So I was flitting about on the web, for some reason trying to avoid finishing my 50,000 words for National Novel Writing Month, when I came across War of the Worlds: Goliath. This is an animated film that is inspired by HG Well’s classic as well as other Late 19th and Early 20th Century fiction. It looks really cool. At the moment you can see a trailer and a “behind the scenes” film. It looks really cool.
I also think this would be an awesome subject for games. But until someone does a liscened product, we can feel happy that there are some excellent steampunk roleplaying games currently available or soon to be released. The following list is by no-means extensive, but has some of the more popular or interesting Steampunk or Victorian Sci Fi games (I won’t get into the differences here).
Castle Falkenstein is a whimsical game of Victorian adventure from R. Talsorian Games. This is one of the “classics”.
Etherscope is an RPG from Goodman Games that presents a cyberpunk-style future built upon a Victorian era culture.
Full Light, Full Steam is an RPG of Victorian Space adventure from Kallisti Press. It has an interesting mechanic that encourages players to act in character before they can take advantage of character advantages.
Leviathans from Catalyst Game Labs is all about flying battleships waging war on each other.
Martian Empires is a set of miniature wargame rules from Black Hat Miniatures, designed for use with their 19mm range of figures.
Mission: Red Planet is a board game by Asmodee Editions where you compete Victorian era Nations and Powers explore and control Mars.
Space 1889 is the classic Victorian adventure RPG. Get the original from Heliograph Press or keep your eye out for the upcoming Savage World version. Also check out the wargame rules Sky Galleons of Mars.
The one game missing from this list of links is G.A.S.L.I.G.H.T. (Glorious Adventures in Science Loosely Involving Generally Historical Times). This is one of the most popular steampunk wargames, but I cannot find a link to the game that works. Here is a link to an interview with the creators.
Do you play steampunk games? What are your favourites?