Category Archives: SL Breaking News

Bay City’s Annual Tree Lighting 2015 Press Release

Bay City Treelighting 2015


Marianne McCann
Bay City Alliance

Sixth Annual event coming in December

BAY CITY, SL (27th November, 2015) – The Bay City Alliance will host its annual Tree Lighting event on Sunday, 13th December 2015 from 1-4 pm SL. The event will be held at the Bay City Fairgrounds, in North Channel ( ) and will feature DJ GoSpeed Racer and live performers Christov Kohnke and Grace McDunnough. The event will also feature ice-skating, dancing, refreshments and lots of fun for all!

Since December of 2014, Bay City has raised US$1,675.00 for Child’s Play Charity ( and as part of the event, a silent auction will again be held to support them. We are asking Second Life™ designers and artists to participate by providing fun, interesting, unique, or other transferrable items (or a no-copy object that the auction winner can give to you to redeem their prize, if the item(s) have to be no transfer). Please contact Marianne McCann to participate.

Auction will end at the conclusion of the event. All proceeds from the silent auction and from donation bins at the venue will go to Child’s Play Charity. Child’s Play is a 501c3 non profit organization offers online communities such as ours an opportunity to help seriously ill children around the globe during their hospital stays with the purchase of games and gaming equipment.

Bay City is a mainland community, developed by Linden Lab® and home to the Bay City Alliance. The Bay City Alliance was founded in 2008 to promote the Bay City regions of Second Life and provide a venue for Bay City Residents and other interested parties to socialize and network. It is now the largest group for Residents of Bay City.

For more information, or to participate in the event, please contact Marianne McCann

The Bay City Tree Lighting 2013

The Bay City Tree Lighting 2013

Bay City Tree Lighting 2012

Bay City Tree Lighting 2012

BURN2 Santalarity 2015: “Great Things Come in Small Packages”

BURN2 Santalarity 2015 will be opening on Saturday 12th December through until Sunday 13th December 2015. The theme is “Great Things Come in Small Packages” and the event will be held at the Burning Man regions in Second Life. See the press release here.

Like a fable borne upon a mist of time, a magical, mysterious transformation is wrought upon the ancient dry lake bed we know as the playa. When the mist clears you see an alpine wonderland of mountains, hills and valleys.

Oh, but that is not all! As you draw in for a closer look, you notice something incredible: everything is small in size. You are surrounded by miniature villages and diminutive trains, with LIlliputian creatures and beings populating the scene. But don’t let their small sizes fool you – things are rarely as they appear.

Doesn’t that just stir up all sorts of things in your mind? Petites, Tinies, Micros..miniature camps and mini-mutant vehicles, the world goes small! Of course, we’ll have a fun little Burn, too. You are invited to participate!

Tinies, petites and other small avatar creatives are especially invited to be a part of this event, to build, DJ and perform.

How to Apply! 

If there are any questions, contact the BURN2 event leads:

  • iSkye Silverweb
  • Ladyslipper Constantine

Lab Chat video and transcript now available

After almost a week of waiting the full video and transcript of the first episode of Lab Chat that aired on Thursday 19th November 2015 is now available. The video is split up into three parts featuring Ebbe Linden, Saffia Widdershins and Jo Yardley.

Today Inara Pey has posted up the full transcript and audio of the first Lab Chat event. Check out the quick links for parts on Second Life, Project Sansar and for the Q&A part. 

Video Links

Spread the word! :)

The Drax Files Radio Hour Show 95: Lab Chat!

On 20th November show 95 was aired of The Drax Files Radio Hour and you can listen to the show here. This week it’s all about the recent Lab Chat Q&A event featuring Ebbe Linden talking about Second Life and Project Sansar. It’s most interesting to hear what’s going on and I have to say great work to the team that made this happen. Great engaging conversation for sure! :)

There have been many bloggers that have already blogged about the first Lab Chat event and I recommend that you should check it them out.

The full video of the event and transcript will be published soon.

First Lab Chat launches in Second Life

Over 180 people attended the first ever Lab Chat Q&A session on Thursday 19th November in the LEA Theatre in Second Life with Saffia Widdershins and Jo Yardley featuring Ebbe Linden.

Sadly I missed it due to RL but from what I can gather the event went rather smoothly and everyone enjoyed it. I heard that Torley Linden, Pete Linden, Xiola Linden and Danger Linden attended the session.

There will be a transcript published soon along with the full video replay featuring Ebbe Linden talking about Second Life, the marketplace and Project Sansar. I believe there will be a second Lab Chat Q&A session soon.

If you attended the first Lab Chat Q&A what did you think of it all ? 

OpenSim has reached the 70, 000 regions milestone & update on Second Life regions

According to Hypergrid Business on 15th November 2015 OpenSim has reached the 70, 000 regions milestone which is incredible news. There are now the equivalent of 71, 034 standard regions on OpenSim’s 314 active public grids and it’s increasing every month. OpenSim active users reached the 34, 000 active users mark for the first time this month.

For those interested in joining OpenSim, read this!

For those who are new readers, OpenSim is a free, open source virtual world platform that’s compatible with the Oculus Rift. It allows people with no technical skills to quickly and cheaply create virtual worlds, and then teleport to other virtual worlds. Those with technical skills can run OpenSim worlds on their own servers for free, while commercial hosting starts at less than $5 a region — compared to $300 a region for the same land in Second Life. A list of hosting providers is here. Download the recommended Firestorm viewer here. And find out where to get content for your OpenSim world or region here.


In the graph below the total land area of OpenSim has reached many new milestones during 2014 and 2015. This time last year regions passed the 50, 000 mark and today there are more than 70, 000 regions.

(Hypergrid Business data.)

In the graph below shows the Hypergrid growing faster than the closed grids and InWorldz. In 2015 there has been more interest it seems for the Hypergrid.

(Hypergrid Business data.)

For the latest OpenSim grid news, top popular grids by (active users) and top region counts, see here.

Second Life

In Second Life today there are 24, 952 main grid regions in total left, with 17, 852 regions being private estates and 7, 100 regions being Linden owned regions. In the graph below shows the total number of main grid regions from 2006 to 2015. There is a noticeable decline in the graphs below and Second Life has a lot of catching up to do with OpenSim.

Second Life Grid Survey Data

In the graph shows the total number of private estates in Second Life between 2006 to 2015.

Second Life Grid Survey Data

In the graph below shows Second Life historical concurrency from 2009 to 2015.

Second Life Grid Survey Data

In the graph below shows historical Maximum Daily Concurrency from December 2009 to November 2015. Second Life had more people logging in between 2010 to 2012 (60, 000min – 80, 000max) and today the number of people logging into Second Life has dropped (27, 000min to 52, 000max).

Second Life Grid Survey Data

Will 2016 see Second Life decline further and OpenSim still on the increase ?

I would love to see Second Life regions increase in 2016 and for OpenSim regions to steady out more. It’s unclear whether or not Project Sansar will have a huge impact on Second Life and OpenSim.  We will have to wait and see!


Linden Lab announces reduced land setup fee costs in Second Life

Today Linden Lab announced that Second Life land setup fees have been reduced and is effective immediately. This is good news that Linden Lab have finally reduced the setup fee costs for Private Islands and it will be interesting to see whether or not Private Islands will start to increase again soon.

I do think this is a step in the right direction and I’m sure this will be most welcome news. Lowering the tier by a small amount would be a good move and i’m sure many would be happy about that. Will it happen in 2016 or 2017 ?

Here are the new reduced set-up fees:

  • Full Private Island – previously $1000, now $600
  • Developed Full Private Island – previously $1029, now $629
  • Homestead Private Island – previously $375, now $225
  • Developed Homestead Private Island – previously $395, now $250
  • Openspace Private Island – previously $250, now $150

Educational and nonprofit organizations will still continue to receive a 50% discount off the set up fee along with the 50% off ongoing maintenance fees. The lab mentions that “If you have paid a region set-up fee in the past 14 days, you will receive the difference in fees back as a credit (in US Dollars) to your account balance”.

Transferring Regions with Grandfathered Pricing

Effective immediately, both Grandfathered Full Private Island regions ($195/month) and Grandfathered Homestead Private Island regions ($95/month) may be transferred to new owners without losing the discounted pricing. However, the one-time fee for transferring grandfathered regions will be higher than the usual transfer fee, as follows:

  • Transfer of a Full Island, maintaining grandfathered pricing: $600/each
  • Transfer of a Homestead Island, maintaining grandfathered pricing: $300/each

The standard fee will still apply to all other region transfers, as well as if you choose to give up grandfathered pricing when transferring a previously grandfathered region.

What do you think of this announcement ?