Don’t eat TOO many sweeties..OM NOM NOM!
OK- first up is something VERY important; if you’re considering getting into Amaretto horses then you MUST check out what has been released to support Breast Cancer research. For L$1010 you can be the very proud owner of a special edition ‘Save The Tatas!’ horse. Of course you don’t know what sex you’re getting until it’s out of the box, but there are a couple of colour options available: pink or white body with contrasting (pink or white) tail. They sport the breast cancer ribbon emblem on their rump, and each one has a ribbon eye. Not only that, but SOME of them have been coming out of the box sporting long manes and tails…so as you can imagine they’ve proved exceedingly popular, which is great news and means lots of lovely cash going to charity.
Alas, some people are re-selling them already. It looks as though people have bulk bought to try and gain traited horses, and are re-selling the horses they don’t want at a lower price. I’ve seen them going for as low as L$500 already; this doesn’t really sit comfortably with me. Obviously the initial purchase dollars went to charity, but anything further goes to the seller. I think in future special edition horses such as these would be better engineered as no transfer, to avoid re-selling, but if you want one you’d better come quick. Today ( Oct 31) is the last day that you can buy one officially, and I highly recommend that you do. The interesting part is finding out what traits these beauties will be passing on.
I got one, a lovely wee female which I’ve named ‘Deedee’ for obvious reasons. I’m really glad that Amaretto have done this for charity, and I really hope that other breedable companies take note and follow suit. On a more reflective note; I know that Dionne ( Deedee) would have gone absolutely crackers for the Amaretto Breedable Horses had she been here. She loved animals, and owned a horse during her teens. Ever since release day I’ve thought of her in Second Life, with a sim full of horses ( and bunnies, and whatever else she could get her hands on) and I know that, wherever she’s resting now, she’d totally approve.
Moving on to other matters horse related and it was 1.3 update time last week, and for most people, myself included, it seems to have gone without a hitch. It’s an easy process to follow, and takes a matter of minutes to update your horse and reset settings. I couldn’t help thinking of all those people that own hundreds of horses though, updating must be a hellish process for them. But it also got me thinking about why you would want so many horses anyway, and of course the answer to that is ‘To make Money’. We’ve already seen what happens when people breed too much with the Ozimals Bunnies, but it seems we’re already headed for a crash with the horses UNLESS Amaretto can help the community at large prevent it. But what can be done? Already at auction prices are dropping and horses aren’t selling, and this is because the grid is completely saturated, with mares mostly. It’s still not easy to breed a stallion from a small breeding stock; I know this myself since I have only ever managed to breed ONE out of a total of 45 bundles! But what is easy to do, and will help with the problem of over-saturation, is to NOT birth un-traited bundles. I know a few horse breeders in-world are already taking this step, and even deleting bundles too, and I think it’s actually a a very sensible one. There are way too many horses out there for the market to manage folks, we need to (pardon the pun) reign ourselves in.
I myself have been taking bundles into my inventory that aren’t traited, and just leaving them there. It’s no biggie..you don’t need to birth every bundle that’s born. For some people I think birthing has become an addiction, and gives the phrase ‘Doin’ horse’ a whole different meaning.
Fortunately Amaretto have got wise to this issue sooner rather than later, and included in the update was the option to send your horse to Horse Haven. Like the much promised ‘Bunnybury’( which is about to enter closed Beta at last) Horse Haven isn’t running as yet, but it looks as though it will follow similar guidelines with redeemable tokens issued for bundles or live horses submitted to the scheme. There’s even voting taking place on the official forums as to what these tokens should be called ( ‘Horse Cents’ seems to be the most appropriate name if you ask me!) and I do strongly urge you to log in, vote, and also read what the horse community on teh whole has to say about the idea. It’s great to see a breedable company willing to get stuck in so soon after the product was released and even more inspiring to see that them want to address a pricing crash before it happens. Let’s hope they’ve caught it in time, and that the market will continue to thrive… but in the meantime, here’s what any responsible horse breeder should do:
1# DON’T birth an un-traited bundle. By traited I mean long mane/tail/coat and hair conditions and special eyes. Even if you’re 100% convinced that by birthing the bundle it will turn out to be a colt and you’ll be able to make some lindens don’t be so sure..the market is a tad jiittery at the moment and you may find yourself stuck with a horse you don’t want or need. If that is the case, take it into your inventory; designate a folder for horse that you will perhaps consider sending to Horse Haven when it’s released.
2# When selling horses don’t undercut market value. Fortunately a LOT of breeders are being VERY vocal about people selling bundles at L$100 a shot..even though it may seem like a great way to make a quick buck, in the long term it is damaging to the market, and brings the value of the horses down. There’s a notecard doing the rounds with a suggested pricing structure on it for horses/bundles ( IM me if you’d like a copy) and it makes some sense that someone (Sadly I don’t know who- if you know who produced it please IM me and I’ll give them a credit here on the blog) has taken this brave move to try and evaluate what a horse is worth and how much it should be sold for. You may not agree, but you cannot condone them for giving it a shot!
3# Remember; it’s just a game! You DON’T have to have a huge collection of horses to make some Lindens. A couple of mares and a stallion with exceptional traits will probably do you more good in the long-term than a herd of forty horses that you struggle to feed and manage. Which leads me on to the next point..
4# It’s NOT all about the Lindens. The secondary market is a huge element of the breedable game of course, but actually owning and riding the horses is tons of fun. You can buy some beautiful saddles and accessories for your horses and there are some great horse trails on the grid, and of course you can get some stunning riding outfits too!
Which leads me on to my most important point of all…..
Relax and enjoy your horses, that’s the most important element of the game. Don’t you think it’s sad to think of all the breeders out there that have never saddled up and rode a horse around a beautiful sim? Besides, I look hot when I’m riding horses, and I don’t mean in a sweaty way….(evidence below!)
…a very Happy Halloween to her and her beautiful missus, Sable.
She has a lot to put up with, having a mate like me. You can tell can’t you?
Love ya Mands x
I just popped over to see how everyone was faring at my Blessed Bunnies mainstore, only to find all the newborns fast asleep! I’ve just added two more little bobby-dazzlers to the party, they’re the bunnies in the middle that are wide awake; ‘Amethyst Witch’ and ‘Green-Eye Gary’. All of them are ready for you to take home and love…how can you resist?
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..I must just tell you about the amazing Halloween items on sale. There’s a plethora of fine furniture, all beautifully sculpted as you would expect, as well as pumpkins galore, ghosts, ghouls and all sorts of items that will really make your Halloween home look the part. I never tire of visiting BELLE BELLE, the workmanship on all the items is just extraordinary, and these are without a doubt some of the best scary stuffs you’ll see upon the grid this year! Join the group for a Halloween gifty ( wear your tag) and check out the Trick Or Treat hunt starting tomorrow! ( I’m so doing that!)
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‘Nostalgia’ is the theme for this weekend’s ‘Spruce Up Your Space’, and like most of the previous events it’s a veritable corker.
It’s always interesting to see how different designers have interpreted the theme, and BELLE BELLE have, as usual, come up trumps:) They’ve produced this ‘Early Settlers Desk’ which incorporates a map of Second Life in its uinfancy; featuring some interesting snapshots of famous Second Life pioneers ( Oh, And Phil Linden) as well as a reproduction of the grid. It’s scary to see how much Second Life has expanded! But it’s not just the map; you get a fantastic desk and chair with poses, as well as a (somewhat dated) laptop, a mouse and mat, bin and scrunched up notes scattered around it, pens, books and of course the obligatory cup of steaming coffee and ashtray resplendent with smoking cigarette. I am seriously impressed by this set, but I must say I do get fed up with the assumption that everyone is a smoker in Second Life. It annoys the heck out of me when I see virtual fashion shoots featuring models with cigarettes dangling from their lips..it’s bad enough that we have to tolerate this kind of imagery in real life, but in Second Life as well? I guess you don’t have to rez it, and can delete it from your inventory too. That minor whinge aside, this is a great contribution to ‘Spruce Up Yours Space’, and a great buy for just L$150!
Even better- there’s a LUCKY DIP and you could win..a SILVER MARTEN BLACK!! (Specifically a Silver Marten Black, light brown eyes, lop ears and Classic shade!)
There are also Opal eye nests in there, as well as Moonlight, Aphotic and Dusky shades and a rather special Silver Marten Blue with Blue eyes and moonlight shade! I’ve shoved a TON of stuff in there for you to grab!
Every nest in my lucky dip is an absolute beauty and registered on SLBreedablepets.com..oh, and there are new warren parent offspring in there too! Best part?! IT’S FREEEEE!!!!
While you await your turn at the lucky dip, may I interest you in some of the nests I have for sale? There are some stunners for sure, so please take your time and have a browse! Each one reasonably priced and practically all of them have gem eyes..cos I like them best..ssshhh!!!
I’ve also got an elder of refreshment as well as a few euphorias waiting to go home and boost the stats of your hoppers; but even better than that I have some superb Halloween themed hoppers, freshly hatched, for you to take home and love to death..MUHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAAAAAA!!
Take a look at these tempting wee scoundrels!
*PERFECT Vampire ( The lady IS a Vamp!)
Fur: Havana Black
Ears: Lop Ears
*”Demonica” A fabulous glowing Demon lady-hopper!!
Fur: Silver Marten Blue
*”Infector” So called because of the yellow eyes and hint of the supernatural because of the Moonlight glow…..
Fur: Havana Black (RETIRED)
*”Lady Deathstrike” One of my special ‘death’ bunnies..black fur, black eyes AND dusky shade…a dark omen, but a funky one at that! I LOVE THESE!
Fur: Havana Black ( RETIRED)
Last but NOT least…….
*The Ghoul* This is SUCH a special bunny! I squeed when I birthed him because, well, come and see for yourself. He sure as hell looks Ghoulish!
Fur: Argent Creme d’Argent
Plus much, much more in store!! Come along and get your ‘Halloween Happy’ on! CLICK HERE to go straight to the good stuffs!
Not only does it feature me and a few of my esteemed hoppers, but it also features the BEST Witch Hat on the grid this year. It’s by Sookie Slafford, she of ‘Jolly Farms’ fame and it’s to die for, with great sculpt work and bunny ears to boot!
Better still, it’s just L$100 which is bugger all in the grand scheme of things and will win you many an admiring glance if you venture out to any Halloween hospitality this year! Click here to go to the marketplace and buy one:)
So, what’s with the bunnies you may be asking? Well, it’s been an interesting time in the world of Breedables of late. As you may have seen I posted a bit of a rant about Ozimals, the bunny creators recently, and since I posted that I must say that I’ve been impressed at recent improvements in communications and actions, so much so that I am starting to regain some of my lost faith. It would seem the bunny business in general feels the same way too, there are still bunny auctions on the grid and they are starting to increase in number again, and following the most recent update I am sure that we will be seeing even more buying and selling activity as the new shades start to kick in.
Ozimals did say that new traits would be slower to filter through, and that is proving to be correct too. I’ve managed to just breed a new eye ( Sunrise) into my hopping herd, but I have to say I’m not actually that keen! I still prefer my beautiful gem eyes with their wee twinkle. I’ve not seen many Sparrow eyes on the grid yet either, which were the selling point of the recent ‘Luv Pack’ promo, run with Linden Labs. After initial misgivings I actually now think this promo has proven to be a good move on Ozimals part; it’s brought a LOT of new punters in, it keeps people in the game hungry to breed and most important of all, retains interest in a market that is slowly getting jam-packed with all kinds of breedables, more of which I will tell you about later.
Final point to note, with Halloween being a huge event in Second Life it was only fitting that Ozimals would bring out some special buns to celebrate, and they haven’t disappointed at all. The elites are amazing; there’s a Jack-O-Lantern, Vampire, Mummy, Frankenstein and Candy Corn bunny and each one has been beautifully textured. A lot of people are kindling like mad to see if they have got lucky, but I don’t have as many bunnies these days so my chances aren’t as great as those of other people. I kindled three nests last night and sadly wasn’t blessed; as I write this I’m kindling another two, but point to note; because I have cropped my herd and am only breeding certain traits into my hoppers, I am guaranteed beautiful bunnies regardless of whether they’re elites or not, and for that I cannot complain.
That’s right, I STILL refuse to Bunnybury, preferring instead to ‘retire’ hoppers to a folder called ‘Sleeping Bunnies’ and wake them up as and when needed, which is normally when one of my existing hoppers reaches retirement age. The thrill of nest kindling is something that still excites me, and I think it always will! Even if I don’t get a home-bred Halloween Hopper this year, I could always try and win one. The picture at the top of this post was going to be my entry into the 2010 Ozimals Scarefest Photo Contest, but on reflection I realised it wasn’t actually scary…so I tried again:
THIS is my entry; so please keep your fingers crossed for me!
The prize is a complete set of this year’s Halloween Elite hoppers, and seeing as I don’t think my buns are going to bless me with anything spectacular this year I’m desperate to win the competition!
As we’re fast approaching Samhain you may well be thinking about attire for your ritual or event, or perhaps considering buying an extra special gown to wear for roleplay or for an Autumnal celebration?
PIXEL DOLLS has stepped up to the mark with the release of the ‘Diane’ dress in a number of colourways, but heads up gals, there’s a FREEBIE version in festive Halloween shades of rich red and fiery orange!
It’s a stunner of a gown too, consisting or a strapless shift with a vine motif that sits on the arms, as well as an outer jacket and over-skirt that turn this into a more formal, substantial gown.
It’s an absolute feast of a frock, and a fabulous freebie, no doubt about it.
Because you’ve saved money on a dress you may want to consider purchasing a substantial necklace to wear with it, and if so I have the PERFECT suggestion…this wee beauty from SABLE ROSE. For a mere L$200 you can be the prod owner of this astonishingly beautiful Autumn necklace, which features various leaves and flowers in seasonal tones, mixed in with some co-ordinating beads and assorted other nicies. I don’t really need to describe to you how utterly fabulous this is; I’ll just let the picture speak for itself (Click to see a LARGE version of this image that helps you to truly appreciate the necklace..yes they are my boobies. Stop that.)
Isn’t it a sensation? (Oh, and if you visit the store to buy before the end of October, be sure to hit up the Midnight Mania board. There’s a special Halloween edition of the necklace featuring skulls and purple lillies that you mustn’t miss! The MM board only needs fifty hits to lockdown, so make sure you take your friends!)
To finish this look off I opted for the LAQ skin in ‘Nellie’ (Shade is Nougat, number 10) and hair by the ever-amazing TRUTH. This is one of the weeks new releases called ‘Robyn’ in the Crow shade, a simple, straightforward style brought to life by a jagged, kick-flare fringe.
I know it’s a modern style, but the juxtaposition of modern hair against this classic gown actually works really well. Oh, and of course it doesn’t detract from this amazing necklace….
An amazing Autumn combination, don’t you agree?
Everyone in-world has a favourite eye designer, my own eyes of choice being created by Miriel (Sadly, no longer in-world) and SLink. But it’s always nice to have a change, and I’ve just found a totally groovy eye designer on the marketplace (Yes, that hideous, new-fangled marketplace that Linden Lab saw fit to replace the perfectly reasonable old marketplace with) that I have to share with you because I think the eyes are rather spesh!
The designer is called Snow Frostwych, the brand is called quite sweetly, ‘By Snow’ ( up all night thinking of a name there obviously!) and she makes specialist eyes amongst other items. But not only are the eyes just brilliant quality, they’re also scarily cheap, from L$1 a pair! Yup, you read that right, just ONE linden, which is bugger all. Her range at the moment features anime, cat and specialist halloween and spooky eyes and is well-worth a looksy if you’re looking for some new peepers to flutter at all the boys (or girls) Check out her work here..good isn’t it?
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