Playing Go in Second Life
This page lists opportunities for playing Go in the virtual world of Second Life and contains a brief history of the different communities that arose to play Go, and continue to do so.
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You can now play Go in Second Life at the Satori Kido Go Club, hosted by Evan Soulstar and Shambala Kimono. Come by and meet some of the Go players that used to play in Kido. Just visit the Satori sim, which is also a great place for many other activities, such as meditation, art, and other spiritual pursuits. You can even rent peaceful cabins and studios there to live and work in harmony with others. The coordinates are: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Satori/239/171/29
From the summer of 2012 to 2016, Kido Go Club was a place to play, learn or teach the game of Go, located at http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Kido%20Province/128/128/2. In 2016 Silent Ying quit SL and hence, Kido went offline.
Kido Province was a beautiful ancient Japanese SIM that was imagined and brought to life by Silent Ying. Besides playing Go, there were many wonderful places to explore:
- You could enjoy the comprehensive art gallery about Go
- Practice Tai Chi and meditation in the gardens
- Relax in the pavilions and talk with friends or listen to the music
It was a very special place, and the regulars will always remember it fondly. A place where friendships were forged that last to this very day.
We have wonderful gobans to play Go on inworld. Just like Kido province, these were scripted and built with alot of hard work and dedication by Silent Ying. The games provide lots of features for playing Go and PairGo with a timer/clock and board sizes from 19x19 to 5x5. They have high quality textures, realistic animations and sounds.
Go Center existed in Second Life at http://slurl.com/secondlife/Vineland/58/93/; it is, alas, closed as of 2012-Feb-03.
As of 2018-06-14, some information was still visible at https://gcsl.wordpress.com/.