Rafael Fabre of The Steampunk Triubne has an important if suck-flavored scoop: Sextan Shepherd, the master steampunk builder in Second Life whose great underwater tribute to Jules Verne was featured on Boing Boing, has evidently left SL for another platform, and took all or most of his creations with him. That's one of his builds above, Liberty Cove, as it appeared last June, and as it does now. (Photos by Dr. Fabre.) His SL profile now says he's "a content creator, on another platform." What's more, "Marketplace shop closed, sim slicked, and he's been off SL since mid-August," Dr. Fabre tells me. Apparently he's taken a real life hiatus, which is understandable, especially with the high costs Linden Lab charges to own a Second Life sim, though it's sad he's also apparently taken his wondrous contributions to SL's thriving steampunk community with him. (I've e-mailed Mr. Shepherd, and will post an update if I get one.)
There is some small good news to this: At least Sextan's YouTube videos and my blog posts about his creations still exist. Here they are:
- Nemo Rises: Awe-Inspiring Underwater Steampunk City Inspired By Jules Verne
- Beauty Still Arises in Second Life: Sextan Shepherd's Nemo Emerges From the Waves, Spawning a City
- Sextan Shepherd Makes a Mirror in Second Life!
- The Celestial Clock of Sextan Shepherd
- Second Life the Beautiful: Sam Lowry's Latest Machinima is Patriotic Paen to the Meaning of the Metaverse (feat Sextan cameo)
Watch Sextan's machinima travelogue of his Nemo sim below. Which also raises an important point: SL builders, if you're planning to close your sim for whatever reason, please for the love of FSM first shoot some great machinima of it for posterity's sake!