Saturday, April 5, 2008

Steampunk Travelouge: Sybirya

Front courtyard of Sybirya

During my explorations of SL, I happened upon a very unique Steampunk build, with many of the classic Steampunk elements that I have seen in the past, but... with a tinge of a difference. Aside from the music (more along the lines of industrial and/or techno, depending on your definition), and familiar touches of JD Steampunk architecture, I realized what exactly the difference was - no English!

The lounge across from the bar - nicely done and quite spacious

As I wandered around the arrival courtyard, I was approached by a pair of nice young ladies of Italian origin, and one of them, a Miss G. Broome, offered to show me around the sky mansion (it certainly was not a box!)

She explained, as I followed, that Sybirya was a new entity, owned by one of the best known Italian SL DJ's, Miss Cleamtide Oyen. Her vision was to have a destination that was more than just a "club", but a platform to display further works of art and design, in a Steampunk / Victorian / Fantasy setting.

I was ushered onto the main dance floor, where (to the best of my limited French), a good crowd was busy enjoying the playlist and the company.

The game room (the Una game table is to the center left), overlooking the equally large dance floor

I was invited to engage in a game of Una (Uno - but regardless the name, I was still terrible at it), and after being soundly beaten by Miss Broome and her companion, they bid me good night, as it was about 4am CET (Central European Time - Italy, naturally), and only about 10 EST (for myself).

A stunning view of Sybirya's back courtyard (the walkway is just below)

I took the opportunity to explore this magnificent build further, and must admit, was quite impressed with the design and effort, especially with the attention to detail paid to the the Steampunk nuances. (I must admit, I have never seen a SL Steampunk washroom... until I arrived at Sybirya)!

The elegant washroom - with spa included!

Later, I attempted to meet up with the charming Miss Oyen herself, and happened to catch her during the end of one of her sets. She tp'ed me to her location, and frankly I had never seen as many avatars in one location since Gvr. Shang tried to crash a sim last year on purpose (to test its supporting capacity, if I recall correctly). Her associate had stated she was popular, but Miss Broome obviously had a gift for understatement!

Overlooking the distance from the Control Center

Due to technical difficulties, we were not able to conclude our interview, but with a bit of luck, perhaps in the future I shall be able to impose on her for more details about her vision of Sybirya.

[One note, however - she does operate on CET, which is about six hours ahead of EST, and nine ahead of SLT. If you wish to catch one of her impressive concerts, please take this into account... and take your Babbler along, just in case!


Donovan Design said...

Wonderful work. I am duly enthralled. Thank you for the post.

Skusting Dagger said...

Truly spectacular! You must send me an LM!

clematide.oyen said...

Hi Rafael, hi friends.
I'm very happy for your visits to our Clockwork Dream. And thank you for your words of appreciation. We are doing our best to make the Sybirya better and better.
And for this I'm proud to announce we opened a nice museum where you can find biography and pictures about one of the greatest writers of steampunk literature, maybe the very first writer in science fiction: JULES VERNE.
In the park and in the beach (just fly down from the Flying Isle to reach the beach) you can find the reproductions of some of the inventions of this great dreamer: the Epouvante (from "Master of the world") and the Nautilus (from "20000 Leagues under the sea"). More will be added soon (The SteamHouse, the Albatross and so on).
You can visit too a amazing diorama with the giant cannon that launched the Columbiad to the moon in the book "From the earth to the moon".
Our new shop will sell steampunk vehicles and outfits, tattoo, clothes and more and more nice stuff.
And of course our club will give you every (european) evening the best electronic/industrial/EBM/Gothic music in SL.
So, join our community, become a Sybiryan!
P.S. we added a horse riding behind the club and a pretty giant doll house in victorian style.
And in the inside of the isle you can find some hidden rooms with games.