Tableau is a post-apocalyptic sim in SL – but a very particular, funky one. The story it tells, which can be found on a sign on the top of a mesa that rises lonely in its landscape, explains what I mean: it seems that the desert resulted from the war between fashionistas and blingtards in 2010. Can you imagine a rougher conflict? That’s why, even though the fashionistas won the fight, Tableau was completely destroyed. And it was left like that for… hours!, which in SL can be an eternity. Until a group of drifters arrived and, high on LSD, partially rebuilt the sim.
That’s Tableau, a mix of ruins, desert and a colorful junkie-driven architecture – which actually works as a creative scenery for a mall, where one can go exploring and buying stuff in a thematic environment far from those dull buildings where stores get piled.
The satyric spirit of Tableau makes of it a funny place, where bombs are almost cartoonish. And it’s also populated with some non-sense, such as the Dinosaur Park and the ruined amusement park that the visitor can find there.
Don’t misunderstand me, SL has some amazing post-apocalyptic sims that take the theme seriously. But it’s also good and refreshing to have places like Tableau, where the end-of-the-world mythology is treated with some irony and sarcasm.
It is noticeable that in post-apocalyptic fictions, the world is commonly destroyed by a catastrophe that very often comes in the form of a generalized and devastating war. It’s not really different in Tableau, but the nuclear conflict there was the infamous dispute between fashionistas and blingtads – which is not only a joke with the idea of a catastrophic fight, but also a funny reference to the fierce quarrels in the fashion world out there and in the fashion environment in SL.
And that no one thinks that the sarcasm in Tableau results in a carelessness towards the way the sim is built. Not at all. Actually, the place is beautiful and it’s easy to realize that every detail is taken care of. I particularly like the colors there. That’s why it has always been a pleasure for me to visit Tableau, and I recommend it to my fellow SLers.