The Newbie Guide to Sandboxes in Second Life

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In my recent post on unpacking boxes and objects, I learned that there were some free, newbie-friendly public sandboxes to explore in SL, and I was keen to check them out! Before I get to my recommended sandbox list though, here’s a trick if you’d like some additional privacy or open space in any sandbox or build-enabled area. Note: I use the Firestorm Viewer exclusively to connect to Second Life, but I believe these commands work on the official SL viewer and additional third-party viewers as well.

  • In the Nearby Chat box, type gth followed by any number of your choosing, up to 4000. This will immediately teleport you high into the sky, where you can build or rez objects away from any crowd you may encounter. Many people choose even number heights when they’re on sky platforms – 1000, 1500, 2000, etc – so if a sandbox is particularly crowded on that day, perhaps choose an odd number for a better result.
  • For example, let’s type gth 1772 into Nearby Chat hit the Enter key. You should immediately see yourself appearing (and falling from) high in the sky. Quickly click your mouse outside of the chat box, and then hit the Page Up button on your keyboard, which is the default hotkey for flying. This will stop your fall, and you’ll begin to hover in place.
  • Then once more in the Nearby Chat box, type rezplat, which will rez a platform directly beneath your feet, which you can then stand on by clicking on the Stop Flying button or by holding Page Down until you meet the platform. The default platform size is 30 meters, but I’ve reset this to 5 meters in my preferences (see below) because I generally wouldn’t need a large platform for unpacking boxes or similar. You’ll find these shortcuts in the Firestorm preference menu under Chat / CmdLine. Bear in mind that the location of the CmdLine section has changed in the Beta viewer, which I’m using. In older versions, I believe these shortcuts were under the Firestorm tab in Preferences.
Firestorm Preferences
Firestorm CmdLine Preferences Menu

So let’s visit some sandboxes! I decided to compile my recommended list into its own page, which I’ll keep updated in case the links change or locations come and go. Please click the link below to view the list, then come back for some additional tips:

Free & Public Sandbox Locations in Second Life

Second Life Sandbox Etiquette

Now that you’re armed with some sandbox SLURLs, what are the guidelines and best practices for utilizing these public spaces? While most have a stated auto-return allowance (which means that any items you’ve rezzed or built on their land will be automatically returned to your inventory after a set time period), some sandboxes will only return your items once you’ve left the parcel or logged out, and others may only clean or reset themselves once a day. However, just because you know your items will come back to you eventually, it doesn’t give residents free license to leave things lying around, especially if you’re unpacking lots of goodies.

Grumpy Unboxing Ever
Stop it right there and clean up your mess, young lady!

See all those packages and parcels? Believe it or not, some of them have a fair bit of land impact, which means leaving a lot of discarded objects lying around may take up a good amount of the prim allowance of the sandbox, potentially preventing others from making full use of the space. So always be respectful and clean up the area before you teleport away.

You may be thinking: “I’ve just rezzed a hundred or more boxes. Cleaning them up is going to take ages!” Luckily there’s a trick for that as well. To delete a large number of objects at once:

Quick delete trick!
Highlight all the things!
  • Right-click on any of your objects, and choose Edit from the menu.
  • While the Edit menu is open, click your left mouse button and drag a rectangle around all of the objects you’d like to delete. This is where rezzing them all close to one another is handy, but you can always zoom out if you need a wider view.
  • Once every object is highlighted in yellow (the color may vary depending on which viewer skin you use), right-click with your mouse on any highlighted object and choose Delete in the menu. You can also press the Delete button on your keyboard.

If all goes well, every highlighted object should have been deleted all at once. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy!

If you happen to miss an item, or for some reason an object doesn’t delete itself, you can always right-click it directly and use the same Delete function. But please bear in mind that if you delete items with No Copy permissions, they’re gone forever. The same goes if you happen to leave a No Copy item behind at the sandbox; once the auto-return kicks in, that item will be deleted rather than returned to your inventory. So be mindful of the permissions on the items you rez in-world, just in case!

Ahhhhh, all those boxed up purchases, freebies and gifts finally unpacked and ready to go in your inventory, and you’ve quickly cleaned up after yourself. Good job, avie! Go ahead, strike a silly, self-satisfied pose. You’ve earned it.

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7 thoughts on “The Newbie Guide to Sandboxes in Second Life

    Deoridhe said:
    May 15, 2015 at 11:57 pm

    Fantastic tutorial! I added it to my Newbie Resources, and you to my blogroll – love what you’ve done so far!

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      Ever Afterr responded:
      May 16, 2015 at 12:48 am

      Thank you so much for your lovely comment, Deoridhe. I’ll soon be updating my blogroll and will happily be adding yours as well; your “How NOT To …” series is brilliant, and you have a fabulous Newbie series yourself!

      Looking forward to more of your Sunday Squees; you’re giving me wonderful ideas for all sorts of interesting places to explore in SL! ^_^

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    Becky said:
    May 16, 2015 at 1:29 am

    Nice job, Ever. These are great tips – I had no idea about the rezplat command! I especially liked that you included a section on Sandbox Etiquette.

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      Ever Afterr responded:
      May 17, 2015 at 8:31 pm

      Thank you so much for your kind words, Becky. Really happy that you found a useful tip; I use rezplat all the time at sandboxes just to get a little peace and quiet. Love being high up there in the virtual clouds. :)

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    Markham Weatherwax said:
    May 18, 2015 at 12:16 pm

    It would be nice if you added a LiveJournal login widget to your Blog. ;)

    Good advice for sandboxes. Many folks just leave their items there, although some people do get logged out or disconnected before deleting or taking the items back. It’s very frustrating when it happens so they don’t log back in immediately, choosing to calm down first – which is a good thing. It makes for fewer broken keyboards. It happens a lot with new users because they have not configured their Internet or viewer properly yet.

    Some of the others are those who leave buildings sitting there. Most are actually new builders who are TPing back and forth because they are going to look at something they are trying to duplicate (because they don’t want to pay for it). *grin*

    The thing that really gets my goat are those who TP in right next to me and immediately begin rezzing items. They have no consideration for me or what I am doing, don’t move off to give some space, just start doing their own thing. I’ve actually had more than a few people pop buildings right onto me in a large sandbox area where we were the only two people in it.

    *sighs*

    I hope some of those people read your Blog entry, but I suspect that that kind of person doesn’t actually read.

    *chuckle*

    Markham

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      Ever Afterr responded:
      May 20, 2015 at 3:55 pm

      Hi Markham! Apologies for the delay; your comment mysteriously got caught in my spam filter. I’ve a feeling that WordPress doesn’t play nicely with Live Journal for some reason. They sadly don’t allow the option to use LJ as an option when leaving comments. Sorry about that!

      I’ve found that sandboxes which require group access (like Builder’s Brewery) or those that are not as publicly known (like Caledon Oxbridge) are the ideal first stop for new residents looking for generally quiet areas to rez or build. The nice thing about the other locations I put in my list is that some are adjacent to each-other so you can TP around and find the space or population level you’re most comfortable with. And others have a considerably longer auto-return for those who are working on more lengthy projects. It’s kind of a Goldilocks situation: visit a bunch of sandboxes and find the one that fits your needs and has the population (or lack thereof) and environment that suits you best. :)

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    […] Stay tuned for Part II (Electric Boogaloo?): The Newbie Guide to Sandboxes in Second Life. […]

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