Tuesday, April 24, 2012

How To Play Gor in Second Life

In Second Life Gor, captured panther girls in the northern forests are stripped and bound, preparatory to being shipped to a city and sold into slavery. Image source:

So, you wanna play at being a Gorean warrior, slave girl, Free woman, panther girl, scribe, merchant, slaver or what-have-you, but you don't know how. Well, in this post and several subsequent posts, I'm gonna tell you exactly how to do it, step by step, so that you can play the game confident about what you'll encounter and what kind of fun you'll have. Basically, this is intended to be a friendly doorway into SL Gor for anyone who wants to play, and for anyone who wants to know how it works. There's way too much to tell you in one post, so I'll just get you started in this one, enough to get you SL Gor and snooping about. Subsequent posts will tell you where the cow pies are.

First of all, you need to join Second Life. Go here and set up an account, pick out an avatar, then download the Second Life viewer. You're gonna want to switch to Phoenix or Forestorm shortly, but start out with the standard Second Life viewer.

Now about that avatar. Pick out whatever you like, don't worry about it. You can buy (or get freebies for) the avatar that will allow you to look like anyone you like, you can think of these avatars as very rough drafts for the character you'll end up creating.

You can have as many as eight avatars with a freebie account, so don't sweat that, either. Almost nothing in SL (Second Life) is irrevocable. But there is one irrevocable thing you should know about.

Until you are VERY familiar with the people you play with in SL, I would STRONGLY advise you not to reveal any personal information about yourself to anyone. It's really a good idea to keep your second life and your real life completely separate until you know the lay of the land, better yet, keep it secret, period. Cause once that cat is out of the bag, it's out of the bag: irrevocable. If you have told someone you should not have who you are in real life, you don't get to untell them. Keep your real name, real address, real phone number, real email address, and other such revealing information under your hat. It could save you a LOT of trouble.

Also, don't accept gifts from anyone you don't "know." There are people who are stealing stuff from SL residents (Linden dollars are real money, if not as expensive as real dollars) and the objects they give you will allow them to steal your money and your inventory.

But other than that, just wander around and have fun. Get to know the lay of the land. Second Life is atonishingly different from other computer games in many respects, and Second Life Gor is it's own special level of fun and weird. Have fun! It's supposed to be fun! You might just wind up visiting the sim where I play. Not that you'll ever know ...

(All of the following links are slurls (Second Life URLs). To use them, copy them from this page, then paste them into local chat on your browser and hit return. They'll show up in the chat window. Click on the url in the chat window and they'll teleport you to the sim.)

Here are a few places to visit to get you started. Caveats: Many Gorean SL sims are classified as "Adult" by Linden Labs. You will have to be age-verified to visit them. By all means do so. If you are not old enough to play Second Life, don't play Second Life. It'll still be there when you turn 18, and there are plenty of other games to play. In fact, what are you doing reading this blog?

Also, you may want to buy things in Second Life. You buy Lindens in order to do that. They run roughly 250 Lindens to the US dollar. There are lot of brilliant designers, weapon makers, scripters and builders in Second Life, and the virtual goods are often quite reasonably priced. As I've noticed elsewhere, Second Life is FULL of sexy clothing for slavegirls to wear. Have fun! But just so you can get kitted out for free, before you develop your taste for SL gear, I'm including SLURLs for a lot of freebie shops. Have at!

Gorean Welcome Center

This sim is designed to welcome new players to Gor. It has some excellent resources to help you learn how to roleplay, freebie kits for various kinds of Gorean roles, including clothes, and a large map of Gor with links to let you teleport to various Gorean lands.

Gorean Recruiting Center

This is a great place to find Gorean sims to visit. Just click on the posters which will give you landmarks, or notecards with landmarks on them. (They look like pushpins). Click on the pins and they will pull up a graphic which will have a button called "Teleport" on it. Click that rascal and there you are! Also has plenty of freebies scattered about.

The Gor Hub

This is a place where Gorean congregate to meet and greet and find new places to visit. It's a good place to hang about and listen. There's also a giant map of Gor with many Gorean sims represented it on it. Good place to look around for lands to visit.

Port Haifa Freebie Market

There is a section of regular freebies to the right of the docks as you come off the ship. (Nothing metaphorical here, in most Gorean sims you materialize either on a ship or on docks, to make the the teleportation a little more plausible.) Also freebies hidden in barrels scattered throughout the market. And plenty of goodies to buy in the market. Have fun.

Freebie Temple
Excellent source of freebie weapons and other Gorean RP items.

Sexy Freebies Paradise
This is a non-Gor freebie shop. YOu can get hair, avatars, skins, and a lot of other personal adornments.

Many Gorean sims have freebie costumes available in their markets or in their docks as well.

More to come!

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