Friday, October 31, 2008

Introduction to the Steampunk Travelogue

Hello! Welcome to the Steampunk Travelogue! Originally, I was simply going to make a small list of SL Stemapunk locations as a link in the Heliograph, but decided not to be so lazy and attempt something different. In addition to the SLurl link to a location, I have introduced a small photo of each destination, and will annotate each with a better description as time progresses.

My simple key to the locations are as such...
If the photograph is in color, then the sim is an active destination.
If the photograph is sepia-toned, then it has unfortunatly been de-rezzed.

That is it! Also, I will be re-posting older reviews from the Heliograph concerning Steampunk sims as time permits. If you happen to know of a location you would care to see on the Travelogue, please do send an email regarding it to ! Thank you!

Friday, October 17, 2008

Solarya - A unique mix of Steampunk and B/S cultures...

Solarya – Conclave City on the Passion Trade Routes

At the main entrance of Solarya

{This is a reprint from the Heliograph - Solarya was a short-lived Steampunk sim which included amazing archecture and a different, more cultured/urban existance. Passing in late March of 2008, it will be sorely missed...}

A world that "mixes magic, technology, and re-imagined 19th century royal colonial sensibilities and technology (sic). The conclave is a loose alliance of Dream Lords and Ladies. Their cities’ prosperity depend on a steady supply of passion, from artists, builders, soldiers, slaves, and more." – from arrival notecard, Solarya.

Posing by the advert for a trip to Hong Kong

A change from the standard steampunk background (and I am always of the belief that change is [usually] good), I discovered Solarya via search ,and was impressed with its arrival point and layout. Instead of the standard steampunk genre, there are different aspects of fiction at work here (other technologies along with standard steampunk, slaves, and probably a number of other divergences that I’m unaware or do not know about). There appears to be a formal planned rp aspect to Solarya, something that may prove to be popular (and not expressly found in the other Victorian/Steampunk sims).

Side view of the main station - I love the juxtaposition of the lights and the ships in the iron, along with the open space (eventually to be filled with vendors, I assume)

Reminding me of a classical European train station (I have always had fond memories of visits the Atocha train station in Madrid), and with the vendor upon arrival, it seems to lend a further intriguing aspect and atmosphere (imho). I have only posted a couple of pictures about the sim, as the owner is currently in the midst of building when I arrived and didn’t wish to disturb him. I did learn that the Grand Opening is planned on the 15th of January – I shall enquire about further development. The detail used in developing Solarya bodes well if it is the standard the sim owner continues with.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

The infamous first post...

Hello! This is the first post of the "Steampunk Travelogue", a quick overview of existing Steampunk sites in Second Life. For more detail on Steampunk in Second Life, please visit: