A SteamPunk’s Guide to the Apocalypse

SPMG After teasing the world with excerpts in issue #3 of SteamPunk Magazine, we are pleased to release the full, 56-page “A SteamPunk’s Guide to the Apocalypse”, written by Margaret Killjoy and featuring the art of Colin Foran. It is available for free download for your home-printing or web-viewing pleasure, or may be purchased from us for $5, complete with gorgeous cover.
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28 Responses to “A SteamPunk’s Guide to the Apocalypse”

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  3. whoa. i sure hope you’re bringing a giant pile of these to the radical bookfair…

  4. The download link takes me to the magazine, which is fantastic. But I *already* have issue #3 with the excerpt.

    Where’s the full guide? Help!

  5. Undo! Undo! I see it the link now further down the page…so embarrassed…please ignore my idiotic previous comment. Sigh.

  6. Where, how do I get one in my grubby paws? (Come the apocalypse, I’m pretty sure my printer’s not gonna work right)

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  12. […] A SteamPunk’s Guide to the Apocalypse wird dein treuer Freund sein in den Zeiten, die da kommen. Ein Kompagnon, der dir mit praktischen Ratschlägen zur Seite stehen wird. Er wird dir helfen, deinen Hunger zu stillen, dich mit Trinkwasser zu versorgen und mit Kleidung, er wird dich beschützen vor den Gefahren der Natur, des Tierreiches und der Menschen. […]

  13. I am enjoying reading your zine; a room-mate left it on the back of the commode, which remains an excellent place for it.

    The chapter on self defense scenarios was interesting, especially the part about seizure of a school as a potential fortress. However, as an antique firearms hobbyist, I felt that I should point out a few things.

    First of all, whoever wrote that chapter is woefully uninformed about firearms history and technology in general, and firearms proliferation in specific. Crossbows and trebuchets are nice, but you would never want to go up against even black powder muskets with them, let alone a group of people armed with rifles from 100 years ago. I converse on a regular basis with numerous firearms enthusiasts from all over, and, believe me, there are countless millions, perhaps billions of rounds of ammunition stockpiled in the hands of private American citizens right now today, with personal reloading equipment as well as perfectly good industrial ammunition production facilities out there to produce countless billions more. Will they ever run out, should the Apocalypse come ? Maybe in a half-century or so of warfare, but probably not.

    Which brings us to black powder and Victorian era firearms.

    The bolt-action Mosin-Nagant, model of 1891, or “Vintovka Mosina,” served Mother Russia for nearly a century, and continues to serve today all over the world. It was produced by Russia, America, France, Finland, China, Poland, Hungary, and so on. These rifles helped to kick the ass of America out of N. Korea and Vietnam, Russia out of Afghanistan, and Russia out of Finland, not to mention their role in defeating National Socialist Germany. There are numerous photos of Nazi soldiers armed with the enemy’s M-N rifles, as they are just as accurate as a Mauser, if not more so, totally indestructible, and do not jam in the freezing cold. The receiver is this monumental fucking hunk of milled steel, and the design is simplicity itself.

    Surplus Com-Block 7.62x54r rounds can be purchased in bulk for 15-20 cents apiece, in sealed tins of 440 each, and stored away as much as you please. This price has dipped to as low as 7 cents per round in the past.

    Quite literally, billions of rounds of this were made, and still are, all over the Earth.

    I have some of these rifles, and the hotter surplus will go through 3/8 of an inch of steel armor like hot knife through butter. Or, to use your example of a high school as a fortress, a 54r round will go through a brick and cement wall or automobile like it’s not even there, destroying anything and anyone hiding behind it.

    Best thing is, rearsenaled, like new rifles are widely available for under $100 from places like “Big Five,” and feature gigantic, evil looking “Cruciform” bayonets affixed to them, 12-18 inches long, in the shape of phillips head screwdrivers, that look like something from the Napoleonic Era.

    They are only one step up from black powder technologically, in fact, the 7.62x54r cartridge started out as black powder, and the simple, rimmed brass or steel cartridge could easily be modified for this. Or, eventually, a shot-out, worn down barrel could be reamed out to be used as a small-bore shotgun, spraying the scrap metal shards of your choice downrange in a devastating hail of fire and destruction. Just remember to scrub out that bore with both hot water and then oil to keep it from getting corroded.

    Quite the Victorian Milita fashion accessory for the practical-minded “Steampunk,” if you ask me. Hit Google for more on these fascinating, totally indestructible relics of Jules-Verne era technology, in all their rakish, Gothic styled glory.

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  17. A beautiful book…

  18. […] The Steampunk’s Guide to the Apocalypse touches on many topics rather broadly for when technology will become scarce. Unfortunately, there can be much more detail. […]

  19. Dear editor. It has come to my attention, that you describe the use of composite bows in the Steampunks Guide to the Apocalypse. The construcion of these weapons is a challenging task indeed, so if a survivor has no access to a hunting shop, he may be lost. There is a easy and amazing solution for this though. Since winter sports will most likely not be everyones favourite thing to do after an apocalyptic event, you could as well dismantle the eqipment. A pair of lightweight ski makes quite an effective pair of arms for a composite bow. You have to shorten them to a good length and screw them to a handpiece in the middle, maybe wrap some leather or other rigid material around the handpiece to ensure that it holds. The more challenging bit may indeed be the production of a fair amount of identical arrows.

  20. The Guide has been translated to Italian and is being published/distributed in Italy these days. More info in the translator’s blog.

  21. Hi! I was surfing and found your blog post… nice! I love your blog. 🙂 Cheers! Sandra. R.

  22. […] Apparently there’s a growing group of people out there who are redesigning modern technology to fit in with a Victorian aesthetic. According to Wikipedia, “SteamPunk fashion” has no set guidelines, but tends to synthesize modern styles as filtered through the Victorian era. SteamPunks even have their own magazine. […]

  23. […] Killjoy, who was formerly an editor for the excellent Steampunk Magazine. She also helped bring out The Steampunk’s Guide to the Apocalypse, which was very useful. It included, and I think she designed it herself, a design for a […]

  24. […] post-civilización (no en vano, ha contado con la colaboración de Margaret Killjoy, artífice de A Steampunk Guide to Apocalypse y una de las máximas representantes del movimiento). Solo apelando al espíritu combativo y a la […]

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  26. Why don’t you put this one on Lulu or whatever is the name of the Amazon alternative? I’d be happy to buy a hardcover!

  27. Oh dang! I was going to use this book in a book club. I told them the download was free. (I’ve owned my printed copy a while now…) And now the download is missing and/or broken.

    Please, what is the current status?

  28. I’m so happy to read this. This is the kind of manual that needs to be given and not the accidental misinformation that’s at the other blogs. Appreciate your sharing this finest doc.

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