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Lockhart & Doppler. Six Part Penny Dreadful. Part 1

This was the very first story based on mine and my daughters alter egos; Lucy Lockhart and Theodora Doppler. I deliberately gave myself a page limit just to see if I could do it. This story was first posted at: http://www.lockhartdoppler.blogspot.co.uk/ because I do not believe it's good enough to publish as an actual book. There have since been three more six part shorts and another 8 complete stories. See what you…

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Added by Alexandra Peel aka Lucy Lockhart on October 22, 2014 at 3:03am — No Comments

Space 1889 Re-release

Released by Game Designers’ Workshop in 1988, Space 1889 was the first dedicated steampunk role playing game. Frank Chadwick had almost literally created a game that was ahead of its time because, while it had its fans and never really died out, it never really took off either. It was re-released in 2000 but it was still running ahead of the curve as the steampunk scene really hadn’t happened yet.…

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Added by Zebulon Vitruvius Pike on October 21, 2014 at 7:53am — 3 Comments

Open Invitation

This is an open invitation to anyone who would like to contribute to Go Steampunk magazine. Any articles, photos, artwork, how-to instructionals, and anyone who would like to sell items please let me know! The magazine is growing quickly, and I would like to have many voices contributing! With many voices the magazine will more correctly represent the steam punk community.

If you have a book you would like to publish feel free to contact me as well! I'd love to hear from you!…

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Added by Elena on October 19, 2014 at 10:19am — 1 Comment

Map

Doppler and I have discovered a map in the British Library, tucked away in a dusty old tome. Looks like someone forgot they put it there. I'm sure no-one will miss it if we 'borrow' it for a while...

Added by Alexandra Peel aka Lucy Lockhart on October 19, 2014 at 7:47am — 1 Comment

Steampunk Weekend at Old West Fest

As the steampunk weekend at the Old West Festival was to coincide with the Pandora Society's Steampunk Salon, even though I am running low on funds I decided to combine the two, splurge, and get a room for the night. There had been some talk about a local hotel having favorable rates for…

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Added by Zebulon Vitruvius Pike on October 18, 2014 at 9:19am — 1 Comment

The Aether Chronicle #18: Now You Can LIVE in the Steampunk World!

Extra! Extra! Read All About It! 

Steampunk Online Game Designer Interviewed by Kevin Steil

New Steampunk Film In The Making!

Amelia Own Kibbey Lost on Route to Prague!

The Lastest Seamswaddle by Tropple E. Armitage

Chronicle%20%2318.pdf

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Added by Leslie Orton on October 17, 2014 at 3:00pm — No Comments

I've Got a Special Hat...

My wife and I recently purchased a pair of Jack Skellington pendants for the purpose of embellishing our Halloween costumes and maybe adding a little steampunk flair.  The pictures below are of me in the hat.  I salvaged the hat band from an old hat that I had created and sewed one of the pendants onto it.  Here is the result:…

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Added by Kent Edward Whittington on October 16, 2014 at 4:26pm — 1 Comment

Character Spotlight: Phobos of Mars

Hi All,

The crowd funding campaign for a Steampunk Animated short based on The Jupiter Chronicles, is now live! In light of this, here is today’s character spotlight:

Phobos: Emperor Timor Phobos:…

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Added by Leonardo Ramirez on October 14, 2014 at 11:35am — No Comments

TEASER ...

Added by Mark Lingane on October 14, 2014 at 3:16am — 1 Comment

Help Make a Steampunk Animated Film Short!

Hey Chroniclers!

The Kickstarter crowd funding campaign for the animated film short based on THE JUPITER CHRONICLES is now live!  Join Ian and Callie Castillo as they are rocketed to an imprisoned world powered by steam as they search for the answer to the one…

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Added by Leonardo Ramirez on October 13, 2014 at 6:46pm — No Comments

Pittsburgh Comicon 2014

I have been costuming for too long and have won enough awards to not generally concern myself with costume contests. But I was so pleased with my high-concept Steampunk Django, and especially the coffin/carbonite/freezer unit that I decided I was going to give the contest at Pittsburgh Comicon a try.

I also typically go on Saturday but because I am becoming increasingly broke, I went for just the one day on Sunday for the…

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Added by Zebulon Vitruvius Pike on October 13, 2014 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

Interview with steampunk author Tina Connolly

Airship Ambassador interview with steampunk author Tina Connolly,

about her latest book, Silverblind


http://airshipambassador.wordpress.com/2014/10/12/connolly1/

Added by Airship Ambassador on October 12, 2014 at 12:21pm — 2 Comments

STEWARDS of the AETHER

Welcome citizens of Terra and wayfarers of the sky and to the Stewards whom have gallantly served their nation to protect the innocent. I beseech you to come and join this selfless cause.



For it is said: Moreover, it is required of stewards that they be found faithful. 1 Corinthians 4:2



Our purchase has been made and prize evident, a thing most courageous. A faith gained knowing the Lord has positioned us to uphold his word. Forgive my zealous approach... not to be overt… Continue

Added by jenny jobe on October 11, 2014 at 4:08pm — No Comments

Steampunk Django: Helmet Build

For my Steampunk Django cosplay concept, I initially just photoshopped a Jango Fett helmet onto a picture from the “Django” film. I looked around at comic shops and comicons for a Boba Fett helmet that was cheap and I could repaint but didn't like the price tags on what I found. I wanted to talk to the stormtroopers at…

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Added by Zebulon Vitruvius Pike on October 10, 2014 at 10:56am — 1 Comment

Working out the biotech

The heroine of my Steampunk romance was in a near-fatal carriage accident as an adolescent, and her father, a brilliant surgeon, saved her life with some very unique biotech. I've been having fits trying to figure out how to give her prosthetics that weren't unwieldy and awful.

It turns out that the work has already been done! From "Bionic Woman" to 'bionics' to 'osseointegration' and…

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Added by Sela Carsen on October 9, 2014 at 5:42pm — 3 Comments

Steampunk Django: Coffin Build

The opening credits of “Django” play over an extended scene of the title character dragging a wooden coffin along a muddy and desolate stream bed. He drags this coffin around through much of the movie, about a third of the way through you discover that it contains a machine gun instead of a body. And just as the coffin itself is a plot device, the machine gun drives much of the rest of the story, killing…

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Added by Zebulon Vitruvius Pike on October 8, 2014 at 12:35pm — 3 Comments

Book release on October 13th.

A Familiar Taste of Seduction, the origins of the story.

The idea for FTOS came from one of my writing partner Liz Kolodziej an my’s many text messages to each other. Liz texted me one day and said, “hey I’ve got this three chapter opening to a steampunk inspired book but I don’t know where to go with it.” Since I will read just about anything, heck I read the ingredient list off stuff at the grocery checkout while waiting my turn. I told her to send me a copy and I would see what we…

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Added by Lady Abigail Freidesweid Storm on October 8, 2014 at 7:45am — No Comments

Pitching fits

Ok, I just had a complete, wailing breakdown over Definitely Dead. You know what'll kill a romance novel? Lack of interpersonal conflict.

They like each other. They're two nice people who like each other and get along well. You cannot write an entire romance novel - or even a novella - about two nice people who like each other and get along well from the beginning.

So I'm going to take a break from DD and work on Runespell for…

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Added by Sela Carsen on October 7, 2014 at 7:51pm — 6 Comments

Chapter 23 Episode 10 Act II Scene II

 

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     SCENE II:  Much later.  The musicians are gone, with the exception of the pianist who is softly playing "Red River Valley" in its original version, with some variations.  The majority of the guests have left, as well.  The few who remain are broken up into small groups conversing quietly.  CR&A+K are also getting ready to depart.  Regnad is last to leave the table.  As he removes his katana from the chairside umbrella stand-like object provided for it,…

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Added by P. Aloysius Regnad on October 7, 2014 at 1:38pm — 1 Comment

Steampunk Django: High Concept

Cosplay is often driven by the concept of the “mashup,” taking one genre or character and combining it with another. Mashups are even more popular within steampunk and can be made high-concept by merely tacking on the word “steampunk” before any other genre or character name. For example: Steampunk Star Wars or Steampunk Boba Fett. You don't really need to explain much beyond that.

But that's the idea I came up…

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Added by Zebulon Vitruvius Pike on October 7, 2014 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

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