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Newbie Style Challenge II

Newbie Style Challenge II

The original Newbie Style Challenge was a blast, so I’m bringing it baaaaaaack!!

This is Newbie Style Challenge II, the same rules apply but the spending limit has been raised to $550L (about $2.50US) cos we do want to encourage new players to spend some money and not rely entirely on freebies. I chose $550L cos that’s the minimum amount of Lindens that can be purchased via the BUY $L button in-world.

So here is the challenge SL, if you choose to accept it:

Can you make a nice avatar with little to no money?

This challenge starts now, November 4th, and ends on December 31st. If you do this challenge, please blog your look and leave a link in the comments of this post, or share your image to the Blog Challenge Flickr group with style credits so I can do a recap when it’s over.

Newbie Style Challenge II Guidelines

Things you can do:

  • You can use your existing shape (or give your alt your shape)
  • You can purchase freebies, dollarbies (or anything under $550L)
  • You can use group gifts, free gifts, hunt items, etc (you can use gifts from groups that are paid-to-join if the join fee is counted as part of the $550L total amount)
  • You can use it if you win it! (Lucky Chair, Midnight Mania)
  • All items must be acquired during the time of the challenge (you can’t use free items not currently available or in paid groups you’re already a member of)

Things you cannot do:

  • You cannot spend more than $550L
  • You cannot ask your designer friends to send you stuff (and if you’re a designer, you cannot use your own stuff unless it is FREE to everyone else too 😛)
  • You cannot use group gifts from groups that are paid-to-join (if the join fee exceeds $550L)
  • You cannot transfer inventory from your main to your alt
  • You cannot use anything in the library folders

Like last year, I will create a new alt for this challenge, so I don’t “cheat” or make a mistake and use items already in my inventory.

********USE AT YOUR OWN RISK********

A lot of people still want avatars with a last name, and I think most of the registration portals are gone, except there are still a few out there that has some last names available. I saw someone posted a link to this recently, and it worked for me.

Register for Second Life via the Virtual Library of Birmingham site

These last names are available:

  • Ashland
  • Coy
  • Deluxe
  • Highwater
  • Hurricane
  • Kroll
  • Lastchance
  • Lyric
  • Oodles
  • Spot
  • Thistle

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  1. Lucie Bluebird

    Gogo – can we use the newb freebies if we create a new av for it? You know, the “under 30 days” gifts?

    • Gogo


  2. Caitlin Tobias

    Cool challenge, I am in:)
    (and yah, I created a brand new alt for this, finally a reason to make one!)

    Good luck and fun to all!

  3. Cristiana S

    OMG! I love you for posting the lastnames. Finally I don’t have use those stinking resident names! I saw someone with a last name was a few days old.

    Thanks SO MUCH!

  4. Sgoobzy Sideways

    lol Here is my lil nooblet! total spend was 495L$,

  5. Isabelli Anatine

    I’m now Isabelli Deluxe rawrrrr

    Thanks for share it Gogo, now its time to pimp my noob 😉

  6. Chic Aeon

    Great to see this come round again.

    I made my rules MUCH more strict than yours *wink*, but had a great time.

    Thanks for that last name link. What a find!

  7. Interia Gothly

    Freebie haul!
    Btw Gogo, the flickr group’s unavailable to me so here’s my blog post and flickr post:

    • Gogo

      oh darn! i dont know what settings i need to change 🙁

  8. Laura18 Streeter

    Can I use my old alt who never got out of newbie phase provided she only wear things acquired in those dates and a shape?
    Or does it need to be a new avie?

    • Gogo

      hi Laura! You can definitely use any alt/av you want, even your main av, as long as everything is recently acquired and follows with the challenge guidelines.

  9. Moniq

    Several hours of wondering around, lots of calculation, oohs, ahhs and grrs, and L$486 later, here’s my second newbie style challenge.
    This was very difficult, but fun!

  10. Aeva Nikolaidis

    Oh hells to the yeah…last names!!…gawd…why did SL ever take those away…ty ty ty for listing that link….one Philomena Ashland is now created and off to start her shopping with her $550L in hand.

  11. Kor

    Fun! Here’s my quick little entry –

  12. Ygrey Auer

    Love it! My try: 487L and I use my existing shape.

  13. Khloe Nitely

    Great challenge! Lots of fun and a lot more involved then I had thought! Heres my bit:

    Good luck to everyone and have fun!

  14. Isabelli Anatine

    Here my post 😀

  15. leilani

    Not a blogger but couldn’t resist. Decided to fix up a friend’s Male avie.

  16. Steam

    Damn it was hard for blokes, bulk fun but – here’s my go;

  17. Boudica Destiny

    This was fun! Thanks so much about the tip on avatar last names… Wow, I really love that! Here’s my post:

  18. Caitlin Tobias

    That was fun :). I spent 270 L$, here is the endresult:

  19. Drew

    This is awesome, and horrid at the same time. I loved doing it. Thanks for the great challenge GOGO!

  20. Drew

    This was awesome and horrid at the same time. I loved doing it!

    Thanks so much for the great challenge GOGO!

  21. Ohna

    Thank you for the challenge again! I decided to post my own on flickr:

  22. Camryn Fouroux

    Had fun!

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  24. Marianne Little

    I’ll do male looks this time too, because it is hundreds of looks for females for every male look posted;)

  25. Marianne Little

    Another one for the guys, this time a dark DJ:

    • Marianne Little

      Grm. I work too fast, those boots cost 250 instead of 200. I need to edit the entry, take off the sunglasses or find freebie sunglasses.

  26. Emery Waffle

    Thanks for the challenge! I did this last year, but never posted anything on it, so I decided I would this year. The total for the male av is $532L. The total for the female is $85L. Style Credits with links are in the description.

  27. MaryJane

    That’s so great Chelle and ty for the info about LoB, but for some reason it only gives me a blank web page?

  28. Arwyn Quandry

    Here’s part one to my challenge. I created a child avatar for this part, and I’ll be doing an adult avatar for my next part!

  29. Sheila Yoshikawa

    I couldn’t resist the challenge – I think the Aphotic Gloom dollarbie and the coat make her look particularly un-noob. It cost 146 Linden, if I added it up properly.

  30. Melvin

    better not post links of sites where you register a last name…. Linden Lab is taking them down as soon they see the post…

  31. Willa Whybrow

    I, for one, love love love this challenge. Thanks for posting it again, Gogo!

  32. Lexia Barzane

    Here’s my posting

  33. dawnde lane

    ty for this challange gogo 🙂

  34. Tara

    I wanted to create an avatar with a last name, but when I clicked on the link it was a blank web page… It might be likely that LL took it down when they saw it… :S

    • Gogo

      probably 🙁

      • Lila Tate

        Hmm… now why do I have this sneaking suspicion you did that on porpoise Gogo…?

  35. Azriel Drumheller

    Little late posting this up. Dilbert Spot and Darcy Lyric:

  36. Marianne Little

    Ow, so LL took it away? Typical. I made 5 looks for guys, this is fun. But I get too exited and start to snap pictures before I sum everything up TWICE, and so I failed and got a look for 553 L. But it is my best look so far, so I post a link to it here anyway. /me stomps her foot

  37. Kaelyn Alecto

    Ah this was fun! I love a challenge! The hardest part for me was finding nice shoes/boots. Thanks for keeping us busy Gogo 😛

    • Lucie Bluebird

      I agree! Finding great shoes that are freebies/cheapies is a big challenge.

  38. Allison Tobias

    This was a lot of fun! The hardest part for me was shoes too! Luckily Maitreya saved the day <3

    • Talena Carissa

      As a help to those doing this challenge, Pink Label has 3 boxes at Free Dove. Two are for women. One contains a gown and matching shoes which also texture change to a brown/black snakeskin. The other contains a pair of sneakers with a casual outfit. The third box is a casual outfit for men which includes a pair of black sneakers.

  39. Munchie Bellic

    Here is the fun I had with this Challenge….This is such fun and to really look and see the great values out there in the world of SL.

  40. Arora

    I did a guy and a girl. Haven’t got my blog back up and running yet but here’s my pics –

    Awesome challenge once again. Oddly I found it easier to do the guy newb!

  41. morgana hilra

    yay, here you go, GoGo

  42. Sama Yalin

    Here are my newbie styles:

  43. LoLli

    Yay! Such fun 😛 here’s My cheap bish <3

  44. Audi Kristan

    Better late than never? *grins* Here is my go at your challenge

  45. Ufara Resident

    Here’s my little flikr page. Doing this was so fun!

  46. Deoridhe

    I’m in! With at least one avatar, and likely a lot more! Hee hee.

  47. Berry Birdsong

    What fun this was to do! Great idea!

  48. Ohna

    I did my first attempt very fast, so I wanted to try again with some left over funds!

  49. Solace Paine

    Here is my contribution. I had a lot of fun doing it, and may do another before the month is over.
    I weighed in at 282L

  50. Soverie Gothly

    I can never seem to pass up the chance to make another avvie. *facepalms*

    My entry:

  51. Alexandra Forestier

    Great experience. So much fun that I might do another one.

  52. Lisanna

    Perhaps I should add my contribution here as well!

    This challenge was great! 🙂

  53. CanTell Mizser

    Cool challenge! I had the chance to join this time and I still got 1 L$ left! Check it out!

    I even found a site with last names, but I won’t post the link, or else it’ll be gone too. Just holla if you want to know. Flickr pictures are also tagged.

  54. Daisa Admiral

    My Newbie Look 😀
    Total: 75L

  55. Desiree

    Here’s my little newbie.
    I had so much fun doing this, but it was almost too easy. There are so many great freebies and bargains in SL (and bloggers showcasing them lol) now that there’s no excuse to be Ruth. Not like the “old days” when you walked around for months looking like a prom queen from a 70s made-for-TV movie and thought you looked “good.” 😀

  56. lilly

    AND, since you are such a moron and published the link to register, LL found out and it obviously doesn’t work anymore.

  57. Pantyprincess

    This was so much fun! Here’s my contribution:


  58. Cooper Clarity

    I had a blast doing this and hopefully I’ll be using the new gal a bit in the future too, seems a shame to leave her hanging now that she’s done!

  59. Lexia Barzane

    Another look from me

  60. Willis – $L335 total spent!

  61. Pantyprincess

    My second contribution!
    Spent a bit more this time. 🙂

  62. Mikaela Carpaccio

    Really fun challenge! Can’t wait to see what you’ll next challenge be like! Here’s my take on it 😉

  63. Sonya Marmurek

    These are always fun to do! I sort of got carried away and made three:

  64. Bourbon Zenovka

    This was a really fun challenge! More um, challenging, than I expected, lol. But way cool!

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  66. Wow

    I cant believe you ruined one of the last ways to get a last name with this stupid challenge. Fantastic.

    • Gogo

      Actually, there are portals around. I won’t link it here, but you can search for it. I mentioned one of a few portals that are opened, so a bunch of people could create alts for this challenge.

      Also, I didn’t “RUIN” it, Lindens did. Last names have been officially gone for more than a year.

      • Pussycat Catnap

        I think this is a great challenge, not stupid at all.

        And while its regrettable that the Lindens seem to have closed some portals as a result of heightened exposure, I don’t think its fair to expect GOGO to have known that would be a result of her blog.

        • Pussycat Catnap

          Over the weekend I hope to update my ‘getting started’ guide for new residents, and plan to link this challenge and the old one in there, under shopping sections – as they show new folks that its very possible to look amazing ‘early on’ before they’ve “invested a RL-mortgage” into the platform. 🙂

          (Especially since the Gnubie Store closed – which was part of where I was sending folks in past.)

          This challenge is the kind of blog we need more of if we want to help new people gain comfort in returning to SL. It shows new folks many options, -AND- those options are spread around SL, causing them to learn that exploring is both worthwhile and fun. If they could put a blog article on the Destination Guide, I’d nominate this challenge.

      • Willowysm

        Want to see the return of legacy names? Of course you do. Please vote and comment on this issue. Status is: Awaiting Review. Word is (possibly rumor of course) that Rod will have comments or an announcement in January.

  67. Aequinox

    Hi! I really like the idea of this challenge. I´m not sure wether male entries are allowed or not, but I made one anyway. 🙂

  68. Leora Jacobus

    Here my solution. I hope not too late. Tried earlier but had some technical problems posting it here

  69. txSpiritWeaver

    I posted this on the SLUniverse forums in response to a call for a freebie look – cost was l$0

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