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At a glance: OctopodiCon events and more

Games, souvenirs, entertainment mark steampunk convention
BY SANDI DAVIS Modified: October 4, 2012 at 4:19 pm •  Published: October 5, 2012

OctopodiCon has a wide array of events planned.

From 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, watch the Automaton contest. Junior high and high school students will compete by showing projects they have constructed that move on their own power. The winner gets a cash prize, to be announced at the commencement ceremonies Sunday afternoon.

Adults can try their skill at the remote-controlled airship race. Contestants will fly their craft around a specified course, and the winner takes home a cash prize.

For anyone who has a mad scientist hiding in their subconscious, prove it in the Mad Engineer contest at 11 a.m. Sunday in the Laboratorium. You'll get parts and tools to make something pretty or functional, and the winner goes home with a trophy.

The Laboratoium is where the classes and demonstrations are as well as exhibits with crafters, scientists, scholars and adventurers. Learn to build a curiosity cabinet, create your own Steampunk outfit. Build a small blimp, work a steam engine and more. Meet authors and hear them discussing writing and publishing Steampunk books. Get your books signed, hear excerpts from them read by the authors and check out the books for sale in the Scriptorium.

Bring home a souvenir from the Art Gallery, where 2D and 3-D artists will display their work. View the pieces available for sale in OctopodiCon's charity auction, benefiting the Wardeclyffe Tesla Museum and establishing a memorial scholarship for the late visiting professor Anne-Amelia McAlden.

Opening and closing ceremonies are in The Spectacularium, which also is where the Masquerade, Charity Auction, dance classes for the Gizmos and Gadgets Dance and more will be held.

Gamers will enjoy a visit to The Mysterium, home of all manner of games popular from the Victorian era to today. There is something for everyone to play, from role-playing games to curling, marbles, dominoes, Backgammon, chess, Faro, Whist and parlor games like charades. Whatever your costume, take a stroll in The Promenade, the place to see and be seen.

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