From Risa to Q’onos – Sci-Faire, Sep 2016

sl-sci-fi-con_001The Sci-fi and Fantasy Faire 2016 was great fun, but lasted way too short a time. Thankfully, the organisers have organised another one, this one is pure Sci-fi though and filled with things to buy and RP groups galore!

It’s only open until the 11th – so get down there quick sharp! Here’s the SLURL

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These Are The Voyages

I mentioned previously my love of Black Bishop Innovation‘s static spaceship, the Epsilon. While buying the Epsilon I also bought a couple of shuttles. Well, I say shuttles, but the level of detail and intricacies that I love in the Epsilon are mirrored in the Calliope and the Sojourner.

Delta_FlyerThe Calliope is related to the Delta Flyer made famous in Star Trek: Voyager. I must admit that I found it very difficult to fly, but it looks great sat on the ground, waiting to be used. With its access ramp at the back, two small bunks, a multi-functional seating area (which seats 4),  the total number of seats is 10 plus the two bunks. As I said, I’m not currently using it for flying due to its bulk and difficulties flying it. But it’s sat on my parcel in Sebastian and you’re welcome to come and see it.

It’s the first item that I’ve bought which rezzes from a HUD rather than a rezbox. But even that HUD is breathtaking, allowing you to change the colour scheme, livery, and also the moving parts such as the nacelles, the ramp and even the built in shadow. And my favourite part? The HUD attaches to the top right corner, instead of the usual top left.

This really is one of those things (like all things BBI) that needs to be seen to be believed, so if you want to have a look for yourself, why not visit them in Forsetti?

 

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Space… The Final Frontier

As I’ve mentioned before, I regularly have a couple of different styles of parcels running at once. I recently changed my parcel in Sebastian and removed the Ethan Explores offices (I didn’t have many visitors). And was deciding what to do with it. Previously it had Liberty Rising, the location for my blog stories based around Bash Quandry’s space stations.

But (as I mentioned in my blog post about Bash’s amazing work), technology in SL has moved on and now we have mesh. One of Bash’s contemporaries (and someone who works closely with him) is Janey Suen at BBI (Black Bishop Innovation).

After seeing the updated mesh version of the Calliope being discussed in the BBI chat I decided to revisit. I liked the update and did buy one (I’ll be writing about it later). But today I wanted to talk about the Epsilon. This is a decent sized livable static spaceship with auto-rez functions throughout. It’s not available in the Marketplace but it’s right next to the entrance of the mainstore inworld.

It costs L$4499 and weighs in at 532 LI (unfurnished) and 791 LI (fully furnished), and with a 64x48m footprint, you’re going to need at least a 4096m parcel. But if you have one and are looking for a good RP spaceship then I can highly recommend this one! (And don’t worry – I will be covering the uniforms that I’m wearing in a later blog post too!)

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I’m Not One To Skirt The Issue 

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The Future Has No Gender

I touched on my opinions on gendered clothing back when I wrote about [sYs]. I was a Goth back in the mid 90s and have been gay for most of my life. This meant that I had quite a slap-dash attitude to gendered clothing. I used to wear skirts and dresses, make up and nail varnish. But I was never trans. I didn’t want to be a woman, nor did I want to look like one. I’ve never questioned my gender (I’m a cis-male and am fine with that).

I did however like the look and feel of skirts, I liked the way that make-up could accentuate or detract from my features. I described myself as a gay man in a dress. That was all there was to it. But even in these more open times this demographic isn’t really catered for. (Male clothing in general is extremely poorly catered for in SL, looking at the Marketplace today, out of the 1,715,885 items of gendered clothing available only 262,801 are for men. That’s just 15%!)

But today I found Boys To The Bone (by Jacques Valentine) and Titzuki (by Titzuki Yuitza). These guys have designed some fantastic clothes that cross that line perfectly, allowing me to dress my avatar in the clothes I want to without changing him into a female or making me into a femboy. It’s also meant that I’m starting to get a better idea about my character for Helior Prime.

I still like all the other stuff that I buy, I just like having the choice between suits, jeans, shorts and skirts. So, after buying a bunch of stuff and feeling quite sexy, I dusted off my Exposeur (don’t worry – I’ll be writing about them soon!) pose prop – Red Light Showcase – and pulled together a few photos of some of their work!

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Walpurgis, *Not* Vampire…

Master Coat_001I’m in the process of designing a character for Helior Prime, a new Sci-Fi RolePlay sim. It looks interesting, the Sim is beautiful and Sid (the lead GM) has been able to introduce a vampire based character class with a slight twist.

The Sim itself is an LGBT+ but straight-friendly site. I’ll keep you up to date with how I’m doing. But in the meantime, here’s my character peeking out of a tomb!