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Screwball Cartoon Avatars Sim

I confess…I have a soft spot for the Smurfs. Those loveable retro blue midgets bring back some rather happy tv memories. And the massive Smurfy presence on the Screwball Cartoon Avatars sim played a large part in my spending hours on this sim!

This is an entire region of a cartoon theme. The island belongs to Jenee Marten, whose landing point takes you to the front of her avatar store (which is also very cartoony in build). She sells some really cool avatars in there. There’s Looney Tunes, South Park, Smurfs and other well known ones and then loads  of original stuff including some really hilarious adult avatars. She has regular ones, tinies and miniatures. I have a couple of the miniatures from here and I personally haven’t seen better done toon avatars in game or avatars smaller than this in game either. They really are that awesome! There’s a lot of freebies available in the store too, cartoon type slippers etc.

Screwball Cartoon Avatars

Screwball Cartoon Avatars

What I love about this place is the fact that its focus is fun and not just commercial activity. Yes, the store is on there and the store is awesome. But this is a full sim with some really cool cartoon features. There’s a really great Smurf Village (which is perfect size if you’re wearing the Smurf miniature avs), there’s a giant Smurf statue on a hill (I’m going on about Smurf’s a bit too much here aren’t I?). There’s a cartoon style haunted house and little cartoon cottage, as well as a little Peanuts themed area and Winnie the Pooh themed area as well, a little Marvin the Martian  and planety more stuff too!!

South Park Elementary Replica

South Park Elementary Replica

The Smurf Village

The Smurf Village

But it isn’t all just things to look at. There’s stuff to do too! There’s Bumper Boats that you can tour the whole island on and cartoon trivia on one of the decks over the river. For fishing fanatics, probably the best feature will be the 7Seas Fishing Deck. There’s a LOT of custom catches available here. While I was fishing there I caught some really funny original fish (yes they’re cartoony) and others around me caught some pretty cool animated shoulder buddies. There’s a list of all custom catches available to take too, which tells you there’s a SMurf shoulder buddy in there (here I go again with Smurfs), a Devil, Santa amongst others. And, surprise, surprise, they’re all cartoonish!

One thing not to miss is ‘Little Willy’s Porn Emporium’ which is a dirty little cartoon themed porn shop! You read it right! In there you can buy the ‘adult’ cartoon avatars Jenee Marten makes but the concept is original and funny.

Little Willys!

Little Willy's!

All in all this is definitely a must see place. It’s completely different and very original. I haven’t seen a better cartoon sim in Second Life™. For anyone looking for fun stuff to do in Second Life, this is the way to go! You can find the Screwball Cartoon Avatars region here.


December 6, 2008 Posted by | Miscellaneous, Stores, The Weirdly Wonderful | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Anonymous Blanks by Vladimir Rakosi

This is arguably one of the coolest concepts I have come across in game. The Anonymous Blanks were created by Vladimir Rakosi and are…well to be honest they’re simple plain blank robot style avatars. But there’s a twist. You can accessorise these in such a way that is fairly addictive, to be honest.

Hosted on a sim called Xntra City, the first stop has to be the factory, where you can be turned into an Anonymous Blank. You simply sit on the platform and go round the conveyer belt to be ‘converted’ by means of some entertaining object givers and instructions. This is completely free of charge and is a great means of introduction to these avatars. By the time you have gone around the conveyer system, you’re a Blank. Attach your HUD to play sounds and an animation. It then brings you out into the little shop where you can pick up a free Construction Helmet or buy upgrades and accessories for your blank (from L$ 10 to L$ 1000 depending on the product). But even if you opt not to upgrade your Blank, what comes with the free version is pretty impressive. As well as the sounds and the animation on the HUD, if you click your head you will find a whole menu there too, with options to change your floaty text above your head, change the colour of your avatar, even add memos and reminders to a small built in function there. There is even a “tip hand” function which, for the cheekier amongst you, turns your right hand into a tip jar if you wish to attempt to collect handouts. They really are very cool and with a little more word out about them I could see them taking off. It’s a quirky concept. I think people would start to create their own accessories as well. My main complaint about the factory itself is that if someone else is on the conveyer, you cannot use it. And as it can take a good five minutes for someone to get around there (if they’re being slow) you can find yourself waiting around for a while. If it is possible, the addition of a second platform would be good as a lot of people will not wait around in Second Life™.

Coming out of the factory, the rest of the sim has a lot to offer as well, though admitedly much of the sim is made up of stores including a puzzle/gadget store and a second Blank accessories store as well as the Xntra City balloon factory which sells, well… balloons! There’s a building area and some boat rentals as well. The main thing to note about the entire sim though is just how well built it is! It’s very well put together and is unique in both its theme and concept. The building work is also done by Vladimir.

All in all it’s a sim that is worth a visit for its sheer unique approach. It really is a lot of fun and will not go unappreciated by the architecture lovers either. It really is very quirky. Have some pictures!

Xntra City

Xntra City

Xntra City

Xntra City

Inside the Factory

Inside the Factory

The Anonymous Blanks Factory

The Anonymous Blanks Factory

Go along and visit! It’s well worth the teleport.

You will find Xntra City and the Anonymous Blanks here.

November 24, 2008 Posted by | The Weirdly Wonderful | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Sarah’s Magic Kingdom

Whether you are seven, seventeen or sixty-seven, male, female, human or otherwise, the chances are you’ll have enjoyed at least one Disney movie (even if you won’t admit it). Second Life™ has its fair share of fanatics creating Disney inspired merchandise and so on.Yet hidden in amongst this melee of animated magic is something a little different; Sarah’s Magic Kingdom.

For a start, this isn’t a profit-making venture. There is nothing for sale. It is essentially a tribute museum set up for fans of Disney to go and enjoy. Owned by Sarah Nikitin, the museum is housed in a replica of Cinderella’s castle (very well built by Beast Mauvaise). It is laid out in 4 sections offering different Disney themed. These include the Animal Kingdom and the Hollywood Studios zone. There’s plenty of images of the characters and the Disneyworld Parks around. Almost all images have a notecard giver in them offering fun trivia and information.

Outside there’s a Disney themed ‘mouse house’ offering Disney streams from the various parks and a cute Disney style barge.

All in all this is a very ‘feel good’ type of place. I’m not a Disney ‘fanatic’ myself (but I admit to enjoying some of the films), but came across this while I was searching for museums. Even as someone not crazily fanatic for Disney, I enjoyed this. The effort that has gone into this, down to the meticulous information and trivia, is clear to see. Go take a look for yourself!

Sarah's Magic Kindgom

August 1, 2008 Posted by | Arts and Culture, The Weirdly Wonderful | Leave a comment

Mr. B’s Absurdly GINORMOUS Maze

Mr. B’s maze is real good fun type of place to spend an hour…. or three, depending on just how bad you are at navigating your way around! In addition to entertainment value, there are a number of freebie locations hidden in and around this massive maze to give you an opportunity to bulk out your inventory free of charge in the process of trying to get out! And try you might, as covering a quarter sim this is certainly amongst the bigger mazes in game!

Mr B's

Now, of course you could cheat. You could simply hide the giant board covering the maze and came your way around it, amongst other things, but as the greeter at the landing point will tell you,

“Mr. B’s Absurd Greeter!: Welcome, Broom, to the GINORMOUS Maze! Try moving about in this crazy hedge maze, and collect freebies along the way. No flying, and no peeking, and remember that cheaters never prosper! Enjoy – Mr. B.”

The maze is confusing, true enough. But this is the idea of a maze, right? It will probably have you tearing out your hair and laughing at the same time. And for humour value? Well, there is a ‘Cheater’s Way’ offered at the start of the maze. But not everything is as it seems, so beware!

Is surprises me that up until a random search I did, I had never heard of this place. Maybe that’s just me, or maybe it truly is another of those places that doesn’t get the exposure it deserves. Nobody was there while I was there, though this was better for me. If I absolutely have to make an idiot of myself walking into bushes and back around and confusing myself like that, I would rather do it alone. Go visit! It’ll be fun!

July 31, 2008 Posted by | The Weirdly Wonderful | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Bentham Manor – Ghosts and Ghouls!

Lauren Bentham did an absolutely amazing job putting together this ghoulish haunted mansion. This place was recommended to me by a friend who knows I’m quite enthusiastic about builds that offer something different. And I hit the jackpot with this one.

Upon arrival you’ll be notified that the best setting for viewing this in is midnight. And that’s so, so true! Additionally, you’ll also be offered a free weapon…. a plank of wood with some pretty huge nails sticking out of it. Take it. You never know when you might decide to beat the living daylights out of some virtual creepy creature.

It would be a shame for me to spoil this place by telling you everything in it. But it truly is worth a visit. The train around the outside is worth the ride, offering some pretty cool sights! And you’re invited to hang (literally) from a couple of nooses located by the landing point. The interior decor is fantastic, with both the texturing and the build itself meeting a really high standard, not just technically but in terms of the imagination behind it too. This one is well worth a teleport!

Haunted Mansion

Haunted Mansion

July 30, 2008 Posted by | The Weirdly Wonderful | , , , , , , | Leave a comment