Then combine that with this video that appeared on my feed today showing the Magnus Effect.
Which lead me to read about the Rotor Ship. All of this has combined to produce something new(ish) in my mind.
1901: An Edwardian Æther Space Odyssey
January 1901. Victoria, Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, Empress of India, Jedak-Regent of Parhoon, Mars has died. Her son Albert Edward, now Edward VII, has picked up production of the empire's fleet. He has decreed the 20th century to be the new dawn of the "Space Age".
Aiding this is a new invention by Nikola Tesla, the Tesla-Magnus Rotor. This new form of ether space propulsion threatens to make the Edison engines obsolete. They offer better maneuverability in close quarters to smaller celestial objects and now thanks to super conducting magnets found in the asteroid belt they can be pushed to speeds of up to 4.5 mm/d!
The first of five new ships, The HMS Victoria, has been equipped with this new drive and it will begin the race to the outer planets. Now the fabled diamond mines of Jupiter and the cloud cities of Saturn are within reach. Even the mysterious planets of Uranus and Neptune are now within a two year journey. Who knows what lies beyond? A ninth or even tenth planet!
The Victoria is a long range ship with a crew of 50 and supplies for 2 years. The ship features 12 Tesla-Magnus rotors. Two each on the fore (bow), aft (stern), dorsal, ventral, starboard, and port sides to affect three dimensions of movement. It is also equipped with a main sail and two secondary sails for normal ether flight.
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What is "Space 1901"?
Well there are some very, very obvious things going here.
First off it is a nod to the classic Arthur C. Clarke book 2001: A Space Odyssey. Like that book, this will deal with mankind's first attempt to reach Jupiter. Though this time with a background of Imperial Colonialism.
Also as much as I enjoy the Victorian setting of Leagues of Adventure and Space: 1889, I wanted to move out of the Victorian setting. I also was not overly wedded to the Pulp action of Hollow Earth.
The Edwardian period of 1901-1910 seemed like an untouched area in gaming.
And of course Tesla. How could I not do something with Tesla?
There would be a bit of "Star Trek" to this (strange new worlds) and "Space: 1999" (cut off from Earth).
I am sure I will have more ideas when I am done reading Revelations of Mars.