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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.


We’re doing Makeshops a little differently this year (lessons learned from last year!).

First, Makeshops will be arranged so there are brief breaks between them so people can get food and drinks and tend to other needs.

Second, you can pre-enoll or pay at Registration to take the Makeshops. There are some that have maximum enrollments and those will be available on a first come basis. We will mark the ones that are limited enrollment.

There are 9 adult Makeshops this year. Not all of them are confirmed at this point, but we can say that the following Makeshops are available:

Thomas Willeford (Brute Force Leather): Steaming Up a Squirt Gun
Bev Hale (Otherwhen Oddities): Tiny Top Hats
Lynn Yates: Make an Autograph Book
Larry Ledbetter: Drafting a Leather Holster Pattern
Several Professors: Making Goggles

Makeshops are $20 each for supplies.

The Junior Sprockets will have their own Makeshops as well.

Make Leather COGS
Goggle Making
Make a Science Journal
Make a Jet Pack
Build Your Own Frankenstein’s Monster
Clay Scuplture

Junior Sprockets is $30 for the entire weekend and includes supplies and Badges.


For those who want to show support for OctopodiCon 2, “Baron O invited me” t-shirts are now available at Zazzle.

It looks like this year, we’ll be able to have official T-shirts available at OctopodiCon itself, but we know how eager so many of you are to show your support for OctopodiCon – and we sincerely appreciate it! – so we are making an advanced and special version available for you.


Plus – we now have Junior Sprocket t-shirts available!

Mark your Calendars!

Yes, it’s official!

We have signed the contract, and have a date and place for OctopodiCon 2013!

It will be November 1-3, 2013, at the lovely, lovely Embassy Suites in Norman, OK.

It is a beautiful facility, brand new in hotel years – just 5 years old. We will have the loading dock (the Art Gallery and Mercantile folk will love that), and all the parking on the north and east sides of the building (the main entry is on the south side).

It’s located right off of I-35 on 24th Avenue North, between Tecumseh and Robinson in Norman.

Embassy Suites offers many conveniences: there’s a lovely restaurant inside, and a bar, and a delightful coffee shop called Caffeina’s that will stock special teas just for us. Those teas will be the Queen’s Tea.  They will also have Tazo Teas and Starbuck’s coffee. For lunch Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, and dinner Friday and Saturday, they will place a concession stand serving lunches of hot dogs, hamburgers, salads, chips, soda, and fruit ($10 for a boxed set, and a la cart for individual items) just outside the Mercantile.

If you reserve a room, we will offer a $5 discount on your enrollment (just send us your room reservation confirmation number). The number of rooms available is limited, though, so if you want to be in the Embassy Suites, you’ll need to reserve as soon as we have the codes (by Friday, we hope!). We have made arrangements for an overflow hotel, and the Embassy Suites will provide a shuttle service between the overflow hotel and the Embassy Suites (one trip each direction is free).

Reserving a room gives you a free hot breakfast, and if you were at OctopodiCon in 2012, well, this breakfast blows that one away! And that one at the Magnuson was pretty good.

Each room is a suite, with sleeping space for up to 6 people and a mini kitchenette (microwave, refrigerator, sink, countertop). Our lovely Registrar checked the rooms out for scooter accessibility, and even the non-handicapped rooms were roomy enough for her to move around in her scooter, so these rooms are large.  Half the suites are double beds with a double bed sleeper sofa, and the other half are single king sized beds with a double bed sleeper sofa.  Rooms are a flat $109 (plus taxes) per night.

As for OctopodiCon itself!  We have some very exciting plans, more makeshops, more contests, more demonstrations, and the space for the Airship Race is 10 stories high!

We have changed the rules so the fish, shark, and even the Angry Bird remote control airships are allowed, so buy them and bring them!  We will have extra helium for you to buy to fill your ships and race – remember, there is a cash prize and an awesome trophy. Do it for your Pod!  We’d love to see each Pod field an airship team! Go OctoPods! Go ArthroPods! Go CephaloPods! Go GastroPods! Go OrnithoPods! Go TetraPods! Go SauroPods! Sport your colors, cheer your Pod! It’ll be fun!

The Junior Sprockets Program has much more to offer this year, and we’ll have badges! books! makeshops! uniforms! for the Junior Sprockets.

And the Spectacularium is now under the direction of Toxic Dragons. You know that the lights and sounds will be amazing.

Visit often to discover all the exciting things we plan.

And if you can’t wait for OctopodiCon, we have Monthly Teas at various libraries throughout the Oklahoma City area, and other special events at bookstores, museums, and other venues all year long, and will hold a mini-convention at the Main Library in Oklahoma City.


8 Days!

In just 8 days, Professor Elemental will arrive on Oklahoma soil to spend a weekend tantalizing and entertaining the students of OctopodiCon!

Madame Professoress Veronique Chevalier, Prof. Tom Smith, and Professor Lord Montague Jacques Fromage,Roscoe and Rose Red, and Triskelion will also be arriving in Oklahoma for OctopodiCon.

Kali-Ra and the Cutie Carney Variety Show are locals you don’t want to miss!

And these fine people are just a smidgeon of the activities you’ll find at OctopodiCon in just eight more days.

The Victorian Fencing Society, the Steam Engine Intrepid, the Airship Horizons, Airship Othernaut, the Sky Marshalls, and many more will be at OctopodiCon to help you with gnarly steampunk problems and to share tips, information and ideas.

We’ve got college professors arriving to impart some intriguing glimpses into the past and to show us ways to use that in steampunk.

The Pods will all get a chance to meet – 8:00 pm Friday night! – to select their Pod heads/chiefs/leaders, and to decide on Pod colors and other such details – and to meet your Pod mates! The Pod Point Trophy will make its rounds so everyone can see it, then be on display.

And the contests!  Are you getting excited about them?

$100 first place prize to the Automaton winner, and $75 to the first place winner of the remote controlled Airship Race! Free enrollments, Pod Points, and a trophy for the Maddest Engineer!

And last, but absolutely not the least (hey, you tend to remember the last item longer – there’s a reason the best is always saved for last!) – Junior Sprockets!  Three days of Junior Sprocket activities, some taught by college professors and professionals, some by trained Junior Sprocket Captains, and some as entertainment just for the Junior Sprockets! We have 4 hours of Junior Sprocket Captains Training, and will hand out the brand new Junior Sprocket Captains Manuals, plus, the first Junior Sprocket Project book, The Secret Science Society written by Dr, John DeLaughter, a planetologist, will be available in the Scriptorium.


Minor Delights

We have added a new tab to our ever growing list of tabs.

This tab offers 2 paths of steampunk activities:  the Junior Sprockets for children aged 6 – 11 and the Artifact Club, for minors aged 12 – 15.

At OctopodiCon 2012, we will be offering half-day steampunk activities for the Junior Sprockets and for the Artifact Club.  There is a small fee to cover the cost of materials and supplies for each.

Here in these pages are further activities the children can do at home.

The Junior Sprocket activities require parental supervision mostly in the gathering of supplies and in giving directions so the younger children can do them.  All these activities are designed for this age-group and they should be able to accomplish them merely with oversight.

The Artifact Club activities may require parental supervision, but most children in this age group can complete these activities with minimal adult involvement.

Of course, these activities are fun and adults may wish to also do them on their own.  This is perfectly acceptable.  Indeed, it is encouraged, for what parent would let their children do something they themselves have not done?