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Question: At a Con or on a Cruise what activities would you like most? (pick up to 3)
Tabletop RPG
LARP (w/Nerf or airsoft)
Sit thru a panel talk
Enter a fencing tournament
ride a steam locomotive
go to a concert
dance (modern)
dance (ballroom)
compete in cowboy action shoot
take a (steam?) boat criuise
attend a high tea
hang out in a SP pub
eat
shop
visit historic sites
go horseback or carriage riding
swim (in SP wear)
go ballooning
hang out in a workshop
enter a costume contest
"I just post on forums, all alone and in the dark, eating worms"
Watch SP movies
play SP video games
Enter a darts tournament
Other (please tell us)
Go to a SP Theme Park

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« on: February 28, 2013, 06:50:27 pm »

Let's assume a reasonable cost for any of these activities.  

Brain picking and event planning time.   Wink
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« Reply #1 on: February 28, 2013, 08:56:07 pm »

Please add indulging in onanism on top of a steam-powered dirigible.
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« Reply #2 on: February 28, 2013, 10:04:45 pm »

I'm not keen on doing polls.  But I was wondering only yesterday what new activities could be added to the steampunk repertoire. 

When there are big crowds it is often difficult to actually see some of the activities taking place, particularly if one is on the short side.  Also some of us find it difficult to stand in one place for ages even when there is a view of what is going on, so one has to give up and move away.

So what new activities could be undertaken that would suit the range of people who attend events?
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« Reply #3 on: February 28, 2013, 10:10:35 pm »

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« Reply #4 on: March 01, 2013, 11:35:30 am »

There are a few other sports missing, that I am interested in:
- Boxing, Marquess of Queensberry rules
- Bicycle racing
- Croquet
- Savate
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« Reply #5 on: March 01, 2013, 05:15:47 pm »

Then there are things like:

the background history of Vicwardian times - talks, films etc. on how the rich lived, the poor, inventions

show and tell - the maker explains how they made some stupendous steampunk item

music - strolling minstrels wandering around the place to set the mood

music lessons on some easy instruments -the spoons, pipe and tabor, ukelele and so on

workshops - such as how to make costume items, common techniques such as basic wiring, welding, jewellery-making, making wings move

costume exhibitions - Vicwardian, steampunk

There is a huge amount of steampunk talent that is not yet being tapped, and lots of people who wish to extend their skills.  Days and weekends away are ideal times to develop what we have.  Personally I like to learn as much as possible as well as to be entertained.
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« Reply #6 on: March 02, 2013, 01:48:58 am »

I didn't see an all of the above button so I just chose Cheesy
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« Reply #7 on: March 02, 2013, 08:20:16 am »

They're not worms, they're lo mein!...Wink
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« Reply #8 on: March 03, 2013, 12:26:58 am »

Then I'd also like to go to:

steampunk poetry

play reading

book reading

afternoon soiree where people bring along a party piece to do amidst the tea, cakes and cucumber sandwiches

tea dance, with, of course, tea, cakes and cucumber sandwiches
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« Reply #9 on: March 04, 2013, 10:53:36 pm »

Then I'd also like to go to:

steampunk poetry

play reading

book reading

afternoon soiree where people bring along a party piece to do amidst the tea, cakes and cucumber sandwiches

tea dance, with, of course, tea, cakes and cucumber sandwiches


Good thoughts.  Panels, teas, and dances are already sort of general options.  Personally I would enjoy a SP play performance but there seems to still be a shortage of such plays:  http://brassgoggles.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,23982.0.html 

I do appreciate the breakdowns and suggestions. 
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« Reply #10 on: March 05, 2013, 06:04:52 am »

I like the "workshop" idea, but the workshops I have attended at cons have been more panels and show-and-tell than true workshops.  I don't know how it could be arranged better, though; perhaps an open workshop with several experienced artificers to demonstrate and give tips on tool and material use.  Don't know if you would want to give time to it, but perhaps one table for metal working, one for leather, one for sewing and costuming, one for gunsmithing, and so on.



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« Reply #11 on: March 06, 2013, 09:34:54 pm »

I like the "workshop" idea, but the workshops I have attended at cons have been more panels and show-and-tell than true workshops.  I don't know how it could be arranged better, though; perhaps an open workshop with several experienced artificers to demonstrate and give tips on tool and material use.  Don't know if you would want to give time to it, but perhaps one table for metal working, one for leather, one for sewing and costuming, one for gunsmithing, and so on.

Chas.



The SCA has made some progress with seriously hands on workshops and these ideas might be worth copying.

Using a school would probably provide the work areas and maybe tools otherwise some very motivated & dedicated persons would have to haul stuff in and set up.  I have seen blacksmiths set up multi-forge and more anvils workshops at events for example. 

http://www.tandyleatherfactory.com/en-usd/search/site-search-results.aspx?sectionpath=3&processor=content&p_keyword=kits  Since Tandy/The Leather Factory offers so many potentially useful SP kits they might even provide staff to sell and instruct(?)  They have gone out of their way to accommodate SCA in the past. 

Just what I pictured for this option. 
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« Reply #12 on: March 06, 2013, 10:37:48 pm »

Add Extreme Croquet to the menu. It's a real blast!
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« Reply #13 on: March 07, 2013, 11:59:57 pm »

I would love to ride in a steam powered automobile, hangout in a workshop (And possibly build something) and most importantly, socialize with fellow enthusiasts in a Steampunk styled pub/bar.
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« Reply #14 on: March 29, 2013, 08:33:54 pm »

Who all actually gets to participate in SP LARPS with or without Nerf guns?

I have been to a few larger events and have not seen any LARPing at them yet(?)
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« Reply #15 on: March 30, 2013, 12:15:57 am »

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I'd simply like to have time to work in a workshop for an amount of time with other punkers.

Thing is if it were me organising (for that sort of context) I'd want some proof that the people wanting to work (mostly unaided and unsupervised) knew what they are doing (and thus less likely to hurt themselves and others).  But if I set those rules I wouldn't be allowed into my organised 'community workshop time' because I don't have any paperwork to say I'm safe, just my Grandfathers confidence after years of working in his sheds.

It's a conundrum I don't envy for an organiser.
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« Reply #16 on: March 30, 2013, 12:23:55 am »

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I'd simply like to have time to work in a workshop for an amount of time with other punkers.

Thing is if it were me organising (for that sort of context) I'd want some proof that the people wanting to work (mostly unaided and unsupervised) knew what they are doing (and thus less likely to hurt themselves and others).  But if I set those rules I wouldn't be allowed into my organised 'community workshop time' because I don't have any paperwork to say I'm safe, just my Grandfathers confidence after years of working in his sheds.

It's a conundrum I don't envy for an organiser.

That is a very valid concern.  I would be tempted to recruit a credentialed supervisor (like a high school shop teacher) to watch them like a hawk so that everyone can work but if they look like they are about to mess up they get bounced out before they hurt some one.   Holding the event in a high school where you could use the shops might kill two birds with one stone(?)  

There was an SCA sewing competition held in Maryland where the hall was a giant sewing shop.  Teams had 24 hours to make one medieval outfit and do the cat walk.  It grew into a pretty successful event over the years and would seem to lend itself to SP as well.  

I know that it sounds like a jump but how about a 24 or 48 hour story writing competition at a SP event?  To keep the contestants honest they would be handed a main plot thread randomly at the start like Sonora Aero Club or Dinosaur Safari? 
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« Reply #17 on: March 30, 2013, 12:59:25 am »

I know that it sounds like a jump but how about a 24 or 48 hour story writing competition at a SP event?  To keep the contestants honest they would be handed a main plot thread randomly at the start like Sonora Aero Club or Dinosaur Safari? 


Lady Chrystal kept 'threatening' to make us all write at Camber, pens and paper were given out! But sadly we ran out of time...  It was an excellent workshop.
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« Reply #18 on: March 30, 2013, 01:04:22 am »

Ah man i'd so love to hang out in a steampunk pub... or a steampunk meeting place. i'd be there every day
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« Reply #19 on: April 07, 2013, 10:41:31 pm »

Any pub is a steampunk pub if you have enough steampunks with you ^^
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« Reply #20 on: April 07, 2013, 10:46:31 pm »

That's pretty much the definition of a "steampunk pub"... A pub with more than 5 or so steampunks in
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« Reply #21 on: April 07, 2013, 10:52:27 pm »

Interestingly, hardly anything on that poll is included in the Lincoln Asylum events.

Workshops: these are problematic if yoiu want participants to participate as there just simply isnt time in the weekend to give up say 3 hours to one thing, which is what it probably would need. The workshop events at Lincoln tend to be, as has been mentioned elsewherre, more in the nature of show and tell and they are usually very popular.

Other activities that we have had at Lincoln:
Clockwork races - modded clockwork toys, raced on a wooden floor
Whacky racers - modded wheeled vehicles ridden by at least one human
tea Duelling
bartisu
Displays by individuals or local groups of things they have made
Costume parade
Dance classes
Singsongs
Burlesque
list goes on and on.
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« Reply #22 on: April 07, 2013, 11:02:26 pm »


I know that it sounds like a jump but how about a 24 or 48 hour story writing competition at a SP event?  To keep the contestants honest they would be handed a main plot thread randomly at the start like Sonora Aero Club or Dinosaur Safari? 



This could be done. I'm doing something similar at an event (not specifically Steampunk) this coming weekend.


Lady Chrystal kept 'threatening' to make us all write at Camber, pens and paper were given out! But sadly we ran out of time...  It was an excellent workshop.


Thanks, caramelwhistle, glad you enjoyed it. Look forward to seeing you again at another event.
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« Reply #23 on: April 07, 2013, 11:26:13 pm »

Any pub is a steampunk pub if you have enough steampunks with you ^^

well yeah so no pub is steampunk.
i don't know any steampunks near
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« Reply #24 on: April 07, 2013, 11:55:00 pm »

Any pub is a steampunk pub if you have enough steampunks with you ^^

well yeah so no pub is steampunk.
i don't know any steampunks near

That's the point we were making. There are maybe one or two steampunk themed pubs, but in general it's just "the pub where the steampunks go"
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