Second Life Steals, Deals and Freebies: Expanding the Scope of the RyanSchultz.com Blog to Include Coverage of SL Freebies!

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You know, the directions this blog has taken since I started it on July 31st, 2017 as the Sansar Newsblog have actually surprised me. I never expected this blog to take off like it has, take a hold of me like it has. Something about social VR in general (and Sansar in particular) has lit a fire under me! I don’t expect to keep up this blistering pace of regular blogposting forever, but I have discovered I genuinely enjoy blogging.

I’ve already talked about my decision early this year to broaden the focus of this blog to cover all of social VR rather than a narrower focus on just Sansar. I’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback from people who appreciate that broader coverage, who tell me that they can keep track of the ever-expanding universe of social VR platforms through my blog. I’ve really appreciated that feedback, too—thank you all!

One thing that I have noticed recently is the amount of traffic I get from my posts about Second Life (possibly because I cross-post to various Second Life Facebook groups and Google+ communities). As I said before, I never expected to cover Second Life at all; there are so many other bloggers who are just killing it with their SL coverage, so why compete?

But I have a secret talent. I just love putting together a good-looking Second Life avatar for nothing, or next to nothing. Take this avatar, for example, which cost me a grand total of L$1 to assemble:

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Mesh Head and Mesh Eyes: Lara mesh head from Genesis Lab (group gift; limited time free group join)

Hair: dark brown MiH Phayd hair (free from the hair wall at the Free Dove)

Mesh Body: eBody Classic body (L$1 from various freebie stores, including Ajuda SL Brasil and UniHispana Crea Community Gateway)

Gown: white and gold Lady Juliet gown by Blue Moon Enterprises (freebie from an art installation at the Ethnographia Island sim)

Choker: gold Metal Choker by SECRETS (free from the jewelry section at the Free Dove)

Shoes (not seen): Freebie flats in white from Garbaggio (free from the SL Marketplace for Slink feet; the eBody Classic has Slink-compatible feet)


So, where am I going with all this? Well, I have decided that, in addition to covering social VR, virtual worlds, and the metaverse in general (and Sansar in particular), I am also going to expand my coverage of what I call Second Life Steals, Deals and Freebies. In fact, starting today, I am creating a new separate blogpost category on RyanSchultz.com called just that!

Over the 11 years that I have been in SL, I have become quite good at finding freebies, dollarbies, and other outstanding deals. And blogging about them is my way of sharing what I have learned with all of you who, like me, still love Second Life and dressing up our avatars as inexpensively (but as stylishly) as possible!

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UPDATED: Second Life Steals, Deals and Freebies: Free Mesh Heads and Skin Appliers from Genesis Lab

UPDATE Sept. 24th: Please note that the group join fee for Genesis Lab is no longer free; it is now L$99. I have pulled together and updated all the information I have on free mesh heads and bodies for female avatars into this blogpost.

If you are looking for free or inexpensive mesh heads and bodies for male avatars, please see this blogpost.

I learned from the Nessmarket Freebies and Sales Blog (which you should be following if you’re interested in Second Life freebies) that Genesis Lab has just made their group free to join, which means you can pick up all their group gifts for free from their store!

Among the group gifts are skin and makeup appliers, a demonic set of mesh eyes, and several mesh heads (note: as far as I am aware, these are not Bento heads). Here is a look at two of the mesh heads, a striking albino one called Makena and a very attractive one called Kenna, which comes with a HUD with quite a few makeup options for lips, eyes, eyeshadow, eyebrows and hairbase:

 

And here’s a shot of a third mesh head called Lara, which is also quite attractive. The mesh eyes are included and you can change their colour using the included HUD, as well as several makeup options and hairbases:

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So if you’ve been wanting to get a nice mesh head, now’s your chance! I don’t know how long the Genesis Lab group is free to join, so I’d take advantage of it as soon as you can.

Here’s a SLURL to the group gifts wall at the Genesis Lab store.

UPDATE May 11th: Genesis Laboratory has changed the group that you must join to get the group gifts. It is still free to join (for now). The new group is called GenesisLab and you can link to it via this URI:

secondlife:///app/group/f92affa5-abd8-7124-b9a5-f70669e58688/about

(I have told Nessaja, so she can update her Nessmarket blog.)

Second Life Steals, Deals and Freebies: New Manuel Altamura Mesh Avatar Head and Body for Male Avatars, Only L$900!

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Altamura has just put another special deal out in their store. If you join the Altamura Design/Mesh Avatars group for L$50, you can purchase the Manuel mesh avatar head and body package for only L$900 (the regular price is L$4,499). The avatar comes in four basic skin tones, and has many options to change/tint your hairbase, eyebrows, eyelashes, fingernails, lips, etc., plus a complete set of layers (tattoos, clothing, etc.) and a full set of alpha sections to fit any mesh clothing properly. Here’s the in-world location in the Altamura store where you can pick Max up.

This product is Omega System compatible, but you will need to purchase an Omega Installer to activate the plugin. It is available on the SL Marketplace for L$99 or (according to the notecard that came with the package) you can buy it in-world where it is L$50 with the Altamura group tag activated. (I was unable to find where in the Altamura store this was located, though.)

Here my alt is wearing the lightest skin tone of the four available with the Manuel body, with his hairbase and eyebrows tinted blond. He is also wearing:

Click each image to see it in a larger size:

Manuel will only be available at this price through May 13th, so you’d better hurry!

Note: I used the CalWL WindLight preset for the last three pictures, and someone told me on Facebook that I looked like a serial killer! So not the effect I wanted 🙁 so use the very first picture at the top of this blogpost to get a better sense of what the Manuel head looks like, thanks!

UPDATED! Second Life Steals, Deals and Freebies: Where to Get Both Versions of the New Free Male Mesh Avatar Head and Body by Altamura, Plus the Best Freebie Stores for Men!

UPDATE Oct. 20th: For a current, up-to-date list of options for free and inexpensive male mesh avatar heads and bodies, please see this blogpostAlso note that all the clothing freebies at the UniHispana Crea sim are now at the same spot as the Max vendor sign, instead of in a separate location. Also, the Max bodies at both Ajuda SL Brasil and UniHispana Crea are now FREE instead of L$1; just click the blue vendor panel and select Deliver from the blue pop-up menu.

Finding high-quality freebies for male avatars in Second Life can be a bit of a problem. There seems to be a LOT more freebies available for women than men. So today I am going to tell you about all the places I go visit when I am looking to outfit one of my male alts.

Did you know that Altamura has just announced that they are giving away two versions of their Max full Bento mesh avatar body and head package for FREE? (Actually, you’ll need L$1 to pay the vendor, and then the vendor automatically returns your Linden dollar.) This is a fully functional, fully adjustable, fully featured Bento mesh avatar body and head with a full set of alpha selections (but please note that you cannot hide the head using the included HUD, in order to wear another mesh avatar head with this body). Also, while you can turn the hairbase on or off using the HUD, each Max body only comes in the one skin tone. You cannot use Omega appliers with these freebie male bodies.

To pick up the darker skin tone version of Max, go to Ajuda SL Brasil. At the landing point, look for this large blue sign:

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When you click it, it will teleport you to the third floor of their large Freebies store, where you can pay the identical blue sign L$1 to buy a copy of your Max mesh avatar body and head package. (You will get your Linden refunded.) There are also many more freebies for men on this floor, of varying quality (some are mesh, some are older system clothing), so go and shop around!

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To get the lighter skin tone of Max, you need to go to another freebie spot, called the UniHispana Crea Community Gateway. This place can be a little confusing to navigate, so use the included SLURLs to find what you are looking for. The Max package is available here (again, just pay the blue sign L$1 and it will refund you):

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But the small selection of freebies for men (including the mesh dress suit and dress shoes my avatar is wearing) is located in another place on the same sim:

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Another great place for men’s freebies is the venerable Free Dove. They have a selection of high-quality men’s clothing and shoes, and a few hairstyles for men as well, located against the back wall from the entrance:

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Finally, there are some nice freebies by designer Giz Seorn (some unavailable anywhere else) that can be found at the New Resident Island freebie village:

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Note that many of the vendors at New Resident Island are restricted to avatars under a certain age in days, but the Giz Seorn freebies are available to anybody regardless of age.

So, there you have it! Only a few stops and you have not only a good-looking mesh avatar head and body, but also hair, shoes, and good-quality clothing galore! Here is a shot of my male alt, wearing the lighter-toned Max head and body, with free Chris hair from the Free Dove, and wearing the suit and shoes I got from the UniHispana freebie store:

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I forgot to mention that the Bento male animation override is also FREE, available from Tuty’s. So everything this avatar is wearing from head to toe, including the AO, is FREE!

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