Sunday, June 5, 2011
Contrary to one of my earlier beliefs regarding the contraction of Second Life and Virtual Worlds, it seems that a number of new Steampunk sims have emerged into the Steamlands in recent months. There seems to have been a trend of new Steampunk sims, with specialized groups who develop sims with a Steampunk background, often with exceptional success. One such sim is Titus Groan.
Titus Groan, and its associated surronding sims, are intriguing, but not for its advertised reason, however. Titus Groan, and Engine, its Steampunk club, is a dedicated gay community. Though there are individuals in the Steamlands who happen to be gay, I do believe that Titus Groan is the first Steampunk sim that makes a point of marketing itself as being gay-focused, which makes it unique in that aspect alone.
What I have found interesting of this sim is its construction and design. Many in Second Life are not builders (myself included) – if one has a plot of land, either one will acquire an pre-made build, or if one has the finacial wherewithal, hire a talented individual to design and construct a build, or perhaps even an entire sim. However, a mish-mash of build without a coherent design can be taxing on one’s virtual eyes.
Titus Groan uses pre-constructed builds, but Bear Land Holdings, LLC, (the owners of the sim), have done an outstanding job of build selection and layout. Though I can see the fingerprints of many well-known Steampunk builders (e.g. Mr. Sextan Shepherd, Miss J. Dibou, Four Winds, the Golden Oriole, to mention a few), the owners have done an exceptional job of re-creating a Victorian sim, with notable tinges of Steampunk throughout. The sim is easy to navigate, pan, walk, and is a nice mix of stores and personal residences.
If one does like to explore Steampunk beyond the established Steamlands, I would certainly recommend a trip to Titus Groan. I’m confident that there are regular events, which can be found at their entertainment center (at Engine, pictured below, in a castle across a moat), or even if one wishes to simply walk the expansive parks and walkways of the sim, I would encourage one to indulge on a trip to Titus Groan. To start your ambulating tour, please visit: http://slurl.com/secondlife/titus%20groan/161/199/22/