Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Crafting (SL)

Just hanging out with some friends, relaxing in a pond I created on my land.

I've been back in Second Life more lately. I have been toying with my new land, mostly building though. I really, really enjoy it. It is truly crafting in a gaming setting, to the ultimate. I made this, I mean I really made this! It is a very cool thing indeed, if you're into creating items.

You can create items within the game, using uploaded or textures bought from other residents. You can manipulate shapes and link them, it is a great way to start and get a feel for building, then moving onto sculpties (sculpted image maps which take shape within a prim). You can also upload your own mesh models created within a 3D modeling program. I've been messing with mesh again and creating things with it here and there. Sometimes I need a specific shape and this is helpful to be able to create it. I'm by no means an expert but it is quite fun.

I suppose the thing about Second Life is that you do whatever you want all the time, no pressure, no rush, it is so laid back compared to the other games I play. Be anything you want, look any way you want, without even having to switch characters. The only beef I have is the inventory system which is basically stored within files, it is clunky and messy. With almost 60k items and growing, it is getting to the point where I really need to clean house. I am avoiding this like the plague, lol. The inevitable day will come.

I'm pretty much a recluse these days. Staying on my lovely piece of land, creating. However, I want to get out and explore some new sims soon. The wonderful part about exploring is that there is so much to see, so many new sims all the time to check out, as well as many old favorites to visit again.

Dire doesn't play, he doesn't understand my draw to the game and creating, he says he isn't creative thus he just can't understand it. I will admit the game does have a rather odd reputation, but if you know why you are there playing, who is to question that? I play for me, if you don't like how I choose to spend my time, I'm sorry. You just keep to yourself or like minded players. There is something for everyone. Not everyone who plays is some perverted deviant! You know you thought it! You don't have to be creative to enjoy the game, you can enjoy the variety of things created by others, role play, make friends, shop, race, endless things. However you just have to find your niche.

It has a strong pull to my creative side. I do it in my free time, I enjoy it when I feel like it, no pressure, I learn new things in the process. I still have a lot to learn, one day perhaps my creations will take on more polish than they possess now.

Today I thought I'd share some of my creations. Below are a few I've been busy working on. Enjoy!

Jet Pack with male hover animation.

Jet Pack with female animation.

Jet pack with....FIRE!

Pack up close, the green and red have a moving 'particle' effect scripted, which was fun to add.

A mesh baby dragon, not too crazy about this one.

One of my houses I built, a room inside. This was fun to decorate. 

An Asian home I built, I need a big house with room to stand on the roof to built... But I tire of my own creations. 

Inside of house, the roof is see through from inside to create a lighter feel

A mesh chair and hat I created. Two of the first mesh items I've worked on for a long time.

A mesh steampunk top hat and goggles I created. 

Goggles I created, they change color when you touch this item. A menu pops up, fun and kind of nifty.

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