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So, I've been doing some thinking about BoBS, and I kinda realized that my vision of BoBS is probably different than other members of BoBS. Specifically, my thought is that the BoBS world is one where steam power and electricity don't exist, so the people of the BoBS world are starting to make everything as efficient as possible with the resources at hand. To this end, we're starting to see horse drawn railways, Leonardo da Vinci-ish inventions, and other innovations that we never saw in real life. I prefer this to a historical standpoint, where everything we build is basically a historical model, and things are modeled historically rather than speculatively. I suppose though, we're in a bit of a mix at the moment, as we do see proper historical models (which I don't ever want to see go away, don't get me wrong) but also things from the later 1800s, such as diving suit (1830s) Or Balloons, which really became common place after the Napoleonic Era. Additionally we see giant ships that were built way after 1815, and that never saw combat, because steam ships took over. Officially, as I've read, the BoBS world is no more advanced than the end of the Napoleonic Era, which ended in 1815. However, this does beg the question, at least for me, how far can we stretch this with technology? Can I build in good faith a machine gun, as long as it fits the rules of technology of the time? (Such as an arrow machine gun, or one of Leonardo Da Vinci's designs) Or how about tanks? (Again, Leonardo) How about hot air balloons? How far can I take them as well? Really, we're all here to build ships, play pirates and empires, and have fun while telling good stories. I just thought I'd clarify the setting a little. And, leadership, please don't waste to much time on this, this is just something I thought I'd bring up out of curiosity, and to see what other people think on the matter.