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.
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.
On Monday 15th June Linden Lab announced the SL17B Music Fest lineup and schedule on the official Second Life blog. The SL17B Music Fest will be starting from 11am SLT with the opening ceremony with Patch Linden on Friday 19th June. The music fest continues with live performers then until Sunday late evening at the SL17B Live Stage.
The lab will add SL17B exhibits and events in a dedicated new category on the Second Life Destination Guide later this week. Keep watch for new listings which will appear on there.
Many of the top performers in Second Life have come together to perform live at this special two-day music event
It’s recommended for everyone to arrive early as the SL17B regions will quickly full up. You can add the SL17B birthday calendar directly if you have Google Calendar here.
Here is the full SL17B Music Fest 2020 Schedule. All times are SLT/PDT.
Oblee (Obeloinkment Wrigglesworth)
F L Y (Flyqueen)
Patch Linden (Opening Ceremony)
Sҽlι Bʅαƈƙɱorҽ (Illdoran Nightfire)
Mankind Tracer (Seth Regan)
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Effinjay (Jaycatt Nico & Frogg Marlow)
Melly Faith (MellyFaith Heartsong)
The Vinnie Show (Acoustic Rhapsody)
Edward Kyomoon (Donn DeVore)
Gabriel da Silva Namir (Gabryel Nyoki)
Agatha (Agatha Nowles)
Erin Frog & Satin Galli
rч αnnє (Oxoryanneoxo)
Stay tuned for further updates in the days ahead on my blog. Please spread the word.
Next week marks the grand opening of Second Life 17th birthday celebrations starting on Friday 19th June through until Friday 10th July 2020. There will be live performers, live DJs, birthday events, live interviews. shopping and much more. There will be many interesting exhibits to discover and explore this year. To see the latest developments type in “SL17B” on the map.
Last year at SL16B it was pretty fun with all the meet the linden live sessions, I loved the free gifts area, the preview of the new camper van park, the new Linden homes and the nice love heart shaped area. I enjoyed greeting visitors at various points around the birthday regions.
Stay tuned for SL17B announcements soon on the official Second Life blog. It’s going to be another great birthday with surprises along the way.