Thank you very much to @mer5000 , @Cindy_Lennox , @TheCarbyneUniverse , @zendflux , @imagiraff1234 and @Sumaco for your very kind feedback. I appreciate your comments and I will feedback your words to my colleague. You are right that this game has been worked upon for some time. We begun earlier this year and, even though you can see many months work here, there is still much more that we can do.
The central ethos of this was that both cyberpiper (my friend) and myself were committed in building a replica of Luxembourg that was to be as authentic as possible. To do this, we had to reference each build to original photographs and other documents. (If you are interested to see a collection of these lovely old Victorian photographs (with some later additions) I have built a short montage of these into a YouTube video.
Old Vintage Photographs
Then, to ensure that the buildings were correctly positioned, these virtual builds were placed using a copy of a street map of old Luxembourg.
The Street Map
We were both determined that every door, window, chimney should be accounted for so that, when gamers walked through this replica, it would be as true to the original city as possible. It was our intention to speak with museums and educational bodies around the city of Luxembourg and suggest that this could complement a display or exhibition in that establishment. Ideally, this is where I personally would love to see this project end up.
Just a few weeks ago, cyberpiper crossed paths with one up-and-coming talented scripter (itzikiap) who expressed interest in joining our team. He has currently been working on an in game project that, we hope, will transform this environment into a fun working game. At the moment, visitors can walk around the streets and pick up dog pure from the roads, to sell the bucket to the local tannery in exchange for centimes. These centimes can be used to rent a room for the night (to earn a game badge.) However, with the intervention of our hard-working scripter, itzikiap, we hope that visitors will have the opportunity to choose between a range of Victorian-based jobs (rat collector, street cleaner, pure collector, factory worker …) and then use their ingame currency to buy enhancements for their avatar (a Victorian top hat, a Victorian dress, a Victorian neckerchief …) as well as spend their money in renting rooms around the city. I am really excited to see how itzikiap will draw this construction forward with the addition of his scripting skills.
Those are our long term plans for the future. There is a great deal remaining and, currently, the game is not monetarised and so we are all working voluntarily. It remains a work in progress and I guess that, because the city is actually much larger than our map, we can continue to expand and expand indefinitely (being only limited by the restraints of the imposition of lag.)
Please do come back and visit the game again in a few months and see for yourself how the project has grown.