Tomorrow on Friday 15th April 2022 marks Bellisseria third anniversary celebrations since the second generation of Linden Homes first opened to the public in Second Life. There will be big anniversary celebrations this year at the Bellisseria Fairgrounds from Friday 15th April through until Sunday 17th April including live DJ music, a Mole vs Boat race, a Easter egg quest, a particle show, tons of fireworks and much more.
When you look back at the last three years of the Bellisseria continent it’s pretty amazing how massive it’s become stretching over 100’s of regions with nice hangout areas, different Linden Theme sub continents, open water regions, train lines including train stations, rez points, airstrips, underground tunnels and much more. The Moles have done a great job on the expansion of Bellisseria and the good news there is more to come in the next few years. I have been keeping track of progress along with many others since August 2018 when the first SSP regions arrived on the grid.
At 10am SLT until 10.15am SLT on Friday 15th April Patch Linden will be giving an opening speech to celebrate the special occasion. Don’t miss this.
Bellisseria Third Anniversary Event Schedule – (all times SLT – schedule subject to change)
FRIDAY, APRIL 15th, 2022
10:00 – 10:15 am : Patch Linden Opening Speech (have voice turned on and mics muted please!) 10:15 – 11:30 am : DJ Krys rocks the fairgrounds. 11:30 – 1:00 pm : Dj Floyd hits the stage for more party tunes. 1:00 – 2:00 pm : Reality? Maybe… (band)
5:00 – 7:00 pm. : Hooten Haller Contra Folk Dance
SATURDAY, APRIL 16th, 2022
10:00 – 11:00 am : DJ Freddie starts the day of celebration 11:00 – 12:00 pm : Mole vs Residents Boat Race! 12:00 – 1:00 pm : DJ Stephanie continues the festivities! 1:00 – 2:00 pm : The Greatest Showman Particle Show by Delain Canucci!
7:00 – 9:00 pm : DJ Dulcinea will bring in the evening with some spectacular sounds!
SUNDAY, APRIL 17th, 2022
10:00 – 11:30 pm : DJ Chuckey brings in some Easter Celebration for us 11:30 – 1:30 pm : Hooten Haller Contra Folk Dance 1:30 – 3:00 pm : DJ Fuyuko picks up the tunes and the party rocks on. 3:00 – 5:00 pm : DJ Gabi will bring the celebrations to their height and close it out with FIREWORKS!
For the latest events and discussion visit the third anniversary thread on the Second Life Forums. I will be publishing a special third anniversary blog post tomorrow marking the special occasion. Stay tuned for that and please spread the word.
This week another batch of new Stilt regions have been added on the east side of the cluster of Stilt regions connecting with the Chalet regions (in green – top right). It’s great to see more regions being added more often now and it won’t be long until this new area will be finished.
As you can see above on the map some of the new Stilt regions are not showing up on the map yet. It will hopefully be visible within the next few days or so. The Moles are building new Stilt Linden Homes mostly in the north heading towards the Chalet regions. The Stilts regions that have been completed look really nice so far and I think that the Moles have done a great job.
Here is a view from the Drumlin Farm region previewing the new Stilt regions nearby and the Sea Witch region in the far distance.
I will post more updates soon on the latest SSP developments.
It looks like Abnor Mole has added some new tropical beach waves in SSPE1768 recently which looks really nice. The Moles continue to add new Stilt Linden Homes in nearby regions. Once this area has been completed I think it will be another cool area to hang out with friends.
I really do love the palm trees around SSPE1756 and other areas that the Moles are adding now. For those wondering what the blue boxes are surrounding the these new Linden homes it’s the Linden Homes Stilt Homes Self Centering Bounding Box V2.4.
When looking around the area there are region centerpoint markers 2.0 dotted some in red and some in green which the Moles use as a main marker to work out where the center is of each region for region developments.
As you can see above on the map there are many empty areas of land where more new Stilts will be added very soon. I will revisit this area in the weeks ahead to see whats been added in a upcoming blog post.
According to Patch Linden recently the Chalet Linden Homes (theme #8) release is probably going to happen within the next few weeks at the earliest. The regions have arrived (search for Timberloft) and are now located north east of the Stilt homes area. They are not showing on the Map yet in terms of the visuals.
The next Linden Home theme (#9 & #10) is expected to be announced after SL18B is over which is normally around early July. Patch has said this about the upcoming new theme after Chalets “It will “blow your socks off” and it will be “probably be our most impressive theme to date,” with “unique capabilities unlike any other theme”.
I will blog on the Chalet release when that happens on my blog and other new SSP developments. Stay tuned for that. Exciting times ahead.
On Wednesday 10th March Patch Linden VP of Product Operations talked with Saffia Widdershins at this year’s RFL Home & Garden Expo 2021 about Linden Homes and much more. The special talk session duration lasts for 1 hour / 22 minutes / 40 seconds and you can watch the full video above for the latest updates.
Patch Linden talked about his work at the lab including testing on the user experience flows (news later this year), Linden Homes (three new themes being worked on), the old Linden Homes and much more. It’s a really interesting interview with some sneak hints on whats coming next from Patch. There was mention about the process and issues on Second Life moving into the cloud.
For those that don’t know the Bellisseria continent is almost connected with the south west part of the Satori continent which is a huge development for Second Life. I can’t wait for the day when its officially connected so everyone can travel between the two continents. See my previous blog post for the latest map developments. This latest batch of new regions will increase the overall main grid region (Linden owned) count later this week.
Linden Homes Newer Updates…
The next Linden Home theme after Chalets will be previewed at SL18B and most likely be released once the birthday is over. This new theme will blow your socks off and will have unique capabilities according to Patch
Chalet homes probably be released in a couple of weeks time (on map the lab have almost connected the continents)
Patch’s goal is to have all of the Linden Home themes released by the end of the year (if everything goes smoothly)
Passport system will be launching soon for Bellisseria (passport stamping kiosks with custom stamps like get your passport and discover (driver license etc)
Moving To The Cloud
Philip Rosedale last worked on the maps system / fix still being worked on since the uplift last year
Fixes are going to take time for the various Second Life issues
Web search has been a challenge / constant battle with the technology
Group chats deploy fix coming soon / most teleporting issues have been solved
The lab has a health dashboard to see the latest stats for teleportation (if above 95% = success rate), region crossings and more
During the recent Dunk & Hug a Linden event on Friday 12th February 2021 Patch Linden says they may reveal the next Linden Home theme #8 at this year’s SL18B event.Check out this video of the event and skip to approximately 5 minutes / 30 seconds to hear what Patch had to say.
Second Life 18th official birthday starts 23rd June 2021. The lab are now planning for the birthday and more will be announced in the months ahead. Expected to return is the birthday music event, the shopping birthday event, the free gift area and a cool avatar of some form.
The Stilt Linden Home release #6 happened back in mid-late December 2020 and there has been a large demand for that so far in terms of residents moving into their Stilt homes. The Moles are working on the release of the new upcoming Chalet Linden Homes #7 and now with a brand new Linden theme #8. The east side of the Log Homes continent is still being worked on.
I hope the lab will release the Chalet Linden Homes #7 before Easter and the brand new Linden theme #8 before the end of 2021. Can’t wait until SL18B officially gets underway.
In recent weeks the Moles have added more railway track and more railway stations on the east side of the log homes continent highlighted in blue on the map below. It’s not yet open to the public for rezzing trains. The wait is almost over.
My last blog post back in late October 2020 I posted that the Moles extended the railway line from SSPE1162 to SSP1165. Since then the railway line has expanded through the middle of the log homes continent going east then turning up north near the new recently opened Stilt homes regions highlighted in red squares.
There are now new railway stations, rez areas, signal points, victorian tunnels, bridges, railway line crossings and much more. The Moles have been working on this railway development since early 2020 and have done a great job going through the different Linden home theme styles.
The latest new railway line starts roughly from SSPE1125 all the way up to SSPE1111 where there is a big loop around. There is a new railway station in SSPE1111 and a train on the tracks nearby.
I believe this is the end of the railway line on the east side of the log homes continent for now. I will blog again if new changes happen next month.
It’s worth flying over the new railway line from one side to the other side of the log homes continent seeing what’s new. I think you will be amazed at all the latest developments.
It’s going to look really exciting when the railway track finally opens in the weeks/months ahead along with new Linden homes. I can’t wait to ride the new railway soon and I’m sure many can’t wait to rez trains too.
Great progress so far overall and I can’t wait to see what comes next throughout this new year.
Today Linden Lab have added roughly 17 more Stilt regions and 4 more houseboat regions. In total so far there are now 156 Stilt regions. The mean average for the new Stilt Linden Homes is fractionally over 25 to a region. There will be thousands of Stilt homes available to claim very soon. Probably within the next few weeks or so once all the regions pass the QA process.
Exciting times ahead for those that want a new Linden Home. I’m sure in the mean time the lab will add more Linden Home regions and hopefully connect the Stilt regions to the log homes continent. More log homes are expected to be built in the days and weeks ahead. The railway line on the log homes continent is set to extend further in the weeks ahead.
The Moles and Lindens have resumed work on the new Bellisseria expansion. They are busy again building the new infrastructure from new homes, new roads, new water areas to new interesting areas to hang out in.
Land Selection Page– New Linden Homes will be available here. Please note that you have to upgrade to Premium to have a new home!
During the past few months the Moles have been working on the SL17B regions. They have done a great job this year. Well done to everyone that made this year’s birthday celebrations possible.
The SL17B regions are still open to explore. Don’t forget the LH Demo region showing the new Stilt Linden homes at SL17B is still open to the public until 12th July 2020. Visit the SL17B Enchant region.
What’s New ?
I have added a blue line where future new Linden Homes will be built in the weeks and months ahead. There is still a lot of work for the Moles to do before the whole expansion is completed.
The map below shows the early days of the expansion back in March 2020. As you can see there were loads of empty areas and access was very limited. This was one of the biggest releases to date yet.
The map below is the new expansion as of early July 2020. As you can see the Moles have been adding new Linden homes all over – now there are fewer empty areas. It’s worth exploring the new expansion as it has loads to offer everyone.
It will be great to see it once its all been completed later this year.
For those that don’t know where the new testing SSP regions are located on the map. Please see below. These regions are closed to the public.
The big batch of SSP pink regions and the other nearby regions in the north have not changed much in recent weeks or even months. I will be keeping the lookout now for new visual changes and will blog when new developments occur.
I will post further development blog updates in the months ahead.
Linden Lab have been pretty quiet about the next new Linden Homes theme #6. Hopefully during next weeks SL17B Meet The Lindens live talks from 22nd – 26th June we will hear more about what’s coming next.
So far we have had Traditional, Houseboats, Trailers/Campers, Victorian homes and Log homes. I’m reading on the forums it could be a beach bungalow theme, beach house, sea related or something near to that. What do you think the next Linden Home theme will be ?
On the SL17B Map Boards dotted around it shows a LH Demo Area which is currently located on the far west of the SL17B regions currently closed to the public named SL17B Enchant. There are 10 SL17B Water regions that are closed but are they are right next door to the exhibitors builds.
It’s believed that the SL17B Enchant region will move into place very soon on the west side of the SL17B Exhilarate region. It’s just unclear what the water regions will be used for though at this point.
Once the LH Demo Area is open to the public then hopefully we will see what the next Linden Home theme will be. I would imagine then it’s going to take a few months or so for the Moles to release/rollout the new regions. These will probably be the new SSP pink regions I would imagine.