OctopodiCon 2014

It is with our profoundest regrets that we must inform you that there will not be an OctopodiCon 2014.

Between hotel hijinks and the government sequestration and shut down, OctopodiCon 2013 lost so much money that we will be years in paying it off, therefore there is no money to do OctopodiCon 2014.

This does not mean OctopodiCon is dead.

Far from it.

We still have our Monthly Teas, the Junior Sprockets activities, programming at other conventions, Room Teas at other conventions, and perhaps a mini-convention (for Saturday only) or two until we are financially back on our feet.

We will post about the Teas, about special meetings, about Junior Sprocket meetings and activities, and other events. Some of these events will be fundraisers to help pay off OctopodiCon’s debts and to stash away to pay for the next OctopodiCon. We encourage you to support our efforts if you’d like to see OctopodiCon return as a 3-day convention.

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To each and every one of you goes my heartfelt thanks.

Thank you so much for attending OctopodiCon 2 – you are the whole reason for the event. Without you, there would be no need to plot and plan and devise and schedule and create OctopodiCon for you. You are what makes OctopodiCon happen. Thank you so much for being involved, for participating, for enjoying yourself. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Thank you to all our volunteers, from the ConCom to the people who stepped in at the last moment to help out – double, triple, quadruple thanks! Your participation and willingness made the difference between a so-so event and a good one. Thank you so very much!

Thank you to all the many people who had a hand in bringing OctopodiCon to reality throughout the year – from store staff to random strangers who gave us helpful tips – Thank you!

Thank you to the hotel staff for keeping things going during the convention.

Thank you to the professors who gave of their time and expertise to make OctopodiCon exceptional among conventions.

Thank you to those who didn’t want to be seen in public – your contributions were noticed and appreciated.

Thank you so much – OctopodiCon is truly a team effort!

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The Schedule is Up

Click on the tab:  2013 Course Catalog Schedule.

In general:

Registration and everything else opens at 2:00 pm on Friday.  Hotel check-in is at 3:00 pm.

Convocation (Opening Ceremonies) is at 8:00 pm on Friday.

Saturday, the Art Auction is at 4:00 pm.

The Masquerade is at 5:00 pm.

Dance lessons begins at 6:00 pm.

The Gears and Gizmos Dance starts with a Dance-Off at 9:00 pm and goes until at least midnight.


Sunday, Commencement (Closing Ceremonies)is at 4:00 pm.

The rest of the schedule is under the tab 2013 Course Catalog Schedule.


Join us for a weekend packed with activities!!


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Frankenstein’s Monster

This is a steampunk-light film adaptation of Mary Shelley’s masterpiece. Produced by First Step Cinematics, adapted by Judith B. Shields, here’s their imdb.

For those lucky enough to attend TeslaCon, it will be showing there on both Thursday and Saturday. It will also be showing at Emerald City Steampunk Expo – date and time to be announced.

And we will be showing it Saturday, November 2, from 2 – 4 pm in the Spectacularium.

So, no matter which steampunk convention you attend, you won’t miss out on this indie film that’s sure to be fascinating.

Clicky here to watch the trailor!

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New Website for Professor John LeVan

Also known as Deadlance, of Deadlance Steamworks, he has a website up and running now, so go, gaze at his awesome steampunk contrivances and come to OcotopodiCon to buy them all!

Again, that’s Deadlance Steamworks.

Clicky-clicky – you know you want to see his gorgeous work.



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OctopodiCon Policies in Brief

Steampunk, streetwear, casual, formal; OctopodiCon has a very liberal dress policy with these exceptions: tattoos, body art, paint, artfully glued bits do not constitute clothing or costuming. We comply with the State of Oklahoma’s Decency Standards: no nudity, all private body parts must be fully covered – no g-strings, thongs, waist high slits, pasties. Full opaque briefs or panties and full opaque breast coverage (includes man-boobs).

No real weapons are allowed. Obvious play weapons are permitted as part of a costume. All weapons must be inspected by the Sky Rangers and peace tied. You are on your honor to bring your weapons to the Sky Marshalls for inspection.

Behavior that is unwelcome and/or sexual in nature as perceived by the complainant and may be considered sexually harassing, whether physical, verbal, visual, or written. A hostile environment is unwelcome conduct, sexual or sex-based, severe or pervasive, that offends, intimidates, ridicules, and/or insults an individual sufficiently to alter his/her participation in OctopodiCon. OctopodiCon does not tolerate harassment. Reports will be kept anonymous if desired, please report harassment to the Security Chief, Noddy, or any OctopodiCon Administration.

Room Teas
If you have a hotel room for the night, you may allow visitors for Tea and conversation. If you wish your room to be made available for a Room Tea, you may announce your Visiting Hours during Convocation or put a card on the Room Tea Board announcing when you will be At Home and your room number. If you are a Sophomore or pre-registered, you already know your Pod, so you may consider printing some cards with your name, Pod, and email to leave at the Room Teas you visit. Do keep the volume at or below acceptable night levels.

There are many reasons to wear your badge at OctopodiCon, as your badge grants you access to all our programming. Wearing a badge also allows others to award your Pod a few Pod Points in the Pod Point Contest – the Pod with the most points earns a traveling trophy and a few extra perks. If you are seen without your badge, you may be asked to find and affix it, or to buy a replacement badge. Refusal to wear your badge prominently displayed can be grounds for expulsion – yes, yes, we know it spoils the line of your costume, but that badge is important for just 3 days.

Non-Approved Items
These things are not allowed: Fire (candles, incense), smoke machines, glitter, fog machines, illegal drugs, combustables, explosives, spray paint and aerosols, real weapons, counterfeit items, recasts, or items which violate copyright, trademark, or license agreements.

No one under 21 gets alcohol.
No public drunkennes.

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We’re posting the Rules so you can come prepared!


1. Sign up – we need your badge number so we can tally your score
2. Keep your badge visible so people can see your Badge Number
3. If anyone asks for your Badge Number, take time to give it to them
4. Attend the Commencement at 4:00 pm Sunday to find out the winner and claim your prize


All participants – Certificate
2nd Place – Certificate and Ribbon
1st Place – Certificate, Ribbon, and enrollment for one in OctopodiCon 3


1. Sign up
4. The MASQUERADE INFORMATION FORM must be legible so Peter Pixie can read it
5. Failure to attend the MUSTER means no participation
6. Presentation will be in badge number order
7. Directions for presentation will be given during the MUSTER
8. NO recordings, media, or performance – this is to show off your outfit, not your character.
9. There are Adult and Junior Sprocket categories
10. Posing is permitted and encouraged for photography
11. Each participant will approach the judges and turn as requested
12. After presentation, participants will sit in the assigned rows
13. Winners receive prizes at Commencement


All Participants – certificate
3rd place – certificate plus ribbon
2nd place – Certificate, ribbon, plus enrollment for 1 in OctopodiCon 3
1st place – certificate, ribbon, enrollment for 2 in OctopodiCon 3 plus trophy


1. Sign up
2. Contest is at 5:00 pm on Saturday in the Laboratorium (Yes, it’s during the Masquerade)
3. Participants will use Hot Glue Guns to attach parts together
4. If there are holes and screws or bolts can be used, participants may screw or bolt parts together
5. TOOLS ARE NOT PARTS and will be labeled as TOOLS
6. Any participant who uses a TOOL as a PART is automatically disqualified
7. Participants may assist one another or work as a group
8. There is only 1 (one) prize if it’s a group project
9. Participants have 90 minutes to make the Best Looking or the Best Working Project
10. Adults and Junior Sprockets will be judged separately


All Participants – certificates
2nd place Adult Best Looking, Adult Best Working, Junior Sprocket Best Looking, Junior Sprocket Best Working – all 4 2nd places will also receive 1 enrollment to OctopodiCon 3
1st place Adult Best Looking, Adult Best Working, Junior Sprocket Best Looking, Junior Sprocket Best Working – all 4 1st places will also receive 1 enrollment to OctopodiCon 3 plus a trophy


1. Sign up
2. Contest is at 9:00 pm Friday night in the Laboratorium (yes, that late)
3. Participants have 90 minutes to build an automaton
4. Some parts are supplied for making a paper automaton, (paper, glue, scissors), additional parts are supplied by participant
5. Automatons may be made in advance and brought for judging


All Participants – certificates
2nd place – 1 enrollment to OctopodiCon 3 plus $25
1st place – 1 enrollment to OctopodiCon 3 plus $75 and a Trophy


1. Before the Gears and Gizmos Dance, there will be 2 hours of dance lessons – one will be a Steampunk Waltz and one will be a Dieselpunk Rumba. Participants are encouraged to take one or both lessons.
2. Sign up
3. The Dance Off will begin at 9:00 pm in the Spectacularium. Black Oak Shillelagh will be providing the music
4. All the Steampunk waltzers will go first, followed by the Dieselpunk Rumbas. Audience acclaim will select the dancers for the second round.
5. Round 2 will be the Waltz first, then the Rumba. The audience will select 6 couples – 3 each of Steampunk and Dieselpunk for the final round.
6. Round 3 will be the Waltz, then the Rumba. The audience will select the couple they feel best exemplifies the Waltz and the Rumba, and then select which of those two couples was the best dancer to determine if Steampunk or Dieselpunk dances best.


All participants will receive a certificate
Round Two Dancers will also all receive a ribbon
Round Three Dances will also receive 1 enrollment each in OctopodiCon 3
The overall winner will also receive the Tilted Top Hat Trophy


1. All Pods are automatically signed up for the Pod Points Contest
2. Anyone may give Pod Points to any Pod but their own
3. Pod Points are awarded for many things: if you like someone’s costume, give their Pod a point, if you enjoy a conversation with someone, give their Pod a point, if you see someone do something that made you happy, give their Pod a Point.
4. Everyone is in a Pod. The Pod name is on the Badge.
5. The Pod Points Board is by Registration


There can only be one winner. In the case of a tie, there will be a Pod Off.

The Pod Off will consist of the Pod members of the tying Pods presenting their case to the audience. They will have 2 minutes for their presentation and the winner will be by a show of hands.

The Pod accruing the most points will win the Traveling Trophy (awarded to ArthroPod last year) and will have OctopodiCon 3 themed after their Pod.

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NaNoWriMo at OctopodiCon!

Yes, OctopodiCon is offering a steampunk-themed NaNoWriMo track because we’re in November this year, and thought offering panels and special programming for NaNoWriMos would be a lot of fun.

Those who don’t know about NaNoWriMo would get to  learn about it, and those who know and participate in NaNoWriMo would get a chance to meet some awesome authors, participate in panels and Write-Ins and share the Plot Pot and other things in a nice atmosphere conducive to writing and imagination.

Some of the special NaNoWriMo programming includes an Introduction to NaNoWriMo for those who’ve never heard of it, Word Wars in the Lobby – go Pod to Pod to generate the highest word count! (you can earn Pod Points for your Pod by participating – and more points if you Pod wins a Word War), a Write In at the Bar (and for those too young to enter the Bar, they can participate just the other side of the railing that separates the bar from the Lobby), a Plot Coffee Hour in Caffeina’s with the Plot Pot to help the WriMos with steampunk-themed Plots, an hour of procrastinating with NaNoisms, and a Night of Writing Dangerously.

Learn about what happens when Plot Bunnies Attack

When Plot Bunnies Attack

how NaNoWriMo ate people’s souls, and other adventures in the life of WriMo.

With all the inspiration OctopodiCon can offer, perhaps you may try your hand at writing a steampunk novel for the month of November.

The infamous Oklahoma Plot Pot will be in the Scriptorium, with strips of paper and pens. Everyone is encouraged to go there and drop a plot twist or idea into the Plot Pot for the WriMos to draw when they need inspiration. The Plot Pot will be taken to Caffeina’s for the Plot Coffee Hour.

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Mercantile is Now Closed to New Applicants

The following confirmed Merchants will be enticing you with their wares at OctopodiCon (in no particular order):

Steamer Trunk Treasures

Kyla’s Keepsakes

Tandy Leather

Cog Lens Creations


Gearheart Steampunk Glamor Review

Deadlance Steamworks

Mushroom Peddler

House of Genevieve

Steaming Stitches (no website yet – awesome items)


Brad Foster

Otherwhen Oddities

Airship Horizons

Wheelhouse/Rival Vinyl

Warehouse RoyGBiv

Milo’s Anime Armory


There will also be tables for The Extraordinary Contraptions, Darwin Prophet, Black Oak Shillelagh, and the Museum of Interesting Things.

There are still a couple of Merchants from whom we’ve not yet heard, so there may be one or two more Merchants.

And The Edge Books will be in the Scriptorium, offering you the finest in books, including books by our esteemed Professor authors, Patricia C. Wrede, Tee Morris, and Pip Ballantine, Martha Wells, Bev Hale, Sherri Dean, J. Kathleen Cheney, and more! Great people, fantastic authors, and a lovely bookstore to feed your literary habit.




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Ball Jointed Doll Programming

For those of you fascinated by the Ball Jointed Dolls, we have a 6 hour Mini-Con of Ball Jointed Doll programming on Saturday, November 2, 2013 with the absolutely amazing Jessica Douglas and Sarah Seitler assisting our own Dean of Asian affairs.
“Life of a BJD artist” with Sarah & Jessica, 1 hr panel

Creating BJD costumes, 1 hr. panel

Resin casting demo by Sarah — she says this will take 2 hrs. (This is a must-see demo – amazing work!)

Doll Meet & Steampunk/ Neo Victorian BJD costume contest 2 hr.

Attending the Ball Jointed Doll Mini-Con is included in your enrollment for OctopodiCon 2. You may attend all or part of the BJD Mini-Con or choose to may skip the BJD Mini-Con for other panels, makeshops, and events .  Your enrollment allows you to fill your coursebook how you wish! But really, you should attend the Resin Casting Panel – lots of useful information will be shared!

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