The 9th annual SL Christmas Expo opens officially in Second Life on Thursday 5th through until Sunday 15th December 2019. This year the expo will feature over 170 merchants, a snowman contest, gaches, raffles, a kids fashion runway show, christmas entertainment and much more. The first ever Ebbe Linden Bear will be revealed on 5th December and will be available for a L$250 donation to the American Cancer Society.
Everyone’s attention will probably go the 4th unveil for the new Linden Homes that will launch very soon. The good news is that one lucky bidder will receive a 6 month Premium Membership and a 4th Edition of Linden Home with exclusive seasonal content located in a special parcel just for them.
The Linden Reveal region north of the SL Christmas Expo regions is worth keeping your eyes on. The homes have been kept under the radar in recent weeks. Apparently pictures and a teleport will be posted here sometime on Thursday 5th December 2019. Check often throughout the day.
There are 12 regions for the SL Christmas Expo 2019 this year. Check out the first preview of the map of the regions below.
Great news to hear this week is that Linden Lab have now included a new special feature (see today’s updated post) for the Linden Home content packs for Traditional, Houseboat and Trailer homes on the Bellisseria continent in Second Life which now includes new snow caps and new Winter lights. The content packs are now available via your house controllers. Make sure you agree to the Seasonal Content and Decoration Guidelines though.
Update To The Release Schedule
The new normal release schedule is roughly one region per day Monday to Friday.
For seasonal holidays there may be shorter longer delays in the release schedule.
On Thursday 21st November Linden Lab posted a blog post on the return of last names. Last Names is now the most requested feature apparently on the lab to do list. The lab are now “furiously” going to make Last Names available by the end of January 2020. Last Names will be picked from a list and users can help Linden Lab curate the list.
Name Changes will be exclusively for Premium members at an additional fee (to be confirmed). Changing either First or Last Name will be available as a single transaction (US dollars TBC). For anyone signing up to Second Life in 2020 they will continue to have “resident” attached to their name unless they opt to Premium.
Linden Lab are holding a Last Names competition starting 16th December 2019 for all Second Life users (Basic and Premium users) to suggest suitable last names to the pool of last name options. The lab will pick five lucky residents will be able to change their names free of charge. The contest ends on 15th January 2020.
Participation details will be announced shortly!
There is now a big demand for Last Names in Second Life and it’s good to see the lab finally pushing ahead with a possible release sometime in the first few months or so of 2020. It’s more likely to happen in 2020 from the sounds of things.
Other announcement updates this week…
The Marketplace product listing enhancement fees will be reduced by 10% – effective 2nd December 2019
Improvements to the Events pages are now going ahead for 2020
A new membership level Premium Plus will be introduced in 2020
Great news to share this week is that The American Caner Society have announced that the 2019 Strides Campaign raised a very impressive grand total of $13,633 USD (a $5,000 increase over 2018). The Strides Campaign helps all those dealing with breast cancer and helps them to search for a cure.
Congratulations to all those that participated this year who have made a positive difference in this world. There were many communities in Second Life who organised their own campaigns and who participated in the general Strides campaign. All funds raised through the 2019 Strides Campaigns in Second Life are used by the American Cancer Society to contribute to breast cancer research and breast cancer patient services.
Top Strides Campaigns that raised over $2,500 include Camping for A Cure & Bikers for BOObies.
The BCA ROCKFEST & Out Shop Cancer raised more than $1,000 each.
Strides Campaigns that raised between $500 – $1,000 include Rockin’ for the Knockers, Pink Power Fest/Strides Walk, and the Tuesday Night Dance Party.
Notable campaigns who raised between $100 – $500 include Winter Is Coming, Kaiila Mahoney & the Gorean community, FABGlibber Women’s Club, Fight Like A Girl Photo Contest, Club Cathedral Dark Desires, Sanctuary Rockers, and Roos With A Dream.
If you would like to become a volunteer for the American Cancer Society in Second Life, please contact Stingray9798 Raymaker or email firstname.lastname@example.org.