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March 2011

Mucha meets BioShock

Strange amalgamations are a feature of Steampunk, so are elements of Art Nouveau. Now I have happened upon this image: Outstanding! This is the kind of game-cover, Alphonse Mucha would have created, I am sure! A thought comes to mind, would this not be some sort of dream team: Mucha …

Non-Steampunk update: I despair!

Right, there will be a short steampunk-related update later, but for now, I want to share this little gem with you: Yes, what Ms Watson is describing here is real. It is happening now, in the 21st century. I despair! How screwed-up can some people’s minds be… No, I do …

Pre-Release Review: Camera Obscura by Lavie Tidhar

Camera Obscura is set in the same world as The Bookman, Lavie’s first steampunk novel, the events of The Bookman are mentioned several times in passing and the main storyline takes place some three years later. Although I recommend reading The Bookman first (simply because it is one great Steampunk …

Great Language Learning Challenge – Steampunk Multiculturalism

In January, the Multiculturalism for Steampunk Blog challenged us all to learn a new language. In order to enter, you had to prepare a video, here is mine, I tried to tackle Japanese:

101 Years ago today

Today in 1910 the first woman ever received her airplane pilot’s licence and thus becoming the first aviatrix in history: Raymonde de Laroche. Her story is quite remarkable, she was created a baron by none other than Czar Nicholas II and was quite an accompolished balloon pilot when she went …

Review: Phoenix Rising by Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris

After the first pages of Pip Ballantine’s and Tee Morris’ Phoenix Rising: A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Novel I was under the impression of heading into a hilarious and almost slapsticky Steampunk adventure. Eliza Braun and Wellington Books, the central protagonists, were simply too much of a missmatch and their …

On Roleplaying, Steampunk and otherwise

As the regular reader of my blog might know, I am a role player. I have been for the last 22 years (23, come to think of it). I have played most of the popular systems and some more obscure ones.Role playing games changed my life. Really. I was stuck …

Gatehouse Gazette Issue 17 – The Roaring Twenties

Two more months have passed and this obviously means: It is time for another Gatehouse Gazette! Issue 17 focuses on The Roaring Twenties, the wildest time of the early 20th century. I think the spirit of these times is best surmized by a line taken from the booklet of the …