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As the title says I'm new to SL, been around for maybe 3 weeks?  Long enough to understand some of the technical things about SL at least.  Anyway, I come from a MMORPG background so some of this is new and some of it is old to me but every game has a bit of a culture learning curve i think.  Anyway are there any sort of hub sims where you can observe RP or see what sims or groups and what they are about?  Or even a website with listings of active sims?  I've searched some via the destination guide as well as in game and on the web but haven't come up with much that seems active that isn't rather restrictive (as to what you can play). 
I admit to being pretty shy initially and hesitant to approach people right since I know relatively little, so anyone willing to chat with me about this would be welcome.

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You could try Cocoon. It has a very good setup. It's a cyberpunk sim though. 

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Esperia/235/166/4086 (you actually have to be a bit older with your account, but still worth checking out to visit in the future)

Website: cocooncorp.enjin.com/

There's also Clifton Forge and the roleplay is beast there. It's a supernatural based sim. Witches, hunters, werewolves, vampires, and humans only so far. 

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Shadow Mountain/195/209/2002

Websitehttp://www.cliftonforgerp.com/

There's the new fantasy sim called The Realm of New Vale. 

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Lore/124/153/1301
Websitehttps://realmofnewvale.wixsite.com/newvale

 

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My biggest piece of advice for newcomers, if I may, is that SL is NOT a game.  It's a virtual platform for a community.  This is the one thing that I have seen trip people up the most coming from MMORPG's.   There are a lot of rp's and more traditional games (like bowling, golf, board games etc.) that you can play as well but SL itself is not a game.  For many people this is a community where they live, work, watch a movie with their family, learn new skills, blog, travel, perform, go camping, celebrate the holidays, etc.  If you can get that you will have a much easier time finding your way in SL and finding a community that is a good fit for you.  It is a world of endless possibilities, but it is so much more than just rp even in cases where it might seem to be called that such as a school or family rp for example, let's say that you want to be a cheerleader....you can't just decide you are going to "rp" as a cheerleader....you actually have to earn it.  You have to learn how to work the huds, do the moves, find a school or squad, try out to be accepted, show up to practice, learn the routines, and be at the performances.  It's a lot of work, you aren't "playing" a cheerleader, you ARE a cheerleader it's just virtually instead of physically.  If you want to be a farmer?  Get to work!  You have to plant the seeds, water your crops, harvest them, etc.  Or maybe you want to be a fashion designer and open your own store or find that you have a knack for photography, or you are a master swordsman!      So open your mind to the possibilities and ask yourself what do you want to do with your (second) Life and explore various communities to see what is offered.  Once you know what you want to do and be (Teacher, Doctor, Fireman, Sibling, Vampire, Business Owner, Elf, Parent, Police Officer, Landscaper, etc.)  you will be able to narrow down choices.  Keep in mind that every community/sim is like it's own town so yes there will be specific rules and limitations, some more than others, but that is to be expected because it helps the owners to create the type of community that they want to live in, after all no one wants to run into a space ship fighting aliens in their small town on the way to drop off their kid at preschool lol.

Hope that helps some, good luck and welcome to SL!

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