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Linden Lab

 

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We’re offering a limited-time deal on some of our most popular items — Private Islands and Homesteads. For the first time, new land or additional land is available without the usual set-up fee. From October 21 to 23, you can take advantage of this special and become a Landowner if you’re not already — or maybe bump up the size of your land.

Land is the mainstay of Second Life. Without Land, the places where you interact with other Residents wouldn’t exist. From animations you love, role-play and games, socializing, showing off your latest outfit, and your own home and vehicles, to shopping, business and educational experiences — Land is what makes it all possible!


Limited-time offer

Take advantage of this land sale now! Some terms and conditions apply. Want more info? Head over to the information page and have a look at the Terms & Conditions, FAQ and how you can order your very own Island without a set-up fee.

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Wondering where the inspiration behind your favorite Zombie sims comes from? Want to know where they got that amazing spooky texture? Get answers from the sim creators here! Ask questions in the comments. Swap and share your favorite zombie tales, locations and more creepy stuff.


From Firestorm2Ireto, of The Urban Zombie:

1. What is your inspiration/where do you get your ideas?

I got my inspiration from one of my fav zombie movies, which is Zombieland, and the AMC series "The Walking Dead," along with the feel of the classic movie "Night of the Living Dead." I wanted to keep things in a modern urban setting, just like in the movies, along with a few little extra surprises — like the blood-curdling sounds that the zombies make (Brains! Brains!). Each day I change or add something new. Most people were afraid to leave the safety of the stairs, so I installed a series of overhead ziplines that will take them to a high and safe place to shoot from. There will be more to come as we will be expanding the sim in the near future.

2. Where can visitors buy the things they see on your sim? — i.e. favorite zombie-stuff creators inworld (or on Marketplace).

People can purchase from a wide selecton of weapons at my gun shop. I have carefully selected the best weapons from the best vendors in SL, as well as fighting clothes and other gear. As people become better at shooting they want the better weapons.

3. What is the objective of your sim/i.e. vision?

My objective is to make sure that anyone who visits my sim will have fun, that's the bottom line. I have a great staff of officers who are more than willing to assist anyone that comes here, and I make sure that each person is greeted and made to feel welcome and made to feel that they are all part of this thing. I am always told by people that they love to come here to just unwind from real life and relieve stress by blasting zombies. I find myself doing just the same. My vision is to keep this a drama-free sim — if you can't find a good laugh here then it does not exist anywhere. Most people who come here talk on voice chat, and it really pleases me to hear the laughter, because that shows me that they are having a great time and that's what it is all about. So, my vision is to maintain that level of happiness for all of the time.


4. Are you doing anything special for Halloween?

The answer to question four is easy! Yes, we are going to have parties all Halloween weekend here at Urban Zombie. We have our own in-house DJ as well as a pretty nice club on site. Trust me — we are going to have a blast.


5. How long have you been in SL and what is your favorite thing about it?

I have been in Second Life for just over three years. The best thing I love about SL is the freedom from RL and the ability to explore things that are not possible to do in RL — the ability to meet and to interact with people from all over the world and from all walks of life. We've met and made some very great friends here in SL, and that's a wonderful thing. The one thing that I can never say is that SL is boring, and that has been proven to me each day for the past three years.

6. Do you have recommendations on other cool zombie locales and your favorite stuff to do inworld?


As to the last question,  my recommendations for other cool zombie sims are as follows: Grim's is a fun place to shoot zombies; the same can be said for The Dead Zone. We are all friends and we all have the same objective, and that is to rid the world of those pesky zombies and have a great laugh while doing so. We enjoy going to biker sims to ride our bikes, but we also love to dance and explore the wonders of Second Life. Please feel free to come here and help us erase zombies from our world, because they just keep coming and coming!

Linden Lab

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Mark your calendars for the Best of SL Halloween: A Resident-Hosted Event, held this Friday, Oct. 28, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Pacific) in the official Forums.


Plus, check the official Second Life Blog all week for guest blog posts from our Hosts!

Halloween Hosts Available in the Forum this Friday, Oct. 28 and Guest Blogging this Week:

Hear What Second Life Creators and Bloggers Think in Real Time

Your Halloween Hosts are Second Life Residents with experience creating or even simply enjoying Haunted Locations in Second Life. They’ll be standing by in the Halloween Forum to share favorite inworld locations, costumes, and tips and tricks for scripting successful haunted experiences.

Ask Questions

Experts will be on call in the community from 9 a.m. through 4 p.m. (Pacific) on Friday, Oct. 28. This is your chance to ask the experts any Halloween or Second Life questions you can dream up.

Share Your Creations

Want to share your own creations? All participants can post and share images of favorite Second Life Halloween and Haunted locations, costuming and memories from past years. Join the forum conversation and ask the experts for advice on building, costuming and other questions hand-picked for the pros.


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Don’t miss this special event, which can be found on the Second Life Blogs and Forums this Friday, Oct. 28!

Linden Lab
Designing Horror

Every October you start to feel that crisp chill in the air, feel the wind blow a little more strongly. The smells of apples, pine and damp are more pungent, and you start to anticipate Halloween. You want the spectres, the goblins, the undead and you know that creators in SL are hard at work building the stuff nightmares are made of.

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I've had the horror of designing large Halloween builds and games in SL for the last five years, along with an amazing team of scripters, builders and gamers. With all that experience, I continue to learn more every year about what is possible in this amazingly adaptable place. In "The Flesh Game," we tried to terrify — and anyone can do it with your own builds, sounds and mood.


The build, of course, is the structure, the visual environment where you can use texture, color and space to create mood — even a sense of claustrophobia or a vastness of area that makes someone feel small or lost. It's possible to create corners or darkened places where someone is afraid to walk by lest a ghoul pounce from its hiding place. The coagulating pool of blood on the floor or backlit green-tinted wall is all it takes to make someone shudder.

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Sounds are extremely important for elevating fear, such as a screech down a darkened hallway that makes you not want to take one more step, the wailing keen of children laughing or the slow creak of a door can build anticipation of the horrors to come. Walk through your haunted area and listen. What would make you shiver when you turn a corner? Perhaps the slow plodding sound thud of the boots of a killer would quicken your step.

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Fear is a very strong emotion, and even more so, the anticipation of fear — the buildup going from safety into terror that can make you gasp. A shock can make you scream out loud — and coming back into the light, you take a huge breath, still feeling the thick steady pound in your chest and you're safe — but for how long?

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About the Author: Ivey Deschanel owns the alternative clothing store Sn@tch, as well as three sims with partner Roblem Hogarth. They hold an annual Interactive Halloween game, which this year is The Flesh Game. You can read her blog athttp://snatch-sl.blogspot.com.
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It was Halloween, Mildred's favorite holiday. “Halloween is the day I was born,” she would say. “Mother found me in the Great Pumpkin Patch. That is why I am who I am and I needn't say more.”

Most of the townsfolk wanted to believe the brooding, dark little child was a Halloween baby. It did help explain things. Things whispered about. Things that Mildred was understood to have done. Things that would soon become more and more troubling... even dangerous!

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Free pumpkins at the Great Pumpkin Patch and Haunted House

Every October, Tarot Fate's Amusements would come to town. Mildred absolutely HAD to go!  “Mother, father, it's time to visit the spirits,” she would pronounce each Hallow’s Eve.

Mildred's favorite attraction was the Spook House Ride. This year something very strange happened. Mother, father and Mildred entered the spook house — but only Mildred came out!

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Sinatra's Spook House Ride

Alone and oddly undisturbed by the loss of her parents, Mildred consulted a Spirit Cabinet. “It is time Mildred, time for you to meet your maker,” the spooky spirit voice from the cabinet moaned.

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All of the sudden, with a whiz-bang and a handy landmark, Mildred was transported to the dreary forest of Darkness Falls. “What a lovely forest,” Mildred thought. “That cabin sure looks cozy — I feel strangely drawn to it, and suddenly very sleepy.”  

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Darkness Falls, Bentham Hollow

Upon entering the cabin, Mildred instantly fell to the floor in a heap and went slippy-sliding into a deep, dreamy sleep! When she awoke she was in a tiny room, and every wall of that room was covered in beautiful party dresses.

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“These dresses look so familiar,” thought Mildred. “I must try one on.” But just as she reached for a dress, a giant door appeared in the wall and swung open!  

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“ENTER,” chimed a group of  Wicked Eyeballs. “It's time for you to meet your maker!”
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Happy Halloween!

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Wondering where the inspiration behind your favorite Zombie sims comes from? Want to know where they got that amazing spooky texture? Get answers from the sim creators here! Ask questions in the comments. Swap and share your favorite zombie tales, locations and more creepy stuff.

From Chainsword Audion, of The Maze:

1. What is your inspiration/where do you get your ideas?
The inspiration for the maze came from a few different sources. Megaman Legends, Dead Space, some elements from Doom (unknowingly, I had never played it). It came to me one day many years ago — so I made it.

2. Where can visitors buy the things they see on your sim? — i.e. favorite zombie-stuff creators inworld (or on Marketplace).
In the region's lobby, right smack in the middle of the landing point on the walls I sell the guns to play the maze with. Just 50L for the HUD to play — the pistol is free.

3. What is the objective of your sim/i.e. vision?
An objective is such an absolute thing. I don't rightly know where I'm going with this but it's going somewhere! You can expect to be challenged at the maze though; bring your buds.

4. Are you doing anything special for Halloween?
Candy.

5. How long have you been in SL and what is your favorite thing about it?
Late '07, friend. I ran with a rough crowd in my earlier days... *putz on very cool shades* Digital Worlds, The Bearz, 18th St. Jamels, Pool Boyz. That's all old times though. My favorite thing is reminiscing in groups. It's good to remember good times.

6. Recommendations on other cool zombie locales and your favorite stuff to do inworld?
I am quite a slow-coach in Second Life lately. I am usually at the maze checking up on things. The Hive is another zombie sim I know of an old acquaintance of mine runs though.




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Curious about vampires? You can learn more about Second Life’s vampire community in a special Resident-hosted event, held Monday, Nov. 7 and Tuesday, Nov. 8 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Pacific) in the official Vampire Forums.

Your event hosts for this special event are Second Life Residents with experience in vampire or dark-themed communities and/or blogs. Plus, check the Forums starting Nov. 2 to read interviews with these hosts as they answer questions and share their real feelings on a variety of topics, including their struggle with stereotypes and the sources for their creative inspirations. You might even read a bit about what some of the hosts really think about the “Twilight” series and the current rise in popularity of vampires in popular culture.

Participating Vampire Community Hosts include:

(All times Pacific)


Hear What Second Life Creators and Bloggers Think in Real-time

Your event hosts are Second Life Residents with experience in vampire or dark-themed communities and/or blogs. They’ll be standing by in the Vampire Forums to share favorite inworld locations and general insights into the vampire community.

Ask Questions

The vampire event hosts will be on call in the community from 9 a.m. through 4 p.m. (Pacific) on Monday, Nov. 7 and Tuesday, Nov. 8. This is your chance to ask the experts any questions you can dream up.

Share Your Creations

Want to share your own creations, insights or experiences? All participants can post and share images of favorite Second Life locations and communities. Join the forum conversation and ask the experts your own questions directly during this special event!
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