If you’re been following the blog, you’ve seen the story of Sarah the airship recruit capturing that thief at the Department for the Advancement of Sciences. You may have also visited the magician The Great Ralpholio and helped him with his branding problem. Now it’s time to unveil the big picture – despite previous attempts by impetuous doilies and scurrilous mail to cover it up.
This is part of The Laser Lace Letters. What is that, you ask? Well, it started as a craft project, but now it’s much more. It’s a steampunk accessory line! It’s an epistolary novel! It’s an artifact extravaganza! It’s an official spinoff of Clockwork Watch! It will light your pipe, sir, and polish your monocle! It’s a hole in the fabric of space and time, inviting you to fall through.
There are seven cameo pins in the Laser Lace Letters line, depicting seven people, putting an exclamation point on each of seven stories. Each figure in the Laser Lace Letters is strange – a unicorn horn here, rabbit ears there, a diving suit, an improbable Victorian mohawk. Are they revelers from some steam age masquerade ball, or is something more sinister afoot?
Each story will present itself in the form of a packet of letters that comes with your cameo. The packet contains their own words, their possessions, and testimony from witnesses, both human and not. (The artifacts will also be collected in an Ebook, for those who are more interested in the story.)
Here are some shots of a very early prototype of the Laser Lace package.
The cameo pins themselves are laser cut (like it says on the tin) and assembled by hand, using a design and technique I invented while tinkering at the Dallas Makerspace. They are made from recycled synthetic fleece, which holds its shape beautifully.
The project will officially launch and we’ll start taking orders through a KS campaign in October (hence, the reward spreadsheet of doom), but until then I will be posting some online fiction for each character so you can get to know them, interact with them, and maybe even step into their shoes. Much of this will take place on Clockwork Watch’s site, but a good deal of it will be scattered across many different platforms. You can find each character’s online presence compiled at laserlaceletters.com.
If you want to follow the production of Laser Lace, I’ll be posting new developments on this blog and on the Laser Lace site. You can subscribe to only Laser Lace related posts using this RSS feed. For up to the minute updates, follow @laser_lace on Twitter. For questions, comments or condemnations, email me! I’m toemoore on a popular Google related email site.