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Xiola Linden

Have yourselves a very merry winter! Second Life creators have been decking the halls, flocking the trees, piling up the firewood, and spreading holiday magic all over the grid. This edition of Second Life Destination Guide Highlights really took to heart the spirit of the season.

Around the world the holidays are celebrated in so many different ways. In Second Life you can visit many diverse celebrations without the hassle of packing up your luggage. Join the Second Life Resident community inworld to wish happy holidays to all!

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2015 Christmas Expo

The 2015 Second Life Christmas Expo, held thru Dec. 14, features both holiday and non-holiday items from some of the best creators and designers in Second Life, spread across 8 sims! Don't miss the many special events for Relay for Life, including live performances, deejays, skating parties and much more. For more information, be sure to visit slchristmasexpo.wordpress.com.

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White Christmas

With the beauty and joy of the holidays in mind, Tymus Tenk and Truck Meredith, creators of Calas Galadhon Park, share the holidays with their new sim build "White Christmas." With sleigh and flying reindeer rides, a balloon to The North Pole, ice skating and the opportunity to relax by the fire or attend a live music performance at the Christmas Pavilion, there is plenty to put one in the holiday spirit!

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Furillen

Furillen is a depiction of an island off the north-east coast of Sweden containing abandoned industrial builds that were once part of a former limestone factory. Remote, bleak and beautiful, this is a Second Life photographers haven.

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Garden of Whimsy Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland is a lush sparkly winter refuge for avatars and animals alike. Wander the starlit paths to discover wildlife, romantic cuddle spots or just to watch the stars. Cross the balloon bridge to find a charming winter village and courtyard skating rink. Santa's Village along the coast is bristling with activity and elves preparing for the big night! Winter Hunt 'til Dec 24th.

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Christmas at Old Europe Winter Village

Christmas at Old Europe is a traditional favorite for eight years. Join the festivities and enjoy ice skating, a reindeer ferris wheel and a group sleigh tour that supports up to eight people flying high over this festive region. There's also snowball fights and dancing in the village square. Don't miss the posted schedule of Christmas music and lightshows throughout the holidays.

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KittyCatS! & Friends Advent Calendar & WinterLand

KittyCats celebrates its fifth winter with wonderful gifts daily from 24 of SL's most loved content creators! Explore the KittyCatS Magical WinterLand where you can skate, ski, sled or stroll a lovely path aligned with gingerbread houses that display creative festive scenes.

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Gacha Good Candy Cane Lane

Gacha Good Candy Cane Lane is a Christmas, Winter and holiday event filled with over 100 gachas and merchant areas. Here you'll find lots of great collectibles, decorating, and gift ideas. This event runs Dec 12-31.

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Enchantment at Paris METRO Art Gallery

Enchantment is an installation by AmandaMagick, curated by Shiloh Emmons at Paris METRO Art Gallery. This event earmarks the opening of a new artist on the SL scene. Amanda's fantasy enactments and flair for capturing fantasy images in SL is sure to enchant you.

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Christmas at Buckingham Palace

Experience the elegance and warmth of a Regency Christmas! Travel back into time and stroll the halls of Buckingham Palace decorated in yuletide splendor. Enjoy a Christmas concert in the music room, sip warm tea by the fire in one of the many state rooms, ice skate on the pond out on the great lawn, or share a courtly dance in the blue ballroom.

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Mrs Santa’s Christmas Market

On two charming squares in an old European city you will find this festive Christmas fair. Take a ride in the horse sleigh or bind your skates with your lover to dance on the ice rink. Recover the child in yourself in the carousel or near the carol singers. Visit the manger, the little chapel or just enjoy the shopping in over 100 stores and stalls and get your presents in the Advent Calendar Hunt.

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Celestinas Winter Wonderland

Celebrate the holidays at Celestinas Winter Wonderland, a place to take photos, dance or just hang out.

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As you explore the grid, share your inworld pics to the group pool at our Official Second Life Flickr.  Pic of the Day images are selected from there and featured on our blog and social media pages.

If your spot isn’t in the Guide and you think it should be, drop us a line at the submission form.

Linden Lab

“It is possible to meet your soulmate in a virtual world. I know because I met mine there, and he’s right next to me on the sofa.”

This episode of the Drax Files shares the story of Isla Gealach and Ewan Mureaux - two Second Life Residents who discovered love and self-awareness through the creative process.

Isla - owner of Cheeky Pea - makes her living creating virtual decor and furniture for what she calls ‘environmental spaces’ - contributing to immersive experiences for Second Life Residents. Ewan does much of the scripting for Cheeky Pea. They met in Second Life and their online friendship grew into an offline relationship and partnership.

To find out more about their creative process and work/life balance, tune in to this episode of

 

Want to see more personal Second Life stories? Find all the previous episodes of The Drax Files: World Makers at Draxtor’s Website, at the links below, or subscribe to our YouTube channel:

 

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
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 12: Ole Etzel
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 13: Creations for Parkinson's
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 14: Rose Borchovski
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 15: Scottius Polke
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 16: Feed a Smile
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 17: Zachh Barkley
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 18: Paradise Lost
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 19: Virtual Chemistry at Texas A&M
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 20: Flockers
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 21: Editorial Clarity
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 22: Virtual Health Adventures
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 24: MadameThespian Underhill
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 25: Oblee
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 26: Absinthe
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 27: Nylon Pinkney
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 28: Whiskey Monday
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 29: Insilico
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 30: Maylee Oh
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 31:Tom Boellstorff
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 32: Jay Jay Zifanwe
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 33: Luxembourg 1867
Linden Lab

Marvelous Designer is an advanced tool for creating 3D mesh clothes, and for a limited time, Second Life creators can save 50% on an online training course from CG Elves that will teach you how to use this software.

Visit the CG Elves site through this link, opt in to the “Mastering Marvelous Designer: Beginners Course & Advanced Workshops,”  select any add-ons you may want, then use secondlife-special in the coupon code section of the checkout cart to receive your discount.

This offer is only good until December 30th, 2015 - so find out more about the training course and if it’s right for you by visiting the CG ELves website today!

Mastering Marvelous Designer Online Training Program

Xiola Linden

The Second Life Destination Guide is the place to go if you’re on the hunt for something to do. There’s no shortage of holiday-inspired spots, snow-driven regions, art, events, and fun activities to keep you and your friends busy for a long time! So throw on the kettle, slip on some toasty socks, and check out this grab bag of holiday treats from the Destination Guide editors.

 

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The Gathering by Bryn Oh

The Gathering is a new contemporary artwork by Bryn Oh. Learn more at brynoh.blogspot.ca or watch machinima at

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A Silent Night

I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night...

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Pal Park's A Christmas Carol

Travel back to 1800's London and become immersed in this homage to Dickens' classic tale "A Christmas Carol." Enjoy the warm fuzzy feelings of Christmas nostalgia, the wide-eyed innocence of Tiny Tim, and the festivities of the holidays while you walk through each scene.

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The North Pole Sleigh Ride Adventure!

Come celebrate the North Pole Sleigh Ride Adventure in its 5th year and experience a winter wonderland filled with magical scenes and classic Christmas memories.

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Botanica Follow the Star Advent Hunt

Wander Botanica’s Winter Wonderland for a holiday decorating ideas and join in the “Follow the Star” Advent Hunt from Dec. 1 through Dec. 24th. Twenty-four dated and numbered stars are packed with a variety of favorites (and different prizes from previous Botanica hunts) including holiday decorations and furniture, hidden in plain sight and waiting to be claimed on the right day.

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Wayward Market

The Wayward Market shopping experience gives you the opportunity to experience items from those you know and love, as well as, talented new creators! More info at waywardevents.com/wayward-market.

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Frisland Winter

Peace is above the country. The colder weather arrived, snow has fallen and everything seems to be asleep. Visit a crystalline white winter wonderland on Frisland!

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Skill Gaming Region: Excalibur Games

Discover riches beyond your wildest dreams at Excalibur Games, a skill gaming zone with a medieval twist.

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Skill Gaming Region: Phantasia Games

Escape into a world filled with skill gaming fun at Phantasia.

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Skill Gaming Region: Vivara

Come visit Vivara for a unique, resort style gaming experience. Featuring Greed Multi-player games, Spin2Pot, MooLoTo and No Devil. There is even a free-to-play area for those wanting to learn, or just play for fun! Explore the elegant gaming hall. Relax in one of the poolside cabanas, have a cocktail in the lounge or enjoy artwork by talented SL artists in the gallery. Welcome to Vivara!

Visit in Second Life

As you explore the grid, share your inworld pics to the group pool at our Official Second Life Flickr.  Pic of the Day images are selected from there and featured on our blog and social media pages.

If your spot isn’t in the Guide and you think it should be, drop us a line at the submission form.

See you inworld!

Xiola Linden

This volume of Second Life Destination Guide Highlights is a blend of shopping events and places to wander. Cozy up with your friends and family in Second Life because winter is coming!

Rainbows and snow await so we’ll keep this one short and sweet  login and drop by these events!

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It's A New Dawn

The dawn has come and the wine will run....and the song must be sung and the flowers are melting in the sun.

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Saint Pete City

It is a city of wonder, of noises and sweet delights, of treasures waiting to be found, of stories. Welcome to St. Pete City...

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Tannenbaum Holiday Market

A pop-up holiday market with over 100 vendors, Tannenbaum kicks off winter shopping in a big way. Explore Tannenbaum's Holiday Market and connect with artisans across the grid, selling festive clothing, jewelry, skins, hairs, home decor, toys and treats, and more! Or wander into the Christmas Tree Lot and peruse a fantastic selection of ornaments, lights, garland and other trims for your tree!

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Brotherhood Winterland

Visit this amazing winter forest, where there are so many things to do! Here you'll find ice skating, sledge rides, playground camping, camp fires and more!

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ALUZ Island

Early winter has come to ALUZ Island, a peaceful quiet venue perfect for photos. Be sure to bring your skates. Explore with your love in the cozy winter nooks...you could even propose in the wee beach shack. Christmas will arrive soon.

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On the Boardwalk Gacha Fair

On the Boardwalk Gacha Fair has returned for another round! Frozen Fantasy is the theme, and there are over 60 gachas for you to try your luck! Plus rides, games, and snowball fights - there's a little something for everyone, but dress warmly!

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Cosmetic Fair - Rainbow Effect

Running until November 30, Cosmetic Fair is an event where you can buy cosmetics, skins, and accessories for your avatar! Tattoo layers, mouth appliers, and many head appliers are available. Come brighten up your avatar with this rainbow themed event!

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Fantasy Creators Yuletide Showcase

This showcase shines on the creativity, imagination and beauty of 20 of Second Life’s most excellent fantasy creators. Each creator was asked to pick their favorite items to feature. In addition, they are offering a free hunt item in the seasonal theme. Come join the fun and enjoy the live music and great gifts. Get your hohoho on with us.

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Candy Cane Lane

Candy Cane Lane has humble beginning that date back to 2004. What started as a few textures very quickly grew into something much more. The creator aspires to design a feeling of warm fuzzies as you wander the displays or skate on the large ice rink. There's even a cappuccino bar that offers warm drinks to the visitors.

Visit in Second Life

Be sure to share your inworld pics to the group pool at our Official Second Life Flickr Pic of the Day images are selected from there and featured on our blog and social media pages.

If your spot isn’t in the Guide and you think it should be, drop us a line at the submission form.

See you inworld!

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Linden Lab

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We’re collaborating with some of the top-selling merchants on the Marketplace to bring you the 12 Days of Savings Sale. Shop great deals on some of the most popular items available.

Starting today through Monday, December 7th, 2015, shop a few of the top-selling brands and take advantage of major savings on select items. Looking to get some names checked off your gift list? Why not get a head start and save big in the process?

Participating Merchants include Abiss Interior, Blueberry, G I O M E N, GizzA Creations, Magika, Mandala Jewelry, Slink, Studio Skye, and Truth Hair. Stop by each during the sale to shop for clothing, accessories, hair, interior decor, and more before these deals are gone.

Get started and drop by the Marketplace now!

Xiola Linden

Last Thursday, more than 150 Second Life Residents gathered in the studio at the LEA Theatre as Saffia Widdershins and Jo Yardley sat down with Ebbe Linden. We asked Residents to submit their questions ahead of time via the forums, and the Lab Chat production team took to the task of selecting the questions that would be addressed during the show. Ebbe answered the questions on hand, and spent additional time diving into live questions from the audience.

If you were not able to attend, there are several ways in which you can catch up on what was discussed.

 

  • A podcast of the show is available at The Drax Files website.
  • Transcripts of the show are available here courtesy of Inara Pey.
  • Video of the program can be viewed on the
    as well as on the Lab Chat blog.

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Jo Yardley (left), Ebbe Linden (center - in one of the new standard avatars), and Saffia Widdershins (right) discuss Second Life and Project Sansar at the first session of Lab Chat. Photo taken by Torley Linden.

We want to thank the Lab Chat production team (Draxtor Despres, Gentle Heron, Marianne McCann, Elrik Merlin, Petlove Petshop, Inara Pey, Arduenn Schwartzmann, Aisling Sinclair, Devin Vaughan, Saffia Widdershins, and Jo Yardley) for all of their work to make  the first ever Lab Chat a great success!

Keep an eye on this blog for more information about future episodes of Lab Chat and the next call for questions in the forums.

Xiola Linden

Our Second Life Destination Guide editors have been getting their boots quite broken in while exploring the freshly-driven snow of wintery regions submitted to the Destination Guide. It’s a blast to see how the Second Life community stretches its creative muscle to do it up around the holidays and there has been no shortage of great spots coming in. We’re reminded of how incredible this community is as a sum of so many diverse and unique people. Keep up the amazing work!

Take some time over the next week or so to stop by some of these spots to really feel the spirit of Second Life’s amazing Residents.

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Eiffel Tower

Pay tribute to the victims of the recent attacks in Paris in this virtual replica of the city of light.

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The Ghost Town Of Bodie

Visit a reproduction of Bodie, a ghost town in California, USA, constructed by the Literature Alive! group.

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Wintertime Reflections

Celebrate the holidays at Wintertime Reflections, a winter wonderland filled with fun activities including ice skating and more.

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Arosa SL in Winter

Based upon a place in Switzerland, Arosa SL sits below the largest mountain chain in Second Life. Visit the Winter Market in the Arosa village square, and sip on a warm Swiss hot chocolate or glühwein. Pull on ice skates or skis, or borrow a free sled for snowy fun. Maybe you will find nice wildlife! Afterward enjoy some quiet time in the tavern or one of several romantic spots with alpine views.

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Christmas at the House of Avro

Explore this winter wonderland extravaganza, packed to the brim with Christmas! Take a ride on the trolley car or take your life in your hands and try the downhill ski run! if you're not so brave then there is ice skating and a wonderful Christmas carousel! For those that love to shop, there is the Christmas town and stores packed with beautiful Christmas decorations!

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Winter Wonderland at Two Moon Paradise

Two Moon Paradise is proud to present the 5th Annual Winter Wonderland. This beautiful venue features rides, skating, skiing and live events. Free gifts, skates and lots of hot chocolate are waiting for you. Celebrate the magic of winter!

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Wonchewcome Inn Resort

Welcome to Wonchewcome Inn & Resort. They'll take your bags once you've checked in so you can get outside and start enjoying yourself. Bundle up, though, it's cold outside and there is a definite chance for snow in the forecast! Oh! Please don't feed the bear!

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Winter at the Retreat

The snow is falling and the wind howling at The Retreat, a relaxing spot that has a plenty of places for pictures. Warm up inside or go ice skating and dancing with your friends and loved ones.

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Wayward Market

The Wayward Market shopping experience gives you the opportunity to experience items from those you know and love, as well as, talented new creators! More info at waywardevents.com/wayward-market.

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Enchantment

Enchantmentsl.com is a seasonal event that takes place four times a year. Each round is inspired by a different and unique fairytale! The best designers and creators in SL come together to celebrate the chosen fairytale and create something inspired. Shoppers can enjoy a beautiful environment filled with everything from clothing to accessories! Check out the hunt as well.

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Winter in London

Enjoy the winter season in London City. Activities include Ice skating, sleigh rides, outdoor street traders, hot roasted chestnuts on a brazier and open-air weekly concerts, bringing the festivities to life. For details see mainlandlondon.blogspot.co.uk.

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Winter Scenes 2015

Enjoy the many activities at Winter Scenes including ice skating, snowball fights, couples dancing, exploring and more. Relax in the lodge, play games, cuddle, ride horses, explore a winter maze and more.

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Aphrodite Winter & Christmas Market

The new Winter & Christmas Market has opened! Here you will find houses, furniture, holiday decorations, gifts, Christmas trees and everything you may need for your holiday celebrations in SL!

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Winter Festival on Creations Park

Have fun with your friends at Winter Festival on Creations Park. Ice skate over the entire frozen sim. Sled down the snowy mountain. Experience the finest winter amusement rides. Dance to live music. Fall in love in the Romantic Winter Forest. Get a head start on holiday shopping. Find all the free gifts in the Holiday Hunt. Best of all feel the joy at this special place built with love for you.

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Be sure to share your inworld pics to the group pool at our Official Second Life Flickr Pic of the Day images are selected from there and featured on our blog and social media pages.

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Linden Lab

As we blogged last week, we’ve joined with a Resident-led production team to participate in a new Q&A show called Lab Chat! Lindens will answer your questions in a 1 hour show that will be recorded with a live studio audience.

The first Lab Chat - with guest Ebbe Linden -  is this Thursday, November 19th, at the Linden Endowment for the Arts Theatre. The show starts at 10:30am SLT, and if you have trouble getting there at the link above - you can try here and here. Seating is limited - but if you are unable to attend, we’ll have a recording available soon - stay tuned!

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Linden Lab

We are pleased to announce two changes that make it less expensive to get your own Private Island in Second Life!

Price Drop for Land Set-up Fees

Effective immediately, all new Private Island set-up fees are up to 40% cheaper! Whether you’re looking to expand your estate or just getting started with your first Private Island, it’s a great time to buy.

Here are the new, reduced set-up fees:

  • Full Private Island  - previously $1000, now $600
  • Developed Full Private Island - previously $1029, now $629
  • Homestead Private Island - previously $375, now $225
  • Developed Homestead Private Island - previously $395, now $250
  • Openspace Private Island - previously $250, now $150

Qualified educational and nonprofit organizations will continue to receive a 50% discount off the applicable set-up fee (as well as 50% off ongoing maintenance fees). For more information about our discount program, please visit this page.

If you have paid a region set-up fee in the past 14 days, you will receive the difference in fees back as a credit (in US Dollars) to your account balance.

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Pic by Samuel Fallen.

Transferring Regions with Grandfathered Pricing

Previously, Private Islands with grandfathered pricing would lose that status and revert to the usual schedule of land maintenance fees when the regions were transferred to a new owner. Today, we are changing that policy to make it easier for these regions to remain on the grid if and when they are sold to new owners.

Effective immediately, both Grandfathered Full Private Island regions ($195/month) and Grandfathered Homestead Private Island regions ($95/month) may be transferred to new owners without losing the discounted pricing. However, the one-time fee for transferring grandfathered regions will be higher than the usual transfer fee, as follows:

  • Transfer of a Full Island, maintaining grandfathered pricing: $600/each
  • Transfer of a Homestead Island, maintaining grandfathered pricing: $300/each

The standard fee will still apply to all other region transfers, as well as if you choose to give up grandfathered pricing when transferring a previously grandfathered region.

 

Xiola Linden

Autumn has finally decided to fall upon us here in the Lab’s San Francisco offices. We didn’t think it would ever come - but took comfort in the fact that we could always visit gorgeous autumnal regions in Second Life. There is something magical and fantastic about that mix of Fall and Winter taking place all over the grid. Some of you are eager to dash into the winter holiday season - while others still cling to the lingering haunts of Halloween. I’m a little bit of both - to be honest! So, our Second Life Destination Guide editors must have been in the same mind when they curated this great list of spots you need to visit inworld!

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Gacha Good Events Bounty Of the Harvest

Gacha Good Events presents "Bounty Of The Harvest," a holiday event that celebrates the autumn and upcoming winter months with a variety of items that represent the fall month. There are 50 designers and over 100 Gachas to browse through.

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Rainbow Music Festival

Vote for your favorite deejays at the Rainbow Music Festival, beginning Nov. 13 at the Santorini Club.

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Disability Rights Affirmation Confererence

Virtual Ability's International Disability Rights Affirmation Conference (IDRAC 2015) offers speakers who discuss and celebrate successes, identify issues and re-affirm the rights of people with disabilities across the world. The event is held Friday and Saturday, November 13 and 14 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. (Pacific).

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Bellisimo Art Gallery

This gallery hosts beautiful artwork by talented Second Life artists. Don't miss the monthly exhibitions on rotation.

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Fractal Insanity

Fractal Insanity is an exhibition that features the fractal art and abstracts of Milly Sharple. The art in this gallery is rotated regularly as new work is added, keeping the venue interesting for new visitors as well as returning ones.

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BristolQuest

Explore this island of adventure, filled with lots of fun and prizes that await you. There are several missions where you can look for artifacts, pendants, vouchers worth Lindens, treasures and more.

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Aspen Fell - Endless

Discover the charms of Endless by Aspen, a calm monochromatic sim is open to the public for all to enjoy.

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Driftwood Valley Winter Wonderland 2015

Driftwood Valley Estates would like to invite you to explore the 2015 Winter Wonderland. The naked winter trees line the avenue.There is a freezing chill in the air that brings crispness to the leaves, bejeweled with frost, that crunch underfoot. Rosy cheeked, we stamp to keep warm, pulling woolen hats over our reddened ears and tightening scarves over our blue-tinged lips.

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Christmas Fair 2015

Get ready for Christmas at this special fair, held through the holidays in Second Life. In the town square, you'll find a lit Christmas tree and shops that sell a variety of souvenirs, gifts, decorations and more.

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Christmas Lane

Come visit this beautiful Christmas and winter sim where you can fly with Santa, skate on ice, visit a coffee shop, listen to Christmas carols, take pictures and find all you need for this holiday season!

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Let it Snow! A Winter Wonderland

This winter-themed sim is filled with the spirit of Christmas. Bring your friends to explore, dine and dance in the ballroom, ice-skate, sledge, cuddle, play in the snow, visit the coffee shop and take photographs. There's plenty to do and see and everyone is welcome!

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Telrunya - Winter Has Come...

Welcome to the wintery land of Telrunya, the perfect place to explore, relax, go ice skating and take wonderful pictures in this exquisite scenery. With a hint of magic, this place is truly a winter wonderland.

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Krampus - Your Christmas Nightmare

In a repeating vivid dream, you get told that your name is written in Krampus' book. It promises that you will suffer all kind of hell's agony before the year is over. Can you escape your fate and stop the repeating dream?

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Christmas at The North Pole

In a secret valley in the North Pole, Santa Claus and his elves are working hard. In the hidden village, letters are piling up at the post office. Santa takes his time reading, checking each list twice, making sure he writes down who's naughty or nice. Come visit this magical wintry spot in time for the magic of Christmas

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Country Christmas

Welcome to Country Christmas, where you can stroll around looking for a special holiday present or simply ice skate in the park.

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Be sure to share your inworld pics to the group pool at our Official Second Life Flickr Pic of the Day images are selected from there and featured on our blog and social media pages.

There’s only a day left to enter to win prizes in our 2015 Fa-BOO-lous Snapshot Contest - take pictures of your inworld adventures and share them to the contest for a chance to win Linden prizes.

See you inworld!

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UPDATE 11.23.2015
Additional changes have been made to the Marketplace Beta Search and new forum thread has been opened for your constructive feedback once you have a chance to review the changes and test the Beta again. The old forum thread has been closed. Thank you for your continued feedback.

 

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We’re pleased to share that improvements to the existing Marketplace search functionality are now available through Marketplace Search Beta.  We’ve made infrastructure changes to improve the relevance of search results - making it easier for you to find what you’re looking for! We have also made changes for search to scale better as more content and categories are added to the Marketplace - and that means the newest creations and additions are at your fingertips.  We are still working on an important feature, which will allow you to exclude keywords (such as “demo”) from your search - but want to get this into your hands now and get your feedback!  

You can, of course, continue to use the default search as well.  

To try out the Marketplace Search Beta, visit https://betasearch-marketplace.secondlife.com to perform all your regular Marketplace activities. If you see any issues, please file a BUG JIRA with the Website -> Marketplace component.  For general comments and feedback, visit this forum thread. Happy shopping!

Linden Lab

In the spirit of the open Q&A sessions held at inworld events like the VWBPE conference and the

series, we’re pleased to participate in a new Resident-driven initiative called “Lab Chat.”

Lab Chat is an opportunity for you to ask Lindens your questions during a live taping that will be recorded and archived for everyone to view.

The first Lab Chat will be Thursday, November 19th, at 10:30am SLT at the Linden Endowment for the Arts Theatre - with guest Ebbe Altberg, CEO of Linden Lab.

Residents from the Lab Chat production team - Draxtor Despres, Gentle Heron, Marianne McCann, Elrik Merlin, Petlove Petshop, Inara Pey, Arduenn Schwartzmann, Aisling Sinclair, Devin Vaughan, Saffia Widdershins, and Jo Yardley - will pick questions to ask Ebbe from this forum thread - so be sure to get your questions into the thread no later than Friday November 13th, 2015. Authors of selected questions will be invited to ask their question live at the inworld show. Time permitting - additional questions from the audience will be answered.

If you are unable to attend the live show, a recording will be available shortly after the first Lab Chat wraps, so no one will miss out!

We’ll see you on November 19th at 10:30am SLT. Don’t forget to add your questions to the forum thread and mark your calendars to join us!

Linden Lab

Introducing the latest offering from our Starter Avatar Modernization project… 16 New Classic Avatars!

These new avatars are built combining mesh attachments with the original “system” process. Not only are compatibility issues being addressed, but the avatars are more performant and they look great! They can also be tweaked with the system sliders and easily dressed.

Last year, you may remember, we launched a number of new mesh avatars. They included both vampires and everyday people avatars that were built completely using mesh. While they looked good, they made outfit changes difficult and some of our internal tools were incompatible with the assets.

The new great-looking and efficient avatars will be available through the carousel during registration. Existing Residents can also access them through the “Me -> Choose an Avatar” menu in the Viewer.

In search of a new look? Try out one of our new classics today!

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Xiola Linden

The Second Life Destination Guide is here with the very first November edition of Destination Guide Highlights! Keep those submissions coming in we are always looking for new places to add so that Residents both new and old can discover some of the cool stuff happening inworld.

Our editors have hand selected a sample of some great spots on the grid so carve out some time to pay a visit to these locations and see what’s shaking in Second Life.

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Invasion!

Can you survive the invasion? Hop aboard this amusement park ride as you avoid attacking UFOs, martians, giant robots and even mutant insects! Don't miss this unique experience, available through November in Second Life.

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Fair Play Gothic and Fantasy Charity Event

Explore "The Forgotten Game: A Stonehenge Theory," a fantasy charity event and game by Fair Play. Thousand of years ago, there lived five tribes in the rough world of our nature: the folk of the Goblins,the Dragons,the Demons, the Angels and the Fairies. They met for a game at the sun and moon celebrations, and traveled long with all their family to be part of this old and ancient game.

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The Well: Infirmos

You awake in a healthcare hospital with no idea whats going on. Can you escape without loosing your sanity? The third in "The Well" series takes you back to the horrors of the well with a new creepy and shocking atmosphere. Entrance costs L$100.

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The Bridge

The Bridge is a mixed reality art project installed on a model of the Brooklyn Bridge. This LEA art exhibit features the unique international art work of Apha Auer, Bibbe Oh, Maya Paris, Mikati Slade, Misprint Thursday and Simotron Aquila.

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1867 The Virtual Pfaffenthal

Travel back to the year 1867 and visit an expansive virtual replica of Pfaffenthal in Luxembourg City. This project is part of an exhibition at the Luxembourg City History Museum, but you can also explore from home in Second Life.

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Out of the Looking Glass Into the Madness

In celebration of the 150th anniversary of a little girl's journey through childhood's fear and magic, Out of the Looking Glass Into the Madness will be joining The Dirty Grind's 3rd Annual Festival of Samhain! Explore this three-part steampunk wonderland installation inspired by Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and celebrate the arts during the live shows on Wed., Thurs., and Fri. Event ends mid-November.

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Disturbia Rage of Mystery

Disturbia is a mysterious and inaccessible island that has been abandoned, neglected and forgotten by society. It is a lovely little place, really...if you don't think about all the people who mysteriously vanish here.

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Scenes @ MetaLES

Experience art in the metaverse with Scenes by Ux Hax and Romy Nayar. This limited-time exhbition is divided into four scenes, with each scene lasting two weeks.

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The Dragon and the Knight

Attend one of the many live performances of "The Dragon and the Knight" by Kai Wirsing. This sim-wide stage production in Second Life is held on Nov. 16, 22 and 26. More info at lindenarts.blogspot.com/2015/10/lea7-dragon-and-knight-by-kai-wirsing.html

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The Jerky Turkey Hunt 5

That turkey, he's so jerky! Running around SL throwing feathers around, knocking stuff down, being loud and obnoxious - it's time to hunt him and bring it to a stop! Find the feathers to find the jerky turkey and end up with gobbling gaggle of fantastic fall and Thanksgiving-themed prizes! Hunt ends Nov. 30.

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Winter Festival for Team Fox

Have fun with your friends in the ice and snow at the Winter Festival for Team Fox on Creations Park. Enjoy the full sim for ice skating. Sled or ski down the snowy mountain. Dance to the daily live music. Experience the finest amusement rides, many you have never seen before. Get a head start on holiday shopping. Best of all feel the joy at this special place built with love. Event held Nov. 6-15.

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The Blasted Heath

The Blasted Heath is a region of grey desolation sprawling open to the sky. It is where an event known as the strange days occurred after a meteorite landed at the Gardner's well.

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No Such Thing

You've been selected as part of the Mayor's Special Task Force for Pest Control. Please report to Dr. Augustus Boffin at City Hall to receive your instructions. Upon completion of your tasks, collect your rewards! New Toulouse is an early 1900s-themed Louisiana community celebrating its 7th year in Second Life. This HUD-based hunt, a collaborative creation of its residents, runs November 7–28.

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Be sure to share your inworld pics to the group pool at our Official Second Life Flickr Pic of the Day images are selected from there and featured on our blog and social media pages.

There’s still plenty of time to win prizes in our 2015 Fa-BOO-lous Snapshot Contest - take pictures of your inworld adventures and share them to the contest for a chance to win Linden prizes.

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Second Life Residents really pulled out the stops and shocks to totally rock Halloween this year! There have been so many fantastic spots to enjoy that the Second Life Destination Guide is bursting with a ton of creepy creative places to get your shriek on. Don’t miss the Haunted category for a full run of great places to visit before the Halloween hype dies down for the year.

That’s a lot of places to visit - but fret not. Our fearless editors have braved them all and come up with this list of places you don’t want to miss. There’s still some time - but don’t wait - log in to Second Life and check out these incredible regions!

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The Smithsonian Day of the Dead Festival

The Smithsonian Latino Center and the University of Texas at El Paso present the annual Day of the Dead and Dia De Los Muertos Celebration, held Oct. 29 through Nov. 3! Honor loved ones by creating an altar in the cemetery, participate in a Fiesta de las Calaveras and Costume Contest, walk the spirit path, play Meso-American ball, dance to Latino music and more! For info at latino.si.edu/LVM/DayOfTheDead

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Halloween Trail

The 9th Annual Halloween Trail at Aero Pines Park features four regions of spooky fun! Explore the roads and trails to seek out interactive displays and adventures. Try the haunts and rides with friends, family, or groups!

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SGH Productions Fright Fest

Fright Fest is a full haunted sim. The sim contains three different haunted houses, a haunted ship, slaughter house area, zombies, cemetery, scary carnival, witches and much more. There are also scheduled live characters events each week.

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Memories

Berg by Nordan Art presents the latest installation of Giovanna Cerise "Memories" inspired by the poem "Do Not Chop Away, Shears, That Face" by Italian Nobel Prize winning poet Eugenio Montale. Immerse yourself in the transparency and be transported into the dance time. The installation will be open until December 2015.

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Trick or Treat 2015

Bring your friends and family for a spooky good time to the 6th Annual Trick or Treat! This free event runs until November 2 and is sure to thrill with 24 prize stations fill with free goodies. There's also a special final prize (don't forget to use the brand new HUD)! Escape the deadmines, beware the creature, meet your "friend til' the end," test your tolerance of creepy crawlies, and so much more!

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Loch Noble

Travel to a little Scottish village surrounding by nature in a autumn-themed atmosphere. Outside the village, there's a countryside to explore including an old ruin and little rivers where you can travel by boat. Climb up the hills or explore the caves for even more unexpected adventures.

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The Happily Haunted Hunt & Pumpkin Patch

Don't miss this spooky haunted house and hunt, held through Nov. 5. There's lots of amazing designers coming together to make a family-friendly Halloween Hunt that features high-quality prizes, a pumpkin patch and other games, too!

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The Bridge of Thighs

Every October the bridge appears. No one knows where it comes from. The only thing the residents of the city of New Babbage know is you don't cross it.

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Belleck House

A place of serenity. Come explore, relax, take pictures and just get lost in time. Feel the nostalgia as you walk through the manor or along the paths and feel yourself drift off into A Moment in Time.

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Be sure to share your inworld pics to the group pool at our Official Second Life Flickr Pic of the Day images are selected from there and featured on our blog and social media pages.

You could win prizes in our 2015 Fa-BOO-lous Snapshot Contest - so why not get clicking those pics?

Submit your location to the Destination Guide with this  suggestion form if you think we’re missing it.

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Second Life creators are taking elements of role play, re-enactment, and re-creation to allow Residents to experience different places - even in different points of time throughout history. That’s what Cyperpiper Roelefs and his team have set out to do with Luxembourg City and 1867 The Virtual Pfaffenthal.

The Musée d'Histoire de la Ville de Luxembourg hosts an exhibit in the physical world  that enables visitors to experience Cyberpiper’s virtual Luxembourg City and 1867 The Virtual Pfaffenthal in Second Life. The exhibit also includes Oculus Rift stations for more immersive exploration.

In addition to the exhibit at The Musée d'Histoire de la Ville de Luxembourg, Cyberpiper has created a virtual representation of Fort Thungen in Second Life which visitors to the Musée Dräi Eechelen can access with the use of computers setup inside one of the forts rebuilt towers. These stations allow patrons to travel back and time and experience the Fort as it was years ago.

Cyberpiper has also re-created Fort Thungen for an immersive experience inside the Musée Dräi Eechelen - which is housed in the fully restored Fort. Inside one of the fort’s towers, patrons can travel back in time to explore the Fort’s history from inside Second Life.

In this episode of The Drax Files: World Makers, Cyberpiper discusses how walking and living - virtually - in historic regions enhances traditional understanding of history. Watch the video

and visit these locations in world for yourself.

 

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Want to see more personal Second Life stories? Find all the previous episodes of The Drax Files: World Makers at Draxtor’s Website, at the links below, or subscribe to our YouTube channel:

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
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 12: Ole Etzel
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 13: Creations for Parkinson's
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 14: Rose Borchovski
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 15: Scottius Polke
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 16: Feed a Smile
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 17: Zachh Barkley
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 18: Paradise Lost
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 19: Virtual Chemistry at Texas A&M
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 20: Flockers
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 21: Editorial Clarity
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 22: Virtual Health Adventures
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 24: MadameThespian Underhill
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 25: Oblee
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 26: Absinthe
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 27: Nylon Pinkney
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 28: Whiskey Monday
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 29: Insilico
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 30: Maylee Oh
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 31:Tom Boellstorff
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 32: Jay Jay Zifanwe

 

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 It’s creepy, and kooky and you don’t want to miss it!

This Friday, October 30th from 10:00am SLT until 3:00pm SLT - you are most cordially invited to join us inworld for the 2015 Second Life Creepy Crawl! “What is the Creepy Crawl?” you may ask. It’s a scary-good inworld event where Lindens and Residents get dressed up in their best Halloween costumes and roam from spooky spot to spooky spot for music, dancing, and celebrating! It’s going to be a bit like a ‘pub crawl’ without the need for taxi fare.

Costumes are strongly encouraged for this event - so come out and show off your best. I am still deciding between 4 different costume choices I've put together and may have to wear all 4 at some point during the crawl. It’s a good thing we’ll have 5 hours to run amok and have fantastical fun. Just keep in mind that this event is for General and Moderate audiences when perfecting your look.

Below is the schedule and Destination Guide entries - so if you’re unable to join us for the entire duration - pop into the spot on the schedule when you can log in.

The 2015 Second Life Creepy Crawl is getting closer - don't blink or it could be upon with you little to no warning!

See you there!

~Xiola

 

THE SCHEDULE

10:00am SLT  to 10:30am SLT

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Bay City Hallowe'en Hay Maze

Bay City becomes "Hay City" with it's annual autumn hay maze! Find your way through, find some fun prizes...or find yourself on the dinner plate of spooky ghosts, spiders and rats!

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10:30 am SLT - 11:00am SLT

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Dance Island

Find live DJ performances and non-stop action at Dance Island.

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11:00am SLT -11:30am SLT

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Vampyr Empire

Transylvania, one of Second Life's longest running communities, features a thriving, tight knit family who can offer support for new people coming into this lifestyle. You'll find towering castles, dark corners and high-class Gothic-style shopping in this popular area. Don't miss the live events at The Wall, where you'll find music 24/7.

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11:30am SLT - 12:00pm SLT

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The Truth About Bats & Avies

slGoth is pleased to present “The Truth About Bats & Avies,” a charity festival for Bat World Sanctuary, held October 15-31. Do you love bats? Of course you do! Purchase bat-themed creations from top Second Life designers with proceeds toward Bat World Sanctuary. Explore three sims filled with castles in the Bats in the Belfry Hunt, hosted by Morphe, Inc. Grab a gacha at the charity bat cave!

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12:00pm SLT - 12:30pm SLT

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Pumpkin Town 2015

Pumpkin Town is one of the most famous Halloween towns in Second Life! It's a place to visit and have fun! Here you'll find deejay sets, concerts, freebies, shopping, a hunt and more. Learn more at pumpkin-town.blogspot.be. Open Oct. 1-31.

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12:30pm SLT - 1:00pm SLT

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Club End of Days

Enter the world of the dark angels, if you dare! Hidden in a dark corner of cyberspace is a secret club where vampires and other nocturnal creatures party the nights away. Join live DJ's as they play various music from old-school goth to the latest cyber goth genres. Welcome to Club End of Days.

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1:00pm SLT- 1:30pm SLT

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American Cancer Society

Offering hope to sufferers of this often fatal disease, the ACS in Second Life offers education/awareness programs and aims to unite survivors and caregivers. Residents can also visit Anatomica, which examines the key player in the body's immune system: the white blood cell.

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1:30pm SLT - 2:00pm SLT

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AEG Haunted Beach

This haunted beach is filled with interactive scary surprises. Wander among the dead and mingle with the demons...if you dare!

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2:00pm SLT - 3pm SLT

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Haunted Halloween Tour

The Haunted Halloween Tour is back with new scares and surprises for 2015! Strap in and prepare to experience haunts, ghouls, death, scares, and a descent through madness itself. It’s definitely not for the faint of heart!

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Xiola Linden

Now that the month of October is in full swing let’s keep the Halloween party going!

It’s time for another installment of Second Life Destination Guide Highlights a sample platter of some of the niftiest events and places to visit in Second Life while you explore inworld.

The spirit of Halloween grows ever stronger this week bringing with it a hearty handful of haunted hangouts for you to inhabit! There’s a lot to see so let’s get started with the top spots for this edition of the blog.

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Haunted Halloween Tour

The Haunted Halloween Tour is back with new scares and surprises for 2015! Strap in and prepare to experience haunts, ghouls, death, scares, and a descent through madness itself. It’s definitely not for the faint of heart!

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Carver's End

Nestled in a peaceful valley, the sleepy little hamlet of Carver's End is perfect for trick-or-treating but something is wrong. Evil lurks in the homes and businesses of this once lively small town. Discover the secrets hidden in the dark! Are you brave enough for Pulse Games' 8th annual survival horror adventure? This event features prizes from 21 killer designers! It's Trick or Treat Terror in Carver's End!

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Geeks n Nerds 2015

Geeks'n'Nerds, held through Nov. 1, is a shopping experience that features some of the top stores in Second Life. This event gives the community a chance to let their creativity fly in this popular and broad theme. From fandoms to science, to the future and the past, Geeks'n'Nerds has something for everyone in the grid.

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Wayward Halloween

This Halloween Gacha event is set on a themed sim along with a pumpkin patch for picking your own pumpkin to carve and a spooky cemetery full of frights. Don’t forget to grab your treat pail before heading over to the magical trick-or-treat street! There are over 100 stores participating with original Halloween items. Also, make sure to enter the Halloween photo contest, pick up your free gifts, and catch the Halloween party on the 29th!

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Penumbra Autumn and Winter Fashion Week 2015

The highly anticipated Penumbra Autumn Winter FW15 has begun! Fashion lovers across the grid can expect their consistent attention to detail in this quality show production showcasing the latest trends for the season with a week full of runway shows and retail shopping spaces. They can also expect a new level of depth in excellence! Consisting of over 50 designers from across the grid, showcasing more than 280 outfits in 16 spectacularly produced shows, this fashion week is poised to be the foremost and unparalleled fashion event of the year!

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Freak Show - Gacha Carnival

The Freak Show is a full sim Gacha fair hosted by Depraved Nation! This fair has a loose “freaky / halloween” theme and will run during the month of October. Shoppers may come dressed in their spookiest costumers (please be mindful of the scripts) and wander around the creepy carnival grounds, playing gacha games to win a wide variety of prizes!

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Your Worst Nightmare Gacha Event

This themed event, held Oct. 15-31, has over 100 Gacha machines and two mausoleums filled with items from some of Second Life's best merchants. Come by and browse through the haunted cemetery for a Spooktacular time at this fun event, sponsored by Super Sales Weekend and Gacha Good Events.

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KiLu

KiLu sim is the perfect dream escape brought to reality in Second Life. Come explore the pathways and enjoy the photogenic scenery and views. Autumn foliage decorates the sim and you'll never know what picturesque hidden treasures you'll discover.

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1313 Windlight Lane

Who knows what you will find behind the gates and walls of 1313 Windlight Lane. Explore the haunted house and find 13 pumpkins that contain free hunt items and more!

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Haunted Reflections

The old hotel seems to have guests again...There are vacant rooms, but you may find this place less than friendly.Some restless souls have also set up camp nearby. Do you dare to explore the grounds?

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Mission: Phenomenull Halloween Sim

Explore the mysterious ruins long abandoned and find many photo opportunities hidden all around the sim. Explore the dark passageways beneath the walkways around the sim. More dark photo opps await there...and more surprises, too! ! Open until Oct 31st.

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Be sure to share your inworld pics to the group pool at our Official Second Life Flickr Pic of the Day images are selected from there and featured on our blog and social media pages.

 

You could win prizes in our 2015 Fa-BOO-lous Snapshot Contest - so why not get clicking those pics?

Submit your location to the Destination Guide with this  suggestion form if you think we’re missing it.

Happy exploring!

 

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For a limited time you can save 50% on your first quarter’s payment for a Premium Second Life Membership subscription* - upgrade now to start enjoying the benefits of going Premium at a great rate! Premium members receive a L$1000 sign-up bonus, exclusive access to Premium Sandboxes (special areas inworld where you can build objects, rez purchased items, and meet other Premium members), a weekly L$ stipend to spend on whatever you like, your own home, exclusive gifts, the ability to join more inworld interest groups, and many other perks.

Special-Edition Halloween Gifts Are Out Now!

Better than stale candy corn and free of razorblades - these Halloween gifts are a real bag of treats to fright and delight your fiends - we mean friends!

Exclusively for Premium members - there are two Ghost Avatars and a Drone that you custom-control and pilot with a HUD. Go Premium, then pick up your gifts at the inworld Premium Gift Kiosks.

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There are also some spooky staples for everyone who loves Halloween to enjoy - just head over to the Marketplace NOW and grab your bag of goodies.

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The Return of the Haunted Halloween Tour

we brought you the spine-chilling Haunted Tour. Well, like any good haunted house - it appears to be alive and growing! This year, you’ll find some new additions to this thrilling ride. If you possess the fortitude to face your fears - follow the Halloween path at Portal Park and step on through.

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Happy Halloween!

 

 

*TERMS & CONDITIONS
This offer begins on October 22, 2015 at 8AM Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) and expires on November 2, 2015 at 8AM PST. 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 quarter’s bill and future quarters will be billed at the standard Premium Membership price (currently US$22.50 per quarter). Any Linden Dollar (L$) sign-up bonus will be applied to new accounts or accounts not previously upgraded to Premium Membership after the account has been active for forty-five (45) consecutive days.

Linden Lab

There’s a lot going on with Second Life these days, and we wanted to talk about a few of the projects that are either out or in the works!

Project Valhalla: CEF - Media on a Prim and in-Viewer Browser Overhaul
A new age of modern HTML5 content is upon us, and we're overhauling the way shared media (aka "media on a prim") works so that you can enjoy all kinds of modern web content within Second Life. Chromium Embedded Framework (CEF) is coming to replace the aging QTWebkit framework. What you can now see in a Project Viewer is the latest released version of Chrome - so it will render all modern web technologies - like HTML5, CSS3, WebGL; has the latest security patches; and will be easy to keep updated to a recent version. What does this mean for your Flash content? What about Quicktime? They may still work, but because both can only be viewed if the user has correctly installed a 3rd party plugin, we can't  promise support and you shouldn’t expect that it will work for everyone. Standard HTML5 is the way of the future and this Viewer will enable it for anyone. There are still bugs to squash, and we’re iterating quickly to bring you a smooth inworld media and browsing experience. If you have comments about this feature - please post to the forum thread about this topic - located here.

Rendering Complexity / Quick Graphics
Often the most resource-intensive part of rendering a scene in Second Life is the avatars around you. The Viewer has a measurement of how avatars are affecting your performance, and now we are putting the control over whether to render them in your hands!

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A new *Avatar Maximum Complexity* control lets you prevent expensive-to-render avatars from lagging you; any avatar over the limit is displayed as a solid color rather than rendering in full detail. A default limit is set based on the rendering performance of your system. You'll also get a notice when your own rendering complexity changes, and an indication when you're over the limit of too many of the avatars around you.

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Bundled together in this Viewer is a change that allows you to create and quickly change presets of your graphics settings, so as you go from a club to an art gallery, to the beach, or to your home, you can quickly adjust your settings to fit the scene. Learn more about these changes: avatar rendering complexity: graphics presets: and try the Release Candidate ViewerIf you have comments about this feature - please post to the forum thread about this topic - located here.

 

 

Notifications

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A neat quality-of-life improvement for busy Residents, incoming notifications are sorted into categories where you can view, interact with each or many at a time, and use them to manage the numerous important notices that arrive throughout the day. Try out this feature in this RC Viewer. A special thank-you to Resident Aki Shichiroji for the initial feature design!

 

 

 

 
SecondLife.com
Due to the numerous recent security problems affecting Flash, it has been completely removed from our website. A modern way to animate starter avatars in the join carousel and some other exciting news for registration is coming out really soon. Keep an eye out!

Mesh Importer
Recently we shipped the Mesh Importer Viewer, which now performs name-based LOD association and handles models with many materials - no post-import assembly required. You can visit the Knowledge Base article for more details.

Inventory Robustness
Inventory loss is a dogged and complicated problem that we are constantly pursuing. A recent simulator change now prevents loss of no-copy items due to a failed rez. A number of other improvements to inventory robustness are in the pipeline and will be rolling out soon.

HTTP Project
Last year we created a better implementation of the HTTP layer in the Viewer and used it to substantially improve texture loading. In this new RC Viewer, we've upgraded all the rest of the HTTP uses in the Viewer. This will make many other features perform better and more reliably, and is establishing the foundation for future improvements.

 

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Now that the month of October is in full swing let’s keep the Halloween party going!

The Second Life Destination Guide receives tons of great submissions all year, but there is no doubt that the creepy, campy, colorful, and creative side of the Second Life community really shines this time of year.

That means you have got to log in and start exploring before the winter holidays start to sneak their way into the grid. Take a peep at these fine selections and get ready to prowl some of the coolest regions in Second Life.

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BURN2: Carnival of Mirrors

Experience Burn2 - held Oct. 17-25. Burn2's flat, dust storm-plagued playa seeks thousands of campers, participants, music lovers, artists, performers, builders, and partiers. Come burn the man! This year’s theme is "carnival of mirrors." In this endlessly diverting spectacle, who is the trickster, who is being tricked, and how might we discover who we really are? Learn more at burn2.org.

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Prison by Cica Ghost

In this prison, all the doors will open for you, and you'll be able to escape at any time. But you won't feel like going away. And even when you finally leave, you will want to come back.

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The Epiphany

The Epiphany is a new gacha event featuring exclusives from some of the grid's best designers!

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LTD: The Event

LTD: The Event is now open. This bi-monthly home and garden event is dedicated to the top-quality designers of Second Life who "Love to Decorate"! More at lovetodecoratesl.com.

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Trancescending's Breast Cancer Fundraiser

Trancescending will turn pink for three days to support the fight against breast cancer and to help find a cure. Held Oct. 16-18, join the cause and community with 36 live mixing trance deejays from all over the world, who will gather all weekend long to bring you the finest trance music around. It's all to help raise much-needed funds to donate to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

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TAG! Gacha - The Haunted Mortuary

Join your favorite creators this Halloween for another adventure in Second Life gacha. This round will take you to the Haunted Mortuary and then out across the grid to discover the collections of creators like AptB, O.M.E.N, Contraption and Seven Emporium. Join the group Gachatopia! inworld to stay in the know and be the first out of the gate when the event starts. Event held Oct. 17-31.

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2015 Blaze Halloween Sim

This Halloween spot features numerous haunted attractions, including a zombie apocalypse maze, haunted house, pumpkin patch and more. Make sure you take the boat near the arrival spot to get to the two islands filled with spooky surprises.

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Bay City Hallowe'en Hay Maze

Bay City becomes "Hay City" with it's annual autumn hay maze! Find your way through, find some fun prizes...or find yourself on the dinner plate of spooky ghosts, spiders and rats!

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Disturbia

Welcome to Disturbia, an abandoned carnival where the freaks come out to play. No one truly knows what happened here. You be the judge. To all that enter, BEWARE! You might just leave a little deranged!

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The Liaison Collaborative

The Liaison Collaborative is an innovative, intimate events company based entirely within Second Life. The Boutique and The Garden are housed here and opens to the public every 7th through the 30th.

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Don’t hesitate to share your inworld pics to the group pool at our Official Second Life Flickr Pic of the Day images are selected from there and featured on our blog and social media pages.

Want to host a stop on the Official Second Life Creepy Crawl? Make sure you submit your location to the Destination Guide with this  suggestion form, then pop over to this blog to find out how to sign up!

Care to win some Lindens for your phantom-tastic photo skills? Enter the Fa-BOO-lous Snapshot Contest!

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In Second Life, every day is an opportunity to dress up, but come Halloween time, Residents step it up and take it to a whole new level of fun and creativity. If this is your first Halloween in Second Life - or even if it’s your 12th - you are in for something incredible!

All over the grid, regions decorate, put together trick-or-treat style hunts, blast some chilling tunes for your move your avatar bones to, and generally run amok in the undeniable excitement of Halloween. We couldn’t be left out of the spooky shenanigans, so there’s a few official events you won’t want to miss out on.

Along with this year’s upcoming Creepy Crawl, there’s a chance you could win one of four amazing prizes for your Halloween-themed snapshots! That’s right, take pics - enter the contest, and potentially win Linden dollars!

The 2015 Second Life Fa-BOO-lous Snapshot Contest starts today! Head over to the contest category of the forums to read the rules and start sharing your ghoulish, glam, gorgeous, and ghastly snaps.

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Stay tuned to this blog for more treats we are cooking up in the Lab!

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As promised - Halloween has taken over a big part of Second Life this month. There are hunts, shopping events, haunted houses, and much more in the ‘fright and delight’ vein to keep you and your friends busy.

The Second Life Destination Guide has received an overwhelmingly awesome number of submissions this week all in theme with the marvelous and macabre so we’ve plucked a few treats from the bucket to share here. There are a few non-Halloween spots as well for those who prefer a less spooky experience.

But for the rest for those that do not fear proceed with caution into the depths of the dark imaginations behind these terrifyingly terrific spots in Second Life.

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Havenhollow III

Holiday Appreciation Association presents: Havenhollow III, an interactive neighborhood featuring a door-to-door trick-or-treating experience. Trick or be treated. Leave no corner left unturned or unexplored. This town is packed with fun, mystery, and excitement for you and your friends to experience together.

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SL's Top Haunted Places Tour & Hunt

Join the Tour of "SL's Top Haunted Places" with approximately 50 or more really scary places for you to explore. Although mainly tours of haunted places, each has a hunt and some have places to shop. Pick up an updated list from the sign at each location.

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Halloween Haunt at Two Moon Paradise

Visit the fifth Annual Halloween Haunt at Two Moon Paradise. Dance to the skeleton rock band, take a ride on the skulls or just hang around with the bats. There's lots of gifts, as well as spooky places to visit, live entertainment and a whole lot more. Everything is interactive!

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The Unseen Kingdom

Days before Halloween, teenager Tommy Wilson and his friends discover a dream portal to another dimension…one that holds a horrifying secret that threatens their relationships, their sanity, and their lives. Explore the setting of Daniel R. Mathews' debut horror novel "The Unseen Kingdom." Lots of clues in the form of laptops, cell phones and newspaper articles abound. Come enjoy some scares!

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Prichard Project

Carlton was once a vibrant bustling town and home to Prichard Industries, manufacturers of advanced military vehicles. Now it languishes in the hills of New Hampshire, isolated by a military cordon. Officially, there is a quarantine, but is that really all that is going on?

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The Marathon Caye Underground

Explore the depths of Marathon Caye in a subterranean sewer complete with man-eating plants, and subterranean volcanoes.

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The Nightmare Event 2015

Visit The Nightmare Event throughout October and face some of your darkest fears. Walk through terrifying experiences and hunt for tons of free awesome prizes! When you are finished, enjoy the large shopping area featuring many great creators that bring you new Halloween horror items and prizes!

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ROMP

ROMP is an adults-only shopping fair focused on all things elegant and kinky. This event, held through Oct. 16, caters exclusively to the adult community and its participating creators offer some of the most unique, exquisitely made apparel, furniture, poses and accessories available on the adult grid.

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The Plastic Ocean

Come visit Betty Tureaud's art installation inspired by the problem of plastic waste in our seas. When you arrive you can catch a shark and swim round in Betty Tureau's color world.

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The Gathering

The Gathering presents to you a fantastical gacha experience, featuring a selection of Second Life's most original and imaginative 3D content artists. Uniquely handcrafted items for an extraordinary gacha experience.Event held through Oct. 14.

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Madpea's Peatonville Asylum

In 1943, 22 people mysteriously disappeared from the Peatonville Asylum. Dare to find out what happened? Join others as you seek answers in this interactive and immersive grid-wide point-and-click adventure game from MadPea, held through Nov. 30.

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Don’t hesitate to share your inworld pics to the group pool at our Official Second Life Flickr Pic of the Day images are selected from there and featured on our blog and social media pages.

Want to host a stop on the Official Second Life Creepy Crawl? Make sure you submit your location to the Destination Guide with this  suggestion form, then pop over to this blog to find out how to sign up!

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A-haunting we will go! This year we’re going to take inworld meetups and Halloween shenanigans and mix them together for a frightful mashup of mind-blowingly fun times. But - we need your help to make it happen.

Are you interested in hosting a stop along our Second Life Creepy Crawl? We’re looking for spots that will have music, are appropriate for general and moderate audiences, and don’t mind having a few Lindens and Residents dropping in all at once to dance and hang out for a bit.

The Creepy Crawl will be taking place on October 30th - more details to follow for those who just want to come along for the fun! But for those interested is potentially being a stop along the crawl - here’s what you should do.

  1. Make sure your place is listed in the Destination Guide - here’s how to submit.
  2. Hop over to this form and fill it out before October 20th - we’ll start selecting the venues after that!
  3. Keep an eye out for an email and/or notecard after the 20th 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!

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