The Steampunk Society of Vermont had the pleasure of hosting a few events at
Carnage 21 in Killington, VT over the weekend of November 3rd and 4th.
Carnage is a Vermont based table-top gaming convention which held it’s
21st event this year. The theme of this year’s convention was space exploration
and science fiction. Steampunk, being a genre of science fiction,
perfect addition to this year’s Carnage convention.
The two events hosted by the Steampunk Society of Vermont were
Splendid Teapot Racing and a Steampunk/Cosplay Fashion show.
For those unfamiliar with Splendid Teapot Racing,
it involves converting remote control cars into mobile teapots.
These teapot racers must navigate an obstacle course and are awarded points
for appearance, entertainment value, bribing of the judges, speed and more.
Carnage attendees enjoyed running the complicated course
involving tunnels, bridges, and ramps.
There were many crashes and lots of laughing.
The winning racer for Best in Show was the “Tea Fighter” created by Rachel Coro, featuring weapons that fired and it’s own soundtrack pumped
out from a speaker within the racer’s tea pot.
Splendid Teapot Racing has been a part of the Springfield VT Steampunk Festival,
next planned for September 21st and 22nd of 2019.
The Steampunk and Cosplay Fashion show featured a wide variety of costumes
from time travelers, circus entertainers, gun-slingers, Ghostbusters, mad scientists, Labyrinth costumes, Grimm Fairy Tale characters, and more. Carnage attendees
also participated in the fashion show, as many were in costume for the various
LARPs that were held at the convention. LARP stands for Live Action Role Play,
where individuals physically portray their characters in a live game,
run by a gamemasters, those arranging the event and rule.
Carnage & the Steampunk Society of Vermont plan to team up again for next
year’s Carnage convention. In the meantime the society is getting ready to
plan another cosplay ball, details can be found here soon!