Second Life Lab Gab with Patch Linden and the Moles (Plus a Look at the New Log Cabin Linden Homes!)

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In today’s episode of the Lab Gab talk show in Second Life, host Strawberry Linden interviewed Patch Linden (Vice President of Product Operations at Linden Lab) and several members of his team of Moles (contract employees) about the upcoming plans for the 17th Birthday Celebrations in Second Life, as well as various other topics.

During this broadcast, Patch announced that the fifth kind of Linden Homes would be log cabins, in four different styles. According to the Second Life American Cancer Society website:

The American Cancer Society is excited to host the 5th Linden Home Reveal as part of the 2020 SL Home & Garden Expo. Residents are welcome to take a tour of the new Linden Home theme that will become available at 10am SLT on Friday, February 28, 2020. Residents can land on the American Cancer Society Island and walk to the Reveal region following the directional signs from there.

Here’s the SLURL; just follow the signs to the display of new homes.

A first look at the various styles of log cabin Linden Homes

Here’s the complete episode of Lab Gab if you want to watch the whole thing:

Home Sweet Victorian Home in Second Life: 1,600 New Victorian Linden Homes Become Available This Week in South Bellisseria

Avatars gathered at the edge of the new land this morning, eagerly awaiting
their chance to get a new Victorian home in south Bellisseria.

Well, today was the day! The newest batch of 1,600 Victorian Linden Homes in southern Bellisseria is being made available to Premium members, starting this afternoon and running throughout the day today. Apparently the servers are overloaded, so you will probably get a few error messages like I did, before your transaction is finally accepted.

Patch Linden just posted:

The team has been hard at work over the past several months putting together what we think is our most stunning release to date.

The Victorian homes have some brand new features such as: 

• A choice of 4 stylish Victorian houses.
• The ability to change the interior walls to whatever color you want, via an in-built color picker HUD.
• Multiple rooms with interior doors.
• Front, back and/or wrap around porches.
• Stunning, vast Victorian landscaping.
• A warm and vibrant community.
• Railway accessible

Nearly 1,600 Victorian homes will launch this week, the majority of them happening today (Monday, 16 December, 2019).  Plus another 500 coming before the end of the year!

In addition to that, over 1,600 Traditional Homes, Houseboats and Campers will be released later this week!

The green arrow shows where I landed up in south Bellisseria. I am quite happy with my location!

Here are a few shots of my new Victorian home, located above a railway line, next to a lovely bridge, and with a scenic porch view of the river below, and a second bridge! The landscaping is really very well done!

Earlier in the day, a group of eager wannabe landowners (and various hangers-on) gathered at the edge of the new land:

At one point, Patch Linden and a couple of Moles came out and chatted with us (Patch is at the centre bottom in this picture):

One funny lady had a sign with a PhotoShopped mock-up of what she wanted so badly!

Other virtual worlds would kill for the kind of raving fans that Second Life has! Where else would you find people camped out, eagerly waiting for their chance to snag a brand new home? Sinespace and all the other metaverse-building companies should be taking copious notes 😉

Congratulations to Linden Lab (ans especially Patch Linden and his team) on a successful roll-out of the new Linden Homes!

Linden Lab Offers a Preview of the New Linden Homes in Second Life

A Street of the New Linden Homes

As part of the Second Life 2019 Home and Garden Expo, Linden Lab has put up a sim where you can get a preview of the planned upgrade to their Linden Homes (here’s the SLURL to take you there).

Last year, Premium members of Second Life had their free allotment of land doubled from 512 m² to 1,024 m², and these new Linden Homes take that into account. Furthermore, the houses’ land impact is not counted in the total number of prims you can place on these new lots. The floors and interior and exterior walls of the homes can be changed to various textures, and they all have windows with working blinds or shades, which you can open or close. The yards of the houses all have walls and hedges around them to give a bit more privacy, and the lots are landscaped with lovely trees (not the dated-looking default ones). In addition to the houses, there is also a preview of the houseboats, which come with plenty of dock space for the watercraft of your choosing:

The Linden Homes Houseboats

All in all, these are a definite step up in Linden Homes, and I am looking forward to moving into one when they are released!