Bloodlines: Viral Vampire Roleplaying Game, Or Toothy Spam Requiring Anti-Vampire Buffy Bot?
I was on my office deck recently, when a vampire appeared in a cloud of smoke, and offered to bite me. Rather, pretty much begged to bite me. "I'm hunting for a Linden Lab member," Shiro Belfire explained, grinning fangingly, "because biting [an] LL member would be epic." I told him I was a retired Linden, but that didn't daunt him, since he had a bodycount to build. "I said to my friend that I can get more than her friend does," he pleaded, "but I can't find anyone to bite."
That's the kind of statement that doesn't make a victim feel special, but once he agreed to let me quote him, I reluctantly offered my neck.
"To become vampire you need to have the system and then a vampire make you vampire," Shiro said, pouncing. "Like my friend bitten me and taken humanity out of me." Once infected, he told me, the game's heads-up display begins working, giving him access to the game options.
So that was how I first learned about Bloodlines, an SL-based roleplaying game. (Game website here.) A quick browse through Second Life's search engine suggests hundreds or even thousands of active players. Like the Facebook Vampires game, you need to keep biting necks, to gain more power-- hence the viral growth.
How viral? Apparently, according to Your2ndPlace, shopowners are beginning to get inundated by vampires attempting to bite their clientele. It's hard to keep shoppers interested in your products when they're beset by bloodsucking undead ghouls.
"Like a lot of people," writes Sarah Nerd, "I have been having a big problem with Bloodline users harassing my customers at Freebie Paradise." It got so bad, she goes on, she even hired a greeter waving a NO BLOODLINES sign. (No blood for avatars?)
Help, however, is on the way: Ms. Nerd reports that a guy named Yohan Pintens has created an anti-Bloodlines Buffy bot: "Buffy sits nicely on your parcel and if anyone sends her a bite request, she instantly ejects and bans them."
Any game to inspire such passion and activity is worth a further look; I've sent NWN game review Vidal Tripsa to play. Look for that write-up soon. Though I wouldn't be surprised if she first shows up at my office with her own teeth bared.