In the Beginning there was Clockpunk

Rob MacD posted an insightful comment about the origin of the term Clockpunk. I am replicating the entire comment bellow. Thanks Rob for info, we really appreciate it. Happy Clocking everyone!

I just searched the archives of Pyramid, the online gaming magazine by the publishers of GURPS. Ken Hite talks about “clockpunk wonderment, from ninja war-kites to ironclad Korean turtle-ships” in a column on “alternate Pearl Harbors” from Dec 7, 2001.
http://www.sjgames.com/pyramid/login/article.html?id=2524

In the Dec 21 2001 issue, both Chad Underkoffler and William Stoddard use the term.
http://www.sjgames.com/pyramid/login/article.html?id=2540
http://www.sjgames.com/pyramid/login/article.html?id=2539

(Those links will only work properly for Pyramid subscribers.)

I wouldn’t be at all surprised if Ken (or any one of these guys) improvised the word on his own which is not to say nobody else had used it before. “Blank”-punk has been an easy and standard kind of neologism in the gaming community and around GURPS in particular since at least GURPS Cthulhupunk (1995).

1 Response to “In the Beginning there was Clockpunk”


  1. 1 Rob MacD May 5, 2007 at 12:41 pm

    You’re very welcome – though either I, or you, got my URL wrong: it’s http://www.robmacdougall.org , not http://www.robmacdougall.com . (In case you were wondering why “Canada’s leading sports artist” had an interest in clockpunk.


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