Wild Wild West Steampunk Con 2018

Maybe it’s the desert sun, but it seems like Wild Wild West Steampunk Convention brings out the wildly (pun intended) creative costuming in the attendees.

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Wildly West Costuming

Bethany debuted her new “cigarette girl” costume and lent a hand with vending. She did a booming (ar ar ar) business peddling our prop dynamite.

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Sunshine Vending

Bethany’s also launching her prop building business. She made this “criminally good” cake with both kinds of files in it for


Cake with File…Two Ways

We know what you’re wondering. Weren't you guys there “working?” You know, doing panels and vending (with
David Lee Summers). Oh yeah, that. Of course there was Drake & McTrowell’s Hot Potato School of Writing™. We were aided and abetted by Diesel Jester and Bob Vardeman. We played the Dr. Seuss / Shakespeare plot point which resulted in epic hilarity.

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Et Tu Thing 2, or I do Not Like Hamlet

And a little bit of Drake & McTrowell’s Theatre of the Historically Improbable™. Thanks to Zapp for this picture.


Our Reading of “The Polychrome Wishing Jar”


These Books Will Blow Your Mind

Is it just us, or is this Tyrannosaurus Rex security guard extra scary?



But maybe not as scary as one of the product demos we saw.



But hands down the scariest thing we saw was this tea duel with a simultaneous splash and splodge.


Oh, the Horror!

Chief Inspector Drake says, “Adios, pardners. See y’all next year.”


Adios, Pardners

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The Clockwork Oracle

The Oracles at Delphi have long predicted the future for those willing to make the journey and pay homage. This truth is told in Hellenic texts. But what is not told is that the Oracle is far more than a priestess caught in the visions of the gods.

The Clockwork Oracle was crafted by gods and lost by mortals millennia past. Join us in an adventure through the lost and found of ancient history, through the streets of Victorian London, the halls of Versailles, the battlefields of the War to End All Wars, the futuristic city of Nova Arete, the digital corridors of the Internet, and the exoplanets of Orion.

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Do You Dare?

David L. Drake, Katherine L. Morse, AJ Sikes, BJ Sikes, and Dover Whitecliff have looked into the Clockwork Oracle. Will you?

The Clockwork Oracle will be available for sale and autograph by the authors at Clockwork Alchemy. Copies are also available on Amazon.

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Duel at Dusk 2018

It's that time again. Duel at Dusk! It seems we never do it exactly the same every year. This year we held it in conjunction with ConDor. But we had our same great lineup: Drake directing fencing; Bob Mogg, the Iron Tailor, wrangling Nerf gun dueling; Madame Askew reigning over compliment and tea duelling; Murray Willett running around making sure none of the balls hit the floor.

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Setting Up


We're Sure This is Just a Wardrobe Correction

Our foil fencers this year were Bryan Bishe and Ben Jagger with the win going to Ben!

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Staba, Staba, Staba

One may always rely on Madame Askew for urbane hilarity, even in the most mundane of activities such as the explanation of the rules of the venerable art of tea duelling.


Madame Askew Explains it All

John Bollman acquitted himself with valor in the Nerf gun dueling to take the top prize, a very cool Nerf gun steampunked by Bob Mogg. We have a feeling John will be back next year to defend his title.

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Take That! And That!

Of course the room was full of friends old and new.

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What's a Party Without Friends?

Vendors? Of course there were vendors:
Rae Wolf Designs, Wyng'd Lyon, Gears & Roebuck, and Gear Oils. Because, what's a steampunk event without shopping? Special thanks to our ever-capable vendor wrangler, Lindsay Rae Harold Wagner, who made sure we satisfied everyone's shopping craving.

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In addition to his skills with Nerf guns, carpet bags, parasols, bandoliers…oh bother, the list just goes on! More to the point, Bob Mogg has a wicked sense of humor that often manifests itself materially. Voilá!


Because it’s a Fencing Event. Get it?

What do y’all think? Do it again next year?

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Book 5 Episode 5: The Waylaid Letter

Thanks, WikiMedia!

Where our adventurers dine and prepare to dash…out of San Francisco.

Click here to read the new episode ...

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Announcing Duel at Dusk 2018

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“Duel at Dusk” is back! This is the fourth time we are offering this event. Drake & McTrowell, along with help from the ConDor Con 2018, is making it even better than ever.

Not familiar with Duel at Dusk? It's a steampunk parlor event with dueling. Once again, there will be four types of dueling: steampunk nerf gun dueling, tea dueling, compliment dueling, and our traditional Olympic-style foil fencing! We will also have our usual dazzling array of steampunk vendors, and much, much more.

Duel at Dusk 2018

On-line sales for Duel at Dusk 2018 have been closed. You can still buy tickets at the door!

7 P.M. to 9:30 P.M. on Saturday the 20th of January, 2018

Location: Co-located with ConCor Con
Handlery Hotel
Garden Ballroom
950 Hotel Circle North
San Diego, California 92108

You may buy tickets at the door of the event. $10 for adults (age 13 and up) and $5 for children (ages 4 through 12). If you have a FULL 3-day Membership to ConDor Con for 2018, then you may attend Duel at Dusk for free (please RSVP so we'll have enough seating).

On-line tickets may be purchased for $8 for adults and $4 for children (only available on-line until 11 PM Wednesday January 17, 2018).

So acquire your tickets, stuff your photographic apparatus into your carpet bag, take in an early dinner, and come join us on the evening of January 20th to participate and/or watch the competitors!

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Long Beach Steamy Tea and Picnic

Off we went to Long Beach on a lovely Sunday morning to join the Long Beach Company of Steampunks and Neo Victorians for their Steamy Tea and Picnic.

All was in readiness for a delightful picnic in El Dorado Park.

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Picnic in the Park

Several very fine gentlemen were in attendance.


Picnic Gents

And what could be a better accompaniment to a picnic in the park than croquet?

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Plus, there were corgis!


Corgis Attended by their Human Servants

Alas, we had to bid adieu to all the fine steampunk trappings, including this lovely creation.


Tower of Steampunk Finery

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