Press Release 2021 RelayStock & Bid The Lindens Bald


The Relay Rockers have sent out this press release for the upcoming 8th RelayStock event happening on 14th to 16th May 2021. Linden Lab will be participating (5th year running) in Bid The Lindens Bald to support the American Cancer Society and Relay For Life of Second Life. For full details see below.

PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release
April 10, 2021


Contact: Nuala Maracas, Captain, Relay Rockers relayrockers@relayrockers.org

MUD MUSIC & HOPE: RelayStock Returns For 8th Year!
Moles Join Lindens for Bid The Lindens Bald 

The Relay Rockers announced the return for the 8th year of its much anticipated multi-team Relay For Life event RelayStock, May 14 – 16.  RelayStock brings together Relay teams from diverse communities across Second Life for a celebration of the Relay season.  Teams raise their banners above makeshift tents and old VW campers as they gather for 3 days of Peace Love Music and Hope. Joining the Rockers for the 5th year, Linden Lab will be participating in Bid The Lindens Bald to support the American Cancer Society and its signature fundraiser, Relay For Life of Second Life.

Teams can sign up online at RelayRockers.org beginning April 11th. Teams can choose a team site and book stage time blocks.  Each participating team can place kiosks, RFL vendors, and Gotchas at their site as part of their fundraising efforts on behalf of the ACS. “RelayStock is not only a fundraiser, although last year we raised nearly L$1.2 million with various teams collecting more than L$750,000 towards their season goals” said Arizona Ballinger, who organizes the event for the Relay Rockers.“ it’s a well needed break in the Relay Season and allows volunteers to spend time with each other, share stories and ideas, and get ready for the last push toward Relay Weekend in June.”

In addition to team events on the stage, RelayStock once again will host the Finals of the Celebrate Remember Fight-Back Top DJ Fundraising Competition. The CRFB event features Club and Radio DJs from all over Second Life as they try to see who among them can raise the most Linden$ in support of the Relay For Life. In 2020 the two finalists, DJ Baggie and DJ Kayla raised more than L$330,000 during their final sets with DJ Kayla taking home top Honors.

The last and perhaps most popular event at RelayStock is the annual Bid The Lindens Bald (BTLB21) challenge. This year the Moles will join in as Teams of Lindens  challenge each other to raise as much as they can and “Save Their Hair,” with the team with the lowest total pledging to go bald in Second Life until the annual SL Birthday event. BTLB Began in 2017 and has helped to raise more than L$ 3,000,000.   “Every year, I look forward to the Rockers’ Bid Me Bald fundraiser” said Stingray Raymaker, American Cancer Society representative in Second Life, “This is one of the longest running team fundraisers in our Relay’s history and it has become a touchstone moment for so many of us. I have enjoyed watching the event grow and evolve over the years and am grateful to the Lindens for getting into the spirit of this time-tested fundraising challenge.” 

Click Here for This Year’s Teams (When available)
 
Final bidding and Official Haircutting will take place Wednesday May 19th beginning at 12 noon.  

This is a not to be missed event and one of the annual highlights of the Relay For Life season in Second Life. Make plans now to join the volunteers who make up the 5th largest Relay event in the world at RelayStock2021 and help Bid The Lindens Bald May 14, 15  and 16.!

Please spread the word 🙂

Bellisseria Second Anniversary Celebration


On Thursday 15th April 2021 marks Bellisseria second anniversary since the opening of the second generation of Linden Homes for Premium members. There will be partying planned for everyone at the Bellisseria Fairgrounds starting at 10am SLT through until 4pm SLT. DJs will be playing tunes, a particle show and fireworks.

Everyone is welcome to come along.

You don’t want to miss this! 🙂

Bellisseria Continent Opened On 15th April 2019

The Bellisseria continent over the past few years has grown into a supermassive continent featuring a lot of nice Linden Home themes to live in. The Bellisseria community is amazing and it’s growing every week. I have enjoyed following the developments since the Bellisseria regions first appeared on the grid with just 80 regions back in late August 2018. In early September it grew to 384 regions and since then its kept on growing. Now it’s connected with existing continents in Second Life which is fantastic.

Bellisseria Map – April 2019

Bellisseria Map – April 2021

The Moles and the Lindens have done a great job on expanding the Bellisseria continent adding more new interesting areas and more Linden Homes. Can’t wait to see what comes next.

One of the first snapshots I took on opening day
August 20, 2018 – First SSP regions arrive

It’s amazing how far Bellisseria has come since 20th August 2018 back when it was named SSP. The SSP thread on the Second Life Forums has been running since 21st August 2018 now at 214 pages+.

SSP Development Update – 26 March 2021


It’s been a while since I blogged about the latest developments happening over at the SSP regions and I wanted to share the latest updates as of 26th March 2021. The Moles are continuing to add more Stilt homes over at the Bellisseria continent just north east of the log homes area. There has been no ETA on the latest batch of regions for release yet.

It looks like the SSP regions have expanded again recently by ten regions just above the SSP2531 to SSP2500 line. At the moment these SSP regions are not showing up in terms of map tiles/visuals. It’s worth pointing out that this area of the grid is used for the Moles/Lindens to work on upcoming Linden Home themes.

  • SSP2521 to SSP2530 are the newer regions
  • SSP2531 to SSP2500 has been on the grid for some time now

SSPW6 has appeared on the grid north west of the regions above. It’s not clear what W6 means yet. I guess we will have to wait until after the Chalets have been released after SL18B (mid June-early July).

The LH Dev region and LH Dev 2 region there seems to be various developments happening. The LH Dev 2 region is worth keeping your eyes on as it looks like a shopping area of some sort.

There doesn’t seem to be much happening with the nearby LH Dev Final regions below. It looks like these regions are used for testing/creating new homes.

Stay tuned for more updates during April 2021.

Patch Linden Talks About Linden Homes At RFL Home & Garden Expo 2021


Patch Linden talks with Saffia

On Wednesday 10th March Patch Linden VP of Product Operations talked with Saffia Widdershins at this year’s RFL Home & Garden Expo 2021 about Linden Homes and much more. The special talk session duration lasts for 1 hour / 22 minutes / 40 seconds and you can watch the full video above for the latest updates.

Patch Linden talked about his work at the lab including testing on the user experience flows (news later this year), Linden Homes (three new themes being worked on), the old Linden Homes and much more. It’s a really interesting interview with some sneak hints on whats coming next from Patch. There was mention about the process and issues on Second Life moving into the cloud.

For those that don’t know the Bellisseria continent is almost connected with the south west part of the Satori continent which is a huge development for Second Life. I can’t wait for the day when its officially connected so everyone can travel between the two continents. See my previous blog post for the latest map developments. This latest batch of new regions will increase the overall main grid region (Linden owned) count later this week.

Linden Homes Newer Updates

  • The next Linden Home theme after Chalets will be previewed at SL18B and most likely be released once the birthday is over. This new theme will blow your socks off and will have unique capabilities according to Patch
  • Chalet homes probably be released in a couple of weeks time (on map the lab have almost connected the continents)
  • Patch’s goal is to have all of the Linden Home themes released by the end of the year (if everything goes smoothly)
  • Passport system will be launching soon for Bellisseria (passport stamping kiosks with custom stamps like get your passport and discover (driver license etc)

Moving To The Cloud

  • Philip Rosedale last worked on the maps system / fix still being worked on since the uplift last year
  • Fixes are going to take time for the various Second Life issues
  • Web search has been a challenge / constant battle with the technology
  • Group chats deploy fix coming soon / most teleporting issues have been solved
  • The lab has a health dashboard to see the latest stats for teleportation (if above 95% = success rate), region crossings and more
  • Report issues via the Second Life Jira

Coronavirus

  • 2020 Relay For Life & Fantasy Faire raised alot last year according to Saffia
  • Premium Plus was not the right time to launch last year
  • Having a platform like Second Life the lab cannot be ignored
  • The lab uses Zoom internally etc for video chat meetings

Around the hour mark the session went from normal chat discussion to Q&As.

  • Demo region for Chalets is down
  • Second Life could integrate Philip Rosedale latest project with spatial audio
  • Make Second Life a web based application – the lab are looking at something according to Patch
  • No word on when the Second Life Mobile app is coming
  • VR maybe further down the road for Second Life
  • Extra styles for traditional homes on the roadmap
  • Premium Plus (larger parcels and homes) / land impacts / land impact bonus possible – no idea on when yet
  • Tier land cost increases – not on the roadmap
  • Check/organize Inventory on the Second Life website – it’s possible and a sizeable project to do

Thanks to the Lindens and the Moles for making Second Life better. Yay! 🙂

New SSPE Extension Created Linking Log Regions To The Stilt Regions


New Stilt regions have arrived

During the past week or so the Moles have created a whole bunch of new SSPE regions linking the log homes continent with the new Stilt homes sub land areas. The new regions range from SSPE1739 to SSPE1747. It’s important to note that the Moles are still building on them and are not finished yet. It will be interesting to see these new regions develop in the days and weeks ahead.

See at the bottom for the latest SSP news relating to whats ahead.

SSPE1740 – check out these new regions
SSPE1743 – view looking north
SSPE1742 – view looking north east
SSPE1745 – new Stilt homes coming soon
SSPE1747 – new homes coming soon

SSP News – (26th February 2021)

The Moles have added five new SSP regions just east of the purple SSP regions which are closed for public access. These new regions could be apart of the next upcoming Linden Home theme or maybe for another project they are working on. We will have to wait and see.

The big batch of pink SSP regions are no longer on the grid. 

New Regions – SSP2532 to SSP2500
Purple Regions – SSP2001 to SSP2040 plus SSP2005

Log Homes Railway Development – January 2021 Update


In recent weeks the Moles have added more railway track and more railway stations on the east side of the log homes continent highlighted in blue on the map below. It’s not yet open to the public for rezzing trains. The wait is almost over.

My last blog post back in late October 2020 I posted that the Moles extended the railway line from SSPE1162 to SSP1165. Since then the railway line has expanded through the middle of the log homes continent going east then turning up north near the new recently opened Stilt homes regions highlighted in red squares.

There are now new railway stations, rez areas, signal points, victorian tunnels, bridges, railway line crossings and much more. The Moles have been working on this railway development since early 2020 and have done a great job going through the different Linden home theme styles.

The latest new railway line starts roughly from SSPE1125 all the way up to SSPE1111 where there is a big loop around. There is a new railway station in SSPE1111 and a train on the tracks nearby.

I believe this is the end of the railway line on the east side of the log homes continent for now. I will blog again if new changes happen next month.

It’s worth flying over the new railway line from one side to the other side of the log homes continent seeing what’s new. I think you will be amazed at all the latest developments.

It’s going to look really exciting when the railway track finally opens in the weeks/months ahead along with new Linden homes. I can’t wait to ride the new railway soon and I’m sure many can’t wait to rez trains too.

Great progress so far overall and I can’t wait to see what comes next throughout this new year.