure he writes down who's naughty or nice. Come visit this magical wintry spot in time for the magic of Christmas

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Country Christmas

Welcome to Country Christmas, where you can stroll around looking for a special holiday present or simply ice skate in the park.

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Be sure to share your inworld pics to the group pool at our Official Second Life Flickr Pic of the Day images are selected from there and featured on our blog and social media pages.

There’s only a day left to enter to win prizes in our 2015 Fa-BOO-lous Snapshot Contest - take pictures of your inworld adventures and share them to the contest for a chance to win Linden prizes.

See you inworld!

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UPDATE 11.23.2015
Additional changes have been made to the Marketplace Beta Search and new forum thread has been opened for your constructive feedback once you have a chance to review the changes and test the Beta again. The old forum thread has been closed. Thank you for your continued feedback.

 

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We’re pleased to share that improvements to the existing Marketplace search functionality are now available through Marketplace Search Beta.  We’ve made infrastructure changes to improve the relevance of search results - making it easier for you to find what you’re looking for! We have also made changes for search to scale better as more content and categories are added to the Marketplace - and that means the newest creations and additions are at your fingertips.  We are still working on an important feature, which will allow you to exclude keywords (such as “demo”) from your search - but want to get this into your hands now and get your feedback!  

You can, of course, continue to use the default search as well.  

To try out the Marketplace Search Beta, visit https://betasearch-marketplace.secondlife.com to perform all your regular Marketplace activities. If you see any issues, please file a BUG JIRA with the Website -> Marketplace component.  For general comments and feedback, visit this forum thread. Happy shopping!

Linden Lab

In the spirit of the open Q&A sessions held at inworld events like the VWBPE conference and the

series, we’re pleased to participate in a new Resident-driven initiative called “Lab Chat.”

Lab Chat is an opportunity for you to ask Lindens your questions during a live taping that will be recorded and archived for everyone to view.

The first Lab Chat will be Thursday, November 19th, at 10:30am SLT at the Linden Endowment for the Arts Theatre - with guest Ebbe Altberg, CEO of Linden Lab.

Residents from the Lab Chat production team - Draxtor Despres, Gentle Heron, Marianne McCann, Elrik Merlin, Petlove Petshop, Inara Pey, Arduenn Schwartzmann, Aisling Sinclair, Devin Vaughan, Saffia Widdershins, and Jo Yardley - will pick questions to ask Ebbe from this forum thread - so be sure to get your questions into the thread no later than Friday November 13th, 2015. Authors of selected questions will be invited to ask their question live at the inworld show. Time permitting - additional questions from the audience will be answered.

If you are unable to attend the live show, a recording will be available shortly after the first Lab Chat wraps, so no one will miss out!

We’ll see you on November 19th at 10:30am SLT. Don’t forget to add your questions to the forum thread and mark your calendars to join us!

Linden Lab

Introducing the latest offering from our Starter Avatar Modernization project… 16 New Classic Avatars!

These new avatars are built combining mesh attachments with the original “system” process. Not only are compatibility issues being addressed, but the avatars are more performant and they look great! They can also be tweaked with the system sliders and easily dressed.

Last year, you may remember, we launched a number of new mesh avatars. They included both vampires and everyday people avatars that were built completely using mesh. While they looked good, they made outfit changes difficult and some of our internal tools were incompatible with the assets.

The new great-looking and efficient avatars will be available through the carousel during registration. Existing Residents can also access them through the “Me -> Choose an Avatar” menu in the Viewer.

In search of a new look? Try out one of our new classics today!

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Xiola Linden

The Second Life Destination Guide is here with the very first November edition of Destination Guide Highlights! Keep those submissions coming in we are always looking for new places to add so that Residents both new and old can discover some of the cool stuff happening inworld.

Our editors have hand selected a sample of some great spots on the grid so carve out some time to pay a visit to these locations and see what’s shaking in Second Life.

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Invasion!

Can you survive the invasion? Hop aboard this amusement park ride as you avoid attacking UFOs, martians, giant robots and even mutant insects! Don't miss this unique experience, available through November in Second Life.

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Fair Play Gothic and Fantasy Charity Event

Explore "The Forgotten Game: A Stonehenge Theory," a fantasy charity event and game by Fair Play. Thousand of years ago, there lived five tribes in the rough world of our nature: the folk of the Goblins,the Dragons,the Demons, the Angels and the Fairies. They met for a game at the sun and moon celebrations, and traveled long with all their family to be part of this old and ancient game.

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The Well: Infirmos

You awake in a healthcare hospital with no idea whats going on. Can you escape without loosing your sanity? The third in "The Well" series takes you back to the horrors of the well with a new creepy and shocking atmosphere. Entrance costs L$100.

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The Bridge

The Bridge is a mixed reality art project installed on a model of the Brooklyn Bridge. This LEA art exhibit features the unique international art work of Apha Auer, Bibbe Oh, Maya Paris, Mikati Slade, Misprint Thursday and Simotron Aquila.

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1867 The Virtual Pfaffenthal

Travel back to the year 1867 and visit an expansive virtual replica of Pfaffenthal in Luxembourg City. This project is part of an exhibition at the Luxembourg City History Museum, but you can also explore from home in Second Life.

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Out of the Looking Glass Into the Madness

In celebration of the 150th anniversary of a little girl's journey through childhood's fear and magic, Out of the Looking Glass Into the Madness will be joining The Dirty Grind's 3rd Annual Festival of Samhain! Explore this three-part steampunk wonderland installation inspired by Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and celebrate the arts during the live shows on Wed., Thurs., and Fri. Event ends mid-November.

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Disturbia Rage of Mystery

Disturbia is a mysterious and inaccessible island that has been abandoned, neglected and forgotten by society. It is a lovely little place, really...if you don't think about all the people who mysteriously vanish here.

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Scenes @ MetaLES

Experience art in the metaverse with Scenes by Ux Hax and Romy Nayar. This limited-time exhbition is divided into four scenes, with each scene lasting two weeks.

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The Dragon and the Knight

Attend one of the many live performances of "The Dragon and the Knight" by Kai Wirsing. This sim-wide stage production in Second Life is held on Nov. 16, 22 and 26. More info at lindenarts.blogspot.com/2015/10/lea7-dragon-and-knight-by-kai-wirsing.html

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The Jerky Turkey Hunt 5

That turkey, he's so jerky! Running around SL throwing feathers around, knocking stuff down, being loud and obnoxious - it's time to hunt him and bring it to a stop! Find the feathers to find the jerky turkey and end up with gobbling gaggle of fantastic fall and Thanksgiving-themed prizes! Hunt ends Nov. 30.

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Winter Festival for Team Fox

Have fun with your friends in the ice and snow at the Winter Festival for Team Fox on Creations Park. Enjoy the full sim for ice skating. Sled or ski down the snowy mountain. Dance to the daily live music. Experience the finest amusement rides, many you have never seen before. Get a head start on holiday shopping. Best of all feel the joy at this special place built with love. Event held Nov. 6-15.

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The Blasted Heath

The Blasted Heath is a region of grey desolation sprawling open to the sky. It is where an event known as the strange days occurred after a meteorite landed at the Gardner's well.

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No Such Thing

You've been selected as part of the Mayor's Special Task Force for Pest Control. Please report to Dr. Augustus Boffin at City Hall to receive your instructions. Upon completion of your tasks, collect your rewards! New Toulouse is an early 1900s-themed Louisiana community celebrating its 7th year in Second Life. This HUD-based hunt, a collaborative creation of its residents, runs November 7–28.

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Be sure to share your inworld pics to the group pool at our Official Second Life Flickr Pic of the Day images are selected from there and featured on our blog and social media pages.

There’s still plenty of time to win prizes in our 2015 Fa-BOO-lous Snapshot Contest - take pictures of your inworld adventures and share them to the contest for a chance to win Linden prizes.

See you inworld!

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