Role-playing is about freedom, and the enjoyment that comes with taking the place of a cool wizard or roguish anti-hero. But on Red Dead Online personal servers, a bunch of players are indulging in a wholly completely different expertise. These cowboys are voluntarily placing themselves in jail for committing cowboy crimes. Once behind bars, they’ll expertise real regret—or escape through treachery and dynamite.

Wild West RP is a private Red Dead Online server that performs very in another way from the principle recreation. The players are utilizing Rockstar’s belongings to mainly create their personal expertise with new instruments like shovels, axes, and lined wagons. There’s additionally a group code of conduct to verify everybody’s in character as a rootin’, tootin’ cowboy.

The community hosts players across four servers, the place everybody is continually in-character. Many of those players are legislation enforcement on the streets of St. Denis, or bounty hunters throughout the western plains. They will be dispatched to discover a participant who has dedicated crimes. With ongoing server occasions like herding useful cattle, and the workers granting particular players persistent in-game property and items, players are extremely incentivized to take up roles as financial institution robbers or lawless mercenaries. After all, the extra players construct, the extra there may be to steal.

The server workers determined that legislation and order deserves just a little extra taste, in order that they recovered belongings from the Red Dead Redemption 2 single-player marketing campaign. Arthur drops by Sisika Penitentiary for just a little cowboy justice in the principle recreation, and the Red Dead Online protagonist hears in regards to the jail right here and there throughout their marketing campaign. Wild West RP has the entire institute again up and working, in accordance with Tiberione, the participant who owns the server. In-game, he’s William “The Babe” Hayes.

“Luckily we are able to load in the whole prison—it’s pretty cool, actually. There’s even a small underground crypts type thing (it’s fairly small, but interesting),” he says. “There’s not many interiors available, but all of the buildings inside the prison are fully rendered in.”

If players are caught, they’ll take a sentence of 180 months in jail. Each month is represented by a minute, so players can truly escape jail with out having to serve too a lot onerous time. Everyone who is shipped to the jail server will get a trial, conviction, uniform, and quantity.

Red Dead Online - a prisoner in a striped uniform stands in the Sisika grounds. It’s snowing, and he appears ocld.

Prisoner Ethan Colt considers his crimes whereas in custody.
Image: Rockstar Games through Wild West RP

But some players carry out acts so reprehensible that three hours simply gained’t lower it. “The second option is what we call ‘enhanced sentencing,” says Tiberione, explaining that the participant and the workers lower a deal. A convict would possibly spend fourteen “years” (real-world days) in jail, the place they’ll attend parole hearings, mingle with different prisoners, and await potential assist from uncaptured allies.

Staff will assist players arrange jailbreak occasions, the place each prisoner and inmate on the server is managed by an actual individual. The jail guards have to attempt to corral the fleeing inmates, whereas the inmates must get to the escape car and flee the lengthy arm of the legislation.

For the extra peaceful and remorseful prisoners, there are downtime actions that may assist them alongside on the trail of rehabilitation, like group service and probation. There’s additionally at all times the possibility issues can go sideways. “There’s folks planning on breaking in to Sisika, to take revenge on one of the inmates serving time there currently,” says Tiberione.

It could appear odd {that a} recreation about freedom and the American West can have a totally operational and staffed role-play jail, however these cowboys have dedicated absolutely the worst crimes. This is a part of their story, and it wouldn’t be fairly full in the event that they weren’t counting the times till they had been as soon as once more let loose unto the frontier.