Thursday, February 4, 2016
How NOT to Join a Roleplay in Second Life
Late night on my favorite roleplaying sim and we have a few different scenes going on in various places across the realm. A couple - who we will call False King and Silent Queen - came in to wander around. Really, no harm no foul - non-roleplayers are welcome, there isn't really a dress code if you're out of character and even in character it's pretty broad. Their behavior was a little odd; they kept walking around us as we were in the frozen-position norm of paragraph roleplay. Several attempts were made to engage with them in good faith in both local and IM.
[Moderator]: ((Hey! If you have any questions, don't hesitate to IM me. :) ))
[Admin]: ((Heyya guys, feel free to browse the sim, but please don't interrupt the RP!))
At this point the couple walks away from the initial roleplaying group to a secondary location inside of a tavern. On the way they changed form modern clothes to medieval style and put on crowns. When they entered their behavior was very much of a piece as before - they walked all over, never keeping still except when the male half typed into open chat.
[False King]: the kind (sic) DEMANDS a jar or the finest ale
Deoridhe Quandry: ( If you want to enter a roleplay, you need to pose your entrance and be reaosnable with your demands. )
Deoridhe Quandry: ( Otherwise, please observe but don't interrupt us. This island doesn't have any kings. )
[False King]: the king valiantly enters the cavern, accompanied by his platonic queen friend
Deoridhe Quandry: ( This island doesn't have any kings or queens. It's rule by a council and you are not on that council. )
[False King]: well it has a king now
Deoridhe Quandry: ( I'm happy to help you in IMs, but not to let you interrupt our roleplay. )
[False King]: and i had the council executesd
Deoridhe Quandry: ( If you continue to interrupt I will have to ask the sim owner to help you leave. I don't wish to do this. )
Around this time they walked out of the building again and ended up wandering around elsewhere. I took it to IMs, but the two people I was playing with had some reactions.
[Roleplayer 1]: ((-sobbing- whatthefuckwasthaaaaattttttt))
[Roleplayer 2]: ((An adventure!)
Deoridhe Quandry: If you would like I can point you to the website with the history of the island. Deoridhe Quandry: Walking into a sim and making yourself a ruler of it is highly impolite, however. Please don't do that.
[False King]: the history was written by my gravest enemies, as the rightful king i own this land
Deoridhe Quandry: No, you don't.
[False King]: you know nothing of my royal struggle
Deoridhe Quandry: I know that your manners are extremely poor and won't make you any friends.
Deoridhe Quandry: I'm happy to help you actually roleplay with other people; I am not happy to have you undermine the work my friends have put into this sim.
[False King]: you are but a lowly fairy wench, quell your tone or i shall have you executed
Deoridhe Quandry: I'm bored with you. If you ever want to actually join the rp, let me know.
They went over to disrupt another roleplay and the owner of the sim finally ejected them. They returned several times until being banned. I got one final message from the "king".
[False King]: how dare you do this to the king
Roleplaying sims are their own creatures on the grid - individualistic, rule-heavy, and often with solid stories people have put serious time into. It's not uncommon for someone to come in demanidng a position of power - but claiming to be a non-existant king on an island without them is certainly novel!
Also, something you shouldn't do.
( More pictures here. )