This month’s RPG Blog Carnival theme is Steampunk. My most memorable steampunk experience is Castle Falkenstein. The card mechanic at the time I felt opened gamers up to alternative resolution systems in much the same way Amber broke out the diceless movement.
Castle Falkenstein’s crazy universe was a cross between Jules Verne and Alice in Wonderland. It had delicious flavour. Alas, the experience was short.
In Roleplaying Tips Issue #363: Characterization Encounters readers pitched in with several steampunk resources. In celebration of June’s blog carnival, I’ve reposted them here.
1) GURPS, Iron Kingdoms, Constructs
From: Chris Whitcomb
I’d highly recommend GURPS Steampunk. Also, if you’re using the d20 system, I’d highly recommend Iron Kingdoms. They have mecha combining steam-tech with magical control systems. Along the same lines you might look at the Eberron campaign setting. There’s also an older book from Mongoose called Encyclopaedia Arcane: Constructs. It was all about golems and constructs, including construction rules for making your own (both in-game and out).
2) Castle Falkenstein
From: Wolf Bergenheim
A year ago I read a Castle Falkenstein novel, Masterminds of Falkenstein, by John DeChancie. I liked it. I’ve never really considered the setting before reading the novel, but afterwards I found myself thinking of perhaps at some point running a steampunk setting. http://www.talsorian.com/cfindex.shtml
3) Steampunk Workshop
Cool site with instructions on how to make steampunky stuff, such as a steampunk keyboard and monitor. Ideal if you game with a computer at the table. http://steampunkworkshop.com/lcd.shtml
4) Steam-Tech, Factory, TOH III
From: Andy Goldman
Hi Johnn, I suggest GURPS Steampunk and Steam-Tech (by Steve Jackson Games) and Factory (by Perpetrated Press) for ideas. Also, the Tome of Horrors III (by Necromancer Games) has a Clockwork template to be added to any creature and is 3.5-compliant.
5) Brass Goggles
The lighter side of steampunk: http://www.brassgoggles.co.uk/brassgoggles/
6) Fantastic, Mysterious, and Adventurous Victoriana
An index of Victorian characters and places: http://www.geocities.com/jessnevins/vicintro.html
7) Wikipedia Entry
As always, Wikipedia brings us great info goodness: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steampunk