April 11th, 1908 – Germans Launch Armored Cruiser!

SMS Blücher was the last armored cruiser built by the German Empire. She was designed to match what German intelligence incorrectly believed to be the specifications of the British Invincible-class battlecruisers. Blücher was larger than preceding armored cruisers and carried more heavy guns, but was unable to match the size and armament of the battlecruisers which […]

Chesterfield Comic-Con After Action Report

This past weekend a few members of the Richmond Steampunk Society joined with members of the Steampunk Alliance of Eastern Virginia to promote our groups at the small but exciting Chesterfield Comic-Con. We were given three tables in the small Makers section of the convention. We shared the area with a demonstration of the library […]

Wheelworks: Ice Domes of the Bandit Queen – Episode 11: Cornered

Wheelworks by KT Sebastian Part one: Ice Domes of the Bandit Queen Episode 11 –  Cornered Cover art by RJ Cote/Kikuchiyo In our last episode, Lee and Brand found that life on the glacier is not what they have been led to believe. From their sumptuous lodgings, they can see the ice domes of the […]

Sinking City: Proof of a Lovecraftian Resurgence?

We seem to be in the midst of a Lovecraftian resurgence. Another studio is now hard at work on a tale of madness and monsters pulled from the pages of Lovecraft’s darkest mythos.

Call of Cthulhu: The Official Video Game

We may finally be getting the Lovecraftian horror game we need. Although the years have seen a host of more or less successful games based on the works of H.P. Lovecraft hit the shelves, they have a history of disappointment. And this shouldn’t be a surprise. After all, translating any piece of literary horror into […]

Okwui Okpokwasili’s Bronx Gothic Comes to the CAC

New York artist Okwui Okpokwasili brings her one-woman show, Bronx Gothic, to the Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center this week. Ofeibea Loveless talked to the writer/choreographer about combining elements of the Victorian Gothic and West African storytelling, and exploring the concepts of darkness and innocence in her work.

Steampunk Crowdfunding Roundup: February 2016

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 […]

Book Review: The Victorian Steam Locomotive: It’s Design & Development 1804-1879

In the forward to G. D. Dempsey and D. K. Clarke’s (2015) The Victorian Steam Locomotive: It’s Design & Development 1804-1879, Dr. Pete Waterman begins by stating that even people who are enthusiastic about the age of steam power can sometimes be blasé about its history. It is hard in this day and age of technological wonders to comprehend the magnitude of the innovative process behind the development of the steam engine. In just over 90 years we moved from the simple idea of boiling water, to making steam to generate power, to the steam engine we know to this day. As Waterman explains, the engine design has not significantly changed since the Victorian era; it has been tweaked here and there, but essentially remains the same. For those of us who are steam train enthusiasts, we might say that it is hard to improve on perfection!

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