Two events are coming up which are part of Sansar’s Hallowe’en Festival.
First is a Cannonball Dodgeball Tournament this Friday. Jenn, the Lead Community Manager for Sansar, writes:
Come to the fall festival under the stars – spiced cider brews in the cauldron ( don’t mind that bright green color, it’s just food coloring), and the stars are shimmering brightly in anticipation of Sansar’s first ever Blitz Dodge Cannon Ball Tournament. Who will come out on top as the last Sansarian standing? Join us st 10:00 a.m. (Pacific Time/Sansar Time) on Friday, October 27th to find out if it’s you. Event will be at my little space – Starry Stars and Stuff.
And on Hallowe’en night, October 31st, at 6:00 p.m. Pacific Time/Sansar Time, is a landmark event: the first live performer in Sansar! Musical artist Oblee, already well-known for his Second Life music performances, will be entertaining us at his own Sansar experience, called Spontaneous Live Music.
Here’s an episode of The Drax Files, by Draxtor Despres, in which he profiles Oblee (a.k.a. Eric Kiefer) and his Second Life performances and experiences:
This is a Hallowe’en experience created by CyberDan. You appear to be in a deserted hotel in the country. The front desk and lobby are deserted. It’s hard to take pictures in this experience because it’s so dimly lit! (It appears brighter when visited when wearing a VR headset.)
The experience’s music adds to the air of mystery and menace. As you explore the hotel, watch out!
Darkwood Forest is a work-in-progress experience by C3rb3rus, which reminds me so much of the Ewok village on Endor in the Star Wars film Return of the Jedi. It’s wonderfully atmospheric, and worth taking the time to explore at leisure. C3rb3rus has put a lot of work into this experience, and it shows!
You can take an elevator to the upper level where you can catch an airship and go for a free-wheeling ride through the treetops. It’s a great way to see the whole experience!
But the best part is not the airship or the elevator or the boats, or the eerie green light that illuminates the entire experience. The best part is the animated tree-man created by C3rb3rus and placed in an out-of-the-way spot (can you find him?):
Watch the mesmerizing YouTube video C3rb3rus shared with us, a time-lapse of the entire process of creating and animating this creature!
UPDATE Oct. 25th: C3rb3rus has provided some more information on how he created his tree-guy:
The Tree-guy was created in Zbrush and textured in Substance Painter. I first sculpted the character as a complete figure, than broke it down into pieces so each part, like the head, elbows, fingers, is a single object, beacause Sansar for now only supports object animation. In 3ds Max I than linked the parts to a skeleton (basic biped rig), so they just follow the position and rotation of the bones. With that set up I can now animate the bones. For the export I bake down the position and rotation information to a keyframe animation, each part of the body with its own, and that way I can import it into Sansar.
While Linden Lab has provided a number of avatar customization choices, among them is not eye colour. Every standard avatar has the same dull brown eyes.
Fortunately, a number of talented Sansar creators have come forward to address this issue. Both Debi Baskerville and SIN have a number of eye colours as avatar attachments (click the links to see what they have to offer). There are also eyes offered by a few other people, including a free pair of black eyes by JackTheRipper for free!
One of the current limitations of Sansar is that you can only have one attachment at each avatar attachment point (unlike Second Life, where you can attach multiple items to each point). This means that, until today, I could not wear these beautiful eyes at the same time as my glasses, because both items attach to the eye attachment point.
But today Debi Baskerville messaged me to tell me that she had created a set of blue eyes that attaches to the ear attachment point on the Sansar avatar, so that I could wear both my glasses and have blue eyes! Thank you, Debi! Here’s my new look:
Debi tells me that this one pair will be available for free in the Sansar Store for a limited time only…. so grab a pair while you can! Here’s the listing.