Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Biting Etiquette

I'm a new Second Life vampire, and barely a clan member - just an advisor. But still, because my minions are anxious to go on hunts with me, I fret over biting etiquette. So I've given this some thought.

When I was fooling around in Gor a few years ago as a physician (and for a couple weeks as a slave), I learned there are ways and means to engage people into "playing with you" which is really all about negotiating a few rules before jumping into the game. On the Laura sim (gone now, sad to say), because we had few rules and focused more on having fun together, it was not uncommon for hunters to spear unsuspecting girls on the shipyard docks and "claim" them as slaves. Ditto in the forests and shops - well, we had such a laugh over this practice and there were plenty of wars, raids, rescues, and general melee over it too -- but never did anyone EVER lose their sense of humor or fair play, simply because it was lighthearted and not bogged down in a rat's nest of rules.

But that was one sim, very well known for incredible hilarity where the unexpected was the norm. The rest of Second Life did not exist for us nor did we try to bring our flavor of RP anywhere else in SL.

Vampires however, hunt out and away from the luxury of shared sim RP culture, and need to abide by clan behaviours, and good SL practices.

First and foremost, just attempting to bite someone without permission is very rude, and an affront to them. This is an excellent way to be Abuse Reported to the Lindens. So just don't do it or you may lose your SL account! Consentual biting (lol) is much more fun anyway.

In more practical terms: if you want to RP a bite, like you are a fabulous vampire on the hunt and need victims and blood, and you see this incredibly delicious fresh meat a few meters away just "dying" to become yours........ well! Time to have a private IM about how much fun it is to role play a vampire attack, and what happens to them when bitten, etc. etc. etc. Engagement into the game is fun for the victim, if you make it that way.

Don't badger your victim. If they say no, move on. If they say maybe... worlds of possibilities open up and they are all fun. Do you want a minion, someone lieged to you? Do you want a blood doll? Do you want a one-night stand? Or a lover, a friend, someone to hunt with? What about the other person -- does any of this sound interesting to him/her? If your "victim" has even the slightest interest, turn that interest into positive thinking about the Bloodlines game. But if your "victim" is just saying nonononono..... do him or her a favor, and explain the use of the garlic necklace. Maybe even buy one for him or her. Be cool and help him out so he doesn't get victimized by vampires who have no manners...........

My friend StoneCoal tells me he HATES bloodlines because some guy insisted over and over that he would die unless he bit him. Worse: Stone's gf agreed with the guy, putting Stone into a really nasty corner. Now you can't even mention the word "bite" without Stone going into a hell of a diatribe... and now he's even more furious because I explained about the Forever Protection Amulet! I'm gonna get him a garlic necklace this week just so he calms down a little LOL

Anyway, back to biting etiquette: If somebody declines your bite, you probably didn't tell them everything they need to know about the Bloodlines game. So make a list of all the positive qualities of the game, and what you enjoy about it. Read up on all the information so you know what to say when they ask a question like: will I die if I don't bite anyone? Armed with that info and list, you are a walking, talking, vampire with an awesome charisma, utterly irresistible!! and just like a real vampire :)

Yours in bitemarks,
Lucia, aka Apollonia Corleone

1 comment:

Marcus said...

You had my soul before the bite. What more could you want?