This is it. All your training has brought you to this moment, grasshoppah. Here is the final installment of “So You Think You Can’t RP”, which I’ve written just for those of you who think you can’t possibly learn how to roleplay (RP) in Second Life. We’ve talked about the basics, we’ve talked about making your character, we’ve talked about the setting and even how to be an honest RPer.
But wait, you’re saying, there’s got to be more to it. It’s true, there is. There is One Big Secret that I haven’t taught you yet, and this being the final installment, this is when I’ll tell it to you. With this Big Secret you’ll know all you’ll ever need to know about RPing from here on out.
Can you handle a secret this great?
Are you ready?
Here it is…
You’re already doing it.
That’s right! I mean, come on. Do you really look exactly like your avatar? Do you and your avatar have exactly the same full name? Do you live in a real life house just like your SL house? With neighbors just like your SL neighbors? Do you wear exactly the same clothes, have exactly the same hairstyle, dance exactly as well? Do you only talk to humans in SL, same as in RL?
No, you don’t. You have to suspend disbelief in SL. Whether you’re walking among cat-people, conducting business with a tiny bunny, being bugged by teenage vampires, even moving your virtual furniture into your virtual house or teleporting to meet a friend, you’re making believe.
And that’s what RPing is. It’s suspending disbelief to be something or someone else. That’s it.
You’re soaking in it, as the old commercial says.
So go forth and RP, confident in knowing that you’ve already been doing it all along. Enjoy.