Steampunk and Star Wars

Sorry everyone, but I couldn't resist. As I was waiting for The Force Awakens yesterday, I started thinking about the connections that Star Wars has to steampunk. I'm not talking about mashups, although those are always fun. I'm talking about the common heritage that these two aspects of pop culture share.

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...




Dev Notes 23 - Is Steamscapes: Asia for You?

Last year I wrote several Developer Notes in response to concerns that people had regarding whether we even should make a book set in Asia. Since rather a lot of time has passed (and we've finished our book), I think it should now be okay to share a general reaction that I had kept to myself at the time. You see, a few people claimed that gamers WANT stereotypes, and that they won't buy a game that doesn't cater to existing assumptions - and those are the people I am specifically not writing for.

Sing it, Eddie


Dev Notes 22 - Small Joys

Among the teasers for Steamscapes: Asia, I included a brief discussion about a specific historical easter egg in the book that I wanted to call to everyone's attention. Now that the book is out, I thought I would go through some of the other little things we've managed to get into the book that make me happy.


New Products and Pricing Updates

Steamscapes: Asia is now available for purchase!

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Let's Tease Everything! - Steamscapes: Asia Teaser #9

We're almost done, so this is our last preview. Steamscapes: Asia will be released digitally next week! There are so many individual pieces left in the book to talk about that the best way to tease them all is just to show you the contents pages. Here's everything in the book:


Cover Art - Steamscapes: Asia Teaser #8

With just a little over a week to go, we are putting the finishing touches on the digital book. At the same time, we are beginning to prepare the materials that will begin the process for the hardcover print release (scheduled for January). One of the most important elements for both versions is the cover, and this week we are proud to present a rough preview of the wraparound cover featuring art by the incomparable James Ng:


Adventuring Across Asia - Steamscapes: Asia Teaser #7

Compared to other Savage Worlds products, Steamscapes takes more of a "sourcebook" approach than a plot point approach. But that doesn't mean we leave you without any adventure ideas! If you need help getting started, we have got you covered.

Strength in Hot Water - Steamscapes: Asia Teaser #6

This week's teaser brings you a little of the fiction of Steamscapes: Asia. We have ended up with three short stories that show samples of life in China as the empire has accelerated its transformation into a modern world power. The first of these is "Tea Smoke," by Kevin Andrew Murphy. This story takes place in 1860, twelve years before the current time. In it, we see an unusual meeting of traditional science and modern thinking:

Mapping Independence - Steamscapes: Asia Teaser #5

Historians and gamers alike have a rich love of maps. The depth of visual information available in a good map cannot be overstated. It can fire our imaginations and quickly clarify hundreds of words of text. A map is both summary and starting point.


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