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11th Oct '17 8:58:18 AM Spindriver
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* ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'' 3rd Edition had a ''Steampunk'' sourcebook, which included various steampunk devices, details of Victoriana, and contained ''three'' steampunk settings: Etheria (PlanetaryRomance); Iron ("conventional" dystopian steampunk) and Qabala (a weird variant, essentially "Golempunk"). This was followed by ''Steam-Tech'', with further gadgets including an automaton detective ([[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial which was not intended to resemble Mr Holmes of Baker Street in any way]]). The 4th edition of the game has a developing line of PDF Steampunk sourcebooks which not only provide 4th edition game mechanics for material from the old book, but bring the game's treatment of the genre more into line with 21st century fashion-driven steampunk. In GURPS [[TechnologyLevels Tech Level]] terms, steampunk is often considered [=TL5+1=], [=TL5+2=], or [=TL6+1=] -- that is, as far advanced as [=TL6=] or [=TL7=], but ''different''.

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* ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'' 3rd Edition had a ''Steampunk'' sourcebook, which included various steampunk devices, details of Victoriana, and contained ''three'' steampunk settings: Etheria (PlanetaryRomance); Iron ("conventional" dystopian steampunk) and Qabala (a weird variant, essentially "Golempunk"). This was followed by ''Steam-Tech'', with further gadgets including an automaton detective ([[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial which was not intended to resemble Mr Holmes of Baker Street in any way]]). The 4th edition of the game has a developing line of PDF Steampunk sourcebooks which not only provide 4th edition game mechanics for material from the old book, older books, but bring the game's treatment of the genre more into line with 21st century fashion-driven steampunk. In GURPS [[TechnologyLevels Tech Level]] terms, steampunk is often considered [=TL5+1=], [=TL5+2=], or [=TL6+1=] -- that is, as far advanced as [=TL6=] or [=TL7=], but ''different''.



* A Polish RPG now released in English - ''TabletopGame/WolsungSteamPulpFantasy''. It's more Steam than Punk and the authors themselves call it Victorian Fantasy. The setting is something similiar to our world on the brink of the [=XXth=] century, but filtered through pulp fiction from the time, with a little bit of classic fantasy and lots of pop culture inspirations.
* ''TabletopGame/AirshipPirates'' is an RPG based on the songs of Music/AbneyPark (see Music), with all the steampunkery that implies - indeed, the world it describes is arguably even more steampunk than the songs, since the band describe themselves as "the only Airship Pirates" which the game understandably... [[AdaptationExpansion changes]].

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* A Polish RPG now released in English - ''TabletopGame/WolsungSteamPulpFantasy''. It's English, ''TabletopGame/WolsungSteamPulpFantasy'', is more Steam than Punk Punk, and the authors themselves call it Victorian Fantasy. The setting is something similiar similar to our world on the brink of the [=XXth=] century, but filtered through pulp fiction from the time, with a little bit of classic fantasy and lots of pop culture inspirations.
* ''TabletopGame/AirshipPirates'' ''Airship Pirates'' is an RPG based on the songs of Music/AbneyPark (see Music), with all the steampunkery that implies - -- indeed, the world it describes is arguably even more steampunk than the songs, since the band describe themselves as "the only Airship Pirates" which the game understandably... [[AdaptationExpansion changes]].



* ''TabletopGame/CastleFalkenstein'' uses an essentially steampunk setting with some supernatural elements (including Engine Magick) added for a good measure.

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* ''TabletopGame/CastleFalkenstein'' uses an essentially steampunk setting with some added supernatural elements (including Engine Magick) added for a good measure.
11th Oct '17 8:52:59 AM Spindriver
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Steampunk may be a modern reflection of the 1930s–40s trope of TheGayNineties, an idealized version of the 1890s. While various works may be more chronologically specific, any time from around 1860, through to the 1910's, can be considered fair game. Think of UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar and UsefulNotes/WorldWarI as acceptable bookends: the former is when the technological revolution really started to take off, and the latter when it first started edging into DieselPunk. The term "steampunk" was coined by Creator/KWJeter to describe the speculative fiction stories in a Victorian setting that he, Creator/TimPowers, and James Blaylock were writing in the early 1980s in contrast to the cyberpunk stories like ''Neuromancer'' that were saturating media. Steampunk's modern incarnation may be considered a reaction to the popular dystopias of that time: the positive power of the imagination and subversion of the NewTechnologyIsEvil trope are common steampunk themes, although recent steampunk is increasingly likely to deal with dystopian societies, sometimes even drawing upon the works of Charles Babbage to theorize humans with mechanical brains and other things rendering them cyberpunk in all but backdrop and visual trappings.

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Steampunk may be a modern reflection of the 1930s–40s trope of TheGayNineties, an idealized version of the 1890s. While various works may be more chronologically specific, any time from around 1860, through to the 1910's, can be considered fair game. Think of UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar and UsefulNotes/WorldWarI as acceptable bookends: the former is when the technological revolution really started to take off, and the latter when it first started edging into DieselPunk. (Some definitions set the start date earlier, though, perhaps as far back as the 1780s, when the UsefulNotes/IndustrialRevolution first began to take off.) The term "steampunk" was coined by Creator/KWJeter to describe the speculative fiction stories in a Victorian setting that he, Creator/TimPowers, and James Blaylock were writing in the early 1980s in contrast to the cyberpunk stories like ''Neuromancer'' that were saturating media. Steampunk's modern incarnation may be considered a reaction to the popular dystopias of that time: the positive power of the imagination and subversion of the NewTechnologyIsEvil trope are common steampunk themes, although recent steampunk is increasingly likely to deal with dystopian societies, sometimes even drawing upon the works of Charles Babbage to theorize humans with mechanical brains and other things rendering them cyberpunk in all but backdrop and visual trappings.
11th Oct '17 8:49:57 AM Spindriver
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If instead of industrial era technology, the setting has pre-industrial technology, see {{clockpunk}}, and if it includes internal combustion engines in place of steam, see {{dieselpunk}}, though there can be crossover between them if used purely asthetically. Many examples of steampunk mix in a few mutated monsters (probably in homage to Charles Darwin living roughly in the era depicted), thereby bordering upon {{biopunk}}. If it assumes the truth of Victorian-era science, it may also become an example of AllTheoriesAreTrue. Visual media (and the real life steampunk subculture) will never miss a chance to showcase some seriously AwesomeAnachronisticApparel, and for {{fanservice}}'s sake a woman [[OfCorsetsSexy in a corset]] must be involved at some point. As might be expected, steampunk fashion/costuming has a certain amount of overlap with the Gothic subculture, although the Goth look tends to be somewhat darker, and not as heavily focused on machinery as such.

Of course, [[PoliticallyCorrectHistory the difference in]] {{values|Dissonance}} between the Victorian era and the present are rarely mentioned, unless the work is emphasising the 'punk' side of things more than most of them do, or consciously attempting {{Deconstruction}}.

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If instead of industrial era technology, the setting has pre-industrial technology, see {{clockpunk}}, and if it includes internal combustion engines in place of steam, see {{dieselpunk}}, though there can be crossover between them if used purely asthetically.aesthetically. Many examples of steampunk mix in a few mutated monsters (probably in homage to Charles Darwin living roughly in the era depicted), thereby bordering upon {{biopunk}}. If it assumes the truth of Victorian-era science, it may also become an example of AllTheoriesAreTrue. Visual media (and the real life steampunk subculture) will never miss a chance to showcase some seriously AwesomeAnachronisticApparel, and for {{fanservice}}'s sake a woman [[OfCorsetsSexy in a corset]] must be involved at some point. As might be expected, steampunk fashion/costuming has a certain amount of overlap with the Gothic subculture, although the Goth look tends to be somewhat darker, and not as heavily focused on machinery as such.

such.[[note]]“Steampunk is what happens when goths discover brown.” -- Jess Nevins[[/note]]

Of course, [[PoliticallyCorrectHistory the difference in]] difference]] in {{values|Dissonance}} between the Victorian era and the present are rarely mentioned, unless the work is emphasising emphasizing the 'punk' "punk" side of things more than most of them do, or consciously attempting {{Deconstruction}}.
{{Deconstruction}}. This leads to occasional criticisms that steampunks are glamorising the racist, imperialist culture of the Victorian era -- though some of them can and will argue with that.



To a large extent, it seems like the fantasy genre is quickly moving away from traditional medieval HeroicFantasy settings and more towards settings inspired by steampunk. Some modern fantasy authors even combine the two.

Not to be confused with {{Goth}}, although the two subcultures do share a similar fashion sense and there is some crossover. Should also be noted that steampunk is not rooted from the [[PunkRock Punk subculture]].

Compare with cyberpunk, which shares some similarities with steampunk, and TeslaTechTimeline, the result of moving one step further up the industrial scale, past the steam and gears and into steel and electricity.

Compare LowCultureHighTech, especially if the story takes place in a real-life historical period. Also compare {{Zeerust}}.

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To a large extent, it seems like that the fantasy genre is quickly moving away from traditional medieval HeroicFantasy settings and more towards settings inspired by steampunk. Some modern fantasy authors even combine the two.

Not As noted above, steampunk is not to be confused with {{Goth}}, although the two subcultures do share a similar fashion sense and there is some crossover. Should It should also be noted that steampunk is not rooted from in the [[PunkRock Punk subculture]].

{{Punk|Rock}} subculture.

Compare with cyberpunk, {{Cyberpunk}}, which shares has some similarities with steampunk, and TeslaTechTimeline, the result of moving one step further up the industrial scale, past the steam and gears and into steel and electricity.

electricity, and RaygunGothic, the aesthetic of SF from the the immediate post-steam era. Compare also LowCultureHighTech, especially if the story takes place in a real-life historical period. Also compare {{Zeerust}}.{{Zeerust}}.



* ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'' 3rd Edition had a ''Steampunk'' sourcebook, which included various steampunk devices, details of Victoriana, and contained ''three'' steampunk settings: Etheria (PlanetaryRomance); Iron ("conventional" dystopian steampunk) and Qabala (a weird variant, essentially "Golempunk"). This was followed by ''Steam-Tech'', with further gadgets including an automaton detective ([[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial which was not intended to resemble Mr Holmes of Baker Street in any way]]). In GURPS [[TechnologyLevels Tech Level]] terms, steampunk is considered [=TL5+ 1=] (that is, as far advanced as [=TL6=], but ''different'').

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* ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'' 3rd Edition had a ''Steampunk'' sourcebook, which included various steampunk devices, details of Victoriana, and contained ''three'' steampunk settings: Etheria (PlanetaryRomance); Iron ("conventional" dystopian steampunk) and Qabala (a weird variant, essentially "Golempunk"). This was followed by ''Steam-Tech'', with further gadgets including an automaton detective ([[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial which was not intended to resemble Mr Holmes of Baker Street in any way]]). The 4th edition of the game has a developing line of PDF Steampunk sourcebooks which not only provide 4th edition game mechanics for material from the old book, but bring the game's treatment of the genre more into line with 21st century fashion-driven steampunk. In GURPS [[TechnologyLevels Tech Level]] terms, steampunk is often considered [=TL5+ 1=] (that [=TL5+1=], [=TL5+2=], or [=TL6+1=] -- that is, as far advanced as [=TL6=], [=TL6=] or [=TL7=], but ''different'').''different''.



* Steampunk and its general fanbase have been [[AffectionateParody affectionately parodied]] on a FunTShirt: [[http://www.pegasuspublishing.com/steampunk-What-happens-when-Goths-Discover-Brown-T-Shirt-p-30118.html "steampunk: What happens when goths discover brown."]]

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* Steampunk and its general fanbase have been [[AffectionateParody affectionately parodied]] on a FunTShirt: FunTShirt (which borrowed a line from Jess Nevins): [[http://www.pegasuspublishing.com/steampunk-What-happens-when-Goths-Discover-Brown-T-Shirt-p-30118.html "steampunk: What happens when goths discover brown."]]
9th Sep '17 8:44:34 AM CosmicFerret
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** Another Creator/DCComics {{Elseworld}}, ''[[Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica JLA]]: Age of Wonders'' imagines what might have happened if UsefulNotes/NikolaTesla had worked with all DC's {{Omnidisciplinary Scientist}}s: [[TheFlash Barry Allen]], [[Comicbook/{{Starman}} Ted Knight]], [[ComicBook/TheAtom Ray Palmer]] ... and ComicBook/LexLuthor.

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** Another Creator/DCComics {{Elseworld}}, ''[[Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica JLA]]: Age of Wonders'' imagines what might have happened if UsefulNotes/NikolaTesla had worked with all DC's {{Omnidisciplinary Scientist}}s: [[TheFlash [[Franchise/TheFlash Barry Allen]], [[Comicbook/{{Starman}} Ted Knight]], [[ComicBook/TheAtom Ray Palmer]] ... and ComicBook/LexLuthor.
7th Sep '17 8:13:03 PM MagnusForce
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* The ''WesternAnimation/HarveyBeaks'' two-part episode "Steampunks" is all about the genre. There's also a recurring character named Moff, who is a huge steampunk enthusiast.
5th Sep '17 2:29:42 PM Xtifr
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Steampunk may be a modern reflection of the 1930s–40s trope of TheGayNineties, an idealized version of the 1890s. While various works may be more chronologically specific, any time from around 1860, through to the 1910's, can be considered fair game. Think of UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar and UsefulNotes/WorldWarI as acceptable bookends: the former is when the technological revolution really started to take off, and the latter when it first started edging into DieselPunk. The term "steampunk" was coined by K. W. Jeter to describe the speculative fiction stories in a Victorian setting that he, Creator/TimPowers, and James Blaylock were writing in the early 1980s in contrast to the cyberpunk stories like ''Neuromancer'' that were saturating media. Steampunk's modern incarnation may be considered a reaction to the popular dystopias of that time: the positive power of the imagination and subversion of the NewTechnologyIsEvil trope are common steampunk themes, although recent steampunk is increasingly likely to deal with dystopian societies, sometimes even drawing upon the works of Charles Babbage to theorize humans with mechanical brains and other things rendering them cyberpunk in all but backdrop and visual trappings.

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Steampunk may be a modern reflection of the 1930s–40s trope of TheGayNineties, an idealized version of the 1890s. While various works may be more chronologically specific, any time from around 1860, through to the 1910's, can be considered fair game. Think of UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar and UsefulNotes/WorldWarI as acceptable bookends: the former is when the technological revolution really started to take off, and the latter when it first started edging into DieselPunk. The term "steampunk" was coined by K. W. Jeter Creator/KWJeter to describe the speculative fiction stories in a Victorian setting that he, Creator/TimPowers, and James Blaylock were writing in the early 1980s in contrast to the cyberpunk stories like ''Neuromancer'' that were saturating media. Steampunk's modern incarnation may be considered a reaction to the popular dystopias of that time: the positive power of the imagination and subversion of the NewTechnologyIsEvil trope are common steampunk themes, although recent steampunk is increasingly likely to deal with dystopian societies, sometimes even drawing upon the works of Charles Babbage to theorize humans with mechanical brains and other things rendering them cyberpunk in all but backdrop and visual trappings.
1st Sep '17 5:25:42 AM ZemplinTemplar
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* ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vORsKyopHyM The Mysterious Explorations of Jasper Morello]]'' is a short film about an airship navigator. It was nominated for many awards due to the unique silhouette art-style and the inventive storyline.



* ''WesternAnimation/TheMysteriousGeographicExplorationsOfJasperMorello'' has steam and mechanical zeppelins, and is animated as though it were shadow puppets and a light box.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheMysteriousGeographicExplorationsOfJasperMorello'' is an Australian short film about a troubled airship navigator and a dangerous expedition he takes part in. The setting has steam and mechanical zeppelins, and the entire film is animated as though it were shadow puppets and a light box.box. It was nominated for many awards (including an Academy Award) due to the unique silhouette art-style and the inventive storyline.
1st Sep '17 2:52:41 AM Doug86
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* The origin of Alan Moore's science hero ''Tom Strong'' involves a steam-powered pneumatic automaton and a gravity chamber at the birth of the 20th Century.
* Creator/BryanTalbot wrote and drew ''[[ComicBook/LutherArkwright TheAdventuresOfLutherArkwright]]'' in 1978, proving that steampunk is OlderThanTheyThink. Also the sequel ''Heart of Empire'', and a separate graphic novel called ''ComicBook/{{Grandville}}'' featuring a steampunk world inhabited by [[WorldOfFunnyAnimals anthropomorphic animals]].

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* The origin of Alan Moore's science hero ''Tom Strong'' ''ComicBook/TomStrong'' involves a steam-powered pneumatic automaton and a gravity chamber at the birth of the 20th Century.
* Creator/BryanTalbot wrote and drew ''[[ComicBook/LutherArkwright TheAdventuresOfLutherArkwright]]'' The Adventures of Luther Arkwright]]'' in 1978, proving that steampunk is OlderThanTheyThink. Also the sequel ''Heart of Empire'', and a separate graphic novel called ''ComicBook/{{Grandville}}'' featuring a steampunk world inhabited by [[WorldOfFunnyAnimals anthropomorphic animals]].
20th Aug '17 4:34:28 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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The more Victorian branch of steampunk sometimes also incorporates vaguely [[EldritchAbomination Lovecraftian]] elements, as shown [[http://thetentacleparadox.com/blog/?p=46 here]]. Another good example of the Lovecraftian/antediluvian influence on steampunk would be the design of the ''Nautilus'', Captain Nemo's submarine, in the film adaptation of ''The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.'' Expect to also see a strong, visible Irish influence, in terms of such features as stained wood, brass, and American frontier-style blown glass oil lamps. You will occasionally encounter some minor overlap with the post-Victorian Art Deco movement as well, particularly in terms of typography. The [[UsefulNotes/{{Airships}} Zeppelin]] or rigid airship could also be considered one of the major icons of steampunk, due to the major public enthusiasm for the craft [[UsefulNotes/TheHindenburg pre-1937]]. This is despite them being much more commonplace in the DieselPunk era. To be fair, though, the first airship flew in 1852, predating both the Lincoln Administration and [[OlderThanRadio radio]]- and yes, it was powered by a steam engine.

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The more Victorian branch of steampunk sometimes also incorporates vaguely [[EldritchAbomination Lovecraftian]] elements, as shown [[http://thetentacleparadox.com/blog/?p=46 here]]. Another good example of the Lovecraftian/antediluvian influence on steampunk would be the design of the ''Nautilus'', Captain Nemo's submarine, in the [[Film/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen film adaptation adaptation]] of ''The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.'' Expect to also see a strong, visible Irish influence, in terms of such features as stained wood, brass, and American frontier-style blown glass oil lamps. You will occasionally encounter some minor overlap with the post-Victorian Art Deco movement as well, particularly in terms of typography. The [[UsefulNotes/{{Airships}} Zeppelin]] or rigid airship could also be considered one of the major icons of steampunk, due to the major public enthusiasm for the craft [[UsefulNotes/TheHindenburg pre-1937]]. This is despite them being much more commonplace in the DieselPunk era. To be fair, though, the first airship flew in 1852, predating both the Lincoln Administration and [[OlderThanRadio radio]]- and yes, it was powered by a steam engine.
2nd Aug '17 12:18:18 PM johnnyapplejuice
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* The trope of the [[SkyPirate Airship Pirate]] has become so overwhelmingly prevalent and predictable that a group of fans rebelled against it by forming the [[http://www.iapssteampunk.com/ Imperial Anti-Piracy Squadron]] or IAPS, a delightfully intimidating group who entertain and educate about developing costumes and personae whenever they're not showing off flashy uniforms and shouting in pseudo-Austrian accents.

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* The trope of the [[SkyPirate Airship Pirate]] has become so overwhelmingly prevalent and predictable that a group of fans rebelled against it by forming the [[http://www.iapssteampunk.com/ [[https://www.facebook.com/iapssteam/ Imperial Anti-Piracy Squadron]] or IAPS, a delightfully intimidating group who entertain and educate about developing costumes and personae whenever they're not showing off flashy uniforms and shouting in pseudo-Austrian accents.
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