Furnish a house in 10 prims? PrimPossible!

Note 8th January 2012: I now have a review of Ample’s new kitchens.

I don’t really do product reviews in this blog, mainly because others do them so much better than I. But that said, there is a product range I’ve recently become aware of that is worth a mention, as it is pretty neat – especially for those living on a prim budget. It’s the PrimPossible range by Ample Clarity, and it means you can pretty much furnish the major rooms of your house without taking up more than 10 prims.

Yes, that’s right, 10 prims.

Ample uses sculpties to create his furniture – and uses them to great effect. Take his lounge suites. The “full” packs include a 2-seat sofa, an armchair, rug, and generally a coffee table & side table, furniture shadows, together with various extras depending on the set (such as a set of books or a plant on the coffee table, a lamp on the side table, etc.) – and all in a single prim! They even come in a number of styles, either with or without exterior frames.

Lounge suite

Fully menu-driven, the suites include a comprehensive range of male, female and unisex sitting and other animations (massages, dances). All of the animations are fully adjustable, and as Ample uses AVSitter, there are no poseballs and the scripting takes care of where to sit additional people – little risk of you finding a friend ending up on your lap by mistake! The range of sitting options is impressive, and all of the animations are of an excellent standard, and fully adjustable.

A further button on the menu – EXTRAS – provides access to colour-changing options, an allows you to remove unwanted elements – don’t like the potted plant? remove it! want to use your own rug? remove the supplied one! The DEFAULT button will return removed items – although it’s a shame they cannot be toggled on/off individually.

One prim, but still a choice of colours and rug styles

There are also other packs comprising an armchair and sofa (1 prim each) for those that would like the option of adjusting the relative position of their furnishings.

The beds are similar to the suites, but with far more colour combinations. Available in two styles – one somewhat Japanese Gaijan style, the other what I’ll describe as “European modern” – and both nicely styled. They again include a comprehensive range of animations, options to remove unwanted elements (bedside lamps, etc.), and colour changing – and once again, they are a single prim. Like the lounge suites, removed items can be replaced once more by selecting the DEFAULT option from the menu.

Modern bed style

Obviously, it all being one-prim, the lounge suites and beds don’t include scripts for the table lamps (not unless you want a glow-in-the dark sofa or bed!), but it’s a simple matter to add scripted illumination if you wish via phantom invisiprims, suitably scripted and placed over the lamps themselves.

The prim perfect range also includes:

  • A selection of dining table options with 4 chairs & seating animations
  • Hot tubs (currently only available via the SL Marketplace due to the adult rating of some of the animations)
  • A range of three pianos
  • And – coming soon – one prim kitchen ranges.

Pianos

I came across PrimPossible as a direct result of the pianos. As friends know, I’ve had an ongoing love affair with my Musical Alchemy concert grand by Persephone Milk; I regard it as the finest prim piano in SL and the options it includes are stunning. However, even in its basic display mode, it does eat-up 85 prims; that’s a lot when you’re on a budget. At one prim, the PrimPossible pianos offer those with limited prim space a worthwhile alternative.

At the time of writing, Ample has three models in the range, priced between L$450 and L$1200. All have the same selection of 15 pieces of music, the same seating animation and the same clarity of playback with a good volume range. However, there are other differences.

PrimPossible concert grand installed at home

I initially tried the L$450 model; it is nice enough in terms of styling and is apparently very popular. I’m sadly a detail nut, and I was personally disappointed with the out-of-scale texture used for the piano’s interior workings. Those who are as obsessive as me in this regard may find the L$950 model a better option. This not only fixes the internal texture issue, it also adds colour-changing and the ability to have the lid open or closed.

However, for me the Rolls-Royce of the range is the L$1200 model. It is simply stunning. The look is very refined and the traditional black lacquer finish (there are other colour versions available, but I’m a traditionalist) is excellent. This model lacks the lid open / closed options, but includes a very nicely-done shadow effect. It is also slightly larger than the L$460/L$950 models, so I think of it as a concert grand. All told, it’s a beautiful item, and I’m now proud to have one at home.

Opinion

PrimPossible is an impressive range. At L$950 for a suite / bed, they are around the mid-price level, and given the range of animations include and the fact that they are only one prim, represent a fair price. The sofa with armchair options come in at L$800 (at the time of writing) and offer flexibility of placement for those who need it, for only 2 prims. All items are NO MOD, NO TRANSFER / NO COPY (which seems to be the way with a lot of furniture nowadays), although copyable versions are available at a higher price depending on the item in question.

Do remember in the case of the lounge suites, that they are only one prim, and so individual items in the suite – tables, chairs – cannot be freely repositioned independently of one another.

If I’m totally honest, the overall texture finish on the sofa and armchair in the suites is a little bland: the cushions appear to be almost plain in terms of texture, which leaves them looking a tad odd with some colour options, but when presents an acceptable “smooth leather” look with colours such as the deep red and blue. That said, I would also pass comment that I’ve come across multi-prim furniture at far higher prices in SL that have the same weakness. I’m actually still seriously considering a lounge suite to replace my current set of furniture. I don’t need to save prims in this instance – I just like the items!

Overall, the range cannot be faulted, especially if you are on a prim budget. And even if you’re not, the furniture will still more than grace a home. For those that like to put their prim allowance (or should I say Land Impact!) to work in other ways but still enjoy having a comfortable SL home, then PrimPossible offers an excellent option for doing so.

Sales Aftercare

Ample provides outstanding after-sales care. A rare server-side bug meant I encountered issues with my lounge. While the issue was not Ample’s fault, he immediately offered one of four alterntives to correct the problem. When that failed, he immediately offered a second option which resolved the issue. No fuss, no bother no question.

Now, that’s service!

Recommended.

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11 thoughts on “Furnish a house in 10 prims? PrimPossible!

  1. I spend very little money in SL any more (though probably $12,500 USD has passed under that bridge since day one; 2-1/2 years of tier on a full region being a large contributer). There is no need, since my inventory is huge and I have acquired the experience and ability to make or adapt much of what I need. HOWEVER, every now and then I find something that just makes me go wow and PrimPossible is one of those places. When I saw the pianos I was gobsmacked. I couldn’t believe that beautiful piece of furniture was only ONE PRIM! The owner was there and I told her, “It’s not the sculptie itself that has me awestricken, it’s the texturing!! Kudos!”

    I didn’t really need anything but wanted to contribute to her store, so I bought one of the PrimKitchen tables. I rezzed it to take a picture and have included the link below. There are four seats all loaded with animated poses, unisex, female, and male choices. You can’t choose your chair, the first person sits and the subsequent seats are filled in order, but hey, the whole thing is only ONE PRIM! People really are making terrific things with sculpties now. I remember when a single detailed book in SL was 5 prims per book — now you can get floor-to-ceiling bookcases loaded with books that are only two prims for the entire thing. Wonderful variety for obsessive interior decorators like me. 😀

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/caliburnsusanto/6315167235/

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    1. I should amend my review, sorry. I totally forgot there is a SWAP button (well, two actually) that allow you to bump yourself around the table from seat to seat in either direction. 🙂

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      1. Yes, the SWAP button is a lot of fun :). I had a play with that while visiting the store with a friend. I’m totally hooked on my PrimPerfect piano – and I never thought anything would replace my Musical Alchemy (which will doubtless come out from time-to-time as it features three of my favourite pieces, including one of Persephone’s own compositions, which I now play at home in RL (albeit on an electric keyvoard!)).

        Ample is to be congratulated on his work; I’m liable to be back in his store later today picking up a couple of additional items!

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  2. hmm….As Caliburn I have a huge inventory and since Im not in SL that much anymore (other than to pick up things and say “hi” to friends or pester friends online with a URL if Im DJing in IW) I dont see the need for me to get more stuff ….. but .. Im curious so I might drop by.. even to just see some new creation as that is always a treat if well made 😉 Actually speaking of creations .. Id love to pick your brain someday Inara about how you made you new home .. I have an idea and has had for a while now for part of a project Im wanna do come next year and your home sound like what Ive been thinking about … if you dont mind that is cos you know its not gonna be in SL *grins*

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    1. Ample’s work needs to be seen. If mesh can be engineered to this level of complexity and remain with minimal land impact (let’s face it, even a sofa with a “3 prim” impact is still bloody impressive!), then the opportunities for furniture, etc., are completely stunning.

      As to the house…feel free to IM me or try a DM via my.secondlife.com (you get more characters to play with than Twitter!) 🙂

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  3. I can only say i got the 1l piano and could not resist trying the 450 1.
    The next suprise was not the item in itself (And i think that its still an amazing one that 450l 1), but the builder Im after, asking Me if i was happy with the product.
    And a few days later I received for free the 1200L version as a gift, a more then amazing one (Yes. 1 prim only amazing piano with a lovely selection of musics)..
    So if one builder must be the focus of a post, I beleave you did the right choice.

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    1. Yup – I’ve made it clear in the article that these are sculpts.

      Mesh really isn’t intended to replace prims, reather it presents an alternative means of content creation. Could it replace sculpties? Well, I have to say in fairness there are likely to come circumstances where mesh will do just that. Providing the land impact can be kept down (and many are working on honing their skills to do just that), mesh *is* far more flexible than sculpties – it has no major LOD issues (no waiting for it to pop out of a sphere); texturing options are fair more flexible; mesh is lighter on system resources.

      Given all he’s achieved, *if* Ample produced a lounge suite in mesh with a land impact of, say, 5, that’s still a massive saving over prim-based (or prim / sculpty) furniture, and I’d be in his store like a shot buying it. Same would got for any other content creator doing the same.

      As it is, I have the most gorgeous “1 prim” mesh bust of a head as an ornament at home, it’s beautifully detailed, utterlife life-like, and I don’t have to wait for it to load a-la sculpties. It is simply there, textured and ready to be admired (well, assuming you have a mesh-capable Viewer…!).

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  4. I got married and would like to ad my mate to my Linden Premium home so she can add her belonging to our home. So far nothing has worked. Any Suggestion to JamesT Nightfire

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