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Highlights from the Second Life Destination Guide 09/23/2016

by Community Manager ‎09-23-2016 10:00 AM - edited ‎09-23-2016 10:16 AM

Goodbye summer and hello fall! The autumnal equinox just happened yesterday, and the season is upon us! We know it means much more than pumpkin spice and cute boots. Creativity really start to kick up in Second Life as we lean into coming holidays.

Our Destination Guide is starting to bubble over with incredible Halloween haunts and a ton of new non-seasonal neatness to be explored. We’ve made it super easy to stumble into somewhere spectacular — just click a destination below.

Please submit your spot for Destination Guide consideration, if it’s not there and you’d like it to be! While we are always keeping our eyes peeled for new events and spots, your suggestions are always appreciated.

Don’t forget to share your photographic adventures to the official Second Life Flickr . Right now we’re looking for Halloween-themed images to use in a marketing campaign. Find out more about that here.

See you  inworld!

InspirationSL

Inspiration is back, and it is weird, kooky, bizarre and unconventional. This round won't be "Oh So Quiet"... get ready for Bjork, Queen of Crazy, Princess of Peculiar! What is it like to be "normal" these days? Meh, do we even know or care? Embrace your weird with poses, hair, fashion, skins and accessories all inspired by our wacky celeb!

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Eliza Wierwight's PATRON

Tour the evocative and sophisticated PATRON sim by multi-award-winning Eliza Wierwight. A full sim that incorporates retail, art and recreation with genuine dedication. Don't miss the Banyan House and more recently-released Patron House 2016. Shop for exquisite furnishings and decor, or stop and savour the art.

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Vecchi Amici

A photographer's paradise - Vecchi Amici is a charming picturesque estate nestled amongst rolling hills. Enjoy nature's wonderful sounds as you sit by the lake, visit the winery and orchard, or explore the estate's beautiful gardens.

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Romance in the Clouds

Anaconda's Romance in the Clouds is a beautiful, romantic venue to enjoy with your special someone. Enjoy slow ballads ripe with passion as you dance in your lover's arms. The Clouds is always open for your pleasure, There are deejays nightly in this atmosphere created specifically for the lover in you.

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Autumn in the Land of Rainbows

Fall has arrived in the Land of Rainbows! Land in the Visitor Center where you can learn about forests, wildlife and preservation then take a tour and enjoy the gorgeous colors of the trees in this splendidly-landscaped countryside sim. Click on items around the sim to learn more about them and keep an eye out for the diver's wildlife! If you are lucky, you may run into a Ranger for a guided tour!

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Angel's Haunted House

Dubbed the scariest haunted house in all of SL, Angel's Haunted House has been brought back by popular demand. Featuring live actors, music, scary story nights and more. There's a jump scare around every corner!

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Dark Sewers

Dare you venture down to the dark underground old sewers? Inside this dark and damp place are creatures of your worst nightmares!

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Slaughter Creek

Christopher William Crawley and his young bride Elizabeth arrived in Junee in 1876. 137 years later, they are still here. Slaughter Creek Manor, located on theMonte Cristo homestead, has a reputation as Australia's most haunted house. It has been explored by many Ghost Hunter teams from all around the world. Their conclusion confirms the existence of ghosts, What will you discover?

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MedievalFantasy Manor

Are you brave enough to visit the abandoned village built around a Victorian haunted manor? This spooky spot is surrounded by a beautifully landscaped cemetery that is adorned with all kind of tombstones and statues Don't forget to visit the MedievalFantasy store, which offers high-quality medieval and creepy original mesh, antique decor and fancy furniture.

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Deadman's Island Haunted Sim

Deadman's Island Haunted Sim is not for the squeamish or faint-hearted! Are you looking to visit somewhere dark, ominous and creepy? Deadman's Island will leave you feeling like someone is right behind you.... watching... waiting....

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Haunted Home of Frankenstein

Long ago, Dr. Victor Frankenstein created his dreams. Eventually, those dreams destroyed him. Here at the Home of Frankenstein, many spooks still haunt this land; wandering, restless, weary. Are you brave enough to take a boat ride or climb a lighthouse? Perhaps you would like to visit the orphanage or asylum? You can even visit the home of Dr. Frankenstein. All things are possible...if you are brave enough!

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All Hallows at Moochie

Among the treacherous trees, the moldering mist, the rattling ruins and the wretched wailing winds, there are creepy corners and secluded shadows waiting for those who dare to venture into the darkness. Sable black, sable black, windy and weird, All Hallows at Moochie is a place to be feared.

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ShenaniganS Spooky Halloween Cemetery

ShenaniganS takes its turn to celebrate Halloween in the traditional vein of Second Life by rezzing a haunted dungeon decorated by the fab Blublaize. Come and explore, be scared - brave the rats and spiders and take lots of pictures. Happy Halloween!! Open Sept. 24 through Nov. 5.

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Screaming Woods

Come and explore the Screaming Woods, if you dare...

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Oh the Horror Cart Sale & Hunt

Visit Camp Mineral Pond from Oct 1st to 31st,where horror movie baddies are holding their annual horror event. Browse 36 carts full of goods, including a creepy theme and L$10 item on every cart. Feel your heart leap as you seek hidden objects of terror that contain L$2 hunt gifts. If you don’t have Lindens to spend, not to worry as the ghastly menagerie has something for you…

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Skeleton House - Halloween Store

When the moon is full, little creatures scamper and lumber out of the old haunted house. Dancing through the halls, they cavort in the pale moonlight as they keep a watchful eye on the cemetery below. They say zombies and skeletons enjoy these moonlit nights

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Important Viewer Evolution Update

by Community Manager ‎09-22-2016 12:11 PM - edited ‎09-22-2016 12:17 PM

We're in the process of rolling out some important Viewer updates, with more to come in the near future - this note is to summarize those and to alert you to some changes in the supported Viewer platforms.

Embedded Browser Upgrade

We've recently updated the web browser technology in the Viewer to use the Chromium browser technology; this does a much much better job of supporting the latest web standards and media formats. With this change, we are removing the Quicktime plugin from the Windows Viewer; that plugin has been poorly supported for a long time and a persistent source of security problems. Quicktime support will be removed on the Mac version too in a later update so that both platforms will support media in the same way. It may be that some Quicktime media will work even without the plugin, but many more modern formats such as mp3 and mp4 will work more reliably. You can try this Viewer now by downloading the "Second Life VLC Viewer" from the Alternate Viewers page.

Extended Avatar Skeletons

You've probably heard about this as the "Bento" project. This Viewer correctly displays the new bones and attachment points we're adding, giving you lots of ways to make much more sophisticated and flexible avatars at a lower cost. For more information about “Bento” visit the wiki, check out our blog, and give it a try using the Release Candidate viewer.

64 bit Viewers

The current official Viewer is built to use only 32 memory addresses, which limits how much of your computer’s memory it can use at a time. We're updating our builds so that Windows users will be able to choose between a 64 bit (large memory) version or a 32 bit (backwards compatibility) version. The 64 bit version will be much better for most users; any computer bought in the last several years should be capable of running in 64 bit mode. In fact, if you're running a 32 bit version of Windows now, you should look into upgrading to a 64 bit version; our data shows that even just upgrading your OS should reduce the frequency of crashes.  Coming soon to a project viewer near you.

Platform Versions

In order to be able to continue making progress on these and other projects, we'll be making some changes to which Viewers and configurations we support; this week we will:

  • Discontinue support for Windows Vista
  • Discontinue support for Mac OS X versions less than 10.9

The Viewer may continue to work on those platforms for a while, but we won't be testing for it or attempting to fix any compatibility issues.

Coincidentally, Apple has just released OSX 10.12 (Sierra). We do have reports that installing this upgrade will clear your Second Life inventory cache. Normally, that should only cause some performance impact as the cache is reloaded, but in some cases at least in current viewers it causes your avatar to appear as a cloud (see BUG-37653). The workaround is to open your Inventory, find an outfit folder, and drag the outfit folder onto your avatar; after this, you can modify your appearance using any of the usual methods.

We'll also be making upgrades from any Viewer version older than 4.0.5 a required update. This will get you a lot of bug fixes, including many crashes, and will ensure that you're in a better position to upgrade in smaller steps to the great new features above.

Updated system requirements are available here.

I don’t know about you, but I am a 365 days of Halloween kind of person. I go home decor shopping when others go party decoration shopping, and if I deck a hall, it will most certainly be with boughs of spiderwebs and clouds of dry ice. I know that lots of us feel the same and wish stores would pack up those Winter Holiday decorations for a few more weeks and roll out more spook-tacular Halloween treats.

Now is the perfect time for us to pull out the stops and do it up in a BIG WAY. We’re looking for some of your great inworld, Halloween-themed images!

Share your pics, and your work could be featured in an upcoming email or banner campaign - with your avatar name credited of course!

Share your pic on our Official Flickr Page with the tag “SLHalloween2016” so that we can see all of your amazing work. You may submit as many as you like between now and October 5, 2016. Please include your avatar name in the image description so that we know who to credit!

We’ll showcase the chosen image(s) in an email to Residents, as well as in some banner campaigns. We’ll let the chosen image creators know via Flickr.

Tips for your submissions:

  • Make sure that your submissions are appropriate for all audiences.
  • Layout:

    • The main content of your image should be near the center and to the right of the image - similar to the images you’d see on the Second Life login page.
    • Horizontal images work best.
  • Show your avatar or avatars in a scene inworld - an image that tells a story is going to make an impression.
  • Keep your image free of additional text/logos.
  • Higher resolution images work best.
  • Check below for examples of images that we’ve used in the past.

If you need a little inspiration - catch the Halloween spirit by ghost-hunting some of the frightful haunts already submitted to the Destination Guide.




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Friday is one of the most popular days of the week. You have the entire weekend ahead of you a wide open canvas for plans, friends, hobbies and fun. In Second Life, that means grabbing your SL squad and enjoying some of your favorite spots. How about a little adventure with some new spots that you can discover together?

Our Destination Guide keeps a pretty incredible catalog of events, exhibits and more — a variety of different tastes, styles and environments to suit any mood. Each week we try to gather a few of these places to share with you here in the blog. All you have to do is click the links below and login to see what we’ve uncovered this week.

You can also submit your spot for Destination Guide consideration, if it’s not there and you’d like it to be.

What are you waiting for? We’ve got plenty to see inworld!

LTD The Event

LTD The Event is a monthly home and garden event, featuring amazing home and garden designers across the grid. Runs from the 12th of each month to the first!

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Fluffy and Fierce Event

At the Fluffy and Fierve event, you will find your true nature. Between the paths of light and dark, your true calling will come. While on the prowl checking out the shops, grab the "hint givers" to locate your free prize at participating stores. Event held Sept. 16-20.

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White Tigers Islands Pirate Hunt

White Tigers Islands presents a large scavenger game-based adventure "Pirate Hunt," held Sept. 15 through Nov. 15. This hunt has the best booty of any SL pirate hunt with 50+ prizes.

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Spoonful of Sugar Festival

The Spoonful of Sugar Festival 2016 is dedicated to raising funds for the world-wide, non-profit group Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). More info at thesosfestival.com.

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Couture Fair 6 - Back to School

This sexy couture event is back for the sixth time with a special "back to school" edition! Come and join one of Second Life's most popular shopping experiences where exclusives and quality is a guarantee and fun is to be had! Event held Sept. 10-Oct. 1.

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U L T R A Events

U L T R A™ is a bi-monthly event featuring some of the best creators across the grid. Shop in this modern, one-of-a-kind build, rich with Palm Springs charm. The latest round of about 45 elite designers offers a truly unusual array of exclusive fashion, furnishings and all things from antique to contemporary. Event held Sept. 15-Oct. 15.

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Avilion Harvest Arts Festival

The Avilion Harvest Arts Festival will be held in Avilion Heart from Sept. 16-18 when it will close with a Literary Ball in the wonderful Avilion Ballroom. The weekend entertainment includes five plays, a poetry reading, ballet and dance drama, a back stage party, live singers, puppet theatre, fireworks and many other delights.

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The Pirate Maze of Templeton Cove

Explore this underwater maze by traversing across a bottomless pit, walking the plank, and finding the hidden openings between the pilings under the boardwalk. If you're smart enough to find the end of the maze, you'll win your share of The Pirate's Lost Treasure!

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Kingdom of Giliath

Small dragons of varying hues were dispatched throughout the lands bearing scrolls of invitation. With a flap of leathery wings and stretching of graceful necks, they crooned as their scrollcases were removed, flicking their tails and trilling for you to accept the invitation and visit us in a world like no other.

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Loch Haven

Come enjoy the forest, woods, meadows and wild seas at Loch Haven. This is a romantic and peaceful spot for a date or couples to explore, relax, dance, kiss and cuddle. Activities include fishing, horse trails, surfing, swimming and hiking.

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Moonlight Sonata

Moonlight Sonata is the friendliest little piano bar in all of SL for romantic pop music. Come dance with your date or meet someone new. The surroundings are warm and the people are friendly and fun. You'll find yourself laughing at the open chat as you become a part of the family. Formal wear, please, or cocktail dresses are always fine for the ladies.

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The Shire

Discover this picturesque Tolkien-inspired realm, built by Chocolate Aftermath. Highlights to explore include two caves, an artist gallery, a party area and several picturesque trails to wander.

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Harvest Moon Club and Beach

Harvest Moon is a romantic beach setting with a small club, photogenic areas, whale watching and even a wedding spot. It's a perfect place to bring your date, play games with friends, fish or just chill alone. During club hours you will find friendly, fun, international deejays of all genres.

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The Dark Rose

The Dark Rose is a mysterious, small space station with a cool color scheme.

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MeadowWorks

MeadowWorks is a purveyor of fine weeds, useless objects aka 'art' and some great gachas. This quality mesh store has an assortment of products like dancing animal sculptures, neon signs and undersea plants.

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Tortuga Bay Airport

Tortuga Bay is a community in SW Eden. Over time it has seen many changes and it is frequently visited by traders, smugglers and pirates. Since the war when the military built an airstrip, it is now a flourishing tourist destination.

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Arteo

Explore this sparse alien habitat that, in some lighting conditions, is reminscent of Mars. There are some neat nooks to explore and don't miss the moving cube art.

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KYMATIK

KYMATIK is an electronic music club with lots of layered animated elements.Attend a performance on the open stage or just explore and look at the oscillating lights.

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TWE12VE

A brand new monthly event in SL. TWE12VE runs the 12th of the month at 12 noon (Pacific) through the end of the month. Each round is themed with a word. Visit the venue to see the list or go to the website evilbunnysl.com. September's theme is "enchanting."

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Visual Outfit Browser is Live!

by Community Manager on ‎09-15-2016 03:08 PM

Out now is a feature that is sure to make browsing your outfits a breeze… Introducing, the Visual Outfit Browser out now as part of the default viewer!

In Second Life, personalizing your avatar and expressing yourself through outfits and accessories is an art in and of itself. Bloggers, fashionistas, role-players, and pretty much everyone else knows that finding the perfect thing to wear can be a timely challenge when searching for items in your inventory by name. Creating outfits is a great way to keep some of your best looks organized and within easy reach, but what if you have lots of similarly named outfits, or can't quite remember which look you put together? With the new Visual Outfit Browser (VOB) feature, you can take snapshots, upload images, or even use an existing image from your inventory to assign a thumbnail to your outfit folders. Images should be no larger than 256 x 256 - so keep that in mind when taking your pics.  It's a great way to browse your virtual closet and get inspired for your next wardrobe change.

For more details, check out our Knowledge Base article on this feature. Get the latest browser now, have fun, and we hope you enjoy this cool new feature!

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We very happy to announce a major milestone for an exciting update to Second Life avatars…

 

You might remember the first introduction back in December 2015: we opened up Resident participation for Project Bento. Bento greatly extends the avatar skeleton, allowing the creation of many new kinds of exciting content. Today we are happy to announce the next phase in the development. The Bento Viewer is now a Release Candidate Viewer! This is the last stage before becoming the official release Viewer.

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If you are interested in avatar content creation, please give the new Viewer a try, and if you encounter problems, please let us know right away by filing a JIRA bug report. We believe the skeleton and sliders are in their final state, but the Release Candidate Viewer is intended to give us the opportunity to test with a much larger number of users to be sure we're ready to deploy throughout Second Life. It’s very important to hear about any remaining problems as soon as possible. You can also review the release notes for this Release Candidate.

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Thanks to everyone who has made Bento possible through your ongoing enthusiasm and feedback! With your help, Bento will soon be ready for integration to the main Second Life viewer, allowing all Residents to enjoy even more innovative avatars.

This time of year is an interesting blend of those who hold on to the last shimmering days of summer, and those who rush towards the rioting leaves of Fall a magical between time that celebrates two seasons simultaneously. The sights and sounds of a summer Renaissance Fair mingle with the scents of pumpkin spice and cinnamon nutmeg.

Second Life is full of the best of both worlds with a healthy variety of things to keep you celebrating September in all its seasonal mashup glory. Our Destination Guide editorial team has crafted a list of spots you are not going to want to miss.

You’re going to want to have your cameras handy to capture the best parts of your adventures. The official Second Life Flickr page is where we select images to feature on our social media channels as part of the Pic of the Day program. Maybe your pic will be selected!

You can also submit your spot for Destination Guide consideration, if it’s not there and you’d like it to be.

Grab a snack, and let’s get exploring!

 

The 6th Annual Renaissance Hunt and Fair

Welcome to the 6th annual Renaissance Hunt and Faire which will take place September 1-30. There will be Renaissance, Medieval and Fantasy-themed gifts to find hidden all over the grid in 65 participating shops. At the Faire, you'll enjoy a mini-hunt, entertainment, food, drink, shopping, dancing, gachas and general good times, Renaissance style!

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Venta Silurum

Venta Silurum is a sim filled with adventure and photography with a full range of location types creatively put together, including cliff top ruins, farmland and wetlands. Come explore and create!

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Mining Mayhem!

Visit an old abandoned mine that's been long forgotten after being shut down and closed. There has been so many unexplained deaths over the years, so no one knows what still lurks there. There have been rumours of awful moans coming from deep inside. Dare to explore?

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The Curio Exhibition

The Curio is an 3D and 2D exhibition in Second Life, held Sept. 10-30 at the Serena Imagine Arts Center. Featuring a written story by Eleseren Brianna and in the spirit of an Victorian adventure, we introduce you to the Enkeli...

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Fantasy Gay Pride 2016

Celebrate all sexual orientations in this special event, held Sept. 16-25. Dance and enjoy several stage shows, live music, games and a sim-wide hunt. Strut the catwalk, share a poem, relax with friends or fly a rocket. Be part of the experience! Explore interactive environments from ancient Egypt and Greece through the present and into the future!

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Templeton Cove Block Party

Templeton Cove and Shangrla Radio invite you to attend its 10th Anniversary Celebration, held Sept. 12th to 16th. Events include live music, bumper boat races, a memorial work, "all-star rock fest", art stroll, free prizes and more!

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The Liaison Collaborative

The Liaison Collaborative is an innovative, intimate events company based entirely within Second Life. TLC opens to the public every 7th through the 30th. More info at liaisoncollaborative.com.

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Couture Fair 6 - Back to School

This sexy couture event is back for the sixth time with a special "back to school" edition! Come and join one of Second Life's most popular shopping experiences where exclusives and quality is a guarantee and fun is to be had! Event held Sept. 10-Oct. 1.

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Peacehaven - A New Beginning

Peacehaven - A New Beginning is a beautiful corner of Second Life created by Blu Blaize. Come and enjoy this wonderful beach, park and forest setting. Take fantastic photos. Dance or cuddle with that special someone. Enjoy the peace and serenity or explore to your hearts desire.

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Sea.Grass

Visit Abbey's latest creation: a collage of shops with rare and limited yard sale items set in a seaside setting. Wander the sim to find art scattered about (available to buy) and plenty of photo poses. Have fun and be happy as you watch the seasons change.

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Haunted

If you love to be scare, come to Haunted! There are two sims full of spooks and scares, including an apocalyptic city where zombies are king. There is a lot to do here if the zombies let you, so make sure you bring your friends...you may need them!

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Cape San Blas Beach

Cape San Blas Beach caters to ocean lovers, surfers, and anyone looking for a quiet, peaceful place to relax. Inspired by the small-town, coastal charms of Old World Florida, the landscaping and cottage-style homes are hand-picked to evoke simpler days of the past. Cape San Blas Beach is the preservation of virgin sand dunes, wild-life, and minimal human footprint, on the serene Gulf Coast.

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Tranquility Village

Visit this small Norse-themed village on an island below a mysterious mountain. Rumors abound of dark things dwelling deep within the mountain's cave.

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I mentioned once how walking along the piers here in San Francisco is a bit like walking around The Arcade Gacha event with a really great windlight, and now it’s time to take another stroll along the virtual piers at The Arcade. I’ve been saving up my Lindens and I hope you have, too. There are tons of amazingly cool items to collect from some of the most clever designers on the grid. Even if gachas are not your thing, be sure to drop by when things have calmed down to enjoy the beautiful build sites, sounds, and all!

Believe it or not, Halloween is already creeping its way into Second Life and there’s new haunted and horrific attractions to brave with your besties. You know what they say about horror movies never go into the basement alone!

Cica Ghost returns with another stunning build, that is sure to be the perfect photogenic spot to snap some screenshots. The official Second Life Flickr page is where we select images to feature on our social media channels as part of the Pic of the Day program. Maybe your pic will be selected!

Those are just a few of the new Destination Guide Highlights to hit in recent days but as always there are plenty more to explore that our editors have conveniently put together below.

You can also submit your spot for Destination Guide consideration, if it’s not there and you’d like it to be.

See you inworld!

The Arcade Gacha Events

The Arcade Gacha Events presents the ultimate GACHA experience! Guaranteed to delight shoppers, The Arcade offers unique transferable items from 100 of the grid's top designers. Discover that perfect gift to surprise and delight everyone on your list this year!

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You.Gatcha Event

You.Gatcha © is an innovative monthly shopping event with fashions, poses, home and garden items and more. Learn more at yougatchaevent.wixsite.com/yougatchaevent. Opens Sept. 4.

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London City 7th Birthday

London City celebrates its 7th birthday in Second Life. Throughout September, you can enjoy live events and weekend concerts to celebrate. There's also a fun fair, vintage memorabilia hunt and themed collectables from London City's seven years in Second Life. Details at mainlandlondon.blogspot.co.uk.

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Library by Cica Ghost

''The only thing that you absolutely MUST know, is the location of the library.'' - Albert Einstein

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The Adventure Game Nexus

The Adventure Game Nexus provides portals out to the very best adventure games in Second Life. Games are vetted and hand picked to represent the highest quality games SL has to offer.

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The Fantasia Experience

Explore eight chapters as you quest and experience this neverending cinematic adventure.

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Halloween Town

Halloween Town is filled with spooky rides and attractions including haunted houses, a fun house and much more to explore!

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Viper's Haunted Halloween

Welcome to this spooky Halloween event on Viper's haunted Halloween sim. Take a tour and follow the bridge up to the haunted house. There is also a newly built asylum to explore. Have your way throughout the amazing maze before you are entering the misty cemetary.

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Afterhours District

Come and take a walk in a beautiful shopping district inspired by the 19th century with stunning Victorian buildings and glimpses of mysterious, dark and misty streets. This vintage atmosphere is characterized by refinement and magnificence. The Afterhours District is comprised of 40 shops including jewelry makers, design and furniture shops, fashion stores and one event building.

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Serene Heart Community

Serene Heart is an ecumenical community of monks and nuns, born to share prayers together. Prayer services are held daily at 11 a.m. (Pacific). For any requests, please contact the Abbot, father Emmanuel Francisco Xavier SJ.

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Loop Lounge

Music begins where language ends. Loop Lounge hosts real house music events every Wednesday.

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The Village & BarDeco

Visit this small village on the water where you can stroll beside the sea in a zen atmosphere and relax. Grab a drink and listen to the music of the best deejays in SL at BarDeco.

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S T I G M A T A

S T I G M A T A is home to Club Stigmata and a Russian vampire community.

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We're proud to introduce the all-new "Fantasy" starter avatars, covering a diverse range of "genre" styles including steampunk, vampires, sci-fi, post-apocalyptic… and beyond!

There are 10 fresh starter avatars available right now, and you can use them as a basis for further customization — explore the Second Life Marketplace and personalize to your liking. These new avatars have normal "system" bodies with mesh wearables, which makes it easy to change their hair, clothes, accessories, and more!

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A bit more history about our long-term starter avatar collections:

Back in May 2014, we introduced a round of mesh-body starter avatars to replace even older starter avatars (that you can still find in your inventory's Library > Clothing > Initial Outfits folder).

Then in November 2015, we superceded all of those with a new batch of “Classic” avatars using "system" bodies that are easier to customize, partially in response to Resident requests pointing out the inflexibility of the all-mesh bodies.

Over the years, we've continued to apply what we've learned about building techniques to our starter avatars, improving their aesthetics and optimizing them to load quickly. Our latest Fantasy starter avatars are vibrant examples of what we consider "balanced content" that is both performance-optimized and looks beautiful — they can save you time getting immersed in one of our many roleplaying communities without unnecessarily lagging yourself or others. We know that content creators want to create optimized content for their customers, and we encourage creators to study these new avatars as examples of balanced content.

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In our ongoing quest to help creators be aware of balanced content, we introduced the Avatar Rendering Complexity (ARC) project. And more recently, we rolled out "JellyDolls" — a visual feature to raise awareness of ARC and help you control the resources your Viewer spends rendering others' avatars. We practice what we preach, so our Fantasy avatars have been fine-tuned for low, efficient ARC scores. These are just a couple of the initiatives that help make your Second Life a more enjoyable experience.

Ready for your next adventure?

In the Second Life Viewer, go to Me menu > Choose an Avatar to see the Fantasy avatars. New users will also be able to select one of these avatars during the signup process. Try them today!

There was an internal video made to introduce these avatars to the company, and we loved it so much, we'd like to share it with you!

 

 

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 40: Bernhard Dörries

by Community Manager ‎09-01-2016 10:04 AM - edited ‎09-01-2016 10:21 AM

This episode of the Drax Files focuses on 88-year-old Bernhard Dörries. A successful German film director whose prolific career spans more than 50 years and 129 films, Bernhard continues to explore storytelling and creativity through Second Life.

In Second Life, Bernhard’s avatar is Bernhard McIntyre - a youthful representation of his creative intellect, as well as a vehicle to cope with the emotional and physical challenges of moving into an assisted living situation.

“My avatar is co-creator, equal partner in sharing feelings, co-owner of feelings and emotions,” he says.

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To find out more about this fascinating man - including his Second Life machinima and how he envisions a Film Festival in his honor - tune into this episode of the Drax Files here, or watch the video below.

Want to see more Second Life stories? Find previous episodes of The Drax Files: World Makers at Draxtor’s Website, or at the links below - and be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel - where you can watch the entire series.

 

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 39: Sergio Delacruz
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 38 : Eboni Khan
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 37 : Nonprofit Commons
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 36 : Sominel Edelman
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 35 : Project Bento
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 34 : Cheeky Pea
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 33: Luxembourg 1867
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 32: Jay Jay Zifanwe
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 31:Tom Boellstorff
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 30: Maylee Oh