Salutations scientific Colleagues & curious Dabblers!
Welcome to another edition of The Gaslamp Games Games Development Weekly Heliograph Circulation. Today we discuss the manner in which the Middle Class is employed to oversee the labours of the Labouring Class by means of organization through the newest methods of Scientific Management.
We shall demonstrate this week’s study in the field. First, a sampling of tools has been laid in careful rows on the ground. Each tool is associated with certain Jobs, as documented by our associates of the Royal Society of The Clockwork Empire for Improving Natural Knowledge, Misters Vining & Whitman (which you may recall have recently described various phenomena including studies on Plebeian Collision Avoidance In The Common Mob & an investigation into so-called “Animal Jobs”).
So, proceeding: tools at-hand, the Colonial Bureaucrat must initiate action by stamping a properly filled work order which designates a site on the landscape. This task can range from “Chop Trees” to “Flatten Land” to “Find Nature” (wherever it’s hiding). This order is then directed to a work party overseer (who is implicitly of the Middle Class and therefore of correct Station to command a group of Lower Class labourers). The work party overseer’s squad collects tools fit to their assigned task while the overseer heads directly to the work site.
In the heliotype below we see a work crew gathering axes for their “Chop Trees” task:
Don’t mind the Wrong shadows of those flowers; That’s obviously the work of cultists. You’re not a cultist, right? Right, good. So pay them no mind. Every loyal Subject of the Empire sees only what they need to see to perform their Duty, so help them Cog, hip hip huzzah and all that.
Equipped with proper tools, the work crew proceeds to the designated copse. The overseer begins the task of hand-waving — the essence of management — while the labourers get to the chopping.
Indeed, our sample case in no mere anecdote. The entire range of toiling can be described & efficiently executed by means of this new method of Scientific Management.
Take for another example the flattening of land: the chaotic encrustings, crude hills, and savage mountains of Nature must be cleared and prepared by hand for proper Civilizing by means of vast constructions of factories, roads, tenements, walls, and pipes! Observe in the heliotype below the collecting of shovels by a work party named “The Pleasant Flies” for some unknowable reason:
And look at our boys go! The vigours of frontier life are a sight indeed and their fruits shall enrich our Betters while, surely, embiggening the spirits of all.
To review our Study:
- A work party is overseen by a Middle Class person whose relevant skills influence the disposition & efficiency of the tasks being carried out by each labourer.
- Jobs for work parties are created by the Colonial Bureaucrat.
- Labourers will see to their own collection and use of appropriate tools to the task assigned to them.
- Hip hip huzzah and all that.
- It is important to chop down all the trees, tear down every mountain, fill in every valley, and cover the world with Progress.
TODAYS BUG: There’s a Hole In The World
Upon firing up the current build, and er, stepping from the research zeppelin? Something something. Regardless, I was confronted with an irregular black void, a Scar on the face of the World. It sat there, being-not, doing nothing, filled with nothing. I peered in to see only blackness staring back, accusingly.
I sent the above heliotype attached to a report of the phenomenon to one Mr. C. Whitman (suspected Wizard, freelance), hoping he perchance knew of some method of magicking the fabric of the world back together before anything comes out from this Void — or the Investigators catch wind of this. That wouldn’t do at all. It’s such a fine colony we’re building, it’d be a shame if it had to be burned to the ground all over again to root out cultists.