Guns! Guns! Guns!

Firearms are nearly ubiquitous throughout steampunk novels, movies, games, and cosplay. But how do they really work? Can they actually do the things we are told they can do? Unscrew the cover plates to find about how the bits and pieces inside work together to go bang. Zebulon Vitruvius Pike. Gentleman adventurer, mercenary explorer, dime […]

History and Technology of Airships

Airships. How do they even work? Dirigibles are a fixture of steampunk literature, but what does it really take for them to fly and how did a century of technological development get them there? From the Montgolfier Brothers to Ferdinand von Zeppelin, from Ben Franklin’s airship commandos to luxury liners of the sky, from triumph […]