Between changes in SL and changes in my RL personal life, I haven’t been around SL much of late. When I have, there’s generally been nobody else here. That makes me wonder whether it’s worth continuing to maintain ACS at all. I’ve considered throwing in the towel and letting ACS die… but I’ve decided to give it another chance and see if there’s enough interest in ACS to justify keeping it around. I suspect there is, but we all just keep showing up at random times, seeing nobody here, and going away. Therefore…
ACS will be hosting these three events in early September. Each is intended to provide a specific time and place for players interested in play with, or as, controllable synthetic constructs to come to ACS, encounter one another, and enjoy each other. With luck and participation, this could be the start of a new era of ACS roleplay.
Below, you will find descriptions of the three events, followed by additional information and instructions common to all three events.
Questions? Send an IM or notecard to me, Alexander Chelton (mrchelton Resident). IMs go to my email, so go ahead and ask your question even if I’m not online; I’ll get back to you when I’m able.
Android/Gynoid Sampler – Saturday, 4 Sep 2021, 4-7pm SLT
A general opportunity for visitors to meet and try out a variety of different androids and gynoids.
Featured Exhibits: Programmable, commandable robots in human form. That includes units that are visually indistinguishable from human beings, as well as units that are more stylized, with plastic skin, joints, indicator lights, and other obviously synthetic features.
Sexuality: Sexual interactions are prohibited for this event. Breasts and genitals must be covered at all times and may not be touched or otherwise stimulated. No orders requiring sexual interactions may be given. Sensual, non-sexual touching is generally permitted, so long as it respects OOC limits.
Exhibit Restrictions: All exhibits must be available for examination and (non-sexual) use by visitors. They must obey orders, or have an easily-accessible mode in which they must obey orders. (They do not have to want to obey, nor be IC willing to participate in the event.) Sex-capable units may be exhibited, but their sexual functions will not be used at this event.
Art Gallery – Thursday, 9 Sep 2021, 4-7pm SLT
An opportunity for visitors to enjoy a variety of attractive artwork in the human or near-human form.
Featured Exhibits: Conscious and semi-conscious dolls, mannequins, and statues that are normally immobile or limited to automated actions (like an animatronic doll), but can be temporarily animated or otherwise enabled to express thoughts and feelings.
Sexuality: Touching exhibits is permitted and encouraged. Sexual touches are generally permitted, respecting exhibits’ OOC limits. (An exhibit may refuse all sexual touch if its player so chooses.) Visitors are expected to remain clothed.
Exhibit Restrictions: Each exhibit should have a way by which visitors can allow it to move, speak, or otherwise express itself, only when someone chooses to allow it. Examples include a short-duration wind-up key, a magical animation talisman, or use of a mind probe. However, they should normally be unable to act on their own will. Exhibits do not necessarily have to be obedient when animated, so long as they can easily be deanimated again if their actions do not please. Androids and similar autonomous constructs may attend the event as visitors.
Sexbot Sampler – Saturday, 11 Sep 2021, 6-9pm SLT
An opportunity for users to meet and try out a variety of different androids and gynoids, with a focus on sexual interactions.
Featured Exhibits: Programmable, commandable robots in human form, with sexual capabilities. That includes units that are visually indistinguishable from human beings, as well as units that are more stylized, with plastic skin, joints, indicator lights, and other obviously synthetic features. (Despite the name of the event, exhibits do not have to be designed for sex, nor do they have to be IC willing so long as they can be commanded to engage in sex.)
Sexuality: Sexual interactions are encouraged for this event, though non-sexual interactions are also entirely acceptable. Nudity is permitted for exhibits and visitors; genitals may be touched or stimulated, and orgasms may occur in public places.
Exhibit Restrictions: All constructs must be available for examination and use by visitors, including sexual uses. They must obey orders, or have an easily-accessible mode in which they must obey orders. (They do not have to want to obey, nor be IC willing to participate in the event.) OOC limits on sexual uses (e.g. excluding male avatars or excluding certain types of acts) must be respected, but constructs whose players prefer to avoid all sexual interactions should not be exhibited in this event.
At ACS, we consider constructs – in particular, our Featured Exhibits at these events – to be property, not people. Of course, many constructs look and act very much like people – some are even converted from actual people. But as constructs, they are simply tools and toys, with no rights of their own. It is perfectly appropriate to make them do and say what you want them to, without regard for any opinions they may express. You can order them to do whatever will please you – or freeze them in place and have your way with them – just give them an order that will frustrate them to have to obey – it’s all perfectly fine. They exist for your pleasure and amusement.
That being said, do bear in mind that constructs are played by people, and those people’s opinions matter. Be sure to respect any limits expressed out of character (OOC), in profiles, in IMs, or otherwise.
It is perfectly acceptable to use these events as an opportunity to seek long-term play partners/property/owners for a long-standing character. It’s also fine to just come and enjoy some one-off scenes here as a one-off character you don’t plan on playing again.
The goal of these events is to encourage active participation at ACS. With this in mind, if you intend to participate in the event, please be actually present and responsive. If you find this difficult or anxiety-provoking – and I know many do – I challenge you to make the effort anyway and see how it changes your experience in SL.
Visitors, and exhibits capable of moving, are encouraged to pose in ways that offer opportunities for others to respond. Even immobilized characters can still emote about how their body responds or fails to respond to actions around them. Emoting of thoughts that can’t be expressed is permitted at ACS, so something like /me feels the touch on their face and struggles to pull away, or even scowl, but to no avail is entirely acceptable.
Avatars that appear to be AFK will be ejected.
Want to be a Featured Exhibit?
- Be the type of construct listed under Featured Exhibits for the specified event. This doesn’t have to be a permanent character, as long as you’re committing to it for the duration of the event. You do not need to have any special attachments or appearance – perfectly realistic-looking androids are quite acceptable, though we also enjoy characters that look attractively synthetic. You also do not need to use ACS control devices, or indeed any at all – purely roleplayed control systems are entirely acceptable.
- Ask JulieDoll (brattle) or Mr. Chelton (mrchelton) for an invitation to the ACS Property and Staff group. You’ll be added and given the “ACS Featured Exhibit” tag, which you should use during the event. Optionally, you can also provide some additional information about yourself – such as who owns you, whether you’re available for rent or sale, what sorts of things you’re capable of doing, and any OOC preferences you have for how you’d like to be treated. That will allow staff to help try to steer things toward you that you’d enjoy. (You’ll be removed from the group after the event, unless you actually are ACS prope.)
- Be at ACS for the event. Ideally, arrive 10-15 minutes before the scheduled time so you can find a good place and be prepared, but it is okay to arrive late. ACS staff may place you on display in a certain spot or give you instructions for how you are to present yourself.
- Participate! If you’re able to move and speak, do so. Be consistent with the type of construct you are, with how you’ve been programmed, and with any orders you’re required to obey. React to what other characters say or do. If a visitor asks you questions, answer them. If a visitor gives you orders, obey them.
Want to Attend as a Visitor?
…that is, as anyone other than a Featured Exhibit, with the opportunity to examine, play with, and use the Exhibits?
- Come to ACS during the time of the event. Early arrivals might get the most fun, but getting here late is better than not at all!
- Participate! Examine the exhibits. Talk about them. Talk to them. Tell them to do things. Use their controls. React to what they do. Be courteous to other visitors – if a visitor is interacting with an exhibit you find interesting, wait until they’re done to do your own thing – or at least, ask the visitor if they’d welcome your involvement. No need to be courteous to exhibits – they’re here for your enjoyment, so feel free to interrupt an exhibit that isn’t being used, even if it’s doing something on its own.
Questions? Did I leave something out?
Send an IM or notecard to me, Alexander Chelton (mrchelton Resident). IMs go to my email, so go ahead and ask your question even if I’m not online; I’ll get back to you when I’m able.