Stevie Basevi, the owner of the Sanctuary sim and the Sanctuary RP Community, returns to the Fairelands for the fifth year with ever-increasing involvement. This year Sanctuary RP Community sponsors the roleplay classes taking place in Falls of Hope. Stevie speaks of the development through the five years, reveals sneak peeks at Sanctuary’s this Faire-roleplay and explains how the roleplay classes will work.
This is your fifth year sponsoring the Faire, and roleplaying in the Fairelands. How has the experience changed with the years? Is it easier, or more challenging? What is the hook that makes you return?
Hey there Sonya! Great being able to do this interview with you yet again. Yes, it’s five years this year, can you believe it? Ok so…how has it changed for me….. I’d say that I’ve become a little more confident about what I’m doing. I wouldn’t say it’s become easier, but perhaps smoother is the better word. True to my nature though, as things get smoother, I tend to look deeper to see if there’s more that I can do.
What is your story like this year? Are visitors welcome to join into your roleplay?
The story is going to be great this year! We stay pretty linear in our presentations and so we pick up where we left off last year. We’ll be spinning a tale about a sort of confinement area for the worst of the worst beings, and this area is inside a gem that happens to have been lost very long ago. Someone finds it, and not knowing what it is, auctions it off, has it stolen, and somehow it ends up in the hands of the Princess Regent who gets accidentally sucked inside of it! Our rp begins there with the horrified people of the realm trying to figure out how to get their Princess back! Visitors are always welcome and encouraged to participate. We’d love to get their ideas on how they might free the Princess, because there will lots of twists and turns to this odyssey.
You sponsor roleplay classes this year. What are they going to be like, where are they held? What do you think is the most difficult thing in learning to roleplay well?
Yes, this is our second year of having roleplay classes at the Faire. We’ll have classes on telling IC from OOC, roleplay etiquette, character development, and several others. They were very popular last year and I’m hoping they will be as well this year. I like the classes to be mostly basic because there are so many who want to roleplay but are nervous about joining in. They’re afraid that they may make a mistake. My big goal is to show people that it’s not scary at all and everyone is welcome to roleplay at their own level. All it takes is imagination. You don’t have to be a paragraph roleplayer, you just have to be a good story teller. The classes this year will be held at the Falls of Hope sim.
I think the most difficult thing in learning to roleplay well is trying not to be critical of yourself. Just relax, have fun and create a different you. There should be no judgment, only fun and being respectful of those you spin your stories with.
When was your first Faire? How did you find out about it, how was it like coming to the Faire the first time?
My first Faire was in 2013. My friend Asil Ares of NeoVictoria told me about it and that was it for me. I just had to be a part of it. I was also involved with Relay For Life, and so this was a natural progression for me. To be surrounded by shopping, that was just a bonus, lol. Coming to the Faire that time was intimidating. There was so much to do, so much to see, and our community just wanted to be a part of things and do it all in the best way that we could.
Do you spend much time in the Faire? What do you do during Faire-days? Is there something you always look forward to?
During the Faire I’m usually there pretty consistently because I supervise the roleplay section. I work with Saffia Widdershins and she’s taught me so much. I think of her as my mentor in all things Second Life. *waves to Saffia!* I really enjoy working with the roleplayers, moving around to each area as they do their scenes, and overseeing the classes. I feel so lucky to be able to do that each year. This year I’ll actually be getting some roleplaying in with my Sanctuary group, so I’m very much looking forward to it. Each year I’m amazed at all the different events that people bring to the Faire. I like to try and get around to see as much as I can, and again…. there’s the shopping. *laughs*
Thank you, Stevie, for taking the time to chat with us. Thank you for helping the roleplayers bring their stories to life in the Fairelands!