NCI Snow Country!

NCI acquires Snow Country!

NCI is opening a new brand new space, dubbed NCI Snow Country, located in Hughes. We are very pleased to thank Cory Flanagan for his very generous donation of 30,000 tier free square meters of beautifully landscaped snow land.

See the announcment here.

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Eloh Eliot gives away more free skins!

Eloh Eliot gives away (beautiful!) free skins!

Eloh Eliot gives away (beautiful!) free skins!

Starlight PSD, XCF, and AI files can be found on Eloh’s resources page—also be sure to check out the tutorials for getting started with Starlight. In-world, wearable Starlight skins are on the third floor of the Gnubie Store in Powder Mill or on her foggy parcel in Lippert. Off-world, Starlight skins are available via Xstreet.

And they’re all still free.

What’s changed in Starlight, from Pleiades:

  • New eyes (two options), nose (two options), lips, breasts (two options), navel, abs, and butt & kitty
  • New white and dark skin tones; greater contrast across all tones
  • New freckles
  • Easier makeup customization
  • Preset skin tones organized in Layer Comps (PSD only)

Bogon Build, East of Odyssey. A fun-time build to check out.

Today, we get to play in the extraordinary build, created by blott Epsilon and Cutea Benelli. It’s a giant, self-building “city” that grows, decays and then rebuilds itself in a random manner. The texturing is great and there’s a lot of fun around this build. Lots of nooks and crannies for any photographer wanting to practice speed shooting, ’cause you never know when it’s going to fall apart on you! I recommend this as a totally fun build to check out. As we were there, the builder showed up. I just had to pounce on take the occasion to speak with him. Transcript as follows.

Bogon build, East of Odysey! A really fun must-see!

Bogon build, East of Odysey! A really fun must-see!

[13:42] Marisino Mosuke shouts: And the really cool thing is that it breaks apart and drifts up periodically in certain locations

[13:43] Marisino Mosuke shouts: And then rebuilds itself completely differently

[13:43] Quite Oh: Wow!

[13:43] Jaco Schaffner shouts: I’m already lost in the maze

[13:50] Quite Oh: And the sheer randomness of it gives it’s its own lfavour

[13:55] Jaco Schaffner: someone is creating a new ‘nature’ here

[13:56] Marisino Mosuke: It all disintegrated

[13:56] Marisino Mosuke: Rebuilding now

[13:57] Jaco Schaffner shouts: the eye stalk is looking at me

[13:57] Marisino Mosuke shouts: Face?

[13:58] Quite Oh shouts: Did you miss the big mouth with huge teeth and a tongue?

[13:59] Jaco Schaffner shouts: it’s alive!

[14:01] Jaco Schaffner: Maris the builder is here

[14:01] Quite Oh shouts: JUMP HIM! HERE’S HERE
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Second Life Newbie Help Places

Looking for help in Second Life? This is a list of verifed places Second Life Help Centers in all languages that I can find. I am actively soliciting more information on newbie help centers. Please leave a comment if you have some, including the slurl. I’ll check them out, and if they’re valid, I’ll add them here. Thanks!

Additionally, you can always IM me in world for a copy of this as a note card with with embedded landmarks.

Free Second Life Skins at Fleur

When I first came to Second Life, I had the look of the time: About 3 feet tall, ugly red mesh hair and pasty skin. I was born as a Ruth, the default avatar shape. My vanity being what it is, you can quite imagine that as soon as I saw some of the prettier AVs at Ahern, that I wanted to change my look.

When you’re brand spanking new, you have no money, no clue. You just don’t know where to start. I was lucky enough to find Tete a Pied, a store that gave away a really nice skin for newbies under 30 days. CJ Carnot who now runs Fleur (use to be Tete at Pied) continues the tradition of giving away an excellent free skin for Second Life beginners.

I’d like to thanks and honour CJ for this. Of course it’s good advertising, of course it creates loyalty and good will. More importantly, though, it demonstrates a community spirit, and attitude of giving, sharing and generosity toward newcomers.

Free Skins for Second Life newbies at Fleur

Free Skins for Second Life newbies at Fleur

Thank you.

So come and get your lovely free skins at Fleur.

Second Life Newbies! Get Free Stuff here!

A short list of freebie places for newcomers in Second Life. We all start with nothing, we all want to look good, and we all want to explore what is possible. These freebie places are actually part of the learning experience. I went though this phase, and I’m willing to bet that most have as well. This listing is about as complete as a handful of sand next to a beach. Freebies are one of the nearly unlimted things in Second Life. You don’t *need* money in Second Life.

Some of these places are very well organized, tidy, categorized and clean. Others are a bordello of stuff randomly scattered in barely recognizable categories. There is SO MUCH of it, that just setting these things up is a massive task, so I can understand that a generous sim owner would have limited time. At the same time, these “messy” place are kind of fun, in a bazaar kind flavour. Dig, root and discover!

The first of course, if you are new is to visit New Citizens Inc. to find not only freebies, but great training to get your Second Life started in style. If you want to learn, find our main centers, if you are primarily interested in the freebies you can find the InfoNodes. Find a list of of NCI locations here.

A short list of Second Life Freebie places: More than you can handle. NOTE: stores often change places, just as websites often move pages around. If one of these links does not take you to where it says it should, please let me know so that I can update this page. Bonus points if you give the the new updated SLURL. Thanks!

MIA – West World Pixeldolls Tom Boy  Pixie Dolls Unusual
Tonnes of freebies of all kinds. Clothes, shoes, boots, bikes, toys and even a hobo romani. Even has a couple free Sexy Walk replacers. Looks like a bunch of merchants and freebie givers have banded together. Fun place. Check it out.

Tooter Claxton Avatars and Vehicles main store
The store with vehicles and avatars is in the stand outside, inside the salon, next to the stage are the freebies. Visit http://tooterclaxton.blogspot.com for news and info. It’s not that tooter has a greater quantity of freebies, but rather that he creates an “interesting” ambiance. I like the place and his style.

The Free Dove
This place is one of the older and better known freebie store. Lots to offer, skin, jewelry, clothes, hair and AO’s.

The GNUbie store
I remember this place fondly as I started my career as an obsessive shopper in Second Life. Not only is the stuff super cheap (free and dollarbies), but it’s really good too! I have great affection for this place. Once located in Indigo, it’s not in Powder Mill. Where else can you buy an entire 799 prim prairies church for L$1? Also a great place for dozens of free furry avatars.

YadNi s Junkyard – Newbie Paradise – SINCE APRIL 6th 2004

FIRST ORGANISED FREEBIE STORE IN SL -6500 Clothing Avatar Object Texture Anim Script Vehicle House Sculpt Money Tree LEARN AREA. I remember scooping up all the shiny pretty things even if I didn’t know what it was. I got my first wings here. *sniff*.

Sarah Nerd’s Freebie Paradise!
This place is old as dirt and gets bigger by the day. Another fond memory. This is a place where you can find pretty much any kind of thing that exists in SL. A must go-to.

Freebie Dungeon (In Deva Loka)
At the time, this was the orginal freebie bordello. I remember being totally blown away by the sheer quantity of stuff. And it was all in piles and heaps, wedding dresses next to pose balls, next to wierdo BDSM stuff next to scripts next to… I think you get the idea.

Preussen
This place is large, well organized, and has stuff that I haven’t seen elsewhere. It’s a German sim with a really great feel to it. It’s obvious to me that the builders here are skilled and thoughtful people. Free cosutmes, free avatars, free eyes, free shoes, free clothes… you name it. As an aside, they have some really great walking animations!

And the ower of the above store (Ralfi Beaumont) sent me to this place.

Forou Freebies Store & Game Center
Probably the easiest freebie place to browse that I’ve seen yet.

Here are more that I’ve become aware of since.

Enjoy! And remember! Inventory management is a survival skill in Second Life!

And if you want to keep up to date, and get annoucements for free skins, clothes and you name it, go in-world and join The Freebie Telegraph, as well as checking out The Freebie Telegraph’s interweb-bloggy-thing.

Interview with Brace Coral, founder of New Citizens Inc

Quite Oh: is teleported to Brace Coral’s home…
… and lands deep into the ocean

Quite Oh: Sploosh!

Brace Coral:  welcome to Teh Shack!

Quite Oh: Thank you. Is this TEH shack!? :)

Brace Coral:  Have a seat where ya like

Brace Coral:  Uh… the Brace Luv Shack!

Brace Coral:  lol

Quite Oh: :)

Image of Brace Coral and Quite Oh at Teh Luv Shack

Image of Brace Coral and Quite Oh at Teh Luv Shack

Quite Oh: Well thanks for taking the time, Brace. I’m doing a series of  interviews on the whole of the NCI crew on my blog, and as founding member, many of us thought it appropriate that you be the guiney-pi… er, first member interviewed.

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Newbies! Free Sexy Walk and AO (Animation Override)

So you come to Second Life, and you’re just plain Jane. You’ve figured out that all these old timers look soooo cool and that you are unhip!

I hate it when that happens.

Then you discover the shopping thing. Hair, dresses, you’ve even figured out that you don’t want to be “tits on sticks” (most newbie girls make giraff like long legs and HUGE bazoongas, whereas the males make their shoulders the width of a Mac truck and the waist the size of a toothpick).

And then one day… you see her. And she walks so cool and sexy… and you don’t! In fact, you waddle like you have a porcupine up your butt! :( What do you do? How does she do it? More importantly, how do you do it? Has she got a secret?

That my friends is no secret, it’s what we call an Animation Overrider (AO), or sometimes called “a sexy walk”. It’s a tiny little thing that you wear invisibly, that makes it so that you avatar moves in a certain way, automatically when you do things. When you walk, it makes a walking animation kick in. When you stand, it changes your pose automatically, when you sit, it makes you sit nicely.

Where do I get one? I want a free AO!

Image of the Free Second Life Animation Overrider offered by Imprerial Elegance

Image of the Free Second Life Animation Overrider offered by Imprerial Elegance

My friend Feodora Umarov (a.k.a The Walking Inventory) points to a Free AO that you can get here. Go and get it!

Cybernetic AO and animations

Cybernetic is offering animations at L$1 per anim. I personally encourage all content creators to offer great deals like this that helps the newcomer. Elvis Woodget has a smart idea: when coming out with a new line of products, do indeed offer your earlier, perhaps less practiced works at a good discount rate. It’s good for newcomers and helps the vendor to create a reputation for themselves.

Good deal at L$1, but NOT free

Good deal at L$1, but NOT free

One thing, all appreciation granted for the good deal, is the disappointement in the fact that the end-of-line animations are advertised for free, both on in the classifies, and on the wall, wherea they are in fact “inexpensive” L$1 animations. Better to either advertise correctly. At L$1, some of the animations are a steal, but this is offset with a certain waryness of the discrepancy between the word and the deed. Still, if you’re a newcomer, or a frugal shopper, the end of line anims are well worth the look.

http://slurl.com/secondlife/Cybernetic/155/36/45