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I stood there in the dark, and gazed up at it. The sheer bulk of the thing, an unbelievable complexity of glass and rivets and polished steel, hydraulic pistons and copper tubing that glinted in my lantern’s light. A peculiar sensation came over me then, and I felt as if I were looking up at a giant wave about to crash down and drag me into the depths.

And now, as I sit in my study with the plans for the Engine laid out before me, I fear I may have been right.

The Gateshead Engine is a single-player game set in an alternate version of Victorian England. In it, you’ll take on the role of an engineer creating a steam-powered mecha for a powerful patron, chronicling your progress, thoughts, and fears in your diary as you go. It can be played in a single session (set aside at least an hour) or split across several nights of play.

The Gateshead Engine is a hack of Alone Among the Stars by Takuma Okada. Support the creator: https://noroadhome.itch.io/alone-among-the-stars

Written for the #sadmechjam


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Got this in a bundle. My game was spread over four different evenings and resulted in a 12 page story (about 10 pages if I were to translate it to English) - much longer than I anticipated. The prompts from the Tarot-cards really helped my writing process.

The Gateshead Engine is a tarot-based journaling rpg about whether you really should have built that steampunk mech.

The PDF is 4 pages, with a bare-feeling, but easy to read layout.

You play by establishing some basic facts about your setting and the mech you are building, and then you draw from the tarot deck and journal the results.

Unlike other games of this type, Gateshead *really* gives you a lot of room to interpret the prompts served up by the deck, and it's the kind of game that you could spin a whole novel out of. However, if you're looking for a more quick and guided experience, this doesn't really steer in that direction.

Overall, if you're looking for a push to do some really intense writing, I'd strongly recommend picking this up.