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Hiya! Welcome aboard!
We may have met some place you guys were, I was at EFF Arcen, Emporium Vernesque and Midwinter Fair smile

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Hello there!

My name is Paolo, and I'm almost 50 (December).

I'm practically merged into aviation from my childhood,  (my Dad was a pilot), and I went trough the whole process of scale-modelling, books, movies, until the advent of the first PCs back in the 80ies (Commodore 64, then Amiga, and so on, with the first flight sims - I had 'em all! - and later internet and flying online...)

After a divorce I was still so crazy to said the word "YES!" for the second time. My actual wife is Brazilian (descendant of Italian Immigrees), and I managed to get her interested about aviation and virtual flying. We both are mainly offline pilots, and this because we really don't have much time for flying online, but we are working to change this.

I had my share of boardgaming (D&D) when I was younger, and I like RPGs, mostly Fantasy, wich I used to play "full immersion" as can be seen from the pictures:

I spent years in reenacting, mostly middle-age related. And I'm an instructor of ancient fencing (was a member of the "Associazione Maestri di Spada Italiani" before moving to Brazil).

As I said, I'm interested in aviation. And  about pulp, the 1920-1930 decades are the ones that really "catches" me. (Maybe I was born in the wrong time).

I envision my "real, deep self" as a former WW1 pilot that was collaborating with Engineer Alessandro Marchetti (father of many italian aircraft) in the construction of a new type of seaplane racer, (later modified as a fighter). In 1922 his Family was killed by the Fascists and, after the murderers were all released from prison after Mussolini become Dictator, he makes justice with his own hands (1926), and have to go underground when declared outlaw by the fascista Government. He thus becomes "Capitan Diavolo", and with his black painted plane starts a personal war against the Fascists, supported in his adventures by a faithful group of people that is part of an Anti-Fascist secret organization.

There is plenty of space for Zeppelins, seaplanes, gorgeous ladies, mercenaries and flying misfits and other Steam/Dieselpunk/pulp stuff.

Capitan Diavolo is normally dressed all black, with two Colt 1911 .45 in underarm holsters, two Mauser C/96 9mm Parabellum in the belt holsters, a Long barrel Luger P'08 (9mm Parabellum) in the right boot and a knife in the left boot. He is also armed with a Thompson M1921 machinegun when not piloting his fighter flying boat (armed with 2 German MG18 (13,2mm) machineguns.

Here I hope to make new friends and to expand my knowledge about the Steam/Dieselpunk Culture.

I can be found at facebook, too. Just search for Capitan Diavolo.



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Welcome to the Lounge, Paolo! I'm sorry - I had to remove the pictures from your post, they weren't showing up.

I'm not sure if it's related, but the topic seems to be broken. It claims there's 7 more pages of posts (up to "77") when, in fact, there aren't. Very strange. We should be migrating to a different forum software soon, however, so I'm not going to to try and fix it anymore. Sorry for the inconvenience everyone!

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Hi again everyone! I'm back! Well, sort of anyway... My access to the Internet is somewhat limited at the moment, but I really look forward to reconnecting with everybody here! I've missed you all so much. Even those people I don't know yet wink I know we all feel the joy and wonder of what never-was and what could-have-been and I look forward to sharing our dreams once more. Thank you for existing. I'm so happy to see you!

Love life, have fun, and let curiosity reign!


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Welcome back! I'm glad to see you again. How has life been?

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Things in my life have decidedly taken a turn to the left, as it were. I'm somewhere I never planned to be, yet somehow... Well, let it be said that of all things I'm where I am through choice. It was not poor circumstance or bad luck. I took this road deliberately, however unexpected it may have been. Yet to say it in such a way implies I'm unhappy with my current life, which would be inaccurate. There are certain details I would change or freedoms I would enjoy, but that is the way for everybody I expect. I'm glad to be back here where imagining an alternate version of reality can be more engaging than the idle daydreams I keep to myself smile

Love life, have fun, and let curiosity reign!


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That sounds like things may be complicated. I hope you'll be OK!

Speaking from recent experience, I know that sometimes the choices we make can pan out unexpectedly. Moving to another country (Spain) turned out to be more stressful than I had imagined. It's only in the last couple of months that I've started to feel like I'm settling in.

I try not to dwell too much on the paths not taken. We chose to make a life for ourselves here, so we are. As much as imaging the might-have-been comes natural to us steam- and dieselpunks, it's not always productive to apply that to our own lives.