Perched on a padded bar stool and surrounded by the town he built with his own hands, 71 year old David McCutchen admires his creation. “Yes, honor me. Live as I command,” he says to the tiny figurines standing motionless around the town, aptly named Davidston.
McCutchen, a retired dentist, will spend entire days tending to the scale model town and train set he has been working on since 1989. “In this world, I have complete control. It’s a wonderful feeling,” he says as he adjusts the steeple of the church dedicated to him and his ‘neverending power and potency.’
As digital forms of world building like The Sims and Minecraft have become popular, hobbyists like McCutchen still prefer to exercise their deistic fantasies by hand. McCutchen says that he prefers being more of a personal god, intervening as necessary.
“I hate it when I have to smite them, but I did deliver a list of specific commandments to them one time a very long time ago. They should know what to do,” says McCutchen.
McCutchen’s wife, Rita, finds David’s hobby harmless, “Every once in awhile, I’ll go down to the basement and see him pouring blood into the lake or dumping a plague of crickets on the town, but it’s his money and his town. He can do what he wants”
McCutchen has seen his train set go from a pitch black basement to a prosperous town complete with wifi connectivity. Rumor has it, Davidston will run on green energy entirely by the end of this year. But much like our own world, nothing good can last.
“Building Davidston into something so intricate and beautiful has been the most gratifying experience of my life. It’s a shame that I’ll have to burn it all to the ground as is prophesied in the Book of Doom.”