Today’s Non-Euclidean Æthercast is a happy rant about my experiences as a teacher when you teach children who are also gamers and cosplayers.
All in all it is a win-win: Pupils are more attentive if they like a teacher and a teacher sharing their hobbies is (as far as my experience goes) more likable and also approachable. Case in point: A number of my pupils have added me to their list of friends on Steam.
And this is Jukedeck I was talking about concerning the background music. (yes, I actually said juckebox in the podcast, I know and noticed it too late…)
As I have stated in a previous post, I have sojourned into the realm of cosplay and went to my first event today. Well, I have been at the RPC (Role Play Convention) in Cologne before, but today I went in full gear.
The gear I chose was that of a post-Great War Innsmouth Ranger. A (up to now) slight variation on the NCR ranger of Fallout: New Vegas.
And may I say: I got a lot (and I mean: A LOT) of compliments for this helmet. After the sixth I stopped counting. The craftsmanship and overall quality found many admierers, so well done, Brazen & Bold Productions and Deadbeard Props. You really know what you are doing!
The helmet will get its own dedicated article and review in the near future.
Since I do not have any other specific equipment yet, except for the Cthulhu pendant I featured here several posts ago, I went for completely black attire. To signal my generally non-violent intent, I also carried this sign:
The sign proved to be a great success and I was able to give a huge number of hugs to a diverse range of RPC visitors and made quite a few friends:
So the first mission was a success. I shall continue with another mission eventually and there is also more to tell about the RPC but this will have to wait for another day. I had a day full of concentrated Awesome at the RPC and it si time to rest, now!
There are more than just a handful of references and nods to the works of H.P. Lovecraft in Fallout (my favourite PC game series). Some of them rather obvious, like Pickman Gallery and The Dunwich Building, including the altar to Ug-Qualtoth, how obvious can you get, and the Dunwich Borers. The works of H.P. Lovecraft referenced are Pickman’s Model and The Dunwhich Horror respectively. With Ug-Qualtoth being inspired by any of the Outer Gods of Lovecraft’s Pantheon such as Azathoth and Yog Sothoth.
And here, have a look at the Dunwich Building in-game:
There is an obvious link between the world Fallout takes place in and the world Lovecraft created and this of course opens the door for some interesting ideas:
Is there a Dunwich or an Innsmouth somewhere in Pre-Great War America? For the sake of the argument I presume there is.
Now, in 2077 Arkham would most likely be absorbed into greater Boston but some of the more rural areas might still be fairly untouched and still backward. Innsmouth for example, pretty depopulated after the winter 1927-28 could have been largely ignored concerning urban development, connection to major highways and railroads etc. So, while Boston and othe rurban centers were nuked in 2077, Innsmouth, with 149 years to recover, might have been spared a direct hit and also might have had at least some residents, who could have gone into the deep ocean to wait things out. So 2287 you might have a relatively untouched town at the coast, filled with cultists and possibly very able to defend themselves (maybe with loot even from sunken US and Chinese Navy vessels). Maybe 2287 is the year they have recovered enough and gathered enough ressources to try to expand and send forces out to expand their influence.
Why am I spinning this idea? Because I have for the first time in my life sojourned into cosplay and have created a Cthulhu/Fallout crossover character. A member of the Innsmouth militia, a member of the Innsmouth Rangers to be precise.
I am taking the costume/cahracter to the RPC in Cologne next weekend, and I cannot share any photos, because I have a bet running with a friend of mine, but there will be some in the near future.
I think Steampunk and Super Mario combines rather well. For one thing, Mario is a plumber, a craftsman with a rather dirty and gritty job and he has a reason to use a wrench. very fitting. Also: The Super Mario series of games is old. Very, very old as far as video/computer games go. It started out as an arcade game back in 1983. I guess this makes this game older than some of my readers.
And since Mario Bros and Super Mario Bros is all about saving Princess Peach, well, do I need to say more? An old, ancient game, harking back to ye olden days before the Ætherweb, a gritty guy with a wrench and an epic quest to save the princess. This is Steampunk!
Just found this wonderful Steampunk Star Wars Group Shot on Deviant Art. To be more specific, it is in the gallery of the excellent and well known Steampunk Lady Morluna.
It is good to see so many skilled and crafty people in the scene.
This is also a wonderful example of the cogs of the Steampunk scene interlocking with another, The Cosplayers and this brings me to today’s video, a tad bit late but none the less very entertaining:
This is the trailer for a Canadian TV documentary series:
Info to all my eaders who are not that big into Steampunk and fanboydom in general:
This is not one giant subculture in this documentary. Steampunks are not Furries, some Steampunks are also Cosplayers but I guess the overlap with the Furry Community is pretty small.
Hmm… Coming to think of it, I am a Steampunk and a Life Action Roleplayer, some of my friends and especially online friends are Steampunks, LARPer and cosplayer, some have also participated in Zombie marches. But as far as I know none of them owns a furry suit. Correct me if I am wrong here.
So, if I am wrong in my presumption and you happen to be a Steampunk Furry, please leave a comment, I would love to hear from you!