Press Release: SL Christmas Expo 2021 Opens Friday 3rd December


Check out the latest new press release for the upcoming 2021 SL Christmas Expo. Please spread the word to your friends and on your blogs.

PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release

November 25, 2021
Contact: Nuala Maracas or Drummer Jollycane
mailto:slchristmasexpo@slchristmasexpo.com

2021 SL Christmas Expo Opens Friday December 3rd
“The 12 Days of Christmas” Helping To Fight Childhood Cancer

Since 2011, the SL Christmas Expo has been “Giving The Gift of Hope”, and is dedicated to children with cancer. The event which supports the American Cancer Society, is the premier Holiday shopping and entertainment event in Second Life. Opening on December 3rd, the 12 Days of Christmas” features more than 150 stores and shoppes, spread over 15 gorgeously designed regions, and brings together merchants, Breedables, entertainers, and volunteers for 12 days of shopping, music, auctions, and holiday special events.  

As always the Holly Jolly Café presents the top performers in Second Life for nearly non-stop entertainment. Buy a ticket for the Holiday Shopping raffles, visit the Christmas Tree Lot and the Merchant village or stop for a Picture With Santa.

Once again, American Cancer Society partner Linden Lab will take part in the Expo with special surprises and events.  Take a picture with Santa Patch & the Elf Moles, get a Limited Edition Patch on a Shelf elf, and check out the newest Linden Homes at the 2021 winter reveal region.

And don’t forget to check out the Holiday Lights at The Lights of Hope home decorating competition, returning once again for 2021. The Lights of Hope regions feature homes decorated for the holidays by some of the best home designers in Second Life and an entire region of Linden Homes decorated by Lindens and Moles. Vote for your favorites by donating to special kiosks located at each home.

While shopping continues until December 14th, The Expo culminates with the giant Winter Breedable Auction and the Holidays of Hope Ball on Sunday December 12th.

For a list of merchant sponsors, entertainment and event schedules* and to learn more about the Expo and how it helps the American Cancer Society fight Childhood Cancer visit the Expo @ https://slchristmasexpo.com/.

If you or a loved one is affected by childhood or any cancer, or want to learn more about the American Cancer Society and its research and support programs visit the American Cancer Society region in SL, the Society website (cancer.org),  or call 800.227.2345 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year.

The American Cancer Society is the world’s leader in the fight against cancer and is attacking childhood cancers from every angle.

*Note: Merchant Sponsors, Landmarks and Entertainment Schedules will be available on the website during the week of November 29th. Please Check Back.

Six New SSPE Regions Added East Side of Fantasy Sub Continent


New SSPE regions alert

This week six new SSPE regions (SSPE2766 to SSPE2771) have been added to the east side of the Fantasy sub continent in Second Life. These new regions are not yet visible on the world map however they are open for anyone to wonder into them.

The Moles have already added house parcel markers, terraformed them and placed down pathways etc. It’s really exciting to watch the Moles develop the coastal areas. During the past 11 months of 2021 the growth of the Bellisseria continent has been incredible.

It’s estimated now that twelve more SSPE regions are needed to complete the costal ring around the Fantasy sub continent. The Moles are working fast on landscaping newer regions and adding new Linden homes onto them.

Linden Lab Gives Second Life Search A Facelift


New Second Life Search Goes Live

On Monday 22nd November 2021 Linden Lab gave Second Life a facelift for the first time in many years. The new look interface is now live which can be viewed inworld or online here. The goal was to clean up the interface and provide a more streamlined look for the Second Life community to enjoy.

It’s important to mention that the lab have not changed the algorithm that the search feature uses in any way. The tabs for Places, People, Events, Groups, Land to Buy or Rent, Classifieds etc are still available.

The lab plans on unveiling a number of new features for Search during 2022. Linden Lab have recently revamped the Second Life Join page and the new secondlife.com landing page along with with roll out of the new Second Life logo on many Second Life pages.

I think the lab have done a really good job at revamping the Second Life website, the join page and now with Search. I think the new look will improve the new resident experience overall going forward. The addition of the new Welcome islands have helped with the new quick start guide. I think the lab should bring back the mentor program / new resident help groups to help new residents further.

New Second Life Homepage
New Second Life Join Page

Keep a watch out for new changes in the year ahead.

SL Christmas Expo 2021 Regions Have Arrived


22nd November 2021

The 2021 SL Christmas Expo regions have arrived on the grid this week with just ten days to go until the grand opening. The region naming is very good this year and it’s going to be great to see they open next week. The regions are closed to the public at the moment while preparations continue.

There will be many special events happening during the course of the event and live entertainment. There will be raffles, contests, auctions, breedables and much more during the Christmas season. There may be news about the next Linden Home theme like announced in previous years. It’s not been confirmed yet if that will be the case for this year.

I think the SSPLOH region (located far far away) will be most likely be joined up with the main expo regions at some point next week. 

23rd November 2021

The SL Christmas Expo is a mega event that raises funds for the American Cancer Society and the expo will be supporting the Childhood Cancer initiatives of The Society. All the proceeds of the Expo will be directed to support research, support programs and efforts to help children with cancer.

There is more information about the 2021 SL Christmas Expo on the SL Christmas Expo website. I will post more updates soon on my blog.

Top 15 Interesting Places To Visit In Bellisseria


There are many interesting places to visit around the Bellisseria continent. There are windmills, beaches, lighthouses, tunnels, airstrips and more dotted about. I have put together a useful list of 15 interesting places below. The Bellisseria continent is still growing today and it’s set for futher expand during 2022 with more Linden Home themes.

1: Campwich ForestSLURL

A nice community center to visit featuring a lovely waterfall nearby with a fun zipline, a big forest to wonder about in, rez zones in the docks, a railway station which connects with nearby Linden Home themes and more.

2: SS Galaxy Cruise ShipSLURL

The full-featured cruise ship spans three regions on the far west side of the Bellisseria continent. Featuring a swimming pool, dancefloor, helicopter landing pads and much more.

The SS Galaxy Cruise Ship was built in 2007 as a private initiative and then was converted into a museum by Linden Lab in 2015. In early 2020 it was moved from the south of the Blake Sea to Bellisseria.

3: Buffalo Springs AirstripSLURL

Explore the newest airstrip featuring boat rez zone, picnic area and airplane rez zone. Fly from the north coast of the Chalet sub continent all the way south west towards the mainland of the Bellisseria continent.

4. Brady Stream WindmillsSLURL

Check out the amazing new windmills, underground tunnel, railway line and much more. Relax by the river side and wonder around the lovely landscape.

5. Ebbe Altberg Memorial – SLURL

Come and remember Ebbe Altberg former CEO of Linden Lab who sadly passed away earlier this year. Ebbe Altberg statue is located at the center of the isle.

6. Fantasy Community CentreSLURL

Check out the newest part of the Fantasy sub continent which is the new community centre featuring a main hall, a reception area, docking areas and more.

7. Varmint HillsSLURL

Explore the hills area with amazing views all around. The water stream runs right through turning this way and that.

8. Mermaid ShoalSLURL

Check out this underwater area featuring plants and this is a good spot to take shelter.

9. Obelisk Fountain – SLURL

A interesting fountain in the Victorian sub continent surrounded by hedges. A nice place to relax and a short walk to the beach in the west.

10. Hidden Mole TrailerSLURL

Check out the hidden mole trailer behind the waterfall in Rigamarole. There are references to Magellan Linden and there is more to discover here.

11. Bellisseria FairgroundsSLURL

Bellisseria Fairgrounds hosts regular events set up by the Second Life community here. There is a small airstrip and boat rez area (including boat ride) nearby.

12. Puffin Head Swimming PoolSLURL

A great area to relax near the poolside with friends with lovely views over the sea. Nearby hangout areas and docks.

13. Dinosaur FossilSLURL

Check out this interesting dinosaur fossil near the railway line. How many bones does this dino have ?

14. Treeowatoor WavesSLURL

Lovely place to watch the waves come in and hang out with friends.

15. Beiramar BridgeSLURL

Lovely connection bridge connecting the log homes with the stilt homes. Loads to discover around here.

Have fun exploring.

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.