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Please Go Easy On Steampunk


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I wasn't being literal in using the Steampunk label, e.g. it has to involve "steam" and "punks" (whatever that second word means lol).  

 

My understanding of the term is that it involves mixing period costumes with technology from later eras.  I think Steampunk originally meant to cover just Victoria era costumes.  I am using it in the broader sense.

 

Your understanding of the term is incorrect. It posits an alternate progression of history, branching off roughly in the Victorian era, where we never developed petroleum or electricity as our main forms of power and locomotion but instead relied on ever-more-complex steam generation and motive systems.

 

So, as you can see, a guinea pig with a blackpowder pistol is not Steampunk.

I'm in this for the Experience, not the XP.

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Maybe it is too much to ask for, but I hope they go easy on Steampunk.  It is not that primitive gunpowder weapons and Leonardo da Vinci style inventions don't have their place in medieval/Renaissance

I don't mind seeing early black powder weaponry like muskets / bombs / grenades / cannons, and even simple rockets.   But I would like to avoid the cars, robots, lazers, spaceships, machine guns, he

Just go all out and air drop AK-47s and Glocks into the campaign. Replace lumber mills and iron mines with Payday Loan and Pawn shops. Just imagine it, Centaur drive-bys.     Srsly tho. No steamp

Your understanding of the term is incorrect. It posits an alternate progression of history, branching off roughly in the Victorian era, where we never developed petroleum or electricity as our main forms of power and locomotion but instead relied on ever-more-complex steam generation and motive systems.

 

So, as you can see, a guinea pig with a blackpowder pistol is not Steampunk.

 

I am not a Professor of Steampunk, I just consulted the Wiki like every other dummy.  

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steampunk

 

I agree with you that pistol is (likely) not steam-powered.  However the term Steampunk has branched out to cover other meanings.  Which is how I meant it.

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I don't want any scifi gnomish technology or w/e like we have in WoW and FFXIV. I would prefer if the dev team tried to keep things as realistic as they can (like Game of Thrones). If they want to add unrealistic stuff, they should do it through magic, not technological innovations.

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I am not a Professor of Steampunk, I just consulted the Wiki like every other dummy.  

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steampunk

 

I agree with you that pistol is (likely) not steam-powered.  However the term Steampunk has branched out to cover other meanings.  Which is how I meant it.

No, no it hasn't. That article you linked said what I said.

 

 

Steampunk began as a subgenre of science fiction and fantasy literature, but has developed in recent years to become a craft and lifestyle movement that commonly features some aspect of steam-powered machinery.[1] Although its literary origins are sometimes associated with cyberpunk, steampunk is often inspired by industrialized Western civilization during the 19th century.[2] Steampunk works are often set in an alternative history of the 19th century's British Victorian era or American "Wild West", in a post-apocalyptic future during which steam power has maintained mainstream use, or in a fantasy world that similarly employs steam power. Steampunk perhaps most recognisably features anachronistic technologies or retro-futuristic inventions as people in the 19th century might have envisioned them, and is likewise rooted in the era's perspective on fashion, culture, architectural style, and art. Such technology may include fictional machines like those found in the works of H. G. Wells and Jules Verne, or the modern authors Philip Pullman, Scott Westerfeld, Stephen Hunt and China Miéville. Other examples of steampunk contain alternative history-style presentations of such technology as lighter-than-air airships, analogue computers, or such digital mechanical computers as Charles Babbage's Analytical Engine.

Steampunk may also incorporate additional elements from the genres of fantasy, horror, historical fiction, alternate history, or other branches of speculative fiction, making it often a hybrid genre. The term steampunk's first known appearance was in 1987, though it now retroactively refers to many works of fiction created even as far back as the 1950s or 1960s.

Steampunk also refers to any of the artistic styles, clothing fashions, or subcultures, that have developed from the aesthetics of steampunk fiction, Victorian-era fiction, art nouveau design, and films from the mid-20th century.[3] Various modern utilitarian objects have been modded by individual artisans into a pseudo-Victorian mechanical "steampunk" style, and a number of visual and musical artists have been described as steampunk.

 

No where does it say

 

mixing period costumes with technology from later eras.  I think Steampunk originally meant to cover just Victoria era costumes.  I am using it in the broader sense.

It does Retro-futuristic. Meaning big clunky steam-powered future gear. It does use Victorian clothing, as we both agreed. Though the Guinecean isn't wearing a Victorian outfit. Steampunk requires much, much more than that to fall in the category. Your use is still incorrect. Nothing here is steampunk.

I'm in this for the Experience, not the XP.

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