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Linden Lab

Second Life is home to many accomplished artists - creative individuals and groups who use the virtual landscape to express themselves through two-dimensional or three-dimensional exhibits and immersives experiences, music, story-telling, poetry, and much more.

Award-winning artist Bryn Oh has been telling unique and chillingly beautiful stories with her installations in Second Life for years. Her visual and virtual art has garnered her a fan base and reputation within the community.

Standby is the final part of the Rabbicorn trilogy, which began with the Daughter of Gears. All three parts to the story can be seen on the Immersiva Region - and parts are shown in this Destination Guide video.

Drop by and immerse yourself in the trilogy that tells the story of the Daughter of Gears and the Rabbicorn.

Be sure to share your pics on the Second Life Official Flickr group.

 

Strawberry Linden

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Pictured: Garrigua

Each week, the Second Life Destination Guide editorial team reviews dozens of new locations and events worth exploring. With all those beautiful destinations to check out, we thought we’d highlight a few of the entries that stood out to the editorial team. So in no particular order, here are a few locations on the Destination Guide that we recommend checking out this weekend:

 

 

 

 

If you're still in the mood for Valentine's themed locations, don't forget to check out our Valentine's Day category!

Got a spot that you’d like listed in the Destination Guide? Make sure to drop us a note at editor@lindenlab.com or submit your spot via web form.

Connect with Second Life at the following links:
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Xiola Linden

It is clearly Spring outside the office windows here at Linden Lab. Blue skies, crisp air and sunny sidewalks, and everyone seems to have a bounce in their step that indicates the shedding of winter memories and the excitement of a new season upon us.

While it can be Spring eternal  in virtual life — there’s no doubt that Residents love to do it up in full festive glory. Egg hunts and pretty pastels are around every corner, and the sweaters and coats of last week are replaced with tank tops and cardigans.

Our Destination Guide knows just where the latest adventures await in Second Life. So swap out those boots for an open-toe shoe and hit the grid with a bounce like you mean it!

If your Second Life creation is missing from the Destination Guide, drop us a note at editor@lindenlab.com  or submit your spot via form. 

Don’t forget to take loads of pics and share them on our official Second Life Flickr. We select “Pic of the Day” from that group.

Now — let’s jump down that rabbit hole and see what awaits!

 

Xiola Linden

Creatures and vamps,
Witches and ghosts
It's time to meet your chilling hosts.

Ghouls and boils,
One and all,
Come a-haunting with us on our Creepy Crawl ...

The Creepy Crawl inworld starts THIS Wednesday, October 31st at 10 am SLT, and you don't want to be left out in the dark! The full schedule is available below, and in the Destination Guide

 

TIME (SLT) LOCATION
10-10:30 a.m. Tagus
10:30-11 a.m. Bay City Fairgrounds
11-11:30 a.m. Vampyr Empire
11:30 a.m.-Noon All Hallows at Moochie
Noon-12:30 p.m.  Spookzilla Hunt
12:30-1 p.m. Octoberville
1-1:30 p.m. At the Edge of Darkness
1:30-2 p.m. Bad Katz Halloween

 

It's going to be a wicked good time! Let's creep it real and make some fun memories!

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Image is from Wicca Merlin

Linden Lab

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Our  “Made in Second Life” series focuses on various aspects of the many creative and incredible things going on in Second Life. We saw such an amazing response to our “Love Made in Second Life” series, and we have since expanded to other areas such as “Fashion Made in SL,” “Games Made in SL,” and “Learning Made in SL.”

This week our second installment of “Fashion Made in SL” debuts, featuring Second Life creator Maximillion Grant  - owner and creator of the LOGO brand which specializes among other things in mesh heads for your avatar.

"When it comes to mesh heads, my goal is to give people as much customization options as possible," says Grant. "I think interacting with customers is the most important thing you can do. You want to find out what people like but also what people don't like...I love the fact that I get to be creative."

Maximillion is only one of many creators who make and sell mesh heads and other mesh avatar parts in Second Life, which is why we created a Destination Guide category dedicated to several of them. These mesh avatar enhancements are very popular in Second Life, each offering a unique and different look and set of features to their customers. 

Find out more in the video below, and visit the main store inworld if you would like to see more. 

 

 

P.S. Our “Made In Second Life” series is always looking for new stories to share. Contact madeinsl@draxtor.com and tell us your story. You might be featured in a future episode of “Made in Second Life.” If you have a destination that you’d like to be considered for “Second Life Destinations,” then reach out to us via this suggestion form.

Production Credits:
Video produced by Draxtor Despres
Logo designed by Marianne McCann

 

Brett Linden

October continues to be a busy time in Second Life as several new seasonal events and Halloween-themed spots continue to pop up across the grid.

One of the biggest highlights this month is BURN2, which is an inworld extension of the popular Burning Man festival and community. The theme for this round is “Radical Ritual.”

Another highlight is the unusual art experience “Floating” by acclaimed artists Bryn Oh and Cica Ghost. This unexpected collaboration has an interesting backstory that you can read about on Bryn Oh’s blog.

October wouldn’t be complete without dozens of new haunted attractions -- and there is no shortage of new spooky spots debuting in the Destination Guide this month. The Haunted category now hosts over 100 unique spots, including MadPea’s Halloween Ghost Hunt and Pulse Games’ Birthright.

Before you explore, don’t forget to pick up your free trick-or-treat bag at Portal Park, too!

Here are some new spots we recommend:

Is your spot (haunted or otherwise) listed yet in the Destination Guide? If you have a place of your own that you want to share with the rest of us, make sure to drop us a note at editor@lindenlab.com or submit your spot via web form. Also, don’t forget to share your Second Life pictures with our official Second Life Flickr —  where we select our Pic of the Day features.

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

Linden Lab

There are several long-standing communities in Second Life who - year after year - celebrate the vibrancy, camaraderie and dedication to the common interest of their community. From role-play to theme, these groups find an enjoyable place on the Grid to not just visit, but to call home.

One such community is the 1920s Berlin Project - who this week is celebrating its 10th anniversary in Second Life! A decade of fun is a monumental landmark that is worthy of some parties to remember! There will be musical performances, dancing, art exhibitions, and more than likely and more than likely Jo Yardley (the Frou and proprietor of the establishment) sharing some of that infamous Schnapps. A full list of events in celebration of this occasion is available on their website.  Plan accordingly!  

For a taste of what life in 1920s Berlin was like, drop by for the party - but be sure to dress the part! These celebrations only last for this  week, but the 1920s Berlin Project has special events and meetups weekly - so if you miss out this week ( and why would you?) you can always swing by when the mood strikes.

Be sure to share your pics on the Second Life Official Flickr group.

Linden Lab

This week’s Second Life Destinations video takes a close look at the 13th Annual Second Life Veterans Tribute 2019, which serves the SL community by offering a venue to honor Veterans from around the world. 

 


In recognition of Veterans Day and Armistice Day each year, this event reappears in Second Life to provide a space that transcends nationalities, as people from all walks of life can visit, provide remembrance, engage in conversations with each other and honor those who serve or served in the military in their respective countries.

At the heart of this event is a Veterans Wall that includes the names of veterans to be honored as the result of submissions from Second Life Residents. The venue is surrounded by reflective areas to think about the lives of those who have served, and also includes the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and a Pearl Harbor Memorial.

“People from all over the world come together...for the same purpose,” says veteran Flattop Ewing who manages the venue with his partner Sarah Ewing. “It is the one bond that we do have in that it is what brings the Second Life Veterans Tribute to life every year.”

Adds Sarah: “There are real people behind the avatars. They have had real-life experiences and this helps them to talk about it and reflect.”
 

Linden Lab

It may be 10 more days to Halloween, but numerous grid-wide celebrations are already underway in Second Life. This week’s Second Life Destinations video explores a handful of these haunted experiences -- but daring adventurers will want to check out a few more of the 75+ spooky spots featured in the Haunted category of the Destination Guide including haunted houses, dark rides, and other creepy places.


Among the haunted highlights featured in this week’s clip are Snuggles, Gooseberry Lake, Whymsee, Halloween Town, Trick or Treat Lane, Salem and MadPea City.

To get a more detailed rundown of the many Halloween events underway in Second Life, check out our recent blog post “Spooky Swag, and All Things Halloween in Second Life.”


Video production courtesy of Draxtor Despres

Linden Lab

Over the years, the look of Second Life has always been enhanced by the creativity of content creators and the surprising ways in which the community finds to express itself. That can be anything from the avatar enhancements we’ve seen in mesh and Bento mesh, to laser shows and special effects, performances and art, and even the ancient days of particles and bling ( yes - bling was a thing!). 

Second Life has always been brimming with visually interesting assets, so it is exciting to see the sheer amount of creativity on display this month at E.V.E. as it celebrates its fourth anniversary with impressive contributions from acclaimed artists Bryn Oh, Regi Yifu and Cica Ghost. E.V.E creator and owner Noke Yuitza is also an accomplished artist with works that can be seen throughout the Imaginarium Region. With themes that range from surreal, fantastic, dystopian, and other retro-futuristic ideas, you’ll want to visit these special creations before they disappear at the end of September.

Take a sneak peek in the video below or on the Destinations Channel of our Official YouTube.

 

You can visit the following art installations at E.V.E until September 29th:

From the invited artists:

•   SKY FISHING, some artworks by Bryn Oh
•   UNDER THE SEA?, by Regi Yifu
•   TALES FROM THE CROCODILE, by Cica Ghost

 

Works by E.V.E. creator and owner Noke Yuitza:
•   DREAMER BOY – Scene: Mirror
•   ELF 2255
•   MUSIC MACHINE – Elfic Bells Notes

 

Currently Unlimited Installations by Noke Yuitza
•   Permanent: ETHEREAL SHAPES – Stage 1: The Dreamer
•   Permanent: INFERNO – Scene Scatha the Dragon: The 2 Shapes

Linden Lab

Earlier this month, we announced that price changes are coming to Second Life Premium Membership beginning June 24. However, Residents can lock in the existing lower Premium Membership rates for one more billing cycle by pre-paying or joining before the rates go up next week!

Here’s a summary of what is changing on June 24:

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** Plus VAT in some European Union countries (if applicable) Please note that monthly and quarterly Premium Memberships for Residents who live in some European Union countries may also be charged value-added tax (VAT) in accordance with sales tax regulations. Please visit our VAT Policy page for more details and our Corporate Pricing page for a list of impacted countries.

For current Premium Members:

Premium Members have a limited-time opportunity to keep their current rates for one more billing cycle, as well as to change their plan between billing cycles and then pre-paying.  To activate your savings, simply pre-pay before the end of the day on June 24th to extend your current Membership at the same low rate. For example, Monthly members can pre-pay another month at the old rate, or switch to Quarterly and prepay another quarter at the old rate, or switch to Annual and pre-pay a year. When you pre-pay, your billing date will be moved out by the term for which you paid: if you pre-paid, for example, for an Annual membership, your new billing date would become current billing date + 1 year.  

To make changes to your account, including pre-pay or review of your current Plan, visit your Account page on Secondlife.com.

For new Premium Members:

Not yet Premium? You can also take advantage of this savings opportunity!

Premium Members get all sorts of perks including a weekly L$300 stipend, Premium virtual gifts, expanded live-chat customer support, increased Group Membership limits, exclusive access to Premium areas, priority access to nearly full regions and experiences, and more. To get your savings, just upgrade to Premium by the end of the day on June 23 to get the lower rate for your first billing cycle.

Linden Lab

Last week, we blogged about the opening of Fantasy Faire - and many of you have probably already dropped by to see what is available from the hundreds of Merchants who have items that will go to the benefit of the American Cancer Society.

Did you also know that there’s a big Literary Festival that is part of the faire this year - with story-telling, dramatic performances, workshops, and author meet and greets? Find out more about all the events happening on the Fantasy Faire website.  

This year’s Literary Festival guest of honor is Elizabeth Bear. Elizabeth will be appearing in Second Life for an interview on Tuesday April 23rd , which appropriately is on #WorldBookDay. There’s also a separate reading on Friday April 26. Both events will take place from 2-3pm SLT (Pacific). Here is a snippet taken from her author bio on her website:

[Elizabeth Bear] is the Hugo, Sturgeon, Locus, and Campbell Award winning author of dozens of novels; over a hundred short stories; and a number of essays, nonfiction, and opinion pieces for markets as diverse as Popular Mechanics and The Washington Post.

She lives in the Pioneer Valley of Massachusetts with her spouse, writer Scott Lynch.

The full schedule for the Literary Festival can be seen on the Fantasy Faire website, but if you want to attend the Elizabeth Bear events, follow the Destination Guide link below.

Xiola Linden

Have you ever thought about writing your own Medieval novel? What if you could live through your very own battle of the throne without any of the very bloody and finite endings you’ve seen on television? Hold court, joust, ride forth into battle on the back of your trusted steed, or simply embrace the photogenic romance of living in an era long passed - it’s all possible in SL.

That’s where communities like MYSTVALE and other role-playing communities within Second Life come in. Tailored to immerse you in an experience that blends history and fantasy together, and allows you to begin making your own history through creative story-telling. Talk about choosing your own adventure!

Put on your favorite medieval outfit, grab your preferred party of adventurers, and cross the virtual veil into MYSTVALE. 

Are we missing any of your favorite role-playing Region in our Destination Guide? If so, submit your suggestions to the Destination Guide using our submission form or email us at editor@lindenlab.com.

Brett Linden

This week’s Destination Guide highlights include a massive grid-wide game and several new spots you’ll want to snap and share with friends.

Save the grid from impending doom and win fabulous prizes in the new grid-wide game Tyrah and the Curse of the Magical Glytches. This ambitious adventure extends to multiple parcels across all of Second Life and many land owners can even get in on the action. It’s unlike anything ever seen before in SL.

Are you a photo buff? This week's Destination Guide highlights include new photogenic spots including a remote Russian weather station and a historic spot that takes you back in time to 18th century France . There's also a new exhibit that brings together seven acclaimed photographers -- each of whom explores their visual interpretation of one of the seven virtues.

There’s plenty to more to explore, too. Here are some highlights and new events to check out this week:

As always, don’t forget to share your Second Life pictures with our official Second Life Flickr  where we select our Pic of the Day features. Have you updated your Place Page yet? In addition to the Destination Guide, Place Pages are a way for creators to share their unique destinations in Second Life including 360-degree photos! Our featured Place Page this week is Biker Parties Bar and Railroad Station.

If you have a place of your own that you want to share with the rest of us, make sure to drop us a note at editor@lindenlab.com or submit your spot via web form.

Xiola Linden

Spring Equinox is coming - even if the East Coast of the USA didn’t get the memo - and we can’t properly bid adieu to the chill of the Winter winds without another epic Snowball Fight!

That means it’s time for one last Snowdown Showdown - before the snow melts! Join us this Friday, March 17th from 9:00 to 10:00 AM SLT and 1:00 to 2:00 PM SLT - to enjoy the thrill of the chill and the fun of pummelling one another with tons of virtual snowballs!

Lindens and Residents run amok through the icy castle towers and tunnels, the sky pours snowballs, and the good times roll!

Mark the time and date in your calendars and don’t miss this last chance to enjoy the Snowball Fight Arena before the Winter Wonderland regions come down.
 

Linden Lab

In recognition of Black History Month, our “Made in Second Life” series explores the newly-reopened Virtual Black History Museum in SL!

Open through late March, this interactive educational experience invites attendees to explore the timeline of African-American history from the heartaches to the victories in a park-like and welcoming environment.

At the heart of the museum is a new exhibit that spotlights the amazing women that helped shape African-American history in the US.

“There’s a focus on women in Black history and telling some of the stories of people that don’t really make it into the history books,” says curator Abrianna Oceanside.”We talk about Harriet Tubman and Rosa Parks, but we don’t really talk about some of the [other] names that we don’t even recognize.”

That’s why the Museum goes deeper in its exhibition to amplify awareness of several lesser-known historical figures including civil rights activists Amelia Boynton Robinson, Daisy Bates, and Martha P. Johnson.

“To be able to walk through, observe and just be able to have a more immersed experience is more effective than just going to a website and reading the information,” says Oceanside. “I’m hoping to foster a place where there can be a dialogue.” 

While some of the subject matter in the museum can be unsettling, Oceanside says that she hopes the experience will help enlighten and educate attendees.

“There are a lot of difficult discussions and I’m OK with uncomfortable because I believe that is a big part of what helps us grow as people,” she says. “I’ve had some really interesting discussions with people whose perspectives shifted a little bit...and sometimes that little shift makes a big difference in the world.”

To learn more about the Black History Museum, watch the video or visit it in Second Life.

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Credits:
Video Production: Draxtor Despres
Logo: Marianne McCann

 

 

Linden Lab

 

Did you know that Second Life features numerous fun and challenging games of skill that you can play alone or with friends? Skill gaming is one of Second Life’s best-kept secrets! Players have the opportunity to earn both Replay Credit prizes* and L$ prizes on dozens of games scattered across special “skill gaming” regions in Second Life. 

Curious about how to get started with skill gaming? This weekend, several skill gaming operators have come together for the first time ever to participate in an official Free to Play Fair that features free play on some of the grid’s top games including Spin2Pot, Lucky Rainbow, Deal Classic, 4Play Classic and more! 

 Join the fun Sept. 27-30 for your chance to learn how to play some of the top skill games in Second Life and also grab a special Limited Edition Skill Gaming Linden Bear! Of course, what would a fair be without rides and attractions, too? In addition to the many free-to-play games, you’ll find Ferris wheels, bumper cars, petting zoos, and much more!

This event is open to everyone, so come learn more about skill gaming and join the fun!  To learn even more about skill gaming in Second Life, please see our official wiki and visit the Destination Guide to explore skill gaming regions year-round*.

*While this limited-time event is open to everyone, please note that skill gaming Regions in Second Life are not accessible to Residents in some U.S. states and countries. For this event, Residents from areas with Skill Gaming access restrictions will not be able to use any earned Replay credits.

Xiola Linden

Some say March comes in like a lion, and goes out like a lamb. As we head into April, there’s no denying the peaceful and tranquil sites across so many Second Life regions. While we kissed winter goodbye with our last official snowball fight a few weeks ago there is still plenty of fun to be had as spring rolls in all across the grid.

Our Destination Guide does a great job of rounding up the latest in activities, shopping, and good times to be had. Make sure your spot is on the list and drop us a note at editor@lindenlab.com  or submit your spot via form.

Don’t forget to take loads of pics and share them on our official Second Life Flickr. We select “Pic of the Day” from that group as well as other materials like our Facebook cover and landing page images.

Hop on inworld we will see you there!

Xiola Linden

One of the many incredible things about Second Life and virtual worlds, is that you can travel to places that may be otherwise out of reach and experience some of the culture and adventure without the jet lag or the travel costs. These places can be outside the scope of our world - eras long past or places that never existed - or they can be inspired by places that exist in the physical world. France, England, Japan, and many other countries are just a teleport away.

Monash University’s Chinese Island is a place that virtually represents a Chinese township, where you can experience some of the things that reflect everyday life in China. 

Kaylee West teaches students about Chinese language and culture at Monash University in Australia, and he has created and curated Chinese Island in Second Life as a way for anyone to get a taste of the Chinese culture from wherever they may be in the world. You can visit the website for more information about the project.

To catch a glimpse of what Chinese Island is like, you may watch this destination video, but we highly recommend that you login to your Second Life account and plan a trip to visit it inworld - just use the Destination Guide link here or  below the video.

(Note: If you don’t see the  language captions automatically, be sure to turn them on for the full translation).

Linden Lab

The biggest annual fantasy event in Second Life is back!

Now open through May 10, the Fantasy Faire 2020 features eighteen incredible regions of extraordinary beauty and magic -- all made from scratch by the residents of Second Life and in support of Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society's goal of a world without cancer. 

Watch the video preview of Fantasy Faire 2020 here.

For eighteen days become immersed in a world of enchantment where you can shop, enjoy fantasy art and performances, discover roleplay opportunities, and hear award-winning fantasy authors including author Fran Wilde.  While you explore you’ll hear a soundtrack provided by Fantasy Faire Radio, too 

You’ll also find fantasy avatars, clothing, furnishings, gadgets, and exclusive items available from almost 200 of Second Life’s top Fantasy Creators across thirteen stunning regions.  There are also five Faireland realms that include a wide variety of entertainment, events, and experiences including a Memorial Garden, the Literary Festival, Performance Stages, Art Galleries, and more. Don't forget to complete the epic story-based experience “The Fairelands Quest: The Bard Queen's Garden.” 

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Follow all the events at fantasyfairesl.wordpress.com or visit it inworld now.

CREDITS:
Video Production: Draxtor Despres

Linden Lab

Einstein is alleged to have once stated, “Imagination will take you everywhere.” We tend to agree! A sense of adventure is one of the most exciting things about Second Life. You can explore and experience so many places from the past, present, future, and from the imagination - and you can bounce from one to the other with a single teleport. 

The element of journey and discovery that Creators in Second Life build and breathe life into is something that is difficult to replicate anywhere else - which is why we enjoy highlighting these destinations on the blogs, our social pages, and in these destination videos. There is so much to experience and see across the Grid!

This week, we’re highlighting Escapades Island - a conglomerate of fantastical and whimsical genres to tease your imagination. If you think you’ve seen it all - think again! Escapades Island has just undergone some new construction, and is now revamped and ready for daring and curious adventurers alike. You’re going to want to plan a trip with your best friends to embark together on this playful and whimsical trip.

Watch this small glimpse into what you can expect, then hop in for yourself and prepare to discover something exciting and new!

For more  Destination videos, check out our Destination Video channel on our official YouTube Channel.

Video production courtesy of Draxtor Despres

Linden Lab

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This June, Second Life turns 16 and we’re planning some fun ways to celebrate the Second Life community as a whole, as well as the incredible live music community within SL.

In recent years we’ve taken the popular idea of music festivals and brought them into the virtual world - all the music, merriment, and good times without the sunburn. Last year marked the 4th Music Fest, and this year, things are going to be a little different! We do have a Music Faire that we’re very excited to announce! Like Music Fest, Music Faire is a way to enjoy a ton of live music within Second Life as part of the birthday celebrations.

We’re holding an audition showcase to highlight some of the musical talent in the Second Life community. Many of you have been performing for years in virtual venues all over the grid, and we’d love to have you come showcase your talent. All genres are welcome! From bands to solo acts, rock and roll to electronica - we encourage anyone to sign up for consideration.

The Second Life Music Faire is an opportunity to perform at one of the biggest celebrations in Second Life and will be held on June 21st and 22nd this year from 10 am until 4 pm SLT.

To sign up for an audition, please complete and submit the submission form no later than June 1st, 2019. 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 and/or notecards to the designated contact. Each invited act will have a short audition time (5 minutes max) to play.

All Residents are welcome to participate in the auditions as audience members. Again, I can’t stress enough what a great time it is to see so many musicians perform and support one another! For those who are interested, the audition location will be shared in a future blog post. Showcase dates and times are as follows:

  • May 27, 2019 6 AM - 6 PM (SLT)
  • May 28, 2019 6 AM - 6 PM (SLT)
  • May 29, 2019 6 AM - 6 PM (SLT)
  • May 30, 2019 6 AM - 6 PM (SLT)
  • May 31, 2019 6 AM - 3 PM (SLT)
  • June 3, 2019 6 AM - 6 PM (SLT)
  • June 4, 2019 6 AM - 6 PM (SLT)
  • June 5, 2019 6 AM - 6 PM (SLT)
  • June 6, 2019 6 AM - 6 PM (SLT)
  • June 7, 2019 6 AM - 3 PM (SLT)

See you inworld!

Please note that applications for Exhibitors and Performers have been extended through the end of the month and the applications for Merchants for the shopping event are open until June 1st.

Strawberry Linden

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Each week, the Second Life Destination Guide editorial team reviews dozens of new locations and events worth exploring. With all those beautiful destinations to check out, we thought we’d highlight a few of the entries that stood out to the editorial team.

This week we decided to highlight some of the most photogenic locations in Second Life. Some are new and some have been around for a while; all can be found in the Photogenic Spots category on the Destination guide!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Got a spot that you’d like listed in the Destination Guide? Make sure to drop us a note at editor@lindenlab.com or submit your spot via web form.

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Linden Lab

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We know that role-playing, fantasy, and gamified events like board games, adventures, and murder mysteries are popular in Second Life. The idea of playing a part in a story and interpreting the world around you through your character can be a great deal of fun, and therapeutic for many.

Naturally, with both role-playing and gaming experiences being popular in our virtual world, a blend of the two would find its way onto the Grid in the form of the well known ‘tabletop’ style of game play. 

ChuuAkamine has taken his love for the Sorcery! Gamebook by Steve Jackson, and his favorite map cartographer (Mike Schley) as inspiration for his own projects in Second Life - functional dioramas that work with the Tabletop system from Remnant Ashbourne of  /studioDire/.

These dioramas are interactive, engaging ways to allow tabletop style gameplay in the vein of Dungeons & Dragons within Second Life. ChuuAkamine has started business creating and selling these dioramas and miniatures for others to enjoy - Mini A Chuu.

This week’s “Made in SL” video is glimpse into these works. Take a look at the video below, and check out these cool creations inworld. You can also learn more about Mini A Chuu on the Life of Chuu blog.

 

Video production courtesy of Draxtor Despres
Logo courtesy of Marianne McCann

 

Linden Lab

These are strange times indeed: With the current public health crisis sweeping across the globe, many of us are finding it more difficult to go out and physically do the things that comfort us and bring us joy. Socializing. Shopping. Dancing. We can’t wait to get out and explore in the physical world again - but, fortunately, you can do these things virtually right now in Second Life.

During this time of great anxiety, stress and social isolation, we’ve seen a spike in interest and activity in Second Life as people seek online outlets for comfort and social connections. Many are discovering for the first time how Second Life can bring people together for friendly conversations and fun social activities - such as live music performances, virtual nightclubs and deejay events and even book readings.

That’s why we’re excited to introduce two new initiatives that will help bring people closer together in Second Life.

SECOND LIFE BOOK CLUB TO DEBUT APRIL 8

As book publishers scramble to adjust to new social distancing protocols and other coronavirus-era restrictions, Second Life offers a safe, synchronous way for authors to hold real-time book readings, engage in meet-and-greets with their fans and promote their publications in an immersive person-to-person setting.

We’re proud to partner with Draxtor Despres for the introduction of the Second Life Book Club, a new series of literary-minded events. Drax has lined up many established authors for a series of recurring in-world "virtual book tours" that will be kicked off in April with a multi-author panel that will discuss their thoughts on writing and selling books in the age of COVID-19.

Scheduled for the kick-off event, which will happen on April 8 at 10 a.m. (SLT) in Second Life, are a slate of best-selling authors: Matt Ruff (“Lovecraft Country”), Ken Liu (“The Paper Menagerie”), SL Huang (“Zero Sum Game”) and CB Lee (the Sidekick Squad series). This premiere event will also feature a yet to be confirmed guest from the publishing end of the book business. Stay tuned for further announcements.

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Anybody with a Second Life avatar can join this event, ask questions, mingle with fellow book lovers and the authors. These events will also be streamed live across our social channels and will be promoted to both mainstream and specialized media. 

We also want to help promote and expand the audience for other inworld book events, too! If you have a literary event that you'd like us to be aware of, then reach out to us at editor@lindenlab.com. 

SHOWCASE STREAMS: SPOTLIGHTING SECOND LIFE MUSIC, ART & CULTURE

We’re also pleased to introduce “Showcase Streams,” a new recurring series of live spontaneous videos that will aim to spotlight the many music, art and cultural events in Second Life. We think that there’s a lot of cool and creative energy in Second Life that deserves broader exposure. With “Showcase Streams,” we hope to bring great attention and audiences to some of these marquee experiences as we better educate the general public about the wide variety of creativity and events in our virtual world.

This means that you’ll start to see more unscheduled live video streams of Second Life hot spots on our social media accounts including Facebook, Twitter/Periscope, Mixer...and, yes, YouTube. We’re working on Twitch, too!

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Pictured: Bryn Oh’s Hand exhibit in Second Life

Examples of future “Showcase Streams” might include live video tours of popular shopping events such as the current Skin Fair, walk-throughs of art exhibitions such as the latest work by Bryn Oh, or a quick drop-in of a live music performance such as this weekend’s event from musician Mankind Tracer. Expect the unexpected! 

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Pictured: Mankind Tracer gets ready for his upcoming Second Life performance

Do you want to have your event or experience featured on a future “Showcase Stream”? Reach out to us at editor@lindenlab.com  You may also want to make sure that you are listed in the Destination Guide using the official submission form, as we’ll be using this as a source for scouting out locations for some of our streams.

COMING SOON: SL17B!

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Another opportunity to showcase the best of Second Life is to participate in our upcoming 17th annual Second Life birthday celebration (SL17B), held June 19-July 10. Applications are now open for exhibitors, musicians and performers

Full details of the event will be announced soon, but we’ve already revealed that this year’s theme is “vacations and road trips.” 

 

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