08 April 2012

"C" is for...

CHADWICK

   Yes, Frank Chadwick, the creator of Space: 1889, which was to the best of my knowledge the progenitor of all modern Victorian Science Fiction. I say 'modern' because I am not including the works of such authors as Verne, Wells, or Burroughs, although they were, of course, the inspiration for much of what Frank developed. I think it could be fairly said that he is the 'father' of the modern VSF and steampunk genre. He was steampunk when steampunk wasn't cool, to paraphrase a certain blond country singer.


Space: 1889 Role Playing Game
[Heliograph Edition]

   Besides creating Space: 1889, Frank has also written dozens of other games, and was a co-founder of Game Designer's Workshop, a major game publisher of the 1970s, 80s and 90s. These games include Traveler, the classic sci-fi game, Twilight: 2000, the post-nuclear game, and 2300 AD, a hard science fiction game set 300 years after the events of Twilight: 2000. He also created many historical boardgames, and developed the miniatures games associated with both Traveler and Space: 1889 (Sky Galleons of Mars and Soldier's Companion).

Frank Chadwick, 2005

   On a completely different note: Happy Easter! He is risen, and rising, conquered death!

2 comments:

PanzerKaput said...

Happy Easter.

Frank Chadwick said...

Thanks for including me. And thanks for reminding me of that shirt and tie combination!