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Space:1889 Computer Game

Started Mar 22, 2013 0 Replies

I have an unopened copy of the 1990 Space:1889 computer game by Paragon Software.  I don't have anything that can remotely run it.  It is on 5.25" floppy disks and says it requires IBM PC/XT/AT/PS2…Continue

Tags: Symposium, 1889, Space

Victorian Globes

Started this discussion. Last reply by John Campbell Feb 3, 2012. 7 Replies

I have found a couple of places where I can get reproductions of Victorian-era globes of the earth, but does anyone know where I can find a Percival Lowell Mars globe, or any other Victorian-era…Continue

Antique Greetings

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dr. Mortimer VanWyke, undertaker Dec 21, 2011. 3 Replies

With Christmas (and New Year's, etc.) coming up, you Citizens of the Empire might consider as a steamy way to send Season's…Continue

Antique Technology

Started this discussion. Last reply by Captain Jack Havock Oct 18, 2011. 1 Reply

A friend of mine showed me this link:  It is a TOUCH past the SteamPunk era, perhaps, but the…Continue

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John Campbell replied to Lady Rayna Keller's discussion What can turned into a Steampunk Persona?
"Be whatever, or whomever, you like, and don't worry about what others may think. SteamPunk is not historical recreation, even to the limited extent the SCA is, so there is no "right" way to participate in it. Basically, if you…"
John Campbell replied to Lady Rayna Keller's discussion What can turned into a Steampunk Persona?
"For 5th graders, some possibilities could be cabin boy (or girl, but would probably have to be an officer's daughter or ward; the proprieties must be observed), midshipman, and engineer's apprentice (SOMEone has to hold things while the…"
Apr 15
John Campbell liked steampunker's discussion Steampunk computer
Mar 27
John Campbell replied to Captain Steam-Iron Ivan Bonneau's discussion gas-no, electric-maybe, steam- is it possible?
"Look at "Live Steam Magazine" (; they have had articles on how people have converted various vehicles to steam power. One apparently common conversion involved converting an old-style Volkswagen engine to…"
Mar 21
John Campbell replied to Captain's discussion Dream SP Event Guests?
"Phil and Kaja Foglio, creators of "Girl Genius", and S.M. Stirling, author of The Peshawar Lancers, as well as several Alternative History series."
Mar 20
John Campbell replied to Lady Rayna Keller's discussion What inspired your Steampunk Persona?
"I have had a love of Victorian Scientific Romances for as long as I can remember, and first read "From the Earth To the Moon" during the Kennedy administration (yes, I played with dinosaurs as a child [I molded them myself, out of clay;…"
Mar 16
John Campbell left a comment for Madame Nicole Monique
"Thank you for your Friendship, Miss Andres, and welcome to our shared Madness :)"
Mar 7
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Mar 7
John Campbell replied to Madame Nicole Monique's discussion Beyond gears and googles
"I think a lot of people don't really understand goggles. Goggles were worn with most forms of the new mechanized vehicles, as they generally did not have enclosed cabins. Railroad passengers, on the other hand, though they were traveling faster…"
Mar 7
John Campbell replied to Mark F's discussion Steampunk Haiku
"Also heard in Second Life (there is a Poetry Slam each Thursday night at Der Hut des Jaeger, and a couple of the regulars write haiku): Concrete, glass and steel, As far as the eye can see. Spring still brings flowers. Copper sheet…"
Mar 5
John Campbell replied to Lady Rayna Keller's discussion Why did you choose to be a Lord, Lady, Countess, Captain, etc?
"I sometimes go by Captain Campbell, though not here; Airship Captain is probably the most hackneyed persona in SteamPunk, after Air Pirate, but I actually have an Airship (granted, she is too small to ride in, but she came in second at the Airship…"
Feb 21
John Campbell replied to Lady Rayna Keller's discussion What eye wear do you use besides Goggles?
Feb 11
John Campbell replied to grace monovue's discussion COULD PRESIDENT OBAMA BE RE ELECTED BACK IN TO OFFICE FOR A THIIIRD TERM.
"Practically speaking, it is unlikely that any change to the Amendment (the simplest change would be to repeal it, as was done to the 18th Amendment) would take place until Obama was no longer in office, and it would be highly unlikely he would be…"
Feb 11
John Campbell replied to Lady Rayna Keller's discussion What eye wear do you use besides Goggles?
"You might look into getting a pair of pince-nez and having your optician cut some sunglasses lenses to fit, or look for modern-made pince-nez sunglasses. I have a pair of pince-nez reading glasses using a folding frame from the 1890s and modern…"
Feb 9
John Campbell replied to Lady Rayna Keller's discussion What are you accessories/props you use for your Steampunk Persona(s)?
"A vambrace? Isn't that what Dracula used to correct his crooked fangs...?"
Feb 6

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DISCLAIMER: Part or all of the following is subject to change without notice, up to and including my name as I work out the details....

I am the captain and, until very recently, owner of the merchant sailing airship Eleanor Page, home port New York, New York, and contracted to the Long "L" Lines. I became Captain of the Eleanor Page 11 years ago, and bought her 6 years ago when the previous owner was foolish enough to try to fill an inside straight and bankrupted himself. Partially as a result, I do not gamble for more than 100 dollars at a sitting (there is NO such thing as a sure thing). Under my command, the Eleanor Page has made 7 Atlantic crossings, but mostly works the North American trade. Though the Eleanor Page normally carries high-value cargo (airships simply haven't the lifting capacity for bulk cargoes), we have been known to carry passengers. Since the Atlantic and most of the United States is pretty well patrolled by the appropriate authorities, the Eleanor Page has never encountered pirates, but the crew trains constantly in case we do. Currently, the Eleanor Page has been bought by a Professor at Boston Tech (more formally, but less commonly, known as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology), who displays most of the outward symptoms of insanity, but considerable funding, for an expedition to Australia. [The tale of that expedition will be told in the story I am writing, under the working title of The Great Australian Meteor, wherein the name of the Captain is David Lawrence; as I said, my name may be subject to revision....]

I have an identical twin brother, about whom I sigh frequently but support financially, who researches the more extreme realms of Science; so far his endeavors have returned enough money that my financial losses have not quite been painful. [This allows me to have a Mad Scientist alternate persona ;)]

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At 3:26am on April 7, 2011, Captain John Tybiruis Malcolm said…
Hello John would you like to join the League of airship captains and start your ship
At 10:25am on April 5, 2011, Captain Denvo Pryde said…
Happy birthday, I am stuck between dimensions hopefully your day is full of fun and excitement.
At 8:47am on April 5, 2011, Hephzibah Marsh said…
Happy birthday!
At 8:39am on March 26, 2011, Rt Rev.Hammer, Archimandrite said…
You seem to be a man of knowledge and science. I cannot help but apply some science to this genre. We will have some VERY interesting conversations! I , too, cared for my mother during her time of cancer. My heart goes out to you. I DO know what you are going through.
At 8:06am on March 25, 2011, Rt Rev.Hammer, Archimandrite said…
VERY proud to accept your friendship sir!
At 5:21pm on February 5, 2011, Jim Henson said…
Welcome aboard BRASS...
At 5:00pm on January 24, 2011, Captain Denvo Pryde said…
Welcome to the Empire. Join the community and have fun.
At 3:12pm on January 24, 2011, Ryan McMann said…
Welcome to the Empire!!

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