Monday, July 7, 2014

A Look Back at the SL11B

By Bixyl Shuftan

Second Life's Eleventh Birthday was the third that was organized without the assistance of Linden Lab. As DrFran Babcock pointed out in her article, it was smaller than the previous two. With the SL9B, the decision by Linden Lab not to sponsor the event drove residents into action. The SL10B was a milestone event, the Grid had reached a decade old. Eleven just doesn't have the same ring to it as ten, plus residents had spent their energy with two big events in a row. There would be no display showing the history of Second Life over the years, no store of historical "freebies" such as the starter furry avatar, or an exhibit that got as much attention as the "Behemoth."

There was also that The Birthday was not the most important concern to many residents. Just a few days before was when Ebbe Linden announced the Lab was working on a next generation virtual world. The collective "What the Frack" moment, plus the panic by some, stole much of the limelight away from the event.

Still, this was Second Life's event of the year, only the Relay Weekend and Burn 2 coming close to in size in terms of attendance and land size. And it deserved the coverage it got. And with the opening on June 22 at Noon, the flags went up shortly afterward and the celebration was in business.

The Phoenix Wave Team build (Not Team Firestorm, which has a similar logo), a mentor group aimed at helping new residents.

"The Future of Nuclear Power as Seen From the Past" by Catboy Qunhua

People were *much* more optimistic about nuclear power in the past, imagining nuclear powered airplanes, even cars. Nuclear-powered spaceships are still considered to be part of the future of spaceflight.

Qwark Allen's "Quantum Entanglement Communications Tower" build.

The "hamster cage" I remember from an event years ago.

The "Kittycats" build.

"The Tree of Life"

"The Bubble," a walk-in, artistic exhibit.

An overhead glance of several exhibits, including a number of water ones.

The SL Coast Guard's exhibit

"Tugby," a game in which tugboats try to push a ball around a watery field, trying to get the goal.

The build of a "Star Wars" roleplay group.

A surfing group set up this interactive build.

One could get a board and surf around on the inside.

"Scwarz Malerei," this artistic monochrome visit kept changing as cubes appeared and disappeared.

Jaycatt and Frogg at a music event Saturday June 28.

This musical duo has been performing live across Second Life for years.

The Cake Stage on the last few hours of the event, Sunday June 29.

DJ Laz Dressler would be the musician for the last official party, which at 11PM SL time had fireworks going off.

It was a great ending to a great event, more fireworks pictures can be seen (here).

Thanks to the exhibitors, performers, and other volunteers, it was one great event. So long, Second Life Eleventh Birthday.

For some other articles, check out:

DrFran Babcock's Take on the SL11B -

Dulcies Destinations -

Daniel Voyager -

Virtual Outworlding -

Bixyl Shuftan

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