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Last year, we debuted “Love Made in Second Life” -- a limited-time series that explores the true stories of real people who met and found love inside the virtual world Second Life.

A whole season of new episodes is already in production for this year -- and the first new edition of 2020 debuts just in time for Valentine’s Day!

Meet Adam and Ruby - two Residents who met four years ago at the Sexy Brits club in Knightsbridge within the London Sim in Second Life. Strangely enough, it was a song request that brought them together! At the club, Ruby noticed that one of her favorite songs “Crucify My Love” by X-Japan had been requested -- so she had to find out who was behind it.

“I had to know!” she says.

When told it was Adam, she was surprised as she had assumed that his avatar was just a bot. So, she reached out to him in chat.

“I thought it wasn’t really a person because he was dancing in the same corner all the time,” says Ruby. “I absolutely thought he was a bot!... I never would have started talking to him if it wasn’t for that song.”

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Pictured: Ruby and Adam dancing to music in Second Life.

“It all started with a message and soon we became good friends and we both started chatting, spending every-time longer and longer together,” she says. “We reached a point we would be talking both in video chat on Skype and Second Life all day long. Six months later, Christmas was approaching and I traveled from my country, Spain, to the UK just to spend our first Christmas together. We really did click together and what was supposed to be just two weeks, never finished.”

Adds Adam: “When I met [her] it was like a gift from God...she is perfect!”.

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Pictured: Adam and Ruby

What happened next? As we’ve seen with some previous couples featured in our series, there was a decision to take a leap of faith to find love.  

“I left everything - literally, everything behind, and moved to his house. Years have passed and we're going strong, looking forward to doing new stuff together.” 

With all these love stories, should Second Life be considered a dating app?

“It is not a dating app,” says Ruby. However, she does think that SL offers a unique way for people to meet that goes deeper than many popular apps. “With avatars, we jump over the social expectations and social constructs that allow you to be yourself.”

CREDITS:
Video production courtesy of Draxtor Despres

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Logo courtesy of Marianne McCann

Strawberry Linden

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Pictured: Southern Roots

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:

This week’s focus is on regions and events with a Valentine’s theme. See more Valentine’s themed regions in the Valentine’s Day category on the Destination Guide.

 

 

 

 

 

Of course, if you haven’t already done so, don’t forget to visit our three Valentine’s events: Isle of View, Dunk & Hug a Linden Event, and the Valentine’s Shop & Hop shopping event. Read more about them in our Valentine's blog post.

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.

Connect with Second Life at the following links:
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Linden Lab

Video production courtesy of Draxtor Despres. Avatars depicted in this video are made by Neurolab and Chip Midnight.

This week's Second Life Destinations video explores one of the most popular and long-lasting spots in Second Life. Kowloon is a densely-populated destination that is inspired by Hong Kong’s infamous Kowloon Walled City. 

Visitors can stroll through the many darkened alleys and narrow neon-lit streets to shop and explore, but one impossible-to-miss attraction is the new 100-story building project initiated by Magnum Yoshikawa. This unique limited-time community project was inspired by a popular Japanese children’s book and is already in its second iteration. Participating Residents are encouraged to show off their creativity by decorating one of the many small rooms contained vertically across the 100-floor structure -- with a 20-prim limit, no less! 

To participate in the project, look for the sign adjacent to the building at the entrance of Kowloon. Once you touch the sign, you can message Yoshikawa if you want to potentially decorate one of the many rooms (as space allows).

The blogging community has already taken notice of the ambitious project, too. The Million Happy Endings blog recently documented the origins of the project, while the YouTube channel The Demented One also created a video showcasing the creativity under construction.

To learn more about Kowloon, you can visit its official blog...or visit it inworld!

Linden Lab

Love is in the air...and Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! That means it is time for the return of the Isle of View, our annual Shop & Hop event and the Dunk-A-Linden & Hug-A-Linden Event.

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NEW & IMPROVED ISLE OF VIEW (AND FREE GIFTS, TOO!)

It’s back - and better than ever! The Isle of View is our annual tribute to all-things-romantic via four regions filled with forested walks, love nooks, and romantic swan boat rides.

This year, we’ve made several additions including updated Mesh and Windlight enhancements, improvements to the Swan Ride and even some redesigned and new gifts!

Visit one of the Love Pavilion gift kiosks to browse through a variety of gift selections that you can send to your friends and loved ones on Valentine’s Day. This year’s selection includes several new options including heart lollipops and balloons, an adorable teddy bear, a chocolate box with rings, cutesy cupcakes, love lanterns and, of course, romantic roses. To select and send your free gifts, follow the directions on the sign adjacent to the kiosk. 

What are you waiting for? The Isle of View is now open!

GET READY FOR THE SHOP & HOP EVENT  - OPENING FEB. 6

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Ready to shop? Share the love on Valentine's Day and bring your friends to get big discounts and free gifts from over 80 of your favorite Second Life Merchants at the annual Shop & Hop event, held Feb. 6-23. This year’s event spans across multiple regions filled with exclusive items you won’t want to miss!

Once the event opens, head on over to the Gilded, Aurelian, Gleaming or Tinseled regions to get started. For added convenience, we added adjacent camming areas as well.

After your happy haul, be sure to share your shopping pics in the Second Life Shop & Hop Flickr photo pool. Before you head over, you can browse in advance to see what others are shopping for and sharing, too! 

DUNK-A-LINDEN & HUG-A-LINDEN EVENT ON FEB. 14

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Are you feeling “some kind of way” about the Lindens? Show your love (or friendly aggression) for the makers of Second Life at our annual Dunk-A-Linden & Hug-A-Linden Event, held on Feb. 14 from noon-2 p.m. (SLT). Join us for music, conversation and plenty of soaked Lindens!

VALENTINE’S DAY DESTINATION GUIDE & MORE

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Don’t forget to check out our special Valentine’s Day Destination Guide category, too! You’ll find numerous community-created events and romantic destinations to explore including Mad Pea’s Cupid Catastrophe, The Stupid Cupid Hunt 8 and much more!

Finally, our popular “Love Made in Second Life” mini-series returns next week! Stay tuned for an all-new episode exploring the true story of a couple who met in SL before finding true love in the physical world.

Strawberry Linden
Pictured: Studland Bay
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:
BeYou is a fully interactive family roleplaying life simulation game, featured on our Lab Gab cooking show today!
beYou
Looking for more meaning in SecondLife? BeYou is an exciting, fully interactive, family roleplaying life simulation game. At beYou you can cook, have bath time, farm, craft, and learn skills for a certain career path. Everything you do will add to your overall game experience. As you perform tasks within specific career paths, you will earn skill points and increase your ability to produce better quality items. Learn more at beyouworld.com and pick up the HUD today!
Visit in Second Life Crazy Dragona is a new nightclub in Second Life that looks incredible with advanced lighting turned on. Check out this video for all the shiny details.
Crazy Dragona
Crazy Dragona is a re-creation of a nightclub under the carpark of a Brutalist Hotel in Poland. The club uses environmental cube-map projections, so with advanced lighting turned on, it is a feast for the eyes! The masterminds behind this place are Frenchbloke Vanmoer, Beev Fallen, and Martin Ren. Check Flickr group for more images and videos: flickr.com/groups/crazydragona
Visit in Second Life

North Shore Bay
North Shore Bay has transformed into a wonderful Winterland with beautiful winter scenery! Come over for ice-skating, have a romantic dinner in the restaurant, stay a night over in the old English styled B&B, and other winter fun! Put on your warm sweater, and prepare yourself for a good time.
Visit in Second Life

Enchantment at LeLoo's World
A timeless land filled with enchantment and magic; where make-believe takes hold. Step into spring and feel the warmth of a magical place for exploring, relaxing, and taking photos with family and friends.
Visit in Second Life  
Studland Bay
Studland Bay is a working farm style four-season region. Explore with friends and take a ride on a horse-drawn wagon around the farm.
Visit in Second Life  
Next week we'll be in February and very close to Valentine's Day, so we're hoping to feature more Valentine's themed regions. Remember to check back for next week's suggestions!
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.
Connect with Second Life at the following links:
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Linden Lab
Some of the most popular places to explore in Second Life are those that emphasize nature. Peaceful parks, lush gardens and photo-friendly landscapes can all be found across the grid. A good starting point is the Nature & Parks category in the Destination Guide.
One of our favorites is The Four Seasons, a place to relax and stroll between beach and greenery. This spot is perfect for photographers and those looking for a romantic spot to spend with loved ones.
Experience it for yourself inworld or get a peek in this week’s Second Life Destinations video.
The Four Seasons
The Four Seasons is a place to relax and stroll between beach and greenery. Perfect for photographers and those looking for a romantic spot to spend with loved ones.
Visit in Second Life
Linden Lab
The latest edition of Made in Second Life, narrated by longtime Resident Marianne McCann, explores the many aviation communities taking flight across SL.
“I have a strong fondness for SL aviation and flying in Second Life,” says McCann. “I think the really fascinating thing about Second Life is that the people who created it and continue to run it may not necessarily have been able to foresee every possibility that Second Life has unlocked for people. It’s become something so much greater than what may have been envisioned.”  
Interest in aviation has grown organically over the years, and McCann credits many of the pioneers who made key contributions to the evolution of flight across the grid. 
“Garth FairChang made some of the first airplanes with the idea of traveling from the telehubs...and then that led to Cubey Terra - a great pioneer in SL aviation,” she says. 
Getting started isn’t difficult, but it helps to join a community or group of existing virtual world aviation enthusiasts.
“The easiest way to fly even without a plane in Second Life is to join a group called Passengers of SL created by Laben Core,” says McCann. “You’ll find pilots there who want to ferry people around just for the fun of having passengers in their plane. They’ll go from Second Life airport to airport. You’ll also find that there’s a lot of demo rezzers in the various aviation stores that are out there where you can take one of their planes out on a free ride.” 
While there are plenty of free rides to be had, there are also several options for those who are willing to splurge. 
“If you are going to buy a plane then it is going to cost you a bit of money so if you want to get a decent helicopter (like one from Shergood Aviation) you’re gonna lay out about L$5,000,” says McCann. “For that, you’ll have working dashboards on them so you can get the complete feeling of traveling by your instruments with a lot of mesh detailing.”
Another option is a special Marianne McCann limited-edition version of the Sopwith Camel WarBug biplane made by Arduenn Schwartzman.
Not all flights need to be conventional. Some modes of travel are designed more for humor and fun than aerodynamic efficiency.
“With Second Life, you can fly around in a paper airplane,” says McCann. “Perhaps, even a bacon sandwich [that] you could take to the air?” 
So, where’s the aviation action? 
“Flying in SL really focuses on the Mainland thanks to the large landmass. Most of the airports are actually located on the Mainland and most of the flying goes on there because you can go for great distances,” she says.
Some aviation communities even specialize in story-based play and/or situational exercises such as search-and-rescue. “There’s a lot of roleplaying that happens in SL aviation,” says McCann. “Things like the SL Coast Guard where people will stage accidents to fly out and rescue people.”
The SL Coast Guard has over 150 members who train daily in sophisticated roleplay scenarios, involving safety training. Many members are first responders in the physical world as well.
“You’ll even find people that will take out large air tankers that are used for refueling in the air and they’ll do refueling for combat missions,” she adds.
Ready to get started? Whether you are flying in a conventional plane or a bacon sandwich, you’ll find plenty of places to explore in the Airplanes category in the Destination Guide. 

CREDITS:
Video production by Draxtor Despres
Logo courtesy of Marianne McCann
Linden Lab
This week’s Destinations video visits Burrow Coffee Co., one of the many cafes and coffeehouses in Second Life.
Created by Harlow Heslop, Burrow is only the latest of her many coffeehouse creations.
“I have been decorating cafe-style places in Second Life for almost 12 years,” says Harlow. “I got the nickname ‘Hurricane Harlow’ because I tend to take them down, rebuild  and come up with new and innovative ways to spaces for people to hang out.”
Like many physical coffeehouses and cafes, Burrow has been designed as a social space that welcomes live music performances, deejays, poetry readings and other social gatherings.
“It’s a great spot for conversation and gathering,” says Harlow. “People can come here as couples and spend time on a date. It’s also a great space for people to come alone. A lot of people come here to relax just like you would in a real-life coffee house. Hopefully, it has a sense of realism for people and gives them a safe and comfortable place in SL to come and spend time.”
Burrow Coffee Co.
Cozy, eclectic, and unique coffee shop/cafe featuring live music, DJs, poetry readings, games, great conversation, and more. A wonderful spot for photographers to snap photos as well! Come grab a cup of coffee and make yourselves at home!
Visit in Second Life CREDITS:
Video production by Draxtor Despres
Linden Lab
Microsoft is discontinuing support for Windows 7 on January 14th. This means that it will no longer get updates, including security patches. Therefore, running Windows 7 will become increasingly insecure as new vulnerabilities are discovered and not patched.

Accordingly, Linden Lab is updating our system requirements to remove Windows 7 from the versions we support. This does not mean that Second Life will stop working on Windows 7 immediately; existing viewers, and possibly some new viewers, should run as well as they did before. However, we will not be testing any viewers on Windows 7, so it is likely that compatibility problems will develop and increase over time. In addition, we will not attempt to fix any problems which occur only on unsupported operating systems (if a bug is reported against an unsupported system, we usually try to reproduce it on one that is supported; if we can't, we don't investigate further or attempt to fix it).

In order to keep your Second Life experience as reliable and secure as possible, we strongly recommend using only supported versions and keeping them updated with the latest vendor patches.
 
Linden Lab
Second Life is filled with many different types of experiences to explore. Artists have always found it as a means to express their creativity through many forms. Sound, sculpture, immersive events, prose, and many other forms of artistic expression are all possible within SL.

One of the most prolific artists on the Grid is Cica Ghost - whose installments have intrigued Residents and given them food for thought over the years. These limited run installations have been whimsical, fantastical, silly, and much more.
Cica is back with a new experience - simply titled “Donkeys”. Delightful donkeys and other creatures inhabit this scenic island - perfect for pictures, adventure, and the highlight of this week’s destination guide video.
 

Visit Donkeys before it disappears. 
 
Donkeys by Cica Ghost
The Sim Quarterly's third installment is "Donkeys by Cica Ghost." Visit happy donkeys on their island.
Visit in Second Life Be sure to share your pics on the Second Life Official Flickr group.
Linden Lab
The last Lab Gab of the Year is upon us! The end of the year is a time to both reflect on the past and look forward to the future. Some big announcements and updates will be shared.
Join us at 3 pm PT/SLT on Wednesday, December 18th, as Xiola and Strawberry talk about some exciting upcoming fun - including the ever-popular Linden/Resident Snowball Fight, the Last Names Contest, and much more. If you’ve not been to one of the snowball fights before, this is the one to come to! Residents and Lindens meetup at Winter Wonderland for tons of snow-filled fun. Specifics will be revealed on the show!


 

Tune in to our Official YouTube Channel (or check us out on Mixer, Periscope,  or Facebook Live! Via our Official Facebook page) to watch on December 18th at 3 pm PT/SLT. 
Linden Lab
12.10.2019 UPDATE:
Premium Prepay is now available for anyone whose billing date is up to 2 years out.  To take advantage of this, you will need to 
1) Change your membership type to Annual if it isn't already
2) Select the option to pay $89 and have your next billing date be current_date + 1 year
3) pay the cashier
We're sorry that the limitations on Prepay had not been initially communicated. To make up for it, we've now removed the limitations.  
12.06.2019 UPDATE: 
1) If your membership is currently Monthly or Quarterly, you will first need to change it to Annual and click "Change Membership" (you will not be charged at this point).  Then you can chose the Prepay option and confirm the $89 charge and pay that to extend your membership by another year. 
2) If your membership was prepaid at the last promotion and the current review date is more than a year out, you will not currently see the promotional offer.  However, since we didn't make this obvious from the start, we're going to extend this offer window to make it possible for our most loyal members to take advantage of the promotion.  That change will go out next week and this thread will be updated, as well as this blog post.  
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Are you feeling sad that only new Premium signups can take advantage of the 10% off Annual Promo? It was making us sad too. Now you are able to take advantage of this promotion with an existing account with Premium Prepay.  For the duration of the promotion (until January 2, 2020) Premium Members will find the option to prepay for an additional year at a discounted price under their account settings on Secondlife.com. 

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

Not a Premium Member yet? Save 10% Now!
Now is the perfect time to upgrade and save 10% off your first year of a new annual Premium Membership subscription. New premium members get a one-time L$1000 sign-up bonus, a weekly L$ stipend, their own home, priority access to full events inworld, and exclusive gifts. Subscribers also have special access to Premium Sandboxes inworld, where you can build objects, unpack your purchased items, and meet other Premium members. Upgrade to Premium and start enjoying all the benefits now!

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

From the official press release:
“The American Cancer Society in Second Life® and Linden Lab, the Society’s partner in the fight against cancer, announced a BLOCKBUSTER AUCTION as part of Believe In The Magic of Christmas, the 9th Annual SL Christmas Expo.”
That’s right - we’ve partnered together to bring some new and exciting things to the expo. The first-ever Ebbe Linden bear will make his debut at the expo. Because this is a charity event, this bear will be available for a donation of L$250. All donations will go towards the overall expo goal of $20,000 USD.
 
In addition, as part of the auction, Linden Lab is providing one lucky bidder with 6 months of Premium Membership and a 4th Edition Linden Home. The theme of these new homes is Victorians! You can be one of the first to glimpse them at the expo. 

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


2nd Annual Lights of Hope Home Decoration Contest
Second Life’s premier builders are joining the SL Christmas Expo to present the 1st Annual LIGHTS OF HOPE Home Decoration Contest in support of the American Cancer Society. Vote for your favorite(s). More information at www.slchristmasexpo.com
Visit in Second Life The Christmas Expo runs from December 5th through December 15th, and more information about the auction, schedule of events, and the American Cancer Society is available on their website. 

Head over to discover the magic of the holiday season and the joy of giving.
9th Annual SL Christmas Expo
Visit the 9th Annual SL Christmas Expo, held December 5-15 in support of the American Cancer Society's fight against childhood cancer. This eight region shopping extravaganza features more than 150 merchants, OOAK breedables, nearly non-stop entertainment, gachas, raffles, snowman contests, a stocking stuffer hunt, the 4th edition Linden Homes and much more. Visit slchristmasexpo.com to learn more.
Visit in Second Life
Linden Lab
For a limited time, get 10% off your first year of a new annual Premium Membership subscription.* Premium members get a one-time L$1000 sign-up bonus, a weekly L$ stipend, their own home, priority access to full events inworld, and exclusive gifts like the festive ones below. Subscribers also have special access to Premium Sandboxes inworld, where you can build objects, unpack your purchased items, and meet other Premium members. Upgrade to Premium and start enjoying all the benefits now!

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


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

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

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

NEW LIMITED PREMIUM GIFT!

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

Stay tuned for more to come. The Winter Shop & Hop is coming soon - with 100 Merchants, 100 Gifts, and 5 Regions of shopping, hopping and jingle-bell bopping. Better dig out your most comfortable shoes because that’s a lot to see. 
There’s also a ton of holiday and/or wintery themed spots all over the Grid to visit and explore. We’re adding new spot so the Winter Attractions category of the Destination Guide pretty much every day. 
Linden Lab
While many of us are still recovering from the winter holidays, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and our shopping itch just won’t go away! 
Linden Lab is winding up for a Valentine’s Day inworld shopping event - and we’re now looking for Merchants who would like to participate. 
The Valentine’s Day edition of Shop & Hop will open on February 3rd and will run through February 17th. (PLEASE NOTE: The shopping event's dates have been changed to February 6th to the 23rd.)This is your opportunity to bring a ton of new customers to your brand, by offering some of your best items. We are looking for Merchants willing to offer a discount on some of their items and provide a small non-exclusive gift to shoppers.
If this sounds like something you would be interested in, please fill out this form as soon as possible and no later than Monday, January 20th, 2020. We will contact you soon after that date if your application is accepted. 
We are excited to host this event and look forward to putting it together!

Image by Fel Matias.
Strawberry Linden
Image taken at Chinook Rockies S3L.
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’d recommend checking out this weekend. Some of these are time-sensitive, so make sure to visit soon!
Australian Bushfire Wildlife Benefit - Charity event ends Monday, January 27th.
Australian Bushfire Wildlife Benefit
The fires have already taken so much. Entire communities have been left devastated. The loss of both human and animal life has been unimaginable and heartbreaking. The Australian Bushfire Wildlife Benefit will run from January 24th 12PM SLT to January 27th 12AM SLT. All proceeds going to bushfires.rspca.org.au
Visit in Second Life WBH Inspiration Music and Art Park - Gala opening will be on Sunday, January 26th from 10am to 11am SLT.
WBH Inspiration Music and Art Park
Have you ever wanted to conduct or compose music? You can do it solo or with others at this new addition to Inspiration Island. Five gardens are filled with colorful instruments and poetic sculptures. This unique interactive area is the brainchild of a music inventor and a visual artist. Gala opening of Inspiration Music and Art Park will be on Sunday, January 26th from 10am to 11am SLT. Vist and meet the Creators!
Visit in Second Life Menorca - An open-air stage that was created in 2005 and was Second Life's first music events island is now back after a decade!
Menorca
Menorca is an open-air stage that was created in 2005 and was Second Life's first music events island. It has been featured on BBC TV, Channel 4, Sky News, The Guardian, Pop Sci, and Creative Commons. It was mentioned in Rolling Stone Magazine, Reuters, and many other publications. It closed in 2010 and just made a come back in 2020!
Visit in Second Life  
Strange Garden
Welcome to -ADreNalin- a place by Cherry Manga and JadeYu Fhang. To open this place of art and music, the first art exhibit is Strange Garden, a surreal landscape stuck in an electric dream or a nightmare.
Visit in Second Life  
The Four Seasons
The Four Seasons is a place to relax and stroll between beach and greenery. Perfect for photographers and those looking for a romantic spot to spend with loved ones.
Visit in Second Life  
Chinook Rockies S3L
Experience a range of wilderness and diverse natural scenery. Enjoy the realistic landscape while you relax with friends or meet new acquaintances. The theme is perfect for photography, blogging, or just chilling out.
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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Image taken at Lost Lagoon.
Each week, the Second Life Destination Guide editorial team reviews dozens of 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’d recommend checking out this weekend:
Burrow Coffee Co. - Also featured in our Destinations video this week.
Burrow Coffee Co.
Cozy, eclectic, and unique coffee shop/cafe featuring live music, DJs, poetry readings, games, great conversation, and more. A wonderful spot for photographers to snap photos as well! Come grab a cup of coffee and make yourselves at home!
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Lost Lagoon
Welcome to the Lost Lagoon, an isolated paradise in the South Seas. This beautiful jewel of destination is a great place to explore, get in touch with nature, relax and cuddle. Everyone is welcome to find their piece of paradise at the Lost Lagoon.
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Northern Shore
Welcome to the snowy Northern Shore, a region inspired by the Swedish coast with its many archipelagos and traditional houses. Put on some warm clothes and bring your skates to take a tour around the frozen islands, grab your camera to capture the serene and scenic view. After you are done exploring the many islands, do not forget to warm up with a cup of hot beverage at the local café.
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Dreamers & Co
Dreamers & Co. is a friendly and mindful community in Second Life. Loving and appreciating art, culture, and music - they share and collaborate in harmony. Visit, follow the teleports, and join the adventure!
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Hapuna Surf Beach
If you're looking for a beach where you can have the best time, come to Hapuna Surf Beach! Here you will find surf-able waves, jet skies, helicopters, gliding, volleyball, water slides, and much more! If you just want to chill by the beach, you'll find many bars, loungers, beach towels, and lots of options to cuddle watching the beautiful Second Life sunset.
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Crystal Line Romantic Ballroom
Crystal Line is a beautiful romantic ballroom waiting for a couple to come spend some quality time here. It's open 24 hours, and once you land, don't forget to turn on the music and enjoy dancing together. The dress code is formal and the venue is across the street, in front of the train station.
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Our “Made in Second Life” series continues with our first episode focusing on “Art Made in Second Life.” This episode spotlights Fiona Fei, an artist who has extended her canvas to Second Life. Fei, who has an MS in Visualization from Texas A&M University, uses SL to “share [her] thoughts, ideas, knowledge, and artistic vision in fantastic ways that is not possible in the real world.”
Her work can currently be seen in the Shui Mo Gallery, a series of installations created in the style of Chinese ink brush painting, depicting a common theme or landscape seen in many traditional Chinese paintings. 

Shui Mo Gallery
Explore the artwork of Resident FionaFei at the Shiu Mo Gallery. Shui Mo, meaning "ink" in Chinese, is a series of installations created in the style of Chinese ink brush painting, depicting a common theme or landscape seen in many traditional Chinese paintings.
Visit in Second Life “As a Chinese American who immigrated from China at a young age, I created the Shui Mo series as a way of connecting with my ancestry and celebrate centuries of art from old masters who painted using traditional Chinese ink brush style,” says Fei.
Shui Mo hovers over Dreams, a region dedicated to helping and supporting stroke survivors and people with autism by means of regular group meetings, classes, games, and creative building contests. The goal of the Shui Mo Gallery is to give the visitors and the Dreams community the feel of being fully immersed inside a 2D drawing as well as an escape from even ‘’virtual’' reality, where the 3D space melts away into the mind of the artist.
 “It is my hope that these artworks will look like 2D paintings upon first glance and surprise the viewer in seeing that they are actually sculptures,” she says. “When you first come into the gallery, you are about to step into a world of ink and become the art...or at least become immersed as a fellow piece of artwork."
CREDITS:
Video produced by Draxtor Despres
Logo designed by Marianne McCann

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UPDATE: We will be live streaming the snowball fights in part on our YT and FB pages: https://www.youtube.com/secondlife/live
 

 
Tis the season to let it go and get into some icy fun at the Winter Wonderland Snowball Fight Arena for some snow-slinging fun times!

Get your warm clothes and throwing arms ready - it’s time for a Lindens and Residents snowball fight! This Snowball Showdown means you're free to pelt your fellow Second Life Residents and Lindens with a bevy of sparkling snowballs- launched fresh from the snow-arsenal available at the arena. 

The battles (yes, you read that right - there are two!) commence this Friday, December 20th  from 10 am to 11 am SLT and 2 pm to 3 pm SLT). Spots are limited, so be sure to get there early to grab your snow launching weaponry from the vendors around the arena. 
Mark your calendars, assemble your dream squad, and be there!
 
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Sharpen your quill! Get your wits about you! We are happy to declare the Last Names contest is officially open.  What contest, you say? What name changes? 

We will make Name Changes available to Premium account holders in early 2020.  It will be possible to change First Name, Last Name, or both. There will be a one-time fee per Name Change. Just like in the olden times, First Name will be freeform, Last Name will be from a list - and here is where this contest comes in: we want your help coming up with the first batch of Last Names! 
Send us your best ideas. BoatyMcBoatface* is not gonna suggest itself.   
Three submissions per entry. No reusing of old names. From all of the suggestions, we’ll pick five (5), and those five lucky Residents will be able to change their names completely free of charge (or designate another account for the name change)! You will not need to be Premium to participate or to win. The contest will run December 16 through January 15th, and participation details will be announced shortly. 
All previous last names can be searched through in this wiki. Enjoy the trip down memory lane!
All the Rules, Terms and Conditions
* but please don’t suggest it. We get it.
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“Hey, ho! Let’s go!”
                - The Ramones
You can’t escape the cheese-fest of holiday hallmarks out there - from jingles to made-for-tv movies; classic beacons of holiday cheer or the bah-humbug of the meanest of grinches - Winter is entering the room, purse first. 
We bake, we wrap, we drink our peppermint lattes, and shop! This year, our Winter Shop & Hop is bigger and better than ever! We’ve expanded to 6 Regions and 120 Merchants - so you’re going to need a little time to make the rounds. In the great gift of giving, each Merchant has provided at least one gift (no group needed!) to share with you this holiday season, has put deep discounts on many of their top products, and decorated their shop to the heavens in tinsel, trees, and twinkling lights.     
Check out this amazing list of Merchants:
4th Wall  / #ADORED / Addams  / alaskametro<3 / [ Aleutia ]  / alme. / ALTAIR* /!APHORISM! / Aphrodite Shop  / [^.^Ayashi^.^] / AZOURY / ba!Design / Baiastice  / Bauhaus Movement / Bella Moda / Belle Epoque / Body Language Sweet Lovely Cute  / Bombae / BOYS TO THE BONE / Caboodle / Cae / Candy Kitten / CHEZ MOI FURNITURES  / Dahlia / Dead Dollz / Deadwool / Dreamcatcher / e.marie / eliavah / ELIKATIRA / ella  / *Epic* / erratic / etham / evani / EVIE / FAKEICON / FOXCITY / Foxy / GA.EG / Gaia / Garbaggio  / +Half-Deer+ / Hangry / HILTED / Holli Pocket / Izzie's / Just BECAUSE / KAI / Kaithleen's / KuddelMuddel / [ kunst ]  / L'Etre&DOUX / Lapointe & BastChild / {le fil cassé} / Loft & Aria / Lomomo / LUEUR / Lunar / Mad' / MADRAS / Magika / MALified  / MasKara / [[ Masoom ]] / MICHAN / Milk motion / MINA Hair / MINIMAL / Miss Chelsea / Moon Rabbit / Mossu / NamiiChu ~ /Neve / Never Totally Dead...  / NeverWish / no.match_ / .peaches. / Pepe Skins / Petit Chat / PinkRayne / Pixicat / Pretty Deceased / RAMA Salon (Hair) & Rama (Clothing) / RAONHAUSEN / Rebel Gal  / REVOUL / Rezz Room / RIOT / Salt & Pepper / Schadenfreude / SEKA / SEMPITERNAL / Seniha Originals / Serenity Style / Silence. / Silvan Moon Design / Sintiklia / Slink  / Spoiled / Supernatural / Sweet Thing. / Tachinni Clothing / The Forge / toksik / Tres Blah / UNICORN / **UTOPIA@Design** / Valentina E. / Vanilla Bae / Vanity Hair / VARONIS  / versov / {ViSion} / Vista Animations / West End / What Next / YS&YS / ::ZED:: Designz for Men / Zibska / {ZOZ} /
This shop-stravaganza includes some layover areas for cam shopping and runs from now until January 6th, 2020. Visit any of the Regions below to get to shopping and hopping.
Shop & Hop Winter Shopping Event - Gilded
Shop & Hop Winter Shopping Event - Tinseled
Shop & Hop Winter Shopping Event - Halcyon
Shop & Hop Winter Shopping Event - Aurelian
Shop & Hop Winter Shopping Event - Golden
Shop & Hop Winter Shopping Event - Gleaming

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

Featured in this video are highlights from three destinations you won’t want to miss, including  Let it Snow, Winter Wonderland at LLW and Old Town Winterland.
For even more chilly explorations, check out the Winter Attractions category in the Second Life Destination Guide to discover over 50 winter-themed spots! 
P.S. Don’t forget to also check out the ongoing Christmas Expo, an annual event held in support of the American Cancer Society's fight against childhood cancer. This eight Region shopping extravaganza features more than 150 merchants, contests and more!
 

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The final month of the year is upon us. A time to reflect on the year behind us, and the one in front of us. It’s not unusual to see the rest of the year gone in the blink of an eye - but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t stop and enjoy the sights and sounds of the season!
In some parts of the world, this time of year is Summer, with sunshine and warm temperatures, but in other parts of the world, the snow has come on in full force, and the only thing rising is people’s heating bill - but in Second Life - you can enjoy the snow without the extra expense. 
Last time on Lab Gab, we barely touched the surface of the virtual avalanche of winter-themed attractions in the Destination Guide. This week, we’re back for more!
Xiola & Strawberry have ransacked their inventories looking for warm outfits, and are all set to explore a few more incredible spots on the Grid. Grab your hot cocoa, throw on a warm blankie, and get ready to go dashing through the snow.
We’ll be going live at 3 pm (PT/SLT) this Wednesday, December 4th, 2019.

Tune in to our Official YouTube Channel (or check us out on our new Mixer channel or Facebook Live! Via our Official Facebook page) to watch on Wednesday!
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It was literally this morning that I found out this fun fact: Jingle Bells was originally a Thanksgiving song - called One Horse Open Sleigh. Guess it didn’t catch on so much - and evolved into the tune we all know today as an anthem for the winter holidays.

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

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

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

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