History TabletopGame / CastleFalkenstein

30th Jan '16 10:48:29 AM Morgenthaler
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CastleFalkenstein is a quasi-historical tabletop RPG published in 1994 by R.Talsorian Games. A handful of supplements followed, and a TabletopGame/{{GURPS}} adaptation of the setting was published in 2000.

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CastleFalkenstein ''Castle Falkenstein'' is a quasi-historical tabletop RPG published in 1994 by R.Talsorian Games. A handful of supplements followed, and a TabletopGame/{{GURPS}} adaptation of the setting was published in 2000.
12th Sep '15 1:11:26 PM Paireon
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* TheFairFolk: The Unseelie, who want nothing more than to wipe out/enslave all of humanity, because that's what they exist for.

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* TheFairFolk: The Unseelie, who want nothing more than to wipe out/enslave all of humanity, because that's what they exist for. The Seelie are nicer overall to humans, but you still don't want to piss them off. [[spoiler:Although see KarmaHoudini below for a rather nasty reveal...]]


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* ModernMayincatecEmpire: The Mayans got magical advance notice of the coming of the Spanish, enabling them to preserve a fair degree of autonomy as a Spanish ally and protectorate. The Incas used powerful magic and alien supertechnology to annihilate would-be conquerors.
13th Jul '15 11:31:40 AM nombretomado
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* ManifestDestiny: The American Freemasons benefit from a magic ritual (cast by the Founding Fathers!) that causes them to grow in magical power as the United States expands. Hence, they are keenly interested in seeing Texas, Orleans, the Twenty Nations Confederation, and the Bear Flag Empire brought into the fold.

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* ManifestDestiny: UsefulNotes/ManifestDestiny: The American Freemasons benefit from a magic ritual (cast by the Founding Fathers!) that causes them to grow in magical power as the United States expands. Hence, they are keenly interested in seeing Texas, Orleans, the Twenty Nations Confederation, and the Bear Flag Empire brought into the fold.
30th Mar '15 10:01:51 AM Patachou
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* FemmeFataleSpy: Quite active in the age and one of the ways to play the Demimondaine.



* MataHari: Quite active in the age and one of the ways to play the Demimondaine.
23rd Nov '14 3:46:56 PM margdean56
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22nd Nov '14 3:51:39 AM StFan
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* AnachronismStew: In part because of the Faeries, who had traveled trough several dimensions, some of them in the space age. Mostly because there are enough {{Mad Scientist}}s to give ''GirlGenius'' a run for her money.

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* AnachronismStew: In part because of the Faeries, who had traveled trough several dimensions, some of them in the space age. Mostly because there are enough {{Mad Scientist}}s to give ''GirlGenius'' ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' a run for her money.
4th Nov '14 11:23:12 PM Craverguy
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* ShoutOut: A big chunk of ''Six-Guns & Sorcery'' is dedicated to describing the struggles of the U.S. Secret Service against waves of {{Diabolical Mastermind}}s, particularly the [[TheNapoleon diminutive lunatic]] Dr. Inigio Lovelorn. [[Series/TheWildWildWest Sound familiar?]]



* WholeEpisodePlotReference: A big chunk of ''Six-Guns & Sorcery'' is dedicated to describing the struggles of the U.S. Secret Service against waves of {{Diabolical Mastermind}}s, particularly the [[TheNapoleon diminutive lunatic]] Dr. Inigio Lovelorn. [[Series/TheWildWildWest Sound familiar?]]
4th Nov '14 11:20:39 PM Craverguy
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* BenevolentConspiracy: TheIlluminati, in contrast to their more malevolent rivals in the Golden Dawn.



* EmperorScientist: Lord Yoshikazu Tomino, one of the settings most successful Masterminds, who rules the northern Japanese islands with the aid of his HumongousMecha.



* HumongousMecha: Sort of inevitable in this setting, wasn't it? Lord Tomino is currently in the process of conquering Japan with his 100-foot-tall, [[GatlingGood Gatling-armed]] Giant Steam Automaton.
* HypnoRay: Dr. Lovelorn used one to take over Washington, D.C.



* LadyOfWar: Every gentlewoman without exception.

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* LadyOfWar: Every gentlewoman without exception.The Adventuress archetype.



* MassiveMultiplayerCrossover: {{Franchise/Sherlock Holmes}} (and assorted sidekicks and nemeses), {{Literature/Dracula}}, [[Literature/TwentyThousandLeaguesUnderTheSea Captain Nemo]], [[Literature/AroundTheWorldInEightyDays Phileas Fogg]], Literature/JohnCarterOfMars, {{Literature/Flashman}}, and [[Literature/ThePrisonerOfZenda Rudolf Rassendyll]] all show up, to say nothing of the {{Lawyer Friendly Cameo}}s from Franchise/FuManchu and [[Series/TheWildWildWest Dr. Loveless]]. And all of them mingle with just about every 19th century historical figure you can think of, from Queen Victoria and Chancellor von Bismarck to Mark Twain and Emperor Norton.

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* ManifestDestiny: The American Freemasons benefit from a magic ritual (cast by the Founding Fathers!) that causes them to grow in magical power as the United States expands. Hence, they are keenly interested in seeing Texas, Orleans, the Twenty Nations Confederation, and the Bear Flag Empire brought into the fold.
* MassiveMultiplayerCrossover: {{Franchise/Sherlock Holmes}} (and assorted sidekicks and nemeses), {{Literature/Dracula}}, [[{{Literature/Frankenstein}} Dr. Frankenstein]], [[Literature/TwentyThousandLeaguesUnderTheSea Captain Nemo]], [[Literature/AroundTheWorldInEightyDays Phileas Fogg]], Literature/JohnCarterOfMars, {{Literature/Flashman}}, and [[Literature/ThePrisonerOfZenda Rudolf Rassendyll]] all show up, to say nothing of the {{Lawyer Friendly Cameo}}s from Franchise/FuManchu and [[Series/TheWildWildWest Dr. Loveless]]. And all of them mingle with just about every 19th century historical figure you can think of, from Queen Victoria and Chancellor von Bismarck to Mark Twain and Emperor Norton.


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* RenegadeSplinterFaction: The American lodge of the Freemasons, which is sinister and power-hungry in contrast to their benevolent European counterparts.


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* WholeEpisodePlotReference: A big chunk of ''Six-Guns & Sorcery'' is dedicated to describing the struggles of the U.S. Secret Service against waves of {{Diabolical Mastermind}}s, particularly the [[TheNapoleon diminutive lunatic]] Dr. Inigio Lovelorn. [[Series/TheWildWildWest Sound familiar?]]
2nd Nov '14 9:10:37 PM Craverguy
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* DeathRay: No self-respecting Mastermind would lack at least a plan for one.



* GodSaveUsFromTheQueen: Marie Laveau, the Voodoo Queen of New Orleans and the unofficial Queen of the Free State of Orleans.



* HollywoodVoodoo: Marie Laveau is immortal and one of the ''de facto'' rulers of Orleans, which is defended by her zombi army.

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* HollywoodVoodoo: Marie Laveau is immortal and one of the ''de facto'' rulers of Orleans, which is defended by her zombi army. One of her proteges is also a powerful crime boss in San Francisco.



* TheKingdom: Bayern. Is in fact constantly pointed out how "postcard Disney-like" Bayern actually is compared to the rest of Europa.

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* TheKingdom: Bayern. Is It is in fact constantly pointed out how "postcard Disney-like" Bayern actually is compared to the rest of Europa.



* NebulousEvilOrganization: The World Crime League, a cross between TheSyndicate and a WeirdTradeUnion for {{Diabolical Mastermind}}s.

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* NebulousEvilOrganization: MegaCorp: The Steam Lords of Britain dream of establishing these...and are working with Bismarck and the Unseelie to make it happen.
* NebulousEvilOrganization:
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The World Crime League, a cross between TheSyndicate and a WeirdTradeUnion for {{Diabolical Mastermind}}s.Mastermind}}s.
** The Phantom Empire, founded by Alexander Hamilton to transform the United States into a monarchy. It's currently embroiled in an EnemyCivilWar between Boss Tweed's Tammany Hall and the DiabolicalMastermind Dr. Inigio Lovelorn.



* {{Sourcebook}}: Original 6 in total. The Core book, ''Steam Age'', ''Memoirs of Auberon'', ''Sixguns and Sorcery'', ''Book of Sigils'' and the ''Lost Notebooks of Leonardo''. Steve Jackson Games gave us ''Ottoman Empire'' and the Core book revised six years later.

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* {{Sourcebook}}: Original 6 7 in total. The Core book, ''Comme Il Faut'', ''Steam Age'', ''Memoirs of Auberon'', ''Sixguns and Sorcery'', ''Book of Sigils'' and the ''Lost Notebooks of Leonardo''. Steve Jackson Games gave us ''Ottoman Empire'' and the Core book revised six years later.


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* SubmarinePirates: Captain Nemo, of course. But there are so many of them that most governments with coastlines have their own submarines to defend their shipping from raids.
2nd Nov '14 6:18:32 PM Craverguy
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* BigBad: The Adversary, leader of the Unseelie Court. He's usually at least peripherally involved in all evil doings in New Europa, and most of them in America, too.



* CoolAirship: Robur the Conqueror's ''Albatross'' and the Bayernese aerowarships.
* CoolBoat: Captain Nemo's ''Nautilus'' steals the show, of course, but the governments of Britain and the U.S. also have some neat naval toys.
* CoolCar: Can we interest you in a steam-powered Mercedes? Or perhaps a Rolls Royce?



* DoubleReverseQuadrupleAgent: Russia, followed slightly behind by Prussia and England.
* DinosaursAreDragons: Dragons are part of the political scene and are known to be the descendants of [[GiantFlyer pterosaurs]] who survived the extinction of the dinosaurs by developing intelligence and magic.



* DinosaursAreDragons: Dragons are part of the political scene and are known to be the descendants of [[GiantFlyer pterosaurs]] who survived the extinction of the dinosaurs by developing intelligence and magic.
* DividedStatesOfAmerica: There's the United States of America, which is ruled by the Freemasons and essentially stops at the Mississippi; the Republic of Texas, which also includes New Mexico and Arizona; the Free State of Orleans, a WretchedHive run by piracy and voodoo; the Twenty Nations Confederation, made up of Native Americans and covering everything between the Mississippi and Nevada; and the Bear Flag Empire, which encompasses California, Oregon, and Washington and is ruled by Emperor Norton I in partnership with Kit Carson and Mark Twain.
* DoubleReverseQuadrupleAgent: Russia, followed slightly behind by Prussia and England.



* DividedStatesOfAmerica



* GadgeteerGenius: It's ''the'' hobby for all the gentleman and gentlewomen of good breeding in New Europa.

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* GadgeteerGenius: It's ''the'' hobby for all the gentleman gentlemen and gentlewomen of good breeding in New Europa. And even more widespread in America.



* TheGoodKing: King Ludwig and Emperor Norton. Queen Victoria means well, but she's an UnwittingPawn of the Steam Lords.



* HollywoodVoodoo: Marie Laveau is immortal and one of the ''de facto'' rulers of Orleans, which is defended by her zombi army.



* TheKingdom: Bayern. Is in fact constantly pointed out how "Postcard disney-like" Bayern actually is compared to the rest of Europa.

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* TheKingdom: Bayern. Is in fact constantly pointed out how "Postcard disney-like" "postcard Disney-like" Bayern actually is compared to the rest of Europa.



* MadScientist: So abundant that there are periodic tabloids that post monthly news and journals for the new scientific overlord in the making.

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* MadScientist: So abundant that there are periodic tabloids that post monthly news and journals for the new scientific overlord in the making.making.
* TheMagocracy: The United States is run by the Freemasons, which in this setting is a Sorcerous Order. It's actually written into the Constitution that the President ''must'' be a member.



* NebulousEvilOrganization: The World Crime Council, a cross between TheSyndicate and a WeirdTradeUnion for {{Diabolical Mastermind}}s.

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* NebulousEvilOrganization: The World Crime Council, League, a cross between TheSyndicate and a WeirdTradeUnion for {{Diabolical Mastermind}}s.



* OurVampiresAreDifferent: The main vampires in the setting are a OneGenderRace (all female) of Unseelie Faeries. It wasn't until the ''Book of Sigils'' splat that actual undead vampires were added. ({{Literature/Dracula}} also exists in this setting, but he's actually not a vampire. He's an Unseelie Dark Lord.)

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* OurVampiresAreDifferent: The main vampires in the setting are a OneGenderRace (all female) of Unseelie Faeries. It wasn't until the ''Book of Sigils'' splat that actual undead vampires (called "vampirs") were added. ({{Literature/Dracula}} {{Literature/Dracula}} also exists in this setting, but he's actually not a vampire. He's an Unseelie Dark Lord.)



* RussianGuySuffersMost

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* RussianGuySuffersMostRuleOfCool: This setting runs on it. How else to explain the existence of an actual country ruled by Emperor Norton?
* RussianGuySuffersMost: Russia is a straight-out {{Dystopia}}, ruled by a mad tsar and dominated by vicious nature spirits.



* ShadowDictator: Aaron Burr, the President for Life of Orleans, hasn't been seen in public in more than 25 years. Given that he's over a hundred years old at this point and his mistress is Marie Laveau, he's probably undead (if he's even still alive at all).



* SkyPirate: All over the place. Robur the Conqueror is the face of the profession in Europe, but they're especially numerous in the United States and the Caribbean, where they're usually FormerRegimePersonnel of the Confederacy who took their military airships rogue.



* {{Utopia}}: The Kingdom of Bayern and the Bear Flag Empire are both presented this way.



* WoodenShipsAndIronMen: England in the past. In 1900 they have the greatest navy the world has ever seen and their sailors are second to none.

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* WoodenShipsAndIronMen: England in the past. In 1900 they have the greatest navy the world has ever seen and their sailors are second to none.none.
* WretchedHive: Orleans. Its government is virtually nonexistent, only those neighborhoods that pay the Maire get police protection, and piracy, gambling, and prostitution are all legal and licensed.
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