Taking a Break

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I’ll be taking a break from blogging until at least the weekend, perhaps longer. I find I need a little more time to recharge my batteries, so I can come back refreshed and re-energized.

Have a wonderful week, and we’ll see you sometime next week!

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Second Life Steals, Deals, and Freebies: Free Skin Appliers from Amara Beauty for Catwa, Lelutka, and Genus Project Bento Mesh Heads

As part of the week-long #TogetherAtHome promotional initiative by a number of Second Life retailers, Amara Beauty is giving away several skin applier gifts, for Catwa, LeLutka, and Genus Project Bento mesh heads:

The Brielle skin applier works for all Genus Project heads, including the free Strong Face group gift that the store recently gave out! In addition to the Brielle, Madelyn, and Ivy skin appliers in six different skin tones, you can also pick up the so-called Slender body appliers for Legacy and Omega-compatible mesh bodies for free, as well as additional Bakes on Mesh layers to fix the hands, feet, and cleavage on your skin.

Here is the Brielle skin applier in the beige skin tone on the freebie Strong Face Genus Project head and the dollarbie Meshbody Classic body (each skin comes in a Bakes on Mesh version with three eyebrow options—dark brows, light brows, and no brows—and the Genus head skin applier comes with four eyebrow options—dark, brown, light, and no brows, for you to apply your own preferred eyebrows separately).

I think you’ll agree that this is truly beautiful skin, and it’s well worth the trip down to Amara Beauty to pick up this generous, free group gift before it’s gone! You don’t even need to join the Amara Beauty group.

This particular avatar is wearing:

Mesh Head: the Strong Face Bento mesh head from the Genus Project (a former group gift which, unfortunately, is no longer available)

Mesh Body: the Classic mesh body by Meshbody (a dollarbie group gift; more information is about this body can be found here)

Skin Applier: Genus head skin applier and Bakes on Mesh body skin Brielle in beige, from Amara Beauty

Hair: Iris by D!va (free group gift located on the other side of the wall behind the front counter; the group is free to join)

Dress: Lucia dress from Ello (previous hunt gift; this store now appears to have left the grid, but they are still on the SL Marketplace)

Shoes: Wales pumps from Essenz (the group gift for April; the Essenz group costs L$350 to join; the Classic mesh body has Legacy-compatible feet; more information about the shoes is here)

Animation Override: This is a graceful, old AO for empire-waist gowns by PixelDolls (remember them?), a store which has been long gone from the grid, but still exists on the SL Marketplace (it comes included with the Innocent Dans L’Amour gown for L$150, and I find I pull it out of my inventory and use it all the time with wider, “poofier” dresses and skirts).

TOTAL COST FOR THIS AVATAR LOOK: L$501 (L$150 for the PixelDolls AO, L$350 to join the Essenz group for the pumps group gift, and L$1 for the Classic mesh body)

Here is your taxi to the Amara Beauty store! Happy freebie shopping!

The Tominoya Casino Opens May 1st, 2020 in the Vegas City District of Decentraland: Enter the Roulette Competition and Win Prizes!

Decentral Games has opened another casino in the blockchain-based virtual world Decentraland! Tominoya has as its theme ancient Japan, and the casino itself is a large, graceful building decorated with Torii gates and a large cherry blossom tree providing shade in the central courtyard:

A view of the outside of the casino, with its Japanese architecture
The cherry-blossom tree in the main courtyard

The Tominoya casino features two games of chance: slot machines and roulette tables. Here is a quick video demonstration of how the latter works:

Here are a few more pictures of the action at the roulette wheel!

There will be an official launch party of the new casino on May 1st, 2020, between 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. UTC, with a roulette competition! Be sure to add the event to your calendar to be reminded as it gets closer.

According to the official rules:

Each user starts by default with 1,000 PLAY to wager on roulette. To make a submission, record a video of your Decentraland avatar dancing on one of the tables in the casino and post it to our #competitions Discord channel before 8:00pm UTC May 3rd. Make sure the video shows your PLAY balance as this will determine the winners.

If you follow us on Twitter and retweet the announcement for the competition, we will add an extra 1,000 PLAY to your submission! The five players with the highest balances will win the prizes below including wearables and MANA.lances will win the prizes below including wearables and MANA!

Here are some of the limited-edition avatar wearables you can win:

Decentraland opened its doors to the general public on Feb. 20th, 2020. If you need step-by-step instructions on how to get started in Decentraland, here they are. You will need to set up an avatar account in Decentraland, linked to a crypto wallet like MetaMask, and have some MANA in order to gamble (although there is a demo version available for you to try out).

To visit the new Tominoya casino directly, just click on this link. (There is no separate client; everything runs in the web browser.)

Also, if you wish to become an investor in the casino, there is a Casino NFT sale, with tokens available for sale on OpenSea.


FULL DISCLOSURE: This blogpost is sponsored by Decentral Games, for which I am being paid in MANA, Decentraland’s in-world cryptocurrency.

Second Life Steals, Deals, and Freebies: Grab the Genesis Lab Teen Head for Only L$55!

Teen roleplay is a big market in Second Life, and although I must confess I have never once felt the desire to relive my exceedingly awkward teenage years in SL, many Second Life users like to do so.

The big news today is that Genesis Lab is letting you join their store group for free, and with that free group join, you can pick up their brand new Teen model of Bento mesh head for only L$55, a 99% discount. You can also pick up Olivia Bakes on Mesh skin in six skin tones for only L$3 per tone, for use with that head (although the Teen Head already comes with Bakes on Mesh skin in six skin colours).

So I decided to have Vanity Fair revisit her gawky, surly teenage years, and had her visit the Genesis Lab store, join the group for free, and pick up the Teen Head and one shade of the Olivia skin (total outlay: L$58).

First, let’s look at the basic head without any hair, using the default brows and shape that come with the Teen Head (the mesh eyes come in four different colours and are included). Remember that this is a Bento mesh head, and you should be able to adjust it as you like:

Then Vanity popped over to the Meshbody sim to pick up the dollarbie Classic female body (which remains one of the best deals on the grid for a fully-featured mesh body). The Meshbody Classic already supports Bakes on Mesh skins, you just have to turn that feature on using the included HUD.

Here is the result, with some free hair, a freebie outfit for The Mesh Project (TMP) Classic mesh body I picked up sometime last year, and the free group gift of Jumpov TMP sneakers by Versov which I already had in my inventory. (Just remember that when you are shopping around for clothes to fit the dollarbie Meshbody Classic body, most vendors will still refer to it using the old name of The Mesh Project or TMP.)

Not a bad look overall, for a total cost of only 59 Linden dollars!

All I need is a cellphone and I’m all set to go hang out at the mall!

Here’s the SLURL to the Genesis Lab store. Happy shopping!