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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.

Mercantile, Art Show, and Professor Agreements

The Mercantile, Art Show, and Mercantile Agreements are starting to go out!

We will be updating the website as the Merchants, Artists, and Professors accept the agreements, so look for changes to start happening often!

Next month, we will begin organizing the Programming Schedule, and that should be up early October.




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.


Arthro and Octo Badges

We will have badges for OctopodiCon, both for Junior Sprockets and for the Pods.

Pod badges can be worn on anything – I have one sewn on my purse that I carry everyday (Pod Pride!) and plan to put one on the awards sash I will wear at OctopodiCon.

We currently have ArthroPod and OctoPod badges ready. We should have the other Pod badges ready soon – CephaloPod, GastroPod, OrnithoPod, PolyPod, SauroPod, and TetraPod. We’ll have the Pod badges at OctopodiCon ($2 each), nd we might have all of them ready far enough before that you can order them – $2 if you’ll get them in person and add 50 cents for shipping and handling.

The first Pod Badges:

The Junior Sprocket Badges have to be earned. We have about a dozen badges that can be earned at OctopodiCon during the Junior Sprocket Programming. We will also have a booklet available for others who can’t make it to OctopodiCon to work on and earn these badges themselves. After OctopodiCon, the booklet will be available to order on line. At OctopodiCon, the cost of the badges is included in the supply fees. If you (or your Junior Sprocket) earns the badge(s) outside of OctopodiCon, the badges can be ordered for $2.00 each (includes shipping and handling).

To display the Badges, we have a pattern available for parents and friends of Junior Sprockets to sew a badge sash – I don’t know if we will have ready-made sashes available this year. Maybe next year. The pattern is available for the cost of postage (75 cents), and is adjustable for the youngest to the oldest Sprocket.

The color of the sash declares the level of Junior Sprocket:

light purple – children under the age of 6
light blue – 6 – 11 year olds
black – 12 – 18 year olds
green – Captains
red – all other adults interested in working with Junior Sprockets

Rivals Steampunk Toys

Rivals Steampunk Toys will be at OctopodiCon – and they need your help getting there so they can produce enough of these creative and cute little toys to sell and to have available in the Makeshop so you, yes, you! can paint and accessorize your own little toy.



Please visit their Kickstarter Campaign! They only have 8 days left!!!!

Confirmed! Extraordinary Contraptions

Will be performing at OctopodiCon 2!

The Extraordinary Contraptions were formed in the Summer of 2007 by four geeks with an interest in epic storytelling and more musical chops than are usually allowed in a rock band. After some experimentation, they came home to the Atlanta steampunk scene where they developed their musical ideas into an all-encompassing storytelling form. They combine any and everything their creativity fancies in the service of spinning their yarns of scientific romance and gaslight fantasy. Three albums and an unexpected drummer later, the Contraptions are hitting their stride as they set their sights on bigger, more ambitious artistic endeavors. Where will they go and what will they do next? Just wait and see!

In anticipation, here is a link to their video!

And a picture showing them going places:


Extraordinary Contraptions group shot cart

Hotel Reservation Linkage

We have the hotel reservation links from Embassy Suites.  Now we can move forward with setting up the OctopodiCon 2013 Enrollment Forms and the Hotel Reservation page!

Embassy Suites Norman-Hotel and Conference Center
2501 Conference Dr.
Norman, OK 73069

You can also make reservations by calling the hotel directly at 405-364-8040 and providing the group code of OCT

If I can figure it out, we should have an Enrollment Page up really soon.

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.


Monthly Teas

We will be continuing our Monthly OctopodiCon STEAM Teas (STEAM = Science Technology Engineering Art Math).

The next Tea is scheduled for December in Guthrie, OK during the Territorial Christmas celebrations. It will be Saturday, December 15th at 5:00 pm.  We’ll walk through Historic Guthrie. All the shops will be open late for this, so we can browse and shop.  Many of the shop windows will have “Living Postcards” of people engaging in Victorian activities, there will be a Medicine Show, and more.  We’ll end with a warm tea in the Victorian Tea Room.

Tea at the Victorian Tea Room, Guthrie

Historic Guthrie is located on West Oklahoma in Guthrie – You can either take the Highway 33 exit westbound from I-35, and bear to the left to stay on East Oklahoma Avenue – it becomes West Oklahoma Divisions Street OR take the Highway 77/Division Street exit from I-35 and continue north on Division until you reach Oklahoma Avenue (this is the route I took) – there is a lot of parking on Division – Oklahoma Avenue is where the Walk is held, between North 2nd Street and Oak, Go down Oak to Harrison, then up Harrison to North 2nd and back .  Dress warm – it will be December and even in Oklahoma, it can get cold, especially if there’s wind – and in Oklahoma there’s almost always wind.  The Victorian Tea Room is located across from the Apothecary Museum and Garden at the corner of Oklahoma and 2nd Street  (Oklahoma Avenue is the dividing line for 2nd Street to be North or South, so the Apothecary Garden in on North 2nd Street and the Tea Room is on South 2nd Street, right across from each other).

As we receive the schedule from the library, we’ll finalize the rest of the Teas and post the schedule.

Applicants and the Kick-Off Meeting

We have applicants for the following positions (thank you!!!):
  • Dean of Badges
  • Dean of Photography
  • Dean of Fine Arts
  • Dean of the Mysterium
  • Dean of Development
  • Dean of Programming
  • Dean of Public Relations
  • Dean of Security
  • Dean of IT and Web Affairs

We are interviewing for the following remaining positions:

  • Dean of Performing Arts
  • Dean of Dance
  • Dean of Student Store
  • Dean of Minions
  • Dean of the Laboratorium
  • Dean of Couture
  • Dean of Publications
  • Dean of Journalism/Yearbook
  • Dean of Properties
  • Dean of Competitions
  • Dean of Science
  • Dean of Pod Affairs

If you wish to apply for any of these positions, please send an email to

We will send you the date and time of the Interview Meeting.

Sometime in the next 2 weeks, we will have the Kick-Off Meeting. We’re waiting for Bev to recover from her sinus surgery, so the actual date and time will be determined by that.

After that, we will have a monthly Open Planning Meeting where anyone can drop in, offer suggestions,  sign up as a volunteer, and find out what’s happening.