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tsofian Sponsoring Member of TMP15 Jun 2017 6:43 p.m. PST

So we had a good turn out for our first session Wednesday with seven players and a lot of observers




Lots of figures and lots of fun!

Personal logo chicklewis Supporting Member of TMP16 Jun 2017 6:13 a.m. PST

Hooray for Terry !

That is some AMAZING engineering.

But I don't understand your game concept, could you elucidate?

Lion in the Stars16 Jun 2017 12:51 p.m. PST

VSF, mankind has made it to Mars and Venus. Brought back some native bugs which were being used as workers on the other planets.

The bugs aren't quite willing to be humanity's servants, and can make war-forms. So now Earth is fighting off a self-inflicted alien invasion.

tsofian Sponsoring Member of TMP16 Jun 2017 5:26 p.m. PST

The first Hive War, which took place in 1893-1895 primarily in Devon and Cornwall was generally self inflicted, but the second or Great Hive War was a dastardly plan from off world!

Otherwise pretty good summation.

tsofian Sponsoring Member of TMP20 Jun 2017 1:08 p.m. PST

Here is the HQC FAQ

Hive, Queen, and Country is a Victorian Science Fiction (aka "Steampunk") setting for Role Playing Games, Miniature Games, and fiction. It emphasizes scientific and historical realism, and a rich and complete setting. It can be called a "hard science" background. Although there are a number of "conceits" in terms of scientific breakthroughs and advanced technologies there are no hand waves. Everything added to the universe is carefully designed and works within the existing framework of science.
How is Hive, Queen and Country Different from other Steampunk games and setting?
How we are Different! Created by a community of gamers, role players, historians, scientists, lawyers, rouges, vagabonds, and heroes, HQC has unprecedented depth and scope, with the flexibility to allow you to set pretty much any sort of campaign your games master and players desire. We present a detailed and fully realized world: Steampunk with an emphasis on the Steam-not the punk!

What is Hive, Queen and Country's History?
The In-setting History of HQC is much like our own timeline (OTL) – Until the 1800s. At this point several key divergences begin to reshape the world:

– Babbage's Difference and Analytical engines succeed and the computer revolution joins up with the industrial revolution much earlier. This leads to huge improvements in mathematics, logistics, and manufacturing.

– Aerolyth, a naturally occurring mineral, is discovered. It has anti-gravitational capabilities and is a highly potent rocket fuel. Air travel becomes commonplace, and space travel is not far behind. Soon, Luna, Venus and Mars are explored.

– The exploration of Venus and Mars leads to the shocking discovery that they are already populated by races of humans and mysterious aliens. Earth governments begin to scramble to open up off-world markets and resources and the off-world humans and aliens begin to extend their influence to Earth. In 1892 this leads to the Hive being infiltrated into England.

How will the timeline progress into the future?

The original HQC setting progressed the timeline up to 1892 and focused on the Hive's invasion of England (The First Hive War).

Subsequent material has added the Second Hive War (1898-1902) set in South America.

Future conflicts and events:
Wars on Venus with the Sea Kings
The Europan Invasion set for 1920 a race of aliens from the Jovian moon Europa will set their sights on the inner solar system. Vast invasion fleets will attack Mars, Earth and Venus with massive planetary assaults. This will move the HQC setting forward technologically and politically

In 1942 a second deep space event will challenge all life in the solar system. The Ghost or Shattered Fleet will arrive. This strange and ancient phenomenon will bring the residents of the Sol system into contact with literally hundreds of alien races.

Game Products
What Hive, Queen and Country products have been published?
The core RPG book is titled Stars of Empire

<a href="">Stars of Empire: A Scientific Romance Set During the Victorian Conquest of Space</a>
The Core Rulebook for HQC.

<a href="">The Hive and the Flame</a> Miniature gaming rules for HQC

<a href="">Flying Machines of the Worlds: 1902</a> The first technical supplement for the Hive, Queen and Country Universe introduces Victorian Science Fiction Role-players and War Gamers to the many aerial vessels of that Universe.

Additionally, Design and combat rules for Flying Machines of the Worlds are available at

Where can I get Hive, Queen and Country miniatures?

We hope to put out specific bug miniatures for use as Hive members. Scott Flower of Gametech Miniatures produced the masters for these several years ago. We have had some difficulty finding a home for the production of these. Perhaps in the future we will have better news.

One company, Objects May Appear… makes a line of custom flying machine minis in multiple scales specifically for The HQC Universe:

Several companies make miniatures suitable for gaming with HQC. Many Companies make excellent Colonial Miniatures in nearly every scale currently seen on tabletops. Bug miniatures are a bit harder to come by, but many types and sizes are available from a number of excellent companies
Black Orc Games have The Hive in their 100 Kingdoms setting.
Khurasan Miniatures produces a number of figures that serve very well. Look in their 28mm Sci Fi range for their Arachnian Alien Invertebrates which would make excellent warriors or butchers. They 15mm ranges include a number of alien figures that include giant ants. They also have some minia­tures that make very good drones. The Spearbearer Insectmen and the Mantismen, although they oly have four limbs rather than six or more.


Irregular Miniatures has a line of "spice lice", which if the guns are removed from the claws are fine for hive members.

Moonfleet Miniatures produce warcrabs that would make good workers

Ral Partha, now Iron Mind Metals, sculpted some excellent bugs, I've used their old insectmen as drones for many years. In addition they produced a number of chitenous warriors in several lines over the years.
In terms of classic figures from the 1970s and 1980s the Reviresco have some useful figures link

Rebel Miniatures produces a number of alien bug creatures in their 15mm Science Fiction range
Reaper Miniatures has a very board range of figures. In their fantasy ranges are scorpions and beetles which would work well on the game table.
Ral Partha Europe produces a number of arthropod figures that would work well. They also recently announced they will be rereleasing the Demonworld range of 15mm fantasy figures. This range includes large fleas and other insects including a giant dung beetle that will make an excellent tumble bug.

Are any products available in electronic format (PDF)?

Yes! All of our products are available in electronic format.


What future products are planned

– Venus Supplement (Scheduled for 2013) This will be a Role Playing Game Supplement titled The World Beneath the Clouds. Paul Daly has done an amazing front cover and some great interior art work. We will introduce the cultures, climate and creatures of Venus. We are shooting for an Origins release date
– Ground Vehicles and Artillery of the Worlds (Scheduled for 2013) Arun will be heading efforts on this publication. What is a Steampunk setting without steam powered tanks. In addition to the fiction we'll be including accurate historical technical data on later Victorian artillery from most of the Great Powers of the period.
– Space Vehicles of the Worlds
– Armies of Venus
– Armies of the Hive Wars
-Armies of Mars

If I want to actively participate in product development how can I?

Join the insanely active Yahoo! Group: link

HQC benefits from a strong user and development community. If you are an artist, writer, historian, engineer, scientist, or in any way creative, we welcome your input!

* What Hive, Queen and Country fiction has been published?

A number of short stories have been published online – Check the web page. In addition Jon Klement's short story Cicada Summer was published in Dreams of Steam 2

* How can I write fiction in this universe? Either drop me a line or join the Yahoo! group

Online Resources
* Is there a web page for Hive, Queen and Country? Yes, is your one stop source for all things HQC

* Is there a Hive, Queen and Country mailing list? As mentioned before there is a very active mailing list on Yahoo! link

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