Second Life Steals, Deals, and Freebies: A Free 56-Texture Fur Coat from The Shops

I picked up this freebie tip from the Second Life freebie blog All Spiffy: did you know that you can pick up a long, luxurious, cruelty-free fur coat that comes in 56 different beautiful textures, for ZERO Lindens?

Of course, there’s a catch. You are going to have to attach and detach a couple of confusing-to-use HUDs and do a lot (and I mean, a LOT) of clicking. If you’re up for it, then let’s get started!

IMPORTANT NOTE: Yes, I know that this is clothing designed for The Mesh Project mesh avatar bodies. You do NOT need The Mesh Body avatar body to take advantage of this freebie! As the All Spiffy blogger ArnieK noted, this is a coat, and it doesn’t have to fit perfectly, it just has to fit! I wear a Maitreya Lara mesh avatar body and all I had to do is alpha out my arms using the Maitreya HUD in order to wear this coat and look good in it! The texturing is beautifully done, as you can see…

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WARNING: I absolutely do NOT recommend you buy the L$500 mesh avatar body sold by The Mesh Project. I have already blogged about three other, better options for freebie/dollarbie mesh avatar bodies for female avatars:

  1. There is the free Valentina mesh head and body package available at the excellent freebie store at Ajuda SL Brasil. Altamura also frequently has great deals and sales on their mesh avatar bodies (twice they have offered mesh head and body sets for only L$300 this year alone!), so join their group for L$50 and keep your eyes peeled.
  2. There are dollarbie versions of the eBody Classic and eBody Curvy mesh avatar bodies for female avatars also available at the freebie store at Ajuda SL Brasil.
  3. I recently wrote about how to pick up a very nice free Afrodite mesh female avatar body from the LUCYSHOES/LUCYBODY store.

You save that L$500 and put it towards clothes and shoes! Although you can get hundreds of those for nothing or next-to-nothing in Second Life, too

O.K., you ready for an adventure?

First, teleport to this location. When you arrive, you will automatically receive a free folder of HUDs. Accept this folder:

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Then, find The Shops! HUD in your inventory (it’s in the folder you just accepted) and add it to your avatar. You can’t get anything for free unless you use this stupid HUD, which is a real pain in the ass, as you will see!

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Once you have added the HUD, click on the large X to close the welcoming message:

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Then, look around you for the words GUYS / GIRLS somewhere on the white walls of the place you teleported into, and click on the word GIRLS:

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Then, when you land in the new spot, look for a round sign which has a white shopping bag with the words The Boutique on it (you might have to cam around a bit to find it), and click on that sign:

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FINALLY, look for and click on the large words Shop… Clothing (you might have to hunt around to find that, too):

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When you do that (and if you already have The Shops! HUD attached), you should see the following on your screen. Use the left and right arrow keys to browse the clothing available:

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Hit the right arrow a couple of times to find the fur coat, and click on it:

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No, you cannot buy a fatpack! First you have to buy, or “unlock” the fur coat base mesh. You will receive the item in a new folder in your inventory. Now, you are presented with a panel of the first 16 of the 56 beautiful textures available for that fur coat. Then, you actually have to click on each texture, then click the BUY button, to buy each one individually! Each time you do, you will hear a “chi-ching” sound when you purchase each texture for your fur coat.

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Now, to actually WEAR the damn fur coat, you have to detach The Shops! HUD and attach the StyleMode HUD (it’s located in the same folder in your inventory where you got The Shops! HUD from).

Put on the fur coat, and now click as follows to select a coat texture, and then a lining texture, for your purchased fur coat using the StyleMode HUD:

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(See what I mean? You have to work to earn this fur coat, girl!)

Honestly, I’m not sure that a beautiful free fur coat is worth all this hassle. I suggest you make separate copies of the fur coat and texture each one differently. You never know when The Mesh Project will shut down their servers which the StyleMode HUD uses. When/if that happens, it doesn’t matter how many different textures you bought, you’re stuck with whatever the texture for your fur coat happens to be when the server shuts down. Caveat emptor!

And, for the love of God, do not buy The Mesh Project mesh avatar body or anything from the company. Don’t reward such an awful shopping system. Just go get the freebies you think you can make work with whatever mesh avatar body you already own (like this gorgeous fur coat), and leave it at that. While there are many other clothes available using The Shops! HUD, quite honestly, you’ll have to endlessly fuss with the alpha cuts on your mesh avatar body’s HUD to get them to work, and even then, they’ll probably look terrible. (I also tried to wear the knee-high boots from the footwear section of The Shops!, but they looked absolutely terrible on my avatar, even with the lower legs and feet alpha’ed out.)

Here I paired a black version of the fur coat with a black minidress from Erratic, free jewelry by Chop Zuey from The Free Dove (this set is unfortunately no longer available) and Calyssa black boots (a former group gift from N-Core):

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Second Life Machinima: Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds

The following wonderful machinima (i.e., a video made within Second Life) is by Tiara Ashley, who has a whole YouTube channel full of cleverly-made music videos:

I first heard about Tiara’s work via Wagner James Au of New World Notes. And I agree with Wagner; more people need to know about this! So I am blogging her video here.

The Man Behind the Avatar

Some of you might be wondering about the two pictures of me that are on my About page on the RyanSchultz.com blog. They are older pictures of me, which I stylized using the free Prisma photo app on my iPad. I would encourage you to download and try out the app on your own photos to see what artistic masterpieces you can come up with! It’s addictively fun!

So, you might ask, what does Ryan Schultz look like today? Well, it just so happens that there was a professional photographer taking expertly-lit head shots at the Manitoba Libraries Conference I am attending today, so here is what I look like now, at age 54:

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This is the man behind all my avatars in the various social VR spaces and virtual worlds.

Ethernia: This Is a Real Product After All!

Holy crap! So it’s not a joke or a parody after all!

Ethernia is an actual product by a Los Angeles-based company! The website finally went live yesterday, and they are planning to launch the beta version of this virtual world sometime this fall.

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Here’s the new Ethernia promotional video on Vimeo:

Ethernia.io Launchfilm from PET GØRILLA on Vimeo.


(I notice they did re-edit their video that I posted in my original blogpost about Ethernia, to cut down on the rather bombastic narration in the original.)

Why I Am Excited About Virtual Universe

Yeah, can you tell I am excited about the upcoming beta launch of Virtual Universe?

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(Image courtesy of the Distracted Boyfriend Meme Generator)

And yes, I am part of the Virtual Universe (VU) Initial Coin Offering Partner Program (I’m currently number two on their VU Token Leaderboard). The main reason I am participating in that program is because it’s the only legal way I can earn VU tokens before the social VR space launches later this summer. Here’s a 10-minute video which explains the partner program in a lot more detail:


I think that Linden Lab should consider such a program to pay people in Sansar dollars for promoting Sansar on their various social media.

But people have been asking me, why am I excited about VU as opposed to other blockchain-based virtual world platforms?

Well, if you haven’t seen my recent half-hour guided tour of VU, I suggest you set aside some time to watch the whole video. I have been blistering in my criticism of other blockchain-based virtual world projects which are more hype than substance (Decentraland is a classic example) because they don’t have anything that you can actually visit yet. But in Virtual Universe, they not only have a place you can visit (currently, only by appointment), but they also have a very easy in-world content creation tool that is actually fun to use! And I was impressed by the many little added touches such as AI-controlled animals like lizards, rabbits, and bluebirds, even individual insects!

Now, Virtual Universe still has a lot of work left to do. Any virtual world project is a mammoth undertaking, and they still have to polish the user avatars (the current ones are merely placeholders, from what I understand) and other features. But it’s a very promising, and very impressive, start.

So yes, I am eagerly awaiting the launch of the beta version of Virtual Universe, even though Sansar is still my first love (and the reason I created this blog in the first place).

Worldopoly: Yet Another Blockchain-Based Virtual World

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(Image taken from the cover of the Worldopoly White Paper)
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(Screen capture of an artist’s representation of Worldopoly)

Worldopoly was mentioned today on the official Virtual Universe Discord server (here’s the original tweet), so I thought I’d check it out.

All the major buzzwords are present and accounted for…

  • Augmented reality? Check.
  • Artificial intelligence? Check.
  • Blockchain? Check.
  • DAG? DAG?!?? Why, Directed Acyclic Graph, of course! Check!

This hits all the buzzword buttons! I swear, the venture capitalists must have been lining up to fund this project!

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Here’s their promo video:

Worldopoly appears to be a geolocation-based game similar to Ingress or Pokémon Go. It’s based on real maps in real cities where you buy property, kind of like what Twinity used to have in the early days. In this “Meet the Team” video, the ideas behind Worldopoly are explained in more detail:

In this next video, Worldopoly is described by YouTuber and cryptocurrency promoter ActionChris as Pokémon Go, Clash of Clans, Fishbank, Cryptokitties, and SimCity all rolled into one:

Of course, there is an appeal to potential players’ greed, shilling virtual land as an investment and a money-making opportunity (just like Decentraland). One twist is that your enemies can fire-bomb the properties you own with a virtual Molotov cocktail! Of course, you can pay extra for “protection”. (rolls eyes)

I swear, the collision of so many buzzwords and so much hyperbole has the potential to create a black hole! According to this article, their initial coin offering (ICO) will end in July 2018, and Worldopoly will be available to download from the iTunes App Store and the Google Play store in November 2018.

Finally, here’s a demo of how you play the game on your mobile device (cellphone or tablet):

Frankly, the appeal of this game mystifies me. According to this last video, the developers are assuming that players are going to want to build virtual properties (and pay protection money!) in order to generate revenue from visitors…but why? Why bother? What’s the appeal? I just don’t get the concept. Maybe I’m missing something here, but to me, it just looks boring. Sorry, but I remain rather skeptical about this.

There’s already a Worldopoly app called the AirMiner that you can download for iPhone or Android, where you can collect Worldopoly tokens for later use in the game when it launches.

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When I loaded it onto my iPhone, it told me that two tokens were right nearby—in the local river! Sorry, but I’m not going swimming to retrieve them!

UPDATED! Second Life Steals, Deals, and Freebies: The Afrodite Female Mesh Body by LUCYBODY

UPDATE Nov. 4th: It has been reported to me that the Afrodite mesh body is no longer available as a Midnight Madness gift at the LUCYSHOES/LUCYBODY mainstore, and I can confirm this. It costs L$1,000 now. Thank you, LittleMe Jewell!

For a current, up-to-date list of free or inexpensive options for mesh avatar heads and bodies for female Second Life avatars, please see this blogpost. For a current, up-to-date list of free and inexpensive options for male mesh avatar heads and bodies, please see this blogpost

Here’s another freebie tip that I picked up from Cat Pink, whose YouTube videos about freebies and hunts in Second Life are often quite informative. Did you know that you can pick up a beautiful, full Bento mesh body for female avatars, with 256 possible skin tones, a complete set of nail lengths and colours, and a complete set of detailed alpha cuts, for FREE? All you need is a group space and a little patience.

Teleport to the LUCYSHOES/LUCYBODY store, enter the store, and take the fourth aisle to the left, after the wall marked GIFTS:

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There’s a Midnight Madness board. Join the LUCYSHOES/LUCYBODY group for free (there’s a group join board right next to it), and then touch the Midnight Madness board to register yourself.

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Once the board gets 100 hits, everyone gets a free, fully-featured Afrodite body by LUCYBODY.  After 100 hits, the board resets to zero. I was very lucky and I hit the board when it was at 99, and I got my Afrodite body within a couple of hours!

I was expecting this to be a disaster, and I was pleasantly surprised to find that it was easy to use and looked good on my avatar! The Afrodite body has a few nice features that you won’t find on other freebie/dollarbie female mesh avatar bodies, like the free Altamura Valentina or the dollarbie eBody Classic/Curvy models available at Ajuda SL Brasil. With the addition of the LUCYBODY Afrodite, there are now three options for female mesh avatar bodies for those without the Linden dollars to spend on more expensive mesh bodies! More choice is always good.

Like the eBody models, it comes in a variety of skintones, but with a bonus feature: the HUD has 8 basic skintones, each of which you can adjust using 32 tint panels to give you a total of 256 available skin colours! The nails HUD has 7 options for nail length and 24 colours and patterns built right into the HUD. The Afrodite body has Bento fingers (like the Altamura Valentina, but unlike the eBody dollarbie versions) and the detail on the hands is actually quite lovely.

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One thing I like about the Afrodite LUCYBODY is that it has the most detailed alpha selections of any mesh avatar body I have ever seen! You can basically wear just about anything with this body and make it work with all these alpha cuts! In the picture below my avatar is wearing a dress designed for Maitreya Lara by Maci (a group gift; the group is free to join), and it fit with a minimum of fuss. I like that!

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Here’s another picture of the avatar in a sharper light. I am also wearing the Lulu Bento mesh head by Akeruka, and to hide the slight seam between head and body, I am wearing the Nina choker by RxK, a free gift from Ajuda SL Brasil. The feet are Slink-compatible, so any shoe created for Slink feet will work with this mesh body (you might just have to adjust the foot size for the best fit; they recommend 32.)

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