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    My Quest for the Best Steampunk Escape Room

    During my time traveling around Europe and the US I have been searching for the best steampunk escape room. Many of the best ones are in the UK, but other steampunk escape room hot spots include Czech Republic, Germany and the Netherlands. Here are my top 10… Steampunk Express – Leamington Spa, UK https://escaperoomadventures.co.uk/escape-rooms/ The ‘Steampunk Express’ escape room can be found at Leamington Spa in the UK. The time period in which this game is set is 1892 and players are transported to a steampunk version of the Western parts of the USA. Players are the bandits who are working together to rob the steampunk express. However, it’s a…

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    Peaky Blinders Suit

    After first airing on the 13th of September, 2013 on the BBC, ‘Peaky Blinders’ became a firm favourite amongst TV drama lovers. So many people all of a sudden wanted a Peaky Blinders suit! Introducing the Peaky Blinders The story centres around aspiring Birmingham gangster, Thomas Shelby who is played by popular actor, Cillian Murphy. After taking many opportunities, Shelby climbs through the ranks and rises with his newly formed gang, the Peaky Blinders. This gang is also a family business featuring John Shelby (Joe Cole) and Arthur Shelby (Paul Anderson). Furthermore, in the series, we see the Shelby brothers’ aunt, Elizabeth “Polly” Gray who is played by Helen McCrory…

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    Steampunk Plague Doctor Masks

    The Plague Doctor is a popular cosplay option which actually pre-dates the Victorian era and goes back to 17th Century Europe. Plague doctors covered themselves head to toe and wore a mask with a long bird-like beak. Plague masks were based on many misconceptions about the disease as they did not have the medical technology that we have today. Now of course, as the original Plague Doctor concept pre-dates the steampunk era, why then is steampunk so plagued with plague doctors you might ask! Well, for the time that these costumes were developed, it was actually quite forward thinking in the time. Plague doctors were even allowed to do autopsies on the…

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    My 10 Best Steampunk Novels

    Today I’m here to give you a run down of my best steampunk novels including Journey to the Centre of the Earth, Boneshaker and 20,000 Leagues under the Sea! My 10 Best Steampunk Novels Journey to the Centre of the Earth ‘Journey to the Centre of the Earth’ or, initially, Voyage au Centre de la Terre was published in 1864 having been written by French author, Jules Verne. It was later reprinted in 1867 after being revised and expanded. The novel follows geology professor, Otto Lidenbrock and his nephew Axel. They discover an ancient document and, after translating it, they discover a dormant volcano with a secret entrance. This leads…

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    Steampunk Board Games

    For those of you who know me well, you will be aware that I’m a massive fan of board games! One of my all time favourites is ‘Planet Steam’ – as long as my Hubby Simon isn’t conning me out of resources! Here’s an outline of Planet Steam and many others in my top 10 Steampunk Board games. Top 10 Steampunk Board Games Bioshock Infinite ‘BioShock Infinite: The Siege of Columbia’ is a board game from the well known manufacturing company, Plaid Hat. The game itself is based on the popular BioShock games series. The board game allows players to explore the world, atmosphere and characters of the video game…

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    Steampunk Disney

    You may not realise it, but Steampunk Disney is everywhere! There are elements of steampunk in Disney movies such as Malificent, cosplay including steampunk Alice in Wonderland and of course in the Disney Parks – the original Disneyland in Anaheim, California being my favourite. I hope you love our steampunk Disney guide as much as my aunty Deb – she is the BIGGEST Disney fan I know!!! 20,000 Leagues under the Sea One of the most well-known steampunk movies of all time is actually a Disney movie. Based on the novel by Jules Verne, 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea was released by Disney in 1954. The plot consists of an…

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    Origins of Steampunk

    Welcome steampunkers, today we are discussing the origins of steampunk. Join me of this journey in my time machine as I take you through the history of steampunk from it’s literary origins to modern developments. Literary Origins of Steampunk Steampunk essentially started out as a literary subgenre in the 1970s. The inspiration for this sub-genre comes from as far back as the 19th century, the Victorian era, with authors such as Mary Shelley and H.G. Wells. Authors during this time period frequently wrote about the technology due to the rise in steam powered machinery. The steam-powered machinery inspired the writers to think about the evolution of this machinery, and how…

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    Octopus Wine Glasses

    There’s nothing steampunkier than sipping wine from an Octopus wine glass while wearing your favourite steampunk clothes! Today I have scouted out the best Octopus wine glasses on the internet! But first of all, why are Octopuses so steampunk? Why is the Octopus Steampunk? Octupuses feature heavily in steampunk literature and design. The steampunk fascination with them probably stems from one of the most famous steampunk novels 20,000 leagues under the sea. The Octopus also influenced the Lovecraftian novel ‘Call of Cthulu’ although this is more fantasy than steampunk. If you take a look at the Octopus, it naturally looks like it should be wearing goggles! But what is important…

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    Steampunk Masks

    It seems very apt to be writing about steampunk masks during the pandemic! I shared a video on Facebook this week of a guy in the car park of an American supermarket. He was sporting full plague doctor costume with plague doctor mask! Whether you are looking for something to wear during the pandemic or looking for steampunk cosplay ideas, join us today in search of the best steampunk mask you can buy online… Medical Disclaimer – These masks are not medically approved for stopping the spread of viruses. Use at your own discretion. Simple Steampunk Masks and Face Coverings Steampunk Face Covering This skull Face covering is a cloth…

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    Steampunk Footwear

    The term ‘steampunk’ originates from science fiction novels. It’s a subculture, a philosophy and a style. The movement is heavily tied up with fashion, taking heavy influence from futuristic technology and the cyberage as well as old fashioned Victorian era style. This hybridity blurs the boundaries of time and style and this is what the steampunk genre is all about. Translating these subjective terms into actual garments and fashion pieces, the cyber, futuristic side involves metal, chunky boots, heavy adornments of buckles, thick laces. From the Victorian era influence, steampunk fashion showcases lace, leather, Clashing doesn’t matter, this style is a reflection of industrialisation, full of contradictions and new developments.…