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Roleplay Quick Start Guide

If you are new to Second Life Roleplay you may be wondering, “How do I get started?” It can be a bit overwhelming if someone throws an entire Roleplay 101 class at you or a notecard and says “Good luck!” So this is for you, the down and dirty guide to hopping into RP like… Read more »

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The Tales of Ashenborne – Sim Snapshot

[Update: as of 6/27 Ashenborne was announced as closing. More information at the bottom] A stunning two full estate sims form Ashenborne’s amazing roleplay playground. I invited some friends of the RP Trail out to take some photos and an entire gallery came back from the experience. This post is less a sim Snapshot and more of… Read more »

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CYCC – What’s Your Motivation?

The Life or Death Question It’s the stuff of Oscar-winning movies and the Disney songs you still know by heart. It is the subject of endless amounts of art, poems, and can send any of us into an existential crises that is definitely outside the scope of this blog: motivation. I’ll be honest. Asking “What does my… Read more »

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OUTBREAK – Sim Snapshot

A loud hiss echoes nearby as the Infected suddenly appear… Introducing: Sim Spotlights One of the most frequent questions Second Life Roleplayers answers is, “Where are you playing now?” Every time a sim closes or a conflict breaks out, friends reach out to friends for the latest scoop on which sims are out there, which… Read more »

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CYCC – Stealing Inspiration and Copyright Fails

We’ve all been there. We read a book or watch a movie and there is That Character. The one who captures your imagination. The reasons may vary – that amazing kill move, the weapons or powers, perhaps the grit they have to pull through the conflict and keep on going. Whatever it is that inspires… Read more »

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Crit Your Character Creation – By Any Other Name…

  What’s in a Name? Welcome to – insert sim here- Second Life Username: Character Name: Confession time. I will open up a character app and then spend hours trolling every baby name site for the perfect name for every player character, background character, and NPC. I recognize this is a problem and that not everyone… Read more »

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Update & Apology

Real Life can be a real sidetrack on Second Life, can’t it? If anyone has a thinkpiece on “How to best cover your tail when your RL goes into a tailspin of unproductively” let me know, I’d love to read and publish that! I wanted to give everyone an update as I am getting my… Read more »

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Sim Spotlight: Mysts of Eyr

    A year ago we covered the Mystara closing and mentioned that even then there were plans for a continuation of Mystara’s story.  In August, the Mysts of Eyr opened it’s doors. Eyr is an island Estate sim, like many on the Grid, but that is where the expected elements end. Not unlike its predecessor, Eyr boasts a… Read more »

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Sim Opening: Advent Hollow

From the ashes and ruin…Advent Hollow rises….. Thus begins the tale of Advent Hollow, a post-apocalyptic, town on the Souther coast of England. Set in the year 3015 the town has undergone much hardship and strife but the citizens are slowly returning, trying to carve out a new life amidst the horrors surrounding them. Divided into 7 factions ranging… Read more »

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Realism in Fantasy : Characters who Change

We have all created characters who live in a carefully constructed fantasy world. This world relies on cooperation between players to make it come to life in a believable, realistic way. This is the reason we all come together- to make this magic of mutual storytelling within our world. ” But, realism?” We say, “Why… Read more »

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    Roleplay Basics – Using “Yes And”

    Previously, we’ve discussed the definition of RP and  how an RP scene functions. But it isn’t simply enough to know how to enter and exit a scene without tripping over yourself (although that’s important – and we’ve all been there!) Most of us want to know… “how do I become someone others want to Roleplay with?”… Read more »

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    Roleplay Vocabulary – The Unholy Trinity

    Previously on Roleplay Vocabulary – “What is RP?“ &  “How do I RP?“ “Don’t Do That!” These three “Roleplay sins” make up the unholy trinity of Roleplay. They are the bane of experienced roleplayers everywhere and are frequently listed in sim rules without any explanation, which can be confusing for the new player. Experienced players may… Read more »

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    Sim Closing – The Realm of Mystara

    The Roleplay Trail covers the highs and the lows of the Second Life Roleplay  community to be as thorough as possible in capturing all that is essential for the average player to know. Today it was announced that the Raalm of Mystara is closing it’s doors at the end of the month. Annie Ibanez, the… Read more »

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    Roleplay Vocabulary – How do I RP?

    Last time on ‘Roleplay Vocabulary” we answered “What is RP?” and looked at basic terms for the act of Roleplay. Today, we’re tackling what happens once you get in-world and start looking around. Entering a Scene Listen & Observe You see a group standing around or catch a post in chat range. What do you… Read more »

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    Spotlight Tribute – Realm of Estara

    What follows are the final roleplays and pictures given to RpTrail.com to say farewell to the Realm of Estara, since other avenues were not available to them. Every RP is individually created as a character exit and contains references to possible endings of Estara itself as a Realm, as imagined by the players involved and take… Read more »

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    Sim Spotlight – Skarvald

    First Impressions In the land of Vikings, life is beautiful and harsh. Skarvald is a Nordic country nestled in the mountains, where Ogre raiders ride and Frost Giants wander freely. Six months ago, Balder Foehammer rose up to defeat his tyrant brother, Yarric, with the help of the Elven Mage, Ellie. They married, becoming High King… Read more »

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    Opening Spotlight – Ehruhi

    UPDATE: As of 05/11/16 it appears this sim is no longer active. The post remains untouched below, but links have been struck out for the time being. Spotlight – First Impressions Ehruhi opened Saturday night with a Spirit festival to showcase the sim to new players. I had the opportunity to attend, soaking in the atmosphere… Read more »

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    Sim Closing – Realm of Estara

      Part of the goal of the Roleplay Trail is to announce the exciting beginnings and the sad closings.  Announced early this morning: As of January 31st, 2015, Estara will close her doors to roleplay. Thank you – everyone – for two years of beautiful story… and for making Estara your home and community during… Read more »

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    Convergence: The Lost City

      Convergence: The Lost City is, at only a month old,  one of the hottest new RP sims on the grid. I couldn’t wait to get immersed in their culture, lore and community and was pleasantly surprised at what I found. I contacted mentors, admins and players alike for their opinions and impressions throughout the… Read more »

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    Roleplay Vocabulary – What is RP?

      Every Roleplayer starts off with some of the same basic questions and needs – and I’ve always found that a little vocabulary goes a long ways! Today we’re tackling four of the most common questions among new Roleplayers: 1. What is RP? Role play is the art of storytelling through collaborative, improvised play- acting…. Read more »