Rooms for the 2018 Symposium

Ladies & Gentlemen, we are barely over this year’s International Steampunk Symposium, but planning is already underway for the 2018 Symposium, including the availability of guest rooms at the host hotel! For April 27th to 29th, 2018, the Symposium will be held at the Ramada Plaza¬†located at¬†11320 Chester Rd, Cincinnati, Ohio 45246. Rooms in the […]

Steampunk Symposium Olympics: Day Three

Bocce A friendly game of mannerly ball-tossing entertained participants and audience members on Sunday. The Fireball Federation snagged first place. The QEXV came in second, with the Dodge City Airship placing third. Iron Tailor After a lot of stitching, scheming, and parading, the results for the Iron Tailor competition finally came in. Leading the tailors […]

Victorian Spiritualism and Spirit Communication

Robert Scott, the Pandora Society’s leading expert on Victorian Spirtualism, offered an extensive presentation on the subject during this year’s International Steampunk Symposium. The top highlights and most useful information for those interested in further research continue below. Books on the subject are few and far between, but after much research, the best books on […]

Costume Contest

The International Steampunk Symposium Costume Contest was held Saturday afternoon, with the winners announced on Sunday afternoon. The costume featured five categories, with a first, second and third place awarded in each. This year also introduce two categories for very young children, but there were no entries from the those categories. 20 airship points were […]

Steampunk Olympics Day 2

The Steampunk Olympics kicked off on Saturday with the mandatory training for Umbrella fencing, followed by Nerf Duelling, Penny Farthing races, Croquet, and Dirigible races. The costume contest also took place, with results covered separately. Umbrella Fencing “This is a bad idea” is the official motto of Umbrella Fencing, which is why it was scheduled […]

Gaming Around the World

Mandisa Njeri, captain of Her Royal Airship Ashanti, hosted a lively panel on parlor games during the symposium’s first day of programming. She said she was inspired to research more games after attending a parlor game night at the home of Sir Ernest Octave Suszczynski and Gintia Peaseblossom last year. Parlor games are meant to […]

Olympics: Day One!

On the first day of Symposium, the first three Olympic competitions began. The Beard and Mustache Competition saw a host of finely furred faces compete for the first round of points for their airships. The Iron Tailor competition launched in the Hunt room. The teams received their assignments and materials, but their night was only […]

Make it Supernatural

Steampunk Journal editor Phoebe Darqueling regaled the crowd with the historical and literary context for the belief in supernatural creatures during the steam era. As people left the countryside to seek industrial employment, they brought their appetite for stories with them. Major magazines needed to fill their pages with the stories readers wanted, and this […]

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