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.

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Kirk Beams Down

Known for his roles as Captain Kirk, TJ Hooker, Denny Crane and the Priceline Negotiator, The Shat added a personal appearance in London City to his resume this weekend, where he wowed the crowds with his amazing vocal skills.

The Shat landed via Shuttlecraft and immediately began to sing to the gathered audience. The full hour concert brought an enormous attendance, some to enjoy the music, but most to see what he would do to it.

It was a lot of fun putting on a quirky event like this and great to see so many people enter into the spirit of it.   Enjoy the video.



Saturday, July 05, 2014

DX Offers Great Rates for Buying Linden Dollars

Some great new Linden Dollar rates from DX Exchange!

By telephone,  340 Lindens for a £1 Call

By SMS text message, 300 Lindens for a £1 message

And by using the terminal in-world at the DX HQ in London City...

410 Linden Dollars for £1

Visit DX Exchange at their UK HQ in London City and get great rates when buying Linden Dollars http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/193/141/24

DX Exchange - Linden Dollars at Best Rates

Friday, July 04, 2014

The Shat in Concert on Saturday


The long awaited event of the year is finally here on Saturday, William Shatner in Concert, 1pm SL (8pm UK).

From Captain Kirk and TJ Hooker to Priceline Negotiator, Denny Crane in Boston Legal and Raw Nerve chat show host and the richest actor in the world, The Shat has done it all.. except sing in London City.

Join us for this breath-taking, jaw dropping, once in a lifetime event at 12pm SL (8pm UK) on Saturday here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City3/182/165/23

Chip Takacs singing LIVE in London City


London City are proud to bring to you LIVE entertainment in the form of singer Chip Takacs.

Who and what is Chip Takacs? Chip is a boy who was born an raised in the seaside town of Rockaway Beach, New York.  at 14 he traded a B.B. gun for a secova electric guitar. Taking lessons from his friend Mike Gordon he progressed to play live shows  at local bars in Rockaway. His crowning moment came when he got to play New York's famous night club, CBGB's.  Chip has played many different places since then and now brings his music to second life.

Using professional back tracks, he sings and plays live guitar, as if the back tracks are his band. Chip mainly covers songs from the hits of the 70's 80s, and beyond.

He has a typical Brooklyn attitude and isn't afraid to let it flow at his show, and the music has the same bend... some like it, some don't... one thing they all agree on is, it is a show to see and hear...

Make sure you head on over to London City for an event you won't forget.
He takes the stage in LC3 at 11am SLT on 4th July... come on over and join the fun!

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City3/229/214/24

Pete Linden, London City - The Future of Second Life

Fresh from the meeting about the Future of Second Life, Pete Linden, (Head of Public Relations) comes to the most popular set of regions on the grid to see them for himself.

Pete stayed about half and hour and wandered through the streets of Soho chatting with the residents and expressed how great it is to see such a thriving and buzzing set of regions full of people out partying, shopping or just hanging out and chatting.



Visit us in world: http://slurl.com/secondlife/London%20City/99/153/23