VWBPE 2022 Call for Sponsors


The VWBPE organisers are calling for sponsors for next year’s 15th annual Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education Conference (VWBPE). The conference starts on 31st March through until 2nd April 2022 and the theme will be Phoenix Rising. This conference is unique, completely online and will be free for anyone to attend.

Since 2009 the Rockcliffe University Consortium has managed the Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education Conference (VWBPE) with the support of well over 70 volunteers from the US, Canada, and Europe. Hundred’s of residents have attended over the years for the annual VWBPE and some of the former CEOs of Linden Lab.

VWBPE 2022 Important Dates

  • 10th January 2022 – Presentations CFP Closes
  • 14th February 2022 – Exhibits, Immersive Experiences CFP Closes
  • 14th February 2022 – Sponsorships Close
  • 31st March – 2nd April 2022 – 2022 VWBPE Conference

It’s worth mentioning that there will be many unique opportunities including promotion of your products and services. Be a event supporter, volunteer at the event, host a presentation, provide trails or samples showcasing your products.

Your participation will help to:
* build community through extension of learning best practices to practical application of those ideas and techniques;
* provide networking opportunities for educators and the communities that help support education; and
* provide access to current innovations, trends, ideas, case studies, and other best practices for educators and the communities that help support education.

Play > Explore > Engage > Immerse > Learn

To make this conference a success, we rely on the support of sponsors who, like you, understand that education is faced with inordinate pressure to make the best use of new immersive technologies in a way that is sustainable and accessible even within limited budgets, available to both instructors and students.

You will have unique opportunities to contribute to the conference including promotion of your products and services, participation in micro-burst Q&A sessions, and ongoing brand identification through our proceedings and video archives.

Please spread the word about VWBPE 2022 happening in Second Life next year.

New East Regions Arrive On Fantasy Sub Continent


East regions arrive on Fantasy sub continent

This weekend a new batch of SSPE regions have arrived on the east coast of the Fantasy sub continent. The latest regions start from SSPE2756 to SSPE2765. There are roughly 18 or so regions remaining or so complete the Fantasy sub continent surrounding coastline. At the current development rates the Fantasy sub continent could be done before early December 2021.

The Moles have been adding new Fantasy Linden homes in recent weeks on the west coast and it’s now starting to look really good. Over the next 4 weeks or so more Fantasy homes are expected to be built and new areas to explore.

The Chalet sub continent southern coast regions have arrived during the past month and soon hundred’s of houseboats are expected to fill the empty areas. Soon the northern side development of the Chalet sub continent will start and it’s going to be great once that’s done. I would imagine completion could be done before 2022 starts.

More updates will be posted soon.

The Drax Files Radio Hour Ends After Seven Years


For anyone that does not know yet Draxtor Despres has ended The Drax Files Radio Hour after seven years of podcasting (321 podcasts) about Second Life/Linden Lab happenings. In recent years viewers have declined which is not good news from 2, 000 listeners per week down to 9 listeners roughly. Over the years I have enjoyed listening to The Drax Files Radio Hour because of the many interesting topics/big news that were covered.

Draxtor has covered the TOS changes back in 2014, oculus rift, Sansar, creations for Parkinson’s and featured many guests over the years like Philip Rosedale, Dennis Harper, Pathfinder Lester etc. Rod Humble departure was pretty big news and when Ebbe Altberg become CEO. The shut down of cloud party, closure of SL Go, the start of the hypergrid, mesh developments, project bento, VR developments, the production of Paradise Lost, Lab Chat, OpenSim grids growth and much more.

Draxtor posted the following on the show website recently….

My friends: i decided to end this podcast. we started way back in 2014, shortly before ebbe altberg came in. we had over 2000 listeners per week. we are down to 9!

I don’t mind. i am happy that i can cancel myself in fact because we churn out over 150 videos with second life stories per year, not counting the feature length work.

That should be enough should it not? listen to my short announcement and tell me what you think. thank you for making my second life awesome every day!

Draxtor is working on an upcoming documentary about virtual cultures in pandemic times which sounds exciting and I think when that gets released in January 2022 that will be popular. Draxtor produces over 100 videos per year for the official Second Life social. Recently Draxtor has been hosting the Second Life Book Club which was been very succesful indeed.

Well done Drax for all of the amazing podcasts over the years.

New South Coast Added To Fantasy Sub Continent


This week the southern coastline has been added to the Fantasy sub continent in Second Life and now it’s showing up on the map for the first time. The newest regions are highlighted in red from SSPE2746 to SSPE2755 and the blue arrow on the right hand side is where more regions will be added to fill up the coasts around the sub continent.

Below is the Fantasy sub continent map as of Tuesday 9th November 2021 featuring a brand new west coast line that includes hundreds of new Fantasy Linden homes. The long blue line on the right hand side is what’s coming next with hundreds of more SSPE regions arriving very soon. I think the plan is for the east side coastline of the Fantasy sub continent and the west side of the Chalet coastline to be finished before 2022 starts.

Work will be starting very soon on SSPE2750 and in nearby regions.

I will post more updates on my blog when further big developments happen. Stay tuned for that.

New West Fantasy Batch Of Regions Arrive


In the past week or so a new batch of Fantasy SSPE regions have been added down the western side of the Fantasy sub continent in Second Life. They appear dark on the world map (see below) from SSPE2736 to SSPE2721. The Moles are working on these new SSPE regions now adding hundreds of more Fantasy Linden Homes which will be available in the weeks ahead.

Further batches of new SSPE regions are set to arrive in the weeks ahead around the coastal areas of the Fantasy and Chalet sub continents. When those developments happen I will blog about it for sure. Stay tuned for that.

West side new regions added recently
SSPE2730

Keep a look out for new SSPE regions soon. It’s likely we will hear about the next Linden Home theme later this year and that will probably happen at the SL Christmas Expo 2021. At least another two LH themes during 2022 and maybe into 2023.

New Chalet South Development


Update as of 15th October 2021

New south development – 15th October 2021

The new Chalet south development work started recently and soon hundred’s of new houseboats will be added along with Chalet/Stilts Linden Homes on the coastal areas. The Moles are using a number of coloured squares to keep track of overall progress.

From SSPE2215 to SSPE2248 new Chalet home parcel markers have been created already with more work happening in the days ahead. Beyond SSPE2248 there are more houseboat parcels that have been placed going all the way up the east coast of the Chalet sub continent. These regions are not fully finished yet.

The Moles are definitely adding more new areas faster in recent weeks it appears and it’s going to be great once the chalet sub continent has been completed. I think once the east and south development is finished the Moles will most likely move to adding the west/north development.

New houseboats in SSPE2218

Here are just some of the new areas in the south development.

  • SSPE2253: New Chalet homes and Stilt homes have been added. Region not finished yet.
  • SSPE2252: Possible rez area coming soon. Empty at the moment.
  • SSPE2247: Houseboats will be added very soon
SSPE2253
SSPE2252
SSPE2247

Stay tuned for more updates very soon.