How to stop looking like a newbie in Second Life

August 26, 2007 at 1:42 pm 2 comments

Newbie Makeover

Eeek! You’ve just signed up to SecondLife, only to find that you are less-than-beautiful, and you might even be imagining the faint sound of virtual sniggering by some of the old timers as you sheepishly do your duck-walk… We’ve all been there, and I sometimes get approached by newbies asking for help, so I thought I’d write a summary of what you can do to stop looking like a newbie.

Unfortunately (or fortunately, if your last name is Linden), all these things cost money, so the first thing you’re gonna need to do is head over to and buy some Linden dollars. Once you’ve set up your account, you can buy more Linden dollars in-world by clicking on the little blue $ in the top right of your screen. Overall, based on my own experience, I’d estimate you’ll spend around $1000 – $2000* on all the stuff you need to start looking good… though there are bargains out there, so you may end up spending considerably less. That amount currently equates to roughly $4 USD – $9 USD, so you’re doing this for the price of a couple of drinks. Not too bad, if you’re going to spend a lot of time in-world. (see * below for my thoughts on free stuff)

This is a long article, but it’s chock full of newbie tips, so make yourself a cup of tea and read through the whole shebang before you go into Second Life. I promise it will not be too painful! There’s even a bonus secret at the end as a reward. I have broken the article up into several postings, to make it easier to read, and so you can do one step at a time if you’re time-poor.

In theory, you could do these steps out of sequence, but there is a method to my madness, and the steps are in this order for a reason: each step usually contains information that you will find useful in the following step(s). And sometimes it doesn’t make sense to do them in a different order: for example, you are usually better off buying hair to match your shape, so you’d want to get a shape first or else risk wasting money.

My recommendations on how to stop looking like a newbie in 5 easy steps:

  1. Get a new shape
  2. Get a new skin
  3. Get a new walk
  4. Get all dressed up
  5. Get some new hair (plus a secret bonus tip!)



You could, in theory, wander around all the shops picking up every freebie you find, and create your look that way. But to be honest, all newbies do this, so all you will do is end up looking different, but still newbie. Most free stuff is rubbish. That’s why it’s free. I estimate for every 100 crap freebies, there is one decent one. So if you have the time & patience to sort through the chaff to find the one kernel of wheat, by all means do so – but that’s not the point of this article.

In all steps, I have included advice on how you can things in a cost-effective way, so while it is possible to look pretty good cheaply, you really do need to spend at least some money if you really want to stop looking like a newbie. If you think you will be spending much time in Second Life, it’s worth it, mainly because it’s fun & creative to make an avatar!


Entry filed under: Help for Newbies, Top Tips.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Nobody Fugazi  |  August 26, 2007 at 4:46 pm

    Good summary post. This is actually one of my pet peeves with avatars – ‘Attack of the clones’. 🙂

    Sarah Nerd has some good freebies and deals for men and women on Nine Inch Nerds (which I recommend) – her freebie area is pretty good, and Nifty Fifty is also prettty good. Her skins are all around 50L last time I checked.

    Shameless plug: the store (I’m in charge of the guy stuff) has decently priced stuff as well.

  • 2. Raul Crimson  |  September 12, 2007 at 1:32 pm

    Good post, Shynee, as Nobody says to go to a Welcome Area is like to see “The Attack of the Clones”.
    Good advises for new people. 🙂


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