What an absolutely epic combo! The Living Legend Neil Gaiman, Felicia Day and the other brave adventurers of The Guild fame and Steampunk all together in one video… OK, it’s an episode of The Guild, so Felicia and her crew are hardly a surprize…
Anyway, please enjoy the distilled epicness/epicicity…
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.
For this article, I have to thank my friend Sarah. She pointed the blog Cake Wrecks to me. Their featured type of cake today are Steampunk themed cakes. Wedding cakes, to be precise.
And what marvels Jen presents in the article, such as this one:
This particular cake is by Christopher Garren’s Let Them Eat Cake. Jen, one of the masterminds behind Cake Wrecks, has a few more fine examples. I do not want to blatantly plagiarize her article, just arouse my readers‘ couriosity. So, if you want to be amazed by the skills of Steampunk bakers, saunter over to Cake Wrecks and gasp!
Ladies and Gentlemen,
through the combined efforts of the Steampunk community and other honorable citizens, Peter Montgomery was able to complete his epic Steampunk Halloween Project. This is, the finished thing:
And here are the vital stats:
7 feet in diameter
Total length is 25 feet
Drill bit is 11 1/2 feet long by itself
The drill bit is motorized and turns
Also, Peter will put up a video soon, which will also be featured here, once its available. Marvellous! Peter, I wish I had your craftsmen skills!
Obviously, those projects need a lot of love, work and funding, Peter has set up an account at Kickstarter, to gather funds. So, if you can find it in your heart, or whatever you have, to suppot Peter’s worthy project, visit his Kickstarter Account and contribute. I will certainly do so.
Should this project fail, it would be a real shame… So I hope I can do my part and am looking foreward to publishing a few images of the Steampunk Drill in all its glory!
And a special note to Dahlia Jane: I guess this is something you can blog about, too. After all, it is a Halloween project you tell your grandchildren about!