Second Life Traffic Report: April’s All About Flowers and Free Love

April 1st, 2009  |  Published in Second Life Traffic Report, SL Entrepreneur Magazine

Compiled by Avarie Parker

This month has seen the beaches of Wilder Islands take a dramatic lead in overall visits for the month while continuing to maintain the #1 position. It looks like SL residents aren’t solely preoccupied with fashion as clothes are strictly prohibited at this ‘anything goes’ nude beach.  Frank’s Place has been bested by swank club 6th Element and once again, role play has taken a popular turn. Gaming sims Kingdom of Sand and Remembrance have both moved up a few places on this month’s chart. April is also a good month for the living dead as popular goth club, House of V, is back on the charts in place #9.

This month’s ‘Best of the Worst’ destination goes to Free At Last. As the name suggests, it’s an island where just about anything goes. Hidden among the blooming gardens are many fun pose balls ranging from tamer G ratings to racier XXX. If you’re lucky, you may even find a willing playmate hidden among the azalea bushes.

Per usual, you won’t find camping chairs, free lindens, automated avatars, or “bots” listed in any of the SLENTRE.COM’s top 10 sites. The weekly population data was compiled by a 3rd party source and then reviewed to exclude any sites that engage in tactics designed to boost traffic rankings. What remains is an accurate listing of where real Second Life residents are dancing, chatting, spending Lindens, and enjoying their second lives.

1 SL Location holding steady Wilder Islands, Owner – Gunter Vandyke
2 SL Location moving up the chart The 6th Element , Owner – Dakota Neumann
3 Frank’s Place, Owner – Gymmy Sinatra
SL Location moving up the chart Purgatorio, Owner – Kora Zenovka
SL Location moving up the chart Remembrance, Owner – Luxa Budan
SL Location moving up the chart Midnight Reflections, Owner – Missbehavin Neva
Laguna Bay, Owner -Martin Mounier
SLeek, Owner – Hummer Corleone
SL Location moving up the chart House of V, Owner – Vveronica Pony
Badlands, Owner – Jesse Murdock
Free At Last, Owner – JoLeeLo Olivier
Stayed the same Moved up Moved down New entry

Wilder Island's beaches house many sexy pose balls, palm trees and waterfalls in Second Life.









1) Wilder Islands, Owner – Gunter Vandyke

Self-described as ‘one of the best nude beaches in Second Life,’ Wilder Islands is sure to deliver. The wildly popular sim offers ‘free sex of all kinds,’ dancing, windsurfing and MANY ‘areas for intimate moments.’ Wilder Islands has rocketed up the charts, making it’s debut as the #3 most popular sim in Second Life. The sim consists of a lovely landscaped beach, palm trees and sexy pose balls.

Sign posted to all Wilder Islands visitors, requests no clothes or swimwear only.

(Sign posted to all Wilder Island’s visitors requests no clothes or swimwear only.)

There are signs posted on the beach imploring visitors to wear swim suits or nothing at all as street clothes are not permitted. Just the thing if you are looking for a quickie on the sand with a stranger. And apparently, Second Life is still filled with many residents who are fixated on sex. No surprise as the platform offers complete anonymity along with free voice chat and incredible graphics and animation.

Mactabilis Gravois claims that Second Life residents visit the islands to make new friends.

(Mactabilis Gravois discusses why Second Life residents visit the islands.)

But despite the obvious sexual lure, SL resident Mactabilis Gravois claims that visitors to the islands are more interested in making friends than hooking up. He argues that “most people come here to find friends.”

The 6th Element's newly designed entrance is worth the visit alone according to SL resident Symon Chesnokov














 2) The 6th Element , Owner – Dakota Neumann 8/128/128/20

The 6th Element, owned by Dakota Neumann, is a large dance club where one can find music, modern design, parties, and live DJ’s.

Bar area just off the main dance floor offers an excellent opportinity to people watch.

(5th Element Club in Second Life offers dancing and intimate areas to chat.) The newly designed club, created by Dakota Neumann himself, evokes a sense of modern sophistication. The only complaint: lag. It is often so busy with Second Life scenesters that just getting to the dance floor can be problematic. SLENTRE.COM recently profiled The 6th Element, outlining the new design elements and getting up close and personal with the owner.

The 6th Element's new dance floor sprawls beneath the open sky peaking through the modern rooftop

(The 6th Element’s new dance floor sprawls beneath the open sky peaking through the modern rooftop)

Mr. Neumann was nice enough to sit down with SLENTRE.COM to discuss the club’s continuing success:

Avarie Parker: Your club grows more popular month after month and when I first did an article on it, it was a topless club. Were you the owner then, and if so, why did you change the format??

Dakota Neumann: I have always been the owner, yes. This club is the 6th in a row – first one was built in spring 2006. It was originally a dance-topless club. I did change it for strategic reasons and it’s been a great decision. GOL is a large company; 18 sims, residential islands and design sales. I wanted to cut any connection with sex.

AP: Do you own all 18 sims?

DN: Yes.

AP: So as you cut back on the sexual element, the success of the club increased?

DN: I have to say the club has always been successful, but now it’s consistently popular. It’s a pure dance club now with nothing – no shops or anything else – to increase traffic. We don’t have events and we don’t give out money.

AP: I love the design. Who designed and built it?

DN: I do the design and build all the projects on my sims. All of GOL was born because of my passion for the design and architecture. I build a new club every 6 months, changing styles along the way. That way we are always offering something new. So we can evolve.

AP: So why do people keep returning to the club?

DN: It’s a mixture – djs, great manager, cool environment.  Many managers and staff have been with the club since the very beginning in 2006. It’s like a family.

Frank's Place is the most popular club in Second Life










3) Franks Place, Owner – Gymmy Sinatra Place, Second Life Top Destination

Frank’s Place is a 30’s/40’s style jazz club paying homage to Frank Sinatra. According to Ray Trafalgar, one of the managers, the place is packed nightly with 80+ residents. The sim also houses a mall where one can find the formal wear required to gain entrance into the club.

Formal attire is requested at the Second Life Jazz Club, Frank's Place

(Formal attire is requested at the Second Life Jazz Club, Frank’s Place)

“We try hard to keep the formal attire enforced and have a security of some 25 to keep it that way,” says Trafalgar. “If you enjoy the music of Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, and the Rat Pack, then this is your place.”

Kingdoms of Sand Action Role Play in Second Life

4) Purgatorio, Owner – Kora Kenovka

Purgatorio is home to the very popular Kingdom of Sand action role-play game. As with most Second Life role play adventures, Kingdom of Sand has an extensive set of rules and a complex storyline. You can read more about both on their website.Map of Kingdom of Sand sim, Purgatorio in Second Life

(Map of Ireem, home to Kingdom of Sand’s fictional storyline on Purgatorio in Second Life)

The game is based around the Arabian fantasy city of Ireem, lending an exotic and breathtaking backdrop for the virtual role play. One of the participants, Keil Ansar, was nice enough to take a few minutes to chat with me out of character.Kingdoms of Sand Action Role Player, keil Ansar(Kingdoms of Sand Action Role Player, keil Ansar )

Avarie Parker: So how long have you been a member of this role play?

Keil Ansar: I have been enjoying this game for about 5 months now. I am a gardener and a citizen and so I don’t participate in battles.

AP: What’s the goal of the game?

KA: The goal is to have fun! Men and women joke around all day like kids and become very good friends. I very much enjoy the community and the sim itself is SO beautiful. I love to just wander around looking at the beautiful scenery.

Nor Sim - 2 players interact in the second life roleplay

5 ) Remembrance, Owner – Luxa Budan

Remembrance, or NOR sim, is one of 12 islands housing a dark roleplay and combat sim. According to Savina Decosta, who has been playing for over a year, the primary goal is to defeat other players and gain power.

Sevina Decosta, Second Life roleplay player

( Savina Decosta, group leader)

She is a Lycan and “fights with her claws.”

Nor roleplay sin in Second Life

(The city and combat area on the Nor sim)

When asked if there are there public battles, Savina replied; “Yes, HUGE public battles”.

Top 10 newcomer, Midnight Reflections

6 ) Midnight Reflection, Owner – Missbehavin Neva

Midnight Reflection is a sim that boasts “love and romance”. It is decorated with lush foliage and beautiful waterfalls. The center of activity is the large dance floor nestled among the high clifftops. A pathway runs along the upper ledge of the rocks making for beautiful views and a nice romantic getaway from the action on the dance floor. The owner, Missbehavin, is very friendly, accessible and willing to answer questions.Second Life Resident on the dance floor at Midnight Reflections

(Monet Bury sports her new frock on the dance floor at the Midnight Reflection sim)

One resident, Money Bury, makes Midnight Reflections a major part of her regular stomping grounds.”I love it here! They have many dances and events. Most everyone is rather friendly and there is always someone here. Evenings they have events, contests, a live DJ and theme nights.”

Laguna Bay Nude Beach, Top Destination in Second Life

7) Laguna Bay Nude Beach, Owner – Martin Mounier Bay Nude Beach, Top Destination in Second Life

Laguna Bay Nude Beach is an adult sim that is heavily populated with unclothed and clothed avatars alike.Laguna Bay Nude Beach, Top Destination in Second Life









There are many ocean side areas to chat, cuddle, sun bath, etc.
SLeek Beach Club, newest addition to the SLENTRE.Com Top 10 Locations in Second Life

8 ) SLeek, Owner – Hummer Corleone

SLeek is the newest club to hit the SLENTRE.COM Traffic Report. The vibe is fresh and international and there seemed to be many chats going on in languages other than English.DJ Jasmine spins funky house electronica at SLeek, Second Life dance club

(DJ Janine Cummings spins funky house electronica at SLeek, Second Life dance club)

Club manager and SLeek DJ, Janine Cummings, was happy to answer a few questions about the club and why it’s so popular among residents:

Avarie Parker: Why do residents come to the club?

Janine Cummings: Residents come here to dance, talk and meet other people from over the world. A lot of people simply hangout at the beach area, which is packed with people windsurfing, parasailing, kite boarding, swimming and a wide range of activities to discover.

AP: What is the music like?

JC: We’re focused on House music and have a wide range of DJs playing here from all over the world.

AP: How long have you been DJing at SLeek?

JC: I DJ very rarely, because I am too busy with other projects in SL. I do the DJ bookings for the Club. I work in the music business in RL, so it’s interesting for me to spot new talent in SL.

AP: How long has the club been around?

JC: SLeek has existed for two years now. The actual location (Region) has been around since February 2007.

AP: Do you make good money?

JC: I guess the fact that that the club has continued running for two years speaks for itself.

AP: Why did the owner open the club?

JC: SLeek is not only a dance Club. Hummer Corleone (Owner) runs his Furniture and Gym Equipment business on the Sim and some selected shops featuring the best designers in SL (including Sartoria Traveller Bade [Men’s Clothing], Wrong [Women’s Clothing], Kalnins [Eyewear], SOREAL, Akeyo, Hyperion Studio [Shapes], Concrete [Urban Wear] and RE.ACT).

AP:What are the best nights to come out?

JC: We run events with changing life-DJ’s every Day in European peak time (12-04 PM SLT).

House of V hosts slave auctions in Second Life

9) Chained Lust ( House of V), Owner – Vveronic Pony

House of V on the Chained Lust sim is one of the most popular BDSM clubs in Second Life. Closed to anyone under 18, the club works to ensure that all who participate in activities here are willing participants and not innocent victims. There is a large billboard with the following warning:

Every Tuesday and Friday is Member’s Day. Any paid up House of V member or Gold member can claim the free use of anybody they find at House of V on Tuesdays and Fridays (Midnight to Midnight SLT). This includes HoV escorts, dancers, staff, friends, and non-member visitors.
The only people who can say no are House of V members, Gold members, HoV Concierges, DJs and HoV Officers. The only safe places are the landing and vendor areas! If you don’t want to be used, we advise you leave or stay in the safe area.
Duration of any session is 30 minutes minimum.

18 and under not allowed at House of V in Second Life

So what does the term ‘free use’ mean exactly? I had a chance to talk to Ebony Takacs, House of V Concierge, for the juicy details:

“We are a rather friendly bunch – it IS BDSM sim of course, but I feel residents come here for the chatter and the obvious – to dance, hang out, and have fun. It’s open not only to those in Dom/Sub but for anyone who likes to play and follow the rules. I will say that its best for members on Tuesdays and Fridays. On those days, members are able to claim others – sometimes they do, sometimes they don’t.
For 30 minutes a member can claim you as a sub and you do what she asks.
This can often mean something as innocent as dancing. However, this is an adult sim, so other things happen as well.
I like it because you never know from day to night what you might see.”

House of V Concierge, Ebony Takacs dances while working at the club.

(House of V Concierge, Ebony Takacs dances while working at the club.)

Do you make money here?

“Honestly, Tuesdays and Fridays? Not much. Other days more.
I must admit I have worked and not gotten paid much,
but I have made up to 2 or 3,000L ($8.00 -$12.00). But trust me, this is not common.
It is fun to work here. That and the people I interact with outweigh the money I make.
At the House of V, come out and enjoy dom/subs, beasts, your fantasy – this is what it means to me.”
Bad Girls Club, Top Destination Second Life

10) Badlands, Owner – Jesse Murdock

Badlands hosts Bad Girls club, one of SL’s most popular nightclubs.
Bad Girls Club, Top Destination Second Life
Floating above the packed dance floor is an intimate private area to chat and escape the crowd.

Free At Last is SLENTRE'S 'Best of the Wors' for April

500)Free At Last, Owner – JoLeeLo Olivier

Free At Last is an Island with very few rules. The idea is to come and explore the freedom to do whatever you choose. The introductory notecard reads “Free at Last Love Island is a place where you are free to do as you like. Still, we have to set some rules and we expect you to respect them.” The rules are fairly standard: 1) No harassment 2) No spamming 3) No child avatars 4) No weapons. The Island is littered with many different pose balls including cuddles, kissing, as well as more ‘intimate’ poses.

Free At Last visitor, Miceh Landar, was impressed by the multitude of pose balls.

(Free At Last visitor, Miceh Landar, was impressed by the multitude of pose balls.)

The landscape includes colorful flowers, dizzying patterns and flowering trees of every variety. Newcomer, Miceh Landar just about summed it up when he quipped, “Lots of pose balls.”

*This report was compiled using the powerful mapping tools provided by Mappa Novus, Their in-house data collection technology regularly collects population data for each region of the Second Life metaverse. The data is stored over time so various statistical analyses can be made. Any sim that offers camping, free-lindens, or bots is disqualified.

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