UPDATED! Second Life Steals, Deals, and Freebies: Monthly Midnight Madness

One of things I love about a mature, fully-evolved virtual world like Second Life is that I am constantly surprised and delighted at discovering a store on the grid that I hadn’t heard of before, or finding an event that I previously knew absolutely nothing about.

And such is the case with Monthly Midnight Madness, an event I learned about only through a recent video by SL vlogger Cassie Middles:

How Monthly Midnight Madness works is simple: participating stores will have a free item (limited to the first 1,500 avatars who slap the board), one released at midnight Pacific Time/Second Life Time (SLT), and another one released at noon SLT, twelve hours later. The purpose is to bring foot traffic into the stores (in much the same way as traditional Midnight Madness boards do), and I think it’s a great idea.

There are a couple of stipulations before you can pick up your freebies, however. First, you must join the Monthly Midnight Madness group for free. Second, your Avatar Rendering Complexity (ARC) has to be below 25,000 for you get into the stores taking part in this event, to reduce lag for everybody.

But once you have taken care of those two items, you are away to the races! Here’s one example of the lovely freebies available at midnight SLT at the Monthly Midnight Madness event, a turtleneck dress in a bold floral pattern courtesy of Belle Epoque, one of my favourite Second Life womenswear stores. The Alessandra dress comes in only one size, to fit the Maitreya Lara mesh body, but as you can see, it fits well on the Altamura Juliet mesh avatar I am wearing! (I have found that most clothing designed for the Maitreya Lara body fits Altamura mesh bodies with a minimum of fuss, although you might need to use the included alpha HUD to alpha out parts of your body like the arms and pelvis as I have done here.)

This avatar is wearing:

  • Mesh Head and Body: Juliet by Altamura (former Valentine’s Day group gift; the Altamura group costs L$50 to join; Omega compatible with the separate Omega system kit)
  • Omega Skin Applier: Flower by 7 Deadly S[k]ins (a box of Omega skin appliers was the June 2019 group gift)
  • Hair: Kelsa by Firelight (a free Advent Calendar gift from last Christmas)
  • Dress: Alessandra dress by Belle Epoque (free gift from the Monthly Midnight Madness; group is free to join)
  • Shoes: part of a free set of women’s classic pumps by Marquesse, available from the excellent freebie store at Ajuda SL Brasil on the third floor (here’s the SLURL)

TOTAL COST FOR THIS AVATAR: Only L$149! (L$50 to join the Altamura group and L$99 for the Altamura Omega system kit, which is available at this exact SLURL).

UPDATE 2:28 p.m.: The noon SLT freebie from Belle Epoque is this beautiful Alessandra coat in orange, which fits perfectly over the earlier Alessandra dress gift:

Here is a complete list of midnight and noon freebies available at the November 2019 round of the Monthly Midnight Madness event. Happy freebie shopping!

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Second Life Steals, Deals, and Freebies: Gimme Gacha Gifts

One of Ryan’s eight rules for freebie hunting in Second Life is: visit the monthly fashion and gacha events. You never know what freebies you can pick up!

Today, my main SL avatar, Vanity Fair, just felt like exploring the grid in her lovely new blue lingerie, stockings with garters, and sapphire jewelry—because why the hell not? (Hey, usually Vanity’s in a full-blown ballgown. If you think about it, traipsing around Second Life in a ballgown is just as ridiculous as it is in your underwear!)

The November round of the Gacha Garden is now upon us. Many of the vendor booths have a free gift (you do need to join the Gimme Gacha group for free in order to pick up these gifts).

The Analog Dog booth has a very generous gift, a full fatpack of Mali hair. Analog Dog tends to specialize in long, wavy or curly hair, and this free hairstyle is no exception. Here it is in fully pulled-back mode:

There’s a styling section on the included colour HUDs (nine HUDs in total: blacks, dark blondes, dark browns, dark reds, light blondes, light browns, light reds, mix, and splash), which gives you a few hairstyle options, to make it even more versatile:

Wow, now Vanity really has that fresh-from-the-boudoir look! 😉 In addition to the Mali hair, she is wearing:

Vanity Fair is also wearing:

Here are a couple of other gifts at the November round of the Gacha Garden I wanted to show you, the Agata over-the-shoulder ponytail hair by Limerence and the Sophia dress by Sorumin:

This avatar is also wearing:

  • Mesh Head: Giselle Bento head by Altamura (no longer available for free; this was an Altamura gift from Christmas 2017 at the eBENTO event, and you had to join the Altamura group for L$50 to get it).
  • Mesh Body: Jenny Bento body by Altamura (this was a free gift from the 2017 Women Only Hunt, and on this version, you can remove the head and replace it with any other mesh head, as I did here. Note that the Jenny free mesh body is now available at the Freebie Megastore at London City (more information here), but you cannot remove the head on the newer free version.
  • Shoes: the free Sonnet pumps available at the Hilly Haalan freebie store
  • Animation Override: Chubby Girl AO by [ImpEle] (free from the SL Marketplace). This is a nice, simple, calm, free AO with no crazy movements. 

TOTAL COST OF THE SECOND AVATAR LOOK: Only L$50! (the group join fee for Altamura)

Here’s your taxi to the Gacha Garden. Remember, there are new freebies put out every month, so come back often. Happy freebie shopping!

Second Life Steals, Deals, and Freebies: Arcane Spellcaster

The Second Life womenswear store Arcane Spellcaster has moved to a brand new sim, and to celebrate, their group is free to join this week, and you can pick up a free L$500 gift card to use on any items from their store!

Just teleport here, click on the group join sign to the right, and then click on the big gift card sign to the left:

Once you have received the gift card, you must wear it in order to use it. It will appear in a corner of your SL viewer. Then go over to the Arcane Spellcaster store (at the other end of the sim), and click on a vendor in their store. Select the Buy button, then select Gift Card. You will see a small picture of the item appear on the gift card, with a Buy Now button. Click on it, and the item will be delivered to your inventory!

Arcane Spellcaster is perhaps best known for its large collection of “Bento-enabled” dresses (which have skirts that look like they are moving in a breeze, taking advantage of some extra hind limb bones in the Bento extensions to the base SL avatar). Just look for the big Bento room at the back of the store, where you can find all those items:

There’s also a room off to the left as you enter, with a couple of free group gifts and a couple of lucky chairs:

Head upstairs and you’ll find some real bargains, such as this Zaida mesh minidress, which comes with optional flexiprim attachments to turn it into a full-skirted ballgown. It comes in blue, black, and pink, for only L$175 each:

With your L$500 gift card, you can pick up two colours for free!

Arcane Spellcaster tends to have original mesh designs which I haven’t seen anywhere else on the grid, such as this stylish belted Delia top, which comes with a HUD to change the colour of the shirt to 20 different shades, and the belt to 10 different colours, all for just L$275:

According to the group notices for the Arcane Spellcaster group, the free group join and free gift card are only for one week, so hurry down!

Second Life Steals, Deals, and Freebies: Free Costumes and Outfits from G Field

G Field is another store which offers you several lovely free outfits if you join the G Field group for free, such as this beautiful red-and-white Winter Princess gown, a former Christmas gift:

The details on this gown are particularly lovely. Here’s a close up:

This gown comes with matching shoes. (The Christmas basket is a Belle Epoque hunt gift from last Christmas.)

There are also a number of Halloween costumes available for free, across from the first set of group gifts:

Let’s take a look at four of the free Halloween outfits. There’s an orange-and-black cat outfit that comes with ears and tail:

There’s also an orange-and-black witch outfit, which comes with a black witch’s hat:

The black pumps in the two pictures above are from a free set of women’s classic pumps by Marquesse, available from the excellent freebie store at Ajuda SL Brasil on the third floor (here’s the SLURL).

Now we have a grim reaper outfit, complete with boots and scythe (this comes in two versions, with the hood up or down):

Finally, we have the Evil Princess gown. The choker and arm and wrist cuffs are all one part with the ballgown (in other words, they cannot be worn separately), and it comes with the crown together with the horns, and the matching earrings shown. Quite the formidable appearance!

G Field is yet another good place to go if you are looking for a free Halloween costume! Here’s the SLURL to take you directly to the group gifts room.