On Tuesday, November 15th 2016, the Lab launched the Premium members’ Horizons community, a “retro-futuristic” mainland environment featuring 36 residential regions each with 24 parcels available for auction to Premium members, with auctions commencing on Friday, November 18th 2016, with parcels being auctioned in batches of (generally) 10. Obviously with 864 parcels to auction, it […]
On Tuesday, November 15th, the Lab launched the Premium members’ Horizon community, a “retro-futuristic” environment featuring 36 residential regions each with between 20 and 26 parcels available for auction to Premium members. The auctions opened on Friday, November 18th, with parcels being auction in batches. One week on, and a total of 87 parcels have […]
Horizons Gun On November 19th, I wrote about how recent changes in behaviour to llTakeControl meant that some users on TPVs such as Firestorm and Alchemy have found the guns used in the third of the Horizons Experience quests (Quest 3, the forest shoot-out with robots) may not work with their viewer. At the time, […]
Horizons land is pricey. As of Wednesday, the least a parcel was going for was L$ 1,010, the most L$ 35,029. The average is L$ 11,216. While most parcels in SL have 1 or 2 bidders and go for L$ 500, Horizons land has 6 to 15 bidders. I am not surprised to find a mix of parcels that … Continue reading
For a long time now, Linden Lab has offered a free Linden Home to Premium members of Second Life. These were always intended to be “starter homes” and as such, they have a number of limitations. The most obvious is, they’re small. They are on 512 square meter parcels, and until recently only allowed 117 prims (the recent prim limit increase to Mainland regions has raised that to 175.)
Besides being small, you can’t get rid of the Linden Home and put a house of your choosing on the parcel, or place a skybox above it.
Linden Lab is attempting to address these limitations with a new offering in the Horizons regions. The Horizons Experience is a quest-type game against the clock, featuring a number of challenges. But besides the game, the new Horizons regions offer residential parcels. These are 1024 square meters in size.
You can rez your choice of several pre-installed Horizons-themed houses (which don’t count against your 350 prim allowance, similar to a Linden Home), or you can place your own structure.
Horizons parcels are NOT offered as a free Premium benefit. You can, however, use your 512 sq. m. land allowance and apply it to your Horizons parcel. That means that you will only pay tier on the remaining 512 sq. m., or $ 5.00 USD per month (in addition to your Premium membership fee.)
Horizons parcels are currently being sold on the Land Auctions page. After they’ve been auctioned off, the only way to get one will be to buy it from another resident, or find one that has been Abandoned by its former owner and purchase it from “Governor Linden.”
For lots more about the new Horizons land parcels, see this Wiki entry: http://wiki.secondlife.com/wiki/Horizons_Parcel_Ownership
I’m sure these will be of interest to many people, especially those fairly new to SL. But, as a landlady, I’m feeling quite grumpy about them. Once again, Linden Lab is setting itself up in direct competition with the Residents. Phooey.
Note: this issue was discussed at the TPV Developer meeting on Friday, November 18th, together with wider issues around llTakeControl. You can follow he full conversation via the meeting video, between the 10:16 and 36:22 marks. In this report, I have attempted to focus solely on the Horizons Experience issue. The TL;DR short form of […]
On Tuesday, November 15th, Linden Lab announced a new Mainland community initiative called Horizons. It’s been the subject of much speculation and debate since two blocks of 60 regions associated with it appeared on the main grid map for testing purposes in October. Patch Linden further stirred up interest by posting some teaser images to […]
On Tuesday, November 15th, Linden Lab announced a new Mainland community initiative called Horizons. First hinted at during the Meet the Lindens talks at SL13B in June 2016, it became the subject of widespread speculation when two testing environments related to it appeared on the Second Life world map in October, with Patch Linden further […]