If you liked the initial look of Egoisme’s “Exmachina” full avatar but thought it could do with some extras, like something skimpy to wear and maybe a skin with a bit more oomph, then perhaps you need to go take another look. There now is, as shown in a previous blog post, a nice fitting pair of gym shorts and a tank top, but you can also get a new skin named Giorgio with stronger muscle definition and lighter eyebrows. The difference with the standard skin isn’t enormous but certainly noticeable. The Giorgio skin is only available in 4 skin tones, which is somewhat on the anaemic side where choice is concerned, but luckily for me I personally rather fancy the medium skin tone. I hope Egoisme will carry over some of their old Evian skin range to this new mesh body. Naturally I also hope that other skin developers will turn their attention to this body, because although there already are some choices out there, I think we all prefer it if the nipples in the skin line up with the nipples in the mesh. The biggest advantage this body has going for it at the moment, is that with a one-stop shopping trip you can get yourself a mesh body with its own mesh head and an extra skin. In an increasingly complex Second Life, there is something to be said for this simplicity.
The fun continues with Madpea’s Halloween Ghost Hunt, as I frantically zip across the grid from one beautiful sim to another not quite so enticing one, hunting down those glowing orbs and signs of poltergeist activity like an exorcist on speed. I’m far from being a top scorer, but it’s great fun and I’m sure to end up with some really nice prizes with the points I’ll manage to earn. Meanwhile the little friendliest ghosts of the bunch have been tossing me some little direct prizes again.
I won’t tell you were exactly you can get any of the goodies shown in this picture, because I’m too busy hunting! It’s so easy to get carried away with this kind of thing. The bleep bleep of the hud you need to join this hunt, keeps encouraging me to go find those ghosts and silence them. Naturally I feel obliged to obey. Join in and head over to Mad City now to pick up your hud. It’s only 100 L$ and the hunt lasts till November 2nd. Happy Halloween hunting!
There has been another release of the Exmachina full avatar by Egoisme and several small issues were resolved, but to be fair I wasn’t really aware of them. Apparently with the previous version there still were some problems with Omega appliers, but the skins I tried on the body so far applied nicely to it. The nipples are somewhat displaced but apart from that I think the body looks positively eatable with for example the Ivar skin from 7 Deadly S[k]ins. Also the hand poses were not working as they should, but this has now been resolved. Other fixes are of such a technical nature I really can’t be bothered to mention them but I do welcome continuous improvements and see these as a positive sign that the creator is taking his project seriously.
More importantly, there now is a nice pair of shorts available just for this body, which you can wear with or without the new tank top also made for the Exmachina avatar. The shorts and tank top are L$ 350 each and for that you get both of these items in 10 different colours. Spicy detail: the shorts react to the shape slider for the so-called “package” (#duffelbag!). Meanwhile the body is still the same price as it was at its initial launch, which is L$ 3.990.
The cray cray game creators at MadPea have been at it again and I mean that in the best possible way of course. They have put together another hunt that’s going to be legend… wait for it… ary. This time you can hunt for mysteriously glowing orbs, evil looking shadows, whirling objects suggesting poltergeist activity and possibly some other things I haven’t come across yet because I only just got started. You need a hud to play, which costs L$ 100 and can be picked up at Mad City. The mayhem runs from October 19th until November 2nd 2017 and to add to the sense of fun and friendly competition, you are randomly assigned to a colour coded team. You can find more detailed information on the MadPea website. Perhaps what I enjoy the most about these hunts is how the MadPea group chat tends to go a little bit, well, mad. There is also a sense of adventure as anybody with a bit land can purchase the hunt objects and put them out for people to find, so naturally this hunt will take you to the four corners of the grid. From dainty to seedy and from classy to trashy, you will have seen it all. At the end you can exchange your points for some excellent prizes and though I haven’t actually checked them out yet, because I’m fixated on earning those points, if the previous hunts are anything to go by, the goodies are going to be pretty fine, like your great great great-granddaughter in the year 3000. Damn it, Busted! Get out of my head! Don’t you just hate it when an early 2000’s pop song gets stuck in your head because a radio station decided to play a “classic”. Anyway, great prizes shall soon be joining my ever growing inventory and meanwhile the hunt has already coughed up some small direct prizes, such as a bale of straw to sit on, a creepy skull with a candle to mount on your wall, a set of tealight holders in the shape of leaves, wooden cat profiles and a funny owl sign. The next couple of weeks are going to be so much fun!
Just a quick reminder that you only have a couple of days left to get the new male “Keiji” head as a group gift at Akeruka’s main store. This action ends on 21st October and I’m not exactly sure at which time precisely, but I do hope there won’t be the same winging and bitching as last time from people that got there too late. Once the action has ended, this new head will be sold at the normal price, which usually is L$ 2,999. The group joining fee is only L$ 150. The head comes with a basic shape, an eyebrow shape, separate teeth as well Omega, Slink and TMP body appliers that match up with the standard skin tones of the head. Here’s a look I put together with a skin from Stray Dog.
See my previous post about this mesh head for two more looks.
Flicking through Flickr for interior design inspiration and, more importantly, for clues that would point me into the direction of furniture I hadn’t seen yet, I came across an image that referred to a brand named “Lagom” which in turn took me to an event I wasn’t familiar with. It’s called The Seasons Story and the current round lasts until October 31st. I had no idea what I was going to find there and a great number of the items on sale were of no particular interest to myself, but I’m sure the ladies will find plenty of lovely goods to get their eager little hands on. It took me a little while to notice that there were actually gift boxes at some of the stands. I sorted through these and made a little nonsensical scene of it combined with a couple of decor pieces from the Men Only Hunt, which is on now till October 28th. You can get the helpful hut and hints for that hunt from the Flair For Events Office.
From The Seasons Story: Autumn Tray by Krescendo, “Day Dream” Shadow Box by Acorn, Bottle & Bowl by Cherry House, Bottle Lamp by Anxiety, Cement Blocks by Candy Crushers.
From Men Only Hunt: Darts Board by Bad Unicorn, Pumpkins prop from the “Oh My Gourd” pose by Le Poppycock, Finlay Backback by NX-Nardcotix.
I’d say that’s a lovely little pile of goodies and I’ll definitely will be using some of it. The backpack, which looks more like a classic schoolbag already found a place by a desk in a house I’m working on at the moment and that bottle (or jar) and stack of bowls will find a spot in the kitchen at my Farnsworth house. The pumkins probably will end up on the porch and those cement blocks will come in hand in future to display other goodies.
Happy hunting and gift collecting y’all!
O.K. let’s not beat around the bush. For starters, why are we beating “around” the bush and not “in” the bush? But life is too short for spending much time on such philosophical questions, so instead I’ll move along quickly to the discussion of an almost-free look I created with some fabulous new pieces and a couple of golden oldies.
I went back to the combination of the free TMP mesh body and the classic avatar head, a.k.a. system head. For a more elaborate review of this free body, I refer to one of my older posts. The skin you see on the body is one of its 30 built-in skin tones and for the system head I have used Odin by 7 Deadly S[k]ins which currently is one of the prizes in their store hunt, running until the end of October. You do need to be a member of their group to be able to hunt for the pumpkins that contain all the goodies, but the group fee is only L$ 225. You can get the hair from Argrace as a group gift and there is no fee for joining that particular group.
The boxer shorts come free with the TMP body and if you have a bit of spare cash, you’ll find that you will be able to wear designer underwear with the free body, as those often have been made in such a way that you don’t need to alpha-out any body parts. Well, they usually don’t cover much of your ass anyway.
The coat and t-shirt are from Aitui, the scarf is from ::K:: and the shoes are from ILLI. All of these can be found in the current Men Only Hunt which runs until 28th October. You can get the hud for this hunt at the Flair For Events office. The skinny trousers are a group gift from Gild and again, you can join this group for free.
The free TMP body does not have an alpha hud. If your are quite new to all of this, you may not know that this means you will not be able to stop body parts from sticking through clothes (how rude!). I am only wearing the TMP hands with this outfit and to be able to do that, I’m using an alpha layer from a pair of free gloves to hide my system hands. Unfortunately Aitui does not support classic avatars with their latest creations, so there was no alpha layer supplied with the coat and t-shirt. I borrowed one from an old sweater, but as the t-shirt is rather low cut, there was a gap which I cleverly covered up with the scarf. There is no alpha layer for the shoes either, but I used one from a pair of boots. I believe it is possible to create your own alpha layers, but I don’t want things to get too technical here.
All the while I was hearing Tim Gunn in my head, telling me to “make it work”. Is this a perfect look? No, but it’s a hell of a lot better than the standard avatars.
Billy Beaverhausen calls your over with a conspiring “hey, psssst, come’ere.” He let’s you get closer and then yells: “THE MEN ONLY HUNT IS ON!” making your ears ring.
Go on then, go pick up the hud at the Flair For Events office. It’ll make the hunt easier. Now we’ve got that part out of the way again, let me get back to unpacking all this tchotchke. Oh by the way, if the occasional use of a Yiddish word makes you wonder if I’m Jewish, the answer to that is: no, I’m gay, I watched The Nanny religiously.
I’m going to be incredibly presumptuous and assume you have seen my previous posts in which I have been showing off bits and pieces from the Men Only Hunt. So I’ll keep the introduction short, tell you that you can pick up the hud at the Flair For Events office and jump straight back into the show & tell side of things.
I’m starting to remember how time consuming it was to blog about so many of the items in the previous MOH. I think I’m developing a bit of a love-hate relationship with it. Bedtime now! Billy over & out.
I showed you my first batch of prised goods from the Men Only Hunt and I’m back to flaunt some more of this (glorious) free stuff. Let me just remind you first that you can pick up the hud for this hunt at the Flair For Events office and that you have until 28th October to find all the goodies. So what you’re waitin’ for! Run like the wind blows and go raid those shops! But could you read this blog post first and maybe click that like button pretty please? Or just look at the pictures. That’ll work.
That’s it for this instalment of my Men Only Hunt soap. Stay tuned for the next episode.
The Men Only Hunt is up and running! Or rather it is up and we are running. It’s the 10th edition of this hunt organised by Flair for Events and just as with my previous experience with this hunt, even before having unpacked as much as one item, I could tell that the contributors are among the best of what SL has to offer for male avatars.
Pick up the Hunt Hud at the Flair For Events office and start hunting to your heart’s content. You have until 28th October so get cracking because you’ve gotta catch them all… Wait, isn’t that another hunt?
Now comes the fun part for myself: unpacking, trying things on, taking pictures and commenting. Ready. Steady… GO!
That’s it for my first batch of goodies from the Men Only Hunt. I’ll be back with more soon. Happy hunting!
Back in June I was pleasantly surprised when Akeruka’s group gift turned out to be their newest male mesh head. You can read up on some of the fun I’ve had with that head or you can stay right here and take a look at what Akeruka is giving away this time. Yes, you read that right, they are giving away another head. For a limited time of course and for group members and if you want animation you will have to purchase the hud separately, but apart from that it’s a pretty sweet gift. According to the group notice, you have until 21st October to pick this head up for free and after that it will be sold at the normal price, which usually is L$ 2,999. The group joining fee is L$ 150.
The head is named Keiji and it has a distinctive Asian look which will proof very difficult to hide. If this look isn’t for you, simply move on and stop nagging. Personally I welcome the change and the challenge to make this head my own. The package contains the head of course (duh… did I just say duh? *rolls eyes at himself*), a basic shape, an eyebrow shape, separate teeth which are handy for those of you that want to swap them out for fangs (you know who you are) as well Omega, Slink and TMP body appliers that match up with the standard skin tones of the head. So far for the information, now let’s move over to some looks.
I stuck with the original skin for the first look, but skipped right past the shape that comes with the head and started creating my own. For eyes I went with a trusty pair of system eyes by Ikon and for hair you simply can’t go wrong with whatever you choose from the Stealthic range these days. A bit of guyliner and a light sprinkling of freckles finishes the look. These last two details come with the head and you will find several options in the hud. I’m combining the head with the Signature body and depending on which windlight you happen to be viewing it in, the neck seam will be quite visible or rather invisible. The omega applier does recognise the Signature necksheath, but its not a very efficient solution. I’m still looking forward to the day when this little personal pet peeve of mine will be a thing of the past. Seamless heads! Give us seamless heads! Oh and the briefs are from 4BIDDEN.
The good news for me is that I had the “Kei” skin by Essences knocking about in my inventory and it just happens to be a very nice fit for this face. The bad news is that I can’t find it anywhere inworld or on Marketplace. Essences still has a store, but it seems they only carry female skins at the moment. FYI: the snazzy swim trunks are by Noche.
The very distinct features and especially the shape of the eyes, make it difficult to use just any Omega applier on this head. On every skin I tried, there were creases in the wrong place on the eyelid, making it look as if I was wearing badly applied eye shadow… As if! I’ll make sure to revisit this head some other time and have another look for skins, maybe someone will have created something suitable by then.