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Author Topic: How did you get into Steampunk?  (Read 2921 times)
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« on: October 24, 2014, 11:59:52 pm »

Hi, I don't know if this has been posted here before but I was wondering how other people got into Steampunk, like what attracted you or interested you to it in the first place and why? As a follow up question how old were you when you first got into it and how long have you been a steampunk?
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« Reply #1 on: October 25, 2014, 12:40:10 am »

I have always maintained an interest in  what would now be referred to as Steampunk  design, art , style and  culture. new Zealand  it can be argued was built on Steampunk concepts.

 I first discovered  Steampunk a few years ago while looking for images and ideas for a hospitality  and tourism related  project.
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« Reply #2 on: October 25, 2014, 01:44:13 am »

I was blackmailed.
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« Reply #3 on: October 25, 2014, 01:46:12 am »

i had been reading girl genius for years, but it was at the world con in London that,l on a whim, i went into a panel on beginners steam punk costuming and decided, i want to be involved in this.
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« Reply #4 on: October 25, 2014, 02:33:30 am »

I was blackmailed.

Funny  the way I remember it, I thought you were caught by the impressment gang.  Quite a fight you put up on your way up to the airship's deck...  Grin
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« Reply #5 on: October 25, 2014, 06:16:36 am »

Girl Genius...an enabler strip...Wink That and (oh, the heresy) - The Difference Engine...Wink
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« Reply #6 on: October 25, 2014, 07:05:36 am »

Stockholm syndrome
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« Reply #7 on: October 25, 2014, 04:20:07 pm »

I found that the name for what included my many interests was 'Steampunk', I'd been reading Jules Verne and such like since the late 60's, hunting cryptids and other Fortean activities, tinkering with mechanical things and having adventures most of my life. So for me it was a case of 'Oh that's what it's called'! rather than 'deciding' to become a steampunk.

It's much quicker for me to say I'm a Steampunk than to list all the aspects of steampunk that I can bring together under that title.
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« Reply #8 on: October 25, 2014, 06:16:42 pm »

Honestly?

I was born this way  Cheesy

I found the moniker whilst idly browsing the internet back in, I think, 2005 or '06 and immediately felt at home. 
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« Reply #9 on: October 25, 2014, 07:32:16 pm »

I slotted right in.  It is a place where you do not have to pretend to be something you are not.  I was a steampunk before I knew it existed.

Why do you want to know?
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« Reply #10 on: October 25, 2014, 10:03:49 pm »

I always been a fan of both sci-fi and history . At the beggining i was inserting some historical inspiration in my daydream, but was still basically anticipation sci-fi. Until  i stumble on the word ''uchronie''. It was the search for the definition (it basically the french term for the alternate history genre) who opened the door to steampunk.
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« Reply #11 on: October 25, 2014, 10:47:15 pm »

I sort of tripped over it.

I've always liked Verne & Wells type fiction (The Time Machine, 20,000 Leagues etc being among my favourite films since childhood).

Drifted into the style of clothing in the 80s in my Goth days.

The catalyst was discovering Abney Park, Vernian Process & The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing on the same day.
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« Reply #12 on: October 28, 2014, 01:53:03 am »

I've been a fan of Victorian Sci-fi for as long as I can remember, thanks partly to seeing The Great Race, and watching The Wild, Wild West as a child, and reading the works of Jules Verne in high school. Not to mention the usual assortment of films in the genre. And I'm sure a fondness for WW1-2 era military aircraft played a part as well.

 I just didn't realize there was a name for it until a few years ago when friends invited me to my first Steamcon.
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« Reply #13 on: October 28, 2014, 04:08:10 am »

Somebody in Facebook and Twitter started making a lot of noise about some "Brassgoggles domain which had expired."  So I had to come and see what was going on. Something about a "Proteus," some lady named Amanda, and the evil forces of Dr. Steel

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« Reply #14 on: October 28, 2014, 06:35:35 am »

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« Reply #15 on: October 28, 2014, 12:46:32 pm »

If the question is "How do you get into a Steampunk?"  Start by buying her dinner and see what develops.
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« Reply #16 on: October 28, 2014, 01:54:06 pm »

Honestly....Secondlife. I didn't even know Steampunk existed before then, and I found the aesthetic wonderful.

Now a few years on, I've decided to make it my reality
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« Reply #17 on: October 28, 2014, 07:35:31 pm »

I got pressganged into it (you'll sign anything when you're drunk).
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« Reply #18 on: October 28, 2014, 09:13:03 pm »

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If the question is "How do you get into a Steampunk?"  Start by buying her dinner and see what develops.

That's assuming the Steampunk is a she..... Smiley
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« Reply #19 on: October 28, 2014, 09:38:08 pm »

I found that the name for what included my many interests was 'Steampunk', I'd been reading Jules Verne and such like since the late 60's, hunting cryptids and other Fortean activities, tinkering with mechanical things and having adventures most of my life. So for me it was a case of 'Oh that's what it's called'! rather than 'deciding' to become a steampunk.

Yeah, same here, except even earlier. Grew up in the 50s reading Rupert Bear and Verne and Wells and those wonderful Arthur Ransome children's books and old copies of Model Engineer magazine and early sci-fi and fantasy. Lived in the Crewe area as British Railways indulged in its last fling with steam; my father and two uncles were railwaymen, and I in my turn became a railwayman (engineering apprentice). Fascinated by all kinds of science and technology, from steam engines to 1950s computers to spaceships, and especially "fringe science" such as alchemy and UFOs; started making stuff at about the age of 6 or 7, model boats and cars and trains from card and paper and scraps of wood, getting in trouble for using my mother's dressmaking scissors and getting blobs of glue all over the kitchen table; bought my first actual tools at age 12, first lathe at 18, and by then the madness was incurable. But, yeah, didn't come across the word "steampunk" until a few years ago, in an issue of Make magazine I think it was, and suddenly realised there was a name for what I was doing. Then I discovered Brass Goggles and it seemed like I'd, finally, come home.....

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« Reply #20 on: October 28, 2014, 09:44:04 pm »

I guess I never really got into steampunk honestly. I have always just liked the aesthetics of it. Something about wood, metal, and old tech. Just recently have I got into the clothing. Machines that run off steam.. But it's slowly taking over. I like hand making things if I can so I guess it's just a natural attraction to steampunk. That and being big on Sci Fi.

So I guess Steampunk got into me instead?  Tongue
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« Reply #21 on: October 29, 2014, 03:41:23 am »

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These were the inspiration of my childhood.
I love eccentricity in many forms and think the preparedness to be eccentric is far more important to the human experience than most people would accept. With that influence how could I not be into steampunk
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« Reply #22 on: October 29, 2014, 07:22:51 am »

Steampunk?!

....Wait - I'm a steampunk??

When did that happen?

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« Reply #23 on: October 29, 2014, 08:52:07 am »

Steampunk?!

....Wait - I'm a steampunk??

When did that happen?

 Wink

Your induction to the forum was the result of an experiment performed in the dungeon lab downstairs. You may notice some rather large stitches along the crown of your scalp.

Mwahahahahaha!

I got pressganged into it (you'll sign anything when your drunk).

You came in rather happily.  All it took was some stout followed by fish and chips.  10 years service for each chip, if I remember correctly.
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« Reply #24 on: October 29, 2014, 11:47:47 am »

I got pressganged into it (you'll sign anything when you're drunk).

You came in rather happily.  All it took was some stout followed by fish and chips.  10 years service for each chip, if I remember correctly.

Something like that. Sigh, 5 years before the masthead boiler down, only another 150 to go....
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