It really is true--develop any new technology, someone will figure out how to play D&D on it. (Tip of the hat to Lord Bardhaven, who found it first.)
And China bans World of Warcraft from its shores--only three months after a Chinese ministry approved it for in-country play.
Also, if you have used, are using, or ever intend to use, any form of text-based communication...MEMORIZE THIS LINK. I swear, it's very nearly my biggest pet peeve in world. Even just one rule from that page--the rule that states, if you are in doubt on whether or not to use an apostrophe, to sound out "it is" for "its"/"it's" in your head, and determine which contraction you need--that would be INVALUABLE for people.
Seriously. (Though if you're using the possessive form, and you sound out "it is" for "its", and you get "it is ball" or "it is chainsaw" for "its ball" and "its chainsaw"...and you don't know how wrong that is? And you still want to make that possessive form "it's" instead of "its"? You have bigger problems.)
I admit, I was still in the haunted mood, so I went romping to see what haunted houses were left. Apparently, the Seattle sim had a haunted house they advertised as THE BEST IN SL. (Yes, just like that, all caps.)
I'm reasonably convinced they're wrong; but also, I don't have a lot of options. So off I went.
The sounds were overly loud, and there's some alpha glitching, but honestly, it could have been far worse. I'll even go one better and say their mix of haunted house tram ride, oversize haunts, and the Grimworx familiars paired with new images hidden around every corner made this honestly enjoyable.
An interesting, yet extremely simple technique, I found very effective. (It took a bit to capture one in the process of activating, as it were.) Instead of a script that changes the prim from invisible to visible, the overlarge images on the prims would fold up from flat under the house, and the tram would stop there, trapping us momentarily with each image. Surprisingly effective, as I said.
My only cautions: don't go in if you have epilepsy (lots of flashing lights), and don't go in if you have a phobia of clowns (lots of clowns). Other than that, press the button, strap in, go into Mouselook and enjoy the ride!
For as long as it lasts. After all, it is November now...