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Insilico regions closing down very soon


Insilico – 20th October 2016

On 19th October Insilico announced that the cyberpunk themed Insilico regions will be closing down very soon in Second Life. Apparently the central and south regions will be closed down between 28th October – 1st November 2016. The East and South East regions will remain until 17th November 2016.

According to the manger named Abeus Madruga Insilico’s revenue sources have never fully recovered and it’s a combination of losses that have slowly eroded away to a point where they can no longer cover the tier costs. They are not in a position to keep covering the difference.

It will be really sad to see Insilico regions shut down soon after being in Second Life for over 8 years. Insilico was one of the most popular and most beautiful locations to visit in Second Life.

During the course of 2016 so many well known places have closed down due to high land tier costs making it impossible for places to keep existing. I hope that the lab will reduce land tier costs soon otherwise more places will shut down too.


Insilico – 20th October 2016

Here is the full blog post posted by Abeus Madruga

InSilico had a tough road ahead of itself after the loss of Skills and a two week lockout…specifically, a financial one. While we were able to float by on generosity, that cushion has run out. Sadly, our primary sources of income have never fully recovered. It’s not any one thing, but a combination of losses that have slowly eroded away: Malls are drying up, Skills’ MP sales disappearing, fewer long term residential rentals, etc. Suffice it to say that there has been a growing short fall (even before), and up until now we’ve been making up the difference out of pocket when needed. That shortage this month will be substantial however, and unfortunately we are not in a position to keep covering the difference.

So, we had to make a decision. Either make a drastic reduction to just two sims (a full region and a homestead), or close InSilico as a whole while we are still in a position to do so on our own terms. After a lot of discussion and soul searching with the current staff and some players (and a lot of antacids), we’ve opted for the latter…to go out whole.

This is a very hard choice for us, and not one that we’ve come to lightly. Even though it might be possible to survive as just two sims, the technical aspects of that were daunting. Not only would it require a substantial shifting of the existing city infrastructure very quickly (most of which would fall on Stark), we would also need to cut key locations such as Mars and cyberspace to free up the required prims to do so. And certainly we’d suffer other loses in the form of rental revenue and reduced confidence during that period. All said, we just weren’t entirely confident ourselves that we could make it work in such a short amount of time. We also didn’t want to have to keep turning to the community for donations to keep us afloat during that process…but certainly the one thing we didn’t want was to go through all of this, and then find ourselves back in this same position 2, 3, 4 months down the line. We don’t want to wither away, slowly or not.

Perhaps it’s just a sign of the times, the state of things in general, or our age and reputation that have brought us to this point. Maybe we should have dropped a couple regions from the start…Either, any, or…it doesn’t really matter now. We have chosen to come to a close with InSilico as it is now, intact and committed to our memories in the same way. It’s a sacrifice, but not one of compromise.

As I said in my previous (albeit premature) Goodbye/Love letter to InSilico during the lockout…We’ve had some good times, even some great times. 9 years’ worth of stories that will continue to transcend the sims on which they were told…I couldn’t ask for anything more than that as a legacy.


Insilico – 20th October 2016

So what happens now ?

So what happens now? Well, that’s up to you. We still have the sims until the end of their respective tiers. Central and South will be dropped on the 28th/1st, but East and South East will remain until November 17th …after which they too will go their separate ways. The Ning will hang on for a while longer after that, but for how long I cannot say as we don’t have access to the creator account. In the meantime, continue RPing and taking in the sites. Enjoy it while you can. Take pictures, tell war stories, have a party. ICly the city isn’t going anywhere, even if the sims are. We aren’t blowing it up or tanking it…we’re just going to fade to black so it can continue to exist in your imaginations and stories. We’ve locked all rental boxes, but if you’re a current renter…feel free to stay for as long as the sims remain.

P.S. Shoda won’t be closing as it is privately funded, so it will continue to exist to carry on the INSILICO setting’s legacy, even if only now as a background element to whatever its own future may hold. Expect to hear more from Stark & Co. about that soon.

P.P.S. Please, no donations. We’ve already had one fundraiser this year, and received numerous donations when we reopened. And, to be honest, it’s never something I’ve been comfortable with asking for. While the thoughts and sentiment are appreciated, it’s just a band-aid to the greater issues. Our time has come. We can make peace with that.

Here are some of my snapshots I took of Insilico today, please see below. 


Insilico – 20th October 2016


Insilico – 20th October 2016


Insilico – 20th October 2016

Insilico - 20th October 2016

Insilico – 20th October 2016

Hopefully the Insilico legacy will live on and maybe sometime in the future it may return either on OpenSim or Sansar or on something else. We will have to wait and see.

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

BURN2 2016

Center Camp SLURL  

BURN2 2016


BURN2 2016

The Temple SLURL

BURN2 2016

The Lamplighters Village SLURL

BURN2 2016

Live Stage SLURL



BURN2 2016

Inner Child Camp SLURL

BURN2 2016

Da Vinci GnomeTrap SLURL


DaVinci’s Backyard SLURL

BURN2 2016

Da Vinci Steampunk Carousel SLURL

BURN2 2016

More info at