As I happen to be familiar with early Mormon history, I had certain expectations from a historical RP sim based on the real place. Founded by Mormon settlers fleeing persecution, led by Brigham Young, the RL Salt Lake City was quite an interesting place in the mid- to late-19th century, thanks to its inhabitants' unique and peculiar religious beliefs, political convictions, and social practices. Apart from their attempt to run a communitarian state, by the name of Deseret, independently of any nation, they also practised polygamy, and followed the political and religious leadership of the Latter-day Saint (LDS) prophet. Seeing the 1870s Salt Lake City sim in the search results, I thought - what an unusual and interesting thing to attempt to RP in Second Life!
Let me first mention the positive impressions. The place looks like a typical Western town - architecture mostly seems to fit. The place is visually appealing - quite well done compared to some other RP sims. At the moment, everything is under snow and looks quite lovely. Also, I've experienced zero lag, possibly due to the sim being completely empty on several occasions I was there.
There's a big mine in the town center, which I took to symbolize the importance of mining in Utah from the 1860s onwards, and I spotted other details that made a lot of sense, like the train station - Salt Lake City was indeed connected to railroad by 1873, bringing in lots of new settlers, prospectors and Mormon faithful alike. So far so good.
Given the central religious and political importance of the LDS Church, I started to cam around in search of some kind of religious building. The landmark of RL Salt Lake City, the Temple, was erected towards the end of the 19th century, so I expected to find something more modest. Sure enough, there is a church - and this is where things got weird for me. It's an Episcopalian one. And it happens to be the only game in town.
|This pioneer is puzzled.|
|Perhaps, but not in Utah.|
There are also certain anachronisms, which I suppose could be forgiven.
|Not the classic Mormon undergarments|