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The Cog of Acceptance

The COG was founded on the principle that no one has the right to tell you "your style of steampunk is not right." 

Proper manners, respectfulness and a sense of humour ARE required.

Your style is welcome here.

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Update June 6th, 2011


"A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world."
--Oscar Wilde, 1888


Discussion Forum

Steampunk Domiciles

Started by Lady Sophronia Bloodthorne-Clark. Last reply by Lady Sophronia Bloodthorne-Clark Nov 7, 2013. 6 Replies

Steampunk RPG's and Other Games

Started by Walter Zumbrennen. Last reply by Captain Michael Iain Rainey Jul 19, 2013. 11 Replies

What foods do we indulge in?

Started by Euphorbia Dinsdale Vercotti. Last reply by Professor Argon Bats Jul 7, 2013. 121 Replies

How would you characterize Gypsys in the Realms of Steampunk

Started by Phineus T. Flubadub. Last reply by Phineus T. Flubadub Apr 13, 2013. 27 Replies

Steampunk influenced

Started by Ilah B. Last reply by Phineus T. Flubadub Apr 5, 2013. 3 Replies

Downton Abbey Fans...and Umbrellas; oh my!

Started by The Widow Kate Next. Last reply by Tess La Coil, Time Bandit Apr 1, 2013. 14 Replies

How do you put the punk in Steampunk?

Started by Katie Gurecki. Last reply by Governor Droop Mar 13, 2013. 54 Replies

Thomas Willeford: Brute Force Studios as a reality show.

Started by CPT Edward Leviticus. Last reply by CPT Edward Leviticus Feb 28, 2013. 1 Reply

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Comment by Leslie Orton on December 28, 2014 at 10:50am

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Comment by Phineus T. Flubadub on December 3, 2014 at 7:01am
Excellent points all, Sgt!
While I fully agree with the Stolen Valor Act, I do not believe that most Steampunkers are wearing any bages or commendations for any other than decorative uses. I myself, though raised military, did not serve, as a sole surviving officers son the draft actually turned me away. Nonethe less being raised military left it's marks...all good ones...such as discipline, respect for authority and elders, and a penchant for honesty, integrity and a hell bent desire for honesty in all things.

That said, those who wear any badges or commendations for any other than decorative purposes are ...less than respectful....with an exception. My uncle was a squadron commander for the P51-D's in the European theater WWII. I wear his wings on my hat as a sign of respect for his services. On the other side I wear the pilots' wings for the pilot of the Coral Princess,B-17. I make no representation that these are mine by earning them, simply as a show of respect for my elders and ones I cherish deeply. I may be mistaken but that is my feelings on that. The other medals of my fathers I have a place of respect for beside the flag the Col. had draped over his coffin. All a sign of respect.

As one who has deep feelings about serving our country my umbrage is with leaders that seem to always form a donut like profile when it comes to thinking, and a government that spends way to much time being politically correct rather than applying result producing actions. My way of serving currently for the past many years is to assist the Disabled Vets as best I am able.

I believe most steampunkers fall into the decorative uses category. Good post though! Thanks Sgt.
Comment by Sgt. Ian MacBruiche on December 2, 2014 at 11:14pm

Wow, has it been a while. 

 Greetings fellow steamies. I've finally decided to post a blog concerning a growing issue between re-enactors/larpers/cosplayers versus military/law enforcement personnel. It is an issue that has been brought up a number of times by many of my fellow steampunks concerning the wearing of rank,medals, badges, ribbons and uniforms. Stolen Valor... While I myself have served my country with honor, I decided to forego the often misunderstood though perhaps moral high road of service member tirades and NOT wear any medals or patches that could be misconstrued as actual service issue. Not so with many steampunk personas, but that is their concern. I personally COULD NOT care what anyone brings to the party. It's just a hobby.

     Now to set the record straight for the people who might take umbrage at seeing military type rank,medals, badges, ribbons and uniforms, here is the actual wiki link concerning the Stolen Valor Act of 2013.


     To sum it all up in one, definitive statement, the Act makes criminal the wearing of COMBAT related awards/medals for the EXPRESS intent to fraudulently obtain money, property, or other tangible benefit.

     This means that any other NON-COMBAT related rank,medals, badges, ribbons and uniforms, unaltered or not, are perfectly legal if not altogether ethical. Should you decide in your zeal for this fine science fiction genre to build a persona using even current military type rank,medals, badges, ribbons and uniforms, then I would advise you become familiar with the Act in the above link for this new generation of soldiers/sailors do seem to be much thinner-skinned than those who've come before. (Yeah, that was me taking a dig at the 'Red-Card' generation. They know who they are)

Comment by Leslie Orton on November 23, 2014 at 7:45am

           Steampunk Newspaper The Aether Chronicle #20:


England Builds The Library of the Future! Books Not To Be Read For 1000 Years!

Life on Mars? One Man Thinks So and is Preparing For INVASION!


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Comment by Leslie Orton on October 30, 2014 at 4:13pm

            Steampunk Newspaper The Aether Chronicle #19:

"Springheel" Jack The Ripper CAPTURED!!!!

Courtesans Armed with Deadly Fans Seek Justice!

Miss Amelia Owen Kibbey FOUND!!


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Comment by Leslie Orton on October 17, 2014 at 4:39pm

          Steampunk Newspaper The Aether Chronicle #18:

                      Now You Can LIVE in the Steampunk World!

Steampunk Online Game Designer Interviewed by Kevin Steil

New Steampunk Film In The Making!

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Comment by Cat; Blacksmith Mstr.Adept. on May 11, 2014 at 7:37pm

Forgive me all, for my prattling, on occasion my thoughts take their own flight & I find myself being drawn along a "Stream Of Consciousness"--

Having discovered only a few years ago, proof in my genealogy that confirmed what the family has always suspected & spoke of as family tradition...  A great-grandmother was indeed of Oyate (Native American) blood-- 

While this explained why I have never been able to grow facial hair, this news also swelled my interest since childhood in the Oyate culture.  I am one who, be nature, abhors cliches in literature, theatre & plot.  But I cannot help but wonder what aspect of Oyate culture & persona would be best displayed with a dash of SteamPunk..

We are all familiar whth the characters we embrace, the ones that best reflect our soul...  the scientist, the pilot, the mad inventor, the romantic... 

So I turn to you, good gentles...  If it would not be too disruptive, I would like to hear any and all thoughts might be floating about in this distinctive aether we share--

Comment by Cat; Blacksmith Mstr.Adept. on May 11, 2014 at 11:43am

Well met Baron & Thank you Mr.M--

I was involved earlier in a discussion on the Off-Topic board, on the subject of

Political-Correctness & its efforts to remove the passion from the ethos of steampunk composition--  I find it a topic that we should not forget...  The implications, should such a dire philosophy be successful, would be cataclismic

Comment by Georg, Baron von Mannteuffel on May 11, 2014 at 9:50am


Comment by Jon Magnificent on May 11, 2014 at 9:49am

You've actually defined it. 

ART itself is the subject of communication; a superlative, high quality communication.

Lyrics aid the songs communication.

Spoken word stands alone as its own aesthetic communication.

And the purpose of art is to evoke emotional response in the audience.

So, whatever form of art you wield, be it dagger or machete or broadsword or rapier, the fundamental basis of whether it is good or not is how much of the intended effect does it create?

When one is masterful, one can create the intended effect at will, just as a great swordsman does.


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