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Offline coolhandsTopic starter

Looking for steam punk suggestions
« on: August 13, 2011, 09:57:37 PM »
Hi everyone.
I am a huge fan of steam punk and have been really getting into the culture of it.  I really want to start reading books and watching tv or movies that have a steam punk theme.  If there is anything like that, and you would like to recommend it, I would be extremely grateful.

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Re: Looking for steam punk suggestions
« Reply #1 on: August 13, 2011, 10:08:58 PM »
League of Extraordinary Gentlemen had a slightly steampunkish feel to it.  I'd also recommend the music of Abney Park, specifically 'Airship Pirates' - and one of the guys from the band is apparently working on a roleplaying system based on a steampunk concept.

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Re: Looking for steam punk suggestions
« Reply #2 on: August 13, 2011, 10:10:49 PM »
That is really cool.  I have listened to Abney Park, and i really liked their music.  Is the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen the movie you are referring to, or is it a book or some thing.

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« Reply #3 on: August 13, 2011, 10:17:52 PM »
That is really cool.  I have listened to Abney Park, and i really liked their music.  Is the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen the movie you are referring to, or is it a book or some thing.

I watched the movie, so I think Oniya is referring to that.  Also, Sherlock Holmes has a slight Steampunk 'feel' to it to.

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« Reply #4 on: August 13, 2011, 10:22:12 PM »
Ya I really liked that movie, and am very excited for the second one.

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Re: Looking for steam punk suggestions
« Reply #5 on: August 13, 2011, 10:24:54 PM »
Yes, that's the movie.  Sherlock Holmes varies - the original is just straight Victorian.  The new one is straight modern.  I've never met a Sherlock that I didn't like, but I'm not sure he fits with steampunk.

Also - second one?  *perks*

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« Reply #6 on: August 13, 2011, 10:27:54 PM »
Ya I really liked that movie, and am very excited for the second one.

There's going to be a second one?  I so didn't know that lol.

This site might help you.

Yes, that's the movie.  Sherlock Holmes varies - the original is just straight Victorian.  The new one is straight modern.  I've never met a Sherlock that I didn't like, but I'm not sure he fits with steampunk.

Also - second one?  *perks*

I wouldn't really define it as steampunk either, but it had a flavor of it, but than again I'm not really knowledgeable about the whole Steampunk genre.

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Re: Looking for steam punk suggestions
« Reply #7 on: August 13, 2011, 10:31:03 PM »
If you enjoy anime, I recommend checking out "Last Exile".  It has a very steam punk setting.  Also, the movie (anime and original) of "Metropolis" is steampunk-ish.

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« Reply #8 on: August 13, 2011, 10:32:51 PM »
Tin Man, the Sci-Fi adaptation of the Wizard of Oz, has a very steampunk feel to it.

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Re: Looking for steam punk suggestions
« Reply #9 on: August 13, 2011, 10:33:57 PM »
Steampunk, generally speaking, is genre where modern-day conveniences are powered by clockworks and/or steam engines, rather than by electricity or internal combustion engines.  There's a tendency among people who work in the genre to use somewhat Victorian fashions, as that would be in keeping with when the tech level.  That, and Victorian fashion is inherently elegant and neat-looking.  ;D

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Re: Looking for steam punk suggestions
« Reply #10 on: August 13, 2011, 10:35:58 PM »
Thanks for the wiki site, its really great

Yes they are making a sequel to the Sherlock Holmes movie.   It looks really good.
Here is a link to the trailer:

Sherlock Holmes 2: A Game of Shadows Trailer 2011 HD

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Re: Looking for steam punk suggestions
« Reply #11 on: August 13, 2011, 10:37:23 PM »
Oh!  I thought you meant a sequel to League.  (They actually did bat that about around - some of the original cast was even interested - but it didn't go anywhere.)

Yay for more Sherlock!

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Re: Looking for steam punk suggestions
« Reply #12 on: August 13, 2011, 10:38:18 PM »
If you enjoy anime, I recommend checking out "Last Exile".  It has a very steam punk setting.  Also, the movie (anime and original) of "Metropolis" is steampunk-ish.

I read a bit about "Last Exile" it sounded cool but i never got around to watching it, i may have to now.

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Re: Looking for steam punk suggestions
« Reply #13 on: August 13, 2011, 10:39:52 PM »
If you have Netflix, it is on there.

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« Reply #14 on: August 13, 2011, 10:42:20 PM »
Has anyone seen the tv series Sherlock.  I have been wanting to check that out for a long time now, but i don't really know if its any good.

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« Reply #15 on: August 13, 2011, 10:45:44 PM »
It's excellent.  Sherlock transitions very easily into a modern setting.  He ends up sort of like the Gregory House of forensics, though - completely antisocial (as he was in the original) and too smart for his own good (as he was in the original).

Another good steampuck series would be Michael Moorcock's 'Nomad of the Time Streams'.  (Can't believe that one slipped my mind.)

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« Reply #16 on: August 13, 2011, 10:47:14 PM »
The anime Steam Detectives has an interesting sort of 'steampunk Batman' feel to it, with some nice mecha action added in for good measure. ^^

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« Reply #17 on: August 13, 2011, 10:48:49 PM »
Steampunk, generally speaking, is genre where modern-day conveniences are powered by clockworks and/or steam engines, rather than by electricity or internal combustion engines.  There's a tendency among people who work in the genre to use somewhat Victorian fashions, as that would be in keeping with when the tech level.  That, and Victorian fashion is inherently elegant and neat-looking.  ;D

See, and here I thought Steampunk had to have the use of anachronistic technology, and Victorian era fashion/art/ideas, etc.  See I learn something every day :D

Also, this is random, but on my first, and only, foray on Second Life, I stumbled on a few Steampunk locations, it was very interesting.

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I just realized that my first sentence might come across as sarcastic, it wasn't meant that way, I was being genuine.
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Re: Looking for steam punk suggestions
« Reply #18 on: August 13, 2011, 10:52:08 PM »
Wow these all look like really great suggestions.  I am going to have to check all of this stuff out.  I think i will defiantly try watching Sherlock now too.

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« Reply #19 on: August 13, 2011, 10:55:32 PM »
There are some truly classic scenes where Sherlock interacts with this female morgue attendant, who seems to have a crush on him.  I'm hoping that PBS Mystery will pick up the second season soooooon!

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Re: Looking for steam punk suggestions
« Reply #20 on: August 13, 2011, 11:06:59 PM »
The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack.

And  the 2nd season of Sherlock isn't out yet Oniya (October/November damnit!)

Offline Chris Brady

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« Reply #21 on: August 14, 2011, 02:52:10 AM »
Here's a small tabletop game/adventure that could easily be mined for Steampunk stuff.  Not to mention that they have a book expanding the setting.  http://www.onesevendesign.com/ladyblackbird/

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« Reply #22 on: August 14, 2011, 02:58:56 AM »
Thanks for the link that looks really cool.

Offline Chris Brady

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« Reply #23 on: August 14, 2011, 03:20:48 AM »
It's a cute little setting.  The only issue is perhaps, what sort of Steampunk are you looking for?  There are variations of it, after all.  Lady Blackbird, for example, is very 1940's style Steampunk, where uniforms, military/nobility, and generally advanced steam tech prevail.  If you're looking more gears and pronounced steaming boilers, I can't really help you.

If you're into anime I'd suggest Full Metal Alchemist for a glance at mid-tech level with Magic.

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« Reply #24 on: August 14, 2011, 04:08:58 AM »
Steam Boy, if your into anime.