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2015 Activities

Oliver! Theatre Outing, February 12

The Hennepin Theatre Trust sponsored a steampunk pre-performance gathering at Mason's Restaurant Barre attended by members of the Red Ribbon Society and Steampunk MN, all in steampunk costume. Then we went to see the steampunk version of the Broadway Re-imagined show Oliver! at the Pantages Theatre.

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Gathering at Mason's Restaurant Barre

MarsCon Convention, March 6-8

MarsCon is a medium-sized general science fiction and fantasy convention held in the Twin Cities each year since 1999.

For this convention, we ran a discussion panel as we focused our time on the upcoming game at The Bakken. The panel was Alternate Histories, which discussed what alternate histories are and, sometimes, are not, stories that use that vehicle for exploring issues as well as entertainment, and how classic movements and stories from more than a century ago present a future vision that diverged from reality.

We also did our Steampunk Craft Hour on Sunday morning.

Crafters busy at work.
Look! No strings!

Family Science Night at The Bakken Museum, May 28

The Bakken Museum is a "one-of-a-kind museum exploring the mysteries of our electrical world. Inspiring a passion for science and its potential for social good by helping people explore the history and nature of electricity and magnetism." This was a special appreciation event for Bakken members, but still open to the public.

For this partnership, we created a mystery to leverage the history of the house and the man who had the house built along with specific electricity-related science learning. Attendees took on the role of investigators going undercover, and learning about the roles of servants of the time, to discover who was helping kidnappers try to abduct the niece of the house's owner. Set in 1915, this game used the history of William Goodfellow, who had the house built, as inspiration for the puzzle and the kidnapping. Players found clues around the house and from the characters that led to building an actual crystal radio to "overhear" the criminal plans. (Radio was fairly new at that time.)

Read the in-game newspaper.

Investigators busy at work.
A mother/daughter team question Hattie Murdock.

CONvergence Convention, July 2-5

CONvergence is a large general science fiction and fantasy convention held in the Twin Cities each year since 1999.

The mystery began with apparent serial killings of three women in the Pig's Eye neighborhood, an area of Kaposia with many low-income workers and immigrants, crime, and little cooperation with authoritie. A strange design found on the women leads investigators to University of Kaposia professors. Players learned about ancient Babylonian numbers and math and used the cuneiform symbols to decipher locations around Kaposia. Players also looked at Egyptian heiroglyphics and an archeological discovery linking a secret brotherhood protecting the world from an ancient evil for over 4,000 years.

Read the in-game newspaper.

We also ran the Steampunk Scavenger Hunt and the Steampunk Craft Hour.

In a very theatrical finale, everyone joined in to close the portal to the ancient evil and save the day.
In a very theatrical finale, everyone joined in to close the portal to the ancient evil and save the day.

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