The following summary notes were taken from the Tuesday, June 21st, 2022 Simulator User Group (SUG) meeting. It forms a summary of the items discussed and is not intended to be a full transcript. A video of the entire meeting is embedded at the end of the article for those wishing to review the meeting in full – my thanks to Pantera for recording it.
Note: little discussed, as this was the summer solstice Party.
On Tuesday, June 21st, the SLS Main and Event channel servers were restarted with no deployment.
On Wednesday, June 22nd, the RC channels will be updated to simulator release 572665, containing fixes for cases where llRequest*Data would return incorrect result; also, llGetVisualParams() now accepts hand_size as a parameter.
Available Official Viewers
There have been no official viewer updates at the start of the week, leaving the current crop as:
Release viewer: version 18.104.22.1681939 – formerly the Performance Improvements viewer, dated May 25th – no change.
Nomayo Maintenance RC (Maintenance N) viewer, version 22.214.171.1242179, June 1.
Makgeolli Maintenance RC viewer (Maintenance M) viewer, version 126.96.36.1991575, May 12.
Performance Floater project viewer, version 188.8.131.521296, May 10.
Mesh Optimizer project viewer, version 184.108.40.2066858, dated January 5, issued after January 10.
Legacy Profiles viewer, version 220.127.116.110519, dated October 26, 2020.
Copy / Paste viewer, version 18.104.22.1683365, dated December 9, 2019.
The issue of simulators that have been running for “4-5” days are ceasing to send Friends lists to those logging into them and requiring a restart to fix, continues for some. It’s not clear how widespread the issue is, but LL are aware of the issue.
Offers a new subscription package for users, with benefits over and above those of Premium membership.
Priced at US $29.99 per month (or an introductory US $24.99, available for the first 30 days after launch) or US $249 annually.
Existing Premium members may / will receive some form of pro-rata upgrade path.
Does not replace either Free accounts or Premium subscriptions, but exists alongside them.
Event Regions: will now be priced at US $599 a month, with no set-up fee.
Linden Homes: further new themes; re-visits to existing themes to update them; new large-scale community centres; first Premium Plus theme possibly towards the end of 2022; retirement of old Linden Homes regions to be revisited with a view to starting that process.
General Discussion: a series of questions, arranged by topic and with short answers: most significant changes to SL; the overall effect of the COVID-19 situation on SL use; SL and the metaverse; improvements to Mainland.
Together with Grumpity and (now Mojo Linden and Brett Linden(, he forms the leadership team overseeing Second Life’s continued development.
In his management team role, Patch continues to oversee all of the Lab’s user support operations (some 5 teams), including the LDPW.
Despite his longevity at the Lab, his is not the longest-serving Linden, nor is he the “oldest” resident-turned-Linden.
Sees the most significant changes to SL during his time being: the arrival of voice (2007), Mesh (2010), Pathfinding (2011), Experience Keys (initially 2015, fully in 2019/2020), Bento (2016/17), Animesh (2018/19) and EEP (2018/19), and Bakes on Mesh (2019).
Premium Plus is a new subscription package that has been in development for some 18 months. As the name suggests, it offers additional / increased benefits in comparison to the Premium membership package.
It is in addition to, not a replacement of, Premium membership, which will continue, as will the free Basic account.
Full details of the Premium Plus offering will be presented in a forthcoming official blog post. The following is a summary of the specifics mentioned by Patch.
Benefits “Above” Premium – In Brief
Sign-up bonus and stipend:
The sign-up bonus for Premium Plus will be L$3,000
The weekly stipend will be L$650.
Land: 2048 sq m of “free tier”.
This can be split between Mainland parcels and a Linden Home, as per Premium.
Still only one Linden Home per account
Premium Plus members will be able to go via Land Support to request they are given a specific Linden Home parcel this is not currently part of the automatic Linden Home assignment system (i.e. being handled by the Linden Homes ordering web page).
Any existing Linden Home must be abandoned first.
Such requests will generally be filled in 24 hours, but only if the requested parcel does move into the automatic Linden Home assignment system in the interim.
Future Linden Home options for Premium Plus:
Homes specifically designed for 2048 sq m parcels.
Premium Plus Linden Home parcels may be given the ability to have house styles from the 512/1024 sq m Premium themes, allowing those who want more land with their Linden Home to have it.
[Video 51:23-51:42] The first Premium Plus Linden Homes theme might be released towards the end of 2022.
Group count doubles over Premium to 140.
Off-line message cap doubles of Premium to 160.
Animesh attachments will apparently increase (Patch said from 1 to 2, but Premium members already get 2 Animesh attachments, so it is unclear if Patch was just referencing Premium Plus with Basic accounts here).
Premium Plus members will be able to create two land Experiences (rather than just one, as per Premium).
No upload fees for textures, animations, sounds.
No fees for event listings.
Mesh / Animesh upload fees will change for Premium Plus will be adjusted in the future.
Group creation fee reduced to L$10
Special support ‘phone line, with a toll-free 800 number, with international users able to use this via the likes of Skype without incurring international call fees.
Monthly: US $29.99 (or $24.99 for the first month, if taken out in the first 30 days after launch).
Annually: US $249 (equiv. to US $20.75 a month).
Thursday, June 23rd, 2022.
Premium Plus Audience Questions
[Video: 47:10-48:51] Will Premium Plus subscribers be able to choose their own Last Name, rather than picking from a list?
No, thei system isn’t set-up for totally free-form names. But the ability to change your last name for less than the current $49.99 fee is a potential “future add-on” for Premium Plus.
[Video: 57:30-58:25] Will those already grandfathered on the L$500 a week stipend, will this be factored into Premium Plus (so their stipend would be L$850 per week)? If they later downgrade back to Premium, will they regain their grandfathered stipend of L$500, rather than dropping to L$300?
Needs to be clarified, possibly in the official blog post for Premium Plus, when this is published.
[Video: 1:07:17-1:08:12] Could renting a Homestead region from LL be de-coupled from having to own a Full region as well, for Premium Plus?
Probably not, given the doubling of land tier already provided in the Premium Plus package, and the fact the breaking the lock between Homestead and Full regions could have widespread economic implications for existing estates.
LL started tinkering with the idea of flexing the capabilities available through AWS to try to develop a product reflective of those capabilities.
The move to provide such a product was born out of a belief that for large-scale events in SL, concurrency matters.
In testing, the Lab managed to get a shopping event region running reasonably well with up to 231 avatars (providing users dialled-down some viewer graphics options – DD, complexity, etc., dialled down).
Event regions tend to run best in a “standalone” mode, rather than connected to other regions (particularly other event regions), largely due to issues around avatars and child agents¹ on multiple regions. This is why there were issues during the SL19B opening ceremony, as the avatar (175 per region) was set too high for adjoining regions .
The “introductory” tier of $599 per month and no set-up fee (which had been due to end on June 6th) will now be the de facto fee for Event regions.
Event regions are open to land owners / estate to rent from LL, should they also wish to hire them out to those organising events.
LL “constantly looking” at ways to improve Linden Homes; this work includes additional house styles within the existing themes.
The original Traditional Homes will be seeing “a slate” of improvements.
New “grand scale” community centres to match those of the more recent themes (such as Sakura and Fantasy) or those like Campwich Lodge (Log Theme), etc., are being developed for the earlier Linden Home theme environments.
Further new Themes will continue to be deployed, which the next release for 2022 possibly being Premium Plus homes.
The idea of having “Premium Plus neighbourhoods” mixed in with Premium Linden Homes has been toyed with, but nothing has been decided either way.
Thus far, the most popular themes (in terms of lack of availability due to occupancy) appear to be Traditional Homes, Houseboats and Stilt Homes, following by Log Homes.
In terms of increased capabilities / options, the Fantasy theme homes are probably the most popular, followed by Sakura.
It is likely that the plan to “wind down” the original Linden Homes and their mini-continents will be looked at again in the near future .
This will not simply be a “turning off” of the regions, leaving those still living among them homeless, but will be handled with care and methodically.
Some instances of the older home may be preserved in some way, such as under the SLRPS banner, particular those elements that have a story behind them [e.g. Cape Ekim and the mystery of Professor Linden].
LL is aware there is a lot of abandoned land on Mainland that could be made available / be improved with new landscaping.
However, there are no plans at present to add further mainland coastline to those continents that might otherwise be able to take it, because so much in the way of parcels inland remain available. This include the Zindra Adult continent.
The pricing of current coastline areas of Mainland are subject to the same laws of supply and demand as the rest of the Mainland (unless price gauging can be demonstrated).
Simply put, a Child Agent refers to a secondary agent (avatar) presence associated with your own, then can exist in regions physically adjoining to the one you are currently in, allowing you to “see” into a connected regions (and have it render in your viewer).
Child agents are not physically rendered avatars but a simulator resource, as such they can directly influence region performance.