Saturday, November 6, 2010

Genesis Journal #3 - Asian Inspired Steam Punk

Taking a good look at steampunk is a lot of fun, but one thing I noticed is that I don't really like the way the Victorian style plays as a fantasy world. Specifically, the world is just not colorful enough. For some reason, I tend to associate Victorian England with boredom. I hope that doesn't offend anyone.

I live and work in Japan. I speak some Japanese. (If you notice my picture though, you may notice I am probably one of the whitest kids you know *not a member of the group*). I studied Asian Culture at the University and know a little bit about history as well.

So why not have an asian inspired steam punk setting? I am not the only one who has thought of this idea; there is a lot of great inspiration out there.

This website, 'the Art of Steampunk', did a great job writing an article on Asian inspired Steampunk. They even have some fashion pics included as well (though i don't know that I would go that direction with my game).
This image better depicts the kind of fell I am going for. It is of an airship, drawn by the artist James Ng. You can visit his site here - This is the kind of artistic inspiration I am looking for for my setting.

However, you don't even have to go that obscure. If you look at stuff like Avatar, the Last Airbender, you can find in the fire nation, a very asian steampunk quality, which also happens to be very fantastic in nature.

In conclusion, why tie Steampunk to England? Asia can do it too.


  1. Steampunk does not strike me as tied to England, though England as the heart of the industrial revolution does often get pride of place. In fact of an anthology of steampunk I just read, only one story was set in England (and only for the start of the story).

    That being said, love that flying dragonship!

  2. I think a lot of people tie Steampunk to Victorian England. That being said, there are of course excpetions. I would be interested in reading that anthology if you know the title.