Last weekend, our lovely build team released Hogsmeade to the public. That’s right! Mischief Managed now has everything a student of Hogwarts needs to roleplay the school year in its entirety. We will introduce Hogsmeade weekends as well, so that certain weekends during the year focus their roleplay at Hogsmeade. Here’s how Hogsmeade will work ICly:
- Years 1-6 need signed slips from parents or guardians to visit Hogsmeade, and they can only visit on Hogsmeade Weekends
- Years 6 who are above 17 years old and years 7 can come and go as they please, when they please, within curfew
Remember — this is the school’s rules on when students can go. If you happen to find a secret passage or two, and if you don’t get caught… as they say, there’s more than one way to peel a shrivelfig, and the same applies for access to Hogsmeade!
There are canon shops here, like Honeydukes or the Three Broomsticks, but there are also real Second Life shops as well. Because real Second Life stores are selling real Second Life goods in Hogsmeade, this area of the sim is both IC and OOC. This means that roleplayers can feel free to roleplay to their heart’s content here, but so can visitors if they choose. Roleplay is not required of anyone while here, and it’s safe to assume someone is OOC unless they have their Badge and Titler on their avatar. Roleplay involving guests will not be part of sim canon — only roleplay where all parties are registered roleplayers (or, the roles of the visitors will not be included in the official plot). If everyone else participating in a roleplay wish to have it count as a permanent scene for his/her characters, and visitors were involved, simply turn them into an NPC. As long as they were an accessory, and not a major part of the plot, this is fine! This is to prevent visitors from creating unrealistic roleplay that could be a detriment to the sim we’ve all worked so hard to keep canon, yet doesn’t invalidate every bit of roleplay that occurs at Hogsmeade. The visitors who roleplay, however, must do so according to sim rules — avatar, clothing, etc. requirements all must be met in order for the roleplay to count towards anything. Any roleplay involving a 17 foot demon is a no, for example.
And lastly but most importantly, Hogsmeade was built, brick by brick, with the blood, sweat and tears of our wonderful build team – Corwin Lacourte, Marina Tiepolo, and Nashari Hynes. They had a vision and built it to fruition so that everyone, both roleplayers and other Potter fans alike, can experience the magic that is Hogsmeade. Built using mesh and materials, Hogsmeade is at the cutting edge of what Second Life has to offer its users. Play around with windlights and see what we mean!