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Linden Lab

Yesterday, The Drax Files: World Makers, Episode 2 won the Best Machinima award at the New Media Film Festival - a festival that explores storytelling through new media technologies - congratulations to Draxtor Despres!

This episode predates Linden Lab's sponsorship of the series, but the compelling story it tells, the awesome Second Life creativity it highlights, and the high production quality are all great examples of why we're proud to support the series.

We asked Drax about his win and this is what he had to say:

To have our little mini documentary played on the big screen & observe the audience reaction is extremely gratifying.

For me there is no greater reward than seeing preconceived notions and misperceptions about Second Life fall by the wayside and being replaced by understanding of what virtual worlds can be.

It becomes clear  that for these folks this is the first time the possibilities of  virtual reality for education and historical study are being presented in this way .

I am also very grateful for Jo and all the others who are portrayed in these videos because when they come forward and put up the courage to let a camera capture their "real" life they become spokespeople for all of us and hopefully inspire others to "come out" and tell their story!

 Watch the award-winning episode

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Catch up on the whole series

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Linden Lab

School’s out, the weather’s heating up, and the living’s easy. Do yourself a favor and spend some leisure time browsing the Second Life Destination Guide; there’s always something new to see or do!

Shop to benefit charity at Fashion for Life, catch sports fever  at London Does Football, or let the ocean breeze salt your virtual hair and try your luck on the pier at the Gacha Arcade. You could get fancy with charming hat art at the Arts in Hats, Hats in Art region, or march to the beat of your own quirky drums in the Chaotic Parade.

There’s plenty to enjoy, so be sure to share your adventures on our Official Second Life Flickr Page.

 

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Fashion For Life

Fashion For Life is a 10-sim charity event in support of Relay For Life. Come try fabulous fashions that make you feel good for a great cause. Efforts and funds committed to FFL go to American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life. Fashion For Life is entirely volunteer-driven, visit http://ffl.iheartsl.com/ to learn more.

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London Does Football

London footie! The 2014 World Cup kicks off in Brazil. As England kits up, London joins the field with football (soccer) related activities. Come see loads of football events, a soccer pitch, parties, competitions, freebies and more. For more info, visit http://www.virtuallondons.com. Watch out for the balls.

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The Arcade Gacha Events

The Arcade Gacha Events present the ultimate gacha experience. Guaranteed to delight shoppers, the Arcade features over 100 of the grid's top builders and designers. Come see all their unique gacha prizes in a gorgeous custom build designed to evoke the nostalgia and whimsy associated with 19th century penny arcades and pleasure piers. This event will run the entire month of June. Don't miss out!

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Tales of Fantasy

For centuries, humanity has been intrigued by the supernatural, myths and legends. Come see an unfolding journey, as Tales of Fantasy is just the beginning. See designers create a variety of themes and specialty items for this ever-changing, bi-monthly event.

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Art in Hats, Hats in Art

After the great success of last year's Art in Hats, Hats in Art, the art and fashion event is back as a full-sim event. Come see artists, designers, photographers and builders create hats and art. From June 14th until July 31st.

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Chaotic Parade

Experience Chaotic Parade, a swirling vortex of the purest, well, chaos.

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If you have an event or creation you’d like to share, let us know!

Linden Lab

Last February we announced the limited release of the new Sunshine Viewer, which made some updates to Project Sunshine.

Now gridwide, the Sunshine V2 Viewer offers even more stability and other performance improvements. The work includes better retry logic, removes old client-side baking framework, and an assortment of appearance related bug fixes.

Another big feature that debuts with this update is the viewer support for AISV3. The bulk of the work was inventory-related, which not only sped up inventory operations but also greatly reduced the failure rate when performing outfit changes!

So if you happen to notice quicker avatar renderings, faster scene loading, seamless region crossing, or just better overall router stability, these are all objectives of Project Shining.

It will require a Viewer update, so do it now and enjoy the Sunshine!

 

 

Linden Lab

Starting today, you’re invited to take part in the Second Life: Celebrating Your Second Life Snapshot Contest, in honor of 11th Birthday of Second Life.

Participation is easy - submit your celebratory snapshots from inworld to the contest page on our Official Second Life Facebook Page. Click the contest tab, review the contest information and rules and start sharing. This year you will be able to submit up to one snapshot a day for the duration of the contest. Full rules, submission and voting dates, and details are all on the Facebook page.

Looking for some inspiration for pics? Then drop by Hairy Hippo Fun Land to grab your Limited Edition SL11B Robot Avatar. You can also get your free avatar off the Marketplace.

Browse the SL11B category on the destination guide to see what the community has planned to mark the event inworld.

Don’t forget that the Resident-driven Second Life 11th Birthday Community Celebration starts this coming Sunday the 22nd. Visit their website for the latest information.

You only turn 11 once, and we can’t wait to see what kind of celebrations and fun you create and share!

 

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Linden Lab

Back in April, we blogged to announce that Flickr and Twitter support had been added to SLShare - the feature that allows you to share posts and images from Second Life to other social networks, right from the Viewer. Previously, this update to SLShare was only available in a Project Viewer, but as of yesterday, it’s now available to everyone as part of the main Second Life Viewer.

Check out

for a reminder of what this feature will allow you to do, and give it a try today - maybe share some pics from your favorite SL11B celebrations

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If you’re feeling adventurous, you can even create your own photo filters; visit the wiki page on this for more information.

Once you’re comfortable with the new features - get creative! We can’t wait to see what you share.



Linden Lab

Second Life is celebrating its eleventh birthday with a rollicking community-created bash. Check out the SL11B section of the Destination Guide to see all the wild places residents created, or take a look at a few highlights below.

This SL11B, wander through an intricate globe of a perfectly contained ecosystem, peek inside the mind of a photographer, embrace the dirt and grime of a neo-futuristic VR bar, take a quick trip to Italy, or set up your very own fantastical photographs. You can also wander through over 11 sims of birthday celebration wonder. There’s a mind-blowing amount of things to do at SL11B!

As always, Second Life wouldn’t be Second Life without your amazing creations. So join the fun and show us something awesome! If you have an event or creation you’d like to share, let us know.

There’s plenty to enjoy, so be sure to share your adventures on our Official Second Life Flickr Page and take advantage of the new SLShare to Twitter and Flickr available in the latest official viewer.

 

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The Bell Jar

The majestically peaceful, exploding outward to the farthest star at the invisible edge of the skies, they had themselves become mysteriously subsumed in the world, contained in a bell jar.

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Portal to the World of Blue Lotus Okiya

Come see a portal into the world of Blue Lotus Okiya. For over seven years women from across the globe have come together at Blue Lotus Okiya. They share a passion for the Japanese arts and culture, Nurturing and enhancing the virtual experience of many with the same passion for geisha.

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The Bubble

The Bubble Pictures Gallery SL11B booth has three floors to wander through, appreciate and dream. This June 22nd, be sure to visit this glorious display of creativity.

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Gachatopia Exhibit at SL11B

Gachatopia is a fan community for all things gacha. The creators wanted to share the many facets of their sim and gacha community. Come see the Gacha Museum and The Gacha Show, a one-hour interview with some of the grid's most beloved content creators. The exhibit is housed in an updated version of their Atomic Spire, one of the more recognizable structures of Gachatopia. This June 22nd, come join in and share the fun of gacha!

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The Illuminator VR Bar

This is a philosophical and metaphorical art work that delivers a cautionary tale about the potential for a nightmarish VR experience. It is inspired by movies like eXistenZ, the Matrix, Inception, and the Naked Lunch. By Tesla Miles and Liz Venenbaum.

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A Little Dream of Italy

There was a little dream of Italy that came true in Second Life. Much like its big sister LaPerla, little Italy is a nice friendly place for everyone to relax and enjoy. The medieval buildings include a bar and coffee shop and a picture gallery. Sit down under the tree and enjoy the Italian feeling at the SL11B celebration.

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Manipulating the Fantasy

This exhibit will display manipulation art in panoramic settings containing themed scenes specific to the art, in order to display how the worlds (Virtual, Fantasy, RL) can join to create new and innovative art. Visitors will simply walk through the maze and have a view to each unique scene.

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Linden Lab

After the wildness of SL11B, why not take a step back and relax with some summertime fun?

The Fourth of July is the day the United States celebrates its independence, and it doesn’t get much more American than the Independence Day Market. There’s also a wonderfully-groomed manor garden, a soothing tropical beach, two great shopping zones, and even a music festival to enjoy. If you like your summers a little darker and more terrifying, why not visit a forgotten carnival full of zombified clowns?

As always, we're looking to highlight the amazing events and spaces created by second life users,so join the fun and show us something new! Just be sure to show off those summertime adventures on the Official Second Life Flickr Page while you’re at it.

 

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Independence Day Market

Independence Day Market is the place where you'll find everything you may need or like for the 4th of July. From clothes to decorations to BBQ sets, visit Independence Day Market for all your needs.

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Rhapsody

Rhapsody is a sim-wide, music-themed shopping event with a custom mesh build, free souvenirs, live music and over 100 stores with new and exclusive music-inspired items. Come visit Rhapsody from June 28th through July 12th to experience this awesome event and celebrate the one thing everyone loves: music!

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DeadPool

A traveling circus arrived at the town of Deadpool. When children started vanishing, the townspeople turned their gaze on the circus performers. They were horrified to discover sick and twisted marionettes and other unspeakable acts. It's been said that people still hear the screams emanating from the abandoned carnival.

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The Candy Shop

Candy events is organizing a monthly event called the Candy Shop. The main theme for this event is all things cute, candy, pastel, kawaii and more. Every designer will make one super cute exclusive item for this event, with new rounds starting the 1st through the 25th of every month.

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Angel Manor Gardens

Angel Manor Gardens is the public garden and part of Angel Manor Estate. It is a beautiful place for all come to and relax. Enjoy time with friends and loved ones or the amazing power of nature to calm the soul.

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Junk

Junk brings you an eclectic mix of 100% original mesh furniture and decor. There is something for everyone at Junk, with creations spanning a wide range of styles, from industrial to shabby chic.

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Rasta Sand

Surf, chill, eat some ice cream at Rasta Sand. Take a C-3 surf board on Tahiti waves, explore the coast, jungle or tiki house. There's even a dance spot, ride-able butterflies and more.

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Linden Lab

UPDATE: the deadline has been moved to September 1, 2014 (previously was August 1)

 Gambling is strictly prohibited in Second Life and operating, or participating in, a game of chance that provides a Linden Dollar payout is a violation of ourTerms of Service. However, games of skill are legally permitted in many jurisdictions, and we’ve seen that many Second Life users are interested in playing such games for Linden Dollars. Therefore we are updating our gaming policy in Second Life.

The details of the revised policy can be found here, and this is a summary of how it will work:

  • Skill games that offer Linden Dollar payouts will be allowed in Skill Gaming Regions only. This is a new region designation that will apply beginning August 1, 2014 September 1, 2014. Those Second Life residents who wish to convert their regions to Skill Gaming Regions can do so by contacting Linden Lab in accordance with Linden Lab’s Land Policy. Due to the additional administrative and compliance-related costs associated with these regions, the monthly maintenance fees will be greater than those for regular regions in Second Life. We will include Skill Gaming Regions as a new category in our Destination Guide (unless the owner requests its removal). As a resident, you will be able to check the setting of each region to verify that it has been recognized by Linden Lab for the placement, operation, and use of approved Skill Games.

 

  • Only operators approved by Linden Lab will be allowed to run skill games that offer Linden Dollar payouts on Skill Gaming Regions. Those wishing to become approved operators can apply now. Due to processing and compliance-related costs associated with maintaining this program, there is a one-time nonrefundable application fee as well as a quarterly license fee (waived through December 31, 2014, upon approval of an application) for those designated as approved operators. We will maintain a public wiki page of operators.

 

  • Creators of skill games that wish to make them available in Second Life may do so only through Skill Gaming Regions and only after the games have been approved by Linden Lab. Creators of skill games that offer Linden Dollar payouts can apply to become an approved creator and to have their games approved now. Due to processing and compliance-related costs associated with maintaining this program, there is a one-time nonrefundable application fee as well as a quarterly license fee (waived through December 31, 2014, upon approval of an application) for those designated as approved creators. We will maintain a public wiki page of approved creators and their approved games of skill.

 

  • Access to Skill Gaming Regions will be restricted to Second Life users who are of sufficient age and are located in a jurisdiction that Linden Lab permits for this kind of online gaming activity. If you are in a permitted jurisdiction and you meet the relevant age requirements, you will be able to access these regions just like any in Second Life. If you are not eligible, you will receive an error message.  However, you are responsible for knowing which jurisdictions are prohibited and the requisite ages of participation and not attempting to access a Skill Gaming Region if you do not qualify.  Attempts to circumvent our controls will constitute a violation of our Skill Gaming Policy and Terms of Service.

 

In summary, skill games that offer Linden Dollar payouts will be allowed in Second Life, but each game, its creator, its operator, and the region on which it is operated must be approved by Linden Lab.

These changes are effective as of August 1, 2014 September 1, 2014, and applications for approved creators and approved operators are now being accepted at Echosign.

If you live in a jurisdiction where gaming is permitted and you plan on playing these games in Skill Gaming Regions in Second Life, you should not need to do anything differently. However, adding payment information on file now is a good way to ensure you’re able to play as soon as Skill Gaming Regions are live.

We understand that this updated policy may raise some questions, and so we’ve created an FAQ page to address what are likely to be the most common ones at this point. We’ll be sure to update that as needed and will keep an eye on the forums and other community discussion channels so that we can help clarify anything that might seem confusing as this update goes into effect.

 

Linden Lab

Experience Keys are a new tool in Second Life that make it so you can opt-in to an entire experience made up of numerous scripted objects, rather than having to grant avatar permissions to every individual element of that experience. In other words, they allow creators to make experiences that are more immersive, because they’re not interrupted by permissions dialogues. Additionally, with Experience Keys, each of the scripts in the experience has access to a common private database that stores information across user sessions and simulator restarts; a powerful new capability for scripters. Here’s a quick video introduction.

Recently, we kicked off the limited beta for Experience Keys. Thanks to the great applications we received, we now have enough participants for this stage of the beta, and are beginning to send out keys to those beta creators now.  

We’re excited to see what creators make with this new tool! In the meantime, though, you can have some fun and get a sense for the ways Experience Keys can improve inworld content by checking out The Cornfield- a new (free) game, thematically inspired by a bit of Second Life history and created by the moles. Watch the trailer below, then grab the Experience Keys Project Viewer and go check it out for yourself - you can find a portal to The Cornfield here

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Linden Lab

When we updated our Terms of Service in August 2013, the revised language of Section 2.3, the “Service Content License,” caused concern among certain Second Life creators. The revision to this section was worded in such a way that these creators expressed concern that we intended to appropriate their original creations and sell or license such creations without their permission. As our historical practice demonstrates and as we have since tried to clarify, this was absolutely not our intent. Creators are the lifeblood of Second Life. It is you who have populated Second Life with a petabyte worth of unique content and experiences, and it is important for our collective and continued success that you remain confident in continuing to create in our world. To be clear: Linden Lab respects the proprietary rights of Second Life’s content creators and prides itself in its success in providing platforms on which users can create original content and profit from their creations.

As part of an update to our Terms of Service today, we have made a modification to further clarify Section 2.3. The updated section still provides Linden Lab with the rights that we need in order to operate and promote Second Life, so you will see that we have retained much of the language as the previous version. However, the updated section now also includes limits that better match our intended meaning, and we hope will assuage some of the concerns we heard about the previous version.

First, the modified version limits our rights with respect to user-created content in Second Life by restricting our use “inworld or otherwise on the Service.” Additionally, it limits our right to “sell, re-sell or sublicense (through multiple levels)” your Second Life creations by requiring some affirmative action on your part in order for us to do so. This language mirrors the corresponding User Content License currently in Section 2.4, which has been part of the Terms of Service for years.  

We know that the legal language of documents such as the Terms of Service can seem daunting, and we expect that some creators may continue to have concerns about particular elements of the updated agreement. Today’s revision to this section of the Terms of Service more closely expresses our intent - that we do not intend to appropriate or sell your content outside of our Service - and our hope is that the limitations clarified in the updated language of this section will support creators’ confidence in our platform.

As with any document like this, it’s important to read the whole Terms of Service before agreeing to it. Section 2.3 isn’t the only thing that’s changed - we’ve also added the updated policy for skill gaming, which we blogged about here - but we wanted to blog about this update to be clear about what’s different in this section, what it means, and why we made the change.

Linden Lab

At Linden Lab, we’ve recently been reviewing the long list of improvements and enhancements we want to bring to Second Life, weighing priorities, and scoping out important projects for the next few months. We wanted to share a few highlights from the list of projects we’ll be working on so that you can know what improvements to expect in the coming months. This isn’t an exhaustive list, of course, but here are a few of the initiatives we think will have a big impact on improving all of our Second Life experiences.

Releasing Experience Keys

We recently put out a call for creators to join a limited beta for Experience Keys - new LSL functions and calls that make it possible to bypass the multiple permissions dialogs that you encounter with scripted objects today. Thanks to the applications we received, we now have enough creators to move ahead with the beta, and we’ve begun giving these beta users access the keys. The feedback we get from beta participants will help determine our next steps for making Experience Keys available to everyone, and we may start by expanding the beta group with a second group of creators.

In the meantime, though, everyone can get a sense for what’s possible with Experience Keys by downloading the Project Viewer and checking out The Cornfield game.

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Improving Group Chat Performance

Today, group chat messages can sometimes take a long time to be delivered, and in some cases delivery fails entirely. This is an issue that impacts lots of Second Life users, and it’s something we’re actively working to improve. Anyone should be able to reliably hold a conversation using group chat in Second Life without delivery delays or other problems.

We’re carefully monitoring the effects of the changes we make to improve group chat performance, and so far, the results of efforts like upgrading the servers that host chat have been positive. We anticipate that the work to improve group chat performance will continue for some time as we identify the underlying causes of the issues, experiment with different fixes, and analyze results, and as we move forward, we’ll use this blog to share our progress.

Implementing the Chrome Embedded Framework

We’re working to upgrade the component of the Viewer that’s responsible for rendering web content, including the Viewer splash screen (displayed before login), the content of a number of floaters, and inworld media-on-a-prim. This is important because it will fix a number of bugs (especially related to streaming media) that currently affect many Second Life users, and it will also make available many modern web features that aren’t possible with the Viewer today.

We’re making good progress on this initiative already, and expect to have an experimental Project Viewer ready for testing soon.

More Texture and Mesh Loading Improvements

Building upon the performance enhancements we made with Project Shining, we are continuing to make improvements to how the Viewer retrieves texture and mesh data from our servers.

The next round of improvements will reduce the number of connections the Viewer needs to get this data (making it easier on your router and network), while also using each connection to retrieve more data more quickly (for the technically inclined, this means that among other things we will add support for HTTP pipelining).

These improvements will mean that as you explore Second Life, objects will appear more quickly and reliably, especially for users who have longer latency connections (higher “ping times”), such as those who live outside the US.

We have begun doing small scale testing with a selected group of users, and the early results have been great from a performance point of view. Unfortunately, we’ve also encountered a bug that we need to tackle before we can move on to releasing a project Viewer. We’re eager to move ahead as quickly as we can, and will use this blog to announce that project Viewer as soon as it’s available.

Stay tuned for more!

Again, these certainly aren’t the only things we’re working on as we continue to improve Second Life, but they’re among our priority initiatives in the coming months. As we move forward on these and other improvements, you’ll hear more from us on this blog, so keep an eye out!

 

Linden Lab

For a limited time, we’re offering 50 percent off Premium Membership*! There’s no better time to see what’s available to Premium members of Second Life.

As a Premium member, you’ll enjoy rewards like exclusive Resident-created gifts, access to special Premium Sandboxes, as well as Live Chat support. Plus, you’ll get your own inworld home, a L$1000 sign-up bonus, and weekly L$ rewards to spend on whatever you like. You can read more details about Premium benefits here

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Today, a new Premium gift is available! Go Premium today and jump behind the helm of your new interactive pirate airship, the Linden Marauder. Enjoy fast-action, high flying fun-near-the-sun, or menace the airways with your armament of cannons. Premium members can pick up their airships here.

The Linden Marauder is available to Premium members only. You can access the exclusive airfield in Orville to take flight, so don’t delay!


*TERMS & CONDITIONS FOR 50% DISCOUNT

This limited-time discount offer is available only for memberships on the Quarterly billing plan. Discount will be applied to the first quarterly billing cycle only, and all future charges will be at the regular Premium price. To qualify, Second Life members must have an active Basic account or create a new Second Life account. Discount offer begins on Friday the 18th of July at 8:00 am Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) and expires on Monday the 4th of August 2014 at 08:00 am Pacific Daylight Time (PDT).

 

Linden Lab

Earlier this year, we blogged about a British documentary company that was seeking stories from couples who had met in online communities, for a series to be called “Happily Ever Avatar.”

The production team has since filmed five couples who first met in Second Life and found happiness together other offline as well. The team notes that “this is a positive look at virtual relationships. We are determined to open people’s minds to the possibilities that virtual worlds offer.”

One story they have yet to capture is a couple that is just about to meet offline for the first time, and so they’re currently seeking a Second Life couple open to having their first offline meeting filmed for the series. Ideally, at least one person involved would be in the UK. The deadline for filming is October, so they’re hoping to find a couple planning to meet in August of September.

If this sounds like something you might be interested in, you can find out more by contacting zoe.dobson[at]back2back.tv.

Linden Lab

Second Life is full of amazing user-created destinations, and the weekend is a perfect time to leave your virtual home and explore. Deciding or knowing where to go might seem challenging, but we’ve got a sampler platter of some virtual points of interests in our Second Life Destination Guide to get you started.

Check below for a colorful quest into a possible future civilization, or don the ol’ helm and greatsword for an extensive multi-sim fantasy world. For a more cerebral change of pace, there’s an intricate photo gallery, a romantic floating garden, or a kaleidoscopic wireframe installation to see. If you’re looking to get a little dancing in, class things up with cool marble, soft velvet and some Cuban salsa.

Wherever you choose to go, why not take a second to show off your adventures on the Official Second Life Flickr Page? SLShare to Flickr makes it easier than ever. If you stumble upon something you don’t see in the Destination Guide, please share those creations.



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Kyo Kyo

The future, or a dream? Kyo Kyo is a creative, colourful speculation on how things may be. Re-colour the beach and the sea. Fly the rave dance pads to the Tower. Visit the Food Factory or the Farm. Try the quest and claim a free fantasy avatar from the gacha. Imagine, enjoy, the future is bright at Kyo Kyo!

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United Realms of the Archipelago

Welcome to Visconti Castle, the centerpiece of a Medieval Fantasy community with 30 regions and over 15 unique roleplay and combat realms. All races and alignments are encouraged, as well as creative roleplay and combat. This full-immersion destination is also enhanced by a myriad of events, including dances, weapon and joust tournaments, classes, quests, contests and more.

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Le Botanique

Step into a gorgeously classy rainy garden in Le Botanique. Sip champagne by lanterns, red wine by candelabra or relax in private nooks and crannies. With gloriously-detailed pathways, lounges and rain-kissed greenhouses, Le Botanique is a relaxing escape from a humdrum life.

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Ctrl+Shift+R

In Ctrl+Shift+R, come see Wizard Gynoid's 3D wireframe isotropic grid extend in all directions to tnfinity. Wizzy is a resident artist at Linden Endowment for the Arts.

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The Lost Unicorn Gallery

The Lost Unicorn Gallery is a fabulous selection of Second Life fantasy-themed artwork created by some of the best artists in the game. All placed in an intricate elven castle overlooking a beautifully magical forest. All landscaping by Fleur (AzizaRomana Resident).

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Tropicana Habana

Tropicana Habana is a Second Life reproduction of the Tropicana Cabaret and Ballroom located in Havana, Cuba. The music is salsa and Latin jazz and the atmosphere is elegant. Tropicana is a place where women can show off elegant dresses and lovely jewelry while meeting men with discriminating taste. They have many boutique shops that sell clothing and accessories perfect for the ballroom. Come join them and enjoy the taste of a real Havana nightclub, Tropicana Habana!

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Linden Lab

As we recently blogged, we have a new policy for Skill Gaming in Second Life. In short, skill games that offer Linden Dollar payouts will be allowed in Second Life, but each game, its creator, its operator, and the region on which it’s operated must be approved by Linden Lab.

Today, we are changing the date that the changes described in our previous blog post go into effect. Instead of starting on August 1, the updated Skill Gaming Policy will go into effect on September 1, 2014. The original blog post and the FAQs will also be updated to reflect this new deadline.

Since our original announcement, we’ve received many applications from Second Life users who want to become approved skill game creators and operators. By moving the date back, we’ll be able to process a larger number of applications and also offer creators more time to make necessary changes to their games.

If you would like to apply to become an approved skill games creator and/or operator, you can do so through Echosign.

Linden Lab

If you’re looking for adventure and/or relaxation, the Second Life Destination Guide is your ticket to the best of what Second Life has to offer. This week’s Highlights from the Destination Guide is ripe with the fruits of many creator’s hard work and quest for enjoyment.

Elephants, live bands, clubs and more; all of the newest and best destinations are just a teleport away.

This week’s adventures start in a steaming technicolor jungle chock full of wild animals and safari scene-worthy plants. You may also feel the need to crush some competition or work out some arguments with your friends in a hoverboard war challenge. After braving nature and human’s wild side, treat yourself to a little pixel-pampering with a day at the spa then head to a cool club for some shades of the Blues.

While you don’t need to hit every stop on the way, it would be a shame to miss out on something exciting and new.

Whatever you decide, be sure to share your adventures on the Official Second Life Flickr Page, and as always, show us your new creations.

 

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The Jungle

Let the magic of the Jungle come upon you. Relax, listen to the sounds, see the animals, smell the flowers, ride the zip line and take a relaxing trip down the river. Beware of hidden dangers: quicksand, man-eating flowers and headhunters stalk these verdant paths. Enjoy yourself as the magic of the jungle takes hold.

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Hoverboard Wars

Looking for fun competitive gameplay? Like racing coupled with ranged and melee combat? Master frictionless agility and exhilarating momentum as you challenge your friends to a game of Hoverboard Wars!

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Central Blues Club

To quote John Lee Hooker, "without women, the blues would not exist. If you talk about broken hearts and old wives tales, then you're talking about the blues." Central Blues Club is a relaxing blues joint in a beautiful location. With great crowds, good music and superb DJ's, there's no better place to let the blues roll.

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Coved

Welcome to Coved! Coved is Second Life's best in top 40, house, trap, hip hop, old school, electronic and dance music with only the best DJ's spinning your favorite tunes. Come join them for the most tropical fun you can imagine!

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Beau Mermaid Wellness Center

Beau Mermaid is a full service salon, spa, and fitness center. Come for relaxation or treat a special someone to a spa day. They have Zumba classes and regular walk in hours to pamper your avatar!

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Linden Lab

The latest episode of the Drax Files: World Makers highlights Editorial Clarity - owner and operator of the Love to Decorate Magazine.

Editorial Clarity and a staff of photographers and writers have turned Second Life decorating into a passion and artform by not only publishing a well-received digital magazine, but also by creating three-dimensional spaces inworld that people can visit. It is through these projects that Editorial feels he was able to discover what he best at, and how he first met his real life partner, Rico (creator and namesake of Rico’s Tea House) in Second Life.

When not visiting one another face-to-face, Editorial and Rico bridge the physical distance by enjoying their work together in Second Life.

Editorial says that Second Life ”taught me that I can be who I am no matter what.” To learn more about their love story, their works, and some of Editorial Clarity’s thoughts on Second Life watch this

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Want to see more personal Second Life stories? Find all the previous episodes at Draxtor’s Website or below.

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 1: Kriss Lehmann
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 2: Jo Yardley
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 3: Eshi Otawara
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 4: Fantasy Faire / RFL
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 5: Engrama

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 7: Rod Humble
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 8: MadPea Games
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 9: Elie Spot
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 10: Robin Sojourner
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode11: Dwarfins
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 12: Ole Etzel
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 13: Creations for Parkinson's
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 14: Rose Borchovski
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 15: Scottius Polke
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 16: Feed a Smile
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 17: Zachh Barkley
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 18: Paradise Lost
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 19: Virtual Chemistry at Texas A&M
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 20: Flockers

 

Linden Lab

Our 50 percent off Premium Membership* promotion is fast approaching an end - so if you were considering upgrading while the price is slashed in half, now is the time to do it.

The Linden Marauder is available to Premium members only and is also going away soon, so don't delay! It now comes with two version - a lower land impact version and the original high-quality version that holds up when photographing from distances.

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There’s no better time to see what’s available to Premium members of Second Life. For more info, you can see our original blog post about this promotion here.

*TERMS & CONDITIONS FOR 50% DISCOUNT

This limited-time discount offer is available only for memberships on the Quarterly billing plan. Discount will be applied to the first quarterly billing cycle only, and all future charges will be at the regular Premium price. To qualify, Second Life members must have an active Basic account or create a new Second Life account. Discount offer begins on Friday the 18th of July at 8:00 am Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) and expires on Monday the 4th of August 2014 at 08:00 am Pacific Daylight Time (PDT).

 

 

Linden Lab

Here’s this weekend’s guide to some cool spots we discovered this week in the Destination Guide.

Make your first stop a challenging hunt with some great prizes if you’re willing to play along.Visit a charming Italian lakeside community or neighborhood before dancing the night away at a swanky club. For those of you who want the night to last forever, brave the horrors and delights of a decade old vampire region as they celebrate their anniversary.

As always, if you find a place of interested that isn’t in our Destination Guide, pleaseshare by suggesting to the the guide.. Just be sure to show off your adventures on theOfficial Second Life Flickr Page

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The Bleeping Bunny Hunt 2

It's the Bleeping Bunny Hunt 2! It's meant to be hard, why bother if it's easy!? Every designer provides a hint, a riddle, or a scavenger hunt leading to hidden exclamation points. You'll encounter decoys along the way, but stick to the path and you'll be rewarded. The sponsors will be giving bleeping fantastic prizes for all your hard work.

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Silver Lake

The Argento Lago (Silver Lake) is a rugged portion of land just off the Liguria region of Italy. The Silver Lake is surrounded by four terraced towns, rugged landscape and cliffs overlooking a gorgeously-realized lake.

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Fashiowl Street

Fashiowl Street is a charming corner with places full of life and perfect to gather for fun. You just have to wander through this beautiful site, and discover the myriad of wonderful details. Everyone is invited to Fashiowl Street!

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EnVogue Night Club

EnVogue is a place where the people are friendly, the music is great and an overall fun place to dance. All types of music are played to accommodate the everyone who enters the doors of EnVogue.

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Transylvania Turns Ten!

Give in to your dark side and enjoy a week of Gothic-themed events as part of Transylvania’s tenth anniversary celebrations. Transylvania is one of the oldest communities in Second Life and features a thriving and welcoming social scene. With live music, DJ’s, masked balls and red carpet parties, there's plenty to see August 7th through the August 13th.

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Linden Lab

The virtual world can be an enjoyably odd place. While it might have the same trees, grass, and skies as the one outside, it differs in a surprising number of subtle (and not-so-subtle) ways. The grass could be neon purple, the sky filled with mythological creatures, and the trees might just have a gleeful disregard for the laws of physics. This week, the Second Life Destination Guide is proud to be your ticket to a taste of the delightful oddities that recently caught our eye.

Take the first steps through a forested island in a forgotten land before solving a dark and horrific mystery with a Japanese twist. Brave provincial ballrooms populated by beings from your darkest imagination, or traverse kaleidoscopic technicolor cliffs in a geometrically-reforming land that may even boggle Escher.

Share what you see on the Official Second Life Flickr Page, and if you see anything else of interest that may not already be in the Destination Guide, be sure to share it.

 

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Lost Island

Lost Island is, quite simply, just a lost island on a lost planet. Travel here to see glorious waterfalls, large cave complexes, relaxation spots and more.

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Kagami 2014

Everything started with the simple words of a childhood friend. Midnight, a few mirrors, what could happen? No one could foresee what happened to Kasumi... Kagami 2014 is an interactive horror experience complete with a custom HUD and dark mysteries.

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The Province of Kishar's Nest

The Province of Kishar's Nest comprises a small city with outlying areas. The social life revolves around Le Salon de thé Sanglant - Bêtes Élégantes, a ballroom and salon where high-end patrons gather to commune and dance the night away. Many things happen in the Province... Not all are as they seem.

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Pinwheels

Pinwheels shows an extensive, continually-changing landscape. This kaleidoscopic landscape consists of many identical triangles in different orientations shaped as stairs, walkways and dangerous cliffs. Follow the path at the landing point and prepare to be amazed.

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District 5

District 5 is a full-sim fashion fair bringing together an eclectic group of designers from across the grid. This massive event boasts five sections, with each section housing two sponsors and 20 unique stores separated by type and style. Make some time to join the shopping depravity of District 5.

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Linden Lab

This Wednesday evening, long-time Second Life resident and artist DC Spensley (aka DanCoyote Antonelli in SL) is presenting a free, mixed reality theater performance in San Francisco. If you’re in the area, come see the show in person - details from DanCoyote are below.

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Avant Garden, a mixed reality performance presented by DC Spensley

Avant Garden is a mixed reality theater performance by Artistic Director and Virtual Worlds Producer DC Spensley. Mixed reality in this sense means a combination of live and virtual reality dance performers interacting by means of a rear projection screen. The virtual team is called the ZERO SkyDancers, an ensemble that has been performing professionally since 2006 at art biennials, festivals and commissions, log in from all over North America using their computers to rehearse and perform together in simulated space. Imagine people controlling puppets over the internet all together on a stage similar to a video game environment. The live dancer (physically present) Kathleen Moore (of Dance Generators) performs in front of the screen allowing her to interact with the virtual performers and stage set.

Avant Garden is a combination of avant garde and walled garden, and refers to the challenge presented in offering virtual reality theater to a physical audience. Avant Garden is an experiment in doing exactly that: sharing virtual theater with a live audience.

This show is only for the live audience in the physical theater, but for those unable to attend, it sounds like performances for inworld audiences are also planned for the future. As details become available, we’ll share them here!

 

Linden Lab

It’s time for another installment of Second Life Destination Guide Highlights.

This week we have Edo era Japanese role-playing, a rough and rugged Western-themed shopping event, a scenic outdoor live music venue, a dystopian city ripe with dark corners to explore, an art installation, and a theatrical performance of Milton’s classic Paradise Lost.

Peruse the adventures we’ve pulled together this week, and share your experiences on the Official Second Life Flickr Page. If there are some other great places you stumble upon that you don’t see in the Destination Guide, drop us your suggestions here.

Have fun and get acquainted with these destinations.

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The Koto Project

The Koto Project is an intricate Japanese roleplaying sim set in the Edo period. Visit this beautiful location for period roleplay, live shows, a gorgeous setting and more!

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Wild West Fair

The Wild West Fair has tough, sweaty cowboys, sexy cowgirls in tight pants and smoking colts in the desert heat. They'll present new lines in denim, checkered, red, blue, brown and black new lines showing how sexy western can be. This story-themed fair is an exciting and great opportunity to present modern fashion in a classic style. The fair starts August 22nd at 11:00am, don't miss it!.

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The Concert Garden

The Concert Garden is a weekly music venue hosting live musicians from all genres on Fridays at 4pm. Enjoy music while you dine and dance with friends in this wonderful destination.

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Forbidden City

Forbidden City is a dystopian city that offers community living, the hangout Omo and a few stores. Forbidden City is home to an eclectic bunch of folks, where everyone is family. The brainchild of legendary Second Life builder Piraiyah Novikov, Forbidden City is modeled after the real world town of Kowloon in China.

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The Sea of Cubic Dreams

The Sea of Cubic Dreams is Alegria Studio’s CG art installation in LEA25. Warp in, enjoy this eye-opening exhibit, rude cubes and prepare to expand your mind!

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Paradise Lost

Set to the 14 movements of Mozart’s Requiem, the Basilique Performing Arts Co. performs its weekly production of Milton’s “Paradise Lost.” Join in this immersive theatre production and experience the mind blowing show show everybody's talking about. For tickets, be sure to visit http://bit.ly/mpbpac.

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Linden Lab

For those who were unable to attend the live performance of DanCoyote Antonelli’s Avant Garden in San Francisco last week, there’s a chance to catch the live inworld performance, but it’s limited!

Please join DC Spensley (DanCoyote) and the ZEROG SkyDancer at one of only two performances of the show in Second Life.

If you’re interested in attending, contact Dancoyote Antonelli inworld to request an invitation.

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Linden Lab

Last month, we announced a change to our policy on skill games in Second Life. The new Skill Gaming Policy establishes that skill games offering Linden Dollar payouts will be allowed in Second Life, but each game, its creator, its operator, and the region on which it is operated must be approved by Linden Lab. You can read more about the details of the policy in the FAQs.

From the many applicants, we have since approved a number of Operators, Creators, and Skill Games, and the first Skill Gaming Regions will soon be appearing inworld (and in the Destination Guide). You can find the current list of approved participants, games, and regions on the wiki. We will continue to accept applications for Operators and Creators and will update the wiki as the list of approved participants and games grows. If you would like to apply, you can do so here.

Remember: if you are not an approved* Creator or Operator, you must cease the creation, distribution, and operation of skill games (as defined in the Skill Gaming Policy) by September 1, 2014. So if you haven’t already removed any unapproved skill games from your Marketplace shop, for example, or haven’t yet ceased operating them inworld, now is the time to do so. From that date forward, operating and/or creating skill games with L$ payouts, among other criteria as specified in the Skill Gaming Policy, without Linden Lab approval (and/or outside of Skill Gaming Regions) will be subject to enforcement measures.

If you live in a jurisdiction where skill gaming is permitted and you plan on playing these games in Skill Gaming Regions in Second Life, you should not need to do anything differently. However, adding payment information on file now is a good way to help ensure you’re able to play as soon as Skill Gaming Regions are live.

*As noted in the FAQ, creators and operators whose applications are under review at the deadline may continue to operate skill games while their applications are reviewed, provided that they have submitted all required documentation and continue to promptly respond to any inquiries from Linden Lab.

 

 

Linden Lab

What are your plans now that summer is winding down? Taking in the pumpkin spiced smell of everything as Fall beckons? Why not spend some time enjoying all the seasons that Second Life has to offer? Without further ado, come see some of the exciting new locations in the Second Life Destination Guide!

Start by purifying yourself at a soothing cathedral, before diving into a dark and gloomy haunted carnival. Peruse a sunny auto show or make a splash at an enormous waterslide. If you meet anyone along the way, or just want to relax after all the sightseeing, drop in at an exclusively romantic ballroom. Whatever you do and create, be sure to share it with the rest of the grid, on the Destination Guide or the Official Second Life Flickr Page

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Lorena Monastery

Lorena Monastery is a a monastery and church for those who seek a moment of peace and silence in a crazy life. Though built as a Catholic monastery, people from any religion seeking contemplation are welcome here. Light a candle at the Mary shrine.

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Halloween Drop It

When you hear the banshee's cry, a person, high-bone, will die. A murder, quite often, is what fills the coffin. Then under the turf the bones will lie.

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Hot Bay City Nights

Now in its third year, Hot Bay City Nights has hot roads and cool cars. Come see established vintage automobile designers in the Bay City Fairgrounds from August 23-30 as they present the best in vintage and retro vehicles for all avatars. Additional events provide plenty for all to do, including the crowning of 2014’s Miss Bay City and a number of charity car washes. The event will raise funds for Child’s Play, a charity that provides toys and games for children in hospitals around the world.

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Marathon Caye Lookout Point & Waterslide

Welcome to the highest point at Marathon Caye. From here you can take in the breathtaking vistas or plunge down the 90-meter-tall custom-made water slide. Experience something truly unique and fun at Marathon Caye!

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Oceana Romantic Ballroom

Come relax and dance your cares away in Oceana Romantic Ballroom. Oceana is a perfect getaway for lovers, with its formal ballroom and romantic spots. They've even got a mall to help you find that perfect gift.

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