It's a big world out there! Especially, for newcomers that are just setting foot on their first adventure in Second Life. A place so big can really be overwhelming when you’re starting out. I have spent the last week scavenging the SL world for some awesome and helpful places that would benefit all the new players joining us. One place I ended up was down right scary! It's that "wrong turn, oh no, do I have cell reception" kind of panic you feel when a stranger asks if you'll be a good submissive little girl. Luckily all of our Second Lives come with a 911 panic button in the form of CTRL + Shift+ H. After the horrible experience I did manage to land in some pretty interesting and helpful places. Listed below are the ones I thought newcomers would benefit from the most. They are in no particular order.
Help Island was kind of small when I landed there but I quickly learned that big things come in small packages. They have money chairs which are a fantastic way for newcomers to earn some Lindens! Two of the chairs are high value but they are only available to avatars who are less than 30 days old. The island has a ton of free items to offer inside their shop. Not only do they have loads of stuff for women but they also have a whole top floor dedicated to men shoppers. As a bonus, if whatever you grab in the shop happens to need unpacking, right outside is a rez (sandbox) area.
New Citizens Incorporated (NCI) is a huge place to visit with lots to offer everybody! They host numerous classes and events like Show N Tell, Photography, Making Money, and Q&A’s.
There's something for everyone to learn on this sim. They cover lots of need to knows, like building things, looking good, cool places to visit, sl etiquette, land information, textures, scripting, and even a bit of SL history. They also host a free photo booth so you can take your first photo for your SL profile. They offer lots of extras also like sandbox areas, freebies, and a very helpful group.
Virtual Ability - This is a great spot for any new player but it focuses mainly on those with disabilities. The landing point starts with the most basic tutorial of how to navigate your avatar through SL. From there it will lead you on a path full of knowledgeable information from tips and keyboard shortcuts to assistive devices such as voice recognition and adaptive keyboards.
Noobia - This is a fantastic place to relax for free! They give brand new avatars free apartment rentals as long as the person is less than 30 days old! They also provide their own version of classes including but not limited to hosting, gestures, land ownership, building, de-scripting, and groups. There are some small shops and areas noobies can hang out and get to know each other.
We were all newbies at the beginning of our Second Life journey. It can be hard trying to figure out what to do and where to go.
One of the best things you can do for a newcomer is welcome them with a kind gesture and share some positive advice.
On behalf of The SL Enquirer, welcome to Second Life.