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Second Life Destinations: Nord Storm


Second Life Destinations

Nord Storm is a vast steampunk roleplaying experience featuring an abandoned laboratory, a sacred cathedral, retro gadgets, and more in a wintery mountain town.
 

For those unfamiliar, steampunk is a retrofuturistic subgenre of science fiction, and it has a sizable devotion in Second Life with many steampunk regions to explore. Nord Storm is a huge region with architecture and technology bearing the distinct aesthetic of what would be considered futuristic through a 19th-century lens. 

Upon arrival, you are greeted with the message: “Here you can fight monsters, solve puzzles, upgrade avatar skills, craft, cook your own food, earn experience coins, play team games, fish, compete with other residents in skills, and much more... The game is available to all users.” Sounds like enough activity to fill up what’s left of 2020!

You first enter Nord Storm at an open air train station. In order to participate in the game component of the experience, you can receive a HUD from a machine nearby. The HUD has a built-in collision-based combat system. To hunt ghosts, you don't have to wear a combat system, but if you want your avatar to be able to deal damage to them, the combat system will allow you to do so.

You are free to explore on foot, but who wouldn’t want to use the time machine? All you have to do is launch the portal by reclining in the car seat. Click on the monitor to select one of the many locations in this world.

Be sure to keep an eye out for places marked with gold coins. When you sit at the designated earning spot, coins will be credited once a minute and can be used to purchase different items that enhance gameplay in the shop. You can also redeem prizes in the factory once you accrue enough experience points.

More details, pictures, and maps can be found at the official Nord Storm website.

For those more interested in admiring the architecture and environment than the gaming aspect, there is no pressure to conform to any specific gameplay rules. Everybody is welcome to visit the church, peruse the library, enjoy a quiet moment in the garden, or take a ride in the steampunk train.

If you’d like to adorn your avatar in steampunk attire, the marketplace has outfits and accessories for all levels of commitment. This region takes winter wonderland to the next level with the highly detailed levels of interactivity, gorgeous terrain, and hidden treats. Let Nord Storm whisk you away today.

Video Production Credits:
Draxtor Despres


 

 

Tara Linden

Music Mondays: An Interview With Donn Devore


Music Mondays

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Donn Devore at Gonja Land

 

This week's featured artist is Donn Devore, a talented multi-instrumentalist who creates electronica and post rock inspired by the paranormal, his spiritual experiences, and more. He even has an album of Brony music!

Please check out his official websiteBandcamp, and an extended YouTube set.

 

Q: When/how did you hear about Second Life?

A: It was around the Thanksgiving holiday in 2006 when I saw a news story on tv about SL and virtual worlds. I had been playing WoW for a couple of weeks but I wasn’t that interested in quests and monsters. SL seemed more interesting: with an economy, virtual real estate, you can fly everywhere, meet people, make out with them, have a laugh, and no one is trying to kill you. I explored SL for a year before I decided to perform. I saw musicians performing for crowds of 80+ listeners in a sim and thought, I can do this! So I learned how to set up a Shoutcast audio stream and started playing gigs, singing cover songs and playing acoustic guitar. That was in October 2007 and it’s been an interesting ride. 

Q: What types of instruments do you play?

A: I play guitar, bass guitar, keyboards, synthesizers, organ, drum machines, and various electronic devices. I’ve played guitar and keys since I was about 9 years old, I took lessons as a kid and studied music in college. I performed in metal and hard rock bands all through high school and college but was always creating electronic music in my room with synthesizers and drum machines. I worked as an audio engineer in recording studios for many years so that experience helps with the technical aspects of performing a live stream show since it’s essentially a live broadcast of a studio session. 


Q: While there are so many types of music software, do you have a favorite or do they each serve different functions?

A: It depends on what kind of project I'm working on. I’ve been a Protools operator for over 20 years in recording studios. It’s the most stable DAW and is especially good for recording acoustic instruments and bands, and it’s better at synchronizing with video or film. But in the last 5 years I prefer to use Logic Pro and Ableton Live for electronic music production. Ableton is a loop-based digital audio workstation which lends itself well to electronic music, letting me trigger samples and loops in real time to create a song from sections instead of a pre-recorded track that plays the same every time you play it. I use Logic Pro for a few specific instruments because it has the best sounding Hammond B3 organ and electric pianos in the game.  I perform using Ableton Live and Logic Pro in combination with real keyboard synthesizers. With Ableton Live I can create song arrangements on the fly using an 8x8 grid controller like a Novation Launchpad, triggering different loops that play the various sections of a song. It gives me control over each individual instrument in the mix. I use drum pads and note repeat functions to play live drum fills, create transitions, and dial in delay and reverb effects on the fly. Or, I will let the loop run for a while and I’ll play melodies or improvise solos on keyboard or guitar.

Q: I'm a fan of electronic music and I really enjoyed your album Telepathic Alien Communication. Did you have a strong reaction to the Pentagon releasing UFO videos? Although it quickly faded to the background with all the 2020 madness! 

A: Thanks! I’m glad you enjoyed the album.  As a fan of the paranormal and ufology I appreciate this question, and I could speak for hours on UFOs and the decades of government cover up. We’ve known since the 1970’s that UFOs have shut down nuclear launch control systems like Malmstrom AFB in Montana and visited military bases in the UK. Other countries have released video and information about UFOs. Our military has known about them since the 1940s going back to the Roswell crash and the Mt. Rainier sightings or the Phoenix Lights in 1997 and other more recent events like the Tic Tac videos released by the Pentagon. I’ve followed many of the authors and speakers in the UFO community that have advocated for disclosure for many years so it wasn’t really a surprise, but it was an odd time to drop that information on the public given what we’ve all been dealing with in 2020. Most people either didn’t notice, didn’t care, didn’t believe it, or said “I’ve been saying this for years and I told you so!” I’m probably in that last group. But we should always be skeptical since we've been lied to and they have reversed their position on this topic many times in the past.

My personal contact with aliens was through a series of shamanic experiences. With the intention to quit smoking cigarettes in 2015 I used psilocybin mushrooms to help me overcome my addiction to nicotine. In those ceremonies I communicated with different alien-like entities. This is a common report from people who travel in these spaces. I composed most of the songs for that album as a result of those intense experiences. I spent the next three years recording and mixing the songs, all the while suffering from serious health problems as a result of a toxic mold exposure. This album project was part of a long healing process for me and the ‘aliens’ gave me encouragement to continue on the path, to find ways to heal myself from a painful chronic illness, to tell my story and help others. I’m in a much better place now, despite the current pandemic, since through that crisis I have learned many different methods for maintaining my mental and physical health. Music is a part of that along with a healthy diet, yoga and exercise. 


Q: Where would you suggest starting out to someone unfamiliar with the SL music scene?  

A: For listeners, the fastest place to find music inworld is through the live music listings in the search tab. Search for live music events inworld and go to lots of shows. If you want to get onstage and perform, search for open mic events. It doesn’t matter where you start, just go to lots of different places to listen and watch what people are doing, and you’ll get a feel for the environment and find a place you like. Make some friends, talk to hosts and venue owners. The scene is like a small town with hundreds of musicians and dozens of live venues where we all play on a weekly or monthly basis. There are many live music announcement groups you can join inworld to get artist info and landmarks for all the shows happening or upcoming.


Q: What is the most meaningful aspect of the SL music community to you? 

A: Sharing a few precious moments of live music with other humans listening from around the world is meaningful. Music relieves stress and reduces anxiety for the listener. It transcends language, political and cultural boundaries, it can lift spirits, make you cry, make you laugh, make you dance... It can have an emotional impact on the listener, remind them of the beauty and joy in the world, and how awesome it is to be alive. When someone tells me they have been inspired by me or my music to improve the quality of their own life, that's meaningful and makes me proud of what we are doing here.

 

Thank you, Donn!

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Strawberry Linden

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Pictured: Silent Night

Each week, the Second Life Destination Guide editorial team reviews dozens of new locations and events worth exploring. With all those beautiful destinations to check out, we thought we’d highlight a few of the entries that stood out to the editorial team. Don't forget to check our Recently Added category to see all the latest additions to the Destination Guide!

Have fun exploring and stay safe for the rest of the week!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Second Life Destinations: Seaclaid


Destination Guide

This week we have found ourselves at Seaclaid, a roleplaying region. This ferry station in an idyllic coastal town welcomes everyone with an undercurrent of romantic mystery.
 

 

The region’s owner, Katie Luna, explains that “Seaclaid was born in sorrow, but soon became an instrument of healing. Lost friends return, new friends are made. The place now has an almost magical feel to it. I step back in wonder and gratitude. That my simple little sim has garnered so much interest is amazing to me.” Although the region of Seaclaid is about 5 years old, the roleplay group active is now much older and as you can imagine, the landscape has evolved and grown more detailed over time.

In the video, Katie also states that “Since Seaclaid is a damaged part of the ferry, doorways open up at random times. And people from different time periods fall in, which allows for the oddities that you see walking around.” There is also so much to do and see here between the stone pathways, castle, Irish pub, and gallery. The gallery is filled with many styles of art, and don’t be surprised if you see a baby dragon floating by the fountain outside.

Sorrel Fang, a dressmaker, remarks that “Seaclaid is a breath of solitude, joyful fun when meeting others and sharing adventures, and a true masterpiece for the eyes and heart. Just when you think you know something, you discover a new mystery.” The wildflowers and sparkling water will take your breath away, and the many interesting shops are a pleasant way to lose track of time. 

As Katie mentions in the video, Tam’yn comes from a different planet and accidentally got trapped. However, it seems like destiny given Tam’yn’s glowing testament to Seaclaid’s inclusivity: “As a dedicated Furr, I'd about given up on roleplay since most RP's are medieval, political, and humans only.  Seaclaid is not any of that.  Who you are is who you are since you "dropped in'' from somewhere and somewhen else.”

Some other prominent Residents include Cressy, a Fae fox, and Zsophia, a healer. Onceagain happened upon Seaclaid by chance through the Destination Guide and ended up opening a small photography studio. Onceagain says “I don't know how this adventure will end but I hope to leave lethargy behind and make new friendships because the beginning was sparkling.”

If you’re feeling inspired or would just like a nice place to relax, Seaclaid has several rentals open. It is a popular choice among bloggers and photographers, and there is no dress code. Visit Seaclaid today to enjoy a mystical windswept moment.

Video Production Credits:
Draxtor Despres

 


 

Strawberry Linden
Pictured: Yukina
Each week, the Second Life Destination Guide editorial team reviews dozens of new locations and events worth exploring. With all those beautiful destinations to check out, we thought we’d highlight a few of the entries that stood out to the editorial team. Don't forget to check our Recently Added category to see all the latest additions to the Destination Guide!
Yukina
Yukina is a tranquil place of quietly falling snow, cozy fires, and places to spend time together. You can dance or simply enjoy the forest creatures as they wander through the frosty tipped undergrowth or spend time together snuggled up in front of one of the many crackling fires. Visit this wintery corner of SL, and enjoy your stay.
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Let it Snow!
Let it Snow is a place to explore ruins and forests and caves, to dance and ice-skate, to be with friends, to take photographs! Everyone is welcome! "What good is the warmth of summer without the cold of winter to give it sweetness? - John Steinbeck
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Where our journey begins - Winter Season
Let the Santa Express take you into a beautiful winter wonderland. Enjoy the walks on snow-covered paths and the falling snowflakes in a lovingly designed winter atmosphere. Lots of cozy places to relax and take photos are waiting for you and your friends. Ice skating and sleigh rides are offered. Everyone is welcome. Let your journey begin here.
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Kingdom Of Mag Mell Winter Wonderland
Kingdom Of Mag Mell is offering a walkthrough of a winter wonderland that offers the lights, sounds, and the Christmas spirit. Visit for ice skating, tree cutting, and skiing. It is a wonderful place for pictures.
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RoseGarden
RoseGarden is the home of LadyRose, decorated to show all four seasons in one region. Each island focuses on the emotion of each season. Spring has whimsy, budding romance, gardens, and a treehouse. Summer is perfect for vacation, parties, lounges, bars, tiki house, and pool. Fall has an eerie cemetery, ghosts, magical/possessed items, and camping. Winter has comfort, family time, snuggles, and warm happy Christmas time!
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Aqua Breeze Lake
Aqua Breeze Lake & Garden is a peaceful seasonal region. The lake is surrounded by lovely flowers and there are hangout spots and a cafe nearby.
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Angels Nest
Angels Nest is the newest build by Busta (Badboy Hi). It is a semi-tropical island marked by a central high peak. It is a design that brings together multiple themes and is open for the public to explore. Share your images in their Flickr group: flickr.com/groups/14761377@N21
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The 7th Guest: A Second Life Experience
The 7th Guest: A Second Life Experience showcases an immersive, encore performance by George Sanger, AKA The Fat Man, of the wickedly entertaining music he created for The 7th Guest in this out-of-the-real-world venue. George Sanger is an American musician who has composed music for computer and video games, beginning in 1983. He is scheduled to perform on this Sunday Nov. 22th at 2pm PT at OD Designs' Sky Porch in Second Life.
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November 20th is Transgender Day Of Remembrance, visit the following two destinations in memory of the lives we lost, and for support.
 
Transgender Hate Crime & Suicide Memorial
This monument is dedicated to all transgender people who have lost their lives to suicide or murder.
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Transgender Resource Center
The TRC is a safe place for Transgender people and their allies to join and talk about the issues they face. Weekly Support Groups are available.
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Destination Guide
Come take a stroll on a rainy cyberpunk night at The Apartments, a cryptic region that invites you to explore its dark urban corners. See if you can count all the mischievous cats lurking around!

Creator Paradox Ivory describes The Apartments as “a love letter to some of my favourite movies that just so happen to fall into the sci-fi & cyberpunk genres. I have always wanted to immerse myself in those places and get lost in the environment. So from Blade Runner to the Doctor and Han Solo, if you look for their names on the mailboxes, you can wander to their apartments and see decor specific to them.”
The Apartments is both ominous and dreamy, with flying cars, sirens off in the distance, and the sense that someone could be waiting for you right around the corner. The aesthetic bears the cyberpunk hallmarks of neon signs and garbage strewn about the dystopian landscape but there is also a feeling when one wanders the stairwell that this could very well be a place that is not too far off in the future. That is, the ambience is so immersive that it feels wholly possible that this place exists in both the virtual and physical world.
Of course, we have to address what inspired the addition of so many kitties. Having been a lifelong cat lover, Paradox explains that “they have become somewhat of a signature in my sim designs. If you have visited any of my past builds then you know they all have cats, and this one is no different. However, Maru Kado had just created these amazing, expressive kitties as I was doing this build and so I just had to fill The Apartments with them.” At times curious, at others aloof, cats fit right in with the mood, and their smooth fur provides a pleasant contrast to the harsh greys of concrete and metal.
We implore you to put on your boots and see The Apartments for yourself. Whether you want to be the protagonist in a sci-fi noir or a silent observer, the pitter patter of the rain is waiting to whisk you away.
Video Production Credits:
Draxtor Despres
The Apartments
Hallways, endless rain, and cats...lots and lots of cats.
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Strawberry Linden
Pictured: Astoria
Each week, the Second Life Destination Guide editorial team reviews dozens of new locations and events worth exploring. With all those beautiful destinations to check out, we thought we’d highlight a few of the entries that stood out to the editorial team. Don't forget to check our Recently Added category to see all the latest additions to the Destination Guide!
We have dusted off our Winter Attractions category and it is getting filled with new snowy covered regions with lots of winter-themed activities! Keep an eye out for even more over the coming weeks!
 
Astoria
Discover the frozen lake on skates and let winter surprise you with his beauty. Astoria is a cozy dutch winter wonderland with enough places to spend time with your friends and relax.
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Snowdrops
From your arrival at Snowdrops Station explore this snow-filled winter wonderland. Bring your skates and enjoy the ice rink, snowboard with friends, or savor a velvety hot chocolate at one of the many cozy spots. Stop by the lodge and visit Santa's Workshop. Families welcome.
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It all Starts with a Snowflake at LeLoo's World
It all starts with a snowflake and LeLoo's World is covered in millions of them all ready to invite you to play in its wintry beauty. There are many lovely spots for your winter pictures and of course, ice skating. Everyone is welcome to this PG event. So, bring a friend, grab your camera, and be sure to bundle up!
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Christmas Fair
The magical time of Christmas is coming! The time of gifts, magic, cold, dream come true, love! This winter promises to be the best time for fun and good deeds. Visit for fun, Christmas carols, Santa Claus sledding, purchase of gifts for the family, and the 2021 meeting.
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Belvedere Winter Village
Visit the Belvedere Winter Village, located in snowy hills. It's an amazing place to enjoy your holidays, rent a house, and live your magic moments.
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Embrace Aphrodite's Darkness
Embrace Aphrodite's Darkness is beautifully decorated for Halloween and Christmas, in one region! Santa's Sleigh White Christmas Ride is also up and running, so visit and enjoy the three-level ride and wonderful surprise ending. You won't experience anything else like it this year!
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Jacksonville Island
Jacksonville Island is a great place for friends to meet and have fun, with different areas to sit, pray, think about life, and the beauty of the world and Second Life creations. Currently, it is a winter wonderland where you can ice skate, ride a sleigh, shop, dance, and explore. Have a wonderful time and don't forget to add your images to the Jacksonville Island Flickr group: flickr.com/groups/3977742@N25
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You can also visit the following new role-play regions, art exhibits, and non-winter themed destinations:
 
Nord Storm World
Nord Storm is a huge world full of steampunk adventures. The HUD that the user puts on for the game makes the avatar close to reality. Crafting, stats, leveling avatar levels, combat system, mazes and quests, team games, extraction of ingredients, and its own financial system. All this and much more you will find in the world of Nord Storm.
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New Frontiers
New Frontiers is a sci-fi roleplaying region set on the final frontier, a hostile planet in distant and unfamiliar space. Escape Covid-19 and start a new life in the Colonies.
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Charm City Roleplay
On September 12, 2015, unknown alien technology was activated in the heart of Baltimore. Humans possessing the MEPT05 gene suddenly manifested unique abilities that could only be dubbed extraordinary. This year is now 2020. In our world, everyone knows about supes. What you do with that knowledge is up to you. Welcome to Charm City. Adventure awaits.
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Babylon - 8th Wonder of The World
Salimma Hemeen! Welcome to the beautiful city of Babylon. An RP region set in the ancient time period of the Persian empire, specifically in Babylonia. Everyone is welcome to create their own story here in Babylon! Please ensure you have read the rules found at babylonsl.weebly.com or in the covenant, Silim.
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FOCUS
FOCUS at Coppelia is a collaboration led by renowned architect David Denton (DB Bailey) with fellow SL artists Bob Johnson (Thoth Jantzen) and Jane Leffler (Jo Ellsmere). DB’s ethereal abstract architectural style is blended with a variety of multimedia and artistic techniques and other content to create a unique and powerfully immersive experience. FOCUS is composed of a variety of different spaces that blend seamlessly together, each providing its own special mood and feeling when one enters. Coppelia is a Second Life simulator operated by the eponymous artists’ collective, “CoppeliaSL." The region provides studio and exhibition space for a group of artists that currently includes: Jo Ellsmere, Glyph Graves, Penumbra Carter, Dekka Raymaker, Ultraviolet Alter, DB Bailey, and Cuirec d’Erc.
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Simon's Town Art Gallery at Boulder
Simon's Town Art Gallery at Boulder hosts exhibits on a quarterly basis from participating visual artists. The gallery's primary exhibits are photographic. All are welcome and it is free to visit. Beginning November 8th Ms. Hillany Scofield, is presenting an exhibit entitled 'Fields of Love'. The exhibit will run through February 1, 2021. There is no fee to visit the gallery. Open to all.
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Curiosity Lake
Curiosity Lake is a seasonal region that rests on a lake with 365* views. There are multiple homes and areas for photography and hanging out with friends. Decorated with a sense of humor, there are little surprises around every corner.
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Second Life Destinations
This week’s video sheds light on Angels Rest, a uniquely timeless memorial garden for Residents to visit loved ones who are no longer with us.

Creators Fae and Mr. N greet visitors warmly with their group’s message: “Angels Rest is a memorial garden offering space for you to create a focal point for remembrance. The aim is to offer a chance for quiet contemplation and reflection away from daily distractions.” The environment invites one to be vulnerable among the serenity of nature, with an occasional wild animal hopping about to remind you that you’re not alone.
Assembling a sacred virtual space that is accessible 24/7, rain or shine, was an enormously thoughtful endeavor. It is hard enough losing a loved one, and during the added strain of coronavirus tumult, many survivors were not able to honor traditional funeral practices for safety reasons. Fae says, “I have lost people in my life who I wanted a way of memorialising. It seemed to me that there was such a huge need for this, especially this year with the COVID pandemic. I met a couple who had a similar kind of garden but they were not able to maintain it, and it had to close, so I decided I wanted to fill the gap that had been left behind.”
Fae, elaborating further on her vision for Angels Rest, says, “I have seen and felt firsthand the effects that social isolation has had on both myself and my nearest and dearest… We wanted to create a place that people can spend time and have peace and reflection in the virtual ways that we are able to right now. It was very important to us that we be able to provide this free of charge as so many are struggling right now, and so we came up with the idea of the refunded rental.”
The rental options include candles and plots that can be decorated with pictures, messages, flowers, or other meaningful mementos. Many people commemorate their pets as well, as is visible from the glass display case showing a four-legged friend in a perfect slumber. The space makes its inclusive atmosphere clear with its centerpiece, the Ecunemical Chapel bearing objects that represent all major world relations.
For visitors who are struggling with grief, a notecard offers important information such as phone numbers and email addresses of both Bereavement and Mental Health Services. We hope that all those who visit Angels Rest are provided with joyful reminders of loved ones and the strength to carry on.
Note: The poem featured in the video is “Death is Nothing at All” by Henry Scott-Holland.
 
Video Production Credits:
Draxtor Despres
 
Angels Rest
Angels Rest is a memorial garden in SL offering space for you to create a focal point for remembrance. Their aim is to offer a chance for quiet contemplation and reflection away from daily distractions.
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Strawberry Linden
Pictured: The Apartments
Each week, the Second Life Destination Guide editorial team reviews dozens of new locations and events worth exploring. With all those beautiful destinations to check out, we thought we’d highlight a few of the entries that stood out to the editorial team. Don't forget to check our Recently Added category to see all the latest additions to the Destination Guide!
 
The Apartments
Hallways, endless rain, and cats...lots and lots of cats.
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Starry Night
At Starry Night, come and explore the beach cove and nooks and crannies to find hidden delights. Stop by The Breakers, grab a drink, and dance awhile. On the mountain top sits a peaceful retreat - it's almost heaven!
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14 Annual SL Veterans Tribute
The 14th Annual SL Veterans Tribute is a way to honor and pay tribute to Veterans around the world on November 11th. You can walk around, enjoy the sights and memorials, add the names of your loved ones to the wall, catch a concert, sit in a reflective spot, and relax. Come celebrate Veterans Day, Armistice Day, and Remembrance Day here. This memorial will be open until November 17th.
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Angels Rest
Angels Rest is a memorial garden in SL offering space for you to create a focal point for remembrance. Their aim is to offer a chance for quiet contemplation and reflection away from daily distractions.
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Bridge by Cica Ghost
''It takes both sides to build a bridge.'' - Fredrik Nael
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M2D Light Week
M2D presents an event region constructed by Mario2 Helstein featuring beautiful, fantasy art installations in 3D Mesh with effects and fabulous particle light shows. Enjoy parties & live DJ's in the garden club or in the innovative pyramid graphic media club.
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The Art of A. Rose aka Apple Dismantled
An interactive gallery of Real Life artwork and the music that it was created to and inspired by. New art added often.
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Bubbles & Pearls Restaurant
Bubbles and Pearls Restaurant is located in the heart of Bloomfield's residential community. Whether you are celebrating an anniversary, an engagement, a night out with friends or family, you will find the perfect ambiance with a menu filled with your favorites. The five-star chefs curate the finest ingredients to create a mouth-watering one of a kind seaside dining experience.
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Mermaid Isle at Hidden Coast
One of the latest Destinations for Merfolk and their Admirers! All are welcome to explore this underwater wonderland. Great for dancing, photography or just hanging out and relaxing.
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Arcadia
Arcadia is a “capriccio”, an architectural fantasy in 3D of Palladian and neoclassical inspiration, a utopia in the form of a haven of peace and grandeur, protected from the rest of the world. Composed of palaces, temples, galleries, and memorials, Arcadia is a beautiful interactive region-wide art installation. It features a balloon ride over the city, a chariot ride in the city, and much more!
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Wine O'Clock Jazz House
A small jazz lounge to enjoy with your romantic partner, friends, or alone. Books and art provide education on the history of jazz and jazz culture. It is LGBTQ friendly. Attire is formal and business casual. #BlackLivesMatter
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VOIR Gallery
Welcome to VOIR Gallery located in 1920 Birmingham, England. The Birmingham Boys (also known as the Brummagem Boys) were a street gang whose power extended from the North of England to London's underworld, between the 1910s and 1930. They lost control of the South East racecourses to the Sabini gang. The group, which grew out of the harsh economic deprivations of working-class Britain, was composed largely of young men of lower to middle-classes.
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Winter Love Valley
Winter Love Valley is a wonderfull wintersetting with a romantic atmosphere. You can just wander around, or ride a horse, cuddle with your loved one, enjoy romantic music, and dance the night away. Of course, photographers are very welcome too.
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Secrets and Dreams
Secrets and Dreams is a beautiful winter place with Ice skating and sledding, with lots of spots for wintertime pictures.
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Chillville
Chillville is a fun place to set cares aside and play games, go on rides, hunts, surfing, and much more. Connect with people and share happy times!
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Chronicles of Waterdeep
It is now the year 1489 DR, and you find yourself visiting the City of Splendor on the continent of Faerûn. The Sword Coast is once again in great peril and you find yourself at the heart of the conflict. Will you help those that are displaced, be an observer, or aid in sowing the seeds of chaos?
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SeraSim // Seraphimsl.com
Home of Seraphim HQ, 70L SeraSim Sundays, The Outlet, and a robust shopping district featuring over 20 of the most loved brands. Find out more by visiting: www.seraphimsl.com
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Tara Linden

Tara Linden
It's time for another Region Evolutions post to show everybody the remarkable transformations that take place within Second Life. Kudos to these region owners for putting in the effort to ensure that their creations stand the test of time!

First up is Snowy River Saloon, a country music club that also offers dancing and a mechanical bull, among other exciting activities. 

You can see that they've amped up the rustic autumnal charm to make it look it super cozy and inviting. Looks like the perfect place for a romantic walk along the water after a fun-filled evening.

Next is Olivia's Creepy Diner, a region that will be celebrating its 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY next May! It definitely looks like something is amiss. Do you dare enter?

Not sure if I'm hungry anymore, this diner got even creepier! Something terrible has happened to this place, and it looks like it's been deserted for years. Is that Bambi's mom back for revenge? But I hear they make a mean key lime pie.
Huge shoutout to the Residents who have put so much hard work  into maintaining and updating their regions. It is so rewarding to see these before and afters, and I look forward to the next one!
 
Linden Lab
As Oz recently discussed in a post, we are hard at work on uplifting Second Life to the cloud. It’s an incredibly exciting time, and we’re already seeing some significant improvements to Second Life as a service from this process. 
Additionally, many regions on the grid are now running on AWS simulators, with more being added every day!
In light of more regions being moved to the cloud, we are pleased to announce that we are ready to begin offering new private region purchases in limited quantities. As we continue to uplift more of the grid, more regions will become available over time, eventually leading to the Land Store being reopened. 
If you wish to purchase a private region, please submit a support ticket through our Support Portal. The ticket can be submitted under the Land & Region > Order Private Region category. Please include the region name, which must conform to region naming guidelines. Following your ticket submission, we will either process the region purchase, or add your request to a wait list, which will be handled in the order the submission is received. In the event that your request is put on the waiting list, we will not charge your account until the point when the region is delivered.
Private regions are charged an initial setup fee upon delivery, which also covers the first 30 days. Each month afterwards, private regions bill at their recurring monthly fee. 
 
Type
 
Setup Fee
 
Maintenance Fee
(monthly)
Full Region
$349
$229
Skill Gaming Region
$600
$345
Homestead Region
$149
$109
 
Please note that there is a requirement to own at least one Full region to be eligible to own any Homestead regions.
Up to date information on private region pricing can be found here.
Information on private regions can be found here.
 
Strawberry Linden
Pictured: Seaclaid
Each week, the Second Life Destination Guide editorial team reviews dozens of new locations and events worth exploring. With all those beautiful destinations to check out, we thought we’d highlight a few of the entries that stood out to the editorial team. Don't forget to check our Recently Added category to see all the latest additions to the Destination Guide!
This weekend is your final chance to visit a lot of the locations in the Haunted category, as a lot of them will be closing down after Halloween, so visit soon! 
Seaclaid
When the night grows dark and the sea is calm and the fog rolls over the land, the wise folk bar their doors and watch for the shadow on the land. Dragons, Fae, Vampire, all fantasy creatures welcome. Yeah, you pesky humans too!
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Gacha Guild - The HALLOWS Carnivale 2020
Welcome one and all to the great Gacha spooky spectacular! You'll find all manner of Gachas in this circus extreme. Something to wear, something to see, something entirely new to be! A little something new for everyone awaits at the Gacha Guild CARNIVALE! Visit the center ring for some amazing Gachas and a lot of fun! The event runs from October 1st to 31st and the halftime hunt begins on the 16th!
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Necrotize
A Cyber Horror event, Necrotize brings you the best in dark space. Be mindful as you shop as the unwary may slip and fall in the ooze that lurks in the dark and hidden corners. Do your best to stay on your feet to hunt for the eggs which contain group gifts for you to enjoy. If you survive long enough, that is.
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Glitter & Gore II @ Second Pride
Second Pride is back for Halloween, and it’s dark, a bit spooky, with lots of fun awaiting your arrival! Check out the many things they have to offer, from the Library Escape Room to the Shell-Shocked ride. Maybe play a round or two of Halloween mini-golf! Share some laughs, and visit the many shops located all around the region while you visit. Who knows, you may even spot a zombie lurking! You never know what surprises await. Live DJs ALL DAY on the 30th, and 31st! Schedule available at second-pride.com
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Waiting for Salvation
An apocalyptic city with zombies, a quest, and lots of fun! It is open for all weapon types. You must join the group to be able to rez objects on the land. Do the quest for coins and experience, while you try to stay alive!
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The Abyss
The Abyss is a land dedicated to lovers of Halloween and the horror genre. There are three levels three explore with themed musical events. Do not be afraid to visit!
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Tricks & Treats Event
Tricks & Treats is a Halloween, Magic, and Thanksgiving-themed shopping event with a treasure hunt! It will run from October 26th to November 26th.
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16th Haunted Mansion Ride Full Sim Haunt
Haunted Mansion and Dark Park - longtime SL traditions merge into one full region super-haunt of thrills, rides, free gifts, hunt, and Nance Clowes guide to the absolute best Haunted Builds of the year. It is an 11th-year tradition! Try your foot at becoming the pumpkin smash champion this year.
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Hauntings
Moody, ghostly, creepy, and fun, Hauntings is another delightful venue in Old Town. Once a charming and peaceful spot in rural America, when the events began happening, folks moved away. No cars stopped at the motel; the farm lies abandoned. What happened here? What went on in that house? No-one knows. But once a year, the spirits of those who were innocent walk, looking for treats.
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Tara Linden
I’m not sure why spring gets all the credit for cleaning when each season deserves a thorough organizing session. Sometimes we let things slide for a little too long, and next thing you know, you’re late to the party and only wearing one shoe. It happens, and when it does, it’s time to talk about inventory management.

As someone who may or may not lose my keys somewhere in my house, room, or even purse (Why would I put it in that pocket? I never use that pocket. Oh, it’s in that pocket.) almost everyday, I found organizing my virtual closet to be crucial. You can see above that I have broken down clothing into many categories. For the moment I’m including shoes and hair, but might need to make those their own folders as time goes on and I accidentally buy more 11-inch heels. Something casual, y’know?
Before you begin, I suggest assessing your belongings to determine the major categories you want to start with and working your way down. Inworld hobbies can be important things to consider here. Do you have a truckload of dj gear, or props for photography projects? If you feel your surfboards need to be alphabetized, this is a judgment free zone. Do what works for you.
Harlow Heslop has a fantastic video tutorial with detailed sections on creating folders, body parts, clothing, home and garden, and more. She actually suggests going somewhere safe where you can take all your belongings out. Visualizing things is a great way to get started.

If you’d like written directions to follow along with, Lady Ellen T has compiled an in depth instruction guide on organizing your things as well. She stresses the importance of folders and how many items warrant the creation of subfolders, as it’s important to not go overboard if you want to find things easily.
Don’t forget, if you’re really stumped, you can always look for an item by name in the top search bar.
For those who want to go a little deeper, we have a tutorial playlist covering a variety of topics for all your SL needs. 
Strawberry Linden
Pictured: It All Starts With a Smile
Each week, the Second Life Destination Guide editorial team reviews dozens of new locations and events worth exploring. With all those beautiful destinations to check out, we thought we’d highlight a few of the entries that stood out to the editorial team. So in no particular order, here are a few locations on the Destination Guide that we recommend checking out this weekend:
It All Starts With a Smile
It All Starts With a Smile is a beautiful region with fun activities for you and your friends. Explore the calming nature, try out some games, or take a tour around the river and discover hidden wonders.
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Puddlechurch Heath
Puddlechurch Heath is a beautiful coastal region perfect for romantic walks and plenty to explore for the keen photographer. Once you leave Puddlechurch Heath Station you can explore the dock, beaches, and woodland. Find your forever home in this relaxed welcoming place.
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Kintsugi; Spirited Beyond
Allow yourself to be Spirited Beyond to Kintsugi. 金継ぎ, "Golden Joinery", also known as Kintsukuroi 金繕い, "golden repair". A bond made with gold. This is a Magical Japanese Oriented Garden to soothe the hearts and encourage creativity. Their goal is to bring you some relaxation and solace. They are blogger, and photographer friendly. Add your pictures to their Flickr group: flickr.com/groups/14751711@N22
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There are numerous special events going on over the next week, here are just a few. See more Featured Events on the Destination Guide.
 
Bid the Lindens Bald
For the fourth consecutive year, Linden Lab and the Relay Rockers are teaming up to fight cancer and support the American Cancer Society with the 2020 Bid the Lindens Bald Challenge. The challenge runs from May 13th to the 20th. More info on the website: relayrockers.org/bid-the-lindens-bald
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SL SciFi Con 2020
Going on its twelfth year, the SL Scifi Con is the largest gathering of science fiction fans, roleplayers, creators, merchants, and entertainers in Second Life! The Con covers scifi and all its sub-genres like horror, steampunk, post-apocalypse, cyberpunk, superheroes, and even a little fantasy thrown in for good measure. The Con supports the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life of Second Life’s quest to achieve a world without cancer and will run from May 15th to the 24th. For more information, visit: scificonventionsl.wordpress.com
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Bay City's 12th Anniversary
Bay City, the first mainland commmunity created by the Linden Department of Public Works, will be celebrating its 12th anniversary this Sunday, with a parade down Route 66 and a four-hour-long concert featuring GoSpeed of Kona Stream, Parker Static, Wolfie Starfire, and Quartz! Visit the Bay City Fairgrounds this Sunday, May 17th from 12:30pm to 4:30pm PT/SLT for the fun!
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KittyCatS CareKitty
KittyCatS is honored to bring this specially created "CareKitty" to the Second Life Community during this trying time. Firestorm has partnered with KittyCatS to bring this "no care required" CareKitty for anyone in SL who loves pets and who could use a little smile during this time. The package includes one boy or girl cat, and a coupon for a free pair of Kittens too. You can read more about them at this link: firestormviewer.org/free-kittycats-carekitty
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Pictured: Vive La Paris
Each week, the Second Life Destination Guide editorial team reviews dozens of new locations and events worth exploring. With all those beautiful destinations to check out, we thought we’d highlight a few of the entries that stood out to the editorial team. So in no particular order, here are a few locations on the Destination Guide that we recommend checking out this weekend:
 
The Official National Football League Alumni (NFLA) organization is holding a weekend-long virtual concert in Second Life!
National Football League Alumni Charity Concert
Hear great music and raise money for a good cause at the National Football League Alumni weekend music festival on May 30-31 from 1-9 p.m. SLT at Key West Island. This official event features many of the top musicians in SL and raises funds for the Alumni COVID-19 Relief Fund.
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If you are a sailor in Second Life, remember to register for the Summer Sailstice before June 20th!
Summer Sailstice in Second Life
Summer Sailstice is the annual celebration of sailing that happens every year on the Saturday closest to the summer solstice; this is their 20th year! The idea is simply to get as many people around the world out on a sailboat on the same day. In 2020, because of the pandemic, it is safer to move to virtual sailing! Summer Sailstice in SL is officially registered as a Summer Sailstice Event. If you’re already a sailor in SL, visit this location to find out how you can register and join the inworld group to participate in this event on June 20th. For more information, visit: sailvirtual.com
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The Bellisseria Community celebrates the 10 Days of Relay from May 29th until June 7th!
10 Days of Relay
The Bellisseria Community celebrates the 10 Days of Relay from May 29th until June 7th with live music, themed events, games, live auction, and more, while supporting an awesome cause, the fight against cancer! Join them as they get 10 days of celebration underway! For more information, visit: facebook.com/rflofsl
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The MC Community celebrates 10 Days of Relay from May 29th until June 7th!
10 Days of Relay - Relay Goes MC
The MC Community of Second Life celebrates the 10 Days of Relay from May 29th through June 7th. You will find more than 100 MCs coming together through live music, bike builds, auctions, and prizes, all benefiting the American Cancer Society and the fight against cancer. Join in all of the fun!
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Vive La Paris
Each footstep tread softly upon its cobblestone streets, echoes in my thoughts of you. There is such beauty and depth found in the richness of its history and culture. Its withstood so much yet it endures, still breathtaking and strong. You remind me of Paris.
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The Empire of Dreaming Books
Welcome to the Empire of Dreaming Books! Wander here in the city of Buchhaim, or explore the vast system of catacombs. Created in honor of an amazing Zamonia book series by Walter Moers, with the biggest system of catacombs and tunnels in Second Life. Share your photos in the Flickr Group: flickr.com/groups/-friendsofzamonia-
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Wision
Wision is a region in which virtual projects are created for the real world. Pending a return to normal, the region hosts conferences and art exhibitions, and is available to photographers from the metaverse or to those who want to stop in its suggestive quiet corners. You are welcome!
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Astral Dreams
Since 2008, Astral Dreams offers everyone a space to better enjoy their experience in the metaverse, with ever more refined settings and increasingly careful themes. Now in a wonderful Steampunk version, where you can find friends, music, sympathy, and love.
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The Kingdom of Corthe
The Kingdom of Corthe is a medieval fantasy roleplay region. Come visit the beautiful lands and meet the people. Seek out the lore that brought them to this new land after escaping an evil queen. You'll find royalty, merchants, magic, dragons, fishing, target course, and much more. Continue your story or start a new. Find a home with a friendly group of role players. The Future is what you make it.
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Konakui - The Romantic Island
Konakui is a romantic paradise for singles and couples. You may dance in the secret Bahia Lagoon pavilion, or bathe in Osar’s hidden Fountain of Youth. There is also a scavenger hunt for gifts and money, Seven Seas fishing, and a palm jungle to explore. Take the steam ferry to Kona Beach for a pleasure picnic or relax in the sun.
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Linden Lab
We’ve heard your requests and we’re introducing a new public Google calendar that will have all Linden Lab official events listed. This new calendar offers a convenient way to get an at-a-glance look at upcoming User Group meetings and other Linden Lab-sponsored events (such as the Second Life Book Club and upcoming Winter Wonderland snow fight).

To access the web version of this calendar, go to second.life/calendar, no login is required. 
You can additionally use this ICAL feed link to add it to your own personal calendar. You can also click the +GoogleCalendar icon on the bottom right of the web calendar to add it to your Google Calendar. Or, copy over individual events that you are interested in by clicking on the event and click "copy to my calendar."

 
We hope you find this calendar helpful. It will be frequently updated, but if you see any errors or discrepancies, reach out to Strawberry Linden at strawberry@lindenlab.com.
We are looking forward to seeing you at some upcoming events, especially the Linden & Resident Snowball Fight on December 18th. Look out for detailed blog posts about that and the Winter Shop & Hop, coming soon!
For Resident-run events, view our Events page. Seraphim also has a very handy Google calendar for Resident-run shopping events. 
Happy Holidays!
 
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Image provided by Amforte
This week's featured artist is Amforte, whose dedication to music started when she was a child, growing more potent with time as she became familiar with various styles. This singer songwriter is not afraid to bare her soul, and her music is an energetic and comforting reminder that there is always someone who can relate to what you're feeling.
 
Please check out her official website to listen to her music and see what's she's been up to! Below are some links to follow her inworld.
AMFORTE (AMFORTE Clarity):: 
secondlife:///app/agent/16f3fc26-7d2b-4e89-9de2-0cd96303df2d/about
SL Music Group
secondlife:///app/group/6e7b8cdc-46a2-6ccd-dd97-f15423689378/about
 
Q: When/how did you hear about Second Life?
A: I heard about Second Life from a friend who was already performing online. It wasn't long before I signed up and started performing. This was all back in December of 2008.
Q: How did you start playing music?
A: I was eight years old when I begged my father to let me take piano lessons. Years later, I picked up a guitar and started to learn how to play and write music. I have never turned my back on music ever since. I started performing in SL as a guitar player and vocalist and never actually played the piano for 12 years until recently. I introduced piano to my concerts and haven't stopped.
Q: Who are some of your favorite musicians?
A: There are so many bands/musicians that are my favorite, but these are some of them: Radiohead, Billie Eilish, Coldplay, U2, The Verve, Garbage, Alanis, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Cranberries, and many more! I don't just like one genre of music. I listen, love and sing to country, rhythm & blues, pop, rock, edm, jazz, blues, and I don't stop there. Music is my life. It moves me and it's my therapy.
Q: Tell us about one of your best songwriting moments.
A: To me, emotion has a lot to do with songwriting. I have to feel something. I remember a few years ago, I experienced such heartbreak, and ended up writing a song in a matter of minutes. My emotions took over and I ended up writing one of my best songs.
Q: Do you have a favorite SL venue for performing?
A: All of the venues that I have performed in within SL have been amazing. Although I've had to cut my schedule down a lot, I will still be writing music and performing in SL. I have been working on my second album that should be released in December 2020, or early January 2021. I am also working on a couple of film projects: one is a web series called GHOST SLAPPED that will be out sometime early in 2021, and the other will be a short film (and perhaps my first feature film) later in 2021. Anyone interested can follow these projects or my music in the links shared here.
Q: What is the most meaningful aspect of the SL music community to you?
A: The most meaningful aspect of SL to me is reaching out to the community and sharing my music with the world, virtually. There is a community here that relates to my music, and some find comfort in it.
 
Thank you, Amforte! Here are some more links to her projects.
AMFORTE MUSIC RL LINKS:
Subscribe: www.REVERBNATION.com/AMFORTE
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AMFORTEMUSIC
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/amforte/?hl=en
AMFORTE FILM PROJECTS:
www.GHOSTSLAPPED.com
 
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Tara Linden
This week I'd like to highlight the Challenge section in the forums. They're a great way to interact with the community and see what other Residents are experiencing. Every once in a while Strawberry Linden puts together a fun survey that dares people to share their input, like this Have You Ever quiz that illustrates the endless possibilities and broad range of interests within Second Life.
Today I posted my first challenge, and I would love it if you participated!

I would like to think I'm not a total newbie anymore, although some people thought otherwise when I revealed I only have 5,232 items, LOL. (It's cool, you don't have to twist my arm to make me put shopping on my to do list )
To participate in the challenge, download the blank template and fill it out using Photoshop, or any imaging and graphic design software. You can also use pixlr.com for free without installing any software. Or, you can just answer in text below the challenge post.
If you decide to do this challenge and post it on any social networks, don’t forget to use the hashtag #SLNewbChallenge. You can also add your images to the Second Life Challenge Flickr Group.
Thank you for participating in the challenges, and I can't wait to see your responses! Stay safe, stay home, stay virtual!
 
Tara Linden
Photo courtesy of Mavenn Resident
This week's featured artist is Mavenn Resident, who imbues familiar songs of intimacy and romance with an unrestrained passion that can be both soft and powerful. She pulls from a range of styles, and you'll hear everything from ballads to folk and some blues rock.
Please check out her music here.
 
Q: When/how did you hear about Second Life?
A: I had been on another chat program previously when a musician friend of mine mentioned he was going to start performing in Second Life. He asked if we would be interested in following him into the program and checking it out. There were several of us and within weeks we were running our own venue, and hosting incredible artists.
Q: What got you into music, and do you play any instruments in addition to singing?
A: I have always been an avid music listener and just casually sang, school performances, and was in a band for a short period as a teenager. I was always singing along to the radio enough to drive my children mad. I was involved in school orchestra growing up and played the oboe. It wasn’t until I was in Second life for about a year that I began to sing in any kind of regular way. Now singing is so much a part of my life, I wouldn’t want to live without it.
Q: Who are some of your favorite musicians?
A: My favorite musical inspirations are David Bowie, Janis Joplin, Nina Simone, and of course, Beth Hart.
Q: What advice would you give to other musicians who feel frustrated by the restrictions of our current circumstances?
A: This is a perfect time for both observation of the zeitgeist and self-discovery; keep living in your art, and be thankful weed is more widely available.
Q: What is your favorite memory of performing in Second Life?
A: My first show in Second life was at a venue built much like a regular brickhouse pub. Optimus Prime tp’d in and couldn’t fit inside the Pub so he sat outside on the lawn to listen and the chat hilarity ensued with the audience. That’s when I knew I loved the camaraderie and inclusive nature of the platform.
 
Q: What is the most meaningful aspect of the SL music community to you?
A: I absolutely love getting to know the other artists by having so much access to them. Having your regular favorites perform so regularly allows you to watch them grow in their art. I adore being an audience member with my audience as well. The scene is a fascinating and thriving community SCENE when you take the time to observe and get to know the people, free your soul and drift away.
 
Thank you, Mavenn!
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Linden Lab
Change is in the air...can you feel it? Winter is almost here! People all across Second Life are gearing up to celebrate the holiday season with a wide range of events and activities including our annual Holiday Shop & Hop, which will be held Dec. 11 through Jan. 3.
Applications are now open for Creators and Merchants who might want to participate in this year’s event, which will feature multiple shopping regions and tons of festive fun! 
 
We are looking for merchants willing to offer a discount on some of their items (at least 20% off). Merchants are also strongly encouraged to provide a new and exclusive, for the duration of the event, non-group gift.
 
If this sounds like something you would be interested in, please fill out this form as soon as possible and no later than Monday, November 23rd. We will be filling in stores as we receive applications so please apply sooner rather than later.
 
Happy Holidays!
 
Strawberry Linden
Lab Gab is a live-streamed variety show that showcases events, destinations, and different talents across Second Life. 
Join our host, Strawberry Linden, as she speaks with the VP of Engineering, Oz Linden, and Lead QA Engineer, Mazidox Linden. Oz and Mazidox are on the uplift team, which is moving Second Life to the cloud. They will be discussing all aspects of uplift and giving us an update on it.      
Do you have any questions for the uplift team that you’d like Strawberry to ask them on your behalf? Fill out the Google Form and submit your question today, and it may be selected!
Tune in on Friday, November 6th at 10am PT/SLT. Watch us live on YouTube, Facebook, or Periscope!

For full episodes of Lab Gab, click over to the Lab Gab YouTube Playlist. 
Linden Lab
From historical buildings to monuments of nature, and places that embody authentic local cultures, explore virtual incarnations of places from the physical world.
 

With Second Life the world is at your fingertips, and you can see places you’ve always dreamed of without breaking the bank or dragging around a heavy suitcase.
What’s incredible about these regions is that they can exist in a space where chronology is fluid. Experience 19th century charm with the convenience of modern comforts! Whatever you choose to wear will be just right for the climate, and you can walk as fast or slow as you like without getting lost in the crowd.
Visit the locations featured in the video today!
Village of Ciampi: The Tuscan countryside embodies a rustic charm and timeless romance. You’ve probably seen it featured in many popular films, so teleport over soon. Mitsumi Town: Based on an urban neighborhood in Tokyo, this region has made headlines for years. It was painstakingly modeled using Google Maps and real photographs. Zwieselalm: For those who live close to the Equator, or just can’t get to a winter wonderland fast enough, the Upper Austrian Alps are the perfect place to get bundled up, do some exploring, and wind down with some hot cocoa. Venezia City Showcase: This highly detailed recreation of Venice is as real as you can get. Take a stroll along the canals with a friend or with the company of the city itself. Little Santorini: A famous Greek island with volcanic sand beaches and beautiful homes. Go scuba diving and lose track of time in this sophisticated oasis. The Grand Canyon: At 5-6 million years young, this masterpiece of nature is always breathtaking. Beat the heat with a virtual visit. St. Louis Arch: The architectural emblem of this American city is instantly recognizable to many. An afternoon in the park is always a great low key way to relax. Terra Egypta: Ancient Egypt beckons to be explored and contextualized in the modern age. Garrigua: Based on Garrigues,the south of France is a highlight for every traveller. Share your travel adventures with friends by uploading pictures to our Flickr and share #ExploringSecondLife with us on social media! Other Residents will be delighted to see the possibilities, and there are so many more places to visit.
Strawberry Linden
“Lab Gab” is a live-streamed variety show that showcases events, destinations, and different talents across Second Life. Join us on Friday, October 30th at 11am PT/SLT as our hosts, Strawberry and Tara Linden explore some haunted destinations in Second Life. They will also be finding their way through an escape room, come and help them through it!
Watch us live on YouTube, Facebook, or Periscope!

For full episodes of Lab Gab, click over to the Lab Gab YouTube Playlist. 
 
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Second Life Destinations
This week we’re taking a broader look at the possibilities within Second Life for expression, metamorphosis, and a unique type of freedom from our current circumstances in the physical world. There is no denying that we are social animals, and while we are in this period of indefinite isolation, connecting with others in a dynamic environment can be very rewarding.
 

At this point almost all of us have had to pass up a vacation or event we were looking forward to, and not everyone has access to partially reopened spaces. In Second Life we can safely explore nature, hear the push and pull of the tide, and feel present in a place we’ve always wanted to go to.
The phrase quarantine vacation might seem like an oxymoron, but it is definitely possible in SL. A luxury getaway to the Fashion Week of your choosing is only a few clicks away, and whether you’re in the audience or on the runway is up to you. Plus, this is the only place that we condone riding a motorcycle without a helmet.
What do you miss the most? Recreational sports, the endless row of bookshelves in your library, chatting with others at a gallery reception? All of these things and more are waiting for you in-world. Of course there are certain things about the physical world that cannot be replaced, but there are also aspects of the virtual world that can augment your experience in ways that are inimitable.
It is liberating to give a 3D visual form to parts of ourselves that have traditionally been abstract and interior. Whether it is something you have daydreamed about for years or an aspect of yourself that has always existed beneath the surface, there is no better place to set your thoughts free.
Head to the Destination Guide today for a new adventure. Don’t know where to start? Pro tip: the Editors’ Picks are always poppin’.
Video Production Credits:
Draxtor Despres
Strawberry Linden
Pictured: Breath of Nature
Each week, the Second Life Destination Guide editorial team reviews dozens of new locations and events worth exploring. With all those beautiful destinations to check out, we thought we’d highlight a few of the entries that stood out to the editorial team.
This week we decided to highlight some of the most photogenic locations in Second Life. Some are new and some have been around for a while; all can be found in the Photogenic Spots category on the Destination guide!
Breath of Nature
Breath of Nature is a countryside themed region with many lovely spots to explore, relax after a long day, or dance. For the photographers there are many posing opportunities. All are welcome, and don't forget to bring your camera with you!
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Isle of Pandasia
Welcome to Isle of Pandasia, a mystic region with a Zen atmosphere for people who love nature. Visit and relax your mind, go on a boat ride, and take lots of photos. The region is open to explore and even has a little beach area. Enjoy your visit!
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Burrow Coffee & Whiskey Co.
Cozy, eclectic, and unique coffee shop, whiskey pub, and full scenic woodland region featuring live music, DJs, poetry readings, games, great conversation, and more.
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Alpha Tribe
A region of several sky levels as well as a ground level. The ground level has different areas such as an amusement park, a gym, an alchemist's work area, and a crazy cat lady parlor. So, it is a place where avatars can relax and play. The 3 sky levels are region wide architectures that are also artistic installations which will hopefully provide good backgrounds for the photographic work of visitors.
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Sommergewitter
Sommergewitter is a German-language region that's been open since March 2015. It features a summer thunderstorm, as well as endless photographic opportunities.
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Where peaceful waters flow
Where peaceful waters flow is a wildlife and nature rainforest. Everyone is invited to listen to the sounds of nature.
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Erebos Harbor
Erebos Harbor is a community designed with the quiet SLifestyle in mind. From the working harbor, the roads wind past warehouses, rail tracks and through a sleepy little town that quickly gives way to muddy tracks and little lanes bordered by rock faces and lush green foliage. There truly is something here for every dreamer.
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Baja Norte
“The cure for anything is salt water: tears, sweat or the sea.” Welcome to one of the most realistic, perfect beaches in Second Life, emotional and deserted. Experience the beauty of northern Baja California in its natural state. Come see the beach, dunes, surf, nature, ocean and more than a few goats.
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Ocho Tango Place
Ocho Tango is a land dedicated to tango, with a milonga for dancing and live concerts. It has become a point of reference for all lovers of Tango Argentino.
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Hazardous
"Dream infinitely, remain fearless, but always seek hazardous adventures." Hazardous is a mysterious and intriguing place with a minimalistic beauty of the U-shaped plateau; the novel means of reaching it from the landing point; and the curving stone steps awaiting discovery as they curl down to the waters below. Take a few photographs, hang out, or just spend some quiet time reflecting. Seek it out.
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Got a spot that you’d like listed in the Destination Guide? Make sure to drop us a note at editor@lindenlab.com or submit your spot via web form.
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