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Cafe Kuula

The only thing constant in Second Life is change! So we add some stuff… remove some stuff… it’s an evolving landscape!

– Mrs. Nor Skosh (hardcorenor)

After taking a bit of a break from Second Life to attend to Real Life, I’ve come back to see some pretty awesome changes in NCI that I’d like to show off for those who might not have already seen them, and to also have a pretty nifty visual of how certain NCI locations have changed over the years.
The first thing has to be my favourite place (most of the time at least!), NCI Kuula and the Help Cafe & Coffee Bar!

Sign for the NCI Help Cafe & Coffee Bar located at NCI Kuula.

I had a bit of a chat the other day with Mrs. Nor Skosh (hardcorenor) at NCI Kuula, who is one of the people responsible for some of the new seating & decor changes.

Precious Mirror: So what led to changing the seating & going with a cafe type of look?
Mrs. Nor Skosh: Well we’d been talking a bit about changing things around – I’d already had furniture at NCI, so.. between me and Janet, we decided to do it. I went with this look because I wanted to make it welcoming and calm. The Cafe look just makes it less like cliques and more like a hang out spot. It was really a rogue operation lol… We were worried that Beverly wouldn’t like it – but she did and .. it stuck.
Precious Mirror: That’s good! I’d be worried too if I made a big change like that that it might not go over well. How did others like the new changes?
Mrs. Nor Skosh: There were those who hated it. There were those who loved it. But with any large change, you’ll get some people on both sides, but I have to say that it’s done well. I get lots of compliments on the design
Precious Mirror: Definitely, I think it was a pretty good change personally, it was really refreshing to see when I first logged in and saw it changed.

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Precious Mirror: What’s your favourite part about this look? For me I think it’s a lot more welcoming of an atmosphere than it was previously.
Mrs. Nor Skosh: I like that people move around and don’t just stand in the same place. We have a bit more of a bohemian vibe now and I think that has actually drawn some older users back.
Mrs. Nor Skosh: We did a bit of work making sure that even smaller avatars could sit at the tables – most tables have at least one seat with a cushion for Dinkies and Tinies. We also have small seating for just those smaller avatars
Precious Mirror: I saw that! Even having a slightly shorter avatar can be troublesome to find a place to sit sometimes, let alone a tiny avatar. No matter how much you adjust, you still are just sitting oddly. lol

Seating at the table specifically made for Tinies & Dinkies!
A tiny table & chair set for petite avatars!

Precious Mirror: So, if you could make any changes to the decor at Kuula, would you keep it similar to how it is now, or go with something totally different the next time around?
Mrs. Nor Skosh: There are changes I’d like to make, but I defer to Beverly as the region coordinator. I’ve been doing some seasonal changes – new trees on the back side near the mountain for example. I like the season changing moving trees .. it’s a more realistic look. I’d like to replace all the flora through the Kuula parcel for NCI to items that are more realistic to give it a more current vibe
Precious Mirror: Fair enough! I do enjoy the seasonal touches, makes it feel a bit more personal too. 🙂

Coffee, tea, hot chocolate and some delicious snacks are waiting for you at the coffee bar located in front the schedule board!

Precious Mirror: I think that’s all the questions I can think of right now, anything else you want added or mentioned?
Mrs. Nor Skosh: Only that the only thing constant in Second Life is change! So we add some stuff… remove some stuff… it’s an evolving landscape!
Mrs. Nor Skosh: We’ve also changed up the old Factory walk through! It’s now being developed to an “open air” market place so that the Superstar creators in Second Life will be able to place items for free there for new users who visit NCI. It’s an exciting time to be active with the organization!

Sneak peek into the marketplace located at NCI Kuula! We’ll dig into this soon and keep you all updated on it’s progress!

Big thanks to everyone who has helped with the seating & decor in Kuula & other NCI locations over the past years! It really is a team effort & a lot of time and thought goes into the decision making process to make each location as good as it can be! The NCI staff always does their best to make each location as helpful, friendly & welcoming as possible for new & old users alike, and we all hope that you enjoy & appreciate our efforts!

New Furniture at Kuula!

Every now and then there are some small changes done to some of our campuses, and the most recent one is that we are getting some new furniture and decorations set up at Kuula!


Who says only kids can have fun? Saz, Trent, and Precious at the kiddies table.


The new furniture & decorations have been set up by our lovely Mousie (mouseplay resident) and so far people are really enjoying the updated new look and think they are a great improvement to the overall look and feel of Kuula.


Cutie pie, Jeffy, all snuggled up in a cozy new chair! What is he thinking about?


We hope that everyone enjoys the new changes, and be sure to thank Mousie for all her hard work putting everything together and setting it up. It really does make things feel a lot more personal and cozy than the old set up, and to be honest I really want to curl up on one of those sofa’s with a little blanket and have a cat nap (unless Jeff beats me to it, at least!).


Eppie, Jeffy, Precious, Trent & Saz having a little chat while testing out poses on the new sofas!


Remember to keep checking by to see any new changes that might be happening at our campuses, you never know what things we might secretly add while you aren’t looking!


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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.


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!


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. 😛

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)

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”

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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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

Games Time at NCI South

Wellington, Talun & Jay
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!

Blitz Building Event: Super Heroes!

Tonight we had a great Blitz which was hosted by Krystal, with the theme being: Super Heroes!

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!

Krystal trying to distract the builders, with AK keeping her company.


First place winner, Tzakol, with his Bat Signal!
First place winner, Tzakol, with his Bat Signal!

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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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Blitz Building Event

Tonight we had a great Blitz which was hosted by Christine, with the theme being: If you could be ANYTHING, what would you be?

First place winner, Eyre Mint
First place winner, Eyre Mint

10th Ai Krai
9th Trent
8th (tie) Miss Katia & Zoom
7th Krazy
6th (tie) Elayne & Samm
5th Lae
4th PJ
3rd (tie) Precious & Tech
2nd Leah
1st Eyre

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!