Skill Gaming User Group With Corky Linden

Corky Linden will be hosting Skill Gaming User Group meetings starting Tuesday 14th September 2021 then every 2nd Tuesday after that. These Skill Gaming User Group meetings will be 11am to 12pm SLT over at Gaming Island.

The focus will be about the Skill Gaming Program mainly and how to be part of the SLSG Program. This is a good opportunity to ask questions about the processes, known issues or concerns.

User group meetings are hosted by a handful of Lindens covering different areas of Second Life from content creation, land, web, server, open development and more.

Full Schedule

Check out these interesting in-world user group meetings to stay updated on the grid happenings.

Firestorm Project Turns 11

Firestorm Viewer Log On Screen – September 2021

The Firestorm Project reached it’s 11th anniversary on 3rd September 2021 which is another big milestone. The Firestorm viewer is one of the most popular and most used third party viewers out there today. I personally use the Firestorm viewer for all things Second Life and sometimes I log into OpenSim grids. I think the Firestorm team have done a great job on maintaining and improving the Firestorm viewer with new updates through the years.

The Firestorm team have announced that there will be a big party happening at 11am on Sunday 26th September 2021. There will be epic gifts (some limited collectors items) from content creators from across the grid. More details will be announced soon on the Firestorm Viewer website.

Here are some happy memories from the past…

Firestorm Beta 2 – July 2011
Firestorm support region – 2012
Firestorm third anniversary – September 2013
Firestorm 5th anniversary – September 2015
Christmas Forest – December 2018

Please spread the word.

BURN2 Virtual BURN Week – 29th August to 5th September 2021

Virtual Burn 2021
Virtual BURN 2021

The BURN2 Virtual BURN week in Second Life starts today at 6pm SLT on Sunday 29th August through until midnight on Sunday 5th September 2021. The event will be held at the Burning Man – Deep Hole region and everyone is welcome to attend. There will be many workshops, stories being told, fire dancing, live DJs, live performers and more.

Check out the BURN2 Event Schedule

The Temple and The Man will be burning once again towards the end of next week (4th – 5th September). The Man creation is based on the original Man by Zoren Manray and the Temple Caelum of Stars is a original design by Daark Gothly.

The virtual Burning Man event has been running every year in Second Life since 2003. The event is one of the oldest running events on the grid. In 2010 Linden Lab downsized and the ownership of Burning Man was transferred/renamed to BURN2 where the community carried on the annual events.

I have blogged about my experiences over the years attending BURN2 and sharing snapshots with the community. I have volunteered at the welcome gates during various years which I really enjoyed doing. The burns of the man and the temple are probably the best highlight for me. The annual events are really good fun on the playa as it brings everyone together to make new memories.

Join the BurningMan 2.0 group in Second Life to stay updated on the latest news and upcoming BURN2 events. Please spread the word about BURN2 Virtual BURN week starting today.

SL Christmas Expo 2021 Confirmed For 3rd – 14th December 2021

The 11th annual SL Christmas Expo & Winter Breedable Fair will officially be taking place from Friday 3rd December through until Tuesday 14th December 2021. The 2021 dates, the 2021 theme and some information is now showing on the SL Christmas Expo website.

SL Christmas Expo is a mega event that raises funds for the American Cancer Society and the expo will be supporting the Childhood Cancer initiatives of The Society. All the proceeds of the Expo will be directed to support research, support programs and efforts to help children with cancer.

  • The SL Christmas Expo has raised more than $175, 000 US over the past ten years
  • $32, 510 US was raised for the 2020 SL Christmas Expo event

The theme for 2021 is The 12 Days of Christmas and registration is now open for expo merchants + winter fair merchants + auction market places. Click on the links to find out what the 2021 package options are this year.

More event information will be available in the weeks and months ahead.

800, 000 hits milestone reached

Today my blog surpassed 800, 000 hits which is fantastic and I would like to say thanks to everyone that has viewed by blog over the years. Thanks for everyone that has subscribed to my blog (over 870+ blog followers & 5, 646 other followers) and I plan on blogging about Second Life, Linden Lab and OpenSim for many more years to come.

Since August 2018 I have been focused on blogging mostly about the developments happening over at the supermassive Bellisseria continent which keeps expanding out further on the grid. Of course if there is any major announcements from the lab or any other popular news/events to cover then I will blog about them for sure.

I started my blog back on 18th December 2007 to blog about events and news on the teen grid as I was 17 years old back then. There was not alot of blog coverage back then on the teen grid until rumours started about merging grids which started in 2008. The teen grid and main adult grid merged in January 2011.

I transferred to the main grid in mid December 2008 where my focus was to blog about main grid events and big news stories. I have covered alot of things over the years from viewer 2 revamp, the SL go app, project sansar, SSP/Bellisseria, the return of last names, inworldz closure, Linden departures/layoffs, the move to the cloud for Second Life and much more.

I have blogged about all the CEOs of Linden Lab including Philip, M, Rod along with the most recent CEO being Ebbe which has been most interesting from live speeches at popular annual events, major announcements and various changes they made.

I have covered the annual Relay for Life events, BURN2, Second Life birthdays, SLCC, the Arcade gacha celebrations and more. I have recommended places to visit over the years and blogged about adventures that I found really good.

I hope that the new owners of Linden Lab will continue to improve Second Life in the years ahead and not make things worse for the Second Life community. The new owners have a roadmap for the year ahead including improving the new user experience, possible new land products, growing the population of Second Life, expansion of Linden Homes and much more I think.

Second Life has changed so much since I started on 31st October 2006 and I believe Second Life will be around for many more decades to come hopefully. In a few years time Second Life will hit the 20 years milestone which is going to be very exciting indeed.

Three years since first SSP batch of regions arrived

Three years ago on 20th August 2018 the first 80 SSP Linden owned regions batch arrived on the grid in Second Life. There was definitely excitement about this new land mass back then. Many speculated that it could of been an extension to Horizons or Linden Realms or the start of a new continent.

The SSP regions doubled in size and then kept on growing into a big continent which opened back on 15th April 2019 named the Bellisseria continent with a handful of Linden home themes to choose from.

Since then Bellisseria has become supermassive featuring many cool Linden Home themes featuring Stilts, Chalets and more recently Fantasy homes. There are more Linden Home themes to come along with more expansion of the Bellisseria continent for at least another year or so.

The start of the development of the Bellisseria continent in mid August 2018
Grand opening on 15th April 2019
Bellisseria – July 2021

The Chalet sub continent in the far north east will be finished soon. The new Fantasy Linden homes continent has recently opened just south of the log homes continent and further expansion is expected.

New Chalet sub continent – 6th August 2021
New Fantasy sub continent – 15th August 2021

The Moles and the lab have done a great job over the past three years expanding out the Bellisseria continent adding thousands of new Linden homes and adding new interested hang out areas.

I have been tracking progress of the SSP and Bellisseria since mid August 2018 and I will keep on blogging about new developments for some time to come.

More good things to come in the short term and long term. Can’t wait.