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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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Did Someone Say “Adventure”?

Second Life is about more than taking pictures. While it’s fun to explore scenic vistas, there are also adventures to be had along the way. Entering “Adventure” in the Search box reveals dozens of possibilities. And rather than being free-form play, these areas have rules you must follow.

Some rules are fairly simple. For example, if you’re in an adventure set in medieval times, you might be required to wear appropriate dress for the time period. Many of these places make the clothing available for free, so you won’t have to spend any money.

Others are more complex, and require a more serious commitment, such as going to their web site and filling out a questionnaire in which you describe your character and give it a backstory. They can be quite similar to World of Warcraft in that respect, except you’re playing within the SL environment.

One way to start to learn roleplaying is to go to Firestorm Social, find the Teleport board, and teleport (TP) to the Sci-Fi Portal.

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That’s what my friend Gwen (GwendolynHammond) did and found herself on the deck of a USS Enterprise-class starship:

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The Realm of Avalon

Gwen’s quite the adventurer, and also sent me these pictures from Avalon:

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Avalon’s one of those in-depth roleplaying adventures that requires a commitment Start by going to the web page  and click on the link for the RPG Project. That will explain the basics of the game and the history of Avalon. Oh—inside the castle courtyard there are several costumes you can get for free.

As the web page describes it,

The “Avalon Tales” project started in the beginning of 2007 with the interactive role play adventure quest line. The first of these was the “Catacombs of Avalon”. The virtual 3D environment of Second Life® was ideal for setting up the project and to create a suitable ambience for the adventure. The game system is a mix between a point-and-click adventure, a few arcade jump-and-run elements and an RPG/RTS PvE boss battle engine.

Gwen says she’s going to join up and play the game. She’ll report back here later.

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Romance and love in Second Life.

Love,

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