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Sep 12, 20183882 views

GMK Nautilus Nightmares

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Nautilus Nightmares takes place in the same universe as Nautilus, so it can technically be considered as a spin-off of Nautilus. The idea for this set surged some months ago, when Novelkeys shared with me their Nautilus deskmat’s design which portraits a giant cephalopod moments before its confrontation with Captain Nemo’s ship. It’s such a great design that some time after sharing it with me, I just asked if they could do a green version of it, and that’s when this new keycap project started.
Given how I’ve set up the kits, ideally I’d like to have the set dropping on Massdrop so if you are interested, don’t forget to vote for your favorite kits!

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GMK Nautilus Nightmares Poll https://www.massdrop.com/vote/GMK-Nautilus-Nightmares

Proposed kits Nautilus Nightmares’ kits are slightly different than the rest of GMK sets and they have been specifically designed for medium and big group buys.
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The Core kit is the starting point for everyone, as it provides great coverage for most people. You might have noticed that compared to other standard GMK base kits, Nautilus Nightmares have a smaller one, composed by only 128 keycaps, as ISO and numpad support have been moved to extension kits. The result is a Core that costs less, making it more accesible for the vast majority of people which then means that it would be more prone to reach new price tiers faster.
The kit includes dark gray Escape and Enter keys, dark green pipe and tilde, 1.75, 2.00, and 2.25 extra shifts; three extra spacebars in 6.00 (both center stem and off-center) and 7.00U sizes, 65% and 75% dedicated keys, stepped caps lock and control, scooped and barred homing keys, as well as HHKB R4 coverage with 1.50 Code keys.
A second  R2 1.50U Tab key has also been included on this kit. This eccentric addition allows you to potentially reuse some of your extra modifiers on another keyboard. For instance, you’d be able to cover a standard ANSI TKL keyboard and reuse the extra modifiers on an HHKB layout.
With Nautilus Nightmares’ Core you’ll be able to cover keyboards such as Nemo, Tokyo60, M60-A, TX60, Pok3r, Tokyo66, Zephyr, Kuyo, Canoe, TX65, Massdrop ALT, Clueboard, FC660, Singa, Octagon, Verne, TX-84, Massdrop CTRL, or the Masterkeys S.
Extension kits
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The first of Nautilus Nightmares’ extension kits provides UK ISO layout coverage and it comes with two ISO Enter keys (one of them in the accent color), and an extra R1 1.00U ` ¬  for symmetry purposes.

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The Numpad kit consists of 30 keys and aside standalone numpads, it extends Core’s layout coverage to 1800 layouts (Andromeda, TX-CP, Duck Jetfire), 96-key (Duck Lightsaver, Red Scarf III), and fullsized keyboards (Q100, Southpaw, Masterkeys L).The kit includes an extra R1 for standalone numpads, accent Enter, Escape, and Num Lock keys; and scooped and barred homing keycaps.

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Composed by just 23 keycaps, the 40s kit is enough to extend Core’s coverage for forty percent keyboards such as Planck, JD40, Minorca, Sebright, Percebe or Preonic and split spacebar keyboards such as TGR Alice or VE.A.
Note: depending on how much interest is on this set, accent keys might be added. Also note that by the time this set reaches the Group Buy stage, 2.25U and 2.75U R4C spacebars might be available

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A set of extra modifiers for your bottom row and enter key with custom symbols. It features the iconic Nautilus submarine, sea vortex novelties, and a pair of tridents.
Note: depending on how much interest is on this set, more novelties might be added.

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This kit consists of a set of dark gray spacebars, ranging from 1.00 to 7.00 unit keycaps. Ideal for those who want an extra splash of color on their keyboard.
Note: by the time this set reaches the Group Buy stage R4C 2.25 and 2.75 unit keycaps might be available.
Keyboard Gallery Percebe
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Nemo
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Verne
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Tokyo66
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Andromeda
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Koyu
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Q100
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Technical specs
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  • High quality 1.5mm thick doubleshot keycaps, with legends that will never fade.
  • Original Cherry Corp. profile, ideal for long typing sessions.
  • Compatible with MX style switches.
  • Made in Germany by GMK Electronic Design GmbH.



Extras Nautilus Nightmares isn’t an exception when it comes to extras and here is a teaser of what we’ve got prepared for you.
NovelKeys Nautilus Nightmares Deskpad These deskpads are a must have. Designed by Novelkeys, they will be the perfect companion for your Nautilus Nightmares set.

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Specs
  • 900×400×4mm (35.4×15.7×0.16 inches)
  • Rubber bottom
  • Cloth top
  • Stitched edges
Verne: Nautilus Nightmares Edition What better to have the perfect setup by having matching keycaps, deskmat, and even your keyboard. What about a limited edition of a Nautilus Nightmares themed Verne made to match the set?

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Ballpark on when this could actually be a thing. I've got some box jades that need some friends.
What color codes will these be. Specifically, will the space bars in the space bar kit be n9?
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Awesome. Been looking for some n9 spacebars lol
ensulyn
N9 spacebars will match with Serika.
Any chance you guys will sell the desk pad on its own?
Rockytopwiz
That's the plan, the deskpad is an extra so you don't have to get the set if you just want the deskpad.
A couple days ago I mentioned the idea of including an extra B on the 40s kit. My goal with it is to encourage more people with high-end split keyboards which have doubled Bs (such as the EM7, TGR Alice, and LZ Ergo) to have a good reason to get this kit and not skip it. For clarity issues, I've also been thinking about updating its name "splitboards and 40s".

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Let me know what you think about this idea.
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Ahh, that's fair. MOQ and lower cost are worthy goals!
deroanth
Correct. While the keys you've asked allow more play with some layouts, they don't really increase the layout coverage, which is more critical to the kit.
Question is Zambumon, when are you going to start producing keyboard cases?
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The PCB has been designed by Wilba, so everything in there is exactly as it should be.
Zambumon
Oh dear, you missed it again...
> alwasy.
That's what needed more care.
> always.
As someone who sands his 6.25 and 1.25 keycaps, the 6.25C keycap is very interesting, I wonder if they can produce 1.25C's too and whether the 1.25 keycaps could become C's?
Kaan
R4C (convex keycaps such as the standard spacebars) do not have legends. GMK is planning to add R4Cs 2.75 and 2.25 first, as they are used in many split keyboards.
Zambumon
Don't really care about legends, use 1.25 blanks shaved down to be ergonomic around the spacebar, R4C 1.25 keycaps would really solve a problem for me, using 1.25 DSA keycaps is an option, but almost impossible to match color with existing sets
Oh this is wonderful! And thank you-thank you-thank you for including a 2u shift key! Ive been looking for "just the right set" that has one of those and I believe this is it.
Starius
No problem.
I'm all over this, LOVE the colors. I'm always curious about the keyboards in your renders though, is the "Verne" an existing keyboard? Can I buy one today somewhere?
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Mmm, that's too weird. Some people have said that 2018 has been "the year of the TKL" because of how many custom TKL have been made.
Zambumon
huh, I feel like I've just been seeing a lot of 65% and other non-standard layouts. Guess I'm not following the right sites :)
Holy hell. Just an incredible set. Nothing on Nemo though?
theyeargh
I'm remaking it with a 3mm plate sandwich mount.
Zambumon
MMy body is ready.
I really like this a lot. I like the eerie deep-sea Davy Jones vibe it gives off. would love to see some the novelty designs expanded upon and more caps - I like the designs that you have so far for the modifiers a lot and I want more.
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I want all three of those...also, a pirate flag? some more pirate-esque things? Could make some fun hacker themes from this too! Either way, I'm sure whatever you come up with will be great. Can't wait to see!
Lefibonacci
Yeah, I'm all for a pirate flag or some kind of Jolly Roger insignia.
Please for the love of all that is mighty let us have NORDEUK/Nordic kit!!!
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I'm not missing about import taxes, I'm from the EU myself. We recently did a group buy for GMK Chocolatier with an European vendor and around 8% of the sets were purchased by European customers.
Zambumon
Thank you for the insight. That does clarify the state of the market far beyond my casual observations. All I can say is that i hope that popularity of this colour does allow for additional sets to be offered. It's certainly captured my imagination. Good luck bringing it into reality.
Its like that one episode of Scooby Doo with the glowing diver and the graveyard of ships
Hi Zambumon,
ty for another amazing design, but its "missing" an Elvira keycap :) I havn't thought about that Lady for decades, but visiting this page, boom, it was there. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=prTextcQKKE
Cheers
Makami
uhhh, no.
Ergoplanck set for all my ortholinear needs?
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Bummer.
JustCallMeCrash
It is indeed a bummer. It's acutally very interesting how different the Planck/ Preonic vs the Ergodox are, and I don't mean in terms of how easy or difficult is to cover it, but how its community has changed over the years.
Basically Jack Umbert himself and his continuous work updating his keyboards, making an EOTW kit, a hot swappable PCB, a high profile case... as well as having the keyboard dropping periodically has resulted in a viable layout (with all those remixes such as the let's split or contra), that has actually a decent fanbase.
While on the other side of the spectrum we have the Ergodox, where the isn't really a visible head constantly adding more and more features to the keyboard, and there hasn't been a huge group buy for a very long time.
I love this. The last set I saw from you was that yellow+black one, with all the extra legends....I wasn't a fan. But this, this is altogether something else.
When I was a kid, my dad had an old Triumph, the cars--not the bikes--and when he bought it was in British Racing Green. He re-painted it Emerald Green, and this kind of reminds me of it. It's a soporific green, a calming, zen-like green. I love it.
What, exactly, is this green called?
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This should be registered on Pantone. Ghost Ship Green.
AugustCanaille
Pantone and keycaps are a bad combination, it's way better to use RAL!
Nice but I'd take a rerun of the original any day
Nster101
Other than one of the Novelties and its name, this set has little to do with the original Nautilus as it doesn't even share any of the colors. So it is understandable that people would ask me to rerun Nautilus and over 3K people have already requested (https://www.massdrop.com/buy/massdrop-x-zambumon-gmk-nautilus-custom-keycap-set) and that it has even been knocked off by two different well known brands...
However, unlike this brand new set, for Nautilus I don't need to post an interest check let's say 8 or 10 months ahead of its potential drop, and demonstrate that there's enough interest for it.
Seems interesting! Sort of a Calm Depths in green.
Cyphre
Also reminds me of DCS Midnight (Green Edition). It's very soothing somehow, despite the name.
Data
Definitely the calm before the storm 😉
Want! Special Edition Verne and Nemo.
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Soon™?
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Why you tease us?!? :)
ChuckDee
That's what interest checks are for!
This set looks amazing. Really good kit design too. Great job.
Yasss. Limited edition Verne too?!? The deskmat looks gorgeous as well. Buy buy buy
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So Percebe, Nemo, Andromeda, Tokyo66, and Verne?
Zambumon
yesssss. i never knew andromeda and tokyo66 was your design tho! definitely would want to pick up one of each haha. and i'm definitely waiting for the samurai blues after the first tease you had before the IC. one would say that im a big zambumon fan lol.
Gives me ghost pirate vibes. Nice job, as usual :)
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edasaur
All I can think when people say pirate vibes:
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Zambumon
Sad that people only think of those garbage movies when they think of pirates. I think of Jean Laffite, Blackbeard, the Dutch East India Trading Company, privateers, Wilbur Smith....
Special edition Verne. Sign me up.
mgsickler
Where do I sign?!
cijanzen
You both were already on my scope :D
OMGOMGOMG Zambumon, you are not just a "good" designer. You are a visionary.
It was already a long post, so I had to omit some of the keyboards. For more renders, just check out the project page: zambumon.com/nautilus-nightmares