Category Archives: SL Coming Soon

Popular events happening during September 2015 in Second Life


It’s already September and there are many popular events happening this month. Spread the word and add these events to your calendar.

If you know of any other events happening in Second Life during September 2015 that you are excited about then please comment below.

Have a great month all :)

Firestorm 5th anniversary countdown & a big surprise announcement


Firestorm turns five years old on Thursday 3rd September 2015 and this year there will be a live concert featuring Seth Regan then followed by DJQuad. There will be gifts and apparently there will be a very big surprise announcement. The party starts at 1pm SLT and it’s going to be amazing.

Congratulations to the Firestorm Viewer team for reaching this huge 5th anniversary milestone and here’s to another 5 more. WooooT1

More details will be released on Thursday 3rd September 2015 on the Firestorm Blog. Spread the word and come along to celebrate 5 amazing years of the Firestorm project.

Firestorm turns 3

Firestorm 3rd Birthday Celebrations – 2013

Firestorm 4th Birthday Celebrations

Firestorm 4th Birthday Celebrations – 2014

It’s time to celebrate! :)

BURN2 DMV Event 2015 featuring racing, dance party and fireworks


BURN2 Race Track

View of the racing track at BURN2 2015 

On Saturday 29th August 2015 starting at 10am SLT there will be a fun day of racing, a dance party and fireworks happening at the Burning Man – Deep Hole region in Second Life. The DMV has built a 8 track on the Playa and the team have set up rezzers around the region with 25 different vehicles to choose from.

Lets go crazy and race! :D

Here is the schedule (SLT/PDT)

  • 10:00am – OPEN RACING
  • 11:15am – Mother Clucker -12 Laps
  • 11:30am – OPEN RACING
  • 12:45pm – Chariot Challenge -12 Laps
  • 1:00pm – OPEN RACING
  • 2:15pm – Licker’d Up Limited -12 Laps
  • 2:30pm – OPEN RACING
  • 3:45pm – Costume Feature -12 Laps (Race in a favorite costume!)
  • 4:00pm – OPEN RACING
  • 5:15pm – Barnyard Bonanza -12 Laps
  • 5:30pm – BurnerBus Blitzkrieg -12 Laps
  • 5:45pm – OPEN RACING
  • 6:30pm – Costume Feature -12 Laps
  • 6:45pm – Dance Party & Fireworks

Stay updated on the latest BURN2 – Second Life updates here.

 

Upcoming RFL of SL events for 2015 and 2016


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Recently the Relay For Life of Second Life website was revamped and improved. The 2015 Relay season wrapped up on Sunday 16th August 2015 and again the season was a huge success from start to end.

I really enjoyed attending RFL events during the season and well done to everyone that made it a great season. I’m looking forward to the events left in 2015 and the 2016 RFL of SL season.

Here are the latest updates as of 21st August 2015…

RFL of SL Events still left in 2015

  • Making Strides Against Breast Cancer: October 2015 – for more details IM Leala Spire
  • Xmas Expo: December 2015 – for more details IM Nuala Maracas
  • 2015 Events List – New calendar of upcoming events for RFL

2016 RFL of SL Events (TBC)

RFL of SL 2016 Season

  • Kickoff Date: Sunday 6th March 2016
  • Relay Weekend: Saturday 16th – Sunday 17th July 2016
  • Wrap Up: Sunday 14th August 2016
  • Theme: Once Upon A Cure

Keep checking the RFL of SL website for new updates and events. Here are some of my favourite snapshots from the 2015 RFL of SL season.

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RFL of SL 2015 season starts

RFL Halfway - Centre Stage 2015_

RFL Halfway Event

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RFL of SL 2015 – Relay Weekend

More RFL of SL snapshots can be found here.

Bright Canopy launches 29th August 2015 at $17 per month


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Bright Canopy will be launching on Saturday 29th August 2015 at a single monthly subscription of $17 per month for the first 90 days at least, The beta test and pre release phrases are done. There will be a launch party to celebrate this special milestone soon after the 29th August.

Bright Canopy will be the successor to the SL Go from Onlive and hopefully the service will last for years to come. During the alpha and beta phrase Google Chrome was apparently the preferred browser to access Bright Canopy. The new streaming service will allow users from around the world on low-end computers to access the Second Life platform and OpenSim grids.

If you are interested in Bright Canopy then sign up here today.

Here is the official announcement about the launch of Bright Canopy….

After much work and preparation and tremendous help from the community testing our offering, we are proud to announce the launch of the full Bright Canopy service.

LAUNCH DATE: August 29th

EARLY BIRD PRICE: $17 per month*

BRING A FRIEND: Sign-up a friend and both you, and your friend, earn free time.

EAST COAST CLOUD: We will also be adding a brand-new, US. East Coast cloud, for faster ping times!

We want to focus on service during launch, but we will be having a launch party to celebrate once the dust settles. You can look forward to music fun and special give-aways.

* Our early bird price is going to be an experiment for 90 days. If you’ve been following the blog, you know we’ve seen price fluctuations on the back-end, and we still need to watch actual usage of the service. $17 is a sustainable price if the instance costs return to their typical, historical values. It is not a sustainable price with the current spike in instance price. We may need to get creative with how we split instances, or we may need to raise prices. We intend to remain transparent as always and will keep you posted. Our goal is to continue to maintain a sustainable, affordable service.

Will you be signing up to Bright Canopy and trying it out ? 

Linden Lab announces Project Sansar closed alpha


On Tuesday 18th August 2015 Linden Lab officially announced a press release saying that a “small number of creators have been exclusively invited to be the first to help test its new platform for virtual experiences”.  It’s good to know that the ball is starting to roll on Project Sansar now and it’s going to be exciting when Project Sansar goes into the Beta/Public phrase.

There is a small group of initial creators helping test Project Sansar that will be creating 3D content using Autodesk’s Maya® software and will then export their creations to the new platform. Project Sansar will support third-party creation tools and building options so that creators can work with their favourite software.

Ebbe Altberg says in the press release that “We want to lower the barrier of entry for VR experience creation” and this sounds like a good start to me. :)

“Project Sansar will allow creators at all levels to focus on realizing their creative visions, without having to worry about issues such as hosting and distribution, multi-user access and communication systems, virtual currency and regulatory compliance, and other challenges associated with creating, sharing, and monetizing virtual experiences today.”

In the months ahead Linden Lab will invite more creators and content partners to Project Sansar as the testing continues. Linden Lab will be recruiting engineers to join the team for Project Sansar. Project Sansar will be become more available to the general public in 2016 and that’s going to be most interesting when that happens.

Here is the full press release on Project Sansar closed alpha,,,

SAN FRANCISCO – August 18, 2015 –Linden Lab®, the creators of Second Life®, today announced that a small number of creators have been exclusively invited to be the first to help test its new platform for virtual experiences, codenamed Project Sansar.

Slated for general availability in 2016, Project Sansar will democratize virtual reality as a creative medium. It will empower people to easily create, share, and monetize their own multi-user, interactive virtual experiences, without requiring engineering resources. The platform will enable professional-level quality and performance with exceptional visual fidelity, 3D audio, and physics simulation. Experiences created with Project Sansar will be optimized for VR headsets like the Oculus Rift, but also accessible via PCs and (at consumer launch) mobile devices. Users can explore and socialize within Project Sansar experiences through advanced expressive avatars, using text and voice chat.

Drawing on more than 12 years of unique experience running Second Life, the largest-ever user-created virtual world, Linden Lab will make it fun and easy for Project Sansar users to create social VR experiences, eliminating the complicated challenges that today limit the medium to professional developers with significant resources. Project Sansar will allow creators at all levels to focus on realizing their creative visions, without having to worry about issues such as hosting and distribution, multi-user access and communication systems, virtual currency and regulatory compliance, and other challenges associated with creating, sharing, and monetizing virtual experiences today.

“We want to lower the barrier of entry for VR experience creation,” said Ebbe Altberg, CEO of Linden Lab. “Project Sansar will do for virtual experiences what WordPress has done for the Web: empower a broad range of people to create with professional quality and reach global audiences. By greatly expanding who can create virtual experiences, Project Sansar will also extend the value of VR to a wide variety of use-cases — from gaming and entertainment to education, architecture, art, community-building, business meetings, healthcare, conferences, training, and more.”

The small group of initial creators invited to help test Project Sansar will create 3D content using Autodesk’s Maya® software and will export their creations to the new platform. At consumer launch, Project Sansar will support a variety of third-party creation tools as well as native building options, so that creators can work with their preferred software.

In the coming months, Linden Lab will welcome additional creators and content partners to Project Sansar as new features are added to the platform and testing expands.

Linden Lab is also currently recruiting talented engineers to join the team developing Project Sansar. More information about working for Linden Lab, current positions, and applications can be found at lindenlab.com/careers.

About Linden Lab

Founded in 1999, Linden Lab is best known as the creator of Second Life, the largest-ever 3D virtual world filled entirely by the creations of its users. In 2013, the company expanded its product portfolio with Blocksworld®, a lighthearted build-and-play system on the iPad for kids and grownups alike. The company is currently developing a new platform for virtual experiences, code-namedProject Sansar, which will democratize VR as a creative medium.

For more about Linden Lab, its products, and career opportunities please visit LindenLab.com.

BURN2 2015: Carnival of Mirrors Announced


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Lamplighter Procession

iSkye Silverweb released a new press release this week announcing the upcoming annual BURN2 event for 2015 in Second Life and this year the theme will be Carnival of Mirrors. BURN2 2015 will run from Saturday 17th October through until Sunday 25th October 2015.

There will be a week of music, performances, fire, mirrors and art. The plots sale is now open with lower prices from last year, plot lottery and the juried art camp applications are now open.

  • Lamplighters to kick off the BURN2 Festival 2015
  • The Man Burn will be on Saturday 24th October 2015
  • The Temple Burn will be on Sunday 25th October 2015

If you have any questions, please contact iSkye Silverweb.

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The Temeple Burn

Press Release
 
BURN2 2015: Carnival of Mirrors 
 
Press Contact: ​ iSkye Silverweb 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  August 4, 2015 12 PM SLT 
This year’s theme is about mirrors and masks, mazes and merger. It will be a kind of magic  show that takes the form of an old­fashioned carnival. This Carnival of Mirrors asks three  essential questions: within our media­saturated world, where products and people,  consumption and communion morph into an endlessly diverting spectacle, who is the  trickster, who is being tricked, and how might we discover who we really are?

Classic carnivals, as theaters of illusion, upheld a very strict dividing line that separated  carnies, cast as showmen, from members of a naïve public who were labeled chumps and  suckers, marks and rubes. Our carnival, however, will perform an even more subversive trick  — its motto is Include the Rube. The wall dividing the observer from observed will disappear,  as by an act of magic; through the alchemy of interaction, everyone at once can be the carny  and the fool.

With great glee and inspired excitement, we announce the upcoming BURN2: Carnival of  Mirrors. The event will take place October 17­-25, 2015, culminating in the Burning of the Man  on the 24th and the Temple Burn on the 25th. Going into this season of preparation, the  annual plot sale opens, along with the Plot Lottery and Juried Art Camp Applications. This  year we will gift MORE free plots in the Plot Lottery! And prices for the plot sale are LOWER!

Get all the information you need about the Plot Lottery and Juried Art Camp applications by  going to ​http://www.burn2.org and finding the link to the desired application form in the menu  at left under “Carnival of Mirrors.”  Read all the information on the form including the  guidelines and Ten Principles before you submit your application.

Builder guidelines are available at ​ http://www.burn2.org/Builderguidelines – playa aesthetics mirroring the Black  Rock Desert are in effect for this event.

You can purchase a plot for BURN2 at the kiosks on the playa. In the spirit of the theme, your  receipt will be in the form of a wearable mask. Prices are as follows, and we are happy to  note the prices are lower than last year:

  • L$2500 = 512sqm, 117 LI 
  • L$5000 = 1024sqm, 234 LI 
  • L$10000 = 2048sqm, 468 LI 
  • L$20000 = 4096sqm, 936 LI   

Think about the mirrors, masks, mazes and mergers, let the word “Carnival” evoke inspiration  in your creative mind, then come, participate, in this fiercely fun and fiery fiesta!

Please let us know when you have included us in your publications as we link back to online  TV, magazine and blog posts at​  ​ http://www.burn2.org/media_coverage​ . We would love to  include you! Just email a link to your content to ​ communications@burn2.org​ , and we will  include it.

BURN2 is the virtual extension of the Burning Man festival and community into the world of  Second Life. It spreads Burning Culture and the​  Burning Man Ten Principles​  all year round.  BURN2 is one Burning Man regional, out of more than 100 first world Regional groups.

We encourage you to use the following labels and hashtags when you write about the event:  Burn2#burn2 . We will promote those tags to make it easier for people to find your content.

Want more information? Check out these resources: 

Contact people: 

  • Communications: communications@burn2.org 
  • Steering Committee:​  steering@burn2.org 
  • BURNING MAN Regional Contact: ​ secondlife@burningman.com 
The Man, Burning Man

The Man

Spread the word about BURN2 2015! :)