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Seattle Steam

Ah, Seattle- home to Starbuck's, the Space Needle, and 5th Avenue Theatre. But just below the tourist-attraction surface is a vibrant steampunk hub. Let's come together as Seattle punks and celebrate it together!

Location: Seattle
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Latest Activity: Oct 30, 2014

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FYI: Seattle Sword Workshop, March 26th

Started by William Elder Jan 31, 2011. 0 Replies

I just got this from the Salle St. George newsletter and, while longsword is really more medieval, it seems like there's enough…Continue

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Comment by Leslie Orton on October 30, 2014 at 4:47pm

            Steampunk Newspaper The Aether Chronicle #19:

"Springheel" Jack The Ripper CAPTURED!!!!

Courtesans Armed with Deadly Fans Seek Justice!

Miss Amelia Owen Kibbey FOUND!!


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Comment by Ieva Ohaks on August 15, 2014 at 10:00pm
Anyone interested in costume may find interest in the Seattle Opera Costume Sale, tomorrow, August 16 2014, 10 am to 5 pm. Also featuring copious costume offerings from Pacific Northwest Ballet, Village Theater, the 5th Avenue Theater, and Teatro ZinZanni. Modern and period costumes and accessories, odds and ends with great potential for restyling and salvage. I have spent the last several weeks sorting pieces for the sale, and I selected many pieces with notable Steamy potential. I'd very much like to see some of these items adorning the Seattle steam scene. It will ease my grief in parting with them! Further details: location is Seattle Opera's rehearsal studio at 200 Terry Ave N, in the South Lake Union Neighborhood (not at McCaw Hall!). Doors open to the public at 10 am. Cash or checks only. Come prepared to try costumes over your clothes, as we have no private fitting areas. People may be lining up early. When we had our last major sale in 2005, the line went two blocks and around the corner!
I hope to see some of you there.
Comment by Diana Vick on May 7, 2014 at 11:44am

Just announced!  I am going to be the Guest of Honor at Brass Screw Confederacy in Port Townsend WA, June 6th - 8th!  Their theme is "Octopi Port Townsend"!  It should be tentacular!   I hope you can join us!

Comment by Richard Lancey Jr. on April 27, 2014 at 7:20pm

I was asked by my dear friend of mine, asked me to share this:

A lot of my friends from this site have joined the other new SP site,, so have and will continue to spend a lot of time there.

This doesn't mean I'm leaving this site by any means, because for one it is useful to me and not a bad site on the whole. But second and more importantly, there are many people here on this site that i enjoy conversing with and consider doing so time well spent.

So, I encourage you to check out the new site mentioned above and join if you like. It is small right now, but in many ways is freer than The Empire and offers certain things that The Empire does not.

Hope to see all of you soon,

Captain Maximillian Drake,

HMS Wyvern

PS- For those of you airship captains out there, interested in some friendly competition or perhaps honing your skills or both, we have started an airship dueling RP group on the new site.

Comment by Miss Cherries Jubilee on October 10, 2012 at 7:39pm

Maisie Teasworth and I are organizing a tweed ride in the spring to raise money for Jubilee House. We will be needing volunteers to help out.  This will be a fun ride along mostly bike trail to fabulous places like Red Hook Brewery, with tea and cakes in between.  More information to follow.

Comment by Evelyn Jones on January 5, 2012 at 10:20am

Hello Mr. Franklin.  There isn't really much discussion on this forum.  However, the Seattle Steamrats seem to meet rather frequently.  Here is their event page: 

Welcome to Seattle.

Comment by Steam Turtle on January 5, 2012 at 7:37am

Hello everybody! 

I hope that it is alright I have joined your group, even though I am not yet in Seattle. You see, I am in Kentucky, but will be moving to the Seattle area in May, and was hoping to get a feel for the steampunk crowd that I will (hopefully) be integrating into upon my arrival. Does this group have meetings often?

Comment by Evelyn Jones on October 14, 2011 at 9:49pm
It somehow totally slipped my mind that Steam Con is tomorrow.  Thank God I've got the weekend off.
Comment by Miss Cherries Jubilee on August 26, 2011 at 11:24am
My dear Steam Rats, Air Kraken Hunters and other persons of steamy 

I have been approached to organize Captain Nemos Ball at SteamCon this 
year, but the budget for this is very limited. I need extra funds for 
musicians and a good caller and we do not want to charge extra for 
this event so I am desperately in search of sponsors.  Sponsors would 
get free advertising in the program, but here's the catch, I have to 
secure sponsors by August 31st to get them in the program. 

If any of you would like to be a sponsor, or know of any business that 
would benefit from sponsoring Captain Nemo's Ball, please message me here.

Comment by EngineRmRaphi on July 11, 2011 at 3:47pm

    I am a 5th generation Seattleite.  My SP persona is related to my life in consensus reality-- that of a well-read blue collar worker.  I'm a product of both the literary genre and of my actual experience with steam machinery.  I have volunteered on the Virgina V with its 1902 triple expansion steam engine.  I also worked in the engine rooms of the state ferries.

    I graduated from the UW at age 50 with a degree in botany, forest ecology minor.  I know the geology, cultural history, and marine life of the region.  I do Pacific NW Indian wood carving.  My ancestors helped provide the timber to rebuild Seattle after the 1889 fire.

    So I thought I'd enjoy Boneshaker.  Especially since two of the recommendations on the wonderful cover are by the graphic novel writers Mike Mignola and Warren Ellis, whose writing I appreciate.  The 1st clue to the contrary was the rather defensive note at the end of the book.   Where Cherie Priest explains to us simple-minded backwater natives that yes, she knows her chronology is different from the real timeline.  And that SP is about alt history.  Well duh.  We know that.  However in this case, the objection is that it seems to serve no other purpose than to tie into the next book.   

    I'd bet I'm not the only reader with objections similar to these:  clunky similies.  Less than fleshed-out characters.  Cute for the rotters (zombies) not so much for the others.  Elements not really necessary, but that serve as a check off list for SP.  Like zeppelins, goggles, mad scientist, plucky independent heroine.

    Most appalling is the apparent lack of any real knowledge about Seattle.  Goes to show that living here doesn't automatically confer depth.  There are repeated annoying bits in the dialogue referring to "the ocean."   We are on Puget Sound; an estuary and a fjord.  The actual ocean is about 140 miles away. 

    Another piece of evidence is the "old oak" in the yard of the lavender house.  Oaks aren't native to Seattle.  (The Garry oaks of Sequim and Ft. Lewis are relicts.)  An oak would have to have been planted-- and even in the alt timeline Seattle was a new city.  Thus no time for it to get old.  Why not a Douglas fir or better yet, a western red cedar?  Cedars are also the main tree for Native use.

    There is no feel for how the geography influences us who are really at home here.  Mt. Rainier is shoe-horned in.  A character even remarks that another character says it's a volcano.  Implying that was new information.  It wasn't.  The old surveys like Lewis & Clark and the earlier voyages of exploration mention the volcanoes.  Even Glacier Peak, tucked into the Cascade range and so not obvious like Rainier, Baker, St. Helens, etc. was recognized by 1890. 

    No acknowledgement of a unique Pacific NW culture nor that of the 1st Peoples.  One of the characters mentions not being sure what kind of Indian Angeline is.  I know.  So would any early resident.  That's the name of Chief Seattle's daughter.  He was Duwamish and Suquamish.  One tribe along the river named for them, the other directly across the Sound.  Other related Salish tribes are some distance away.

    No mention either,  of the complex and checkered labor history of an emerging port city.  Some quite radical-- like the Wobblies.  Or the coal miners across Lake Washington.  Some regrettable; the anti-Chinese riots.  Like current events, where whites fear corporations will hire low paid immigrants to drive down wages. 

    I've got more.  But you get the point.  If the real stuff, which gives this area its character and its colors:  green and red... if you get what I mean... is so easy to ignore, why use the city at all?           



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