So, now that Innocence Lost is done, I'm starting work on Brother's in Arms and Lawless Ones, and it's got me thinking... Where exactly should a Steampunk game go?
I'm really not sure whether it should go in Fantasy or in Sci-Fi... I mean, I guess it could go in Everything Else, but I kind of feel like it should be one of the other two.
If it has orcs and elves then fantasy.
If it has aliens then scifi.
If neither then everything else I guess.
No orcs and elves... But it had magicy stuff in it. ^_^
Disclosure: I have yet to explore the works you've mentioned above, so please pardon my ignorance and lack of relevant examples [currently going through Innocence is Lost].
I mean, I'm brand new here so what the fuck do I know, but if I may wax poetic on the topic of sci fi VS fantasty for just a second:
I always considered those two genres as two sides of the same coin. I'm sure that hot take is about as groundbreaking as florals for spring, but humor me, if you will.
If the steampunk setting is powered by magic instead of technology, could it, arguably, fit more within the fantasy genre? Conversely, if the steampunk setting is fueled by technological advances with magical elements being a more cultural aspect VS a technological aspect, I feel that could snugly fit within the sci fi category.
I’m kind of surprised it hasn’t been knocked out already. I was reading back over it the other day, and, in retrospect, it wasn’t as good as I thought it was.
The memories were perhaps the only writing in the story that I’d call good or better. The story itself was fine, but the entire thing felt rushed. I owe its success less to my writing ability, and more to my structuring emotional moments. The memories, that is, were also given more love when I was writing them. A shame they made up only 20% of the story.
Good luck to those who want to take it down, and enjoy the spot while it’s yours. When I come back a couple years from now, more or less, I’ll retake that spot.
I appreciate the context, thank you for taking the time to explain! Given that new information, then yes I agree: sci fi sounds like the way to go.
Sci Fi it is. ^_^