Balancing on the Signpost of Life – A Hanfu for the Twisted Hunt

Twisted-Qi-PosterTwisted Hunt is once again lurking in the shadows, ready to pounce in September, and eat Second Life hunters for breakfast.  If you aren’t familiar with the Twisted Hunt, it’s a semi-annual grid-wide hunt in Second Life.  Second Life’s culture is such that hunts are kind of falling by the wayside, and most people would prefer not to take landmark after landmark, and stand around waiting for things to rez in various lagged sims so they can find some object that contains a free or dollarbie gift.  However, Twisted is one of those perennial Love It Or Hate It deals that crops up twice a year, in September and March.

While most other hunts are floundering and giving up the ghost, Twisted persists in its popularity because the merchants involved go the extra mile.  The gifts can be exceedingly difficult to find, due to reasons, but you will find all kinds of extra fun and goodies in most of the stores involved.  For example, some stores will have mini-hunts, some build fun labyrinths, some will have zombie killings, others provide extra fun by setting up games for hunters, and quite a lot of merchants will have more than one gift.  In fact, many will include a fun gift inside each of the ten visible decoys they’re allowed. Decoys.  Yes, we are fully aware that people cannot stand the things.  In fact, we don’t really like them much either because some people have gone completely overboard in inflicting them upon the huddled and frustrated masses.

The thing is, we do have rules, and even with the 30 meter global limit to where you can hide things and with the visible decoy limit, the hunt object can be…shall we say…a challenge to discover.  Merchants are allowed to hide INVISIBLE decoys under the floors and in the walls.  They are also allowed to rename random prims to that of the hunt object. The hunt object will always be a puzzle box cube (with new patterns this time!!), it will always be spinning, it will always be called something specific, and yes, it is fairly small.  But it shouldn’t be inside another prim, or recolored, or renamed.  Woe betide those who violate these sacrosanct rules!

Here’s the little critter you’re looking for in all its horrible glory:

Meanwhile, Avatar Bizarre (owned by one of the organizers) has a sneak preview of the male and female gift being handed out to the legions of hunters out there. Avatar Bizarre Qing Long Hanfu Male
The Qing Long Hanfu is a rigged mesh traditional Chinese outfit.  It includes all five sizes, is materials enhanced, and comes with a flexi sash, in addition to the mesh sash.  Avatar Bizarre is giving away (for free!) a teal Hanfu for both men and women this round.

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The hunt begins at Midnight on September 19.  Happy Hunting!  (Shoes not included)

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Puttin’ on the Ritz – Tuxedo Fashion in Second Life

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“High hats and narrow collars, white spats and lots of dollars – spending every dime for a wonderful time!” – Puttin’ on the Ritz

There a new kid in town, and he’s belting out the jazz hits at Club Noir in Second Life.  It’s an exciting time for tuxedo fans, because Avatar Bizarre has just released the Niven Tux.  Frank Sinatra, eat your heart out, because this fella’s definitely doing it his way.

Avatar-Bizarre-Niven-Tux-IIThe cool thing about this rigged mesh tux isn’t just that it comes in seven different colors, and includes a nifty color change HUD for the cumberbund, pocket square (Oh how we love the pocket squares!), and the bow tie.  The super cool thing about this tux is it comes in both a male and a female version, because sometimes everyone wants to don the tail coat and bow tie.  It’s the height of formal fashion.  Not only is the tux for that all important James Bond role play, but it’s also great for wedding parties, Hollywood style jazz clubs, and generally looking dapper and amazing. Avatar-Bizarre-Niven-Tux-at-Club-Noir

This is where “Cool as a cucumber” comes from.  Look at that devil may care attitude.  You can only get that from wearing a tux.

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You can get this gem on the Marketplace and inworld at Avatar Bizarre.  Though the shoes are not included, you can get those at Avatar Bizarre as well.  They are prime, grade-A, shiny happy Saddle Shoes (with color HUD).

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These Shoes Were Made For Wokkin – Hanfu Warped Head Shoes

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All you speak and all you hear
Hand that’s strong and voice it’s clear
An unforgotten memory when the moon begins to call – Red Rockers, China

Okay, so really, really bad title pun. Fine, I see the pun jar, and happily pay the tax therein.  Meanwhile, take a look at these awesome new shoes I’ve just made!

Honestly, when I was doing research on Chinese Traditional Footwear for men, not a lot of interest came up, till I found some photos of Hanfu Qing Dynasty Warped Head Shoes.  They were traditionally worn by men (along with the Hanfu robes), and generally made from silk or satin with cotton soles.  In more recent times, these shoes have been adopted by both men and women, as a Traditional fashion choice.  Since the thought of making Lotus shoes feels repellent, it’s safe to assume these unrigged shoes are for everyone with SLink flat feet in Second Life.

The Hanfu Warped Head Shoes, which are copy and modify, include a color HUD with six color choices.  They’ve been materials enhanced, so the pattern (and particularly the dragon on the front) really pop.

I do want to do more traditional Asian footwear (Lotus shoe is simply not gonna happen, folks), and I’m quite excited about this project.  You can now find the Hanfu shoes on the Marketplace and Inworld.

Going Medieval on Second Life – A Sneak Preview

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A Tale of Wanders, The Ancient Ones Return will be in full swing, starting August 8 and running through August 22 in Second Life.

The Ancients will take place in a fantastic setting where you can wander among huge mystical plants, imposing ruins, and lots of crumbly ivy-covered brick booths filled with amazing and interesting things.  Avatar Bizarre has a little nook all to itself in this fairyland, and there will be some great offerings to the huddled masses.

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Order of the Falcon (250L) is a new Medieval outfit for men; available in seven colors and materials enhanced.  This doublet and pants combination is lovingly detailed and includes five standard sizes, plus an alpha.  There’s a demo box sitting under all the vendors, so feel free to pick up a copy to check the fit.  In addition to the outfit, there’s a set of Order of the Falcon ankle boots for sale in the booth.  These shoes are unrigged, copy and modify, and include a color HUD with all seven colors (175L).  The shoes are also materials enhanced for your viewing pleasure.

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The Order of the Falcon has initiated a new member into the group of knights, who are sworn to protect the land from marauding evil monsters and villains.  The double headed falcon emblazoned on the chest is a symbol of strength and cunning, and is proudly worn by all members of the brotherhood.  Leather wrist guards protect a swordsman’s arms from an enemy’s blade, keeps the teeth of the Dire Wolf from ripping you asunder, and provides protection from the fire of the dragon.  The moonstone set into the belt is an amulet to ward off evil.

Better watch out, or we may go Medieval on you!
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Order of the Falcon shoes, though made to work with the Order of the Falcon outfit, can be worn by anyone.

So remember, August 8-22, the Ancients Return!  Along with the new outfit and shoes shown here, and the new toga for women shown in a previous post, there will also be wings with color HUDs, and a couple of Baudica Armor outfits for women.  Demos are available for all rigged outfits.


Attack of the 50 Foot Toga – A Tale of Wanders Sneak Preview

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It was a tale of wanders, the Ancient Ones returned.  A lone wanderer found himself in a magical land populated by dark fae, warriors, and gods.  One morning, he came upon a temple where a goddess stood guard.  Imposing in her stature, and stunning in her simple toga, wrapped with a leather corset embossed with roses, she rules over the temple.

The Aphrodite Toga is a short form fitting dress that highlights and accentuates the mystical beauty of the female form, turning its wearer into a Greek goddess.

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The Aphrodite Toga is rigged mesh that comes in the standard sizes, and includes a color HUD with six colors.  It is materials enhanced for your visual pleasure, and will be available at the Hidden Sanctuary A Tale of Wanders event starting August 8.  Cost of the Aphrodite Toga will be 250L.

In addition to this lovely little toga, there will be a fun new Medieval outfit for the men.  More on that in the next post.  Meanwhile, get ready for a fantastic event full of surprises and neat stuff.

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