Friday, October 24, 2014

Game Review: Archeage

For her latest game review Nydia Tungsten has been playing the multiplayer online game "Archeage." As a Fantasy MMO, one might ask what distinguishes this from the crowd? There were several details that got her attention, a feline race with details like plantigrade feet, the ability farm goods needed for quests and crafting, and a "labor point" system unique from any other game of it's kind. So what are the down sides of this (mostly) free to play online game and do the good points more than make up for them?

Read Nydia's article in Other Grids and MMOs.

"Homes For Our Troops" Benefit

Since Frets Nirvana's announcement concerning his change from the Wounded Warrior charity to "Homes Four Our Troops," Second Life Newser hasn't heard about any veterans' charity events, until recently, when the "Wild Iron Steeds" club held one.

Wild Iron Steeds are proud to host our first benefit event at Sons of Anarchy sim. The benefit is to help raise funds for Homes for our Troops and we have rides, games, DJs and bands to entice you all to donate some lindens. So please show your support of our MC and this worthy cause by joining us for some fun!! Starts 12pm SLT and rolls until 12am SLT. YEAH!! 12 hours of non--stop music and fun - we have t-shirts, hats and flags.

I dropped by fairly late into the event, about 9PM when the crowd had dwindled a bit to a small size. About 10,000 Lindens had been raised for the charity.

Bixyl Shuftan

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Scenes From The Burn

On the opening day of the Burn2 art and music festival, Bixyl Shuftan was there for the Second Life Newser, going around and taking screenshots. With six sims of exhibitions by the various artists, there was lots to see. Here's a selection of the pictures taken.

See Bixyl's series of screenshots in Events.

The International Space Museum

Going about Second Life, Wesley's explorations took him to the SciLands, and the International Space Museum. Often called the ISM for short, the location has been popular with space enthusiasts since it was build in 2005, and even after almost a decade continues to wow visitors. Wesley took a look around too see things for himself. So what was his view?

Read Wesley's article in Places.

Press Release: Tuna Oddfellow to Perform in InWorldz "Fright Fest" Saturday

Fright Fest '14 has something for everyone!  Tuna Oddfellow has been blowing minds since 2007 with the indescribable ambiance of his psychedelic Odd Balls.  You just have to see it to believe it!  We are very excited to announce that he will present a Witches Night performance at his Fright Fest Odd Ball Stage on Satuday Oct 25, beginning at Noon IWT (pacific) and a second show at 6 PM IWT (pacific).

Each show will last for 2 hours hope to see you there.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Cartoon of the Day

Another one from Burn2. This is one of their various vehicles one can rezz, hop aboard, and go around the festival grounds. How one ends up with a seemingly runnaway vacuum is left for others to imagine.

Bixyl Shuftan

Luskwood's Eleventh Birthday Party This Friday

Second Life's oldest active community, hangout, and avatar maker, is about to celebrate it's anniversary, it's eleventh. On Friday, October 24 the celebration officially begins at 6PM with live musician Shannon Oherlihy. At 7PM, the second live performance begins with the popular Frogg Marlowe. DJ Cabaleer takes the stage at 8PM, and at 9PM squirrelgirl DJ Haley arrives to spin the tunes. The DJs for the remaining two hours have yet to be chosen, but Lusk founder Michi Lumin assures something will be going on at the Big Tree until Midnight SL time.

The Latest From the Linden Blog

The official Second Life blog from Linden Lab has been a bit active lately. Last week, it was announced that SLGo, the viewer that allowed Second Life to be played from tablets was now available for the iPad.

With SL Go, you can now access Second Life on your iPad using Wi-Fi or 4G LTE and enjoy a high-fidelity experience with great graphics quality, full shaders, shadows, and full motion capability. SL Go gives you access to the full Second Life Viewer interface, including edit menus, inventory, preference settings and chat management, adding intuitive touch controls.

Linden Lab also announced an improved Oculus Rift compatible viewer that is stated was an improvement over the one released a few months ago, the DK2.

The new hardware offers an even more immersive experience when used with Second Life - there’s less likelihood of feeling motion sick thanks to the motion-tracking features, and less of the “screen-door effect” on the visuals, thanks to higher resolution and brighter display. ... We’ve integrated the DK2 with Second Life, and today are releasing a new Project Viewer so that virtual reality enthusiasts with the DK2 can use it anywhere in Second Life ...

Linden Lab stated the viewer still has some bugs and glitches, but was working to smooth them out.

There was also a "Tools and Technology" update, the "HTTP Project Recap."

But the most recent update on the Linden blog (aside from the latest Destination Guide highlights) was about what might be called "Halloween Treats for Everyone." To begin with, the price for the first three months of Premium membership after signing up for quarterly payments has been temporarily cut in half, to $11.25 US dollars (the second quarterly payment will be the normal $22.50). Besides the 1000L signup bonus and 300L weekly allowance, the Linden home, and other perks, Premium members also get some limited edition premium gifts

Just in time for Halloween, we have some new gifts for Premium subscribers - the bag of treats includes jack o'lanterns, witches’ brooms and more - including a bone-shaking skeleton avatar to haunt your favorite spooky spots in. Go Premium, then pick up your gifts at the inworld Gift Kiosks.

If you’re a Premium member, you won't want to miss the latest gifts included with your membership! Show your inner self with a spooky skeleton avatar or terrify your neighbors with exclusive Halloween decorations. Who needs costumes when everyone’s got bones? 

Linden Lab was also touting a special Halloween ride at LR Portal Park1 (113, 126, 23), The Haunted Halloween Tour.

There’s also a special treat for everyone! Come visit the Haunted Halloween Tour and ride through a terrifying gauntlet of thrills and chills! For those who dare, step through the Halloween path from the Portal Park. If you have an Oculus Rift, you can check out the tour’s VR option - just grab the latest Project Viewer to get started.

What will you do this Halloween. Help children with a sugar fix? Buy overpriced masks from big-box stores? Do something different, something frightening and fun. Linden Lab is pround to present the Haunted Halloween Tour. Strap in and prepare to experience haunts, ghouls, death, scares, and a descent through madness itself. It's definately not for the faint of heart!

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Finally there's a screenshot contest being held by Linden Lab, the "Fa-BOO-lous Snapshot Contest." The top prize is 10,000 Lindens with smaller cash prizes for runners up.

Last, but certainly not least - we know how much you love to dress up and show off your seasonal side this time of year - so why not join us on the forums for Second Life’s Fa-BOO-lous Snapshot Contest. Your frightful and delightful snapshots could win you L$10,000, L$5,000, L$3,000, or L$1,000!
To see the list of entries already submitted, Click Here.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Events This Week Is Back

After weeks of inaction, the "Events this Week" Section is back. But things will be a little different. Before, it had been one large entry of various events every Tuesday. This time, it will be one or more much smaller entries every week, notably of the Newser's home community of the Sunweaver Estates. This is to allow the Newser to be able to devote time and effort to various news happenings across Second Life, and to avoid making guesses about locations that delay or have ceased making announcements about their events. We also may not announce updates in the main section if they are small ones.

We may make further changes later on. Though for now hopefully this will benefit the community where the Newser office makes it's home.

Read about the events of the Sunweaver clubs in Events this Week.

Ceasar Xigalia Announces His Resignation As CDS Chancellor

On Sunday October 19, on the discussion forum of the Confederation of Democratic Simulators, Ceasar Xigalia announced his resignation as Chancellor of the community. Ceasar described his term as following "an extended period where laws and democratic process had become secondary to those who wished to hold on to their positions of power at all cost." Among the issues of the election was land, whether to expand or keep the community the size it was. Ceasar described himself as being stymied in his efforts to add a sim to the community's estate. "The actions of certain members" he wrote, "made it undeniable" that his opposition "would use its powers for political gain and to protect its own interests."

"I can no longer in good conscience support a system that claims it follows democratic principles but is in fact simply a closed group role playing democracy amongst themselves rather than a real social experiment in virtual community development. The system is corrupt and seeks to consolidate power in an elite. I find this morally indefensible and therefore I refuse to continue to take further part and resign my position as Chancellor."

The Confederation of Democratic Simulators describes itself on it's webpage as "the oldest democracy in Second Life. Originally founded in 2004 as the City of Neualtenburg in the Anzere region, the Confederation of Democratic Simulators (C.D.S.) is now a five-region community operated by the citizens." The CDS recently celebrated it's tenth anniversary.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Aero Pines Harvest Festival and Halloween Trail

On the lookout for Halloween Haunts, Gemma Cleanslate found some at a familiar place: Areo Pines Park. The park changes with the season, and with the fall comes the Autumn Festival. But it's also the season of spooky fun as October 31st approaches, so the staff added some chills and thrills at a place more noted for nature trails and horseback riding. Gemma took a look, and was not disappointed.

Read Gemma's story in Places.

At The Burn

Saturday was the opening of the Burn2, and yours truly spent much of Saturday walking around taking pictures. There was quite a bit to see. Sunday I interviewed iSkye Silverweb, one of the staff of the event. However, it was also my real-life birthday weekend, so spent much of the time having fun with friends, including looking around a haunted house. I'll have something written about both events soon.

Bixyl Shuftan

Press Release: First Annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Across Second Life Strides Walk

On Sunday, October 26, 2014, at 9 am slt, the very first Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk will be held in Second Life.

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Across Second Life is an annual event that place in honor of breast cancer awareness and fundraising in October of each year. Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is the official breast cancer charity of the American Cancer Society.

Second Life residents will make strides together to promote breast cancer awareness and to honor breast cancer survivors and caregivers. Stride Walk will kick off at 9 am slt with a special T1 Radio Warm Up Show and will feature 9 hours of themed laps, live djs and performances, and fun! The day will wrap up with a special Pink Power Time Machine Special event with Trader1 Whiplash from 5pm to 7pm slt. Below is a complete schedule of events with hourly themes:

Schedule of Events:
9 am to 10 am slt – T1 Radio
10am to 11 am slt – Opening Ceremony
11 to 12pm slt – T1 Radio – Survivor and Caregiver Hour (Survivors and caregivers are why we make strides! Help us honor these very special people)
12 pm to 1pm slt – Boot It Up Hour (wear your favorite boots as you walk around the Stride’s path)
1pm to 2pm slt – International Spirit Hour (Wave your country’s flag as you walk around the Stride’s path)
2pm to 3pm slt – Hat’s Aplenty Hour (Show off your favorite hat during this hour)
3pm to 4pm slt – Let’s Get Hopping Hour (Grab one of our hoppers and hop around the path)
4pm to 5pm slt – Remembrance Ceremony (Remember your loved ones that you have lost to breast cancer during this special hour)
5pm to 7pm slt – Time Machine Special (We are going back to the 1960’s with DJ Trader1 Whiplash)

About Making Strides Against Breast Cancer:
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer or MSABC is the largest network of breast cancer awareness events in the nation, uniting more than 300 communities to finish the fight. Every breast cancer walk and event is an incredible and inspiring opportunity to honor those who have battled breast cancer, raise awareness about what we can do to reduce our breast cancer risk, and raise money to help the American Cancer Society fight the disease with research, information, services, and access to mammograms for women who need them.
About the American Cancer Society:

For more than 100 years, the American Cancer Society (ACS) has worked relentlessly to save lives and create a world with less cancer and more birthdays. Together with millions of our supporters worldwide, we help people stay well, help people get well, find cures, and fight back against cancer.

For more information:

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Cartoon of the Day

From Burn2, known for it's funny portable toilets. 

By Bixyl Shuftan

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Burn 2 Begins Today

After weeks, perhaps months, or preparation, the Burn2 Festival is finally here. Starting today at 10AM SL time, the exhibits were opened to all to see. Come and see the Second Life adaptation of the real-life Burning Man music and art festival from the Black Rock Desert in Nevada attended by over fifty thousand people every year. While it's not quite that crowded in the Burn2 sims, this is a popular annual event, so be prepared for some lag, especially at peak traffic times. Those who arrive can expect to enjoy numerous art exhibitions and many music events.

The event lasts until October 26. While the "Burners" have made a few spinoff events around the year, there's only one Burn2. So don't dally.

Join the fun at Deep Hole (224, 92, 25)

For more information, check the Burn2 website: . For pictures, check the group Flickr: 

Image credit Molly Montale

SL Video "Margaritaville"

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From Nydia Tungsten who did this for Dusk Griswold, "This was done by request from one of my Angels Dusk, I hope you like it angel. Dusk, Rita, Skylark, Pagan, Bixyl, and Nydia dance and surf their way to Margaritaville"