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It’s easy to beat the heat with some cool spots courtesy of the Second Life Destination Guide.

If you like to celebrate, there’s bound to be a party here for you — but if exploring is more your style — we’ve got that covered too.

Grab a snack, log in, and take a tour of these must-see events and regions.

Distrito Distinto

Eleven Second Life artists have created rooms that are each inspired by a song in this special exhibition. Experience this traveling artistic festival of music and images. Open until Aug. 13.

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Stars & Stripes Forever

Start out your 4th of the July celebrations with at least four hours of live music and lots of surprises! The live shows start at 10 a.m. (Pacific) with the amazing artists from across the grid including Amforte Clarity, Anek Fuch, Maximillion Kleene and Seth Regan.

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London City Fringe Festival

Through July, experience top acts appearing at London City Fringe. With concerts each weekend in the outdoor amphitheatre and souvenirs to collect from each show, don't miss it. For details visit mainlandlondon.blogspot.co.uk

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Pacifique Underwater World

Swim and explore this beautiful underworld decorated by award-winning creator Eclair Martinek. Don't miss this good-sized water world, where you can ride a seahorse, do some Mermaid dances and much more.

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Bouzouki

Experience the Greek music and festivities at Bouzouki.

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Beyond Persuasion

Enjoy taking photos, meditation or just simply escaping the everyday grid at Beyond Persuasion. There are many places for dancing here, as well as shopping -- all with the feel of dark fantasy.

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Britannia Village Festival

Join us for a long weekend of British music, art and mayhem starting on July 3rd and ending on the 5th. Different DJs will spin themed sets based on different popular acts. There's also an art exhibition from Aroused! magazine in this fun event filled with music, dancing and freebies.

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While you’re out — don’t forget about our contest. You could win L$10,000 by snapping pics of your adventures while wearing the free SL12B commemorative avatar. Grab one off the Marketplace for exactly L$0!

Be sure to note that our Official Second Life Flickr page is a great place to share your pics.

If you’re looking to get your spot in the Destination Guide, be sure to hit us up via the Destination Guide suggestion form.



Experience Tools Available Now For Premium Members!

by Community Manager ‎06-30-2015 10:53 AM - edited ‎06-30-2015 01:34 PM

Experience Tools are a powerful new feature that make it possible for creators to build more seamless and immersive experiences. Experience-enabled scripts allow each user to opt-in to an entire multiple-script experience, rather than being interrupted by lots of dialog boxes from each individual scripted object. New capabilities for persistent key/value data storage are also shared across all scripts in an Experience, reducing the need for complex and time consuming object-to-object communication. Learn more:

As of today, this exciting creative power is available to all Premium subscribers, and every Second Life user can enjoy participating in these seamless experiences with a new Viewer that makes it easy to manage all of your experience permissions.

This project has already helped bring a more immersive experience to The Cornfield, Linden Realms and other Second Life experiences you can find through our Portal Parks. Don’t forget to check out all the Resident-created experiences in our Destination Guide too!

Make sure you’ve updated to the latest Viewer or visit our download page to get it. This latest release allows you to manage all of your experiences whether you’re a creator or participant.

If you’re a Premium member and would like to begin creating with Experiences, check out this Knowledge Base article to get started. We can’t wait to see what you create!

 

Second Life can be a real jungle. There is so much to see, and lately you may have spotted some Raptors running wild and wondered where they came from. You can grab your own free copy of the SL12B commemorative avatar on the Marketplace.  We’re running a contest right now around this Raptor and you could win L$10,000 for taking it out on the grid. Find out more on the contest page. Part of the contest is to take your Raptor to interesting places in Second Life for snapshot, and where better to find some great spots than with the Second Life Destination Guide?

We have compiled a fresh list of a few of the newest spots that caught our eye this week. Go forth into the wilds of Second Life and have a good time!

 

Official SL12B Music Festival

Celebrate Second Life's twelfth birthday with a two-day concert event. Hear live performances from some of SL's top musicians June 26-27 in this special concert event.

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Mizu – A Rainy Story

"Mizu - A Rainy Story" is an interactive experience in Second Life unlike any other. Grab your HUD and take a seat in the theater and prepare to be transported to a horror story you won't soon forget. More info at hmizu-sl.blogspot.jp.

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Alpha Tribe

Explore Alpha Tribe, which revolves around the theme of "fool's gold." Several discoveries await, including a golden ship, clockwork creatures and more.

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Oz Nightclub

As you enter this unique high art deco nightclub of the late 1920’s and 30’s, you’ll find yourself stepping into another place and time. Oz is a place filled with romantic live entertainment and classical elegance. The live music ranges from jazz and swing of the period to pop.

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Summer's Hotter Than Hell Hunt

Summer's here! It's time to search across the grid to find items related to everything summer. The heat is on through July 20. Here's your first hint: "Oh, I just love camping out for great items!"

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Don’t forget our Official Second Life Flickr page is a great spot to share your pics.

Rock Out at the SL12B Official Music Fest!

by Community Manager ‎06-24-2015 09:18 AM - edited ‎06-24-2015 09:19 AM

Come enjoy great live music as some of Second Life’s best performers hit the virtual stage at the Ixtlan Stage (built by well-known Second Life creator Cube Republic) as part of the Second Life 12th Birthday celebrations.

Last month, we had a blast at an inworld showcase to audition performers at the Lavender Field. It was great to not only see the talent, but also the incredible support this community has for one another. Thank you to Brique Topaz - who heads up and operates the Lavender Field - home of the wonderful Feed a Smile initiative - who let us take over the field with hours of music. Selecting the final artists for this Official SL12B Music Fest was near impossible - a task made all the more difficult by the sheer volume of talented and exciting acts we saw. Thank you to everyone who came out to audition and those who just came to show their support. After much deliberation, we reached our final list of artists and are pleased that each and every one of them was able to come play the big show!

Over two days, we’ll feature an amazing line-up of those artists, across many genres of music, and we hope you will come join us. It’s all the fun of a music festival without the over exposure to the sun, the grueling sludge through the mud, or the long haul and long lines of those questionable public bathrooms. It’s a bring your own refreshments and get ready to dance your pixels off kind of event - check out who's playing, then grab your ride to the festival below.

Many thanks to Doctor Gascoigne and his team of volunteers for helping finalize the details with all our performers!

Friday June 26th, 2015

11 - 11:30 AM

Alazarin Mondrian

11:30 - 12 PM

The Pink Vampire

12 - 12:30 PM

Tamra Hayden

12:30 - 1 PM

Effinjay

1 - 1:30 PM

Amforte Clarity

1:30 - 2 PM

Isabella Rumsford

2 - 2:30 PM

Tempio Breil

2:30 - 3 PM

Phoenix J

 

Saturday June 27th, 2015

8-8:30 PM

Mavenn Resident

8:30 - 9 PM

Oblee

9 - 9:30 PM

Collin Martin

9:30 - 10 PM

Taunter Goodnight

10 - 10:30 PM

Donn DeVore

10:30 - 11 PM

Zak Claxton

11 - 11:30 PM

LuvofMusic

11:30 - Midnight

Ren Enberg & Quai Franklin

 

Official SL12B Music Festival

Celebrate Second Life's twelfth birthday with a two-day concert event. Hear live performances from some of SL's top musicians June 26-27 in this special concert event.

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Highlights from the Second Life Destination Guide 6/19/2015

by Community Manager ‎06-19-2015 08:52 AM - edited ‎06-19-2015 08:57 AM

The Second Life Destination Guide is back with a handful of places of interest for you to explore and enjoy. We get tons of great submissions each week, so selecting a few to bring directly to you in this highlights blog is no small feat any time of the year, but with Second Life’s 12th Birthday coming up around the corner — there’s even more great stuff on the horizon. If you’re planning an SL12B celebration and want it featured in the Destination Guide, drop us a line at the Second Life Destination Guide suggestion form or email us at editor@lindenlab.com.

Now — on to this week’s treats.

Official SL12B Music Festival

Celebrate Second Life's twelfth birthday with a two-day concert event. Hear live performances from some of SL's top musicians June 26-27 in this special concert event.

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Flux Sur Mer

Flux Sur Mer is French countryside embracing the old charms and the slow rhythms of country life. Surrounded by small quaint shops, flea markets, old cottages and even ‘vide grenier’. She sits on the shores of a deep estuary where the river meets the ocean, surrounded by opulence of trees and nature.

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Crestwick Island

Crestwick Island is a small working class town situated in the middle of a beautiful bay. The streets are lined with a cafe, art gallery, businesses and shops. Downtown is surrounded by parks, marsh land and other surprises including a giant hill that supports an abandoned scientific research center which overlooks the town.

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Lost Letters @ Dandelion Daydreams Factory

Long ago in an ancient Lib_ary …Your quest begins at the landing, where a man gives you a scroll ...The scroll reads: "… a ma_ caught a mou_ _ _ and _tories got mi_ed up due missin_ letters _nd _ _ _ _ _ !" And once again the makers of the Dandelion Daydreams Factory ask you: "Are you brave enough?"

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Canterbury Tales Virtual Pilgrimage

The Canterbury Tales Virtual Pilgrimage is a non-profit educational build of Literature Alive! Residents can learn about the life and times of Geoffrey Chaucer while "doing" the pilgrimage. Treasure chests with free prizes await for those that want to challenge themselves with CT trivia!

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Albert Hall

Visit this homage to the real Albert Hall in the heart of London. Here you'll find occasional exhibitions from guest artists from around Second Life!

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The Boys of Summer

The Boys of Summer is a full sim fashion fair featuring exclusive releases from some of the grids hottest brands! Each participating brand will bring at least one new, exclusive item - all designed for the men of SL. Event ends June 30.

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LTD - The Event

LTD - The Event is now open through June 24. This bi-monthly home and garden event is dedicated to the top-quality designers of Second Life who "Love to Decorate"! More at lovetodecoratesl.com.

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Don’t forget our Official Second Life Flickr page is a great spot to share your pictorial memoirs of your adventures— so please do!

Imagine yourself in a jungle on a remote island brimming with possible adventures and spectacular flora and fauna to explore. Now, imagine that remote island jungle is what we’ve come to call the Second Life grid, and imagine that you are … a Velociraptor! Sounds a little bit like a pretty weird but cool dream, right?

Well you no longer have to imagine the dream - you can live it with the Second Life 12th Anniversary commemorative avatar! Pick up your free avatar at Hairy Hippo Fun Land or off the Marketplace before this raptor becomes extinct at the end of July!

Celebrate SL12B in Ferocious Style for a Chance to Win L$10,000

Now that you’ve got your raptor - it’s time to take ‘em for a test drive. Share snapshots of your raptor avatar celebrating SL12B to the Second Life 12th Anniversary Snapshot Contest from now until July 20th, and you could win 1 of 4 incredible prizes - L$10,000 , L$5,000, L$3,000, or L$1,000!

Be creative! This limited-edition raptor has the entirety of the grid to seek out a picture-perfect spot to take a winning snapshot - but a good place to start is the SL12B Destination Guide category.

Read the full rules and contest details on the contest page.

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The “What Second Life Means to Me” Video Share Project

by Community Manager ‎06-16-2015 10:00 AM - edited ‎06-24-2015 11:38 AM

We’ve been having a lot of fun with no end in sight to the good times - but you can’t turn 12 without a little pride and reflection. Second Life has been going strong for a dozen wonderful years and there’s a ton of things happening to celebrate. You’ll see more to come here in the Featured News Blog - but we wanted to stop and ask - “What is the meaning of Second Life?” To you - that is! This question may sound daunting - but the truth is, tapping into what makes “SL” so special to us as individuals and communities is a really amazing exercise in retrospection and self-discovery. This is your world - so what does it mean to you?

Whether you just got started, have been onboard for the full dozen years, or fall somewhere in between - we’d love to see a glimpse of your story in the “What Second Life Means to Me” video project. You don’t have to be a master of machinima to participate. You can use something like Camtasia or Fraps to make some great stuff relatively quickly, and both have free or trial versions. Or, you can film yourself talking directly to your web or digital camera and telling your story. This doesn’t have to be a strictly inworld project - because we understand that Second Life impacts our offline lives as well.

From a few seconds to a few minutes - just kick it off with this - “In Second Life, my name is …” and share your story from there! Once you have something set - share it! Upload it to YouTube and embed it on this forum thread. Together, we’ll watch the thread for new stories over the coming weeks - it should be awesome. If you prefer to express yourself in writing - share what Second Life means to you with a reply to the thread.

Here are some videos - from both Lindens and Residents alike - that might help springboard your inspiration.

Lindens

Xiola Linden

Torley Linden

 Patch Linden

 

Residents

Strawberry Singh

Draxtor Despres

Kaya Angel

Gentle Heron

 

There’s so many things that Second Life means to each of us - and we can’t wait to hear what you have to share about your journey here so far.

 

In 2013, we introduced a pilot program for Authorized Linden Dollar (L$) Resellers. This pilot program was designed to give Second Life Residents additional options for purchasing Linden Dollars, particularly for those based outside the US.

Since then, we have expanded the payment options for Second Life users, and today, you can easily purchase L$ in more countries than ever before, using a credit card, PayPal, or Skrill, which supports a wide range of payment methods. We’ve found that these options support the vast majority of Second Life users, and we have therefore made the business decision to close the Authorized Linden Dollar Reseller pilot program.

We are contacting program participants directly to detail the next steps for them, and they will have approximately six weeks to sell off their L$ inventory.

As of August 1, 2015, the Authorized L$ Reseller pilot program will be closed, and the LindeX will be the only authorized place to purchase L$.

 

How to Buy L$

If you’re used to using an Authorized L$ Reseller, you will still have many options for purchasing L$ as of August 1, 2015. If you put payment info on file for your Second Life account, you can purchase L$ in the Viewer with the “Buy L$” button. If you’ve never done it before, check out this quick video:

Among the options for payment information you can put on file in your account are:

Credit Card:
Using your credit card, you can purchase L$ on the LindeX using multiple currencies, including  EUR, GBP, JPY, and AUD.

PayPal:
PayPal can be connected directly to a bank account in more than 193 countries and regions.

Skrill:
Skrill supports a wide variety of payment methods. To start using Skrill for Second Life, just login at SecondLife.com, click “Billing Information” under “Account,” and then select “Add a Skrill Account.”

Sizzling Summertime Deal on Premium Membership

There couldn’t be a hotter time to upgrade to a Premium Second Life membership than right now! Get all the perks for half the price* - weekly stipends of L$300, a L$1000 sign-up bonus, the ability to join more groups, exclusive Premium only sandboxes, free gifts, and more! You can learn more about Premium membership and upgrade your account here. This promotion ends June 29th at 8:00 AM SLT - so act now!

Fun in the Sun with a Premium Beach Set Gift

Once you upgrade to Premium membership, make a stop at one of the Premium only sandbox kiosks to collect your limited-edition Second Life Beach Set. This free gift has everything you’ll need to throw a groovy beach blanket bash, and is available to existing and new Premium members - but only for a limited time!

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If you act now - you can unlock early access to the upcoming Second Life 12th Anniversary avatar. Yes - as a Premium member - you can drop by the jungle and grab this limited edition avatar. While the Premium discount runs until June 29th, the avatar is only available until MIDNIGHT SLT tonight!

Dive on in to these deals - the water is perfect!

TERMS & CONDITIONS FOR 50% DISCOUNT- This limited-time discount offer is available only for purchases of memberships on the Quarterly billing plan. Discount will be applied to the first quarterly billing cycle only, and all future charges will be at the regular Premium price ($22.50 USD, excluding VAT where applicable). Sign-up bonus will be paid upon 45 consecutive days of membership. To qualify, Second Life members must have an active Basic account or create a new Second Life account. Discount offer begins on Friday the 12th of June 2015 at 08:00 am Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) and expires on Monday the 29th of June 2015 at 08:00 am Pacific Daylight Time (PDT).

Her eye-catching machinima commercials, are just one of the ways in which Paris-based creator Maylee Oh uses Second Life to support her Second Life brand -  The Secret Store.

While it may sound cliche that a fashion designer would hail from one of the world's most known fashion hubs, Maylee Oh isn’t influenced so much by Fashion Week as she is by her own day to day experiences and the personal expressions of the people and the city around her. “It’s all about creativity, no matter where we are!” she states. And that is true both inside and outside of Second Life.

For more on her creative process and to hear her philosophy on sharing knowledge and collaborating with other creative people, tune in to the video below.

Want to see more personal Second Life stories? Find all the previous episodes of The Drax Files: World Makers at Draxtor’s Website, at the links below, or subscribe to our YouTube channel:

 

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
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 29: Insilico