Stoking The Coals
While we’re still in a holding pattern surrounding the Kickstarter due to production (still in negotiations but they’re dragging on, as usual), we’ve got a number of other items we’re working on that I wanted to share.
First, we’ve got a new James Fighting Leviathans PDF in the works; find one of the excerpts we’re looking at below, along with the game stats excerpted from our master spreadsheet:
Dupetit-Thoaurs (Grenouille-class Type I)
Dimensions: 185 ft. x 30 ft. x 40 ft. (excluding funnels & masts)
Weight: 728 tons
Engines: Turbines, producing 16,700 shaft hp (max. speed 46 knots)
Fuel (oil): 120 tons
Armament: 3-75mm, 3-65mm
Sky Destroyers are built around speed and maneuverability. The Grenouille-class ships are also well known for the multiple different armaments they have been seen to carry. Within the class, however, there is clear evidence of a major split between “fast Grenouilles” (reaching speeds of up to 60 knots) and “slow Grenouilles” (limited to a more sedate 40-44 knots). The reason for these differences is not known, although it is noteworthy that to date none of the “fast Grenouilles” carry guns larger than 75mm-100mm.
The Dupetit-Thouars is named after the younger French admiral of that name, Abel-Nicholas, who famously participated in the Japanese Boshin war of 1868. The vessel accordingly serves in French Indochina, and has been adapted to alleviate the effects of tropical heat on its crew. Most notably, the forward guns have been replaced by a trio of small quick-firers. Given the lightly armoured foes it is likely to face, such a volume of fire obviously has its advantages, but the ability of the Dupetit-Thouars to handle a head-on engagement with a modern British vessel of similar size has to be questioned.
We’re also continuing to work on the Minor Powers PDF, which will showcase the early leviathans. Here’s some great work that John Haward has done on adapting the “modern” art to be used for these “primitive” ships; the illustration below shows a comparison between the Liberte vessel and the Lavoisier-class (the “modern” Liberte were built off of the “primitive” Lavoisier-class).
Also, I’ll start up a series of blogs detailing the development of the aesthetics for the Italian fleet, as I did the Germans a while back. Below is the first concept sketch that Doug generated (as it appears in the Gazetteer), and below that is the first concept sketch based off of that original that J. Lonnee produced (in those future blogs we’ll walk through the whole process start to finish).
Some other odds and ends we’re working on for rolling out in the coming months.
1. There’s been requests for some of the fiction that’s been posted in segments directly on the site to be compiled into a PDF; we can do that.
2. We’ve still got some files from the Core Box to release so players have full access to everything they need to play.
3. I’ll be posting additional rules from the Captain’s Manual for you guys to enjoy (and play test if you’ve got the feedback).
Wew…okay, I think that does it for now. It was a low-key autumn and start of winter, but we’re stoking the coals again to get new content up and going for you guys…and of course, if anything breaks forward on the physical production side, you’ll be the first to know after me.
See ya next duty shift!