UPDATE: In the process of updating this tutorial for more recent methods of setting up RLV with a collar for 2018.
RLV can be fun to play with, but it can be a pain to set up. So, when I started setting up my RLV folders for my collar, I found it complicated and difficult to set up for a mesh body, but not impossible. When I first started looking into it, I went to the Open Collar website for more information on how to set up the folders. The pages were a nice start, but they didn’t tell the whole story and most of the tutorials that I found were outdated and created for older avatars, so I decided to write a tutorial of sorts with tips that I found out along the way through trial and error. Since I have a mesh body and head, setting up the folders is a lot different than they were when I last wore a collar over a year ago. The process isn’t really a long one, but it is a bit complicated. I hope to keep this as simple as possible. Hopefully.
- If you are doing this with a mesh body and you want to set up different avatars for different play, such as Twi’lek in different colors and a normal every day avatar, etc., you can do so by setting up different categories and core folders for each. More about how to do this later.
- You have to create two different kinds of folders. One is an outfit folder and another one is a removal folder. This way your Dom can remove parts of your clothing. The Outfit folder puts on the core avatar and then the add folders add the outfit in that folder to the avatar. That sounds confusing at first, but it clears up later when you see the screenshots.
- You can have more than one category in your .Outfits folder and inside each category folder you can have a different .Core folder, if the avi for the category is different. I found this out when I was setting up my Twi’lek avatar separate from my maternity, every day avatar.
In setting up this, I had to decide on an easy to follow folder tree. You want it easy for yourself and for your Dom to follow and find things. Don’t pick complicated names for your outfits or your categories. Keep to the concept of K.I.S.S. or Keep it simpler, stupid (not calling anyone stupid here, js) in mind. For my folder tree, I came up with four categories, that I eventually narrowed down to three categories. Because we do breeding play, I created a special maternity folder for all of the mesh bodies that I have…The final folder I created was Sexy for all the sexy, hot outfits my Daddy likes. He has several dresses he likes and I added several more that he hadn’t seen yet. <grins>
- Folders that begin with a period, hides the folder from tree on the menu of your collar. However, your .outfits folder will appear in the menu as “Outfits” for the Dom to use.
- The Core folder has to have a capital C at all times. It will not work if you use a lower case “c”…also don’t forget the period in front of the name. It will hide the core folder from the menu, but it will still be read by the script and apply the base of your avi.
- The folders with the plus sign in front of the name will add the outfit in that folder onto the avi, not replace. This way, you will not lose your avi if you are in an RLV trap. But there is also another code to use in your folder tree for these places as the .Core folder could be removed by an RLV trap.
- Add (nostrip) to the name of the folder you don’t wish to have stripped during play. I.E. .Core (nostrip) or +Folder (nostrip). This will ensure the trap won’t remove your base avi while playing. <grins?
- Set up the same categories for your removal folders as you did for your .outfit folders using the same names. This way when your Dom goes into the #Folder (RLV detaching folders), he can find the outfit that you have attached. (Although, they have another way to see which outfit it is you are wearing, but more about that in a few.) The folder should have a minus sign in front of the name.
- Folder naming is simple. You cannot have any special characters outside of +, – or . in the name. i.e. +Blue/Dress. It needs to be named +BlueDress or it won’t work.
- +Folder = Adds the items in the folder to the avi while keeping the base avi intact.
- -Folder = shows a list of items for the Dom to remove from your avi in the #Folder.
- .Core = Must have a capital C. This folder is where you will put all of your base items: shape, mesh body, head if you have one, skins, huds, mesh eyes, and so on. Whatever you want to wear always with this avi, you put in this folder.
- .outfits = This folder has all of your full outfits, categorized and the core folders for each avi. In your menu, it will show up as Outfits in the RLV menu.
- #Folder = In your collar RLV folder, this option will allow your Dom to remove specific parts of your clothing like shirt, skirt, etc. Or he can remove all items in the folder. Tip: Do not put anything in the -Folder for that outfit that you don’t want to be removed all at once such as hair, accessories, huds, etc.
Hopefully, this section will clear up any confusion from the above notes. This is how you set up your folder in your inventory so your Dom can play with you. <grins> If you don’t already know, this will only work in RLV compatible viewers, so ensure you are using an RLV compatible viewer. Most people use the Firestorm viewer, but I have heard of other viewers. You can find a list of Third Party Viewers on the wiki for SL. The rest of this tutorial will assume that you have installed your viewer and enabled RLV in it. If you haven’t, please do so now before you continue. Step one is to create an RLV folder in your inventory, if it hasn’t already been created. The folder needs to be named #RLV. It must be all caps or it will not work. I would also make sure that system folders are shown at the top of your inventory so that it doesn’t get lost in your inventory. You can find this setting in the inventory settings under the gears at the bottom of your window.
- Step two is to create your main folders. First one I created was .Outfits where I placed my +Folders (See Folder Tree screenshot for more references to the setup).
- Step three is to create the categories inside your .outfits folder.
- Create a .Core folder inside your categories, if it will be different for those categories. Otherwise, create it inside the .outfits folder. If you create separate .Core folders for different avi’s make sure that you create it inside the categories. Otherwise, you’ll be messed up when applying the clothing in those categories.
That’s it for the initial setup. Now the fun part begins! Haha Once you have the initial setup done, you are ready to start adding outfits to your #RLV folder.
- Create outfit and save it in Appearance with an easy to remember name.
- Create #RLV folder (exactly as seen) if not already done.
- Create .outfit folder inside the #RLV folder.
- Create categories inside the .outfit folder (In this sample, I created Maternity, Sexy and Twi’lek)
- Create a .Core (exactly as seen here) folder in your .outfits folder, if you don’t need more than one base avi. If you do, create the .Core folder in each category folder.
- Copy the links for your base avatar into this folder. Skin, hair, shape, mesh body or head, etc. Anything that will be common for this avatar goes in here.
- Create an add folder in the category folder for your outfit. i.e. +DenimDress.
- Copy links from your outfits system folder to the add folder you just created.
- Create same categories in the #RLV folder. i.e. for me, it is Maternity (with sub folders), Sexy and Twi’lek.
- Create a remove folder in the main #RLV folder for the outfit you just made. i.e. -DenimDress
- Copy the links of items from that outfit that you want to be removable. In this case, I put the dress link in the folder and left the other links out.
It sounds complicated, but once you get your system down, it only takes a few minutes. The longest time spent is putting together a pleasing outfit for your Dom and saving it. After that, the rest of the set up takes me about five minutes. Now your Dom can use the menu on your collar to add or remove clothing. It should be noted that this can be used for other things other than D/s relationships. There are wardrobes that will work with RLV as long as you have a relay. There are also huds that utilize RLV for SL kids to dress themselves. I hope this page helps others who have mesh bodies and would like to use RLV.