Second Life Steals, Deals, and Freebies: The Twelve Days of Christmas Calendars Are Starting Soon! Here’s A List of Eight Stores You Should Not Miss

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Hopefully, you have already established a sort of regular rhythm with your Advent Calendar freebie shopping at your favourite Second Life stores. Teleport in, grab that day’s freebie, teleport to the next advent calendar, repeat.

To add to that routine, the 12 Days of Christmas calendars are starting up soon! Note that some store calendars start on Dec. 12th, while others start on Dec. 13th, and still others still on Dec. 14th! In fact, one calendar (the eBento event) has already started on Dec. 10th! So pay attention or you’ll miss out on some free items.

Here are eight Second Life stores which consistently offer really great 12 Days of Christmas gifts:

  • The eBento Event started on Dec. 10th and runs until the 25th, with free gifts each day, usually things like makeup and beard appliers, etc. You can find the calendar dates running along the roof of the event pavilion.
  • The Baby Monkey calendar runs from Dec. 14th-24th and is free each day, and L$10 each if you missed a day. As in previous years, each gift comes with a 3 colour HUD, and the all the gifts together form a complete capsule wardrobe as shown here:
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  • Dark Water Designs/Dark Knight Decor begins Dec. 13th, with free daily items for both men and women. They often have some lovely clothes!
  • Altamura has a 12 Days of Christmas calendar with a gift every day (this calendar requires you to join the Altamura group for L$50). Apparently, Altamura will be offering both male and female Bento mesh heads as gifts on Dec. 24th, so join up now and grab all the goodies!
  • Chop Zuey jewelry store starts its 12 Days of Christmas event on Dec. 12th (you do need to join the Chop Zuey group for L$350 to take part).
  • Essenz shoe store has a 12 Days of Christmas event (if you missed their free join period, it will now cost you L$350 to join their group in order to take part).
  • JUMO will be giving away gifts from Dec. 12th-Dec. 24th, as well as on New Year’s Eve.
  • Zuri Jewelry’s 12 Days of Christmas calendar runs from Dec. 13th-Dec. 24th (you need to join the group for L$299 to take part in this event).
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The Comedy Gladiators Colosseum, the First Live Comedy Event In Sansar, Is a Sold-Out Success!

Tonight Sansar had 93 people in-world attending a live comedy show, the Comedy Gladiators Colosseum:

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I understand that this event was split into three instances of about 30-35 avatars per instance, with broadcasting across all instances. I, unfortunately, did not hear about this event until after it was sold out. The event description states:

Join comedian and YouTube sensation Steve Hofstetter as he brings friends and fellow comedians Maz Jobrani, Ben Gleib, Alonzo Bodden, and Mary-Lynn Rajskub into Sansar for an incredibly interactive virtual comedy experience. There will be stand-up, stories, crowd Q&As, and limited edition items for sale, so make sure to reserve your spot ASAP – tickets now on sale for $9.99!

So this demonstrates that there is a paying audience for good-quality content. A promising start indeed! The organizers made almost a thousand dollars tonight!

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Photo by Bogomil Mihaylov on Unsplash

Sansar on Steam: Linden Lab May Be Fighting a Losing Battle Against the Thumbs-Down Crowd

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Well, the overall rating for Sansar on Steam has gone from “Positive ” to “Mostly Positive” to “Mixed” between its launch this past Wednesday and the following Sunday (in only 5 days).

The reviews are now 1/3 negative and 2/3 positive. Some of the thumbs-down reviews are by disgruntled SL users with an axe to grind. Some are trolls. Some have well-thought-out explanations of why they dislike Sansar. But it looks like the overall rating is not going to improve anytime soon. I was afraid this was going to happen.

Also, the all-time peak usage via the Steam statistics seems to be stuck at 76. Obviously, it’s still very early days though. We’ll have to wait at least a few more weeks to detect any trends.

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But it is starting to look like a similar situation might be developing to what happened when Linden Lab first launched their “open creator beta” on July 31st, 2017: a lot of people trooped in, kicked the tires, took a look around, declared themselves dissatisfied, and promptly trooped out again. (Note the slight downward trend in the overall usage stats since Wednesday on the chart above.)

Like I said, it’s really much, much to soon to make any observations. But it looks like Linden Lab is going to be facing a prolonged, losing battle with the negative reviewers.

The Most Popular Sansar Experiences of the Past Week (Pie Chart)

Gindipple posted the following pie chart to the official Sansar Discord channel (click on the picture to go to Flickr and see it in a larger size):

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Gindipple explains that the high figures for one experience, Fnatic (the green slice in the pie chart), were due to people coming into that experience to get a prize key for another game. Which might be the very first occurrence of somebody gaming the traffic figures in Sansar (a long-standing practice in Second Life).

Top five most popular Sansar experiences in the past 7 days were:

  1. Scurry Waters, by Medhue and Bagnaria
  2. Once Upon a Midnight Dream, by Solas
  3. Fnatic Media BUNKR, by the Fnatic team
  4. 2077, by C3rb3rus (more info here)
  5. No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man, by Smithsonian American Art (more info here)

So, go explore! There has been a definite increase in the number of new people visiting Sansar since it was launched on Steam this past Wednesday. And Friday night at the TurnupVR-sponsored pub crawl was amazing! Over 32 people showed up at Solas’ bar and danced, laughed and broke bottles. It was absolute chaos at times, with everybody excitedly talking over each other, and it reminded me of the early days of VRChat. I think we can say that Sansar has definitely arrived! :rofl:

So maybe—just maybe—I was wrong about Linden Lab releasing Sansar on Steam too early. We’ll see how the numbers stack up over time. We now have lots of statistics at our disposal!