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Checking my WordPress statistics for this blog, I have seen a lot of traffic this week from people looking for Black Friday sales in Second Life and other virtual worlds, so I have decided to compile this blogpost.
PLEASE NOTE: If you have a virtual Black Friday sale you wish to promote, please just add a comment to this blogpost, thank you! I will NOT be constantly updating this blogpost, I don’t have time this week!
Holger was kind enough to share with me via Discord chat this morning, just a few of the Black Friday sales which were posted today in his Secondlife group on Facebook (and if you still have a Facebook account, you can use the link I posted above to visit and join his group):
In other news, LeLutka is having a 50% Off Black Friday Sale on all their mesh heads from November 27th to 29th (SLURL). Thank you to Kira for the tip!
Daisy Haven shared with me that AVALE is having a 50% Off Sale, starting today and running until November 27th (SLURL):
Daisy also tells me that CHSkins (SLURL) is having a 50% refund sale (except gachas), on now until Nov. 30th. Thanks, Daisy!
Ari-Pari is having a Black Friday sale running from November 27th through December 1st. Gift cards will be 50% off and new releases will be 25% off. This sale is only at the Ari-Pari main store (SLURL). Thanks to Wyld for the heads-up!
Magika – http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Magika/ Get an instant refund of 30% on all mainstore purchases during Magika’s annual Black Friday sale. This applies to everything except group offers and gift cards. 20 – 30 November, 2020.
MoonBubble of the SL New Release Feed Discord server (here’s an invite link) tells me that she been adding quite a few Black Friday sales to her #store-sales channel, and she plans to add more this week. Thanks, Moon!
And Bleue reached out to me on Discord to tell me about Salem:
My name is Bleue. Blogger Manager at Salem. I am reaching out as I saw that you’re sharing Black Friday sales on your blog site. Salem is starting its sale soon, and I was wondering if I could share the ad with you once it’s released? From there, could you help me spread the word about Salem? If possible? Thank you for your attention to this matter!
The sale will commence on the 26th of this month. It’ll be 35% off the whole store, excluding gachas and new releases.
Morbid Emor also contacted me regarding MOEKO, MORBID, and Stargazer:
Hi. I saw your message about Black Friday on the Second Life Syndicate channel. I love your blog – this is such an awesome idea. I have two brands, MORBID & MOEKO, and am business partner with Aggie Mactavish with Stargazer. We have Black Friday sales and have also just moved to some awesome new stores as well. I’m giving you the details here.
Also, the Second Life vlogger mzjazzy maii (a.k.a BunnyBoo) has compiled a very helpful list of stores which are having Black Friday sales in the following 12-minute YouTube video (there’s a list of the stores and SLURLs in the full video description):
And finally, although it is not technically a Good Friday sale, I have been informed that Ellnique Designs is closing. The owner tells me:
CLOSING DOWN SALE: everything L$25! With a heavy heart I am closing down Ellnique Designs (was Shoenique Designs) [after] 11 years of hard work. Now I am moving to Sansar and taking my designs there. More than welcome to join me. Thanks to all Members that have supported me for 9 years in Second Life. Everything L$25! Official closing day 31st December. http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Mimosa%20Island/231/219/350
Gaby, the owner of Anatomy mesh heads and bodies, and PrettyDeceased apparel, tells me:
Pretty Deceased & Anatomy are still 50% off, decided to leave it also for Black Friday.
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I filled out a Trump survey trashing him a week ago, and in the NAME field I put Fuck You as my name. Forgot about it. Then just got this email out of the blue. And I’ve never been more baffled or laughed as hard as I just have. I thought he emailed truly addressing me like this:
Brian followed up with:
For 10 minutess I stared at my phone in awe—thinking this crazy man just tried to connect with supporters by droppin F-bombs in a campaign email! I was shocked. Mad. Sad. It was so unbelievable [yet] believable at the same time. Then the wave of laughs, realizing I just pranked myself so hard.
And the whole time, I was sitting at my computer, reading through all the posts, just absolutely HOWLING, with tears of laughter running down my face! (I’m quite sure the woman who lives upstairs from me in my apartment complex thought I had completely lost it.)
It was the best laugh I have had in months, people, perhaps all year. and let me tell you, in the middle of province-wide, code-red pandemic lockdown, I very much needed that laugh.
Hello! I thought you might like to know that Dream currently has both of their female mesh bodies available in their Midnight Madness boards in store, since you maintain a list of free mesh bodies. One body is designed to fit into Maitreya clothing, and I believe the other fits either Slink or Freya—I can’t remember at the moment! They are both very nice bodies—I had demoed them and was going to check them out for purchase for an alt and saw the boards! Here’s the SLURL to her shop: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Kasimir/178/13/1196
Now, you will need to join the Dream Official Group (the group join fee is L$50) in order to slap these boards. There’s not a lot of information on the panels; from what I can tell, just by examining the pictured bodies carefully, the Jennifer body is the Maitreya Lara-compatible one Eve was talking about, and (I think) the Naomi body is compatible with Belleza Freya (although I can’t be sure until I actually receive them and test them against clothing already in my inventory).
I mean, having to shell out only L$50 for a Maitreya Lara or Belleza Freya compatible mesh body is a pretty good deal!
Here’s your taxi to Dream, in case you are curious, which should place you directly in front of the Midnight Madness boards. I double-checked and, unfortunately, the boards reset to zero every day at midnight Second Life/Pacific Time, so it might be rather difficult to reach the 50 hits in 24 hours necessary. (I would dispatch my small army of alts to help, but alas, I am not willing to spend L$50 per alt to reach the goal of 50 slaps! I already have plenty of free and inexpensive options for female mesh bodies.)
The Dream store also sells the Ciara Bento mesh head (a former Stay at Home Club freebie I blogged about here) for L$99, and another Bento mesh head called Lida for L$499. If you don’t want to wait for the Midnight Madness boards, you can purchase the Naomi mesh body for L$99 (a significant saving over the L$2,499 Belleza Freya body), and the Jennifer mesh body for L$999 (compared to the L$2,750 Maitreya Lara body). There’s also a male mesh avatar called Milan, on sale for L$50.
UPDATE Nov. 24th, 2020: I have received the following comment from a reader:
The Naomi mesh body you have [listed the price as] L$99. When you click on the sign, it does ask for L$99 BUT you don’t get the body, you get lingerie (I bought and verified). The creator messed up. The real price should be L$999, which you will see if you hover your mouse over the sign. So, the creator needs to fix this.
And I did wonder about the price discrepancy between the full-price Naomi and Jennifer bodies, so this now explains it! Thank you, Karissa!
I am, admittedly, a very weird person. (But then, if you’ve been following my blog at all, that fact would have already been pretty firmly established.)
And one of my weird, obsessive little hobbies, which has brought me a great deal of personal satisfaction, is the creation and styling of a small army of Second Life alts (alternative avatars) over the past 14 years.
Some people like to build, others like to design clothes or furniture or vehicles, still others like to DJ or perform in SL’s many live music venues. For me, my favourite pastime by far was to create virtual characters—Second Life avatars. I would create more and different avatars, and then spend hours shopping for them to outfit them properly. I would take part in different kinds of historical and fantasy role-playing (no, not pixelsex; I always found that somewhat ludicrous).
Some avatars lasted only a couple of days before I deleted them; others have been with me since the very beginning of my adventures in Second Life. Witches and wizards and wolves, pirates and painters, sergeants and satyrs, barbarians and ballerinas, harlequins and hippies, gladiators and geishas… my hobby has given me endless hours of pleasure and escape. Some were exclusively for role-play purposes; others were just a means to live inside somebody else’s skin for an hour while strolling the grid. Others were created specifically to evoke reactions from passers-by. I could be whatever I wanted, and I was: an angel, a fairy, a goth girl, Elvis, Queen Elizabeth the First, Lady Gaga, Santa Claus, a supermodel, a hobo, a spaceman, a Na’vi from the movie Avatar, a medieval minstrel.
I am still working on which Second Life avatars I will leave to other people in the event of my untimely death, via my will. You can read the entire saga here, here, here, here, and here on my blog to see how this quest got started! I know it might sound really silly to some of you, but I consider them perfectly valid possessions, and it would please me greatly to know they will still be providing entertainment and enjoyment to others after I am gone. (If you’re interested in inheriting one of my avatars via my will, please contact me and we’ll talk. I still have a selection for you to choose from!)
Well, two years have passed since that cancer scare, and many of my avatars have already been spoken for, by people who wanted to receive them (and their inventories) through my will.
Now that I am actually—finally!—working with a lawyer to draw up my will, I decided that I would post an updated, alphabetical list of my as-yet-unbequeathed avatars by their legacy name (yes, they all have proper first names and last names, no “Residents” in this list!). That way, people can let me know if they are interested in inheriting an avatar with a particular name. For example, I have four avatars whom I jokingly refer to as the Delight sisters, named Glee Delight, Happy Delight, Joy Delight and Unusual Delight 😉 …I mean, c’mon, people, you have to admit that they are awesome names!
I’m sorry, but I honestly couldn’t think of any easier way to do this than via one long blogpost. The communications involved in this whole process are going to be a bit of a nightmare anyways, especially since I don’t know how to reach many of you, except through Second Life, Sinespace, Sansar, etc. (or perhaps Twitter, where I now have almost 900 followers.) And I do know that many of you follow and read this blog, so this seemed to be my best option. Forgive me for the long blogpost!
Almost all the male avatars have a similar bounty in their inventories, including the three free group gift Bento mesh heads from Akeruka (Aron, Keiji, and Leon) and the recent Chase head from Logo. They also have all six free Altamura mesh avatars (Robert, both versions of Max, Tommy, Aaron and the full-version Romeo body), the dollarbie Classic body by Meshbody, and the Rick and David mesh bodies from ALANTORI. All male avatars also have a complete set of the freebies from Kauna men’s clothing and the free men’s clothing from Fitch for the brands of mesh bodies they own. Again, you’ll be able to hit the ground running!
All the avatars in the following list which are marked “unisex” have both the male and female mesh avatar heads and bodies listed above.
IMPORTANT: If you are interested in inheriting one of these Second Life avatars, please contact me via email at ryanschultz [at] Gmail [dot] com (or via the Contact page on this blog). You can also approach me and talk to me in-world in Second Life (my main avatar is named Vanity Fair, whom I am leaving to Strawberry Linden via my will). The best way to contact me id to ping me on one of the many community forums or Discord channels for the various virtual worlds, of which I am a member. I am almost always on Discord!
I need your legal (real life) name for my will, and a reliable means of contact (telephone number preferred; email address is acceptable). I will NOT be giving any avatars to anybody with whom I have NOT had at least one good, long, in-depth chat. I do want to know a bit about who you are (and what you plan to do with my avatar) before I leave you one of these avatars, on which I have invested a great deal of time and energy. I will be in touch with you (via email, Second Life IMs, or Discord chat), and I alone will make the final decision as to whether or not to let you inherit one of my avatars, and which one(s).
Yes, I know, I know…this is weird. But, as I said up top, I am a very weird person. So let’s just get on with the task, shall we? In many cases, I have provided a recent picture of the avatar, to help you decide.
UPDATE 5:36 p.m.: Yes, you can ask for more than one! One person has asked for three of my avatars, another has asked for two, and I don’t have a problem with that.
UPDATE Nov. 23rd, 2020: For those of you might be surprised at the number of alts on this list, regular RyanSchultz.com Discord server participant Neobela reminds us:
For those who are stunned by the number of “old” avatars that Ryan has…
Before you could change your entire outfit with just a click through “appearances”, when you wanted to role play, or radically change your look, it was a laborious process to completely alter your appearance. Much easier to create an alt for the purpose. I myself have several that I have set up just for that purpose over the years, including dragons, merfolk, kajira, and different sexes.
I mean, you could drag and drop the folder onto yourself, but you had to be awfully careful but there weren’t multiple choices, and you remember to reattach all the HUDs!
Thank you , Neobela! Yes, she’s right. It was often easier in those days to create an alt rather than fuss with changing appearances and outfits (please note that most of these avatars were created before Second Life introduced their Outfits feature to the SL client, which eventually was also supported by third-party Second Life viewers, such as Firestorm).
2My Fairlady: a female avatar, originally created just so I could have her sit on Lucky Chairs and slap Lucky Boards when they displayed “0-9” 😉
Alexandra McKenzie (originally created a female Scottish pirate for historical roleplay, and still a pirate to this day)
Artist Scientist (unisex avatar; can be either male or female)
Autumn Winter (a female avatar, originally created as the avatar embodiment of Autumn)
Coupon Clip: one of my favourite avatars whom I really want to give a good home to via my will, who is currently a 1950s-styled dancer for tips at various bars (no, she doesn’t escort; a girl has rules 😉 ); Coupon usually is wearing her signature 1950 bouffant hairdo, Akeruka Maia mesh head, and Belleza Freya mesh body as pictured below; this avatar has also has also played Alice in Wonderland, and over time, she has became my avatar embodiment of Winter/Christmas, with lots of snowy/winter/white/ice blue outfits, both mesh and pre-mesh!
Diana Huntress (a female avatar, originally created as a medieval archer)
Easton Weston: Piggu Jonathan fat man avatar with a Fat Boy AO by Voir, who plays Santa Claus every Christmastime; more information here; Easton also has the Piggu Jamie fat boy avatar, who is essentially styled to look like me in childhood (I was always a chubby kid)
Happy Delight (a unisex avatar, either male or female, who currently sports a Kalhene Anya Maitreya Lara-compatible mesh body)
Hearts Delight (a 1960s hippie chick, whom I trot out to the BURN2 festivities in Second Life every year!)
Heath Applemoor (originally created to portray Ennis Del Mar avatar for Brokeback Mountain roleplay, but now just a generic male avatar)
Heath Homewood (my main male avatar, who almost always wears the Catwa head, Stray Dog skin and Belleza Jake body shown here; he is the owner of most of my non-clothing inventory assets, such as trees, houses, furniture, etc. This is one of my original avatars when I started in Second Life in 2007, and therefore I am going to be very, very picky who gets this one in my will. UPDATE 5:35 p.m.: Heath Homewood is no longer available; somebody I already know from the RyanSchultz.com Discord server would like him, and I have agreed this evening!)
Heilige Nacht (a Seawolf fire-breathing dragon avatar!)
Ilsa Svenska (a blonde female Swedish avatar)
Jacqueline Laville: a female roleplay avatar who is a Victorian parlourmaid; as a joke, I like to put her in various unexpected spots, like random SL stores or Frank’s Jazz Club, where she busily dusts or vacuums; “Lift your feet, hun.“; more information here)
Jake Greenwood (originally created as a Jack Twist avatar for Brokeback Mountain roleplay, now just a generic male avatar)
JeanGuy Perrin (a male avatar)
John Peacock (pirate; Johnny Depp look-alike classic avatar)
Ledba Loon (get it? “lead balloon”? This was the very first female avatar I ever created, so her inventory goes way, waaay back in time. Today she usually wears the Piggu June fat girl mesh body, which I recently updated to version 2.0, along with a set of full-perms clothing to fit it; Ledba is also my witch avatar at Hallowe’en, who has in her inventory all my assorted witch outfits, brooms, skins, etc.)
Lily Pond (a female avatar)
MARlLYN Monroe (Marilyn Monroe look-alike classic avatar, with a lowercase-L instead of an I in the first name; her nametag looks like “MARILYN Monroe” in-world)
Mason Carver: a male avatar, Mason—very fittingly—is currently a grey-and-blue stone god with an outfit and skin I won at Fallen Gods, Inc. in a fortune-telling game.
Maya Sass (an Indian/Indo-Canadian female avatar who has my entire collection of saris; more information here)
Michael Sixpence (originally created as a Elizabethan-era courtier to Elizabeth Queen; he is now a generic male avatar)
Moesha Heartsong: my beloved female Black/Afro-Canadian avatar
Notecard Writer (my professional librarian avatar, male, currently masquerading as an angel)
Oceana Waters (my female mermaid avatar; has a complete collection of mermaid outfits and AOs; more information here)
Olga Thorsveld (a female avatar)
PARlS Hilton (“The Paris Hilton of SL” from that long-ago CSI:NY episode; a snobby Paris Hilton look-alike classic avatar, with a lowercase-L instead of an I in the first name; her nametag looks like “PARIS Hilton” in-world; her latest freebie accessory is a transparent Birkin bag stuffed with stacks of hundred-dollar bills!
Pepper Salter: originally created to be Red Riding Hood or Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz (more information here), now she is a generic female avatar most of the time:
Schnitzel Wiener 😉 originally a male avatar wearing German lederhosen and hoisting a beerstein; now another one of my generic male avatars:
Silver Quick (originally created as an male elf or troll; now unisex, either male and female)
Sim Hopper (another unisex avatar, either male or female; usually a male hiker with a random teleport backpack; formerly a female classic avatar superhero)
SisterMary Blister: a stern-looking Catholic nun who comes with an Abranimations HUD to rezz a flock of penguins to follow her around; more information here
Sitcom Writer (a unisex avatar, but almost always presents as a well-toned, butch lesbian, with a DEV mesh head and body; picture the Linda Hamilton character in the Terminator movies, and that’s pretty much her! Sometimes, she even totes an automatic rifle around…)
Sternen Nacht (a male wizard, either from Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings)
Summer Fall (a female avatar; she usually wears the freebie Giselle mesh head and Jenny mesh body from Altamura which I picked up several years ago)
That Guy (“Yes, I’m that guy.”; a male avatar who usually wears a combination of the Akeruka Aron mesh head and the dollarbie version of the Classic male avatar mesh body, with a complete set of all the clothing hat The Mesh Project used to sell for that body, when it was free to pick up for a short time before they shut that store down)
Treehugger Cliffhanger (unisex; either male or female)
So, if any of these SL avatars appeals to you, please contact me and we’ll discuss me leaving it to you in my will. Please note that it’s nobody’s business who gets which of my avatars in my will.So, if that was a consideration that was originally holding you back from offering to take one, please be reassured. Who gets what will only be shared with my lawyer, and six key contacts who will receive a document with my wishes and instructions in the event of my unitmely death (from COVID-19 or otherwise; I explain in more detail why I am taking this step in this blogpost).
And yes—my weird little hobby is one of things that is helping me stay sane while I remain in self-isolation in my apartment, in the middle of a province-wide, emergency code-red pandemic lockdown!