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Hello there I've been in Bloodlines for two years almost three, I have seen people mostly when I am interested in roleplaying with them tell me no Bloodlines play (Which is fine with me) but I don't see the problem with Bloodlines besides the attacking can get annoying and when I asked some people it varies from being an annoyance to keep up with the RP system Bloodlines has or not really fun for them. I'm not saying Bloodlines is bad because it has some perks in recent months with new things added but what is everyone's opinions on it. Please remember to respect the guidelines for the forums I just want to know everyone's past with Bloodlines good or bad. I came back to SL in 2018 and Joined Bloodlines in a former clan that split ways because people were not active in it and just wondering on everyone's thoughts. I am in a clan that is active all the time and seen some negative things in posts about Bloodlines but wonder what everyone's thoughts are on it. 

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I don't mind scripted systems to handle RP things. Clunky combat systems, RP huds, etc. Bloodlines doesn't really work like a lot of the others I've seen though. I spent some time recently playing with the system on and alt because it had been mentioned so much, but I was very underwhelmed. 

What I don't like about Bloodlines is that it's basically an MLM where the goal of the game is to keep bringing in new blood who aren't tired of spending Linden on it yet. Any system where someone has to have blood bank alts to keep everyone topped up, or spend L to avoid penalty, is no good in my book. If you have to go out of your way to negate a key part of being a vampire because the system makes it not fun or a barrier to entry for new people, then why is it even there in the first place? There are so many more interesting ways to handle hunger mechanics. 

I don't find it's really a system that enhances roleplay, and I can see why during its heyday sims had to implement a no biting rule. The whole core gameplay (feeding, leaderboards on clan size and rank) has elements that lead to people using it in really annoying ways. 

If I want to play a vampire, I wouldn't use it. 

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I mainly use Bloodlines to roleplay with and even then if people don't want to spend linden and help me gain rank without playing if I have the Lindens I will spend it on gifting them a HUD that is human and have them pledge to me as to help me rank up. It's all totally up to them not really enforced with me. I mostly am low rank with only 17 souls but most of my friends are Humans in Bloodlines which don't really use the system besides two people like my main partner is the same creature as me in Bloodlines and another person who I gained her soul since her old clan was disbanded. All in all I don't see it as a bad system as long as people use it correctly instead of wrongfully. At first I wanted to rank up and get to be king but even then its not really all important to me to be a king I will gain the souls and rank on my own time or with help from the clan I'm apart of. On my Sim I do allow Bloodlines but they must not attack others who are not in Bloodlines. Make it fair to those who are not playing but I also provide an updated vendor of garlic necklaces to those who don't want to be bitten by Bloodline players. I rarely get anyone who is interested besides a few people here and there. 

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17 minutes ago, Kade Huntsman said:

I'd not really call Bloodlines a role-play system to be honest simply due to the similarity it has to a pyramid scheme and a money-sink.

You don't need spend all those L$ on highly scripted systems to role-play - you just role-play.

 

Totally agree. Especially during the early 2000's. It was a bit of a annoyance for some residents due to the random and excessive pop-up notification it gave. I use to get pop-ups from some other resident " biting" me to the point it lagged me off the grid. And I also agree, you do not need bloodlines to roleplay.

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9 hours ago, FlameGirlHero said:

I mainly use Bloodlines to roleplay with and even then if people don't want to spend linden and help me gain rank without playing if I have the Lindens I will spend it on gifting them a HUD that is human and have them pledge to me as to help me rank up. It's all totally up to them not really enforced with me. I mostly am low rank with only 17 souls but most of my friends are Humans in Bloodlines which don't really use the system besides two people like my main partner is the same creature as me in Bloodlines and another person who I gained her soul since her old clan was disbanded. All in all I don't see it as a bad system as long as people use it correctly instead of wrongfully. At first I wanted to rank up and get to be king but even then its not really all important to me to be a king I will gain the souls and rank on my own time or with help from the clan I'm apart of. On my Sim I do allow Bloodlines but they must not attack others who are not in Bloodlines. Make it fair to those who are not playing but I also provide an updated vendor of garlic necklaces to those who don't want to be bitten by Bloodline players. I rarely get anyone who is interested besides a few people here and there. 

 There are places you can roleplay and you do not need bloodlines to do it.

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For online Role Play all one needs is a good imagination and the ability to write. For Second Life, this can be optionally expanded to include animations and such (more layered in the more "visual" you are).

Outside of a Group Role or a Titler I see no reason whatsoever to use a scripted meter or other system for Role Play - general Role Play at any rate.

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   I don't consider Bloodlines a good 'RP tool', it's more of a networking interface to accommodate actual role play and social interactions. As far as the cost of it is concerned, it doesn't really bother me - it's not a lot of money unless you want to go all in and buy every tool and accessory in one go (the vast majority of which you don't need), and the maintenance is not at all particularly pricey. But then, everything is relative; two cinema tickets to keep you entertained for a few hours, or a year of staying alive in Bloodlines? It's a matter of perspective and personal preference - it's been a decade since last I set foot in a cinema. 

   What I do like about Bloodlines is that it gives an incentive to hunt. Hunting is fun, even thrilling, it forces you to find and interact with people to persuade them to offer up your necks (or, other biteable parts) to you. When I go out to socialise usually, I'm very picky and judgemental about what people I approach and how I approach them - but adding a filter of potential prey, people who might otherwise seem uninteresting may well be of interest. Besides there's plenty of code of conduct and social convention, which will of course vary from clan to clan - like, cradle-snatching is not really something my clan endorses (preying on SL newbies who don't yet know up from down), and it is always expected that the cursed one (i.e. the vampire) pays for anything that their victim will require as far as Bloodlines is concerned (a HUD, and some apples or cider to restore their health after attacking them). 

   To me, it's a lot more appealing to charm someone into submitting to me, to make them agree to give up a decent chunk of their time, than to roll a d20 and have someone go 'yup, you bit them - you've been fed!'. 

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12 hours ago, Orwar said:

   I don't consider Bloodlines a good 'RP tool', it's more of a networking interface to accommodate actual role play and social interactions. As far as the cost of it is concerned, it doesn't really bother me - it's not a lot of money unless you want to go all in and buy every tool and accessory in one go (the vast majority of which you don't need), and the maintenance is not at all particularly pricey. But then, everything is relative; two cinema tickets to keep you entertained for a few hours, or a year of staying alive in Bloodlines? It's a matter of perspective and personal preference - it's been a decade since last I set foot in a cinema. 

   What I do like about Bloodlines is that it gives an incentive to hunt. Hunting is fun, even thrilling, it forces you to find and interact with people to persuade them to offer up your necks (or, other biteable parts) to you. When I go out to socialise usually, I'm very picky and judgemental about what people I approach and how I approach them - but adding a filter of potential prey, people who might otherwise seem uninteresting may well be of interest. Besides there's plenty of code of conduct and social convention, which will of course vary from clan to clan - like, cradle-snatching is not really something my clan endorses (preying on SL newbies who don't yet know up from down), and it is always expected that the cursed one (i.e. the vampire) pays for anything that their victim will require as far as Bloodlines is concerned (a HUD, and some apples or cider to restore their health after attacking them). 

   To me, it's a lot more appealing to charm someone into submitting to me, to make them agree to give up a decent chunk of their time, than to roll a d20 and have someone go 'yup, you bit them - you've been fed!'. 

Yeah I don't spend much on Bloodlines besides the huds for those who cannot afford it when I have the money. Some I have in my minions as humans are close friends or random accounts I made or others I've met who serve me as their liege for the clan I am apart of. The roleplay aspect of the hunt is fun depending on what Bloodlines race you are. I rather use an interactive hud to feed from my prey or to attack when I need. Even though I have the amulet forever I see it as a fun way to roleplay. 

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I want to add something to this post I forgot to add into it. First of all I want to help teach Bloodlines that its not all bad and can be fun if you're willing to make it fun for yourself. I mostly teach what I know and do what I can to teach various things about Bloodlines. The Bloodlines groups are always not working all the time due to some sort of glitch inworld that makes it hard for me to chat or meet up with other players. I often read from getting others perspective where Bloodlines is limited and once you do everything in the achievements along with earning rank there isn't much to do so I have a few questions to ask.

1.) If you did all of the achievements and still want to have fun using Bloodlines what would you do to make it enjoyable after completing everything for Bloodlines weather its finding more people or just help new comers in Bloodlines to teach the ways of Bloodlines without causing any problems. 

2.) If you were looking to come back to Bloodlines what would you look for in a clan or a family to help achieve everything without feeling like you're lost on confused? What would you do if you had the chance to teach how Bloodlines isn't all bad but is worth the time to play? 

Just a couple of questions for people who might be interested in answering if anyone plays Bloodlines that are in the forums. I would like to hear everyone's opinion. 

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Maybe Bloodlines should focus less on achievements and more on role-playing.  More cooperative roleplay between clans would add interest, excitement, and longevity. Less focus on numbers and collecting souls and titles which can get boring after a while. I tried bloodlines a decade ago and it was all getting numbers, more people to play and pay for stuff and barely any roleplay stories at all. Maybe it's different now, but the constant grind of filling a blood meter was tedious without a fun story.

I don't want to join bloodlines again officially, but I'd role play trying to stake one if the opportunity presented itself.  😁

 

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1 hour ago, Cinnamon Mistwood said:

Maybe Bloodlines should focus less on achievements and more on role-playing.  More cooperative roleplay between clans would add interest, excitement, and longevity. Less focus on numbers and collecting souls and titles which can get boring after a while. I tried bloodlines a decade ago and it was all getting numbers, more people to play and pay for stuff and barely any roleplay stories at all. Maybe it's different now, but the constant grind of filling a blood meter was tedious without a fun story.

I don't want to join bloodlines again officially, but I'd role play trying to stake one if the opportunity presented itself.  😁

 

What sort of roleplay would you be interested in? Whenever I use my Bloodlines Hud I roleplay with it if the partner allows it. I have the amulet protection so I don't need to attack or feed a lot besides when I send blood to one of my partners in bloodlines that is the same creature as me. I have my own tanks even a shop and a bar for Bloodlines to use on my land to make it easier if people don't want to go to bloodlines places. the role-plays I usually do are creative and more of the adult ERP type.

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11 hours ago, Cinnamon Mistwood said:

Maybe it's different now, but the constant grind of filling a blood meter was tedious without a fun story.

   Every bite has a potential for role play .. But that's up to the people involved, that shouldn't be part of the HUD or system. I've got my bite animations turned off, and usually bite whilst doing a cuddling animation (except in the rare cases it isn't a willingly seduced victim), and with an emote, as part of a scene. I don't do the whole running after my blood dolls to get some blood because I need it, if I just need a quick fix I might as well just buy it bottled and not bother anyone. 

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