A Sad Time For a Dear Friend

Hello, friends. My name is Megaera Furious. My friend Aisling asked me to tell you that because of health problems, she is no longer a member of Second Life. She has also asked me to take over authorship of her blog. I shall attempt to do so over the next couple of days, but right now I’m having some WordPress-related problems with administering the site.

Should I not be able to work things out, I will start a separate blog of my own, copy all of Aisling’s posts to it, and continue on from there.

Please bear with me, and continue to follow this blog. Thank you.

Megaera

How to Deal With Griefers and Trolls

“A griefer is a player in a multiplayer video game who deliberately irritates and angers other players within the game, often using aspects of the game in unintended ways. A griefer derives pleasure primarily or exclusively from the act of annoying other users, and as such is a particular nuisance in online gaming communities, since griefers often cannot be deterred by penalties related to in-game goals.” Wikipedia

Sooner or later in your SL experience, you’re going to run into a griefer (often called “trolls” in SL). I’ve always found the best way to deal with them is to simply ignore them. If they get too annoying, you can also Block them or, in extreme cases, Block and Derender them.

But sometimes their actions can take the form of a direct attack on your avatar, such as locking it in a cage, pelting it with objects, etc. The immediate solution to this is simply to log off; when you log back in, your avatar will have been “reset;” that is, whatever was happening to you will no longer be happening.

But the ultimate solution is to file an abuse report. Griefing is a violation of SL’s Terms of Service, or TOS. But unless Linden Labs knows about the griefer, it can’t do anything about them. There’s an entire article detailing how and when to file an abuse report.

Griefers are a sad fact of life in SL. Knowing how to deal with them will keep your in-world experiences pleasant.

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Let’s Get Personal

(It’s pronounced ASH-ling in Ireland, and that’s how I pronounce it.)

Well, enough abou SL generalities. In my last entry I talked about love and romance, And how SL relationships can lead to RL frienndships.

Which is what happened to me.

Amoure

I have the great honor of serving Goddess Amoure Vyper. She has never demanded a thing from me, and yet I have voluntarily surrendered to her. She has captured my heart and soul. I truly love Her.

We have different RL schedules, so we don’t often get to see each other. But when we do, it always brings me great joy. In fact, I’m rarely in-world if she’s not there.

Amoure(It isn’t the best picture because of SL’s limitations on photography)

Anyway, I’ll be posting more about us in the days to come.

Love and Romance in Second Life

(Yes, and sex, too.) Even though our characters are just animated pixels on screens, it is indeed possible and even likely that you will form emotional attachments to some of the “people” you encounter there. You can even get “married” (partnered, in SL terms). Hell, SL had same-sex marriage long before the rest of the United States.

I Know What You’re Thinking

Aisling, how can you act out love scenes in SL? How can you have sex? Well, by now I’m sure you’ve discovered Poseballs. They can be used for any number of things, including dancing, hugging, kissing, and even making love.

There is also furniture with built-in poses you can use (be sure to turn off any AO you may be using).

But Remember!

There is a real live person behind every avatar, a person with real feelings and emotions. Keep that in mind when you form relationships or attachments. In short, don’t be a douchebag. It’s the Golden Rule, people: treat everyone the way you would want to be treated in real life.

And there are even places explicitly designed to foster love and romance. Frank’s Place Jazz Club is one of the more popular places. It’s a formal setting, and it has a dress code. But don’t worry: they’ll provide you with a free tuxedo or ball gown if you need it.

Wonderful Dreams is another popular spot. Lush gardens and other beautiful scenery abound.

To find more places, open a Search window and enter the term Romance.

The ‘Verse, and Companions

Based on Joss Whedon’s Firefly series and his movie Serenity, there are several groups dedicated to keeping alive the legends of the Browncoats.

Among these are Companion guilds and houses. My friend Emma is about to enter training to become a Registered Companion.

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Emma Florentino

As you can see, Emma’s not human, although she is humanoid. When she completes here training, she will be everything you would expect from a bona fide Companion from the Firefly ‘Verse.

Well, that’s enough to get you started. Remember, your Second Life is only limited by your imagination!

Until nest time,

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