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Short Films and Promos

Steampunk Fett Makes His Second Appearance in ‘Mask of Vengeance’

A year ago, I posted about the first amazing Steampunk/Star Wars mash-up, Trial of the Mask. Now, sit back and enjoy the sequel!


Steampunk on Kickstarter, Nov. 2016

Publishing

The Time Traveler’s Trilogy, Ends Dec. 20

It’s 1815, and Wellington’s badly-outnumbered army stares across the field of Waterloo at Napoleon’s forces. Desperate to hold until reinforcements arrive, Wellington calls upon a race of monsters created by a mad scientist 25 years before.

It’s 1815, and a discontented young lady sitting in a rose garden receives a mysterious gift: a pocket watch that, when opened, displays scenes from all eras of history. Past…and future.

It’s 1885, and a small band of resistance fighters are resorting to increasingly extreme methods in their efforts to overthrow a steampunk Empire whose clockwork gears are slick with its subjects’ blood.

Are these events connected?

Oh, come now. That would be telling…

My favorite reward: $5 pledge and you get the first ebook in the series by January.

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Film

Outlawed Faith, Ends Dec. 16

 

GENRE: Sci-Fi/Western/Steampunk

LOGLINE: In a dystopian universe, on a dead-end back water world, an orphaned boy and his sisters, one of which is a mystic Seer, try to escape from the sway of their megalomaniac uncle by seeking out the help of a reformed gunslinger.

PLOT SUMMARY: Young Jonah’s faith carries him and his sisters, Celine, and Cora to the borderland town, Harpdale, a dusty crossroads on the edge of the galaxy, where law is what one makes it. They seek out his mother’s old friend, the infamous reformed gunslinger Kulta; but what they find is more than what anyone bargains for. Outlawed Faith is a science fiction action adventure which brings forward a strongly charismatic, but unlikely and reluctant, hero to the rescue of innocence in danger. The story brings together a mashup of genres (Steampunk/Western) creating a perfect blend for adventure.

My favorite reward: $10 pledge gets you a download of the short, plus a download of the finished full film

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Gaming

Concept Crowd Gear, Ends Dec. 4 

The Game: 

The game will have a steampunk anime type stylized aesthetics. An unknown force brings magic to the equation, causing inexplicable phenomenon such as strange monsters and weird climatic changes that alter the setting and increase the conflict.

As the game grows, the core platform supporting the game will add new weapons, terrains, bosses, creatures, or mechanics. This allows for more repeat playing of the game.

The Process:  

Rewards for support include participation in the concepts section, voting rights during development, and credit for any contributions that are used in the game. Whether backers have a passion for drawing, modeling, or just have great ideas for the videogame, access to the forums is gained based on backing.

My favorite reward: a $10 pledge allows you to be a part of the design process and give feedback

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Steam Hammer, ends Dec. 15

Steam Hammer is the first hardcore sandbox-style RPG set in a dark and mysterious steampunk world. Experience the intensity as you try to survive on the mysterious Acribo Islands.

Steam Hammer features:

• a classic Victorian steampunk setting with wondrous mechanisms, machinery, weapons, armor, clothing, and—of course—steam and smoke.

• an open-class system that frees you from arbitrary constraints. Engineer, scientist, farmer, gunsmith, stormtrooper, sharpshooter, and more can all be combined and switched depending on your skill set.

• a huge open world for you to explore, travel, and terraform. Go where you will and master the land.

 Craft your Glory. Craft your Victory. Craft your Steam Hammer!

My favorite reward: $25 pledge gets you the full game and your name in the credits

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Pirates: Age of Gravitum, Ends Dec. 22 

In Pirates : Age of Gravitium, you play as a pirate captain looking for a solution to the upcoming threat of the India Company. Whether you want to become famous, rich enough or well prepared to fight is for you to decide. To help you during your journey, you can recruit a large variety of fellow pirates. You can also grow your headquarter to unlock new skills, accept missions for other factions or simply explore the world in search for treasures or easy targets to rob. But be careful ! You are not alone, and the other factions – the British, the French, the Dutch, the Spanish and the other Pirates – will make sure you pay for your crimes.

Sea itself is treacherous if you travel for too long, as the moral of your crew, like the hull of your ship, is far from being unbreakable.

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My favorite reward: 18 euros and you get the game, a chance to answer polls during development, and your name in the credits

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Steampunk Crowdfunding: Oct. 2016 Edition

Publishing

Children of Sin Manga, Ends Nov. 4

It is a time of darkness where clockwork powers the world. Evil permeates society causing great mayhem, and man’s morals are questioned. Kain, tortured by his past sins, seeks to earn redemption by saving mankind. But can he, whom the gods no longer praise, redeem himself?

The Seven Deadly Sins have taken corporeal form in our world:

  • Pride is an orphan, who along with his brother, got adopted by a high class assassin.
  • Envy is a rich girl who was shipped off to dancing school.
  • Greed was a street urchin who had to become a thief to survive.
  • Wrath worked at a steel plant that made the cogs that turn the town.
  • Lust is a high class French stripper who seems to be in the wrong place at the right time…. all of the time.
  • Gluttony is a baker from the Netherlands who takes a bite out of his problems.
  • Sloth is an ex-opium addict and just so happens to be Greed’s older sister.

Then there is Depression who has lived her whole life in a cemetery.

Kain, the last piece of the puzzle, runs away after betraying his students. Now that he has escaped the Darkness’ great hold on him, he looks to reverse all the evil that he and his followers have caused. Azrael, his mysterious butler and bodyguard, is put into his service to help control the chaos, but he has an agenda of his own.

My Favorite Reward: $10 to get a PDF of the finished book.

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Steampunk Universe: A diverse steampunk anthology featuring aneurotypical and disabled characters ends Nov. 6.

coverWe keep getting told that steampunk is not diverse. We want to keep proving them wrong.

Two and a half years ago, we brought you the award-winning anthology Steampunk World, a diverse collection of steampunk fiction. Since then, there have been a number of other prominent anthologies and works of diverse steampunk fiction. That is exactly what we hoped would happen.

But it is not enough.

We want to see even more diversity. We want to see characters like all our friends and all the members of our families. We want fully developed characters in steampunk – and all fiction – who are disabled or aneurotypical. We want more than “token” characters, and clichéd plots.

We were told it was too hard – especially in a genre like steampunk.

We are going to prove them wrong again…and we want you to join us.

My Favorite Reward: $20 pledge gets you a printed copy the anthology, plus digital copies across multiple platforms and a bonus short story anthology by my friend Andrew Knighton.

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Victorian Bareknuckle League, Ends Nov. 24

victorian-bareknuckleVictorian Bareknuckle League is a steampunk tale of bloody knuckles and high crime set in a fantasy era Victorian London. Young Millicent Figg witnesses the brutal murder of her lover at a bareknuckle bout and sets out for revenge. Aided by the world’s greatest detective she attempts to find those responsible before she becomes as violent and ruthless as those she is fighting against…

Men, women, children. Gin soaked thieves and claret swilling aristocrats. Slaves and kings. Weathered fishermen, navvies carved from the earth by hardship and toil. The bold, the beautiful, the circus freaks, the forgotten urchins and street dwellers. Gypsies, brothel madams, conjurers and illusionists. The occultists and the strange. Con men and piss artists. Pearly kings and queens. Chinese and Jewish immigrants. The Irish, Scottish, Londoners, Yorkshiremen. The clergy, the revolutionaries. All come looking for death, glory and redemption in the Victorian Bareknuckle League.

My Favorite Reward: 4 GBP gets you a digital copy of the 20-page, fully illustrated book.

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Film

Cyan Eyed, Ends Nov. 4

Watch the video: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/njen/cyan-eyed-an-animated-steampunk-adventure/widget/video.html

It was in the first quarter of 2013, as production of my animated short film, The Rose of Turaida, was coming to an end, I was deciding what to do next. I then though about wanting to do something exciting with lot’s of energy, something that looks really cool. Cyan Eyed is a swashbuckling steampunk adventure that focuses on a rescue attempt, using visually spectacular action sequences. The title of Cyan Eyed is in fact an anagram of ‘eye candy’, and that is exactly what we are making: an awesome looking film that will leave a memorable lasting impression.

Concept art for the location Crystal Rock Landing
Concept art for the location Crystal Rock Landing

My Favorite Reward: 10 AUD (about $8) get the digital download of the film plus the rewards at lower tiers like a digital wallpaper.

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Steampunk Short Film: The Craftsman

This is a lovely little film made by an Italian director named Marcello Baretta in 2013. This version has English subtitles, but this simple tale really hardly even needs words, and the music is lovely. Enjoy!


Steampunk Web Series: Veritas Uprising

Looking for something Steampunk that is longer than a short film but shorter than a regular one? Look no further! Veritas Uprising is a 9-episode series (plus 3 supplementary ‘minisodes’) created by Airship Vindus & friends 2014. It has a cool, old west feeling to it and an interesting plot and characters. Check out their youtube channel for the full series, or take a peek at the first full episode below.


Steampunk Short: BB Black Dog “What you Need”

Steampunk meets Phish in this jam band approach to the splendidness of Steampunk.


Steampunk Crowdfunding – February 2016 Edition

There’s just a few short days left on my own campaign, and it looks like several people have also had success this month! (If you like miniatures, you should definitely take a look at the campaigns at the bottom of this post) But don’t think that just because a campaign has been funded that the creators don’t still need your help. Many of us set a minimum goal, but the projects can be as big and far-reaching as the supporters want!

What’s on Tap Right Now?

Special Events

The SteamFest Gazette, Ends Mar. 3

Conventions are the best way to get involved with the Steampunk scene. There are information sessions on how to make things, awesome performances, great people, and fun activities. But, they are also expensive and time-consuming to attend. Tickets, room, board, and getting there can all be barriers to getting in on all the fun. Basically, if you don’t already live in the town that is hosting a convention you can spend hundreds of dollars just to go to one.

What if there was a good fairy who wanted to bring the convention experience right to your inbox? Through regular updates, videos, blog posts, tweets, and the SteamFest Gazette newsletter, I plan to do just that! The Gazette will feature articles about the sessions I attend, pictures of the amazing cosplay I encounter, interviews with the movers and shakers of Steampunk, and reviews about each convention to help you decide if you want to attend next year.

My favorite reward: $10 for a super cool pin emblazoned with “United we Steampunk, Divided we Fall” or the newsletter and choice of sticker or postcard from one of the cities visited.

Steampunk Frederick, Ends Mar. 13

Frederick Maryland is home to the only Penny Farthing, also known as a high wheel bicycle, race in the United States. We are creating a Steampunk event in the town of Frederick, Maryland on the same weekend as the race so that visitors and patrons can enjoy both the race and the many Steampunk shenanigans, including music performance and other such fun. This will be a Summertime Steampunk event, so cool attire (figurative and literal) is a must! Your creativity will be rewarded with much peer approval.

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Publishing

The Forge – A Steampunk-inspired Novel, Ends Feb. 29

  Watch the video:https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1168922068/the-forge-steampunk-fantasy-novel/widget/video.html

Courage. Wisdom. Strength.

When Kane gets chosen for the Forge, his first thought is that he’s about to become one of the Garrison Cities’ heroes, but his first encounter with the Darksteel teaches him that heroism is not all it’s made out to be. As a member of the Order of Iron, the Blades’ recruit Order, Kane was supposed to have at least eight years ahead of him before facing conflict of any sort, and he would have, if the centuries-old war against the Darksteel wasn’t about to change.

Kane and his friends quickly find themselves thrust into the center of a seven-hundred year old war. Between fending off coordinated attacks from a rapidly evolving enemy, his classmate’s odd connection to the Darksteel and saving his best friend from her own family, Kane’s life is about to get a lot more complicated than he’s ever bargained for.

Sample: http://bit.ly/1lkZNFX

My favorite reward: $5 pledge for the finished ebook

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The Invention of E. J. Whitaker, Ends Mar. 26

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Conceived by indie comic book and animation sister-team, Shawnee´ and Shawnelle Gibbs, “The Invention of E.J. Whitaker” is a 24-page comic book tale mixing elements of Adventure, Historical Fiction, and Steampunk to tell the story of one heroine’s epic journey through the dicey cultural and gender land mines of the early 20th century to become a bonafide inventor.

My Favorite Reward: $25 pledge gets you a huge package of stuff, including a physical copy of the comic and specially-composed theme music.

Film

Steambite, Ends Mar. 13

STEAMBITE is an action-packed Zombie Western with Steampunk flare, currently in pre-production. STEAMBITE has an original page turner of a script, that will translate on screen to a film filled with flesh eating zombies, villains you love to hate, gun-slinging action, and most of all – a story with heart, that is worth telling.

Watch the video:
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1339799402/steambite-short-film/widget/video.html

My Favorite Reward: $10 pledge gets you a digital copy of the film, plus character posters and artwork.

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Gaming

Steam Court, Ends Mar. 19

Watch the video:

 https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2126359157/steam-court-relaunched/widget/video.html

In a metal-riveted palace, covered in a heavy layer of coal dust, lies the Steam Court. In this 2–6 player card game, players act as engineers attempting to build machines (take tricks of cards) in order to impress the Queen and her royal court. The Courtiers grant their Engineers unique privileges, which players can use as they work their way up the social ladder and collect victory point gears.

Super quick overview: Players randomly select a character token and seat themselves in order from the highest character to the lowest. Once the gears are dealt and characters exercise their special privileges, the highest player at the table (Queen) starts the first trick. She can lay any quantity of cards of the same value (e.g. three 3s). The next player needs to lay the same quantity of matching cards, but of a higher value.

Steampunk/Western Gaming Terrain, Ends Mar. 8

Western terrain

Black Maria Designs started as two guys looking to build things for tournaments and friends.  It has been around for 1 year as a side project with the hopes of building some of the best terrain for the games we love to play. We managed to generate a lot of buzz with our 40k displays and Infinity table for NOVA Open 2015 (We won best Infinity table).  We opened our online store specializing in the laser cut terrain and markers we use for our own gaming.  So how does this get us to our current state with this Kickstarter. We both play a certain western/horror/steampunk game and want to make terrain that people would want to use on their own table. Something that will really bring the games to life.

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Twisted – Steampunk Miniatures Game, Ends Mar. 16

Twisted is an immersive new tabletop skirmish game for 2 or more players, with a world-class range of 32mm miniatures representing your characters.

Set in an uniquely interesting steampunk universe, Twisted’s absorbing gameplay and linked story-driven missions create a real emotional connection between you and your characters on the tabletop. Every character has an original backstory and distinctive role within the Twisted universe: guiding them through our richly-developed environments and exciting encounters will have you on the edge of your seat and wanting more!

But beware the power of the Engine! The ever-present influence of the mysterious steampunk Engine pervades the world of Twisted. What makes playing Twisted excitingly unique is that the Engine itself brings a new and intriguing element to every encounter: the Eye of the Engine card deck and the unique ‘Favour of the Engine’ game mechanic give the Engine an active role in the actual gameplay.

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Fully Modular Victorian Steampunk Tabletop Terrain, Ends Mar. 18

TabletopGamer.com is proud to announce our very first Kickstarter campaign! With this campaign we are launching a fully modular Victorian Steampunk tabletop terrain system for 28-32mm tabletop games. We designed this terrain project with the intention of making it fully modular, so that you can use it in a large variety of different scenarios with your favorite tabletop game.

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Steampunk Short Film: Arms Race

Like Steampunk gadgets? Of course you do! So check out this short little film with some cool gear, and check out the It’s A Trap! channel for more episodes, plus tutorials on how to make what you see.