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Activities

Mystery Games

Our primary activity is mystery games: a multifaceted event that combines elements of live action role-playing and crime dramas. Players follow a trail of clues by investigating rooms and interacting with costumed characters. Our mystery events are role playing games in the sense that we, the cast, stay in character. Players are invited to play in character with us at their comfort level. You are also welcome to just play the game to solve the mystery and don’t worry about pretending to be any kind of character.

We run mystery games at conventions, standalone events that we run, or events that we partner with other organizations.

A team of players discuss the case and what their next steps will be.
A team of players discuss the case and what their next steps will be.

Panels

One of the activities we perform at conventions is to lead or participate in discussions as panelists on a topic related to what we do. For example, we have held panel discussions on the presentation of cultural, racial, and gender issues in steampunk and how those are similar or different from historical reality (see below for the specific instances).

Kevin, Alexandra, Sarah, Mickey, and Susan at a panel. Photo by Ben Huset.
Kevin, Alexandra, Sarah, Mickey, and Susan at a panel.
Photo courtesy of Ben Huset.

Craft Hour

Another activity that we perform at conventions is a craft hour where children, and adults, come to color steampunk-themed pages, cut out figures, make things with beads, and learn how to make airships from helium balloons.

Attendees at CONvergence practice their crafting skills.
Attendees at CONvergence practice their crafting skills.

Scavenger Hunt

We also operate a steampunk scavenger hunt at conventions which brings awareness to attendees of the Red Ribbon Society and in return it increases traffic to activities hosted by other groups at the convention. (Note: We do not have any relationship with the other groups.) Participants go around to rooms that groups organize, e.g. Star Trek clubs, other conventions, special interest groups, etc., many of which are non-profit organizations. Those groups have participants do something related to their purpose, and those who get a page stamped by a certain number of groups get a nominal prize, like a sticker.

Special Activities

Non-profit organizations can partner with us for custom activities, such as the Library Curriculum developed for the Minnesota Historical Society in 2012. See our Business Information.

Teens at the library event we created for the Minnesota Historical Society. Photo courtesy of the Minnesota Historical Society.
Teens at the library event we created for the Minnesota Historical Society.
Photo courtesy of the Minnesota Historical Society.

2012 Activities

2013 Activities

2014 Activities

2015 Activities

2016 Activities