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Last Day to Pre-Register for the Symposium

Amber SithWith only FOUR days left until the opening of the third annual Steampunk Empire Symposium, TODAY is the last day to purchase your Symposium Membership at the pre-reg rate!

After today you will have to wait until Friday to purchase your tickets onsite:

Weekend Membership = $60
Adult = $60
Child = $25

Detroit SteampunksFriday Only Membership
Adult = $30
Child = $10

Saturday Only Membership
Adult = $40
Child = $10

Sunday Only Membership
Adult = $20
Child = $10

Splinter CatThere are also only three more days left to book your Afternoon Tea in the Garden, enter the Facebook “Show Your Allegiance” pin contest, and we recommend waiting until April 24th if you are going to print out your Symposium Schedule. Many attendees have already created their own customized itinerary for the weekend via online schedule. The schedule is easy to use and you can create a mobile version for your smartphone or tablet.

Madison MustacheAs of today there are still “VERY Early Bird” 2015 Symposium tickets left, but they are selling as fast as the last minute registrations for this year’s Symposium! If you still need to book a hotel room, check out the Hotel List to see more places to stay near the Symposium.

Already dreading the “post-con blues”? Cincinnati has the answer! Join The Pandora Society the following Saturday (May 3rd, 2014) for the Cincinnati Steampunk Salon . . . it’s free! :)

FIVE days left! Important Deadlines & Updates

1146618_622986144422448_673939166_nThis time next week we’ll be on day two of the Steampunk Empire Symposium MMXIV, but meanwhile we still have FIVE days left to get ready for the best Steampunk party of the year. As the countdown continues here are the important deadlines . . .

April 20th, Midnight – Last chance to
pre-register for the 2014 Symposium.

April 24th – Last day to book your Afternoon Tea in the Garden.

April 24th – The drawing for the Facebook “Show Your Allegiance” pin contest.

April 24th – The day we recommend if you are going to print your Symposium Schedule. If you have not done so already, we invite you to visit the online schedule and create your own customized itinerary for the weekend that you can carry on your smartphone or tablet.

. . . and the limited number of “VERY Early Bird” 2015 Symposium tickets are selling VERY fast!

Hotel Update – Both the host hotel, the Crowne Plaza Blue Ash, and the second hotel, the Red Roof Inn, are sold out, BUT “there is another . . . ” Several hotels within a mile of the host hotel have been added to the Hotel List along with their contact information. Our host hotel for 2015 is a bigger location and rooms will be available for booking by the middle of May (we’ll be sure to make a BIG fuss when they are ready for booking).

Pandora Society Brooks 400x400Website Change – Some of you may already be viewing this on the Pandora site, but for those viewing this post through there will be some changes after this year’s Symposium. Around the end of May will be forwarded to its own section in, a site that features ALL the events and shenanigans brought to you by The Pandora Society. Over the course of 2014 will also develop its articles and posts to bring you daily updates on Midwest counter culture, but right now . . . there’s still a few more things about the site that need tinkering . . .

SIX days until the Symposium!

CourtneyOnly SIX days until Steampunk Symposium MMXIV, but last night “VERY Early Bird” tickets for the 2015 Symposium went on sale. Some of you may already know that my birthday is on April 17th, and to celebrate this with Symposium attendees I have decided to start an annual tradition of releasing a set heavily discounted tickets to the following year’s Symposium :) This year 100 “VERY Early Bird” tickets are available until they sell out. CLICK HERE to see if any are left and save yourself $30 off a full weekend membership!

This year’s SCHEDULE is “mostly” finished, but a few changes are being made here and there. If you are planning to print your schedule we recommend waiting until April 24th to do so. Also on April 24th we  find out which three people win a pin in our Facebook “Show Your Allegiance” contest.

Only TWO DAYS remain to pre-reg for this year’s Symposium, which the cut off being midnight on April 20th; after that all tickets must be purchased onsite . . . prices HERE. Other deadlines? You have until April 23rd to purchase your Saturday Afternoon Tea.

Symposium MMXIV promises to be the BEST Steampunk Empire Symposium ever . . . and it makes sense that each year will get even better . . . so why not be amongst the lucky 100 who got their 2015 membership for just $35 :)

Eight Days Until the Symposium!

Amber Vs. AloysiusAs of Wednesday, April 16th, 2014 we have just EIGHT days left until the start of a third year of Symposium shenanigans!

Regular programming begins at 4PM on Friday with the Welcome to the Symposium Tea Stroll, the “Jedi Vs. Borg” panel, “The Gentlemen’s Art of Backstabbing” LARP game, and the Vendor Hall will be open. The fun and larks continue through out the weekend and don’t end until Closing Ceremonies when we find out which Steampunk Boba Fett won the Bounty Hunter Charity Showdown, who won what raffle prize, AND which Airship managed to accrue the most victories in the Symposium Games to leave with the Symposium Games MMXIV Trophy and four badges to next year’s Symposium. To learn more about the schedule and make your own personal mobile app, check out the Online Symposium Schedule . . . remember, we are going paperless this year.

SES14 Pins

Steampunk Symposium MMXIV pins designed by Christopher Boll.

On Symposium Friday, Registration will be open at 1PM. When checking in, please bring a legal ID and a copy of your ticket receipt sent either from WePay or PlanetReg. If you pre-ordered Symposium Pins and t-shirts, these can be collected from The Pandora Society Store next to Registration. While some t-shirts will still be for sale at the Pandora Store, the pins were only available as a pre-order, BUT we will be giving away one of each design with our Facebook “Show Your Allegiance” contest that begins today. Check out our Facebook event page to learn how you can win a pin.

Nine Days Until Symposium!

Stormtrooper TwainAs of today there are only NINE days left before the opening of the third annual Steampunk Empire Symposium . . . how ready are you? Here are a couple of deadlines . . .

The deadline for purchasing pre-reg badges is April 20th at midnight.

The deadline for purchasing a Saturday Afternoon Tea is April 23rd.

If you have not done so already, make sure to check out the online Symposium Schedule and make your own customized schedule by creating an account that you can turn into a mobile app. There will be plenty of signage around the convention, but in an effort to be more environment we are attempting to have a paperless program schedule this year . . . but if you still prefer paper (as many neo-Victorains do) it is possible to print the schedule.

We are very excited to see familiar faces returning to the Symposium, and look forward to meeting a lot of new people as well.

“Steam Wars” Saturday

Sith Twilek

Shelby Duffy’s steampunk sith cosplay. Photo by Brian Marchman.

Today we are only TEN days away from the opening of the third annual Steampunk Empire Symposium! Which also means that you only have until midnight on April 20th to pre-reg for weekend badges and save $10.

The theme for weekend is “Steam Wars” which is open to many interpretations of Space Opera in a Victorian style, and while many will rejoice the opportunity to steampunk their favorite “Star Wars” characters, it is NOT mandatory to costume to the theme :)

Some will have “Steam Wars” outfits for all three days of the convention, but most will likely have just the one (myself included in the latter group), so Saturday, April 26th is going to be the main “Steam Wars” day with regards to costuming.

“May the Aether be with you.”

Afternoon Tea in the Garden

Tea in the Atrium

Afternoon Tea will be served in the hotel’s atrium cafe.

Ticket sales end on April 23 and MUST be purchased through the hotel at

At four o’clock on Saturday afternoon, April 26th, many members of the Steampunk Empire Symposium shall be stopping for tea. For the delightfully low cost of $12 per person (plus tax and gratuity), attendees can expect a selection of teas accompanied by two plates full of tea time foods.

Tea Option #1 has the first plate with a British Scone with bowls of Strawberry Jam, Molded butter and Whipped Cream, accompanied by a second plate that has 2 Cream Cheese and Cucumber Finger Sandwiches on White, 1 Egg Salad Finger Sandwich on White, 1 Cream Cheese on Marble Bread, 1 Petit Four,  1 Lemon Tart, Cup of Fruit, Cheese and Crackers.

Tea Option #2 has the first plate with a British Scone with bowls of Strawberry Jam, Molded butter and Whipped Cream, and a the second plate has 2 Egg Salad Finger Sandwiches on White, 2 Turkey Sandwiches on White, Cup of Fruit, Vegetable Sticks, 1 Petit Four, and 1 Lemon Tart.

The Additional Dessert Option has 2 mini éclairs, 2 petite fours and 2 lemon tartlets for $6.00, but needs to be purchased as an addition to one of the tea options.

Mustard and Mayonnaise Packets, Honey, Milk and an Assortment of Teas will be on the table to accompany the tea option plates. Lemon served on request; also on request, Coffee, Decaffeinated Coffee, Iced Tea, and Water.

Tea Food

The standard plate also comes with a scone, cream, and jam.

The Symposium’s second stage is located in the hotel’s beautiful atrium cafe from which the afternoon teas will be serenaded by the gentle ambient music of our resident cellist.

Afternoon tea is a very popular special event, but seating is limited. Please make sure to book your place in advance by emailing Susan Hill at the Crowne Plaza Blue Ash at and RSVP to the Facebook Event Page.

Friday afternoon will also featured the Welcome Tea Stroll.