Some cool Kitely places to visit in 2017


Kitely Login Screen – 18th March 2017

Kitely Welcome Center – central area

Kitely Welcome Area – nice pathways layout

Kitely Welcome Area – places to visit area

Kitely Welcome Area – meeting area


Freebie Mail 

Seanchai Library

Kitely sandbox regions

Cookie II welcome zone

Multiverse Dragon Masters

Serenity Island

There are many interesting places (worlds) to visit in Kitely, see here

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Avination Grid officially shuts down on OpenSim


Farewell Avination Grid

According to Hypergrid Business latest blog post Avination Grid has officially shut down on OpenSim which is very sad news to hear about. Apparently the grid and company behind it has officially shut down after a series of financial problems in recent years.

Melanie Thielker who the owner of Avination Grid has confirmed the following:

  • The grid’s regions and user inventories are saved, but residents will lose any money they had in in-world currency“,
  • “Now, that effort is over, the company is shut down, and the brand is too damaged to try to recover it,”
  • We allowed the company to lapse because of the damage to the name Avination
  • We will shortly be able to provide avatars, inventories and regions from Avination in a new framework not called Avination.”
  • I’d like for people to have some assurance that the stuff is not lost,
  • Since Avination is bankrupt and dissolved, there is no money there to pay out,

3rd Avination Birthday Celebrations – September 2013

I first joined Avination on 17th January 2012 and since then I’ve blogged about the Avination grid from community events, big news stories, grid improvements and much more. Back then there were 592 regions, 43, 787 registered users with 3, 226 unique logins (past 30 days). The Avination viewer was 54.9MB in size back then running version 1.5.8.

On the Avination login screen updated recently in 2017 there are 81, 424 registered users, 492 regions with 399 unique logins (past 30 days). These screenshots are from my first day when I arrived at the welcome area of Avination.

Login Stats – 17th January 2012

Tutorial Island – 17th January 2012

My First Day back on 17th January 2012

It’s a real shame this is the end of Avination now and this is a huge loss for the OpenSim community moving forward I think.

Me in Avination – 2016

New OpenSim Viewer Survey Opens


On 22nd January Maria Korolov who is the editor and publisher of Hypergrid Business posted up a new OpenSim Viewer Survey. The aim of the survey is to find out what OpenSim viewers the OpenSim community use the most, what favourite features they like and what they’d want to see fixed in the future.

Apparently one random respondent who completes the survey will get a free virtual reality headset for their mobile phone which sounds awesome. Woooot! 🙂

January 2017 OpenSim News

Stay updated on the latest OpenSim news via Hypergrid Business. The best source for all things OpenSim.

Private Estates In Second Life Drops Below 17, 000 Regions


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Private Estates Drop Under The 17, 000 Regions Mark

According to the Second Life Grid Survey recently the total amount of Private Estates in Second Life dropped below the 17, 000 regions mark which is rather alarming and shows the decline is still happening.

At the start of 2016 there were 17, 775 Private Estate regions in Second Life but over the course of this year more regions have gone off the grid leaving 16, 902 Private Estates remaining as of 20th November 2016. It’s sad that Second Life has lost so many amazing regions over the past six years and I really hope that things will change for the better in years to come.

  • YTD Private Estate net losses now stand at 873 (4.9% loss) – As of 20th November 2016

2010 to 2016

Since 2010 the total amount of regions have been decreasing slowly and the grid has lost amazing talent. For comparison on 13th June 2010 there were 31, 988 Main Grid regions in total and today there are 24, 076 Main Grid regions left. If trends continue then expect the total amount of Main Grid regions to drop under the 24, 000 mark before the end of 2016.

Check out this graph showing the total number of main grid regions since 31st October 2006.

  • 2003 to 2006 – steady interest in regions
  • 2006 to 2008 – high interest in regions
  • 2008 to 2012 – max total of regions
  • 2012+ – steady decline in regions

Grid Survey Data

Breakdown of Ownership/Classification

(20th November 2016) – Breakdown of current regions by Ownership and Classification:

  • Estate – Adult: 4913
  • Estate – General: 1354
  • Estate – Moderate: 10631
  • Estate – Offline: 4
  • Linden – Adult: 447
  • Linden – General: 1642
  • Linden – Moderate: 5085

(20th November 2016) –  Breakdown of Host Server Classes by Ownership:

  • Estate – Class 5: 242
  • Estate – Class 7: 7793
  • Estate – Class 8: 7573
  • Estate – Class Unknown: 1294
  • Linden – Class 5: 6
  • Linden – Class 7: 1297
  • Linden – Class 8: 5569
  • Linden – Class Unknown: 302

2017: the year ahead

It’s going to be another challenging year for Second Life with Sansar opening it’s doors to the public in early 2017. The big question is what impact will Sansar have on the Second Life & OpenSim grid numbers during 2017+ ?. We will have to wait and see.

I hope that there will be growth in private estates during the course of 2017 and hopefully the lab will keep on investing more into Second Life. I will be sharing the latest grid stats during each quarter of 2017 so stay tuned for that.