Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Shake your moneymaker

I found kind of a cool way to make lindens and see some of the, um, lesser-known parts of Second Life.

(We Travel wall decal by If Walls Could Talk. The "and lindens" part was added by me though. Contact me if you want me to come write that on your wall as well.)

OK, maybe the word "cool" is kind of a stretch, but if you're bored and you have time to kill, it's something. I found it while I was eating toast and trolling for free stuff on Marketplace. It's called the SL TRAVEL MONEY HUD ("Make Money NOW!!!") and it's sort of like a mobile way to camp for lindens. Go get a free one HERE and put it on.

Ready? OK.

Click the "Travel" button on the HUD and you'll get a menu asking you if you want to travel or cash out existing lindens you've earned. If you click the "Travel" menu option, you'll get a menu that looks like this:

Now for instance, if "Destinaton [sic] DanceFloor" doesn't look like your thing, you can click "Next" and it'll keep giving you destination options for varying amounts of time/lindens. (Once I clicked a 20-minute destination and crashed when I was on minute 18. I cried.)

Once you get to a place, you'll probably see other half-rezzed yahoos wandering around also trying to earn lindens, and you'll usually get a menu like this:

There is a little bit of a language barrier. I don't know what "be lock for visit" means, because it's not like you'll be trapped there if you click "Yes."

If you don't get that menu when you land, look for a kiosk that says "SLTB" and touch it (see below). That'll usually work. Sometimes you may have to follow a beacon to get to the exact destination. If you still don't get a menu, check to see if your HUD is counting down your time anyway. If not, click "Travel" and mosey on to the next place.

Note: You WILL get bitch-slapped if you get somewhere and try to just stand in one place. You'll get a stern message like the one above, telling you to "be active, walk around and discover the products within this place." So be active, dammit! Shake your moneymaker all over the damn place! Ironically, you'll also get reprimanded if you stray too far from the landing point though.

Some places have their own rules posted:

"You must Not turning in circles, Not going up and down, back and forth all Time!" That sounds like my whole life, actually. I need to make a sign like that and hang it in my real house.

(These photos remind me of the good old days of blogging as a noob, when most of my photos either showed the back of my AV's head or my AV looking warily at something.)

As I mentioned, your HUD will count down your time at each stop. When you're done, it'll tell you to click "Travel" if you want to go somewhere else. Many times you'll end up in empty clubs.


There are also many adult destinations, so just be aware. Once I ended up in a sex club for 10 minutes. After about 90 seconds, I wanted to yell, "I'M UNCOMFORTABLE! EVERYBODY PUT YOUR CLOTHES ON AND QUIT IT!" I need a T-shirt that says, "Kinda Prudish So Put That Thing Away and Cover Your Crack."

GOD. HELP. US. ALL. (Obviously this is not a sex club, but I really wanted to use and then quickly delete this pic I snapped of some chick KEEPIN' IT KLASSY at The Dressing Room Blue. Nice pants!)

Sorry. Back to traveling for money: One of my destinations was The All New Cheeky Mouse Club (it's all new!) and I found a box there with these HUDS. So if you don't use Marketplace, you can still grab one inworld — see credits at bottom.

I got my travelin' boots on! (Veracruz boots by Crazy. Insert "the M word" here.)

I cashed out after 6L. WOOHOO! Drinks are on me! And YES! I did get paid! It was kind of exciting! Now I only have to make 1494 more lindens and I can pay the rent on one of my farm parcels!

If you don't have the time or the inclination to become an SLTB travel ho, or "purchased visitor," as the Website refers to us, you can also occasionally make decent lindens by taking surveys about your time in SL. There are real scientist-type people out there who are FASCINATED by the fact that you live vicariously through an avatar!

— Join the First Opinions Panel in Second Life. I've been a member for a couple of years. They'll email you invitations to take paid online surveys, usually about your AV's habits in SL. When you're finished, you'll get a SLURL to a place where you can collect your lindens. Easy peasey. I believe each survey pays about 250L - 350L. If you sign up, please use my name as your referral — please, please, pretty please! If I refer two people by March 9, I'll get entered in a drawing to win 1000L. Hey, every linden counts! CLICK HERE TO JOIN.

RTI International (in Research Triangle Park, NC) is conducting an online Digital Life & Wellness Survey, which aims to collect information about SL residents' health, wellness and medical conditions. If you choose to participate, first you'll take a screener survey to see if you meet their demographic. If so, you'll take a 15- to 20-minute survey (you don't have to reveal your RL name) and collect 1000L upon completion. I did, and it was painless. (I immediately went on an irresponsible shopping spree and bought the Print Dress in Teal shown in this post — it's by one of my all-time favorite SL designers Milla Michinaga of MichaMi.) Here's the link to the screener survey: CLICK THIS! If you use it, please send me your name so I can submit it as someone I've referred. I'll get 100L for every person I refer who completes the entire survey. (WOOHOO!) In turn, you'll be able to do the same thing once you finish.

All these fake clubs have made me yearn for a real cocktail, so I'm gonna go mix some mandarin orange vodka with some cranberry juice and have a happy moment in RL. Ciao!

- Get a free SL Travel Money HUD inworld HERE or on Marketplace HERE
- If you're a sim owner/merchant who wants to add your destination to the SL Travel Money HUD, visit the Website HERE.

Dress - MichaMi - Print Dress in Teal
Boots - Crazy - Veracruz M*sh Boots
Hair - Shag - Pussy Galore in Butterscotch, Roots
Necklace - PurpleMoon Creations - Selva Necklace in Brown
Sunglasses - BOOM - lil bow peepers in Zebra Print
Leggings - Aura - Snug Leggings (Opaque) in Dirt
Skin - Belleza - Lily in Sunkissed (Christmas gift)
Wall decal - If Walls Could Talk - We Travel (menu-driven color-change)


Harlow Iphis said...

Hey there! thanks for the info on that HUD. I don't think I'll make millions but it'll be handy for those hunts that require Ls. :D

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the info. I made 80 linden in one day, so I passed your blog along to some new residents.

Bri Zanzibar

Emerald Wynn said...

You're welcome! And oh, that's FABULOUS, Bri! Damn, and I think I gave up after 11 lindens - I need to hoof it around a little more! :)

Deoridhe said...

I am so tempted to set this up on an alt... if I do, I promise you'll be my pimp, Emerald!

I also should put it on my newbie resources.

Do you know, my newbie resources get the most traffic on my page, but the only comment I've ever gotten was a newbie begging for money?

Alicia Chenaux said...

I so badly now want to set up a kiosk thing on Bluebonnet and just watch people wander around. LMAO!!

Emerald Wynn said...


We'll hide and take pictures! :D

Emerald Wynn said...

P.S. Deoridhe, can I borrow 50L? (LOL)