2016 Symposium Games & Competitions

We present to you the full list of Games & Contests for the 2016 International Steampunk Symposium and guidelines on entering as an individual or as an Airship . . .

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One of the most exciting features of the International Steampunk Symposium is the Symposium Games held each year.  Airships from all over compete to win games and collect points.  The airship with the highest number of points at the end of the weekend will be declared winner, win the Symposium trophy, four weekend badges to the 2017 Symposium, AND earn bragging rights for the year.

NERF DuelThis year there will be a new facet of the Games:  Individuals will be able to compete in any game on their own.  Each game will have prizes awarded to the winners, regardless of airship affiliation.  HOWEVER, if the winner is not part of an airship, one of the competing airships may try and convince them to join their ship afterwards, and therefore earn those points. This year only one set of points will be available per competition.  If the winners are not part of an airship or not convinced to join one, the points go unawarded to any airship.

Below is the full schedule of games and contests for 2016. We have some exciting new games and contests, as well as some returning favorites!  Point will be awarded for each game and contest.

  • Curiosities Exhibit and Competition – Sicily – Friday 12:00pm-5:00pm and Saturday 8:00am-10:00am to register an entry
  • Tea Pot Racing – Upper Terrace – Friday: 8:30pm-10:00pm—NEW this year!
  • Tea Dueling – Upper Terrace – Saturday: 10:30am-12:00pm
  • Bocce – Upper Terrace – Saturday: 12:30pm-2:00pm
  • Costume Contest – Ferrara (Main Stage) – Saturday: 1:30pm-2:30pm
  • Gentlemen’s Beard and Mustache Contest – Ferrara (Main Stage) – Saturday: 2:30pm-3:30pm
  • Nerf Dueling – Upper Terrace – Saturday: 2:30pm-4:00pm
  • Iron Tailor Competition – Pompeii – Saturday 4:00-6:00pm—NEW this year! (Judging for the competition will be from 6:00pm-6:30pm on the Upper Terrace)
  • Penny Farthing Race – Upper Terrace – Saturday: 4:30pm-6:00pm
  • RC Dirigible Race – Upper Terrace – Saturday: 7:00pm-8:30pm
  • Swimsuit Contest (Ladies AND Gents) – Pool – Saturday: 7:30pm-8:30pm—NEW this year!
  • Umbrella Fencing – Upper Terrace – Sunday: 10:30am-12:00pm
  • Croquet – Upper Terrace – Sunday: 12:30pm-2:00pm—BACK AGAIN after a brief hiatus!
  • Ladies’ Pinup Contest – Ferrara (Main Stage) Sunday: 2:30pm-3:30pm

Over the next few days, we’ll be posting the rules for each game, as well as the categories for costume, beard and mustache, swimsuit, and Curiosity contests.  There are some slight modifications to some of the rules from previous years, so please read the rules closely for any game or contest you wish to compete in!

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Airships will need to register in order to compete in the competition as a shipThis year, the number of airships allowed to compete is unlimited!  A nominal fee of $15 is required to register your airship for competition.  Individual entrants for each game and contest do not need to register, unless they wish their points tallied and to be counted towards the overall competition.  Below, please find the registration link for the airship competition.  Registration will be accepted until April 1st, 2016.

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We anticipate a lively competition, as in years past, from all the competing airships, as well as adding the individual element to the games.  We look forward to seeing you there and the wonderful things you’ll be making for some of these contests!

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