Berlin of the 1920s is famous for being full of vibrant and decadent fun (that is, before the Nazi darkness came), and if you've seen any version of Cabaret, you roughly know how and why; what might surprise you, however, is that Berlin of the 1920s is something else: The theme for a thriving Second Life roleplay community, who live in two sims made to look like that metropolis from that time: Click here for a direct teleport there.
The community even has its own homepage, it's own blog, and a Flickr stream, like social media echoes of another era. And while I've known about this community for awhile, I quite didn't get how thriving it was, until one of the owners explained as much:
"My biggest fear in it all was that we would be a quiet sim," she explains in that Reddit thread I mentioned earlier. "But we ended up with a really great community of folks who love an immersive, historical environment (hence the dress code). Some folks said that we wouldn't last, because of the dress... but that is exactly what made our community want to stay and grow. Apartment rentals are usually at 100% capacity, and we have a whole team of people running events, from a nightly 'bar night,' where the residents come, have a drink, chat about the day, to weekly performances (sometimes a bit risque), classes (for kids and adults), lectures, and annual events. We even have weekly church services and are soon to have a running synagogue. And people actually show up, a lot!"
Pretty noteworthy. We know about the thriving fantasy/sci-fi communities in Second Life, but it's interesting (and cool) such a relatively niche interest could find enough supporters to maintain an in-world presence.Tweet