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Linden Lab

Second Life Destinations: Cann!bal


Second Life Destinations

Escape to the inviting environment and soothing sounds of Cann!bal, a tropical paradise that has been in development for over 10 years in Second Life. 

Now on its own estate and spanning four adjacent regions, Cann!bal has been a work of love by Chotaire Seelowe

Here’s a description of the inspiration for Cann!bal in Chotaire’s own words:

“I've always loved beaches in real life, so when I came to SL in 2006, I randomly started searching for terms like "Hawaii" or "Bora Bora" and  found "Bora Bora Isles," a Polynesian beach that was actually built by the owner. I realized that it is a rare sight to find an estate where the owner actually created the content and didn't just buy it from random stores. It impressed me. And I had this feeling, if I only tried hard enough, I could even make something more realistic, something even better.

Never in my life have I enjoyed programming, but I realized to create something really unique I would have to learn scripting as well. That's how I became a scripter. I got my own region for Cannibal Island to showcase all of this and become my own landlord. 

Then, when mesh got introduced into SL, I had to accept that one person can't do it all, so I started showcasing other people's builds too. This is how I got in touch with other creators and we started to cooperate. I still work for many of them. Today Cann!bal Island still pretty much looks like it did in 2011, except that due to weekly updates everything is much more polished and always makes use of the latest technology offered by Linden Lab.”

Chotaire clearly loves the challenge of invention that Second Life offers and appreciates being able to create environments that can then be seen by other Residents, and experiences that will stay with them for a long time to come.

Take the teleport to Cann!bal Island and see it for yourself -- you might even lose yourself in its lush environment or perhaps in one of its many dance clubs!

Video Production Credits: Draxtor Despres

Strawberry Linden

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Pictured: Charge Syndrome

This week we're featuring some photogenic destinations and a variety of different events that are happening all over the grid. Check them out over the weekend! Don't forget to check our Recently Added category to see all the latest additions to the Second Life 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. Don’t forget to read more about the Destination Guide info, guidelines and criteria for Editors’ Picks or the Destinations Floater in the viewer, to increase your chances of being featured in those coveted spots!

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Linden Lab

Oz's Retirement Gift


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After about 11 years at Linden Lab, Oz Linden recently took his much-deserved retirement and we miss him dearly. 

To celebrate Oz and his many contributions to the community, Linden Lab commissioned talented artist Bryn Oh to create a special bronze sculpture of his avatar as a retirement gift. Using an image of his avatar as a reference, Bryn created Oz in a very unique way -- the infamous Second Life “away” pose..

“I felt it was nice to make Oz in "away" because maybe retirement it's more of an adieu than a goodbye,” says Bryn in a recent Flickr post.oz linden bronze

After keeping the project a secret for the past couple of months, Oz received the gift this week.

“I am overwhelmed. Bryn Oh! - I feel as though I have an original Rodin that I modeled for!,” he says.

We at Linden Lab also want to thank the lovely and talented Bryn Oh for creating this thoughtful piece for Oz. And to Oz, we miss you and hope you are enjoying your retirement! 
 

Linden Lab

Today we’re introducing an additional way for you to protect your account!

Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) is now available to all residents on their accounts. MFA is an additional step to prove your identity before gaining access to sensitive information or actions on your account. It provides an extra layer of security to supplement your username and password. Widely adopted by many products, MFA is an industry standard.

How does it work? You can learn more about MFA, find out what you’ll need to do, and activate it in the knowledge base article!

You will need to take action in order to activate MFA. It is entirely opt-in. Go to accounts.secondlife.com/mfa/status and get started!

Note: MFA adds protection only to your accounts.secondlife.com login. MFA does not affect how you log in to the SL Viewer. If you activate MFA, you should continue to change your password regularly and choose strong passwords.

In future releases we plan to extend MFA’s protections to additional pages on secondlife.com, the marketplace, and the viewer. We are also exploring an email-based implementation.


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Linden Lab

Second Life Destinations: The Looking Glass


Second Life Destinations

Explore a more cryptic envisioning of fantasy at The Looking Glass, where enchantment and dark secrets abound.

Creators Marcus Inkpen and Sharni Azalee have been selling a wide range of items related to fantasy under The Looking Glass brand since 2011. Marcus tells us they were brought together by a mutual passion, saying “We were both into the darker Alice in Wonderland type whimsical fantasy stuff and we've been exploring that ever since.”

The Looking Glass is a large region that could take hours to explore. From the long bridge leading to a mysterious castle to the beautiful floating islands, the amount of detail in every component is reminiscent of many iconic works of fantasy that have been uniquely interpreted by Marcus and Sharni. Sharni says, “We have tried to make a region that is entwined with many genres so that everybody can find their ‘special spot’ there. {It’s} especially wonderful to see when people take the time to find the little hidden areas in the region.

If you are feeling a little stressed out, The Looking Glass is the perfect place to let your worries float away. Sharni tells us “SL for me is an escape from the pressures of r/l. I have a very stressful r/l job, so to be able to log into SL and relax and get lost in a creative bubble is a perfect balance. The friends I have met here from all over the world give me a wonderful reason to keep coming back.”

In addition to photogenic exploration, Marcus tells us that The Looking Glass hosts “regular events with live music, DJs and particle shows. Everything you could ask for! Sharni and I have also been involved in all of the Fantasy Faires since the beginning and we are looking forward to it every year.”

Come visit The Looking Glass today to experience a different side of fantasy in the virtual world.

Note: There is an art exhibit of Marcus' r/l alter ego J Matthew Root at http://jmrart.com, as well as a store of select merchandise in the basement that is also available on the Second Life Marketplace.

Video Production Credits:
Draxtor Despres

 

 

Strawberry Linden

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Pictured: Mount Campion Caves National Forest

This week we added a new category to the Second Life Destination Guide - Vacation Spots! This category will showcase destinations that aim to offer you a memorable holiday experience with your family and friends. Here are just a handful of the hotels, resorts, spas, and short-term rentals that are perfect for your next vacation. More can be found in the category and if you have a vacation spot you'd like to have in this new category, drop us a note at editor@lindenlab.com or submit your spot via web form.

We've also added 30 new destinations this week, so don't forget to check our Recently Added category to see all the latest additions to the Second Life 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. Don’t forget to read more about the Destination Guide info, guidelines and criteria for Editors’ Picks or the Destinations Floater in the viewer, to increase your chances of being featured in those coveted spots!

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Linden Lab

Second Life Destinations: Deer River


Second Life Destinations

Come enjoy the tranquility of the wilderness and the earthy colors of fall at Deer River.

Creator Kess Crystal has been a Resident for years, enjoying a multifaceted virtual journey. In fact, Kess believes that “everyone’s experience is different and can also change over the years. Back when I first joined SL I was a DJ in a rock club, my own rock club, so I had started to live in the entrepreneurial worlds of SL even back then.”

Last winter you may have visited Snowdrops, another region Kess created. Encouraged by the experience, Kess tells us, “Autumn/Fall is my favourite season and I started to get the urge to create something for Autumn while binge watching a series called Virgin River on Netflix.” Bodies of water and the grace of their movement play a big role in the atmosphere in Deer River. From the stunning azure blue of the river to the breathtaking waterfall and ponds, there is a palpable sense of wonder from being close to the water here. In fact, Kess says the waterfall was a direct homage to the show, and that “fans of the show will notice a lot of nods to the series… the log cabin, the food truck both feature, as well as of course the river that runs throughout the region.”

Deer River is filled with opportunities for bucolic recreation. Put on your hiking boots and explore the numerous trails, go horseback riding, and stop off at the outdoor cafe for a pumpkin spice latte. 

Kess succinctly describes the inspiration behind this woodland reverie: “My vision was to create a photogenic seasonal {region} where the natural beauty of the colours of the season are the star.”

Kess is also the co-owner of Seraphimsl.com, saying “through that, I get to meet a lot of the incredibly talented creators whose work I use to create my scenes. Second Life has brought me many real life friendships… It’s the bonds with those people that keep us in this wonderful world.”

Drop in for a soothing dose of nature at Deer River today, but be sure to watch out for the wily raccoons that like to hide by the camping tents to steal some snacks!

Video Production Credits:
Draxtor Despres

 

 

Strawberry Linden

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Click to rotate this 360 image of The Autumn Cafe

Earlier this week we announced the 360 Snapshot tool in a new Project Viewer and since then many Residents have shared some amazing 360 images of different destinations in Second Life. Check out this new Flickr gallery we've started of 360 images.

This week we're featuring some Autumn-themed destinations as well as some important events. If you take any 360 images at any of these destinations, share them with us in the official Second Life Flickr group!

Also, don't forget to check our Recently Added category to see all the latest additions to the Second Life 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. Don’t forget to read more about the Destination Guide info, guidelines, and criteria for Editors’ Picks or the Destinations Floater in the viewer, to increase your chances of being featured in those coveted spots!

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Linden Lab

Second Life Destinations: Shadezar


Second Life Destinations

Go back in time by visiting Shadezar, a fantasy roleplaying region inspired by the Mediterranean and Middle East.

A notecard given by creator Hera/Zee9 at the region’s entrance reads: “You may ask: Why am I in an attic, in a nursery? For as long as I can remember I have wanted to do a Neverland for adults. I even came up with a name for it, Neverworld X…” This starting point emphasizes the experience of being transported to a fantasy world, and has teleports to Vanesha, also referred to as Neverworld X, and Shadezar. You are instantly taken to a world of domed buildings and colorful tilework, surrounded by sand and sea that exudes a timeless sense of romance. 

Shadezar is fantasy, sword and sorcery roleplay. It bears intricate recreations of architectural styles from different points in history such as Roman Antiquity and Ancient Persia. A notecard gives the following as story background: “This is the age of Iron, called the Formorian Age. There is only one great land mass called Gargantua, split into 5 main regions. The burning deserts of Samhara are located in the midlands. Shadezar  is the largest City in the Samhara Desert. Built upon a rocky outcrop, on a small island that splits the great Namhar river,  before it flows into the Sarazin Sea.”

The atmosphere of Shadezar is built upon respect for the thematic elements and roleplay experience. Please check out notecards from Hera for rules on the dress code and what type of weapons are allowed so that Residents can seamlessly engage with others and have fun. There is also information on the types of characters available (priests, merchants, beggars, etc.)  for those who are new. This exact location within the region has more information on the roleplay: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Cloud%20Lake/90/116/22

Hera has built and taken down many places in SL over the years; Shadezar is the result of combining old memories of virtual creations into one grand location.

Video Production Credits:
Draxtor Despres

 

 

Strawberry Linden

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Pictured: Center for Mindfulness

September is Self Care Awareness Month. This week we're featuring older destinations that provide opportunities for self-care - including meditation, support groups, relaxation, and more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Find more supportive communities and spiritual destinations in the following two categories:

  1. Discussions & Communities 
  2. Spirituality & Belief

Be mindful and take care of yourself. ❤️ 

For more exploration ideas, check our Recently Added category to see all the latest additions to the Second Life 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. Don’t forget to read more about the Destination Guide info, guidelines, and criteria for Editors’ Picks or the Destinations Floater in the viewer - to increase your chances of being featured in those coveted spots!

 

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Linden Lab

This week we immerse ourselves in the surreal digital art of Mistero Hifeng at Cammino e Vivo Capovolto.

Upon landing, the region feels like an art gallery crossed with a movie set: the type of thing that would cost millions of dollars in the physical world but can be created by anybody in Second Life.

Mistero’s style blends the abstract with symbolic imagery seamlessly. The use of light and water are key. Slow moving raindrops and a moving floor of water that looks like glimmering mercury... There are also several clocks strewn about haphazardly, perhaps an homage to Dali, one of the great figures of Surrealist art.

Abstract humanoid sculptures can be found throughout the space, often embracing each other. While they may seem plain from far away, closer inspection reveals that they express a wide range of emotions. The amount of detail given offers the hint of a narrative but the rest is a mystery for guests to put together. What is the purpose of the train tracks that lead nowhere? Mistero is indeed mysterious: he does not comment on the purpose of his installations. He does not offer any help to interpret it, which makes it even more powerful!

This region is a shining example of Second Life’s ability to serve as a conduit to one’s imagination. Come see Mistero Hifeng’s art today to experience the unique art of the metaverse.

Check out Mistero Hifeng's socials for more information on his work.
Facebook
Flickr
Instagram 

Video Production Credits:
Draxtor Despres

 

Strawberry Linden

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Pictured: Shadezar

Last month we made a few updates to the Destinations Floater in the viewer. In an effort to make it more newcomer friendly, we’ve made a few updates to our policy which pertains specifically to those listings that are chosen for Editors’ Picks and the Floater in the viewer. You can see all of the updates on the “About the Second Life Destination Guide” page.

If you find any listings in the Destinations floater that are not newcomer friendly, please do drop us a line at editor@lindenlab.com and let us know. We are trying our best to check it every few weeks. We also encourage those that do get chosen to be featured in Editors’ Picks or the floater to please let us know, via email, if they decide to change their region's settings. 

Do keep in mind that the only category we are not able to maintain, change or update is the “What’s Hot Now” category. That category is automatic and randomly showcases any of the entries on the Destination Guide that currently have 20 to 30 avatars in it. 

The rest of the categories in the floater, and Editors’ Picks, are the only two places we are trying to maintain a stricter policy, so please do visit the web version of the Destination Guide as there are many more beautiful regions to explore. This week we added over 60, check them all out in the Recently Added category, which is rotated weekly with all the latest listings.

Out of the 60 that were added in the last week, here are 10 that we wanted to highlight:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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. Don’t forget to read more about the Destination Guide info, guidelines and criteria for Editors’ Picks or the Destinations Floater in the viewer, to increase your chances of being featured in those coveted spots!

In the near future, we also have plans to give the web version of the Destination Guide a bit of a facelift. I’ll make sure to update you all about that once it happens. 

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Linden Lab

Second Life Destinations: Ethereal Realms


Second Life Destinations

Experience the magic and tranquility of Ethereal Realms, where you can float through an enchanted forest or visit the colorful cyber city above.

Creator Rapa Tone, who lives in Japan IRL, tells us “I started to design Ethereal Forest to be a place for elves, pixies, a place for all mythical creatures to relax and be at peace. As the place matured and more people came to visit, it started to become a place for all people, even regular humans, to find a place of solace in these dark times…”

A great degree of thought and preparation went into even the smallest of this region’s details. According to Rapa, “Ethereal Forest features many objects by many different SL creators, all placed together. When I started designing my {region}, I was thinking how can I make a hidden forest that is occupied by three people and still, no one can really see it?”

When it came time to bring this idea to life, Rapa “spent one month building everything with no design or thinking, just an intuitive, creative stream of consciousness.” This was deeply informed by Rapa’s many walks in Kyoto, Gifu, Hyogo, and the beauty of the Chūbu region. Ethereal Realms seamlessly blends the tranquility of a Japanese garden with the otherworldliness central to the aesthetic of the fantasy genre.

Make your own adventure at Ethereal Realms today.

Video Production Credits:
Draxtor Despres

 

 

Strawberry Linden

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Pictured: Whimberly

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.  Don't forget to check our Recently Added category to see all the latest additions to the Second Life 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. Don’t forget to read more about the Destination Guide info, guidelines and criteria for Editors’ Picks or the Destinations Floater in the viewer, to increase your chances of being featured in those coveted spots!

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Linden Lab

Art Made in Second Life: Tucker Stilley


Second Life Destinations

This week Drax spoke to Kate Stilley-Steiner, sister of acclaimed artist Tucker Stilley, who uses adaptive technology to continue making breathtaking art 20 years after being diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS). 

Virtual Ability’s Cape Able Island hosts art exhibits by deaf artists and/or artists with disabilities. Exhibits change quarterly, and just like a physical gallery, the works can often be purchased privately through the artist.

Tucker’s new collection is called ‘Palimpsessed,’ and he describes his creative vision as follows:

“The term “palimpsest” describes the unnatural sedimentary accumulation of imagery, information and concepts. For instance, on a billboard, many years of imagery may suddenly form an inexplicable Dada collage after a twister rips the surface down to bare plywood; leaving a dog, pulling the underpants off a sweaty cola bottle, who is smoking a cigarette with half a handsome, torn, lopsided grin. Fragmentary meanings combine into the mysterious. Unsaid, unthought, unquestioned dream of the present. I treasure this moment. I am palimpsessed.”

Tucker’s art has been lauded for years, with the  LA Times describing it as “breathtaking images of the frailty and strength of the human condition.” Creativity runs in the family: Tucker's sister, Kate Stilley-Steiner, is a filmmaker. The strength of their bond is incredibly inspiring, proving that the encouragement of family and community can help you do anything.

Visit Tucker's exhibit at the Cape Able Island gallery today to see his images of resilience and the truth of his extraordinary spirit.

The exhibit is co-presented by Second Life, Virtual Ability, Inc., the Cape Able Art Gallery, Cohort of Disembodied Artists and Citizen Film. Tucker Stilley’s work has been curated by distinguished artists Sam Durant, Randi Malkin Steinberger, Kate Brown and Craig Milanesi. His work has been featured nationwide including at the Venice Beach Biennial in collaboration with the Hammer Museum, the Disney CALARTS Theater, the Santa Monica Museum of Art, Monte Vista Projects, the Keystone Art Space, Artist Curated Project (ACP) LA, the Nave Gallery and Hen House Studios. 

Special thanks for facilitating the virtual exhibit at VAI to Gentle Heron and Eme Capalini

And here is a special treat for Second Life residents: Tucker’s graphic novel - which he actively continues to write - “The Permanent Record of New Jack Rasputin” is free to download here!

Video Production Credits:
Draxtor Despres
RL Footage courtesy of Kate Stilley-Steiner 

 

Strawberry Linden

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Pictured: Lollipop by Cica Ghost

Today we're featuring ten must-visit events to keep you busy in Second Life this week. Don't forget to check our Recently Added category (there are a lot this week) to see all the latest additions to the Second Life 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. Don’t forget to read more about the Destination Guide info, guidelines and criteria for Editors’ Picks or the Destinations Floater in the viewer, to increase your chances of being featured in those coveted spots!

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Linden Lab

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The Halloween season is fast approaching and our annual multi-region inworld shopping event is coming back. If you are a Content Creator, this is your chance to spook up some sales and reach a large audience with your creepiest and coolest creations!

The 2021 Halloween Shop & Hop will open on October 1st, and will run through the 31st. This is your opportunity to bring a ton of new customers to your brand, by offering some of your best items. We are looking for Merchants willing to offer a discount on their items (at least 20% off) and provide a small non-exclusive gift to shoppers.

If this sounds like something you would be interested in, please fill out this form as soon as possible and no later than Sunday, August 29, 2021. We will contact you soon after that date if your application is accepted.

Linden Lab

Second Life Destinations: Elvion


Second Life Destinations

Escape to a wonderland of wildflowers and rolling hills at Elvion, a quiet sanctuary for daydreaming and the like.

Built by creator Bo Zano out of adoration for “Elves and other creatures... a relic from my long time playing Skyrim. It is now in its sixth version, every version being unique in style.” Elvion shares some familiar traits with other fantasy realms of Second Life, such as an ethereal atmosphere with a soft amber glow buzzing from the trees. Yet it is a completely original interpretation of the theme. The train station at the landing point gives it a modern feel, like this could be a small English country town.

Bo tells us “I have always been fascinated by 3D modeling and rendering. After I found out I could "edit" in SL, I have been building {regions}.” Elvion has gone through many remodels, with Bo saying “With every iteration I try to improve things and apply the lessons learned from previous ones. But, it is also about finding a way to be creative. To put my thoughts and feelings into creating something that inspires…” The landscape is stunning, and each step forward along the overgrown rail tracks feels like the unfolding of a peaceful reverie.

With Elvion, teamwork has proven to be invaluable. Bo says, “The last versions of Elvion I have been co-building with my RL and SL partner Una Zano. I do mostly the landscaping and exteriors now, while she makes amazing interiors and decorative scenes.” A special part of Elvion's personality involves the furry friends roaming around. There's an adorable English Bulldog hanging out, as well as farm animals. The cliffs overlooking the water provide an amazing view and speak to the variety of terrain found here.

In the creator's words, “Enjoy beautiful vistas in this relaxing paradise, from stunning ocean views and forest trails to detailed interior scenes. Elvion is an ideal place for photographers, bloggers and couples.” Visit Elvion today!

Video Production Credits:
Draxtor Despres

 

 

Strawberry Linden

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Pictured: Binemust

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.  Don't forget to check our Recently Added category to see all the latest additions to the Second Life Destination Guide!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click to learn more about Zenescope from our blog post earlier this week.

 

Got a spot that you’d like listed in the Destination Guide? Make sure to drop us a note at editor@lindenlab.com or submit your spot via web form. Don’t forget to read more about the Destination Guide info, guidelines and criteria for Editors’ Picks or the Destinations Floater in the viewer, to increase your chances of being featured in those coveted spots!

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Linden Lab

The Zenescope Metaverse comes to Second Life!


Second Life Destinations

Created in an exclusive partnership with the acclaimed comic book publisher Zenescope, the all-new Zenescope Metaverse is bursting with magic and mystery. In this week’s “Second Life Destinations” video, Zenescope co-founder Ralph Tedesco gives an exclusive “first look” at this exciting new virtual world experience.

Immerse yourself and discover the many secrets hidden across this vast Second Life region offering dark and twisted games and experiences inspired by the Zenescope universe. In partnership with Epik, visitors can snag limited edition collectibles inspired by heroes, villains, and Zenescope favorites such as Cinderella (a.k.a. “Cindy, the serial killer princess”), Belle, the Mad Hatter, and more.

This huge region is so highly detailed that it might just take several visits to see everything. Start your journey in the wide courtyard where you can connect with others before exploring. As you traverse this enchanted realm of flowing brooks and glistening flowers, keep an eye out for hidden locations and easter eggs referencing some of Zenescope’s most iconic tales. 

Meet new friends as you wind your way through the Hedge Maze and discover games that you can play together like the whimsical Goblin Golf. Don’t miss the special quest to score the ultimate prize -- but beware of the Jabberwocky, among other fantastical creatures.

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Experience storytelling and comic books in a whole new way at the Zenescope Metaverse -- check it out exclusively in Second Life.

Video Production Credits:
Draxtor Despres

Linden Lab

Due to a changing regulatory climate, we’ve had to make the difficult decision to sunset a very popular sales mechanism for content in Second Life.  It’s widely known as "gacha", and is defined by a chance-based outcome as a result of a payment.  

We know that creators plan their content releases far in advance and will need to re-tool their products, so to mitigate the impact to those affected, we are giving a 30-day grace period, until midnight SLT on August 31.  After that time, selling content via gacha machines will no longer be permitted in Second Life.  Enforcement won’t start until September 1; after that date an Abuse Report for “Gaming Policy Violation” will be the preferred method of reporting this content to Linden Lab.  

We will continue to allow any sales where a payment is given for a known item, which means that items that had been purchased as “gacha” will be allowed to be re-sold as long as the buyer knows in advance the item and quantity they will receive. We will, of course, still allow fatpacks, and any other currently-allowed distribution mechanisms. 

We did not make this decision lightly and we understand that it will impact creators as well as event organizers and certainly the shoppers! We look forward to fun creative ways of engagement that will come instead.  

We realize that this announcement may leave the community with questions.  This forum thread is going to be monitored and we will answer any related questions in there. 

 

We have developed an FAQ to assist with answering some of the most common questions we are being asked.  This list is not exhaustive, and we will continue working to get answers and add them here.

Q:  Is it possible to extend the policy deadline?

A:  We are sorry that we are not able to further extend the policy deadline.  However, we have been able to extend the enforcement of the policy change an additional 30 days.  To be clear, starting on September 1 we expect gacha as a sales mechanism to cease. However we will start with warnings, and any enforcement of the policy as it would be applied on an account will not begin until after September 30.

Q:  How are breedables impacted by this policy change?

A:  This current policy change and deadline does not apply to breedables or other life simulation products.  At the present we are working with external counsel on the subject of breedables.  If any action is required we will make a separate announcement and have a separate timeline associated with it. 

Q:  Will popular games like 7seas be impacted by this policy change?

A:  No, because the purchase of bait to go “fishing” is a purchase being made of a known item, and also the fish you catch while playing the game are non-transferable.  To be clear, if they are not currently, they must be going forward.

Q: How are subscription boxes affected?

A: Subscription boxes are not affected as long as all subscribers are getting the same content box. Different items being sent to different subscribers on a chance basis is not allowed. 

Q:  How are Linden Homes affected?

A: Linden Homes are not impacted by this policy change.  Linden Lab owns the homes and they are not transferable.  

There are still several great questions which we are working to answer with our legal team.  We will update with additional information as soon as possible.
 

Additional FAQ’s for August 5, 2021:


Q:  Should any newly developed sales mechanism or newly created items be called “gacha” going forward?

A:  No, as we would like to eliminate any confusion with the usage of the term going forward.

Q:  Is a game that requires skill to win the prize you want permitted going forward?  For example, you throw a dart and you must hit a certain number to get the prize corresponding to that number.

A:  This would need to go through the Skilled Game review process and be presented in a Skilled Gaming region, if approved.

Q:  I am selling an item that is known, paid for and delivered to a purchaser, and for each purchaser they are entered into a prize drawing where randomly selected people who bought the item may receive a rare item as a result of the drawing, is this permitted?

A:  You must also provide a free, concise and easy way for anyone to enter into the random drawing with an equal chance to win.

Q:  Can I sell an item, and also then include an unknown random item attached as a bonus? For example, Like a buy one, get one free (BOGO), but the free item is the random/unknown item.

A:  No

Q:  Could a “conveyor belt” system work?  

Example:  The vendor board selects an item at random and displays it for purchase.  That item remains on display and available for purchase until a buyer touches the vendor which locks it to them for purchase.  This allowed the buyer to purchase the item and deliver it.  The vendor unlocks and then selects another item at random and displays it for purchase and the cycle repeats.

Example image here and credit to Nadi Vemo for the approved vendor design.

A:  Yes, as long as the item currently being purchased is known. Note however that you should discontinue the use of the “gacha” term for these sales. 

Q:  But what about breedables (again)?

A:  If you buy a brown cat, and a blue cat (as examples), as long as you knew you were getting a brown cat and a blue cat at the time of sale, this is acceptable at the present including the various unknown traits they may come with or develop.  Secondarily, when those cats make little kittens with unknown outcomes, this is also acceptable.  Lastly, the resale of any breedables will require at the time of purchase that the purchaser knows what they are purchasing at the root level (for example, it is a blue cat).  

Q:  What about my specific idea, you didn’t cover it here?

A:  We wish we could cover all the great ideas we’ve seen proposed to date. Sadly we can’t address them all and if there are any questions or proposed ideas that would suggest any other permutations on the policy, we recommend a simple and thoughtful approach to stay within the boundaries of the policy.  Failing that, please feel free to contact customer support.


If we see more areas that we need to cover, we will look at doing another FAQ update next week.
 

Strawberry Linden

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Pictured: Film Threat

Film Threat is now in Second Life! Check out a few images from their debut virtual world event. The venue is open to the public, so go explore and enjoy a virtual cinema experience with friends! 

Along with Film threat, we're also featuring some more beautiful destinations and fun events. Don't forget to check our Recently Added category to see all the latest additions to the Second Life 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. Don’t forget to read more about the Destination Guide info, guidelines and criteria for Editors’ Picks or the Destinations Floater in the viewer, to increase your chances of being featured in those coveted spots!

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Second Life Destinations: The Dollhouse Forest


Second Life Destinations

This week we are visiting The Dollhouse Forest, which currently has a macabre theme. 

Creator Lil Brat (stylized as ღ Lil вЯαⓉ ღ) tells us “I felt like I needed a place of my own to show my creativity, my craziness, and the creepy corners of my mind.” Many of us love spooky things all year round, and Lil Brat was influenced by things like the Goosebumps books and old nursery rhymes with morbid undertones. In fact, there is a Nursery Rhyme Garden, of which Little Brat says “Here I have put out different scenes from different kinds of old nursery rhymes. I have read a lot about the background history of them... From Queen Mary (aka Bloody Mary) to the black plague, to kids falling down from trees.”

The landing point gives you the option to teleport to the seasonal platform or enter through the maze. Don’t miss out on the scenic route, as it is filled with “many different artistic pieces. I love art and want to be supportive of other creators in Second Life.”

The seasonal platform is currently WWII themed, as Lil Brat enjoys learning about history. She says “The seasonal platform I change up every season 100%... Last year at one point it was a mix between Secret Garden and {an} Alice in Wonderland tea party…”

This region is a testament to the friendship and community Lil Brat has found in SL. In fact, according to Lil Brat, “The Dollhouse itself was a gift from one of my best friends in SL, and I absolutely love it.” It seems that people coming together over common interests is now more important than ever. Of her inworld friends, Lil Brat says “I definitely couldn't have done any of this without them. Friends are definitely something you're gonna need if you are gonna create something in SL. For support, but also for help and someone who can build you up if things get hard at times.”

Visit the fantastic and spooky landscape of The Dollhouse Forest today.

Video Production Credits:
Draxtor Despres

 

 

Strawberry Linden

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Pictured: Home of Paine at Virtual Decay

This week we're featuring some older urban destinations showcasing a variety of city-themed virtual life. Don't forget to check our Recently Added category to see all the latest additions to the Second Life 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. Don’t forget to read more about the Destination Guide info, guidelines and criteria for Editors’ Picks or the Destinations Floater in the viewer, to increase your chances of being featured in those coveted spots!

Connect with Second Life on Social Media:
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Second Life Destinations: Auld Lang Syne


Second Life Destinations

This week we are visiting the Scottish Highlands of Auld Lang Syne.

Creator Elo put enormous effort into this realistic portrayal of the Scottish Isles, where you can get lost on the rolling hills covered in wildflowers and daydream by the stones adorned with moss. Regarding the inspiration behind this region, Elo tells us "I've always adored secluded, rural, hidden places and look at old buildings {and} ruins as a million untold stories of the past, ready to be imagined again with fresh minds. I find a sense of romance in a building once loved, now home to nature and wanted to try and bring that same romance into Second Life."

This region is ripe for storytelling, with ruins that have been reclaimed by nature and time. There are also small cottages and flocks of sheep, connecting the past to the present. Who lives here? Come and find out!

Elo is completely self-taught, making this ornate landscape even more impressive. It is informed by their genuine interest in "great charm in the small details, those wee scenes {and} stories that can often be overlooked or missed by visitors..."

Auld Lang Syne is incredibly detailed and realistic, making visitors feel completely transported. Elo says “I've always been conscious that travel for many is difficult, and now with Covid, for some {it is} impossible. Yet the beauty of SL is that you can visit so many beautiful parts of the world and many not of this realm too. If I can make one explorer smile when they visit, then I feel I have succeeded."

Let this dreamy landscape whisk you away so you can discover the mystery of the past or write your own story. Visit Auld Lang Syne today!

Video Production Credits: Draxtor Despres

 

 

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