Thursday, October 24, 2013

Piermont Landing: The Sixth Annual Formal Masquerade Ball


This weekend the Piermont Landing will host the Sixth Annual Formal Masquerade Ball!  Amazing as always, it will take place this Saturday, the 26th of October, 2013, from 6pm to 9pm SLT, in Wheatstone Waterways!  Looking forward to seeing you there - and don't forget a mask!!

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Icons of New Babbage: The Lotus of the Sea (Vernian Sea)


New Babbage is well known for its amazing skyline, but the Vernian sea hides an amazing seascape, replete with amazing builds and fascianting locales to explore.  One such location is the stunning Lotus of the Sea!



Interior of the Lotus, with a beautiful mermaid chandelier gracing its stairwell

One of the oldest and noted locales in the Vernain, its is (full disclosure) owned by my partner, Ms. Breezy Carver-Fabre, after the original owner left.  After an unfortunate trolling incident, the Lotus was rebuilt in 2011 (to my recollection).  



Ms. Carver-Fabre's Writing desk, where she pens her blog

If one happens to be in the tubes below the Vernian Sea (accessible from the southern end of Port Babbage), do consider a visit to the Lotus... or one can simply take a convenient  shortcut, located here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Vernian%20Sea/225/90/27



One unique feature of the Lotus is its ability to open and close
(for those high sea-states...!)


Sunday, October 6, 2013

Steampunk locations as of late 2013


New Babbage City Hall, circa December of 2012

I'm in the process of updating a "master list" of Steampunk locations in Second Life.  Most Steamland locations are known to the general populace, but there are always hidden gems if one does look!  Also, the locations will generally be for what I might call the "capital" sim for a Steampunk entity, if there is more than one sim as part of the destination.  For now, here are the locales....

Main Destinations
The below listed locations are the most visited locations in the "Steamlands" (the  conglomeration of Steampunk sims in Second Life).  Not a complete list, mind you, but its a start - I'll be on the lookout for more destinations!...

Independent State of Caledon (Caledon Victoria City)
   http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Caledon%20Victoria%20City/128/128/25

Goatswood
   http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/NeverlandX/35/50/2003

Haven Township (Solice Haven)
   http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Solace%20Haven/231/207/21

Mieville (Mieville Doyle)
   http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Mieville%20Doyle/128/128/2

Neo-Victoria (Neo Victoria)
   http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/NeoVictoria/16/128/1003

New Babbage (Babbage Square)
   http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Babbage%20Square/161/202/111

Realm of Terra
   http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Novus/129/136/433

Rosser's Landing
   http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Rossers%20Landing%20II/128/128/2

Serenity Falls
   http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Serenity%20Falls/236/126/30


Steelhead   (Steelhead)
   http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Steelhead/77/230/25

Stainless Steam
   http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Villain/128/128/2

1888
   http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Timherry%20Island/204/239/23



Steampunk Merchants List
 - The list below encompasses Steampunk merchants that have either an entire, or a majority of a sim.  There is a plethora of Steampunk merchants in SL, but for now, I am simply listing the larger locations...


BlakOpal (BlakOpal - Merchant)  
   http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/BlakOpal/98/102/23

Mytheopia (The Curious Prim - Merchant)
   http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Mythopoeia/87/96/39

Steamed Custard (Custard Development - Merchant)
   http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Custard%20Developments/197/202/2000

Steam Powered Nuts (Steam Powered Nuts, Inc. - Merchant)
   http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Kingsburg/131/126/26

Tesla Isle (Unzipped - Merchant)
   http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Tesla%20Isle/187/186/44



As is always the case, if any readers have any new locations, please feel free to leave a comment!

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Icons of New Babbage: The Palaeozoic Museum of New Babbage


The old New Babbage Palaeozoic Museum museum used to reside in New Babbage Square (by the old Town Hall), but Miss Elleon Beragamasco relocated it, and it currently resides in Clockhaven.  To visit, please travel to:
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Clockhaven/32/90/111

... and for more historical information, please visit:



Displays at the museum - Don't Touch!

Friday, October 4, 2013

A revival of the New Babbage Register....



"Plus la change, plus la meme chose"...

The single constant with just about every locale in SL is change.  New Babbage is no exception, with plenty of builds coming and going over its five-ish years of  existence.  One small measure to attempt to keep the memory of old and/or was my small "New Babbage Register", which passed an eye over old aspects of New Babbage (including the first New Babbage newspaper, the "New Babbage Cog"), and photos of the old city builds.  To take a peek, please follow the URL below,

http://newbabbageregister.blogspot.com/

... and if one has suggestions for locales, please feel free to leave a comment as well!  I'll likely post one or two unique locations a month (ideally).

Monday, September 30, 2013

New date for the New Babbage Engineer's Ball - October 5th, 2013!


Due to some unforeseen circumstances, the Sixth Annual Engineer's Ball was cancelled last weekend, but  fortunately  it is rescheduled to this coming Saturday, October 5th, 2013.  Same wonderful events, great music from DJ Bats... so please re-mark your calenders for this Saturday, starting at 6pm SLT!

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Steampunk Destinations: The Flying City of Lilith



As I return to reviewing Steampunk locales in Second Life, not only have I found some perennial favorites gone (e.g. Armada), but new ones cropping up.  A bit of research can provide intriguing results...



View of the Flying City (c. of Ironhearts.webs.com)

Additionally, two new factors seem to have emerged in SL Steampunk - a focus on formalized RP, and an infusion of more fantasy aspects into Steampunk (specifically "magic", but there are other varients.




One said destination is the Flying City of Lilith - a skyborne city with supernatural entities and roleplay dynamics.  Alas, upon visiting a number of times, the sim seemed a bit desolate, and a trip to their forums showed the last entry was at least one month ago (August '13).  I'm a tad  concerned that interaction on the locale may be limited, but please do consider a visit, enjoy the atmosphere, and make your own judgement, at:

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Antigua%20Island/159/212/423



The interior of the Cherry Pie Gentleman's Club

Or their main sim website, located at: http://theironhearts.webs.com/

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Steampunk Events: The 6th Annual Engineer's Ball, at the Piermont Landing, New Babbage!


The amazing Steampunk social season is back!  The Piermont Landing is hosting the Sixth Annual Engineer's Ball, from 6pm to 9pm SLT, this coming Saturday, the 28th of September.  Do make a point of attending the premier of SL Steampunk social season, by making your presence known!  For more details, please visit the New Babbage Aethersite, located at: http://cityofnewbabbage.com/reader/

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Steampunk Destinations: The Clockwork Spiral


The more I write about the Gothic realms, the more I've become aware of its intersection with Steampunk (my previous in-depth genre).  While searching about for the "master list" of dark realms for SL, I came across an  interesting  destination - the Clockwork Spiral.



The central airship / dance locale, hosted by Gothica

The Clockwork Spiral is not only a very nicely done floating city, but its also benefits the National Kidney Foundation - an extremely worthy cause!  With a plethora of unique Steampunk and Gothic products - many of which are special limited editions by outstanding designers, one can lose track of time at this locale.



The wide streets of the Clockwork Spiral - ready for your shopping  adventures!

Unfortunately, I learned of this endeavor rather later (e.g. yesterday evening), so do consider visiting today (Sunday, the 22nd of September), as once the clock ticks to midnight, the sim will be gone!



Nicely enhanced facial additions for sale at the Contraption store

To learn more - or better yet, pay a visit and indulge in some retail therapy, please consider visiting at the following SLurl:

... or visit their webpage at: 




Saturday, February 2, 2013

Steampunk Merchants: House of RFyre (Gentlemen's Attire)


Entrance to the House of RFyre

I was first introduced to RFyre ages ago by my lovely partner, Ms. Breezy Carver-Fabre, and to Ms. Raven  Pennyfeathers's wide selection of genere attire.  Although labeled as "Gothic", many of the selections at RFyre easily meld into the Steampunk genre, and are a stylishly welcome addition to any gentleman's wardrobe.



An overview of the vast House of RFyre mainstore!

House of RFyre provides a wide selection of differing genres of attire, but upon entering her vast location, head left, and begin your shopping for your new stylish wardrobe!  The bulk of Steampunk / Gothic selection are there, but there are additional selection  throughout the grounds, in addition to supplemental works from associated designers as well!



A few things found at the left turn....

The mainstore is very large, so although a fellow will have quite a selection to browse through, so don't tarry, and head over to RFyre, located at: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Isle%20RFyre/49/126/77



... and a continuation of the selection of the fantastic selections!

The House of RFyre can be found on SL Marketplace, at: https://marketplace.secondlife.com/stores/2?id=2


Saturday, January 19, 2013

Steampunk Merchants: Pearse'd & Cut (Gentlemen's Attire)


The spectacular entrance to Pearse'd & Cut

An iconic stalwart of the Steamlands, Mr. E. Pearse's endeavor, Pearse'd and Cut resides in the lovely sim of Babbage Palisades.  As an avid member of the Steamlands, Mr. Pearse has a lengthy involvement with the Steamlands, including a wide selection of genre militaria, and by far the best selection of kilts with appropriate Steamlands tartan patterns (and matching ladies' dresses).



An excellent selection of Steamland militaria is available at Pearse'd and Cut!

Paying excruciating attention to detail, Mr. Pearse not only fashions attire, but the small, every day details that add color and panache to a virtual Steampunk existence, such as gentlemen's shaving accessories, outstanding footwear, and a few firearms as well!




A Steamlands "must-visit" location for men's attire (as well as noted repository of the SL Steamlands history), do stop by at his grounds, located at: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Babbage%20Palisade/160/30/106



Do pay a visit to Pearse'd & Cuts SL Marketplace locale, found at : https://marketplace.secondlife.com/stores/107596 .  Also, do visit his outstanding blog, Through the Filter of a Victorian Aesthetic, located at: http://victorianaesthetic.blogspot.com/

Friday, January 11, 2013

Steampunk Merchants: Xcentricity (Gentlemen's Attire)


Main entrance to Xcentricity!

One of the iconic designers of gentlemen's Steampunk attire, Xcentricity not only holds a fantastic selection of Steampunk mens-wear, but Mr. N. Sand's prices are amazing as well!  With a wide selection of attire, his designs are easily a fraction of other endeavors.  Additionally, he has a very nice tuxedo (a must for any gentleman), a very nice quantity of military-type uniforms, and a good number of additional items, such as deep-diving suits (in genre, of course), and a huge waist-coat selection.



A plethora of items for that Steampunk Gentleman!

Another "must-visit" for gentlemen's Steampunk attire, I highly recommend Xcentricity, so consider visiting their mainstore in beautiful Caledon Penzance, at: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Caledon%20Penzance/217/137/26



Well priced Steampunk / Victorian Suits as well!

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Steampunk Travelogue: 1888


I often make a point of visiting sims in SL (when researching for the Steampunk Travelogue and the Steampunk Tribune) using an alt known only to a few.  The reasons are two-fold - first, it allows me to go incognito (so to speak), so that have the ability to wander around a sim as a "generic face", and obtain a "feel" for what the locale is like.  Secondly, it provides an opportunity to gauge how newcomers are received in a sim, be it in a friendly manner, ignored  or in some other manner.  



A ship docked on the residential area of 1888.

Sadly, while documenting 1888, a fellow with mutton chops, who appears to be a representative of the endeavor, approached me and began with a bit of a chiding for taking photos, informing me the sim was an RP location, and questioning my presence.  I will note the 1888 is not a closed sim (one can easily TP to the destination, hence, not "closed" to visitors), nor did the arrival notecard mention any limitations on photographs, so the diatribe seems misplaced as there were no notations regarding said activities.  The fellow was quite un-cordial in manner, to put it tactfully, so I bit my tongue , excused myself, and moved along.  As there was no specific limitations regarding the arrival or presence of visitors on the sim (especially ones who keep to themselves, as I was doing), I was a tad confused regarding this lecture, but perhaps they have had some issues in the past with some unsavory persons in the past.



The texturing for this version of Big Ben is a tad disappointing.

The "warm welcome" aside, I did impose upon a second party to take a stroll with me as my main av, and see if they concurred with assertion of the sim (to ensure that any negative bias was not out of line).  Essentially, the build is certainly in era theme, and the city itself is nicely laid out (reminiscent of Chicago 1920's format, with a side "street" housing larger plots).  However, the builds themselves were a bit on the average side (texture-wise), and a few notable works (such as the "Big Ben", above), were not done well (e.g. better renditions of Big Ben are available on SL Marketplace).  I did see some random RP, but nothing along the lines depths of Goatswood, the Steamlands, or akin to the extent of many Gor sims.



Serviceable Brownstones for rent.

A bit surprised at the build quality of the sim, as there are a plethora of new and more detailed Steampunk / Victorian builds available on SL.  However, the sim management places an emphasis on role play, per their website and arrival notecard.  Still, from my experience to the sim, do not expect a friendly welcome to 1888, lest you also receive a chiding from a sim representative for visiting - or to paraphrase the saying from my old Navy days, "your presence (as a visitor) is neither required nor desired".

For the sake of completeness, their website location is: http://www.1888sl.com/

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Steampunk Merchants: BlakOpal Designs (Gentlemen's Attire)


Entrance to the main store

To start off the series of Steampunk Travelogue locations, I'll begin with some locales that I am personally familiar.  Starting off is one of my favorites, Blak Opal, actually has its own extensive Steampunk-themed sim, with a vast selection of Steampunk and piratical attire (covering a wide-range of Steampunk and associated endeavors).  



First floor, menswear (Piratically speaking!)

The BlakOpal mainstore is divided into two main areas, (gentlemen on one side, ladies on the other), but surrounding the mainstore are a large selection of supplemental shops and unique Steampunk builds.  The entire sim merits its own entry in the Steampunk Travelogue, but for the time being, I did wish to highlight one of the best stores to help those who are interested in the genre get their start.



Second floor, mens' Steampunk attire

The lovely Miss BlakOpal Galicia, (and her dashing business associate, Mr. Trilobyte Zanzibar) have provided  large selection of attire and additional items to not only provide a wide variety of men's (and ladies') wear, but also provide a free starter set of attire (for both men and ladies), and a physics package (for those interested).  By all means, BlakOpal Designs most certainly merits a visit from anyone involved with the Steamlands!  For more information, please visit this beautiful locale, at: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/BlakOpal/99/102/23



The SL Marketplace aether link is: https://marketplace.secondlife.com/stores/25