Happy Birthday to ME! Also, Zombies!

Today is not only my real life birthday, but it is also the rezday of my Second Life avatar Brenning.

Today was also the release of a new skin by .:Soul:. based around zombies for the Omega Tent Event.  So as my birthday present to myself, I ran right over and grabbed the male skin and decided to try it out with a Black Lantern costume.

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Spiffy, isn’t it?

We now return you to whatever you were doing before this already in progress.

Until next time, Fantasy Faire!

I haven’t posted anything here in almost a month.  Sorry about that (not that anybody actually reads this anyway).

It has been a hectic time this last month.  Fantasy Faire has come and gone, and I already miss it.  I wish I had more money to spend during the event.  I don’t really have a lot of disposable income, so I unfortunately can’t donate or splurge big when every event comes along, but at least I did manage to snag a few things (and throw a little extra as donations to a worthy cause).

Unfortunately due to my limited funds AND the fact I somehow thought it wasn’t closing until this upcoming weekend (my own fault, I know), I missed out on a number of things I had been considering picking up.  But even though I missed out, I am still quite impressed by the creators who participated for creating so many amazing items.  While I saw some items by creators I already know of and like, I was also introduced to the creations of folks who I had not seen before.

On a slightly different note, I’m also still quite pleased with the new Dominic skins from .:Soul:., particularly the fantasy tones that made their debut (but were not exclusive to) Fantasy Faire.  While there are plenty of fantasy skin tones available by many, many talented creators, the Dominic skins quickly became my favorite.  I’m the type of person that likes to have many looks, as well as preferring not to be too human if I can help it (I know, I know, I’m a geek).  All the Dominic skins are really versatile, coming with not only multiple skin bases (such as those with and without eyebrows), but also alternate levels of body definition from muscular to soft (as tattoo layers for normal avatars, as appliers for mesh avatars).  It really opens the door to making the skin fit almost any look and truly making it your own.

Now if I could just pick which tone I like best and make my “default” look.  With the variety of colors and the fact I can work with any of them, this isn’t going to be easy to choose!

Fantasy Faire Blogger Challenge – Why I Relay

So, over on the Fantasy Faire blog, they have a little thingie going on for folks to tell why they participate in the Relay for Life events.

I don’t have a cool photo like some folks do, but I figured I could still ramble on a bit (and hey, it might make sense!).

So why do I do it?  Many, many reasons, but I can at least list a few that are important (to me, anyway).

I’m a cancer survivor myself, having been diagnosed with Leukemia (specifically Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia) when I was only 4 years old.  While there have been leaps in treatment over the years, I dream that there will come a time when no child ever has to go through what I and many others have gone through.

I also hope against all hope that someday, nobody will lose someone they care about to cancer.  I’ve lost friends, parents lost their children, children have lost parents, kids lost siblings…  Maybe someday we won’t have to worry about that anymore.

I do this for the people who are no longer with us.  I do this because, for some reason I’ll never know, I’m still here.  I do this because I CAN.

Things I wish I had in Second Life – List 1

– Digimon Holy Ring accessory.  I’ve seen two that were part of avatars or mods, but not just a simple Holy Ring bracelet or necklace or something.  I may have to buy a simple bangle kit and make one myself using the English Digicode font I’ve got.

– Ben 10 Albedo’s jacket.  There is a seller who makes a nice mesh Ben 10 jacket (as well as several others, including a Smallville inspired Green Lantern jacket I wear often), but so far I haven’t seen Albedo’s jacket.  Come to think of it…

– Ben 10 Omnitrix accessory.  I’ve seen a couple of really cheap looking accessories with the Omnitrix/Plumber’s symbol, but I can’t seem to find one that looks like any of the incarnations from the TV series.  I did have a nice one based on the original Omnitrix on my old account, but the store that it was a freebie at is no longer around in any form.

– Green Lantern ring for non-humans.  The Green Lantern Corps is pretty much a bunch of aliens, so it stands to reason that many of these aliens might not have traditional fingers on which to wear rings.  G’Nort wore one around his hand and Chaselon wore one around his tentacle arm thing, so I’d love to see something like this.

– “Hair” tufts of fur, preferably mesh or with a full-perm texture or PSD.  This has been something I’ve been unable to find other than as parts of avatars, made for avatars I don’t use or aren’t as easy to customize as I’d like.  While a lot of people that use furry avatars just use hair, I’d love something that looks like the fur on the head is styled like hair, or just a few tufts sticking out of the top as if styled.  The few I’ve found that fit avatars I use are either tintable prims (which don’t look right in some lighting) or are unshaded or otherwise undefinded.

– A tattoo layer copy of my RL tattoo.  I have the copyright circle c with my birth year on the inside of my lower left leg (yes, like an action figure).  I just don’t have the skills to make it myself at this time since it would require being made just so due to how avatars work (specific placement and possible stretching).

– A home.  This is just something I haven’t gotten around to yet.  I’m still looking at land for rent and comparing size and prim allowance to cost.  I’m not sure what sort of home I’ll have, but I’ve seen plenty I like that range from TARDIS replicas (both replicas of official incarnations from the series as well as original creations by various creative folks), Star Wars themed houses (including some VERY nice replicas of the houses from Star Wars Galaxies), and various apartment skyboxes (normal, sci-fi, steampunk, etc.).  I don’t need anything super huge, just a nice place to call my own, decorate as I see fit and maybe work on modding/customizing/fitting items I get.

– More clothes, costumes, etc.  Again, this is just something I haven’t gotten around to yet.  Most of my clothes are either costumes (superheroes, Jedi robes, etc), hunt/event items or freebies.  I’ve bought a few things, but I’d like to add a little more variety to my wardrobe.  I’d like to find more things I like that fit everything from just jeans and t-shirts to victorian steampunk suits to various Starfleet uniforms.

– A simple prim or mesh capital letter H to wear on my forehead.  I’ve watched a bit to much Red Dwarf lately.

Who is Brenning Dragonbred? Part Two: Electric Boogaloo

“Why the name Brenning Dragonbred?  Why not your real name?”

Brenning Dragonbred IS my real name!  Well, not exactly my real name, but it is in there.  It is actually an anagram of my real name, and the initials are still the same too.  Between playing games and writing my own stories, I often need to come up with cool or interesting sci-fi and fantasy names for characters.  I was toying with an anagram generator one day and on a whim decided to type in my own name.  There were some interesting results and plenty of partial names that I either have since used or have written down for future use.  But this one I claimed for my own.  I like dragons and I wanted to have a name for a “me” character without using my real name since my first name is a very, very common name.

Doesn’t it have the feel of a name from a fantasy setting?

The best part is, it sounds like it belongs to a strong character, someone who has bonded with dragons or who is a dragon hybrid or something cool like that.  But in reality, I (and by extension, any “me” character) am more like Joxer from Xena: Warrior Princess.

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“So what kind of character is the fictional Brenning Dragonbred, then?”

There is not any one specific character type.  In EverQuest 2, Brenning is an Aerakyn Beastlord based out of Qeynos.  In Second Life, Brenning is (as of the time I type this) a blue alien dog thing.  In the fantasy story I’m currently working on, Brenning is a human that bonded with a dragon that found him as a sick child.  There are some similarities between the characters, but for the most part they are all very separate characters who just happen to share a name.

“How about the “real” one, then?  What kind of character is he?”

Comedy sidekick and/or eccentric relative that isn’t mentioned or acknowledged most of the time.  With kids, I’m the “fun uncle/big brother” that they do not believe is actually a grown up (I say that I collect action figures, but really I open them and display most of them.  Can you honestly say you would buy a Transformers figure and NOT open it to change it between forms?  I didn’t think so!).

“Is there a Mrs. Dragonbred?”

No, there is not.  She hasn’t arrived from the mail order bride service yet

“Do you think anybody is going to actually read this?”

I doubt it.  I’m not that interesting.  Probably just a few bored people, a few friends who will probably unfriend me shortly after reading it and people who are looking for Dragon Bread and mistype.  And my mom and grandma because they are nosy like that.

“Just out of curiosity, are you insane?”

Probably a little bit, yes.

Who is Brenning Dragonbred?

You may be asking yourself, “Who is Brenning Dragonbred?”.

The answer to that question is very, very simple:  He is the night, he is vengeance, he…

No, wait, that would be Batman.

Honestly?  I’m not sure anybody knows, not even myself.  As soon as I figure it out, I’ll be sure to let you know.

What I DO know, is:

– I’m 35 years old

– I’m a cancer survivor (diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia at age 4, been in remission for over 20+ years)

– I like science fiction, fantasy, Star WarsDoctor Who, teaching my nephew about the Dark Side of the ForceGreen LanternSuper Sentai, reading, comics, Digimon Tamers, cute Asian girls, driving people crazy and last but certainly not least, gaming (everything from console games to MMORPGs to tabletop RPG games).

So what does all this tell you about me so far?  It tells you I’m pretty sort of marvelous pretty much just a big geek.

And I’m okay with that.