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Newbie Notes: Nervous newbie? Be a Tiny!

Maybe you’ve just decided to check out this Second Life thing, but you’re wary of all the bad stuff you’ve heard about it. You know: the tabloid stories about sex, real life divorces, paedophiles, sex and more sex. But nonetheless, you’ve seen some pictures of Second Life, it looks pretty cool (apart from all that nasty stuff you heard about) and you want to check it out. But you’re kind of nervous about all that nasty stuff.

Or maybe you’re a bit of a loner, you’re not into socialising. You just want to explore without having people randomly saying ‘Hi! Where are you from? What’s your real name and what do you do?” to you.

Or maybe… maybe you just want to be different.

What’s the solution? (Apart from not believing all the tabloid rumours, most of which were only written to sell more newspapers…)

Be a Tiny :)

What’s a Tiny? Well, a Tiny is a very small avatar, and usually pretty cute, too. Tinies don’t get hit on, nobody will proposition them for sex, Bloodlines vampires are very unlikely to offer to bite them (the animation for an adult vampire isn’t going to work on an itty bitty tiny), and best of all? They feel safe. And in a world where you might not feel completely at ease, safety – even if it’s only a sensation of safety – is important.

So hop behind the cut, and I’ll show you where you can find some free Tiny avatars.

The first Tinies you should grab are ones you must get before your avatar is 30 days old. After that time, the offer won’t be available any more. They’re at Caledon Oxbridge, and you’ll find them if you follow the red arrows on the floor (do go through the whole Orientation there, as it’s one of the best in Second Life for teaching you all there is to know). The free avatars (and there are more available than just the Tinies; some of them by big SL designers, too!) are in the College of Avatar Customisation.

There are four Tinies: two male and two female, and here they are:

The extra advantage of these Tinies is that they come with a Tinycam HUD. This is a small object that sits on your screen, and it swings your general camera view down to a Tinies’ eye level, rather than its normal view above where an adult’s head would be. See this pic for an example:

Next, we’re heading to Kumamoto Japan, where there are four cute teddy bear Tinies on offer:

There’s a plethora of fun, freebie Tinies at Tiny Maid Cafe. You’ll find Dilbert and Dogbert, three open source operating system Tinies (for the geeks among you!) and a couple of others:

The Hobos at Calleta have some cute free Tinies, too. You can be a bunny, a bear, or even Cthulu!

Go to any of the ‘Freebie Walls’ at any NCI location, and page through them (search for ‘New Citizens’ and teleport to any of them, then look for the Freebie Wall). Among the freebies there are some Tiny avatars by Kithylin Perth, including black and white house cats, and black and white wolves:

Note, the white wolf box is in the black wolf folder:

You can read more about Tinies at secondlife.wikia.com and Blue Linden has made a recent blog post, too, all about them: Tiny Is As Tiny Does.

Have fun being a Tiny!

P.S. Astrid mentions another free Tiny bunny avatar available at Locos Pocos. I think this may be a time-limited freebie, so check out the SLurl she’s posted :) *points down to comments section of this post*

February 28, 2009 - Posted by | avatars, freebies, newbie freebies from designers, newbie notes, newbies, second life, Tinies

4 Comments »

  1. Loco Pocos also has a free Bunny (Bunneh?) avatar out right now: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Loco%20Pocos%20Island/183/154/140 There’s also other free stuff, and a boutique now with cheap things as well. :) May want to check that out at some time.

    Comment by Astrid | March 12, 2009 | Reply

  2. Thanks for that, Astrid! I’ll make sure I check out Locos Pocos as soon as I can :)

    Comment by Mar | March 12, 2009 | Reply

  3. Hello, the Link from Blue Lindens post is wrong, here is the right one :
    https://blogs.secondlife.com/community/community/eureka/blog/2009/03/13/tiny-is-as-tiny-does

    Comment by Nero Masala | March 25, 2009 | Reply

  4. Thanks for the alert, Nero. Blue must have changed the blog’s title (and therefore its URL) after I copied it from the address bar. I’ve now edited the post accordingly :)

    Comment by Mar | March 26, 2009 | Reply


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