High Fidelity now in Open Beta

High Fidelity is an open source virtual world platform

On 27th April 2016 the High Fidelity Twitter account announced that High Fidelity is now in Open Beta. High Fidelity was first founded in April 2013 by Philip Rosedale when he started the company from scratch. High Fidelity is a software platform that allows you to create shared, editable, virtual reality spaces on your own home computer or cloud server.

Three years later High Fidelity has grown a lot and its great news to hear that High Fidelity has now reached the open beta phrase. It’s free at no cost. Spread the word! 🙂

We’re delighted to announce High Fidelity’s open beta! Check it out here: https://t.co/WnRMvqy3Idpic.twitter.com/ib4jClgro1

— High Fidelity (@highfidelityinc) 27 April 2016


New this week

Philip Rosedale was at SVVR 2016 this week talking about High Fidelity and showed off a brief demonstration of the social VR platform. Philip Rosedale made the announcement that they’ve been building towards open beta for the past three years.

Shared VR is going to be a much bigger phenomena than even what we’ve experienced so far.” – Philip Rosedale

Try the Open Beta today

If you are interested in trying out High Fidelity Open Beta > download here. You can stay updated on the latest news via the High Fidelity Blog.  There are many interesting videos and new demos to watch on High Fidelity, see here.


Two screenshots showing Project Sansar pre alpha posted on Facebook

On the Project Sansar News Facebook page there are two screenshots posted today by יעקב חיים אביטן showing Project Sansar in pre alpha. On the right hand side there appears to be Sansar user interface buttons seen for the first time. The detail in these screenshots look really good and in the months ahead I’m sure more screenshots will be released.



What do you think of these two screenshots of Project Sansar pre alpha ? 

For those that are interested you can now apply for the Project Sansar Creator Preview

Project Sansar Creator Preview Signups Now Open

Linden Lab released a press release today announcing that applications are now open for Project Sansar Creator Preview. Linden Lab will be inviting skilled creators to start building content for Project Sansar that will be launching later this year. Selected creators will receive invitations later this summer if successful.

The Project Sansar website has been revamped along with the Project Sansar login page. For those interested in staying updated on Project Sansar then you can now sign up for updates.

Project Sansar makes it easier than ever before to create, share, and monetize your own social VR experiences. We’re seeking skilled 3D content creators to be among the first to use this powerful new platform in our Creator Preview.

How do I apply for Project Sansar Creator Preview ?

  • Visit the Project Sansar website and click on the Creator Preview button to sign up
  • Fill out the form then hit the Apply Now button
  • The first invitations will be sent later this summer
  • Good luck! 🙂

The full press release:


New Platform Enables User-Created Social VR Experiences

SAN FRANCISCO – April 26, 2016 –Linden Lab®, the creators of Second Life®, today announced that applications have opened for an upcoming “Creator Preview” for Project SansarTM, the new platform for user-created social VR experiences. Interested 3D content creators can now apply at ProjectSansar.com and accepted applicants will begin to receive invitations later this summer.

Slated for general availability at the end of 2016, Project Sansar will democratize virtual reality as a creative medium. It will empower people to easily create, share, and ultimately monetize their own interactive social experiences that can be enjoyed in VR with head-mounted displays like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, as well as via PCs and, later, mobile devices. The platform enables professional-level quality and performance with exceptional visual fidelity, 3D audio, and physics simulation, while also solving the complex engineering challenges that have previously limited creating and publishing social VR experiences to just sophisticated professionals.

“Creating social VR experiences is too hard and expensive today, and that limits the value and growth of this incredible new medium,” said Ebbe Altberg, Linden Lab CEO. “Creating your own VR experience shouldn’t require an engineering team, and Project Sansar will make that possible. Over the past few months, a small number of creators have already made an impressive variety of awesome social VR experiences with Project Sansar, from virtual versions of real-world locations to fantasy worlds and stylized game-like environments, and more. We’ll soon be ready for many more creators to join Project Sansar, and we can’t wait to see what people will create.”

About Linden Lab

Founded in 1999, Linden Lab is best known as the creator of Second Life, the largest-ever 3D virtual world filled entirely by the creations of its users. In 2013, the company expanded its product portfolio with Blocksworld®, a lighthearted build-and-play system for kids and grownups alike. The company is currently developing a new platform for virtual experiences, code-named Project SansarTM, which will democratize VR as a creative medium.

For more about Linden Lab, its products, and career opportunities please visit LindenLab.com.

Will you be applying for Project Sansar Creator Preview ? 

Linden Lab announces Lab Chat #3 on 6th May 2016

On Monday 25th April Linden Lab announced that the popular Lab Chat session will be returning on Friday 6th May at 10.30am SLT held at the Linden Endowment for the Arts Theatre in Second Life.

Ebbe Linden, Oz Linden and Troy Linden will be answering questions on Second Life, Project Bento, Project Sansar and much more. The video and audio recordings of the show will be available after the Lab Chat ends.

The Lab Chat production team will be selecting questions from this forum thread. Add your questions before Friday 29th April 2016. The video and audio recordings along with a transcript of the show will be available after the Lab Chat ends.

Please spread the word about Lab Chat #3! 🙂

Fantasy Faire 2016 has opened in Second Life

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Welcome to Fairelands Junction

Fantasy Faire 2016 opened to the public on Thursday 21st April and runs through until Sunday 1st May 2016 in Second Life. This year marks its 8th year for the Fantasy Faire and it’s the largest gathering of fantasy designers, enthusiasts, roleplayers and performers. There are 14 sims this year to explore and enjoy,

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Junction Sign Post

There will be live music concerts, hunts, auctions and much more happening all to help raise funds for Relay for Life of Second Life season 2016.. Check out the Calendar of Events page for the full event schedule.

Start your Fantasy Faire 2016 adventures here > http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Fairelands%20Junction/78/144/41

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Fantasy Faire 2016 Regions

Stay updated on the latest news and events on the Fantasy Faire 2016 homepage

600 blog followers milestone reached

Around 2pm SLT today my blog reached the 600 blog followers milestone and I would like to say thanks so much for following my blog since 2007. Yay! 🙂

Blog Followers 600

My next milestone is to reach the 500, 000 blog hits milestone before the end of 2016. I hope that my blog gains many more followers in the months and years ahead.

Thanks for reading my blog – stay tuned for more posts coming soon. 🙂

Raglan Shire 2016 Artwalk Registrations Open

The Raglan Shire 2016 ArtWalk registrations are open and if you are interested you can sign up by filling out the 2016 registration form. The Raglan Shire 2016 ArtWalk starts on Sunday 15th May through until Sunday 19th June 2016. This year marks the 11th ArtWalk annual event and registration will be closed at 9pm SLT on Sunday 8th May 2016.

About the ArtWalk

Residents of Second Life may show their artwork during this time.  Reproductions of RL artwork (painting, drawing, digital fine art, printmaking that can be imported and put on a prim) are encouraged, along with SL photography, manipulated photography and sculpture.(Full information – click Deadlines, Info, Requirements link below.)

Each year we have had over 100 artist participants exhibiting in spaces over several sims. This year, the 11th ArtWalk, we hope for a good turnout and will include space in the newly renovated Raglan Shire, in Heron Shire forest, and in other sims in the cluster if needed. The 2D artwork will be displayed along hedgerows around Raglan Shire, and sculpture in designated areas of the forest on Heron Shire.

Please spread the word about the 2016 Raglan Shire 2016 ArtWalk. It’s one of the biggest art festivals in Second Life. 🙂

SL13B Applications Now Open

SL13B Applications Open

The SL13B applications are now officially open for everyone to participate in this year’s SL13B Community Celebration. To participate, fill out any of these application forms to get started > Exhibitors, Performers, Presenters and Volunteers. Applications close on

The SL13B Community Celebration starts at 12pm SLT on Sunday 19th June through until Sunday 26th June 2016. This year there will be 17 sims with over 200 individual parcels. SL13B is going to be the best community hosted birthday party yet.

SL13B Key Dates

The SL13B timeline has been updated this week, see below for the latest changes. There is so much to be excited about in the weeks and months ahead. There are 64 days left until the grand opening of SL13B and ear

  • Friday, April 15: Exhibitor/Performer/Volunteer/Auditorium Applications open
  • Friday, May 13: Exhibitor and Volunteer Applications closed
  • Friday, May 20: Performer and Auditorium Applications closed
  • Monday, May 23 to Wednesday, May 25: First round exhibitors notified via email
  • Wednesday, May 25: Sims open to exhibitors
  • Friday June 10: Performers notified
  • Wednesday, June 15 to Friday, June 17: Sims closed to exhibitors for walkthrough
  • Friday, June 17 and Saturday, June 18: Sims open to exhibitors for adjustments
  • Saturday, June 18: Press Day
  • Sunday, June 19, noon SLT: Opening Day
  • Thursday June 23: The Birthday
  • Sunday, June 19 to Sunday, June 26: Sims open with performances
  • Monday, June 27 to Sunday, July 3: Sims open for viewing, no performances
  • Sunday, July 3: Staff party
  • Monday, July 4 to Wednesday, July 6: Breakdown
  • Thursday, July 7: Sims go offline

Stay tuned for more SL13B updates soon! 🙂

The Raglan Shire Sim Rebuilding Has Started

The Raglan Shire sim in Second Life is being rebuilt currently and soon the new tree city layout will be open to the public. Earlier this month The Raglan Shire community celebrated their 9th anniversary in Second Life.

It’s going to be interesting to see what they come up when it opens and I can’t wait explore the new revamped sim. It’s not known yet on the opening date of the new Raglan Shire tree city. Stay tuned for further updates in the weeks to come.

Here is the first preview the new tree city layout map below. 

The Raglan Shire Tree City Map

Here is a screenshot of the Raglan Shire sims in Second Life as of 14th April 2016. 

Raglan Shire regions

Stay updated on the latest Raglan Shire news in Second Life:

When the new tree city layout has been completed I’ll revisit the sim and share my adventures on my blog. Stay tuned for that. 🙂 

The First Annual Windlight Magazine Spring 2016 Art Show Is Now Open

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The first annual Windlight Magazine Spring 2016 Art Show is now open in Second Life through until Sunday 17th April 2016. The week-long event showcases 2D and 3D art featuring over 50 artists. There will be live performers, tribute bands, storytelling, a photo contest, special hunts and much more.

The event made it onto the Firestorm MOD this week.

Useful Links

The First Annual Windlight Magazine Spring 2016 Art Show Poster

My Snapshots From The Art Show

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Windlight Magazine is a publication about the art and photography world of Second Life. The goal of Windlight Magazine is to support artists, photographers, galleries, and related events.