Today we’re thrilled to be rolling out another perk for Premium members: now you can be a member of 60 groups! Groups have been a consistently popular feature among the Residents of Second Life. It may not be obvious, but group membership can have an impact on the performance of a number of systems. That's why in Second Life's early days, Residents could only join a maximum of 10 groups. Over the years, we've made improvements that enabled us to raise the group limit to a maximum of 42, but we know that for some power users, even that isn't quite enough, and today we're happy to raise the bar for Premium subscribers. We must make sure that the recent gains in group performance are not jeopardized, so for now the new limit is a pilot program. If there are no problems, we will look forward to raising the limit further (stay tuned!).
Premium members can immediately take advantage of the new limit. Downgrading from Premium membership will not remove you from any of your groups, but it will mean that you cannot join any new groups until you remove yourself from enough groups to get below the Basic account limit, which remains at 42.
There are many reasons to maintain a Premium membership in Second Life, and we hope this increased group membership limit makes Premium subscriptions even more attractive. We’ll be adding even more benefits and features for Premium members throughout the year.
Learn more about Premium membership and upgrade your account today. You can pay for your subscription monthly, quarterly, or annually - and the annual plan in particular is a great value. In addition to a total savings of more than $47 compared to a monthly subscription, the value of the weekly L$ stipend means the membership nearly pays for itself!
We all have our favorite spots to spend our time in Second Life, but it’s good to get out and experience something new - maybe even meet some new friends. The Second Life Destination Guide is a fount of spectacular places designed by Residents, populated with stuff made by Residents, and full of Residents themselves - so get in there and see what’s all around in the Second Life community. Here are just a few new spots you should make some time to visit.
Many of our featured Pic of the Day pics come from great places like these - so share your snaps on the Official Second Life Flickr Page.
If you’re looking to get your spot in the Destination Guide, be sure to hit us up via the Destination Guide suggestion form.
Catch you inworld!
The weekend is just within reach - which must mean it’s time for another edition of Second Life Destination Guide Highlights - a satisfying sampler of some of the newest and coolest places to pop up in Second Life. The teleport button is waiting to happily guide you to your next great adventure.
There is plenty more where that came from - the Destination Guide has a wealth of spots you should venture to - but if you have a region or location you’d love to show off that’s not there, share it! As you cruise through the sights and sounds of new places, don’t forget to take some snapshots and upload them to the official Second Life Flickr Page.
Sign up to Audition for the Second Life Music Fest in Celebratio
n of Second Life’s 12th Anniversar y!
Second Life is turning 12 this June, and we’re planning a few extra special ways to help commemorate a dozen amazing years with our Residents! You’ll have to stay tuned to this blog and our social media pages for all the exciting things as they roll out, but today we’re announcing auditions for … (drum roll, please) … the Second Life Music Fest - sponsored by Linden Lab - a two day music-extravaganza inworld to celebrate!
Second Life is full of talented musicians, and we’re hoping to draw out all you guitarists, bassists, drummers, singers, tambourine shakers and other music makers to come audition for the festival. All genres are welcome!
The Second Life Music Fest is an opportunity to perform at one of the biggest celebrations in Second Life, and it’s a paid gig!
To sign up for an audition, please complete and submit the submission form no later than 05/20/2015. While we encourage everyone to sign up, it is not a commitment on your part and does not guarantee a spot at the auditions. We will review all submissions and extend audition invitations via email to the designated contact. Each invited act will have a short audition time (5 minutes max) to play and leave an impression on a panel of judges made up of Lindens and Residents. This panel will select acts to be invited to perform at the Second Life Music Fest. Upon completion of a half hour slot at the festival, the designated contact for each act will be eligible for payment (subject to Linden’s terms and conditions).
All Residents are welcome to participate in the auditions as audience members. For those who are interested, the auditions will be held at the Lavender Field on the following dates and times:
May 22nd noon - 2pm (SLT)
May 23rd 6pm - 8pm (SLT)
It should be a few days of great music and good times, and we can’t wait to see and hear some of the best musical talent there is, and spend some time rocking out inworld!
It’s just about inworld meetup time, and since we’re in the habit of sharing some of our favorite spots from the Destination Guide, this weekend, we wanted to flip the script and find out from you what spot you think is one of the best to visit for our next inworld meetup.
Share your recommendations in this forum thread - links to Destination Guide entry or SLURLS are best - and we’ll pick one to have our next inworld meetup.
The next meetup is planned for Thursday, May 14th at 1 PM SLT, so get your recommendations in soon!
Fashion, freaks, fairs and fun await all adventurous travellers in this week’s Second Life Destination Guide highlights. As May begins, several high-profile events are already underway across the grid. Are you ready to explore?
MadPea’s long-awaited immersive horror survival game Unia is finally here! Play the game that everyone is buzzing about -- only in Second Life! In Unia, you’ll need your wits to tackle tricky puzzles and find clues as you seek to discover what’s really going on with the many mysterious disappearances in the sleepy town of Molimo. Who or what is behind this horror?
Recently featured in the Drax Files - InSilico packs the perfect blend of aesthetics and dystopian moodiness that cyberpunk fans will appreciate. Set in one of the last inhabitable places, lorded over by an evil big corporation, and fully stocked with story-tellers who bring roleplaying in Second Life to a new level.
Got a flair for fashion? The On Fleek Gacha Fair features 20 talented designers from across Second Life. Gacha fans won’t want to miss the special gift area where each designer has welcome gifts for shoppers.Go on then, and get your gacha on!
Virtual Chelsea celebrates its sixth anniversary in Second Life with a huge event filled with music, poetry and other surprises. Connect with fellow bohemians at this inworld reproduction of NYC’s real Chelsea Hotel and enjoy a little piece of history.
London City is bringing back its annual May Faire, a fairground attraction which includes a month filled with free prizes, rides and weekly contests. Enjoy all the sights and sounds of the fair before it leaves town.
Do you have a region or location you’d love to show off? Join the fun and share it with Second Life. Pics or it didn’t happen - don’t forget to share a few pictures of your virtual adventures on the official Second Life Flickr Page.
“Everyone has their own interpretation of the future as something different, but this is our interpretation of it.”
Meet StarRavenSAT, General Manager of InSilico, and Stark Osterham, Manager and Lore Master, in the latest episode of the Drax Files: World Makers. StarRavenSat finds hope even in the throes of a desperate civilization, and Stark shares his creative process with his daughter who serves as a source of inspiration even as she herself learns the importance of creative expression from her father. Populated with a full cast of characters improvised by Stark, InSilico’s history is created in realtime by all participants - from builders, storytellers, scripters, and players. This type of spontaneous collaboration focuses different flavors of creative energy into creative play - leading to an immersive and exciting experience.
InSilico is a cyberpunk roleplaying region set in a dystopian future where a big bad corporation seemingly calls the shots, and ongoing wars between rival groups of locals require citizens to be experts at self-defense. Rife with both wonder and danger, it’s everything you might expect from a 25th century city floating in the upper atmosphere after the fall of civilization on Earth.
Watch the video below, then login to experience InSilico inworld. Even if you’re not an avid roleplayer, you won’t want to miss out on the unique aesthetic and appeal of InSilico.
Want to see more personal Second Life stories? Find all the previous episodes at Draxtor’s Website or below:
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 1: Kriss Lehmann
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 2: Jo Yardley
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 3: Eshi Otawara
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 4: Fantasy Faire / RFL
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 5: Engrama
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 6: Abramelin Wolfe
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 7: Rod Humble
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 8: MadPea Games
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 9: Elie Spot
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 10: Robin Sojourner
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode11: Dwarfins
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 12: Ole Etzel
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 13: Creations for Parkinson's
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 14: Rose Borchovski
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 15: Scottius Polke
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 16: Feed a Smile
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 17: Zachh Barkley
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 18: Paradise Lost
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 19: Virtual Chemistry at Texas A&M
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 20: Flockers
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 21: Editorial Clarity
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 22: Virtual Health Adventures
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 23: Meshworx - Ioz Hyde
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 24: MadameThespian Underhill
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 25: Oblee
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 26: Absinthe
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 27: Nylon Pinkney
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 28: Whiskey Monday
Did you know that you could be earning money while helping Second Life grow? The Second Life Affiliate Program makes it easy!
The Affiliate Program rewards you for associating your website, blog, social media channel, or other means of outreach with Second Life. You earn a commission every time someone becomes a Second Life user (registering an account and logging into the Viewer) within 45 days of clicking a Second Life link on your site. In other words, you get paid for helping Second Life grow with new users.
To learn more, including regional restrictions on participation, and to apply to the Affiliate Program, click here.
*Note: Only sites that are in compliance with the Guidelines for Using Linden Lab’s Trademarks can be accepted into the program, so before applying, please check to be sure that your site is in compliance. You can learn more in the Second Life Brand Center.
"I have been having nightmares as long as I remember,” says Kiana Writer - one of the many talented creators behind MadPea’s latest story-driven survival/horror game in Second Life,“My first one was at the age of four when I was being chased by rhinos in the dark woods. I thought everyone was dreaming like me and was surprised when I realized this wasn't the case … Second Life gave me the tools to have my nightmares become fully immersive games!”
UNIA, the newest game from MadPea has hit the grid - and it’s a big one! Over the past two years, the MadPea team has been creating and scripting a story in which you battle the odds to unravel one piece of a larger mystery. The scope and magnitude of the project grew with the introduction of Experience Tools in Second Life - an opportunity that the MadPea team saw to optimize the gameplay and interaction of the experience you will have when you join the game.
UNIA is a spooky adventure into a nightmarish world; a survival/horror game with twists and turns lurking in every shadow. Prepare to solve puzzles, fight monsters, and immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of this adventure.
You can check the MadPea website for question on How To Play or jump right into the action. Bookmark this blog for your teleport to play.
While UNIA should keep you busy for hours of gameplay, MadPea is already working on the next chapter, and has given us the exclusive scoop that their next game will be called The Collection - where you can expect the same level of story-based gaming and immersion that MadPea is known for.
The Second Life Destination Guide is always packed to the brim with new and amazing places to discover. If you’re not checking in on a regular basis, you might be missing out! For those looking for the cliff notes to this week’s newest sample selection of must-see regions, read on!
2015’s Fantasy Faire’s back with a bang. From now until May 3rd, step through a magical doorway to experience the wonder that is the Fantasy Fairelands. This Relay for Life of Second Life-sponsored event is the largest celebration of the fantasy genre in the virtual world. Shop for enchanting clothing, accessories, and slip into the magical mists with music and performances - all for a good cause!
Dance your troubles away at Tabarin - an underground bar and club offering visual effects, weekly themed events, contests, and activities. Enjoy music, meeting new people, and simply admiring your slick dance moves.
Running through May 1st, the Black Fashion Fair is a yearly event where several Second Life creators offer exclusive items and gifts. Celebrate the impact of the color black has had in fashion - in all its shapes and forms - at 2015’s Black Fashion Fair.
An intriguing and mysterious region, Xin is a land of crumbling buildings slowly overrun by vibrant plant life. What danger awaits in these crumpled skyscrapers? There’s only one way to find out - login and visit!
A deceptively quiet, snow-bound village, set in one of the most violent times in Japanese history, Sengoku Japan: Village in the Snow is a period role-play region you won’t want to miss. Will you be a mighty samurai, keeping yari and katana sharp in service to your lord, or do you prefer the beautiful and graceful geisha? Will you strike unseen, following the way of the ninja? Find your way in Sengoku Japan: Village in the Snow.
Do you have a region or location you’d love to show off? Join the fun and share it with Second Life. Or share a few pictures of your virtual adventures on the official Second Life Flickr Page. See you inworld!
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