Steam Patriots Gives American Revolution Steampunk Treatment for iPad and More — a Kickstarter Project
Q: What do you get when you cross the history of the American Revolution with steampunk and insert a fictional rebel soldier named Felix into the mix? A: the Steam Patriots series. Comprising five novellas, Steam Patriots stages battles with derigibles and semi-automatic muskets. Created by developer Noble Beast, who blew out their Kickstarter funding goal for Steampunk Holmes in May 2012, Steam Patriots follows a similar modus operandi, recasting a timeless story in a bold setting and looking to Kickstarter for support.
“Steampunk set in the American Revolution has never been done before, but we’ve got a fantastic story, remarkable art, and the drive to see it through,” said Noble Beast producer-director, Richard Monson-Haefel. Monson-Haefel sifted through dozens of manuscripts before finding Scott Wakefield and Rory Boyle’s Steam Patriots.
Steam Patriots uses the American Revolution as a skeleton which the team adorns with hallmarks of speculative fiction and steampunk: imaginary technology, the dissonance of old and new, and a bit of chutzpah. The idea is likely to grab future readers immediately on an intuitive level.
Felix’s story adds a first-person connection so often lacking in history books. Throughout the stories Felix works for Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, and patriot-pirate John Paul Jones.
- Interactive story with audio, illustrations, and animations
- Pop-up diagrams of devices in the story
- Pop-up portrait and biographies of characters
- Interactive map of landmarks and character locations at any point in the story
- Noble Beast Emporium digital catalogue featuring music, clothing, jewelry and other curated items for sale
- Social capabilities that allow commenting within the app
- Soundtrack from Life’s Decay, a moody industrial rock band from France.
No fifes. No drums. Just a historical narrative couched in outrageous sci-fi fantasy. Boys and girls, this isn’t your Grandpa’s dry-as-toast, History Channel-centered take on the American Revolution.
Though Noble Beast plans to produce Steam Patriots in a variety of forms — print, audio, ebook, PDF, and braille — backers must pledge at least $39 to receive the iPad app.
For a pledge of $99 backers will receive a hard cover print version of the first story in the series, plus all lower tier rewards. Those with deeper pockets can pledge up to $4999 (the founding father level) for a range of art prints from the project as well as access to the project during production.
Whatever your level of commitment, interested backers must pledge by Sunday December 16, 2012.