Wednesday, 7 January 2009

New Babbage for sale

I was rather shocked today to read the announcement that Mayor Sprocket has decided to part with New Babbage.

From his official announcement:
It has been an exciting and challenging time running a city-state for the past 2 years. I see entirely why George Washington set the 2 year term limit in motion within the United States. After two years you feel exhausted in a way that's practically impossible to describe. Even the will to log in seems to not be there for me. I want new challenges, I want to move on. Also I think New Babbage deserves better than my absence. It's time for a new mayor.

Sadly, it's not as easy as hosting an election. New Babbage is an asset. It is profitable. And it is indeed worth something. It would also be a thoughtless act to simply sell to the highest bidder. Everyone here deserves more than that. I want to sell to someone who has vision, someone who will not only maintain what we have, but strive to grow and evolve it further. We have a unique situation.

Currently, a brand new (and vacant as a desert) sim costs someone $1000 USD to purchase and $295 USD per month to keep. New Babbage is 6 sims of thriving community and active renters, and to use an analogy, an appartment full of renters is worth more than an empty building. I am willing to sell New Babbage to someone for $6,000.00 USD, However there are some strings attached. I want the people of New Babbage to approve you.

The remainder of the announcement as well as the (currently) 8 pages of discussion can be accessed at Term Limits for Babbage - A change of management.

I'd like to publicly commend Mayor Sprocket on the work he has done. We've had our disagreements in the past but never to the point where we refused to talk or work together. Knowing some of the crap that is forwarded to the Guvnah and my dear Brother-In-Law I can imagine how hard running a community of sims would be.

It's been interesting watching New Babbage grow from a group of steampunk enthusiasts content to stay in their workshops and do their own thing, to a community interacting and organising events. New Babbage has slowly moved towards more role-play over theme. As one of the facets of the never-ending debate of "what is steampunk" it will be interesting to see it's future.


Darien Mason said...

I'm a bit confused by the analogy. The U.S. Presidency has a four year term...

Fuzzball Ortega said...

I think he might've gotten confused with Washington deciding to only serve two terms, which all multi term US Presidents, up to FDR, also had decided.

Washington was President from 1789 to 1797

Salazar Jack said...

It is possible that in New Babbage's reality, President George Washington only served for two years as Leader of the United States of Columbia. But don't quote me on that. I have been wrong before.