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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: 483
Latest Activity: Feb 14

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, 2014. 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 Miss Kitty Imperial Tea Hostess on May 2, 2014 at 11:36am

CT Steampunk Meet-Up!

Located on the campus of Norwich Free Academy, the Slater Museum awakens visitors to the richness and diversity of the human experience through art and history. For more than one hundred years, the Museum has displayed and interpreted the best examples of fine and decorative art, representing a broad range of world cultures of the Americas, Asia, Europe and Africa.

Join us at the Slater Memorial Museum, 108 Crescent St., Norwich, CT.
Museum admission is $3, Seniors & Students are $2.

There is parking available

And then you can retire with us after 4 to the Harp & Dragon Irish Pub, only a mile down the street.

Also check our FaceBook event page

Time: May 11, 2014 from 1pm to 4pm
Location: Slater Memorial Museum
Street: 108 Crescent St.
City/Town: Norwich
Website or Map:…
Phone: (860) 887-2506
Organized By: Miss Kitty Imperial Tea Hostess

Comment by Miss Kitty Imperial Tea Hostess on October 15, 2013 at 7:11pm

Comment by Professor Philip McKraken on July 2, 2013 at 6:14pm

Help Create a Non-Profit to Save the Smith Farm!

Please join us and help in resurrecting the Smith Farm, making agricultural history come alive. Please help spread the word-- and thank you for your kind support!

Professor Philip McKraken

Director, The Asylum for the Chronologically Dislocated

Help Create a Non-Profit to Save the Smith Farm!

Comment by Miss F. Annie Fern on April 9, 2013 at 7:16am

A reciprocal Hello to the Professor and all in the Asylum, at least those to whom reading privileges have been granted. Since the esteemed doctor has mentioned that some "steamy tales" are being authored, I thought perhaps I would mention my friend Marayah Sweet's new e-novel, now on (and soon to be in e-bookstores everywhere): JETT: IN AND OUT IN OUTER SPACE. Please bear in mind Miss Sweet is French and the book's contents are, well, one blushes to describe. Bear in mind, the authoress was orphaned when her last remaining family member, her maiden aunt, caught her heel on a carriage step and was ground under the wheels some months ago. Bereft of support, Miss Sweet hath, as her aunt's gravemarker reads, done what she could. A purchase would ease her suffering and so on her behalf I ask consenting adults to do just that. Your reward will be in Heaven - or somewhere.

Comment by Professor Philip McKraken on April 8, 2013 at 5:12pm

Hello All,

Just wanted to send an invite to all residents to follow the EXCITING ADVENTURES of a BAND OF INTREPID TRAVELERS as they struggle to escape CERTAIN DEATH!

The Asylum's Social Network is FREE TO JOIN!

Do Drop In!

and have a laugh on us...

See you around the grounds!

Professor Philip McKraken
Director, The Asylum for the Chronologically Dislocated

Comment by Tinker Web Series on March 22, 2013 at 5:46am

Greetings, TINKER is a steampunk action/adventure webseries in pre-production. Learn more here :)

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.


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