On Thursday 17th June 2021 SL18B opened it’s gates to the public in Second Life and saw hundred’s visitors pack into the SLB regions. The opening ceremony had a high attendance like it always does for the annual Second Life birthday opening days. There was lag again throughout opening day as the regions were full mostly.
If you missed the SL18B opening ceremony then here is the full video which runs for 37 minutes. After roughly 19 minutes Strawberry Linden started exploring some of the SL18B celebrations which was apart of Lab Gab.
Patch Linden gave his opening address at SL18B Live Stage. Skip to 7 minutes & 30 seconds where it begins. It’s a really good speech where Patch briefly talked about the new user experience, the next LH theme was announced which is Fantasy and his time working with Brett Linden. The Fantasy demo region is open until 6th July 2021.
Patch Linden talked about Ebbe Altberg and how he changed Second Life for the better. He will never be forgotten. There was a minute of silence to remember.
Meet the Lindens & Meet the Moles series start from Tuesday 22nd June through until Friday 25th June 2021. “Patch Linden (June 22 at 1pm PT), Grumpity Linden (June 23 at 2pm PT), and Brett Linden (June 24 at 1pm PT). You also get the chance to meet the Moles (June 25 at 1pm PT)”.
There are over 35 regions to explore filled with live music, performances, over 200 exhibits, gifts and shopping. To see what’s happening everyday at SL18B it’s definitely worth viewing the full SL18B birthday calendar.
The SL18B category on the Second Life Destination Guide is very useful to check out for SL18B shopping, experiences and events.
I will post more SL18B in the days ahead. Stay tuned for that.
During the past week the SL18B regions (SLB) have changed on the world map in Second Life in terms of the start of the transformation taking place and the expansion of the whole area. The snapshot above was taken on Sunday 23rd June 2021 showing new changes. Earlier in May the SL18B regions came online and you can see what it looked like below.
New Visual Changes
There are now 10 SLB Water regions at different points surrounding the birthday regions
Region terraforming can be seen clearly on most of the regions
The Stilts demo region (SLB Enchant) from SL17B has been revamped
Training for SL18B will start this week for volunteers and exhibitors will be able to start building very soon.
All exhibitors will be contacted no later than 1st June 2021. Those that are successful will be contacted in-world by IM and Notecard by the Mole team. The lab has received over 250 applications for SL18B so far so it may time some time to process.
More SL18B information will be likely be announced by Linden Lab in the weeks ahead.
24 days and counting until the grand opening of SL18B. Wooot!! 🙂
Second Life 18th birthday celebrations officially start next month from 17th June through until 1st July 2021. The good news is that the SL18B regions have now come online however they are all still named SL17B at this time.
It’s going to be great to see the visual changes of the birthday regions over the next six weeks or so depending on how often the World Map tiles update in Second Life. These regions are closed for public access currently.
On Thursday 6th May Linden Lab announced that the SL18B Shop & Hop applications are now open. This event brings together the top merchants across the grid for exclusive discounts and exclusive items. SL18B Shop & Hop will take place from 17th June to 1st July.
Linden Lab will be sharing more information about SL18B over the next month. I’m sure there will be announcements early next month along with many group notices in the specific birthday groups inworld.
Not much longer to wait now until the birthday celebrations open.
On Monday 29th March Linden Lab officially opened up the SL18B volunteer applications which will remain open until Thursday 29th May 2021. For anyone that has not volunteered before at previous Second Life birthday events then I highly recommend doing it. Applications for SL18B Performers, Merchants and more will be opening very soon.
The upcoming Second Life 18th annual birthday celebration (SL18B) will be held on 17th June to 1st July 2021. Roughly 80 days away now.
It’s worth pointing out that SL18B volunteers will have to attend pre-birthday training sessions (at least one) and must be completed. SL18B volunteers are expected to commit to at least two hour shifts during the SL18B birthday celebrations. Volunteers don’t get paid during this event.
Here is the full blog announcement below…
Do you love Second Life? Do you love to party? Do you love to help? Join the SL18B Volunteer staff and you can do all three!
We’re looking for volunteers to help people celebrate at the upcoming 18th annual Second Life birthday celebration (SL18B), held June 17th to July 1st, 2021. We are seeking Residents with great people skills and a love and excitement for Second Life to help us make SL18B a huge success! If you like the idea of promoting Second Life in a positive way to thousands of people in a celebratory atmosphere, we welcome you to apply today! The application will remain open through May 28th.
On Friday 5th March 2021 Linden Lab announced some good news about the upcoming SL18B Music Fest which will be held Thursday 17th June until Saturday 19th June. The SL18B Music Fest will kick off the SL18B celebrations with three exciting days of live music performances. This year marks it’s 7th year annual event.
I can’t believe Second Life will turn 18 in three months time. I guess Second Life has reached almost adulthood. So much has changed over the years since the public opening of Second Life back in June 2003 (beta times). Second Life is still alive and will hopefully be around for many more decades to come.
Linden Lab have opened the signup process for auditions for SL18B Music Fest. Applications will remain open until 28th March 2021. If you are a music performer in Second Life then this is a great opportunity to participate. The lab will review all submissions and follow up on audition invitations via a note card inworld.
More details will be revealed soon for SL18B including how to participate as an Volunteer, Exhibitor, Merchant, Performer and more.
This weekend is the last opportunity to visit the SL17B regions in Second Life before they all go offline very soon. The Linden homes preview region is still open at SL17B showing the new Stilt homes. The actual release of these new homes will available hopefully in the next few months or so.
Please spread the word one last time and explore the SL17B regions if you have time this weekend. To all those that made SL17B possible and run smoothly thanks so much.