The Crossroads of the Aether
pony up? potentially, but location would be key. I shall be very interested to follow your progress, should you decide to proceed.
Greetings sir, my cousin and I are also big dreamers. We both hit on nearly the same idea at the same time several years ago with the twist of he wants to build a old west themed town and I wish to do a steampunked or more practically a Victorian styled city with strong steampunk influences. He even went so far as to look for land for such an endeavor. Since he lives in Arkansas and I live in Texas I preferred his choices. The property he found was 1700 acres in the northern area of AK complete with a fair sized mountain top, (being from north TX where it is more flat than not a good sized hill would be a mountain to me) anyway... It has a large cave, waterfall and lots of trees. What we came up with is putting his western town on one side of the property my steampunk town on the other and have a train to make the loop between the two. I also wanted to add a airship dock near the mountain peak with a sky tram or trolley going to and from the aerodrome. Oh the land would only set us back about 7 million, then there was the narrow gauge train itself which would cost nearly a million with all the cars and support equipment. Then add the track...Oh boy that will be another several million with all the required work of clearing the land and laying the track. Then there is the adding of cobble stone roads for my side.... and the list goes on, And that is before the first buildings are built. Maybe if I won a mega lottery I would consider this. Or maybe I should start a crowd funding campaign.
He and I have put a lot of thought into this idea/dream and I would like nothing more than to escape this world and live in a town where maybe... just maybe it could be a more civilized time.... no Jedi jokes please.
....the steam is strong with this one...
sorry, had to be done :)
I've had lots of design ideas for similar towns, would anyone like to see me draw them out?
I have been to the Bristol Rennaisance Faire, and it is indeed an impressive event. A Steampunked themed version could be quite astounding as well.
Currently the Rennaissance Faire organization features a weekend each summer for Steampunk costuming, but their heart is in the Rennaissance and that is where their focus should likely remain.
Never-the-less, I agree that a SteamPunk venue/island would be quite well received.
As a minor note, we'll be setting up an LLC this year to pursue this idea.
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