Snakes Alive

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A few years ago, I really got into reading anything I could get from Alan Dean Foster.  His novels are a fun read; imaginative, fast-paced and, in a lot of cases, just good light-hearted fun.  He’s written a lot of Science Fiction and Fantasy, including a series called Midworld, which takes place in a Commonwealth of planets in some distant galaxy.  The protagonist is a red head named Flynx, who has a friend named Pip, who happens to be a flying telepathic venomous snake creature.  In the novels she’s called an Alaspinian Minidrag.  I loved the character so much that I named my Brazilian Rainbow Boa after her.  Pip did eventually meet Mr. Foster at a convention when she was about half grown, and that’s where I learned he’s a big snake fan.  I knew he was a kindred spirit!

Then along came Second Life, and the ability to build whatever we want.  Imaginations soar, and fantasies come to life.  Well as much as they can come to life in a virtual Internet 3D platform.  As I learned to build things, I built some flying snakes using regular prims and sculpties.  They were a homage to Alan Dean Foster and his Midworld series character.  Initially I called them “Alaspinian MInidrags”.  A short time later, Mr. Foster emailed me asking that I change the name.  See, that name is licensed, he reasoned.  While I’d love to let you use the name, you really have to pay for the right.  No problem, I say.  I’m just a huge fan and wanted to make something as a homage, but you’re a cool dude and I have zero reason to antagonize you, my friend.

So the shoulder pets I had made became flying snakes.  I made a few different varieties along the way including a Rainbow Boa, a Mexican Black King Snake, and others.  They sold reasonably well, and Second Life gained some cute reptilian shoulder pets.

Then Mesh happened.  I really wanted to redesign the flying snakes, so I set about creating the new Flutter Snakes.  These little critters are 100% original mesh, and modify/copy so you can resize them to fit your shoulders.  They will be available in several varieties including milksnake, boa, and python.  I hope to debut them at Fantasy Fair this year in Second Life (May, 2014).

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Zoot Suit Riot

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Avatar Bizarre has been invited to participate in a monthly event in Second Life called Genre.  It took me a bit to decide what I would do for the Big Band 1930s and 1940s Era Genre.  Having accidentally misread the note card, I was thinking, “Oh, great.  I can finally get around to making that Royal Flying Corps uniform from The Great War!  Then reality hit me and I realized that the whole notation about disallowing Nazi insignia, etc made a whole lot more sense once my reading skills kicked in and I noticed the organizers actually did mean that period right around World War II.  Oops.

No problem.  Avatar Bizarre specializes in Vintage clothing, as well as all the Historic, fantasy, and Gothic stuff that gets made.  Plus guys in Second LIfe are seriously under represented on the grid and in these huge events.  I’m hoping my latest creation will draw the guys in, at least a little bit.
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Thus was the Avatar Bizarre Zoot Suit (mark II) born!  100% original, and 95% rigged mesh (there’s a Second Life Shirt Layer), this stunning example of 1930s flashy male attire includes the pants, jacket with chain, fedora, collar and tie, and wingtips, plus the requisite alphas for all three.  I did make it in one size; however, most guys tend to fit pretty well into this particular size.  It may be a bit big on male avatars that use the female base as part of their shape.  I would highly recommend checking out the fit with the demo first.  All demos at Avatar Bizarre are free and Transfer only, so you can share between alts and friends.

Rigged mesh cannot really be altered all that much, though you should be able to tint it if you desire.  The hat, collar/tie, and the shoes are unrigged and fully modifiable.  Please make copies before you attempt to modify any piece of clothing in your inventory.

The Zoot suit will be available at Genre in April.  For the run of the event, the entire ensemble will cost you a mere 100L!  After that, the price goes up.  It’s also going to be available in several colors.

Zoot suit riot
throw back a bottle of beer
Zoot suit riot
Pull a comb through your coal black hair
Zoot suit riot
throw back a bottle of beer
Zoot suit riot
Pull a comb through your coal black hair
Blow Daddy! ~ Cherry Poppin’ Daddies

The Goddess Hera – A New Fitted Mesh Toga

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As you may or may not be aware, Linden Lab has adopted Fitted Mesh into its lexicon of shinies, which periodically make Second Life residents happy.  Fitted mesh, unlike regular rigged mesh, incorporates something like eight extra bones in the rigging.  In layman’s terms, this means that you can use more sliders in the Edit Avatar window while wearing a fitted mesh object, and the mesh on bits like the butt, boobs, and love handles will expand or contract accordingly.  While it isn’t a perfect solution (you will probably still need to wear an alpha to hide pokey outey bits), fitted mesh is a lot more flexible than relying on “standard sizes” which are anything but.

Avatar Bizarre is happy to present its first foray into the world of Fitted mesh:  The Hera Toga.  Each box contains the five standard sizes and alpha, in addition to the fitted mesh toga, just in case folks cannot use the viewers required to see fitted mesh.  If you’re on an older viewer and put on a fitted mesh item, it will likely have a lot of odd bits sticking out from the main mesh, and just generally looks really weird. 

The Hera Toga is currently available in seven luscious colors.

Don’t worry, guys, there’s a male fitted mesh toga coming very soon!

On the marketplace and inworld.

Twisted Hunt – March 1-31

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The Twisted Hunt is now upon us.  If you are unfamiliar with this event, it is the hardest hunt on the grid.  This is not a boast.  It is rock solid fact.  However, in spite of the difficulty of having hunt items moving constantly, a lack of a hint blog (you have to get hints through the group chat), and as many invisible decoys as you can eat, merchants and the organizers make this one of the most fun. In addition to the many fine gifts you can find in the normal part of the hunt, a lot of merchants give out extra gifts in their decoy boxes, put out gachas, have lots of sales, and go the extra mile with various games and mazes and mini hunts as well.  If you’re in the mood for a bit of grid hopping, this is definitely a solid and fun event with a fun group of people in the group helping each other out.

When you start the hunt, you are probably going to be OCD about it and go from the beginning to the endgame in order.  This works really well, but you can also skip around, if you find yourself having difficulty finding various items at first.  Don’t ever despair if you can’t find an item because chances are that item is going to find a new location at some point during the hunt.  They usually do.

If you do wish to start at the very beginning, the Twisted Headquarters is located here.  There are some fun gifts set out there, as well as hunt instructions, urls, and everything you might need to make your life a bit easier (or harder, as the case may be).

As you might have guessed by the picture heading this blog post, the item you need to find is a Hellraiser Puzzle Box.  It will be Eggplant colored (or Aubergine, if you’re bent that way).  For the color-impaired, that’s a kind of purple concoction.  The box will be spinning.  It will have edges.  Use hints to find it, or just try to find it on your own.  It’s recommended that you don’t use area search or wireframe.  These methods will only lead to tears of frustration.

Avatar Bizarre is happy to be a long-time sponsor and quarter organizer of this event.  It is the 2nd stop on the official hunt docket, and you will not only find a male and a female gift (eventually), but there are also many, many gachas.  IN addition to the gachas, there is a traditional limited edition shoulder pet cthulhu available for 50L.  It will only be available for the duration of the hunt.
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If you’d like to see some of the hunt gifts blogged, Shadowed Darkfury is providing some bloggishness for everyone. 

The Twisted Hunt runs March 1-31, has 105 stores participating, plus the endgame with all of its goodies.  Good luck!