Growth returns on OpenSim grids – October 2016 Update


Maria Korolov posted a blog post on 15th October called Growth resumes on OpenSim grids via Hypergrid Business. This is good news to hear that OpenSim grids have started to grow again in terms of new regions, new users and active users. Yay! 🙂

The public OpenSim grids added more than 4,000 new regions this month, registered more than 4,400 new users, and grew by 735 new active users after maintenance and other outages depressed the numbers last month.

The graph below shows the land area growth of OpenSim’s public grids from June 2010 up to October 2016 in region equivalents. As you can see there have been some noticeable drops in regions in recent years. The trend continues to be on the up for OpenSim grids at the moment and it will be interesting to see what impact Sansar will have on the OpenSim numbers during 2017 when it opens to the public.

(Hypergrid Business data.)

These are the top most popular OpenSim grids at the moment as of October 2016:

These OpenSim grids have the most regions at the moment as of October 2016:

The Hypergrid

The hypergrid has continued to grow in recent months and years with more communities joining and more muiti-grid events happening every month. Active users on the Hypergrid has increased a lot during the past year or so.

(Hypergrid Business data.)

Other OpenSim News

This graph shows the total number of responses for each grid from the Seventh Annual OpenSim Grid Survey.

(Hypergrid Business data.)

My thoughts on OpenSim Grids vs the Second Life Main Grid 

OpenSim grids have increased in land size, active users and in new users during the course of 2016 so far which is good to see happening. At the moment OpenSim grids have three times the regions than the Second Life main grid does. There are over 64, 000+ regions on OpenSim compared with Second Life just over the 24, 000 regions mark.

There have been various OpenSim grids that have had outrages and cleanups during 2016 which has had a noticeable impact on the grid numbers. Every week there has been a decline in regions in Second Life with only a handful of weeks being positive growth during the course of 2016 so far.

Looking ahead to 2017 I think it’s going to be an interesting year for both OpenSim grids and Second Life with the launch of Sansar going public and VR becoming more popular than ever before. I wonder if this impact will have any the grid numbers on OpenSim and Second Life in 2017-2018 ?

It would be really good to see more growth in terms of regions and active users in Second Life during 2017-2018. I think that in 2017 OpenSim grids will grow even more with the hypergrid becoming a large grid.

Stay updated on the latest OpenSim news via Hypergrid Business.

BURN2 2016: Main Attractions To Visit


Here are some of the main attractions to get started at this year’s BURN2 2016 festival happening right now through until Sunday 23rd October 2016. There are so many great exhibits this year worth checking out along with live music events around the clock.

The best time to visit the regions is in the early hours (SLT) of the morning for less lag and with fewer people around. Let’s get started > Click the SLURLs below to teleport to them and have a great adventure around the regions! 🙂

Please spread the word and this useful BURN2 2016 landmarks guide! 🙂

Welcome Gate SLURL

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Center Camp SLURL  

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The Man SLURL

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The Temple SLURL

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The Lamplighters Village SLURL

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Live Stage SLURL

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DMV Sandbox SLURL

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Inner Child Camp SLURL

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Da Vinci GnomeTrap SLURL

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DaVinci’s Backyard SLURL

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Da Vinci Steampunk Carousel SLURL

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More info at burn2.org

BURN2 2016: Let’s Explore Da Vinci’s Workshop


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BURN2 Welcome Gate

BURN2 Da Vinci’s Workshop 2016 is taking place now in Second Life until Sunday 23rd October 2016. There are tons of events happening everyday on the playa from live DJ music, lamplighters daily processions, art tours and much more.

For the past six years BURN2 has been resident supported and it’s been a huge success thanks to the BURN2 organisers of the event. I have attended every BURN2 event since 2009 and I have really enjoyed the experience. Keep a watch out for me as I will be exploring the regions in the days ahead. 🙂

The burning of the Man will take place on Saturday 22nd October followed by the burning of the Temple on Sunday 23rd October 2016.

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BURN2 Welcome Gate

InWorldz Relay Weekend Event Schedule 2016


Starting at 8am IWT through until 8pm IWT today marks the 5th annual Relay Weekend for Relay For Life of InWorldz. There will be themed laps, live dj music and much more this year. For anyone that loves the Second Life version of Relay For Life every year I strongly suggest you trying out the InWorldz version of the event.

This year with incredible support from the InWorldz community they recently surpassed the LZ$ 4.5 million Izzie mark. Another new record was passed this year with a grand total of 16 teams now taking part in Relay For Life of InWorldz. Yay! 🙂

Teleport Link > http://places.inworldz.com/RFL%20Awareness/87/235/23 (inworldz link)

Here’s the main event schedule for Relay Weekend 2016

Ceremony, Entertainment and Lap Costume theme Schedule for Relay on Saturday 15th October 2016. (8am – 8pm IWT)

**Environment early evening**
  • 7:00  Warm Up Party DJ Martin Glom
  • 8:00  Opening Ceremonies
  • 8:30 -10am  Survivors and Caregivers laps DJ  Ashley
  • Martin Theme  workout gear
  • 10:00 DJ  GRIFFIN
  • Theme  SPORTSWEAR
  • 11:00 DJ Cheryl
  • Foxx Theme Leather
**Environment Mid Night**
  • 12:00  Luminaria Ceremony – Sage and Rycon Bamaisin
  • Theme Formal
  • 1:00  DJ Kira Wildfire
  • Theme Feel Good Blues – Wear your fav blues clothes!
  • 2:00  DJ Martin with OldeSoul
  • Theme Purpleicious
  • 3:00  DJ  Fantasia Rhodes
  • Theme  Country – Fav Country Wear
  • 4:00  DJ  Arathorn Dragomir
**Environment Morning**
  • 5:00  Fight Back Ceremony DJ Cataplexia
  • Theme Hero
  • 6:00  DJ Bain
  • Theme Colors of the Rainbow
  • 7:00  DJ Cataplexia
  • Theme Calling All Lightbringers (wear Whites)
  • 7:45  Closing Ceremony
  • 8:00  Final Lap DJ Cataplexia

About RFL of InWorldz 

Relay For Life® is the signature fundraiser of the American Cancer Society®. Relay For Life of InWorldz is an opportunity to get together with family and friends and ~Celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer ~Remember loved ones lost to the disease ~Fight Back against a disease that takes too much

 

 

Mont Saint Michel no longer in Second Life


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Farewell Mont Saint Michel

The much-loved Mont Saint Michel region is no longer on the grid according to various sources. Apparently the region went offline in early September 2016 and just went off the radar with no closure updates etc. The teleport (SLURL) links no longer works either.

It’s a real shame that Linden Lab did not preserve this really beautiful recreation of the well-known real life France Mont Saint Michel. It would have been nice to see new ownership takeover to keep the sim running for many more years to come.

Mont Saint Michel in Second Life was an extremely detailed, high quality build with lots of narrow passages and surprises. It’s sad to see it’s no longer on the grid and it will be missed by everyone.

Here are some of my snapshots of Mont Saint Michel in Second Life when the region was still on the grid.

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Farewell Mont Saint Michel 😦

The arrival of a new Linden Project area in Second Life


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New Linden Project area arrives on the grid

In late September 2016 Linden Lab added a series of new Linden Project regions (over 40+) far north of the mainland in Second Life. These regions (named HR/HC/HIH) are currently closed to the public but they are mainly rated Adult which is rather interesting.

It’s unclear at the moment what the regions will be used for and whether or not they will open to the public anytime soon. I guess most likely we will have to wait until the lab announces something about these regions in the near future.

From the map view it looks like the arrival of new Linden homes 2.0 is my guess with water surrounding the central areas. It’s a huge land area and a big Linden project for sure.

What do you think about these new regions ?