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Shopping Time! ~Group Gifts

Shopping time! Men and women alike, everyone likes to shop. Frankly, after all the holiday celebrations, I am broke.  So, here are few options to have fun shopping in Second Life without spending a penny.

  • Freebies
  • Lucky Chairs/ Boards
  • Scratch and Win Boards
  • Hunts
  • Group Gifts
Dollarbies and items worth L$10 are also an option. But, I don’t even have that much, so what do I do?
Freebies? No, they are not usually quality clothes. I am bad at hunts. So, I went out hunting for Group Gifts. Many famous designers offer group gifts which are quality items. A few give out gifts every month. So, why not grab them? Although it’s a few days since New Year, there are few shops in Second Life offering New Year gifts.

The following groups are free to join. At a few of these places you will also find hunt items, lucky chairs, scratch and win boards and “Gacha” items.

Here are the landmarks where you will find the Group Joiner and the Group Gifts:

Some of the most popular places for both men and women are:

Other places include (Women )
For Clothing (in alphabetical order):

For Lingerie

Are group gifts only for those who are looking for free stuff?  No.  they are for everyone. It is a designer’s gift for being brand loyal.

 For men and women:
If you want to be updated about various group gifts join the following groups:
  • women stuff
  • men stuff
  • Top Designers
  • * Group Gifts *
  • Fashioncentric –  (fb pageGet the Free Hud
  • The Liason Update group
I hope this blog was informative enough and gives you lots of places to visit and to have fun while shopping with friends.
Any more info you want to add you are most welcome. There is always room for improvement.

*There are many more you can always search for them.

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A Final stroll through the 2013 RFL Christmas Expo

The 2013 RFL Christmas Expo ends on December 14, 2013 at 10 a.m. SLT.  After that, the sims officially become the home for the AVI Choice Awards.  Attendance is by ticket only, and the tickets have been sold out for days.  Congrats to all the nominees and, in advance, to the deserving winners.

I apologize for the tardiness of my final post regarding this wonderful Expo and fund raiser for Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society.  I couldn’t let this end without saying a few quick words about the shops I visited on the Wonder sim.

DaD’s is the sim sponsor and anchor store here.  The store offers fireplaces, Christmas furniture, flowers and some cute outdoor holidays decorations.  RFL vendors in the store offer several decorated fireplaces, a cuddly spot with a cute snowman and both gold and silver wire Christmas trees with falling stars.   One of the sweetest things in the DaD store was a teddy bear floating around in a hot air balloon, wishing everyone a Happy Christmas.  You can purchase your own teddy bear, who holds a sign you can write your own message on.  Happy Christmas right back at ya, DaD.

I’ve always enjoyed visiting Spyralle, and I was very pleased to see them with a shop at the Expo.  Spyralle has a passion for fractal designs, and the offerings in the store here include clothing items, tables, wreaths and crystal Christmas trees.   One of the trees is in a RFL vendor, as is a very cute mesh sweater and pair of poinsettia topped boots.  Unfortunately, the sweater demo wasn’t working when I touched it, so I didn’t take a chance, but the flowered slippers went home with me. Continue reading

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A Stroll Through the 2013 RFL Christmas Expo – Part 4

As I continued to walk the cobbled streets of the Peace sim at the 2013 RFLChristmas Expo, I was again struck by the number of great stores occupying this space.  Many are well known to me, such as Evie’s Closet and Aphrodite Shop.  Oh, and in case you don’t know about Aphrodite, they have the nicest café at their in-world location, very family/kid friendly.  Do check it out. Nice way to spend some time with your SL children.

I decided to begin today by visiting some merchants not so well known to me.  DG Designs offers clothing and jewelry.  The RFL vendors included two candy-ribboned formal gowns, and I liked the swing dresses on another wall.  I wasn’t sure if they are mesh or not, but I believe they are.

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My actual favorite in the store was the Gatcha machine, offering some really cute holiday pendants.  I played the game and got three fun ones to wear this season, and a duplicate to give to my sister. I may go back for more. DG Designs is also participating in the Expo Bell Hunt and has a Naughty/Nice gift for you to click. Continue reading

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Torric Rodas story: Bullied to success & Doctor Who: 50th Anniversary

Saturday November 23rd will be a landmark moment in SciFi history as the famous Doctor Who series will celebrate it’s 50th year since it first aired on BBC. Once a decade, even in the 90’s when the show was off the air, BBC airs a special episode of Doctor Who. The special always contain several incarnation of the time traveler and several of his companions, as The Doctor and The Doctor (or as the case has been before, the 5 Doctors) take on the greatest threat time and space has ever faced.

To celebrate this, London City in Second Life and The Torch will throw a huge celebration. Just as the shows creators often keep the episodes a secret until the last moment, so will London City wait to announce what exactly this event will be, so stay tuned both in the London City groups and here on The Torch to find out in the next couple of days.

We had a chat with the creator of London City, Torric Rodas and asked him to give us some background on the community. The story was both sad and filled with hope. As many others, both in Second Life and real life, Torric and his friends were bullied hard during the start of London City. They used this, however, and managed to turn it around to their advantage. Here is his story: Continue reading

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BURN2 SKIN BURN 2013

We just got the following press release from Burn 2:

BURN2 2013: CARGO CULT was a fantastic event, filled with the joy of Burning community and a fabulous Burn of the Man. But it’s NOT QUITE over til we have the SKIN BURN!

What is Skin Burn?

It’s bringing the community together again in a low­lag way to watch the Man Burn one more time. We attend in just our skins (system clothing optional). No scripts, no attachments, no HUDs, no AOs ­ just US! Wear creative colourful, glorious skins or just come as yourselves. Enjoy great tunes, an awesome Burn, and Burning with the community!

All this will happen on Saturday, the 9th of November at two times to accommodate most time zones: 9:00am SLT and 6:00pm SLT. The greeter area will be open for 2 hours before each Burn time. When you’ve de­scripted and detached, you will get a special group invite and the landmark to the Man Burn site. You can only access the playa if you are in that special group.
Please let us know when you have included us in your publications as we link back to online TV, magazine and blog posts at http://www.burn2.org/media_coverage and would love to include you! Just email communications@burn2.org a link to your content, and we will include it.

BURN2 is an extension of the Burning Man

festival and community into the world of Second

Life. It is an officially sanctioned Burning Man regional event, and the only virtual world event out of more than 100 real world Regional groups.
The BURN2 Team operates events year around, culminating in an annual major festival of community, art and fire in the fall ­ a virtual echo of Burning Man itself.
We’d like to encourage you to use the following labels and hashtags when you write about the event: Burn2, #burn2 .

We will promote those tags to make it easier for people to find your content.
Want more information? Check out these resources:

Website: http://burn2.org

Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/groups/burn2/

Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/

BURN_two Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/BURN2BURNERS

Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/Burn2.SL/

Regional Page: http://regionals.burningman.com/regionals/cyberspace/second­life/

Contact people: communications@burn2.org

Steering Committee: steering@burn2.org

BURNING MAN Regional Contact: secondlife@burningman.com

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Virtual Ryukyu: A Maine Man’s Dream

Years ago we wrote about Shuri Castle Gardens, a virtual replica of Okinawa’s Shuri Castle. Now three years on we revisit the residents of Shuri to find that they have changed completely. Going under the name of Virtual Ryukyu, they have now built a community based around the culture the Ryukyu Kingdom of the 1400s.

Originally  Richard Lavasser, known in the virtual world as his alias Inuyasha Meiji,  brought Shuri Castle to virtual life through a beneficiary in 2005. It was built on the mainland sim of Butler, and began attracting virtual residents interested in Japanese history. Shuri Castle continued to grow until 2010, The current builder Angela Beaman, known as Silverfox Rainbow,  joined  Lavasser as assistant builder in 2007.

She states: ” I came to Butler in 2006/2007 to help Inu after he was offered extra land for the sim. We became work partners, learning from each other. When the sim closed we were researching the history of the Ryukyu Islands. We decided that we wanted to make an area dedicated to the Ryukyuian culture which was very different from mainland Japan. “

Since the closing of the sim Butler, Virtual Ryukyu has called several sims home, including Pinehouse, Sweet and finally The Northern Forest, they even collaborated with Second Life’s Little Yoshiwara, another Japanese Roleplay sim. Continue reading

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Haunting of Second Life: Fright Night Haunted House

Imagine yourself transported to a foggy clearing in a forest. Surrounded by eerie noises, voices and things your eyes won’t believe. The treeline is too thick for you to go back through the forest, but you see two buildings, one on either side of you. Maybe you could seek shelter in one of those? One of them is rather open and has mysterious tracks, perhaps a vehicle will guide you here? The other is much bigger, a mansion, but do you dare enter through the pitch-black doors?

Fright Night Haunted House will have you on your toes from the moment you enter to the moment you run away in fear! Even a slow computer is no excuse here, they offer a preloader for the textures and sounds to give you the fright of your life…

Do you dare to explore here?

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The Torch Top 5 10/14/2013

This weeks news brought directly to your living room!

1) And the Nobel Prize goes to…

The Nobel Prize in Literature 2013 went to renowned Canadian short-story writer Alice Munro. Munro is most known for her writing style, where she begins the story in the middle and then either go forward or backwards in time.
At the age of 82, she has announced that her collection “Dear Life”, published in 2012, will be her last.
“It just seems impossible, it seems just so splendid a thing to happen.” she said after being woken up at 4am to get the news from the Nobel Committee.

2) Eve Online gets graphic novel

Eve: True Stories is the first written piece on the ever-so-popular game Eve Online. The game already have an animated series made about it and next year this graphic novel will follow.
Written by Wolverine: Origins story writer Daniel Way, it will contain stories based on actual player experiences and have artwork from the creators of 28 Days Later, Daredevil Noir, Suicide Squad, Star Wars: Crimson Empire Saga and Star Wars: Old Republic.
The first issue will be released in February 2014.

3) Frank Sinatra’s top-selling album re-released Continue reading

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The Haunting Of Second Life Continues: The Shadow House

It’s Halloween once again and the haunts that occur in the virtual world of  Second Life have returned. It was almost a year ago that we gave you a taste of the chilling, twisted and horrific locations of these disturbances and this year it continues. We will begin with the Shadow House

The demon Yuumei is terrorizing the poor villagers of Touryuumon, to punish them for their insolence, he takes their village and replaces it with the Shadow House, a haunted ground on which none of the villagers would dare to tread. The villages cry out for hero to save them from Yuumei’s punishment.

Well, Yuumei seems to have his hand full playing Realtor, demons these days…

I heard he was a powerful demon once, dealing in souls. I guess the recession is hard on every one now a days.

So do you have what it takes to face Yuumei?

If so visit the Shadow House.

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Burn2 and Burning Man – What is it all about?

Many of you have probably heard about Burning Man or Burn2 and I bet quite a few of you wonder what it really is. I know I did, so I did some research into this event.

Burning Man is an annual festival held in the Black Rock Desert, a 40 square mile area of dry mud surrounded by mountains. Due to the harsh environment, the participants needs to be able to survive. They need to know how to survive in a hot arid environment, they need enough water and food to survive, but Burning Man is not about survival.

Since it is a festival, they also need to make room in their packing for party food, drinks, music, entertainment and festive clothing. Many even make room for entire buildings, right there in their back packs.

The main event, as the title of the festival suggests, is the burning of a wooden figure in the shape of a man. This was started in 1986 when two men, Larry Harvey and Jerry James, brought an 8-foot statue of a man made out of scrap wood to a beach and set fire to it. It got the attention of people around them and a small crowd formed to watch the man burn. Out of nowhere, the crowd began to “give into the burning man”, one person performed an act of kindness towards the man, another picked up his guitar and made up a song on the spot about the fire and soon they had a party going around the burning man.

The next year, the duo repeated the burning on the same date as the year before and this time they brought a much larger wooden man to burn. The crowd was larger this time, but the response was the same. They repeated the event every year, same spot, same date and it became a cultural event. That didn’t last forever thou.

In 1990, the crowd reached several thousands of people and police was called to the beach because the beach could not hold all of them and it became a hazard. This is when Michael Michael and John Law stepped in. They rescued the statue from the San Francisco beach and hauled it to the Black Rock Desert. When people came up in their cars to join the festivities, Michael Michael drew a line in the sand and proclaimed that whoever crossed that line would be forever changed.

All of this helped form what is today the 10 principles of the Burning Man. These principles are known by all participants of the burning culture and adhered not only during the now weeklong event, but through their whole lives. Over 50 000 participants braves the desert each year to build a town around the Man and party for a week, yet the day after the festivities, not a speck of dust shows that anyone had been there.

The 10 Principles:
  1. Radical Inclusion
    Anyone may be a part of Burning Man. We welcome and respect the stranger. No prerequisites exist for participation in our community.
  2. Gifting
    Burning Man is devoted to acts of gift giving. The value of a gift is unconditional. Gifting does not contemplate a return or an exchange for something of equal value.
  3. Decommodification
    In order to preserve the spirit of gifting, our community seeks to create social environments that are unmediated by commercial sponsorships, transactions, or advertising. We stand ready to protect our culture from such exploitation. We resist the substitution of consumption for participatory experience.
  4. Radical Self-reliance
    Burning Man encourages the individual to discover, exercise and rely on his or her inner resources.
  5. Radical Self-expression
    Radical self-expression arises from the unique gifts of the individual. No one other than the individual or a collaborating group can determine its content. It is offered as a gift to others. In this spirit, the giver should respect the rights and liberties of the recipient.
  6. Communal Effort
    Our community values creative cooperation and collaboration. We strive to produce, promote and protect social networks, public spaces, works of art, and methods of communication that support such interaction.
  7. Civic Responsibility
    We value civil society. Community members who organize events should assume responsibility for public welfare and endeavor to communicate civic responsibilities to participants. They must also assume responsibility for conducting events in accordance with local, state and federal laws.
  8. Leaving No Trace
    Our community respects the environment. We are committed to leaving no physical trace of our activities wherever we gather. We clean up after ourselves and endeavor, whenever possible, to leave such places in a better state than when we found them.
  9. Participation
    Our community is committed to a radically participatory ethic. We believe that transformative change, whether in the individual or in society, can occur only through the medium of deeply personal participation. We achieve being through doing. Everyone is invited to work. Everyone is invited to play. We make the world real through actions that open the heart.
  10. Immediacy
    Immediate experience is, in many ways, the most important touchstone of value in our culture. We seek to overcome barriers that stand between us and a recognition of our inner selves, the reality of those around us, participation in society, and contact with a natural world exceeding human powers. No idea can substitute for this experience.

How does this translate into Burn2 and Second Life?

In 2003 a small corporation formed to create a virtual world. This corporation is today known as Linden Lab and the world is Second Life. Many of the “Lindens” (employees of Linden Lab) were Burning Man regulars, but the development of Second Life prevented them from going to the event. Phoenix Linden asked the Burning Man organizers for permission to recreate the events in a virtual format and they built a digital replica of the Man and “burned” it in Second Life.

Over the years, several different Lindens have helped facilitate Burn2, but in 2007 the whole company was too busy with new developments to take care of the event, so private interests took over from there. The new organizers had never been to a real burning and only had previous Burn2’s to go by along with the principles, so they decided to stick as close to the 10 principles as they could.

Concerns arose about how the events would be portrayed in the future and how well the principles would hold without official backing, so Everett Linden, the head of Community Initiatives and experienced burner, hired Dusty Udal, one of the worlds most experienced burners, to make sure the events held true to the real Burning Man.

In 2010 Linden Lab suffered from some downsizing and the partnership between Linden Lab and Burning Man was dissolved, but on friendly terms. From that moment and still today, Burn2 has been in the care of the real life Burning Man organizers, to ensure that the events mirrors those of the real life burnings as closely as possible.

These organisational shifts also mirrors the real life shifts, as Burning Man underwent similar organisational shifts in its youth, until it found the stable organization it has today.

Burn2 will be held from October 19th to October 27th this year. If you are interested about the events or would like to participate, you can check out their website for more information.