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.

We’re All Mad Here…How To Cheshire Cat

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“But I don’t want to go among mad people,” Alice remarked.
“Oh, you can’t help that,” said the Cat: “we’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad.”
“How do you know I’m mad?” said Alice.
“You must be,” said the Cat, “or you wouldn’t have come here.”
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

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Some time ago, when yours truly was making those first tentative steps into the world of mesh, I started making a bunch of fantasy outfits inspired heavily by Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, and Through the Looking Glass.  The clothing line was called, “Lewis Carroll’s Fever Dreams”, and included a half dozen gender neutral outfits:  Madder Hatter, Jabberwocky, Mock Turtle, Mitternacht Hatter, and The Cheshire Cat.

These outfits were system layer creations with unrigged mesh details, for the most part.  While system layer clothing can be really well done with some spectacular texturing, I felt that eventually these outfits would need to be replaced with fully mesh options.  The system layer versions will still be available on the Marketplace, but the latest versions are slowly filtering their way into the main store location.

Leading the charge in the meshy improvements is the Cheshire Cat.  This is a tiger-striped bit of fantasy suit deliciousness, which is not only materials enhance, but it also includes a set of mesh ears.  The suit itself is available in both male, and female versions. There are seven colors to be had and, apparently, my model and I agree we both like the teal version best.

In addition to the suit, a separate pair of Cheshire Cat shoes is available.  These are unrigged, and made to fit the ankles on SLink feet, though a well placed alpha will make them look good on regular ankles, as well.

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The shoes come with a color HUD that includes all seven colors.  They cost 175L.  The suit (male and female) is 375L.

Whether you wish to be a part of Mr. Carroll’s fever dreams as you wander the Alice in Wonderland sims, or you simply want to be a stylish Neko (are they still a thing in Second Life?), this is a fantastic addition to any wardrobe.

All are currently available in the main store location.  Everything will be available on the Marketplace after the 23rd (basically whenever Linden Lab does the migration to VMM.

Vorpaling Twixt Yon Elven Tree – The Vorpal Suit

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“He took his vorpal sword in hand:
Long time the manxome foe he sought —
So rested he by the Tumtum tree,
And stood awhile in thought.” – Lewis Carroll, Jabberwocky

Once more into the breach, my friends, once more.  Avatar Bizarre has reached a crescendo in the Lewis Carroll Fever Dreams collection in the Vorpal Suit.  As I flew amongst the trees in the Elven forest, a thought struck:  What if the real Jabberwocky were to catch the rumor of all these outfits being named for bits of his poem?

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The Vorpal Suit is available in black, white, teal, purple, blue, red, and green, and comes with a few rigged and non-rigged mesh bits that are sure to please even the most aesthetically difficult to impress eyeball.  I should note that while most of the rigged bits should fit just about any avatar on Second Life, the spine may stand out from the slender and lovely backs of many female avatars.  A female version of the spine may be created at a later date, if I gain the courage and the…stuff.

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Meanwhile, here’s what you get in every box of vitamin fortified Vorpal parts of this nutritious breakfast:

System coat
System pants
System waistcoat
System shirt
Rigged turtleneck collar for those times you don’t feel like wearing the coat
Rigged coat collar
Rigged spine thingamajigger
Rigged gloves
Rigged shoes
Coat tails
Shoe alpha

I hope I haven’t missed anything.  The whole point of this outfit is to give you the most permutations possible, while still being freakishly fantastic.

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Available inworld and on the marketplace

Beware the Jabberwock, My Friend – HorrorFest Hunt Sneak Preview

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“Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
  The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
  The frumious Bandersnatch!” — Lewis Carroll, Jabberwocky

Once again, the Alice in Wonderland bug has bitten me.  Levers were pulled, and buttons were pressed, and stuff began growing on the spine.  I fell headlong into Blender and clawed my way through its morass of morbitude.  Thus was the Jabberwocky Suit born.

In all honesty, I had been scrambling to come up with a suitable hunt prize for a hunt I forgot I had signed up for.  However, it just so happened that I had started meshing a spinal attachment that begged for something vaguely draconian, and since the Cheshire Cat, Mome Rath, and Madder Hatter had come along to supplement my growing Carroll fever dreams collection, this suit was inevitable.

As a rule, I have not been signing Avatar Bizarre up for hunts because, quite frankly, I got pretty burned out doing hunts in Second Life.  But this is one of those rare special occasions where a hunt gift is warranted and necessary.

Horrorfest, slated to begin on October 18, is a festival fundraiser for the Epilepsy Therapy Project.  Not only will there be bountiful and bootiful Halloween shopping, where proceeds will go to the charity, but there will be DJs and performers bouncing around entertaining folks.  There’s also going to be a gridwide hunt.  Each item is to cost 1L, which is an absolute steal, even if you only keep 2 or 3 items out of 150.  I mean, we’re giving out a whole suit, which would sell for quite a bit more than 1L, or even 150L (which is the maximum number of stores in the hunt).

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But, I realize that a lot of folks prefer not to pay for hunt gifts unless they get pictures, so here you go:  The Halloween Edition of the Jabberwocky Suit.

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Keep in mind that even though you only see a picture of my avatar wearing this fine outfit, it should fit just about anyone.  The only rigged parts are the spine attachment, and the boots.  The rest can be modified (and copied) and, of course, system layers (the coat and pants) will fit everyone.  This is Gothic and Halloweenish, and perfect for folks looking for something dark and scary.

Once the hunt is over, this suit will be available in an array of stunning colors, including purple, because that’s how Avatar Bizarre rolls.  Till then, have fun with this Stygian black number.

Here’s what you get for your hard-earned linden:
Finely textured and scaly coat with flexi coat tails, a rigged dragon spine and collar, cuffs, pants, and rigged boots!  All of the attachments are original mesh from the diseased mind of Sredni “I Have Misplaced My Pants” Eel.

If you’re feeling especially brave, you can join me (Sred) for a couple of hours of my eclectically Gothic DJing at one of the Horrorfest parties, to be announced.  It’s so secret even I don’t know when it’ll happen!  So stay tuned.

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We’re All Mad Here – Cheshire Cat Fashion in Second Life

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“One day Alice came to a fork in the road and saw a Cheshire cat in a tree.
‘Which road do I take?’ she asked.
His response was a question:  ‘Where do you want to go?’
‘I don’t know,’ Alice answered.
‘Then,’ said the cat, ‘it doesn’t matter.'” — Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

If the Cheshire cat were human, he’d have a mad wardrobe that would rival that of the Cat from Red Dwarf.  Vast and fanciful, each piece of every ensemble would scream, “I am CAT!”  Then the insane giggles would burst forth, as everything but the riotous grin disappeared from view.

Never fear!  Barring some Linden Lab glitch in the Matrix, this suit is designed to stay put!  Suitable for men and women, and probably small furry creatures from Alpha Centauri, this ensemble is available in six colors (unless they breed and make more), and includes some rather amusing bits and pieces for the mesh aficionado.

The collar is rigged, high, and pointy.  It showcases the mad grin and those glittering deep eyes.  A set of mesh ears rest atop the head, complete with wildcat oceli markings on the back.  The coat and the pants are exquisitely textured system layers, which are set off by fantastic mesh coat cuffs and coat tails.  Of course, what would any Puss be without its Boots?  The four-toed cat boots are rigged and should fit just about anyone.  The Cute Factor (hereby known as Cutrinos) will shoot through the roof if the boots look a little big.  This is why this suit also works for child avatars!

Oh yes, Avatar Bizarre has you folks covered.

To top things off, there is also a new mesh eye release, which will compliment this outfit.  The Cheshire Cat Eyes are available in ten colors, and each package includes three sets of mesh eyes in “normal”, Fullbright, and Glow.  There’s also a set of system eyes for the die hard folks out there.

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Stay tuned, as more Alice in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking Glass themed items appear magically on the walls of Avatar Bizarre.

Marketplace
Inworld Store

What the heck is a Mome Rath, anyway?