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Linden Lab

Last week we rolled out some exciting changes to Mainland Regions and Linden Homes -- major increases to Land Impact - and that means more prims to play with! There were some questions about what exactly that means.

One of the questions that came up frequently was how these changes would impact mainland use fees. The answer is: they do not! With these Mainland Region and Linden Home Land Impact increases, the only thing we are adjusting is Land Impact (the number of prims) available to those regions and homes.

Another question was if and when Private Estate Regions would see increases as well. The answer is YES -  and soon! We are currently keeping a close eye on performance on the Mainland Regions, and plan to roll out Land Impact increases to Private Estate Regions in the next few months.  Our intent is to increase all private regions to 20,000 for the full islands, 5,000 for homesteads and 1,000 for Openspace Regions at no additional charge to region owners. There will also be an option to upgrade to a total of 30,000 Land Impact for a nominal conversion fee and a monthly maintenance fee.  This should happen within the next couple of months.

This chart shows the details of the changes that have been made to Mainland Regions and Linden Homes, and changes that are coming to Private Estate Regions in the near future.

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Patch Linden spoke to Designing Worlds about the changes, which you can catch on our Official YouTube Channel

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You might be wondering, “ Fantastic! But, what will I do with all this leftover Land Impact allowance?” We have some suggestions. This increase is one of the ways that we're hoping to give content creators more room to create optimized, performant content.  You’ve probably seen content that’s taking one Level of Detail and applying it to the other layers, which results in a higher level of detail than is really available to lower level machines.  Maybe you saw it go from a blob to its intended shape - that's usually caused by not having all the different levels of detail, (or possibly having your Level Of Detail in your viewer on a lower setting).  We know that multiple levels of detail on an object costs additional Land Impact and we’re hoping to offset some of that with this increase. Of course, you’re free to do what you chose with these new limits!

We’re excited and pleased to be bringing you these changes.  Happy decorating!

 

 

Linden Lab

As many of you who play PaleoQuest and Linden Realms already know, Second Life has had a terrible rash of incidents lately involving comets falling from the sky. The obvious question from Residents has been, “What do I do if that happens to me? Will my home be burnt and decimated like Linden Realms?”

This is an unsettling prospect for obvious reasons and we hear your concerns.

 

While the risk of comet damage in Second Life is very low, this is a world where the only limit is your imagination. So if we can imagine a comet crashing to earth in Second Life, then it is theoretically possible.

In an effort to protect our Residents from such pandemonium, we are unveiling a new benefit exclusively for Premium Members. Should a comet fall from the sky and destroy your home in Second Life, we will cover the cost of your home and the items inside. It will be replaced by a home identical in every way to the home you had before. In fact, you may not even notice that your home was ever hit by a comet!

This new benefit is automatically included in your Premium Membership at no additional cost to you. This is just one more benefit in the long list of valuable perks that Premium Membership provides our Residents. And, if you upgrade today, you can go premium for 50% off the first month’s regular price!*

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April Fools! While we're joking about the comet insurance, we aren't kidding about the one-day-only premium promotion happening - so go premium today!

*TERMS & CONDITIONS FOR 50% DISCOUNT This offer begins on April 1, 2018 at 8AM Pacific Time (PT) and expires on April 2, 2018 at 8AM PT. To qualify for this promotion, you must 1) have an existing Second Life ("SL") basic account or create a new account, and 2) select monthly (every one month) billing for your SL account. The fifty percent (50%) discount will be applied to your first month's bill and future months will be billed at the standard Premium Membership price (currently US$9.50 per one month). For new accounts or accounts not previously upgraded to Premium Membership, after initial login through the Second Life viewer following upgrade to Premium Membership and: 1) following your first full week, the L$300 weekly stipend will be deposited to your account every Tuesday for the duration of your Premium Membership; and 2) after your account has been active for forty-five (45) consecutive days, the L$ sign-up bonus will be deposited to your account.

Linden Lab

 

 

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Photo taken from the Destination Guide entry for Pumpkin Town.

Thin clouds scrabble across full moons, Jack-o’-lanterns grin madly, while skulls rattle in dusty graves. Yes, friends, October is here with all the spooky holidays it entails. Every year, multitudes of creators craft scores of frighteningly wicked creations for Dia de los Muertos and Halloween. Have something you’d like to share? A haunted moonlit glade? A boutique with the perfect themed purses? Show us your creations and discoveries!

If you’re looking for spooky new destinations to explore, fret not. The Haunted section of the Destination Guide is chock full of decrepit houses, fiendish hunts, terrifying games and much more. So don your costumes and stock up

Linden Lab

As we recently blogged, we have a new policy for Skill Gaming in Second Life. In short, skill games that offer Linden Dollar payouts will be allowed in Second Life, but each game, its creator, its operator, and the region on which it’s operated must be approved by Linden Lab.

Today, we are changing the date that the changes described in our previous blog post go into effect. Instead of starting on August 1, the updated Skill Gaming Policy will go into effect on September 1, 2014. The original blog post and the FAQs will also be updated to reflect this new deadline.

Since our original announcement, we’ve received many applications from Second Life users who want to become approved skill game creators and operators. By moving the date back, we’ll be able to process a larger number of applications and also offer creators more time to make necessary changes to their games.

If you would like to apply to become an approved skill games creator and/or operator, you can do so through Echosign.

Linden Lab

Somewhere across the oceans the computers begin to whirr, robots activate, and a sinister land is brought to life. And now, a vast new landscape has opened its doors to those who would dare to take on its creator: the ever menacing Dr. Talpa.

With another scheme in the works, Magellan asked Tyrah to infiltrate the mad scientist mole’s lair and discover just what evil technological abominations he was constructing. However - this being a LDPW experience backstory - it was not long before she was captured. She is now being held prisoner in Dr. Talpa’s command center.

The Mainland Gameplay Regions

The Horizons experience takes you through six regions starting out in the great advanced city itself.  Here, Residents are introduced to the challenges that await, so be sure to check out the videos outlining the great adventure. Your journey will take you from towering canyons to dark and deadly mines, all the way through forests and swamps,and finally, to the command center where Tyrah awaits her rescue.

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This 5 quest storyline takes you through various challenges laid out by the evil Dr. Talpa.  Everything from vicious splorches, killer robots, laser defense systems, the terrifying pet Fluffy, all the way to hidden traps, mazes, puzzles and more!  Residents will have to use the provided weapons to defeat menacing foes, while taking on other elements with their own wit.

But beware, saving Tyrah won’t be as simple as conquering these challenges.  The greatest adversary you face is the clock winding down to 0.  Can you save Tyrah in time? Will Dr Talpa finally succeed in ruling the grid? Will Magellan pay his bar tab? It’s all up to you!!!  

New Horizon’s Residential Regions

The Horizons experience itself is not the only exciting new release. Thirty-six, yes you read that right, 36 new regions surrounding the experience will be released for Residents!  These beautiful new regions, which abound with exciting features, are adorned with several styles of home brought to you by Linden Lab and the Moles.

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Owning a parcel on these lands comes with the ability to rez one of these houses via a special mailbox controller, an indoor control panel to customize the house, and a special resource pack containing handy items to decorate with. The regions feature waterways that flow through areas for easy travel with vehicles, which can be spawned at any of the rez zones found around the info hubs and community regions.  

Being a part of this grand new community is something we are very excited to offer Residents, and it’s an added bonus that you’ll be close to the experience itself!  Mark your calendars, Residential parcels will commence going to auction on Friday, November 18th!

New Info and Community Hubs

Alongside the residential areas and the experience, lay several community and info hubs.  The first of the two, the community hubs, are designed for Residents to use for their community groups, meetings, and events. These beautiful hubs feature a nice, serene environment to be social and enjoy alongside all your favorite fellow Residents.

The second of these two areas are the info hubs. These hubs feature land information, as well as an easy access portal that takes you directly to the mainland experience itself. There are also links to the wiki available which provide access to helpful knowledge regarding the housing system. A mailbox demo and building demos are set up to show you the controls featured in the new housing system. Residents will also find any update information here regarding the housing and mailbox system!

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So there you have it folks, the brand new Horizons experience in a nutshell.  But don’t expect us to tell you everything; every secret and bit of fun lays in wait for you to experience!  So grab your favorite pair of boots and begin the great journey!

 

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Horizons

Rescue the kidnapped Tyrah and earn rewards in Horizons, an all-new five-stage adventure game in Second Life. Journey across desert canyons and dangerous minefields before battling killer robots in a forest of exploding trees. Destroy the robotic swamp monster and arrive at the command center to complete your quest.

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Xiola Linden

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

 

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The Gathering by Bryn Oh

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

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A Silent Night

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

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Pal Park's A Christmas Carol

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

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The North Pole Sleigh Ride Adventure!

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

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Botanica Follow the Star Advent Hunt

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

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Wayward Market

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

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Frisland Winter

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

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Skill Gaming Region: Excalibur Games

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

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Skill Gaming Region: Phantasia Games

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

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Skill Gaming Region: Vivara

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

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

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

See you inworld!

Xiola Linden

While some of us have yet to throw away those rotting pumpkins and jack-o-lanterns on the porch, others have already set out festive holiday trees and decor to mark the coming of winter and the cheer and celebrations to come.

Imagine each space in Second Life as a virtual snow globe -- capturing a perfect moment or scene to admire. The Destination Guide organizes those vignettes in a way that makes them easy for you to find the perfect match. Why not take a look at some of these recent additions to the Destination Guide?

Find some especially incredible looking spots on your adventures? Don’t forget to share pics to the official Second Life Flickr .

We’re always actively seeking new events and places to add to the guide, but If your piece of the grid isn’t there yet, please submit it for us to consider.

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Horizons

Rescue the kidnapped Tyrah and earn rewards in Horizons, an all-new five-stage adventure game in Second Life. Journey across desert canyons and dangerous minefields before battling killer robots in a forest of exploding trees. Destroy the robotic swamp monster and arrive at the command center to complete your quest.

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Time Portal

Travel back in time to the 1920s through the 1960s and experience the different eras of the past, including themed shopping, entertainment and communities. Where will you travel first?

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International Disability Rights Affirmation Conf.

The theme of this year's International Disability Rights Affirmation Conference (IDRAC) is "We're part of the community." Learn how people with disabilities blog, exercise, use technology, and even suffer during disasters as active community members. For more information: blog.virtualability.org. Event held Nov. 18 from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. and Nov. 19 from 8 a.m.-1:30 (Pacific).

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Thanksgiving Raffle Dazzle at Akaesha Designs

Enjoy the Thanksgiving Raffle Dazzle at Akaesha's ReACT store, which is home of some of the best animated products. Shop all through November and earn entries towards the Thanksgiving Raffle. to win gift cards worth up to L$100,000, as well as prizes and more!

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Enchantment

It’s that time again…Enchantment Time! The theme is Hansel & Gretel and over 80 of SL's top designers have created items inspired by this magical tale.

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The Edge One Year Anniversary Events

This month the fashion division of Kultivate Magazine, The Edge, turns one! In honor of this occasion we have events planned all month long to celebrate The Edge, fashion, and of course art! More info at kultivatemagazine.com/celebrating-one-year-of-the-edge/

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Wild Cards: A Tarot Hunt

Madame Celestina can't tell you what's in the cards, because she's missing some of them! Wearing your HUD, follow the clues and find all 20 cards. When your HUD is completely filled, return to hunt HQ to collect your rewards. This Basin Street Irregulars event takes place in New Toulouse, an early 1900s-themed Louisiana community celebrating its 8th year in Second Life. Event ends Dec. 7.

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Gacha Good Presents Holidays, Holidays

Gacha Good Events presents Holidays, Holidays, Holidays. This monthly themed event includes everything you will need for your fall fashion and home decor or get some early Christmas shopping done for the one you love.

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Lichtbringer

The new show "Once Upon A Time - A Future Fairy Tale" is a story filled with love and hope...as well as spectacular lighting effects and innovations. With music from DJane Chilly, this experience will lead you through a story filled with light and emotions.

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LICK - Weeville

Welcome to WeeVille. A place to leave your woes behind. Come explore this fantasy sim, sit and visit with friends old and new. Take pics, have fun, just let your hair down.

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Fennet's Lost Kingdom of Petra

Come marvel at the splendor of Al Khazneh, the magnificent treasury, carved from the red rock cliffs. Aspiring senators and other orators can practice their craft on the podium facing Petra's amphitheater.

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London Enchanted Woodland

Enchanted Woodland comes alive in London. Ethereal beauty and creatures of myth abound as crisp fall morphs to magical winter. Join the London community for all the fun, special events and maybe even a laser show! This is a great locale for stunning seasonal photographs, so take your pics then join the photo contest and maybe win prizes and cash! More info at goo.gl/ubFcTg

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Amazon River

Travel the Amazon River across eight regions in Second Life!

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Gardens of Grace

Gardens of Grace is a romantic and peaceful sim with a ballroom in the clouds, a tranquil forest and memorial area.

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Sonora West

Travel to the forgotten town of Sonora, Arizona.

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Linden Lab

If you’re looking for adventure and/or relaxation, the Second Life Destination Guide is your ticket to the best of what Second Life has to offer. This week’s Highlights from the Destination Guide is ripe with the fruits of many creator’s hard work and quest for enjoyment.

Elephants, live bands, clubs and more; all of the newest and best destinations are just a teleport away.

This week’s adventures start in a steaming technicolor jungle chock full of wild animals and safari scene-worthy plants. You may also feel the need to crush some competition or work out some arguments with your friends in a hoverboard war challenge. After braving nature and human’s wild side, treat yourself to a little pixel-pampering with a day at the spa then head to a cool club for some shades of the Blues.

While you don’t need to hit every stop on the way, it would be a shame to miss out on something exciting and new.

Whatever you decide, be sure to share your adventures on the Official Second Life Flickr Page, and as always, show us your new creations.

 

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The Jungle

Let the magic of the Jungle come upon you. Relax, listen to the sounds, see the animals, smell the flowers, ride the zip line and take a relaxing trip down the river. Beware of hidden dangers: quicksand, man-eating flowers and headhunters stalk these verdant paths. Enjoy yourself as the magic of the jungle takes hold.

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Hoverboard Wars

Looking for fun competitive gameplay? Like racing coupled with ranged and melee combat? Master frictionless agility and exhilarating momentum as you challenge your friends to a game of Hoverboard Wars!

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Central Blues Club

To quote John Lee Hooker, "without women, the blues would not exist. If you talk about broken hearts and old wives tales, then you're talking about the blues." Central Blues Club is a relaxing blues joint in a beautiful location. With great crowds, good music and superb DJ's, there's no better place to let the blues roll.

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Coved

Welcome to Coved! Coved is Second Life's best in top 40, house, trap, hip hop, old school, electronic and dance music with only the best DJ's spinning your favorite tunes. Come join them for the most tropical fun you can imagine!

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Beau Mermaid Wellness Center

Beau Mermaid is a full service salon, spa, and fitness center. Come for relaxation or treat a special someone to a spa day. They have Zumba classes and regular walk in hours to pamper your avatar!

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Xiola Linden

For those of you who are knee deep in Thanksgiving leftovers, we’ve gathered a sample platter of some of the coolest new spots to hit Second Life. Treat yourself to a taste of some no-carb, fat, gluten, and lactose free, vegan delights, courtesy of the Destination Guide!

For the rest of you who aren’t suffering from a turkey coma, there’s still plenty to enjoy and explore. Tons of snow-packed wintery wonderlands await!

Don’t forget to share pics to the official Second Life Flickr. You are bound to come across something spectacular to share!

We’re always looking for new events and places to add to the guide, but If your piece of the grid isn’t there yet, please submit it!

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Snowy Islands

Snowy Islands is a winter place to walk and discover. Travel the paths within this discreet place especially made for lovers and rediscover the joys of winter with friends.

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Christmas with Snuggles

Snuggles celebrates Christmas and the winter season! Visit over the holidays for a huge selection of decorations and the perfect Christmas gifts.

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Aphrodite Winter Christmas Market

Come visit this winter, Thanksgiving and Christmas market, where you may find everything you may wish for your home or gifts for your loved ones this season!

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Gathering Mysts Winter Village

Celebrate the holidays at Gathering Mysts Winter Village. Winter fun activities include a scenic train ride, shopping, skiing, ice skating a reindeer sleigh tour and more! Don't miss Santa's toy house with all nine reindeer.

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Haunted Silent Peacock Hotel

Winter has arrived at the Haunted Silent Peacock Hotel. Miss Penny Peacock inherited the hotel from the passing of her grandfather. Fall has now past and winter is upon us. Yet still the ghosts remain. Explore and you may encounter live actors randomly throughout the day.

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Coming Home For Christmas

Seasons Greetings! It's that time of the year when we make our way home for Christmas. Drop by for a visit and enjoy the scenery.

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Welcome to Dachstein West

Surrounded by the Upper Austrian Alps and located at 1650 m, the idyllic mountain village Zwieselalm belongs to the municipality of Gosau. Whether summer or winter, this small village invites you to escape for hiking and relaxing. Enjoy the great outdoors of the mountains or visit the inn of the Miller family, which is open from sunrise to sunset.

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Let it Snow!

Oh the weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful. And since we've no place to go, let it snow, let it snow, let it snow

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Junktown

A post-apocalypse compound cut off from civilization after a nuclear fallout. There is much to explore. Hang-out in the container yard with friends while playing games or traversing the ropes. Listen to music at the open stage. Lots of photography opportunities and hidden places to discover.

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Breck's

Breck's is a sophisticated club with deejays that offer you blues, jazz and romance. Listen to the music and enjoy the romance near the waterfalls then play board games and have some laughter with your friends new and old. You can also shop LUXE Paris or sail the open waters.

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Baroque Dreams

Haveit Neox presents Baroque Dreams, his latest 3D artpiece that will make it's debut this month and will be the featured location for a special artistic fashion show, featuring the designs of Lyrical Bizarre. Event ends Nov 30.

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Hoshiyama

Hoshiyama is a Japanese Sengoku-era roleplay sim for adults that is set in the mysterious land of ancient Japan and hidden high in the mountains.

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Antiquity

Antiquity is a light RP estate set in the mid-1700s to the late Victorian era combining the elegance and sophistication of that time with the roughness of that past. It is home to beautiful architecture, including a noteworthy historical reproduction of 19th century Buckingham House (later Palace), themed historical areas, several historical royal courts…and pirates. Antiquity, a life like no other.

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Club Simple Paradise

One good thing about music: when it hits you, you feel no pain.

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Linden Lab

Earlier this month we made some exciting changes to Mainland Regions and Linden Homes. With some massive increases to Land Impact limits, Residents can now build, design, experiment, and create more than ever before.

As of today, we are extending this benefit to Private Estate Regions. Full Regions, Homesteads, and Openspace Regions on Private Estates will get a 33% increase in Land Impact allowance at no additional charge! Now everyone will have more prims to enjoy!

This chart shows the details of the changes:

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All Private Region owners in the main channel will notice these changes already, and RC channels will see the update early Wednesday.

Owning Land in Second Life has never been better, so now is the perfect time go Premium and claim your Mainland, or buy that Region you've been thinking about.

We’re excited to bring these changes and hope you enjoy the creative potential more prims brings to your Second Life!

But wait, there’s more …

If 20,000 prims still isn’t enough, starting sometime next week, Private Region owners will have the option to upgrade to a total of 30,000 Land Impact limit - more details coming soon!

Linden Lab

The Drax Files is back with a brand new installment! The latest episode profiles Ole Etzel, the talented Second Life machinima maker behind the Mr. Bones series.

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Watch the

below, and visit Ole’s YouTube channel to check out some of his fine work.

 

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New to the Drax Files or looking for previous episodes? Visit
Drax’s website or check out the links  below!

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


The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 7: Rod Humble
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 8: MadPea Games
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 9: Elie Spot

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 10: Robin Sojourner
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 11: Dwarfins

 

Linden Lab

The latest episode of the Drax Files: World Makers highlights Editorial Clarity - owner and operator of the Love to Decorate Magazine.

Editorial Clarity and a staff of photographers and writers have turned Second Life decorating into a passion and artform by not only publishing a well-received digital magazine, but also by creating three-dimensional spaces inworld that people can visit. It is through these projects that Editorial feels he was able to discover what he best at, and how he first met his real life partner, Rico (creator and namesake of Rico’s Tea House) in Second Life.

When not visiting one another face-to-face, Editorial and Rico bridge the physical distance by enjoying their work together in Second Life.

Editorial says that Second Life ”taught me that I can be who I am no matter what.” To learn more about their love story, their works, and some of Editorial Clarity’s thoughts on Second Life watch this

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Want to see more personal Second Life stories? Find all the previous episodes at Draxtor’s Website or below.

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

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 7: Rod Humble
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 8: MadPea Games
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 9: Elie Spot
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 10: Robin Sojourner
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode11: Dwarfins
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 12: Ole Etzel
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 13: Creations for Parkinson's
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 14: Rose Borchovski
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 15: Scottius Polke
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 16: Feed a Smile
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 17: Zachh Barkley
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 18: Paradise Lost
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 19: Virtual Chemistry at Texas A&M
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 20: Flockers

 

Linden Lab

This week, everything’s ice, fire, wolves, and dragons at the Second Life Destination Guide. If you crave high fantasy role-playing in medieval worlds, Second Life is the place to be. Shining sword, oaken staff, smooth bow, or blackened dagger, gird yourself and prepare for adventure!

King’s Landing takes its cue from high, grim fantasy. In the world of King’s Landing, rival houses scheme and claw their way to absolute power. Were you born a mean peasant, scrabbling in the mud as you dream of a better life? Or are you the haughty scion of a noble bloodline, whiling your days away in pampered luxury? Take the throne in King’s Landing.

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King's Landing

King's Landing is a detailed medieval fantasy role-play sim where the land is torn in strife by back alley politics and greed.

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Another in the grand fantasy roleplay zones, Dynasty of Dragons features a detailed kingdom divided between warring factions. A fallen dynasty clutches for power in a land rent by war, but are they prepared for threats looming on the horizon? Make your story, take what’s yours, and topple the Dynasty of Dragons.

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Dynasty of Dragons

Dynasty of Dragons is a role-play sim with a full and rich backstory. Are you committed to excellent role-play, deep and ongoing stories, twists and turns that could lead anywhere? Dynasty of Dragons is the place for you!

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Delve into a rich fantasy world in Mulmaster. Mulmaster is a small village located in northern Faerun, rife with crime and ruled by a merciless mercenary company. This sword and sorcery land of elves, dwarves, orcs, and men beckons all looking for the thrill of adventure.

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Mulmaster

Mulmaster is a small town at the southeastern coast of the Moonsea in northern Faerun. It's a rustic medieval town, rife with crime and ruled by the Zhentarim. Enjoy this beautifully crafted sim for all your role-play experiences!

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Dragonlolth is a sprawling and intricate multi-region zone built on the bones of dragons. Set in the land of Taurëmorna, choose from three unique races as you carve your way from blade-fodder to legend. Simply put, Dragonlolth is one of the largest, most detailed fantasy builds to date.  

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Dragonlolth

Dragonlolth is a fantasy realm for those seeking to lose themselves and explore this most magic of realms. Perfect for dragons, fae, elves and more, all are welcome in this intricate sim and dazzling sim.

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It’s time to leave the sun-lit lands behind. Take to the caverns and shadows of the underdark in the Drow Realm of Luth. This lightless land crawls with scheming dark elves, beautiful and terrible in service to their evil goddess. How long will you survive?

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The Drow Realm of Luth

The Drow Realm of Luth is a great city built deep underground. If you're a fan of dark roleplay, visit Luth and feast your eyes on a great underdark city. They've got a streea area, the Raging Gargoyl, and a variety of public training areas. The city also within features temples, a library on fantasy roleplay, a mage tower and.

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There’s no excuse for drab adventurers, so show off that new cuirass in the official Second Life Flickr Page.  Or create and share your very own medieval fantasy land. Log in and forge your destiny today!

Linden Lab

The Second Life economy remained stable in Q3 2011. We closed the quarter with some positive momentum, with a continued increase in registrations and a stable Linden Dollar exchange rate with slight appreciation, as well as a higher amount of Linden Dollars held by customers. Most other key metrics were consistent with recent levels.  

For a definition of the metrics in this post, please see this wiki page. Click on each image below to see a larger version.

DAILY COMPLETED REGISTRATIONS

Following the launch of our new-user registration flow, improvements to the Premium offering and the launch of mesh, we’ve seen a continued uptick in registrations throughout Q3. In fact, August was the biggest growth month for Second Life in nearly four years, with Q3 averaging 45 percent more completed registrations per day than Q1 before the new reg flow was implemented.


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AVERAGE MONTHLY UNIQUE LOGGED-IN USERS

Average monthly logged-in users increased slightly from Q2 2011.  


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USER HOURS

User hours declined slightly, remaining within 2 percent of the most recent quarter.


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AVERAGE MONTHLY ECONOMIC PARTICIPANTS

Active economic participants grew by 2.8 percent over Q2 2011.


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AVERAGE EXCHANGE RATE

The exchange rate remains very stable, strengthening slightly with a 0.5 percent appreciation in the L$ over Q2 and a 6.4 percent appreciation in the L$ over the same quarter last year.  


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*Note that the exchange rate is expressed in L$/USD, meaning larger numbers represent a lower L$ value and smaller numbers represent a higher L$ value. The average rate is calculated by dividing the total L$ exchanged through the LindeX by the total US$ exchanged through the LindeX in the quarter.

L$ SUPPLY

Money supply grew by 3.7 percent in Q3 from the prior quarter and 8.5 percent year over year, bringing the equivalent U.S. dollar value of all customer-held L$ to U.S. $29.3 million.


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*Note: From time to time we will change our reporting in order to provide the most relevant and accurate summary information for the use of merchants, landowners, content creators, and other participants in the Second Life economy. Q2 2011 is an estimate calculated based on different methodology versus previous quarters.  


LINDEX VOLUME

LindeX volume for Q3 amounted to U.S. $30 million, a 2 percent decline in line with seasonality, but 6.4 percent growth of the same quarter last year.  

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WEB MERCHANDISE SALES VOLUME

Q3 2011 web merchandise sales volume grew 2.8 percent compared with Q2 2011, and grew 30.9 percent as compared with Q3 2010.


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WORLD SIZE

World size remained consistent, with last quarter at just over 2,000 square kilometers.  


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Previously:

Q1

Q2

Linden Lab

Our 50 percent off Premium Membership* promotion is fast approaching an end - so if you were considering upgrading while the price is slashed in half, now is the time to do it.

The Linden Marauder is available to Premium members only and is also going away soon, so don't delay! It now comes with two version - a lower land impact version and the original high-quality version that holds up when photographing from distances.

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There’s no better time to see what’s available to Premium members of Second Life. For more info, you can see our original blog post about this promotion here.

*TERMS & CONDITIONS FOR 50% DISCOUNT

This limited-time discount offer is available only for memberships on the Quarterly billing plan. Discount will be applied to the first quarterly billing cycle only, and all future charges will be at the regular Premium price. To qualify, Second Life members must have an active Basic account or create a new Second Life account. Discount offer begins on Friday the 18th of July at 8:00 am Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) and expires on Monday the 4th of August 2014 at 08:00 am Pacific Daylight Time (PDT).

 

 

Linden Lab

It’s time to see what’s new over at the Second Life Destination Guide. This week’s selection of experiences includes jungle airports, zombie holocausts, friendly neighborhoods, intricate installations, and even a little breakneck speed-racing. But don’t take our word for it, check them out below!

Nestled in an ever-encroaching jungle, Prata Airport is an enjoyable destination for pilots and adventurers of all types. Embrace land and sky with weekly flying lessons, river kayaking, mini golf, even horseback riding. This gorgeously-realized region is well worth your time.

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Prata Airport

Prata Airport is a destination airport for the pilot who wants a challenge. Deep into the rain forest, you'll find a dirt runway nearly overtaken by cliffs and trees. You will be able to enjoy beautiful scenery, mini golf, horseback riding, even river kayaking. Flying lessons offered every Saturday to anyone interested in learning how to fly and about the aviation community!

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Everyone thinks they’d be one of the lucky survivors when the zombies take over, but what would you be willing to do to survive? Outbreak is a combat roleplay zone set in the aftermath of a zombie apocalypse. Band together or go it alone, Outbreak is the story-based, zombie roleplay you’ve been craving.

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Outbreak

What would you do after the Outbreak? Discover how far your character will go to survive as you loot the dead, fight infected, scavenge for supplies, or work together to survive in this story-based role-play community. Learn more at http://outbreak.sl or visit inworld.

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Lobby Cam is the newest artistic offering from Second Life artist Bryn Oh. Lobby Cam tells a story of isolation in the setting of an abandoned railway and through the pages of a torn-up diary. Check out the trailer, and be sure to experience Bryn Oh’s Lobby Cam. 

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Bryn Oh's Lobby Cam

Welcome to Bryn Oh's latest immersive narrative: Lobby Cam. A wheat field, an abandoned railway and a torn up diary... Wander an unexpected path for an isolated man living alone in a sea of wheat. Visit http://bit.ly/1BY9CdN for more information. Special thanks to the Ontario Arts Council.

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Vineyard Isles is a gorgeously-realized slice of virtual living. This wonderfully inclusive region offers parks, shops, events, a variety of homes, churches and all of the things you’d want in your virtual neighborhood. Join for the amenities, but stay for the community at Vineyard Isles. 

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Vineyard Isles

Vineyard Isles is a friendly community based on island valley with rolling vineyard hills. Discover the beautiful and tranquil living the island provides. Vineyard Isles offers many amenities while still expanding the population to create and a vast and thriving community. Join them today!

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Second Life has always been a hot spot for racing, and WB Motorsports is the place for all speed demons. Unshackle yourself from socially-enforced speed limits with daily hosted races, multiple tracks to take a spin on, and a ton of fast and furious vehicles - just make sure to wear a helmet.

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WB Motorsports

WB Motorsports was founded to offer the best road racing possible in Second Life. They continue to provide drivers with many different and unique race tracks tuned to premium road-racing vehicles, as well as the comfort of a friendly and welcoming racing community. WB Motorsports is free for anyone seeking a real challenge.

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The virtual world rewards creativity, so join the fun and create something new! Or snap a few photos for the official Second Life Flickr Page. Until next time, see you inworld!

Linden Lab

Linden Lab is proud to announce that Project Bento is now part of the default Viewer! Bento is probably the single most extensive update to the avatar skeleton ever, and as a result of countless hours of testing, updating, reconfiguring, testing… you get the picture, we are now live!

Now everyone can enjoy the extra bones creators have taken advantage of to bring you true quadrupeds, winged avatars, fingers, facial expressions and more.

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Gif taken from Medhue Simoni’s video. Check out the full video

to see just how powerful this new feature is!

We’re working on launching an all new set of Best Practice docs just for Bento. It’ll include tutorials and write ups brought to you by the Residents that helped make Bento a reality. Stay tuned for updates in the coming year.

To learn more about Project Bento you can visit the Bento Knowledge Base article for details. As always, if you encounter any bugs or issues please let us know right away by filing a JIRA bug report. We hope you enjoy this feature and look forward to seeing all the great things Bento can do for Second Life avatars. Grab the latest default viewer download to start enjoying Bento today! 

 

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Above gif taken from Strawberry Singh’s YouTube video. Full video can be viewed

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Above gif taken from Strawberry Singh’s YouTube video. Full video can be viewed here.

Linden Lab

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

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

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

Mastering Marvelous Designer Online Training Program

Linden Lab

As we blogged back in the Summer of 2014, gambling is strictly prohibited in Second Life and operating or participating in a game of chance that provides a Linden Dollar payout is a violation of our Terms of Service.

However, games of skill are legally permitted in many jurisdictions, and we’ve seen that many Second Life users are interested in playing such games for Linden Dollars. We updated our gaming policy in Second Life at that time and opened applications for Skill Gaming. Skill Gaming applications will reopen on January 3, 2017, for those who wish to become authorized creators and/or operators of Skill Games in Second Life.

The details of the Skill Gaming policy can be found here, and the Skill Gaming FAQ is available on our wiki.

In summary, skill games that offer Linden Dollar payouts are allowed in Second Life, but each game, its creator, its operator, and the region on which it is operated must be approved by Linden Lab.

Applications for creators and operators will be available on the FAQ page beginning January 3, 2017.

Xiola Linden

Hello December! With your whispers of winter and smatterings of snow, you delight with your tinsel and bright fairy lights! It seems that Second Life Residents have taken their cue from you, our icy muse. Gorgeous holiday decor is in full glory so now is a wonderful time to explore landscaped regions all over the grid.

The Destination Guide has kept its elves busy, plucking some of the cream of the crop to highlight this week. Now, I am not one to gossip, but you might want to get out there and practice your snowball launching arm. I may or may not have heard word that a certain snowy showdown is sure to show up on your radar, and you don’t want to get caught without good snow-pelting form. Just saying!

Don’t forget to share pics of all the magical beauty you encounter to the official Second Life Flickr.

We’re always looking for new events and places to add to the guide, so please submit your spot.

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The Arcade Gacha Events

The Arcade Gacha Events presents the ultimate GACHA experience! Guaranteed to delight shoppers, The Arcade offers unique transferable items from 100 of the grid's top designers. Discover that perfect gift to surprise and delight everyone on your list this year!

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Christmas Fair

Welcome to the Christmas Fair! As we approach the Christmas rush, this icy spot is filled with snowy dreams and plenty of good deeds!

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WinterHaven

WinterHaven is a beautiful sim set in a winter setting. Bundle up, grab your sweetheart and come explore! Curl up in front of the fire after skiing or sledding. Lots of beautiful spots to take photos.

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The North Pole Sleigh Ride Adventure!

Come celebrate the 6th year of this SL tradition filled with magical scenes and classic Christmas memories. Enjoy a delightful sleigh ride that commences in a pretty natural setting; winding its way down to the North Pole village passing delightful Christmas-themed scenes and ending on the doorstep of Santa's workshop. Stop in for some ice skating, a holiday meal and a visit with Santa.

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London City Christmas

Spend your holidays in London City where the most magical time of year comes to life. Visit Santa's Grotto, Winter Wonderland and Christmas Village, or just drop by for the free gifts and concerts every Saturday and Sunday through December. See the blog for details at mainlandlondon.blogspot.co.uk.

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Let it Light!

Winter is not just white, dark and cold. Come here and enjoy something more bold. Forget warm coats and the long night Let it light! Let it light! Let it light!

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The Frozen Fair 2016

Enjoy this winter shopping experience, located in a full sim filled with the best designers, gifts, discounts and Gacha exclusives. Event held Dec. 2-16.

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Winter Ice Christmas Festival 2016

Rebel Yell Concerts presents Winter Ice Christmas Festival 2016. Have fun with the many winter activities, including a sky-rail, skiing, sledding, skating and a Santa sleigh ride! Enjoy awesome tribute concerts, plan a romantic dinner in a Christmas restaurant and spend some quality time in this immersive winter experience.

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Let it Snow!

Oh the weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful. And since we've no place to go, let it snow, let it snow, let it snow

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New Babbage in Winter

Winters in New Babbage are notoriously cold and snowy, and this year is no different! Have a wander about the 11 region steampunk city and warm yourself by visiting the citys numerous pubs while exploring.

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London Village's Santa's Grotto

Come visit the London Santa Grotto! Meet Santa in the London snow. Find freebies in a cozy log cabin... right next to Big Ben!

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Nouvelles Aventures

Nouvelles Aventures is a true winter wonderland settled amidst the mountains.

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A Kaerri Merry Christmas

A Kaerri Merry Christmas is back for the 5th year with home and garden furnishings to make your winter home unique.

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Ten Thousand Lights, Maybe More

Live the spirit of Christmas, surrounded by awesome decorations! Blinking and glowing, flying and spinning, up to the stars and back.

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Akaesha's Advent Calendar

Are you naughty or nice? There are 24 days and 24 chances to get amazing gifts and a L$10,000 shopping spree at Akaesha Designs. Come join the Christmas festivities including hunts, gift card giveaways, gift giveaways, awesome shopping and more!

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Lost Unicorn

The dreamy Lost Unicorn forest sanctuary has changed to winter and is more beautiful than ever! Ice skate in the falling snow while gliding by flickering lighted trees, forest creatures, a gingerbread cottage, a Christmas sleigh, and so much more! A must see winterscape that's a delight to the eyes!

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Glamour Winter Wonderland

Come celebrate Christmas and winter - family style! This winter wonderland features skiing, snowmobiling, skating, a rollercoaster, decorations, freebies and more!

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Merry Elfmas

Pal Park presents "Merry Elfmas." This year, Santa has decided that he has had enough of the cold. He has gone someplace tropical and warm, while the elves were left here to keep everything going. Well, while Santa's away...the elves will play! Enjoy a free hunt, free Zooby raffle, ice skating, dancing, cuddling, Christmas tree farm, refreshments and more -- all while exploring the North Pole!

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Winter Flakes

Returning for its fourth season, Winter Flakes is back! Take a trip through the beautiful winter world of winter flakes. Take your photos here or just hang out. Maybe a wee visit to the skating pond?

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'Tis The Season - Winter at Moochie

A cold mist gathered to blanket the night, and the snowflakes began to cascade. Then, one by one each star illuminated this newly snow-dusted glade. The smell of hot chocolate wafts through the air, tempting you to press through the snow. Warming your hands on that mug of hot cocoa, you might just feel right at home. Winter has arrived at Moochie.

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Tannenbaum Holiday Market

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

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Linden Lab

As we recently blogged, you can now get Second Life for Mac and PC on Amazon. We’re also offering several bundled packages for sale that combine L$ to get started shopping and vehicles to enjoy inworld.

We’re happy to announce our second limited-time, special promotion on Amazon: from now until January 29, 2013, you can get the Hoverboard Bonus Pack (a $12.95 value) for free.

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The pack includes an exclusive, high performance designer hoverboard, with blistering turbo mode, and an original set of futurist protective gear, including a helmet, jacket, pants, leg guards, backpack, and bracer. There is a limit of one per customer, and this special offer is available only to users of the free Amazon Game Connect service, which is currently limited to customers in the US.

If you’d like to grab your free Hoverboard Bonus Pack, head to Amazon before January 29, and be sure to tell your friends!

Linden Lab

Every day is dress up day in Second Life, but now is your chance to win some cool prizes for it.

The Second Life Fa-BOO-lous Halloween Snapshot Contest is here! Get your avi ready and show us your best Halloween/Dia de los Muertos themed images.

You could win L$10,000, L$3000, L$2000, or L$1000 for your snapshot!

The contest runs from 10am PT on October 15, 2013 untilt 5pm PT November 8, 2013. Winners will be voted on by the community! Check out the full rules and submit your snapshot here.

Need some inspiration for your contest shots? Here are some cool spooky spots to get your creative juices flowing.

 

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Haunted Pirate Mystery Hunt

It's a murder mystery and hunt! People have died from a variety of unnatural causes. Can you discover what happened? Explore this magical island, looking for fifteen clues. Find the clues and solve the mystery.

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Dark Dharma Haunted Manor

Welcome to DarkDharma Haunted Manor, they've been waiting... Built in the 1880's, this haunted Victorian manor is an imposing structure, never mind the broken windows and wandering souls. It might even be charming, if it wasn't for what happened. What happened to the last occupants? Come visit, if you dare!

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DeadPool

Aged elegance is re-animated in DeadPool, a new experience ripe for exploration. Watch as the bygone disco days rise again! Zombies roam the overgrown and wistful spaces of a forgotten amusement park, see the old roller-disco flash and strobe while amazing DJ's pump dance-worthy beats. Skate around the fringes of the party if you're too afraid to chance in the park. Remember, zombies hate fast food, so get those wheels greased and ready to go.

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2013 Halloween Town

Halloween Town is full of shops for all of your Halloween needs. From party, food, costumes and more. Be sure to enter their spook house where you'll turn from spectator to participant as they pay tribute to the greatest horror of all time.

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Havenhollow

Welcome to Havenhollow, an interactive neighborhood featuring a door to door trick-or-treating experience. Trick or be treated, leave no corner turned unexplored. This town is packed with fun, mystery and excitement for friends to experience together. Days of mischief, haunted woods and surprises galore await you in this fog-lit town.

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RMK Halloween 2013

"Happy Halloween!" booms from a pumpkin-headed boy from a dark alcove. "Trick or Treat and welcome to RMK Gothic. I am Jack, the ghost living in this town!" It must be the Halloween season at RMK Gothic, come visit for spookily-themed quests, stores and more.

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Linden Lab

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

New to Second Life? There’s so much to see and do in this vast virtual world -- but getting started can be a bit intimidating for some newcomers. That’s why we’ve put together a new series of quick and easy tutorials to help.

Over the next few weeks, you’ll see several new “QuickTips” clips that are designed to help new and existing users learn the basics of Second Life. Forthcoming tutorial clips will help teach the basics of shopping, socializing, connecting with communities, finding interesting places and more.

The first video tutorial in this new series focuses on customizing your appearance in Second Life. One of the first things most Second Life users do upon arriving inworld is to personalize their digital identity to reflect their own style.

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The above video only scratches the surface of avatar personalization options. Many people wish to further personalize their avatar's look by shopping for unique clothing, hair and fashion accessories in Residents' shops within Second Life. You can also browse on the Web for avatars and fashions at our shopping site SL Marketplace.

For more tips on controlling your avatar appearance, visit our Knowledge Base.

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‘Catfish’ UK Now Seeking Second Life Stories

Regular readers of this blog may recall that some months ago, MTV’s Catfish: The TV Show was seeking stories from Second Life (read our blog post here).

Now, the UK edition of the show is also eager to hear from Second Life users involved in serious online relationships with people they’ve not yet met offline.

If you’re interested in participating, check out their casting call below:

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