Second Life Gacha – Sneak Peek 3!

Time for another sneak peek, to show you what I’m putting in my gacha machine at The Arcade in Second Life®.

Kitty and snake made of clay
A kitty made of colorful modeling compound; make it any colors you like!

This is the exact kitty that my older sister made every time we had clay to play with. Now you can have it in SL™!

It comes in the colors shown, but of course those are just the ones I happened to have. If you’d like your kitty (or your snake, or the lid of your plā-clā (pronounced “play clay”) can) to be different colors, you can do that, because I made it easy to tint! The base color is white, so make it whatever you like.

Only a bit more than 10 days until the event opens, as I type this. So, of course, I decided to sneak one more thing into the machine!

Wish me luck!

SL Arcade Sneak Peek 2

A puzzle jigsaw with a picture by Marianne McCann
Sneak Peek 2 – A puzzle featuring a photograph by Marianne McCann

Today’s Sneak Peek from The Arcade in Second Life® – A jigsaw puzzle, with a photograph of Archie by Marianne McCann.

There’s more to this one than you can see here, but you’ll have to wait until the image with the entire contents of the of the gacha machine is released to see the box with a cover that can open and close.. I mean, the rest of it! Yeah!

There are materials in this one, too. It has both Shine and Normals, so it looks very realistic, just like a puzzle in First Life!

Getting Ready for the Arcade!

It’s less than a week until setup for the September round of the Arcade opens in Second Life®!

Most of the things I’ll have in this round are finished, and on my worktable. For some of them, I’ve collaborated with Marianne McCann. I did the mesh, and she did the textures.

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The Gacha Grove

In Second Life® we have a thing called gacha machines. You might be familiar with them in First Life (or Real Life, if you prefer.) Like the real ones, you put money into the virtual machines in SL™ and get a random prize. Like the real ones, some of the prizes are common, and some are rare. Like the real ones, for many the goal is to complete a set, so there’s a fair amount of trading your duplicate prizes for ones you need.

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It’s a Learning Experience…

So, I’m still working away at the Lynda.com WordPress Mastercourse. (Good thing I love learning new software more than about anything else I can do, huh?)

As part of the course, I’ve installed MAMP, and now I have WordPress up and running on my own hard drive. Which means, gentle readers, that you no longer have to worry about me doing something.. odd… here, when you’re right in the middle of reading something.

Experiments will now be confined to the privacy of my own computer.

However, since one of the things I need to do is get into the habit of blogging every day or so, I will be blogging here, too.  Continue reading It’s a Learning Experience…

Once more, into the…. Blog?

I’ve been thinking a lot about starting to blog again lately, and have decided, for many reasons, that it’s something that I should do.

I wasn’t terribly happy with the blogging service I have been using, though; and I decided to look into WordPress, which seems to do all the things I would like to be able to do with a blog.

Imagine my surprise when I realized that I had a blog on WordPress.com already! Apparently, I decided to give it a spin almost exactly four years ago, but then totally forgot about it. (Probably because of the huge amount of work required to move house.) Who would have guessed?

This time, though, I’m going to approach it the way I prefer to approach things. I’m taking a WordPress Masterclass from Lynda.com, so (hopefully) I’ll really know what I’m doing. I’m also kind of committing to writing several times a week.

I’ll be practicing here for the next few days. So if the posts seem … odd, or if the theme is changing every time you refresh the page, that’s why.

It will stabilize soon.

I hope.