Twisted Hunt’s Rewind

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The Twisted Hunt is a time-honored tradition of horror, mayhem, frustration, and anticipation.  You either love it or you hate it.  Well, okay.  Sometimes you love it and you hate it.  Twisted Hunt is not for the faint of heart, or for the die hard hunter using Area Search or any of the other hunt cheat methods.  It isn’t that those methods don’t work.  They do.  Just not well, when it comes to how merchants are encouraged to deal with things in this particular hunt.

If you have never done the Twisted Hunt as a hunter, be warned:  Objects in stores can be named so it looks like the hunt object to Area Searchers.  While there is a 10 *visible* decoy rule, merchants ARE allowed to hide empty hunt object decoys in walls and under floors.  If they aren’t visible, then hundreds can be used.  HOWEVER, the real hunt object is always supposed to be within 30 meters of the store’s landing point, and it cannot be hidden INSIDE another prim with only a tiny corner sticking out. 

There is no hint blog, but if you join the group chat going on incessantly during the hunt, you can ask for hints.  Other hunters will help out, and there are volunteers giving out hints of the last known locations of any given hunt item.  Oh, and by the way, merchants can and do move the hunt item, sometimes more than once a day.  You have been warned!

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As an organizer, I’m privy to the themes before they’re announced.  So I’ve created an avatar I call the Time Tripper.  It’s a bit horsey, a bit draconian, and a whole lot of weird.  This is just a sneak preview of the actual avatar.  I will also be making some gacha fun using the theme of Time.

In any case, the Twisted Hunt begins September 1, 2014.  This is the 12th Biannual Twisted Hunt, and we’re going for a full rewind of all the past colors and themes.

If you’d like to apply, please visit TwistedHunt.com and read the rules and stuff, then send in your application.  Good luck!

Leofwin, My Dear Friend…

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Leofwin is a name that conjures up images of the Medieval world and, indeed, it was the name of the actual Bishop of Litchfield, appointed by King Edward the Confessor of England around the 10th century A.D.  Leofwin is a name that means “dear friend”.  It is also the name of a new outfit in Avatar Bizarre’s growing collection of Gothic mesh items.

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A relatively simple ensemble, the Leofwin is smartly casual.  A rigged mesh jacket settles over a simple dragon emblazoned black teeshirt.  Polished metal chains criss-cross over the chest to hearken back to the days of wearing chain mail for protection.  Colored latex pants gleam smoothly, adhering tightly to the legs.  These are system layer pants that tuck into shiny leather boots.  The whole package includes five jacket sizes (along with the front of the shirt), a pair of unrigged boots, and the pants, plus a couple of alpha layers for good measure.

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Leofwin is available in several jewel-toned colors, plus black for the Gothy-Goths out there.

On the Marketplace and available inworld.

The Vatican Rag – Pontifical Swiss Guard Uniforms

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I was approached recently about creating the Pontifical Swiss Guard uniforms.  Apparently there’s a whole role playing group centered around The Vatican, and all three uniforms were required.  In the order of appearance (I have not completed the last one yet) we have the functional work uniform, the decorative and formal red, yellow and blue uniform, and the Commander’s uniform, which includes a fair bit of armor.

The first uniform up for your perusal is the functional daily blue uniform, which hasn’t changed much since the early 1500s, when the Swiss Guard first became a Thing in the courts of Europe.  While the Swiss Guard actually did pull duty in a variety of different areas at its inception, it’s best known now as a Pontifical guard at The Vatican.

AB Swiss Guard - Vatican (Regular Duty Uniform)

Available inworld and on the Marketplace, the blue Swiss Guard uniform includes a rigged mesh tunic or doublet, rigged pants, unrigged beret, unrigged shoes, system stockings, system gloves, and for the Slink Enhanced avatar, appliers for gloves.  There’s a free demo, so feel free to try it out.  Everything but the system stockings and gloves will work on a custom mesh avatar. 

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The more formal Pontifical uniform is more widely known.  Like the blue version, this is mostly rigged mesh, with unrigged shoes and beret.  It’s Slink enhanced, but also includes the system gloves.  This will work fine for both classic Second Life Avatars and for Custom Mesh Avatars.  But, like all mesh things, please try the demo first!

AB Swiss Pontifical Guard (Formal)

Also available inworld and on the marketplace.

 

Tudors Down and To the Left

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I was recently asked to make the Swiss Vatican Guard uniform, and it got me thinking:  Why not just make Tudor outfits in addition to the Guard?  The styles are pretty much the same, only with the Guard you also get gloves, pikes, and sometimes funky faux sleeve slashing.  While the Swiss Guard at the Vatican has not changed its uniform much in the past five hundred years (it added laced shoes a bit ago), the Tudor costume has long since died out in current fashion circles.

The Tudor is a complete costume, including hose, unrigged shoes (so they can be modified), doublet, pants, the ubiquitous codpiece, and unrigged hat with a plume.  It’s available in several colors so you can Hey your Nonny Nonny with relish and aplomb.

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“To you, Baldrick, the Renaissance is just something that happened to other people, isn’t it?”

There are a lot of different sims that cater to the Renaissance and Medieval eras in Second LIfe.  A simple search of Renaissance will bring you to some lovely Tudor style parcels.  If you’re really adventurous, you can brave Avilion.  It can be a bit on the lagged side, but there seems to be a thriving community of medieval and fantasy role play there.  They even have one of those formal ballrooms where you can dance with your significant other.  So because of all this, and the fact that I really enjoy making historic costumes, Avatar Bizarre has one of the widest and most varied historic garb collections on the grid.

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The Tudor is available inworld and in the Marketplace.  It should fit most classic male avatars, in addition to some of the new custom mesh avatars out there.  Be that as it may, I would heartily suggest getting the demo first.  It’s free, funky, and full of vitamins.

A Spritely Suit – Julenisse Strikes Again!

A couple of years ago, Avatar Bizarre created a suit called “Julenisse” for an event called Gothmas by Gaslight, which may have been a grid-wide hunt at the time.  It is now a shopping event.  Anyway, inspired by the Scandinavian sprite that takes care of farm and livestock over the Christmas holiday, the original suit was elegant in its simplicity.  It was not only colorful, but sported a bit of a Harlequin coloring:  a sort of half n’ half, resplendent in greens, blues, purples, reds, blacks, and teals.

If you’re looking for the original system layer suit, it’s still available at a discount on the Marketplace.

Julenisse is resplendent in red, blue, teal, black, green, and purple, but there’s also a limited edition group discounted Technicolor version available for 25L.  It won’t last long, so get your copy now! 

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Each package includes five sizes of rigged jacket/pant/dickie, along with a pair of unrigged boots that can be resized, if needed.  There’s also a couple of alphas for good measure.  This may fit custom mesh avatars, though it was built on a classic avatar shape.  Please try the demo before you buy!

This is a wonderful way to spruce up your wardrobe, adding some color and flair to your dynamic look. 

 

On the marketplace and inworld