Tuesday, April 10, 2012

The new, New User Experience






At London City, we are keenly aware that first impressions are usually the ones that count the most.

A new resident not only forms an opinion about London City, but also of Second Life itself.

With that in mind, we have launched a brand new, New User Experience program, targetting the all important first hour in Second Life.
The old maze like system of noticeboards, which give helpful instructions, was very in-depth, but not particularly entertaining and perhaps a little overwhelming to the newcomer.

We found that new residents wanted to get up and running and interacting with people as quickly as possible and we believe that this serves that need.

Located inside Comptons Pub, residents are shown how to dance, dress, unpack, tip, buy currency, chat, add friends and even how to drink and smoke!

With a dance and live music area at the back of the pub and the Substation Nightclub in the tube station underneath, we think this is covers all bases for an  initial visit to Second Life.

If the resident enjoys what they have learnt, on further visits they can walk across the street to the freebie store, or return to Comptons to learn more, such as age verifying their account and registering their information with Second Life to add inworld money.

We're really pleased with this and we think others will like it too, so remember you saw it here first.








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Weekend in Review - April 6th to 9th



Oh my goodness!  And I thought the usual weekends in London City where hectic!  An extended Easter weekend turned out to be crazy.

On Friday we started off with DJ Snakey and host Dex at Bar Soho for a Best in Yellow contest, followed by a mad gallop down the street while getting changed for Best in Glam with DJ Torric and hostess Ruby at Madame Lala's London Revue.

Best in Yellow at Bar Soho
Saturday saw a completely bizarre version of an egg and spoon race around London City.  Later was a Best in Wedding Dresses/Suits contest at World's End pub. with a Boney M tribute concert and Best in Easter contest in Regent's Park later still.  A Best in Eighties contest at Lezbo with DJ Scar rounded off the evening.

Egg and Spoon Race

The Bonies on stage
Boney supporters getting their groove on
It was acceptable in the 80s...and Lezbo
For Easter Sunday absolutely mayhem was unleashed with an exploding Easter egg hunt that took in the whole of the sim.  Eggs were launched all over the city, some containing cash and some just going bang!  There was also another race...but not egg and spoon this time...it was a crucifix race...  Sunday evening at the new Substation club was another sixtiesfest with a Best in Hippy contest and music provided by DJs Torric and Henning over the course of the event and Royster as host.  Later at Lezbo it was Best in Bunny with DJ Scar.

The leaders of the crucifix pack coming up to the first corner
Summer of Love at Substation
As Monday was a Bank Holiday, we had even more insanity with a Here Comes Summer beach party in Regent's Park with the dynamic duo of DJs Torric and Henning again and later a Best in Easter contest at Bar Soho with DJ Scar and host Bailey (that's me).

Here Comes Summer!
After all that I think I need to soak my bunions and have a cuppa!  Hope you all have a good week and stay tuned to this channel for more news from London City.

Sunday, April 08, 2012

The Easter Monday BEACH PARTY



Celebrate Bank Holiday Monday at a Beach Party here in London City.

Cash Prize for Best in Summer.  The Best Summer Tunes to relax to and two live DJ's making it fun.

Starts at 7am SL (3pm UK)
http://slurl.com/secondlife/London%20City/88/165/23

Saturday, April 07, 2012

The Annual Egg & Spoon Race is Today



Meet at 6.45am SL (2.45pm UK) in London City, Regent's Park for  a 7am start.
Eggs and Spoons will be provided.  Best of Luck.

Thursday, April 05, 2012

Your Easter Weekend Starts here



Friday: 1pm SL (9pm UK) Bar Soho, 2pm SL (10pm UK) Madame Lala's
Saturday:7am SL  (3pm UK) Egg & Spoon, 12pm SL (8pm UK) Party In The Park: BONEY M
Sunday: 7am SL (3pm UK) Easter Hunt, 8am SL (4pm UK) Race, 12pm SL (8pm UK) Substation
Monday: 8am SL (4pm UK) Summer Party / Easter Parade, 1pm SL (9pm UK) Bar Soho


Happy Easter!

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

This Sunday - The Exploding Easter Egg Hunt



This Sunday at 6am SL / 2pm UK, pop over to London City and get rich quick with the annual Easter Egg Hunt!

We will be dropping 200 eggs all over London City.  150 eggs with random amounts of cash in them and 50 rotten eggs that explode.

Just click the eggs...  You will either be rewarded with cash or an explosion.

Happy Hunting!

A full schedule of events for London City this Easter weekend will appear here tomorrow.

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Monday, April 02, 2012

London City joins Pathfinder Beta



We are pleased to have been invited by Linden Lab to join the Pathfinder Beta.

Pathfinding is where moving objects have the ability to intelligently find their way around. They can merely roam, or they can pursue or flee. 

In gaming terms, you might have a dragon chasing you.  You may run into a house and close the front door just in the nick of time, but the dragon, seeing its route closed off, will find an intelligent alternative route to you.  Let's hope that in this scenario, you remember to close the windows too!

We are unlikely to have dragons chasing people in London City, but imagine a wild dog walking the streets that could chase people off who get too close, then return to place it patrols.   Or a timid rabbit hopping around in Regent's Park that scurries away when people approach.

Pathfinder objects can also include existing scripting, so heaven forbid that you want to go rabbit hunting, but once you shoot the poor critter, it would fall over and the task of that particular object would either come to an end, or restart, thus resurrecting the poor bunny.

The possibilities are endless and we are very excited to have been invited to the initial beta.

We're a long way from having any of the above, but this 30 second clip shows a couple of simple prims finding their own way around.  It's worth mentioning that they have been told to stray no further than 20 meters of my position.  It will give you and idea anyway.....  And development of Pathfinder in London City, begins today.

Weekend in Review - March 30th to April 1st



Good grief...what an insane weekend in London City.  My bunions have bunions from all that dancing.

On Friday we had a change to the usual running order as the usual night at Bar Soho was cancelled to make way for an event by Gallery Xue in Trafalgar Square.  It proved to be an absolute sim packer with people floating around the fountain.


After the Gallery Xue event, we headed over to Madame Lala's London Revue for another round of mayhem and madness.  A Best in 80s contest proved to be challenging on the eyes...leg warmers. leotard, bad perm...and that was just me.

Saturday at World's End saw a Best in Super Hero contest, which provided a great warm up to the big event that was to follow - Queen in Regent's Park.  It was a long concert (at around two hours) but the punters were kept happy with plenty of toe-tapping, hand-clapping and foot-stomping favourites.


Later at Lezbo there was a Best in Sci Fi contest that saw all kinds of madness - from aliens to robots - unleashed on the dance floor!

On Sunday, as it was the first of the month, there was a tea leaf reading at The Tea House by Lord of the Teapot.

This lead nicely in to a special event in the Hub - a L$3000 giveaway!  Both events drew in the crowds...in fact, they were queuing out of the door for tea leaf readings.


Later on Sunday we had the grand opening of the new venue beneath Comptons.  It is a fab and groovy 60s club called Substation. We were all magically transported back to 1967 with the music, hair and fashions.



After that, we had a Best in Under The Sea contest at Lezbo, which rounded the weekend off in suitably madcap style, with sea turtles, whales and merfolk!

Stay tuned for news of next weekends events - a nice long weekend...heaven only knows what will happen...




Sunday, April 01, 2012

April gets off to a Flying Tart



1st of April got off to a flying start, quite literally.

It appears that by "accident" we forced a landing zone a bit too high.  It was a great spectator sport watching people splat as they landed.

With all this death and decay, some even thought they were in the wrong London!

Have a great day and don't forget that today is also the "3K Giveaway", where 3 lots of 1000L will be given to people who have London City Entertainment as their Active group.

And don't forget SUBSTATION opens its doors for the first time tonight at 12pm SL.  Playing the songs of 67.   Substation like the name suggests is connected to the Regent's Park Subway.

L$3,000 Giveaway!



An anonymous supporter of London City has generously donated L$3,000 lindens to be given away on Sunday in three sets of 1,000L

Just have London City Entertainment as your active group and be in Regent's Park (London City region). You will automatically entered into the draw.

Before each payment, a notice will be sent to the group saying:  "Within the next 10 to 30  minutes, 1000L will be paid randomly to a visitor who has London City Entertainment as their active group".

All you need to do is be here!

The London Substation - Sounds of the sixties



London City is pleased to announce a brand new club dedicated to the sounds of the sixties.

Located under Comptons Pub, all roads lead to "Substation", which is connected to the Subway system in the Regent's Park meeting area and via Comptons itself and the outdoor concert area.

Although not completely finished inside, we opened for a few hours last Sunday to give a flavour of what is to come.   During the week, the builders will be doing their job and we have every confidence that we'll be right ready for the launch party on Sunday 1st April at 12pm SL / 8pm UK.

We hope you will enjoy this complimentary additional layer of entertainment in London City.

Please visit us here:
 http://slurl.com/secondlife/London%20City/34/181/18


Regent's Park tube connects to Substation