Steampunk Holmes Seeks Funding on Kickstarter
Posted by geeksyndicate on May 1, 2012
I stumbled across this kickstarter project and I really hope this one makes it’s target as it has ‘Nuge must buy this app’ written all over it. The app itself is a fully interactive and all new adventures of Sherlock Holmes but given a Steampunk makeover. Steampunk Holmes: Legacy of the Nautilus is this first of seven tales which the team hope to release across different distribution channels. In these stories Watson is bionic (love that image of him) and Holmes’ brother Mycroft is now his sister and a pretty deadly sister at that. In their first adventure trio must track down the plans for the Nautilus which have been stolen from the British Secret Service.
Seriously do yourself a favour and have a watch of this video which should give you an idea of the level of effort that has gone into this project.
The team have so far raised $20,820 of the $29,000 they need to get the project underway. I like the fact that there are options for the all singing, all dancing iPad interactive version but also numerous other digital version and also a print copy of the story is also available.
Steampunk Holmes is a mashup of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes, characters, and stories from other 19th century works set in an alternative Steampunk universe. In the Steampunk Holmes Universe, a new, more compact and powerful steam engine has been invented, which powers everything from motorcycles to airships; computers, called Babbage Engines, are pervasive and critical to the information architecture of Victorian England; and the telegraph has evolved into a world wide network connecting Babbage Engines and people.The series starts in the year 1885, when Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson are called in by Sherlock’s sister, Mycroft Holmes, to help find the stolen plans of a very advanced submarine, the Nautilus, recovered from the watery grave of the most notorious terrorist of the British Empire, Captain Nemo. Who stole the plans and what will they do with them? This is a job for the world’s greatest Amateur Detective and his trusty bionic sidekick.But this is only the beginning of a series of adventures that will take Sherlock, Watson and Mycroft all over the world, encountering technological miracles, geniuses and mad men originally created by the early masters of speculative fiction, Jules Verne, H.G. Wells, Mary Shelley, and others.The first installment of the series “Steampunk Holmes: Legacy of the Nautilus” is currently in development, but a super arc has been developed that will allow us to follow Holmes, Watson, and Mycroft on many adventures. We hope to publish a couple adventures a year, but right now we are focused on the first story.The adventures of Steampunk Holmes will be published as interactive books with optional narrative, designs for super-steampunk devices (James Bond’s got nothing on Holmes), and animated scenes for the iPad. We may also publish the stories in static dead-tree editions if there is sufficient interest.
GS Reporter: Nuge