On the 1st of April I attended a Townhall meeting of the NeoVictoria roleplay members to discuss ideas of what we/they will be doing for Fantasy Faire 2020.
It was last year that I met with them at their Meet & Greet events at the Faire
I wrote about it in this post.
I won’t spoil things by revealing the plans, but there was talks of possible roleplay ideas, freebies and sale items for the charity the Faire supports. They’ll be finalised and released in due time, but they’ll be a lot of fun if everything comes together as planned!
Back in May I blogged about arriving at the NeoVictoria (NeoVic) roleplay region. However despite my enthusiasm at having my backstory and character accepted, everything kinda stopped there. A combination of real-life and mismatched timezones meant I hadn’t even been able to rp my character (Misch) into the story, until recently.
This was rather different to previous rp I have done, in that the conversation is structured. Players must stay in conversation order, not typing a response to something until it’s your turn in the chat order. Which I found rather frustrating to begin with and also leads to big silences in local chat if someone is typing a long response. I have previously been used to typing responses straightaway, big gaps make me wonder if the person is even still at their keyboard or gone to make a snack. (Since sometimes you actually have that much time before it’s your turn to respond when using a chat order).
The advantage I found however was that this gave me time to compose appropriate responses to each participant in the conversation. The result however is that the more participants in the conversation, the longer the chat posts.
For example take a conversation involving 4 people. Player 1 makes a long post addressing all the other players, Player 2 makes a short post responding to the part that was relevant to them. If player 3 makes a short response to player 2, player 2 still has to wait until players 4&1 have posted before they can reply, regardless if the response would have been two words or two paragraphs in length. If player 4 then makes a long post addressing everyone, player 1 will definitely have had time to put the kettle on and come back with a cuppa before its their turn.
I’m sure it’ll get more of a habit and hopefully less frustrating as time goes on.
Anyway, onto what actually happened in the roleplay. Due to the length of some of the messages I won’t copy them all here, instead will give a descriptive summary:
I was seated in the empty tavern having a rest after my long journey from the wilds into the city. I glances out the window and see there a couple of people arrived in the town square outside.
I approached them slowly giving them chance to see me and to not appear to be a threat. One of them was a woman selling fresh pumpkins from a cart. The other appeared to be an odd creature, apparently Fae of some kind.
I said I was looking for somewhere to stay, they both offered up options.
The woman whose name was Annabelle said I could stay at the farm in exchange for helping out.The Fae’s offer was a lot more vague, clearly somewhere outdoors and given I had spent so long, until arriving at the city, in such circumstances I declined the offer.
I dropped various comments about preferring darkness and being stronger than I looked, in reference to my approved character traits. So by the end of the rp I was headed to the farm where I would have accommodation and a job maintaining the mushroom beds, on account of good night sight and a preference for dark places.
If you are interested in the full transcript by Jhaesoph Foxdale you can read it here.
So my character application at NeoVictoria was approved! Below is the character profile I submitted:
During a vampire turning when the female candidates heart slows and the vampire notices a second heart beat and realised the woman is pregnant. The mother is miraculously brought back from the brink of death by her would-be maker. The child born subsequently has some traits similar to twice-born. Her mother being weakened by the attempted turning died in childbirth.During her early years she suffered from bad thirst cravings, but these subsided as she matured. She is mostly human in appearance though a red tint to her eyes can be seen sometimes, usually when angered,scared,aroused or otherwise exhilarated. She has enhanced speed and strength advantages over the average human, but due to her regular birth, they’re merely equivalent to those of the fittest human athletes. She does not require blood regularly,but it is a pleasure to drink it. Because of the circumstances of her birth the vampires accept her one of their own.
I decided to name my character “Misch” from “ein Mischlingskind” half-breed in German. (I did try other translations of half-breed, but none of them made for a good name.)
Now to go by and have an explore. The aerial arrival point has lots of info and you are shown more as you wind your way down a semi-transparent ramp (watch your footing!) Each little landing has info about each of the different races you will find below.
Once you’re down there’s another corridor of information that leads to a room where you can get advise on appropriate clothing (if you don’t have any) and ladies and gents changing rooms.
Beyond this you enter a larger room detailing different locations within the sims.
There’s also a vendor for the roleplay hud
and after such a long walk, finally the tp door to the rp area.
Let’s see where my story goes from here..
It was very interesting to hear about their unique lore and storyworld. I spent some time talking to Leander about a character I might be able to create there. Their lore and mythology is detailed and thorough so I will have to read up on that to fit the character I want to create into it. It seems very promising and exciting, maybe it’s the next step in Ava’s Second Life journey.