Second Life events happening during August 2014


August 2014 event listings

Also happening

Exciting events happening before the end of 2014

Do you know of anything else happening in Second Life/OpenSim during August 2014/rest of 2014 ? Please let me know via comments below!

Thank you.

Skill Gaming Policy delayed until 1st September 2014


Today Linden Lab announced a new date for the new Skill Gaming policy which will come into effect on 1st September 2014. The reason for the delay is due to the number of applications received and the lab needs more time to process them. Apparently FAQs will be updated to reflect the new date and more information about new Skill Gaming policy can be found in the links below.

The blog announcement…

As we recently blogged, we have a new policy for Skill Gaming in Second Life. In short, skill games that offer Linden Dollar payouts will be allowed in Second Life, but each game, its creator, its operator, and the region on which it’s operated must be approved by Linden Lab.

Today, we are changing the date that the changes described in our previous blog post go into effect. Instead of starting on August 1, the updated Skill Gaming Policy will go into effect on September 1, 2014. The original blog post and the FAQs will also be updated to reflect this new deadline.

Since our original announcement, we’ve received many applications from Second Life users who want to become approved skill game creators and operators. By moving the date back, we’ll be able to process a larger number of applications and also offer creators more time to make necessary changes to their games.

If you would like to apply to become an approved skill games creator and/or operator, you can do so through Echosign.

The changes were due to come into effect from Friday 1st August 2014, as previously announced by the lab.

Private Estates drops below 19, 000 regions in Second Life


According to Tyche Shepherd’s New SL Sims in past week thread on the SLUniverse Forums (27th July), Private Estates in Second Life dropped below the 19, 000 regions mark for the first time since 15th June 2008. The total number of Main Grid regions dropped under the 26, 000 mark last week and the decline continues it seems on a weekly basis.

The Net Private Estate losses for the year to date stands at 286 regions so far which is a 1.5% loss.

As of 27th July 2014

  • 25, 980 Total Main Grid regions
  • 18, 988 Private Estates
  • 6, 992 Linden Owned

On 5th January 2014

  • 26, 227 Total Main Grid regions
  • 19, 241 Private Estates
  • 6, 986 Linden Owned

For more stats, visit the Second Life Grid Survey.

OSGrid 7th birthday starts today at 10am PDT


OSG7B
OSG7B First Preview

OSGrid will be celebrating its 7th birthday this weekend over at the OSG7B regions with live DJ performances and much more. The OSG7B birthday celebrations start this morning from 10am PDT through until Sunday afternoon. The events will be held on the Event Plaza region on OSgrid too.

Everyone is welcome to attend to celebrate 7 amazing years of OSGrid. Come and enjoy the birthday celebrations!

OSG7BW
Come and have a look around the amazing builds!

Hypergrid Locations

  • OSG7BW > hg.osgrid.org:80:OSG7BW
  • OSG7BN > hg.osgrid.org:80:OSG7BN
  • OSG7BE > hg.osgrid.org:80:OSG7BE
  • Event Plaza > hg.osgrid.org:80:event plaza.

Music Schedule

Saturday 26th Schedule

  • 10am PDT: DJ Foxx Bode
  • 11am PDT: Bolt Dominica
  • 12pm PDT: Joaquin Gustav
  • 1pm PDT: Sonya Jevette
  • 2pm PDT: DJ SheriffDawn Summers

Sunday 27th Schedule

  • 10am PDT: DJ LadyJo Martin
  • 11am PDT: DJ planned
  • 1pm PDT: DJ Jazzy Chatterbox
  • 2pm PDT: Casias Falta
  • 3pmPDT : Truelie Ellen

The OSG7B Regions

OSG7B
OSG7B
OSG7BN
OSG7BN
OSG7BW
OSG7BW

For the latest OSG7B events, visit the OSG7B Celebration Planning and Schedules Forum page.

 

 

 

Linden Lab releases newer press release about the next generation platform


Linden Lab released a newer press release on Friday 11th July 2014 via Press Releases page about the next generation platform. The press release is confirmation really bringing together all the key points about the new platform.

A beta is expected to be launched in 2015 with the final version expected in 2016 if all goes according to plan. It’s been confirmed that there will be alpha and beta phrases next year so that’s going to be very exciting indeed. 2015 is only 6 months away for a possible first look and i’m sure the lab will keep us posted on the progress in the coming months.

Here is the Full Press Release

Linden Lab has confirmed that it is developing the next generation virtual world that will be in the spirit of Second Life, an open world where users have incredible power to create anything they can imagine and content creators are king. With 2015 targeted for a beta, the new virtual world will go far beyond what is possible with Second Life, and Linden Lab is actively hiring to help with this ambitious project.

“Second Life is the most successful user-created virtual world ever,” said Ebbe Altberg, Linden Lab CEO. “Eleven years after first opening, it continues to thrive with more than a petabyte of 3D content created by users, a strong economy of user-to-user transactions in which tens of millions of dollars are paid out to creators every year, and an active community that spans the globe. There is a massive opportunity ahead to carry on the spirit of Second Life while leveraging the significant technological advancements that have occurred since its creation, and no company is better positioned to create this than we are.”

Second Life today is better than ever. It’s not going away, and Linden Lab will continue to improve it. Even once the new virtual world opens to users, Second Life will run in parallel with it, and current Second Life users will be able to continue to enjoy the virtual world they love today while they explore all that the next-generation has to offer.

“It’s thanks to the Second Life community that our virtual world today is without question the best there is, and after 11 years we certainly have no intention of abandoning our users nor the virtual world they continually fill with their astounding creativity,” said Altberg. “Second Life has a long future ahead of it, and in addition to improvements and new developments we’re working on specifically for Second Life, some of the work we do for the next-generation project may also benefit Second Life.”

Linden Lab’s priority in building the next-generation virtual world is to create an incredible experience and enable stunningly high-quality creativity that’s easily accessible across multiple platforms. In order to not constrain development toward those goals, complete backward compatibility with everything created over Second Life’s 11-year history has not been set as an absolute requirement from the outset. However, Linden Lab does plan to make certain essential elements transportable for existing Second Life users, including users’ Linden Dollar balances, identities, and social connections. It’s likely that more modern content from Second Life, such as meshes, will also be transferrable to the new platform, but the specific details of compatibility will be addressed as development progresses.

“This is an incredibly exciting time for Linden Lab,” continued Altberg. “With more than a decade of unique experience and unmatched success in this space, we’re creating a new platform that will be a revolutionary step forward, going well beyond Second Life as the next major step toward fulfilling the promise of virtual worlds that Second Life users understand so well. We’re seeking more world-class talent to join us in building this future and encourage everyone interested and qualified to apply.”

What would you like to see in the next generation platform (SL2.0) ? 

RFL of SL 2014: Relay Weekend stats


RFL 2014 regions
RFL 2014 regions

The closing stages are now underway of RFL of SL Relay Weekend 2014 and here are the final counts for this weekend. In 10 years of Relay in Second Life 11,594 avatars have walked 215, 366, 720 meters.  These are incredible numbers and it’s really worth celebrating this major success. It’s been a great weekend and it’s been one of the best yet. The regions have been full and it’s fantastic to see there is huge support for Relay Weekend in Second Life.

Wrap Up Party

It’s been confirmed that the annual Wrap Up Party event for RFL of SL 2014 season will be held on Sunday 31st August 2014. More updates in the coming weeks!

New Record

Relay For Life of Second Life 2014 broke the fundraising record with the current total being $406,104 so far.

Updated 2014 Stats

  • Avatars: 1, 365
  • Laps: 2, 672
  • Distance: 23, 653, 977 meters
  • Minutes: 133, 600
  • Course Length: 8, 853 meters

More interesting stats thanks to Dwen Dooley

  • Over 3000 people in the rosters on over 190 teams
  • 400 separate donations on the convio
  • Rezzed 9000 regular kiosks. Rezzed 13000 vendors. In the vendors there were 24000 products.
  • 280 random riot vendors, 1100 raffles, and sold 16800 raffle tickets.
  • Rezzed 26249 fundraising tools in total, and that does not include the luiminaria. 5200 luminaria lit on this track.
  • Since Wrap Up last August 2013 there have been 150,000 donations to RFL of SL fundraising tools
  • Rezzed 400 gotya vendors 
  • Dual team kiosks –  2059 of them
  • 623,000 lindens in dual team kiosks

Historical Stats for Relay for Life of Second Life

Relay Weekend Closing Ceremony 2014
Relay Weekend Closing Ceremony 2014
Relay Weekend Closing Ceremony 2014
Relay Weekend Closing Ceremony 2014

More snapshot of Relay Weekend 2014 can be found on my SL Flickr stream.