Soap Opera as Mini-MMO: In Second Life's "Exiled", Players Roleplay in Kardashian-Meets-Royal Family Mega-Drama
Exiled is a really ambitious new multi-player roleplaying game based in Second Life, where instead of being a zombie killer or vampire leader, you play someone in the circle of a squabbling, drama-filled royal family in exile in Connecticut:
"Think the royal family of Monaco, with a bucket of Kardashian thrown in the mix," Phan Republic tells me. "We have a defined plot that we hope to reveal over the season through our roleplay, divided up into outlined 'episodes' (we use that term rather than 'event') that allow for each actor to develop their character and improvise quite a bit ... as long as key plot turns take place each time."
So basically, you choose a pre-existing character, or propose one of your own, and then jump into the storyline. There's still a few openings available, like Detective Elden Pepperidge, who has to solve a murder in the royal family and whose hobbies include "spying on the only woman he had an affair with 10 years ago." (Apply here.)
While the storyline and main characters are set, there's quite a lot of room for improvisation, and the results are published to look TV episode recaps or short stories: