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  1. Happy Wednesday! We’re writing today to remind everyone that we’ll be holding our monthly Web User Group meeting on Wednesday, December 2nd 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!
  2. Nord Storm is a vast steampunk roleplaying experience featuring an abandoned laboratory, a sacred cathedral, retro gadgets, and more in a wintery mountain town. For those unfamiliar, steampunk is a retrofuturistic subgenre of science fiction, and it has a sizable devotion in Second Life with many steampunk regions to explore. Nord Storm is a huge region with architecture and technology bearing the distinct aesthetic of what would be considered futuristic through a 19th-century lens. Upon arrival, you are greeted with the message: “Here you can fight monsters, solve puzzles
  3. This week we have found ourselves at Seaclaid, a roleplaying region. This ferry station in an idyllic coastal town welcomes everyone with an undercurrent of romantic mystery. The region’s owner, Katie Luna, explains that “Seaclaid was born in sorrow, but soon became an instrument of healing. Lost friends return, new friends are made. The place now has an almost magical feel to it. I step back in wonder and gratitude. That my simple little sim has garnered so much interest is amazing to me.” Although the region of Seaclaid is about 5 years old, the roleplay group active is
  4. We’ve heard your requests and we’re introducing a new public Google calendar that will have all Linden Lab official events listed. This new calendar offers a convenient way to get an at-a-glance look at upcoming User Group meetings and other Linden Lab-sponsored events (such as the Second Life Book Club and upcoming Winter Wonderland snow fight). To access the web version of this calendar, go to second.life/calendar, no login is required. You can additionally use this ICAL feed link to add it to your own personal calendar. You can also click the +GoogleCalendar icon on the bot
  5. Come take a stroll on a rainy cyberpunk night at The Apartments, a cryptic region that invites you to explore its dark urban corners. See if you can count all the mischievous cats lurking around! Creator Paradox Ivory describes The Apartments as “a love letter to some of my favourite movies that just so happen to fall into the sci-fi & cyberpunk genres. I have always wanted to immerse myself in those places and get lost in the environment. So from Blade Runner to the Doctor and Han Solo, if you look for their names on the mailboxes, you can wander to their apartments and see dec
  6. This week’s video sheds light on Angels Rest, a uniquely timeless memorial garden for Residents to visit loved ones who are no longer with us. Creators Fae and Mr. N greet visitors warmly with their group’s message: “Angels Rest is a memorial garden offering space for you to create a focal point for remembrance. The aim is to offer a chance for quiet contemplation and reflection away from daily distractions.” The environment invites one to be vulnerable among the serenity of nature, with an occasional wild animal hopping about to remind you that you’re not alone. Assembling a s
  7. Change is in the air...can you feel it? Winter is almost here! People all across Second Life are gearing up to celebrate the holiday season with a wide range of events and activities including our annual Holiday Shop & Hop, which will be held Dec. 11 through Jan. 3. Applications are now open for Creators and Merchants who might want to participate in this year’s event, which will feature multiple shopping regions and tons of festive fun! We are looking for merchants willing to offer a discount on some of their items (at least 20% off). Merchants are also strongly encouraged to
  8. Happy Wednesday! We’re writing today to remind everyone that we’ll be holding our monthly Web User Group meeting on Wednesday, November 4th 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!
  9. As Oz recently discussed in a post, we are hard at work on uplifting Second Life to the cloud. It’s an incredibly exciting time, and we’re already seeing some significant improvements to Second Life as a service from this process. Additionally, many regions on the grid are now running on AWS simulators, with more being added every day! In light of more regions being moved to the cloud, we are pleased to announce that we are ready to begin offering new private region purchases in limited quantities. As we continue to uplift more of the grid, more regions will become available over ti
  10. From historical buildings to monuments of nature, and places that embody authentic local cultures, explore virtual incarnations of places from the physical world. With Second Life the world is at your fingertips, and you can see places you’ve always dreamed of without breaking the bank or dragging around a heavy suitcase. What’s incredible about these regions is that they can exist in a space where chronology is fluid. Experience 19th century charm with the convenience of modern comforts! Whatever you choose to wear will be just right for the climate, and you can walk as fa
  11. This week we’re taking a broader look at the possibilities within Second Life for expression, metamorphosis, and a unique type of freedom from our current circumstances in the physical world. There is no denying that we are social animals, and while we are in this period of indefinite isolation, connecting with others in a dynamic environment can be very rewarding. At this point almost all of us have had to pass up a vacation or event we were looking forward to, and not everyone has access to partially reopened spaces. In Second Life we can safely explore nature, hear the push a
  12. We have a bonus Second Life Destinations video for you this week: let’s take a look at Raglan Shire, a community of tinies in the midst of month long Halloween festivities. No need to worry if you are what they refer to as a “biggie,” as they are welcoming to all. As their land info states: “The original community of fun for folks of all sizes. Many different locales, events & activities for anyone seeking friendship & adventure! Whether you're dinkie, tiny sized or any size or shape, come visit & enjoy!” Every October Raglan Shire celebrates “Shocktober” to
  13. Hi Residents! I’ve come to ask for a favor. We’re in a really exciting time in the history of Second Life. We’re in the home stretch on moving the grid to the cloud. We hit a fun milestone a few days ago, and now there’s over 1,000 regions running in the cloud! Everyone in the Lab is working hard on this project, and we’re moving very quickly. I just got out of a leadership meeting where we went over what’s currently in flight, and there’s so many things moving that I lost track of them all. It’s amazing! The favor I’ve come to ask you for is your patience. We’re doing
  14. This week’s destination is an intriguing and timely recreation of a news studio buzzing with current forecasts in real time as well as a voting booth with instructions for each U.S. state. The creator is a longtime Second Lifer named Duncan who also works in the political field. (His voice in the video is dubbed by voice actor Reverend Quar for privacy reasons.) Built with data pulled from FiveThirtyEight.com, this region runs a simulation of the 2020 U.S. Presidential election based on the latest state-level forecasts once every ten minutes or so. A male avatar in a formal sui
  15. We've added a collection of Halloween themed items to our Official Merchandise store. These designs feature fun and quirky creations from our Halloween Swaginator Hunt and have all the ingredients for the perfect pumpkin spice AHH-tte. Get festive with some autumnal gear today, as these items might not be around forever...
  16. This week Drax spotlights Arietu Kyori, a 24-year-old communications student and Second Life designer in a special interview predominantly in Spanish. Hailing from Mexico City, she is an extraordinary multitasker with an inventory housing about 500 avatars. She also views SL through an analytical lens, writing in a university thesis that “Second Life is all about being able to freely express yourself. Young people can show more facets of themselves than they can in the real world.” One of the ways Arietu illustrates this point is through her brand, Hanzel, which specializes in
  17. Learn how to play skill games for free at the Skill Gaming Fair, held Oct. 10-18 in Second Life. Many of Second Life’s top skill game operators have come together to showcase their latest and greatest creations at this special event, which is held at the Bellisseria Fairgrounds. Skill Gaming Fair The Second Life Skill Gaming Fair runs from October 10th to the 18th on the Belliseria Fairgrounds. There are rides, photo opportunities, and of course skill games! You will even find a limited edition Linden Bear! Come have some fun! Visit in Second Life If you aren’t
  18. (Photo taken at the 2020 Election Simulator) Virtual Worlds Are Made By Real People Just as we are free to create and shape the virtual world of Second Life, we can’t forget the power that we also have to shape the physical world. We are all a part of something, and your voice matters. Register to vote today! To vote in the 2020 U.S. election, you can register in person or online. Voter registration deadlines vary from state to state, with cutoffs ranging from 7-30 days before the election. It’s also important to check if your state requires identification, find y
  19. Happy Wednesday! We’re writing today to remind everyone that we’ll be holding our monthly Web User Group meeting on Wednesday, October 7th 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!
  20. We have entered that time of year where unforeseen events can occur in even the most tranquil Linden suburbs: this week’s Destination Guide video explores the Halloween Haunted Neighborhood. One of the many benefits that Premium account holders can receive is a land allotment to use for a Linden Home. These neighborhoods have been landscaped to perfection, the transportation is smooth, and the locals are friendly. In most Linden Home areas, waterfront homes are available, as are single-family homes with beautiful yards, and there are plenty of customization options. But someh
  21. 160 participating merchants. Eight shopping regions. Tons of fun. The annual Halloween Shop & Hop is here! Held through Nov. 1, the Halloween Shop & Hop features exclusive and discounted items you won’t want to miss! This year’s event features some of the creepiest and coolest creations in the virtual world from both established and emerging creators -- and each merchant has at least one free item so you’ll want to collect ‘em all! Expect lots of spooky surprises as you shop -- and don’t forget to share your favorite shopping snapshots and haul on Social media. Use hashtag #S
  22. Something spooky is happening in Second Life! As October begins, hundreds of haunted experiences and events are emerging from the dark shadows of Second Life. To jumpstart your jumpscares, we’ve assembled a few Halloween-themed highlights you won’t want to miss. Halloween Swaginator Hunt 2020 The Halloween Swaginator Hunt is back! Can you find all five hidden Halloween-themed gifts? This year’s freebies are among the best ever! To get started, look for the special haunted edition of the Swaginator gift-giving station to grab your free HUD. Once you have the HUD, you can
  23. A big part of the magic of Second Life involves building and scripting objects in real time and playing with prims. Sandboxes are designated areas for Residents to experiment with the art of building in SL, alone or with friends, in a what-you-see-is-what-you-get kind of way. If you don’t own land or your landlord just has a small area restricted to rezzing and finetuning your models, fear not. There are many different sandboxes in SL, and many are attached to helpful groups where experienced builders are at the ready to assist with tips and tricks. In the video we see several sandb
  24. The Halloween season is right around the corner, and this year Second Life brings you not one but TWO Halloween experiences! The Millbank region has undergone a spooky overhaul, with numerous Linden Homes getting a haunted horror theme. Visit the Halloween Haunted Neighborhood and explore the many haunted houses and see the scary sights! Take a step inside the homes while you’re at it: we have such sights to show you... Halloween Haunted Neighborhood The Millbank region has undergone a spooky overhaul, with numerous Linden Homes getting a haunted horror theme. Visi
  25. We heard your requests, and we are very excited to announce the launch of the Official Second Life Merchandise Store, which will be available through RedBubble. The store offers Second Life and Linden Lab branded clothing and accessories, with a very inclusive range of sizes. Don’t worry, we will have both the classic and new logos, so everybody wins. As the store grows, we will also be adding various collections of designs, some of which will be limited time seasonal offerings. Our first collection will feature Linden Bear-themed merchandise, and will have new designs trickl
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