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  1. Yes, I know I'm a nerd and I know I'm OCD about detail but I've been noticing certain trends in how roleplaying sims are being advertised and they bother my delicate sensibilities. I'm not thinking of any specific RP area as I type this. These are pretty much aggregate thoughts I've had over the past several years and I figured I'd share them. Also, this is just one issue relating to RP sims, it's not the one single issue upon which all RP sims rise or fall, it's just one issue that stood out to me over the years and right now I have the urge to share my thoughts. First, I see a lot of people conflating medieval and ancient times. I know "ancient" has become a catch-all adjective for "old" but when you're talking about a roleplay setting, "ancient" and " medieval" refer to two very distinct eras. "Medieval" is the knights and ladies, castles and kings area you commonly think of in fantasy. King Arthur, dragons and wizards with robes and pointy hats all fit into this era of legend and fantasy. A "medieval fantasy" setting is typically where you find all Tolkien derived fantasy elements. Elves, orcs, evil princesses calling out to dark forces and captured wizards waiting for their Prince Charming to rescue them. All that stuff. An "ancient" setting is much older than that. "Ancient" refers to Rome, the Greek nation states and all points going back to the earliest records of human history. "Ancient" fantasy settings have your Olympian Gods, the Minotaur, adventurers in togas and bronze chestplates fighting Medusa or building giant wooden horses that couldn't possibly be some Athenian trick. So where do the pirates of the Caribbean, the Spanish Inquisition and all of that fit in? Well, neither. Those are a part of what's known as the "Modern" era. Yeah, Blackbeard and his crew are closer in time to Big Macs and Netflix than they are to King Arthur and definitely closer to us than they are to Ulysses or Jason and his argonauts. Speaking of Ancient Greece, did you know that that is where our legends of the Amazons, the warrior women, come from? Amazons didn't live anywhere near a jungle. You're thinking of the river in South America, so named because, in the modern era, Spanish explorers saw tribes which included women warriors, and were reminded of the ancient Greek myths that were old to them! This confusion continued when Hollywood began putting out Tarzan movies with "Amazon warrior women". Yeah, they were bad at history, too. The Greek Amazons had different depictions. Sometimes they were depicted as only being women, no men. Taking men as slaves for breeding, giving away or killing the male babies and only keeping the girls. In other depictions Amazons included men, but the women were the dominant sex. The warriors and leaders. In some legends they're hostile to men, in others friendly. In one of the myths, Herakles/Hercules shows up to ask the queen for her belt as one of his trials. She agrees to give it to him as a gift, but one of the Greek goddesses instigates an all out battle because the Greek deities were jerks. In another version, Herakles just up and conquered the Amazons. Because he was also a jerk. Then of course there's fantasy eras set in other worlds, separate from our own. The "Middle Earth" from Lord of the Rings. Conan's "Hyborian Age" The sci-fi/fantasy world of Gor. Of course, many of these fantasy settings are at least based on hsitory ,using the familiarty of the real world to create a more immersive and engaging world that people can relate to. Middle Earth very much resembles the medieval era. Knights and ladies. Kings in their castles. Wizards in their towers. Swords and plat armour. The Hyborian Age more resembles the Ancient era of our world. Drawing on myths and settings of that time. Ancient gods, walled city states, togas and loin clothes. Ok, so why does any of this matter? Fantasy is not reality, and it's certainly not history. Fantasy is all made up anyways so who cares if minotaurs are fighting knights on pirate ships (which admittedly sounds pretty awesome)? Well, it matters because theming matters. Yes, you can have a fantasy setting that blends all elements of fantasy together into one generic mush, but then what are you offering when every other "medieval" fantasy sim is doing the exact same thing? What sets you apart? Why should I go play in your sim as opposed to the dozen other sims offering the exact same mush of conflicting themes? You're setting yourself up to be the beige of roleplaying. Nobody particularly likes beige. It's only used so much because nobody particularly dislikes it either. You probably won't do badly with a generic mush of fantasy themes, after all anyone can be whatever they want, but you probably won't have a particularly strong draw either. When you have everything tossed in the pot like that, nothing stands out. The sim with the most active population will suck everyone else up until their users get bored and move on to the next shiny new sim.* So if you want to stand out from the crowd, you need to offer something unique. You need a strong theme. A distinct setting. Understanding the different eras and the origins of various legends and stories and mythologies can help you do that more effectively. That doesn't necessarily mean sticking to a set, established historical or mythological setting, you can definitely play with different themes. I saw a sim the other day with a theme of a group of islands with Caribbean style pirates and jungle style tribal Amazons. That's a nifty, unique premise. Not historically or mythologically accurate, but that's not the point.They came up with a unique setting with some strong, iconic imagery. Gor, love it or hate it, has it's strong sense of setting and theme. The world is based on the books the setting comes from. You can't be a dragon or a neko in a Gor sim because those don't exist in that world. Allowing nekos, orcs, minotaurs and all that in would weaken the theme, push it more towards that generic "anything goes, nothing stands out" mush. The Pirates and Amazons sim I mentioned early also manages to keep a strong theme by sticking with those two basic elements. Pirates, with their tall, wooden boats and black powder guns and cannons, eyepatches and peg legs, versus the tribal, jungle amazons with their pelts, spears and jungle traps. Learning a bit more about the individual elements you decide to use in your RP sim will let you use those elements more effectively. Using the pirates and Amazons example again, you could incorporate pirate lore into the sim, with ghost ships, buried treasure, and Goonies style One Eyed Willie caves. You could go different directions with the Amazons, too. Either a Wonder Woman style ancient Greek city kept hidden and unchanged to the modern age, or Tarzan style jungle Amazons, or go all out on the Jungle tribes theme and incorporate elements from the Spanish exploration of South America, like the lost city of Gold. All this gives your sim a grounding and lore players can dive into, as well as its unique flavour. Anyway, that's all I had to say right now. How about you? Have you felt the same way about generic fantasy sims, but been unable to put your finger on why you felt that way? Do you think my ideas are stupid and "anything goes" is the only way to go? Have at it! *All else being equal of course. Again, there's definitely other factors that contribute to the success or demise of an RP sim.
  2. City of Calo mainland role playing sim considering expanding needs more personell for sim to begin expansion progress. - Now Interviewing for the following positions Fire Chief - Responsible for training and overseeing the Calo City Fire Department and any area we provide mutual aid to. As well as keeping Marine one out on patrol for search and rescue in the area between our sim and the waters of Tuarua Fiji. Extremely high standards are a must. Police Chief - Responsible for training and overseeing the Calo Police Department and any mutual aid services. Must be proficient in SWAT, air support, and patrol duties. Extremely high standards are a must. Calo City Dispatcher - Responsible for coordinating needs of customers / departments. Responsible for outreach and representation. Extremely high standards are a must. Dispatcher is also responsible for monitoring grid talkie and nexus radios for potential mutual aid or search and rescue requests. Doctor/Paramedic - Doctor needed for running and operating the small emergency room as well as responding on the ambulance to emergency calls. Must be well trained and extremely high standards of professionalism are a must. Justice of the Peace - Must keep the peace and order of the areas we cover as well as provide guidance and clarification of our standards. Extremely high standards of professionalism are a must. Operations Supervisor - Responsible for performing maintenance and upkeep of the areas, keeping the sims systems functioning and assist with traffic control. http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Hidesmore/179/93/23
  3. We are a new small PG community looking for players. We need the following: Fire fighters Sheriff Deputies Clinicians Other family RP services We have the DCS equipment but we need someone experienced to head it. Contact me or come visit us at Imagination. http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Imagination/128/172/31 More info here as well: http://imaginationsim.blogspot.com/p/available-rentals.html
  4. If there is any RP sims looking for a SIm PM me and I can provide some more info
  5. Seeking Co-Owner for Role-Play Sim Hello thanks for looking at this post, i'm in need of a Co-Owner for a Role-Play Beast/Wolf Sim, Adult!!....I couldn't afford a 1/2 or a Full sim on my own and i wouldn't be able to Manage it myself either, SO what i'm Asking for here is: * Help with monthly Tier * Help manage the sim 1/2 Sim or Full Sim * Help me Create a Group for Group Access only to the sim * Help me set up the land Decor {Trees, hidden caves/homes etc} * Be a Co-Owner of the Sim with me, And have a choice in Rules/Regulations * MUST help pay half the Tier or if i get more the ONE Co-Owner then your Part of the Share~ I Role-play online as Genderfluent {Male, Female, Shemale ,etc} I'm Pansexual( not limited in sexual choice with regard to biological sex, gender, or gender identity. ) ,So don't think i would love you to be my RL/SL partner im not open to Relationships {I posted this here for a reason, some people have Mistaken this as a RL/SL partnership more then Business partnership} So please avoid any Relationship Questions or Offers! This is ONLY a business offer <3 ~Pretty Simple, I just need help and You get to Half Own a 1/2 Sim or Full sim and Manage the Group/Land with me or Others!~ ~! IM me In World Imxaxdevilx666 Resident With a note Card Filled with Questions/Details and a Calling Card!~
  6. Hello fellow forum raiders. I have been playing sl for a very long time and have roleplayed in many sims and roleplays. The bloodlines stuff can be amazing I feel with the huds and addons you get but the sad story is all the families are just soul stealing and achievement hungry. I am comfused where to turn do I risk making my own clan where people can roleplay the way bl intended or do I just hope a family will pop up
  7. BBVision is pleased to announce the opening of the Residences at Saddle River Crossing. This is a master planned community designed for families and individuals who want to live in a scenic, peaceful location yet still have a sense of community. Covering two sims of wooded area, Saddle River is the ideal place for an affordable, high quality, living experience with a management team with over 30 years combined SL property management experience. In order to maintain our planned look and feel we do have limitations on which homes may be used on our properties. If one of our available models isn't a fit for you, we understand and wish you the best in your search. But, if you take a liking to what you see, we would love to have you. CHECK OUT OUR FEATURED CURRENT OFFERINGS Click the Property Link Below or Visit us at our Leasing Office * Additional prims available at a rate of L$1.5/prim per week. * All properties come with CasperTech Security Orb. Buckhorn 101 - 800 prims for only L$1200/week. Buckhorn 103 - 1000 prims for only L$1500/week. Buckhorn 104 - 1000 prims for only L$1500/week. Catawissa 105 - 1000 Prims for only L$1500/week.
  8. hello everyone, We are looking for a maid/nanny. This is a NON-SEXUAL position. Duties include: -taking care of Zooby babies (3 at the moment) and young children (1 right now). Either of those numbers could increase. -cooking and serving meals -cleaning/taking care of our home -serving and other duties as required What we are looking for is someone who plays between 19-25 years old, who is willing to do the chores asked of them. There are two other kids in the house (13 and 16) who will not need caring for, but who would interact with the help. The hours we would be looking for would be approximately 4PM to 9PM SLT (but these are negotiable). Having your own conservative maid's uniform is a plus. In exchange for maid/nanny services, we will offer you a free apartment (again, no sexual activity allowed there). And, hopefully, exciting roleplay opportunities. If you are interested, please IM Katie Monday (katietepes) or Tex Monday (tex monday). We will be conducting interviews with potential candidates. Thanks
  9. Hello fellow Role-players! I don't know about you all, but I've noticed that its hard to find an amazing medieval/fantasy RP sim that lets you express your creative self. So, with that in mind, what have you been looking for, in terms of a medieval/fantasy RP? Have you been searching for that amazing fit of a community but having no luck? Well, look no further as your search can stop now. Come on over and see how life is at ~Uthag Pack Land~. We're a young but amazing community that is still growing, from Lycan to Demon, from Imp to Human, etc. We have a great foundation of people already but we are always looking for more to join us. We are an open RP area for Medieval/Fantasy RP with a Jousting Area, A Full Tavern, Docks, A Beautiful Wedding Venue, Small Rental Cabins and so much more! The sim looks absolutely gorgeous and great for pictures for those photographers amongst you. Though all are free and welcome to join, this is a non-Gor area RP, so please be mindful and respectful of it. If you are wishing to be a part of this RP or perhaps run your own, then please contact the following members: * Sadoc "Doc" Rajal (Sadoc Rajal) - Pack Alpha * Reyn'aleera Panther (lydialeerapanther) - Pack Beta * Teria (Soteria Frostbite) - Pack PR & DJ Below is the slurl to the land, so please feel free to come and check us out. http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Image dAlliez/180/55/24
  10. Hello, im seeking Feral/Quad RP place to go to, im a feral/Quad cow and i have Mused milking with it, Fitted a milking maching to the body.... If anyone has a Farm/RP place they allow Feral/Quad Cows/animals in please let me know inworld xameiiax resident {i also have a friend who is a Bull}
  11. The Conquest of Elysium Roleplay is looking for players who want to play Mystfolk (fae). Numerous races accepted, both courts represented! No need to all be seelie, or all unseelie! Come join our play today, enjoy the complicated world of the Mystfolk, and delight in lasting storylines with dynamic opportunities to develop personal, faction based, and sim wide stories! Learn More: http://conquestofelysium.wixsite.com/tcoe/mystfolk Visit us in world: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Conquest of Elysium/123/100/2521 Questions about Mystfolk? IM Cy Tamalyn
  12. Nightingale Preschool is back open and ready for business. Are you a busy parent and need a safe and friendly place to take your child through the day ? Want to give your child a head start before Kindergarten ? Then Nightingale Preschool is the place for you. All day daycare, preschool classes and transitional kindergarten classes are available. Staff is also wanted ! We are looking for teachers and caregivers that view themselves as professionals. Those who are willing to have fun and lend a helping hand wherever needed. Those who can recognize the teachable moments but who also have BIG IDEAS and are not afraid to make them come to life! Those that are passionate about each child, about teaching kindness, making sure our children are safe and happy and providing each child a nurturing place to thrive. For more information please visit : http://www.nightingalepreschool.org/ Please contact: Katerina ( foxieroxie243) or Alei Nichole Nightingale (Alexus Christen) Taxi: DMV and InfoHUB This school is a part of the Town of Nightingale roleplaying community for more information please visit: www.townofnightingale.com
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