This volume of Second Life Destination Guide Highlights is a blend of shopping events and places to wander. Cozy up with your friends and family in Second Life — because winter is coming!
Rainbows and snow await — so we’ll keep this one short and sweet — login and drop by these events!
If your spot isn’t in the Guide and you think it should be, drop us a line at the submission form.
See you inworld!
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We’re collaborating with some of the top-selling merchants on the Marketplace to bring you the 12 Days of Savings Sale. Shop great deals on some of the most popular items available.
Starting today through Monday, December 7th, 2015, shop a few of the top-selling brands and take advantage of major savings on select items. Looking to get some names checked off your gift list? Why not get a head start and save big in the process?
Participating Merchants include Abiss Interior, Blueberry, G I O M E N, GizzA Creations, Magika, Mandala Jewelry, Slink, Studio Skye, and Truth Hair. Stop by each during the sale to shop for clothing, accessories, hair, interior decor, and more before these deals are gone.
Get started and drop by the Marketplace now!
Last Thursday, more than 150 Second Life Residents gathered in the studio at the LEA Theatre as Saffia Widdershins and Jo Yardley sat down with Ebbe Linden. We asked Residents to submit their questions ahead of time via the forums, and the Lab Chat production team took to the task of selecting the questions that would be addressed during the show. Ebbe answered the questions on hand, and spent additional time diving into live questions from the audience.
If you were not able to attend, there are several ways in which you can catch up on what was discussed.
- A podcast of the show is available at The Drax Files website.
- Transcripts of the show are available here courtesy of Inara Pey.
- Video of the program can be viewed on the Second Life Official YouTube channel as well as on the Lab Chat blog.
Jo Yardley (left), Ebbe Linden (center - in one of the new standard avatars), and Saffia Widdershins (right) discuss Second Life and Project Sansar at the first session of Lab Chat. Photo taken by Torley Linden.
We want to thank the Lab Chat production team (Draxtor Despres, Gentle Heron, Marianne McCann, Elrik Merlin, Petlove Petshop, Inara Pey, Arduenn Schwartzmann, Aisling Sinclair, Devin Vaughan, Saffia Widdershins, and Jo Yardley) for all of their work to make the first ever Lab Chat a great success!
Keep an eye on this blog for more information about future episodes of Lab Chat and the next call for questions in the forums.
Our Second Life Destination Guide editors have been getting their boots quite broken in while exploring the freshly-driven snow of wintery regions submitted to the Destination Guide. It’s a blast to see how the Second Life community stretches its creative muscle to do it up around the holidays — and there has been no shortage of great spots coming in. We’re reminded of how incredible this community is as a sum of so many diverse and unique people. Keep up the amazing work!
Take some time over the next week or so to stop by some of these spots to really feel the spirit of Second Life’s amazing Residents.
See you inworld!
As we blogged last week, we’ve joined with a Resident-led production team to participate in a new Q&A show called Lab Chat! Lindens will answer your questions in a 1 hour show that will be recorded with a live studio audience.
The first Lab Chat - with guest Ebbe Linden - is this Thursday, November 19th, at the Linden Endowment for the Arts Theatre. The show starts at 10:30am SLT, and if you have trouble getting there at the link above - you can try here and here. Seating is limited - but if you are unable to attend, we’ll have a recording available soon - stay tuned!
We are pleased to announce two changes that make it less expensive to get your own Private Island in Second Life!
Price Drop for Land Set-up Fees
Effective immediately, all new Private Island set-up fees are up to 40% cheaper! Whether you’re looking to expand your estate or just getting started with your first Private Island, it’s a great time to buy.
Here are the new, reduced set-up fees:
- Full Private Island - previously $1000, now $600
- Developed Full Private Island - previously $1029, now $629
- Homestead Private Island - previously $375, now $225
- Developed Homestead Private Island - previously $395, now $250
- Openspace Private Island - previously $250, now $150
Qualified educational and nonprofit organizations will continue to receive a 50% discount off the applicable set-up fee (as well as 50% off ongoing maintenance fees). For more information about our discount program, please visit this page.
If you have paid a region set-up fee in the past 14 days, you will receive the difference in fees back as a credit (in US Dollars) to your account balance.
Pic by Samuel Fallen.
Transferring Regions with Grandfathered Pricing
Previously, Private Islands with grandfathered pricing would lose that status and revert to the usual schedule of land maintenance fees when the regions were transferred to a new owner. Today, we are changing that policy to make it easier for these regions to remain on the grid if and when they are sold to new owners.
Effective immediately, both Grandfathered Full Private Island regions ($195/month) and Grandfathered Homestead Private Island regions ($95/month) may be transferred to new owners without losing the discounted pricing. However, the one-time fee for transferring grandfathered regions will be higher than the usual transfer fee, as follows:
- Transfer of a Full Island, maintaining grandfathered pricing: $600/each
- Transfer of a Homestead Island, maintaining grandfathered pricing: $300/each
The standard fee will still apply to all other region transfers, as well as if you choose to give up grandfathered pricing when transferring a previously grandfathered region.
Autumn has finally decided to fall upon us here in the Lab’s San Francisco offices. We didn’t think it would ever come - but took comfort in the fact that we could always visit gorgeous autumnal regions in Second Life. There is something magical and fantastic about that mix of Fall and Winter taking place all over the grid. Some of you are eager to dash into the winter holiday season - while others still cling to the lingering haunts of Halloween. I’m a little bit of both - to be honest! So, our Second Life Destination Guide editors must have been in the same mind when they curated this great list of spots you need to visit inworld!
There’s only a day left to enter to win prizes in our 2015 Fa-BOO-lous Snapshot Contest - take pictures of your inworld adventures and share them to the contest for a chance to win Linden prizes.
See you inworld!
Additional changes have been made to the Marketplace Beta Search and new forum thread has been opened for your constructive feedback once you have a chance to review the changes and test the Beta again. The old forum thread has been closed. Thank you for your continued feedback.
We’re pleased to share that improvements to the existing Marketplace search functionality are now available through Marketplace Search Beta. We’ve made infrastructure changes to improve the relevance of search results - making it easier for you to find what you’re looking for! We have also made changes for search to scale better as more content and categories are added to the Marketplace - and that means the newest creations and additions are at your fingertips. We are still working on an important feature, which will allow you to exclude keywords (such as “demo”) from your search - but want to get this into your hands now and get your feedback!
You can, of course, continue to use the default search as well.
To try out the Marketplace Search Beta, visit https://betasearch-marketplace.secondlife.com to perform all your regular Marketplace activities. If you see any issues, please file a BUG JIRA with the Website -> Marketplace component. For general comments and feedback, visit this forum thread. Happy shopping!
In the spirit of the open Q&A sessions held at inworld events like the VWBPE conference and the Meet the Lindens series, we’re pleased to participate in a new Resident-driven initiative called “Lab Chat.”
Lab Chat is an opportunity for you to ask Lindens your questions during a live taping that will be recorded and archived for everyone to view.
The first Lab Chat will be Thursday, November 19th, at 10:30am SLT at the Linden Endowment for the Arts Theatre - with guest Ebbe Altberg, CEO of Linden Lab.
Residents from the Lab Chat production team - Draxtor Despres, Gentle Heron, Marianne McCann, Elrik Merlin, Petlove Petshop, Inara Pey, Arduenn Schwartzmann, Aisling Sinclair, Devin Vaughan, Saffia Widdershins, and Jo Yardley - will pick questions to ask Ebbe from this forum thread - so be sure to get your questions into the thread no later than Friday November 13th, 2015. Authors of selected questions will be invited to ask their question live at the inworld show. Time permitting - additional questions from the audience will be answered.
If you are unable to attend the live show, a recording will be available shortly after the first Lab Chat wraps, so no one will miss out!
We’ll see you on November 19th at 10:30am SLT. Don’t forget to add your questions to the forum thread and mark your calendars to join us!
Introducing the latest offering from our Starter Avatar Modernization project… 16 New Classic Avatars!
These new avatars are built combining mesh attachments with the original “system” process. Not only are compatibility issues being addressed, but the avatars are more performant and they look great! They can also be tweaked with the system sliders and easily dressed.
Last year, you may remember, we launched a number of new mesh avatars. They included both vampires and everyday people avatars that were built completely using mesh. While they looked good, they made outfit changes difficult and some of our internal tools were incompatible with the assets.
The new great-looking and efficient avatars will be available through the carousel during registration. Existing Residents can also access them through the “Me -> Choose an Avatar” menu in the Viewer.
In search of a new look? Try out one of our new classics today!
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