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Author Topic: Famous Fictional Steampunk Locations  (Read 4854 times)
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« on: June 10, 2011, 11:07:33 pm »

I'm organising a treasure hunt game of sorts <a href="http://brassgoggles.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,30972.0.html">here</a>, but I need some help. As GM I'm creating a map that leads through many locations, I'd like to include some of the most famous locations from victorian fiction (like the works of Lovecraft, Vernes etc.) Please post your suggestions here (even just a one-liner) so that I can research them further. Thank you for your help Smiley Long live the Aetheria!
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« Reply #1 on: June 10, 2011, 11:27:32 pm »

Suggested Victorian science fiction locations:

Onboard the Nautilus from Jules Verne's "20,000 Leagues Under The Sea".

Onboard the Albatross from Jules Verne's "Robur The Conquerer" and "Master of The World".

The Island of Dr. Moreau from HG Well's "The Island of Dr. Moreau".

The self-propelled floating artificial island in Jules Verne's "Propeller Island".

The land where the dinosaurs survived from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's "Professer Challenger" books.

The deep (and bleak) future as depicted in HG Well's "The Time Machine".

Onboard a landship in HG Well's short story "The Land Ironclads".

The ruins of a city destroyed by aerial bombing in HG Well's "The War In The Air".

The interior of a Martian war-pod in HG Well's "The War of The Worlds".

The interior of the Earth, as depicted in Jules Verne's "Journey To The Center of The Earth". 

Famous non-science-fiction locations from Victorian Literature:

221b Baker Street from the Sherlock Holmes stories.

All the locations in Jules Verne's "Around The World In 80 Days".

Hannibal, Missouri (Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn!).

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     I haven't read half of these (I mostly read nonfiction), but I know at least a little about all of them.
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« Reply #2 on: June 12, 2011, 07:19:31 pm »

Thanks awfully Fritz, some great ideas here to send the teams on.
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« Reply #3 on: June 12, 2011, 11:17:05 pm »

A Nomad of the Time Streams by M. Morrcock.

The Dancers at the End of Time by M. Moorcock.

Airtight Garage by Moebius.

The Adventures of Luther Arkwright & Heart of Empire by Bryan Talbot.
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« Reply #4 on: June 14, 2011, 05:48:41 pm »

I know it's 1931, and not fiction, but the airshipterminal originally planned for the top of the empire state building would be pretty cool
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« Reply #5 on: July 08, 2011, 11:58:59 pm »

The Crystal Palace!!! The first location I associate with the Victorian Age.
I know it's not fiction, but it's from the past and used in several novels..

(Oh, WHY was it destroyed?! I would so like to see it!!)
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« Reply #6 on: July 16, 2011, 02:10:04 am »

Hannibal, Missouri (Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn!).
Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn were written in the Victorian era, but they're set a decade or two before it begins.
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« Reply #7 on: July 16, 2011, 02:52:12 am »

It's definitely more dieselpunk than steampunk but the post-apocalyptic world in the Mortal Engines series would be an incredibly exciting place to go through
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« Reply #8 on: July 18, 2011, 11:36:00 pm »

Snæfellsjökull. If Jules Verne can make use of a volcano in Journey To The Center Of The Earth I am sure a treasure hunt can.
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« Reply #9 on: July 18, 2011, 11:55:55 pm »

The Asylum that features in Tales from the Asylum, edited by our very own Warden Arkwright

PS: 221b Baker Street, is fictional. The street is real enough but there was never a 221b. Its a bit like the Platform 9 3/4 at Kings Cross Station in the Harry Potter books - an extrapolation of reality.
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« Reply #10 on: July 29, 2011, 04:26:53 am »

     I never meant to imply that 221b wasn't fictional, but I wouldn't have known either way.
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« Reply #11 on: August 13, 2011, 05:48:39 pm »

I do;t know how fictional you want to get... But Perido Street Station from China Mieville's eponymous novel is an amazing place... As is Lye Street in Deepgate from where I and my avatar are from ... From the Deepgate Codex... by Alan Campbell

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« Reply #12 on: August 13, 2011, 09:44:31 pm »

The Asylum that features in Tales from the Asylum, edited by our very own Warden Arkwright

PS: 221b Baker Street, is fictional. The street is real enough but there was never a 221b. Its a bit like the Platform 9 3/4 at Kings Cross Station in the Harry Potter books - an extrapolation of reality.


Oh, I thought there was a 221B Baker Street that now houses a museum.



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« Reply #13 on: August 16, 2011, 04:22:22 am »

Baker Street
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« Reply #14 on: August 16, 2011, 03:40:29 pm »

Baker Street
(last paragraph)


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« Reply #15 on: August 16, 2011, 03:42:32 pm »

Miskatonic University

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« Reply #16 on: August 19, 2011, 10:13:38 am »

Woking! And Surrey golf links!
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« Reply #17 on: August 28, 2011, 01:29:56 am »

Leatherhead

East Grinstead (actually from Moorcock, who is unfortunately from the mid-to-late 20th century)

Volcania

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« Reply #18 on: March 21, 2014, 11:45:15 am »

Would like to see this map when done, if you don't mind.
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« Reply #19 on: March 21, 2014, 02:51:45 pm »

Another Lovecraftian possibility are the locations in his Lands of Dream e.g. Ulthar

They are reached by decending the 70 steps of light slumber to the cavern of flame, then by decending 700 steps to the Gate of Deep Slumber in the Enchanted Wood

There is a map here of the dream lands which may be of use:
http://mockman.com/2011/10/11/map-of-the-lands-of-dream-bw-version/

I disagree with some of that map, but I'm sure that's merely a difference of interpretation, there are certainly other maps too which may be different.
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« Reply #20 on: March 21, 2014, 08:38:02 pm »

Horsell Common! How can you not include that!
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« Reply #21 on: March 23, 2014, 08:16:35 am »

Captain Nemo made use of an natural underwater tunnel to pass between the Red Sea and the Mediterranean. I believe that there is a canal there now.
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« Reply #22 on: March 23, 2014, 08:41:51 pm »

Bodmin Moor,
Exmoor,
Stone Henge?

Wells town center ... No wait, Hot Fuzz doesn't count. Tongue
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« Reply #23 on: April 06, 2014, 12:02:57 pm »

Reichenbach Falls

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« Reply #24 on: April 06, 2014, 09:19:23 pm »

Monte Roraima, in Venezuela, is believed to be the real-world inspiration for Maple White Land (Challenger's plateau) in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost World. This is a picture I've recently seen of part of the top of the plateau:

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Here's a few shots of it from "the outside":
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The steep walls:
"Maverick Rock", the highest point of the tepui (plateau):
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And more from the top:
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I don't know if Dr. Doyle ever saw pictures of this tepui, but this terrain certainly looks primeval, and one certainly has no difficulties imagining prehistoric megafauna roaming the terrain.
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