Wednesday, April 25, 2012

How To Play Second Life Gor Part 2: Raiding

Typical by the book Gorean. Image source:

So I've got you into Second Life, you've got an avatar, you've got you've got Gorean clothes, and you've visited the Gorean Welcome Center and learned a few things about Gor and roleplay. Well, I'm gonna teach you a few things about Gorean RP that they DON'T teach in the courses.

Gor the Second Life game is divided into two groups: By the Book (BtB)Gor and Gor Evolved. The formal difference between the two is that BtB does not accept the existence of female outlaws armed with bows, or large bands of panthers that attack cities. They say that these things are not consistent with the Gor novels by John Norman that are the basis of the game. Gor Evolved accepts these things. But that's not the REAL difference between the two factions.

A Gorean raiding crew assembles on the docks of a sim. This is a large raid, about 30 people, which means about 15 defenders. Like in World of Warcraft, you generally join groups to play SL Gor, which is how you get the large raids. Image source: Snapshot of a Gorean raid in progress.

The real difference is, Gor Evolved raids and BtB Gor does not. It's not a COMPLETELY accurate statements, raids occur occasionally in BtB Gor, and there are Gor Evolved sims that have few or no raids, but it's close enough for all practical purposes. Getting ahead of myself a bit: raids are like raids in World of Warcraft, a group of players get together and go to another sim and kick ass in combat.

The weapons in SL Gor are swords, spears, bows, blowguns, rocks, axes, clubs, crossbows and what have you. Basically, it's all medieval weaponry. No gunpowder-based weapons. Bows are the most powerful weapons on Gor, being ranged weapons, followed by swords and scimitars, fast melee weapons that do a lot of damage. There's no magic on Gor either, it's just tough warriors duking it out with primitive weapons for gold, glory and slavegirls. But mostly for fun.

Because you never play against lame NPCs (non-player characters) raiding is hard in Gor. Players come in three levels of skill in Gor: newbies, regular bows and super bows. Best way for a newbie to learn to fight in SL Gor is to join a group, get some training and practice with more skilled members of the group, and you go along on raids and learn your craft while have tons of fun, with better fighters along to keep you from losing constantly.

There's an economic interest for sim owners to have people on their sims, and groups to have sufficient numbers to raid successfully, so its' generally easy to get into most groups. With over 300 Gorean sims in Second Life, most of them hosting multiple groups, so it's very easy to get into a group. And there's nothing like grinding in Second Life Gor. You have to learn to play the game well, but there's no digging for stuff. You just buy what you need or find it as a freebie, and play the game.

And of course, the prize you get when you successfully raid is other players. Which brings up our next topic: Sex in SL Gor.

Here's an SL Gorean raid in progress. The red bubbles mean that an avatar has been downed, knocked out by arrow fire as it were, for a period of five minutes. During this time, a downed person can be aided back to consciousness or tied up and captured by the enemy. After five minutes, they're up again, but with very low health. All the arrows you see are due to a glitch you sometimes see in very large raids in which lag causes arrows to appear to be floating in air at times. You can actually dodge them. Most of the time, however, the arrows are NOT dodgeable, and are coming from all directions. It's incredible chaos, and incredible fun! Image source: Snapshot of another Gorean raid in progress.


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