Second Life Steals, Deals, and Freebies: How to Find Free and Inexpensive Items on the SL Marketplace

The SL Marketplace is a great place to look for bargains on avatar clothing and shoes. Here’s how to find freebies and cheapies on the SL Marketplace, in three easy steps:

Step 1: Open the SL Marketplace and click on Apparel in the upper left hand corner to limit your search to avatar apparel:

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Step 2: Enter “NOT demo” in the search box up top, and press the green Search button. This will remove almost all the demo versions from your search results:

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Step 3: Enter a price range (say, 0 to 5 Linden dollars) in the Price section to the left, then click on the Refine search button:

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And that’s all you need to know! At this point, you have done a search for all items of avatar apparel, that are not demo versions, that cost between L$0 and L$5.

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Happy shopping!

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Second Life Steals, Deals and Freebies: FABIA

FABIA is having a mesh hair giveaway blow-out! If you go to their store, you will see a whole wall of group gifts, which you can pick up if you join the FABIA Mesh Hair group for L$100 (which works out to only L$2.5 per hairstyle!):

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Here Vanity Fair models some of the 40 different hairstyles available (please click on each picture to see it in a larger size):

This is beautifully textured hair for female avatars. A sign on the wall says that this offer is only from now until July 1st, so hurry down. Here’s a SLURL to take you to FABIA.

Second Life Steals, Deals and Freebies: NYNE

Did you know that you can pick up 27 different hairstyles for free from NYNE? You can join the NYNE group for free (there’s a group join panel at the counter at the front of the store) and then head over to the Gachas &Gifts wall at the back of the store:

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Click the bags on the shelves to your right to get nine styles from 2018, and then click on the stack of blue-green boxes on the topmost shelf to pick up another 18 hairstyles from 2017! Here are what some of these 27 hairstyles look like on Vanity Fair (please click on each picture to see it in a larger size):

Here’s a SLURL that takes you to the NYNE store in Second Life.

Second Life Steals, Deals, and Freebies: monaLISA

As you may have figured out by now, I love finding great deals on clothing and shoes in Second Life! One place where you can get the most bang for your buck is monaLISA, a smaller store which you might not have heard of before.

When you enter the store (here’s the SLURL), turn right and follow the wall around to the corner, past the row of gacha machines, to a large group gift section, where you can pick up no less than 62 items of clothing and shoes for female avatars:

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You will need to spend L$70 to join the monaLISA group in order to get these items, which works out to 1.1 Linden dollars per item—a great deal!

Here’s the latest group gift from monaLISA, the Anna dress, which comes with a six-colour HUD:

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My avatar is wearing:

Mesh Head: Giselle Bento head by Altamura (no longer available for free; this was an Altamura gift from last Christmas at the eBENTO event, and you had to join the Altamura group for L$50 to get it)

Mesh Body: Jenny Bento body by Altamura (no longer available for free; this was a gift last Christmas from the Women Only Hunt)

Hair: Leslie hair by Firelight (free from Ajuda SL Brasil)

Dress: Anna dress (group gift from monaLISA; group costs L$70 to join)

Shoes: Dawn multicolour heels (group gift from monaLISA)

TOTAL COST FOR THIS AVATAR: L$120 (L$50 to join the Altamura group and L$70 to join the monaLISA group)

Join the Hosts of the Star Trek Mission Log Podcast on the Bridge of the Enterprise from the Original Star Trek TV Series, Tonight!

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This evening is the official launch of a brand-new, officially-sanctioned Sansar experience: the bridge of the Enterprise from the original Star Trek TV series!

Here are the details from the event listing:

John Champion and Ken Ray – the hosts of Mission Log on the Roddenberry Podcast Network – are headed to Sansar! What better place to talk Star Trek than the bridge of the Enterprise? Built by a serious Trekker, you can watch Mission Log Live at 7pm Pacific/10pm Eastern on the main view screen on the original series bridge! Then a few minutes after the show, John and Ken will hit the bridge.

This week: Why are we here and where is here anyway? What sparked your interest in virtual reality? What do you see for VR going forward? Of course, you can bring your own topics as well. We’re just hanging out on the bridge, and hoping you’ll join in.

Dress code: There is none, though free Mission Log and Roddenberry shirts are available NOW in the Sansar store!

You can join this event in Sansar desktop mode too – you don’t need a VR headset!

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It starts at 7:00 p.m. Sansar Time/Pacific Time at this location. You can pick up an official Star Trek Mission Log T-shirt from the Sansar Store:

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Second Life Steals, Deals, and Freebies: The Best Lucky Chairs for Women’s Fashion and Skins

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The lucky panels at Cynful

Lucky chairs are a freebie institution in Second Life. How they work is simple: if the first letter of your avatar name starts with the same letter as the one on the lucky chair, you sit down on it and you win the prize pictured! Sometimes instead of a chair, you have a panel that you have to click (as in the image above). They’re not as popular as they used to be in Second Life, but they are still around if you know where to look.

Sometimes you might have to sit and wait a long while for your letter to show up. It goes much faster if there is a crowd present, especially if the word has gotten out that there are new lucky chair/panel prizes to be had! Sitting and waiting for your letter to show up gives you a chance to sort through your inventory or chat with other avatars who are waiting with you.

Here are a dozen of my favourite lucky chair/panel locations in Second Life for women’s fashion and skins. Please note that the links given below are SLURLs to the exact location of the lucky chair section; in some cases, you might have to follow the red arrow to find the right area of the store if the store owner forces you to arrive at one preset starting point on the sim.

  • 7 Deadly s[K]ins (skins; 4 panels are located in the back of the store on the first floor; 3 require you to join the 7 Deadly s[K]ins group for L$225, while the 4th requires no group)
  • Alien Gizmo’s (clothing; located inside and to the right of the main entrance; join the Alien Gizmo’s group for free to play these five lucky chairs)
  • Baby Monkey (shoes and clothing; no group is needed; 3 lucky chairs are located inside the central courtyard of the new store)
  • Belle Epoque (clothing; no group is needed; there are 5 lucky panels on the lawn in front of the store)
  • Brii Underground Wear (complete outfits with shoes; you’ll need to join the Brii Underground Wear group for L$200 to be able to play these 9 lucky chairs, located at the far back wall of the store from the right-hand side entrance)
  • Caboodle (clothing; you’ll need to join the Caboodle group for L$50 to play the 3 lucky panels here at the back of the store)
  • Cynful (clothing; located on the second floor; join the Cynful group for free to play these three lucky panels)
  • monaLISA (clothing and shoes; no group is needed; these panels are located to the left of the main entrance, next to the group gifts; at least one of them appears to be broken)
  • Oubliette (clothing; located just inside the store to the right; join the Petite Mort & Oubliette VIP group for free to play these four lucky panels)
  • Petite Mort (clothing; located just inside the store to the right; join the Petite Mort & Oubliette VIP group for free to play these four lucky panels)
  • Shoenique Designs (clothing and shoes; located inside the store next to the group gifts; join the Shoenique group for free to play these eight lucky panels)
  • Wow Skins (skins; no group is needed; the lucky chairs and panels are located in the far left wing of the store from the main entrance)
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Lucky chairs at Alien Gizmo’s

What are your favourite lucky chair locations in Second Life? Feel free to leave a comment on this blogpost if you know of one that I’ve missed.

UPDATE May 24th: I forgot about the lucky chair location at MODA. (It’s hidden away in the back of one of the three sections of the sprawling store, so use the provided SLURL to find it.) You do not need to join the MODA group to play these 4 chairs for women’s shoes and clothing.

There is yet another good lucky chair location which I had forgotten to mention, that offers both men’s and women’s clothing. It’s at ADN Designs, where you can find 8 lucky chairs and 8 lucky panels on the wall above them. You don’t need to join a group to use them.

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Virtual Universe: How Good VR Design Helps You Avoid Feeling Queasy

FULL DISCLOSURE: I am choosing to participate in the Virtual Universe (VU) Initial Coin Offering Partner Program. Why? Two reasons:

  1. After my recent guided tour of VU, I feel very strongly that this is going to be a successful and popular virtual world/MMO hybrid platform, and I want to be a part of it when VU launches their beta this summer. This is the very first blockchain-based virtual world that I actually feel excited about!
  2. As a Canadian citizen, I reside in one of the three countries where I am currently legally forbidden from purchasing VU tokens (the other two are the United States and China). This means that the only way I can legitimately earn VU tokens to use in this social VR space before the beta launch is via the VU ICO Partner Program.

I want you to know this up front: this blogpost is a promotion for VU, in exchange for VU tokens.  You can follow on this webpage to see how many VU tokens I have earned by completing tasks in this Partner Program if you wish (right now, I am at number two on the VU Token Leaderboard). There’s nothing stopping you from participating in this Partner Program yourself, and earning some VU tokens!

IMPORTANT: VU Tokens are not a real currency. They are ERC-20 based blockchain tokens intended to permit players of Virtual Universe exclusive access to digital assets within a VR game known as Virtual Universe (VU). They are a form of in-game virtual currency.  Virtual value attributed to the VU Token will be as a result of in-game efforts by players, and no future value is represented or guaranteed.


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Ciaran Foley, the CEO of Ukledo and Immersive Entertainment, Inc. a Southern California virtual reality software company which is developing a new virtual world/MMO hybrid platform called Virtual Universe (VU), has written an interesting article about the various ways which VR software developers can avoid users experiencing motion sickness and nausea while using their programs.

In summary, those five ways are:

  • Using high-quality VR headsets;
  • Developing haptic feedback systems;
  • Developing a “virtual nose”: Researchers at Purdue University have suggested the mere act of including a virtual nose to the VR headset display can significantly reduce the effects of nausea by 13.5% (small but still significant);
  • Keeping things steady by tethering the player to a single spot;
  • Focusing on the environmental design of a VR platform.

Ciaran writes:

There is a slight learning curve to the mechanisms and feel of VR, and it is something that participants of VR will have to have patience with, monitoring their own tolerance, levels of use and ideal comfort settings. Those growing up with VR will adopt it far more easily, much like what we are seeing with Gen-Z having grown up with cell phones. VR has the potential to be just as common as gaming consoles, and people who spend a lot of time around these types of devices will also find it much easier to adapt to VR hardware.

Using what we and the industry as a whole have learned about optimal VR, our VU — Virtual Universe aims to improve on existing models and technologies without detracting from the experience. Instead of restricting core functionality like free movement as in other titles — which can be less immersive and perhaps a bit restrictive — visual tricks will be implemented such as playing with perspectives and field of view to give the environment a smoother feel, improving comfort for the player and helping them keep their lunch in the real world.