Steampunk is a Retrofuturism subset of sci-fi that incorporates technology and aesthetic designs inspired by 19th-century industrial steam-powered machinery. For GURPS this is the 1815-1914 period though the genre itself focuses on the Victorian Age. In terms of technology it covers TL5 to early TL6. Its successor is Dieselpunk and predecessor Clockpunk.

Historical TimelineEdit







  • 1860: Edmond Modeste Lescarbault announces announced the discovery of planet between Mercury and the Sun to a meeting of the Académie des Sciences in Paris naming it Vulcan



  • 1880: Thomas Edison's finances the publishing of Science journal
    Wabash, Indiana becomes the first city in the world to be powered by electricity.
    First Boer War begins.




Additional Material and ReferencesEdit

  1. Simón Bolívar -Reverberations, Francisco de Miranda, Leavings and Returns, Defeat is Not Surrender, Heavy is the Head, and All Good Things
  2. First Opium War - Trade Deficits and the Macartney Embassy, The Righteous Minister, Gunboat Diplomacy, and Conflagration and Surrender
  3. Elisha Gray and Alexander Bell telephone controversy
  4. This may be a misunderstanding of contamination by other bacteria rather than by mold per Paul de Kruif's 1926 Microbe Hunters
  5. The cylinder recording was lost but other examples from 1900 are Little Titch y sus Big Boots (1900) and Cyrano de Bergerac (1900 film)
  6. See Titanic: Adventure Out of Time for alternative timelines
  7. World War I: The Seminal Tragedy - The Concert of Europe, One Fateful Day in June, The July Crisis, The Final Act and Lies
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