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Displaying articles for: 12-18-2016 - 12-24-2016

‘Tis the season! Second Life Residents across the grid are celebrating the holidays with snow-filled sims and winter creations that you won’t want to miss!

This week, we’ve rounded up over 15 seasonal spots -- each with a unique approach to celebrating the holiday. Explore everything from a steampunk winter adventure to a snowy Christmas tree farm in Second Life!

For even more winter delights, there are over 90 spots to explore in the Winter Attractions category in the Second Life Destination Guide. Make sure you check these out before the snow melts!

Don’t forget to share your holiday pics to the official Second Life Flickr.

If you’ve built something great that isn’t in the Destination Guide, write us a note at editor@lindenlab.com  or please submit your spot via form.

Winter Wonderland

Enjoy an exciting snowy adventure in this winter attraction by Linden Lab. Enjoy some holiday gifts in the Village of Lights, or a nice skate around the rink with friends. Take a look over the regions on the top of our Winter Ferris Wheel or race around the track. Don't miss the snowball fight arena!

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The Fallen - A Steampunk Winter Adventure

The Fallen presents "A Steampunk Winter Adventure." Explore the twists and turns and check out the hidden gems in the town and in the forests. Fall in love with the Christmas town, Temple of the Goddess, frozen lake, the castle and forests. A Perfect juxtaposition of nature and steampunk civilization. This is a beautiful location and a dream for Second Life photographers.

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Winter's Hollow

Winter's Hollow is a dark winter-themed shopping market in Second Life, held through January 3. As the season changes to winter, many forget of the dark magic of this season. This event is to bring to light those of us that still like it spooky even in the happy holiday cheer of Christmas. All items (including exclusives) are 25% off.

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Home for the Holidays

Come home for the holidays with iMoogi Radio. It's a Winter Wonderland of fun with ice caves, sleigh rides, horseback riding trails, sledding, snow skiing and more! Visit the nice warm lodge for family fun, holiday parties, caroling and, of course, hot cocoa! The fun continues through February!

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North Pole at Alki

Santa's clan has gone high tech! Step through the portal to the North Pole at Alki and see the elves hard at work in the Industrial Toy Factory. Head to the Reindeer Stables, take a seat at the air control center and send Santa safely off into the snowy night. A full region of fun activities, warm hangouts and tasty treats specially made for you to explore and discover. Happy Holidays!

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Christmas at Buckingham Palace

Celebrate Christmas at Buckingham Palace with Prince Regent George IV. Wander the corridors of the palace dressed in Christmas splendor and enjoy the snow-tipped hills and ice ponds. Take a sleigh tour of Antiquity with a friend or a wintry stroll in the gardens. Warm yourself by the fires of the many splendid staterooms decked in holiday decor.

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Christmas Tree Farms at Lapara Towne

Introducing Lapara's newest annexation. Start at Clownski's Christmas tree farms, and explore the city in its full snow emergency. Now with more than three parks and a train that runs over 1 1/4 miles in each direction. Warm up in the hotel or find the Clownski's store and meet Santa Claus. Menorah Lighting starting December 24th.

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Christmas in Cantana

Welcome to this Christmas wonderland. Santa and his elves are working hard as the wooden soldiers stand guard. Come and ride the train, look around and go skating or dancing in the skating rink. Can you spot the white boomers?

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Island Dreams Seaside Lounge

Island Dreams Seaside Lounge is just part of the winter wonderland at the Yellowstone Falls sim. The Seaside Lounge is known for some of the best live music in Second Life, but also for the spectacular holiday decor.

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Torgon's Winter Fun Park

A park filled with snowy fun and fast rides, Torgon's Winter Fun Park brings out the kid in all of us. Just stroll in the snow, dance the night away, saw off your own Christmas tree, or jump on any of the rides around and just have a fantastic time. Still not enough? Grab some skates or even a snowmobile. And if you dare, grab a light and explore the underground cave...

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The Retreat

The Retreat is a calm and quiet place to relax and enjoy. The Chapel at the Retreat is just cozy enough to celebrate the holidays in...or to hold your winter wedding. There are also seasonal hunts and other events here that change monthly.

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Winter at Fogs End

A bitter winter has settled on the supernatural Victorian roleplay community known as Fogs End. Demons, undead, vampires, magic users, and werewolves walk among its citizens -- all under the ruse of the Masquerade. Take a walk down the crowded streets of the slums, peruse the businesses of town square, or explore the Butcher's Woods. What will you make of this city -- or what will it make of you?

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Winter Festival at Aero Pines Park

The 10th Annual Winter Festival at Aero Pines Park features three regions of snowy fun! Skate on the countryside frozen pond to holiday music or venture out to the hills for winter sports such as skiing, sledding, snowmobiles, horse sleighs and more! There's lots of great photo settings for you and your date, friends, family or group. Open through February 28. Happy Holidays!

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The Fantasy Collective

The Fantasy Collective is back and filled with some of the grid's best original mesh designers and new offerings for the season. There is something for everyone in any walk of life on the grid at this popular shopping event. More info at thefantasycollective.wordpress.com. Event held through Jan. 15.

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AEG Christmas Costume Fun Park

Strap on your skates and put on your skis! Here is a sim that is sure to please.Take your pic on a ride with St Nick! There's lots of fun Christmas and holiday activities for you and your family! Buy Christmas costumes from top designers and more at the AEG Christmas Costume Fun Park.

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Putting a Big Ol’ Bow on 2016 in Second Life!

by Community Manager ‎12-22-2016 11:49 AM - edited ‎12-23-2016 10:24 PM

The Second Life Team has been busy shipping lots of updates ( big, small, and medium) to the Residents of Second Life. These last few months alone, we’ve burned the midnight oil to get a ton of things showtime ready - and we thought the end of the year was a good time to recap just some of the highlights from Q4.

Raising the “Prim” Limits for Mainland and Private Regions

Raising the Land Impact allowance for Mainland and Private Regions allows you to do more with your virtual space! If you’re creating, building, or re-decorating, more Land Impact means more fun! We are excited to see the ways these new Land Impact increases are sparking creativity and ingenuity with Residents all over the Grid. The new option to upgrade to 30,000  Land Impact Limit has been extremely popular as well. We're happy to see so much interest - just in time for some seasonal decorating!

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Maintenance Maintenance Maintenance

The SL team has been, as always, plugging away on keeping the plates spinning.  Each Maintenance Viewer, Web, and Server release contains multiple fixes that include performance improvements, bugfixes, crash fixes, and tons of small feature work. Unglamorous on its own, this work is what  keeps Second Life humming along and this work is our most responsive branch - we often take small feature requests and get them out to Residents in a matter of weeks.

Horizons

Horizons - Residents are having a great time playing through the Horizons experience and carving out their own piece of the Horizons community as well! It’s sci-fi retro fun, and something we were delighted to launch publicly. If you want to scan current listings you can do so by visiting the auctions page. More parcels will be auctioned out soon!Horizons_Billboard_final2.png

360 Snapshots

360 snapshots is in Project Viewer stage. Dramatic new fully panoramic views of Second Life for social media, blogging, and whatever you can imagine are now possible!  We are looking forward to getting that out in the main Viewer soon.

 

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Bento - Extending the Avatar Skeleton

Well, by now you’ve heard the news.  It’s done!  By far the most significant change to the Second Life avatar in a long time, this is already empowering users to create fantastic new avatars, animations and accessories. Bento heads, hands, and much more to come from our super innovative creators. One of the most exciting parts is to see what the creator communities dream up for Bento! There’s a Knowledge Base article about the enhanced skeleton for those creators who want to find out more, and a quick search for “bento” on the Marketplace shows work is already being created that utilizes the new feature.

 

Facial Animations (Credit: Screen capture from video by Strawberry Singh, Catwa Head)

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 Community Gateways

We've resurrected and modernized our technology for enabling communities and educational institutions in Second Life to build their own account creation and user introduction gateways. A number of new gateways are ready to open, with more joining soon. Keep an eye on this blog for more information about the application process and the program - coming soon!

Website Update

A major update of the infrastructure for secondlife.com brings improvements in security and maintainability. This was a long labour of love and all of the teams who worked on it performed miracles of concentration and cooperation to get it done. It may not be a very visible change, but it was a huge undertaking and we are happy to have it implemented site wide.

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Creepy Crawl & Costume Contests

Halloween is a special time of the year in Second Life. It’s a graveyard smash to join in the fun with a get-together that travels around the Grid, sharing our costumes and good times with others. Add costumes and dancing to the mix to kick things up a notch and you have a full on party! We certainly loved seeing everyone in their Halloween best.creepycrawl pic by naria panthar.jpg

Shop til You Drop Inworld Shopping Event

We gathered some of the finest in spooky items from a variety of Merchants and had them set up shop for your one stop Halloween shopping. It really brought the spirit of Halloween to the misty little village.

Marketplace 12 Days of Savings Sale

This year, we once again joined forces with some of the top-selling Merchants on the Marketplace to bring you wonderful holiday deals - up to 70% off - in the 12 Days of Savings Sale.

Snowball Showdown

Residents and Lindens took to the Snowball Fight Arena once more for an epic battle of snow-flinging, ice-slinging action. There’s lots of sparing of wits, words, and especially winter snow! snowballfight pic by torley.jpg

Jolly Holiday Crawl

Before the aforementioned battle of snowballs, we all took a nice peaceful crawl across four beautifully decorated winter regions. Chatted, plotted our snowball strategies, and enjoyed one another's company while listening to holiday music. It’s always nice to gather with friends and have a good time.

Winter Wonderland

Your winter should include a trip to this amazingly whimsical and beautiful region put together especially for the holidays. True to its name, this is a spectacular spot to visit when you have some time to play in the snow, ride the Ferris Wheel, hit the hills on a sled, and get some snowball fighting in.Winter_Wonderland_002.png

 

We look forward to bringing you much more in the coming year - some of which is already well underway - and we’ll continue to share news with you on our blog as even more exciting things develop!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Drop by the Jolly Holiday Crawl & Snowball Showdown - starting at 10 am PT & grab cute gifts courtesy of Blueberry

Anters and sweater generously provided by Blueberry!Anters and sweater generously provided by Blueberry!