Archive for July, 2009

This posted issue on OpenCollar depressed me.

What steps will reproduce the problem?
1. Owner selects ‘Worm’ AO animset
2. Sub wriggles around
3. When Owner is out of sight, sub selects default animset.

What is the expected output? Owner’s choice remains in force until set is
put back to either ‘Default’ or ‘Male’

What do you see instead? Sub has ability to change AO at any time, Owner
has very little control beyond reloading animset, even then sub can detach

What version of the collar (or other item) are you using? 3.072 and AO 2.56

Please provide any additional information below. An @detach=n on the AO
linked to the collar lock perhaps, and no way for the sub to load
animsets/turn off AO unless the current animset is either ‘Default’
or ‘Male’.

It’s a collar, for goodness sake, not mind control. Now I’ll put my hand up right now and say I use RLV in the collar a fair bit. If there’s a yummy piece of bondage furniture which has no RLV, I’ll use the RLV features in the collar to enhance the scene. They’re handy tools

Locking someone in a worm anim and then going offline for a day, well I guess it’s a matter of taste but for me that’s just stupid. If you want to lock your sub in worm anim, don’t be a skinflint. Get them an RF Discipline Suit or a Hybridz Maggot (two I know of); at least that would make some sense!

Brought to you from the early morning rant department. More opinions on how RLV should be used to follow.

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Mesmerize Dungeon Cuffs

I’ve been having a growing love affair with Mesmerize Dungeon (MD) cuffs for the last couple of months. Being a long time RR user (mainly shackles), it took a little re-learning, but now that I’m comfortable with them I rate them very highly.

A few of the highlights:

  • Poses! So many and they’re all good
  • Leash. It doesn’t bounce, making suspension anywhere you can rez viable.
  • Hackability. The cuffs are copy/mod so they can be modified for various reasons
  • Compatibility. MD do restraints which take the spots of cuffs, MD cuffs are compatible with ballet boots and mittens.
  • Looks. I love the way they look.
  • AO. For someone new to SL and in to BDSM, it’s not a bad place to start.
  • Picklock! No, you can’t wiggle out of these but if you know someone with a set of lockpicks, they can rescue you!

I have had MD cuffs for over a year now, but back when I was subbing no one knew how to use them as the market was dominated by RR. Now RR is a great product but for me this was a shame because I preferred how MD worked. Well times are changing and it seems to me that MD is getting more exposure, I hope that by the end of this post that even if you don’t want a set yourself, you won’t balk from playing with someone because of these wonderful cuffs. If you can operate RR, MD is a piece of cake! To that end, where there are differences to RR which are significant, I’ll point them out.

Okay, picture of me about as naked as you’re likely to see me.

Hah hah, me naked? *crys with laughter* Okay it does happen but very very rarely.

As you can see, the arrangement is much the same as Serious Shackles, what you don’t see though are the two AOs. This is a major difference with MD and RR so it’s worth covering.

As well as the cuffs there are two AO engines and they attach to the hips. Of course they can be moved to other attach points if this is inconvenient, and as the cuffs are copy mod, hell, experiment away!

Another option is to link one of the cuffs with an AO using LL editing…I did do this for a while but have reconsidered it for reasons I’ll go in to in a bit. If you want to know how to do it, IM me in game (note, not supported behavior, use at own risk blah blah blah).

So now we’ve got the cuffs on, how do we use them? Nice and simple clicky clicky so let’s do that by starting with the collar…

Woah, guess you’re not used to seeing so many options eh? 😉 With MD cuffs you can’t do anything them until you’ve locked them, this goes for the wearer too! So be warned. There are no keys as in RR, they’re either locked or they’re unlocked.

When you lock the cuffs the menu that next pops up is this…

bit more like it, eh? But what are those arrows down there? They are not for navigating the collar, they’re for navigating to the next bit of the restraints, which is very handy. If you can click on one cuff anywhere, you can get to all the cuffs. Very nice! So we’ll go ahead and lock the wrists and the legs.

All right, first up let’s look at leash. Leash has a few major differences to the RR one. It does not block TP. If that’s important to you, you have to go in to the block menu, other and block TP. Be aware though that if you block friends then you need to go to block – other – others and click on allow me. For my style of play though it’s not important because if they want to get away from me so bad they’re having a friend TP them, well…

It does not bounce! This makes suspension anywhere in SL you can rez possible and is great fun 🙂 Here’s me just swinging in the air…

Other than that it operates just like a …. leash.

Enough of all that, how do we bind? They’re all in poses. Just look at the wrist cuff options…

Wow. And now the legs…

Fantastic 🙂

But wait….there’s no RealKey. Well MD doesn’t need RealKey, it uses a nice and clean Owner’s system which is set by the wearer. Someone who’s an owner on the cuffs can relock them at any time, just the same as someone who has your RealKey can get your keys at any time.

But wait…there’s no struggle! No there isn’t, and I think that’s great. While I appreciate the mini-game of struggling (it is a bit of fun), it’s got a couple of things going against it for my tastes. Firstly, it’s quite unrealistic. I’ve worn steel shackles and believe me short of breaking your thumb, you’re not going to get out of them by struggling. As for the legs, forget it. Without access to tools, when they’re on they’re on.

Right so I’m locked till someone who’s locked me or is authorized on my cuffs unlocks me…..well that’s kinda lame! But wait, MD has picklock!

Picklock allows you to authorize somene who has a set of MD lockpicks to pick your locks. I haven’t had occaision to do it myself, others I’ve spoken to who have say it’s not that bad. Sarah picked mine on a hacked ER hood with MD collar scripts in less than ten minutes, so say ten minutes per restraint, that’s 30 minutes…but you need someone else and for me that’s what makes it better.

And if all else fails, you can reset your cuffs when they’re locked. This may not appeal to some people but it does for me, beats going to normal viewer and doing a hard reset.  All this can be found in the plugins menu.

That’s just a taste of what these restraints offer. I intend to blog a bit about hacking the AO, hacking in general and compatibility with other MD products. Oh and if you’re still reading…

Yeah, me naked 😉 Laterz!

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I had a conversation with a friend who expressed some frustration that Marine Kelley has set out some dos and do nots for plugins which are targeted for her line of restraints. I’ll go on record now and say I’m getting heartily sick of plugins breaking expected behavior, so from the little I understand of the dos and do nots, I’m all for it.

There are plugins out there that break expected behavior. As a dominant, that is unacceptable. No ifs, no buts.

Having some plugin or other, which is locked by another party, make the cuffs no-detach and prevents me from using forcewear to replace the cuffs with MD Ballet boots, even though I hold your keys is unacceptable.

Locking someone with the expectation that they’ll be able to struggle out or have a Realkey used on them by someone else; only to find a plugin prevents that is unacceptable

I have invested considerable time and effort in to mastering the nuances of RR, amongst other brands and I am bloody good at it. To have that work thwarted by plugins which break the RR brand and make me look incompetent is, you’ve guessed it, unacceptable

If you have keys available, if you consent to me taking your keys and I find I do not have the full functionality of RR available to me because of a plugin that breaks RR behavior, the scene will end and there will be no further play until that plugin is removed.

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Allrighty, we’ve all heard of dommes, subs and switches. Here are a couple of new ones to throw out at you, tops and bottoms.

No I’m not talking about my wardrobe. Anyone who knows me it’s more likely gonna be a catsuit anyway. I’m talking about a particular BDSM mechanic. Let me start with a story from my real life (oh noooess, batten down the hatches)…

I was down one of the local BDSM clubs, back when I did that sort of thing, and I had a bag of toys. In that bag of toys was a straitjacket, and oh boy was there a queue to try it on.

One lucky lady got to the front of the queue and I helped her in it (hey, my jacket my rules). Once she was securely wrapped up I made a point of pushing her off balance, catching her and breaking her fall as she fell to the ground. My aim was to enforce upon her how helpless she was, something that broke through and she was grinning from ear to ear.

She was in it about an hour or so, hamming it up beautifully; getting other patrons to hold her drink for her, to scratch her nose and all other manner of things one takes for granted with free arms and hands. I was at her side unless I’d handed her well being over to someone I trusted.

In short, we both had a great time. Now that’s not domming and it’s not submission, it’s playing. It’s lighthearted, it’s fun, it can be really intense. I know some dominants who love needle play, for example. Not my thing, Josephine, but hey they enjoy it, it’s done with awareness of risk so more power to them.

*wags her finger at most of you* a lot of us need to lighten up! Sure, D/s is a powerful dynamic, I’d argue that without love the D/s dynamic can not be achieved, but if you don’t have that, you can have a lot of fun and bring a lot of joy playing tops and bottoms.

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Yup, that’s me and proud of it.

I love latex. I love leather. I love locks. I love bondage. Hell I love all sorts of kinky things that one would normally associate with a submissive.

Well boo ya to all of you, I wear what I wanna, yell and rebel…oh wait, this isn’t Run DMC. The point is that if you judge a person by what they’re wearing, especially in SL, half the time you’re going to get it wrong. Hell most of the dominants I know in the real world don’t wear a collar. Come to think of it I only know a couple of subs personally who wear a collar 24/7.

One of the things I love about SL is I get to play dressup. Yes, I have a one track mind in that area, it’s pretty much latex/sci-fi, but hey, I enjoy it. Many people are like me and play dressup to. You ever dommed someone dressed as a fetish ballerina? I have 😛

So don’t be surprised if you see me running around SL in cuffs, a straitjacket or what not, just me indulging myself…or is it?

This post brought to you by bloggers block annonymous in the hope that putting any old trash out there might break the drought.

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