sculpture, fire, Regier

Ding! And thanks!

Thanks for letting us 'school' the house - and the hotel.
Everyone was absolutely accomodating and I for one had a fantastic time jamming in the streets and chatting with all of you, even though I didn't get to play the game. 
We got some great comments from the village director and some excellent photos from both directions - thanks also for that.
Here's one of my favorites:

Photo by Richard Nagle -

 Can't wait for next time!

-'professor' Michi

photographic evidence...

We are ready for Rockford!

In the fiddle-shaped train case:
Victorian photo collage
leather bound album listing period music
1 keyhole for essential attachments
1 teacup and saucer with brass jewelry
4 drawer knobs for skirt volume control.

The greater weapon remains out of the case, always at the ready:

(my father's sparks -

The birdman flies tonight for live rehearsal with our main character:

(my partner in steam -

See you Mid-Century!

Eli August LIVE!

Come and see the amazing Eli August LIVE this Friday at the Terminal Bar this Friday!!!  You probably remember him from CONvergence, or maybe you know another project of his, a band named Fermata!  Come in your best Steampunk attire (or normal clothes if you want), listen to Eli bring down the house, and play some parlor games with Steam Century!

The Terminal Bar
409 E Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55414
(612) 623-4545

The show starts at around 9pm, but get there early to see and be seen and play some Bind Man's Bluff!

Steam Century: Kaposia Call for Cast & Crew

*Steam Century: Kaposia*

**Call for Cast & Crew**

You may have found us online, or played one of our mystery games. Perhaps you watched our Steampunk Fashion Exposition at CONvergence earlier this month. And you thought to yourself 'how cool!' You did, didn't you? Well, here's your chance to get involved, to make on of those awesome events happen to bring a whole new steampunk world to life, right here in the Twin Cities!

This is an open call for anybody interested in acting as cast and crew for the very first Steam Century: Kaposia mystery game! There will be an introductory meeting on Wednesday August 5, 2009 at 7:00pm. We'll meet at the Wilde Roast Cafe (518 Hennepin Ave. E. Minneapolis, located on the corner of Hennepin and Central Avenues; check out their website at

I know several of you are coming from rather far away, and several of you would be highly interested in ride-sharing....organize yourselves here:;boardseen#new

Come to learn more about Steam Century, our vision of a steampunk world, and how to get involved!
Questions? Can't make it, but still interested in getting involved? Contact Sarah at

Countdown to Convergence!

Well, we've procrastinated long enough and there's now only 4 1/2 weeks to go before our debut as members of the HMA Badger. We're doing pretty well on the jackets - most everyone has one either finished or in process at least. Once the fabric is cut out Bob can sew them up in about an hour. Initial fitting and later adjustments take a bit more time. The hand sewing I do for the buttons, lining and so forth take a bit longer as well. We have all the components agreed upon at least, and we will be adding the extra bits like shoulder boards and sleeve trim/buttons as we go. Hats and goggles aren't finalized as yet, but pants, boots, shirts and belts have been. We are also working on individual costume components like a rum ration cup for me since I'm the Quartermaster, doctor bag and accessories for Shannon as the doctor and different weapons and belt accessories for crew members. Bob and Jeremy will be going to a local shop to search for appropriate cavalry style swords to go with the uniforms as well.

In other news, Kerry has been busting a** to get our game set up for Convergence. She and Jeremy think there will be a lot of interest in a mystery to be solved aboard ship - sort of like Clue but without Col. Mustard. We have been working on sets/props for the room - control room layout, radio op station, steering and sonar consoles, map table, paperwork "clues" and other small props. We are also trying to set up art for backdrops so that it looks like you are looking out of an actual dirigible control room. I think those will be the best set dressing we can have - should be fun if nothing else!  We managed to get a real Morse code key and we should be able to hook it up for the set. The radar screen set up hasn't been finalized but Bob is a genius and will come up with something cool.

We hope to see you all in Minneapolis over the 4th of July...stop in to see us, sign our guest book and have some tea and biscuits on us!

Ann Hill (aka Cassandra Blackwell)

(no subject)


Personal Journal of Cassandra Blackwell 

January 3, 1900



The routine of shipboard life reminds me of our farm and how everything has a time and place. Early morning wakeup, feed and milk the animals, fieldwork, sorting and picking fruits and vegetables, bee and honey production, pressing fruit in the fall and the final fermentation and bottling. Then, of course, there is the eating, baking, and canning of the fruits and vegetables, and the tasting of the ciders and meads. Fall is the very best with its smells and tastes and the gradual winding down of the year.


When my great, great grandparents first came here they brought the beginnings of the vast orchards that we are caretakers of today. They brought seeds and cuttings to be grafted onto native stock for weather and disease resistance. They were lucky enough to have a few of the local crabapple trees on the land to graft to and begin their cider and eating stock. Unfortunately my family began with mostly French style apples, which caused some bad feelings when the war truly began. There were a few from England and Russia along with some native varieties as well but the French apples are some of the best tasting and very prolific. The McIntosh variety in fact, was a trade made directly with French Canada. Not wanting to cut off a revenue stream, trading continued for mead and cider, which cost us dearly in fines and near social and business ruination in subsequent years when it was discovered. My grandfather was jailed for a time and we nearly lost our land and holdings. All trade with Canada was halted and we negotiated military contracts at only slightly above cost. It was a difficult bargain to swallow, but better than the alternative.


Later generations added fruit from New England and New York as well as more local varieties. Plans were laid to have a nice cross section of eating, baking and cider apples as well as pears and other fruits.



Summer Rambo – (France 1530) Large fruit with good winter hardiness. It is excellent for eating and baking.

Lady – (France 1600) A very aromatic apple, which is great for eating and ciders.

Calville Blanc – (France 1600) Unique shape and wonderful taste. Good for eating and cider making.

Roxbury Russet – (Massachusetts 1600) A lovely all around apple, which is good for eating and cider making.

Duchess of Oldenburg – (Russia 1700) Fruit is medium to large with excellent flavor for eating and baking.

Newtown Pippin – (New York 1760) Apples are great for eating and cider making.

Baldwin – (Massachusetts 1790) Great for pies and cider.

McIntosh – (Ontario, Canada 1790) Good for eating and cider making.

Bramley’s Seedling – (England 1813) Apples are great for sauces and general cooking.

Kingston Black – (England 1820) Apples have a bitter sharp taste for use in cider only.

Northern Spy – (New York 1800) An all around apple, which is good for eating and cider making.

Winesap- (Colonies 1817) Apples have a wine flavor and aroma, which is good for eating and cider making.

Tolman Sweet – (Colonies 1800) A very hardy apple that is good for eating and cider.

Golden Russet – (New York 1840) Apples are very sweet and are good for eating and cider.

Wolf River – (Wisconsin 1880) Apples can be up to 1 pound each with good eating and baking qualities.




Bartlett – (England 1700) Pears are very mild and good for eating.

Bosc – (Belgium 1807) This pear is an excellent all around fruit for eating and ciders.

Winter Nelis – (Belgium 1818) Fruit is juicy and sweet with excellent cider making and eating properties.



Montmorency (France 1600) Cherries are excellent for cooking.

English Morello (Colonies 1860) – These are tart cherries that are good for eating and cooking.

Moorpark – (England 1760) Apricots are very flavorful and reliable.


It is only recently that meads and hard pear ciders have caught on in this area. They have a much more mellow flavor and texture. The general populace is more interested in hard ciders and beers, which are tasty and inexpensive to produce. Fruit and grains are easily grown and fermented; although the quality of the final product can vary widely. Meads themselves have taken a bit to get used to since they can be quite alcoholic and the honey is fairly costly. It is well worth the extra effort to harvest the honey and tend to the bees. In fact, we need the bees to pollinate our orchards so it isn’t a hardship to have them around. I hope to speak to Captain Brennan soon about setting up a small fermentation system on board which will keep us in fresh hard cider. Quite tasty!


Cass Blackwell

Crew Quarters – HMA Badger













The Bluestocking Society (or, Well-Behaved Women Rarely Make History)

I created these ladies as a sort of open-source bunch, a roleplaying group for steampunk, retrofuture and other adventurous types. I have a few notes and ideas, but other than that, much is still in development.

Established officially in the early 1750's by Elizabeth Montagu, the Society can actually trace itself back a bit further to the Order of the Black Rose and the Little Sisters of the Blue Rose, two sister groups of women who dedicated themselves to the education of young women. The Black Roses were a knightly order with rumored ties to the Knights Templar and the Order of the Glorious Saint Mary. The Little Sisters of the Blue Rose were an ecclesiastical order with a special dispensation to study and teach sciences and the arcane arts.

The Society divides itself into factions designated by roses, The Red Rose deals primarily with romantic and artistic endeavors, The White Rose with theological and educational matters, The Gold Rose with sciences, The Black with combat and less savory occupations (espionage, assassination, blackmail), and The Blue Rose deals in arcane studies. Membership is open to anyone, however, working women are encouraged to join.

The Society is quiet for the most part, though they can be identified in gatherings by their trademark blue stockings, held over from the fashion at their establishment.

Any ideas? Historical inaccuracies to point out? Most of the historical stuff I can document, but if I messed up a date or name, feel free to correct me! I'm looking to actually organize this into a roleplaying group of sorts, so any help is most welcome!

From the Diary of Miss Erika Antonia Rosenkavalier, Seamstress-"The Bluestocking League"

February 23rd, 1868

I'm doomed.

Last night, while catching up on some commissions from Lady Shadley, I received a blue note. Lady Montague and Sister Sinclair wish to see me. It seems they heard about Istanbul.

I'm going to die. As kind a Vampire as Sister Sinclair is, Lady Montague is a reknowned harridan, which is probably how she beat out the Abbess of Araluz and the Duchess of Chalfont for Bluestocking Chairwoman. I wouldn't be surprised if those rumors about her kin in County Cork are true. She is unnaturally fond of moon-gazing and she is obsessed with wolves.

Note to Self: Buy three new pairs of blue silk stockings. There's talk of making disgraced members "hang by their hose", so I may as well go prepared.