Saturday, April 9, 2011

RLV - A Quick Tutorial

(updated 9/8/2011)

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What is RLV?  
RLV stands for Restrained Love Viewer, which is Marine Kelley's enhancements to the Second Life Viewer.  A few years back, she wrote a great overview here.  RLV features are also in Phoenix, Firestorm, Imprudence, and several other viewers.  Marine is the owner of the Restrained Love API and, naturally, her viewer will always have the latest RLV features.  The other viewers may or may not choose to implement the latest RLV specification.

What do I need to run RLV?
First, you need a viewer that has RLV (or RLVa) built into it.  You can only get this in TPVs (Third Party Viewers) such as Marine's, Phoenix, Firestorm, Impurdence, etc.  Be sure you look to see if the viewer you choose has it.

Second, unless you're using Marine's RestrainedLove Viewer, You will need to turn RLV on.  I've written a short guide on How to Turn On RLV in Firestorm and at the bottom of the page is some information on how to do it for other viewers.

Once you've gotten this far, some RLV things will work.  Specifically, any RLV item that you own can place restrictions on you.  Collars fit into this category.

But the real fun comes when you add in a Relay.  Without a relay, the viewer won't listen to objects in the world.  It's the job of the relay to pass on requests from in-world objects to your viewer to apply or remove restrictions.  Your relay will typically give you all sorts of choices here as to whether to trust the landowner, to ask first before imposing a restriction, etc.  A relay is needed for if you want to be able to be trapped by something such as a cage or tied to some piece of furniture.  There are several free items in Second Life that will do the job of an RLV relay.  The ones that immediately come to mind are:
  • OpenCollar - The collar has a relay script inside of it.  Just turn it on.
  • ThinkKink - They offer a free relay HUD.
  • Susan's RLV Relay Ring - One place to get this is to find Marine's little shop in my profile picks.  Susan's shop is just behind Marine's.  You could wear the ring on your finger, or use it as a HUD.
Who should run RLV?
Submissives who would like to get an extra thrill by feeling the restrictions is "real" in the context of Second Life.  Dominates should learn how to use the RLV tools that exist for them in Second Life.

But I'm scared!
Don't be.  There is nothing anyone can do to you that you can't undo.  Sometimes, it may take a bit of clever thinking to get out of your situation.  Often, a friend can help you because you're locked out of a menu byt they may not be.  Many relays and collars support the idea of a 'SAFEWORD' that will instantly remove all restrictions.

But, I have to ask you...where's the fun in that?  Personally, I love to be tied up and role-playing the situation.  The only time I break out of my bonds unfairly is when someone has caught me and tied me up for some ridiculous amount of time -- like setting a timed lock for a month.

If all else fails and you don't want to be under the restriction anymore, simply turn off RLV in your viewer or log in with the official Second Life viewer which doesn't support RLV.    I think only once in three years did I ever get caught in something so badly I had to turn off RLV to get the thing off of me.

There is a RestrainedLove Support group that's free to join that you can ask questions in.


  1. Thanx Kittin and btw, you are sooo HOT....

    :) jesssica from SL

  2. This is a good written for those who do not know the RLV or are beginner, very practical and well written ;)

  3. I just got started making fun RLV toys for SL and my partner loves them. Many people ask me how to make things and I always ask if they have enabled it in their viewer first, before giving them the notecard full of general RLV info. Notecards are efficient in that they do not take away from your time while the person can always keep the detailed notes as a guide they can read at their own pace and their own time.

    I love using RLV, even for preventing my paw from detaching when I accidentally wear something instead of adding it. RLV also makes quick work of changing your own wardrobe, if properly configured.

    Thank you for making RLV technologies available for everyone to enjoy. It enhances the lives of so many people.


    -Mick Scarbridge (Second Life)

  4. Big fan of RLV, not just for the 'restrictions' but also for keeping body parts from being removed when I don't want them to be. The only problem I've run into is 'stacked attachments' where more than one object is attached to a specific point, if one gets locked, so do the others. and that's kind of annoying.

    BIG fan of RLV-enabled Allpa toys (shapeshifter, Kittin's Tinkler, and so on) that not only take away my control of my monthly cycle, but also put in real risk of pregnancy, so that when (not 'if') I get knocked up, I'm going to HAVE to show it... and get bigger.... and bigger.... *purrs*