The Urchins Christmas Party 09

It has been over a year since the Urchins group had any sort of party in the Hideout. I still have alot of things to prepare before i can relax into the christmas spirit and im on the verge of just giving in and starting now… ANYWAYS the urchin party was the start of a 3 night Virtual festive bonanza. The Urchins Party on Friday night , the Steam Santa gathering on saturday night, and the Egnog Christmas troll rescue mission Sunday night.

I was a little worried that my rushed preparation for the party would lead to no one turning up, but the table holding 16 places was full with more arriving. Between January and september of 2009 urchin activity in New Babbage had dwindled, and it was great to see the gang back together with new additions who have just recently found New Babbage.

Gods Bless us everyone, and heres to a fun packed eventful newyear in the Virtual Steampunk world of New Babbage, BRING ON 2010!





Finished New Babbage Steampunk Rebuilds – IMAGES

So i finally finished a months worth or rebuilding, upgrading, buying new plot and building new shops in New Babbage. It was all beginning to look a bit shabby since new techniques in building with sculpty prims have meant more detailed designs can be built with less prims.

The Absithe cafe

Upon my return to New Babbage i decided to start with the Absinthe cafe. it needed to be completely restructured with sculpty windows and a bigger yet less primmy Distillery. I also reworked the tables and chairs to have more detail without using more prims. While refurbishing the Absinthe Cafe it was important to keep the same dark dusty feel, and i think ive managed that.

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CobbleStone House & pennywise Lane.

Next on my list was the plot i bought across the canal from the Absinthe cafe. I saw the plot was available and GRABBED it, even though i struggle as it is to pay for the other two plots rent. Here i decided to build a new house for 3 shops i wanted to create. Cobblestone house was influenced by a building i walk past most days when in Exeter City, an old tudor house. For this i was able to use all the skills i had learnt during the House of Pips project at burninglife 09. i wanted to make a building with a warm character where people would enjoy walking past while shopping along the canal. There is also a rather sheltered ally behind the house called Pennywise lane. It’s so small you could easily miss it and an interesting place to hold RP encounters.


The Imperial Theatre

Third on my list was one of the Oldest Buildings in New Babbage needed refurbishing. It had become dated with its cut out pictures of seats and primmy machines. I considered redoing the WHOLE building from the ground up, but instead chose to only rebuild the front of the building using sculpty prims. Inside i completely rebuild the Seating and the stage using Sculpty prims to create proper 3D seating that looks alot more detailed than before. Recolouring and flooring made the place seem more vibrant and adding falling beams and cobwebs added to the idea that this theatre was rundown, old and no longer used. In the lobby i was finally able to add some details such as office box, clock and proper stairs which i could not before due to lack of prims. last of all was the Urchins hide out in the attic which got new more detailed bunkbeds, better tables and benches, and proper Cogs turning in the floor. In all the Imperial Theatre is as up to date as i can get it.

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Red Dragon Opium Den.

Finally the last place that was always an afterthought when first building in new Babbage, The Opium Den. Hardly any prims left to build this room originally, but now thanks to the Sculpt-o-matic tool i was able to give the place a more detailed look. Much darker now and better stairs to the roof. Even has more beds to rest and listen to music while on the virtual opium.

Who is Linden Lab? oh yeh them guys :(

I’ve been so busy in New Babbage renovating old builds that i’ve been a bit oblivious of whats been going on with Linden Lab and the State of Second Life. It’s been kind of good actually, being so engrained in my projects that i forgot who LL were for a while.

The latest Linden Lab drama is to do with XstreetSL, which they bought out a while ago. It’s a successful web based Virtual product cataloging service that most prolific content creators started to use after Second Lifes built in search system became… well… crap.

It has worked fine for years cataloging items for free then taking a percentage of the sales. Linden Lab now want to change that by charging a monthly fee on each item. I’ll admit that i hardly make any money from Xstreet, i do make enough to warrant having items on there though. I also use it as a way to promote my island. LL claim this is to weed out the crap products from the good products, a quality control me thinks, or simply just wanting to make more money from our work. Me being english i choose the cynical answer of LL wanting more money.

Many have rushed to remove their items from Xstreet and moving to free alternatives such as Slapt

What i will end up doing is probably having one item on Xstreet advertising everything in my INWORLD shop, Use Xstreet as an advert rather than sell items. I cant afford to list all my items in Xstreet, im too busy paying for my homestead tier.

I cant help but think SL is becoming a bit of a Class battleground, those who can afford the expensive hobby that is SL and those who cant.

Back in New Babbage

If any of you have been wondering where i’ve been the last week or so, well other than Burning Life 09, i have returned to the Steampunk Town of New Babbage. It’s around this time that i hang up my SLC group clothes and don my steampunk hat to bring joy to the residents of New Babbage.

Last Sunday we had the Annual Burning Barrel Race. There was a bit of server Lag this year, but that did not stop the residents having fun as they tried to navigate their barrels through the town.

On Thursday i held a large Fireworks display which was visible from outside the Loki Absinthe cafe. I had just finished refurbishing the cafe after it had lain derelict for most of 2009.


Im planning on being in New Babbage right up until christmas, rebuilding old buildings, and building new ones as well as starting some Steampunk roleplays. This means i will not be at Goony Island much.

My fear is that because i wont be running events on Goony island that there will be no incentive to donate to its costly tier.

Burning Life 09 – The End

So Burning Life events Draws to a close for another year. It’s been a mad week, but seems like months. The amount of fun we’ve packed into that week has exhausted me. We opened with a great show by M’n’K, Had a crazy bumble Bear race and lagged out 4 or 5 SIMs with our badly scripted Bikes.I lost an Airship somewhere (still out there not been returned!), got sandwiched by naked people, played in a ball pit and nearly ran over 2 people in my mini bus. We partied hard, burned a wicker Kid, watched a Temple burn to the ground and listened to some amazing live bands…… If only SL was always this packed full of fun.

The House of Pip’s has had an amazing amount of comments. People really seemed to enjoy visiting it and felt compelled to tell me how much they were touched by the story.

I should thank you, Tis utterly charming and poigniant

Hi! I love your Burning Life build. It’s so fun! Thanks for letting me be a tiny part of it.

This one stole my heart this year. When you start listening to the parcel music station, the full story of the build and it’s characters unravels and come alive. Curl up in a donut, pop some popcorn and stay a while.

That is an amazing house!! ^_^

This was a very cute project and certainly one of my favorites in Burning Life 2009. Thanks for making me smile.

oh it’s one of my fav of this years burning life 09,really fun and interactive place – woot!

Super cool, Lokiboy! Wonderful … sweet, and fun, and so well executed. Just love it. ;=)

So i need not have worried about wether people were going to understand it or not. But as with every Burning life, it must come to an end and this year the ending was not just about burning the house down, but telling the end of a story. I wanted those who had come and become fond of the house and its characters to go away with a complete story to remember. From what i can tell people were moved by the final event and thankful to have been there to witness it. But for those who could not make it, you can watch the ending unfold in this final video….. Hope everyone had a great time at Burning Life 😉