SL’s 12th Birthday Celebration — June 21-28, 2015

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The community celebration of Second Life’s 12th birthday (colloquially known as “SL12B” is quickly approaching!

I’ve applied for a press pass to get a preview of the sim on June 20th. ZoHa Island’s intrepid blogger (yours truly) will post about my visit later that day. Meanwhile, here’s a video preview from the SL12B website:

You can find their website by clicking here: SL12B Celebration.

This is a fun event and I hope you will consider attending sometime during that week!

I remain respectfully yours,
~ Suzanne Piers

Spring Homestead Sale!

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Have you been considering ZoHa Islands as your home? Looking for a full homestead in the best estate company on the grid? Now is the time to make your move!

Zoha Islands is having a spring cleaning sale on FULL Homesteads!

Your price: $7250L per week!

PLEASE READ ALL RULES AND LIMITATIONS BELOW!!

• Regular price: $7696L per week. That’s a savings of $446L per week!

• A full homestead is 65536 sqm and has 3750 Prims – it comes with full Estate Rights to change sim rating, terrain textures Etc.

• It can accommodate up to 20 avatars at a time. This is perfect for residential homes or lower Traffic stores and businesses.

Rules & Limitations:

To be eligible for this pricing you must meet the following criteria:

• New or Returning Residents of Zoha Islands only. (Friends & Family referrals) Even if you just want to come back!

• Upgrades – i.e. you own a half homestead and want to move to a full homestead rental for more prims/land

* Be in good standing with your rental payments, i.e. not be late on a weekly basis

Restrictions:

• If you currently own a homestead, you cannot claim the lower price or ask for it, unless you are buying an ADDITIONAL homestead in addition to your current rental.

• If you own a homestead and purchase an additional one at the sale price, and you give up the original one down the road, the $7250L price will no longer be valid and your tier will revert to the same as your original one.

Contact one of our Sales Agents or Estate Managers today and grab your homestead at this amazing price before they’re all gone!

Come to our Sales Office by clicking here: ZoHa Islands Sales Office.

If you’re a current resident looking to upgrade to take advantage of this amazing price, simply ask for help in group chat.

I remain respectfully yours,
Suzanne Piers, ZI Blogger/Social Media

MadPea’s UNIA Game is Open!

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MadPea has really outdone themselves with this game. I have not yet tried it, but plan to this weekend when I have some time. This is their most complex game to date, and it operates much like an MMO, with a combat HUD and everything. They call it an “MMO within and MMO” and it is likely to be their best yet!

Please see their website for full details on how to participate in this game. I highly recommend reading it, as it is very complex, but so exciting!

See you in UNIA!

Click here to read more! How To Play UNIA!

I remain respectfully yours,
~ Suzanne Piers

Around The Grid April 2015

There are lots of things happening around the grid in Second Life. Here’s a brief overview:

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SL12B Is Coming!

It’s coming up on that time again, folks. It’s Second Life’s birthday in June! Applications are open to be part of the SL12B 12th Birthday Bash. Being held June 21st-28th, 2015, the theme this year is “What Dreams May Come.” Participants can attend performances at the 4 stage venues, and stop by the auditorium for talks, interviews, fashion shows and performance art. Additionally, exhibits and stages across 15 sims will be available for viewing from June 29 to July 4.

Linden Lab states: “Unlike our physical world, everything we see in Second Life© was born out of the stuff of dreams. For some, these dreams are what they aspire to, while others seek to recreate that which is unattainable in their lives.

“Some may craft elaborate worlds of gleaming gold, while others may descend into the netherworld, portraying realms of flame and darkness.

“Still others may have dreams of a simpler variety: a nice house, a picket fence, and a perfectly green lawn. All dreams, big and small, are valid and welcome.

“We want to see your dreams. what do you imagine for the future, what are your aspirations, or what is your own personal flight of fancy?”

Applications to participate in the celebration as an exhibitor are now open. Please check out the website here: SL12B Community Celebration

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Viewer Managed Marketplace Beta

The Viewer-Managed Marketplace (VMM) officially started an open beta test on the main grid, which is scheduled to last for about a month.

VMM allows merchants to easily manage their inventory on the Second Life Marketplace using the Second Life Viewer. Items no longer need to be loaded into the Merchant Outbox or a Magic Box, and are instead sold directly from inventory.

VMM will allow all merchants to stop using Magic Boxes while also enabling them to modify listing inventories directly from the viewer. Merchants will still need to go to the Marketplace web site in order to edit listings, but with VMM, they will be able to create new listings, publish them to the Marketplace, and/or unlist them, all from within the Viewer.

Firestorm has not yet come out with a viewer that features VMM, but Firestorm folks have asked for beta testers for their upcoming project viewer. Perhaps this functionality will be in the next FS release.

LL’s official blog states that they expect the Beta period to last abouit a month, with the next steps after Beta being a full release of VMM to all merchants.

“A month after the release, automated migration of Direct Delivery listings will begin. Magic Box listings will need to be manually migrated. After migration has completed, Xstreet and Magic Boxes will be shut down. Merchants may choose to manually migrate Direct Delivery listings before the automated migration occurs. The automated migration will take place during lower traffic times on the Marketplace, and more details will be provided closer to the migration period.” states Linden Lab.

Here’s a video narrated by Torley Linden:

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MadPea’s Unia Opens April 27th

As you know, I am a huge MadPea fan, and I am excited if not a bit trepidacious about this newest event coming April 27h. MadPea released a preview video and it is very scary!

Naturally, I will have to check it out, but meanwhile here’s the trailer:

/me shivers. Looks scary! Join me… if you dare!!

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I remain respectfully yours,
~ Suzanne Piers, ZoHa Islands Blogger/Social Media

Second Life is Alive and Well!

I know I have been doing a lot of reposting of articles lately but there are a lot of good ones out there.

Second Life’s Facebook page posted a link to an excellent article recently posted in an e-Zine called “Good,” about the life cycle of Second Life, and that despite it’s detractors, Second Life is alive and well and thriving! It’s really nice to read some positive things about Second Life, instead of the usual articles decrying that SL is nothing but a den of iniquity and ruiner of RL marriages and relationships.

It also has some interesting information about SL. For instance, did you know that SL was inspired by the Metaverse in Neil Stephenson’s 1992 seminal sci-fi hit Snow Crash?

The article talks about SL’s rapid rise to fame: “From 2006 to 2009, optimism about this new space reached a fever pitch, with dedicated reporters, travel guides, and hundreds of businesses clamoring to get in on the excitement of a whole new universe within our own. Researchers flooded into this alternate world as well, examining all the ways one could use Second Life to, say, help Asperger’s patients develop their social skills in a specially tailored, therapeutic safe space.”

The article also refers to the notion that SL became a dystopian, dirty, and absurd world in a post-2009 crash as humans fled back to the predictable dynamism of the real world.

But then the article takes a hopeful turn. It states:

“Though that’s not quite the whole story. In truth, Second Life remains quite alive, clocking a million active users per month as of 2013 and up to 13,000 new users ever day. The site may actually have a larger, more stable population as of today than it did at its 2006-to-2008 peak of popularity and respectability. Yet we don’t hear about this continued vibrancy in Second Life, mainly because it’s no longer thought of as a space for general populations to enhance their lives. Instead it has generated a second life of its own as a uniquely attractive hub for globally dispersed subcultures to join together. These groups can create whole worlds that unite them, transcending role-playing and turning their ideologies into a comprehensive society.”

You can find the article in it’s entirety by clicking on this link: Second Life is Staying Alive.

And try getting that song out of your head after reading the title of the article. Excuse me for now; I’m going to dust off my Bee Gees album!

I remain respectfully yours,
~ Suzanne Piers, ZI Social Media