Diplomacy Island

Click to enlargeDiplomacy Island is the next step in over a decade of research and development in the field of Virtual Diplomacy. Through Second Life, Diplo will explore new possibilities for diplomatic representation and interaction. Diplomacy Island will also be another channel for Diplo’s main mission of assisting small and developing countries in participating meaningfully in international relations. At the Island, Diplo will also promote development issues among Second Life citizens.


What is Second Life?

Second Life ( SL) is an Internet-based virtual world which has substantially developed over the past year. More than five million users worldwide have registered to become part of this virtual world developed by Linden Lab.

Click to enlargeThe users, or Residents, interact with each other through mobile avatars, providing an advanced level of social network services. They can explore, meet other Residents, socialise, participate in educational and social activities both individually and in groups, and create and trade virtual property and services with one another.

The stated goal of Linden Lab was to create a world like the Metaverse described by Neal Stephenson in his novel Snow Crash. The Residents define Second Life – they create a world in which to communicate, interact, play and do business.

Second Life’s virtual currency is the Linden Dollar (Linden, or L$) and is exchangeable for US Dollars in the marketplace operated by/driven by residents, Linden Lab and real life companies.

More than 60 universities have established campuses in Second Life, alongsidemany companies and media houses. Some of these are Aarhus Business College of Denmark, Harvard University, Leeds Metropolitan University, New York University, Newcastle University, Sheffield Hallam University, Stanford University, the University of Edinburgh and Virginia Tech.


How to find us in Second Life


Step #1:
Download Second Life software from here.

Step #2:
Install it and run it.

Step #3:
Open a new account in Second Life and define the appearance of your avatar (character).

Step #4:
Click the Map button and search for “Diplomacy Island,” then go there by teleporting your avatar (use the teleport button). The shortcut is here (the Second Life software has to be started before you can use the shortcut).


Additional settings


Step #5:
Click on EDIT - PREFERENCES and then the Audio & Video tag to set up your audio and video. Turn on: Play Streaming Music When Available and Play Streaming Video When Available. Click the OK button.

Step #6:
At the bottom of the screen, note the Movies control. Click on the PLAY button to receive video streaming (when available).

Step #7:
If you cannot hear avatars near you (or if you cannot even turn on the Talk button), you need to manage the security settings in your firewall. Set your firewall settings to make an exception (unblock) for 5060 TCP port.


System Requirements


Your computer must meet these REQUIREMENTS or you may not be able to successfully participate in Second Life.


Address of Diplomacy Island in Second Life:


- from the Net: Diplomacy Island

- our SL “latitude/longitude” (if you are in SL) is: 150,191,26


 

Second Life Official Blog


Highlights from the Second Life Destination Guide 8/27/2014

What are your plans now that summer is winding down? Taking in the pumpkin spiced smell of everything as Fall beckons? Why not spend some time enjoying all the seasons that Second Life has to offer? Without further ado, come see some of the exciting new locations in the Second Life Destination Guide!

Start by purifying yourself at a soothing cathedral, before diving into a dark and gloomy haunted carnival. Peruse a sunny auto show or make a splash at an enormous waterslide. If you meet anyone along the way, or just want to relax after all the sightseeing, drop in at an exclusively romantic ballroom. Whatever you do and create, be sure to share it with the rest of the grid, on the Destination Guide or the Official Second Life Flickr Page

Lorena Monastery

Lorena Monastery is a a monastery and church for those who seek a moment of peace and silence in a crazy life. Though built as a Catholic monastery, people from any religion seeking contemplation are welcome here. Light a candle at the Mary shrine.

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Halloween Drop It

When you hear the banshee's cry, a person, high-bone, will die. A murder, quite often, is what fills the coffin. Then under the turf the bones will lie.

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Hot Bay City Nights

Now in its third year, Hot Bay City Nights has hot roads and cool cars. Come see established vintage automobile designers in the Bay City Fairgrounds from August 23-30 as they present the best in vintage and retro vehicles for all avatars. Additional events provide plenty for all to do, including the crowning of 2014’s Miss Bay City and a number of charity car washes. The event will raise funds for Child’s Play, a charity that provides toys and games for children in hospitals around the world.

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Marathon Caye Lookout Point & Waterslide

Welcome to the highest point at Marathon Caye. From here you can take in the breathtaking vistas or plunge down the 90-meter-tall custom-made water slide. Experience something truly unique and fun at Marathon Caye!

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Oceana Romantic Ballroom

Come relax and dance your cares away in Oceana Romantic Ballroom. Oceana is a perfect getaway for lovers, with its formal ballroom and romantic spots. They've even got a mall to help you find that perfect gift.

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Reminder: New Skill Gaming Policy in Effect September 1, 2014

Last month, we announced a change to our policy on skill games in Second Life. The new Skill Gaming Policy establishes that skill games offering Linden Dollar payouts will be allowed in Second Life, but each game, its creator, its operator, and the region on which it is operated must be approved by Linden Lab. You can read more about the details of the policy in the FAQs.

From the many applicants, we have since approved a number of Operators, Creators, and Skill Games, and the first Skill Gaming Regions will soon be appearing inworld (and in the Destination Guide). You can find the current list of approved participants, games, and regions on the wiki. We will continue to accept applications for Operators and Creators and will update the wiki as the list of approved participants and games grows. If you would like to apply, you can do so here.

Remember: if you are not an approved* Creator or Operator, you must cease the creation, distribution, and operation of skill games (as defined in the Skill Gaming Policy) by September 1, 2014. So if you haven’t already removed any unapproved skill games from your Marketplace shop, for example, or haven’t yet ceased operating them inworld, now is the time to do so. From that date forward, operating and/or creating skill games with L$ payouts, among other criteria as specified in the Skill Gaming Policy, without Linden Lab approval (and/or outside of Skill Gaming Regions) will be subject to enforcement measures.

If you live in a jurisdiction where skill gaming is permitted and you plan on playing these games in Skill Gaming Regions in Second Life, you should not need to do anything differently. However, adding payment information on file now is a good way to help ensure you’re able to play as soon as Skill Gaming Regions are live.

*As noted in the FAQ, creators and operators whose applications are under review at the deadline may continue to operate skill games while their applications are reviewed, provided that they have submitted all required documentation and continue to promptly respond to any inquiries from Linden Lab.

 

 



Avant Garden - A Mixed Reality Performance In Second Life

For those who were unable to attend the live performance of DanCoyote Antonelli’s Avant Garden in San Francisco last week, there’s a chance to catch the live inworld performance, but it’s limited!

Please join DC Spensley (DanCoyote) and the ZEROG SkyDancer at one of only two performances of the show in Second Life.

If you’re interested in attending, contact Dancoyote Antonelli inworld to request an invitation.

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Highlights from the Second Life Destination Guide 8/22/2014

It’s time for another installment of Second Life Destination Guide Highlights.

This week we have Edo era Japanese role-playing, a rough and rugged Western-themed shopping event, a scenic outdoor live music venue, a dystopian city ripe with dark corners to explore, an art installation, and a theatrical performance of Milton’s classic Paradise Lost.

Peruse the adventures we’ve pulled together this week, and share your experiences on the Official Second Life Flickr Page. If there are some other great places you stumble upon that you don’t see in the Destination Guide, drop us your suggestions here.

Have fun and get acquainted with these destinations.

The Koto Project

The Koto Project is an intricate Japanese roleplaying sim set in the Edo period. Visit this beautiful location for period roleplay, live shows, a gorgeous setting and more!

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Wild West Fair

The Wild West Fair has tough, sweaty cowboys, sexy cowgirls in tight pants and smoking colts in the desert heat. They'll present new lines in denim, checkered, red, blue, brown and black new lines showing how sexy western can be. This story-themed fair is an exciting and great opportunity to present modern fashion in a classic style. The fair starts August 22nd at 11:00am, don't miss it!.

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The Concert Garden

The Concert Garden is a weekly music venue hosting live musicians from all genres on Fridays at 4pm. Enjoy music while you dine and dance with friends in this wonderful destination.

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Forbidden City

Forbidden City is a dystopian city that offers community living, the hangout Omo and a few stores. Forbidden City is home to an eclectic bunch of folks, where everyone is family. The brainchild of legendary Second Life builder Piraiyah Novikov, Forbidden City is modeled after the real world town of Kowloon in China.

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The Sea of Cubic Dreams

The Sea of Cubic Dreams is Alegria Studio’s CG art installation in LEA25. Warp in, enjoy this eye-opening exhibit, rude cubes and prepare to expand your mind!

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Paradise Lost

Set to the 14 movements of Mozart’s Requiem, the Basilique Performing Arts Co. performs its weekly production of Milton’s “Paradise Lost.” Join in this immersive theatre production and experience the mind blowing show show everybody's talking about. For tickets, be sure to visit http://bit.ly/mpbpac.

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Avant Garden: Mixed Reality Theater Performance in San Francisco Wednesday

This Wednesday evening, long-time Second Life resident and artist DC Spensley (aka DanCoyote Antonelli in SL) is presenting a free, mixed reality theater performance in San Francisco. If you’re in the area, come see the show in person - details from DanCoyote are below.

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Avant Garden, a mixed reality performance presented by DC Spensley

Avant Garden is a mixed reality theater performance by Artistic Director and Virtual Worlds Producer DC Spensley. Mixed reality in this sense means a combination of live and virtual reality dance performers interacting by means of a rear projection screen. The virtual team is called the ZERO SkyDancers, an ensemble that has been performing professionally since 2006 at art biennials, festivals and commissions, log in from all over North America using their computers to rehearse and perform together in simulated space. Imagine people controlling puppets over the internet all together on a stage similar to a video game environment. The live dancer (physically present) Kathleen Moore (of Dance Generators) performs in front of the screen allowing her to interact with the virtual performers and stage set.

Avant Garden is a combination of avant garde and walled garden, and refers to the challenge presented in offering virtual reality theater to a physical audience. Avant Garden is an experiment in doing exactly that: sharing virtual theater with a live audience.

This show is only for the live audience in the physical theater, but for those unable to attend, it sounds like performances for inworld audiences are also planned for the future. As details become available, we’ll share them here!