Tamar Luminos wrote:Well, damn- you had me, then you lost me. What's up with the slave character hatin? Not cool, dude. There's shitty roleplayers in every role, trust me. It's not limited to slave characters. There's also freaking epic roleplayers in each role. Me? I play a pretty freaking epic slave, and I can think of several others who do, too. The slave role is integral to the setting, and refusing to roleplay with someone playing that role is, quite frankly your loss, buddy. If you don't like slave characters what the fuck you doing playing in Gor??? Srly.
I seriously don't hate on slaves! If I had more time to RP, it would be spent on any number of slaves and panthers I've wanted
to RP with but didn't get round to. If I roleplayed more often with FM/FW it's because they're relevant to whichever agenda I'm pushing.
On the last occasion I was involved with BTB, we were at war, and we were a handful of people on that sim. The highlights would reach 6 avatars online! Sometimes I was parked there alone. But, we were at war. So between the few of us we held many Group RP sessions of 3-4, planning for our alliances ahead, singling out those foreign citizens to manipulate and most importantly, deciding which of us would be handling those agents.
You need to scout these cities, roleplay with their citizens, narrow down your list of prospects and work them into supporting your alliance. It begins from the middle tiers and you get them to push your agenda up through their council.
And you have a limited amount of time to make it happen, let's say you roleplay from 20:00-Midnight EU time (= Midday-16:00 SL time)). It takes an hour to travel and getting a meeting started, and you want to push out at least 6 posts to steer this meeting towards a conclusion in the next two hours
. You allow for 2 emoters on their side, and you've taken someone from your city to train them up in diplomatic tact(These Gorean Campus Ambassador certificates count for nothing when you throw them into an actual meeting!). So I am particular about timings and won't appreciate some random element who won't be a productive part of that meeting, e.g. a slave using 20 minutes to roleplay passively about herself.
We had three wars running simultaneously, the largest one extended to three months, for myself it was like coming home and logging in to a second job! I would have a list of meetings to arrange, treaties to write or amend, local sim RPs to get through because people sometimes need your help to push their story forwards. Each instance will take up an evening of RP, because if you do an RP for 2 hours and you have 2 hours left... that's not long enough to begin anything further for the night.
In saying all of that, there were stressful moments for us all but the handful of us supported each other and we generated tons
of roleplay for many people across their cities. I couldn't even plan for personal roleplay because there were always two more things on the agenda. Now if
a slave character came up and said she can travel with me, and spy and manipulate and do useful things for our city. I would take her along and put her to good use! But in my roleplaying experience, your average slave character behaves in very predictable ways and doesn't want to push herself beyond her envelope. Could I have taken one of those exceptional roleplayers and trained her up? I could. But.. get this...
Our sim started to grow rapidly through the war and there were men on our high council who themselves were feeling excluded from the war-roleplay. I wanted for everyone joining our sim to be involved in everything affecting us, but how much can you do? You need people to step up and throw themselves into the moment. It's not enough to be a competent roleplayer, there're hundreds of good roleplayers in BTB. You need people willing to push their personal RP aside and saying, 'Tell me where you need me and consider it done!'. We could have involved our merchants more, raised taxes and pushed them to increasing their revenues. Entire categories of internal-sim RPs could have been sponsored by our war, for which we were short on time and resources to commit to. In SL Gor you don't just push out an idea and expect it to be followed, everyone has good ideas, but you need someone there to manage it. And then you realise how few people are willing to sacrifice their personal roleplay in support of the sim's RP.
There was a drastic
change in one of our alliances for which we were accountable. Two of our IC leaders who should have been informed, first heard about it at our council meeting two days later. Understandably they were upset for being kept out of the loop, but that wasn't intentional. That's a case of us IC'ly dealing with the fallout of everything that occurred and just not having time to return and communicate with everyone on our sim. Communicating = roleplay = time = hours you don't have.
My whole perspective is, people who step up and involve themselves will be in the loop. And those who want to stay indoors and roleplay with one slave, and then another slave, and then another slave.. will gradually fall out of the loop. In their way they're important for the sim in keeping the local RP flowing. In my experience it hasn't been possible to be both, you either login to Sim-Roleplay or Personal-Roleplay. And this is why you often see guys who just want to wander through Gor alone in the aftermath of months of Sim-Roleplay. Now they just want time to themselves and good ol'Gorean roleplay with a slave or two. They have earned it.
The main war for us started when I told off some free men
for behaving erratically. I don't have much patience for incompetence, no matter the role or gender. Now I have a binary perspective on Gorean roleplayers, either they're useful, or they're not. Most fall into the latter category and enslaved characters are competent within their expectations but not in the ways I'd want to employ them.
Yeah! There are those High Slaves who reportedly manipulate and host meetings for their owners. But to myself, this is as interesting as the next guy who comes along claiming to be a Great Warrior who's felled cities by himself. It's all bullshit. I'm not interested in how people want to be perceived, I want to see what they're capable of. I want to see what they've done and then I'll say, 'You, motherfucker are someone I can work with. Put on your rape-face and let's go subjugate some fucking cities.'
We did win all of ours wars afterall, largely through our diplomacy, and having a small group of highly charged and committed roleplayers who produced some of the hottest treaties this game has every seen