When people spoke about life after the big boom – the inevitable nuclear war that broke out in the first part of the twenty-first century – it was never like this. People would adapt, they said – even in the wake of war, mankind had always found a way to adjust. By then we’d have solar energy, sustainable farming practices; by then we’d have eradicated bigotry, strengthened infrastructure enough that nobody – no war, no tyrant, no catastrophe – could bring us low.
They were wrong.
Full disclosure: I don’t play much grunge post-apoc, and the picture above isn’t even set in a roleplay sim; still, when I saw PFC’s “Freedom” set, out tomorrow at The Fantasy Collective, my mind instantly went to a dystopic future, a post-apocalyptic wasteland where people struggle daily for survival (I’d reference Mad Max here but I’m among the few who’s never seen it, so that may be totally off). This isn’t the kind of post-apocalypse of the Godswar, where at least there were divine beings interceding on mankind’s behalf; it’s not even the semi-apocalyptic Convergence, where some semblance of order remains, even if that order is radically different from the one men knew before. This apocalypse – one that doesn’t seem to exist as a roleplay sim anywhere in SL right now – is unfiltered, unfettered hell.
But back to the outfit! PFC’s put together a phenomenally gritty, dirty set, where rags and furs combine to barely cover the basic parts of an avatar. They’re held together here and there with clunky, dark iron chains, and the set comes with shackles for both wrists and ankles, as well as resizer scripts (for the unrigged bits) for easier modding. And while we’re on the subject of men’s outfits, I can happily say this will be a fantastic round for We Love Roleplay: I’ve seen two different stores put together fantastic men’s sets so far, and am keeping my fingers crossed that Kahli Designs (who had a booth out this morning) are also releasing a new menswear set (I’ve raved about them before – they remain the best-fitting roleplay fashion I’ve seen on the grid, hands down). If you’re a guy who roleplays, you cannot miss this month’s We <3 Roleplay.
Other pieces from this av are mixed from several events; the rustic backpack (which comes in three color options) is from Velvet Whip, and my septum piercing (the set comes in several colorpacks, each with multiple styles of piercing) is from Riske, both released tomorrow at We <3 Roleplay. The body tattoo my av is wearing is from Ama. and it’s proof positive that the unique designs Amadeo has been coming out with just keep getting better and better; not shown here is the system tattoo that goes on regular system heads (no TMP applier, unfortunately) and looks, to put it mildly, pretty damn badass. The tattoo and the hair – Damselfly’s “Zain” style – are both out now at The Fantasy Collective, and should be available there for just about two more weeks. Important note here: I’ve had some pretty frequent trouble finding longer hairs – even those made for men – that work on a TMP head without having the top of the head poke through, and this one works perfectly. If I wasn’t starting up roleplay as a bald priest elsewhere right now, it would easily be my go-to hair for my Gorean, red-headed scribe. Definitely one worth checking out.
And lastly, while I haven’t found any really well-made, gritty, not-full-of-ripped-crap post-apocalyptic roleplay sims, I do want to give a hat-tip to the folks in Seeking Roleplay, who pointed me toward the sim above. It’s called Everwinter, and it is every bit as spooky, haunting, and decimated as it looks in the image (more so, really). Definitely one for future sims to look to for inspiration, and even for those who don’t do post-apoc roleplay, a creepy space to explore as we volley towards the Halloween season.
Body & Head: The Mesh Project – Deluxe Body, The Mesh Project – Head (Classic)
Skin Appliers: Tableau Vivant – Kat face applier (Tone 6)
Eyes: Insufferable Dastard – September Eyes (Hazel) (out now at The Men’s Department)
Eyeliner: Aii – TMP Unisex Eyeliner Megapack
Tattoo: Ama – The Grinder (out now at The Fantasy Collective)
Hair: Damselfly – Zain (@ TFC)
Clothes & Shackles: PFC – Freedom (out 9/4 at We Love Roleplay)
Piercing: Riske – Aara BPP1 (soon @ We<3RP)
Bag: Velvet Whip/Ginger Line – Medieval Camper Backpack (soon @ We<3RP)
Pose: oOo Studio – Still One
Taken in Everwinter.
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