on May 27th,2011
Ladies and gentlemen… we’ve outgrown our server once again. But thanks to many generous souls, we have the funds to make a move.
This move will result in some — though hopefully minimal — interruption in service, and I encourage those interested in progress to follow @brasstech on Twitter for more detailed updates.
Over the US Memorial Day weekend, our new co-located server will be mounted in it’s home, and your humble admin will begin preparing that server to accept the Brass Goggles blog and forum. This new server is many times more powerful than our current “Virtual Private Server” machine: it is real, industrial-strength hardware. This upgrade will help with blog and forum performance, and pave the way for new features and capabilities.
Due to a very nice donation of time and equipment by one of our community who wishes to remain anonymous, the hardware only cost us $1100 US; however, our monthly cost is going up to $50/month; while this is cheap, all things considered, it’s more important than ever to support Brass Goggles financially if you’re able. Currently, we have funds to make the move and cover the next 3 months of operation. As always, I prefer to keep Brass Goggles an ad-free environment, and your donations make this possible.
on May 25th,2011
Warren O’Neill sent along a link to his new website: Steampunk News
Its an index of content posted on most of the main Steampunk sites , which links back to the original article. The website is bascially a web-ized version of his Iphone app, My Steampunk News , which is now available on the Apple Store, it’s named “Steampunk News”, – screenshots here: http://appshopper.com/entertainment/steampunk-news.
Well worth checking out if you have an i-device.
on May 16th,2011
Thanks to all who entered. The winners were selected by using random.org to generate two numbers. Email entries were numbered in the order they were received:
Our winners are:
Patrick Freeman wins the Saboteur 66 and Glen Oddy wins a copy of Victory. Your emails have been passed along to Weta, who will be contacting you.. Congrats, and thanks for entering.
on May 15th,2011
Winners to be announced shortly. Good luck to all who entered.
on May 14th,2011
Winners to be announced shortly, Good luck to all!
on May 9th,2011
Thanks to the kind folks at Weta , we are pleased to announce a contest. The prizes are:
One Saboteur 66 Raygun.
One copy of “Victory”:
First off, the fine print rules:
One entry per household/email address/individual. Winner to be responsible for all taxes, duties, and importation fees. Weta or Brass Goggles cannot accept responsibility for any issues with Customs or Excise laws in the country of the winner. Entrants must be 18 years or older. Entrants are bound by their local laws, and may not submit an entry where their laws prohibit such. (and as such, this contest is void in the Province of Quebec). These rules are subject to change to meet legal requirements.
How to enter:
Email: Send an email to submission at brassgoggles.co.uk with the title “Brass Goggles Weta Contest Entry”. That’s it..
Two winning entries will be selected at random. Contest ends Friday May 13: at midnight blog time. Winners will be contacted by email.
on May 6th,2011
Dr.Grordbort is pleased to announce the release of the Saboteur 66: a rather stealthy aether oscillator.
As described by its designer Dr. B Aldwin:
“Rarely is a piece of wave oscillatrica put so brazenly through its paces as in the hands of an assassin.A lone professional whose very livelihood and ultimately survival depends on the oomph and precision of his tools tends to be incredibly picky.This brief is not taken lightly. The finest materials are chosen, a focus group of assassins assembled (in separate rooms, of course) and debriefed on their requirements. The result is the Saboteur 66 – a finely balanced tool-of-the-trade for murderous bastards across the solar system. Aside from being comparatively compact, the Saboteur is also incredibly light, roughly equivalent to wielding a small partridge.
Made from Imitation Metal, Imitation Bakelite and Imitation Tremontium*
*While arguably inimitable individually, these compounds, when fused together under Earth’s atmospheric conditions, take on a density and surface texture that is vaguely approximate to something called “ABS plastic”.
Wowsers! – and as if that wasn’t enough – hang on to your hats. Weta will be giving Brass Googles readers the chance to win one of these wonderful pieces.. A Contest! Oh, Frabjous Day! Stay tuned for details.
Check out the Saboteur 66 over at the Weta Site. Dr. Grordbort’s Saboteur 66
on May 6th,2011
The Tesla Cocktail Club presents:
“A Steam-Age Salon”
For one night only, the Bacchinalian Society is opening the doors of their Tesla Cocktail Club to the public and mixing up the finest Bloodore elixirs Ohio has ever seen. Join us Thursday Night at 8 pm in the Crown Hotel Bar for a Steam-Age Salon. There, Industrial Dream Mills will officially launch its American Steampunk role-playing game entitled “Steamfortress Victory”. There will be demos of the game hosted by the D20 Girls Project, a Character Creation Costume Contest, and a themed drink menu. So, put on your best Victorian attire and come out for a drink or two.
When: Thursday June 23, 2011
Where: The Crown Plaza Hotel – 33 E Nationwide Blvd, Columbus, OH 43215
Origins Game Fair – Time: 8:00 PM EST
on May 4th,2011
Sure looks like an new aether oscillator on the way! Stay Tuned…
The S-Type Project at Dr.Grordborts
on May 2nd,2011
The Steampunk Bible – “An Illustrated Guide to the World of Imaginary Airships, Corsets and Goggles, Mad Scientists, and Strange Literature”, published by Abrams Books, is now available on Amazon.
It is described by Abrams Books as:
“The Steampunk Bible is the first compendium about the movement, tracing its roots in the works of Jules Verne and H. G. Wells through its most recent expression in movies such as Sherlock Holmes. Its adherents celebrate the inventor as an artist and hero, re-envisioning and crafting retro technologies including antiquated airships and robots. A burgeoning DIY community has brought a distinctive Victorian-fantasy style to their crafts and art. Steampunk evokes a sense of adventure and discovery, and embraces extinct technologies as a way of talking about the future. This ultimate manual will appeal to aficionados and novices alike as author Jeff VanderMeer takes the reader on a wild ride through the clockwork corridors of Steampunk history.”