Here I am in Craft, the Friendly Grids welcome area, Hydra Station. Behind me is the inworld teleport wall, but today’s destination is so new, that it doesn´t even have a panel! You have to run a world map search on the word RAINBOW! Come on, I want to show you my swank new headgear!
Hello my dearest dears! How exciting, here we all are again, ready for another whirlwind adventure on OpenSim, the software platform that hosts hundreds of independently owned and operated grids/worlds, many of which choose to be connected by an amped up teleportation system called the Hypergrid. This system literally allows you to explore new worlds, seek out new life, and new civilizations ; and of course, snag enough free stuff to experience clinical remorse symptomology!
If you have no clue how to get onto OpenSim,(belive me you are not alone) please read my “How to get on OpenSim in Six Easy Steps” page at the top of this blog. If you do not understand any terminology, have a gander my Newbie Glossary , and if you would like to know more about OpenSim and the Hypergrid, please read my easy to understand OpenSim posts! Come on! Spread your wings in the free metaverse!!!
As you have already guessed, for today´s adventure, we are going to stay on my beloved home world Craft- the Friendly Grid. , my personal recommendation for the OpenSim Newbie. Now, Craft´s newest freebie region (there are alot!), RAINBOW, is barely up and running; most shops are nearly empty, or half finished- with one exception- my good friend, multi award winning artist Tosha Tyran! Let´s take a look!
This is about where you will land. The lovely lattice bud shapes behind me are Tosha’s shop. And as to the headgear,can you see that my “hat” are actually two beautiful rattlesnakes? I have named my new sweet babies Ixtal and Ishtar! Now let’s get you something weird and wonderful to love!
Go up the first ramp, which will lead you to the first bud! Inside you will see Tosha`s exquisitly detailed hairpieces. Have a closer look.
There is a friend for you! Which brings us to something you need to know about Tosha’s creations! Always examine them carefully- Tosha loves little details, jokes, poems; you never really know what you will find. You can purchase any of the hair pieces by clicking on the colored ring, just look for the L$ sign. Now, lets walk down the middle ramp, toward the second bud.
Stop before you get there, in front of the not that easy to read sign. The sign tells you that after purchasin, you have to go someplace youcan rezz, unpack, the item, and then OPEN it into your inventory! I will show you where you can do that on Craft in a minute.On either side of the sign are some of Tosha´s tamer hair and hat offerings, but we will head for the second bud…
Yeeeeeees!! This is where you can score some of the wildest, most fabulous hats, pets artworks, WHATEVER the hell they are, in the metaverse!
My god, she is sooooo brilliant. The water is flowing down the mountain to form a waterfall veil.
The water that composes the brim is in motion as well. It causes no lag at all. Incredible.
Can you see the water? It is actually running off the umbrella corners. And look at the darling little frogs!
Not a cat person?
No problem; Tosha has something for everyone! You can get my beautiful snakes, but with black hair, my white hair is a special edition. I won’t show you anymore hats, so you can have the fun of discovering them for yourself, but I will say this- one involves fireworks! Now, once you have loaded up on enough skullptures(the wine kicks in) we can go to Craft´s sandbox region and unpack!
Just run world map search on SANDBOX WIND and teleport!
Et Voila! Once you arrive, start rezzing your purchases, opening them into your inventory, and putting them on. ( pay attention, some attatch to your nose!) Tosha even gives you a posing stand to make little adjustments.
How cool is this!
Don’t forget to read Tosha’s notecard! It gives landmarks to all her wildly interesting , extremely unmissable, games and shops. Yes, games.You’ll see.
Faire Bell is Tosha’s couture boutique in Craft freebie region SINUS.
This is the landing point for the first part of Tosha’s Myst inspired game, which tells the tale of celestial wild child Arantxa’s time lost on earth. This DIARY will tell you the story and give you the broad strokes, but you have to pick up a hud here and start finding clues.
You follow stars and clues through the beautiful streets of Barcelona, snagging freebies and enjoying the sights. Eventually you are able to enter the second part of the game..
On the beach at WHITE HEAT. The name makes sense, just stay on the pier for a while. When you are done, the door is the stone sla. There are no more freebies from this point on, which doesn´t matter because the whole thing will have completely sucked you in by now. I won` spoil anything else for you, but I will say this, once you get past the door…
This is not the weirdest thing in the room.
The third part of the game takes you to Arantxas home planet.
This is the landing area for Tosha´s new freebie region ANESIDORA. Yes,this is an entire region of Tosha’s somewhat lunatic brilliance, all yours for a click. Well, it will be when she has it finished. Not everything is quite up and running. Let´s take a look at the pools…
Most purchases here follow the same rules as the hats; click something around the object and buy here, unpack and open in the sandbox. These pretty gift boxes are the last screamingly obvious purchase points you will see here.
After this, Tosh goes all game wizard on us. You have to look for something a bit out of place, like this ball of light, and drag your cursor over it, looking for the L$. You can hear her giggling, can´t you.
Now let´s go inside one of the shops. This one is on the far right as you face the mountain.
OOOOh, kitchens! Now it´s Tosha, so start clicking everything!
Aha! The fridge opens. More wine; crap, now I will never finish this post . Oh look, the clock keeps time. Would have meant something before I opened the fridge. Now let’s wobble upstairs…
You very seldom see detail like this anywhere, even in Second Life.
Damn! Try NOT grabbing everything in site!
Let´s go outside now, and fly upstairs past the bed section and over the bridge.
I want to show you something in here.
Not marvelous cracked leather sofas, or even the stunningly crafted bookshelves. Look on TOP of the book shelf to my right.
This is quintessential Tosha. She has translated a poem for us, and just casually lef it lying about. The only other creator I can think of who exhibits this kind of complexity is the great Arcadia Asylum.
And now my dears, I must love you and leave you! Thank you so very much Tosha for your unbridled generosity and flat out brilliantly wild spirit! And thank you all for joining me , your company means more to me than words could possibly express! the sweetest of dreams and the brightest of days to you all! Until next time my dears, Adieu!!!