I’m dreaming of a dystopian, Dickensian world. . .
Recently, I was chatting with a couple friends and I expressed my idea to create a new region in-world. The idea is to create a Dark Victorian Steampunk sim. You see, I love Caledon, but it can be a little too clean for me at times. I like the grimy atmosphere presented within a Dickensian world. I like a little dystopia with my afternoon tea, thank you very much. I like unfettered speculative technology that is explainable in a semi-plausible fashion. I like evil, mad science.
Of course, as I am part of a team in real life (I’m married and all decisions are joint decisions), I passed my idea by the missus. She has agreed with the concept on two conditions. First, it must not detract from our real lives together. That’s simple! I love her and love spending time with her, so that is an easy concession to make. The second is that the venture must be self-supporting. Yes, self-supporting… in-world… that ALWAYS happens, no?
So, I did some number crunching. It is possible to break even and perhaps even make a couple L$ per year if one does things right. For example, Mr Shang has done things right with Caledon. Prices are reasonable, the theme is fun and variable within certain restrictions and he is fair to all. Abundantly so!
I don’t expect that I could match the Guvnah, nor would I even try. But I would like to try my vision of a dystopian, Dickensian-Steampunk world. I would follow, in spirit, the covenant that Mr Shang has set down for Caledon. Fairness to all is very important. The theme would be darker, dirtier, grimier and more frightening than that of Caledon. Ok, none of those descriptions fit Caledon. Caledon is beautiful, friendly and inviting. My world would not be.
Builds must keep to the theme visually. If it looks like what you would expect in an Dickens novel, then you are on the right track. If it is powered by Cavorite, steam, fire or animals, then you are on the right track. If it is made of brick or stone or rock or decayed wood, then you are on the right track. If it has magical faeries and elves and electricity, then you’ve strayed. Sorry.
My idea is to keep some land for roads and general infrastructure. Parcels will be multiples of 512m, so 512m would be the smallest available. There would, of course, be an initial land-rental-right price and the land could be resold, much like in Caledon. Also, there would be a monthly fee for the property. I am not doing this to get rich, but I must be able to break even. That is key. I’m thinking that the price of land should be L$5/metre^2 for single prim lots and L$10/metre^2 for double prim lots. I figure that I would take a loss here, but that’s how things go. Weekly fees would be L$475/week/1024m^2 for single prim lots and L$950/week/m^2 for double prim lots.
I am accepting names, but not funds, from anyone who is seriously interested in joining this region. Once we have enough land reserved for the first sim, I will front the cost of the sim and place the order, at which time, those on the list can select their parcels and make their payments. I will not accept funds until the land is ordered! As enough parcels are reserved, additional sims would be ordered.
If you have any questions, please ask in comments or IM me (Newbe Writer) in-world. I will post a FAQ at a later time. Help spread the word!
Now, if only I could come up with a name . . . .