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zipplockbag
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I'm revising a theme on one of my games in development and I'd like some feedback on how attractive it would be if it was sitting on the shelf staring back at you while browsing for games at your favorite game shop.

A little info about the previous theme: It was set in a medieval setting with Kings, queens, knights, serfs, etc.

The new theme would center around some airships in an alternate universe where the old west had been remained in a steam punk style. But where steam punk typically tries to integrate technology and Victorian style, this brand of steam punk (western steam punk) would meld old west style, a naval setting (using airships in a desert environment instead of sea ships) and steam punk tech. My artist is having a field day with this style, but I wanted to get some man-on-the-street impressions from you guys and gals. Does this sound cool? Interesting?Buy worthy? Or cliche?

Thanks for any feedback!

NomadArtisan
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What kind of game is it for

What kind of game is it for starters?
My interest is usually sparked when both the game type and theme combine for something new or intriguing.

zipplockbag
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It's a strategy game that

It's a strategy game that uses cards, attack chips, and hidden character tiles to score points.

SlyBlu7
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I'm definitely on board with

I'm definitely on board with the theme. My two favorite steampunk styles are the classical 'Victorian Age' steampunk, and a more eastern-style (like the samurai in SuckerPunch), but western sounds alright to me. Have you read the novel "Fitzpatrick's War"? It's a bit lengthy and dry, it's a retelling of the Alexander the Great story in an alternate universe. Basically, the world was hit with an EMP that has made electricity unfeasible, meaning that combustion engines ceased to function, as well as everything else that you'd normally think of (light bulbs, cell phones, etc). America in particular falls to a faction similar to the Confederacy, and they restore the "southern aristocracy" and feudal serfdom, military elite, etc.
It's a cool story, and I'd rather see a game go *that* direction rather than 'Wild Wild West' (what an abortion of a film). Also, be careful that you don't stray into the realm of Dystopian Wars, as they have a bit of a juggernaut-in-the-making when it comes to the Steampunk setting and table-top wargames.

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