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Linden Lab

Happy Birthday to …. Second Life!

While it’s only the middle of May, June is fastly approaching and the time is now to start planning your Second Life Birthday celebrations! As in past years, we’ll wrangle the best of the best in Second Life Birthday events and corral them into a special SL11B category on our Destination Guide during the month of June.

If you are planning an event that commemorates the occasion - submit your event or party information to the Second Life Destination Guide Submission Form (use the misc category) or via editor@lindenlab.com, using “SL11B” in subject line on the form or email.

There’s also the Second Life 11th Birthday Community Celebration - a resident-driven event that promises tons of amazing fun and excitement for everyone. If you’re interested in being part of SL11BCC and applying as an exhibitor, performer, or volunteer, be sure to submit before the deadline - Tuesday, May 20th at noon Pacific.

As the birthday approaches, watch this space for more information - we have a surprise or two planned as well!

Are you ready to party?

Xiola Linden

Honoring the people and the places in Second Life is one of the things the Second Life Destination Guide strives to do. You may discover someone or some place that you’d otherwise not find. So do yourself a favor and be sure to log in and find a new place and make new friends.

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Love, Henry

Inspired by a new real life discovery, what if Henry VIII had canceled Anne Boleyn's execution? In this "new" love story from LEA artist Tahiti Rae, you can take the path almost taken.

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New Tokyo - Japanese Cyber City

New Tokyo is set in a near future Japanese Cyber City. Here you'll find fabulous neo lights signs as far up as the eye can see and numerous skyscrapers offering many apartments. There is plenty to do here as you explore arcades, cinemas, a run down junk yard, bowling alley and more. There's also a night club hosting regular events and ample shops to spend your hard earned L$'s on.

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Transylvania - Vampire Empire Turns 11

Give in to your dark side and enjoy a week of Gothic-themed events as part of Transylvania’s eleventh birthday celebration. Transylvania is now one of the oldest communities in SL and features a thriving social scene where everyone is welcome. With live music, DJ’s, stage performances, a gothic formal ball and red carpet parties, there is plenty to see. Runs August 7th to August 13th.

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1700's Pirates and Navy

Pirates Destiny is a nine-sim sailing estate, all connected by water. Pirates, Navy, natives, aristocrats and mermaids are part of this world and roleplay is unlimited. A forest level connects all nine sims, making it perfect for riding horses.

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Art Auction in Memory of Kylie Jaxxon

Participate in an auction in honor of late Second Life resident Kylie Jaxxon (The Trace). Bid on great art to help raise funds for the American Cancer Society through August 10.

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The Lexi Project Fundraiser Party

Join the fun as The Lexi Project fundraiser event continues with a two-day live music event, held Aug. 7-8. This event features several top SL deejays and a live performance from Bad Ampitude. More info at thelexiproject.wordpress.com.

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Edgar Allan Poe's House of Usher

The Edgar Allan Poe House of Usher is the newest literary simulation by Literature Alive! Set your sky to midnight, and enter the creepy house to learn about 7 of Poe's famous tales! Search for 10 treasure chests, answer trivia, and win prizes...if you dare.

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That’s it for this edition of Destination Guide Highlights. If you think your spot should be added to the Destination Guide, drop us a note using the Destination Guide suggestion form. Share Second Life pics to the Official Second Life Flickr page.

Linden Lab

We’ve hit the final stretch of this year’s Second Life Birthday celebrations! It has been a great month full of amazing events, plenty of swag, and good times, and there is still lots of fun to be had in honor of SL10B. Thank you to everyone who has participated in celebrating a decade of Second Life - we hope you’re having a great time!

 Don’t forget to share some of your SL10B snapshots for a chance to win a prize in the SL10B Snapshot Contest. Snapshot contest ends June 30th - so get your entry in before the 11:59pm PT deadline!

 Premium members - you still have time to complete the exclusive grid hunt!

 There is still some time to collect your limited edition inworld-exclusive items to commemorate the occasion. Visit the SL10B Community Celebration regions and look for the vending machines to collect your bears, jackets, furnished homes, and more. Regions will close to the public on June 29th.

 Remember to grab your special edition items on the Marketplace before they are gone. Already more than 12,000 SL10B Bear Avatars, 5,000-plus SL10B Mesh T-shirts, nearly 3,000 SL10B Fireworks, 2,800 SL10B Old Style T-Shirts, and thousands of SL10B Resizable Baseball Caps and SL10B Party Packs have been claimed!

 Our co-promotion with Alienware is still ongoing, and you have until July 17th to enter for a chance to win a new Alienware 14 laptop! See contest details for eligibility, rules, and legal information.

 As the month comes to a close, there’s still a lot of SL10B fun to enjoy inworld, including more than 80 listings in the SL10B Destination Guide Category. Here are just a few of the entries to check out this week:

 

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The Tightrope of Our Affection

Welcome to Blue Tsuki's SLB10 art installation: The Tightrope of our Affection. This installation is an elegant immersive visual experience culminating in a self-referential meditation. Come see this celebration of virtual world installation art.

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Your Second Life Evolution

Over 50 avatars share their evolution from the beginning of their second lives to today. Enjoy Your Second Life Evolution, built by Harper Beresford of A Passion for Virtual Fashion at http://slfashionpassion.wordpress.com.

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Burn2-Conception

Burn2 celebrates 10 years of Second Life be looking at the unique role Burning Man had during its conception. See artist renderings of Burning Man's 10 principles, live music and lots of fireside chats. The principles were crafted not to dictate of how people should be and act, but as a reflection of the community's ethos and culture as its organically developed from inception.

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Linden Lab

UPDATE: The limited-time opportunity for existing Premium members to lock in their current rates for one more billing cycle, including extending an existing monthly to use the current full year rate by upgrading now to annual is now available on the premium page. Simply renew before June 24th to extend your current Membership at the same low rate. For example, monthly members will be billed at the lower rate for one more monthly billing cycle, while annual members may renew (or monthly users may upgrade to annual) early to add one more year to your existing Membership at the current lower rate. If you have any trouble accessing the website, please note that it may be due to an increase in traffic and that the option will be available until the end of the day on June 24th.

 

On May 29, we made an announcement about future changes to Premium and Basic account features including plans to increase Group Memberships and offline IM limits for Premium account holders while reducing them for Basic accounts.

We’ve since heard strong and convincing feedback from many in our community about the impact of changing Group Membership limits for Basic accounts. For example, many Residents have shared how they rely heavily on Groups to stay informed about new product releases as Merchants use this feature to regularly communicate news and updates to their customers, and how much Groups are used for keeping communities active.

We hear your concerns and, as a result, Group Membership limits for Basic Residents will NOT be reduced as part of our Premium Membership changes rolling out on June 24. While Basic Members will continue to have an unchanged limit of 42 groups, all Premium Members will still see their limits increased from 60 to 70.

Here’s the revised summary of Premium feature changes:

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Our goal is to increase Group performance for everyone - whether you are Basic or Premium. As a result, we will be prioritizing some development resources to address Group performance.

We know change can sometimes be frustrating, so we appreciate your patience. Your feedback is helping to inform some of these revisions, so we’ll continue to listen closely.

Please see the original blog post for all pricing changes planned for June 24.  Land prices will decrease as announced on June 3, and existing Premium Members can lock in their current rates for one more billing cycle.* Simply pre-pay between June 3 and the end of the day on June 24 to extend your current Membership by one more cycle at the current low rate.

Thank you again for all of the feedback. We do not make these kinds of decisions lightly but are always open to the feedback, criticism, and ideas from our incredible community, and willing to listen and learn.

* We will update our blog when the availability to lock in your current rate goes live on Monday. If you have any trouble accessing the website on that day, please note that it may be due to an increase in traffic and that the option will be available until the end of the day on June 24th.

 

Linden Lab

What better way to start out the new year than with a contest? The New Year, New You contest is a great way to show off that new hairstyle, avatar, or anything you did in 2013. With a chance to win L$10,000 and show off your new look, what’s not to love?

You’ll need a proper background to show off that new avatar, so we decided to share a few of our favorite photography spots. Look below for a Victorian snail of blown glass and bronze, a floating miniature universe, mysterious dark forests and a mystical underwater realm. Your avatar is a reflection of your self, give it the setting it deserves.

If you’ve created a particularly photogenic spot, why not share it with us? We always enjoy seeing what you come up with next!

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Sleepy Snail

Rebeca Bashly's Sleepy Snail is a fantasy spreading through a full sim that offers a sensational feeling of the purest beauty through delicate craftsmanship.

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Inspire Space Park

Meditate in the cosmos. Orbit in an ambient galaxy around the planets to down-tempo music. Relax in the stars and give the universe a great big hug!

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Sparrow Song

Sparrow Song is an intricately designed, snow-dusted fantasy realm. Wander through this glowing realm of ice sculptures, mysterious forests, delicate castles and ancient mysteries. Something magnificent waits around every corner at Sparrow Song.

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Da Vinci Gardens

Romance, mysticism, and adventure await within the varied landscape of this area. Explore outer space, sea life, or just relax in the lush gardens among the Roman, Greek, and Renaissance architecture.

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Bentham Forest

Wander and explore the dark, foreboding landscape that is Bentham Forest. Explore and discover the secrets of this vast haunted forest.

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Linden Lab

As we recently mentioned, this month marks the 11th anniversary of Second Life first opening its virtual doors, and in honor of this occasion, there are some fun things lined up to help us all celebrate Second Life’s 11th Birthday (SL11B).

First off, we’ve created a brand new limited-edition SL11B avatar that everyone can now get for free!

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This robot is sleek and ready to explore the landscapes of Second Life. Made with Fitted Mesh, you can put your own stamp on this android by playing with some of the shape sliders. Just make sure you’re upgraded to a Viewer with Fitted Mesh enabled. There are two ways to get your robot - pick it up inworld at Hairy Hippo Fun Land in Bay City or just visit the Marketplace.

Year after year, our community has shown off the very best of what Second Life can do and mean, and that tradition continues with the Second Life 11th Birthday Community Celebration (or SL11BCC) which kicks off on Sunday June 22nd. This community-driven celebration will host exhibits, music, and much more. Find out more about what’s planned and how you can get involved on their website.

If you’re looking for more ways to celebrate or planning events of your own, the new Second Life 11th Birthday Category in the Destination Guide has got you covered. Check there often to find SL11B parties to join all over Second Life, and if you’re planning an event for the occasion, be sure to submit it using the form (use the ‘Misc’ category) or via editor@lindenlab.com. Use “SL11B” in the subject line on the form or email.

We hope you enjoy your new SL11B avatar and we look forward to seeing you at the inworld celebrations. Be sure to  show off your SL11B adventures by sharing snapshots to the Second Life Official Flickr Group Page.



 

 

Xiola Linden

 

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This Halloween - Monday, October 31st from 10:00am SLT until 3:00pm SLT - you are most cordially invited to join us inworld for the 2016 Second Life Creepy Crawl!

Those who joined us for last year’s crawl know what it’s all about – but we’ve added a few twists this year, so everyone should read on for the details.

The Second Life Creepy Crawl is a bit like a good old fashioned pub crawl, but no cab fare or designated driver is needed as we roam from spooky spot to spooky spot for music, dancing, and celebrating in our finest of Halloween costumes! 

Costumes are strongly encouraged for this event - so come out and show off your best and you could win big! This year, at EVERY stop on our crawl, we will be giving away L$5,000 to one lucky winner whose costume catches our eye. That’s 10 stops, 10 winners, and a total of L$50,000 in prizes! Just keep in mind that this event is for General and Moderate audiences when perfecting your look. For full contest rules please visit the wiki. If you still need a costume or three - check out the Shop 'til You Drop event for your one stop Halloween party shopping.

Boudoir has graciously offered an exclusive treat that you can grab from one of the gift vendors at each stop – one gift per Resident.

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2016 CREEPY CRAWL SCHEDULE

 

10:00 am SLT to 10:30 am SLT

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Shop Til You Drop

Don't get caught dead without a costume for those Halloween parties! Liven up the party with spooky steals and deals from Second Life Merchants at the first Shop 'til You Drop! This event runs from Oct 21 - Oct 31st, so hurry before these deals are dead!

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10:30 am SLT to 11:00 am SLT

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Boudoir

This cavernous fashion boutique, with its luxurious purple and black decor, mainly specializes stylish clothing, hair, skin and shoes.

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11:00 am SLT to 11:30 am SLT

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Pumpkin Town 2016

Pumpkin Town is back! One of the most famous Halloween towns in Second Life, Pumpkin Town is where you can experience deejay sets, live performances, shows, horror movies, freebies, a hunt and more. More info at pumpkin-town.blogspot.be. Event held October 1st to October 31.

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11:30 am SLT to 12:00 pm SLT

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All Hallows at Moochie

Among the treacherous trees, the moldering mist, the rattling ruins and the wretched wailing winds, there are creepy corners and secluded shadows waiting for those who dare to venture into the darkness. Sable black, sable black, windy and weird, All Hallows at Moochie is a place to be feared.

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12:00 pm SLT to 12:30 pm SLT

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Bay City's Halloween Hay Maze

Bay City's fairgrounds have gone spooky, with a hay bale maze full of creeps. Can you make it through -- or will you be dinner for the ghouls and creeps? Come try your luck in Bay City's Halloween Hay Maze! It's a-MAZE-ing fun for all!

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12:30 pm SLT to 11:00 pm SLT

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Club End of Days

Enter the world of the dark angels, if you dare! Hidden in a dark corner of cyberspace is a secret club where vampires and other nocturnal creatures party the nights away. Join live DJ's as they play various music from old-school goth to the latest cyber goth genres. Welcome to Club End of Days.

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1:00 pm SLT to 1:30 pm SLT

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Vampyr Empire

Transylvania is Second Life's first gothic and vampire lifestyle community. With nightly DJs, art exhibits, discussions, shopping, and residences, it continues to thrive as Second Life's oldest community for those with a penchant for the dark.

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1:30 pm SLT to 2:00 pm SLT

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KOR

Listen and dance to house music and lose yourself to the groove.

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2:00 pm SLT to 2:30 pm SLT

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Ironwood Hills

Ironwood Hills is a post-apocalypse sim ravaged by time and nature. As sirens wail in the distance, derelict buildings give up ghosts of their past. You'll find an abandoned amusement park under a plume of stale popcorn. The threat of dangers and other darker things lurking around every bend in the path toward the corpse-filled caves. An eerily beautiful landscape that tries hard to hide its secrets.

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2:30 pm SLT to 3:00 pm SLT

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AEG Halloween Costume Party

Check out this Halloween holiday-themed sim, which features a haunted house, creepy graveyard and twists and surprises around every corner. There are also shops with super fancy dress up costumes, too. Explore the large club with live deejays around the clock to entertain you in a ghoulish fashion.

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Linden Lab

Merlin, Gandalf, Raistlin, Dresden… Ever wanted your name on that list? Of course you have. But while most of us while away our hours dreaming of controlling the energies that bind us, Zachh Barkley made it a virtual reality. In this episode of The Drax Files, Drax interviews Zachh, one of the biggest magic producers in Second Life. It’s a great conversation about entrepreneurship, work/life balance and take a glimpse into the amazing mystery of where inspiration can come from. There’s also fireballs, broomsticks and eldritch lightning to keep you on your feet!

Click the link to conjure up the

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Interested in more Drax Files? Catch up with previous episodes below or at Draxtor’s Website.

 

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

 

Linden Lab

Being Premium comes with many perks, including a weekly L$ stipend, more privacy with a Linden Home, exclusive gifts and experiences, and now, live chat with the Concierge Support team at Linden Lab.

If you missed your chance to take advantage of our recent 50% off monthly Premium Membership offer - there’s no reason to worry! Now, we’re reducing the standard cost of a monthly Premium subscription to just $9.50 a month. Enjoy all the benefits of Premium Membership for less!

We will also no longer charge VAT for Premium subscriptions. If you live in a region where VAT applies, this means an effective savings in some countries of more than 20% below what you would have previously paid!

Find out more about the benefits of going Premium and upgrade your account here.

Linden Lab

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Something is wrong, something is amiss! Can you uncover the cause of the mysterious catastrophe that is causing chaos in Linden Realms?

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In “Linden Realms: The Wrath of Ruth,” you'll need to navigate through smoke and debris to collect crystals and earn Linden Dollars. Along the way, you’ll have to dodge rock monsters, fireballs and other fiery obstacles to save Linden Realms.

 

So, how did this all happen? While the rest of the grid was busy catching magical Glytches, the evil Ruth used this distraction to her advantage. Using Magellan Linden’s coffin, Ruth altered the course of a comet to come crashing down on Linden Realms. Now the region burns with flames as hot as her wrath.

Can you put an end to Ruth’s madness?

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Linden Lab

UPDATE 11.23.2015
Additional changes have been made to the Marketplace Beta Search and new forum thread has been opened for your constructive feedback once you have a chance to review the changes and test the Beta again. The old forum thread has been closed. Thank you for your continued feedback.

 

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We’re pleased to share that improvements to the existing Marketplace search functionality are now available through Marketplace Search Beta.  We’ve made infrastructure changes to improve the relevance of search results - making it easier for you to find what you’re looking for! We have also made changes for search to scale better as more content and categories are added to the Marketplace - and that means the newest creations and additions are at your fingertips.  We are still working on an important feature, which will allow you to exclude keywords (such as “demo”) from your search - but want to get this into your hands now and get your feedback!  

You can, of course, continue to use the default search as well.  

To try out the Marketplace Search Beta, visit https://betasearch-marketplace.secondlife.com to perform all your regular Marketplace activities. If you see any issues, please file a BUG JIRA with the Website -> Marketplace component.  For general comments and feedback, visit this forum thread. Happy shopping!

Linden Lab

For a limited time, get 50% off your first payment on a new quarterly Premium Membership subscription.* Premium members get a L$1000 sign-up bonus, a weekly L$ stipend, your own home, exclusive gifts like the ones below, and many other benefits. Subscribers also have special access to Premium Sandboxes inworld, where you can build objects, unpack your purchased items, and meet other Premium members. Upgrade to Premium and start enjoying the benefits now!

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Special Edition Spring Gifts Are Now Available!

Spruce up your outdoors of your abode with these bright additions. Enjoy breakfast and coffee in the yard with a shabby chic patio set - complete with blooming trellis - or cozy up on the matching bench with some adorable plushy pets. These gifts are available only for Premium members for the duration of this promo.

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 easily upgrade and grab your gifts immediately.

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*TERMS & CONDITIONS This offer begins on  April 14, 2016, at 8AM Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) and expires on April 25, 2016, at 8AM PDT. To qualify for this promotion, you must 1) have an existing Second Life (“SL”) basic account or create a new account, and 2) select quarterly (every three months) billing for your SL account. The fifty percent (50%) discount will be applied to your first quarter’s bill and future quarters will be billed at the standard Premium Membership price (currently US$22.50 per quarter). Any Linden Dollar (L$) sign-up bonus will be applied to new accounts or accounts not previously upgraded to Premium Membership after the account has been active for forty-five (45) consecutive days.

Linden Lab

In this episode of the Drax Files, join machinima artist Draxtor Despres as he showcases his explorations in Second Life with an interview with Elie Spot, co-owner of Mon Tissu and Celoe in the Mayfair sim.

In this interview, Elie talks about the joys of balancing Kentucky culture, the freedom of grid life and the joy of creating her own mesh designs and clothing (and it shows). But don’t take our word for it, watch the

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Soothing design and bold fashion at Celoe.

And if you haven’t caught up on the earlier Drax Files, now’s a great time to start. Check the links below or visit Drax’s website at draxtor.com.

 

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

 

Xiola Linden

Spring is just around the corner, and as the winter chill melts, our hearts warm to the love all around us. Cherub-faced babies and heart-shaped boxes of sweets might not be for everyone, but there is no denying the magic a little amore can bring into our lives.

Friends, loved ones, significant others, and family all appreciate giving and receiving a little Valentine’s Day sentiment from the important people in our lives - so why not treat yourself to a little shopping at the Shop Your Heart Out inworld event starting now through February 14th?

We’ve joined up with nearly 50 Second Life Merchants to bring you a fair to remember! Each Merchant has their lovingly crafted wares out for 20-50% off - just for you! Stroll the charming streets of this delightful region-wide extravaganza, and shop for clothing, accessories, hair, and just about anything your heart desires - and get it for a limited low price!

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Because the best part of love is giving, you’ll find a special gift, courtesy of Oblobeloinkment Wrigglesworth - or Oblee as he’s known inworld. Oblee is one of Second Life’s beloved live musicians, and owner and creator of Thunk!. He’s crafted a lovely musical instrument for each of you to pluck from the gifting vendor available at the Shop Your Heart Out event. Don’t miss out on this freebie - from us to you!

A big thank you to all of our participating Merchants! This event ends on February 14th, so don’t miss your chance and dive right into the fun!

 

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Shop Your Heart Out!

We’ve joined up with nearly 50 Second Life merchants to bring you a fair to remember! Each merchant has their lovingly crafted wares out for 20-50% off - just for you! Stroll the charming streets of this delightful region-wide extravaganza, and shop for clothing, accessories, hair, and just about anything your heart desires - and get it for a limited low price! Runs February 1st through the 14th!

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Xiola Linden

All the way from the far-reaching borders of Germany and the Netherlands, Draxtor Despres joins Death Row Design’s Jaimy Hancroft to chat about a little more than just the weather -- in this episode of the Drax Files.

Death Row Designs is a staple in Second Life  - providing a post-apocalyptic and dystopian spin on fashion, decor and architecture. Jaimy’s dark, grungy style has made her a favorite of many Residents over the 10 years that she’s been in Second Life, and now she is able to support herself with her brand.

With help from her sister Eowyn Swords - who does 3D modelling for Death Row Designs - Jaimy’s unique and creative work appears in a variety of events from the Arcade Gacha to many of the big shopping events inworld.

Another compelling aspect of Jaimy’s work in Second Life, is her commitment to Fantasy Faire to benefit Relay for Life of Second Life. To read more about her personal inspiration from her father, Mario, and how her culinary flare helped channel her creativity - watch the

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Want to see more Second Life stories? Find previous episodes of The Drax Files: World Makers at Draxtor’s website, or at the links below and be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel where you can watch the entire series.

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 41: Vista Animations
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 40: Bernhard Dörries
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 39: Sergio Delacruz
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 38 : Eboni Khan
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 37 : Nonprofit Commons
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 36 : Sominel Edelman
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 35 : Project Bento
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 34 : Cheeky Pea
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 33: Luxembourg 1867
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 32: Jay Jay Zifanwe

 

Linden Lab

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"I’ve been getting a lot of emails from people that know nothing about Second Life, but have somehow found my blog through various social networks, asking me for more information. Therefore I figured I would write up a quick tutorial for those interested in joining and looking for some free resources to kick start their inventory..." Keep reading at StrawberrySingh.com



Linden Lab

It’s coming around to that time when we at the Destination Guide show off some interesting and generally awesome destinations new to Second Life. Much like last time, we wanted to introduce you to a few of the newer locations that caught our attention. So let’s get to it, huh?

 

This week, prepare for an invasion of art. Journey to an entire ecosystem of rusting, clanking machines, or take a look at a land of nine unique zones of thought. How about a perspective-bending island, or a wildly alien interactive music venue? But if all this sounds a little too far fetched, fear not, for we’re also bringing you a live boxing venue and a tango studio in the middle of a wheat field. As always, we love seeing all your new places, so join in the fun and share your own.

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Rust

Rust is a world with a strange mix of machines, chained trees, rusty mushrooms, birds, balloons, butterflies, spiders, elephants and gear flowers. Watch as they corrode, flake and sway in the gentle breeze...

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Ocho Tango

Ocho Tango is a land dedicated to tango, with a milonga for dancing and live concerts. Fully immerse in a pampas, relax or stay with friends and loved ones. A great spot for photos as well.

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House of Champions Boxing Gym

Constantly the top ranked boxing gym in second life, House of Champions offers a unique user-friendly environment, full support and free daily events. Containing one of the largest sporting communities on the grid and holding numerous special events with prizes, there's always something fun to do. House of Champions provides a truly immersive experience.

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Virtually Real

The most exciting experiences in virtual reality are not so much the ones that totally alter the viewer's perspective of what's real as the ones that are able to expand, augment and enlarge the real. It is in its relationship with the real, rather than attempting to substitute itself for the real, that the most original use of virtual reality is found. This is Virtually Real.

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Ub Yifu Gallery Park

The Sky Sculpture gallery is open! Take a ferry to the isle for an unforgettable journey into beautiful ancient and futuristic arts. All statues exhibited in the gallery are creations of Ub Yifu.

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The Nine Art Planets

The Art Planets is an art installation to give visitors nine different emotional feelings, reflected through subconscious minds. Inspired by a variety of immersive artists, this is one installation you don't want to miss.

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Linden Lab

In the newest installment of The Drax Files: World Makers, Draxtor Despres introduces us to Fran Serenade and Barbie Alchemy, a mother and daughter taking on the challenges of Parkinson’s, neural plasticity and more. Come watch the emotional Episode 13 of The Drax Files: World Makers.  


Find the

below or at Drax’s website.

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New to the Drax Files? Catch up on previous episodes at the links 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 Episode 10: Robin Sojourner

The Drax Files Episode 11: Dwarfins

The Drax Files Episode 12: Ole Etzel

 

Linden Lab

Now that October has come and gone, why not take a moment to see what’s new with the Destination Guide? We always have interesting destinations showing up and we love sharing them. So get some relaxation in before that winter rush, huh?

To help get over all that October excitement, we’ve got some soothing islands perfect for taking a break, a fashion fair for a little remedial shopping, and a lovingly rainy gallery in a brand new location. But if quiet contemplation isn’t your cup of tea, why not lose yourself in the mysteries of a forgotten well, take in a few live shows or get ready for an ever-popular November hunt? If all else fails, you can always purge horror with creativity and create something awesome. See you inworld!

 

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The Jerky Turkey Hunt 3

That turkey, he's so jerky! Leaving feathers all over the grid, causing chaos and mayhem wherever he goes... He's a jokester and loves to stir up trouble. Find the feathers to find the jerky turkey and end up with a gobbling gaggle of end sponsor prizes. Held Nov. 15th through the 30th, visit http://evilbunnyhunt.blogspot.com for more information.

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The Well: Sollicitus

The sequel to last year's experiment in fear returns in The Well: Sollicitus. A team of scientists investigate a strange well to uncover what happened to the young boy who vanished and the rescue team that went missing searching for him. Get the HUD and try to complete the labyrinth of tunnels, avoiding gruesome monsters and terrifying shadows.

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Otium

Otium is Latin for leisure and laziness. Otium also explains the philosophy of this archipelagic retreat. Get away from your necessities and obligations and slip into the intellectual leisure of the creative dimension. Otium is the ideal place to relax.

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Rockabilly Fashion Fair

The Rockabilly Fashion Fair has over 100 top designers with lots of exclusive items and retro hotness, just for you. Grab your friends, family, even random passers by and step back to the time of slicked hair, leather jackets and Bettie Page style. Rockabilly isn't just a look, it's a way of life, daddy-o!

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Grey November Gallery

The Grey November Gallery is exactly that: an art gallery set in a cheerfully gloomy cabin in a grey November rainstorm. The animated pictures are the product of Rodriguez Munro and were inspired by both the real and virtual worlds.

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Hesperia of Templemore

Hesperia of Templemore is a wonderful sim dedicated to live music performances. This stunning build excites all of the senses, with several music venues that host many live events. Come to Templemore City for the beautiful views, intricate design and awesome ambiance.

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Linden Lab

Project Bento is one of the biggest changes to the Second Life avatar ever! More than 90 new bones have been added to accommodate features like subtle facial expressions, articulating fingers, smoothly-flapping wings, waving tails, and much more that was previously impossible or required complex workarounds.

If you’re a creator who’s testing out Project Bento, or one who’s eager to give it a try - now is the perfect time! We’re looking for creators to show off some of the possibilities of Project Bento for an upcoming episode of

. There are detailed instructions on how to get started and how to get to the beta grid (aditi) on our wiki page. (TIP:Testing on Aditi does not cost you upload fees!)

On January 19th at NOON SLT, there will be an open casting call for anyone who has built something with Bento to come show off their work. Selected creators may be filmed and/or interviewed to be featured in an upcoming episode of the Drax Files. You will need to login to Aditi in order to access the location (secondlife://Aditi/secondlife/Bento%20Island/128/128/23). The location will not be open until NOON SLT on January 10th Information about Aditi and how to access it is located on our wiki.

In addition to the open casting call, creators are encouraged to contact Draxtor Despres inworld with information about what they're making. Video, screenshots, descriptions - the more information the better, and the sooner you can share that - the better as well. Chosen creations and their creators will be contacted with information for a private filming on  January 20th, 2016, with Draxtor and Torley Linden.  

Machinimists are encouraged to come film during the open casting and get an early peek at the creative ways Project Bento is being utilised.

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A sneak peek at the set and props being built for the filming project. 
There are no awards - everyone is encouraged to come show their Project Bento creations.

Here are a few examples of what some creators have already accomplished with Project Bento that will inspire you to try out Project Bento and come show off your work!

 

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Xiola Linden

Many a tune has been penned in its honor, mountains of prose labor over its intricate highs and lows. Love. The original muse. The inspiration of art across the world, and the culprit of many a great story. Why not continue the tradition of love and creativity by participating in the “Leap into Love” Snapshot Contest?

Share a Snapshot in the theme of Love on our Official Contest page, and you could win one of 4 amazing prizes:

  • Grand Prize – L$10,000
  • First Prize – L$5,000
  • Second Prize – L$3,000
  • Third Prize- L$1,000

Winners will be selected by a panel of judges made up of Residents and Lindens based on consistency with theme, originality, creativity, and overall impression.


The “Leap into Love” Snapshot Contest celebrates friends, family, loved ones - all of those who are beloved in our lives. While Cupid may be pointing arrows at this time of year, we know that love is much bigger than that. Love is kindness, friendship, balance, warmth, laughter, and so much more - so share it with us! Contest ends on February 29th.

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Pic by Strawberry Singh

Linden Lab

Remembering Joe Miller

We're saddened to share the news that former Linden Lab executive Joe Miller recently passed away. Joe was our VP of Platform and Technology Development from 2006 to 2010, and long-time Second Life Residents may fondly remember encountering his avatar, Joe Linden, as a friendly robot inworld.

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Joe Miller (via LinkedIn) and his Second Life avatar, Joe Linden (via Gianna Borgnine’s Flickr)

Joe's work in his time at Linden Lab helped to dramatically improve Second Life and contributed to making the virtual world what it is today. Among his many contributions, Joe played a major role in the introduction of 3D voice to Second Life in 2007 - an incredibly powerful advancement that revolutionized how we can communicate inworld.

Those of us who had the good fortune to work with Joe during his time at Linden Lab remember his wonderful combination of fierce intelligence, tremendous warmth, and great caring for his fellow Lindens, for Second Life, and for its Residents.

We will miss him, and our thoughts and condolences are with Joe's family and friends in this time of great loss.

 

 

 

 

 

Linden Lab

As with any online service, Second Life Residents may from time to time be targeted with phishing attempts, which try to trick users into providing personal information and account credentials.

These attempts may include messages - including inworld IMs and emails trying to appear as if they were sent from Linden Lab - that prompt you to click on a link and/or provide personal information.

To help keep yourself safe from these tricks, remember: 

 

  • If you receive a suspicious email, forward it to phishing@secondlife.com and delete it.
  • If you receive a suspicious IM, file an abuse report against the sender even if the sender looks like your friend. After stealing an account, a fraudster often tries to trick the victim's friends.
  • If you feel your account has been compromised, contact Second Life Billing through the Support Portal right away. (Better yet, call us at the number provided on the Support Portal)
  • Keep your antivirus software up-to-date and scan for viruses regularly.
  • You can change your account password; do so frequently to keep your account secure. If you suspect you've already clicked a phishing link, change your password immediately.
  • If you have multiple accounts, use a different password for each account.
  • Never reuse your Second Life password for your email account or any other website.
  • Your password should be easy for you to remember, but hard for others to guess.
  • If you think you entered your credit card information into a fake email or website, contact your bank immediately!

For more info, check out this page on the wiki.

Help your fellow Second Life Residents keep their accounts secure by sharing this post with them. Bookmark it, and the next time you see phishing attempts in group chat, share this post to help educate others. You can help put phishers out of business.

Linden Lab

As we blogged back in the Summer of 2014, 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 our Terms 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. We updated our gaming policy in Second Life at that time and opened applications for Skill Gaming. Skill Gaming applications will reopen on January 3, 2017, for those who wish to become authorized creators and/or operators of Skill Games in Second Life.

The details of the Skill Gaming policy can be found here, and the Skill Gaming FAQ is available on our wiki.

In summary, skill games that offer Linden Dollar payouts are 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.

Applications for creators and operators will be available on the FAQ page beginning January 3, 2017.

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