This is Mark. Well, the new Mark about 2 hours after I met him. It was at the dirty dive wehn he Im-ed me and we had a good talk about what we do and like in Second Life. He happens to be a German pilot in real life and is a member in many aviation groups in Second Life too.
We got along well, and after a while I had to ask him the question: „Hey, you are more than 5 Years in Second Life but you still run around in this noobish freebie avatar, never thought about upgrading your looks a little?“
„I never got around that, can you give me some tips?“, he replied. Hence I offered my assistance to go shopping with him. So we did. First of all he exchanged some money for Linden Dollars. I advised 4.000 L$ should be enough to get a decent looking avatar. We discussed breifly what type of guy he wants to be in Second Life, what parts of his personality the avatar should reflect and so on. It is important to think about this, before you go shopping. You want to create an avatar which is “you” in a way, if that makes sense.
First Stop: Redgrave Design
First place we went was one of my favorite skin designers: Redgrave. There he tried a couple of skins. At this point a tip for all newbies: When buying skins and shapes , always get the demo version first and try several ones before your purchase one.
Taxi to Redgrave Design
So he did. I wanted to show him some other shops too, to see whats available. No. He wanted to get this shopping thing behind him as quick as possible. Men don’t enjoy shopping that much.
Next Stop: Vista Animations
Don’t underestimate what is called an AO (animation overrider). The animations for walking, standing and sitting which come with your original avatar show the lack of social competence of the programmers who made them. They look just terrible and robot-like. Here he tried about 10 animation bundles and finally took the „Boss“.
Taxi to Vista Animations
Next Stop: EMO-tions
One of the better hair designers in Second life. Here the same rule applies: Demo first, and try several ones to see if they fit to your avatars look. The models on the pictures in those hair shops are different than your avatar, hence that hair looking cool on the model might not look as good on your own avatar.
Taxi to Emo-tions:
Next Stop: Adult Sandbox
Here I actually had to explain him, how to unpack a box as it has been a long time since he actually bought something in Second Life. The reason why I usually prefer Adult sandboxes is that you can actually work on a nude avatar. At general or even mature sandboxes there is always somebody who feels offended by a naked avatar under construction. Bullshit I know, but why bother? I simply go to an adult sandbox – problem avoided!
Oh yes, for those not familiar with the term: A sandbox is a region were you can rez your stuff and work on it. Its used by builders and developers to make things, but also a place were you can unpack stuff you might have bought somewhere.
Here he actually had to do some modifications on his new penis which he just purchased on marketplace. It just looks terrible and unrealistic when the cock doesn’t match the avatars skin.
Last Stop: Wolfsland beach
It had to happen. I didn’t really have much more time. But hey, nothing wrong with a little quickie as a means of “inauguration” right? Just took minutes to finish, but sometimes a fast and furious sex encounter can be exciting too, don’t you think so too? In fact, I am a fan of spontanous unexpected sex, especially at unusual places even in public.
Taxi to Wolfsland
Here a question to all of my readers: Which shops in Second Life, do you recommend for male skins, shapes, hairs and the lot? Please post the SLURL in the comments and tell us why you recommend the shop.