Last night It was heartbreaking to see live coverage of the Notre Dame in real life on fire. The spire collapsed and the roof caved into the famous 850-year-old building. It took around 15 hours for the firefighters to fully extinguish the fire. The good news is that the main stone structure and the two towers survived. The cause of the fire is not yet clear but what is clear is that the cathedral will be fully rebuilt in the near future.
In Second Life last the virtual Paris 1900 region filled up pretty quickly with a large crowd gathering at the virtual Notre Dame. The region was full including the nearby regions.
Today Linden Lab have officially announced the fresh new Linden Homes with new themes and larger options. The first of several planned Linden Home updates launches today exclusive to Premium members apparently.
The second generation of Linden Homes are now finally here. The new continent named Bellisseria has 384 regions currently and it’s to set to get much bigger soon. The old Linden Homes will be phased out over time but there’s no rush just yet.
There is a brand new Linden Homes wiki page full of useful information to get started from signing up to get a Linden Home, home themes, house controllers and much more.
There Goes the Neighborhood (Thankfully!)
One of the many benefits of becoming a Premium Second Life member is access to an automatic waiver of the monthly land fees for a Linden Home or 1024m² tier allotment for use towards a parcel on the Mainland. A pretty incredible perk, but it was time to make it even perkier.
Let’s be honest – those Linden Homes from 2010 were long overdue for some updates and improvements. It was clear a fresh coat of paint and some new landscaping were just not going to make the amount of curb appeal we were shooting for. In fact, it was time to return to the drawing board and start a better-built Linden Home experience, from the ground up – literally.
The first of several planned Linden Home updates launches today – with the introduction of New Linden Homes – exclusive to Premium members. Your new home may be in the mountains, along the shore, or in a rolling landscape of low hills and river valleys, but you’ll also be part of a large community experience, with navigable waterways, a network of roads, and community areas to socialize and have fun
There are two new themed styles in this release – Traditional and Houseboats – and some are twice as big as previous Linden Home offerings.
Depending on the theme chosen home parcels will be either 1024 sq m or 512 sq m apparently.
Unlike the first generation of Linden Homes, which offered themed areas on separate Regions, the New Linden Homes blend themes across the entire continent. Depending on the theme you choose to live in, your home’s parcel may be either 1024 or 512 sq m. Your house might overlook houseboats along the ocean or might be inland in a traditional suburban neighborhood. Wherever you live, you will be within range of recreational and shopping areas and will be able to travel around the continent by car or boat if you wish.
First preview of the new Bellisseria continent, new Linden Homes and new Houseboats.
The new Bellisseria continent opens. It’s expected the new south expansion will happen in the months ahead.
It’s going to be worth getting a new Linden Home for the incredible views and infrastructure that has been built. All brand new! 🙂
On Sunday 7th April Patch Linden went live on Relay Rap Radio Talk Show to talk about the new Linden Homes project that the lab have been working on since mid 2018. There was a large inworld audience on the American Cancer Society Island and there was a live stream of the event via T1 Radio.
Most of the hour was about the Home & Garden Expo, Relay For Life of Second Life including future plans/events, Sansar and ways to reduce lag.
Guests this week…
Kaerri Rae – Home & Garden Expo Lead
Stingray Raymaker – American Cancer Society Staff Partner
Special Guest Patch Linden
Here are some newer updates from the radio show this afternoon…
The opening “will be announced when it happens”
Currently “one week past the original roll out date”
There will be four house styles to choose from. Eventually “there will be six to eight more styles” for Linden Homes – some 512sq and some 1024sq
The new SSP continent will “grow futher down South then East” where the new water regions are
It’s recommended to get a new Linden Home quickly as there may be a long wait
The old Linden homes will be going away and will be shut down. At least a year or two before this happens.
I think the launch will probably happen in the week ahead with more being rolled out before the end of April 2019 if all goes to plan. Easter is fast approaching so it could be a big surprise.