I mentioned that I’d been on the Fantasy Faire 2016 Quest, and that I’d visited some beautiful sims. Well, one of them was The Golden Delta (SLURL), which was sponsored by Fallen Gods Inc. It’s a stunning sim based on Ancient Egypt and I can highly recommend visiting it before it disappears!
I went on the MOH7 (Men Only Hunt 7) to see if I could find some new designers. It’s been a while since I went hunting. I’ve found a few new stores that I’ll probably be revisiting in future posts.
But today I want to look at Gabriel again. I remember visiting it years ago, shortly after sculpties moved into the Second Life fashion industry. They haven’t stopped creating beautiful and detailed clothing. So, on my way around the Hunt I bought myself a new mesh Tuxedo. (I didn’t realise that my tuxedos were all standard layers and sculpties until I saw it and checked my inventory!)
Granted, they’re not the cheapest option. But they’re by no means expensive, and when you’re getting outfits that are this level of quality – they’re absolutely worth it!
I couldn’t find a Marketplace store for them, which is probably why they’ve flown under my radar for so long. I do a lot of shopping while commuting and the MP is a great way to kill time! But they have plenty of stuff available in their Inworld Store and it’s a pleasant environment for shopping.
Inworld store SLURL
Disclosure: This exploration post is about a parcel that I personally run.
I created the first Second Life Ankylosing Spondylitis Awareness Centre a year ago and since then we’ve had somewhere in the region of 1,200 visitors. We’ve also been through a few different iterations as I’ve found buildings that interested me.
As we move into Walk Your AS Off month and get closer to World Ankylosing Spondylitis Awareness Day I decided to have another changearound. We’ve moved into a small village market square that looks similar to the hamlet of Vile Chapel (using buildings and decor from Dysfunctionality Designs). At the moment we have a building dedicated to Diagnosis, one that looks at Non-Pharmaceutical (exercise) based treatments, Pharmaceutical treatments, and we’re about to introduce a new stall dedicated to diet.
Along with the café, office, and break area, we’re also going to introduce a library which will provide links to medical research papers as well as other useful texts such as the NICE guidance. I’m hoping that we’ll have some spare prims and that I’ll be able to open up a couple of the stalls for shops to set up.
I like to build parcels, it’s the main reason why I like Second Life. Although I can’t create (my talents don’t lend themselves to Blender, Photoshop or even anything more than basic prim manipulation), I still love to make things from the creations of others.
One thing that I often do is make a Sci-fi parcel. And when I do I usually turn to Bash Quandry’s creations. When I first saw them all those years ago I was in awe. And, although there’s been huge leaps in technology since, (yes, I’m looking at you mesh!) his creations still stand out as near perfect examples of old future tech.
Out of one tiny rez box flies a plethora of pieces that just look like unfinished parts. Until you see it, a huge space station with multiple decks. They’re all on a theme of round, but they have landing pads, docking bays (with working airlocks) and living pods. The bigger stations have hangars and areas that can rez different configurations to match your needs. All in a slightly distressed style that make you feel that it’s seen better days.
I have a few of his stations, and love spending the time decorating them. He hasn’t been around much recently, and I haven’t seen anything new from him. But I’m living in hope that he’ll come back soon!
I decided to try out the Fantasy Faire as they had an interesting twist on the hunt. It’s a quest rather than a normal hunt. For a small donation to RFL (L$250 or L$350) you’re given a HUD, if you opt for the higher value pack then you also get a costume to wear.
The story is well written, with a few cutscenes. The HUD works well and you’re given gifts throughout the story. The only downsides I found were that the sims get quite busy at peak times causing some lag and the fact that the Warrior was changed to the Woodcutter.
The sims are beautiful and I’m definitely going to be revisiting them, even if just to look at the shops! On the subject of the shopping, the designers have pulled out all of the stops and created some beautiful items. Not just for selling. The hoard that’s waiting for you at the end of the quest is absolutely huge! One word of warning, like everything in Second Life, there’s a definite bias towards womenswear rather than the men.
But looking at the quality of the goods on offer, the things that are there more than make up for the number. And, as you can see from the images below, there are some beautiful items. (I’d say that there was at least 50+ gifts at the end of it and I’ve kept at least 60%-70% of them!)
In conclusion, do you want to donate to a good cause? Play an interesting fantasy HUD based game? Explore some of the most beautiful Sims in Second Life? Or walk away with hoards of swag? Well, Fantasy Faire 2016 is the place for you!
FANTASY FAIRE 2016 SIMS:
(This page will be updated as I revisit the individual sims):
Sapphire Mirror Lake
The Golden Delta
I think that a lot of people will have heard of Gizza Creations. Giz Seorn designs some beautiful and practical clothes. She has an amazing eye and is clearly passionate about fashion.
With over 400 separates, outfits, and shoes GizzA has a fantastic selection that demonstrates some of the best techniques that merchants have used over the years to create realistic and covetable clothes.
Their ranges include casual, smart and smart casual clothing as well as some clothing that could be considered high fashion. For the people with less money available, Giz offers a huge range of free group gifts that are available for months. The group is free to join and absolutely worth every penny!
Why not pop down and see if there’s anything for you?
The designers of Second Life regularly leave me in awe with their imagination and realism. But there’s another side to SL, where the imagination can be given free reign. Gravity can be optional, leaving artists and experimenters to play with ideas that they would never be able to create in the real world.
One designer who runs with this is Zib Scaggs, the owner of Zibska. She creates some beautiful clothes, which look very realistic. But then she lets her imagination fly free. With flowers, cubes and other designs orbiting the wearer, she creates beautiful and striking clothing for men and women.
With nearly 100 items for sale in the Men’s category as well as a wide selection of unisex items, there’s plenty to choose from. So, if you’re looking to turn heads as you walk into a room, I can highly recommend Zibska!
Geek Chic is big at the moment, it’s been the first time I’ve been even remotely fashionable in years!
The thing I love about Second Life is that there are content creators who are willing to allow us to express our geeky side. One of those creators is Rachel Swallows Creations.
She only has a small men’s range, but I love the suits that she creates. They’re all one piece suits so they’re really easy to change and she includes a HUD to change the style quickly and easily – which is always a bonus. It’s like getting multiple suits for the price of one. And at L$99 each you really can’t go wrong.
Plus, as a Whovian, I absolutely adore the Vintage Who Suit (the featured image at the top). It’s based on the exploding TARDIS painting from the episode Vincent and the Doctor and just makes me smile when I wear it.
It’s probably not apparent just yet, but I have a bit of a thing for clothes. Not just in SL, but in RL too!
I’d like to introduce those people who haven’t heard of her to Adabetha Nayl. She’s the designer who runs AdN designs. Most of her clothes are priced between L$99-L$250. So, for the price of a single item of clothing you can get a full outfit!
There’s a huge variety in her range, clothing that’s suitable for urban/streetwear, casual and smart. She also has some outfits that are fantasy, sci-fi and steampunk-ish. With over 200 mens outfits AdN is a good place to get started. She’s been running for a while now, so some of her older designs are showing their age technology wise (the older clothes are layers with prim attachments), but her mesh designs are really well made and I’ve never had a problem with the fit.
Her mainstore is huge, with plenty of space. It’s also rather busy so I try to stick to the Marketplace. But she keeps plenty of special offers available inworld, so it’s worth popping over for a visit. I’m afraid that we gents are relegated to the back, but we have a dedicated room!
I’ve been looking around for a suitable skin for a while now. I’m trying to make my SL avatar resemble my RL self more. But I’m in my late 30s, and as we all know, SL is geared towards an idealistic aesthetic.
I have however found a skin that I really like called Steve by Unique Megastore. It’s ideal for me as it has a few wrinkles without being too old, and the hairbases are peppered rather than grey. But it’s the only one that I’ve found to date.
Maybe it’s an untapped market? Or maybe not. Does anyone know what sort of market research skin designers do?
Unique Megastore SLURL