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Space 1889

Matchstick

Explorer
I'm finding myself leaning toward doing a Steampunk Savage Worlds game and I've seen some mention of Space 1889 from Pinnacle. However looking at their site it doesn't seem like that product's page has been updated for a while.

What is the status of the SW version of Space 1889? Was (is) it just one book or module? Would it work well for a Steampunk game? Any comments on the setting would be appreciated; other than playing in a Rel Sky Galleons game at GenCon 06 (still have my character sheet!) I've no familiarity with Space 1889.

Thanks!
 

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Umbran

Mod Squad
Staff member
I don't know the Savage Worlds version of the game, but I do have the original.

About the setting - it would work well for your steampunk, depending on what you want from your steampunk. The original Space: 1889 is not about the technology. It is rather more about social dynamics, adventure, and strange exotic worlds. It is more about being John Carter of Mars or exploring the swamps of Venus than about tinkering with gadgetry.

In many ways, it is more useful for "gaslight romance" than steampunk, as it isn't very punk - there's no looming dystopia that usually characterizes "punk" genres.
 

Inferno!

Explorer
Last I heard, the plan was to release the Savage Worlds edition GenCon this year. It should hit the streets a month or so later. I believe it will just be the one book with possibly a few free download from the Pinnacle website.

I happened to meet the author at GenCon last year (his name escapes me at the moment) as we waited for a Weird War II game to start. We chatted about what we liked and disliked about the original 1889, and seemed to be on the same page for most of it. I am seriously looking foward to this. It is THE ONE game purchase I MUST make at GenCon this year.
 



Matchstick

Explorer
I don't know the Savage Worlds version of the game, but I do have the original.

About the setting - it would work well for your steampunk, depending on what you want from your steampunk. The original Space: 1889 is not about the technology. It is rather more about social dynamics, adventure, and strange exotic worlds. It is more about being John Carter of Mars or exploring the swamps of Venus than about tinkering with gadgetry.

In many ways, it is more useful for "gaslight romance" than steampunk, as it isn't very punk - there's no looming dystopia that usually characterizes "punk" genres.

Hmmm. I don't know that I'm looking for something where the characters travel around to different planets, I'm more looking for Victorian technology. Blimps, not spaceships.

Maybe I'll look into Runepunk. Since I'm going to GenCon I should be able to check out Space 1889 there more closely.
 

Dannyalcatraz

Schmoderator
Staff member
Space: 1889, like RIFTS, is one of those games that has a rep for having a wonderfully creative setting and mechanics that almost nobody likes.

I took the setting and ran a Supers campaign in HERO system with it- one of the best experiences I've ever had as a GM.

And, of course, you don't have to use the Mars/Venus/Moon portions of the game- there is plenty enough to mess with on Earth.
 

Rel

Liquid Awesome
It is THE ONE game purchase I MUST make at GenCon this year.

This.

I love this setting and have since WAY back when I was in high school. Never did get a group to play it under the original rules. Then, several years ago, I decided that it would be a fun setting to use for one shot games. So I converted it to d20 Modern.

That worked reasonably well and we had a lot of fun with it as I ran about 8 or 9 episodes over the course of a few years at the NC Game Days and GenCon. But I think that Savage Worlds is a much better rules fit for the pulpy games of high adventure that I want to run with it.

I'm bringing an all new adventure to run with it at GenCon and I'm super excited about getting my hands on that book.
 

Rel

Liquid Awesome
Matchstick, are you going to be at GenCon? Cuz I'm running Savage Worlds Space 1889 there if you'd like to try it out.
 

Desdichado

Adventurer
Hmmm. I don't know that I'm looking for something where the characters travel around to different planets, I'm more looking for Victorian technology. Blimps, not spaceships.
I thought that was pretty implicit in a game titled Space: 1889. Especially with the Space featuring so prominantly in the title. And the 1889, too.
 

Umbran

Mod Squad
Staff member
Hmmm. I don't know that I'm looking for something where the characters travel around to different planets, I'm more looking for Victorian technology. Blimps, not spaceships.

These aren't like modern rockets - they're more like... blimps or sailing vessels between worlds. If I recall correctly, "space" isn't even a vacuum in the setting.
 

Rel

Liquid Awesome
These aren't like modern rockets - they're more like... blimps or sailing vessels between worlds. If I recall correctly, "space" isn't even a vacuum in the setting.

Well of course space isn't a vacuum! It's filled with the lumineferous ether. That's the entire principle that makes the Edison Ether Propeller work. It's simple Science!

Such Ether Propeller's are of course powered by steam boilers that are in turn powered by a lens that is able to capture the rays of the sun and focus them on the boiler. Which is why space travel is only possible among the inner planets as of now, since beyond the asteroid belt the sun's rays are too diffuse to focus in this manner. But I have faith in Science that this issue will soon be resolved by the amazing technology that is currently under development!
 

Stormonu

Legend
These aren't like modern rockets - they're more like... blimps or sailing vessels between worlds. If I recall correctly, "space" isn't even a vacuum in the setting.

In the game, the Germans actually use blimps to get around on Venus, due the problem with liftwood rot...
 


Henry

Autoexreginated
More seriously, I have my eyes peeled for reports on this for Gencon. Does ANYONE know if Clint, Shane, or anyone else have let anything slip? For God's sake, Gencon is less than two weeks away, and I wanna know if I need to start raiding my FLGS.
 

madwabbit

First Post
Henry; said:
More seriously, I have my eyes peeled for reports on this for Gencon. Does ANYONE know if Clint, Shane, or anyone else have let anything slip? For God's sake, Gencon is less than two weeks away, and I wanna know if I need to start raiding my FLGS.
Everything I've heard is that it is on track for release and sale at GenCon, and in stores shortly thereafter.
 

Rel

Liquid Awesome
Everything I've heard is that it is on track for release and sale at GenCon, and in stores shortly thereafter.

The irony is that I may be so busy running Savage Worlds Space 1889 games that I won't have time to get to the dealer hall to get one of the books before it is sold out.

It's like ten thousand spoons!!
 

madwabbit

First Post
Rel; said:
The irony is that I may be so busy running Savage Worlds Space 1889 games that I won't have time to get to the dealer hall to get one of the books before it is sold out.

It's like ten thousand spoons!!
True. Maybe Bretbo would be able to pick up a copy for you. I'll check with him.
 



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