Odyssey Mythica

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The Manticore was a beast borne of Persian myth and legend.  Its name means “Man eater”, and was also called “Androphagos” by the Greeks.  It was a Sphynx-like creature with a red lion’s body, bat wings, and a large scorpion tail.  It spoke in a trumpeting voice, had three rows of teeth, and sometimes had horns.  No matter how it looked, it was always dangerous, either ripping men apart, or impaling them on its razor sharp tail.

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Twisted Odyssey is a hunt starting on March 1.  It’s a grid-wide hunt with roughly 100 stores involved.  Avatar Bizarre has been a longtime sponsor and co-organizer of the hunt, and this is a sneak preview of the hunt gift, along with the gacha prize.

The Manticore Kit includes the horns, legs, tail, and leg scales.  There are two pairs of rigged legs (small and large for female, femboy, and male avatars), an unrigged tail, and unrigged horns.

The wings are going to be included in a gacha with about a dozen colors.  There will be two rare colors:  Argentum (Silver), and Aurum (Gold).

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These have all been materials enhanced for your viewing pleasure.

When the time comes, you can find the kit and the gacha at Avatar Bizarre’s inworld location.  The Gacha will cost 25L per pull (Modify, Transfer only).  The Manticore Kit can be found if you look for a gold and black puzzle box.  It will be spinning.  It will be small.  There will be a breadcrumb trail leading right to it if only you discover the Sphynx’s riddles.

Buy Me Some Peanuts and Crackerjack

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You won’t strike out with the latest outfit from Avatar Bizarre!  Why?  Well, for one thing, even if you don’t know how to play Baseball, you can still look sporty and Summery in this awesome Baseball uniform.

Built for men and women alike, this rigged mesh outfit includes the uniform and unrigged cap, a color HUD with several options for the uniform and cap, system layer stirrup socks in all the colors, system layer undershirts in all the colors, and Omega clothing appliers for both!  With the five standard sizes and the included alpha, you should find a uniform to suit your avatar.  Please try a demo first, because you really don’t want to be Bad News Bears with a uniform that doesn’t fit!

Available on the marketplace and inworld now!

Das Pants

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I’m tough.  I’m so tough, I wear Lederhosen in the snow!  Lederhosen, love ’em or hate ’em, they are a mainstay for all things Oktoberfest, a look most grown men are terrified to wear unless they’re drinking a lot of beer very fast, with sausages and sauerkraut.  So slather some mustard on your bread, and buckle down, because I’m here to tell you about the latest in men’s (and women’s) fashion on Second Life!

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This amazing Lederhosen, the latest traditional costume from Avatar Bizarre, will give you that stunning look you only imagined in your wildest dreams.  Yes, don the leather pants with all those buttons and the crazy suspenders, because Lederhosen is where it’s at.  All the cool kids are doing it.  Really.

The Lederhosen comes in the five standard sizes for whichever gender you prefer.  The shorts and shirt are rigged.  The jaunty Tyrolean hat on top of your head is not.  Both items are included on a color HUD with several colors.  To complete the look. some system layer socks have been included (2 colors), along with an Omega HUD for those mesh bodies that are compatible.  Wear whatever shoes you want, because you can’t go wrong in whatever you choose.

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Ladies, you haven’t been forgotten.  This outfit’s for you, too!  Just look how amazing you can look.  Walk, dance, dream.  Whatever happens, just don’t forget your Lederhosen!

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And just because I’ve always wanted to, here’s an Incredible Hulk style walk away shot. Cue the sad piano music — Oh dang, was that an accordion? Well okay, here I am oompah pah ing away.

Lederhosen is available on the Marketplace and inworld.

Lady Stardust

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“Femme Fatales emerged from shadows to watch this creature fair.” – D. Bowie, Lady Stardust

It’s been over a week, and it still feels strange to be living in a world where David Bowie’s mortal body no longer resides among us.  However, we not only have a vast body of music and film to hold close, but the Starman has managed to give us some parting gifts.  In the coming years, his estate will be releasing a lot of music that he kept locked away until he shuffled off this mortal coil.  Spanning decades, and ending with the last ten years, we will get an era by era retrospective of new (to us) music from the Master.

As a lifelong fan, it just seemed fitting to get to all those Bowie-inspired outfits I wanted to make once I learned enough Blender to get by.  Last week, I released the male version of the Moonage Daydream, a kimono-style costume worn by David Bowie during his Ziggy Stardust period.

This week, I’ve finally managed to get the female version out, and WOW!  Would you look at Misha over there?  She is simply stunning in the blue Moonage Daydream option.

Like the male version, this includes a color HUD, two sizes of rigged boots, a Ziggy forehead tattoo, and you supply the Cool.  **Please note** There is a femboy size included in the male Moonage Daydream package.

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I’ve also released several other new outfits this week, which will get their own postings soon.  Meanwhile, this number is available on the Marketplace and inworld.

A Twisted Odyssey

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Twisted Hunt is lurking just around the bend in the road once more.

This is a grid-wide hunt that features many magnificent merchants, who will all be giving out a fantastic free gift for those willing to embark upon this perilous journey.  Beware, for here be monsters.

Once again, for the uninitiated:  Twisted Hunt, which will run from March 1-31, 2016, is the hardest hunt on the grid.  It is not for the faint of heart.  However, if you are willing, and put in a little effort, the pay off is grand.  Capped at 100 stores, each merchant will have a fantastic gift for those intrepid souls traveling the road to the End Game.

“But Sred,” You might say, a hint of pain in your voice, “How is this different from any other hunt?  There are, like, a million hunts in Second Life, and I almost always give up before I finish looking for stuff.”

Don’t worry, my friends.  Yes, some will give up in sheer frustration.  That is okay.  But for every person who fell to the side of the road, holding out their beggar’s cup, there are a lot more folks who make it to the end.  Here’s what you get for your effort:  Over 100 gifts.  Yes, over 100.  For, you see, many merchants have more than one gift, often set out as decoys.  You also get to participate in games:  Mazes, zombie hunts, puzzle games, whatever twisted ideas ooze from the minds of our erstwhile merchants.  There will also be gachas, both in the stores, and in the end game.  Many stores will have sales, Midnight Mania boards, Lucky Chairs, freebies and dollarbies, discounts for Twisted Hunters, the whole shebang.  Oh, and I did mention the End Game.  This will be quite a Quest, as you navigate the labyrinth to the center of Twisted City.  Once there, you will find many more prizes, gachas, and a Survivor Tag.

Are you a merchant interested in torturing the souls of our mighty hunters?  Go to http://twistedhunt.com.  Read the rules, then sign up.  It’s great fun.

Avatar Bizarre is a sponsor, and the prize gift will be posted here as soon as it’s made.

I highly recommend you join the Twisted Hunt group inworld.  We’re all a bunch of freakazoids, but there are volunteers who give hints for the various locations, and you can make some great friends.

“I don’t know where I’m going from here, but I promise it won’t be boring.” – D. Bowie

Moonage Daydream

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“I could make a transformation as a rock & roll star” – D. Bowie, Star from The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars

Folks who know me have either put up with, or completely embraced my lifelong obsession with David Bowie.  I had several of Bowie’s hairstyles while slogging my way through Junior High and High School.  My Walkman always had a Bowie tape in it.  I watched LiveAid just because he was scheduled to perform.  I scoured record stores for anything and everything even remotely Bowie-related, including pouncing on artists like Lou Reed and Iggy Pop, simply because they had albums produced by the Thin White Duke.  I actually yelled at Jennifer Connelly’s character in Labyrinth to stay with the Goblin King.  I would have.  When the man went on tour, I raced to get tickets to every show I could attend.  I had the massive Bowie shrine, including all the music, videos, posters, teeshirts, and anything else I could lay my hands on.  I threw glitter on him during performances of Hallo Spaceboy.  If you haven’t guessed, I’m just a bit of a fan.

Monday morning started just like any other; the alarm woke me up.  I squinted at my phone and read emails till I could actually drag my carcass out of bed.  I was puzzled by the sudden popularity of a Ziggy Stardust outfit I’d made for Second Life.  It wasn’t a huge seller…till now.  But still, things didn’t click in my sleep-fogged brain.  Then I saw an email from my oldest and dearest Second Life friend.  It was simply titled, “Shared Grief” and in it, she wrote, “E and I are thinking about you.  If you need to talk, please call.”

I was really confused now.  Who did we both know who had died?  That’s certainly the gist of the email.  I replied, saying, “It’s too early to call and I have to be at work in 15 minutes.  I’ll call you later.”

Then I saw CNN.

THE PLANET EARTH IS BLUE.  David Bowie.  On the front page of CNN.  It hit me like a ton of bricks. Right to the face.  My hero, an icon of my youth, the soundtrack of my life…dead of cancer.  I cried.  I sat at my computer at 6:15am and cried.  I briefly thought, “I need a bereavement day.” but I wasn’t thinking straight.  I went to work and it was the longest day of my life.

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“Lady Stardust sang his songs of darkness and despair.” – D. Bowie, Lady Stardust from The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars

I came home and immediately put on the Ziggy costume, made a black armband for good measure, and headed to The Village of Nyght for the tribute I never wanted to host.  I sent out notices, and people poured in, commiserating, reminiscing, sharing stories, requesting their favorite songs, crying.  People who haven’t been in Second Life for years showed up just to be with other fans and give Mr. Bowie a proper send off to his home planet.

I’m afraid most of us were quivering heaps of jelly, curled into fetal positions, shaking and crying when I played Lazarus from his Requiem Mass, Blackstar.  It got even crunchier when I pulled out a rare live recording of Bowie and Gilmore singing Comfortably Numb.  The tribute set lasted four and a half hours.  Maybe a smidge more.  I’d have kept going if I didn’t feel so utterly wretched, wiped out, and still mourning the loss of a man I never met, yet loved with all my heart.  Besides, after all the tears, my eyes were dry and burning.  It was time for a rest.

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“Give me your hands, because you’re wonderful.” – D. Bowie, Rock n’ Roll Suicide from The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars

It’s now two days later.  I still hurt, but life isn’t all bad.  If I wanted to, I could listen to Bowie non-stop for weeks.  But, it’s time to move on, just a little.  I had mentioned I made a Ziggy outfit in Second Life.  I’ve made a number of Bowie-inspired outfits through the years for Avatar Bizarre, and had a few in the pipeline that were to debut over the next few months.  Now I feel like it’s time to push these costumes to the front of the line.

The first to be built (and released soon for men, women, and femboys, I promise) is Moonage Daydream.  This is an outfit based on a design Bowie wore during his Ziggy Stardust tour.  It is a simple Asian design with thigh high satin boots.  It will likely be available with a color HUD.  But you need to give me time.  Between real life excitement, work, and whatnot, Second Life gets relegated to the back burner sometimes.  I would say after Further ConFusion (a convention in San Jose, CA) this weekend, I will have both versions available in the store and on the marketplace.

Love on, Ya!

It’s the Season of the Steampunk Witch

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My model mentioned to me a while ago that it was difficult to find decent Steampunk attire in Second Life these days.  I have to admit I was surprised to hear this, since Second Life has always had a large contingent of Steamfolk, Victorians, and various odd dieselpunk people.  You would think with all that wandering blithely around the grid, that it would be a simple affair to hit the shops for a bit of a Steampunk lark to add to your already bulging, straining at the seams inventories.

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Honestly, who am I to argue these points with someone who clearly shops way more than I do.  So, leaving it to the experts, I set forth on a quest to create a Steampunk gown that LO! contains no gears.  Sorry about that.  But slapping gears on something and calling it “Steampunk” is rather like dying your flannel shirt black and calling it “Goth”.  While that practice is, in theory, correct, it’s pretty cliche.  He said, surreptitiously nudging that gear covered waistcoat under the Axminster.

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After hammering out a basic design, and giving it the metallic sheen it so richly deserves, the Malefica was born.

Malefica means “witch” in Latin.  Not that this is strictly a witch costume, or that I’m disparaging my model, or anything, but it evolved from something kind of Steamy to something kind of Steamy and Gothic and Witchy all at once.  It’s elegant in its simplicity.

Malefica is a complete wardrobe all on its own:  You can wear it as a corset with leather pants (included), a miniskirt with corset, wear it with or without the blouse, with or without the full flexi skirt.  On top of that, you get eight color options for the skirt and skirt bell, two color options for the blouse, and two colors for the skirt, as well as the pants.  How can you go wrong with all of this?

To top it off, there’s an Omega HUD controlling the pants layer for those of you with Omega compatible mesh bodies.  Oh yes, I’ve literally got you covered this time.

Available at the store and on the marketplace now.