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Brett Linden

As December arrives, many Second Life creators are already showing off their holiday spirit with a flurry of new seasonal events and snowy experiences. There are now over 40 winter-themed attractions featured in the Destination Guide, so don’t forget to bundle up before you begin to explore!

Here are some of our favorite highlights this week:

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. Also, don’t forget to share your Second Life pictures with our official Second Life Flickr —  where we select our Pic of the Day features.

Have you updated your Place Page yet? In addition to the Destination Guide, Place Pages are a way for creators to share their unique destinations in Second Life — including 360-degree photos! Our featured Place Page this week is The SL Planetarium Dome.

Xiola Linden

Cool fun is spreading its icy grip across the grid. Frozen tundras are packed and ready for winter sports, and glistening snow powder has settled quietly across many Regions. The growing spirit of the season and winter holiday shopping is around every corner. Take a break from checking off your list, and have some fun at Winter Wonderland - we double dog dare ya!

Settle in with a warm beverage and your favorite blanket, because we have a trove of twinkling winter treats to share.
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SAVE THE DATE - RESIDENT and LINDEN SNOWBALL SHOWDOWN!
Holidays have traditions - the gathering of families, the giving of gifts, the food and merriment, and - in our case - the Linden/Resident Snowball Showdown! This is your chance to arm yourself with some sweet snow-slinging artillery, take to the sparkling ice, and attack your friends, fellow Residents, and some Lindens with snowballs galore! But, you had better be prepared to get pummeled in return, because much of the joy of the holidays is giving - even if that means giving someone a snowball sandwich when they are least expecting it. Join us at the Snowball Fight Arena on Friday - December 15th from 11 am to 1 pm (SLT) and prepare to get pummeled!
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THE SNOW SHINES BRIGHT in the VILLAGE of LIGHTS
Holiday delights are some of the best, and your journey begins in the Village of Lights - a quaint little town with spectacular lights, that buzzes with the charm and warmth of the season! Click the red gift packages that you encounter here for some freebies and gifts to enjoy. Once an hour, the Village of Lights pulls out all the stops for a spectacular fireworks show you don’t want to miss and most certainly will want to share with a special someone.

SNOWBALL FIGHT ARENA
While the scheduled Linden and Resident Snowball Showdown isn’t happening until December 15th - the arena is fully loaded with snow, snowball arsenal and some ‘capture the flag’ type castles for you to get lots of practice and training in! Many an epic snowball showdown (and one pumpkin smash fight!) have graced these fair lands - and this year will prove to be among the most epic! Grab a few friends and family members, and make some memories!

WINTER SNOW TRACK
Attention thrill-seekers:this may be just the spot for you! Grab a snowboard and/or snowmobile from the nearby vendors and hit the icy slopes at high speeds! Swish and whoosh as you through the glinting snow tracks. Be sure to hold on tight as you race other Residents to the finish line. 

ICE SKATE ARENA
Glide with the grace of a swan across the frozen lake at the Ice Skate Arena - we’ll even provide the skates -  free from nearby vendors. This romantic spot is the perfect place to take your sweetheart for a spin before some hot cocoa and a snuggle at the ferris wheel.

FERRIS WHEEL
The Linden Department of Public Works did an incredible job on creating breath-taking views all over Winter Wonderland, and you will be hard-pressed to find one better than the romantic view gleaned from atop the Ferris Wheel.  Have your snapshot finger ready, and your special someone at your side because between the lights, sights, and delights of the fireworks show, you are sure to witness some magical moments you’ll want to preserve.

Stay tuned for more wintery fun to come - and watch this blog for info about our upcoming inworld holiday shopping event, and much more.

See you in the snow! (I promise that’s not a snowball bazooka I am hiding behind my back).


 

Brett Linden

The Destination Guide is a directory that features almost 2,000 places to explore in Second Life. That’s a lot of teleporting! With several new spots added weekly, we’ve now made it easier than ever to find the freshest entries with the debut of the Recently Added category. Here you’ll always find the most recent 20-30 spots added to the Guide.

This week’s new additions include several new Winter Attractions, including a real-life replica of Greenland and a few other snowy surprises. Still, not everyone wants to chill. For those who seek the heat, there’s a new beach and a huge surfing-themed music festival!

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. Also, don’t forget to share your Second Life pictures with our official Second Life Flickr —  where we select our Pic of the Day features.

Have you updated your Place Page yet? In addition to the Destination Guide, Place Pages are a way for creators to share their unique destinations in Second Life — including 360-degree photos! Our featured Place Page this week is Orville Airport And Rez Zone.

Xiola Linden

The holiday season is nearly here - and that means cheerful greetings, warm mugs of cocoa, and the spirit of giving are upon us.

We’re winding up for a winter inworld shopping event - and we’re now looking for Merchants who would like to participate! For SL14B we held a similar shopping event that was a great success for both customer and Merchants alike - and we are hoping to do the same this winter.

This event, which runs from December 15th, 2017 through January 1st, 2018, is an opportunity to introduce new customers to  your brand. We are looking for merchants willing to offer a discount on some of their items (think Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals!) and possibly provide a little non-exclusive gift to holiday 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 27th, 2017. The cut off will be at 12:01 am (SLT) on Tuesday the 28th.

We are excited to host this event and look forward to putting it together!

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Pic by Kathy Nikolaidis

Linden Lab
Today, we’re happy to share a brand new benefit for Premium subscribers: longer L$ transaction history! Starting today, Premium subscribers will be able to see their L$ transactions going back 90 days (basic account holders will continue to see 32 days of transaction history).
There’s a ton of activity in Second Life’s L$ economy: every day, the Marketplace alone sees more than 20,000 unique buyers purchasing more than L$16,000,000 worth of goods from more than 15,000 unique sellers. That’s a whole lotta Lindens changing hands! And that’s not even including inworld transactions.
With all that activity, transaction history can be a handy reference for shoppers and merchants alike for bookkeeping, providing customer support, or just keeping track of your own purchases and L$ spending. To see your L$ transaction history, just log in to SecondLife.com and visit your Account page.
Longer transaction history is just the latest benefit that Premium subscribers enjoy. Other perks include weekly L$ stipends, priority entry to crowded regions, more group slots, exclusive gifts, a Linden home or tier allotment on the Mainland, and much more! Learn more and upgrade to Premium today at: http://secondlife.com/premium
 
Linden Lab
Our support site (support.secondlife.com) will be undergoing an overhaul next Tuesday afternoon, the 7th of November. 
We want to provide the community with some advanced notice that the site will be down for about a day while we upgrade our support portal.
What this means for Residents is that after 3pm (PT) on 11/07 you will be unable to submit, edit, or view your current support tickets. The downtime will be used to complete a migration of all the current support tickets to our new Customer Relationship Management tool. 
We currently plan to have the support system back up and running by 9am PT on 11/08. 
Once the initial upgrade and migration is completed we will re-open the support portal for all your support needs. Going forward, our support offering will be hosted by Freshdesk and all support tickets will be submitted through the new support site.
The initial migration will include all open support tickets and any which have been opened since the beginning of 2017. 
We will be moving the rest of the tickets, but it will take a bit of time to migrate everything over. We have over 1.2 million tickets to move and nearly 200,000 live chat records, so please bear with us.
It will take us some time to iron out all the details, but we are making sure that anything you need to access will be available. However, if you have a ticket from 2016 or earlier that you need to access before the end of the year, please collect that information before the change on 11/07.  
We hope the migration isn't a huge inconvenience to our community. Thank you for your patience as we migrate all tickets to the new Freshdesk platform.
Keep an eye on the status blog as we will be updating it with details as we move forward with the deploy and migration. 
Cheers, 
Second Life Support Team
Brett Linden
This week, the Second Life community celebrates Halloween with dozens of limited-time haunted attractions and events that you won’t want to miss. Ghosts, goblins and other spooky surprises lurk around every dark corner — so explore with your friends and get ready to get scared!

Join us on Halloween between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. (Pacific) for the Second Life Creepy Crawl, an event filled with music, contests, crazy costumes, tricks...and, yes, treats.  Wander with us as we roam from spot to spooky spot to explore the dark side of Second Life together then step into the arena and get smashed at our annual Pumpkin Fight event (held at noon).
Ready to start exploring? Here are some of the newest haunted hot spots (and a few non-Halloween destinations) that we’ve added to the Destination Guide this week:
Pumpkin Fight
Ready for a Pumpkin Fight? Step into the arena and get smashed at this official Halloween event, held Oct. 31 from noon- 1 p.m. (Pacific).
Visit in Second Life Transylvania's Undead Await You
The Transylvania family invites you to give into your dark side and join them as they celebrate Halloween with a week of Gothic-themed events. Explore the graveyard, family crypt, castle and other sights of SL's longest-running vampire and Lycan communities. Event held Oct. 27 through Nov. 2.
Visit in Second Life T H E W E L L : Ultimum
Can you return to the horror of The Well, uncovering the secrets in the surrounding woods without losing your sanity? The fourth and final chapter in The Well horror series places you where it all began sometime in the 1980s. To play, a pass will need purchasing.
Visit in Second Life New Babbage - 10 Year Anniversary
Ten years ago, a group of intrepid SL residents embarked on an idea for a full steampunk styled region within Second Life. Some of the people behind those avatars 10 years ago are no longer with us. Some moved on from Second Life, but the dream they had kept going. The 10th anniversary of the City State of New Babbage has arrived. Pop over for a visit!
Visit in Second Life Out of the Looking Glass/Into the Madness
Take an adventure into Wonderland! Works from artists around the world are weaved into a journey through childhood's fear and magic, tinged with the warped macabre that comes with growth. This six-stage venue has returned with great expansion for its third year. Brought by The Dirty Grind Independent Artist Community and Radio Grind. Enjoy live music on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.
Visit in Second Life Halloween Harrowing
Halloween Harrowing is a fun and gloomy little place to explore and have your photo taken. There are plenty of places to visit and pose including spots to sleep with the mummy and the zombie photo booth.
Visit in Second Life Asylum Horror Hunt
Club Escapist and Goddess of Chaos present The Asylum Horror Hunt, held through Nov. 1. Seek and find several prizes including gift cards from Goddess of Chaos and random raffle prizes.
Visit in Second Life The St John Haunted House
It's New Orleans 1917 and this once lavish house has fallen into disrepair. The family that once lived here suddenly vanished years ago and the neighbors won't dare enter the house or even speak of it. Your inquiries are met with strange looks and frightened eyes. Being not from around these parts, you are curious. Something has happened here. What are the clues? Why is everyone so afraid?
Visit in Second Life The Bloodcroft Hunt
Join this sim-wide hunt to collect a complete vampire slayer kit. Discover 11 items (wearable or rezzable on their own) and one final prize upon completion of your hunt. These 12 items are exclusive to The Bloodcroft Hunt and only available for the duration of this event. Collect them all or join the immortal...either way, the Bloodcrofts look forward to seeing you.
Visit in Second Life Hipville Halloween
Welcome to the 11th Annual Hipville Halloween. Double, double, toil and trouble. Fire burn and cauldron bubble! Come on over and get spooked in the Haunted Asylum, Twisted Carnival, Witches Garden, and more!. Don't miss the Brain and Beating Heart Hunt, which is filled with prizes for L$5-10. Put your costume on and have a little bit of fun!
Visit in Second Life Haunted Beach @ Bundy Reef
The once stunning shoreline of Bundy Reef has fallen under a horrific spell. A thick fog rolled in and a strange plague has infected the locals. Authorities are still trying to discover what happened. Photographers from all over the grid are traveling to Bundy to discover new photo opportunities. They are joined by MadPea Ghost Hunters, eager to solve the mystery. Take a walk on the Haunted Beach, discover hidden poses, hunt ghost, and trick or treat with Second Life's premiere Surf publication, SurfWatch Magazine.
Visit in Second Life Fear, She's the Mother of Violence
Mouth all dry, eyes bloodshot. Data stored in microdot. Kicking the cloud with my moccasin shoes. T.V. dinner, T.V. news. Fear. Fear. She's the mother of violence. Find your fear and defeat her in this limited-time exhibit from artist Livio Korobase.
Visit in Second Life Classic Rome in Time Portal
Step through the Time Portal in the laboratory and visit Ancient Rome! See gladiators fight at the Domus, enjoy a play at the amphitheater, make an offering to Minerva at the temple, discuss politics at the Senate, try some street food and then regret this while spending the rest of your visit at the public latrina!
Visit in Second Life Dementophilia at The Vordun
From the creative mind of artist Federico Sosa, "Dementophilia" brings together painting and sculpture in a cohesive way, utilizing and even taking over the gallery space. Take a journey down the absurd with mental images created in disbelief of reality. Whispers in the dark. Corners of the night. Sounds giving you goosebumps that keep you from sleeping. Nothing is real.
Visit in Second Life Dissected Soul
In "Dissected Soul" by Theda Tammas, bodies are fractured, contorted, ripped through with holes. A red thread connects many of them, and much of the thread bears loops of barbed wire. The centerpiece is a heart shattering into small pieces which fly into the air. Showing at Split Screen through December.
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. Also, don’t forget to share your Second Life pictures with our official Second Life Flickr —  where we select our Pic of the Day features.
Have you updated your Place Page yet? In addition to the Destination Guide, Place Pages are a way for creators to share their unique destinations in Second Life — including 360-degree photos! Our featured Place Page this week is Trompe Loeil.
Linden Lab
There’s no trick to these treats! Halloween in Second Life is a season like no other, and this year marks the 14th year that Residents are sure to take the celebrations and festivities to new heights. We want to join in the fun with a few goodies to share!
Half Off Quarterly Membership
Starting today, for a limited time you can save 50% on your first quarter’s payment for a Premium Second Life Membership subscription.*
 
In addition to long-standing perks like access to Premium Sandboxes, your own private home, a L$1000 sign-up bonus and a weekly L$ stipend to spend on whatever you want, Premium subscriptions have improved even more over time! Now, you also have preferred access to crowded Regions and events with the Premium Access feature, more group slots to stay connected with your interests, and increased capacity on missed messages from friends inworld. We are always adding more perks to Premium as well, with a few planned in the near future.
Along with the above, Premium memberships include exclusive gifts and expanded live-chat customer support.
This offer ends on November 2nd, 2017 - so find out more about upgrading to Premium today!
Exclusive & Limited Halloween Gifts Are Out Now!
Halloween isn’t just about dressing up and reveling in the spirit of all things spooky - there’s also that whole bag full of delicious treats your gather - so here are some stops you’re going to want to make to get your goodies.
Exclusively for Premium members - we have Mary O’net - a special edition, wearable Glytch avatar. Mary is the perfect combination of elegant and creepy - a delight to don and dance away in haunted halls and stages all across the Grid!   
Go Premium, then pick up your very own Mary O’net at the inworld Premium Gift Kiosks.

There’s also a bag bursting full of free treats for everyone! Just drop by Portal Park and see what’s in store for you inside the gift bag! There’s something for everyone inside - so be sure to drop by!

 


The Return of the Haunted Halloween Tour
Who says sequels never live up to the originals? The spine-chilling Haunted Tour is back again - and this third installment is scarier than ever! Some new additions to this house of horrors have been crafted for your enjoyment. Hop in a coffin and enjoy the wild wide through. By the way - if you have a fear of clowns, you may want to make sure you bring a friend!
Face your fears, grab your favorite squad of fiend-fighting friends - follow the Halloween path at Portal Park and step on through. A coffin ride through the abyss awaits - but be sure to bring your horror movie squad to ensure you survive!
 

Happy Halloween!
 
*TERMS & CONDITIONS
TERMS & CONDITIONS FOR 50% DISCOUNT</strong> This offer begins on October 19, 2017 at 8AM Pacific Time (PT) and expires on November 2, 2017 at 8AM PT. To qualify for this promotion, you must 1) have an existing Second Life (“SL”) basic account or create a new account, and 2) select quarterly (every three months) billing for your SL account. The fifty percent (50%) discount will be applied to your first month’s bill and future quarters will be billed at the standard Premium Membership price (currently US$22.50 per three months). 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.
Xiola Linden
Are you unafraid of things that go bump in the night? Love a screaming good time with fellow Residents, and dressing up in your Halloween best? Well, it is that time of year when once more - a-haunting we will go!

Once again, we’re going to monster mash-up our annual Creepy Crawl with some de-frightfully fun Costume Contests - but we need your venues to host our stops on the crawl. This year’s Creepy Crawl will happen on Halloween ( Tuesday, October 31st) from 10 am - 2 pm (PT).

If you’d like to host a stop along the Creepy Crawl, own a spot that will be decked out for the holiday, and don’t mind if a parade of Residents and Lindens come through, then you might be just what the witch doctor ordered. We’re looking for spots that will have music, are appropriate for general and moderate audiences, and can handle a crowd.
Here’s how to submit your venue for consideration:
Make sure your place is listed in the Destination Guide - here’s how to submit.
Hop over to this form and fill it out before October 15th - we’ll start selecting the venues after that!
Keep an eye out for an email and/or notecard after the 15th to let you know if your venue was selected.
We’re excited to visit as many Halloween spots a possible - and can’t wait to have some spook-tacular fun!

Pic by _miz_
Costume contest details and Creepy Crawl schedule will be posted soon - so keep an eye out!
 
Linden Lab
****UPDATE 09-27-2017***
Note: this message was recently emailed to a list of Residents that mistakenly included some who are not actually at risk of being impacted by the change.    Our sincere apologies for those misdirected emails as well as for any concern and confusion that's resulted from it. We are taking steps to improve our process for such communications in the future to avoid errors like this and to ensure that we make it as easy as possible for Residents to identify and confirm legitimate communications from Linden Lab.   Due to some unexpected changes with our International Billing system, some Residents outside the United States with a Credit Card on file may have difficulty with their current payment method as of September 30, 2017.  
In order to avoid any service disruption, we encourage all Residents outside of the United States to please take a moment to log into your account and re-enter your existing Credit Card information. Doing so now will prevent any disruption in inworld and Marketplace purchases, as well as recurring monthly billing for Premium Accounts, Private Regions and monthly Mainland maintenance.  If you have difficulty with your payment method after September 30, 2017, updating your payment information will resolve the issue.
We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your patience as we continue to upgrade our billing systems in order to best service our Residents around the world.  If you have any questions regarding this notice, please visit https://support.secondlife.com to contact our Support teams.
Linden Lab
It has come to our attention that some Residents are sending messages - which may appear as popup windows in some viewers - informing other Residents that their accounts have been compromised and encouraging them to contact Support, using a phone number that is not associated with Linden Lab.
These messages are phishing attempts to gain access to your Second Life account. Neither Linden Lab, nor Second Life Customer Support, would attempt to contact you in this manner. You can always find Linden Lab’s official customer support contact methods within the following links:
https://support.secondlife.com/billing-support/
https://support.secondlife.com/contact-support/
As always, please be wary of suspicious messages and contact from other users. If you believe your account has been compromised, please contact us via support case at https://support.secondlife.com/
Linden Lab
Exactly 10 years ago today, award-winning media maker Draxtor Despres (a.k.a. Draxtor™) uploaded to YouTube one of his most-acclaimed pieces of virtual journalism:  “Virtual Guantánamo [in Second Life].” The video, which received mainstream media coverage and won an “Every Human Has Rights” Media Award, was conceived at the Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC) with a MacArthur Foundation grant in 2006. 

This early machinima production documented the making of the Gone Gitmo project (“Virtual Guantánamo”), a 3D replica of the infamous Guantánamo Bay Detention Center in Second Life. Inworld visitors to this virtual prison experience were subjected to an “abduction” simulation that included a dark plane ride and being thrown in a cage. Until its closure in 2013, this inworld project was also used for multiple mixed reality panel discussions including events affiliated with Seaton Hall Law School and the ACLU.

The project was a collaboration between VR pioneer Nonny de la Peña and former USC professor and artist Peggy Weil, both of whom created the project under the mentorship of former BAVC creative director Wendy Levy. Second Life was the ideal platform for the ambitious project, and it demonstrated how virtual worlds could be used as a storytelling medium for social justice issues. 
This month, Draxtor revisits his original reporting and meets again with the people behind this pioneering piece in immersive journalism that served as the precursor to the popular ethnographic series on virtual lives “The Drax Files.”

 
Want to see more Second Life stories? Find previous episodes of The Drax Files: World Makers at Draxtor’s website, or at the links below — and be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel — where you can watch the entire series.
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 45: Arduenn Schwartzman
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 44: Istanbul University
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 43: nnoiz Papp
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 42: Death Row Designs
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 41: Vista Animations
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 40: Bernhard Dörries
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 39: Sergio Delacruz
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 38 : Eboni Khan
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 37 : Nonprofit Commons
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 36 : Sominel Edelman
 
Brett Linden
It’s a mad, mad world...that’s why we’re crazy for the all-new MadPea City. The acclaimed MadPea Productions recently opened up elaborate new headquarters in Second Life and their new Region also houses offices for many established brands and creators including Love to Decorate, The Drax Files, Kultivate Magazine and Shiny Shabby.
In the mood for something more Medieval? The 7th Annual Renaissance Hunt & Faire is underway! This fantasy event is always fantastical and marvelously magical — so bust out your best garb and let your imagination come to life!
There are plenty of other Second Life hot spots to explore in this week’s highlights, too. Check out some of our favorites below:
MadPea City
From a leisurely stroll through a photogenic park to an intense game night with friends, a bird's eye view of the world atop the MadPea SkyWheel or a dizzying whirl 'round the Teacup Ride, to shopping MadPea's mainstore and gachas and departing on your adventures to MadPea's latest games and hunts, MadPea Mad City is your one-stop destination for fun.
Visit in Second Life The 7th Annual Renaissance Hunt & Faire
Welcome to the seventh annual Renaissance-themed grid-wide hunt and fair, held through Sept. 30. Renaissance, Medieval and fantasy-themed gifts are hidden all over the grid in dozens of participating shops. You'll find entertainment, gachas, food, drink, shopping and a mini-hunt at the Faire.
Visit in Second Life TMG Fall Expo In London
London InSL presents Two Moon Gardens Fall Expo! Two Moon Gardens has been around for a very long time and offers the SL community breathtaking gardens that you won't want to miss as London springs into fall.
Visit in Second Life Meeting of Virtual Libraries 2017
The Federal University of Paraíba (Brazil), in partnership with the University of Aveiro (Portugal), will hold the Virtual Libraries Meeting 2017 on Sept 28-29. Short paper submissions can be made by September 15. More info at encontrobiblioteca.wixsite.com/info
Visit in Second Life Libentia
Libentia is a beautiful, romantic nature retreat for discerning adults. Walk on the forest paths, visit the beach, the watermill house and the lake cottage or dance in the ruins. Discover the hidden campsite.
Visit in Second Life Artizana
Artizana is a fashion house specializing in cultural African and Bohemian inspired clothing for women and men. Artizana embodies a fusion of both modern and traditional designs, incorporating a wide range of vibrant batiks, bogolans (mud cloth), and textiles from many African, Caribbean, and Southeast Asian countries.
Visit in Second Life Dystopia
Explore this post-apocalyptic sim where the weather changes depending on the seasons. Will you become a "dysciple" of Dystopia?
Visit in Second Life Val d'Orcia
Val d'Orcia is a beautiful Tuscany-themed sim to walk and explore.Take a boat ride off the beach or even rent a home. Val d'Orcia is your Tuscan dream come true in Second Life.
Visit in Second Life Unnatural
Unnatural is a present-day fantasy sim set in a town on the shores of fictional Lake Ashmore, on the foothills of the Pocono Mountains. Players are welcome to choose between playing as a vampire, werewolf or human. Learn more at unnatural.enjin.com.
Visit in Second Life Tyme Drift White Water River Recreation
Experience white water river adventure at the Tyme Drift River Recreation Area. Grab a kayak and shoot the rapids, or float along the drifts of Tyme in an inner tube.
Visit in Second Life Wolf Valley Bowling Center
Wolf Valley Ranch features a state-of-the-art bowling center with four lanes and lots of arcade games. Join the league or enter one of the many contests in this fun recreation spot.
Visit in Second Life Blues Rock Cafe
Blues Rock Cafe is a live music venue that gives you the real feeling of visiting concerts with a touch of blues. During your stay you can play games, take a boat tour, hang out with your friends or cuddle and enjoy live music.
Visit in Second Life Blue Shark Marina
Blue Shark Marina is an inland marina with access to the Blake Sea, which gives you access to over a hundred sims for some fantastic sailing opportunities. Here there are 19 rental slips of various sizes for your motorboats/sailing boats.
Visit in Second Life K.I.S.S. Island
Would you like to find a place that has the atmosphere of a tropical island community along with quiet, romantic spots and places to hang out, dance and have fun? K.I.S.S. features lush lands with beautiful places to relax and make new friends. Bring your lovers and playmates for alone time or to take pictures at this tropical escape.
Visit in Second Life Paradise Island
Travel to this ancient Roman roleplay sim for gay and bisexual men. Places to explore include the gardens, library, tavern, courthouse, market, pool, beach and bath house.
Visit in Second Life New Visigoth Kingdom of Caucaland
Welcome to Visigoth Kingdom of Caucaland - a whole new world made by Edana von Caucaland. While this spot was mainly built for taking pictures, you can also relax and have fun with your friends as you explore the many hidden points of interest.
Visit in Second Life As always, don’t forget to share your Second Life pictures with our official Second Life Flickr —  where we select our Pic of the Day features. Have you updated your Place Page yet? In addition to the Destination Guide, Place Pages are a way for creators to share their unique destinations in Second Life — including 360-degree photos! Our featured Place Page this week is Egotherapy Club and Art Gallery.
If you have a place of your own that you want to share with the rest of us, make sure to drop us a note at editor@lindenlab.com or submit your spot via web form.
Brett Linden
Oh, the horror! Everything is terrifically horrific in this week’s Destination Guide highlights. The 6th annual Lovecraft Festival is already underway and there’s a frightful new puzzle game from the acclaimed MadPea Productions that you won’t want to miss. Chic Aeon has crafted a steamy mystery game that challenges players to explore a creepy graveyard in search of a missing woman...or you can risk venturing further into the Unenchanted Forest. 
If you manage to return alive from any of these horror-filled hot spots, then there are plenty of peaceful places that you can also explore in Second Life. We recommend one of the many new fashion events or music clubs that can help you dance away those demons.
Here’s this week’s highlights:
Lovecraft Festival 2017
Come to the 6th annual Lovecraft Festival. Celebrating the author H.P. Lovecraft's 127th birthday from August 17-27. Kingsport, a city of Lovecraft Lore, is known as a community of artists and artisans that is packed to the brim with live shows, entertainment, gifts, themed vendors and adventure quest only waiting for you! More at lovefest.wordpress.com.
Visit in Second Life Seven
Seven is an original horror game with action, puzzles and an immersive story. Darkness must surrender to light. And light gives way to darkness. All saints must face deadly sins. Do you have what it takes to be a savior, or are you doomed to fail?
Visit in Second Life A Steamy Mystery at Terradale
A Steamy Mystery takes place in the Steampunk Victorian town of Terradale. Visitors follow shadowy clues finding hints to the disappearance of Sarah. Each location leads to the next installment of the story. An immersive fantasy journey and part of the Linden Endowment for the Arts Artists in Residence program.
Visit in Second Life The Unenchanted Forest
Knowing your fairy tales is one thing, Being brave is another. This is certainly not a fairy-tale. What lies beyond the fantasy of the enchanted forest is something very real and possibly dangerous. Trek through the unenchanted forest and explore the truth our ancestors have tried to keep a secret for so long.
Visit in Second Life Bundy Reef Benefit and More
On August 19th, Bundy Reef will be hosting activities to introduce and promote surfing in SL. Everyone is invited to join in the fun! From 10 am until 2 pm (Pacific), take part in the "Catch as Many Waves as You Can" fun competition. A variety of loaner surfboards will be provided. At 11 am, Tauri Tigerpaw will be performing live music concert on the beach. Join the fun!
Visit in Second Life Willowvale
Willwovale is an interactive experience where adventurers can both experience an epic hunt and shop some of the best designers! All items are new original mesh, semi-exclusive mesh or hand crafted original appliers (skin, nails, etc.). Eight sponsors are chosen to create a special item that then becomes a prize for completing the hunt! Come shop, follow the story and find the gems and win prizes!
Visit in Second Life Cosmopolitan Events
Cosmopolitan Events is home of the Hello Tuesday weekly discount event and Cosmopolitan bi-weekly event. Find anything you need for your Second life living at one place. There's always something new to find from SL most quality designers! Come by and enjoy shopping at Cosmopolitan!
Visit in Second Life Enchantment
Enchantment welcomes one and all to experience another fantastic and magical fairytale through the eyes of over 100 of SL's best designers and creators. This round is special for many reasons, but more importantly, it's the two-year anniversary! Explore the powerful and wonderful tales of Arabic lore in 1001 Nights! It's time for a little magic!
Visit in Second Life Wild Wild West
Visit this interactive Wild West Town where your friend could give you a haircut. Ride the train and tour the town on a horse-drawn carriage or canoe. There are many things to do and enjoy. You can become a blacksmith, banker, station master, telegraph operator, barber, store clerk, undertaker or sheriff.
Visit in Second Life Cassini's Grand Finale
This exhibit shows the Cassini orbiter in the final days of its 19 year Saturn exploration mission. As planned, Cassini will burn up in Saturn's atmosphere at 3:45 a.m. (Pacific) on September 15. The model consists of 606 system prims and is approximately life-sized.
Visit in Second Life Victorian London in Time Portal
Step through the Time Portal in the mysterious laboratory and visit London during the Victorian and Edwardian era. The time machine has a virus, so the time zones have been a bit mixed up. Visit some of the shops and buy clothes from a time when people still dressed in style or buy furniture from a time when these were crafted by people with real experience and talent. Once you're all dressed up, go for a meal at the oyster seller, say a prayer for the poor at the church, have a dance at the music hall and end your evening with a sing-a-long and few pints of ale at the Ten Bells pub. But be careful... the slums and backstreets are the hunting grounds of Jack the Ripper!
Visit in Second Life Beach City Community Sim
Welcome to Beach City! People who love Steven Universe or are looking to meet other new people to hang out with are welcome! This sim is photogenic, and there are new things to discover at every turn!
Visit in Second Life Kinbaku
The sky and sea bound in an ominous bank of dark grey. The sound of the rain forces you in towards the light. Ropes, rings, racks...an uncanny feeling creeps over your spine. Rich garment hanging over a wooden stand, the smell of flowers and incense. Eastern drawings of men bound in ropes, beautiful...Cages? Better go back now! But no... you can't resist the promises lingering at Kinbaku.
Visit in Second Life Brand New Colony
The Brand New Colony is back and better than ever! It is an adults-only scenic sim with countless nooks and crannies to explore and photogenic spots for taking snapshots. Picturesque islands filled with rolling hills, sprawling streams, lakes, waterfalls, and a well-stocked dungeon make this the perfect place to share a romantic moment or simply wander and have a good time.
Visit in Second Life Fairhaven
Fairhaven is an adult beach with a tropical jungle and multiple intimate areas. You'll find surfing and photo opportunities at every turn. There are monthly events for group members, along with rez rights and free group gifts.
Visit in Second Life Obscure Rock Club
“If you think you are too old to rock ‘n’ roll, then you are.” - Lemmy Kilmister. Obscure Rock Club, where fun, sex, craziness & rock-n-roll rule. Open to those who love to rock hard and party harder!
Visit in Second Life Texas Stockyard
Texas Stockyard is a sweet romantic place to take your sweetheart for an evening of ballroom dancing and cuddles. They play country music, southern rock, oldies and blues.
Visit in Second Life The Corner Bar
Enjoy smooth jazz at The Corner Bar.
Visit in Second Life Mount Avalon Club
Mount Avalon offers music and dancing in a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. Enjoy rock, pop, hard rock, dance and more in this stress-free environment.
Visit in Second Life
Don’t forget to share your Second Life pictures with our official Second Life Flickr —  where we select our Pic of the Day features. Have you updated your Place Page yet? In addition to the Destination Guide, Place Pages are a new way for creators to share their unique destinations in Second Life — including 360-degree photos! Our featured Place Page this week is Chic Aeon’s Steamy Mystery at Terradale.
If you have a place of your own that you want to share with the rest of us, make sure to drop us a note at editor@lindenlab.com or submit your spot via web form.
Brett Linden
Feeling nostalgic? Step back in time and teleport to the 18th century for a historical fashion show at Larl Valley...or experience 60s and 70s Americana via the Time Portal. This week’s Destination Guide highlights also include not one — but TWO different London-themed summer carnivals? Which will you visit? (Hint: Why not both?!).
There’s also a Goth-themed garage sale, a new interactive haunted attraction, a multi-spot art exhibition and several new photogenic spots you’ll want to explore. Did we mention the new fantasy/sci-fi roleplaying sim or post-apocalyptic city?
Teleport at your own risk.
Here’s this week’s highlights:
1950s & 1960s America in Time Portal
Step through the Time Portal in the laboratory and visit an American city during the 1950s and 1960s. Shop at some of SL's best vintage shops, see a movie, rock 'n roll at the diner or listen to jazz poets at the beatnik bar!
Visit in Second Life 18th Century Fashion Show
Are you sexy? Do you know it? Prove it! Compete in the 18th Century Fashion Show, held at Larl Valley on Aug. 4th, 3-7pm (Pacific). Sign up to strut your stuff on the runway. Participants must be attired in 18th century clothing.
Visit in Second Life London Summer Carnival
Celebrate summer at a lovely carnival located in beautiful London UK (part of The Original London sims)! Highlights include a ride, hunts and a mid-month parade! Live music and celebrations throughout the carnival season promise an exciting time for everyone while enjoying the splendor of London!
Visit in Second Life London City Carnival
August is a busy time in London City, with real-life tie in events. including the London Carnival, Beer Fest, reggae, street bands, concerts and the beach scene. Get the most out of summer! More details at mainlandlondon.blogspot.co.uk.
Visit in Second Life Haunted
Haunted is a fabulous interactive experience that is frightening but fun! Here is a creepy carn-evil with lots of rides including a haunted house, spooky mall, scary graveyard, zombie hunting ,and much, much more!
Visit in Second Life Seven Days
Explore this art exhibit full of darkness, peace, beauty and wonder. Seven rooms dives into seven days of self examination as a submissive struggles to identify and conquer the emotions that bind them.
Visit in Second Life Eclipse Tiny Place
Eclipse Tiny Place is a place where people can hang out, relax or take pictures.
Visit in Second Life Whimberly
Come and explore the forest-themed Whimberly, where you can take lots of pictures, meet friends and have fun! Vloggers are encouraged to take videos, too!
Visit in Second Life Sindaria
Sindaria is a land of two worlds brought together through space and time. It is where Dragons soar the amber skies and Androids find refuge in the city streets. This community role-play sim is designed for lovers of everything from Tolkien to Lucas.
Visit in Second Life Vimmershavn
Vimmershavn is a walled-in city where life seems to have vanished...but, of course, it hasn’t. If you look closely, you will find pockets of hope and life even within the city.
Visit in Second Life City of Palm Coast, FL
Welcome to Palm Coast, Florida, home to a multi-sim family roleplay community with judicial, medical, fire, police, and education departments. There are also live music events and premium rentals.
Visit in Second Life Wordsworth & His Surrounds
This homestead is dedicated to the poetry of William Wordsworth and features the Fells and paths around Grasmere. Visit Dove Cottage, Wordsworth House and much more. There are horses and bikes to explore, as well as a garden centre with a small fun fair.
Visit in Second Life Don’t forget to share your Second Life pictures with our official Second Life Flickr —  where we select our Pic of the Day features. Have you updated your Place Page yet? In addition to the Destination Guide, Place Pages are a new way for creators to share their unique destinations in Second Life — including 360-degree photos! Our featured Place Page this week is Vista Animations.
If you have a place of your own that you want to share with the rest of us, make sure to drop us a note at editor@lindenlab.com or submit your spot via web form.
Linden Lab
As we recently announced, we’re making multi-million dollar investments in Second Life that will benefit Residents in the near and long term, while also ensuring that the virtual world’s bright future ahead is even more awesome than its 14+ year history has been. Exciting times!
Today, we want to update the Resident community on some of the initiatives funded by those investments, and also announce two fee changes that will enable us to invest in even more Second Life improvements in the future.
Updates to LindeX and Credit Processing Fees
Second Life’s vibrant Linden Dollar economy and the ability to process credits has a very real impact on the lives of many around the world. Residents have built extremely successful businesses in Second Life, charitable organizations have raised millions of dollars for important causes, and a great many creators earn enough L$’s to fund their hobbies and shopping habits.
Underlying SL’s user-to-user economy and the ability to buy and sell L$’s for real currency is a significant amount of ongoing work to ensure that everything remains compliant with applicable laws and regulations, while also preventing fraud and money laundering. This work comes at a cost, and we are adjusting related fees in order to help cover those costs and enable us to continue to invest in Second Life’s future. The changes are as follows:
Effective today, the fee for buying L$ on the LindeX will be $0.99 per transaction (previously it had been $0.60 per transaction). These changes impact only buys on the LindeX, and the fees associated with buying L$'s during SL Marketplace transactions remain unchanged. On January 3, 2018, the fee for processing credit transactions (i.e. paying real money into a PayPal or Skrill account) will be 2.5% per transaction, with a $3 (USD) minimum, and no maximum. This fee is currently 1.5% per transaction, with a $3 (USD) minimum and a $25 (USD) maximum. New & Upcoming Improvements to Second Life
We’re investing across a number of areas for SL, including new features, engineering support, customer support, billing systems and upgrades, and customer acquisition outreach. Some of these will be long-term initiatives, but here are a few updates on some of the improvements you can enjoy right now (or very soon!):
More fun, for everyone in SL. We introduced SL’s first grid-wide game Tyrah & the Curse of the Magical Glytches, giving all Residents a new experience to enjoy throughout SL. The game is designed to encourage a grid-wide level of participation and exploration, and already it’s been played by nearly 5,000 Residents. Very soon, we will enable Resident-owned locations to host portions of the game, and we will announce those details when ready.
New creative tools. We recently released Animesh in beta, enabling creators to use skeletal animations with non-avatar objects - like wild animals, pets, vehicles, and scenery objects. Coming soon is EEP!  (Environmental Enhancements Project), a series of extensions to Windlight that enable you to trade or sell your own environment settings. EEP will also allow Parcel-based environment settings and an extended day cycle too!
More value for Premiums subscribers. In the coming weeks, we’ll be rolling out a new perk for Premium subscribers (hint: it’s a feature that’ll be helpful for merchants and shoppers...).
More customers for your businesses. We’re making changes to help get new users active in the SL economy more quickly and easily. The sooner a new user has L$ in her wallet and understands how to use them, the sooner she can become a customer for every business owner in SL, and so we’re working to streamline user flows and update tutorials to make that happen.
New ways to stop the bad guys. Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for successful platforms to attract cheaters and bad actors. Some of these villains attempt to hurt Residents’ businesses by bypassing creator protections in SL, and we’re continually developing new tools and techniques to combat this. Recently, we closed an exploit that fraudulent gacha re-sellers had used. Our governance team can now catch them when they attempt the cheating method that we have already fixed. Many bad actors have already been banned from SL, and additional changes will soon make our team even more effective. Protecting your creations and your SL businesses is important to us!  
We continue to make progress in the massive upgrade to SL infrastructure and move to the cloud (we call this project Brave New World). This move will (among many other things), help make SL more performant for Residents around the world, and may also enable us to introduce new products and more flexible pricing in the future.
We continue on our mission of only sending email to verified addresses (more here). Missing IMs lately? To never miss an offline IM again, log in to your account on the web, click on “Account,” then “Change Email Settings,” and then simply click “Verify” next to your current address.
Much more to come!
Of course, we’re working on improvements to the SL Viewer, Simulator (servers), and Web properties all the time, and there’s more than we can fit into a single blog post.  As we forge ahead you can keep up with the latest developments with the release notes we post to the forums:
Viewer release notes
Web release notes
Simulator deploys
Xiola Linden
We’ve got some tricks and treats in our Halloween goodie bag this year and it’s sure to be a scream!
CREEPY CRAWL 2017

A-haunting we will go! It’s time for the 3rd annual Second Life Halloween Creepy Crawl! This year we will take our creep show on the road on actual Halloween day - Tuesday October 31st from 10 am to 2 pm ( SLT). Join us as we hop across the grid and celebrate with costume contest and nearly every stop along the way. You could win L$5,000 just for showing up in your best costume! Drop by each spot along the way and you could be a winner of a fantastic prize - but the fun is all in the party. Locations and times of the event are listed below and we’ll see you there! For costume contest rules - please read here.
TIME ( SLT)
Location
10-10:30am
All Hallows at Moochie
10:30-11:00am
Bay City's Halloween Hay Maze
11:00-11:30am
Dance Island
11:30-12:00pm
Scare Me Silly 2017
12:00-1:00pm
Pumpkin Smash Fight
1:00-1:30pm
Club End of Days
1:30-2:00pm
ShenaniganS Haunted House
Smashing Pumpkins!

In the middle of all the dancing and costume contest winning, we’ll make a stop at the old snowball fight arena  - where things have taken a twist for the twisted. Shooting pumpkins has never been more fun. That’s from noon to 1 pm (SLT) at the Pumpkin Fight Arena - but you can get some practice in before then!
In the spirit of the season, at each stop, you will have an opportunity to receive an incredible gift from DevilAii. This gorgeous witch hat pack is sure to add flare to all those Halloween parties you’re going to. Spot the kiosk, click, and receive your Witch Hat Pack!

So, what are you waiting for? Mark your calendars and get your costumes on point - then join us inworld on Tuesday at 10 am!
Trick or Treat!
Brett Linden
October continues to be a busy time in Second Life as several new seasonal events and Halloween-themed spots continue to pop up across the grid.
One of the biggest highlights this month is BURN2, which is an inworld extension of the popular Burning Man festival and community. The theme for this round is “Radical Ritual.”
Another highlight is the unusual art experience “Floating” by acclaimed artists Bryn Oh and Cica Ghost. This unexpected collaboration has an interesting backstory that you can read about on Bryn Oh’s blog.
October wouldn’t be complete without dozens of new haunted attractions -- and there is no shortage of new spooky spots debuting in the Destination Guide this month. The Haunted category now hosts over 100 unique spots, including MadPea’s Halloween Ghost Hunt and Pulse Games’ Birthright.

Before you explore, don’t forget to pick up your free trick-or-treat bag at Portal Park, too!
Here are some new spots we recommend:
Free Treat Bag
Free Treat Bag! Halloween is never complete without a treat bag. Get yours free at Portal Park and Social Island.
Visit in Second Life BURN2: Radical Ritual
Reinventing ritual in our post-post-modern world - disregarding assertions of belief and focus on the immediate experience of play. Play can free us to envision truths of which we have no proof or warrant, and breaks down the distinction that divides belief from make-believe. Whole-hearted, creative play induces self-surrender to experience that is beyond the scope of reasoned thought. Event held Oct. 21-29.
Visit in Second Life Floating by Bryn Oh and Cica Ghost
Floating in the sea. You and me. To the sky you flew. But I will wait for you.
Visit in Second Life MadPea's Halloween Ghost Hunt
Looking for a frightfully good time? Suit up in your ghost hunting gear for MadPea's Halloween Ghost Hunt. Hunt for ghosts across the grid and exchange your points for spooktacular prizes from MadPea and collaborating stores! The hunt runs through November 2nd. Visit MadPeaGames.com for more info.
Visit in Second Life Birthright
Pulse Games and Snatch City present a Second Life interactive horror experience set in the scary swamps and bayous of Louisiana. One of the most frightening and realistic fear experiences you will have in SL. Over 60 prizes to find, from 32 killer designers! You'll get what's coming to you... this Halloween. 
Visit in Second Life Haunted Halloween Tour
It's back and better than ever! Get on board the Haunted Halloween Tour for a frightening good time. Grab a friend and hold onto your seat!
Visit in Second Life The Lost Souls
It's time. Darkness falls, death surrounds and evil awaits. Explore a dark castle in a realm haunted by souls forever lost. Will you be the next lost soul?
Visit in Second Life Halloween Horror In The Park
A scream floats on the chill dank air, swirling to and fro with the thick fog that covers your feet as you approach the gate where a dilapidated house sits just beyond. Do you continue to the house, follow the path to the dark scary cave trail, try your luck in the fun-house or go on a hunt for Halloween goodies? There's so much to do here, so many screams to be had! Event ends Nov. 11.
Visit in Second Life Star's Harrowing Haunts
What spooky frights await you at Star's Harrowing Haunts?
Visit in Second Life The Haunted Street
The ghost town was out of place in the rolling hills of yellowing grass. The old road was barely discernible through the flora that had colonized it and so the dilapidated buildings that once fashioned a high-street had the feel of a movie set. But this was no million dollar venture. These were tear-downs that no-one had any incentive to demolish. This ghost town was more than "ghost" in name. When the sun-rays failed and moonlight was the only illumination for miles around, the phantoms and spectres rose from the ground or else stepped from the creaking walls.
Visit in Second Life Gator MC World Wide Psycho Hospital
Yes, you heard it correctly. The Gators MC Halloween Maze is back for the fifth year in a row and this time you'll get to see it in a totally new way! Born in the Psycho Hospital, you need to help your new friend escape the nightmares that torture the psychotic inhabitants.
Visit in Second Life Booh Hunt
Art Fashion and It's Gau present the Booh Hunt, held through Oct. 31. Seek and discover eight items in this Halloween-themed fashion hunt.
Visit in Second Life Panic of Pumpkin in Okinawa
Visit this Japanese-themed Halloween market and trick-or-treat hunt. Knock on the door and say "trick-or-treat" and have a happy Halloween!! Event ends Nov. 4. More info at ryukyusim.wixsite.com/pop2017
Visit in Second Life Whispers House
Visit a Halloween haunted manor that is perfect for your nightmares. Try your fortune in the room with the crying girl...if you are able to survive to the ghosts.
Visit in Second Life BBE Halloween Haunted Forest Charity Build-off
Come and check out this Haunted Forest Charity Build-off, with creations by nine teams and many Halloween scenes for you to enjoy! The winner will win a donation to their charity of their choice. Votes are L$5 each and you can vote as many times as you wish. Voting ends Oct. 31.
Visit in Second Life Haunted Circus
Visit this unique Haunted Circus with thriller rides and haunted grounds, graveyards and creatures of the night. Come if you dare to collect your trick-or-treat prizes. Be brave or go home. Highlights include live music, a Halloween costume contest and a grand prize giveaway. Find the 13 friendly ghosts and collect your prizes.
Visit in Second Life Xibalba Mayan Underworld Dia de Muertos
Instituto Español Second Life presents Day of the Dead 2017 - "Xibalba...Inframundo Maya," held through November 5th.
Visit in Second Life Southern Roots - Haunted Halloween
Come if you dare! Explore the horror and hauntings that are occurring at Southern Roots. See if you can survive along the many paths as you run from ghosts, zombies and killers lurking throughout. Happy Halloween!
Visit in Second Life Halloween at Aero Pines Park
The ghouls and zombies are roaming the trails, the hauntings have begun and the ghosts are creating their mischief. It must be Halloween at Aero Pines Park! Take part in the Halloween Prize Hunt, visit the terrifying haunted house, check out the haunted train depot, and enjoy the special Halloween rides. There's something for everyone at Aero Pines Park - even a haunted pirate ship! Sponsored by iMoogiRadio.com.
Visit in Second Life Bourgogne Medieval Festival
The picturesque old village in Coeur de Bourgogne is revisiting its past. You will find medieval/baroque merchants, madrigals, street performers, fortune tellers, archery, jousting, lots of costumes and a medieval ball! Dress up for the occasion and step back in time! Event held Oct. 20-22. More info at chateauneuf.net/pages/les-medievales-de-chateauneuf.html.
Visit in Second Life Is your spot (haunted or otherwise) listed yet in the Destination Guide? If you have a place of your own that you want to share with the rest of us, make sure to drop us a note at editor@lindenlab.com or submit your spot via web form. Also, don’t forget to share your Second Life pictures with our official Second Life Flickr —  where we select our Pic of the Day features.
Have you updated your Place Page yet? In addition to the Destination Guide, Place Pages are a way for creators to share their unique destinations in Second Life — including 360-degree photos! Our featured Place Page this week is Hokmaph Store.
Linden Lab
These creepy creatures are NOT avatars, but Animesh!
Animesh is a new Second Life feature that will allow independent objects to use rigged mesh and animations, just as you see today with mesh avatars. This means that you can now have wild animals, pets, vehicles, scenery features and other objects that play animations!
Today Animesh is available as a beta project, and to get it to its final state, we need your help! Please try it out and give us your feedback in the Animesh Forum or in Jira . We’d love to hear from you what works and what might use some further improvements.
If you’d like to experiment with and help test Animesh, there are a few things that will help you get started. First, you’ll need the Project Viewer build.  We’ve also created a Wiki which outlines how you can begin playing with Animesh.
Once you’ve downloaded the Project Viewer, you’ll need to access and upload any test content to the Aditi Beta Test Grid. Once the Animesh beta is over, and we’ve finalized the project, uploads to the main Second Life grid will be enabled, and the real fun can begin!
We’re looking forward to seeing what you come up with using Animesh, and look forward to hearing your input about this exciting new soon-to-be feature.
Brett Linden
The haunting season is upon us! As October arrives, so too do the ghosts, goblins, and other creepy creatures of the night. All sorts of frightful delights can be found amidst the darkest corners and crevices of Second Life.
Explore multiple haunted houses, Halloween-themed events, and other spooky spots in our special Haunted category in the Destination Guide. Keep watching this space as you'll soon see even more haunted attractions pop up before they disappear like a ghost at the end of the month.
Here's some of this week's haunted highlights:
Halloweentown
Welcome to Halloweentown - a whole sim for fun and scares! Visit this small village filled with cute trick-or-treaters, decor items, gifts and gachas. Take the carriage tour and cross the river to see the scary area with a cemetery, haunted mansion and monsters that hide amidst the dark trees.
Visit in Second Life Deadman's Island
Deadman's Island is not for the squeamish or faint-hearted! Are you looking to visit somewhere dark, ominous and creepy? Deadman's Island will leave you feeling like someone is right behind you... watching... waiting...
Visit in Second Life Halloween Rock 'n' Shock 2017
Rebel Yell Concerts presents Halloween Rock 'n' Shock 2017. No one is safe! The whole land is haunted! This happy trick-or-treat village is just the beginning of the journey into your darkest nightmares! Here you'll also find awesome tribute concerts and rock parties. Event ends Nov. 2.
Visit in Second Life Grimly Fiendish
Grimly Fiendish features a haunted house with maze, hayride and more! Beware the zombies, ghosts, clowns, vampires and more!
Visit in Second Life ShenaniganS Haunted House
As the ghosts and ghouls prepare to celebrate the coming of another All Hallows Eve - ShenaniganS joins in the fun with yet another themed plot created by Blublaize and his partner Purr. Come and explore the haunted house or dance in the deserted cemetery - is it really deserted though? Open through November 5.
Visit in Second Life Halloween Terror
Not for the faint of heart! Visit Halloween Terror (open through Nov. 1) and be surrounded by the supernatural! There are many spooky surprises to be found here...
Visit in Second Life Halloween in Mountain Rose
Enjoy the Halloween bumper cars, witches broom ride, haunted house and the haunted maze. Find all 12 pumpkins and collect gifts. Halloween in Mountain Rose has lots of fun things to enjoy. Event held Oct. 6 through Nov. 2.
Visit in Second Life Spook-tacular Halloween Town
Welcome to the spookiest Halloween trail in SL. The Haunted Boat ride is first up. Once you reach the end, if you manage to survive the cave, then you arrive at the corn maze. Before beginning the maze, check out the small cave grotto. You may not get out again. There are traps and fun stuff along the trail and, of course, a haunted house.
Visit in Second Life A Story of Horrors
Welcome to A Story of Horrors! A land of eternal darkness, foggy forests, and haunted mazes. The Hay Maze and the main Haunted Maze are located on the road to your left...or take your chances through the haunted forest in front of you.There may or may not be a chainsaw-wielding homicidal maniac inhabiting the forest. Do you dare take your chances?
Visit in Second Life All Hallows at Moochie
Among the treacherous trees, the moldering mist, the rattling ruins and the wretched wailing winds, there are creepy corners and secluded shadows waiting for those who dare to venture into the darkness. Sable black, sable black, windy and weird, All Hallows at Moochie is a place to be feared.
Visit in Second Life Is your spooky spot listed yet in the Destination Guide? If you have a place of your own that you want to share with the rest of us, make sure to drop us a note at editor@lindenlab.com or submit your spot via web form. Also, don’t forget to share your Second Life pictures with our official Second Life Flickr —  where we select our Pic of the Day features.
Have you updated your Place Page yet? In addition to the Destination Guide, Place Pages are a way for creators to share their unique destinations in Second Life — including 360-degree photos! Our featured Place Page this week is the Skeleton House Halloween Store.
Linden Lab
***09-26-2017 UPDATE - We've confirmed that this issue has been resolved and you should no longer see the warning.***
Next time you update your Second Life Viewer on Windows there is a chance that you'll get a warning from Windows Defender SmartScreen that looks something like:

 

Assuming you got the installer by downloading from our web site or through an automatic viewer update, you can safely tell it to "Run anyway".
What's happening? When you launch something that's been download from the Net, Windows checks with Microsoft to see whether or not the thing you're launching is ok. When the answer is effectively "we're not sure," that warning is displayed.
Normally, we don't get these warnings because for many years we've been digitally signing the viewer and its installer and Microsoft has been recording the fact that things signed by us have been installed many times by many users. Unfortunately, what Microsoft uses to recognize that the application is from Linden Lab is the code signing key we used to generate the signatures. That key expired this week, and we had to get a new one. Until enough people install the application signed by that new key, it won't have a good enough "reputation" with Microsoft to avoid the warning.
So please help out your fellow Windows users (and us :-) ) and install those updates so that our new key develops the same well-trusted reputation the retired one had.
 
Brett Linden
This week’s Destination Guide highlights include a massive grid-wide game and several new spots you’ll want to snap and share with friends.
Save the grid from impending doom and win fabulous prizes in the new grid-wide game Tyrah and the Curse of the Magical Glytches. This ambitious adventure extends to multiple parcels across all of Second Life and many land owners can even get in on the action. It’s unlike anything ever seen before in SL.

Are you a photo buff? This week's Destination Guide highlights include new photogenic spots including a remote Russian weather station and a historic spot that takes you back in time to 18th century France . There's also a new exhibit that brings together seven acclaimed photographers -- each of whom explores their visual interpretation of one of the seven virtues.
There’s plenty to more to explore, too. Here are some highlights and new events to check out this week:
Tyrah and the Curse of the Magical Glytches
Save the grid from impending doom and win fabulous prizes. Capture Glytches, avoid Glytch spells, upgrade your weapons, play bonus levels, and avoid the treacherous perils to complete your Glytch collection!
Visit in Second Life Khodovarikha
Khodovarikha (in Russian: Ходовариха) is a weather station located on the freezing Barents Sea. Remote and desolate, with a permanent population of just one man, Slava. Witness his 'arctic limbo' in one of the loneliest places on earth.
Visit in Second Life ilargia
From the artist's description: "Eternal and sacred tree of life in space mythology."
Visit in Second Life Lilium
Seven photographers were invited to create a photo, each of them representing one of the seven virtues. The title of the exhibition was inspired by the homonymous song from the anime “Elfen Lied.” More info at daphnearts.com/lilium
Visit in Second Life The White Cliffs of Dover
A story of a place. A rich history. A memory of sorrow and hope. A conversation with yourself. The Cliffs and Town of Dover by Tahiti Rae takes place in a rich, immersive, and stunning setting with occasional time slips to the 1940s. Learn more at ecalpemas.wixsite.com/dover.
Visit in Second Life 18th Century France in Time Portal
Step through the Time Portal into a mysterious laboratory and visit a chateau just outside of Paris sometime in the 18th century. It appears that nobody is home. Have the servants not made the house ready yet or has the wealthy family just left? Are they maybe on the run for the revolution? Where are the servants, anyway? Who knows! But take this opportunity and have a good look around.
Visit in Second Life All Hallows at Moochie
Among the treacherous trees, the moldering mist, the rattling ruins and the wretched wailing winds, there are creepy corners and secluded shadows waiting for those who dare to venture into the darkness. Sable black, sable black, windy and weird, All Hallows at Moochie is a place to be feared.
Visit in Second Life Autumn in the Land of Rainbows
Autumn has come to the Land of Rainbows. This amazingly scenic sim shows all the colorful splendor of the fall season in Second Life. You start at the visitor center where you can learn about wildlife. Catch a Ranger tour or explore all the special features alone. Take a free umbrella, you will need it! The Farmers Market makes a return, new this year is the apple cider brewery. Come enjoy the fall!
Visit in Second Life The Pumpkin Patch at Fancy Decor
The third annual Pumpkin Patch at Fancy Decor offers a fun and cozy shopping experience. Take photos, or peruse the many shapes, sizes, and colors of pumpkins, hay, and other fall-themed goods!
Visit in Second Life Tennessee Whiskey Country Club
Tennessee Whiskey Country Club features classic, current and cutting-edge country music. The building is an old whiskey distillery located somewhere in the hills of Tennessee. There is a concert area where some of country music's greatest artists perform. Be sure to check out the bonfire area where everyone gathers on Saturday night. The venue is very comfortable, just like an old worn out pair of jeans and dusty old boots.
Visit in Second Life As always, don’t forget to share your Second Life pictures with our official Second Life Flickr —  where we select our Pic of the Day features. Have you updated your Place Page yet? In addition to the Destination Guide, Place Pages are a way for creators to share their unique destinations in Second Life — including 360-degree photos! Our featured Place Page this week is Biker Parties Bar and Railroad Station.
If you have a place of your own that you want to share with the rest of us, make sure to drop us a note at editor@lindenlab.com or submit your spot via web form.
Linden Lab
As we teased at the end of August, an all new grid-wide gaming experience has been in the works here at the Lab, and today we’re excited to announce that it’s opening! Tyrah and the Curse of the Magical Glytches is here for you to explore - read on for the details.
MAGELLAN IS DEAD!!! Dr Talpa has not been seen since his robot army was defeated and Tyrah escaped before he could turn her into a cyborg. The moles are in shock and mourning Magellan's passing. Who will protect the grid now that he is gone?? No one is sure…
Mischievous, magical creatures called Glytches are creating havoc upon the grid!
Where did the Glytches come from?  What does Tyrah have to do with it?  Curse?!  Learn all in this special background video!

It’s up to you, the Residents, to save the grid from these adorably rascally creatures.  As you catch them, you get to keep them!  Sometimes when you catch them, you are also given gems which you can use to upgrade your weapons, play a prize lottery, and even enter special bonus regions chock-full of more Glytches and gems.
To get started, go to the Portal Park and find the new portal to Tyrah and the Curse of the Magical Glytches.  Walk through that portal, watch the background story and tutorial videos if you haven’t already, pick up your starter kit from The Apothecary, and start hunting!
 

 
The Glytches are all over the grid, in places like PaleoQuest, Linden Realms, Horizons, various InfoHubs and other locations.  They’re even on parcels owned by Residents!  Don’t worry, they won’t be on your own personal parcel unless you want them there. There’s information about how to apply to host Glytches on your parcels in the Official TCMG Wiki page.
 

 
Getting Your Glych Collection Started

Remember that mysterious Egg you picked up during Second Life’s 14th birthday celebrations?  Bring it with you! It’s finally ready to hatch! To hatch your egg, pick it up (wear it, just don’t sit on it, because...ew!) and take it to Hartyshire.  Find the hatchery located inside the Gift Shop, and click on the hatchery.
You must be wearing your egg in order to hatch it.
Your Mission ...
Now that the threat of the Glytches is real, will you rise up as a hero and capture as many as you can? Can Tyrah count on your help? Head over to Portal Park and start your Glytch-collecting adventure now!
 

 
 
 
 
Linden Lab
Dear Second Life Residents,
It’s been an exciting summer at Linden Lab. Second Life celebrated its 14th anniversary, and shortly thereafter we also opened Sansar’s creator beta to the world. In addition, we are thrilled to announce a set of investments into Second Life and its communities that will include enhancements to our engineering support, customer support, billing systems and upgrades, and customer acquisition outreach. In all, we’ve budgeted many millions (USD, not L$...) in the coming year to make SL even better, and we’ll keep everyone up to date on improvements as they roll out (or sooner).
This summer’s milestones have given us all another opportunity to reflect on just how strong the Second Life community is, what an incredible history SL has had so far, and what an amazing future lies ahead for the virtual world and its Residents.
For more than 14 years, you’ve created memorable experiences, diverse communities, close relationships, thriving economies, engaging art, exciting events, and amazing creations of all kinds. You’ve made the world, and we’re proud to provide the platform and tools that help you to do so. We at Linden continue to be impressed by what we witness from Residents every day, and we want you to know that we share that commitment to and love for Second Life.
Here are a few of the things you can look forward to soon:
We are hard at work upgrading all of the SL infrastructure and moving it to the cloud, which will bring a wealth of opportunities to Residents near and far, and allow us, among many other things, to make SL more performant for Residents across the world from us. It may also allow us to introduce new products with more flexible pricing.  
We’re working on several features to increase the value of Premium subscriptions. Most recently we gave Premium members priority access to near-full events, and shortly, we’ll be ready to unveil another bit of exciting news for subscribers.
We're building out a series of great extensions to Windlight (code name: EEP!), which will give value, flexibility, and new marketability to land, and will make Windlight settings tradeable assets.  
We have an extension to the animation system in the works (code name: Animesh) that will allow non-avatar objects to use more powerful and efficient skeletal animations the way avatars can today, and even more changes planned for creators and merchants later in the year.
We’ve also got new experiences and events coming. An exciting new grid-wide gaming experience is coming soon! The team can’t wait to share the details with you in just a few days. Also in the works for this fall is an updated Halloween Haunted Tour, with new spooktacular events to celebrate. Not to mention, we’re turning 15 next year - SL15B, baby! That’s an incredible milestone and we are looking forward to collaborating with you to produce an amazing celebration.
Long live Second Life and long live the creative process in the amazing worlds that you've trail-blazed! Thank you for filling SL with your creations and communities all of these past 14+ years, and here’s to many, many more together.
Best,
Ebbe Linden, CEO & the Second Life Team
 
 
 
Brett Linden
Sci-fi fans now have a new inworld hub for discovery of roleplaying hot spots in Second Life. The Sci-Fi Museum and Hub is a community-created, centralized starting point for all-things-sci-fi. It’s also one of our top picks for the week from the latest additions to the Second Life Destination Guide.
Another favorite is the latest art exhibition “Ghost” from Cica Ghost, the prolific 3D artist who is known for her frequent pop-up art installations in Second Life. Like a ghost, Cica’s creations tend to appear and disappear quickly — so you’ll want to check it out fast before it vanishes.
This weekend, there are also numerous new limited-time events added to the Guide including a new carnival with plenty of rides, a fantasy fashion event, a vintage California-themed experience and a Lunar Festival.
Here’s all of this week’s highlights:
Future by Cica Ghost
''If you don't imagine, nothing ever happens at all.'' - John Green
Visit in Second Life Sci-Fi Museum and Hub
The Sci-Fi Museum and Hub features many interactive virtual model exhibits from popular science fiction, as well as space simulator rides, games, a theater, an independent project spotlight building, freebies, a full library, and a hub area with many teleports to sci-fi, STEM, and roleplaying areas throughout Second Life!
Visit in Second Life Aero Pines Park Carnival
Bring a date, friends and yourself and enjoy the carnival at Aero Pines Park. Rides, games, photo opportunities and more await you! Dunk your friends in the tank or go bowling. Ride the Gravitron, go roller skating or play video games. Good clean family fun is here and waiting for you! Event ends Oct. 7.
Visit in Second Life Fable 2 Once Upon A Time
What do you dream of? What is your fairy tale or horror story? Fairies, elves, fantasy, horror...the choice is yours. It is your story to write. L$10 gifts from 80 designers and event exclusives! Come submerge yourself into this fantasy world! Event ends August 26th.
Visit in Second Life The Coven Lunar Festival
The Coven is a new witchy event in Second Life featuring all things magical. This round is a special Lunar Festival round celebrating the moon and all things lunar.The sim is decorated with gorgeous lights and caravans. There is fortune telling, tarot reading, and many gifts from designers for people to grab. Come celebrate during this special round of The Coven. Held through August 26.
Visit in Second Life California Dreamin'
You are invited to Mieville's California Dreamin', a full sim of vintage California fun and sun! There are nearly 100 shopping booths plus entertainment, Gachas, shopping, dancing, amusements, entertainment, food and drinks and much more! Open through August 20, 2017.
Visit in Second Life aQua
aQua is the ultimate floating entertainment resort. Take a yacht over to this one-of-a-kind destination on a full sim surrounded by water and filled with exclusive themed shopping by top creators and designers. Come and enjoy the exquisite views, scintillating pools and luxurious yachts.
Visit in Second Life The Coral Garden of Amarantha
Welcome to the Coral Garden of Amarantha underwater exploration and adventure region. Swim with whales or dolphins, explore the underwater habitats or find the submarine and explore this 10-sim region and The Coral Garden of Templeton Cove.
Visit in Second Life Cay's at Woodland Lake
Cay's at Woodland Lake offers a variety of music ranging from classic rock, blues, country, oldies and more! Be entertained with an excellent selection of music in a beautiful and welcoming atmosphere. Cay's utilizes several venue areas and has earned a reputation as the "go to" place for special and holiday events.
Visit in Second Life Avatar, Interrupted
It is 2036. Religion is banned, and rioting is the norm. The government medicates the population to have greater empathy, moral reasoning, to be happy. Those who can't be medicated have run from being rounded up and controlled in other ways, and formed their own community in the wastelands of Gula.
Visit in Second Life Mountain Lion Night Club Amusement Park
Enjoy the amusement park while listening to live deejays in this open air club. Ride the latest roller coasters including Angry Birds and The Shark Tank or take a hot air balloon ride! Experience music from the 60s to present day including pop, new wave, top 40 and your requests! Themed events are held weekly including concerts and light shows, too!
Visit in Second Life Don’t forget to share your Second Life pictures with our official Second Life Flickr —  where we select our Pic of the Day features. Have you updated your Place Page yet? In addition to the Destination Guide, Place Pages are a new way for creators to share their unique destinations in Second Life — including 360-degree photos! Our featured Place Page this week is Sakura Noel.
If you have a place of your own that you want to share with the rest of us, make sure to drop us a note at editor@lindenlab.com or submit your spot via web form.
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