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Tuesday, June 8, 2021

When Worlds Collide: Dandilyon Jinx Reports on Balticon 2021

For the second year in a row, Balticon Station hosted the virtual platform for Balticon, the Maryland Regional Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention presented by the Baltimore Science Fiction Society. Owned by Melita and her partner, the creation of Balticon Station was in response to the pandemic situation in 2020.

Last year with the pandemic raging and people afraid or unable to attend conventions in person, we requested and received non-profit pricing from Linden lab,” said Melita. “Balticon and the Baltimore Science Fiction Society (BSFS) are non-profit, educational organizations.”

For many of the attendees, Second Life was a new experience. Last year the Balticon website presented the concept to members as “...a huge, diverse, and extremely eclectic virtual world that was inspired by the Metaverse as described in Neal Stephenson’s novel Snow Crash.” The response was enthusiastic and BSFS members and more had the chance to explore role play in the content-rich environment SL residents have become familiar with.

After Balticon was over last year, it was decided to keep the sim open in case other conventions wanted to use the space. The amenities are built to provide a memorable experience for seasoned and new residents alike. “There are half a dozen or so amazing spaces here,” said Melita. “The underwater science lab, the space station, the elven forest and caves, and the art show.  There's a place where you can ‘borrow’ a horse and go for a trail ride, or you can jump from a sky platform using your newly acquired parachute.”  Keeping to the speculative fiction theme, visitors can also fly a UFO or shuttle-bot or just dance the night away in the Space Bar. “Balticon Station was designed to show the depth of Second Life to those who are new to the platform and to show that Science Fiction and Fantasy transcend Real Life,” says Melita.

The timing couldn’t be better. During the event, this reporter overheard quite a few compliments about the virtual platform. With 2021 still uncertain in some areas, many people are seeing virtual worlds as a viable option for business and entertainment. Melita agrees.

“When I started in 2005, people were saying ‘if you are spending your free time in a virtual world, you need psychological help.’  Since the pandemic, some are admitting that it is keeping people sane.”

Melita sees her work at Balticon Station as a way to bring people together, especially at a time when many are still unable to meet up in person. But it doesn’t take a pandemic to find the benefits to a virtual world. “Second Life has been a way for me to remain in contact with friends and family, meeting "’ face-to-face’ with them in a real and comforting way,” says Melita. “What I love about Second Life is the way it slices through barriers.  I know people from all over the world. Race and color don't matter; physical abilities don't matter; age doesn't matter.  What matters is how each person treats each other, and it's truly amazing.”

While first-time visitors may initially be intimidated by the steep learning curve, once they get familiar with the basics they have access to a new world of possibility. “You can create, build, write and publish; you can see and hear live performances; you can conduct business; plan a building; conduct classes ... the limit is your imagination,” says Melita. 

She is an excellent example of how to make use of this alternate reality. “Personally, in Second Life I am a photographer, graphic artist, gallery owner, writer, editor, layout specialist, and magazine publisher, and I teach basic building skills. I am far more fulfilled than I ever was in RL where I am encumbered by time, distance, and physical ability.”

While real-world events prompted the surge of interest in Second Life, some of the new residents will invariably stay and become a permanent part of the community, adding their own experiences to the mix. 

“I hope Second Life continues for a long time,” says Melita. “I know there's a new venture out there that Linden Lab is working on, but I am too involved here to be looking for the next big ‘thing.’”

At the moment, virtual Balticon seems to be a big enough thing all on its own. This reporter was happy to have experienced it. While the convention itself is over until next year, Balticon Station remains open for exploration.




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Preferred contact: Melita (taylor.schroeder)

Wednesday, November 16, 2016


We were humbled and honored to be nominated for an award in the category of "Favorite Live Venue." Now, we are honored to be selected and allowed to participate in the awards as a sponsor. It is truly our fantastic performers and wonderful guests that have brought us this far. Without them, The Hollywood Ballroom and all our venues would be just another spec on the vast Second Life map. Our staff and I would truly be honored again to receive your vote. Just click the link below to vote. I thank you for your consideration and support.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Making Strides with Earth Nirvana

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer (MSABC) & Be Hunted presents the I Feel, You Feel Hunt. The hunt will run from September 21 through October 31.

Item for sale in hunt

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Sponsors Needed for the I Feel, You Feel Competition

BE HUNTED’S Earth Nirvana is seeking 9 business owners to sponsor the “I Feel, You Feel” Hunt competition*. There are three levels of sponsorship for the hunt [Platinum ($300L), Gold ($200L), and Silver ($100L)], and three sponsors are needed for each level. Prospective sponsors will be asked to provide one (1) gift card for one of the three levels as a prize for the top 3 fundraisers in the hunt. Beyond providing incentives for hunt merchants, sponsors also receive great perks, which are laid out in chart below.

*NOTE: Merchants who are participating in the hunt may not apply for sponsorship.


Sponsor Application -


About the I Feel, You Feel Hunt
The I Feel, You Feel Hunt for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer (MSABC) will run grid-wide (beginning at Earth’s) from September 21 to October 31. Forty-five merchants from across the grid will be showcasing male, female, and unisex items ranging from apparel to home decor.

Monday, November 4, 2013

"So, You Think You Have Talent Contest "- Charity Event for Children : Our Sponsors

Timeless Trinkets and Something New  have come together to help raise funds for the real life program that has been helping children for over 25 years all over the globe.  

With our 1st SL "Do You Think You Have Talent Contest and Charity event", residents are encouraged to stop by either store and pick up an application to participate in the show, which will be featured in SL Enquirer.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Vendors, Sponsors, Learn about the Homeless Awareness Hunt -Shon Charisma Reporting...

If you are a creator in-world or a person interested in sponsoring worthwhile events, you will want to check out the upcoming Homeless Awareness Hunt, presented by Mental Health Awareness Retreat.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Want your name in the SL Enquirer and at our popular events?

The SL Enquirer is inviting business professionals across the grid to become part of the SLE by pledging as an SLE official sponsor. By donating 1000L, you will get a poster visible at our event locations and receive an ad banner on the SL Enquirer website.

Friday, September 7, 2012 is looking for writers to join their team! Contact Simone Peterman

Dear Readers and Sponsors,

In the past few months we were not able to publish our issues regularly due to some internal problems that are now being resolved. Secondnighters magazine and Secondnights have built a solid reputation in the past three years consisting of honesty,integrity, and fairness. We are sorry for all the problems in the past but now we are ready to restart our production work. We will start with a September issue that we want to publish on September 15th and then the issue will come out each month thereafter on the 15th.

We need to ask each sponsor that purchased some special pack with us in the past month to please contact Simone Peterman directly to verify what you bought, and what we need to do to complete our offer (interview, double adv pages, etc).

Also, we would like to add that we are looking for new writers to improve the quality of our magazine.
We need writers to cover these areas:

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Second Life Celebrates Seventh Year with "Seasons of Hope" Theme for 2011

Virtual Online Event Reaches $1 Million Fundraising Milestone in Furthering the Quest for a World with Less Cancer and More Birthdays

 The seventh annual American Cancer Society Relay For Life® of Second Life took  place July 16-17, 2011, as avatars– three-dimensional, graphic visualizations of persons’ alter egos –representing cancer survivors, caregivers, their families and passionate supporters gathered virtually to commemorate "Seasons of Hope." Together, celebrated the lives of those who have endured and those who are currently battling cancer, remembered loved ones lost, and are fighting back against the disease by raising funds to help further the American Cancer Society’s vision of a world with less cancer and more birthdays.

For the latest developments visit,