The Shelter Closure Notice


Breaking News

The Shelter in Second Life will be closing down at 8pm SLT on Sunday 30th August 2020 it has been confirmed within the last few days or so. There will be two final events happening this weekend which will be a pool party and a formal dance event.

The reasons for the closure is not really known at this point. The good news is that The Shelter building will be archived by Linden Lab very soon. The Shelter will remain inworld for as long as Second Life is still online for. The Shelter group will remain in place however for all new members who want to join they will no longer be allowed in the group going forward now.

This is the official group notice that was recently sent out to all members of The Shelter group in Second Life. It’s a shame that no one can take over the shelter and keep it running.

Shelter Closure
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As I’m sure you will have heard by now The Shelter will be closing it’s doors as of Sunday 30th August 2020 8 PM SLT,

The reasons for this are numerous and too lengthy for this note, but it is not all bad news as The Shelter building will be Archived by the Lindens and will remain in world for as long as Second Life is around

I know a great many of you have considered The Shelter home and I am sorry to all of you, I hope you will continue to enjoy you Second Life’s

The main Shelter Group will remain in place but no new members will be admitted the Infra group will be closed down and all members removed

The final Events will be:

Saturday 29th 1 PM Theme Dance
7 PM Pool Party

Sunday 30th 1 PM Voice Sunday
7 PM Formal Dance

The theme Dances will both have Double Prize Money for their final outing and Wacoede will be DJ’ing the final Pool Party as he was the first DJ for the pool Party

To all the Vendors of the Shelter you have until the 30th to come pick up your items or they will be returned as a coalesced object

To all the Tier Donors feel free to remove your tier contributions but as I said above all members will be removed from the infra group on the 30th

Regards

Shelter Leadership

Wacoede Unplugged
Shadow Pidgeon

There is a discussion happening on the Second Life forums for those that want to share their memories from the past 16 years.

The Shelter is closing down at the end of August 2020


The Shelter – 26th August 2020

It looks like the Shelter in Second Life will be sadly closing down at the end of August 2020 after 16 years of operating. Apparently the Shelter build is going to be preserved by Linden Lab as a heritage site. There will be a closing event at 7pm SLT on Sunday 30th August 2020 for the last dance. The Shelter is one of the oldest resident-ran help organisation’s in Second Life since 20th August 2004.

The Shelter was a good place for newbies to get started in Second Life, get freebies, hang out during live music events and much more. There used to be volunteers who helped new residents out every day.

It will be sad when the shelter shuts down as it will be another big loss in Second Life. If anyone has more info about this closure (the main reasons etc) please let me know. I will update my blog when I hear more.

Bellisseria Expansion Latest Developments – July 2020 Update


The start of the new railway expansion

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 ?

New homes appearing near the water areas (red squares)

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.

Upcoming new homes will be located here
The green line = the new upcoming railway line
Expansion bridge connection on the west side

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.

SSP Update

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.

SSP pink regions located north of the map
The SSP testing grounds – a closer view
SSPMBC region appears

I will post further development blog updates in the months ahead.

The SL17B Water regions explanation


On 24th June Patch Linden on the Second Life forums posted the reasons for why there are ten SL17B Water regions surrounding the core SL17B regions. Apparently the main reason for them is that it’s “purely for decor and aesthetic purposes“. The lab felt “the entire SLB continent looked better not having things fall off into a void“.

He goes on to say “so we gave everything natural shorelines and such which meant extending in to the surrounding water regions this year. They serve no other purpose and are not usable for anything else because they are running on openspaces“.

I have to say this is pretty disappointing to hear this as this is a big opportunity missed for like a SL17B sailing event or perhaps spreading the new theme of Linden homes around the core regions. I’m sure the water regions could of been used better somehow. It’s interesting that these water regions are running on openspaces though.

Here is the full explanation from Patch…

They are there purely for decor and aesthetic purposes.  When we built out the core regions, we used as much space as possible and in many areas right up to the region edges.  We felt the entire SLB continent looks better not having things fall off into a void.  So we gave everything natural shorelines and such which meant extending in to the surrounding water regions this year.  They serve no other purpose and are not usable for anything else because they are running on openspaces.

Hopefully next year for SL18B there will be more regions to explore and more demo regions. 

SL17B Water regions can be seen around the outside of the core regions