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1  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Music For A Steampunk Land War? on: July 22, 2015, 10:26:37 AM
Over the hill, and over the main.
To Flanders, Portugal, and Spain....

One of the other things that I want the game to reflect - the mechs are a technological cusp - and tactics... they don't really know how to use them yet. (In the earliest part of the war, the rank and file will... be in ranks and files....)

The same mistake was made in the French and Indian War, the Civil War, and WWI....

The Auld Grump
2  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Music For A Steampunk Land War? on: July 22, 2015, 09:43:17 AM
I need to listen to the soundtrack for The Man Who Would Be King, maybe that will help.

And look for some Kipling set to music.

For some reason this was so much easier when I was coming up with music for a French & Indian War (well, Elf and Orc War) Pathfinder campaign....

I think my musical tastes may be skewed....

To add to the matter, I am not using a different world than my usual Victorian fantasy - no magic, and with a few big stompy machines towering over the PBI. (I set an arbitrary price on the stompies - it costs as much to field one as it does 10,000 men.)

And it spends a third of its time in the shop (steam engines are like that - though I am going to go with a caloric engine instead - less efficient, but far safer).

So, a unit will be three, but under normal circumstances only two will be on the field at a time, and often there will be only one, accompanied by infantry.

I am waffling on the theater - part of me wants it to be a three sided cluster feth in India - Great Britain, Russia, and United Germany. (I am killing off both Von Bismark and Willhelm I - together they were to smart to get into this kind of mess.) The Russians will be playing a game of politics and intrigue - not fielding troops in the first several years, but manipulating Britain and Germany against each other.

Another part of me wants to pick on Belgium. (When Germany and Great Britain go to war it is France and Belgium that get trodden into muck.) A simpler outline, but I like the idea of India more, I think. (Plus, I already have a notebook from when I was doing a Great Game campaign.)

I have a working framework for the invention of the mechs - The designer of the first Land Leviathans was John Ericsson - Swedish naval engineer.... While contracted by the US Army to design a combat frame for an advanced infantry support vehicle, the Army defaulted on the design, leaving Ericsson with a design, a working prototype, and a dislike for working with the US. (John Ericsson was the real world designer of the USS Monitor - and he really did have problems with the US defaulting on designs... he had to be courted to work on the Monitor.)

Also waffling on whether to allow a Transmech PC - with some modifications for the period. (And a required Personal Lieutenant feat - the Expeditionary Force is not allowing an expensive piece of equipment wonder around on its own.... The PL is technically in charge of the PC....)

When a Transmech is used as a vehicle there are going to be a lot of Strength based rolls - I am picturing the control harness as something akin to a Marionette - connected to wrists, elbows, knees, shoulders, and waist... with chain. Mechanical linkages, that need some hefty hauling to transmit to the Mech's limbs. Hot, sweaty... coal fed pressure engine, and in the heat of India....  Evil Heatstroke and dehydration a very real threat.

Mechs, self aware or vehicular, are property of the Crown. Freedom, citizenship, or any warrant above Sergeant are not options.

Ah, well... lots of time to think on this one....

The Auld Grump, it's forty shillings on the drum, for those that volunteer to come....
3  Community / Off-Topic / Music For A Steampunk Land War? on: July 21, 2015, 04:59:55 PM
Okay... punting this - aside from classical music and one Enya song... I am drawing a complete blank for background/theme music for a ground military SteamCraft game.

Classical music wise -
Dance of the Knights
Totentanz for Piano and Orchestra
Messa da Requiem
Requiem Mass in D Minor (several movements)

Enya's Tepus Vernum (a strangely martial piece of music, until you realize that spring is the traditional time for the troops to start marching - March belongs to Mars).

There is also Marching Through the Green Grass....

My music is more often naval than land based....

There is some WWI music that I could use, but it feels like cheating. (*EDIT* Though, technically, Will Ye Come ta Flanders isn't a WWI tune, so it passes, uhm, muster.)

The Auld Grump
4  Legacy Games / Spycraft 2.0 / Re: Working on Steamcraft Again.... on: July 10, 2015, 07:21:56 AM
Now it looks like Reaper Miniatures and Victoria Miniatures are conspiring to make me run a steampunk war campaign....

Sad thing... I wouldn't want to be in one of the giant walkers if that cannon fired in my direction....  Grin One hit would ruin my whole day....

The Auld Grump
5  Community / Off-Topic / Re: KickStarter thread on: July 08, 2015, 09:22:58 AM
The Kickstarter for Bones III has begun....

They managed to crash Kickstarter - over a thousand people in the first minute.  Grin

The current Core -

And the current add ons-

Some of the Savage Worlds minis will be seeing use in SteamCraft*. Smiley

The Auld Grump

* I lie - some of the original metals for those figures have already seen use in SteamCraft
6  Legacy Games / Spycraft 2.0 / Working on Steamcraft Again.... on: July 05, 2015, 11:49:45 AM
I started work on another SteamCraft game last night - this time built around a land war between the UK and Prussia. (Shortly after the Franco-Prussian war. I am afraid that in this universe both Willhelm I and Von Bismarck get assassinated, leaving less competent men in charge.)

The idea was mostly caused by a Dreamforge Leviathan one of my players picked up on sale. (Less expensive than a GW Knight- and looks fantastic! So jealous....)

It has 'stacks in the back, and would be very, very easy to do as a steampunk machine of war. If I break down and buy one then I am going to have to make it belching black smoke.

Sadly, the 25mm Leviathan is way too freakin' big. About 40' in scale.

A 15-20' steam mecha I could use - so I may need to get some of the 15mm Leviathans for use in 25mm.  (Dreamforge has them in both 15mm and 25mm scales - and a lot of people are using the 15mm as smaller mechs.)

Mecha in my game are called 'gines - which is short for Bullgine. (Clear the track, let the Bullgine run.)

One or two of the PCs may be a Transmech - my limitation is that anybody that wants to play a 'mech needs to own their model.... I ain't gonna spring for a full party of 'gines.

British war Bullgine.

Prussian Mortis Kriegsmaschine.

The Kriegsmachine, in game, takes its design from 17th century Memento Mori. While scarier, it is actually less effective than the more heavily armored Bullgines, and is more prone to malfunction. It is also an earlier design - like the MkI British tank in WWI it wasn't good, but when it came out it was the only thing in its class.

Play will begin in the second or third year of a war that was expected to be over by Christmas.

Both the English and British 'mechs are manned mostly by sailors - who have experience with steam engines in small spaces.

A very few are autonomous - which will include any Transmech PCs. (No shape changing mechs, though.)

It is not recommended that 'gines be sent forth without infantry escort - each 'gine costs as much to field as 10,000 men.

I will be using some of the 3.5 D&D supplement Heroes of Battle for the big battles - the PCs aren't the generals, they are heroes. So, I need to give them reasons to be heroic.

The Auld Grump
7  Legacy Games / Spycraft 2.0 / Re: So... Spycraft 3.0 is a bit down the road. What about that ol' 2.0? on: July 03, 2015, 04:32:47 PM
Starting the process of a new SteamCraft game...

This time based around the idea of ground war between the UK and Prussia. (A bit after the Franco-Prussian war. Timeline changes - the united Germanies are called Prussia, not Germany. Kaiser Willhelm was assassinated, and Bismark was acting Regent when he was also assassinated.)

Mostly spawned by a Dreamforge Leviathan Crusader that one of my friends got on sale...

Sad thing - he got the bloody 'umungous 28mm version - but I would be wanting the 15mm version for this game.



I would be using them for smaller mechs in 28mm - which would make them about twenty feet tall.

Not sure if I would make the Leviathans vehicles or Transmechs....

And the Germans may be replaced by Russians - but somehow the Mortis just looks more German to me. (Anybody familiar with 17th century German memento mori would know why....)

The Auld Grump

*EDIT* I would have to add churning black smoke to the stacks, to give it a properly grotty steampunk feel.
8  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Reaperwatch 2015 on: June 27, 2015, 07:58:52 AM
Goodbye, Mr. Steed.

The Auld Grump
9  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Reaperwatch 2015 on: June 11, 2015, 08:30:24 AM
I would have sworn that he would make it past a hundred.

An actor of the old school - who treated acting as a job and a career - not merely a vehicle for his ego.

And so, very, very many movies....

Rest in peace, Sir Christopher - you will be most sorely missed.

The Auld Grump
10  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Repeat List on: June 06, 2015, 08:33:47 AM
I have been introducing Megan to Faun....

Pagan, kind of Gothy... I am not sure how she missed them.

The Auld Grump
11  Legacy Games / Spycraft 2.0 / Re: [Request] Florida Based Fallout Campaign? on: June 05, 2015, 06:32:35 PM
Hmm, given the retro-future feel of Fallout, neither of those is a particularly good fit.

In Boston it would be easy - Fenway has been around a long time.

Maybe running back Mark Light field, running it back to before the renovations?...

Nothing that I have found around Miami looks quite old enough....

The Auld Grump
How old is the Orange Bowl?


Aside from having been torn down in 2008, it is perfect! Smiley

So, I guess that it was never torn down for my setting! I'll roll it back to being The Burdine Stadium and let the PCs puzzle over it if they must.

I was beginning to think that I would have to use a high school gym or something, thanks!

The Auld Grump

And, looking at the trailer for Fallout 4... it is not against canon for a place to be featured in the game in spite of having been demolished in the real world.

There is a Boston neighborhood that was destroyed the year that I was born that shows up in the trailer....  Grin

The Auld Grump
12  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: June 03, 2015, 04:38:31 PM
Boston was where I was born...
There goes the neighborhood.


The Auld Grump
13  Community / Off-Topic / Re: KickStarter thread on: May 06, 2015, 09:32:03 AM
It was bound to happen...

Bones III....

And Tiamat is finally stirring....

(click to show/hide)
People have been requesting a Tiamat in Bones since the first Bones Kickstarter....
*EDIT* Spoilered - Tiamat is a huge picture....

The Auld Grump
14  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Webcomics on: May 04, 2015, 07:27:24 AM
Now why does this feel like a Spycraft group?... -

Okay, pretty much all of A Girl and Her Fed feels like Spycraft....

The Auld Grump
15  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Reaperwatch 2015 on: April 29, 2015, 12:30:08 PM
Jack Ely - singer of Louie, Louie. Only one hit, but it influenced the world. (What's he saying? I don't know, but it's gotta be dirty!)

How do you think players would take Caliber I missions to investigate the likes of Louie, Louie, like the real world agencies had to do?

The Auld Grump - your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to play every KISS album backwards, looking for signs of Satan worshiping.
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