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1justjukka
Jan. 16, 2012, 3:56pm

If anyone followed The Guild during its run, do you think its finale had a fair representation of steampunk fans? Personally, I can't say one way or the other on it, but I did think it was fun!

2Oryphany
Sept. 10, 2012, 2:51pm

Unfortunately the vast majority of steampunk fans I've run in to have the attitude seen in the guild. I'm sure most aren't like that but the ones I've dealt with are.

3justjukka
Sept. 11, 2012, 4:07am

I haven't met any hard-core steampunks, but the most obnoxious of any group are going to make the rest look bad.  I hope the majority are more amiable; steampunk looks like fun!

Amending my previous comment, there is going to be a sixth season of The Guild!

4Keeline
Sept. 11, 2012, 11:23am

Not having seen the show, I'm unaware of the "attitude" of the steampunk people in the show called The Guild. Having met few hundred such people in the San Diego area at various gatherings, I cannot think of any I'd call "obnoxious".

James

5justjukka
Sept. 11, 2012, 4:12pm

#4:  I'm glad to hear that!  I had a classmate who thought all fans of sci-fi were the stereotypical geek.  After we got to know each other a little, we started talking about our favorite books.  I listed mine, and she asked, "Um...I don't mean to be rude, but are you...a geek?"
I said, "Oh, definitely!"
"But you don't act like it!"
The proverbial squeaky wheel gets the oil.

6Keeline
Sept. 11, 2012, 8:21pm

I watched a few moments of an episode from the link provided in #1. They don't look to be like people I'd care to spend a lot of time with. That's why I'm glad the reality is not represented by them. On the contrary, the steampunk people I have met are friendly, normal people who like to occasionally dress up in Victorian clothing with science fiction elements. The people I know don't take themselves too seriously and are not mean or judgmental. They appreciate seeing cool costume ideas and are happy to share how they did what they did and where they got some of the elements for their costume. Since there is no TV show or movie or historical period, everyone is allowed to freelance and make what seems right to them. It is fun.

The episode of Castle called "Punked" which features steampunk is a more positive portrayal. Give that a look if you can. I very much enjoy that television series and am looking forward to the season premiere.

There is a steampunk convention in San Diego called Gaslight Gathering. We went to the first year.

Recently (Aug 25) we participated in an event at UCSD Geisel Library where people were encouraged to wear steampunk costumes and participate in a tea. We had two 3x6 ft glass cases in which to display our Victorian Jules Verne editions for the month of August. There were between 100 and 200 people there and probably 3/4 were in costumes, including Kim and I.

Not steampunk for us but we'll be running a 1907 steam train this Sunday in Poway and helping to rob the train on Saturday for the Rendezvous in Poway event. We've volunteered with the Poway-Midland Railroad for about 9 years and are each qualified as steam locomotive engineers with this Baldwin 0-4-0. If one is going to do steampunk, there should be some real steam involved :)

The Rendezvous event brings together historical reenactors who represent different decades of the 19th Century with encampments that span from Wednesday night to Sunday. On Thursday and Friday school groups come through and learn about ways of life for trappers, Native Americans, soldiers, and law enforcement of the era. On Saturday and Sunday the public is invited and visitors can see how a cannon is fired, how a blacksmith works, and how tintype photographs were taken and processed.

James

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