Thursday, May 21, 2020

Engine Room: Revenge of the Machines

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STORYLINE: The Black Baron had spent years developing a wondrous steam powered android. But tragedy struck when he was paralyzed in a Zeppelin crash. He planned to remove the android head and attach his own to the golden mechanical body. However learning of his plan, the "wondrous creation" had other ideas and loped his master's head off first. 

On the last day of the Engine Room, Contraption dropped an awesome new item, the Thibaut Waistcoat for 25% off. I only discovered the sale late night and tried to get this posted to alert you guys. If you missed it, don't worry, it will be at mainstore now. Fortunately, in my rush to get this image is out, actually had a set ready to go. Lucky turn of events! (It was an idea I had while my computer was down.) Here are some badass items from the 2nd round of Engine Room. The next round will be in September.

This amazing robot head is by Wicca Originals, it comes in sizes for men and women and robust texture hud to change out its many textures zones. The Ear gramophone comes with it and is separate from the head. On the table is the Skeletal Globe Lamp by Schadenfreude. It comes in several base texture, and includes light options.

On Him, The Wondrous Creation:
Head: Wicca's Originals Elmstone Head, ear Gold [mesh](Engine Room)(599L)
Top: Contraption Thibaut Waistcoat [mesh](Engine Room)(400L)
Animesh: Contraption Machinist's Assistant, animesh [mesh](Engine Room)
Claws: ContraptioN Vulture Talons [mesh](325L)
Boots: Contraption Airship Deck Crew [mesh](400L)
Pants: Lapointe & Bastchild S'Wear Biker Leather Pant Set Black/silver [BOM](199L)
Skin: Fallen Gods R.U.L.K. full avatar + Fallen Gods Inc. [BOM](1200L)
Body: Signature Gianni - Mesh Body [mesh](3500L)

Globe: Schadenfreude Light of the World Skeletal Globe Lamp [mesh](Engine Room)(250L)
Head: Genesis Labs 02 Genesis_Head_Ethan_3.3 Bento RARE, gacha [mesh](100L)
Hair: Argrac NATSUME - Whites [mesh](300L)
Chair, pose: Silvery K Emperor's chair Black [mesh](300L)
Table: DeathRow 28 - DRD Bloodcroft Castle - Side Table, gacha [mesh]
Bell jar: Contraption Decor: Odd Skull Empty Bell Jar [mesh]
Candelabra: NOMAD Gothic Candelabra, Gothic Diva gacha [mesh](75L)
Skybox: Domicile The Parlour, Verne Skybox (10L)

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Engine Room: Commodore of the Skies

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STORYLINE: The frontier towns floating in the lawless skies of Venus were full of scavengers, ruffians, and pirates. But that all changed when the Commodore arrived. He was determined to make it safe for the pioneers.

These are the last days of round two of the Engine Room. Be sure to head over and scoop up some badass Steampunk goodies. Shown above is the Commanders coat by Salem. It comes in several base colors. The Gasmask is by The Forge. It comes in black and brown, unrigged and mod so you can adjust it for a good fit. The gun is by Reliquary and comes with a hud to draw, fire, and holster. It has optional textures you load into it. You can also buy a shell caddy for your gun. In the background is the Irongate Wharf by Ex Machina. Its meant for the water, but hey, it can fly too if you give some propellers. lol  Other items I used, The Blackjack rare Airship, and past LindenLab premium gift the Marauder. Gloves, pants, and boots are by Contraption. And adding a little movement is the Cureless Senshi cloth from gacha.

On Him, Commodore:
Top: Salem Commanders Coat Jake, Black [mesh](Engine Room)(199L)
Gasmask: The Forge Atticus Mask, Black [mesh](Engine Room)(350L)
Weapon: Reliquary !R! Enemy Scattergun [mesh](Engine Room)(750L)
Gloves: Contraption Dapper Dandy's Gloves [mesh](350L)
Pants, Boots: Contraption Airship Deck Crew [mesh](400L)
Cape: Cureless Senshi of the End  Senshi Cloth Mars, gacha [mesh](100L)
Collar: Artificial Hallucination +AH+ Belt Collar male [mesh](246L)
Hat: Deathrow DRD- cap unisex [mesh]
Mesh head: Raven Bell James, Bento [mesh] (2000L)
Pose: yzk mens pose 4 hero1

Dock: Ex Machina Irongate Wharf v 1.0 [mesh](Engine Room)(987L)
Rocket: D-LAB sky pirates Zucchini rocket [mesh](200L)
Airship: BJK Fantasy machines SHIP Rare, gacha [mesh]
Galleon Airship: Linden Labs Premium Gift - Linden Marauder v1 [mesh]

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Fantasy Faire 2020: The Severed Garden

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STORYLINE: "They are waiting to take us into the severed garden. Do you know how pale and wanton thrillful comes death on a strange hour? Unannounced, unplanned for like a scaring over-friendly guest you’ve brought to bed. Death makes angels of us all and gives us wings where we had shoulders smooth as raven’s claws. No more money, no more fancy dress, this other kingdom seems by far the best. Until it’s other jaw reveals incest and loose obedience to a vegetable law. I will not go."  - The Severed Garden, Jim Morrison

The Fantasy Faire was a huge success this year, lots of fun was had by all and $73,572 USD was raised for Relay for Life. Congrats to 700+ Faire staff and designers who helped make this happen, and to all the Faireland visitors who enjoyed and donated. Well done!

Several elements from both the Engine Room and Fantasy Faire inspired this post. From the Engine Room is the Lux Hair from Raven Bell. It comes in multiple fits for men and women. The from and the back are separate, so you can combine hairs or color then separately. Included is a unrigged bow with its own texture hud. Matching up nicely with the hair is the Auxentios Pass version of the Atreus coat by Contraption, which was a Relay for Life item at the Fantasy Faire. The textures for it a wonderful, you can pick out what colors you want for different fabrics from the texture hud. From the Fantasy Faire is this wonderful garden by The Looking Glass. Below I have moving clip of one section of the garden and a view of the braid in the Lux Hair.

On Him, the son of the Marquis d'Auvergne:
Hair: Raven Bell Luxe Luxe Hair [mesh](Engine Room)(350L)
Jacket: Contraption Atreus Frock *AUX* [mesh](400L)(Fantasy Faire: Auxentios Pass)
Gloves: Contraption Dapper Dandy's Gloves [mesh](350L)(Fantasy Faire: Auxentios Pass)
Pants, Boots: Contraption Airship Deck Crew [mesh](400L)(Fantasy Faire: Auxentios Pass)
Cane: Deadwool Goat cane [mesh](group gift)
Skin: Tableau Vivant Nathan - tone 1 - blond [BOM]
Mesh head: Raven Bell James, Bento [mesh] (2000L)
Body: Belleza Jake 2.0 Bento Mesh Body  [mesh](2999L)
Pose: Hot Dive pose repose02

Glass Coffin: {anc} forget. glass coffin [Salome]19Li RARE gacha[mesh]
Skeleton: Cureless Skeletal System / NOIR [mesh](249L)
Paths: The Looking Glass Lunafae Garden Path Edges [mesh](350L)(Lunafae: Fantasy Faire)
Fountain: The Looking Glass Lunafae Fountain [mesh](250L)(Lunafae: Fantasy Faire)
Hedges: The Looking Glass Lunafae Hedge Pack [mesh](350L)(Lunafae: Fantasy Faire)
Plants: The Looking Glass Daisies and Ladybirds [mesh] (99L)(Lunafae: Fantasy Faire)
Bridge: The Looking Glass TLG FF2017 - DP Bridge Flat [mesh] (99L)
Waterlillies: Cerridwen's Cauldron [CC] Twinkling Duckweed Large Patch [mesh] (450L)
Rocks: Harshlands Realistic Rocks [mesh](150L)

Friday, May 8, 2020

Fantasy Faire 2020: Auxentios Pass: War of the Worlds

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STORYLINE: Above the endless mechanical heartbeat of Auxentio's Pass the sirens began to wail. The city was under attack! Detective Moth cursed under his breath. Of all the rotten days to be assigned undercover in the Red Light district...  Suddenly a trumpeting blast a shook the groundSnow and ice on the roofs above him suddenly gave way. He quickly jumped back to the facade of his favorite hangout in this frozen hellhole, Ye Olde Cigar Shop. A deadly falling ice spear missed him by mere inches. It would be been an impressive display of agility if he had not also slipped in his high heeled boots and fell on top a hot steampipe. He cried out in pain. More bad luck, and this time it was attracting the wrong kind of attention. The ground trembled under the heavy stomp of a towering behemoth as it rounded the corner of the brownstones. It aimed directly at him. "Shit!" No time to run. The Moth quickly jumped up, his mechanical wings straining under the demand. Up! Up! An angry blast of wrath shot out where he once was. ...Ha! missed him. The lumbering machine's armor was impressive, but from above, The Moth spied what must be a vulnerable spot. A smirk curled up around his cigar. Maybe it was his lucky day after all....

Have you seen all the amazing sims, cool items for sale, games, role plays, artwork, live performances, literary readings, and quest hunt at the Fantasy Faire 2020? It's always the best event of the year: lively, passionate, creative, beautiful and good hearted for an excellent cause, -- American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. I was honored to work on the Auxentio's Pass for the Fantasy Faire shopping catalog. I got to see this amazing sim come together. The textures are wonderfully detailed, I'm amazed by simple things like snow on glass creating a realistic look. You can read more about the sim's creation here: Meet The Sponsors: Contraption As you explore the sim, be sure to explore around above and below! There is even music created for sim by Contraption, check out their Hyland Gramophone. There are 2 uniquely retextured coats designed with the sim mind as Relay for Life donations. Contraption fans can collect a miniature of the City's heart in the Bard Queens's Garden Quest, as well as all the sims in Fantasy Faire, and there are more Auxentio's Pass gifts for visitors in the front entrance of the Contraption store.

While you are visiting Auxentio's Pass, shown above are these cool Animesh wings by Static. And over at Raven Bell's is Crystal Fantasy hair pack. Many of of Raven's hair at the Fantasy Faire have a special Crystal Fantasy color pack. The Faire is open until May 10th! It is NOT to be missed! For more information, go to: Fantasy Faire

And in an explosion of cool happening at the same time, is the Engine Room. The Pathos skirt and top by Toksik are really interesting. The top has fits for men, women, and even v-tech. Love it! Of course I had to try to see if I could come up with an interesting character for this outfit. Also from the Engine Room is the wonderfully textured Staff by Sempiternal. It has several different hand pose positions (men & women, left or right, and 2 hands). The intricately detailed monocle by Air comes in left or right, gold or silver. And rounding out the outfit are the impossibly high and impossibly steamy steampunk boots by Eudora.

In other news, if you have been watching the blogs, you might have heard both Genus Lab and Catwa released a gift head this week. Genus Lab is fighting a DMCA now, but I expect they will be back up and running soon. The Strong Face 001 gift head is wonderfully made. I'll cover the Freya Catwa head soon, it has neck fits for male and female. TMP Classic body is back for 1L, and if you slap the board for Lucy body, you might win that too. Its been a fantastic week for the alts and those New to SL to get up to speed on mesh heads and bodies. Excellent.

On him, Detective Moth:
Hair: Raven Bell Adel Hair, Crystal Fantasy Pack [mesh](Fantasy Faire: Auxentios Pass)(250L)
Wings: Static DaVinci Faewing Old World [Animesh](Fantasy Faire: Auxentios Pass)(350L)
Monocle: Air Queen Victoria monocle gold [mesh](Engine Room)(300L)
Staff: SEMPITERNAL LUX AETERNA The Throne's Staff [mesh](Engine Room)(399L)
Top: toksik Pathos Blouse (V-tech) [mesh](Engine Room)(245L)
Skirt: toksik Pathos Skirt (Lara) [mesh](Engine Room)(240L)
Boots: Eudora3D Della Boots (Maitreya) [mesh](Engine Room)(399L)
Wrap: Junbug Holly Fur Shawl Cream [mesh](195L)
Claws: ContraptioN Vulture Talons [mesh](325L)
Hat: deviousMind dM VictorianGothic - RoseHat, gacha [mesh](75L)
Cigar: Fallen Gods R.U.L.K. full avatar + Fallen Gods Inc. [mesh](1200L)
Skin: GENUS Project GENUS Skin Applier ELENA - Honey MakeUp 05 [BOM](100L)
Head: GENUS Project Genus Head Strong Face GIFT001 v1.7 Mocap [mesh](group gift)
Chest: [V-Tech] Boi Chest Mod v2.2 - Maitreya [BOM](499L)
Body: Maitreya Mesh Body Lara [BOM] [mesh](2750L)
Pose: Del May DM - Kick off (50L)

Fantasy Faire: Auxentios Pass Sponsored by Contraption
This post was made possible thanks to a loaned monitor. Thank you!