The Mesh Project Launches a Huge Contest in Second Life to Promote Their Legacy Mesh Bodies, With Prizes Worth Over a Million Linden Dollars in Total!

The Mesh Project (a.k.a TMP) is pulling out all the stops in one of the biggest contests that Second Life has ever seen, in an effort to promote their Legacy mesh body, which I have written about before on this blog.

First, if you purchase their Legacy mesh body (male or female), you will save L$500 during the promotion period (Nov. 15th to Dec. 15th, 2019). Please keep in mind that this brings the price of the Legacy mesh body down to L$4,500, which is still significantly more expensive than competing male and female mesh bodies that have much better designer support, and which support Omega skin and makeup appliers (TMP bodies do not support Omega, although I do believe they now support Bakes on Mesh).

Also, there is a contest which you can enter for free just by entering your avatar name on this website. The rule is one vote per avatar, but if you choose to promote the contest using your Facebook, Instagram, and Flickr accounts, you can earn extra chances to enter this contest.

The contest prizes are as follows:

  • 100 First Place winners will each receive a Classic or Legacy mesh body from TMP, plus 4 gift cards and/or fatpacks randomly chosen from participating sponsors (sponsors are listed below); first place winners have the option to gift the winning body to a friend, or may receive a full refund if they purchased a body during the giveaway period (Nov. 15-Dec. 15);
  • 100 Runner Up winners will receive one gift card or fatpack from participating sponsors.

The sponsors are a veritable Who’s Who of Second Life brand names!

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Decentraland Is Launching a New Creator Contest With US$50,000 Worth of Prizes

The blockchain-based virtual world Decentraland, fresh off the awarding of prizes in their recently-concluded Decentraland Game Jam, has announced a brand new contest running from December 2nd to 15th, 2019, called the Decentraland Creator Contest:

Once again, there are some great prizes to be had:

Note that the fine print states that “MANA awards above 50,000 MANA are subject to an irrevocable 6-month vesting schedule” which essentially means that first, second, and third-place winners cannot immediately cash out their MANA, which is DCL’s in-world cryptocurrency.

Also, Decentraland is introducing and promoting a new feature: smart items, which you can find in the item catalogue of Decentraland’s Builder. These are interactive items which you can drag and drop into your scene, and do not require any knowledge of coding. You must use at least one smart item as part of your contest entry for the Decentraland Creator Contest.

For more information, please see the Decentraland Creator Contest website. Decentraland’s online Builder software can be found here.

The Winners of the Decentraland Game Jam Have Been Announced

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Carnival (the ninth-place winner of the Decentraland Game Jam)

Yesterday, Decentraland announced the winners of their recent Game Jam contest. While there are still approximately 14,000 people waiting for their opportunity to enter the current closed beta of the blockchain-based virtual world Decentraland, the company has thoughtfully included links in their blogpost that will allow any readers to visit the winning scenes without having an account or an avatar set up!

There were a couple of bugs I did encounter yesterday, however. For some reason, the link to the first prize winning entry, The Farm, did not work for me, no matter how many times I tried to reload it. Eventually, someone gave me the in-world coordinates of the entry, so I just signed into Decentraland with my own avatar (which already has access to the closed beta), and I teleported to The Farm to be able to take a few pictures of it to show you here. (The coordinates are -3,-33 if you are interested and want to visit it yourself.)

The first place winner is The Farm (all links were taken from the original blogpost, so this one might not work for you, either):

Another bug that kept coming up is the pop-up message that you see at the top of my screenshot above: a message telling me “You received an exclusive wearable NFT (non-fungible token) mask! Check it out in the avatar editor.” I was told that this is a bug that DCL is aware of and is working to fix as soon as possible.

The Farm appears to be some sort of gathering and manufacturing game around food. If you click on a book in the farmhouse, a series of recipes pops up:

Second prize went to Enchanted Wood, which reminded me of a brain teaser from the venerable puzzle game Myst:

Third place winner Koko Jones had an Indiana Jones adventure theme:

Here’s a list of the remaining Game Jam winners, along with links to visit each one:

Congratulations to all the winners! Have fun exploring! I haven’t even had an opportunity yet to visit all these locations myself.

Also, I have decided to finally create a new, separate category for blogposts about Decentraland on this blog. I may or may not have time to go back and assign that new category to every blogpost I have written about DCL in the past, though. (The old category is Blockchain-Based Virtual Worlds.)

A Sneak Peek at the Contest Entries in the Decentraland Game Jam

Decentraland has not yet announced the winners of their recently concluded two-week Game Jam, but they have dropped a teaser video showing us the variety of contest entries.

Apparently, they received over one hundred entries to the contest, and it looks like the judges are going to have a hard time selecting winners. I see lots of interactive games! And did I catch a glimpse of a three-dimensional virtual recreation of the Van Gogh painting Bedroom in Arles? (They have one similar to that in NeosVR, too.)