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Monday, September 20, 2010

Steampunk Gatherings

Last weekend, the second UK Steampunk Festival saw 900 ticket-carrying guests descending upon the historic quarter of the City of Lincoln to enjoy live music and entertainment, exhibitions, competitions, meet authors, attend workshops and presentations, shop at the world’s largest steampunk market and simply promenade and socialize.

Festival director John Naylor, known in Steampunk circles as Major Tinker, said: "This is the only festival of its type in Europe and we've people travelling thousands of miles from all over the world to be here. Within the castle, Hendrick's gin presented its "cabinet of curiosities" with local artist Sunshine Grey exhibiting a sound installation called the Merryweather Mesmeric Mood Modulator.

In the U.S., Steampunk fans can look forward to SteamCon II in Seattle, November 19 – 21. Their website says this year’s steamposium will “highlight the Weird Weird West or American steampunk, if you will. Imagine the age of steam on the wild frontier. You are invited to explore with us the world of roughriders on mechanical horses, mad inventors, mystical Indian shamans, and mighty steam locomotives. Picture airships instead of stagecoaches, and the precision of robotic sharp shooters. Join us for Riverboat Gambler Night, tea parties, concerts and more. If western steampunk doesn’t appeal, there will still be lots of classic steampunk to partake of as well.”

They’ll have LARPs:
Rise of Aester
Castle Falkenstein, the LARP
Clockworks LARP
The Free Islands
“No RPG or LARPing experience is required. Characters will be provided. Costumes are encouraged.”

We’ve got a steampunk kit to help you play along, or you can look at our Early American History Costumes to evoke the Wild, I mean WEIRD West, and then punk it up with something from our accessories section. If you have an idea and just need help getting it made, fill out our Custom Costumes form and we’ll make it for you!

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