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The Asylum for the Chronologically Dislocated


The Asylum for the Chronologically Dislocated

The lobby of a gathering place for Rennies, Pirates, Re-enactors, Historians, Victorians,Sci-Fi Addicts....Serving the Timetraveling Community, EVERYWHEN!

Location: Old Bridge, New Jersey
Members: 482
Latest Activity: Nov 23

Still Feeling Dislocated?

My Dear Friends and Colleagues,

So, you’ve joined The Asylum group on Steampunk Empire and maybe even Facebook, but you’re still feeling “Dislocated”… Well, wander aimlessly in the dark no more! Cross over into the light! Come join The Asylum’s Newly Renovated Location…

Immerse yourself in lively debate and discussion, delve deeper into the theory and practice of “TIMETRAVEL”, find Events, Historical Reenactments, Programs and Lectures from all across the TimeLine, and carve out your own little niche in the fabric of Time and Space!

The Asylum for the Chronologically Dislocated is here for you, as a place of solace and rest in a turbulent Universe (or Universes) for the Timetraveling Community…EVERYWHEN!
Please drop in and take a tour! We’ll keep the clocks wound for ya!

Yours in the Nick of Time,

Professor Philip McKraken

Director, The Asylum for the Chronologically Dislocated

Discussion Forum


Started by Mrs. Emeline Warren. Last reply by Laird Cullan Montgomery XIII Feb 26. 5 Replies

Alright, my fellow wanderers and residents, wakey wakey! Let's stir some life in this humid summer. The time is NOW, which is relative concept. (It's 1888 where I sit). A lazy summer Sunday afternoon, and where are we? Sitting on the porch sipping lemonade-- or something stronger, perhaps? I'm waiting my turn at Bedlam croquet, which is an entirely unique version of the past time and not for the squeamish or anyone without a great deal of time and a sense of humor. (pardon me while I put on my…Continue

Time for chess!!!

Started by The Contessa of Vintage. Last reply by The Contessa of Vintage Feb 16, 2013. 2 Replies

Greetings ladies and gentleman at the Asylum...I have just found out that there's a new chess board in the entertainment room, for anyone that wishes to partake in a match. Not sure who brought this back from what/when travels, but I love it! Where/when do you all think it was made?Continue

Tags: displaced, chronologically, chess

Be Calm and Carry on!

Started by Professor Philip McKraken. Last reply by teawithablackdragon Nov 11, 2012. 3 Replies

Greetings to all The Asylum's residents!Here at The Asylum, we are lucky enough to have Professor Sprok's Weather Framulator keeping us all comfy and warm. However there are several of us that call the East Coast of the United States our second home and unfortunately the Framulator's influence doesn't reach quite that far.Myself, Professor Spork, Mrs. Emeline Warren, Dr. Lukas Benandant, Maj. Sir. Edmund Ravensdale and others were hit hard by Superstorm Sandy here in New Jersey. Our prayers and…Continue

Be Safe, Be Calm, and Carry On! The 2nd

Started by Professor Philip McKraken Nov 7, 2012. 0 Replies

Greetings all! Professor Philip McKraken here.First round of sleet and freezing rain falling now. The weather reports seem to show that the storm will be passing farther to the East than first expected and so that is at least a bit of good news.We are not however, out of the woods yet. There will be more precipitation and gusting winds and so I ask that you bundle up and stay safe!As my good friend Fleet Commander Isaac Newton H. Elwick often shouts just before a rough landing..."Brace for…Continue

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Comment by Professor Philip McKraken on March 14, 2013 at 2:13am

Attention all residents of the A.C.D.

This is Professor Philip McKraken here to let you all know that I'm waking The Asylum from it's icy (well,mostly just wet) slumber!

The staff and I have been remiss in our duties and send our deepest apologies to all of you! Rest asured we have stoked the fires and are building up a powerful head of steam!

There are several irons in our fire as we speak...

1. We are feverishly working on items like Adventure Kits, Costuming accessories, props and Gadgets (all reasonably priced) to equip our residents.

2. A small group of intrepid adventurers are currently beta testing The Asylum for the Chronologically Dislocated RPG

3. A few of us are working on Steamy Tales of Fantastic Science and Frippery!

4. Mrs. Warren and I are planning a small symposium for the folks at this years Steampunk World's Fair (May 17-19 at the Raddison of Piscataway, NJ). It promises to be riviting, as well as enlightening! (That is as soon as I tell her about it)

There are many, many more things to come so, put a fresh shovel full of coal in the furnace, polish your brass gears, and clean you goggles for the STEAMSTRAVAGANZA that is...



Comment by Major Salisbury on February 27, 2013 at 9:54pm

Had a Grand time making this Commercial. Looks to be Steampunk Gettysburg will be a very fun event MAr29th-31st

Comment by Miss F. Annie Fern on February 4, 2013 at 12:02pm

Well, see, I am so rattled by current events I got the monarch wrong. "Off with her head!" Oh, no, that's the other other monarch... Apologies to His Majesty, Richard III who, disagreeable as he may have been, was nonetheless The Man At The Top. 

I think perhaps a lie down is in order.... Miss Fern

Comment by CoastConFan on February 4, 2013 at 8:10am

We are indeed loosing our steam past as witnessed having to stave off development of the crassest type on Civil War battle fields, speaking of parking lots and malls.  It’s pretty amazing for archeologists to have sussed out the final resting place of Richard III, but even the church he was buried in was gone.  Of course progress (if you cal it that) must continue as new replaces old or at least decay and disuse fells buildings and neighborhoods.  But in fact, it is sometimes for the better that portions of the past are erased such as the previously mentioned Civil War, some things don’t need resurrection, although if history is ignored, we may well repeat it. 

I like steampunk because although it is rooted in the past, it is in a way, independent of most of the folly of the era and accentuates the majority of what went right in the Victorian Era.  I think a steampunk view is less historical reenactment and more positive view with a healthy dollop of fantasy.  With this steampunk view we can create new vistas that never had an opportunity to arise because of cultural restraints and the inertia of history.

Comment by Miss F. Annie Fern on February 4, 2013 at 7:18am

These responses have yielded a little armchair excursion to charming and arresting locales - not to imply that I have been arrested in any of them. Oh, dear. What I mean to say is that we are a worldly bunch, aren't we? I have a vision of us all traveling together, a sort of Agatha Christie package tour. Or do I mean Edward Gorey? No matter. My favorite spots (thus far) are the less noised about: the monastery at Valdemossa (Mallorca) where Frederic Chopin and George Sand spent the winter of 1863; Pescasseroli, in Abruzzo, where a medieval quarter survives on the edge of a vast and beautiful natural preserve; a place called Blaloc in the South of France, where strong echoes of France's pre-Christian Celtic past survive in the oddest places. I used to adore Toulouse, but it has largely gone over to modernization and a flood of angry immigrants, so it's not the joy it used to be. . . What will be left of our past? When a car park has to be jackhammered up to get at the grave of Henry III it bodes ill for our fragile monuments and neighborhoods. I fear I may live to see a megasupershoppingmart over Montmartre. 

Comment by CoastConFan on February 3, 2013 at 8:38pm

I like the Mediterranean temperament and lifestyle.  Each neighborhood contained all it needed:  restaurants, parks, coffee shops, groceries and the like.  But Germany had some nice places too and they had walkplatz and the like also.  Southern Germany was pretty laid back too – of course this is about the time of the fall of the wall and reunification, so it is probably a bit different now.  I’d also like to add New Orleans to the mix as well, but it has deteriorated (in my opinion) from the place it was since they hosted the World’s Fair back in the 80s; it got far too commercial.

Comment by CoastConFan on February 3, 2013 at 8:27pm

I guess over the years both have changed and I might not recognize some of the comfortable old neighborhoods are gone now that economies have crashed.  I liked them for being large cities and yet personal places where you could be at ease and everybody was friendly. 

Comment by The Contessa of Vintage on February 3, 2013 at 8:26pm

CoastConFan, what a great answer! I can picture walking down those very ancient streets now...

Comment by CoastConFan on February 3, 2013 at 8:22pm

Miss Fern, I'd have to say Athens and Istanbul.  I have an interest in history, archeology, and antiques.  Both cities are magical and wandering down streets that are many hundreds of years old is something amazing.  In the old part of Athens there are streets that run exactly where they did in classical times and even a few structures still exist such as the Tower of the Winds.  Istanbul also has a lot of ancient sites; the Hagia Sophia was built in the 500s on the ruins of a larger church.  Talk of chronologically dislocated.

Comment by The Contessa of Vintage on February 3, 2013 at 8:21pm

Oh my mind wanders at the possiblities! I picture a steampunky Venice with hot air balloons floating everywhere and late night sinful parties during Carnivale

...Or Tangiers with the smell of citrus and cinnamon in the air and crowded souks selling everything from trinkets to ward off evil spirits to spare airship parts.

...Or perhaps the perennial favorite, London. With its lovely metal carriages so detailed in their scrollwork, resembling giant slate grey pomegranates rolling down the street. Airship travel there Miss Fern is so pleasant. The compartments are getting more luxurious each year. Carpeting on the floor, brass fixtures, tapestry covered seats. The vibrations of old are down to a minumum in the basket, and at no more than twenty persons per trip it never feels overcrowded!

And now that they are fueled by a derivative of the cocoa bean the aroma that fills the cabin at take off and landing is heavenly. Only in London my dear, only in London. 

Can you picture a steampunky Orient Express train by the way? Or maybe what would make it steampunky? Any thoughts?

Any others out there on your favorite places and why? 


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