Fire Strikes the New Champagne Rooms

7/26/10  at 3:43 AM

The New Champagne Rooms in New Babbage were engulfed in flames Sunday evening. Despite the best efforts of the New Babbage Ladies Fire Brigade, the building appears to be a total loss. Miss Ahnyanka Delphin was rescued from inside and taken to hospital, but will hopefully make a full recovery quickly. Suspicion for the start of the fire has fallen on Mrs. Elvira Foehammer, who was taken in to a form of protective custody by Father Pizzaro.

The Primgraph wants to make you a star!

7/23/10  at 12:30 PM
Broadcasting live from Seraph City! It's time for Steamlands News, brought to you by Xcentricity Neo-Victorian Fashions for Gents and Gorgon Motorcars! Fantastic Aerodynamic Automobiles with Power and Panache! Now let's go live to our reporter on the street, Mister Quintin Tazewell, who is chasing down a breaking story of bootlegging and corruption. Quinn, are you there?
So you want to be a star reporter .... Or a producer ... or a director, a publicist ...

The Primgraph is about to start an exciting new venture that will bring it to the airwaves of ... well, just about everywhere.

We are planning a series of podcasts on Rezzed.TV that will explore the Steamlands and Vintage sims in the way that The Primgraph does on paper ... er ... electronic paper.

To do this, we want to enlist the help of teams from all over the Steamlands and Vintage sims. Each team will have a topic to cover, or perhaps a region to report on. Each segment will be short, but build into an exciting show that will reach out from Steamlands and Vintage sims to the mainland ... and the wider web beyond!

Some possible areas could be:
• Music
• Fashion
• Transportation
• Pirate News
• Social Whirl - with news of events
• Literary Life
• Etiquette

as well as regional areas such as
• Caledon
• Steelhead
• New Babbage
• Deadwood
• Seraph City
• The Courts

We also hope to include drama segments - would you be interested in writing a drama? Or starring in one? There could be a place for you too!

There can be investigative reporting too, as intrepid teams go off, for example, to discover if reports of an influx of dark mer are true in a particular sim. Or the latest scandal to be rumoured at a European Court ...

Each team will need a minimum of THREE people: a producer (who does the planning and prepares the runsheet), a director (who performs all the sound checks and oversees events on the day, making sure the segment keeps to time) and a presenter who will be the lead 'talent' on the show - although there may be other people who appear on air as well.

There are also posts available for Senior Producers and Directors who will co-ordinate individual shows being put together. It is proposed that the first show will be broadcast around August 15th.

There will be a meeting at 1pm Sunday July 25th in the gardens of The Primgraph Press at Caledon Glengarry - - to find out more about the project. If you would like to be involved, but cannot make the meeting, contact Saffia Widdershins at

Live Jazz at the Java Jive

  at 11:01 AM

Andy Riverstone's singing talent combines with her love of jazz music to create an unforgettable live music event. Come hear her perform at the Java Jive in Seraph City on July 25th at 5pm slt. Andy graduated from the Shenandoah Conservatory with a Bachelor of Music degree. She has performed in Second Life at the Empress of the Aethers at Thistle Hill in Caledon. Please welcome her at her first live performance in Seraph City. Get a sneak preview of this amazing talent here!

The Java Jive Café is located at 160 Moss Avenue in Seraph City, a dieselpunk community that lets you experience 'yesterday's tomorrow, today!'

The event poster was created by Mister PJ Trenton, who's also taken some wonderful photographs around Seraph City. Enjoy!

Obituary: Greg Merryman - September 18, 2007 - July 15, 2010

7/18/10  at 8:55 PM

Greg Merryman passed away on July 15, 2010 at 11 a.m. SLT, 1 p.m. local time. For all those who were lucky enough to have met this man in world, or in real life, we were truly blessed. Though he called himself a grumpy old man, and was proud of it, he was an extremely loving and caring individual. He was a rock in the foundation of New Babbage, as well as in the Second Life of many.

Greg was a quiet builder, staying to the sky box many late nights working on amazing pieces. From his horizontal steam engine to his steelmill, everything he produced looked amazing and had his personality ingrained in it. He was not the one to tell you that your work was great when it was not, but he was one to offer his hand to teach you how to improve it.

Mr Merryman and friends on the ferris wheel he built for
the Babbage campsite, RFL 2009
Photograph supplied by Miss Breezy Carver

I remember when I first started to build my factory over a year and a half ago. I was building in the community stock yard, making what was to be a stationary crane. Greg came over, and within an hour had changed my mind and helped me to animate it. He stuck with me and taught me a great deal and had a large role in animating my work as well as teaching me a great deal about building. He was an amazing teacher, and many in New Babbage were blessed to hear his educational words of wisdom. He was never one afraid to help. If you had a question, you could bet Greg would have the answer, or try and find it.

"Our Hero of New Babbage"
Photograph supplied by Miss Breezy Carver

New Babbage and Second Life will never be the same without him. He has been a cornerstone to many, and an important member of the community that forms New Babbage. He was an amazing friend to the point that you felt as if he were family. He will be truly missed.

Greg Merryman - September 18, 2007 - July 15, 2010
Gregory "Greg" Allen Messer - February 18, 1965 - July 15, 2010

Written by Rip Wirefly

Please leave your our tributes to Greg in the comments, if you wish.

Errata in the Primgraph

  at 7:18 PM
Sadly, although we strive for perfection, we do sometimes fall short, and errors creep into The Primgraph. Although no-one has yet turned up at the gates of The Primgraph Press in Glengarry, horsewhip in hand and a demand to see the editor on their lips, we do receive aetheric communications that Mistakes Have Been Made. These we will endeavour to correct, both through the medium of the blog, and in the next edition.

Two such errors did creep in to the latest edition.

Firstly, in the article on Steeltopia, there was a reference to "Steelhead Regulators, a mercenary group that acts as the law in those parts". This should, of course, have read "Steeltopia Regulators, a mercenary group that acts as the law in those parts". In addition, the new land that is planned to be added to the Steeltopian Empire is "Steeltopia Winchester", and not "Steelhead Winchester".

We offer our deepest apologies to his Excellency the Emperor, and hope that the rest of the articles concerning his realm met with his approval.

Secondly, in the article on Armada Breakaway, the photographs were attributed to Twisted Lemon. In fact, an additional three photographs taken by Armada residents were used:
The picture of Violet is by Violet MacMoragh
The picture of Bob is by Nikita Weymann
The picture of Remington Thursday is by Mako Kungfu
Unfortunately, although we were not aware of this at the time, Mr Kungfu's photograph appeared contrary to the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 license which applies to his photographs. For this we offer our deepest apologies. Those who wish to read more on the terms of this licence may do so here:

The Primgraph explores the Scourge of the Skies – Airship Pirates!

7/14/10  at 6:44 PM
The latest issue of the Primgraph - Issue 12: Airship Pirates - Scourge of the Skies is now available!

It seems that our last issue, featuring those dastardly pirates, occasioned much interest among our readers. And, as nothing so delights us as much as pleasing our readers, we decided that we would tackle the subject of airship pirates in this issue!

And a mysterious message that I received one dark and stormy night had nothing to do with this decision—oh, goodness me, no! Although, you can read all about it later in the magazine.

Mr Linus Lacombe set out to investigate the only empire in the Steamlands—Steeltopia.

And he also enjoyed a late night drink and conversation with the Emperor himself—SteelCobra Calamari.

Miss Elegia Underwood visited Armada Breakaway to discover the changes that had occurred since the Great Fire (covered in our issue for October 2009).

Miss CathyWyo1 Haystack interviewed the pirate with a suspicious path that now plays a significant part in running Breakaway's floating city—Mr Remington Thursday.

Frau Annechen Lowey provides us the correct etiquette needed when travelling by airship… and how to avoid a disastrous defenestration from an alarming height.

Miss Ceejay Writer provides invaluable advice on how to join the rascally bands of airship pirates who sail the skies of the Steamlands, while Miss Jedburgh30 Dagger provides an account of how to choose and fly an airship—and how to do battle as well.
Miss Beq Janus has contributed a fascinating article on airship pirates in history and literature. And, in order that you should be properly dressed for such encounters, Her Grace the Duchess of Carntaigh, Gabrielle Riel, provides wise and timely fashion advice.

Further fashion advice is supplied by Miss Naergilien Wunderlich, who provides information on the history of high heels (which we do not recommend you wear while flying with airship pirates).

There is coverage of events within and without our Steamlands this month. Herr Baron KlausWulfenbach Outlander has provided a wonderful description of the Grand Tour of the Steamlands for Relay for Life®, while Miss Ceejay Writer has provided a description of the World Steam Expo in Dearborn, Michigan at which The Primgraph played a small part.

There’s another Lost Chapter for you to enjoy, this time by Miss Eloisa Denimore whose diligent researches have uncovered what was really in the attic of Mr Rochester's Thornfield home. And we hope you will enjoy the gorgeous illustrations by Miss Twisted Lemon.

And in The Quest for the Golden Prim, the Expedition makes landfall in Steelhead—and sets about discovering Mr Carruthers, the man who supplied the mysterious diary to the Librarian. But a terrible shock awaits the academics as they pursue this mystery. And there are shocks too for our reporter Emily Lockhart, still a secret stowaway on the Flying Phoenix, and for our heroine Nan. And what makes Ralph abandon his companions in Steelhead?
We have more of our classic serial, “The Mysteries of London”—as well as news from around the Steamlands and other vintage sims.

So, with no shortage of fascinating articles and beautiful illustrations supplied by our brilliantly talented team of photographers, we welcome you to this twelfth issue of The Primgraph.


How do I get my copy of The Primgraph?
Well, there are various ways to get The Primgraph!

Best of all, you can join our Subscribe-o-Matic group, which will deliver the magazine to you automatically when it is published. The Subscribe-o-Matic kiosks are located in historical and steampunk sims across Second Life (for example, you’ll find ones at all the Caledon infohubs). And if you can’t find one in your favourite sim, why not ask the owner to install one?

You will also find them at the Prim Perfect offices in Oliveto.

It is also available through XStreet (just search on the site for The Primgraph). This will deliver you a copy in the form of a Thinc book that you can rez and read inworld.

But if you prefer to read the magazine online but not inworld, there are choices too. Firstly, there’s the wonderful Calaméo system, which allows you to moves smoothly through the pages, giving you the feeling of reading a real magazine. You’ll find Issue 12 here – and please do leave a comment!

But, if you like to download your magazines to read as you commute to work, or in the bath, or wherever, you can also obtain a standard pdf for downloading and printing.

So, really, you have no excuse for not reading The Primgraph. In fact, why aren’t you reading it now?

Store News from Willowhaven and from Julia!

7/4/10  at 12:56 PM
The fabulous Four Winds store found that they had had a lot of extra prims available their Castleworks region so Koshari Mahana decided to use some of her shops to create a Victorian and Vintage market, Willowhaven, available to other sellers. There are a total of 21 shops and 21 carts to rent.

Shops are going fast! They rented out almost 1/2 of the 21 shops in just the first day. Choose yours soon! Prims are flexible so if you need more or less just let Koshari know and she can adjust the box. All prims are 2L$ each.

"I think it will be nice to have an area with exceptionally talented merchants all in one place," says Koshari. "There are some rules (not so many) but they are designed to keep this a nice, attractive and lag free area."

The theme of the market is historical, 1700-1950. Koshari prefers Victorian and Vintage here but says that a little earlier and a little later is fine too. She is firm that there should be no modern or sci-fi element. Steampunk is welcomed but cyberpunk is not!

She will place an ad in Search each week, and asks sellers to let her know if there are any particular key words they would like her to use.

If you would like to set up a store in Willowhaven, contact Koshari Mahana inworld or send a notecard or email her at


Julia Collection's Unique Furniture is competing in the MadPea Hunt (from July 1st to 31st) with a really gorgeous prize of a Love Boat.

The boat contains multiple sit poses in the pillows as well as a lover's menu in the mattress, and is custom textured to give it a realistic look.

There's even a seagull on the canopy!

Find out more at the store.

Riel Day for Life!

7/3/10  at 7:23 PM
Press release received from Radio Riel in aid of RFL:

On Sunday, July 11, 2010, Radio Riel will be broadcasting a very special program from 12:00am SLT to 12:00am SLT on Monday, July 12 to raise funds for Team New Babbage Relay for Life, which also includes the communities of New Toulouse and Seraph City. These 24 hours of programming on Radio Riel's Main stream are going to be determined by you, our listeners!

Each hour during the day will be up for grabs for a specific donation amount. Reserve an hour by paying the donation amount, and we will play the music of YOUR choice for that hour! Here are the parameters for the day's programming:
  • We determined the pricing structure for the donations according to the number of listeners per hour that we have averaged on every Sunday in the month of June. Hours with more listeners are more expensive than lighter hours

  • We priced the donations so we will raise $100,000 L in the 24 hours
  • You can reserve as many hours as you want

  • Your program must be from music that is already in the Radio Riel Music Library. We have an extensive and eclectic Library, so we should be able to meet your request, however as this project will be very labor intensive, we will not have time to track down "Bar Band Music from Springfield, Massachusetts from 1973 - 1977" or some other obscurity
  • You can make one specific song request for your hour. Again, we won't have time to create an all-request playlist for you from scratch. If we do not have the song in our Library, then we will contact you to work out an appropriate solution
  • If you are a DJ, you can reserve time on the schedule to play a live set if you wish, as long as you adhere to DMCA internet broadcasting rules. Talk to Gabrielle Riel if you need more information

  • The Clarendon in New Babbage is at your disposal if you want to host an event there during your hour(s). We do ask that you do not place a tip jar, and that all tips and donations go into a Team New Babbage RFL kiosk
  • We will post the day's program schedule on the Radio Riel blog, the Steamlander forums and at The Clarendon so you can see the sponsors and styles for each hour
Radio Riel's Music Library is around 45,000 music tracks and contains every genre, era and style imaginable, with the exception of contemporary, top 40 Country music and hard core Rap.

If you would like to reserve an hour, please contact Gabrielle Riel ( to pay your donation and to discuss your program, the sooner the better! We will work with you to the best of our ability, after a brief needs assessment, to play the program of your choice. Review the program schedule to see which hours are still available.

Be a part of the Riel Day for Life, support New Babbage RFL and the American Cancer Society in the fight to conquer cancer.