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Linden Lab

When it comes to Summer 2020, smooth sailing might not be the first phrase to come to mind. However, with Summer Sailstice coming up, we have a virtual event to help turn this ship around. Second Sailstice, the annual worldwide celebration of sailing, will take place in Second Life the week of June 13th-20th and just might be the largest virtual sailing event to date!

SL resident Dale Irata [David Bloch in RL] originally came up with the idea, and it has grown immensely due to the abundance of creative energy among SL residents as well as his belief that “There are no limits on us here.” 

The real world Summer Sailstice always takes place on the Saturday closest to the Northern Hemisphere Summer Solstice, but there is also a weeklong Nautical Exposition with events and live performances.

Summer Sailstice in SL is an official Sailstice event and has been featured in their promotional channels to the RL sailing community. This is of particular importance this year, since many people do not have the ability to attend in person due to coronavirus restrictions. All experience levels of virtual sailors are encouraged to participate. For any newbies feeling shy or hesitant, the Second Sailstice Novice Regatta competition is even offering free boats.

This year’s event will also feature a “Sails and Tails” party, and the mer community will be making appearances in the water and around the boats. There will be races, cruises, boat shows, and parties.

Click here for more information on sailing in Second Life. If you’d like to practice stretching your avatar’s sea legs, take a peek at the Sailing & Boating regions in the Destination Guide.

Come check out the events and #raiseyoursail!

CREDITS:

Video Production: Draxtor Despres

Linden Lab

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Are you ready for this year’s SL17B Music Fest?

Many of the top performers in Second Life have come together to perform live at this special two-day music event, held June 19-20 at the SL17B Live Stage. Here’s your chance to celebrate Second Life’s 17th Birthday while experiencing some fantastic talent that you won’t want to miss. 

Here is this year’s lineup…

TIME June 19 June 20
9:00 AM   Oblee (Obeloinkment Wrigglesworth)
10:00 AM   F L Y (Flyqueen)
11:00 AM Patch Linden (Opening Ceremony) Sҽlι Bʅαƈƙɱorҽ (Illdoran Nightfire)
12:00 PM Mankind Tracer (Seth Regan) Shagpile Spyker
1:00 PM ll ƜIƝƬƐɌ ll Mimi Carpenter
2:00 PM Nina Setner Rogue Galaxy
3:00 PM Joaquin Gustav Effinjay (Jaycatt Nico & Frogg Marlow)
4:00 PM Marqs DeSade Melly Faith (MellyFaith Heartsong)
5:00 PM SaraMarie Philly Dude
6:00 PM Edward Kyomoon (Donn DeVore) Gabriel da Silva Namir (Gabryel Nyoki)
7:00 PM Agatha (Agatha Nowles) Skye Galaxy
8:00 PM Erin Frog & Satin Galli  
9:00 PM rч αnnє (Oxoryanneoxo)  

In addition to Music Fest, SL17B will be packed with plenty of other events you won't want to miss! Check out our Birthday Events calendar below to stay up-to-date on SL17B highlights. We'll be adding more updates to this calendar in the next few days - so keep checking back!

Do you use Google Calendar? If so, you can also add the Birthday Calendar directly to your own calendar by clicking here.

In the next few days, we'll also debut a dedicated Destination Guide category with many event and exhibit highlights from SL17B. Look for it to appear later this week.

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Tara Linden

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While many localities are now in the process of carefully reopening certain businesses, many of us will likely be telecommuting for a few more months. Some companies are even giving their employees the option of permanently working from home if they prefer. 

 

Whether you’re itching to get back into your routine or pleased about not having to deal with You-Know-Who leaving dirty dishes in the break room (every workplace has one!), we wanted to present a way to add a little flair to your video chats. With an abundance of gorgeous regions to choose from, why not set a screenshot from Second Life as your Zoom virtual background? The Destination Guide has a photo for each entry, and you of course have the option of snapping a picture inworld. Impromptu video call making you panic about that laundry pile? Place yourself in an immaculate virtual living room.

 

The category Photogenic Spots is a great place to start out, and the Art section has some immersive and surreal environments that are visually stunning. You could have a Mediterranean cliffside for your meeting at 2:00 and a disco dance floor for a hangout with friends at 5:00! With so many options, it’s impossible to choose just one.

 

Just don’t turn yourself into a potato!

 

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(Photo by Elenna Dagostino)

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Linden Lab

There are several long-standing communities in Second Life who - year after year - celebrate the vibrancy, camaraderie and dedication to the common interest of their community. From role-play to theme, these groups find an enjoyable place on the Grid to not just visit, but to call home.

One such community is the 1920s Berlin Project - who this week is celebrating its 10th anniversary in Second Life! A decade of fun is a monumental landmark that is worthy of some parties to remember! There will be musical performances, dancing, art exhibitions, and more than likely and more than likely Jo Yardley (the Frou and proprietor of the establishment) sharing some of that infamous Schnapps. A full list of events in celebration of this occasion is available on their website.  Plan accordingly!  

For a taste of what life in 1920s Berlin was like, drop by for the party - but be sure to dress the part! These celebrations only last for this  week, but the 1920s Berlin Project has special events and meetups weekly - so if you miss out this week ( and why would you?) you can always swing by when the mood strikes.

Be sure to share your pics on the Second Life Official Flickr group.

Linden Lab
As a follow up to Linden Lab’s statement in support of Black Lives Matter, this week’s “Second Life Destinations” video takes a closer look at some of the people, events and experiences bringing attention to Black lives in both the physical and virtual world.

Featured in the video (in order of appearance) are 
Dondallia, founder of The Black Excellence Project Barb,  co-organizer of Stand for Justice Aemeth (a.k.a. Cake), co-blogger at Juicybomb Jack, co-organizer of Stand for Justice As mentioned on the Stand for Justice website, there are several events and projects currently underway that are worth a visit, including the We Will Be Heard - Black Lives Awareness Event (scheduled for July 4-11), the ongoing art build Walls of Freedom and the aforementioned Stand for Justice event and The Black Excellence Project. There’s also the ongoing exhibits at the Virtual Black History Museum.
CREDITS:
Video Production: Draxtor Despres
Stand for Justice - In Support of Black Lives
Stand for Justice is a fundraising effort within the virtual world Second Life dedicated to raising funds for Black Lives Matter, Black Visions Collective, Campaign Zero, the National Police Accountability Project, and a Split Bail Fund benefitting 38+ bail funds nationwide. 
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Walls of Freedom
Walls of Freedom is based on the book of the same name portraying the first three years of the Egyptian revolution that began on January 25, 2011, told through striking images of art that transformed Egypt's walls into a visual testimony of bravery and resistance. This is an ongoing build where fiction meets nonfiction or is it where nonfiction meets fiction? This platform is all about art, politics, and religion!
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Virtual Black History Museum
The Virtual Black History Museum invites everyone to explore the timeline of African-American history from the heartaches to the victories in a park-like and welcoming environment.
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Tara Linden
Celebrate cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost, and fight back alongside the largest community of cancer-fighting avatars at the annual Relay For Life of Second Life, which opens today. 
This prominent grassroots fundraiser takes place year-round in all kinds of locations, including our very own virtual world. The proceeds go towards helping people at any stage of cancer as well as prevention: screening, research, and even providing rides to chemotherapy. Almost $4 million USD has been raised in Second Life for the American Cancer Society across the many inworld fundraising events since they started in 2005.
There is a full day, night, and morning of activities scheduled, so get that coffee brewing! Unfortunately, just about everybody knows someone who has been affected by cancer, but in times of duress, the community can be a game-changer. Second Life has been defined by people open to connection, so come meet other residents who want to tell this disease to hit the road. 
If you’re curious about past inworld RFL fundraisers, check out our wiki page, which also details how Dr. Gordy Klatt started this event about 35 years ago. You can also watch an interview with the organizers behind the Second Life event on our YouTube channel.
Better yet, teleport to American Cancer Society Island to join the event this weekend!
Tara Linden
Pictured: Machu Picchu
At this point you may have organized your whole house, binged an entire series, or had a moment where you forgot what day it was. It’s no easy feat staring at the same walls everyday, but we’re chugging along. It’s totally natural to feel a little squirrely and bummed out that our 2020 travel plans might not work out the way we had hoped. We curated a list of real life locations that have been replicated in Second Life so you can adapt to a virtual vacation. Overpack all you want, there are no extra baggage fees to worry about!
 
Machu Picchu: Get your steps in by climbing the labyrinthine Inca citadel in the mountains of Peru. Named one of the new 7 wonders of the world, the view from the top is incredible. You might even see a baby llama! Oahu Vacation Resort: One of the larger islands of Hawaii, Oahu is home to Honolulu, the state capital, numerous beautiful beaches, and Pearl Harbor. Fun shopping, scenic overlooks, and white sand await. Kowloon: Based on a portion of Kowloon Walled City, the intricately developed streets are lit by a characteristic neon glow. The concrete architecture and dark lighting give off a slight cyberpunk vibe.   The Grand Canyon: Grab your visor, it’s gonna be a scorcher. Explore this vast natural marvel carved by the Colorado River millions of years ago. There are also fun activities like horseback riding and games. Stay hydrated. Temasek: Temasek boasts beautiful recreations of the mangroves that serve a pivotal role in the local ecology. This region also has educational posts with fun facts about Singapore’s culture and history.   Eiffel Tower: Located in Paris, France, the Eiffel Tower has come to symbolize French culture and is the most visited paid monument in the world. The Avenue des Champs-Élysées is the perfect place for a romantic stroll. Guadalajara, Mexico: Enjoy the colorful atmosphere of one of Mexico’s most famous cities. It also has a region dedicated to the coastal city of Puerto Vallarta for an extra summery feel.
Linden Lab
This week’s “Second Life Destinations” video explores the towering Skyscrapers immersive architectural project by Gem Preiz.

Once you arrive, you’ll have the option of taking a guided tour that allows you to take a magical flight through this futuristic megacity via tiny vehicles or simply flying around.
According to the notecard provided in the welcome area, the city was built at 1/10 scale and uses a combination of techniques to give visitors the illusion of a massive city despite the fact that it is built on a single region.
“About 11,000 prims, 500 constructions of more than 100 different designs, 6 transport lines of 20 km in total (at scale), 6 bridges; diversity and excess that evoke but do not equal that of the megacities of our time,” says Preiz in the welcome message that greets visitors. “I hope that you will take as much pleasure in visiting this city as I had to build it during the 6 months of its realization.”
If you enjoy this creation, you’ll want to also explore the many other ambitious projects by Preiz - just look for the teleports in the Skyscrapers region. 
Skyscrapers
Skyscrapers is a magical flight through a futuristic megacity. As this city is built at 1/10 scale, you become invisible for the visit, and you are provided with an "Invisible Avatar" in the welcome hall. You transport down to the city and hop on the Guided Tour (in 10 languages). Skyscrapers provides the illusion of a city of 2.56 km side that you fly around in – or about 100 normal regions!
Visit in Second Life CREDITS:
Video Production: Draxtor Despres
 
Linden Lab
To comply with financial regulations, we’re making an important change to how US Dollar transactions are processed in Second Life. Beginning May 26, 2020, when you make a US Dollar payment or add a new payment method in Second Life, your transaction will be handled through Tilia Inc.
What is Tilia Inc. and Tilia Pay?
Tilia Pay is a product of Tilia Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Linden Lab. Tilia Inc. is a licensed money transmitter in all U.S. states and territories that regulate such activity. Tilia was created to provide secure and compliant solutions for powering virtual economies including Second Life. 
To learn more about Tilia Pay, visit its new website.
Why are we making this change? 
To stay compliant with regulations across a number of U.S. states, we are taking advantage of the additional safeguards built into Tilia Pay, leveraging the enhanced fraud and money laundering safeguards that Tilia Pay provides.
Stored-value accounts (your USD wallet, payouts, balance credits, etc.) are already handled by Tilia and now it will also handle all other USD transactions (including those involving conversion to other national currencies).
What does this change mean for you?
Because Tilia is the payment processor for Second Life, you will be consenting to the Tilia ToS and Privacy Policy when making a payment through one of your payment methods (such as a credit card, PayPal, or Skrill). This change does not require you to provide any additional information, nor will it result in any new fees.
What about L$ transactions inworld? 
There is no change to L$ transactions conducted in the Viewer or in the Marketplace. This change only applies to transactions involving USD. 
Are there any new fees associated with this change?
No new fees are associated with this change.
How do I learn more about Tilia Inc. and Tilia Pay?
To learn more about Tilia Pay, visit its website.
How do I submit my questions or concerns about this change?
For feedback and questions about Tilia Pay and Second Life, please join the discussion in our Community Forums.
Linden Lab
Well, this is awkward...
Due to the ongoing public health crisis, we’ve experienced an unprecedented surge in demand for new Second Life regions. While we are thrilled by the heightened interest, the increased demand has consumed our available inventory of full regions and homesteads (there are still many parcels available on existing regions, both on the mainland and from private estates). 
We are committed to maintaining (and improving) the stability and performance of Second Life. So while we are very gratified that we can be of help to people in these trying times, unfortunately, our current server systems cannot accommodate unlimited growth without adversely impacting that stability and performance. This means that region inventory in Second Life will be extremely limited and may not be readily available until early fall.
WHY DID THIS HAPPEN?
As we’ve discussed previously, Second Life is in the process of migrating from our existing dedicated servers to a cloud hosting service. That migration has already moved a number of the most important services and databases, but we are not quite ready to host simulators in the cloud. We have a crack team working on that and are making lots of progress, but there are significant changes needed to make sure that we can provide the performance, stability, and security required. When that process is complete we will have a nearly unlimited region capacity, but until then we are constrained by the size of our existing server fleet.
While our migration project has been underway for some time, even our most optimistic business projections did not anticipate a surge of the magnitude we have seen in recent weeks for additional regions. While we planned for growth driven by improvements to Second Life and other factors, we didn't expect demand to be created by a global pandemic.
As a result, we are in the unfortunate position of hitting the maximum capacity of our “old” servers until the “new” cloud servers are fully operational.
WHEN WILL REGIONS BE AVAILABLE AGAIN?
Regions may be intermittently available as existing regions are returned to us by their current owners. Due to the economic impact of the public health crisis, we do expect that some limited number of landholdings will be returned to the general inventory in the coming weeks. This means that there may be some regions available on-and-off, but it is more likely that normal region sales will not resume until our migration to the cloud is complete. While we do not have an exact date at this time, we anticipate it will be early fall.  
WHAT IMMEDIATE OPTIONS ARE AVAILABLE IN THE MEANTIME?
So, what are your options if you are seeking land sooner? 
Owning land on the Mainland is an alternative.  
We can offer abandoned Mainland directly for sale with a range of various parcel sizes from 512sqm per parcel to an entire full region (minus infrastructure).  You can learn more about purchasing abandoned Mainland in our Knowledge Base.
Consider renting from an existing landholder. 
If you do not need an entire region, there are plenty of rental options available from established Second Life landholders right now. Learn more about how rentals work in our Knowledge Base.
You can also explore Land Auctions in Second Life. 
Much like an auction on the popular auction-based shopping site eBay, Second Life Land Auctions allows individuals to place their bids on open inventory for available parcels across the virtual world. You can learn more about how the auctions process works in our Knowledge Base.
There are also third-party sellers that offer both parcel and full land rentals and sales. 
For example, some of the better-known entities are listed on the Land & Estates category in the Destination Guide but you can also find many on the Forums or through the Land & Rentals tab in Second Life Search (on the web or in the Second Life Viewer).
We’ll update the community as soon as we can when normal region sales resume, but in the meantime, we recommend any of the above alternatives until things get back to normal.
Questions or comments? Please visit our related forum thread “Limited Availability of New Second Life Regions.”
Strawberry Linden
Pictured: Ocean Pearl
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:
 
One of the most exciting events is happening tonight! Watch exclusive episodes from Adult Swim's "The Shivering Truth" Season 2 during this special world premiere event in Second Life, held May 8th at 4pm PT/SLT and repeating hourly until 9pm PT/SLT. To participate, you must download a limited-release Second Life Viewer that supports live video streaming. Details at this link and FAQs at this link. The venue will be open after the show for you to explore!

Adult Swim - The Shivering Truth Live Event
Watch exclusive episodes from "The Shivering Truth" Season 2 during this special world premiere event in Second Life, held May 8 at 4 p.m. (Pacific) and repeating hourly until 9 p.m. (Pacific). IMPORTANT: To participate, you must download a limited-release SL Viewer that supports live video streaming. Details and download link at secondlife.com/view/adult-swim.
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Mieville Art & Anxiety Awareness Fair 2020
The purpose of Mieville's Art & Anxiety Awareness Fair is to educate the public about what real anxiety is, to clear up misunderstandings such as that one can just "get over" anxiety, or that anxious people are "not trying hard enough" to be well. You will find live music, shopping, DJs, and topics for discussion, including the realities of living with anxiety, the pros and cons of medication, and similar topics. The event runs from May 9th to 25th.
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Ocean Pearl
A treat for the eyes as you hike, fly, swim, or teleport around the region.
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Exhalt
Exhalt exudes a New England flavor with shops and 4 venues to choose from. The region is open 24/7 for photo ops, and the venues on the region are open from Wednesday through Sunday, with many live events.
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The Allen Bar & Grill Restaurant
The Allen Bar & Grill is located in the heart of La Orchila. A great place to take the whole family, this restaurant is friendly, welcoming, and warm. You’ll be spoiled for choice when you look at The Allen Bar & Grill menu. Take your pick from hearty breakfasts, well-presented Caribbean dishes, international delicacies, and mouth-watering and traditional cuisine. Make sure you try the delicious homemade cakes too, all freshly baked in their restaurant.
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Luciano's - Bistro & Lounge
Located just off the public Marina in beautiful SL New England, sits Luciano's - Bistro & Lounge. This brand new venue provides the ideal backdrop for a date-night and can be reached by boat from anywhere on mainland by way of Blake Sea. As an added bonus, they offer live music on Fridays. Welcome to Luciano's!
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Be among the first to experience live video streaming inside Second Life at an exclusive Adult Swim screening event, held this Friday, May 8 at 4 p.m. (SLT/Pacific)/7 p.m. (ET). 
Watch two classic episodes and two all-new unreleased episodes from the forthcoming second season of “The Shivering Truth” at this special event, to be held inworld at a new venue created exclusively for this screening.
During the event, you can chat with fellow fans of the show and other special guests as you experience the show together for the first time in the virtual world. Free limited-edition virtual gifts and mementos will also be distributed during and after the show -- just look for the “Free Gifts” kiosk near the front entrance. 
The event also marks the first media partnership utilizing the new limited-release Second Life Viewer, which enables content creators and entertainment companies to broadcast live video events to virtual world audiences. In the future, you may see several new forms of entertainment including movie and TV premieres, live concerts, and artist/fan meet-and-greets. We're very excited to partner with Adult Swim for the debut of this new feature, which we plan to integrate into the main Second Life Viewer release in the coming weeks.
HOW TO PARTICIPATE:
Whether you are new to Second Life or a returning resident, you’ll need a special Viewer to see the Adult Swim live video stream in Second Life and participate in this event. Download the all-new limited-edition beta version of the Second Life Viewer in advance of the event to ensure that you are ready. Please note that other Viewers will not be compatible with the live stream during the screening event!  On the day of the event, be sure to first login to Second Life and then use this link to teleport to the venue. The venue opens early at 3:30 p.m. (SLT/Pacific), so get there early as seating is extremely limited!  Can’t get into the event? No problem! If you miss the first live streaming event, then try again for repeat showings hourly through 9 p.m. (SLT/Pacific). For more information about the event, visit this link.
FIRST LOOK PREVIEW VIDEO
Get a sneak peek at what the venue looks like in this exclusive “first look” fly-through of the screening area:

We’ll see you at the show!
 
“The Shivering Truth” Season 2 begins May 10 at midnight on Adult Swim.
Strawberry Linden
Pictured: Kolmannskuppe
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:
Kolmannskuppe
A ghost town and tourist destination in southern Nambia. Once a thriving diamond mine and one of the richest towns in Africa, the abandoned buildings are now being swallowed by the Namib desert.
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Devil's Bend National Park
Welcome to the wide-open wilderness, where you can bring your family and friends to explore the great outdoors together. Take pictures and make memories while exploring everything mother nature has to offer from historical sites, abandoned caves, and tunnels. Explore today!
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Skyscrapers is a new art installation by Gem Preiz.

Skyscrapers
Skyscrapers is a magical flight through a futuristic megacity. As this city is built at 1/10 scale, you become invisible for the visit, and you are provided with an "Invisible Avatar" in the welcome hall. You transport down to the city and hop on the Guided Tour (in 10 languages). Skyscrapers provides the illusion of a city of 2.56 km side that you fly around in – or about 100 normal regions!
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The Kultivate Spring Art Show is back for its 5th year and will only be on for a week, so visit soon!
5th Annual Kultivate Spring Art Show
The 5th Annual Kultivate Spring Art Show will take place from April 24th to May 1st, 2020, and will feature 2D and 3D artists, live music, a hunt, storytelling, and cabaret dancing! There will also be a variety of giveways and contests in a parisian setting! For more information, visit: kultivatemagazine.com/2020-spring-art-show
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Fantasy Faire 2020 returns with eighteen incredible regions of extraordinary beauty and magic, all in support of Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society's goal of a world without cancer. It was featured in our Destination video this week, watch it on our YouTube channel: Second Life Destinations - Fantasy Faire 2020

Fantasy Faire 2020
The Fairelands have returned! From the 23th of April to the 10th of May, eighteen incredible regions of extraordinary beauty bring the magic of Fantasy Faire to life once more, all in support of Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society's goal of a world without cancer. For eighteen days become immersed in a world of enchantment where you can shop, enjoy fantasy art and performances, discover roleplay opportunities, and hear award-winning fantasy authors all to a soundtrack provided by Fantasy Faire Radio. Also don't forget to complete the epic story-based experience, The Fairelands Quest: The Bard Queen's Garden. Adventure awaits you at Fantasy Faire 2020! Come to the Faire, become part of the story, before the Fairelands once again recede into the mists for another year! Follow all the events at fantasyfairesl.wordpress.com
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Two new shopping events started this week that offer many gifts and discounts to encourage Residents to stay home, stay safe, and continue to explore their creativity in Second Life.
Welcome Back Event
Welcome Back is a pop-up event organized by Seraphim. Leading Creators from Second Life have provided items discounted by at least 50% for returning new and seasoned Residents who love to shop. In addition, two Experience Galleries can be viewed in the center of the event with details of places to go, and things to do, from art galleries to photogenic regions, games, and clubs. Update your avatar, furnish your home, and find great places to hang out and experience in Second Life! The event runs from April 22nd to May 6th.
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Pose Fair Market
During these difficult times, the world still needs beauty, creativity, and art. In Second Life, photography is one of the best and most common ways to express yourself. So, at the Pose Fair Market, you will find big discounts and free gifts to keep your beautiful photos flowing and continue to do what you love. Pose Fair Market will open with new items and gifts each month on the 24th!
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This week's Showcase Stream goes through the Spring Swaginator Hunt and gives out some spoilers! Watch it on our YouTube channel: Second Life Showcase Stream - Spring Swaginator Hunt
Spring Swaginator Hunt
Several flower-shaped kiosks have blossomed across the grid - and each kiosk holds a special surprise! Seek and find the kiosks to claim a total of five free gifts. Grab your free Swaginator HUD at Meauxle Bureaux to get started. The hunt runs all through spring, happy hunting!
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SPRING PREMIUM GIFT

Pictured: the latest gift set available exclusively to Premium Members.
Just in time for spring! Premium members can now claim the latest Premium-only Gift - a springtime gazebo with accompanying table, chairs, and stools. But, that’s not all!  This gift is jam-packed with over 50 items in total!
Enjoy a peaceful day outdoors in your own beautiful gazebo with matching table accessories including a tea and cake set, small candle lanterns, flowers, balloons and more.
To claim your Premium Gift, head over to one of the many Premium-only gift kiosks. Not Premium yet? Upgrade now to get several Premium-only benefits including a weekly L$300 stipend, increased group membership limits, expanded live-chat support, tier allotment for use with a Linden Home or a parcel on the Mainland, and much more! 
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The latest Spring Premium Gift includes a springtime gazebo with accompanying table, chairs, and stools. But, that’s not all! This gift is jam-packed with over 50 items in total, to use on your property, Linden Homes or otherwise - available now to Premium members at any Premium Gift Kiosk.
Visit in Second Life SPRING SWAGINATOR HUNT
The arrival of spring also means that it is time for an all-new Swaginator Hunt! Several flower-shaped kiosks have blossomed across the grid - and each kiosk holds a special surprise! Seek and find the kiosks to claim a total of five free gifts. 
Spring Swaginator Hunt
Several flower-shaped kiosks have blossomed across the grid - and each kiosk holds a special surprise! Seek and find the kiosks to claim a total of five free gifts. Grab your free Swaginator HUD at Meauxle Bureaux to get started. The hunt runs all through spring, happy hunting!
Visit in Second Life Are you new to the Swaginator Hunt? Here’s how to play:
How to Begin the Hunt
Grab your free Swaginator HUD to get started. Look for the flower-shaped kiosk and touch it to add it to your inventory. You should be able to find it in your Recent inventory. 

Next, select “Wear” to add the HUD to your Viewer screen. You will see a flower-shaped HUD appear on the upper left corner. Click the HUD to teleport to your first location to begin the hunt!

As you travel from location to location, keep an eye out for the Swaginator gift kiosk. To claim your free gift, click the kiosk! Then, click “Keep” in the pop-up window to accept the free item. It will be waiting for you in your inventory.

Use your HUD to keep track of all of the free items you collect. Don’t forget to click the HUD again after you collect each prize so that you can teleport to the next location in the hunt!
SPOILER ALERT! (Scroll down only if you want to learn about all gifts - revealed in the images below!)
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Shimmy, Paranormal, Spiffy, Quartz and Garden Gnome are waiting! Can you collect ‘em all?

Linden Lab
Calling all performers! Second Life is seeking talent for our upcoming 17th annual Second Life birthday celebration (SL17B), held June 19-July 10.  Get ready for a fun-filled week of live music and deejay performances, shopping exclusives, and amazing community exhibits. 
One of the things that makes Second Life so vibrant and exciting is the wide range of Performers who share their talent with our Residents. Are you a DJ who can spin up a great party set? Maybe you’re a Live Musician who plays an instrument or sings! You might be one of the grid’s amazing Dance companies, or perhaps you’re a Particle Performer! Whatever your medium, we would love to hear from you. 
Fill out the official performer application form by May 18 and tell us a little about how you roll, and one of our Event Staff Leaders will contact you soon.
MUSIC FEST APPLICATIONS

Don’t forget that we also have a separate form specifically for those who want to audition for our Music Fest event, which kicks off SL17B. We are seeking live music performers for this special event. Applications can be found here. 4/21/20 UPDATE: Due to popular demand, the application process for musician auditions is now closed.
EXHIBITOR APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN THROUGH MAY 22
Finally, we want to remind everyone that the applications for those interested in exhibiting at SL17B are now open. This year’s theme is “vacations and road trips,” but exhibits will not be limited to that topic. See our previous blog post for details, read our rules and policies and check out the official exhibitor application form for more information.
 
Linden Lab
Like many of you, we are feeling a combination of horror and outrage over the history of racism against Black lives. What we continue to witness is deeply disturbing and demanding of immediate social change.
The killing of George Floyd seen on video around the world is only one in a long and unacceptable series of violent and racist attacks and discriminatory behavior directed against people of color. 
We stand in solidarity with Black Lives Matter, all victims of systemic oppression and violence, and with Black communities across the U.S., the globe, and the virtual world in condemning racism and any and all actions that promote division.
Our mission at Second Life has always been to help build a better world, and in support of Black Lives Matter, we will be donating $10,000 each to three charities that are active in helping to fight oppression and injustice including the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).
How can you help? This weekend, you can participate in the Stand for Justice fundraising effort dedicated to raising funds for Black Lives Matter, Black Visions Collective, Campaign Zero, the National Police Accountability Project, and a Split Bail Fund benefiting 38+ bail funds nationwide. We also highly encourage you to sign petitions, text, call, or donate to show your support, acceptance, tolerance, inclusion, and equal opportunity for all.
Now is the time for us to come together as a community and to stand up for what is right, just, and decent. We hope that you will stand with us in our fight for a better world and in recognition that Black Lives Matter today and every day. 
- The Linden Lab Team 
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Photos: Hoseok Yun (top left), Prophet (top right), Janet Voxel (bottom left), and Nico Sorbet (bottom right)
Tara Linden
(Photo by Patch Linden)
Today is the kickoff for Second Pride, and as we all know, things are going to be a little different this year. In the wake of many canceled celebrations in the physical world, we hope to make this Pride Month extra special, because the dignity in representation is priceless. Pride celebrations have become more and more inclusive over the years, going from gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender representations to a broader spectrum of gender expression and orientations.
The phrase “Silence is Complicity” has appeared on many banners over the last week, and that sentiment certainly rings true with us. In recognition of intersectionality and the importance of allyship, the organizers have declared that this year’s theme is “together.” We all face different challenges, but standing up for each other provides the strength to keep going. 
Come help us put the unity in community ❤️
There are so many awesome events scheduled to celebrate love and equality. In addition to Second Pride, be sure to visit several of the simultaneous Pride celebrations going on across the grid including London Pride, Burrow Pride Fest, Pride Festival SL, and SL Pride at Home. 
Check out our LGBTQ+ and Pride community pages to see even more featured regions. 

Linden Lab
This week’s “Second Life Destinations” video explores “The Empire of Dreaming Books,” an elaborate region that features a vast system of tunnels and catacombs worth getting lost in. If you venture far enough, you’ll also encounter the largest bookcase that you will find in any world - virtual or otherwise.

Inspiration for the project comes from a passion for the Zamonia series of books by German author Walter Moers, according to Num Bing who co-created the elaborate region with her boyfriend Clifton Howlet.
“There are books everywhere,” says Bing. “There’s no electricity. It’s [filled with] candle lights [and] all kinds of little book shops, restaurants [and] little houses...Outside the little city, we have added all the pretty little things that you like for kind of quiet serene moments. There’s a small stream, a garden, and trees.” 
The ambitious project represents the first Second Life region created by the duo.
“Our visitors and all of their positive feedback have surprised and humbled us, and we are both very excited to see how much our creation is being enjoyed,” says Bing.
To learn more, watch the video or explore it inworld.
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-
Visit in Second Life CREDITS:
Video Production: Draxtor Despres
Linden Lab
Today we’re rolling out a new logo for Second Life.
Second Life has seen a surge of interest from people new to SL, longstanding residents, and groups and businesses seeking a uniquely interactive place for gatherings and special events. With this renewed attention we decided it was time to update a key part of how we tell the world what SL is all about. Second Life is still going strong, with a devoted and energetic resident community, and we want everyone to know that.

The old logo has served us well but no longer projects our vision for SL as we move into this next decade. The new logo uses clearer, bolder type to communicate our optimism and confidence in what the future holds for SL. We retired the soft green color in favor of bright blue to reflect the boundless energy of our residents, who create amazing content and experiences. When it comes to what you can do with SL, the (blue) sky’s the limit!
Second Life is a big product. In addition to the Viewer, there are hundreds of web pages, and the old logo is on all of them. We don’t want to distract our teams from the important projects our community knows we’re working hard on. So you will see a mix of new and old logos for a while as teams find time to make updates.
We’re all excited to use the new logo and we hope you like it.
-- The Second Life team
Linden Lab
This week’s “Second Life Destinations” video explores The Retreat, a beautiful hang-out space on the Mainland created by Anjelikka who writes regularly about her Second Life adventures at the No Time for Real Life blog.

“Second Life was my therapy that I could go to anytime I wanted to - especially in those wee hours at night,” says Anjelikka, who created her own happy place in SL as a way to help with her post-traumatic stress disorder. “Second Life is like a social life after work and it’s safe. I like that part. In real life, social gatherings are hard for me because I can not just leave if I feel uncomfortable. In SL this is understood and accepted  People have lots of different situations - depression, anxiety - here it is OK. You are not going to be judged because everybody who comes here has some kind of story.”
At The Retreat, visitors can wander through a lush garden, explore an art gallery, or even enjoy music at the Basement Club. 
“When everybody’s staying home, it is here where we can find friends, beauty, art, and creation,” says Anjelikka. “We are here to heal together.”
The Retreat
The Retreat is a beautiful hang-out with a lush garden, art gallery and the Basement Club. Enjoy, take pictures and bring friends to this wonderful place!
Visit in Second Life CREDITS:
Video Production: Draxtor Despres
Linden Lab
The popular live music venue Lutz City of Templemore is in the focus of this week’s “Second Life Destinations” video. Home to frequent performances by many of Second Life’s most popular musicians, Templemore is a full city with apartment buildings, businesses, outdoor areas with a little chapel, hidden pianos and many ambient and nested stages -- all drenched in soft green hues like a film set designed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet.

The region is dedicated to the late Garrett Lutz, a patron of live music in SL who managed many artists and venues before he passed away in 2017. 
Prior to his death, Lutz described Templemore as a “live music venue [that] features a grand stage where musicians become part of a living painting that reaches out to your very soul. Lutz City of Templemore isn't just a sim, it's home for your creative spirit.”
That spirit is still very much alive under current owner Luis Lockjaw, who has integrated all of Garett’s favorite aspects of Templemore into its most current form.
Musician Oblee, who is our tour guide this week, has played many Second Life venues over the years, but he says that Templemore is among his top favorites because of its particular charm due to its subtle mood, soft lighting, and overall beauty.
“It’s a work of art,” he says.
“I play a lot of local clubs but I really like playing in Second Life because there is such a great appreciation for original music,” says Oblee. “The importance of music in a time of social isolation is vastly understated.”
The song Oblee is playing in this video is an original live improvised tune called "Shapeshifter."
You can visit Lutz City of Templemore in Second Life via its entry in the Destination Guide, which also features several more live music venues worth exploring. To learn more about Oblee, visit his official website. 
CREDITS:
Video production: Draxtor Despres
Linden Lab
This week’s “Second Life Destinations” video explores a new Adult Swim venue that will host the premiere screening event of the show “The Shivering Truth.” 

As announced earlier this week, Second Life will host an exclusive sneak preview of two episodes from season two of “The Shivering Truth.” The event, held on May 8 at 4 p.m. (SLT/Pacific), will be live video streamed in this special screening venue so that attendees can enjoy and experience the episodes together. To participate, attendees must download a special version of the Second Life Viewer that supports live video streaming.
For more details about this event, visit this information page and the related FAQ. 
Adult Swim - The Shivering Truth Live Event
Watch exclusive episodes from "The Shivering Truth" Season 2 during this special world premiere event in Second Life, held May 8 at 4 p.m. (Pacific) and repeating hourly until 9 p.m. (Pacific). IMPORTANT: To participate, you must download a limited-release SL Viewer that supports live video streaming. Details and download link at secondlife.com/view/adult-swim.
Visit in Second Life
Strawberry Linden
Pictured: Florence At Low Tide
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:
BURN2 is the celebration of Burning Man in Second Life. It runs this weekend from May 1st to May 3rd. For this week's Lab Gab, we took you on a tour of BURN2, watch it on our YouTube channel: Second Life's Lab Gab Episode 24 - BURN2!
BURN2
Experience BURN2, the annual festival of community, art, and fire that brings the culture and cool of Burning Man to the metaverse. Held May 1st starting at 5PM SLT, to May 3rd, this year's theme is Between the Stars! Learn more at burn2.org
Visit in Second Life  
Florence At Low Tide
Florence At Low Tide is a lovely Mediterranean style village by the sea. Winding road meanders through rich farmland, mountainous streams and beautiful coastline. Perfect for couples, wanderers, explorers, and photographers. Everyone is welcome at Florence.
Visit in Second Life  
Once upon a time
Once upon a time is a playful, photogenic region that captures the inner child in you. You can explore, touch, play, jump, ride, and more! But remember to click everything, as there are many hidden fun items throughout. Think big, but most importantly, enjoy the small things.
Visit in Second Life  
Witches Falls
Witches Falls is a delightful place to relax and unwind. You can sit and watch the beautiful waterfalls, swim in the pools, or go camping under the stars. Lots to do here, with breathtaking views and dance areas.
Visit in Second Life  
Bugatti's
A place where your romantic wishes can come true. Bugatti's provides you a place to dance the night away with "your person" or perhaps even meet that person that makes your heart skip a beat. The ambiance is like no other place, it simply takes your breath away. With beautiful places to explore, and a romantic wedding venue to marry the one you love, Bugatti's is here to help make your wish a reality.
Visit in Second Life  
Pot Head Coffee Shop & Cafe
The Pot Head Coffee Shop and Cafe offers a laid-back atmosphere in a beautiful mountain location, ideal for a friendly chat, roleplay, and photography, with a 1-hour auto-return.
Visit in Second Life  
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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Linden Lab
The biggest annual fantasy event in Second Life is back!
Now open through May 10, the Fantasy Faire 2020 features eighteen incredible regions of extraordinary beauty and magic -- all made from scratch by the residents of Second Life and in support of Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society's goal of a world without cancer. 

Watch the video preview of Fantasy Faire 2020 here.
For eighteen days become immersed in a world of enchantment where you can shop, enjoy fantasy art and performances, discover roleplay opportunities, and hear award-winning fantasy authors including author Fran Wilde.  While you explore you’ll hear a soundtrack provided by Fantasy Faire Radio, too 
You’ll also find fantasy avatars, clothing, furnishings, gadgets, and exclusive items available from almost 200 of Second Life’s top Fantasy Creators across thirteen stunning regions.  There are also five Faireland realms that include a wide variety of entertainment, events, and experiences including a Memorial Garden, the Literary Festival, Performance Stages, Art Galleries, and more. Don't forget to complete the epic story-based experience “The Fairelands Quest: The Bard Queen's Garden.” 

Follow all the events at fantasyfairesl.wordpress.com or visit it inworld now.
Fantasy Faire 2020
The Fairelands have returned! From the 23rd of April to the 10th of May, eighteen incredible regions of extraordinary beauty bring the magic of Fantasy Faire to life once more, all in support of Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society's goal of a world without cancer. 
Visit in Second Life CREDITS:
Video Production: Draxtor Despres
Linden Lab
Do you love Second Life? Do you love to party? Do you love to help? Join the SL17B Volunteer staff and you can do all three! 
We’re looking for volunteers to help people celebrate at the upcoming 17th annual Second Life birthday celebration (SL17B), held June 19-July 10. We are seeking Residents with great people skills and a love and excitement for Second Life to help us make SL17B a huge success! If you like the idea of promoting Second Life in a positive way to thousands of people in a  celebratory atmosphere, we welcome you to apply today! The application will remain open through May 18.
CALLING ALL SECOND LIFE MUSICIANS & PERFORMERS!
Are you a DJ who can spin up a great party set? Maybe you’re a Live Musician who plays an instrument or sings! You might be one of the grid’s amazing Dance companies, or perhaps you’re a Particle Performer! Whatever your medium, we would love to hear from you. 
Fill out the official performer application form by May 18 and tell us a little about how you roll, and one of our Event Staff Leaders will contact you soon.
Don’t forget that we also have a separate form specifically for those who want to audition for our Music Fest event, which kicks off SL17B. We are seeking live music performers for this special event. Applications can be found here. 4/21/20 UPDATE: Due to popular demand, the application process for musician auditions is now closed.
APPLY NOW TO BE AN EXHIBITOR AT SL17B
Finally, we want to remind everyone that the applications for those interested in exhibiting at SL17B are now open. This year’s theme is “vacations and road trips,” but exhibits will not be limited to that topic. See our previous blog post for details, read our rules and policies and check out the official exhibitor application form for more information.
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