Yay, alternate history! I often wonder what life would be like today, had the 19th century actually been as portrayed in steampunk fiction. Probably really strange and amazing, with all kinds of trouble – basically, about the same. Anyway, you better have a buck to spare for this great mix of music, games, and ebooks!
It’s been a while since Groupees last did a steampunk-flavored bundle, and not a lot has changed since. You can still grab the entire thing for $1, although do keep in mind that paying more is an option (hint hint). The lineup does, after all, consist of games, musical contributions, ebooks, and comics, so… please don’t be cheap, eh? No matter how much (or little) you choose to pay, the six extras – once unlocked – will all be added to your profile. But enough of that – onto the good stuff!
Bionic Dues (Windows, Mac, Linux – Steam)
Bionic Dues is a tactical, turn-based roguelite with mech customization. Guide multiple classes of Exos through a variety of missions filled with enemy robots that are as buggy as they are angry. This is at least as bad as it sounds. Explore for loot, destroy key robotic facilities, and brace yourself for the final attack by your enemies… just as soon as they can pull it together.
Airship Dragoon (Windows – Desura, DRM-free) Greenlight
Airship Dragoon is a steampunk old-school, hardcore, single-player, turn-based, squad tactics game in the style of Julian Gollop’s seminal UFO/X-Com series. Conquer the super-continent of Pangea with an invasion of Airships! Battle Dastardly Pirate Insurgents! Keep the locals happy or they will be revolting!
Syberia (Windows – Steam)
Kate Walker, a young ambitious lawyer from New York, is handed what seems a fairly straight forward assignment – a quick stopover to handle the sale of an old automaton factory hidden in the alpine valleys, then straight back home to the US. Little did she imagine when embarking on this task that her life would be turned upside down.
Syberia II (Windows – Steam)
Having searched Eastern and Western Europe for a missing heir, Kate Walker finally completed her long and arduous journey, obtaining the signature of Hans Voralberg and closing the automaton factory buyout. Mission accomplished?
Steel and Steam [beta] (Windows – DRM-free) Greenlight
Steel & Steam takes the best elements from the fantasy JRPG’s of old, such as great stories, awesome characters, and classic monsters, and combines them with a touch of steampunk. It’s like taking Lord of the Rings and mixing in the Wild West. It’s a game where you, the player, decide how to interact with the game.
Johnny Hollow Collection (MP3)
Johnny Hollow is a Canadian band based in Toronto, Ontario, whose dark blend of electronic and orchestral sounds has been described as Gothic chamber music for the 21st century. It may be one of Indie music’s best kept secrets – stashed away in their own little Pandora’s box, where they like it nice and cozy and full of creative freedom and unbridled expressionism.
Tales of Jack The Ripper (EPUB, MOBI, PDF)
1888: One hundred and twenty-five years ago, a killer stalked the streets of London’s Whitechapel district, brutally–some would say ritualistically–murdering five women (that we know of): Mary Ann Nichols, Annie Chapman, Elizabeth Stride, Catherine Eddowes, and Mary Jane Kelly. The story of Jack the Ripper captured lurid headlines and the public’s imagination, and the first fictionalization of the Ripper killings, John Francis Brewer’s The Curse Upon Mitre Square appeared in October of 1888, mere weeks after the discovery of Jack’s first victim.
Sxip Shirey – Sonic New York (MP3)
“It’s either a love letter or a ‘Dear John’ letter to New York City,” Shirey says of the album. “I haven’t decided yet.”
19XX Book One: Rise of the Black Faun (PDF)
This book collects the first volume of The Adventures of the 19XX. The story centers around lost relics and a group known as the Order of the Black Faun who are trying to obtain powerful objects for a mysterious goal. Allies will die and new enemies will be made in the first full length 19XX graphic novel.
Spiky – Carnival Symposium (MP3)
Carnival Symposium is a Rock Orchestral Steampunk conceptual album. It features real orchestral instruments powered up with drum, percussives sections and singing. It is a huge sound research involving hundreds of tracks mixed up by song, dealing with artificial and acoustical elements aswell.
Cities of Ether (EPUB, PDF)
Enjoy four tales of G. D. Falken’s “The Cities Of Ether”, now assembled for the first time ever in their own anthology. Described as “an Edwardian X-Files”, The Cities Of Ether blends Lovecraftian themes, film noir, and steampunk in a world unlike any other you have ever seen. Beneath the silver, horizonless sky, despots and demagogs vie for the control of floating cities, while unseen horrors and occult secrets lurk in the shadows.
Rebellion. Revolution. Uprisings. It’s Steam Powered Storytelling in GrayHaven’s latest ‘Limitless’ anthology featuring the talents of nearly two dozen talented creators. (.pdf, 41pg)
This Way To The Egress – Caged Bird EP (MP3, FLAC)
With a firm musical base of ol’ timey roots, EGRESS weaves elements of klezmer, balkan, blues, ragtime, swing, and punk-rock into whiskey-soaked melodies, upbeat rhythms, and infectious refrains. All the while they fuse their eclectic sounds with visual antics such as confetti snow storms, tuba farts, and puppets of various sorts. In the process, they create a modern slant on the good old days of Vaudeville and present a performance unique from any other in their genre.
Wildside Press Megapack 1 (EPUB, MOBI)
The Wildside Megapacks are massive anthologies containing thousands of pages worth of some of the greatest fiction ever written. This download includes the Steampunk, Pulp, and Andre Norton Megapacks.
Blood of the Innocent 1-4 (PDF)
First appearing in 1985, Blood of the Innocent was one of the first American comic books to be published in a weekly format. The acclaimed indie comic was written by Rickey Shanklin and Mark Wheatley, and drawn by Marc Hempel and Mark Wheatley. Blood of the Innocent was the award-winning team’s first attempt at a horror comic, an epic tale of Jack the Ripper vs Dracula.
Telepath RPG: Servants of God (Windows, Mac, Linux – Steam, Desura)
You are a telepath with the power to read and manipulate minds–or destroy them. The city-state of Ravinale has been overtaken by a zealous theocracy. Rescued from an unjust imprisonment, you have only one chance to save your homeland. Explore the continent, recruit soldiers, strike deals with different factions, and fight to reclaim the home you once knew.
Don’t forget that Groupees’ Steampunk 2 will only be available for a little less than fourteen days, so don’t wait too long; unless you enjoy paying full price for indie games, and don’t care about expanding your music library, of course. Nothing wrong with that, but since a bundle has been made available and all – might as well, right?