Belli Neighbourhood Is Haunted
Extra, Extra! Read all about it! Evil spirits take over a Bellisseria neighborhood, causing property value prices to drop drastically. Residents flee their homes for their lives, some not even taking the time to abandon it first!
Millbank was a quiet and pleasant neighborhood. It had a lovely camping ground just outside of town, a scenic little lake area and several nice houses. The key word here is “was” – things changed suddenly on October 5th when the ghost of a disgruntled ex-mole decided to take over the neighbourhood. He brought some evil spirits along and they attacked the campsite, massacring campers and leaving a warning for the townspeople to evacuate quickly. (The aftermath of this is pictured above.)
Also, the cute little lake transformed suddenly into a dangerous swamp (pictured above). Did I mean it when I said “dangerous?” Yes I did. People who walk the pier to go fishing have been known to disappear suddenly. There are rumors of a large octopus lurking in the dark swamp waters, but this reporter is not brave enough to go verify those rumours.
Plants and trees died suddenly and graveyards started popping up in what used to be beautifully landscaped neighbourhoods. And something happened to the sun... it was suddenly always night. Resident scientist Dr Matterson was unable to explain these sudden changes. He was going to study them, but the interior of his house was suddenly rearranged (image below) and that caused him to abandon his research and flee the area.
The neighbourhood quickly went downhill. Weeds grew up pretty much overnight, windows started breaking on their own, paint peeling, roof shingles flying off for no reason, etc. (One such house is pictured below.) Some residents remained long enough to board up their broken windows, others did not. Electricity went out inside the houses, forcing the few who remained to use candles to light their homes… but strangely the exterior lights continued to function. That scared off most of the residents. The few who were the last to leave tell stories of furniture floating in the air, of butcher knives flying off kitchen counters and barely missing them, etc.
I was able to interview one resident, Joe Synic. He had recently invested his life savings into a beautiful new home in Millbank. When a graveyard suddenly popped up in his yard, he immediately listed his house for sale, hoping to recoup some of his investment. But alas, that was not to be. The house and graveyard both began to sink. Soon there were only the ruins of the house and several corpses floating in a newly formed swamp. Joe feels he was lucky to get out with his life and has no plans to return to Millbank.
Stories of these strange occurrences have caused a wave of tourists to come visit Millbank and see this for themselves. But visitors are warned… Do not stay after sunset. Those who have disregarded that warning have disappeared, never to be seen again.
I was asked to go back and do a second story on the missing tourists, but I have declined that assignment. This reporter’s recommendation is to stay away if you value your life!
Article and photographs by Teresa Firelight
On November 1st at 0:00AM SLT the BBB passport system will be migrated to a new server. The switch will happen instantaneously and no action is needed on your part. Stamps collected during one to two hours before the switch may seem to be missing briefly, but will reappear automatically by 2.00AM SLT at the latest.
The migration will be totally transparent to all passport holders - except for two nice benefits. Firstly, your passport pages will turn faster. Secondly, there will no longer be any need for periodic synchronisation with the StampsOnPP HUD. New stamps collected will immediately show on your personalised web page when you run the HUD
We hope you enjoy these upgrades. Happy stamp hunting!
EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
|If you have one of our stamp terminals at your place and you're having an event there or would like to make any other announcement, just let us know and we'll be happy to feature it here. Please drop a notecard on the Editor Dave (Lord.Junibalya) in-world or use the Email the Editor link in the sidebar to send us your information, posters or photos.
Limoncello Gallery in Bellisseria is moving
The Gazette Online Travel Guide (GOTG) and StaFi HUD will be updated. There is no new stamp as this is not a new location. The gallery is on the same plot in Sirinial on the Squishy Pickle archipelago of sandbanks. It's just been moved from a skybox into the upper deck of a spiffy new design of houseboat. Check out the new space (and sneak a look at Dave's home downstairs if you wish).
Full details of the move can be found at the Limoncello News, which long-time readers will remember was the original home of The Gazette before we launched as an independent publication.
Here is a limo to drop you off at the end of the red carpet.
NEW LDPW PASSPORTS
At SL20B, the Moles and Lindens who issued stamps for our users' passports were wonderfully enthusiastic about our system. Our CEO Bel promised them at the time that we would issue a special passport for their use in future. We are delighted to announce that those LDPW passports are about to be issued. They will be available to Moles and Lindens only from a special passport dispenser at the LDPW Construction Yard.
For the rest of us, here's a mock-up of what the LDPW passport will look like. The real ones won't have the "Honorary" tag on them of course!
Thanks for all you do for us, stalwarts of the LDPW. We hope you enjoy using your new passports! And congratulations on the very cool new tree houses in Fantasseria!!
Regular Update meeting with Lindens and Moles
The BBB's regular meeting with the Lindens and Moles took place last Thursday. Patch and Derrick Linden and Abnor Mole attended and we presented our progress to date (45,000 stamps collected this year alone!) and our plans for the future. You can imagine that your editor was happy to hear that Patch is a regular reader of The Gazette. All of us at at the BBB very much appreciate the support we get in our community endeavours from the Lindens and the Moles.
Photo credit: AmandaT Tamatzui
There's a new rustic café at Little Coverston Harbour in Seogyeoshire. You can watch the ferry to Pyri Peaks ply its trade or soak up the atmosphere of this little port. It is at the seaside end of the superb Zany Zen Railway; one of our favourite things in Second Life®. Seogyeoshire is a themed community that sprang up around the ZZR. It's a great example of just how good Mainland SL can be, if residents get together to work on something.
Blogging Outpost is a co-working space for people who want a quiet place to update their blogs, write their memoirs, do translations or just hang out. There are two ChatGPT muses available, as well as coffee, tea, refreshments and a place to sail a boat.
Bellisseria has opened an embassy to the alien planet of Tambalya, which is AmandaT Tamatzui's region-wide sci-fi art installation at the SLEA. There, you can now get your passport from Second Life® stamped, or you can obtain an Tambalyan passport (equally compatible with BBB technology) and become a citizen.
On November 2nd, there will be a premiere on Planet Tambalya of Digital Rain 2023: Part 1 , a machinima movie by film-maker Macguyver Mode. After the screening, there will be a Q&A session. The stamp will be placed in time for the screening and will remain for two weeks afterwards to give people who can't attend the event the chance to collect it.
|Fen's Boathouse Café JE
|Blogging Outpost BE
|Bellisserian Embassy to Planet Tambalya PE
Digital Rain PE
Event Nov 2, from 7-8pm SLT