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Xiola Linden

Cupid’s month is nearly at its end but you can still head over to the Isle of View and visit the gifting kiosk all proceeds will be matched and donated to The Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. You may have an extra day this month due to it being a Leap Year but the gifting kiosk ends on Feb 29th so head on over!

In the spirit of giving the folks over at the  Second Life Destination Guide  keep busy exploring tons of submissions. They work hard to bring an assorted bevy of the best there is and that’s a lot of good stuff. Why not take think of their hard work as your fortune? A pamphlet of places to visit that you can stick in your back pocket and  the grid with. A divining cheat sheet that will catapult you into your next inworld adventure? Try this close your eyes, scroll through this blog and point then go wherever your luck takes you!

Wherever you go be sure to take lots of pics maybe enter them in the Leap into Love Snapshot Contest before it ends on the 29th for a chance to win and share them on our Official Second Life Flickr page!

Let’s go!

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Home For Our Troops Event

Help raise money for Homes For Our Troops in this multi-day event in Second Life. Buy or bid on exclusive items and attend one of the many live music performances in this charity event, held through Feb. 29.

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Children of the World Charity Event

Residents of Second Life unite together for a good cause at this music and fashion event, held Feb. 25 through March 2. Help the children in Yemen and connect with others who care in this limited-time event in benefit of War Child (warchild.org.uk).

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Metroplex 17

Metroplex 17 is a sci-fi roleplay community based in the year 2086 where humans live among a complex society of cyborgs, androids, and genetic mutations.This totalitarian city is ruled by social class distortion, with a shift of balance given to the wealthy Mega-corporations, who preside over and influence major political movements that affect the lower-class. Which side will you choose?

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Bay City History Pavilion

Want to learn more about the Mainland community of Bay City? Get in deep and visit this display covering the city's history and featuring artifacts and images spanning it's existence from 2008 to today!

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Unexpected Error

Unexpected Error is a hangout for self-proclaimed geeks, nerds, gamer girls and guys Meet like-minded people, talk games and possibly get laid at this unconventional chat spot.

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Sorrow

Experience the isolated, icy beauty of Sorrow.

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The Outer Garden

The course of time stops at The Outer Garden. Listen to a lover's whisper...or take a walk and snap photos along the way. These gardens are filled with summer dreams, twinkling water and translucent pale lights.

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Funky Junk

Funky Junk is a world of the future. Humans and the subsequent dominant species (avatars) have long gone. All that remains of them are piles and piles of their trash. Learn more at funkyjunksl.weebly.com.

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The Ionic Spell Collective

The Ionic Spell is what remains of a little village devastated by a large solar storm, forcing the citizens to rethink day to day life. For 10 years the people have lived without electricity and looked for ways to restore the light. The community is close and must stick together to find the answer.

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Grace Island

Grace Island is a photography sim with regularly-changing designs and themes; from strands of romantic beaches and glistening seas to enchanted mountains tufted with forests, Grace Island offers much to discover and photograph. Each design has a story you can piece together as you explore. You'll also find many features perfect for friends and lovers to relax and spend time.

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Etinterra

Explore Etinterra, an adventurous space for the Spanish-speaking furry community in Second Life.

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Monumento Malvinas Argentinas

Honor those who have passed at this replica of the memorial to the Argentinian casualties in the Falklands War (April-June 1982).

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17th Century Pirates Haven of Rogues

Hide out in this secluded haven for 18th century pirates, rogues and outlaws. Nestled in the southern nether regions of an active and growing 12-region estate, here you'll find pirates, rum...and others of questionable character.

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Linden Lab

The Second Life community likes to participate in many charitable organizations and fund-raising events - it's one of the many great things about this community!

Second Life Resident Blaze Teardrop is currently looking for designers who are willing to participate in an event this coming weekend to benefit the Homes For Our Troops organization. Any designers who are interested in participating should send a notecard to Blaze Teardrop or simplerosey resident inworld as soon as possible. Items do NOT need to be a new item. Performers and DJs who are interested should contact Crowe Blackheart.

The event runs February 21st through February 29th - so a quick response is encouraged. There is no theme - however all proceeds from items sold at the event go towards the organization.

The event region has been donated by Chung Real Estate.

 

 

 

 

Xiola Linden

The Second Life Destination Guide is feeling a little romantic these days  with a blossoming bouquet of Valentine’s Day destinations to hit. Drop by the Isle of View and you could glean a chance to dunk or hug a Linden or send Valentine’s Day gifts to your friends and loved ones with the proceeds going towards The Michael Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research. If love and hugging booths aren’t your thing, then there are plenty of other things to explore in Second Life. Check out what the editors have hand selected for you this week! Come on in with your virtual Valentine and mingle a little!

Take lots of pics maybe enter them in the Leap into Love Snapshot Contest for a chance to win or share them on our Official Second Life Flickr page!

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

We’ll catch you inworld!

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Isle of View

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

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Dunk-A-Linden & Hug-A-Linden Event

Party with us at the Isle of View on February 12th from 10 a.m. to noon and 2 to 4 p.m. (Pacific). Meet your Valentine, enjoy music, and don’t miss the Dunk-a-Linden and Hug-a-Linden booths!

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2016 Valentine Town

Valentine Town is a destination that is a visual panorama of all things that denote love and affection. From chocolate waterfalls to the sugary delight of giant gum balls, there is an endless feast for all the senses, with remarkable vistas and colors that bathe the visitor with affectionate delight. Incredible stores are featured with items for lovers and their beloved.

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Temporia Prime

Visit Temporia Prime, a world where you can explore an exotic, alien landscape in Second Life. Stroll the streets of the city levels and fly to the outer atmosphere. From the forests and rivers of the exotic surface to the depths of space, there's lots to explore!

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Valentine on Ice

Rebel Yell Concerts presents:"Valentine on Ice." Bring your special one and enjoy the many romantic spots, Plan a romantic dinner in one of the Valentine restaurants or meet your special one at the cozy winery. Have fun with awesome tribute concerts, swan tour, horse slade tour, paddleboats and the many winter activities.

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Gators MC

Gators MC celebrates its third birthday with three days of fun events in Second Life. Join the fun Feb. 12-14 as the community celebrates with music, competitions and more!

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8th Annual Home & Garden Expo

Explore nine regions filled with top home and garden designs at the 8th Annual Home & Garden Expo, held through March 6. More info at slhomeandgardenexpo.wordpress.com. Opens on Feb. 14.

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On the Boardwalk Gacha Fair

Bitter love is in the air at On the Boardwalk Gacha Fair! Over 45 designers have once again come together to bring you the best and worst of the most romantic day of the year. Join the celebration with over 75 gachas, rides, games and more! Whether you're in love, or you hate love - there's something here for you ;)

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Valentine's Day at Foxxies

Celebrate Valentine's Day at Foxxies, a romantic ballroom and jazz club that features a large dance floor surrounded by gardens, horse and buggy rides, and even boat rides offering amazing offshore views of the region.

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The Convent

The Convent is a dark but stylish Goth club in Second Life. It gives guests the possibility to live out erotic fantasies on several levels. Roleplay is centered around the main club.where deejays perform.

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Fantomas

Chateaux des Fantomas is a secret restaurant, lounge and ballroom created for special moments. It is a dream spot for lovers, first date, proposals, engagements and any kind of events praising an elegance in romance.

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Deezul Raceway For Motorcycles

This new riding experience in SL features 12 different race tracks and a sim rally track that can make every motorcycle rider's dream come true.

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Just Damnn Strange World

Many have roamed here only to find that there was no returning to Earth. Now only their souls and bones walk about. Many have asked, what kind of place am I in? They have all at one time or another screamed, "Help me! Oh, somebody help me please!"

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The Spring Full Perm Fair

The Spring Full Perm Fair at Old Europe features many of the top full permissions creators in all categories of fashion, furniture, building components and just wonderfully creative objects. All are sold with full permissions for re-sell and many of the creators are offering big discounts and exclusives for this event (held through February 29th).

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Xiola Linden

In this age of modern love it’s important to stop and enjoy the finer things of your Second Life - smell the virtual flowers and dream a little. The Isle of View is the perfect place to discover that the truest hallmark of love is time spent with our loved ones. This year it’s bigger and better than before - with some rebooted classics and new festivities! Read on to find out everything we’ve got in our box of chocolates this year! We’re fairly sure you’ll fall in love with the fireworks, gaze deep into the waters of the Swan Boat ride, and tiptoe through fields of botanically beautiful landscapes! There isn’t an inch of Isle of View that you and your amor will want to miss.

Love for a Good Cause

What the world needs now is more love! Visit the Isle of View kiosks any time this month to send virtual roses and candy hearts to your Second Life friends and sweethearts. Nothing is better than giving, so the L$ proceeds from the sales of these gifts will go to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. Visit the Isle of View to select and send your Valentine’s gifts. We’ll match the final total and double the donation love! How’s that for a sweet pairing?

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Mix It Up at Our Mixer

We understand that love is sometimes complicated. You have got to work hard to make it work - and we’re not afraid of a little tough love. On February 12 from 10am - 12pm and 2-4pm SLT we'll be mixing things up with the return of Dunk-a-Linden and Hug-a-Linden booths! You may just meet your virtual Valentine while waiting for a chance to dunk or hug a Linden - and if you don’t - hey you still got to dunk or hug a Linden! It’s a win-win situation.

With music, festivities and love in the air - solo or soulmates - The Isle of View Second Life Mixer is sure to be fun for everyone. This region is so scenic, you may want to snap some pics and enter our Leap into Love Snapshot Contest.

 

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Xiola Linden

If you’re looking to take a little jazz-drenched New Orleans stroll in celebration of Mardi Gras, or escape the brain-eating hordes of post-apocalyptic zombies, no one has got your back like the Second Life Destination Guide does. Feeling up for a little hunting? Looking for some Valentine’s Day gift inspiration? We’ve got that covered, too!

Take lots of pics maybe enter them in the Leap into Love Snapshot Contest for a chance to win or share them on our Official Second Life Flickr page!

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

We’ll catch you inworld!

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Imesha

In Imesha, urban and sci-fi are carefully blended together to bring about a very unique looking landscape. Although very futuristic in appearance, many areas still contain aspects of nature and original art. Discover the endless scenic opportunities for photographers or simply explore this attractive environment and chill out with friends,

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Paris de t'aime

Explore the many shops, sights and attractions in this beautiful Parisian-themed sim.

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Apocalyptic Coast Zombies

Watch your back as you explore this apocalyptic city...where the zombies will come out to bite you.

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The Truth Or Dare Affair

Don't miss the Truth or Dare Affair, brought to you by Evil Bunny Productions. Over 80 of SL's best designers tease and please you with TRUTH (nice) and DARE (naughty) exclusive designs! Each designer also has a $10L gift for you! Opens Feb. 6.

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2016 Mardi Gras Town

The vibrant sounds of authentic, New Orleans jazz will fill your ears the moment you land on the cobble stoned streets of Mardi Gras Town. A holiday venue with incredible colors, ambiance and a festive spirit. Mardi Gras Town is the destination to let the good times roll.

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London City Love In

Celebrate the joy and passion of Love in London City. This month-long festival of the heart has nightly events, weekly concerts, and special attractions centered around Valentines Day. The event runs through February. For details, visit mainlandlondon.blogspot.co.uk

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The Stupid Cupid Hunt 4

That Cupid, he's so STUPID! Flying around, shooting arrows everywhere, flipping around making everyone dizzy, trailing little hearts wherever he goes. He's trying to make love matches all across SL! It's time to stop cupid before he gets any more stupid! Find the arrows he's left laying around SL for amazing gifts from talented designers.

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Isil Designs

Isil Designs (Delaunay Industries) provides the highest quality materials-enabled architecture, furniture, and vehicles with modern and futuristic themes. Experience the unique sights of the main store from the ground level island resort to the orbital space station.

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REVAMPED

REVAMPED is a monthly shopping event where designers take customer favorites and revamp them to either now be made in mesh, include appliers, include previously unavailable new appliers, or include new pieces that were not part of the set before. This monthly event runs from the 28th of the month to the 20th of the following month.

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Xiola Linden

“You can build or do or create or be whatever you want. We want to support that in any way that we can.”

Project Bento extends the standard Second Life Avatar skeleton - enabling rigging, animation, and attachment points for dozens of new bones! That means more articulate, expressive and customizable avatars for Residents and a new runway of creativity for creators.

In this episode of the Drax Files take a backstage glimpse into the development process of Project Bento -  from mission statement to beta deploy - directly from the Lindens and Moles who are working closely with Resident advisors on this major avatar improvement.

To find out more about how Project Bento is supporting the endless possibilities in Second Life - watch the

below.


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
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 34 : Cheeky Pea
Xiola Linden

Many a tune has been penned in its honor, mountains of prose labor over its intricate highs and lows. Love. The original muse. The inspiration of art across the world, and the culprit of many a great story. Why not continue the tradition of love and creativity by participating in the “Leap into Love” Snapshot Contest?

Share a Snapshot in the theme of Love on our Official Contest page, and you could win one of 4 amazing prizes:

  • Grand Prize – L$10,000
  • First Prize – L$5,000
  • Second Prize – L$3,000
  • Third Prize- L$1,000

Winners will be selected by a panel of judges made up of Residents and Lindens based on consistency with theme, originality, creativity, and overall impression.


The “Leap into Love” Snapshot Contest celebrates friends, family, loved ones - all of those who are beloved in our lives. While Cupid may be pointing arrows at this time of year, we know that love is much bigger than that. Love is kindness, friendship, balance, warmth, laughter, and so much more - so share it with us! Contest ends on February 29th.

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Linden Lab

A series filmed using Second Life is set to air its first of three 30-minute pilot episodes this coming Monday, February 1, 2016 at 6pm Pacific.

Breakout “Joyful Noise” is the first in the series that focuses on a young woman named Joy Jamison who works in a high-end boutique but struggles with her faith and self-image.

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Those in the Midwest who are interested in watching may check their listings for Charter Cable channel 198. Everyone can view the broadcast on Dynasty Television via stream.


A trailer for the series is also 

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Tune in Monday!

Xiola Linden

The Second Life Destination Guide returns with another edition of Destination Guide Highlights a sample platter of some of the coolest spots you don’t want to miss inworld.

Music, art. romance and many more flavors of fun are all over the grid why not springboard into your weekend fun with a tour starting now?

If your spot or event is missing from the Guide, drop us a line at the submission form.
We’ll catch you inworld!

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Mole Day 2016

Once again, we celebrate those creatives minds and the great builds of the Linden Department of Public Works! Join us for a concert in the park featuring Maximillion Kleene and GoSpeed Racer as we toast the Moles! Event held Jan. 30 beginning at 11 a.m. (Pacific).

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Oi Oi Oi - Experiments Phase One

Created by real life multi-media artist "The London Paint Splatterer." Explore the volatile waters that lurk deeply in Oh! Noire's psychological landscape with many visual adventures. You can boat round the waters at Oi Oi Oi - Experiments Phase One. All welcome and nothing is usual.

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Betty Tureaud's The City

The City a art installation about trying escape from a life to another. Follow the footprints in the sand to begin your journey...

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Beginners by Cica Ghost

Every end is a new beginning.

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Surf Religion & Surf Love

Surf Religion and Surf Love is an ideal spot for surfers, photographers and lovers. They have the awesome JAWS wave, as well as beautiful grounds and romantic cuddles. Come and enjoy the positive flow of energy here among the ruins.

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Heavenly Groove

Heavenly Groove is a nice hangout space with beautiful picture perfect scenes. Come here to explore, spend time with friends and take lots of pictures!

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Forgotten at The Pulse

Forgotten at The Pulse is a beautiful, scenic and photogenic area that features beautiful, hidden areas to discover. Here you can dance or find blissful areas for solitude. There's a beautiful chapel and other impressive architecture. Enjoy taking photos, spending quality time with a loved one or just wandering and enjoying a quiet moment and serenity.

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Northern Forests of Shara

Explore the Northern Forests of Shara, a peaceful retreat filled with many areas to discover including a formal ballroom, large castle, dance pavilions and more.

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Evolving Images Romantic Park

Evolving Images is a romantic place for dancing, dining, cuddling, vistas and walks. There are two types of dining experiences, four dance floors, and a large menu of romantic dances to choose from. Take your sweetheart on a walk through the bird sanctuary, go ice skating on the ice rink, cuddle in the gazebo, buy flowers from the flower cart, mosey through the local shops or ride the carousel.

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Xiola Linden

The Second Life Destination Guide strives to highlight all types of events going on in Second Life. From the one off art exhibits to the seasonal events - we’ve got you covered. Now, we’ve added a special category highlighting those recurring shopping events you don’t want to miss! Take a look and see what’s out there and happening right now!

Once again, we’ve gathered a handful of some of the best spots to  investigate inworld right now. Have a look at the list below, but remember - 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 or event is missing from the Guide, drop us a line at the submission form.

Go on now - log in. You know you want to!

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Timekiller II 2016 Festival

Join slGoth and Morphe, Inc. for the New Year celebrating the past, present, and future in the theme “Gothic Steampunk." Features 20 merchants, daily live DJ’s and SL voice story telling by Seanchai Library.

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MENstuff Fashion Hunt

The MENstuff Fashion Hunt consists of creations from great MENstuff designers, some of which have generously designed exclusives that will only be found in this limited-time hunt. Event ends Feb.29.

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Wayward Winter

This winter event, held Jan 18-31, is filled with activities and fun. Build a snowman or take a lift up to the tallest hill for skiing. Grab your ice skates for twirling among the snowflakes or pick up the fastest sled for gliding over those snow caps. Then, head back to our ski lodge to warm up beside the fire!

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20Twenty

20Twenty is a monthly instore event, beginning on the 20th of every month, spanning 20 days, and offering exclusive items from up to 20 curated designers at 20% off. More at differentialevents.weebly.com/20twenty.html.

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Santorini Club

Get lost in space at the Santorini International Space Club. Celebrate the spring surrounded by stars and planets somewhere in the universe.

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Emmalena Damour's Art Gallery and Photo

This art gallery hosts photographic art from real life, as well as digital art and prints of real life acrylic paintings and charcoal and chalk drawings (with permission of the artists).

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Split Screen Installation Space

Split Screen Installation Space hosts a variety of limited-time art exhibitions from well-established creators. Don't miss Jo Ellsmere's mesmerizing bot performance "Biomechanical," which is inspired by Russian theater director Vsevolod Meyerhold.

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Gates of Memories

We don't remember days. We remember moments.

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Linden Lab

On January 7th, 2016, we put out a call for questions for the upcoming edition of Lab Chat -  a Q & A show where Lindens answer your questions in a 1 hour show that’s recorded with a live studio audience.

 

The next Lab Chat - with guest Ebbe Linden -  is scheduled for this Thursday, January 21st, 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 sometime after the show wraps.

 

If you missed the first episode, the show is available on our Official YouTube channel in three parts:

Catch up on the last episode and try to come out to be a part of the next show on January 21st!

Linden Lab

The Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education conference aims primarily to strengthen the ties of the virtual worlds communities through networking opportunities and access to innovation. Whether you work in education, or support education, the VWBPE community embraces the work of all of those that work in this industry both directly and indirectly. VWBPE connects you with the people that share your interests in furthering the goals of education in an information age.

The deadline for proposals is fast approaching on January 17th.

Whether your passion involves, imagination of artists, innovation of coders and scripters, the vision of designers, the ingenuity of out of the box thinkers, or the aesthetic interpretation of performers, VWBPE has a great program on the horizon for March 9-12, and they're looking for your participation.

Important deadlines here: http://vwbpe.org/presenters.
Proposal Guidelines: http://vwbpe.org/presenters/guidelines
Call for Proposals: http://vwbpe.org/presenters/call-for-proposals
Steps to Submission: http://vwbpe.org/presenters/faq/how-to-submit

Get your prosals in this weekend and plan to attend!

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Xiola Linden

We know you spend time inworld all week long, but sometimes there’s a little more time to relax and enjoy the finer things when the weekend comes around. The Second Life Destination Guide team spends a lot of time inworld curating fantastic spots for the community to check out. If you’re feeling lucky you can always just head over to the Destination Guide and take a shot in the dark, but if you want a short list of just a few places that have been hand selected by our editors then this is the blog for you!

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.

Now on to the hot spots! Have fun, be kind to one another, and we’ll see you inworld!

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Telrunya - Forest of Dreams

Enter a world straight out of a fairytale where you can find magical creatures around every corner. This is a haven for those who look for a tranquil environment, a home for fairies, fauns, elves and those who love to be lost in a dreamworld. Walk, fly or ride a boat to explore all the beauty this sim has to offer.

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Oi Oi Oi

Do you remember a guy that's been. In such an early song. I've heard a rumor from ground control. Oh, no! Don't say it's true...

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Forest of Zyn Love Tunnel Ride

Hop aboard this romantic boat ride, which takes you through various amorous scenes reminiscent of an old-fashioned love tunnel ride.

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Cedar Creek State Park

Cedar Creek State Park is a LGBT sim featuring outdoor activities all set in a mountainous state park setting. The sim offers inexpensive rental cottages, perfect for new comers to Second Life. There's also a night club and lots of weekly activities for residents and visitors. Come and visit the park and become part of the Cedar Creek experience.

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Le Cactus

A celebration of the extraordinary talents of cultural trailblazer Josephine Baker, queen of the trumpet Valaida Snow, the lampshade-hatted dancers of the Casino de Paris and the offbeat irony of Jacques Dutronc.Throw a banana on your head, dance on a cactus and tickle a tentacle. Everything's interactive, so click away!

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The Seasons Story

The Seasons Story is finally ready for a brand new chapter! Join all these amazing designers through Jan. 31 for wonderful winter exclusives.

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Gacha Good Events: Out With The Old

This January Gacha event has over 80 gachas and 40 merchants. Browse through both new and old gacha items at this Gacha Good event, held through Jan. 31.

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Berg by Nordan Art

Berg by Nordan Art is showing the installation Fading Mask by Haveit Neox and the exhibit Simply Samples of Her Repertoire by Mich Michabo. The teleport to the installation on the ground is located in the gallery. Don't miss these limited-time events, held through March.

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Japan - Hiroba

Visit Japan-HIROBA, a helpful place for Japanese-speaking residents of Second Life. Here you'll find assistance from a supportive community, as well as a dressing room, beginner tutorials and free sandbox.

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Breeze Cape Carnival

Fun awaits at the Breeze Cape Carnival, an amusement park filled with interactive rides, rollercoasters, a log flume and much more.

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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.

Linden Lab

“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