The Second Life Destination Guide is packed full of events and limited-time experiences. This week’s haul includes tidal flats, charity fashion worlds, hunts, and chat hangouts. Dive in to new experiences below!
Fashion for Life makes a triumphant return to Second Life! Come see nine regions of the hottest designers, gorgeous fashions, the best modeling agencies, and dazzling entertainment in support of American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. Find that new avatar look while donating to a great cause.
The Trace provides a new take on the whole beach scene. Perfect for photography and bloggers, enjoy bright sun, soothing water, and long, sandy tidal flats in this perfectly calming, sun-kissed region.
Welcome to Rocket City, a fun and friendly furry community nestled in a fantastic forest. Flit and flutter through a fabulously famous land of foxes, fur, flowerbeds, friends, weekly events, and possibly even philosophy. This family-friendly region is, quite frankly, fun.
Sparkys is an oddly whimsical, monochromatic region. This installation by Romy Nayar follows the story of a person living in a world of shadows and grey. This person has an idea, an idea he’s turned into an invention. A world-changing invention he calls “color.”
Every spring, Aero Pines throws an Easter-themed hunt to celebrate the holiday. The seventh annual Eggapalooza Spring Hunt covers four regions and offers hundreds of prizes. Start spring with a bang at Eggapalooza!
If you have an event or region you’re particularly proud of, send it in and share it with Second Life. Or check out what your fellow Residents are up to over at the official Second Life Flickr page. See you inworld!
The 8th Annual Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education (VWBPE) Conference focuses on education in immersive virtual environments like Second Life. Driven by educators and for educators, this open conferences looks closely at the ways in which virtual world platforms can be leveraged in classrooms, universities, and other learning applications.
Last year’s event drew a global audience representing 45 different countries and consisted of 80 presentations over a three day period.
This year, Ebbe Altberg - CEO of Linden Lab - will address Virtual Education in Second Life & in the Future in his opening Keynote at the SL-Main Auditorium starting at 1 PM SLT.
Plan your schedule ahead of time by visiting the VWBPE website. There will be a Pre-Show and staff available starting at 10 AM SLT to help answer your questions prior to the conference. Drop by the VWBPE Gateway Coffee Shop/Patio for information, swag, and details on the event scavenger hunt.
Don’t miss out - register for this conference, sync your calendars, and prepare to learn something new.
If you can't make it inworld, much of the content will be streamed live here.
It’s time to share a sample platter of all of the weird and wonderful regions in the Second Life Destination Guide. Evil apples, dilapidated islands, pulsing bass, and a whole lot more await Residents looking to experience some new and exciting places in Second Life.
Snow White, Eve, Athena and the Trojan War… Apples don’t always lead to a happy story. This installation by Rebecca Bashly explores various myths, legends, and fairytales to show apples as symbols of the darkness hiding behind something sweet and innocuous.
A gorgeously grimy, tumbledown region, Ruins delights in the decrepit. In this new creation by Cica Ghost, wander through an island of skeletal brick pillars under grey skies, flat water, and the wrathful eyes of crows. Embrace decrepitude in Ruins.
A steampunk ode to Jules Verne, Sargasso Sealab offers undersea exploration, roleplay, and a gas-lit lab full of brassy Victorian goodness. Take the underwater elevator down for weekly roleplay sessions, or just enjoy the watery region as a human or mer.
A fantastical re-imagining of Italy, Tudor is a lush romantic land. Soft, warm pastel lighting, gorgeous foliage, flowering trees, and loads of spots for cuddling … explore Tudor with a friend or loved one for maximum enjoyment.
Pulsing beats, acid skulls, and multiple levels make Hardbass a wild club. This electronic venue pours out the bass in a wide variety of genres, all of them hard. Visit for live-streaming DJs and stay for the vibe - just make sure to get yourself to Hardbass.
Second Life is perfect for showing off lasting virtual creations, so polish up those destinations and share them with us! Even if you’re sharing something as simple as a new hairstyle on the Flickr page, the virtual world runs on your creativity. Spread it around!
Once again, it’s time to show off a small selection of the many and varied regions in the Second Life Destination Guide. With charities, holidays, pubs, and more, this weekend’s a great time to experience some the fun things available in Second Life.
It’s time for the official Relay for Life of Second Life’s Kickoff Celebration! The start of 2015’s fundraising season is packed with ceremonies, live musical performances, DJ’s, a bring-your-own-kiosk party, and good times all around. Be sure to visit http://relayforlifeofsecondlife.org/ to learn more.
Delve into a bewildering Escher-inspired landscape in Metamorphosis Exhibition. Designed to inspire visitors to create 2D objects in 3D spaces, and this installation boasts a myriad of cubes, arches, staircase mazes, kaleidoscopic villages, and interconnecting animals.
If a dystopian future ruled by evil corporations is on your role-play wishlist, Era of Salvation is a place you won't want to miss. Taking place in the year 2082, enter the neon-lit darkness of Metroplex 17 as you make your way through a dark world of mega corporations and augmented humanity.
The Guy Fawkes Inn is everything you’re looking for in a British pub and nightclub. Take time out from a busy day to chat with friends, dance, and enjoy a pint (or two). Just be sure to stand your round, huh?
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day early at 2015 St. Patrick Day’s Town! This yearly build returns with rainbows, brimming pots of gold, dancing, food, gifts, and a whole lot of green. So dance a jig and join the festivities today.
This episode of the Drax Files: World Makers focuses on the “perfectly imperfect” perspective of Nylon Pinkney. Nylon Pinkney is the owner of the virtual clothing and accessories store Nylon Outfitters - a brand that Drew Carey has mentioned as a favorite - and even had a hand in designing some of the original starter avatars in Second Life.
As a wedding photographer who deals with challenging clients in her offline career, Nylon enjoys expressing her whimsical artistic side in Second Life - applying her skills t o her brands as well as her region - Tableau. Check out Tableau for what Nylon describes as a “bombed out southwestern desert” from a Jersey girl’s point-of-view.
Watch the video below for the full story on how working in Second Life has helped her to grow as artist, how it has uncovered some interesting niche communities, and more of Nylon Pinkney’s distinctive sense of Second Life style.
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
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 26: Absinthe
It’s time again to show off a few of the newest experiences and intricate locations in the Second Life Destination Guide. Make time to immerse yourself in the great destinations below.
Relay for Life of Second Life is back with the Paint Second Life Purple fundraiser. Paint Second Life Purple asks people to do just that: paint selves, clothing, homes, landscapes, and pretty much everything else purple. The event lasts through March 7th, visit www.relayforlifeofsecondlife.com to learn more.
Speculum is the newest installation by artist Giovanna Cerise. Too large to view from the ground, you’ll need to take to the sky to experience the entirety of this huge exhibit. What will you see in the mirror of Speculum?
The Moulin Rouge is a neo-Victorian, community-themed roleplay region with loads of live stage shows, cabarets, burlesque and more. Active for more than seven years, the Moulin Rouge is a great spot for anyone with romance on their minds.
In Blithe’s forested park, breezes whisper through trees, fireflies flicker, and horses graze around artfully rusting trucks. You can even relax with someone special in rustic houses on mirror-still ponds. Blithe is a calming region built with an eye for nature.
An easy-to-join freeform roleplay zone, Helion Alpha is a slick sci-fi region welcoming to all. Active players can claim living spaces, and faction leaders can even take over entire headquarters. Ignore the dross, go to Helion Alpha for sci-fi roleplay in its purest form.
If you’ve just finished adding the final few touches to your next great creation, don’t forget to share it with the rest of the community! There’s still a little over a week to send in those submissions for the Photo Booth Fun Contest, it runs all the way through March 4th. If you’re looking for inspiration, sneak a peek at what your fellow Residents are up to in the official Second Life Flickr page. See you inworld!
Are you an educator seeing positive results from using Second Life? We’d love to hear from you! Please join us in this Education Forum thread to share your answers to the following questions:
- What educational organization do you represent?
- How do you use SL in your educational endeavors?
- Most importantly, what positive results have you seen from using SL?
From direct conversations, press coverage, and the like, we’ve heard of a number of organizations seeing positive results using Second Life for education, but we’re always eager to hear more and we hope you’ll add your voice to the thread.
The weekend is just around the corner and, as always, the Second Life Destination Guide is packed to the brim with slick builds, beautiful regions, and exciting events!
Pandora Box of Dreams is a gorgeous, artistic series set in dreams. Their first dream is titled Dreams of Sakura, but expect something new and equally intricate every couple of months. So jump in the bed and drift away to the imaginative dreamscape of Pandora Box of Dreams.
A highly-detailed swamp with that down-home feeling, Crystal Gardens is a joy to wander through. Whether you’re looking for art shows, misty docks, gorgeous houses, or romantic dancing, you’re sure to find it at Crystal Gard
To quote Arthur C. Clarke, “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” Few art installations embody incomprehensible technology as well as Omnibus. Venture through a machine composed of moving colors and rhythmic shapes in this ever-changing, symmetrical region.
Seemingly ripped straight out of a dance movie, Republic Club is a veritable feast for the senses. Feel a need for pulsing lights, pounding tunes, and live DJ events? Head on over to Republic Club and let the music take control.
Makeahla Jungle is a soothing and beautiful jungle island packed with wildlife. Dedicated to animal rights, visit Makeahla to learn about conservation, preservation, and what you can do to help maintain nature in all her pristine glory. Or swing by for the beach parties, exploration and couples-friendly safaris throughout this vibrant region.
Few things are as exciting as that first teleport into a brand new region, so keep on sharing those new creations. If your preferred method of creation is more picture composition than world-building, we’ve got an official Flickr page for that. And for you serial prize-winners, the Photo Booth Fun Contest runs all the way through March 4th. Don’t wait, there are prizes on the line!
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.
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