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Spurious Contraptions & Other Steampunk Oddities

Discussion in 'Civ3 - Steampunk Scenario' started by KingArthur, Oct 8, 2007.

  1. Ozymandias

    Ozymandias I saw the Great Library burn.

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  2. Jord Kells

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    Perhaps a source to include in this mod is the SyFy channel's Sanctaury. It follows a kind of League, about a group of individuals who while attending Oxford in the mid 1800's, procured a sample of vampire blood and injected themselves with it. The leader of the group, Helen Magnus, pretty much became immortal; Druid was able to teleport and went mad becoming Jack the Ripper; Watson's mind increased almost exponentially; Tesla, developed magneto-like pwers and became a pseudo-vampire, and Nigel Griffin was able to become invisible. The show mainly takes place in current day "Old City" and Magnus's drive to find and protect "abnormals," ex: Bigfoot is her manservant (butler/bodygaurd).
    Civs would inlcude the Cabal, Vampires, Hollow Earth, a crazy billionare, and the Sanctaury Network.

    It doesn't actually use any kind of "steam" power, but a Victorian woman wielding a laser pistol while chasing werewolves with Jack the Ripper come close. Plus, her father was probably the source for Dr. Monroe.
     
  3. Blue Monkey

    Blue Monkey Archon Without Portfolio

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    Sounds like it's worth a look.
     
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    Anyone knows "Dystopian Wars"?
    Dystopian Wars

    Going to start playing soon. Basically, warfare in a steampunk world.
     
  6. Moosezilla

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    Speaking of Syfy, they have a B&W serial on their site called "The Mercury Men".
     
  7. KingArthur

    KingArthur Searching for the Holy Grail

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    KingArthur Searching for the Holy Grail

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  9. Takhisis

    Takhisis Jinping, wer fragt uns?

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    Oh, look at all this tiny type! Everything on the chart must be true!
     
  10. KingArthur

    KingArthur Searching for the Holy Grail

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    So magnify it - or download it; it's a jpeg and blows up quite well. :confused:
     
  11. Takhisis

    Takhisis Jinping, wer fragt uns?

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    up yours.
    You've just proved that you haven't read the chrat in its entirety. Read up to the last line ;).
     
  12. Balthasar

    Balthasar Wise Man

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    It's a good chart, adequately (if gently) portraying the hazards of negotiating with a street waif in London in 1835, which would have had, by all reliable accounts, difficulty and survival odds akin to a later level of Grand Theft Auto. Indeed, if you thought the lad was bad, wait 'til you meet 'is sister.
     
  13. Takhisis

    Takhisis Jinping, wer fragt uns?

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    Hmmm, I'm quite good at GTA, so, maybe I'd survive? :p

    Why are those GREEN goggles in your avatar, Mr. KingArthur? Don't tell me you see everything in a green haze after last Sunday.
     
  14. Virote_Considon

    Virote_Considon The Great Dictator

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    The Green Fairy takes no prisoners :sad:
     
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    Great link! We'll have to follow that project. If anything else comes up post it.

    This ain't that but it's worth a chortle:

     
  17. Balthasar

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  18. Takhisis

    Takhisis Jinping, wer fragt uns?

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    Something like the ETAK project from Freespace II (a device to communicate with alien race) could be added…
     
  19. Balthasar

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    We do have a Gridley Wave Device as a wonder in Lost Worlds. From Burroughs again.
     
  20. Supa

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    Since I've already mentioned the 1800 collection, I'll also talk about the latest series I've read from it : Grands Anciens (Great Old Ones) by Jean-Marc Lainé (scenario) and Bojan Vukic (drawing). First tome is titled 'La Baleine Blanche' (The While Whale) and second 'Le Dieu-Poulpe' (The Octopus-God).

    As you've probably guessed it with the titles, it's a crossover between Hermann Melville's Moby-Dick and H. P. Lovecraft's Call of Cthulhu: In New Bedford, Hermann Melville meets a young Ishmaël and tell him an adventure of Captain Achab, before he lost his leg.



    The tale was nice, nothing overwhelming, with a few surprises and a few timing discrepancies (Queequeeg already hired on the Pequod, for instance). The art was good, although uneven.

    It does have a few ideas I'll spoil here, for modding sake. If you're planning to read the comics, you're better off without knowing them.

    Spoiler :
    • The Pequod is at some point upgraded with special harpoon cannons designed with the Barbicane Assembly Hall. The same assembly is also building the Nautilus (Nemo's Nautilus ? In 1849-1850 ?).
    • There is a whole species of white sperm-whale, fighting Cthulhu and/or his Spawns and beating them back to R'Lyeh whenever one escapes.

      One modding mind can easily spot a two units line (the Pequod), a hammer-boosting Great Wonder (the Barbicane Ateliers) and an undersea special unit (white sperm-whales - does Tom still have his model ready ?).
     

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