Surely of all the screwed up activities SL has to offer, role playing is pretty high up there, whether it's playing traffic warden or pretending to be Scandinavian. So naturally, when a RP sim is thrust in your face as
a Destination Choice, it's irresistible, isn't it? Grimmrfell is a Norse Roleplay and nothing stirs your latent Norse blood like the idea of having to listen to people describe what they are doing:
Bernt Limpwicket: smiles in welcome at the beautiful stranger
Bernt Limpwicket: "hello Thirza"
Thirza Ember: no ingliss sorry
If you want to smile, use a smile gesture. It's not 2005. Or don't smile. Or don't talk about whether you're smiling or not. Or at least learn to put /me in front of what you're saying to turn it into third person dialogue. Because the alternative is incredibly lame.
Eir: feels a spiritual zing from wearing the magical huldra's throwaway
tahnee (tahnee5): feels the soft bump of the boat hitting land
tahnee (tahnee5): "nice work aldo"
...how is that supposed to create an ambiance? I won't even start on the whole '4 people got in there ahead of you and you still went with tahnee' issue. And since when were there Vikings called Aldo.
When the LEA started, it seemed such a bad idea, for four reasons. It happened around the time land prices went up and discounts for educational sims were slashed; LEA was supposed to be in part a sort of concession to Virtual Art, in recognition of all the good press it had generated SL. In reality, it merely squeezed out independent galleries, financially and morally. Many of those galleristas have gone for good, and they were people who took a chance on new artists and dangerous topics, and the weight of innovation, imagination, crappiness and art cliques was spread out across the whole grid, not shunted into a ghetto, however large and well organized it may be.
To a great extent, it shifted the balance of power from dozens of individual voices expressing an equal number of different cultures and backgrounds to a relative handful of 'deciders', in the dwindling number of art spaces left. It created a role that is damaging, dangerous, for art but also for the person who fills it - the aesthetic policeman, or art-sitter, if you prefer.
|Nothing says Viking more than 7 Seas Fishing|
It's not their fault. SL is an elbow society so it's no surprise to see, among the members of the LEA committee past and present, names of people whose main credential seems to be their ability to jostle to the front. The concept of artists managing land in a sort of a co-op in conjunction with other artists doesn't appear to have taken off. Where once you had experienced curators, now there are mere bloggers calling the shots. Such a shame, but it was inevitable perhaps. Committees draw that kind of politicking dross to them. On the upside, I do have a LM to give those who are determined to beat their own drum whatever the cost.
Luckily, you can still eat, drink and be merry at Grimmrfell. Erein Dragonash was there, maintaining a level of grundfellichness that you rarely see this side of Fyllarloekr.
Erein Dragonash: it was advertised on the start screen before I logged on earlier...got a free outfit - hence the furs
Erein Dragonash: and I always wanted to pillage and ravage like a viking
Thirza Ember: i like an honest pillager
Erein Dragonash: know any good pillaging spots?
Inventory item offered
Thirza Ember: i got a free dance, you can pillage that
Erein Dragonash: I need to get my wode on (need it to pillage)
Thirza Ember: yeah you're not looking nearly blue enough
Erein Dragonash: I am just slightly depressed
Thirza Ember: why slightly?
Erein Dragonash: not completely blue
Sometimes this place is the best.