LoveFest In Second Life Opens August 17th

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The sixth annual Lovefest takes place in Second Life August 17th – August 27th. This is a festival to celebrate the work of HP Lovecraft.

An inworld notecard at the Lovecraft inspired Innsmouth region provides the following information :

LoveFest 2017 is the 6th annual HP Lovecraft Festival of Second Life. LoveFest schedules to occur 7-10 days around the birthday of our “patron author” HP Lovecraft – August 20. This year’s Fest will take place August 17-27, 2017, celebrating Mr. Lovecraft’s 127th birthday.

Each year LoveFest prepares a full sim dedicated solely to this event, including:

The Kingsport Merchant Quarter and Waterfront:

Kingsport, Massachusetts – a city out of Lovecraft Lore, known as a community of artists and artisans which thrives mostly from tourism. Featuring dozens of stores of merchants from all across Second Life, our theatre and a full schedule of entertainment and activities for all,
and waterfront warves of market and other interests.

Innsmouth Attack

The Miskatonic University Expedition Pier:

Office and staging site for the renowned Miskatonic University’s
worldwide exploratory and research expeditions, this year
taking enlisting team members for a voyage to a remote area
in the South Pacific for a deep sea exploration task force.

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Vimmershavn A Dystopian Look Inside Second Life


This weeks Highlights From The Second Life Destination Guide has many interesting locations, history, poetry, roleplaying, carnivals and more but my eye was attracted to Vimmershavn.

Ruined Hotel

The blurb tells us :

Vimmershavn is a walled-in city where life seems to have vanished…but, of course, it hasn’t. If you look closely, you will find pockets of hope and life even within the city.

The reason life seems to have vanished is because the area has been struck by a deadly outbreak and the remaining city is in ruins, but there is life there.

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Sansar – A Set Of Different Virtual Experiences

Journey To Earth

Linden Lab’s Sansar entered creator beta this week and has been met with a mixed reception, which is to be perfectly honest what I’d expect.

Over at Forbes, Charlie Fink has published an article, Sansar Ignites VR Content Boom :

I got an early peek at Sansar from Bjorn Laurin, VP of Sansar, and Jason Gholston, Product Director, on June 20 and was amazed by what I saw. The photo realism, the avatars and creation tools, the spectacular landscapes, the Sansar store, aren’t totally new to VR, but they are brought together in a simple, intuitive way to create a seamless continuous experience. What’s new is now a writer with limited technology skills can make a world in Sansar and open it to the public, even charge a fee.

I think it’s fair to say Charlie is impressed by what he sees and the potential for the platform going forward.


Second Life and virtual world explorers have been a bit more critical, although it should be pointed out that some well known Second Life content creators are very much embracing Sansar.

Virtual World explorer, writer and retired time traveller, Danko Whitfield sums up very well some of the different perceptions and why they may be happening :

What did I think? I dunno. If this was my very first virtual world experience, I think I’d be jazzed and would probably still be logged in now. But since I’m already experienced in virtual worlds, it’s left me with the same feeling I’ve had after looking inside at a new restaurant and checking the menu: Okay, looks nice. Maybe I’ll come back sometime.

I’ve been in other virtual world environments in their early days, Cloud Party and High Fidelity spring to mind and there’s a definite difference in the early days  between creators wanting to get something to work and people who visit but are looking for exploration and socialising.

Sansar is still labelled as being in Creator Beta, but people’s expectations have been raised by the beta going public and there being no restrictions on whether people are creators or not, some people will be disappointed, some people will be delighted. I’m enjoying my exploration, I haven’t even dabbled with creation yet, although I almost certainly will.

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Sansar and The TurboSquid Relationship

Sansar Conference

Linden Lab’s Sansar went into public beta yesterday, which I’m sure many of you have noticed. What may not have been noticed  (although there were hints if we’d paid closer attention), is that Sansar has a relationship with TurboSquid.

I noticed the relationship yesterday when reading an article about the Sansar launch by Dean Takahashi over at VentureBeat – Linden Lab launches open beta for social VR platform Sansar :

A relationship with TurboSquid provides creators with access to hundreds of additional high-quality 3D models in the Store today, with thousands more being added in the coming months. Planned integration with TurboSquid’s StemCell initiative will make it easy for TurboSquid’s community of 3D modelers to immediately upload and sell their creations in the Sansar Store, further augmenting the assets readily available to Sansar creators.

I’m only seeing around 15 items from TurboSquid in the Sansar Store but maybe TurboSquid creators have their items listed under their own name or maybe the link is a work in progress, but it’s an interesting development because TurboSquid have a very different attitude when it comes to Second Life.

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