MadPea Easter Egg Hunt – The biggest hunt on the grid!

The MadPea Easter Egg Hunt is a hunt like Second Life has never before experienced. Just a week into the hunt, residents have scored over 5 MILLION points by sniffing out eggs. Don’t worry – you still have until April 18th to participate by putting an egg on your land or hunting!

How does it work?

Hunters start at Madpea Easter Egg Headquarters and purchase an egg hunting HUD for 100L. The HUD scans the sim you are on and tells you if an egg is there, then guides you to its location. When you click on the egg you will receive either 10 points, 25 points, or 50 points. Eggs that last 1 day are worth 10 points. Eggs that last 2 days are worth 25 points. Eggs that last 3 days are worth 50 points.

That’s right! Once an egg is rezzed, its only out for a short period of time. Land owners are constantly putting out new eggs and eggs are disappearing, which makes this a two week event that you won’t get bored of! To find a new location that has an egg, you can either click on the pink egg on your HUD to be given a random location, or you can pick from the list on the official Easter Egg Hunt web page.

There are over 1600 hunters currently scouring the grid for eggs, so if you own or rent land – get in on the traffic! You can purchase eggs to place out at MadPea Headquarters. Once set up, the hunters will appear! You can continue to put out as many eggs as you want through the duration of the event on April 18th.

You may even see a few of Zoha’s rentals on the list. Can you find an egg at Llama Lyfe (location 1) (location 2) or TerraVillage?

Happy Hunting!

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Delilah Greyson
(amoralie triellis)

 

Second Life Subscription Boxes – A list of loot!

Shopping can be difficult on Second Life. While some stores gather on the same sim to create a ‘mall’ of sorts, its still far from a real world shopping experience where you can visit all of your favorite stores in one place. On SL, you have to know what you’re looking for. This can be exhausting, especially for people who don’t have the time.

To solve this problem, Subscription Boxes that mimic the real life trend have made their way to the virtual grid. For a flat fee, every month or so (depending on the box) you will receive an entire package of goods to check off your shopping list all at once. Everything from frills and bows to home decorations are covered in the list below. And to make it better, many of the items are exclusive and made by top designers across the grid.

Deco(c)rate

Deco(c)rate consists of 15 home and garden items in a new theme each month. Everything from buildings, furniture, decorations and landscaping have been known to make their way into the box. These items are semi-exclusive, meaning after a month the item can be sold in the designers store – but you’ll still be among the first to have it! This box is released on the 8th of the month and costs $1500L before the 8th, or $3000L after its released.

BishBox

BishBox consists of 15 clothing and accessory items for the “wild and crazy grrrls of Second Life”, as their website explains. This box is released on the 20th of each month, and costs $1500L before the 20th, or $3000L to purchase after the box is released.

Luxe Box

Luxe Box is the box for chic, glamorous girls. You can find anything from clothing, shoes, hair, and even some decor. For $1500L preorder you will get 12 items from top designers across the grid. You can also purchase the box after the release for $3000L.

Cutie Loot

Cutie Loot is a new Kawaii themed subscription box. While only one box has been released so far, it received rave reviews from the adorably cute collection of clothing, hair, and accessories in the Kawaii fashion. This box is released on the 8th of each month and is $1500L to preorder, $3000 after release.

Powder Pack

Makeup is no exception to the subscription box trend. This box, or boxes, consist of 12 appliers for the Catwa or Lelutka mesh heads. Catwas packs are released on the 17th of the month, and Lelutka on the 1st. This box costs $1500L to preorder or $3000 after release.

Treasure Chest

The Treasure Chest is dedicated to the Role Players of Second Life. You’ll find a collection of 12 fantasy items from clothing to accessories, decor and more. The box is $1500L and releases on the 15th. You can purchase it for $3000 after release.

Builder’s Box *NEW

This box has yet to be released, but as their description states it is a  “box packed full of nothing but homes, skyboxes & other builds from 10 great creators”. It will be $2000L for preorder or $3000L after release. Pre-orders for the first box open on April 15th, 2017.

11 Ways to Make Money in Second Life

These days there is plenty to buy in Second Life as creators continue to extend their talents, providing an incredible array of options to decorate our space and dress our avatar. However, its understandable that at times it can be a bit difficult to support this hobby, and we may not be able to become as immersed as we want.

The beauty of Second Life is that it is based on its very own economy, which means there are plenty of ways to make money on Second Life so that you never have to upload a single dollar again. Don’t be fooled! Just like real life, earning Lindens takes some hard work and investment. But if you’re dedicated, you can build an empire.

Become a CSR

If you have time to spare and are looking for a job, many creators in Second Life rely on Customer Service Representatives to help run their brand. If you think you’d enjoy fielding questions and helping people navigate a store or how to buy an object, CSR may be a good position. These jobs often require set working hours, but allow you to go about your SL and simply take requests through IM. Some may require that you be in store to greet people as they come by.

Blog

Bloggers make money through Sponsors. The most popular kind of blogging is fashion blogging, or taking a picture of what you’re wearing and sharing with your audience. The same can be done with decorating. Creators of the items you feature may sponsor your blog in the form of free items or Lindens for promoting their items. The more popular your blog is, the better chance it has to get sponsored – so don’t be discouraged if it takes a while for your first sponsorship to roll along. This can take a while! Blogs are free to start through WordPress.com, Blogger.com, or Tumblr.com.

Use your Talents

Can you sing? Play an instrument? Maybe you are an excellent painter, or perhaps you love to dance. All of these talents can be expressed through Second Life, and turn into Lindens! For example, you can host your own shows to sing or play music through voice. You can play for tips! As a painter or illustrator, you can upload pictures or copies to sell as well. (Be mindful of Linden Lab’s policy on what you upload.) And if you love to dance, you can choreograph a set of animations for your avatar and record them to play along with music – a real recital in second life! Acting can be done in just the same way. These are just a few examples, the possibilities are truly unlimited and you can make money from all of them!

Open a store!

If you have a talent for texturing or 3D modeling, this is the best way to make money. Fortunately, if you’re not a master at 3D modeling software, many creators make full permission mesh templates for those who want to make a store. You only have to create a unique texture for your object and can sell it under your own brand! Unique mesh is the best way to go, but for those just getting started, there are plenty of options. And mesh isn’t the only thing you can sell. Skins, scripts, and even nail polish are some examples of non mesh things to create a store around.

Resell Gachas

If gachas are your addiction, there’s hope for you yet. The objective is to get into popular Gacha events such as The Arcade and Epiphany when the event first opens (within the first 48 hours is best). If you have a feel for which objects will be most popular, pull for them and start collecting your inventory. You can rent a booth at popular gacha malls to set out your items at a higher rate, or you can put them on the Second Life Marketplace. If you set them out early, you’ll be able to make more Lindens because demand will be high. After a while your items will be harder to sell, but you can still make a profit with each event! All it takes is a little investment and time.

Photography

Everyone needs a good profile picture, and not everyone knows how to make them! If this is something you are good at, you can commission your work for Lindens. Start by creating a portfolio of your photographs from Second Life on flickr.com. Then you’ll have something to show the people who you’re advertising to. You can either use windlights to manipulate photography within second life, or export your photo and paint on top of it for a more advanced look. Both are in high demand and can bring in good money!

Create an Experience

If you’ve had an idea for a theme park, haunted house, game, club, or interactive story, its likely that this will be a popular attraction for others. This of course takes a lot of planning, investment, and tools to create. It is something that many users have worked for years to achieve! But people like Bryn Oh and Madpea Games have been successful at creating widely popular attractions that bring in lots of money through admission and donations. If its your dream to be a storyteller or an attraction owner, Second Life may offer the outlet you’ve been waiting for.

DJ or Host

Clubs are popular hangout spots in Second Life – perhaps the most popular! Clubs need good music for people to enjoy the atmosphere, and hosts to engage the group and keep conversation flowing! DJs require a bit more technical skill and a good knowledge of music that people enjoy to be successful. If you think you’d be good at streaming music, there are plenty of opportunities. And always openings for hosts! Inquire at your favorite club about positions they might have, and look around at lesser known clubs to build up your resume.

Rent your Land

While a big initial investment, buying and renting land has been a popular way of making money in Second Life from the very beginning. If you acquire a sim from Zoha, the best way to do this is to create a beautiful Sim that people want to live in. This can be a neighborhood, a town, or even a tropical beach with a number of cabanas! You can set rent at an increased price since you are offering a fully landscaped sim, perhaps with a structure already in place. Create enough rentals that it adds up to a profitable income, but not enough that your tenants feel crowded. The more real estate you can offer them, the more interest you’ll have. While it takes time and effort to keep your tenants happy, you will be able to make a profit each month.

Decorate or Landscape

If you’ve got a large inventory and a knack for making it all look good, then people will pay good money to have you decorate their spaces for them. You’ll want to have a collection of items with the ‘copy’ permission, so you can place one on their land without losing it from your inventory completely. Many decorators charge by the size of the space they’re decorating, or how many prims they are expected to put down. If you keep a photographic portfolio of all of your clients, soon your book will be full and the Lindens will come rolling in!

Event Planner

A Second Life event planner does exactly the same things as a real life event planner would. Your clientele include people planning weddings, birthdays, baby showers, galas, and other events or surprises! Its your job to pick the venue, make sure its decorated and that everything from the music, to the ceremony steps, to the invites are taken care of and ready to go. This can be a big job, so its a great way to make money if you are good at organization! However at some point you may need a staff, so this can become a real business if that’s what you are looking for!

 


 

Making money in Second Life can be as simple as choosing what you’re good at and using Second Life as an outlet to explore things you want to be good at. Ask youself, if I could do anything in the real world as a job, what would it be? Maybe there is an opportunity in Second Life, and maybe you’ll make something Second Life has never seen before!

Good Luck!

Delilah Greyson (amoralie.triellis)
ZoHa Islands Blogger

Feed a Smile – Millions of Lindens Raised to Support Kenyan Charity

Second Life has long been a place for fundraising for charities of all kinds. From dances and events to auctions and shops, where there is commerce, there is fundraising.

The charity big on the radar this month is Feed a Smile, much due to the efforts of Madpea’s International Food Fair which is attempting to raise a whopping 9,879,000Ls ( or 37,000 USD) in order to build a kitchen in Nakuru, Kenya.

Don’t be thrown off by the big price tag. The Feed a Smile organization asks only for a donation of 100L – which can feed a child!

This short video demonstrates exactly where donations to this charity go. Directly, and immediately to this community. Why is it important? Why here? The video describes some of the dangerous circumstances that children in Kenya are managing each day. The most impact we can make is through creating access to food – while buying food in Second Life!

The Madpea International Food Fair goes on until March 4th and features some amazing designers. 50% of proceeds go to Feed a Smile. Check it out while its still open!

Feed a Smile is not new to Second Life. The Feed a Smile sim has been open since 2012. Madpea has had other fundraisers of the sort, including a ‘Celebrity Auction’ in 2014 covered on a Draxfiles World Makers episode.

Second Life is truly a connecting force, bringing us together as a human race to make a difference for those who need it, no matter how much or little we can give or where we live.

So what are you waiting for? Stop by the Feed a Smile sim and learn how you can get involved to help see this kitchen come to life!

Delilah Greyson (amoralie.triellis)
ZoHa Islands Blogger

Not sold on Sansar? 10 Reasons to Keep an Open Heart

This week some very lucky creators from Second Life were given exclusive beta access to the new Sansar Platform. Due to some hefty NDAs, we won’t be able to see yet whats in store.

Its important to understand that Sansar is not out to replace Second Life, it will be entirely different and mainly targeted toward creators and people who want to experience their creations. Second Life will remain alive and active, and its expected that Sansar users may be a demographic that were never a user of Second Life at all, not switching from Second Life. So try not to be too mad at this ‘younger sibling’ of just yet. In fact, while we believe it will serve entirely different purposes than SL – we do hope it will learn quite a bit from what SL has managed to achieve.

If you’re still not excited about the future that is fast upon us, here are some reasons why we think you may want to at least keep an open heart:

*We have not been in Sansar nor do we have definitive indication that these ‘theories’ are true.

1. Better Graphics Capabilities : Simple as that, Sansar will have more powerful graphics with less load on your system. You’ll still want to make sure your computer is up to speed, but we’re expecting a lot less crashing!

2. Higher Sim Capacities : If you’re as frustrated as I am with retrying over and over again to get into new events, then this will be a sigh of relief. Sansar may be able to host significantly more avatars – potentially unlimited? – at any given time. No more waiting in line!

3. Your own website : If you own land with an experience or business that you’d like others to visit, Sansar will have the ability to easily set up a website for you. This is primarily so that people who aren’t already users of Sansar kind find what you’ve created and create an account to experience it. It will be great for advertising to your fans as well!

4. Better Connectivity : Its still ambiguous how this will be achieved, but Linden Labs has acknowledged that its difficult to find communities to become a part of in Second Life. Will we have better chances of making friends and connections in Sansar? Would be interesting!

5. Virtual Reality : While its not yet become mainstream technology, Sansar will be fully equipped to handle virtual reality headsets of all kinds. Have you ever wanted to really BE in the place your avatar is at? Feel closer to the people around you? As the price of headsets lower, this will become a reality. A virtual one.

6. Mobile Compatibility : Mobile Apps for Second Life communication are wonky and can be a bit difficult to use. Sansar will be built with mobile usage in mind, meaning you’ll be able to experience your world with much more immersion than just text while on the go.

7. Lower Land Prices : Linden Labs is well aware that its extremely difficult for the vast majority of users to pay hundreds of dollars for their own private place to rez. Speculation has it that ‘sims’ in Sansar could be as low as $10/month. The capabilities of these parcels is still unknown.

8. Easier Shopping & Inventory Management : While a speculation, many other platforms have paved the way in making this experience easy and slick. Imagine a marketplace like the one we know an love, but in world. Imagine trying on clothing with one click – or already seeing an image of your avatar wearing it before you buy it. Imagine – stay with me – an inventory that is automatically organized for you, and images of your clothing so you know exactly what you’re about to put on. Speculation, but possible with this new platform.

9. Code Compatibility : You may not know that Second Life scripts are made up of their very own coding language – Linden Scripting Language. Its pretty amazing for a platform to work off of its very own syntax! However this does close a lot of doors and makes some of the great coders of the world very uninterested in creating for Second Life. Sansar will be scripted in C#, a well known and loved language that top scripters are well versed in – meaning we’ll see a lot more great stuff with a much higher capability popping up.

10. Physics : Imagine your avatar reaching down and picking up a box. Using their fingers to grab it and lift it into the air. Now imagine dropping that box onto another box. It falls through the air and lands on top of the box with a wiggle. Not falling through, but sitting right where you put it. Now imagine swinging your arm and hitting the boxes, watching them tumble over one another onto the ground. This type of physics engine just may be possible in Sansar.


I’ve loved Second Life for 8+ years and plan on keeping it that way, but I can’t help but being excited about the possibilities of new technology in virtual worlds. Keep an open mind, and don’t be afraid of losing the strong community that we’ve built. Second Life will keep going strong!

Delilah Greyson (Amoralie Triellis)
ZoHa Islands Blogger

How to Install New Windlights & 5 Packs to Download!

Photo Credit : Naminaeko

For anyone who is even casually a photographer in Second Life, you know that windlights are what make the beautiful shadows, delicate glows, or bold contrast in a virtual photo. As Linden Labs explains in their wiki:

WindLight is the codename for Second Life’s atmospheric rendering system that enhances skies, lighting, and other graphical aspects of the environment.

Our viewers come packed with a good number of ‘out of the box’ windlights we can use and tweak. The easiest way to change these on a whim is to go to World > Environment Editor > Environment Settings > check Customize my Environment > and play with the ‘Fixed Sky’ dropdown. To make your own windlight, you can open up Phototools and play around with the settings until it fits the mood you’re after.

However, many of us don’t have the time necessary to painstakingly alter the many sliders that make up a perfect windlight. Why not leave it to the professionals? Luckily, we can install windlights from users who have gotten them down to a science.

Where to Download

We’ve picked 5 places with professional packs of windlights to download. To begin, just download the one’s that you like to a folder on your desktop. We’ll go over the rest in the next section!

  • Strawberry Singh – This page lists a number of different packs of Strawberry’s. Many to choose from!
  • Naminaeko – For download are both 2015 and 2017 packs of windlights.
  • Magick Thoughts – Magick even includes some water windlights which change the color & reflectiveness of SL water!
  • Shaedynlee – Not only are there windlights for download, but she explains how to create windlights of your own!
  • Steffy Ghost – Four whimsical and delicate windlights for a feminine feel.

How to Install

  1. First, shut down Second Life
  2. Unpack the zip files that you downloaded and get them ready in one folder.
  3. Drag your unzipped windlights into one of these folders: ** NOTE : If you are not using the Second Life viewer, you will need to replace the part in the filepath that says ‘Second Life’ with the viewer you are using.

Windows XP – C:\Documents and Settings\USERNAME\Application Data\SecondLife\user_settings\windlight\skies

Windows Vista & 7 – C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Roaming\SecondLife\user_settings\windlight\skies
or
C:\Program Files\SecondLifeViewer\app_settings\windlight\skies

Mac – use Go menu > Go to Folder and paste in: ~/Library/Application Support/SecondLife/user_settings/windlight/skies

That’s it! You’ll be able to open Second Life and see your windlights ready to use. Credit goes to Strawberry Singh for instructions and file paths.

 


 

Delilah Greyson (amoralie.triellis)
ZoHa Islands Blogger