A return to Dystopia in Second Life

Dystopia // Carnage City, October 2019 – click any image for full size

We originally visited Dystopia // Carnage City (then called Dystopia // [flit ink] + aberrant) almost three years ago  – see A taste of Dystopia in Second Life – so a return visit seemed well overdue.

As the name suggests, this is something of a post-apocalyptic themed region that offers a group build – supported by a website – intended to offer some fairly free-form role-play for those interested, based around a back-story set in the 2030s and a time when global warming has passed beyond the tipping point.

Dystopia // Carnage City, October 2019

A group build, the region is divided into a number of parcels – most open to the public, although be warned that there is a private parcel in the middle of the north side of the region – which run together and the overall build sprawls across them.

Given it is a post-apocalyptic design, it should comes as no surprise that the city that takes up most of the region is in a state of decrepitude: the roads are partially flooded  – the result of rising sea levels, perhaps – the buildings in a state of ruin, and nature is taking back control.

Dystopia // Carnage City, October 2019

The city is roughly divided into three areas: Carnage City, which I’m using as the landing point here; the Boondock Slums and Happenstance, a wilder element of the region which – as the description states, offers a coastal forest and air crash site.

The Slums are perhaps the most inhabited aspect of the region: homes and places of commercial stacked one atop another, reached via ladders and steps or – for the keen eyed, a tunnel under the nearby hills. Aglow with neon signs and with pier for those seeking a little beach-side relief, it has the look and feel of life trying to pull itself together and thrive beyond the disaster that has overtaken the city.

Dystopia // Carnage City, October 2019

Elements of the region offer echoes of past designs – such as the fun fair, aspects of which were present when we visited in 2016. Others are more unique to this build – but all offer a plenty of opportunities for photography and exploration.

I do confess to having some issues with performance when visiting – fps dropped to single digits until I disabled shadows. A little annoying, but not enough to prevent my appreciating the region during our wanderings.

Dystopia // Carnage City, October 2019

All told, Dystopia // Carnage City remains an eye-catching visit that comes complete with the opportunity for light role-play among groups visiting the region, or for photography.

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