It’s a Wondeful Twisted Life – Sneak Preview of Twisted Krissmuss

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It’s that time of year again; a time of giving, and a time of receiving.  Second Life is home to a lot of shopping events these days, but there’s an event that has been around for a long time, and has evolved into something pretty special in its journey through its years.  Welcome to Twisted Krissmuss.

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Twisted Krissmuss was created during the holidays following the first Twisted Hunt.  It started off as an instore shopping event, where people could travel from store to store and buy some wonderful items put out for the event.   Each item for the event was new, transferable, and 100L.

Although the previous organizers have since gone on to greener pastures, they left the event to new organizers, who not only kept up the tradition, but made some changes so the event could be held all in one place.  Merchants can show off their wares, but a specially marked, brand new item will be available for 100L, and it will be transferable.

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Twisted Krissmuss begins on December 7, and ends in the first week of January.  60 Merchants will have some wonderful items for sale, and there will be gachas galore!  But wait, there’s more!  In addition to the stuff you can buy, there will be several parties held in a special events area with live DJs, giveaways, and more.

As if that weren’t enough, there’s a beautiful sim to wander, take photos, and hang out.  There’s also an ice rink for those who love to go skating.  Skates will be available for free for folks.

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I don’t know about you guys, but I love a good Winter Wonderland.

There will be more to come as the event draws near…

A Dark Christmas Story – Krampus Lauf

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Beware.  Krampusnacht approaches.  We will soon have a visit from a being of the Netherworld, an unearthly, Hellish creature, shackled to his punishment, except on one fateful night during the cold Winter.

Krampus is a demon, released from Hell each year by Saint Nicholas.  He wanders the countryside as the Anti-Santa, doling out punishments to the wicked, the naughty, and unpleasant.  When Santa Claus is checking his list to see who’s been naughty or nice, he hands the list over to the Krampus, who uses his whacking stick to beat the unruly.

Those people who have been extra bad get a personal invitation from Krampus; shoved into his basket and taken home to be eaten for Christmas dinner.

If you hear the sound of bells, and the whip crack of a tightly bound bundle of sticks outside your door, you better lay low, for Krampus is nigh.

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Avatar Bizarre has long upheld the Krampus tradition, and faithfully spread the tale through the years by releasing something Krampus-related about this time of year to the huddled Second Life masses.

This year, Avatar Bizarre will be releasing a new Merry Krampus holiday sweater at Twisted Krissmuss, starting December 7.  It is a rigged mesh sweater, available for both male and female avatars.  It should fit most mesh bodies, provided you use the alpha HUD that comes with your mesh body of choice.  But please do try the demo first.

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The other Krampus goodie appearing just in time for the holidays is a Krampus Hat.  This is a gacha item (don’t worry, no rares!) that is available in “naughty” or “nice” versions, and eight colors of each.  If you’re particularly good I may create a copy/modify version of each with a color HUD.  For now, the item is Modify/Transfer and 20L per play.  This gacha will debut at Twisted Krissmuss as well.

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A Little Madness Goes a Long Way

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There was a minute there when I was all gung ho about making stuff inspired by Alice in Wonderland.  There was a whole “Lewis Carroll’s Fever Dreams” collection that happened.  In included a lot of partial mesh outfits, as I was learning how to model and rig things for Second Life.

At one point, I probably made three or four different Mad Hatter outfits.  They were all different, but they all had this partial mesh thing in common, except for the original Mad Hatter outfit, which was all system layers and flexi prims.  That one had a couple of versions, as I sought to improve things later on, and was far too reluctant to simply give up on the outfit altogether.

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The old system layer outfits can still look pretty good, but with the prevalence of all the zillions of mesh bodies out there, particularly Belleza, SLink, Maitreya, and others, these outfits kind of fell by the wayside, because mesh bodies cannot wear system layers without special applier scripts.

But never fear!  In a frenzy of “Oh hey, we have the technology; we can make it stronger, faster, better…” I acquired the necessary scripts and created some HUDs for mesh body clothing layers.  The nice thing about OMEGA appliers is quite a lot of the mesh bodies out there are compatible.  You only have to go out on the Marketplace and buy the particular relay for whichever body you wear.

You can get a list of all the compatible bodies for OMEGA system here:  http://lovenlustdesigns.blogspot.com/p/supported-meshes.html

In a pique of, “Gotta make it betteritis”, the Mitternacht Hatter coats all got refitted, rerigged, and reuploaded.  In addition, a female version of the coat was also created.  The coat and hat are now on a color HUD, which includes all six colors of each.  The shirt and pants are on the OMEGA applier HUD.  There’s an unrigged turtleneck collar included.  Oh, and things have been materials enhanced for your viewing pleasure.

While the older version of this outfit came with boots, I decided it would be best to leave the boots out of this version, and price it a bit cheaper.  It’s currently available on the Marketplace and Inworld for 375L.

Faun and Games

AB Fallow Faun ThinkingYou know, it’s fauny, but occasionally legs happen.  Initially, Avatar Bizarre had a set of faun legs, with all the colors and gender things sold separately.  They were pretty good and all, but many things do well with some improvements.  Not only did these legs get a complete redesign, but several colors have been added.  Of course, I have always had a thing for purple, so you are about to get an eyeful of purple today.  Be wary, because this is what happens when the braining begins. Avatar Bizarre Fallow Faun Drumming

The Fallow Faun legs, named after the very cool looking Fallow Deer, are lightly spotted like their namesake.  If you’re going for a typical woodlands creature, spots are usually the way to go.  This generally helps you to stay camouflaged, just in case you run into trolls or orcs on the leafy trails.  Most of the time, you’re more likely to end up in a faerie ring, or smack in the middle of an abandoned Eleven drum circle.

Fauns, being of a musical bent, naturally play any instrument left laying around Elven campfires.  Enjoy the rockin’ beat as I play the Elven Bass Drum for you.

Avatar Bizarre Fallow Faun SentryLet’s get down to the nitty gritty, shall we? Here’s what you get for your 275L: One set of male legs One set of female/femboy legs One set of large horns (on the color HUD) One set of smaller black horns Tail – one positioned for the male and one for female SLink and Omega appliers – on the tattoo layer Tattoo layers in all ten colors for the default Second Life avatar Color HUD for legs, tail, and large horns Alpha Lest I forget, there’s a box of Omega HUDs for those of you who wish to be materials enabled.  SLink HUD is materials enabled by default.  There’s also a handy note card explaining all the things. Avatar Bizarre Fallow Faun taiko These can be purchased on the Marketplace and inworld at Avatar Bizarre.  Please try the demo first.

Walk the Dinosaur – a Sneak Peak

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Priests and cannibals, prehistoric animals
Everybody’s happy as the dead come home
Big black nemesis, parthenogenesis
No one move a muscle as the dead come home” – Nemesis, by Shriekback

I have to admit that I’ve been on a bit of a dinosaur kick lately, what with Jurassic World giving me the idea that a velociraptor would be a great pet, the cool feathered sauropod being found recently, and the general idea that dinosaurs will never not be seriously cool.  They were real life dragons. Okay, so they probably didn’t breathe fire, and definitely didn’t crunch knights in shining armor, but they ruled the Earth for millions of years before that big space rock hurtled into the Yucatan Peninsula.65 million years ago.  And now Avatar Bizarre is about to release a new set of Mesh Velociraptor Legs.

The cool thing about these legs is not only do they come in a male size, and a female size (good for femboys as well), but there’s a color HUD included for the legs.  In addition to the eight color legs HUD, you also get all eight tattoo layers (that’s the upper body bit that covers the thighs and belly of the avatar), plus a tattoo HUD for SLink and Omega with all eight colors. There’s also an unrigged mesh tail you can resize or reposition.  Don’t worry, dementoids and dementites, it’s on the color HUD too!

In the spirit of the Cretaceous, I headed off to a Pateolisthic sim and hung out with the Triceratops for a bit.  While there, I also had a conversation in Second Life that you can only have in Second Life.  As I landed, a Tyrannosaurus Rex said hello and said, “Cool avatar.  I wouldn’t have thought there could be a half human dinosaur.”

Not missing a beat, I told him that I’d had a nasty transporter accident.

So there you have it, gradies and lentlemen; the Velociraptor legs.  These will be available just as soon as I can (a) finish all the tattoo layers and color HUDs and (b) coerce my female model to do some pictures with the female sized legs.  She’s a good sport, so it’s really up to my rather lackadaisical non-motivation at the moment.  Never fear because these will happen soon, and in these amazing colors:

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*Stomp*