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MachinaObscura Promo Wallpaper by Machina-Obscura MachinaObscura Promo Wallpaper by Machina-Obscura
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Machina Obscura - A Steampunk Adventure
Promotion Wallpaper
(Introduction to Machina Obscura: see below)

size: 1280x1024 (click "download" for full resolution)
widescreen version can be found here: [link]

Visit the Official Forums and register now for free for deeper information, game paraphernalia and the rule system of the steampunk Adventure RPG Machina Obscura.


How can you help?
We would be really happy if you could promote the project and spread the word that Machina

Obscura exists!
You could...
- Download this wallpaper.
- Email it to your friends.
- Link to this page on any website on the web.
- Post this wallpaper on any site you wish, with a link back to this site.
- Show it around deviantart.
(if possible, I would like to know where you promoted the project, I like to keep track ^^)

This game also is an opportunity for artists to show their skills. Over the months, I was able to find many artists that that were willing to either create art for the game, or to allow usage of already existing artworks. You can find these artworks either in this accounts' gallery or in the favs :+favs: of this account. You can always do art for the game, if you like. Just send a note and we'll discuss this further, thank you!


Introduction to Machina Obscura

Machina Obscura is a project to create a Steampunk Adventure RPG with Pen & Paper, cardgame and Tabletop characteristics. The players can create and develope their characters in the pen & paper part (with all features of a normal pen & paper rpg) and battle with their characters, vehicles, ships or airships in the Cardgame/Tabletop part.

In this game, which is set in a steampunky, victorian background (in our world, it would be the time from 1840 - 1900), the skies are crowded with airships (not only zeppelins, but also actual flying ships). The mighty Empires of Ambergand and Crythopia all have cities which have train lines with other major cities, some even have an inner-city train line (or tram-lines). But there are also many land vehicles powered by steam or electricity which roam the continents.

This is an after-war world; there were the so-called "Ancient Civilizations" who fought a war which brought them nearly to extintion, at least to a state where all the knowledge was lost. Now, after hundreds of years, the civilization has recovered, and Archaelogists and Adventurers bring the news of the old civilizations - i.e. in the Great Rainforest of Southern Maccara, where several gigantic mechanical spiders were found. Those are long destroyed & long beyond repair - and overrun by the forest plants. But they were the foundation of the invention "Mechanical Spider", which is a small but fearsome machine which everybody with the necessary skillz and parts can build.

he players can choose from different character classes (not races, as there will be no
dwarfs, elves and the like to the game), which involve Engineer, Chemist, Blacksmith, Professor, Adventurer, Archaelogist, Electrician, Gunslinger, Businessman and many more. A big part in the game are the inventions. You will use manuals, which you can buy or discover if you are lucky, and use if you have the necessary skills. In order to do so, you will need to have the necessary parts, and then with a test on your specific talents you can create those inventions. It will be even possible for the players to create their own, mindblowing wonders of technology - if the game master is grateful. You can patent your personal inventions in the Patent Office, and if they fit in the gameplay, they will be added to the official manuals.

There will be a newspaper, called the "New Central Chronicle" where new technologies and major (and some minor) events in the gameworld will be presented.


For more information on the showed Character Classes visit: Forums / Character Classes.

Fellow deviantArt users can track the project and its artwork here: Machina Obscura @ deviantart

Thank you for visiting!
- Florian

:megaphone: PLEASE REMEMBER!
All of the pictures in this gallery and the rpg project "Machina Obscura" with all relating content are fully or in parts (if not otherwise identified, participating artistswill get the credit they deserve) my personal creation and are therefore copyrighted to me, under protection of German Copyright Laws. They are out-of-service for stock use, printing, reproduction and similar usage and so they may not be duplicated in any way without my permission. Thank you.
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Malcho1234 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Is Machina Obscura still going? I checked the forums, but nobody's been posting for ages...
Machina-Obscura Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013
Very slowly, but yes. I am currently preparing a pitch for video game companies...
MaroonGoon Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012
Love it! Very, very well done!
norseman58 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012
I like the timeline of 1840-1900 because In reality that is during the time when the French Foreign Legion existed, which is my favorite fighting force
norseman58 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012
I guessig the FFL would fall into the Soldier class
drake-rex Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Looks very interesting :D
AK-HUNTER74 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
love this !!!
UndefinedScott Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011  Professional Writer
i'll check out the forum :)
Machina-Obscura Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011
...which is pretty old and un-updated, but thanks :D I hope I find the time to update there again.
Nekrocow Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011  Student General Artist
I like this idea, a lot. Specially because there are no monsters!
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