In a World of Pure Imagination

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When you have a sweet tooth as rampantly out of control as mine, you tend to revel in all things chocolate, including Willy Wonka. When I first logged into Second Life, one of my friends was even more into the story of Willy Wonka than I am, and that’s saying quite a lot, considering I’ve been known to Cosplay Willy Wonka in real life. In fact, some folks only knew me as “M.W.Wonka” for the longest time.

When I first built Avatar Bizarre in Second Life, one of the initial outfits for sale was The Candy Man, a costume inspired by the Johnny Depp version of Willy Wonka. You know, the really creepy one, as opposed to Gene Wilder’s more frantic, chaotic, mildly sociopathic version. Love them or hate them, these men shaped how we think of the character. Naturally, Second Life needed influence from both.

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Flash forward to a bunch of years later, and Second Life’s creation process has mostly ditched the old system layer clothing to favor mesh. Since I’m still a fan of the books and movies, I decided to let them inspire me for a new outfit. Enter The Chocolatier, an ensemble that is loosely based on the Johnny Depp Wonka.

This outfit includes a fit mesh jacket/waistcoat/shirt, a shiny top hat, a peppermint candy neck pin, a cane (with a pose), system pants in six colors, Omega clothing appliers (for those with mesh bodies), and a color HUD for the jacket.

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There’s some really good news for folks who are into dressing up: This outfit is also available for women (regular and hourglass shapes), and femboys!

Don’t worry, folks. I got you covered.

Available soon for the Melting Pot event.

May Day! May Fly! May May May!

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The May Fly is a magical creature, who packs an entire lifetime into a single day.  They flit from tree to bush, wafting gracefully on gossamer wings.  Some say May Flies don’t really die; they just become faeries.

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The May Fly wings from Avatar Bizarre flutter delicately, like the tiny insect they’re inspired by.  These are modify and copy, and include both animated wings, and static wings (for areas that have scripts disabled).  You also get a color HUD, which includes a few colors, plus white, just in case you want a special color that wasn’t included.  There’s also a touch resize script in both sets of wings, so all you have to do is click on the wings, and choose bigger or smaller sizes.  You will probably need to reposition the wings once they’ve been resized.

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These are currently available inworld and on the Marketplace.

Credits:
Location – Otherworld at Fantasy Faire
Body – SLink Male Physique
Hands – SLink Male Relaxed
Head – LOGO Ethan
Skin – Nivaro Crow
Hair – EmoTions – Michael

 

 

A Mighty Megalithic Man – Fantasy Faire Lucentia Tour

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After wandering through the dark faerie land of Otherworld, I decided to head back to Lucentia for a bit of a rest, and to collect my bearings for the next tour of this fantastic Second Life event.

Lucentia is more subdued than the other regions, but no less spectacular.  It is nestled on a quiet meadow, and is awe-inspiring in its sheer magnitude.  Greek Ionic columns tower mightily above a shimmering lake.  An electrifying giant crystal glimmers just off the water’s edge, inviting you to bask in its dazzling glory.

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As I moved away from my resting spot, I flew up to the crystal and was spotted by a Titan.  I’ve seen a couple of these giants moving across the Fairelands, but didn’t get too close…until now.  We ended up on the same walkway, but he was nice enough not to squish me under those gargantuan boots.  Thank you, Mega Man!

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It’s hard not to feel a bit tiny and insignificant around such large and grandiose buildings.  If you find yourself wandering in Lucentia, definitely hit up some of the wonderful merchants there, and help the fight against cancer!

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Now that I’ve gained my bearings, I’m off to the next sim. See you there!

The credits
Location – Lucentia at Fantasy Faire
Body – SLink Male Physique
Hands – SLink Male Relaxed
Hair – Mina Harry
Outfit – Robin Hood from Avatar Bizarre
Legs and tail – Manticore Kit from Avatar Bizarre

Otherworld – a Tour of Fantasy Faire

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Fantasy Faire, Second Life’s biggest Relay for Life Fantasy themed charity event, is currently in full swing.  It opened to the public on April 21, and as of this writing, the event has brought in over $11,000 USD for The American Cancer Society!

Avatar Bizarre, as mentioned before, has a booth at the Faire, and thank you to everyone who is buying things from me and the other merchants.  Every little bit helps.

I decided to take a little tour of all 13 sims the other day.  The first few photos were a whirlwind “If This Is Tuesday, It Must Be Belgium” tour, which resulted in one photo in every sim over the course of a night.

But it really doesn’t do the faire justice.  So I wanted to spend a little time visiting each sim, and showing off some really neat builds, while also showing off some of the things Avatar Bizarre has to offer.

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The Otherworld Sim is an incredible mix of glowing plants, spires, and natural formations.  Otherworld is nestled far from the trade routes, boats and trails, roads and civilization are unknown.  It’s a breath away from you, just beyond the shimmering mist. This is a mysterious and magical place, the world of heroes and gods of the Faerie Realm.

I wandered aimlessly, always trying to capture that fleeting glimpse in the corner of my eye.  Non-corporeal beings hid in plain site, always just out of reach; flickering lights and echoing laughter haunting the lonely traveler.

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Sponsored by Cerridwen’s  Cauldron and built by Elicio Ember, this sim is host to many fine merchants, so don’t forget to check out their booths while you explore this mystical realm of Faerie.

I flew through the crystal caves on my way to the next new adventure, but couldn’t resist the temptation to admire the glowing treasures up close.

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I’m a real fan of shiny things, as you can see.  They’re a wonderful distraction, and look spectacular in every way.

I could keep adding photos, but there’s just so much to see and so many things to do!  It’s difficult to keep from going broke in this event, but I have to say that the quality of all the merchants, the fun of the Quest (you can get your Quest HUD at all the sim landing points), and the amazing team who brought us yet another great Fantasy Faire, this is one of the reasons Second Life is such an amazing place.

Stay tuned for more adventures from the Fairelands, brought to you by little old me.

Credits:
Location:  Otherworld at Fantasy Faire
Body – SLink Male Physique
Hands – SLink male relaxed
Hair – Exile Give Away Your Secrets Natural
Head – LOGO Ethan Male
Skin – Nivaro Crow Cream
Wings, Horns and Legs are all from Avatar Bziarre, and available in the booth at Lucentia sim.

Lucentia is a Fantasy Come True

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Fantasy Faire is now OPEN!  For those of you who have somehow missed this momentous Second Life Event, it happens every April, without fail.  It encompasses several sims, each of which has a different builder.  All builders have unique and spectacular ideas for the look of the sim to which they’ve been assigned.  The Faire exists to raise money for Relay for Life, and boy do they ever!  Between all the merchants selling things on RFL vendors, and all the donation kiosks and gotya machines, they raise thousands of dollars to eradicate cancer.  You can get to Lucentia Sim here —>  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Lucentia/65/129/53

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Once again, Avatar Bizarre is playing a part in the Faire, offering a few items as donations to the cause.  The booth is located at the Lucentia Sim, an epic expanse of Greek columns and glowing things, surrounded by water.

Of course, you should see what’s lurking around the booth, but here’s a bit of a sample for you good folks.

The Gaia, Gaius, and Zaahn Boots are the Relay for Life offerings. 100% of proceeds go to Relay for Life!

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There are also a few other new items including the male and female Zaahn outfits with Omega appliers.

So stop by the booth, buy a few things, and go exploring at the Faire!  You don’t want to miss this one.

 

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Welcome to Sherwood – A Sneak Preview

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Fantasy Faire is nearly upon us!  This is the premiere event for all things fantasy and Relay for Life.  Avatar Bizarre is thrilled to once again be involved with the Fantasy Faire, and has several items for sale, starting April 21 (Faire opens at 9am, slt).

Robin Hood is a well-known and beloved legend.  Everyone knows he robbed from the rich, and gave to the poor, surrounded by his Merry Men.  He spent a lot of time getting the better of the Sheriff of Nottingham, and also managed to get the girl.

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The Robin Hood is a versatile costume for anyone wishing to play in the forests of Merry Olde England, or any forest full of Faerie folk, dragons, and knights in shining armor.  The bandit outfit includes five sizes for the rigged mesh doublet, system shirts and pants in eight colors, plus an OMEGA clothing appliers HUD for mesh bodies (please be sure your body is supported by OMEGA before you buy this outfit).  There’s also a plumed hat, and alpha.

The boots pictured are “Gawain Boots with color HUD”.  These are rigged and unrigged.  All mesh items are materials enhanced for your viewing pleasure.

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This outfit is available for women, as well.  While at the faire, a portion of the proceeds will go to Relay for Life.  Cost is 375L.  The boots will also be available for 175L.

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Credits:
Head – LOGO Ethan (skin fair)
Hair – Wasabi Pills Roy Royal
Robin Hood outfit – Avatar Bizarre – available soon at the Fantasy Faire.

A Fantasy of Fever Dreams – Zaahn Preview

Avatar-Bizarre-Zaahn-VThe lone traveler contemplated his fate.  He had been forcefully sent to a desolate and eerie island, where little made sense.  The carnival was deserted, and little wonder why.  The clown statues littering the grounds appeared sinister and dangerous.  They loomed through the mist, menacing grimaces that must have delighted once, though he doubted it.  He didn’t like clowns.  It was a trust issue; you couldn’t feel safe around a creature with a grin that wide, yet so dark and wretched inside.

Avatar-Bizarre-Zaahn-IIIThe traveler was undaunted by the menacing clown as he attempted a trick he’d learned long ago.  He was surprised to learn he still had the strength for the trick on a stack of chairs.  Still, that clown…  A trickle of cold sweat coursed down the back of his neck.  With a lurch, he tumbled off the chair and rolled away from that clown in haste.  Why are there so many clowns?  Why won’t that incessant creepy laughter die down?

Avatar-Bizarre-Zaahn-IIHe’d had enough.  He left the carnival and wandered the rest of the lonely island till he came upon a dead tree.  “How can I get off this wretched island?” he thought miserably.  “Can’t sleep.  Clowns will eat me.”

Avatar-Bizarre-Zaahn-IVThe Zaahn is Avatar Bizarre’s latest creation.  Available soon at Fantasy Faire, it includes 5 standard sizes, system layer underpants in all colors, an Omega pants applier for mesh bodies, and an alpha.  The boots are available as a separate item, and also include a color HUD with all the color options, and two sizes (male/female).  Everything has been materials enhanced for your viewing pleasure.  Zaahn will be available for men and for women.

Coming soon! Watch this space for landmarks and announcements.

The credits:
Body – SLink Male Physique
Hair – Mina Michael Black
Skin – Nivaro Crow Cream
Shape – Mine
Eyes – Avatar Bizarre Corvus Corax (green/blue)
Suit – Zaahn Male with Color HUD
Boots – Zaahn Boots with Color HUD
Location – Disturbia Rage of Mystery

Magic Is In The Air – a Sneak Preview

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Gaius was once a powerful sorcerer in the land of Albion, but when Uther outlawed magic, Gaius hid his powers and became the Court Physician.  He was wise beyond his considerable years, and hid his powers; concocting tinctures and potions to heal the sick and wounded with only his knowledge of herbs and fungi.

Avatar Bizarre will soon be releasing the Gaius Robes, a wonderful new outfit that includes the inner garment and an outer robe, both of which are on a color HUD to give you several color combinations!

The female version, the Gaia, will be much the same, only a lot more feminine.

Credits:
Outfit:  AB Gaius Robes (white and teal shown)
Hair – Exile Windsong
Beard – Nerd Grey
Hands – SLink
Body – SLink Male
Skin – Nivaro Crow

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.