Second Life Steals, Deals, and Freebies: !SOUL

The !SOUL Store

!SOUL was a freebie store which suddenly disappeared from the grid, but lo and behold, I have just today discovered that they have now set up shop in a skybox high above the newbie orientation centre called New Resident Island (here’s the SLURL).

As before, everything in the store—women’s clothing and footwear, hairstyles, even some system skins!—is completely free. Freebie fashionistas rejoice!! You will have to join the !SOUL group for free to pick up these items, and there is a group join panel in the store:

Please keep in mind that all clothing items use standard sizing (XS, S, M, L and XL), and also note that some of the free shoes include the feet (although they do include a HUD to tint the skin to match the rest of your body, it is still a bit of a laborious process).

Below, my avatar is wearing the Lily hairstyle from !SOUL, plus the Delicate Satin Mesh Dress in white (in comes in several other colours and floral patterns) with the included Delicate Flat Ankle Mesh Boots (I just alpha’ed out the feet and they fit perfectly):

The Lily hair comes with 14 different HUDs with twelve colours each, for a total of 168 different shades!

Here my avatar is wearing the Mesh Gown Dress, which comes in seven patterns as shown in the picture below. The hairstyle is also by !SOUL, and is called Bellflowers.

Finally, we have the Mesh Long Pants and matching Mesh Frill Blouse, which comes in four different colours:

(The hair in this picture is Kelsa by Firelight Hair, a former Advent calendar gift, and the shoes are part of the freebie pack of Slink-compatible shoes available from Garbaggio on the SL Marketplace.)

Here’s the SLURL to !SOUL. Happy freebie shopping!


Sinespace’s Weekly Home Decorating Contests: You Could Win US$500!

If you have a knack for home decorating, Sinespace has two contests for you!
(photo by NeONBRAND on Unsplash)

Did you know that the virtual world Sinespace hosts weekly contests? There’s a page that lists all the challenges, in four sections:

  • Featured challenges (currently a carnival games contest that ends Feb. 10th, 2020, with a first prize of US$5,000; details here);
  • A list of contests which are ending soon;
  • A list of weekly contests (each with a prize of US$500);
  • A scrollable list of past weekly contests, with the winners.
There’s a list of contests which are ending soon

If you like to decorate your home, you’re in luck! Both this week’s and next week’s challenges are Home Decorating contests, with a cash prize of US$500 for the best entry. (Remember, every avatar gets a free home region when they join!)

Decorate your Sinespace home and enter the contests this week and next!

This week’s contest ends January 24th, 2020:

Make a beautifully decorated home using region templates and furniture from the Shop, take a snapshot or video and submit it along with the region name. Share your submission to social! Post pics or video of your entry to InstagramTwitter, or Flickr, and be sure to tag us @sinewavespace!

Entries will be judged based on usefulness, creativity, originality, interactivity and effective use of Sinespace components. The winner recieves $500.

More details, including full contest rules, are here.

And if you need more time, don’t worry, there’s another Home Decorating contest the very next week, with a deadline of January 31st, 2020. Again, the cash prize is US$500.

So, get into the habit of checking out the Sinespace Challenges page regularly to see what contests are coming up! Who knows? You could win some cold hard cash for your home decorating skills!

This blogpost is sponsored by Sinespace, and was written in my new role as an embedded reporter for this virtual world (more details here).

UPDATED! Second Life Steals, Deals, and Freebies: Suna Designs

If you go to the Suna Designs store (SLURL) and join their group for free, you can pick up a free gift card worth L$500, good for anything in the store:

So, armed with the gift card, I went upstairs and spent it on two different colours of the beautiful Mia ballgown, at L$250 each. Here is the gold version:

This Mia gown comes in white, gold, silver, red, blue, and black, with silver or gold accents. It’s a stunner and best of all, it’s free!

UPDATE Jan. 20th, 2020: I checked this morning and the gift card offer is already gone! It was apparently just for the weekend. Sorry!

High Fidelity Has Effectively Shut Down, But Dr. Fran’s Weekly Salon Will Continue

Well, High Fidelity has effectively shut down as of January 15th, 2020, and you will no longer be able to create any new accounts, but since the platform is distributed, anybody who already has a HiFi account can still visit High Fidelity and participate in events.

Dr. Fran has hosted a weekly salon in High Fidelity for quite some time, where avatars gather to discuss a given topic.

Today’s salon topic is sadly relevant in light of recent events:

Dr. Fran’s original domain, DocSalon, has already been shut down, as the domain name she bought from High Fidelity has now expired. But Thoys has come to the rescue, with a new domain. Here’s the new address for today’s discussion, happening at 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time (that link should automatically open your HiFi client software).

High Fidelity will no longer be updating their client software (in fact, they have already shut down their website), but the good news is that at least three different forks of the open-source software are in the works.