Saturday, September 8, 2012

New product : Tape gag & blindfold

Hi there !

I've been wanting to make this for years, but could never get to make something satisfying enough. Now that we can make mesh objects, here they are : a tape gag and a tape blindfold !

There is not much to say about this kind of restraint actually. Everybody loves duct tape... well a sub loves it until it has to come off. Because it sticks to the skin so much !

Alright, so, you've got tape. What do we do with tape ? We can apply it over a wad of cloth :

So far so good, but not too tight, the tape won't muffle much but will ensure the wad stays in the mouth. Why not add more tape ?

That's better. Still, a sub can work her cheeks and her jaw to make way for some air. What to do ? You guessed right, add even MORE tape :

"Mmmmph !"

Okay now that is airtight. No way air will come through. We can still hear SOME sound, but nobody will understand anything and it's so muffled it won't be heard even from the next room. Of course, if you want total silence, you can keep adding tape !

Mission accomplished ! Complete silence now ! Wait... is the sub glaring at you ? No problem !

There. A little patch over each eye and a layer of tape to cover them (you don't want to hurt her, do you ?) and she won't see much if at all...

... but let's err on the safe side, shall we, we don't want that tape to come off either, right ?

A final layer and that's it. The face is nearly entirely covered, the sub can't speak and can't see, and I'm sure will be a lot more cooperative from now on.

But, well, sometimes you like fantasy, and duct tape is so... grey. It's always good to keep the tape assorted with the ropes... especially if that's all that she is wearing. And nothing is worse than to be bound in non-assorted restraints !

Black goes with everything !

But colors make you stand out !

And if you want to stay discreet, nothing is better than a gag that blends with the skin, so your captive won't attract unwanted looks should she walk outside :

"You're ready for the photo shoot, sweety. Let's do it before sending the ransom letter to your dad..."

The tape gag and the tape blindfold are actually independent restraints, but they are sold together because they blend together well. They also use the same script as the Shibari ropes, since you can't use a key on tape. The texture changes through a plugin ("TapegagTex" and "TapeblindTex" for the gag and the blindfold respectively), but not the color. You can however change the color manually if you wish to tint the tape in a more personal way. It works best with the white and the light skin textures, but feel free to experiment !

Lastly, it is a mesh object (well, two) but not rigged, which means you can resize it to your face. It should not be too hard, the friends who tested it had no problem to resize it to their shapes.

You can find it from any of my vendors, here is a link to my main shop :

Have fun !

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Restrained Love again


I'm making RLV available again as, albeit being more recent, has also a couple bugs that make it very hard to build. These bugs have been introduced with Pathfinding, so they are very hard for me to fix by myself (and it is not my job anyway).

Keep in mind that I'm trying to stay up-to-date with the "viewer-development" branch of the SL codebase, which means I get all the new features as soon as they are added, but also all the new bugs. LL makes their code available in that branch for additional testing, then when the code is stable enough they push it to their "viewer-release" branch, which is what the official SL viewer is built from. I release a viewer when I judge it is stable and powerful enough compared to the previous iteration, but sometimes bugs take a while to be discovered.

For example : : Objects you move with the Edit tools still appear not to move until you deselect them. Good luck building or even resizing stuff with that bug. : Rotating objects like wheels and doors may appear twitchy or even not rotate at all. I know because it breaks my carts.

I've noticed sliding and rotating doors not working the first time when you operate them (I'm not talking of editing their position but merely to make them open or close by touching them). They do open, you hear the sound (for the doors which do have sounds), you can walk through them, but they still appear closed. Right-click on them or operate them again and all is back to normal. This is a very confusing bug.

Also skin and clothes have hard time rezzing recently, and I am pretty sure it is a viewer-side bug as well, because it does not do that in older viewers.

Projectors have a problem when you change their projected texture, it seems to revert back to the older one.

But the bug that irks me the most is the fact that flexible prims stop being updated after a while (usually after a teleport). Which means that hair, skirts and such will stay frozen in whatever silly position you can think of. It may be caused by VWR-29466, or it may be yet another bug. I don't care. I just want my hair not to look like I've combed it in glue while doing bungee jumping. I also want my dress not to look like Marilyn Monroe's in "The Seven Year Itch".

RLV does not have Pathfinding in it, but at least it is less frustrating on a daily basis for a builder. It won't overwrite your current RLV when installing it, it will give a different folder by default.

Also I have added my customized openjpeg.dll to make it more stable than the original But other than this change, it is identical to the original.

Of course is still available for download as well. For the developers, that means there is no new source code and no build to provide, if you have kept a backup of the executable.

Grab the viewer here :

And the MD5 hash for the Windows installer is

Have fun !