THE DOORS ARE OPEN!
After a great opening ceremony, complete with fireworks, flying dragons and river dancing tinies (led by our own (full-sized) Saffia) – SL9B is now OPEN!
There is a lot to see – and do – at SL9B. There are exhibits galore to take-in and live entertainment to enjoy, so much so that packing everything in to the week may seem a little hard. To assist you, here’s my personal whirlwind tours of two sims a day – starting with Nove and Devet.
These two sims are home to the The Community Hub, where you can collect your SL9B HUD and a special gift from Kitty CatS. Flanking this are the Time Capsule area and the main Dream Seeker pavilion.
On Devet – you can find out about giant snail racing, or try your hand at playing a Roncadora harp. Misha Flanagan offers the chance to learn about Children’s Charities of America All Children are Our Future, while Sydney Camille, Oplontis Pavillion and My Creatures of Dream offer examples of the incredible diversity of art in Second Life.
Doctor Who fans in SL and the Commune Utopia present exhibits covering just two extremes of the richly diverse community and culture that exist in Second Life. Here, too, is Fluke shapes and poses, just across the roadway from the Texas State University’s Virtual Field School Project, described as being, “Designed as a cross-disciplined educational environment, filled with tools to allow educators to create an immersive 3-D learning experience for students”. The project is based on three different models of the village of El Cerrito in northern New Mexico, one of which resides in Second Life. It’s a fascinating project and the exhibit is worth a visit to find out more.
Next door to the TSU exhibit sits Rolling’ Rollin’ by sayaca.unplugged and from which you can enjoy panoramic views of the nearby exhibits while climbing to the top, with an exhibit celebrating the SL AIDS quilt alongside of it, bordering the crossing into Nove.
Nove is where the SL9B time capsule will be revealed, in the middle of a water-themed trove of SL memorabilia which includes time capsules from past SLB events, famous SL freebies and a one or two fun items (look for Philip Linden and his amazing swelling / shrinking head…).
In Nove, you can visit the Kama Tea House and you can learn about the fun of speed building – and where in SL you can participate in competitions. SL’s LGBT community invite you to visit their tribute to Fabrice Snook and learn about the community itself. Right across the road from them sits DK T-shirts, with a host of memorabilia produced for the last few SLBs.
Nove also plays host to Dark Eden roleplay (although the entrance faces Neun, so be wary of the region boundary!), with information givers on a range of RP options and careers within their realm. One of my favourite exhibits from SL8B can be found here as well, nestled between Kangaroo Diesel (for which you’ll need full media enabled), and Noke Yuitza’s sculpture. This is Inside Art – an exhibit in which you become a part of the paintings on display.
The Foundry offer you the opportunity to have some fun at their Summer Camp, while just behind this you can participate in a certain famous tea party (no, not the political one – the one involving large hats and a dormouse).
Rounding things off for Nove is a charming little artists corner by Tah Craziboi and a MOAP-enabled exhibit (which I confess to being unable to get going due to lag) by DeeJay Steele.
Tour Pods rove through both Devet and Nove (as they do throughout all of the SL9B sims, and you can pick on up directly outside The Community Hub, or you can hop into any unoccupied one that is passing.