Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Attention SL Hunt Fans!

Eggapolooza Spring Egg Hunt is going on now until May 1st.  Hundreds of prizes can be found in the 4 regions of Aero Pines Park.  You can ride your bikes, scooters, motorcycles, walk or horseback ride to collect the Easter eggs filled with great prizes.  Everyone is welcome.   This is a great activity for families or get a group of friends together for some fun.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Yes, This Is Innovative SL Blog!

I have had emails and several messages in-world about the blog I started in 2006.  I have deleted that blog and started this new one.  Same content, different blog.  I had 3 administrators on the ISL blog that had written some derogatory remarks about people and places in Second Life that I did not approve.  My blog was intended to inform and entertain.  To give you fun adventures to explore, great products to try and recognition to SL's great creators and residents.  From time to time I have and will continue to warn residents against scams and rip-off's but this is meant to be helpful, not hurtful.
Instead of deleting posts and removing administrators from the old blog, I decided it was time to start fresh.  Thank you to all those that followed the old blog and welcome to our new beginnings.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Tips For Renting Land in Second Life

Renting your first piece of land or homestead can be a little intimidating.  The market is saturated with rentals of all kinds.  So where do you start?  First, shop around.  Don't rent the first place that strikes your fancy.  Compare prices, sizes and most important, prim allowances. There are many things to consider when renting land in SL.  Here is a list:

1. Environment.  Do you dream of living on a tropical island or prefer to be surrounded by mountains and snow?  Do you want an ocean front view or access to ski slopes?  Do you want a beach just for swimming or an open water source for boating or surfing?

2. Community. Do you want a PG or Adult community?  If your looking for a nice community to raise a family, there are many PG rated sims that are family oriented.  They offer the house with white picket fence, parks and schools for the kids, shopping and family entertainment areas.  A Main Street USA kind of feel to it.  These sims have strict rules against nudity, language, sexual behaviors, etc.  So if your planning on having skinny dip parties in your back yard pool, or orgies, you may want to rent in an adult or moderate rated sim.

3. Privacy.  If you don't want neighbors right next to you or just want your own little piece of paradise, look for small island rentals.  Usually spaced out on large bodies of water, these private islands vary in size and price.  Most prices are not much higher than any land parcel.  For instance, renting a 2048 private island is usually the same price as renting a 2048 with water access.

4. What are your plans for the land?  If your renting land to build a home, you want a residential parcel.  If you plan to open a store or build a mall, you want a commercial parcel.  Some sims offer both residential and commercial options.  Keep in mind that someone can build a store next door to your home that could bring unwanted traffic and lag.  Also if your planning on building a high rise apartment complex, check the land covenant about height restrictions.  You may plan on renting land and subdividing it into rentals.  Most residential sim owners won't allow this since its a business.  It's a good idea to ask the landlord about subdividing before renting.

5.Always read the covenant.  This is a list of rules when renting land.


1. How long have you been in business?  Always rent from a reputable land owner.  Many people buy land with the intent to rent out all the parcels to meet their monthly payment.  From lack of advertisement, too high prices or poor construction, they end up with an empty sim and a high payment.  After paying out of pocket for months without success, they bail and sell the land.  If you are one of the few residents they have, you are forced to move.

2. How many visitors are allowed?  You just built your beautiful home and invite all your friends over for a party or you completed a badass club and advertise your grand opening and as quests start tp'ing in they suddenly get a message that the sim is over crowded!  The size of your parcel does not matter.  You could have 1/4 sim with a 20 person limit or a 1024 with a 75 person limit.

3. Script Allowance?  This is important to know if you plan on having heavy scripted items such as breedables, pets or scripted children.

4. Owner or Group?  Some parcels are group owned.  You must be a member of the group to rez and if you plan to have a partner live with you they must also have a group tag.  Some parcels give you full owners rights.  Rights to deed it to a group, rename the parcel, add the parcel in search, etc.

5. Prim Allowance?  Know how many prims are allowed and what happens if you go over your prims.  On some parcels, if you try to go over your prim allowance, you receive a message that the item cannot be rezzed due to too many prims and some allow you to rez only to have an auto return send it back minutes later.  If it is a no copy item, many times it gets eaten by SL and you never see it again.  You can also ask if extra prims are available for purchase.

6. Security?  If you plan to have a home and don't want intruders, you will probably want to set up a security system or ban lines.  Some land owners do not allow ban lines.  So check first before renting

Land For Rent

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Get dressed up and dance at Bogarts Jazz Club

Ok most men in SL don't care too much about dressing up.  Most of my male friends tend to wear the same clothes everyday or switch between 2-3 different looks.  But I haven't met a woman yet that didn't love a reason to go out and buy a new evening gown.  Then with the gown, they need to go shopping for matching shoes, a new hair style, jewelry and so on.  It's like Christmas!
One of the best jazz clubs in SL is Bogart's Jazz Club at Franks Place.  Formal wear is required so it's the perfect date destination.  Bogart's is sure to impress with it's grand ballroom and entertainment.  Great D.J's pump out cool jazz and fantastic live performances are scheduled daily.
Franks Place 3 (81, 131, 23)

The Entrance to Bogart's Jazz Club at Franks Place
Inside the Grand Ballroom

Blake Sea & United Sailing Sims

Blake Sea and the United Sailing Sims are protected nautilus continents in Second Life made of 180 sims.  Open seas for boating and sailing, including a battleship sim, many marina's and boat/yacht slip rentals.  There are airports, cities and water sport activities.  There is a rez zone so you can sail your boats.  Most sims have access to the open waters and land rentals include slips.  If your into aviation, there are several airports including The Hollywood Airport, Second Norway, Forkbeard, SLGR and Second Life International Airport just to name a few.
If you have ever dreamed of living on a tropical island you can find the perfect ocean front home here.  Seychelles Isles Estates Yacht Club and Weston Marina offer rental homes that include a free boat slip and access to Blake Sea.  The sims connected to Blake Sea and the Untied Sailing sims offer the best waves in SL for surfing and beautiful corral reefs for scuba diving.
The Dolphin Club & Marina

Welcome to Innovative Second Life

Innovative Second Life is a blog about everything excellent in the virtual world of SL.  Places to see, things to do and great creations.  From time to time I will also post things to avoid in SL.  I will include family friendly sims and activities as well as adult content.

                                                                        Blake Sea