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(2 replies, posted in Never Was Magazine)

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This list, albeit rather old, is still quite valid I should think. Assembled by Jake Von Slatt for the Make blog, this is a list of the gifts that any Steampunk individual would love greatly. I, personally can vouch for it.

On it are such items as A kersone lamp/cooker, the Gakken Cup Phonograph kit, and many more goodies. Anyone interested in purchasing a gift for their Steampunk loved one this year should give this list a look over.

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(9 replies, posted in Ætherscope)

Translated from Japanese by a Russian, who only speaks Chinese, to English.

I guess Mr. Nakumara or whatever his name was did have something useful.

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(47 replies, posted in Ætherscope)

felneymike wrote:

At least the writer of the article avoided the "lol the British empire (which as we all know was the last nation to abolish slavery years after the so-much-more-civlised French, Portugese, Spanish and Americans did) was around in victorian times so steampunk is racist" cliche. Which must count for some evidence of intelligence

You know, with the British empire, the war in the middle east wouldn't be happening, the instability in the middle east wouldn't be happening, Africa would probably be more modernized and less plauged by civil war, Canadians would be vastly cooler than they already are, and England would be able to snuff out any conflict before it started. I think we need the British empire again.

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(6 replies, posted in Ætherscope)

Good people,

I am currently working on a project to overhaul an Massively Multiplayer Online Roleplaying Game engine to be more steampunk. This includes but is not limited to:

Sprite Creation
Simple Coding of Quests
Simple Map creation
RPG element design:
     Character classes
     Items
     Monsters
     Spells
     Equipment
     Guilds
     etc.
Puzzle creation
Mini-game design

Needless to say, I need a team to work on this. Anyone willing to dedicate some time to this project, even a little, please contact me at professor.delphinius.tucker@gmail.com. I would greatly appreciate your help.

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(0 replies, posted in Never Was Magazine)

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This beautiful work made by one B-nine, a deviantartist, is a concept for a steampunk chesspiece. His designs, he notes, are not to be used for an actual chess set, but simply to be a concept design.

His other works, although not strictly steampunk, are beautiful nonetheless, and are deserving of attention. His entire gallery, and profile page, can be found on Deviant art by clicking on the thumbnail. I must insist you pay this good man a visit!

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(47 replies, posted in Ætherscope)

The internet is indeed a big dark place. And controversy is a Neon green light.

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(47 replies, posted in Ætherscope)

I have posted the following two comments since reading the article. Perhaps I was a bit rash, however, I stand, whole heartedly by my posts.

I have lost all respect that you may possibly have ever had. Your lack of intellect, your inability to understand, and your closed-mindedness play out truly to the worst parts of the enigma that society has become. What you could never understand is the open-mindedness and etiquette that comes with the Steampunk aesthetic. A culture of Gentlemen and Ladies, idealists, intellectuals, all with a common goal of bettering a society that, including your article, has become prejudicial. With the recent wave of riots against subcultures, and your attempted instigation with this article, I wonder how far it is before the world has another Inquisition. Your radicalism shows, truly, how far gone our society has become.

Good sir, you are sorely mistaken. Steampunk has a political side, a world view. We aren't anti-establishment and that makes it a problem? We simply find that people should choose their own way. Our world view is one of that of gentlemanly nature and kindness. Yes, there will be quabbling in our ideal world, there will be wars, there will be fights, yet without those things, no society could exist. Every government on earth, with the exception of, maybe, the government in Exile of Tibet, has a strong war-driven aspect to their economy. Every government holds a military force, and this contributes to and against their economy. Because our world view isn't one of complete war-lessness and extreme liberalism, anarchy if you will, doesn't mean we don't have one. Just because you neither understand, nor know, our world view, doesn't mean we don't have one, it just means your ignorance shines brighter than the rest of your personality.

This is, at least, my take on the steampunk lifestyle, and I know others with similar beliefs. Please, correct me if you will, and I will be the first to admit my error. However, I get a little, agitated, when people begin to criticise my lifestyle when they have yet to understand it.

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(47 replies, posted in Ætherscope)

Dearest People of the Smoking Lounge,

I know many of you, if not most of you, have read the recent horrid article posted on the Design Observer calling Steampunks a mashing of pointless tinkerers and time wasters. If you haven't I urge you to read it here (http://www.designobserver.com/archives/ … l?id=38776). It seems that our recent foray into the realm of mainstream has gained us some enemies who, like sheep, find anything different to be utterly pointless and threatening to their pristine 9-5, go to a peta protest, and tuck Johnny into bed lifestyle. It deeply saddened me that anyone could have found our peaceful movement of honor, gentlemanly and lady-like attitudes, and our spiffy dress to be so horrible, so threatening, so distasteful.

Does anyone else feel as I do? Or am I the only one here who lives a Steampunk lifestyle?

Yes, I really live my life as a steampunk gentleman, and I've found it improves myself greatly. I don't find those who don't think Steampunk is a lifestyle for them to be wrong, I just hope they can accept that it is for some of us.


(This post is the same as one posted on Brass Goggles, yet as the clientel doesn't always overlap I wanted this group to get the same message relayed as the other.)

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(0 replies, posted in Never Was Magazine)

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The Ruedesheim Musikkabinette Museum is a tribute to all of the interesting self playing orchestras, instruments, and other music making devices. I found that, at the museum, were very few actual articles, and in only one place could I take pictures without getting yelled at.

However, if you click on the thumbnail featured here you will be taken to my Flickr set of the images I was allowed to get. Otherwise, the museum was largely amazing and I found that the intricacies were incredible.

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(3 replies, posted in Never Was Magazine)

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A news article released yesterday claims that a team of British car racers plan to race a steam car. But this is not the most interesting part of the article.

The team also hopes to break the land speed record for a steam vehicle (128 MPH) by going 150 MPH, not only that, they hope to set the bar at 200 MPH! The full article can be read here