A couple days ago I read Mr. O’toole’s blog commentary on the social evolution of Caledon, from its early days (back in ’06) to its current environment (http://hiberniaskids.blogspot.com/2008/01/insights-from-earlier-time.html). His comment (#5 in the section) essentially summed some of my observations about Caledon concisely…
"The reason I posted this one was how markedly different the Caledon of THEN was from the Caledon of NOW. In speech, entertainment, humor and custom, Caledon has grown more like the Mainland and less like the Caledon of yore. Whether that's a good thing or not is really up to the individual".
I gave it some thought when I read it, but the issue receded into the back of my noggin until Mr. Desmond Shang (the Governor of Caledon, for those who *might* be unaware of the good man) provided a brief update on happenings in Caledon, along with some future expansion plans. With land in Caledon selling like condos in Miami in 2005, he said will be adding more sims to the vast Independent State.
As such, I wondered … is Caledon too big? Or how big is too big? The demand for Victorian land still exists, as not only is Caledon growing, but Steelhead has added land, and Antiquity is virtually exploding. Additionally, Caledon provides an easily locatable destination with a large number of events for those unfamiliar with the Victorian & Steampunk settings. This makes it appealing to more civilized individuals who tire of gratious sex ad and bizarre builds – providing a certain … certainty to their SL existance.
However, the growth means that persons who may simply not be interested in Victorian (and associated) mores simply transition to Caledon for its peace, its dependable land prices, or both. No one is forced (but are encouraged) to stay "in era", which could be considered to be one factor for the slide down the slippery slope of commonality.
I serve up this poll to garner a response to this question: Is Caledon too big? I can easily make an argument for any option…
Yes, its too big – Things were much better in the early days, where residents and visitors knew one another, and made a distinct effort to maintain a Victorian atmosphere.
It’s just right – Caledon is at (or about) a perfect size… not too big to feel estranged, but large enough to provide new discoveries and explore new areas.
No, it needs to be bigger – Personally, I love exploring, incluing all of the new sims that have come online. More sims means more opportunities to meet interesting and unique people, and more to explore and enjoy.
Manifest Destiny – Unbridled growth! - Mr. Shang needs to put a new sim on every month (or every other month), until Caledon overtakes the mainland islands! (Ok, I added this for the fanboys/girls, but I’m certain there are those out there that feel this way…)
Please feel free to make your choice. You can only vote once, but you can change your vote as many times as you like. Also, if you wish to make a commentary, by all means do so (in a civil manner, please