Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween!

From the "Vinyl Museum's" Halloween party on Thursday Oct. 30. Becky "Sha" Shamen and Zorro Wuramunga decided to "bone up" on their dancing.

Bixyl Shuftan

Various Halloween Happenings

Second Life has no shortage of Halloween fun. There's a number of haunted houses, woods, and other locations around. But suppose you're looking for a party or some other public activity?

If you want to party with the wacky neighbors of the community the Newser office makes it's home in, the Sunweavers are having their Halloween Party at Club Cutlass. Club owner Jenni Greenfield takes to the stage to spin the scary tunes tonight in what promises to be a spook-tacular event.

6-8 PM Sunweaver Space (176, 62, 125)

Steelhead has it's own Halloween party tonight at 7PM. But that is not all. Halloween is the last day of the "Go Fish!" hunt.

At participating locations there are dead fish lying about, it is your job to find them before they stink up the place. Some are easy to find, other's you'll need therapy after you do find it. ... please get them before they really rot.

Among the places taking part in the hunt is the "Malarkey Manor" also known as "Toby's House. Located at Steelhead Harborside (100/114/24), one can drop by here to get a notecard with a list of the locations where one can find the dead fish. The Malarkey Manor has two, with the clues being, "survive to get your TROPHY" and "dig much deeper."

The Creations Dance Club, of the Creations for Parkinson's Charity group, is having a Halloween event that seems a bit more light and a bit less dark, the "Hallow Eve of Light, Happiness, and Love."

Be prepared to be amazed! You and your friends are invited to a Unique Alternative Halloween Celebration Dance. Friday, October 31st 6-8 pm SLT Let's come together to create an uplifting positive evening filled with Light, Happiness and Love. At our New Dance Club at the Etheric Center of Living Light. encourage costumes & clothing to enhance the positive energy of this evening. 12 fabulous free gifts!

The dance is from 6-8PM at Creations Park (124, 118, 4055

 The World War Two combat roleplay of New Bastogne has been getting into the Halloween antics with the invasion of zombie soldiers. How combatants began raising from the dead is unknown, some say an experiment by Nazi scientists gone horribly awry, others say a curse by a powerful witch furious with the war. Moderator Vickster Khun described the event in a notice.

Today, and tomorrow (Halloween), WWII players are permitted to play as zombies. They will be using a device that gives them greater HP than normal infantry, and will have a melee attack only. Any player using this device should be dressed as a zombie and play on Team 3. Zombies are authorized only between the hours of 5PM and 12 Midnight, SLT (PDT). On another note, you are asked to engage zombies with infantry weapons only. Have fun!

 The Zombie AO made those wearing it walk about in a stumbling, shuffling, often bent over manner. Jessicabelle Dayafter suggested those hunting the zombies on the hours they come out might be allowed some additions on their outfits that would normally make them out-of-uniform, such as a melee fighter's shoulder guard.

Those whom aren't yet in the combat roleplay, but are interested in taking part can head to read about the rules and get some starter gear at New Bastogne (117/156/37). Please take heed of the rules and listen to the moderators.

Luskwood, which last week celebrated their 11th anniversary, is whooping it up again with their Halloween event. The Big Tree is set to have some spooky scary fun.

That's right everyone!  We're going to be haunted yet again.  Feel free to start prepping those wonderful costumes for tomorrow the tunes will rise from the grave. Expect lots of our DJ fun and feel free to let your friends know to come on down then!

The haunted fun is listed as officially starting at 7PM, but people are likely to drop by in costume at the social area much before

All this, and more awaits those who brave the darkness in Second Life on Halloween.

Trick or Treat.

Bixyl Shuftan

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Full Circle Club Closes

I recenty heard that the club called “The Full Circle Club,” which I reported on in August, and also held an interview with the owners, has closed it’s doors permanently. The reason of closing is not known. I heard about the group’s closing, after someone who runs the group, sent me an IM notifying me that both the group as well as the club itself, have permanently closed down.
The Full Circle Club was a nice club in which I reported on the Relay For Life event a long while ago. It was nicely designed and the music that was played was nice too. It’s sad to hear that the club is gone.
Farewell, The Full Circle Club !!!

Wesley Regenbogen

The Puddle Jumper Mall Introduces a Local Builder and More

The Puddle Jumper Mall has opened a new vendor line consisting of aircraft and airport equipment manufactures. One aircraft manufacturer is our own local Jessicabelle Dayafter owner of Skunkette Aviation. Her product line consist of vintage World War II planes that was present during this years Relay for Life Air show where a rezzer was used for visitors to be allowed to fly. The rezzer has been inactive until now! You can rezz a plane and try it before you buy and is located in front of the store in the corner of taxiway and runway 34. The other aircraft manufacturer is Cloud Dancer Aviation with a wide assortment of aircraft type too numerous to list here. Flywalker Aviation Outfitters brings in a very large assortment of airport buildings, and ground equipment.

In an effort to make your shopping easier The Puddle Jumper Mall has connected with Podex Exchange and has installed an ATM. So now no need to have to leave to get money from the inworld exchange located at the Coda sim (45, 218, 61) and run the risk of running into a naturally masked ring-tailed bandit named Clumsy Cooper. Though this criminal seems to operate as well as Wild E. Coyote and the only harm he has cause is busted guts from laughter. Still the Podex Exchange system is considered one of the safest in Second Life. A telephone hotline to Cynthia Farshore the owner is installed located next to the Podex ATM by the stairs. The phone will leave messages if she is not on-line.

Speaking of stairs, it’s Halloween and the second floor has many items usable for this holiday. This includes witches hats, spell books, portals, and typing overrides that can give you that extra level above the rest.

Pacific Waters (62, 89, 31)

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Luskwood's 11th Anniversary

Last weekend, Luskwood celebrated it's eleventh anniversary. The best known of furry locations, as well as the oldest community in Second Life, celebrated with live music and DJ tunes. Quite a few Luskwood noteables showed up for the occasion, in addition to visitors dropping by only for this one event. So what exactly went on?

Read more in Events.

Cartoon of the Day

By Bixyl Shuftan

Halloween Candy Hunt in the Pony Sims

Pony fans have a chance for some Halloween fun with an Equestrian bent.  DC the Cyberpony (death.berger) described it as "a huge multisim candy hunt. You run around the sims and click on candy, then you can use the points to get prizes." The sims involved are, "Derpyland, Trotsdale, Ponytown and Ponyvale." The event is not just for the residents of the community, but to all, "everyone is welcome."

 According to the rules, while candy can be in RP areas, it will never be on someone's private property. Each sim has a total of 420 points worth of candy on it. It ranges from 5 point lolypops, peppermint sticks are worth 10 points, hard candy is 15 points, candy corn is 20 points, and pumpkin candy is a whopping 50 points. Some sims are described as having "exclusive prizes."

Anyone with questions can contact Dash (Shurikenangel Resident).

Note, visitors heading to the pony sims may need to go to a hub area first, where one will need to pick up a HUD to be able to use a teleporter to the sims.

Press Release: NaNoWriMo Writers' Camp And Daily Dash

Welcome to the Virtual NaNoWriMo Camp in Milk Wood.
NaNoWriMo Writers' Camp & Daily Dash, Milk Wood (75, 49, 22) - General

We have hot chocolate and muffins, laptops, notebooks, pencils and some of the most supportive writers in Second Life®.

First things first, be sure to check out the main NaNoWriMo site. You can create your account, post information about yourself and your novel, meet other Wrimos and verify your word count once the party gets started on November 1st.

Next, join our special Wrimo group - Milk Wood Wrimos (found in SL search).

Next, grab our 2014 NaNoWriMo gift bag which you'll find next to Nate our friendly NaNoWriMo Officer (will be released on October 25th).

Next, wear our NaNoWriMo Participant Badge (found in the gift bag), activate the group so you are also wearing the group tag, then stand next to Nate (don't worry, he won't bite) and touch his badge (won't work until November 1st, so no cheating), then type in your new word count. Repeat the last step daily.

Please Note: Be sure to remove your 500 Word Snatch titler before you wear your NaNoWriMo badge as the word meter will interfere with it.

Scheduled Write-Ins (please be aware that the clocks go back in the US on 2nd November and on 26th October in the UK)

Saturday 25th October, 2014: 2pm Pacific Time/5pm Eastern Time/10pm BST: NaNo Prep Write-in NaNoWriMo Writers' Camp & Daily Dash, Milk Wood (75, 49, 22) - General

Saturday (throughout November): 12 Noon – 2pm Pacific Time/3pm – 5pm Eastern Time/8pm GMT – 10 pm GMT:  2 Hour NaNoWriMo Write-in
NaNoWriMo Writers' Camp & Daily Dash, Milk Wood (75, 49, 22) - General

Sunday (throughout November): 12 Noon – 2pm Pacific Time/3pm – 5pm Eastern Time/8pm – 10 pm GMT: :2 Hour NaNoWriMo Write-in
NaNoWriMo Writers' Camp & Daily Dash, Milk Wood (75, 49, 22) - General

Please note we also have a twice-daily Writers' Dash running every Monday-Friday (6am & 6pm Pacific Time) and a 500 Word Snatch on Saturday at 12 noon Pacific time. These are often used by Wrimos to work on their novels.NaNoWriMo Writers' Camp & Daily Dash, Milk Wood (75, 49, 22) - General

A prompt is given and you have fifteen minutes to dash out a paragraph or two using the word (or picture) as inspiration. As well as being useful for sketching out notes and scenes before November, and for kick-starting your writing sessions during the month, they are another fun way to increase your word count. We also offer brief critiques for those attending.

If you want to talk shop with other participants you won't want to miss our Virtual Writers Water Cooler on Goodreads:

You can use the buzz and excitement of November to work on other writing endeavours, such as poetry, plays, short stories or essays. Write whatever takes your fancy - but try to write something every day. 

Happy writing!

Virtual Writers

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Events This Week At The Sunweaver Clubs

It's Halloween time for the Sunny clubs. Here's the schedule of what they'll be having this week.

See the list in Events this Week.

A Guardian for Nydia's Angels

There's been a new build in the Sunweaver Estates, the neighborhood where the Newser office makes it's home. Those dropping by Mouse Hole Manor in the past few days found something new, a huge guardian angel vixen statue just behind the main door. Alleara Snoodle made it for Nydia, whom wanted something to symbolize how her "Angels" group feel about protecting one another. Nydia created the group for both friends of hers, and Second Life residents she came across whom were in need one one.

Unscheduled Maintenance

Yesterday in the afternoon, things weren't going quite right for some Second Life residents. Some couldn't log in. Others couldn't teleport or ended up in places like the hub in the Adult sim of Arapama. Ending up there, the only way I could escape was to log off and relog at my Home location. So what was going on? A look at the Grid Status revealed a problem.

Unscheduled Maintenance
Posted by Status Desk on October 27th, 2014 at 03:24 pm PDT
[Posted 3:24 PM PDT, 27 October 2014] We are currently undergoing unscheduled maintenance to several systems. Some Residents may experience difficulties with multiple services, including logins, Web dashboards, and searches. Please keep an eye on this blog for details.

Eventually people were able to log in and port as they were before, though for a while, things were frustrating.

Monday, October 27, 2014

A Few Halloween Haunts

It's almost time for Halloween. Besides the many costume parties across Second Life, there's also plenty of Haunted Houses and other haunts across the Grid. Bixyl Shuftan only had a limited amount of time, so he just checked out a few to review.

Check out the haunts in Places.

A Look at Avination

Longtime readers may remember Baron DeSantis, the muscular blond reporter of the old Second Life Newspaper, whom is probably best known for his writing about his running afoul of the authorities in a roleplay sim. Well, Baron, or "Baz" as he's sometimes known these days, hasn't left Second Life. Not only is he still around, he's been poking around other virtual worlds. One that caught his interest is Avination. In his article for the Newser today, he describes what he found.

Read Baron's article in Other Grids and MMOs.

A Busy Weekend

Quite a bit happened this weekend. There was the Luskwood Eleventh anniversary. The final official events of the Burn2 Festival, notably the Burning of the Man and the Temple Burn, took place. The Roma community had a Halloween festival, Steelhead held it's Halloween "Scamps Ball." Frets Nirvana held a benefit event for the "Homes For Our Troops" Charity. There was the First Annual Making Strides Walk. Tuna Oddfellow had his performance for the "Fright Fest" in Inworldz. And there were the various haunts across Second Life. Sorry to say we couldn't cover them all. And those we were able to ... well, we can't be in Second Life and write about it at the same time.

So if your favorite event didn't quite make the paper, well, that's where you come in by writing about it yourself with a Reader Submission.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Cartoon of the Day

Taken from Luskwood's 11th Anniversary party, Michi Lumin's dance AO occasionally put her in a position that for a skunk is equivalent to drawing a mace canister. No wonder the ponies seem to be backing away.

By Bixyl Shuftan

Meanwhile, Back in Azeroth

After a break that's lastesd for months, I finally made the decision to give World of Warcraft another try, signing up just in time to get the Horde chopper. So what's going on Azeroth besides trick or treats and trying to clobber the Headless Horseman? The recent update preceding the upcoming expansion in a few weeks gives players a taste of what they'll be facing. The Iron Horde is marching into the Blasted Lands where the Dark Portal is, and both Horde and Alliance are in it's path.

For players whom have already clobbered Hellscream, the rewards won't match the gear they've likely gotten. But those whom haven't quite reached the gear level needed to take on the Siege of Ogrimmar will get a boost that should allow them to skip a couple raid instances. And thanks to the update, finally Ogrimmar no longer looks like Hellscream is still in charge.

So is yours truly back in Azeroth to stay? We'll see. The upcoming expansion isn't exactly getting lots of chatter among my circle of friends.

Bixyl Shuftan

Saturday, October 25, 2014

SL Video: "International Spaceflight Museum History Tour "

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"A video of the flying carpet tour that one can ride at the International Spaceflight Museum (ISM) in the virtual world Second Life (SL). It gives an overview of the early history of the museum. You can visit the museum in SL at

The tour and video were produced by Troy McConaghy (Troy McLuhan in SL). The audio narration is by Dave Quinn. Video copyright © 2010, Troy McConaghy, all rights reserved."