Look who's coming for dinner!

Meetings, people, funny and odd encounters.

Where to go, what to do?

Suggestions for the second life adventurer in you.

Are you afraid of the Dark?

Haunted, abandoned, gory, spectral and scary places on the grid!

Last night a DJ saved my life...

Venues, discos, clubs and everything cool on the music side.

If only I knew...

Shopping guides, suggestions, events, hunts and faires: where to waste your money.

18.8.15

Body Language

AO's are something that I never grow tired of looking for, mostly because a good one can give your avatar a completely different style..no matter what you're wearing.
There's been a lot of fuss around some new shops that became famous selling complete sets for a few lindens, while these things usually costs a lot...a real LOT. 
So, when I opened my client and saw the ad for this shop on the splashscreen I decided to go and see what it was all about. The overall place is empty and very atmospheric: it's like falling in the middle of the Valley of Death, with nothing else than a couple of buildings and a few dead plants.
Absolutely stunning.



The real problem comes when you actually enter the shop and take a look at their prices: unless you're a royalty on SL, paying 1700-1800 $L for an AO is not really your thing. I was about to teleport away when I noticed a tent. The roadsign said "OUTLET" so I wandered near it and discovered a HUGE collection of animations and AOs of all kinds, priced 300-350$L . Aaaand that's why I'm still happy I've found the place: go and have a look at the outlet part because it might hold some really good treasures ;)


TAXI : http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Bon%20Voyage/51/48/253

17.8.15

Off the Wall



 Rachel Breaker is insane, we've known that for years. But everytime I stumble upon some of her works I find myself speechless and fascinated by the scary amount of absolutely nonsense..stuff she can give light to. It's simply ..amazing.
And so is Off the Wall, her sim, which includes shops, games, prizes, challenges, quests and a giant amount of completely crazy things. I'll let some images speak for me.






 Halloween is on the way here as well so there's a special game which you can play: at the entrance you'll be given a special object that..kinda.. reminds of a ghostbuster-under-LSD ghost capturing backpack. And it's pretty easy to guess what's next: just step in, do your businesses and occasionally capture those tiny ethereal creatures: the more you get the better the score, the highest the score the more prizes you can get.

All in all, this place is SO crazy that it feels like an endless dream and it's deadly funny. I've always liked Rachel's way of seeing life (and second life) and still, after all these years, she hasn't changed. YAY!!


TAXI:  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Off%20The%20Wall/91/129/33



16.8.15

Amitomo & Haikei



Gravitys Rainbow is a sim where everything is peaceful, dreamy and relaxing. As soon as you teleport in you can feel that dreamy atmosphere that usually permeates good spring/summer days, when you were young and everything was happy.
The Amitomo store
 This place is home to a couple of the most beautiful stores I've seen in a while: Amitomo and Haikei.  The first one sells mostly clothing and a few accessories, awesome quality and the usual pastel-elegant-yound-dollyish-student japanese style.

Haikei's store

 Haikei, on the other side, is home to some of the simpliest yet most beautiful buildings and home props ever. I completely fell in love with this style: white, simple, modernist..yet definitely not cold or impersonal.

Both stores sit on a small island in the middle of what looks like an infinite sea and are surrounded by a few, but powerful, seaside scenes. Definitely worth a visit, even if you're not planning to go shopping!


TAXI :  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gravitys%20Rainbow/109/120/28

15.8.15

Gatcha Fair - On the Boardwalk



One of the things that seem to have more success lately on SL is the whole Gatcha business.
What the hell is a gatcha? Well, it's a machine. Like those you find at faires and the likes. You basically pay it and hope to win the prize you want..or at least something decent. I don't usually like them because it's mostly RNG so I tend to avoid them like the plague since it's a dark pit for money.
Today, I was wandering around the net when I stumbled across the ad for "On the boardwalk" and was caught by the monthly theme which is "Tales from the crypt". I told myself why not and decided to go and have a look.
To my surprise, this actually is a nice gatcha event: not too many machines, a very nice enviroment and setting, not the usual booooooooring stores and almost everything on theme. Nice work.

..and I have to admit I've used a couple of them and won the rare prize on first attempt both times so I am satisfied.
Last but not least: don't wait too much because it's gonna close in a few days.

Official site: http://seraphimsl.com/2015/08/07/on-the-boardwalk-gacha-fair-is-open/
TAXI: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Nuvoletta/166/213/29

13.8.15

UNIA


Yeah, that's me, I'm that voyeur XD

Guys at MadPea got us used to big, awesome and complex games over the years. And UNIA is none less than this: a game. Set out in what looks like a cross between one of Fallout's cities and some sort of  desert-rockabilly version of Twin Peaks, you won't find anything "normal" in this place.
I won't spoil most of the fun out of it, just follow this simple advice: nothing here is casual and every detail is awesome and possibly important.

As a big fan of the long-lost The Mother Road's sim, I'm extremely happy that this place is now up and visitable (even if you don't take part in the game, as long as you don't spoil it for players, you're free to wander around and take piccies) and I hope it'll stick around as long as possible.










So,  wether you're just having a stroll, or wandering in search of that perfect shot of your life..or maybe trying to win the prizes of the game, take some time to have a closer look at all the small cottages and containers because they're sure to hide good surprises.
Wanna take part in the game? Just look at the entrance and get your hud with instructions: like every other MadPea production, playing costs a bit but everything you find is free. You also get an outfit in different shades, depending on the "package" you choose.
So..what are you waiting for? ;)

TAXI: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/MadPea%20Base/214/118/22

LICK


It seems like abandoned places still have a big fascination, not on myself only, but for the whole SL's universe.
I've been visiting a lot of seemingly deranged places like that in the years, most of them leaning towards the most realistic look they can achieve ever.
LICK is one of these, but I've found it quite different and with some sort of twisted atmosphere that made me feel kinda like the last woman on earth. Or, well.. at least on some sort of..planet.

The sim is build to be a showcase, to be honest, since Lick Designs is a shop for enviromental and building props and pieces: the whole region is like a giant products' exibithion but you don't really care about it, once you step in.

Everything starts like a "normal" abandoned sim with the usual carousel and the likes. Then you notice a pathway leading to some underground zone. And this is where everything starts, because it's not a simple cave: there's an hidden control room with panels and computers and monitors. Makes you think there's someone spying you. Or at least, there was.




When you finally emerge on the other side of this odd submarine (oh..did I mention we're underwater?) establishment, you find yourself in a seemingly alien place, full of odd and futuristic buildings which kinda remind me of the infamous "alien abandoned village" in China (yeah, the real China..)** , even if in a revamped state XD


All in all, this is a strange place. Well worth a visit.

TAXI --->  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Oyster%20Bay/179/178/27


** The Sanzhi UFO houses : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sanzhi_UFO_houses

2.12.14

Black Kite

Click to see the original image on Flickr!
Black Kite is one of those dreamy places that, once visite, stick in your imagination for days. At least this is what happened to me when I first went there months ago. This sim reminds me of many things I've done on my parcels back in the years, but takes it further, making water the central point of an odd and peaceful ambient.



 The overall feeling is that of a dream, and dreams make everything come true so you can literally dance on waters, fly up in the sky like a kite, have a walk with fishes and so much more :)
It's like visual poetry and a very cool relaxing place.
 Every corner comes in style of a different season, with matching colours, trees, animals and small cottages. You can explore it by crossing the water or walking down a wooden path, which also teakes you to the wonderful 8f8, home of the most beautiful (and I'm not saying this only because I'm a fan xD) mesh objects on SL.
So, what are you waiting for? ;)

TAXI --> http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Black%20Kite/202/121/21

1.12.14

Bakumatsu Obakeyashiki


Click on image to see the original Flickr post.

It was a dark and lonely night....... many years ago when I stumbled upon a small and interesting little japanese house on a small seashore. It was what it slowly became one of the only and most original japanese horror shops on SL : Naminoke.

Even though I absolutely dig that place, I'm not here to talk about it (well, not YET XD).
When I followed the developed of that little store I eventually ended up in a very original and funny sim called Bakumatsu, which was the house of many beautiful original stores and a lot of cool hangout places. Amongst them, I expecially loved the always original haunted house built by taiko McCaw and friends, filled with the most spooky and grotesque asian horror items ever.
This place has hold a special place in my heart since then. And it's sad for me to announce Bakumatsu's closure in the following weeks. I have no precise date as to when this is going to happen, but don't hesitate and pay it a visit while you still can.

TAXI to the haunted Bakumatsu Obakeyashiki --> http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Kyoto%20BAKUMATSU/240/58/21  



Messaggio di servizio...

Nell'ottica di ottenere più visibilità ed essere condivisibile su diverse piattaforme, ad un pubblico più ampio, questo blog sarà d'ora in poi scritto in inglese. Farò presto anche un restyle del layout.
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In order to achieve more visibility and being sharable on multiple sites and platforms, this blog will be in english from now on. A layout restyle is also on  schedule. ;)





grazie/thank you!

-V.

25.10.14

Club Zero

Non ho perso la mania per la musica e ascoltare *buona* musica è uno dei miei fetish. Per questo anche su SL spesso tendo a cercare luoghi in cui sia possibile. Nonostante tutti i grandi vecchi pilastri del genere siano chiusi da secoli (Club Industry e SubZero in primis), esistono ancora molti club che passano Industrial, EBM e questo genere a me caro di brani.
Uno dei luoghi che più mi hanno colpita positivamente è Club Zero, che ricalca i passi dei suoi illustri predecessori, offrendo una scaletta pressochè nostop di DJ e radio in tema.
La nuova sede del club ricalca da vicino i furono ultimi giorni dell'Industry, con un certo gusto per il cyberpunk che tanto mi ricorda lo Skin Job (fra i miei vecchi posts, la recensione).


 


Per saperne di più, esistono pagina fb https://www.facebook.com/ClubZeroRadio e sito http://www.clubzeroradio.com/  e ovviamente il gruppo IW.

TAXI --> http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/HOUSE%20OF%20WHACKS/78/48/3002