Sunday, May 27, 2012

New products : Dogcart and Phaeton carts !

Hello there,

Here are the other projects I was talking about in the previous post : three gorgeous and very realistic carts for Ponyplay !

Carts are an inherent activity of Ponyplay. Just like racing, dressage and jumping.

Why carts ? Because ponygirls !

I have always been a fan of realism and predictability when it comes to handling vehicles in SL, sadly most vehicles, not only pony carts, are just too unrealistic. They rocket in the sky as soon as they hit a slope, they turn too fast, they misbehave when lag is too heavy, etc.

But I want carts to behave like carts. Slow and heavy but smooth and precise, and most importantly, able to handle several ponies at the same time. And when I say several ponies, I am talking about up to four ponies acting in a coordinated fashion, each pony adding "horsepower" to the cart. All of them are able to pull and steer, and the more ponies the more power (but not the more speed !).

What do you expect from a Ponyplay cart actually ? To look good, for starters. To behave smoothly and precisely so you don't get thrown in the lake every time you pull a turn. To be fetish, too, sometimes you like to transport a slave across several sims, and you want bystanders to see her. And you want it to be reliable enough to be able to handle lag and races without getting frustrated.


This is why I have created these three carts. One Dogcart and two Phaeton carts (one for two ponies, one for four ponies).

These are actually two products and not three. One box contains the Dogcart, the other box contains both versions of the Phaeton carts.


I could go on and on. There are so many features to describe and so many things to say. But you're not here to read some boring advertisement, are you ? How about I show you some pictures and videos so you see exactly what this is all about ?


Let me introduce you to my friends, who helped me with the pictures and the videos !


From left to right : "Pepper" (atmu Evans), "Princess" (Sabrina Dumont, my Mistress who has also been a wise-ass during the whole photoshoot :p), "Pretty" (Yours truly) and "Azure" (Devious Lei). Behind us, the 4-pony Phaeton cart.


And here are Evan Trellis and his girl Ani Littlebird. Aren't they cute ?


I will show you the Phaeton carts first, then the Dogcart.


When the 4-pony Phaeton is full, here is what it looks like. This is a sight to see ! The poor girls in the cage and chained to the back ring are Innocent Istmal and Aprille Dollinger.



A fully crewed Phaeton, getting ready to go !





If you're good, you can make your ponies walk synchronously.


Or even run synchronously.


This is what the driver sees. Evan insisted that he could see our butts wiggling. Figures !




"I wonder where they are taking us"


Like I said, the other version of the Phaeton cart is made for two ponies only.





It is exactly the same cart, except for two ponies instead of four.


You can tint some parts of the cart through the script. And you can even add your own decals ! Some are included in the box.


And now for the Dogcart



Front view of the Dogcart. I am holding Pepper's reins in my left hand, and am getting a cuddle from my Mistress at the same time :) Life's good !




Side view of the dogcart.


Here is what the driver sees in Mouselook. What a fine day !


Surprise ! This is a dogcart after all, and real life dogcarts are meant to bring dogs to the field, so... there.


Brake ! Brake ! Braaaaaake ! *CRASH*


Now that I have your attention, take a look at the list of features :


Both carts

* Many smooth, original animations that you can change while driving. Walk, walk slowly, walk back, run, turn left and right, several sits and stands. And the passenger can even give the driver a cuddle !
* Realistic handling : the speeds match that of a walking or a running avatar.
* All ponies are allowed to pull and steer the cart, their actions add up for more "horsepower".
* The weight varies with the number of passengers and ponies.
* Mesh and sculpts for a better look.
* Entirely configurable through notecards. Too slow ? Too fast ? Want to add anims and sounds ? No problem. This manual even explains how to do that. Make this cart your own !
* The wheels turn independently according to the speed of the cart. For instance, the inner one will be slower than the outer one when turning. They are not scripted, for a lighter sim usage.
* Choose the color you prefer.
* The reins are supposed to be held in the left hand, that moves when the drivers presses arrow keys. Especially useful with a Riding Reins HUD.
* Return home or self-destruct immediately or some delay after people have disembarked.
* The ponies can type while walking and running, no need to keep the up arrow pressed to walk. This makes it easier to emote while working !
* Sounds of footsteps, synchronized with the walk and run.
* Sounds of wheels, different ones depending on the speed of the cart.
* More animations and sounds are provided than those that are used, for more customization.
* Can switch in and out of Mouselook.
* Several levels of access : open to all, group only for ponies, group only for passengers, group only for both, and owner only.
* Can hitch a pony or a prisoner through their RLV relay, and they will stay locked to the cart even if they relog.
* Not spammy, messages are sent only to the relevant user.
* Updatable (provided there is an updater is around), so you keep your customizations even through updates.
* Copy/mod with mod instructions.


Phaeton carts only

* Two versions of the cart : 2 ponies or 4 ponies.
* 2 or 4 strap for the ponies, 2 seats for 1 passenger and 1 driver, 1 cage for a prisoner (because Ponyplay is about fetish and BDSM).
* Leash ring on the rear to leash a slave to (compatible with RealRestraint products).


Dogcart only

* 1 strap for a pony, 4 seats for 1 passenger each, 1 cage for a prisoner (this is a dogcart after all).


Last but not least, you get bonuses in the boxes ! A wearable rezzer that lets you rez your cart when touched (handy when you're bound), decals for more customization, and more animations and sounds contained in the carts than actually used. You will recognize those from the Sassy Ponygirl AO.

The rezzer looks like a tattoo of a cart, directly on the pony's butt. Why a tattoo ?


Because ponygirl. *SMACK !*


As for the pricing, the Dogcart costs L$400 and the Phaeton carts cost L$600. Both products are Copy/Mod/No-trans.

Like with my Sassy Ponygirl AO, these carts are sold through my Marine's Goodies side brand. At the time of this writing, you can find three vendors :

My shop : http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Pak/76/61/105

Little Shop of Kink : http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Lineside/102/146/77

Stones N Rubber : http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Kinky Magic/116/101/21


Have fun !
Marine


PS for the fashionistas among us : We ponies wear top of the line stuff ! Take a look :
- KDC Baroness black and white/red/purple/blue latex catsuits
- KDC Delilah black and  white/red/purple/blue latex corsets
- KCreations knee high pony boots (not patent) with white/red/purple/blue laces
- KDC bridles and blinkers, heavily modified to match our tacks
- RealRestraint armbinders with white/red/purple/blue laces
- RealRestraint Vixen posture collars with white/red/purple/blue trims

Sunday, May 20, 2012

New product : Sassy Ponygirl AO

Hi there, long time no see !

I've been silent lately... only because I was busy. I have been working hard on three projects at the same time, and today is the time to release the first one : my new Sassy Ponygirl Animation Overrider.

Wait, what ? An AO ? A ponygirl AO ? It is true that my business, restraints, is only remotely tied to ponyplay. Ponygirls (and ponyboys) do often require restraints for training, but not all of them, and not at all times. However, I am very much fond of ponyplay myself, and have been training seriously for years. And although the pony gear you can find in SL is high quality, I can't say the same of the animations (with the notable exception of the MD pony boots, that I like a lot). I have a big gripe particularly against that freebie pony walk you see everywhere. With its overly arched back, its arms swaying at the beginning if the anim, its heavy walk and... its twitch at the end... aaargh. Sorry but I just can't stand it, and I know I am not the only one.


So, here is my attempt at making something nice for ponygirls. And ponyboys, to an extent, although this project is clearly aimed at female ponies.

Firstly, a word about the Animation Overrider (AO) itself. I am using the ZHAO-II scripts, which are full perms, open-source scripts created years ago by Francis Chung, then modified later by Ziggy Puff. It has been passed around and modified by some people, including myself, over the years. You are allowed to use these scripts and modify them at will, even resell products containing them, but the Gnu General Public License requires you to keep them full perms if you do so, and credit the previous scripters in the code.

The animations themselves are copy/mod/no-trans, which means you can copy the AO at will but you cannot transfer it. The sounds themselves are full-perms because of an SL limitation with playing sounds, but I do not grant the right to use them in your own projects, unless they are private and not meant to be distributed. You would not find them very useful outside this AO anyway.

Yes, you read right : sounds. This particular AO uses modified scripts that offer support for sounds, for example when you walk. Each walk has its own sound, and each sound is synchronized with it. To be able to play the sounds, you must wear the secondary attachment that comes with the AO, because SL does not let a HUD play a sound that must be heard in-world, it must come from an object attached on the body.

Another nice feature of this AO is blending animations, ala Vista AO. Since the walks are quite natural, your arms will be swinging back and forth. Most ponies and trainers don't want that, and prefer the arms to stay above the chest, behind the back, what-have-you. Some ponies do not even have arms at all ! So with the press of a button, you can force your arms to stay in one position, whether you walk, fly, jump, sit, run or whatever you can think of.

But enough talk ! Let's show you some eye candy, starting with the look of the AO itself :


I have used my old Divine Girl AO from Vista as an inspiration for the look of this HUD.


This Pony AO is good not only for ponyplay. You don't really like to have to switch your AO all the time, and you might not be always in your pony tack. So the first stand and walk of this AO are not actually pony-like. They are sexy and feminine, but work very well in everyday life :





And if you want to be all seductive, walk slowly by "crouch-walking" (that's Page Down plus an arrow key, peeps) :

video


No guy can resist that.


There are 9 poses, all of them leaving the head free and the body relaxed, not looking painful at all :





The last pose is funny, and suitable for eager ponies !


Now enough of the vanilla stuff, let's move on to the pony stuff ! Let me put on my tack, and show you some walks :





I have only showed you 3 walks (the vanilla one, a sloppy prance and a more serious prance), but there are actually 9 walks. The last three are older but no less good. They are less wiggly, hence I guess fitter for ponyboys. Try them all !


Ponygirls like running, too !




Of course, all those poses and anims work well with restraints. Let's show you how it looks with my armbinder on :




But ponies are not always restrained. In fact, I know some who loathe being restrained, because they believe restraints get in the way of submission. I won't argue about that here, and that's why I provide what I call "blend anims", which are additional animations for the arms, to be held still while walking, running and doing other stuff :



(there is no bug here, I am merely switching the blend anim on and off while walking, to show you that it does refresh itself)



You have 3 blend anims to hold your hands above your chest or at shoulder level, two blend anims to hold your arms behind your back, and one blend anim... for ponies who do not have arms at all !


After the effort, ponies like to rest. But how can you sit when you have a big plug up your... well, you know. That's why they usually kneel on the ground instead :





But when they do NOT have a big plug up their *beep*, they do like to look good when sitting down :




When you're a good pony, even difficult landings must be done with elegance :




Now, let's not forget that ponies do need to communicate. Or at least to indicate they have understood orders. Usually, they stomp. Once for yes, twice for no. This is not really the role of an AO, but you don't want to be an incomplete pony, right ? So here are three gestures that I include as a bonus.

Stomping ("/i" for once, "/u" for twice) :




Aaaand... a cute curtsy ("/curtsy"). Because ponies are cute.



Thank you for watching !


This AO can be found in any vendor of mine that sell products from the Marine's Goodies brand, like my Riding Reins HUD or my Diamond HUD. It is not sold like my restraints in the RealRestraint brand, because it has nothing in common with restraints. The price is L$600, which for a product of this quality, is very inexpensive.


And as a bonus, I also include a copy of one of the stands and one of the walks as full-perms freebies. Feel free to redistribute them at will, just do not rip them off, please. All of these animations have required hard work and a lot of time. But if it can help getting rid of that awkward-looking freebie pony walk with the twitch, the one nobody can stand, the better.


At the time of this writing, there are only 2 Marine's Goodies vendors. One at my shop in Pak, the other in Lineside. I plan to add more, specifically at pony sims.

My shop : http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Pak/76/61/105

Little Shop of Kink : http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Lineside/102/146/77


Have fun !
Marine


PS 1 : There are actually more anims and sounds than those that are used in the AO, I left them there in case you had different tastes. For instance, a variant of the heel click, or a slightly different run, with the legs less extended. Try them out !

PS 2 : Since some people focus more on what I wear rather than on what I show off, here is how I assembled my pony tack :
- Hybridz horse hood, minus the hair
- Juliana hair by Truth
- A mix of Tish Celt's hooves and Julia Faulkland's ankle ballet boots
- A black catsuit from Hugo Designs
- My Vixen collar on the 3rd pose
- And of course my RR armbinder

And for the non pony gear :
- Latex corset dress by KaS
- Mesh Classic heels by SKifija

PS 3 : In the video, you may catch a glimpse of the other projects that I'm working on. No further comment for the moment though :)