This page is for the visitor who is not a construct now, but wishes to become one – that is, a robot, doll, statue, or other similar artificial creation. You may be interested in roleplaying the transformation itself, or you may be more interested in the experience of playing a construct and not so concerned about how you became one. If you are already a construct, this page For Constructs may be of more interest to you. If you are not a construct but want to use or play with them, you may want the information For Users.
The suggestions I offer here are definitely not the only way to do it. If you’ve been successful with a different approach, congratulations! But if you have no idea how to begin, this is a good place to start. If you have tried something but aren’t having the fun you hoped for, you might find some help here.
- Figure out what will be fun for you about playing a construct.
- Figure out what kind of construct, and what kind of character, you want to play.
- Attract the interest of someone who likes transforming people into constructs, or decide to do it yourself.
- Acquire items to help.
- Update your profile.
- Have fun!
The following sections will give you more ideas about how you might do those things.
Figure out what’s fun for you
Why do you even want to play a construct? We all have different reasons. The better you know your reasons, the more likely you are to get what you want. If you find that question hard to answer, you might find this related one easier: What would be an ideal scene for you to have as the construct? What would you do? What would the other avatar(s) do? And why would that be so exciting for you?
Some ideas of things you might be excited about include:
- Serving others because it is the function you were designed for
- Being used, manipulated, forced to do what someone else wants without regard for your own desires
- Mindlessly obeying instructions
- Being transformed, with or without your own consent
- Being blissfully on display
- Being on display and feeling embarrassed, shamed, objectified, or helpless
- Having your mind reprogrammed to suit someone else’s desires
- Malfunctioning in interesting ways
- Being taken care of like a valued machine
- Being neglected like an obsolete toy
- Being used as a sex toy
Design a suitable construct character
Once you know what excites you about playing a construct, you can design a character with which you can have those experiences. With your aims firmly in mind, think about:
- What kind of construct do you want to be? Clockwork doll? Metal robot? Lifelike android? Shapeshifting synthetic being? Plush animal? Plastic mannequin?
- Come up with some backstory: Who built you? What for? Or were you converted into a construct, and if so, why and by whom?
- Think about other aspects of your character, too. Do you have your own independent self-will, or do you just obey orders? Do you have emotions and desires? Are you happy being what you are? Do you struggle for independence? Do you long for a greater humanity that you can never achieve? How are you programmed to behave? What abilities do you have? What do you lack?
You can find some more ideas to spark your creativity under Robot Character Creation.
This step is important even if you hope to be owned or converted by someone else. You will be much more likely to interest a potential owner if you bring a solid idea to the table, and seem interesting as a person and a character. If you want to be transformed into a construct – especially unwillingly – figure out why someone might do that to you. Think about what you’re like before the transformation, and how that will affect what you’ll be like afterwards. Have some idea of what you’d like to be like afterwards – not every detail, because your partner will also have some ideas you will want to incorporate, but have a general sense of what you want to do. Be willing to talk about those things with a potential partner, to see if you have compatible ideas. Nothing is frustrating like roleplaying a long scene with someone, only to find that they had a totally different idea of where the scene would end up than you did.
Finding someone to transform you
You don’t have to do this. There are a lot more people wanting to be transformed than people interested in doing the transforming. If your goal is simply to be a construct, you’ll do better to skip this step. However, if you have your heart set on a transformation scene, it can be done.
The most important thing to keep in mind is that if you want to be one of the lucky people who gets transformed, you have to show a potential transformer why they should spend their time with you. What will you be doing to make a transformation scene fun for the other person? What ideas will you share? What do you want to have happen after the transformation scene is done? Put some of that information in your profile where people can see it – but also talk to people in sims where transformations happen. Show people what makes you fun to play with, and you’ll find people interested. Hang around saying nothing more than “hello” and hoping someone will drag you off, and you’re likely to be bored.
Be aware that, although transformations can be done at ACS, it is not a good plan to hang around ACS in hopes that someone will grab you and transform you. ACS staff never transform anyone who has not let us know OOC of their desire to be transformed, and even then we rarely transform someone with whom we haven’t thoroughly discussed long-term ownership. We do not not offer transformation as a service, and we do not feel obligated to do so upon request. However, you are welcome to use the equipment yourself, or find someone else to roleplay a transformation with you. If you’ve spent some time around ACS and attracted the interest of a staff member or two, it’s also okay to let us know you’re interested in a transformation – just don’t get your hopes up.
Doing it yourself
The safer, surer approach to becoming a construct is just to play one yourself. You can assume you were transformed or built or manufactured by someone else who isn’t a real player. This gives you the freedom to design yourself to be however you want to be, whenever you want to, without having to compromise with someone else’s desires and schedule.
You don’t need to buy anything special to play a construct. You can be an android who looks essentially human, and convey your synthetic nature only by the way you talk and behave. This can be challenging, but it can also be very rewarding.
But most people do like to enhance their character by buying or making items that make them look and feel more like the construct they want to play. There are a few basic categories of things to consider:
- Control system. If being controlled by other people is part of what excites you about playing a construct, you’ll probably want some attachments that help people do that. ACS products are an excellent choice for those who want a product with a lot of features and a lot of customizability. But there are certainly other good options available with other strengths. If you want something you can set up fast and easily, ACS products may not be the best choice for you.
- Appearance. If looking synthetic is part of what excites you about playing a construct, you’ll want some items that will contribute to that appearance. ACS doesn’t sell any at this time, but there are many other vendors that do. You might want, for example…
- Mechanical or metallic limbs or other body parts
- Skin or tattoo providing joint lines, fan vents, unnatural texture or coloration, bar codes, brand logos, or other evidence of your artificial nature
- Attachments like antennae, access panels, or plugs
- An animation override that makes you move stiffly
Putting it together
If you’re planning to roleplay a transformation with someone else, discuss with them how they want to proceed. They may want you to acquire and wear all the components before your first scene. They may prefer you to wait to change your appearance until the appropriate point in your transformation. They may want to tell you what components to buy, or they may want you to suggest some ideas from which they can choose.
If you’re doing it yourself, there are some automated transformation facilities around that will attach a particular set of items to you. But you can also just wear things yourself. The latter is particularly appropriate if your story is that you were built from scratch as a construct, rather than having once been human.
Remember to update your profile after the conversion. If your profile has information about your pre-conversion self but says nothing about you being a construct, it suggests you’re not serious about playing the construct. This may discourage people from playing with you the way you’d like them to.
Some topics that players of constructs are likely to find particularly helpful include:
- Information about ACS Products for constructs
- Tips on finding Other Products that may be of interest to constructs. (Please contribute your own tips if you know of good products!)
- Known problems and workarounds for those using ACS Products and having difficulties
- Some tips on Finding an Owner, for those who hope to do so
- Some information about being Owned by ACS (Don’t count on it, but it can happen.)