Steampunk has many variants, but one of the classic backgrounds for the genre has been the sea, as first described by Mssr. Jules Verne in "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea". I have put together this small offshoot of the Steampunk Tribune to delve a bit deeper (so to speak) into this topic, and hopefully will be a repository of Nautical Steampunk information.
Additionally, aside from nautical Steampunk, Second Life fictional works, to better document the burgeoning Steampunk narratives in the Steamlands!
Its been over a year since I made any entries to the Steampunk Travelogue, and more has changed in the Steamlands than I had realized. Numerous locales have sadly gone by the wayside (e.g. Steeltopia, the Hammerwielder Store, Legacies 1891), some locations have moved (e.g. the Curio Obscura mainstore, Whitechapel 1888), and some new ones have appeared (e.g. Goatswood, Stainless Steam). I'm currently in the process of updating the locations, and will begin the retrospective on some of our departed friends, along with some photojournals of existing locales. For more information, please visit the Steampunk Travelogue, at: http://steampunk-travelogue.blogspot.com/
Whilst I was taking a break from my lack of internet connectivity earlier this week, I happened upon an interesting little game (during a commercial break from Spongebob, the modern day descendant of the classic Chuck Jones works). Anyways, I saw this odd little MMO, which was directed towards children, but impressed with how it integrated two icons of Steampunk - Pirates and Airships! Once back online, I headed over after doing a bit of research, and discovered a pleasant little MMO for the younger set, a nice introduction to said Steampunk tropes. Not quite sure if I would consider trying it (after all, I am a bit out of the age range of 8 to 12), but for those who have hard-studying childern in their lives, this does look to be a nice little diversion, away from the smut-ridden information superhighway (ahem... except for Steampunk blogs, of course)!
For more information regarding Pirates 101, including a free trial, please visit:
Many airship views tend to focus uniquely on the ship itself, so I must admit to being quite impressed with a panoramic view of the sky, from *some* portion of the airship! Quite good, and I would certainly recommend a visit to Ms. Differentiation's Deviant Art site!
Came across what looks like an excellent Airship endeavor in the making, when I was over at Kickstarter! Leviathians Online: Monsters in the Sky, currently in development, appears to have all the makings of an excellent aero-battle type of simulation, with plenty of detail paid to the nuances of RL nautical combat, and of course, idealized Steampunk aero-combat. Instead of re-hashing the description of this work, I would highly recommend a trip to its Kickstarter website, at: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/642736004/leviathans-online-monsters-in-the-sky?ref=search
Continuing on with the Steampunk Skypirate series, I have an excellent image of a Steampunk Skypirate, by Mr. Frijoleluna, with the prototypical Steampunk enhancement (the side arm, mind you!), and an outstanding attire as well! To see more of Mr. Frijoleluna's work, please visit his deviant art website, at: http://frijoleluna.deviantart.com/
and... being that we are of a nautical bent here at the Steampunk Shipyard, I do remind all not to only catch what is perhaps the best football series in college sports, and also the crowning of the Commander-in-Chief's cup winner for 2012. That being said, when one tunes in at 3pm, EST, (with more news located here: http://armynavygame.com/ ), remember ... GO NAVY, BEAT ARMY!
Taking with the more aero-nautical theme of the Shipyard, I figured that a focus on imagery representational of the aforementioned denizens of the sky would likely be apropos for the blog. As such, I'm starting off the Steampunk Skypirate Inspiration series, with this very nicely photo-shopped Sky Pirate, complete with what appears to be a small mechanical bird on her shoulder! For more work from the outstanding Mr. Silinde-Ar-Feiniel, please do visit his Deviant Art website!