SL Steampunks Set Up New Colony on a Minecraft Server
A brave new frontier for SL users has just opened up, but it's not in Second Life -- it's a Minecraft server recently launched by steampunk land baron Desmond Shang, and it looks like this:
Note the air kraken (oh yes.) The server is a clever new offering by Desmond, who's letting steampunks who rent land from him in SL join his Minecraft server for free:
"Inspiration had purely to do with easily adding a ton of value to the Caledon SL community," Mr. Shang tells me. "It's dirt cheap, great entertainment, sets my estate apart as one that 'has cool stuff' and most of all? Isn't boring. If anything it makes my Caledon SL stronger, not weaker." Right now he's throttling invites, but anyone who rents land from him (along with select bloggers) can join. He's looking to migrate his server to the cloud, so the entire Caledon community can go there. "I could handle all of Caledon SL's concurrency, typically 50 people or so, for maybe 50 bucks a month depending on how much I was worried about lag. And land is effectively infinite.
"Imagine if Linden Research could offer a free Minecraft server to all their paying customers," Desmond muses, grinning. "They can't, really... but I can."
As for the Caledonian colonists, they have an untrammeled frontier they can dynamically create in, but which also comes with the added excitement of beasts to defend against (see: air kraken) and resources to harvest and shape into buildable material. Emilly Orr is among them:
"[S]ome of the Caledonians are definitely exploring a new frontier," Ms. Orr says. "Right now there's not a ton of folks that play in Caledon, but it's been fascinating watching the world evolve as we go. Des wants a train system (of course); the strongly steampunk contingent is automating everything (so far we have two skeleton spawners rigged for XP generation, and one blaze spawner rigged for XP generation in the Nether."
See more of Emilly's first-hand reports from Caledon's Minecraft colony after the break:
"Within the first week, the villagers had already put up basic walls, planted a mushroom forest, and were laying down roads through the desert...
"A week after, the village was starting to (mostly) be a safe place for Caledonians. We'd put up a sign and cultivated wheat. Des decided, after more of the area around the village was brought under the kindly but firm Victorian thumb, to invest his time in a sheep-dyeing project. There are now something like nine or twelve pens, with sheep of various colors scattered through them. His next big project: a minecart 'railway' linking all discovered cities so far (and so far, that's been five, and two strongholds.)
"The first appearance of the Minecraft version of the Caledon flag. Des (of course) came up with this. I'm actually impressed: it's recognizable in only four blocks!"
Emilly Orr (in rainbow fishnets and a garter belt) with Desmond Shang ("Apparently he looks like that in EVERY virtual world", says Emilly.)
Minecraft photos courtesy Ms. Orr.