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Avenging_Angel
08/13/2005 2:22 PM

Well, I've been hankering for a slightly different RP lately, so I decided to see if anyone's interested in a Steampunk style RP?

I've got a plot worked out in my head, starting with an artifact hunt and branching out from there.

For those of you who don't know, steampunk is a setting style, generally post-apocalyptic, with a mix of victorian-style technology and magic.

More info on the setting here: click!

If you don't quite "get" it, don't worry, it's not hard. You've probably read a book/seen a move or show that's steampunk. (Lots of animes..Fullmetal Alchemist, Howl's Moving Castle, Steamboy, Castle in The Sky, even the Final Fantasy games)

It wouldn't be EXACTLY like the definition, but basically a fantasy steampunk.
And, yes, a newbie friendly thread;)

So, anyone interested?

[Edited by Avenging_Angel on Saturday, August 13, 2005 2:23 PM]

SoaringEagle
08/13/2005 3:32 PM

Hmm.. something like an anime show. I'm game.

Avenging_Angel
08/14/2005 2:40 PM

Yay! One person in, welcome aboard, Soaring:D

Damien
08/19/2005 6:10 PM

There's a reason GURPS Steampunk is one of the worst-selling GURPS books ever.....


Really, I think it might be a lost cause. Steampunk-style games had a very brief moment in the spotlight - but they were never very popular. You're better off going with something cyberpunk-ish (like Shadowrun)- as those games, while similar, seem immensely more popular.

Avenging_Angel
08/22/2005 8:20 AM

Well, I'm not doing this off of any D&D/other gaming books' style of Steampunk.
I'd hardly say steampunk's moment is over. China Mieville's steampunk books have done very well, and as I've said, there's quite a few books/ shows out there that are steampunk.

To be honest, from what I've read of GURPS' steampunk, it doesn't look that great......



You're better off going with something cyberpunk-ish (like Shadowrun)- as those games, while similar, seem immensely more popular.


I'd hardly say cyberpunk and steampunk are that similar, I mean, steampunk's name is a joke off of cyberpunk, but not really that similar.
Though I've never heard of Shadowrun, is it a gaming setting?

Damien
08/22/2005 11:14 AM


Well, I'm not doing this off of any D&D/other gaming books' style of Steampunk.
I'd hardly say steampunk's moment is over. China Mieville's steampunk books have done very well, and as I've said, there's quite a few books/ shows out there that are steampunk.


Point remains. It's a niche-concept. Compared to other gaming themes -- Steampunk is not at all popular. When asked if they'd make a Steampunk setting, Malhavoc Press, Green Ronin and Mongoose Publishing all replied that there isn't a strong enough market among gamers to warrant bothering with it.

No doubt some anime is popular that's decidedly steampunk in feel. But how many of those anime fans also happen to be gamers? Not many (gaming, in and of itself, is already a small niche, so small niches within it are extremely small).

Suffice to say -- you're unlikely to drum up a whole lot of support for a Steampunk RP. It's just not popular enough.



To be honest, from what I've read of GURPS' steampunk, it doesn't look that great......


I have GURPS Steampunk somewhere around here. From what I recall it actually gives the genre a fair and thorough treatment. GURPS is really good about that. The only issue with GURPS is right in the title -- Generic. Sometimes it's hard to see a book as 'good' if all the information in it is specially tailored to be as generic as possible. That often makes a book seem bland.





I'd hardly say cyberpunk and steampunk are that similar, I mean, steampunk's name is a joke off of cyberpunk, but not really that similar.


They're both gritty mixes of technology and a level of fantasy. They have probably almost as many similarities as differences. So yes, they're different. But also similar enough that they're considered related genres.



Though I've never heard of Shadowrun, is it a gaming setting?


Yeah. It's pretty popular for yet another niche genre (cyberpunk). Shadowrun has had novels, video games, and a few different incarnations as a tabletop pen-and-paper RPG.

It's a pretty cool setting that can be vaguely described as The Matrix meets Sin City meets D&D.. or something. It's weird. You, generally, play characters that are going up against a global-corporation that has taken over the world. There are Elves and Dwarves, and Orcs, and Humans, and guns, and glittercladding (clothes that change colour as you move) and drugs, and cyber-cars, and all kinds of other shit.

I never really got into the setting, myself. I played the game on SNES when I was younger, and I read one of the novels. Not really my thing. But if you like anime with plotlines somewhat similar to Ghost in the Shell, you'd probably like Shadowrun.

(I'd try to compare it to a more similar anime -- but I honestly don't know that many.)

TirsanSarriya
08/24/2005 2:49 AM

DED's rather eloquent objections aside, I'm up for it. Could be a fun gig!

Avenging_Angel
08/24/2005 10:56 AM

Hmm, Shadowrun, I'll have to remember that...
Thanks for the input, Damien. :)



DED's rather eloquent objections aside, I'm up for it. Could be a fun gig!


Alrighty, two onboard!
One or two more and we'll be ready to start...

Welcome, Sarriya! :D


[Edited by Avenging_Angel on Wednesday, August 24, 2005 11:01 AM]

JawHun
08/24/2005 5:57 PM

Hope you won't mind if I join ;P

Never played "Steampunk" before, but I'll do my best.

The only bit of information I feel I would really need is a little more clarification on what "Victorian magic" would be.

[Edited by JawHun on Wednesday, August 24, 2005 6:03 PM]

Avenging_Angel
08/24/2005 7:25 PM

Welcome aboard, JawHun!! :D


Never played "Steampunk" before, but I'll do my best.


Don't worry, it's not hard at all.



The only bit of information I feel I would really need is a little more clarification on what "Victorian magic" would be.


Er, I said "victorian technology". Basically, victorian technology is from the late 1800s era, when things were mostly driven by steam (thus Steampunk) and clockwork.
If you're familiar with any of Jules Verne ("Around the World in 80 Days, etc) that's a good example of victorian technology:)

JawHun
08/24/2005 8:05 PM


For those of you who don't know, steampunk is a setting style, generally post-apocalyptic, with a mix of victorian-style technology and magic.


A ha! You did say Magic! I knew it!

Either way, if there's no magic I'm cool. I just need to draw up plans for a steam-powered shoe...

Damien
08/25/2005 3:16 AM

Think Wild Wild West (the Will Smith version) meets The Three Musketeers.

Avenging_Angel
08/25/2005 8:06 AM


hink Wild Wild West (the Will Smith version) meets The Three Musketeers.


Eh?
Wild Wild West I can see, Three Musketeers?


Well, glad you get it, JawHun. I think I'll start the actual RP section today, should be fun :)

Damien
08/25/2005 8:34 AM

That's why I said Wild Wild West -meets- the Three Musketeers. Steampunk is a mixture of sword-slinging and steam-driven tech.

TirsanSarriya
08/26/2005 3:20 AM

Hmmm, should I post up my character bio now?

Okay, here we go:

Name: Edward Francis Montalier III
Age: 22
Height: 5'9"
Weight: 163 lbs

Description: Edward Montalier carries himself with aristocratic bearing, his straight posture and high-held head conveying every ounce of arrogance and disdain in his body. His face is classically handsome, thin and sharp with very pale skin. His hair is worn long, tied into a braid at the back and closed with a heavy silver clasp. He wears the best clothes he can afford, which are not always high fashion, but are as close as he can every come. Only his eyes betray that something deeper may lie beneath his foppish exterior - they carry a cold sharpness that takes in every detail around him.

History: Edward Montalier III was born into an aristocratic family, the high-ranking Montalier clan. Unfortunately they had lost all their money, Edward's drunkard father spending most of it on liquor and bad investments until they were destitute. It was difficult for the ten year old to move from his family's vast estate to a meagre townhouse, watching his father die slowly and his mother and elder sister forced to work as seamstresses and prostitutes. Edward vowed to reclaim his family's lost fortune by any means necessary.

Unfortunately the young Montalier had little business acumen and few marketeable skills, a perennial curse of the upper classes. His arrogant, aristocratic manner andhis expensive tastes did not make him any friends, either. All he really had to fall back on was his one real talent - the sword. As a young man now, Edward set about engaging in illegal street fights and taking money by betting on himself. There were no shortage of drunks and commoners ready to lay down a wager and fight the 'Itinerant Lord'. Edward quickly developed into an expert swordsman and began to travel from place to place, taking on all comers and challenging local Salle masters.

He sends money from his victories back to his family so that his sisters no longer have to sell themselves, and he puts the rest of it away aside from that which he spends on sating his own appetites for fine food, wine and women. An arrogant man who firmly believes he is the best in the world, Edward Francis Montalier III is never short of two things - challengers and enemies.

Skills: Edward's main skills lie with his swordsmanship, for he is a thoroughly trained and experienced veteran of many duels, brawls and combats. Though classically trained in the cut and thrust, stylised manner of the aristocrats, he has learned many other styles from various teachers and prides himself on being able to win a fight with an elegant rapier or a barbaric broadsword with equal skill. He is also not above fighting dirty and tends to carry various tools and tricks to help him if he gets into trouble. Other than that, he is an expert on wines and the culture of the Lords, though they would never let him near it.

Tools of the Trade: Edward long ago learned the value of a good blade and nasty surprises, so he carries with him always a firm schiavona, a long blade, heavier than a rapier and both pointed and edged for cut and thrust. The blade has a basket hilt in an elegant wave-like pattern that is good for blocking thrusts and strikes to his hand as well as giving a good punch. Edward wears a glove on his left hand made of thick, stiff leather with a pad of sand sown into the edge and palm of the hand, allowing him catch and deflect sword blows with it. It also adds weight to his punches. He carries a stout flintlock pistol with two barrels, good for shooting and heavy enough for clubbing. As an additional surprise he carries packets of pepper with him, which he tears and throws in his foes' eyes, and a good few extra shot and powder for his pistol.

JawHun
08/26/2005 4:29 PM

I need a bit more of the story background before I come up with a character.

Avenging_Angel
08/27/2005 10:34 AM


I need a bit more of the story background before I come up with a character.


What do you need to know?

JawHun
08/27/2005 8:06 PM

Well, do you have a plot in mind, because if you don't I can make it. I'd just prefer that if you had a plot in mind to tell me so I could make my character more true to the setting. If not, I'll just make him now...

Avenging_Angel
08/28/2005 8:09 PM


Well, do you have a plot in mind, because if you don't I can make it.


I have a plot in mind, but I'm purposely keeping it shady, very moment-to-moment so it can adapt to the characters. Don't worry, the RP will be going somewhere;)



I'd just prefer that if you had a plot in mind to tell me


Like I said, trying to keep it with an element of surprise to it.



If not, I'll just make him now...


Please, go ahead:)

JawHun
08/30/2005 8:06 PM



If not, I'll just make him now...


Please, go ahead:)


A'ight, if you say so.


Name: William Archibald Cornwallis
Age: 19
Skin: White
Hair: Golden Blonde
Eyes: Dark Blue
Build: Average
Appearance: Wil doesn't stand out from most of his peers. He looks a little frail. He has intelligent eyes, taking in everything he sees as new and always searching for more information. His gaze is gentle and quizzical unless he is working on something. He wears a pair of small glasses which he often has to readjust on his nose by pushing up on the middle. He always looks out of place except for when he is inventing. He works with great intensity and concentration. His hair is a little long. Like his glasses, he often fumbles to get it back into place.
History: Ever since childhood, Wil has tinkered with technology. Wil is very intelligent; given enough time he could probably make anything. Born in a junkyard, he always had the time and resources to make whatever he felt like. He was born an only child; his mother had died in labor. His father was always working, so the only thing Wil could do was make things.

Avenging_Angel
08/30/2005 10:30 PM

Okay, awesome. Feel free to post him in the RP's OOC section, and hop on in.

Glad to have ya aboard:)

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