**WARNING** This is a GoH post, it will make no sense to my regular fashion readers.
Let’s talk about this week’s Virtual Secrets. It has been over a decade since someone found me interesting enough to make a secret about me, so let’s talk about everything regarding this secret.
Linden Lab created a competitive environment, where they would only release one region at a time, so all of the homes are immediately snapped up within minutes. The best time to roll for a new home is during a new release and/or rolling-release (massive release of a new theme).
To add on to this stress, every premium account only has 5 abandons per 24 hour period, so even if many homes are available, you are limited in your chances to try. And unless you are rolling the minute you watch a region release, it’s incredibly hard to target a region.
When you are a Linden Homes enthusiast like me, you make some GoH friends along the way, these are the people that you run into all the time, on pre-released regions cos you both want a home on those regions. It’s true that I have a few Linden Homes, many of them I rolled during a rolling-release, and few were given to me by friends.
The person who made this secret about me is venting their frustrations at Linden Lab. The entire Linden Homes release process should be more transparent. For example, I would recommend that Linden Lab post the day that they will release a region, the name of the region, and the time (ex: 2PM-5PM SLT). This will give people who work every single day during the same business hours as Linden Lab, a fair chance to try on their phones.
Additionally, I would also recommend that Linden Lab save the finished regions and release 2-3 at once. If a region on average, has 20 homes, then it would be 20-60 homes released, giving everyone more of a chance to try.
Let’s talk about Barker, the region mentioned in the secret. I wanted just one house on Barker, since the moment I set my eyes on this region. It was grassy terrain, not my usual favorite (I love sand), but I wanted a particular home. I was at work when the sim released, but I have a lot of friends that are Bellisseria enthusiasts too, and they rolled some for me. My desire is not to own the entire neighborhood, but to be near friends who decorate within a certain aesthetics. Since the beginning of Bellisseria, I have always lived by my friends. They decorate better than everyone else in Second Life. So no, I did not ask “people” for their homes — my friend scored 2 waterfronts. And my neighbor gave me their house because they wanted someting actually on the water.
If you’re mad, roll better. Even with multiple accounts, friends, etc, there’s NO GUARANTEE that you will land the home of your dreams. As the title says, all is fair in Game of Homes.
My friend Kess owns the Virtual-Secrets site. She published the secret so I could personally address it on my blog. She doesn’t SL anymore, so she doesn’t understand why people are making secrets about Linden Homes.