has caught my attention, combining as it does steampunk, London, and zombies. It's set in England, two hundred years after the zombie plague began in 1905. In addition to some of the artwork that'll be in the book, the site's got a university lecture
on the physiology of the unquiet dead (from the Introduction to Non-Human Pathology course), and a couple of excerpts from journals. Lines like "Plague Cart caught by surprise this morning. Twelve takes, three mercies. Department of Health gives East End a rating of one per three for the summer."
convey quite a lot.
(It does make mention of character classes, and one other game published by the company (Delta Green
) is D20. This really does not move me but I am sure that the game would be adaptable to another system. And given that the character class mentioned is a Mourner--described as one hired to sit by the body of the recently deceased after death, and decapitate it at the slightest twitch or moan--I'm staying interested.)
Additional notes, seeming related to my mind:
Burnout velvet is also called broderie chimique
; literally, chemical embroidery.
Prosopagnosia--face blindness--is a disorder (group of disorders) in which the ability to recognize faces is impaired to one degree or another. Capgras' syndrome, on the other hand, covers recognizing people and not getting any emotional reaction to that recognition (opening doors to the conviction that something is very not right
about this thing that looks like your friend or lover).
Jeremy Bentham was preserved and put on display in the University College London. His head has been replaced with a wax duplicate. (The original is purportedly stored in the UCL vaults, and Bentham is recorded as present at all College Council meetings, always voting in favour of a motion if a tie-breaker is required.)
Phossy jaw is a condition resulting from chronic exposure to phosphorus vapour, and was found in matchworkers and matchsellers during the Victorian era. The jawbone would abcess and eventually rot off the face, glowing greenish-white in the dark.