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No Mod Items — A Lament & Sigh

First of all — apologies for my extended absence. Although I returned from holidays (delicate fish was consumed in mass quantities, and creative Tokyo cocktails heavily imbibed) nearly one month ago, I have had to take stock of my life (both RL and SL) and tend to some backburner projects that have now caught on fire. My time in SL is minimal and limited at the moment, but I have every intention of following up on all my SL projects and joys in due course. In fact, I’m making some fantastic progress.

Sunday evening, however, I found myself weary minded from working all weekend and ventured into SL for a spot of relaxation. I was immediately invited to an impromptu shoppe soiree by the lovely hyasynth Tiramisu of Silent Sparrow. Of course I learned that I missed a Silent Sparrow new release (more commentary from myself on this later this week, I hope), and there was some discussion regarding upgrading my fox avatar.

In all my travels I have never seen anyone else with the same fox avatar base as the one I’ve had for well over a year. But I have, for some time, felt that an update would be in order — something that takes advantage of newer SL technologies. Hya had previously nudged me in the direction of an Aventity fox, and I concurred it would be a sound purchase (the tail is floofier, and we know it’s all about the tail) I look at fox avatars periodically, and these are definitely some of the best I’ve seen.

In any event, after upgrading the base avatar, I thought perhaps I would upgrade my hair as well. For fox I am partial to 18th century wigs, as they aid in solidifying my desired gentlefoxly image. I thought I had found the perfect wig! Sanders Beaumont of FDL’s Duke Wig 2.0. It’s truly a marvel and is available in a short and long ponytail version (honestly, I thought I was in hair heaven). However, the creator informed me the wig was no mod (after being surprised that a fur would wear a wig — why not? Do people think all furs run around with no more fashion sense than Rambo?), but it was resizable with a script.

I’m really beginning to despise these resizing scripts. They’re an excellent idea, to be certain, but I beg creators to also make the components modify. I am a part time fur. My head is not human size, and typical resizing is not going to work well. Mr. Beaumont informed me that his wigs were no mod to protect his sculpt maps. This is a stance that absolutely amazes me. First of all, if I were a thief, I would not introduce myself to the creator. Secondly, I’d simply buy the wig, and use one of the several systems available that will strip all textures, sculpt maps, and even prims, from the design. And do I look like a content thieving bastard? Read my profile! Good lord.

I ran into the same issue with some boots that I wished to buy a few months ago. Resize yes, no mod. Such creators will not see my Lindens in future, sadly. Creators applying no mod to certain pivotal pieces (especially hair) are doing nothing but adversely affecting their sales, as anyone with nefarious intentions will be able to pirate the wares regardless of permissions. The regular shopper, a creator’s bread and butter, suffers. But I can make a choice, as much as it pains me to not spread my money around — and that is simply to not shoppe at such establishments. While I spend money madly in SL, and I am only one, perhaps in time others will see that these items are not worth purchasing and then never using — better to not purchase in the first place.

I’m a little ranty this morning, aren’t I? Well… I’ve been in SL long enough to know what I want and observe the bizarre tactics of its denizens.

As for my new fox… I am using The Dauphin (White) by Siyu Suen of Illusions (the same as my blond wig for my previous fox), although modified to bring the curls outward to frame my furry face. Pictures forthcoming.

And lastly, to clothing and accessory creators out there: please make the following modify even if you have a resizer script (both would be excellent) — trousers (their length may require adjusting, especially if one is a fur), shoes/boots, hats, hair/wigs, prim attachments, spectacles, and walking sticks/canes. Thank you.

About The Author

Elric Anatine is an apothecary in Second Life with a penchant for exquisite apparel (especially canes), Victorian & Elegant Gothic (and inspired) fine fashions, and intoxicating absinthe. Within this blog will reside his reviews and thoughts regarding these very important topics.


2 Responses to “No Mod Items — A Lament & Sigh”

  1. A fantastic read….very literate and informative. Many thanks….what theme is this you are using and also, where is your RSS button ?

    • The theme is The Cloisters (link at the bottom of the blog) and the RSS feed button is at the very top right of the page — the large organge feed button.

      I hope that helps. Cheers.

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