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December Land News


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To kick off the holiday season, where the days are short and the air is cold, we’ve got something to keep you warm: a special offer for Premium and Premium Plus subscribers!

Premium and Premium Plus subscribers will pay no setup fees for any new regions purchased during the month of December. Only pay the first month’s maintenance fee and move right in.  

Here’s how to take advantage of this offer:

  • Have a Premium or Premium Plus account
  • Order a region between December 1 and December 31, 2022 by filing a support ticket with your order request using the Land and Region -> Order Private Region ticket type
  • Region delivery will occur within 2 business days once all details have been verified. For quickest delivery:
  • You will be billed for the first month’s maintenance fee at the time of delivery

For more information about Private Regions, please review the Private Regions knowledge base article and Private Region Pricing.

Please note that in order to purchase a Homestead Region, you must either be a Premium Plus subscriber (additional information here) or own at least one Full Region.

We can’t wait to see what you’ll do with the place!

Linden Lab

Second Life Destinations - November Rain


Second Life Destinations

Enjoy the last days of Autumn in a fall-themed café with a pumpkin spice brew as you listen to the soothing sounds of November Rain.

November Rain was built by SEMINΛ, a live musician who has been playing gigs around the grid since 2016. 

SEMINΛ has an interesting way for the virtual world to boost her creative output in the physical world: as she works on new music in the physical world, she finds it comfortable to "park" her avatar at a Second Life destination that's inspiring. It helps spark creativity to surround herself with a certain environment. She says, “Pre-COVID meant visiting a lot of places and traveling in RL so it was quite comforting to find a little part of what was missing in RL at the moment, right in front of you, on the screen.”

SEMINΛ explains that November Rain actually came about on a warm midsummer night: 
“I was tired of the heat and couldn't wait for pumpkin spice season so I thought, let's create it then! Me and my bestie Aurelia von Troubles wanted to open a little place of our own for the longest time where we could host different types of events. Our friend Ƶąȼƙ happened to have some leftover land so we thought, why not? I wanted to create a poetic place with some of my favorite things. Autumn, cozy cafés, the forest, gloomy indie music, sprinkled with a little bit of rock n roll (Guns’N Roses - November Rain), and of course: the sound of the pouring rain.”

SEMINΛ says to her there is a lot of beauty to be found in the gloomy darkness of things: 
“It doesn't always have to be sunshine and rainbows for something to thrive in a good or positive way. I do read a lot of books and while building November Rain, I imagined this to be a place where a modern Jane Austen would come to relax. I'd sit in the corner of the café, secretly looking up at her from the lyrics in my notebook. She wouldn't notice me though…I'm a typical extroverted introvert and as much as I love the social part of SL, I also like to curl up alone with a hot drink at an autumn café in the woods, listen to music and the sound of … November Rain.”

Teleport now and find your inspiration at November Rain.

Video Production by Draxtor Despres

Linden Lab

Second Life Destinations - Le Chateau


Second Life Destinations

This holiday season, take a trip back to the 80s at Le Chateau, a retro community in Second Life!

Creator Victoire Sire shares the inspiration behind Le Chateau:

“In 2021 a friend suggested that we design a typical American motel.

But as I'm French, we don't have motels in France or they are super rare. After some investigation I thought it was a great idea and that's how the adventure started. 

We had to find inspiration for the colors, the design and especially a global theme to create this idyllic resort. So we went for the goofy aesthetics of the 80s and 90s, inspired by Miami, GTA Vice City, Scarface, Synthwave, Vaporwave, South America, French Guiana and two French TV series: OVNI(s) (a kind of French Stranger Things taking place in the 70s) and 3615 Monique (the debut of the phone sex on an early internet made in France known as Minitel). 

Why French Guiana you gonna ask? Well, I simply wanted to make a French-inspired destination without actually being in Europe.

Imagine being in the late 80s where technological and social evolution happened. 

The Plaza was also heavily inspired by yuppie culture, movies such as The Wolf of Wall Street and skyscrapers like the Tour Pleyel in Paris and the original World Trade Center design. But also the "Message a caractère informatif" - a French comedy TV show based on old corporate films from the 1980s with modern funny dubbings.

Here we are in 2022, bringing the 80's back to the community! Le Chateau is a virtual tale of luck, grit, know-how and the magic that arises when an assortment of eccentric characters comes together to live in this 80's island paradise. It's not just a shady motel by the roadside anymore, it's a whole lifestyle.

We also offer rentals in the estate. long-term motel rooms inside skyboxes, short-term motel "romantic" suites for daily usage, "lodge" suites with private gardens, premium villas at Le Chateau Vice Island, and so much more. We have a full waiting list available in the small Le Chateau Vice Island gazebo building. The office tower is still under construction but so far we don't offer any rentals in it.”

When asked what Second Life means to them, Victoire responded:

“I am 25 now. I've been in SL for a very long time (my first account is from 2009), at the time I was using SL on PG sims for teens, I did a lot of roleplay. 

Those are really my best memories. Since then I have found my passions: Decoration, modding, landscaping, designing sims , photography, making SL videos for myself or for my clients and role-playing. 

Second Life is for me THE most amazing metaverse experience you can currently have. As an autistic person, social life in real life is difficult but in Second Life I can be who I truly am and it is so much easier to communicate.” 

Grab a cocktail, slip into an iconic retro swimsuit, and dive into a neon-filled 80s vacation!

Video Production by Draxtor Despres

Strawberry Linden

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Pictured: Where our Journey begins - Snowtide

We're only in mid-November and the snow has already started to hit the Second Life streets. We've dusted off our Winter Attractions category so take some time to explore some of these sparkling snow-covered destinations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don't forget to check our Recently Added category to see all the latest additions to the Second Life Destination Guide!

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. Learn more about the Destination Guide criteria for Editors’ Picks or the Destinations Floater in the viewer, and increase your chances of being featured in those coveted spots!

Connect with Second Life on Social Media:
Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Flickr | Pinterest | TikTok | LinkedIn

Linden Lab

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As we approach the holidays, we’re excited to roll out several shiny new updates to our offerings. 

From now on, our European residents will no longer need to pay VAT charges on any of our membership plans.

Continuing the theme of giving you more for less: We’re reducing the price of owning your piece of Second Life. We want to put Mainland ownership within reach of many more residents, because we think having land of your own is one of the key parts of Second Life. In addition to the free allotment that comes with each membership level, we’re lowering the price at 1/8 region (8,192 m2) and higher by over 5%. As of today, the new pricing looks like this:

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And how about that new membership plan? We’re calling it Plus! We already have Premium Plus, but this is Plus for the rest of us! For just $5.50/month (annual billing), you can take advantage of these newly reduced mainland prices without having to shell out for all of the other Premium features. 

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Plus lets you dip your toe in the water -- get yourself a plot of mainland, a few more groups to play around in, and enjoy a weekly stipend -- all for the price of a pumpkin spice latte. Unlike the latte, the joy will last you all month!

So what are you waiting for? Give Plus a try and enhance your Second Life.

For more information about Plus, read the Plus Membership FAQ. For more information about all of our membership plans, check the Knowledge Base.

Linden Lab

Second Life University - How to Make a Fantasy Avatar


Second Life University

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Class is back in session! Second Life University returns today with a pre-recorded video by Boston Blaisdale as he shows you how to make a fantasy avatar! 

Watch the premiere of the Fantasy Avatar video at 8am PT: 

Here is a glimpse at the topics and fantasy creators and events he will cover in this video:

Stay tuned for future updates about Second Life University. Happy learning! 

Linden Lab

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Are you looking for a way to stay informed about all the latest destinations and events happening on the grid? Do you want Second Life breaking news delivered directly to your inbox? Signup for our Second Life Weekly Email Newsletter! 

For a while now we’ve been sending a weekly email to a small group of our most active Residents and the clicks show that many of you enjoy receiving these exclusive updates directly in your inbox. If you have not been receiving these weekly emails from us, now is your chance to sign up for them! You can unsubscribe at any time by clicking the link at the bottom of any email.

Our newsletters usually include some of our latest videos of the week along with links to different events or destinations and an image from one of our Residents that is selected as the Fresh Look of the week!

For a chance to have your Destination featured, submit it to the Second Life Destination Guide.

For a chance to be featured in Fresh Looks, submit your image to the Official Second Life Flickr Group! Did you know we just hit ONE MILLION IMAGES AND VIDEOS in the group? All submitted by our wonderfully creative Residents!

Email isn’t the only way you can stay on top of all of our latest news. You can also follow us on various social networks along with keeping an eye on our community blogs.

Linden Lab

Second Life Destinations - The Leviathan Bay


Second Life Destinations

Dive into a world of new possibilities at Leviathan Bay in Second Life, where a city once thriving, was hit with a mysterious disaster and is now flooded and taken over by sea life!

Ziekling Bunnyhug started this community over 8 years ago and tells us more about it in her own words: 

“Our community can be as hard to define as Second Life itself. It's not exactly a place to role-play, but it has a story. It's not exactly a dance club, but we do have musical events with DJs and live musicians too. 

I've been taking inspiration from RL cities that I've been to, places I would like to see, places I've explored in other games, and mashed it all together. 

We also have a lovely little art gallery in the center of the city, run by one of our own long-term staff members, Apple, showcasing her real-life artwork. 

Meanwhile, our original builder HG will be hosting her own Groovi Movie which is a drive-in theater up the road, with its own sunflower beach and community area. 

Under the water, we have the sunken city and if you explore the subways it will lead you to Leviathan's Lair, sometimes even featuring Cerberus (who owns the region) himself!” 

When asked what Second Life means to her, Ziekling tells us: 

“Second Life is my creative outlet, it's a mirror I look into that reflects my dreams and desires, but the most important thing it has been for me is a home. I've moved a lot IRL, to different cities, states, and even another country. It is hard to make friends just to say goodbye to them shortly after. In SL I am able to keep meaningful relationships close no matter where I end up physically. 

Creativity was always a part of my life. I was into drawing, painting, the typical art forms you learn in school, lots of doodling, and lots of daydreaming. I always had a world inside my head and in SL it's not only a way for me to enter it, but I can bring other people to that world too.” 

Meet the other members of Leviathan Bay that make this community thrive: 

Matti
Shylarei 
Mykie 
Sol 
Amiee 
Maxwell 

Video Production by Draxtor Despres

Linden Lab

Second Life Destinations - EchoVets


Second Life Destinations

This Veterans Day and beyond, Veterans and their families can find camaraderie, answers, live help, and more at EchoVets in Second Life.

Stacy Maracas is a female Desert Storm combat veteran, who is heading up a Second Life operation to help veterans around the world. She tells us more about EchoVet:

“Echo Group, a Real Life 5013C, Band of Brothers is dedicated to our veteran community. We currently have our main group in California on the Central Coast and chapters in Arizona, Tennessee, and the Metaverse.

We are working closely on initiatives that directly affect the veteran community, such as the Veteran Homeless Crisis as well as the 22 a day initiative. 

On our sim, we have kiosks providing up-to-date Veteran’s Affairs system information for veterans and family members. We have live classes on Veteran Suicide Awareness Training, PTSD Awareness Training, group camaraderie sessions, and club events at our Club Echo.

Numerous garden areas and places to just be and relax, we even have a farm tucked in the corner. And of course our famous aquarium.

We are getting our sim ready to become a Gateway in Second Life. Our Veterans will be available via scheduling to aid new Residents, and it will help the veteran earn their red, white, and blue jersey.” 

When asked what Second Life means to her, Stacy said, “Second Life literally is my other life.  I have been here for over 18 years. In my early years after leaving the military, Second Life was a place I could socialize at my own pace. Many people do not understand how simple things like large crowds, noise, and traffic, are serious triggers for some combat veterans. Second Life was a safe space, to start my baby steps to venturing back out into society.”

The EchoVets SL leadership team consists of:
President – Stacy Maracas, US Army
Vice-President – Rave Absinthe, US Navy
Executive Officer – Suta Northman – US Navy
Outreach Commissioner – SouthernRebelGrl (Teyla)
Family Support Ambassador – Marahjean Resident (MJ)
Networking/Recruitment Ambassador – Soldier Waverider
Veteran’s Affairs Lead Ambassador - Theremes Langdon-Tone
Ambassador PTSD/Mental Health Support - Evelynn Evergarden

Learn more about Echovets at the following links:
Echovets.org 
Band of Brothers – California - https://www.facebook.com/EchoGroup805 
Band of Brothers – Arizona - https://www.facebook.com/echovetsaz 
Band of Brothers – Tennessee - https://www.facebook.com/groups/391784402943337 

If you’re a veteran looking for support and want to be part of a caring community, visit EchoVets today. 

Video Production by Draxtor Despres

Strawberry Linden

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Pictured: The Deep Woods

Don your best elven look and explore these fantasy destinations full of magic and adventure. Find even more in the Adventure & Fantasy category.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don't forget to check our Recently Added category to see all the latest additions to the Second Life Destination Guide!

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. Learn more about the Destination Guide criteria for Editors’ Picks or the Destinations Floater in the viewer, and increase your chances of being featured in those coveted spots!

Connect with Second Life on Social Media:
Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Flickr | Pinterest | TikTok | LinkedIn

Linden Lab

Homesteads for Premium Plus


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As featured in the October 21 edition of Lab Gab - we’re excited to announce a new Premium Plus benefit available beginning today, November 1, 2022.  Premium Plus members are now eligible to purchase up to one Homestead on their account, without the requirement of a full private island region.  

Premium Plus members who wish to take advantage of this new benefit will need to maintain their Premium Plus account status, in good standing, for the duration of ownership of the Homestead region on their account. In the case of a downgrade to a lower subscription level, it will be necessary to cancel or transfer the Homestead to another Resident eligible for owning Homestead regions.

To place an order for your new Homestead, please go to support.secondlife.com and submit a Support Ticket under the following category:

Land & Region > Order Private Region

Fill out that form including the unique name you prefer and location on the grid for placement.  A support agent will be in contact with you soon to discuss your request.  Region names must adhere to our naming guidelines.  For more information about Private Regions, please review the Private Regions knowledge base article and Private Region Pricing.

There is no change to Homestead ownership for all other accounts: everyone is still able to own Homestead regions as long as there is at least one Full private region owned on that account as well. 

As a reminder, Homesteads cost US$149 for the first month with setup and US$109 per month thereafter, plus applicable VAT and taxes.

And, of course, if you have any questions, please reach out to our Support Team and they will be happy to assist.

Linden Lab

Second Life Destinations - Le Village de Roqueblanche


Second Life Destinations

Take a stroll through Roqueblanche in Second Life, a quaint virtual village and paradise for lovers of French culture and history.

Professional landscaper and interior designer, Albane Claray, shares her story and inspiration for Roqueblanche:

“My name is Albane and I am a girl from the south of France. I was born 26 years ago and grew up in a small village, raised by my grandmother. A few years ago, when I discovered Second Life, I was immediately amazed by the talent of the creators who, day after day, bring this not-so-virtual universe to life.
 
I watched, I learned, and I, too, began to draw pixel landscapes. It has become more than a hobby, it has become a passion.

Each new empty lot is a blank canvas for me and I have so much fun painting and creating.

I am happy to share this passion with all those who give me the opportunity to create for them, and who trust me to give life to their dreams, their desires.

I will always be an apprentice, a student as this universe offers possibilities to our creativity. We have no limits, no boundaries.

My story and my origins helped me build Roqueblanche, this little piece of my country. I find there the colors and smells of my childhood, the paths traveled so many times, the light of this end of the summer day, when the stones scorched by the sun are covered with shadows, when the old people of the village go out and sit in the square, in the shade of the old trees.

I wanted to share these memories, to offer people around the world a trip to Provence, the land of sun and perfumes. Roqueblanche is my cradle, my heart, and my sharing with the inhabitants of Second Life.”

Explore Roqueblanche today, and should you feel inclined, make it your next home.

Video Production by Draxtor Despres

 

Linden Lab

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Change is in the air...can you feel it? Halloween is almost over and Winter is fast approaching! We are gearing up to celebrate the holiday season with our annual Holiday Shop & Hop, which will be held from December 8th, 2022 through January 2nd, 2023.

Applications are now open for Creators who might want to participate in this year’s event, which will feature multiple shopping regions and tons of festive fun! 
 
We are looking for Merchants willing to offer a discount on their items (at least 20% off) and provide a new 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, November 7th. We will contact you soon after that date if your application is accepted.
 
 

Please note that the Halloween Shop & Hop closes tomorrow, make sure to visit today! Happy Halloween!

Linden Lab

Games Made in Second Life - The Crone


Second Life Destinations

This Halloween, explore The Crone in Second Life, a puzzle-solving game with multiple jump scares to get you into the spooky spirit!

“I have done it again,” says Second Life veteran and self-described polymath of creation, Loki Eliot, with utmost confidence. 

And that self-confidence is warranted indeed: just in time for Halloween weekend, Loki has opened “The Crone”, an utterly scary and truly immersive puzzle game, on his home island of Escapades.

For a nominal fee of L$100, the player becomes an investigative reporter, searching an abandoned cabin for clues to find missing townspeople … and the horror begins to seep in quickly: a dark and vast labyrinth of underground mines has to be explored, with only a torch as aid … or weapon against a ghastly occupant perhaps? 

Beware of the crone wandering the cave system, guarding what can only be described as the most horrible secret Second Life Residents might be able to imagine … but if you or your fellow explorers should find it: do not spill the beans before the big day of October 31st … or the crone might be none too pleased!

Will Loki Eliot stop working his imaginative magic in Second Life anytime soon? A legitimate question, as he is often seen wandering other worlds, not unlike the protagonist of his current game. Fear not, he says, because SL is very special to him indeed: “People are still finding new ways to do things because there are so many options in SL and I've been here for over 15 years and I still don't know all the options. You can still do really cool stuff!”

Teleport over this weekend and try your luck against the crone.

Video Production by Draxtor Despres

Linden Lab

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Join our hosts Strawberry Linden and Boston Blaisdale as they explore some haunted destinations on Lab Gab today, Thursday, October 27th at 10am PT

There are over 100 spooky places listed in the haunted category on the Second Life Destination Guide where you can explore the supernatural and hunt for ghosts, ghouls, and other creepy things! Strawberry and Boston will be going to just a handful of those, explore along with them or watch them on the Second Life YouTube channel.

For full episodes of Lab Gab, click over to the Lab Gab YouTube Playlist.

Linden Lab

Avatars Made in Second Life - BeSpoke Caravan


Second Life Destinations

We continue our Made in Second Life series with a focus on BeSpoke Caravan, a collective of artists and designers creating some of the finest fantasy mesh heads and avatars in Second Life.

“Second Life is a huge untapped reservoir of untapped creative power”, says Mud, head of the artist collective Bespoke Caravan. 

Together with Harry and Xain (who hail from Pakistan) Mud and Genamalfi create fantasy mesh heads out of their Southern California home. They distribute their wares worldwide, by providing ways for deep self-expression for thousands of Residents in our virtual world.

The power of immersing via digital embodiment in Second Life should be obvious, says Mud: “ When you identify as something that's not even your natural body, the physical body can have a rest behind the computer screen while you engage with other folks in a transcendental way. There is magic in that!” 

Bespoke Caravan is a perfect example of the unique possibilities of Second Life, especially when it comes to forming small business entities without geographic or other limitations. Genamalfi, a former jewelry designer with many Hollywood celebrities being her customers, learned 3D modeling from Mud at an age when most people retire. 

The strenuous work with chemicals and sharp objects, required in her former profession, has now been replaced with a handful of software applications and access to a universe of imagination - and many adoring fans of her work - always within reach, inside the computer.

The three young men by her side agree that becoming one with the conception of oneself, within the context of playfulness in the metaverse, is a wonderful way to express creativity and stay feeling connected in a complex world that is often dominated by anxiety and isolation.

Genamalfi loves her crew and she loves creating tools for self-expression. She distills the importance of playing with avatars in Second Life in one sentence: “At heart, we're all children sometimes, and sometimes we're all ancient beings.”

Tap into your creative side and teleport over to BeSpoke to try a fantasy avatar.

Video Production by Draxtor Despres

Linden Lab

From time to time, we make changes to Second Life’s Terms and Conditions in order to improve the documents, update and/or clarify policies, and keep the Terms current - all of which assist in governing your relationship with Linden Lab. Our next update will take place automatically on October 31, 2022.

Here’s what’s new in this update:

  • We clarified certain functions associated with the LindeX as well as the terms applicable to orders placed on the LindeX.
  • We added a section describing the terms applicable to your use of Stored Value Accounts, including your relationship with Tilia LLC

By continuing to use our services after the changes take effect, you agree to be bound by those changes. No further action is needed from you to accept such changes. However, if you would prefer to decline them, then you will need to close your Second Life account prior to October 31, 2022.

Linden Lab

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Second Life’s VP of Product, Grumpity Linden, and VP of Product Operations, Patch Linden will be live on Lab Gab on Friday, October 21st at 10am PT. They will make a few announcements about upcoming features and will also take some time to answer any questions from the community. 

Do you have questions for Grumpity and Patch that you’d like our host to ask on your behalf? Fill out the Google Form and submit your questions today, and they may be selected!

It’s been quite a year already and we’re not done yet! We want to give Residents more ways to stay engaged and happy in Second Life. Be sure to watch us on Friday on the Second Life YouTube Channel and learn more about our future plans.

Because of technical issues there are two parts of this show:

Part 1

Part 2

 

For full episodes of Lab Gab, click over to the Lab Gab YouTube Playlist.

Linden Lab

We’re excited to share with the Second Life community some news about Tilia LLC, the all-in-one payments platform that powers the metaverse. Tilia  was originally built and continues to support the Second Life economy.

Tilia today announced that it has secured a new strategic investment from J.P. Morgan Payments. In addition to the investment, Tilia is also working with J.P. Morgan Payments to further enhance Tilia’s current capabilities throughout its processing platform including providing increased payment and payout methods, expanding pay-out currencies and support services.
Read the full announcement at Tilia.io

Linden Lab

Vampires Made in Second Life - Transylvania


Second Life Destinations

Home to the Transylvania family for 18 years, the Transylvania destination is a safe haven for those with an interest in a vampiric lifestyle in Second Life. 

Established in 2004, Transylvania is not solely focused on role-playing, and is instead a darkly gothic environment built for mood and atmosphere with a strict no-combat policy. Walking the streets of Transylvania you’re sure to find the Vampires and Lycans who call it home, but be prepared for other unusual visitors too.

There are four Transylvania Royals who own and run the day-to-day operations of Transylvania. Three of those royals are Transylvania Vampires: Willow Raven Paine (who is also the mother of Transylvania,) Noirran Marx, and Sabbian Paine. The 4th Royal is Joytou Timeless who is a Transylvania Lycan and their pack leader.  

Sabbian shares more of the inner workings and upcoming events:

“Transylvania has always been about the family as a whole working together as equals or as the family refers to as "One Blood."

To join the Transylvania family as either a Vampire or a Lycan, there is an application process and you need family sponsorship. You can find a notecard dispenser for either Vampire or Lycan in the grand hallway in the castle as you first walk in. After careful consideration, the final decision is made by the Royals.

The Transylvania community is not just made up of family members but its visitors and residents as well. We host DJ parties in the evening, and monthly themed events especially around the birthday in August and Halloween where the Transylvania family will host 5 days of events starting on October 28th with a Zombie Sock Hop, Scary Monsters, and Super Freaks, Evil Clown event, Halloween Party and a Dia De Los Muertos celebration.”

If you have a penchant for the dark, attend some of the upcoming Halloween events at Transylvania and consider sending in your application to join the family.


Family members featured in the video:
Vampyres: Kloe Kidd, Hollow, Meka Indigo, Ados Oldrich, Tomaso Franizzi, Wyndiva Magic, and Zarabella Ming Pockets
Lycans: Sheena Oldrich, Raeyn Sirnah, Petra Paderborn, Chopper Gurbux 

Video Production by Draxtor Despres

Linden Lab

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Over the past few weeks, The Wall Street Journal has released a four-part podcast series exploring Second Life’s pioneering origins and rich 19-year history. It includes in-depth interviews with Philip Rosedale (founder of Second Life) and employees and Residents that have made a powerful impact on Second Life’s growth and history. 

Today marks the release of the fourth and final episode so you can now listen to the full podcast series with complete transcripts also available at each link: 

How to Build a Metaverse, Part 1: Genesis 

How to Build a Metaverse, Part 2: Avatars Behaving Badly 

How to Build a Metaverse, Part 3: Prime Time

How to Build a Metaverse, Part 4: Why Build a World?

Whether you are a long-time Resident or new to Second Life, we encourage our community members to take a listen and learn more about our past and future in this in-depth podcast series. If you like what you hear, please share it with your friends on social media and (as always) tell your friends about Second Life, too!

Linden Lab

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Class is back in session! Second Life University returns today with two pre-recorded videos by Second Life Resident Boston Blaisdale as he shows you how to upgrade your avatar’s body using a Belleza mesh body. These are the next two videos in our series which will cover the variety of mesh bodies available on the grid

Watch the premiere of the Belleza Jake Male Mesh Body video at 10am PT: 

Here is a glimpse at the topics he will cover in this video:

  • Unpack the body
  • Add the Belleza Jake body and the HUD
  • Unpack the body skins
  • Try the skin tones
  • Use a neck blend
  • Reorder Bakes on Mesh layers in outfit menu
  • Get familiar with the applier system skins
  • Wear an alpha when using applier skins
  •  Explanation of different alphas
  • Recommend using BOM over applier skins
  • Remove alpha if body turns red while switching back to BOM
  • Adjust body shine in skin tab
  • Tint the skin
  • Change nail color
  • Explanation of the Alpha tab on the HUD
  • Explanation of Shape tab, including hand poses on the HUD
  • Edit your shape
  • Explanation of Layers, Articles, and Outfits tabs on the HUD
  • Enable tattoo applier in Layers tab on the HUD
  • Save different combinations of tattoo layers in the Articles tab on the HUD
  • How to purchase the correct applier or BOM tattoos for your body
  • Outfits tab in the HUD becomes redundant when wearing mesh clothing
  • Save your outfit using the avatar outfit menu of the viewer

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Watch the premiere of the Belleza GenX Female Mesh Body video at 10:30am PT: 

Here is a glimpse at the topics he will cover in this video:

  • Explanation of what is included in the folder for the body
  • Attach the HUD 
  • Unpack the body skins in the folder
  • Try skin tones and freckles
  • Explanation of Belleza Custom Feet and SLUV Feet
  • Explanation of HUD
  • In the style tab you can toggle between applier and BOM skins
  • Wear an alpha when using applier skins
  • Recommend using BOM over applier skins
  • Adjust body shine and materials in the skin section in the Style tab of the HUD
  • Edit your own shape
  • Customize your nails using the HUD
  • Use the Alpha tab in the HUD to hide parts of the body
     

Stay tuned for future updates about Second Life University. Happy learning!
 

Linden Lab

Spend this spooky Halloween season in one of the most vibrant virtual communities in the metaverse!

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It’s The Great Trick-or-Treat Event, Bellisseria!

Creep or crawl over to Bellisseria this Halloween season to snag some candy and win prizes! This is an interactive event open to *everyone* where Residents living in Bellisseria can host Candy Buckets on their parcels. You don’t want to miss the paranormal partygoers and creative costumes throughout Bellisseria during this virtual Trick-or-Treat.

Plus, there are prizes to be won for all who participate! Read Patch Linden’s forum post for all the spooky details and teleport over to one of the following locations to pick up the HUD and start trick-or-treating! The event starts on Tuesday, October 18th!

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Millbank/205/38/23
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Campwich Forest/118/101/24
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Randelsham Forest/150/112/70
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Muehlenbach/158/120/37 

 

2022 Halloween Premium Gift!

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Our Halloween gift for our Premium and Premium Plus members is this spooky cabin fully furnished with cobwebs and all! Pick it up at one of our Premium Gift Collection Spots on the Destination Guide.

 

Halloween Haunted Neighborhood

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Once again, the Millbank region has undergone a spooky overhaul, with numerous Linden Homes getting a haunted horror theme. Visit the Halloween Haunted Neighborhood, grab a red balloon, explore the many haunted houses, and see the scary sights!

 

Halloween Haunted Tour

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Our classic Halloween Haunted Tour is back again for a limited time. Are you brave enough to enter? Hop in a coffin and enjoy the wild ride through the twisted mind of madness!

 

Halloween Shop & Hop 2022

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The annual Halloween-themed multi-region shopping event continues through November 1st. If you haven’t had a chance to pick up free gifts from over 320 participating merchants, head over now to complete your spookiest look yet! Check the 2022 Halloween Shop & Hop guide for a list of all merchants with direct slurls.

 

Halloween Last Names

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Celebrate the Halloween season by switching to a creepy new username. These last names are only available for a limited time!

 

Haunted Destinations

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Explore even more haunted destinations listed on the Destination Guide where ghosts, goblins, and other scary surprises lurk around every dark corner. 

 

There is so much to do this Halloween season, so grab a costume and hit that teleport button now! Happy Halloween!

Linden Lab

Second Life Destinations - The 13th Cloud Hotel


Second Life Destinations

This Halloween, explore the creepy 13th Cloud Hotel, a destitute and broken-down asylum in Second Life.

The mysterious 13th Cloud Hotel is a collaboration between friends Lil Brat and Roxksie on the RoxkStudios region

Lil shares her inspiration for this haunted exhibit, “I wanted to try a floating asylum idea I had a few years ago, and we went for it. I love reading about all the spooky aspects of world history, in this case, asylums. 

Roxksie found the project to be a perfect addition to her art region, “Lil approached me knowing that I make art installations in Second Life while owning and managing an art region so I offered her some space. Once the first part had been installed, I mentioned the idea of creating a maze with the hope of making something interactive to explore. This installation is a vehicle for telling the story of times gone past. The older medieval practices that doctors would perform on patients thinking that it could or would cure them of illnesses. Instead of understanding the science of what causes illnesses, they would use things like electric shock to “cure” the ailment or leeches.”

When asked what Second Life means to them, Roxksie shared that since joining SL at age 18 back in 2006 “... the world has become an addition to my real life, where I can do the things that I cannot afford to do offline such as take a weekend to sit on a tropical beach (I live in the UK so there isn’t a lot of tropical beaches to go to). In recent years I have learned to use Second Life as a medium for expressionism which is an addition to my offline real-world artwork. I enjoy creating fantastical immersive art displays and creations that others can interact with and explore.” You can see more of Roxksie’s interactive art on the Roxkstudios region.

Lil Brat also shares her feelings towards this virtual world, “Second Life means a lot to me. It’s a place where you can play with and show your creativity, hang out with friends and explore. There is so much to do and see and it really is an amazing place. Some of my best friends I met in Second Life.” Lil Brat’s other work can be seen at her Dollhouse Forest.

After completing work on the 13th Cloud Hotel, Lil and Roxksie invited friends Squizzle, Echo, and Monki to assist in the 2nd installment of the asylum, called The 700's Labyrinth. This is the horror maze where inmates from the asylum were released into a final realm. Explore if you dare! 

Halloween is the perfect season to do all of the above in our virtual universe: create, express yourself, hang with friends, supplement RL with tropical surroundings and, if you dare, creep people out by visiting an old spooky asylum, in the clouds!


Additional help for 13th Cloud Hotel was provided by Ramisaa Gothly (Scripting Assistance with the Asylum), Solace Tigerpaw (maker of the famous TeaCup Carousel), and Finn Zeddmore (Narrative ideas)

Video Production by Draxtor Despres

Strawberry Linden

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Pictured: Halloween Shop & Hop - Snapdragon Region

Halloween is fast approaching, are you prepped for the season? Explore our Featured Events category for a full list of Halloween-themed shopping events, pick up some spooky decor and fun costumes, and go trick-or-treating at all the haunted destinations! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don't forget to check our Recently Added category to see all the latest additions to the Second Life Destination Guide!

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. Learn more about the Destination Guide criteria for Editors’ Picks or the Destinations Floater in the viewer, and increase your chances of being featured in those coveted spots!

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