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Plod and the Holiday Quest for a Silly but Utterly Cool Bag

I want you to now, I got distracted 73,110.5 times writing this post. I don’t know what to tell you about that, but I wouldn’t read anything into it, like maybe this post is, shall we say, not as interesting as it could be. Don’t think that. Not until after you read it anyway.

So, here is the BIG PRIZE I TOTALLY WON after spending the better part of very late last night poking around at Plod.

Plod Holidy Hunt Prize

It is an utterly silly shoulder bag, one of the truly most useless items one can own in SL. But the silliness and the detail and the style of it – I had to have.

Now I don’t normally do hunts. Why? They are a pain in the ass. They take effort that normally I’d put into, oh, I don’t know, changing socks or turning onto my other side while in lying in bed. In other words, I am lazy (and have a doctor’s note to justify it) and would usually rather plunk down $L for something I want and NOT have to spend a bunch precious time and patience looking around for it. Especially the patience, because I have very little of that to spare. Plus I can’t even find my damn car keys in my own purse. Finding stuff hidden around a sim? Not my idea of a good time.

So with that disclosure, you may be wondering how indeed I did get sucked into the holiday hunt at Plod. It started out innocently. I got a notice from the Boing Frommage group about Elka’s new location at the Plod sim. Now, I own pretty much everything that Boing Frommage has put out, but I was curious to see the new spot so I went for a visit.

I just loved the look of this place. As I get back into content creation, I am in the middle of pondering different design styles in SL, because I am drawn to many different types. But in the end I am the biggest sucker for a good imaginary/storybook or comic book feel. Such as the one captured here:
Kurotsu

This is the inside of a store called – uh oh – I hope I remembered it right – Kurotusubaki. Hoo. Those Japanese stores do NOT make things easy on us poor monolinguals. You can buy a few cute things here, like an animal hat with ears, a few poses, an animated rug. NONE of the cool stuff in this photo, mind you. But I’m blogging it for the build, not the merchandise. (Apologies Kurotsubaki, your merchandise is totally cute, but your build in Plod is what really got me.)

Plod has all the elements of an immersive storybook SL experience. And you know what? That stupid holiday hunt gave me the right “mission” to go exploring. Their products are really whimsical feeling, like the dirty bag I won with a lit miniature Xmas tree and a tiny animated squirrel hanging off of it. The builds are also well worth exploring, and some things you can buy and take with you like this treehouse:

Plod Tree house

So if you are into this kind of style, go take a look. And if you want the bag, be prepared to work for it. You will have to find yourself in some fairly weird places, such as the land of bigass squirrels:
Squirrel's nest

I will say one thing. The people behind Plod are waaaaay into squirrels. I don’t know what that says about them, but don’t be alarmed if you find yourself here staring at a hungry looking bushy-tailed rat that’s 12 times the size of your avatar.

As for hints? I won’t give away too much, but I will tell you that you can find two of the elusive snowmen that you must collect (ten in all) in the last two photos. They are small and only count once. You won’t find any in any stores that are not Plod (another hint!)

So while I normally hate holiday hunts (though I appreciate the creators who work so hard to put the stuff together and make the event happen – kudos to all of you, and it is great marketing, as I did manage to spend a decent amount of $L whilst hunting last night), I have to tell you I had fun. It got me talking to strangers again, something I haven’t done in SL in a long time and seriously one of the more entertaining things to do there.

And the bag! It’s like so cute!

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Free skin again!

Okay, plenty of bad news about skin theft this week. You were all over it, I know. So, how’d you like some good news about a free skin gift instead?

Remember our tour of free skins from January? Well there’s more on tour! This here is the latest freebie from Tuli, and wow. I just love it! She’s releasing her S5 series and gave the skin in several tones with nude make-up to the update group. This here is the pale version.

To get it, join Tuli’s group (search Tuli) and look under notices. And don’t be a dope – go to Tuli’s shop in Le Zoo and do some damned patronizing! Girl’s gotta buy software and stuff if we want her to keep making us pretty things, right?

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And now a word from Myg Morrisey…(more about free stuff)

Myg Morrisey sports Dutch TouchMyg Morrisey is a fierce freebie hunter, as my goal was to not dump tons and tons of L into creating her. Besides the fact that I already bleed enough L every month for 25 well-decked alts, I was really curious to see what you could do for next to nothing.

I’m impressed, but not sold on the idea, of creating an entirely free av. What I’ve learned is that while, yeah, there’s a ton of quality free stuff available, it’s still hard to look how you want to look. You can definitely look good for free – but you can’t necessarily look like you. And I mean the virtual you – the Second Life you – the YOU you want to be in this crazy place.

Then, if you don’t supply payment information when you sign up, you get no 200L head start in the game so you’ve literally got nothing to start with. As many of you know, a lot of “freebies” actually cost 1L. So if you’ve got nothing, everything has to be really free, and high quality enough to get you some kind of respectable job so you can level up to the world of 1L freebies. Otherwise you’re left with fucking camping and that could get you severely yelled at in some places. Especially in Topgol. But I digress.

I have to say, so far my favorite freebie resource has been the SL Freestyle group. This group is not for the part-timer, believe me. In fact, it was far too busy for me as Mygdala March so I couldn’t join. But when I’m on as Myg Morrisey, I am a stealth, ruthless freebie hunter so those 12,393 group notices and 23,304 IMs a day are really quite helpful.

One of my early nights of freebie hunting I had the good fortune to meet two of the mistresses of SL Freestyle, Creamy Cooljoke (below) and her pal Cheri Pye.

Creamy Cooljoke

They were gracious and kind. I rezzed in front of her in some god forsaken shop and said something like, “HALP ME! I’M A FUGLY NOOB!” (and I was, see pic below.) They held my hand and directed me to the Dutch Touch skin (I blawgged it here a few days ago) and some other helpful items. Lovely gals.

noob morrisey

If you’re going to do the totally free thing, you’ve got to realize there are limitations as to what you can get, and you are going to be wearing the same stuff as many of the other savvy freebie hunters. Maybe that doesn’t matter to you and I’m sure not saying it should. But if it does, freebie hunting may not be the way for you.

Even so, I have to say there is a total thrill to scoring cute things for free. To save time and teleporting to 12,392 stores a day, you can simply read the SL Freestyle blog. Those ladies really pour a ton of effort into displaying the take day after day (but OMFG beware the autoplay! ;-P).

After an evening of freebie surfing through the SL Freestyle group’s notices and IMs, I did manage to pull of a look I could live with. As I said before, it wasn’t exactly the look I’d choose if I was paying and had other options. It wasn’t a bad look at all – I liked it.

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Ok, I have to be honest and say I can’t remember where I got all that stuff from, though I am standing at Le Zoo in front of the gift store. The skin is the Dutch Touch freebie, which you really need to hurry up and get. The hair is from Candy House: Uemechi, Uemechi and doh I can’t remember the rest. But that’s not the point.

The point is to visit the SL Freestyle blog and see what the ladies have to show you. Then see what you make of it. And hey – post a link here back to your free avatar photo! Let’s compare notes, shall we?

And PS – there are other freebie groups and blogs that are good too, I am aware. But they’ll probably be in a different post.

Happy hunting. And let me know if you find any decent free boots, will ya? ty!

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Tour of Free Skins (and how to get them)

big freeskin comp

 I’m not complaining, but can someone please tell me what the hell is going on with all the free skin? God, if only this stuff had been around when I was new!

I have always been a one-skin kind of girl. For the longest time all I wore was a Celestial Studios Vogue skin – still my favorite skin to date, honestly. Then I branched out and bought a Jessica skin by Cake, which I also still love dearly and wear a lot. I was so satisfied with my meager skin collection, I really wasn’t much of a skin shopper. Until now.

See, I started looking for freebies for Myg Morrisey, and holy crap! There was an avalanche before the holidays of really good free skin! So I started trying on a whole ton of different skins and then lo and behold, I had to have more. Score one for the SL designers, particularly Tuli, Chai and Dutch Touch who all got a nice chunkachange from me after I wore their freebies around and had to have more makeups.

Now I’ll tell you, dear M is for Myg fans, how to get my favorites of the free bunch for yourself.

The first skin here is a Re skin by the soon-to-be-SL-sainted Eloh Eliot. This woman went and released an entire line of skins, (Another Skin) (including a black skin) and it looks like a male skin will be released for free too. But get this – they were released with full perms and access to the photoshop files! Basically, she made a fully open source skin, and as far as I know, that’s a fashion first. Get the skin below by teleporting to Another Shop in Lippert: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Lippert/75/183/179

Re

Re, Freckles, Wrath

Next up is a Chai skin. I am still salivating, and smartness, I’m not a huge bright red lips fan so I couldn’t stop myself from buying more Chai. This is my fave fave of teh freebies. You get this one by going to Le Zoo and picking up the latest issue of Second Style. This skin is Ginger, Vedette Freckle (you know I love freckles, right?) The eyes kill me on this skin. I just loves them.

chai

Get thee to CHAI Skins -treat yourself! http://slurl.com/secondlife/Freelon/127/85/30 (single skins $1200L, threepack for 3000.)

Next up is a Tuli. Below I’m wearing the Tuli S4F Cream with Brown Brows (and of course, with freckles!) Join the Tuli group before 1/22/08 to get the free holiday gift, which includes the entire skin tone range with this make-up.

tuli

 Tuli makes great freckles, for all you freckle fans. Hers are my favorite, so much so I ended up buying a fat pack. Grab the freebie, and check out Tuli’s shop at Le Zoo: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Le%20Zoo/130/143/22

How psyched was I when one of my favorite designers of clothes got into the skin game? Well, totally of course! The next skin here is by Dutch Touch. If you join the group before 1/13/08, you can check the group notices to get it.

dutch touch

 I had to have more of this skin line, and you probably will too – so here’s the SLURL: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Willow%20Beach/31/224/33

Last on the list is the Minnu Model Skin (MMSkins). Below is MMSPale 2008. To get it, join the MM Skins group before 1/22/08 and check the notices tab.

MM

My god did they include a sweet guy skin!  You can see Burgess wearing it here. (But please be warned, that photo was seriously touched up so the color is not accurate at all…)  Stop by MMSkins to see their other stuff too.
http://slurl.com/secondlife/Glam%20World/96/179/23

So, I do not know the reason so many designers are releasing free high quality skin, but I do want to say I’m all for it.  Help them keep doing it buy sending some of your support (aka your Lindens) their way!

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Beauty is not skin deep

Some say the learning curve may just be too steep for Second Life to become a truly widespread platform like some of those other virtual worlds. It takes newcomers too long to learn how to move, where to go for fun, how to get laid. In a time when people fantasize about violent acts when waiting for red lights on the highway (well, at least I do) is it little wonder that we lose a lot of potential avies before the hook firmly sets?

There is one thing, however, that Linden Lab could do that would help newcomers retain interest in our world here. They could stop making us look like this upon arrival:

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I mean, Jesus. Who in god’s name thought that brown diarrhea hair with fangs would be an acceptable representation of human hair?

The truth is, a lot of people get sold on the Second Life experience purely for social reasons at first. In this case our avatars become this opportunity to express our aesthetics, our style, and the things we like, through graphics.

In 2008, is there really any god damned reason that Linden can’t provide better looking basic avatars for folks?

Maybe there are a lot of folks who don’t enjoy dressing their pixel doll nearly as much as I do. But take one look at the fashion industry in Second Life – the biggest industry there is in the platform – and then tell me that people don’t enjoy making their electronic representation of themselves look hawt.

So you’d think that if the fine folk over at teh Linden Lab wanted to make things easier on newcomers, they might let us start out looking a little more like this:

Myg Morrisey!

That’s Myg Morrisey, aka me, wearing all free stuff.

I now hereby make a plea to Linden Lab to solicit (and PAY) some of SL’s top designers to create skin and hair for the basic birth avatars so that new comers may be a little more excited about the possibility of logging in repeatedly.

But, until Linden can figure out that they should give the basic avatars skin that doesn’t make you retch and hair that isn’t less attractive than a rorshach blot, we here at M is for Myg want to help the new folk out.

So if you’re new and broke, you can pick these things up for free (or maybe 1L I think for the hair)

I’m wearing one of the great free skins from another shop (Le, brow1, freckles, wrath). Head over to

Another Shop: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Lippert/75/183/179 for yours (Sorry guys, I’m not sure if there’s a male skin there or not…)

I am sporting a free hair from Candy House: Uemechi, Uemechi: http://slurl.com/secondlife/uemachi/62/175/30

and free eyes from MM Skins. MM Skins is also giving away kick ass skin for males and females if you join the group. Search MM SKIN and join. Then look under the notices tab for notices with boxes next to them on 12/19 and 12/23. Unpack and enjoy.

Oh there’s loads more free stuff where this came from. More on that next time!

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