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