Sax Shepherd Designs Fae

“Isn’t it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?” ~ Douglas Adams

Sax: You aren’t blogging my stuff.
Salome: I’m not blogging in general.
Sax: When are you going to blog my stuff?
Salome: When you make something that doesn’t require me to walk around like a half-naked slut?
Sax: What about a half-naked fairy?

Seriously.

Sax has gotten involved with the Fantasy Gacha Carnival again and while I am a reluctant gacha junkie that really hates no-copy wearables, I had to admit that I do love the Fae Set.

The official poster for the Fae Set looks like this:

Fae Gacha Items

Fae Gacha Items

So you have to spin (L$50/try) for choker, earrings, belt and circlet. Happily for me, my favorite (the gold) is a common.

Fae - Circlet, Earrings, Necklace

Fae – Circlet, Earrings, Necklace

The basic jewelry pieces are lovely filigree with an embracing metal cross over the main jewels. Each piece comes with a HUD that allows you to change everything but the metal. And if you’re wearing multiple pieces, any of the HUDs will work on all, so you don’t have to change them individually. Which is nice because there are 24 options for the various stones as well as cord options for the belt and necklace.

Fae Belt

Fae Belt

Fae HUDs

Fae HUDs

As you can see, you get six matte color stones, 6 starburst jewels, 6 mother of pearl, and 6 metallic/pearl. I’m partial to the Gold/Antique pearl combo that I used for this post, but you have plenty of options.

The HUD is slightly different for the rares because the rare pieces allow you to swap between 4 “fairy metals” while there are no metal options on the commons. Also worth noting is the FULL BRIGHT button on the HUD. Because the pieces are no modify (I know, I know, I’ll talk to him about it) the Full Bright button allows you to change between full bright settings (on, off, jewels only).

Interestingly (or annoyingly depending on your POV) there are three pieces to the full set that aren’t included in the gacha machine itself.

The nipple covers and filigree wings are going to be sold separately at the SSD mainstore. Being me, I asked what the hell was up with that and Sax had his reasons. Apparently, a few people complained that his machine last time had too many items and he wanted to keep the number lower this time. Then he wanted the nipple covers to include Lola Tango versions and to be modify for fitting (I’ll avoid going into the “why can’t you just make them modify in the gacha” conversation that followed). Lastly the wings weren’t (and still aren’t) completely done. I’m wearing a prototype, but he assures me they’ll be in the store soon. The nipple covers definitely will be. We’re giving him a pass on that because he’s been ill and fell behind his plans for the full set.

Fae Nipple Covers

Fae Nipple Covers

Fae Filagree Wings

Fae Filagree Wings

The wings are one full mesh piece and stationary (no fluttering or anything), but I love how delicate they are despite being metallic. And attached to the spine they move pretty nicely with the avatar; not as stiff as I feared they might be.

The final piece of the Fae set is the one that I find most controversial. While I understand Sax’s reasons I am not entirely sure how I feel about it. In truth, it’s partially my fault. Two Arcades ago, I told Sax about how OMEN had given a reward for people who spun 100 times on his machine (not that we wanted to, we were just after the damn fairy tail pieces). So last gacha Sax gave out rewards for anyone who spun 25 or more times (there were rewards for 25, 50, 75, and 100). I didn’t mind that because they were just different variations on the same pieces in the machine.

This time, there are only two rewards – one at 25 and one at 50. The rewards are special edition versions of his Mata Hari Stilettos that work with the Slink High Feet.

They are variations you cannot buy in the store. Thus my irritation.

Like most of SL I am in absolute lust with these shoes and the idea that I have to spin 50 times on a gacha to get them is sort of annoying. I asked why he didn’t just sell them and his answer was “I don’t like them enough to offer them for sale.” Like. WTF?

Fae Shoe Reward

Fae Shoe Reward

The 25 spin reward is a pair of Mata Hari that are HUD controlled to swap between Metallic Bronze, Gold, and “Iron” which really looks more like a dark gunmetal. You don’t get as many stone options (just a handful of the metal and pearl, really) but I honestly don’t care. If there’s a color of these shoes I don’t have, I’m getting them.

The 50 spin reward is a similar pair in the 4 rare Fae fairy metal colors.

While I do like the idea of items that vendors give out for people like me who spin crazy numbers of times, I am not wild about not being able to get them any other way except spinning X number of times.

At least these are transfer so you might be able to buy them at a yardsale from someone that didn’t need them but spun on the jewelry. You can also sell them or give them away, but no matter how many times you spin you can only get them once.

Mercifully, Sax has promised that he’ll honor his store policy to exchange gacha pieces for mod/copy versions if you ask.

Gacha is so very complicated. I need a nap.

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2 Comments

  1. Posted January 30, 2014 at 2:13 PM | Permalink

    Ok Salome the Convo had me in stitches, But the items are wickedly cool and I love your post <3

  2. Posted January 31, 2014 at 12:54 PM | Permalink

    I do not do Gacha. I want what I want when I want it and I do not want to play a game of chance to get what I want when I want that thing now and not later.

    In other words, Gacha only, offends my sensibilities. I wouldn’t mind too much if they were Gacha only for a week before I could acquire them in a store, but when I NEED something, like Metallic Mata Hari’s, I need them now.

    Yes, I’m spoiled.