With less than 24 hours until Valentine’s Day, the Second Life Destination Guide is overflowing with both romantic and non-romantic activities and events - so make plans to experience a few of the newest destinations today!
The Love is in the Air Event is a beautiful and highly detailed shopping region with a great selection of clothes, gachas, furnishings, HUDs, and more. The event boasts over 40 unique booths, artfully-landscaped walkways and even a catwalk for shows. Better hurry, because the Love is in the Air Event only lasts through Valentine’s Day.
Embrace rollicking jazz, street parties, and flashing confetti at 2015 Mardi Gras Town. This yearly New Orleans build features all the traditional Mardi Gras trappings, as well as shops for costumes, masks, art, and more. Fat Tuesday’s less than a week away, so get partying!
A grin-inducing pun aside, Less than Three is a nearly perfect romantic getaway. Whether you prefer vineyard wine tasting, classic drive-ins or forested ruins, this archipelago offers a variety of romantic places to explore. Take that special someone on a soothing vacation to Less than Three.
Moya’s Memory takes visitors on an imaginative tour of an artist’s thoughts and memories. Part found installation, part computer mainframe, part hand-drawn whimsy, this project offers a glimpse into the imaginative mechanics of what make us who we are.
A futuristic blend of modern nightlife and Aztec ruins, Hydra is a new club making big waves. This well-designed venue offers the full club experience, including poolside parties, cozy lounges, a large bar, and a pounding dance floor.
Keep your Destination Guide Submissions coming and share your creations! If you’re more explorer than creator, be sure to check out the Photo Booth Fun Contest. Props and exotic locations are most definitely encouraged, and there’s a chance for some pretty cool prizes. While you’re at it, share your images at the official Second Life Flickr page. Until then, see you inworld.
Love is in the air and Valentine’s Day is just a few days away! Pink and red dominate, chocolate sales sky-rocket, and we're reminded that the true hallmark of love is in the quality of time we spend with our loved ones.
Come to the Isle of View on February 13th for some Pre-Valentine’s Day fun. Meet up with other Residents and enjoy all the romance that Isle of View has to offer - boat rides, fireworks, kissing booths - a treasure trove of memorable moments just waiting to be made with someone special.
Why February 13th? Because we believe in love, and there is still time to find a special someone for the big day.
If you’ve got a Valentine - bring them to the Isle of View.
If you’re currently looking for a Valentine - come to the Isle of View.
If you have several Valentines - well lucky you - bring them all to the Isle of View!
And how does one get to the Isle of View, you may wonder - here’s your ticket to Second Life’s twist on the tunnel-of-love.
P.S. Isle of View.
As we continue to improve Second Life, we’re looking into the issue of inventory loss. If you have experienced some form of inventory loss in the past 12 months - whether partial (such as a single object or subfolder), or full - please take a moment to share your answers via this quick survey.
Your answers will help provide our engineering team with information that will assist them as they make improvements to Second Life.
We greatly appreciate your time and want to thank you for responding to the survey.
We (both the Lindens and some hard-working open source contributors) have been busy making improvements to Second Life, and now is a good time to let you know about some new things you’ll soon be able to enjoy. These changes include improving the way your avatar interacts with surfaces inworld, giving you more tools for managing your preferences for notifications and graphics settings, as well as improvements to make life easier for mesh creators and merchants. Read below for the details and links to download Project Viewers that will let you get an early look at some of these improvements.
One of the surprisingly difficult things to do in a virtual world is to make things come to rest in a natural-looking way. Keeping feet on the ground when standing and the right body parts on furniture seems obvious, but getting an avatar to "just touch" without either floating above or penetrating into the adjacent surface can be computationally quite expensive. To avoid some of that expense, Second Life has always used approximations, which rely on some simplifying assumptions about the avatar shape and size. Those assumptions are adjusted by a number of factors including several of your shape parameter choices, values included in attachments you are wearing, and active animations.
As we've all seen, sometimes these things combine to leave you floating above or sinking into the surface on which intuitively you should be resting. This is because the adjustments come from many sources and sometime interact in unexpected ways. Because they have not always been applied in exactly the same order, even if you wear the same set of attachments in the same setting you could sometimes get different results.
We've been doing some work on all this and testing the results in the Project HoverHeight Viewer. This viewer, and some accompanying server changes, improve things in two ways: the order in which we make adjustments to your vertical position has been made more stable -- combining the same set of attachments and animations should now always produce the same vertical offset: even if it's not perfect, it will at least be predictable. Because it can't always be perfect, we've also introduced a new final adjustment that is directly under your control: a new avatar right-click selection allows you to tweak your vertical position. This final adjustment is shared with everyone around you so that they too will see you correctly, and is saved locally by your viewer so that it persists between sessions. This new feature was inspired by a proposal from the Firestorm viewer team, and they've been helping with testing it.
Busy Second Life Residents have told us via JIRA, the Suggestion form, and other channels that they need better ways to control and organize the many notices they receive: inventory offers, group notices, event invites, and money transactions all result in the same kind of pop-ups and notice chiclets and are all listed together. It can be difficult to keep track of what has been happening, and all too easy to miss something important. An upcoming Viewer release will add a new floater that provides separate displays for different notice types, and the ability to sort them. You can prioritize and organize what's important to you.
Mesh creators have sometimes found that large or complex models can't be imported to Second Life, and the reason why is not always clear. We're upgrading support for mesh import: an upcoming Viewer update will allow uploading models that have more than eight unique faces, and improved association of physics representations and LODs by name. It also improves error reporting, including a detailed mode that dumps everything you might want to know about how your model is being processed. You can try out this work in-progress now in the Project Importer Viewer.
Viewer Managed Marketplace
Merchants get improvements too! In the next couple of months, you'll be able to manage the inventory in your Second Life Marketplace store directly from the Viewer (there is a Project Viewer available for exploring this on Aditi). Items no longer need to be loaded into the Merchant Outbox or a Magic Box; instead you'll designate items to be sold directly from your personal inventory.
Your preferred way to see the world can change depending on what you're doing, and your graphics preferences strongly affect the performance of your viewer. We're introducing an open source contribution that allows you to save named sets of graphics settings, with a drop-down for quickly changing between them. When you sit down to listen to a performance in your favorite music club, you can pick settings optimized for rich display of your companions and settings, and when you go exploring you can pick a set that trades off longer draw distances and better lighting effects for simpler rendering of details - whatever you think is important. This Viewer will also expose some controls we've been experimenting with for some time to give you better protection against nearby objects or avatars that are too difficult to render fully on your system.
Second Life Developer Tools
Finally, we've been updating several of the tools we use to build both viewers and simulators; while this doesn't directly provide new features, we believe it will improve stability, performance, and the productivity of developers so that we can more quickly bring you an even better Second Life.
All of these changes, along with other fixes and small improvements, should reach the default Viewer over the next several weeks.
There’s no shortage of romantic places to explore in Second Life this Valentine’s season, but there’s also a whole host of intricate and interesting places to experience that are outside of the Valentine’s Day bubble.
Take a look below at a sample of what the Second Life Destination Guide has to offer.
Grab your snow gear and head over to Winter Wonderland - a 4-region event filled with ice-skating, snowboard and snowmobile racing, a snowball fighting arena, and much more. This special event is brought you by Linden Lab, and will be open for a limited time - so go enjoy the fun before the snow melts!
If you enjoy digging to the bottom of a juicy mystery, Buried might be the game for you. This geocaching-focused hunt tasks visitors with uncovering the truth about a famous writer’s unnerving disappearance. Prepare for twists, turns, thrills, and more as you delve deep into the world of Buried.
A quest-like hunt from the people at Green Rose Manor, the Eternal Love Quest challenges Residents to discover what eternal love really means. Keep your wits sharp, be brave, and leave no stone unturned in your search for Eternal Love. Successful hunters are generously rewarded with gifts from a unique range of creators.
The SLGBT Alliance’s Spread the Love Expo is a great shopping event for a good cause. The SLGBT Alliance aims to to raise money in support of a variety of LGBT-focused charities. This Valentine’s Day, support all love.
The Citta Bhavana Ashram is a heavily-forested area that celebrates all things that cultivate heart and mind. The citta averages ten events per week, including philosophy discussions, music theory, meditation, and more. Visit the Citta Bhavana Ashram for thought-provoking conversation or peaceful.
If you’re looking to explore a fantasy-based environment, make time to explore the Elven Isle of Telrunya. Hidden nooks and crannies abound in this soothing forested realm. Mortals, fae, magic, mystique… Discover something otherworldly in Telrunya.
With less than two weeks until Valentine’s Day, time’s running out to send in those last-minute romantic destinations and snapshots. You can even enter the Photo Booth Fun Contest for a chance to win some cool prizes. Don’t wait, get those comically-oversized props together and start posing today!
SNOWBALL WARZONE SHOWDOWN
Come pelt some Lindens and fellow Residents with snowballs in a frozen field free-for-all at Winter Wonderland. That’s right - between 10 AM SLT and noon SLT on Friday, February 6th, we’re holding a meetup inworld at the Snowball Warzone. Get your free snow launching weapon, gather your posse, and prepare to say hello to some Linden friends for a full on flurry of snow-slinging fun.
PHOTO BOOTH FUN CONTEST
Share your silly photo booth style pictures with us for a chance to win L$10,000, L$5,000, L$3,000, or L$1,000 for your snapshot! Props encouraged! Winners will be selected by a panel consisting of both Lindens and Residents.
Rules and more information are available on the contest page.
Enter between now and March 4th, 2015. We can’t wait to see what you come up with!
It’s time again to take a look at all the new and exciting activities Second Life has to offer. From cool winter to steamy romance, spend the weekend exploring, dancing, and playing your way through the awesome experiences of the virtual world.
It’s here. It’s big, and it’s filled with powdery, frozen goodness. We’re proud to present Winter Wonderland, a four-region destination chock full of gifts and attractions. Explore cozy villages, rides, and more in this expansive shrine to winter fun. Premium users should also stop by the Premium Gift Kiosks for brand new, winter-themed gifts!
Every week, new submissions pour into the Destination Guide in a deluge of Resident-crafted activities, games, and locations. Here are some recent standouts we think you'll love exploring:
The Antiochia Scholarships Trust aims to help Middle-Eastern students without ready access to secondary education attend Canadian universities. Redemption Cathedral is their re-creation of the ancient city of Antiochia, complete with a variety of ancient architectural styles. Learn more about this great cause, visit Antiochia.
It wouldn’t be Valentine’s Day in Second Life without fun seasonally appropriate hunts, and the Be My Valentine Hunt is no exception. This annual hunt takes place in the Botanica region, known for detailed gardens built with a quirky sense of humor. Do you have what it takes to win the aggressively cute prize? Find all the Valentine’s cards to see.
Another wonderfully romantic spot - Valentine’s on Ice - is a region-wide event in the ever-popular Celebrities Hangout. Enjoy romantic scenery, live concerts, and great people, all under a dusting of rose petals and snow.
Aquarelle is a soothing island where everything is ever-so-slightly transparent. Wander through a place where ephemeral trees drive taproots into concrete-solid ponds, relax, or view paintings at the quaint gallery. After all the activities and hunts and active entertainment, it’s nice to be able to meander through something beautiful and minimalist.
For the last few weeks, Residents from all manner of virtual places have been sharing their destination submissions and images for romantic spots. Keep it up! Share that love with a special destination or the perfect Flickr image. You can even submit inworld snapshots for a chance to be featured in upcoming email and banner campaigns. ‘Til next time, see you at Winter Wonderland.
The Drax Files: World Makers is back with another great human interest story from a Second Life user. This episode is all about the well-known virtual model Absinthe and the thriving fashion community inworld. Absinthe opens the episode with a statement that many Second Life Residents can relate to:
“You’ll know what your avatar looks like when you find your soul avatar,” she says, “You’re like - that’s it. That’s me. That’s who I am.”
This episode looks into the way in which Absinthe and others identify with their avatars. Like many of us, Absinthe’s avatar represents a facet of her personality, but doesn’t necessarily bear a complete physical resemblance.
Offline, Absinthe works with patients who have HIV/AIDS and volunteers at Camp Hope as a clinical pharmacist; inworld she indulges her love for fashion through her modeling work and her FEROSH project. FEROSH is a visual arts digital publication that interprets current fashion trends in the context of Second Life.
To hear more of Absinthe’s story and find out more about her FEROSH project, watch the video embedded below or follow this link.
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
Get ready for some wintery inworld fun! Today, we're opening Winter Wonderland: four regions of icy, snowy greatness for everyone to enjoy. Pick up free gifts, have a snowball fight, go ice skating, race a snowmobile, and more!
Premium subscribers enjoy special upgrades in Winter Wonderland as well as exclusive new gifts! It's a great time to upgrade to Premium - for a limited time only, you can get 50% off a quarterly subscription!
Read on for the details:
SNOWBALL FIGHTS, LIGHTS, and OTHER DELIGHTS
There’s no shortage of fun festivities to enjoy in this four-region frosty Winter Wonderland - a collection of scenic builds that were created for you and your friends to discover and enjoy. Here’s a breakdown of what you’ll find there.
VILLAGE OF LIGHTS
Pay a visit to this fantasy styled icy village and enjoy company, calm, and the wonderful winter feel! In the heart of the village you will find a variety of celebratory gifts await you. Be sure to stick around for the fireworks that light up the sky at the top of every hour!
Atop the hill outside the village awaits a great cold wasteland where you and others will buckle down in the trenches of warfare: SNOWBALL FIGHTS! Claim the top of the towers for great vantage, or rule the castle walls with friends. Choose from two weapons, or if you are a Premium member, equip your Premium token for access to the ultimate snowball fight arsenal! You may even catch a Linden or two participating in the snowball shenanigans.
ICY RACE COURSE
Strap on your helmet, hold tight, and rev those engines! On the outskirts of the Village of Lights are free vendors where you can pick up a snowboard or a mighty snowmobile. Premium members can access upgraded vehicles by equipping their token. Hop aboard and race around the four-region wide race track full of bumps, hills, jumps, and more! Grab a friend and see who can best the turns and cross the lines first. Be sure to turn on Advanced Lighting to see the track nicely lit up as you cruise the snow!
In the heart of this region are two skate arenas for the enjoyment of everyone. Grab a pair of skates from the free vendor, strap them on, and give them a spin! Execute athletic jumps and twirls, and glide your way around the ring. In the front vendors here, Premium members will find an extra prize full of customization options to fit your style and avatar.
WINTER FERRIS WHEEL
What better way to see the region than to sit, relax, and rotate your way to the top of the view. The ferris wheel will give you one of the best - and most romantic - views in the region.
FREE WINTER GIFTS THAT WILL LIFT YOUR SPIRITS
In addition to access to all the free fun mentioned above, Winder Wonderland is full of vendors with free gifts for everyone! While you're there, pick up:
- Winter Cupcakes – Carb-load on cupcakes before going to battle in the snowball war, or racing around Winter Wonderland.
- Ice Jewelry – Ice themed jewelry for a classic, shimmering touch.
- Penguin Plushie – This adorable little plushie will be a keepsake your avatar will never want to put down!
- Snowboard – Choose from five different variations, these snowboards will get you through any icy challenge and around any course in a flash.
- Clunker Snowmobile – A beat down, but dang loyal and fast snowmobile that can race with the best.
- Snow globe – A nice little keepsake to remember the season, various versions of these little snow globes can be found at the vendors.
- Snowman – Various colors are available for you to spruce up your inworld space with a little winter time chill.
- Snow Pistol and Snow Rifle – Gift versions of the wintery weaponry found in the Snowball Warzone for you to take home and enjoy with friends wherever you like.
- Winter Cookies: These tasty delicious treats will satisfy your avatar’s sweet tooth any day.
- Winter Mugs: Enjoy various drinks to steam away that cold chill this winter. You will find a few variations of these beautiful mugs.
EXCLUSIVE GIFTS for a Premium EDGE
In Winter Wonderland, Premium members get upgraded versions of many of the free gifts in the experience. Just pick up the Winter Wonderland Ribbon at one of the Premium Kiosks, and equip it before heading to Winter Wonderland.
There are also some new free gifts just for Premium members! Pick up a gift pack at one of the Premium Kiosks to collect:
- Snow Globe Home: Hop right into the snow globe like you always wanted to as a child. Decorate this Tahoe dwelling to your liking, and park it on your favorite region!
- Penguin Family: These adorable little creatures are looking for a home with you.
- Snowmobile: A feature-packed snowmobile built for besting any race course. Change colors and various options to suit your avatar. This snowmobile is built tough and fast, so enjoy the ride.
- Snowboard: This speedy snowboard was designed to get you where you need to go. Choose from five different color options.
- Bazooka: A powerful projectile - this Premium snowball launcher fires a giant snowball that can trap even the strongest foes. Something this powerful will definitely get you a leg up on the competition.
- Customizable Ice Skates – Strap them on and give them a whirl, these customizable skates are feature packed and ready to rock. Choose from premades, or customize individual colors, choose your size, and find your favorite ice rink, or the one at Winter Wonderland and skate away.
THE PERKS of GOING PREMIUM for HALF-PRICE
For a limited time, quarterly Premium subscriptions are available at 50% savings.As a Premium member, you’ll enjoy rewards like exclusive gifts, access to special Premium Sandboxes, as well as Live Chat support. Plus, you’ll get your own inworld home, a L$1000 sign-up bonus, and weekly L$ rewards to spend on whatever you like. You can read more about Premium benefits and upgrade your account here.
*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. To qualify, Second Life members must have an active Basic account or create a new Second Life account. Discount offer begins on Thursday the 29th of January 2015 at 8:00 am Pacific Standard Time (PST) and expires on Monday the 16th of February 2015 at 8:00 am Pacific Standard Time (PST).
The weekend is fast approaching, which means the Destination Guide has an assortment of great places to visit in Second Life. With only a few more weekends between now and Valentine’s Day, things are definitely sweetening up. Read on to see what’s new in this week’s Destination Guide Highlights!
To thrill the senses and warm the heart, the Isle of View has resurfaced with a splash. This romantic destination features swan-shaped gondolas, fireworks, sultry lighting and gorgeous forests. Bring a friend or romantic interest to ride the Swan boat ride at Isle of View!
While many clubs seem to undergo re-designs, few have done it as well as Club Eleven Seven. This rock club features live DJ’s, hosts and a wide variety of rock genres. But the real star is the build. Crazy geometric designs, slick chrome and smooth lights? Why aren’t you there already?
Many role-players looking for new and unique adventures completely forget about the rich stories and power-hungry villains of yesterday. Lightbridge is a period roleplay set just before Henry VIII’s English Reformation. Enter a world of political intrigue and shifting alliances. Don’t doom yourself to repeat the same dragon-slayings and elf-parties of yore, create history at Lightbridge!
Speaking of role-players, We Love Roleplay has just made a triumphant return. This monthly shopping fest caters to role-players of all types. Whether you need a shinier suit of chainmail, an even more-improbable sword, or the perfect period outfit, you’ll find it at We Love Roleplay.
For those of you who prefer your Second Lives to be less hack-and-slash and more dinner-and-a-show, dust off that sport coat (or little black dress) and pay a visit to Aphrodisiac Dinner Theater. At Aphrodisiac, live performers offer weekly shows while diners enjoy the finest in virtual cuisine served in a wonderful open-air theater. A little culture, a wonderful evening, and someone to enjoy it with - what more do you need?
Last week, the call went out for romantic destination submissions and you sent in some wonderful spots. There’s still plenty of time to share a special destination or compose the perfect Flickr image. You can even submit in-world snapshots for a chance to be featured in upcoming email and banner campaigns. See you in-world!
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