Finding Decent Freebies

You don’t need to get a job in world, or buy Linden using your Paypal or credit card to look good in Second Life. Here are a few tips & tricks to finding decent freebies in Second Life & on the Marketplace.

  • Blogs: If you do a quick google search you can find tons of blogs that talk about Second Life. A lot of them are fashion blogs, or freebie blogs, where they post pictures and tell you where they found them.
  • Hunts: A hunt is when a group of stores get together, decide on a theme (ex: Halloween, Spring, etc) and make gifts to give out to people who ‘hunt’ (basically you just wander around the store looking for a certain item which contains the gift) for them in each store that’s participating. Many hunts are free, and you can find out about current hunts here.
  • Fairs: There is usually some sort of fair going on somewhere in Second Life and some of them give out gifts to those who attend. There are fairs all about Hair, fairs about Skins, and there are fairs that support real life charities & causes. An example of one going on right now is the Fantasy Faire, which is supporting Relay for Life.
  • Group Gifts: Many store groups give out gifts to those who are in their group.  Some of the groups do have a fee to join, but there are many groups that are free.

Also if you are still under 30 days, FabFree has a great list of stores that give things away to new users so I suggest checking it out.

Marketplace Tips

The Marketplace can be a great place to find freebies, but it can be a bit confusing when you’re new. Using keywords like free, freebie, gift are what will help the most here. If you have a few linden, you also search ‘dollarbies’ which are items that usually cost 1L.

  • Don’t be too specific if you’re using keywords. Typing ‘cute tan heels with pink flowers’ is very, very unlikely to yield any results. Try to focus one just one or two keywords.
  • You can filter out some demo’s by typing ‘NOT demo’ after your keywords. Ex: tan heels NOT demo
  • Once you’ve searched, you can see some search filters on the left side. Searching by price is very handy, you can even set your own (0L to 1L is ideal since you can’t just search for 0L items).
  • Under the Search bar there is a Sort option that allows you to sort the search results, selecting ‘Price: Low to High’ will show the lower priced items first.

Getting Dizzy at Kuula

A lot of awesome builders & scripters visit Kuula, and some of the stuff they come up with is just amazing…such as Mcarp Mavendorf’s Icosahedron Roller! Just don’t ask me what it does because I honestly am not really sure besides spinning around in a very confusing manner…

We ended up getting 15 people to sit on this crazy thing, but the lag was a bit crazy so it didn’t last very long.

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Secret Mouse Hunting

I am sure everyone who is familiar with NCI knows Mouse ( mouseplay ) She is involved with many things within NCI, especially teaching. Though not many of you may know this, Mouse has trouble with typing.

AK ( Alaska Udimo ) came up with a sneaky plan….

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He organized for all of us to ‘chip in’ and buy Mouse ‘Dragon, Naturally Speaking’ and have it ready at her home to present to her at the end of the NCI Easter Hunt. Of course she had no idea what was happening until she was given the final egg to open at the hunt.

” I am pleased that WE, as NCI, made a good thing happen for Mousie and it was nice that so many people chipped in to help her. I am happy that it made her day and will assist her in being with us much more.”      AK

Mouse was so thrilled our gift moved her to tears, and I’m sure there were a few of us having a teary too.

“Ginger tell them that after crying for 30 minutes I got it installed and I’m IMing everybody I know just to practice with it”                                         Mouse

 

 

 

NCI’s 9th Birthday Party! Part III

The final part of our huge NCI Birthday bash, the Blitz Building Contest!

NCI holds a Blitz Building contest every Saturday evening from 7-8:30pm SL, and this week it’s being held at NCI South due to the Birthday build still being up at NCI Beach where it’s normally held. This week the theme is “On the Farm!”, hosted by TheOtherKitty,  and even 20 minutes in a lot of people have some pretty awesome looking builds going on!

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1st Place Winner: Leah Shim
1st Place Winner: Leah Shim

First place winner Leah Shim had this to say after winning in this weeks Blitz Build:

I never expect to win with the silliest things that come to my brain. I’m twisted. :P

Congrats to everyone who built tonight, a lot of fun and silly builds as usual, and we hope to see you all again next week at the same time for our next contest!

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NCI’s 9th Birthday Party! Part II

This is the second part of our big NCI Birthday bash! NCI is now NINE years old, and to celebrate we’ve had some awesome events going on all day! You can check out our post on the first part of the party celebrations here.

Also be sure to join us at NCI South for the last part out of NCI’s birthday bash, the blitz building contest starting at 7pm SLT!

Schedule of Events (US Time 4pm-8:30pm SLT)

4pm-7pm
Dance hosted by Beverly Montgomery & Krystal Devonshire
Live DJs: PJ Devonshire & Christine Grigorovich

Costume Contest hosted by Leah Shim
Contest Theme: “Medieval”

Robin Hood (Technus) dropped by to share his wealth and teach us how to shoot.
Robin Hood (Technus) dropped by to share his wealth and teach us how to shoot.

 

Costume Contest Winners:

1st: Elayne
2nd: Technus
3rd: Jerry

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NCI’s 9th Birthday Party! Part I

New Citizens Inc is 9 years old and we’re celebrating by having not just one, but TWO parties (one for those on Euro time, and another later in the day for the rest) today at NCI Beach! The first party started at 11am SLT and went until 2pm SLT, and the second party will start at 4pm and run until 7pm.

Schedule of Events (Euro Time 11am-2pm SLT)

Dance hosted by: Wellington Beam
Live DJ: Imnotgoing Sideways & Christine Grigorovich

Costume Contest hosted by: Leah Shim
Costume Theme: “Medieval”

Noon-1pm
Toob Race hosted by: Wellington Beam

Ye Old Party
Ye Old Party

Costume Contest Winners:

1st: Precious Mirror
2nd: (tie) Pawlina & Mousie
3rd: Wellington Beam

Toob Winners:

1st: Technus
2nd: Elayne
3rd: Alaska
4th: Laeluna
5th: Talun
6th: Sleepy Waffle
7th: Tzakol
8th: PJ
9th: Guana

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Games Time at South

We had our best turn out yet for Games Time today with new games available trying out  a new word game and Polyominoes

Congrats to Talun and Mouse on their wins in scrabble and polyominoes today and thanks to all who joined us.

Games Time is every Monday at 12pm and 6pm at NCI South

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games time 14042014

Blitz Building Event: History!

Blitz Building Events are quickly becoming what I look forward to most during the week, it’s always fascinating to see what sort of things people come up with and can make in such a short amount of time! Tonight was a pretty fun theme, History!

A look at the builds only five minutes in!
A look at the builds only five minutes in!

Congrats to all of the builders, and big thanks as always to everyone who came out to join us, we look forward to seeing you next Saturday at 7PM slt @ Fisherman’s Cove!

1st Place Winner: Leah
1st Place Winner: Leah
2nd Place Winner: Zoom
2nd Place Winner: Zoom
3rd Place Winner: Ginger
3rd Place Winner: Ginger
4th Place Winner: Alexander
4th Place Winner: Alexander
5th Place Winner: Jay
5th Place Winner: Jay
6th Place Winner: Garn
6th Place Winner: Garn
7th Place Winner (tie): Elayne
7th Place Winner (tie): Elayne
7th Place Winner (tie): Eyre
7th Place Winner (tie): Eyre
8th Place Winner: Tzakol
8th Place Winner: Tzakol
10th Place Winner: Tech
9th Place Winner: Tech
10th Place Winner: Laeluna
10th Place Winner: Laeluna 
11th Place Winner: Ellen
11th Place Winner: Ellen

Friday Night Beach Party – Best in Cops & Robbers

Cops and Robbers_039Friday Night Beach Party was packed again, this time with cops & robbers.  Cops and Robbers_002

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Cops and Robbers_012Officer Bev was there to keep us all under control.

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The inmates behaved…mostly…kind of…maybe…

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 There were lots of fantastic costumes.

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Detective Elayne is on the case

Cops and Robbers_057A great time was had by all, can’t wait for next weeks Beach Party.

TOOB Winners …….1st – Technus, 2nd – Laeluna,  3rd – Guana

Destination unknown…

We get a lot of new people ask us ‘ I’m new, where do I go?’. The answer is, anywhere you like. Second Life is about having fun and enjoying what you do.  One thing you can do is take yourself on a tour by using the Destination Guide.

destination_sauceHere are some interesting places I found by using the Destination Guide. It’s amazing what you can find when you search.  :)

destination - insanity Insanity – A new mesh work by the artist Cherry Manga.

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/MetaLES/250/248/21

destination Bryn Oh's the singularityThe Singularity of Kumiko is the newest installation by award-winning artist Bryn Oh. ( Make sure you change your settings as asked when you arrive to fully experience this amazing adventure )

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Immersiva/15/104/21

 destination - easter townThe 4th annual Easter Town.

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Elizabeth%20Town/117/128/23

destination enchanted aliceFall down the rabbit hole at Enchanted Alice.

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Bubblegum/75/35/2902

destination sauceFancy a bit of seaside sauce? Visit this fun and interactive LEA exhibit.

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA25/34/176/1801

destinations land of the lycansWander through the forests of The Land of the Lycans.

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Aveiro%20Coast/139/114/22

Gangs Take Over Kuula Help Deak

By Peace Smythe

In the last week or so I’ve noticed that the help desk in Kuula has been empty by the time morning rolls around in SLT. I really was planning on writing a cutting note about the lack of pencils and the fact that my stash of cookies is missing but I happened to be up early this morning and found a disreputable gang had taken over the help desk. I barely survived the sudden fit of giggles that overtook me.

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Games Time at NCI South

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Wellington, Talun & Jay playing Can’t Stop!

 

You might have noticed a new addition to the NCI Schedule Boards, Game Afternoon & Game Night! The Game events started up just last month, and are scheduled for 12PM slt and 6PM slt every Monday at NCI South.

NCI has launched a new event this week called Games Night or Games time. This will be a social event where members are invited to gather at NCI South and try out some of the games available there. We have Frootcake, Can’t Stop, Skeeball, Zilch, U-Know and others. ~ Wellington Beam

Even if you aren’t interested in playing the games, you are more than welcome to hang out and chat, so don’t be shy to head over and say hello! The games are always left set up, so even if you miss a scheduled game event, you can drop by and start up your own with your friends!

New Advertising Experience

The long awaited new advertising experience is live across all three of the NCI campuses! The new boards are static and can be rented for as little as $50L a week. These new ad boards are instantly rentable and don’t need to be set up by an AdNode staff member.

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Even the first night they were live, we already had some renters! All the boards are placed at highly visible areas in each campus.

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Come check out this new advertising experience at any of the NCI campus

NCI Kuula
NCI South
NCI Beach

–Rowan Carroll

Friday Night Beach Party! Best in Role Models

Tonight’s Beach Party theme was Best in Role Models!

Everyone had a lot of fun coming up with who they wanted to dress up as and had a blast figuring out who was supposed to be who!

 

Laeluna as Glenda the Good Witch
Laeluna as Glenda the Good Witch

 

t00b Winners:

  1. Laeluna
  2. Brain
  3. Tech

Big thanks to everyone who showed up to have some fun with us & those who helped host and DJ the event!

We hope you can join us next week at our Friday Night Beach Party, which starts at 7pm SLT and goes until 9pm SLT at Fisherman’s Cove! Theme is announced a few hours beforehand in the main NCI group.

PJ & Krys PJ as Elayne
PJ & Krys
PJ as Elayne

 

Precious as Elayne Elayne as herself!
Precious as Elayne
Elayne as herself!

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