The Mighty RAR!!

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This month’s Genre is all about sports, and what better way to show your appreciation of a favorite team than with your very own official jersey? The Mighty RAR is the fiercest team ever to breathe fire at the other side’s goons. They’re a juggernaut of power on the ice, perfect for when Winter finally arrives in Westros.

Genre is a monthly event with a different theme each month. Each merchant provides a new item, to be priced at 100L or lower for the duration of the event. Avatar Bizarre is thrilled to bring you the latest in Hockey fashion with a jersey that includes a seven color HUD! Be the envy of the opposing team when you show up to cheer on your favorite players.

You can get there from here http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Analog%20Dog%20Hair/35/230/3191

These Shoes Were Made For Wokkin – Hanfu Warped Head Shoes

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All you speak and all you hear
Hand that’s strong and voice it’s clear
An unforgotten memory when the moon begins to call – Red Rockers, China

Okay, so really, really bad title pun. Fine, I see the pun jar, and happily pay the tax therein.  Meanwhile, take a look at these awesome new shoes I’ve just made!

Honestly, when I was doing research on Chinese Traditional Footwear for men, not a lot of interest came up, till I found some photos of Hanfu Qing Dynasty Warped Head Shoes.  They were traditionally worn by men (along with the Hanfu robes), and generally made from silk or satin with cotton soles.  In more recent times, these shoes have been adopted by both men and women, as a Traditional fashion choice.  Since the thought of making Lotus shoes feels repellent, it’s safe to assume these unrigged shoes are for everyone with SLink flat feet in Second Life.

The Hanfu Warped Head Shoes, which are copy and modify, include a color HUD with six color choices.  They’ve been materials enhanced, so the pattern (and particularly the dragon on the front) really pop.

I do want to do more traditional Asian footwear (Lotus shoe is simply not gonna happen, folks), and I’m quite excited about this project.  You can now find the Hanfu shoes on the Marketplace and Inworld.

The Dragon Queen

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The Dragon Queen conjures up an image of a strong authority, who rules her domain with magic, an iron fist, and a whole lot of ferocious dragons.  Inspired by equal parts H.R.Giger and Daenerys Targaryen, this asymmetrical dress has the look and feel of skin taken from an alien dragon.  Resplendent in six dark jewel tones, the dress itself is rigged mesh.  The pearls at the waist, upper arm, and upper thigh glimmer with an inner light, only seen in the eye of the kraken.  These bands bring the regal look together with gently draped flexi cloth, pulling together the gentle shine of the leather that draws the eye to the left and down.

Then, when it’s finally time to plead to you, good lady, for their lives, the lines lead the eye back up your stunning visage, which is frame gorgeously by a high sweeping collar.

After all, your subjects are facing royalty, and must avert their eyes unless you command them to look up.  You are the Queen of all you survey, and this will be an astoundingly gorgeous addition to your already amazing wardrobe.

Available on the Marketplace and Inworld for 150L

Many thanks to my stunning model, Misha, for putting up with my incessant picture taking.

Lovecraft’s Wake and other animals

Holy cow, I’ve let this blog sit stagnant for a month.  Bad, Sred.  Bad, bad, bad!

Well, hello there, folks.  After a bit of a prolonged absence from this blog thing, I’m back with some vital information for my faithful readers, droogs and devotchkas.

Lovecraft's Wake

The first thing I want to alert you on is this event in Second Life that Faeryfox Beth, Sirius Farspire and I are attempting.  It’s a fun little event called The Lovecraft Wake, and it will be held roughly around H.P.Lovecraft’s Death Day.  It’s a Wake, get it?  Anyhow, I want to get some stuff straightened out right now.

The first thing is that we are in no way affiliated with the organizers of LoveFest.  Let’s put that to bed right now.  This is a small event, which will be held in the Dunwich Lovecraft Sim, and will not only feature a number of fine merchants hawking their Lovecraftian wares, but we will also have several DJ dance parties, horror readings, and OH so much more.  The Official Blog is here.  We still have room for a few more merchants, so feel free to apply.  There’s no booth fee, but we are providing vendors and gachas, which will take a 10% cut to cover expenses and to help out with the cost of the sim.

The second thing I wanted to tell you about is the fun little chotchkies I’ve put together.

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Here, we have a fun little mesh shoulder Cthulhu.  He’s copy and modify, and comes with a color HUD with ten color options!  This is a great little wearable for the Cthulhu fan in your life.  Just beware, for he will whisper sweet evils in your ear.


The Chinese Shoulder Dragon comes in three different options:  Metal and Earth colors, Fire and Sky colors, and Water and Air colors.  Like the Cthulhu above, these guys come with a color HUD.  Each dragon comes with seven color options in the HUD, and are copy/modify.


Aetheraptor Wings are also supplied with a color HUD and include seven color options.  These are unrigged mesh wings.  They do not flex, but they look pretty good, don’t you think?

All three items have been materials enhanced for your viewing pleasure.  All are available on the marketplace and inworld at the Main Store location.

Stay tuned.  I think I see the Twisted Hunt lurking behind the sofa.  We’ll talk more about that later…

Chinese Dragons go RAR! New Traditional Chinese Apparel

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The legendary Chinese dragon is a powerful creature.  It generally controls water and air; holds court over all rivers and streams, controls rain and floods, and brings good luck to people.  It is a symbol of power and strength to the worthy.  It flies across the sky through sheer will alone; it has no wings.  Dragons are often depicted in artwork, and you will often find them on clothing, which brings us to the Tianlong Cheongsam by Avatar Bizarre.

The short Cheongsam jacket is a traditional garment, usually made from silk or satin, and almost always brocaded in luscious, detailed designs.  Tianlong means “Flying Dragon”, and it is heavily featured on this short jacket.  Available in several colors, there is a male version and a female version.  Both come in standard mesh sizing.  Even though it is rigged, it has Modify and Copy permissions, like most of the items from Avatar Bizarre.  It is also Materials Enhanced, so the dragon design pops if you have Advanced Lighting enabled in your viewer.

These are currently available on the Marketplace and inworld at the Main Store Location.

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Women have a choice between the short jacket, and a gorgeous long Cheongsam gown.  These traditionally have a stiff upright collar, and frog closures.  They can have long sleeves (generally for more formal occasions), or short sleeves, which is the version available at the store now.  The Cheongsam dress is a versatile garment that can come in long and short versions, and will almost always have slits up the sides for greater leg movement.

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The Dragon Cheongsam is a traditional short sleeved gown, available in several colors, and Materials Enhanced.  This gown will look stunning on anyone who wears it, giving its wearer a stately and demure air.  Like the Tianlong Cheongsam, this dress has a dragon motif, in golden threads.

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Modify and Copy.  Standard rigged mesh sizing.  Please try a demo first.

Dragon My Feet

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As the Twisted Hunt inexorably marches into our lives (March 1-31), Avatar Bizarre is busy preparing gachas and hunt prizes.  As Gachas insidiously lurk, biding their time for the next addict to pop up and try for the rares and ultra rares within, I have been busily creating some fun items to fill my Twisted Hunt Gachas.

You already got a sneak preview of the Chinese Dragon Gacha in my previous post, not to mention possibly meeting one up close at the SLUniverse prom yesterday…

Hint:  That suit I’m wearing is a sort of unofficial sneak peak at the male Twisted gift.  I will be posting more about that and the female gift later on.

Now, as time speeds ever forward, I’d like to show you the latest updated mesh Dragon Slippers, available in ten snappy colors! With every color in the rainbow plus two, it was only logical to take the absence of color and the mix of all colors and make them the rainbow rares.  These are rigged, and should fit everyone because they’re big ol’ slippers  There’s an alpha included, just in case.

And don’t worry!  If you end up with twelve sets of red slippers, these guys are all transfer so you can sell, trade, or give them away.

Because Dragon – Twisted Hunt “Magick” starts March 1

You may or may not be aware that the Twisted Hunt is currently lurking in a dark corner, waiting to spring itself on people starting March 1.  This hunt, without a doubt and immodest about it, is the most difficult hunt on the grid.  If you are planning to hunt, and you expect to find the item (a Hellraiser style Lament textured cube, probably spinning, most likely purple or invisible…who knows?) in under a minute, then you are sadly mistaken.

Merchants are allowed up to ten visible decoys.  However, and let me stress this point, they are also allowed as many invisible (read stuck inside walls, floors, or otherwise not visible to the naked eye unless you are cheating) decoys as they want.  This includes renaming bits and bobs to match that of the actual item.  Good news, though!  If you don’t use wireframe and/or area search, you will likely find the box a bit faster.  After all, though merchants are not required to give hints, many do.

It is advisable to join the hunt group, as tireless volunteers give out the latest hints from the various locations.  There is really no hard and fast rule to the hints, apart from the fact that they can change daily (or more than once a day) as merchants move their items.  Most of the time, things get moved if someone blurts out the location in local chat or in the group chat.  Don’t do it.  Merchants and the organizers (of which I am one) get cranky and bitey.

The hunt is worth the hassle to most people, as often decoys will contain fun little gifts, or stores will put up their own instore mazes with lots of extra gifts scattered around.  There’s also the amazing and frustratingly evil End Game which, once conquered, gives you a whole pile of extra gifts, plus a “Twisted Survivor” tag, which many people wear with gloating pride.

But wait, there’s more!  In addition to all the fantastic gifts hidden across the grid, stores are encouraged to participate with gachas!

If you’ve been living under a virtual rock in the shopping and fashion world of Second Life, a gacha is rather like one of those gumball prize machines where you stick in a coin and get a fun random prize.  Gachas usually contain a variety of fun prizes for chump change (generally around 10L – 50L per play).  Most of the time, these items are transferable, so you can trade, sell, or give away any extra versions of things you get.  But wait, there’s more!  Gachas usually contain rare prizes, and some even have ULTRA RARE prizes!  Oh yes, they are addictive.

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Funnily enough, Avatar Bizarre, which is a notoriously evil participant in the Twisted Hunt (in spite of giving copious bread crumb trails straight to the hunt item) will have two special gachas set up in time for Twisted.  The first gacha will be the “Chinese Dragon Shoulder Pet” collection; a mass of 21 different mesh Chinese shoulder dragons.  There are several rares, and three hidden Ultra Rares (Smission, Pyroclast, and Tyger).

As if that weren’t enough, there are seven gachas all sitting in the front of the store containing everything from boots to avatars, and all between 15L – 50L per play.

Stay tuned for a sneak preview of the actual gifts:  A lovely purple gown for the women, and a formal suit inspired by Dressage for the men.  Both are partial mesh.

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Dragon Myself All Over Second Life

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At some point, dragons have to happen.  While I realize there are a ton of dragons in Second Life, thanks to the likes of Grendels and such, you can never have too many.  Particularly of the Asian variety.  Not only are Asian dragons good luck, but they’re shiny, they smell nice, and they know where to get the best Pocky.

https://i1.wp.com/grabilla.com/03c18-14aec4e1-d6bf-4c83-b919-cedd8a5243c3.pngSo, as bereft of dragons as Second Life isn’t, your humble narrator spent a couple of days mired in the Evil That Is Blender™ and pulled this avatar out of a very, very tattered hat, much like a tired zombie rabbit.  The hat was housing my brain, which is now a dead, lifeless grey mass of goo sitting in a jar on the corner of the computer desk.  Be that as it may, there still ended up being seven strikingly jeweltastic colors, and there may be more if the Gods approve.  Okay, so black isn’t exactly jewel tone.  Sue me.  But the rest of the colors definitely fit the profile:  Red, Green, Sky Blue, Dark Blue, Teal, and Purple.

Originally, I made a quadruped dragon, which looks freakin’ amazing.  Only problem is it doesn’t move the way it should in Second Life, and apparently I have to make an animation override with all my own animations.  There may be sacrifices and volcanoes involved.  They really don’t approve of people tossing things into the nearest active volcano, for some reason.  It will be finished at some point. I’m just not sure when.  It’s rather a daunting project at the moment.

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As such, the biped was born.  I was playing around with the idea of making a more female shaped dragon, but dragons really don’t have breasts, and I was advised against the idea by a number of people, including those with breasts themselves.  I’m okay with this.

This particular avatar was built using my own human avatar as the base shape, and then made a bit thinner, because Dragon.  Some mesh clothing may fit it, by some miracle.  It’s always a good idea to try out demos and things to be sure.  As far as I can tell, medium and large items will probably fit pretty well.  It all depends on what you’re trying on, because nothing really has a standard size, in spite of the label.

The Shen Dragon (also known as Shen Long) Avatar is available at the main store location inworld, and on the Marketplace.