In case you haven’t figured it out yet, I spend a lot of time in Cincinnati, Ohio. It’s always been a good place for the arts, but in the past few years it’s become a tremendous place for nerds, and that is due in large part to the efforts of the Pandora Society.
You know that masquerade I posed about several weeks ago? That was a Pandora Society event. They host monthly steampunk salons at an atmospheric pub downtown, and every year they hold two major conventions. The first, in the spring, is the Steampunk Empire Symposium – which, if you’ve been following for a while, you’ve also seen photos of that event as well. The second event is in the fall – Pandoracon.
What makes Pandoracon special is the level of interaction it promotes. Con goers are divided into Houses – Diamonds, Clubs, Spades, and Hearts. These Houses are led by Kings and Queens chosen during the Midsummer Masquerade, and compete against each other in games, tournaments and contests over the entire weekend.
Pandoracon is also a themed convention. Last year, the theme was Doctor Who. This year, the theme is derived from the ’80s cult classic, Labyrinth. In honor of the theme, not only is a real life labyrinth being constructed, but a special House has been founded – goblins! The goblins’ goal is to cause mischief and mayhem, interfering with the other Houses as they embark on a quest to discover the name of the Goblin King.
It’s great fun, and a truly unique experience. This year, the convention will be held from October 11th through October 13th. It’s well worth the trip, I assure you!
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