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Yahoo Group Weekly Summary

This has been a crazy busy week. We’ve had a large number of threads and some of them have developed legs and run!
The trailer for the major motion picture Cowboys and Aliens was mentioned and several people on the list stated they are looking forward to its release
Speaking of releases the “Official” Stars of Empire release was at Game Nite in St Louis. It was a moderate success and a good first step to ruling the Steampunk/VSF gaming world
I requested initial submissions for the Venus Source book and Don fired one back. I need to read that in detail and get back to him
There was a major discussion of the use of aerolyth rockets as weapons of war, which indicates that they would be very high velocity but the extreme temperature of the exhaust as well as the high voltage needed to ignite the engine are both serious drawbacks to tactical use. For strategic defense against large flyers or for coastal defense they might be possible
As the game begins to sell the development of additional character templates was discussed, centering upon Law Enforcement types for use across the Solar System
Another thread that was very active and morphed a bit as well was one asking what people thought were the Victorian period stories that most needed to be made into films. Kipling and Rider Haggard seemed to have the most stories to make the list. This thread then became one about various poems and ballads that could be set to music. From there we discussed the units in the British Army with aerial missions and their official marches
Ideas for the title and covers of the Venus source book were discussed and the title has been chosen and the idea for the graphics roughed out
The technology of the Sea Kings vessels is being explored and the various ways to harness wind power and being hashed out
The fate of Mexico in HQC is now being determined. It looks like by 1890 it will be a hot bed of revolution and intrigue