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October 21st, 2020, 11:47
Originally Posted by SpoonFULL View Post
This damnation also came to PC! https://store.steampowered.com/app/12790/Damnation/
Well learn something new I didn't know that. Thanks.

Also honorable mention to these games as well.

Link - https://arcanetrinkets.com/steampunk…x-360-android/

Didn't know Dishonored was Steampunk as well.
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October 21st, 2020, 16:20
Originally Posted by largh View Post
Didn't steampunk evolve from Mad Max?
Not sure of the exact origin, but I'm pretty sure Steampunk is a lot older than Mad Max. I don't think the term became common until the late 80s or early 90s though.
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October 21st, 2020, 16:27
Originally Posted by Stahl33 View Post
I liked HBS's Shadowrun series, but I find the steampunk genre to be a nice idea in theory, but hard to make a good game from it….
I won't hold my breath
What does this have to do with InXile and steampunk? Two different companies.
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October 21st, 2020, 16:29
Originally Posted by Couchpotato View Post
Well learn something new I didn't know that. Thanks.

Also honorable mention to these games as well.

Link - https://arcanetrinkets.com/steampunk…x-360-android/

Didn't know Dishonored was Steampunk as well.
I don't think it is the steampunk genre that flopped, more the iteration of it. We do have things like dishonored that show it can work.
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October 21st, 2020, 16:59
Originally Posted by largh View Post
Didn't steampunk evolve from Mad Max?
No. Nothing Steampunk about Mad Max.
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October 21st, 2020, 17:16
Originally Posted by JFarrell71 View Post
No. Nothing Steampunk about Mad Max.
Gas punk.
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October 21st, 2020, 17:25
Steampunk is 19th C retro SciFi







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October 21st, 2020, 19:25
Steampunk, post-apocalyptic, fantasy, sci-fi… all old and tired. I'm looking for forward to more Accountant RPGs… adding numbers, searching for tax loopholes, outwitting IRS agents, working on your perfect comb-over!!

Now there's an unmined genre!!
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October 22nd, 2020, 00:25
Originally Posted by Arkadia7 View Post
Yea, not a fan of steampunk either. Is fantasy really that boring now? I don't think so. To me, fantasy genre is near inexhaustable in ideas as well as appeal.
Pathfinder 2: fantasy
Dragon Age 4: fantasy
Avowed: fantasy
Baldur's Gate 3: fantasy
Elder Scrolls VI: fantasy
Elden Ring: fantasy
Solasta and a million other indies: fantasy

Almost every RPG that is on the horizon is a fantasy RPG. Sorry not sorry that those of us who like play one more one genre will also have something different to play.
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October 22nd, 2020, 00:30
Originally Posted by JDR13 View Post
Not sure of the exact origin, but I'm pretty sure Steampunk is a lot older than Mad Max. I don't think the term became common until the late 80s or early 90s though.
Steampunk mostly originated from work by SF/Fantasy authors Tim Powers and Blaylock (James?) in the 80s.

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Just looked at Wikipedia and it was actually coined by K W Jeter:
It was coined by science fiction author K. W. Jeter, who was trying to find a general term for works by Tim Powers (The Anubis Gates, 1983), James Blaylock (Homunculus, 1986), and himself (Morlock Night, 1979, and Infernal Devices, 1987)
Should have remembered Jeter was a part of it in some way, given that I have both of the books mentioned.
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October 22nd, 2020, 00:44
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I don't think it is the steampunk genre that flopped, more the iteration of it. We do have things like dishonored that show it can work.
Never said the genre flopped just the game I mentioned in my last post. Then I thanked a poster for sharing information, and I shared a link with more Steampunk games.
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October 22nd, 2020, 00:44
Originally Posted by Shagnak View Post
Steampunk mostly originated from work by SF/Fantasy authors Tim Powers and Blaylock (James?) in the 80s.
That's when the term was coined and books began to be overtly labeled as such, but the roots of Steampunk are widely considered to be much deeper, going back to actual Victorian era science fiction writers like Verne and Wells (it makes sense that their vision of the future would resemble their present, after all)
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October 22nd, 2020, 00:59
Originally Posted by SSIGuy View Post
Steampunk, post-apocalyptic, fantasy, sci-fi… all old and tired. I'm looking for forward to more Accountant RPGs… adding numbers, searching for tax loopholes, outwitting IRS agents, working on your perfect comb-over!!

Now there's an unmined genre!!
Its Punkpunk I'm looking forward to. Certainly a very colourful genre with endless opportunities for very elaborate character creation aesthetic options.
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October 22nd, 2020, 01:03
Originally Posted by JFarrell71 View Post
That's when the term was coined and books began to be overtly labeled as such, but the roots of Steampunk are widely considered to be much deeper, going back to actual Victorian era science fiction writers like Verne and Wells (it makes sense that their vision of the future would resemble their present, after all)
Yes, the roots. But those aren't steampunk themselves, they just have a similar aesthetic to (and influenced) steampunk. They're precursors.
In the same way that cybernetics, VR, networking, etc in SF predate cyberpunk, but don't make those particular stories cyberpunk. They have elements that make them precursors to cyberpunk. (And interestingly, that term wasn't even termed by one of the biggies like Gibson or Sterling, but by Bruce Bethke, after the fact, much like Jeter did)*

*Edit: okay, wrong there too. My memory is shit.
First used by Bethke as a story title, Dozois picked it up as a term and ran with it.
(I've never read the Bethke story, but I tried to read Headcrash and failed to finish it.)
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October 22nd, 2020, 01:15
One of the better dicussions of Steampunk is at the Sf Encyclopedia:
http://www.sf-encyclopedia.com/entry/steampunk

I have most of the books mentioned, because I am a fucking SF genre packrat.
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October 22nd, 2020, 01:29
Originally Posted by largh View Post
Didn't steampunk evolve from Mad Max?
I don't think so. I think it's essentially just sci-fi that's based on pre combustion engine technology. That style goes back a long way.
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October 22nd, 2020, 01:56
It seems too easy to punkify a term.
Steampunk (steam age). Dieselpunk (liquid fuels). What about Greenpunk (renewables?).
Grasspunk (hippies), digipunk (Digimon fan-fic with attitood), metapunk (punk about punk). Sheepunk (sheep farmers).
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October 22nd, 2020, 02:00
Yeah, I think it's a bit like Watergate - after that, every scandal is something-gate. I think they essentially did the same thing with cyberpunk, which is bit more of specific genre, where the punk aspect is meaningful.
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October 22nd, 2020, 04:08
Originally Posted by Shagnak View Post
It seems too easy to punkify a term.
Steampunk (steam age). Dieselpunk (liquid fuels). What about Greenpunk (renewables?).
Grasspunk (hippies), digipunk (Digimon fan-fic with attitood), metapunk (punk about punk). Sheepunk (sheep farmers).
Don't forget about Asspunk (Role-playing as Donald Trump).
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October 22nd, 2020, 05:40
Originally Posted by lackblogger View Post
Its Punkpunk I'm looking forward to. Certainly a very colourful genre with endless opportunities for very elaborate character creation aesthetic options.
Mohawks on top of Mohawks! The possibilities are endless.
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