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  1. It is officially summer and Jambo, an expertly crafted African landscape, is the perfect place for a virtual safari vacation. The sounds of nature and occasional rhythmic hand drumming create an atmosphere that is both peaceful and chipper. Cracked dirt paths connect different parts of this region, such as a small village and a savanna filled with wildlife. On one end, a regal lion surveys the land from a tall rock. No need to worry though, all the animals are friendly. Jambo is a prime place for nature photography, as explorers will see everything from zebras and giraffes to a flamboyance of flamingos along the shore. The diverse terrains of the massive African continent are colorfully brought to life as you go from desert to savanna to jungle. Take in the sights by riding an elephant by yourself or with a friend! Visit Jambo! A voyage to Africa today. If your trip gets you hooked on natural beauty, feel free to travel to more of our wilderness regions. Jambo! A Voyage To Africa Jambo! A Voyage To Africa takes you to the cradle of humankind. Starting in a camp reflecting the 1920s you soon have to decide whether to cross a big, calm river with the wildlife veterinary station and a savanna lying behind or to pay a small native village a visit, close to an almost impenetrable jungle. Perfect for explorers and photographers. Safari feeling guaranteed! Visit in Second Life
  2. Happy Wednesday! We’re writing today to inform everyone that our monthly Web User Group meeting, that is usually held on the first Wednesday of the month, will be postponed today to next Wednesday, July 8th at 14:00 SLT in our usual meeting place, where we’ll be discussing our status with ongoing projects such as the cloud uplift and our near future plans for our web properties, particularly in light of the changes taking place in the world around us. As always, we’ll leave plenty of time for Q&A from the community. We look forward to seeing you there next week!
  3. The latest “Second Life Destinations” video takes viewers on a trip to Paris in Second Life. Designed by longtime SL resident Trouble Dethly Crystal, Vive La Paris was built as a special gift by the creator for his girlfriend in Argentina. “Whether it is her favorite song posters adorning the walls of the music store, the outdoor gallery of some my favorite images by her, to the cheese and flower shop and everything in between, the region is my love letter to her,” says Dethly. Highlights of the region featured in the video include the Eiffel Tower, shops, cafes, and an outdoor exhibit of Second Life photography. “Initially, the region was only meant to be rented for two weeks like the other date experiences I have taken her on, where I would hire a couple of live singers for a private show...This time I even had a friend roleplay as a waitress so we could experience a full-service dinner. It was after this date that Ara and I decided to keep the region to share with others to explore, to use as a backdrop for their photographs, or even take their partner or friends for a full-service roleplay dinner.” Vive La Paris is only one of several vacation destinations you can explore in Second Life. Take a look at this recent list of seven of our favorite virtual travel hot spots worth exploring from the comfort of home. Vive La Paris Each footstep tread softly upon its cobblestone streets, echoes in my thoughts of you. There is such beauty and depth found in the richness of its history and culture. Its withstood so much yet it endures, still breathtaking and strong. You remind me of Paris. Visit in Second Life CREDITS: Video Production: Draxtor Despres
  4. As we announced last week, ten last names have officially been retired and are no longer available for purchase. Today, we are pleased to announce the names replacing them, available as an option for purchase now: Vortex Fluffpaw Sassypants Amethyst Bloodrose Aurelia Starlight Additionally, three names are being made available for purchase in honor of Second Life’s 17th Birthday theme: Wayfarer Rover Wanderer These three names will be retired in the next round of updates, so if you’re interested, be sure to grab them while they’re available! We will continue to make additional updates to the available last name pool, so if these options aren’t for you, stay tuned for future updates.
  5. The latest “Second Life Destinations” video explores the new community event Pride Festival SL, which runs from June 24-28. Dimitri Cloud (Juicy Mango in SL), who co-founded and manages the event with Eva Artemisia, organized the event as a way to bring the community together during the pandemic. “We went through this pandemic worldwide, and we think that more than ever, Second Life is a safe hub, a safe place,” he says. The theme for Pride Festival 2020 is “We are fire!” Fire can be sublime and life-sustaining, a powerful energy that provides warmth and light. The colorful stages pop with energy against the desert backdrop, and so will your outfit! The organizers feel that it is so important to remind each other we are not alone during times like these, and we couldn't agree more. The event will feature parties with live DJs and music, shopping, gifts, and more. Check out the official Facebook page for instructions on how to join the contests and raffles. There will also be a fashion show art gallery. Not to be overlooked is the wide aisle leading to the center of the stage, which is emblazoned with the words "Black Lives Matter," perhaps inspired by the street mural in Washington DC. This event will also feature workshops highlighting the needs for mental and physical wellbeing that marginalized communities don’t always have access to. Please visit their website for more information and visit the event inworld. We hope to see you there! Pride Festival SL The Pride Festival 2020 edition in SL will run from June 24th to 28th. The theme is "We are fire!" There will be parties, DJs, live music, contests, shopping, and more! To participate and for more information, visit: pridefestivalsl.wordpress.com. Visit in Second Life VIDEO PRODUCTION CREDITS: Video produced by Draxtor Despres PRIDE SL TEAM CREDITS: Founder: Eva Artemesia Manager: Dimitri Cloud Music Manager (European time) & Art Manager: Emerald Heartsong Model Manager: LillyoftheVeil Judge Manager: Clio Anatine Event Manager: Audrey Guter Event Manager: Dreamsphere Zeimer Vlogger: Any Bergan Photographer: Andybowie Social Media Manager and Crashed Club Day Manager: Claudia Panthar Music Manager: Xenia Stoop Fashion Show Director & Security: Willilicious Georgette Security: Tetsuo88
  6. This year’s theme for our SL17B celebrations is “vacations and road trips” - and, in this spirit, we are pleased to debut today a five-part mini-series dedicated to the unique history, culture and communities surrounding one of the most popular modes of travel in our virtual world - railroads in Second Life. Our virtual journalist Draxtor Despres recently took a ride on the rails of SL to travel across miles of virtual railroad tracks spanning across the grid. Along the way, he makes multiple stops to meet a wide variety of colorful characters and creative communities. In episode one, Hrdtop75 Deluxe of the Virtual Railroad Consortium joins Drax for a look back at the origins and history of the Second Life Railroad (SLRR) system which originated in 2003 within the northwest part of the Sansara continent before eventually expanding to more than 80 regions including the Heterocera (or Atoll continent). Episode two focuses on the Bay City Short Line and trolley developed under the guidance of SLRR co-founder Athos Murphy (formerly known as Michael Linden). In episode three, both Drax and Hrdtop75 explore the ONSR (Okemo Nakiska & Southern Railway), located in the snowland regions of the Sansara continent. The ONSR spans across 13 regions and serves 10 stations for a roundtrip averaging about 22 minutes. Episode four highlights the communities surrounding the ZZR (Zany Zen Railway), which was built by Zen Swords-Galway. As you travel the ZZR, you’ll discover a variety of quirky communities and unique attractions including the small Welsh seaside town Little Coverston. The series concludes in episode five featuring an interview with VP of Product Operations Patch Linden, who discusses the important role of railways within the expansive infrastructure of the massive Bellisseria continents (where thousands of Residents reside within Linden Homes). Drax will be joined by many of the interview subjects featured in the series during a special SL17B Q&A and screening event held inworld June 23 at noon SLT. You can also watch the event live or archived on YouTube. CREDITS: Video Production: Draxtor Despres Narration & Research: Hardtop75 Deluxe Sets & logo: Marianne McCann Special thanks to Patch Linden, Squeaky Mole and Joshu Philgarlic Trains used made by Hardtop75 Deluxe, Zen Swords-Galway, Atomic Infinity and Brit Balogh
  7. Second Life’s 17th Birthday celebrations continue this week with more fun and events, including an opportunity to meet the people behind Second Life. Here’s your chance to learn more about future plans for Second Life and other behind-the-scenes information via a series of special Town Hall Q&A events at SL17B hosted by beloved community member and Prim Perfect owner Saffia Widdershins. For each event, you can join inworld or watch via live video on many of our social channels, such as YouTube, Facebook, or Persicope. Do you have a question that you would like to submit in advance? Please submit your questions via the submission form on Saffia's blog. It all begins today at 2 p.m. with an opportunity to meet Linden Lab CEO Ebbe Altberg, who will be discussing a variety of topics including the impact of the pandemic on operations and what to expect in the future for Second Life. ABOUT EBBE LINDEN CEO, Linden Lab Ebbe Altberg came to Linden Lab with more than 25 years of experience leading teams and creating software used by hundreds of millions of users. After graduating from Middlebury College he went on to work at Microsoft, where he spent most of his 12 years leading teams that created the world’s most popular productivity products such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Office. Meet the Lindens - Ebbe Linden Meet Linden Lab CEO Ebbe Linden on June 22 at 2 p.m. (Pacific). Ebbe has more than 25 years of experience leading teams and creating software used by hundreds of millions of users. Learn about his vision for Second Life at this special event. Visit in Second Life On Tuesday, don’t miss a Q&A with VP of Product Operations Patch Linden. Here’s your chance to learn more about the future of Linden Homes and other timely topics. ABOUT PATCH LINDEN VP, Product Operations A Resident since 2004, Patch was born into Second Life in September of 2007. As the VP of Product Operations, he works to bring the best of product and support based decisions on a daily operational basis to the virtual world platform for Second Life, while maintaining oversight on how all of the various teams within Linden Lab can best work together for the highest good of the Residents and the business. Meet the Lindens - Patch Linden Meet Linden Lab VP of Product Operations Patch Linden on June 23 at 2 p.m. (Pacific). Patch works to bring the best of product and support based decisions on a daily operational basis to the virtual world platform for Second Life, while maintaining oversight on how all of the various teams within Linden Lab can best work together for the highest good of the Residents and the business. Visit in Second Life On Wednesday, our Town Hall spotlight focuses on VP of SL Engineering Oz Linden. Oz will discuss a variety of topics about Second Life including a progress report on the migration to the cloud, the development of a new mobile companion application, and much more. ABOUT OZ LINDEN VP, Second Life Engineering Prior to joining Second Life, Oz spent many years developing all sorts of networking code -- eventually including contributions to the development of HTTP and from there to open source SIP (voice over IP). Internet Telephony turned into something of a corporate nightmare, so he looked around for something more fun. A friend who was working at the Lab recruited Oz to help with the open-source program. Since he had already played a little with Second Life, he thought that it certainly met the "fun" criteria but he had no idea just how much fun. Nine years later, Oz is responsible for Second Life Engineering and having the time of his life. He is proud to be working on a product that means so much to so many people. Meet the Lindens - Oz Linden Meet Linden Lab VP of Engineering Oz Linden on June 24 at 2 p.m. (Pacific). Oz is responsible for Second Life Engineering and is proud to be working on a product that means so much to so many people. Visit in Second Life On Thursday, you won’t want to miss your chance to hear directly from the entire Marketing team, including Brett, Strawberry, Darcy, Maveric, and Tara Linden. The team will be discussing everything from recent campaigns to future acquisition and branding initiatives. ABOUT THE SECOND LIFE MARKETING TEAM The Second Life Marketing team consists of Brett, Darcy, Strawberry, Maveric, and Tara Linden. Together they focus on both the acquisition of new users and the retention of existing users for Second Life. The team uses both paid and non-paid tactics to promote Linden Lab and its products across both traditional and digital media outlets. The team includes industry veterans and experts in advertising, public relations, editorial, e-commerce, web analytics, SEO/SMM/SEM, and social media community management. Meet the Lindens - Marketing Team Meet the Linden Lab Marketing Team on June 25 at 2 p.m. (Pacific). The Marketing team consists of Brett, Darcy, Strawberry, Maveric, and Tara Linden. Together they focus on both the acquisition of new users and the retention of existing users for Second Life. Visit in Second Life On Friday, Patch Linden returns with the Moles! ABOUT THE MOLES The Moles are builders, scripters, and content creators employed by Linden Lab to work in the Linden Department of Public Works. Meet the Moles Meet the Moles on Friday, June 26th at 2 p.m. (Pacific). The Moles are builders, scripters, and content creators employed by Linden Lab to work in the Linden Department of Public Works. Visit in Second Life These events are among the many happenings this week on the SL17B regions. Check out the Destination Guide and our full events calendar on our SL17B landing page to see what else is happening!
  8. SL17B is now officially open! Second Life is celebrating its 17th birthday with our biggest celebration ever -- this year we have over 20 regions filled with parties, live music, deejay performances, and special events. We'll be live streaming the opening ceremony today at 11 a.m. (SLT) and many community members are already starting to share their SL17B explorations on YouTube. We also encourage you to share snapshots of your favorite spots on our official SL17B Second Life Birthday Celebration group on Flickr. There's also a great pocket guide to the celebrations recently published on Inara Pey’s informative Living in A Modem World blog. Here’s the rundown of some highlights from this year’s celebration, which runs through July 12: SL17B Destination Guide & Over 170 Community Exhibits! At the heart of SL17B are over 170 exhibits that showcase a wide range of creativity across the many diverse communities in Second Life. Expect the unexpected as you explore and discover how each exhibit offers its own interpretation of this year’s theme “vacations and road trips.” To get started, check out the Community Experiences category in our dedicated SL17B Destination Guide. In addition to the community builds, there are several birthday events happening all over Second Life. Our Destination Guide also features an SL17B Featured Events category chock-full of places that are celebrating with us - make a point to join your fellow Residents in the festivities. Shop & Hop - 200 Merchants Across 10 Regions This year’s Shop & Hop event is our biggest ever -- with more merchants, more regions, and more gifts than in any previous year! The event features a record-breaking 200 participating merchants across 10 regions. In addition to deep discounts and deals, there are also exclusive and completely new gifts available for free at many shops. There’s something for everyone this year -- you’ll find a broader range of items than in the past including home and garden, breedable pets, and many miscellaneous items and toys that range from fun to obscure. Whether you are into fashion or roleplaying, you’ll find items across a variety of themes including fantasy, cyberpunk, historic and more. A full list of participating Merchants is available on the blog. Music Fest - Two Days of Live Performances By Top SL Musicians Many of the top performers in Second Life have come together to perform live at the SL17B Music Fest, a special two-day music event held June 19-20 at the SL17B Live Stage. Here’s your chance to celebrate Second Life’s 17th Birthday while experiencing some fantastic talent that you won’t want to miss. The full line up is available on our blog. SL17B Music Fest Many of the top performers in Second Life have come together to perform live at this special two-day music event, held June 19-20 at the SL17B Live Stage. Here’s your chance to celebrate Second Life’s 17th Birthday while experiencing some fantastic talent that you won’t want to miss. For full Music Fest schedule, visit: community.secondlife.com/blogs/entry/4870-sl17b-music-fest-lineup-schedule Visit in Second Life Meet the Lindens Learn more about the people behind Second Life at our annual series of Meet the Lindens Town Hall events, held daily at 2 p.m. SLT on June 22-26. Participants this year include Ebbe Linden (June 22), Patch Linden (June 23), Oz Linden (June 24), and the Linden Lab Marketing Team (June 25). You also get the chance to meet the Moles (June 26). Meet the Lindens Meet the people behind Second Life. Here’s your chance to learn more about future plans for Second Life directly from executives via a series of special Town Hall Q&A events at SL17B. Participants include Ebbe Linden (June 22), Patch Linden (June 23), Oz Linden (June 24), and the Linden Lab Marketing Team (June 25). You also get the chance to meet the Moles (June 26). All events at 2 p.m. (Pacific). Visit in Second Life Free SL17B Gifts & Swaginator Hunt Who doesn’t want free swag? Pick up your free Swaginator HUD to seek and find unique gifts scattered across the SL17B regions. There’s also a bunch of goodies to grab at the SL17B Gifting Area -- and don’t forget to explore the many shops in the Shop & Hop event as many also are giving away free items. SL17B Swaginator Gift Hunt Happy SL17B! Pick up several cool gifts through the Swaginator HUD. Can you find them all? Runs from June 19th to July 12th, 2020! Visit in Second Life Full Event Calendar You’ll also want to catch the many DJ performances and other special events. To keep on top of what is happening each day, visit the full SL17B event calendar or our SL17B Landing Page. We are so excited about celebrating with you - and look forward to more great Second Life Birthdays!
  9. The SL17B Shop & Hop is almost here -- and this year it is bigger than ever! The event opens Friday, June 19 at 9 a.m. SLT with more merchants, more regions, and more free gifts than ever! This year, you’ll find a record-breaking 200 participating merchants across 10 regions. In addition to deep discounts and deals, there are also exclusive and completely new gifts available for free at many shops. There’s something for everyone this year -- you’ll find a broader range of items than in the past including home and garden, breedable pets, and many miscellaneous items and toys that range from fun to obscure. Whether you are into fashion or roleplaying, you’ll find items across a variety of themes including fantasy, cyberpunk, historic and more. We can’t wait until it formally opens to the public on Friday - but who wants to wait when you get early access! If you are ready to shop now, join the official Second Life Birthday group inworld and you’ll be granted access before the general public. Before you jump inworld, you can get a sneak peek at many of the items that will be available in the official Second Life Shop & Hop Flickr pool. Don’t forget to share photos of your haul and SL17B explorations in the Second Life Birthday Celebration Flickr group, too. To visit the SL17B Shop & Hop event - start at any one of the Regions - but be sure to visit them all to see everything that's available. A complete list of participating Merchants is below*! AURELIAN REGION STORE NAME STORE LOCATION .: Runic :. https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Aurelian/99/23/53 [ keke ] https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Aurelian/60/100/53 [Krescendo] https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Aurelian/100/200/53 {Limerence} https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Aurelian/23/159/53 #ADORED & VICE X #ADORED https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Aurelian/88/164/53 Addams https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Aurelian/165/93/53 Bauhaus https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Aurelian/228/158/53 Birth https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Aurelian/167/168/53 ChicChica https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Aurelian/161/233/53 Dahlia https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Aurelian/202/101/53 Fantavatar & Moonstruck https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Aurelian/99/51/53 Foxy https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Aurelian/197/158/53 Harshlands https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Aurelian/158/26/53 Juna Artistic Tattoo https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Aurelian/229/102/53 K&S https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Aurelian/54/161/53 Lilith's Den https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Aurelian/155/60/53 LOVE SUPERSTORE https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Aurelian/99/228/53 MIWAS https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Aurelian/158/203/53 pixicat https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Aurelian/92/89/53 Spyralle https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Aurelian/28/99/53 FROSTED REGION STORE NAME STORE LOCATION .EscalateD. https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Frosted/99/51/53 {le fil cassé} https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Frosted/165/93/53 Ashbourne & Co. Fine Jewellers https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Frosted/100/200/53 Avi-Glam https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Frosted/88/164/53 Blossom&Seeds https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Frosted/54/161/53 Devinz Designz https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Frosted/158/26/53 Dragon Magick Wares https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Frosted/23/159/53 e.marie https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Frosted/167/168/53 Enchante' https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Frosted/99/228/53 Entice https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Frosted/161/233/53 Eudora3D https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Frosted/158/203/53 Faida https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Frosted/60/100/53 Fallen Gods Inc. https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Frosted/92/89/53 Fourth Wall https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Frosted/202/101/53 Gabrielle Hamelin https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Frosted/228/158/53 Infinite Furniture https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Frosted/99/23/53 reBourne prefabs https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Frosted/229/102/53 Stories&Co. https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Frosted/197/158/53 unstable. https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Frosted/28/99/53 VENGE https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Frosted/155/60/53 GILDED REGION STORE NAME STORE LOCATION . Hanzel . https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gilded/100/200/53 [Sheba] https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gilded/54/161/53 adorsy https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gilded/88/164/53 alaskametro<3 https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gilded/158/26/53 Astara https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gilded/99/228/53 Baiastice https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gilded/99/51/53 Chop Zuey https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gilded/228/158/53 Dark Passions https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gilded/158/203/53 Dead Dollz https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gilded/92/89/53 Kunglers https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gilded/165/93/53 Mangula https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gilded/54/161/53 Mossu https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gilded/155/60/53 ND/MD https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gilded/99/23/53 Sweet Art & Lyrium https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gilded/202/101/53 Pink Cream Pie https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gilded/28/99/53 PULSE https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gilded/60/100/53 Silvan Moon Designs https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gilded/197/158/53 Stargazer https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gilded/229/102/53 Sweet Thing https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gilded/161/233/53 Valentina E. https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gilded/167/168/53 WINGSDG https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gilded/23/159/53 GLEAMING REGION STORE NAME STORE LOCATION :::boyberry::: https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gleaming/229/102/53 .::WoW Skins::. https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gleaming/100/200/53 [satus Inc] https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gleaming/54/161/53 Alantori https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gleaming/202/101/53 DaD - Virtual Living https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gleaming/161/233/53 etham https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gleaming/60/100/53 Lapointe & Bastchild https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gleaming/167/168/53 Myth https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gleaming/99/228/53 Petrichor/Plastik https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gleaming/88/164/53 REINVENT https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gleaming/165/93/53 RNK https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gleaming/99/51/53 ROZOREGALIA https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gleaming/92/89/53 Sahi Designs https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gleaming/28/99/53 Salt & Pepper https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gleaming/23/159/53 Simply Shelby https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gleaming/158/203/53 Sintiklia https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gleaming/228/158/53 Slink https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gleaming/197/158/53 Son!a-Edge https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gleaming/158/26/53 spectacledchic https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gleaming/99/23/53 Supernatural https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gleaming/155/60/53 GOLDEN REGION STORE NAME STORE LOCATION .Tardfish. https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Golden/99/23/53 *Elite Equestrian* https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Golden/100/200/53 *paper moon* https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Golden/202/101/53 /studioDire/ https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Golden/197/158/53 3rd Eye Perceptions https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Golden/155/60/53 Digital Farm System (DFS) https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Golden/161/233/53 FlyingArts https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Golden/60/100/53 HILTED https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Golden/167/168/53 Jinx https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Golden/88/164/53 L'Etre&DOUX https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Golden/28/99/53 Mini A Chuu https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Golden/228/158/53 Moon Rabbit https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Golden/99/228/53 Polenth's Mushporium https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Golden/99/51/53 REVOUL https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Golden/54/161/53 Rumah Kita https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Golden/158/26/53 Schadenfreude https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Golden/92/89/53 solares https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Golden/158/203/53 spoiled https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Golden/229/102/53 Wilds of Organica https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Golden/23/159/53 WK - Wild Kajaera https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Golden/165/93/53 HALCYON REGION STORE NAME STORE LOCATION {CdB} Casa de Bebe https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Halcyon/100/200/53 A N E https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Halcyon/92/89/53 ACORN https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Halcyon/155/60/53 anxiety https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Halcyon/161/233/53 Aphrodite Shop https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Halcyon/54/161/53 Bella Moda & Zed for MEN https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Halcyon/158/26/53 Blueberry https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Halcyon/167/168/53 Bonbon https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Halcyon/228/158/53 BONDI https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Halcyon/28/99/53 Bowers House Designs https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Halcyon/158/203/53 Glam Affair https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Halcyon/165/93/53 Love https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Halcyon/229/102/53 Luane's World https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Halcyon/202/101/53 lunar https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Halcyon/99/23/53 MALified https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Halcyon/99/51/53 Mandilena Gestures https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Halcyon/60/100/53 MUSU https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Halcyon/197/158/53 PIXEL BOX DESIGN https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Halcyon/23/159/53 Tableau Vivant https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Halcyon/88/164/53 Tentacio https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Halcyon/99/228/53 JUBILANT REGION STORE NAME STORE LOCATION . Infiniti . https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Jubilant/155/60/53 [ Aleutia ] https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Jubilant/28/99/53 [C8] https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Jubilant/100/200/53 [CIRCA] Living https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Jubilant/23/159/53 * SK * ( Sweet Kajira ) https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Jubilant/99/23/53 ATTIC https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Jubilant/99/228/53 Body Language Sweet Lovely Cute https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Jubilant/165/93/53 Bumblebee https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Jubilant/202/101/53 ChiC buildings https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Jubilant/54/161/53 Crowded Room https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Jubilant/158/203/53 FaceDesk Creative Creations https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Jubilant/197/158/53 FOXCITY https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Jubilant/167/168/53 Ingenue https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Jubilant/229/102/53 Inner Demons https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Jubilant/99/51/53 Laminak https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Jubilant/60/100/53 Miss Chelsea https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Jubilant/161/233/53 Paragon Dance Animations https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Jubilant/88/164/53 SEmotion https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Jubilant/92/89/53 TIS https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Jubilant/228/158/53 VOZ https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Jubilant/158/26/53 SNOWFLAKE REGION STORE NAME STORE LOCATION [sau]motorcycles https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Snowflake/99/51/53 {ViSion} https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Snowflake/158/203/53 A&D Clothing https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Snowflake/28/99/53 AlaFolie https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Snowflake/161/233/53 ALMA Makeup https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Snowflake/23/159/53 CHEZ MOI FURNITURES https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Snowflake/229/102/53 ChiMia https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Snowflake/167/168/53 Fancy Decor https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Snowflake/165/93/53 LYBRA https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Snowflake/158/26/53 MINIMAL https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Snowflake/54/161/53 Narcisse https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Snowflake/202/101/53 Native Urban https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Snowflake/155/60/53 NeverWish https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Snowflake/99/228/53 OA-MEO https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Snowflake/60/100/53 PinkRayne https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Snowflake/100/200/53 Rainbow Sundae https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Snowflake/228/158/53 Rebel Pill https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Snowflake/197/158/53 Safira https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Snowflake/99/23/53 Sway's https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Snowflake/92/89/53 Trompe Loeil https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Snowflake/88/164/53 SUGARPLUM REGION STORE NAME STORE LOCATION .peaches. https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sugarplum/28/99/53 [^.^Ayashi^.^] https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sugarplum/60/100/53 *Epic* https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sugarplum/99/228/53 1313 Mockingbird Lane https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sugarplum/23/159/53 Avanti https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sugarplum/23/159/53 Belle Epoque https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sugarplum/158/203/53 Candy Kitten https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sugarplum/228/158/53 Cube Republic https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sugarplum/165/93/53 Fantasy China https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sugarplum/99/51/53 GenesisLab https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sugarplum/229/102/53 Ghoul 喰種 https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sugarplum/202/101/53 Hayabusa Design https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sugarplum/167/168/53 Holli Pocket https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sugarplum/99/23/53 lassitude & ennui https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sugarplum/100/200/53 MADRAS https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sugarplum/92/89/53 Modulus https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sugarplum/155/60/53 Secrets of Gaia https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sugarplum/161/233/53 Stardust https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sugarplum/197/158/53 The Stringer Mausoleum https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sugarplum/158/26/53 What Next https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sugarplum/88/164/53 TINSELED REGION STORE NAME STORE LOCATION :UNA: https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Tinseled/54/161/53 .:Tm:.Creation https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Tinseled/100/200/53 ~Mythril~ https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Tinseled/60/100/53 Ade https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Tinseled/165/93/53 Astralia https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Tinseled/167/168/53 Boudoir https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Tinseled/88/164/53 CELESTE https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Tinseled/158/26/53 Dope+Mercy https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Tinseled/161/233/53 JUSTICE https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Tinseled/228/158/53 keikumu https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Tinseled/155/60/53 Lemon Chilliz https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Tinseled/229/102/53 Petit Chat https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Tinseled/23/159/53 Spargel & Shine Homes https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Tinseled/99/228/53 Tachinni Clothing https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Tinseled/99/51/53 Teegle https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Tinseled/92/89/53 The Annex https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Tinseled/158/203/53 Umi Surf and Snow https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Tinseled/28/99/53 United Colors https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Tinseled/197/158/53 Vanity Hair https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Tinseled/99/23/53 VARONIS https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Tinseled/202/101/53 *Merchant list is subject to change.
  10. Looking for a full calendar of SL17B events? Here it is! Keep checking this page for updates to the calendar. Here you'll find the specifics on live deejay events, Music Fest performances, and more! Also, don't miss our complete SL17B preview of community exhibits in the Destination Guide. If you have an SL17B-related event or exhibit that isn't listed, please submit it via the Destination Guide submission form or contact us at editor@lindenlab.com. Do you use Google Calendar? If so, you can also add this Birthday Calendar directly to your own calendar by clicking here.
  11. We have been very pleased to see the response to the return of last names back in April. The response thus far has been mostly positive, with some residents opting to wait for names that feel more personal to them. Much as we did with the original legacy surnames, we plan to update and change the available last names regularly. That way, a good variety of first and last name combinations are available at any given moment. We are taking a number of factors into consideration on making the decision about when to change up the names, most importantly how popular, or unpopular, a name is. Today, we are announcing the retirement of some of the last names from the first round. Effective Thursday, June 25 the following names will no longer be available for purchase: Alpaca Covfefe Damballar Float Jazzhands Mainsail Nimble Piggins Plumday Yeetly All residents that have purchased name changes using these last names will retain ownership of the name, but no more additional purchases of these names will be available. If you wish to claim one of these last names for yourself, now is your last chance! Be sure to do so no later than Wednesday, June 24th, as the names will no longer be available for purchase. Simultaneously, ten new last name options will be made available for purchase. These new names will be announced upon release, so stay tuned!
  12. When it comes to Summer 2020, smooth sailing might not be the first phrase to come to mind. However, with Summer Sailstice coming up, we have a virtual event to help turn this ship around. Second Sailstice, the annual worldwide celebration of sailing, will take place in Second Life the week of June 13th-20th and just might be the largest virtual sailing event to date! SL resident Dale Irata [David Bloch in RL] originally came up with the idea, and it has grown immensely due to the abundance of creative energy among SL residents as well as his belief that “There are no limits on us here.” The real world Summer Sailstice always takes place on the Saturday closest to the Northern Hemisphere Summer Solstice, but there is also a weeklong Nautical Exposition with events and live performances. Summer Sailstice in SL is an official Sailstice event and has been featured in their promotional channels to the RL sailing community. This is of particular importance this year, since many people do not have the ability to attend in person due to coronavirus restrictions. All experience levels of virtual sailors are encouraged to participate. For any newbies feeling shy or hesitant, the Second Sailstice Novice Regatta competition is even offering free boats. This year’s event will also feature a “Sails and Tails” party, and the mer community will be making appearances in the water and around the boats. There will be races, cruises, boat shows, and parties. Click here for more information on sailing in Second Life. If you’d like to practice stretching your avatar’s sea legs, take a peek at the Sailing & Boating regions in the Destination Guide. Come check out the events and #raiseyoursail! Summer Sailstice in Second Life Summer Sailstice is the annual celebration of sailing that happens every year on the Saturday closest to the summer solstice; this is their 20th year! The idea is simply to get as many people around the world out on a sailboat on the same day. In 2020, because of the pandemic, it is safer to move to virtual sailing! Summer Sailstice in SL is officially registered as a Summer Sailstice Event. If you’re already a sailor in SL, visit this location to find out how you can register and join the inworld group to participate in this event on June 20th. For more information, visit: sailvirtual.com Visit in Second Life CREDITS: Video Production: Draxtor Despres
  13. Are you ready for this year’s SL17B Music Fest? Many of the top performers in Second Life have come together to perform live at this special two-day music event, held June 19-20 at the SL17B Live Stage. Here’s your chance to celebrate Second Life’s 17th Birthday while experiencing some fantastic talent that you won’t want to miss. Here is this year’s lineup… TIME June 19 June 20 9:00 AM Oblee (Obeloinkment Wrigglesworth) 10:00 AM F L Y (Flyqueen) 11:00 AM Patch Linden (Opening Ceremony) Sҽlι Bʅαƈƙɱorҽ (Illdoran Nightfire) 12:00 PM Mankind Tracer (Seth Regan) Shagpile Spyker 1:00 PM ll ƜIƝƬƐɌ ll Mimi Carpenter 2:00 PM Nina Setner Rogue Galaxy 3:00 PM Joaquin Gustav Effinjay (Jaycatt Nico & Frogg Marlow) 4:00 PM Marqs DeSade Melly Faith (MellyFaith Heartsong) 5:00 PM SaraMarie Philly Dude 6:00 PM Edward Kyomoon (Donn DeVore) Gabriel da Silva Namir (Gabryel Nyoki) 7:00 PM Agatha (Agatha Nowles) Skye Galaxy 8:00 PM Erin Frog & Satin Galli 9:00 PM rч αnnє (Oxoryanneoxo) In addition to Music Fest, SL17B will be packed with plenty of other events you won't want to miss! Check out our Birthday Events calendar below to stay up-to-date on SL17B highlights. We'll be adding more updates to this calendar in the next few days - so keep checking back! Do you use Google Calendar? If so, you can also add the Birthday Calendar directly to your own calendar by clicking here. In the next few days, we'll also debut a dedicated Destination Guide category with many event and exhibit highlights from SL17B. Look for it to appear later this week.
  14. As a follow up to Linden Lab’s statement in support of Black Lives Matter, this week’s “Second Life Destinations” video takes a closer look at some of the people, events and experiences bringing attention to Black lives in both the physical and virtual world. Featured in the video (in order of appearance) are Dondallia, founder of The Black Excellence Project Barb, co-organizer of Stand for Justice Aemeth (a.k.a. Cake), co-blogger at Juicybomb Jack, co-organizer of Stand for Justice As mentioned on the Stand for Justice website, there are several events and projects currently underway that are worth a visit, including the We Will Be Heard - Black Lives Awareness Event (scheduled for July 4-11), the ongoing art build Walls of Freedom and the aforementioned Stand for Justice event and The Black Excellence Project. There’s also the ongoing exhibits at the Virtual Black History Museum. CREDITS: Video Production: Draxtor Despres Stand for Justice - In Support of Black Lives Stand for Justice is a fundraising effort within the virtual world Second Life dedicated to raising funds for Black Lives Matter, Black Visions Collective, Campaign Zero, the National Police Accountability Project, and a Split Bail Fund benefitting 38+ bail funds nationwide. Visit in Second Life Walls of Freedom Walls of Freedom is based on the book of the same name portraying the first three years of the Egyptian revolution that began on January 25, 2011, told through striking images of art that transformed Egypt's walls into a visual testimony of bravery and resistance. This is an ongoing build where fiction meets nonfiction or is it where nonfiction meets fiction? This platform is all about art, politics, and religion! Visit in Second Life Virtual Black History Museum The Virtual Black History Museum invites everyone to explore the timeline of African-American history from the heartaches to the victories in a park-like and welcoming environment. Visit in Second Life
  15. Like many of you, we are feeling a combination of horror and outrage over the history of racism against Black lives. What we continue to witness is deeply disturbing and demanding of immediate social change. The killing of George Floyd seen on video around the world is only one in a long and unacceptable series of violent and racist attacks and discriminatory behavior directed against people of color. We stand in solidarity with Black Lives Matter, all victims of systemic oppression and violence, and with Black communities across the U.S., the globe, and the virtual world in condemning racism and any and all actions that promote division. Our mission at Second Life has always been to help build a better world, and in support of Black Lives Matter, we will be donating $10,000 each to three charities that are active in helping to fight oppression and injustice including the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). How can you help? This weekend, you can participate in the Stand for Justice fundraising effort dedicated to raising funds for Black Lives Matter, Black Visions Collective, Campaign Zero, the National Police Accountability Project, and a Split Bail Fund benefiting 38+ bail funds nationwide. We also highly encourage you to sign petitions, text, call, or donate to show your support, acceptance, tolerance, inclusion, and equal opportunity for all. Now is the time for us to come together as a community and to stand up for what is right, just, and decent. We hope that you will stand with us in our fight for a better world and in recognition that Black Lives Matter today and every day. - The Linden Lab Team CREDITS: Photos: Hoseok Yun (top left), Prophet (top right), Janet Voxel (bottom left), and Nico Sorbet (bottom right)
  16. This week’s “Second Life Destinations” video explores “The Empire of Dreaming Books,” an elaborate region that features a vast system of tunnels and catacombs worth getting lost in. If you venture far enough, you’ll also encounter the largest bookcase that you will find in any world - virtual or otherwise. Inspiration for the project comes from a passion for the Zamonia series of books by German author Walter Moers, according to Num Bing who co-created the elaborate region with her boyfriend Clifton Howlet. “There are books everywhere,” says Bing. “There’s no electricity. It’s [filled with] candle lights [and] all kinds of little book shops, restaurants [and] little houses...Outside the little city, we have added all the pretty little things that you like for kind of quiet serene moments. There’s a small stream, a garden, and trees.” The ambitious project represents the first Second Life region created by the duo. “Our visitors and all of their positive feedback have surprised and humbled us, and we are both very excited to see how much our creation is being enjoyed,” says Bing. To learn more, watch the video or explore it inworld. The Empire of Dreaming Books Welcome to the Empire of Dreaming Books! Wander here in the city of Buchhaim, or explore the vast system of catacombs. Created in honor of an amazing Zamonia book series by Walter Moers, with the biggest system of catacombs and tunnels in Second Life. Share your photos in the Flickr Group: flickr.com/groups/-friendsofzamonia- Visit in Second Life CREDITS: Video Production: Draxtor Despres
  17. This week’s “Second Life Destinations” video explores the towering Skyscrapers immersive architectural project by Gem Preiz. Once you arrive, you’ll have the option of taking a guided tour that allows you to take a magical flight through this futuristic megacity via tiny vehicles or simply flying around. According to the notecard provided in the welcome area, the city was built at 1/10 scale and uses a combination of techniques to give visitors the illusion of a massive city despite the fact that it is built on a single region. “About 11,000 prims, 500 constructions of more than 100 different designs, 6 transport lines of 20 km in total (at scale), 6 bridges; diversity and excess that evoke but do not equal that of the megacities of our time,” says Preiz in the welcome message that greets visitors. “I hope that you will take as much pleasure in visiting this city as I had to build it during the 6 months of its realization.” If you enjoy this creation, you’ll want to also explore the many other ambitious projects by Preiz - just look for the teleports in the Skyscrapers region. Skyscrapers Skyscrapers is a magical flight through a futuristic megacity. As this city is built at 1/10 scale, you become invisible for the visit, and you are provided with an "Invisible Avatar" in the welcome hall. You transport down to the city and hop on the Guided Tour (in 10 languages). Skyscrapers provides the illusion of a city of 2.56 km side that you fly around in – or about 100 normal regions! Visit in Second Life CREDITS: Video Production: Draxtor Despres
  18. Today we’re rolling out a new logo for Second Life. Second Life has seen a surge of interest from people new to SL, longstanding residents, and groups and businesses seeking a uniquely interactive place for gatherings and special events. With this renewed attention we decided it was time to update a key part of how we tell the world what SL is all about. Second Life is still going strong, with a devoted and energetic resident community, and we want everyone to know that. The old logo has served us well but no longer projects our vision for SL as we move into this next decade. The new logo uses clearer, bolder type to communicate our optimism and confidence in what the future holds for SL. We retired the soft green color in favor of bright blue to reflect the boundless energy of our residents, who create amazing content and experiences. When it comes to what you can do with SL, the (blue) sky’s the limit! Second Life is a big product. In addition to the Viewer, there are hundreds of web pages, and the old logo is on all of them. We don’t want to distract our teams from the important projects our community knows we’re working hard on. So you will see a mix of new and old logos for a while as teams find time to make updates. We’re all excited to use the new logo and we hope you like it. -- The Second Life team
  19. Beginning on Tuesday, May 26th, we will be adding the Value Added Tax mandated by the governments of Norway and Australia (known there as the Goods and Services Tax, or GST) to services and products sold by Linden Lab to residents of those countries. You can read more about our implementation of these types of Value Added Tax here. If you are or represent a registered exempt business, you can find instructions for entering that information here. Most other questions you might have about VAT should be answered in our FAQ here. If none of these resources have the information you’re looking for, please do not hesitate to contact our billing support team utilizing the options available to you at the Second Life support portal.
  20. To comply with financial regulations, we’re making an important change to how US Dollar transactions are processed in Second Life. Beginning May 26, 2020, when you make a US Dollar payment or add a new payment method in Second Life, your transaction will be handled through Tilia Inc. What is Tilia Inc. and Tilia Pay? Tilia Pay is a product of Tilia Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Linden Lab. Tilia Inc. is a licensed money transmitter in all U.S. states and territories that regulate such activity. Tilia was created to provide secure and compliant solutions for powering virtual economies including Second Life. To learn more about Tilia Pay, visit its new website. Why are we making this change? To stay compliant with regulations across a number of U.S. states, we are taking advantage of the additional safeguards built into Tilia Pay, leveraging the enhanced fraud and money laundering safeguards that Tilia Pay provides. Stored-value accounts (your USD wallet, payouts, balance credits, etc.) are already handled by Tilia and now it will also handle all other USD transactions (including those involving conversion to other national currencies). What does this change mean for you? Because Tilia is the payment processor for Second Life, you will be consenting to the Tilia ToS and Privacy Policy when making a payment through one of your payment methods (such as a credit card, PayPal, or Skrill). This change does not require you to provide any additional information, nor will it result in any new fees. What about L$ transactions inworld? There is no change to L$ transactions conducted in the Viewer or in the Marketplace. This change only applies to transactions involving USD. Are there any new fees associated with this change? No new fees are associated with this change. How do I learn more about Tilia Inc. and Tilia Pay? To learn more about Tilia Pay, visit its website. How do I submit my questions or concerns about this change? For feedback and questions about Tilia Pay and Second Life, please join the discussion in our Community Forums.
  21. To comply with financial regulations, we’re making an important change to how US Dollar transactions are processed in Second Life. Beginning May 26, 2020, when you make a US Dollar payment or add a new payment method in Second Life, your transaction will be handled through Tilia Inc. Read all the details in the following post: Have any questions or comments? Please reply in this thread.
  22. Our annual multi-region inworld birthday shopping event is coming back this summer -- and we’ve just opened up the new application form for merchants who want to participate! The SL17B Shop & Hop event, to be held June 19 through July 12, is the official multi-region shopping event of the 17th annual Second Life birthday celebration (SL17B). This event brings together many of the top merchants across SL for exclusive items and discounts on some of the best creations in Second Life. Are you a merchant or creator that wants to participate? If so, then please fill out this form before Monday, June 1st, 2020. We will be filling in stores as we receive applications so please apply sooner rather than later. Some important details for participating merchants: The set-up for participating merchants will be held June 10-15 and all participating merchants are required to have at least a 20% discount on all items (including gachas). Merchants are strongly encouraged to provide a new and exclusive, for the duration of the event, non-group gift. Stores should not be entirely filled with gachas. Gacha resellers will not be permitted. Items need to be appropriate for a moderate audience. For more details, see the application form. LAST CALL FOR SL17B EXHIBITORS SL17B celebrations begin June 19, which is only one month away - so this is a “last call” for exhibitors who are interested in participating. In Second Life, you can explore the (virtual) world from the safety and comfort of your own home -- and that’s why we’ve selected “vacations and road trips” as this year’s SL17B theme. Whether you teleport directly or travel to your favorite SL destinations by plane, train, or automobile, we hope to see a wide variety of community exhibits and experiences that celebrate the spirit of Second Life escapism and travel. Interested exhibitors can apply now to participate in the festivities using our official exhibitor application form.
  23. This week’s “Second Life Destinations” video explores The Retreat, a beautiful hang-out space on the Mainland created by Anjelikka who writes regularly about her Second Life adventures at the No Time for Real Life blog. “Second Life was my therapy that I could go to anytime I wanted to - especially in those wee hours at night,” says Anjelikka, who created her own happy place in SL as a way to help with her post-traumatic stress disorder. “Second Life is like a social life after work and it’s safe. I like that part. In real life, social gatherings are hard for me because I can not just leave if I feel uncomfortable. In SL this is understood and accepted People have lots of different situations - depression, anxiety - here it is OK. You are not going to be judged because everybody who comes here has some kind of story.” At The Retreat, visitors can wander through a lush garden, explore an art gallery, or even enjoy music at the Basement Club. “When everybody’s staying home, it is here where we can find friends, beauty, art, and creation,” says Anjelikka. “We are here to heal together.” The Retreat The Retreat is a beautiful hang-out with a lush garden, art gallery and the Basement Club. Enjoy, take pictures and bring friends to this wonderful place! Visit in Second Life CREDITS: Video Production: Draxtor Despres
  24. Due to the ongoing public health crisis, we’ve experienced an unprecedented surge in demand for new Second Life regions. While we are thrilled by the heightened interest, the increased demand has consumed our available inventory of full regions. Read the details in the following post: Have any questions or comments? Please share them in this thread.
  25. Well, this is awkward... Due to the ongoing public health crisis, we’ve experienced an unprecedented surge in demand for new Second Life regions. While we are thrilled by the heightened interest, the increased demand has consumed our available inventory of full regions and homesteads (there are still many parcels available on existing regions, both on the mainland and from private estates). We are committed to maintaining (and improving) the stability and performance of Second Life. So while we are very gratified that we can be of help to people in these trying times, unfortunately, our current server systems cannot accommodate unlimited growth without adversely impacting that stability and performance. This means that region inventory in Second Life will be extremely limited and may not be readily available until early fall. WHY DID THIS HAPPEN? As we’ve discussed previously, Second Life is in the process of migrating from our existing dedicated servers to a cloud hosting service. That migration has already moved a number of the most important services and databases, but we are not quite ready to host simulators in the cloud. We have a crack team working on that and are making lots of progress, but there are significant changes needed to make sure that we can provide the performance, stability, and security required. When that process is complete we will have a nearly unlimited region capacity, but until then we are constrained by the size of our existing server fleet. While our migration project has been underway for some time, even our most optimistic business projections did not anticipate a surge of the magnitude we have seen in recent weeks for additional regions. While we planned for growth driven by improvements to Second Life and other factors, we didn't expect demand to be created by a global pandemic. As a result, we are in the unfortunate position of hitting the maximum capacity of our “old” servers until the “new” cloud servers are fully operational. WHEN WILL REGIONS BE AVAILABLE AGAIN? Regions may be intermittently available as existing regions are returned to us by their current owners. Due to the economic impact of the public health crisis, we do expect that some limited number of landholdings will be returned to the general inventory in the coming weeks. This means that there may be some regions available on-and-off, but it is more likely that normal region sales will not resume until our migration to the cloud is complete. While we do not have an exact date at this time, we anticipate it will be early fall. WHAT IMMEDIATE OPTIONS ARE AVAILABLE IN THE MEANTIME? So, what are your options if you are seeking land sooner? Owning land on the Mainland is an alternative. We can offer abandoned Mainland directly for sale with a range of various parcel sizes from 512sqm per parcel to an entire full region (minus infrastructure). You can learn more about purchasing abandoned Mainland in our Knowledge Base. Consider renting from an existing landholder. If you do not need an entire region, there are plenty of rental options available from established Second Life landholders right now. Learn more about how rentals work in our Knowledge Base. You can also explore Land Auctions in Second Life. Much like an auction on the popular auction-based shopping site eBay, Second Life Land Auctions allows individuals to place their bids on open inventory for available parcels across the virtual world. You can learn more about how the auctions process works in our Knowledge Base. There are also third-party sellers that offer both parcel and full land rentals and sales. For example, some of the better-known entities are listed on the Land & Estates category in the Destination Guide but you can also find many on the Forums or through the Land & Rentals tab in Second Life Search (on the web or in the Second Life Viewer). We’ll update the community as soon as we can when normal region sales resume, but in the meantime, we recommend any of the above alternatives until things get back to normal. Questions or comments? Please visit our related forum thread “Limited Availability of New Second Life Regions.”
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