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Would this bow work in real life? [closed]

The bow in question is this one that the girl is using. https://i.redd.it/jjbrxnq1krb01.gif The setting is steampunk. The idea behind it is that the common enemy of the world are Zombies that have ...
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Creating a steampunk-esque/cybernetic “Big Iron” revolver

I've gone through most of the--quite few surprisingly--steampunk questions and although one answered my question for how a steam powered arm may function, this arm has a lot of exceptions. I'm ...
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Can a revolver with ice bullets work? [duplicate]

In a steampunk fantasy world one of my characters has ice magic and he uses a revolver as a weapon so that when he runs out of bullets he can create them using his magic. I was wondering whether ...
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If the Romans found one working steam engine would they have been able to copy and use it?

I Previously asked if the Romans could have built a steam engine to power a ship, which received a number of answers perhaps best summarised as “probably not but…”. Assuming the Romans couldn’t have ...
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What communication methods would be used on military steampunk aircraft?

In a steampunk world with airships and airplanes, but which lacks radio, how would different aircraft communicate, and how would they communicate with the ground? Would a form of semaphore, using ...
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How could a true steampunk era have started? [closed]

In the 17/1800s, England was very much powered by steam. However, not much advanced in the department outside of factory machinery. I feel that, had workers been given decent wages and hours, maybe ...
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How could steampunk civilizations get lifting gas?

Steampunk airships typically use either helium or hydrogen as a source of lift (depending on the specific world). However, the source of the lifting gas is often not fully explained, or frequently ...
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What fields of computer science would change in a world with mechanical computers?

In this world, after Babbage designed his analytical engine, research lead to developpement of mechanical computers based on Babbage's model but with tinier and tinier metal pieces (going on the ...
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Countries that have different genre settings but set in one world. Is that even possible?

I’m new to worldbuilding and have started building my world last week. The world that I'm trying to make is a paranormal fantasy but as I was building the world I had an idea that I wanted to ...
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How advanced could a civilization get without electricity and explosives?

Rules It is impossible for human beings to use electricity for non-biological functions Any chemical reaction that would be utilized specifically to cause the rapid expansion of particles is ...
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Steam powered airships [duplicate]

So is it possible that an airship could actually fly using a steam engine? For example a blimp like airship that could carry a dozen or so people, as well as coal for a fuel source, and obviously a ...
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Steam power in canister form?

So I'm writing a scifi/Fantasy story and the setting is a primitive steampowered era. No electricity, gun powder, etc. I was wondering how realistically storing steam power in canisters for mobile use ...
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Alchemy in a Steampunk setting [closed]

Background to the question: early XVIII century (1711), in a fictional steampunk city, in the Balkan peninsula. There are no big changes in the world, aside from the recent use of steam as the main ...
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How might airships be made using 18th century technology?

Using only what is available in the 18h century, across any culture, what might airships look like in such a culture, assuming that an inventor used the resources he had to create one.
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How could something fly (steampunk tech) without lifting gas?

In my universe the tech is steampunk and I want a better way of getting around in the air then lifting gas, helium or hydrogen. Bullets can easily puncture gas sacks and I really want something else ...
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Steampunk Lamia Technology [closed]

Lamia in this case describes a race of sapient beings who are human from the waist up, and have a snake body from the waist down. If more detail is necessary, their anatomy and physiology would be ...
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In a Victorian Era steampunk D&D campaign: what historic implications would it have if Scotland was underwater? [closed]

So, this is a rather unusual question. I'm not going to talk to you about the backstory because that's another question by itself, but I want to talk about how Scotland has influenced the rest of the ...
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How do I use weird bouncing magic to power my society?

Edit: See bottom of the post for answers to some great questions I got! The Short Version: How do I make perpetual motion machines that utilize the following things: Bundles of weightless energy ...
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How much to charge for fictional substances in Victorian England setting?

I'm working on a little steampunk setting, which incorporates a lot of the elements of Victorian England. One of the similarities is the economy, in that prices and wages in this world are fairly ...
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Could a steam engine be built in ancient greece?

Provided that for some irrelevant reason, the people understand the principles behind these engines. Would they be able to construct them with the available technology? EDIT: I do not mean an ...
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Constructing space-crafts without the use of electricity

Would it be possible for a civilization with absolutely minimal knowledge and use of electricity (Light-bulbs, basic electric motors, and archaic radios) to reach space? I was thinking that a solid ...
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Cyber- and Steampunk--How To Make Them Real [closed]

Cybperpunk's most basic definition is... a genre of science fiction set in a lawless subculture of an oppressive society dominated by computer technology. Other subgenres have branched out from ...
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A Cargo Ship Big as a Star Destroyer

In the world of steampunk, regular means of transportation are bigger in size than in real life. This scenario regards cargo transportation. The largest so far is China's CSCL Globe, no longer than ...
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Realistic Airships

I'm looking for an answer concerning a steam powered airship. The steam is generated via coal burning. The ship is propelled by an X amount of steam engine propellers (think Besler steam plane). The ...
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Steam-Punk society with other society using only electric.

I want to produce a video game, (first person adventure) where the world is occupied by two types of nation. One uses almost only to steam powered technology and the other only electric. I want the ...
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How to conquer challenger deep using steam engine?

During the invention of steam engine the mayor decided to make his town popular and lively again by announcing he is going to stick a flag at the deepest and wettest place on Earth, the challenger ...
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How to design a steam powered supersonic aircraft?

Using 19th century technology could we break sound barrier with a manned aircraft running on steam engine only? To qualify the said aircraft must cross Atlantic Ocean with a flight ceiling capped at ...
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What would make airships viable economically?

Imagine you have any kind of conditions for the world, any time period — assuming airships are working on laws of physics (no steampunkish "deus ex machina" garbage), what would make an abundance of ...
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Steampunk Architecture

Whenever one thinks "steampunk", anyone with a desire to turn steampunk into an actual historical event can Google up "Victorian era" and study the architecture from there. But in a subgenre as ...
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How did a Native American tribe become Steampunk?

In this alternate "Wild-West" setting, one Indian tribe is known for its inventions, from music boxes to steam-powered mobile homes. I'm looking for a backstory to explain how this came about. I'm ...
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What would the industrial age be like without oil and coal?

Consider a civilization with the industrial age technologies. Oil and coal are rare (probably used up). All products produced by oil and coal are also nonexistent. The civilization has invented ...
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Medieval weapons in a steampunk world?

In a world where people have Steam technology, and Airships, how would a society come about having such technologies, yet still mainly use medieval weaponry and fight in pitched battles in the absence ...
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Is a steampunk style Clockwork robot possible?

Assuming that you had a some kind of modern computer for the brain. Could you make a steampunk style robot powered by steam power and Clockwork mechanics(In such a way that it would practical)? ...
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Fall of steampunk

Imagine a world where steampunk has been taken to a highly advanced level. Gears and cogs and all that fun stuff, on both massive and minuscule scales. Now destroy that civilization. Earth split ...
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Steampunk…In a Realistic Timeline

Perhaps one of the most popular flavors of worldbuilding is steampunk, which is basically today's technology under Victorian attitude, architecture and materials. The clear inspiration for steampunk'...
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Sci-Fi: Can a Steampunk World be possible? [closed]

I have been wondering, can a Steampunk society(Steampunk as being powered by mainly by steam, but that doesn't mean other types of energy cannot exist, just that it isn't as popular) be possible in ...
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The nature of Computer-Gaming in a Steampunkish world?

My setting is a late Steampunk science-fantasy, the world's technology is beginning to cross into the Dieselpunk era. I have also played around quite a bit with nature of reality and technology in ...
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Clockwork vehicles

Any suggestions on ways to power large-scale clockwork vehicles? I'm building a world with highly advanced mechanical technology in a D&D-esque fantasy setting, but I haven't decided how to fuel ...
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How could a radio system (or an alternate) work in an isolated underground society?

A cave-bound society with radios. Consider that: This is a three level network of caverns. The radio is internal and doesn't need to connect to the outside. The level of technology is sort of what ...
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Is an electropunk society possible?

As part of my Worldbuilding experiment, I'm creating a steampunk world. I intend for most of the technology to run on classic steampunk mechanisms - mostly mechanical contraptions. However, ...
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The Babbage Probe

I'm currently exploring a setting where humans have managed to create traversable wormholes with one critical flaw - something in the wormhole both kills multi-cellular life and destroys electronic ...
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How can I create a map of an underground city?

This question is, like How long will it take to form a new dialect and language in underground steampunk London?, part of an experiment I'm conducting on Worldbuilding. I'm temporarily switching gears ...
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How long will it take to form a new dialect and language in underground steampunk London?

This is the start of an experiment to see just how useful Worldbuilding Stack Exchange can be. I'm planning a work of fiction, but rather than build the world around the story, I'd like to write the ...
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Anti-gravity engine/power plant for an airborne super carrier/assault carrier

I'm currently world building for a novel of mine that I am currently writing. It is steampunk-themed so the technology I am going to use is steam based. Let's start this at the beginning so you ...
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A decentralized and non-conflicting society?

I would like to create a steampunk world which society has the following base structure: Power is pretty decentralized to cities or small areas containing some cities There should be no great wars (...
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How fuel-efficient are airships?

I'm putting together a steampunk novel, and I'm trying to plot out the course the main characters are taking. Let's say I have a small airship, meant for a crew of half a dozen to a dozen. Let's say ...
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Acceleration insulation: I can build the Moon cannon, now what?

This is steampunk, so assume a non-relativistic, non-quantum world (but more on that shortly). I want a material that insulates against acceleration but not gravity. Full explanation: This is the ...
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How could an artificial limb function “logically” for a fantasy world?

My world is almost like a fantasy steam/solar-punk set up and my main character has a metal left limb. I guess I shouldn't try to worry too much, but it always bothers me that I'm not sure if I have ...
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How strong would a steam-powered prosthetic arm be?

Partly due to WB's great response to my steampunk questions, I think the world I'll work on next will have to be steampunk :) If I had a steampunk cyborg running around, what could he do with his arm?...
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How could we do steampunk space travel, with minimal magic?

Steampunk!! In a world without the fine electronics that we have today, would space travel be possible? ....I'm not averse to small amounts of magic in my steampunk worlds, but I'd like to keep it ...