Steampunk Role-Playing Tips

Are you looking to GM a steampunk role-playing game campaign? I just stumbled upon this recent article on CBR.com that has a nice top-ten list of steampunk RPG tips. Some of these are pretty good tips for creating a steampunk world or plotline for a novel or short story as well.

Basically:

  1. Make sure you understand your reason for running a steampunk campaign.
  2. Find a good game system that works (D20, GURPS, Iron Kingdom, etc.).
  3. This is steampunk, so steam should power your vehicles, ships, war machines, automatons, etc.
  4. Give your NPCs a distinctive steampunk feel.
  5. Consider the impact on the natural world (the environment, animals, monsters, etc).
  6. Make steampunk-oriented adventure hooks.
  7. Make sure the main villain is steampunk, too.
  8. Be sure to have maps and props.
  9. Subvert a few steampunk tropes!
  10. Setting is everything. A good setting can really breathe life into your campaign.

You can read all about here here: https://www.cbr.com/pro-tips-need-to-know-dming-steampunk-campaign-dungeons-dragons-pathfinder-dnd-tabeltop-rpg-castle-falkenstein

DIY Vintage PC

Some people (like myself) prefer to modify their PC cases to suit their aesthetic. But for this fellow, that’s small potatoes. Matt of DIY Perks knows how to build a steampunk PC. A real steampunk PC. From scratch. That’s right, using leather, brass pieces from eBay, and a welding torch, he makes one of the most aesthetically beautify vintage PC cases I have seen. It certainly puts to shame my recently built steampunk PC. Check it out!

Evermor Sculpture Park

I hadn’t heard of this place until now, but Dr. Evermor’s Sculpture Park sounds like a really cool place. Apparently, it’s hope to a bunch of steampunk sculptures dating back to before steampunk was even a term. According to the article, its in Sumpter, Wisconsin. Might be worth checking out, if you happen to be in the area. They have a website, and it looks like you do have to contact someone if you want to visit.

You can read more about it on this article on SyFy Wire.

Mortal Engines Full Trailer

And now I bring you the full trailer for “Mortal Engines.” The movie is based on the book by Philip Reeve and is directed by Peter Jackson, who directed “Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit.” I really hope the movie is as great as the trailer seems to suggest, and this might even the first of a series!

Vintage Tomorrows

Vintage Tomorrows is an hour long documentary on the steampunk movement, and I must say, it is quite impressive. I admit, I was half expecting it to be a poorly filmed work of amateur film making, painfully narrow in its coverage, or some obvious attempt to capitalize on the steampunk movement. To my very pleasant surprise, Vintage Tomorrows is nothing of the sort.  The documentary itself is indisputably professional, the subject matter is quite broad, and the individuals they interviewed were exactly the people they needed to interview. Allow me to name off just a few people featured in the documentary: William Gibson, Bruce Sterling, Cherie Priest, China Miéville, Phil and Kaja Foglio (Girl Genius), Cory Doctorow, Kevin Steil, and musical appearances by Abney Park and Unwoman. Sold already? I thought so!

Vintage Tomorrows covers not only the costuming and literary aspects of steampunk, but also the strong maker community as well. The documentary further explores many of the social and philosophical aspects of the steampunk movement, combined with several refreshing discussions on the subject of retro-futurism.

Anyway, the documentary is certainly worth watching. It is currently available on Netflix streaming (that’s where I saw it), and it appears to be available on Amazon, iTunes, and other places as well. You can find out more at vintagetomorrows.com, and be sure to watch the trailer below!

A Steampunk Chocolate Factory

Universal Studios Orlando has opened a steampunk chocolate factory, called the Toothsome Chocolate Emporium! How cool is that? You can see a bunch of pictures over on the Journey Through Style blog, and check out the news story on the WESH Orland. Apparently, it’s not just a chocolate factory, as it also features a full restaurant, and since its on the Universal CityWalk, you can get in without even needing the theme park tickets.

Lindsey Stirling, the Post-Apocalyptic Steampunk Violinist

Famed violinist Lindsey Stirling tears it up in this new (and for lack of a better descriptor) post-apocalyptic steampunk violin music video. This is like something straight out of a Mad Max film, with the added bonus of being an absolutely fantastic song. She has other steampunkesque music videos too, such as Roundtable Rival, as well as a great pirate themed shanty called Master of Tides.