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Hot off the Presses: Ground Vehicles of the Worlds: 1905

We’re proud to announce the release of ‘Ground Vehicles of the Worlds: 1905’ – available in print https://www.amazon.com/dp/1093668776 and electronic formats https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/272988/

The second technical supplement for the Hive, Queen and Country Universe introduces Victorian Science Fiction Roleplayers and War Gamers to the many ground vehicles of that Universe. No other time period is defined by its vehicles like the Victorian Era. From the early motor cars to the continent-wrapping locomotives, this was when humanity broke from muscle power and conquered the planet with steam and steel! This book includes:

  • Dozens of all-new ground vehicles for the Hive, Queen, and Country setting or any other Victorian Sci-Fi environment!
  • The History of the Battle of Panama – the greatest battle between Humanity and the Hive – and other conflicts!
  • Statistics for the Hive, Queen, and Country vehicle combat system!

From the massive landships of the British Empire to the diminutive tankettes of the Russian Czar to exotic Venusian walkers, ‘Ground Vehicles of the Worlds’ has it all! Tanks, tankettes, landships, and walkers for all your steampunk needs!

Available now at Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1093668776

Also available at DrivethruRPG: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/272988/

US Tankette M1898

From our upcoming book, ‘Ground Vehicles of the Worlds: 1905’:

Designed in 1898 by J. Walter Christie, the M1898 Tankette carries a 5 barrel 37mm Hotchkiss Revolving Cannon. It served in several key battles of the Second Hive War.

During the 1st International Relief Force, the Tankette formed the core of a quick reaction force organized to help defend Porto Alegre. They served well, and their speed and heavy guns saved the defensive lines several times. However, attrition and mechanical losses gradually reduced the number of functional tankettes.

M1898 Tankette

Four tankettes were provided to the 5th IRF (September 1900) landing force. However, heavy resistance from flying Hive creatures prevented them from being landed. It played a critical role in the Battle of Panama during the La Mesa Charge where its heavy rapid-fire gun was able to counter all but the largest Hive creatures.

The Tankette is powered by a 6-cylinder 6.6L internal combustion engine and can reach speeds of 42km/hr. Between 6-16 mm of Krupp-style armor offers excellent protection for a vehicle of its size.

Get the full history on the Ratha-Class Landship and dozens of other vehicles in our upcoming book! And, be sure to check out the dozens of related 3D printed models available at Objects May Appear…

Ratha-Class Landship

Built at the Mazagon Shipyards near Bombay, the Ratha-Class Landship was a key vehicle for the the Second Indian Expeditionary Force during the Second Hive War.

The huge 730- ton craft carries 48 infantry, two 10-pounder portable artillery pieces, eight tankettes, and four destroyer tanks. Mounted weaponry consists of one 6-inch/25.5 Mk III gun in a top-mounted turret, three 37mm guns in sponsons, and 12 Maxim guns.

The Ratha-Class Landship

Get the full history on the Ratha-Class Landship and dozens of other vehicles in our upcoming book! And, be sure to check out the dozens of related 3D printed models available at Objects May Appear…

1893 British Empire Tankette

The 1893 British Empire Tankette pushed the bounds on a number of technologies. To reduce weight, it used a novel aluminum alloy armor. It also used a very advanced high-speed quad-expansion condensing steam engine.

British Empire Tankette

Though a technical marvel, the Tankette’s high cost proved to be prohibitive. It served in the Second Hive War and several tankettes have been shipped to the British Garrison of the International City on Venus. They played an important role in the Construction Riots and the Upstream Deluge.

British Empire Tankette Statistics

Get the full history on the British Empire Tankette and dozens of other vehicles in our upcoming book! And, be sure to check out the dozens of related 3D printed models available at Objects May Appear…

Ground Vehicles of the Worlds: 1905

No other time period is defined by its vehicles like the Victorian Era. From the early motor cars to the continent-wrapping locomotives, this was when humanity broke from muscle power and conquered the planet with steam and steel! This book includes:

  • Dozens of all-new ground vehicles for the Hive, Queen, and Country setting or any other Victorian Sci-Fi environment!
  • History of the Battle of Panama – the greatest battle between Humanity and the Hive – and other conflicts!
  • Statistics for the Hive, Queen, and Country vehicle combat system!

“Ground Vehicles” will be out later this year, available as a print book and PDF. The vehicles have been designed for use in HQC, but are easily applied to other settings. Great care has been taken to ensure consistent technical designs – perfect for the hard sci-fi genre!

HQC Writing Contest Winners!

We’re proud to announce the winners of our fiction writing contest! These stories focus on unique takes on space, space exploration, and space technology in the HQC Victorian setting.

Our congratulations to the winners!

Space Man’s Anchor

By Neal Holtschulte

The Royal Space Navy destroyer Trafalgar is in a race to reach Lagrange five and hold the point against all foes. The Russians, seeking to extend their advantage over the Queen’s space navy, have their own ships enroute. Second Lieutenant Leander Fitzpeter must see the mission through to completion, prevent outright war, and uncover the traitor among the Trafalgar’s crew, all while facing his own personal demons.

Neal’s blog can be found at https://hastewriting.wordpress.com/
He was recently published in volume 76, issue 2 of Amazing Stories: https://www.amazon.com/Amazing-Stories-Winter-2018-Issue-ebook/dp/B07L9HSWPG

Hearts & Bones

By K.M. Chavez

Miss Ella Shaw, one of the few women in London to receive a surgical license from the Royal College of Physicians, has now been stationed in an Earth-run hospital on Venus. She is part of a programme to bridge the gap between the medicine of Earth and of Venus. However, as she enters her first major surgery, she wonders if the horrors of gruesome Victorian-era medicine will haunt her no matter where the stars take her.

Caledon

By Brady Alexander

A misanthropic big game hunter goes to Venus on vacation. 
A very different man returns to Earth.

Brady’s has published in a number of venues:

The Thundering of Guns

By Chris Holden


Set in around 1880, Royal Navy Lieutenant Farrow is dispatched to the HMSS Thor, an experimental gun armed space cruiser as gunnery officer to prove an experimental concept that would enable space-going ships to effectively use conventional breech-loading guns in space combat. 
The early tests seem to indicate that the concept works and that could put Britain well ahead in terms of space military technology. Until disaster strikes… 

Chis has written stories for magazines and several technical articles. This is is first foray into VSF/steampunk. The story is inspired by the gun control room on the gun direction room at Languard Fort, Suffolk,