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    It may be 10 more days to Halloween, but numerous grid-wide celebrations are already underway in Second Life. This week’s Second Life Destinations video explores a handful of these haunted experiences -- but daring adventurers will want to check out a few more of the 75+ spooky spots featured in the Haunted category of the Destination Guide including haunted houses, dark rides, and other creepy places. Among the haunted highlights featured in this week’s clip are Snuggles, Gooseberry Lake, Whymsee, Halloween Town, Trick or Treat Lane, Salem and MadPea City. To get a more detailed rundown of the many Halloween events underway in Second Life, check out our recent blog post “Spooky Swag, and All Things Halloween in Second Life.” Video production courtesy of Draxtor Despres
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    Knock knock Who’s there? Boo Boo who? Don’t cry! You have not missed out yet on the chillingly spook-tacular prizes and events taking place all over the Grid. SWAGINATOR HUNT The Swaginator Hunt ends Nov 4th - so be sure to explore this trick-or-treat style hunt for free, limited-edition treats and prizes. Everyone can collect the incredible gifts, but the first rule of horror movie survival is NEVER SPLIT UP - so grab your friends and head out for some swag grabbing! Halloween Swaginator Hunt Four exclusive Halloween decorations have been scattered across the Bellisseria continent. The hunt runs through the month of October, pick up your HUD at Meauxle Bureaux. Happy hunting! Visit in Second Life Our own Xiola and Strawberry Linden took on the hunt on last week’s Lab Gab - and had a blast! CREEPY CRAWL This year’s Creepy Crawl is going to be epic! The second rule of horror movie survival is to make sure you stay in public, highly-populated areas! On October 31st - Halloween - from 11 am to 2 pm SLT - we’re going to venture around the Grid in costumed celebration. Jumping from spot to spot, dancing, and hanging out for Halloween. There is still time to submit your venue for consideration for a spot on the crawl. HALLOWEEN HAUNTED TOUR Halloween Haunted Tour The bone-chilling Haunted Tour is back again - and this sixth installment offers some new twists! Hop in a coffin and enjoy the wild ride through the twisted mind of madness. Visit in Second Life The third rule of horror movie survival is at some point, you will need to face your fear head-on! This haunted ride is filled with horrors, chills, thrills and much much more. Proceed with caution, but be sure to make time to visit. Hop in a coffin, and brace yourself for a ride through terror! HAUNTED DESTINATIONS The fourth rule of horror movie survival is to use your environment and surroundings to your advantage and understand what you’re up against. There’s a good chance you’ve seen some of the television shows where they hunt ghosts. Become your own paranormal investigator and explore the growing number of haunted locations in Second Life. The Destination Guide has an assortment of full-sized snacks in the candy bowl for you - just visit the Haunted category of the Destination Guide. NEW PREMIUM GIFT The fifth rule of horror movie survival is to ward off the evil spirits with pumpkins and decor. Are you a Premium member? If so, you won’t want to miss the newest Premium Gift that is now available at one of the many Premium Gift Collection kiosks in Second Life. Note that this premium gift goes well with the additional gifts available in the Swaginator Hunt - a match made in Halloween heaven! Stop by one of the Premium Gift Collection spots to grab your gift pack! Premium Gift Collection Spot 3 The latest Premium Gift is a Halloween decorating kit that includes a variety of decorations for interior and exterior use on your property, Linden Homes or otherwise - available now to Premium members at any Premium Gift Kiosk. Visit in Second Life Have fun, check your treats for danger before you eat them, and put your new-found horror movie survival skills to the test. See you on the Grid - but you might not see us - BOO!
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    “Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and caldron bubble.” - from Shakespeare’s Macbeth Oh, there are strange ( and stranger) things afoot, and all over the Grid, Residents and Creators alike are brewing up some Halloween mischief. It is -- after all -- one of the most exciting and celebrated holidays in Second Life! All Hallows Eve, Samhain. Hallow E’en - a time when the spookiest, kookiest, and most mystical of mayhem rolls into our world like a thick and possibly sentient fog. The veil between the living and the departed grows thin, and everywhere you look, you see pumpkins, skeletons, ghosts, and ghouls. And don’t forget the treats, and sweets, and tricks and broomsticks - it’s magical! This week’s destination video highlights just a few of the scarier Regions you can experience in Second Life, and while many embrace the spookier side of things all year round, be sure to haunt the Haunted category of the Destination Guide, throw on your favorite costume, and explore. Then join us on Halloween from 11 am to 2 pm SLT for our annual Creepy Crawl. More details on the schedule for that are coming … <video embed> Locations featured in this video are: Arranmore Explore the timeless coastal island of Arranmore, with its haunted manor house and photogenic scenery. Enjoy the creepy landscape shrouded in mist. Remember, it is not what you can see that is scary - it is what you can't see. Don't forget to take the flashlight from the station platform when you arrive. Visit in Second Life Everwinter Welcome to Everwinter, a post-apocalyptic theme park. Many years after a nuclear disaster, Everwinter sits frozen in time. Explore the aftermath, take in the sights and sounds, or maybe find a quiet spot in an abandoned building. Frequented by scavengers and those lucky enough to survive, only time will tell how long you'll last in Everwinter. Visit in Second Life Pendle Hill Welcome to Pendle Hill, a new creepy build by Lauren Bentham. Explore the dark side of Second Life at this creepy haunted island. Bring your friends and wander the misty shores and haunted house of Pendle Hill, but remember, it is not what you can see that is truly scary, it is what you can't see. Don't forget your camera, so you can take home some photo memories of your visit. Visit in Second Life These regions are made by well-known UK-based designer Lauren Bentham, whose work - with her unique style that includes delicate windlight design - includes more lighthearted fare such as beaches and other relaxation spots. For more Destination videos, check out our Destination Video channel on our official YouTube Channel. Video production courtesy of Draxtor Despres Featured in this video: Masks and avatars by Walton Wainwright
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    Pic by Elsa Antiel Some may argue that the winter holidays are the most wonderful time of the year, but in Second Life, we know how to celebrate year-round. Halloween is easily among the most popular holidays amongst the SL community, and we are so ready to have some screaming good times as the Creepy Crawl is back in all its creepiest and crawliest glory. We are looking for venues to host us as we hop from spooky spot to spooky spot for some conversation, dancing, and fun. What is the Creepy Crawl? Like a bar or pub crawl, but instead of walking from one watering hole to the next. We will teleport en masse from spot to spot and monster mash to our little avatar hearts’ delight - on Halloween! This year’s Creepy Crawl will happen on Halloween (Thursday, October 31st) from 10 am - 2 pm (SLT/PT). If you’d like to host a stop along the Creepy Crawl, own a spot that will be decked out for the holiday, and don’t mind if a parade of Residents and Lindens come through, then you might be just what the witch doctor ordered. We’re looking for spots that have entertainment (we like to dance around in our costumes!), are appropriate for general and moderate audiences, and can handle a crowd. Here’s how to submit your venue for consideration: Make sure your place is listed in the Destination Guide - here’s how to submit. Hop over to this form and fill it out before October 25th - we’ll start selecting the venues after that! Keep an eye out for an email and/or notecard after the 25th to let you know if your venue was selected. We’re excited to visit as many Halloween spots a possible - and can’t wait to have some thrillingly good times.
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    Today's Second Life pic of the day is "Dark Emperor" by TheEmperor* To submit your image for Second Life Pic of the Day consideration, login to Second Life, snap some pics and add them to the Official Second Life Flickr Group. Be sure to check us out on social: Instagram Facebook Twitter Tumblr Pinterest Plurk
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    "“I was drinking in the surroundings: air so crisp you could snap it with your fingers and greens in every lush shade imaginable offset by autumnal flashes of red and yellow.” <Read more and see more pics on the Twisted Euphoria blog>
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    "This has been a project that took me several days. Collecting numbers, recording the walks, and rerererecording reviews when i just felt like i was fumbling hard. I still feel like i didn’t do super great, but i really hope you all still like this video at least. I’ll be leaving up timestamps once i have this video out, so be patient if they’re not out right away or until in the morning. The bodies featured are: Belleza Freya, Isis, and Venus, EBody Classic and Curvy, Legacy, Maitreya Lara, Signature Alice, Slink Hourglass, Slink Physique, and Tonic Fine and Curvy." <Watch the video on Cassie Middles' YouTube channel>
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    <Click here for more on ao ([Cinoe])'s flickr>
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    Our “Made in Second Life” series continues with the first installment focusing on virtual world fashion creators - “Fashion Made in SL.” Many people who start off in Second Life as Residents find that they enjoy exploring creating virtual goods inworld. Fashion, hair, home decor, accessories, and unique items that allow the community to express itself more freely and for individual Residents to customize their avatar in ways that are not possible anywhere else. “If you are able to transport something that others can feel, then you’ve reached the goal,” says creator xxsaltandpepperxx, whose brand Salt & Pepper can be found inworld, at events, and on the marketplace. Interactive products and designs are one of the things xxsaltandpepperxx likes to focus on - such as clothing items that interact with default Second Life water or a special “water gun” and change textures to a wet look. While she admits that these are not always the kind of items she would wear, she enjoys creating them, and the flexibility that applying her degree and skills to make a living doing so in Second Life affords. It allows her to balance her work and life in a way that benefits her family. Find out more in the video below, and visit the Region inworld - there is a main store to peruse as well as horseback riding and beautiful views to explore. Salt & Pepper and The Birdcage The Birdcage is a region in a desert setting, surrounded by canyons. You can ride horses to explore the beautiful scenery, hang out, take pictures, or enjoy a shopping experience at the Salt & Pepper main store. Visit in Second Life Production Credits: Video produced by Draxtor Despres Logo designed by Marianne McCann
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    We at Linden Lab are dedicated to creating the future of virtual experiences via both our pioneering virtual world Second Life and new virtual multiverse Sansar. We also recently launched Tilia, which powers our virtual worlds’ commerce. As a company, we do things that no one else does and we aren't afraid to take on complex challenges that drive innovation and improvements on both our established and emerging virtual world platforms. That’s why we’re excited and proud to share with you the latest news about what we’re up to for both Second Life and Sansar. Today Sansar introduces new features including improved avatar editing, experience points and titles, and new core worlds. We also have first-of-their-kind partnerships with several established music and entertainment companies. Now with a rich backstory and new quests, Sansar has come a long way since it debuted in beta in 2017 and is worth a second look! As for Second Life, we continue to work hard on making substantial improvements and new additions to ensure that it stays fresh and relevant for many years to come. Here’s an update on what we’re working on: New Features & Enhancements Over the past year, we’ve shared our plans to add multiple new features and enhancements to Second Life. Our engineering and product operations teams are continuing to do the heavy work on making these and other improvements available as fast as possible. Animesh We’ve already delivered Animesh, which allows independent objects to use rigged mesh and animations. We’ve been having so much fun watching residents’ creations come to life! So far, the creator community has developed over 1,300 animated objects on the Marketplace. Bakes on Mesh Just last month, we released the official Bakes on Mesh-enabled Viewer, the last piece of the Bakes on Mesh project. To learn more about this cool new capability, watch the video below! Learn more about Bakes on Mesh in this community-created “How To” video from Novata. EEP We're also getting the Environmental Enhancement Project (EEP) Viewer into shape to promote to our default official Viewer. EEP is a series of new customizations in the environment rendering system that will allow for the creation and sharing of advanced environment settings, including up to four different sky layers which can be set independently. EEP We're also getting the Environmental Enhancement Project (EEP) Viewer into shape to promote to our default official Viewer. EEP is a series of new customizations in the environment rendering system that will allow for the creation and sharing of advanced environment settings, including up to four different sky layers which can be set independently. This video from Tao UminoB shows Second Life EEP skies deployed in the Miyazaki Region Migration to the Cloud We have been hard at work moving the services that bring you Second Life from our existing data center to cloud hosting. Our goal is to make almost all of it seem invisible to you; in general we won't announce that a service has been moved until it's been working in the cloud for a while. Some things already qualify, though: Your inventory data has been in the cloud for quite some time, and the maps website moved a little while ago. We have several more things that your viewer uses that are being tested internally now, so expect more updates in the next couple of months. We are very excited about the new product possibilities that cloud hosting will enable. More to come! There’s more in the works, too! Stay tuned for updates on when to expect the return of Last Names, availability of a new mobile app beta, changes to Premium options, improvements to Events, Search, the Destination Guide, and much more. New Linden Home Theme: Campers! Pictured: New camper-style Linden Homes. We continue to innovate and expand upon our Linden Homes offerings. Recently we debuted (and quickly sold out of) new Traditional and Houseboat styles...we’ve been making more to accommodate the incredible interest these generated, and now we’ve introduced the newest theme: CAMPERS! Clustered in central Bellisseria, the new Camper regions offer a secluded, rural environment, with more nature and parcel privacy than the previous themed locations. We’ve already seen amazing creativity in decorating and customizing these campers from our Residents. Like all Linden Homes, these are first-come, first-served, so keep checking for availability and act fast to claim yours if you see any available! New Growth & Community Initiatives Linden Lab also has several new initiatives aimed at growing awareness of Second Life through a combination of new ad campaigns, original video content programming and other growth-focused community efforts. Second Life Blogger Network Are you a Second Life blogger looking to expand your reach to a wider audience? You’ll want to consider joining the new Second Life Blogger Network (SLBN). This new initiative will promote high-quality independent blog content to the Second Life community. More details coming soon! Halloween & Community Events One of the most popular holidays in the Second Life community is Halloween - and this year we’ve got a bunch of tricks and treats that are sure to delight (or is it fright?) Second Lifers. Residents can expect a mix of new events, freebies and other spooky surprises throughout October - including a special haunted edition of the Swaginator! New Video Programming & Ad Campaigns Eagle-eyed Residents may have noticed a flurry of activity on our official YouTube channel and other social networks, which are now filled with dozens of new community-focused videos aimed at better showcasing the diversity and creativity of the Second Life community. More than 30 episodes of our weekly “Second Life Destinations” series have already debuted this year with many more to come! There’s also our ongoing “Made in Second Life” series, which goes deeper to discover the people behind the avatars including explorations on themes as varied as romance, gaming and education. Many episodes of “Made in Second Life” and “Second Life Destinations” are also trimmed down into 15- or 30-second ads. In addition, we’ve started the first of several new initiatives that involve live streaming programming about Second Life. First up is the recently announced bi-weekly talk show “Lab Gab.” (Don’t miss the next episode on Wed. at 3 p.m. SLT/Pacific). Finally, we’ve already started production on a new round of video tutorials aimed at new, intermediate and advanced Second Life Residents. Our own Strawberry Linden serves as your guide to topics such as “Getting Started,” “Shopping & Buying Linden Dollars,” and “Customizing your Avatar Shape.” Each video is also translated into multiple languages, too. Check out this playful clip to see if you can identify each language: We are so proud of how far we’ve come and we’re excited for the road ahead. As always, we appreciate all the amazing creativity found in both the Second Life and Sansar communities. Thank you for joining us on the journey! - The Linden Lab team
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