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New to Second Life? Check out these locations that offer orientations, tutorials and other resources for new virtual world Residents.


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Builder's Brewery

Builder's Brewery

Established in 2008, Builder's Brewery is one of Second Life's oldest destinations for learning. Visit and take a free training class and learn all about building, textures, scripting, mesh, animations, and more. Join their 3x award-winning group, and there is even a Sandbox for builders. Check their website for their schedule of educational events. More info at buildersbrewery.com

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Mindful Cove

Mindful Cove

Mindful Cove exists to provide both an entry point into Second Life, and an ongoing community region for newcomers and long-time residents alike, based on the core principle that SL can be an excellent place to engage in activities that support emotional and mental well-being.

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Firestorm Gateway

Firestorm Gateway

New residents are invited to learn the day-to-day basics of Second Life on this lush, wooded tutorial path. Learn movement, communication, outfits, and more. Assistance and mentoring are also available for new and experienced residents alike. All are welcome, but this tutorial zone is optimized for the Firestorm Viewer. (firestormviewer.org).

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The Faery Crossing Learning Grove

The Faery Crossing Learning Grove

When you take your first steps into Second Life, it can be overwhelming. We've all been there. You can go anywhere! Be anything! So... why not visit the Fae? Especially for newcomers to Second Life, they have constructed a fully interactive tutorial area, where you can learn how to walk, talk, shop, fly, and more. Attended by their wonderful Gateway Guides, the Gateway to the Faery Crossing will ultimately lead you to the lands below where you can explore the wonderful world of The Faery Crossing in its full splendor.

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New Resident Island

New Resident Island

New to Second Life? New Resident Mentors are active volunteers who are willing to help by sharing knowledge and useful tips in Second Life. New Resident Island was designed for simple and fun learning.

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New Citizens Incorporated

New Citizens Incorporated

New to Second Life? New Citizens Incorporated is a community-run portal offering help, education and support for new Residents.

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GBTH Welcome Area

GBTH Welcome Area

The GBTH Project is an art incubator here in Second Life. Their Welcome Area is meant to help and assist new Residents interested in seeing and developing art exhibitions on the grid. After checking the tutorial, feel free to explore the several exhibits on the region! More info at: thegbthproject.org

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London City Gateway

London City Gateway

The London Gateway is part of Linden Lab's Community Gateway program for New Residents. The gateway is based on RL Hyde Park in London and offers many activities, rides and attractions, and a tour. It has clickable information icons to explain the origins of each historic building.

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Virtual Ability

Virtual Ability

Virtual Ability is a place where people with disabilities and chronic illnesses can safely learn about virtual worlds. Details on VirtualAbility.org

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Dublin Community Gateway

Dublin Community Gateway

This remarkable recreation of Dublin's downtown area is full of interesting attractions and replete with Irish hospitality, bars, music, and great company.

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Please note that many venues listed on this page are not owned, managed or supervised by, or otherwise affiliated with Linden Lab, and Linden Lab does not endorse any of these venues. We provide this information solely as an informational service to the Second Life community.

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