A Look Back Through Vanity Fair’s Sansar Lookbook

Linden Lab is working on the next version of the default human avatar in Sansar, dubbed Avatar 2.0, which should arrive sometime in August or September 2019. Unfortunately, first-edition avatars will be discontinued, and any items rigged for them (such as clothing, shoes, and hair) will break and not be useable by the next-generation avatars. However, clothing made using Marvelous Designer should still work with Avatar 2.0 avatars.

Here’s a FAQ by Linden Lab explaining all the upcoming changes in more detail, as well as an official blogpost. Inara Pey has also blogged extensively about Avatar 2.0 here, here, here and here.

So, I decided to go through all 45 of Sansar supermodel Vanity Fair’s saved outfits and take some pictures, since it is possible that I might never be able to use some of these items again. (Some vendors will endeavour to provide re-rigged items when Avatar 2.0 comes out.)

You might notice a particularly busty bovine in the mix! That particular avatar was purchased mere days before the creator was banned from Sansar, so it is truly a limited edition, which sadly will not survive the move to Avatar 2.0!

You can click on any thumbnail to pull up a full-size image in this gallery.

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The Happy Train (Part II): Dealing with a Toxic Troll

Photo by Jeremy Bishop on Unsplash

This is a personal message directed specifically to the person who made me lose my temper two weeks ago, who now says, in response to my recent blogpost, that my blog has lost its “cutting edge” and that I don’t have a thick enough skin to say what needs to be said.

Note to all my other readers: Yes, I know, I know. I should know better than to react to this. Don’t feed the troll. But he commented, and I chose to click on the blocked messages in the Sansar Discord in order to read them, and I reacted. I certainly won’t be doing that again, but I do have something I want to get off my chest, and then I am going to move on.

To my troll: At least I take the time to stop and reflect about how I come across to other people, making apologies if I have hurt someone and adjusting my actions as I gain better insight in how I behave and react. I have decided to pay more attention to my well-being in real life so that it doesn’t inadvertently become the reason I criticize a person, platform or company unfairly on this blog. If you think that makes me thin-skinned, soft, or weak, you are dead wrong. It makes me more aware. It makes me stronger.

Also to my troll: I’ll admit that I let you trigger my temper, not once but twice now. Well, congratulations, sweetheart! It certainly won’t happen a third time. You are truly rude, obnoxious, and abrasive, and you repeatedly attack, harass and insult people you don’t agree with. In short, you’re toxic, but I’m stronger than your attempts to troll me and drag me down. Now I’m choosing to redirect my anger and move on; I’m not going to waste another millisecond dealing with you. Buh-bye, bitch. I’ll let Miss Britney show you the door…

Second Life Steals, Deals, and Freebies: Gorean Goodies

I have never really understood why Second Life is home to so many Gorean roleplay sims, which are based on the series of science-fiction novels by John Norman. I personally find the sexual philosophy of the books to be repulsive, but they’re obviously popular in Second Life. There are dozens and dozens of Gorean sims, full of people roleplaying scenes from the Norman novels in endless variations.

Show up at a Gorean roleplay sim in regular streetwear and you’ll stick out like a sore thumb (and most likely, get asked to leave for messing up the atmosphere). Gorean clothing consists of two completely separate styles:

  1. Freemen or freewomen, who dress in medieval-era wear, with women wearing long skirts, often with a hijab and a veil;
  2. Kajira/Kajirus clothing (basically slavewear or skimpy dancing silks for women and men).

So, if that’s what you are looking for, hey, you’re in luck! (Trust me, you’re not going to find anything in-between those two extremes in Gorean sims.) The Gorean freemen/freewomen outfits can also easily be repurposed for medieval/fantasy roleplay. The freewomen’s outfits could also be used for conservative Muslim women’s wear, especially the headscarves and veils.

There are four Gorean sites I recommend you visit for some great freebies. All four spots are in the OOC (Out Of Character) welcoming areas of the sims, where you can dress as you like without being bothered by others.

City of Tor

At the City of Tor there are free outfits for men and women, including a very nice full gown with puffed sleeves which includes a 34-colour HUD:

The veil in the picture above comes from a separate outfit from the freebie outfits at Svago (see below), and it fits so snugly that you don’t need to worry about adding any hair underneath. The animated particle staff my avatar is holding is the Star of Stars staff from Talevin’s Magic Sky Village, the best place to get staves and wands on the entire grid! You can change the colour of the particle effects to one of ten different colours. You could say that here I was going for a medieval sorceress look with a Handmaid’s Tale edge 😉 Hey, it’s Second Life! Be who you want!

Here’s what the freemen’s outfit looks like (it includes the boots, and the tunic comes in four different colours). It’s very detailed and quite attractive for medieval/fantasy roleplay:

Svago

From the spawn point, turn right and touch the green door to go to the Gorean Welcome Centre. Then turn around and walk through the three sets of arches to find an extensive collection of free clothing for men and women:

In the following picture I am wearing Style 2 of the Gorean freewoman’s gown from Svago, which has a dramatic high collar and comes in five different colours, very suitable for medieval, fairytale, or fantasy wear:

Port Kar

You have to trek a bit from the spawn point for this one (here’s the exact SLURL, just follow the read beacon arrow and walk straight through the marketplace and through the stone arch at the end to reach the docks). There you will find five crates on the docks which you can buy for zero Lindens:

Click on the Port Kar FREE FW box and you will get this lovely medieval/fantasy gown with optional straps:

Here’s what the slavewear camisk looks like (there are two boxes for two versions of this outfit, one clean and one dirty/smudged):

Varn

At the City of Varn you can pick up some nice medieval clothing, just walk to the other end of the dock (past the Gorean Meter curtain) and click the containers sitting on the dock (one outfit for men and the other for women):

Here’s what the ornate medieval women’s outfit looks like:

And this is what the men’s outfit looks like (it includes a black cape which is not shown). Note that you have to click on the antlers on top of the container, rather than the container itself, to get this freebie!

So, there you have it! You do not need to spend any money to outfit yourself for medieval or fantasy roleplay if you visit these four Gorean freebie spots! Happy shopping!