Weird things that should be in CE

Discussion in 'Clockwork Empires General' started by omeg, Aug 27, 2012.

  1. omeg

    omeg Member

    \o First poster representing.
    So, what would you like to see in your glorious Clockwork Empire?
    • Transfrobulators
    • Steam-powered analytical engines available to build (anyone read The Difference Engine?)
    • Ability to cross-breed Diggles and Beings From Out There
  2. Aegho

    Aegho Member


    I'm thinking dirty sweaty guys in coveralls.
  3. Kazeto

    Kazeto Member

    Steam Tesla reactors. Because that sounds funky.
  4. Movra

    Movra Member

    A certain faux-heritage steam clock.
  5. Catbread

    Catbread Member

    Audio-conveyance machines which allow users to communicate across large distances (about 20 feet). These would require two buildings worth of steam generators to run, and would be incredibly dangerous.

    Or, instead of steam-telephone, any number of household items would work.

    Refrigerators that remove all heat from the universe, resulting in absolute zero.
    Toasters that utilize actual hellfire from hell.
    Black hole trash cans. (Always a good idea!)
    Record players with a tendency to rupture eardrums. Also the only record they have lying around is super annoying.

    And so on. I could list those all day but there are probably better ways to spend my afternoon.
  6. Haldurson

    Haldurson Member

    The game will need, of course, a veritable spiderweb of steam-powered tubes for sending messages all over the city. There will need to be a rebel air conditioning repairman character, like Robert Dinero from the movie "Brazil". And, of course, there will need to be clockwork robots.
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  7. impishacid

    impishacid Member

    Achievements for each of the horribly violent ways your citizens can die. (As if they wouldn't be including those already :) )

    After extreme work on reckless and forbidden Sciences, *become* the Elder things, then propagate yourselves back in time to plague the Empire and try to prevent the agony you've inflicted upon yourselves.

    The Player-avatar Bureaucrat themself is lost to the outer reaches of sanity, glimpsing briefly on the noneuclidean gemoetries of an Elder Thing city, which they of course briefly attempt to manage before succumbing to death.

    (okay i should probably not fixate on hoping there will be a Team R'lyeh Citybuilder mode)
  8. Warrex

    Warrex Member

    My hopes would be Jagers from Agatha Heterodyne: Girl Genius, though who could possibly speak the lines in that accent without cracking up?
  9. OmniaNigrum

    OmniaNigrum Member

    That is the famous "WidowMaker". :D
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  10. Wolg

    Wolg Member

    Not weird exactly, but I'd like to see, somewhere in the game world or UI, one of those "X days since last industrial fatality!" boards, only with the time scaled appropriately to how often we might expect them on average (minutes, seconds, etc).

    Or perhaps more than one such board ("15 days since last Invisible Geometer intrusion, a record high over the last three months."), just phrased in such a way as to convey that safety, while all very well as a concept, is more of an aspirational goal rather than an overriding concern of the populace, if I'm reading the setting right.
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  11. Lorrelian

    Lorrelian Member

    I am shocked, shocked, that no one has mentioned sky jellyfish to plague your airships yet. And, of course, they are ruled by the Gray Worm that Tunnels In the Sky.
  12. jhffmn

    jhffmn Member

    I'd like to be able to feed poets to ravenous packs of diggles.
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  13. Turbo164

    Turbo164 Member

    A clockwork work clock, so your clockwork workers can check the clock while they work.
  14. Wolg

    Wolg Member

    A giant Jacobs' Ladder that's actually usable for efficient climbing/transport, in that it's a specially constructed platform that levitates when energised by two metal poles either side that have a huge arc of electricity pass between them.

    Naturally, this is a completely foolproof device. Yes. The concept doesn't introduce any risk whatsoever of horrific accidents due to excessive or insufficient power. >> No chance at all of a surge launching passengers through the air in screaming parabolic trajectories or chargrilling the platform and occupants, or a sudden failure as the platform nears apex providing an object demonstration of Sir Isaac's theories.

    (...Or call it Jacobsen's Ladder, depending on how meta you want to be...)
  15. Loerwyn

    Loerwyn Member


    Come on, I'm weird.
  16. OmniaNigrum

    OmniaNigrum Member

    No comment. :D
  17. Kaoschan

    Kaoschan Member

  18. Warlock

    Warlock Member

    Crusader series' UV-9 Pulsar nominated. For being awesome.
    Just plain weird - the little cleaner robots from the same series which can sometimes riddle you with electric bolts. :)
  19. OmniaNigrum

    OmniaNigrum Member

    "and 1 gram of an unknown metal, resistant to heat of 50,000 degrees, impossible to bend or break with any force, and a near-perfect (1.6x10-75 ρ) conductor of electricity" WTF???
  20. You should be able to breed ponies and grow corn and then make ponycorn out of them with the help of your mad scientists.
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