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Thursday, January 14, 2021

News Recap: Second Life® Enters New Year Under New Ownership; Uplift Completed

 It’s been a minute since I’ve published a “News Recap” blog post, but I was finally able to go back in time and catch up with the news since the Holidays are well behind us. Is the Uplift to the Cloud finally done? What is Linden Lab® up to these days? Jump in for a quick read and find out what may be ahead for Second Life® in 2021.

New Year, New Owners

 This new ownership came at no surprise for many of us ­— back in July 9, 2020, Linden Lab® announced its upcoming acquirement by an investment group led by Randy Waterfield and Brad Oberwager:

“Linden Research, Inc., announced in a press release dated July 9, 2020, it has signed an agreement to be acquired by “an investment group led by Randy Waterfield and Brad Oberwager.“ Jyve CEO and Founder Brad Oberwager and Waterfield Group CEO and Chairman Randy Waterfield will soon join the Board of Directors of Linden Research, Inc. The buyout will include Second Life® and the Linden Lab®'s wholly-owned subsidiary, Tilia™.”

News Recap: Linden Research, Inc., to be Acquired by Investors; SL Renaissance Festival kicking off Sept. 25 - Huzzah!

The process has been completed and Linden Lab® is now under new ownership, but what does it mean for Second Life®?

If you are not familiar in how corporate America works, allow me give you my two cents on this subject since I’ve been part of the world of corporations for several years. A change in management is usually followed by changes in staff; in the upcoming months, we may see new Lindens joining, some leaving the team, and new ideas coming to life including a change in membership, land fees and whatever fees that keeps the business booming. Only time will tell what the new Board of Directors has reserved for us, but overall I think this is a much needed change to take Second Life® to the next level—and we sure need it.
We, Second Life® residents, would rejoice to see further improvements to this platform we are yet to witness, and if this translates in an increase on fees, so be it. Not wanting to sound like a broken record, combat in Second Life® is the number one priority on the list of so many role-players in the grid— although we have seen improvements over the years, lag continues to be an issue for many of us. Mesh parts are great, but what’s next? Generally speaking, our content has looked the same since at least 2008, the year I joined this virtual world. Not long ago, I asked a friend to come back to Second Life® for the first time after 8 years, and to my surprise, her reaction made me pause: “Wow, this all looks the same,” she said by pointing out how she couldn’t tell a difference from an old system avatar to a new avatar wearing the best mesh bits marketplace has to offer. Yes, she is right, and yes, this may be concerning. If Second Life® wants to continue to be a profitable business for many years to come, it needs to evolve to a better, bigger virtual world that can persuade new players and satisfy the local residents appetite to stick around for many years. 

About Linden Lab® - New Board of Directors Biography

The Year of COVID-19 in Second Life®

Many businesses have closed their doors last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but 2020 was kind to Second Life®. As many of us started a new way of life in the comfort of our homes, people engaged in a number of online activities being one of them, spending time playing in our virtual world. On Twitter, Tyche Shepherd reported a 3.3% private region growth mainly generated by returning users or longer online sessions. In addition, Linden
™ Home regions were also part of a successful 2020. Released in the end of December 2020, the brand-new Stilt homes are now part an impressive list of options featuring other models such as Traditional, Houseboats, Victorian and Log homes. Residents love these themed Linden homes and regions, and they have become so popular that Linden Lab® has a hard time to keep up with the demand. Kudos to the marketing team for this particular success, you guys did this!

Second Life® is officially in the Cloud 

On Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021, Linden Lab® announced the successful transition of all services and databases to Amazon’s cloud services (AWS). Check out the announcement HERE, watch the old servers being properly disposed and a photo of the—now empty—location which accommodated the old machines for years. Pretty cool!

 "Jade" Skin from WoW Skins (Free - Group Gift. Group Fee: L$199)

"Vesper - Variety" Hair from Stealthic (L$400)

"Hotaru" Outfit from Kegel Clothing (L$250 - Unik Event. Includes Armband, Ornament, Skirt and Top for Maitreya)

"Doubloon" Body Chain and Navel Piercing from Static (L$112 - We <3 Role-play Event *December Edition - Event Still Open*. Includes Body Chain for Freya, Maitreya, Jake, and Legacy. Includes Texture HUD with 5 Metal Texture Options and On/Off Options for Navel Piercing)

"Renee" Pose Pack from NinaX (Free - Group Gift)

Location: Mount Campion Caves National Forest

Second Life®, Tilia™ and Linden Lab® are trademarks of Linden Research, Inc. 

Thursday, December 31, 2020

The Book of Creatures

 The last post of 2020 is here. The Book of Creatures features the last grab of merchandise from We <3 Role-play and Redeux events, and new releases from a couple of my favorite stores. Let's close this chapter and cheer to a healthy, happy 2021 ahead. We <3 Role-play is skipping the month of January, but will return Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021.

"Eirtae Fantasy" Skin from Lumae (Not Available - Contact Creator, Lumiya Rae)

"Amaya" Hair from DOUX (L$325 for Basic Pack + L$125 for Deluxe Pack - Access Event)

"Shards" Facepaint from CHIMAERA (L$112 - We <3 Role-play Event *December Edition*. Includes BOM/Tattoo Layers in Blue, Pink, Purple and Sea and Catwa Applier HUD)

 "Katriss - Blu" Gown from Kegel Clothing (L$250 - Redeux Event *Still Open, Grab it ASAP*. Includes Gown for Maitreya. Available in Blu, Green and Red)

 "Krept Hands" from The Forge (L$350 - New Release. Includes Krept Hands for Legacy, Maitreya and Gianni. Includes Texture HUD with 10 Texture Options. Original Ad HERE)

 "Winter Horns - Faun" from Attitude is an Artform (L$140 - We <3 Role-play Event *December Edition*. Includes L, R and Full Set Horns with Copy & Mod Permissions) 

"Silent Sweet Night Choker" from Chop Zuey (Free - Group Gift)

 "Animesh Centaur - Guard Left, Gray" from Jinx (L$75 per Play - We <3 Role-play Event, Gacha Machine *December Edition*. Commons: Rear, Laying, WooWoo, Guard Right and Guard Left in Bay, Gray and Black. Rares: Rideable Centaur and Texture HUD with 4 Texture Options for Coat and 3 Texture Options for Human)

"Pied Piper" from WetCat (L$150 - We <3 Role-play Event *December Edition*. Includes Holdable Flute Prop in Static Pose and Animation Versions. Includes Texture Options and On/Off Music Options)

 Location: Snoweeta

Monday, December 28, 2020

10 Role-play Regions to Visit (and Play)

The Holiday Season is not over yet – we are soon to cheer to a New Year and hopefully to a better year than what 2020 had to offer us. Many of us agree this year has not been the most joyful, but we need to remember and count our blessings. Keep your hopes up – I strongly believe in a few months our lives may go back to normal; until then, let's stay virtual.

Last week I dropped a HUGE list of group gits, hunt prizes and everything in between at the GE Maps & The Good Gorean HUB. Some of these locations offering seasonal gifts and freebies will continue to be available throughout the end of the year - you are still in time to stock up your inventory at little or no cost. After your shopping trip is done, I invite you to explore the role-play regions listed below. These regions are absolutely stunning and many of them are brand new or currently looking for new players to join the family. Remember to read the rules and use a OOC (out-of-character) tag when exploring the following locations:

 NeoLondon - Dark Steampunk Role-play

Origins of Sin - Dark Medieval Role-play 

King's Landing - Game of Thrones Role-play

 Bear Island - Game of Thrones Role-play

Haunting of Skull Creek - Asian Fantasy Role-play 

Novus Ascending - Fantasy Medieval Role-play

Isle of Tyros - By-The-Book Gor Role-play 

HochBurg - Gor Evolved Role-play

Outcast - Gor Evolved Role-play 

Ragnar Helm - Gor Evolved Role-play

"Tilde" Skin from LAQ (Free Gift)

Noel Hair from Yomi (Free Gift)

"Base Makeup Set" from Musa (L$280 - We <3 Role-play Event *December Edition*. Includes Tintable Layers for Foundation, Highlight, Contour, Nose Shadow and Blush in 5%, 10%, 20% and 30%)

 "Holiday Nails" from Voodoo (Free - Holiday Gift)

 Jewelry from Beloved Jewelry (Free Hunt Gift - Peace on Earth Hunt)

"Winter Folk - Maitreya" Dress, Furs and Gloves from (A)MAZE (L$75 Per Play - We <3 Role-play Event *December Edition*, Gacha Machine. Commons: Skirt in Green/Brown, Red/Brown, Green/Black or Red/Black; Gloves in Red/Brown, Red/Black, Burgundy/Brown, Burgundy/Black, Green/Brown or Green/Black; Cape in Beige/Black or Black Spots; or Belly Fur in Brown or Black Spots. Rares: Top Black, Top Brown, Skirt in Burgundy/Brown or Skirt in Burgundy/Black. Available for Maitreya, Legacy, Belleza, Hourglass and Physique)

"Horja Tiara - Copper" from MORBID (L$161 - We <3 Role-play Event *December Edition*. Includes Tiara with Resize Scripts. Available in Brass, Copper and Steel)

"Last Christmas" Pose Set from WetCat (Free - Group Gift)

Location: Conch Club & Timberline Lodge Winterhaven

Friday, December 18, 2020

GE Maps - V 246.0

◣◥◣List of GE English Sims - Female Fighters Allowed◥◣◥ 

Please visit GE Maps Headquarters and subscribe on the Subscribe-O-Matic to receive the updates (no group space needed) 

✔Crimson Port - Crimson Cove✔HochBurg - HochBurg✔

✖Village of Minus - Treve and Minus✖City of Treve - Treve and Minus✖

✎Dark Sword Outlaws - Sword Death (Updated Rules)✎Ragnar Helm - Bastion of Aracena (Updated Rules & New Location)✎Marsh Wood Pirates - Rainbow Dream (Updated Rules & New Location)✎

Black Roses Outlaws - Isla Mariposa 

Dark Sword Outlaws - Sword Death 
Legendary Of Gor - Hedwigs Hollow

Norvillian Outlaws - Norvillian
 Outcast Outlaws - LR Weapons
The Hunters - Baraonda 

The Nameless Bandits - Northern Lights Bay 

Torca - TORCA


Blackwater Mercenaries - Crimson Cove 

Black Ice Pirates - Northern Lights Bay

Black Wrath Pirates - Village of Gimli 
Darkport Pirates - Kitsune
Marsh Wood Pirates - Rainbow Dream 


Hunter Albrecht Trading Company - Oceana Cove

 Mel's Landing Trading Post - Jungles of Gor

Port Falworth Trading Post - Eyedreams 
The Doe & Arrow - Hrimgar

The Gorean Exchange Point - TMP 



Aria's Song Isles - Bonaire41 

Couthy Estate - Tharnock Hills
 Halin - Wood Island (English & German) 

Hidden Forest - Hidden Forest 
HochBurg - HochBurg

Hunters Island - Hunters Island 

Jad - Black Coast 

Loch Couthy - Loch Couthy 

Mirkwood Bay - Mirkwood Bay 

Northern Lights Bay - Northern Lights Bay 
Oasis of Two Scimitars - Two Scimitars Oasis 
Scagnar Village - Dusty Sands

Secret Paradise - Secret Paradise

 Thalestris - The Lakes (English & French)

The Lost Ruins of Schendi - Jangwani 
The Outback of Red Rock - Dog Island
 The Village of Gimli - Village of Gimli 

Thundercloud Tharlarion Ranch - Poseidon's Adventure 

Tiveria Town - Hunters XX

Topanga Canyon Village - Topanga Canyon

Topanga Forest - Obsessions 

 Torvavik Village - Valkyrie Forest 
 Valnor - Valnor Isle 

Village of Arainn Seidr - The Ruins
 Village of Whispering Moons - Talender Moon 


Cities & Port Cities 

Argentum Mines - Silver Mines
 City of Varn - CITY OF VARN 
Crimson Port - Crimson Cove

Port Lydius - Applegate 

Shaba - Meteor Garden 

Tharna City - Tharna Julinee


Ascalon Empire  - Ascalon Empire
Asgard Wrath  - Little Bay 
Norsvald - Azrael
Ragnar Helm - Gold Run
Ravndal Vikings - Dusty Sands 
Sagheerah - Guardian Angel (English & German)

Ska─Ći Dreyma Vikings - Shining Island 

Sparrow Song - Rockford 


Pani People 

Koxinga - Chained Isle 


Black Hand Mambas - Jangwani

Na'ga Tribe - Tabor Fields


Panther/Taluna Camps
Black Panthers - Topanga Canyon
 Era Me Ranga Panthers - The Ruins 

Ikerei Tribe - Siba
Ja`hesa Catori Panthers - Province Rarn (English & German)
Ja'Lina Torvis Panthers - Village of Gimli 
 Kuela ja Keihas Panthers - WideWorld Lisboa

Kwani Ahleena Talunas - Meteor Garden
 Sa di Sani - Valkyrie Forest 

Sa Ki Fori Panthers - Hrimgar 

Sa Me Arquana - Jangwani

Sa Me Pyrana - Siba 

Sa Tor Vofa - Secret Bay 
Sa'Jesuil Panthers - Topanga Canyon

Sa'ng Gretuk Panthers - Topanga Canyon

Sa'Pasheen Panthers - Mirkwood Forest 

Shekinah Arani - Eyedreams

Talender Moon Panthers - Dusty Sands

The Last of The Sha'Sheku - Mirkwood Forest 

Tor tu Ja'Hesa Tribe - Secret Bay 

Tri'Moon Panthers - Kitsune

Valkyrie Torva Panthers - Valkyrie Forest 

Veck Jerag Talunas - Jungles of Ushindi

Ve'ra Eshe Panthers - Serena Rainbows End

Wa Ngao Talunas - Jungles of Gor 

Wolf Black Panthers - Siba (English & French) 

Zima Ak'am Panthers - Isla Mariposa


Misc. GE Groups 

Degalbi - Saphira

Gorean Campus - Gorean Campus 


Sacred Sardar - CHOICE ISLAND  


Special Thanks to:
 Aethi Palisades (Creator of the GE Raid Mapper Hud)
Yuroki Uriza (Creator of "List of Gorean Sims" Notecards)
Daimos Baarer (Creator of the GE Maps Server-Client Delivery System)

Charle Macbain (Creator of the mesh version of the GE Maps)
All of those who send me notecards, landmarks and messages to help improve the GE Maps :D

Feel free to comment below in this post if you would like me to add a group/sim to the listings.
 If your having problems opening the notecard inworld, please clear your cache and log back in an empty low lag sim (example: Breakers Point ) 

If your having problems opening the rules and landmarks embedded in the list, please check the link below:  Embedded Notecards not Functioning and follow the steps to fix the bug.

Please visit GE Maps and subscribe to the Subscribe-O-Matic to receive the updates (no group space needed). 

If you wish to receive a copy of the GE Maps Server-Client System, please send a notecard to PewPew Zero.  This system is available to Sim and Group Owners only.