Archive for November, 2009

Ooooooo Free christmas Decorations!

Posted in BRN content Updates, BRN NEWS on November 23, 2009 by Matty

With the Help of Jewel and Kathy here in the BRN group, I have constructed a kinda lil present box hut thing, then Juanita made me a sign… and now! We have christmas decorations in it! Its just the start of a small collection, if you have anything you made you want to add, let me know!

You can find them at the back of the Low Prim store or! by following this landmark!

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Linden Lab announces changes to Xstreet SL (Important for Vendors)

Posted in BRN NEWS on November 21, 2009 by Matty

This week, Linden Lab announced that it was going to start charging listing fees and minimum commissions on its Second Life Xstreet Web-shopping site. This includeds freebies.

Within hours of the announcement thousands of vendors abandoned the service and moved to alternatives, some of the alternatives could not hold the traffic load and crashed. (Such as Slapt)

Its unsure at this point how many Second Life residents have abandoned the Xstreet SL sercice, however what is clear at this point is that freebies in particular will be hit the hardest, as of course with the fee’s nothing will be free. The majority of the vendors who are still listing products on the service have increased the price of their freebies to at least four Linden Dollars to cover the new minimum sales-commissions and listing fees.

Anything remaining as a free product will have a listing fee applied to it, and then be moved off to a category where it will not appear in search results. New monthly listing fees are being applied, and the cheapest items are to have minimum commissions.

Linden Lab indicated the move was  supported by vendors and customers during three Commerce office hours sessions, however the transcripts give the impression this was pre-arranged before the office hours went ahead, and gives he feeling that no matter how the meeting went the change was unavoidable and not truly up for debate. ( You can view these at  http://wiki.secondlife.com/wiki/Commerce_Office_Hours ).

According to the figures provided, Xstreet SL has failed to capture more than a tiny fraction of overall Second Life commerce and, given the state of Xstreet’s search facilities at present and the limited integration between Xstreet and Second Life, shopping for items in-world still seems to be the more engaging experience overall..

Despite this I believe the reason for the move appears to be profit, or perhaps an attempt to cut down the cost of maintaining the Xstreet SL Service.

I would like to advise all residents who have products for sale on Xstreet SL be aware of these changes and not be hit by unexpected fee’s they may not have been notified about. It is unknown at this point how Second Life hopes to go about the move, but if past changes are anything to go by… you will most likely be expected to read a blog.

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Don’t forget, The BRN offers a place for residents of the community to share their non-proffit creations. If you have content you wish to donate for us to host, or lindens you wish to offer to continue our service please feel free to drop a notecard on any of the BRN moderators  or to goto any of the BRN locations and put a few lindens into the various Leprachorn hats at the freebie locations! Find attatched a board full of Landmarks to our Locations! (Freedonia is the place to go if your a builder!)

Freedonia (For builders!! thousands of L worth of tools! all given out with the owners permission)
(BRN) (Cabera) ak’s SCULPTY RESOURCES Cabera
(Free sculptie bits surrounded by a paid store, some of the best in SL!)
(BRN) Builders Resource Network Tutorial Library
(Links to tutorial sites, educate your SL)
(BRN) Sky Art Gallery! (Free art on the Second floor use teleport pad and decorate your home)
(BRN) EVATARS (Over 100 free Avatars for fans of the cute and cuddly)
(BRN) Midnight Art Garden (Set environment to midnight)
(BRN) (Rabbits) VENZ Texture Market (Over 1000 free textures)
(BRN) Mattys Low Prim Store! (All content is free and unique :)!
Happy Building

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The first of the Christmas Freebies arrives!

Posted in BRN content Updates on November 17, 2009 by Matty

Can you believe Christmas is on its way!!!!!!!! I know some of you may not want to hear that but you MAY want to hear about the first of the new updates the BRN is adding! and believe me, there only the first of many with many of the Christmas Freebies from Last year also most likely making a return this years collection will be huge!

Added today the first of many to come was!!! A reusable gift box! Complete with Christmas wrapping paper textures, some demo ice skates and  a note-card for those who need it on how to use the box, A Beautiful twinkling  Christmas tree, and most importantly, my personal favorite A SKATING SNOW MAN! WHO ACTUALLY LEARNED HOW TO SKATE! I love this snow man!

To get these head to the BRN low Prim store, in Shades rest! third booth to the east! Or just Follow the SLurl

Thank you Kathy, for your beautiful donation to the BRN, Remember everyone you can donate lindens to the BRN at any of the BRN locations, just look for the green hat… alternatively you can donate content by dropping a full perm version on my inventory and leaving me a note card with what permissions you want set,

Texture Market gets and update!

Posted in BRN content Updates on November 17, 2009 by Matty

NB: Currently I can’t seem to find where she put them, I left her an IM and will update asap! So till then this little note won’t be published to the group in-world.

Woooo Connie has amazed us, actually she amazed us a week ago its just I am catching up… Sorry connie and other BRN members.  Anyway! Connie has truly cemented the return of the Texture Market with this generous update! Included in the update are the following textures/sets!

Thilis Synthetics:  36 synth textures by Thili Playfair

Plants Flowers & Trees: 68 items & textures, various creators

Avatar Texture Bundle: Shape & clothing Templates by Cory Ondrejka

GNU Water & Grass: 39 textures

30 Carpet & rug Textures (various creators)

BRN/VENzTM – Water pack ~ Textures items & Script

Kitty cat gestures, textures, body parts and more

Hairy Thor’s  free Textures: 16 asstd Textures

TM wood Fences Textures: 6 High quality

Hair textures

So head down to the Texture Market and pick them up totally free! Thank you Connie! Once again for all your hard work

~Happy Building!

~BRN Blog Team!