Salamandering for the Greater Good

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When you’re amphibious, you get to have all the fun. Not only do you have wonderful shiny skin, but you’ve got spots and  a tail, and you get to look all cool and stuff.  As you can see, the Salamander is chilling on a Greek chair next to a hedgerow in the store.  The cat is hoping the Salamander is something delicious, but he isn’t that tasty, having grown up in a bog, and living under a rock for the longest time.

The Salamander Avatar is the latest creation from Avatar Bizarre.  It’s lush, it’s rigged mesh, it’s shiny and adorable, and it comes in male and female versions.  Both versions include a seven color HUD, along with four sets of blinking eyes, and four sets of unscripted eyes, the respective shapes, and alphas.  The avatar has been materials enhanced to look shiny and wet.

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You can currently get this guy inworld at Avatar Bizarre.  Both avatars will be available on the Marketplace in a couple of days.

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If you are unsure, there is a demo available as well.

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The Eyes Have It

Seen the lady
Seen the lake
Seen the mirror crack and break
Held her close at night
What a perfect fit
Till I saw her eyes
The eyes have it
The eyes have it – Karel Fialka The Eyes Have It

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There comes a time when you look at your walls full of eyes, and think, “I wonder how the wall would look if I simply made eyes with a color change HUD and just put everything into tidy fat packs?”

Then that time comes, and you realize somewhere in the middle of remaking everything that this is a phenomenally huge project.  You wouldn’t think remaking over thirty sets of eyes would take that long, but apparently, it takes a lot longer than I realized when the project started.  Part of this can be attributed to finding different looks for my model (who is basically just me in different skins and shapes).  A minor issue is having to re-upload a bunch of eye textures because I stupidly made transparent eyes that could sit on a blank sclera texture.  Dumb.  Dumbedy dumb dumb dumb.  Sure, they looked nice at the time, but now I want these eyes to be mesh, and sit against an eye alpha, and one cannot have a hollow head showing behind the irises.  It just looks weird.

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The cool thing about this enormous project is I no longer have to remember the color names after taking pictures of individual eyeballs for vendor ads.  This is particularly nice, since I have a memory like a sieve most days.  This makes it a bit less work in the long run.

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Another wondrous side effect of this project is putting stuff on the walls and on the Marketplace takes way, way less time.  So once all thirty plus sets of eyes get made, there will be a bit more room for more new eyes (I have plenty of ideas for new eyes!).

The best part?  You, the eye-loving person looking for these glistening orbs to stick in your head, will only have to make one purchase to get up to 12 pairs of eyes (depending on the style, of course).  Each package includes the System Layer Eyes in all the colors available for that particular set of eyes, plus a set of lovely mesh eyes that are HUD controlled for changing colors.  Oh, and the alpha for the eyes, which makes things look a lot nicer, too.

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If you’re looking for new eyes, all of the Avatar Bizarre eyes are Modify and Copy.  Prices range from 99L for six colors, up to 165L for 12 colors.

You can find these inworld (with more coming as they filter in through the upload box) and on the Marketplace.  For an easy search, look for the Avatar Bizarre store, or you can do a search on NEW 2015, and the eyes should pop up.

Twisted Hunt – Id Creature Abides

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Psst, The semi-annual Twisted Hunt’s going to start March 1 and run through the end of the month.  I’d tell you about it, but then I would have to drive you mad.  It’s basically the hardest hunt in Second Life.  While merchants are only allowed 10 *visible* decoys with which to fool hunters, they are allowed any number of *invisible* decoys, meaning they can hide as many as they want in the walls and floors, plus rename random objects in their stores to match that of the hunt object.

The good news is the hunt object is always the same:  The Twisted “Lament” cube, your basic run of the mill puzzle box.  It spins.  It is some predetermined color.  And it is kind of small.  This incarnation’s color is called “Ectoplasm”.  Beyond that, you will have to wait and see what surprises the 13th Twisted Hunt holds.

Oh, did i forget to mention that this is the 13th Twisted Hunt?  And did you know there is a Friday the 13th in March this year?  Rumors are flying about what we have up our virtual sleeves for torturing those brave enough to tackle this hunt, but rest assured all of the merchants in the hunt create fantastic gifts for our hapless and insane hunter friends.  Plus there are gachas, side hunts, mazes, games, extra gifts, decoy gifts, sales, and various torture implements by all the various merchant critters.  They really tend to outdo themselves with every hunt.

Oh, and then there’s the traditional End Game, which can be pretty difficult, but often results in even more stuff for the hapless hunter.  Plus, you can get the coveted Survivor Tag.  If you get that, you’ve definitely earned it!

Avatar Bizarre, being one of the organizers and sponsors of this hunt, likes to uphold the high standards with an awesome gift.  This time, feast your eyes on the Id Creature Avatar, a beastie (no, I do NOT know what it is) who will be given out in male and female forms.  It’s materials enhanced, and comes with six sets of eyes, so you can choose whatever eye color strikes your fancy.  All eyes blink.  As for the rest, it’s rigged mesh, yadda yadda.

This will be exclusive for the duration of the hunt.  Once the hunt is over, Avatar Bizarre will be releasing six more colors in both genders, for your Online Pleasure.

IN the meantime, the hunt starts soon.  When the time comes, happy hunting.  And please don’t go mad.

Holiday Season Brings a Cornucopia of New Things – Horrorfestive, GxG, Twisted Krissmuss, Etc… Part 1

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The Holiday season has blundered into our lives once again, and bludgeoned us with all the usual malarkey involving stuff and things and junk and stuff.  Of course, folks in Second Life are not immune to such shenanigans, and merchants are all over the creating opportunities like bees to honey (hey I’m being G-Rated here).

I have been busy peppering Avatar Bizarre with new things, both for general new releases, and for all the various events I’ve signed up for.

The first thing to tell you about, oh my droogs and devotchkas, are the Morelia eyes.
Morelia veridis is the Latin name for the Green Tree Python.  This snake hatches out yellow, red, or brown, and eventually turns emerald green as an adult.  It is non-venomous and diurnal, meaning it’s active during the day, if you can call a snake coiled up in a cinnamon bun of verdant rodent terror “active”.  The Morelia eyes are based on the python’s slit-pupil orbs, and are available in ten colors.  Each set contains three pairs of prim eyes (full bright, normal, and glow), two sets of mesh eyes (normal and full bright), and a pair of system eyes.  All are copy/modify.  These are currently available inworld at the main store location, plus a few pairs at Horrorfestive, which runs for the next couple of weeks in a sim full of horror-inspired items for the holidays.  You can also find them on the marketplace.  The cost for each set is 75L.

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These will be great for drow and other elven beings, faerie folk, vampires, draconians, and lycanthropes.

I’ve already mentioned the Ozymandias, to be released for Gothmas by Gaslight, in a previous blog post.  What you don’t know is there are more things to be had at Gothmas by Gaslight!

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The Lucretia gown, named after that Sisters of Mercy song we all know and love, is rigged mesh, and will be available in several colors for Gothmas.  It features a velvety skirt with a satin overlay, materials enhanced.  Gothic Victorian is all the rage in some circles, and you’ll be able to get your gown once Gothmas opens on December 15.

And just for fun…

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The Really Abominable Snowbeast is a rigged avatar available for 100L during Twisted Krissmuss.  He’s available on the marketplace and inworld at the main store location.  As you can see by the little size chart, he’s a bit taller than a regular Second Life Avatar.  He also comes with his own mesh Santa Hat for flavor.

Alas, my droogs and devotchkas, I have run out of room to tell you more.  Holiday Season Stuffs Part the Second to commence shortly.

And don’t forget to visit Avatar Bizarre for Twisted Krissmuss, Gothmas by Gaslight, and Horrorfestive!

The HORROR! Lovecraft Dagon Terrifies the Grid. News at 11.

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“With only a slight churning to mark its rise to the surface, the thing slid into view above the dark waters. Vast, Polyphemus-like, and loathsome, it darted like a stupendous monster of nightmares to the monolith, about which it flung its gigantic scaly arms, the while it bowed its hideous head and gave vent to certain measured sounds.” – HP Lovecraft

The holy terror moved through Innsmouth, towering over buildings, and causing the ground to quake with every footstep.  People ran screaming from this oceanic terror; an elder god of Lovecraftian proportions.  One glance upon its countenance could drive a man mad.

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Now, Darklings, denizens of the deep, and huddled masses, the Dagon has at long last been unleashed upon the Second Life grid.  At 13.5 meters tall, this monster towers over human vermin in its path.  It’s available in seven colors, and materials have been applied, so it helps to have advanced lighting turned on when you’re viewing this creature.  The eyes can be modified for a deeper glow, or for no glow at all.  It also comes with a shape and an alpha.

If you find that your avatar won’t snap back to its original shape once the avatar has been removed, contact Sredni Eel for the free Utilitizer Undeformer.  Or you can get one from any of the Petites Mesh Avatar sims.

Available inworld and on the marketplace.

It’s Time for KRAMPUS!

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Krampus is a Christmas demon who travels with St Nick and punishes the naughty children by whacking them with his stick.  If children have been particularly bad, he tosses them into his basket and takes them home to eat for his Christmas dinner.  Krampus has roots in Germanic folklore, but his influence is spreading across the globe.  Traditionally, young men dress up as Krampus during the first week of December and roam the streets frightening children with rusty chains and bells.  In my neck of the woods, a friend of mine crashes Christmas parties, Halloween parties, and just about everything that could possibly warrant a big hairy demon, and scares just about everyone, though Krampus seems to have a lot of fans as well.

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Krampus isn’t as well known in the United States, though his story has begun to seep into American Pop Culture with appearances on American Dad, Grimm’s Fairytales, and other television shows.  It’s a moral imperative to spread the word about this beastie, particularly when so many parents we meet believe it’s  a fantastic idea.

Krampusnacht is fast approaching.  Therefore, it was time to introduce a new avatar into Second Life.  Avatar Bizarre is thrilled to present the Krampus avatar, which includes a rigged avatar with blinking eyes, the rigged basket (sculpted detachable babies), unrigged manacles and chains, and the alpha.  In true Krampus form, he has the horns of a goat, and hooves.

He will be available in a few different colors.  For now…at least for a couple of days…this is just a sneak preview.  This avatar will be available starting the first weekend in October.

So keep your eyes peeled, and don’t let the lack of Christmas demons Krampus your style!

EDIT:  HE IS NOW AVAILABLE inworld and on the Marketplace!

He’s Not So Gulli-Bull

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The Minotaur is one of those quintessential monster types.  His story is a bit weird, even for Greek mythology.  See, back in the day, King Minos of Crete wanted to sacrifice something to the God Poseidon, so he appealed to Poseidon, who then gave the king a beautiful white bull.  Minos was so enamored of the bull that he decided to trick Poseidon by sacrificing a normal bull and allowing the white bull to live.

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But you know, Poseidon is this god dude, so he inevitably found out.  And in true god form, he decided to punish King Minos by making Minos’ wife Pasiphae fall in love with the white bull.  She contracted the automaton mechanic Daedalus to build her a hollow cow, which she could fit inside, so she could mate with the bull.  Yeah, I told you this one was a particularly weird Greek myth.

Anyhow, she gave birth to the bull-headed Minotaur, who eventually turned pretty vicious, so Minos had Daedalus create the Labyrinth, where the Minotaur lived till he was killed by Thesius.  In the meantime, he ate a bunch of men, and became one of the neatest stop motion creatures Ray Harryhausen developed for the movies.

Now that you’ve got the Clifnotes on this puppy, let me introduce you to the latest avatar from Avatar Bizarre:  The Minotaur!  He’s available in seven colors, because hey, this is Second Life.  Where else will you find a purple boy moo cow man?

The avatar is fully rigged mesh and comes with detachable horn cuff, wrist guards, earrings, and nose ring.  He can probably wear mesh clothing, but honestly, naked bovines are much more fun.  Or so I hear.

He’s now available on the Marketplace and at Avatar Bizarre in Second Life.  And that’s no bull!

“You know I have poor depth perception!”

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Polyphemus was the cycloptic son of Poseidon.  He was a giant among Cyclopes, and now he’s arrived in Second Life!

Avatar Bizarre is thrilled to bring to the grid one of the very best of the mythical monsters.  This avatar is roughly twice the height of a normal Second Life avatar, and is resplendent in his monocular glory.  He’s available in six skin tones – a sort of volcanic blacky red, demon red, patina, light green, pale, and chocolate.  As a homage to the late, great Ray Harryhausen, he also sports a single horn on his head, along with a couple of tusks to complete his fearsome visage.

Each Polyphemus avatar comes with two mesh loin cloths; one in white and gold, and the other in dark brown and gold.  In addition, you get a flexi loin cloth tie to go in the front in white and in brown.  There is, of course, the ubiquitous full body alpha.

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Available on the marketplace and inworld!

Kirin to Elaborate?

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So things and stuff and junk happened.  Blender was summoned from the pits of Hell, the ninth gate was unsealed, and the Learning Curve was unleashed.  After selling my soul, a box of Girl Scout cookies (the Mint ones), and several worthless stocks to the Devil, Blender suddenly felt much easier.  Clothing happened.  Lots of clothing. That’s all well and good, because avatars in Second Life generally like to wear clothes.  Then shoes happened.  There are whole messy hordes of avatars who may be Imelda Marcos in disguise.  Oh, and the wings.  My goodness, the wings!  I’ve reveled in this flood of inspiration lately.

After all, when Inspiration hits, you kind of have to follow it to its bitter end.  Inspiration is like a cat:  It never comes when you call it, but when it wants your attention, God help you if you try to ignore it!

Amidst this flurry of brain activity, an avatar was born.

Meet the Kirin in all its antlered and barbeled glory.

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Avatar Bizarre (which is oddly first person) is thrilled to bring to our illustrious Second Life grid a Kirin avatar.  The Kirin, or Qilin, is an omen of good luck and prosperity.  It is called the Chinese Unicorn, though it is usually depicted with two horns.  The Kirin avatar is a delightful bipedal creature with dainty hooves, gilded antlers, and some of the wildest candy corn mane hair you can imagine.

This avatar is fully rigged, and it comes in two flavors:  Male and Female.  Oh, and about nine different colors.  There’s also a demo for the sake of kicking those tires before you buy the car.

Available inworld and on the Marketplace. .

Nano Ninja!

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Nano Ninja ‘neaks up on naughty Naugahyde.

Okay, all alliteration aside, here’s the scoop:  Nano Ninjas are in the neighborhood, and they’re really stealthy.  So stealthy, in fact, that they have a chameleonic ability to blend into any environment until it’s too late to stop them from doing crazy ninja things to those unfortunate folks who get in their way.  Of course, the Nano Ninja truly is a tiny critter.  It is distinguished from other ninjas by its diminutive stature, large and inquisitive eyes, and its unique coloration.  Where most other ninjas wear black, the Nano Ninja is known by most wildlife biologists as a colorful beast, exhibiting many hues including purple, teal, green, blue, red, pink, and yes, black!

Nano Ninjas, unlike a lot of critters, are not sexually dimorphic, meaning the males and the females look pretty similar.  Females, of course, have wider hips, narrower waists, and breasts, while the male of the species is mostly a skinny little dude with big feet.

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The Nano Ninja, though it barely stands half height to a normal avatar, can pack a powerful punch.  It can also handle a mean nunchuck.  In spite of its feisty behavior, it’s a personable creature, and is a great addition to anyone’s miniature avatar collection.

This one has a demo, so try it free first if you aren’t sure.  It’s available on the Marketplace and at the Inworld store.