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To some extent it’s getting that way…

Let’s face it all politicians are often narcissistic ego-maniacs with little or no ability to empathise with the common man. They are by the nature of their job manipulative and deceitful, prone to antisocial behaviour (especially with regard to the opposition parties) and have diminished empathy and remorse for those lives their decisions ruin and destroy. Pretty much textbook psychopathy.

In fact the one thing that seems to guarantee someone should not be in charge is the fact that they want to be. We’d probably be better off picking candidates by a random lottery. At least then we may have something like a balanced argument.

World-building 103: The Fundamentals

World-building 103: The Fundamentals

In the first post I talked about the features you need to think about for a world and then I talked a bit about the planning and process.  This post is about what I like to call the Fundamentals.  Fundamentals are the broad rules of the world, they govern the physical rules of the universe,  like how the rules of physics work, what chemistry/biology functions and what the rules of magick are (if…

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Kickstarting Stuff and Nonsense, a steampunk card-game from Cheapass & Prof Elemental


Cheapass Games went all the way to England for our next game: ‘Stuff and Nonsense’, a card game about telling wild tales of imaginary adventure; We had a great time working with the talented Professor Elemental, known for his whimsical steampunk and chap hop music.”

"As usual, we’re…

The Professor Elemental card game!
I have a new Christmas present list…

World-building 102: Always have a plan

World-building 102: Always have a plan

Last time I talked about some of the features that a world needs. This time I’m going to take a step back and look at the bigger picture. Unfortunately that means this is a pretty big post, I’ll try and keep it funny.

Why Am I World-building?

That is a very good question, why are you world-building? Authors, and GamesMasters, do this for a variety of reasons, not all of them are necessarily the…

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Here’s a thing I’ve had around in my head for a while!

Okay, so I’m pretty sure that by now everyone at least is aware of Steampunk, with it’s completely awesome Victorian sci-fi aesthetic. But what I want to see is Solarpunk – a plausible near-future sci-fi genre, which I like to imagine as based on updated Art Nouveau, Victorian, and Edwardian aesthetics, combined with a green and renewable energy movement to create a world in which children grow up being taught about building electronic tech as well as food gardening and other skills, and people have come back around to appreciating artisans and craftspeople, from stonemasons and smithies, to dress makers and jewelers, and everyone in between. A balance of sustainable energy-powered tech, environmental cities, and wicked cool aesthetics. 

A lot of people seem to share a vision of futuristic tech and architecture that looks a lot like an ipod – smooth and geometrical and white. Which imo is a little boring and sterile, which is why I picked out an Art Nouveau aesthetic for this.

With energy costs at a low, I like to imagine people being more inclined to focus their expendable income on the arts!

Aesthetically my vision of solarpunk is very similar to steampunk, but with electronic technology, and an Art Nouveau veneer.

So here are some buzz words~

Natural colors!
Art Nouveau!
Handcrafted wares!
Tailors and dressmakers!
Stained glass window solar panels!!!
Education in tech and food growing!
Less corporate capitalism, and more small businesses!
Solar rooftops and roadways!
Communal greenhouses on top of apartments!
Electric cars with old-fashioned looks!
No-cars-allowed walkways lined with independent shops!
Renewable energy-powered Art Nouveau-styled tech life!

Can you imagine how pretty it would be to have stained glass windows everywhere that are actually solar panels? The tech is already headed in that direction!  Or how about wide-brim hats, or parasols that are topped with discreet solar panel tech incorporated into the design, with ports you can stick your phone charger in to?

(((Character art by me; click the cityscape pieces to see artist names)))

i am so into this wow

sign me the fuck up

I want a solarpunk future. *_*




This is the future we should be working towards. Love the whole thing, the only thing I’m not sold on is the name.

Cyberpunk was futuristic, but the punk aspects were the grunge, the seediness and underclass heroes, steampunk replaced the computers with steampower, but kept the punk aspects, early steampunk is dystopian and gritty, but later it turned into goggles on hats.

This is a utopian vision, don’t mess it up with punk.

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