Mother’s Day New Last Names Now Available


On 6th May 2022 Linden Lab announced new last names for Mother’s Day (US) which are now available. These limited new last names will remain available until Friday 13th May 2022. You can change your account name here. and find the FAQ here.

  • Mamacita
  • Mommy
  • Madre

Here is the full list of current last names now available….

The lab will announce more new last names throughout the year and for anyone that wants to suggest a new last name for Second Life then here is the Last Name Suggestions form.

Brad Oberwager Appears On This Week In XR Podcast


On 6th May 2022 Brad Oberwager who is the current Executive Chair at Linden Lab appeared on This Week In XR Podcast hosted by Charlie Fink and Ted Schilowitz. Brad starts by saying Second Life had a big boost over the pandemic from older members of the community coming back to the platform and there was new users. Brad mentions “the real growth came when the users came in the concurrency increased and so the economy increased” along with the social increase.

Brad comes in around the 10 minutes & 50 seconds mark talking about the growth of Second Life in recent years, new residents joining the platform, the business model and the land based model. Brad talks about how to build a creator economy, the metaverse and much more.

Brad says Second Life does 1.6 million transactions a day, 650 million dollar economy and that Second Life has 2.2 billion items in the world which is a huge amount. The podcast runs for 48 minutes and 3 seconds. Thanks to the sponsor Virbela.

Please spread the word 🙂

Web User Group Meeting Cancelled For May 2022


Linden Lab have announced today’s Web User Group meeting has been officially been cancelled. Many were expecting to hear more about what’s new at the lab and maybe hear something about Premium Plus. I’m guessing the Premium Plus announcement has been delayed from this cancelled meeting.

The reason for cancellation for this month is not known at this time.

I suppose the good news is that the next scheduled Web User Group meeting will be on 1st June 2022 at the normal time.

Happy May!

Today’s Web User Group meeting has been canceled. We will be back next month on June 1st. Remember to keep an eye on our wiki page and the Second Life public calendar for all updates about user group meetings’ dates, timings, and topics.

See you next month!

Hopefully we will hear something more about Premium Plus before the end of May or sometime in early June 2022.

Linden Lab Announces New Event Regions


On Monday 2nd May 2022 Linden Lab announces new “Event Regions” in Second Life via the Second Life official blog. After successful testing at recent large events the lab are excited to present this new event region offerings today with details on the capabilities and what’s included. The tests recently saw nearly 200 avatars successfully able to party/shop in the new event regions apparently. It’s not clear from the tests what the lag was like though.

Pricing:

  • Introductory price of $599 with no additional setup fee until 6th June 2022
  • Following introductory pricing event regions will have a set up fee of US$999 includes first month and a rate of $899/month after the first 30 days

What’s New ?

For some these prices are pretty expensive to be honest but it does include a fair amount of benefits in this. It’s great to hear that in the event regions they can now have a maximum avatar limit of 175 per Event region with up to 30, 000 land impact. The new Event region comes with over 20% improved script performance, rollbacks as a service and instancing as a service. There is extended chat ranges upon request which means local chat will travel further across the region. This comes with the white glove Concierge service.

How to order a Event Region today:

Follow the latest discussions on the Second Life Forums here.

Second Life University – Land & Group Basics with Izzy Linden


For anyone that missed the new Second Life University – Land & Group Basics episode with Izzy Linden then here is the full video which lasts for 25 minutes & 1 second. There are many interesting topics covered in this video including general information about land tips, region capacity vs parcel capacity, region settings override, buying mainland and much more.

I think the Second Life University video series so far has been great as there is important information for new beginners who are starting Second Life. It’s good for those that want a tutorial refresh that have been around in Second Life for many years.

In general it’s good to see interest from Linden Lab towards the existing, new and potential customer base. If the Second Life University can keep on the same levels as the famous Torley Linden video tutorials that would be awesome.

For anyone that missed Second Life University – Viewer Basics here is the full video below. Topics include text chat, the new guidebook, destinations, lag tips, snapshots and much more.

Please spread the word about the new Second Life University video series. It will make a positive difference and will provide to be pretty useful.

Sakura Regions Now Visible – Update 1


Sakura Regions Map – 28th April 2022

During the past 12 hours the Sakura regions have started to show up more visually on the inworld world map. The Sojisan regions marks a snow capped mountain spread over four regions it’s been confirmed which is clearly noticeable at first glance. This is very exciting indeed because this snow mountain could be the tallest in Second Life. It’s unclear at the moment if Linden Homes will be added there or a hangout area on top of the snow mountain. It’s not known yet what the roundish spot in the middle is at the top of the mountain.

New snow mountain opening soon

There appears to be a black building of some sort in the Shobu region located in the central area which may be the new community centre for the Sakura sub continent. There are many cannels, hills, bridges, possible railway tracks, road networks and more. Don’t forget there will be more rez areas and new lovely places to hang out. I will explore them when the regions open up in the weeks ahead.

Possible new community area

The new Sakura regions now have orange markers around them at the borders and it won’t be long now until these new regions are released to the public. It’s expected that more regions will be adding to the Sakura sub continent in the weeks and months ahead.

Special thanks and credit goes to SarahKB7 Koskinen who found the new regions this week.

Sakura North

Sakura South

Follow the latest updates via the SSP thread on the Second Life Forums. If anything big happens then I will update my blog as usual.

Exciting times ahead.

Work Underway At The SL19B Regions


Work is underway over at the SL19B regions in time for Second Life 19th birthday celebrations starting 16th June through until 5th July 2022. As many know already the SL19B theme is Steampunk and it will be interesting to see how many builds will actually stay with this new theme.

Applications are still open for SL19B and this is a great time to be part of the birthday celebrations. Please note that SL19B applications close on 8th May 2022.

During the past month or so the SLB regions have changed visually slightly for those that have been watching/tracking progress on the map. In many regions the square parcels have been marked out already with new build constructions happening in the south which is good news. In the north and on the east side not much has changed as far as I can see. The planning regions in the south east have not changed recently.

The regions are not open until the public until mid June 2022.

SL19B Regions Map – 27th April 2022

SLB regions / SL19B Regions – 27.4.22

Stay tuned for more SL19B updates on my blog during May 2022 and June 2022.

Visit The Fantasy Faire 2022


The Fantasy Faire 2022 in Second Life opened it’s doors to the public on 21st April and has been very popular so far. The event ends on Sunday 8th May 2022 so there is still time to visit the 2022 Fantasy Faire. The Fantasy Faire is one of the major events in the Relay For Life of Second Life season.

The Fairelands have returned from the Mists; twenty fantasy worlds forming a circle of lands, a chain of people across the many realms. Welcome home, Fairelanders!

The best place to get started is at the Fairelands Junction. This year there are 20 regions in total to explore full of awesomeness and nice scenery. Don’t forget “The Faire has long been considered the premier annual shopping event for fantasy-themed merchandise in Second Life, showcasing fantasy avatars, clothing, furnishings, gadgets, and exclusive items by 250 of the grid’s top fantasy creators”.

Fairelands Junction 2022

Fantasy Faire 2022 – Teleport Links

Fantasy Faire 2022 Map

Don’t miss out on this year’s event. Spread the word 🙂

Bellisseria Third Anniversary


It’s time to celebrate 3 years of the Bellisseria continent

Today on Friday 15th April 2022 marks Bellisseria third anniversary in Second Life since the second generation of Linden Homes were first launched on the grid. The Moles and many Lindens have worked really hard over the past three years to keep growing the Bellisseria continent so that more releases can happen regularly.

Join in with the celebrations here

Bellisseria Fairgrounds – April 2022
Chalet sub continent windmills

When the Bellisseria continent first opened to the public back on 15th April 2019 there was only like 384 regions. Today there are thousands of Linden Home regions spread over many themed sub continents connecting up to former continents. It’s been exciting to keep track of progress since then and even before that back in late August 2018 when the first 80 SSP regions arrived on the grid.

11th April 2019

A few days or so before the big opening the lab added the Linden Homes section on the Second Life Forums. The SSP? thread is still running today with 263 pages full of historical findings. It’s amazing it’s been active since 21st August 2008.

In early April 2019 Patch Linden went live on Relay Rap Radio Talk Show to talk about the new Linden Homes project that the lab have been working on since mid 2018.

Here are were the updates from the radio show….

  • The opening “will be announced when it happens”
  • Currently “one week past the original roll out date”
  • There will be four house styles to choose from. Eventually “there will be six to eight more styles” for Linden Homes – some 512sq and some 1024sq
  • The new SSP continent will “grow futher down South then East” where the new water regions are
  • It’s recommended to get a new Linden Home quickly as there may be a long wait
  • The old Linden homes will be going away and will be shut down. At least a year or two before this happens.

Back in late March 2019 the first part of the SSP continent showed up on the world map. Over the weeks that followed the continent became much bigger. See the comparison maps below 2020 vs 2021 vs 2022. Linden Lab back then said it was to do with a Super Secret Project they are working on.

Bellisseria SSP continent – Late March 2019
SSP Continent – 16th January 2019
The houseboats release opens – 15th May 2019
New area of land – 17th August 2019

The first preview of the new Linden Homes was at the 2019 Home and Garden Expo.

First preview of Linden Homes – Mid March 2019
Welcome to Linden Homes – Mid March 2019
Lighthouse near the ocean – April 2019

During the past year the Chalet, Fantasy and Newbrooke sub continents have arrived on the grid with new areas to explore, more Linden Homes and a bigger community overall. Work is not completely done yet and further expansion of Bellisseria during the next year or two is highly expected.

Newbrooke sub continent

The lab is due to announce details on Premium Plus by the end of May 2022 and maybe there will be more interest for Linden Homes after that. The next theme reveal may happen at SL19B which happens from mid June 2022. The release will most likely happen before the end of the year if there are no delays.

Campwich Forest
All Hours – April 2019
Fourze – April 2019

Bellisseria growth over the years – (August 2018 to April 2022)

First SSP Regions Arrived – 20th August 2018
Bellisseria Continent Opening Day – 15th April 2019

April 2020 vs April 2021 vs April 2022

Bellisseria Continent – 15th April 2020
Bellisseria Continent – 15th April 2021
Bellisseria Continent – 15th April 2022

I can’t wait to see what the Bellisseria continent will look like in a year from now and even two years from now. It’s going to be triple the size that’s for sure and I will continue to keep track of new developments on my blog. Stay tuned for that.

Feel free to share your best Bellisseria memories from the past three years in comments.

Bellisseria Third Anniversary Celebrations


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.

Bellisseria Fairgrounds – 14/4/22

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

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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!

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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.