(16:58:25) Siren_no_Orakio: So, I came up with this idea for a steampunk setting
(16:58:31) MysticMoon: Oh?
(16:58:34) Siren_no_Orakio: And all of a sudden i realized just how little history I know.
(16:58:39) MysticMoon: Ah
(16:58:51) MysticMoon: You mean, in order to make an alternate version?
(16:58:56) Siren_no_Orakio: Yeah
(16:59:50) MysticMoon: When I did most of my reading about history, I was never interested in those eras, so I never really studied it
(16:59:57) MysticMoon: So I'd have the same problem
(17:00:17) MysticMoon: In fact, that has occurred to me around my Refuge Beneath the Waves setting that I'd like to expand
(17:00:24) MysticMoon: So I get it
(17:00:34) Siren_no_Orakio: Actually
(17:00:44) Silveressa: deatils please on the steampunk setting
(17:00:48) Silveressa: *details
(17:00:53) MysticMoon: Yes, please
(17:01:15) Silveressa: and I truly do love your refuge beneath the waves series Mystic, it's one of those settings that makes me want to run a forum game just to use it
(17:01:49) Siren_no_Orakio: So, I'm actually working this one around Hero of Alexandria's engine
(17:02:17) MysticMoon: Some day it will be a proper setting book
(17:02:19) MysticMoon: Oh?
(17:02:24) Siren_no_Orakio: Yeh
(17:02:25) MysticMoon: I'm not familiar with that
(17:02:33) MysticMoon: Greek?
(17:02:39) Siren_no_Orakio: Yes.
(17:02:43) Siren_no_Orakio: Well, not really
(17:02:52) Siren_no_Orakio: Technically, Roman
(17:02:55) MysticMoon: Ah, ok
(17:03:10) MysticMoon: More interesting than industrial Europe
(17:03:38) Siren_no_Orakio: IRL, he built a simple steam rocket that didn't do anything more than spin on an axle
(17:04:03) Siren_no_Orakio: But.. spinning on an axle is the basic essence of an engine.
(17:04:23) MysticMoon: Steampunk Rome? Cool
(17:05:04) Siren_no_Orakio: But, he didn't get very far
(17:05:23) MysticMoon: But if he had... or if others expanded on it...
(17:05:34) MysticMoon: Pagan Rome?
(17:05:49) Siren_no_Orakio: He was culturally greek, but he lived AFTER the great library fire
(17:05:49) Silveressa: unique, I can see the appeal
(17:05:57) MysticMoon: Ah, ok
(17:07:08) Silveressa: the Roman culture is hedonistic and in the latter days rather corrupt and full of intrigue so a great playground to drop players into.
(17:07:13) MysticMoon: What if steam technology had made the world shrink back when Rome was in its strength?
(17:07:30) Silveressa: especially if they developed airships
(17:07:54) Silveressa: Rome would have had no limits on their expansion if they ruled the skies
(17:08:01) Siren_no_Orakio: I think the domino that I want to untrigger is Alexander the Great's death
(17:08:17) Siren_no_Orakio: And delete the Plague in athens
(17:08:32) MysticMoon: So Rome sticks around longer?
(17:08:39) Siren_no_Orakio: Not rome - Greece
(17:08:45) Siren_no_Orakio: Macedonia
(17:08:51) MysticMoon: Ah, gotcha
(17:09:06) MysticMoon: Greece becomes a power again?
(17:09:24) Siren_no_Orakio: They never wane in the 'east'
(17:09:55) Silveressa: Spartacus would be an excellent tv series to watch for inspiration adn info on the Roman culture http://dvd.netflix.com/Movie/S
(17:10:29) MysticMoon: Ah, right, I remember that was a thing, but never watched it
(17:10:32) Siren_no_Orakio: They have an empire of city states that run from Greece proper through iran
(17:10:41) Silveressa: it focuses mostly on gladiators, but it's bloody, and in some places outright pornographic, but not in a cheap exhibitionist way.
(17:11:06) Siren_no_Orakio: Based on enormous city-spires that live on the steam that pumps through them
(17:11:07) MysticMoon: I figure it's similar to Rome, GoT, stuff like that
(17:11:10) Silveressa: it's arguably the best roman themed series out there
(17:11:23) MysticMoon: That sounds like a really cool setting, Siren
(17:11:32) Silveressa: aye, pretty similar to GOT but turn up the violence, nudity and such up several notches
(17:11:42) MysticMoon: Good to know
(17:12:10) Silveressa: aye the setting has lots of potential
(17:12:19) Silveressa: there was a steampunk quest here a few years back
(17:12:29) Silveressa: had some great entries you could add into the world
(17:12:43) Silveressa: Pieh's steam boots sounds like a perfect device
(17:13:20) MysticMoon: I read through an OGL Ancient World put out by Mongoose a month or so ago. There was some stuff in there that might be useful
(17:13:55) Silveressa: Pieh's boots: http://strolen.com/viewing/VIEEU
(17:14:37) Siren_no_Orakio: Hah, he linked one of my quest subs out of it
(17:16:44) Silveressa: steam punk quest has lot sof stuff you could add in http://strolen.com/quest/21
(17:19:40) Siren_no_Orakio: I'm thinking that between ramming the ancient greek culture through an industrial revolution, the resulting industrial super-magnates, trouble with the Romans on the west, the Germans in the north, the Israeli tribes, and whatever the hell is going on in India, the divided city states have a chance for huge piles of conflict to adventure through
(17:20:30) Silveressa: aye, and lots of different types of adventure too
(17:20:34) MysticMoon: I would love to see how that plays out
(17:20:50) MysticMoon: Write a series of novels to set up the history
(17:21:00) Silveressa: especially if the players have an interest in involving themsevles in royal intriuge and politics.
(17:21:02) MysticMoon: Then a setting for where it ends up, and you're golden
(17:22:00) MysticMoon: Easier to say than do, of course
(17:23:12) Silveressa: aye
(17:23:26) Siren_no_Orakio: Hah 'series of novels'
(17:23:32) Silveressa: writing novels can take months to years depending on ones schedule
(17:24:00) MysticMoon: You have nothing else planned for the next 5 years, right?
(17:55:07) Silveressa: So what gave you the inspiration behidn your roman steampunk idea?
(17:55:17) Siren_no_Orakio: Eh, as long as it's suffciently purified.
(17:56:31) Siren_no_Orakio: Cheka Man started to wonder what you'd actually have to do to the earth to make it 'steampunk
(17:57:12) Silveressa: prevent the invention of electricity?
(17:57:33) Siren_no_Orakio: Not so much, actually
(17:57:48) Siren_no_Orakio: You prevent the invention of -electronics-
(17:57:55) Silveressa: or mainly the use of internal combustion engines
(18:00:07) Siren_no_Orakio: ICEs and the circuit board are the killers
(18:00:25) Siren_no_Orakio: So I'm positing a world without calculus to prevent the second
(18:01:21) Siren_no_Orakio: Which means I needed to find a pre-Newton/Liebniz engine, and I rolled it back all the awy
(18:01:24) Silveressa: any ideas on preventign the first?
(18:01:41) Siren_no_Orakio: Societal inertia, mostly
(18:01:51) Silveressa: the best idea I can come up with is since you can prove on a blackboard an ICE will explode no one ever bothered to build one?
(18:02:20) Siren_no_Orakio: Our dominant culture has sunk massive resources into centralized steam generation
(18:02:21) MysticMoon: Tradition
(18:02:32) MysticMoon: Make the Steam Power Guild have lots of clout
(18:02:37) Silveressa: when all evidence points to it being an expensive makeshift bomb few people woudl bother tryign to disprove it
(18:02:50) MysticMoon: Every good up-and-coming engineer gets steeped in the traditions of steam
(18:03:08) Siren_no_Orakio: That, and you really need to have the ability to refine diesel / gasoline for an ICE to be worth while
(18:03:43) Silveressa: Take the monks of purity and simplicity and give them a hate on for anytying mroe advanced than steam http://strolen.com/viewing/The_M
(18:04:15) Silveressa: perhaps having come to accept steam as inevitable but taking great pains to prevent things from progressing father
(18:04:18) Silveressa: *farther
(18:04:33) Siren_no_Orakio: Alternately
(18:04:42) Siren_no_Orakio: At the snapshot in time that we start with
(18:06:10) Siren_no_Orakio: materials technology just hasn't come far enough to exploit the Arabian wells
(18:06:30) Siren_no_Orakio: Nor North Africa
(18:06:55) MysticMoon: Or maybe not enough of a presence there to make it worth checking out?
(18:07:12) MysticMoon: No one thought to use it for more than other uses
(18:07:37) Siren_no_Orakio: It actually took some serious drilling to get those wells to open
(18:07:52) MysticMoon: Someone tried to make an engine that heated the steam by burning petroleum but it was disastrous
(18:08:43) Silveressa: aye, or since some petroleum caches are radioactive until purified the ones who attempted to harvest the black death died of readiation poisoning soon after and oil is sunned as toxic?
(18:08:56) Silveressa: *shunned
(18:09:00) Siren_no_Orakio: Just unbearably nasty compared to relatively clean coal
(18:09:08) MysticMoon: Heh
(18:09:13) MysticMoon: Also, fear of toxic shamans
(18:09:59) Siren_no_Orakio: The slavic tribes are probably hostile
(18:10:06) Silveressa: also it's a lot easir to store loads of coal in a bit where as crude oil has to be strained of impurities and then stored in a liquid holding container
(18:10:14) Silveressa: *in a bin
(18:10:37) Siren_no_Orakio: So that means none of the Russian oil/gas
(18:13:34) Siren_no_Orakio: It getting hard to mine the coal seam in to the north of Macedonia is probably driving trade with the British isles, maybe even china if they dig the suez canal
(18:14:44) MysticMoon: What happens with religion?
(18:15:06) Siren_no_Orakio: They're probably tinkering with trying to use the Archimedian Heat Ray to replace coal boilers, but 'It'll never work'
(18:15:10) Siren_no_Orakio: Religion is a -mess-
(18:16:03) Siren_no_Orakio: In our Steam-Greece, we probably have the remnants of the pagan pile, with Hephaestus probably ascendant
(18:16:31) MysticMoon: Makes sense
(18:17:08) Silveressa: also would there be a god/godess of steam?
(18:17:33) Silveressa: or do they attribute the wonders of steam to one of th etraditional Greek/Roman gods/goddesses?
(18:17:52) Siren_no_Orakio: Well - we have a god of metal and fire
(18:18:41) Siren_no_Orakio: Steam is probably his child & slave
(18:18:57) Silveressa: since oracles worship and sacrifice played a large part in the daily lives of Romans I can see the steam tech taking center stage in Hephaestus temples and follewers of Hephaestus being notable steam mechanics and the like
(18:19:20) Siren_no_Orakio: The Israeli tribes are probably constantly in a low state of rebellion
(18:19:25) MysticMoon: Probably all kinds of plays and other works relating to the technology
(18:19:47) Silveressa: steam tech woudl no doubt be popular in the gladiatorial arenas as well
(18:20:14) Silveressa: it's flashy, noisy and messy when it's directed against flesh & bone, definite crowd pleaser
(18:20:27) Siren_no_Orakio: A new warrior-messiah every fifteen-twenty years and no Christ figure to start that one up
(18:20:41) MysticMoon: There were a lot of messiahs
(18:20:50) Siren_no_Orakio: Yup
(18:23:51) Siren_no_Orakio: But without the Romans in the area, no Christianity. Where the Romans /are/
(18:24:56) Silveressa: aye much more conducive to a good rp experience
(18:25:13) Siren_no_Orakio: They probably have a promethean figure cetnralzed
(18:25:20) Siren_no_Orakio: Who stole the secret of steam
(18:27:26) MysticMoon: So, when are you writing the novels again...?
(18:27:29) Silveressa: that legend alone would make for an awesome submission
(18:27:34) MysticMoon: Because, I totally want to read about this