With the closing of Fallout: Roanoak sim, the saga of Iridae and the literally countless players that have lived in the post-holocaust world of Roanoak since mid 2015 comes to an end.
I put together a little video that contains some highlights of Iridae’s journey from frightened and confused newcomer to the apocalypse to leader of the free world…
The video starts off in Diablo Canyon, moves to the Capital Region of Roanoak, then to Sorellen, and finally to Ardennes. This was the three-year / three-sim trek in SL for Iridae and her people as they struggled to find a place to call home.
The rendered pieces of the video were shot in SL, inside the Reclaimers Base – a group that Iridae belonged to who were trying to re-kindle the rule of law in the lawless wasteland. A dozen players would sit around that table a couple times a week and work out the particulars of thier next adventure.
The scene depicts Iridae’s boxed up belongings as her people prepared for the final push into Ardennes… Everything in and around those boxes were instrumental props in the story – and as an added bonus there’s a stuffed version of Iridae’s confidant and protector, “Derivative Fork”, the robot.
Those who followed Iridae did eventually make it to their version of the promised land; the mostly intact and radiation-free city of Ardennes – the same Ardennes that Aurora and her people fled to in order to escape the Changeling plague hundreds of years earlier.
Fallout: Roanoak will undoubtedly be my masterpiece of world building, story telling, and sim design. It was a ridiculous amount of toil and dedication; I’m not sure I will ever be able to pull it off again.