Catalyst Game Labs, the current publishers of the iconic games Shadowrun and Battletech, are developing a very promising looking Steampunk-themed tabletop strategy game, Leviathans.
Leviathans will be published this year under Creative Commons. This means we, the players and Steampunk enthusiasts can participate and influence the game world in a huge way.
I am really excited about this upcoming game. For one, the miniatures look great, even if they are not painted:
Even better: The miniatures in the boxwill actually be lightly painted, once the game is officially released.
And I really like the background alternative history of this game. Go to www.monstersinthesky.com and check it out.
Also, Battletech was the first game of this kind I played, actually. This was back in 1988, yes, I am that old. I still remember painting my first mech, a Firestarter:
Since Catalyst Game Labs has some of the best games ever in their portfolio, I am sure Leviathans will be an excellent game as well.
And the rules and artwork look VERY promising in deed. Just check out this PDF. It will give you a little tantalising glimpse of the world of Leviathans:
March 1931 seems to have been a good month for living legends… After William Shatner, it is now Leonard Nimoy who is 80 years old.
80 years, still a young age for a Vulcan, I presume. Fascinating…
So today, we raise our glasses to the actor who embodied one, if not the, most iconic alien character in a sci-fi series in history. All others will forever be measured against the achievemets of Leonard Nimoy as Mr. Spock.
But lest not forget the man behind the role. Nimoy is quite different from Mr. Spock. Amongst other things, he is a photographer and poet. Some of his poems can be found in A Lifetime of Love: Poems on the Passages of Life.
Nimoy has also recorded a number of albums, to greater acclaim and far less ridicule than Shatner. He even directed a video for the 80’s girl band The Bangles.
Hmmm… I am not sure what kind of drink is appropriate in this context, but you could play a game of three-dimensional chess in Nimoy’s honor today…
Lego is such an awesome toyline. You may remember my previous happy ramblings about the inherent steampunkness of Lego. Well, there are also some rather epic Dieselpunk constructions out there.
During one of my excursions into the realm of conspiracies, I happened upon an image which instantly filled my heart with delight. Since I am a father, I also have a valid reason for visiting a local toy shop and get some Lego.
But enough of my musings, here is my find:
The Lego Reichsflugscheibe – Very Dieselpunk
It is a real shame some unpleasant people out there think there actually was something behind Neu Schwabenland and this whole Vril thing… All they do is spoil the fun for the rest of us, who just think the technological dream behind it all is way cool.
Alright, here is another project and cause to rally to!
A Steampunk movie is in the early stages of planing but it needs our help. So, everybody, spread the word and if you are willing and able, donate!
And now, let the mastermind behind Londinium tell you his story:
I will keep you informed about the progress of this project and I am also pledging my financial support. We can all really make a difference here and show what the Steampunk community can do!
Some guys really have all the luck… Ahem, dear History people, if you want to expand into Europe… I happen to be an anthropologist *hint-hint*, you know where to find me on the ætherweb…
Some quick info about the incredible lucky people and the person who is in charge of the home base:
A lifelong “picker,” Mike has been combing through junk since the age of four. Over the years, he’s earned a reputation as one of the country’s foremost foragers, traveling coast to coast in search of forgotten treasures. Where other people see dilapidated barns and overgrown yards, Mike sees potential goldmines packed with rare finds and sensational stories.
Mike spends as much time as he can on the road, usually with Frank – his friend of 30 plus years and picking partner-in tow. „A picker’s kind of like a nomad,“ he explains. Wherever they go, the two guys unearth hoards of unique items and spend some quality time with the offbeat characters who own them.
What exactly does Mike look for? „Anything I can make a buck on,“ he laughs. That could be anything from antique baby carriages and vintage jukeboxes to old cars and scrap metal. Mike’s clients include interior designers, art directors, photographers and collectors – and he owns Antique Archaeology, a specialty shop that sells antiques, vintage items and more in sleepy Le Claire, Iowa.
Like his childhood friend Mike, Frank started picking early, collecting rocks and beer cans as a kid. He worked for many years as a fire and safety inspector but always had a passion for antiques, junk and anything with an engine. These days, he spends most of his time on the road with Mike, digging for treasure in barns, garages and junkyards across America.
Even-tempered and affable, he has a way with potential sellers and a knack for putting out fires: Mike calls him the bearded charmer. Frank does get a little carried away, however, by anything with an engine, and Mike often has to talk him out of buying yet another motorbike for his collection.
With their complementary personalities and shared love of picking, Frank and Mike make the perfect team. Still, since they’re both out to cash in on their finds, some healthy competition always comes into play.
While the guys are out picking, Danielle holds down the fort at Antique Archaeology – Mike’s store and base of operations. She spends her time talking to buyers, packing up shipments and keeping Mike and Frank in line, while they keep her in stitches with their antics and jokes. Mike likes to say she’s the glue that holds them all together. A mother of three, Danielle is always working on a new creative project, whether it’s painting, designing clothes or selling vintage-inspired gifts online. She feels extremely proud of the „boys“ and fortunate to work with such a talented pair.
You can also find them at the place where the whole ætherweb congregates when it is upset or needs to be uset by someone (a bit like Sator Square in Ankh-Morpork, I guess): Facebook.
There is a similar thing on (far less cool but also very fascinating) here in Germany. On Bavarian television to be precise. It is a show called Kunst & Krempel („Art & Junk“) and people bring their heirlooms and things they found to experts.But the format of American Diggers is far more interesting. The joy of discovery those two can experience every time…
Here are some of the treasures Mike and Frank found and which will feature in the second season:
Alas, German television will not come up with a show like this, and if they do, it is probably going to be on one of those cheap excuses for TV stations which shall remain anonymous here…
Who would have thought it, in lovely Massachusetts (my second favourite state of the US, right after Connecticut) there is a company which specialises in redisigning your abode’s interior…
I would not go so far as to have my entire home redesigned in such a way, but the thought of maybe having a study or the kitchen redesigned and have it look something like this:
is rather intriguing… Alas, the finances and over all feasability of such a project are an entirely different chapter. The fact of me living in a house listed as a historical monument would very likely also interfere with wide-ranging modifications. Oh well, one can still dream, after all, that’s part of Steampunk, too.
Oh, I forgot, the company in question is ModVic (i.e. Modern Victorian). If you happen to live in the general area of Sharon, MA, you can probably arrange a tour of the Steampunked house containing the rooms pictured above.
I guess I should keep the adress in mind, one day we will all go to the US again. My Connecticut Mom wants to see her grandchild and when we go to Connecticut, we will be somewhat in the area…