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It's 1921, and a desire for radical social change has been gathering steam...

Stories of the mechanized horrors of the Great War cast a pall over the small community tinkers, engineers, and entrepreneurial inventors, as the public viewed every new contraption as a lethal threat, either to the young men dying senselessly in the fields of the Old World, or for the laborers whose bodies were crushed in the gears of assembly lines. It was a grim time where soulless efficiency seemed to be the only future imaginable.

George Greene was having none of it. Where others saw despair, the passionate Progressive saw hope; where many saw filthy, crowded streets, he envisioned a stylish way to whisk yourself from one side of the city to the other in the snap of your fingers--by traveling in tubes underground. Why not partner aesthetics with our quest for greater efficiency, and use the incredible emerging technologies to raise the quality of life for all Rochesterians?

This was the promise of Greene's New Steam Society, a social works project like none ever seen. He lobbied the federal government for funds and convinced local captains of industry to match with donations. Greene funneled innovation grants through RAMI, giving the school a reinvigorated sense of purpose. The New Steam Society attracted the best European talent, bringing with them all they knew about harnessing the world's most impressive technology. The mood of Rochester changed almost overnight. It became a city of hope.
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Such changes were not to everyone's liking. Organized crime found that workers still liked their drink, which Progressives had banned; and anarchists bristled at the how the movement focused on elevating the bourgeoisie rather than the proletariat, whose conditions had changed not at all--or even worsened--under the weight of the allegedly wonderful steam technology.

Welcome to Steampunk Rochester. Where the extraordinary happens every day.



People
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Places
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Things

Perspective Characters
  1. Adam Hausler
  2. Aileen Brennan
  3. Albert Schmidt
  4. Alfio Boscarino
  5. Alicia Kemgal
  6. Ambrosia Regiblaster
  7. Archibald Regiblaster
  8. Arlington Beech
  9. Arthur Bell
  10. Barlton B. Bibson
  11. Barry L. Morton
  12. Beatitude (Bee) Arthur
  13. Benjamin Kerr
  14. Big Tom
  15. Brandon Westland
  16. Brian Shepard
  17. Brit Bardner
  18. Butch Mark Herald
  19. Calvin Hodgkins
  20. Carl F. Lomb
  21. Carlton B. Gibson
  22. Catie Gleason
  23. Charlene Burns
  24. Charles Bismarck
  25. Chief Russell
  26. Clement G. Lanni
  27. Colin Mathis
  28. David Tennant
  29. David Tennant's Workshop
  30. Dino Nascoto
  31. Donna Tennant Noble
  32. Donovan Murphy
  33. Dr. Jerome Belanger
  34. Earl F. Beers
  35. Elaine Ripley
  36. Elena Oxana
  37. Elizabeth Boxforde McHugo
  38. Elizabeth Price
  39. Elliot Boone
  40. Emilio Falcone
  41. Emily Ballard
  42. Erik Syveran
  43. Ernest Garner
  44. Florian Schneider
  45. Francesco D'Avici
  46. Gabrielle Garnier
  47. Gavin Millard
  48. Gene Parmesan
  49. George Aldridge
  50. George Eastman
  51. George Greene
  52. George MacAuley
  53. George Priestman
  54. George Reedwarbler McHugo
  55. Gerald Schliske
  56. Gordon Griffin
  57. Grandmaster Slasher
  58. Gregory Regiblaster
  59. Gregory Sauer
  60. Gumble Beddict
  61. Harold R. Butch Clark
  62. Harry Dowling
  63. Harry L. Horton
  64. Harvey Jameson
  65. Hector Rotceh
  66. Helen Schleyer
  67. Henry A. Strong
  68. Henry W. Clune
  69. Herman Vaughan-Buckthorpe
  70. Hester O'Connor
  71. Jack Ashton
  72. Jacob Edward Lewandowski
  73. James and Elizabeth Swanson
  74. James Ballard
  75. James E. Gleason
  76. James Ernie Gleason
  77. Jenna Tiptree
  78. Jeremiah Hickey
  79. John Jacob Bausch
  80. John R. Williams
  81. John Ralston Williams
  82. Jonathan Fox
  83. Jordan Metzger
  84. Joseph Boyd
  85. Joseph Greene
  86. Joseph King
  87. Josh Jake Bausch
  88. Karat Knight
  89. Karl F. Lombe
  90. Katherine Smith
  91. Kathleen Browne
  92. Kent Durmire
  93. Kurt Staub
  94. Leo Lyon
  95. Leo Lyons
  96. Leonardo Gatsby
  97. Lionel Tremaux
  98. Lucia King
  99. Luigi Forzono
  100. Luna Teck
  101. Mac
  102. Malcolm Falcone
  103. Margaret Woodbury Strong
  104. Marie Curie
  105. Martha Matilda Harper
  106. Michael Matthew Harpy
  107. Mickey Enright
  108. Miss Cherry
  109. Mouse
  110. Nathan Garner
  111. Nikola Tesla
  112. Nora Marshall
  113. Olan Ebert
  114. Oscar Floyd
  115. Prof. Wilhelm Becker
  116. Puddin Pie
  117. Riccardo Nascoto
  118. Richard Garnier
  119. Richard North
  120. Robert LeFever
  121. Rusty the dog
  122. SantinoChristiani
  123. Scoot
  124. Seth J Matus
  125. Sparky
  126. Springstine Family
  127. Stanley Schiltzen
  128. Stephen Winters
  129. T. Edgar Twombly
  130. Tabitha O'Hagredy
  131. Teddy Winters
  132. The Prophet
  133. Theodore Meyer
  134. Thomas Edison
  135. Thomas Meyer Jr.
  136. Tim York
  137. Wayne O'Rorke
  138. Wicked George Four Toes
  139. Wilhelm Blecher
  140. William Becker
  141. William Tenerly


  1. Adler Brothers Clothing Factory
  2. Akashic Library
  3. Andrews Street Warehouse
  4. Archibald's Prosthetics
  5. Baker Field
  6. Banner's Warehouse
  7. Becker Estates
  8. Braddock's Bay
  9. Brighton Presbyterian Church
  10. Britton Field
  11. Buckthorpe Manor
  12. Capital Apartments
  13. Celardo & Bornes Law Offices
  14. Charles Schleyer Hotel
  15. Cherry Suites
  16. Cloud District
  17. Cockaigne
  18. Corinthian Hall
  19. David Tennant's Workshop
  20. DiBella's
  21. Dowling Warehouse
  22. Durand Eastman Bath House
  23. Eastman Dental Dispensary
  24. Eastman School of Music
  25. Edgerton Park
  26. Erie Canal
  27. Erie Railroad Depot
  28. Falcone Deli
  29. Falcone Deli Alley
  30. Fleming's
  31. Forzono's Emporiem
  32. Franklin Square
  33. Garner's Gadgets
  34. Garnier's Workshop
  35. Genesee Brewery
  36. Genesee River
  37. Genesee Valley Park
  38. George Eastman's Home
  39. George's Barber Shop
  40. Hickey Freeman Co.
  41. Highland Hospital
  42. Highland Park
  43. Holy Sepulcher Cemetery
  44. Home of the Tennant Family
  45. I.A.G. Headquarters
  46. Kirstein Building
  47. Kodak Park
  48. Kodak Tower
  49. L. Adler Brothers & Company
  50. Lee's Posh Apartments
  51. Lehigh Valley Railroad Station
  52. Lexinton Bakery
  53. Likly's Trunk Co.
  54. Main St. Bridge
  55. Main Street Armory
  56. Marie Curie Steam Reactor
  57. Martha Matilda Harper Inc.
  58. McHugo Engineering
  59. Memorial Art Gallery
  60. Middle-Knuckle Pub
  61. Millard Law Firm
  62. Mob Safe House
  63. Mt. Hope Cemetery
  64. Mt. Hope Geothermal Power Station
  65. Neisner’s Five and Dime Store
  66. New Ballard Manor
  67. New York Central Station at Rochester
  68. Oak Hill Country Club
  69. OSO Agency Building
  70. Outskirts Motel
  71. Paradice
  72. Park Avenue Hospital
  73. Parmesan Labs
  74. Powers Building
  75. Public Market
  76. RAMI Women's Housing
  77. Red Head's Den
  78. Regiblaster Clothing Works
  79. Regiblaster Estate
  80. Rico Cave
  81. Riverside Cemetery
  82. Rochester Artisan Guild
  83. Rochester Athenaeum and Mechanics Institute
  84. Rochester Central Bank & Trust
  85. Rochester Grand Steam Fairgrounds
  86. Rochester Mechanics and Machinery
  87. Rochester Municipal Museum
  88. Rochester Pneumatic Tube System Stations
  89. Rochester State Hospital
  90. Rochester Subway
  91. Rochester Wardenclyffe Telecommunications Information Center
  92. RPTS Explosion Site
  93. Seabreeze Amusement Park
  94. Seneca Hotel
  95. Seneca Park Zoo
  96. Sibley Building
  97. Springstine Springs
  98. St. Patricks Cathedral
  99. St. Patricks Cemetery
  100. St. Paul Street Fire Station
  101. State Hospital
  102. Steam Repairs and Restorations
  103. Strong Memorial Hospital
  104. Strong Museum of Play
  105. Studio 6
  106. Sunshine
  107. Tartarus
  108. Tawny Hills Apartments
  109. Tenerly Museum of Automatonics
  110. Tenerly School for the Mechanically GIfted
  111. The Bardner Estate
  112. The Concrest Development
  113. The Gleason Works
  114. The Informant office building
  115. The LeFever Estate
  116. The Lomb House
  117. The Metal Works
  118. The NightOwl
  119. The Schleyer Hotel
  120. The Tabernacle
  121. The Twombly House
  122. The Wild South
  123. Tinkerer's Market
  124. Torta Signore
  125. Ulysses Apartments
  126. University of Rochester
  127. URMC
  128. Wegmans
  129. West Main St. Geothermal Fill Station


  1. Absinthe
  2. Aerial Map of Rochester
  3. Automobile
  4. AutoSwarm Automaton
  5. Bathtub Gin
  6. Bausch & Lomb Binocular Corneal Microscope
  7. Bausch & Lomb Compound Monocular Microscope
  8. Bedora
  9. Beef on Weck
  10. Bevel Gear Planer
  11. Bishop
  12. Bottled Milk
  13. Broker Watch
  14. Cadillac Type 51
  15. Candlestick Telephone
  16. Check Protector
  17. Compressed Steam Canister
  18. Conference Chair
  19. Copper Camel
  20. Courtesy Book
  21. Crystal Radio
  22. Cunningham Automobile
  23. Curie Papers
  24. Curtiss JN-4
  25. Democrat and Chronicle
  26. Deploy-able Soundproof Room
  27. Der Dampfsoldat
  28. Disguised Camera
  29. Dr. Jerome Belanger's Fantastic Firefighting Automaton
  30. Drafting Set
  31. Elephantastic Gas Mask
  32. Exploding Music Box
  33. Falcone Family Ring
  34. Folding Pocket Kodak Camera
  35. Football
  36. Genesee Beer
  37. God's Ears
  38. Harper Method Tonique
  39. Hollowed out Book
  40. Horn Rimmed Glasses
  41. Horus
  42. Hot Shot
  43. Hotpoint Iron
  44. Insulin
  45. Jell-O
  46. Kodacolor
  47. Kodak Amateur Printer
  48. Kodak Brownie Camera
  49. Kodak Camera
  50. Lie Detector
  51. Lily
  52. Liquid Pistol
  53. Lock-Picking Screw Driver
  54. Lucky Strike Cigarettes
  55. M1917 Revolver
  56. Magnetic Dice
  57. McHugo Cycle
  58. Mercurochrome
  59. Micro-Injector
  60. Microscope
  61. Milk
  62. MkIV Steam Fire Suit
  63. Morrigan's Grunge
  64. Mr. Zweigler
  65. Neural Stack Papers
  66. No Irish Sign
  67. No. 1 Panoram Kodak
  68. North's Smith & Wesson
  69. Nuclear-Steam Reactor Prototype
  70. Oreos
  71. Pastels
  72. Personal Telescopic Augmenter
  73. Pocket Watch Radio
  74. Portable Dictation Machine
  75. Protean Machine
  76. RAMI Carnival
  77. Rami Steam Compressor
  78. Ramikin MCMXV
  79. Reboiler
  80. Remains of Old Protean Machine
  81. Rochester Artisan Guild Pin
  82. Rochester Transit Token
  83. Sahlen's Hot Dog
  84. Sim-Pull Steam Cooker
  85. Skin Doll
  86. Sleeve Gun
  87. Smith-Perkins Coffee
  88. Smoketop Hat
  89. Spyder
  90. Steam Artisan's Tools
  91. Steam Wolf
  92. Steam-Powered Prostheses
  93. Steamwasher
  94. T Style Steam Engine
  95. Teleforce Cannon
  96. Tenmen
  97. Tennis Racket
  98. Textile Machine
  99. The Aspiring Mechanic's Guide to Steam Technology
  100. The College Man's Pen
  101. The Gauntlet
  102. Torta Signore's Oven
  103. Toy Train
  104. Trolley
  105. Typewriter
  106. Victrola
  107. Vulcanized rubber
  108. Washboard
  109. Whiskey
  110. Whist Club
  111. Whistle Box
  112. Yatate
  113. Zephyr Type-17 Airship
  114. Zweigle's Red Hot
  115. Zweigle's White Hot





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Topic: "Steampunk Rochester"

Rochester Institute of Technology

TuTh 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM | Frank E. Gannett (GAN)-4020


Instructor: Prof. Trent Hergenrader
Email: wthgsl@rit,edu
Office: Liberal Arts 06-.2317

Course Description - "Steampunk Rochester"
This class blends historical and speculative fiction with the unpredictable and spontaneous narratives of role-playing games. In the first weeks of the course we will learn about the history of Rochester in the 1920s, a period of tremendous social change, both positive and negative. We will also read about the genre of "steampunk," a form of Victorian-era futurism that imagines steam power, rather than electricity or gasoline, as the technology that drives society and its technological innovations.

Along with students enrolled in Honors 151 Imag(in)ing Rochester, the class will use a wiki and online map to build a sprawling alternate version of Rochester in the 1920s packed with historical and fictional people, places, and things. In the final portion of the course, students will explore the city through the eyes of their own unique characters and write short fiction based on the characters' experiences.

Required Texts

This class has three required texts that students must purchase:
  • The Mammoth Book of Steampunk. Wallace, Sean, ed. ISBN-13: 978-0762444687
  • The Steampunk Bible: An Illustrated Guide to the World of Imaginary Airships, Corsets and Goggles, Mad Scientists, and Strange Literature. Vandermeer, Jeff. ISBN-13: 978-0810989580
  • 80 Days by Inkle Studios (Meg Jayanth & Jon Ingold, writers) for iOS, Android, and Kindle Fire

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We will also be borrowing some mechanics from the following text for our role-playing sessions:
  • Fate Core System. Balsera, Leonard, Brian Engard, Jeremy Keller, Ryan Macklin, Mike Olson. Available as pay-what-you-like download, with a more than reasonable suggestion of $5.

Other readings and resources will be made available on the MyCourses site for this class.