New Snow Caps And Winter Lights For Linden Homes


New snow caps & winter lights now live

New Linden Home Seasonal Decorations 

Great news to hear this week is that Linden Lab have now included a new special feature (see today’s updated post) for the Linden Home content packs for Traditional, Houseboat and Trailer homes on the Bellisseria continent in Second Life which now includes new snow caps and new Winter lights. The content packs are now available via your house controllers. Make sure you agree to the Seasonal Content and Decoration Guidelines though.

Snow Caps Pack
Winter Lights Pack

Update To The Release Schedule 

The new normal release schedule is roughly one region per day Monday to Friday.

For seasonal holidays there may be shorter longer delays in the release schedule.

Last Names could be available by the end of January 2020


On Thursday 21st November Linden Lab posted a blog post on the return of last names. Last Names is now the most requested feature apparently on the lab to do list. The lab are now “furiously” going to make Last Names available by the end of January 2020. Last Names will be picked from a list and users can help Linden Lab curate the list.

Name Changes will be exclusively for Premium members at an additional fee (to be confirmed). Changing either First or Last Name will be available as a single transaction (US dollars TBC). For anyone signing up to Second Life in 2020 they will continue to have “resident” attached to their name unless they opt to Premium.

Linden Lab are holding a Last Names competition starting 16th December 2019 for all Second Life users (Basic and Premium users) to suggest suitable last names to the pool of last name options. The lab will pick five lucky residents will be able to change their names free of charge. The contest ends on 15th January 2020.

  • Participation details will be announced shortly!

There is now a big demand for Last Names in Second Life and it’s good to see the lab finally pushing ahead with a possible release sometime in the first few months or so of 2020. It’s more likely to happen in 2020 from the sounds of things.

Other announcement updates this week…

  • The Marketplace product listing enhancement fees will be reduced by 10% – effective 2nd December 2019
  • Improvements to the Events pages are now going ahead for 2020
  • A new membership level Premium Plus will be introduced in 2020
  • New exclusive first peek at the newest Linden Homes – follow the SL Christmas Expo 2019 (5th-25th)

The 2019 Strides Campaigns In Second Life Raise $13,633 USD In Total


Great news to share this week is that The American Caner Society have announced that the 2019 Strides Campaign raised a very impressive grand total of $13,633 USD (a $5,000 increase over 2018). The Strides Campaign helps all those dealing with breast cancer and helps them to search for a cure.

Congratulations to all those that participated this year who have made a positive difference in this world. There were many communities in Second Life who organised their own campaigns and who participated in the general Strides campaign. All funds raised through the 2019 Strides Campaigns in Second Life are used by the American Cancer Society to contribute to breast cancer research and breast cancer patient services.

  • Top Strides Campaigns that raised over $2,500 include Camping for A Cure & Bikers for BOObies.
  • The BCA ROCKFEST & Out Shop Cancer raised more than $1,000 each.
  • Strides Campaigns that raised between $500 – $1,000 include Rockin’ for the Knockers, Pink Power Fest/Strides Walk, and the Tuesday Night Dance Party.
  • Notable campaigns who raised between $100 – $500 include Winter Is Coming, Kaiila Mahoney & the Gorean community, FABGlibber Women’s Club, Fight Like A Girl Photo Contest, Club Cathedral Dark Desires, Sanctuary Rockers, and Roos With A Dream.

If you would like to become a volunteer for the American Cancer Society in Second Life, please contact Stingray9798 Raymaker or email jeffrey.montegut@cancer.org.

Press Release: The Dickens Project Returns To Second Life On 1st December 2019


The Dickens Project is returning to Second Life on 1st December 2019 and this year’s edition includes a whole month full of storytelling, music, dancing and great experiences. It’s become a winter holiday tradition for the Second Life community over recent years. 

PRESS RELEASE
Issue: Immediate Release
Kill Date: November 26, 2019

Media Contact:
Caledonia Skytower, Seanchai Library
caledoniaskytower@gmail.com

The Dickens Project Returns
to Second Life December 1, 2019

Second Life – The Dickens Project has become a winter holiday tradition for a growing number of Second Life residents since it began as a special seasonal presentation by Seanchai Library in 2008. It transformed into an interactive environment in 2012, then to a full region experience for 2017 and 2018. Seanchai Library is proud to announce that they will be opening the doors of The Dickens Project 2019 Edition beginning December 1.

The Dickens Project celebrates the work of English author Charles Dickens (1812-1870) featuring his seminal work “A Christmas Carol.” This year’s edition presents a full month of exploration, storytelling, music, dance, roleplay opportunities, and the return of the “Urchins in Dickens’ London” experience.

“The Dickens Project is not one single thing,” said Caledonia Skytower of Seanchai Library. “It began as purely a story event, but has evolved to be much more. Our goal is to bring residents together around this important literary work and its themes. Whether their interest is historical, educational, artistic, social, recreational, active, reflective – we work to provide opportunities to engage that are fun and meaningful.” It is the scope of the project and the breadth of its reach into the Second Life community that recommended it to Patch Linden and Linden Labs, the region sponsor of the 2019 Edition.

In a nutshell, The Dickens Project includes:
~ A full region themed around Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, and the world of the story.
~ Over 40 hours of live music, spoken word, dance events and performances.
~ Self-selectable interactive elements, including the “Urchins in Dickens’ London” roleplay/game/experience, and opportunities for both RP and Non-RP guests.
~ Dozens of performers, presenters, and special guests including Patch Linden himself.
~ Educational and interpretive content to encourage questions like “What was Tiny Tim suffering from anyway?”

More information on performances, events, schedules, and features will be released later in November through the Seanchai Library website, and to interested media. There will be special Press/Blogger Previews on November 29th and 30th for the virtual media to get a closer look at The Project before it officially opens.

About the Seanchai Library
Seanchai Library (pronounced Shawn-a-kee, which means “Storyteller” in Irish Gaelic.) was founded in March of 2008 in Second Life. The program remains dedicated to promoting the power of stories to transform and inspire through live voice presentations: “We bring stories of all kinds to life, in Second Life and other virtual worlds.” http://irelandslstory.blogspot.com/

Please spread the word 🙂