Last night I visited New Toulouse for the first time while shopping for a fireplace at Noctis. A man and woman sat in the parlour discussing nonsense –really– in a manner that would make Lewis Carroll proud. The slow southern flavor of the place, flickering candles and surreal conversation lulled me into a comfortable repose for a short while. Time seemed to stand still. Stepping out onto the porch, watching my new friends amble up a primitive road in the sultry evening, I had the feeling that my initial experience of New Toulouse was just about perfect. I imagine that it must have been fairly near what the sim is all about.
My visit to New Toulouse last night, and a spur-of-the-moment guided tour of New Babbage by Mr. Pearse later on, has spurred me to act on an idea I’ve had in mind since returning. I’ve decided to undertake walking tours of the Steamlands, one sim at a time, until I have visited them all.
Granted, this endeavor might take so long that once I’ve finished they will have all changed so much that a new tour will be in order. Be that as it may, I feel it will be a fun and worthwhile experience. I plan to document my journeys with descriptions and images of all that I see, and I hope to come away from it with many stories and new acquaintances.
If the above sounds at all appealing, I would like to extend an open invitation to anyone who would like to join me on one of my rambles. I’ve not yet developed an itinerary, and am open to suggestions based on timing and events that may be occurring in different locations. I will post a notice at least a week in advance of each excursion, and will include a meeting place and time. Anyone who would like to participate can simply show up!