Saturday, July 28, 2007

Steampunk Culture: Space 1889

Cover to Space 1889

While researching some future postings, I came across a site that reminded me of fond memories, concerning a paper & pencil rpg game named Space 1889. Produced by Mr. Frank Chadwick, it provided a detailed alternate universe for a Victorian/Steampunk background. I desperately wanted to play it, but unfortunately no one I knew (at the time) could comprehend the concept of Steampunk!

Stormfront Class Cruising Ship

The British Empire reigns supreme, Mars is beginning to be colonized, ether ships are commonplace, "savages" on Mars challenge new residents to the planet, well... read for yourself!

Cargo Hauler landing for replinishment

Additionally, a British company, Noise Monsters, has produced radio-adventures of this universe on CD. I have not obtained them yet, but they look quite good (their website is located at...)

Front view of the Ahpid Class cruiser

Port side of an Aphid Class cruiser

Aft view of an Aphid

A few parting photographs...

"Hydrogen Flyer" (Fore port view)

"Hydrogen Flyer" cockpit

Commandeered native craft, the "Swiftwood" class

The "Rutledge" class cruiser

And Baroness Palowaski, your Martians wouldn't happen to look like this...?

Martians from Space: 1889


Virrginia Tombola said...

I found a copy of this game in a used bookstore a few years back :D

I haven't a clue about how to play it (it looks a bit complex), but I LOVED the imagery. A websearch recently led me to the Greenway site: it was very firmly in my mind when I discovered Caledon'

Sooooo, do you have any working models of these aerial flyers?

Edward Pearse said...

Love the images you posted. Is there a computer game version of them or has someone just done some wonderful imagery?

I remember playing this as a young(er) lad. Still have my rulebook from the time. One of the better games from the days of pencil and paper role-playing.

J Womack, Esq. said...

Ahhh... necro-posting!

There is a computer game.

I am looking for floorplans for the Aphid-class. If you find one, please let me know.