The Martians have invaded, time to return the favor!

The Martians have invaded, time to return the favor!

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

The Steampunk Explorer

Welcome to “The World of Steampunk.” I’m your host, Stephen Beale, founder and editor of The Steampunk Explorer. I created this online exhibition for the virtual attendees at Stay Home Comic Con, but anyone is welcome to view it.

Steampunk Explorer

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Abney Park - Airship Pirates

Video update of a personal favorite

Airship Pirates - Steampunk RPG

The Earth's recovering from the Great Apocalypse of 1906. From the steampunk sky-cities of Isla Aether and High Tortuga come the airship pirates. You hoist the Jolly Roger, spin your propellers and take to the skies. Yours is a life of adventure, plunder and infamy.
Airship Pirates!

Sunday, March 1, 2020

War! Age of Imperialism II

War! Age of Imperialism is a game of empire building, exploration, economic expansion, technological advancement, diplomacy, and tactical battles in the age of Imperialism (1830 - 1900). Players rule one of the great powers of the era as they attempt to carve out an empire. Should they build up their army or economy? Negotiate or attack? Spend on research or a new fort to protect the frontier?

The game comes with 3 levels of rules (basic, standard, advanced), a huge game board (46×36 in) and 816 molded plastic figures.

Finally got around to playing a game yesterday, quite enjoyable and useful as a miniature campaign generator!

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Some Mind Altering Cross Over: Steam Trek!

Welcome to the Universe of STEAM-TREK.
Where Steampunk and Star Trek become one.

Steam Trek combines the interaction of a Play-by-Email game and the creativity of a Story Writing message board. The goal is to generate stories of Science Fiction and Scientific Romance, playing the role of one of the main characters onboard the HMAS Dauntless. These penny-dreadful stories should contain humor, suspense, action or what ever the group wishes to write.

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Flashcove's cay: A Day on Barsoom

Flashcove's cay: A Day on Barsoom: This is a quick skirmish near Helium.  The actual game took about 10 minutes playtime, so I will let the comic pages do the talking.  Also, ...

Thursday, December 26, 2019

British Empire Campaigns

What better way of learning about the British Empire than recreating battles or campaigns. There are myriad companies producing board games and miniatures so that pretty much any campaign can be reproduced. Games and figures manufacturers agree that the British Empire makes a wonderful backdrop to set their products within. The products on offer are constantly improved and updated. It can be hard to keep abreast with all the developments, but if anyone would like to add any additional information about games or figures then please do not hesitate to email me so that I can add the necessary links.
Colonial wargaming has a long history, you can go back to HG Wells' Little Wars or Donald Featherstone's Skirmish Wargaming. Wargaming heritage doesn't get much better than that. It can be done in any scale from 2mm to 54mm (and probably bigger for all I know).
Of course, there are many different periods that can be covered in Colonial wargaming. Most people would probably instinctively think of Victorian era games but of course it could encompass anything from the time of Sir Francis Drake to the Falklands War. The geographical reach of colonial wargaming is possibly the widest of any genre out there. So there is a lot of choice out there.
This section is to try and help narrow down that choice and provide a map for those who want to launch in to their own gaming experiences. I also have my own campaign system that you are free to use, adapt or inspire to create your own. It is called Jarania
I personally like to use 15mm figures and have ranges that cover the Indian Mutiny, the Sudan, the Boer Wars, Afghanistan and the North West Frontier and a lot of Zulus! I personally like 15mm as I feel that they are good value for money, and provide a good balance between skirmish and larger battles. Having said that, if you want to fight huge battles - such as Isandlwana - then 6mm is probably the way to go. The advantage of 25/28mm figures is that there is much more characterisation and variety available which makes them particularly well suited to skirmish games. There is an interesting development with hard plastic figures being produced. These are much cheaper than the lead figures and are easier to modify or convert. You have been able to get soft plastic figures for years, but they have a tendency to flake off the paint over time. Hard plastic figures do not suffer from this problem.
As for rules, I have to say that I am a huge fan of The Sword and the Flame rules which I have used with students at school and at various conventions. They are not that common in the UK but they are well worth seeking out! They are much more popular in the States where they are easier to source.
For those who prefer more modern rules for the Decolonisation and End of Empire era, Ganesha Games publishes a set called 'Flying Lead' which provides good low intensity simulations. You can read a battle report of one such example from the Borneo Confrontation here.

Colonial Wargames

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

A Very Merry Christmas

A Very Merry Christmas

May All Your Wars

Be In Miniature And
All Your Battles End
In Camaraderie And
Hearty Hand Shake.

Saturday, December 21, 2019

Military Theory: A Technical Analysis of War of the Worlds' Equipment, Strategy & Operations

Reverse Engineering the Martian War Machine – The Heat Ray and HMS Thunder Child

This article is a “history” of H.G. Wells classic science fiction novel, “The War of the Worlds”, as if it actually happened, complete with technological assessments, logistical evaluations and strategic analyses. Naturally, the first subject will be prominent given the vast technological superiority of the invading Martians.

War Of The Worlds Intel

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Pirates! - Abney Park - Airship Pirate

Why Do We Celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day and Other Fake Holidays?

Got plans for September 19, 2019? You do now: It's International Talk Like a Pirate Day! So prepare your timbers to be shivered and wait… what? Is this seriously a holiday? What is this all about? And why, exactly, is there a formal holiday for not just pirates but for talking like pirates? You have questions. We have (weird) answers.

Talk Like A Pirate