The Difference Engine: A Steampunk Event in Dallas

The “Difference Engine” is an event that will immerse you in the creative world of the retro-futuristic imagination. This will be an interactive “Steampunk Adventure” from the 19th century blending science fiction and old world charm, elegance, and adventure.

This one-day event will feature a Steampunk Murder Mystery Play, musicians, comedy acts, a variety of “Topic Panels”, a vendors area, a gaming room, photography in Steampunk Attire, and a “Steampunk DIY Fashion Show”. Following all the events of the day there will be a formal waltz followed by a Darkwave dance to finish off the evening.

Particularly of note are a few of my very dear friends who will be contributing to the convention. The Marquis of Vaudeville will be performing at the event, and Larry Amyett, the Captain of my former Airship, La Marianne, will be presenting a panel on Dieselpunk that is absolutely not to be missed.

The “Difference Engine” will take place on June 4th, 2011, at the Radisson Fort Worth North, located at Meechum and I35 W. Doors open at 10am and the final event closes at 2 am. The cost is $20.00 and tickets are available at www.the-difference-engine.info. If you would like more information on this topic, to request press passes, or to schedule an interview, please contact the convention coordinators at Info@the-difference-engine.info

All Con

There’s an upcoming event that’s sure to be of interest to Texas Steampunks, especially those in the DFW area. The next big event for local Steampunks is coming up in March with the Dallas All-Con on the 18th, 19th, and 20th. While All-Con itself is not an explicitly Steampunk convention, this year’s mascot is definitely Steampunk.


I know a number of local airships are planning to be in attendance, including my crew. The Marquis of Vaudeville will also be performing, so if you loved them at A Clockwork Wonderland, you definitely don’t want to miss this show either. There’s definitely going to be plenty of Steampunks that appear out of the woodworks for this, so be sure not to miss it if you live anywhere near Dallas.

All-Con will be held at the Dallas North Crowne Plaza Hotel in Addison, Texas. To register for the convention, please click here.

The Dresden Dolls are Coming to Dallas

There’s an exciting event for all you Steampunks remaining in the DFW area for the weekend of SteamCon. My airship, Airship La Marianne, is arranging for a Steampunk outing to go see the Dresden Dolls perform at the Granada Theater on November 19th, 2010. While I won’t be in attendance as I’ll be away on the west coast carousing with Steampunks from around the world, my Quartermaster and Boatswain will be there.

The Dresden Dolls describe themselves as “Brechtian punk cabaret” after Bertolt Brecht, and are a leading force in the Dark Cabaret scene. Here’s the announcement for their Reunion Tour:

The Dresden Dolls have been on hiatus since 2008, so it’s very exciting to see them getting back together, and even more thrilling that they decided they would drop by Dallas for a performance. To purchase tickets to the event, visit the Granada’s website. If you’d like to be put in contact with my Quartermaster so you too can attend this event in your Steampunk finery, just leave me a message below and I’ll be in touch as soon as possible.

Steampunk Illumination Society

Attention all DFW area Steampunks! Tomorrow at 3PM at the Generator in Garland marks the first ever meeting of the Steampunk Illumination Society. The SIS is a fledgling group of local Steampunks interested in connecting with each other and improving the local Steampunk scene. I plan on being in attendance I would be honored to meet some of my fellow readers there as well. This is the first large gathering of local Steampunks since A-Kon and thus, not an event to be missed.

The Steampunk Illumination Society has its own website and forums through which one can connect to local Steampunks.

The Generator’s address is 107 North 6th Street Garland, TX 75040, and you can find their website here. I can personally vouch for the tastiness of the beverages and food (at least, of the fare that I sampled!), so don’t feel like you have to eat before you arrive. Plus, it’s always a good thing to support local businesses, especially those catering to our Steampunk sensibilities.

It remains to be seen as to what this group will hold for local Steampunk, but one cannot know without attending! I hope to see you tomorrow!

The Generator Coffee

NOTE: Due to some severe political differences between the owners of The Generator and their choice to use their coffeehouse to publicize these views, I will no longer support The Generator with my presence or my purchases.

In the wake of A-Kon, many Steampunks from the area are attempting to organize and actually make Steampunk in DFW something worth mentioning. I’ve been watching the plans of a couple of different groups to meet develop with marked interest.

Interestingly enough, two of these groups independently decided that they were going to meet at The Generator, a coffee shop in Garland, TX.

For those of you who know nothing about Garland, let me tell you… I wouldn’t call it Steampunk capitol of the world. The fact that there is a Steampunk Coffee shop in Garland, but not Dallas, blows my mind. And at first, when people were telling me about this place, I was kind of skeptical. I mean, it’s not like I often think, “Man, I’m bored, I should go hang out in Garland!”

But apparently Garland did some growing up while I wasn’t looking. The Generator really is an independently owned Steampunk themed coffee shop, and it sells organic Fair Trade coffee. That’s very two very positive points as far as I’m concerned. Nothing makes a cup of coffee more enjoyable than knowing that it was ethically produced. They also have a decent schedule of events that the community can attend and display the artwork of local artists.

All of these aspects are making me very excited for the Steampunk meet-ups planned at it’s locale. One does have a solid date, July 17th at 3 PM. You can read  the thread to get this group organized here on Brass Goggles.

The Generator is open from 7 to 11PM Monday through Saturday.

The Gamer’s Realm

While I was sitting in line for hours for the Abney Park concert, I was randomly given a flyer by someone for a Steampunk themed game shop in Richardson. Admittedly, at the time, I didn’t pay much attention to the flyer. I was way too excited about the concert to think about anything else at all, really.

Fortunately for the person handing out this information, I was together enough with it to slip it into my belt pouch where it sat until I starting gathering all of the business cards and other Steampunk goodies I had gathered throughout the course of the weekend so I could share them all with you.

And after finally reading the flyer and paying even the smallest amount of attention to it, I became very excited indeed.

The Gamer’s Realm is a Steampunk themed gaming store in Richardson, TX. They carry a variety of table top and strategy games, miniatures, science kits, etc. They even have a meeting room that can be reserved for private gatherings.

Sometime soon, I’m hoping to drop by and check this place out for real. In the meantime, I wanted to let you all know about it. If you happen to make in there before I do, let me know what you thought of it! The very notion of a Steampunk gaming store anywhere in the DFW area excites me to no end, is definitely an establishment I would like to support!

Silver Leaf Designs

Silver Leaf Designs is primarily a Renaissance and medieval clothier, but they’ve recently incorporated Steampunk into their repertory, and it was these products that were mostly on sale at A-Kon.

A lot of theirs stuff incorporates their primary genre, especially their skirts and chemises which have a certain medieval feel to them, but still could go with a Steampunk wardrobe if the correct accessories were employed. Which, by the way, they have covered because there is an excellent selection of goggles and leather top hats available at Silver Leaf’s Etsy store.

At their website, you can see more of the Renaissance side of their portfolio, as well as upcoming events that they are planning to attend. It’s kind of strange that A-Kon isn’t listed; perhaps they only list their Ren Faire events there. Again, for all my my readers in the DFW area, this is another locally owned and run shop, so if you like what they are selling, buy knowing you’re supporting the growing Steampunk community here in Dallas.