Second Life Steals, Deals and Freebies: Alaskametro Wardrobe Staples Freebie Hunt for Female Avatars

Every stylish avatar has some wardrobe essentials: pieces that she turns to time and again to pull together a classic look. Alaskametro and the Free Dove freebie store have teamed up to provide a hunt for ten such wardrobe staples. Six of the items can be found by diligently hunting for the Alaskmetro shopping bags hidden all around the Free Dove freebie store, and another four (much easier to find!) can be found at the Alaskametro store. All are FREE (although you do have to join the Free Dove group to get the freebies hidden there; the group is free to join, however). The hunt will take place only during the month of May.

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Each outfit staple comes with a HUD with three different textures. Here is a picture of one of my alts, wearing the T-shirt dress in a beautiful pastel pink:

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

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

Hair: Aria by D!va (free group gift; group is free to join)

Dress: Alaskametro T-Shirt Dress (free; from the Wardrobe Staples Hunt)

Gold Choker and Bracelets: by SECRETS (free from the Free Dove)

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Second Life Steals and Deals: Get a Full Bento Altamura Mesh Avatar Head and Body for Only L$300 at the eBENTO First Anniversary Event

Not too long ago, Altamura had a real deal on the Valentina mesh avatar head and body package for only L$300. Well, that deal is over, but Altamura now has another deal at the same price, this time for a male mesh avatar head and body package called Max.

This is a fully-adjustable, fully-featured Bento mesh avatar with separate HUDs for the body (with four skin tones), head, nails, and hand poses, plus a skin and makeup applier and face animation pack. This is an Omega-compatible avatar body with the relay, which is sold separately for L$99. (Note that this deal is the full package, NOT the same as the freebie versions of Max you can get at two freebie stores in SL, which do not offer the choice of four skin tones or all of these HUDs.) Here’s a picture of the head, nails, makeup, and body HUDs:

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Here’s a shot of Max wearing some free clothing from Giz Seorn from the New Resident Island village. I adjusted the sliders for his head a little from the default settings. Quite the handsome fellow, don’t you think? This is the lightest of the four skin tones.

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You do have to join the Altamura group for L$50 to take advantage of this special (just click the sign underneath the vendor panel). The price for Max without joining the group is L$6,000, so you’re only paying 5% of the full cost when you buy with the group discount! Given that you could spend up to L$5,000 on a Bento mesh head alone, this is really a great deal! Here’s what the Max vendor panel looks like at the eBENTO event:

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And here’s a SLURL that takes you directly to Altamura booth at the event.

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!

Coming Soon: Drax’s Our Digital Selves Documentary (Plus Another Plea to Release the Outfits!)

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Did you know that Draxtor Despres (Bernhard Drax in real life) has been hard at work on a documentary about how people with a disability use virtual worlds like Second Life, High Fidelity, and Sansar? The title of the documentary, which will be released free to YouTube on May 18th, is Our Digital Selves: My Avatar Is Me. Drax describes the film as follows:

Our Digital Selves: My Avatar Is Me tells the story of 13 global citizens and their avatars as they transcend their various disabilities by making a home in the VR metaverse.

Filmmaker Bernhard Drax travels all over the world, from California to rural South England, to explore why a diverse group of people ranging from 24 to 92 years of age find solace, inspiration and deep friendship that in a user-created digital wonderland that only exists inside their computers.

Drax sends his intrepid documentarian avatar Draxtor Despres into the virtual universe of Second Life as well as next generation VR platforms like High Fidelity and Sansar and – among many other adventures – he finds out why a 40-something Chicago native feels best represented by a colorful gecko complete with superhero cape or why Cody LaScala – confined to a wheelchair his entire life – feels his avatar should look exactly like him. The film follows researchers Tom Boellstorff and Donna Davis as they lead discussion groups and facilitate deep connection between real human beings in virtuality through artistic expression.

We follow along as they travel to Silicon Valley to find out how leading technologists design the future of online communication with disability in mind.

As Boellstorff and Davis finish up their 3-year study, made possible by a grant from the National Science Foundation entitled Virtual Worlds, Disability and New Cultures of the Embodied Self, the film presents a compressed compendium and visual guide to a seemingly unlimited array of possibilities for borderless human interaction.

Unique in its narrative approach, Our Digital Selves weaves together physical and virtual cinematography as the protagonists backstories are re-enacted via Machinima technique – real time animation – in the virtual world and next generation VR platforms.

The film will be available for free on YouTube come May 18th and has been submitted to film festivals around the world for the 2019 season.

Here’s a preview of the documentary Drax put out on YouTube about six months ago:

And here’s a great screen capture from the video (of which I saw an advance screener) of Linden Lab CEO Ebbe Altberg sitting in front of some Sansar Studios concept art for avatar outfits.

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And once again, I make my regular plea, ever since I first saw glimpses of this concept art from Sansar Studios: Release the Outfits! 😉 Don’t hold back on us, Ebbe… even with a healthy fashion market full of user-created content, a few more outfit choices from Linden Lab would be much appreciated by this Sansar fashion blogger!