Monday, June 27, 2011

the victoriana of origins

This past Thursday and Friday my boyfriend Scott attended Origins, a gaming convention in Columbus OH.  The event itself ran until yesterday.

An annual convention, Origins does not only include tabletop wargaming, card gaming, and board games, but also cosplay, LRPing, and the vendors who supply enthusiasts with such items as they desire for their various interests.

Much to my delight (even though I could not attend myself- need to work as many days as possible before my trip to Europe!) the theme for Origins this year was Victoriana.  Yes, that includes steampunk.

So Scott, being the sweet and thoughtful guy he is, spent time taking photos of this stuff and collecting some cards for me from the various purveyors of steampunk merchandise being sold at the event.  One of the vendors was Renaissance Fashions, merchants of quality corsets and other items for the Renaissance/ Medieval or Celtic Goth/ steampunk enthusiast.  They even have their own steampunk store at, although I certainly cannot see myself purchasing any of these specialty items anytime soon. 

I believe the clockwork corset in the below photo is from their stall, but I cannot exactly remember.  I apologize for the quality- Scott's Blackberry was the only photo-taking device he had at the time:

Some of the other vendors included The Blonde Swan, which specializes in hats varying from historical to fantasy and burlesque:

image source: The Blonde Swan
image source: The Blonde Swan
Then there was this interesting military hat adorned with brass eagle, with goggles and a steampunk gas mask:

Scott was impressed with how popular the steampunk/Victoriana theme was among participants, and the quality of their outfits.  He wasn't quite as taken with some of the steampunk goggle being sold at the booths- some looked cheap to him.  The well-made items were, more often than not, very expensive. The pair of goggles and the gas mask he got me cost $50 each -- not cheap, and definitely not what I would have spent on myself for such items, despite their high quality and beauty.

There were a few Victorian-themed games as well, such as LeviathansAs described on the website for the company that designed the game:  

Leviathans is a game in development by Catalyst Game Labs that simulates combat between warships that have taken to the air in an alternate history 1910. The king leviathans, the battleships, are the largest vessels. Maneuvering in support are the smaller ships of light cruisers, destroyers, and others ships. Will you captain your fleet for king and country, expanding your nation’s power and becoming legend? Or will you fall from the sky, forgotten?
Airship battles and steampunk merchandise.  What more could one want at a gaming convention?

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