I’m Here to Kick Ass and Chew Bubblegum…and I’m All Out of Bubblegum

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Leave it to Misha to spur me into action when it comes to making armor for the distaff in Second Life.  Okay, so it only took me a month and a half to get on the stick and actually make it, but hey, sometimes you have to get up the nerve to outfit someone with big swords like this.

There’s an absolute truism in Second Life:  Avatars tend to be Way Too Tall.  Like abnormally Wookiee tall.  Heck, they’d probably dwarf Peter Mayhew in real life, and I know for a fact that man stands over seven feet tall.  I’ve met him in all of his morose grumpiness.  He’s the kind of guy you walk up to and say, “How’s the weather up there?” and then you get your butt kicked into next Tuesday.  But I digress…

Second Life is full of really tall, generally disproportionate avatars.  You can really run the gamut of shapes, from massive buttshelves to eight foot tall pin-headed galoots.  Speaking of which, Misha told a story about the day she went shopping for swords and was confronted by such a galoot.  Misha, if you don’t know, is a midget in Second Life terms.  Like me, she stands at a paltry six foot three or four.  Tiny.  Miniscule.  However, she is also very much shaped in a pleasing way, and likely attracts the attention of many a galoot.  However, for some reason, galoots have this tendency to believe that it’s okay to try to intimidate those who are perceived as smaller and weaker than they are.  The problem for these guys is they usually have brains to match their pin-heads, so it’s pretty amusing to put them in their place with a well aimed comment, even if there isn’t much sport in it.

With permission (I hope…Misha will probably get a kick out this me quoting her here) let’s relive the shopping experience, shall we?  Names have been changed to protect the innocent.

XXX: smiles, aren’t you too pretty and tiny to be looking at swords?
Misha Selene: No, apparently I need a backup weapon to gut you with…

It really makes you inordinately proud.

So all of this is just a long-winded way of saying, “Hey, look at this new armor!”  It will, hopefully, be debuted at Fantasy Fair.  It’s typical:  Standard sizing, materials enhanced.  It comes with rigged pants, corset, and chainmail shirt, along with unrigged shoulder, arm, wrist, thigh, and shin guards, plus a cloak with a hood (combination of unrigged mesh and flexi prims).  The boots are from the Avatar Bizarre Panzermensch collection, but I’m sure at some point before the fair I’ll be making a pair of boots for this as well.  So yeah, stay tuned and all that.  Oh yeah, and there’s a few colors available (pants, corset, and cloak).

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Elves Wear Cloaks and Does Eat Oats, and Little Snakes a Flutter

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It’s been a busy couple of weeks at Avatar Bizarre, what with the new store design, a number of events demanding my attention, and a bunch of new releases!  The line-up of new releases, though long by new release standards, is also oddly varied.  Not only do you get a glimpse of the Elven Pirate Cloak (pictured above), but some Flutter Snakes have been unleashed, along with two different sets of eyes.  Everything is either all or mostly mesh.  All of the stuff is pretty fun, and hopefully will make your shopping trips that much more fun.

The Elven Pirate Cloak is available in six colors.  Each package includes a red-lined cloak, and a silver-lined cloak.  The cowl and shoulder pieces are unrigged mesh, which can be resized as needed.  The cloak itself is traditional flexi prims, simply because a cloak should flow, and it’s pretty hard to get mesh to swing around like a proper cloak should.  Originally, this item was informally suggested to me around Halloween, but I was having some issues trying to get the rigging to work.  Then I got smart and decided not to rig it at all, and it just sort of came together.   Each cloak is 120L, modify and copy.  Available inworld at the moment.  Soon to appear on the Second Life Marketplace.
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But wait, there’s more!

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Enter the Flutter Snake!  This little guy was inspired by Alan Dean Foster’s character Pip the Alaspinian Minidrag from the Midworld Series.  In the series, Pip was a flying telepathic venomous serpent.  The Flutter Snake, while winged and reptilian, is far from venomous.  In fact, the three species represented:  Boa, Python, and King Snake, are all non-venomous.  And unless they’re not telling me everything, these guys are not telepathic.  They are, however, delightful, colorful, and cute in a serpentine way.  Each snake drapes carelessly across your shoulders.  These guys are modify, so they can be sized up or down.  There’s a bunch of colors to choose from, so head on over and have a look!

The Rainbow Boa, of course, is inspired by the real life Pip (she’s my girl).

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Then there are eyeballs.  Oh, lots of eyeballs.  The nice thing about the latest eye releases at Avatar Bizarre is though they come in three meshes (normal, full bright, and glow), there’s also a traditional system eye for those folks who prefer it.

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The Saralonde Eyes feature a dragon in flight reflected in the pupil, and are available in nine colors, plus a fat pack of all colors.  Cost is 75L each, or 600L for the fat pack.
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The Lorelei Eyes, named for a song by the Cocteau Twins, are available in ten colors including the highly unusual Torley Linden inspired “Watermelon”, pictured below.

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I hope I haven’t overwhelmed you all, but this week is pretty exciting, and more is coming for World Goth Fair in May!  Stay Tuned.

He was always a foxy kind of guy…

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The Fennec fox is normally a tiny desert creature that eats bugs, lizards, and small rodents; however, the great thing about Second Life is you can find various species in any habitat, and it would be completely natural.  This Fennec, for example, has a knack for finding mermaid clubs simply by trying to get to the desert and failing utterly.  After falling into two underwater clubs in a row on two completely different sims, it seemed fate wanted this avatar to wander in a fantasy land even the most imaginative Fennec would never have dreamed of visiting.

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Given the fact that I have this habit of inflicting music on people every Saturday night at the Village of Nyght it was time to hit the decks at the mermaid club when nobody else was around.  What does the fox play?  Probably a bit of VNV Nation, David Bowie, and Gary Numan.  As a DJ in Second LIfe, I rarely sit on a DJ stand.  It’s far more fun to make my little cartoon dance and wear fun costumes.  Want to be social and dance to new wave, Gothic, and other fun genres?  Feel free to show up at the Village sometime.  Till then, let’s talk more about this avatar from Avatar Bizarre.

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The Fennec Avatar is 100% original rigged mesh, and is now available inworld and on the Marketplace.  There are 11 fun colors, including a version for Saint Patrick’s Day (he has a shamrock on the backs of his hands).  Each avatar includes a full body alpha.  And last, but not least, you can  tweak the shape of your Fennec by editing (or making) your shape.  I recommend making copies of everything before you tweak anything.  I know everyone in the universe says this, but it’s probably one of the most important bits of advice to actually heed in Second Life.

This little guy is Modify and Copy.  Rigged mesh cannot be resized, but you can probably tint it.  I make everything wearable in my store modify out of habit.  The cost on this avatar is 325L.

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Oh, and here’s a little tidbit that might save people a bit of annoyance:

If you notice a weird alpha glitch in your avatar (or any mesh), and you’re using a materials-enabled viewer with Advanced Lighting turned on, please right click>EDIT the mesh in question, hit the TEXTURE tab, and next to the little icon showing the texture you may see a drop down menu labeled “Alpha Mode”.  Be sure you have NONE selected.  If ALPHA MODE is selected, it does wonky things to mesh and makes for some seriously bizarre glitches that would not otherwise be there.