Back From Rusty Gear Gulch

Although I will talk more about Steamscapes: Asia in the near future, right now it is appropriate for me to pause and return to North America. I have just come back from Teslacon, where this year's theme was The Wild Wild West. The most impressive thing about the convention for me was level of costuming - nearly 100% of attendees were in costume at all times, many of them quite impressive. We also were treated to excellent music from various DJs and performers, some amazing aerials by Cycropia, and these delicious sarsaparilla chocolate stars by Sweet Steam...



 Not being much of a clothes horse or gadgeteer myself, my contribution to this year's gathering in Rusty Gear Gulch was more on the research side - a short panel on a few lesser-known Hispanic and African American historical figures. Owners of the Gunslinger's Guide will recognize some of them, specifically Bass Reeves, Tiburcio Vásquez, and Stagecoach Mary Fields (who was discussed in at least three panels during the weekend). However, I added a few others to round out the conversation. In particular, the audience seemed to enjoy my descriptions of Elfego Baca's Frisco War, a historical event I strongly recommend you look up if you weren't already aware of it.


I put together a slide presentation to accompany this panel, and I would be happy to share that with you. Perhaps you will find some inspiration for characters or stories to include in your next Steamscapes game!


-Fairman Rogers