Irrespective of where you are around the globe, in our minds we all know that the holiday season has just begun. The symmetrical snow flakes falling on the Christmas tree reminds us that it is time for warm celebrations and to give gifts. Children wait eagerly for presents while elders wait for the family gatherings. Peace, white and warmth seem to surround us. One of Second Life’s ways of celebrating the lavish holiday season is with the Christmas Expo supporting the Relay for Life.
What is Relay for Life?
It is a nationwide program supported by American Cancer Society. Around 4 million people have come forward to donate funds for the treatment of patients and continued research for a cure . The society gives awards to people who donate their support. Continue reading →
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 →
On this week’s Hidden Gems, we will explore the home sim of T1 Radio & Legends Rock Club. Legends Rock Club, created in 2005, is one of the oldest and first clubs of Second Life. T1 Radio & Legends Rock Club is owned and operated in Second Life by Trade1 Whiplash and Nuala Maracas.
On this week’s Hidden Gems, I venture into the sims of Pala and Greyhaven. Pala and Greyhaven are owned and operated by Grey Nacht in Second Life. Both of the sims have been in Second Life for almost 4 years. The sims are unique in that they are set up entirely for 7Seas Fishing and offer a variety of customs and freebies from the Acardia Asylum.
To end our Tribute Week, we covered the Bridge of Tribute City to its shopping district. Like other sims Tribute City has its own affordable High Street, with items not only for older residents but for newcomers as well. On the streets of Tribute there are several stalls owned by . residents so you don’t always have to go into the stores to get nice clothes. The stores of Tribute are also varied from builders skit stores, to dresses to stores that showcase Tribute former pride and glory the NexGen vehicle back in the days when they were known as the Flying Tigers.
The Stores themselves, when you’ve managed to pull yourself away from dancing at one of the many events that are held in the city, have items with different price ranges from 0L$ to 950L$. It also an extremely newcomer friendly city with newcomer hubs and stores like Enteral Appearance who give dollarbie skins and shapes for male and female avatars. and Miss Jewell whose items start at an affordable 150L$ and so much more. So much we actually have a list of them in the Torch side office at Tribute.
Tribute is not only a good place for consumers but for business owners as well Kara Dresler,, owner of K-CODE states, “ I love Tribute City, it is a really great place for setting up a business! Jessii Warrhol-Giano, one of the city owners, is also a fantastic event manager so entertainment is definitely one of the city highlights. Tribute clubs are among the best ones in Second Life, the DJs here offering visitors very good music and great time. In addition, people can always find a wide array of events that, along with the great clubbing experience, brings a lot of traffic and consequently a very good exposure for your business. A team of friendly and experienced managers are always there to help you setting your business and to offer you promotional packages in order to increase your brand awareness. The streets here are very lively, there are visitors everywhere all day long and I am really happy to be a part of this wonderful city and to have such a great feedback from my Tribute satellite store”
If you are interested in setting up your own store, Tribute City is a great place to start, with a great traffic affordable stores and stalls.
In this week’s Hidden Gem, we explore Brunel Hall Hotel and Restaurant. Brunel Hall Hotel and Restaurant has been owned and operated in Second Life for the past 4 years by Victor1st (Victor or Vic) Mornington. This unique location is located in one of the steampunk sims of New Babbage.
This week’s HIdden Gem is New London Village! If you are looking for your own slice of England or London in Second Life, then this sim is a must visit! I last covered New London Village, as part of the Torch’s Around the World Series. The sim has had many changes since my last feature story. Before we go into changes, let’s explain the concept of New London Village.