Who is Linden Lab? oh yeh them guys :(

I’ve been so busy in New Babbage renovating old builds that i’ve been a bit oblivious of whats been going on with Linden Lab and the State of Second Life. It’s been kind of good actually, being so engrained in my projects that i forgot who LL were for a while.

The latest Linden Lab drama is to do with XstreetSL, which they bought out a while ago. It’s a successful web based Virtual product cataloging service that most prolific content creators started to use after Second Lifes built in search system became… well… crap.

It has worked fine for years cataloging items for free then taking a percentage of the sales. Linden Lab now want to change that by charging a monthly fee on each item. I’ll admit that i hardly make any money from Xstreet, i do make enough to warrant having items on there though. I also use it as a way to promote my island. LL claim this is to weed out the crap products from the good products, a quality control me thinks, or simply just wanting to make more money from our work. Me being english i choose the cynical answer of LL wanting more money.

Many have rushed to remove their items from Xstreet and moving to free alternatives such as Slapt

What i will end up doing is probably having one item on Xstreet advertising everything in my INWORLD shop, Use Xstreet as an advert rather than sell items. I cant afford to list all my items in Xstreet, im too busy paying for my homestead tier.

I cant help but think SL is becoming a bit of a Class battleground, those who can afford the expensive hobby that is SL and those who cant.

Back in New Babbage

If any of you have been wondering where i’ve been the last week or so, well other than Burning Life 09, i have returned to the Steampunk Town of New Babbage. It’s around this time that i hang up my SLC group clothes and don my steampunk hat to bring joy to the residents of New Babbage.

Last Sunday we had the Annual Burning Barrel Race. There was a bit of server Lag this year, but that did not stop the residents having fun as they tried to navigate their barrels through the town.

On Thursday i held a large Fireworks display which was visible from outside the Loki Absinthe cafe. I had just finished refurbishing the cafe after it had lain derelict for most of 2009.

Im planning on being in New Babbage right up until christmas, rebuilding old buildings, and building new ones as well as starting some Steampunk roleplays. This means i will not be at Goony Island much.

My fear is that because i wont be running events on Goony island that there will be no incentive to donate to its costly tier.