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Airships

We have a few free spaces left for Airships and other steampunk clubs and groups to use to advertise their group.  The space is approximately 3′x3′ (large enough for a card table – the group provides the table, but we’ll provide chairs), large enough for placing flyers, photos, devices, or other items representing your group.

These spaces are located along the Promenade, a large social area where students and attendees can see and be seen.  The Promenade winds out of the Convention Center and into the Tea Parlour.

You can email octopodiconchair @ gmail.com or octoairship @ gmail.com to get an application – it’s first come, first served! – and an agreement so your steampunk group can have a stronger presence at OctopodiCon 2012.

Getting Started in Steampunk

There’s no known steampunk organization in your town, but you and a couple of friends are really into steampunk. You like the clothes, the concept, the contrivances, the Teas, the stories.

What are you going to do?

I would recommend starting your very own steampunk group.  You have a good start already:  3 or 4 people who like steampunk.  Maybe you already have some clothing and a few devices.  You’ve bought a teapot.  You signed up on Steampunk Empire.

Octopodicon got its start just as simply.

A few of us signed up on Steampunk Empire, decided to have a steampunk picnic to meet.  In May.  In Oklahoma.  In 90+ weather with 80+% humidity after a strong thunderstorm.  We tromped through the mud, set up our table, made tea, set out pork pies and deviled bones, took pictures, and agreed that this was the best thing ever.

So we met again.  And again.  And some of us formed the Airship OtherNaut – a collective of people who make pretty things and sell them at conventions.  And when we weren’t doing that, we had Tea Parties.

Then the C.O.G.S. came into being.  And it was all good.

Other people around the country are forming their own steampunk groups, like this one in Salem, MA.  Movie nights, game nights, picnics in the park (or on the wharf, if you live near water…), paddle boat piracy on the lake, geocaching in steampunk style, or just going out to a Victorian-style restaurant or pub dressed up are all things just a few people can do together.  Maker Days – where you gather at someone’s house to make stuff – is a lot of fun, too.  Maybe someone in your circle of friends has a nice workshop, or a sewing room, or a back yard where you can spray paint the grass as you paint various accessories and pieces.

Once you have a few activities under your belt, you can call yourselves a group.  Or an airship.  Or Society.  Or League.  Or whatever group-designation you want.

Then, you can plan to go together to conventions, or fairs, or festivals.  It’s so much more fun when you can go with 2 or 3 or more friends.  And while you’re out and about in public, dressed in all your finery, you may find a whole lot of other people who also want to play with you and be steampunks, too.

There are no hard and fast rules to steampunk.  It’s not an authenticity thing.  It’s all fantasy.  Steampunk isn’t an exact replica of the Victorian Era, it just uses a lot of the tropes and memes of the times.  Steampunk has developed its own memes and tropes and themes:  top hats, gears, goggles, fingerless gloves, external corsets (and is that ever so not Victorian!), bustle dresses, tail coats, ray guns, discombobulators, monster hunters, aether detectors, airship pirates, and so many other things that partake of a Victorianesque flavor but never existed anywhere but our imaginations.  Until we bring them to life.

That’s what steampunk is – bringing to life the things we imagine.

Each group has its own focus, its own interests.

And – this is a biggie – you can belong to more than one steampunk group!  Really!  Because the various steampunk groups all do different things and have different people in them, it’s possible to want to do things with different groups because your interests are widespread enough that one group just can hold you.  Say you love the Old West (the weird, steampunky old west, where the OK Corral battle was fought with aether oscillators and indivisible particle smashers and barbershop quartets), but most of the people in the LSG (Local Steampunk Group) are really into India ala dancing gear monkeys and tiger hunting with ultra wave stripe-n-ator.  You enjoy the tiger hunts, but you also like singing in the barbershop quartet.  So you play with the LSG, and sing with the OSG (Other Steampunk Group), and then, you discover a Mad Scientist who makes the most amazing sodas with this nifty little carbonator gun and you have a new fascination in steampunk, so you start adding TOSG (That Other Steampunk Group) activities to what you do.

Why limit yourself?  Steampunk is all about pushing those boundaries.

We, airship OtherNaut and the ConCom of OctopodiCon, love how widely diverse and different all these groups are, and we want to see more.  More!

So, if you have questions about starting your own local steampunk group, ask us.  We want to help you.  We want to see many steampunk groups.