Posted By Captain Theo on April 10, 2013
So, due to health, schedule, and forgetting I run this site (Odd since it is my homepage too…) I haven’t been updating it as frequently as I would like. Right now on the coming soon:
Bioshock Infinite review (This week hopefully)
Bioshock Infinite artbook review (1-2 weeks)
Steampunk Symposium image gallery (Early May)
Steampunk Symposium write-up or summary sort of thing. (Mid/late May)
June is currently unknown, early July should hopefully be the unveiling of a new costume and Anime-Expo pictures from Los Angeles, mid-July will have an article on Anime-Expo itself, and probably a guide to how much Los Angeles kicks ass, at least for visiting.
Posted By Captain Theo on April 3, 2013
Sculpt – The guns sculpted detail is extremely nice, it has a Dalek plunger on top, the weeping angel finger inside a cage, and the Cybermen parts for most of the rest. It fits the feel of the series extremely well, and it has a few minor touches that make it stand out from most toys and props available. The first thing I noticed is sculpted screws on the side that does not have real screws, to make it seem less like a cheap toy and more like a bad ass raygun!
Sounds – The sounds on this gun are amazing. They are extremely accurate to the show, with Dalek, Cybermen, and Weeping Angel effects that you can toggle around between. It has some hidden sounds too that I won’t spoil. Oh, and it lights up.
Paint – This is where the toy falls short. It has three flat colors: Black, copper, and silver. It doesn’t have any fancy paintjob, just flat colors. No wear, no small details, nothing.
Overall, it’s a quality product, it feels sturdy, looks very Timey-Wimey, and of course it has the Doctor Who logo on the box so who wouldn’t want this?
Posted By Captain Theo on March 26, 2013
New feature! The captain realized his need for this money stuff in his pocket, so he has added these strange things to the website to attempt to capitalize them. I’ll allow everyone an opportunity to figure out what this new “feature” is.
Posted By Captain Theo on March 22, 2013
Limited edition figure, only 15,000 worldwide, this one was found in a Toys R Us in Michigan on March 21st, 2013.
This lovely figure of Chell features everything you would expect. Wearing her Aperture Laboratories tanktop, with her orange and white jumpsuit tied around her waist and long fall boots, Chell is prepared to escape the testing facilities, with or without the help of a potato.
Chell comes armed only with a Handheld Portal Device, more commonly refered to as a Portal Gun.
A stand with two pegs is included so the figure may be displayed with ease.
*Light-Up Portal Gun
Images after the break.
Posted By Captain Theo on March 20, 2013
The Steampunk Symposium is quickly approaching! April 26th – 28th in Cincinnati, Ohio is a weekend of glorious steampunkery. Obviously the Fortune’s Ember will be there, and it will be the final attention the Fortune’s Ember appears at until Anime-Expo in Los Angeles. The Steampunk Symposium has numerous guests, from musicians to authors! Anyone looking for a good vacation should get their tickets and book a hotel now!
Posted By Captain Theo on February 21, 2013
Disclaimer: This is mostly in response to the community in the area that I live in, not Steampunk globally.
What originally separated Steampunk from the other genres and cultures out there was the people. From where I stand now, I see that is no longer holding true. The Steampunk community is turning into petty disputes, cliques, close-minded individuals, blind loyalties, false friendships, and over-inflated ego syndrome.
Steampunk was once special. It was full of artists, crafters, friends, comrades, open-minded individuals, all fighting for the same goal, to create a welcome environment to be different in. Recently it has turned into fights over the dumbest of things, drama for the sake of attention, and people only acting as friends when it can benefit them monetarily or socially. Gone are the glory days of welcoming new people into groups! It has degenerated into people separating off into little groups with their buddies, positioning themselves in ways to put off any attempt to join in conversation, meet new people, or ask questions. No longer are new people welcome, it has become apparent that the only way to have fun with others is to buy your way in or to have been friends before getting into Steampunk.
Creativity seems to be discouraged now as well! Everybody encourages the same dull, boring wardrobe. Groups are turning to uniforms. New ideas are shunned in order to protect existing members of the community and to keep the food chain how it is, no matter how worn out, dull, disorganized, unfit, or untalented the old is. This false sense of loyalty is hindering new ideas and destroying creative freedom of newcomers!
Steampunk needs fresh life. It needs new people, it needs new ideas, it needs happy, creative, inventive, fun individuals who are willing to step out of their comfort zones to make changes. This is not a call for the old to step down and get out of the way, it is a call for all to realize what is happening. It is an outcry to encourage change, growth, and new ideas. It is a statement to those who feel they are “important” that they too are nothing more than flesh, and nothing is permanent.
Posted By Captain Theo on February 5, 2013
Recently VICE has published an “article” on Steampunk, and I find it quite offensive. The writer clearly has no experience with Steampunk as a community and based the writing on bad misconceptions about Steampunk. I find it sad that somebody has to mindlessly spew hate about a wonderful, welcoming community. I find the article to be in poor taste and a complete misjudgment about Steampunk. I won’t break it down bit by bit, but I will say it is very far from reality, and if anybody reads it, please take a moment to track down a local Steampunk group and hang with them for a day, you will most likely find them to be extremely friendly and welcoming, and they might even buy you a drink. Cheers!
Posted By Captain Theo on February 2, 2013
Hello and welcome, this is your captain speaking. The Fortune’s Ember is currently recruiting new members in the south-east Michigan area. If you are interested in joining please contact us or leave a comment. If you live outside of the area but would like to join us and contribute to the website, that is welcome as well!