Consider this to be a good first-stab at a schedule for the semester--lots can change and the instructor will notify you if and when this happens.

DEADLINES

  • By Tuesday, 12/15 at 10:59 AM, post your vignette and make sure to tag it Episode 6
  • By Thursday, 12/17 at 11:59 PM, post an epilogue to your PC page, complete any late work, and make sure your profile is 100% updated.

NAME
CRITIQUE 1
CRITIQUE 2
TheGladKing
The Opportunity
Alliances
Audiodio
The Date
(Just Before) A Fortuitous Meeting
ChefJoyardee
Spirits and Demons
End of an Era
SteampoweredDog
Snake Oil
Falling Phoenix
PiperLabs
Resolutions
Gambler's Fallacy
BigBootyJingoJango
Peace
Gasoline
Chaser1449
Machine Date
Peace
FireDragon150
Gasoline
Machine Date
SilverSeraph98
Gambler's Fallacy
Gasoline
X-Man_2032
Falling Phoenix
Snake Oil
arodang
End of an Era
Spirits and Demons
Lykos
Alliances
The Date
clipter1
(Just Before) A Fortuitous Meeting
The Opportunity
Kyubey7
Resolutions
Peace
skibbitybebop
Gambler's Fallacy
Alliances
anonymously_written_xiv
Falling Phoenix
Gasoline
Traladen
End of an Era
Machine Date
Brangle
Alliances
End of an Era

> ASAP: Update the Character Next Steps page remembering to include a summary of your BIG DECISION and update your USER PROFILE to reflect your vignettes and critiques done to this point

> By Tuesday, 12/08 at 10:59 AM, post your vignette and make sure to tag it Episode 5
> By Friday, 12/04 at 11:59 PM you should complete a critique of the following:


YOUR USERNAME
STORY #1
STORY #2

arodang
Altering the Deal
Bound by Law

anonymously_written_xiv
Busted?
Castle

Audiodio
Trapped Mouse
Dustlight

BigBootyJingoJango
Heaven Has No Rage
Moving Forward

Brangle
Musty musings
Roll with the Punches

Chaser1449
The Revival
The Visit

clipter1
Trapped Mouse
Unwitting Accomplices

FireDragon150
Altering the Deal
Unwitting Accomplices

Lykos
Busted?
The Visit

PiperLabs
Cold Steel
Roll with the Punches

SilverSeraph98
Heaven Has No Rage
Moving Forward

skibbitybebop
Musty musings
Dustlight

TheGladKing
The Revival
Castle

Traladen
Trapped Mouse
Bound by Law

X-Man_2032
Castle
Bound by Law

ChefJoyardee
Unwitting Accomplices
The Visit

Kyubey7
Busted?
Cold Steel

SteampoweredDog
Dustlight
Cold Steel





> ASAP: Update the Character Next Steps page remembering to suggest two PCs and update your USER PROFILE to reflect your vignettes and critiques done to this point

> By Tuesday, 12/01 at 10:59 AM, post your vignette and make sure to tag it Episode 4

> By Friday, 11/27 at 11:59 PM you should complete a critique of the following:



YOUR USERNAME
STORY #1 TO CRITIQUE
STORY #2 TO CRITIQUE
arodang
Ragtag
The Long Walk Home
anonymously_written_xiv
A Waste of Time
Cold
Audiodio
And Still It Keeps Time
Dance In the Dark
BigBootyJingoJango
A Waste of Time
Cold
Brangle
Chancellorsville
Dipped in Blood
Chaser1449
Distractions
Ill Met by Moonlight
clipter1
The Guild gives Hope
A Waste of Time
FireDragon150
Hell's Door
The Guild gives Hope
Lykos
Tawny and worn
The Temptation of Joe King
PiperLabs
Dance In the Dark
Hell's Door
SilverSeraph98
Hold Me Down
Tawny and worn
skibbitybebop
The Temptation of Joe King
Chancellorsville
TheGladKing
Dipped in Blood
Hold Me Down
Traladen
And Still It Keeps Time
Dance In the Dark
X-Man_2032
Ill Met by Moonlight
Ragtag
ChefJoyardee
Chancellorsville
Dipped in Blood
Kyubey7
The Long Walk Home
And Still It Keeps Time
SteampoweredDog
Cold
Distractions

> ASAP: Update the Character Next Steps page and your USER PROFILE

> By Tuesday, 11/24 at 10:59 AM, post your vignette and make sure to tag it Episode 3

> By Friday, 11/20 at 11:59 PM you should complete a critique of the following:



YOUR USERNAME
STORY #1 TO CRITIQUE
STORY #2 TO CRITIQUE
arodang
One Step Beyond
Nora and the Machine
anonymously_written_xiv
Nora and the Machine
In Sheep's Clothing
Audiodio
Costly Security
One Step Beyond
BigBootyJingoJango
A Matter of Security
Betrayals
Brangle
Poppa Not Home
Betrayals
Chaser1449
Priorities
Keep It Down
clipter1
Keep It Down
Costly Security
FireDragon150
A Matter of Security
Porcelain Faces
Lykos
In Sheep's Clothing
The Lost Smile
PiperLabs
New Americana
Party Foul
SilverSeraph98
Betrayals
Priorities
skibbitybebop
New Americana
Lost Lambs
TheGladKing
Poppa Not Home
Porcelain Faces
Traladen
Party Foul
Nora and the Machine
X-Man_2032
Costly Security
The Lost Smile
ChefJoyardee
In Sheep's Clothing
Keep It Down
Kyubey7
Lost Lambs
In Sheep's Clothing
SteampoweredDog
Lost Lambs
New Americana



> By Tuesday, 11/17 at 10:59 AM you should use the 543 Vignette Template to write your story and tag it Episode 2 and the date, either Friday Jan 14 or Sat Jan 15

> By Thursday, 11/12 at 11:59 PM you should complete a critique of the following:'


YOUR USERNAME
STORY #1 TO CRITIQUE
STORY #2 TO CRITIQUE
anonymously_written_xiv
Smoking Gun
A cornered Rat?
arodang
Steam Competition
An Idea
Audiodio
Young God
Licking Wounds
BigBootyJingoJango
Licking Wounds
That Nebulous Expression
Brangle
And so the puppets play
Steam Competition
Chaser1449
The Saboteurs
Wandering
ChefJoyardee
Wandering
Smoking Gun
clipter1
Get Well Soon
Licking Wounds
FireDragon150
A cornered Rat?
Get Well Soon
Kyubey7
A Quick Hospital Visit
The Saboteurs
Lykos
That Nebulous Expression
And so the puppets play
PiperLabs
The Meeting
Bulldog Boys don't Rollover
SilverSeraph
An Idea
The Meeting
skibbitybebop
Bulldog Boys don't Rollover
Young God
SteamPoweredDog
Licking Wounds
A Quick Hospital Visit
TheGladKing
Steam Competition
Wandering
traladen
Bulldog Boys don't Rollover
A Quick Hospital Visit
X-Man_2032
Smoking Gun
The Meeting


By Tuesday, 11/10 at 10:59 am - You must use the "543 Vignette Template" and write about a 1000-word vignette

By Friday, 11/06 you must update your Character Next Step. Include a few sentences of what you foresee happening AFTER the events described in your vignette, and how much of a time lapse you would expect (though not necessarily get) before the next major event.

> By Friday, 11/06 you should complete a critique of the following:

Author
Critique
Back to Tartarus
clipter1
Chaser1449
In the Dark
TheGladKing
skibbitybebop
Tremors
SilverSeraph98
BigBootyJingoJango
Rochester Underground Party
X-Man_2032
Audiodio
Explosion on New Years
arodang
ChefJoyardee
Red Faces
Lykos
FireDragon150
The Demonstration
skibbitybebop
Lykos
When Things Blow
ChefJoyardee
arodang
Marne
Audiodio
X-Man_2032
The Blaster Becomes The Blasted
BigBootyJingoJango
SilverSeraph98
Flurries
FireDragon150
TheGladKing
Smoke and Lenses
Chaser1449
clipter1



A riot, a chase, a narrow escape
anonymously_written_xiv
Steampowered Dog
That Detestable Stirring
Brangle
Kyubey7
Merry Christmas
Traladen
PiperLabs
Christmas Demonstration
PiperLabs
Brangle

Kyubey7
Traladen
The Grand Opening
Steampowered Dog
anonymously_written_xiv

> By Tuesday, 11/03 at 10:59 am - Finish and post your PC's inciting incident. Click the Pages and Files + button on the left and choose Inciting Incident from the templates.

> By Sunday, 11/01 at 12:00 noon - Add your character's next steps to the list.

> By Thurs, 10/29 at 10:59 am - Have 10 of 10 wiki entries done. Whatever work you do on the wiki will count toward the final unit of the course, not the world building unit.

> By Tuesday, 10/27 at 10:59 am - Have your PC 100% done. That includes all the information and a biography and narrative of 250 words.

> By Thurs, 10/22 at 10:59 am - Have at least 4 of 10 wiki entries done and linked from your profile. Remember, if it's not on your profile, it doesn't count.
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Week 1 - Tues, 08/25
In Class: Class intro/expectations; read and discuss "What Then, Is Steampunk?" from SteamPunk Magazine #1.

For Next Time: Read Steampunk Bible (Vandermeer) Sections 1-4, pg 6-129 and answer the following questions:
  • List 5 items you found the most interesting, compelling, inventive, ludicrous, etc. in the reading. Jot down the page number and a brief description of your thoughts (2-5 sentences max) and bring this to class.
  • What are some recurring themes in the steampunk genre? What are some recurring images? Again, jot down a handful (at least 5) of themes and images and have them ready for discussion.
  • What questions do you have about the steampunk genre?
  • Come up with 1-2 steampunk inventions of your own. Write a short (a few sentences) description of the item: what it does, what it looks like, how it runs. Sketches of the item are welcome!

Week 1 - Thurs, 08/27
In Class: Discuss the Steampunk Bible and student responses

For Next Time: Read the Wikipedia entry for Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne; acquire and complete (one play-through) of 80 Days. Pay specific attention to the role steampunk plays in the interactive fiction.


Week 2- Tues, 09/01
In Class: Discuss 80 Days; consider the steampunk aesthetic and themes present in this and other games like Syberia and The Order: 1886. Short lecture on character motivations, setting, and their relation to plot.

For Next Time: In The Mammoth Book of Steampunk (Wallace), read "Steampunk: Looking to the Future Through the Lens of the Past" by Ekaterina Sedia,"Fixing Hannover" by Jeff Vandermeer and "The Steam Dancer (1896)" by Caitlin R. Kiernan.

Week 2 - Thurs, 09/03
In Class: Discuss steampunk aesthetic and themes in the short fiction along with craft aspects of creative writing.

For Next Time: In The Mammoth Book of Steampunk (Wallace), read "Machine Maid" by Margo Lanagan and "Dr. Lash Remembers" by Jeff Ford


Week 3- Tues, 09/08
In Class: Discuss steampunk aesthetic and themes in the short fiction along with craft aspects of creative writing.

For Next Time: In The Mammoth Book of Steampunk (Wallace), read "Arbeitskraft" by Nick Mamatas; read “Sir Ranulph Wykeham-Rackham, GBE, a.k.a. Roboticus the All-Knowing” by Lev Grossman (from Steampunk III: Steampunk Revolution, ed. Jeff Vandermeer available on MyCourses)

Week 3 - Thurs, 09/10

In Class: Discuss steampunk aesthetic and themes in the short fiction along with craft aspects of creative writing.

For Next Time: Read excerpts from "Daily Life in Industrial United States, 1870-1900," "Daily Life in the Progressive Era," and "RIT History" (all available on MyCourses) and take notes to bring to class on the following:
  • Characterize in a few sentences what you feel the most important developments were for the Industrial Era in the United States. How was it different from the Civil War Era before it? What was being lost or left behind? What was changing? Was being created? What did society seem to value at this time? How does it connect to the coming Progressive Era?
  • In the same manner, characterize in a few sentences what you feel the most important developments were in the Progressive Era in the United States. How was it different from the Industrial Era? What was being lost or left behind? What was changing? What was being created? What did society seem to value at this time? How does it connect to the Roaring Twenties and Great Depression?
  • Characterize in a few sentences how the Rochester Athenaeum and Mechanics Institute (RAMI) fits into this period of history. What were its goals? Who were they trying to serve? What were its challenges?


Week 4- Tues, 09/15
In Class: Discuss the eras immediately preceding "Steampunk Rochester"; wiki introduction, profile set-up

Week 4 - Thurs, 09/17
In Class: Prof. Michael Brown from the Department of History guest lecture on Rochester history, circa 1915-1925. Discussion to follow.

For Next Time: Begin working on factions, metanarrative, and potential plot points


Week 5- Tues, 09/22
In Class: Brainstorming session--factions, metanarrative, and potential plot points: discussion of people, places, and things

For Next Time: Begin writing metanarrative, factions, people, places, things (assignments will vary)

Week 5 - Thurs, 09/24
In Class: Visit to RIT Archive Collection, 3rd floor, Wallace Center, Rm 3660 w/Visual Culture students

For Next Time: Create two entries that pertain to RAMI/RIT (people, places, or things)


Week 6- Tues, 09/29
In Class: Continue working on factions, metanarrative, wiki entries (10 items, locations, characters per student total)

For Next Time: see above

Week 6 - Thurs, 10/01
In Class: Faction formation, metanarrative, wiki entries (2 items, 2 locations, 2 characters per student) w/Visual Culture students

For Next Time: see above


Week 7- Tues, 10/06
In Class: Continue working on factions, metanarrative, wiki entries (10 items, locations, characters per student total)

For Next Time: see above


Week 7 - Thurs, 10/08
In Class: Library research session, 2nd floor, Wallace Center w/Visual Culture students

For Next Time: Continue working on entries


Week 8- Tues, 10/13
In Class: No class. Celebrate the history of indigenous peoples.
For Next Time:

Week 8 - Thurs, 10/15
In Class: Perspective Character (PC) creation workshop w/Visual Culture students

For Next Time: Continue working on wiki entries


Week 9- Tues, 10/20
In Class: Character relationships workshop, internal/external motivation discussion

For Next Time: Vignette #2, "How s/he changed my life forever"

Week 9- Thurs, 10/22
In Class: w/Visual Culture students

For Next Time:

Week 10- Tues, 10/27
In Class: Inciting incident workshop

For Next Time: Perspective character (PC) Presentation

Week 10 - Thurs, 10/29
In Class: Presentations of group research, perspective characters w/Visual Culture students


Week 11- Tues, 11/03
In Class: Text-based role-playing game

For Next Time: Writing fiction, critiquing

Week 11 - Thurs, 11/05
In Class: Text-based role-playing game

For Next Time: Writing fiction, critiquing

Week 12- Tues, 11/10
In Class: Text-based role-playing game

For Next Time: Writing fiction, critiquing

Week 12 - Thurs, 11/12
In Class: Text-based role-playing game

For Next Time: Writing fiction, critiquing


Week 13- Tues, 11/17
In Class: Text-based role-playing game

For Next Time: Writing fiction, critiquing

Week 13 - Thurs, 11/19
In Class: Text-based role-playing game

For Next Time: Writing fiction, critiquing


Week 14- Tues, 11/24
In Class: Text-based role-playing game

For Next Time: Writing fiction, critiquing

Week 14 - Thurs, 11/26
In Class:
For Next Time: Writing fiction, critiquing


Week 15- Tues, 12/01
In Class: Text-based role-playing game

For Next Time: Writing fiction, critiquing

Week 15- Thurs, 12/03
In Class: Text-based role-playing game

For Next Time: Writing fiction, critiquing


Week 16- Tues, 12/08
In Class: Text-based role-playing game

For Next Time: Writing fiction, critiquing

Week 16- Thurs, 12/11
In Class: Course wrap-up

For Next Time: Final project