Saturday, April 23, 2011

Steampunk LARP - The Rise of Aester


Map of British America, by Rise of Aester

Alternate realities have been a trope I've followed for many years, from Phillp K. Dick's Man in the High Castle, to the current Fringe series on Fox, trying to see what "could have been" is fascinating to me.  To take a Steampunk twist on alternate realities (which I would suppose by default Steampunk is an alternate reality), the Live Action Role Playing (LARP) titled The Rise of Aester!


Introductory video of the Rise of Aester

To quote is a narrative of the endeavor from the Brass Goggles forum (from the fellow who developed the above map)...

Twenty years of violent seismic activity and a 100' sea rise.  The southeastern coastline of North America on both the Atlantic and Caribbean coasts moved inland at least ten miles, in some areas as far as fifty miles.  Obviously most of Florida is a total loss.  You'll also notice that there is a massive bay that now exists inland of San Francisco.  The entirety of the San Joaquin valley is now an inland sea that connects to the Pacific at San Francisco.  The Gulf of California moved north fifty miles as well.

The review of the work from RPG.net was very positive.  The only "bad" thing that was mentioned was the immense depth of the work - not something you could read in twenty minutes and start involvement with!  As many of the Steampunk come to fruition, if one wishes to expand one's persona beyond appearance, I would certainly recommened a look at the Rise of Aester!  For more details, please view... http://www.riseofaester.com/

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