Second Life Tutorial: RLV, Mesh, and Folders – How it works, How to Use

Relay or Collar

Once you have your viewer you will need a relay. There are several free ones in the marketplace. I started out with tkPBA, now I use the Dark Elf Manufacture (DEM) Relay HUD. It has worked well for me and I think it is good for the novice, beginner.


What a nice girl like you...

What a nice girl like you…

Open Collar makes a relay. You buy it for L$1 and they refund the L1$. It is a popular relay. It does the same tasks as the Dem Relay. It uses a different interface and some tasks are handled differently. But, all relays do the same basic things, get commands from scripted objects to the viewer while allowing you to control the amount of control you grant.

Wear the HUD. Some HUDs are enabled by default, others are not. Read the directions that come with the HUD. You can ask the maker of the HUD, collar, or whatever if you have questions.

Once you know the HUD is enabled head out to any RLV area. Most of the obvious ones are BDSM areas, Dungeons, mazes, and hunts… not treasure hunts… well… they generally consider you, the prey, to be the treasure and they have sexual themes. While RLV can be used for way more than BDSM, that is its most common use. So… you be warned…

Relay vs Collar

At this point it is worth asking, what’s the difference between relay and collar and which is better? It’s apples and zucchinis. So, better is a matter of personal taste. The most significant difference between a relay and a collar or other worn RLV jewelry is that other people can see and use the collar. That provides more role play opportunities.

A relay is generally a HUD used inside your viewer. No one has access to it but, you. A collar is worn on your avatar. The functions of a relay can be in a collar, belt, jewelry, or whatever. This can allow someone to control your avatar by clicking the collar. You decide how much control the collar will grant and to who.

Collars usually have a ‘relay’ built in. But, they allow disabling the built in relay so you can use a dedicated relay of your choice. When wearing a collar things generally work better if you use the built-in relay. BUT, only ever use ONE relay at a time.

Things in the environment deal mostly with your relay. Traps, bushes that rip off your top or skirt, hidden devices that change your Windlight settings, etc.

The point is people can see the collar, cuffs, or whatever. They can click on it and open a menu. Most collars give you some level of control over what appears in the menu they see. We’ll get into that later.

Collars also give you more controls and features than most relays I’ve seen. My Ladies Elementary Necklace by Virtual Disgrace has hugs, kisses, and bunches of other stuff stuffed in there. So, you can consider collars more complex and feature rich than relays. That also means it takes more to learn how to use a collar than a relay. 
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4 thoughts on “Second Life Tutorial: RLV, Mesh, and Folders – How it works, How to Use

  1. Cool VL Viewer, UKanDo Viewer, and Kokua Viewer all use RLV as well, and then Singularity, Black Dragon, and Alchemy Viewers use RLVa (with Singularity adding some home brewed updates to it).
    Cool VL Viewer:
    UKanDo Viewer:
    Kokua Viewer:
    Singularity Viewer:
    Black Dragon Viewer:
    Alchemy Viewer:

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  3. Since this is pretty high up on google when searching for BARE I thought I’d make an update:

    The best practice since 2015 for BARE is to use the JasX HUD for outfits. It has the benefits of working with all JasX games, being open source, moddable and usable by other non-jasx products for stripping and gender detection.

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