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Gather ‘round the campfire, Residents, it’s storytime.

Campsites and horror movies have a long-standing relationship. Young adults find themselves getting into all kinds of trouble when they venture out into the woods, spirits linger on amongst the ominous trees and misty moonlit forest floors. Ancient curses are unleashed from nearby burial grounds, and mysterious beasts stalk the woods at night.

Did you hear that noise? What was it? A few years ago, at a campsite very much like this, a storm rolled in on some unsuspecting Residents, and they were never heard from again! At night, they say you can sometimes hear their voices and see things moving among the trees … but whatever you do … Don’t. Go. Into. The. Woods.

Premium members should drop by one of the Premium kiosks to grab the newest Premium gift - the Haunted Campsite. This is a fully interactive scene straight out of an 80s horror movie. You can control so many different elements, including weather, bats, music, and much more. Customize your tombstones, seek some relief from the unrelenting elements in your very own tent (though it won’t protect you from machete-wielding maniacs or hungry monsters!), and enjoy candy apples and scary stories around the roaring campfire.

There are so many options, it’s almost terrifying!

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Haunted Mansion - Reanimated!

Who says horror series can’t get better and better? The bone-chilling Haunted Tour is back again - and this fifth installment offers some new twists! Hop in a coffin and enjoy the wild ride through the twisted mind of madness. There is a rule in horror that you’re more likely to survive if you travel with a friend - so face your fears, grab your favorite squad of fiend-fighting friends and follow the Halloween path at Portal Park to the abyss of oblivion at the Haunted Halloween Tour.

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Glytches Get Spooky

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If you keep your jeepers creepers peepers peeled during Haunted tour, you may spot some new Halloween-themed Glytches. While the Glytches at the mansion are trapped like eternally damned spirits, you can collect them at the Tyrah and the Curse of the Magical Glytches game and add them to your ever-growing Glytch collection.

Happy Halloween, Residents!

Linden Lab

UPDATE: We’re looking forward to the Creepy Crawl this year, however due to unforeseen circumstances, there will be no costume contest. We encourage everyone to still come out in their best costumes to honor the spirit of Halloween!

In light of this adjustment, mention of the costume contest in the body of the blog post below will be removed.

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Are you ready to have a screaming good time with fellow Residents - all in the name of the spirit of Halloween? While this holiday may not be shared the world over, it is a tradition in Second Life to dress up in your Halloween best and come out haunting for the annual Second Life Creepy Crawl!

It’s going to be a monster mash-up at our Creepy Crawl - where we hop from venue to venue and enjoy some thrilling conversation and fun.

We are in search of venues to host our stops on the crawl. This year’s Creepy Crawl will happen on Halloween (Wednesday, October 31st) from 10 am - 2 pm (SLT/PT).

If you’d like to host a stop along the Creepy Crawl, own a spot that will be decked out for the holiday, and don’t mind if a parade of Residents and Lindens come through, then you might be just what the witch doctor ordered. We’re looking for spots that have entertainment (we like to dance around in our costumes!), are appropriate for general and moderate audiences, and can handle a crowd.

Here’s how to submit your venue for consideration:

  1. Make sure your place is listed in the Destination Guide - here’s how to submit.

  2. Hop over to this form and fill it out before October 15th - we’ll start selecting the venues after that!

  3. Keep an eye out for an email and/or notecard after the 18th to let you know if your venue was selected.

We’re excited to visit as many Halloween spots a possible - and can’t wait to have some spook-tacular fun!

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Pic by ♥ Nekotto ♥

Creepy Crawl schedule will be posted soon - so keep an eye out!

Linden Lab

Ebbe Altberg

Join us tomorrow at 9:30 am (SLT) for an Inworld Town Hall meeting with Linden Lab CEO, Ebbe Altberg. 

We blogged at the end of August, taking questions in this forum thread ( now locked ) and the time has finally come for the Town Hall event to take place. Questions have been selected from those submitted, and time permitting, there will be some time for open questions as well. Additionally, many of the questions we do not get to in the Town Hall meeting, will be addressed by additional Linden staff in the forum thread, after the Town Hall wraps.

You can join is live at any of these Town Hall locations.

See you inworld!

 

Linden Lab

With SL15B behind us (and SL16B to look forward to!) we thought it was time to have another Town Hall, and give Residents a chance to ask about Second Life and hear the latest news on what is being worked on and planned in Second Life. We’ll also share specific updates on our product development roadmap, as discussed earlier this year.

Linden Lab CEO Ebbe Altberg will be appearing at a  “Town Hall” chat session on Thursday, September 13th 2018 at 9:30 a.m. (SLT/Pacific). This is your chance to interact directly with Ebbe as he discusses 2018 and beyond. 

Got a question you want to ask? Post it in the Community Forum thread “September 2018 - A Conversation with Linden Lab CEO Ebbe Altberg” in advance of the Town Hall. Questions will be selected from all submissions made prior to Sept. 10, so make sure to weigh in now!

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for Sept. 13 to see if your question is selected. On that day, you can join us live for the Town Hall meeting. Location will be publicized closer to the event - stay tuned!
 
We’ll see you inworld soon!
 

Linden Lab
We will be performing scheduled maintenance from 5:30 AM to 6:30 AM PDT, Monday August 13th, 2018. During this time you may notice slower than normal load times as well as issues with login and billing services. We appreciate your patience while we continue to perform upgrades and maintenance.

You can check for the latest update by visiting the Second Life Grid Status Blog

 

This scheduled maintenance affects: Second Life Services (Logins, LindeX Purchases, Marketplace Purchases), Inworld Services (Group Text Chat, L$ Transactions, Rezzing, Voice Chat, Profiles, Teleports, Inventory, Group Voice Chat), and Websites (secondlife.com, marketplace.secondlife.com, community.secondlife.com, wiki.secondlife.com, my.secondlife.com, jira.secondlife.com, support.secondlife.com, search.secondlife.com, places.secondlife.com).

Linden Lab

Today we’re announcing our new, fresh faced Auctions System - now part of Place Pages.  We’ve created an Auctions Walkthrough and the Auctions FAQ to help answer common questions and provide a detailed breakdown of how auctions work and what happens during the different stages of bidding.

You’ll notice a couple of key changes:

  • Bidding on an auction will require you have the funds available in your account at the time you place a bid.  Your maximum bid amount is immediately taken out of your account and held in escrow.

  • If you are the winning bidder, the parcel you won will be assigned to you within an hour of the auction closing.

Soon it will be possible for you to create auctions to sell mainland parcels you own (the parcel must be owned individually, not by a group).

Linden Lab

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Have you heard the news?

Effective immediately, monthly maintenance fees on Private Estates have dropped in price by up to 15%! In addition, one-time land set-up fees are also being reduced by as much as 41%.  

Ready to save? Here are the details on our newly-reduced prices:

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Whether you are an existing or former landowner (or just thinking about owning land), now is a great time to save on Private Regions to build, create and design your own homes, businesses or experiences in Second Life!

Check out our Land page to learn more.

TERMS & CONDITIONS: Private Estate price reductions do not apply to Skilled Gaming Regions.  While new Openspace Regions are no longer available for purchase, existing Openspace Region landowners will receive the newly-reduced monthly pricing. In addition, these changes will not impact any grandfathered or “bought down” land prices, since those are still below the newly-reduced rates.  Lastly, Education/Nonprofit (EDU/NP) discounted full islands have also been re-priced to maintain their 50% discount off the regularly priced full islands. The new price of $124.50 will go into effect at the start of that island's next invoiced billing term.

 

Linden Lab

For a limited time, get 50% off your first payment on a new monthly Premium Membership subscription.*

Premium Members receive a L$1000 sign-up bonus, a weekly L$ stipend to spend on whatever you want, your own home, and exclusive gifts like an amazing Crystal Fortress Skybox (pictured). You can also enjoy many other benefits, like exclusive access to Premium Sandboxes inworld (where you can create and meet other Premium Members) and Premium Access that gives you priority access to crowded Regions and events.

Upgrade to Premium and start enjoying the benefits now!

This Skybox is a Real Gem!

Talk about a view! In honor of our 15th Birthday we are giving Premium Members a very special new gift, a Crystal Fortress Skybox! The new skybox is a luxurious palace with several special features like a teleport system for easy access to all areas, a water feature with koi fish, and your own Guardian Dragon! Okay, so your Guardian Dragon doesn't do much serious guarding. He mostly flies around inside your skybox looking awesome. The Crystal Fortress also incorporates a privacy screen so you are not visible from the outside and has a special owner-only access port underneath coded to your UUID. Use it as your home, a gathering place for friends, a work space, or just for yourself as a special place for some solitude.

Premium Members can stop by one of the Premium Gift kiosks to claim their gifts. If you’re not yet Premium, take advantage of this 50% off sale to upgrade and grab your Crystal Fortress right now.

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*TERMS & CONDITIONS FOR 50% DISCOUNT This offer begins on June 21, 2018 at 8AM Pacific Time (PT) and expires on July 5, 2018 at 8AM PT. To qualify for this promotion, you must 1) have an existing Second Life ("SL") basic account or create a new account, and 2) select monthly (every one month) billing for your SL account. The fifty percent (50%) discount will be applied to your first month's bill and future months will be billed at the standard Premium Membership price (currently US$9.50 per one month). For new accounts or accounts not previously upgraded to Premium Membership, after initial login through the Second Life viewer following upgrade to Premium Membership and: 1) following your first full week, the L$300 weekly stipend will be deposited to your account every Tuesday for the duration of your Premium Membership; and 2) after your account has been active for forty-five (45) consecutive days, the L$ sign-up bonus will be deposited to your account.

Linden Lab

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As Second Life continues its 15th birthday festivities this month, we’ve got a new pricing announcement that is definitely worth celebrating. How about lower land prices and reduced set-up fees?

Effective July 2, monthly maintenance fees on Private Estates are dropping by up to 15%! In addition, one-time land set-up fees are also reduced by as much as 41%.  And remember, the setup fee includes your first month’s payment.

Discounts will vary based on the type of land, so here are the details on current vs. new pricing:

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The fine print? These price reductions do not apply to Skilled Gaming Regions.  New Openspace Regions will no longer be available after June. However, existing Openspace Region landowners will benefit from this newly-reduced monthly pricing beginning July 2. Also, these changes will not impact any grandfathered or “bought down” land prices, since those are still below the newly-reduced rates.  Lastly, Education/Nonprofit (EDU/NP) discounted full islands will be re-priced to maintain their 50% discount off the regularly priced full islands. The new price of $124.50 will go into effect at the start of that island's next invoiced billing term.

OTHER PRICING CHANGES

These latest price reductions continue our commitment to improving the overall health of the Second Life economy, which historically has relied a lot on costs incurred by landowners. For example, in March we lowered Mainland costs by over 10 percent and doubled the Mainland allotment for Premium Members.

In addition to dropping prices on land, on July 2, we will also increase the cost to buy Linden Dollars to $1.49 per transaction (compared to the current rate of 99 cents per transaction).   This increase will help us offset the revenues lost on land, and to keep Second Life a vibrant world that continues to push the limits of possibility - for another 15 years to come.

Best,

The Second Life Team

Linden Lab

 

 

Today we are pleased to bring Animesh to Agni and one step closer to release.  Since last October, when we first introduced the Animesh Project, we’ve worked closely with the content creator community.   We’ve been holding User Content Meetings where we  listen to your ideas, make tweaks, and fine tune this feature.   We’ve come a long way since then and are excited to bring Animesh to the main grid (Agni) as part of the SLB15 Celebration.

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Examples courtesy of Silas Merlin

For those of you who are unfamiliar with this project, Animesh is a new Second Life feature which allows independent objects to use rigged mesh and animations, just as you see today with mesh avatars. This means that you can now have wild animals, pets, vehicles, scenery features, and other objects which play animations!

To use Animesh, you will need to be in a region that’s running the latest Animesh simulator build. Currently the enabled regions are those in the Bluesteel RC channel. You will also need the latest Animesh-enabled viewer, which you can find on the alternate viewers page

If you would like to learn more, we have the Animesh Forums where our users have been sharing their questions, ideas, and examples of what they’ve been working on.   We also have an Animesh User Guide to help you jump into Animesh along with a weekly Content User Group meeting. More documentation will be coming soon!

A special thanks to Lucia Nightfire for coming up with the name Animesh!

 

Linden Lab

Very few communities can say they’ve been around for 15 years, but that’s exactly what the Second Life community is celebrating this year! While Second Life’s official “birthday” is June 23rd, 2003, both our community-driven and official festivities kicked off this week in style! If you missed any of the major details, take a look at our blog post for a refresher in all things SL15B.

In addition to the many events, parties, contests, and other celebrations - we took a moment to speak to Linden Lab’s CEO Ebbe Altberg about what makes Second Life so unique, and what keeps it vibrant and thriving at fifteen years. There’s also a cameo from an extra-special former Linden that you don’t want to miss!

 

For more of Ebbe’s thoughts on Second Life and the incredible community we have, read his exclusive interview with Strawberry Singh over at her blog, and be sure to check out his avatar makeover! You can learn more about Ebbe’s vision for the next 15 years of Second Life in this recent podcast with Games Wisdom.

Be sure to mark your calendars for Ebbe’s inworld appearance at Meet the Lindens this Wednesday June 20th at 2 p.m (PT/SLT).

Thanks to Draxtor Despres and Marianne McCann for their work on this video!

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