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I had a crummy week. I ended up in urgent care after a month of trying to tough out what I thought was a migraine. I did have one hell of a migraine but turns out there’s more going on under the hood than I was aware of. Joy. I’m feeling mostly okay now but I’m about to have to embark on a battery of doctor visits in the near future that are filling me with dread. And to add insult to injury my ancient computer decided to show it’s age. The main problem is a dead video card but the whole rig is a dying horse I’ve been riding as long as I could. We chucked an old borrowed video card in there and I can, at least, pop into SL to do the most basic of things. But, everything looks like trash making SL nigh unplayable. So, unfortunately, I’m AFK for now.

 

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Dragon Age – Mods

*Edit – I imagine if you stumbled here looking for information on Dragon Age: Origins you are probably disappointed that there’s really not a lot of information to be found here.  My apologies!  Since this page gets a ridiculous amount of hits because it mentions Dragon Age, I thought I’d let you know that if you are interested in hearing me ramble about Dragon Age, visit my Tumblr page: fricka.tumblr.com Also, I’ve since figured out how to make mods/overrides and hopefully I’ll start releasing a few of them soon*

I thought I’d list the mods I’ve used that I found quite nice.  As always, make sure to backup your game before installing or using any of these.. just to be on the safe side.  Some of them add content to the game and some of them are fairly simple overrides.  Hopefully you’ll enjoy them as I did.  I know some people bemoan the use of addons and mods, but meh, it’s a single player game, do what you will and make of your game time what you’d like. :D  Another quick note, back up your game before installing any of these!

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Edit:  I’ve tested importing my mage into Awakenings, who had been modded with all of these save the Leliana set, and I’ve only had some slight weirdness with items modded with Winter Forge.  I didn’t bring in any created items, but the existing gear I changed with Winter Forge appears to have forgotten what material it’s supposed to made of.  It wasn’t a huge issue for me, but there you have it.  Your mileage, as always, may vary however.

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More Hairstyles – This mod adds several new hairstyles to choose from to the game

Pineappletree’s Vibrant Colors – This mod gives you tons more hair and eye color options to choose from

Wings of Velvet – This addon gives you access to a custom set of mage armor including robes/boots/gloves/helm, weapons and accessories. I didn’t care about the stats all that much, but the robe was stunning, so I had to have it

Leliana Item Set – This addon adds a set of armor and weaponry to Bodhan’s camp store.  It’s restricted to Human Females so keep that in mind before you download it.  I used this particular set on Leliana and my own Human Rogue.  Again, it was more a vanity thing for me as I found the armor quite appealing in it’s look.

Character Respecialization – This mod allows you to respec your character as well as those in your party in Origins. Totally worth it if you may have regretted some spell or specialization choices you made early on.

Winterforge – This addon is very complex and really should only be used if you want the ability to micomanage the look and stats of your gear and weapons.  This mod gives you ability to refashion and modify exisiting armor & weaponry as well as create new items from scratch.  It’s quite an amazing mod.  The creator added a whole new crafting skill to the game as well a quest to go along with it.  You can choose to use it or override that to get immediate full access to the abilities it has.  I used it almost entirely to refashion gear.  For example, Wynne was wearing Tevinter Robes which, well, didn’t suit her in my opinion.  I really wanted her in traditional mage robes, so using Winter Forge I was able to transfer the stats of the Tevinter Robes into a dark colored robe for her.  I even took her Libertarian’s Cowl and changed it’s model as well as the color of the fabric to match her robe.  Another thing I did was to take Alistair’s boring templar looking Bergen’s Honor helm and threw those stats into a Juggernaut looking helm which matched his armor.  I also changed the color of his shield so he would match also.  Overall, amazing mod for those who really want a way to get your gear looking exactly as you want it to.

So there you have it, below are some screenshots where you can see all of the mods in action.  :D

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Prim Skirts and TL; DR

Last weekend I spent almost the entire weekend angry and frustrated at not being able to build a prim skirt.  I yelled, a lot. It’s amazing how even after more than a year in SL, I’m still a complete noob.  I tried hand aligning prims… zomgwtfbbq.  That lasted all of two and half seconds.  Then I tried the loop rez script… which was alright, but it took far too much trial and error and I still wasn’t getting the shape I wanted.  Not to mention the mind boggling task of retexturing skirts into different colors would probably make me pull all of my prim hair out.  So I googled.. and came across some posts about Vint’s Primskirt Builder and wow, it’s the best thing ever.  It’s so user friendly and someone like myself was able to make a skirt in just a few seconds and multiple skirts in a few minutes! <3 I have a tendency to break all that is technology, so the fact that this worked and I didn’t screw it up immediately is huge.

primskirt success

I still am unsure where I’m going to go with this clothing stuff… I’ve been wanting to do clothes forever and really got jazzed about making this Gothic Lolita Dolly themed outfit.  But I find the stuff I pour my heart and soul into and bloody my eyes making tend to be the things that are the worst received (corset piercings, WP line, Trickster line) and I find I rarely make sales on.  Maybe it’s because they are a too taste specific and very few people share my tastes apparently.  Maybe it’s the further away from “Tan Barbie, Princess of Malibu” I get the less people want it.  Maybe it’s because they took such a monumental effort on my part that I take it very, very personal when they fail.  Maybe it’s because a lot of people are cheap and only like my stuff if it’s free.  I don’t know, but there’s been a weird correlation to those particular projects failing for me and it still bums me out immensely.  I’m definitely being a little over ambitious on this project… the whole thing has a billion layers, skin and eyes and it would be a lot of work.  So yeah, I don’t know how much time and effort I want to put into this knowing the potential for failsauce is so high.  *le sigh*

Yeah, I’m being a little emo today, sorry.  But I’m still super psyched about the skirts! ^^;