The Crossroads of the Aether
Time: November 10, 2012 at 11am to November 11, 2012 at 6pm
Location: The Ball Farm
Street: 119 Redbird Ln.
City/Town: Dale, Texas 78616
Website or Map: http://www.facebook.com/event…
Event Type: emersive, experiential, happening
Organized By: Maggie Duval, Sam Tyler and Lisa Ralston Turner
Latest Activity: Nov 4, 2012
History's most explosive feud will fuel the explosive end of history!
Witness the ULTIMATE SMACKDOWN at the
SHOWDOWN AT UNOBTAINIUM 2012: TESLA VS. EDISON!
Two days of an epic battle framed by a Steampunk extravaganza of camping, music, Vaudevillian delights, interactive art, vendors, delectable comestibles, talks, demos, luminaries and more!
UNOBTAINIUM, TX. The name has sparked generations of Texans raised on feverishly whispered legends of this most haunted of ghost towns... Tales of the obsessed miners who staked everything they had - and rumor has it - sold their souls - to extract the elusive element from the black prairie earth and limestone of Central Texas.
This once-vibrant mining town began to lose its luster in the early 1870s. Some say the miners took their lust for the element too far and struck their richest vein...in the mouth of Hell. This also happens to be when the townsfolk began to disappear. Miners never returned from their shifts. Then, children began to go missing, the preacher, miner's wives.... the sheriff, shopkeepers, and finally, the saloon keeper and the "soiled-doves"...
Now, maybe it's due to that old troublemaker, the Son of Perdition, dabbling in wacky temporal hijinks and extracting his toll on the greedy townspeople. Or maybe it's due to the fact that that high concentrations of unobtainium have the unnerving ability to render time and space relative and ephemeral. Whatever the case or both, past, present and future intersect and occur simultaneously in the town.
We stand in 1887. Brilliant Serbian inventor, physicist, engineer and futurist, Nicola Tesla, claims he's braved the apparitions and reached all the way into the mine where he has extracted all the unobtainium he needs to teach Thomas Edison a lesson - payback for an incident that occurred two years previous.
In 1885, Tesla claimed he could redesign Edison's inefficient motors and generators, making improvements in both service and economy. Edison remarked, "There's one hundred thousand dollars in it for you... if you can do it!"
Tesla successfully completed the redesign with all due speed and consequently inquired about payment. Edison's reply was cutting and flippant, claiming he was only joking. "Tesla, you don't understand our American humor," he laughed. Tesla immediately resigned, and infuriated over what he perceived as his betrayal by Edison, began to plot his revenge.
Edison is sick and tired of Tesla's claims, and means to teach the upstart a lesson... and take his unobtainium. That is, if he actually has it.
Whist in attendance be certain to outfit yourself in the finest Steampunk, neo-Victorian, and historical fashions available for purchase from our haberdashers, milliners, dress and corset makers, vintage re-purposers, and more. Take home a souvenir of the epic battle by investing in priceless objets d'art handcrafted by our gifted artisans. Sample delectable comestibles and quaff your thirst thanks to our fine purveyors, both living and dead. Primitive camping available for those daring enough to overnight in the town, or hostelries are available in the vicinity for those with a stronger sense of self-preservation.
For vendor, tickets/camping, volunteer opportunities and general inquiries, please contact Sam Tyler: firstname.lastname@example.org
For production questions, artist relations, sponsorships, and press relations, please contact Maggie Duval : email@example.com
Full information coming soon to SHOWDOWNATUNOBTAINIUM.COM including gorgeous artwork from lauded illustrator and comic writer/artist/publisher Mark Wheatley.