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A showcase of some of the amazing things going on in Second Life - from snapshots, to gifs, to edits and landscapes. If you're interested in being featured, submit your pics to the Official Flickr Group. Looking for places to visit inworld for pics and adventures? Check out the Destination Guide for places to explore. 

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So, what’s your favorite scary story this Halloween?

Praying Mary, Moonkiller, Skinner and the idiot savant who can draw people’s auras suddenly were filling up my mind with their evil agendas, begging me to bring them to life. The family of lunatics started to grow and desperately needed a home for roaming around. I tried to stop them, push them in the back of my mind, hoping they could wait for a little bit longer, till there was more time.. but once an evil seed has been planted, it grows without feeding.

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A mad asylum needed to be built for this story. When I approached the team in August asking if we could make an interactive and immersive asylum with a kick-ass story — and why not at the same time make that into a grid-wide hunt involving 50 high-quality stores? —  I was expecting more resistance. With a little bit of bribing, blackmailing and cheese throwing, they were all willing to work extremely hard to make sure this mad idea would become a reality and MadPea would be able to provide an unforgettable adventure for Halloween.

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Little by little the mysterious foggy swamp took over the whole island. It used to belong to a Native American tribe, who had very bizarre methods for draining souls from the evil-doers. Many, many years later, the highly anticipated Peatonville Asylum gets built on the swamp. Top-class doctors and staff were hired to treat the most severely mentally damaged patients and a special large grant was assigned to this rehabilitation program, aiming to use new technologies and methods in making the patients fit for society again. The program started to show tremendous progress in a short amount of time, until it all went wrong. One by one they start dying in the most gruesome ways and when help finally arrives, there is no one left to tell the story. Only a journal and shards of an ancient stone remain. Dare to enter this scary mystery? Environment rich of sounds, details, spooky elements and interactivity will keep you entertained for hours and in the end you will be exhausted with a big smile on your face and inventory full of goodies. Built with love, blood, sweat and other wonderful bodily fluids, the Peatonville Asylum awaits..

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About the author: Kiana Writer has been a prominent game creator in Second Life for several years. As a co-founder of MadPea Games, Kiana has helped to create several popular games including The Devil's Labyrinth, The Kaaos Effect and Virtual Medical Doctor. Her newest co-creation, The Peatonville Asylum, debuts Oct. 28.



Linden Lab
Halloween Love Story

Halloween season is the best time of year to use all the abilities that Second Life offers Residents. Some Halloween looks you can create literally with one click, wearing creepy makeup — or simply attaching a pumpkin on the head! This time, we prepared more elaborate looks and we draw you into our romantic yet melancholy —and little bit scary — Halloween Love Story.

Please enjoy these amazing couples!

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For the above image, the skeleton avatars (male and female) are from Vita's Boudoir.

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The gentleman pictured above is wearing a Sleepy Hollow avatar from Little Britain Designs and the lady is a Headless Queen avatar from Vita's Boudoir.

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In this image (above), the gentleman is wearing skin and claws from Little Britain Designs, while the hat is from Akeyo. His fedora and outfit come from Gizza’s Fusion Chic collection. The lady is wearing Dream Ink skin, hair from booN and the outfit Batterflies Hero is from Vita's Boudoir.

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In the above image, the lovely lady wears Gio skin from Glam Affair, hair (Brigitte) by LeLutka and an “I'll Die for You” outfit from Vita's Boudoir. The “partner” comes with the outfit!

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Here we see a “skinless” man who is actually wearing Nomine skin (Raw skin male), with hair by  Shag (Rise), distressed leather pants from The Abyss and Mullingar boots by Hoorenbeek. The snake woman is wearing skin by Glam Affair (Gio) with Snake Queen outfit from Vita's Boudoir and claws by La Malvada Mujer.

All Poses by Del May. Editorial is taken at "The Looking Glass" sim.

We hope you found some great dress-up ideas for Halloween! For this showcase, pictures and styling was made by Petra Messioptra. Concept and idea by Vitabela Dubrovna and Petra Messioptra.  Happy Halloween to all!

About the Authors: Vitabela Dubrovna and Petra Messioptra collaborate on the fashion blog http://vitabela-vitabela.blogspot.com. This blog is platform where many talented designers, photographers and artists (Precious Restless,Petra Messioptra, urikoH Blinker, Mo Miasma,Cole Marie Soleil and Eshi Otawara) post about wide range of themes linked with Second Life — but mostly about fashion.
Terrence Linden

The 4th Annual Best Practices in Education (VWBPE 2011) conference is just around the corner! It will take place in Second Life on March 17-19, 2011. Attendance and presentations grows each year and the VWBPE has become widely regarded as one of the most important inworld education events of the year and a great opportunity for you, as an educator, to share knowledge and experiences with your colleagues from around the globe.

Last year, more than 2,000 people from 69 countries and territories attended 170 presentations over an action-packed 48 hours. This year’s event will again include the popular international stream and, for the first time, a machinima stream--giving all budding metaverse directors an opportunity to showcase their work. We also welcome our recently transferred Teen Second Life educators to this year’s event and look forward to learning more about the great work that they do. The conference won’t be all work though. Continuing in the spirit of past years, fun social activities will have people buzzing over the entire 53 hour event. In the words of the event coordinator, "Dust off your best frock, or tux, and get ready for the gala awards ceremony. We’re told it’s the place to be seen!"

Details about the entire range of events and presentations will be available when the organizing committee releases the program in the next couple of weeks. Until then, if you’ve got a question about streams, or anything else relating to the event, then you can contact the organizers at info@vwbpe.org or check the official website at www.vwbpe.org. The gateway sim, VWBPE Gateway, will open to the public on March 16, so feel free to drop by to say ‘hello’ to the organizers. And, if you’re interested in volunteering, then the event organizers would love to hear from you at volunteers@vwbpe.org.

VWBPE 2011 is being organized and run by the education community for the education community – it is YOUR conference. It is a FREE conference that is made possible by the generous contributions of time, money, and facilities by volunteers and conference partners: Linden Lab, Thinkerer Studios, Rockcliffe, SpotOn3D, and Designing Digitally. While acknowledging the generous sponsorship already in place, the conference organizers advise that extra funds for activities such as providing transcribers and recording the sessions for viewing after the event are always welcome! If you or someone you know is interested in sponsoring, then please direct them here.

VWBPE 2011 will be your chance to join the educator community, share best practices and celebrate all that is great about this vibrant and important community. We look forward to another great conference and seeing you there!

Linden Lab

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Check out this post discussing the possibilities for design using mesh on ArchVirtual.com.

"...This long awaited ‘holy grail’ feature in Second Life has now finally arrived on the main grid! The subject of numerous false starts, April fool’s jokes, and much controversy – it is now possible to import 3D models directly into Second Life. The implications from an architectural urban design and city planning perspective are obvious."

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Photos courtesy ArchVirtual.com

Courtney Linden

 

Spring has sprung in Second Life! And we have some great ways to celebrate the season with our Bunny Jam event, kicking off April 11. With an egg decorating contest, egg scavenger hunt, and an all-day music festival, Bunny Jam is an event you won’t want to miss!
 
Egg Decorating Contest: April 11-15 
The egg template is available on Shopkeeper Linden’s store on Marketplace. Once you’ve got your egg, it’s time to get creative! Decorate your egg and drop it on Libby Linden between April 11 and April 15 to enter it into the contest.
A panel from Linden Lab’s community team will review and select the top dozen eggs received by April 15 at 12:00 p.m. (noon) SLT. The creators of each of the 12 winning eggs will receive L$5,000. We’ll announce the winners on April 20. But wait—there’s more! We’re going to put the winning eggs on display and invite the Second Life community to vote on the best of the dozen—and the creator of the one you pick will get an additional L$10,000! You read it right: The winner of the #1 egg in the contest wins a combined L$15,000! Contest details are here.

Egg Scavenger Hunt: April 21-25 
The top dozen eggs will be hidden in regions featured in our Bunny Jam Destination Guide, which will be up next week once the Bunny Jam events begin. It’s truly a race—as each egg (and each egg’s L$5,000 prize) can be found only once! Once you’ve found an official scavenger hunt egg, take it and drop it on Libby Linden inworld to collect your prize.
 
Bunny Jam Music Event: April 25 
C’mon down dressed in your bunny best for Bunny Jam, the all-day music festival hosted on the Bunny Jam regions! We’ll be featuring live music and DJs from 6:00 a.m. SLT to 7:00 p.m. SLT. Be sure to share what you’re up to (with photos, SLurls, etc.) at Bunny Jam with your fellow Residents by using the #SLBunnyJam hashtag on Twitter—so fellow Residents can follow the fun!

6am Scofi Robson
7am Hazideon Zarco
8am Tone Uriza
9am Noma Falta
10am   Elvina Carlucci
11am Bones Writer
12pm Slim Warrior
1pm Wytchwhisper Sadofsky
2pm  Blu Ducrot
3pm Grace McDunnough
4pm TerryLynn Melody
5pm FrankLee Anatra
6pm Lance Rembrandt
7pm Skye Galaxy

Free Bunny-Wear 
Channel your inner bunny with the freebies available in Shopkeeper Linden’s store on Marketplace! Bunny ears, bunny slippers, and a bunny tail are yours to keep and wear to the Bunny Jam festivities or give to a friend. But they’re only available on the SL Marketplace for a limited time, so hop on over to get yours today!

 

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