Linden Lab revamps new user experience – Social Island and Learning Island

This week Linden Lab has added two new regions called Social Island and Learning Island for new users signing up to Second Life.  The former Destination Islands and Welcome Islands are no longer on the grid. It seems Linden Lab has revamped the first hour experience by changing the look of the setup install process and new user regions. There is more to see on Social Island and Learning Island but there is still no information on getting started in Seoond Life like the old orientation islands/help islands.

Map of the new Social Islands and Learning Islands

Social Island and Learning Island map

New SL setup preview

Second Life setup

If you click the Advanced button you can change the installation folder and now there is a tick box if you want for Second Life to start up after installing. It now gives you a tutorial on getting started when installing which is rather neat.

Second Life setup

It will now download the latest SL viewer for you which is good so now you just need to log into Second Life with your username/password then accept the terms of service box. Wooot!

First Preview of Social Island 

When you first arrive on Social Island you will start on a beach on a island surrounded by the sea. Then you have to follow the path up the mountain to teleport to learning island. No information on getting started in SL anywhere.

Learning Island

Walk through the gate to automatically teleport to learning island.

Learning Island

First preview of Learning Island 

Once teleported from Social Island you will arrive at the welcome point. Again nothing to explain the basics of Second Life.

Learning Island

Walk along the path to the destinations area to teleport to well known locations across the grid. Other things to see on Learning Island: Tiki Beach, Lighthouse, Hot air balloon, Quiet Isle, The Cave Club and Club SL.

Learning Island 2013

What do you think of this latest revamp of the new user islands ? 

SL10B Community Celebration ends officially

At midnight SLT today the SL10B regions closed for public access for another year after two weeks of celebrating Second Life 10th birthday. The first week of live music and events was a huge success I think. The second week was a nice relaxing week exploring the builds I missed in the first week and the final party was amazing. View my SL10B snapshots here.

Overall there was more blog coverage this year on SL10B, more visitors, less lag, more positive views this year and it was good to see Lindens attending the birthday celebrations too. This year the lab took part in providing SL10B freebies, there was more blog posts on the SL official blog this year and there was more SL10B locations to visit on the SL Destination Guide this year. A big thanks to all the SL10B organisers, volunteers, and builders etc that made this year awesome and for making this 10th birthday celebration possible.

To mark the closing there was first a SL10B flags event where all the SL10B flags were lowered for the last time. After there was a awesome firework display at the main cake stage. Then finally hundreds of avatars gathered for 8 hours yesterday at the Turtle Stage for the final live music party of the SL10B Community Celebration and it was really great to see everyone having fun.

  • What are your views of SL10B this year ? 
  • What are your suggestions for SL11B in June 2014? 

SL10B – Thank You! 

SL10B last day

Goodbye SL10B!

SL10B goodbye

My SL10B Blog Coverage

This marks the end of my SL10B blog coverage and thanks to all my SL blog readers for reading my special blog reports on SL10B. I guess the countdown starts now for SL11B which planning starts in early 2014. I can’t wait to take part!

The Drax Files: Episode 8: MadPea Games

Watch the new episode 8 of The Drax Files called MadPea Games. Great video production and good coverage of MadPea Games this week. Great work as usual, Drax. 🙂

Details about Episode 8

The debate if SecondLife is a game or not is alive and well at least since on NBC’s The Office [2007] Dwight Schrute rejects a narrow definition of the vast virtual world in which he “plays” a paper salesman.

Meanwhile, Finland based design company MadPea Games has not been paying much attention to this back and forth, instead churning out complex immersive adventure games and game-based learning concepts within SecondLife using the platform’s vast array of tools to the fullest. 

MadPea’s globally dispersed team operates as if they are working out of a joint because the persistent universe of SL allows them to do just that: scripters from Holland manipulate game mechanics with 3D modelers from the United States in real-time while designers from Germany, France and the UK test game flow on their new work-in-progress action game “Unia”, disproving assumptions that only consoles can handle intense game-play, high-end graphics and epic storylines.

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SL10B Closing Ceremony events on the final day

Today marks the official end to the SL10B Community Celebration after two amazing weeks of celebrating Second Life’s 10th birthday celebrations. There are special closing ceremony events taking place today which should not be missed between 12pm-9pm SLT at the SL10B regions. It’s time to go out on a high and party all day. 🙂

Thank you sign at the SL10B Cake Stage

SL10B last day

Closing Day Event Schedule for Saturday 29th June 2013

  • The SL10B flags will be lowered today starting at 12pm SLT at X marked locations
  • Fireworks start at the main cake stage after flags are lowered 
  • Closing Party from 1pm-9pm SLT at SL10B Impressive and SL10B Spellbound 
  • SL10B sims close to the public late evening (SLT)

Waving goodbye to the SL10B Cake Stage

SL10B last day

Let’s celebrate one last time and after today the countdown starts for SL11B.

SL10B Community Celebration Feedback

  • Share your thoughts about SL10B on this year’s feedback form.

Feel free to write in comments your reviews (good/bad/suggestions) of SL10B and also what things would you like to see happen for next year at SL11B? 




SL10B Time Capsule First Preview

Check out this year’s SL10B Time Capsule which is east of the SL10B Welcome Area. This is a very unique flower creation of the time capsule to mark 10 years of Second Life. The SL10B regions will be closed for access tomorrow evening after 2 weeks of the SL10B Community Celebration event. This is the last chance to explore the sims and take snapshots.

SL10B Time Capsule First Preview 

SL10B Time Capsule 2013

Time Capsule created by Caro Fayray.

You can view previous Second Life Birthday time capsules from the past here.

London Pride Event at London City sim in Second Life

There is a new event coming up for London City region in Second Life called London Pride. The event will start at 5am SLT on Saturday 29th June 2013 with concerts and events throughout the day. There will be a main stage show at 1pm SLT and there is a chance to win 1000L for best in theme.

There will be great live music, funfair, best SL DJs, competitions/prizes and merchandise to collect. London City is one of the most popular destinations in Second Life and it’s time to celebrate PRIDE this weekend.

Check out the new posters below for the London Pride Event 2013 below.

Teleport to London Pride Event.