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It’s officially winter. All across the grid, people frolick through snow, snuggle around fires and prepare for this most wonderful time of year. We at the Destination Guide would be remiss if we didn’t share a few of the awesome places we enjoy wandering through. It’s a tradition, really.

Just like the song, few things are as joyous as dashing through snowy landscapes in a one-horse open sleigh. Speaking of classics, it just wouldn’t be the same without a loving recreation of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, or last-minute shopping on a snowy boulevard. We also have a magically enchanting forest and a floating realm molded from crisp winter light. And for those of you who like a little excitement with your holidays, ever wonder what a battle between Halloween and Christmas would look like? Of course you do.

As magical as this time of year is, none of it would be possible without you. So join us and create something magical. Most of all, happy holidays!

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The North Pole Sleigh Ride Adventure

Come experience a winter wonderland filled with magical scenes and classic Christmas memories. Enjoy a delightful scenic sleigh-ride, ice skating, a lodge and of course a visit with Santa and his elves!

Visit in Second Life

 

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Frosty Night 2013

There's a new sky world being held during this snowy season. Dance and share wonderful times with your loved ones. Breathe frozen air and dazzling lights. Touch the freezing feather for a gift and have a wonderful time.

Visit in Second Life

 

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2013 Christmas Town

2013's Christmas Town is a one-of-a-kind time travel ice skating ride through an all-encompassing flashback journey through the greatest Christmas memories of all time. Don't forget to join the Christmas marching band as Santa heads down Main Street. A landscape of wonder and visually rich magic awaits you at Christmas Town!

Visit in Second Life

 

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Imaginaria

Imaginaria is a winter-themed sim with a magical secret garden, snow, forests, a frozen pond, ice skating, a covered bridge and many other beautiful winter scenes. It's a great place to take pictures or just explore, relax and hang out.

Visit in Second Life

 

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Holiday Havoc

Caught in a gulf between two ancient forces, the world finds itself caught between the might of Halloween and Christmas itself! This war threatens to ignite after a devious assassination. It'll require someone with the skill, courage, and wisdom to put a stop to the inevitable conflict and save both holidays. Are you up to the challenge?

Visit in Second Life

 

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A Christmas Carol

With pride, Mint Entertainment brings you a recreation of the Charles Dicken's timeless novel "A Christmas Carol." Explore 1800's England and travel through Scrooge's Christmases past, present and future. Great fun for all!

Visit in Second Life

 

Linden Lab

 

 

In the newest installment of The Drax Files: World Makers, Draxtor Despres interviews Rose Borchovski, known throughout Second Life for her amazing and immersive art installations. Listen in as Drax and Rose discuss inspiration, the creation of Susa Bubble, current projects and more. Be sure to watch this thought-provoking episode of The Drax Files: World Makers.  

Find the

below or at Drax’s website.


Interested in more Drax Files? Watch all the previous episodes at the links below!

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 1: Kriss Lehmann

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 2: Jo Yardley

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 3: Eshi Otawara

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 4: Fantasy Faire / RFL

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 5: Engrama

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 7: Rod Humble

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 8: MadPea Games

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 9: Elie Spot

The Drax Files Episode 10: Robin Sojourner

The Drax Files Episode 11: Dwarfins

The Drax Files Episode 12: Ole Etzel

The Drax Files Episode 13: Creations for Parkinson's

The Drax Files Episode 13: Creations for Parkinson's

Linden Lab

A recent security breach at Adobe gave hackers access to private information for users of Adobe sites and services. This included Adobe passwords, email addresses, and password hints. Second Life has not been compromised, but, this is a good reminder that it’s important to never use the same password for Second Life that you use elsewhere.

If you have reused your Second Life password on other services, particularly if you used it for an Adobe service, you should change it immediately.

After every large breach, fraudsters search for users who reuse their passwords on other sites, so if you use the same password for Second Life and other services, your Second Life account could be at risk if one of those other services suffers a security breach.

You can easily change your Second Life password by following this link, and for more info, check out this Knowledge Base article on Passwords and Account Information.

Linden Lab

UPDATE: 02/05/2014

Fitted mesh is here! Find out more at the announcement blog post here.

 

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Today, we are launching an experimental Project Fitted Mesh Viewer with additional collision bones needed to support dynamically fitted mesh garments on all of the avatars. When these changes have been finalized, they will enable garment designers to use the superior capabilities of mesh content creation tools to make garments that adapt to a wide range of Second Life avatars.

Since the introduction of Mesh to Second Life, creators have faced challenges fitting Mesh garments to the Second Life avatar. Because mesh objects are not resizable in as many ways as the avatar itself is, it has been difficult for mesh garment creators to provide garments that adapt to the shape of the avatar in the way that the image-based clothing layers do. While many creators have made heroic efforts to provide products in a range of sizes, and some have collaborated to define a set of standard sizes that work reasonably well for much of the user population, many have found that mesh garments just don't work well enough for their avatars. Mesh garments also don't move with the body parts affected by avatar physics.

Users have developed two approaches to address these problems:

Rigging garments to the "collision bones" of the avatar skeleton (often marketed as "Liquid Mesh"). This works in current Viewers for some body parts, but there are some avatar shape parameters that do not have corresponding collision bones, so garments do not adapt to fit everywhere on the body.

The "Mesh Deformer" project added code to the Viewer to dynamically compute how to modify each garment shape by looking at how the vertices of the avatar were changed from that of the female and male base shapes.

The Linden Lab development team has studied both approaches, and compared their effectiveness, maintainability, and performance. Neither approach completely eliminates the occasional need for an alpha clothing layer to prevent small parts of the avatar skin from appearing through garments, but both work quite well at resizing garments so that they fit the avatar and move naturally with it. While the collision bones method requires the creator to do some additional rigging, we have decided that because it leverages more of the existing avatar shape system it is likely to be the more maintainable solution and to perform better for a wider range of users.

We have posted documentation on the wiki describing the full set of collision bones, including the newly added ones. We invite creators to begin experimenting with creating garments rigged to this new skeleton.

At this time, the new skeleton should be considered provisional and subject to change; we do not yet recommend selling or buying garments rigged to it. Since we may find reasons to improve it during this testing process, and any change to the collision bones will likely break garments rigged before the change, we want to make sure that we have a set of bones that we can all live with into the indefinite future before it is widely used.

Creators and other users who participate in testing can provide feedback by filing Jira issues in the Fitted Mesh project.

Linden Lab
As with any online service, Second Life users are targeted by scammers from time to time. One type of scam we’ve seen recently are websites that promise huge discounts on L$ sales and even offer to buy L$.
Often, these sites use these “too good to be true” discounts to lure you into entering your credit card information, which they then steal. Sometimes, they will use trusted payment systems, but sell you fraudulently obtained L$. When these fraudulent L$ are recovered by Linden Lab, you may then struggle to recover your payment from the anonymous strangers that sold them to you.
Not only does using these sites put your credit card information at risk, but it also constitutes a violation of the Terms of Service. Remember, you can buy L$ only on the LindeX or from an authorized L$ reseller; you can sell L$ only on the LindeX.
The good news is, keeping your credit card and your Second Life account safe is easy:
Only purchase L$ on the LindeX or from an authorized L$ reseller
Remember that the only place to sell your L$ is the LindeX, the official exchange operated by Linden Lab
Be wary of any offer (which may be made via IM or direct message) that sounds too good to be true. If the site isn’t an authorized L$ reseller, ignore it.
Linden Lab
We’ve seen many great machinima films created in Second Life over the years and are happy to see events like the Machinima Expo recognizing the talent and amazing work that goes into creating machinima.
The Machinima Expo celebrates its sixth year with screenings and panel discussions about the art of Machinima on November 17th, 2013.
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Check out the Official Machinima Expo 6 Screening Films here, which include The Drax Files: World Makers Episode 2, featuring Jo Yardley - which we blogged about here.
 
 
Linden Lab
UPDATE: the maintenance has been completed and all should be back to normal. Thank you again for your patience!
 
Tomorrow morning (Thursday, November 7), we’ll be performing some important database maintenance for about an hour, beginning at 7am PT.
During this period, a number of Second Life services will be impacted. Some users may be logged off and may be temporarily unable to log in for a brief period. The maintenance may also disrupt transactions, logins, and account registration. The land store and land auctions may also become unavailable during this time.  
We recommend that users refrain from rezzing or transferring valuable (no-copy) objects or making any L$ or Marketplace transactions during this maintenance window.
We will update this post when the maintenance has been completed, and you can follow along at Grid Status for more detailed updates as well.
We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you all for your patience as we work to improve Second Life for everyone.
 
Linden Lab
‘Catfish’ UK Now Seeking Second Life Stories
Regular readers of this blog may recall that some months ago, MTV’s Catfish: The TV Show was seeking stories from Second Life (read our blog post here).
Now, the UK edition of the show is also eager to hear from Second Life users involved in serious online relationships with people they’ve not yet met offline.
If you’re interested in participating, check out their casting call below:


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


Watch the
below, and visit Ole’s YouTube channel to check out some of his fine work. 
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New to the Drax Files or looking for previous episodes? Visit Drax’s website or check out the links  below!
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 1: Kriss Lehmann
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 2: Jo Yardley
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 3: Eshi Otawara
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 4: Fantasy Faire / RFL
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 5: Engrama


The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 7: Rod Humble
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 8: MadPea Games
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 9: Elie Spot
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 10: Robin Sojourner
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 11: Dwarfins 
Linden Lab
We’ve just published a new video that briefly highlights a few of Second Life’s recent improvements and new features.
If you’re a follower of this blog, the content will probably be familiar - it includes initiatives like Project Sunshine and SLShare  - but we all occasionally meet someone whose notions of Second Life are a little (or more than a little) outdated, and we hope this video may help get them more up-to-speed on what Second Life is like today.
Check out the new below, and share it with your friends!
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Linden Lab
The latest installment of Draxtor Despres’ great series, profiling some of Second Life’s most creative people, is here! Episode 11 of The Drax Files: World Makers focuses on the Dwarfins.

Watch the
below, and be sure to check out the Dwarfins inworld! 

 

 
New to the Drax Files? Catch up on previous episodes at Drax’s website or at the links  below!
 
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 1: Kriss Lehmann
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 2: Jo Yardley
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 3: Eshi Otawara
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 4: Fantasy Faire / RFL
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 5: Engrama

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 7: Rod Humble
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 8: MadPea Games
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 9: Elie Spot
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 10: Robin Sojourner
Linden Lab
Machinima artist Draxtor Despres is at it again, this time with an uplifting interview with Robin Sojourner, best known in Second Life for her texture tutorial and wonderfully crafted skins and clothing.
 
Join Robin as she shares her insights on creativity, teaching, and balancing offline and online life. Not to mention the importance of nurturing the creative spark in each of us. So pull up a chair,
and go make something! 
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As always, be sure to catch up on previous Drax Files at Drax’s website and below!
 
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 1: Kriss Lehmann
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 2: Jo Yardley
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 3: Eshi Otawara
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 4: Fantasy Faire / RFL
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 5: Engrama

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 7: Rod Humble
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 8: MadPea Games
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 9: Elie Spot
Linden Lab
This week, the server component of Project Sunshine will go live across the entire grid! This means that all the improvements we discussed in our previous post will be available to everyone in Second Life.
It’s important to remember that you need to be using an up-to-date Viewer to enjoy these improvements. If you’re still using an outdated Viewer, the server-side changes rolling out now will cause you to see some avatars as broken or incomplete. As of this week, all avatars will be using the new system and will appear broken to you if you don't update.  
If you haven’t already, please update your Viewer now and enjoy Sunshine!
Catch a look at what Project Sunshine has to offer
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Linden Lab
In our quest to uncover and share the new and wonderful inworld creations, we spend a lot of time delving into Second Life. So without further ado, we’d like to highlight a little bit of what jumped out at us this month.
For you investigative types, we have an ultimate hunt for... well, stuff, and a fiendishly difficult search for those interested in a challenge. Rounding things out are a beautifully rustic Viking village, a lovingly re-designed shopping center and a triple-tiered nightclub to let out that wild side. We always love seeing your creations, so join in the fun and submit your own. See you inworld!
The Ultimate Stuff Hunt
With over 220 designers, new home products and the latest in men's fashions, the Ultimate Stuff Hunt is a month-long hunting extravaganza. Find unique items to make your house a home or try out that new look with bold fashions and intricate accessories. And don’t forget the free gifts at the lounge. The hunt starts on August 2nd, so get down here!
Visit in Second Life  
The Bleeping Bunny Hunt
Welcome to the Bleeping Bunny Hunt, a hunt so hard you'll want to curse! Every designer is providing a hint, a riddle or a scavenger hunt to find those pesky exclamation points. This hunt is meant to be hard. If it was easy, why do it? You'll encounter decoys along the way, but stick with it for your just rewards. The Bleeping Bunny Hunt runs from August 1st through the 15th, so don't wait.
Visit in Second Life  
Syrinx
Syrinx is a beautiful and authentic Viking village. This moderate, non-combat location includes period-appropriate buildings and activities, they've even got the animals and plants native to Scandinavia. There are many places to engage in chores, spiritual and cultural exploration, relaxation, chores, adventure and maybe a little romance. Beware of sharks and bears!
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Zed Designz
"Keep up Darling, we'll hit the Men's level next!" "But Babe, what about the alien shooting game?" The Mothership landed in Second Life with a fabulous range of mesh clothing and accessories for ladies and gents by Zed Designz. Arrive in style by monorail then enjoy lucky chairs, hunts and fabulous prizes. Shop 'till you drop and party through the night at Club Zed.
Visit in Second Life  
Equilibrium Night Club
Travel to the world of music with Equilibrium Night Club! Come see talented live musicians and DJ's from every corner of the globe in three unique atmospheric zones. Enjoy live concerts at Music Garden, shake your body at Dance Hall and don't forget to bring your sweetheart to VIP Hall while you bask in the views of the city. Friendly to all races, so come on by.
Visit in Second Life
Linden Lab
As mentioned in our previous blog post, summer is the season for exciting and uplifting events of all types in Second Life. With that in mind, we’d like to bring your attention to 2013’s Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education. The VWBPE conference runs from July 24th through the 27th and finishes with extended, four-week massive open online course to examine education in the virtual world.  

VWBPE 2013 is a worldwide community event that focuses on education in immersive virtual environments. This open conference is organized by educators, for educators, and showcases the learning that takes place in virtual communities. Come see innovative educators share their achievements and challenges in enhanced learning technology and their visions of how future collaborative learning will grow through virtual worlds and games. For additional information, be sure to visit http://www.vwbpe.org/ and check the conference schedule here.
 
 
VWBPE 2013
The Virtual Worlds Best Practice in Education (VWBPE) is a community-based conference that provides opportunities to share current teaching, learning, and research practices in 3D virtual environments. The event runs from July 24th through the 27th, be sure to visie http://www.vwbpe.org for more information.
Visit in Second Life
Linden Lab
We’ve been working for some time on a set of improvements – code-named Project Shining - to give Second Life users a better inworld experience. The latest improvements from this work include an improved object-caching and streaming system called Project Interesting.  
As we’ve previously blogged, this project will greatly reduce the load and time it takes to draw objects in regions. Put simply, this means scenes will appear more quickly and smoothly as you move throughout Second Life.
Project Interesting is a set of improvements to how the Viewer and server work together to know what scene objects to draw. We’ve already made the server smarter about sending the important, "interesting" stuff first, and today we’re launching a release candidate for a new Viewer that does a much better job of storing and managing the scene data on your computer. This will not only improve the speed at which a location loads, it will also help with overall Viewer performance.
This all translates to a smoother, faster Second Life experience that gets you to the Interesting stuff that much faster. So check out the
, then go try out the new viewer Second Life Interesting Viewer version 3.6.11.283895. W7AC1RojXOk

Linden Lab
Now that October has come and gone, why not take a moment to see what’s new with the Destination Guide? We always have interesting destinations showing up and we love sharing them. So get some relaxation in before that winter rush, huh?
To help get over all that October excitement, we’ve got some soothing islands perfect for taking a break, a fashion fair for a little remedial shopping, and a lovingly rainy gallery in a brand new location. But if quiet contemplation isn’t your cup of tea, why not lose yourself in the mysteries of a forgotten well, take in a few live shows or get ready for an ever-popular November hunt? If all else fails, you can always purge horror with creativity and create something awesome. See you inworld!
 
The Jerky Turkey Hunt 3
That turkey, he's so jerky! Leaving feathers all over the grid, causing chaos and mayhem wherever he goes... He's a jokester and loves to stir up trouble. Find the feathers to find the jerky turkey and end up with a gobbling gaggle of end sponsor prizes. Held Nov. 15th through the 30th, visit http://evilbunnyhunt.blogspot.com for more information.
Visit in Second Life  
The Well: Sollicitus
The sequel to last year's experiment in fear returns in The Well: Sollicitus. A team of scientists investigate a strange well to uncover what happened to the young boy who vanished and the rescue team that went missing searching for him. Get the HUD and try to complete the labyrinth of tunnels, avoiding gruesome monsters and terrifying shadows.
Visit in Second Life  
Otium
Otium is Latin for leisure and laziness. Otium also explains the philosophy of this archipelagic retreat. Get away from your necessities and obligations and slip into the intellectual leisure of the creative dimension. Otium is the ideal place to relax.
Visit in Second Life  
Rockabilly Fashion Fair
The Rockabilly Fashion Fair has over 100 top designers with lots of exclusive items and retro hotness, just for you. Grab your friends, family, even random passers by and step back to the time of slicked hair, leather jackets and Bettie Page style. Rockabilly isn't just a look, it's a way of life, daddy-o!
Visit in Second Life  
Grey November Gallery
The Grey November Gallery is exactly that: an art gallery set in a cheerfully gloomy cabin in a grey November rainstorm. The animated pictures are the product of Rodriguez Munro and were inspired by both the real and virtual worlds.
Visit in Second Life  
Hesperia of Templemore
Hesperia of Templemore is a wonderful sim dedicated to live music performances. This stunning build excites all of the senses, with several music venues that host many live events. Come to Templemore City for the beautiful views, intricate design and awesome ambiance.
Visit in Second Life
Linden Lab
In the newest installment of The Drax Files: World Makers, Draxtor Despres introduces us to Fran Serenade and Barbie Alchemy, a mother and daughter taking on the challenges of Parkinson’s, neural plasticity and more. Come watch the emotional Episode 13 of The Drax Files: World Makers.  

Find the
below or at Drax’s website.nyiiWxNguGo
New to the Drax Files? Catch up on previous episodes at the links below!
 
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 1: Kriss Lehmann
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 2: Jo Yardley
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 3: Eshi Otawara
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 4: Fantasy Faire / RFL
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 5: Engrama

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 7: Rod Humble
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 8: MadPea Games
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 9: Elie Spot
The Drax Files Episode 10: Robin Sojourner
The Drax Files Episode 11: Dwarfins
The Drax Files Episode 12: Ole Etzel
 
Linden Lab
Every day is dress up day in Second Life, but now is your chance to win some cool prizes for it.
The Second Life Fa-BOO-lous Halloween Snapshot Contest is here! Get your avi ready and show us your best Halloween/Dia de los Muertos themed images.
You could win L$10,000, L$3000, L$2000, or L$1000 for your snapshot!
The contest runs from 10am PT on October 15, 2013 untilt 5pm PT November 8, 2013. Winners will be voted on by the community! Check out the full rules and submit your snapshot here.
Need some inspiration for your contest shots? Here are some cool spooky spots to get your creative juices flowing.
 
Haunted Pirate Mystery Hunt
It's a murder mystery and hunt! People have died from a variety of unnatural causes. Can you discover what happened? Explore this magical island, looking for fifteen clues. Find the clues and solve the mystery.
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Dark Dharma Haunted Manor
Welcome to DarkDharma Haunted Manor, they've been waiting... Built in the 1880's, this haunted Victorian manor is an imposing structure, never mind the broken windows and wandering souls. It might even be charming, if it wasn't for what happened. What happened to the last occupants? Come visit, if you dare!
Visit in Second Life  
DeadPool
Aged elegance is re-animated in DeadPool, a new experience ripe for exploration. Watch as the bygone disco days rise again! Zombies roam the overgrown and wistful spaces of a forgotten amusement park, see the old roller-disco flash and strobe while amazing DJ's pump dance-worthy beats. Skate around the fringes of the party if you're too afraid to chance in the park. Remember, zombies hate fast food, so get those wheels greased and ready to go.
Visit in Second Life  
2013 Halloween Town
Halloween Town is full of shops for all of your Halloween needs. From party, food, costumes and more. Be sure to enter their spook house where you'll turn from spectator to participant as they pay tribute to the greatest horror of all time.
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Havenhollow
Welcome to Havenhollow, an interactive neighborhood featuring a door to door trick-or-treating experience. Trick or be treated, leave no corner turned unexplored. This town is packed with fun, mystery and excitement for friends to experience together. Days of mischief, haunted woods and surprises galore await you in this fog-lit town.
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RMK Halloween 2013
"Happy Halloween!" booms from a pumpkin-headed boy from a dark alcove. "Trick or Treat and welcome to RMK Gothic. I am Jack, the ghost living in this town!" It must be the Halloween season at RMK Gothic, come visit for spookily-themed quests, stores and more.
Visit in Second Life
Linden Lab
Photo taken from the Destination Guide entry for Pumpkin Town.
Thin clouds scrabble across full moons, Jack-o’-lanterns grin madly, while skulls rattle in dusty graves. Yes, friends, October is here with all the spooky holidays it entails. Every year, multitudes of creators craft scores of frighteningly wicked creations for Dia de los Muertos and Halloween. Have something you’d like to share? A haunted moonlit glade? A boutique with the perfect themed purses? Show us your creations and discoveries!
If you’re looking for spooky new destinations to explore, fret not. The Haunted section of the Destination Guide is chock full of decrepit houses, fiendish hunts, terrifying games and much more. So don your costumes and stock up
Linden Lab
Today, we’re introducing Second Life Share or SLShare for short. It’s a new feature that makes it easy to share things from Second Life with your friends on Facebook.
SLShare is a new, 100% opt-in Viewer feature that will allow you to easily update your Facebook status, share photos, and check-in from Second Life locations to your Facebook wall.
Whether you’re at a great inworld event and want to let your Facebook friends know where to join you, want to show off a photo of your avatar modeling your latest Marketplace purchase, or just share a thought inspired by your inworld explorations, SLShare makes it easy to share pieces of your Second Life experiences with your Facebook network.
Check out this
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SLShare isn’t yet available for everyone, but starting today, a certain percentage of users will begin to be able to access the feature, and we’ll soon rolling it out to everyone.
UPDATE - Oct. 1, 2013: we're ready to expand the testing group for SLShare! If you'd like to give it a try, you can download the RC Viewer with SLShare feature here.
 
 
 
Linden Lab
From now through September 8, 2013, customers in the US can take advantage of a couple of great sales for Second Life packs on Amazon:
The Premium Vehicle Pack -  which includes L$4000, an exclusive hoverboard, deluxe sail boat, and premium dune buggy - is now 30% off.
 
 
 
The Hoverboard Bonus Pack - featuring turbo mode and exclusive protective gear - is now 60% off.



And, the Pet Pack - which includes four adorable troobles - is now 60% off.




Head on over to Amazon now if you’d like to take advantage of these great deals!

This particular sale is limited to US customers only, but Second Life is now also available on Amazon in the UK and Germany as well, and we hope to expand our promotions in the future, so keep an eye out!
Linden Lab
If you keep an eye on Linden Lab announcements, you might have seen that we recently acquired Desura, the community-driven digital distribution service that puts the best games, mods and downloadable content from developers at gamers’ fingertips, ready to buy and play.

Now, Second Life is available on Desura (oh, and Patterns is too)! You can still access Second Life as always, but this now makes it easier for anyone with a Desura account to get into Second Life as well. If you have friends who are Desura players, help spread the word! And, if you’d like to check it out yourself, it’s free and easy to create a Desura account.

Linden Lab
In this episode of the Drax Files, join machinima artist Draxtor Despres as he showcases his explorations in Second Life with an interview with Elie Spot, co-owner of Mon Tissu and Celoe in the Mayfair sim.
In this interview, Elie talks about the joys of balancing Kentucky culture, the freedom of grid life and the joy of creating her own mesh designs and clothing (and it shows). But don’t take our word for it, watch the
 below and see for yourself! 
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Soothing design and bold fashion at Celoe.
And if you haven’t caught up on the earlier Drax Files, now’s a great time to start. Check the links below or visit Drax’s website at draxtor.com.
 
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 1: Kriss Lehmann
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 2: Jo Yardley
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 3: Eshi Otawara
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 4: Fantasy Faire / RFL
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 5: Engrama

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 7: Rod Humble
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 8: MadPea Games
 
Linden Lab
We’re pleased to announce an update to Second Life pricing for educational and nonprofit institutions. Effective immediately, any accredited educational institution or any organization with a 501©(3) charitable non-profit tax status (or equivalent) is eligible for a 50% discount on private region set-up costs and a 50% discount on private region maintenance costs.
As long-time Second Life users will note, the discount on maintenance costs is similar to a discount previously offered to these organizations. More recently, after reviewing our pricing, we have been offering this discount directly to individual organizations, but today we are happy to formalize this pricing, extend the discount to also include set-up costs, and open applications for all that are eligible.
For more details on the offer, including how to apply, please see the wiki page here. 
Organizations eligible for this discounted pricing are also eligible for invoicing of the private region costs. Invoices must include a minimum of six months of maintenance. Additional details can be found here.

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