Category Archives: The NeoVictoria Project

Information pages about the project, the storyworld and the live-action simulation in SecondLife.

What’s Ahead for 2017

We have exciting events planned for the coming year!  Some are in-character (IC) roleplay events, while others are out-of-character (OOC) parties or townhalls.

Everyone is invited!  If you have questions or want to learn more, send us a note off this website or IM Asil Ares in-world.

  • TownHall (OOC)
    Friday, 3 February
    Let’s discuss the state of the project and what we’ve got planned for FFaire this year!  Let’s meet in the NeoVictoria Skyclub on Machinima SIM at 5 PM, SL-time. 
  • Steam Hunt 12 – From the Earth to the Moon (OOC)
    Starting 1 March, this is a grid-wide hunt featuring free awesomeness from up to 150 of SL’s most exciting makers.  We’ve applied, and if accepted, will have a mini-hunt in a secret location!
  • April Foolery Returns (IC)
    The first of April is a holiday for the demons of the Sidhe empire …the one day a year they can play tricks on the citizenry with little chance of the authorities pressing charges.  What will they do this year?
  • Fantasy Faire 2017 ~ Opening Party (OOC)
    Wednesday, 16 April
    The roleplay groups who create roleplay stories for the faire will be having a party to kick the faire off.   Details will follow!
  • Fantasy Faire 2017 ~ NeoVictoria Presents … (IC)
    20 April to 30 April
    We have a superb story coming for you!  However, we’ll need to keep the wraps on until the Faire is closer!
  • Second Life 14th Birthday (or SLB14) (OOC)
    June 2017
    Hopefully the nice people who produce these birthday celebrations will give us a parcel again this year.  Look for another great build and gifts!
  • Summer Solstice Celebration (IC)
    Wednesday, 21 June
    A summer IC celebration. Let’s start a new tradition! As ever, tied to the actual Summer solstice.
  • Treasure Hunt! (OOC)
    July 2017
    Fun free gifts hidden throughout the skylevel.
  • TownHall (OOC)
    Tuesday, 15 August
    Let’s discuss the state of the project and what we’re going to do for the 7th year anniversary celebrations!
  • Talk Like a Pirate! (OOC)
    Tuesday, 19 September
    A celebration marking the NeoVictoria Project’s seventh year in Second Life!  This live radio event, broadcast on Radio Riel’s Steampunk channel, will celebrate “International Talk Like A Pirate Day”.  There will be prizes for best in male and female costumes! Argh!!!
  • NeoVictoria’s  7 Year Anniversary Roleplay (IC)
    18 September to 22 September
    Every year we do a special roleplay cycle to celebrate our anniversary.  This year, we’ll be SEVEN years old!  Look for four-to-five days of roleplay revolving around something dark and exciting!
  • Halloween Extravaganza 7 (OOC)
    Tuesday, 31 October
    In association with Radio Riel, NeoVictoria is having a Halloween Costume bash to celebrate one of our favorite holidays.  Radio Riel will broadcast the event over their main channel and we’ll have an costume party in the NeoVictoria Skyclub with a steampunk theme.  Dress your avatar in scary Steampunk, Victorian, Mecha or Goth style and join us in Machinima SIM.
  • Bonfire Night Masquerade 5 (IC)
    Sunday, 5 November
    To celebrate the 529th anniversary of Guy Fawkes Day, the city of NeoLondon plans a gala event.   Mr. Fawkes was a famous shapeshifter who used his skills to amass gunpowder (and it was rumored there were other fell objects) beneath the parliament building in 1605.  In imitation of Guy, don masks, change your shape and hair, disguise your voice (or rp style) and join in the frivolity.
  • Clockwerk Gala 4 (IC)
    Saturday, 11 November
    Often sponsored by local veteran associations, “Clockwerk Galas” are very popular affairs, serving as fund-raisers and recruitment.  The most amazing is held every Fall in Old London on Old Earth, it runs a fortnight with the oldest houses vying to raise the most money with fantastical parties and auctions.  The “Royal Clockwerk Ball” closes the festivities; its held in Buckingham Slithen and all the Court attends.  Here the most valiant of the year’s warriors are awarded the Sidhe Cross.
  • 2017 Photo Contest (OOC)
    Month of December
    Every year, we host a photo contest and every year, people create the most extraordinary images!  As ever, the contest is about capturing the spirit of NeoVictoria’s roleplay for a 2018 calendar.
  • Yuletide Ball 4 (IC)
    Thursday, 21 December
    Our traditional end-of-year IC celebration.  As ever, tied to the actual Winter solstice!

Lots of roleplay happens that’s not planned, or only planned a week in advance, so join our in-world group or public announcer for as-it-happens alerts!

A New Roleplay Tool!

Since April 2013, we’ve used a roleplay tool, created by jade2022 kaligawa.  It was a wonderful tool-set when we transitioned away from the Community Combat System (CCS), and really helped the project to thrive.  However, in  April 2015, the developer had to take their personal server off-line; the loss of the server meant some of the admin functions stopped working.  It became clear a tool that worked entirely within SL was needed.

Announcing the NeoVictoria Roleplay Tool (NRT)!

We’ve developed a simple free wearable object called the “NeoVictoria Roleplay Tool (NRT)” which allows the player to create unique names for their characters, offers chat-options in terms of what other players can see when that character speaks, and includes a variety of dice.

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Touch this sign in-world for your free copy

This tool was developed by the members of the NeoVictoria Roleplay Group and scripted by Jhaesoph Foxdale.  The object is copy/transfer, and may be acquired by touching the many giver-objects we have staged throughout the Skymall on Machinima SIM, and the Visitor Center on NeoVictoria SIM.

Here’s the link to the complete User’s Guide.

 

The NeoVictoria Project presents “The Bewitched Carnival”

PRESS RELEASE
 For Immediate Release
 5 September 2015

The NeoVictoria Project presents “The Bewitched Carnival”.

Five evenings of non-stop roleplay, celebrating the NeoVictoria Project’s fifth year in Second Life!

This series of roleplay events begins on Monday, 21 September 2015, with a harvest festival that will feature a traveling carnival of the mostly-dead, and a very traditional wickerman.  Everyone is invited to roleplay with us!

SLUrl: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/NeoVictoria/17/128/1004

In NeoVictoria, we do free-form dark roleplay.  Free-form means there is no script; scenes evolve out of real-time character interactions.  Dark roleplay means characters may act in aggressive, predatory, criminal and/or plain uncomfortable ways.  We use a simple dice-based wearable HUD called the Jade Kreations Role Play Tool Suite; avatars must wear this to see the roleplay chat.  The item is free and available in our Visitor Center,  various locations on our out-of-character skymall, and the SecondLife Marketplace.

Players don’t have to be a member of our group to roleplay here; we do ask newcomers take a tour of the Visitor Center in NeoVictoria SIM to learn about the storyworld before joining in the roleplay.  [Observer tags are also available for players who want to visit the land level, but not roleplay.]

SCHEDULE FOR THE SIM-WIDE

Bewitched Carnival: The Harvest Festival Begins

Time: Monday, 21 September 2015 from 6pm to 9pm
Location: Marketplace [NeoVictoria SIM]
Organized By:  Asil Karu
Event Description: The NeoLondoners, and any out-of-town visitors, gather in the town’s marketplace (newly outfitted) to enjoy harvest festival activities.  The evening ends with a haunted hearse tour, led by one of our citizens.

Bewitched Carnival: The Harvest Festival Welcomes the Carnival

Time: Tuesday, 22 September 2015 from 6pm to 9pm
Location: Marketplace [NeoVictoria SIM]
Organized By:  Asil Karu
Event Description: The NeoLondoners, and any out-of-town visitors, gather in the town’s marketplace (newly outfitted) to enjoy harvest festival activities.  The evening ends with the arrival of the Bewitched Carnival (a troupe of zombies led by a mysterious ringmaster).

Bewitched Carnival:  First Night

Time: Wednesday, 23 September 2015 from 6pm to 9pm
Location: Marketplace [NeoVictoria SIM]
Organized By:  myomy Resident
Event Description: The NeoLondoners, and any out-of-town visitors, gather in the town’s marketplace to enjoy an evening of entertainments, performed by the zombie members of the “Carnival of the Bewitched”.

Bewitched Carnival:  Second Night

Time: Thursday, 24 September 2015 from 6pm to 9pm
Location: Marketplace [NeoVictoria SIM]
Organized By:  myomy Resident
Event Description: The NeoLondoners, and any out-of-town visitors, gather in the town’s marketplace to enjoy an evening of entertainments, performed by the zombie members of the carnival.

Bewitched Carnival:  The WickerMan

Time: Friday, 25 September 2015 from 6pm to 9pm
Location: Marketplace [NeoVictoria SIM]
Organized By:  Asil Karu
Event Description: Doctor Seito performs a séance and discovers a disturbing secret about the ringmaster that leads to ancient justice.

Art for “The Bewitched Carnival”.

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A Repost of “The User’s Guide to Steampunk”

Back in 2008, the GOGBOT Festival focused on Steampunk, and for their website Bruce Sterling wrote a landmark thought-piece on what Steampunk is.

Poster from the 2008 GOGBOT Event

That post very much informed Asil’s thinking, when they were developing The NeoVictoria Project. Here’s one of their favorite sections:

“Frankly, the heaviest guys in the steampunk scene are not really all that into “steam.” Instead, they are into punk. Specifically, punk’s do-it-yourself aspects and its determination to take the means of production away from big, mind-deadening companies who want to package and sell shrink-wrapped cultural product.”

GOGBOT recently took their 2008 site off-line, which was a loss to the project, as we would direct people to that essay when they asked us “what kind of Steampunk” we believed in. So, we reached out to Professor Sterling for permission to re-post it here.  And, very graciously, he gave us the nod.  Thank you, Professor!

We have the repost set as a page on the main side-bar of this site.  Here’s the direct link: https://neovictoria.tv/main/steampunk/the-users-guide-to-steampunk/. If you’ve never read it, this is your chance. If it’s been awhile, enjoy a re-read.  We’ll leave you with a final quote:

The past is a kind of future that has already happened.

Cyril Wermers’ photo of ‘The Time Cruiser’ from GOGBOT 2008.

Roleplay Homes

Effective February 2015, we moved to the CasperLet system. All new rentals and future payments should be made to that system. [We used to use the Alika Rental system; as current rentals expire on that server, their boxes will be deleted.]

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We don’t rent PRIMs in NeoLondon [NeoVictoria SIM]. We do rent ROLEPLAY homes in Machinima SIM!  To read all the information about rentals, visit the Rental Information page.

About the Fae

In human mythology, the “people of peace”, sometimes called fairies, or fae, are a universal phenomenon, known to every country and people of the world. While similarities exists between these legends, the lore of the Neo-Verse takes the tales of pre-Christian Scandinavia and the Celtic peoples as its primary inspiration.

The fae come to us through the prism of the oldest of the stories; in the Edda, we’re told of the nine world: Asgard (Aesir, the land of the gods), Alfheim (land of the light elves), Vanaheim (land of the Vanir), Midgard (the land of men), Jotunheim (the land of ice giants), Svartalfheim (land of the dark-elves), Nidavellir (land of the dwarves), Muspelheim (land of the fire spirits), and Niflheim (the land of the dead).

Yggdrasill
I know an ash standing high, a lofty tree, laved with limpid water: thence come the dews into the dales that fall; ever stands it green over Urd’s fountain.
~ the Poetic Edda

Svartalfheim, the home of the dark elves, was the most easily entered by humankind, because its doorways were found in the underground places. These fae were the earth-dwellers, the people of the hollow-hills, the spirits of earth and tree, stone and spring. In effect, they were the anthropomorphic representatives of the natural world.

In the history of those ancestors, when their gods (the Aesir) were destroyed in apocalypse (Ragnarok), the bridges between the nine worlds collapsed and the cosmos was divided, so all the races were lost to each other and the dominion of man over Midgard began in earnest.

The Queen of Air and Darkness
Alexandrina Victoria, Tuatha Dé Danann
Queen of Earth, Empress of the Void

In the Neo’Verse, the fae did not disappear …in our fantasy realm, a warrior queen of the elves, and those who would follow her, refused to fade from the world of men.  Instead they made peace with these changes and harnessed the creative energy of humankind to create a blended empire of supernatural and mortal creatures.

To learn more about our fae, read the abridged version of “The Fae Concordance” posted to this site, join the community website or wander the Visitor’s Center in-world for a wearable book.

About Cyborgs

In human mythology, some of the earliest stories revolve around our creations taking on independent life.  From Pigmalion and Galathea to Geppetto and Pinocchio, our ancestors were drawn to the possibility that the act of creation could make a new living thing.  Maybe it is the oldest secret desire of our species: to create life through a personal act of creative will.

In the Neo’verse, clockwerk creations have a place in the Sidhe Empire. There are three kinds:

  • living creatures augmented with clockwerk parts,
  • automatons powered by living souls,
  • and golems of pure machine consciousness.

To learn more about our mecha read the abridged version of  “The Cyborg Concordance” posted to this site, join the community website or wander the Visitor’s Center in-world for a wearable book.

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Simulation

The NeoVictoria Project Simulation in Second Life®.

This screen-show gives a brief overview of The NeoVictoria Project® and its live action simulation on the Second Life® platform.

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Membership in NeoVictoria is free.


Finding Us in Second Life®

We’re honored to be included in the Official Second Life® Destination Guide!

Second Life® is an online virtual world developed by Linden Lab. The Lab provides free software (called the viewer) which enables players to interact with each other through customizable avatars. Players can explore the grid, meet other users, socialize, participate in individual and group activities, and create and trade virtual property and services with one another.

The NeoVictoria Project chose Second Life® for our real-time simulation because it gave us the freedom to build a unique environment, and allows us to shoot machinima.  NeoVictoria is one of thousands of ‘worlds’ created by the people who use Second Life®. Of those, only a handful are picked to appear in the Second Life® Destination Guide.

Here’s a link to our page.  Membership in Second Life® is free!  Why not create an avatar and visit?

NeoVictoria

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Storyworld

In the NeoVictoria storyworld,

the Sidhe (fae) never faded, but worked with … some would say ruled over …their human charges until the Sidhe Empire spanned the known universe.

So many races exist: faeries, demons and clockwerk constructs (powered by gears and magic), humans, vampires, werebeasts and celestials.

All held against the ravages of time by magic, intrigue and human ingenuity.

Visit this page for more.