Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Viaduct Street, 1 Linden Home Rentals


Get your foot on the property ladder!

As part of our commitment to new residents in Second Life, the London City Estate offers fully furnished homes for 1 Linden per day in a great location, just across the road from the Worlds End Pub!  

Each home comes with a front garden and furnished interior and a driveable car!  For privacy, once rented your front door and gate will only permit you to enter.

If a new resident does not have a linden, they can easily earn it in many places throughout this estate which offer cash rewards for simple tasks.

These homes are intended for players under 6 months old.   Rez rights are not granted for these rentals.   For rez access the resident needs to rent an unfurnished house which is charged as a realistic but competitive rate.

Visit Viaduct Street http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City2/75/165/24

Monday, July 28, 2014

The Weekend in Video Review

Another scorching weekend here in the UK with temperatures in the upper 80's and touching 90F from time to time.   We were glad to have the pool and beach handy, even if we did have to imagine our real life selves submerged in the virtual water!

Enjoy the video the weekend events!


Sunday, July 27, 2014

Vintage Footage Time!

London City is celebrating its fifth Birthday throughout August.

Enjoy this vintage footage shot around 2010 (we think) of Regent visiting the original London in Mephilo Tor before it became London City. 

You can see the original hub area as it was, the canal (yes we used to have one) and our expansion into Aelburt sim, which allowed for us to have up to another 40 visitors by staggering the districts over two regions.  Goodness was Mainland ever complicated!   Enjoy another trip down Amnesia Lane.



Saturday, July 26, 2014

London City 5th Birthday

The original Soho Square in 2009
Join us throughout August as we celebrate five years of London City!

Five years ago, we opened Mainland London, which later became London City in Second Life.

It started on a small piece of land on the Mainland in a region called Mephilo Tor. It was just large enough for Soho Square, four shops and the Bar Soho club.

We consider ourselves incredibly fortunate that so many people wanted to get involved in the project very early on and we grew rapidly to a half region within 12 weeks of opening, by adding Regent's Park.

Within 6 months we had outgrown the confines of the Mainland region because there was no more space to acquire and we relocated by purchasing a private island region which became London City.


The original Regent's Park in 2010 
The regions London City2 and 3 were added within the first year and we were able to create the metropolis of London largely familiar to our visitors today. In 2013 we added our Seaside region, London Adult.

The London City Estate today
Throughout August, we hope you will join us for the 5th Birthday Celebrations in London City.  We are rereleasing some of the most popular initial freebies we created in a hunt and there will be weekly concerts and a carnival theme.

Thanks to your incredible support London City is not only the most popular London in Second Life, it is largely considered to be the ubiquitous London in Virtual Worlds and is Second Life's single most popular destination.

Our sincere thanks to the team many of whom have been with us since the very beginning, the merchants and visitors for making this possible.

Enjoy this video of our humble beginnings as Mainland London way back from 2009.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Tina Turner Saturday

Born Anna Mae Bollock and best known as Tina Tuna, her musical career got going in the 1950s.

Tina and loving husband Ike Turner had a string of notable hits, River Deep Mountain High, Nutbush City Limits and Proud Mary and enjoyed their success with cigarettes and whisky and wild wild  women.

However, behind the scenes Ike was knocking poor old Tina around and they split in 1976.  Five years later, after getting rid of her husband, Tina hit superstardom with Let's Stay Together, Private Dancer and What's Love Got To Do With It.  A legend came into being.

Enjoy Tina's most famous hits this weekend, here in London City.

Tina Turner in Concert.  Party starts 12pm SL with the Concert an hour later at 1pm SL
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City3/177/159/23

This event is sponsored by DX Exchange - Linden Dollars at Best Rates.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Beside the Seaside - new attractions



Check out the new rides and amusements on the Seaside region.

The pier has free to enter amusement arcade games, water slide and an electric railway to give you the best panoramic view of London beside the seaside. http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20Adult/95/118/23

Friday, July 18, 2014

Saturday - The Drifters Beach Party

Saturday night at eight o'clock, I know where I'm gonna go... The Drifters Beach Concert in London City3

Spanning fifty years (and counting) and with sixty Drifters members so far, this is America's longest running band.

Their songs include, Saturday Night at The Movies, More Than a Number in my Little Red Book, On Broadway, Kissin' In The Back Row of The Movies, There Goes My Baby, This Magic Moment and many many more.

The Beach Party starts at 12pm SL (8pm UK) and The Drifters are on stage at 1pm SL.
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City3/177/159/23

This event is sponsored by DX Exchange - Purchase Linden Dollars at Best Rates.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

London City - First Legal Sploder in full compliance with Skills Gaming Rules

London City presents The first totally legal sploder, fully compliant with the new Skills Gaming Rules.


The beloved sploder, even those that rely entirely on skill, are about to be outlawed throughout Second Life, except on Skill Gaming Regions.

So even little clubs paying tiny amounts of money into sploders will eventually get a visit from the fun police, also known as the Second Life Governance Team, once this new rule comes into effect on 1st August.

The problem is that if you allow anyone to pay anything, even 1 linden into a machine that rewards or pays a prize, then the device in question is classed as a Skills Game and for that, you have to apply for a licence.  

Whether or not Linden Lab will pursue little fun things like a sploder is not known at this time, but you can bet your life that if someone puts in a complaint that a skills sploder has failed to pay them, in a non skills region, the lab will take a peek.

London City has created Second Life's first completely legal sploder under the new rules.  It works on a simple principle, it does not permit anyone to pay into it.

The cash prize in our sploder is paid for by us and all the resident has to do is click it for a chance to win.   After the given random period, the sploder counts down just like before and it splits the pot between 4 random people who have joined the game.   For added security it includes an anti-idling device to prevent people clicking, then going away for an extended period.   When the winner is chosen, the prize must be claimed by clicking the sploder again.  Cheeky huh?   Click it too many times when it is not due to pay and it will treat you as a bot and remove you from the pay list.

We think we have it covered and we hope you will enjoy our Free to enter sploder, the successor to our now outlawed Linden Dollarbie Sploder which charged a whole linden for you to join.. and even though it paid you back a minimum of 3L it will eventually fall foul of Skills Gaming rules.

Dearie me.  Here's to circumvention and here's to Second Life's first totally legal Sploder under the new Skills Gaming rules!

See it in action at the concert on Saturday.

London City - We are the Joneses.






Wednesday, July 16, 2014

New Resident Help Center



We were all new to Second Life once and if like me you found yourself dumped on an island with little or no help, never fear London City is here!


Our renovated New Resident Help Center is dedicated to assisting new residents as well as those who have been away from Second Life and missed all the changes.  The LC NRH is centered around the current Second Life Viewer build and includes an overview of the User Interface as well as some very handy Quick Tips for those Residents in a hurry to start their Second Life.       



As ever, our team of dedicated Support Staff is always on hand, but with our exclusive Live Support feature Residents in need of help can now chat live with a London City Support member with just one click. We have eliminated the need to search out tags or specific Staff Members with this feature.



As a compliment to the LC NRH Center, those Residents wishing to learn more about the UI will be able to attend free form classes that will cover a wide range of topics. These classes will be informal, interactive and above all fun.


If you are new to Second Life or are returning to a world that seems just a little unfamiliar, be sure to visit the LC NRH Center.




Monday, July 14, 2014

The Weekend in Video Review

It was another great weekend in London City.  We celebrated the Rock n Rolls years with The Jersey Boys Concert, the opening of our newest club, Edge! and the deployment of the London City weather system.

Enjoy the video.



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Sunday, July 13, 2014

London City Exclusive - Immersive Weather Experience


We have developed what we believe to be Second Life's first completely immersive weather system here in London City.

Traditional weather systems rely on the use of particles which invariably remain as grey unrezzed blocks swamping the local area for up to a minute, sometimes even longer and lack the finesse that is available via modern specular mapping.

The London City Immersive Weather Experience is extremely low lag (far lower than any particle system)  and uses a single multifaceted mesh prim to draw in the weather (be it rain or sunshine glistening on the pavement) in the wink of an eye, using photo realistic animated texturing, with support for the Advanced Lighting Model.

Seeing is believing so... You can check out this new system for yourself with scheduled showers lasting five minutes each at: 11.45am, 3.45pm, 7.45pm, 11.45pm (UK times) each day here: http://slurl.com/secondlife/London%20City/87/230/24

As soon as we are completely happy with the performance of this new system, we will bring it to the Market Place.  For now, you can experience it exclusively in London City.

London City - The Most Popular Destination in Second Life

Thursday, July 10, 2014

A Rock n Roll Weekend

Hope you know how to Jitterbug as we're having ourselves a Rock n Roll weekend here in London City and it starts on Friday.

Beginning  at Madame Lala's on Friday evening from 1pm SL (9pm UK) and continues in The Worlds End Pub on Saturday from 11am SL (7pm UK) and then moves to the main stage in London City3 at 12pm SL (8pm UK) ahead of the concert The Jersey Boys and Frankie Valli.

Throughout the events you can experience the best up-tempo Rock n Roll from the earliest decades through to the current date.

At 1pm SL, the legendary Frankie Valli, known for smash hit songs including, Sherry, Big Girls Don't Cry, Beggin', Working My Way Back To You, Grease and many more chart toppers, will be here on stage.

Get your 1950's outfits on and come and rock with us here in London City.
Win 500L Best in Rock n Roll - Sponsored by DX Exchange.
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City3/177/159/23

Tier Hike at Linden Lab


If you thought that tier prices might eventually go down, then think again because Linden Lab now want a piece of the action from Gaming regions.

Amazing as it sounds, those running gaming regions face a tier hike from 1st August from the standard US$295 per region to U$345.

Gaming regions will also have to pay an additional US$100 in the form of an application to Linden Lab to obtain a licence plus a quarterly gaming fee.

Many of the gaming regions have been around for many years and enjoy the grandfathered pricing of just US$195 per month, but will lose their status and be forced to upgrade to a Skills Gaming Region facing the increased US$345 tier.

This raises the question of sploders one more time.  Linden Lab has largely turned a blind eye to them and considered them Games of Skill and not the outlawed Games of Chance, but given the new pricing strategy, it is unlikely that they will continue to be overlooked, given the obvious chance to rake in a few more quid from  their oh so cherished clients.

http://wiki.secondlife.com/wiki/Linden_Lab_Official:Second_Life_Skill_Gaming_FAQ
http://wiki.secondlife.com/wiki/Linden_Lab_Official:Second_Life_Skill_Gaming_Policy
http://wiki.secondlife.com/wiki/Linden_Lab_Official:Second_Life_Skill_Gaming_Approved_Participants

Games of Chance will continue to be outlawed except in exceptional circumstances due to American law.  In the USA the crime in a game of Russian Roulette is to place a bet and not the blowing out of someone elses brains with a gun.    It is astonishing that at a time when tiers should be going down and following the economic trend, that they would have the gall to put them up.

Destination Guide Broken - Please help.


You may have noticed that the Featured Events panel on the start up page on all viewers currently says that there are Zero people at the more popular destinations and shows less popular destinations in pole position despite only a handful of visitors.    Naturally, we would like to get this fixed by Linden Lab and ask for your assistance by voting for it on the Second Life Bug Tracker Jira.  

This does not just affect London City, but all featured destinations.   Currently all residents using the scrolling screen to pick a "hot" destination at logon are only seeing luke warm places.  It is currently running back to front with the least popular places showing first.

Please help us to get this unfortunate bug fixed by voting for it on the Second Life Bug Tracker Jira. 

Clicking this link will take you to the Second Life Bug Tracker: https://jira.secondlife.com/browse/BUG-6642

On the right hand side of the page, please click the Thumbs Up icon to vote on this issue.

Thank you for your help.