1988's Victorian space adventure "Space: 1889" was Frank Chadwick's early stab at steampunk. Players took on the gentlemanly pursuit of the sublime. Buttoned heroes and heroines journeyed across a very populous inner solar system in vessels made from "liftwood" powered through the ether by Thomas Edison's electric space engines. Various steam contraptions and improbable gadgets assisted the players and if those weren't sufficient to a task characters could invent their own industrial-age doodad. In this era of steampunk silliness it's no surprise that Space: 1889 is being re-released in the summer of 2011, just in time to set pasty-hearts aflutter for a gilded-era of white privilege. For the rest of us, let's look back and wonder WTF.
Zack: Ahhhh, steampunk. All the techno-fetishism of cyberpunk without the veneer of relevance.
Steve: It's relevant as heck. There's all kinds of commentary about class and about how things used to be better back before VCRs and whatever else.Zack: Yes, "whatever else."
Steve: I love steampunk.
Zack: You're in luck! Amazon.com is the clogged sewer tunnel into which a thousand authorial anuses are dooking out a steady porridge of steampunk. Grab a spoon and dig in!
Steve: Sorry they can't all be WWII alternate history scenarios where goblins get elected Hitler. How's that for relevant? You know in case we have a Hitler problem or whatever with goblins.
Steve: I'm sorry. I didn't meant to get nasty like that.
Zack: Quite alright, old bean. We're gentlemen. Stiff upper lip.
Steve: Like a bird beak?
Zack: Yes. A steam bird.
The singer dove off the stage and crowd surfed in a sort of reverse funeral procession where the person being carried is the only one truly alive. Touching him I felt religious ecstasy and started speaking in tongues and requesting songs that didn't exist.
There's no easy way to put this, so I'll tell it like it is. Bouillon is died. He went missing before the weekend and yesterday I found his skeletonized remains at the bottom of the #3 soup vat during one of my swims. I thought the cream of mushroom soup had an especially nourishing taste, and a lot more clumps of fur and skin than usual.
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Zack Parsons, Steve "Malak" Sumner, and friends tackle bizarre role playing game products that make them wonder, "What the fuck!?" From the early days of Gygax to contemporary role playing games, none will be spared.