A Knight of the Round Table

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Looking for a nice medieval sim in Second Life when your connection has decided to go back to the 1200 BAUD days is really, really difficult.  Really, it is.  That said, one quagmire lag filled thirty minutes, then a fifteen minute hiatus from the Internet later produced this picture and blog.  You see how dedicated some people can be to this stuff?

The Gawain, named for one of King Arthur’s fine Camelot knights, is the latest outfit from Avatar Bizarre.  It features a color HUD with seven color choices (red, green, teal, blue, purple, black, and white), an Omega pants applier HUD for the various mesh bodies out there (check out the Omega blog for a list of compatible bodies), seven system layer underpants, an alpha, five sizes, and materials.  This is available for women, as well.

This will debut at Genre. As Genre is one of those super awesome shopping events where you can get deep discounts on new things, you can buy this wonderful outfit for 100L, starting March 15.  Once this round of Genre is over, the price goes up.

Oh, and I almost forgot!  In addition to this outfit, there will be a pair of nifty boots at Genre for 99L (regular price is 175:).  These are brand new, made with the Gawain in mind.  They were built to go over system layers or Omega layers.  They may have a little difficulty with mesh pants.

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These come with a large and a small rigged pair, along with an unrigged pair, an alpha, and a color HUD.

For more information on Genre, here’s the blog.

Fantastic Planet

Avatar-Bizarre-Martian-Colonist-Uniform-IIAt first, the colonists arrived on Mars as small crews aboard the fleet of rocket ships.  They fled their home world, which was devastated by atomic pollution.  Once properly terraformed, Mars was a popular destination, a new frontier; vast amounts of land for the taking, plenty of room for everyone, except…

They hadn’t counted on Martians getting in their way.  Peaceful though they were, the indigenous people wouldn’t give up their home to the human invasion easily.  Eventually, the conflict became vicious, but who is to say which people would inherit the red sands of Mars.  Men were the aliens, my friends.  But what else could they do?  Earth was no longer inhabitable.  They needed a new home.  It’s simply unfortunate the Martians wouldn’t let us have what they felt was rightfully theirs for the taking…

Avatar-Bizarre-Martian-Colonist-UniformAvatar Bizarre has remade the original Martian Colonist Uniform for female avatars.  Like the male version, this uniform comes in standard sizing, includes a color HUD with seven colors, and is resplendent in opalescent materials shine.  The boots are separate, and also come with a color HUD.  They are unrigged, so you can resize them as needed.

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The colors included on the HUD are Red, Green, Teal, Blue, Purple, Black, and White.

The Martian Colonist is available inworld and on the Marketplace.

Boots are also available.

 

 

AB Martian Colonist Boots with Color HUD

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*

Obi One Kimono – Avatar Bizarre is Turning Japanese for 20Twenty

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20Twenty is a monthly instore event that starts on the 20th of the month, runs for 20 days, and features exclusive items from 20 designers at 20% off the normal price.  This is a wonderful way to showcase some amazing designers, and Avatar Bizarre is happy to be included in the October edition of 20Twenty!

There is no theme for the event, but I decided it might be fun to make a Japanese kimono for this round.  There will be a couple of new kimonos available at Avatar Bizarre, and they cost 275L each, but the 20Twenty version on sale for 20% off will be the Hibari kimono, which features a pair of sparrows in the branches of a cherry tree.

The kimono comes in six sizes (5 female, and one flat chest femboy size), and includes an unrigged obi bow and a color HUD with several color choices.  It is materials enhanced, and should fit most mesh bodies with their included Alpha HUDS.  In fact, my model, pictured above, is wearing the Maitreya Mesh Body.

Avatar Bizarre Hibari Kimono

If my math is correct, 20% off 275L is roughly 220L.  While the Hibari is on sale, there are two other kimonos available (Ryu and Sakura), which will be full price.  All Kimonos come with their own color HUD.

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When the time is right, point your avatar to http://slurl.com/secondlife/Burmilla/207/201/38
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Hooves Tripping Through a Field

Avatar-Bizarre-Qilin-LegsThe Qilin – a rare and colorful creature in Chinese folklore. It is often called a Unicorn, but this is somewhat of a misnomer, since most Qilin (Japanese is Kirin) are depicted with two antler-like horns.  They are often associated with vibrant colors, gemstones, and the elements, much like the dragon.  Although the arrival of a Qilin is a good omen, they are said to punish the wicked, as well as foretell the birth of great men.  It has been said that the birth of Confucius was foretold by the great Qilin. The new Qilin legs from Avatar Bizarre are as jeweled and spectacular as any true Qilin.  These are rigged mesh, and fit most avatar shapes, though there is a demo available if you aren’t sure. AB-Qilin-Legs-with-color-HUD

Now for the fun part!
You see that vendor ad?  It explains everything pretty well.  There are appliers for SLink (the underpant layer), and Omega appliers (same deal, only for other mesh bodies).  The color HUD controls the colors of the legs and gem on the horns.

If you don’t have a mesh body (SLink, Matrieya, etc), not to worry.  There are six tattoo layers in the different colors for the default Second Life avatar.  So we’ve got you covered!  Literally.

I did want to mention a couple of things about the new Male SLink Physique Body, which is what you see my avatar wearing in the two images above.

First, it’s really, very nicely done.  There are a lot of bodies out there for folks to try out. Some are more muscled than others, which is great for folks who want to be heavily muscled.  The SLink body is more lithe, slender, and has just enough muscle tone.

Second, the HUD that comes with the SLink body is very detailed, and works really well!  It includes an 80 point alpha HUD, a skin tinter, a Penis (Hah!), and all the bits and bobs you need to make regular mesh clothing fit.

And the clothing does fit!  All you have to do is use the HUD to alpha out the bits that poke through.

Third, the hands and feet (sold separately), no longer have a weird seam between wrist/ankle and the rest of the body.  There’s a head that comes with the body, but I prefer to wear my own head.  The skin maker I prefer has not made appliers as of this blog post, hence the neck seam you see, but I don’t have a whole lot else to complain about.  I’ve heard others saying the pecs are a bit high, but I can live with that.  Because..

Wouldja look at that ass?  Holy carp!

The legs are available on the Marketplace and Inworld.

Magic Dance!

Avatar-Bizarre-Jareth-Costume-Female“You remind me of the babe — What babe?
The babe with the power? — What power?
The power of Voodoo — Who do?
You do — Do what?
Remind me of the babe.” – D. Bowie, Magic Dance (Labyrinth)

Jareth, the King of Goblin City, rules over the Labyrinth.  He is an imposing and magical figure, surrounded by all the fantastic creatures in the World of Labyrinth.  He has all the power he needs, commands a host of sycophantic goblin folk, and has some mad talent for singing and dancing.  Yet he lacks the thing he craves most:  The love of his life.  He sought to please her by taking away her troublesome baby brother, then offered her thirteen hours to find her way through his Labyrinth to his castle in the center of Goblin City.  He reordered time for her.  He did all she asked.  In the end, she rejected him, and he flew off as a great Barn Owl. Avatar-Bizarre-Jareth-costume-for-men

As perpetrator of Avatar Bizarre, I get my inspiration from a variety of sources, and this outfit is heavily inspired by what David Bowie wore during the Magic Dance scene.  The rigged mesh outfit comes with the standard five sizes for both men and for women, the crescent moon pendant, and a color HUD that changes the colors for both outfit and pendant separately.  The HUD gives you six colors to choose from.

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The boots for this outfit are sold separately.  There’s a male version, and a female version (male is simply larger than the female version).  The boots include a color HUD with six colors, as well as being materials enhanced.

AB Jareth Boots with Color HUD MALE

AB Jareth Boots with Color HUD FEMALE

All of this stuff is available inworld and on the marketplace.

To Be Played at Maximum Volume – The Return of Ziggy Stardust

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Bowie fans all over the world know about the iconic instructions on the cover for The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars.


To be played at Maximum Volume.


It’s not just a suggestion, it’s a command.  Ziggy is here, and he will not be ignored.

Avatar Bizarre has improved the original Ziggy costume with some Materials enhancement, a color HUD, and not just a male version, but also a female version!  Both versions include the five standard sizes, and there is a demo that includes the male and female suits.  The iconic platform boots are also included.  These are rigged boots that fit the costume perfectly.

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These boots include the small size (female) and the large size (male), plus a pair of unrigged boots that can be repositioned and resized.  The color HUD is included; the colors are visible on the vendor ad above.  Oh, and did I mention that these are SLink enhanced?  It probably doesn’t matter too much for boots, but it’s a nice bonus!

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Ziggy played guitar.

Available on the Marketplace and Inworld.

Balancing on the Signpost of Life – A Hanfu for the Twisted Hunt

Twisted-Qi-PosterTwisted Hunt is once again lurking in the shadows, ready to pounce in September, and eat Second Life hunters for breakfast.  If you aren’t familiar with the Twisted Hunt, it’s a semi-annual grid-wide hunt in Second Life.  Second Life’s culture is such that hunts are kind of falling by the wayside, and most people would prefer not to take landmark after landmark, and stand around waiting for things to rez in various lagged sims so they can find some object that contains a free or dollarbie gift.  However, Twisted is one of those perennial Love It Or Hate It deals that crops up twice a year, in September and March.

While most other hunts are floundering and giving up the ghost, Twisted persists in its popularity because the merchants involved go the extra mile.  The gifts can be exceedingly difficult to find, due to reasons, but you will find all kinds of extra fun and goodies in most of the stores involved.  For example, some stores will have mini-hunts, some build fun labyrinths, some will have zombie killings, others provide extra fun by setting up games for hunters, and quite a lot of merchants will have more than one gift.  In fact, many will include a fun gift inside each of the ten visible decoys they’re allowed. Decoys.  Yes, we are fully aware that people cannot stand the things.  In fact, we don’t really like them much either because some people have gone completely overboard in inflicting them upon the huddled and frustrated masses.

The thing is, we do have rules, and even with the 30 meter global limit to where you can hide things and with the visible decoy limit, the hunt object can be…shall we say…a challenge to discover.  Merchants are allowed to hide INVISIBLE decoys under the floors and in the walls.  They are also allowed to rename random prims to that of the hunt object. The hunt object will always be a puzzle box cube (with new patterns this time!!), it will always be spinning, it will always be called something specific, and yes, it is fairly small.  But it shouldn’t be inside another prim, or recolored, or renamed.  Woe betide those who violate these sacrosanct rules!

Here’s the little critter you’re looking for in all its horrible glory:

Meanwhile, Avatar Bizarre (owned by one of the organizers) has a sneak preview of the male and female gift being handed out to the legions of hunters out there. Avatar Bizarre Qing Long Hanfu Male
The Qing Long Hanfu is a rigged mesh traditional Chinese outfit.  It includes all five sizes, is materials enhanced, and comes with a flexi sash, in addition to the mesh sash.  Avatar Bizarre is giving away (for free!) a teal Hanfu for both men and women this round.

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The hunt begins at Midnight on September 19.  Happy Hunting!  (Shoes not included)