April 27th, 2005

  • clayse

On terms

Occasionally (and recently) I've heard the term "Steampunk" bandied about on various forums, and I tend to run into it most commonly on roleplaying discussion as a general subgenre type of thing. What I'm curious about is this: Is there any copyrighted material out there that lays claim to the term "steampunk"? I'm working on a project and I'd like to use the term pretty loosely, but it strikes me as the kind of thing someone else might have assumed custody of. I've certainly played a few games that qualified as "steampunk" style, but I'm talking in more specific terms.