Roleplaying grid for sale

Role Play Worlds, a 43-region grid dedicated to fantasy-themed role playing, will close next month, the grid announced today.

Residents will have until September 23 to make backups, export builds, and cancel orders and subscriptions.

“We dont have the time and energy to keep working on RPW as before, that’s why we decided to close it or sell it if someone wants to make a fair offer,” said the announcement, which was signed by “RPW Core Team.”

The announcement did not specify how many of the grid’s 43 regions are rented out, and how many are owned by grid operators.

Region prices vary from $30 to $55 per region, depending on maximum prim counts, with discounts available for multi-region rentals. If most of the grid’s regions are rented out, it might be attractive to potential buyers if they act fast — otherwise, region owners will probably pack up their builds and move to other grids in anticipation of a grid shutdown.

Grid managers haven’t yet responded to questions about whether region owners will be able to export full regions in the form of OAR files, nor about the asking price for the grid.

Role Play Worlds was originally known as The Gor Grid, and features a controversial, violent and sexually explicit style of roleplay that frequently involves the enslavement of female avatars. Despite this sexual subjugation of women (or — who knows — maybe because of it) the majority of Gor players roleplay as women characters, according to statistics from Second Life’s Gorean Meter. Fewer than 40 percent of Gor players have male avatars in Second Life.

Role Play Worlds itself uses the Legacies Role Play System (LaRPS) and has a much smaller user base, so the numbers may be less reliable, but it currently shows that 52 percent of players have female avatars.

Role Play Worlds also has non-Gor areas, shopping, and other non-role playing destinations.

Read a Chapter & Metaverse review of the grid. Read a TGIB review here.

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  • That is sad to learn Maria. I did that review for Chapter & Metaverse last year. The grid owners are a great bunch of people and very welcoming too. And Breezie is a great builder there.

  • "Despite this sexual subjugation of women" – they are men! =p

    which is totally fine as long as people are not entirely naive

    i remember someone inviting to visit their home inSL and giving me scarves (i had no idea that was clothing) and when i arrived, some big dude was there (along with the lady that sent me the TP) and she told me to bow to him. pfft, she did not know me very well and i went off on her for being a dufus . . . that was my introduction to Gor!

  • How do I contact them?

  • what's the value in buying them if they have told their clients to pack up? i would think you'd try to get buyers first because the only thing you are selling are the existing customers and their in-world work. otherwise, start your own grid and advertise to Role Play World customers

    (i suppose there is value to their website and account creation stuff, but not as much if you have already disappointed everyone by saying ciao)

  • I have tried to contact them and I got a response. But I m not interested in running two grids. That would take much needed attention away from the current grid AvWorlds.com. I am willing to offer a smooth transition if they are willing to give us their data base. That would allow us to bring all their registered members to our grid and I am willing to give them their 43 regions back. All can be done with the OAR files. The 43 regions would be free for 3 months for them. But I dont know if the grid owner is willing to do that.

    • I have also tried to contact the owners regarding this transition. I guess if they have any interest in having this done to save its residents regions and inventories; contact us at [email protected] I am willing to do this.
      Alex AvWorlds
      AvWorlds CEO

  • virtual rp grid

    Hello

    Virtual rp is also a grid dedicated to roleplay since april 2010. I contacted RPW grid but no response for thé moment.

    Before propose something, we need to know how many régions are rented.

    To a smooth transition for their players, they need to take a décision. NeXT owner Will need to migrate databases and install régions etc…

    Gibs