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LEA Announces Restructuring From 1st January 2019


LEA regions

On Thursday 29th November 2018 The Linden Endowment of the Arts (LEA) announced that it will be temporarily closing it’s residence regions (LEA 10 – 29) from 1st January 2019 to allow for major restructuring.

Apparently there are discussions currently between the LEA committee and Linden Lab about the future of LEA. It’s unclear at the moment how long the regions will be closed for. It will be interesting to see what gets done once the regions come back online again for the public.

Here is the press release with more details about the restructuring…

Come January 1st 2019, the Linden Endowment for the Arts, known as the LEA, will be temporarily closing its Artists in Residence regions (LEA 10 – 29) to allow for a major restructuring.

Over the last seven years, these regions have been open for artists who apply to build their dreams, each for a six month grant. We have seen many great installations here – and some that have attracted controversy..

The nine Core regions (which include the Theatre, the Sandbox and Photohunt) will remain for the present, and short-term grants will still be available in these regions for community-inspired arts projects.

Applications for Core regions can be made here:
https://sites.google.com/view/linden-endowment-for-the-arts-/home

Discussions between the present Committee and Linden Lab about the future form of the LEA are ongoing, but it is anticipated that there will be a new organising committee when the AiR regions re-open.

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The Linden Endowment for the Arts (LEA) was established to help create a center of arts activity in Second Life. It is a collaborative venture between Linden Lab and the arts community. Guided by a dedicated board of renowned Second Life artists, the LEA is committed to providing access to engaging experiences in the arts for the Second Life community. Through its exhibitions, programs, and events, the LEA fosters awareness of artists’ contributions to our virtual world and encourages others to get involved and be inspired.
See more at: http://lea-sl.org/

For more information, contact Saffia Widdershins and JMB Balogh.

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Pfaffenthal 1867 Shuts Down In Second Life


Today the Pfaffenthal 1867 regions have sadly closed down in Second Life after having a strong presence inworld for many years. Pfaffenthal 1867 is moving over to Sansar because the land is free, the graphics is better, the use of VR headsets and real physical interactivity. 

I understand that the possibilities are big on Sansar however I think it’s a real shame the regions have now left Second Life. The regions were an expansive virtual replica of Pfaffenthal in Luxembourg City. The regions will be missed now it’s all gone in Second Life. It’s a sad day for the Second Life community for sure.

The announcement last week sent out by Hauptmann Weydert reads this…

Dear citizens,

The moment has finally arrived, for the 1867 project to move on to SANSAR, were land is free, where we can have better graphics,VR headsets and real physical interactivity. Note that sansar works very well on a normal PC,for desktop mode you do NOT need a gamer PC.

IMPORTANT!
All the 1867 sims in second life will be shut down next monday, on the 26th of november. Please pack all your stuff by then.

We will have a good bye party, saturday the 24th of november at 10 am at café neuen.
Please join us in SANSAR and be among the first to get a new house there! we have 4×4 km !

cheers to all of you!

Hauptmann Weydert

Earlier today I went for a look around the regions before they went offline. The regions are just wonderful and there was so much to see. Maybe the regions may come back to Second Life in the future. It’s a huge loss and hit to Second Life i think.

Check out my snapshots below…

Farewell Pfaffenthal 1867 

For All SL Merchants – Virtual World Economic Situation Survey


Virtual World Economic Situation Survey

There is a interesting new survey called the Virtual World Economic Situation Survey making the rounds at the moment across the metaverse which is focusing on what Second Life merchants think of the current Second Life economic situation.

  • Survey is now closed + see link above for full results 

The aim of this survey to get enough Second Life merchants filling out this survey so everyone can find out the current economy situation more clearly. There are questions in this survey on sales, monthly incomes, the importance of events, the marketplace, product creations and there is a opinions section on Sansar.

Full Video: Town Hall Meeting With Linden Lab Execs


On Thursday 15th November 2018 Grumpity Linden, Oz Linden, and Patch Linden hosted a live town hall meeting with the Second Life community to answer many questions. Here is the full video of the special town hall event which runs for 1 hour and 26 seconds. For the live inworld chat during the town hall meeting. see here.

This was a great opportunity for the Second Life community to find out what the Linden Lab execs do behind the scenes and to find out more about the future. There was a good attendance for this town hall meeting.

Things that I took away from the town hall meeting..

  • Linden Lab is pleased with the response to lowering mainland tier. Resident owned mainland is at levels they haven’t seen for some time
  • The return of last names is still being worked on and it will probably wont be ready for deployment until Q2 2019. It may cost as much as several months of premium. Name change only for people with premium membership
  • Linden Lab are working on new genres for Linden Homes and parcels will come in difference sizes. It looks like the new SSP continent will be the new Linden Homes continent.
  • Animesh shipped this week on the grid and the viewer is in release
  • Linden Lab are looking at possible new features for Premium members including adding more group slots in 2019
  • There is a major project for 2019 to renew the Mainland group textures which is possible
  • Marketplace wish lists, favourites, bug fixes work continues quickly
  • Grid wide experiences will be coming next year when premium accounts get upgrades
  • The cloud migration is a big project still and more work still need to be done for moving stuff
  • SL rail system needs work on and its on the roadmap
  • The classic system avatar is not being phased out

I hope there will be more Town Hall meetings from the lab during 2019 because it’s great to hear about all the developments happening in Second Life.