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Yes, it’s been a number of years since I ‘settled in’ here. However there are still new people coming in every day and I wanted to give a ‘how to’ of some inexpensive and simple ways of de-noobing oneself and quickly getting settled into your new virtual world.
Admittedly it has been some time since I’ve done a huge shopping spree here, because I have so many things that I’ve acquired over the years that I get rather lazy. I ACTUALLY often wear the same outfit days in a row. hah! Of course, this is also because a lot of my time spent in InWorldz is in various roleplay environments, and for those I have preset folders that I can quickly ‘wear’ and switch from character to character and sometimes the same scene continues over a few day period and there is simply no need to change. Also, my homes I have here are SO fully furnished with so much now , things I love and I just cant think of what I feel like swapping out for anything new.
So, I decided to go out shopping, and see what I could put together for very cheap.
Setting up a Home Base
First off is getting a home base. I know what you’re thinking – ‘Hold up! I need to fix up this starter avi into something decent!’ – yes, starter avis aren’t normally the best, but chosing where you are going to live can be a key part of deciding what kind of avatar you want to start with. Also of course, you then have a place to rez all your new amazing things, rather than using a sandbox. After all, this post is called ‘Settling in… ‘ not ‘Coming to visit and wanting to look awesome’ However if you are more interested in getting your avi all sorted first, scroll down because that is included also!
There are, of course, homes available on any of the premium regions for those who have premium accounts. The low monthly price of 5.95 US gets you a nice sized home on a 2048 sqm region with a total land capacity of 1406 prims (the homes on them are not able to be swapped out, and vary in prim count, but there are stil 1100-1200 prims available after the house. If that isn’t quite to your liking , there are many cheap rent options. I rent out land and sell some parcels, but there are many more out there with better prices than I, that still have lots of prim counts. Charlesworth Estates, Everluxe, Exile, and a variety of parcel rentals as well as actually purchasing your own:
2×2 (4 regions) for 60.00 initial cost, then 85/month total with afterwards 48,000 prims
single private region with 45,000 prims – 75.00
mainland region with 30,000 prims – 40.00 (I myself have two of these and I LOVE it)
Also, many places offer free rent for new residents. I often have small cottages available for new residents for the first month free – I don’t always have any available but feel free to contact me in world, and of course use the Classifieds in Search for other free rentals.
Finding your First Home
This week I went on a hunt to find cheap first homes to put on your first land (if your parcel or land doesn’t come with one) and I was pretty excited to see a nice selection of free homes. Some are a bit high in prims, BUT InWorldz has a very high prim count per parcel so really this is not an issue.
This is the first place I found, and I actually am going to use one of these homes I got from here for myself. http://places.inworldz.com/Cape%20Determination/181/28/21 (firestorm viewer) These homes are given for free by Lily Lightcloud, and are really great spacious places.
For the price of 350 iz, you can get the Woods House, which is a high quality, realistic mesh home with two rooms and only 16 prims. It comes with six different colours to choose from.http://places.inworldz.com/Tune%20Shores/241/197/23
If you’d like to spend more izzies for a larger home, there are some nicely done homes at Roots and Shoots/ACCENTZ .http://places.inworldz.com/The%20Mcalpines/79/124/1024 . There is a wide variety to choose from , in many genres
This is by NO means a complete list at all, but is just to give an idea of some places to start when you want to plop a home down on your shiny new land.
Furnishing your New Place
Here I have listed the first three that I went to visit when searching ‘mesh furniture’ in the viewer search tab. Again this list is nowhere near complete and is offered as a ‘getting started’ with places that are a bit of a ‘one stop’ shop – meaning, able to furnish your whole home without a bunch of other stops to make.
The first I went to today is Simple Reflections located at http://places.inworldz.com/Fisher%20Island/57/218/31 A nice variety of indoor and outdoor furnishings in mesh for a moderate price. At first look there might not seem to be a lot there, but wander around and you are sure to find something awesome.
My next stop was Offbeat. And although this may come off as biased because Leanna writes for this blog also, it’s BECAUSE of her skills that her and I became friends. Hers was the first furniture store I came across that contained the sort of items I had become accustomed to in the ‘other grid’. At the time her store was called Phoenix Creations and was done in sculpts and such because InWorldz back then wasn’t supporting mesh yet – as it was still quite new all over. Now her store has been rebranded as Offbeat and she has a very wide variety of household furniture and outdoor furnishings as well at low prices. Her items are high quality mesh and it it still my first place to shop, as well as the landmark I hand out to newcomers. There is even a portal in her store that will bring you to her older non mesh creations which are extremely low in price and still lovely.
Blueberry Patch has many different lovely things as well. Furniture, homes and outdoor things, barns and more. The prices are a bit higher than the other two mentioned, but it is still worth a look because you might just find that ONE thing you were looking for. (Besides the $/izzie conversion is pretty good at InWorldz in general)
Accentz has a huge variety of well priced furniture, and considering it is also adjacent to the Homes featured in the above section, as well as a vast amount of landscaping to choose from (also Roots and Shoots) , it could really be a one stop shopping experience.
Finally, I am adding in a favourite of mine. Not only because the animations are super pleasing to the ‘adult’ side of us all but because the quality of furniture is very pleasing – Bad Kitty. You can find interactive (adult) furniture for every room of your home. (you can also find Rosie Lavochkin’s famous male and female genitalia and more)
Some places that are also worth checking out to complete your home (just use search in the viewer)
A Cottage Affair – furniture, homes and more http://places.inworldz.com/Bella/175/38/1102
Suzy’s Stuff and Nonsense – super interactive furniture, kitchens, and InWorldz ONLY growing, interactive prim babies, with furniture for them also . http://places.inworldz.com/Steampunk%20Isle/103/33/31
Musing Moments Mall http://places.inworldz.com/Musing%20Moments/179/105/2484
and the Lanes http://places.inworldz.com/The%20Lanes/139/90/24
Well, I’ve already mentioned Roots and Shoots, that’s a first stop for many. I’ve also mentioned Domus – the origins of the Woods House, which also has some choice landscaping things (seasonal trees, pines grasses and more)Two other personal favourites are 1) Garden Furniture by Tamara http://places.inworldz.com/Linked%20Hearts/31/24/709
I have pretty much landscaped all my regions only needing to use her things. They are very well priced and versatile. I would definitely call it my one-stop gardening shop. Waterfalls, caves, grasses, trees and much more.
2) Teal’s Garden Shop -http://places.inworldz.com/Dreamwalker/216/213/22
This was the first landscaping place I found when I came to InWorldz a few years ago and the content and quality is still awesome. I love it.
Getting YOU ready
Now that you have a place to live, and some ideas as to where to get stuff to make it feel like a home -OR you have skipped all that and just want to find out how to un-noobify for a reasonable price – it is time to share some avi suggestions.
First of all, InWorldz has a perfect all-in-one at Mimi’s Choice. Not only will you find a large selection of clothing from many creators and hair by Mina and Emotions but you will also find Vista Animations right next door as well as Humanoid on site and Redgraves. Really you can’t go wrong using this as a first stop.
If you would like a quick and inexpensive yet unique skin/shape and clothing on site, my first recommendation is Step inSide (there is a LM in Lany Jun’s profile for her store that is invalid, but this is the updated one http://places.inworldz.com/The%20Lanes/210/38/22 )
You will find skins for 500, (she also has the appliers for Sapphira mesh body), as well as the shapes for 200, and a lovely variety of clothing. There are also eyes, lips and more.
There is also :
HotSkins – http://places.inworldz.com/Gourbiland%20Old%20Village/115/250/22
Deluxe body Factory , Skins and Shapes- http://places.inworldz.com/Passim/144/130/32
and many, many more. Search is your friend.
As for hair, Damselfly was one of my favourites but seems to be gone now. The two others I use quite a bit are .:Emotions and Deviant Designs. There are also some hairs by Mina found at Mimi’s Choice. Lately I’ve bee sporting some cute red curls by Deviant Designs. There are many styles to choose from and great prices.
Deviant Designs – http://places.inworldz.com/Casiel%20Cove/204/206/24
So, there you have it – some great places to start when getting settled in InWorldz. We have a plethora of talented creators and merchants here with so much available, it’s impossible to list them all, but I hope at the very least that the average person coming into InWorldz can glean some ideas from this article when starting out on their new virtual life here.
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Today I had the pleasure of meeting with and interviewing Lexxy Moore – the Queen of Particles! She is a ‘dinky’ – a kitty avatar – most often, and today that is how she met with me.
Moonrise Azalee:Well, first of all, I’d like to thank you so much for taking the time to talk with me today
Lexxy Moore: my pleasure 🙂
Moonrise Azalee laughs
Moonrise Azalee: So to start, how long have you been in InWorldz for?
Lexxy Moore: ooooh lemme check my profile lol – I was born on July 11th 2014. sooooo less than 2 years ago. I feel much older than that
Moonrise Azalee: Oh you do not look a day over one!
Lexxy Moore: I guess in human years I would be around 12 or 13, if we are like dogs
Moonrise Azalee: Hmm, i wonder how old that makes me then…(doing the math I am almost 28)
Lexxy Moore: oooooh much older than me
Moonrise Azalee nods “I am ancient”
Lexxy Moore: I love being small. We are adorable and can get away with stuff – I like to especially munch on human’s ankle
Moonrise Azalee: Yes, I agree! ( I decided to do the interview as a Dinky also – it’s not so often these days i find reason to shed my human skin)
Moonrise Azalee: And what brought you to InWorldz? How did you hear about it, or what made you decide to check it out?
Lexxy Moore: well back in the 2000’s I briefly tried Second Life. I wasn’t in many groups and so I got bored. I also was being griefed/bullied and decided to leave. “self…you should try another virtual world” so I did some research and InWorldz looked very promising.
On my 2nd day here I attended a live music performance. and after the concert the performer Steven Strikker and his InWorldz wife Qwirky Snoodle adopted me. I was so amazed at the friendly people here that I stayed.
Moonrise Azalee: That’s sad about the bullying and such on the other grid, I’m sorry to hear that! What first impressions did you have of InWorldz when you arrived here almost two years ago?
Lexxy Moore: Well literally my very first impression was when I landed at the starting area and was cheerfully greeted by one of the InWorldz mentors who gave me an Explorer HUD and other goodies. It was a great first impression for a newbie. I decided pretty quickly that I wanted to try some roleplay.
Moonrise Azalee nods and listens
Lexxy Moore: so I joined Bim and Andor Rasmuson’s Unified Lands. It was there that I started scripting. I took Shadow Song’s scripting classes and everything today took off from that. I was only there about three months but made some amazing friendships.
Moonrise Azalee: You say you learned scripting, is that something you focus on now that you are settled into InWorldz?
Lexxy Moore: Well a bit of background… in real life (RL) I was a Computer Science major in college, and then a programmer after. So the scripting here really was a nice fit with the skills I already had – although my programming was a bit rusty hehe. but yes almost everything I do now creatively involves scripting. My building abilities are extremely limited. I can rez out basic prim shapes and torture them a bit into twisted shapes but my doggies still look like horsies and my cows look like rabbits.
Moonrise Azalee: Oh! Well, then you build in the same style I do!
Lexxy Moore: haha I guess so ! I think of myself as a Mathematical Artist. I paint with shiny particles.
Moonrise Azalee: Do you remember the first thing you made or scripted?
Lexxy Moore: well the very first things were HUDs – the ones in Shadow’s classes and then some HUDs for my friend ladycasandra emerald. she was building guitars and drum sets for Dinkies. and needed HUDs to control the animations and also some particle effects for the drums. you can see those in my LexxyTech store display
(landmark at the end of the interview)
Moonrise Azalee: What are some of the other things you have worked on – either for yourself or for others?
Lexxy Moore: well some quick history… after I worked on the Dinkie HUDs I started experimenting more with particles and how the emitters can be made to move in space. About that time Jeri Rahja asked me if I could submit a piece of art for the 2015 ArtFest “The Art of IWz Love” so I wracked my brain and decided to combine all the things I had learned so far. I rezzed it out here on my build platform it is particle art that visitors can interact with via the rezzed HUD. when nobody has touched a HUD button for a bit it goes into “Demo Mode” which changes the settings
Moonrise Azalee: Is it the same as what is in front of me?
Lexxy Moore: yus give it a try 🙂 you can press the Reset button or any of the setting buttons to get out of Demo Mode
Moonrise Azalee grins and wrings her furry paws together “okay!”
LexxyTech Particle Spin Controller v1.3: Exiting Demo mode…you are in control now.
Lexxy Moore: the arrow buttons change the setting values
Moonrise Azalee: Can i hit any buttons? (starts touching all the buttons)
Lexxy Moore: yush – try spin
(just a note that my screen refused to rez properly for me – I had too many things running.. the buttons and such are much clearer in ‘person’ )
Lexxy Moore: all six settings change every 5 seconds in demo mode, which makes for some interesting patterns. this art piece is basically v1.0 of the gadgets I use in my particle shows today, instead of six settings (as in this hud on display) I now have 15, plus an additional 11 special effects I can trigger. and I’ve flattened and rotated the display so it can fit on a stage behind the DJ or performer
Moonrise Azalee: Thats a great idea, and It’s really beautiful.
Lexxy Moore: fun to play with isn’t it? 🙂
Moonrise Azalee: Yes, it really is
Lexxy Moore: if you want I can tp you to the place I do shows with Ganjo Mokeev every other Tuesday night to give you an idea of how it looks now
Moonrise Azalee: Sure!
And we arrive at http://places.inworldz.com/Elektra/79/194/1002 The Loft Blues Club in Elektra
Moonrise Azalee: So, tell me about this place we are at right now? You do shows here?
Lexxy Moore: yep my very first particle show was here back on May 19th 2015 so roughly 1 year ago the owners Dick Pinelli and Rusty Larimore asked if I could do a show with Ganjo Mokeev every other Tuesday night. Ganjo is an amazing live performer.so I owe my start to The Loft Blues Club 🙂
Moonrise Azalee Waves to the bartender who sseemed busy wiping counters.
Lexxy Moore: Slim Pickins never moves from that spot behind the bar, poor guy
Moonrise Azalee *grins* awww, he must really like his job
Lexxy Moore: If you look behind the stage I’ll show you some basic particle show stuff — ok so remember the gadget you were just playing with?
Moonrise Azalee nods
Lexxy Moore: just think of the setup here…as that gadget but rotated up against the back wall but instead of only 8 particle emitters there are now 32
Moonrise Azalee: Oooh,Thats so pretty!
Lexxy Moore: it creates some cool kaleidoscope effects
Lexxy Moore: another fun thing I can do is make the particles extend out toward us in a tunnel best view is straight down the center I call this “Warp Drive Mode” hehe. As you can see…the particles can get pretty intense I try to be very careful and keep them out of people’s faces. also some folks can have serious health issues when viewing fast moving colors, so I give plenty of warnings before the shows.
Lexxy Moore: I also have some other effects I can trigger, the backdrop you see there is actually three backdrops
Moonrise Azalee: It’s really amazing – and you weren’t doing this in SL at all?
Lexxy Moore: nope I didn’t get into this until InWorldz
Lexxy Moore: I can make the backdrops change colors or apply a texture like this Earth
I can spin the backdrop
Moonrise Azalee: ooh yes
Lexxy Moore: or animate the texture like this can change the alpha (how see-through it is)
Moonrise Azalee: yes!
(note that for part of this interview I didn’t realize I had turned PARTICLES wayyyy down instead of Draw Distance – her particles are even better up close and personal and WITH your particles on /facepalm)
Lexxy Moore: and the glow I can get some funky effects by messing with all three backdrops
Lexxy Moore: then I have flames, these are good for roasting the drummer
Moonrise Azalee: LOL
Lexxy Moore: and particle lasers – can do all sorts of things with those , also some prim lasers I’m still working on. Some nice smoke/fog for the floor 🙂
Moonrise Azalee: This is really beautiful. Very amazing… you’re like an all in one crew
Lexxy Moore: haha you have no idea, I have 11 huds up on my screen for shows, nothing at all is preset so every show is different
Moonrise Azalee: Now that You’re coming up on two years in InWorldz, what would you say are your favourite things about it?
Lexxy Moore: oh that’s an easy one…my favorite thing about InWorldz are the people friendly, supportive, creative people in every group I’ve been a part of – I also love waffles – but the people are even better than waffles
Moonrise Azalee laughs
Moonrise Azalee: Do you have any upcoming projects you’re working on, or would like to work on?
Lexxy Moore: well my ongoing groups are Golden Touch Theater (dancer/scripter), The Dinkies Band (Beatles tribute band), rosy ogray’s Funsters Band and of course my own LexxyTech shows. I also do a 3rd Friday of the month event with Astoria Luminos (DJ) and my The Loft gigs. My latest project is with a very talented visual artist named Thoth Jantzen I believe you just did a blog about him 🙂
Moonrise Azalee: I did, yes!
Lexxy Moore: I will be combining my particles with his visual media in an event soon and it will be exclusive to InWorldz I will never take my shows off-grid. I really want what I do, and what other artists do here, to bring more folks to the grid and by “grid” I mean InWorldz 🙂 As for my own particle shows, I plan on adding more interactive features this year so that the audience can participate
Moonrise Azalee: What do you feel are some of the things that people who’ve never been to InWorldz would appreciate that can’t be found elsewhere?
Lexxy Moore: well right off the top of my head… Neytiri Omatikaya’s PyroVR fireworks are ultra realistic and only found in IW – Golden Touch Theater does amazing shows only in IW. I believe Thoth Jantzen is only doing his visual media here now. If you are into roleplay we have tons of options including Bim and Andor’s Unified Lands, Amaya Tyrell’s Game of Thrones, Pirates vs Navy sailing/combat, Star Trek (The Rookery), etc
Lexxy Moore: It is a nice niche somewhere between Second Life and the smaller grids
Moonrise Azalee: I would agree with that for sure.
Lexxy Moore: I sometimes do wish there were more than 200 or 300 online at a time : but then again a performance of any kind, on any grid slows to a crawl with more than about 50 people on a region so maybe more people would be bad.
Moonrise Azalee: Yes, it certainly can sometimes hinder a performance to have a huge amount of people in attendance at one single event.
Lexxy Moore: oh one other future project. I created a LexxyPop Particle Venue and had its grand opening earlier this year it is basically a sim-wide hollow sphere where I can totally control lighting I plan on doing a few repeat performances this year and then a brand new show early next year – and a BIG thank you to quadrapop tree. She inspired my first particle creations and has given the LexxyPop Particle Venue a home and she is an awesome friend too
Moonrise Azalee: What would you like to see in your future here at InWorldz?
Lexxy Moore: honestly I would just be happy if InWorldz remained successful so that I could be here with all my buddies. I have way more friends here than I do in RL, I’m guessing that is true for most of us
Moonrise Azalee: I think a virtual environment is an amazing way to build real friendships with people who are on the other side of a monitor far away.
Lexxy Moore: amazing and in many ways the “best” way to build relationships. you get to know a person from the inside. Ooooh that sounded gross!
Moonrise Azalee: Well, I think I know what you mean, you get to see how a person sees themself, without any of the limitations put on them by their real life
Lexxy Moore: and I also find that folks open up here, where in real life they may be shy. This is a great place to spread your wings and soar – well I’m a cat so I can’t do that – but I spread my paws as wide as I can and then jump off things.
Moonrise Azalee: You sure can! And make amazing imagery! Thank you so much for taking the time to meet with me today, it’s been great getting to know you!
Lexxy Moore: it has been a pleasure !
http://places.inworldz.com/Railroad%20Valley/98/133/27 – LexxyTech Store
http://places.inworldz.com/Elektra/80/207/1003 – The Loft Blues Club
http://places.inworldz.com/Wyldwood%20Bayou%20NE/66/102/27 – Rockin’ the Blues
Some more Pictures!
Lexxy also gave me her list of Pictures and Videos of different events and such that she has been part of , contributed to or been featured in. I shall provide them here, as it is a great list and there are lots of other fun InWorldz things to be seen via them also.
2016/04/30 Golden Touch Theater IW7 Repeat Performances
2016/03/27 Pawsum Particles IW7 Event – DJ Calliope Andel
2016/03/26 Exhibit “Southern Charm” ArtFest
2016/02/28 Pawsum Particles LexxyPop Particle Venue – DJ Wolf Hartnell, Tenbears Running (Video), Rig Torok (Photos)
2016/01/15 Pawsum Particles David Bowie & Alan Rickman Memorial Concert – DJ Astoria Luminos
2015/12/31 Pawsum Particles New Years Eve – DJ Astoria Luminos
2015/10/25 Pawsum Particles FallFest – DJ Wolf Hartnell
2015/05/03 Dinkies Band WeeFolks HUB Opening
2015/03/29 Dinkies Band IWz Birthday
2016/04/30 Golden Touch Theater “Illumination”
2016/04/30 Golden Touch Theater “My World”
2016/04/02 Golden Touch Theater “Compass”
2016/02/13 Golden Touch Theater “Fire and Honor”
2015/12/12 Pawsum Particles WinterFest Toys For Tots Event – DJ Astoria Luminos
2015/07/04 Pawsum Particles InWorldz Desert Island (Taika Wirsing) – Fourth of July Event 7p IWt (DJ NiteShade)
2015/02/01 Exhibit “The Art of IWz Love” ArtFest