Virtual Ryukyu will be celebrating spring by hosting a Spring festival at their sim this Saturday, May 16th 20113.
To celebrate they will behaving several contests, musical sets and a Spring day Hunt.
Virtual Ryukyu is a Japanese themed sim in Second Life based on the Ryukyu islaand, now called Okinawa, in Japan.
First of all, welcome to Second Life, congratulations on getting your account and taking your first confusing steps into this confusing as all hell virtual world. Now you are here? What do you do first? Some Residents of SL would say that nothing really interesting happens until you reach 30 days old, but that isn’t true. It is true that you can’t really do anything until you are 30 days, like apply for jobs but we’ll get to that when we get to the living in Second Life bit of this walk through. You can do anything you want before you reach your 30 days in SL and Linden Labs, the creators of Second Life, have happily done something to help newcomers find their way.
I always tell newcomers that the best way to experience SL in their first few weeks is to explore the places in the destination guid. Back to Linden Labs making the kind of easier for new residents to explore the world.
Seven places as soon as your land in world, introducing you to Seven part of Second Life.
Second Life is ripe with culture and very creative people, one of ways residents show their creativity is through art. If you are interested in seeing the amazing creations of Second Life’s Art community go through that Portal.
Second Life’s roleplaying community is large, with several different kinds of sims dedicated to Roleplaying. From Lovercraftian Horror to Medieval Fantasy to Futuristic Cyber, if you are interested in checking out Second Life’s Roleplaying Go through the portal.
Popular and Social
These two Portals lead you to popular hotspots as well as social communities, great places to hang out and meet other Second Life residents. Go through the portals to meet new people and make friends.
There are so many musical places in Second Life, from clubs to pubs, live musicians to teaching schools for wannabe musicians. Follow this portal to start your musician journey.
These Destinations were picks by the editor of the destination guide on the Second Life website. This portal leads to them.
Second Life’s very own video game, Go on quests, collect crystals and earn Lindens. Just head through the portal.
Finally a portal that leads to the seedy side of Second Life, the adult sims.
Exploring Second Life will allow you to see and experience every part of Second Life before you finally decide on what you’re interested in doing, but what happens when you don’t have found that special thing and you’ve reached 30 days? Well how about we answer a few questions that we are always asked here at The Torch. About things that happen in every day Second Life, beginning with ‘How do I get a job in Second Life?’
We have a this week in Second Life Page.
This Week in Second Life
Many aren’t aware of the role-playing side of second life. Specially designed and laid out Sims set up for your role-playing fun. You can be anything from knight in shinning armor to a bandit from the old west to a samurai warrior. One of the most popular is the Medieval Period. A world where creatures both real and of fantasy thrive. But entering in these worlds you must look the part. I went on a search to find the best costumes available. My first start was marketplace. I go there because of the search engine that allows you to search in detail for what you need. You can also search for items in a certain price range if your budget is limited. Searching from $0L to $200L I found a place called Madison’s Creations.
As you might know it’s man week here at the Torch and my mission was to make a male avi from scratch and kit him out for 200 lindens.
To be honest I didn’t think I was going to be able to do it, because lets face it, although second life has come on in leaps and bounds as far as men’s fashion is concerned they are still pretty under represented, especially in the cheap or free area but despite that I think I managed to put together a guy that in my personal opinion is kind of handsome. So without further ado I bring you Shad! 7 foot something hunk of man.
URLS to follow.
So the first thing that needed to be done was to find a good base, that being shape and skin and the hunt brought me to FILTHY at the Place Alexandra sim. While perhaps most well known for some gorgeous female skins and shapes. She also does a great range of men’s too and the best news for people with a limited budget is that the creator Alexandra Barcelos has some of her older skins still available for the incredible bargain price of 99ls! And that gents includes shape, a range of skin tones and separate hair base. What more could you ask for?
Filthy – Sid skin & shape – 99ls – http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Red%20Wing/24/198/32
The next stop was for eyes, This was a pretty easy choice for me to make because MAYFLY has some beautiful offerings in a variety of colours are all really realistic and cheap. But the best thing for the purpose of my mission is that they have a free pair. The London fog free eyes are a gorgeous piercing blue and you can choose if you want to wear the normal texture or wear them in a mesh version. They are stunning and definitely the kind of eyes a lady likes to get lost in.
Mayfly – London fog mesh eyes – 0ls – http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Noul/194/107/652
Onto clothes and my favourite subject shoes! For these I headed to Second Life marketplace and did a raid and in no time at all had come up with this, so sharp it could cut you suit from Savvy Avvy for just 50ls. I was surprised by the quality of this outfit, It’s detailed, smooth and perfectly textured, it’s a must have for any guy out there that wants a bit of elegant nonchalance, It can be worn in a number of ways, while I opted for the white open neck shirt, there is also a black open shirt and buttoned up versions with a tie too, so it’s perfect for a number of occasions.
Savvy Avvy – Business suit – 50ls – https://marketplace.secondlife.com/p/savvy-avvy-Business-class-mens-suit-set-ONLY-50-L-FOR-ONE-WEEK-ONLY/362071
The shoes from HOC apparel are also off the marketplace and were also 50ls. They are seamlessly sculpted with an impeccable finish, They go perfectly with the suit and the ability to change the texture via menu makes them adaptable enough to go with your favourite jeans too. You are definitely walking away with a bargain.
HOC apparel – leather loafers – 50ls – https://marketplace.secondlife.com/p/HOC-Apparel-Leather-Loafers/311559
Now suited and booted, last on the list was hair and I admit I was stumped on this. I mean I love hair but I had never really paid attention to mens, and seeing as I was down to the 1ls of my budget, I was stuck. I needed help and so I turned to my very stylish SL bro for advice and he pointed me in the direction of EXILE by Kavar Cleanslate, He does a wide selection of men’s hair and has a few free offerings too. I chose the Echo style because I like the rumpled, windswept look especially in contrast to the smooth style of the suit. It was the perfect finishing touch and brought it all together.
Exile – Echo hair – 0ls – http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Covet/134/113/33
1ls left and while I could have come in under budget I splurged and spent it on an animation override. It was another surprise find on the marketplace. The Vista animations basic male AO is a good starting point as far as animation overrides go, It really is basic with only a few stands and a walk, but you can add animations into it as you go along and it can be turned into something unique to you.
Vistaanimation – Basic male AO – 1ls – https://marketplace.secondlife.com/p/VISTA-ANIMATIONS-BASIC-MALE-AO/298450
So that brings us to a close. 200ls dead on the nose and a complete avatar, with a little hunting and patience it can be done and with style. So get out there gents and shop your little hearts out.
Huge thanks again to the amazing Damion Theas for the picture.
For my first post for the Torch, I thought I would do a little follow up on the family segment and bring you all some very cute maternity clothes that are perfect for the long, lazy days of summer, They will keep the mum to be cool and comfortable without emptying your wallet.
For the first offering I bring you a gorgeous little dress from Maddison Wexhome. It lovingly drapes over your bump in a cascade of chiffon, while the accompanying leggings hug your stomach and bring it all together in an outfit that reeks of cool, casual elegance. The floral detailing is so pretty and it takes the minimum of adjusting. Considering it can be worn in a couple of different ways it’s a total bargain at just 99ls.
Baby bump 04 – 99ls
The second gem from Maddison Wexhome is a gorgeous little baby-doll top and white capri’s. With a slight boho vibe, it enhances your assets and baby bump in a way that is sexy yet not overt, The colours hint are fresh and relaxing, ideal for the summer days and again at 99ls what more could you want.
Baby bump 03 light green – 99ls
There is a lot more on offer at this store, for both mums to be and the rest of you girlies out there. It’s cheap and great quality, I highly suggest you stop by and have a look for yourself.
The next store I have for you is PS expectations. I have to say I was spoilt for choice, there were so many outfits that were simply gorgeous and really reasonably priced but with difficulty I managed to narrow it down to just a few.
The first is a beautiful top called Tess, also in a flattering boho style, the hint of cleavage tantalises, while the baby-doll skims your curves in a celebration of colour, Teamed with the Capri-cious pants it is a great outfit that is perfect for relaxing or running round snapping up some more bargains. With the top at 99ls and theCapri’s at just 75ls it’s a must have.
Tess – chocolate cherry – 99ls
Capri-licious – 75ls
Now comes something slightly more daring, if you want to proudly show off your bump in a sexy yet understated way, this is the top for you. The diamante detailing lends some glitz and glamour that makes it ideal for the summer evenings, It can be teamed with jeans or a skirt, or as in the picture the oh so versatile capri-licious pants.
Robin in lake – 99ls
We have the days and the evening covered now, but what when it turns to those sultry summer nights? You want something that makes your partners temperature sky rocket while letting you remain cool and comfortable. The Allure outfit also from PS expectations fits the bill in every way. You can see it hints at everything yet doesn’t reveal too much, the lace detail across the bodice and sheer baby-doll will get your partners pulse racing and who knows it could spark a conversation about babies two and three.
Allure – 99ls
Definitely drop by this store I can guarantee you will find something you will love.
As with anything else in second life there is a plethora of choices out there, this is just a small selection. So don’t be afraid to explore or even ask in a maternity group for recommendations. I guarantee you that you will love it.
Happy bargain hunting and see you soon.
P.S Big thanks to Damion Theas for doing the pics and Abeni Fanshaw for modeling
I found this really cool shop called Phoenix Rising, the shop is laid out really well but the best part is everything I clapped my eye’s on was only L$25. The clothes are really well made, the shop is very clean, sleek and modern so I hope you all get to pop in there and enjoy it as much as I did.
Coolmama is wearing an outfit called the Motive Red Phoenix rising and guess what that complete outfit was L$25 and for me Phoenix Rising Mason jeans and my top was called Phoenix Rising Push shirt in teal this came to a total cost of L$50
By: Look Stoop.
Today, we ventured into the long-lost bargain bit of S@tch City, a wonderful place, with a magical store called Sn@tch. It is a store that we’ve wrote about in our little Goth/Industrial culture in Second Life article, we did last year around this time. Anyway we are revisit store because like it updates its mech once in a while and while the store has all these amazing clothes and accessories, who could give up a bargain?
Sn@tch Nobu (Black): Comes in 5 different Colours including, Black, Red, Purple, Blue, & Brown. 0L$
Sn@tch Stripey Goth tights stockings and socks, comes in 6 different colours including, Pink, Red, Black, Grey, Purple, Green 0L$
Sn@tch Frankenboots 50L$
Sn@tch Dead Jenny (Blue) comes in three different colours including Green, Blue and Purple. 0L$
Sn@tch Candy Stockings (Pale Blue) comes in 10 different colours including, (Purple, Blue, Green, Grey, Black, Silver, Aqua, Champagne, Pink, and White). 0L$
In Her Shoes Shiny Blue Flats 0L$
Venture to Sn@tch City and take a look at their Bargain Pit.
Snowpaws is an amazing store for new residents, from a price range of free – 280L$. They are very newcomer friendly with 24 Lucky letter boards, 6 Midnight Mania board and 4 Slap & Dash board. The store is modern looking and very open, the decor is minimal and with a beautiful atmosphere to shop. Snowpaws is also involved in many hunts in Second Life.
There aren’t any Mens clothes sadly, but you quickly forget about that when you their music of Pop and R&B distracts you for a second or you see your letter on one of the many prize boards.
Newcomer friendly: 8 out of 10
Music: 8 out of 10
Overall Experience: I got to give this place a big fat 9 out of 10 as this place is super