Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Tableau - Laissez les bon temps rouler!

Tableau is a taste of the bayou. Not the tourist-friendly environs of the French Quarter in New Orleans - no, sugar, this is the swampy, alligator-infested, mosquito-swarming, voodoo-haunted bayou, where Marie Laveau might be waiting around the corner to take your soul, where a zombie is not simply a drink ordered by college boys trying to see who can hold his liquor the longest.

But let's not allow all of that to keep us from having a good time, okay?
The entire sim is bathed in bright, fluorescent colors (cue Rilo Kiley's "Under the Blacklight" here) - some may say garish colors, but those are just Yankees talking.

The slower pace lends itself to sitting under the occasional tree and having a brief nap.

The Cafe Croc lives up to its name: the entrance is the mouth to a large purple crocodile. Or alligator. No doubt an expert could tell which it is, but the distinction is fairly unimportant because (a) both can eat you and (b) after several bourbons, even the experts can't tell the difference any longer.

Inside the Cafe Croc is a performance stage that has remained unchanged since the forties.

Even the flowers shimmer at night.

Of course, as this is the bayou, buildings - especially old mansions - tend to be haunted.

No town would be complete without a graveyard - with above-ground crypts, reflecting the high water table. These are also brightly colored, as no one would want the dead to have to forego the good times that their living counterparts are having.

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