Today I discovered a really exceptionally well-done sim in Second Life called Freak Show, complete with all kinds of wonderful details and dozens of circus freaks of every kind and description (please see this Encyclopedia Britannica article for some historical background on freak shows).
Freak Show has the biggest collection of freaks (avatars, animesh, and static mesh) that I’ve ever seen in Second Life—which, if you stop and think about it, is quite an achievement 😉 Please do NOT derender avatars or set “view friends only” in your SL viewer, as the circus freaks will be derendered as well! There are some really inventive ones here to see.
I was stopped in my tracks by a two-headed conjoined twins avatar, and I actually had to pull out my handy free What Is She Wearing HUD? to scan her to see what parts made up the avatar! (A very handy tool, and highly recommended whenever you discreetly want to see what another avatar is wearing.)
Here’s a picture of the owner, Uri Jefferson, who (appropriately enough) is a six-armed circus freak himself!
I decided to dress up for the occasion. This is one of the ten Halloween costume hunt prizes from Brii Underground Wear, the Mary Salem outfit, which comes complete with the gown, wrap, and jewelry—even a matching top hat! Find pumpkin #2 and it’s yours for only L$6:
This avatar is wearing:
Mesh head: Cleo Bento mesh head by Akeruka (a former L$1 group gift; the Akeruka group costs L$150 to join)
Mesh body: Juliet mesh body by Altamura (a former Valentine’s Day group gift; Omega-compatible; more details here; the Altamura group costs L$50 to join)
Omega skin applier: (included as part of a package of body skin appliers that comes with the Cleo mesh head; you can pick up the Omega applier kit for Altamura mesh bodies for only L$99 at the Omega Solutions store at this exact SLURL)
Hair: Hurrah hair by Ade (a free gift from the recently concluded 2019 Hair Fair)
Outfit (Except Shoes): Mary Salem outfit (L$6 Halloween hunt prize from the pumpkin hunt at Brii Underground Wear)
Don’t expect any helpful hints from the Twisted Hunt website; all you’ll get is a list of participating stores. After that, you’re on your own. Many stores deliberately put multiple false hunt cubes throughout the store to make it even more impossible to find the prize you are seeking!
Here is a look at one of the Twisted Hunt prizes: this gorgeous black-and-red ballgown with gold accents by C!L Boutique:
This avatar is wearing:
Mesh Head and Eyes: Cleo by Akeruka (a previous dollarbie group gift; the Akeruka group costs L$150 to join; the Cleo head comes with matching Omega body skin appliers; more details here)
Mesh Body: Juliet by Altamura (Juliet was a free Valentine’s Day group gift; the Altamura group costs L$50 to join, and you can obtain the Omega system kit for Altamura mesh bodies for only L$99 available at this exact SLURL; more details about the Juliet body here)
Hair: Winks by LIQUIDMOON (free gift from a previous Hair Fair)
Dress: Morticia ballgown by C!L Boutique (free Twisted Hunt prize)
Jewlery: Sacre Coeur earrings and necklace by CODEX (free gift from a previous eBento event)
Fan with Animation: Scripted fan for geisha by Tuty’s Animations (free gift from years ago; tinted red to match the Morticia gown)
TOTAL COST FOR THIS AVATAR: L$300
Pictures were taken at the Twisted Hunt headquarters.
UPDATE Sept. 13th: Melyna Foxclaw left the following helpful message using the Contact form on my blog:
Hi! I am writing about the recent Twisted Hunt post. I noticed you mention you were mostly on your own on this hunt. But there is an inworld hunt group too. There are no hints on the website, but if you join the free Twisted Hunt Inworld group, you can ask for hints there. That is the only place you can get the hints. They are not published anywhere because they can change very often during the hunt at various stores in the hunt. And the group can be quite helpful at times when you get stuck. Usually, there will be someone willing to help you out. Or someone who knows the hint. Some stores have an easel that might have the hint and more information about extra side hunts at their stores. Just FYI, since it was left out. Thanks!
This is a blogpost about a different sort of freebie! Backdrop Cove offers you dozens and dozens of backdrops for all your Second Life photography needs, all for free! Just click on the sign on the tree when you arrive at the starting point:
Alas, poor 1950s striptease artist Coupon Clip is still out of a job. But she has a promising new career as a model, thanks to Backdrop Cove! Here are some shots to show you just a few of the many different backdrops available. Many backdrops have built-in poses available, or you can use your own poses. You can also rez poseballs or other objects for one hour without having to join a group!
Hair: Joan by KIN (old prim-based hairstyle; no longer available)
Earrings: Winter’s Pearls by FORSAKEN (an old hunt gift)
Shirt: Natalia boyfriend shirt in white by Addams (purchased using the free L$300 store credit during their 5th Anniversary Sale, which is sadly no longer available; the shirt sells for L$199 at this exact SLURL)
Jeans: Skinny jeans by Mara’s Mysteries (a Peace on Earth hunt gift from last Christmas)
Pumps: June pumps by Garbaggio (my favourite shoe store!)
UPDATE July 25th, 2019: This blogpost has been flagged for violations of Google AdSense Program policies, which has led to it being extensively censored.
If you join the Alantori group for only L$50, you can participate in their daily Midnight Madness giveaway of the Rick Bento mesh body for male avatars. Here’s the exact SLURL that takes you to the Midnight Madness panel in the Alantori store.
The first 150 people to click the panel each day after it resets every midnight will receive the Rick Bento mesh body for free! According to the sign it comes with Bento hands, and includes a HUD with alpha sections so you pretty much wear any clothing with it.
The Rick body comes in five different skin tones: pale, light, mid, dark, and African) and the package includes a simple alpha HUD (shown here):
For L$50 it’s quite a nice male mesh body. It’s not Omega compatible, so you might still land up with a seam between your head and your body, which you can cover up with a collar. (I was lucky to find a close match between the mid body skin tone and one of the skin tones on the group gift Clay Bento mesh head from Akeruka (more details here). If you’ve been sitting on the fence about upgrading your male avatar to mesh, now might be the perfect time to try it out!