Second Life: In-World Travel Guide

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Some new users to Second Life may find that it can be very difficult to navigate this new 3D space and even harder to find some of the more interesting places to visit. Many of the best places to visit in Second Life have remained a secret to the most active and seasoned users, until now! Now there is a guide for everyone who wants to access the top destinations on Second Life. “This book provides over 200 destinations in six areas - shopping, entertainment, education, real life in Second Life, adults only, and ...

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Overview

Some new users to Second Life may find that it can be very difficult to navigate this new 3D space and even harder to find some of the more interesting places to visit. Many of the best places to visit in Second Life have remained a secret to the most active and seasoned users, until now! Now there is a guide for everyone who wants to access the top destinations on Second Life. “This book provides over 200 destinations in six areas - shopping, entertainment, education, real life in Second Life, adults only, and where to live” to “ over 100 top destinations in shopping, entertainment, adults only, virtual travel, education, and where to live. Answering questions like - where to go for a night out on the town, how to find the best shopping experience or find a specific area like Adidas. The book briefly covers the basics of navigating Second Life with tips on flying, teleporting and creating landmarks, then jumps into the main areas of travel. It also includes profiles of some of the people behind these locations. In most cases they are just as colorful as some of the places they create. Each location will be highlighted with a brief write up, screen shots, and location information.

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Second Life was launched only five years ago, but this virtual world has already become a global obsession. Web developer Sean Percival's Second Life Travel Guide catapults you smoothly into SL's total immersion experience. The book provides instructions and tips on flying, teleporting, and creating landmarks and then escorts you on a power-packed tour of the main areas of travel. Guaranteed to take you places Fodor's never dreamed of.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789737304
  • Publisher: Que
  • Publication date: 12/28/2007
  • Series: In-World Travel Guide Series
  • Pages: 191
  • Product dimensions: 5.96 (w) x 7.74 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Meet the Author

In my first life, my name is Sean Percival, a mild-mannered web developer and blogger from Southern California. I live in a nice (albeit overpriced) apartment, drive a fine German sports car, and have a beautiful wife. Sounds pretty good, right? With a setup like this, you might even wonder why I have a Second Life at all.

In my Second Life, my name is Sean Voss, an explorer with a perfect physique from Landmark Island. I have my own private island and drive an even nicer German sports car. However, who really needs a car in a world where you can fly and, even better, teleport? My virtual existence is much of a fantasy life for me as it is for the millions of others who have tried Second Life. Here we live and do what we please with almost no limitations; we build what we can’t find and share it with the community. To me, Second Life is much more than a game; it’s a revolutionary new way to communicate and immerse yourself.

For the last 10 years, I have been developing websites for various large and small businesses. Although a rewarding experience for the most part, my passion for the work was fading with each launched website. For me, the flat landscape of the web limits its potential for true immersion and interactively. Awash in a sea of poorly designed MySpace profiles and search results full of spam there has to be something better.

My honest hope is that Second Life is just that–a new way to look at and engage content. In 1994, bright-eyed dotcom moguls promised us 3D shopping malls and flying cars. Second Life now offers both, with the trend of mixed reality between the real and virtual worlds continuing. We can only imagine what the final results will be.

Making the leap into such an environment can be challenge for many–including myself. Upon arrival, I was unsure of where to go; hopelessly, I wandered through the world until other residents offered to help this lost avatar. After more than a year of extensive research and countless conversations with some amazing residents, I have collected some of the best destinations the metaverse has to offer. If this book helps you find your way or you experience an unforgettable moment, I’ll feel my contribution is complete. I hope you’ll return the favor to fellow travelers you encounter so that Second Life can continue to grow and be shared by all.

Sean Percival’s official website can be found at www.seanpercival.com.

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Table of Contents

1 Virtual World Boot Camp, 7

The Lingo, 8

Getting Around, 9

Teleporting, 9

Teleporting with the Map, 9

Teleporting with Search, 10

Flying, 10

Using SLURL, 10

Creating Landmarks, 11

Using Landmarks, 11

Organizing Landmarks, 11

Taking Vacation Photos, 11

Lighting, 11

Using Camera Controls, 12

Posing, 12

Taking the Shot, 12

2 Best of the Best, 15

The Pot Healers Adventure, 16

Greenies Home, 20

Kowloon, 24

Svarga, 28

Midian City, 32

Saijo City, 36

Straylight, 40

SS Galaxy, 44

Landmark Island, 48

3 Shopping, 53

Exclamation, 54

Sinful Denim, 54

Naughty Island, 54

Backstage, 55

Cake Hair, 56

The Best Things In Second Life Are Free, 57

Vienna Freebies, 57

Elite Designs, 58

Mr. P’s, 59

Midnight City, 60

Street Level, 60

Preen Store, 61

Soccer Stadium, 61

Black Ops Guns, 62

Dictatorshop, 62

Xcite!, 63

Texture World, 64

Main Store, 64

Lobo Tattoos, 65

Memories Photo Studio, 65

Jeepers Creepers, 67

Mike’s Studio, 68

JCNY Jewelry, 69

Prefab Alley, 70

Nyte’N’Day, 71

Pixel Dolls, 72

Men In Action, 73

I Want One Of Those, 74

Front Desk, 74

Products, 75

Shopping Cart, 75

Maximum Minimum, 76

Prefab Homes, 76

Maximum Minimum Store, 76

SCDA, 77

Indigo, 78

F-ZiXX, 79

4 Entertainment, 81

Phat Cat’s Jazzy Blue Lounge, 82

The Dance Floor, 82

The Host, 83

The Bar, 83

Groove Nation, 84

The Club, 84

LMAO Comedy Club, 85

The Beach, 85

Devil’s Labyrinth, 86

Tropical Island Surfing, 87

Xstasie Club, 88

Romantic Sky Deck, 88

Zakk Starr—CEO, 89

The VIP Room, 89

The Kingdom of Fruitopia, 90

The Catapult, 90

Bumper Cars in The Sky, 91

The Playground, 91

Darklife, 92

The Message Board, 92

The Air Ship, 93

Monster Bashing, 93

IceDragon’s Playpen Island, 94

Comcastic! Island, 96

Jet Ski Dock, 96

Race Track, 97

Entertainment Center, 97

Resident Spotlight—Lauren Weyland, 98

Timeless Underground, 99

The Weather Channel, 100

The Weather Channel Biking, 100

The Weather Channel Skiing, 101

The Weather Channel Lobby, 101

The Weather Channel Surfing, 101

osMoz, The Perfume Island, 102

The Quiz, 102

Club osMoz, 102

The Gallery, 103

The Stage, 103

Sundance Channel, 104

Pontiac Garage, 105

5 Education, 107

TUi Neo, 108

The Classrooms, 108

The Lobby, 109

TUi Public Sand Box, 109

Texas State University, 110

Alkek Library, 110

Wittliff Gallery, 111

Exhibits, 111

Leeds College of Art & Design, 112

VIII SploLand, 113

NOAA, 114

The Heron Sanctuary, 115

WWF Conservation Island, 116

The Village, 116

The Stage, 117

Animal Friends, 117

Better World Island, 118

Baghdad Streets, 118

CARE, 118

Center for Water Studies, 119

Teleport Hub, 119

rabble.ca, 119

The Learning Center, 120

Ohio University, 120

Art & Music Center, 120

International Spaceflight Museum, 122

Rocket Ride to Outer Space, 122

The Welcome Area, 123

Space Ships, 123

6 Virtual Travel, 125

Dublin, 126

Trinity College, 126

The Blarney Stone, 127

Fibber Magees, 127

China, 128

Freebie Area, 128

Top Deck, 129

Second Deck, 129

Amsterdam, 130

The Church, 130

Red Light District, 130

Central Station, 131

Laguna Beach, 132

Lifeguard Tower, 132

Movie Theater, 133

Ocean Avenue, 133

Mexico, 134

The Marketplace, 134

The Temple, 134

The Stage, 135

Australia, 136

Central Hub, 136

Uluru, 136

Sydney Opera House, 137

San Diego, 138

Hotel Coronado, 138

Old Globe Theate, 139

Downtown, 139

Paris, 140

Moulin Rouge, 140

Arch de Triomphe, 141

STA Travel, 142

STA Orientation, 142

Courtyard, 143

The Office, 143

The Sandbox, 143

7 Adults Only, 145

The Shops, 146

New Desperation Isle, 146

The Forniphilia Lounge, 147

The House of Torture, 147

Resident Spotlight—Kande Knox, 148

Sexy Land, 149

xXx Fantasy Escorts, 150

Wall of Escorts, 151

Hotel Coral Essex, 152

Neva Naughty, 152

The Movie Theater, 153

Donald S. Walker Health Center, 153

Bits and Bobs Animations, 154

Strokerz Toys, 155

Orgy Island, 156

The Mall, 157

CARP, 158

The CARP Gardens, 158

The Maze, 159

Lobby, 159

Aglea SIM, 160

Acropolis Gardens, 160

Delia SIM, 161

Calisto SIM, 161

Playboy, 162

The Cherries, 162

The Grotto, 162

Playboy Lounge, 163

Surf Shack & Reed Resort, 163

Playboy Store, 163

8 Where to Live, 165

Kiama Estates, 166

The SIMs, 167

Surreal City, 168

The Estate, 168

The Arp SIM, 169

Hobo Railroad, 170

Arcadia Shops, 170

The Infohub, 171

Anshe Chung’s Dreamland, 172

Dreamland Asia, 172

Dreamland Gothica, 173

Dreamland Pride, 173

SLeezyWood Trailer Park, 174

Blue Marlin Real Estate, 176

Resident Spotlight—Sarah Nerd, 178

A Internet Resources, 180

Blogs, 180

Residents, 180

Online Shopping, 180

Services, 180

News, 181

Social Networking, 181

Location Directories, 181

Index, 183

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