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  1. To be fait to the OP I think you have been given a rough time, perhaps because you had a bit of a rant and did not articulate yourself in the best way. Like any relationship there has to be give and take, not just take take take on the part of one of the parties involved. It's unreasonable for a SL child to expect their adopted parents to change their entire way of life and give them everything, but it's also unreasonable and perhaps a bit foolish for SL parents to adopt and then think they can get away with changing absolutely nothing. If you choose to adopt then there should be some changes involved. Likewise if you're a kid avi then you should expect to make some changes too. Unfortunately I see a lot of SL kids get adopted for the wrong reasons. Having said that, unlike real children, SL kids are adults behind the keyboard and you can't really apply the same standards. For example, in the past, I have frequently contributed to rent and tier or bought things when the family needed it. One SL mom who I was with for 3 years was actually broke in RL and I ended up paying for most things and she felt guilty about it and I had to keep reminding her that I'm an adult with a full time job in RL. As for being older and not getting adopted that is not necessarily true. My avi is a 9 year old Tweenster boy and I have never had any problems getting adopted. One of my best friends who I have known for years plays a 16 year old high school kid and he's just been adopted by a new family too. Two of my other friends are twin girls aged 10 and they got adopted by a pair of sim owners and have been part of the family for years. Like anything in life, if you're struggling to make friends, get a job or go on dates then maybe you need to look at yourself instead of blaming everyone else.
  2. Best thing to do is meet new people and try different things. If you love RP you will inevitably find people who prefer less formal RP. You might find people on the family sim who like the same RP but you probably won't find it at organised events since by definition those are more formal. I've had good experiences on family sims and in the kid community. The most active I can think of right now is Fox Hollow where there is a good variety of PARA RP and more fast paced RP.
  3. PARA RP is founded on 3 key principles. These are not principles made by myself but ones that are commonly acknowledged by many PARA RP communities. 1) No meta gaming (using information your character could not know). 2) No power gaming (removing character autonomy). 3) Maintain PO. So if your post contains meta gaming (information your character or mine couldn't possibly know) or removes other people's choice, then that information is useless. I don't think it is elitist to say that. Now if I said you must follow those values for any and all types of roleplay, then that would be elitist. However, the subject of this discussion is PARA RP, not other types of roleplay. If you read carefully, you would have seen I actually prefer other types of roleplay. Lastly being inclusive is good, except when it isn't. Of course this is all subjective, but in my experience most people don't want a RP scene to go on for 6+ hours which is inevitably what happens when you have 10+ people in a scene where you maintain PO.
  4. You can't para RP with 12 people! Once you get past 4 or 5 people then any good event leader will open the floor up and allow a fluid PO. Most people don't actually know how to RP well, however. You could probably cut out about 70% of people's posts as being useless or just pure meta gaming. I don't know or need to know what your character just did in the previous scene, nor will I have any idea what their thinking or feeling unless I can read minds or you give clues to how your character is feeling by describing their actions and body language. That's why I generally prefer free flowing snappy RP which is confined to one or two short lines. If you are going to para RP, however, then make sure you start writing your response as soon as the person after you in the PO posts, that way when it comes to your turn to post, you only have to write your response to the previous poster and not everyone else.
  5. If you find a plot of land you like and want a really cheap home prim and budget wise then I recommend Anna Erotica. You can get a 1 prim home for L$10. But honestly, if you go premium I'd just use one of the Linden homes since they don't count towards your prim usage and the new ones are really nice. I personally have a house boat which is awesome for sailing.
  6. This is me as a 8 year old rocking a Cars T-shirt, bright stripy shorts and velcro sneakers. I.e. not the look you should be going for 🤣 Although to be fair, I should probably try and find some Fortnite clothing as that is the new in thing. Maybe Among Us too. For a teen I would focus on the following: High / Secondary School uniform Music / Gaming / Youtuber / Streamer T-shirts Expensive looking sportswear. Eco / animal friendly products. Greta Thunberg is very popular among young people. Anything with a quote on it that is pro LGBTQ / Vegan / Eco etc. Anything with a meme on it. Technology! Tech everything. Also nowadays, teens are less likely to drive, drink and smoke and are more likely to use things like E-bikes, public transport, Ubers and electric cars if they do drive. I don't know any teens that carry cash, it's all virtual. With that said, teens today are usually less well off than teens of the past due to high tuition fees and low paying jobs. Employment wise, teens are more likely to be self employed and entrepreneurs too as they've seen their parents be shafted by large companies and corporations for years. Young people of today are very caring, compassionate, diverse and care about other people and the environment. FYI I work in a school.
  7. The moment you share the cost of land with anyone, you inevitably open yourself up to the opportunity of there being drama over it. So really, if you're going to run a RP sim you're best doing it with one 'owner'. Otherwise it is a recipe for disaster. I cannot tell you how many sims I have seen go under because the owners argued and fell out with each other.
  8. Lusch Motors are another maker similar to GEMC.
  9. Just be mindful that the vast majority of RP community sims make a loss. Fewer break even and even fewer just about manage to make a minute profit. Even the real estate market is a competitive and difficult one.
  10. So I checked in world and Elven Quest is still around if you're interested. Yes, it is LOTR lore heavy as would be expected for that type of sim, but it is family orientated and fits the sort of medieval / fantasy world you're after.
  11. Can we not spam adverts for sims that are not even relevant to what the OP is asking for? Urban family RP has been done to death and is little more than glorified rentals or an excuse for EMS RPers. On topic: I once role played at an elven LOTR themed sim last year that was called Elven Quest. They even allowed children! Not sure if it is still there or not. I will check next time I'm in world.
  12. Even if you're premium, a sim can still be full if other premium residents are trying to get in too. For example, if a region allows 100 people then an additional 10% (10) premium members can join. So if there are 110 on the sim even if you're premium you won't be able to get in.
  13. Just to echo what others have said really. I recently upgraded to premium and so far I have been loving my house boat (I know! I managed to get one). You actually get around 550 prims once you factor in the home and landscaping. Not just the 1024 parcel and 351 prims you can use. Also, if you get a house boat, it offers a really cheap alternative to getting access to sailable waters. Parcels on the Blake Sea are extortionate. This is my Loonetta yacht outside my red barnacle house boat. I also find premium especially useful because it means the L$1200 lindens I get each month are locked in at the price I bought my annual subscription at, and not the fluctuating rate. This is particularly useful because normally I get hit with a GBP to USD conversion fee and then a USD to Linden Dollar transaction fee. Premium can therefore make a lot of sense if you're not in the US. Buying land on mainland / from the Labs is always cheaper than buying from a rental company because they obviously have their mark up too. I've therefore saved a lot of lindens from using my house boat instead of having to pay rent on somewhere else. The labs offer a lot more stability too. Other benefits include premium voice morphers, more groups, a one off sign up bonus after 45 days, access to premium only areas such as the runways, race tracks and sand boxes, additional support, premium gifts etc. Sure I've probably missed something.
  14. Child avatars are allowed on A rated land. You could have a brothel out in a red light district and so long as the child avatar does not engage in adult activities (sex) then technically that is in line with TOS. Most if not all child avatars will avoid such places like the plague, and equally estate managers of such places don't allow child avis. Where it becomes frustrating is when people blanket ban kid avis from A land because they don't understand TOS. If you just don't want kids around then fair enough .... it's your land. It's the misinformation that annoys me.
  15. If you love sailing then going premium to get a house boat but more importantly access to sailable waters is pretty cool. Before going premium I used to spend L$8000 on rent for my old parcel and home per every 4 weeks. Now I have a lovely house boat where I can park my Loonetta yacht and sail to my heart's content. 351 prims (more like 530 with the house boat included) actually goes a long way if you have high quality / low prim furniture and know how to link convex hull / none mesh cleverly to reduce your prims. The L$1200 every 4 weeks is a bonus, as is the extra groups and easier access to full sims. The sailing life is awesome!
  16. Haha we stopped to take this picture so the boat is moored with the anchor down. Yes we sailed with 3 avatars down the continent and back, so more like 200 sims. And no we didn't have any trouble with the sim crossings. The Loonetta is a very good sailing boat. 31 prims and only 6 scripts with a low script memory load. We only just bought it so the trip was a test run really and we were all impressed with how it handled.
  17. Me, my brother Tyler and our mum went sailing on our Loonetta yacht. We set sail from our own house boat and then headed South down the continent some 100 sims to see a friend at their house boat, all before sailing back.
  18. Me, my mum and my brother Tyler went sailing in Bellisseria on our Loonetta yacht. We travelled South down the continent to visit a friend at another house boat (some 100 sims down), spent some time there and then traveled back. Mom didn't have a life jacket so she wore a demo one lol
  19. Homes are the worst things for RP communities as they encourage people to stay inside and not mix with other people. The best RP communities where RP actually occurs have things like active schools, bars / inns /taverns and things like faction RP. Think armies in medieval times or gangs and police in modern sims. Those are great because they give clear identities of us and them. E.g we're elves and we hate orcs so we're at war with that faction etc. A good RP sim won't be too large either. This has a number of benefits. The first being cost. It's cheaper to have a smaller sim and because it is cheaper there is less need for rentals (homes) to recoup fees, meaning you can have more social areas. The other benefit is that there are less opportunities to spread out and hide. You see it all the time, a full sim with 5 people on it and the place feels empty because you have to walk miles to meet someone. I personally think the best way forward for RP communities is smaller sims say 1/4th or even 1/8th. Or at the very least make a full sim smaller by reducing land mass and having more water etc or by doing the same with mountains.
  20. I'm so chuffed! My first time as a premium member and I managed to bag myself a house boat! Although it did take days of refreshing to eventually get it. I went with the Windlass and decided to make my own add ons so it would feel unique and custom made. Here are the fruits of my labour so far! I'm using 330 of 351 prims so far so I'm not quite finished and have room to add a few things. First the exterior: Next my fully functioning Motorboat from GEMC. Now onto the interior! Downstairs features a kitchen, dining area, cinema entertainment system, pool table, child's bedroom and the family bathroom. Upstairs features the master bedroom and walk in wardrobe. Light switches work too! Child's bedroom. Bathroom next door Kitchen and dining area Cinema and Pool areas Master bedroom and walk in wardrobe.
  21. Linden Realms is a good way to get lindens if you're not inclined to buy them with real world currency. Also, I will be upgrading to Premium once my current rental runs out in 3 weeks time. Linden Homes have changed a lot in your absence and are a lot better. You can now get a 1024 parcel with 351 prims and that's too good to pass up considering my current rental on a RP sim sets me back L$8800 every 4 weeks. Premium is very reasonable these days and you get at least L$1200 every 4 weeks which you could put towards upgrading to mesh over time.
  22. I recently opened a store for Tweenster. I spent hours buying the meshes, texturing them, making demos, packaging, taking product photos, editing them, uploading them, making listings, previewing listings, testing deliveries and quality control etc. So far I've just under L$7000 invested in full perm meshes, group set up fees, texture uploads and scripts etc. The store has only been open for a few days and I've turned over L$1000 so far (L$900 - LL fees). I was wondering whether this was decent? Since the initial purchases sales seem to have dried up a bit. I've set my prices at what I think I'll make a return on. Say 8-10 units to break even etc but I'm finding it hard to compete with rock bottom prices. How on earth do people make a return?
  23. The problem is most sim owners need rentals to support the sim's finances. Rentals by their nature encourage people to stay at home which can give the sim a dead feeling. So ideally, the best RP sim for actual RP would be one without rentals but most people can't afford to run a sim as purely a vanity project.
  24. I know there are other options available. My point still stands though, I believe more people would upgrade to premium if you could get homes with more prims. I'm in no way complaining by the way. I think 351 prims plus landscaping and a home that doesn't count to your usage is pretty cool.
  25. Probably won't happen, but more prims? I reckon more people would upgrade to Premium if you could get more than 351 prims. Could even be a seller for Premium+ or whatever they want to call it.
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