Sasi wrote:I think it speaks volumes about the reputation of Gor RPers when you find in the rules of a roman or fantasy themed RP sim, mentions such as "This is not Gor, blah blah...."
And in SL Gor, the concepts of IC / OOC separation and OOC equality are still foreign ones... As well as the understanding of the cultural basics...
Not to mention the shitty 2009 themed builds...
I can appreciate the irony here with the Roman sims, most of them are still trying to emulate Dyce and Syndel's Capua. Easily one of the best RP experiences SL will ever see (100 avatars on sim, 30 of them fighting in the stadium - Unbeatable.) Over 90% of the population were Gorean roleplayers.
We've been through this IC/OOC thing before, those who consider themselves Lifestyle-Goreans aren't roleplayers. So applying roleplaying standards to them isn't a discussion, it's irrelevant. And if I was going to help these people, I think they have 100 other issues in their lives to fix before we even come to that talk of separating IC, from OOC.
So if we're discussing IC / OOC separation among actual roleplayers, you will be surprised at how many do cross the line, even without realising it.
Am I still separating when I say, This Is My Life, My Time, I Will Only Roleplay What And With Whom I Want To. There are people who consider themselves competent roleplayers and they enter sims with exactly this attitude.
On my past couple of ventures into Gor, I only intended to RP a retired scribe character with the occasional M/s roleplay. Now I could have hidden him indoors and roleplayed exclusively with the people I wanted(As seems to be the fashion these days). But I do my best to separate my character's progress from my OOC wants. So if he desires M/s roleplay, I'll have him out in town until he finds a slave.
So along his pursuits of keeping to himself and trying to live the quiet life, he became involved in major conflicts which were not of his design. OOC'ly I didn't want these events, I just wanted to kick back and RP some Gorean M/s. But through the hours of roleplaying in town... people initiate roleplay with you and... things happen . So I was responsible for one lengthy war and later, a coup, but these roleplays were pushed onto me and my character responded. By the end of it all I didn't get to roleplay a single M/s scene. Everything else happened, but that.
It's probably the most laughable aspect of my latest roleplaying venture.
I came to the point where I wonder if I've been a positive influence or otherwise. It's an actual conundrum to face when you are affecting the course of sims and the lives of their citizens. When dozens of people have their roleplays turned upside down because of you, then how much responsibility do you have towards them? Change causes friction and people are OOC'ly raged on because of you. And are those sims better in the end, or worse. I could have let slights go unanswered and so held the peace upon every occasion. But it's Gor, IC'ly my character stayed true to his principles. OOC'ly, I regret having ended the roleplays of the people I did, I don't even dislike them and would rather they were still roleplaying in the places they were.
Maybe it is better to sit in a tower with your clique, pretending at being influential, roleplaying your little storm in a teacup and remaining blissfully irrelevant. Then there are no casualties, nothing goes out of your control, you never have to face real IC situations and the consequences of all the people you fucked over in course of defending your character.