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.

Fantasy Faire - In Otherworld as a Flying Qilin

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.

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Uh Oh, It’s Magic – Djelibeybi Djinnia has arrived

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It’s been a banner week.  After winning a hard fought battle with Blender, a couple of brand new outfits have emerged.  Granted, they are female versions of outfits I had already made, but you wouldn’t believe the tantrum Blender threw at the time.  You see, we have a love-hate relationship.  While it’s mostly not that hard to make things, it can be a real challenge to get things to rig properly.  You see, Blender and I have wildly different ideas on how things should move on an avatar’s body, so the gloves get thrown off, and we are steeped in the worst Hockey fight Goon War ever in the history of everything.

But Stubborn pays off.  So does having a couple of days off work, because then a whole lot of time that otherwise wouldn’t exist can be spent in warping the logic that is my program of choice for making mesh things.

If you’ve been paying attention, the last blog post was about the Djelibeybi Djinn.  It’s quite a nice outfit, and was a real challenge for someone unused to making things with transparencies.  Of course, the second it got released, the calls for a female version were screamed from on high.  Okay, I’m not gonna lie:  I had planned to make this outfit all along.  Someone on Second Life Universe (www.sluniverse.com) had mentioned to me that she really wanted see through genie pants.  Now how could I resist such a plea?

The Djelibeybi Djinnia is the result of wrestling with Blender to make it do the right thing, then giving in and remaking something to resemble what I had already made, then making it look nice for women.  It’s similar to the Djinn, in that the legs and sleeves are translucent.  It comes in seven vibrant colors, includes a turban with a resize script, and detachable flexi hip scarves.

And that picture above is Misha, my stalwart model, who puts up with me posing her and insisting on various looks for whatever she’s made to wear.  Truth is, though, she has most of the say in how she looks.  I’m just the photographer and the Maker of Things.

In any case, this outfit, and the Djinn are both available on the Marketplace.  Currently, the Djinn is the only one on the wall at Avatar Bizarre,  The Djinnia will soon follow.  You can get the Djinnia here, and the Djinn here.  Stay tuned for the Phinaea suit.  I haven’t put it out yet, but when that happens, you all should be the first to know.

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Dressage For Success – A Twisted Hunt Gift

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A friend of mine on plurk was pining for the Fjords while lamenting the lack of Dressage suits for men in Second Life.  I was vaguely aware that people riding in horse competitions wear something that looks a bit like a tuxedo with knee high boots, and it’s just the sort of thing I enjoy making, so a promise was made more or less sorta kinda.  After doing some research on the various Dressage looks out there, I decided on the classic tail coat version.

Since the pants on a Dressage suit tend to be skin tight, I figured this suit didn’t have to be full mesh.  The pants are a system layer, along with the system layer Dressage shirt, and leather gloves.  The rest of the outfit is mesh, both rigged and unrigged.  The tail coat is knee length and comes in the five standard male sizes.  The Cravat and the low Top Hat are both unrigged and can be resized as needed.  There is, of course, an alpha included for the coat and for the boots.

The rigged boots (included) are a special new addition to the Avatar Bizarre collection.  Not only are they superbly textured patent leather, but if you run on a Materials compatible viewer and have Advance Lighting enabled, you will see a subtle leather shine you wouldn’t otherwise see in viewers that aren’t materials compatible.  The shine has a slight color applied, based on the color of the coat.

This brings me to the Twisted Hunt gift for men (Twisted Hunt starts March 1 and runs through March 31)…

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The theme of Twisted you probably already know, if you read this blog regularly (or just look at the post below this one).  The color of this hunt is a magical purple.  Frankly, it’s one of my favorite colors, and lends itself well to a Dressage outfit, even though the traditional color is, well, black and white.

The Magic Purple Dressage outfit from Avatar Bizarre comes with two pairs of pants:  a black pair with a colored stripe down each leg, and a more traditional white pair.  This suit will be available in more colors at the end of the hunt, including the traditional black.

Till then, Tally Ho!

It’s a Kind of Magick – Twisted Hunt Gift

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When it rains, it pours.  In the case of Ye Olde Shoppe Blogge, I just couldn’t wait a week to tell you about the nifty new gown slated for the Women’s Twisted Hunt Gift in March.  Theme:  Magick.  Check.  Color: Purple.  Excellent. Stuff made:  Tons.  Perfect.  A case in point: One partial mesh ballgown.

The Magick Gown, modeled by a very lovely Phoebe, was built with an underbust rigged mesh corset.  Flaring out at the bottom into a sort of rig for a bustle style skirt, it has plenty of room for a wide range of avatar shapes.  The top of the corset sits just below the breasts, and there’s a matching bustier shirt layer to round out the natural beauty of the feminine shape.

The rest of the gown includes rigged mesh sleeves, a delicately laced magical purple skirt with velvet panels where it meets the corset, and a glitch pant that terminates in delicate lace near the mid calf, and misty lace ruffles on the sleeves for a little extra flourish.  The boots pictured are from Lassitude & Ennui, and are not included. The lace has a slight glow for that mystical magic feel, but since the gown is modify, simply edit out the glow on the lace if you prefer not to glow quite so much.

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This gown will be available in several other colors after the end of the Twisted Hunt.  Till then, if you want the purple version, you may need to spend time looking for it at Avatar Bizarre.

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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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One…two…three…GACHA!

Gacha, a virtual gumball machine with reasonably inexpensive prizes that can be traded, given away, or sold in virtual yardsales, are still all the rage in Second Life.

Avatar Bizarre currently sports seven Gacha machines at the front of the store, containing various bits of nifty in the form of boots, wings, avatars, shoulder pets, eyes, and even clown pants.  They’re fun little machines, these Gachas.  You put in your 15L, 25L, or 50L, depending on the cost, and you get that random prize.  But, like the drug store prizes machines of the ’70s and ’80s (or even the laundromat machines sporadically placed across the country), there is always a rare prize or two you spend hours and hours tying to get.  The deal is you usually end up with about a dozen of the common items before you finally get that gold plated shiny sticker or whatever it may be.

In Second Life Gacha, the rare prizes are more likely to be a special color of something, or just a random something among a sea of same somethings.

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The first of the new Gacha collectibles at Avatar Bizarre is the Magick Wings collection.  These are mesh,and semi-transparent with a bit of glow for that other-worldly ethereal quality that is so prevalent in the world of Faerie (or whatever).  The Dragonfly wings come in eight colors with two rare; and the Luna Moth wings are available in ten colors with three rare sets.  The good news is these are unrigged, so they can be resized, even to Petite Mesh avatar size.  They are low LI, which means they should be low lag and load pretty quick, even on slow machines.

The Dragonfly wings are one piece.  The Luna Moth wings, on the other hand, where uploaded separately, so if you right click them, hit EDIT>Linked Parts, and click on one of the wings, you can move the wings around to whatever position you want.  In fact, the Rare Verigated version comes with closed wings by default.

The second set of Gacha items has not yet been released, but it’s pretty fun.  Avatar Bizarre is about to release a set of Magick Familiar Shoulder Pets.  These are cats that sit on your shoulder, and each is wearing a coordinating wizard’s hat.  If you want the hat separate, they are easily removed.  Click on your critter when you’ve rezzed it on the ground (entire thing is 16 LI) then hit Ctrl (or Command if you’re on a Mac) L and that will unlike the hat from the cat.  The cat itself is 6 LI.

The cats are all available in 11 Colors with the three rares being Purple Tabby, Rainbow Tabby, and Calico.  These little beauties sit on your right shoulder with a tail that curves slightly around your shoulder blades.  Unrigged, these can be sized up or down, depending on what you plan to do with them.  They will likely be released as a Gacha during the March 1-31 Twisted Hunt.

Collect them all!

And stay tuned for more as things ramp up for the next couple of events in Second Life.

All Gachas are to be found at the main store location.

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