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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Roleplaying 101: Short Fantasy Scene Part 2

Making Your Move!

Okay so now you've made first contact, and you have a willing roleplay partner!  What do you do next?  How do you keep things interesting and hopefully score some hot action?

First step is not to panic!  The hard part is over.  From now on, just think about what your character would do, and write it out in an emote.  Remember to take turns and allow the scene to flow naturally.

Nurse Spirit follows the doctor into the examination room,
her panties growing moist with anticipation.

Think of it as a conversation, where you not only write what your character is saying, but also what your character is doing, and how he/she is reacting to what the other person is doing.

Remember that this is fantasy.  Don't take anything that happens or is said personally.  You are both acting out a pretend scene, and you both may say or do things that you would never say or do in RL!

Use your description of what your character is doing to convey emotion.  Don't just touch his or her arm, grab it roughly with determination, or caress it tenderly and lovingly.  Your actions can say more about you than your words.

Pay attention to your roleplay partner.  Don't get so wrapped up in your own emotes that you fail to read and follow theirs.  A scene will fall apart if both parties don't feel that they are being listened to.  Remember to give and take!  If someone doesn't react to your emotes (see GodModding from previous Blog Post), keep trying to work your actions into the scene.  If they still fail to respond, use ((OOC)) to inform them that you need them to listen to what you are saying.

Doctor Hard leans in close, his hands reaching out to pull her
near, "I've been waiting all day to catch you alone..."

But But But I Don't DO That!

Everyone has their limits.  Things they won't do even in a fantasy world like SL.  If you feel your scene might exceed your limits, be sure to establish them with your partner in IMs before your scene gets too far.  Your limits are whatever YOU want them to be.  Don't allow ANYONE to force you to do things that you do not want to do (unless you are Roleplaying being forced to do things against your will, and you're okay with that).  Not knowing each other's limits might ruin the scene, by either taking things too far, or possibly not taking things far enough!

Get on the Ball! 

Poseball sex animations are wonderful.  They can really enhance a fantasy scene by adding a visual quality.  HOWEVER... do NOT use Poseballs as a replacement for good emoting.  "Pose ball hopping" is the bane of all roleplayers, so much so that some RPers refuse to use them at all, relying strictly on emotes for a scene.  It's okay to use poseballs, but only to supplement the action taking place in emotes.  Don't just hop on a Doggy Sex pose ball.  Emote it!  Use your emotes to "get your character into the position" and emote how they do it, and then emote in detail what they are doing while on that pose.  The pace at which you switch poseballs from one position to the next will depend on you and your partner's preferences, but don't flip through them so fast that neither of you has time to emote fully and enjoy them.

Nurse Spirit melts into his arms, kissing him deeply, giving in to
his every wish and desire.  Letting him have what he wants.

OMG Did Your Penis Just Talk to Me? 

Yes, in SL, some genitals talk.  They talk a lot.  Too much, in fact.  No roleplayers want to hear your genitals talk.  Use the genital option menu to turn off talking parts.  There is no discussion on this matter.
It's About Time! 

Plan ahead of time, and MAKE time!  A good scene might take a few hours to play out, depending on how involved it is and how fast you and your partner can type.  If you run out of time, don't just log off without warning!  Send your partner a message ((OOC)) in IMs and let them know that you are having a great time, but RL is calling and you have to leave.  Hopefully you can both get together another time and continue the fun.  If a scene is just going badly and you want to end it, try being creative and come up with a logical, fun way to finish it up quickly without hurting the other person's feelings.  After all, you were new at roleplaying once, too... right?  Be courteous and inventive and work your way to a conclusion.  Good RP time flies by, so keep an eye on the clock to make sure you don't miss any RL appointments!

Doctor Hard soon takes matters in hand, lifting her skirt
and spreading her long sexy legs apart as he kneels between them.

Is there more to roleplaying?

Of course there is, and we'll cover more in our next blog post!  But we can't tell you everything!  This is an introduction, not a full course.  Experiment.  Try different things.  Don't be shy!

If you have any questions, post them in the comments below and we will do our best to answer them in the next blog post, which will also include a sample RP Scene for you to enjoy!

Are you ready to take it to the next level?  Next up, Short Fantasy Scene Part 3:  Happy Endings!

This Roleplaying 101 Series is co-written by Spirit Eleonara. 

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Roleplaying 101: Short Fantasy Scene Part 1

First Contact!

There is probably nothing EASIER and nothing more CRITICAL than first contact with another player for roleplay.  Your first line spoken (even if in IMs, although it's traditional to start contact in local chat), sets the stage for everything to follow, and needs to grab the person's interest and not make them groan in despair as they reach for the Mute button.

/me tries not to be too obvious as his eyes feast on the
gorgeous nurse...
Bad Form!

Example of what NOT to do:  "Hey baby u r hawt wanna fuk"

First off, learn to spell and punctuate.  People are turned off immediately by functional illiterates.  If you can't get past this issue, you should probably be playing something that doesn't involve typing, or thinking. 

/nurse smiles slyly as she notices the lustful looks from the
handsome doctor.  "Yes, Doctor.  I'd be happy to assist you."

LUCKILY, I know all Hard Alley guests are highly intelligent and motivated players who have a firm grasp on language and grammar.

Now that you are prepared to use ALL the keys on your keyboard to form whole words and sentences, the question is... What do you say? 

/me takes the beautiful Nurse into the exam room so he
can begin examining her.. "I have a small problem..."
THINK Before You Speak!

Start off in character!  We cannot emphasis this enough!

Hopefully you have a fantasy scene in mind that you'd like to play out with this person.  You're not just randomly asking for sex are you?  No?  I didn't think so!

With your fantasy in mind, think about how it might start.  What would your character say to his/her character?  Are you a policeman questioning a suspected shoplifter?  Are you an executive calling for your assistant to take dicktation?  Is he/she a doctor who can treat your erectile dysfunction?

Make your opening statement count!  Make it part of the scene you want to play, and if they other person is interested, then you have just started your first Short Fantasy Scene!

/nurse feels her knees going weak as she notices the large
bulge growing in the doctor's pants.  "Of course. I will
be happy to help you take care of your problem."
OMG They Responded!  What Do I Do Next?

Keep going!  Act it out!  Part of the fun in roleplaying is making things up as you go.

Do your best to make the scene interesting and keep it moving.  Don't let it stall out and die.  Adapt to the things the other player says and does.

He or she might have a different idea as to how they think the scene should proceed, and that's okay!  Whether you lead or follow, the scene will be fun and exciting when you are BOTH bringing your creativity to it.

Success is in the flow!  Keep the exchanges flowing.  If you take too long to reply, people are going to get bored and move on.  If you have something in real life to do, ((that would be the time to use the OOC type to let them know that you will indeed be back in whatever amount of time, or that you have to go, but would love to continue another time)).

The RP does not need to be super long paragraphs (Para-RP.  See Previous Blog Post).  Just think of how people would really reply in such situations if they were real, and give a one or two sentence reply each time!  Put forth some effort and it will be great for everyone, and people will WANT to RP with you more often.

The word of good RP'ers gets out there! 

Are you ready to take it to the next level?  Next up,
Short Fantasy Scene Part 2:  Making Your Move

This Roleplaying 101 Series is co-written by Spirit Eleonara.