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12.06.2019 UPDATE: 

1) If your membership is currently Monthly or Quarterly, you will first need to change it to Annual and click "Change Membership" (you will not be charged at this point).  Then you can chose the Prepay option and confirm the $89 charge and pay that to extend your membership by another year. 

2) If your membership was prepaid at the last promotion and the current review date is more than a year out, you will not currently see the promotional offer.  However, since we didn't make this obvious from the start, we're going to extend this offer window to make it possible for our most loyal members to take advantage of the promotion.  That change will go out next week and and https://community.secondlife.com/forums/topic/446493-premium-prepay-again/this thread will be updated, as well as this blog post.  

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Are you feeling sad that only new Premium signups can take advantage of the 10% off Annual Promo? It was making us sad too. Now you are able to take advantage of this promotion with an existing account with Premium Prepay.  For the duration of the promotion (until January 2, 2020) Premium Members will find the option to prepay for an additional year at a discounted price under their account settings on Secondlife.com. 

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If you are currently on a Quarterly or Monthly plan, you will need to change your plan to Annual to take advantage of this promo.  If you’re also curious to find out more about Premium Plus, you will be able to upgrade from Premium once Premium Plus is available.

Not a Premium Member yet? Save 10% Now!

Now is the perfect time to upgrade and save 10% off your first year of a new annual Premium Membership subscription. New premium members get a one-time L$1000 sign-up bonus, a weekly L$ stipend, their own home, priority access to full events inworld, and exclusive gifts. Subscribers also have special access to Premium Sandboxes inworld, where you can build objects, unpack your purchased items, and meet other Premium members. Upgrade to Premium and start enjoying all the benefits now!

Linden Lab

‘Tis the season for snow-filled experiences and events -- and this week’s Second Life Destinations video highlights some of the coolest hot spots (or is it hottest cool spots?) scattered across the Grid.

Featured in this video are highlights from three destinations you won’t want to miss, including  Let it Snow, Winter Wonderland at LLW and Old Town Winterland.

For even more chilly explorations, check out the Winter Attractions category in the Second Life Destination Guide to discover over 50 winter-themed spots! 

P.S. Don’t forget to also check out the ongoing Christmas Expo, an annual event held in support of the American Cancer Society's fight against childhood cancer. This eight Region shopping extravaganza features more than 150 merchants, contests and more!

 

Linden Lab

This year’s Christmas Expo is bursting full of bright and merry delights - all for a good cause. There is a shopping event with over 170 Merchants giving a portion of proceeds to the American Cancer Society, over L$155,000 in gift certificates given out via raffle, entertainment, a hunt, and much more - including some exciting things from the Lab.

From the official press release:

The American Cancer Society in Second Life® and Linden Lab, the Society’s partner in the fight against cancer, announced a BLOCKBUSTER AUCTION as part of Believe In The Magic of Christmas, the 9th Annual SL Christmas Expo.

That’s right - we’ve partnered together to bring some new and exciting things to the expo. The first-ever Ebbe Linden bear will make his debut at the expo. Because this is a charity event, this bear will be available for a donation of L$250. All donations will go towards the overall expo goal of $20,000 USD.

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In addition, as part of the auction, Linden Lab is providing one lucky bidder with 6 months of Premium Membership and a 4th Edition Linden Home. The theme of these new homes is Victorians! You can be one of the first to glimpse them at the expo. 

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Speaking of homes .. there is also a Lights of Hope Decoration Contest. You can donate to a kiosk in front of your favorite decorated home - all proceeds go to the American Cancer Society

The Christmas Expo runs from December 5th through December 15th, and more information about the auction, schedule of events, and the American Cancer Society is available on their website

Head over to discover the magic of the holiday season and the joy of giving.

Linden Lab

The final month of the year is upon us. A time to reflect on the year behind us, and the one in front of us. It’s not unusual to see the rest of the year gone in the blink of an eye - but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t stop and enjoy the sights and sounds of the season!

In some parts of the world, this time of year is Summer, with sunshine and warm temperatures, but in other parts of the world, the snow has come on in full force, and the only thing rising is people’s heating bill - but in Second Life - you can enjoy the snow without the extra expense. 

Last time on Lab Gab, we barely touched the surface of the virtual avalanche of winter-themed attractions in the Destination Guide. This week, we’re back for more!

Xiola & Strawberry have ransacked their inventories looking for warm outfits, and are all set to explore a few more incredible spots on the Grid. Grab your hot cocoa, throw on a warm blankie, and get ready to go dashing through the snow.

We’ll be going live at 3 pm (PT/SLT) this Wednesday, December 4th, 2019.

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Tune in to our Official YouTube Channel (or check us out on our new Mixer channel or Facebook Live! Via our Official Facebook page) to watch on Wednesday!

Linden Lab
For a limited time, get 10% off your first year of a new annual Premium Membership subscription.* Premium members get a one-time L$1000 sign-up bonus, a weekly L$ stipend, their own home, priority access to full events inworld, and exclusive gifts like the festive ones below. Subscribers also have special access to Premium Sandboxes inworld, where you can build objects, unpack your purchased items, and meet other Premium members. Upgrade to Premium and start enjoying all the benefits now!

New Winter Premium Gift is Now Available
Premium members can stop by one of the Premium Gift kiosks to claim over a dozen holiday decorations. If you’re not yet Premium, take advantage of this 10% discount to easily upgrade and grab your gifts immediately.


TERMS & CONDITIONS FOR 10% DISCOUNT 
This offer begins on December 2, 2019, at 8 AM Pacific Time (PT) and expires on January 2, 2020, at 8 AM PT. To qualify for this promotion, you must 1) have an existing Second Life ("SL") basic account or create a new account, and 2) select annual (every one year) billing for your SL account. The ten percent (10%) discount will be applied to your first annual bill and will be renewed at the standard Premium Membership price (currently US$99.00 per year). For new accounts or accounts not previously upgraded to Premium Membership, after initial login through the Second Life viewer following upgrade to Premium Membership and: 1) following your first full week, the L$300 weekly stipend will be deposited to your account every Tuesday for the duration of your Premium Membership; and 2) after your account has been active for forty-five (45) consecutive days, the L$ sign-up bonus will be deposited to your account.
 

Linden Lab
It may still be November, but the spirit of the holiday season is already evident all over Second Life. Just last week, Xiola and Strawberry ventured to a few sparkling wonderlands on Lab Gab, and today, the official Winter Wonderland re-opens with a ton of fun and exciting activities for you and yours. There’s also a minty fresh Winter Swaginator Hunt, exclusive Premium gifts, and more. Read on to find all the details on winter in Second Life.

LET IT SNOW!
Winter Wonderland is back in all its beautiful glory - with activities you are not going to want to miss! Start your adventure in the Village of Lights, then make your way to snowboarding, snowmobiling, ice-skating, or snowball fighting in the snowball fight arena. Each of the activities is not to be missed, and are more fun with friends - so grab your besties and plan to spend a few hours catching everything that Winter Wonderland has to offer. If you’re in the mood for something a bit quieter after all that running around, take a breath-taking trip on the Ferris Wheel and catch incredible views of the twinkling lights and shimmery snow. You may be prompted to opt in to the Winter Wonderland experience in order to participate in the activities - be sure to read and accept the experience. If you decline it, you may get a broken experience - and we don't want that!
Winter Wonderland
Enjoy an exciting snowy adventure in this winter attraction by Linden Lab. Enjoy some holiday gifts in the Village of Lights, or a nice skate around the rink with friends. Take a look over the regions on the top of our Winter Ferris Wheel or race around the track. Don't miss the snowball fight arena!
Visit in Second Life WINTER SWAGINATOR HUNT!
Winter Swaginator Hunt
‘Tis the season to be jolly - and what could be more jolly than a ton of new gifts? From now through most of December, Second Life will be giving away some goodies for everyone! Four exclusive Winter decorations have been scattered across the Bellisseria continent: special variations of items found in the Premium gift are only available through this hunt! Pick up your HUD at the Meauxle Bureaux and make sure to complete the gift hunt in order by following the clues in the HUD and local chat. Happy hunting!
Visit in Second Life The Swaginator is back with seasonal gifts for everyone! Just grab your Swaginator HUD at Meauxle Bureaux, attach the HUD, and follow the clues in local chat to find each of four gifts, hand-crafted for this special occasion! The Winter Swaginator Hunt is a fun and interactive way to get some free gifts - and who doesn’t like free gifts? 

NEW LIMITED PREMIUM GIFT!

Premium members - we have something special for you - a limited and exclusive Premium-Only gift that’s sure to delight and add a little extra holiday charm to your inworld adventures. Drop by one of the Premium Gift kiosks to grab your package of holiday cheer. Included, you’ll find a Premium Member Token and Premium Member Token HUD which are the keys to Premium Only snowball weapons at the Snowball Fight arena in Winter Wonderland. The HUD will give you access to some upgraded snow arsenal. Remember to attach your HUD at the arena to access and rez your snow-slinging artillery. 
In addition to your wintery weaponry, the Premium Gift package comes stuffed with all the trimmings you need to set a picture-perfect, winter-worthy scene. Don’t forget to hit up the Swaginator Hunt as well, to add to the festive mood!
Get your Premium Gift at one of the Premium Gift kiosks inworld - before they go!
MORE TO COME!
 

Stay tuned for more to come. The Winter Shop & Hop is coming soon - with 100 Merchants, 100 Gifts, and 5 Regions of shopping, hopping and jingle-bell bopping. Better dig out your most comfortable shoes because that’s a lot to see. 
There’s also a ton of holiday and/or wintery themed spots all over the Grid to visit and explore. We’re adding new spot so the Winter Attractions category of the Destination Guide pretty much every day. 
Linden Lab
As the end of the year approaches we’re working hard on improvements to Second Life, including your most-requested features such as Name Changes, enhancements of the Marketplace, Events, and Premium Membership. Here’s a rundown of what to expect, including some important fee changes which will soon take effect.

THE RETURN OF LAST NAMES -- UPDATE & CONTEST
We heard you loud and clear. Soon it will be possible to change the name of a Second Life account. This is one of our Residents’ most requested features and we’re working furiously to make it available by the end of January.  Name Changes will be exclusively for Premium members at an additional fee. Changing one or both of your First and Last Name will be available as a single transaction. Last Names will be picked from a list, which you can help us curate.
What’s a last name you would choose for yourself? We’ll soon hold a contest seeking your contributions to the pool of last name options. From all of the suggestions, we’ll pick five, and those five lucky Residents will be able to change their names completely free of charge! You will not need to be Premium to participate or to win. The contest will run December 16 through January 15th, and participation details will be announced shortly. 
MARKETPLACE CHANGES & FEE UPDATES
Effective December 2, 2019, Marketplace Product Listing Enhancement fees will be reduced by 10%. Listing enhancements allow merchants to promote their items by displaying them as “Featured Items” on Marketplace pages.
On December 2, 2019, commission rates on Marketplace sales will become 10% of the item price. This will be the first commission increase since the Marketplace debuted a decade ago. This new rate remains significantly lower than most digital content commissions across the industry. Apple and Google charge a 30% commission on sales in their app stores, as do many other popular virtual worlds, VR and gaming platforms, such as Oculus and Sinespace.  
This fee change helps offset our costs as we invest heavily in new Marketplace features and improvements, which remains the Internet’s largest user-created virtual world Marketplace with more than 5 million items. Over the past year we’ve added a store owner’s ability to designate other Residents as Store Managers, who can help merchants run their businesses.  Recently we have taken steps to clean the Marketplace of outdated or inactive listings so that higher-quality listings are more visible to purchasers.  We’ve also added long-requested features like customer-initiated redeliveries, a Revenue Distribution page, Wishlists, Favorite Sellers, and much more. 
More changes are coming in short order. The ability to filter limited quantity and demo items is just around the corner. A number of improvements for navigating shopping and order history for shoppers, and a way to prevent limited-quantity item redelivery for the Merchants.  Mobile-friendly layouts are coming. Additionally, we’re working to improve the ability for Merchants to issue refunds. We’re also planning to give the Marketplace a facelift later in the year, and we’re looking into a way to develop a native vendor system that better connects inworld sales and tracking with Marketplace transactions. 
EVENTS FEES & CHANGES
Improvements to the Events pages are in the works for 2020, too. You’ll soon see more functionality and a new look, such as the ability to set an alert on an event you want to attend, to follow your favorite event hosts, to share your event calendar with friends, and to see the latest event developments in a news feed. Here’s a peek at a concept design (subject to change):

Pictured: Early concept for redesigned Events pages

We’ve heard many complaints from our Residents about duplicated event listings and spam. To combat this problem, we’re introducing a nominal fee which will help discourage spamming and encourage higher-quality events from committed event hosts. Basic members will be charged L$50 to create an event listing while Premium members will pay L$10. On the heels of this change, we will introduce the ability for Premium members to schedule recurring events.  
PREMIUM PLUS
Changes are underway for Premium Membership. In 2020, you’ll see a new membership level, Premium Plus. This new option will join our classic Premium tier as an additional choice for Residents who want to get even more value from their Second Life.  We think that many Residents will appreciate the new benefits and features of Premium Plus.
Speaking of Premium … some astute Residents have noticed a lot of Mole activity around the Belliseria continent.  Could something be afoot? Speculations abound! We are happy to confirm...
NEW LINDEN HOMES 
Yes, it’s true! A new Linden Homes theme is on the way. On the heels of our recent additions of new Traditional, Houseboat, and Camper themes, the final touches are being put on for the next theme.  You’ll be able to get an exclusive first peek at the newest Linden Home offerings at the SL Christmas Expo, held Dec. 5-25 in Second Life.
MORE TO COME IN 2020
We’ve got more in the works for 2020, too.  Don’t forget that you can contribute your own feature requests for our team to review in JIRA. Simply login to create a new JIRA and select “Feature Request.”  Did you know that most of the recent improvements to the Marketplace came from Feature Requests? 
Thanks for your continuing dedication and creative contributions to the Second Life community.  We are so excited for everything that lies ahead!
Linden Lab
There is a long-standing existential and philosophical question that persists to this day. If you dream it, do you experience it? That holds true for so many things in Second Life. Exploring foreign countries and learning about diverse cultures, swimming with dolphins, meditating from the blissful zen of a Tibetan temple, or hanging ten in the open water wave rush of the ocean on a surfboard. The surf is up in Second Life, and the sunshine, beach sand, and horizon are the perfect place to feel the thrill of riding those waves!
This week’s Destination Guide video is all about the joy and art of surfing in Second Life. Meet Lady Di - who really enjoys surfing in Second Life. 
 

 

Where else can you thread (and shred) the needle and wipe out safely, hop right back on the board and make a perfect run?
Just because summer is over, doesn’t mean you can’t follow the sun in Regions all over the Grid - in fact, there is a whole dedicated category to surfing in the Destination Guide. 
Now, go catch a wave - the water is perfect!
Featured locations:
 

The Shack Kanaloa Surf Beach Secret Beach The Dreamers Island Credits:
Video by Draxtor Despres
Featured wetsuits by Salt & Pepper
Linden Lab
This week’s Second Life Destinations video takes a close look at the 13th Annual Second Life Veterans Tribute 2019, which serves the SL community by offering a venue to honor Veterans from around the world. 
 


In recognition of Veterans Day and Armistice Day each year, this event reappears in Second Life to provide a space that transcends nationalities, as people from all walks of life can visit, provide remembrance, engage in conversations with each other and honor those who serve or served in the military in their respective countries.
At the heart of this event is a Veterans Wall that includes the names of veterans to be honored as the result of submissions from Second Life Residents. The venue is surrounded by reflective areas to think about the lives of those who have served, and also includes the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and a Pearl Harbor Memorial.
“People from all over the world come together...for the same purpose,” says veteran Flattop Ewing who manages the venue with his partner Sarah Ewing. “It is the one bond that we do have in that it is what brings the Second Life Veterans Tribute to life every year.”
Adds Sarah: “There are real people behind the avatars. They have had real-life experiences and this helps them to talk about it and reflect.”
 
Second Life Veterans Tribute
Welcome to the 13th Annual Second Life Veterans Tribute 2019 serving the SL community by offering a venue to honor Veterans from around the world. The goal of the Tribute is to provide a non-political region inside Second Life where men and women of all walks of life can visit, provide remembrance, and honor the men and women who served. Event runs October 31st through November 13th.
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Linden Lab
It’s time to get creepy, kooky, and positively spooky! The annual Second Life Creepy Crawl is here - and you’re not going to want to blink - or you just might miss out on all the hauntingly de-frightful fun!

Join us as we creep and crawl our way to some of the spookiest spots on the Grid. We had so many wonderful submissions, that narrowing it down to just eight was a Halloween nightmare! 
Our fate begins at 10 a.m. (SLT) - please see the full schedule below. This schedule is final, but may be subject to change - so be sure to check back on the day of.  

SCHEDULE TIME DESTINATION 10am - 10:30am SLT Bay City's Halloween Hay Maze 10:30am - 11:00am SLT Dreadville - Halloween at Cay's 11:00am - 11:30am SLT Sanctuary of Rock 11:30am - 12:00pm SLT All Hallows 12:00pm - 12:30pm SLT Club End of Days 12:30pm - 1:00pm SLT ShenaniganS Music Cafe 1:00pm - 1:30pm SLT I Am A Rock 1:30pm - 2:00pm SLT Ambrosia Dance Club The rules to surviving The Second Life Creepy Crawl:
Bring friends - we’re less likely to get followed by a slasher movie villain if we stick together and travel in a group! Also - you’re going to want to have your best dance crew on hand in case some spooky dance battles break out on the dancefloor.     Dress up - costumes are sure to confuse those pesky serial killers! They’re also fun all year - but especially on Halloween. Have fun and stay with us - A ‘brb’ could mean doom for anyone. The person who leaves the group first in a horror movie is most certainly the first to meet a terrible fate. Never answer the phone or wander off to the basement while the Creepy Crawl is going. Bad things always happen if you do!        See you there!
 
 
Linden Lab
It may be 10 more days to Halloween, but numerous grid-wide celebrations are already underway in Second Life. This week’s Second Life Destinations video explores a handful of these haunted experiences -- but daring adventurers will want to check out a few more of the 75+ spooky spots featured in the Haunted category of the Destination Guide including haunted houses, dark rides, and other creepy places.


Among the haunted highlights featured in this week’s clip are Snuggles, Gooseberry Lake, Whymsee, Halloween Town, Trick or Treat Lane, Salem and MadPea City.

To get a more detailed rundown of the many Halloween events underway in Second Life, check out our recent blog post “Spooky Swag, and All Things Halloween in Second Life.”

Video production courtesy of Draxtor Despres
Linden Lab
“Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn, and caldron bubble.”  - from Shakespeare’s Macbeth
 
Oh, there are strange ( and stranger) things afoot, and all over the Grid, Residents and Creators alike are brewing up some Halloween mischief. It is -- after all -- one of the most exciting and celebrated holidays in Second Life!
All Hallows Eve, Samhain. Hallow E’en - a time when the spookiest, kookiest, and most mystical of mayhem rolls into our world like a thick and possibly sentient fog. The veil between the living and the departed grows thin, and everywhere you look, you see pumpkins, skeletons, ghosts, and ghouls. And don’t forget the treats, and sweets, and tricks and broomsticks - it’s magical!
This week’s destination video highlights just a few of the scarier Regions you can experience in Second Life, and while many embrace the spookier side of things all year round, be sure to haunt the Haunted category of the Destination Guide, throw on your favorite costume, and explore. Then join us on Halloween from 11 am to 2 pm SLT for our annual Creepy Crawl. More details on the schedule for that are coming …

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Locations featured in this video are:
 
Arranmore
Explore the timeless coastal island of Arranmore, with its haunted manor house and photogenic scenery. Enjoy the creepy landscape shrouded in mist. Remember, it is not what you can see that is scary - it is what you can't see. Don't forget to take the flashlight from the station platform when you arrive.
Visit in Second Life Everwinter
Welcome to Everwinter, a post-apocalyptic theme park. Many years after a nuclear disaster, Everwinter sits frozen in time. Explore the aftermath, take in the sights and sounds, or maybe find a quiet spot in an abandoned building. Frequented by scavengers and those lucky enough to survive, only time will tell how long you'll last in Everwinter.
Visit in Second Life Pendle Hill
Welcome to Pendle Hill, a new creepy build by Lauren Bentham. Explore the dark side of Second Life at this creepy haunted island. Bring your friends and wander the misty shores and haunted house of Pendle Hill, but remember, it is not what you can see that is truly scary, it is what you can't see. Don't forget your camera, so you can take home some photo memories of your visit.
Visit in Second Life These regions are made by well-known UK-based designer Lauren Bentham, whose work - with her unique style that includes delicate windlight design - includes more lighthearted fare such as beaches and other relaxation spots.
For more  Destination videos, check out our Destination Video channel on our official YouTube Channel.
Video production courtesy of Draxtor Despres
Featured in this video: Masks and avatars by Walton Wainwright
Linden Lab
Pic by Elsa Antiel
Some may argue that the winter holidays are the most wonderful time of the year, but in Second Life, we know how to celebrate year-round. Halloween is easily among the most popular holidays amongst the SL community, and we are so ready to have some screaming good times as the Creepy Crawl is back in all its creepiest and crawliest glory. We are looking for venues to host us as we hop from spooky spot to spooky spot for some conversation, dancing, and fun. 

What is the Creepy Crawl?

Like a bar or pub crawl, but instead of walking from one watering hole to the next. We will teleport en masse from spot to spot and monster mash to our little avatar hearts’ delight - on Halloween! This year’s Creepy Crawl will happen on Halloween (Thursday, October 31st) from 10 am - 2 pm (SLT/PT).
If you’d like to host a stop along the Creepy Crawl, own a spot that will be decked out for the holiday, and don’t mind if a parade of Residents and Lindens come through, then you might be just what the witch doctor ordered. We’re looking for spots that have entertainment (we like to dance around in our costumes!), are appropriate for general and moderate audiences, and can handle a crowd.
Here’s how to submit your venue for consideration:
Make sure your place is listed in the Destination Guide - here’s how to submit.
Hop over to this form and fill it out before October 25th - we’ll start selecting the venues after that!
Keep an eye out for an email and/or notecard after the 25th to let you know if your venue was selected.
We’re excited to visit as many Halloween spots a possible - and can’t wait to have some thrillingly good times.
 
 
Linden Lab
Halloween is still a month away - but why wait to celebrate? In Second Life, the partying has already started as the entire month of October is filled with haunted events and other spooky surprises scattered across the grid.

Halloween Swaginator Hunt
The Halloween Swaginator Hunt is on! Four exclusive Halloween decorations have been scattered across the Bellisseria continent - can you find them all? To get started, look for the special haunted edition of the Swaginator gift-giving station to grab your free HUD. 
Here’s what to look for:

Once you have the HUD, you can seek and find your free gifts through the month of October. 
New Premium Gift: Halloween Decorating Kit
Are you a Premium member? If so, you won’t want to miss the newest Premium Gift that is now available at one of the many Premium Gift Collection kiosks in Second Life. 
The newest gift pack contains over a dozen Halloween decorations that you can use for interior and exterior use on your property (Linden Homes or otherwise). Contents include spider webs, hanging spiders and bats, a cauldron filled with Halloween candy, a pumpkin barrow, hay bales, chrysanthemums, uncarved pumpkins/gourds, spell books, potions, hanging string lights, an autumn wreath, “Happy Halloween” sign and “Trick or Treat” hanging sign. 
Creepy Crawl Tour
Our annual Creepy Crawl Tour is back! Once again, Residents can dress up in their Halloween best to hang out and join us as we hop from venue to venue on Halloween (Oct. 31) from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (Pacific). If you own a venue and want to host a stop on the crawl, then stay tuned for a separate announcement in the coming week on how you can participate.
Halloween Haunted Tour
 
Halloween Haunted Tour
The bone-chilling Haunted Tour is back again - and this sixth installment offers some new twists! Hop in a coffin and enjoy the wild ride through the twisted mind of madness.
Visit in Second Life
The bone-chilling Halloween Haunted Tour is back again! Hop in a coffin and enjoy the wild ride through the twisted mind of madness. Some unwanted Glytches are still occupying the house - so if you’re a bit of a Glytch-buster, bring your Glytch capturing equipment and see how many you can capture! To begin your journey, head on over to Portal Park and look for the Halloween Haunted Tour sign to enter the portal...if you dare!
Dozens of Haunted Houses & Other Spooky Spots to Explore
Of course, the community has also created dozens of other haunted experiences and events that you’ll want to explore. The Haunted category in the Second Life Destination Guide is home to over two dozen spooky spots already - and it isn’t even Oct. 1 yet! Expect dozens more to explore in the coming weeks.

 
 
Linden Lab
We are deeply humbled by the response so far to the debut of the new Second Life Blogger Network (SLBN). Since our announcement of this new initiative yesterday, we’ve already had more than 100 bloggers opt-in! 
We’d like to extend a sincere “thank you” to all of the blogging community for the many years of coverage of Second Life culture, communities, creations, and, yes, even controversies. The Second Life blogging community is never dull, to be sure -- and it serves as a key information source for so many who seek to stay connected to so many aspects of our shared virtual society. SLBN aims simply to call more attention to the many fantastic bloggers that are out there so that more people discover their work.
We do ask for a bit of patience during our launch week as we sort through and strategize how to both efficiently and fairly review the many blogs who have opted-in. In all honesty, we’re a bit overwhelmed by the number of bloggers who have responded in the first 24 hours!
So, what’s next? We’re already reviewing posts across all bloggers who have opted-in to begin the process of selectively sharing a handful of posts weekly via many of our official Second Life channels including the new Community Newsfeed, social channels and (in the near future) the login page of our official Second Life Viewer.
Since the launch, there have been a few questions from the community that we’d also like to address. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions we’ve received so far:
If I opt-in, are you going to censor my blog or penalize me if I post something critical?
Absolutely not!  By opting in, bloggers do not cede any editorial control as they remain completely independent. We have no implied or actual say over what bloggers choose to publish -- and, to be clear, we’ll still consider posts from blogs that are often critical of Second Life. Specifically, we review individual posts when we consider what to feature - not your overall blog.
It is true, however, that we do have content guidelines shared publicly so that we are transparent on our editorial criteria used in determining what specific posts we choose to promote on our own channels. One thing that we do want to clarify: we will not deliberately promote or support blogs that frequently post illegal, unauthorized or hateful content. 
We also want to clarify that we do not expect nor recommend that bloggers alter their editorial strategy with hopes of being featured. With the high volume of new posts published daily across all participating bloggers, we anticipate only a very few will be featured any given week. 
My blog features some adult content or nudity. Can I still apply?
Yes! While we won’t feature posts that contain sexually explicit content or other types of ‘adult’ content, we’ll still consider your individual posts that are compliant with our content guidelines. Since featured blog posts may be seen on our general Secondlife.com website and/or some social channels, we aim to follow industry-standard content guidelines (such as those published by Google and Microsoft). 
We understand that one of the great things about Second Life is the abundance of self-expression and creativity across a breadth of topics and genres, including adult-oriented content. However, to stay in compliance with the aforementioned industry-standard content guidelines, we simply aren’t able to highlight explicit ‘adult’ content on our website or social channels. At our sole discretion, we may make exceptions to these policies in limited educational or scientific contexts.
I’m unclear about what happens after I opt-in my blog. Do I need to do anything else? 
No! Once you have opted-in, you will automatically be added to our internal blog feed for ongoing consideration. You do not need to do anything else - and you can opt-out at any time if you change your mind. By opting into the SLBN, you are giving us permission to potentially promote and link to one of your individual blog posts including the use of a brief opening sentence or two from your blog and a single image. We will not reproduce your entire post! All SLBN content links outbound to your site for the full blog post.
I opted-in but now I want to opt-out. How do I do that?
The same Submission Form used to opt-in can also be used to opt-out. Just go to the form and select the opt-out notification. 
Why should I opt-in? What’s in it for me?
We hope to give more exposure to the independent blogging community via some of our high-profile channels including our official blog and social media channels. While a featured presence might not send millions of new pageviews your way, it can’t hurt to get a bit more traffic and awareness to your site - particularly for those who might not have yet discovered it on their own. Your traffic boost might only be modest, but hopefully, you’ll get some new readers from the exposure.
For those that follow industry “best practices” in search engine optimization (SEO), we think that independent bloggers will also benefit from getting another prominent inbound link to their site (which can help with their establishment of “relevancy” in the search engine ranking algorithms). 
For us, we benefit by giving new Residents, in particular, another way to get connected with the broader Second Life community as they quickly learn more context about Second Life communities and cultures (and clothing!). We also hope that existing Residents will stay logged in longer as they discover new events, fashions, and experiences from your blogs.
What about Flickr and YouTube? Do my accounts and content qualify for inclusion in the SLBN?
Yes! We recognize that many bloggers and vloggers publish videos and photos directly on YouTube and/or Flickr. Please use the Submission Form to submit your social account for consideration.
I have a blog for my store or fashion line. Can I still submit my blog and will you consider my posts?
Yes! We recognize that some of the best blog posts come from bloggers who also have their own stores or creations in Second Life. However, we aren’t likely to feature posts where “the editorial content is primarily promotional in nature and reads like a press release or ad for a particular merchant, creator, destination or event,” according to our Content Guidelines. 
What can I expect if my post is featured? 
Once you opt-in, we’ll begin monitoring your blog posts for potential inclusion in one or more of our official Second Life channels, including our new Community Newsfeed on Secondlife.com, one or more of our social media channels, and (eventually) a feed on our official Second Life Viewer login page. Please note that not all posts will always appear in all distribution channels. 
I am worried that my blog might not be compliant with the Terms & Conditions and/or Content Guidelines. Do I need to change anything to qualify?
We are NOT asking anyone to change anything as part of this initiative. However, bloggers who opt-in must also agree to the Terms & Conditions. Remember that we are reviewing content on a blog post level, so some of your posts may qualify for consideration and some may not, but your blog can still qualify. Of particular note though, please be aware that for legal reasons the criteria does mention that Linden Lab trademarks or logos should not be included in the blog domain name for participating bloggers.  
Why is LL doing this when there are other similar initiatives driven by community members! Stay in your own lane!
Fair enough. We acknowledge that over the years there have been many community groups and members who have provided blog feeds and similar initiatives. We see the SLBN as additional and complementary to those established initiatives. Our goal is to further highlight the incredible community content on our platform. We feel that this is a mutually beneficial program that helps show off Second Life and helps send some traffic to bloggers and their content, and we also appreciate and want to support those groups and community members who have been doing so already.   
One of our key goals with SLBN is simply to help introduce even more people in (and outside of) the Second Life community to the many different bloggers that are out there.
How can I get in touch with you if I have more questions?
Feel free to reach out to us at editor@lindenlab.com with further questions.
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It was literally this morning that I found out this fun fact: Jingle Bells was originally a Thanksgiving song - called One Horse Open Sleigh. Guess it didn’t catch on so much - and evolved into the tune we all know today as an anthem for the winter holidays.

While we are just heading into the Thanksgiving holiday here in the US, all over the Grid, Second Life has started to look like a twinkling wonderland - with snow, sleighs, and fairy lights galore. 
This week’s destination video highlights one such spot - Moochies - Tis the Season. A gorgeous and cozy spot to ease you into the holiday spirit, Moochies is vibrant and bright. Be sure to wrap yourself in a warm winter coat and pay it a visit. Be sure to take a ride on the no horse open sleigh as well!

 
'Tis The Season
Visit 'Tis The Season at Moochie for all things festive this winter. Old fashioned snowy sleigh rides, hot cocoa at the outdoor Christmas market, ice-skating on the frozen lake, visit Mrs Claus' Christmas tree lot, or just get lost pressing through the snow. Dress for a blizzard, you're going to need it!
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For more  Destination videos, check out our Destination Video channel on our official YouTube Channel.
Video production courtesy of Draxtor Despres

P.S. Need more reason to get into the spirit of things? Why not take a few minutes to grab your free gifts from the Winter Swaginator Hunt going on right now. Here’s a quick How-To that will make it a snap. It’s fun with friends!

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Our  “Made in Second Life” series focuses on various aspects of the many creative and incredible things going on in Second Life. We saw such an amazing response to our “Love Made in Second Life” series, and we have since expanded to other areas such as “Fashion Made in SL,” “Games Made in SL,” and “Learning Made in SL.”
This week our second installment of “Fashion Made in SL” debuts, featuring Second Life creator Maximillion Grant  - owner and creator of the LOGO brand which specializes among other things in mesh heads for your avatar.
"When it comes to mesh heads, my goal is to give people as much customization options as possible," says Grant. "I think interacting with customers is the most important thing you can do. You want to find out what people like but also what people don't like...I love the fact that I get to be creative."
Maximillion is only one of many creators who make and sell mesh heads and other mesh avatar parts in Second Life, which is why we created a Destination Guide category dedicated to several of them. These mesh avatar enhancements are very popular in Second Life, each offering a unique and different look and set of features to their customers. 
Find out more in the video below, and visit the main store inworld if you would like to see more. 
 

LOGO
LOGO is a leader in providing high quality, expressive mesh heads and other avatar related products since 2005.
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P.S. Our “Made In Second Life” series is always looking for new stories to share. Contact madeinsl@draxtor.com and tell us your story. You might be featured in a future episode of “Made in Second Life.” If you have a destination that you’d like to be considered for “Second Life Destinations,” then reach out to us via this suggestion form.
Production Credits:
Video produced by Draxtor Despres
Logo designed by Marianne McCann
 
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Here in most of the United States, we’ve entered that time of year where it gets dark very early. It will literally feel like 10 pm at night when it’s barely 6 or 7 pm. The temperatures dip in the evenings, but there is still enough of the Autumn sunshine to keep us from realizing how fast November is moving by! In stores, they’ve already begun to deck the halls, and there’s the distinct sound of jingles and holiday tunes in the air. The new holiday cups at coffee shops all already out, and there’s no denying that … winter is coming.
We’re all set to go walking in some Winter wonderlands in our next episode of Lab Gab with Xiola & Strawberry. What’s not to love about sweater weather, a cozy scarf, and the calming crackling of a toasty fire? Winter is a time of year for family, friends, holidays, and cheer - and we’re ready to bring some of that cheer to Lab Gab.
We’ll be going live at 3 pm (PT/SLT) this Wednesday, November 20th.


 

Tune in to our Official YouTube Channel (or check us out on our new Mixer channel or Facebook Live! Via our Official Facebook page) to watch on Wednesday, November 20th at 3 pm PT/SLT. 
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Once again, Halloween came and went - creeping back into the shadows, and leaving us with a sugar crash and fond memories. But, if we blink - the winter holidays will be upon us like a creepy creature before we know it - so it’s time to start planning! 
 
Winter is coming...and that means festive tunes, glitzy decor, snuggly scarves, and lots and lots of shopping adventures.
 
Our last big inworld shopping event for SL16B was a great success, and this is gearing up to be another one for the books.
 
Like previous years, we’re winding up for a winter inworld shopping event - and we’re now looking for Merchants who would like to participate! 
 
This event, which opens on December 13th, 2019 and runs through January 6th, 2019, is an opportunity to bring a ton of new customers to your brand, offer some of your best items, and celebrate the holiday season in a huge shopping event across several Regions.
 
We are looking for merchants willing to offer a discount on some of their items (think Cyber Monday deals!) and provide a small gift to holiday shoppers.
 
If this sounds like something you would be interested in, please fill out this form as soon as possible and no later than Wednesday, November 27th, 2019. The cut off will be at 12:01 am (SLT) on Wednesday the 27th of November. Event set up starts Dec 4th.
 
Happy Holidays!

 
Pic from Stefani Young Hwang
 
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The big red hair bow, those sweet eyes, and adorable whiskers … it’s none other than Hello Kitty! This year, Hello Kitty turns 45, and there’s an incredible event taking place inworld - the Astralia x Hello Kitty - 45th Anniversary Event in Second Life!

Second Life creator Astralia has been working hard to bring a celebration that embodies the joy and excitement of a character who has brought delight to millions of people many times over. This official Sanrio event features an interactive immersive game as well as rides, food, entertainment, and adventures that are absolutely purr-fect. 
Check out Astraliaworld.com to learn more about this special limited-time event, which also includes an exclusive virtual collection of Hello Kitty fashions created in collaboration with designer Jimmy Paul and Difuzed.
Opening today - you’re invited to join the party until Nov. 15 - so do not miss out!
Astralia x Hello Kitty Event
Hello Kitty celebrates her 45th anniversary with a huge two-region experience developed by Astralia in Second Life. With two regions to explore, you can also play interactive games and shop. For more info, visit astraliaworld.com. Event opens Nov. 1.
Visit in Second Life You can also catch Astralia on our next episode of Lab Gab with Xiola and Strawberry at a special date and time - Monday, November 4th at 10:00 am PT. You can tune in to the live stream than on our YouTube Channel, Mixer, or Facebook Live.

Now, head on over to enjoy the fun!

CREDITS:
Video: Draxtor Despres
Map  image courtesy of Astralia
Hello Kitty Sanrio License © 1976, 2019 Sanrio Co, Ltd.
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Scary movie rules state that no matter what - there must always be a sequel! Xiola and Strawberry are back this week for another chilling and thrilling episode of Lab Gab - with more frightening fun and spirited excitement!

We have some de-frightful spots to explore and need your help to make sure we survive the trials of our adventures in - The Spooky Side of Second Life Returns! 
We’ll also be sharing some of our top Halloween themed things and scary stories - there’s a ghost story in there somewhere! 
We might need to take a trip to a lovely autumnal experience after the bone-chilling venture - good thing there are so many scenic spots for us to lighten the mood and recover after our journey into maniacal madness.


Tune in to our Official YouTube Channel (or check us out on our new Mixer channel or Facebook Live! Via our Official Facebook page) to watch on Wednesday, October 23rd at 3 pm PT/SLT. 
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Knock knock
Who’s there?
Boo
Boo who?
Don’t cry!
You have not missed out yet on the chillingly spook-tacular prizes and events taking place all over the Grid.
SWAGINATOR HUNT
The Swaginator Hunt ends Nov 4th - so be sure to explore this trick-or-treat style hunt for free, limited-edition treats and prizes. Everyone can collect the incredible gifts, but the first rule of horror movie survival is NEVER SPLIT UP - so grab your friends and head out for some swag grabbing!

Halloween Swaginator Hunt
Four exclusive Halloween decorations have been scattered across the Bellisseria continent. The hunt runs through the month of October, pick up your HUD at Meauxle Bureaux. Happy hunting!
Visit in Second Life Our own Xiola and Strawberry Linden took on the hunt on last week’s Lab Gab - and had a blast!

CREEPY CRAWL
This year’s Creepy Crawl is going to be epic! 
The second rule of horror movie survival is to make sure you stay in public, highly-populated areas! On October 31st - Halloween - from 11 am to 2 pm SLT - we’re going to venture around the Grid in costumed celebration. Jumping from spot to spot, dancing, and hanging out for Halloween.
There is still time to submit your venue for consideration for a spot on the crawl. 
HALLOWEEN HAUNTED TOUR

Halloween Haunted Tour
The bone-chilling Haunted Tour is back again - and this sixth installment offers some new twists! Hop in a coffin and enjoy the wild ride through the twisted mind of madness.
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The third rule of horror movie survival is at some point, you will need to face your fear head-on! This haunted ride is filled with horrors, chills, thrills and much much more. Proceed with caution, but be sure to make time to visit. Hop in a coffin, and brace yourself for a ride through terror!
HAUNTED DESTINATIONS
The fourth rule of horror movie survival is to use your environment and surroundings to your advantage and understand what you’re up against. There’s a good chance you’ve seen some of the television shows where they hunt ghosts. Become your own paranormal investigator and explore the growing number of haunted locations in Second Life. The Destination Guide has an assortment of full-sized snacks in the candy bowl for you - just visit the Haunted category of the Destination Guide.  
NEW PREMIUM GIFT
The fifth rule of horror movie survival is to ward off the evil spirits with pumpkins and decor. Are you a Premium member? If so, you won’t want to miss the newest Premium Gift that is now available at one of the many Premium Gift Collection kiosks in Second Life.  Note that this premium gift goes well with the additional gifts available in the Swaginator Hunt - a match made in Halloween heaven!
Stop by one of the Premium Gift Collection spots to grab your gift pack! 

Premium Gift Collection Spot 3
The latest Premium Gift is a Halloween decorating kit that includes a variety of decorations for interior and exterior use on your property, Linden Homes or otherwise - available now to Premium members at any Premium Gift Kiosk.
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Have fun, check your treats for danger before you eat them, and put your new-found horror movie survival skills to the test. See you on the Grid - but you might not see us - BOO!
 
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Halloween is one of the most celebrated holidays in Second Life - when the veil between the other world and inworld is thinnest. Each year, we see events, parties, hunts, and costumes haunt even the farthest reaches of the Grid. It’s a great time of year to explore the elements of surprise and the unknown, and maybe even get a little scared. While dressing up is a year-round activity for many, there are some next-level looks that roam inworld. 
This week, we’ll be talking about Halloween in Second Life as well as taking a field trip to venture into some Halloween-themed events. Join us as we wander the spooky, spoopy, and downright kooky side of Second Life!
Tune in to our Official YouTube Channel (or check us out on our new Mixer channel or Facebook Live! Via our Official Facebook page) to watch on Wednesday, October 9th at 3 pm PT/SLT. 
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Our  “Made in Second Life” series continues with the first installment focusing on virtual world fashion creators - “Fashion Made in SL.”
Many people who start off in Second Life as Residents find that they enjoy exploring creating virtual goods inworld. Fashion, hair, home decor, accessories, and unique items that allow the community to express itself more freely and for individual Residents to customize their avatar in ways that are not possible anywhere else. 
“If you are able to transport something that others can feel, then you’ve reached the goal,” says creator xxsaltandpepperxx, whose brand Salt & Pepper can be found inworld, at events, and on the marketplace.  
Interactive products and designs are one of the things xxsaltandpepperxx likes to focus on - such as clothing items that interact with default Second Life water or a special “water gun” and change textures to a wet look. While she admits that these are not always the kind of items she would wear, she enjoys creating them, and the flexibility that applying her degree and skills to make a living doing so in Second Life affords. It allows her to balance her work and life in a way that benefits her family.
Find out more in the video below, and visit the Region inworld - there is a main store to peruse as well as horseback riding and beautiful views to explore.
 


Salt & Pepper and The Birdcage
The Birdcage is a region in a desert setting, surrounded by canyons. You can ride horses to explore the beautiful scenery, hang out, take pictures, or enjoy a shopping experience at the Salt & Pepper main store.
Visit in Second Life Production Credits:
Video produced by Draxtor Despres
Logo designed by Marianne McCann
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Did you know that Second Life features numerous fun and challenging games of skill that you can play alone or with friends? Skill gaming is one of Second Life’s best-kept secrets! Players have the opportunity to earn both Replay Credit prizes* and L$ prizes on dozens of games scattered across special “skill gaming” regions in Second Life. 

Curious about how to get started with skill gaming? This weekend, several skill gaming operators have come together for the first time ever to participate in an official Free to Play Fair that features free play on some of the grid’s top games including Spin2Pot, Lucky Rainbow, Deal Classic, 4Play Classic and more! 
Skill Gaming Free to Play Fair
The Second Life Skill Gaming Free to Play Fair starts this weekend at 10 a.m. (Pacific) and will run from September 27th to 29th. There are rides, photo opportunities, and of course free to play skill games! Three regions in total to explore, come have some fun!
Visit in Second Life  Join the fun Sept. 27-30 for your chance to learn how to play some of the top skill games in Second Life and also grab a special Limited Edition Skill Gaming Linden Bear! Of course, what would a fair be without rides and attractions, too? In addition to the many free-to-play games, you’ll find Ferris wheels, bumper cars, petting zoos, and much more!

This event is open to everyone, so come learn more about skill gaming and join the fun!  To learn even more about skill gaming in Second Life, please see our official wiki and visit the Destination Guide to explore skill gaming regions year-round*.

*While this limited-time event is open to everyone, please note that skill gaming Regions in Second Life are not accessible to Residents in some U.S. states and countries. For this event, Residents from areas with Skill Gaming access restrictions will not be able to use any earned Replay credits.
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