The SL17B Exhibits Are Still Open


Bugs Bunny at the bar drinking lime

Last weekend marked the end of the major events and live performances at SL17B. The only big event still going now is the SL17B Shop & Hop shopping event which ends Sunday 12th July 2020. The exhibits and birthday regions are still open for another two weeks roughly. There is a useful list of SL17B community experiences worth checking out. 

SL17B core regions open until 12th July 2020
SL17B Shop & Hop Shopping Event still open

For those that are visiting this week and next week the lag should now be at normal levels. It should be easier now to explore the regions sightseeing and hanging out with family/friends. It’s best to visit during non-peak hours to enjoy it more.  

Ebbe Linden & Saffia live at SL17B last week (22nd June)

The SL17B Meet the Linden sessions were a huge success again this year with a large audience every day participating inworld and on the live online stream. Well done to everyone that made it work this year. It was good to hear good progress being made with the uplift work, the mobile app, premium plus, Linden Homes and much more. I think before the end of the year there will be some interesting announcements on Second Life.

The new Stilt Linden Home theme
SL17B Enchant from the air

The new Stilt Linden Homes can still be viewed in the SL17B Enchant region. The LH Demo region will remain open for the next few weeks. After that the Stilt Linden Homes won’t be released until later in 2020 when residents will be able to start moving in. I will post more on this when new updates becomes available.

What do you think of SL17B so far ?

 

 

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Catch Up With The SL17B Meet the Lindens Series


For anyone that has missed any of the SL17B Meet the Lindens series so far here are all the catch up videos for reference. The 2020 Meet the Lindens sessions at SL17B have been very popular indeed and they have been most interesting because of all the latest developments going on at Linden Lab.

Featuring Ebbe Linden, Patch Linden, Oz Linden, The Marketing Team and The Moles.

All these sessions run for at least a hour and a bit. It’s worth watching for sure.

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Monday 22nd June – Ebbe Linden

Tuesday 23rd June – Patch Linden

Wednesday 24th June – Oz Linden

Thursday 25th June – Marketing Team

Friday 26th June – Meet the Moles 

Meet the Lindens series be back next year for SL18B. This year all the sessions have been most interesting and packed full of residents. 

 

New Last Names Options Now Available


Today Linden Lab have announced 7 new Last Name options for purchasing with another three new last name options in honor of Second Life 17th birthday theme.

There will be further updates to the last name options pool in the near future. Last week ten last names were officially retired and they are no longer available for purchase.

Here is the newly updated list of available last names as of 25th June 2020. 

Here is the full blog announcement below…

As we announced last week, ten last names have officially been retired and are no longer available for purchase. 

Today, we are pleased to announce the names replacing them, available as an option for purchase now:

Vortex
Fluffpaw
Sassypants
Amethyst
Bloodrose
Aurelia
Starlight

Additionally, three names are being made available for purchase in honor of Second Life’s 17th Birthday theme: 

Wayfarer
Rover
Wanderer

These three names will be retired in the next round of updates, so if you’re interested, be sure to grab them while they’re available!

We will continue to make additional updates to the available last name pool, so if these options aren’t for you, stay tuned for future updates. 

What do you think of these last name options ?

The SL17B Water regions explanation


On 24th June Patch Linden on the Second Life forums posted the reasons for why there are ten SL17B Water regions surrounding the core SL17B regions. Apparently the main reason for them is that it’s “purely for decor and aesthetic purposes“. The lab felt “the entire SLB continent looked better not having things fall off into a void“.

He goes on to say “so we gave everything natural shorelines and such which meant extending in to the surrounding water regions this year. They serve no other purpose and are not usable for anything else because they are running on openspaces“.

I have to say this is pretty disappointing to hear this as this is a big opportunity missed for like a SL17B sailing event or perhaps spreading the new theme of Linden homes around the core regions. I’m sure the water regions could of been used better somehow. It’s interesting that these water regions are running on openspaces though.

Here is the full explanation from Patch…

They are there purely for decor and aesthetic purposes.  When we built out the core regions, we used as much space as possible and in many areas right up to the region edges.  We felt the entire SLB continent looks better not having things fall off into a void.  So we gave everything natural shorelines and such which meant extending in to the surrounding water regions this year.  They serve no other purpose and are not usable for anything else because they are running on openspaces.

Hopefully next year for SL18B there will be more regions to explore and more demo regions. 

SL17B Water regions can be seen around the outside of the core regions

Patch Linden Gives Update On Linden Home Themes 7, 8 and 9


Today Patch Linden posted a further update on the new Linden Home themes upcoming on the Second Life Forums. Read more here.

Firstly he points out there are 4 floor plans to the new Stilt home theme. There will be two placement options on the home selection page soon. Patch says don’t abandon your homes. 

Here is the schedule for the upcoming new Linden Home themes 6, 7, 8 and 9.

Theme 6

  • Theme 6 officially announced on 23rd June – Stilt homes
  • The Stilt homes are basically done and ready for deployment
  • The lab don’t have have the region capacity to release them right now. The lab are aiming at after the AWS project completes when region capacity becomes available to us sometime later this year

Theme 7

  • Theme 7 is nearly content complete
  • Not set up for deployment yet .

Theme 8

  • Getting ready to enter production

Theme 9

  • Getting ready to enter production

Here is the full update posted by Patch Linden…

As has been mentioned, do not abandon your homes.   A quick clarification on styles and such.  There are 4 floor plans to the Stilt Home theme.  There will be two placement options offered on the home selection page of the site.  One of the selections will find the house placed where there are stairs are anchored to land, so those houses will be either the over land or maybe partially over the water for home placement.  The other option offered will be for a home fully over water (no entry stairs).   This is how you’ll be able to choose witch type of placement you could select.

In general, the Stilt Homes while they are basically done and ready for deployment, we unfortunately do not have the region capacity to release them right now.  We are aiming at after the AWS project completes when region capacity becomes available to us sometime later this year.  In the mean time, we’re already working on the next 3 themes after it.  Theme 7 is nearly content complete, but not set-up for deployment yet.   Then the following themes (8 and 9) are getting ready to enter content production.

Loads of new Linden Home themes to look forward to now. Hopefully by the end of the year themes 6, 7 and possibly 8 may be released. 

SL17B Meet The Lindens Schedule


SL17B Auditorium

Next week marks the return of the most popular Meet The Lindens series of special town hall Q&A events featuring many of the executives at Linden Lab. You really don’t want to miss any of these live interview talks from Monday 22nd June through until Friday 26th June.

This is a great opportunity for all those wanting to learn about the future plans for Second Life and learn more about the people that work at the lab. All events start at 2pm SLT and finish at 4pm SLT. All sessions will be held at the SL17B Auditorium. 

  • Monday 22nd JuneEbbe Linden – CEO of Linden Lab
  • Tuesday 23rd JunePatch Linden – Vice President of Programme Operations
  • Wednesday 24th June Oz Linden – Vice President of Second Life Engineering
  • Thursday 25th June – The Marketing Team – Promoting and Marketing Second Life
  • Friday 16th June – Meet the Moles! – The Linden Department of Public Works

The sessions will be hosted by Saffia Widdershins and will be streamed live on YouTube, Facebook, Periscope and Mixer. These live events are popular so it’s best to arrive early to get a seat. 

SL17B opening_003

Please spread the word! 🙂 

SL17B Regions Open Up To The Second Life Birthday Group


SL17B Soft Opening Day

At 9am SLT today the SL17B regions opened up to the in-world Second Life Birthday group. There was a fair amount of Moles and Lindens at the SL17B Welcome Area welcoming everyone through the gates. The best way to explore the birthday regions is through the SL17B map boards and the SL17B Pods system.

+ The LH Demo Area is not available yet – more details will be announced soon

The lag so far seems to be low but it will probably increase over the weekend then balance out in the weeks ahead.

First preview of SL17B

SL17B Welcome Area

The SL17B grand opening for the public starts at 11am SLT on Friday 19th June 2020. The theme for SL17B celebrations is “Road Trips and Vacations”. There are loads of SL17B events coming up now. There is loads to see and do this year. The SL17B regions look

+ Calendar of SL17B Events

SL17B Auditorium

Second Life official birthday is 23rd June 2020. Grid wide events are expected!

SL17B Map
Moles and Lindens at SL17B
SL17B Gift Boardwalk

It’s time to party and celebrate 17 years of Second Life ! 🙂

Linden Lab Announces SL17B Music Fest Lineup & Schedule


On Monday 15th June Linden Lab announced the SL17B Music Fest lineup and schedule on the official Second Life blog. The SL17B Music Fest will be starting from 11am SLT with the opening ceremony with Patch Linden on Friday 19th June. The music fest continues with live performers then until Sunday late evening at the SL17B Live Stage.

The lab will add SL17B exhibits and events in a dedicated new category on the Second Life Destination Guide later this week. Keep watch for new listings which will appear on there. 

Many of the top performers in Second Life have come together to perform live at this special two-day music event

It’s recommended for everyone to arrive early as the SL17B regions will quickly full up. You can add the SL17B birthday calendar directly if you have Google Calendar here.

Here is the full SL17B Music Fest 2020 Schedule. All times are SLT/PDT.

TIMEJune 19June 20
9:00 AM Oblee (Obeloinkment Wrigglesworth)
10:00 AM F L Y (Flyqueen)
11:00 AMPatch Linden (Opening Ceremony)Sҽlι Bʅαƈƙɱorҽ (Illdoran Nightfire)
12:00 PMMankind Tracer (Seth Regan)Shagpile Spyker
1:00 PMll ƜIƝƬƐɌ llMimi Carpenter
2:00 PMNina SetnerRogue Galaxy
3:00 PMJoaquin GustavEffinjay (Jaycatt Nico & Frogg Marlow)
4:00 PMMarqs DeSadeMelly Faith (MellyFaith Heartsong)
5:00 PMSaraMarie PhillyThe Vinnie Show (Acoustic Rhapsody)
6:00 PMEdward Kyomoon (Donn DeVore)Gabriel da Silva Namir (Gabryel Nyoki)
7:00 PMAgatha (Agatha Nowles)Skye Galaxy
8:00 PMErin Frog & Satin Galli 
9:00 PMrч αnnє (Oxoryanneoxo) 

Stay tuned for further updates in the days ahead on my blog. Please spread the word.

5 days left until SL17B


Next week marks the grand opening of Second Life 17th birthday celebrations starting on Friday 19th June through until Friday 10th July 2020. There will be live performers, live DJs, birthday events, live interviews. shopping and much more. There will be many interesting exhibits to discover and explore this year. To see the latest developments type in  “SL17B” on the map.

Loved SL16B

Last year at SL16B it was pretty fun with all the meet the linden live sessions,  I loved the free gifts area, the preview of the new camper van park, the new Linden homes and the nice love heart shaped area. I enjoyed greeting visitors at various points around the birthday regions.

Stay tuned for SL17B announcements soon on the official Second Life blog. It’s going to be another great birthday with surprises along the way.

5 days and counting!

First SL17B Map Regions Preview


First Preview of SL17B regions

The SL17B regions have recently arrived on the grid ahead of next months Second Life 17th birthday celebrations in Second Life. It’s predicted that the lab will announce a new Linden Home theme just like last year.

SL16B regions from last year

Firstly look below at the dark green regions because it looks the same as the Bellisseria continent in some areas. Region preparations have started now. It will be interesting to watch these regions develop in the weeks ahead.

It seems below that parcels have been marked out ready for new builds to start very soon. I wonder if the two areas will merge into one or remain separate.

I will post more SL17B updates early next month. Stay tuned.