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Xiola Linden

Still trying to get into Hair Fair 2015? Fret not — your good friends over at the Second Life Destination Guide have got your back. Stop by the Relay for Life of Second Life event this weekend and support a great cause! Find out more about their fundraising efforts and events at their website.

That’s not the only thing going on in Second Life right now — so here’s a handful of experiences you should get to when you next log in.

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Relay For Life of Second Life

Relay For Life of Second Life's relay weekend runs from July 18th through the 19th. Come join the largest event in Second Life and raise money for cancer research. Full schedule at relayforlifeofsecondlife.org/event-day

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Kustom9

Explore the exclusive creations of 66 designers in the latest round of Kustom9, a recurring fashion/design event in Second Life.

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Wayward Carnival

You are invited to the the Wayward Carnival featuring over 50 of the most renown designers, builders, and creators in all of Second Life! The Wayward Carnival, held through July 30, spotlights all the designer exclusives as well as a working carnival!

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Tristan und Isolde

Giovanna Cerise was inspired by "Tristan and Isolde," the drama of love par excellence, to create this installation. A lunar atmosphere and romantic environment welcomes you to the soundtrack music of Richard Wagner.

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LICK

The McFly Project - Step into the past and explore the world that once was and find your way in to the future. Just be careful to watch your step along the way.

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Don’t forget to post your Second Life pics to the Official Second Life Flickr page.

There are just a few days left to enter our snapshot contest. You could win L$10,000 by snapping pics of your free SL12B commemorative avatar. Grab an avatar off the Marketplace for exactly L$0!

That’s it for this edition of Destination Guide Highlights. If you think your spot should be added to the Destination Guide, be sure to hit us up via the Destination Guide suggestion form.

Linden Lab

As part of Second Life’s 12th birthday celebrations, Linden Lab CEO Ebbe Altberg (aka Ebbe Linden in SL) sat down inworld with Saffia Widdershins and Jo Yardley for a "Meet the Lindens" interview. You can watch the video below, and Inara Pey has written up a transcript you can read here.

You can

in full on our Official YouTube page.

The interview ended with some audience Q&A, but there wasn’t time to get to all of the audience questions, and of course not everyone was able to watch the interview live in the auditorium and ask their questions.

So, today we’re opening up a new Forum thread to address some of the questions we didn’t get to and to give everyone an opportunity to ask their own. We’ll answer some of the frequently-asked questions we spotted in local chat at the "Meet the Lindens" interview at the top of the thread, but feel free to add your own questions to the forum thread and Ebbe and other Lindens will endeavor to answer as many as we can. Join us in the Forums, here.

Linden Lab

Mark your calendars and set your DVRs: an upcoming episode of the popular daytime talk show, Dr. Phil will feature Second Life and some comments from Linden Lab CEO Ebbe Altberg (Ebbe Linden in SL). The episode is slated to air on Tuesday, July 14, and you can find your local listings through the Dr. Phil website.

Be sure to catch the very beginning of the show - you won’t want to miss Dr. Phil controlling his avatar live on what’s very likely the largest monitor Second Life has ever run on (40 feet wide!).

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The episode is focused on helping a young man who is sadly struggling with a number of problems, including an addiction to playing an online game. He’s not a Second Life user, nor is Second Life presented on the show as a negative experience. Instead, it’s shown as an example of how far digital experiences have come from the days of Pac-Man and Pong, and Ebbe briefly speaks with Dr. Phil about some of the incredibly positive ways Second Life is being used by people around the world - from education to entrepreneurship, creative self-expression, and more.

In addition to a number of Lindens who helped make it possible for Second Life to be included in the program, we’d like to give special thanks to Naughty Mole, Abnor Mole, Ancient Mole, Bat Mole, and Draxtor Despres for their help in creating Dr. Phil’s avatar and filming some inworld footage showing his explorations of Second Life.

 

Xiola Linden

It’s the most wonderful time of the year — it’s time for Hair Fair! With proceeds going to Wigs for Kids, and multiple regions of fresh hairstyles from just about every hair designer under the sun — you are not going to want to miss it. Technically it doesn’t start until Saturday, but you’re going to want to bookmark it and start saving some Lindens.

Now you’re going to need some distractions while you wait for Hair Fair to open — and we’ve got a ton of amazing events taking place all over the grid. Music, art, summer hunts, and sweet shopping — it’s all here for you to enjoy— courtesy of the Second Life Destination Guide.

 

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Hair Fair 2015

EVENT OPENS JULY 11. This is the 10th Annual Hair Fair, and all items sold at Hair Fair donate a minimum percentage of 15% to Wigs for Kids. Hairstyles are created new and exclusive for the duration of the event, with a minimum of three styles per store. You'll find both styles for both men and women across all four sims. For more information, visit hairfair.wordpress.com

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Indie Teepee

Indie Teepee is a festival inspired by the music festival trend that is ubiquitous in the real world. The event features three stages of music, dance performance, drive-in machinima screenings, art, shopping, roller derby, wrestling and poetry reading. The festival kicks off with two days of music on the 10th and 11th of July. Closing party with music on the 24th of July!

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Pandora Box: 004- Del Mar Dream

Welcome to Del Mar, which is Pandora Box of Dream's fourth dream. Explore this lost paradise lagoon in middle of the Pacific, hugged by the rolling waves and hidden from the ships on the open seas. Del Mar is a dream experience, fully immersive, offering you a wholesome experience above and beneath the water surface. Far from the busy cities and harsh reality, Del Mar has plenty to offer.

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The University of the Arts

The University of The Arts is a place to share knowledge related to theatrical dance shows in Second Life. Areas of study will include choreography, set building, particles, philosophy, marketing, and other key aspects of dance.

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Dreamers by Cica Ghost

In a surreal world canopied by a magical sky, sixteen figures look upward to dream, and eight eagerly share their visions with visiting explorers.

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Slaughter Creek Manor

It's back and better than ever! Everything disturbed and creepy, but don't go in alone! Always take a friend. The Mad Doctor is in and he's lying in wait for a lone traveler to stop by...Come and spend time and hangout with friends, play hide and seek in the dark rooms if you dare!!

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Candy Fair 2015

Visit the third annual Candy Fair, where you'll journey through the Chocolate Factory stepping into rooms filled with all the candy you can imagine! Event ends July 17th.

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The Beached Bunny Hunt 5

The Beached Bunny has gotten himself into a real mess.Too many peeps for Easter and now his fat behind is wedged in the sand and he can't get out! To help him escape his sandy trap, and prevent a bad sunburn, find the beach pails at 67 stores all over SL to help dig him out.

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Take lots and lots of pics of your adventures inworld and post them to the Official Second Life Flickr page.

Speaking of pics — don’t forget about our snapshot contest. You could win L$10,000 by snapping pics of your free SL12B commemorative avatar. Grab an avatar off the Marketplace for exactly L$0!

That’s it for this edition of Destination Guide Highlights. If you think your spot should b

Linden Lab
The Notifications Project Viewer is an improvement for sorting your notifications. This new feature is based on your feedback: a notifications floater with four tabs sorting your incoming notifications into System, Transactions, Invitations, and Groups and allowing better interaction with them as well.  Those who deal with high volumes of money transactions, group notices, group invites, or inventory transfers now have a better way to review their messages and identify which notices need immediate attention.
If you’re a merchant who pays close attention to your daily sales or someone who is active among your private groups, a better way to sort your incoming messages is now a reality.  We welcome your feedback and bug reports here.
Try the Notifications Project Viewer today!

Linden Lab
Experience Tools are a powerful new feature that make it possible for creators to build more seamless and immersive experiences. Experience-enabled scripts allow each user to opt-in to an entire multiple-script experience, rather than being interrupted by lots of dialog boxes from each individual scripted object. New capabilities for persistent key/value data storage are also shared across all scripts in an Experience, reducing the need for complex and time consuming object-to-object communication.
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As of today, this exciting creative power is available to all Premium subscribers, and every Second Life user can enjoy participating in these seamless experiences with a new Viewer that makes it easy to manage all of your experience permissions.
This project has already helped bring a more immersive experience to The Cornfield, Linden Realms and other Second Life experiences you can find through our Portal Parks. Don’t forget to check out all the Resident-created experiences in our Destination Guide too!
Make sure you’ve updated to the latest Viewer or visit our download page to get it. This latest release allows you to manage all of your experiences whether you’re a creator or participant.
If you’re a Premium member and would like to begin creating with Experiences, check out this Knowledge Base article to get started. We can’t wait to see what you create!
 
Xiola Linden
Come enjoy great live music as some of Second Life’s best performers hit the virtual stage at the Ixtlan Stage (built by well-known Second Life creator Cube Republic) as part of the Second Life 12th Birthday celebrations.
Last month, we had a blast at an inworld showcase to audition performers at the Lavender Field. It was great to not only see the talent, but also the incredible support this community has for one another. Thank you to Brique Topaz - who heads up and operates the Lavender Field - home of the wonderful Feed a Smile initiative - who let us take over the field with hours of music. Selecting the final artists for this Official SL12B Music Fest was near impossible - a task made all the more difficult by the sheer volume of talented and exciting acts we saw. Thank you to everyone who came out to audition and those who just came to show their support. After much deliberation, we reached our final list of artists and are pleased that each and every one of them was able to come play the big show!
Over two days, we’ll feature an amazing line-up of those artists, across many genres of music, and we hope you will come join us. It’s all the fun of a music festival without the over exposure to the sun, the grueling sludge through the mud, or the long haul and long lines of those questionable public bathrooms. It’s a bring your own refreshments and get ready to dance your pixels off kind of event - check out who's playing, then grab your ride to the festival below.
Many thanks to Doctor Gascoigne and his team of volunteers for helping finalize the details with all our performers!

Friday June 26th, 2015
11 - 11:30 AM
Alazarin Mondrian
11:30 - 12 PM
The Pink Vampire
12 - 12:30 PM
Tamra Hayden
12:30 - 1 PM
Effinjay
1 - 1:30 PM
Amforte Clarity
1:30 - 2 PM
Isabella Rumsford
2 - 2:30 PM
Tempio Breil
2:30 - 3 PM
Phoenix J
 
Saturday June 27th, 2015
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Mavenn Resident
8:30 - 9 PM
Oblee
9 - 9:30 PM
Collin Martin
9:30 - 10 PM
Taunter Goodnight
10 - 10:30 PM
Donn DeVore
10:30 - 11 PM
Zak Claxton
11 - 11:30 PM
LuvofMusic
11:30 - Midnight
Ren Enberg & Quai Franklin
 
Official SL12B Music Festival
Celebrate Second Life's twelfth birthday with a two-day concert event. Hear live performances from some of SL's top musicians June 26-27 in this special concert event.
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Linden Lab
Imagine yourself in a jungle on a remote island brimming with possible adventures and spectacular flora and fauna to explore. Now, imagine that remote island jungle is what we’ve come to call the Second Life grid, and imagine that you are … a Velociraptor! Sounds a little bit like a pretty weird but cool dream, right?
Well you no longer have to imagine the dream - you can live it with the Second Life 12th Anniversary commemorative avatar! Pick up your free avatar at Hairy Hippo Fun Land or off the Marketplace before this raptor becomes extinct at the end of July!
Celebrate SL12B in Ferocious Style for a Chance to Win L$10,000
Now that you’ve got your raptor - it’s time to take ‘em for a test drive. Share snapshots of your raptor avatar celebrating SL12B to the Second Life 12th Anniversary Snapshot Contest from now until July 20th, and you could win 1 of 4 incredible prizes - L$10,000 , L$5,000, L$3,000, or L$1,000!
Be creative! This limited-edition raptor has the entirety of the grid to seek out a picture-perfect spot to take a winning snapshot - but a good place to start is the SL12B Destination Guide category.
Read the full rules and contest details on the contest page.



Linden Lab
In 2013, we introduced a pilot program for Authorized Linden Dollar (L$) Resellers. This pilot program was designed to give Second Life Residents additional options for purchasing Linden Dollars, particularly for those based outside the US.
Since then, we have expanded the payment options for Second Life users, and today, you can easily purchase L$ in more countries than ever before, using a credit card, PayPal, or Skrill, which supports a wide range of payment methods. We’ve found that these options support the vast majority of Second Life users, and we have therefore made the business decision to close the Authorized Linden Dollar Reseller pilot program.
We are contacting program participants directly to detail the next steps for them, and they will have approximately six weeks to sell off their L$ inventory.
As of August 1, 2015, the Authorized L$ Reseller pilot program will be closed, and the LindeX will be the only authorized place to purchase L$.
 
How to Buy L$
If you’re used to using an Authorized L$ Reseller, you will still have many options for purchasing L$ as of August 1, 2015. If you put payment info on file for your Second Life account, you can purchase L$ in the Viewer with the “Buy L$” button. If you’ve never done it before, check out this quick
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Among the options for payment information you can put on file in your account are:
Credit Card:
Using your credit card, you can purchase L$ on the LindeX using multiple currencies, including  EUR, GBP, JPY, and AUD.
PayPal:
PayPal can be connected directly to a bank account in more than 193 countries and regions.
Skrill:
Skrill supports a wide variety of payment methods. To start using Skrill for Second Life, just login at SecondLife.com, click “Billing Information” under “Account,” and then select “Add a Skrill Account.”
Xiola Linden
Her eye-catching
, are just one of the ways in which Paris-based creator Maylee Oh uses Second Life to support her Second Life brand -  The Secret Store.While it may sound cliche that a fashion designer would hail from one of the world's most known fashion hubs, Maylee Oh isn’t influenced so much by Fashion Week as she is by her own day to day experiences and the personal expressions of the people and the city around her. “It’s all about creativity, no matter where we are!” she states. And that is true both inside and outside of Second Life.
For more on her creative process and to hear her philosophy on sharing knowledge and collaborating with other creative people, tune in to the
below.
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 - Episode11: 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 
Xiola Linden
The Second Life Destination Guide can help you find a place to spend those Linden Dollars burning a hole in your virtual pocket, or simply discover some new places to explore, visit and potentially meet new people. We like to surface some of the great things happening in Second Life, so you get a chance to participate and appreciate what’s going on right now. Here’s a few you don’t want to miss. From Second Life artists’ collaboration with renowned film director Peter Greenaway to hunts specializing in stuff for manvatars — there’s no shortage of variety and interest in this week’s Destination Guide Highlights.
 
The Arcade Gacha Events
The Arcade Gacha Events presents the ultimate GACHA experience! Guaranteed to delight shoppers, The Arcade offers unique gacha prizes from 100 of the grid's top designers!
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MENstuff Fashion Hunt
The MENstuff Fashion Hunt consists of 100 great MENstuff designers, some of which have generously designed exclusives that will only be found in this limited-time hunt.
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Obedience
Second Life's Bryn Oh, Jo Ellsmore and Rose Borchovski team with acclaimed film director Peter Greenaway for the special exhibition "Obedience," held in both Second Life and the Jewish Museum Berlin. Interact with the museum attendees at the physical installation in this exhibit, held through September 13.
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WARzone
WARzone is a melee combat sim filled with many raids and events,as well as rewarded tournaments. Join the fantasy fun in this active combat community.
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Entropy II
Explore five different and unique areas in Entropy II, an artistic build by NaTaS Janus and friends.
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RAYNE Isles
RAYNE Isles is a classic landscape with simple beauty to while away the hours. The perfect location for dreamers to unwind, relax and take photographs. Release the stress of yesterday at RAYNE, and find your inner peace.
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The Silk Road Hunt VI
The Silk Road Hunt VI is a grid-wide hunt brought to you by HHL Hunts & Events. Held through June 30, in this hunt you'll find themed treasures hidden all over the grid in 75 participating shops. The exciting theme this year is the Roman Empire!
Visit in Second Life If you somehow missed it —  our Official Second Life Flickr page is a great spot to share the pictorial memoirs of your adventures— so please share them!
If your creation needs to be in the Destination Guide, but isn’t, drop us a line at the Second Life Destination Guide suggestion form.
Now, get your gacha juju in check,  your artist’s eyes focused, and your combat HUD ready —  because the whole grid is at your fingertips!



Linden Lab
Today we’re thrilled to be rolling out another perk for Premium members: now you can be a member of 60 groups! Groups have been a consistently popular feature among the Residents of Second Life. It may not be obvious, but group membership can have an impact on the performance of a number of systems. That's why in Second Life's early days, Residents could only join a maximum of 10 groups. Over the years, we've made improvements that enabled us to raise the group limit to a maximum of 42, but we know that for some power users, even that isn't quite enough, and today we're happy to raise the bar for Premium subscribers.  We must make sure that the recent gains in group performance are not jeopardized, so for now the new limit is a pilot program. If there are no problems, we will look forward to raising the limit further (stay tuned!).
Premium members can immediately take advantage of the new limit. Downgrading from Premium membership will not remove you from any of your groups, but it will mean that you cannot join any new groups until you remove yourself from enough groups to get below the Basic account limit, which remains at 42.
There are many reasons to maintain a Premium membership in Second Life, and we hope this increased group membership limit makes Premium subscriptions even more attractive. We’ll be adding even more benefits and features for Premium members throughout the year.
Learn more about Premium membership and upgrade your account today. You can pay for your subscription monthly, quarterly, or annually - and the annual plan in particular is a great value. In addition to a total savings of more than $47 compared to a monthly subscription, the value of the weekly L$ stipend means the membership nearly pays for itself!
Xiola Linden
The weekend is just within reach - which must mean it’s time for another edition of Second Life Destination Guide Highlights - a satisfying sampler of some of the newest and coolest places to pop up in Second Life. The teleport button is waiting to happily guide you to your next great adventure.
6th Republic Event
6º Republic is a new decor and landscaping event showcasing a broad selection of designers in one place. Creativity, passion and uniqueness are found in exclusive 100% original mesh creations inspired in the theme selected for each round. The theme for the current round for May is Industrial, with small contemporary and rustic hues.
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Life in a Bowl by Cica Ghost
On a deserted tropical island, captive giant fish languidly survey the landscape in Cica Ghost's latest art experience and installation.
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City Inside Out
Walking into any interior reveals only exteriors. The sense of personal space is absent. How is a city experienced when there are no comforts for the soul, no home?
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Nairb's Skydive Center
What's there to do in Second Life? SKYDIVE! Get started here with a free basic parachute. Jump using the pod from 4000 meters or the two base jump platforms on the tower! Nairb's Skydive Center also features monthly contests and more.
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Nightingale Isle
Nightingale Isle was created as a space to encourage, challenge and support nursing students in their journey to become nurses. NI fosters collaboration, research and education between nursing students, educators and healthcare professionals.
Visit in Second Life There is plenty more where that came from - the Destination Guide has a wealth of spots you should venture to - but if you have a region or location you’d love to show off that’s not there,  share it! As you cruise through the sights and sounds of new places, don’t forget to take some snapshots and upload them to the official Second Life Flickr Page.
 
Xiola Linden
It’s just about inworld meetup time, and since we’re in the habit of sharing some of our favorite spots from the Destination Guide, this weekend, we wanted to flip the script and find out from you what spot you think is one of the best to visit for our next inworld meetup.
Share your recommendations in this forum thread - links to Destination Guide entry or SLURLS are best - and we’ll pick one to have our next inworld meetup.
The next meetup is planned for Thursday, May 14th at 1 PM SLT, so get your recommendations in soon!
As always, if you have a region or location that you would like to show off - be sure to share it, and we always love to see pics of your adventures on the Official Second Life Flickr page.
Xiola Linden
“Everyone has their own interpretation of the future as something different, but this is our interpretation of it.”
Meet StarRavenSAT, General Manager of InSilico, and Stark Osterham, Manager and Lore Master, in the latest episode of the Drax Files: World Makers. StarRavenSat finds hope even in the throes of a desperate civilization, and Stark shares his creative process with his daughter who serves as a source of inspiration even as she herself learns the importance of creative expression from her father. Populated with a full cast of characters improvised by Stark, InSilico’s history is created in realtime by all participants - from builders, storytellers, scripters, and players. This type of spontaneous collaboration focuses different flavors of creative energy into creative play - leading to an immersive and exciting experience.

InSilico is a cyberpunk roleplaying region set in a dystopian future where a big bad corporation seemingly calls the shots, and ongoing wars between rival groups of locals require citizens to be experts at self-defense. Rife with both wonder and danger, it’s everything you might expect from a 25th century city floating in the upper atmosphere after the fall of civilization on Earth.
Watch the video below, then login to experience InSilico inworld. Even if you’re not an avid roleplayer, you won’t want to miss out on the unique aesthetic and appeal of InSilico.
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Want to see more personal Second Life stories? Find all the previous episodes at Draxtor’s Website or 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 - Episode11: 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 
Xiola Linden
It’s easy to beat the heat with some cool spots courtesy of the Second Life Destination Guide.
If you like to celebrate, there’s bound to be a party here for you — but if exploring is more your style — we’ve got that covered too.
Grab a snack, log in, and take a tour of these must-see events and regions.
Distrito Distinto
Eleven Second Life artists have created rooms that are each inspired by a song in this special exhibition. Experience this traveling artistic festival of music and images. Open until Aug. 13.
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Stars & Stripes Forever
Start out your 4th of the July celebrations with at least four hours of live music and lots of surprises! The live shows start at 10 a.m. (Pacific) with the amazing artists from across the grid including Amforte Clarity, Anek Fuch, Maximillion Kleene and Seth Regan.
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London City Fringe Festival
Through July, experience top acts appearing at London City Fringe. With concerts each weekend in the outdoor amphitheatre and souvenirs to collect from each show, don't miss it. For details visit mainlandlondon.blogspot.co.uk
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Pacifique Underwater World
Swim and explore this beautiful underworld decorated by award-winning creator Eclair Martinek. Don't miss this good-sized water world, where you can ride a seahorse, do some Mermaid dances and much more.
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Bouzouki
Experience the Greek music and festivities at Bouzouki.
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Beyond Persuasion
Enjoy taking photos, meditation or just simply escaping the everyday grid at Beyond Persuasion. There are many places for dancing here, as well as shopping -- all with the feel of dark fantasy.
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Britannia Village Festival
Join us for a long weekend of British music, art and mayhem starting on July 3rd and ending on the 5th. Different DJs will spin themed sets based on different popular acts. There's also an art exhibition from Aroused! magazine in this fun event filled with music, dancing and freebies.
Visit in Second Life While you’re out — don’t forget about our contest. You could win L$10,000 by snapping pics of your adventures while wearing the free SL12B commemorative avatar. Grab one off the Marketplace for exactly L$0!
Be sure to note that our Official Second Life Flickr page is a great place to share your pics.
If you’re looking to get your spot in the Destination Guide, be sure to hit us up via the Destination Guide suggestion form.



Xiola Linden
Second Life can be a real jungle. There is so much to see, and lately you may have spotted some Raptors running wild and wondered where they came from. You can grab your own free copy of the SL12B commemorative avatar on the Marketplace.  We’re running a contest right now around this Raptor and you could win L$10,000 for taking it out on the grid. Find out more on the contest page. Part of the contest is to take your Raptor to interesting places in Second Life for snapshot, and where better to find some great spots than with the Second Life Destination Guide?
We have compiled a fresh list of a few of the newest spots that caught our eye this week. Go forth into the wilds of Second Life and have a good time!
 
Official SL12B Music Festival
Celebrate Second Life's twelfth birthday with a two-day concert event. Hear live performances from some of SL's top musicians June 26-27 in this special concert event.
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Mizu – A Rainy Story
"Mizu - A Rainy Story" is an interactive experience in Second Life unlike any other. Grab your HUD and take a seat in the theater and prepare to be transported to a horror story you won't soon forget. More info at hmizu-sl.blogspot.jp.
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Alpha Tribe
Explore Alpha Tribe, which revolves around the theme of "fool's gold." Several discoveries await, including a golden ship, clockwork creatures and more.
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Oz Nightclub
As you enter this unique high art deco nightclub of the late 1920’s and 30’s, you’ll find yourself stepping into another place and time. Oz is a place filled with romantic live entertainment and classical elegance. The live music ranges from jazz and swing of the period to pop.
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Summer's Hotter Than Hell Hunt
Summer's here! It's time to search across the grid to find items related to everything summer. The heat is on through July 20. Here's your first hint: "Oh, I just love camping out for great items!"
Visit in Second Life Don’t forget our Official Second Life Flickr page is a great spot to share your pics.
Xiola Linden
The Second Life Destination Guide is back with a handful of places of interest for you to explore and enjoy. We get tons of great submissions each week, so selecting a few to bring directly to you in this highlights blog is no small feat any time of the year, but with Second Life’s 12th Birthday coming up around the corner — there’s even more great stuff on the horizon. If you’re planning an SL12B celebration and want it featured in the Destination Guide, drop us a line at the Second Life Destination Guide suggestion form or email us at editor@lindenlab.com.
Now — on to this week’s treats.
Official SL12B Music Festival
Celebrate Second Life's twelfth birthday with a two-day concert event. Hear live performances from some of SL's top musicians June 26-27 in this special concert event.
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Flux Sur Mer
Flux Sur Mer is French countryside embracing the old charms and the slow rhythms of country life. Surrounded by small quaint shops, flea markets, old cottages and even ‘vide grenier’. She sits on the shores of a deep estuary where the river meets the ocean, surrounded by opulence of trees and nature.
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Crestwick Island
Crestwick Island is a small working class town situated in the middle of a beautiful bay. The streets are lined with a cafe, art gallery, businesses and shops. Downtown is surrounded by parks, marsh land and other surprises including a giant hill that supports an abandoned scientific research center which overlooks the town.
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Lost Letters @ Dandelion Daydreams Factory
Long ago in an ancient Lib_ary …Your quest begins at the landing, where a man gives you a scroll ...The scroll reads: "… a ma_ caught a mou_ _ _ and _tories got mi_ed up due missin_ letters _nd _ _ _ _ _ !" And once again the makers of the Dandelion Daydreams Factory ask you: "Are you brave enough?"
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Canterbury Tales Virtual Pilgrimage
The Canterbury Tales Virtual Pilgrimage is a non-profit educational build of Literature Alive! Residents can learn about the life and times of Geoffrey Chaucer while "doing" the pilgrimage. Treasure chests with free prizes await for those that want to challenge themselves with CT trivia!
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Albert Hall
Visit this homage to the real Albert Hall in the heart of London. Here you'll find occasional exhibitions from guest artists from around Second Life!
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The Boys of Summer
The Boys of Summer is a full sim fashion fair featuring exclusive releases from some of the grids hottest brands! Each participating brand will bring at least one new, exclusive item - all designed for the men of SL. Event ends June 30.
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LTD - The Event
LTD - The Event is now open through June 24. 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.
Visit in Second Life Don’t forget our Official Second Life Flickr page is a great spot to share your pictorial memoirs of your adventures— so please do!
Xiola Linden
We’ve been having a lot of fun with no end in sight to the good times - but you can’t turn 12 without a little pride and reflection. Second Life has been going strong for a dozen wonderful years and there’s a ton of things happening to celebrate. You’ll see more to come here in the Featured News Blog - but we wanted to stop and ask - “What is the meaning of Second Life?” To you - that is! This question may sound daunting - but the truth is, tapping into what makes “SL” so special to us as individuals and communities is a really amazing exercise in retrospection and self-discovery. This is your world - so what does it mean to you?
Whether you just got started, have been onboard for the full dozen years, or fall somewhere in between - we’d love to see a glimpse of your story in the “What Second Life Means to Me” video project. You don’t have to be a master of machinima to participate. You can use something like Camtasia or Fraps to make some great stuff relatively quickly, and both have free or trial versions. Or, you can film yourself talking directly to your web or digital camera and telling your story. This doesn’t have to be a strictly inworld project - because we understand that Second Life impacts our offline lives as well.
From a few seconds to a few minutes - just kick it off with this - “In Second Life, my name is …” and share your story from there! Once you have something set - share it! Upload it to YouTube and embed it on this forum thread. Together, we’ll watch the thread for new stories over the coming weeks - it should be awesome. If you prefer to express yourself in writing - share what Second Life means to you with a reply to the thread.
Here are some videos - from both Lindens and Residents alike - that might help springboard your inspiration.
Lindens
Xiola Linden

Torley Linden

 Patch Linden

 
Residents
Strawberry Singh

Draxtor Despres

Kaya Angel

Gentle Heron

 
There’s so many things that Second Life means to each of us - and we can’t wait to hear what you have to share about your journey here so far.
 
Linden Lab
Sizzling Summertime Deal on Premium Membership
There couldn’t be a hotter time to upgrade to a Premium Second Life membership than right now! Get all the perks for half the price* - weekly stipends of L$300, a L$1000 sign-up bonus, the ability to join more groups, exclusive Premium only sandboxes, free gifts, and more! You can learn more about Premium membership and upgrade your account here. This promotion ends June 29th at 8:00 AM SLT - so act now!
Fun in the Sun with a Premium Beach Set Gift
Once you upgrade to Premium membership, make a stop at one of the Premium only sandbox kiosks to collect your limited-edition Second Life Beach Set. This free gift has everything you’ll need to throw a groovy beach blanket bash, and is available to existing and new Premium members - but only for a limited time!

If you act now - you can unlock early access to the upcoming Second Life 12th Anniversary avatar. Yes - as a Premium member - you can drop by the jungle and grab this limited edition avatar. While the Premium discount runs until June 29th, the avatar is only available until MIDNIGHT SLT tonight!
Dive on in to these deals - the water is perfect!
TERMS & CONDITIONS FOR 50% DISCOUNT- This limited-time discount offer is available only for purchases of memberships on the Quarterly billing plan. Discount will be applied to the first quarterly billing cycle only, and all future charges will be at the regular Premium price ($22.50 USD, excluding VAT where applicable). Sign-up bonus will be paid upon 45 consecutive days of membership. To qualify, Second Life members must have an active Basic account or create a new Second Life account. Discount offer begins on Friday the 12th of June 2015 at 08:00 am Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) and expires on Monday the 29th of June 2015 at 08:00 am Pacific Daylight Time (PDT).
Xiola Linden
Second Life’s 12th birthday is fast approaching and we’re kicking things off with a special treat for Premium members. There will be more fun for all members to enjoy throughout the month - so stay tuned to this blog for the details as we all celebrate a dozen years of Second Life.


Splish Splash - it’s a Tiki Beach Bash!
Premium members - this one is just for you, so be sure to save the date! We’ve lit the tiki torches and brushed up on our fruity drink-mixing skills to host a casual gathering with the added bonus of early access to our Official Second Life 12th Birthday commemorative avatar.
That’s right - come to the SL12B Premium Meetup on Thursday June 11th from 10:30 to 11:30 AM SLT, hang out with us, and be one of the first to glimpse and grab the celebratory 12th anniversary avatar. The nature of this particular avatar required us to select a remote island for our gathering as well as implement a strict quarantine on the subject, so you’re going to have to drop by our tropical jungle destination to find out what it is.
While we hope you can make it to the meetup, we understand that schedules, timezones, and such make it impossible for everyone to make every meetup. With this in mind, the avatar kiosk will be available until midnight SLT on June 12th for you to stop by and pick up your prerelease avatar. That means, even if you can’t come to the Tiki party, you can still get early access to the avatar.
So, get ready to slip into your flip flops and gigantic floppy hat and join us for some fun in the sun at this Premium exclusive inworld meetup - honest to goodness, it should be the ginchiest!



SL12B Premium Meetup
Join the party! You're invited to a Tiki Beach Bash, just for Premium members! Join us inworld from 10:30-11:30 a.m. (SLT) on Thursday, June 11. You'll get early access to a free SL12B avatar, too! Be sure to claim it before 11:59 p.m. on the 12th or you’ll have to wait until it’s available for everyone.
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Xiola Linden
The Second Life Destination Guide is there for you 24/7 — offering a wealth of places to embark upon your inworldly adventures. Once a week, do shine the spotlight on a handful of hot spots for you to add to your list of must-visit regions. Here’s a fistful of spots for you to check out.
The 1920s Berlin Project - Sixth Anniversary Celeb
The 1920s Berlin Project celebrates its sixth year in Second Life with several events and parties, held May 29 through June 3. There's even a beauty pageant! Who will be Miss Berlin 1929?
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SaNaRae
SaNaRae is a dreamy region where people can relax and meet new friends. Dance your night away in the KPop club or just browse from many exceptional shops. If you are feeling adventurous, SaNaRae harbors glistening heaven as well as horrifying hell.
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Demolition Derby
It's time to bash, smash and crash at the Demolition Derby! Hop into any of the moving vehicles and then compete against your friends or play alone.
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Amplituhedron
Misprint Thursday has created a curious and mysterious artist build at LEA 25. Visit each of the seven locations on the sim and grab the goodies as you go!
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Vivaldi
Vivaldi is a beautiful scenic sim with different areas to explore. There are places to cuddle with your sweetheart, play a game of Greedy in the lighthouse or snap pictures!
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Platform Snow
Discover a new place to ski alone or with a partner. Here you'll also find cabanas to relax in amidst all the fallen snow.
Visit in Second Life Our featured Pic of the Day shots are selected from the group pool at our Official Second Life Flickr — so why not upload your pictorial Second Life adventures there?
We know that there are a lot of great spots in Second Life that may not be in the Destination Guide — so if your creation needs to be in there, drop us a line at the Second Life Destination Guide suggestion form.
Now settle in and come join us inworld!



Xiola Linden
We all have our favorite spots to spend our time in Second Life, but it’s good to get out and experience something new - maybe even meet some new friends. The Second Life Destination Guide is a fount of spectacular places designed by Residents, populated with stuff made by Residents, and full of Residents themselves - so get in there and see what’s all around in the Second Life community. Here are just a few new spots you should make some time to visit.
Pandora Box: 003 - The River Dream
Pandora Box of Dreams's third dream (The River Dream) is open to the public. Pandora Box of Dreams is a creative sim setting that opened for the visionaries and creative minds who seek a place where dreams come to life. They also have a flickr group where artists can share their experiences: http://bit.ly/1KPz8Jz.
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The Kingdoms of Giliath
Welcome to Giliath, a world like no other. Will you enter in and discover your liaisons with the light or the darkness? Will you follow the paths that the ancients once walked? Will you learn to cast the magics that were handed down through the generations? Are you worthy to sing the song of the blade? This is your choice. Adventurer, what will it be? Choose wisely.
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The Missing Marbles: A Cajun Comedy Hunt
Boudreaux lost his marbles, and he needs them back in time for the tournament! Wearing your HUD, find all twenty marbles and hear funny stories along the way. When your HUD is completely filled, return to hunt HQ to collect your rewards. The hunt takes place in New Toulouse, an early 1900s-themed Louisiana community celebrating its 7th year in Second Life.
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Galanthus - The Ice Keep of Niphus
Winter came with draught and suffering. Lords of the north had little choice but to retreat. A land so fertile and green but winter came to Galanthus as much as it came to all.
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The Lemonrock Cafe
Experience live music from top Second Life musicians at the Lemon Rock, a place to hang out and chill for fun nightlife and live music entertainment.
Visit in Second Life Many of our featured Pic of the Day pics come from great places like these - so share your snaps on the Official Second Life Flickr Page.
If you’re looking to get your spot in the Destination Guide, be sure to hit us up via the Destination Guide suggestion form.
Catch you inworld!
Xiola Linden
Second Life is turning 12 this June, and we’re planning a few extra special ways to help commemorate a dozen amazing years with our Residents! You’ll have to stay tuned to this blog and our social media pages for all the exciting things as they roll out, but today we’re announcing auditions for … (drum roll, please) … the Second Life Music Fest - sponsored by Linden Lab - a two day music-extravaganza inworld to celebrate!
Second Life is full of talented musicians, and we’re hoping to draw out all you guitarists, bassists, drummers, singers, tambourine shakers and other music makers to come audition for the festival. All genres are welcome!
The Second Life Music Fest is an opportunity to perform at one of the biggest celebrations in Second Life, and it’s a paid gig!
To sign up for an audition, please complete and submit the submission form no later than 05/20/2015. While we encourage everyone to sign up, it is not a commitment on your part and does not guarantee a spot at the auditions. We will review all submissions and extend audition invitations via email to the designated contact. Each invited act will have a short audition time (5 minutes max) to play and leave an impression on a panel of judges made up of Lindens and Residents. This panel will select acts to be invited to perform at the Second Life Music Fest. Upon completion of a half hour slot at the festival, the designated contact for each act will be eligible for payment (subject to Linden’s terms and conditions).
All Residents are welcome to participate in the auditions as audience members. For those who are interested, the auditions will be held at the Lavender Field on the following dates and times:
May 22nd noon - 2pm (SLT)
May 23rd 6pm - 8pm (SLT)
It should be a few days of great music and good times, and we can’t wait to see and hear some of the best musical talent there is, and spend some time rocking out inworld!
 
Xiola Linden
Fashion, freaks, fairs and fun await all adventurous travellers in this week’s Second Life Destination Guide highlights. As May begins, several high-profile events are already underway across the grid. Are you ready to explore?
MadPea’s long-awaited immersive horror survival game Unia is finally here! Play the game that everyone is buzzing about -- only in Second Life! In Unia, you’ll need your wits to tackle tricky puzzles and find clues as you seek to discover what’s really going on with the many mysterious disappearances in the sleepy town of Molimo. Who or what is behind this horror?
Unia
Unia is an immersive horror survival game bursting with twists, turns and fight-for-your-life experiences. Players will need their wits about them to solve puzzles and find clues to what’s really going on with the mysterious disappearances in the sleepy town of Molimo. Who or what is behind this horror?
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Recently featured in the Drax Files - InSilico packs the perfect blend of aesthetics and dystopian moodiness that cyberpunk fans will appreciate. Set in one of the last inhabitable places, lorded over by an evil big corporation, and fully stocked with story-tellers who bring roleplaying in Second Life to a new level. 
InSilico
The future is leaking backward in the form of InSilico, a high-end cyberpunk role playing sim in Second Life.
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Got a flair for fashion? The On Fleek Gacha Fair features 20 talented designers from across Second Life. Gacha fans won’t want to miss the special gift area where each designer has welcome gifts for shoppers.Go on then, and get your gacha on!
On Fleek Gacha Fair
On Fleek Gacha Fair features 20 talented designers! This is a fun event for all of the gacha-holics out there. Also featured in this event is a lovely gift area where each designer has special gifts just for you.
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Virtual Chelsea celebrates its sixth anniversary in Second Life with a huge event filled with music, poetry and other surprises. Connect with fellow bohemians at this inworld reproduction of NYC’s real Chelsea Hotel and enjoy a little piece of history.
Virtual Chelsea Hotel's 6th Anniversary
On May 3, the Virtual Chelsea Hotel celebrates its 6th anniversary in Second Life! Festivities begin at 3 p.m. with poetry by Grail, Rosedrop Rust, and Luna Branwen. Don't miss the live music by Suzen Juel, Matthew Perreault and Winston Ackland.
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London City is bringing back its annual May Faire, a fairground attraction which includes a month filled with free prizes, rides and weekly contests. Enjoy all the sights and sounds of the fair before it leaves town.
The London City May Faire
London City invites you to the annual May Faire celebrating the start of Summer. Running throughout May this even features a fairground, free prizes, rides and a weekly contest. Visit http://mainlandlondon.blogspot.com
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Do you have a region or location you’d love to show off? Join the fun and share it with Second Life. Pics or it didn’t happen - don’t forget to share a few pictures of your virtual adventures on the official Second Life Flickr Page.
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