I’d like to thank Chris for letting us hang out at Game Nite in South County Mall. Paul Daly was present to hold the banner for artists and we had a great afternoon saying hello to fans and old friends. We had a pretty steady stream of folks for a couple of hours and Chris’ store was packed with gamers looking over his excellent stock. Some steampunk color was provided by The Living History Company who managed to get a half dozen or so people into costume.
Feedback was quite good and folks seemed truly impressed with the book and the artwork in particular. Thanks to everyone that came out!
Topics in the last week included a discussion how waves on Venus would interact with the Basalt landmasses to form dark sand beaches. Motley developed a number of interesting images that showed these beaches in typical Venusian light conditions and one at light illuminated by postulated luminescent sea life. The images are excellent an evocative of Venus.
The basic nature of aerolyth was again discussed and it was determined that at the 49,000 Newton force level it does provide enough lift for vehicles without allowing overpowering vessels to be easily constructed. Liners are quite possible but heavily armored aerial battleships aren’t.
The development of a separate aerial service for the Imperial Armed forces was brought up, as well as a discussion of how the aerial forces of the Royal Navy might be partitioned.
There was mention of period theories of lunar affects on human behavior and if that might be correct in the game world and what that would mean on other planets.
Aerolyth production in the USA got some treatment as the three main production areas were fleshed out a bit. The New York based Aerolyth Company of America was first mentioned.
The Venusian Sea Kings have ben a hot topic as their religious political structure has begun to take shape. They are ruled by a God King chosen from the highest status families by trial by combat. They are extremely blood thirsty but will accept tribute, at least initially.
Food on the various worlds will differ and this discussion has transformed into thoughts on the genetic engineering of humans by the la selpurdi to be immune to most diseases and to not suffer from auto immune diseases like allergies.
One last note was the Stars of Empire has begun to ship and hopefully folks will have it in their hands shortly.