Well, that didn’t take very long at all! Less than 48 hours after the latest update to Sansar (which allowed you to create your own custom avatars), and the first custom avatars are already available for sale from the Sansar Store!
First up is Ravioli’s gargoyle avatar, which is FREE:
Then there’s Fabeeo Breen’s zombie avatar, which is also FREE:
And following quickly on Fabeeo’s heels was Nya Alchemi, who released a cute boar avatar, which is also FREE:
Also up is a Frankenstein-inspired female monster avatar called “Yolandenstein”, for sale for S$5,000 (US$50):
By the way, here’s a link to the new Avatars section of the Sansar Store. (Check back often to see what’s new!)
So I bought all three free avatars and went into Sansar to try them on. There’s a new section under the Avatar tab in the Lookbook which allows you to select a custom avatar:
Just click on the custom avatar you want to wear, et voilà ! Be sure to click the Done button at the bottom to save your changes:
(Note that you will not be able to wear any human clothing on a custom avatar, as it is essentially a single piece wearable. The clothing must be part of the avatar.)
Here’s my boar avatar at Nya Alchemi’s S.L.A.R.P. experience:
As Sansar’s first, and so far only (with the exception of a single blogpost by Strawberry Singh) fashion blogger, I scan the Sansar Store daily for new things to show you.
One of the things that has surprised me is that there are still so few people making hair for Sansar avatars. Among those creators is Cora, and I would like to show you a few of her beautifully textured hair designs, all of which can be endlessly recoloured using the hair tab in Lookbook.
First up is her newest release, the Kim braided updo bun hair for S$150 (click on each picture to see in a larger size):
Cora also sells the beautiful brown eyes I am wearing for FREE. (They attach on the ear slot, so you can wear them with glasses which use the eye slot.)
Here’s another of her hair designs I love, the Andrea long wavy hairstyle:
Finally, we have the Kelsey messy bob hairstyle (which also comes in a men’s version):
There are several more hairstyles available on Cora’s store in the Sansar Store, so be sure to check them out!
The Sansar Store has reached an important milestone today: the 10,000th item has just been listed for sale!
What is the 10,000th item? Snow has figured out a neat trick to make your avatar body invisible, and so he decided to put it up in the store as a free item. Snow explains:
Here’s a short video by Snow showing an application of this technique:
As you can see, it has all kinds of applications!
GranddadGotMojo has just released what I believe to be the first line of playable musical instruments in Sansar. He has listed them all for sale in his store, GotMojo Interactive Music:
There’s a steel pan drum, a regular drum set, a Hammond organ, a grand piano, a Moog synthesizer, a drum machine—even a boombox with 40 jam tracks! And he has also put working models of all his instruments in his new Sansar experience, called GotMojo Interactive Musical Instruments:
To try them out, stand on the red pad in front of each musical instrument. Give it a few seconds to load, and then use your keyboard to play musical notes! Granddad explains:
The Stand Alone Instruments are played using the PC Keyboard. The top row of numbers 1 to 0, the keypad numbers 0 – 9, the Shift Key plus the top row numbers 1 to 0 and the Shift Key plus the keypad numbers 0 to 9. This means that you can play up to 40 notes using the PC keyboard.
For example, here is a chart on the wall showing you what keys control various sounds on the drum kit:
To learn more about what you can do, check out the wiki that GranddadGotMojo created to support these products. They are quite detailed, and explain exactly how to set the musical scale, octaves, volume, and pan of each instrument.
You can buy and install these playable musical instruments in your own Sansar experience, following the step-by-step instructions GraddadGotMojo has prepared. There’s a fair bit of setup involved, but Granddad walks you through it all.