Exploration: Ethan Explores, Alice

I recently followed Ethan leSabre on Twitter and not long after he posted about the completion of his Alice in Wonderland themed experience. Recently I’d visited some Alice inspired areas with friends so I thought I’d have a jump down the rabbit hole and have a look at Ethan’s.

My initial thought was how cute and quirky it all was, and that I’d like to have a house like this, with all these books laying around. I spent a little longer than I probably should have as I initially couldn’t figure out how to ‘follow the white rabbit’. Eventually I clicked the book, which was the obvious thing to do in hindsight, and began my journey into madness (okay, continued my journey into madness. Sanity has never been one of the my strong points).

“Follow the White Rabbit, he said”

The experience took you through a series of skyboxes with themes relating to the book which were all wonderful to walk around and take in, Ethan put a lot of effort into each room you entered and I did become a little snap happy. The first scene was my favourite due to the surprise of it after trying to start my journey. I stepped through a portal and was instantly disorientated by the sheer size and combination of patterns and shapes, which made for a great start.

“Curiouser and curiouser!”

In particular I enjoyed the scene with the teacup ride and sitting down for tea at the Hatter’s table, it felt like I’d entered the mind of the Hatter. It felt fluid and chaotic, yet in a strange way, civilised.

“We’re All Mad Here”

It was well worth popping in and having a look around, it’s always a thrill to see what other people put together, to have a glimpse into their mind. I also came across a few great items which I’d not seen before.

Alice in Wonderland
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The Dandy Suit

Every man should own at least one suit, this is true to Real Life and Second Life. In Second Life I own many suits, it is my go to outfit, and of all the suits I own there is one suit that is my first choice, The Dandy by Deadwool.

The Dandy is sold as 3 Full Fat Packs, 3 Jacket Fat Packs, 3 Trouser Fat Packs, or each individual item separately.

Fat Pack 1 is made up of 6 Jackets and 6 Trousers (Black, Blue, Brown, Green, Grey, and Taupe). The Full Fat Pack costs L$3,390; Jackets Only Fat Pack costs L$1,440; Trousers Only Fat Pack costs L$1,440.

Fat Pack 2 is made up of 4 Jackets and 4 Trousers (Beige, Red, Blanket Grey, and White). The Full Fat Pack costs L$2,390; Jackets Only Fat Pack costs L$1,340; Trousers Only Fat Pack costs L$990.

Fat Pack Pinstripe consists of 3 Pinstripe Jackets and 3 Pinstripe Trousers (Black, Blue, and Grey). The Full Fat Pack costs L$1,690; Jackets Only Fat Pack costs L$940; Trousers Only Fat Pack costs L$740.

Every item can also be individually bought at L$460 for a Jacket and L$340 for the Trousers.

The Jacket is the main part of the suit and comes with the option of wearing a Shirt and Tie under the Jacket, or Shirt, Tie, and Waistcoat under the jacket. It also comes with a HUD that contains a plethora of options for customising the shirt colour, tie colour, and pocket square colour

The time and effort put into creating The Dandy is evident with the textures used for each part, the way the suit creases where it should, the touches of realism that really make the suit stand out. The outfit is very easy to distinguish as Deadwool when you see it on somebody, or used in another advert, even with the many options to customise the suit.

Further, The Dandy plays well with other pieces of clothing from Deadwool, such as the Ernst Sweater, as a turtleneck or round neck jumper under your Dandy Jacket. Or with the Oscar Coat for a more formal outdoors look. The only thing that does bother me with The Dandy is that there isn’t an option to wear without the jacket, I would love to be able to walk around in The Dandy Trousers and The Dandy Shirt, Tie, and Vest.

Exploration: Dystopia Sim

Those who know me will know I tend to always wear a suit, so I decided it was time to pick up something a little more casual. After completing this I decided to have a wander around, see what is out there in the wide world of Second Life and I ended up stumbling upon Dystopia which is as the name would suggest, a dystopian sim,

 

In any case I took it upon myself to take a few shots of my new outfit while I was out and about. I did however find myself a makeshift pool and I thought it would be rude not to have a quick dip.

 

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Free L$ Experiment

When you first come to Second Life it is such a daunting experience, especially without any guidance. Recently a Real Life friend ventured in to Second Life, so we’ve been giving him a bit of a hand to adjust to such a vastly complicated game with so much to offer. One of the questions he did ask me was “How do you earn money?” which actually got me thinking.

 

When I first joined Second Life I didn’t buy my Lindens, I worked for them through Dancing, Escorting, Camping, etc. but were any of those viable these days? Did male avatars even do things like that? I recalled that at one point I did use Earn2Life for a bit of extra cash without having to pay for it, so I slapped on my HUD and was greeted by an update, which doesn’t seem to be fully established yet as there are little to no means of making Lindens through this.

 

This had me curious though, are there places in Second Life you can earn Lindens for just your time? Off to Google, “Second Life 2018 Free Lindens” brought up Earn2Life, expected, but I wanted something that was currently working. Second Life wiki offered me a great deal of options, so, I’ve decided to go through all of the “Free Linden” ‘games’ as an experiment and see just what is worth doing, if any.

Meeroo Matchmaking

 

Many of S’anne’s friends in the Jewell Theatre had expressed some interest in these things called Meeroo’s, so I decided to surprise S’anne and bought her a bundle for their release day, as well as one for myself. They were cute little creatures and she was so excited when she found out she had some. We joined the Jewell Theatre fellowship and had a great time with these little things.

 

Later when talking to Fake, I’m not sure how it came about, but we’d figured out that if you bred them on certain times they would be born in certain seasons and be prime for breeding. So the Meeroo Matchmaking was formed, we would hatch a set amount of nests at a certain time so people could buy meeroos that were ready to breed so they didn’t miss a cycle if they didn’t already have a breeding pair. It worked out really well and became very popular. For the longest of time nobody else was doing this, they were trying to sell their rarest of ‘roos for stupidly high prices, while we were selling budget ‘roos on mass.

 

As time went on it got to the point that others figured out what we were doing and how we were doing and began to copy us. By then though we had multiple stores in the hot spots, we had a name, a huge amount of stock and we’d made a killing from being the only ones doing it. On top of this, because we were pumping out so many ‘roos we were finding higher quality ones which were going for ridiculous amounts on auctions. So it got to the point that when other people started doing what we were doing, we were in a position to step in and buy their stock that was undercutting us then use it to turn a profit.

 

It was a very exciting time and one of my fondest of memories as there was so many of us working together… And of course, we were making plenty of Lindens at the same time! I do tend to miss the social side of Meeroo Matchmaking though. After this I became quite reclusive.

 

 

 

 

ClingerZ!

After Iaomai I brought Alestra back from the dead (I’d created her in the past as Earalia Nolan kept telling me how she missed Alestra – from our Neverwinter days) and started dabbling in odd stores. I firstly created ‘AV Designs’ which focused mostly in accessories of a darker nature, high boots, spiked jewellery, milk maid equipment, etc. but on a whim I picked up this pack to make my own sculpted bears. I created the bears then added accessories, like a whip or such, some sort of theme. In any case this bear seemed to be more popular than any of my other products and eventually I called them “ClingerZ!” and formed [AV] & ClingerZ!

[AV] became the darker side of my store, while ClingerZ! became a very light and cutesy side. As it turned out, in the battle of Light vs. Dark, the light side prevailed and became the more popular of the two stores. So, I ended up closing down [AV] and focusing all my attention on ClingerZ!

I invested some of what I earned in to new sculpties, which now gave me three versions, I also updated them to include a script so you could change the textures of each limb part individually and then I began work on creating themes, which was quite fun. I managed to put together a huge selection of different creatures, from things like kajira (with colour changing silks!), gangsters, to things for your usual themed holidays.

Making ClingerZ! was a very fun time in my life and really kept me busy, unfortunately for reasons I can’t quite remember, I ended up closing down ClingerZ!

 

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Iaomai

When I returned to Second Life I found myself bouncing around the grid, from one sim to another with no real anchor anywhere. I’d lost that desire to socialise, to meet new people, make new friends, then only to have them leave and repeat the cycle. So I wandered and eventually I landed in Iaomai which was quite odd seeing as I didn’t really enjoy Gor, I’d attempted to read the books in the past but couldn’t get past the style in which they were written.

 

In any case, Iaomai was very different to what I had experienced of Gor in Second Life. It was more of a sanctuary and school, where girls could be educated while also being protected. It was very different and quite refreshing, so I ended up spending a little more time than normal in Iaomai, eventually making it a place I spent all of my time.

 

Now, Iaomai is a very special place to me, not so much because of what it was but because of what I found there. I met a lovely girl there by the name of S’anne Theas, who I grew very fond of, eventually to the stage where we ended up courting for a set period, before I claimed her as my own. It was so special and different in that I had come here with no intentions of finding a girl to wear my collar or even become intimate with. Well, those that know me know the rest of the story. S’anne and I began meeting in real life, escalating our relationship to the point that she now wears my collar and my ring in Real Life. She is my wife, my girl and the mother of my Daughter.

 

As for Iaomai, eventually it fell to pieces but, I made so many friends in Iaomai and ended up through S’anne, finding our toy Chandni Khondji and the Jewell Theatre, but those come in later entries!